We have taken almost every conceivable step towards making The Rainforest Inn a place that costs the Earth very little. Bill and Renée Humphrey combined their dreams to live in the El Yunque Rainforest and to manage a boutique hotel after purchasing a small hurricane-ravaged property in 1997. Hoping to one day share the naturalContinue reading “Episode 40: Bill Humphrey of The Rainforest Inn”
Whatever brings you joy in business, write it down, and practice that mission each and every day. Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC), is the leader behind the financial success of the company, but also the driving force behind their mission-oriented approach. ESC has donated a total of $5.5 million to non-profitsContinue reading “Episode 39: Curt Vander Meer of Endangered Species Chocolate”
It doesn’t have to be all-inclusive, all-encompassing, perfect or cutting edge from the beginning, but you have to start somewhere. Step 1: discover your personal drive Step 2: uncover your professional capabilities Step 3: contribute to an organization that integrates profit with building a thriving community Step 4: that community provides you and all ofContinue reading “Episode 37: Nell Derick Debevoise of Inspiring Capital”
Women have the power – the purchasing power they need to drive impactful change. It is a well known fact that women own a significant portion of the economy’s purchasing power. Donna Miller created Purse Power so women could easily find and support the organizations that support them. Purse Power is a women-owned, women-led organization, committedContinue reading “Episode 36: Donna Miller of Purse Power”
Many organizations run into issues measuring the impact of CSR. They do all the right things, but fail to measure their efforts. That’s where Pamela Cone steps in. Milliman is one of the world’s largest providers of actuarial and related products and services. As the VP of Global Social Responsibility, Pam enacts programs that drawContinue reading “Episode 35: Pamela Cone of Milliman”
Goodwill works to remove barriers to healthcare, education and employment that many people face around the country. Most people know Goodwill as a retail store but they do so much more than that. With over 20 years of experience with the company, Kent Kramer has witnessed first hand the benefits and opportunities that Goodwill providesContinue reading “Episode 32: Kent Kramer of Goodwill”
The Financial Times defines Corporate Social Responsibility as “a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, environmental and social benefits for all stakeholders.” Yes, CSR ought to be a critical component to an organization’s operating ethos, its values, and its purpose. Every organization should be ‘doing’ CSR. Many are doing it exquisitely well. ButContinue reading “What the World Needs Now: More “Conscious” Companies”
Like any other business endeavor, companies that set out to either establish or expand their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program have a number of common expectations. Having interviewed dozens of companies, though, it seems that the reality is often drastically different than these expectations. Here are some common misconceptions that we have learned from pastContinue reading “Corporate Social Responsibility: Expectations vs. Reality:”
B Lab is the nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, certifying companies to be B Corps and striving to not just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.
While community participation is frequently regarded as a company’s social responsibility in its entirety, it isn’t. However, a company’s participation in its community is often the most recognizable and outward facing facet of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.
Through its commitment to innovation and fiscal responsibility, ACE is leading the way in making higher education accessible, affordable, and highly responsive to the needs of working professionals.
By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.