Trending: New Tools Help Companies Measure Workplace Culture, Employee Impacts

Companies are increasingly becoming aware that the business case for corporate social responsibility has grown beyond environmental sustainability and social impact to include positive workplace culture and employee well-being as values necessary to remain competitive in a rapidly changing economy. WeSpire, an engagement platform that provides sustainability and social impact programs to global corporations, has expanded its SaaS platform to include two new modules: Well-being and Positive Culture. The new modules aim to enable forward-thinking companies to improve employee well-being and create and sustain positive organizational values, behaviors and cultures. With Forbes dubbing 2018 “The Year of Employee Experience,” WeSpire’s expansion is a timely one. New research conducted by Gallup has also demonstrated

New Business Models Disrupting Mobility in Latin America

New analysis from business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has revealed that the Latin American market is undergoing a rapid paradigm shift in regards to mobility, with greater emphasis being placed on the creation of an on-demand, integrated, multi-modal mobility network. The transition is being driven by changing demographics, preferences and technology. Frost & Sullivan’s Latin America New Mobility Business Models, Forecast to 2023 explores the market for, and impact of, new business models in Latin America, and analyzes the growing trends in shared and integrated mobility towards 2023, focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile and

Philips, WM transition to the circular economy

A corporate leadership expert at the Conference Board surveyed seven companies about why zero-waste is at the core of their businesses.

Episode 102: Pricing carbon and water; who’s who on CDP’s ‘A’ list

In this week’s episode, corporate sustainability leaders want to show, not tell and JetBlue’s sustainability efforts take off.

A 21st-century business ‘cookbook’ offers a success strategy

Executives Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith lay out the future of corporate citizenship and the business of sustainability.

This fund seeks to accelerate business solutions for the SDGs

A new United Nations accelerator will be financed by national governments and private investors.

Is business the new destination for millennial activists?

A generational shift in whether nonprofits or for-profits are better suited to effect change.

Discovery Leverages Vitality Shared-Value Insurance to Make 10M People Healthier by 2018

Earlier this week, financial services group Discovery outlined the growth in scale and impact of its Vitality Shared-Value Insurance model. Since launching Vitality 20 years ago, Discovery has invested considerably in building a platform that serves a global network of insurers, providing access to the Vitality brand, product offerings, technological innovations, actuarial and data insights and program assets. The Global Vitality Network now operates in 16 countries across North America, Europe, pan-Asia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, serving around 10 million clients through seven insurers. As an integrated, incentive-driven insurance

New Wayfinder Tool Helps Brands Find Powerful Purpose — Not Just ‘Nice’ Ones

Brand purpose consultancy Given London is making it easier than ever for businesses to identify and act upon a purpose beyond profit — and thereby stay competitive in an ever-changing economic landscape — with its new Wayfinder tool. According to Given London, brands such as M&S, Innocent and Dove have saved millions and captured the hearts and minds of consumers by adopting an integrated, ‘make a difference’ approach to sustainability, but the strategy may not necessarily be effective or even appropriate for every kind of business. Businesses don’t have to rely on a one-dimensional approach or having purpose being embedded in their

Hawaii aims for a 21st century way to electrify rural areas

The state of Hawaii’s aspirational energy goals include transitioning to 100 percent renewable power by 2045 and doing so in a way that is equitable for its many rural inhabitants.

Harris Poll: Consumers Split on Companies’ Social Responsibility Motivations

Long gone are the days when acting in a socially responsible manner was optional. Consumers now demand it and expectations are shifting to include how companies can create social value for stakeholders across the value chain. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, which quantifies reputation ratings for the 100 most visible companies in the U.S., as perceived by the general public, provides a glimpse at how companies are stacking up in the changing corporate reputation landscape. In its latest study, U.S. consumers rated Wegmans, Publix Super Markets, Amazon, Tesla and USAA as the top companies for corporate responsibility efforts, with Lowe’s, UPS and

Dove, Google, WWF Secure Top Spots on 2017 World Value Index

The people have spoken. The results of enso’s 2017 World Value Index are in and brands such as Amazon, Goodwill, Google, World Wildlife Fund and Dove came out on top. The mission-driven creative company’s annual report benchmarks 150 organizations by measuring and ranking each brand’s overall World Value, as perceived by consumers. The report’s findings are based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of 3,000 people, across 19 audience demographics and

Trending: INTESA Sanpaolo, LAUNCH Open New Doors for Disruptive Circular Tech

There’s no stopping the circular economy. Both the public and private sector continue to drive circular innovation towards the mainstream, offering new opportunities for budding disruptive businesses to gain exposure and scale up operations. Italian banking group INTESA Sanpaolo hosted its 101st Start Up Initiative, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in London last week

3 crucial trends redefining business in a changing world

It is time to redefine sustainable business with a new agenda, a new approach and a new voice.

DanoneWave Established as US’ Largest Public Benefit Corporation

DanoneWave, the newly combined entity of WhiteWave Foods and Danone’s dairy business, has been incorporated as a public benefit corporation in the U.S. With more than $6 billion in revenue and 6,000 employees, DanoneWave will be the largest public benefit corporation, which is a corporate structure intended to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. A public benefit corporation is managed

Aggregated energy: Can group purchases help scale renewable power?

Google, Philips and George Washington University are pioneering joint renewable energy deals that could open the field to more small and mid-size players.

14 Major European Utilities Expected to Exceed Carbon Targets by 1.3BT of CO2

A new report by climate change research provider CDP has revealed that many of Europe’s major utilities companies remain heavily dependent on fossil fuels, the reality of which is likely to lead to 14 major European utilities exceeding carbon targets by 1.3 billion tons of CO2. Charged or Static analyzed a €256 billion market

Measuring the ROI for circularity soon may be easier

More companies are introducing circular concepts into their product manufacturing, but a full transition to circularity may need convincing metrics. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Accenture and UL EHS are working on it.

England’s New Open Water Market Slated to Add £200M to UK Economy

England’s Open Water market officially launched on Saturday, April 1st, opening up new economic opportunities worth around £200 million for a wide range of players. Since 2011, only businesses and non-household (including businesses, charities, nonprofits and public sector bodies) customers who use more than five million liters of water a

Is Activism the New Black … or Black and Blue for Brands?

We’re continuing our discussion (see part one) on the role of activist brands in today’s roiling political and social climate. Our insights come from the Purpose Collaborative – North America’s largest community of purpose, corporate responsibility, and sustainability experts. Tread lightly into this minefield … Headlines such as “Trump’s Politics: Are Brands Playing with Fire?� pepper our social media feeds, newsletters and mainstream media, making it clear that we’ve surpassed the tipping point. Through his campaign and nascent presidential term, our new President “has allowed a political and social environment to emerge

5 Questions to Ask to See If an ‘Ethical’ Fashion Brand Is Legit

As a responsible shopper looking to do the right thing, you might think if a brand is openly talking about their environmental or labor practices, they’re probably legit. And if they show you a picture of a happy worker or an NGO partner, it’s probably a sign of good intent and practices, right? Wrong. Buyer beware — greenwashing (i.e

#BusinessCase: Uber’s Leadership Crisis – Or, How Values Impact Brand

It appears that Uber’s chickens have come home to roost. A steady drip of negative stories over the past several weeks has snowballed into a full communications crisis — one that peaked recently, in a public apology from CEO Travis Kalanick, in which he admitted that he “must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.� Widely hailed as the world’s most valuable startup, the company has been in the headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. In case you haven’t been following, the most recent installment of “Uber’s Toxic

Leaders of the Purpose Revolution: ECOALF’s Javier Goyeneche

This is one of a series of interviews that started when Rosie Warin, CEO of culture and communications agency Kin&Co, began having conversations with high–profile, values–driven leaders of the ‘purpose revolution’ about the future of leadership. Each explores how these leaders got to where they are now, and what they think the future of values–driven leadership looks like. How did