https://gn-cc.org/blog en_UK Change the World https://gn-cc.org/blog/change-world <p>The month of June is ending. The rains have started and the school year is well under way. In Bilbao, the first Global Dialogue on Sustainable Business is underway and at AIM, the second term of the MBA program is ending and our students have just finished reporting on their walkabouts.<br /> For me, it is a week for thinking about space, discovery and dreams. It is a week for thinking about what kind of leadership is necessary to change the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/change-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/change-world#comments CSR Sustainable Business Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:05:53 +0000 1465 at https://gn-cc.org Following the Letter versus the Spirit of the Law https://gn-cc.org/blog/following-letter-versus-spirit-law <p>While progressive companies like Unilever, Nestl&eacute;, Danone, and others have been &ldquo;leading the pack&rdquo; with innovative <em>and</em> profitable CSR strategies, the news of late has also highlighted less salutary backward business behavior.&nbsp; Consider several cases where companies have hewed to the &ldquo;letter&rdquo; of the law, but seemingly ignored its spirit.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/following-letter-versus-spirit-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/following-letter-versus-spirit-law#comments Bradley K. Googins Corporate Citizenship Philip H. Mirvis Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:23:13 +0000 Philip Mirvis 1464 at https://gn-cc.org Employee Engagement in Social Innovation: Collaborative Idea Management at Ericsson https://gn-cc.org/blog/employee-engagement-social-innovation-collaborative-idea-management-ericsson <p><em>By Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Top companies are doing many different things to engage their employees through CSR nowadays. There has, for example, been a big increase in corporate volunteering&mdash;including <a href="http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/blog/post/corporate-volunteer-service-goes-global/31085">global service learning</a> programs whereby companies send teams of employees into emerging markets to help groups and organizations address economic, social, and environmental concerns.&nbsp;&nbsp; On the operating front, more employees today are involved in sustainable supply chain management, cause-related marketing, and green business initiatives.&nbsp; Ericsson, the Swedish maker of advanced telecom equipment, pulls these threads together when engaging its employees in corporate social innovation.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/employee-engagement-social-innovation-collaborative-idea-management-ericsson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/employee-engagement-social-innovation-collaborative-idea-management-ericsson#comments Employee Volunteering Social Innovation Thu, 23 May 2013 09:14:01 +0000 Alexandra Härtel 1462 at https://gn-cc.org In Memory of Felipe “Fil” B. Alfonso https://gn-cc.org/blog/memory-felipe-%E2%80%9Cfil%E2%80%9D-b-alfonso <p>As&nbsp;many of you have heard, our dear colleague&nbsp;Fil Alfonso passed away a few weeks ago.&nbsp; As one of the founding members of the Global Network for Corporate Citizenship ,&nbsp;Fil brought decades of experience with CSR throughout Asia through his leadership at <a href="http://www.aim.edu/">The Asian Institute of&nbsp;Management</a> and the founder of the <a href="http://www.asianforumcsr.com/">Asian Forum</a>.&nbsp; More than that&nbsp;Fil&acute;s incredible warmth and&nbsp;colleagueship was instrumental in developing and guiding the Network.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/memory-felipe-%E2%80%9Cfil%E2%80%9D-b-alfonso" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/memory-felipe-%E2%80%9Cfil%E2%80%9D-b-alfonso#comments GNCC Wed, 08 May 2013 09:33:14 +0000 1461 at https://gn-cc.org One Word of Truth – David Grayson on Michael Woodford’s “Exposure” (Portfolio Penguin, 2012) https://gn-cc.org/blog/one-word-truth-%E2%80%93-david-grayson-michael-woodford%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cexposure%E2%80%9D-portfolio-penguin-2012 <p><strong>&ldquo;One word of truth outweighs the whole world.&rdquo; Those words, from the Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn&rsquo;s Nobel Prize speech, resonated with me back in the early 1970s as a teenager with an emerging political consciousness. Indeed, geek that I was, I learnt the entire speech by heart!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/one-word-truth-%E2%80%93-david-grayson-michael-woodford%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cexposure%E2%80%9D-portfolio-penguin-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/one-word-truth-%E2%80%93-david-grayson-michael-woodford%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cexposure%E2%80%9D-portfolio-penguin-2012#comments Corporate Social Responsibility Prof. David Grayson Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 David Grayson 1456 at https://gn-cc.org Blog from the director of the Doughty Centre, 2012/11/06 https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121106 <p><strong>Just back from the annual Asian CSR Forum (AFCSR) in Bangkok. &nbsp;As with last year&#39;s event in Manila, the sense of dynamism and optimism about the future, that one experiences in Asia Nowadays, was palpable - particularly by contrast to a more sclerotic European scene. &nbsp;Years ago, I used to head regularly to the USA to get a top-up of &quot;can-do&quot;spirit. &nbsp;Today, I head east!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121106" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121106#comments Corporate Social Responsibility Prof. David Grayson Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:00:00 +0000 David Grayson 1455 at https://gn-cc.org Blog from the director of the Doughty Centre, 2012/10/18 https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121018 <p><strong>I shared a platform &nbsp;with Baroness Susan Greenfield, the scientist and broadcaster, in Belfast on October 17th, for Business in the Community Northern Ireland Responsible Business conference. &nbsp;Susan gave a fifteen minute master class on the brain, how it adapts and is adapting. </strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/blog-director-doughty-centre-20121018#comments Corporate Social Responsibility Prof. David Grayson Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:00:00 +0000 David Grayson 1454 at https://gn-cc.org Next for Responsible Business: Operational Innovation https://gn-cc.org/blog/next-responsible-business-operational-innovation <p><em>By Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>A 2011 Cone/Echo Global poll finds that more than 90% of the world&rsquo;s consumers want businesses to launch &ldquo;operational innovation for the greater good.&rdquo;&nbsp; There is more to this than a company &ldquo;cleaning up its act&rdquo; by, say, reducing pollutants or protecting human rights in its supply chain.&nbsp; It is about a company using its know-how and leverage to develop new business practices that have a positive impact on the world. &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/next-responsible-business-operational-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/next-responsible-business-operational-innovation#comments CSR Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:30:23 +0000 Bradley Googins 1443 at https://gn-cc.org Holiday Shopping and the Brand Promise of CSR https://gn-cc.org/blog/holiday-shopping-and-brand-promise-csr <p><em>By Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Holiday shopping season is upon us and businesses have spent a fortune to give their brands (and the company behind them) a distinct personality.&nbsp; Their logic: consumers want &quot;stuff&quot; that makes them feel cool or exciting or maybe secure, sophisticated, or powerful and top brands, gift wrapped or not, promise to deliver what they want.&nbsp;&nbsp; Business knows that investments to enhance a brand&#39;s functions, features, and emotional appeal translate into big profits.&nbsp; Meanwhile, as this is also the season of thanks and charity, a firm&#39;s largesse extends to holiday parties and CSR.&nbsp;</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/holiday-shopping-and-brand-promise-csr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/holiday-shopping-and-brand-promise-csr#comments Brand CSR Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:58:20 +0000 Bradley Googins 1441 at https://gn-cc.org Share Value or Shared Values? https://gn-cc.org/blog/share-value-or-shared-values <p><em>By Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>It is hard to believe that by adding or dropping an &ldquo;s&rdquo; in the word value that the whole meaning changes.&nbsp; The business world is abuzz with the proposal by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer that business &ldquo;redefine capitalism&rdquo; by producing products and services that are good for profits <em>and</em> for people and the planet.&nbsp; The idea is not theirs alone--Jed Emerson called it &ldquo;blended value&rdquo; several years prior and we spoke of it in the &ldquo;socio-commercial&rdquo; business models of GE, Unilever, IBM, and other firms in our book <em>Beyond Good Company</em>.&nbsp; But the term &ldquo;shared value&rdquo; has received the imprimatur of the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>, so let&rsquo;s stick with it.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/share-value-or-shared-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/share-value-or-shared-values#comments Bradley K. Googins Corporate Social Responsibility Philip H. Mirvis Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:57:27 +0000 Bradley Googins 1436 at https://gn-cc.org Are Companies Good Citizens? https://gn-cc.org/blog/are-companies-good-citizens <p><em>By Bradley Googins and Philip Mirvis</em></p> <p> With the sniping and gridlock around raising the federal debt ceiling, job creation stalled, and 401ks in free fall, a question to consider is:&nbsp; What does this all have to do with corporate citizenship?</p> <p> Amidst this turmoil, American business has mostly sat on the sidelines, or lobbied behind the scenes, but been more observer than public participant in the issues of the day.</p> <p> Meanwhile, corporate profits are swelling and companies rest atop piles of cash (reportedly Apple has more in reserve than the U.S. Treasury). The analysts say that business is waiting for more stability, security, and certainty before it invests its considerable reserves.</p> <p> That may be sound economic strategy for a company, but it is surely harmful to the country. So, what are the responsibilities of business as a good citizen when it comes to investing in the nation?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/are-companies-good-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/are-companies-good-citizens#comments Bradley K. Googins Corporate Citizenship CSR Philip H. Mirvis Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:45:38 +0000 Bradley Googins 1420 at https://gn-cc.org Welcome to GNCC, the Global Network for Corporate Citizenship https://gn-cc.org/blog/welcome-gncc-global-network-corporate-citizenship <p><strong>Welcome to the launch of the Global Network for Corporate Citizenship (GNCC). This network is intended to&nbsp; link and stitch together experts and practitioners from academia, research,&nbsp; companies, NGOs, politics and anyone interested in the broad issues related to corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility and sustainability from across the&nbsp; globe into a global community.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-gallery"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/content/gncc-team">The GNCC-Team</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/welcome-gncc-global-network-corporate-citizenship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/welcome-gncc-global-network-corporate-citizenship#comments Bradley K. Googins Corporate Citizenship CSR Global Corporate Citizenship GNCC Mon, 08 Aug 2011 13:09:17 +0000 Bradley Googins 1417 at https://gn-cc.org Understanding Social Issues & Engaging Stakeholders: Setting Corporate Citizenship Strategy ‘Outside-In’ https://gn-cc.org/blog/understanding-social-issues-engaging-stakeholders-setting-corporate-citizenship-strategy-%E2%80%98outsi <p><strong>Phil Mirvis, academic and CSR management consultant, analyzes how leading companies shape their corporate citizenship strategy by relating and responding to society: understanding risks and opportunities, mapping &quot;hot&quot; social issues, engaging stakeholders.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/understanding-social-issues-engaging-stakeholders-setting-corporate-citizenship-strategy-%E2%80%98outsi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CSR Measurement Philip H. Mirvis Social Heat Map Stakeholder Engagement Strategy Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:57:06 +0000 Philip Mirvis 1392 at https://gn-cc.org Publication: GERN Report 2009 "Mapping Stakeholder Landscapes" https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2009-mapping-stakeholder-landscapes <p><strong>The expectations and the voice of stakeholders do have a growing influence on corporate citizenship. However, number and type of stakeholders, and their respective influence and opinions about business conduct, differ from one country to the next. That is why, the approaches firms take to corporate citizenship and the nature of it will differ as well. That is the thesis, the new GERN report &ldquo;Mapping Stakeholder Landscapes&rdquo; comes up with. CCCD participated in this research as a member of GERN and gave input on the stakeholder landscape concerning corporate citizenship in Germany.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2009-mapping-stakeholder-landscapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2009-mapping-stakeholder-landscapes#comments GERN Stakeholder Sun, 20 Sep 2009 10:53:59 +0000 Dr. Susanne Lang 1370 at https://gn-cc.org Publication: GERN-Report 2008 "Corporate Citizenship Around the World" https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2008-corporate-citizenship-around-world <p><strong>The result of the first project is the GERN report, a compilation of voices from around the globe in recognition of how local perspectives shape concepts of corporate citizenship and how it operates in practice. The GERN report is intended to serve as a valuable guide to the business strategist or corporate citizenship director with an interest in global markets, and to help in navigating the landscape of diverse expectations around the globe.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Blog Picture:&nbsp;</div> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_image" width="110" height="110" alt="" src="https://gn-cc.org/system/files/sites/gern.werk21system.de/files/imagefield_default_images/GERN_Blog.jpg?1308311615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-network"> <div class="field-label">Network:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/about_us">Global Network for Corporate Citizenship</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2008-corporate-citizenship-around-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://gn-cc.org/blog/publication-gern-report-2008-corporate-citizenship-around-world#comments GERN Global Corporate Citizenship Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:23:45 +0000 Dr. Susanne Lang 1368 at https://gn-cc.org