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

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last few years, socially and environmentally conscious impact investing by the corporate sector has witnessed encouraging growth. One of the key components of this field is “conservation investing,” which has assumed increasing importance in view of the global commitment to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - More and more companies are setting an Internal Carbon Price as part of their carbon management strategy. There are several advantages in doing that, besides the obvious environmental gains and target hits.

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(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.

3 days 22 hours ago

(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 cover​ing​ on-the-ground actions within six priority supply chains and global collaborations to advance sustainable agriculture.

4 days 13 hours ago

(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.

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(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.

5 days 9 hours ago

(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.

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