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  1. Sorry, but don’t get it. Switching between profit to non-profit is understandable, but the opposite sounds simply like giving up. I hate it when I have to work from specific hour to another no matter if it’s needed or not. It’s really dissappointing to not use your capacity at best but just reaching the clock. We, people are more than that and must work for a change, for improving quality of life of everyone, and we all must not simply quit profit, but help others to do so.

  2. Well, having made a similar move (non-profit to profit) several years ago, I can honestly say that my current work in the CSR field is WAY more rewarding than my non-profit work ever was. I have the ability to effect real change, not to mention influencing corporate America to shift its practices to more responsible (for humans and nature) behaviors. There is definitely conscience-feeding work on both sides of the coin (for-profit and non-profit).

    • I totally get it. I’ve been ‘in the trenches’ for a long time, almost 20 years, and the lack of pay plus having to deal with cut backs gets really old. To say that its impossible to do good and get a decent paycheck (without having to take out more student loans) is giving up, in my book. I always hear, at various conferences or meetings , people say ‘ well we aren’t in this for the money! ha ha ha (nervous laughter)’ and i call BS- i do this work because i believe in it- but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be rewarded , monetarily, for my efforts. I really want to look more into this idea, as i feel as though I have put my time in and am curious how my skills might transfer to something more lucrative.

  3. Working in the field of worker health has made me feel quite disdainful of CSR. But also, as the last commenter mikeC says, after a while it becomes overwhelming to get paid so little for doing so much good work and sometimes not seeing the difference in the world. Do you have any advice Rebecca for people like me, who have been so intimately and deeply tied into the values of bottom-up to even believe that top-down can be “good”? And besides EILEEN FISHER, which I consider to have one of the best CSR programs (I recall reading that every piece of your supply chain from harvest to recycling is evaluated for its social and environmental impact), what other companies are doing such a good job? Thanks!

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