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Global Handwashing Day in the Time of Ebola

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

We shouldn't require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene.

Forests and Food Are on the Front Line of the Battle Against Climate Change

Paul Polman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Paul Polman

Forests are also the lungs of our planet, and play a critical role in regulating our climate. They are second only to the oceans as the largest global store of carbon.

Get Mad And Take Action

Kees Kruythoff | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Kees Kruythoff

NRG CEO David Crane's recent blog 'Being Mad As Hell for the Clean Energy Revolution' is spot on. His passion inspires me to join in the call for action on the challenge of climate change and many societal issues that our world faces today.

To Grow Impact Investing, Focus on Multilingual Leadership

Ben Thornley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

September 15, 2014, will be remembered for the release of a seminal report on impact investing, care of an international taskforce backed by eight country advisory boards and four topical working groups.

Modern Capitalism vs. Socialism

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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.

If Business Leads, Will Consumers Follow?

John Friedman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
John Friedman

I first met Andrew Winston on the book tour for Green to Gold and have peripherally been connected with him over the last eight years. Since that best-selling book, a lot has changed in our world and our understanding of the issues it -- and we -- are facing.

The World Will End This Summer -- According to Hollywood

Forest Trends | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Forest Trends

In portraying our response to climate change, Hollywood has made an enormous - and erroneous - assumption. The apocalyptic visions presented by the mo...

The Companies That Produce 90 Percent of Our Food

The Daily Meal | Posted 07.24.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Quick, what do Hot Pockets and Alpo have in common?

End the Dread of the AGM

Perry Yeatman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of taking the traditional compliance and risk mitigation approach, maybe before next year's AGM cycle, you get off the back foot and onto the front. Instead of just "doing good," grow your revenue by having your brands tackle social issues.

Christoph Lueneburger Tells How to Have a 'Culture of Purpose'

Scott Goodson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Scott Goodson

There are challenges that modern leaders cannot achieve without a culture of purpose. Building one will help attract the best minds and talent who are looking for meaning not simply employment.

This Global Corporation Might Actually Be Paving The Way For Positive Change

Posted 03.26.2014 | Business

Workplace burnout has become a global epidemic. More than eight in 10 U.S. employees report experiencing stress at work, and stress costs American com...

Reality Check: Our Progress Has Come at an Unsustainable Price

John Friedman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When a system continues to produce the same results, one must conclude that the system, whether it was intended to produce those outcomes or not, is designed to produce those outcomes.

Dove Pulls Ad That Pissed Off An Entire State

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

Dove's parent company, Unilever, has decided to pull the plug on a planned billboard for its new deodorant line that refers to New Jersey as the "armp...

Bankable Beauty

Jana Perez | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Jana Perez

Only four percent of women consider themselves beautiful, according to a study commissioned by Dove. Dove is banking on that.

It's 2014. How Are You Going To Show Up Differently?

Matthew Harrington | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Matthew Harrington

As 2014 gets underway, something profound is afoot among some of the world's largest brands. They are doing things differently and challenging the status quo. Rather than being daunted by the prospect of change, they have the courage to embrace it, which I would argue is setting them up for a more successful future.

29 Successful People Who Will Make You Feel Really Bad

Lea Stanković | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Lea Stanković

The article is designed to make not only its readers feel bad, but also some of the CEOs included in it. Just think how awful Unilever CEO Paul Polman must have felt when he realized his 6am rising time is simply not good enough.

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.

Project Sunlight and the Journey to Intrinsic Values

Jules Peck | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

Unilever's innovative Project Sunlight platform has attracted lots of blogosphere attention and sometimes criticism. The headlines of the criticism ar...

This Film Asks Parenting's Most Eternal Question

Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents

In time for this week's United Nations Universal Children’s Day, Unilever has teamed with director Errol Morris, along with Save The Children, U...

When It Comes to Health and Dignity, There Is Nothing More Powerful Than a Toilet

David Winder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Winder

One in three people globally do not have access to a toilet. The lack of sanitation is an acute public health issue with serious consequences -- and not only when disaster strikes.

Ben & Jerry's, Unilever And The 'Flavor Graveyard' Of Past CEOs

George Bradt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim should not have been able to assimilate into the culture at the company, but he did. His story provides a great exam...

China 2014: Too Little, Too Late for Newbies

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

2014 will be the year leaders of consumer goods producers realize that it may be too late to enter China. If you haven't established significant scale already, you probably never will. The PRC will not be an option for turbo-charging future growth plans for current non-players.

The Big (Ain't Always) Easy

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Zachary Dominitz

The meaning of 'social good,' a lot like the Occupy movement, varies greatly depending on your perspective.

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.

For Corporate Directors: How Human Rights and the Environment Tie to Profits

Alice Korngold | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

Not only do companies have much to lose by violating human rights and devastating the environment, but also they have a great deal to gain by advancing global sustainability. Increasingly these issues matter to investors.