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Business as an agent of world benefit

Posted 6.17.2015

From Pro Bono Australia:

The notion of business as an agent of world benefit could assist corporations in becoming even more powerful in addressing global social issues, writes Associate Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

David Cooperrider, PhDIn April Professor David Cooperrider from Weatherhead School of Management visited Macquarie Graduate School of Management to launch the Deep Dive Leadership program. During his visit, Cooperrider spoke to my MGSM CSR Partnership Network, which comprises over 30 leading Australian companies, NFPs and governmental departments, about Business as an Agent of World Benefit. This is a groundbreaking idea that shifts away from corporate philanthropy to unleashing the unlimited power of business to do good for the world.

In his presentation, Cooperrider brought many examples of innovative businesses that use design thinking to address our most urgent issues as a global society, such as poverty, access to clean water, climate change and peace. Cooperrider said he believes that businesses today have the power to demolish life-threatening poverty and to dramatically increase the peacefulness in our world. It is all about increasing the motivation of more businesses to rethink CSR and how they can focus on also being best for the world, instead of only being best in the world.

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