A BETTER COMMUNITY
QUESTIONWhat would happen if businesses around our community started caring as much about people as they do about profit? This question is at the center of our task. Our goal is developing companies and leaders who embrace conscious capitalism as a powerful catalyst for good in society.
WE BELIEVEThere is a way to practice conscious capitalism that allows it to be the greatest power for human improvement and also eliminates the rough edges and massive inequalities that are now being laid upon our community as well as our environment.
WE WORK TO HELPTo build companies with societal purpose at their core; to give them all the tools and support they need to create engaged happy employees, loyal and joyful customers, deeply authentic partnerships, caring and safe communities and financial wealth for all their stakeholders.
CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM WITH JOHN MACKEY
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and author of “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” offers a spirited defense of free enterprise and argues that businesses can have a positive societal impact while being profitable. Q&A moderated by Dean and Professor Steven Currall.
BRING HOPE TO THE WORLD MISSION
To build a culture of sustainability among customers, employees, investors and suppliers in the community while fostering positive impacts in the surrounding environment.
The first influence for Bring Hope to the World came from our church, Woodsedge.
The 3-point vision of Woodsedge is:
- Love Jesus
- Journey Together (If You Want To Go Far, Go Together)
- Bring Hope to the World
I loved that 3rd vision point so much and I felt so convicted to be doing something practical to help others besides just attending church that I purchased the domain knowing that I wanted to do something with it but not yet sure quite what. That was around 2011.
My original idea was to create a site that would bring focus to multiple charities doing good things around the world.
The 2nd influence was Kiva & micro lending. Kiva.org packages up tiny $25 loans to match micro lending requirements from struggling entrepreneurs mostly in the 3rd world. They do an INCREDIBLE job! I love Kiva. I’ve been a member of Kiva now since 22nd July 2008 and have made 35 loans in that time with a 0% default rate. Kiva was founded on October 2005.
Muhammed Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work in creating Grameen Bank and providing micro loans to the poor in Bangladesh.
The 3rd influence for the vision of the Bring Hope to the World website came right as we had already decided that we would somehow use the domain as the social responsibility part of the company.
During the research I came across the book called “Conscious Capitalism” by John Mackey & Raj Sisodia. John is the founder & CEO of Whole Foods Market.
His argument is that organizations have a responsibility not just to the “Community” i.e. the poor, destitute, desperate & oppressed, but also to a number of other “stakeholders”. Way back, company owners were simply concerned with how much profit they could wring out of a company & didn’t really care about much else.
Then came a new wave… “Corporate Social Responsibility” or “CSR”. This encompassed a small part of the company that would focus on community efforts mostly. So, giving money to community causes, the poor, etc.
In Conscious Capitalism, John & Raj argue that companies need to look much further than that… there are other stakeholders that also need to be taken care of.
A company operates in a fragile ecosystem with multiple stakeholders that are all equally important. If you neglect or oppress or abuse one of the stakeholders for too long, it will eventually cause the company some serious problems.
When I came across this concept, the vision for what we need to do with Bring Hope to the World immediately became crystal clear.
So, after almost two years of owning the domain, we finally have a vision for how to use it in a way that is absolutely perfect for our company and for the community!
If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone.
If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.
– African Proverb –
What would happen if businesses around our community started caring as
much about people as they do about profit?
To incorporate a wider stakeholder community as described by “conscious capitalism” idea.
Bring Hope to the World voluntarily integrates the social and environment concerns heard in the dialogue with its stakeholders into its governance and management, into its strategy, policies and procedures, and takes responsibility for the consequences and impact of its actions:
By offering the best service, so clients always obtain quality service with clear, transparent and appropriate information on the products most suited to their needs.
So they enjoy the best working and personal conditions, informed by a spirit of transparency and open and permanent communication.
Generating relations built on trust and mutual benefit, and fostering equal opportunity practices and commitment to corporate social responsibility.
WITH SHAREHOLDERS, OWNERS AND INVESTORS
Maximizing the creation of economic-financial profits and growth as well as value for its shareholders and investors.
WITH THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE
Supporting programs and projects in four fundamental areas: Selected Charities, community involvement, community support and local and rural development.
WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Considering the indirect impacts of lending through the financed operations. Promoting eco-efficiency in the consumption of resources.
The idea is to build a culture of sustainability among customers, employees, investors and suppliers in the community while fostering positive impacts in the surrounding environment.
There is a way to practice conscious capitalism that allows it to be the greatest power for human improvement and also eliminates the rough edges.
The Conscious Capitalist Credo
We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.
Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world. Conscious businesses are galvanized by higher purposes that serve, align, and integrate the interests of all their major stakeholders. Their higher state of consciousness makes visible to them the interdependencies that exist across all stakeholders, allowing them to discover and harvest synergies from situations that otherwise seem replete with trade-offs. They have conscious leaders who are driven by service to the company’s purpose, all the people the business touches and the planet we all share together. Conscious businesses have trusting, authentic, innovative and caring cultures that make working there a source of both personal growth and professional fulfillment. They endeavor to create financial, intellectual, social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, physical and ecological wealth for all their stakeholders.
Conscious businesses will help evolve our world so that billions of people can flourish, leading lives infused with passion, purpose, love and creativity; a world of freedom, harmony, prosperity and compassion.
are galvanized by higher purposes that serve, align, and integrate the interests of all their major stakeholders
Wikipedia defines a stakeholder as:
Any person, group, organization, or system who affects or can be affected by an organization’s actions.
Look around at all the people who are involved in your organization, both internally and externally: your employees, your customers, your shareholders, your vendors, your community, your business partners, government regulators, the media – these are your stakeholders and these are the people who really matter. These are the people you must protect, serve and value the most.
When you focus your efforts on bringing value to all your stakeholders, you create the greatest beneficial impact for your organization. The converse is also true – if your stakeholders are not engaged, not valued, they have the potential to have a negative, and sometimes significant, impact on your organization.
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.
ALIGNING STAKEHOLDERS IN TIMES OF CHANGE
year-Early 18th Century
Stakeholding exclusively part of gambling culture.
year-Late 19th Century
Primacy of the shareholder.
Managers as trustees, balancing multiple communities.
‘Stakeholder’ identified as a concept.
Ansoff incorporates stakeholding into corporate strategy.
Freeman writes ‘Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach.
Tony Blair describes a Stakeholder Economy.
Stakeholder Engagement starts to emerge as a managerial and professional discipline.
CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
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Donor-advised fund benefits:
- Receive a current-year income tax deduction
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Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund benefits:
- Open an account with an initial contribution of $5,000
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- Manage your charitable giving online or with your financial advisor.
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