How Ben & Jerry’s has swirled social justice into its innovative business

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The venerable ice-cream maker has gone beyond words to support justice and equality, and that’s why it’s one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies. Last June, Ben & Jerry’s tweeted out, “The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy.” Amid a flurry of empty corporate scurrying to get out any sort of Black Lives Matter public statement, it was by far the strongest language by a brand on the issue . Read Full Story

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As office buildings empty out, here’s one creative use for all of that space

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Office buildings can be turned into schools pretty easily, as one project in the Bay Area shows. Offices around the U.S. are sitting empty, as the pandemic has forced many employees to work from home. Some of these offices will eventually come back to life, but others may lay fallow indefinitely. But, as one project in California shows, they don’t have to fall completely out of use. A formerly vacant office building there has been converted into a new school. Read Full Story

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Elizabeth Warren: Business Roundtable declaration ‘was just an empty publicity stunt’

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America’s top CEOs promised a more inclusive economy, then carried on business as usual. Enough with the press releases—it’s time for real reform. Last August, the Business Roundtable made a big, splashy announcement : Nearly 200 of its member CEOs, led by JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, would reverse their harmful, decades-long position that “corporations exist principally to serve shareholders.” The new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” said they would now serve all stakeholders, including workers, consumers, and the communities in which they operate. But one year later, their actions show this was just an empty publicity stunt. Read Full Story

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The bad toilet paper from your office might be the sustainable answer to TP shortages

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Using more toilet paper at home is destroying forests. Instead of churning out more of the TP we usually use at home, can producers find a way to get consumers the stuff they’ve already made for empty offices? Weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, many toilet paper shelves are still empty, and suppliers aren’t sure when rolls will be available again. But as Americans need bathroom tissue for at-home use, there’s a supply chain going unused: the kind of toilet paper stocked by offices, schools, sports arenas, and other public places that now are empty. This toilet paper is often more sustainably made than the TP you buy yourself, so getting it to consumers would be an environmentally friendly way to fill that toilet-tissue need. Read Full Story

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You won’t believe what realtors are finding in empty offices right now

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Beware the green ooze! When people left their offices as pandemic lockdowns set in back in March, they probably didn’t realize they’d be gone so long. Some, it turns out, would never return. Now, these long months later, some companies are seeking to cut their losses by offloading empty office space, and landlords are looking to sublease them, often at bargain-basement rates. But what’s inside some of these abandoned offices is less than picturesque. Read Full Story

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