Elevating humanity through business

Entrepreneur: Food With Thought

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Food With Thought: How One Franchise Is Making the World a Better Place Through Sandwiches The problem with being generous is that eventually word gets out. That’s what Jeff Sinelli, founder of the 11-year-old Dallas-based sandwich franchise Which Wich, discovered. Philanthropy was always a core element of his concept, with each of his 300-plus franchises supporting […]

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Bloomberg: Will Investors Put the Lid on the Container Store’s Generous Wages?

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A few years ago, Kip Tindell found himself at a crossroads. Tindell is chief executive officer of the Container Store, the retail company he co-founded in Dallas in 1978. He’s worked with his wife, Sharon, the entire time, and many other executives have been there for decades, too. Tindell likes to fly-fish and daydream. He’s […]

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February Webcast: We discuss affordable housing, Raymond James Financial, Orlando and more

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Nola, Paul, Alison and Vinny discuss for-profit affordable housing development without government subsidies, conscious leadership at Raymond James Financial, and Orlando as a hotbed for social enterprise. Rollins College opens a Department of Responsible Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship with about 400 students already involved.

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Conscious Leaders: Vanessa Bartram, founder of WorkSquare

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“I always knew that I wanted to work on poverty,” says Vanessa Bartram, founder of WorkSquare, a Miami temp agency and South Florida’s first certified B-Corp. Launched in 2008, the social enterprise finds jobs for low-income clients, many of whom are immigrants, and provides training designed to improve their financial stability. Unlike traditional staffing firms, […]

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Forbes: Salesforce CEO Slams ‘The World’s Dumbest Idea’: Maximizing Shareholder Value

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Jack Welch has called it “the dumbest idea in the world.” Vinci Group Chairman and CEO Xavier Huillard has called it “totally idiotic.” Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has said that “customers are number one; employees are number two and shareholders are number three.” Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever [UN], has denounced “the cult of shareholder […]

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Huff Post: A Call for Stakeholder Activists

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At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, I joined 2,500 global leaders in business, government, academia and the arts to discuss the state of the world. It was my 14th visit to Davos, and as in past years, the agenda was packed with sessions on the global economy, environmental risks, geopolitics and health […]

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January Webcast: We discuss College Hunks, Lucky’s Market, Worksquare and more

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Vinny Tafuro attended the Hillsborough County Economic Development, “Access to Capital Summit” where Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk provided an inspiring story about founding a now Tampa based company that recognizes the value of all stakeholders. Alison Foxall talks about a new grocer in Gainesville Florida. Lucky’s Market a Colorado based company believes that food is […]

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Forbes: Joining Up The Dots Of Stakeholder Expectation

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Britain’s Co-operative Bank is to listen to its 74,000 customers and stakeholders. Having polled them,  it is to rethink the ethical policy it first introduced in 1992 to ensure that it permeates its products and all its relationships. This includes “not banking, investing in or lending to companies that illegally avoid paying tax in the UK.” […]

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HBR: The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

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It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, using new social media tools and old-fashioned […]

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University of Tampa Profiles Chapter Founder

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The University of Tampa interviewed Conscious Capitalism Florida president and CEO Vinny Tafuro following the successful Benefit Corporation workshop held in partnership with the UT Entrepreneurs Sustainability Board last month. The free event featured Jef Conley and Elena Gibson of Sequil Systems of Delray Beach, an environmental consulting firm, that recently became one of Florida’s first Benefit Corporations […]

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