“We’ve reached a tipping point. Our planet and our society are at risk. Business has a historic opportunity and a responsibility to lead the world down a more just, rich, and sustainable path—one that creates more value for companies, communities, and countries. — Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
The Breakthrough Sustainability Seminars address key questions business leaders face in anticipating and managing the challenges of climate change and related social and economic disruption: What are meaningful targets and how do we operationalize them in our companies? How do we know if we are making a difference? How do we document our impacts and engage and empower others? How do we ensure positive customer and stakeholder relationships?
Companies around the world are developing innovative answers to these questions. They are addressing instability and uncertainty while crafting profitable and impactful strategies. In this series, NBIS brings together the best in thought and practice leadership to engage participants in critical learning and in probing practical application strategies. The four-part series is relevant to professionals at all levels of management and leadership as these frameworks, opportunities and management resources are the milestones on the pathway for a more sustainable future. (more…)
Business has the capacity, innovation and duty to carve a new path toward sustainability, says Karl Ostrom, PhD, in his latest white paper titled New Challenges Reshaping Corporate Social Responsibility. The co-founder and co-executive director of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) released his paper today at the 2014 GoGreen Seattle Conference.
“As usual, NBIS is pushing us all to the next level on our sustainability journeys with this new white paper,” said Toronto-based author and speaker Bob Willard of Sustainability Advantage. “Karl defines how companies can respond to the sustainability imperative and position themselves to thrive on a finite, crowded, resource-constrained, climate-destabilized planet. We urgently need new visionary benchmarks of environmentally and socially responsible business performance, and NBIS is helping to define them. Thanks, NBIS!” (more…)
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Business has a demonstrated power to deliver results. However, too often these results are biased toward the benefit of shareholders and at odds with what makes our society a better place. A new type of corporation with a formalized purpose that includes generating positive impact for society in its core was needed.
Launching a new era of sustainable business, certified B Corporations and legal entities such as Benefit Corporations and Social Purpose Corporations combine business success with social and environmental responsibility and public accountability. As their number, diversity and impact increase, these companies are demonstrating the creativity and innovation that sustainable businesses can bring to our economy. (more…)