Volume 9, Number 3
A growing number of corporations are embracing a new way of doing business that puts societal issues at the core of the company’s strategy and operations. This approach—Shared Value—differs from traditional corporate social responsibility, which is often built around regulatory compliance, charitable giving, and reputation building. In the summer 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we explore this issue with ten business leaders in the article, “Roundtable on Shared Value.”
A recent study found three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, as well as ways and means to overcome them.
Why local ownership and commitment are the exception in most development efforts—and what development professionals can do about this problem.
Integrated reporting—the combination of a company’s ﬁnancial and nonﬁnancial performance in one document—is a crucial step to creating a more sustainable society.
There are unconventional methods one can use to evaluate advocacy organizations and make strategic investments in that arena.
mPowering has created an app that awards goods and services to individuals facing extreme poverty when they make beneficial choices.
Engineers Without Borders’ new website, Admitting Failure, gives new life to “good failures.” It aims to help organizations learn from others’ mistakes.
Foundation Source Access, the new eHarmony for family foundations, gives smaller donors access to a wide variety of innovative funding opportunities.
Maternova is getting hundreds of life saving innovations to the front lines in developing countries using a new online platform.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
GlobalGiving’s storytelling project turns anecdotes into useful data.
One Acre Fund feeds the world’s poor by helping them feed themselves.
The Grameen Foundation’s Bankers Without Borders initiative applies skills-based volunteering to poverty alleviation.
Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
The owner of the only certified B Corporation in Kentucky assesses the pros and cons of the certification.
A look at what’s needed next to create the right policy environment for innovation and results.
The founder of the Kashf Foundation argues that microfinance can improve the lives of Pakistan’s next generation.
“One death is a tragedy; 1 million is a statistic,” Joseph Stalin is supposed to have said. The more people we see suffering, the less we care.
According to a new analysis, most of the world’s poor no longer live in the poorest countries.
New and valuable mHealth apps are coming out all the time. What sort of open architecture can support this wave of innovation?
Under the EPA’s Audit Policy, violators who voluntarily report themselves can get certain penalties reduced or waived if they commit to ongoing self-regulation.
Lobbying and bribery are both time-honored ways to seek influence, but there is an important difference between them.
The media introduce social movements to the masses, but how do social movements make it into the media?
Books (formerly Reviews)
Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy by Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, & Leif Wenar
More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel
The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice by Peter Corning
Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka & Steve Zimmerman
Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World by Leslie R. Crutchfield, John V. Kania, & Mark R. Kramer
Executives from 10 major corporations discuss the innovative ways that they are putting societal issues at the core of their companies’ strategy and operations.
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