FROM THE EDITOR
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
News & Blogs
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.
Guest blog by Pamela Hawley, Universal Giving
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This is very true.
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