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Top Trends in Corporate Pro Bono | Taproot Foundation's Advisory Services Newsletter

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As we settle into the new year, we find ourselves reflecting on the state of corporate pro bono, the exciting ways in which the field has evolved over the last year, and what's ahead in 2019. Taproot's Advisory Services team recently conducted an inaugural study of companies doing pro bono as a way to understand industry-wide trends and share out key observations. 

Why Sustainability Should Include Political Activity – Professor Tom Lyon in the California Management Review

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives have gone mainstream, but they are missing something important: They ignore corporations’ political actions, including lobbying and campaign funding, which can drastically alter corporations’ environmental and social impact. In some cases, companies cynically engage in the strategy of “talking green while lobbying brown.” Corporations report on social and environmental sustainability metrics but typically not on political ones, which can allow them to get away with irresponsible lobbying activity.

Taproot Foundation Releases State of Pro Bono: Corporate Edition

Current trends in corporate pro bono program design
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NEW YORK, February 19, 2019 /3BL Media/ -- As the field of pro bono service continues to grow, companies increasingly identify pro bono programming as a critical element of their overall social impact objectives. Taproot Foundation conducted an inaugural survey of companies doing pro bono to collect data on their programs, identify trends, and share key observations for advancing the field. This resource provides information to help practitioners compare their program design and outcomes to peers in the field, and to support them as they achieve greater impact through pro bono service.

Essity and CE100: Report on Renewables Materials Role in a Circular Future

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Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals demands that companies team up and cooperate to decrease climate change and increase circularity*. One important component, is an open dialogue to align research agendas and develop policy framework, which is why we are working with like-minded partners, such as IKEA, TetraPak and DSM Royal, within the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 (Circular Economy 100) Network.

Nonprofit Board Service Builds More Effective Business Leaders

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Alice Korngold, President and CEO of Korngold Consulting LLC, has recently released the results of her study 2018 Nonprofit Board Leadership Study in partnership with IMPACT2030, a private sector collaboration with the United Nations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Sappi Reduces Solid Waste for Fifth Consecutive Year

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The following offers a view of our annual performance in important areas of environmental and social responsibility. We monitor key metrics for fiber, emissions, energy usage and the impact of our operations on air, water and solid waste. We use this data to set improvement goals for our operations and interactions with key stakeholders.

Delivering Responsible Real Estate Investment Opportunities

Clarion Partners believes that the sustainability and competitiveness of its properties go hand in hand.
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In its fourth year, the Clarion Partners Corporate Responsibility Report outlines exactly how the firm is working to deliver against its CR mission and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. 

Report highlights include:

  • In 2017, more than 125 employees volunteered 330 hours of time to community relations and charitable initiatives.

Congrats to the Benevity Clients Who Made the JUST 100!

37 Benevity clients were listed among America’s Most JUST Companies
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At Benevity, we have the honor of helping purpose-driven companies achieve positive social and business outcomes through software that makes it easier for them and, more importantly, their people to give, volunteer and take action around causes they care about. You’ve likely heard plenty about the business benefits of building a culture of Goodness—like attracting, retaining and engaging employees, driving higher profitability and earnings, and enhancing brand reputation.

Follow the Money: Sustainability Goes Mainstream

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In the last two decades, sustainability reporting has gone from an exercise for the largest companies to a necessity to attract investors and meet local and international regulation. But the main benefit of sustainability reporting remains that companies best understand their impacts and can improve their bottom line along with the world around them.

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Elkay Begins Tracking Their “Honorable Endeavors”

Launches Inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Report
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Elkay Manufacturing Company today released their inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, documenting the company’s commitment to their communities, employees, customers, and the planet. The report, named Honorable Endeavors, follows the Global Reporting Initiative G4 model and outlines the company’s focus on promoting social and environmental responsibility while building stronger communities.

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