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  • allie Looking forward to COMMIT! - By Allie Williams Each year, the COMMIT!Forum provides elite CR practitioners at leading companies an opportunity to come together to network, engage in learning, and explore new ideas. For the CRA, COMMIT! gives the association an opportunity to highlight its role in educating leaders to use CR practices effectively and in the service of good […]
  • billionentrepreneurs One billion new entrepreneurs? - Microfinance brings impact opportunities and new markets for corporations By Meghna Tare and R. Paul Herman If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data,” Paul Hawken wrote in his book Ecology of Commerce. “But if you meet people who are working to restore this […]
  • footprint Do you understand the ‘freight footprint’? - Reducing it is crucial to leading a sustainable supply chain By Karl Simon It’s hard not to notice the 18-wheelers with which we share the roads on our work commutes and family trips. We drive alongside these big-rigs often on our way to the store to buy the very products these trucks are delivering. Trucking […]
  • clark CEO’s Letter: The business of doing good - Digging deeper into Ecolab By Elliot H. Clark, CEO Earlier this year, we published a cover story interview with Ecolab CEO Doug Baker. I had occasion to visit Ecolab for the article, and now I would like to follow up with more details about the work of Ecolab itself. First, this is an organization that […]

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CR Magazine Videos

MGM's Chairman and CEO, Jim Murren, discusses winning CR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year
COMMIT!Forum 2014: One-on-One Interview with Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health
COMMIT!Forum 2014: Shared Responsibility: An Exclusive CEO Panel
COMMIT!Forum 2013: Shared Responsibility: An Exclusive CEO Roundtable

CR Topics Business Ethics

  • CR Roundup WWF offers framework for improving corporate water management policies - CR Roundup: WWF offers framework for improving corporate water management policies By Bill Hatton If you are looking for a quick framework to assess and/ or determine if your water-management program is on track, consider one offered by Lindsey Bass of World Wildlife Fund’s corporate water stewardship program for the U.S. She spoke on a panel […]
  • How to recruit and retain Millennial Workers - Hasbro’s triple-bottom line approach By Kathrin Belleveau At Hasbro, creativity and integrity are not only two of our key corporate values but also critical to executing our mission of “Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences.” Our Hasbro brand portfolio is the growth engine; the fuel that drives this engine is our people. As Millennials increasingly […]
  • Free is very expensive - Pricing nature’s services reduces business risk and benefits society By Meghna Tare and R. Paul Herman When you breathe the air, smell the flowers, or pluck a fish from the ocean, the price is free. Yet nature’s services, evolved over 4.5 billion years, are priceless. No MasterCard needed to benefit from earth, bees, and oceans […]
  • The Future of Moneyball Management May Be Rooted in CR - The Future of Moneyball Management May Be Rooted in CR By Stephen Jordan and Steve Rochlin The basic goal of every financial investor is to identify “alpha” investing opportunities. Alpha is gained when an investment generates a higher rate of return than its risk profile would suggest that it generate. Historically, alpha has often been […]
  • What Makes a Leader? - Some thoughts on the CVS decision By Bill Hatton CR Roundup Each fall at our annual COMMIT!Forum, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognizes CEOs who have put themselves at personal and professional risk (Please see CEOs of the Year, P. 10). All took risky decisions: Stuart Thorn of Southwire started a high school for at-risk students. Rakesh […]

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CR Topics Communications

  • Social Media Checklist: How many of these best practices are you doing? - Social Media Checklist: How many of these best practices are you doing? By Marissa Rosen These days, sustainability and social media go hand-in-hand. If you’re saving energy, greening your supply chain, recycling end-use products, or building employee engagement initiatives, chances are that you want to let your customers and prospects know. Be it Twitter, Facebook, […]
  • Can you get 190,000 people thinking about CR? - GM’s trying—and here are 15 of their best practices By Bill Hatton Senior executives tend to be self-motivated and possess a strong desire to succeed, and obstacles tend to be seen as bumps on the road to something greater. They believe things like, “Pain is weakness leaving the body” and “No guts, no glory.” That […]
  • Big Ideas Need to Date, Mate, & Procreate - Big Ideas Need to Date, Mate, & Procreate By Richard Crespin Sex makes evolution work. Each succeeding generation experiments with the best (or worst) of a pair of genes taken from the prior generation through the magic of procreation. What works for evolution can also work for ideas. In The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley contends […]
  • Creating shared value: More old-fashioned than it sounds - Medieval guilds, value-added selling, and plain old needs-spotting By Bill Hatton I will admit a bias: I was dubious about the term shared value, especially when the increasingly popular term became an acronym CSV for Creating Shared Value. It’s not the larger concept or any of the individual concepts with CSV that I objected to. […]
  • Is failing fast the best way to collaborate? - Some tools to boost your ability to partner effectively By Richard Crespin Fail fast. Fail forward. That’s the latest advice from Silicon Valley’s startups. But if you work in a large institution, “fail” is a four letter word. Even if your corporate culture respects smart failure, when you collaborate with partners from the public or […]

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CR Topics Compliance & Governance

  • IBM team recommended legal changes in Kenya – and got them - IBM team recommended legal changes in Kenya – and got them Global pro-bono team went outside comfort zone David Sloan, an IBM software expert based in the Washington, D.C. area, went to Kenya in 2011. David’s team consisted of 12 IBMers from nine countries, with backgrounds including consulting, project management, sales, finance, recruiting, engineering and […]
  • 5 years after financial meltdown: What still hasn’t changed? - Too big to fail becomes too big to regulate By Larry Doyle Excerpt is from In Bed with Wall Street by Larry Doyle. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Dodd Frank also gives regulators a variety of mechanisms they can use to […]
  • Leadership in 2014: Everyone’s reporting – but who’s reporting well? - Those who demonstrate specific leadership traits. By Marjella Alma The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013 boldly states that “the debate on ‘whether or not to report’ is over. Reporting on non-financial or ESG issues is no longer an indicator of leadership; it is the new baseline. Moving forward, how and what you report […]
  • Context Is King - GRI’s reporting guidelines are highly laudable. And insufficient. By Mark W. McElroy and Jo M. L. von Engelen Previously, we called attention to three rules for sustainability performance put forward by the famous ecological economist Herman Daly, all of which deal only with impacts on natural capital. Here we want to address the question of […]
  • It is a Jungle Out There - The global marketplace has never witnessed an environment so fraught with peril and filled with promise. By Dean Simone In 2012, the forces of change that had shaped business over the previous decade coalesced to become the new normal. Globalization, the rise of emerging markets, the ever-deeper penetration of data technologies and third-party service providers, […]

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