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January 15, 2019

Gillette made a bold move and is apparently more than ready to pay for it. A campaign that was released today features a short film illustrating men engaged in in a whole array of ubiquitous and noxious behaviors and then examples of men stepping up to the challenge of ... real manhood. Sexual assault, harassment, bullying -- and raising young men to look past or condone most if not all of the above: Real men know better. That is the gist of the campaign. In the $3 Billion market for men's razors, competition is more fierce than ever. Gillette is making a statement by not only acknowledging that these are real patterns and real problems in modern society but by challenging its customers t...

December 10, 2018

Is your company's value proposition aligned with its values? Do you even know what your company's values are or why you articulated them in the first place if you did? Have you talked yourself out of asking these questions because you are too busy and trust the best intentions of your team and your company's leadership? Expectations have changed and your thinking has too. Time to take another look.

A major survey says that three out of four companies now think sustainability has to be a core element of strategy. And don't think this is just about the green team. Large companies are relying increasingly on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations in 2015 t...

February 4, 2018

Larry Fink, founder and CEO of BlackRock,  which the New York Times calls the world's largest investor, recently addressed a letter to the leaders of every business in its considerable portfolio, warning them to deliver much more than strong financial returns. In the letter, Fink opines, “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,” and that “[t]o prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.” 

Fink concludes the letter firmly by laying out the following clear expectation to BlackRock portfolio companies: "Today, our clients – who are your company’s...

November 7, 2017

The mission of Emblem Strategic is to help exceptional leaders turn their values and their vision into impact and advantage. When your business decisions are emblematic of your core values, you create an opportunity for a truly distinctive position in the marketplace and in the communities where you operate.​

Expectations have changed, driven by a generational shift in consumer attitudes and by the impact of disruptive companies newcomers. “Not only is it important to act in a socially responsible manner, but companies’ actions must be authentic and true to your company’s values,” commented Harris Poll executive Wendy Salomon, referring to the findings of a 2017 study....

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