Corporate Social Responsibility

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Disappearing Ice

by Tim Newson

A few days ago I saw the documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ which is a hauntingly beautiful account of the rapid demise of glaciers and ice sheets around the world. It is based on the work of James Balog, a National Geographic photographer, who has been running the Extreme Ice Survey since 2007. This is a ground-based […]

Improving corporate performance and the social responsiveness of corporations

by Guest blogger

This blog post was produced by Scott Schaffer, who is a professor of sociology and a specialist in social ethics. Having worked on problems ranging from the ethics of large-scale social change to cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism and the ethics of development, Scott now brings his fifteen years of expertise to bear on issues of social responsibility, […]

Measuring progress in development

by Tim Newson

Embedded within each of the metrics is a different set of values and ideologies of human and sustainable development. Improving peoples’ daily lives is the raison d’etre for many endeavors, irrespective of whether they are initiated by private sector companies or international NGOs. Making a better ‘widget’ and helping people solve problems is the reason […]

Top 10 news items about CIDA – DFAIT merger

by Michelle Dupuis

For our followers who are looking for a summary of reactions on the CIDA-DFAIT merger, here are a few of the most important articles that we have read on this topic.  The articles cover all ranges of opinions, positive, critical and ambivalent.  Despite this broad range of reaction, the one thing everyone can agree on […]

From Values to Value – Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

by Guest blogger

This blog post was produced by Scott Schaffer, who is a professor of sociology and a specialist in social ethics. Having worked on problems ranging from the ethics of large-scale social change to cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism and the ethics of development, Scott now brings his fifteen years of expertise to bear on issues of social responsibility, […]

Technology and social change. Kenya leads the way to mobile money.

by Fernando Alfaro

There has not been one day that I have not been amazed and excited about technology innovations. The world as we know is changing faster than we can manage. When I say the world, I mean the whole world.  Beyond smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, etc; emerging and creating new markets in developed countries, technology innovation […]

Is Bolivia losing the opportunity for social and technological investment?

by Guest blogger

This blog post has been produced by Patricia Monje, CEO of ATIPANA and CCIB Solutions associate in Bolivia. Her career prior to entering the extractive sector included work in CARE Bolivia as well as Fundacion PUMA.  Está Bolivia perdiendo su oportunidad de inversión social y tecnológica? A pesar de que en los últimos años Bolivia ha estado […]

Monitoring private aid – what is the best way?

by Michelle Dupuis

In a recent interview on the effectiveness of aid, the economist Ha Joon Chang stated, “I’m not, in principle, against private involvement in the aid business – in fact, if aid money can be a seed or a catalyst to bring in more money, why not? The danger is that if you don’t monitor it properly, […]