(3BL Media/Just Means) - With droughts affecting places like California and São Paulo, the effects of climate change on the water supply has never been more evident. The urgency of the issue has led delegates at the latest World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, which ended last Friday, to call it a defining element of climate change.
FROM THE EDITOR
New Policies for New Parents are Changing the Workplace
Big changes in policies for new parents are being made by companies to meet the expectations of a millennial workforce, reports the New York Times. Microsoft has doubled its paid leave for women who have given birth to 20 weeks, tripled paid leave for all other new parents, and offers a half-time option to transition back into work. Netflix is offering fully paid leave for a year to new parents. Goldman Sachs has doubled its paid paternity leave to four weeks. Facebook gives four full paid months off to new parents. Nestlé has expanded its paid maternity leave to 14 weeks, as has Vodafone, which also offers a 30-hour week at full pay for the first sixth months back on the job. Adobe has also increased paid leave. Young working men and women are driving these policy innovations for gender equality—another benefit of increasing gender diversity in the workplace.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies with a deep commitment to communities reap dividends in the long run in terms of employee satisfaction, customer loyalty, and a differentiated brand image. A Cone Communications Study in 2013 revealed that as many as 82 percent of the American consumers are likely to consider a company’s reputation in the area of corporate responsibility as a factor when choosing a product or service.
(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:
(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.
(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.
(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).