Fashionably sporty and ready to join some friends for a picnic. Thrilled you have a new shirt that shows your sense of style and good taste. What else does it say about you?
This particular stone-washed shirt shows a surfer at sunset. You like the ocean. You like to surf. You’re romantic. You wear it proudly. The brand is prominently displayed. PATAGONIA!
You chose this brand intentionally because you commend their values. You like what they stand for. You want to support businesses doing well AND doing good. You loved their newsworthy and revolutionary campaign, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” Their owner, Yvon Chouinard, wrote a book called “Let My People Go Surfing” and trusted his employees to manage their own schedules. You admire his commitment to being a good boss. He started 1% for the Planet where Patagonia, and other companies, pledge to give 1% of their total income to help NGO’s working toward environmental and conservation solutions. You are proud to wear Patagonia because you TRUST the brand, their business ethics and their values. Wearing this brand makes you a good citizen for all the world to admire.
Patagonia is one example of an honorable and sustainable business. They clearly care about people, planet and profits. Their company’s mission statement is “Build the best product, do no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Read more about their philosophy on Becoming A Responsible Company.
Another company is H&M who are leading the pack in fair living wages for garment workers. They also care about animal welfare by a public commitment stating “We care about animal welfare and endangered species. We’ve banned the use of real fur in our products for years, and don’t test any of our own brand cosmetics on animals.” For a full list of their corporate social responsibility commitments, check out these Conscious Actions.
TOMS is one of the first to launch a buy one, give one model. One for you and one for a child in need. Blake Mycoskie wrote an inspirational book, “Start Something That Matters,” that outlined his transformation into retail as a social entrepreneur. He wanted to do something to help children worldwide after he saw the poor conditions in which they lived. He thought, I could open a non-profit and get donations. Then, he thought some more and found a way to help 3rd world economies, their children in need and create a viable business model. “I’ve learned that the keys to poverty alleviation are education and jobs. And we now have the resources to put investment behind this,” says Blake Mycoskie. (Source: TOMS Sets Out To Sell A Lifestyle, Not Just Shoes in Fast Company)
Vote with your Dollar$
~ Every time you purchase from Patagonia, you are helping our planet.
~ Every time you shop at H&M, you are ensuring fair wages for people employed worldwide.
~ Every pair of shoes you buy at TOMS will also supply a pair of shoes to a child in need.
What other companies do you support that are “doing good and doing well?”
Consider, not buying at all
Or only buy what you need. Not making a purchase is also a statement about your values and how you choose to live your life. If you do decide to buy something new, why not buy clothing you are proud to wear AND support a company you trust?REGISTER FOR NEWSLETTER Read More »
Do you look at photographs of yourself taken years ago and say, “WOW! I looked good”? Then, look at yourself now with a critical eye? Perhaps, we need to see ourselves as others see us.
This social experiment is very eye-opening. I hope this video resonates for you and motivates you to begin appreciating your own beauty today.
Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is commendable and deserves attention and recognition.
If we do not ‘get the message,’ we could be influenced and manipulated by images shown in this ad.
Self-esteem is affected by the images we see everyday. We need to lift ourselves up in a society that promotes overconsumption as a path to happiness. Talk to your friends, family and especially our youth about our value and natural beauty.
Thanks to Laura Willard and Upworthy for putting this back on my radar. It’s important to continue this dialogue about this pressing issue in our society.REGISTER FOR NEWSLETTER Read More »
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I believe Chipotle has a strong company culture around sustainability. After watching the video, please share your thoughts about Chipotle AND their company culture. What do YOU think?
“Food With Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” -Chipotle
Progress over time
- 2000-Started serving naturally raised pork
- 2002-Started serving naturally raised chickens
- 2004-Started using zero trans fat oil
- 2007-Started serving naturally raised beef and removed rBGH in cheese and sour cream
For more milestones, click here.Read More »
CVS Caremark hits a homerun with a courageous move to align their brand and their core values. 7,600 stores nationwide will no longer sell cigarettes and related items (as of October 1, 2014).
Will there be a loss in revenue due to taking cigarettes off the shelves?
Yes. Estimated at $2 billion a year.
Will there be more brand loyalty and trust for CVS?
Probably. Accountability and corporate social responsibility are becoming competitive advantages in today’s market. Doing what’s right for the health of our citizens will most likely overcome any losses in short-term sales. “People before Profits” leads to more stakeholder engagement and loyalty. It’s also leading to more public attention and rampant publicity as highlighted by Forbes.com article.
Yes. A calculated risk that could have huge pay-offs as seen by other socially responsible businesses (i.e., Patagonia, Tom’s, Chipotle). This bold move could be especially beneficial since they are leading the way.
Is this the right thing to do?
- Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year.
- Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States.
Is this a long-term strategic decision?
It appears to be part of a bigger plan for their healthcare initiatives. CVS has already established in-store mini-clinic with nurse and physician staff to assist customers. They are initiating a smoking cessation program. These strategic decisions and shift in services could recoup any losses in cigarette sales.
Care to share your thoughts?
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- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has removed dangerous food dyes.
- General Mills Cheerios has committed to remove GMO’s from their yellow box cereals.
- Subway announced its intention to remove plastic substance from bread ingredients.
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