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Oil Companies Are On A Slippery Slope With Their First Amendment Claim Against Disclosure Rules

This post is by and Mike Lally In August of last year, the SEC adopted a new rule on disclosures for companies in the oil, gas, and mining sectors. The rules corresponded to a provision passed by Congress in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1504, or the Cardin-Lugar Amendment. The rule requires [...]

10 Ways to Get Into Bed with the Right Clients

For most consultants, clients are like sex – the less you have the more you want and the lure of short-term gratification often outweighs the benefits of waiting for the right long-term partner. The playing field in corporate social responsibility has changed considerably. As I wrote last week (6 Criteria for Selecting a CSR Consultant), [...]

From GAIA to Earthwards: A Front Row Seat to Sustainability in Action at Johnson & Johnson

How challenging can it be to change the design, ingredients and packaging of existing products, built on years and years of research and testing? CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh goes in depth at Johnson & Johnson.

6 Criteria for Selecting a CSR Consultant

As companies  embed corporate social responsibility into their businesses, the value of working with consultants isn’t always clear. In many cases, companies don’t need to hire outside consultants. For example, if you understand your company’s social purpose, your communications team should be able to get the message out. Or if you’ve made a human resource [...]

More Barn: Neil Young and CSR Leadership

“I once went down to Neil’s ranch and he rowed me out into the middle of the lake—putting my life in his hands once again. He waved at someone invisible and music started to play, in the countryside. I realized Neil had his house wired as the left speaker, and his barn wired as the [...]

Ikea: Sustainability and Profitability Two Ends of the Same Stick

With 338 stores and steadily growing, superstore IKEA's footprint continues to expand. Yet, the company is pursuing profitability and sustainability as two ends of the same stick. Aman Singh reports.

Mining and International Development: Partner or Pariah?

What sort of problems arise when NGOs  and government agencies try to partner with mining companies to advance international development? Are such partnerships doomed to fail? “Would we try it again? Probably not,” Rosemary McCarney, Plan Canada’s President and CEO, said last week in a Toronto Star article  titled Donors closing wallets to Canadian charities [...]

Sandy’s Big Price for Small Businesses

According to the U.S. Small Administration, up to 90% of small businesses get the majority of their business from within two miles of their front doors. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Civic Center (BCLC) estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 small businesses have already been negatively impacted and as many [...]

The Changing Tides of Sustainability Talent: It’s Not About Being Indiana Jones

A career in corporate social responsibility or sustainability can be thrilling. It seems nothing ever stays the same. Sure, many of the leaders from ten years ago are still blazing trails. But as more companies adopt sustainability policies, the shifting tides in the field change the skills and knowledge required. To gain some perspective on [...]

Dr. King’s Triple Bottom Line

Sixty years ago this week, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his first sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. At his first sermon, King preached about ‘the three dimensions of a complete life’. King referred...Show More Summary

Evaluating CEO Performance: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

“Many management thinkers argue that it is no longer enough to do well financially; companies also need to improve the well-being of (or at least not harm) the communities in which they operate, the environment, and their employees,” wrote Morten T. Hansen, Herminia Ibarra, and Urs Peyer in The Best Performing CEOs in the World, [...]

Communicating CSR: Four Lessons from Chevron and IBM

“You got me there.” That’s what a vice president of marketing for a global pharmaceutical company told me a few years ago when I asked about the impact of her company’s corporate social responsibility communications. At the time, this company was spending millions every year on communicating its programs. Two full-page ads in the most [...]

Ten Ways to Make a Bigger Difference in 2013

As a follow up to the article I wrote last week (Three Ways to Secure Your Social License to Operate is 2013) here are ten practical ways that businesses and civil society organizations can improve the impact of their social purpose initiatives in 2013. 1. Create an Advisory Council. Unbiased input from and social change authorities [...]

Three Ways to Secure Your Social License to Operate in 2013

Twenty twelve was the year of Creating Shared Value. Twenty twelve was the year when  was found to be an inadequate way of aligning business results and social outcomes. Twenty thirteen will be the year of the social license to operate (SLO). As the New Year begins, you need to know why SLO has become [...]

How Would The World’s Future Leaders Address Climate Change?

Want to know what influential young leaders are thinking about the problem of climate change? I did, and was fortunate to be tapped as a consultant for the Future Influencers community; an exclusive think tank of young decision makers dedicated to tackling the problems of global sustainability. Initiated and supported by, the social media-savvy [...]

Five Ways Your Company Can Avoid a Crisis Like Ikea’s

Ikea used forced prison labour to make furniture—headline in The Independent. On Thursday it was business as usual at Ikea. On Friday the results of an independent investigation by Ernst & Young revealed that in the 1980s political prisoners in the former East 2. Identify and engage all possible special interest and advocacy groups and [...]

Moving Beyond CSR: The Business of Social Change

Two weeks ago I wrote an article titled Is CSR as We Know It Obsolete? that questioned the value of corporate social responsibility (). I expected criticism from the community but almost all the feedback I received has been supportive. The majority of readers who posted comments agreed with my premise that social change isn’t the [...]

The CSR Challlenge For Companies Doing Business In China

China’s emergence as an economic force has been both rapid and relatively recent. It was only in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), allowing it access to foreign markets with very low tariffs on Chinese exports. In exchange, China had to lower its own tariffs on imports and follow the terms of [...]

Climate Crimes Against Humanity?

Last week PBS aired Frontline’s “Climate of Doubt,” documenting the success of the denialists in reversing U.S. political opinion on climate science. While journalists and academics have been covering this story, this was the first comprehensive television documentary about the groups and political forces driving the climate change denial effort. The success of the climate [...]

Despite $1B Fraud Lawsuit, Bank of America Insists, We Acted Responsibly

It’s safe to say that when most people think of corporate social responsibility (), they think of environmentally friendly packaging, supply chain issues, or even corporate philanthropy. But finance? According to Alexandra (Alex) Liftman, Global Environmental Executive for, finance has an important role to play in advancing and sustainability goals. I sat down with [...]

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