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Sustainable Communities - Seven Rules

Sustainable Communities are not easy, here are some tips:

1. Restore the streetcar city 

“Streetcar cities are characterized by easy access to transit, a wide variety of house types, and services and job sites very close at hand -- the exact elements of a sustainable city.”

2. Design an interconnected street system 

“Fine-grain interconnected street networks ensure that all trips are as short as possible, disperse congestion and are compatible with walking, biking…


Added by Petra Koenvenski on January 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Corporate Responsibility Definition

Corporate Responsibility Definition - What really is it? Corporate responsibility CR also known as corporate social responsibility CSR, corporate citizenship, responsible business, sustainable responsible business (SRB), or corporate social performance, is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. Ideally, CSR policy would function as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby business would monitor and ensure its support to law, ethical standards, and…


Added by Jane on December 8, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

CSR Jobs - You need to fire somebody!

No wonder unemployment remains high. Just as ADP was issuing a dismal August employment report, another group provided a study that helps explain why the job market is going nowhere: CEOs of the 50 companies that account for the bulk of the nation’s layoffs paid their chief executive officers 42% more than the average company, according to a report released today.

The 17th annual “Executive Excess” report, compiled by the Institute for Policy Studies, focused on 50…


Added by Jane on August 8, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Dale Adams' spot on thinking on my opinion!

I am re-posting this DEVFINANCE book review from Dale Adams with his permission of the new "More than Good Intentions" book from Deak Karlan and Jacob Appel because i think its a spot on (and always easy read) in terms of thinking through where RCTs may be more effective and where they might be less effective (credit, insurance, sme growth).  His comments mirror much of the thinking we have done internally and externally on the MILK project, where we hope to combine different approaches to…


Added by Barbara Magnoni on May 8, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

CSRwire will be next steps

CSRwire and many other news organizations will be the future of corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR wires are national distribution services for environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) news that is relevant for corporations and organizations. They focus is on organizations and companies that have a meaningful commitment to CSR principles. Members share a vision of a more responsible future where profit and the environment are synergistic rather than… Continue

Added by Jane on September 8, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

FSD Bulletin: Our Year, Our Voice–FSD and the International Year of Youth

FSD Bulletin | 20 August 2010

“Youth deserve our full commitment—full access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life." - United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Greetings from FSD,

Today, youth represent 18% of the global population or 1.2 billion people. 87% of youth live in developing countries, facing challenges brought about by limited access to… Continue

Added by Mary on August 25, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Top 10 List of Green Brands

Green Brands and Sustainability. The fifth annual ImagePower Green Brands Survey polled more than 9,000 people in eight countries and was conducted by WPP agencies (NASDAQ: WPPGY) Cohn & Wolfe, Landor Associates and Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), as well as independent strategy consulting firm Esty Environmental Partners. The Green Brands Survey identifies emerging trends… Continue

Added by Henry Klen on August 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

CSR Networks and Communities

CSR networks and communities (Corporate Social Responsibility) are growing rapidly. But still for most companies, measuring corporate social responsibility is complex; for many it's confusing and daunting.

Key Learnings over time:

- It is essential that companies choose guidelines and standards that reflect their business, culture and stakeholder needs and that provide information that helps the company find 'meaning' in its measurement results.

- Companies should not… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on August 21, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How China implements CSR internationally

Chen, chairman of China's Hainan Airlines Group, in a recent interview with Xinhua, said it was not easy for Chinese companies to do business in Australia due to differences in culture, concepts and business rules.

However, the Hainan Airlines Group, the parent of China's fourth-largest airline, Hainan Airlines, has managed to absorb an Australian business and establish a new company in Australia… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on August 16, 2010 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

CSR and Sustainability News Digest - Week 8/13

You were traveling this week, busy with meetings... no worries. Here are the major news what was going on this week.

Feel free to comment with any additional important news. Enjoy

Company News Industry…

Added by Jonny H on August 13, 2010 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

Corporate Social Responsibility forced by Government?

The government has asked all companies to provide details of their investments made as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative during the last fiscal year, a move that could lead to mandatory social obligation on companies.

“We have asked companies to file their CSR reports,” said an official of ministry of corporate affairs, adding that the data will form basis of a review of its policy in the next couple of months.

The ministry of… Continue

Added by Jane on August 10, 2010 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

BP will be most responsible Company after Oil-spill

BP must face hundreds of lawsuits in federal court in New Orleans because the city is closest to the site of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a panel of judges ruled.

“Without discounting the spill’s effects on other states, if there is a geographic and psychological ‘center of gravity’ in this docket, then the Eastern District of Louisiana is closest to it,” the panel said in its decision today.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will preside over more than… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on August 10, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ranking Companies for Social Responsibility

1. Does the CSR report contain quantitative information?

Publicly traded companies are comfortable with the process of collecting, verifying and reporting financial data. Those just beginning to aggregate environmental, social and governance data may find it difficult to move past “commitment” statements, towards more quantitative data and methodologies to substantiate progress.

When looking at a company’s CSR report, watch for “key performance indicators,” or KPIs:… Continue

Added by Petra Koenvenski on August 9, 2010 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Dr Pepper Snapple Action Plan

"At DPS, ACTION is at the heart of everything we do. Every DPS employee contributes to our success by taking action to meet the needs of our customers and consumers," said Tina Barry, senior vice president – corporate affairs. "ACTION is also about giving back to our communities. All across North America, DPS employees are taking action to improve the communities in which we live and work."

"By 2015, we plan to contribute a total of 100,000 volunteer hours and attain an annual giving… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on August 9, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Nonprofits' Social Media Adoption Outpaces All Other Sectors

Ninety seven percent of the largest nonprofit organizations in the U.S. are using social media - more than any other sector. This was among the top findings of the latest study led by Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Research Chair of the Society for New Communications Research and Chancellor Professor of Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Eric Mattson, CEO of Financial Insite Inc., a Seattle-based research firm. The study examined these institutions to… Continue

Added by Jane on August 8, 2010 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Corproate Responsiblity - STMicroelectronics - How to set goals for a CSR strategy

STMicroelectronics published its CSR report back end of June. A lot of companies want to implement CSR but are missing a major point: setting hard targets. The end result is that corporate social responsibility is somewhat integrated but not really effective. Here are some of STMicroelectronics targets. The latest report online:

-- A strong focus on the… Continue

Added by Jonny H on August 8, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The Conscience of a Limousine Liberal

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Nearly everyone knows my story by now because I have been selling it as a marketing pitch to get people to read my blog: I quit my job on Wall Street to live in Uganda, the pearl of Africa. In a previous post, “The Myth of Microfinance: What I’ve Learned So Far in the Field,” I told my story in mythic fashion. I had quit my job at J.P. Morgan, now… Continue

Added by Fennie Wang on May 11, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Notes from Nairobi Part II: Social Business – to profit or not to profit?

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Muhammad Yunus is at home wherever he is. He is an affable, avuncular man with the accessibility, calm and aura of a village sage or healer. And if you ever wonder why Professor Yunus always wear the same clothes, it’s because on top of fighting poverty, he is also a full-time fashion model for Bangladeshi clothing. His outfits… Continue

Added by Fennie Wang on May 1, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Notes from Nairobi Part I: MFIs and NGOs – The Perfect Marriage That Wasn’t

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The professor was relaxed. The Queen was not. The President was a mix of the two – at home yet stately. The Professor was Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, an institution often synonymous with the microfinance movement. The Queen was Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, the stern, quiet supporter of microfinance who invited us to… Continue

Added by Fennie Wang on April 28, 2010 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

Trickle Up Young Professionals Ball in New York City

Greetings from Masaka, Uganda!

I apologize for a being a bit promotional but this is a cause I truly believe in. I'd like to invite all those in the New York City area to Trickle Up Young Professional Council's first annual Ball on Thursday, May 6 from 8-11pm at The Gates NYC. Tickets are $40 online and $50 at the door and include open premium bar from 8-10pm, sponsored by Svedka Vodka. We also have a limited number of $1,000 VIP tickets which includes bottle service and a corner… Continue

Added by Fennie Wang on April 21, 2010 at 1:33pm — No Comments

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