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Does Corporate Social Responsibility Affect Quality of Communications?

Is a company that has a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) reputation more likely to be a better user of digital media?  Are its web sites and other digital communications more useful and have better content?  We might expect a connection between sustainability performance and the communication of a company’s CSR program. But is there also a broader connection that […]

Organic Agriculture Is More Profitable for Farmers

Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for its practitioners.

 
David W. Crowder and John P. Reganold, two researchers at Washington State University, conducted a meta-analysis of studies on agricultural economics to learn whether organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming. […]

How To Succeed at Crowdfunding – Fast!

Crowdfunding: The 21st century’s online phenomenon that holds the promise of dream fulfillment in ways not ever before possible. It’s an amazing thing! The question I’m always asked is how can I succeed—fast?

Below I’ve created a checklist that is designed to bypass all those tedious, labor-intensive recommendations those so-called “experts” are constantly spouting and are nothing but a big, fat […]

Three Facts about Women and Hunger

Women have a crucial role to play in defeating hunger. As mothers, farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs, they hold the key to building a future free of malnutrition.

Here are three facts on why empowering women is such an important part of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

Protracted crises undermine food […]

Professional Development in The Social Sector

In the process, we learned a lot about social sector organizations, which often have the freedom to explore unorthodox approaches but have limited resources for trial and error. They typically face learning challenges that demand creative solutions, including alternatives for professional development.

Most traditional companies offer employees some form of professional development programming. Employers often work with staff to set goals […]

Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent

Our nation feels more divided than ever. From political gridlock in Washington, D.C. to a fragmented media landscape, more Americans are forming opinions and consuming information from niche sources and polarizing points of view. The social change sphere is not immune from this splintered and siloed way of thinking. Nonprofits and philanthropies also have limited bandwidth at both the organizational […]

Amazon Tests Warehouse Robots To Replace Humans

Amazon is testing robots that could one day replace human workers in warehouses. Amazon’s Picking Challenge was a competition designed to select which robot could best perform duties normally carried out by human workers within warehouses.

Warehouse robots were tested at the IEEE’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in Seattle. They were made to select a paperback book, a […]

Google’s Workforce: Still Disproportionately White Men

Google is largely failing to diversify its workforce beyond white and Asian men even though it hired women to fill one in every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year.

The imbalanced picture emerged in a demographic breakdown that Google released on Monday. The report underscored the challenges that Google and most other major […]

Walmart Promises $10 Minimum Wage by 2016

Walmart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

The moves mark the next wave of wage hikes by the nation’s largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch In Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in the interview.

Samantha Elauf, the job seeker at the center of the case, applied for a sales position at […]

World’s First Ocean Cleaning System To Be Deployed in 2016

Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016. He made the announcement at Asia’s largest technology conference, Seoul Digital Forum, in South-Korea.

The array is projected to be deployed in Q2 2016. The feasibility of deployment, off the coast of […]

Explaining The FIFA Corruption Arrests

The world awoke Wednesday morning to the news that a number of high-ranking FIFA officials had been arrested by Swiss authorities in a Zürich hotel, and were facing extradition to the USA on charges of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

And there’s more. A few hours later, the Swiss announced that they had also been busy with their own investigation, […]

Swiss Companies Take Monsanto Product Off The Shelves

The WHO reports that the herbicide glyphosate is probably carcinogenic influenced some companies. The Swiss retail chains Migros and Coop take glyphosate out of their stores. In Bavaria a ban was up for debate, however the parliament was against it.

In March, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. A renewed debate on […]

Three Ways To Judge The Impact of Big Brands

Many of us buy products such as Kit Kats and Coca-Cola, but don’t associate them with our separate concerns about poverty and wellbeing. Now a range of tools are available to help bridge that gap.

From initiatives using consumer pressure to tackle complex social issues to tools that aim to encourage investors to put their money into companies with a positive […]

Shell Is Asking Us To Bet Against The World on Climate Change

Shell is asking investors to bet against the world taking action on climate change or in renewables displacing fossil fuels, says influential economist Nick Stern.

Speaking at a Guardian debate on divestment last night, Lord Stern said Shell and other hydrocarbon companies were getting it wrong on the potential of renewables technology and that people will insist on policies to hold […]

5 Steps To Understanding Racial Bias

Bias in policing, economic and health disparities and social policy are topical in the media, corporate dining halls and on college campuses.

Yet, a review of the literature and media coverage suggests insufficient understanding of the nuances of racial bias.

Racial bias advances inequality. While there are no absolute remedies, there are some best practices.

1. Avoid presuppositions – unfounded or misinformed assumptions […]

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors – whether at home or […]

Global Consumers Willing to Make Personal Sacrifices to Address Social and Environmental Issues

Global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues and look to companies as partners in progress, according to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, released today. Near universal in their demands for companies to act responsibly, nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address […]