Each year, Future 500 identifies ten social, environmental, or economic trends that will shape how corporations and their external stakeholders interact during the following year and beyond. It just released its sixth annual report, Top 10 Stakeholder Engagement Trends of 2017. Here are some highlights.
In the context of an increasingly polarized country, many issues seem to have become a political wedge. As a result, Future 500 sees environmental protection and social justice advocates becoming more likely to seek private sector leadership to drive social and environmental progress. Corporations will have more opportunities to engage stakeholders in advancing solutions around social and ecological equity. Market forces will support new and continuing efforts to protect oceans, forests, and climate. The report provides many insights to guide organizations as they engage with each other during what is characterized as a period of volatile change.