Megan11

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10 years 2 weeks ago

Today's post comes from JustMeans community member Christopher Cairns, who makes the case for appreciating all positions in the Niger Delta controversy in an attempt to find a solution.

Royal Dutch Shell’s recent $15.5 million settlement of the Wiwa v. Shell case is a landmark example of a company making a good faith attempt to settle the past. However, one thing is certain – the underlying...


10 years 2 weeks ago

I just got back to the U.S. after close to ten months away, so visits to all-American favorites like Trader Joes and Starbucks have been in order.  Perhaps this explains my recent fascination with all things Starbucks related - and, as mentioned in a previous post, it continues to raise complexities so often present in Corporate Social Responsibility debates - namely what's good, what's just a cover for not-entirely-...


10 years 1 month ago

This video came out last year, and you may have already seen it (I've been living under a rock in Kenya, so I just saw it for the first time today).  It shows how powerful words, and some well-timed music, can be.  I find it's a fantastic example of innovation in the CSR arena.  Funded primarly by the...


10 years 1 month ago

This post comes from JustMeans member Christopher Cairns.

When looking at unethical investing it’s often difficult to trace responsibility down the chain. A recent Wall Street Journal piece by David Weidner, though, does just this and places at least part of the blame for funding genocide in Sudan on two institutional investors: Fidelity, and Vanguard. These two companies invest in Chinese state oil company PetroChina, which in turn pays royalties to a Sudanese government that has funded atrocities in Darfur.

In his call...


10 years 1 month ago

Let's not beat around the bush: corporations hold a major key to changing the face of development on an international scale.  The producing, buying and selling of goods internationally is both responsible for many of the issues that have suppressed countries' development, but also hold great potential for motivating it in the future. There are a plethora of opportunities for companies to embrace this role, and some are starting to in a truly admirable way.  A...


10 years 1 month ago

A collection of headlines and posts that caught my eye this week - enjoy!

The Hidden Cost of Cause Marketing -Consumption philanthropy individualizes solutions to collective social problems, distracting our attention and resources away from the neediest causes, the most effective interventions, and the act of critical questioning itself. It devalues the moral core of philanthropy by making virtuous action easy and thoughtless. And it obscures the links between...


10 years 1 month ago

Corporate Social Responsibility enthusiasts often struggle to balance the indiscretions of a company's past with their current attempts at good works.  While die-hard anti-corporate activists will likely never recognize the authenticity behind big-box retailers interested in "greening" themselves, there are more and more whose progress in the responsibility arena deserves recognition.  Starbucks is a great example, though I still cringe when I recognize this fact given their history of running small businesses out of town in their meteoric rise to java stardom.

For a long time I put companies into very black and white "good" or "bad" quadrants in my head.  ...


10 years 1 month ago

Elaine fills in for Megan on the weekend CSR round-up with passion J

Energy legislation: green jobs or no jobs ? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090627/ap_on_go_co/us_climate_bill

"We cannot be afraid of the future" says President Barack Obama as he urges the Senate to pass the far-reaching energy bill approved by...


10 years 1 month ago

A selection of CSR articles that caught my eye this week.  Sorry for the early post - vacation calls!  Enjoy the food for thought...

Greening the Coffee Capsule Business
-Nespresso, which is the fastest-growing division of the...


10 years 2 months ago

I used to think of bananas simply as one of my favorite fruits.  I mean come on – it’s practically the perfect food: sweet and filling, but good for you and not overly loaded with calories.

Then I traveled to Costa Rica and visited some of the world’s best-kept plantations.  Costa Rica is heads and shoulders above many of its neighbors in terms of fighting corruption, gaining international investment and promoting human rights.  You can’t get away with human rights abuses in Costa Rica to the extent...


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