Tag Archives: Seattle CSR

Stop Slavery: How We Can Help

This week, I attended a screening of the new documentary, “The Dark Side of Chocolate.” The screening was held at Theo Chocolate here in Seattle and sponsored by Equal Exchange. So as we munched on Theo’s o-so-yummy-slave-free chocolate, we watched … Continue reading

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Models of Corporate Social Responsibility Part 4 (of 4): Social Activism

Finally, the fourth model of Corporate Social Responsibility can be called the Social Activist Model.1 Much like the Social Demandingness model, this model assumes that corporations are responsible to the whole of society. Proponents of both of these models argue … Continue reading

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Banking on Sustainability

Last week I met with Francis Janes, the Vice President of ShoreBank Pacific. For those of us interested in social and environmental responsibility, ShoreBank Pacific provides an excellent model for responsible banking. Back in the 1970s, ShoreBank was started on … Continue reading

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Models of Corporate Social Responsibility Part 3: Social Demandingness Model

Understanding the four theories of CSR is essential to shaping a CSR program because it helps to lay out the aims and mission of the corporation. In comparison with the other two theories that I’ve described, the Social Demandingness Theory … Continue reading

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Profitable Social Investing in Seattle

Last night I attended the annual Christmas party of Newground Social Investment, a Seattle-based investment company that is taking a unique approach to shareholder engagement. After working for investment firms for ten years, Bruce Herbert started Newground in 1994 to … Continue reading

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Models of Corporate Social Responsibility Part 2: The Stakeholder Model

This is the second post in a four part series on Models of CSR. Proponents of the Stakeholder Model argue that the company should be driven by the interests of their stakeholders, rather than the interests of the stockholders alone … Continue reading

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Models of Corporate Responsibility Part I: The Classical Model

In his book, Corporate Responsibility and Legitimacy, James Brummer describes the four theories of CSR. By understanding these theories, we can analyze the CSR work of specific corporations more carefully—see what they contribute to society and assess the strengths and … Continue reading

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