Acceleration was my word of 2020. The pandemic has accelerated acceptance that business cannot exist for the sole purpose of profit, nor separate business objectives from surrounding social issues. Action must be the word of 2021. #BuildBackBetter: we have the chance, let’s take it. Collaboration between business, nonprofit, government and academia is increasingly needed to provide [...]
It’s a story I’ve heard from many people throughout my working life; “when I started my career, I wanted a job that would make the world a better place, but I couldn’t afford to work for a charity – so I went into the private sector . . .” The implication is that they ‘compromised’ [...]
Have you come across the concept of jugaad? Most commonly associated with Indian entrepreneurs, the Hindi word roughly translates as ‘the gutsy art of overcoming harsh constraints by improvising an effective solution using limited resources.’ Everywhere in the world where challenging social or economic circumstances prevail, entrepreneurs make creative use of whatever assets are easily or freely available [...]
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.
[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 [...]
[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 [...]
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 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 [...]