From my perspective, sustainability efforts and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a landscape that includes NGOs/nonprofits, thought leaders, collaborators, and action takers bound by specific goals. There is incredible opportunity now for widespread cross-sector sustainability practice standardization, especially with regard to leaders (individuals and their respective companies) taking action for sustainability efforts.
I view one of my roles as a lifestyle blogger who is committed to spreading information related to sustainability efforts is to stay atop of sustainability goals, programs, and global actors and sharing out the most germane information which will keep sustainability efforts top of mind. I firmly believe that sustainability practices can be integrated into the core of business models, and furthermore, I see a future where a commitment to these goals can be seen at an enormous scale.
Below you will find a few of the organizations making a large impact on various populations and communities, with an emphasis on protecting the environment and supporting Indigenous peoples. These organizations embody rosy values which Rosy BVM will always stand for and these organizations fighting for a more sustainable, just, equitable, spiritually balanced world should continue receiving support in the future.
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.
Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996, and based in Oakland, California, it works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. The organization partners with Indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.
The One Spirit mission is to help the Lakota meet the basic needs of their people and provide a culturally rich life for their youth. We support the Lakota in their goal of achieving food sovereignty and self-sufficiency in their communities.
One Spirit’s programs promote an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
On September 27th, 2011 the Tribal Council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe unanimously voted to formally recognize and support One Spirit and the One Spirit programs. The Tribal Council had been increasingly concerned about organizations and individuals who raise funds in the name of the Lakota people but have little or no accountability as to how the funds are spent or how much actually reaches the Reservation. The organization is honored to have the unanimous support of this governing body of the Lakota people.
Heaps Decent is an Australian organisation empowering diverse young people to express their creativity through music and multi-media. Heaps Decent currently offers ongoing music programs at multiple locations including schools, juvenile justice centres, drop in centres and studios as well as running distinct arts projects with partners such as Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, the Sydney Opera House and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Oceana was established by a group of leading foundations — The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), Sandler Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund — after a 1999 study they commissioned discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy.
No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, the founders created Oceana: an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.