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iPhone Apps to Boost Your Business Productivity

May 3, 2013 by Syed Noman Ali

apps for productivity

iPhones are not just phones for communication; for employees, they serve as a personal assistant. Keeping track of notes and travel dates, accessing remote files and collaborating with teams was never so easy.[read more]

3 Ways to Build Leadership Credibility in Tough Times

May 2, 2013 by Ted Coine

building leadership

So there is significant skepticism among America’s workforce, but great leaders are overcoming and setting examples for how to conquer the most pressing concerns.[read more]

What Are the Benefits of CSR?

May 1, 2013 by Mark Whitman

sustainability and profits

There’s nothing like prefacing an article with a colossal question – what are the benefits of CSR? A question that is both difficult to pose and incredibly difficult to answer.[read more]

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Stigmatizing Unsustainable Behaviors

April 25, 2013 by Richard Crespin

unsustainable behaviors

Unsustainable behaviors follow predictable patterns of addiction. If you want to change the amount of energy Americans waste, follow the same game plan that cut smoking and teen pregnancy in half: stigmatize it.[read more]

Are Personal Carbon Off-sets a Cop-Out?

April 24, 2013 by Mark Whitman

carbon offsets

 

Since the option of trading carbon offsets on the market became a reality, a bewildering array of private companies have become established that offer private citizens the possibility of off-setting their carbon consumption.[read more]

CSR on Your Resume: 5 ways

April 24, 2013 by Bushra Azhar

CSR on your resume

By only looking for people with CSR experience, companies are depriving themselves of talent that could be a great fit for CSR, yet never worked in that role.[read more]

Is Serving on an Audit Committee a Job to Love or Fear?

April 22, 2013 by Norman Marks

I have worked with audit committees for over 20 years, with many directors for whom I have admiration and great respect, and a few who contributed less than they should. Here's some advice...[read more]

The CEO Challenge

April 22, 2013 by Ted Coine

fat cats had enough?

We’ve been paying our CEOs like celebrities for about thirty years now. It’s a failed experiment for the same reason that paying real celebrities has failed: one person cannot save any endeavor by themselves.[read more]

Is Corporate Zoo Sponsorship a Real Contribution to Conservation?

April 16, 2013 by Mark Whitman

sponsoring zoos

While the proportion of most zoos’ incomes derived from corporate sponsorship is generally small, the question remains as to whether this type of funding is ethically used.[read more]

Want To Be A Global Ambassador for Social Good? [VIDEO]

April 11, 2013 by David Connor

your big year

Sometimes the world can feel like an overwhelmingly big place and we, as individuals, can do little on our own to make it better against the tide of challenges and barriers, especially our own self-limiting beliefs.[read more]

Companies Need Entrepreneurs & Employees Willing to Take Risks

April 9, 2013 by Deimar Gutierrez

taking risks

Given the changes in the world economy, every day, there are more risk averse companies and employees. However, risk-taking is an essential part of innovation, and key to the survival and success of a company.[read more]

CSR: Margaret Thatcher’s Unacknowledged Grandchild

April 9, 2013 by Crane and Matten
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The Iron Lady

CSR can be seen as some sort of unacknowledged grandchild of Mrs Thatcher: a knock-on effect of her policies, but certainly not one she would have approved of.[read more]

Employee Motivation – Why It Matters

April 5, 2013 by Ted Coine

employee motivation

One of my clients recently asked me, “Why are you so interested in writing about optimal and suboptimal motivation? All managers care about is productivity, accountability, and results—isn’t it like pushing water uphill with a toothpick?”[read more]

What is the “Moral Gauge” for Leadership?

March 31, 2013 by Frank Bucaro

I would suggest that by in large leaders don’t examine deeply enough the moral dimension of their actions or their decisions. Too much other stuff gets in the way. But people can see the effect of lack of moral leadership.[read more]

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Integrated Reporting: Closing the Gap

March 28, 2013 by Cindy Jennings
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Integrated Reporting is underway in a handful of companies worldwide. Initial efforts are good, but some bad habits of not connecting the environmental and social to financial dots permeates nearly each one. Simply adding your financial statements to your sustainability report and vice versa is not enough.[read more]

Why Sustainability Isn't Sticking with the CXO Office

March 28, 2013 by William Newman

No doubt the issue of sustainability is on the minds of executives. Countless studies confirm this. The now-infamous UN Global Compact Survey (2010) indicated 93% of global executives believed sustainability would have an impact or a profound impact on their operations.[read more]

10 Not So Obvious Barriers to Effective Leadership

March 26, 2013 by Ted Coine

potential resistance

Leadership is not an accomplishment you check off your daily to-dos. At the heart of leadership is the omnipresent, bold belief that influence, relationships, dialogue and faith in people call forward our best leadership abilities.[read more]

Rethinking Charity: Increasing Overhead [VIDEO]

March 23, 2013 by David Connor

rethinking charity

The big challenge is to encourage a significantly stronger entrepreneurial approach to social impact and mitigate the unease created by the increased blurring of the boundaries.[read more]

5 Ways Leading Locally Can Motivate Employees and You

March 19, 2013 by Ted Coine

motivation

With endless examples of ethics scandals, greed, and the disregard for treating employees as people, the time is ripe for surprising leadership that motivates employees and you. Employees, customers and you need encouragement.[read more]

Cause: Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Do Good

March 18, 2013 by Marc Gunther

Cause

Imagine a bar and restaurant that, like Newman’s Own, gives all of its profits to charity. That’s the idea behind Cause, a philanthropub that opened last October in Washington, D.C.[read more]

The Pros and Cons of Being Big

March 17, 2013 by Kevin Moss

Oxfam's new campaign

A new report analyzes the largest food companies across a range of sustainability dimensions, including nutrition and obesity, environment, tracing and trust, poverty and international development.[read more]

China’s Carbon Emissions: Global Consumer Dilemma

March 15, 2013 by Paul Raybould

China's carbon emissions

It's easy to see the economic growth of China as evidence that it should be responsible for fixing its own emissions. However, that growth is fueled by exports to Western nations, so don't they have a part to play?[read more]

Sweet Defeat: CSR and Regulations

March 15, 2013 by Crane and Matten

Bloomberg's soda regulation

Monday’s news from New York puts the topic of corporate responsibility and food back on the agenda. One of Mayor Bloomberg’s flagship projects, the ban to sell soda or sugary drinks in larger than 16oz servings was blocked.[read more]

Aligning the Board, Risk Management, and Internal Audit

March 13, 2013 by Norman Marks

What is the executive leadership team (ELT) and the board worrying about? What are the topics on their agenda? To be successful, they need both the risk management and internal audit functions to be aligned with them.[read more]

Transforming Business from the Inside

March 13, 2013 by Sara Bice

Nikki Wright

Corporate Social Responsibility is a concept embraced in theory, even if its implementation can mean many and varied things from small acts of corporate philanthropy to an overall strategy.[read more]

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10 Steps You Can Take to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

March 12, 2013 by Sarah Brooks

Becoming more eco-friendly, or going green, will benefit both the environment and your business. For one, it cuts down on costs. By saving money in certain areas, you can spend more in other areas, such as marketing to grow your business, or just take more of a profit.[read more]

Sustainable Change: How to Handle Complexity Across Cultures

March 9, 2013 by Aad Boot

Business leaders of today face a high level of complexity. Globalization, technological evolutions, market shifts, an increased pace of change. These have changed the business landscape.[read more]

Sustainable Disposal: Waste to Energy Project

March 7, 2013 by Mark Whitman

global food waste

Waste is the enemy of the green movement. It leaves unsightly blemishes on landscapes and waterways, it poisons the natural environment and the species that live in it.[read more]

How to Improve Cash Flow in your Business

March 4, 2013 by Gemma Cole

‘Invoice discounting’ is a form of short-term borrowing used to improve cash flow. It can allow for quicker access to the credit your business is due, thus improving your cash flow and opening up more working capital.[read more]

7 Sustainability Trends to Watch for in 2013

March 3, 2013 by Lynnette McIntire
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sustainability trends

Marketplace expectations have moved sustainability into the category of “business as usual”, meaning that to stay ahead of the pack, leaders will need to push their ambitions further.[read more]