Today marks the start of National Pollinator Week, an international celebration of the valuable service provided to us by bees, birds, bats and beetles. We depend on these pollinators for about one-third of the food we eat, including fruit, vegetables and nuts, so they’re well-deserving of our attention and support.
‘Materiality’ may still be an emerging concept, but according to the EHS and sustainability leaders who participated in a recent benchmarking study by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), many companies have already developed a process for prioritizing their material risks.
This week in 9 Cisco offices around the world, 220 senior executives modeled some of Cisco’s core values by volunteering to mentor 400 students in STEM (science, technology, education and math). Cisco has been actively engaged in helping the communities in which our employees live and work since the company started in 1984. We do that by donating resources and product to global and community nonprofits and by encouraging our employees to volunteer.
In May 2014, hundreds of volunteers gathered on the west side of Columbus, Ohio to rebuild and restore 17 homes. More than 40 Honda volunteers worked together to provide critical updates to two homes - providing clean, safe and organized environments for residents.
Inspired by the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women
Although I’ve attended many thought-provoking conferences for business and personal interests, the most profound of these was the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women, held recently in Dallas, Texas.
There, I was in awe of the community officials, front-line responders and victim advocates – from across the country and around the globe – who had joined together to help end the worldwide epidemic of violence against women.
Our approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) ties directly to our purpose: helping people on their path to better health. As a pharmacy innovation company, we work every day to provide products and services that help people on this journey. We also strive to address the other obstacles people might encounter on their path, such as the affordability and accessibility of their health care. We define these efforts and our CSR strategy as our Prescription for a Better World.
Over the last decade, there has been greater emphasis on how a company operates and conducts its business affairs, beyond what it returns to its investors. While growth and return on investment will always be determinants of a successful business, we believe there is more to the equation when considering a company’s long-term viability and value to society.
According to leading experts, climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our generation. Changes including extreme temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent weather-related disasters are being observed and are projected to continue. The potential impacts of climate change are also varied. In some parts of the world, water scarcity is expected to increase; in other places, greater rainfall and rising temperatures will have a serious impact.
The role of health care in the United States is evolving at breakneck speed. More Americans are becoming insured, the baby boomer population is rapidly aging, and there is a steady rise in the prevalence of chronic disease. While demand for health care services is increasing, the number of family practice physicians is decreasing, and our nation may not be producing as many qualified health care workers as we will ultimately need.