A successful manager recognizes arriving at a decisive “yes” or ”no” regarding internal or external requests is not as easy as it was once. As the complexities of global commerce increase and stakeholders are given more power, getting a definitive answer can be a challenge.
“Recalculating.” How many times have you groaned when you heard that word coming from your GPS because you thought you knew the route and the GPS was sending you a different way, or because it meant you had missed a turn and now had to reroute.
But often this recalculation is a positive. The alert to “recalculate” means it’s time to choose a different path. This new path will show you new routes you might otherwise have missed, or reintroduce you to routes you’ve already encountered.
As more and more companies try to connect their social and environmental impacts to the bottom line, measurement and accountability are becoming a standard. One of the ways to accomplish this is by formally accounting for your company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts and integrating those metrics into the company’s annual financial reports. Dogeared, Inc. decided to formally incorporate ESG standards and transparency into its business by becoming a Certified B Corporation. Given the growing community of B Corporations around the globe, the Center reached out to co-founder, Merlin Clarke, who explained the process of becoming a B Corporation and how it has impacted Dogeared’s corporate citizenship goals.
Panera Bread recently opened a new location in Boston. One of the most striking things about this bakery-cafe is that, unlike its predecessors, there are no cash registers and no prices. Rather, the cafe provides suggested donation amounts and donation bins to collect contributions. This new model is the most recent installation of the Panera Bread Foundation’s non-profit concept: Panera Cares community cafe. Under this innovative model, customers are asked to embrace the notion of shared responsibility and pay what they can. Those who can afford it may donate the suggested amount or more, but those who cannot may donate what they’re able or volunteer their time in exchange for a meal voucher. Either way, the goal is for each person who enters Panera Cares to eat with dignity.
Over the past 25 years, Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless (HTH) program has raised awareness and $100 million for nonprofit beneficiaries working to prevent and end homelessness. Each year, tens of thousands of people get involved in the HTH program by participating in community walks, making a donation, being a sponsor, or volunteering their time to support organizations dedicated to serving homeless people.
Maintaining strong relationships with suppliers is an important way to ensure corporate citizenship is integrated throughout a company’s operations. Corporations can be held accountable for their supply chains, and thus, should select and manage suppliers carefully. Sanofi, a diversified health care provider, is dedicated to developing a diverse supplier base that brings value to the business as well as the communities in which it operates. This priority led to the development of the Supplier Diversity Initiative at Sanofi. Kathleen Castore, Head of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, recently shared some concrete advice and insights into Sanofi’s Supplier Diversity Initiative.
First Niagara is committed to community investment and development as a part of its corporate giving platform. Its primary focus areas are supporting youth and education initiatives. Both of these areas are the focal points of First Niagara’s signature program, Mentoring MattersSM.
Mentoring Matters is First Niagara’s company-wide, charitable giving program that provides monetary and employee volunteer support to exemplary mentoring organizations. Established in 2007, the program connects First Niagara with innovative mentoring program providers throughout the bank’s primary service areas in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 2012, First Niagara awarded nearly $1 million to 33 impactful organizations through the 2012-2013 Mentoring Mattersgrant program.
Finite resources of time, support, and the almighty dollar can leave citizenship and sustainability departments searching for solutions. How can we do more with less? Can we afford to strive for the impacts we want? What are the priorities?