In honor of International Women's Day 2020 #IWD (Sunday, March 8), FSG's gender team shares thoughts on gender equity:
Sweden recently realized that their snow clearing routine was typically benefiting men over women. In the winter, snow was cleared first on main roads leading into the city, benefiting commuters—who were mostly men. Foot- and cycle-paths were cleared last—not so good for pedestrians and cyclists, who were very often women traveling with children in pushchairs.
Natural disasters and public health emergencies always take an increased toll on groups who are already marginalized
As governments, businesses, and individuals scramble to respond to the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who work in the social sector rightly ask what we can do to effectively contribute.
In 2009, I was the medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and worked with my colleagues to face similar challenges posed by the H1N1 virus outbreak. I learned from experience that responses during a time of crisis are only as good as the strength of preparedness, support systems, and relationships that existed before the crisis.
As the fight against climate change intensifies, the most ambitious governments and cities are setting aggressive carbon reduction goals. The government of Sweden is committing to zero net carbon emissions by 2045. To reach Sweden’s goal, carbon emissions will need to decrease by 5-8% over last year’s level every year until 2045. In Sweden, the reduction from 2016-2017 was a mere 0.5%, and from 2017-2018 it was 1.8%.
Innovating for Competitive Advantage in America’s Frontline Workforce
Employers of frontline talent face an unprecedented opportunity to advance racial equity as a source of competitive advantage. The United States is experiencing dramatic demographic shifts, its workforce is becoming increasingly racially diverse, and the nature of work is fundamentally changing due to automation.
The corporate social conscience was on display last month in Davos, Switzerland, where global leaders from business, government, and civil society were assembled for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Hundreds of millions of dollars were committed to public-private partnerships that address the world’s most urgent challenges: climate change, poverty, chronic disease, illiteracy, plastic waste in the oceans, and much more.
Many corporate leaders have returned to work after making sincere and well-intentioned global partnership announcements at Davos last week. Most of these efforts, unfortunately, are almost certain to fail.
Why? These initiatives often collapse as partners become discouraged by the lack of meaningful progress for society or economic benefit to the company. To be successful, companies must create highly targeted coalitions to advance progress in the regions that connect most closely to their business.
Link made clear in interviews with nearly 40 companies - more than half in the Fortune 500 - that aggregately employ 4.5 million U.S. workers
SAN FRANCISCO, January 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ — A groundbreaking new report, Hidden Value: The Business Case for Reproductive Health, released today connects how access to comprehensive reproductive health care impacts a company’s bottom line and the corporate workforce. The research was published by Rhia Ventures, a social impact investment firm focused on innovative solutions in reproductive health, in partnership with the social impacting consulting firm FSG.