This week in social impact, CSR and philanthropy

CommBank’s Australian of the Day campaign The Commonwealth Bank’s Australian of the Day campaign is about ‘celebrating the everyday people making Australia extraordinary’. They have partnered with eight up-and-coming photographers who are traveling the country capturing a new Australian face and story every day for eight months until Australia Day 2016.  The images and stories they capture are then shared on the Australian of the Day microsite and featured on CommBank’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Monika-Biernacki-1Monika Biernacki from Monika's Doggie rescue has saved the lives of over 11 000 dogs.

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Homes for homes

The Big Issue is launching a new initiative with the potential to raise more than $1.8 billion for social and affordable housing. Homes for Homes will encourage homeowners and organisations involved in property transactions to donate 0.1 per cent of their property sale price to the initiative. For example, a $500,000 property transaction would mean a $500 donation at the time of sale.

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Prince William attends anti-bullying workshop by charity named after his mother

Prince William took part in a special workshop Monday to help train students to recognize bullying and encourage victims to speak out and seek help. The program was part of a back-to-school campaign run by The Diana Award, a charity named after the prince's late mother. William participating in an anti-bullying workshop.

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Moorabbin Airport donates land to transform into vegie garden for charity FareShare

Moorabin Airport has donated 3000sq m of land to be transformed into an enormous vegie garden for charity FareShare. It will provide about 12 tonnes of food annually for Victorians doing it tough. All produce from the plot will be sent to FareShare’s charity kitchen in Abbotsford.

73275ccaeb53d0ff404ade2feaeccb94FareShare spokeswoman Lucy Farmer and Moorabbin Airport chief executive that will help feed those in need.

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CSR Darjeeling tea multibillion dollar markets

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives rarely focus on cultural and heritage preservation and hence seem to be missing out. The economic and social benefits of identifying, documenting, registering, reinforcing global recognition, and developing international marketing strategies for GI-registered agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products are immense. A win-win for all.

5398538238_0f884d6951_zDarjeeling tea-pickers prepare to haul in their bounty by hand. Hailing from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is one of many consumer products linked intrinsically to its geographic origin and culture.

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The Best CSR Reputations in the world ranked

Google has the best corporate social responsibility reputation, topping the Reputation Institute’s annual Global CSR RepTrak 100 ranking for the second year in a rowBMW took the no. 2 spot, with the Walt Disney Company coming in third, Microsoft ranking fourth and Daimler in fifth. Rounding out the top 10: Lego, Apple, Intel, Rolls-Royce Aerospace and Rolex.

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