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Is CSR in your new year's resolution for your business?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Updated: 5 hours ago

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Making an Impact with Corporate Gifts

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If you want to be consistent with your company’s values for social responsibility, or simply want to put more meaning into your corporate gift giving this year, consider some of these options. And as an added benefit, shopping local means you will have a positive impact on our community as well.

·      Ten Thousand Villages; with an online gift shop as well as a shop located in Winter Park, Ten Thousand Villages provides opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our market through fair-trading relationships. For holiday gifts they have winter wear, gifts for the office, and holiday decor. More ideas are provided on their Holiday Gift Guide.

(Image by Ten Thousand Villages)

·      Deux Mains; is an online shop founded by Central Florida nonprofit REBUILD Globally to give back after detrimental earthquakes hit Haiti in 2010. Their products are sourced from recycled materials in Haiti and create income opportunities for Haitian entrepreneurs, therefore creating positive environmental and economic impacts. For corporate gifts, they offer a variety of hand bags, sandals and jewelry for women as well as sandals for men. Their earbud holders are also a simple gift for all.

·      Second Harvest: you may know of Second Harvest for their food bank services, but during the holidays they make holiday-themed cards. Proceeds from the sale of these cards support the heightened need for food in our community during the holidays. They will even mail them out for you, upon your request.

·      Brighter Day Designs: this online store was created by a Rollins College student. Twenty five percent of the proceeds from their jewelry sales go to the Tim Tebow Foundation in order for children to receive life-changing surgeries to give them ‘brighter bays.’ If you’re looking for gifts that fit within a tight budget, their website has a section for products under $10.

·      Collective Kindness: located at the Plant St. Market in Winter Garden, also available via etsy.com if you prefer, is a small business built by a mother daughter duo doing more than just making soy candles. A percentage of their proceeds goes to funding local kindness projects in the community. Collective Kindness is a certified green business because they encourage recycling and refilling of their candle containers.

·      East End Market; is located in Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood. They, carry a variety of sustainable gift options ranging from wine and cheese pairings to house plants and hand-crafted pots. Their products are locally sourced, with some ingredients for their food products coming from their own urban farm located on site.  

·      Or try iShopWithPurpose.com, a new online resource that helps people find socially-conscious companies that they feel a connection with. This resource will help you choose where to shop by first knowing what a specific company is doing to make the world a better place, whether during the holiday season, or anytime.

 

These are just a few ideas to jumpstart your corporate gift shopping. If you’re aware of other local companies offering socially-responsible products, or gifts that give back, please share in the comments below and we will add them to our list.

Tags:  Central Florida  Corporate Social Responsibility  Holiday Gifts  Impact  Local  Orlando  Rollins  Social Enterprise 

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The Journey of Impact: Top 4 Takeaways from the Net Impact Conference 2017

Posted By Katy Rumrill, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Net Impact Conference 2017(NI17), which engages graduate school student chapter members on its mission: taking on social challenges, protecting the environment, and orienting businesses and products towards the greater good. At the conference, Net Impact hosted various business leaders and academic leaders to connect them to students with an interest in social impact. The first thing that popped up when I researched for the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta, GA where the conference was held was how sustainable and environmentally friendly the building is. In fact, the GWCC is the largest LEED certified convention center. What a great place to hold a conference focusing on environmental and social change in the world.

I was there as a chapter leader of the Net Impact Chapter at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College so I was able to gather a lot of enlightening information. Here are my top four takeaways from NI17:

 

1.     “If it is to be, it is up to me”

 The theme of NI17 was ‘Purpose in Action.’ The conference had many keynotes and breakout sessions focusing on purpose; self-purpose, an organization’s purpose, or even the world’s purpose. The opening keynote highlighted speakers from Honest Tea, Imperative, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Echoing Green, and Clif Bar. Each speaker created a story starting with self, then us, and finishing with now. Their journeys to discovering their purpose, helped me realize that there is not a straight path to discovering what I am meant to do. It all takes time and reflection for an individual to realize their purpose.

2.     “There is no job description for saving the world”

Many speakers had interesting job titles including Chief Purpose Officer, Vice President of Sustainability, and Director of Community Affairs. For most, these positions did not exist in their corporations until they made the position. Many had to be intrapreneurs and cause disruptive change to find their purpose and/or the purpose of the organization. There were many suggestions for how to accomplish this. One specific suggestion I took away was to find your passion through natural indicators.

3.     “There isn’t a cause that is the most important”

There are many social issues affecting humanity and our planet. All of these issues are extremely important and one is not better than the other. Doing what is right in the world, will always be the right thing to do. That being said, there are many issues, so one person cannot solve them all. You should find your purpose and align that with a cause.

4.     “Don’t always believe what you think”

Many of the ideas that came from NI17 were big powerful concepts that were extremely motivational. However, on the last day, I went to a breakout session on the last day called Mindfulness and Meditation for Bigger Impact. Many of the ideas that came from NI17 were big powerful concepts, that were extremely motivational. This particular breakout session allowed me to take a step back and reflect on my learning and become self-aware of everything that occurred during the conference.

NI17 was a great experience and really connected people who have a passion for doing right in the world. All speakers demonstrated that the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is moving companies into the understanding that business can help the greater good. These takeaways are just a few of the many learnings from the conference. To learn more about CSR best practices and hear from success stories in the Central Florida region, follow us on Twitter @Rollins_CSRhub.

About the Author:

Katy Rumrill is currently a chapter leader of the Net Impact Chapter at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College where she is pursuing her MBA. She is a graduate assistant at one of Crummer’s Centers for Excellence, the Edyth Bush Institute, where she supports the corporate citizenship program.

Tags:  corporate social responsibility  net impact  nonprofit  sustainability 

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Corporate Support Post-Hurricanes: Nonprofit Wish List

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017

It has been weeks since hurricanes Irma and Maria ravished Central Florida and Puerto Rico, yet many of the nonprofit organizations in our community are still struggling to meet the increased demands caused by the storm. In times of crisis, the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) is heightened, however companies without an established CSR plan often don’t know how or where to start.

Beyond philanthropy, there are many ways socially-responsible companies can contribute including in-kind donations or skilled services. The Edyth Bush Institute recently polled the Central Florida nonprofit community after the hurricanes and uncovered a few ways companies could assist in ongoing relief efforts:

·      Volunteers skilled in moving services

·      Roofing services

·      Scholarship support for after school programs for children from Puerto Rico

·      Medical aid, equipment, supplies

·      Diesel fuel for generators to cook meals

If your company is uniquely qualified and/or able to contribute to any of these areas, please contact our manager of corporate citizenship, Kecia Carroll, who can help connect you to the nonprofits in need. csrhub@rollins.edu | 407.975.6414

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