Recent studies have shown that many companies are giving more generously to social causes than ever before. Some, like Unilever, Coca-Cola, GSK, and others, have begun to champion the notion that social and financial profit can be achieved simultaneously. But even the most progressive companies often sideline social investment and corporate social responsibility, using them more to increase a company’s brand image and awareness than to generate real social return.
In many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wireless high-speed Internet connections are more ubiquitous than Starbucks.
Past Sappi Ideas that Matter grant winner EducationSuperHighway is the leading non-profit focused on upgrading Internet infrastructure to enable digital learning in America's K-12 public schools. Check out their story.
America's schools need an upgrade. Digital learning can transform education, but it requires robust broadband. And today, 40 million students don't have the speed they need. That's 72% of all K-12 students in the US.
Cheryl Heller’s presentation charts Sappi's Ideas that Matter's history and impact, as well as the evolving path of social design
I’m very proud of the social responsibility platform that Sappi supports. My company focuses on three critical groups: communities, customers and employees. Part of our customer outreach includes the Sappi Ideas that Matter grant program, which awards grants to designers who help nonprofit organizations make a meaningful difference in the communities they support by using their skills, creativity and design thinking.
At its inaugural Social Good Awards on Monday, March 3, the media news organization Cynopsis honored the television industry's outstanding social responsibility initiatives for the 2014 year. Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports, both members of the 21st Century Fox family, each received awards for their Big Cat Week and Special Olympics campaigns, respectively.