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Accounting for Social Impact: The Expanded Value Added Statement

Social accounting examines ways in which economic, social and environmental value can be captured and communicated. Building on traditional accounting principles, the Expanded Value Added Statement (EVAS) is an innovative tool to account for economic, social, and environmental factors. It provides a way to account for traditionally non-monetized factors (such as volunteer hours) to provide a better picture of social value creation.…



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Added by Karim Harji on October 9, 2008 at 2:20 — No Comments

Creating Social Value Through Purchasing: The Social Purchasing Portal

The Social Purchasing Portal (SPP) allows corporations to leverage existing purchasing power to provide added social value to their communities. The demand-driven business model allows corporations to obtain quality goods and services at competitive prices while also promoting social benefits. The SPP provides a direct and meaningful way to practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) through ethical procurement practices.…



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Added by Karim Harji on October 9, 2008 at 2:19 — No Comments

Information for Social Impact: The CEDTAP Datasets

Timely, objective, and accurate information is scarce on many social issues, and making better data available can itself be a powerful tool for social change. Knowledge management to allow relevant data to be accessed in a timely manner for decision-making and learning purposes can enhance the impact of new or existing social investment initiatives. The CEDTAP datasets present an opportunity to optimize information assets for social change, and can be an important tool for corporations, social… Continue

Added by Karim Harji on October 9, 2008 at 2:15 — No Comments

Presentation: Youth and Social Enterprise in Canada

Presentation from the Canadian Community Economic Development annual conference on youth engagement in social enterprise in Canada. This (entirely) youth-led presentation, also given at the World Youth Congress in 2008, includes examples, best practices and tools/resources.

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Added by Karim Harji on October 9, 2008 at 2:00 — 2 Comments

The 2008 Corporate Citizenship Awards, Business Civic Leadership Center, US Chamber of Commerce

The Business Civic Leadership Center's Corporate Citizenship Awards showcase businesses, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and partner organizations for demonstrating ethical leadership and corporate stewardship and for making a positive difference in society.



As part of this, the Partnership Award is presented to a company and a charitable organization that have exemplified success in 2007 and 2008 in working… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on October 7, 2008 at 22:00 — No Comments

Good Business = Employee Volunteer Programs

As you probably know from checking out my profile, I am a consultant/speaker working in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR. My interest and expertise in this area are concentrated in the Employee Volunteer Programs (EVP’s) also known as Corporate Volunteering/Citizenship. I research the topic daily and collect mountains of data, links, and just interesting stuff.



So I thought I’d share some of it with everyone. Every so often I'll put up some links or items that I… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on October 7, 2008 at 16:21 — No Comments

BDL Integrated Farming Limited (Mauritius) seeking Start Up Venture Capital, Funds, Grants and Strategic Partners!

BDL Integrated farming Limited (BDL) has received a "Letter of Intent" to acquire 7,000 hectares of prime agricultural land in Madagascar. BDL intends to plant amongst others Maize & Soya Bean for the Mauritian Livestock Feed sector. The market is worth US $50 millions annually and is assured. The project will definitely enhance the lives of people, not only by getting jobs but also by bringing basic facilities such as potable water, solar energy and other technologies in the region where… Continue

Added by Roodradev Sharma Dabeedeen on October 4, 2008 at 5:27 — No Comments

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund makes its first grants

 

FROM AECF: The first six grants have been awarded by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), totalling about $6.5m and covering over five countries, including Uganda, Cameroon,…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 30, 2008 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Why Volunteer? (Part 2) ...for no good reason. (Or maybe just not good enough.)

In the last entry I listed the fairly rehearsed reasons for volunteering. It’s a good list. Well thought out. Comprehensive. Accurate. And its not that they aren’t good reasons, its just that they aren’t good enough.



I then suggested that there was a reason that you won’t find on any of the classic volunteer management lists. Its a motivation that is more compelling and reflective of… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 30, 2008 at 20:30 — No Comments

New podcasts from Business Fights Poverty, including Bill Clinton, Queen Rania of Jordan and Former Canadian PM Paul Martin

Listen to 8 new podcasts recorded by Business Fights Poverty live in New York and Ottawa!



Download from our iTunes site or by clicking on the links below, or listen on-line in the podcast player on the left hand side of our homepage.



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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 28, 2008 at 23:41 — No Comments

Business and governments review investment climate progress at UN meeting

To coincide with this week’s UN High Level Meeting on Africa’s Development Needs, the UN Office for Partnerships and Business Action for Africa joined forces to organise a meeting to gauge progress on improving Africa’s investment climate.



A favourable investment climate is vital for economic development and African policy-makers recognise that obstacles to both domestic… Continue

Added by Business Action for Africa on September 26, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Ten companies recognized for their work in improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people; 3 more make annoucements as part of Business Call to Action.



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FROM UNDP / INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:



Ten companies were recognized yesterday evening for their work in improving the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people. From a family-owned soybean business in Ghana, to one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines, these firms prove… Continue

Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 25, 2008 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Happy Employees; Happy Guests

Researching various company’s Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs), I’ve noticed a distinct rise in the use of EVPs as an element of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Dozens of news feeds pop up on my screen each day on the topic. Every once in awhile, the content of an article really stands out. Today was just such a day, so I thought I’d share...



Perry Garfinkel (… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 25, 2008 at 14:22 — 2 Comments

Why Volunteer? ...for no good reason. (Or maybe just not good enough.) PART 1

If you ask the experts, “Why should I volunteer?” you’ll usually get a list of relatively compelling reasons. It usually reads something like this:



1. CAREERS. Volunteering provides you with a glimpse into career alternatives and your abilities.…



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Added by Chris Jarvis on September 25, 2008 at 14:06 — No Comments

Beating Global Poverty

When my forebears were starting out on their personal crusade to remedy the problems of life in the North east of Englands coal mines they created a local culture of social responsibility. Those communities grew to develop a keen nterest in the human spirit and its ability to triumph over adversity. However I think today they would be horrified to see what had been created.



By 1913 they had created a society that was beginning to accept true social reform and develop a classless… Continue

Added by Mark Trotter on September 25, 2008 at 12:46 — No Comments

Why People Hate Volunteering!



One of the greatest mistakes non-profit organizations (NPO’s) make with volunteers (and the public in general) is offering too much and asking too little. Now, that may come across counter-intuitive, or maybe just a dumb thing to say...But I’m suggesting that the major reason why many NPO’s find it almost impossible to… Continue

Added by Chris Jarvis on September 24, 2008 at 14:30 — No Comments

Guy Sebban, Secretary General International Chamber of Commerce: Business plays a key role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals

 

This year marks the midpoint in one of the most ambitious poverty-elimination efforts ever undertaken – the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In this pivotal year, when the…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 22, 2008 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Global financial crisis could hurt UN program to Fight Poverty

What does the business community need to do??? It looks like world leaders are yet to meet there obligations collectively for the world's poor...



By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer



UNITED NATIONS - World leaders meeting at the U.N. General Assembly this week face a global financial crisis that threatens the United Nation's efforts to generate billions of dollars to fight poverty, especially in Africa.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban… Continue

Added by Christopher Andoh on September 22, 2008 at 12:39 — No Comments

Final Call for applications for the GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition

GAIN Business Award

Geneva, London (GAIN/IBLF) – As world leaders gather in New York this week to discuss the rising concern about food security and nutrition, we have extended the deadline for the GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition to give as many companies as possible the opportunity to participate. The new deadline for application has now been extended to 31 October 2008.



The GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition, launched… Continue

Added by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on September 22, 2008 at 12:22 — No Comments

Barbara Stocking: "Addressing the Injustice of Extreme Poverty and Inequality is Urgent, and Business Has an Instrumental Role to Play"

By Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB



Next week a series of events, taking place alongside the UN General Assembly in New York, will explore business' contribution to achieving…

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Added by Business Fights Poverty on September 20, 2008 at 19:30 — No Comments

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