Even social enterprises often are focused solely on their external mission, overlooking their employees’ needs for empowerment and wealth creation that worker-owned co-ops and democratically-run businesses can offer. We need organizations designed to benefit society and employees at the same time! This article explains 5 innovative organizational forms that can maximize the benefit of your social enterprise for society and often forgotten, the employees.
Many companies are incorporating holistic wellness programs into their work environments. These programs include many aspects of optimal health, including physical, emotional and spiritual. For small businesses with limited resources, here are some ideas to easily implement a holistic wellness program into your company.
You’d think it would be a big deal if a scientist created a vaccine that could do away with addiction. So, what if I told you that we already had one?
Peter Fox-Penner, author of “Smart Power” and other energy policy books, discusses the Pope’s Climate Encyclical and its focus on broader economic and social change as opposed to carbon pricing.
We tend to call everything ‘sustainability,’ for the lack of a better term to describe the wide cross section of business activities we deem ‘good.’ That does not make each fairly virtuous act sustainable.
Businesses somehow lost their reason to exist, and now people are starting to look for the values they share with your company because it is mostly absent. Back in the “good old days,” it wasn’t a question to ask. It wasn’t something to look for. It was right there – expressed by the handshake of the store owner, in the active role that a business took to ensure that community’s overall welfare and progression.
Human Centered Design helps young women uncover big problems in need of a design solution. This “open architecture” approach delivers maximum impact with minimal materials. By working closely with a variety of communities to co-create, girls to develop products that not only responded to their immediate needs, but also reflected their aspirations.
Saving water shouldn’t just be something that we do when the soil is dry; it is something we need to make a part of our lives, in how we live and what we consume. Sustainability needs to be a part of us no matter how wet or dry the climate is, because we have to think about the bigger picture.
Building coalitions for greater social impact requires that parties align their core goals, interests and priorities. It requires agreement on measurements of success, finding the right partners to complement the work, open and transparent communication, and a strong supporting organization. With these fundamentals, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and other like-minded coalitions have made real social impact for the betterment of all.
Teju Ravilochan, co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute recently received the best advice of his life: “You’re intelligent. But your job is not to be the smartest person in the room. It’s to bring out the best in your team.” This advice resonated deeply because he knew she was right. This is the No. 1 thing that most leaders need to work on.
When it was revealed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was gearing up for a global lobbying campaign against anti-smoking laws, CVS Health resigned its membership in the chamber.
General Mills, the company behind brands like Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Bisquick, Progresso and Hamburger Helper, announced it’s going to start requiring its egg, dairy and meat farmers to treat animals better.
Every year, the Urban Land Institute recognizes outstanding examples of successful public spaces that have “socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their surrounding communities.” We couldn’t wait to learn more about these projects and how they revitalized their surrounding downtowns. Read on to catch a peek at the six most innovative urban spaces of 2015.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
Vermont’s largest city has been making smart investments in renewable energy for years. Now, their hard work has finally paid off.
These days you’ll hear lots about growth-hacking, social media savvy, PR pushes and marketing. Tom Chi, part of the founding team of Google X, thinks it’s important to add one more option to that list: making your product more meaningful.