Building Sustainable Supply Chains

Sourcing and transporting goods can be the most overlooked—and inefficient—parts of how a business is structured. Here's how to examine and improve the social impact of a supply chain.

While building a sustainable company may seem unnecessary and costly, consider the alternative: being unsustainable and—vulnerable. "Incorporating sustainability into any company's operations is a hefty issue. But it's also an increasingly popular shift to make. 'It's an increasing liability to not do it,' says Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder and C.E.O. of Source4Style, the online fabric marketplace, which is based in New York City. 'There are a lot of companies out there, that understand that they won't be leaders within the field but they don't want to be laggers either.'"

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Unraveling the mystery behind dogs' floppy ears

Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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Surprising Science
  • Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
  • Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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