Skepticism Meets Authenticity: Corporate Social Responsibility in Action
Historically, I’ve viewed large-scale philanthropic corporate initiatives through a fairly critical lens. While working in the non-profit world, I became wary of the deplorable (and overly buzzed-worded) practice of “Green-Washing” in which a corporation publicizes its laudable examples of corporate citizenship or generosity in order to distract the general public from its more questionable business practices. These disguised activities can negatively impact consumers and even threaten the environment and basic human rights. Authenticity and motivations in corporate citizenship can be difficult to judge and I do truly believe that consumers must be vigilant in checking green-washing and thwart false shows of citizenship whenever possible.
However, to brush off every corporate program, initiative, or partnership would be a terrible mistake. There are countless opportunities to harness the strengths of the private sector - namely through reach, resources, and efficiency- to improve lives very real ways. Throughout this years conference it was clear that the drive to achieve advances in the health of citizens throughout the world is real, and the call for citizenship is strong. This was most clear during the session “Health: Business Responsibility or Business Opportunity”. I encourage you take a look at the session take-aways for key quotes and ideas emerged through the discussion amongst the panelists during the session to learn more.
From the just-as-we-suspected files, looks like birth control isn’t so controversial in the U.S. after all. According to a new Gallup poll:
Eighty-two percent of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable, nearing the 89% of all Americans and 90% of non-Catholics who agree. The level of acceptability on this issue is far greater than that of the other 17 issues Gallup asked about this year.
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In honor of STD Awareness Month, we’ve decided this Method Monday to feature the only method of birth control available on the U.S. market that protects against both pregnancy and STDs (a.k.a. STIs). You know it, you love it, you probably think of it every time you hear the phrase “safe…