Businesses (still) discriminate against women

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The need to create a society in which fair and equal opportunity for women exists is no less acute than it ever was. And that, apparently, takes longer than a day.

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So. Another International Women’s Day has come and gone. Celebrating the achievements of women. Doesn’t do much for me, I have to say. The implication is that it’s sort of amazing or even surprising that women achieve anything at all. Unlike men, for whom achievement is apparently quite natural as they don’t have a Day all to themselves, international or otherwise. International Women’s Day to me is quite unnecessary. As a woman, wife, mother, business-owner and yes, achiever, in my own modest way, I don’t really need a Day. I am happy to celebrate my own achievements in my own way whenever I feel I want to.

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Telling a Sustainability Story? What to do and what NOT to do.

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Everybody loves a list, right? Right.

Well, here’s mine – a 46-point manifesto-like checklist for anybody looking to communicate corporate sustainability. It’s not rocket science. But as the following pointers suggest, there’s every opportunity to get it wrong and a plethora of reasons to get it right.

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Firefighters challenged on the front lines of climate change

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Climate change is just one more reason to respect the work that firefighters do everyday to keep us safe.

Toronto firefighters demonstrating how to put out a fire on a train transporting chemicals.

Toronto firefighters demonstrating how to put out a fire on a train transporting chemicals.

Six weeks after Typhoon Haiyan pounded the Philippines, Toronto firefighter Geoff Boisseau brought a team to the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban to assist and train its local firefighters.

The typhoon, which made its first landfall on Nov. 8, 2013, was one of the most powerful tropical storms ever recorded with sustained wind speeds that reached 310 kilometres per hour. It completely wiped out villages, killed thousands, and pushed millions, mostly poor families, out of their homes and communities. Tacloban got the worst of it, including a storm surge more than five metres high.

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Does the Starbucks Reusable Plastic Cup Actually Reduce Waste?

Starbucks recycable $1 plastic cups

Starbucks Reusable Plastic Cups are an alternative to paper cups (Image: gizmodo.com)

I love Starbucks. It’s my go-to spot for late-night study sessions. (The baristas know me by name, #embarrassing.) Last week I spied Starbucks new reusable plastic cups that sell for $1. I had a mini internal physiological earthquake as I approached the counter. For years, I have eagerly awaited this moment!

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Measuring social value is a tricky business. So what do the experts think?

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Just how important is data? What measurement tools are out there? This range of insights should help you off the starting block.

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If you’re thinking about incorporating social value in a serious way, you’re certainly not alone. Many companies are cottoning on to the fact that creating positive social impact is not just for those who want to do good, but also those who want to help their business flourish. As it turns out, Coca-Cola Enterprises put some numbers against this late last year, in a study that found that some 90% of CEOs and future business leaders believe businesses should have a social purpose.

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