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Moving towards a sustainable future

The 21st century has been filled with great accomplishment but also with dire predictions about the future. Humanity has prospered greatly and has made amazing progress on some aspects of its society but that has come at the cost to the environment and to some other parts of society. Human population is continuously increasing at unprecedented rates and humanity is putting increasing pressures on the natural environment that it is dependent on to the point that many of its practices are unsustainable and actively killing nature.

Current lifestyles and current ways of doing things are threatening the future of humanity itself as well as many of the species of Earth’s great biodiversity to the point of extinction. Something needs to be done and soon.

Full Paper can be found here: sustainablitySustainable Future


Eradicating Gender Inequality in the Workplace

More than fifty years after the groundbreaking Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other gender focused legislation made discrimination illegal, gender inequality is still a widespread and pervasive problem within society. Continue reading “Eradicating Gender Inequality in the Workplace”

How to stop tax havens from hindering economic growth

Tax haven’s are countries that implement permanent and aggressive PTR’s or preferential tax regimes in order to attract corporations and wealthy people to transact within their borders. While the tax regimes used by tax havens provide their users with  anonymity and the freedom to transact under private circumstances, these PTR’s also provide a method by which the ultra wealthy and large corporations can avoid paying the income taxes they owe. More importantly they provide a back channel for illegal activities such as drug smuggling and terrorism to be financed anonymously.

In light of the Panama Paper’s a data leak from Mossack Fonseca a Panamanian law firm. These documents detail the inner workings of Mossack Fonseca, displaying the tactics used by corporations which abuse tax haven’s PTR’s. Organizations like the OECD have been working tirelessly to coordinate effective policy and cooperative multilateral agreements between the world nations to prevent tax havens from continuing their harmful practices.They have been largely unsuccessful considering the same or even not greater amount of money is hidden in tax havens today than it was before the OECD implemented agreements like the Agreement on Exchange of Information on Tax Matters. gfi20-20us20assets20in20tax20havens

Now that the effects of tax havens on reducing global economic growth and their involvement in a variety of criminal activities has been confirmed.It is the most important time to take effective measures to prevent these practices form continuing to harm the global economy. To read more on the matter read my full report.

Journalistic Malpractice: the press should not have the freedom to lie.

The United States has a unique dedication to protecting the press, which is exemplified through the First Amendment, amongst other laws and procedures throughout American history. While American citizens are lucky to live in a country where censorship does not exist, that does not mean that all of the news that is produced, by even the most reputable of sources, has not been falsified in some way, shape, or form. Continue reading “Journalistic Malpractice: the press should not have the freedom to lie.”

The Privacy Compromise: The tension between consumer privacy and national security

Setting The Scene:

          The landscape of technology has exponentially expanded in the past decade. Media technology has cemented its place in the forefront of American society and only looks to grow more rapidly in future years. With the massive influx of these devices, the amount of digital data has multiplied to unforeseeable amounts. Demonstrated in Exhibit A, the amount of digital data has gone from about a quarter zettabyte (which is sextillion bytes) in 2005 to an expected amount of nearly eight zettabytes in 2015. There wasn’t even a full zettabyte of data until 2010, and that number has multiplied by eight in five years. With so much information in digital form, resources and communication have entered a global scale. For the first time, information from all around the world is conveniently at the tip of our fingertips, without having to get up from your seat. However, in this world of accessibility, there is also a door open for vulnerability.

Continue reading “The Privacy Compromise: The tension between consumer privacy and national security”

Terrorism and its impact on Multinational Corporations

According to the Global Terrorism Index, 2014 had the largest increase recorded from year to year in terrorism, adding to a total of 80 per cent increase since 2013. This adds up to 32,685 deaths in a year just due to terrorism. This is a problem that needs to be eradicated, but it definitely is not an easy one to address. Governments have gone in wars with terrorist groups that end up in more violence and a general terror environment for their citizens. This is why I believe we need a more sociological approach to terrorism. We need to understand terrorism through a lens of sociology and anthropology because it is this understanding what will lead to discovering the most efficient way to battle it. Continue reading “Terrorism and its impact on Multinational Corporations”

Prison industrial-complex: Analysis of Prison Labor in the United States

The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted” (US Constitution).

This caveat, a mere exception, is the justification used by large corporations to exploit inmates in correctional institutions under UNICOR (the tradename for Federal Prison Industries or FPI). Continue reading “Prison industrial-complex: Analysis of Prison Labor in the United States”

Chipotle and The Future of the Fast Food Industry

The fast food industry in America has seen exponential growth over the past few decades, and with it has come a wide range of adverse social impacts.  Continue reading “Chipotle and The Future of the Fast Food Industry”

Corporate Social Responsibility: Really?

Companies adopt Corporate Social Responsibility policies, and then do not follow through with their claims. Specifically, looking at a company like Reebok, who is thought to be a socially responsible company, there are certain problems within their supply chain that do not line up with their Social Responsibility statements. According to CSR theorists, having a code of conduct comes with many benefits, as “a positive effect of strategic CSR activities on profitability could be realized through various competitive advantages”(514). More specifically, having a strategic CSR statement can enhance a company’s brand and reputation, form a closer connection with customers, highten employee morale and productivity, create better risk management, and form better relationships within communities and governments. However, a large issue with this is that a simple CSR statement or code of conduct can generate a perception that a company is socially responsible, when in reality they are not. Continue reading “Corporate Social Responsibility: Really?”

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