H&M blasted on Chinese social media for pulling Xinjiang cotton

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Description: Chinese net users have called for a boycott of Hennes & Mauritz AB because it won’t use cotton from Xinjiang, thrusting the world’s second-largest clothing retailer into the Asian nation’s human rights controversy. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/h-m-blasted-on-chinese-social-media-for-pulling-xinjiang-cotton-1.1581583 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues involved in this report…. Read more »

Already Diverse And Inclusive, ‘Sesame Street’ Names Exec To Make Sure

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Description: Sesame Street” is making every effort to ensure that the Muppets don’t offend anyone. It’s all about diversity, inclusion and equity these days, isn’t it? They are the new buzzwords of corporate America, and no less so in our sprawling entertainment industries. “DEI” is the shorthand for these new concerns. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Mar… Read more »

How Wrigley’s managed to dominate the chewing gum world despite nearly a decade of declining public interest

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Description: According to Euromonitor International, the gum industry’s market value hit $18.6 billion in 2020. Since 2015, Mars Wrigley has held 25% of the global brand share for chewing gum and a 40% portion in the U.S. The Covid-19 pandemic since it began in March 2020 has negatively impacted gum’s most prominent players and could… Read more »

Google will spend $7 billion and add 10,000+ jobs in 2021: Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat

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Description: Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss Google’s massive $7 billion investment in U.S. offices and new jobs. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Mar 18, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/google-spend-7-billion-add-123804119.html Questions for discussion: How is the growth in Google in the U.S. and globally a sign of good economic development? Who… Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Clubhouse

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Description: The audio-chat app offers a dauntingly vast collection of groups and events for business owners. Here are some recommendations to cut through the noise. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 10, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/gabrielle-bienasz/clubhouse-entrepreneur-networking-fundraising.html Questions for discussion: How does Clubhouse work? How can it benefit entrepreneurs? How would you suggest entrepreneurs use the platform?

Women could give US$20 trillion boost to economic growth by 2050

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Description: Global economic growth could get a US$20 trillion boost if women are educated at the same levels as men and hold the same number of jobs, according to a new study. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 10, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/women-could-give-us-20-trillion-boost-to-economic-growth-by-2050-1.1574332 Questions for discussion: What are the special challenges facing businesswomen? How can… Read more »

Lego, Barbie, Betty Crocker, Kind Celebrate International Women’s Day

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Description: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lego is going old-school — all the way back to 1981. To help parents encourage their girls to keep building, it’s featuring a 40-year-old ad of a beaming redhead showing off her castle, headlined: “What it is is beautiful.” Source: Media.Post.com Date: Mar 08, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/361176/lego-barbie-betty-crocker-kind-celebrate-intern.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121662&hashid=xIhhTnG4Qdmubrqstxmgaw Questions for… Read more »

Etsy’s pandemic cornerstone was masks. Now it’s showing it can move on.

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Description: Etsy (ETSY) vendors sold nearly $750 million worth of masks in 2020, as a whole industry sprang up to address the emerging and then pervasive threat of COVID-19. The company’s latest numbers, though, have demonstrated how it has translated the hot demand for one product into customers sticking around for others. Analysts think it… Read more »

Facebook Drops Australian News Ban, Negotiates Payments, After Law Amendments

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Description: Facebook is restoring news to its platform in Australia, and has already reached a deal with one major media company, after the government agreed on Tuesday to last-minute changes to a media content payments code. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Feb 20, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360810/facebook-drops-australian-news-ban-negotiates-pay.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121520&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ Questions for discussion: What was the basis of the dispute with… Read more »

Progress on work, wages and wealth needed to boost Black economic empowerment

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Description: BlackNorth Initiative working to address all three to create accessible, equitable opportunities in marginalized communities Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/progress-on-work-wages-and-wealth-needed-to-boost-black-economic-empowerment Questions for discussion: What is the BlackNorth Initiative doing to boost economic empowerment? What else would you advise the organization and related associations, including governments?