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. 


All applications must be submitted via the online form by Friday, June 30 at 11:59pm EST. 

A Word version of the application has been provided to use to draft your answers and ensure that you are within the word limits. Please do not submit the Word document as the final application. 

For more information about the list and the nomination process, please contact Alicia Dunn


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.