Archive for the ‘Corporate Responsibility’ Category

14
Feb

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Here are some Jobs on Base of the Pyramid, ranging from COO positions to Management Consulting and Microfinance Development:
Chief Operating Officer at Scojo Foundation. The Scojo Foundation is a global social enterprise, currently operating in 13 countries, which creates jobs and sustains livelihoods through the sale of affordable reading glasses to the 700 million people who require clear, up-close vision to read and work.
Intellecap is looking for an Editor with Microfinance Insights in Mumbai; Senior Associates – Publications and Knowledge Advisory in Mumbai; Senior Associates/ Associates – Training and Research in Hyderabad; Senior Associates/ Associates – SME & Microfinance Development in Hyderabad; Senior Associates/ Associates – Management Consulting in Hyderabad; and Senior Associates/ Associates – Finance in Hyderabad.
Take a look at all Intellecap job postings. Intellecap is a leading consulting firm focused on capital advisory and innovations for the inclusive finance space, endeavoring to create and deliver mainstream, profitable solutions to address the problems of poverty and expedite sustainable development.
Internship at Engineers for Social Impact (Internship with application’s deadline on March 2nd). Engineers for Social Impact is a unique fellowship program to connect the best engineering talent to the most credible social enterprises that drive market-based solutions to development in India.
Associate, New Ventures Program, World Resources Institute. New Ventures promotes sustainable growth in emerging markets by accelerating the transfer of capital to businesses that deliver social and environmental benefits at the base of the economic pyramid.
Director, TED Fellowship Program. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
Also have a look at a report which Net Impact made on December 2007 on Job’s in the CSR arena.

13
Feb

IBM Study on CSR

Written on February 13, 2008 by Max Oliva in Corporate Responsibility

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
IBM has just released yet another study which strengthens companies views in regards to Corporate Responsibility, seeing it as a growth opportunity rather than just a regulatory compliance or philanthropic effort, with 68 percent of those surveyed focused on generating revenue through CSR activities. In addition, 54 percent believe CSR initiatives contribute to giving their corporations a competitive advantage.
“Companies believe that when they are more open with stakeholders and place social responsibility at the core of their business strategy they will be more competitive, attract and retain the best talent, and gain access to new business opportunities”, says a global study released today.
While customers are becoming the chief driver of this increased focus on CSR, 76 percent of businesses surveyed admit they don’t truly understand their customers’ CSR concerns. In fact, even businesses that feel they are knowledgeable and prepared to deal with CSR issues may not be. Nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed believe they have sufficient information about the sources behind their products and services to satisfy customer concerns, but half of those admit they don’t understand their customers CSR expectations well.
You can read the full study here.

12
Feb

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On February 21st we will have at IE Business School a conversation which brings together a Sustainable Perspective.
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Arthur Dahl, Coordinator of the UNEP/University of Geneva Programme of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy will talk in regards to “The limits and potentials of planetary sustainability”, using an environmental systems perspective to set the context within which business must evolve in the decades ahead.
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Augusto Lopez Claros, Former Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum will base his contribution on “Why good policies matter” The meaning of sustainability from a global economic perspective.
The session will be moderated by Daniel Truran, Secretary General of EBBF.
It will take place February 21st, at 18.00-20.00 at Serrano 105, IE Business School.
To reserve your seat send an email to SIM@ie.edu

18
Jan

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Check the economist of this week. A special report on CSR is included which has certainly evolved from that presented a couple of years ago and which clearly contributed to strengthen the conversation.
As one of the articles says, “Three years ago a special report in The Economist acknowledged, with regret, that the CSR movement had won the battle of ideas. In the survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit for this report, only 4% of respondents thought that CSR was “a waste of time and money”. Clearly CSR has arrived”.
The Economist now brings thoughts and insight into how once CSR was a do-gooding sideshow, and how it is now seen as mainstream. From ethics to consumers, going green and global, and most importantly how managers are trying to get it right and align it with their companies’ strategy and gain a competitive advantage. As they put it, CSR is just good business.

14
Jan

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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IE Business School and At Stake Advisors have the pleasure to invite you to participate in a discussion about the innovative FTSE4GoodIBEX Index. The session will provide an opportunity to engage directly with one of the founders of FTSE4Good about this new boutique social responsibility index that will be launched in March, 2008 in Spain.
PROGRAM
Presentation- Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management at IE
Social Responsibility Trends- Sean Ansett, Managing Partner, At Stake Advisors
FTSE4GoodIBEX- Will Oulton, Director FTSE Socially Responsible Investments
Date/ location: Tuesday, January 22, 2008; from 19:00 to 20:15h. Room A-203, IE Business School, Maria de Molina 11, (Madrid). The presentation will be in both English and Spanish.
Please confirm assistance at SIM@ie.edu.
To know more about Will Oulton and Sean Ansett

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19
Dec

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Me pidieron que escribiese un artículo señalando algunas de las diferencias existentes entre la Responsabilidad Corporativa y la Acción Social. Al final tras ser editado quedo algo muy distinto a lo que escribí, mejor en algunos puntos, pero al final confuso y decidí por tanto no incluirlo en su momento. Haciendo ahora con el cierre de año revisión de que había publicado y que no (se quedan tantos eventos e ideas en el tintero por falta de tiempo), decidí adjuntarlo que al final éste si que vio la luz. Ésta versión fue publicada en MateriaBiz.
Milton Friedman creía que la responsabilidad social empresarial era poco menos que una estafa a los accionistas. Sin embargo, la RSE también puede ser una fuente de ventajas competitivas y, en última instancia, una vía hacia mejores resultados financieros…
La Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (RSE) es la contribución activa y voluntaria de las empresas al mejoramiento social, económico y ambiental con el objetivo de mejorar su situación competitiva y su valor agregado. La asociación Business for Social Responsibility la define como “alcanzar el éxito comercial en maneras que honren los valores éticos y con respeto a las personas, las comunidades y el medio ambiente”.
Así, la acción social corporativa promueve que la empresa sea activa frente a los retos de la sociedad (llámense personas desfavorecidas o marginadas) ya sea a través de sus productos o servicios, su capital humano, generación de empleo y/o desarrollo comunitario. No obstante, enfocarse primordialmente en la acción social sin que ésta se encuentre alineada al negocio sólo aporta valor de una manera muy dispersa, beneficiando de forma superficial a unos cuantos pero, en última instancia, restando valor a la empresa.
Por lo tanto, algunos académicos sostienen que el único compromiso social de una compañía consiste en la creación de valor para sus accionistas. Esta es la célebre hipótesis del economista de Chicago, Milton Friedman.
Sin embargo, responsabilidad social y resultados financieros no se encuentran necesariamente reñidos. Ian Davis, CEO de McKinsey argumenta que la responsabilidad corporativa ofrece una oportunidad estratégica si es afrontada con la misma seriedad y profesionalismo que se aplica a las estrategias de mercado.
Para leer el artículo completo haz click aquí.

19
Dec

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On December 12, students from IE Business School, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Hamline University won the second edition of JPMorgan’s Good Venture Competition. The competition focuses on developing philanthropic non-profit organisations. This year 77 socially responsible teams from 48 universities and business schools pitched for $25,000 of direct funding from JPMorgan.
Ultimately nine teams were selected for the final round, having submitted funding proposals for existing organisations to demonstrate how the financial investment would yield discernable social returns.
The SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru) team, comprised Teresa Escardo Etchenique, Brent Latham, Amanda Phillips, Alfredo Vaghi, was the only team from outside the US in the final. The SKIP project supports the development of educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in the areas of El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo in northern Peru. Working with a number of educational and institutional partners on the ground, SKIP provides funding and resources to enable children to enter the education system. As well as working directly with the children they also provide a framework of support for the families, which includes a micro-enterprise loan system to help families generate their own income.

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19
Dec

Innovative solution to AIDS treatment in Africa

Written on December 19, 2007 by Max Oliva in Corporate Responsibility

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On November 21, Marion Descottes and Miguel Monforte Nicolas, two MBA students from IE Business school, won first prize at the Infocom Future leadership Award one of India’s premier essay writing competitions.
This years theme was ‘Innovations driving service excellence’, through which Marion and Miguel chose to address the topic of ‘How innovations can improve Anti-retroviral treatment adherence in Africa’. The essay focussed on the use of innovative communications systems to provide patients with better information, updated more quickly than current methods, thus helping them to adhere more closely to the ART programs. The system was designed to ensure feasibility and sustainability in developing countries.
When Marion and Miguel spoke about the choice of the topic they agreed that “We chose the following subject area because our professors are constantly challenging our abilities to find innovative ways to look at real day-to-day problems. Studying in depth, subjects such as Supply Chain Management and Innovation allowed us to really understand which barriers companies face everyday. One of our main goals when designing the solution was real feasibility. Moreover, IE’s focus on Corporate Social Responsibility provided us with the inspiration to combine business acumen with our social concerns. Winning the prize confirms that there needs to be one further outcome: bring this solution live!”.
Congratulations to both Marion and Miguel!

11
Dec

Caja Navarra en IE Business School

Written on December 11, 2007 by Max Oliva in Corporate Responsibility

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Caja Navarra ha sido recientemente reconocida por el estudio merco como la marca financiera regional de mayor reputación. Una marca que ha adquirido un alto protagonismo en el sector en un corto periodo de tiempo; esto coincide con la implantación de un concepto de branding por el que su imagen gráfica se transforma a la vez que la empresa. Compartirán con nosotros esta experiencia el próximo viernes 14 de diciembre a las 12.00 horas en el aula P-212 de IE Business School, en calle Pinar 18.
El acto lo presentará Juan Luis Martínez, profesor de Marketing de IE Business School e intervendrán Iñaki Iraizoz, Director de implantación estratégica de Caja Navarra; y Eduardo Moreno, Socio Director de Análisis e Investigación, y Co-director del Monitor Español de Reputación Corporativa (Merco).
Favor de confirmar su asistencia a SIM@ie.edu

7
Dec

Los nuevos (y los viejos) derechos humanos

Written on December 7, 2007 by Max Oliva in Corporate Responsibility

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Alberto Andreu
Director de Reputación, Marca, RSC y Medioambiente, Telefónica
Profesor asociado de IE Business School

El 10 de diciembre de 1948, la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas aprobó y proclamó la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos. La Asamblea pidió a los Países Miembros que publicaran el texto y que fuera “distribuido, expuesto, leído y comentado en las escuelas y otros establecimientos de enseñanza, sin distinción fundada en la condición política de los países o de los territorios”.
Cincuenta y ocho años después… ¿sigue vigente este texto? Si formulo esta pregunta es porque hoy muchos creen que el mundo occidental sí cuida y respecta los derechos humanos, mientras que los países subdesarrollados o en vías de desarrollo los vulneran cada día.
Esta tesis (el primer mundo ha superado la declaración universal por la propia evolución del estado del bienestar) puede esconder un riesgo: pensar que todo el trabajo ya está hecho. Pero no lo está.
Y no lo está, porque, aun en el primer mundo, aun en los países más desarrollados, están aflorando unos “nuevos derechos humanos” que tienen que ver con los propios males de la sociedad del siglo XXI: el apoyo a las personas dependientes; a las personas con discapacidad; a los hombres y mujeres que trabajan y quieren, además atender a una familia; a las personas desconectadas a la sociedad de la información; a las personas que viven en soledad… Y no lo está, tampoco, porque el mundo de hoy es global; porque los movimientos migratorios son globales; porque el actual choque de civilizaciones está basado en la desigualdad del reparto de la riqueza… por tantas y tantas cosas
Por tanto, la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos de 1948 sigue tan vigente como cuando se aprobó. Bien porque en algunas zonas del mundo aún es una aspiración imposible. Bien porque en el primer mundo han surgido “nuevos derechos humanos” que nos obligan a una actualización permanente de esos principios. Lo importante es que ese viejo texto sigue más vivo que nunca.

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