Benojo weekly roundup – what’s happening in the giving space?

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Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the corporate giving and charity space. Here’s what’s causing waves globally, the things stirring up people like you and all the latest in the world of social good.

Why it's crucial for your company to give back

If you polled every entrepreneur in the U.S., nearly 100 percent would say that giving back is important. But if you asked how many of them have philanthropy programs in place, you'd encounter a much lower number. Most would hold that their focus is building the core business and that they don't have the resources to focus on non-revenue drivers, though they wish they did.

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Global survey finds declining trust in nonprofits

Public faith in nonprofit organizations dropped to a five-year low in an annual international poll of attitudes toward major institutions, with respondents criticizing nongovernmental groups as increasingly money-focused, the Thomson Reuters Foundation writes. Trust in nonprofits declined from 66 percent to 63 percent in the 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer, which surveyed 33,000 people in 27 countries for their views on NGOs, government, media, and business.

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Risk management: the key to business growth

Business growth requires a solid foundation and a solid foundation is built on powerful risk-management. The message is simple. As a rule of thumb, when you cut your risk, you cut your losses and maximise profits.

The single most important thing an SME can do to minimise the risk of failure is to establish a risk management plan that identifies risks and nominates processes to deal with them. Failing to do so is like setting out to sea in an unseaworthy vessel – a bit of bad weather and you will be spending more time bailing than sailing, diverting sorely needed resources from the core business.

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Why marketers need to pay more attention to ethical consumers

When a marketing professor / behavioural economist speaks, it’s worth tuning in to. This time, in an article published on Harvard Business Review, Professor Julie Irwin was focusing on the behaviour of consumers when faced with ethical decisions. She began by acknowledging that almost everyone at some point will make a purchase or take an action that is directly based on their morals and beliefs rather than their wallet.

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Rubbish dumped as charity

A fridge containing rotting food dumped at a charity bin was the final straw for a Bundaberg man who is fed up with people misusing the donation bin and treating it like a rubbish dump.

The man, who did not want to be named, said he drove past the Lifeline charity bin on Takalvan St on a daily basis and in the past two years the number of people dumping their junk had increased.

"It's disgraceful, enough is enough, it's got to stop. The tip is 2km down the road," he said.

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Women bare their breasts for cancer charity Coppafeel!'s #whatnormalfeelslike campaign

Research by the breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel! has found that women aged between 18-30 struggle to find words to describe their boobs beyond big or small.

The reason being is that the sexualisation of boobs has led to women to only thinking about theirs in terms of size. Last year the organisation devised the hard-hitting #whatnormalfeelslike campaign, featuring seven bare-chested women, each painted with the word that best described how their breasts felt to them.

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Aussie companies slip in global sustainability ranks

Australian companies have tumbled down the ranking list of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index, named in conjunction with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

This year’s Global 100 Index featured Australia’s ‘big four’ banks, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ranked at 21, Westpac at 41, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group at 78 and National Australia Bank at 79.

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Kids go to school hungry

Children are regularly attending suburban primary schools hungry and without lunch money or food in their schoolbags, according to the State's biggest food relief charity.

Despite the boom being over, WA is still a wealthy State, yet teachers report observing the deprivation daily. Some even dip into their own pockets to buy food for students because they cannot be certain dinner will be on the table when the youngsters return home.

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