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Amazon employees speak out on climate change actions

Since Tuesday, over 5,000 Amazon employees have signed a letter urging Jeff Bezos to create a comprehensive climate change plan for the company. Published online and addressed to the CEO and Amazon’s board of directors, it called for a company-wide plan backed by six principles; including “a complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying…

Google requires full benefits for contractors, temporary workers

Google says it will require its contracted and temporary workforce to receive full benefits including comprehensive healthcare, paid parental leave, and a $15 minimum wage according to an internal memo provided to The Hill. Google’s announcement came the same day that 915 Google workers signed a letter demanding equal treatment for the company’s temporary workers and contractors, known…

Zuckerberg invites government regulation

In an op-ed Saturday in the Irish Independent and the Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked governments to play a more active role in regulating the Internet. He proposed European-style privacy rules for the U.S. and asked regulators to set clearer rules on “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability.” Lunchtime Conversations: Would…

The college cheating scandal and America’s elite

college cheating scandal

The U.S. college-admissions scandal highlights a higher education system that rewards privilege rather than expanding opportunities for an increasingly diverse population. On March 12, federal prosecutors announced that 50 people, including an Oscar-nominated actress, a co-chairman of international law firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, and the former chief executive of PIMCO, participated in a massive scam…

Dick’s Sporting Goods to further reduce gun sales

Storyline: Despite the potential impact on its earnings, Dick’s Sporting Goods is removing more firearms and other hunting products from 125 of its stores. This action follows the shootings last year in Parkland, FL that killed 17 people and prompted the company’s chief executive, Edward Stack, to stop selling guns to customers under 21 and…

Elizabeth Warren proposes breakup of big tech

Storyline: Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined others across the political spectrum in voicing concern about the power of big tech and is proposing structural changes to promote competition. She has laid out a detailed plan for breaking up Facebook Inc., Google, and Amazon.com which she believes have become so powerful they are damaging the U.S….

Companies face investor pressure on climate risks

Storyline: Activist investors are exerting more pressure than ever before on corporations to disclose their exposure to climate-change risks and what actions they plan to take. Large Investors such as BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group now support climate resolutions signaling the end of Wall Street’s skepticism of climate science. In Harvard Law School’s 2019 Institutional Investor Survey, 85%…

U.S. workers’ pay stagnates, CEOs’ skyrocket

Storyline: Technologists now predict that automation and artificial intelligence will bring both benefits and stress to the future of work. Currently, the majority of new jobs in the U.S. are in the service industries like healthcare, hospitality, retail, and building services, and most pay mediocre wages. This is in contrast to the tech sector that…

Rise of employee and investor activism

Storyline: Google and Microsoft employees continue to publicly question their employers’ business decisions, oppose government contracts or raise broader moral questions about workplace policies. Highlighting another important issue, activist investor group Arjuna Capital is pushing companies to back up their claims of gender pay equity with supporting data.  Google said it would end forced arbitration and allow employees…