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 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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How To Bring Sustainability To The Masses: Tony’s Chocolonely’s Impact Strategy

Tony’s Chocolonely is a Dutch chocolate manufacturer producing wildly exotic chocolate with flavours like “dark milk pretzel toffee,” “white raspberry popping candy” and, my favourite, “milk caramel sea salt.” They are not an ordinary chocolate producer. Their primary goal is not financial success. As it says on every chocolate bar, their goal is “towards 100%…

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How To Turn Sustainability Into A Winning Strategy—A Trojan Horse Approach

Business contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are far from being on track, a recent global CEO study by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture Strategy shows. At the time of formulating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, 90% of CEOs said they were personally committed to ensuring that their companies lead on the…

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Is The New HP Elite Dragonfly The World’s Most Sustainable Laptop?

This week, HP launched its new Elite Dragonfly laptop. Even though its low weight and specs are a significant move forward compared to earlier models, it deserves attention for another reason. As HP claims, it is the world’s first PC made with “ocean-bound” plastics—plastics collected from river-sides, beaches and shores that would otherwise end up…

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