What Does It Mean to Use Business as an Agent of World Benefit?

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At Weatherhead, we believe that business is ultimately a means to nourish the human and natural systems of the world – an Agent of World Benefit. Every business has the potential to help others flourish. By providing its service or product, how can your organization regenerate the world?
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SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON COMPANIES USING BUSINESS AS AN AGENT OF WORLD BENEFIT

SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON COMPANIES USING BUSINESS AS AN AGENT OF WORLD BENEFIT

Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Sunrise Banks

 

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GREAT LAKES BREWING COMPANY

A brewery and restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, GLBC was founded in 1988 by Pat and Dan Conway. Already focused on crafting great beer and providing a dynamic workplace, the brothers have recently focused on caring for the environment, society, and economy.

WHAT THEY DID:

Installed a 12-panel solar thermal array to replace the equivalent gas consumption of the average American household, which they use to preheat the brewpub’s water processing system
IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC has improved its water and energy efficiency and reduced emissions.

Constructed a vehicle fueled by straight vegetable oil from the restaurant, which they use to transport customers between the brewery and downtown Cleveland
IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC supports Cleveland’s economic growth by revitalizing the historic Ohio City neighborhood, sparking redevelopment trends and attracting businesses and jobs to the area.

Began providing free wellness and training services to employees, including counseling, legal advice, yoga classes, massage sessions, financial planning, and stress reduction
IMPACT →

Impact:

By providing impactful benefits, fair compensation, and turning to the appreciative perspective to resolve problems, GLBC’s internal culture sparks greater societal impact.

Implemented a systematic accident analysis process to eliminate accidents often caused by greater product demand.

 

IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC highly values human quality of life. It starts inside the brewery and expands through their investment in local businesses.

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SUNRISE BANKS

A family-owned bank that largely serves the inner-city areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Sunrise Banks strives to provide financial services and products that are affordable and innovative for the entire community. Sunrise offers the new short-term loan program, TrueConnect, which is offered through employee benefit programs.

WHAT THEY DID:

Connected with Employee Loan Solutions to research the small-loan market and the underserved communities’ leaders.
IMPACT →

Impact:

By taking time to listen directly to small-loan users and what they value in a product, Sunrise Banks turned the development of TrueConnect into a co-creation process that aligns with the values of its customers.

Launched an employer loan program in which employees can borrow up to $3000 or 8% of their total wages to be repaid over one year through payroll deductions.
IMPACT →

Impact:

TrueConnect gives 2,500 Minnesota residents access to small loans for their immediate cash needs while allowing them to continue to build their credit score – an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

Allowed employees to use TrueConnect for any purpose, including mortgages, medical bills, and other one-time expenses without the immediacy of payday loans, which often must be repaid in 2 weeks
IMPACT →

Impact:

TrueConnect provides employees with the means to pay unexpected bills at lower rates while teaching them about financial sustainability.

Built its entire business model and mission around financial inclusion and easy access.

 

IMPACT →

Impact:

Sunrise Bank helps provide financial resources to all community members in need, empowering them to become financially independent and elevating the community’s overall wellbeing.

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Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Sunrise Banks

 

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GREAT LAKES BREWING COMPANY

A brewery and restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, GLBC was founded in 1988 by Pat and Dan Conway. Already focused on crafting great beer and providing a dynamic workplace, the brothers have recently focused on caring for the environment, society, and economy.

WHAT THEY DID:

Installed a 12-panel solar thermal array to replace the equivalent gas consumption of the average American household, which they use to preheat the brewpub’s water processing system
IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC has improved its water and energy efficiency and reduced emissions.

Constructed a vehicle fueled by straight vegetable oil from the restaurant, which they use to transport customers between the brewery and downtown Cleveland
IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC supports Cleveland’s economic growth by revitalizing the historic Ohio City neighborhood, sparking redevelopment trends and attracting businesses and jobs to the area.

Began providing free wellness and training services to employees, including counseling, legal advice, yoga classes, massage sessions, financial planning, and stress reduction
IMPACT →

Impact:

By providing impactful benefits, fair compensation, and turning to the appreciative perspective to resolve problems, GLBC’s internal culture sparks greater societal impact.

Implemented a systematic accident analysis process to eliminate accidents often caused by greater product demand

 

IMPACT →

Impact:

GLBC highly values human quality of life. It starts inside the brewery and expands through their investment in local businesses.

« BACK

NEXT »

SUNRISE BANKS

A family-owned bank that largely serves the inntercity areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Sunrise Banks strives to provide financial services and products that are affordable and innovative for the entire community. Sunrise offers the new short-term loan program TrueConnect, which is offered through employee benefit programs.

WHAT THEY DID:

Connected with Employee Loan Solutions to research the small-loan market and the underserved communities’ leaders
IMPACT →

Impact:

By taking time to listen directly to small-loan users and what they value in a product, Sunrise Banks turned the development of TrueConnect into a co-creation process that aligns with the values of its customers.

Launched an employer loan program in which employees can borrow up to $3000 or 8% of their total wages to be repaid over one year through payroll deductions
IMPACT →

Impact:

TrueConnect gives 2,500 Minnesota residents access to small loans for their immediate cash needs while allowing them to continue build their credit score – an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

Allowed employees to use TrueConnect for any purpose, including mortgages, medical bills, and other one-time expenses without the immediacy of payday loans, which often must be repaid in 2 weeks
IMPACT →

Impact:

TrueConnect provides employees with the means to pay unexpected bills at lower rates while teaching them about financial sustainability.

Built its entire business model and mission around financial inclusion and easy access.

 

IMPACT →

Impact:

Sunrise Bank helps provide financial resources to all community members in need, empowering them to become financially independent and elevating the community’s overall wellbeing.

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A LOOK INTO THE FOWLER CENTER

A LOOK INTO THE FOWLER CENTER

What Is Appreciative Inquiry?

The Fowler Center’s primary vehicle for effecting change is through Positive Organizational Science and Appreciative Inquiry.

Appreciative Inquiry helps you:

  • Identify the unique strengths of individuals, businesses, and systems
  • Leverage and unite those strengths to impact entire systems

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What Is Sustainable Value?

Sustainability plays a foundational role in the Fowler Center but not in the way you might think.

Sustainable Value means:

  • Encouraging environmental health and social performance in everything businesses do
  • Considering how a greater sense of purpose leads people to make more sustainable decisions

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The UN and Weatherhead

In 2004, the United Nations asked Weatherhead to design and lead a global Appreciative Inquiry summit.

Today, the UN Global Compact is:

  • Made up of 8,000+ of the world’s strongest businesses
  • Uniting leading organizations globally to tackle today’s social issues

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AIM2Flourish

The UN has 17 Global Goals focused on poverty, inequality, climate change and more.

AIM2Flourish is the first global learning platform centered around those goals.

  • Management students around the world identify existing business innovations that help achieve the Global Goals.
  • Students bringawareness tothese organizations and apply insights to their own business practices.

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Are you ready to design a better world?

Professionals of all levels and expertise have the power to leverage business as an agent of world benefit. Weatherhead offers multiple MBA programs, specialty master’s degrees and doctorates that will equip you and your organization with the tools that nourish the people and systems around you.

 

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