For the Gourmands: Sustainable Turbot

  • January 21, 2022

What is happening? We now have the world’s first sustainable turbot farm with certification from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Flatfish Standard

Why is this important? Certification requires “limiting environmental impacts such as minimising chemical use and maintaining high water quality, as well as acting in a socially responsible way by providing workers with a safe and fair working environment, and treating neighbours and local communities with respect.”

How will this be important? when there is one, there are sure to be more to follow

Fish Farmer | Dutch turbot farmer is first to achieve flatfish certification

Public Private Fund for Equity in Cannabis

  • January 21, 2022

What is happening? The Governor of New York is creating a $200 million public-private fund to support social equity in the state’s upcoming marijuana market. Including “goal of issuing at least 50 percent of cannabis business licenses to social equity applicants, including people from communities disproportionately impacted by criminalization, distressed farmers and women- and veterans-owned companies. Hochul says the newly announced fund will help New York achieve that goal.”

Why is this important? Much talk about the big companies keeping the little companies out of marijuana markets in other states because of high licensing fees and banking challenges.

How will this be important? Overcoming inequities in participants is a talking point for every industry.

Marijuana Moment | New York Governor Announces $200 Million Marijuana Fund To Promote Industry Equity

How to write a COVID Sports Event Cancellation

  • January 20, 2022

What’s happening? The International Ice Hockey Federation canceled/postponed its U18 ice hockey tournament.

Why is this important? The IIHF statement concerning the cancellation included a statement disavowing accusations that the IIHF supports mens hockey more than women hockey. The IIHF denies this and vowed to host events to ensure the continuation of the women hockey program.

How will this be important? We will see more of these statements.

@IIHF

State Fashion Sustainability Laws

  • January 20, 2022

What’s happening? NY is considering AB8352 (2022 | NY), the Fashion sustainability and social accountability act. According to the BBC, “the fashion industry accounts for about 10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater.”

Why is this important? N Y would become the first state to require all fashion brands to disclose their climate and social impact. It would apply to any brand that has more than $100 million in revenues and does business in New York.

How will this be important? In addition to wage reporting it would require transparency for fashion supply chains.

Route Fifty | One State’s ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Make Apparel More Sustainable

Marie Claire | How Fashion’s Boldest Legislation Came to Be

COVID Effect. WFH impact on Diversity.

  • January 20, 2022

What’s happening? Some business minds say, but don’t put numbers to that I’ve seen, that the employees who prefer to work from home are women and those in minority groups.

Why is this important? These same minds say because these workers are more likely to work from home on a hybrid schedule their 1950s minded bosses won’t promote them. I propose that these minority groups prefer out of the office work because they know they are treated differently so why subject themselves to it. Pot and kettle and all.

How will this be important? The numbers say employees want hybrid work. Consumers and Investors want diversity. To quote Letterkenny- Figure it out.

San Diego Union Tribune via Governing | Hybrid Work Looks Increasingly Popular for Workers and Employers

COVID Effect. Cost of Living Stipends for Artists.

  • January 13, 2022

What is happening? Ireland is considering cost of living stipends for artists.

Why is this important? The policy goal is to ensure that art (music, film, stage, visual, painters, sculptures, etc…) will continue to be produced through the pandemic.

How will this be important? The art sector of the Irish economy has been hit 5 times harder, but has provided art that has helped the country endure the pandemic.

@worldeconomicforum

Closing Wage Gap with Local Ordinances.

  • January 13, 2022

What is happening? NYC is considering requiring all job postings to list salary ranges in an effort to close the wage gap.

Why is this important? It comes from a female Councilmember who in the 1980s learned of the salary of a male colleague in the same position of hers who was making roughly $12,000 more than she was. He told his employer he had a family to take care of, and was paid more.

How will this be important? This mindset continues today.

@washingtonpost

Open Patents.

  • January 13, 2022

What is happening? Back int he day when Swedish automaker Volvo developed the 3 point seat belt, Volvo intentionally allowed anyone to use the patent for free.

Why is this important? The company ‘s position is that it had more value in saving lives than the company’s profits.

How will this be important? Volvo made this decision in 1959 and the company still exists.

@riskhappy

Economists: Workers Work More When They Work Remotely

  • January 13, 2022

What is happening? Economists with the University of Oregon say data shows that remote workers worked more weekend and after hours time than pre-pandemic.

Why is this important? The shift may signal slightly longer work weeks, but in reality it likely reflects using daylight hours for outdoor activities or errands, and shifting work to the evening.

How will this be important? There is a new normal and this is part of it. 5 days a week in an office is antiquated.

San Francisco Chronicle via Governing | Data Reveals How the Pandemic Has Changed Work Schedules

Would a Different Board Change Thernos?

  • January 7, 2022

What is happening? Time is proposing that Thernos could have had a different story had the board of directors not been white men of a certain age. The thinking is that younger and more diverse board would have been more willing to call out concerning practices before it rose to the level of perceived fraud.

Why is this important? A New York Times article this week says 6 in 10 board members are still white men because most board recruiters use recommendations from executives which is a circle of white men of a certain age and their friends who are also white men of a certain age.

How will this be important? Diversity could have changed the Thernos storyline

Time | One Lesson From the Theranos Scandal: We Need Age Diversity on Corporate Boards

NY Times | Board Diversity Increased in 2021. Some Ask What Took So Long.

Green Washing Risk

  • January 7, 2022

What is happening? Research at the Univeristy of Delaware shows that companies that engage in greenwashing, making themselves look like good corporate citizens when they are not, are at a great risk for being hacked.

Why is this important? Actions matter. people are watching.  Charitable donations or recycling isn’t enough.

How will this be important? Companies with core values that include diversity, eco-friendly products, and examples of socially responsible practices are flying in clearer skies. This includes keeping your employees happy.

Insurance Journal | Corporations That Fake Social Responsibility at Greater Risk of Cyber Attacks

COVID Effect on Employment

  • January 6, 2022

What is happening? Portugal has a new law that prevents employers from contacting employees during their time off

Why is this important? The goal of the legislation is to protect the work life balance and improve the mental health of employees. Companies can be fined for violations and companies are prohibited from monitoring employees who are working from home.

How will this be important? We see the same in US headlines and business news. Work place cues are being set by employees. Under the new law in Portugal employees can work from home at anytime without notice. As I read over the break- employment isn’t about managing people it is about managing work product. Let people make their own responsible decisions.

@worldeconomicforum

Commerical Food Donation Legislation

  • January 6, 2022

What’s happening? In 2016 California passed SB 1383 (2016 | CA) that will require grocery stores to donate eligible foods to food rescue organizations and food banks.

Why is this important? The goal of the California legislation is to reduce methane emissions from landfills.

How will this be important? This is an excellent example of nonlinear solutions whereby donations to food banks are increased and emissions reduced.

CBS8 | New law expected to bring increase in San Diego food donations

Sportswear COVID Effect

  • January 6, 2022

What is happening? Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted is explaining that sneakers and t-shirts will be de rigueur for office wear.

Why is this important? If we’ve been able to conduct business during the pandemic with remote work in clothing that wasn’t suits and ties, the same work can occur in the office in more modern workwear.

How will this be important? So long business casual and hello, business comfort

@businessweek

Bloomberg Return to Office: Workwear is Comfort

Diversity in Electoral Bodies

  • January 6, 2022

What’s happening? Las Cruces New Mexico will begin the year with an all female city council.The majority of the women are people of color.

Why is this important? When one was asked who her childhood heroes were she replied that she didn’t have many people who looked like her

How will this be important? Representation matters as long with the diversity of ideas that have not previously been given air time

KVIA | Historic all-female city council leads Las Cruces

Las Cruces Sun News | Women set to represent all six Las Cruces city council districts

Sustainability. 2nd Hand Market to Double.

  • December 9, 2021

What’s happening? GlobalData, an analytics firm, estimated the second hand market will double from 2015 to 2022.

Why is this important? In 2020, Americans spent $140 billion on secondhand goods. By 2030, that is expected to increase by 154% to $354 billion.

How will this be important? They say Gen Z is leading this movement.

Washington Post | Sustainable gift-giving is on the rise. Here are a few ideas for the holiday season.

BLM Effect. Financial Regulators & Diversity Data

  • December 9, 2021

What is happening? The House Committee on Financial Services is considering proposals to “task the Securities and Exchange Commission and other financial market regulators with requiring companies to disclose racial and gender pay equity audits, board director demographics and other diversity-related information.”

Why is this important? Seeds of this started yers ago with ESG abroad, US Chamber Statement in 2017, and the work of investment firms to strengthen diversity, inclusion and sustainability.

How will this be important? We hear it every year the annual Top 500 is reported and that there are X number of Black CEOs and X number of women and X number of LGBTQIA+ CEOs. But, reported data sent to regulatory bodies, that’s new.

Roll Call |Democrats’ report urges diversity, pay equity disclosure bills

Diversity in Investment Firms. Congressional Report.

  • December 9, 2021

What’s happening? The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services released its report, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: HOLDING AMERICA’S LARGEST INVESTMENT FIRMS ACCOUNTABLE.

Why is this important? Recommendations in the report include:

  • firms should collect disaggregated data on workforce, executive and board diversity
  • firms should consider at least one diverse candidate for all executive positions and board positions when there are openings
  • firms should develop pipeline programs for diverse asset managers to manage increasingly larger portfolios

How will this be important? Diversity and Inclusion isn’t leaving the conversation of policymakers and regulators. Join in writing the rules that impact you.

Pensions & Investments | BlackRock, SSGA tout diversity efforts at House subcommittee hearing

COVID Effect. Diverse Boards More Prepared

  • December 9, 2021

What’s happening? A  report by BoardReady found that data shows diverse boards were more ready to handle social justice issues.

Why is this important?  “No matter whether you’re looking at racial diversity, gender diversity, or diversity in age, companies with a broader range of perspectives at the board table did better,” said the report’s lead researcher, Rajalakshmi Subramanian.

How will this be important? Since August 21, 2021 Board diversity is a requirement for NASDAQ listing.

Entrepreneur | Board Diversity: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

Franchise Diversity

  • December 9, 2021

What’s happening? McDonalds is being sued by 77 Black former franchisees, part of the company’s solution is a diversity franchisee program.

Why is this important? McDonalds is committing $250 Million and 5 years to lower the equity needed to become a franchisee.

How will this be important? “The fast-food giant said Asian, Black and Hispanic owners represent 29.6% of its U.S. franchisees, while women account for 28.9%.” The company wants to increase access to capital and thus increase recruiting efforts for underrepresented entrepreneurs

Chicago Tribune | McDonald’s, facing lawsuit by 77 Black former franchisees, launching $250 million initiative to attract more minority franchisees to the fast-food chain

Getting to Know Conscious Gifting

  • December 3, 2021

What is happening? Conscious gifting focuses on meaningful spending that supports causes you and your gift recipients care about.

Why is this important? It can be accomplished by shopping small businesses, shopping sustainably, donating or buying antique/vintage/second hand.

How will this be important? Being socially responsible with your money is an active choice, especially for Xennials, Millenials and Gen Z.

Forbes | 3 Ways To Embrace Conscious Gifting This Year

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

  • December 3, 2021

What’s happening? United operated its first flight with a sustainable aviation fuel.

Why is this important? Greta Thurnberg doesn’t fly when she travels because of the environmental impact from fossil fuels, a sustainable fuel changes that dynamic. The flight was Washington DC to Chicago, used around 500 gallons of fuel made up of fats, cooking oils, and grease, produced by the company World Energy and accounted for 80% reduction in the flight’s carbon dioxide.

How will this be important? Still looking for commitments and scalability for sustainable fuel sources in aviation.

Gizmodo | United Flies First Plane With 100% ‘Sustainable Aviation Fuel’

Yelp! Fund to Help Winterization

  • December 3, 2021

What’s happening? Yelp! is supporting 10 small businesses in Austin and San Antonio with its new “Deck The Halls” winterization fund.

Why is this important? Recognizing the need for restaurants to winterize to prepare for another year with a new Winter Storm Uri and its effects.

How will this be important? Winterization and emergency preparedness is for everyone.

@EaterAustin

Milan Cuts Food Waste

  • December 2, 2021

What’s happening? Milan becomes the first major city in the world to establish policies to cut food waste by relying on public agencies, food banks, charities, NGOs, universities, and private businesses.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Why is this important? To make food systems more sustainable Milan also has a system that collects produce from supermarkets and companies, as well as purchased food aid, and gives it to hundreds of Milanese families in need. 

How will this be important? With rising food costs, limiting food waste, and making food more sustainable becomes more crucial.

@goodgoodgoodco

4 Day Work Week Success

  • November 19, 2021

What’s happening? A Canadian company, The Leadership Agency, tested a 4 day work week and found their employees more efficient and effective in the office when they had a 3 day weekend.

Why is this important? How, where and when we work is changing. Change is good.

How will this be important? The Leadership Agency is an employee recruitment company that can influence hiring and change the nature of hiring.

@globalpositivenews

World’s Top Friendly Companies

  • November 19, 2021

What’s happening? Forbes loves a list. Case in point- the best companies for women… An illuminating list. #4 Swedish Construction firm, Skanska.

Why is this important? #1 Hershey Company. #16 HEB

How will this be important? The companies were examined based on the support they gave to women employees both working in offices and during remote work.

Forbes | THE WORLD’S TOP FEMALE-FRIENDLY COMPANIES

@skanskaUSA

LGBTQIA+ Nursing Home

  • November 19, 2021

What’s happening? Sweden opened its first nursing home dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Why is this important? The nursing home creates a safe space for LGBTQIA+ Swedes to feel connected to the LGBTQIA+ world. It is a partnership with the nursing home and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights.

How will this be important? All employees who work at this nursing home must undergo training from the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights

@sweden.se

COVID Effect: Work Hours

  • November 18, 2021

What is happening? A new labor law in Portugal makes it illegal to contact workers, including remote workers, outside normal work hours.

Why is this important? Portugal will impose financial penalties if companies do contact their workers after hours.

How will this be important? The legislation also requires companies to cover the cost of remote work, such as equipment and increased electric bills

@goodgoodgoodco

The Kindness Curriculum

  • November 12, 2021

What’s happening? The Kindness Curriculum is a free program designed for K-12 students designed by Kaplan in partnership with The Kindness Factory. It was first introduced to 69 pilot schools across Australia in May 2020 and expanded to nearly 3,000 schools across Australia and is now being introduced to the U.S.

Why is this important? Kindness has health benefits, lowers stress levels, lowers blood pressure, can be life saving.

How will this be important?  Kindness Curriculum focuses on twelve core attributes: collaboration, compassion, empathy, gratitude, honesty, humility, humor, mindfulness meditation, perspective, positivity, self-acceptance, and trust.

AP | Kaplan Launches “The Kindness Curriculum” in the U.S. in Collaboration with The Kindness Factory

What gives US Business its Competitive & Innovation Advantage?

  • November 12, 2021

What’s happening? Researchers are saying the US advantage in competitiveness and innovation is directly tied to the kindness of its business leadership. Be part of the future, not the past.

Why is this important? Humankindex reveals how a company that adopts kindness as a core value and leadership style increases its competitive advantage and its ability to innovate

How will this be important? The HUmankindex also tied kindness to a core value of a company as employees being 3.5X more likely to feel a shared purpose. And we’ve all seen the headlines about the Great Resignation being resolved when employees find an employer that enhances the employees purpose. There’s some cautionary information in here too:  nearly one-third (30%) of workers say their company’s leadership has embraced kindness as a value less so since the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, 76% of workers say their company’s leadership has embraced the value of “profits before people” the same or more since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yahoo Finance | New Research Reveals Kind Leadership is a Key Driver of Innovation and Competitive Advantage for U.S. Businesses

Consider the Impact

  • November 12, 2021

What is happening? There is a story on social media that famed footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, was asked to donate a pair of cleats to a charity for a 10month old with a rare brain disorder.

Why is this important? He took his impact and then upped it. He gave the cleats directly to the child’s family and paid for the child’s surgery.

How will this be important? All the psychology articles point us to emerging from he pandemic with increased empathy and kindness, with an increased focus on social justice, and our impact. Here’s a famous guy who could have been perfectly fine donating his cleats, but instead he went beyond. It’s food for thought.

@delightfulnews

Nov. 13th: World Kindness Day

  • November 12, 2021

What’s happening? This Saturday, November 13th is World Kindness Day.

Why is this important? There’s a part of your brain in the cingulate cortex that increases its activity ONLY WHEN YOU ARE KIND.

How will this be important? This isn’t some cult of personality, but actual science that shows kindness increases your brain function.

Psychology Today | How to Be Kind: 5 Lessons From the Science of Kindness

Barber Teaches Inmates Barber Skills for Future Employment

  • November 12, 2021

What’s happening? A social media famous barber, @vicblends , took it upon himself to bring a trade school to 3 California prisons with the help of film producer + criminal justice reform advocate @scottbudnick1 and @cagovernor

Why is this important? he plans to scale up from 3 to 33 California prisons and then move his rehabilitative program to prisons nationwide.

How will this be important? It will bring greater dignity, connection and opportunity to men within the prison system. 

@upworthy

2300 CEOs: Action for Diversity and Inclusion

  • November 5, 2021

What’s happening? In 2016, Tim Ryan of Price Waterhouse Cooper began forming a coalition of business leaders dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Now, he has 2300 CEOs signed onto the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Why is this important?”CEOs who sign on make a pledge committing themselves to four specific actions: 1) make their workplaces areas of openness and trust to have difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion; 2) implement and expand unconscious bias training to help people understand and acknowledge their blind spots; 3) share best practices with each other and help other companies share stories of success and failure; and 4) share concrete inclusion and diversity plans with their own boards, or governing bodies, to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues are prioritized.”

How will this be important? This group keeps increasing in numbers. Here Ryan says the current wage increasing and great resignation play into this. “What is happening now, by coincidence, wages are on the rise as the balance of power has shifted. There are more jobs than there are people. We had an aging population for a couple of decades in the United States, but we cut off immigration both at the high end and the low end, and as a result, there’s a massive gap between supply and demand of workers, and that’s putting pressure on wages, which I think is a good thing. It’s happening through natural forces and I hope those gains hold.”

Marketwatch | PwC’s chairman wants to tackle systemic racism — and push corporate America not to ‘pass the buck’

5 Metrics For Measuring Social Impact

  • November 5, 2021

What’s happening? The Board of Innovation is proposing 5 basic impact metrics that you can personalize for your business or client’s business.

Why is this important? Let’s look at the 5 metrics:

  • Net Results Metrics like Volunteered hours, emission reduction percentages, or number of funded initiatives
  • Net promoter Scores. Ask whether the impact would be recommended and find the rank the perception of your project amongst a specific community.
  • Outreach Metrics like Social media and website metrics
  • Inclusion & Diversity Metrics ” every social project needs to account for diversity, not only of beneficiaries, but of its staff too.”
  • Feedback. Get it externally AND internally. Know how your community and your parters and your employees feel.

How will this be important? We’re all looking for modes and methods to quantity impact.

Board of Innovation | 5 metrics for social impact measurement

Is SRI the new ESG?

  • November 5, 2021

What’s happening? StateStreet’s European equity ETF is moving from ESG to SRI.

Why is this important? SRI is socially responsible investing. It excludes the following company types:

  • alcohol
  • adult entertainment
  • all weapons
  • gambling
  • oil and gas
  • nuclear power
  • companies that rank in the top 10% in terms of emission intensities

How will this be important? This quantitative approach contrasts the often fluid nature of ESG determinations.

ETF Stream | State Street’s European equity ETF to ditch ESG index for SRI

Across the Pond: Digital ID with Sustainability Tracing

  • November 5, 2021

What is happening? HRH’s Fashion Taskforce launches groundbreaking Digital ID with Sustainability Protocols.

Why is this important? The digital ID will inform customers of the sustainability credentials of their purchases enabled by a QR code or blockchain-hosted token

How will this be important? Will allow manufacturers, brands, retailers, resellers and recyclers – to provide unprecedented transparency and traceability in connection with the products.

@federicomarchetti

Local Governments + The Great Resignation

  • November 4, 2021

What’s happening? Workers who have resigned during the Great Resignation say they want a greater purpose. Creating purpose through strategic planning will help employees define their purpose.

Why is this important? By connecting each department in a local government through their goals and purpose makes employee purpose more clear. This can be achieved by aligning each strategic goal in the strategic plan to the annual budget goals.

How will this be important? Translate the purpose by increasing employee and management storytelling that illustrates the purpose and goals of the organization.

Route Fifty | The ‘Great Resignation’ is an Opportunity for Local Government to Create Purpose for Employees

How Construction Can Embrace Sustainability

  • October 28, 2021

What’s happening? Building construction and operations account for 40% of all carbon emissions worldwide, making it the single most polluting industry

Why is this important? 11% of the carbon emissions are tied to manufacturing of construction materials making procurement a key to selecting more sustainable choices. The tips:

  • Talk to clients about sustainability first
  • Build trust with your community (talk to your neighbors)
  • Your supply chain is your community
  • Prioritize water protection
  • Prioritize energy efficiency
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Have a sustainability plan

How will this be important? Sustainable procurement has long term gains. Make sure everyone knows sustainability is the long game

Construction Dive | 7 ways contractors can work sustainability into their procurement practices

Pension Divests from Fossil Fuels

  • October 28, 2021

What is happening? A large global pension system, ABP,the Dutch pension fund for civil servants and teachers, is selling its €15bn-worth of holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Why is this important? The pension set a policy to “no longer invest in producers of oil, gas and coal”

How will this be important? The fund says it will have no impact to returns as it moves fossil fuel investments to electricity companies, the car industry and aviation where it is anticipated that the pension will push sustainability.

The Guardian | One of world’s biggest pension funds to stop investing in fossil fuels

Spain bans the sale of vegetables in plastic containers

  • October 28, 2021

What’s happening? Starting in 2023, Spain will prohibit the sale of fruit and vegetables under 1.5 kg in plastic wrapping

Why is this important? Packaging will shift to consumers, who will able to use biodegradable packaging or reusable bags

How will this be important? Who will be next…..

@globalpositivenews

Portland OR: Time Off for pregnancy-related bereavement issues.

  • October 28, 2021

What’s happening? Portland OR is offering 3 days of bereavement leave for abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, or other pregnancy-related bereavement issues.

Why is this important?  ‘A policy like this is a really important step forward in providing that kind of support to employees and in recognition of the fact that we aren’t just robots.’⁠ – reproductive rights advocate Andrea Miller

How will this be important? Pittsburgh passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.

@nowthisher

Bonjour Telosa!

  • October 28, 2021

What is happening? A billionaire wants to build a “woke city” called Telosa somewhere in the desert. To live there one must apply and meet diversity and inclusion standards.

Why is this important? Every person in Telosa will have equal access to education, healthcare, & safe environments, regardless of income.

How will this be important? The Founder, Marc Lore, ” is aiming for Telosa to be a diverse place housing various races, genders, sexual orientations, religions and political affiliations.” Remember this isn’t the first wealthy person wanting to build an ideal city- Bill Gates wants one outside of Phoenix and Jeffrey Berns bought 67,000 acres in Nevada for a smart city.

Route Fifty | A Billionaire Wants to Build an Inclusive Utopian City. Government Leaders Are Skeptical.

Bonjour! Climate First Bank

  • October 21, 2021

What’s happening? Climate First Bank now has 2 branches in Florida, its home state. The bank finances climate friendly projects like solar and those that support environmental sustainability.

Why is this important? Look at their mission and where the shareholder priority is, this reflects a shift back to a stakeholder economy, and out of Milton Friedman’s shareholder economy.

The mission statement:

 our mission is to do the right thing for:

  • Our people
  • Our planet
  • Our community
  • Our shareholders

How will this be important? “At Climate First Bank our vision is to reimagine finance as a force for good and become the most impactful bank contributing to the drawdown of atmospheric CO2. Backed by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, Climate First Bank is a full-service community bank offering personal and commercial banking services with a focus on environmental sustainability. We do our part to preserve America’s irreplaceable ecosystem by providing residents and businesses with convenient, specialized green loan options for everything ranging from rooftop solar to renewable energy to building retrofits, EV charging, or even purchasing certified carbon offsets.”

Climate First Bank

Employee Wellness Programs Move to Wage Increases

  • October 21, 2021

What’s happening? A review of 5000 employees and 85 Business leader interviews by Harvard Business Review revealed that employee mental health, physical health and financial health wellness programs are not well received by employees.

Why is this important? If the programs offer no value to the employee, then the employee will not utilize the services. Effective programs will address what employees want and will be substantively helpful and convenient for employees.

How will this be important? in light of the high number of resignations, the highest and best use of these wellness program funds could be in wage increases.

@harvard_business_review

Poll: Are women treated fairly in the US?

  • October 21, 2021

What’s happening? Gallup released a poll on the treatment of women in the U.S. Here we go with this ball of fun:

  • 53% overall Americans are very or somewhat satisfied with the treatment of women in society (A RECORD LOW)
  • overall 44% of women are satisfied
  • overall 61% of men say women are treated fairly
  • 33% of women say they have equal job opportunities
  • 61% of men think women have equal job opportunities

Why is this important? As a writer who was interviewed said,  “It’s not only that women aren’t treated well. Sometimes we’re invisible,”

How will this be important? The deviations among women will be telling:

  • 46% of white women said they were satisfied with women’s treatment
  • 38% of Black women agreed
  • 43% of Hispanic women agreed
  • 72% of Republican women were satisfied
  • 32% of Democratic women

Washington Post | U.S. women are largely dissatisfied with how they’re treated. Most men don’t see a problem.

Banning Animal Testing in Cosmetics

  • October 21, 2021

What’s happening? Mexico is the 1st country in North America to ban cosmetics testing on animals.

Why is this important? Mexico is the 41st country int he world to ban cosmetics testing on animals. European Union banned animal testing on cosmetics in 2013, followed by India, Australia, New Zealand, and 16 other countries.⁠

How will this be important? The Mexico ban passed its Senate unanimously after more than 13 million signed a petition supporting the ban.

@globalpositivenews

Diversity + Cannabis Business. What’s working & what’s not.

  • October 21, 2021

What’s happening? Some say the opening of legalized cannabis hasn’t been open for small and diverse businesses.

Why is this important? The legislation that legalizes cannabis operations has steep license & impact fees that keep small operators out of the industry. Massachusetts have start up costs and impact fees are near $1 million. Some sates like Washington have 25% taxes on each level of the business (growing, distributing, and retail) in addition to sales tax.

How will this be important? In the last 2 years, while tax revenues increase from cannabis, minority executives in cannabis have dropped 15 points to 13%. To turn this around, the start up costs and impacts to small business operators are to be addressed.

Governing | A Shrinking Opportunity for Equity in the Weed-o-Sphere

Corporate Social Responsibility + Fulbright Scholarships

  • October 14, 2021

What’s happening? A Fulbright scholarship has been awarded to “San Diego State University accounting professor Victoria Krivogorsky notes, companies and their managers nowadays are expected to create value for society as a whole, paying heed to broader concerns that range from environmental pollution and carbon footprints to overcrowded highways and impacts on residents of surrounding communities.”

Why is this important? People are paying attention.

How will this be important? The first line from this press release: “For most public corporations, the days of concentrating solely on their shareholders’ interests in maximizing profits are long gone.”

SDSU | Accounting Professor Wins Fulbright Grant for Research in Austria

Legos for Everyone

  • October 14, 2021

What’s happening? Lego is removing all gender labeling from its boxes. As a person who does not like labels, this is fantastic. As a person who loves Legos, not only because Legos are from a Scandinavian country, but because building things is cool, this is amazing news! Let kids build whatever they want.

Why is this important? let’s hear from Legos: “Despite the progress made in girls brushing off prejudice at an early age, general attitudes surrounding play and creative careers remain unequal and restrictive.”

How will this be important? “Girls today feel increasingly confident to engage in all types of play and creative activities, but remain held back by society’s ingrained gender stereotypes as they grow older.”

@washingtonpost

Non Gendered Toy Aisle Legislation

  • October 14, 2021

What’s happening? AB 1084 (2021 | CA) calls for gender de-identified retail toy aisles.

Why is this important? Look, when I was born in Belgium, as a CIS female I was swaddled up in blue and my CIS brother was swaddled up in pink. I liked legos. He liked legos. He could have also liked a wooden bakeshop and I could have liked trains. Just mix it up and let them play with whatever.

How will this be important? The bill does not prohibit boys toys and girls toy aisles too.

@washingtonpost

L.A. Wants to Improve its Relationship with Indigenous Ways

  • October 14, 2021

What is happening? L.A. Mayor is moving forward with policy initiatives to ” to right historical wrongs and rectify the city’s relationship with its Indigenous people.” This includes renaming parks, updating the city’s seal and flag to include Indigenous representation, renaming the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, and issuing a formal apology to tribes.

Why is this important? To hear indigenous voices, the city will grant develop a cultural easement that will grant tribal members priority access to the park for traditional ceremonies.

How will this be important? The historical actions of priests at Missions is booming a flash point that has resulted in the toppling of statues of the priests.

Los Angeles Times | ‘We’re sorry’: L.A. moves to make amends for wrongs committed against Indigenous people

Improve Employee Resiliency with Respect

  • October 14, 2021

What’s happening? A study from Kansas State Univeristy published in the International Journal of Business Communication , shows that bosses who are respectful to their employees produce employees that like their jobs more and are more resilient.

Why is this important? Not all leaders have gotten the message that respect fosters happier and more resilient employees

How will this be important? ” Putting up with gruffness from bosses isn’t young employees “paying their dues” professionally. It’s bosses undermining their teams’ ability to perform at their best. “

Inc. | This Week in Should-Be-Obvious Science: New Study Finds Being Respectful to Your Employees Makes Them More Resilient

Following the Response to Texas Abortion Law. Hospitality Industry Edition.

  • October 7, 2021

What’s happening? Houston, Texas restaurants and bars are joining forces to create a fund to pay for travel expenses and other costs for persons impacted by Texas abortion law.

Why is this important? The effort is organized by  I’ll Have What She’s Having, a Houston organization that supports women in the male-dominated hospitality industry.

How will this be important? One restaurant experienced backlash with a commentator posting on Facebook and yelp about cockroaches. In response, the restaurant took to social media and received an outpouring of support.

Eater Houston | These Houston Hospitality Veterans Are Teaming Up to Fight Back Against Texas’s Abortion Law

Utilities Supporting Wildlife

  • October 7, 2021

What is happening? 20% of electric grid interruptions in Costa Rica are related to wildlife to counter this the National Energy Conservation Commission crafted the slogan “wildlife matters”

Why is this important? let’s not debate the merits of their word choice. But let’s think about the import of awareness of wildlife and transmission lines. The campaign includes other advice like pruning trees close to power lines and planting native species taking into account their height and growth space with respect to the network, can avoid the risks of electrocution.

How will this be important? It’s not just Costa Rica where wildlife impacts the delivery of electricity.

@thecrnews

The Costa Rica News | Costa Rica’s Electricity Sector Unites to Protect Wildlife

Pepsi CEO: Big Companies Can Do Better

  • October 7, 2021

What’s happening? Indra Nooyi, the former Pepsi CEO for 12 years before stepping down in 2018, new memoir examines how she pushed the company on sustainability.

Why is this important? She talks about corporate responsibility not as taking away from shareholders but in terms of how we can make money in different ways. Words matter people, and her words can ring true to certain sectors. Different means, same end.

How will this be important? “I want to deliver great returns but I want to make sure that I’m not creating problems downstream for the company because of the business model that I’ve developed to deliver those returns or the cost I’m passing onto society.”

NY Times | Former Pepsi C.E.O. Indra Nooyi on the Truth of Corporate Responsibility

Indigenous Persons Day Gains

  • October 7, 2021

What’s happening? Add Dallas to the growing list of cities celebrating Indigenous Peoples on October 11th.

Why is this important? The  Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas and the Red Handed Warrior Society members also moved Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Dallas County, and Corpus Christi to adopt Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 11th. The State of Texas is honoring Indigenous Peoples Day this year.

How will this be important? The growing social justice movements and consciousness that emerged from the pandemic is shining light on historical perspectives.

Spectrum News 1 | Dallas City Council approves Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Following the reactions to Texas abortion bill

  • October 7, 2021

What’s happening? It is reported that the Dallas Morning News rejected a PAC advertisement criticizing AT&T for its support of supporters of Texas abortion bill.

Why is this important? On the one side companies have been vocal about the impact of the legislation on them and their workers. On the side of the paper, it says it has a policy that prohibits ads that call out companies by name

How will this be important? Television ads will run. Moral of the story- people on all sides are paying attention

CNBC | Dallas Morning News rejects ad hammering AT&T for backing sponsors of Texas abortion bill, Democratic super PAC says

Second Hand Shopping Centrum

  • October 1, 2021

What’s happening? Eskiltuna Sweden has an entire shopping center dedicated to other”s people’s trash that has been refurbished, repurposed or restored.

Why is this important? I can personally attest to the program in Balsta Sweden where when you donate a used item, you may take a used item. Don’t need a dustpan, but need a candlesnuffer, it’s your place.

How will this be important? Reuse and recycling is increasing since 2020 and is expected to continue.

@Sweden.Se

Uber Afghan Refugee Support

  • October 1, 2021

What is happening? Uber is offering 50K rides and meals, committed $1M to refugee resettlement efforts, and is matching contributions to @RESCUEorg

Why is this important? Perspective. Some view Afghanistan as a campaign issue.

How will this be important? The imaging of the campaign is comfort, food, support.

@Uber

+1 Female Majority Legislature

  • October 1, 2021

What’s happening? We first talked about Nevada’s State House having a female majority. Now Iceland joins the party.

Why is this important? Iceland is in the process of diversifying its economy so it experiences fewer booms.

How will this be important? 52% of Iceland’s Parliament seats are held by women and Iceland is the only Nordic country that hasn’t bounced back to pre-crisis levels of activity 

The Columbian | Iceland elects Europe’s first female-majority legislature

COVID Accelerated Social Impact

  • October 1, 2021

What is happening? B Corp certifications rose in 2020.

Why is this important? 2020 is seen as proof positive that we need a different type of economy. (Hello, great resignation, we see you)

How will this be important? B Corps must meet the “highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit with purpose.”  That means it is in the company’s culture and felt through all stakeholders.

Knowledge @ Wharton | How the Pandemic Accelerated the Social Impact Movement

Continuing Corporate COVID Actions

  • September 30, 2021

What’s happening? LEGO has announced $150 million in donations for locations hit hard by COVID to support children and communities.

Why is this important? $80M will be for LEGo Foundation and its partners to work on COVID recovery for children and communities. $70M will be dedicated to UNICEF to support vaccine and health care costs for parents, teachers and caregivers.

How will this be important? Ongoing giving is the name of the game for recovery.

@Lego

Teacher Retirement System of Texas Yes to ESG

  • September 24, 2021

What is happening? In August TRS board of trustees “green light to add an ESG policy into its overall investment approach “

Why is this happening? Increasing interest and supporting data in ESG investments, especially since the pandemic began

How will this be important? We’ll have metrics in Texas as the TRS board approval requires annual reporting.

NASDAQ | Texas Teachers Opt Into ESG for Pensions

Top Law Firms Vow to Fight Texas Abortion Law Pro Bono

  • September 23, 2021

What’s happening? Top U.S. law firms including Debevoise & Plimpton; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and Susman Godfrey are serving as outside counsel to Center for Reproductive Rights to fight the Texas Abortion law.

Why is this important? Texas law is designed to dissuade counsel from coming in because a single loss on a single claim triggers attorney fee costs.  

How will this be important? Watch the galvanizing impact of this legislation. Top lawyers call it everything from repugnant to unconstitutional under both the Texas and U.S. Constitutions

Reuters | Top law firms vow to fight Texas abortion law, even if it costs them

Add Apple Response to Texas Abortion Law

  • September 23, 2021

What’s happening? Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly said Apple will pay abortion costs for employees who travel out of state, including insurance coverage and is considering legal action challenging the law.

Why is this important? The market is responding to a mandate it does not like.

How will this be important?

ABC 7 News | Apple to pay medical expenses for Texas employees after abortion ban, report says

mashable | Apple vows to pay for Texas employees to travel after abortion ban

@mikeSington

Corporate Push Back to Texas Abortion Law

  • September 23, 2021

What’s happening? This week more than 50 major corporations signed a letter opposed to Texas 2021 abortion law, stating : ”  “restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.” The companies include:

Slack Technologies Inc.
Stewart Butterfield

Bloomberg L.P.

Amalgamated Bank

Peter T. Grauer

Keith Mestrich

M∙A∙C Cosmetics

M.M. LaFleur

Philippe Pinatel

Postmates

Sarah LaFleur

H&M

Bastian Lehmann

rag & bone

Ezinne Kwubiri

DVF

Marcus Wainwright

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Mark & Karen Wolverton

Jeremy Stoppelman

Diane von Furstenberg

Away

Yelp

Dermalogica Professional Skincare Aurelian Lis

Kat Taylor

Square, Inc.

The Body Shop US

Katie Beauchamp

Jack Dorsey

Andrea Blieden

Glossier

Portland General Electric
Maria Pope

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Eric S. Yuan

Quintessentially

Emily Weiss

Zendesk

Bertrand Quesada

Mikkel Svane

Everlane

The Standard

Tim Brown

Amar Lalvani

Seventh Generation

Warby Parker

BlueJeans Network Quentin Gallivan

Atlantic Records & Warner Music Group Julie Greenwald

Joey Bergstein

Neil Blumenthal & Dave Gilboa

Rebecca Minkoff LLC

Okta

Gabriela Hearst

Visit.Org, Inc.

Michal Alter

Fur

Laura Schubert

LaRue PR LLC

Jessy Klein Fofana

Lesbians Who Tech

Leanne Pittsford

Nia Impact Capital

Kristin Hull

We Dream in Color

Jade Gedeon

The Cru

Tiffany Dufu

Harrington Investments, Inc. John Harrington

Dazey LA

Dani Nagel

Gotham Gal

Joanne Wilson

Union Station

Corie Hardee

Todd McKinnon

Gabriela Hearst

Unity Technologies

John Riccitiello

&pizza

Michael Lastoria

Refinery29

Philippe von Borries

POPSUGAR

Lisa Sugar
& Brian Sugar

Hello Alfred

Marcela Sapone

Tinder

Elie Seidman

The Cut

Stella Bugbee

CREDO Mobile

Ray Morris

Outdoor Voices

Ty Haney

ChowNow

Christopher Webb

Hint, Inc.

Kara Goldin

R2C Group

Michelle Cardinal

Catbird

Rony Elka Vardi

The Muse

Kathryn Minshew & Alex Cavoulacos

BaubleBar

Amy Jain
& Daniella Yacobovsky

hims & hers

Andrew Dudum

Blavity

Morgan DeBaun

Cinq à Sept and LIKELY Jane Siskin

The Riveter

Amy Nelson

THINX

Maria Molland

Trillium Asset Management Matthew Patsky

WILDFANG

Emma Mcilroy

Richer Poorer

Iva Pawling

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

OUAI

Jen Atkin

TomboyX

Fran Dunaway

Heartbeat

Kate Edwards

Sustain

Meika Hollender

Dame Products

Alexandra Fine

ADAY

Nina Faulhaber & Meg He

Designer Revival

Tiffany Keriakos

Cora

Molly Hayward

Why is this important? Other companies have offered to support employees and their families if they are impacted including: Match, Salesforce, Bumble

How will this be important? Data shows that consumers want corporations to take positions on the big issues.

Don’t Ban Equality for list of corporations

WallStreet Journal | Texas Abortion Law Faces Pushback From Some Companies

Forbes | More Than 50 Companies — Including Yelp, Lyft, Ben & Jerry’s — Speak Out Against Texas Abortion Law

Sustainable vegetable packaging

  • September 23, 2021

What’s happening? Vendors in Asia are using banana leaves and coconut fronds to weave baskets for fruit vendors.

Why is this important? The leaf woven baskets eliminates plastic containers. As a bonus, the leaves keep the vegetables fresher longer by cooling the produce.

How will this be important? In Asia, more than 75% of the value of recyclable plastic is lost. Leaf baskets will reduce the plastic waste in Southeast Asia

@Good

+1 Chief Sustainability Officer

  • September 17, 2021

What is happening? Sun Life Financial has its first ever Chief Sustainability Officer.

Why is this important? Read what the company says: “As a global industry leader, Sun Life has a responsibility and ability to advance meaningful sustainability outcomes and it is a key strategic priority for us. Creating a dedicated chief sustainability officer role is important to me to advance our priorities and I see it as the critical next step in Sun Life’s sustainability commitment.”

How will this be important? The company lists, the climate, diversity and the challenges of the pandemic as reasons behind the need for a Chief Sustainability officer.

Insurance Business Magazine | Sun Life introduces its first chief sustainability officer

New: Chief Impact Officer for Taco Bell

  • September 17, 2021

What’s happening? Taco Bell has brought on its former employee, Lil Nas, as its honorary Chief Impact Officer

Why is this important? Diverse appeal and his social media marketing skills

How will this be important? Celebrities highlight the need for diversity, inclusion and more increases the dialog

Ad Week | Former Taco Bell Worker Lil Nas X Becomes the Brand’s Chief Impact Officer

The New Yorker + Diversity

  • September 17, 2021

What’s happening? New Yorker diversity came to pass on twitter with a  a user posted a 20-part thread decrying the lack of diversity among writers and editors.

Why is this important? The details: During the last 15 years,

  • “less than 0.01% of print features and critical pieces were edited by a Black editor
  • More women were able to publish profiles in the magazine between 1925 and 1935 than between 1990 and 2000.
  • Over the last 30 years, spanning 1990 to 2020, few to no reviews of cinema, fine arts or classical music were published by either women or writers of color.”

How will this be important? This twitter user thread about the lack of diversity came from within the NewYorker by its own archive editor

NPR | A ‘New Yorker’ Editor Dug For Diversity Stats. She Calls The Results ‘Passive Racism’

Businesses Highlighting Black Owned Business

  • September 16, 2021

What’s happening? We are completely smitten by companies that put their money where their mouths are. Meet Glossier who in 2020 announced support for Black owned business and now in 2021 is announcing its  2021 Grant Program for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses

Why is this important? Glossier is providing funding, mentorship and telling the stories of these Black-Owned Beauty Businesses.

How will this be important? Uplift other businesses is the future

Meet the 2021 Glossier Grantees

53 hours from CEO Tweet to Firing.

  • September 16, 2021

What’s happening? The CEO of Tripwire, a software gaming company, tweeted “…affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat…” 53 hours later he was fired.

Why is this important? The responses ranged from boycotts, to delisting their software. To a focus not on his pro-life message but that he used his CEO account to tweet the pro-life message when the bill includes bounty hunter provisions. Co-development patterns canceled contracts.

How will this be important? Just need to look at the company’s response: “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”

The Verge | Tripwire CEO out 53 hours after tweeting his opinions on Texas abortion law

Supermarket with a Vertical Farm

  • September 10, 2021

What’s happening? A supermarket in Sweden is growing the vegetables it sells to cut down on emissions and increase sustainability.

Why is this important?  innovative vertical farm was developed by Swegreen, a Swedish greentech company that offers circular solutions for urban cultivation

How will this be important? Talk about hyper local. This is taking local to a whole new level.

@swedense

2021 Business Success : “Don’t be a dick.”

  • September 10, 2021

What’s happening? La La Land Kind Cafe, a Dallas-based coffee café, founded by FRANÇOIS REIHANI, having realized he had become not a good person. So, he created La La Land and hires young adults and teenagers as they exit the foster care system.

Why is this important? La La Land Kind Coffee doesn’t advertise it’s good deeds. Francois credits his Iranian heritage having been raised in France and Mexico, and that diversity to create an enterprise where people just love each other while teaching these young adults how to hold and keep a job

How will this be important? “We just believe that when you do the right thing, magic happens,” Reihani says. That belief is paying off: La La Land Kind Cafe has opened five locations and already crossed $6 million in revenue.

Entrepreneur | The Future is Bright

Company Diversity 1974

  • September 9, 2021

What’s happening? IN 1974, Lego included a statement with its boxes that read “The urge to create is equally strong in all children. Boys and girls. It’s imagination that counts. Not skill. You build whatever comes into your head, the way you want it. A bed or a truck. A spaceship or a dollhouse. A lot of boys like dolls houses. They’r more human than spaceships. A lot of girls prefer space ships. They’re more exciting than dolls houses. The most important thing is to put the right material in their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.”

Why is this important? it is as relevant today as it was in 1974.

How will this be important? How many new products have similar statements?

@wiesuite

How many uses for an organic tote to offset cost of production?

  • September 9, 2021

What’s happening? Much like the perennial question, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop, The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark has the answer for how many times you have to use your organic cotton tote to offset its cost of production.

Why is this important? It is said to take 20,000 uses of an organic cotton bag to offset its production costs. 20,000 equates to daily use for 54 years.

How will this be important? 20% of the world’s cotton that supplies most Western fashion brands is correlated to forced labor in China.

@nytimes

Corporate Reaction to Texas Abortion Bill.

  • September 9, 2021

What’s happening? Companies are creating funds to pay for the expenses of people who need access to an abortion.

Why is this important? Uber, Lyft, Bumble and Match.com have all stated that they will cover expenses of their employees, and their dependents who need abortion services.

How will this be important? Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi

“Drivers shouldn’t be put at risk for getting people where they want to go,” he wrote. “Team Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way.”

Route Fifty | Lyft and Uber Establish Legal Funds to Protect Drivers from Texas Abortion Law

@NowThisHer

WTVA | Lyft General Counsel: I hope that more of Corporate America takes a stand on Texas abortion law

Meet Hunter Boots NewSustainability Standards

  • August 27, 2021

What is happening? Hunter Boots, the iconic wellies, have adopted new sustainability standards that include:

  • By 2025, all of its rubber footwear will be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. 
  • Hunter pledges to work with World Land Trust to protect endangered forests, the species that depend on it and the people that care for it.  
  • In 2022, 65 percent of Hunter’s collection will incorporate FSC-certified rubber, Bloom algae foam or recycled textiles. 
  • By 2022, 100 percent of Hunter’s packaging will be recyclable.  
  • By 2022, Hunter will become carbon neutral across its direct global operations and will offset all direct carbon emissions from global stores and offices.  
  • By 2022, Hunter will have conducted inclusive worldwide leadership training for all hiring managers in line with its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and its new HR policies and procedures.  
  • Hunter has donated over 150,000 boots to date and every year and pledges to donate a further 15,000 pairs of fully functional boots to global charities, including those that respond to natural disasters, pandemics and the refugee crisis. 
  • Offer a simple end-of-life solution for boots in the UK and US at no cost to the costumer

Why is this important? They have 3 major goals:  protecting forests, resources, and communities

How will this be important? it is easy to think that every company is embracing sustainability in our pandemic world, but there is more to come and this thoughtful policy shows it should be encouraged

Fashion United | Hunter launches sustainability and accountability strategy 

What is needed to grow ESG investments?

  • August 27, 2021

What is happening? Goldman Sachs relies on a study that shows stagnation in the number of potential investors that know about ESG investments

Why is this important? Increased education about ESG investments and their impact is the touted solution & Gallup polls show 42% or more are interested din learning about ESG investments

How will this be important? The Goldman Sachs Future Planet Equity is 6 weeks old and has $58 million in management

Future ETFs | More Investor Education Needed to Drive Sustainable Investing Growth

The Laundry List of Ways Railroads Win with Supply Chain Diversity

  • August 27, 2021

What is happening? 40 years ago, Union Pacific was the first Class I railroad to implement supplier diversity program 

Why is this important? Now it looks to expand that base because a diverse supply chain adds:

  •  new products, services and solutions 
  • promotes innovation
  • an investment in the very communities
  • promotes local job creation
  • this supply chain spending better reflects the communities we all live and work 

How will this be important? Even within a diverse supply chain, the company can identify areas where it can do better such as with more Latinx and Black suppliers

Railway Age | UP: Supplier Diversity a Smart Community Investment

Crypto is Re-defining Governance

  • August 27, 2021

What is happening? Leaders in crypto currency, including, venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), are calling for greater transparency in governance

Why is this important? the DeFi ecosystem – now rivaling mid-sized American banks at $146 billion in total value locked. Combine its size with the open source call that will allow it to “build in public.”

How will this be important?  “open source” its decentralized finance (DeFi) delegation procedures is the future they say

CoinDesk | A16z Details Its New Approach to Crypto Governance

Let’s Peek: Cannabis Company ESG Report

  • August 18, 2021

What’s happening? Colombian-Canadian cannabis firm Khiron Life Sciences Corp released its inaugural ESG report that highlights its diversity wage parity, solar energy purchases, COVID donations, use of local suppliers, and support its culture of innovation

Why is this important? The ESG report not only focuses on the company’s internal sustainability but also for the supply chain

How will this be important? “RBC Global Asset Managements’ Responsible Investment Survey 2019, 70% of institutional investors surveyed use ESG principles when they invest. The top 3 reasons to apply ESG principles when investing were cited as (1) lower risks, (2) improved returns, and (3) acting in clients’ interests.”

Finance Columbia | Cannabis Producer Khiron Issues First Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report

Meet the New Kid Turning Old Wood to New Energy

  • August 18, 2021

What’s happening? Austin, TX start-up Locoal Charcoal takes old  commercial wood waste and creates biochar which filters soil and water

Why is this important? 500 million pallets that go into our landfills every year and the goal is to turn all the wood that goes to landfills into biochar

How will this be important? Biochar can also filter toxic runoff flowing into area waterways that can create toxic algae that has poisoned dogs in Austin

Spectrum News 1 | Building a circular economy: A Texas startup turns old wood into new energy in effort to fight climate change

AirBnB Permits Suits by Sexual Assault Survivors & Encourages Hospitality Industry to do so too

  • August 18, 2021

What is happening? AirBnB is changing its terms of service to now allow survivors of sexual assaults to sue the platform.

Why is this important? From AirBnB:  “We believe that survivors should be able to bring claims in whatever forum is best for them. We encourage our industry peers within the travel and hospitality space to consider taking similar steps for their respective communities.”

How will this be important? Shines light on the impact of #metoo that highlighted the impact of forced arbitration in corporate America to silence sexual assault survivors. Microsoft Corp., Google and Facebook Inc., removed binding arbitration in sexual assault and sexual harassment claims filed by employees. Uber Technologies Inc. updated its terms of service to eliminate forced arbitration for passengers and drivers.

The Detroit News | Airbnb says it will allow sexual-assault victims to sue company

Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship

  • August 18, 2021

What’s happening? LegalZoom and University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business will partner with LegalZoom supporting a scholarship for the Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship Program.

Why is this important? LegalZoom will also ” provide up to $5,000 in free services to support their business formation and compliance needs.”

How will this be important? The University’s support of making a sustainable impact in communities

Yahoo! Fiannce | LegalZoom Partners with USC Marshall School of Business to Foster the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs

Remember those new NASDAQ Rules on Diversity?

  • August 13, 2021

What’s happening? The SEC approved NASDAQs new rules requiring diversity on boards before a company can be listed.

Why is this important? The NASDAQ rules follow the market like Goldman Sachs’s requirement to have at least two diverse directors, including one woman, on boards of companies it helps take public after July 1, 2021

How will this be important? The SEC vote was on a partisan line.

Gibson Dunn | SEC Approves New Nasdaq Board Diversity Rules

Denver Social Impact Bond Repaid Early.

  • August 13, 2021

What’s happening? To tackle homelessness Denver used a mix of federal and state grants for housing, Medicaid for mental health care and social impact bonds to fill-in.

Why is this important? “Private investors lent the city $8.6 million, with the understanding that the city would repay the money only if program participants stayed housed for at least a year and spent at least 20% fewer days in jail. If participants spent more time in housing, and less time in jail, investors would get additional money.”

How will this be important? Denver saved so much money on emergency services that it repaid investors $9.6 million.

Pew Charities | How Denver Tackled Homelessness While Saving Money

Corporations Speak on the Big Issues.

  • August 13, 2021

What’s happening? HP, Microsoft and American Airlines Group vocally support diversity and inclusion that supports employee recruitment and voiced opposition to legislation that would make it harder to vote. Texas Competes, an organization representing businesses that favor LGBTQ rights including Apple, Amazon.com, Dell, IBM and PayPal Holdings, voiced concerned over transgender legislation.

Why is this important? A cultural shift in our post-COVID and post-Black Lives Matter world. Information moves fast. Consumers want to support companies that are on the right side of history.

How will this be important? The ongoing push and pull between politicians and corporations is just beginning as we shift to a stakeholder economy.

Seattle Times | Texas GOP’s all-in focus on culture war spurs corporate backlash

Sustainability Consumers: Meet the Trailer that Charges your EV

  • August 13, 2021

What’s happening? lets meet the new kid on the block: Colorado Teardrop Campers with a 75-kWh battery pack built into the frame.

Why is this important? The trailer and its solar panels can charge your EV while stopped, but cannot charge while you’re in motion.

How will this be important? Could solve e the towing issues for EV trucks and SUVs

MotorTrend | Recharge Your EV Tow Vehicle Using This Battery-Laden Teardrop Trailer

Survey Says: No more 5 days in the Office

  • August 12, 2021

What’s happening? A Survey of employers in San Francisco, CA revealed that

  • 40% say their employees will eventually return to 3 days in the office
  • 22% say 2 days in the office
  • 13% said 4 days
  • 19% said 5 days or more in the office

Why is this important? Pre-pandemic, the number of days in the office in San Francisco was 5+

How will this be important? “We’re seeing a potentially tectonic shift in the region’s commute patterns,” said Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a business and civic leadership group.

Route Fifty | In One City, 3 Days a Week in the Office May be a New Norm

Profits Increase by the Number of Women Hired

  • August 6, 2021

What’s happening? Brotopia is the tale of the male dominated culture in tech. Replete with quotes from tech leaders about the importance of women like:

  • Dick Costolo, formerly of Twitter: Costolo told me. “Any one of these companies, the underlying disease is that it’s 90 percent men,”
  • Jack Dorsey, of Twitter: “It’s not just creating a sense of belonging that’s important, but also making sure women contribute to decision making.”

Why is this important? You can’t read a business section or a business book these days without seeing data supporting that profit rises when more women are at the top and throughout an organization.

How will this be important? Diversity and Inclusion is a requirement of more investors, reporting requirements, and consumer confidence.

@Inc. twitter

Pandemic Customers. Learn from the Data.

  • August 6, 2021

What’s happening? Data. Folks, we have data on pandemic customers now. Let’s get to identifying these new customers likes and dislikes and how we can grow fruitful business relationships with our new pandemic customers.

Why is this important? Pandemic changed shopping habits. Consumers care where their goods come from. Who they buy from. What a big retailer does in its community, what it stands for on the big issues.

How will this be important? The economy is adapting because information is available, let’s use this for some good to create some more good. Harvard academics break it down for us in the You Tube.

You Tube | Harvard Business School| How the Pandemic Shopper Will Recalibrate the Post-Pandemic Retailer.

Post Black Lives Matter- Company Promises to Do More. What has it done?

  • August 6, 2021

What’s happening? This should really be what have you done for me lately, like that 80s/90s pop song minus all the things that song probably says that will get you canceled. Bestbuy in 2020 committed to do better. It is investing $10 Million in a venture capital fund directed at BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Why is this important? Bestbuy is committed to ““break down the systemic barriers often faced by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs — including lack of access to funding — and empowering the next generation within the tech industry.”

How will this be important? Part of this venture will also include entrepreneurship program at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to help develop young entrepreneurs through education, mentorship, networking and funding access.

Tech Crunch | Best Buy investing millions in Brown Venture Group, a firm exclusively backing BIPOC founders

Employer Offer: Free Education Junior College or University

  • August 6, 2021

What’s happening? Add Target to the list of nationwide employers that are offering free junior college or university degrees to employees to hire and retain employees

Why is this important? Keeping your employees content and retaining them is new normal in this post-COVID, post-BLM world.

How will this be important? More ways to incentivize, retain, and treat your employees well forthcoming. 2021 means it is no longer 1983 or whenever Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin made 9 to 5, the film.

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How Construction Industry is Handling Diversity & Inclusion

  • July 30, 2021

What’s happening? After George Floyd’s tragic death, racist incidents at construction sites were more noticeable.

Why is this important? To address these issues a panel of construction industry leaders say:

  • make small manageable changes in diversity and inclusion
  • get comfortable being uncomfortable
  • company culture starts with your managers, so hold your managers accountable

How will this be important? The industry is 10.9% women, 30% Latino, 6% black and 2% Asian and there’s apparently a lot of nooses left around construction sites. This is a growth opportunity in the new economy.

Construction Dive | Panel Weighs In on Diversity & inclusion

Meet the New Social Impact Crypto Currency

  • July 30, 2021

What’s happening? the world’s first social impact crypto currency, Elongate, has completed its corporate structure.

Why is this important? EG Association will focus on governing social impact: donations, charity events, fundraising & ELONGATE Global  will focus on governing the technology platforms and disruptive technological development

How will this be important? More seats at this table to grow crypto currency and social impact

Yahoo Finance | The World’s First Social Impact Cryptocurrency ELONGATE Announces Incorporation

Zappos Do Good Project

  • July 29, 2021

What’s happening? @upworthy and @Zappos have teamed up for another #ZapposDoGoodChallenge to promote #every?body?outside 

Why is this important? The goal is to share acts of kindness with others and with nature. Two companies putting the call out for kindness. yesthankyoumoreplease

How will this be important? I’m all here for businesses taking an interest in kindness not only internally but also within their communities and their stakeholders

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COVID Pivot: Employers Pay Employee College Tuition

  • July 29, 2021

What’s happening? WalMart revealed a new program to pay for college tuition for 1.5 million employees in an effort to retain employees.

Why is this important? Reading the coverage of this move, you read “tight labor market” or a new way of running businesses in 2021. There’s a change that’s happening without regard to how you describe it.

How will this be important? It’s changing how they talk. From A Walmart senior VP ” This investment is another way we can support our associates to pursue their passion and purpose while removing the barriers that too often keep adult working learners from obtaining degrees.””

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How is this 2021?

  • July 23, 2021

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