Tag: Corporate Social Responsibility

Kickstarter Calls Itself Progressive. But About That Union.

Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding site, has long tried to stand apart from Silicon Valley, seeking to portray itself as a socially responsible enterprise that cares more about improving the world than putting money in wealthy shareholders’ pockets. Then came the union drive. Earlier this year, a group of Kickstarter employees publicly pressed to form a […]

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The Week the C.E.O.s Got Smacked

One wanted to “elevate the world’s consciousness.” Another aspired to “make a bigger difference around the world.” A third, speaking of climate change, said, “We owe it to our children to find the right answers.” This soaring rhetoric did not emanate from motivational speakers or religious leaders. It was uttered by wealthy chief executives hoping […]

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Bit by Bit, Socially Conscious Investors Are Influencing 401(k)’s

Peter Rothstein has a job with a social purpose: expanding the clean energy industry in the northeastern United States as a way to mitigate climate change. Soon, he will be able to support that mission when he saves for retirement. In November, the Boston-based Northeast Clean Energy Council, where Mr. Rothstein is president, will revise […]

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Making Companies Act When Government Won’t

After recent mass shootings, including one in a Walmart in El Paso, Walmart’s chief executive, Doug McMillon, announced that his company would stop selling ammunition for military-style assault rifles, remove handguns from stores in Alaska — the only Walmarts still carrying them — and ask armed people in open-carry states to stay out of its […]

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Business Leaders to Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence

In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies were set to send a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws. “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis […]

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Walmart Enters the Gun Control Debate

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A month after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, the nation’s largest retailer, said that it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons and call on Congress […]

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Uber Has a Plan to Treat Drivers Better. If Only We Could Trust It.

Should Uber be kneecapped for its long history of flouting the law, or can it possibly be reformed? Or am I a credulous dolt for even suggesting redemption for one of the sorriest companies ever to emerge from Silicon Valley’s tortured hothouse? Those are some of the questions dancing around my head after reading “Super […]

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What American C.E.O.s Are Worried About

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher For decades, American corporations have prized profits for shareholders above all else. Now, the country’s most powerful chief executives say it’s time to do things differently. What’s driving that change? [For an exclusive look at how […]

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Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say

For major corporations, shareholders used to be everything. No more. A coalition of executives representing some of America’s largest companies issued a statement on Monday that redefines “the purpose of a corporation.” No longer should the primary job of a corporation be to advance the interests of shareholders, the coalition, known as the Business Roundtable, […]

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As Fresh Water Grows Scarcer, It Could Become a Good Investment

Water is easy to take for granted. It falls from the sky, and, though it’s vital, we sometimes treat it as if it’s worthless. How often have you seen sprinklers running in the rain? Yet the prospect of shortages in the years ahead could make water a precious commodity. That represents an opportunity for investors. […]

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Italian Airline Pulls Video With Actor in Blackface as Barack Obama

The Italian airline Alitalia was fiercely criticized this week after releasing an advertisement on social media that featured an actor wearing blackface playing former President Barack Obama. The ad was one of four Italian-language videos made to promote the airline’s recently announced nonstop flight from Rome to Washington. Its other videos showed actors portraying President […]

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Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Criticism of Slavery-Era Imagery

Nike has canceled the release of a sneaker that featured the 13-star “Betsy Ross flag,” igniting the latest flare-up in the nation’s culture wars and causing the governor of Arizona to order the withdrawal of funding for a planned multimillion-dollar Nike factory in that state. The decision was reportedly prompted by Colin Kaepernick, the former […]

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Chobani Turns to Fair-Trade Program to Help Struggling Dairy Industry

The fair-trade label was created decades ago to help artisans in developing nations. Now, there are fair-trade soccer balls, fair-trade soaps and fair-trade ice pops. Next up for the movement: the American dairy industry. The yogurt maker Chobani is working with Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit group in Oakland, Calif., on creating a label that […]

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