Todd Sears of Out Leadership writes that LGBT+ discrimination must cease in order for an inclusive economy to be realized. Abandoning prejudice strengthens communities as well as bottom lines. … 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.
Juliana Pasqualini of sustainable cosmetics company Natura makes the case for promoting beauty and sustainability in order to build a more inclusive economy.
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An inclusive economy is one that prioritizes workplace diversity, that demands equal pay for equal work and that benefits all. Leaders including Gerry Valentine and Tiffany Jana weigh in. … Read More
Behavioral changes influence the ways in which both businesses and non-governmental organizations interact with their communities. Navigating partnerships can be difficult because of constant change, but these six principles can help. … Read More
Kenyatta Brame of Cascade Engineering Believes Business Has the Opportunity to Help Solve the World’s Problems
Cascade Engineering’s Kenyatta Brame says that working for a company that believes in people, profit, and planet allows him to be his authentic self and find purpose in contributing to an inclusive economy. … Read More
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessie Spector, executive director at Resource Generation. … Read More
Neill Duffy of Purpose + Sport is working to make sure that big events such as Super Bowl 50 become sustainable sporting events, decreasing their environmental footprints and making them more purposeful. … Read More
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kristin Hull, partner & portfolio manager at Green Alpha Advisors and president & co-founder at Nia Global Solutions. … Read More
An Interview With Bain Capital’s Managing Director in Impact Investing Deval Patrick: The Importance of Long-Term Investments and Better Capitalism in Solving Global Problems
Former Governor Deval Patrick, now the head of Bain Capital’s Double Impact Fund, answers questions from Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at Berkeley-Haas, about the roles of philanthropy, government and business in bringing about a more equitable, sustainable economy. … Read More
As a consultant helping companies become more conscientious, Honeyman isn’t interested in what he sees as the usual “sustainability lite” tactics. Now, he’s working with his firm to put money where his values are by launching a B-Corp only investment fund and accelerator. … Read More