An Unprecedent Study on French People’s Opinion on Philanthropy

On October 2017, Admical, a Paris-based NGO and the French Local Authority of the Global Exchange, published a first-of-its-kind study in partnership with the institute of studies Kantar Public, which aimed to understand French people’s opinion on philanthropy.   Built on a two-phase methodol...

Advancing Your CSR Efforts in 2018: Start with These Great Reads

This year, there have been more articles about the evolution and growth of CSR than anyone could read. On the first few days of 2018, I share here a few of the most thoughtful and important pieces I read from this past year. In total, they take only 45 minutes to read. In no particular …

Women Roar and a Few Corporate CEOs Bet on Them

By far the best thing CEOs and their companies can do to combat sexism, gender discrimination, and sexual misconduct–in short, to support women–is to put diverse women into half of the positions of power and leadership. This is how we resolve a foul, permissive culture. Can you hear the ...

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP, SOCIAL PROGRESS

As the wild ride of 2017 comes to an end, we reflect on a year that was replete with loss and pain, but also a year when leading corporations have stepped up on major social issues. Through CECP’s collaboration with 200+ companies, hundreds of monthly inquiries and discussions, proprietary surve...

New Public-Private Partnership Promises Shared Value for Better Nutrition and Livelihoods in Nigeria

In Kaduna State, Nigeria, as in many parts of the developing world, post-harvest losses due to high levels of mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, and other contaminants have plagued staple crops such as maize and soybean, making it much harder for small-holder farmers to earn a decent income. These mycot...

The Arts Are Part of the Solution

Photo: Cardinal Health Choir, led by the Harmony Project’s David Brown, singing at the Community Shelter Board Rebuilding Lives luncheon October was National Arts and Humanities Month, a monthlong celebration of the role the arts and culture play in transforming Americas communities. To recognize ...

Responding to Natural Disasters: Three Steps for Companies to Maximize their Impact

In what has been an unforgettable year of natural disasters, companies have demonstrated that they intend to do their part to help devastated communities rebuild. The private sector has committed more than $300 million to date to relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and millions mo...

Changing The Conversation from Short-Term to Long-Term Value

In his article “The False Prophet of Long Term Investing” James Mackintosh makes a nuanced argument about long-term investing versus short term trading. While he agrees that short-termism can lead to the wrong incentives for corporate management, a state of affairs he acknowledges large investor...

Systemic Investments in Equity, Talent & Tech – Towards an Equity Lens

THE LARGER GOAL Developing a robust and diverse technical workforce in the United States remains a critical national challenge. Addressing equity directly is a requirement for meeting that challenge. Federal guidelines established under the last administration have made the goal clear. In response, ...

Companies Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals During UN Week

Photo: UN Global Compact/Zef Nikolla. General Assembly week at the United Nations (UN) in New York City was a busy one, thanks to CECP’s second CEO Investor Forum and dozens of other events related to sustainable development.  As expected, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were front and c...

Hands-On Scientific Learning Goes Global with Amgen Biotech Experience Expansion

It’s no surprise that when students become fascinated by science, that enthusiasm can be contagious. From our survey with Change the Equation, we know students crave hands-on biology experiences that are often lacking in the classroom. The Amgen Foundation is on a mission to help more students...

CEOs Respond to Charlottesville

Along with so many across the nation, CECP was shocked by the events in Charlottesville earlier this month and yet encouraged by the actions of the CEOs of many of world’s largest corporations – most affiliated with this CECP network – that demonstrated that the courage and conviction of busin...

Five Lessons from Walmart’s CSR Strategy Efforts

“We think of ourselves as social change strategists,” explained Gayatri Agnew, Director of Career Opportunity at the Walmart Foundation, distinguishing the aspirations for her role from those typically expected of corporate foundation program officers or grants administrators. Gayatri was speaki...

Leading and Following by Example: Companies Taking a Public Stance on Social Issues

When it comes to public stands by corporations, issues in North Carolina and Indiana both drew significant attention over the past year. PayPal didn’t expand operations in North Carolina and Salesforce’s threat of reducing jobs in Indiana changed the tide of public policy. And for every success,...

Building Organizational and Leadership Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

Brave Leaders, Bold Moves was the theme of this year’s CECP Summit. A fitting start was Carly Fiorina’s opening keynote on Brave Leaders. She recounted several stories including her story of starting as an assistant in a real estate firm as she had studied History in college and didn’t like La...

Defining Our Companies by Our Values

In 1962, Milton Friedman warned, corporations that accept a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their shareholders as possible could undermine a free society. Since then, there have been leaders who have been on a mission to prove otherwise, from CECP co-founder Paul Newman to...

Five Recommendations for Corporate Responsibility Programs in the Trump Era

The surprise outcome of the November elections left many company leaders wondering what to do, but corporate responsibility and sustainability (CR&S) programs may be an even more important part of the arsenal of many companies. Here are a few suggestions for how to calibrate them in the age of Trump...

How CSR Executives Can Lead Strategy in Uncertain Times

Please note: This blog post is authored by both Greg Hills, Managing Director, FSG and Elizabeth Hawkins, Senior Consultant, FSG. If you lead your company’s corporate social responsibility or sustainability efforts, you are likely getting calls about the unpredictable politica...

The Corporate Role in Wellness

Four years ago, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—the nation’s largest health philanthropy—put a stake in the ground, setting a vision to build a Culture of Health in America that enables everyone to live the healthiest life possible. Bold? Absolutely. But we believe it’s possible and pledg...

Brave Moves in a Complex World

As this tumultuous year comes to a close and pundits prognosticate about the implications, there is a great deal of uncertainty about how governments will act with respect to climate change, improving conditions for workers, embracing diversity and inclusion, international cooperation and other majo...

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