As we celebrate a New Year and Conscious Company magazine’s fourth anniversary of hitting newsstands nationwide, we thought we’d reflect on the past year’s most popular articles. Whether you’re new to the conscious-business paradigm or you’re a seasoned conscious leader who’s looking for new and improved conscious-business practices, this countdown of top stories is sure to inspire. Grab your cup of joe and get ready to re-evaluate your definitions of profit and purpose in 2019.


20. Patagonia’s CEO says Conscious Leaders Need to Stand for Something

Patagonia’s president and CEO Rose Marcario is the ultimate mindful leader. In this exclusive in-depth interview, she shares her best advice for companies and CEOs on taking risks, trusting your gut, and creating the change you want to see.

Read the full story: Patagonia’s CEO says Conscious Leaders Need to Stand for Something


19. 5 “Feminine” Traits that All Conscious Leaders Should Cultivate

These essential qualities bridge the gender divide and act as the common denominators in the most respected, successful, and significant leaders of our time.

Read the full story: 5 “Feminine” Traits that All Conscious Leaders Should Cultivate


18. Learn The Four C’s of a Successful Employee Volunteer Program

Volunteer programs for employees help workers feel more fulfilled and engaged. Use this framework to raise your program to the next level.

Read the full story: Learn The Four C’s of a Successful Employee Volunteer Program


17. How Social Media is Changing Communication for the Better

It’s easy to grouse about Facebook and Twitter in our increasingly connected society. But for sustainable businesses, social media can be a tool for staying in touch with the people who matter most.

Read the full story: How Social Media is Changing Communication for the Better


16. How to Escape Your Organization’s Echo Chamber

Leaders can’t observe clearly if they can’t see anything outside of their own organization or industry. In order to drive real change, leaders must escape their bubbles and make space for outside perspective. Here’s how.

Read the full story: How to Escape Your Organization’s Echo Chamber


15. A Call for Long-Term Capitalism

Capitalism is stuck in a state of pathological urgency that’s harmful to us all, including our businesses’ bottom lines. So why can’t we snap out of it?

Read the full story: A Call for Long-Term Capitalism


14. How Biggby Coffee Found Its Purpose

This $100 million Michigan coffee franchise was already a financial success. But its owners realized they wanted a deeper legacy — and that’s when the hard work really began.

Read the full story: How Biggby Coffee Found Its Purpose


13. 5 Social Responsibility Trends to Watch for in 2018

Entrepreneur, CEO, and author Russ Stoddard on what conscious leaders should keep an eye out for in the new year

Read the full story: 5 Social Responsibility Trends to Watch for in 2018


12. How Patagonia Balances Social Value and Business Value

In this exclusive in-depth interview, Patagonia VP Rick Ridgeway reveals what Patagonia’s commitment to sustainable business means in practice.

Read the full story: How Patagonia Balances Social Value and Business Value


11. 35 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business — 2019

Meet the creators and makers, movers and shakers who are transforming business — and the planet — for the better.

Read the full story: 35 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business — 2019


10. Diversity Is For White Men Too. Here’s How — and Why it Matters.

Feminine leadership, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace are often framed as issues only for women and people of color. They’re not.

Read the full story: Diversity Is For White Men Too. Here’s How — and Why it Matters


9. 18 Inspiring Quotes About Courage from Powerful Women

Maya Angelou, Eileen Fisher, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, and others weigh in about this key element of women’s leadership.

Read the full story: 18 Inspiring Quotes About Courage from Powerful Women


8. How to Deal With Feeling Anger At Work

We can’t do our best work if we feel compelled to check our emotions at the office door. Wellbeing consultant Carley Hauck offers advice to help leaders recognize and feel their emotions in the workplace — without flying off the handle.

Read the full story: How to Deal With Feeling Anger At Work


7. The World’s Top 25 For-Benefit Companies

We worked with GameChangers 500 to bring you this list of the best companies where profits play a supporting role to the real stars: mission and purpose.

Read the full story: The World’s Top 25 For-Benefit Companies


6. Top Conscious Business Leaders 2018

These 21 superstars are making a difference through their personal-transformation work, the conscious workplaces they create, and the global impact of their businesses and ideas.

Read the full story: Top Conscious Business Leaders 2018


5. Why and How to Make Your Business Sustainable

Sustainability isn’t just about recycling; it’s key to succeeding in the modern business world. Here’s how to start thinking about it in your company.

Read the full story: Why and How to Make Your Business Sustainable


4. There Are Actually 6+ Types of Social Enterprise

The term “social enterprise” can mean a lot of different things. Where on the spectrum does your favorite one fall?

Read the full story: There Are Actually 6+ Types of Social Enterprise


3. What’s the Difference Between a B Corp and a Benefit Corporation?

Both B Corps and benefit corporations focus on using business for good. But there are some important differences between them.

Read the full story: What’s the Difference Between a B Corp and a Benefit Corporation?


2. 19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

We polled investors, incubators, accelerators, and industry groups to bring you this list of 19 exciting social entrepreneurs on the rise in 2017 — plus their inspirations, recommendations, and recent lessons.

Read the full story: 19 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017


1. 6 Ways Corporate Social Responsibility Benefits Your Employees

CSR efforts don’t just boost profits and improve customer relations — they’re good for employee relations, too. Here’s how.

Read the full story: 6 Ways Corporate Social Responsibility Benefits Your Employees

Vanessa Childers

Vanessa Childers is the Editorial Director of Conscious Company Media, where she serves as Editor in Chief of the magazine, bolsters digital brand awareness, and drives the overarching content strategy.

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