Which large companies do the best job of paying workers fairly, treating customers well, protecting the environment, and other corporate responsibility factors? In a new list, the nonprofit Just Capital ranked the largest 1,000 American corporations based on a list of 29 issues. advertisement advertisement Microsoft topped the list, in part because of the company’s progress on pay equity—women earn as much as male colleagues with the same job level and title—and the environment. The company, which became carbon neutral in 2012, has an internal carbon fee to help it continue to lower its footprint, and it also develops environmental tech through projects like AI for Earth, a $50 million research project using AI and machine learning to tackle challenges like identifying animals on the verge of extinction. Here are the top 10 companies on the list: Microsoft Nvidia Apple Intel Salesforce Alphabet Anthem PayPal P&G VMware Obviously, even the top companies … [Read more...] about The 2019 ‘Just 100’ ranks the most responsible companies in the U.S.
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In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’
It will not come as a surprise if business schools soon have case studies of the Sterlite Copper issue as an example of bad governance. More than the company, it is the various state governments that have been in power that are to blame for the mess in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.Ironically, the political parties that are protesting against the plant have at some point or the other, been responsible for clearing the path for the plant.Now, succumbing to the pressure of the so-called ‘peaceful’ protesters, the state government has asked Sterlite to shut down its unit. The writing was on the wall when the state Pollution Control Board was asked to seal and permanently close the plant following last week's violent protests in which 13 people were killed in police firing.Close The fact that the protesters were the ones who were attackers was lost on the government amidst the political din in the area. The chief minister had justified the police firing in the initial days. The … [Read more...] about COMMENT | TN government agencies should cop criticism over Sterlite fiasco
The rise of maker culture over the last decade–beyond specialty mags and tech-heavy message boards–has been as inspiring as it’s been meteoric. We’re at the point where a major athletic brand like Under Armour is experimenting with 3-D printed sneakers. advertisement advertisement Open-source technology and design has many industries shaking in their brand boots (and has given their legal departments the flop sweats). And given the sheer volumes of regulation and legislation, one might expect the health care industry to be the least receptive to public tinkering. That said, it’s also the area where greater personalization and problem-solving could potentially have the most significant impact on people’s lives. That’s what global chief creative officer of Publicis Health Graham Mills was thinking when he brought scientists, tech thinkers and makers Cory Doctorow, James Young, and Dr. Gokul Krishnan to the Cannes Lions Festival of … [Read more...] about How Can Maker Culture Help The Health Care Industry?