Do business leaders get it? Do they understand the critical role business must play to address today’s biggest challenges, including melting glaciers, widening income disparity, disappearing rainforests, and the global economic crisis? My answer to these questions is yes, and I’d like to share some good news.
Specifically, there are a number of business associations working for positive change in the business realm. These organizations are adding members regularly and are working to promote a future in which success is defined in terms of the triple bottom line—people, profits, and the planet.
Representing a full range of companies from startups to multinationals, these associations are supporting and sponsoring a change in how business decisions are made. They view the impact on society and the environment as equal to that of financial gains and are creating a paradigm shift for business as we know it.
Next month, on March 17–19 in Santa Barbara, 50 leaders from 26 of these organizations along with four global outreach groups are meeting together for the first time at a summit to find ways to better leverage their individual work with the understanding that business needs to be the driver of positive change in the world.
As a participant in this first-of-its-kind summit, I’d like to acknowledge the following organizations (and members) for their important work to date and their foresight to join forces to accelerate change. I urge anyone reading this blog to familiarize yourself with these powerful teams and to determine where you could add your voice to create a more positive future.
This influential group
of business associations is taking an All-In approach, integrating discipline and support with creativity and insight, all rooted in a firm foundation of values. For true sustainability in business, I believe this is the only way forward.
More to follow…
American Sustainable Business Council
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Business for Social Responsibility
Charter for Compassion International
Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
Emerging Changemakers Network
Fair Trade USA
Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
Great Work Cultures Big Tent Initiatives
Green Biz Group, Inc.
Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
New America Foundation
Socially Responsible Investors
Social Venture Network
Transitioning to Green
World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM)
World Business Academy
World Business Council for Stainable Development (USA)
Young Presidents’ Organization
Global Affiliations / Service Organizations / Outreach
White House Office for Social Innovation and Civic Participation
Good question: “Do business leaders get it?” Many unresolved issues continue. Glad to see environmental listed as a concern. But I did not hear anything about employee issues. If it weren’t for them, these companies would not exist. I wrote a blog on the people issue: http://womackblog.wordpress.com/
I welcome your feedback of how the alliance plans to tackle this issue. What was the outcome of the first meeting in March?
Hi Darlene and thanks for your note. I 100% agree that employees are central to any definition of a sustainable future. Success must include a focus on the triple bottom line—people, profits, and the planet. The Alliance’s initial session generated many ideas including the Inclusion Manifesto that I believe directly addresses your insightful concerns. Lots of opportunities to improve things, and our next session is scheduled for October at case Western University. Stay tuned and thanks!