Tag Archives: CSR

Upcoming CSR Conference: BSR Conference 2012

On October 23-26, BSR (New York) will host the BSR Conference 2012.  BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consultingresearch, and cross-sector collaboration.  According to the conference website, “The BSR Conference 2012 will Continue reading


CSR Learning Opportunities Part 3

Centre for Sustainability Excellence

As a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Provider, the Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE) hosts training seminars for organizations and institutions including sessions such as certified corporate social responsibility practitioner, carbon footprint analysis, life cycle analysis and climate change leadership. Continue reading

CSR Learning Opportunities Part 1

This week we will highlight three different learning opportunities pertaining to corporate social responsibility.

Harvard Business School

Through their Executive Education programs, Harvard Business School (HBS) is offering a course called Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value this coming October.  The HBS Executive Education programs prepare “executives from all over the world for new levels of leadership in their careers and within their organizations.”  The programs are taught worldwide by full-time Harvard Business professors.  Although the programs are non-degree, certificates are awarded for completion.  Each program generally runs for about 3-4 days. Continue reading

Kia motors give Green Light to CSR in Tanzania

Another good example of global CSR efforts. We’re always on the look out to pass along information regarding current CSR initiatives.

Marketing NGOs

Hats off to Kia Motors who earlier this week unveiled its five-year Corporate Social Responsibility Project that is worth as estimated $12 million (but to put that in contect the company earned $2.02 billion in 2010 alone).

In Tanzania they’re already seeing the benefits of the project with the opening of a new educational facility, the Maendeleo Secondary School at Wazo ward in Kinondoni municipality which jointly constructed by a Korean not-for-profit organization, Good Neighbours  and Kia Motors which also donated four Kia pick-up trucks for the school.

Kia Motors Chairman, Mr Cho Kwi Hyun, said the school’s construction is part of a five year project dubbed Green Light which is carried out by his company in different regions in the country. “As part of its corporate social responsibility, Kia Motors is giving something back to the society with a view to enlighten and support the less privileged in many…

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Sometimes What They Need is a Good Day

In recent years Corporate Social Responsibility has become a mainstay for large companies.  Full reports and benchmarking systems are now the norm.  In addition to the corporate standard of foundations and grants, companies now adopt pet projects and host company-wide volunteer days.  From robot-constructing contests to global environmental initiatives, these companies are going out of their way to give back to society. Continue reading

May I Have Your Attention, Please: Creative Ways to Give

Forty six percent of corporate giving is done with cash gifts according to the recent CECP survey 2011 Giving In Numbers. However, with more companies participating in philanthropy, CSR leaders must develop eye-catching and original programs in order to stand out from the crowd. Timberland partnered with Ringo Starr on the “Canvas that Cares” eco-footwear contest, while Groupon employed its daily deal platform for the Feeding America Grassroots campaign. Rock stars and witty copy writers turned these joint ventures into dynamic partnerships that allowed both the corporation and the partner charity to reach an expanded consumer base. The benefits of innovative philanthropy are too cool to ignore.

Groupon, Inc., in particular, is doing an exemplary job of spearheading creative giving campaigns.  In fact, Groupon’s very origins are tied to its precursor, The Point, a group action Continue reading

Everyone is Getting Involved: Engage Employees to Create a Better Culture

A corporation’s identity is not only defined by its business practices, but also by the conduct of its employees. Good people are at the heart of every good corporation, and smart executives recognize that each dedicated member of their workforce is a brand ambassador. CSR is expanding to include creative programs designed to engage employees in the company as a whole. Corporate gift matching, community service days, and student mentoring programs strengthen an internal sense of community and build employee loyalty, all while contributing to the greater good at the core of CSR initiatives. Continue reading

eCertificates Now Available on DonationXchange

eCertificates are now available on DonationXchange! To make your donation request process easier, DonationXchange has integrated a new feature that allows organizations to retrieve and use certificates, tickets, and vouchers electronically.  The integration of the new feature enables you to send donated tickets and certificates instantaneously, saving you time and money.  Contact DonationXchange for more information at 877.513.7627.

How likely are you to take a company’s corporate giving initiatives into account before making a purchase?

Taking the Lead

As companies recognize the diverse benefits of expanding CSR initiatives, they increasingly allocate resources to the creation of their own independent 501(c)(3) entities to handle philanthropic tasks which exceed the capacity of a single internal department. Through their foundations, corporations take charitable efforts into their own hands and become champions of their own causes. Continue reading