This week, Rafi, Sasha, and I (Megan) enjoyed learning about many ethical issues and organizations we weren’t aware of.
Most posts showed great ideas and facts about the company/organization and the authors seemed very interested in their respective topics. For Paper 2, be sure to go beyond the surface and delve into the ethics of the company/organization you chose.
posing questions at the end of posts
rating posts you read
creating and voting on polls
read others’ comments before posting your own comment
ensure you link to your source when writing facts/statistics
make an effort to respond to the comments others make on your post
Patriot league champ (Lafayette):
Greg – 2.3 MILES MAKES A GIANT DIFFERENCE
Best Mascot (Chauncey the Chanticleer, Coastal Carolina):
Chris – “SOCCER IS A RELIGION AND FIFA IS ITS CHURCH”
Jess – INSITE: THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION?
Cinderella Story (UAB):
William – “WE DON’T HIRE PEOPLE TO BAKE BROWNIES, WE BAKE BROWNIES TO HIRE PEOPLE.”
Brand and service standards are very important to uphold in the business world. Micah Soloman’s Forbes article How Ritz-Carlton And Four Seasons Empower Employees And Uphold Customer Service Standards discusses an ideal way to develop training and enforcement programs for standards. This ideal system is called PEPI. PEPI is an acronym for purpose, enforce intelligently, peer pressure, and input. Soloman describes these key phrases as:
“Purpose: Employees have a clear sense of purpose—and how the standard fits into it.
Enforce intelligently: Keep things visual, train, and reinforce.
Peer pressure: Positive peer pressure is a must.
Input: Employees are able to have a say in the refinements, changes, and even possible future abolition of the standard.”
Do you think the Four Seasons hotel sufficiently meets the PEPI standards?
Continue reading Are you PEPI?
I read about the Georgia Works organization on Grantland, a sports and pop-culture site that I frequent. I was reading an article about Tommy Gaines, a former basketball prodigy from a small town in Georgia whose residents are stuck in a terrible self-fulfilling prophechy of crime and drug addiction. His basketball career was sidetracked by drug addiction that ruined his marriage, his relationship with family members, and left him homeless. He was able to turn his life around by entering the Georgia Works program.
Continue reading Georgia Works
If you’ve been outside on a cold day at Bucknell, you are familiar with the Patagonia brand. Their high quality, high performance, and fashionable winter-wear has made the company a global leader in the outdoor apparel industry. Shockingly, Patagonia has been able to achieve such distinction despite its certification as a benefit corporation or, B-Corporation. This means that that it is committed to using its power as a corporation to benefit the environment. A short video on B-Corps can be seen below: Continue reading Patagonia and B-Corps
If you drink coffee, you have most likely had a coffee from Starbucks. Even if Starbucks is not your go-to, or you can’t answer the question “what is your drink?”, you are still affected by this massive company. Since it was started as a small shop in Seattle, it has grown to have over 7,300 company-operated stores and more than 4,600 licensed stores. Continue reading Starbucks and Sustainability: The True Cost of Your Morning Latte.
“Amateur competition is a bedrock principle of college athletics and the NCAA. Maintaining amateurism is crucial to preserving an academic environment in which acquiring a quality education is the first priority.” The NCAA, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association, has long used the concept of “amateurism” as its reason for not compensating college athletes. It claims that college athletes are students first and athletes second, and that compensating the athletes would prohibit them from “obtaining a quality educational experience.” However, in recent years there has been much debate about the validity of this claim and whether or not amateurism is truly in the best interest of the students and not the schools they attend. Continue reading Amateurism: A Principle Accepted Only By Amateurs
Chipotle has set out on a quest to make fast-food sustainable. Their advertisement is a short animated film starring a farmer, the “Scarecrow”, in Chipotle’s new application-based game. This is a marketing stunt by Chipotle to advertise the freshness of their food and to take a stand against “factory farmed meats”. Factory farming in short is a result of the industrial revolution and the heightened demand for cheap meat. Large-scale farming operations have consumed smaller traditional farms and brought the concept of the assembly line to the food industry. The video trying to depict just that:
Continue reading Chipotle: Pure Imagination or Pure Manipulation?
Will Allen believed that everyone, regardless of their economic status should have access to the same, healthy food, so he founded Growing Power Inc., a non-profit organization, which helps individuals, who don’t have access to “healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable foods”, gain access to these by providing education and technical assistance as well as through food production and distribution.
Continue reading I Can Do It Too… Actually Can I ?
As many of you may know, the food products on the shelves of giant supermarkets (Walmart, Target, Weis) are owned by a very small number of companies. General Mills (GM) owns many of our favorite brands: Haagen Dazs, Yoplait, and Cheerios. Since it is well-known brand that we see and eat so often, we are more likely to trust it and associate the name with quality. However this isn’t always the case.
Continue reading Stop Feeding Us Lies
“For every pair of glasses that Warby Parker sell, they give a pair to someone in need.”-Warby Parker’s BCorporation Summary.
This is not the first company with this type of one-for-one giving strategy, everyone knows Tom’s Shoes. However, Warby Parker is unique in their strides to promote CSR.
Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair Program has distributed over a million pairs of glasses to people in need. They have focused on glasses in underprivileged areas, because 703 million people worldwide currently do not have access to eye care. Glasses have been shown to increase productivity by 35% and income by 20%. Along wight their main charity partner, VisionSpring, Warby Parker has worked to not only donate, but also to train. VisionSpring has trained 18,000 workers in the manufacture, distribution, and reception of glasses.
Continue reading “Good Eyewear, Good Outcome”- Warby Parker