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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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- Takeaways From New Renewable Energy Proposals in Washington State
- The Red Equal Signs: Top Takeaways for Cause-Conscious Companies
- Women Helping Women
- Meet the Aspirationals: Three Findings from Regeneration Roadmap
- As Same-Sex Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court, So Does Support from Corporate America
- Shareholders of the World, Unite!? (Part II)
- Mandatorily Philanthropic?
- The Word from Seattle: U.S. Needs Sustained Clean Tech Movement
Monthly Archives: May 2012
While investing in women and girls is a hot topic these days, there’s one issue that hasn’t been getting much attention: family planning. When compared to other popular areas of focus (e.g., girls’ education, women’s economic opportunities, young women’s leadership development), the more politically charged issues of women’s sexuality, contraception and family planning are harder to [...]
Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 By Leela Stake
I am not an organized grocery shopper…which is kind of odd because I am uber-organized in every other aspect of my life. Mostly, I hate menu-planning, which means I’m at the grocery store at least four times a week to pick up “just a few things.”On my last trip to the neighborhood Harris Teeter, I [...]
Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 By Tara Greco
Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin biographies, the other night said at a book forum sponsored by APCO: You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to get something done; you just have to be the person who knows how to get things done. He learned that lesson in researching Franklin, who was the guy in the room who got a country done a couple of centuries ago. Isaacson said today’s politicians could learn a lesson from that, bringing the Franklin teaching to a lesson for today’s leadership.
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 By Tara Greco
In another victory for cause marketing, Humankind Water took the #1 spot in Walmart’s recent Get on the Shelf social media contest. The contest garnered thousands of entries, ranging from shorts made from towels to a handy dandy eyeglass repair kit.In the end, though, a product that donates 100 percent of net profits to countries [...]
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 By SharedPurpose
Interesting news from the state of New York last week. Starting next year, prospective lawyers seeking to pass the New York state bar will be required to perform 50 hours of pro bono work, in addition to taking the grueling test, before being admitted.I like this plan for several reasons: It acclimates lawyers to pro [...]
Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 By Tara Greco
Last week on Earth Day, Whole Foods officially stopped selling red-rated wild-caught fish in its seafood departments. Big stuff right? No longer does steering clear of over-fished fish seem so fringe. Though, let’s be fair. It’s Whole Foods. The petri dish of all sustainability experiments. But wait – Whole Foods isn’t the only one. BJ’s Wholesale Club last month announced they would only carry seafood from sustainable suppliers…and BJ’s isn’t Whole Foods. The seafood counter is looking pretty bright! But this briny little tale didn’t prepare me for Burger King’s announcement just a few days later. Burger King made a commitment that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017. Yeah – Burger King. Feeling a little Chipotle heat, perhaps?
Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 By Andrea Shatzman