Social Impact

What if We Biked to Work Every Day?

Bike to Work Month

 

By Dan Sherman, Contributor

This month is national Bike to Work Month. Hopefully, you’ve been able to strap on a helmet, make the ride to the office, and remind yourself just how long it has been since you did a leg day at the gym.… Read More

The Grand Strategy Project

By: Michael Schweibinz

Patrick Doherty , the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western University, was one of many enlightening speakers who took center stage at the 25th annual SRI Conference in early November. Mr. Doherty presented the essence of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project focused on developing a new “Grand Strategy” for the United States (video and visuals).… Read More

Women and Workplace Equality: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby… or Not

By Danielle Burns and Kathleen McQuiggan

There is no denying that women have come a long way from the struggles and discrimination they faced in the past 50 years when it comes to finding a job and having access to educational resources.… Read More

Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart

By Michael Schweibinz:

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country.… Read More

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing

By: Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility, including being one of the early Certified B Corps.… Read More

Climate March Echoes Around the World

By: Michael Schweibinz

When was the largest organized event against climate change in the history of our planet? If you’re scrambling for an answer, stop, because you won’t find it in a history book. Instead, flip open just about any newspaper published within the last week, and there it will be—the “People’s Climate March.”

Just this past Sunday, the historic climate march descended on New York City as demonstrators from around the world crowded the streets from Columbus Circle to Times Square.… Read More

Fixing Recycling: How Do We Close the Loop?

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Many communities have recycling programs. And yet, this patchwork system of taxpayer funded programs produces marginal results for the United States overall that lag far behind other developed nations. Why?

Throwing Away $11.5 Billion

As You Sow has estimated that the value of wasted packaging in the U.S.… Read More

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing

By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy.

The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate treaty negotiation conference in Paris in 2015.… Read More

Soil Cowboys

By: Dan Sherman

In the northern United States and southern Canada, ranching has begun to promote sustainability, reducing carbon in the air, while creating healthier food and saving money.

Though not often known, soil can act as a carbon sink, holding tons of this climate change-causing element.… Read More

Apple Begins to Improve Working Conditions at Supplier Plants

By Dan Sherman

Apple’s suppliers have had a murky history with working conditions. Eighteen workers attempted suicide in one facility in 2010 and one died of exhaustion because of the working conditions at the plant.

The response from the supplier? Force employees to sign non-suicide agreements and install nets on the buildings.… Read More