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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
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
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
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
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