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HuffPost: Global Businesses & Climate Change: Don’t Get Left Behind


Here’s a simple fact: taking decisive action on climate change will cost us less than failing to do so. At Unilever, we operate in 190 countries with two billion people using our products daily. We take climate seriously because we know that it impacts those two billion people — and that means it impacts us, Continue Reading

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Huff Post: Why Business is a Force for Good, Yes Really


Cut to the evil businessman cackling as he counts his coins while his workers slave away in the salt mines, giving their lifeblood for his riches. We all know the story. It’s the common narrative of pop culture movies and TV shows. But what if this old story isn’t true? Consider this: Prior to the Continue Reading

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NY Times: One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year


The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives. His idea bubbled into reality on Monday afternoon, when Mr. Pricesurprised his 120-person staff by announcing Continue Reading

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Entrepreneur: Food With Thought


Food With Thought: How One Franchise Is Making the World a Better Place Through Sandwiches The problem with being generous is that eventually word gets out. That’s what Jeff Sinelli, founder of the 11-year-old Dallas-based sandwich franchise Which Wich, discovered. Philanthropy was always a core element of his concept, with each of his 300-plus franchises supporting Continue Reading

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Bloomberg: Will Investors Put the Lid on the Container Store’s Generous Wages?


A few years ago, Kip Tindell found himself at a crossroads. Tindell is chief executive officer of the Container Store, the retail company he co-founded in Dallas in 1978. He’s worked with his wife, Sharon, the entire time, and many other executives have been there for decades, too. Tindell likes to fly-fish and daydream. He’s Continue Reading


February Webcast: We discuss affordable housing, Raymond James Financial, Orlando and more


Nola, Paul, Alison and Vinny discuss for-profit affordable housing development without government subsidies, conscious leadership at Raymond James Financial, and Orlando as a hotbed for social enterprise. Rollins College opens a Department of Responsible Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship with about 400 students already involved.


Conscious Leaders: Vanessa Bartram, founder of WorkSquare


“I always knew that I wanted to work on poverty,” says Vanessa Bartram, founder of WorkSquare, a Miami temp agency and South Florida’s first certified B-Corp. Launched in 2008, the social enterprise finds jobs for low-income clients, many of whom are immigrants, and provides training designed to improve their financial stability. Unlike traditional staffing firms, Continue Reading

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Forbes: Salesforce CEO Slams ‘The World’s Dumbest Idea’: Maximizing Shareholder Value


Jack Welch has called it “the dumbest idea in the world.” Vinci Group Chairman and CEO Xavier Huillard has called it “totally idiotic.” Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has said that “customers are number one; employees are number two and shareholders are number three.” Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever [UN], has denounced “the cult of shareholder Continue Reading

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Huff Post: A Call for Stakeholder Activists


At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, I joined 2,500 global leaders in business, government, academia and the arts to discuss the state of the world. It was my 14th visit to Davos, and as in past years, the agenda was packed with sessions on the global economy, environmental risks, geopolitics and health Continue Reading


January Webcast: We discuss College Hunks, Lucky’s Market, Worksquare and more


Vinny Tafuro attended the Hillsborough County Economic Development, “Access to Capital Summit” where Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk provided an inspiring story about founding a now Tampa based company that recognizes the value of all stakeholders. Alison Foxall talks about a new grocer in Gainesville Florida. Lucky’s Market a Colorado based company believes that food is Continue Reading