Social Justice: Can and Should Business Replace Government for Social Good?
Last week Ashton Kutcher caused a bit of a stir when he got into a Twitter debate with Walmart over the company’s low wages and huge profits. Kutcher’s initial tweet was in reaction to Walmart’s food drive for its own struggling workers: Walmart is your profit margin so important you can’t Pay Your Employees enough to be above […]
Social Justice: Sword & Plough Rising Fast
Each post I write for Arcompany’s Social Justice series has opened the door for me to the stories of more companies that are focused on doing social good. In fact, I have discovered an entirely new world of social good promoters and advocates as well. Last week Katy Hiesterman, whose Twitter handle is BrandsofJustice and […]
Social Justice: Tiny Spark – Investigating Social Responsibility
My post on Toms Shoes a few weeks ago was inspired by an Amy Costello interview I listened to on The World on NPR as I drove into work. Since we’d pivoted our Social Justice series to cover businesses doing social good, her interview made me sit up and listen. I was aware of Costello’s […]
Social Justice: MiiR has big goals to do A LOT of good.
If you’re into cycling or outdoor activities, you may have heard of MiiR , a company that began by making very cool, gorgeously designed water bottles. The bottles are stainless steel, BPA free, and allow you a choice of standard or wing-nut tops that open in one turn, instead of the frustrating 3 – 5 turns […]
Social Justice: Why All the Fuss About Businesses Being Socially Responsible?
It has been a refreshing and inspiring responsibility to write the Social Justices series for ArCompany, especially since we turned our focus to highlighting companies that make doing good an integral part of their business. We are never at a loss for a subject, as an entirely new class of business has arisen over the […]
Social Justice: Nisolo Shoes – A Business Built to Do Good
Last week we focused on Toms Shoes and the challenges it is facing as the impact of its One for One initiative is being called into question. The post brought about a lot of interesting discussion on both social networks and in the comment section. On Facebook I was challenged with a thought process that […]
Social Justice: Toms Shoes – Not the Story You Might Expect
Last week I wrote about the remarkable mission and rise of Warby Parker, and the post received a tremendous response. People who didn’t know about WP were fascinated to learn that a) their product was affordable and stylish, and b) that the company has given away 500,000 pairs of glasses to the needy in 3 […]
Social Justice: Warby Parker, Clever Marketing, and the Power of Doing Good
Like the rest of my generation, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about living and working in a meaningful way. Much is written about Gen X and the ‘different kind of mid life’ experience we are having. The baby boomers transformed what it means to age; our generation grew up in their shadow and began […]
Social Justice: The Hershey Company’s Social Foundation
The Social Justice series has been highlighting the power of social media and it’s impact on brands and societal issues over the past several months. Today we decided to pivot slightly and focus on the social good brands and companies are carrying out, sometimes quietly, in the course of doing business. This week I’m putting […]
Social Justice: Cyber Bullying and the Suicide of Rebecca Ann Sedwick
Sadly, the story of Rebecca Ann Sedwick is reminiscent of other stories of teen cyberbullying; police are currently investigating what role it may have played in her death. Last Monday, 12 year old Rebecca jumped to her death from the tower of an abandoned business near her home in Lakeland, Florida. She’d struggled for months […]