Gender Diversity in Large Companies Gets a Boost in Japan

Gender diversity in the workplace took a step forward last week. The upper house of the Japanese parliament passed legislation requiring companies with more than 300 employees to set targets for female hires and managerial positions. The initiative was pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help deal with an aging work force, a shrinking population, and a stagnating economy. A Goldman Sachs report projects that closing the gender-employment gap could lift Japan’s GDP by 13 percent. Interestingly, there are no penalties for failure to comply—peer pressure involving embarrassment at failing to participate is the compliance tool of choice. Companies that do comply will receive favorable consideration when applying for government contracts.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Universities have been playing a vital role in the local and state economies by creating a qualified workforce and attracting new businesses to the communities. Now, a number of these institutions are taking their role a step further to support local agriculture by serving locally sourced food in their cafeterias and reducing waste. 

Some of the institutions that are clearly leading the way in food sustainability include the following:

Yale University

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - On the last weekend of August in Berlin, the German capital was blessed with relentless sunshine and temperatures to rival Spain’s. Zoom in on the city’s iconic square AlexanderPlatz, home to the futuristic TV tower, and tens of stalls show the city how veganism has grown stronger in the city.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – When it comes to ethical claims made by food and drink companies, new research from Mintel finds that concerns over animal welfare tops the list, beating concerns about the environment and tax avoidance.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Open Data refers to data that is freely available online for anyone to use and republish for any purpose – without any restriction from copyrights, patents and other mechanisms of control. Data is one of the most valuable and least-utilized assets of modern governments. In that context, Open Data is a resource with high socio-economic value, which has been recognized globally as a key engine for achieving the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Interview with Freya Williams, author, "Green Giants"

There are nine corporations that make over $1 billion in annual revenues from products or services with sustainability or social good at their core. These companies are known as the Green Giants.

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Guest blog by Pamela Hawley, Universal Giving

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is very true.