Kate Williams: Global Movement of Companies Investing 1% for the Planet [Ep. 27]

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges.

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet by donating 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits.

Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, 1% for the Planet has grown into a global movement of more than 1200 member companies in 48 countries, all donating at least 1% of annual sales to sustainability initiatives. In just over 10 years 1% for the Planet companies have given more than $100 million back to Blue.

In this interview, Shawn and Kate discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Kate’s path as an environmental entrepreneur

  • The history and success of 1%

  • Kate’s influences and inspirations

  • The state of the movement

  • What the future might look like

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Shawn Berry is a Partner at LIFT Economy, where he works as an organizational strategist inspired to harness the power of business to create resilient local economies as patterns to be documented, open sourced, scaled globally and adapted regionally.

LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @sd_berry or email him shawn@lifteconomy.com.