Methodology for Change the World

How we choose the companies:

The Change the World list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. As we assess nominees, among the factors that matter most are:

1. Measurable social impact

We consider the reach, nature, and durability of the company’s impact on one or more specific societal problems.

2. 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.

3. 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 or partnered with it.

Head Writers

Erika Fry and Matt Heimer


Alicia Adamczyk, Maria Aspan, Lucy Brewster, Scott DeCarlo, Sheryl Estrada, Nicholas Gordon, Christiaan Hetzner, Emma Hinchliffe, Jeremy Kahn, Beth Kowitt, Yvonne Lau, Taylor Locke, Lila MacLellan, Paige McGlauflin, Grady McGregor, Sophie Mellor, Alexa Mikhail, L’Oreal Thompson Payton, Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Kylie Robison Leo Schwartz, Alyson Shontell, Jane Thier, Trey Williams, and Claire Zillman