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COVID-19 and Corporate Purpose—Four Ways Businesses Can Respond Now

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What is the role of business in a time of crisis?

Every company is having internal conversations about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an era where companies are fervently striving to be purpose-driven to appeal to employees, investors, customers, and communities, how can a company maintain clarity on its societal purpose?

Our new blog includes examples from 3M, Lyft, MasterCard, Microsoft, and more.

Can Snow Clearing Be Sexist?

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In honor of International Women's Day 2020 #IWD (Sunday, March 8), FSG's gender team shares thoughts on gender equity:

Sweden recently realized that their snow clearing routine was typically benefiting men over women. In the winter, snow was cleared first on main roads leading into the city, benefiting commuters—who were mostly men. Foot- and cycle-paths were cleared last—not so good for pedestrians and cyclists, who were very often women traveling with children in pushchairs.

COVID-19⁠—Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do Now

Natural disasters and public health emergencies always take an increased toll on groups who are already marginalized
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As governments, businesses, and individuals scramble to respond to the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who work in the social sector rightly ask what we can do to effectively contribute.

In 2009, I was the medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and worked with my colleagues to face similar challenges posed by the H1N1 virus outbreak. I learned from experience that responses during a time of crisis are only as good as the strength of preparedness, support systems, and relationships that existed before the crisis.

Using Shared Value for Climate Action

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As the fight against climate change intensifies, the most ambitious governments and cities are setting aggressive carbon reduction goals. The government of Sweden is committing to zero net carbon emissions by 2045. To reach Sweden’s goal, carbon emissions will need to decrease by 5-8% over last year’s level every year until 2045. In Sweden, the reduction from 2016-2017 was a mere 0.5%, and from 2017-2018 it was 1.8%.

Advancing Frontline Employees of Color

Innovating for Competitive Advantage in America’s Frontline Workforce
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Employers of frontline talent face an unprecedented opportunity to advance racial equity as a source of competitive advantage. The United States is experiencing dramatic demographic shifts, its workforce is becoming increasingly racially diverse, and the nature of work is fundamentally changing due to automation.

New Blog: The Importance of Framing for Foundations Engaging on Equity

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It’s not always what you say, but how you say it. For foundations engaging in equity discussions, FSG's John Harper talks about the importance of framing in a new blog post.

Harvard Business Review: How Global Leaders Should Think About Solving Our Biggest Problems

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The corporate social conscience was on display last month in Davos, Switzerland, where global leaders from business, government, and civil society were assembled for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Hundreds of millions of dollars were  committed to public-private partnerships that address the world’s most urgent challenges: climate change, poverty, chronic disease, illiteracy, plastic waste in the oceans, and much more.

Free Webinar - Evaluating Systems Change Efforts: Where to Start

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February 5, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Evaluating the impact of long-term systems change work is complex: there is no one-stop primer or comprehensive resource.

How do you start to evaluate systems change work? What do you need to think about when gauging your progress and the initiative’s intended effects, influence, and impact?

How Global Leaders Should Think About Solving Our Biggest Problems

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Many corporate leaders have returned to work after making sincere and well-intentioned global partnership announcements at Davos last week. Most of these efforts, unfortunately, are almost certain to fail. 

Why? These initiatives often collapse as partners become discouraged by the lack of meaningful progress for society or economic benefit to the company. To be successful, companies must create highly targeted coalitions to advance progress in the regions that connect most closely to their business.

Report: Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care Essential for Employees and Corporate America’s Bottom Line

Link made clear in interviews with nearly 40 companies - more than half in the Fortune 500 - that aggregately employ 4.5 million U.S. workers
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ — A groundbreaking new report, Hidden Value: The Business Case for Reproductive Health, released today connects how access to comprehensive reproductive health care impacts a company’s bottom line and the corporate workforce. The research was published by Rhia Ventures, a social impact investment firm focused on innovative solutions in reproductive health, in partnership with the social impacting consulting firm FSG.

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