If corporations are sociopaths, what do we do about it?
January 15 | ESG News and Views Podcast | Comments (0)
The second of two interviews with former NY law partner Jamie Gamble, who has written that corporations “are legally obligated to act like sociopaths” -- that is, in the narrow economic interest of stockholders. In this interview Jamie discusses his proposed changes to the law to make it easier for corporations to act in the best interests of society at large.
Are Corporations Sociopaths? A Conversation with Jamie Gamble
January 08 | ESG News and Views Podcast | Comments (0)
The first of two provocative interviews with former NY law partner Jamie Gamble on his essay, “The Most Important Problem in the World,” which links major global challenges to corporations who “are legally obligated to act like sociopaths.” This interview addresses whether corporations are obligated to act as sociopaths. The second focuses on Jamie’s changes to make it easier for corporations to act in the best interest of society.
How Employers Can Help With Child Care
January 01 | Kenneth A. Burdick | Comments (0)
Of the nearly 24 million U.S. children under the age of six, 15 million kids have parents who are participating in the labor force. This begs the question: Do working parents have access to affordable, high-quality child care?
The 4 Ps Of Brands Taking Stands
December 12 | Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation | Comments (0)
How should companies prepare themselves to take a position on social issues? It comes down to four Ps: Purpose, Plan, Process, and Product. The important thing is to be strategic and to approach taking a public stand in the same way that a company would approach any other business decision.
Engaged Grantmaking: Collaborating with Communities
December 05 | Caroline McCoy, Program Officer, McCormick Foundation | Comments (0)
Does your grantmaking consider input from the communities it's intended to serve? Known as participatory grantmaking, this process helps shift traditional power imbalances that exist in philanthropy. For foundations, this could mean including grantees in priority setting, strategy development, and research, or having them sit on advisory councils or boards.
Not Enough! Giving for Women and Girls Totals $6.3 Billion in U.S.
November 26 | Kiersten Marek, Founder, Philanthropy Women | Comments (0)
Is the amount donated to nonprofit organizations focused on women and girls in the U.S. enough, given the focus on gender equality in our culture? At $6.3 billion, approximately 1.6 percent of all charitable giving, the answer appears to be no. By simply integrating gender equality into other giving areas, such as religion, which received $123.8 billion in 2016, we might see an uptick in gender equality movements.
Partnerships in the Public Interest: Best Practices for Building Successful Corporate-Nonprofit Relationships
November 21 | Dave Remund, Executive Director, University Communications and Marketing, Drake University | Brooke McKeever, Associate Dean of Research, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of South Carolina | Comments (0)
What makes corporate-nonprofit partnerships work? Interviews with representatives from both sides suggest it's about clarity at the outset, consistency in terms of having shared goals, and being comprehensive in terms of making an impact.
Q&A with Elizabeth Roscoe: Opportunity Beyond Borders
November 13 | Alex Parkinson, Communications Institute Co-Leader, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
The Western Union Foundation has established a new goal to invest $15 million within three years, with a focus on empowering displaced and marginalized youth to succeed in today’s technology driven global economy. I recently spoke with Elizabeth Roscoe, Global Head, Corporate Brand and Purpose, and Executive Director, Western Union Foundation, about the investment. This is an excerpt of our conversation.
Should Nonprofits Be Required To Publicly Disclose Their Donors?
November 04 | Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation | Comments (0)
Would having nonprofits publicly disclose their donors help to maintain the integrity of the nonprofit community as it navigates recent scandals? With rare exceptions, nonprofit organizations are not required to disclose the names of their donors to the public. But these organizations are formed for the public benefit and are exempt from paying taxes on their income, so it might be time to expect increased transparency.