Ana Arias

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9 years 8 months ago

What do a school vegetable patch, a metro ride and senior mobility in three different countries have to do with CSR? A lot if you're a CSR representative from East-West Seed Company Inc., Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) or Mr. Goodcents Foundation for Senior Mobility. It turns out each of these companies embraces CSR projects that are making a difference in the life of different sectors of global communities.

Take East-West Seed Company, for example. This organization is a a Dutch-Filipino company whose products are hybrid tropical seeds that they sell locally. No only do they...


9 years 8 months ago

It's not everyday that banks make headlines because of a demonstrated commitment to their corporate social responsibility principles. But in the case of Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL), it seems to be an ongoing effort. I hope banks worldwide take NIBL's example and apply it to their own corporate social responsibility programs. What's particularly refreshing about NIBL is that they seem to focus on projects that not only help their society but the environment as well.

Amongst its biggest corporate social responsibility initiatives thus far this year are a cultural heritage...


9 years 8 months ago

CSR professionals evaluating product life cycle assessments (LCA) for their own company's products might be interested in taking a peek at Anvil Knitwear's own that was released this week. The company's AnvilSustainable(TM) t-shirt is created from recycled PET plastic bottles and transitional cotton. The transitional cotton used by the company is grown in farms that are in the process of converting to organic production.

Working in partnership with worldwide developer of clean energy and GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reduction Camco International, the current LCA is the fourth they've...


9 years 8 months ago

CSR professionals today have a new option of greeting cards to choose from. Sanctuary Spring recently launched a new line of fair trade greeting cards. Handcrafting these cards on the company's behalf is a group of women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines. It's a partnership between Sanctuary Spring and a local charity as part of a holistic restorative process project for these women.

We live amidst a world caught up in an economic downturn, ongoing oil spills, devastating floods in Pakistan, Venezuela sending troops to its border...


9 years 8 months ago

When Ceres published the 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability report, I was intrigued about its contents as I'd imagine CSR professionals would be as well. Broadly speaking, the document offers 20 expectations for companies that want to integrate "sustainability into the DNA of business" in the context of four large categories of CSR (they use the term "corporate sustainability"), namely governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance. The full report goes into features of more than 200 organizations' best...


9 years 8 months ago

If you're a CSR manager, you may be interested in the Corporate Citizenship Management Framework (CCMF) developed by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. The Center has 20 years+ of working experience with companies, and its framework looks at corporate citizenship with a business lens that evaluates the "risks, opportunities and value creation  that drive business strategy," according to the Center's website. CSR managers can benefit form the CCMF, which outlines four realms of business that need to be addressed when considering what they call corporate citizenship management...


9 years 8 months ago

Just what does theology have to do with business ethics or CSR? If you're in Malta, then it has everything to do with a new master's program. The brainchild of the Reverend Professor Emmanuel Agius, dean of the Faculty of Theology, and Saviour Gauci, dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, at the University of Malta, the Master's degree in Business Ethics will offer CSR executives and other professionals the opportunity to debate the responsibility of business on society, particularly given current economic conditions and banking sector woes.

The three-year program co-taught by...


9 years 8 months ago

Approximately 150 kids ages 10-18 from Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh share views on CSR, thanks to a new report "Children's Participation in Corporate Social Responsibility" by Save the Children Sweden. Respondents included kiddos from urban and rural areas who live in slums, are minorities or come from low-income homes.

At first blush, I was skeptical that the younger kids of the group would understand the concept of corporate social responsibility. (Of course, there's...


9 years 8 months ago

What a refreshing CSR concept. A US-owned company operating in the Dominican Republic, Knights Apparel, is a pioneer in progress, as it pays a living wage to its workers to the tune of three times the average pay for that country's garment employees. The more typical woefully inadequate wage that garment workers in the Dominican Republic make is approximately $147 a month; At Knights, that rate is closer to $500 per month. In Bangladesh, minimum wage for a garment worker stands at about $0.15 per hour, and in numerous cities in China and in the Dominican Republic, that minimum is...


9 years 8 months ago

While consumers are leading much of the change that's afoot in CSR programs and companies worldwide, it takes a responsive organization to listen. And for the initiatives to have staying power, they require buy-in at the trenches and the top management tiers, along with a whole lot of stakeholder engagement. So I was delighted to find out what UK's Marks & Spencer, one of the UK's leading retailers of clothing, food, home products and financial services, is  doing to engender trust...


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