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Color of Change Holding Corporations Accountable to Racial Justice Promises
Color of Change Holding Corporations Accountable to Racial Justice Promises

WALKING THE TALK - The nation’s largest online racial justice organization has outlined new demands of corporations that made racial justice statements to urge them to move \#BeyondTheStatement.

How to Empower the Next, Diverse Generation of Inventors
How to Empower the Next, Diverse Generation of Inventors

THE NEXT ECONOMY - For those who cultivate innovation and invention, it is our responsibility to provide opportunity for those historically marginalized. Our society must take the harsh realizations uncovered by the pandemic and use them to fuel ambition and drive, to ensure access and opportunity for every student.

Atlanta’s Food Forest Pioneering Potential Solution to Urban Food Deserts
Atlanta’s Food Forest Pioneering Potential Solution to Urban Food Deserts

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill caters to one of 35 food-insecure communities in Georgia’s capital — and provides a scalable model for other cities to begin to address this all-too-common systemic inequity in US cities.

2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances
2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

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Is Your Brand Really Making Progress Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice? 
Is Your Brand Really Making Progress Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice? 

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - More companies are outlining policies and setting targets for DEIJ, but meeting those commitments remains a challenge. At Just Brands ‘21 (May 6-7), major companies share keys to implementation of authentic strategies, to realize the moral and business imperative of becoming a truly inclusive brand. 

The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated
The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated

WALKING THE TALK - Whether environmental or social, luxury brands *will* have to contend with issues related to corporate social responsibility — it’s in the zeitgeist. “Being your best self” is the essence of luxury. Values and purpose are thus luxury essentials, not just nice-to-haves.

Corporations Standing Up for Voting Rights: Not Politics, Just Smart Business
Corporations Standing Up for Voting Rights: Not Politics, Just Smart Business

WALKING THE TALK - It’s becoming more common for companies to put their weight behind a range of urgent social issues. This isn’t about partisanship or “wokeness” — it’s about the core values held by many Americans and a desire among forward-thinking corporate leaders to prove they share them.

8 Mental Models for Wise Leadership in a VUCA World
8 Mental Models for Wise Leadership in a VUCA World

LEADERSHIP - Wise leaders build agile, inclusive and sustainable businesses. But how can you do that in times of crisis? Here are 8 mental models for building inner resilience to take responsible and sustainable actions in VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) situations.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is with This Socially Impactful Money Move
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is with This Socially Impactful Money Move

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - We’re calling on companies across the country to deposit $1M of their banked dollars today into credit unions serving low-income communities. Thanks to our partnership with Inclusiv, this is one smart, seamless, socially conscious money move.

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To Be an Anti-Racist Brand: Start by Being Aware, Additive and Alive
To Be an Anti-Racist Brand: Start by Being Aware, Additive and Alive

WALKING THE TALK - The next frontier of sustainability is regeneration — building brands that actively restore and renew a system. And that’s as true for our systems that continue to allow racial injustice as for our environmental ecosystems.

Corporations Can Support BIPOC Communities by Putting Their Money to Work
Corporations Can Support BIPOC Communities by Putting Their Money to Work

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - It is critical to understand and address the intersectional links between access to affordable housing, education, job creation and improved public health; and we look forward to continuing our work with organizations that target their dollars towards these needs within the communities they seek to serve.

TAZO, SZA Partner to Bring Climate Justice to Most Impacted US Communities
TAZO, SZA Partner to Bring Climate Justice to Most Impacted US Communities

COLLABORATION - The TAZO Tree Corps will work with American Forests to help bring cleaner air and combat climate change in communities of color across the US, by increasing ‘tree equity.’

EVERFI Launches Black History Month Challenge to Promote Youth Education on Race, Equity
EVERFI Launches Black History Month Challenge to Promote Youth Education on Race, Equity

MARKETING AND COMMS - The company’s latest digital learning initiative aims to inspire students and spark critical conversations and learning around race and equity, year-round.

Apple, Starbucks Expand Efforts to Foster Racial Equity, Opportunity
Apple, Starbucks Expand Efforts to Foster Racial Equity, Opportunity

WALKING THE TALK - If 2020 was the year major corporations pledged to do their part to help end systemic racism and inequities, 2021 will see whether many of them walk their talk. Here is how Apple and Starbucks are attempting to make good on their commitments …

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New Campaign Supports Mental Health, Tells 2020 How We Really Feel About It
New Campaign Supports Mental Health, Tells 2020 How We Really Feel About It

MARKETING AND COMMS - Social impact agency Public Inc. has launched a digital campaign in support of mental health — and a bitingly funny, cathartic send-off to acknowledge the dumpster fire of a year we've all had.

The Business of Sport Starts to Find Purpose
The Business of Sport Starts to Find Purpose

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In the aftermath of 2020, the business of sport has been awakened to the fact that in the age of social good, creating positive impact is a growing requirement for any business’s license to operate.

2020’s Top 10 Trends in Purpose — and What They Could Mean for You in 2021
2020’s Top 10 Trends in Purpose — and What They Could Mean for You in 2021

WALKING THE TALK - In the midst of all the unrest and uncertainty, where did we see innovation, progress and possibility in 2020? Porter Novelli analyzed a year’s worth of Purpose-driven news, activities, campaigns and announcements; and distilled our 10 need-to-know trends for today and tomorrow.

Sustainability and Healthcare: Transformational Work During a Global Pandemic
Sustainability and Healthcare: Transformational Work During a Global Pandemic

COLLABORATION - Shaw is spotlighting organizations making a positive impact through initiatives that support the wellbeing of people and the planet. Here, we discuss a new sustainability initiative led by three of the most influential organizations working to transform health care: Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth and Greenhealth Exchange.

UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 3: Business Must Approach DEI Issues Through a Human Rights Lens
UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 3: Business Must Approach DEI Issues Through a Human Rights Lens

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The irony at this Forum is that so much of the conversation is about abuses in company supply chains, often far outside company walls. However, race discrimination is also close to home — taking place every day within the companies themselves. 

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Q&A: Embedding Diversity, Inclusion Into the World’s Largest Chemical Company
Q&A: Embedding Diversity, Inclusion Into the World’s Largest Chemical Company

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - BASF has been recognized as a leader for its work to become a diverse and inclusive workplace, but Peter Eckes — BASF’s President of Global Bioscience — recognizes that much work remains to be done.

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