Similar to a carbon footprint, which measures a company’s greenhouse gas emissions, the human rights footprint of companies has been scrutinized for many years with addressing such issues as slavery in their supply chains, lawsuits, consumer pressure, and occasionally of their own volition.
We know the story. We know that, while tremendous progress has been made, a significant mentoring gap still exists in America for young people. We know that students from families and communities enduring economic hardship are less likely to grow up with adult mentors outside their family. As a result, these students are less likely to graduate high school and go on to college. We’ve heard it before, and we’ll likely hear it again – unless we choose to act differently.
Sustainability performance is critical for 21st Century businesses. Employees and customers throughout the supply chain demand it. Investors do as well, and with good reason—one recent survey that looks at 200 academic studies found that 88% of sources found that “robust sustainable practices . . . translate into cash flows.” However, full integration of “robust sustainable practices” may require a governance change to endure over time, especially in the context of the public markets.
If you drive through the City of Detroit, it’s almost a tale of two cities. There’s the city of business growth and revitalization, but there’s also the city of neighborhood blight and decades of decay.
At Starwood, a global hospitality company with more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries, 10 brands and 180,000 employees around the world, social responsibility is part of who we are and how we do business.
The countdown to the COP21 UN negotiations on climate in December is on and all eyes will soon be on Paris as government leaders from around the world define a new global deal to address climate change.
Parents raising children in rural areas across the United States do not need a study of job opportunities close to home to tell them that employment prospects for their children are bleak. Unless systematic changes in rural economic development take place, the next generation will be forced to move away or face little chance of finding jobs that provide wages high enough to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
As parents send their children off to school this September, they should not forget the 59 million children across the globe who only dream of making it to the classroom. Despite prioritizing increasing access to free, basic education across the globe fifteen years ago as Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals, enrollment numbers have sputtered, stalled, and abruptly declined, in large part from emergencies and crises.