Global Consumers Willing to Make Personal Sacrifices to Address Social and Environmental Issues

Global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues and look to companies as partners in progress, according to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, released today. Near universal in their demands for companies to act responsibly, nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address […]

6 Billion Pounds Produce Is Wasted Every Year Because It’s Ugly

An estimated six billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are wasted every year in the U.S. because they are ugly, according to report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. That means more than 20 percent of the produce grown for human consumption is rejected by grocery stores and goes uneaten because of its appearance.

Founders of a crowd-funded company called Imperfect […]

Making Employee Financial Education A Priority within Corporate Social Responsibility

In a 2014 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, nearly one in four employees admitted that financial issues have been a distraction at work, and 39% had spent three hours or more per week thinking about or dealing with their personal finances, with basic personal financial management and not being able to pay for college being among those concerns.

As reported by Time.com writer, […]

Out with The Sustainability Snobs

Sustainability’s emerging popularity has enthralled many young people, interested in dedicating their lives to work in the field, developing privileged understanding of the term’s meaning. The new wave of forward-thinking professionals possess sustainability knowledge, but they treat the knowledge like a special right granted only to a select few. Sustainability professionals, by and large, need to develop empathy to understand […]

Labor Claims Victory as Facebook Hikes Contractor Wages

Facebook will ensure that employees who work for its contractors — including security guards and food-service workers on its Menlo Park, California campus — will receive an hourly wage of at least $15, the company announced earlier this week. Contractors and vendors who do “a substantial amount of work” with Facebook in the United States will also be expected […]

Disrupting The Informal Labor Market in Pakistan

The labor market in Pakistan is dangerously unregulated, unstructured, and operates mainly on an informal basis. While the largest chunk is employed by the agriculture sector, there is also a significant informal market catering to the retail, construction, and household services industries. Affluent Pakistani families employ cooks, drivers, nannies, and gardeners to serve them. Most employment is arranged through personal […]

Big Mac Test Shows Job Market Is Not Working to Distribute Wealth

Some 15 years ago, searching for a consistent way to compare wages of equivalent workers across the world, Orley Ashenfelter, an economics professor at Princeton University, came upon McDonald’s.

The uniform, highly scripted production methods used throughout the McDonald’s fast-food empire allowed Professor Ashenfelter to compare workers in far-flung countries doing virtually the same thing. The company also offered a natural […]

Workers Memorial Day Celebrates Occupational Safety and Health

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated in Ukiah every April 28 — the day in 1971 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created — to honor workers in and from Mendocino County who have been killed, injured, or permanently disabled on the job.

Back in the late 90s, Terry Poplawski, president of branch 1563 of the National Association of Letter […]

Tufts Students on Hunger Strike Meet with Administrators

A group of Tufts University students will enter the fourth full day of a hunger strike Thursday, as they continue talks with administrators over proposed cuts to the school’s custodial workers.

The administration will meet with students at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to members of the Tufts Labor Coalition. The two sides met on the Medford campus for about an hour […]

Is Technology Reinventing Recruitment?

Technology, especially social media, has dramatically changed the way people communicate in recent years, and what I call “digital fluency” has become the business literacy of the 21st century. Digital fluency is the ability to use social and mobile technology to communicate, collaborate and connect with people.

In HR, most recruiters have already realized the necessity of social media for sharing jobs, […]

3 Steps Boomers Can Take To Narrow The Employment Gap

Boomers are sending a very clear signal to the new economy: we are not “moving over” any time soon to cede our careers to younger generations. Traditional retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and purposeful life. This is not a call to intergenerational competition. […]

The Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

In this article adapted from their new book, Jerry Davis and
Chris White explore what makes some companies more fertile for social
innovation — that is, the ongoing (rather than one-off) initiatives that
have positive social impact while promoting the core mission of a
business. While there are some factors that make social innovation more
likely than not — such as intrapreneurs who will champion them — […]

A Big-Hearted Man Manufacturing Tiny Houses for Oakland’s Homeless

To date, Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and gives lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade. Following his lead, other builders have made homes for […]

The Supply and Demand of Diversity and Inclusion

The question I am asked most frequently—after “Vu, have you tried using Proactiv?”—is “Vu, would you consider joining so-and-so board/committee? If not, can you connect me to other leaders of color who might be interested?” Apparently, everyone is having a hard time finding people of color for their board of directors and 80’s-karaoke-night planning team.

There are tons of reports and […]

How To Achieve Staff Diversity

In order to make the widest impact possible, your organization needs to appeal to a wide audience. This audience should include people from all backgrounds, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income level, and so on. Otherwise, it may appear that your organization is being exclusive with one particular group and perhaps even discriminatory toward others. In order to create […]

Investing in Young Adults Benefits All of Us

Without question, the War on Poverty significantly improved outcomes for older Americans. Their rates of poverty plummeted more than any other demographic. The social programs created during that period, including Medicare and Social Security, continue to help our elder population.

Today, we face another urgent challenge that will require the same level of commitment and investment. Nearly 6 million young adults in […]

Women Are Naturally Suited To Social Enterpreneurship

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, founder of Uncommon Union wrote in Forbes, “The new field of social entrepreneurship is ideally suited to women, who have always had to meet complex demands that pit community against individualism. In short, we understand the necessity of seeing the economy and the world as an interconnected and interdependent system.”

Social enterprises are organizations that apply commercial strategies […]

Are You Guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement?

In Seattle, if you’re a person of color and you walk down a dark alley late at night and you feel like you’re being followed, it’s probably someone trying to do some community engagement: “Psst…hey buddy—Go Hawks!—you want to attend a summit? It’s about economic inequity. We need your voice.” “Daddy, I’m scared!” “Stay calm, Timmy; don’t look him in […]

Why It’s Cool to Invest in Girls

Could positive investments in girls be game-changing?

We think so. Harnessing the power and potential of girls is the aim of SPRING, a new project from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), Nike Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). SPRING will accelerate early to mid-stage ventures with products and services that improve the lives of girls in […]

Transgender: Is There Still Fear in The Workplace?

Transgenderism is being portrayed more widely and sympathetically in the media than ever before. One only has to look at Bruce Jenner or Chelsea Manning to see that the media and public focus more on their actions than their gender. But have our workplace attitudes caught up and is a more collaborative approach needed from employee and employer?

Bernard Reed, co­-founder […]