Building authentic relationships through strong community engagement is exactly what we like to expect of The Good Carpenter so this month we’re putting the spotlight on Jason Jones from Mitres Well in Ballarat.
Update March 2015: Almost another year has passed since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and finally Benetton has committed to contribute to the compensation fund. However, it’s still under fire from campaigners for delaying the process and dallying over a decision about how much to contribute.
Occasionally the monsters are the game changers and the more monstrous they become the more able they are to make an impact. One way or another. Sometimes, though, these monsters aren’t monsters at all, they just seem to be so very big and so mind-bogglingly burly that we assume they’re monstrous.
The Good Carpenter, developed in partnership with Carpentry Australia, is a series of stories about all the Good things going on in the world of carpentry and building. So, for latest insights into doing the right thing with hammer ‘n nails, bookmark this page. It’s on the level. Oh dear.
Ok, so we accept that getting excited about Christmas even before the first advent calendar window has been prized open may irk some of you, but there will be many who believe that ‘preparedness is near to godliness’ and even some keen to take one big red-booted-step towards doing the right thing this year.
The world around us is evolving at an ever increasing pace. The next 5 years will see technology changes that are greater than the sum happenings of the last 65. We’re witnessing new currencies that no one controls while the need for control has come so far that you can now print your own food.
Volunteering opportunities, thoughtful workplace giving, and effective training programs are among the many ways a business can give their employees what they want. The benefits of keeping the crew happy are manifold with the rewards for the business being pretty great too.
There are so many reasons why and so many simple ways to get started, yet we’re often asked ‘why do good, how can we quantify the value to our business?’
Good Business Matters were very proud to play their part at the Small Business Festival, presenting their workshop in Federation Square to a passionate group of business leaders interested in growing their businesses in a responsible and sustainable way.
Open source sharing has gone a long way beyond techies helping each other build software in under-lit studies or bedrooms. Collaborating for good is the new name of the game
Your Good Business Toolkit just got a new hammer — The DōShorts Sustainable Business Collection. We’re proud to announce our partnership with Dō Sustainability whose growing range of ‘shorts’ we absolutely feel you should be aware of.
Employee engagement in CSR activities can demonstrably improve job performance. Good Business Message Employee engagement in CSR activities can demonstrably improve job performance. I’m just going to let the first line of this social responsibility article speak for itself: Share
There’s much to be said, excuse the pun, for the power packed punch that a wee wedge of wordsmithing can wield. Say that ten times very fast. Actually don’t, but consider instead how renaming the ‘Death Tax’ to ‘Estate Duty’ suddenly made the same concept vastly more acceptable to American citizens.
Well, not exactly. But you can make an almost instant impact by popping your mobile phone down beside you, or leaving it in your pocket, refraining from grabbing it, twiddling with it, tweeting something vaguely ‘important’, checking your mail for the hundredth time today or texting something that could actually wait.
The physical health of our staff has received so much attention over the years that employers are now in a position to make a fairly legitimate complaint when their manflu ridden fellas, and ladies struggling with something more piquant actually turn up at all.
Rethinking work-spaces has become a popular activity in recent times with the emergence of shared offices and an increase in flexible working conditions.
It really isn’t that hard to get started with a social responsibility programme of one sort or another. This is especially true for smaller or medium sized businesses as a decision can be made quickly, acted upon and, simply, dealt with. It’s actually a lot simpler than many consultants would have you believe.
The often not-quite-swift-enough hand of legislative pressure appears to finally be making ground. History was most definitely in the making yesterday: The European parliament has finally passed a new law requiring large companies across member states to provide details on social, environmental and human rights impact in their annual company report.
Do FMCG companies realise that they’re also in the business of bath toys? Their packaging can be easily re-purposed as effective bath toys for little ones, keeping it away from the recycle bin or land-fill for a bit longer and saving the purchase of new products. Consumers just need a nudge in the right direction.
UBS. Their business is Wealth management. They want/must invest their client’s money and the end goal is to make them money. They’ll take few points along the way as a fee and, theoretically, everyone’s happy. Some, and clearly a growing proportion of those clients, would like the option to invest in socially responsible businesses.
Steve Howard who heads up all things Sustainability at IKEA has a pretty good response to this. The entire article is worth reading but if you’re short of time, and we know that many of you are, and you’d like to consider the question of future proofing in isolation then there’s a short cut