As educated and highly skilled workers are returning to cities, the evidence suggests that large corporations are increasingly following them as well. McDonald’s and GE are just a few recent examples.
How should social media companies like Facebook handle hate speech on their sites? According to the nonprofit journalism site ProPublica the criteria Facebook uses is amazingly complex. It’s also fallible, say critics, and unwittingly gives support to the kinds of comments it strives to police.
Geohealth – the intersection of place and public heath – is a word and theme you’ll be hearing increasingly, as the global population deals with rising temperatures and sea levels due to climate change.
Reebok’s response to Donald Trump’s comments about Brigitte Macron’s physique was one of the best-timed tweets in years. We expect more companies to risk taking a political stand as the president’s popularity continues to decline.
California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment has fined a former Airbnb host $5,000 after she canceled a reservation largely due to the renter’s race. The former host also issued an apology to Dyne Suh and must take a college-level Asian-American studies course.
One recent survey found that bias can accelerate burnout on the job, with the result that one-third of employees who perceive bias regularly felt alienated within the workplace – and about the same number said they had withheld potential ideas or solutions from their employers.
Wednesday’s doomsday scenarios got a lot of people to speak out in favor of net neutrality. But many speakers forgot to mention the greatest potential casualty to stripping away Title II protections for equal access to the internet: the companies that rely upon it to reach the consumer and grow their businesses.
HP has been working to stamp out illiteracy in India’s small and remote villages. This year the company will take the effort a step further, showing that today’s mobile technology can alleviate endemic poverty.
As Walmart shutters more locations, the evidence suggests that communities left behind could find themselves in a worse economic lurch than when the company’s stores first opened.
Levanta Coffee describes itself as a “socially-innovative start-up” that can spark much better economic opportunities for the coffee farmers in Honduras with its “social microlot model” – one that will pay farmers 50 percent more than typical prices.
19 aquariums across the U.S. are joining forces to raise awareness and push society into finding innovative alternatives to single-use plastics in a bid to reduce ocean pollution.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York fined the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby $3 million for its role in the smuggling of over 5,500 antiquities illegally smuggled out of Iraq.
Israel and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) are joining forces to bring solar to 15 African nations. It’s not the first time Israel has brought technology to African states, but the opportunity is a continued boon for both impoverished communities and Israel’s green energy sector.
Beyond Meat, the alternative meat company found in many Whole Foods, has landed its popular Beyond Burger at eight locations of the chain BurgerFi. All 101 of that company’s outlets will serve the fake burger by the end of this summer.
This year’s Social Progress Index tells us a lot about the state of society these days — including the fact that a nation, touted often for its standard of living, isn’t at the top of the scale when it comes to social benefits and opportunities.