This week, Patagonia gives us a bright bit of news with exciting conservation efforts led by CEO Rose Marcario.



This Week In Women: Ill-Timed Remarks & Environmental Conservation

Sexism is getting a much-deserved drag this week with the fall-out from Ted Baker employees’ petition and Martin Solveig’s ill-timed remarks. Patagonia gives us a bright bit of news with exciting conservation efforts led by CEO Rose Marcario. Ready for the full download? It’s time for This Week in Women!

Ted Baker Employees Launch Petition for Investigation

Employees of the Ted Baker brand published a petition on Organise Platform for an independent investigation into an alleged “culture of harassment” and “forced hugs” with over 100 anonymous reports filed with the Ted Baker board of directors. Specifically claims target Ray Kelvin, Ted Baker CEO and founder, who has led the brand since its inception in 1988.

The petition says “Harassment at Ted Baker is well documented but willfully ignored by those in charge” and contends that the internal HR department did not follow-up on allegations of harassment. In response the company has issued an official statement, “Ray, and the Company’s leadership, have always prided themselves on Ted Baker being a great employer and business to work with. Accordingly, they and the Board take these concerns very seriously and the Board has directed a thorough and urgent independent external investigation is carried out into these matters.”

While Ted Baker launches its internal review processes and investigation, investor uncertainty caused stocks to take a 13 percent tumble this week.

Really, Martin Solveig?!

In another story of inappropriate male requests, DJ and Producer Martin Solveig really put his foot in his mouth this week while presenting Norwegian soccer player Ada Hegerberg with the Ballon D’or. It was the first time in the history of the prestigious award that it was presented to a woman (it has been given out to men annually since 1956).

After giving Hegerberg the trophy, Solveig asked her if she could “twerk” onstage. Hegerberg’s terse “no” and abrupt leaving of the stage pretty much sums up the stunned crowd reaction.

Before Solveig’s sexist request, Hegerberg thanked her team, coach and French football club Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulasand, adding, “I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”

Post-ceremony Solveig tweeted an apologetic video that his request was intended to be a joke (*cue eye roll*), and Hegerberg gave a gracious BBC interview on Monday addressing the incident. However, the bottom line is that Solveig used Hegerberg’s historical moment for a sexist punchline and he should be called out for it.

Rose Marcario Pledges $10M to Fight Climate Change

Patagonia has a rich activist history of supporting conservation and environmental health, such as, “1% for the Planet.” This week they launched another major initiative, announcing an aggressive investment to combat the Trump administration’s tax cuts.

“Taxes protect the most vulnerable in our society, our public lands and other life-giving resources. In spite of this, the Trump administration initiated a corporate tax cut, threatening these services at the expense of our planet,” wrote Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario in an open letter on LinkedIn.

The CEO announced that Patagonia will address this dire situation with the donation of “$10 million to groups committed to protecting air, land and water and finding solutions to the climate crisis.”

Featured image via BBC

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