Tag Archives: Corporate Responsibility

Big-Hearted Blue

The Economist, October 2010 IBM managed to address some of the challenges involved with corporate volunteering by creating an international volunteering program – the IBM Corporate Service Corps. Teams work pro bono with municipalities and governments in the developing world to help develop new strategies in areas ranging from public transport and water supply to food safety and innovation. Launched in 2007 as a “corporate version of the Peace Corps”, the program is now being … Continue reading

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Corporate volunteering: Considering multiple stakeholders

By Louise Lee. Third Sector Review, Vol 16(1), 2010 Corporate volunteering is one of the fastest-growing areas of voluntary activity in the Western World as it is considered a win-win-win for the three main players: the company, employees and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs). However, there is little research evidence to support that assumption from the NFPs perspective. Lee conducted qualitative research among New Zealand companies and NFPs to discover their perceptions about the benefits and challenges … Continue reading

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Towards moral capitalism

by Stephen Young, in The World that Changes the World: How Philanthropy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship are Transforming the Social Ecosystem, edited by W. Cheng, S. Mohamed; John Wiley and Sons, 2010 CSR plays a vital role in ensuring that corporate interests align with the broader social and environmental interests of the community in which businesses operate.  However the basis for CSR and what it entails is not well agreed among the players in the economy.  … Continue reading

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Working with CSR in Brazilian companies

“Working with CSR in Brazilian companies: The Role of Managers’ Values in the Maintenance of Culture”, by Fernanda Duarte. Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 96, Number 3, Pages 355-368. Spring 2010 Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to the duty of management to consider and respond to issues beyond the organisation’s economic and legal requirements, in line with social and environmental values.  However “management” is real people responsible for making decisions and formulating and implementing policies. Duarte … Continue reading

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How the Best Indian Companies Drive Performance by Investing in People

by Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Jitendra V. Singh, and Michael Useen. The Harvard Business Review, March 2010. Practices associated with effective leadership vary across cultures. This piece from the Harvard Business Review highlights the ways leaders of highly-regarded Indian companies focus their energies. The findings are based on interviews of 105 leaders from 98 of the largest Indian-based companies, such as Tata, Reliance, Aventis, and Infosys. Unlike Western CEOs who often claim that cleverness at … Continue reading

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Now What? Three Success Factors for Translating the Corporate Responsibility to Respect into Practice

by Faris Natour, Leading Perspectives: A Trends and Solutions Publication from Business for Social Responsibility; Spring 2009. Corporate responsibility for human rights is a hot topic. As part of the discussions over the last few years, UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, facilitated the development of a conceptual framework: ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy.’ It asserts that the state maintains its duty to protect citizens from corporate human rights abuses. The corporate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Creating a World Without Poverty

Book by Muhammad Yunus. Reviewed by Barbara Merz. Creating a World Without Poverty could easily have been a retrospective. After all, its author has plenty to reflect upon. Instead, the book is unmistakably forward-looking. This book presents a compelling vision for the future of capitalism. It envisions a market where social businesses emerge to address social issues. Muhammad Yunus could have rested on his laurels when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. … Continue reading

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Fulfill the Dream of Leading a Non-Profit

by David Simms and Wayne Luke, The Harvard Business Review, January 2009. The authors of this Harvard Business Review article have worked with several hundred private sector executives seeking to transition to social-sector leadership positions. Their advice to corporate employers? Start lending a hand. Employer programs that help people move into nonprofits can make restless managers more productive and bolster a corporation’s CSR goals. This article cites a study where 9.5% of U.S. workers between … Continue reading

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