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The Social Purpose of Associations

The Social Purpose of Associations

We’re in a moment of awakening about the role of organizations in society. Organizations are examining what they stand for in a world undergoing fundamental transformation. This includes associations who are at the interface between their members and the stakeholders...

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ESG, Social Purpose, and the Power of Business

ESG, Social Purpose, and the Power of Business

Those critics seem to be coming out in droves this year. Some, like former Vice President Mike Pence in his Wall Street Journal piece, seem clearly motivated to politicize the work. Some, like Tesla CEO Elon Musk via his anti-ESG remarks, seem petulant in the face of...

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Social Purpose & Business Leadership

Social Purpose & Business Leadership

Our client had needed to downsize by about 30% in the year before the pandemic, due to a ‘perfect storm’ of issues. We of course spent time unpacking those issues and discussing how the right strategy post-pandemic could make the firm more resilient to such shocks,...

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5 Ways Companies Can Transform to Social Purpose

5 Ways Companies Can Transform to Social Purpose

Too many companies still understand their purpose — or fundamental reason for existence — as maximizing profits or shareholder wealth. How can they move beyond that narrow definition of purpose, towards defining how their businesses help address society’s challenges?...

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Are Corporations Serving Their Purpose?

Are Corporations Serving Their Purpose?

With a growing number of companies adopting a social purpose beyond profit, Corporate Knights and I weigh in on the leaders and laggards in this report. You will know Corporate Knights for their annual ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations and...

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