Articles include: Corporate social responsibility may get you fired; Jeff Skoll on social enterprise; Advisors use impact investing to meet client goals; a corporate spotlight on Google; and How CSR can advance gender equality.
Articles include: Companies can’t just write checks to do good; 6 things to keep in mind when applying the U.N.’s sustainable development goals; Salesforce launches $50 million impact fund to invest in social change startups; and a corporate spotlight on Mars.
Articles include: The year’s most powerful ad campaigns for good; The browser extension that will make you a more ethical shopper; Charities becoming more professional; Charmin and Bounty manufacturing now powered by biomass; and Can impact investors really have a positive impact while maximizing financial returns.
Articles include: U.N. laying down standards this week for responsible corporate behavior; Business leaders can support better global engagement; There are no excuses for putting off social responsibility; Credit Suisse has set up a new impact investing arm; and a corporate spotlight on Cargill.
Articles include: Companies changing the world; Moving forward by giving back; Millennials are driving a shift in how the ultra-wealthy manage their money; Everyone benefits from better standards; and a corporate spotlight on Timberland.
Another point on the board for the Marie Mae Business School: New evidence shows that business training reduces poverty more effectively than other approaches, and that people tend to choose entrepreneurship over factory work.
I recently read that Americans allowed 658 million paid vacation days to go unused in 2015. Are you kidding me? What a waste! But I know many driven, entrepreneurial-minded men and women operate with the assumption that vacation days themselves aren’t productive; there's too much to do and simply not enough hours in the week. However, there is so much good to be done - and purpose to be found - around the world if we use our vacation days for good. Stay with me here.
As a creative entrepreneur I am looking to connect with others who immediately shout “mee too!” when I share any part of my story. I want to be surrounded by like-minded, forward thinking, business friends.
You have the perfect job. Congratulations. All the hard work and extensive (and expensive) studies paid off. You have a role that you’ve always dreamt of. It surely has it all – it’s meaningful, fulfilling, and pays well. You are ready the change the world. But what if it isn't so?
When I finally paid off the last of my student loans two years ago, I wanted to use it as an occasion to begin giving more to charity. I increased donations here and there, but these things felt more like networking, or a way to express my identity, rather than actual do-gooding. And because I had studied about global poverty in graduate school, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that my help might be needed more elsewhere.
You’ve probably heard the advice countless times: “follow your passion!” That’s great encouragement if someone has already found a cause that moves them so deeply that they could devote their life to it. But what if that doesn’t hit the mark for you? What if you think to yourself, “I’d love to follow my passion, if only I knew what it is!
As an introvert, making friends has always been challenging. As an entrepreneur, however, it has been essential to my success. Few individuals succeed without a strong network of close friends, mentors and work colleagues, and, in my personal experience, every significant advancement in my career has resulted from having a friend who offered me a good opportunity. Having and being a good friend is vital to having good fortune.
Last week we launched our new blog series for social entrepreneurs on how to work smarter, grow your business and increase your impact. Our first post was on asking yourself, am I building the right business for me? If you missed that post, you can find it here.
This week, we are discussing asking yourself whether or not you are building the right business for your customer. Tough question, right? But this is absolutely vital to your success as a social entrepreneur and small business owner.
Before we dive deeper into ways you can work smarter and grow your social enterprise, I wanted to start with are you building the right business for you? We will touch on whether you are building the right business for your customer in another post, which is also a critical point to consider.
Have you ever tried to build a business that has a positive impact on the world? Have you wondered is it even possible to make a business both profitable AND purpose driven? Have you started to question whether or not you have what it takes, or if what you are doing even matters?
Today, we are so excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Rees, the founder of Chasing Paper. Located in NYC, Chasing Paper carries beautiful, well-designed removable wallpaper that will stick to any surface, and is an amazing way to give your workspace an extra bit of personality.
The sustainable power of business used as a force for good is undeniable. We are living in exciting times where the world is more connected than ever before, and this connectivity means entrepreneurs and small businesses have a much greater reach than in the past.
But, what people don’t tell you, is just quite how difficult it is to build a business - especially to build an authentic, do good brand. Where do you start? How do you create impact without spending money? Is it possible to be both profitable and mission driven?
Below I’ve given you 5 of the top mistakes people make (myself included) when building a social enterprise or launching a social impact initiative within your company, and what you can do to keep from making these same mistakes.