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December 2nd, 2009
Better CSR Reporting: Emphasize Outcomes


One person observed that “the problem seems to be that to report you need to count things, yet much of what and organisation delivers into society cannot be measured this way.” Even most non-profit organization report their social ROI based on number of people



November 17th, 2009
CRRA 2010: As a CR stakeholder, help select the best CR Reports


Voting has now been open for several weeks for the third annual CR Reporting Awards (CRRA`10), the only independent global annual awards for corporate responsibility (CR) reporting. Through Friday, 29th January 2010, registered users of CorporateRegister.com can vote

September 17th, 2009
Child labor still an issue in jewelry industry



Seven years after the end of the civil war that targeted children for atrocities, hundreds of children are still exploited as labor in diamond mines. Recent reports by the US Department of Labor report and Harvard Human Rights Program communicate consistent findings. The issue



September 10th, 2009
Is Virtualization a Valid ‘Green’ Technology for Emerging Companies?



If you’re like most small-medium sized business owners, you own and independently operate a business with less than 100 employees, have revenues of less than $500,000 annually, and are not market dominant. You may be wondering if the new, ‘greener’ technologies can work



September 10th, 2009
SustainLINK introduces the most eco-intelligent banks and credit unions in the U.S. through an innovative profile tool.


Source: SustainLINK

PRESS RELEASE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) New York, New York - September 10, 2009 - SustainLINK introduces the most eco-intelligent banks and credit unions in the U.S. through an innovative profile tool.

Bank depositors looking to do their part regarding climate change, environmental responsibility and societal stewardship now have a new tool to help them select their banking relationships. SustainLINK provides a free service profiling only the most eco-conscious banks and credit unions in the country.

The number of Americans supporting businesses that are genuinely committed to societal stewardship and environmental responsibility is at a record high. As a result, customer demand for eco-conscious banking is taking hold. It is expected that deposits into eco-intelligent banks will increase by 38% during the next year.

“At this juncture in our history, we expect bank depositors will seek eco-intelligent banks and credit unions as a way to align their values with their money, said Dan Parker, SustainLINK’s Chief Strategy Officer he added, “Before our qualification process, an independent information source differentiating eco-intelligent banks from those who are not, didn’t exist”.

All selected banks have gone through a qualification process and share a common commitment to facilitating triple bottom line practices both internally and externally. Parker added, “Banks that do not qualify as eco-intelligent, will not be profiled”.

"Green Bank is built around sustainability.  It is part of our mission and a differentiator that is important to many of our customers," said Geoff Greenwade, President and CEO of Green Bank.  "Being recognized by SustainLINK strengthens this commitment and is an indicator of the new ways that clients judge service providers."

"As a pioneer in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability we are honored to be chosen by SustainLINK as one of the first eco-intelligent banks in the country," said Steven F. Young, Senior Vice President, Wainwright Bank.

SustainLINK is proud to announce the selection of the first round eco-intelligent financial institutions by recognizing their commitment to sustainable practices. We congratulate Green Bank - Houston, TX, Wainwright Bank - Boston, MA, ShoreBank Pacific - Ilwaco, WA, Devon Bank - Chicago, New Resource Bank - San Francisco, Alternatives Federal Credit Union - Ithica, NY, Berkshire Bank - Pittsfield, MA, Home Savings Bank - Madison, WI, One California Bank, Oakland, CA, and GreenChoice Bank (IO) - Chicago.

Daniel Loundy, Vice President of Devon Bank says “We are delighted to be designated as eco-intelligent and consider this to be an important step towards raising the bar. He added, we applaud SustainLINK’s innovation to inform depositors of new ways they can contribute to sustainability”

Beyond eco-intelligent profiling, what’s unique about SustainLINK is the ability to directly connect sustainable improvement to financial incentives for borrowers, including lower cost of capital. This means business borrowers may qualify for lower rates if they improve in certain areas, so it’s a win-win”, says, Parker. 

Eco-intelligent bank profiles are available at http://www.sustainlink.net at no cost.

About

SustainLINK is an independent service provider of sustainability scorecards that measures organizational efficiency. SustainLINK helps businesses improve performance, enhance value and increase profitability in the areas of policy, energy efficiency, technology, strategic initiatives, and stewardship. The free SustainLINK profiles inform depositors about which banks are eco-intelligent and why. 

 



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CONTACT INFO:

Dan Parker
SustainLINK
dparker@sustainlink.net
646.234.3337
www.sustainlink.net

Keywords: bank; Corporate Responsibility; depositors; eco-conscious banking; financial; Green; lending; societal stewardship; stewardship; Sustainability;

Original post on the CSR Feed: http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/SustainLINK-introduces-most-eco-intelligent-banks-and-credit-unions-US-through-innovative


September 10th, 2009
Contests and New Media Advance Sustainability Initiatives


The use of contests is on the rise as more organizations promote awareness of their sustainability initiatives.  Contests are a great way to engage people in a participatory manner to learn more about a subject, while also promoting the organization. At the same time,



September 8th, 2009
Socially Responsible Business Supports South African Women


Source: Elegant Roots

SUMMARY:

ElegantRoots.com is a socially responsible gift boutique offering the up-style creations of eco and socially conscious artisans and designers. Elegant Roots makes it Personal by telling the Story of every artisan/designer and product, and the visions for People and Planet they reflect. Elegant Roots supports the transparency movement; we inform so purchases may be aligned with values. Buy less but buy better. Make it meaningful. And we deliver it all in exquisite, eco-conscious gift wrap.

Each week, in Elegant Roots' Tuesday Tracts, we will recognize one of the artisans/designers whose creations grace the pages of our website. We think you'll find the stories worthy of notice.



BLOG / NEWSLETTER:

Today Elegant Roots (www.elegantroots.com/) launches a new weekly blog feature, its Tuesday Tracts, by profiling Nadine Storyk Curtis who creates sustainable improvements in the lives of many women. Plaudits to Nadine. And welcome to you to the first of our series on people who deploy the power of socially responsible business.

Be Sweet is a company that exists to do good. Founded to build; to support. Is it ironic, or thoroughly expected that the impetus for it was an act of an altogether opposite cast?

Nadine Storyk Curtis and her husband were married in late August 2001, she from Northern California and he from South Africa. They were living in the States, but savored a dream to live someday in South Africa. On September 11, 2001, Nadine's father was scheduled on United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco. He did not board that flight on 9/11. But that tragedy and the personal near-miss helped Nadine realize the importance of living life to the fullest.  Within months they had packed up their life together and moved to Cape Town, South Africa.

In Cape Town, Nadine was enthralled with the mix of cultures in the area and fell in love with the beautiful handcrafted textiles created by women’s empowerment groups. www.elegantroots.com/Be-Sweet-mid-7-p-1.html She began to look into the whole process of mohair textiles. She wanted to help support these worthwhile endeavors and Be Sweet was born to tap the power of ethical business and her spirit of social entrepreneurship.

www.elegantroots.com/blog/ to continue reading



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CONTACT INFO:

Rob Favole
Elegant Roots
admin@elegantroots.com
www.elegantroots.com

Keywords: 9/11; artisan; Be Sweet; Eco-Friendly; Elegant Roots; Gifts; handbags; mohair; Nadine Storyk Curtis; organic cotton; socially responsible; South Africa; women's collective;

Original post on the CSR Feed: http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/Socially-Responsible-Business-Supports-South-African-Women


September 3rd, 2009
More Bad News About Nonprofit $$: More About Building Better Boards to Fix This


A new report by the National Council of Nonprofits provides more data about the nonprofit financial crisis, showing sharp declines from all sources, including government, corporations, foundations, and individuals, and fees for services faltering as well. Worst of all, these funding challenges occur



August 31st, 2009
CSR Interview with Nancy Mahon from the M•A•C AIDS Fund



As part of our ongoing series of executive interviews related to corporate social responsibility (CSR), Development Crossing recently had the opportunity to ask Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the M•A•C AIDS Fund a few questions about the foundation and its initiatives around the



August 31st, 2009
How Cause Capitalism Helps This Underdog Lead the Pack


The 3BL Media blog roll is a select list of the most influential, respected, and authoritative voices in corporate social responsibility. Compiled from the 3BL Media staff’s extensive contacts with longtime CSR commentators, these bloggers offer relevant news, opinions, and ideas about all
















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