- Monday was International Corporate Philanthropy Day! IBM and The Mosaic Company were the big winners of the CECP 2013 Excellence Awards, presented at the CECEP Board of Boards CEO conference.
- A new report claims international brands may be failing on their CSR goals, with transparency and supply chain operations being the main issue.
- Connecting with friends online could now provide soup to people in need through Panera Bread’s new “Food Chain Reaction” campaign, which combines social media with corporate giving.
- A CSR consultant presents 10 ways to get in bed with the right clients. Insert joke about buying dinner first here.
- It may be time to rethink your image of Wall Street’s sharks. One ethicist suggests that getting rich is the true key to saving the world.
- From the Carnival cruise fiasco to horse meat “beef” in grocery stores, recent crises have highlighted the importance of consumer trust in businesses—or as Drake would call them, #trustissues.
- Forbes lists six criteria for selecting a CSR consultant. Does a blog and a bachelor’s degree count…?
- 3BL Media, a distributor of CSR and sustainability news, has signed a distribution agreement with the Associated Press.
- For sustainability tidbits from the mouths (or thumbs) of experts, follow these 34 corporate sustainability execs on Twitter.
- Next Monday, Feb. 25 is International Corporate Philanthropy Day and the 8th annual Board of Boards CEO Conference, hosted by CECP. CECP will also present its Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy. For background on the organization’s past events, check out these takeaways from the CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit, held last summer in New York.
Corporate transparency has become more and more prevalent in today’s digital age. Shoppers equipped with a smartphone can access business and product information with a tap of their thumb. Taking advantage of this, organizations have created mobile apps focused on a variety of aspects of CSR, so consumers can take this information with them wherever they go. Below are just five of the free CSR apps available!
No matter what issues you support, the GoodGuide app can help inform your shopping decisions. The app connects to the GoodGuide website, which ranks consumer products based on a number of areas of social responsibility, including climate change, fair trade, human rights and nutrition. In addition, the GoodGuide app allows users to scan products in stores in order to access an overall company rating for social responsibility, as well as certifications the company has received. The app also allows major personalization—users can filter based on the issues they care about the most, flag problematic product ingredients and track purchases. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices.
If you’re a lover of seafood and sustainability, Seafood Watch is a great resource for you. Created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch provides up-to-date recommendations for sustainable seafood at restaurants and stores geographically near the user. Users can access “Best Choice,” “Good Alternative” and “Avoid” rankings, as well as “Super Green” seafood that is both healthy and sustainable. The newest version also allows users to share locations where they have found sustainable seafood. The app is available for Android and iPhone.
Free2Work seeks to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery by telling “the story behind the bar code.” A project of Not for Sale, Free2Work allows consumers to access company ratings on policies, transparency, monitoring and worker rights by scanning product bar codes. The app links to social media accounts so users can share findings on Facebook and Twitter. Free2Work features information across a number of consumer industries, including apparel, chocolate and technology. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices.
HRC Foundation Buying for Workplace Equality Guide
Like others on this list, the Human Rights Center app is designed to inform buying decisions on the go. It focuses specifically on LGBT equality in company workplaces. The app includes a highly comprehensive catalog of business and products and their HRC Corporate Equality Index ranking. Each featured business and brand has its own detailed breakdown of workplace policies that contribute to the ranking, such as non-discrimination policies and domestic partner health insurance. The guide links to social media outlets. As of now, it appears to only be available on the iPhone.
Fair Trade Finder
Created by Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Finder is a crowdsourcing app that encourages users to add, tag and photograph Fair Trade Certified products to add to the catalog. The app seeks to help users find fair trade products wherever they are. Fair Trade Finder is available on iPhone and Android, and can also be accessed on Facebook.
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- A Danish vending machine gives back money in exchange for recycled beer cans, with pretty amazing results.
- Innovation and strategic communication are both part of ten steps to making your business’ CSR strategic.
- Chocolate covered strawberries could help get your CFO to love your sustainability director, but this expert recommends looking at the companies’ existing “pain points” first.
- Can NGOs and government organizations partner with mining companies to help developing countries grow? Forbes’ Paul Klein delves into the issue here.
- Community is becoming an ever-important aspect of corporate CSR. Check out these five questions to ask when shortlisting CSR projects to help your client find a practical fit.
- A 2011 study found that CSR can sometimes hurt companies more than helping them. These three steps to making CSR count can help ensure that corporate good has a positive business impact.