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Special Feature

The greening of Walmart

As Walmart’s senior VP for sustainability, Andrea B. Thomas steers the giant retailer’s efforts to embed environmental sensitivity into every aspect of its operations. In a recent conversation with Sheila Bonini, a Senior Expert in McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice, Thomas spoke about the challenges of building a greener supply chain and explained why Walmart won’t be marketing sustainability to customers anytime soon.


What’s Your Social Q?

Global consumers have been flexing their purchasing muscles for political purposes since at least the 18th century. From the Boston Tea Party to Gandhi’s Salt March to today’s campaigns against conflict diamonds and fast food, we present highlights in the history of consumer activism and ask you to decide how you would have responded to each campaign. Based on your answers, we’ll tell you what kind of consumer you are.

Voices on Society topics

  • Entrepreneurship Without Boundaries

    Entrepreneurs are solving complex societal challenges across the globe. It’s happening “at the table” within established organizations, “off the grid” on difficult terrain, and “on the web” in the digital world. Across this spectrum, we often find Millennial entrepreneurs leading the charge.

  • How We Give

    Distinguished experts and donors share new insights on global giving trends and propose solutions to barriers that inhibit individual philanthropy aimed at improving social outcomes.

  • The Art and Science of Delivery

    Delivery is both an art and a science. We think the art is in the innovation and adaptability of the actors and different delivery models, while the science lies in replicating and scaling those models.

  • The Socially Conscious Consumer

    How the global rise of socially conscious consumers can help drive environmental and economic sustainability.

  • Financing Social Change

    Across the globe, innovative new tools are helping fund social change.

  • Beyond advocacy – business needs to get its head in the gameJobs for the young & restless

    Youth around the world have been particularly hard hit, registering disturbingly high unemployment numbers.

  • Social innovation

    Can fresh thinking solve the world’s most intractable problems?

  • Social entrepreneurs

    Can social entrepreneurs create large scale change?

  • Cities

    As the global population becomes increasingly urbanized, what will the cities of the future look like?

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