Forbes writer Scott James interviewed Tom De Blasis, Global Design Director for Nike Soccer, on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The post is a great read for learning about Nike’s limestone-based wetsuits (not pictured here), which are superior in performance to those made from fossil-fuel based neoprene.  The limestone wetsuits, which are thinner and warmer than conventional materials, are an example of where quality and CSR can merge.

But the best part of the conversation is when De Blasis talks about not only embedding CSR thinking within an industry, but horizontal collaboration across any and all organizations:
The question that we should be asking ourselves is, “What if CSR became a collaborative corporate initiative, instead of individual companies all doing similar work on their own?”  CSR isn’t a competitive advantage right now and the potential of more focused and collective efforts would both make progress faster and send a stronger signal to people and governments around the world. Davos is a step in this direction, but it should be more action-oriented.

De Blasis is spot on.  We talk about organizational silos, but there are inter-organizational silos that are impeding, not building, a greater sense of citizenship.

And will push this conversation beyond limits in the coming weeks and months.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.