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December 22, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: ‘A Christmas Carol’: The Past, Present, and Future of Capitalism

Capitalism, it seems to me, is undergoing a transformation, not unlike Charles Dickens’s famed Christmas creation, Ebenezer Scrooge. The question is whether its future will be different from its present and its past.

December 15, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: COP28 Highlights the Need for Stakeholder Model on Global Scale

How does the world address climate change while safeguarding economies, acknowledging disparities, protecting worker well-being and jobs, meeting consumer needs, and supporting communities?

December 8, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Purdue Pharma, The Supreme Court, and Corporate Unjustness

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge to the bankruptcy deal meant to compensate victims of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin and shield Purdue Pharma’s owners, the Sackler family, from liability.

December 1, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: OpenAI Saga Spotlights Tension Between Profit and Purpose

Between forces motivated to ensure AI benefits society, and those who view AI through a purely commercial lens.

November 17, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: It’s Not All About Money – American Workers Want Opportunity Too

What makes a good job? It’s a question that’s driving many conversations today – from picket lines with auto employees and Starbucks baristas to C-suites and boardrooms across the country.

November 10, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: The Top U.S. Companies With Strong Veterans Programs

How can corporate America better serve those who’ve served our country? It’s an important question to highlight on Veterans Day. In fact, it’s one that helps guide our work here at JUST Capital year round. 

November 3, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Will America’s Debt Crisis Spur a More Just Economy?

Two moments this week reminded me why JUST’s mission matters so much to the bigger macroeconomic situation we find ourselves in.  

October 27, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Are You Happy? Your Employer May Soon Want To Know

Are you happy? It may seem like an odd question in times like these. But according to Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer at Google X, and renowned happiness expert, it’s a question more and more employers should be asking of their people. 

October 20, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Corporate America Responds to the Terror Attacks on Israel

How should companies respond to global tragedies, wars, and acts of mass terrorism? Should business leaders speak out in internal emails to employees? To the public? If so, when? And what should they say?

October 13, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: How TIAA is Using AI to Help “Retire Inequality”

This week, I sat down with TIAA Chief Information and Client Services Officer Sastry Durvasula to discuss how artificial intelligence will impact financial services in a recent episode of our Linkedin Live series,

October 6, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Can “The Atlanta Way” Reinvigorate Corporate Community Investment?

“In Atlanta, we learned that despite the gleaming new office buildings in downtown Buckhead, economic mobility is low, deep inequality persists, and talent goes untapped.”

September 22, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: My Top Takeaways from a Frenetic Climate Week

This year, climate week was about much more than climate.

September 15, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: UAW and the Complicated Dynamics of Worker Engagement

The dispute between the United Auto Workers and Detroit’s so-called “Big Three” – Ford, GM, and Stellantis – has once again thrust the topic of employer-employee dynamics into the headlines. Some view it as a test case with wider repercussions for American industry.

September 8, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: In the Fog of the ESG War, Companies Continue to Drive Change

Amidst all the confusion, misinformation, and political wrangling over corporate ESG, stakeholder capitalism, and social responsibility, it is easy to lose sight of two basic questions. What are companies actually doing, and why? 

September 1, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: The Top 10 Companies for Workers

The American worker takes center stage yet again. 

August 25, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Dan Schulman’s Lasting Impact on the American Worker

One of the most just CEOs of the last several years, PayPal’s Dan Schulman, will step down toward the end of September. His legacy for workers will endure.

August 18, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: The ESG Shakeout Is Not as Simple as You Think

The ESG shakeout currently working its way through corporate America is taking some interesting twists and turns.

August 11, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: From UAW to Return-to-Work, American Worker Issues Are Heating Up

Make no mistake: Regardless of industry, workers are asking more of their employers in a way that hasn’t been seen in a long time.

August 4, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: My Top Takeaway From Recent CEO Conversations

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing former Sprint CEO and JUST Capital Board member Dan Hesse about the importance of purpose-driven human leadership in business. 

July 28, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: UPS Deal Puts The American Worker Front and Center

What could have been a highly disruptive strike was avoided on Tuesday when UPS and the Teamsters – which represents more than half of the company’s workforce – reached an agreement on wages and benefits just days before their current contract expired.

July 21, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Are We Making Progress on Income Inequality?

While it’s true many Americans still face severe financial difficulties, it’s also true that things do seem to be finally trending in the right direction.

July 14, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Record Heat, Flash Floods, Megadroughts, and Sinking Cities

The world just had the hottest week on record, according to preliminary data published by the World Meteorological Organization. It follows the hottest June on record and, according to some scientists, possibly the hottest day on Earth – July 4th – in over 125,000 years.

July 7, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: SCOTUS Decision Puts Spotlight on Corporate DEI Programs

Last week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in college admissions could have far-reaching implications for corporate America. 

June 30, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Our ETF Shows That Public Interest, Returns, and Impact Can Align

This week we marked the five-year anniversary of the JUST ETF. Launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, the fund has delivered exactly what we expected: solid financial return and measurable positive change on just business behavior. 

June 23, 2023  |  JUST Capital

The JUST Report: Is A New Republican Vision for American Capitalism Emerging?

For the first time in a long while, a right-of-center economic policy thinker questioned the virtues of untrammeled free market capitalism.

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