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Exemplary cases of sustainability leadership and intrapreneurship, and the qualities, ethical principles and/or dilemmas inherent within them.

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Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future

Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future

According to new Capgemini research, execs recognize the urgency for climate action; but limited impact is visible on the ground so far as they lack an overarching strategy, clarity on the business case and coordinated implementation.

Women in the Sustainability Trenches Impart Wisdom to Next Generation of Change Champions

In a packed ballroom at SB’22 San Diego, women leading sustainability for three very different organizations explored how today’s leaders can engage and empower tomorrow’s generation to lead us to a flourishing future.

The Evolving Role of Director of Sustainability: Keys to Success in Times of Volatility

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. ESG is a dynamic space, with continuous shifts even in nomenclature — from compliance, assurance CSR and sustainability to ESG, wellbeing, regeneration and impact. It is no wonder those working in the space find the tasks and skills required of them shifting, too.

Brand Leaders, Visionaries Gather to Help Sustainability Practitioners ‘Recenter & Accelerate’

This week at SB'22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. On opening night, luminaries from a variety of disciplines reminded attendees the importance of taking a breath and opening your mind.

Cultivating Serendipity for Innovation, Impact and ‘Smart Luck’

Serendipity is about potentiality — it’s about connecting the dots. Once we look at the world less in terms of limitations and more in terms of opportunity, perceived liabilities can become assets; and a situation is reframed from one of passivity and powerlessness to one of activity and opportunity.

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‘The Way Out Is In:’ 7 Practices for Overcoming Hopelessness in Pursuit of a Just, Flourishing World

During difficult times, we have a choice to either be daring or retreat into a hole. So, the invitation is open to all of us to move beyond busyness, overwhelm and burnout and come back to our centre — so that we can touch our grief, recognize who we are and find a pathway to renewal.

Sompo Holdings: Promoting Sustainable Management That Emphasizes Diversity & Inclusion

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. As she works to transform the company's 130-year-old corporate culture and the implementation of Purpose, we talked with Group Chief Sustainability Officer Ryoko Shimokawa about her vision for sustainable growth for the company and society.

How to Sell Sustainability as a Key Measure of Business Success

Cross-Posted from Business Case. When companies make bold commitments to sustainability, we all win. Here, we share lessons learned and ongoing challenges from three very different corporate sustainability journeys — to show others on the front lines that they are not alone.

Brands Walk Their Talk in Support of Women’s Rights

Setbacks such as the overturning of Roe v. Wade offer brands the opportunity to demonstrate their true commitment to supporting a healthy, equitable future for all.

ESG 2.0: From Corporate Proclamations and Doing Less Harm to Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. “ESG in its fullest form hasn’t really been done yet. Its full potential is at the intersection of ESG and impact investing, where we can move from passive divesting and screening out of negative investments to proactive investments that generate long-term, sustainable profits.” — Alix Lebec

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Introducing the Modern, ESG-Fluent Boardroom

The fiduciary duty of boards and directors is being redefined in the 21st century. The boardroom and its advisors need to unlearn old mindsets, overcome their biases, and embrace he new governance practices.

New Report Outlines 5 Principles for Regenerative Brand Leadership

BBMG and GlobeScan’s ‘Leading Regenerative Brands: Five Paradigm Shifts to Thrive in a World in Flux’ is part manifesto on the imperative to build a purpose-driven company and part handbook for how to do it.

8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices

To truly help individuals and ourselves, we need to bust up the system, swim upstream and avoid the herd mentality. We need to take a step back and truly understand our own roles in society — and by doing so, to let go of outdated notions.

Unilever’s New Sustainability Director Wants Competitors to Close the Gap on ESG Performance

“We need to keep that competitive advantage and continue to innovate so that we can really make sustainable living commonplace. It’s constant innovation; and we want others to come along on the journey with us.” — Niki King

How a Corporate ‘Lifer’ Helped Transform a Century-Old Business into a Sustainability Front Runner

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. When it comes to making sustainable business a reality, the journey is just as important as the destination. Few companies prove this more than Dow — provider of many of the chemical, plastic and consumer solutions that the world needs to successfully transition to a low-carbon economy.

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More Companies Are Stating a Social Purpose; But Are They Implementing It?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Corporate Knights has developed the world’s first rating system to assess companies’ implementation of their social purpose commitments. Its research finds that the gap between ‘say’ and ‘do’ varies from one company to the next.

Shaking Up Boardrooms and Society: The World’s First Purpose Governance Playbook

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. ‘The New Purpose Governance Framework’ is the first comprehensive set of purpose-governance guidelines in the world, which charts the path for boards to up their game in approving and governing their organization’s purpose.

Q&A: How to Foster Enterprise-Wide Engagement in Holistic Sustainability Strategies

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. In a keynote conversation at SB’21 San Diego, two leading execs in their respective industries — Katie Decker and Nancy Mahon — discussed how their sustainability strategies have been embedded within their businesses, as well as differences and similarities between the companies’ approaches.

Business ‘First Responders:’ How Can Companies Thrive While Solving for Relentless, Real-Time Crises?

In his new book, “Lead With We,” Simon Mainwaring urges business leaders to adopt a ‘first-responder’ mindset — and provides a blueprint for a proactive, ‘prepare for anything’ approach that enables them to lead with purpose in an increasingly challenged world.

'A Compass for Just and Regenerative Business': 5 Principles of the Leadership We Need

As a fellow leader in this sustainability movement, how might you shift to a more regenerative approach? Here, Forum for the Future’s Samantha Veide explores what the concept means for business and shares five principles for regenerative leadership.

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