With stories of race, and a general lack of understanding between black, white and brown in this country swirling around the news, Starbucks thought it could do something positive by sparking conversations between its baristas and customers by writing “Race Together” on coffee cups. The backlash on social media was powerful, and ran from mockery to overt hostility. Today, Al Gini, professor of business ethics at Loyola, uses the Starbucks story as springboard for a larger conversation about corporate social responsibility. And, Reclaimed Soul.
During World War I, as American Soldiers shipped off to fight, a labor and food shortage required radical action. The country needed farmers. But farms were generally run by men, and they - like the nation’s food - were in scarce supply.