The Values That Created Seventh Generation, Part 2: Rethinking Sustainability

We discussed in two earlier posts the idea of “global imperatives.” The values and beliefs that became our roadmap to helping to create the world at its best, and most sustainable. A world that creates opportunities for the wellness of people, planet and all living things. Fundamental to Seventh Generation’s business was how we understood sustainability...

What I’m Reading: State Capitalism on the Rise; Ethical Consumption; The Eroding Middle Class

Two provocative trends are taking place globally — state capitalism is increasing as the private sector is retreating in some of the largest growing economies on the planet. At the same time, there is a convergence of grassroots, consumer-led activism that has created awareness of our challenges as a planet, but failed to effect change on a systemic...

The Values That Created Seventh Generation, Part 1: Consciousness

I discussed in an earlier post the idea of “global imperatives.” The values and beliefs that became Seventh Generation’s roadmap to helping to create the world at its best, and most sustainable. A world that creates opportunities for the wellness of people, planet and all living things. The discussion and rumination of these “global imperatives” was...

What I’m Reading: Crowdsourcing Management Reviews; The Co-operative Advantage; Why We Need an Entrepreneurial Presidency

As I was writing The Responsibility Revolution, it gave me the opportunity to take an inside look at Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life – and, in particular, into one of their most compelling business practices: community review of executives. At Linden, the process was simple. Their CEO used SurveyMonkey to send out a questionnaire that asked: 1) Do you...

What Guides the Vision of Values-Based Businesses?

At Seventh Generation, we used something we called “global imperatives” to represent our role in the world that we dream of – the world at its best, most sustainable and equitable state. A world that creates opportunities for the wellness of people, planet and all living things. These imperatives translate into objectives and strategies that could take 25,...

Hollender Named as NYU Stern’s Citi Leadership & Ethics Program Distinguished Fellow

NYU Stern’s Citi Leadership and Ethics Program has appointed Jeffrey Hollender as its 2011-2012 Distinguised Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics. Each year the Citi Group enlists business leaders whose proven mission is to stimulate economic growth by addressing some the world’s most pressing problems, including poverty, homelessness and environmental...

Jeffrey Hollender Named as 2012 Thought Leader

Trust Across America, a leading organization in trustworthy business practices, has named Jeffrey Hollender one of 2012′s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. In it’s second year, this list recognizes people and organizations whose culture exhibit financial stability and strength, accounting conservativeness, corporate integrity,...

What I’m Reading: Workers’ Rights in China; Fair Trade USA Splits from Fair Trade International; and the Need for Truly Groundbreaking Leadership

A company is made of many components – ideas, strategies, products, research, buildings, the list could go on and on. But, there is one thing intrinsic to all companies, and that is very simply the people who come to work there every single day. Unfortunately, business has a long history of devaluing and mistreating its most valued asset. That was pretty clear...

Don’t Fire Employees To Fix Financial Problems Caused by Senior Management

While most businesses will claim, “people are their greatest and most important asset,” few businesses behave in a manner that’s aligned with those words. In general, the first thing that a business does when it fails to hit its earnings goals is to fire employees. One would hope that a values-based business would behave differently. Two of the things I...

What I’m Reading: 3 Must-Have Sustainability Apps; B-Corps in CA; Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Takes on “Big Guys”

Starting this month (and continuing every week), I’m sharing with you, every Friday, what I’m reading for the week – what intrigues me, inspires me, ignites me, irritates me – and what just makes me angry. I hope it will inspire you to read something new, and in turn, I hope you will share interesting news and reads with me. So, here goes: On the Forum...