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Business and society in the coming decades

April 2015—In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.more

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What social-sector leaders need to succeed

November 2014—Chronic underinvestment is placing increasing demands on social-sector leaders. New research suggests ways they can meet the leadership challenge.more

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How the world could better fight obesity

November 2014—A new McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper analyzes 44 interventions that could form the basis of a comprehensive strategy to reduce obesity.

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Creating partnerships for sustainability

July 2014—Companies are increasingly expected to join with other organizations—both public and private—to address social and environmental problems. Here are seven ways to make such alliances successful.more


Designing for social impact: The D-Rev story

June 2014—Many companies target the world’s emerging middle-class consumers. Fewer mirror nonprofit D-Rev, which aims to improve the health and lives of people living on less than $4 a day.more

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Making water flow: An interview with Matt Damon and Gary White

April 2014—What does it take to get clean water to those who need it? According to the cofounders of, actor Matt Damon and Gary White, less than you may think—and the payback is tremendous.more

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Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work

January 2014—Youth unemployment across the European Union remains unacceptably high, to the detriment of current and future generations. Addressing it requires understanding its causes and then relentlessly pursuing solutions.more


Why philanthropy is R&D for business

September 2013—Targeted giving can help companies lay the groundwork for future commercial success.more

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Doing well by doing good: A leader’s guide

September 2013—Addressing community problems increasingly requires cooperation among the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Here, three executives explain how a civic alliance in America’s Minneapolis–Saint Paul region may point toward an operating model.more

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