The Guardian | To Deliver on the SDGs, Companies Need to Find the “Goldilocks Zone”

One of the most vexing problems for companies committed to sustainable development is to settle on the right organisational model to deliver on the promise. Where should the talent, budgets and decision-making rights for such investment be located? How are managers’ incentives aligned with sustainable development goals? How closely should the organisational unit be linked to the core business units? Our research suggests that answers to such questions lead to…

HuffPost | Developing New Pathways to Transform Supply Chain Worker Well-being

As consumers, our garments intricately connect us to the men and women who made them. But does this connection make us wonder about the lives of the people across the globe who make our clothes? The answer today is probably no, in large part because many people don’t know where and how their clothes are made. Seeing first hand the working conditions at apparel factories changes the way you approach…

TriplePundit | Levi’s Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi Strauss & Co. announced last week that it would aggressively expand its worker well-being initiatives. The expansion is set to reach factories across Levi’s entire supply chain, as well as other brands within the global garment industry. According to the San Francisco-based company, well-being programs will reach more than 300,000 workers worldwide by 2025. The broad program, which Levi’s calls Worker Well-Being, first started in 2011. The company shared its best practices publicly so…

HSPH News | Helping Businesses Do Good for People and the Planet

Companies working to reduce their negative impact on the environment often measure their progress by the size of their footprint. Researchers with the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health initiative SHINE (Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise) encourage businesses to do more. The group works with companies to analyze their handprint—initiatives such as work-life balance policies and greener products that create a positive business impact—with a goal of having companies achieve…

LS&Co. Unzipped | Defining Well-being for Apparel Workers Globally

When it comes to what you wear every day, most people don’t consider the connection between what they are wearing and the people who made their clothes. Who touched them? How many people? What country do they live in? These are questions that Kimberly Almeida, senior program manager for the Levi Strauss Foundation, asks herself every morning when she gets dressed. And it’s what she asked the audience to do…

HuffPost | Health and Well-being: A Business Imperative

Health pervades all facets of business. It is pivotal to business strategy and operations, and it is material to long-term profitability. Companies across all sectors make an imprint on health in four ways: through the safety and integrity of products and services; through workplace culture and its influence on employee health risks, health outcomes, and performance; through the impact of operations on communities; and through the impact of operations on…

Boston.com | Companies Push to Make Employee Health Information Public

Soon, large companies like IBM, PepsiCo, and Johnson & Johnson could make employee health information public knowledge. Several global employers joined forces with nonprofit health advocacy groups this week to push for businesses to publish health information (like the stress levels and body mass indexes) of their employees. The goal, they say, is to provide investors, directors, and other stakeholders with valuable information about the overall wellness of a company’s workforce. Derek Yach, chief…

Huff Post | ReWork: Rethinking Work and Well-being

To be “a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.” That’s not something we normally associate with the business world, but that’s the purpose of a group called The B Team, a nonprofit founded in 2012 by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, with the mission “to catalyse a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet.” Normally, being assigned to the “B” team isn’t…