Purpose

The days of narrow corporate purposes based purely on increasing shareholder value are over. Investors, employees, consumers, and politicians all expect more. So how can your company define a higher purpose, and instill it among your workers around the world? Our contributors discuss what it means to be a purpose-driven business in the 21st century.

VF Corp: Leading with Purpose in a Leaner Organization

By |2020-03-02T22:25:15+00:00December 30th, 2019|Purpose|

Following a year that saw VF Corporation streamline its portfolio of brands and move its headquarters, Ethisphere Magazine took the chance to ask a few questions to the company’s General Counsel Laura Meagher about leading the legal function through these shifts. In this conversation, she discusses preserving culture, new regulations and cross-company collaboration at ...

The Next Step? Companies Evolving from Ethical to Purpose-Driven

By |2019-12-31T21:46:41+00:00August 16th, 2019|Corporate Culture, Purpose|

At Ethisphere, our mission over the past decade has been “defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.” At first glance, it seems entirely possible that a company can be ethical—doing business the right way, following the rules, and generally doing the right thing—and still not be driven by anything other than maximizing ...

Boeing’s Senior Vice President on Building Engagement

By |2019-12-31T21:10:11+00:00August 15th, 2019|Purpose, South Asia|

How can companies continue to drive excellence in ethics and compliance in today’s dynamic, global environment? Through collaboration, ethical leadership and a commitment to building and sustaining the right culture. This was one of the key takeaways during an industry roundtable in May when Ethisphere and The Boeing Company ...

South Asia Ethics Summit: India in the Age of Good Governance and Purpose

By |2019-12-03T19:14:18+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Purpose, South Asia|

Whether in the private or public sectors, addressing the growing trust deficit around the world has been a challenge. Almost every study shows that consumers and investors, regardless of region, are becoming increasingly aware of those companies that adhere to a set of values shared by the community – and those that do not. ...

Legal Leads on Purpose: Corporate Counsel in Conversation

By |2019-12-03T18:37:01+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Purpose|

The evolution of the legal department’s role inside the company over the last few years has turned a function once seen as peripheral to the business into a valuable center for strategic insight. That shift has put general counsels and chief legal officers right in the middle of conversations about purpose, responsibility and more. ...

Engine for Good: Purpose and Profits with EVERFI’s Ray Martinez

By |2019-12-03T16:27:05+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Purpose|

Many Ethisphere readers may know of EVERFI as a major player in the culture and anti-harassment training space, but the company’s services target a number of other “gaps in education,” and it was founded specifically to address societal issues. EVERFI’s Co-Founder Ray Martinez took time to chat with Ethisphere CEO Tim Erblich about the ...

Cyber Enforcement Picks Up…And New Risks Emerge

By |2019-12-03T15:23:35+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Cyber Security, Legal & Regulatory, Purpose|

You know your company’s data is a valuable asset and that you have to protect it. But how well do you know what your company actually does with its data and where it stores it? And how well do you know how data-protection regulators around the world would view your company—and the adequacy of ...

Flying High by Giving Well: Boeing’s John Blazey on Corporate Philanthropy

By |2019-12-03T15:30:00+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Purpose|

This summer at Ethisphere, we gave our interns William Erblich and Andrew Marquardt a research project: which of the hundreds of companies with whom we work has the most robust, well thought-out, and generally impressive corporate social responsibility program? After weeks spent looking at dozens of companies, their answer was clear: The Boeing Company. ...

Who Woulda Guessed? Business is Society’s Best Keeper of Integrity

By |2019-12-04T21:25:39+00:00November 4th, 2017|Corporate Culture, Purpose|

In ancient days, when I graduated law school, no one thought about businesses as good citizens. Most didn't even have ethics codes, hotlines, or non-retaliation policies. They didn't often train on integrity issues, and they didn't care much about how they treated staff. The blatant sexism and racism in ...

Molecular Solutions, Global Challenges: Eastman’s Innovations for a Sustainable Future

By |2019-12-30T23:24:36+00:00November 4th, 2017|Corporate Culture, Purpose|

The world faces enormous challenges driven by the interconnectivity of energy, water, and food resources. We have to take these interrelationships into consideration as we seek global solutions. To make matters more complex, the ocean, atmosphere, and climate are inextricably linked to energy, water, and the food chain. Considered in the context of a ...