“Purpose is not a mere tagline or marketing campaign; it is a company’s fundamental reason for being – what it does every day to create value for its stakeholders” – Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO As a business leader, you can’t have failed to notice that purpose is the zeitgeist – being discussed across the business [...]
July 2018 Isabel is delighted to have joined a group of impressive 'gurus' assembled by Entrepreneurial Giving, a new organisation founded by Maurice Ostro OBE, to support the work they are doing to help entrepreneurs build genuine mission-driven businesses from the outset.
Profit with Purpose mentioned in OpEd by James Reed: Tech hub will bring equality to my home borough – but we need your support
By James Reed, Chairman of the REED Group Published on June 15, 2018 Shocking events provoke powerful emotions. I saw this at first hand last year in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The whole country was deeply affected by the deaths of 72 people in such awful circumstances on June 14, 2017. Raw [...]
[By Isabel Kelly, published online September 10, 2016, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Oxford Journals, OUP] Is the Time Right for Human Rights NGOs to Collaborate with Businesses that Want to Stop Dabbling with ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and Start Making Social Impact? Link to full text Based on the author’s 12 years of working in a [...]
[By Isabel Kelly] Recently I was asked by the foundation of a large multinational company to share some of my thoughts on running a corporate foundation responsible for generating its own income; which inevitably brings up the issue of balancing the social mission with the money-making. The company has moved its CSR (corporate social responsibility) [...]
[By Isabel Kelly] You may not be as rich as a Rockefeller, but you and your company have a wealth of resources to apply to the world’s greatest social issues. Marc Benioff, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Sir Tom Hunter, Pierre Omidyar and of course David Rockefeller, are all part of The [...]
British business needs investment and vision. But most of all it needs purpose By Will Hutton, The Observer, 15 May 2016 'Successful companies are defined by their capacity to deliver and pursue clearly defined visionary corporate purposes – to be the best, to do business that is sustainable, to serve humanity, to stretch every muscle to [...]
Is the Time Right for Human Rights NGOs to Collaborate with Businesses that Want to Stop Dabbling with ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and Start Making Social Impact?
First published online: September 10, 2016 Journal of Human Rights Practice (2016) doi: 10.1093/jhuman/huw015 Abstract Based on the author’s 12 years of working in a corporate foundation, this policy note provides an overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in its many guises. It explores the benefits and compromises which may arise for human rights NGOs looking to collaborate with [...]
[By Isabel Kelly] The UN Goals for Sustainable Development (commonly referred to as the SDGs or Global Goals) were launched in December 2015 with specific calls to action for companies The SDGs bring together the world’s greatest social, economic and environmental issues and show how they are interlinked. They are easily digestible, globally applicable, largely [...]
[By Julie Trell] Recently, several former salesforce colleagues and friends — who have either started their own startup or joined one — have reached out to me with similar requests; “I loved the integrated philanthropy culture at Salesforce. We want to start a foundation at company X. How do we do it?” To all those [...]