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New DOJ Database to Track Police Shooting Deaths, Address Implicit Bias

The Department of Justice committed $750,000 to establish a national database of police-involved deaths. It will be a huge task and the first of its kind, the DOJ says. This move represents a huge step toward solving implicit bias in police-community interactions — up til now, it’s been easier to track flu outbreaks than police shootings nation-wide.

3p Weekend: 10 Companies Offering Paid Family Leave to All Employees

The United States remains the only industrialized nation that does not mandate paid family leave for all workers. Thankfully, some companies are beginning to take matters into their own hands — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense.

GRI Standards Push Momentum for Global Sustainable Development

On Wednesday, the GRI announced the launch of the world’s first Global Reporting Standards for sustainability reporting. These new standards give businesses large and small a common language for reporting non-financial information. They dovetail with recent global initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, in advancing integrated, un-siloed cooperation and transparency to … Continued

This Small Alabama Town Highlights CSR Shortcomings in Natural Gas

Residents of a small Alabama town are still complaining of foul odors eight years after a mercaptan spill at a Mobile Gas facility. Some stakeholders say mercaptan, a chemical added to natural gas to give it an odor, is nontoxic. But residents are complaining of health problems, and the company’s sluggish response highlights a trend of lax oversight.

Design Justice: Creating Inclusive Spaces in an Urbanized World

Before a crowded room at SXSW Eco, Bryan C. Lee Jr. of the Arts Council Of New Orleans spoke passionately about leveraging architecture, design, and city planning to empower communities of color and deliver inclusiveness rather than oppression.

FIFA Confronts Legal Challenges Over Human Rights Abuses in Qatar

In a letter to FIFA, a Dutch labor organization asked soccer’s international governing body to pay damages to a Bangladeshi migrant worker by the end of this month or face a court case in Zurich. The group says the worker’s story is emblematic of the ongoing abuses migrant workers face in Qatar while building stadia to host the 2022 World Cup.

Will America’s Climate Agenda Fall Apart Without Obama?

On Tuesday at SXSW Eco, current and former members of the Obama administration discussed the questions on everyone’s minds: What will happen to America’s climate agenda when Obama steps down? How will a Hillary Clinton administration further the country’s work on climate action? And how much could a Donald Trump administration derail the progress we’ve made?