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Solving Hunger France Tackles Food Waste with New Law


French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with


charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dan- gerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains.


Source: The Guardian


Smiley Faces Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers


Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immedi- ately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving abil- ity. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, op- timism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved.


Source: mnn.com


Eco-CEO Pay Tied to Sustainability


While sustainability is often categorized as a long-term strategy to mitigate both corporate reputational and financial risk, a small but growing number of companies are beginning to tie environ- mental goals to executive compensa- tion. That means leaders of participating firms now must weigh operational vari- ables such as greenhouse gas emissions against short-term financial outcomes. In a report published by Sustainalyt- ics and the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, 24 percent of the 613 largest publicly traded companies have now tied sustain- ability to executive compensation, up from 15 percent in 2012. “At the end of the day, people are motivated by their pocketbooks,” says Veena Ramani, Ceres senior director of corporate programs. “I think investors have come to recognize that if you want companies to take this stuff seriously, you’re going to have to link it to people’s compensation.” The shift is part of a broader push


to tie corporate social responsibility areas such as environmental, social and governance metrics, as well as labor and local community impacts, to core business models.


Source: GreenBiz.com


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