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ContributorsLeela StakeLeela is a director who helps businesses innovate, collaborate and communicate to be more successful. She’s based in San Francisco, has worked in six Asian countries and is interested in the relationship between long-term business success and community prosperity.Laura PalantoneLaura is a member of our corporate communications team and is based in New York.James RobinsonJames is a director who brings ten years of experience working on CR strategy and communications in New York, Beijing, and Jakarta. He looks at how CR is employed as part of broader business strategy and has a particular interest in the evolving role of technology and innovation in managing social and environmental issues.Julie JackA director in APCO's New York office, Julie works on corporate responsibility with a focus on business strategy and emerging issues and trends. Her currents interests and work focus on sustainable agriculture and supply chain management, the integration of CR and financial communications, and CR in the consumer goods space.Ellen MignoniEllen is a senior director and helped build APCO’s global corporate responsibility practice. She works primarily with APCO’s corporate clients on business alignment and corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement and partnership development, and communication and outreach.
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Monthly Archives: August 2011
You know, you have to be proud of the B-school students today. I say this as a totally unbiased proud member of the “hands-on” Millennial generation. But things really seem to be changing out there. The trend’s been coming on for awhile. Back in 2007, Stanford did a study that found MBA students from the top 11 ranked business schools in the United States were willing to sacrifice as much as $8,000 in pay in order to work for an ethical company. Awesome. And my undergrad alma mater, Tufts University, has been preaching “active citizenship” for years.
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 By Andrea Shatzman
Did you see this Chronicle of Philanthropy article a few weeks ago? Food engineers and food scientists at General Mills began a volunteer project in 2009 to package and donate meals for kids in Malawi schools. The response was overwhelming, which inspired them to think bigger.
Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 By Tara Greco
The street violence in parts of London and several other English cities in the past week has brought an outpouring of analysis and opinions on the underlying causes. From poverty and inequality to poor parenting and teaching, from welfare cuts to racism, and the collective impact of all of these on a generation of young people. These are indeed features of our society – but it is not yet clear whether they are causal factors in what happened, which included the killing of several people, the torching of shops and houses, and semi-organized vandalism and stealing.
Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011 By Rachel Thompson
The setting is Wall Street and the topic is “Aligning Strategy, Sustainability and Financial Communication.” We are at Deutsche Bank speaking with about 35 emerging market company investor relations officers about ESG-related megatrends shaping the global operating and investment outlook. “How many of you believe that environmental, social or governance factors represent material long-term risks or opportunities for your company?” Pretty much every hand goes up. “Okay, now, how many of you get questions from investors about ESG-related issues or meet with SRI funds on occasion?” At least half the group keeps their hands raised.
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011 By Julie Jack