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Advisory Boards: Greater capacity for effective leadership

Every entrepreneur, sooner or later, runs into the limits of their own capacity. We all confront myriad challenges. Some we’re equipped to overcome. For others, we need support. As Peter Drucker famously said, “the measure of the effective executive is the ability to get the right things done.” Often, getting the right things done requires the support of others. And …

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Social Venture Network 2015 Spring Conference

As the plane approaches cruising altitude, and the sun-soaked coastline of San Diego disappears behind us, I’m already feeling the distance from my fellow members of Social Venture Network and the inspiration of the 2015 Spring Conference. It has been four days of insight, entertainment and connections. From Wednesday’s pre-conference meeting of Board, Staff and Ambassadors, right through to the …

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Junxion’s Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility

Whether you’re making cautious investments in a corporate social responsibility programme for the first time or you’re an early adopter at the cutting edge of social innovation, you’re one of millions of people engaging with complex social and environmental issues.   There are many communities of CSR practitioners around the globe that support leaders as they navigate deeper levels of commitment …

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Sex, Food & Our Shared Environment

“What sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship. Treating our relationship with food as a series of one-off sensual encounters is like having random sex with a blindfold on: it may be fun, but it is also full of nasty surprises.” — David Waltner-Toews, in Food, Sex and Salmonella I grew up envying the fluffy white store-bought bread …

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Water: Where is Business’s Thirst for Action?

“What we really need is more leadership by the business and agricultural communities— major users of water—to raise awareness, take action in their own operations, and lobby governments for better water stewardship regulations.”   As World Water Day reminds us, the state of the world’s water is in a deplorable state. California, where one-third of America’s fruits and vegetables are …

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Best practices for communicating social impact

Social impact evaluation is now mandatory for your brand to be credible. Some form of social impact performance monitoring and measurement is a mandatory activity for any company that wants to credibly claim that social benefits result from its business activities.  Performance monitoring for improvement in operations is not a new idea in business management – but it is largely …

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Parched: Strategy & Policy in a World with Less Water

It’s World Water Day, a United Nations-driven initiative that aims to increase global awareness of sustainable development. Among the many consequences of climate change, few are so frightening as the consequences of a future when water is a rationed, scarce resource. The myriad issues are contentious and alarming. Global news agencies have for decades covered the devastating droughts of eastern …

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Ten Things to Include in Your Sustainability Report

At Junxion, we believe sustainability reports should be mandatory. But what should be included? From our experience working with brands like adidas, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels and many others, here’s our list of the top ten things to include in your report: A statement from your CEO, ideally with genuine personal commitment, to drive the business to being more sustainable. …

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Innovation is Overrated

Today’s obsession with innovation is causing as many problems for entrepreneurs as it solves. And it’s definitely not the only way to solve challenges or build a thriving enterprise. When I was a boy, I remember my father having a massive collection of neckties. There must have been over a hundred of them, their knots slacked off, not quite undone, …