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.
"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.
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.
The system is poised for change. Now is the time for all of us to show companies that it is in their interests to lead. No brand is too big not to listen to its customers, and if enough of us urge the "Big 10" to do what is right, they will have no choice but to listen.
Terry Mollner, one of the founders of the Calvert Foundation and credited for securing the mission of Ben and Jerry's in their sale to Unilever, was invited to attend some of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.
Today, consumers want brands that fulfill deeper emotional needs. Brands that are willing to be transparent and humble. Brands with sincere commitments to the environment, social equity and responsible governance. This is a far cry from consumer needs just a decade ago.
Beauty is only skin deep. This time-honored idiom -- and title of a former hit song by The Temptations -- recognizes an inexorable truth of human aging. Now this expression has found more contemporary implications in an era of digital photo editing.
The Lacey Act is under attack by some companies and Members of Congress and House Leadership is pushing for this bill to come up for a vote by the whole House before the end of July. Passage of this bill would be devastating for efforts to address deforestation.