The ongoing discussion about marijuana legalization has gained great momentum and now must include vital justice considerations. As the process of decriminalizing marijuana cultivation, use, and possession gains public acceptance, the scope of the discourse must widen to include racial and social justice reforms. These issues are critical for understanding in the mixed progress of legalization, the efficacy and impact of enforcement trends, and ongoing requirements for regulatory design and social equity gains.
Cory Booker, US Senator from the state of New Jersey, is the author of the Marijuana Justice Act and has spoken repeatedly about the need for states to consider criminal justice reforms alongside medical and recreational marijuana legalization campaigns. As states legalize future marijuana possession, use, and distribution but do not consider corrective action for people with previous criminal convictions they create an unjust and unfair double standard where legalization benefits one set of citizens and does not alleviate what Senator Booker refers to as “collateral consequences” that seriously impair another set.
TOMS is a well-known California-based retail company. The company sells footwear, eyeglasses, coffee, clothing, and handbags. Its most iconic item is the alpargata shoe, a casual style based on a traditional Argentine shoe. The TOMS business model began with this shoe, and every time TOMS sold a pair, a new pair was given to a child without adequate footwear. As the TOMS product line expanded, this philanthropic mission was extended to each of the new business items. With each pair of glasses sold, TOMS uses part of the profit on vision projects in the developing world. In honor of each purchase of TOMS coffee, the company works with partner organizations to provide water to communities in need. Handbags sold benefit maternal health and safe childbirth initiatives.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), therefore, is a significant driver of the TOMS business strategy and purpose. The company was started by entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie with the entire purpose of serving as a philanthropic project to provide shoes to children in developing nations. Throughout the company’s history since, raising awareness of the importance of having shoes for best health and safety practices. The TOMS “one for one” business model where a charitable contribution is made for each purchase imbeds CSR in the commercial strategy of the company.
This is the third in a series of four posts about corporate takedowns. The first post was about American Apparel. Last week’s post was about Theranos. Today’s post is about Facebook, focused on the recent Cambridge Analytica data sharing revelations. The fourth and final post, on April 24, will discuss Gawker.
For an in-depth discussion of general compliance issues with Facebook as an online platform, check out this post.
In March 2018, The New York Times and The Guardian published a series of investigative articles exposing a data breach between the social media platform Facebook and the UK political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. This has incited a firestorm of controversy around data sharing, privacy expectations, online community moderation practices, and ethical standards for consumer protections by companies holding their data.
Check out these TED and TEDx talks on privacy expectations and technological innovations. As advancing technology makes a more complex impact on society than ever, individuals’ needs to cultivate their sharing practices and define their privacy expectations are increasing in importance.
Reddit is a web-based forum where users share links to news, photos, and videos, as well as engage in social media-style discussion threads. Founded in 2005, Reddit has become one of the most visited websites in the world. The platform is set up as a variety of user-generated community boards called “subreddits.” These subreddits cover a wide variety of popular culture, current event, and special interest subjects.
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