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Use the Maturity Model to start a discussion about Responsible Procurement Management

When meeting with potential clients, CPO’s and CSR Managers, I bring my tool:The maturity Model. To me it is a great way to start a discussion about a company’s approach to Responsible Procurement Management.

At the same time it is also a great way to get a discussion about what other companies do and what specifically can be done short term or long term to…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on March 5, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Without Positive Macro Drivers, Sustainability Has To Live Off Scraps

When will the ‘sustainability market’ take off? It’s a question we get asked all the time at Verdantix. To answer it, we speak to global budget holders and build country-level models to forecast corporate investment trends. Our surveys and models point to a sobering conclusion: corporate sustainability spending in most countries, both developed and emerging, will grow in the mid-single digit range for the next three years. So what is happening to sustainability budgets? Right now, there is…

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Added by Francesca Macnaghten on March 4, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Nominate an innovative programme in nutrition, water, or rural development for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value till 31 March

Help your programme scale up! We are looking to invest in social change by helping innovative, commercially viable, and high impact initiatives achieve social scale and financial sustainability.



The winning entry will benefit from financial support of up to CHF 500,000 (approx. USD 530,000).



Specific fields of activity include, but are not limited to: agriculture, including extension services and use of new technologies; food science and technology; nutrition education…

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Added by Wettstein Barbara on March 1, 2013 at 6:11am — No Comments

Leading Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Course - IEMA Approved – Now in Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa February 27, 2013 - CSO-On-Demand announced this week that they became a Business Network Member of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), a global sustainability boutique firm with offices in Chicago, Athens and Brussels. That’s great news for sustainability decision makers and practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

“This exciting alliance fills the void…

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Added by Magna Rautenbach on February 27, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

'Imagine if google had to create the Internet first'

The growth of Swasth India, a provider of affordable healthcare services to low-oncome households in the slums of Mumbain demonstrates the potential of social enterprise.

Sundeep Kapilla and Ankur Pegu established Swasth in 2008 to fill the gap in primary and preventive health services left by the government. In Mumbai alone, 32 million people a year fall below the poverty line due to the cost of their…

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Added by Laleh Rafiei on February 28, 2013 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

The Virtues of Virtual Volunteering and Online Fundraising

Your employees want to perform community service; they really, really do…but amidst their busy schedules they just can’t seem to find the time.

So how about making volunteering easier than ever by offering virtual volunteer opportunities?  It's just one more tool that savvy companies are using to sharpen their employee…

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Added by Ryan Scott on February 26, 2013 at 5:27am — No Comments

Fragen zum Verkehrsrecht und Bussgeldkatalog.

Wir Deutschen sind ja in aller Herren Länder dafür bekannt , dass wir alles und jeden Teil unseres Lebens regulieren. Was verständlicherweise seinen Vorzug hat, kann allerdings auch seine Tücken haben. Klar wird das beispielsweise im Verkehrsrecht und besonders in der Straßenverkehrsordnung. Hier ist präzise geregelt was berechtigt ist und was nicht.



Faktisch jeder Verkehrsteilnehmer kommt irgendwann mit dem Verkehrsrecht in Konflikt. In der Eile des Alltages hat vermutlich jeder… Continue

Added by Ernest Goulet on February 25, 2013 at 6:36pm — No Comments

IFC's Landmark $1 Billion Green Bond Marks Important Milestone For The Market

On February 14 2013, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank and the largest development institution focused on the private sector, issued a $1 billion 3 year green bond. The triple-A-rated green bond has an interest rate set at 3 year US treasuries, which averaged 0.40% from January 1 to February 22 2013, plus 0.015%. IFC will use the bond to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency and projects which reduce GHG emissions in other ways, such as sustainable…

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Added by Francesca Macnaghten on February 25, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

BOLD NEW PLATFORM SEEKS TO TRANSFORM SERVICE

NEW YORK CITY, January 23, 2013. Pro bono pioneer, the Taproot Foundation, today announced the launch of its new program platform that will serve as a one-stop shop for nonprofits and businesses engaged in the pro bono marketplace, already valued at $15 billion. The Taproot Foundation looks to expand the market by increasing accessibility and professionalization of pro bono services.

Research conducted by FTI Consulting and the Taproot Foundation in 2011 indicated that the use of and…

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Added by Taproot Foundation on February 25, 2013 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

Sustainability Career Paths: How To Become A Leader

Corporate sustainability leadership positions are becoming more frequent, but as the profession is still in its youth, career paths within the field are unclear to most practitioners. This report, written by Verdantix in partnership with GACSO (Global Association of Corporate…

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Added by Francesca Macnaghten on February 20, 2013 at 6:21am — No Comments

The Pull of Purpose

Most people are pushing to grow their businesses.  Social media is a great example where it seems everyone and their dog is pushing for people to buy their products/services.



Pulling is simpler and more attractive.  And nothing pulls like purpose particularly if you are pulling in a clearly defined niche or niches.



A lot of people still think that profit is the reason for being in business.  In the 21st century having profit as the reason for the existence of your…

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Added by Ian Berry on February 18, 2013 at 10:01pm — No Comments

IMPROVING COMMUNITY LIVELIHOOD THROUGH SMALL SCALE FARMING

ROHAMU FARM ENTERPRISES (RFE)

Approximately three billion people live in rural areas of developing countries of which 2.5 billion are involved in agriculture as farmers and at least 1.5 billion live and work on small family run farms.  Therefore, small holder and family farming is the overwhelmingly dominant mode of agricultural and pastoral production throughout the major developing regions of the world notably Africa.

In Uganda, there many rural places where people live in…

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Added by Harriet Mulonde on February 16, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

Climate Change Reappears As A Top Three Global Risk In The World Economic Forum’s Annual Risk Review

The World Economic Forum (WEF) – an independent international organisation - confirmed that rising greenhouse gas emissions remain as one of the three biggest threats to global stability in 2013. The recently published annual WEF Global Risks Report 2013 raised the profile of the three biggest global dangers for the year: severe income disparity, indebted state of governments and rising greenhouse gas emissions. The annual review is…

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Added by Francesca Macnaghten on February 11, 2013 at 6:28am — No Comments

Professionalizing Pro Bono Volunteering

I'll volunteer that I’m a big fan of the Taproot Foundation, an organization that's been an…

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Added by Ryan Scott on February 19, 2013 at 12:47am — No Comments

5 Ways to Supercharge Your Matching Grant Program

Companies like financial services firm Ernst & Young understand that matching gifts programs aren’t just a perk for your staff.…

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Added by Ryan Scott on February 12, 2013 at 1:39am — No Comments

Using the CEO Water Mandate Elements to Organize Engagement Activities

These actions can be understood in terms of their contribution to the broad policy goals embodied in sustainable water management:

Direct operations and supply chain management is the innermost level of policy engagement, focusing on improving plant performance and water-use efficiency to reduce physical water risk and to ensure a credible basis for higher levels of water policy engagement.…

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Added by Dan Johnson on February 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The simplicity and significance of standing out

I am in no doubt that success in business has a lot to do with standing out from the crowd in our niche/s.  Niche/s are key.  As my friend and colleague Gihan Perera says Niche guys finish first!



Who are you serving?  Who is your tribe?  Who is your niche?



My niche is open-hearted and open-minded business owners and leaders who



*Truly believe that when you look after your people they will look…

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Added by Ian Berry on February 9, 2013 at 12:58am — No Comments

Ecotech Institute Debuts First-of-its-Kind “Clean Jobs Index”

After nearly a year of research, Ecotech Institute revealed the first-ever “Clean Jobs Index,” which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were more than three million clean jobs available…

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Added by Molly Koch on February 7, 2013 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Blackout Steals Super Bowl Limelight: Entergy And SMG Come To The Defense

The Super Bowl is among the largest sporting spectacles in the world as well as the largest television event in the United States (111 million viewers in 2012). On 3 February 2013, Super Bowl XLVII claimed its place in history, not because of the Baltimore Ravens narrow 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers or Beyoncé’s half time show, but because of a power surge at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana that caused a blackout stopping the game for 34 minutes during the…

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Added by Francesca Macnaghten on February 5, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

Companies and their foundations continue to grow despite economic recession

From a recent study and research by Corporate Citizenship, they have identified corporate foundations in England and Wales have rapidly increased since 2006; despite recent economic recession. Corporate foundations are evidently becoming popular for companies; from reputable viewpoints of ‘giving something back’ to their next step for the CR strategy as motivational factors.

With tough scrutiny the financial sector…

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Added by Maggie Law on February 5, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

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