Coming together in times of need – Benojo weekly roundup

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the CSR, philanthropy and charity space. Here’s all the latest in the world of social impact. Get involved with Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday takes place this year on December 1. It’s a day that calls on all parts of the community – individuals, families, businesses, community centres, students, retailers, corporations and more – to give. We spoke to Anne Gawen, CEO of not-for-profit Connecting Up (who are supporting the day) to find out more about this giving movement.

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Paris residents offer to open their doors to stranded strangers amid attacks

In the wake of a series of attacks that have left at least 120 people dead in Paris on Friday, some turned to social media to open their homes to those who have been stranded in the city.

The shootings, explosions and hostage situation in six attacks led to a state of emergency in France, as police urged people to stay indoors.

For those stuck in different parts of the city, strangers offered to open their homes to anyone stranded by posting on Twitter with a hashtag, #portouverte, which translates to "Open Door."

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Duran Duran to donate proceeds from Eagles of Death Metal cover to Paris attacks relief

Proceeds from Eagles of Death Metal's cover of 'Save A Prayer' will go to charity, Duran Duran confirm. Duran Duran’s have pledged to donate all money from the Eagles of Death Metal’s “Save a Prayer” to charity following an online campaign to get the song to number one in the wake of the tragic Paris attacks.

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How a bottle of Russian salad dressing inspired corporate social responsibility

Timberland’s former chief operating officer sheds light on the company’s lofty sustainability practices, but argues more needs to be done to develop an industry standard for emissions reporting.

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When Star Wars, fashion and philanthropy collide

This December, the force will awaken more than just the hearts of longtime George Lucas fans. It will leave its philanthropic mark on New York’s fashion world.

giles-deaconDesign by Giles Deacon. (Photo: Courtesy Bollare)

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Charlie Sheen's HIV admission isn't shameful. Our reaction to it is

We're not quite over the desire to prove that HIV is something dirty and dangerous that only dangerous, dirty people contract.

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