Juan Carlos Demesa

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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Corporate Social Responsibility

I like dogs as much as the next guy. Hey, we <i>have</i> a dog, adorable Zoe, who I take for walks more often than do the two adorable kids who promised they’d be the ones to do so. Zoe has become a member of our family, an integral part of our home life. Now, before all you cat people jump off to another …

Map Out Cultural Conflicts on Your Team

When you’re on a global team, cultural differences can be complex and can often seem contradictory. The biggest challenge comes when differences are complex in surprising ways.<p>Here’s a letter I received from an executive at automotive supplier Valeo, a French company with big client bases in …

Spotlight on Practical Sustainability

Artwork: Julie Dodd, Paper Eggs, 2011, recycled magazine pages, 3″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″<p>Resilience in a Hotter World by Andrew Winston<br>Sustainability a CFO Can Love by Kurt Kuehn with Lynnette McIntire<br>The Collaboration Imperative by Ram Nidumolu, Jib Ellison, John Whalen, and Erin Billman<br>How to Survive …

We Can’t Talk About Inequality Without Talking About Talent

Anyone thinking about democracy and capitalism today needs to take account of Thomas Piketty’s monumental book, <i>Capital in the 21st Century.</i> There lots of similarities between his argument and the one I make in my most recent HBR article. We both look squarely at the same phenomenon — income …

CSR or social enterprise: which has more social impact?

We round up the best advice from our live discussion on CSR vs social enterprise for delivering social impact<p>Social enterprise is a budding sector: a third of social enterprises in the UK are three years old or younger. Also, with an average financial backing of £58,000, social businesses tend to …

The Key Ingredient of CSR

Ever since the term “corporate social responsibility” became popularized in the 1960s, it’s been used to cover a broad swath of ethical issues, including those that affect the environment, human rights, supply-chain sustainability, consumers and transparency with corporate governance. All of the …

Why HR Needs To Take A Leadership Role In CSR

Many organizations have invested heavily in corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in a bid to restore trust among their shareholders, employees and customers and improve their corporate brand. But what role does HR play in CSR and does the profession need to take a more leading role in …

Companies' CSR policies may be leading to corporate irresponsibility

Firms that focus on a CSR agenda often feel they have accrued "moral credits" that allow them to behave irresponsibly later, according to new research<p>Donating vast amounts of money to arts groups, scholarship funds, and local medical centres or improving an oil and gas company's safety record …

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Make CSR Hard Core

Corporate ethics is booming. Every major company has its own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. CSR consulting is big business, and more and more companies are following suit. But is social responsibility also economically sustainable?<p><b>CSR has great economic potential</b> -- if it's tailored …

The Companies With the Best CSR Reputations

As a consumer with a plethora of options, how do you choose one brand over another?<p>Do you simply compare the price, quality and reputation of each product? Or do you think about how well the company behind each one treats its employees; how ethical the company is; and whether they engage with local …