When a Preschool Opens Inside A Nursing Home All Heaven Breaks Loose

A hospital chain has found a way of caring for both the young and the old by having them take care of each other – and in the process, built a bridge across generations.

The Intergenerational Learning Center consists of a preschool inside the Mount St. Vincent nursing home in Seattle, Washington. The 400 adults in the assisted-living center join the […]

10 Socially-Responsible Ways To Make Your Business More Profitable

The trend towards social responsibility in the workplace is driving many successful businesses to rethink their processes and products to ensure they are as ethical and sustainable as possible.

One business leading the way in this sector is Patagonia. The adventure wear retailer has been exploring new ways to build a more responsible supply chain for more than 25 years.

Jill Dumain, […]

Leading Together for Greater Impact

Philanthropy is demonstrating leadership by coming together, pooling resources and capitalizing on our own institutional strengths. I call this process Leading Together.

By organizing around a foundation’s core strengths and by embracing the best thinking from the nonprofit sector, scholarship, science and business, we will be able to have a much greater impact as a community of funders than we will […]

5 Ways To Make Sustainability Sexy for Millennials

We need to transform the way we consume.
That’s why it’s more important than ever for companies to get consumers to start thinking about sustainability – whether that’s the food they eat, clothes they wear or means of transportation – it’s time for us to harness the forces that influence consumer buying habits to change the world.

A big opportunity awaits for […]

How Men Can Help Women Flourish As Business Leaders

Although women make up nearly half of the workforce, several metrics indicate that a gender gap persists, but is narrowing over time. Qualified women are often passed up for promotions and make 84 cents on average for every dollar a man earns.

“There are many talented women from diverse backgrounds and experiences that have a great deal to contribute,” says Alice […]

Recognising Sustainability in The Foodservice Sector

From food miles to food waste, the out of home foodservice sector has a myriad of sustainability challenges to contend with at every stage in the supply chain, starting from the way in which ingredients are grown or sourced, right through to the way that produce is served to customers or packaged for takeaway, and how the inevitable waste is […]

Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its […]

We’re Edging Toward A Local, Organic Food Revolution

With years of extreme drought in California and the Midwest bread basket, we’re beginning to see how climate change can have a devastating impact on food supplies and prices.

The silver lining is this could lead us to a more sustainable food system, one that relies on locally produced food and that doesn’t depend on transporting it huge distances (which would […]

Beyond Shared Value: Character as Corporate Destiny

Corporate stewardship—an expanded sense of caring for people, communities, the environment, and future generations—is increasingly recognized around the world as a principle of enlightened business. We can no longer view corporations as isolated and independent entities, free to do whatever their owners and managers decide. They have a dual role: to deliver a superior return to their shareholders, and to […]

Whole Foods: New Chain To Be Named for ‘365’ Store Brand

The new chain, which is slated to begin opening next year, comes as Whole Foods seeks to differentiate itself amid intensifying competition. The company, which has more than 400 Whole Foods stores, has seen its sales growth slow as organic and natural products have become more widely available at mainstream supermarket chains and big-box retailers.

The new chain may also be […]

How Social Impact Storytelling Is Different

 
How is a social impact pitch different from other kinds of startup and company pitches?
1. You have to tell the most compelling version of the story (even especially the emotional / non-business part). After interviewing dozens of thinkers and doers in the social impact space, one thing has become clear. The why that inspires a social innovator’s work often eclipses […]

Karma Marketing: Branding Like A Buddhist

Could the key to sustainable business be changing corporate mindsets from a culture of “more” – more revenue, more profit, more market share – to one of “enough”?

Bangkok-based brand strategist Sirikul Laukaikul argued that’s the case in a presentation about an idea called the “sufficiency economy philosophy” at Sustainable Brands in San Diego, California, this week.

The idea is for businesses […]

Fashion Brands Tackle Community Development

There are reams written about how far your food has traveled. And if you run in sustainability circles, you might have felt some guilt sneaking Chilean pears into your grocery cart this past winter. But have you ever thought about how far your clothing traveled to reach you? Some innovators in the space are trying to bring the locavore movement […]

Young Investors Favor Socially Responsible Investments

More than 25 percent of investors under the age of 45 have at least one-quarter of their investable assets in socially responsible companies. That’s the key finding of a new report by Spectrem Research, which surveyed 3,000 investors with assets ranging from $100,000 to $25 million.

These young investors are drivers of a rapid rise in total SRI assets, which have […]

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet

During my panel, I was asked some good questions on how business leaders can make a positive difference.

1. What does business sustainability mean for you?

It means being smart, creative and bold so you can pursue initiatives that improve both business results and environmental outcomes. Everyone in this audience can show the world how to do business while protecting nature in […]

Parents Combat Gender Stereotypes with Futuristic Clothing

Designer Tiffe Fermaint and her fiancé Keith Walker hope that their kids’ clothing line will provide a cool alternative to the countless children’s brands that promote harmful gender stereotypes.

Inspired by the birth of their daughter Violet, Fermaint and Walker launched Baby Teith in 2013. Fermaint told The Huffington Post that she searched in vain for clothing that was gender neutral and […]

A Manifesto for Women As Agents of Peace

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), today there are more than seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, up from 738 million in 2000. Globally, 3.2 billion people are using the internet, of which two billion live in developing countries. However, ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people […]

New York Coffee Chain Blends Business And Charity For Success

It’s not unusual for a small business to work with community nonprofit groups, but a New York-based chain of coffee shops is taking that partnership further.

Coffeed operates six cafes in New York, plus a restaurant in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan and a new location in Seoul, South Korea. The company partners with a different charity at each location.As Inc. […]

Organic Agriculture Is More Profitable for Farmers

Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for its practitioners.

 
David W. Crowder and John P. Reganold, two researchers at Washington State University, conducted a meta-analysis of studies on agricultural economics to learn whether organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming. […]