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Boston Scientific tackles widespread disparities in healthcare with its Close the Gap program

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by

Bs-furtherIn America, heart disease [1] is the #1 killer, taking more lives each year than all cancers combined.  And although diseaseprevalence is similar across genders and ethnicities, awareness of risk factors and disparity in treatment rates are not. Close the Gap, a Boston Scientific educational initiative, was established in 2006 to address disparities in cardiovascular care for the underserved patient populations of women, African Americans, and Hispanic/Latino Americans.  Initially focused solely on cardiovascular health, Close the Gap recently expanded its mission to address healthcare disparities that exist in other disease states, including asthma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.[2-5] Read the rest of this entry »

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Accounting for the future—will you be Wimpy or Warren Buffet?

Posted on August 6th, 2014 by

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree long time ago” – Warren Buffett

20140806-KVS-Blog-WhimpyLast week I was reading a whitepaper from MFS Investment Management about the benefits of investing on a longer horizon.

Corporate citizenship leaders, take note.  There is more and more being written about the need for investors to take a longer view.  This perspective presents a potential opportunity for companies that are willing to make longer-term investments in environmental, social, and governance dimensions of their businesses to improve their operating environments so that they can sustain positive returns for the longer term. Read the rest of this entry »

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Synopsys Shares program offers freedom and flexibility to drive employee engagement in local communities

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by

CS2696_SynopsysSharesLogoV_OSynopsys Inc., a leading innovator in the global electronics market, empowers employees to organize and participate in volunteer projects that match their individual interests and giving priorities. Through its Synopsys Shares program, the company maximizes its positive societal impact while supporting the diverse passions of its employees by granting them the flexibility to choose activities that closely align with their values and the needs of the local community.  Megan McDow, community affairs manager, answered a few questions about the program. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding the right areas and the right issues for YOUR company

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by

Want to increase the effectiveness of your corporate citizenship? One of your first steps should be to determine what is most important to the company. However, deciding upon the specific matters which most closely align with the company’s vision can be daunting. Fortunately, a process exists to aid in making this determination: materiality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Building better leaders for a more sustainable future

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

Corporate citizenship can advance only when efforts are guided by informed and dedicated leaders—and leadership happens not just at the top of organizations, but from every seat.

That’s why, every year, corporate citizenship professionals from around the world come to the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy, an intensive trimester-long program that aims to strengthen leaders so that they can more effectively engage and influence their colleagues, improve organizational alignment, and broaden support, ultimately increasing long-term business and social value for their companies. Read the rest of this entry »

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IKEA Foundation tackles child labor in India’s cotton communities; long-term holistic approach addresses social, cultural and economic influences

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

IKEA_Foundation_BLKTen-year-old Tejas was forced to leave school and work in the cotton fields in India alongside his parents to supplement the family’s US $1.67 a day earnings. “It’s very difficult to work in cotton fields,” says Tejas. “My back ached every day. I feared that snakes or spiders would bite me. I wished I could study. My friends used to ask me to go to school with them. I had to work.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Key takeaways: manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is extremely important in building a skilled talent pool for the manufacturing sector. We spoke with three representatives in our July webinar, Manufacturing Companies and an Educated Workforce, about their efforts to build effective STEM education programs.

Scott Hudson, principal manager, social responsibility and community outreach at the Alcoa Foundation, Jennifer Mandel, communications and public affairs manager at Lockheed Martin, , and Michele Walker-Moak, program manager, global community affairs atApplied Materials believe that encouraging interest in STEM fields is crucial for the future of manufacturing companies. They noted that a shortage of STEM-trained talent currently exists, and thus they focus their programs on engaging untapped demographic groups to help fill this void.

Three key themes emerged from our discussion of STEM education initiatives, and our participants shared their experiences with each:

Aligning Programs with Strategic Issues

One of the main themes that arose from our exchange is the significance of aligning educational programs with a company’s overall strategy. Taking this step increases the program’s effectiveness for it allows executives, employees, and other stakeholders to more easily see the value of the investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s “Manufacture Your Future” off to a strong start

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by

Alcoa-Foundation-Logo-150x150According to a national survey, less than 20 percent of Americans said that their parents or school system had encouraged them to pursue a career in manufacturing. In response, Alcoa Foundation, the charitable arm of Alcoa, a manufacturing company pioneering the revitalization of the industry, teamed up with their new partner, Discovery Education, in an effort to bridge the industry’s unemployment gap through an online program named “Manufacture Your Future,” which debuted in late May. Read the rest of this entry »

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