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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: April 2012
The UK government’s mantra, in these times of high unemployment, inflation and low growth, is “We’re all In this together.” And as public-sector spending cuts begin to bite, the government has been keen to show that they expect the very wealthy to do their part. Hence last month’s Budget included, alongside a modest reduction in the top rate of personal income tax, an emphasis on tightening tax loopholes available to wealthy people, particularly in relation to stamp duty on very expensive residential properties. It also included a new ceiling on tax relief for the wealthy: from next year, tax relief above £50,000 in any one year will be capped at 25 percent of income in that year. This would limit, say, a person earning $10 million from claiming tax reliefs of more than £2.5 million; or a person earning £500,000 from claiming tax reliefs of more than £125,000. At first glance, at least to those 99 percent of Britons who earn much less (the UK’s median income is £25,000 a year), this seemed to provide still generous room for tax relief to high-income earners.
Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012 By Rachel Thompson
And as an alumnus of Auburn University, I was proud to see fellow alum and Heisman Trophy-winner Bo Jackson working to make a difference to those affected. A year ago, an outbreak of more than 60 tornadoes killed more than 200 people in Alabama. This week, Bo Jackson will trade his football pads for a bicycle as he launches his “Bo Bikes Bama” charity ride across the state to raise money for tornado relief. He’ll be joined along the way by sports figures including Lance Armstrong, Ken Griffey, Jr., and downhill skier Picabo Street. Ultimately, he hopes to raise $1 million for tornado relief in the state.
Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 By SharedPurpose
In honor of National Volunteer Week, I want to give a shout out to my colleagues here at APCO for their commitment to service. Many APCO consultants devote personal time to the causes that matter most to them—including coaching a youth sports team, cleaning up parks, taking in rescue dogs and handling press relations for the local homeless shelter.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 By Tara Greco
Kirk Stewart, Tara Greco and I were part of the record-breaking crowd that attended the annual Boston College Corporate Citizenship Conference held in Phoenix last week. Here are the key ideas panelists and participants were buzzing about: The lines between risk management, issues management, brand management and corporate responsibility continue to blur. More and more, [...]
Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 By Leela Stake
Click for larger imageWe have an interesting Easter tradition in my (very large) family. It’s an egg-decorating contest that started 30+ years ago when my kindergarten-teacher mom pulled out all of her fun craft supplies out of storage and invited my twenty-something aunts and uncles to “decorate eggs” while we were waiting for supper. They [...]
Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 By Tara Greco