How To Monetize Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting

With three-quarters of S&P 500 companies creating corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, most major businesses recognize it is a “must-do” communications strategy. However, the return on this sometimes significant investment is falling short. New research shows only 17 percent of Americans said they have read a CSR report in the last 12 months, according to the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR […]

L.A.’s Minimum Wage Hike: A Teaching Moment for Those Trying to Help the Underprivileged

A lightly annotated story from today’s L.A. Times from the frontline of the politically connected trying to claim special exemptions from L.A’s forthcoming minimum wage hike, which highlights not the corruption of the politically connected seeking special favors but the logic that should lead to a universal exemption, i.e., abandoning the prospective minimum wage hike.

It begins with a discussion of […]

Disney Debuts Transgender Reality Show

Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Family network will debut its first reality show starring a transgender person, gaining visibility from the widely publicized photos this week of transitioning TV dad Caitlyn Jenner.

“Becoming Us” — airing in Canada on ABC Spark (Monday, 9 p.m.) — is an unscripted look at life for Ben Lehwald, an Evanston, Ill., teen whose father, Charlie, is […]

Social Impact 101: Building Companies That Make a Difference

Joey Hundert — social entrepreneur, start-up consultant and founder of the “Sustainival,” the world’s first green carnival — has been working for a decade and a half to promote ventures that both make money and make the world a better place.

Wry: We talk about social enterprise, and we talk about social entrepreneurship. But when you start to really dig into […]

Haggen seeking local vendors and new nonprofit partners

For local farmers and food-producers thinking of working with Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Lake Grove, the store has three words: Rain City Crunch.That particular snack, a product of Edmonds, Wash.-based Sisters Baking Company, was first sold at the Haggen store in Ferndale, Wash. It proved so popular that it quickly moved up the distribution chain and will now be […]

Miley Cyrus’ New Nonprofit Helps Homeless, LGBT Youth

When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it’s not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she’s just being herself, and she wants all young people to have that same opportunity.

That’s why she’s launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBT youth, adding that not all her past relationships were “straight, heterosexual” ones. […]