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Attempting to link a non-profit mindset to the corporate world. CSR | sustainability | social impact | people + planet | Toronto, Canada
Graph with pen & ruler. Corporate social responsibility, bullshit, ideals, sustainability, indicators
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a lot of bullshit. Companies jump on the latest CSR trends. Bland, vague goals are prone to manipulation and grandiosity. A company may not have the intention to deceive us when it declares, “We’ll help achieve gender equality by 2030!”, but the statement is bullshit…

Woman suspended with umbrella against yellow wall. Trust, self-management, holacracy, sociocracy, teal organizations
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Last year was a lot. By October, with the US election looming, my existential dread about the state of the world reached an all-time high. Thankfully, just at the same time, I read the latest book by historian and author Rutger Bregman called Humankind: A Hopeful History.

The book gave…

Do Something Great sign; CSR; corporate social responsibility; content marketing; marketing; non-profit fundraising
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Hopefully, right now, your company is already doing some work to make the world better and cause less harm. …

Person hugging tree — corporate social responsibility, sustainability, business, meditation, mindfulness, compassion, empathy
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Over 10 years ago, I went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Each day consisted of a very early wake up call, many hours of seated meditation, a couple of simple meals and absolutely no digital or physical distractions. We were also encouraged to mindfully walk around the grounds. …

People sitting at desk. Diversity, equity, inclusion, philanthropy, supply chain, marketing, corporate social responsibility
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Like the reverberations of the #MeToo movement, #BlackLivesMatter has opened up a space and dialogue about systemic issues in society and the workplace. It’s a long awaited reckoning and a catalyst for change. …

cryptocurrency, blockchain, bitcoin, ethereum, smart contract, non-profits, charities, NGOs, philanthropy, donations
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Applications of blockchain technology¹ are set to be revolutionary for the non-profit sector. Blockchain is already affecting how services and projects are implemented and managed and how donations are being received and distributed. …

Change is Coming Poster — corporate advocacy, corporate activism, brand activism, branding, CSR, social impact
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Corporate advocacy is no longer only stodgy political lobbying for profit motives. These days, it’s about being vocal and making impacts on social, political, economic and environmental issues. Ideally, it has the goal of improving society and addressing systemic issues.

Some call it brand activism, but I prefer the more…

Goalposts. Sustainable Development Goals; SDGs; corporate social responsibility; SDG washing; Global Indicator Framework
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Four years down, 10 more to go, until humanity reaches its best before date.

Well, not really. At least, we should hope not.

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which came into effect in 2016, is a plan of action for the world for people, planet, prosperity, peace…

Post it notes. User design; empathy; edge cases; stress cases; product design; company culture; employee engagement
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I recently read Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech and one concept she presented became a real a-ha moment for me: stress cases. …

Office work. Employee engagement; impact-weighted accounts; monetary valuation; gender; diversity; ESG; financial statement
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Companies with high levels of engaged employees have better levels of profitability, sales production, safety incidents, absenteeism and quality. Those companies that invest in the cultural, technological and physical environments of employees are more often listed in many best-of lists and average more profit, revenue and productivity. A high level…

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