Andrew Winston

Author & Founder
Winston Eco-Strategies

Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is a globally recognized expert on how companies can profit from solving the world’s biggest challenges.

His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including 3M, DuPont, HP, Ingersoll Rand, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. Andrew's book, The Big Pivot was selected as one of the "Best Business Books" by Strategy+Business magazine. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling more than 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. Andrew is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and other media outlets. He has been quoted in or appeared in major media such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC. Andrew’s speeches around the globe, including a TED talk, provide a practical and optimistic roadmap to help leaders build thriving, resilient companies in a volatile world. He received degrees in economics, business, and environmental management from Princeton, Columbia, and Yale.

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The World in 2030: 9 Megatrends to Watch
The World in 2030: 9 Megatrends to Watch

The Next Economy / Look, we could all just wait and see where these historic waves take us. But I prefer that we all work proactively to ensure that a better, thriving future is the one we choose. - 1 month ago

#NewMetrics18: The ROI of Sustainability Strategy — and 6 Ways to Get There
#NewMetrics18: The ROI of Sustainability Strategy — and 6 Ways to Get There

New Metrics / Last week at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’18 conference in Philadelphia, PA, over 300 delegates from brands, NGOs, strategists and practitioners across sectors gathered to share their latest tools and findings regarding measuring the risks and impacts of previously unmeasured forms of value, the newest credible tools and solutions for assessing the ROI of Sustainable Business. - 10 months ago

`Materiality Is Broken. But It Doesn’t Have to Be.
`Materiality Is Broken. But It Doesn’t Have to Be.

New Metrics / In formulating strategy, shaping communications and improving their impact in the world, companies, and their sustainability teams, must answer two big questions: "What is important to our business?” and "What is important to our stakeholders?” (Sometimes as a proxy for the larger question: “What is important to the world?") - 11 months ago

The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data
The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data

Marketing and Comms / For the last 5 years, my firm has tracked the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. These thousands of targets commit multinationals to do many important things, such as slashing carbon emissions in half (or to zero) or bringing the percentage of women in management up dramatically. The project, managed in part by my colleague Jeff Gowdy, keeps the public and free website www.pivotgoals.com humming. - 1 year ago

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Focusing on What 90% of Businesses Do Now Is a Big Mistake
Focusing on What 90% of Businesses Do Now Is a Big Mistake

Cleantech / I was driving through rural Pennsylvania recently and saw a fascinating billboard. Sponsored by an organization that promotes coal and natural gas, the sign declared, “The truth is that 90 percent of our energy comes from fossil fuels.” Technically, that’s true (ish), but it’s also meaningless. - 1 year ago

The Same, But Different: Some Thoughts on Japanese Business
The Same, But Different: Some Thoughts on Japanese Business

Leadership / I recently visited Tokyo on a business trip and had the chance to meet with a number of Japanese companies. At the end of a three-hour meeting with sustainability professionals from a dozen or so multinationals, the host asked me for my impressions of Japanese organizations and their sustainability efforts. My honest answer: “I’m confused.” - 2 years ago

16 Ways Your Company Can ‘Walk the Walk’ on Climate Change
16 Ways Your Company Can ‘Walk the Walk’ on Climate Change

Leadership / The People’s Climate March is coming to Washington, DC on April 29th. Businesses and their employees can take part and show their support for climate action. - 2 years ago

Rolling Back Fuel Efficiency Standards Is Bad for Everyone — Including Automakers
Rolling Back Fuel Efficiency Standards Is Bad for Everyone — Including Automakers

The Next Economy / The CEO of a large industrial company recently described the Trump administration as “the most pro-business since the Founding Fathers.” It’s a popular perception in the business community, with or without the hyperbole, and the stock market is reacting accordingly. - 2 years ago

Is it Time to Add Morality to the Business Case for Sustainability?
Is it Time to Add Morality to the Business Case for Sustainability?

New Metrics / Every manager (or consultant) who has pitched an initiative under the banner of “sustainability” has faced the same question nearly every time: What’s the business case? On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with the question. Business is all about allocating some form of capital, be it financial, human or organizational. So it’s not unfair to wonder what the return on the investment might be. But usually, when executives pose the question about sustainability initiatives, they’re asking about the business case in the narrowest sense: Does this thing pay back, in cash, within some short payback period (1 or 2 years)? - 2 years ago

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Trump Can't Stop the Clean Economy
Trump Can't Stop the Clean Economy

Cleantech / If there’s any force greater than whatever propelled Donald Trump into the Presidency, it’s economics. Nobody, not even a President Trump, can stop all movement toward the clean economy. The reason is simple: It’s now cheaper to cut carbon and use renewable energy than to keep the status quo. Don’t get me wrong. Today is a very hard day for many Americans. I know I am fearful about our democracy and threats to human rights of all kinds. I also believe some critical structural problems in our system badly need to change (like the electoral college, profit- and clicks-driven news media, and money in politics). - 2 years ago

What Did the "Three Amigos" Just Commit To? (Hint: Lots of Renewables)
What Did the "Three Amigos" Just Commit To? (Hint: Lots of Renewables)

Cleantech / In the spirit of "showing your work" in progress, I'm posting some info on the big new clean economy agreement announced by the so-called "three amigos" -- i.e., the leaders of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. - 3 years ago

What Difference Does One Make?
What Difference Does One Make?

Behavior Change / My family eats a mostly vegetarian diet. Some kids at school were making fun of my 9-year-old son, telling him how great meat tastes. Before diving into the challenge of dealing with childhood peers, I asked him if he knew why we’re vegetarian. When it was clear he didn’t (that’s on me), I started to tell him about the environmental impacts of meat as it’s currently produced, health benefits, and animal welfare. - 3 years ago

10 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2015 ... and Some Questions for 2016
10 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2015 ... and Some Questions for 2016

The Next Economy / 2015 was a pivotal time when humanity turned more decisively toward building a thriving and sustainable world. On our largest shared challenge, climate change, most of the major hurdles to action — both imagined and real — started to crumble. And an unlikely group of new voices joined the fight. From the Pope to global CEOs to almost all the world’s political leaders, the most powerful people got on board. - 3 years ago

COP21: A View from Paris
COP21: A View from Paris

Organizational Change / The Conference of the Parties … COP21 … the climate conference … or just “Paris,” as in “What’s going to happen in Paris?” - 3 years ago

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How Target Is Taking Sustainable Products Mainstream (and Working with Walmart)
How Target Is Taking Sustainable Products Mainstream (and Working with Walmart)

Collaboration / For years, the answer to the question “Do people really want to buy more sustainable products?” was a profound “sort of.” Surveys consistently show that we aspire to buy responsibly, and we even say we’ll pay more for environmental or socially preferable products. But purchase intent does not always translate to real sales, and companies have often struggled to make sustainable products more mainstream. - 4 years ago

Making a 'Big Pivot' to Sustainability Will Require a Cultural Evolution
Making a 'Big Pivot' to Sustainability Will Require a Cultural Evolution

Leadership / Last year, Andrew Winston stood on the main stage at SB ’14 San Diego and called for the business world to make a “Big Pivot” — away from ecologically harmful practices and toward a sustainable future. - 4 years ago

Why Business Culture Should Be the Ultimate Aim of Sustainability Leaders
Why Business Culture Should Be the Ultimate Aim of Sustainability Leaders

Organizational Change / Business schools play a critical role in society.They support the continual evolution of our economies, the industries that shape them, the people that lead them, and the thinking behind it all.But it’s not just a role. It’s also a responsibility.In today’s hotter, scarcer, and more open world (to borrow from Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot), that responsibility is greater than ever. More than at any other time in history, humanity is collectively aware of its impact on the planet. We know that our current actions, if left unchecked, will lead to unknown disruptions of life on earth. - 4 years ago

Winston, Desso, Coke Explore Ways to Reimagine Business on #SB14sd Day Two
Winston, Desso, Coke Explore Ways to Reimagine Business on #SB14sd Day Two

Business Case / The second day of SB '14 San Diego kicked off with a morning full of inspirational plenary presentations examining how we can reimagine business to become a positive global force.Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer at City of Palo Alto, gave the opening remarks, reminding attendees of how the US transformed itself during the Second World War to respond to problems that would not wait. Friend suggested that the several social and environmental issues currently afflicting our planet represent a call to action to transform our economy just like our forebears did. - 5 years ago

Big, Science-Based PivotGoals: A Dialogue with Jeff Gowdy (#SustyGoals 9)
Big, Science-Based PivotGoals: A Dialogue with Jeff Gowdy (#SustyGoals 9)

New Metrics / In conjunction with the publication of his new book, The Big Pivot, Andrew Winston partnered with sustainability consultant and Vanderbilt University business professor Jeff Gowdy to create the PivotGoals website, a database tracking thousands of corporate sustainability goals and targets. - 5 years ago

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How CEOs Can Save the World from Global Warming
How CEOs Can Save the World from Global Warming

Leadership / The business world is waking up to the challenge of climate change.Apple CEO Tim Cook recently lashed out at a shareholder who pressed the company to stop investing in carbon reduction and renewable energy. In the most recent World Economic Forum Global Risk survey of CEOs and world leaders, three of the top six issues of “highest concern” were failure to tackle climate change, extreme weather, and water crises. - 5 years ago

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