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.

Adidas releases a shoe made from ocean plastics

Last month, adidas and Parley for the Ocean, an organisation that brings creators, thinkers and leaders together to collaborate on projects to raise awareness on the state of the oceans, unveiled a shoe with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste. The concept shoes offered a glimpse into the future with adidas and Parley for the Oceans set to reveal a line of consumer-ready ocean plastic products next year. Read the Benojo blog for the details!

Link to Adidas CSR article


They save lives, it's that simple: abuse survivors make case for charity funding

As specialist abuse charities face a funding crisis, victims recall how groups including Survivors Manchester helped them begin to recover.

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Canberra mum shocked to find parking fine paid by kind stranger

When a Canberra mother who had just spent days in hospital with her baby son walked out to her car, she was dismayed to find a parking ticket attached to her windscreen.

But before the shock of the situation set in, she spied another slip of paper — a little pink post-it note that, on any other day, would have drawn little attention.

Yet, at that moment, it proved that the world was, in fact, filled with good Samaritans.

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7 lessons from a successful corporate social responsibility program

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are practically a given at most companies these days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all companies have truly accepted the calling to be good corporate citizens. Some CSR programs are really nothing more than a marketing ploy, and a poorly executed one at that, struggling to get employees excited to participate and give back to the community.

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'If they don’t give me money, I’ll be fired': the life of the charity cold-caller

Charities desperately need telephone donations. But is the way they secure them justified? As fundraising comes under scrutiny again, the people on the other end of the line tell their stories.

Read the stories here of charity cold callers here

GoDaddy and San Francisco-based have created a philanthropic partnership.

GoDaddy is partnering with to increase interest in Kiva’s mission to fund low-income entrepreneurs.

The company plans to give each of its employees $25 to invest in the Kiva small business of his or her choice. The campaign is called “Get the Picture” and is aimed at encouraging GoDaddy employees and others to invest in small businesses.

More on the partnership can be found here

How Fuji Xerox Singapore’s HR function is “pushing boundaries”

Pauline Chua, ‎general manager, human capital & CSR at Fuji Xerox Singapore talks about how HR as a function has evolved over time, and the philosophies behind Fuji Xerox.

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