Social Responsibility


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    Deep Dive

    Tractor Supply retreats on DEI, climate after ‘anti-woke’ backlash. Now the real fallout begins.

    The retailer's pullback of its corporate diversity and climate efforts could alienate some customers, employees and investors.

    By Daphne Howland • July 15, 2024
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    GM shareholders vote down 3 ethical supply chain proposals

    Responding to the proposals, the automaker defended its existing practices for supplier agreements and operational policies.

    By Kelly Stroh • July 15, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from ESG Dive

    This year is shaping up to be a formative one for ESG, both on the regulatory and financial front, with the SEC’s climate disclosure rule and the battle over shareholder rights and proposal approvals.

    By ESG Dive staff
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    Sustainability is a key factor in improved financial performance: KPMG

    Indicators like lower carbon dioxide emissions, land environmental impact reduction and business ethics policies are linked to increased gross profit margin, per a study of 2,617 companies.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • July 11, 2024
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    Generative AI gains foothold in ESG landscape

    The increased use of artificial intelligence in ESG, beyond reporting, was on display at the Amazon Web Services conference last week.

    By Updated July 8, 2024
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    Supreme Court blocks enforcement of EPA’s ‘good neighbor’ rule

    The 5-4 decision was criticized by clean energy advocates who said the court failed to address the “public health harm that occurs during the pendency of the stay granted.”

    By Robert Walton • June 28, 2024
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    Nestlé introduces sustainably sourced chocolate brand

    The confectionery offering, which uses cocoa certified by the Rainforest Alliance, will be available in airports around the world.

    By Christopher Doering • June 25, 2024
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    11th Cir. deals another blow to corporate DEI programs

    The federal appellate court ruled 2-1 that a competition designed to award grants to businesses owned by Black women likely violates federal civil rights law. 

    By David Weisenfeld • June 21, 2024
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    Morningstar index targets LGBTQ+ inclusive companies

    “As LGBTQ+ identities become more ubiquitous, inclusive investing will continue to develop,” the firm said in an accompanying paper.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Q&A

    How Supplier.io’s collaboration with CDP boosts supply chain transparency

    Supplier.io CEO Aylin Basom said clients were asking the supply chain diversity and ESG data company for additional insights, which led the company to pursue the partnership.

    By June 17, 2024
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    DEI success ultimately stems from strong CEO leadership, survey indicates

    While acknowledging the increased pushback regarding DEI programs, Black executives noted the importance of sustaining their initiatives.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 17, 2024
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    Hershey ramps up renewable energy sourcing to slash emissions

    The chocolate manufacturer increased its procurement of electricity from green sources to 80% in 2023, up from 77% in 2022 — a rise it attributed to PPAs and clean energy credits.

    By June 14, 2024
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    DEI backlash won’t halt workplace initiatives, most leaders say

    Nearly all leaders said they believe DEI is important for its positive impact on recruiting, hiring and retention, a survey finds.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 12, 2024
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    SEC asks organizations to complete diversity self-assessment

    The agency said it will use the voluntary disclosures from its regulated firms to identify any trends and progress on diversity-related activities.

    By June 10, 2024
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    Citi boosts paid parental leave to match industry peers

    The bank is giving birth mothers an additional eight weeks of recovery time, bringing total leave to 24 weeks, in line with policies by Morgan Stanley and Barclays.

    By Dan Ennis • June 5, 2024
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    Bank of America tweaks its restriction on firearms, energy lending

    New language indicates lending decisions go to senior risk officials for case-by-case evaluation, rather than being a non-negotiable “no.”

    By Dan Ennis • June 3, 2024
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    UN agency launches ESG metrics to measure workplace reproductive health care access

    The UNFPA unveiled a slate of ESG indicators organizations can use to measure their performance across various sexual and reproductive issues being faced by their employees.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Why is the gender pay gap widening in STEM?

    While the reasons for the gap remain stubborn problems, job search engine Adzuna hypothesizes that this specific issue is a result of the pandemic. 

    By Jen A. Miller • May 30, 2024
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    Google, Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce launch coalition to contract carbon removal credits

    The Symbiosis Coalition aims to purchase up to 20 million tons of nature-based carbon removal credits for the tech companies by 2030.

    By May 29, 2024
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    JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley shareholders modestly support Indigenous rights, climate proposals

    While voters did not approve shareholder resolutions at either meeting, the results displayed similar, if not greater, support as nearly identical proposals at other large U.S. banks.

    By May 24, 2024
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    Shein factory employees work long hours under poor conditions: report

    Following allegations from human rights group Public Eye, the fast fashion giant said it invests tens of millions of dollars into strengthening its supply chain governance and compliance.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 21, 2024
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    Red Hat’s DEI program discriminatory, lawsuit says

    A senior manager says he was fired for being white and male and retaliated against for his merit-based hiring advocacy.

    By Robert Freedman • May 13, 2024
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    Barclays pressed on climate commitments and Gaza at annual meeting

    The bank was asked to pull back financing for its North American fracking operations during the meeting as it faced protests over its alleged ties to the war in the Middle East outside the venue.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Former Google workers file labor board complaint, say protest-related firings were illegal

    The ex-employees said the tech giant violated their labor rights when firing at least 28 employees for protesting against its cloud services contract with the Israeli government.

    By May 3, 2024
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    No longer ‘en vogue’? What to do when DEI has fallen out of favor

    For those committed to nonhostile work environments, the task of centering inclusion and belonging has become more difficult. Here’s how to get DEI back on track at your organization.

    By Caroline Colvin • May 3, 2024
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    Indigenous rights, climate proposals receive votes at Citi, Wells Fargo meetings

    A proposal for banks to examine their policies on mitigating risks to Indigenous Peoples rights received 26% support at Citi. Wells Fargo declined to share preliminary results.

    By May 1, 2024