This Week, Big Business Got Religion on Climate Change

Corporate leaders have been getting an earful lately from workers, consumers and students around the world: Do something about climate change, the activists have cried out. This week, big companies almost seemed to be taking turns stepping up to the microphone to announce their response. The week began with Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, declaring in […]

What ‘Best Companies to Work For’ Have in Common

Those lists in business publications about “best companies to work for” are eminently browsable to see who made the cut–and who’s notably absent. But Michael O’Malley and Bill Baker, authors of Organizations for People: Caring Cultures, Basic Needs, and Better Lives, decided to take a much deeper look, putting 21 of the consistent performers on […]

Hallmark’s Impossible Dilemma: How to Embrace Diversity While Avoiding Controversy

When caught in the unfamiliar glare of public outcry, Hallmark Cards issued a statement this week that encapsulated the company’s dilemma in two adjacent sentences. On the one hand, “We are an inclusive company and have the track record to prove it,” the company declared. On the other hand, it said, “It is never Hallmark’s […]

The Team Builder: Why Fortune Picked Microsoft’s Nadella as Businessperson of the Year

This has been a rough year in the public eye for Big Tech, whose digital giants have been pilloried as privacy invaders, monopoly builders and even threats to democracy. Yet one of them has stood out from the pack, basking in a glow of newfound admiration: Microsoft. Affirming that distinction, Fortune recently named Microsoft CEO […]

What Is It About Wegmans That Makes People Feel All Warm and Fuzzy?

In any town big or small, the opening of a new supermarket is typically a welcome event. But nothing was quite like the emotional outpouring that accompanied the debut of a new Wegmans supermarket last week in Brooklyn, NY. The media swarmed. Customers swooned. What is it about Wegmans? The family-owned company, one of the […]

By Ousting the CEO, McDonald’s Sends a Strong Signal on Workplace Conduct

The sudden dismissal of the CEO of McDonald’s over the weekend showed in dramatic fashion that the codes of conduct for top management in Corporate American have risen sharply. The fast-food chain announced on Sunday that its board of directors had fired CEO Steve Easterbrook after he engaged in a consensual relationship with an employee, […]