Small Decision = Big Impact

Each day Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and media venues are bombarded with the idea of social impact and yet many do not understand the true meaning behind the movement. The business dictionary defines social impact as the effect of an activity on the social fabric of a community and well-being of i...

Calling on the Private Sector to Solve the Next Great Health Crisis of Our Time – Global Safe Surgery

The rural hospital where Endalew gave birth benefited from programs run by Safe Surgery 2020, an initiative funded in part by the GE Foundation. Image credit: Jhpiego/Karen Kamauski. The global health world periodically has rude awakenings that expose vulnerabilities in countries’ preparedness to ...

The swoosh heard ‘round the world

Taking a knee made Nike stand up. As brand activism becomes commonplace – even expected – it’s an optimal moment to unpack the factors that spur companies to stand up for something that matters. Enter Nike and Colin Kaepernick, with a contentious new campaign and profound tagline: “Believe i...

Launching Investing in Society, a Sector-Wide Insights Collection

Companies issue an annual report every year but where can you find information about the corporate sector as a whole? Sure, indices can tell you lots about stock price, market cap, and EBITDA. In this modern age, expectations of companies go much further beyond financial performance. CECP is thrille...

Integrating Diversity and Inclusion into Corporate Social Engagement

Over the course of the past year, CECP has, with support from the Walmart Foundation, led an inquiry into the role and current practice of companies integrating Diversity and Inclusion into their Corporate Social Engagement. This effort has been propelled by a questioning of the role of companies i...

How Taiwanese Companies are Responding to the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate change is a global challenge, and financial, supply chain and other related risks derived from climate change are among the top of the list of potential major impact risks. Taiwanese companies, like many global companies around the world, are beginning to realize the severity of the situatio...

Are Chinese enterprises going global responsibly?

CSR Asia, an ELEVATE company, is a mission-driven business that has evolved over time to become a leader on sustainability issues in Asia. We promote sustainability through a wide range of channels including advisory services, networks, platforms for cross-sector collaboration and by providing acces...

Helping CSR succeed in India

A leading media company is using its storytelling expertise to change sanitation and hygiene behaviours of beneficiaries in Mumbai slums; a transport finance company is training men and women to become truck drivers, providing them with livelihoods opportunities; an Indian conglomerate is implementi...

Delivering on Climate Commitments

Three reasons innovative companies are investing in landscape-scale restoration As the world counts down to two degrees, innovative companies are taking the lead and filling the policy void. Businesses are voluntarily setting quantifiable climate change targets; many committing to carbon neutrality....

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...

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...

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...

It’s Clear, Social Investment Drives Business Value

The blog post was co-authored by André Solórzano, Manager, Data Insights, CECP and Daniel Vitaletti, Data Insights Intern, CECP What Companies Need to Know: The Latest from CECP’s ESG Corporate Scorecard. A myth has long lingered in the private sector- the bottom line can only be ...

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...

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...

Citizenship and Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies

For someone seeking to build a more sustainable, inclusive and just world, working at a Fortune 500 company — in the cosmetics industry no less — may seem like an unusual choice. Yet The Estée Lauder Companies is no ordinary company. And, by any measure, these are not ordinary times. No single ...

Should CEOs Mix in Politics?

Is there a case for CEOs “mixing in politics”? You betcha. But like the many other tough decisions CEOs have to make, this commitment takes smarts, discretion, judgement and, often, courage. Key considerations: CEOs are the stewards of companies, their brands, and their people. They manifest the...

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