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This Week's Five Links
Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine — Esquire
In this sweeping argument for busting up big tech, thought-provoking questions (“If ice cream were making teens more prone to suicide, would we shrug and seat the CEO of Dreyer’s next to the president?”) combine with hard numbers (Google commands a 92% share of Search, a market worth $92.4 billion) to paint a disturbing picture of unchecked power and wealth concentration. This is a must-read for anyone wondering how we got here, and what we can still do about it.
What’s an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept Explain — Vanity Fair
Before Frances McDormand’s call to action at Sunday’s Oscars, many of us had never heard the term “inclusion rider.” In fact, after 35 years in the business, McDormand says she only learned about it a few weeks ago. An inclusion rider is a stipulation added to an actor’s contract to ensure diverse representation in casting. If you’re wondering how the idea could work in businesses outside of film, Management Today has a primer, arguing that it would rely on investors to implement.
“Businesses Exist to Deliver Value to Society” — Harvard Business Review
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier made headlines after speaking out against Trump’s ignorant and dangerous remarks following the events in Charlottesville, which led others to follow his lead and resign from presidential business advisory councils. In this interview, Frazier discusses that decision and what advice he would give to CEOs in similar positions, as well as the greater role of business in society and how to be an effective leader.
Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About Colonialism — The Cut
Modern trade routes have hardly changed since European colonialism, and the cheap clothing sent to the West today mirrors the exploitative practices set in place 150 years ago. But being part of the solution doesn’t mean you have to buy $600 sweaters. Rather, it’s about understanding that sustainable fashion is a global movement with a long history and culture. Using less, repairing more and keeping things for longer are rooted in craftsmanship and having pride for your things, which is a feeling that should never be in short supply.
Tool: Climate Change and Life Events— SHIFT
People have the unfortunate tendency to think short-term and only about ourselves. This tool exploits both those impulses by showing how the climate has changed and will change for our grandmothers, our mothers, ourselves and our (future) children. By the time a baby born in 2018 graduates from high school, the climate is estimated to be 3 degrees hotter, which is not exactly something to celebrate. For more tools like this one, visit SHIFT, an MIT Sloan database of sustainability tools created by businesses, institutions and organizations.
It’s almost unbelievable that the Florida legislature, just six days after the Parkland school shooting, would vote down a motion to ban semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines while teen-aged survivors looked on in disbelief.
That’s until you remember that the U.S. government has long been in the hands of the National Rifle Association, an organization with deep political influence and a definition of freedom that apparently includes the freedom to kill as many people as you want using a weapon built for war.
But even as the U.S. government fails to protect its citizens, its citizens will not give up. With #BoycottNRA, individuals are putting pressure on businesses to do their part in putting an end to mass shootings.
Over the past few weeks, a number of companies have gotten involved with this movement. Dick’s and Wal-Mart raised the minimum gun purchasing age to 21. Lyft will offer free rides to people attending nationwide March For Our Lives rallies. Delta joined dozens of companies by ending its NRA discount program — a decision that earned backlash from the Georgia state legislature and the denial of a $40 million tax break. And BlackRock stepped into the CSR spotlight again as it weighs options to exclude stocks from gun makers in its funds.
#BoycottNRA has shown us that consumer action remains a powerful tool to push businesses to take action for social good. As citizens and as consumers, we all have a role to play in making mass shootings a thing of the past.
Social Impact Jobs
Adobe — Senior Manager, Sustainability & Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
AECOM — Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Consultant (Jakarta, Indonesia)
A Hundred Years — Director of Business Development (Los Angeles, CA)
ASOS — Junior Ethical Trade Associate (London, UK)
Centre for Public Impact (Boston Consulting Group) — Program Associate (Arlington, VA)
Coca-Cola Beverages — Sustainability Manager (Tampa, FL)
Divine Chocolate — Operations Manager (Washington, DC)
EILEEN FISHER — Environmental Specialist (Irvington, NY)
Facebook — Strategic Partner Manager, Community Programs (Menlo Park, CA)
Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator — Ventures Associate (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Global Development Incubator — Associate Director (Hong Kong or mainland China)
Kellogg Company — Associate Director, Philanthropy / Social Impact (Battle Creek, MI)
Mastercard — Analyst, Social Impact Partnerships Marketing (Rome, Italy)
Matter Unlimited — Director of Strategy (New York City, NY)
MPower Financing — Head of Social Impact (Washington, DC)
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs — Brand Manager (Lebanon, NH)
Provenance — Chief Operating Officer (London, UK)
PwC Consulting — Sustainability & Climate Change Consulting, Manager/Senior Associate (London, UK)
Salesforce.org — Senior Analyst, Market Strategy (San Francisco, CA)
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society — Fellow/Associate (Stanford, CA)
Telos Impact — Impact Investing Associate (Brussels, Belgium)
This Bar Saves Lives — Staff Accountant (Greater Los Angeles Area, CA)