Recently philanthropy made headline news when Bill Gates and Warren Buffett challenged the world’s top 40 billionaires to join them in donating at least 50% of their wealth to philanthropy at some point in their lifetime. Published reports show many people are accepting this challenge.
However, there still remains a critical role for all companies, private foundations and individuals to help improve the lives of others. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton recognized an opportunity five years ago to enhance philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) program, where he assembles the world’s leaders annually to focus their philanthropy and help answer the burning question of how can we better address the challenges facing our world? Simply put, through stronger global partnerships we can be more effective in improving people’s lives.
It’s an exciting opportunity when a volunteer project can make a positive impact on the environment, help to alleviate hunger and support educational programs – all at the same time. That’s just what volunteers from Applied Materials were able to do during a recent activity at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, California.
Imagine using a cell phone combined with diagnostic microscopy to expand basic healthcare in remote poverty-stricken areas around the globe. Rethink how use of a social entrepreneurship model can help communities gain access to clean water and sanitation.
On September 22-23 in Santa Clara, California, Applied Materials will be hosting a conference entitled “Communicating Sustainability: Integrating Green and Responsibility into your Organization’s DNA. In this age of increasing employee diversity, mobility and turnover, the question of how to build a sustainability culture is a critical and challenging inquiry.
On Friday April 23, 100 or so young entrepreneurs gathered at Microsoft’s Mountain View, California campus to learn from one another and from some wrinkled Gen X and Boomer guests, myself included. The occasion was SDForum’s “Tech Titans of Tomorrow,” the organization’s fourth annual gathering for teenagers interested in technology and business development. I was invited to speak about corporate responsibility and sustainability and what those concepts mean to businesspeople.