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Companies Should Be Forced To Disclose Climate Risk, Unilever CEO Says

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business

Unilever chief Paul Polman said Wednesday that all companies should be forced to disclose to shareholders any risk that climate change might pose to t...

Silicon Valley's Obsession With Flying Cars Flies In The Face Of Business Logic

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.16.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

This article first appeared as an op-ed on my column in Forbes. Bemoaning the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel-- don of the PayPal mafia, Silicon...

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Discusses Actions to Achieve Inclusive Capitalism

Inclusive Capitalism | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Inclusive Capitalism

While there are encouraging signs that momentum is building, there are many things that still need to change if we are to move to a genuinely more inclusive form of capitalism.

Sustainable Growth -- Who Is Responsible?

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 04.10.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

"Because we have become global so quickly, politics is changing rapidly in terms of the interdependence between different countries. In the past, you could solve the major issues in the world either within your own country or with a small group of countries."

Direct Engagement for Effective Business Leadership

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Alice Korngold

While most of us do not devote ourselves to causes in the way that Bryan Stevenson does, there is much for us to learn in how we live our lives and through service to our communities as volunteers and nonprofit board members.

For Business Leaders, The 'Grand Illusion' Has Come to an End

Richard Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Richard Edelman

I worry less about the global economy; a surprisingly large number of business leaders told me in private that they're upbeat about everybody's economic prospects. Their real unease is based on the realization that a 'Grand Illusion' has come to an end.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND -- This week, while candidates "squirmished" in advance of Iowa, more than 2,000 global leaders gathered here for the World Economic Forum. The theme was The Fourth Industrial Revolution -- the coming era of automation and smart technology -- and what business can do to help meet the big challenges ahead of us. The dominant refrain was the need for business leaders to put purpose at the center of the definition of business itself. It's a shift, already underway, with the power to not only improve the world but also boost the bottom line. As Unilever CEO Paul Polman put it, "investing in the common good, investing in the long term, is a better investment than just your short-term self-interest." What came through loud and clear this year was a growing realization that companies that chase short-term profits at the expense of social responsibility won't last very long. It's not just a better and more enlightened way forward; it's the only way forward.

Why This CEO Wants To Woo Oil Execs To The Right Side Of History

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business

It's easy to vilify fossil fuel companies. Oil and coal giants like ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy profit from substances that ravage the environment a...

A View From Paris: Business Stepping Up

Andrew Winston | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Andrew Winston

The last two weeks in the City of Light have been dedicated to defying terrorism and intolerance and moving the world toward a solution to climate change.

How Can Business Make a Difference In Paris?

Paul Polman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Paul Polman

The reality is that for the summit to succeed, business leaders must and will stand shoulder to shoulder with world leaders and play a critical supporting role in empowering national governments to agree a path to prosperity for us all.

How a Global Corporation Is Quietly Changing the World

Skoll Foundation | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Many would recognize the brands belonging to the 120-year-old company, like Dove, Popsicle or Vim, but few know the name Unilever and most have no idea of its incredibly bold -- some would even say radical -- approach to business.

The Business Case for Low Carbon Growth

Paul Polman | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Paul Polman

Earlier this month some two thousand business leaders, representing over six million companies, convened in Paris at the Business and Climate Summit.

These Leaders Prove Big Business Can Make The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact

To some business leaders, having a positive impact on society is just as vital as their companies' bottom lines. The Business for Peace Award, pres...

On International Women's Day, Business Leaders Call for Action

Richard Branson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Richard Branson

Business leaders call for action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and encourage business to build companies that truly value diversity

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Alice Korngold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.

Human Rights: The Key to Changing Business as Usual?

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Cherie Blair

My advice to organizations I work with is always to be proactive rather than simply reactive when it comes to human rights issues.

"Ice Cream Social": The Ben & Jerry's Story

Christine Bader | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Christine Bader

I thought I knew the essence of the Ben & Jerry's story: scrappy start-up wins the hearts, minds, and stomachs of an adoring fan base, and eventually gets swallowed whole by a big multinational.

Modern Capitalism vs. Socialism

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

There is a slogan out there of people, planet and profit. It is on this point that the global society is slowly reaching a boiling point where being exploited by the business community is unbearable.

Sustainable Shareholder Value

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

By making enlightened choices, a business like Unilever, with a market of consumers numbering in the billions can have a profound effect on our future.

Paul Polman: 'It's Just Ridiculous' To Expect Government To Solve All The Problems Alone

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business

Arianna sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, on HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to talk about how businesses can solve major problems like c...

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.

Warsaw Launch of New Corporate Climate Lobbying Guidelines

Jules Peck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

Getting this right can help companies provide proactive, constructive business input in order to help governments create effective climate policies. Businesses worldwide urgently need to play such as a role because getting this wrong is not conceivable.

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 'Architects of a Better World' -- Join Us!

Alice Korngold | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

"Join us, and together we will build a better world for all to prosper," was the message at this week's high-spirited UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that included heads of global corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations.

Charity, Prosperity, and the Industrial Complex

Margaret Coady | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business
Margaret Coady

In finishing his piece, Buffett admits that he doesn't have the roadmap to lead us from our current world to the ideal he hopes for, and I can't fault him -- the distance indeed seems daunting.

Business Leaders Aim To Build A Better Version Of Capitalism

Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact

Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, and Jochen Zeitz, chairman of Puma, launched a nonprofit group called The B Team on Thursda...