Businesses engage in their local or international community by donating a portion of their profits or resources to non-profit organizations or community stakeholders. Learn more about philanthropy projects by visiting the Business for Good map.
Through its Citizenship efforts, Microsoft has the opportunity to help build and nurture communities in the more than 100 countries/regions around the world where it has a presence. The company is focused on addressing an “opportunity divide” among young people around the world—a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.
The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is coming up next week, on October 29. On that day, you will be hearing many stories about the “Superstorm,” ranging from heartfelt stories of perseverance to tragic stories of loss to criticisms of a slower than expected recovery.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in 2000 by 189 United Nations members, were aimed at significantly improving social and economic conditions in the world's poor countries by 2015. As this deadline approaches, some controversy has arisen over the progress made over the MDG’s thirteen years and counting.
In the more than 20 years I have spent working in the international development sector, I have seen corporate giving transform from simple philanthropy to companies seeking to become a true partner in addressing global challenges alongside NGOs. As corporations become more global, so does their giving; businesses are targeting their corporate social responsibility efforts in communities abroad in which they operate, have a customer base or just see a need. This is happening at a very opportune time.
I want to say one word about Sustainable Brand’s The New Metrics of Sustainable Business 2013 — awesome. SB’s New Metrics felt like a practitioners convening. The focus on real world cases prompted truly useful dialog. The fact that the audience was largely filled with corporate responsibility (CR) professionals made for a collegial atmosphere that energized participants.
This summer the UPS Foundation announced $7.6 million in donations to 41 diversity, education, and veteran and military support nonprofit organizations. The UPS Foundation will positively impact thousands of lives through this support.
The UPS Foundation has a long-standing committee to diversity and empowerment according to the UPS Foundation president Ed Martinez:
Following publication of our volume Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship, which identifies the five different stages that companies move through on their sustainability journeys, we have mostly followed Stage 5 “game changers” like Unilever, IBM, Nestlé, Dow, Danone, and others.
Businesses realize that a strong education system is vital to ensure a strong workforce that will help their business grow and prospect in the future. That’s why today we see businesses take an active role in education reform through strategic partnerships and investments with local schools, nationwide educational programs, and government stakeholders.