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David Martel's Blog – July 2010 Archive (16)

CSRminute: Wal-Mart, Other Retailers Partner with MFIs; Smithfield Foods Reaffirms Sustainability Strategy

Hello, I’m Gretchen Siegchrist, and these are your CSR Minute headlines for Friday, July 30th:

Wal-Mart, Metro Cash & Carry, and the Future Group have formed partnerships with microfinance institutions to sell merchandise on credit to kirana shops, the six million small, local retail stores that serve India’s large rural population. Metro has a pilot project with SKS Microfinance, and the Future Group has just signed a similar deal. Bharti-Wal-Mart, an equal joint… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 30, 2010 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Webinar Video: Building a Cycle of Stakeholder Engagement

Register on this link ( listen to the webinar hosted by Addison and The Transition Group on the evolving practice of sustainability reporting in the era of social media. This webinar showcased best practices on leveraging the value of sustainability… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 30, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities in a New Era of Business: Keeping your Stakeholders Happy

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) July 22, 2010 - Key stakeholders are impacted by the activities of any organization and include, among others, individual consumers, suppliers, employees, investors, regulators, the community and media. Stakeholders are internal and external, with primary or secondary importance for the organization, stemming from diverse backgrounds and accompanied by different needs, conflicting expectations, objectives and demands.

Understanding and…


Added by David Martel on July 23, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Freeland's Washington Post Op-Ed Is Wrong: CSR Does Maximize Corporate Profitability

Alice Korngold's Blog

"The cult of corporate social responsibility" is one of the culprits in the BP oil spill, claims Chrsytia Freeland, global editor at large for Thomson Reuters, in her opinion piece in yesterday's Washington Post. How is that? Because, claims Freeland, "The problem with CSR is that it muddies the waters. Goldman's purpose isn't…


Added by David Martel on July 21, 2010 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Would the Chief Sustainability Officer please stand up?

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) July 20, 2010 - Earlier this month sustainability recruitment and executive search consultancy Acre and independent analyst firm Verdantix brought together top leaders and heads of sustainability to discuss the evolving role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in business.

The seminar sparked debate amongst the professionals gathered as the presenters highlighted the… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 21, 2010 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

No Money To Start Your Dream Green Business? Get a Free Jump Start from

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) SAN FRANCISCO,CA - July 16, 2010 - (GBO) - an interactive community and consultancy for small, green businesses - is offering free admission to its two-day, intensive workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers looking to join the burgeoning green economy on August 21-22 in San Francisco.

Led by Scott Cooney, GBO founder and author of… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 19, 2010 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Carbon Neutral Shipping Extended Internationally


(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) Atlanta, GA - July 14, 2010 - UPS (NYSE:UPS) has expanded its carbon neutral shipping program to 35 countries and territories across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Millions more UPS customers now have the option of paying a small fee to calculate and offset the carbon emissions associated with their shipments.

UPS became the first small… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 15, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

TEEB report on biodiversity Released! Mission Markets mentioned

Mission Markets Blog

New release of one of the most anticipated business and biodiversity reports, the 2010 TEEB Report, “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - Report for Business”! The third annual report was created by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) research consortium at…


Added by David Martel on July 15, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

A Goal for the Next World Cup: Reaching Beyond Recycled Content

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Blog

By Tish Tablan and Steve Bolton

The FIFA World Cup is a great international celebration and competition that has brought increased attention to the environmental impact and overall sustainability of the event.

This year,… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 14, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Issuers and Investors Unite! Mission Markets Has Opened Its Doors

Mission Markets Blog

Mission Markets is in beta launch, accepting both issuers and investors in the social and environmental fields to sign up as members. We're growing fast - after less than a week, we already have 5 issuers and 5 investors on board! Call or email us for basic info, for a demo of the platform, or for help signing up. Or feel free to login yourself, at… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 13, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Return on Integrity Is the New Bottom Line for Marketers

What do a small chocolate maker, a global tire manufacturer, a natural-foods company and an
insurance company have in common? They all believe that acting with integrity is helping their
businesses perform better.

Click here to read the full article.

Added by David Martel on July 13, 2010 at 2:07pm — No Comments

TimeWarner Longitude Project - India Home Building 2010

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) July 12, 2010 - In one of its largest volunteer efforts to date, Turner in the Asia Pacific region is supporting an extraordinary home building project this fall in India. Turner is working in conjunction with the grassroots organization Longitude, a U.S.-based non-profit that was started by a school teacher and his wife who set out to make a… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 13, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Shaking Things Up with Business Sustainability Action

Taiga Company Blog

Traditional business models have focused primarily on maintaining profitability; however, companies are now including environmental and social impacts in the profitability equation. Executives are putting on their ‘green’ glasses and asking their current model some basic… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 12, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

July 21st Webinar: Building a Cycle of Stakeholder Engagement

Please join us for a webinar on the evolving practice of sustainability reporting in the era of social media. The session is designed to inform corporate responsibility executives and communicators at Fortune 1000 companies.

As the communication landscape…


Added by David Martel on July 9, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Taking a Bite Out of the Millennium Development Goals

The Acacia Group - Socially Responsible Leadership

The first of a series of blogs on the MDGs and how they inform CSR, community development, and leadership and learning.

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20 – 22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs’ – The Call to action on the UN Website for the… Continue

Added by David Martel on July 7, 2010 at 6:55pm — No Comments

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