Corporate Philanthropy

Most corporations make monetary or other donations to charities and non-profit projects in their community. Unstructured philanthropy is often considered a “first step” in building a robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. As a program evolves, philanthropy can be used more strategically and ultimately can be seen as returning many benefits to the company as well as the community at large. On this page are a collection of recent articles and information devoted to the subject.

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The Role of Philanthropy in Impact Investing: Silicon Valley Without Stanford

The conversation surrounding the recent Monitor report focuses on the role of philanthropy in supporting game-changing business models that might not get to…
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Kohl’s in the LEED with Energy Efficiency and a More Sustainable Supply Chain

This week Kohl’s issued its first annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, which discusses the company's energy efficiency and green building efforts.
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Abbott Increases Sustainable Packaging, Decreases Carbon Emissions

Abbott’s focus on its corporate responsibility agenda lies in four major areas: innovation, access to medical care, supporting consumers and environmental protection.
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AB InBev: A Lean, Mean, Water-Efficient Brewing Machine

Last week Anheuser-Busch InBev released its 2011 corporate social responsibility report, which focuses on waste diversion and water stewardship.
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Silicon Valley Introduces Corporate Philanthropy 2.0

These days, donating a portion of one's own savings or company dollars to charity is to look at philanthropy in its most primitive…
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How Starbucks’ Jobs Campaign Missed the Point

Starbucks is being hailed for helping American small businesses with its new “Create Jobs for USA” campaign. But is Starbucks a real hero, promoting…
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Current Do-Good Business Climate Breathes New Life into Corporate Philanthropy

We have teamed up with Abbott to produce an article series on the future of corporate philanthropy. Please read the rest of the series…
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Ding Dong! Avon CSR Report Touts Work on Deforestation, Green Building

Avon's CSR report, released earlier this week, touts a bevy of achievements and promises to address issues including deforestation, governance and philanthropy.
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Corporations With Benefits

Since 2007, B Lab has been certifying companies that pledged to meet comprehensive standards for social and environmental performance (in addition to running…
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Five Companies that Make Philanthropy Work, and Make Work Philanthropy

Virtually all jobs these days at least offer you the opportunity to volunteer or get involved with causes at work--and most of us…
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Volcom’s Give Jeans a Chance Campaign Sparks Charitable Youth

We talked to Derek Sabori about Volcom's Give Jeans a Chance program, which is specifically focused on donating jeans to youth in need…
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Evolution of Philanthropy: Giving Your Products Away

Does this grant project mark the dawn of philanthropy 2.0? Or is it a handy tool for IBM to market its services to…
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The Role of Philanthropy in Recruitment: Working for a Corporation with a Heart

At the core, a prospective candidate wants a combination of priorities to be fulfilled at work: Constant learning, leadership opportunities, fair compensation, and…

One for One Makes Consumers Feel Like Philanthropists

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie started as a shoe company. He also started a movement. Well, at the very least, he trademarked a movement:…
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The Evolution of Corporate Philanthropy at Abbott

Abbott is a billion dollar multi-national healthcare company with products ranging from pharmaceuticals to nutritional supplements to medial devices. Though the company's core…