Time to book the Rihanna suite? Universal Music Group announces a new luxury hotel chain called UMUSIC Hotels

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The first three locations for the music-focused hotel partnership with Dakia Global are Atlanta, Orlando, and Biloxi, Mississippi. Universal Music Group and investment holding company Dakia Global Enterprise made a rather brief announcement in August of a partnership to develop what they called “a new music-focused experiential hospitality category.” They promised more details at a later date. Read Full Story

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This tool reveals if your local hospitals will have enough beds to treat coronavirus patients

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Many will not, especially if we can’t flatten the curve through social distancing measures. Is your local hospital going to have enough beds for coronavirus patents if everyone gets sick? That’s a question many are wondering. But now there’s a tool that can help answer it. However, the answer as to whether your local hospital can cope depends on multiple factors, such as how much social distancing helps “flatten the curve,” how many beds your local hospital has to begin with, and how widespread the infection becomes in your local area. Read Full Story

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Exclusive Q&A: Introducing Inspiration4 civilian astronaut Sian Procter

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The accomplished geoscientist, educator, and artist is fulfilling a lifelong dream she shared with her late father as she prepares to join the first all-civilian crew heading into space. If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you may have seen an intriguing ad for SpaceX’s Inspiration4, planned to be the first-ever all-civilian space flight, which began soliciting applications for would-be space explorers during the big game. The flight will put four nonastronauts into low earth orbit on a multiday journey using SpaceX’s Dragon, the reusable spacecraft that has ferried crews to and from the International Space Station. The Inspiration4 program was founded in partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to raise awareness and money for the children’s cancer research organization and includes four seats that represent Leadership, Hope, Prosperity, and Generosity. After a social media contest and rigorous evaluation process (for which Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta served as …

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5 things you need to know about the future of ESG reporting

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Financial regulators around the world are contemplating fixing the lack of common reporting standards about Environmental, Social, and Governance issues. Here’s what could change. Environmental, Social and Governance—or ESG—is the term that seems to be everywhere these days, which is largely the result of the considerable number of changes on the horizon that could impact every type of business. Read Full Story

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The ESG Case For Sovereign Bonds

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Since the publication of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2020 letter, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has broken into the mainstream. Despite its size (103 billion USD), ESG investing has largely neglected the fixed income (FI) market, which remains dominated by sovereign debt. Investors who seek environmental and social outcomes (and can tolerate risk) should […]

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50 global businesses—including Mastercard, Nestlé, and Unilever—announce commitment to transparency

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At Davos, the companies committed to publish information on 21 environmental, social, and governance metrics, from greenhouse gas emissions to diversity to taxes paid. As the world has grown more concerned with combatting widespread issues like climate change and social injustice, the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) movement has gained momentum to ensure businesses are doing their part, by transparently reporting to investors and stakeholders their positive and negative impacts on the environment and society, allowing those backers to make informed decisions about the companies they finance and support. Read Full Story

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7 ways to build your business and brand partnership muscle

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The reasons for striking a partnership with another brand are wide and diverse. From extending audience reach and brand attributes to product and services expansion, cultural and social alignment, improving commercial dividends and solving a customer pain point, the list feels seemingly endless and full of opportunity. But just what kind of external partnership are worth pursuing? And how do you shore up the best chances of success when you do partner with an external player?

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