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Disclosure Systems and Securities Exchanges--On the World Federation of Exchanges Creation of a Sustainability Working Group and the Proposal to Require Extra Financial Disclosure

I have been considering the power of disclosure as a tool to socialize business entities and others into compliance with emerging social norms (that is to behavior rules that are not transposed into the laws of nation-states necessarily but which have binding effect within social, economic and other communities). To that end, it is well known that both state and non-state regulatory systems play an essential role. Among the most important players in the context of structuring markets and…


Added by Larry Catá Backer on May 31, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

What Are You Doing at 3pm on Monday?


memorial day weekend bbq Everyone knows that Memorial Day is the unofficially official kickoff to summer.  Bring on the beach (if it’s near), head to the mall for those awesome deals and fire up the grill for some burgers and beer.  The fun frenzy often obscures the actual purpose of the holiday.  In fact,…


Added by Ryan Scott on May 26, 2014 at 2:03am — No Comments

Focus on Energy Management: Ecotech Institute and American Automation Partner for 2014 Technology Day, Friday, May 30

On Friday, May 30, Ecotech Institute, a college solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, is hosting American Automation’s “2014 Technology Day.” It will begin at 7:30 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m. at Ecotech Institute’s campus in Aurora, Colo., at 1400 S. Abilene Street, right off of…


Added by Molly Koch on May 22, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

On Moving From Theory to Practice of Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights--Thoughts on the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) Project

I have been considering current efforts to implement the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights  (GPs), a set of principles endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2011.  My recent focus has been on issues relating to the operationalization of the state duty to protect human rights (e.g.,…

Added by Larry Catá Backer on May 19, 2014 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Not Just Lip Service: Employees Demand Workplace Volunteering


lips Across the world, employee expectations of the companies they work for are dramatically expanding when it comes to corporate philanthropy.  As such, companies are being forced to respond to this groundswell of interest in…


Added by Ryan Scott on May 19, 2014 at 2:45am — No Comments

Just Released: The Corporate Social Responsibility Podcast--A Conversation With David Yosifon on CSR and the Business and Human Rights Project

It was my great pleasure to participate in a podcast interview with David Yosifon, Associate Professor of Law at Santa…


Added by Larry Catá Backer on May 15, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Ecotech Institute to Host Renewable Energy and Sustainability Forum, Thursday, May 15

On Thursday, May 15, Ecotech Institute, the first and only college in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, is hosting a one-day “Renewable Energy and Sustainability Forum.” It will go from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ecotech Institute’s campus in Aurora at 1400 S. Abilene…


Added by Molly Koch on May 14, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Management is Dead

In many circles we persist in referring to people as resources, as assets, or as capital, the other dreadful yet common expression. In my mind such labels suggest that people don’t matter, only the organisations balance sheet matters.

I am all about changing this. I am doing so with great respect for the many people I know who have HR in their career title. I know their label doesn’t signify who they really are or…


Added by Ian Berry on May 13, 2014 at 1:23am — No Comments

2014 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Reporting Deadlines are Quickly Approaching

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international, non-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. They work with market forces to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

If your organization has been invited to report to CDP, you will received an information request and an invitation to activate…


Added by Anthony Gilbreath on May 12, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

On the Problem of the State in the State Duty to Protect Human Rights--Fostering National Action Plans as a Means of Refocusing the State Duty on the Business of the State Itself

This post considers the quite thorny issue of the way states might approach their obligations to protect human rights as elaborated most recently in the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework (GPs).…


Added by Larry Catá Backer on May 10, 2014 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Charity as Art: Vans Makes Philanthropy Cool


vans 2 In-kind giving is an underappreciated and underutilized form of corporate philanthropy -- a low-hanging fruit that too few companies bother to pluck.

Aside from the obvious benefits to nonprofits, there are so many…


Added by Ryan Scott on May 9, 2014 at 3:46am — No Comments is looking for contributors! is a new independent wiki platform with the mission to promote corporate transparency.

The platform encourages individuals to share and discover information regarding companies' ethical behaviour, helping them to make life and work decision according to their own values. As every individual ethical decision can affect how corporations run their business, the first and…


Added by Lucia Lu on May 8, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

5 things true Responsible Procurement Leaders do

The SPLC (Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council) today announces their principles for leadership in sustainable purchasing. I am looking forward to attend their webinar.


The Council offers these Principles to help the institutional purchasing community…


Added by Responsible Proc. on May 7, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

What’s trending within Responsible Procurement?


Our economies motivate people and businesses to consume to such a degree, that the planet is unable to regenerate itself. However, we have the opportunity to re-think the way we do business.

The need for organizations to take responsibility for their actions is not a passing trend, but rather a cultural shift. It’s a backlash against the western world’s disposable culture and a reflection of changing…


Added by Responsible Proc. on May 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Companies Expect More from Nonprofits, Report Finds


serious boss When it comes to corporate philanthropy, corporate and employee donors expect more from charities these days.  And in a digital era defined by greater transparency, charities face new challenges and…


Added by Ryan Scott on May 2, 2014 at 4:35am — No Comments

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