Jon Mertz

Corporate social responsibility intersects corporate activism

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Carolyn S. Berkowitz, President and CEO of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals Carolyn Berkowitz is an accomplished Corporate Citizenship professional. Having led CSR efforts at Capital One, she re-envisioned Capital One’s corporate philanthropy focus and led a team of 35 CSR professionals to develop and execute a $450 million, ten-year strategy to prepare low-…

Sustainability: Corporate and employee activism

Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., producer of GreenBiz.com, and lead author of the annual State of Green Business report. A veteran journalist with more than 40 years’ experience, he also hosts GreenBiz’s annual GreenBiz Forums, the global event series VERGE, and other…

To partner with Microsoft, parental leave required

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Storyline: Microsoft made a statement to their community of partners and suppliers. A new requirement – offer a minimum of 12 weeks of parental leave. Microsoft, like many larger firms, has a large network of suppliers and partners. A diverse community surrounds Microsoft, and leaders at Microsoft want to see certain values extend across their…

Accountable Capitalism Act: Senator Warren’s call for new business governance

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Storyline: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act and wrote an editorial about it in the Wall Street Journal. In Senator Warren’s editorial, she highlights how businesses have been focused on maximizing shareholder value at the expense of other stakeholders. In her Accountable Capitalism Act, the structure of Benefit Corporations is leveraged, which…

How far does freedom of speech and censorship extend on social media platforms?

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Storyline: Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist with multiple podcasts and a widespread social media presence. Some of his conspiracy theories entail Sandy Hook, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the September 11 attacks. Recently, several social media platforms have removed him from their platforms. The current bans include: Facebook removed four Jones-related pages for spreading…

Airbnb opposes the Supreme Court ruling on the travel ban

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Storyline: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s ban on travel from several largely Muslim countries. Essentially, the court stated that the ban or restrictions are within the president’s authority. In the dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated: “Taking all the relevant evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by…

Business leaders raise their voices on immigration policies

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Storyline: A crescendo of voices are raised in opposition to the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when illegally crossing the border. Although President Trump reversed his position through an Executive Order, it left unaddressed what happens to the 2,300 children already separated. Citizens, politicians, church leaders, former first ladies, and business…