On 28th April I was interviewed by Gihan Perera of First
Step Communications on the subject Is doing good Really good for business.
Gihan asked me some tough questions:
Do you have real evidence that this helps the bottom line?
Can we afford to do this in tough economic times?
Is it really the organisation's responsibility, or should they maximise shareholder return and leave it to the… Continue
Added by Ian Berry on April 30, 2010 at 22:47 —
The "Hand-Me-Down" Concept
How many of us have given/received hand-me-downs as children and how many of us have given/received hand-me-downs for or from our children as adults? That is just the way of things, we don't want to waste and there is always someone else who could benefit from what we can no longer use. We take our time and pack these items which are no longer usable to us and we give them away, to family, to friends, to charity, to whomever we feel will benefit from them. Do we… Continue
Added by Matter Of Change on April 29, 2010 at 18:02 —
Dear BFP members, if you are involved in developing/deploying ICT solutions for the Base of Pyramid market - join the Lime Europe network - see www.limeeurope.ning.com
Added by Chris Adlard on April 26, 2010 at 19:57 —
Adam Werbach the CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi S is one of my sustainability stars.
I would highly recommend a visit to his website and download his The Birth of Blue
speech or watch the video introduced by non other than Paul Hawken.
Also on Adam’s website
there are many great tools and a PSP (Personal Sustainability Practices) White Paper that has some great insights. As all politics is local so to is… Continue
Added by Ian Berry on April 26, 2010 at 3:34 —
I want to invite you to join my network here on PPSZ.com www.ppsz.com
As you know, Ning is going to be a paid service soon. PPSZ is my own network and it is for free. You can open blogs, groups, post all kinds of things etc. for free.
I ave originally thought of the portal as a way for people to come together and help people either at a professional level and also at a humanitarian level. With a strong e community I hope we can… Continue
Added by Amit Mahajan on April 23, 2010 at 14:34 —
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD
) has launched The Inclusive Business Challenge
, an easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across companies' value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of… Continue
Added by Filippo Veglio on April 23, 2010 at 13:36 —
Support for private enterprise and entrepreneurship is beginning to transform the lives of some of the poorest people across Africa.
NGOs and development organisations are recognising the power business has to break the cycle of poverty, not only for individuals but also for whole communities.
In Katine, the sub-county in north-east Uganda that the Guardian is supporting, the creation of village savings and loans associations and farmers' groups, instigated by the NGO… Continue
Added by Eliza Anyangwe on April 23, 2010 at 13:04 —
In any economy, a vibrant SME sector is essential for sustainable job creation, poverty reduction and private sector development. It plays a catalytic role in the development of any country. All accept that poverty-elimination in Africa can only come about through investment-driven economic growth. The key to sustainable economic development is the strength, health and competitiveness of small businesses. Africa needs more entrepreneurs which mean more enterprises, and more enterprises will… Continue
Added by Lars Stork on April 22, 2010 at 1:19 —
The following blog entry is a cross-post from my blog Realizing Your Worth.
The Boston College International Corporate Citizenship Conference offers companies an opportunity to discover the competitive advantage of collaboration.
Texas Hold 'em: A… Continue
Added by Chris Jarvis on April 21, 2010 at 20:57 —
The opportunity to provide secure and reliable funding to micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in Haiti has made its successful debut at http://www.zafen.org
Since April 1, Zafèn has attracted thousands of dollars in loans and donations and has fully funded several projects, including:
- 690 scholarships for students in the Central Plateau (!)
- 2 non-wood charcoal presses and a horse, which created 6 new green jobs
- 1… Continue
Added by Laura Hartman on April 21, 2010 at 16:00 —
The primary goal of microfinance has always been to help people out of poverty through the provision of financial services to people who were previously thought to be unbankable. After a period of growth and going from strength to strength, there has been a tendency though to focus too much on the financial stability of microfinance organisations rather than on the social impact they are creating There has been the assumption that a financial viable orgaisation is automatically creating… Continue
Added by Veronika Thiel on April 19, 2010 at 21:30 —
There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes at ColaLife
to put together a 'virtual advisory board' of well known names to add further to our credibility and help us move from an incredibly successful campaign to an organisation that can help put together the unlikely alliances that are going to be required for us to achieve our vision. Getting the first person to commit was always going to be the big challenge. So our sincere thanks go to Don… Continue
Added by Simon Berry on April 18, 2010 at 17:17 —
A few times in my life I have felt let down by what I perceived was betrayal by others of perceived agreements to do certain things.
The last time this happened I allowed myself to feel hurt for many months. The positive consequence was that I developed a process for reaching agreement with others. I trust you will find it valuable in making your collaborations successful.
There are three worlds.
The one in here - that’s my world; the one out there - that’s your… Continue
Added by Ian Berry on April 17, 2010 at 5:44 —
Dear Caring, Ethical, Life Transformers,
Re: Making History by Stopping GFC - Greedy Fat Cats
who play the Blame Games exploiting Millions of Lives Everyday...
Today will be remembered for not just how nature can keep our airports shut with all flights cancelled due to volcanic ash but also for how TV debates, thanks to Obama's Campaign can harnessing our social media networks and other links posted below.
People are sick and tired of short term leaders… Continue
Added by Robert WoW De Souza on April 16, 2010 at 2:00 —
AFRICA PROGRAMME MANAGER
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, an independent private foundation, is seeking an Africa Programme Manager to join its small London-based team to strengthen existing programmes and initiate new ones. With a historical focus on agriculture and SME development, Gatsby is transitioning towards a more strategic focus supporting the growth of key economic sectors across East Africa that impact the poor.
We are looking for innovative thinkers on the… Continue
Added by Oxford HR on April 16, 2010 at 0:00 —
Last Friday, once again Kenyans were shocked as they watched the death toll rise of consumers of the illicit brew – changaa in Shauri Moyo Estate in Nairobi’s sprawling Eastlands area; which as of today has reached 9 according to the Daily Nation
Changaa is a local brew that resembles vodka, Tanzania’s Konyagi and Uganda’s Waragi. However unlike it’s East… Continue
Added by Fiona Mati on April 14, 2010 at 20:43 —
International Programme Funding Adviser, Practical Action
Salary: £31,928 (fixed term contract until March 2011)
Based near Rugby
For over 40 years Practical Action has been working closely with some of the world’s poorest people - using simple technology to fight poverty and transform their lives for the better.
To support this work we need to raise a considerable amount of restricted funding: Practical Action's international team of fundraisers raise over £10m per year… Continue
Added by Oxford HR on April 14, 2010 at 0:25 —
Title: Vice President, Sustainable Agriculture Division for The Rainforest Alliance
Location: New York
Reports to: Vice President for Programs
The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works… Continue
Added by Oxford HR on April 14, 2010 at 0:00 —
By David Shaman, Writer Continue
When he left the World Bank in 2005, former President James Wolfensohn said transparency reduced corruption, reduced corruption led to better…
Added by David Shaman on April 13, 2010 at 17:00 —
Ethiopia To Introduce New Agricultural Land Lease Price, New Business Ethiopia
reported from Addis Ababa.
Added by Andualem Sisay on April 13, 2010 at 15:56 —