Fortune Change the World List

Companies Changing the World

Each year, Fortune publishes the Change the World List to celebrate companies and leaders that embrace corporate purpose and recognize how it can add value to business and society.

Fortune’s Change the World list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. We prioritize companies with annual revenues of $1 billion or more. Fortune writers and editors, with help from Shared Value Initiative, evaluate the companies by these four factors:

  • Measurable social impact: We consider the reach, nature, and durability of the company’s impact on one or more specific societal problems. This category receives extra weight.
  • Business results: We consider the benefit the socially impactful work brings to the company. Profitability and contribution to shareholder value outweigh benefits to the company’s’ reputation.
  • Degree of innovation: We consider how innovative the company’s effort is relative to that of others in its industry and whether other companies have followed its example.
  • Corporate Integration: We consider how integral the initiative is to a company’s overall strategy, and how well that strategy is communicated through the ranks and elsewhere.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, June 30. Only applications received through the online survey will be accepted but you may download a Word version of the application for drafting purposes. (Applications that have been submitted to Fortune do not need to be resubmitted here.)

Note: COVID-19 has changed the reality on the ground for many businesses and the communities they serve. We welcome applications related to COVID-19, but also encourage submissions about corporate efforts that existed before the pandemic and address issues independent of it.

The 2020 Change the World List will be published on on or around Thursday, September 17. You can see last year’s list here –

There is no cost to apply for the 2020 Fortune Change the World List.

Please contact Alicia Dunn at the Shared Value Initiative with any questions.

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