Corporate Social Responsibility walks hand in hand with the New Social Media Almost everyone I know has seen the now famous Sarah Palin impersonation by Tina Fey. SNL racked up 10.2 million viewers for their…
It is a truth that giving has failed Africa. Focusing on Malawi, official development assistance and official aid have steadily been on the increase since the 1980s reaching a peak in 2006 of US$650 Million. Despite this inflow of aid, Malawi’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita has remained fairly static being US$190 in 1980 falling to US$140 in 2001 and currently at a record high of US$250.
Whilst aid has continued to pour into Malawi seeing little success, the inflow of… Continue
Added by Peter Lander on October 27, 2008 at 18:13 —
Muhammad Yunus is a man with a mission: consigning world poverty to history. In his book, Creating a World Without Poverty, Yunus sets out his strategy for making his ambitious dream a reality. As the founder of the Grameen Bank, Yunus has been a pioneer in thinking about how to harness business thinking to fight poverty. As he puts it, "It will require all our creativity and imagination to come up with excellent business ideas that… Continue
I posted a blog entry on NextBillion.net as well as my own blog on my thoughts of the Social Capital Markets conference that occurred a few weeks ago in San Francisco. I met a fellow BFP member there, Alexis Sampson.
You can find the discussion here: Pathological Collaboration. Comments appreciated.
The credit markets are tightening their belts (or bottlenecks) and chances are many business leaders are looking to trim the fat off the edges. Next year’s budgets will reflect the fiscal judiciousness of the obsessive profiteer. Nothing wrong with that, really. It’s why business is in business - to make money for the owners/shareholders. And that is exactly why CSR should be… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 26, 2008 at 23:30 —
In a BBC article it was estimated that the new African free trade zone of 26 countries has a combined GDP of $624bn (£382.9bn).
The coming together of these countries should also help them cope better with the adverse effects of the international economic climate.
This agreement between the leaders of the existing African trading blocks, namely the Southern African… Continue
I want to put this into UK context but it does indicate just how little thought has been put into the whole Voluntary Sector developmen tprogramme nationally and internationally.
Because of the Lisbon Treaty the UK is committed to creating a more tailored skills market this basically means that any options chosen to throw some funds at an idea that appears sound by a national body will recieve funding.
The only way to make this work is to create an international skills… Continue
Added by Mark Trotter on October 23, 2008 at 11:28 —
The following article by Jiayan Huang from The Ticker is an excellent example of the current trends in Corporate Social Responsibility. It highlights the importance of volunteerism through the employer as a benefit that displaces 'salary as king'.… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 20, 2008 at 21:27 —
The Nobel award2006 to Muhammad Yunus has had extraordinary impacts on all of: 1) Yunus
2) 7 million poor women who shared half of the nobel prize
3) the nobel brand
4) the world of people who want microeconomics up not wall street down to spin our global generation
Not in living memory has an award gone to an entrepreneur at the top of his game -in this case freeing the market of end poverty so everyone can joyously unite.… Continue
Added by chris macrae on October 18, 2008 at 20:30 —
Amid chaos in the financial sectors, the trillion dollar bailouts, and the cannibalizing of historic financial institutions around the world, there is a small stage being set. It is being meticulously prepared by the stage hands of fear, loss, anxiety and turmoil. Upon this stage, a troupe of thespians will play out for us, an audience of nations, their rendition of our true… Continue
When I first started working with Inspiris in the field of business fighting poverty, I did some pro-bono marketing work for a great consumer brand called Heart of Africa. All profits made from the brand are re-invested in business development projects in Africa. The organisation behind it is Traidlinks whose vision is to "diminish poverty in developing countries by… Continue
For all of us committed to fighting world poverty, the sheer scale of it can be overwhelming. For me, perhaps the most inspiring story I have heard comes from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley. The powerful message of the book is a simple one: every action, no matter how small, can make a difference. The story is summarised by the Starfish Project, a great… Continue
I have met so many people who can tell me what is wrong with the world. Plus those who quote the words of one of mankinds great leaders that the poor are always with us, but why are so few able to offer the simple commodity that we all have in support of others. - ourselves.
Everyday it should be our aim to do at least one thing that will benefit others, that can be just sharing a moment of comfort and support, It could also be getting involved in a thorny problem and offering a… Continue
Added by Mark Trotter on October 15, 2008 at 8:53 —
Every once in awhile you come across fantastic examples of great Corporate Volunteering programs. They’re great because they manage to achieve strategic alignment between the company’s CSR approach and the company’s brand. They’re great because they can boast high levels of participation from enthusiastic employees, as well as a real sense of camaraderie across all levels of the company. And most importantly, they’re great because they have figured out how to retain - even increase - employee… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 14, 2008 at 1:44 —
I recently came across the following article concerning the hiring of Millennials, or Generation Y. It is one of an increasing number of write-ups underscoring the recruiting imperative facing businesses hoping to attract the best and brightest Millennials to their ranks. If you are in the process of recruiting this… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on October 9, 2008 at 3:30 —
For many corporate leaders, it is not a question of whether to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR), but rather how to do this in the most effective way a way that not only maximizes corporate value, but also social value. This article draws lessons from corporate engagement to advance community economic development (CED), examining innovative corporate engagement strategies, and ways in which social impact can be captured, communicated, and enhanced.…