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

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the corporate 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.

Four Ways Corporate Social Responsibility Helps Shareholders

Pursuing social responsibility should not be at odds with maximising shareholder value.  Here are four ways that these seemingly contradictory objectives can be reconciled.

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Increasing Office Stress Is Smashing Australia's Work-Life Balance

Job satisfaction is low, stress is higher in the office and the work-life balance is broken, according to the latest annual survey of stress and wellbeing by the Australian Psychological Society. More than two in five (44%) Australian rate issues in the workplace as a source of stress.

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A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

“But the employees in this call center in Vermont are rosy-cheeked and—can it be?—smiling. They field calls about misplaced packages and gluten-free dough, while surrounded by orange and red Thanksgiving decorations and a wall lined with baking gear that they’re allowed to borrow. They still have quotas—10 calls per hour, per agent—but they know they won’t get fired if they spend 45 minutes talking to a woman with cancer about baking, as one agent recently did.”

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Tech Startups Are Changing Australia Right Now, So You'd Better Get Used To It

This is happening right now, by the hour, much much faster than most of us realise, and it’s everyday Australians that are leading the charge.

I thought being in tech for 20+ years and startups for 15+ years would have prepared me more than most but this new set of changes is remarkable. Here is how it came to my attention. You will have to read through these real life examples from this week to put the pieces together at the end of this article.

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Charity Financials Publicly Available Online

The financial details of Australia’s registered charities are, for the first time, available to the public free of charge via the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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Bakers boss eyes asset sales

Firms with strong diversity, pro bono and corporate social responsibility policies have an edge in this market, according to Whealing.

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ICC announces corporate social responsibility partnership for 2015 World Cup

The ICC has tied up with McGrath Foundation, Cancer Society of New Zealand, Room to Read and Think Wise for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnerships during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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Ice Buckets and the Psychology of Giving

According to the article, researchers are fairly convinced that in many cases we like to give for very selfish reasons, and this may have fed the ice-bucket brigade. For example, we may wish to give to have our names on a list, thereby enhancing our reputation, or to keep up with others in the community who are giving. In the case of the ice-bucketers, the sense is that people were feeding their own narcissism: People could post photos and videos of themselves in highly visible arenas like Twitter and Facebook.

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 Sky's the limit for beauties' fundraising

Not just pretty faces, the top 70 Miss Universe WA preliminary contestants have worked tirelessly to raise almost $60,000 in just two weeks to support kids in need. Beating previous years' fundraising efforts, the contestants already have made a big difference to the program's charity partner ToyBox International.

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Tinselled halos: Why corporate social campaigns fail and 5 steps to put them right

In spite of my passionate belief that companies can and should care, I must confess to holding Dawkins-like scepticism at the CSR campaigns of most corporations. I suppose I should be happy about the little wins—commitments to greater recycling or fairer supplier relations, better working conditions or fewer carbon emissions. But the idea that they have to build a social media ‘campaign’ to say ‘look how good we are’ seems to undermine the entire credibility of the campaign.

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