Walking the Talk

These companies have moved beyond pledges and are making good on their commitments to pursuing a purpose beyond profit.

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Pandemic Sees Brand Leaders Putting Purpose Before Profit

Pandemic Sees Brand Leaders Putting Purpose Before Profit

While the government stalls under pressure to provide necessary aid to the millions affected by COVID-19, a silver lining to this pandemic is being revealed as more and more businesses exemplify efforts to put people before profit.

With More CEOs at Home with Their Children, Could This Pandemic Be the Catalyst Sustainability Needs?

As CEOs spend time reconnecting with their children at home, investors open laptops at kitchen tables and policymakers have more time than ever to consider our future; is now the time when long-term, sustainable decision-making will finally trump all else?

What Being a B Corp Has Meant for Our Brand

Consumers are demanding more from the companies they buy from, and those who don’t adapt to these new standards will be rightfully left behind. B Corps need to set an example by making the triple bottom line more than a requirement for their certification.

How Being a Benefit Corporation Can Legally Protect a Company’s Mission

The rise of the benefit corporation is in direct response to shareholder primacy. Under benefit corporation frameworks governed by state law, corporations that operate according to a “doing well by doing good” ethos may be shielded from a range of acquisition tactics and shareholder suits.

Microsoft Will Remove Its 45 Years' Worth of Carbon Emissions by 2030

The tech giant has committed to carbon-negativity within a decade, and erasing its entire carbon footprint — everything it has emitted since its founding in 1975 — by 2050.

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Attention, Businesses: Don’t Let Your Trade Associations Undermine You on Climate Action

We know that companies have many issues to juggle and that representation on one issue can outweigh misrepresentation on another. However, on climate, we don’t have time to waste.

Tackling the Social Barriers to Good Health

Abbott’s new Future Well Communities program works to fight diabetes by partnering with local stakeholders to address the social determinants of health.

Inside the 2019 CSR Risk and Performance Index: Regional and Sector Comparisons

Despite overall sustainability performance remaining mostly steady, EcoVadis’ latest CSR Risk and Performance Index shows significant differences between regions and industries.

How Business Can Avoid Fuelling Conflict and Work to Build Peace

On the third and final day at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, it was clear all businesses are being asked to address a fourth ‘p’ — peace. As well as helping to prevent conflict, companies are increasingly taking responsibility for sustaining peace.

Anti-Corruption, Respect for Human Rights Are Part of One Holistic Business Challenge

What Legal Counsels and Chief Compliance Officers have to learn from sustainability and human rights experts is that this can never be a question of compliance alone.

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Trending: CDP, LA, NYC Call for Radical Shift in Companies’ Treatment of Forests

New CDP research says industry 2020 zero-deforestation commitments are now impossible; and Councilmembers and Indigenous activists in New York and LA call for a boycott of Brazilian meat companies and a shift toward plant-based diets.

North American Companies Lag Behind in Protecting Children’s Rights

New global benchmark study, released today, shows that companies worldwide are making incremental positive changes to protect children’s rights, but need to significantly accelerate the pace, as risks continue to outpace progress.

Can Being Climate Neutral Become the New Normal?

Gold Standard’s Sarah Leugers recently chatted with entrepreneurial leaders at Allbirds and Peak Design to discuss their climate-neutral commitments and the value this creates for their brands.

Insights from the Big Apple: How Do We Turn the Glitz of Climate Week into Action?

Climate Week NYC saw the UN declare the 2020s “the decade of delivery.” But while progress has been made, are we too self-congratulatory, staying comfortable within our own echo chambers? Are we really delivering enough at the scale and pace needed?

Timberland to Plant 50 Million Trees Over Next 5 Years

The company’s “Nature Needs Heroes” campaign aims to empower global community to be champions for the planet; since 2001, the brand has planted more than 10 million trees worldwide.

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As Amazon Burns, VF Corp Says No to Brazilian Leather

As fires continue to ravage parts of the Amazon, the apparel giant says no more leather from Brazil until “we have the confidence and assurance that the materials used in our products do not contribute to environmental harm in the country.”

What the CEO ‘Purpose of Business’ Declaration Is — and What It Isn’t

181 CEOs have signed on to broader purpose — skepticism is warranted, but this is potentially a BFD. Now, let’s see if these companies deliver, and help them when they do — and challenge them when they don’t.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Leave Pro-Plastics Lobbying Association

As more and more companies are transitioning away from single-use plastics and actively seeking more sustainable alternatives, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have announced their exit from the Plastics Industry Association.

Raising the Purpose Banner (Again) Is Only the Start

It is progress when communications and CSR teams unite under the purpose banner. But it is critical that executive teams and their Boards hot-wire purpose into the core of their business strategy.

Football as a Force for Good? Meet the Forest Green Rovers

The Rovers are proving that the popularity of sport, even at lower levels, offers a unique opportunity to spread key sustainability messages to the masses.

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