Member-Run Consulting Collective Launches To Help Mission-Driven Businesses and Business-Savvy Organizations Do Well By Doing Good

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Social Intrapreneurs was founded this month by a consortium of social-venture contractors, consulting firms and investor members across the United States and Canada, who are improving their services to social entrepreneurs end expanding their reach globally by banding together and sharing resources and creative synergy. From legal structuring to launch, the collective […]

Mountain Khakis Partners with Fair Trade USA on Responsible Manufacturing Program

Mountain Khakis, a leading mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand, announces today that it will offer Fair Trade Certified™ apparel beginning with its Spring 2016 collections for men and women.

Mountain Khakis joins an elite group of outdoor and apparel brands partnering with Fair Trade USA, including Patagonia® and PrAna®.  The partnership gives workers a voice, and ensures rigorous standards that improve worker […]

5 Apps To Help People Live More Sustainably

The killer combination of technology and sustainability has led to the creation of the following apps that help people live a more sustainable life.
1. iRecycle
Reduce, reuse and recycle with iRecycle. This application is a go-to resource for recycling. It tells you how, where and when to recycle using your current location.

2. HowGood
HowGood is an app that lets you scan a […]

Why Mandatory Reporting Is The Key to Better Benchmarking

So why benchmark? Companies that grasp the importance of a solid sustainability strategy (and view it as an asset rather than a hindrance) know investors increasingly value this forward-thinking approach. In addition, knowing where you stand against your competitors and identifying strengths and weaknesses for improved strategic decision-making can help your corporation drive innovation and increase bottom line benefits. But […]

11 things we learned about social enterprise in international development

1. The scale of social enterprises varies globally

2. Social enterprise is about impacts

Positive impacts can be seen in a number of ways: in what a social enterprise produces or sells, for example, or by the way it does business. “Most of our work is agricultural so we are particularly interested in enterprises that go out of their way to include […]

A Seven Step Guide To “Net Positive”

Net positive is far more transformative and ambitious than corporate social responsibility.

It’s not just about reducing impacts here and there, rather it requires a systems-based approach and the involvement of the entire business.
1. Net positive is about giving more than you take
2. Boundaries are important
3. It isn’t just repackaged CSR
It also allows businesses to engage employees and customers with a […]

Chipotle Helps Refugees Replant Their Roots

Chipotle, primarily known for its Food with Integrity campaign, has been a quiet supporter of refugees who are creating new roots in the U.S. For the past few years, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation has provided grants to support the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots Program, and is currently in the midst of a two-year commitment to finance the program’s […]

Who’d A Thunk Ben & Jerry’s Could Save the World through Ice Cream?

41 percent of Ben & Jerry’s carbon footprint came from cows.

Here’s the breakdown of the culprits, which CoClear shared at this year’s Sustainable Brands conference:

Growing and producing ingredients: 54 percent (aka, mostly cows)
Transporting ice cream from the plant to the distribution centers: 14 percent
Freezing product at the stores: 10 percent
All packaging throughout the production process: 10 percent
Factory operation: 7 percent

Ben […]

Freedom with Benefits: Uber’s Drivers as Employees

The sharing economy reflects a growing tension between two main approaches, one focusing on value and the other on values. The approach focusing on value addresses the sharing economy as a disruptive force providing attractive opportunities to create and deliver value. Uber is probably the best example of this approach.

The second approach is maybe best described by Rachel Botsman:
“I tend […]

Five Ways to Embed Sustainability into The Core of Your Company

The process begins in house, and it starts by weaving sustainability into a corporation’s core values. At Tetra Pak, communication is the key ingredient for translating environmental sustainability into actionable business imperatives.  This involves aligning strategic agendas and key priorities across all functions while building momentum for change through information, understanding and engagement.

The approach aims to develop sustainability champions–employees who […]

Unleashing The Greatest Period of Economic Growth with Gender Equality

The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first U.S. mutual fund focused solely on investing in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women. He is the recipient of the United Nations’ 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award – Business Case for Action.

Why is it important for companies to take gender equality issues into account when directing resources and […]

5 Steps To Create Meaning and Purpose At Your Company

Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve.

But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create meaning and a core purpose at your company, here are the top five inspiring — and practical […]

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

The move is a testament to […]

Know These Three Vs of Sustainability Communication

The company’s sustainable sourcing story, in its totality, is an example of what I call the three Vs of effective sustainability communications: Value; Viewpoint; and Vehicle.

1. Value

2. Viewpoint

3. Vehicle

To create trust, the conversation must extend beyond consumers to all relevant stakeholders, including employees or recruits, investors and environmental groups. The messaging for these other audiences might include different vehicles (such […]

IAQ Study Finds Green Apartments Healthier for Renters

A study published last year says IAQ is an important predictor of health, especially among low-income residents. The study found green apartments healthier than conventional ones.

Those living in green homes, researchers found, “experienced 47% fewer sick building syndrome symptoms.” They also noticed that study participants who did have health concerns had “improved health outcomes” when they lived in green apartments, […]

Skills Gap: 80% of Small Businesses Can’t Find Qualified Staff

While no business is immune from these hiring difficulties, small companies often find the mismatch between openings and applicants especially troublesome. Across industries, therefore, many of these enterprises are tackling the problem by finding creative ways to approach recruiting, hiring and training. At the same time, collaborations between business, government, and community groups are helping to lay the groundwork for […]

Infographic: 9 Types of Collaborators

Collaboration, when all is in synch, is magical. Synergy is abound, no goal is out of reach, and nothing is impossible. When that dynamic goes awry, however, the balance is upended and even getting through simple tasks can feel labor-intensive and tolling.

This is a great infographic by the Central Desktop Blog and published on Visual.ly that gives a nice overview […]

Leading By Being (Not Just Doing)

It seems that too often we celebrate actions and intentions, the what and the why of the things we do in life, but it’s less often that we reflect on the how: how did we behave, think, learn and “be” to be successful. When running a youth leadership organization and travel company I founded in Cambodia, I would often get […]

Three Sustainability Trends That Have Companies on Their Toes

As a hospitality company that happens to have wings, customer expectations lead to our constant innovation. Listening to hundreds of other sustainability-focused leaders gathered at the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference, some exciting trends are emerging. Here are my predictions about what we will see more of on the sustainability front:

Be bold, disrupt, innovate and start a revolution  […]