• Collaboration in Action: Lessons from FLOURISH St. Louis

    Core values are the driving force behind everything we do, both as individuals and as businesses. As part of Standing Partnership’s recent company retreat, we had the opportunity to visit several clients and partners in the St. Louis area to discuss the core values that guide and drive them, including FLOURISH St. Louis – a collective impact initiative, that aims to help every baby born in St. Louis celebrate a happy and healthy first birthday.

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  • 6 Best Practices for Merger and Acquisition Communications

    When two companies begin the process to merge operations, communication is key. A successful merger or acquisition isn’t just about having a strong operational integration plan. In order for the transition to be smooth, a well thought out merger and acquisition communication plan is a vital component.

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  • The Vocabulary of Responsible Business

    If you do any reading at all on sustainability or corporate social responsibility, you will quickly come across a number of different terms on the various responsible business initiatives in our market today. It’s evident a definition can vary from person to person and organization to organization. My colleagues and I agree that it’s confusing at best and misleading at worst. We decided it was time to compile a glossary of these terms in one place for easy reference. > read more

  • Effective Communication Critical in Supporting Growth and Mitigating Risk for Precision Agriculture

    I am writing this post still energized from attending InfoAg 2015, the premier precision agriculture trade show that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Precision agriculture relies on data gathering and analysis to inform decision-making on the farm. A variety of data collection and analysis tools and technologies—from soil sampling machines to software, to GPS imaging, to drones—are now available to help farmers grow more food using fewer resources. In the words of one of the presenters, “precision agriculture is the only technology capable of bridging profitability and sustainability.” > read more

  • Six Important Social Impact Statistics

    Attention to the role of social impact in the corporate world continues to grow. In response, organizations are consciously changing their business practices to have a positive social impact by aligning their goals and operations to ensure actions and assets have a positive impact on society. This trend will likely only grow in importance as studies like The 2015 Deloitte Millennial survey show that globally, more than seven in 10 (73 percent) millennials believe businesses have a positive impact on wider society. > read more

  • How to Mitigate Risk by Aligning Social Impact Strategy with Business Strategy

    Today, businesses must care as much or more about what they do as what they sell. Consumers are demanding that companies not only make a positive impact on society, but work to address a broad range of global societal issues, such as human rights, resource constraints, climate change, water scarcity and talent shortages. With so many opportunities to make an impact, it’s imperative to create a strong social impact strategy that is embedded in the day-to-day business.

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  • 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Thought Leadership

    Strategic thought leadership can be a great strategy for organizations looking to build trust among key stakeholders and stand out from the competition. A thought leadership campaign can strengthen an organization’s reputation by positioning it as a leading authority and go-to resource for a particular industry. Whether it’s for universities looking to recruit quality students and faculty or businesses looking to attract high-caliber clients, a thought leadership campaign can strengthen the overall communications plan. > read more

  • Three Ways Healthcare Can Build Trust with Consumers

    The bad news: In hard times consumers judge large businesses in harsh or skeptical ways.

    The good news: consumer trust may be improving along with the economy. For many of the leaders of the annual Reputation Institute study on corporate reputation, that’s welcome news.

    The study helps us answer key questions facing healthcare reputation managers, including: 

    • What actions should we take to improve the perceptions of our stakeholders?
    • Where should we focus?
    • If we have a strong brand reputation, isn’t that enough? > read more