So, what makes Vancouver so different? Forget weather, housing prices, lifestyle, green initiatives and other external factors and complaints. Yes, they are all variables but when it comes to consumer spending, there’s one big variable driving the market almost to the exclusion of anything else: China and the Chinese.

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Many companies believe they have a responsibility to “give back” to society. This focus includes contributions of time and money, a duty to provide environmentally friendly products and services, and a desire to improve the lives of individuals here and around the globe. Such socially responsible companies see to it that this “consciousness” permeates everything they do.

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Mannatech is a leading producer of synthetic-free supplements, powders, and other such blends that promote a healthier individual. Mannatech, which has reached great success from its individual product lines, decided to team up with children all over the world. They developed a movement called “Mission 5 Million” to help suffering children each day. The cause of suffrage comes from something many of them cannot control or have little power over: malnutrition.

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H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba (Facebook.com), the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, volunteered to have his head shaved for the cause in January of 2010. He raised more than $274,000 from his relatives, acquaintances, and colleagues and then very generously matched the donations himself, accounting for about 72% of the program’s donations for the entire year.

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Corporate social responsibility is typically associated with large companies, not small businesses. But as companies of all sizes are quickly learning, social responsibility is a contemporary business imperative. In particular, education-driven initiatives are popular with small and mid-sized business owners. Two out of three mid-sized business owners say they are seeking to improve community engagement […]

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SemSem is a luxury fashion brand created by Abeer Al Otaiba, who you may recognize as the wife of United Arab Emirates Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba. SemSem is a “collection with a conscience” and supports charitable organizations dedicated to female empowerment and educating women and their daughters about philanthropy.

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Numerous articles and research papers state that CSR has the potential to increase company profits, which is why most large companies are actively engaged in the practice. However, the research could not identify a direct link since CSR is composed of many abstract variables that are generally difficult to define or quantify.

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