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100 Projects: The Best of 3 Years of Partner Field Projects


News and commentary on projects developed by Field Partners…


Added by Tim Magee on April 29, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Do the majority of your employees feel valued, fulfilled and loved?

Why valued, fulfilled and loved you might reasonably ask?

In my work with leaders in over 40 countries since 1991 I have learned that the more people feel valued, fulfilled and loved, the simpler the path to higher employee driven engagement and lower employee turnover, both crucial to high-performance cultures. Key consequences are remarkable top and bottom lines, brands that are loved, and organisations…


Added by Ian Berry on April 28, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Call for Session Proposals! GYEOC 2014

Share your Expertise! The 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will take place Oct. 6-8 in Washington, DC. Designed for implementers, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, educators, researchers, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people, the summit attracts over 400 attendees from 50 countries. Now in its eighth year, the Summit will feature five learning tracks and two spotlights. Submit…


Added by Chelsea Babcock on April 25, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Ecotech Institute’s Free Online Course, “Introduction to Sustainability”, Changes the Way Students Approach Sustainability

Student feedback from Ecotech Institute’s free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course proved the opportunity was valued by students across the globe and changed the way they approached sustainability initiatives.

Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations,…


Added by Molly Koch on April 22, 2014 at 3:22pm — No Comments

The wellknown secret of procurement and sustainability professionals

How can procurement and sustainability professionals work together to measure and identify the risks and opportunities in the supply chain?


I would say it is a well known, but not often spoken about, secret that sustainability professionals and procurement professionals have very different agendas when it comes to Responsible Procurement and the adaption hereof.



Added by Responsible Proc. on April 22, 2014 at 5:54am — No Comments

Magic Hour for Causes


magichour Happy 40th, National Volunteer Week.       

Endorsed and supported by President Obama, Congress and other national and state leaders, National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 6th this year and winds down on April 12th, with…


Added by Ryan Scott on April 21, 2014 at 12:46am — No Comments

Norway May Abolish its Ethics Council and Reshape its Sovereign Investing

The Empire strikes back--the Norwegian government may abolish the most innovative part of its Sovereign Wealth Fund governance machinery--the Ethics Council. This may produce significant changes the relationship of the NSWF to business and human rights regimes.  It may also reduce the character of disclosure and transparency as the NSWF tilts from public review of company CSR conduct to private  influence behind the scenes.…


Added by Larry Catá Backer on April 18, 2014 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Harvard Human Rights Journal Symposium 2014: The Future of Business and Human Rights April 17, 2014

(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2014)
 Can businesses…

Added by Larry Catá Backer on April 16, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Real Business Philanthropy Starts with Real Stories


storytelling here sign Storytelling is a hot marketing buzzword these days, and for good reason; in the business world, it’s the newest form of smart corporate communications.  Telling your story is imperative for many aspects of business, and a…


Added by Ryan Scott on April 14, 2014 at 1:53am — No Comments

The greatest challenge we must all overcome

The greatest challenge facing humanity is outdated thinking and therefore flawed actions.

What do you believe?

Many leaders still see people as cogs in a giant machine for example. I named this BS.

Adding to the toxicity about people are outdated ideas about strategy,…


Added by Ian Berry on April 8, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Know Your Objective and You Will Perform Better

I had an interesting on-line encounter a few months ago when I submitted a support question to a help forum for a particular social network. I do not even remember what the exact question was that I asked, other than it had to do with using a feature on the site that I was having trouble with. What I do remember, is that a moderator on the site wrote several paragraphs in his reply chastising me and basically calling me a fool for posting a question on a public forum with a non-conforming…


Added by Sam Obitz on April 7, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Mind the Gap: a Tragic Waste of Talent


MindTheGap Recently, I was chatting with a close friend who holds a senior position at a Fortune 50 company.  This is someone who is utterly driven, obsessed with work and defined in large part by his professional life, rarely slowing down to catch his breath.  But a back injury had forced him to slow down.  In fact, the injury was…


Added by Ryan Scott on April 7, 2014 at 12:46am — No Comments

Mobile Technology: Shaping the Public Sector’s Future

Smartphones and tablets have definitely changed the way we live. In fact, the total number of mobile users has already…


Added by Kyle H. Albert on April 3, 2014 at 3:25am — No Comments

What is the difference between Responsible and Sustainable Procurement?

Is there any difference between responsible procurement and sustainable procurement? To me there is. 

Even though the terminology “sustainable procurement” is also used in the private sector, I typically see them use the terminology “responsible procurement” or “responsible sourcing”.

When I ask my customers why – they typically argue that to them, the meaning of “responsibility” is much broader than “sustainability”. Broader, in the sense of having a wider…


Added by Responsible Proc. on April 2, 2014 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Ideas to how you can build supplier partnerships in Responsible Procurement

We live in an ever-changing world, where increased competition, higher consumer expectations and shifting attitudes towards the environment means that today, the expected lifetime of a product is becoming ever shorter.

This places heavy demands on the ability of your organization and suppliers to develop new products that are sustainable from the outset.

How can you build stronger partnerships with your suppliers and include them in the very beginning of an innovation…


Added by Responsible Proc. on April 2, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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