(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over eight million people in 181 countries contributed over $971 million to 282,053 charities during this holiday season, says Paypal, which has reported an 11 percent growth in charitable giving in 2016 —making 2016 the biggest year for end-of-year donations with PayPal ever. The top four most giving countries are the US at the top of the list, followed by Canada, the UK and Germany, consecutively.
FROM THE EDITOR
Six CSR Trends to Watch in 2017: a Forbes List
It’s that time of year, when forecasters issue lists of trends to look out for in coming months. Susan McPherson, CEO of McPherson Strategies, has polled some noted CSR professionals to collect six trends to watch for in 2017 for a Forbes blog. Executives from Dell, GRI, Comcast, Intuit, 21st Century Fox, H&M, Finnair, and Harvard Business Review contributed to an agenda that includes (1) a commitment to sustainability regardless of political changes (2) corporations stepping up as advocates and problem-solvers (3) new, rising expectations of the CSO (4) a shift from corporate social responsibility to social impact (5) accelerating the transition to a circular economy and (6) more investment in consumer and employee buy-in. Read the full details of these insightful comments here.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Cargill has presented a ground-breaking plan to curb deforestation that could have huge impact on efforts to keep forests standing, one of the most effective ways to mitigate climate change. The company has released its first Cargill Report on Forests covering on-the-ground actions within six priority supply chains and global collaborations to advance sustainable agriculture.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a world that continues to face challenges at environmental, social and governance fronts, companies must have a long-term commitment to do business in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the planet. Companies must measure and report on corporate sustainability efforts so that stakeholders can recognize the contribution a company is making to global sustainable development.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable investing essentially involves putting money into companies that are committed to integrating their business goals with the larger environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. Investors strive to make their investments deliver competitive returns apart from making a positive social impact.
(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — It’s getting hard to know what’s really true anymore. There are a number of reasons for this: fake news, political mischief and perhaps even a greater tolerance for liars. But there is also another reason: technology. Technology is changing so fast, that when people make pronouncements about deliveries by drones, exploration of other planets, or a rapid transformation of the car industry from what it is today, to a preponderance of electric, self-driving cars that are no longer owned by car-owners but hailed by a tap on a smartphone, it’s hard to know if they are simply making all this up.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - HIV cure research has received a massive boost from Gilead Sciences, which has distributed more than $22 million in grants to support 12 new research projects. The research groups are based at leading institutions and non-profits across the globe and focuses on three areas: translational research, efficacy studies in animal models and community perspectives of HIV cure.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Smartphones are not just changing our lives; they are saving lives. In the developing world, cervical cancer is a leading cause of death in women, where over 270,000 lose their lives annually—that’s 9 out of 10 deaths. The sad reality is that most of these deaths are preventable through simple screening. Yet, women in these places do not have access to the care they need, which is why the innovative work of MobileODT is pivotal.