Reputation Dynamics Joins United Nations Global Compact

Reputation Dynamics today announced that it has signed the United Nations Global Compact, reinforcing the company’s commitment to help companies advance their corporate social responsibility agendas among key stakeholders (employees, customers, board members, investors and suppliers).

Established in 2000, the Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, brings together nearly 3,700 companies from more than 120 countries to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environmental sustainability and anti-corruption. Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship and integrate these ten principles in business strategies and operations around the world so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalization and sustainable development.

Joining the Global Compact is an extension to Reputation Dynamics corporate responsibility advisory services and current initiatives such as Conscious Commerce - an innovative business model and methodology to help companies properly align and market stakeholder-driven programs - and it’s strategic alliance with Elevate Destinations providing corporations with opportunities to visit destinations where they have business and/or philanthropic interests (

Additionally, Reputation Dynamics engages in education and advocacy by providing perspectives to help companies align ‘Doing Good in Society’ with competitive business edge via this popular blog.

"We are proud to be supporting the organization’s 10 principles and its efforts to advance corporate citizenship and challenge business to take a responsible leadership position," said Samantha Taylor, Founder of Reputation Dynamics. “This is well-aligned with our core values and corporate vision."

More information about the Compact can be found at

It’s not all about the PR – CRO Conference

Kudos to Jay Whitehead and The CRO team for rallying up the diverse panelists, attendees and topics at last Thursday’s corporate responsibility conference. No wonder Jay’s impressive moderation stamina is attributed to running marathons. Focus is the name of the game, after all.

Notable company CSR initiatives and discussion topics included reducing water, waste and energy consumption, philanthropic and community support, health and safety, labor practices and Sarbanes Oxley compliance.

‘Slay False Gods’ could not have been a more appropriate term stated by Douglas Baker, CEO & Chairman of Ecolab. The major takeaways of the day were all about stepping out from under the veil, getting real about the issues and sustainability.

It goes without saying that CEO’s of companies need to make profit and justifying the business reasons for CSR still remains a challenge for some. CSR should be considered a long-term solution, rather than a short term gain – still the current mindset. However, companies are making major strides towards changes in business operations and transparency - and rightly view this as an ongoing ‘improvement’ process.

Following is some ‘food for thought’, as companies continue to evolve in this new management paradigm:

Call for greater leadership: CSR programs need to be endorsed at the top, as a key part of the corporate agenda, and then infused throughout the organization - business, marketing and communications. How else can we rally the troops?

Stakeholder liaisons: Harness the power of key stakeholders and communicate with them regularly. Solicit the knowledge and opinions of customers. It is also a powerful tool to track and influence patterns of behaviour.

Sustainability: Adopt business practices and create programs that are for the long term. To coin the old phrase – ‘Rome was not built overnight.’

Company culture and values: Conduct a cultural assessment of employees and poll them about social causes of most concern to them. Then, include them in initiatives as a motivational incentive. Several companies have demonstrated improved employee performance and satisfaction.

The PR machine: Stakeholders want the facts and PR should be engaged at the right stage of CSR program evolution. Also, ensure authentic positioning, messaging and proof points. It is a vital component of risk mitigation and will enhance recognition and acknowledgement for a company really 'Doing Good in Society.'