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Our friends at Triple Pundit published a series of interviews with leading female corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners, asking what inspires these women and how they found their way to sustainability careers. As Editor-in-Chief Jen Boynton wrote when she kicked off the series, "Men still dominate CSR, at least at the higher levels ... yet, the connection between gender diversity and CSR runs deep. Study after research study has found that simply having an executive team with gender diversity is highly correlated with having a strong CSR performance..."
We're shining a light on a few of those women working to make corporations more sustainable, featuring the best advice they've ever received.
This post is part of a new series that highlights ways to keep up with impact-related issues through social media.
As VP of Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at the Campbell Soup Company and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation, Dave Stangis has what you might call a full plate. “Every day brings a new set of issues, challenges, and opportunities,” he says. “It truly is like having a different job every day.... In a given week, I work with every single organization in the company -- from front lines to the board of directors, from enterprise strategy to communications and public policy."
This post is part of our ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, longtime impact expert and career coach Shannon Houde tackles a question from our network.
“A conversation that leads to something other than frustration requires preparation, a systems analysis, and potential solutions that reach beyond changing individual mindsets or behavior.” -Rinku Sen, Race Forward
“...to go beyond race, we have to go through race." -Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism without Racists
Understanding the Global Food Crisis
The world’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. Right now, there are 805 million hungry people in the world. It’s estimated that 16% of those 805 million people live in developed countries. Meanwhile, agriculture contributes to almost 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37% of landmass, and accounts for 70% of all freshwater extracted globally for human use. It is also a major polluter, as runoff from fertilizers and manure disrupts water sources like lakes, rivers, and coastal ecosystems. Figuring out how to feed 9 billion people—while also advancing rural development, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting valuable ecosystems—is one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Most of us have been trained to be proactive about changing the world, but these experts have helpful advice about when to slow down and quiet down as well.
In this installment of interviews with successful social entrepreneurs, Jonathan Lewis at Café Impact asks key questions: How do you plan ahead and network to land the job you want? How can you prepare now to succeed once you get it? And is it possible that a tattoo could help along the way? (Watch the third video for that tidbit.)
This post is part of our ongoing impact career advice column. In this edition, impact investing expert R. Paul Herman fields a question from our network.
In today’s ever-connected world, driving change requires that impact leaders be effective boundary-crossers, working in partnership with organizations across sectors and industries. Research appears to support this too. According to a recent survey of more than 500 sustainability experts from around the world, multi-sector partnerships will be key to advancing sustainability in the future.
The world’s biggest challenges – from climate change to poverty and social justice – are just that, BIG. What does it take to make a difference? For the third year, students around the world proved that a big difference can start with a small step. Over the course of the most recent academic year, almost 5,000 students across 71 campuses completed a mind-boggling 113,000 small actions, ranging from recycling and taking public transit to volunteering in their communities. See photos and more.
Books about business innovation? Check. Creativity? Check. The meaning of life? Yep. Racism and feminism? Definitely. Literary memoirs and poetry? Yes, that too. We asked our staffers what books have made a positive impact on them, whether the book affected their view of the workplace or the world. Our list is a mix of new books and all-time favorites, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have.Business innovation? Check. Creativity? Check. The meaning of life? Yep. Racism and feminism? Definitely. Literary memoirs and poetry? Yes, that too. We asked our staffers what books have made a positive impact on them, whether the book affected their view of the workplace or the world. - See more at: https://netimpact.org/blog/your-2015-summer-impact-reading-list#sthash.O...
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