1. “To say that companies have gotten their solidarity statements wrong would be an understatement. With each passing #BlackLivesMatter release, there have been other blunders of performative activism that society and company’s employees have had to grapple with.”
We don’t want that to be us. Thankfully, Janelle Benjamin gives us ten elements to include in company statements
to demonstrate solidarity with Black Lives Matter, such as acknowledging that you may not have always gotten it right and focusing on the actions you’re taking now.
Don’t skim over this piece of advice: “Do not put out a company statement if you are not prepared to put substantial resources (financial and human) behind your statement.” ✊🏿2.
Help Jar is a new platform that automates donations
, allowing companies to pledge anywhere from 0.1 to 5% of revenue to charities. It’s similar to Stripe Climate, but not limited to climate change causes. Doctors Without Borders, the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and Oxfam International are three of the charities you can donate to using it.
It was created by Alex Harley, who calls himself “an open source technology and data privacy enthusiast who just happened to think of something I can do to help the world.” And that’s how we do it, folks. 💥3.
Mark your calendar: April 14-16 brings us Shift 2021
, a new virtual event all about making business a force for positive change. It covers personal development (shifting within), business development (shifting the way we do business) and overall systems change (shifting the industry). (Clever of them, eh?) 😁4. “Money and wealth is an indication of the value you’re providing for other people. If you want to make a billion dollars, figure out how to help a billion people.”
Over on the 7-Figure Small podcast, Katie Wells talks to Brian Clark
about her journey to creating not just one but two purpose-led businesses.
Her first business is Wellness Mama
, a blog and online community (with over one million moms) for healthy families. More recently Katie started Wellnesse
, a business creating and selling personal care products that are “human and planet safe.”
Shortly after the birth of her first child, Katie learned that, for the first time in centuries, the current generation of children were expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Katie calls this her ‘hold my beer’ moment—which I love—and resolved to help change that statistic. 🍺5.
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees
while you search the internet. It’s not quite as odd as it first sounds, I promise. Ecosia takes the income it gets from search ads and uses it to plant trees—over 120 million so far.
The company also uses their own solar plants to power searches, doesn’t sell your data to advertisers and doesn't use third party trackers.
I’ve used Ecosia on my desktop for a couple of years now and have been very happy with it. Writing this though has made me realize I don’t have it on my phone. It’s easy to switch, so I best do that so all my intense ‘googling’ gets put to some good! 🌳