Tag Archives: corporate social responsibility

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Are you a “talker” or a “walker?” Corporate Social Responsibility in 2014

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is the recently published by KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013 shows that CSR (also known as Sustainability) reporting is now a mainstream business activity all over the world practiced by 71 percent of the 4,100 companies studied across 41 countries. To […]

A Prescription for New Moms and Socially Minded Businesses

A joint statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) just published in the journals Fertility and Sterility calls for doctors to help patients reduce their exposure to chemicals. “Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetricians, gynecologists, and […]

People, planet and profits: Next year’s triple bottom line agenda for Maine Business for Sustainability

There are a lot of different definitions for what it means to be sustainable business- green practices, sticking around for the long haul, sourcing wholesome supplies and more. As the practice of sustainable business matures its top practitioners today agree it also encompasses sound fiscal management/ governance, positive employee relations, environmental considerations and some kind […]

Half the Sky- Getting involved to help women and girls

Did you have the chance to watch Half the Sky on PBS last night? If not, check your local listings for the re-runs of this four part series based on the book of the same name, authored by the husband-wife New York Times reporting team Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. Click to view the Trailer […]

Skip the lip service- Demand authentic social responsibility from business

When it comes to rebuilding a reputation, remember the “Action, not words” mantra of Cornelia Connelly. It’s another way to say be authentic, put your money where your mouth is, walk the talk… You get the drift. So we’ll see how the new CEO of Barclay’s Bank fares in its rebuilding public trust in the […]

Who’d a thunk it? Success stories from rural Maine

One of the great things about running a successful business Maine, especially rural Maine, is the “Who’d a thunk it?” factor.  Consider the origins of Burt’s Bees, founded north of Bangor by Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz. Today it’s a billion dollar subsidiary of the Clorox Company. Wyman’s of Maine is a global farm company […]

Cost of Child Care can cripple family budget; Leading companies work to ease the burden

When my two children finally were old enough to leave Day Care and start school full time I remember thinking I could use the savings to pay the mortgage on a beach house! Seems that the expense of child care has only climbed higher. A new report published by Child Care Aware of America shows daycare surpassing other household […]