What’s happening? The European Handball Association’s Disciplinary Commission fined the women’s national beach handball team 1500 Euros ($1700) for not wearing regulation bikinis.
Why is this important? The Norwegian government & team officials stood behind its players to support their choice of competition clothing. One minister went so far as to say if the men can wear what they like, so can the women.
How will this be important? Moving the needle can take time, Norwegian women have petitioned to wear shorts in international competitions since 2006. Persistence and timing pay off.
NBC News | Norway’s beach handball protest is about a lot more than bikinis
What’s happening? McDonalds and 20 of its largest suppliers are pledging to increase diversity in its suppliers to 25%
Why is this important? It’s a 2% increase from the current 23% of the suppliers are diverse
How will this be important? Beginning this year McDonald’s executives bonus are tied to diversity benchmarks beginning this year
What’s happening? National Digital Inclusion Alliance launched State Digital Equity Scorecard that benchmark goals and best practices for digital inclusion
Why is this important? States are assessed on a set of six criteria:
State programs include:
How will this be important? National Digital Inclusion Alliance partnered with Microsoft and the National Skills Coalition
What’s happening? California expanded its film incentive program to $454 Million and will include a diversity requirement for incentives.
Why is this important? recipients must create diversity goals and submit plans on how to achieve those goals that will be approved by the California Film Commission
How will this be important? California numbers say that for every $1 California spends on entertainment incentives, it receives back 10 cents and 30 cents in state tax revenue through increased economic activity
What’s happening? The following companies are joining forces to make workers’ financial security and health a C-suite and investor priority:
Why is this important? It’s a signal and move away from shareholder economy
How will this be important? We already have data says that if you put more into your employees pockets, your company does better. Specifically, “business outcomes such as productivity, innovation, customer satisfaction, and employee turnover and engagement” all improve by improving the financial well being of your employees.
What’s happening? Part of the RK Mellon Foundation $50 million in social impact investments planned for the next decade includes a $1 million pitch contest for the FOR PROFIT sector.
Why is this important? Compassionate Entrepreneurs have a seat at the table too
How will this be important? This is what they’re looking for: any company that has a service, a technology, or product that would allow them to make a difference as it relates to one of our four grant-making categories: economic development, conservation, economic mobility or health and well-being. Apply here.
What’s happening? Let’s talk lobsters. Not the Friends line from Phoebe about Ross and Rachel being each other’s lobsters, but the edible crustaceans. Australian Research Council is putting $5 Million to sustainable lobster practices.
Why is this important? The goal is “sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture will investigate new industry practices and provide alternate solutions for lobster culture in bio-secure and cost-effective onshore systems.”
How will this be important? Fisheries and sustainability have come a long way since Monterrey Bay Aquarium first put up its otter cameras so we could watch otters on the web. Monterrey Bay tracks sustainable fish for consumption.
What’s happening? Harvard Business Review identified a division among CEOs. Those who want to go back to the way things were and those who want to move forward in new ways.
Why is this important? This looks a lot like the schism between companies that embrace the new stakeholder economy and those that are hanging onto to the old ways of shareholder economics.
How will this be important? We’re at at the cusp of re-defining work from being simply present to being productive. You don’t have to be in an office to be productive.
What’s happening? Kyx is a platform for sharing sneakers that allows users to request new only sneakers, or sanitized previously worn pairs of the hottest sneakers.
Why is this important? Old school sneaker heads are saying they see Kyx as a change in sneaker culture.
How will this be important? As RealReal and other resellers grow, so is the renting market for unique and special items, like must have sneakers.
What’s happening? It has been a year since the 15% pledge sought to bring more Black company products to big retailers.
Why is this important? 385 Black owned companies saw their products sold at big retailers within 12 months.
How will this be important? Supporting women and BIOPIC businesses isn’t just for kicks or headlines. It builds businesses, economies and your profits.
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