Innovation is key to social impact – 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. Benojo Founder Martyn Ryan speaks CSR strategy – Corporate Spend Podcast

What drives us to help our fellow man? It’s a question that has been the focus of our thinking for years.

Our founder, Martyn Ryan believes it’s in our DNA to give. Speaking with Corporate Spend for their Corporate Spend Podcast, Martyn explains that we all have an ‘imprint’ that drives us to support and help others in times of need. And that tapping into this DNA is key to developing a successful CSR strategy within businesses.

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Sweden introduces six-hour work day

Sweden is moving to a six-hour working day in a bid to increase productivity and make people happier.

Employers across the country have already made the change, according to the Science Alert website, which said the aim was to get more done in a shorter amount of time and ensure people had the energy to enjoy their private lives.

Toyota centres in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, made the switch 13 years ago, with the company reporting happier staff, a lower turnover rate, and an increase in profits in that time.

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4 apps and websites that combine fitness with philanthropy

For decades, people have been training for and completing physical challenges in an effort to raise funds for charity. It’s not a new concept.

Using digital technology to help do so, however, is relatively new — and it’s pretty amazing.

appsImage: Flickr, Dragan Brankovic

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Sheetz is about to make its employees very happy

Sheetz is making a big investment in its employees.

The family-owned and operated chain of convenience stores and gas stations announced plans to devote upwards of $15 million to increase employee wages across the board. The company states in a press release that it’s doing so without cutting back on employee hours.

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Remembering David Bowie's HIV/AIDS philanthropy, connections to science and medicine

Together with his supermodel wife, Iman Abdulmajid, Bowie supported the Keep A Child Alive Foundation, founded by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and musician Alicia Keys. Iman, born in Mogadishu, Somalia, served as global ambassador for the foundation’s I Am African campaign to remind first-world whites that we all carry DNA from our ancestral origins in Africa. The campaign helped provide low-cost HIV/AIDS antiretroviral drugs to pediatric and family clinics and continues to operate in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda.

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How a master's degree can set you on course to charity leadership

Recent scandals in the charity world, from over-aggressive fundraising to the high-profile collapse of Kids Company, highlight the need for greater expertise and better management in the charity world.

One way to acquire such skills is by taking a master’s degree in charity management. These degrees are aimed at mature mid-career managers working in the sector who want to learn about the broader policy environment and gain expertise in areas such as charity accounting and charity law and governance.

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