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Celebrating the Power of Entrepreneurs to Solve Global Problems

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For millennia, entrepreneurs have been changing the way we live, how we work, what we eat, and more. They touch every aspect of society with their ingenuity, creativity, and technical know-how and today we are excited to honor their accomplishments by celebrating National Entrepreneurs’ Day.

Institutional Investor: Where ESG Fails

By Michael E. Porter & George Serafeim & Mark Kramer
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Despite countless studies, there has never been conclusive evidence that socially responsible screens deliver alpha. A better model exists, argue Harvard Business School luminaries Michael Porter, George Serafeim, and Mark Kramer.

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Despite countless studies, there has never been conclusive evidence that socially responsible screens deliver alpha. A better model exists, argue Harvard Business School luminaries Michael Porter, George Serafeim, and Mark Kramer.

Published in Colombia: The Business of Solving Social Problems

by Dane Smith, Laura Amaya
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A version of this blog post was published in Spanish, in the financial newspaper ‘Portafolio’, as part of the special issue on Empresas INspiradoras, which recognizes companies adopting a shared value approach. For a second year in a row, FSG worked closely with Colombian National Industry Association (ANDI) to develop a set of selection criteria that were appropriate for Colombia’s business and socio-political context. These included:  the scale of measurable social impact of a shared value strategy, its contribution to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the degree to which the strategy supports the inclusion of historically underserved or marginalized groups.

Chocó is one of Colombia’s most impoverished regions, with 48% of people living in poverty. It also has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 17%. In 2013, Telefónica Moister set up a call center in the city of Quibdó, Chocó’s capital. Beyond the potential for impact, Telefónica Movistar saw a strong business opportunity in this new venture. The investment paid off – the Quibdó call center employs 150 people, and has generated significant cost savings for the company as a result of having staff turnover rates 50% lower than other call centers across the country.  With the Quibdó call center, Telefónica Movistar is adopting a shared value approach. It is increasing its profitability by solving a social problem.

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A version of this blog post was published in Spanish, in the financial newspaper ‘Portafolio’, as part of the special issue on Empresas INspiradoras, which recognizes companies adopting a shared value approach. For a second year in a row, FSG worked closely with Colombian National Industry Association (ANDI) to develop a set of selection criteria that were appropriate for Colombia’s business and socio-political context. These included:  the scale of measurable social impact of a shared value strategy, its contribution to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the degree to which the strategy supports the inclusion of historically underserved or marginalized groups.

Chocó is one of Colombia’s most impoverished regions, with 48% of people living in poverty. It also has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 17%. In 2013, Telefónica Moister set up a call center in the city of Quibdó, Chocó’s capital. Beyond the potential for impact, Telefónica Movistar saw a strong business opportunity in this new venture. The investment paid off – the Quibdó call center employs 150 people, and has generated significant cost savings for the company as a result of having staff turnover rates 50% lower than other call centers across the country.  With the Quibdó call center, Telefónica Movistar is adopting a shared value approach. It is increasing its profitability by solving a social problem.

Benevity Announces $40M in Series C Funding From General Atlantic and JMI Equity

Investment Will Further Benevity’s Unmatched Reach and Innovation in Burgeoning Corporate Purpose Technology Sector
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CALGARY, Alberta, October 22, 2019 /3BL Media/– Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today announced that the company has raised $40M in Series C Funding from General Atlantic and JMI Equity.

Seizing the Opportunities Life Has to Offer

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“Chance favours only the prepared mind.” This quote from the great French scientist Louis Pasteur is the motto of SH Chan, Managing Director - China of CLP. Opportunities do not always come along, he says, but people must be ready to seize them when they do.

Fair Trade USA Founder & CEO Wins Ethical Corporation’s 2019 Business Leadership Award

Paul Rice recognized for nonprofit’s work to empower farmers and workers for more than 20 years
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OAKLAND, Calif., October 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Fair Trade USA®, the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America, is proud to announce that its founder and CEO Paul Rice was honored with the Business Leader of the Year Award at Ethical Corporation’s 10th Responsible Business Awards 2019 – the world’s leading celebration of responsible business excellence.

Prudential Financial: A Commitment to the Community of Pro Bono

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This Pro Bono Week, Taproot Foundation is spotlighting nonprofits, business professionals, and companies who are playing key roles in bringing the impact of pro bono to life in communities around the globe.

Tetra Tech Recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019: #BeCyberSmart

Staying cyber safe and keeping information secure at work and at home
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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Tetra Tech is proud to be a cybersecurity champion and support this important online safety and education initiative. The cybersecurity and digital privacy of our employees and customers is vital to our operations. We invite you to #BeCyberSmart today and every day by joining us throughout October as we share proactive ways to stay safe online to protect yourself, your business, and your family.

Sodexo Ranks Best In Class* for the 15th Consecutive Year on the Prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index with Leading Scores in Labor Practices, Climate Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., Septembeer 26, 2019 /3BL Media/– Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has maintained its ranking as the top-rated company in its sector by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the 15th consecutive year.

Applications Now Open for Retail Revival Program in Austin

Small business owners in Austin can now apply to join eBay’s Retail Revival program.
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This fall, eBay is expanding its Retail Revival program to the Texas capital. Applications are now open for Austin small businesses to join Retail Revival, an innovative program designed to equip local retailers with the skills and training needed to thrive in our global marketplace. 

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