Tag Archives: corporate social responsibility

The impact-to-scale ratio

Every so often, I cannot help but comment from afar on corporate social responsibility (CSR).  I worked in this area for IBM and GE before coming to Acumen, and I greatly appreciate what it takes to get big companies to … Continue reading

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Employee since 2007

The next time you’re in CostCo, check out the employees’ badges.  Right under the employee’s name, the badge say “Employee since _______”.  Subtle, but powerful. From what I know about CostCo, this is the real deal – they care about … Continue reading

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Mystified in the egg aisle

The other day my wife sent me to the supermarket to buy some eggs.  You should try this yourself: go into the supermarket to buy just one semi-generic item (eggs, milk, orange juice) and you too might be paralyzed by … Continue reading

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CSR 2×2 Redux Part II – What are we really learning?

(Part 2 of 2 on “Should foundation program officers be more like venture capitalists?” is coming soon) A press release on CSR just came over the transom today, and I read it as validation of the Corporate Responsibility 2×2 post … Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility 2×2 conversation

I want to thank Brad Googins, the Executive Director of Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and Steve Rochlin, Head of AccountAbility North America, for commenting on my post on Corporate Social Responsibility. This is the beginning of the conversation … Continue reading

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The Corporate Social Responsibility 2-by-2

Nathanial Whittmore, who writes a great blog at Change.org, posted yesterday about Brad Googins’ response to Barack Obama’s inauguration speech (Brad runs the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College).  Nathanial was very enthusiastic about Brad’s call for corporations to … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap (Something for something)

A reader emailed me with information on this entry from the BusinessToolsBlog, Donate to Charity with Your Mouse, Not your Wallet.  You click on links and the charities get money.  The reader asked me if I agreed that this was … Continue reading

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Nike’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts falling short? (or, why I’m so skeptical about CSR)

Here’s what struck me in Fortune’s recent article on Nike titled, “Citizen Nike” that looks into labor conditions in Nike’s supply chain: despite real, serious efforts on Nike’s part, conditions in the factories that manufacture their shoes hasn’t improved significantly … Continue reading

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Do you just do “more than nothing”?

I recently had the chance to look at the corporate responsibility / poverty alleviation project of a major multinational corporation, and it looked very familiar.  As far as I could tell, they took a set of things they already did, … Continue reading

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Even Fiji Water can be green?

On my commute to work, while I was digging up information for my previous post on the oil we’re burning to make bottled water, I saw this ad for Fiji water, the #2 selling premium water in the U.S. Fiji … Continue reading

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