Take a gander at our most popular online articles of the past year, from toxic masculinity and diversity to sustainable business and the top conscious leaders in the nation.

As we enter a New Year — and a New Decade!? — 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 2020. Here’s to the future!

20. How This $2.8 Billion Company Wins by Caring for Workers

At Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman’s Truly Human Leadership has created a new paradigm for success for nearly 12,000 employees.

Read the full story: How This $2.8 Billion Company Wins by Caring for Workers


19. Toxic Masculinity is Having a Moment. Here’s What It Is and Who It Hurts.

From the new APA guidance on its impact to the new Gilette and Axe ads, the term ‘toxic masculinity’ has taken the world by storm.

Read the full story: Toxic Masculinity is Having a Moment. Here’s What It Is and Who It Hurts.


18. 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


17. 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


16. 4 Apparel Brands That Take Social Responsibility Seriously

Consumers increasingly favor sustainable apparel companies that minimize their impact on people and the planet—and top brands are responding in kind.

Read the full story: 4 Apparel Brands That Take Social Responsibility Seriously


15. 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.


14. Top 22 Conscious Business Leaders of 2019

These forward-thinkers are saying no to profit at all costs and yes to advancing a new business-as-usual.

Read the full story: Top 22 Conscious Business Leaders of 2019


13. 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


12. 30 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business – 2018

These thought leaders, investors, CEOs, intrapreneurs, founders, and social entrepreneurs are making the world a better place by leveraging the power of business.

Read the full story: 30 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business – 2018


11. This Entrepreneur Describes Her Shark Tank Experience As “More Painful Than Childbirth”

Learn how Zahra Kassam, founder of Monti Kids, walked away from the hit TV show with a deal but not without some trauma. 

Read the full story: This Entrepreneur Describes Her Shark Tank Experience As “More Painful Than Childbirth”


10. 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


9. 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


8. Conscious Style Guide: The Case for Capitalizing Black and White In Context of Racial Identity

Learn about the journey toward the decision to capitalize Black and White in Conscious Company Media’s style guide — and how it represents making tough decisions by considering the perspectives those decisions affect. 

Read the full story: Conscious Style Guide: The Case for Capitalizing Black and White In Context of Racial Identity


7. There Are Actually 6+ Types of Social Enterprise

The term “social enterprise” can mean a lot of different things. In this article, you’ll get some insight on the question: where on the spectrum does your favorite one fall?

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


6. 31 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2018

These brave business leaders are pioneering new models that blend purpose and profit to create meaningful, lasting change in their communities, for the environment, and beyond.

Read the full story: 31 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2018


5. 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


4. 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?


3. Simon Sinek’s Bold New Paradigm for Capitalism

In this exclusive interview with Simon Sinek, learn more about his new book “The Infinite Game” and the mindset of the new business-as-usual.

Read the full story: Simon Sinek’s Bold New Paradigm for Capitalism


2. 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


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. In this article, you’ll learn 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 bolsters digital brand awareness and drives the overarching content strategy.

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