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GBS Good Reads: CSR, Sustainability, Ethics And Business

GBS Good Reads: CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Business

During the course of a day, I read upwards of 50 new articles, studies, papers, blog posts and random client related stuff. It is no wonder that I look like the dude in the picture when the day ends. Flicker Creative CommonsBy the next day however, I don’t remember half of them. GBS Good Reads is a list of the other half; the half that sticks with me for its simple yet profound message. This is the stuff that I insist on discussing with my husband (poor him), the stuff I forward to my friends and post on my facebook page (sometimes more than once). I want to share these here in the hope that you will enjoy and learn from these as much as I did. So, here goes:

The Good Read: 22 Executives Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

The Phrase that Stuck:

From Edward Rust Jr., chairman and CEO, State Farm
“[My father] had the uncanny ability with just a couple of little phrases. One: ‘You know better… don’t you,’ and ‘you can do better… can’t you.'”

The Good Read: The man who blew the whistle on ‘pink slime’

The Phrase that Stuck:

Kit Foshee on why whistle-blowers need protection: “because companies falsify data … This Company (BPI) is still falsely advertising right now. Their product is in all the ground beef that you’re eating every day.”


The Good Read: How One Second Could Cost Amazon $1.6 Billion In Sales

The Phrase that Stuck:

Will tomorrow’s Amazon homepage have to travel back in time from when it’s rendered in order to pre-arrive in a U.S. web citizen’s eyeballs at just the right moment?

The Good Read: The Economic Roots of Your Life Crisis

The Phrase that Stuck:

I think we have to stop conforming. If you hate coming into work at 9AM, stop. If you don’t like going to pointless meetings, don’t. If you don’t want to work on (or watch) the latest Hollywood blockbuster, don’t. Twenty-first century institutions aren’t going to be built by 20th century worker bees slaving away to keep the crumbling pyramid propped up at all costs. Instead of converging to the grey-suited, hair-parted mean, start diverging. Challenge the way things are done with the way you believe they should be done.

The Good Read: Bayanihan: The Spirit of CSR in the Philippines

The Phrase that Stuck:

Bayanihan is a Tagalog word that describes the spirit of communal effort in achieving a particular objective without expecting anything in return. The concept forms an important part of our country’s cultural heritage. While many Filipinos may not have the means to contribute to a cause monetarily, volunteers in the country are abundant. The spirit of volunteerism is a strong testament to the Bayanihan trait.

The Good Read: 15 ways to say  Sustainability Report Data Management

The Phrase that Stuck:

The GRI has recently announced that sustainability data will be much easier to find with the new XBRL Taxonomy. The GRI calls this “a major step forward in making sustainability data available to society.”  This is done through the use of software which tags data contained in Sustainability Reports for efficient retrieval. But, before you can tag it, you gotta catch it, right? If you don’t do a good job of collecting and collating the data, even gold-plated taxonomy won’t help.

The Good Read: How India Became America

The Phrase that Stuck:

I have learned, though, that the nation’s new American-style prosperity is a more complex, and certainly more ambivalent, phenomenon than it first appears. The villages around my home have undeniably grown more prosperous, but they are also more troubled.  Abandoned fields and fallow plantations are indications of a looming agricultural and environmental crisis.  Ancient social structures are collapsing under the weight of new money. Bonds of caste and religion and family have frayed; the panchayats, village assemblies made up of elders, have lost their traditional authority. Often, lawlessness and violence step into the vacuum left behind.

The Good Read: We say we want a revolution…

The Phrase that Stuck:

We say we want local merchants to offer great service, deep selection and community values, but we cross the street to the big box store to save $3.

We say we want companies to honor their promises and act transparently, but one new product or big discount from a business that has deceived us in the past and we come right back for more.

The Good Read: Joseph Kony and the Moral Ambiguity of the Modern World

The Phrase that Stuck:

I’m not sure anyone believes Kony 2012 is perfect, but it doesn’t seem wise to toss it on the scrap heap, either. Whether or not you like it, at least it serves as a reminder that the world is messy and hard to organize. The best any of us can do is keep reading, keep talking to each other, keep trying to do the right thing, and keep hoping that there’s more than one way to destroy a warlord.


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