Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a pretty disturbing trend — retailers are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, in an attempt to lure shoppers from their tryptophan-induced comas with the promise of rock-bottom deals. But a growing number of forward-thinking companies are taking a stand against the overconsumption that has long held American Thanksgiving hostage.
Twelve companies – including DoorDash, VetPronto, Care.com, CareLinx, LeadGenuis, and Managed by Q – have now committed to taking action on one or more of the tenets of the Good Work Code, an overarching framework of eight values that are the foundation of good working conditions for freelance and independent workers.
The auditing firm Ernst & Young is the latest to feel the heat from the Madoff scandal. Last week the firm lost its case in a suit alleging that it had been negligent in its auditing of a feeder fund that helped contribute to Madoff’s scheme to defraud investors. Their liability is a stinging $200 m and tops Citco’s settlement earlier this year of $125m. Meanwhile, more money will be allocated to victims of the fraud, as prosecutions and suits gradually wind up and officials continue to search for more missing funds.
For nearly 20 years, Americans have been coming together each November 15th to mark America Recycles Day. Today, recycling is such an integral part of American life that almost everyone recognizes that iconic chasing arrows recycling symbol, which we see everywhere. So do we really need one day set aside to promote recycling?
An old but powerful New York state law may have profound implications for Exxon, which is being investigated for misrepresenting its knowledge that its business decisions could cause climate change. And this time, prosecutors don’t have to prove intent. They only have to demonstrate that “common honesty” was not upheld in its business decisions. An email and a fairly exhaustive investigation by journalists and environmentalists have set the stage for a new kind of legal wrangling.
This week, we round up properties and destinations around the world, relevant in today’s evolving and conscious society, which focus on sustainability and authentic, inspirational travel.
SPECIAL SERIES: Tech Titans: Community Citizens?
Silicon Valley has both the tools and the talent to become much more part of the solution to ending homelessness. It also has all of the problems.
SPECIAL SERIES: Tech Titans: Community Citizens?
The city of Mountain View, California — home to Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office — boasts gorgeous campuses for work and play. But it also has serious traffic and housing issues, and a lack of density in zoning regs is partially to blame.
In D.C., bike commuting has increased by 120 percent, and in New York ridership has doubled, all thanks to offering cyclists appropriate infrastructure. But the sad fact remains that the U.S. still lags far behind European nations when it comes to bicycle commuting. Why are Americans so slow to adopt bicycle commuting, even when investments are made in bike lanes? Infrastructure is only part of the story.
Founded in 2009, Nexleaf Analytics is the brainchild of two UCLA alums who believe cell phone networks and sensors can be paired in order to guarantee the safety of vaccines.
This year, before you max out the credit card buying items you (and the folks on your holiday list) may not really need, consider swapping and sharing with your neighbors instead. You can score cool new-to-you stuff for dirt cheap (or even free), rid yourself of items you no longer use and even help others in the process. Now, doesn’t that sound better than standing in line outside the mall at 2 a.m.?
Movember is now firmly established as a cause marketing effort with “oomph,” and is turning heads as it targets one of the most overlooked segments of shoppers. But millennial men can be fickle to engage; they are one of the most likely groups to tune out cause marketing messages and are more likely to punish brands that do it wrong. Yet engaging millennial men in cause marketing efforts is still a key driver in favorability and trust.
The issues we in the sustainability community are trying to solve — climate change, poverty, access to water, health and education, to name a few — are much larger than any of us. We shouldn’t let a fear of public speaking hold us back.
Today, rather than being the world’s poster child for a fair and equitable economy, the U.S. — home of the American Dream — is one of the least equitable among Western nations. But why should business leaders care about the lack of upward mobility in America? As a successful businessman, Jeff Greene, founder of the Greene Institute, gives three reasons why.
The largest fires in modern history are burning right now Indonesia. The resulting haze is creating a environmental catastrophe, putting the health of millions at risk.