The Fortune Change the World List highlights leading companies that are innovating to solve the world’s biggest challenges through core profit-making strategy and operations. Building on the concept of shared value, the list recognizes companies not for their philanthropy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), or other “business-as-usual” approaches, but for innovative activities that create material business value while contributing to societal impact.

Companies with $1Bn+ in revenue were evaluated on 3 essential criteria:

  1. Measurable contribution to societal impact 
  2. Scale of business results
  3. Degree of innovation relative to the industry

The Fortune Change the World List will be published in the September 15, 2017 issue and will be online on or around September 7, 2017. 


Each year, Fortune looks for new companies with recent impact. Companies that made the list in one year are rarely considered for a second year in a row. The initial solicitation and assessment of nominees is conducted in partnership with FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, the Shared Value Initiative, a global platform for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges, and Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. A team of journalists from Fortune then investigates each of the candidates independently. The final list of 50 is selected and ranked by the editors of Fortune based on the magazine’s own reporting and analysis.


The application period for the 2017 Fortune Change the World List is now closed. Please direct any questions to Alicia Dunn.