Ethical business practices shouldn’t be a ‘marketing ploy’: Jessica Alba

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Description: Actress Jessica Alba joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss the success of The Honest Company. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Sep 23, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/ethical-business-practices-shouldn-t-100000669.html Questions for discussion: What is Jessica Alba’s opinion about ethical business practice and profitability? After researching The Honest Company online, describe how the firm is different from any other consumer… Read more »

SPOS #738 – Matt Ridley On How Innovation Works

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #738 – Host: Mitch Joel. I had heard about Matt Ridley‘s work (The Rational Optimist), but we had not met until last year. I was invited to speak at a CEO summit for Google and their clients in Amsterdam. We had a short interaction, but after watching him present,… Read more »

With Working from Home Here to Stay, Expect These 5 Things to Change

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Description: From employees relocating where they live to retaining top talent, look out for these big changes in the employer-employee dynamic. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/356222 Questions for discussion: What are the expectations for change in the workplace, according to the report? Do you agree with is assessment? Do you think there… Read more »

The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020 with retailers hopeful that consumers will turn out early

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Description: Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-holiday-shopping-season-could-start-on-10-10-2020-with-retailers-hopeful-that-consumers-will-turn-out-early-11600197849?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the basis for these notions of an earlier start… Read more »

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch

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Description: Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/singapore-to-pay-citizens-for-keeping-healthy-with-apple-watch?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Describe the partnership plan between Apple, government,… Read more »

Here are the companies set for growth from the boom in demand for e-bikes

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Description: Venture-capital firms are pouring money into e-bike and e-scooter startups, as the pandemic and social distancing measures escalate the popularity of urban mobility to help consumers and workers get around town. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-places-alternative-transport-in-the-fast-lane-and-shifts-e-bike-and-scooter-development-into-high-gear-11599560318?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in this industry? Do you think this is… Read more »

Tesla in talks to buy low carbon nickel from Canada, sources say

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Description: Giga Metals in talks with Tesla about helping develop a large low-carbon nickel mine Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 11, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/mining/tesla-in-talks-to-buy-low-carbon-nickel-from-canada-sources-say/wcm/3de2b4e8-087a-4a40-b7f0-08f6394be08a/ Questions for discussion: What advantages does Canada offer to Tesla? Why would Tesla concern itself with mining development? How is this a social responsibility issue?

How Etsy built a nearly $14 billion handmade empire

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How would you describe Etsy’s business model? Summarize the evolution of the firm’s… Read more »

Do You Know Your Organization’s Ethics Reporting Ratio?

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Description: Ethical and legal lapses are a serious organizational risk. From lawsuits to customer boycotts, from lower market value to higher turnover, unethical or unlawful employee behavior can spark financial disasters. And leaders don’t always know there’s an integrity problem until it’s too late — and too public — to fix. Source: Gallup.com Date: Sep… Read more »

61% of Canada’s young workforce supports split between office and work-from-home: Study

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Description: As many Canadians are settling into their work-from-home lifestyle amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey shows most workers are ready for this temporary change to become a permanent reality. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 02, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/61-of-canada-s-young-workforce-supports-split-between-office-and-work-from-home-study-1.1487948 Questions for discussion: What does this report say about attitude towards work structure amongst younger workers? Are you… Read more »