2013 was a great year for both our organization and the world of corporate citizenship. We brought together business, nonprofit, and community leaders to harness the power of collaboration at our annual conference. We documented and coordinate business disaster responses around the world. We shared the many ways businesses make an impact in communities. I’d like to thank our full business network, their support in 2013 allowed us to share the many ways businesses make an impact in communities.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in 2000 by 189 United Nations members, were aimed at significantly improving social and economic conditions in the world's poor countries by 2015. As this deadline approaches, some controversy has arisen over the progress made over the MDG’s thirteen years and counting.
Judging from the popularity of reality TV chef competitions, fascination with food is at an all-time high. Look no further than the volume of food infotainment shows about food production (The Chew), preparation (Kitchen Nightmares), consumption (Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations), and cooking tips (Rachel Ray). This used to be the territory of gourmands and epicures. Now, with everybody tuning in, the populist term is “Foodies.”
Businesses realize that a strong education system is vital to ensure a strong workforce that will help their business grow and prospect in the future. That’s why today we see businesses take an active role in education reform through strategic partnerships and investments with local schools, nationwide educational programs, and government stakeholders.
A recent survey of nearly 800 sustainability professionals in business, government, NGOs, academe, and the media in over 70 countries concluded that “experts overwhelmingly believe companies should collaborate with multiple actors, including governments, to advance sustainability most effectively.” Yet the survey found a huge gap between the importance to companies of partnering for sustainability versus its likely adoption in practice (58% versus 30%). Key perceived barriers to collaboratio
The 2013 CECP Summit: Ahead, Together, brought chairs of foundations, CEOs, and corporate responsbility experts to NYC to discuss how to make corporate giving more effective. At a session on June 4, Eva Tansky Blum, EVP & Director of Community Affairs at PNC Bank and Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft shared their insights during Adapting Signature Programs to New Realities, a panel moderated by Carol Cone, Global Practice Chair of Edelman Business + Social Purpose for Edelman.
Each business decision you make won’t please everyone, but being able to handle the flak when it comes can make the difference between a blimp and a PR disaster. But when social activists focus on your company, will you know what to do?