Apple And Amazon Report Record Profits For Q4 2019. When Will ‘Profit Shaming’ Start?

Both Apple and Amazon have earned record profits in the fourth quarter of 2019. Propelled by sales of the iPhone 11, Apple reported an all-time record in revenues and profits. Revenues topped at $91.8 billion and profits at $22.3 billion. And propelled by Christmas sales, amazon revenues have risen to $87.4 billion over the last…

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Against Inequality: Why These 169 Millionaires Ask Governments For $8 Trillion More Taxes

During the Davos 2020 meeting of the World Economic Forum something remarkable happened. A group of more than hundred millionaires, calling themselves “Millionaires against Pitchforks” spread a letter to governments in which they ask for more taxes. What drives some of the richest people on this planet to do this? As we infer from the…

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Getting Things Done In 2020: Seven Mottos For An Effective Leadership Mindset

2020 has come and will ask a lot from leaders across the globe. Facing significant economic, political and climate challenges, leaders will have to prove themselves this year. First and foremost this means they will have to show effective leadership by turning plans, ideas and words into actions. Effective leadership means getting things done through…

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Getting Sustainability Right With Tony’s Chocolonely’s Six-Layer Impact Strategy

Dutch chocolate maker Tony’s Chocolonely produces great chocolate and original chocolate bars. But, more importantly, it also goes at length with its sustainability mission to achieve a 100% slave-free chocolate industry. Not just for themselves, but for everyone on this planet. A conversation I had with their head of impact, Paul Schoenmakers, reveals how serious…

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Proud To Pay Taxes: How Corporations Can Take Sustainability More Seriously

Sustainability gets higher on the policy agenda of many corporations. Not only in the light of climate change but also in terms of fair working conditions, health, gender equality and other Sustainable Development Goals. Some corporations take sustainability as seriously as they can throughout their organization and value chain. Others may still see it more…

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How This Company Takes Sustainability To The Next Level—With Toilet Paper

With sustainability getting higher on the agendas of companies and governments, the importance of inspiring, illuminating examples increases—especially in the light of this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid (COP25). In virtually every industry you have them: companies that are far ahead of the curve in taking sustainability seriously and integrating it into the…

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McKinsey Research Shows: A Sustainable Society Asks For Whole-Person Leadership

In the November 2019 issue of McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey describes three characteristics that leaders need to have to make their organizations flourish in today’s world. As they argue in their article “Answering Society’s Call: A New Leadership Imperative,” society increasingly demands transparency, empathy and meaning from their leaders. Whether this demand is really new, as…

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