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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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Category Archives: Economic Development
This year marks the eighth Clinton Global Initiative* (CGI) Annual Meeting, where movers and shakers from around the world come together in New York to make commitments and address some of the greatest enduring challenges. Among its many successes, CGI has helped elevate girls and women to the world stage through featured programming for several years. Never before with such consistency and depth has such a major global platform put the spotlight on the needs and opportunities facing girls and women today. Leaders from Michelle Bachelet to Queen Rania have come together at CGI to raise awareness, launch new programs and celebrate successes.
Posted on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 By Leela Stake
As the Olympics kick off, here are some non-sports-related London Games victories to celebrate: Organizers are calling these the “greenest” Games yet, having put sustainability at the heart of the project. Cyclists will race around a track made from sustainably-sourced Siberian pine at the velodrome, which also uses a fully natural ventilation system (i.e., no air conditioning) and collects rainwater from its sloped roof for its main water usage.
Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 By Leela Stake
The APEC Women and the Economy Summit ended Friday with the adoption of the San Francisco Declaration, which Secretary Clinton promised “just might make history books” if it moves from rhetoric to action. The Summit, organized through a partnership of the Bay Area Council and the U.S. State Department and, was part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials Meeting, the largest diplomatic gathering in San Francisco since the UN founding 66 years ago. APEC has tremendous clout – it is comprised of 21 nations that collectively represent nearly 40 percent of the world's population, 54 percent of the global economy and 44 percent of world trade. This was the first time that APEC affirmed the organization’s and member economies’ commitment to improving women’s access to capital and markets, building their capacities and skills and supporting the rise of women leaders in the public and private sectors.
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 By Leela Stake
The 600 million girls who live in the developing world have started to get the attention they deserve on the world stage. A prime example is “Girls and Women: Scaling What Works,” a featured topic at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative* Annual Meeting. In a series of plenary and breakout sessions, corporate, government and NGO leaders will take a deeper look at proven initiatives to improve the lives of girls in developing countries. One of the most exciting aspects of the program is that CGI plans to promote ideas and innovations coming directly from girls in the developing world, who seldom have the platform that CGI provides. Abundant data support CGI’s emphasis on investing in girls in the developing world. To cite just one powerful statistic: when 10 percent more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases on average by 3 percent. Yet less than two cents of every international development dollar is directed specifically to girls. Clearly, there’s still a compelling need to bridge the gap between the strong case for investing in girls and reality.
Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 By Leela Stake
When you celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, it normally doesn’t pass without a fair amount of emotion, and one year of Shared Purpose is no different! This was a huge year of awakenings – either slow dawnings or lightning-bolt revelations – for many of us in the business and extended CSR/sustainability communities. The breadth and depth of the issues continue to challenge us all. The spectrum of CSR/sustainability activities is at its richest, and it just keeps expanding, like the Shared Purpose word cloud above. Where to begin? Right now, Asia is officially experiencing another food crisis. According to the World Bank and ADB, residents of this region are looking at “fast and persistent increases in the cost of many
Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 By Kitty Potter
Following our colleague Emily’s earlier round-up of coverage of International Women’s Day in the leading U.S. social media and traditional media, I wanted to share some perspectives from Europe and Afghanistan.Last evening in London, I had the opportunity to meet and listen to some remarkable women from Afghanistan: Dr Habiba Sarabi, the Governor of Bamyan [...]
Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 By Rachel Thompson
Were you turned off by Groupon’s Super Bowl ad like Aman and I were? Well, I have an alternative Daily Deal site for you to consider…Philanthroper. Just keep in mind that it’s not a deal where you get something, it’s a deal where you give something.
Posted on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 By Tara Greco
It was a packed first day at CGI 2010. In contrast to last year's meeting, which took place at the depths of the global recession, there was tremendous, positive, forward-looking energy among commitment-makers who are looking beyond the immediate economic challenge to long-term opportunities to create solutions to the world's toughest challenges.Here are some highlights [...]
Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 By James Robinson
New Yorkers grudgingly refer to the third week of September as “UN Week,” when world leaders descend on the city for the opening session of the UN General Assembly, creating gridlocked streets across Manhattan in the wake of their motorcades. Over the past six years, however, it’s the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that has anchored [...]
Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010 By James Robinson
A company’s strategy and approach to corporate responsibility has a huge impact on its reputation. Both minor and major adjustments in programs, partnerships and processes can net in a shift—up or down—of a company’s reputation in the eyes of its stakeholders. APCO’s research group, APCO Insight, recently conducted some research for the retail industry to [...]
Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 By Tara Greco