BE Blogs: A Voice for Responsible Business

As part of our sustainability pledge to discuss best practices openly and honestly, we share insights that allow others to effect change in their community. While companies have responsibility to drive change internally, we believe they also can add to their insights and impact by sharing their experience with others.

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What is a “Responsible Company?”

Jan 20, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Operations Management  //  No Comments

Do you know a responsible company when you see one? We often talk about “responsible companies” in passing, but fail to describe their characteristics in detail. Here is a picture of what a BusinessEarth believes a responsible company might look like.

In the first part of this blog, the fictional “Acme” will serve as our example of a company that, while not perfect, is doing good work and making money at the same time.  In the second part, we will show some real-life examples of how companies are putting the ideas that we reference with Acme into practice.

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Corporate Social Responsibility, Defined

Jan 18, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Investors & Stakeholders, Terminology, The Environment  //  1 Comment

At BusinessEarth, we talk about CSR (corporate social responsibility) a lot, but we don’t always explain it as thoroughly as we should.  In light of this, here’s a CSR primer that will help clear any confusion.

CSR is work that creates value inside and outside of a company by aligning business goals with social and environmental needs.

BusinessEarth believes that CSR and profitability are not mutually exclusive.  Rather, a solid CSR program can pay for itself with tangible savings and profit opportunities and, like any other well-conceived investment, will pay dividends in the long run.

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3 Ways to Help Your CFO Overcome CSR Doubts

Dec 2, 2010   //   by Bradley Short   //   Accounting & Finance, Blog, Company Culture, Investors & Stakeholders, Leadership  //  No Comments

Are you having trouble getting executive buy-in for corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Converting doubters to believers is difficult, even more so with analytically-minded CFOs. However, the strong financial leadership of a CFO will spread the impact and support of your CSR project throughout the company and community.

CFOs on CSR: Discover the Root of Their Doubts

The key to gaining CSR converts is uncovering the root cause of their doubts.  In today’s post, we’ll look at three objections a CFO might have and suggest some ways you can help them overcome their resistance.  In future posts, we’ll take a look at issues that your colleagues in other job functions may have.

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