Beyond Optics - The True Power of Diversity to Unleash Innovation and Drive Success
People of color make up 36 percent of the American workforce, but hold just 13 percent of board seats on the Fortune 500. Women make up nearly half of the workforce, but hold less than 17 percent of the seats on Fortune 500 boards. These are dangerous statistics that put companies at risk, whereas they could benefit from embracing diversity.
EDISON, N.J., Sept. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, which shines a spotlight on America's most socially responsible chief executives, has announced today the finalists for both the sixth annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards and the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards will be presented to CEOs across industries that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy, and corporate responsibility practices.
Jones Lang LaSalle's Lauralee E. Martin believes that sustainability and good business are not mutually exclusive. In an interview with Video4Good from the 2012 COMMIT!Forum, Martin says that the key is engaging NGOs and companies in effective partnerships that bring innovation and transparency to business.
In a recent interview, Senator Paul Sarbanes told Video4Good that committing to corporate responsibility is a way to ensure higher standards and performance from businesses. Sarbanes points out that everyone benefits when corporate governance is elevated.
Corporate responsibility is hard, says Richard Crespin of SharedXpertise, but there are rewards for companies that are able to use it reduce costs or create new value. Crespin heads up COMMIT!Forum, a conference convening companies that make a commitment to shared value innovation and partnerships.
In this Video4Good interview, Nikos Avlonas of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence tells us that corporate responsibility is about doing the fundamentals in the community and the marketplace. Companies that can differentiate from their competition by being more sustainable will enjoy competitive advantages.
At AHA!, corporate responsibility is close to home, involving everything from employees commuting to procuring supplies. According to Greg Netzer, this gives AHA! a deeper understanding of what it means to be sustainable, and an apprecitaion for how difficult it can be for companies to make sustainable decisions.