Purpose 360 podcast

Purpose 360

TruStory FM

Business is an unlikely hero: a force for good working to solve society's most pressing challenges, while boosting bottom line. This is social purpose at work. And it's a dynamic journey. Purpose 360 is a masterclass in unlocking the power of social purpose to ignite business and social impact. Host Carol Cone brings decades of social impact expertise and a 360-degree view of integrating social purpose into an organization into unfiltered conversations that illuminate today's big challenges and bigger ideas.

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    Living Up to the Expectations of Your Children with Alan and Elijah VanderMolen

    42:53

    Stakeholder expectations of companies today are clear: They must serve a purpose beyond profit alone, and they must do so authentically. One stakeholder group leading the call for purpose-driven business is young professionals. Increasingly, they’re seeking out internships and then careers with organizations that align with their values and personal purpose. Today’s business leaders hoping to capture this nascent talent must ensure their organizations are operating with purpose at the core. To better understand what the next generation of talent wants, and how companies today are responding, we invited a father-son team to Purpose 360. Alan VanderMolen, CCO of SC Johnson, the company with the purpose goal to be the planet’s most trusted, and Elijah VanderMolen, a junior at NYU studying Public Policy and Environmental Studies, joined the show to share their insights and experiences. Listen for Alan and Elijah’s insights on: Why we should ask how to live up to the expectations of our children. The best ways to reach and engage Gen Z, especially when it comes to sustainability. Cultivating a sustainability and purpose mindset at home and in the workplace. The danger of purpose washing today and the importance of authentically acting and reporting on purpose claims. Links & Notes Alan VanderMolen on LinkedIn SC Johnson’s Purpose The Climate Clock
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    Mobilizing a New Force for GOOD

    46:49

    In social impact partnerships, we often talk about ‘unlikely bedfellows ’—partners with whom you may not expect to collaborate but whose collective impact is transformational. The alliance between GOOD Worldwide Inc and Net Impact, however, just makes sense: These two powerhouse organizations have long rallied and amplified some of the most important figures and voices in social impact. Now, they’ve come together with Upworthy to create the GOOD Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to address social issues, drive social action, and reimagine the possibilities of our shared future. To share more about this new endeavor, we welcomed to the show Peter Lupoff, CEO at Net Impact and GOOD Institute, and Max Schorr, Co-founder, and CEO at GOOD Worldwide Inc. Listen for Peter and Max’s insights on: How this groundbreaking alliance came together, and the unique strengths each organization brings to the Institute—from Net Impact’s 160,000+ members to Upworthy’s growing digital audience. Why collaboration and ‘think tank’ style hubs are critical to solving some of the world’s most challenging social issues in innovative and inspiring ways. How GOOD Institute is bringing together next-gen talent, global policy leaders, and some of the world’s most iconic companies to drive change. Links & Notes GOOD Institute GOOD Institute Launch Release Leaps.org Peter Lupoff on LinkedIn Max Schorr on LinkedIn
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    Talking About Grief with Experience Camps

    55:38

    Joy. Wonder. Delight. Grief. These feelings are all deeply associated with the holiday season, but that last one isn’t talked about much. Talking about grief has become even more urgent during the pandemic, with 86% of Americans now saying grief should be addressed as an important mental health issue. Yet, 70% of adults don’t have the skills they need, saying they’re often unsure what to do or say when someone they care about is grieving. Experience Camps is seeking to change that by championing the nation’s 5.3 million bereaved children running no-cost programs that help grieving children thrive. The organization focuses on kids who have gone through the death of a sibling or parent/primary caregiver, organizing week-long overnight summer camps and year-round programs to help children build the community and coping skills they need to thrive. To hear hard-won insights from nearly 450,000 hours with grieving kids and actionable ideas for supporting others through grief, we welcomed to the show Sara Deren, founder and CEO (that’s Chief Experience Officer) of Experience Camps. Listen for Sara’s insights on: Why it’s important to ‘Talk About Grief,’ and how you can have hard conversations in constructive ways. How Experience Camps is navigating a 500% increase in demand over the last five years, expanding programming and resources to meet the unprecedented need. The lifelong impacts that healthy coping skills can provide grieving children, and how Experience Camps extends support beyond camp sessions. If you or a loved one is struggling with grief this holiday season, or want to help someone who is, please find grief resources here. If you would like to light a virtual candle for a loved one, please click here. Links & Notes About Experience Camps The Issue Donate to Experience Camps Grief Resources Sara Deren on LinkedIn
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    Cultivating a Better Tomorrow at Chipotle with Laurie Schalow

    52:17

    Chipotle revolutionized fast-casual dining with its fresh ingredients, open kitchens and assembly lines, and inventive menu. But Chipotle’s real innovation happens before the food gets into the hands of hungry customers. From the farms where ingredients are grown and raised to the impact of its supply chain on the environment, Chipotle is committed to sourcing and serving “food with integrity.” Its leadership in these areas and others has set a new bar for QSR and fast food, and the food system as a whole. This is all embodied in Chipotle’s purpose to cultivate a better world. This purpose is made real through the company’s support of ventures that make responsibly sourced and sustainable food more accessible, an executive compensation structure tied to ESG goals, and support for family farms. One meal might not change the world, but the way Chipotle makes it might. To share Chipotle’s purpose journey—including the ups and downs—we welcomed Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs and Food Safety Officer, to Purpose 360. Listen for Laurie’s insights on: How Chipotle identified and committed to addressing a “disruptive” issue that other organizations weren’t addressing. Why you should continuously monitor and address the needs of your stakeholders - from your suppliers and partners to your employees and customers. Why working on projects that haven’t been successful is a powerful way to display your leadership capability and make a mark. Why having a small sustainability team is not a deterrent to driving impact if you embed purpose responsibility cross-functionally. Links & Notes About Chipotle Chipotle’s 2020 Sustainability Report Laurie Schalow on LinkedIn “A Future Begins” - A Short Film Supporting Farmers “A Future Begins” Press Release “Can a Burrito Change the World?” — Chipotle’s 2021 Super Bowl Ad Chipotle Aluminaries Project Chipotle’s Free Degrees Chipotle Executive Compensation Tied to ESG Goals Progress
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    Making More Moments of Goodness with The Hershey Company

    46:39

    The Hershey Company has a distinct purpose of “making moments of goodness. The company’s iconic brands include the much-beloved Reese’s, York, Twizzlers, Good N Plenty, Almond Joy, barkTHINS, and, of course, the Hershey’s chocolate bar. Over a century before social and nutritional concerns came to light in a transparent world, they created the Shared Goodness Promise based on the values of its founder. The Shared Goodness Promise was born nearly 125 years ago with Milton Hershey and has grown to be The Hershey Company’s commitment to sustainably grow the business, protect the planet, enrich communities, and provide joy and opportunity to children. From monitoring and enforcing ethical supply chain management to improving childhood wellness through nutrition education and social and emotional learning support, The Hershey Company continually identifies new ways to bring its purpose to life. To talk about creating lasting change through embedding its purpose, we welcomed Jeff King, Senior Director of Global Sustainability and Social Impact at The Hershey Company, to Purpose 360. Listen for Jeff’s insights on: How The Hershey Company identified where and how it could create more moments of goodness across the supply chain and in its communities. How to use the voice of stakeholders to support and bolster sustainability decisions and strategic directions. Why small sustainability successes are important to build momentum - especially earlier in the journey. How employees are critical to authentic purpose. Links & Notes Jeff King on LinkedIn About The Hershey Company The Hershey Company’s 2020 Sustainability Report The Shared Goodness Promise The Hershey Company’s Sustainability Goals and Progress Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems The Heartwarming Project International Cocoa Initiative
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    To (Mission) Zero and Beyond at Interface with Erin Meezan

    58:22

    Interface has some of the most ambitious climate goals in business, and is achieving them by deeply integrating purpose and sustainability throughout the organization. While Interface may not be a company you’ve heard of, you might step on its products every single day. Founded by Ray C. Anderson in the 1970s, Interface designs and manufactures modular commercial flooring, including a revolutionary carbon-capturing carpet tile. Long before such innovative products, Interface was a “typical” company with a negative impact on the environment. In 1994, after a customer asked Anderson what his company was doing for the environment, the founder developed a task force to come up with the answer. Since then, Interface has achieved its “Mission Zero” commitment to be net zero by 2020 (and did so a year early) and has embarked on Climate Take Back, an initiative to create a climate “fit for life.” To talk about Ray’s vision and Interface’s radical journey, we welcomed Erin Meezan, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, to the show. Listen for Erin’s insights on: How Interface operationalized Ray’s original vision into strategic initiatives that have transformed the way companies approach sustainability. Why and how Interface engages its supply chain partners in achieving sustainability goals. How purpose-driven products and services can mobilize customers under a shared mission. Transformational lessons learned along Interface’s sustainability journey. Links & Notes Erin Meezan on LinkedIn About Interface Ray Anderson Obituary Ray Anderson’s Author Page Interface’s Lessons for the Future New York Times | “Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?” Interface’s Sustainability History Climate Take Back Video The Four Pillars of Climate Take Back Carbon Neutral Floors
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    Uniting Purpose and Data to Eradicate Hunger with Dr. Charles Owubah

    49:19

    For many of us, issues like malnutrition or access to clean water are difficult to fathom. For the team at Action Against Hunger, a global nonprofit, these issues are part of their daily work —and the lives of millions of children hinge on how successfully they carry out their purpose. Action Against Hunger’s work has always been critical, but recent data from the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World reports that world hunger increased by roughly 10% in 2020. To talk about this age-old purpose that has troubling new relevance, we welcomed to the show Dr. Charles Owubah, CEO of Action Against Hunger. Listen for Charles’s insights on: How Action Against Hunger is applying bold solutions and working to scale evidence-based programs that address hunger from various angles—from combatting drought to empowering mothers to monitor their children’s nutritional wellbeing. Why Action Against Hunger applies a business lens to achieving its mission (for example, by demonstrating how $1 invested in hunger programming returns $16 to the economy), and how they bring partners along on the journey. The role of data in combatting humanitarian crises like hunger, and how Action Against Hunger is innovating new approaches to data and technology to improve operational efficacy and transform key parts of the humanitarian and development sector. Links & Notes About Action Against Hunger Dr. Charles E. Owubah on LinkedIn Impact Stories Support Action Against Hunger How Nonprofits Can Help Tackle Three of the World’s Top Challenges
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    Bringing Values to Life with the ‘Dauntless’ Paul Polman

    59:28

    “We are at this crucial juncture where we really have to decide if we're going to live together in harmony and in sync with planet Earth or if we become one of the statistics of extinguished species. I know which side of history I want to be on.” Paul Polman: influencer, business leader, campaigner, and one of the pioneers of the stakeholder capitalism movement. From creating the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) during his tenure as CEO of Unilever to supporting CEOs in their work to implement purpose, Paul believes that the true definition of a billionaire is serving billions. His new book, Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take, is a roadmap for embedding purpose into an organization. In the book—and in this episode—Paul explains how Unilever brought the USLP to life through employees and embedded it into culture, operations, innovations, supply chain, customers, consumers, and communities. Paul joined host Carol Cone on Purpose 360 to explain what it means to be a net positive business today and why he will always be a “prisoner of hope” when it comes to solving our shared global challenges. Listen for insights from Paul on: How a business philosophy that supports shared prosperity creates both social impact and financial returns. Why exercising humility and recognizing that you can’t do everything on your own is vital to creating great impact. Why it’s important to bring in NGOs and partnerships to learn and grow. The three lessons Paul would share with a CEO trying to be net positive. Links & Notes Paul Polman on LinkedIn Buy your copy of Net Positive: Bookshop.org Barnes & Noble Apple Books Amazon IMAGINE Unilever Sustainable Living Plan 2010 to 2020
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    Growing More Good with ScottsMiracle-Gro

    46:43

    No one wakes up on a Saturday morning eager to purchase garden and lawn control products, and ScottsMiracle-Gro knows that. Consumers buy these products to use on something that they enjoy — their vegetable garden, their flowers, or the lawn their kids play on. That’s why ScottsMiracle-Gro’s purpose is to bring goodness to every person and every patch of the Earth. This applies to the next generations of gardeners, too: ScottsMiracle-Gro is encouraging childrens’ love for the outdoors through gardening programs in an effort to nurture future stewards of the environment. Jim King, EVP and CCO of ScottsMiracle-Gro, has returned to Purpose 360 to share an update on the company’s purpose commitment, GroMoreGood. Listen for insights from Jim on: How ScottsMiracle-Gro makes purpose “sticky” to engage employees, connect with consumers, and support future stakeholders. Why organizations require executive leader buy-in and commitment to live their purpose. How employee engagement and storytelling drive authenticity and trust in purpose. If you can’t live and be your purpose, then you should move on from it. Links & Notes About ScottsMiracle-Gro Jim King on LinkedIn GroMoreGood Associates on GroMoreGood Everywhere [Associates on GroMoreGood for Others](https://youtu.be/wpXtmHDDVHE ScottsMiracle-Gro Campus
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    Transforming Lives via Financial Inclusion with Kiva CEO Chris Tsakalakis

    49:53

    Many people are familiar with Kiva.org’s crowdfunded microloans, which support more than 3.5 million entrepreneurs worldwide. Fewer know the extent of Kiva’s efforts to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Today, the international nonprofit promotes innovations in financial inclusion through Kiva Labs, helps countries build more inclusive financial systems with Kiva Protocol, and unlocks scalable investments via Kiva Capital. To learn more about Kiva’s purpose-driven growth, we welcomed Chris Tsakalakis, CEO of Kiva, to the show. Chris and his team have created a cycle of impact, fostering person-to-person connections that have resulted in $1.6 billion in loans to 4 million borrowers around the world. Listen for insights from Chris on: How Kiva identifies and leverages gaps in the financial inclusion market to develop new solutions and scale impact. Why making innovation a responsibility for all employees enables a mindset of continuous improvement and adaptability. How expanding financial inclusion initiatives can help address other urgent social issues, from gender equity to human rights. Links & Notes About Kiva Chris Tsakalakis on LinkedIn Kiva Capital Kiva Labs Kiva Protocol

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