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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: November 2011
I take New Year’s resolutions seriously, which is why I am hard at work on my 2012 resolutions now. As I think about changes I’ll make in 2012, I wonder what resolutions we’ll see from business leaders as the new year begins. In particular, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act takes effect on January 1 and will require business leaders to communicate what they are doing to address slavery and human trafficking. Many do not realize that this is still a 21st-century problem. However, through violence, threats and coercion, victims are forced to work in, among other things, the sex trade, domestic labor, factories, hotels and agriculture. According to the U.S. Department of State, there are an estimated 600,000-800,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year. Of these, approximately 80 percent are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are children. California has been reported to be one of the top four destination states for trafficking victims in the United States.
Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 By Leela Stake
Normally, we think of the government stepping in to regulate business when corporations overextend their reach in one way or another. When it comes to school lunches, however, it looks like the opposite may be happening. The U.S. government was on the right track when the President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act nearly a year ago, followed by the announcement of new dietary guidelines earlier this fall. Just this week, however, Congress proposed new rules that would consider pizza a vegetable in school lunches. This comes on the heels of the potato lobby (yes, Virginia, there is a potato lobby) and other groups fighting for starchy vegetable allotments to remain unchanged in school lunches, leaving little to no room for healthier options to make their way onto cafeteria trays.
Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 By SharedPurpose
Two colleagues and I attended the 2011 BSR Conference a few weeks ago in San Francisco. As usual, the conference provided inspirational speakers, engaging sessions and thought-provoking ideas to consider. This year’s theme was “Redefining Leadership.” The BSR team effectively organized the presentations and discussions around this topic, and participants were able to address leadership from a variety of angles. There were a few items that jumped out for the APCO team that we want to share with SP readers. You may also want to scroll through our tweets from the conference.
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 By Tara Greco
We spend a lot of time talking and thinking about the business benefits of employee volunteerism. What we’ve spent less time talking about is the benefit of prospective employee volunteerism. In this age of high unemployment in the United States, this is something we need to spend more time looking at. LinkedIn got the value of showcasing volunteer experience to potential employers and recently added functionality that lets users add their community engagement to their profiles. This week, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Senator Bob Graham eloquently made the connection in an op-ed in USA Today: Jobs and civics go hand in hand.
Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 By Andrea Shatzman