Multinationals, It’s Your Move


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If your business practices are the embodiment of the picture above, I implore you to take heed.  We know who wears no clothes. We’ve given it a lot of thought and we’re ready to take away your social license to operate. The game is over.  The jig is up.  We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.  We’re ready to open our windows to stick out our heads and yell.

In short, we’re “mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!

We all live in glass houses now.  Choose your next move wisely as the time for cleverness has passed.

Company taxation: The price isn’t right | The Economist

How Can We Help? (CSR Professionals Unite!)


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I’m reading a collection of essays, “What Are You Optimistic About?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better,” which features the musings of over 150 thought leaders.  It has been an interesting read so far.  One of my favorites came from Martin Rees (Former President of the Royal Society), a scientist who once estimated “there was only a 50% chance that civilization would get through 2100 without a disastrous setback.”  As un-optimistic as that may sound, he was still readily able to give reason for hope.  Lord Rees’ optimism springs from a host of opportunities, but he singled out clean energy as his top priority.  Check out the conclusion to his essay:

This goal deserve(s) a priority and commitment from governments akin to that accorded to the Manhattan project or the Apollo moon landing. It should appeal to the idealistic young—indeed I can’t think of anything that could do more to attract the brightest and best of them into science than a strongly proclaimed commitment, from all technologically-developed nations, to take a lead in providing clean and sustainable energy for the developing and the developed world.

The full essay is available here: http://www.edge.org/print/res-detail.php?rid=1372

Could we do that?

The book got me thinking that I could do something similar with my CSR colleagues.  I thought we could all write a short essay based on the idea of, “My one piece of advice…,” to help share an important idea or perspective which might help others in the profession.  I’d like to gather several articles to put in an eBook which all contributors would be welcome to share from their sites.  It’ll take work, but with a little help finding contributors, I think we can make it happen.

If you’re interested in participating, leave a note in the comments, or ping me on Twitter.  I’m casting a wide net, so you don’t need to have CSR in your  job title.  If you work in a related field, or just have a passion for helping businesses improve their efforts around a broad spectrum of responsibilities, you’re welcome to join the fun.  The more the merrier!

What’s the big idea?

I have a couple of ideas rolling around for my essay, one based on behavioral economics and the other on the importance of regularly freeing yourself from the weeds to reassess the big picture.  So, what do you think?  What would you want to share?  Is there a topic you’re passionate about that you think could make a positive contribution?

What are you waiting for?  Throw your hat in the ring!  All comers are welcome, no, encouraged to join the fray.  No essay is too short or long.  No idea too insignificant.  If you have something you want to share, I want to help you share it.

Can we count you in?

So there’s the ask.  Can we co-create something which can help advance our profession, and in doing so, make the world a better place?

I’m certain we can.  All we need is your help…

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Not sure where to start?

Follow Goethe’s advice from the pic at the top of the post.  It works for me. 🙂

There’s a reason they call it Black Friday


Barry Ritholtz shared the following infographic on The Big Picture blog today.

In a time when so many are clamoring for our government to reign in spending, and some of the Occupy Wall Street folks protesting the Black Friday, I expected a dip in sales when compared against last year.  Imagine my surprise when I read the following quote.

Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent to the largest amount ever as U.S. consumers shrugged off 9 percent unemployment and went shopping.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Looking back at Ritholtz’s graphic, the section on who we were planning to buy for is telling.  46% of shoppers were planning to shop only for themselves and another 18% were looking for things for themselves and others.  Thus, in this time of scaling back and calling for austerity, we’re also breaking shopping records while primarily buying things for ourselves.  I hate to break it you, but that dog won’t hunt.  As my grandpa has often said, “Shit in one hand and wish in another and see which one happens first.”  If we want the government to start acting responsibly, we need to start by getting our own houses in order.  I don’t have all the answers to our economic issues, but I’m certain that retail therapy, for those who are straining under personal debt burdens, is not the answer.

For those who’ve camped out, I wonder what your return was?  If you spent 48 hours on the porch of Best Buy, in the hopes of “saving ” $400 on a TV, you’re essentially saying your time is worth less than $10/hr (And that assumes you’ll end up with the TV).     If you didn’t get the TV…

We also have the ongoing issue of shopper violence during these events.  A Google search of “Black Friday violence” returned over five and a half million hits.  I’d love to put the onus on the retailers (They are the ones setting the traps, no?), but I think we need to do a bit of navel gazing here.  (When am I not calling for that?)   So, if I’m to be the shrill voice, so be it, but I can assure you, you won’t like it.

“You have been warned!”