Dear CEOs, thinking about doing some charity? Let your staff decide

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A letter to all the CEOs about a simple but effective way to empower their employees with responsibilities in the philanthropic aspect of Corporate Responsibility or Corporate Social Responsibility: setting up a charity committee.

Interview with Laurel Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Thriive

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Thriive is a new social enterprise based in the USA. Thriive supports local small enterprises around the world through loans. In this way Thriive helps alleviating poverty at community level while at the same time promoting an innovative culture of giving through CSR practices. More recently Thriive got awarded as Best pitching at the Investment Showcase organized by the HUB during the AVPN Conference.
Laurel comes from the banking sector and she started with Thriive after a volunteering experience. You can really say the power of volunteering…

Interview with Urvashi Devidayal, Program Director, TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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I had the pleasure to meet Urvashi at AVPN Conference that was recently held in Singapore. As Director of TrustLaw program, Urvashi is leading the efforts of Thomson Reuters Foundation in expanding all over the region TrustLaw, an innovative Pro Bono program that connects NGOs of the region with leading law firms. By offering free of cost, voluntary service, law firms can offer essential and key services to the not for profit sector. A link is therefore created between NGOs and law firms.

CSR, cross sector collaborations and Shared Value

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CSR is too often confused with charity. No doubt charity or philanthropic efforts are part of it but actually the concept is much broader.Shared Value can help: it encourages companies to pursue innovative market based strategy and innovation that can address persistent problems faced by the humanity. Clearly profit has a great role in it but it is not the only factor.

When the schools become purple, then the branding comes first

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Charity and philanthropy although representing only a part of the “picture”, still have a dominating role in the much broader concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) .Marketing considerations must be taken into account if a company decides to step in the way NCELL has. Is this the only way? Is a compromise possible?

The Code of Conduct for Business Sector: when ethical means CSR

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CSR is about win win situations where everybody can gain from profitable products with the lowest possible impact on the environment and respect for human rights and for the local communities. The Code is of good value and well reflects, although partially, key tenants from the international tools related to CSR. If implemented, it can offer a pathway to generate trust among citizens and society

Opening a Letter

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CSR requires us to look below the surface of things. This goes for life too.