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Spring has finally arrived and apart from bringing along the hope for longer days and sunny weather, it carries the promise of finally bringing an end to the pandemic thanks to mass vaccinations.
As many of us have been home bound for more than a year already, having a change of perspective is surely refreshing. Though we might find out that the outside world we’re excited to revisit is now vastly different. What has changed then?
Sustainability is not a buzz-word anymore and climate-change is treated as one of the biggest threats to humanity. With each month more and more companies share their plans of becoming carbon neutral. Within the last 30 days Ford announced their new carbon footprint targets, Mastercard shared it will link bonuses for its senior executives to environmental, social and corporate-governance initiatives and Wired forged an in-depth report on negative emissions technologies.
At the same time, the tech giants are facing unexpected challenges. Even though Amazon’s sales and profits soared during the pandemic, the company is now in the spotlight as its employees in an Alabama warehouse voted against forming the first-ever union despite allegations of notoriously bad working conditions.
As countries are slowly lowering the restrictions, Uber is trying to be clever in bringing back its drivers on the roads. In a recent press release Uber presented new wage brackets, followed by a statement about the temporary nature of such changes.
It's hard not to mention Facebook’s April data breach, with 533 million users affected. Turns out, the company isn’t going to notify people whose data was leaked and it's causing quite a stir among its users and tech reviewers.
Given all the recent upheaval and attention to social changes, it seems that we might be at a turning point in taking ownership and responsibility over our environment, work conditions and personal data. Let’s hope we’ll emerge from those challenges wiser and stronger than ever!
Daria Michalska Lead Product Designer
🏆 Weekly Highlights
Facebook users are on their own to find out if their data was breached
Apple and Epic prepare for a major courtroom battle