CSR Chronicles: Nurturing a Responsible Business World

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Case Studies in CSR: Whole Foods Strives to Help Local and Global Communities

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With its long lines and neatly-ordered aisles, Whole Foods might appear to be like any other grocery store at first glance. However, Whole Foods stands out from other supermarkets because it pays particular attention to the well being of customers and surrounding communities.

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TED Talks CSR Inspiration: “On Better Businesses” by Jay Coen Gilbert

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In this TED Talk from an independently organized TEDx event in Philadelphia, Jay Coen Gilbert shares his vision to solve society's problems through B Corporations—corporations that meet specific social and environmental qualifications. B Corporations, or "B Corps" for short, are awarded membership in the B Corporation community by undergoing a rigorous certification process. This certification process is managed by a nonprofit organization, called B Lab, which Gilbert co-founded. Within this certification process of higher standards and accountability, Gilbert insists, lies a historic opportunity: to create a better world by harnessing the power of business.

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A Closer Look at the Concept of CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility

As citizens, we are expected to uphold certain responsibilities to the communities in which we live. These basic responsibilities largely connect to the notion of ethics, which presses that one's own decisions have the power to influence the entire social system. Implying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, this concept of synergy suggests that each individual plays a role in societal outcomes.

On a larger scale, the idea of corporate social responsibility holds that big businesses work under similar expectations to maintain such a social agreement. Often amassing extensive power over the economic, legal, and political arenas, corporations are responsible to take an active role in ensuring the well being of its employees, the community, and fundamentally, society as a whole.

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Verizon Hosts Challenge to Inspire Students to Change Lives Through App Building

The Verizon Innovative Challenge

For the fourth year in a row, Verizon will be holding The Verizon Innovative Challenge, a contest for students interested in creating their very own problem-solving apps. For this challenge, middle and high school students living in the U.S. will join collaborative teams, generate innovative ideas, and build concepts for mobile apps. Their ideas for these apps must attempt to solve real world issues their schools and communities face. Absolutely no coding experience is necessary to participate.

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Realized Worth: Motivating Employees to Find Their “Epiphanies”

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It might be tempting to obsess over material goods. The value of the cars we drive, the homes we own, and the paychecks we receive all seem to carry exceedingly heavy weights. But according to one CSR consulting firm, rather than deriving our self worth from material possessions, we need to lend a hand to those in need to truly "find" ourselves.

Realized Worth labels this process of uncovering ourselves through service as an "epiphany."

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TED Talks CSR Inspiration: “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” by Dan Pallotta

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Dan Pallotta's informative TED Talk, "The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong," illuminates how everything people have been taught about charitable giving is dysfunctional.

Whereas for-profit sectors are applauded for risk-taking, aggressive marketing, and capital and financial incentives, the nonprofit sector is "stuck" begging for money and handouts. Too many nonprofits, he argues, are rewarded for how little they spend—not for what they accomplish.

"We have two rulebooks," Pallota says. "We have one for the nonprofit sector and one for the rest of the economic world."

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Arby's Fight to End Childhood Hunger in America

Arby's Fighting Childhood Hunger

"Help Arby's fight to end child hunger; when kids eat, they feel stronger," reads Arby's online advertisement for its annual fundraiser.

Running from August 3 until September 13, Arby's restaurants is currently holding its 2015 National Restaurant Fundraiser, with a goal to help end childhood hunger in America. For every dollar donated by a diner at this popular restaurant chain, Arby's will donate up to ten meals to hungry children in need.

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Harvard Business School Hosts Leadership Program on CSR This Fall

Harvard Business School CSR Strategies

In response to the ever-growing trend of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Harvard Business School will be hosting a program titled "Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value" Oct 18-21, 2015.

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Keeping a Pulse on CSR: Top 5 CSR Online Newsletters

Top 5 CSR Online Newsletters

So much to read, so little time. But fret not! Giva has searched the World Wide Web and narrowed down our top 5 CSR Newsletters for your convenience.

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Case Studies in CSR: TOMS Helping Those in Need "One for One"

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Roaming around a playground at an American school, many children can be found sporting the latest TOMS® Footwear. In styles ranging from vibrant pink flip flops to simply patterned navy sneakers, kids pound the soles of their shoes against the dirt wood chips; they race each other from the swing sets to the slides without any awareness of how truly luxurious it can be to own a pair of shoes. Alternatively, for a child living in a developing country, shoes are not readily available.

Although shoes are in the category of a necessity for all children, not all can afford a pair of shoes.

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