Category Archives: Social Responsibility

Revving up for 2015? Here’s a five point checklist

As we approach 2015, there are five things businesses, foundations and non profits can start now to make a greater social impact in the year ahead: Time for a tune up. Are you achieving what you set out to do? We find that at around the 3-5 year mark of a CSR or grant making […]

In a Company Crisis, the Best Defense Is a Strong Offense

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When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, the company will have a better chance of emerging from the crisis with its reputation in tact if it has the benefit of the doubt from the beginning. If a company is already acknowledged as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats […]

Emerging ways to fund social change

There has been a pop in articles and commentary since the start of September that focus on different ways to fund positive and effective social change. One New York Times piece, “Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground” affirms that we were onto something real when we started Giving Strong three years ago – […]

Millennial Fever | What do they want?

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I just gave a guest lecture about triple bottom line business practices to an MBA class studying sustainability at the University of Southern Maine, those coveted Millennials whose generation is shaping business and culture. Everyone’s talking about Millennials (born roughly between 1980-2000). Any Google news search will uncover a litany of headlines about their influence: […]

Running a purpose-driven business #LikeaGirl – or a guy – would

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Always, the maker of feminine hygiene products owned by P&G, has a great culture change campaign under way: #LikeaGirl. You’ve probably seen it, since it’s logged over 28 million views. But if not, you can watch the video here and cheer for the tween and teen girls who realize how insidious the phrase has become. Run […]

What else to include in your Corporate Social Responsibility practice

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In my Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) career I have worked with companies that are or wish to be more responsible sourcers. They care about what is in their products, the ethics of the supply chain and manufacturing practices. That’s a side of CSR that many forget- that CSR is about more than community donations. It’s […]

Top college planning advice; Information on grants from experienced Maine counselor

It was a full house on June 13 in Bath for Morse High School graduation.

Today we are in the midst of a full on effort for Maine’s next generation to 1) aspire to attend college and 2) have the means to make it happen. In Bath, Morse High School Counselor Leslie Trundy is on the front lines of this kind of dream building. The population of that city is […]

Manufacturers and Retailers: Did you know Dodd-Frank may apply to you? How to prepare for upcoming conflict mineral rules

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When the Dodd-Frank Act became law in 2010 most considered it as regulations exclusive to the financial services industry- regulating financial markets, instituting consumer protections and realigning federal agencies. So, many in the manufacturing and retail space are surprised to learn that Dodd-Frank applies to them too, with a ban on using Conflict Minerals. They […]

Great news from shoes

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On occasion, business competitors will transcend their rivalries to unite for a common purpose and Corporate Social Responsibility is elevated to an industry standard. Coming up in April, the footwear industry will mark such an effort with Footwear Cares®, an industry‐wide community service program led by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the event’s title […]

What’s Impact Investing? Good question.

I’ll bet you don’t know about Impact Investing. That’s ok. According to a recent poll conducted by the CFA Institute not even financial advisors are clear on what it is – only 14 percent said hey know. That jibes with the audience that attended the Impact Investing conference in Boston this fall, part of a […]