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Letters to the editor: Review

A review of letters to the editor received in response to the Alliance magazine, September 2011 edition. The September 2011 edition of Alliance magazine’s focus on ‘Living with the Gates Foundation’ attracted a fascinating array of Letters to the Editor. These were published over the subsequent editions of Alliance and were received from leaders of the philanthropic sector globally. In many ways, I found the letters even more engaging than the original articles. Firstly there … Continue reading

Posted in Issue 15: Spring 2012, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Urgency and Necessity

By Francisco VanderHoff Boersma; Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 86, Supplement 1 (2009) As I re-read the paper The Urgency and Necessity of a Different type of Market: The Perspective of Producers Organized Within the Fair Trade Market  I was reminded how much I liked it the first time. My initial reading of Francisco VanderHoff Boersma’s paper was in the very early days of my PhD research. I was attempting not to drown in a … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, Issue 14: Winter 2012, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Ethical Objections to Fairtrade

By Peter Griffiths; www.griffithspeaker.com and The Journal of Business Ethics (July 2011) I believe to express an opinion one needs to thoroughly understand both sides of the argument, only then can one formulate an informed argument. I chose to review this paper to present the other side of the argument: the one I do not share. My travels to Vietnam and India interviewing Fairtrade farmers, families and cooperatives have convinced me this argument is wrong. … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Responsibility, Ethics, Issue 14: Winter 2012, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Shorebank: Too Good to Fail?

Stanford Social Innovation Review Fall 2011 “On Aug. 20, 2010, the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation closed ShoreBank, the nation’s first and leading community bank, and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. The closure was not unexpected. Reports of the bank’s problems—and a potential rescue—had been circulating for months. But the closure brought to a bitter end an iconic example of progressive social enterprise.” ShoreBank was 37 years old. This … Continue reading

Posted in Issue 12: Summer 2011-2012, Social Enterprise, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

oikos case study on Better Place (Electric Powered Cars)

Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry, Dror Etzion and Jeroen Struben (McGill University, Canada) This is the 2011 winner of the oikos Case Study competition in which oikos and Ashoka join forces to promote the creation of high quality teaching cases on Corporate Sustainability (supported by oikos foundation) and Social Entrepreneurship (supported by Ashoka). The competition welcomes entries from all parts of the world. Written feedback is given to each case contributor. The … Continue reading

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A Transformational Role: Donor and Charity Perspectives on Major Giving in Australia

By Wendy Scaife, Katie McDonald and Susan Smyllie, Queensland University of Technology, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Feb 2011 This excellent study is a rich exploration of why people make major gifts in Australia, their experiences of giving and those of the gift recipients. The study ‘taps into the thoughts of nearly 50 Australians involved in major giving’ and uses a qualitative, small group discussion research method. The project aims to ‘give … Continue reading

Posted in Issue 11: Spring 2011, Philanthropy, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ASX Best Practice Corporate Governance Principles

Editor’s note: The adoption of codes such as the ASX Best Practice Corporate Governance Principles (outlined below) can assist Third Sector organisations to build an ethical culture. They will have a strong ethical culture when board and management lead with integrity, managers reinforce ethical conduct, peers display a commitment to ethics and the organisation integrates its values in day-to-day decision-making. The integration of Codes of Conduct and Ethics into the practice of the organisation, the … Continue reading

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New FIA principles and standards of fundraising practice

Recently the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) launched an important new Code of Practice, Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice, which allows Third Sector organisations to check how they should be operating and allows donors to recognise complying organisations.   Ethical fundraising is crucial to public trust in Third Sector organisations.  The Code plays an important part in setting the framework for appropriate transparency, accountability and ethical practice.  The principles are critical to how the fundraising profession … Continue reading

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