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Sustainable Brands Attracts Global Finance Leaders Exploring Next-Generation Goals & Reporting

New Metrics ‘19 advances the role of business in driving economic transformation
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November 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The Sustainable Brands® community gathers today in Philadelphia, PA to kick off the 9th annual New Metrics conference. Over 250 global executives, sustainability strategists and finance leaders from companies such as Moody’s, Nasdaq, Bank of the West, IKEA, an

Business As Usual Will Not Save the Planet

By Mark R. Kramer, Rishi Agarwal, and Aditi Srinivas
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The United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) were explicitly designed to engage the private sector in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Four years into the UN’s 15-year timeline, the question is whether companies are advancing serious solutions or are simply embarking on a massive global public relations charade. Unfortunately, our internal research points to the latter.

Institutional Investor: Where ESG Fails

By Michael E. Porter & George Serafeim & Mark Kramer
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Despite countless studies, there has never been conclusive evidence that socially responsible screens deliver alpha. A better model exists, argue Harvard Business School luminaries Michael Porter, George Serafeim, and Mark Kramer.

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Despite countless studies, there has never been conclusive evidence that socially responsible screens deliver alpha. A better model exists, argue Harvard Business School luminaries Michael Porter, George Serafeim, and Mark Kramer.

Published in Colombia: The Business of Solving Social Problems

by Dane Smith, Laura Amaya
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A version of this blog post was published in Spanish, in the financial newspaper ‘Portafolio’, as part of the special issue on Empresas INspiradoras, which recognizes companies adopting a shared value approach. For a second year in a row, FSG worked closely with Colombian National Industry Association (ANDI) to develop a set of selection criteria that were appropriate for Colombia’s business and socio-political context. These included:  the scale of measurable social impact of a shared value strategy, its contribution to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the degree to which the strategy supports the inclusion of historically underserved or marginalized groups.

Chocó is one of Colombia’s most impoverished regions, with 48% of people living in poverty. It also has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 17%. In 2013, Telefónica Moister set up a call center in the city of Quibdó, Chocó’s capital. Beyond the potential for impact, Telefónica Movistar saw a strong business opportunity in this new venture. The investment paid off – the Quibdó call center employs 150 people, and has generated significant cost savings for the company as a result of having staff turnover rates 50% lower than other call centers across the country.  With the Quibdó call center, Telefónica Movistar is adopting a shared value approach. It is increasing its profitability by solving a social problem.

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A version of this blog post was published in Spanish, in the financial newspaper ‘Portafolio’, as part of the special issue on Empresas INspiradoras, which recognizes companies adopting a shared value approach. For a second year in a row, FSG worked closely with Colombian National Industry Association (ANDI) to develop a set of selection criteria that were appropriate for Colombia’s business and socio-political context. These included:  the scale of measurable social impact of a shared value strategy, its contribution to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the degree to which the strategy supports the inclusion of historically underserved or marginalized groups.

Chocó is one of Colombia’s most impoverished regions, with 48% of people living in poverty. It also has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 17%. In 2013, Telefónica Moister set up a call center in the city of Quibdó, Chocó’s capital. Beyond the potential for impact, Telefónica Movistar saw a strong business opportunity in this new venture. The investment paid off – the Quibdó call center employs 150 people, and has generated significant cost savings for the company as a result of having staff turnover rates 50% lower than other call centers across the country.  With the Quibdó call center, Telefónica Movistar is adopting a shared value approach. It is increasing its profitability by solving a social problem.

Abbott Included on 2018 Fortune Change the World list

Fortune recognizes Abbott for creating positive social impact through business
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Today Fortune magazine announced its "Change the World" list, recognizing companies that are delivering shared value by making an important social or environmental impact through their core business strategy and operations. Fortune included Abbott on the list of leading companies, highlighting work to help dairy farmers through a nutrition supply chain initiative.

Delivering Shared Value With Rapid Diagnostics

Abbott delivers shared value across Africa by finding unique ways to expand access to innovative rapid testing technologies.
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Despite health improvements made across Africa in recent years, significant health challenges remain for 1.2 billion people living across the continent. The region shoulders some of the world's heaviest infectious disease burdens: 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases and nearly 70 percent of the 36.7 million HIV cases worldwide. Adding further complication, healthcare access for those living in rural sub-Saharan Africa is limited.

Abbott's Dairy Initiative Delivers Shared Value in India

To drive social impact through business in India, Abbott invests not just in products but in dairy farmers themselves.
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Through partnership, Abbott is providing farmers – especially women farmers— with the training and support they need to produce better milk and grow their businesses. This shared value approach is delivering dramatic results – transforming the lives of farmers and their families, while strengthening our nutrition business.

To learn more, click here for the full story.

What Corporate Leaders Are Saying About the Business of Gender Equity

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In the age of #metoo and #timesup, companies are eager to strategically consider how best to strive for gender equity within their organizations. Moving beyond technical fixes in the HR policies and practices, companies are increasingly seeing opportunities for improved competitiveness as they consider the role of women inside and outside their organization’s walls.

Live From #SV Leaders Summit - Inspire. Innovate. Act.

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Can't make it to New York? Watch the 2018 Shared Value Leadership Summit from your desk!

We're pleased to announce that this week we'll be streaming the entire plenary program of the 2018 Shared Value Leadership Summit: Tune into sharedvalue.org/livestream on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2, for conversations with companies that are using shared value to take on the issues that are making headlines around the world.

How One Farm is Harnessing Waste to Improve Soil Health and Put the Best Mushrooms on Your Pizza

The growers at Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms are part of an awesome cycle of care
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By Ryan Riddle, MS

When you take a bite of a hot slice of California Pizza Kitchen’s Mushroom and Green Onion pizza, you’re surely not thinking of mushroom farms, organic soil and sustainability.

Next time, perhaps you will.

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