In both advertising and companies at large, women are starting to gain honest and equal representation. There’s still a long way to go but the climate has grown increasingly receptive towards empowering women to achieve equal standing … but is equality enough? … Read More
Business success is no longer defined solely by a company’s profits and annual revenue. Today’s successful companies are also judged by the impact they have on the environment, their workers and customers, and the communities in which they do business.
Environmental stewardship has come to the fore as a concern for many business leaders. With climate change, pollution and an ever-growing population, the best businesses are not only looking to lessen their environmental footprint but to have a net-positive impact on the planet. For example, these six companies focusing on stewardship have found innovative ways to address several key environmental problems.
Employee engagement, another measure of a business’s impact, has become a buzzword in board rooms and at business conferences. But what does true engagement look like? Many businesses have given employees full buy-in by starting an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. Successful employee-owned companies, including Dansko, Gardener’s Supply and New Belgium Brewing, have found that bringing employees to the table improves retention rates, improves employee satisfaction and leads to more company innovation.
Stewardship, engagement, mindfulness — these are all examples of today’s successful businesses’ best practices. By staying mission-driven, company leaders consider the various ways scale will have an effect on their enterprises’ impact. Oftentimes, scaling up must happen more methodically in order to retain all three prongs of a conscientious businesses’ triple-bottom line. Learn more about why corporate social responsibility is important, and the advantages companies that adopt more conscientious practices have over other still lagging behind, by reading our free report.
To share the message about their good works to both customers and employees, many companies seek certifications and labels for their products and services. Despite concerns about customer confusion, third-party-verified labels, ratings and certifications, including fair trade, organic, and B Corporation certification, provide documented value to many successful businesses.
In business, we have the opportunity to nurture human relationships and a spirit of common purpose. We don’t have to agree about everything, but we have everything to gain from each other.
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CEO Mike Brady and Head of External Affairs Jonathan Halperin at Greyston Bakery wrote about social enterprise and open hiring at Greyston Bakery, and how they have dovetailed successful growth with more inclusive business practices. This is a modest bakery with a great, big, disruptive idea. … Read More
When Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s co-founders decided to sell, there was only one way Steve Beauchesne, punk-rocker-turned-entrepreneur, felt he could do it: by selling his company to the employees through an employee-stock ownership plan and breaking the owner-versus-worker class system by turning the company’s workers into co-owners. … Read More
Fran Seegull, executive director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, has long worked against what she terms the “phantom balance sheet,” which ignores economic, social and environmental value when seeking wealth accumulation at any cost. She speaks in this interview about mainstreaming an impact-investing model, including in pension funds, that … Read More
The effects of climate change are already beginning to change the ways companies do business: Stakeholders are asking what steps businesses are taking, renewable energy is revolutionizing the energy industry, and investors are already shifting dollars away from high-carbon, negative-impact businesses. Gonzalo Muñoz, co-founder of Sistema B and CEO of … Read More
Multimillion Dollar Poetry in Motion: Employee Ownership Was Key to This Company’s Succession Planning and Continued Prosperity
Future State’s employee-ownership plan has been integral to the company’s growth, innovation and public recognition. In this interview, we explore the benefits – and challenges – of employee ownership with leaders of this Bay Area ESOP. … Read More
In this dialogue, the Dalai Lama teaches the benefits of ethical business. When business leaders widen the lens of the definition of “success” to include the environment and social justice, business becomes an instrument for social change and brings happiness. … Read More
The future of business must embrace shared ownership and purpose. Marjorie Kelly explains how the election of President Trump is a sign of the end of an era and the beginning of a more equitable, democratic business model. … Read More
Joe Hudson lives at the intersection of self-exploration, inner discovery and venture capital. Hudson doesn’t invest in a project unless it has the potential to reach at least 10 million children a year – and has been successful doing it. … Read More