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BlackRock CEO Tells Companies To Contribute To Society. Here's Where To Start

BlackRock CEO Tells Companies To Contribute To Society. Here's Where To Start | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Larry Fink, CEO of $6T asset manager BlackRock, sent a letter to public company CEOs calling on them to take a leadership role in making a contribution to society. With a Wall Street powerhouse calling on companies to embrace purpose, here's where you can begin.
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This article voices Larry Fink's public letter for CEOs and their companies to contribute more to society than just profits. His steps towards reaching a more providing future in business are as follows-

 

  • Start with core values and beliefs, and to not bandwagon on current social justice without understanding the history of the issue as it can be seen through as marketing ploys 
  • Assess your risk profile, as the more heated the issue you choose to defend the bigger the polarization you create with your target audience. It is best to understand if the motive is worth the loss. 
  • Make sure your brand can fit the narrative, so it does not look like you are reaching. 
  • Pick words and imagery wisely, as the message could be positive, but even if unintentional, a wrong move could be more than hurtful. 

 

While these points are relevant and accurate, it seems to be more adjustive to the current climate-when what we should be targeting is the overall climate in general. What I mean by that is, half of this is written in terms of these two points-

 

  • Most of your audience is liberal, pander to them
  • We live in a politically correct era, abide by it 

 

Let me elaborate. 

Take the recent H&M mishap, where a black child was advertised in the hoodie, "coolest monkey in the jungle". This obviously did not go well, with black people unfortunately having had a history with similar remarks, but negatively. 

>H&M's core values are to be inclusive, as diversity is in their mission statement and employment policies 

>This was not a heated issue, just a child modeling in clothing

>Clothing brands would be perfect to showcase minorities as beautiful, it fits

 

But the only thing they failed at as their choice of words and imagery, which, should not have been seen as an issue if the own child AND mother had spoken on record saying they were happy simply to be paid and featured, but, we live in a time where everyone wants to defend when not needed and be a hero. Millennials in a nutshell. 

 

This article was written as if companies do nothing, and yes, there are multiple occasions where companies do f-k up, but you're simply advising on how to avoid getting into trouble in the current day and age, when we should be criticizing some of it too. That is true progression, if we care about society as a whole. It would have been nicer if Larry had told us some creative ways to give back to society instead, not teach everyone seemingly how to. He did not even get specific with what the current issues they could help tackle are. Or even some dirty tactics CEOs and their companies do that hurt society to reach their status? If you leave it up to companies, then well, they'll play it safe, doing their jobs which is to make profits, the point Larry was trying to make, but was lost. But.. who can blame them now? 

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We’ll Change the Planet - Training 100,000 Sustainability Professionals and Entrepreneurs! – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

We’ll Change the Planet - Training 100,000 Sustainability Professionals and Entrepreneurs! – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) has created the Sustainability Academy, a new online platform for companies to increase their social Impact. The goal is to teach the language of sustainability, promote common goals and explain its unifying principles,global boundaries. Companies can educate their staff, suppliers and other stakeholders in the field of sustainability, and hopes to build a community of 100,000 by 2020.

The academy platform helps organizations support social entrepreneurship and young entrepreneurs who want to start careers and enterprises already focused on sustainability. This is an extremely smart initiative for those that really care about a growing need for ethical practices, and as education is the strongest form of change, this can become a strong center as it promotes potential businesses as well, all for a better cause.
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Chelsea FC Takes On Anti-Semitism At Auschwitz March Of The Living

Chelsea FC Takes On Anti-Semitism At Auschwitz March Of The Living | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
A high-level official delegation from Chelsea FC is traveling on behalf of the club for important work at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex—grounds far different than the football pitch at Stamford Bridge.
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As a Chelsea FC fanboy this made me proud. Unfortunately football (soccer) faces many forms of racism today, with one of my most appalling memories being when Dani Alves, a darker skinned ex player for FC Barcelona was thrown banana peels, as a harsh reference to black people once being mocked as being monkeys. Despite being, 'the beautiful sport', there has been a lot of ugly, Chelsea Academy and officials are in on the March for the Living program in Poland that is bringing together more than 12,000 people from 40 countries to educate the world about the Holocaust.  Yesterday, they marched as a living memorial on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, through the Nazi concentration camp complex at Auschwitz.

Chelsea sent the official delegation as part of its Say No to Antisemitism campaign. The campaign was kicked-off earlier this year ahead of a home match against Bournemouth, led by a message from club owner Roman Abramovich that was published in a match day program. While we tend to ostracize people of such behavior, Chelsea has been more inviting fans to be educated of such issues, as research has shown that particular ways of exposing people who express extreme ideas to equally contradictory messages can result in long-lasting, more-conciliatory attitudes. This is an excellently thought out campaign as Chelsea's home stadium is known as the Stamford Bridge, a.k.a, "The Bridge", and this all being part of their "Building Bridges" initiative to bring the sport and its people worldwide together. It is important for companies to have it's core beliefs streamlined in what they advertise as a better cause, and to have such an all-round effort from Chelsea FC seems so genuine, that you really can't hate the club. Also, does not hurt how they are the best in the world. Don't look at the standings though-all fixed I swear.
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Getting rid of plastic bags: a windfall for supermarkets but it won't do much for the environment

Getting rid of plastic bags: a windfall for supermarkets but it won't do much for the environment | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Moves by major to supermarkets to only offer plastic bags for a charge could make these businesses more than a million dollars a year, but it may only have a small impact on the environment.
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Australia’s two supermarket giants, Woolworths and Coles, have announced that their stores will stop offering their regular plastic bags within 12 months. Instead, customers will be able to buy a more durable plastic bag at 15 cents apiece, or simply bring their own. There are costs beyond just the bags themselves, such as the costs associated with sourcing and negotiating with packaging suppliers, procuring them, shipping and warehousing them, and distributing them to stores only to then give them away. It is possible to see an 80% decline in plastic bag use as shoppers actively search for alternatives to free bags. Most shoppers will probably reuse the 15c bag, or look to other options like canvas bags, polyethylene bags or cardboard boxes.

However, simply charging for a plastic bag, without directing these funds into environmental programs, does not necessarily resolve the problem. Shoppers slowly return to old habits, governments and retailers stop educating consumers and re-usable bags soon make their way into water ways and landfill. The effort to reduce and reuse waste needs to be a societal effort that includes convenience and affordability as much as thoughts for the environment.
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If charities can't inspire loyalty, 'caring capitalism' will take over | Max du Bois | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

If charities can't inspire loyalty, 'caring capitalism' will take over | Max du Bois | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Companies focus on passion and ethics while the voluntary sector strives to sound more businesslike. It’s time to fight back – here’s how
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A great article by The Guardian explains how more people have faith in corporations to do their due diligence with their profits than non for profit charities with the sole purpose of responsibility.

In the UK, 88% of people think corporations have the resources and influence to make change at international, national and local levels; and 78% think they should do it. Meanwhile, research shows that 83% of households use a service provided by a charity but a quarter of them don’t actually realize this. Charities are not getting credit where it’s due, and the ways this could be changed is by bettering value statements to create trust and -
-Don’t waste the opportunity to use value statements to say something really engaging and different, avoid using anything generic
-Demonstrate you are professional, inclusive, transparent and so on, and use the values statement for something really engaging, there is a difference between values and behaviors 
-Stand for something, cause a reaction, get past the obvious, remember who you represent and find something genuine 

People put too much faith in the private sector when we should in charities, if we want the free market to continue to evolve we need to do our part as a society to donate, but in light of scandals and bad press, proper charities are overshadowed. We need to change this. 
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Gucci Bans Fur: ‘It’s Not Modern’ | News & Analysis | BoF

Gucci Bans Fur: ‘It’s Not Modern’ | News & Analysis | BoF | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
The Kering-owned megabrand lends heft to a growing chorus of luxury companies going fur-free.
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As part of a wider sustainability plan, Gucci has signed to the Fur Free Alliance, an organisation that promises to end exploitation and killing of animals for fur, and bans it's use taking effect with its Spring/Summer 2018 collections. Gucci joins Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani, who are all fur-free, and will use faux fur, wool and other materials as a substitute. 

This is spot on for fashion companies to do, but I really wish we took the same initiatives as society to put human life as a priority as much as animal life. We can do so much for poverty, terrors and tragedies that even children face, but we obsess over other ethical matters. Not to mention how some need to kill animals to survive both for food and warmth, lets not get ahead of ourselves that we should pressurise companies into banning animal fur. We all know how goose down jackets are much warmer than any other form of lining-sometimes it is a necessity. For fashion and appearance and not technical use however, it is indeed not modern and very unnecessary. It is a great move to not abuse a society created for both animals and humans. 
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Nestlé Waters Achieves North America’s First and Only Gold Standard Water Stewardship Certification for California Bottling Factory – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Nestlé Waters Achieves North America’s First and Only Gold Standard Water Stewardship Certification for California Bottling Factory – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Nestle has now become the first bottling factory in north america tor reach AWS standard, now achieving their priority outlined last year for all five of the company’s California factories to be certified. The AWS Standard is the first in depth global standard for measuring responsible water stewardship through environmental, social and economic criteria. From water facility location to stakeholder identification, having an analysis to showcase brand efforts can connect consumers on a personal level and may create brand loyalty, especially Nestle Water who is not priced at a premium like Fiji or Smart Water (who, have not gotten similar credentials).

Of the company’s five California factories revealed during the auditing process for AWS standardizing, showed combined savings of more than 54 million gallons of water between 2016 and 2017. While packaging water, a natural resource for profit is still debatable, Matt Howard, director of AWS North America is right- sustainable freshwater can be used socially, environmentally, and economically responsibly. If profits are being made but done in respect to it's source (in this case, Nestle aims to protect threatened freshwater ecosystems for people and nature), then we as a society who cares for the welfare and economic status of people through employment should allow it. 
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Businesses Can't Afford To Ignore 'Giving Back' In The 21st Century

Businesses Can't Afford To Ignore 'Giving Back' In The 21st Century | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Many brands that choose to shun any real efforts at executing corporate philanthropy are putting themselves on the path to extinction.
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An interesting point, made by Emily Lyons for HuffPo Canada. She claims and rightfully so that, in this connected world where internet is almost a necessity in a home as water is, that those companies who do not have an ethical approach to business will be put on blast because of the culture of news spreading quicker through social media than other media channels through retweets and shares, too quick for any damage control to be done as the message has been imprinted deep within recipient. It does not help how us millenials are too poor with fact checking, we trust social media outlets more than any other resource. 

Because of this arguably easier publicity access, companies can do better for easy promotion and audience appeal. If they are not investing research and time for society as said, it is not only hurtful but a missed opportunity.

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Global Water Challenge Receives Prestigious Microsoft Grant for Water Point Data Exchange Platform – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Global Water Challenge Receives Prestigious Microsoft Grant for Water Point Data Exchange Platform – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Microsoft is known to have a more than charitable past, and many companies may not be up to their stature, however can still collaborate with other businesses to create a better tomorrow. With their technology and capital, Microsoft has awarded Global Water Challenge the Microsoft AI for Earth Azure Awards grant to provide GWC with training and access to world-class machine learning and GIS technology. GWC received this grant to grow its Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) – the world’s largest open source water point data library. WPDx enables governments and their partners to better provide water services that will last for generations. 

With many countries, especially in Asia and Africa having citizens living with polluted water that has them vulnerable to diseases. In fact,  according to WHO, every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment. Water is a necessity for human life and is ridiculous people in 2018 live in such conditions where in the West we can be fine through a tap. Even crazier is how in Canada, people in the Northern Reserve struggle themselves. Microsoft announced their intent to invest $50 million over 5 years into universal clean water interests, allowing governments and their partners to use the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence in a new way.. AI is the future, with many knowing Business Technology Management as where all the money will be going into and made. More and more careers helping others and still being profitable should be a sector many developed countries should be looking into. Water, clean air, health are things we can not have others be liable for themselves for as these are all things needed to live. Lets put the human back as a priority to humanity. 
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Swarovski and BSR Announce Collaborative Sustainability Project ‘Women in Jewelry’ – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Swarovski and BSR Announce Collaborative Sustainability Project ‘Women in Jewelry’ – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Swarovski and BSR will call jewellery company heads in April in Paris post findings for review and combine support for further field research. This group effort will help further insights and develop recommendations for how companies can identify, create and implement opportunities for women in jewellery supply chains.

This is a smart move by Swarovski that did not need much planning, but lots of implementation that would easily bring them more success. Women are already a huge part of jewellery, with 148B in global sales and 78% of purchases coming from women alone, but even deeper in production itself- from mining to manufacturing, and in large-scale production. Swarovski recognises that advancing equality and enabling women to fulfil their potential is not only good for business, but also has a positive impact on society. There are many opportunities both internally and externally to fill gender gaps worldwide for women behind the supply chain process. 
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First Corporate Sustainability Bond in Asia Issued by TLFF for a Natural Rubber Company in Indonesia – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

First Corporate Sustainability Bond in Asia Issued by TLFF for a Natural Rubber Company in Indonesia – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) announced its a landmark US$ 95 million Sustainability Bond to help finance a sustainable natural rubber plantation on heavily degraded land in two provinces in Indonesia. The project involves funding a  collaboration with WWF, PT Royal Lestari Utama (RLU), an Indonesian joint venture between France’s Michelin and Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group, for climate smart, wildlife friendly, socially inclusive production of natural rubber. Out of a concession area of 88,000 hectares, roughly 45,000 hectares will be set aside for community livelihoods and conservation, the rest for rubber production plantations.

While banks remain corporate, them playing a major role should enable sustainable and impactful projects everywhere. This project is proof clients have interests to invest in projects and companies that combine commercial and financial activities with environmental and social purpose. As reducing climate change and deforestation will take millions of dollars, the private sector can be the game changer, more money needs to be put into this emerging market of sustainability, while still continuing production for a profit. 
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Measuring Fashion Report Delivers Results From the First Study on the Global Environmental Impacts of the Apparel and Footwear Industries – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Measuring Fashion Report Delivers Results From the First Study on the Global Environmental Impacts of the Apparel and Footwear Industries – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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I shop a lot. Unfortunately to keep up with the beauty standard of society, me and millions of others are reducing the standard of living around the world. ClimateWorks Foundation, alongside consultants from Quantis have produced a report measuring the impacts of apparel and footwear industries. Combined are 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, apparel alone expected to increase by 49%. To put this in perspective, this equates to the greenhouse gasses by the United States (which in itself is a disturbing fact).

With fashion becoming faster, cheaper and more accessible, the bigger becomes our carbon footprint. Ironically, the number of people buying shoes, stocking multiple to make a profit in the resale market, shows how much greed exists within our society, under no consideration for mother nature. Hopefully companies can rethink strategies with such information now becoming available. Adidas for example has already begun, with their Adidas EQT Parsley being created, literally, through trash. If the same silhouette can be recreated through recyclable materials then we can only imagine what products in the industry can be done similarly to match 'needs' of today, and of those of tomorrow. 
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Investing in Energy Access – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Investing in Energy Access – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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When we think of progression, we usually think of Western, European, & larger Asian countries, forgetting about the third world. One country for example, Africa holds 600 million people without electricity, 70% of it's Sub-Saharan population.

The seventh U.N Sustainable Development Goal is dedicated to sustainable energy access,leading to the multi-national initiative Sustainable Energy for All. In 2016, the US Congress passed The Electrify Africa Act, supported by the multi-agency US Power Africa initiative. All of these initiatives show the need for private sector investment, who have shown interest. 

Not only is it our responsibility to help other communities unable to meet their basic needs, but this would eventually lift them out of poverty to create new markets, loyal customers and profitable business owners trading worldwide and employing many of their own people. 

Though risks exist, such as site selection based on little background data, community involvement and cooperation, and project commitment, risks can be managed with Investors and project developers using proven Community Engagement and Financial Inclusion methodologies to reduce these risks, strengthen customer demand and increase the likelihood of overall venture success. Capitalism has the power for growth, let us use the resources we now have for those who have the potential for the same. 


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UPS to Deploy First Electric Truck to Rival Cost Of Conventional Fuel Vehicles – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

UPS to Deploy First Electric Truck to Rival Cost Of Conventional Fuel Vehicles – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Reading this article as an avid online shopper has me extremely excited for the future ahead. UPS has worked alongside Workhorse group to bring 50 plug in delivery vehicles, providing nearly 400% fuel efficiency improvement, having a range of 100 miles between charges that will occur overnight,

In a climate where grocers deliver and Amazon pushing 2 hour delivery promises in some areas, a convenience to us is a push behind for our environment. While our retail habits will still be in question, at least through routes like this we may pursue them much more peacefully. 

UPS as a company in general is very admirable when it comes to their sustainability efforts, ones other companies should be taking notes on. They do not dive into lanes simply for publicity sake, but simply want to engage in the business they started in a more eco friendly way. They are constantly evolving. By currently operating with more than 300 electric vehicles deployed in Europe and the U.S., and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles, and through plans of pledging to obtain 25 percent of the electricity it consumes from renewable energy sources by 2025, UPS seems to be making profit the right way. 
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Florida brewery creates edible beer holders to save marine life | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Florida brewery creates edible beer holders to save marine life | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Discarded plastic six-pack rings trap and kill fish and other sea life. Could holders made from wheat and barley be an animal-friendly alternative?
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Discarded plastic six-pack rings trap and kill fish and other sea life. Saltwater Brewery is producing biodegradable, edible beer pack ring, made from wheat and barley waste, natural byproducts of the beer-making process.The packaging starts to reduce within two hours of being in the ocean, which prevents fish or other sea animals getting stuck in the rings. They take two to three months to completely disappear in the ocean. The new cans will cost around 25 cents per unit, about 10 cents more than over the recyclable plastic six-pack rings Saltwater previously used for production.

In the US, about 67bn beer cans are consumed each year. While we should be better humans and not discarding waste the way that we do, but at least companies are doing their part to help the growing issue. Ocean levels rising and sea creatures live at risk, we live in a global community where we use so much of nature-we should give back or at least be sustainable in our selfish practices to enjoy life. 
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Blommer Announces New Sustainability Initiative for Cocoa Farmers – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Blommer Announces New Sustainability Initiative for Cocoa Farmers – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer in North America, announces a new sustainability initiative supporting cocoa farmers in Cote d’ Ivoire, Africa. The Livelihood, Infrastructure, Food & Technology program, " L.I.F.T."  Cocoa, provides the tools to make a strong impact on the daily lives of cocoa farmers by providing access to basic needs, including clean water, health conscious food, health care and basic education. With this new initiative within the L.I.F.T. program, a dedicated amount of the proceeds from Blommer’s Founder’s Reserve line of chocolate has built the infrastructure to provide clean drinking water to villagers in Cote d’ Ivoire. To commence, Founder’s Reserve directly funded the building of water wells with borehole pumps that have begun providing clean water to thousands of individuals in Baleyo and Koffibakro. Blommer chose these villages because most of the current water supply is collected from surrounding ponds and hand-dug wells that are exposed to contamination and to drying out during the dry season. The planned wells will provide safe drinking water to 300 families representing nearly 3,000 people.

Farming in third world countries have always been taken advantage of, and as a global society we need to take care of places we so selfishly export from, from people who make pennies compared to us elsewhere, for double the hours. Viability of future generations and the importance of making accessible the infrastructure necessary for thriving communities must be a part of a corporation's business model-charities, sustainability are too easy options now-we need to take bigger action. The free market creates opportunities but only if the groundwork has been laid out. How can people improve when clean water is still a struggle?
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Fry's Food Stores Provides Free Student Field Trips – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Fry's Food Stores Provides Free Student Field Trips – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Obesity is still one of the US' biggest plagues. To combat this, for years now Korger owned Fry’s Food Stores has joined forces with Field Trip Factory to do their part for pre-kindergarten to 6th grade students of Arizona, by inviting local classrooms to engage in Fry’s Be A Smart Shopper program. In this free program, students explore the aisles of Fry’s and learn the importance of health and wellness, how to easily plan meals, and how to make good food choices through conversation and sampling. Over 100,000 students have been a part so far.

This is an excellent program that is great promotion for the brand. "_ is for the kids!" as they say. As an older student now who has been spoiled by his mother, I would surely benefit from shopping tutorials as such and would encourage me to be loyal to the local supermarket that took the time to engage me and others. They could even upsell more expensive products too, kids are easily influenced and would encourage their parents to follow similar diets-everyone wins.
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First sustainable Lego pieces to go on sale | Life and style | The Guardian

First sustainable Lego pieces to go on sale | Life and style | The Guardian | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Range including leaves, bushes and trees made entirely from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane will be available later this year
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85-year-old Danish toymaker company Lego has announced that new pieces made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugar cane will go on sale this year, as part of their commitment to use more sustainable materials in its core products by 2030. It's aim is to find sustainable sources to replace its current fossil fuel-based raw materials and has joined forces with WWF to support and build demand for sustainably sourced plastic, and has joined the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) to ensure fully sustainable sourcing of raw material for the bioplastics industry. The new-style Lego elements are made from polyethylene,  a bio-plastic, that can be recycled multiple times. 

For products that have a short cycle of use like Legos and are tossed away or donated, using materials that can be reused for other recreations of similar products is key. The number of kids who drop lego for play as they grow older could simply help production for newer designs. This is a smart move that helps both Lego and the environment efficiently. Unfortunately the materials used does not make it 100% biodegradable, and with not everyone discarding legos safely or for better use, this would still not be the best choice in the long run.
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CSR spending of Indian companies rises by 14% in 2 fiscals: Survey

CSR spending of Indian companies rises by 14% in 2 fiscals: Survey | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
The survey said more number of corporates are using non-government organisations (NGOs) as implementing agencies for CSR spending.
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A survey shows that Indian companies have improved their CSR expenditure, a 14 per cent rise over the last two fiscals, despite a just a steady growth in net profits at 5%. NGOs were used by 74% of the eligible companies, including two-thirds of the small ones.

It has shown that overhead costs cannot exceed 5 per cent of the total CSR spending-An increase in the limit can ensure a more direct involvement of companies by helping them build bigger teams for CSR. For a country that has 29.8% of it's 1.21 billion people live below the poverty line, 5% with no fresh water and 304 million without electricity in 2018, there is plenty of room for companies to take initiative. In underdeveloped countries, the rich are really rich and the poor are extremely poor-this gap needs to be shortened to catch up with western countries through better rights, grants, education and business commitments. The west too should see any room for development that can be done by their help to bring our world closer and develop better tomorrows by allowing more employment and concerns.
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Should A Cosmetics Brand Be Expected To Play Politics?

Should A Cosmetics Brand Be Expected To Play Politics? | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Protesters, with a portrait of a local pop singer Denise Ho, demonstrate outside a shopping mall, where the luxury skincare brand Lancome's stall is located, in Hong Kong, China June 8, 2016
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Because of a bad move to the Chinese to collaborate with a controversial artist to appeal to international areas, Lancome was forced to close stores to appease its second biggest market, only to be faced with further criticism of self censorship. This begs the question or at least pushes the article headline, should cosmetics, or rather the apparel sector be expected to be a part of politics?

The truth? no. In a world of diverse opinions and cultures, as soon as you are pulled in, there is no way to please absolutely everyone. What companies could do is play to the majority's opinions but why? It is obvious it is just for publicity during a tense time, there is a difference between a company doing their part to society and not just doing a 'bit. The fashion industry should know race and politics is a tricky image to hold consistent with their values because they are dependant on giving people their spotlight, which could conflict geographically, though nailing the demographic (which is essentially Lancome's case). Climate change, poverty, fresh water and air..these are things that affect us all. And are still problems that require aid. While it may seem easier to use social justice as a channel for good publicity it is not, because it is never a part of core beliefs, there is never anyone on the team who seems connected to the target audience and most of all, noone is asking billion dollar corporations for their take. We want their goods for an affordable price that does not damage the environment nor human rights violence and it would be a good perk if they could give back to the aforementioned positively. Too much to ask?
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3 Ways To Be A Socially Conscious Business Owner

3 Ways To Be A Socially Conscious Business Owner | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Instead of turning a blind eye, you have the opportunity to discover and correct your company's inequalities as they emerge. Take it.
John Joseph's insight:
Stephanie Newman for Forbes has 3 ways to be a socially conscious business owner, stating them as 
1. Embed Empathy Through All Levels Of Your Business
2. Unpack Your Unconscious Bias
3. Conduct A Salary Audit

For her first method, she produces the debate that empathy correlates with business performance. This could be from allowing junior employees more of a voice during meetings to updating customer service scripts. However I think this us a vague, obvious step if companies want to advance in a connected age where employees and customers will leave to another business as alternatives always exists. Kindness does go a long way. 

Her second way is for companies to avoid stereotypes and any racial bias. Once again even more obvious, and there are laws that promote equality within recruitment requirements. Companies now allow checkboxes to state whether you are a minority. In a way I believe this belittles people-maybe unpack your unconscious bias but don't reveal how much you have unpacked because going too far could look like a reach. 

There are laws forbidding unjustified low pay as well. In the midst of equal pay movements, let us not just start paying people more based on the melanin in their skin or their gender. Maclean's magazine did this too, with having two different prices for their men and women's magazine. Absolutely stupid. It is great to see diversity in the workplace, it is great to see higher paid positions for said people, But let us not go on a limb to make sure the men to women ratio are same as is the ethnicity ratio in an office. If there just so happens to be more men than women well oh can we start thinking that it was because from those who were hired, that man was the best fit? Why must we victimise companies and people? 

Hey Forbes, release your salary statements and your gender race balances. It NEEDS to be 50-50 and I swear to God if a woman is not your VP making just as much as your CEO..
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Vancouver Landmarks to “Light up Blue” to Show Support of Our Oceans – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Vancouver Landmarks to “Light up Blue” to Show Support of Our Oceans – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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North America's largest and longest-running Leadership Summit on Sustainable Business, Globe Forum, will showcase notable Vancouver buildings and landmarks glowing in blue in support of protecting our oceans from March 14-16. The summit will host conversationalists and exhibitions to further messages and initiatives exploring how the role business, government and civil society can play to protect our oceans. 

To tackle the global crisis of ocean plastic, Ocean Wise launched the #BePlasticWise pledge to reduce disposable plastic use at GLOBE Forum. The #BePlasticWise pledge asks people to commit to monthly challenges to replace their use of single-use plastic items - such as plastic straws, bags, cutlery, food packaging and water bottles, with ocean-friendly alternatives. 

This is a creative campaign i think, that involves people, using a pledge to have them remember or be guilty when they do not take initiative, in little things like packaging and cutlery where people can make easy, cheap, realistic changes. You might not be able to change your old '96 polluting corolla but you can make the little changes for the better good right at home. 
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On International Women’s Day HP Invites Girls Everywhere to Tell Their Stories – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

On International Women’s Day HP Invites Girls Everywhere to Tell Their Stories – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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John Joseph's insight:
HP for international women's day has created a number of ways to use their platform as a tech giant for women empowerment, in ways more fitting towards them. I say it in that sense because usually companies go too far and at times mess up their campaigns because of how outdated or out of reach they are with their target audience but i think HP nailed this. Firstly, HP studios created a short film named 'Paro', where a girl from India discovers her true potential. It is in Asian-African nations where women are actually unfortunately unequal to men in the family so for HP to correctly channel the right voice-good job. This also promotes how regardless of where you are in the world, you can truly be successful and a company like HP is there for it, and should be dispelling any thought of racial bias. This double downed too for HP as they promoted their technology that could make the difference in this video. To further this video as a campaign for equality, HP partnered with Girl Rising where on International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, selected winners of a challenge for youth women speaking on equality and their stores, and those who have the best will receive micro-grants, HP products and services and access to mentors to help them on their journey, possibly finding future leaders for their own company.

Secondly, HP is launching “Stories of Advocacy,” a partnership with Women Deliver and its Young Leaders program leading up to the 2019 Women Deliver conference. Through this partnership, HP will "provide support and technology to drive the young leaders’ advocacy platforms forward." I thought this was brilliant as unfortunately we do not see many women in the electronicsphere, because of lack of interest. However for those that do, should not be left in the dark, as in general we all agree women are just as capable so it is fantastic to have a bigger platform for more women to enter the industry, or at least gain a bigger interest from it.

Overall, this is great publicity for HP,  a good return on investment being potential employees that could diversify their company through gender and race, and ideas from outside looking in, as they stayed within their domain while trying into appeal to current social issues. A win win for all.
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Why North American Cities Are Putting the Brakes on Drivers – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Why North American Cities Are Putting the Brakes on Drivers – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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As development occurs in infrastructure, public transport and shifting trends, cities in the United States are aiming to reduce necessities for car ownership. In Columbus, Ohio, downtown property owners have taken the liberty to offer 40,000 working commuters a bus pass. In Mexico city buildings can be designed according to the amount of parking that makes sense for the neighbourhood, which in transit-heavy areas can have virtually none.

The millennial trends indicate how ride sharing, public transport and autonomous travel options are top considerations for job searches because of the rising levels of pollution and traffic, both of which we do not need more of. Companies should see the benefits of offering alternatives, such as in the Columbus initiative, office vacancy rate is set to reduce from 15% to 4% because of the ease of access to work. Unfortunately there needs to be reform in distribution of public dollars, as  $7.3 billion a year goes to tax breaks that help more people to drive to work, compared with $1.3 billion for commuter transit benefits.

It is good to see cities and companies responding to changes that people are demanding, as this helps employees, corporations and society with less real estate built around cars. If travel changes, so will our environment in return. We seem to be on the right track and more cities should follow. 
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In Search of Fresh Ideas About Environment – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

In Search of Fresh Ideas About Environment – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Entrepreneurship for a greener society is rare, so are innovative ideas businesses can pursue. That is why Covestro and UN Environment are calling on young minds across the world to submit their solutions for environmental trials. to bridge this sort of gap, awarding $15,000 in funding and training to winners, and the title of  'Young Champion of the Earth.'

In guidance too, will be up to 50 applicants drawn from 16,000 Covestro employees to act as experts to push the winners' minds and their impacts.

This is an excellent way of not only allowing for newer ideas to come to the the market, and for an easier way for sustainability to thought of and followed, but also rewarding young minds to do more than an office job. The more we reward our youth for doing out of the ordinary for the greater good, the more will come out as a positive. More businesses should run similar campaigns for themselves, this way they make the right moves that match their company from an outsider's perspective looking in, who probably is more in touch with the 'real world'. 
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MilliporeSigma Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts With Nine New Signature Partnerships – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

MilliporeSigma Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts With Nine New Signature Partnerships – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Impressively, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, expanded partnerships with nine leading nonprofit organizations across the world to further confirm its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education.

Medicinal research, diversity and gender focus, and education for all with modern facilities and qualified teachers are some of the issues that the world still faces today and is what MilliporeSigma is using its resources on.

Investments between businesses is how we can grow as a society, even better if everyone involved is for the same goals. This is one of the benefits of a capitalistitic economy, where new innovations can can employ skills and use these same skills to give back in a big way, if done with motives not just for profit, which is the route more companies should follow. Finding the competitive edge through a customer's point of view while still profiting through the betterment of society is what MilliporeSigma has done and what should be mirrored, adjusted for what a business is trying to sell. 
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