How to embed social purpose into your business

“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 [...]

Can NGOs and business collaborate beyond CSR?

[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 [...]

Is India’s mandated 2% CSR spend actually working?

[By Annu Mehta] Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the new provisions introduced in The Companies Act 2013 in India - and is a potential game-changer for the business landscape. With effect from April 1, 2014, every company which either has a net worth of INR 500 crore (US$75m) or a turnover of INR [...]

Volunteering for purpose: how volunteering benefits the bottom line, employees and work culture

[By Annu Mehta, Co-Founder, Alstonia]   What is a good workplace? What attracts and retains the right kind of employees? The answers are changing rapidly. Employees these days - especially Employees these days - especially millennials- are looking for a collaborative work environment which enables them to not only learn constantly but also find a [...]

How to give like a billionaire …

[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 [...]

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 [...]

Why would you want to start a corporate Foundation? 5 things to consider …

[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 [...]