For Plastic-Free to take Hold, Businesses Need to Form Strong Partnerships, Compete with Conventional Products
As the impacts of plastic pollution have received greater attention in recent years, many...
As the impacts of plastic pollution have received greater attention in recent years, many...
Americans are seeking out and are willing to pay a premium for environmentally friendly products,...
You only need to observe the variety of political Twitter accounts to understand the power of...
As President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions Nils Jaeger has been tasked with making autonomous...
In recent years, US manufacturers have taken major steps to make their supply chains more...
The hands are on the scales, and they’re tipped against us. There has been a lot of discussion as of late about facts and fake news—about how facts and opinions are conflated in the same sentence, paragraph thought, and are given equal weight. I’ve been thinking about and working through this problem for the past […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Consumers want products that have a low impact on the planet. They want to feel like they’re part of the solution. So one of our trade lines is, “Be part of the solution.” If you shop at SPUD, we’re saying you’re being part of a solution […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “For me today, it’s about continuing to demonstrate to people that you can build a great business that does something good for the world, that can be a catalyst for sustainable impact.” Jodie Morgan is the CEO of GreenMantra, the first company in the world to […]
Under siege from the coronavirus, many people have come to understand that they should change their behavior patterns, no longer traveling too much, producing too much, consuming too much, or using up too many resources. The comfort of working from home, wasting time instead of money, has led people away from their addiction to material […]
After decades of economic growth, advancement in technologies, unmatched prosperity, playing and praying, and having fun, a whole lot of fun, it seems as if the entire Earth is now standing still. Nothing is what it used to be. And we are caged, scared like animals in captivity. After so many days of bad news, […]
Photographer Gregg Segal approaches his work with the sensibility of a sociologist — using the medium to explore culture — our identity, memory, behavior, roles, beliefs, and values. His latest project examines food and nutrition. In an 8 x 8 aluminum hut on a construction site outside Mumbai, Anchal Sahni sits down to dinner with […]
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Choose a gift that supports the work of a nonprofit or a social enterprise. These gifts may look like many others you’ve seen, but each has a story that is changing lives for the better and taking the environment into consideration. OFFCUT SHOES Turning Negative Space into Positive Energy.In an effort to reduce its ecological imprint, Nike […]
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When plastic was invented in 1907 the world didn’t quite understand the environmental impact. Fast-forward more than a century and the substance has accumulated dramatically in our landfills, and more alarmingly, in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here, scientists estimate that 80,000 tons of floating plastic debris converge, three times the size of France — […]
Far too many organizations design their strategy with antiquated approaches designed to make everyone feel good, and then fail to implement anything meaningful. To avoid yet another year of wasted strategic planning, organizations must let go of myths that muddy their ability to develop a winning business strategy. Too often, business executives pursue strategy “black […]
People not only buy more devices, they abandon them quicker, increasing the mining of raw materials and landfill waste. Armed with screwdrivers and a zeal for change, a growing global movement is urging electronics giants to make devices that last longer and are easier to fix to cut the environmental fallout of the tech boom. […]
Paul Polman, SDG Advocate and Co-Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, made a passionate call-to-action to the compannies everywhere at the 2019 SDG Business Forum, held in New York in September. Real Leaders was there. Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN […]
This cosmetics company has laid some non-carbon footprints worth following. When you walk into any of the 931 Lush stores spread across 49 countries, you’re immediately tantalized by colors and flavors you can only imagine before you’ve tried them with names like Moroccan Argan, Ugandan Moringa and Indonesian Illipe. These ingredients are mixed together with […]
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. To learn more, sign up to host a strike, or receive updates check out: strikewithus.org In the US, youth […]
Kristina Bergman, founder and CEO of Integris Software (above), tells us why companies should take their customer data seriously, and what the implications can be for those that don’t. Can you explain data privacy and why this issue has become a concern? The easiest way to explain the importance of data privacy is to take a historical […]
Every two years, the UN Development Program (UNDP) Equator Initiative awards the prestigious and highly competitive Equator Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding community initiatives from across the planet advancing innovative models for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges. Solutions are as diverse as the development challenges they face. What unites them is that each shows […]
Casual couture king Virgil Abloh is joining the Evian empire to make sustainability fashionable — in more ways than one. Known among the fashion community for his avant-garde approach to haute couture, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and DJ, Virgil Abloh, is using his international fame to help another brand on the frontier of sustainable consumer […]
Pangaia is a global collective of people with one mission – to accelerate the world’s transition to responsible production and consumption. The European fashion brand is taking the world by storm – and leaving no trace behind. Every day we borrow resources from the planet. Producing billions of garments and feeding the endless whims of […]
Pathological consumption has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry […]
Gillette’s new advert is the talk of the town. And for many reasons. It speaks to the current trend of the “woke advertising” movement. It comments on many aspects of the growing pains that men go through – and how they have to navigate those waters. At the time of writing, with almost 29 million […]
From coffee beans helping poor farmers to affordable funeral services, British businesses that have a social impact have ballooned across a range of sectors, according to the top industry body as it unveiled the winners of its annual awards. The number of social enterprises in Britain has jumped to 100,000 from 70,000 last year, according […]
Timberland, known worldwide for its iconic yellow boot and passion for the outdoors, has announced a partnership with British designer Christopher Raeburn, who will serve as Global Creative Director for the brand. Raeburn owns a label of the same name, which is synonymous with responsible, intelligent fashion design. Raeburn will be a key stakeholder in developing […]
Eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow has announced the launch of its new Vegan Bag collection, with a focus on animal anti-cruelty. Many animals killed for leather experience cruel and gruesome treatment that is typical of factory farming. But, at Los Angeles-based Ministry of Tomorrow no animals are slaughtered in the production of their bags. This […]
Here’s the story of how tea has played an instrumental role in the lives of women through the ages. It covers the powerhouse activists from the 1700s to the 1900s, who used it to mobilize support for women’s rights around the world; the untold story of women’s influence in tea commerce that shaped the sector […]
Visit these five unique places that have put social impact or the environment at the center of their business. Proof that you can have fun and be socially responsible at the same time. 1. Norway. The Most Fun South of The Arctic Circle. There are more than 6,500 reasons to visit the Vega archipelago in […]
There’s no escaping the ever-growing threat of the “fake news” label – for media, and potentially as a huge PR crisis for communicators. According to Cision’s State of the Media Report, journalists said that regaining trust amidst the rise of misinformation and fake news is one of the greatest challenges facing the media this year. […]
Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their creations, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning their backs on the fur industry. Fashion houses around the world are bowing to pressure and using alternatives to real fur amid pressure from animal rights groups […]
In a world motivated by social cred and “likes,” it comes as no surprise that U.S. consumers on average spend roughly $250 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But what you might not expect is that men outspend women when it comes to their closet. Men spend an average of $310.50 per month on […]
Ibrahim AlHusseini is not your typical investor. A Palestinian refugee born in Jordan and raised in Saudi Arabia, he attended the University of Washington where his fascination with sustainable economics was born. He started his first company out of his college dorm room, and soon made millions. He could have stopped there, but everything changed […]
Real Leaders recently attended the annual GreenBiz ’18 event in Phoenix, Arizona – for the group’s yearly temperature-taking of trends, challenges and solutions around sustainable business. It’s been 25 years since the founders of this Oakland, CA-based media group, Joel Makower and Pete May, began feeding us intelligent, focused content on the convergence of business, […]
Charles Marlow, the fictitious steamer captain from Joseph Conrad’s late 19th century novella Heart of Darkness was drawn to the vast “blank places” on the map that surrounded the Congo River. Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is no longer a blank place on the map, but it’s still a land gripped by instability. It […]
The PETA USA youth organization has honored Germany’s largest shoe manufacturer for its commitment to producing fashion without animal components. Birkenstock has received the peta2 Libby Award “Most Vegan-Friendly Shoe Company 2017,” an award highly regarded throughout the global vegan community. The youth organization honored Germany’s largest shoe manufacturer for its commitment to producing fashion without animal […]
As part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly, Dunkin’ Donuts, the popular retailer of hot, brewed coffee, has decided to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam […]
The number of companies forging ahead with an industry-leading approach to tackling emissions in the supply chain has doubled in a year, according to new research by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, with analysis provided by McKinsey & Company. CDP has awarded 58 companies – out of a total of +3,300 – a […]
Terrorists move over. There’s a far worse terror in town that is indiscriminately targeting kids and adults, killing well over 10 times more Americans a year than all terrorist attacks of the last 16 years combined. That’s correct. While politicians have spent several trillion dollars on foreign wars, they’ve distracted us from the very real […]
When we were young a lot of what our parents did was about avoiding new purchases. Clothes were mended, shoes got repaired, toys were handed down; every item of daily life was used until it became unusable. Today our stuff is disposable or obsolete before we know it: it’s meaningless. When I was growing up […]
LimeBike, the dockless bike sharing service, has announced it has raised $50 million in Series B funding to speed the rollout of its programs into 30+ cities and campuses across the U.S. by year-end. LimeBike is now the largest dockless bikeshare operator in the U.S., with approximately 10,000 bikes deployed, and available in 20 markets total (twelve […]
Volkert Engelsman, founding director of fresh organic importer and distributor Eosta, has been awarded top place in the annual Dutch Sustainability Top-100 list compiled by daily newspaper Trouw. Recognising the Dutch entrepreneur as “a greengrocer with a radical vision,” the jury acknowledged Engelsman’s pioneering leadership in the field of sustainable food and farming, specifically in True Cost Accounting. […]
Amazon, Google and Dove rank high in 2017 national report on brands that demonstrate world value and purpose beyond profit. The 2017 World Value Index report, by mission-driven creative company enso has unveiled people’s perceptions of 150 leading brands and their perceived value to the communities and audiences they serve. The report’s findings are based on […]
In 1919, as the White and Red armies fought a brutal, seesaw war for control of Russia, British War Secretary Winston Churchill prodded his government to commit troops to the fight. The Bolsheviks, he declared, were “swarms of typhus bearing vermin.” They “hop and caper like ferocious baboons amid the ruins of their cities and […]
Nitin Gadia, a young techie from Ames, Iowa, realised that despite the global controversy, nobody had properly mapped the 1,172 mile-long pathway of the Dakota pipeline despite it crossing four American states. So, with the help of colleagues in Kenya and the Phillipines, he decided to create one himself. Now it’s available on mobile.
While president Donald Trump ﬁghts his daily political battles, a Northern Virginia doctor – also named Donald Trump – is focused on clinical trials to ﬁght cancer and doing the best he can to avoid conversations about his name or namesake. The majority of Americans know Donald Trump as the bellicose Republican president and billionaire […]
British sculptor Antony Gormley puts people’s relationships with urban construction at the forefront of his latest exhibition “Fit”, creating a sort of labyrinth in a London gallery space. “Sleeping Field”, one of the installations at the White Cube Bermondsey gallery, is made up of hundreds of iron sculptures, which at first look like small high-rise […]
Bottletop has taken an eye for detail, combined it with community craft and projected it into the realm of luxury. Oliver Wayman and Cameron Saul have unearthed skills from different cultures, that use different waste materials and refined them for an audience who wouldn’t normally come across these beautiful pieces. “We set out to […]
Photographer Jac de Villiers spoke to influential people who have shaped our world view. They shared their message of leadership and humanity. Portraiture is a complex affair, where the photographer shares an intimate but brief relationship with a person, often a stranger. Usually, I have a rough mental image of the result I am looking […]
As everybody in Spain races to their chosen getaway to spend a couple weeks fighting with other holiday makers over a table at the best restaurants, best spot to anchor their boat, or nicest hammock on the beach, I seem to be the wise one: Madrid is at its most relaxed and calm in August. It’s […]
I am sick and tired of seeing so many good, hard working people that are sick and tired. In case you haven’t noticed, times have changed. If you work for a large employer the chances are you’re working very, very hard. According to Gallup, American workers, on average, are now logging 47 hours of work […]
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I just got a whole lot smarter by understanding more about what makes me dumb. I just got back from a three-hour workshop presented by Mahzarin Banaji, who is an award-winning Harvard professor specializing in how our brain biases secretly control our thinking. Her book is called Blind Spot, Hidden Biases of Good People. We […]
Loyalty is the most overvalued value. The plea for loyalty is almost always invoked when loyalty is not deserved. When people demand your loyalty what they’re usually trying to do is escape accountability. I am not saying loyalty has no value but rather being loyal to people and organizations who do not keep their promises, […]
Imagine a world in which failure was not a terrible event. A place in which mistakes were valued, obstacles were short-lived barriers and questions were endless. Perhaps an environment where we had nine lives, like a cat. This place is where we would explore and learn from our experiences. It would be a world in […]
Debbie and I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Yes, we saw Mount Everest (from a small plane… no more mountain climbing for me). But the most enriching part of the trip was spending every day with a guide who happened to be either a devout Buddhist or Hindu. This allowed […]
Once reserved for powerful merchants, the title ‘patron of the arts’ has been bestowed on ordinary citizens wanting to preserve the world’s most recognizable art and architecture. Nowhere in Italy – perhaps in the entire world – is the act of looking at art more rewarding than in Florence. Nowhere else can one be captivated […]
You’re in a forest. Through the trees up ahead a dim orange glow tells you it’s almost dawn. Except, the sun is rising in the opposite direction. You move closer to have a look. A shiny, metallic flying saucer is wedged between some pines about 20 ft. off the ground. With horror you watch as […]
Storytelling can indeed influence social change. And the time is now. Thanks to the social Web, the creative pen comes in many shapes and sizes and we have massive distribution channels right at our fingertips. Today, each of us has the opportunity, and the platform, to not only share our stories but also to play […]
I love Italy! The people, the food (Eat-aly), the wine, the history and the warmth… what’s not to love? Well ok, the overwhelming shiploads and busloads of tourists that sometimes give it that overwhelming “Disneyland” feeling. My PIBAL (Partner in Business and Life) Julie and I recently set out to experience the best of Italy […]