This week in social impact, CSR and philanthropy

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. 5 companies donating to the refugee crisis

“The world has not seen a global humanitarian crisis of this magnitude since the Second World War and with winter approaching in the northern hemisphere, it is only going to get worse,” said H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly, speaking at a press conference on September 21, the International Day of Peace, about the Syrian refugee crisis.

refugeeA child refugee at an abandoned hotel that now serves as an informal refugee camp on the Greek island of Kos. Photo: Hedinn Halldorsson/Save the Children.

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Mark Zuckerberg to step up India philanthropy

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to step up philanthropic activities in India and also put more resources behind bringing more people online in the country. "You should probably expect us to do more. We are in a fortunate position of having earned a lot of money through Facebook and I think we have a responsibility to make sure that we do good for the world," he said when asked if he intends to increase philanthropic activities in the country.

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Uganda to host Africa's corporate social responsibility conference

This year, Uganda will host the prestigious Africa's symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Preparations have already started as organizers set the stage for different corporate and government organization to discuss CSR in Uganda. According to David Sempala, the director for CSR in Africa, the day aims at providing the much-needed platform for an open dialogue on doing business responsibly and mapping out solutions for a sustainable future.

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Facebook's resistance to RNIB's advert poses questions for charity campaigns

The news that Facebook had banned the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) latest campaign advert about sight loss raises questions about the future of charity adverts on the social media platform. Facebook claimed the ad was “degrading” and broke its guidelines on language.

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Austin welcomes first all-solar community

The Colorado Crossing neighborhood in southeast Austin is getting a major green upgrade. Executives from home-building company Lennar, will join local elected leaders – including Rep. Eddie Rodriguez – and officials from Austin Energy to celebrate the opening of Austin’s first all-solar community. This was made possible by changes implemented Jan. 1 to Austin Energy’s renewable energy policies. Every home in the community comes standard with a rooftop solar system that officials say adds nothing to the purchase price.

austinRooftop solar panel system in Austin.

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How to keep millennial employees happy: give them an overseas posting

Almost 90 per cent of the latest generation to hit the workforce, the millennials, think employers should offer international career opportunities as part of their training and development programs, a new report has found.

But it seems Generation Yers are set to be disappointed if they are relying on their employers to send them overseas. A paper focusing on Generation Y and its job search habits by recruitment firm Robert Walters identified a strong expectation by these employees for overseas placements.

millenialMillenials have a strong expectation for overseas placements within their careers.

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Midwinter Ball: a guess who’s coming to charity dinner?

Organisers of Canberra’s all-star Midwinter Ball are hoping Malcolm Turnbull is more benevolent than some of his prime ministerial predecessors when it comes to honouring historic charity commitments.

midwinterCartoon: Peter Nicholson. Source: News Corp Australia

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