First public benchmark ranks companies on policies, practices and actions on human rights
This week, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) was launched. General Mills was part of this pilot benchmark which evaluated the top 98 companies across agriculture, apparel, and extractives (those industries considered at highest risk). A collaborative initiative led by investors and human rights organizations, CHRB is the first public benchmark that ranks companies on their policies, practices and actions on human rights. To learn more, see their press release.
If you look at the volunteer rates from 2011-2015, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you'll notice volunteerism has been on the decline in recent years. However, as Laura Shear, a Bay Area-based freelance writer and consultant, states in an article posted on Relate by Zendesk, "there's a glimmer of hope."
John Leonard, Program Manager at Optimizely, knew his co-workers were very generous, but he didn't realize just how generous until he saw the results of the company's most recent annual employee giving campaign. After working with America's Charities' team of experts to come up with a customized strategic plan to guide the program and putting the recommendations into action, Optimizely's employee giving results increased sevenfold with more than 50% of employees participating.
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Each year, approximately 840 children in the Mid-Atlantic region are eligible to have their wish granted, but the hundreds of wishes Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grants each year would go unanswered if it weren’t for local donations from generous individuals and corporate partners like Chipotle DC.
This year, in a report released on Feb. 15, the SPLC documented what many suspected during an election year marred by incendiary rhetoric targeting immigrants, Muslims and minorities: The radical right is energized and on the rise.
Abbott was named the Most Admired Company in the medical products and equipment industry by Fortune magazine for the fourth straight year. As part of the overall Fortune rankings, the company also was once again named the No. 1 company in its industry sector for social responsibility and people management as well.
Refugees around the world are moving in record numbers. In fact, the unprecedented movement of people around the world has created the highest number of displaced persons since World War II. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a record 34,000 people a day – or roughly 24 people a minute – are displaced from their homes by conflict and violence. Children make up 51 percent of the world’s refugees.