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Fast Stats About Giving in America Today

giving The annual Giving USA Foundation report has just been released, and the numbers tell an interesting story about corporate giving.  An alarming story, that is.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Americans gave $335.17 billion to charity in 2013.  Which sounds good until you…


Added by Ryan Scott on July 22, 2014 at 3:14am — No Comments

What standards are you accepting?

This weeks sparkenation.

Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of the Australian Army doesn’t mince words in this video. And rightly so.

His message is a key for us all in every aspect of our lives.

"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept."

Lieutenant General David… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on July 19, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Alstom Donates Generator to Ecotech Institute for Student Training

Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training, now has a generator capable of powering 15,000 average America homes. The generator, which is one of the most expensive components in a wind turbine, is a donation from Alstom, the world’s leading energy solutions…


Added by Chelsea O'Neill on July 16, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Want to Succeed? Give Back.

ladder1 I’ve been catching up on the work of renowned organizational psychologist Adam Grant. Wharton’s youngest full professor and single highest-rated teacher, Grant has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science…


Added by Ryan Scott on July 15, 2014 at 1:26am — No Comments

John G. Ruggie-- "The Past as Prologue? A Moment of Truth for UN Business and Human Rights Treaty"

I have been considering the recent moves by the Human Rights Council to begin considering a treaty  to replace/amplify/substitute/supersede the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights that the HRC has itself only recently and unanimously endorsed.  See Larry Catá Backer,…

Added by Larry Catá Backer on July 8, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

A Fallen Hero and the Company He Kept


Stephen Robinson The other day, I received the terrible news that Steve Robinson, a leading advocate for veterans and a friend of Causecast, had suddenly passed away.  He died at the age of 51, while working at his desk at Prudential, laboring to the very end to improve the lives of veterans.  

Steve’s work at…


Added by Ryan Scott on July 7, 2014 at 1:11am — No Comments

And a Treaty to Bind them All—On Prospects and Obstacles to Moving from the GPs to a Multilateral Treaty Framework, a Preliminary Assessment

As the Business and Human Rights Resource Center explained:

At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, two resolutions were tabled for adoption by the Council. The first is a resolution drafted by Ecuador and South Africa and signed also by Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela. It was originally tabled on 19 June, then updated on 24…

Added by Larry Catá Backer on July 3, 2014 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Co-creating a culture of candor

“Creativity has to start somewhere, and we are true believers in the power of bracing, candid feedback and the iterative process-reworking, reworking, and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its through line or a hollow character finds its soul.”

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, in a wonderful book Creativity, Inc.

Candor is critical to the culture of Pixar and Walt…


Added by Ian Berry on July 2, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Technology Won’t Save the World

dreamstime m 32619923 Sure, an odd headline coming from the CEO of a SAAS (software as a service) company that’s focused on
corporate philanthropy.  But let me explain why I’ve come to recognize the limits of my first love, technology.

In the beginning, it was…


Added by Ryan Scott on June 30, 2014 at 1:04am — No Comments

Circular thinking in procurement

I believe that Circular thinking in Procurement will be an integral part of any Responsible Procurement approach in the future.

At the same time it will be a great opportunity with high potential for procurement.

Why? Procurement has to…


Added by Responsible Proc. on June 25, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

How to develop the Responsible Procurement business case in 7 steps

In an earlier post named Why build a Responsible Procurement business case I described why a Responsible Procurement business case is…


Added by Responsible Proc. on June 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Do Your Millennials Have a Future?


Millennials future Recently, I was skimming an article about how company managers can prepare Millennials to take on leadership roles in business.  The piece addressed the looming explosion of Gen Y-ers in the workplace -…


Added by Ryan Scott on June 23, 2014 at 2:23am — 1 Comment

Ecotech Institute Installs Hands-On Equipment Modules for Power Utility Technician Program

Students considering degrees in the power utility or renewable energy industry can now find unprecedented access to power equipment modules at Aurora, Colo.-based Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training.  

Ecotech Institute’s Power…


Added by Chelsea O'Neill on June 20, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Complimentary Course : Learn How to Design & Fund International Development Projects

Good morning,


The Center for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the beta version of a new experience for us in distance-learning. We're asking that you preview our new 100% online course—How to Design & Fund International Development Projects—for free.


This is our flagship course that we've been offering at the Center for close to five years now. Our development courses have been taken by people from 149 different countries and 500…


Added by Tim Magee on June 20, 2014 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Ecotech Institute Installs Graymark Weatherization Equipment for Residential Energy Management Program

Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training, recently installed Graymark Weatherization Equipment to train and prepare Residential Energy Management (REM) students. This hands-on test equipment allows students to practice for the…


Added by Chelsea O'Neill on June 19, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Giving Back to Dear Mother (Earth) on Her Special Day


Earth day heart process s300x300 Every day should be Earth Day.

That said, the official Earth Day celebration takes place once a year, an occasion when over a billion people in 190 countries take action, whether in the form of planting trees, cleaning up their communities, or doing anything else that says “I love you” to the environment.…


Added by Ryan Scott on June 12, 2014 at 1:21am — No Comments

New Paper Posted: "China’s Corporate Social Responsibility With National Characteristics: Coherence and Dissonance With the Global Business and Human Rights Project"

Corporate social responsibility, both in its traditional forms and in its current international form as as species of human rights, has become an important issue of corporate governance both in the national and international spheres.But the discourse, and the premises underlying it, are usually based on Western models of corporate governance and the structuring of political states and public order.  While those premises are powerful, and shared among a large number of states, both powerful…


Added by Larry Catá Backer on June 10, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Summerize Workplace Philanthropy


tropical vacation packages It’s not just your imagination: summer is getting in the way of getting things done at work.  To the tune of a 20 percent drop in workplace productivity, according to a Captivate Network study, with projects taking 13 percent longer to complete and workers becoming a whopping 45 percent more distracted.…


Added by Ryan Scott on June 5, 2014 at 12:52am — No Comments

Culture is King and Change Leadership is Queen

I originally wrote this article for Switch and Shift. It’s a subject close to my heart and for people aligned with my work and so I am sharing it with people everywhere.

The great Kings and Queens were and are loved by the people.

Great leaders are loved too.

In business, culture…


Added by Ian Berry on June 1, 2014 at 10:55pm — No Comments

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