There is a rising trend in business that incorporates philanthropy into business strategy. Businesses are aspiring to make a social and environmental impact on their world. Instead of revelling in a consumer-driven atmosphere, and vying for the biggest piece of the consumer pie, businesses are creating wealth (both social and financial) for themselves by supporting others. Charles H. Moore, Executive Director of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, explains that the definition of shareholder has changed to include “government, employees, consumers, activist groups, the non-profit sector and others”. Tightly woven into the fabric of new corporate responsibility is the ground-breaking notion that one can do well, by doing good. Corporate philanthropy is about inspiring trust, goal-setting and action towards ending social and environmental strife.
Have you ever believed in the idea of “luck” or “fortune”? I have never been one for luck, especially if it demands a rabbit’s foot, green Leprechaun, or moonlit ceremony. Recently, I can across a quote by Seneca about luck (or lack thereof) that struck home to me: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Today was a day full of meetings. After sitting stationary for so long, lunchtime rolled around and I went out for sushi; then I was back to my desk again. While sushi is definitely a tasty, and most times healthy choice, when you get busy it seems that everything else – including physical activity falls to the back burner.