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Frankly CSR

In his current role as vice president of marketing at Lawson Software, Jeff is responsible for the marketing strategy for services industries and Lawson S3 business solutions. Jeff also leads the Lawson corporate social responsibility initiative. Jeff’s research and public speaking in the area of corporate social responsibility focuses on identifying and understanding trends, organizational strategy, and the role of information technology.


Website: http://franklycsr.wordpress.com/


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Jeff Frank
Vice President
Lawson
380 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651.767.6307
jeffrey.frank@us.lawson.com


Trust, Transparency and Traceability — The New Watchwords of Food Safety
March 18, 2008 09:41 AM - , Frankly CSR

For many companies product safety is a fundamental component of their CSR efforts. But in the last year or two no market has had to re-evaluate its product safety practices more than the food industry. Increasing health concerns by consumers, new government regulations, growing (often global) supply chains and increasingly competitive markets have all been influencing factors. And, of course, recent incidents like those at Topps Meat, Cargill, Westland Meat and Menu Foods — to name just a few — have not helped the food industry.

Corporate Sustainability — It’s About Attitude
February 14, 2008 09:26 AM - , Frankly CSR

“A New Mindset for Corporate Sustainability,” which was co-sponsored by BT and Cisco, was written by six academic experts from the United States, China, United Kingdom, Singapore and Spain. The title of the paper caught my attention immediately because of the phrase: “New Mindset.” The paper addresses what I, and others close to CSR, believe is one of the biggest roadblocks to the broader adoption of sustainability strategies, namely an attitude that these practices are costly to businesses, inhibit growth and negatively impact the bottom line.

Sustainable Supply Chain Initiatives Booming
February 8, 2008 09:39 AM - , Frankly CSR

There’s an incredible amount of activity taking place in the area of sustainable supply chains. Because supply chain challenges are so broad, it is hard to capture the full scope of what’s happening. In those situations, I tend to look for examples of activities that are having a real impact on business. Here are a few such examples: Wal-Mart, which has launched a host of sustainable supply chain programs, implemented a new supplier packaging scorecard on February 1 that formally rates suppliers on their progress toward developing sustainable packaging, as well as their ability to help Wal-Mart reach its company-wide sustainability goals to reduce waste, use renewable energy and sell sustainable products.

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