Leading for Wellbeing


“The future is already here, it’s just not widely distributed.” William Gibson



Current “solutions” are not driving change sufficient to meet the challenges facing humanity. Convening the relevant actors from the sectors causing the problems and conversely, the ones capable of fixing it is a better way to create the world we want.

Business faces challenges within and without. Workers seek a greater sense that their organization is part of the solution, not a cause of the problems. The Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index has shown that workers feel worse about their jobs than ever before, a disengagement that they estimate is costing American businesses $200 billion every year in lost productivity.

Meanwhile, the global economy rests on a knife-edge, based on unsustainable business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. Palliative “fixes” to prop the system up will only suffice for a time. Solutions exist but requisite actors are not implementing them. The business case for sustainability needs to be combined with a replicable framework that delivers tools to implement an integrated approach to workplace well-being that reliably increases human health and productivity and fosters corporate sustainability.

Integrating the emerging practice of Humanistic Management with sustainability can enable those now driving the crisis to become its agents of positive and profitable change. Johnson Controls has shown that engaged workforces deliver 18% higher productivity and 16% higher profitability. The Economist Intelligence Unit found that “engaging employees on sustainability is a powerful motivating tool, with improved customer satisfaction, increased productivity and reduced employee turnover and absenteeism.” Businesses have found that purpose-driven brands deliver higher profitability. Many business leaders yearn for a better approach to management, but lack knowledge of how to implement it.

Project Overview:

We invite thought and action leaders to join the Leading for Well-being Consortium – a collaborative learning journey to create practices and tools to help humanity to innovate itself out of crisis. In this project we will collate and distribute solutions through:

  1. Creating a community of practice
  2. Cutting edge executive education, and
  3. Intentional shaping of policy environment.

In 2016 we will hold three major events (New York, USA; Tubingen, Germany; Paris, France). We are further planning 3 conferences each for 2017 and 2018 with partners across the globe.

Benefits to Business Partners: As a partner of the project your organization will benefit in three specific ways:

  1. Gain access to cutting edge knowledge and insight from thought leaders across many areas (Executive Education)
  2. Gain visibility and shape the conversation to the outside world by co-hosting conferences (conferences and outreach)
  3. Shape and share global policy regarding better business conduct (Policy discourse)


Hosts: OECD, The Humanistic Management Network, Natural Capitalism Solutions, and Fordham University


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The Principles for Responsible Management Education is a UN Global Compact sponsored initiative with the mission to inspire management education, research and thought leadership globally. Higher education institutions become signatories to the six Principles for Responsible Management Education.


UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.




The Club of Rome

The Club of Rome is an international think-tank composed of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a difference.




World Bank

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.




American Sustainable Business council

The American Sustainable Business Institute, a distinct legal entity, operates under IRS code 501(c)(3). It offers programs that educate and inform the public and policy makers about the benefits of a more sustainable economy, and about policies and practices that can help the economy become more sustainable.




The Guardian

The Guardian is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group.




Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is a politically liberal American online news aggregator and blog that has both localised and international editions





Futerra is an international sustainability strategy and creative agency with offices in London, New York and Stockholm.




Humanistic Management Network

Humanistic Management Network’s mission is to influence business academia, management practitioners, policy makers, and the general public in defining the purpose and role of business in a global society. We foster the creation and dissemination of actionable knowledge to change business practices towards humanistic ideals.




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OECD Better Life Initiative

The Better Life Index is designed to let you visualize and compare some of the key factors –like education, housing, environment, and so on – that contribute to well-being in OECD countries. It’s an interactive tool that allows you to see how countries perform according to the importance you give to each of 11 topics that make for a better life.



Fordham University

Fordham University is a Jesuit, Catholic university. Their spirit comes from the nearly 500-year history of the Jesuits. It’s the spirit of full-hearted engagement—with profound ideas, with communities around the world, with injustice, with beauty, with the entirety of the human experience.


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Natural Capitalism Solutions

Natural Capitalism Solutions’ mission is to educate senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society about the principles of sustainability. Natural Capitalism is regenerative of  human and natural capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and groups, Natural Capitalism Solutions creates innovative, practical tools and implementation strategies for companies, communities and countries.


cwru-fc-bawb-logoFowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise.  The Center’s primary focus is on for-profit organizations that use their core activities to create value for society and the environment in ways that create even more value for their customers and shareholders. Its theory of change draws on Positive Organizational Science, Appreciative Inquiry, Sustainable Value, Design, and Systems Thinking.


Thought and Action Leaders already committed to this Consortium: Hunter Lovins (Natural Capitalism Solutions), Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia), Otto Scharmer (Theory U, MIT), Vincent Stanley (Patagonia), Martine Durand (OECD), Hans Kueng (Global Ethics Institute), Donna Hicks (Harvard), Sandra Waddock (Boston College, Harvard), Michael Pirson (Fordham/Harvard), Freya Williams (Futerra), Andrew Winston ((author Big Pivot), Jo Confino (HuffPo), and many more.

For more information, please contact Meghan Altman of Natural Capitalism Solutions at maltman@natcapsolutions.org

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