Helping Smallholders Become Financially Secure through Mobile-powered Tools

David Opio, one of the finalists in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, heads up Ensibuuko, a social enterprise which empowers rural farmers and increases their financial wellbeing.

Opio, now 27, is the founder of Ensibuuko, a social enterprise that is not only introducing farmers to reliable buyers – cutting out the middle man – but also addressing one of the […]

These Five Corporations Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration

Likely the most well-known prison profiteers in the United States are the Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group. Between them, these two firms pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running scores of private prisons and immigration detention centers.

However, these two firms are not alone feasting at the trough of corrections expenditure. Many other companies, most of them […]

Corporate Disobedience

As global leaders converge in Davos to evaluate how best to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, I can’t help but reflect on my 10-year career at leading global corporations, and my impact on those same challenges (or lack thereof)…

In choosing to leave a successful corporate career to join the Hult Prize Foundation, for the first time, I am […]

Will Unilever Become The Second Publicly-Traded B Corp?

Last month, Brazil’s top cosmetics, fragrance and toiletries maker, Natura, became the largest – and first publicly traded – company to attain B Corp sustainability certification…

Jostein Solheim, chief executive of Ben & Jerry’s, has been leading negotiations with B Corp on behalf of Unilever, having become a B Corp three years ago. He said: “They are rapidly scaling up the […]

JetBlue’s Secret for Sustainability Liftoff

JetBlue started with the idea that the better you treat people, both your own and outside of the company, the better the experience, the better the product, the better the profit.

From that, JetBlue grew up with a very strong CSR in philanthropy. It grew a robust and generous program focused on community needs like literacy and the importance of play […]

Amazon Finally Buys Some Renewable Energy

“Long criticized for its disinterest in lowering emissions or using clean energy, Amazon.com is finally taking steps in that direction…

Amazon Web Services Wind Farm expands Fowler Ridge, one of the largest wind farms in the world. Spread across 50,000 acres, so far it has 355 turbines and 499.8 MW of capacity.”

(Source: sustainablebusiness.com) […]

An Approach to Ending Poverty That Works

“Ending extreme poverty by 2030 is the BHAG – the big, hairy audacious goal – of our generation. While skepticism abounds, momentum is on our side, with poverty rates falling in every region of world.

Unfortunately, these trends still have little to no impact on the lives of a critical and chronically marginalized subset of the extreme poor around the world, those living […]

U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

2014 was a mixed year for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative, which has been working to increase the adoption of sustainable practices in the global business sector.

The organization announced last week that it had expelled 372 companies in the last half of 2014 for not submitting their Communication of Progress (COP) reports, which members are required to submit […]

Global Brands Urged to Invest CSR Budgets in Education

“According to a new study (the world’s first) on global corporate education CSR spending, Fortune 500 companies only spent $2.6bn (13%) of their total $19.9 billion corporate social responsibility budgets on education-related activities…

In one promising sign, the New York Times reports that Silicon Valley is increasingly turning its eye to education, with funding of ed-tech companies rising to nearly $1.87 billion last year, […]