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Giving Thoughts

Jun
20
2017

On World Refugee Day, Respond with Hope

By Sarah Middleton and Yvonne Siu Turner9661967921_17b8f7dea3_b

We have become all-too familiar with the heartbreaking images of flimsy, inflatable rafts attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, of young children and their parents peering through barbed wire into a new country, and of refugee camps where the tents stretch on for miles and miles. And then there are the pictures that you will never unsee, like tiny Alan Kurdi’s body lifeless on a beach.

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Jun
12
2017

What CSR Can Learn from Other Business Functions: An Outside-In Perspective

By Mohammad Hamidwindow washer

In April of 2016, I decided to interview as many corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals as I could get in front of. Over 12 months later, I have amassed over 150 interviews chronicling a variety of enterprises that have really shaped my perspective about the space. These interviews span numerous business types—public and private, B2B and B2C, US-Based and international, emerging and established, commodity and niche, and even growing and declining businesses. The good news is this: most of these companies have, to some degree, embraced corporate social responsibility as a business function. The bad news—whether CSR leaders want to admit it or not—is that there are fundamental holes in how CSR, as a business function, is managed. In this piece, I’ve outlined some of these challenges and what CSR practitioners can begin to do to move forward.

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Jun
06
2017

Corporate Philanthropy in Asia: Innovations that Unlock the Resources of Business for the Common Good

By Rob JohnRob John

Our series of working papers from NUS Business School in Singapore explores the role of philanthropy in supporting entrepreneurial social ventures in Asia. We previously reported on the social finance ecosystem, innovative models of philanthropy including giving circles, and how angel investing for impact can benefit social enterprise. In the fifth report, my co-authorsAudrey Chia and Ken Ito, and I examine the role of corporate business as the provider of philanthropic capital—financial, human and intellectual.

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May
30
2017

Engaging America’s Citizenry through Service

By Alice Korngold

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False and deliberately misleading stories in the media threaten freedom and democracy by distorting our understanding of vital issues. Our institutions can help combat false information by encouraging and supporting volunteer service. Volunteers see first-hand the true challenges facing society and engage in seeking solutions that work. Volunteers who bear witness can tell the story and take action. Companies, foundations, schools, associations, and religious groups can play a powerful role in advancing freedom and democracy by promoting service.

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May
24
2017

Q&A with Tara Abrahams: Glamour Magazine Engages Companies in The Girl Project to Advance Girls’ Education Worldwide

By Alice Korngold and Tara Abrahams
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Tara Abrahams leads The Girl Project at Glamour Magazine to help companies connect with their customers and create a philanthropic legacy by investing in girls’ education. In this Q&A, Abrahams describes how The Girl Project transforms the lives of girls and advances economic development.

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May
17
2017

Volunteer Programs within a wider CSR/ESG Strategy

By Jeff Hoffman

It is interesting to note that as companies move to more closely align their employee volunteer programs with their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, employees are seeking more fulfillment and purpose in their lives, which sometimes take them in a different direction from their employer. CSR and employee volunteering are not mutually exclusive and both are gaining traction for different reasons.

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May
11
2017

Better Business, Better World

By Tim McClimon

In January of this year, the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, a group of 35 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labor and international organizations, issued a report titled Better Business, Better World under the auspices of the UN Foundation. Its goal was to map the economic benefits available to business if the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved and to describe how business can contribute to delivering these goals.

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May
02
2017

The Bottom Line on Land: How Secure Land Rights Create Prosperity for Companies and Communities

By Tim Hanstad

In the developed world, few rights are as inviolable as the rights to land—for housing, cultivation, commerce, and more. So, it often comes as a surprise that land rights are not legally documented or secure in much of the rest of the world—the World Bank estimates that only  30 percent of land worldwide is legally documented. This has significant consequences for at least 1 billion people who live in rural areas, where land is the most valuable asset and source of wealth, status, and security. The lack of secure rights to land traps millions of rural women and men in a cycle of poverty.

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Apr
25
2017

Q&A with Lisa Green Hall: Expanding Economic Prosperity by Leveraging the Influence of Women and People of Color in Impact Investing

By Alice Korngold and Lisa Green Hall

Lisa Green Hall co-manages and led the launch of a global initiative known as Skopos Impact Fund, focused on delivering social, environmental and financial returns. As the former CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing, and a board member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Lisa Green Hall has a rich perspective on what works. In this Q&A, Lisa Green Hall shares how impact investing is an opportunity to expand economic prosperity globally and leverage the influence of women and people of color in business and finance.

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Apr
18
2017

Q&A with Sarina Prabasi: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Partnerships

By Alice Korngold and Sarina Prabasi

Businesses have a vested interest in breaking the barriers that prevent millions of women and girls from achieving their full potential. One of the greatest challenges facing girls is basic access to clean water and toilets. WaterAid’s powerful new campaign, Girl Strong, provides a way for businesses and foundations to join in driving real, transformative change. In this Q&A, Water Aid chief executive Sarina Prabasi discusses ways in which companies can engage with Girl Strong to help girls improve their lives, while advancing numerous SDGs, and driving economic development.

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