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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Hershey Using ‘Cocoa for Good,’ Investing $500M to Support Farming Communities
Hershey Using ‘Cocoa for Good,’ Investing $500M to Support Farming Communities

9 months ago - The Hershey Company has announced a new comprehensive strategy for cocoa sustainability with an emphasis on addressing pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities such as poverty, poor nutrition, at-risk youth, and vulnerable ecosystems. Cocoa For Good will involve collaborative programs, partnerships, and a half-a-billion dollars in investments by 2030.

McDonald’s Endeavors to Reduce GHGs, Improve Chicken Welfare, Phase Out Plastic Straws
McDonald’s Endeavors to Reduce GHGs, Improve Chicken Welfare, Phase Out Plastic Straws

9 months ago - McDonald’s has made strides towards sustainability this month: it’s the first restaurant company to set an approved Science-Based Target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; it’s launching a Chicken Sustainability Advisory Council; and it will begin trials to test paper straws – rather than plastic – in several of its U.K. locations.

A ‘Unicorn’ in Business: Lessons from BrewDog on Truly Authentic Engagement
A ‘Unicorn’ in Business: Lessons from BrewDog on Truly Authentic Engagement

10 months ago - Sustainable Brands has recently reported on a range of really interesting, wide-range of initiatives coming out of the beer industry, including innovative packaging solutions, the use of renewable energy and efforts to address climate change and water scarcity.

Q&A: Dr. John Izzo on Creating Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good
Q&A: Dr. John Izzo on Creating Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good

10 months ago - Good products and profits have long been the hallmark of successful businesses, but in a shifting economic landscape these traditional metrics no longer hold up, as consumers, employees and investors are increasingly looking to corporations to act on environmental and social issues. So how can businesses succeed in an age of disruption?

Despite Progress, More Corporate Climate Action Needed to Drive Long-Term Change
Despite Progress, More Corporate Climate Action Needed to Drive Long-Term Change

10 months ago - Ceres has released a new interactive web-based analysis examining how more than 600 of the largest publicly traded companies in the US are responding to urgent calls to act on climate change and other sustainability issues, and positioning themselves for success in a world shaped by these unprecedented environmental and social challenges. This is the third assessment of these companies, which represent more than 80 percent of the US market share.

Following Parkland, Growing Number of Brands Sever Ties with the NRA
Following Parkland, Growing Number of Brands Sever Ties with the NRA

10 months ago - Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on February 14 that left 17 people dead, businesses are using their influence to drive change. Over the past several weeks, an onslaught of corporations ranging from Delta to Symantec and Enterprise have announced that they will be cutting ties with gun advocacy group National Rifle Association (NRA).

Climate Strategies Step Into Scope 3: Tips for Science-Based Scope 3 Climate Targets
Climate Strategies Step Into Scope 3: Tips for Science-Based Scope 3 Climate Targets

10 months ago - When Walmart announced its Project Gigaton goals in 2017, it raised the bar for corporate climate action. This ambitious commitment is aimed at reducing emissions from Scope 3 sources by one billion tons by 2030.

Why Most Companies Are Failing at Purpose (And How You Can Succeed!)
Why Most Companies Are Failing at Purpose (And How You Can Succeed!)

11 months ago - This is the third in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose Revolution. Find links to the full series below.

Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice
Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice

11 months ago - Nested between smart mirrors, driverless cars, and paper-thin TVs, a little duck fluffed its feathers, awaiting its big debut. Unlike most of the 3,900+ products at the crowded cultural phenomenon that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the duck was not for sale. No matter: the response from attendees was remarkable.

How a ‘People Dam’ Helped Save a Regional Community in Japan
How a ‘People Dam’ Helped Save a Regional Community in Japan

11 months ago - Naruto City, on the northeast tip of Tokushima Prefecture — Shikoku, Japan. The Naruto Strait’s whirling tides are popular with tourists, but in recent years the region, like many others, has struggled to cope with the exodus of people and industry to urban areas.

Walking the Talk
Walking the Talk

11 months ago - Hundreds of companies around the world have taken it upon themselves to set often-ambitious goals for themselves, in order to monitor and hold themselves accountable for their impacts on the planet and society. Here, we highlight those that have moved beyond pledges, and are demonstrating that progress by walking their sustainability talk and making good on their commitments to purpose beyond profit.

Turn Any Venture Into a Brand — by Caring Deeply About a Mutual Cause
Turn Any Venture Into a Brand — by Caring Deeply About a Mutual Cause

11 months ago - This is an excerpt from Fabian Geyrhalter’s upcoming book, Bigger Than This: How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand. One of eight traits discussed in Bigger Than This is ‘cause,’ which we dive into here …

Tech, Oil, Auto Industries Top 2018 Global 100 Index of Sustainable Corporations
Tech, Oil, Auto Industries Top 2018 Global 100 Index of Sustainable Corporations

11 months ago - Corporate Knights has released its 14th annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable corporations in the world. Global 100 companies were selected from a pool of 5,994 publicly listed companies representing 22 countries and encompassing all sectors of the economy. Each was evaluated on a set of up to 17 environmental, social and governance indicators relative to their industry peers using publicly available information.

Lack of Collaboration Leaving Companies Unprepared for New Energy Economy
Lack of Collaboration Leaving Companies Unprepared for New Energy Economy

11 months ago - As global business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week to discuss energy and environmental challenges, Schneider Electric has released a new study revealing that while most organizations feel prepared for a decentralized, decarbonized and digitized future, gaps remain between intention and action.

Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward
Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward

1 year ago - Fashion and textile industry heavy-hitters are heeding the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent call for a New Textiles Economy with the rollout of new agreements and action plans that consider the full life cycle of garments.

MLK’s Triple Bottom Line: The Length, Breadth and Height of a Complete Life and Business
MLK’s Triple Bottom Line: The Length, Breadth and Height of a Complete Life and Business

1 year ago - Sixty-four years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We named our son Dexter with this in mind.

Newsweek Names L’Oréal, Unilever, CVS 2017's Top Corporate Sustainability Performers
Newsweek Names L’Oréal, Unilever, CVS 2017's Top Corporate Sustainability Performers

1 year ago - Newsweek has released the results of its 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, an annual assessment of the sustainability performance of the largest publicly-traded companies in the US and the world by revenue. This year, beauty giant L’Oréal came out on top, ranking as the top-performing global company and best performing personal products company.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics Committee Launches Sustainability Report, Carbon Credit Campaign
PyeongChang 2018 Olympics Committee Launches Sustainability Report, Carbon Credit Campaign

1 year ago - With only a few short weeks left to go before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee has unveiled details of the measures being taken to ensure the sustainability of this year’s event.

US Corporate Voices Critical to Saving the Clean Power Plan
US Corporate Voices Critical to Saving the Clean Power Plan

1 year ago - Despite the withdrawal of the US government from the Paris Agreement, many US businesses remain unwavering in their commitment to act on climate change. 2017 was a solid year for corporate climate leadership: 1,700 businesses signed the We Are Still In declaration and nearly half of Fortune 500 companies now have climate and clean energy goals.

Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way
Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way

1 year ago - Pinpoint specific local issues. Promote sustainable local development. Pave the way for caring and productive corporate growth. That’s how Japan’s Otsuka group of companies seeks to shape its role as an essential company for society.

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