Simon Mainwaring

Founder and CEO
We First

Simon Mainwaring is the author of Lead With We, the Wall Street Journal bestseller that shows how companies address purpose, sustainability, and climate challenges in ways that build their business. He’s the founder and CEO of the award-winning strategic brand consultancy, We First, that’s a B Corp ‘Best For The World’ Honoree and a Real Leaders Top 50 keynote speaker in the World. He hosts the influential ‘Lead With We’ podcast, is a columnist for the CMO Network in Forbes, and wrote the New York Times bestseller, We First. He’s been a Featured Expert and Jury Member for the Sustainable Development Goals at the Cannes Lions Festival and U.S. One Show for Sustainable Development.

Simon Mainwaring is the author of Lead With We, the Wall Street Journal bestseller that shows how companies address purpose, sustainability, and climate challenges in ways that build their business. He’s the founder and CEO of the award-winning strategic brand consultancy, We First, that’s a B Corp ‘Best For The World’ Honoree and a Real Leaders Top 50 keynote speaker in the World. He hosts the influential ‘Lead With We’ podcast, is a columnist for the CMO Network in Forbes, and wrote the New York Times bestseller, We First. He’s been a Featured Expert and Jury Member for the Sustainable Development Goals at the Cannes Lions Festival and U.S. One Show for Sustainable Development.

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‘Lead With We’: How to Drive Business Growth Through Collectivized Purpose
‘Lead With We’: How to Drive Business Growth Through Collectivized Purpose

Leadership / Business leaders are best positioned to facilitate meaningful change — not only for our bottom lines, but for the collective good. Together, we will create a transcendent practice of business that restores and protects the natural and social systems on which all our futures depend. - 1 year ago

Purpose at Work: How Wrangler Is Creating the Next Generation of Sustainable Fashion
Purpose at Work: How Wrangler Is Creating the Next Generation of Sustainable Fashion

Supply Chain / Wrangler is taking big steps to achieve sustainability. By tackling the industry’s biggest challenges, the jeans giant is carving out a competitive advantage and helping other apparel makers improve industry practices. - 3 years ago

Purpose at Work: How to Engage Consumers to Do Good at Scale
Purpose at Work: How to Engage Consumers to Do Good at Scale

Behavior Change / Consumers want to help brands shape their culture and impact. To ignite impact-driven consumer engagement you must build awareness, create a foundation for action, and inspire consumers to join you. - 3 years ago

Purpose at Work: How Brandless Creates Community by Making Better Stuff Available to All
Purpose at Work: How Brandless Creates Community by Making Better Stuff Available to All

The Next Economy / Communicating your brand’s purpose is vital to creating emotional connections with your customers. But it must be done authentically and in line with your overall brand positioning, story and tone of voice. - 3 years ago

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How SAP's Purposeful Customer Network Solves Business & World Challenges
How SAP's Purposeful Customer Network Solves Business & World Challenges

Supply Chain / “Be authentic. You may have lost it for whatever reason: acquisition, merger, leadership changes, a value prop has evolved … but never forget where you came from.” — Alicia Tillman, SAP - 3 years ago

Q&A: Simon Mainwaring on Teaching Companies to ‘Live to Serve Life Itself’
Q&A: Simon Mainwaring on Teaching Companies to ‘Live to Serve Life Itself’

Organizational Change / Simon Mainwaring has an “all-hands-on-deck” sense of purpose — and that purpose is to help us find ours. - 3 years ago

How VSP Global Drives Growth, Impact Through Purpose
How VSP Global Drives Growth, Impact Through Purpose

Walking the Talk / The optical health company’s goal to “provide access to affordable, high-quality eye care and eyewear to the world” guides business development, branding, product innovation and other integral operations. - 3 years ago

‘We Believe’: Communicators Weigh In on P&G’s Controversial New Ad
‘We Believe’: Communicators Weigh In on P&G’s Controversial New Ad

Marketing and Comms / We reached out to communication leaders in the SB community for their take on P&G’s spotlight on toxic masculinity. - 3 years ago

How Lyft Drives Growth Through Purpose
How Lyft Drives Growth Through Purpose

Leadership / Brands that position themselves as purpose-driven activists dedicated to using profits to further their mission carve out a competitive advantage amongst today’s conscious consumers. Lyft is an excellent example of a company distinguishing itself by building a brand around values, as well as quality. The rideshare company is the second-largest in the sector, controlling over one-third of US market share, with Uber driving the majority. While there is tough competition, Lyft stands out with its purpose, mission and activism, which recently lead the company to celebrate 1 billion rides. - 4 years ago

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How MOD Pizza's People-First Culture Drives Growth and Impact
How MOD Pizza's People-First Culture Drives Growth and Impact

Organizational Change / Corporate culture sets the groundwork for how your team interacts with each other and your customers. - 4 years ago

Sixty South: How to Turn Sustainability into Business Growth
Sixty South: How to Turn Sustainability into Business Growth

Walking the Talk / Today’s consumers are increasingly concerned about the impact their purchasing decisions have on the planet. People want to know how products they buy affect social and environmental ecosystems, and are paying more money for and attention to healthy foods and consumer goods. - 4 years ago

Sustainable Brands Gathers Global Brand Innovation Leaders at SB’18 Vancouver
Sustainable Brands Gathers Global Brand Innovation Leaders at SB’18 Vancouver

Press Release / Sustainable Brands kicks off its largest community gathering today with Sustainable Brands '18 Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, British Columbia. - 4 years ago

4 Ways Your Brand Can Deliver ‘The Good Life’ to Consumers in 2017
4 Ways Your Brand Can Deliver ‘The Good Life’ to Consumers in 2017

The Next Economy / Every business leader wants consumers to think of their company as an essential ingredient in building a better life, yet the very definition of what constitutes the ‘Good Life’ changes over time. - 5 years ago

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