Forty years have passed since the Vietnam War ended, and a parade was staged in Ho Chi Minh City, formally Saigon, to commemorate that date. Yet despite the fanfare, debates rage on both sides of the Pacific as to who really won and who lost that war.
McDonald's just pledged to only buy food and raw materials from around the world that don't contribute to deforestation, a significant contributor to global warming. Given McDonald's reach, that's a potential game-changer.
Thank you for still smiling at 10am in the Women's Department during the #LillyForTarget sale. You were still in such great spirits and so nice and helpful. I'm so sorry you had to break up a fight today. Those Ebay re-seller's are nuts! Clearly by your awesome attitude you won that fight!
Some are loaded with odd ingredients, some are way too sweet, and others are blatant rip-offs.
I don't get it. Sure, the icebreaker Starbucks tried to use was hokey and goofy, but that doesn't fully explain the furor of our collective reaction. Why do we find the simple act of talking about race so threatening when something is vastly, vitally wrong with our country?
Tax shaming has become the focus of street protests everywhere in recent years. Google, Amazon and Starbucks are just some of the companies that stand accused of tax avoidance. But while there's growing public anger over the financial affairs of multinationals, another scandal has been unfolding far from the headlines.
One thing my friends of color and my pals with disabilities (and yes, sometimes they're the same) know is that nowadays there are more gated spaces in the US than ever.
it's a bit of a red herring to go from a logoed sticker on a coffee cup meant to signify a company's support of racial dialogue, to publicizing that the Starbucks campaign was attempting to solve racism in America through its "ill-equipped" frontline service workers.
There is hope that we can create a thriving, healthy and abundant world, but we have to do more than hope. We must take action to transform from the inside-out (personal change), ground-up (infrastructure, built environment and supply-chain) and top-down (government, corporations and regulatory environment).
KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that by the end of 2017 it will only buy palm oil cooking oil from suppliers that protect tropical forests and peatlands--swampy areas that store even more carbon. That's a big deal.
Everyone has their own views. No one wants to feel forced into accepting your views in order for them to work for or do business with your company. People don't want to discuss these issues with you in the work environment.
A recent conversation with a woman at Starbucks reminds me of the laughter, the joy and, indeed, the hope that can be experienced when we are caught by surprise.
Over the past couple weeks, much of the mainstream media and bloggersphere had been abuzz with frenzied commentary to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's efforts to encourage baristas to discuss the issue of race with customers.
Iced Teas are double-strength in pitcher and watered down for your final recipe. Ask for "no water" for a much stronger (and, in my opinion, more effective) flavor.
If Schultz had been willing to turn his critical lens on Starbucks first, as a microcosm of the national situation, he could have blunted the backlash - a reaction that will only serve to scare off other companies from addressing the intractable social issues which effect their employees and customers.
However well-intentioned, the conversations about race didn't work out at Starbucks. But that doesn't mean that informal connections in public spaces can't take us to a more vibrant and diverse America. I see the potential every Tuesday night when I hang out at the public library.