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The Christmas tree industry is banking on environmentally conscious millennials to save it – Business Insider

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There's at least one industry millennials haven't killed: real Christmas trees.

Millennials could actually be the saving grace for an industry that is facing a growing threat from fake trees.

Environmentally conscious millennials who are settling down with families are helping fuel demand for real trees during the holidays, Doug Hundley, a seasonal spokesperson with the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), told Business Insider.

"We're really glad to see the environmentally minded millennial generation joining the group of people who prefer real trees," Hundley, who worked in the real-Christmas-tree business for 40 years, said. "Because we've been losing market share for some time and it's not because we don't have the trees."

More than 95 million American homes had Christmas trees in 2018, at least 75% of which were fake, Hundley said.

Despite the threat from the fake-tree business, demand for real Christmas trees has seen an uptick in the last year. According to data from the NCTA, 32.8 million real Christmas trees were purchased in 2018, up from 27.4 million in 2017. There was also a smaller uptick in fake-tree purchases from 21.1 million in 2017 to 23.6 million in 2018 which Hundley attributes to a stable and surging economy.

But the NCTA said the uptick in real tree purchases is related to millennials' shopping habits.

"The millennials are now settling down and having children and families and they're looking to let their kids have the experience of using a real tree,"' Hundley said.

Millennials are also known to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to their spending. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable and can be reused and recycled, a press release from the NCTA said.

"In today's world as consumers increasingly seek to reduce the use of plastic straws and plastic bags with their purchasing decisions, choosing a real tree is another way they can make a positive contribution to the environment and their Christmas enjoyment," the NCTA said in the release.

Environmental aspects aside, the real-tree industry always benefits from a generational evolution, Hundley said.

"It's a lot of heritage there," the real-tree expert said of the decades-old tradition of having a Christmas tree in the home. "And I think when people start having kids and wanting to build memories, that's an increase for us."

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by Jens Zimmermann, Project Director, Human Flourishing; Canada Research Professor for Interpretation, Religion, and Culture at Trinity Western University; Visiting Professor for Philosophy, Literature, and Theology at Regent College; Visiting Fellow of the British Academy at the University of Oxford; Research Associate at the Center for Theology and Modern European Thought in Oxford. Read more about Dr. Zimmermann.

One of the most important contemporary issues is our relation to technology. To be sure, technology is nothing new but has always been integral to human evolution; never before, however, has technology suffused every area of life or shaped human self-understanding to the extent it does today. Consequently, debates about the benefits and possible drawbacks of technology currently dominate all crucial, formative arenas of human existence: work, education, healthcare, social development, and even religion. Critical voices are not lacking in these discussions but, on the whole, we increasingly place our future hopes for society in technological enhancements. Transhumanism, in its pursuit of a humanly engineered evolution that will eventually leave the body behind by uploading our digitized brains to computing platforms, a vision that includes merging human with artificial machine intelligence, is merely the extreme edge of a techno-reasoning that increasingly forms our collective social imaginary.

How is one to assess this development? I suggest that the most effective assessment of techno-reasoning is to probe the range of its imagination. After all, how we perceive the world, others, and ourselves is principally a matter of the imagination. As the well-known Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye put it in The Educated Imagination:

we use our imagination all the time: it comes into all our conversation and practical life: it even produces dreams when we are asleep. Consequently we only have the choice between a badly trained imagination and a well trained one, whether we ever read a poem or not.[1]

Fryes reference to poetry indicates his view that literature best exemplifies the language of the imagination, of how we perceive the world in all its semantic complexity: our use of metaphors and choice of words in everyday speech reveals the vision of society, and indeed of reality that underlies our thoughts and actions. Equally important, the fundamental job of the imagination in ordinary life, then, is to produce out of the society we have to live in, a society we want to live in.[2] We need fiction to envision reality differently. We often use the word fiction to refer to what is untrue or false, but the word actually means creative invention and describes our capacity for understanding and shaping reality meaningfully through narrative. Hence reimagining society differently depends in turn on the sources that train our imagination to produce narratives for our self-understanding.

What should concern us is that Transhumanisms imagination runs only along engineering and computational lines. Transhumanists like to call themselves critical rationalists,[3] but the fact is that this critical aspect is limited to a techno-reasoning that produces a narrative of techno-fiction. When we examine the current techno-reasoning of transhumanism, we will find a strongly diminished view of human identity that reduces consciousness to the activity of neuronal networks we can detach from the body and transferable to a computing platform.[4]

It is generally known that transhumanism denigrates the human body as rather primitive biological form of existence that requires perfection through nano- and computing technologies. Ultimately, as Ray Kurzweil argued in his book How to Build a Human Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (2012), the brain is a complex biological machine in which human ideas, feelings, and intentions are ultimately tied to neuronal functions of the brain. Kurzweil imagines that the imminent completion of mapping this biological machine anatomically will allow us to digitize its functions and thus transpose human thinking into computational format, permitting in turn the uploading of ones mind (of consciousness, self, or personality) to a data cloud storage. This transhumanist vision indicates a breathtaking ignorance of human cognition and its dependence on biology for a human consciousness. For one, aside from being technologically unfeasible, the computational model of the brain and its possible detachment from the body is flatly contradicted by recent neuroscience and its insistence on embodied cognition.

For example, the well-known neuroscientist Antonio-Damasio breaks with the traditional cognitivist view of human beings as rational minds inhabiting insentient bodies.[5] In his book The Self Comes to Mind (2010), Damasio reintroduces the body as essential for structuring the brain, albeit still based on a representational view of cognition: Because of this curious arrangement, the representation of the world external to the body can come into the brain only via the body itself, namely via its surface. The body and the surrounding environment interact with each other, and the changes caused in the body by that interaction are mapped in the brain. It is certainly true that the mind learns of the world outside via the brain, but it is equally true that the brain can be informed only via the body.[6] You may not consider this concession very great, but eight years later, Damasio rejects the Cartesian mind-body dualism behind traditional neuroscience, arguing that a new, biologically integrated position is now required.[7]

This new position leaves behind a computational model of the mind, rejecting the dried-up mathematical description of the activity of the neurons because it disengaged neurons from the thermodynamics of life.[8] New brain science acknowledges, according to Damasio, that the body as organism, for example through our nervous and immune systems, possesses a kind of perception conveyed through feelings that are registered in turn as complex mental experiences that help us navigate life. Damasio concludes that neural and non-neural structures and processes are not just contiguous [i.e. adjacent, sharing a common boarder] but continuous partners, interactively. They are not aloof entities, signaling each other like chips in a cell phone. In plain talk, brains and bodies are in the same mind-enabling soup.[9] On the basis of this new insight (new to brain scientists at any rate), Damasio rejects the reductive, but sweepingly common notion in the worlds of artificial intelligence, biology, and even neuroscience, that natural organisms would somehow be reducible to algorithms.[10]

Damasios new insights from Neuroscience are a welcome antidote to the severely stunted imagination of the Transhumanists. Even so, neuroscience in general, and transhumanism in particular, suffer from a striking lack of philosophical reflection on the historical origins of the naturalist and functionalist view of organic life that still forms the imaginative framework of cognitive science. Natural scientists, along with all those who pursue their research into human perception in the investigative mode of the natural sciences, still have a hard time with admitting that metaphysics is always at play when imagining what it means to be human. How many scientists (and indeed philosophers) are fully conscious of the historical developments that made possible a purely materialist view of reality?

The philosopher Hans Jonas offers a superb philosophical analysis of this development and its effects on the study of human nature in The Phenomenon of Life: Approaches to a Biological Philosophy (1994). He describes how the duality of mind and spirit of the ancient world was reified into a mind-body dualism by Descartess division of reality into the two spheres of timeless mental ideas on the one hand, and spatio-temporal mechanisms of material stuff on the other hand. Leaving the side of mental ideas to religion and philosophy, he reduced nature (including animals and the human body) to an inert machine running on functional, mathematical principles, wholly explorable through quantifiable data. The legacy of Cartesian dualism was the modern conception of nature without soul or spirit.[11] Encouraged by the enormous success of the scientific method, it was only a matter of time until a secularist science, eager to do away with Descartes God, also claimed the mental sphere for its mechanistic understanding of reality.

This mechanistic monism was further aided by Darwins theory of evolution. Naturalistic evolution exploded Cartesian dualism or a separate mental realm by integrating human beings into a general developmental process. Jonas argues that even though evolution raised once again the problem of how the transcendent freedom and intentionality of consciousness could arise from such a process, the functionalist bias of naturalism closed the door to any arguments that may have led out of the reductionist dead-end of materialist monism. Early evolutionary theory dogmatically adhered to a mechanistic view of causality that tried to explain organic life analogously to complex machines, declaring consciousness to an epiphenomenon, a random side-effect of an essentially material process. This view, argues Jonas, inverts how organic life forms, and in particular human beings, actually function. Human thought and action originate from an intentional center and exercise volitional freedom in their striving to accomplish goals. While we are certainly able to automate strategies for accomplishing goals, this ability does not warrant reducing our humanity to the workings of a complex machine.

Jonas work himself has helped inspire profound changes in evolutionary theory, including the growing conviction among evolutionary psychology that an embodied intentionality or consciousness is intrinsic to organic life itself. The phenomenon of organic life is impossible to describe, let alone understand, without recognizing that a minimal form of intentionality, individuation, and indeed freedom is evident in even the most primitive living organisms striving to survive.

Neither transhumanism, however, nor the AI research that fuels transhumanists hopes for melding human and machine intelligence, have followed this trend of evolutionary biology. Instead, the transhumanists and AI researchers remain beholden to the basic premise of cybernetics that human life and thought boil down to mechanisms controlled by the exchange of information and are therefore amenable to transposition into algorithms so that the essence of human thought and emotion can be digitized and replicated on computational platforms.

This brief historical sketch shows us that transhumanisms abandoning of the earth by leaving behind the body constitutes not a neutral fact based on scientific progress but is indeed a historically conditioned choice. This choice takes one particular aspect of human perception, namely our ability to abstract material from the rich flow of experience to objectify and quantify it for better understanding, and the re-imagines all of reality in these terms. This reductionist ontology ignores the organic and especially the personal aspects characteristic of human life.

It is worth reiterating that the materialist, functionalist premise of transhumanism (and much AI research) is neither empirically convincing nor in any way morally neutral. From a historical point of view, it is actually astonishing how beholden the field of techno-science still is to scientistic attitudes originating in the scientific revolution and the European Enlightenment.

For example, the well-known AI researcher Marvin Minsky (d. 2016), equated belief in consciousness with the kind of religious mumbo jumbo science is supposed to combat.[13] For Minsky, there is no such thing as consciousness, there is no such thing as understanding.[14] Those who believe in such silly superstitions ignorantly hold to this religious idea that there is magic understanding: there is a magic substance that is responsible for understanding and for consciousness, and that there is a deep secret here.[15] For Minsky, the problem of consciousness and understanding with regard to AI simply doesnt exist because he has a thoroughly mechanical, functionalist view of the human mind. For this reason, he looks to Freud as an important figure because hes the first one to consider that the mind is a big complicated kludge of different types of machinery which are specialized for different functions.[16] While most of psychology and other sciences have moved on from Freuds nave mechanical view of the psyche, transhumanism and much popular opinion has not.

One cannot blame transhumanists for wanting to improve human life, but a sober, historical-philosophical analysis of transhumanism exposes it as delusive and naive. The whole idea of engineering a post-human existence by abandoning the organic body is based on an untenable materialist metaphysics. As Hans Jonas perceptively put it, materialistic biology (its armory recently strengthened by cybernetics) is the attempt to understand life by eliminating what actually enables this attempt in the first place: the authentic nature of consciousness and purpose.[17] Only because they suppress the basic structure of organic life and reduce consciousness to an epiphenomenon of materialist functions can transhumanists propose their futuristic vision. Only because they have already reduced life to a machine, however complex, can they imagine a post-humanist future of immortality through technology. The transhumanist imagination concerning our humanity is deceived by the strange proclivity of human reason to interpret human functions by the categories of the artifacts created to replace them, and to interpret artifacts by the categories of the human mind that created them.[18]

Given that transhumanism is driven by this historically conditioned reductionist view of human life, I am less worried about the question whether transhumanism functions as Ersatzreligion, though the growing number of Christian transhumanists is somewhat alarming. Their belief in technology as providential means for procuring god-likeness and immortality makes one wonder about the efficacy of the incarnation. Why did God bother to become a human being rather than a cyborg? Only an imagination already hooked on techno-fiction could suggest that the divine transformation of biological matter is inferior to, or even akin to a man-made metamorphosis through technology.

From a traditional Christian perspective at least, techno-fiction that deems the body to be optional ranks among gnostic heresies. As the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer explained, from an incarnational point of view, we dont have bodies but we are our bodies, and are thus rooted in the earth. Abandoning the earth, he declared, therefore means also to lose touch with our fellow human beings and with God who created us as embodied souls. Bonhoeffer concluded that the man who would leave the earth, who would depart from the present distress, loses the power which still holds him by eternal, mysterious forces. The earth remains our mother, just as God remains our Father, and our mother will only lay in the Fathers arms him who remains true to her.[19]

However, what is of greater concern than grouping transhumanism among gnostic heresies is that the movement perpetuates the pervasive techno-reasoning in our culture by glorifying the functionalist image of human existence that continues to enthral the public social imaginary by means of social media and AI research. Transhumanism is just one example, perhaps the most glamorous one, of our current collective culture delusion that the human mind, human language, and human relations boil down to functions that computers will eventually master in far better ways.

We would do well to listen to critical voices of those well familiar with the computing industry like Jaron Lanier. Lanier, credited with inventing virtual reality, exposes the false and dangerous presuppositions of techno-fictions. For example, he debunks the delusion that AI has anything to do with computers gaining intelligence, let alone sentience. AI, he reminds us, is nothing but a story we tell about our code.[20] This story, he confesses, was originally invented by tech engineers to procure funding from government agencies. AI, in short, does not exist if one implies that machines actually think or feel with even the lowest form of consciousness we know from organic life.

Lanier warns that current techno-fiction and our use of technology are deeply dehumanizing. Social media apps are designed to manipulate users into addiction to exploit their consumer habits. Moreover, the whole gamut of computing technology erodes our self-understanding of what it means to be truly human. Lanier worries that if you design a society to suppress belief in consciousness and experienceto reject any exceptional nature to personhoodthen maybe people can become like machines. The greatest danger, he concludes, is the loss of what sets us apart from all other entities, the loss our personhood. His warning echoes the prophetic voices of other critics like the former software coder Steve Talbot, or the late philosopher Hubert Dreyfus, who also worried that instead of adapting technology to human intelligence we slowly conform human consciousness to the functional logic of machines.

These thinkers show us that one does not have to be a luddite or religious zealot to reject transhumanism or entertain a critical attitude towards the nave embracing of current technologies. What is at stake in the discussion about technology and transhumanism is nothing less than our true humanity. Now, it is certainly the case, in my view, that the more holistic approach to human existence offered by religions, and in particular the Christian teaching that God became a human being, provide better anthropological frameworks for approaching technology than secularist or naturalist approaches; however, the time may be ripe for all those concerned about losing our true humanity to come together in exposing the dehumanizing misconceptions put forward by transhumanists, no matter how much these are presented in the radiant, Luciferian promises of divinity. Sicut eritis deus . . . .

[1] 134-135.

[2] 140.

[3] Max More, The Philosophy of Transhumanism in Transhumanist Reader (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 1-17), 6.

[4] Martin Rothblatt, Mind is Deeper than Matter, in Transhumanist Reader, (317-326).

[5] Economist John Greys endorsement of Damasios recent book The Strange Order of Things (2018).

[6] The Self Comes to Mind, 97.

[7] The Strange Order of Things, 240.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid., 200. Damasion recognizes that the worlds of artificial intelligence, biology, and even neuroscience are inebriated with this notion. It is acceptable to say, without qualification, that organisms are algorithms and that bodies and brains are algorithms. This is part of an alleged singularity enabled by the fact that we can write algorithms artificially and connect them with the natural variety, and mix them, so to speak. In this telling, the singularity is not just near: it is here. For Damasio, these common notions are not scientifically sound because they discount the essential role of the biological, organic substrate from which feelings arise through the multidimensional and interactive imaging of our life operations with their chemical and visceral components (201).

[11] Jonas, Phenomenon of Life, 140.

[12] Das Prinzip Leben, 219.

[13] Why Freud was the First good AI Theorist in Transhumanist Reader, 169.

[14] Ibid., 172.

[15] Ibid., 170.

[16] Ibid., 169.

[17] Das Prinzip Leben, 230.

[18] Prinzip Leben, 199.

[19] Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English, 10, 244-45.

[20] Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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For millennia, people have found support and community through defining factors, ranging from age and race to income and education levels.

However, these characteristics are not staticand drastic demographic changes are starting to create powerful ripple effects in the 21st-century economy.

Todays infographic from BlackRock delves into the significant impact that demographics and human rights movements have on global markets. Of the five megatrends explored in this series, demographics are predicted to have the farthest-reaching impact.

Demographics are the characteristics of populations that change over time. These include:

As a result, major demographic trends offer both unique challenges and opportunities for businesses, societies, and investors.

What are the biggest shifts in demographics that the world faces today?

The global population is aging rapidlyas fertility rates decline worldwide, those in the 65 years and older age bracket are steadily increasing in numbers.

As the population continues to age, fewer people are available to sustain the working population. For the first time in recorded history, the number of people in developed nations between 20 to 64 years old is expected to shrink in 2020.

Immigration has been steadily increasing since the turn of the 21st century. Primary migration factors range from the serious (political turmoil) to the hopeful (better job offers).

In particular, areas such as Asia and Europe see much higher movement than others, causing a strain on resources in those regions.

A steadily aging population is slowly shifting the purchasing power to older households. In Japan, for example, half of all current household spending comes from people over 60, compared with 13% of spending from people under 40.

Demographics are the characteristics of people that change over time, whereas social change is the evolution of peoples behaviours or cultural norms over time.

Strong social change movements have often been influenced by demographic changes, including:

Examples of major human rights movements include creating stronger environmental policies and securing womens right to vote.

These changes pose some exciting opportunities for investors, both now and in the near future.

Global healthcare spending is predicted to grow from US$7.7 trillion in 2017 to over US$10 trillion in 2022. To meet the demands of age-related illnesses, companies will need solutions that offer quality care at much lower costsfor patients and an overburdened healthcare system.

With a declining working population, adapting a workforces skill set may be the key to keeping economies afloat.

As automation becomes commonplace, workers will need to develop more advanced skills to stay competitive. Newer economies will need to ensure that automation supports a shrinking workforce, without restricting job and wage growth.

By 2100, over 50% of the world will be living in either India, China, or Africa.

Global policy leadership and sales of education goods and services will be shaped less by issues and needs in the U.S., and more by the issues and needs of Africa, South Asia, and China.

Shannon May, CoFounder of Bridge International Academies

In the future, education and training in these growing regions will be based on skills relevant to the modern workforce and shifting global demographics.

Spending power will continue to migrate to older populations. Global consumer spending from those over 60 years is predicted to nearly double, from US$8 trillion in 2010 to a whopping US$15 trillion in 2020.

Demographics and social changes are the undercurrents of many economic, cultural, and business decisions. They underpin all other megatrends and will significantly influence how the world evolves.

As demographics shift over time, we will see the priorities of economies shift as welland these changes will continue to offer new opportunities for investors to make an impact for the future of a global society.

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Gartners definition: A citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.

The idea of a citizen developer is edging its way into reality across many Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platforms. Through a simple graphical interface and smart building tools, non-tech users are empowered to automate processes via software bots into production environments. The benefits provided by RPA technologies and solutions are significant. Giving standard users the ability to drag-and-drop future-proof apps without touching source code or having to know anything about programming languages creates a force multiplier for speed and value.

RPA can enable more rapid innovation and provide a leg up on competition. It can also save time and money and enable the dev team to work on more impactful things.

The list goes on.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Citizen Developer

However, no technology is perfect or perfectly safe and RPA is no exception. In my previous blog, I touched on how RPA expands the organizations overall attack surface and how rushing into this technology without examining security considerations introduces substantial risk. The genesis of many RPA projects can be found within the organizations Center of Excellence (COE). At the COE-level, the first priority, before even beginning to consider the benefits of RPA, is securing and managing the access rights of this digital workforce. Its important to make the security team a part of the conversation on RPA implementation from the beginning. Including the security team means that security issues are addressed up front before they can cause delays in the final stages of deployment. Sustaining world-class performance and value cannot be achieved if security is an afterthought.

Gartner reinforces this point in its Predicts 2019: RPA Evolution1report:

The rapid adoption of RPA software has created a lot of hype in the market, leading many organizations to jump into RPA initiatives without proper analysis, planning, defined strategies and COEs. All this elevates the risk of errors by failing to automate the right processes, identify the right guardrails, and focus on security issues and access rights for the new virtual users (RPA bots).

Whats the Risk?

Security needs to be built in directly as part of the automation workflow. As citizen developers become increasingly common, security by design becomes even more critical. Anyone can make mistakes, but citizen developers who lack both technical and security knowhow are more likely to make the kinds of mistakes that unknowingly expose access to sensitive corporate networks and systems.

Many of the current low-code platforms do not have built-in security, but IT can hook the platforms into best-in-class security solutions, taking security out of the hands of the less security conscious citizen developer. If there arent enough developers to go around at the organization, before diving into low-/no-code environments or giving access citizen developers, credential management and security need to be top of mind. Moreover, they need to be at the top of the list of strategic objectives for the COE to ensure that RPA is implemented securely and the desired outcome of the program is achieved successfully.

Gartner reaffirms the importance of credential security in its Best Practices for Robotics Process Automation Success2report:

One of the most critical functions of the management platform is credential management. With robots actively accessing and manipulating data, thoughtful consideration and intentional implementation of credential management is a requirement of all RPA deployments. The management platform of an RPA system should allow for the creation, deletion and expiration of credentials for the RPA system, as well as the encryption of any locally stored credentials, if the use case requires them. IGA, RPA, and Managing Software Robot Identities is required reading for architects and technical professionals responsible for IAM.

Why Security Matters

Developers often work fast and dirty. They have aggressive deadlines. They have internal and external pressures to get their code out the door at lightning speed. Anything that has even a remote chance of slowing code production takes a back seat and security is no exception to this rule. Now consider the citizen developer. The majority of traditional developers at least have some knowledge of the importance of developing secure code whether they choose to maintain technical ethics and write their code in a secure manner is another story. However, the citizen developer doesnt think like the traditional developer. The citizen developer is often times a standard business user in some sort of managerial/supervisory capacity. They probably know very little about application and credential security, so they introduce risk to the app development pipeline.

Here are a few things to consider to help maintain the correct balance of security and usability:

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Move fearlessly forward into the new digital landscape with CyberArk and take the first step by requesting a demo today. See how easy it is to start securing RPA workflows and processes with the #1 leader in privileged access security. To learn more about how to get started securely deploying RPA, read Gartners analyst report, Predicts 2019: RPA Evolution.1

1 Gartner, Predicts 2019: RPA Evolution, 6 December 2018, Analyst(s): Stephanie Stoudt-Hansen, Frances Karamouzis, Arup Roy, Arthur Villa, Melanie Alexander

2 Gartner, Best Practices for Robotic Process Automation Success, 18 June 2019, Analyst(s): Gregory Murray

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LODI, Calif., Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --FitVine Wine,creator of crisp, clean-tasting, lower sugar wines to help you "Live Your Fit", unveiled a new label design. The new vibrant layout, including a new label shape expressing the movement of the brand's signature running man logo, offers the brand further opportunity and access to enthusiastic, health-conscious consumers by visually guiding them to FitVine Wine.

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Regardless of your political identity, there is a good chance you see clear bias in political media, especially cable news. But while media bias is a wholly subjective debate, there is an objective bias to which all cable news networks slant, and that is towards conflict.

It is in this milieu that we take note of Jessica Tarlov, who may very well be the unlikeliest of the rising cable news stars this year.

As one of a handful of progressive voices on Fox News, Tarlov has consistently provided a sharp and dispassionate voice that serves as a compelling counterbalance to the reliably right-of-center opinion programming that has made Fox the top rated cable news outlet.

While Tarlov often gives voice to moderate liberal policies and engages in well-thought and often spirited discussions (that often lead to Mediaite posts) she also undermines critics who oversimplify Fox News as state-run TV.

Mediaite sat down with Tarlov at the recently decorated commissary on the 44th floor of Fox Corporation in Manhattan a space that felt inspired by a Copenhagen-set remake of Succession. We talked at length about the private charm of her ideological foe Sean Hannity, how she manages to deal with big piles of disinformation out there, persuadable voters on Fox News, and her standing among the ranks of fellow Fox News contributors.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

MEDIAITE: How did you get first get on Fox News?

JT: I came home from working on Boris Johnsons mayoral campaign right before Obamas reelection campaign to work for Doug Schoen, who is a Fox News contributor and Bill Clintons pollster and now works for Bloomberg. Doug encouraged me to start doing media to make me a better public speaker and to get more exposure. So Doug was really enthusiastic about the opportunity. And I started coming on Fox and they liked me and I liked them. And so, Ive been here for about four years, since before the 2016 election. And about three years ago, I left working for Doug to move over to Bustle Digital Group, and I run their research outfit.

MEDIAITE: Your first big, most visible hits were on Hannity, where you continue to contribute. What would a progressive audience hate to hear about Sean Hannity?

JT: He is the nicest dude Ive met. He is the most generous and caring. He remembers the little details about everybody. He takes everyone out all the time. Hes just gracious and lovely and so open. Also, with his own experience and his story of how he got to where he is and genuinely wants to know also about how you got to where you are.

MEDIAITE: Can you explain how your role as a panelist is different from of monologists like Tomi Lahren or Dan Bongino?

JT: Yeah, I think I mean, with a show like Outnumbered, which is an ensemble show that I do quite regularly, a little bit of your personal ego has to go away to support the greater good of the show.

MEDIAITE: Youre such a socialist.

JT: I am a socialist in all ways! (Editors note: a joke) You know, you want to make sure that everybody gets in and you also want to make your colleagues feel good about the points that theyre making. And thats just important to the dynamic. You have to say we have one lucky guy who is our guest. So your first priority is to bring out whatever information they came there to offer to your audience. Right. If they have a specialty, you want to make sure that youre highlighting that. But for the viewer at home, if youre just screaming at each other, its not good TV.

MEDIAITE: Outnumbereds conceit is featuring a panel of four women and a male cast as the one lucky guy. Yet, ideologically, very often YOU are outnumbered. How do you deal with that inevitable frustration that comes with being ganged up on?

JT: Breathing. not to get too therapeutic about it is a big part of it. And to really take a moment to think, is this an avenue that I really want to go down or is this a hill to die on, like where I want to raise the decibel level to, you know, 100 versus 50 and something like that. I keep in mind the fact that I truly believe what Im saying. And that also my views represent a majority of Americans, not the views of many of the people that Im on with.

MEDIAITE: Like what?

JT: If you look at the polling on things like a womans right to choose or raising the minimum wage or how we do an impeachment, how we deal with immigration in this country, right? Democrats are in the majority here and there. Their platforms actually could be sourced right out of current polling and it would do a hell of a lot better than what the president has put forward.

MEDIAITE: Since much of opinion programming on Fox News is very pro-Trump, do you feel like you have a greater responsibility to carry a big part of the progressive burden?

JT: I take it really seriously and I know that people are watching. And its a complete myth that liberals dont watch Fox. Right now the polling goes anywhere between 10 and 20 percent are liberals and then a good 20 to 30 percent are independents that are right. So those are persuadable voters. Its a really big number, and I think that that word on the street has kind of been that this is just an echo chamber for President Trump and Mick Mulvaney to sit around and eat popcorn and watch Fox. But thats not whats going on here. I feel like thats a complete fallacy. And I do also feel a responsibility to the liberal Twiterrati to say Im here and Im doing a really good job. But Im not backing down. Im not being mealy-mouthed about this. Im not bashing Hillary. Thats something that I take really seriously. I think there are too many liberals that go on TV and kind of feed Republican talking points about how bad her campaign was. I do feel like I have something to prove.

MEDIAITE: Do you ever catch hell from progressives for cashing a check fromFox News because theres so much animus towards the network?

JT: Theres been an evolution in the perception of me from when I started to now. I think that doesnt have to do necessarily in a change in my belief system, but how Im able to advocate my beliefs. So when you start out doing TV youre less sure of when you can jump in, and like, how hard can you push, youre not as comfortable with theseyou find your rhythm like I know more or less the boundaries of how far I can go with X host. And also what makes good TV and what makes bad TV and when you should cut someone off and when you shouldnt.

JT: The first rule of television: have your talking points and get them out. And they should be short and succinct. And its really hard if you feel like there has been a big pile of disinformation thrown out there.

MEDIAITE: A big pile of disinformation? You clearly have a different point of view than your fellow Outnumbered panelists.

JT: Well, Im a hired partisan. Im very happy to be. I mean, people will come to me and say youre not being fair or what kind of journalist are you? Im not a journalist. Im a hired liberal. So I dont have to both sides it. What I think is something I mean, and I revel in that at this moment. I would really hate to be sitting there saying, oh, well, Hunter Biden really shouldnt have had that job.

MEDIAITE: Theres a small group of progressives at Fox News. Do you offer some support or you do stay in touch or do you just sort of like theyre just another talent?

JT: Im definitely closest with Juan and Marie. Juan fills a mentor role for a lot of people in this building. And its something he takes really seriously. And hes wonderful at it. I mean, hes seen everything. Obviously, being a print journalist, moving into TV legend, and youre totally right. And he also in a tough environment where you are the outnumbered one, hes really good at helping you talk through the topics that youre gonna be discussing. Whats the best way to focus on what you really think is important? Its like I mentioned before. Sometimes if a lot of things are going on, you might not even get out the point that you wanted to make because youre busy addressing wherever the conversation went. And likewise, I think that Juan looks to me and to Marie and other progressives that are here to chat about the issues. But its kind of its a fun little fraternity party.

MEDIAITE: Media that covers media is a new thing. Are there moments where you or the set of Outnumbered immediately realize that this is gonna be up on Mediaite?

JT: I think about 90 percent of the time we know what happened, you know, and what kind of headline it will be like, blah, blah, blah, lets loose on or panel erupts over. So you can usually feel it coming. I genuinely feel like the majority of the talent here doesnt care. And its just part of the day.

MEDIAITE: Seems a slippery slope to obsess over the coverage

JT: And I think what people are most conscious of is if they have offended somebody that they care about. Right. Because you dont want to if you have to have a thick skin to do this anyway. But you dont necessarily want a post to go viral that pits you against your colleague in such a way that suddenly theyre being inundated with liberals saying youre terrible, so disrespectful and you dont want it to come in the reverse. And I assume my colleagues are conscious of that visa vis me.

MEDIAITE: After the lights go off, do you ever sort of meet up with people that youve had a spirited debate with and say, like, are we good?

JT: Im a big fan of extra talking and follow up. So I will pretty regularly send a note or a text and just say, like, You know, hope everything is cool. Nothing personal. Or to actually follow up on the point. Ive done that, too. Ive sent links then to whatever study I was citing. To say this is where I got my information out because the truthfulness of the way that you represent yourself on TV is all you have here So if youre putting out data and facts, which is how I like to do it. And if they get disputed on air, I want to make sure that I have a reputation for not making things up, because I think there are people across the whole spectrum of channels that are saying things that arent true.

MEDIAITE: Have you felt moments where you were just like felt like if I dont if we dont wrap this segment, Im gonna burst into tears, or just scream my head off, or youre just like, I cant deal with this anymore?

JT: There was a moment about when Cindy Hyde-Smith made those lynching comments where I just cant understand backing her up in any way whatsoever. And that thats frustrating. Or Im talking about the presidents racism has been something thats really personal for me. I made it clear from very early on that I believed him to be a racist. And there was a lot of evidence for it. Going back to not letting African-Americans live in Trump housing complexes up until the tweets that he sent about Elijah Cummings in Baltimore. But that was something that was really hard for me. Going back to what I said a little while ago about representing a majority viewpoint, the majority of Americans think the president is a racist. That shouldnt be a controversial thing to say at all, that it is the majority viewpoint.

MEDIAITE: And yet thats not really covered that much at Fox News. And so Im curious where do you think Fox is going editorially right now?

JT: Lynne Jordal Martin, who runs the opinion section, is fantastic and a huge advocate of mine. She always wants a Democratic voice on FoxNews.com and asks all of us to write regularly. But one thing that Fox does that, I cant say necessarily about all the other channels, at the same time is like a voice like mine is always there. The news and opinion side is obviously split, but during the day, much to the chagrin of a viewer, someone who thinks like me is showing up and being quite loud about it. So when there are these accusations of State TV I think to myself, I had half the airtime in that segment and I was calling the president a racist. How? How are you backing up that theory?

MEDIAITE: People here at Fox News treat you well.

JT: They do treat me well. Im not best friends with everybody, but I think that people who even abhor my political beliefs, they like me personally. Ive had a lot of dual pairings where its been consistent, like with Tomi Lahren and with Jesse Watters, with Kayleigh McEnany. Any. Those arent conservative wallflowers. They are really passionate about their beliefs and who will go for the jugular if they need to elbow. And I think theres also something thats changing a bit in 220 versus 2016. So I think in 2016 it was a lot of like Bernie flame-throwing types and that was the more appealing Democrat for TV clashes. But I think that if you can make good TV and if you can have a thoughtful argument about the real issues of the day from a more moderate position, which is where I consider myself to be so obviously a Democrat, a liberal part of a progressive coalition.

I think a lot of conservatives have found themselves on the back foot about that because they went in saying its impossible, you know, best economy ever. And guess what? People showed up and voted no one on health care and overwhelmingly said the Democrats were the people that they wanted to lead. Right.

MEDIAITE: Rapid fire to end it Yeah? Yes or no: Will Trump be impeached?

JT: Yes.

MEDIAITE: Will Trump be removed from office?

JT: No.

MEDIAITE: Who is will be the Democratic candidate in 2020?

JT: Joe Biden.

MEDIAITE: Who will be elected president in November 2012.

JT: Very worried it be President Trump. I said on air actually outnumber just a few minutes ago. I think its certainly over 50 percent odds. And I got big natural support from Chris Stirewalt. Well, I mean, its really hard to unseat a president.

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Indians who dwell in metropolitan cities do all sorts of important tasks during their daily long commutes. Chop vegetables in trains. Create sales presentations in cars. Complete hurried skincare routines like applying a Tea Tree and aloe-infused hydration face mask in a cab stuck in traffic. Now, due to well-established gender stereotypes, one might immediately picture a woman doing the last of these activities. But, in fact, it was a man behind that beauty mask. Hydrating sheet masks infused with all sorts of ingredients from honey to black mud and seaweed are all the rage among Indian women today, but men are not too far behind. One of the most frequently asked questions by men on beauty brand Innisfree Indias Instagram is Can men use sheet masks? Just to be sure, the answer is yes, they can.

Indian men are finally shedding some of the misplaced shame associated with personal grooming, skincare and beauty. After all, its only fair that men too get to be lovely. And given the fact that life today is increasingly lived and experienced online, often through rose-tinted filters, women and men are feeling the pressure to be selfie-ready 24/7.

According to market research firm Nielsen, 177 new male grooming brands or variants were launched between April 2018 and March 2019. The size of the branded male grooming segment has crossed the Rs 5,000 crore-mark in urban India. While shaving and face care products continue to account for over 50 per cent of the male grooming pie, new categories such as body care and hair care are also fuelling the growth.

The Korean brand Innisfrees marketing head in India, Mini Sood Banerjee, has been noticing some interesting trends in mens skincare routines. For instance, the company launched a sunscreen specially created for Indian men who care about complexion and sun damage, and the Green Tea range is one of the most popular among the brands male customer base as they want gentler products. Previously the only choice men had was to use what companies were pitching specifically to women or use that one-in-all lotion for all skin types, body parts and seasons. Says Banerjee, We have noticed that men usually check skincare routine videos online. But they arent very open to in-store trials yet. In that case, wed strongly recommend the brand try catching them in a taxi next time.

At Gurugram-based mens grooming brand The Man Company, founder and managing director Hitesh Dhingra tells us how the company is responding to the evolving needs of Indian men. We conduct a customer survey every six months, where not only do we ask for feedback on our products but we also ask what new products they would want us to introduce in our product portfolio. Thats the reason why we dont shy away from launching products which are as universal as beard and shaving products to something as functional as intimate care or tattoo care products.

The company is also changing its communication script. Recently, actor Ayushmann Khurrana came on board as the brands endorser and hes invested in the startup. Khurranas first film for the brand Gentleman kise kehte hai attempts to break preconceived notions about male grooming and beauty regimes, and also mocks the ad industry thats played a big role is perpetuating damaging stereotypes.

Talking about the line of communication, Dhingra says, To become a gentleman, how one looks or the choice of profession is irrelevant. What matters are the inherent qualities one possesses and the mindset of constant evolution. Its the kind of higher-order brand purpose that P&Gs Gillette has pushing for a while. But Gillette caused quite a storm with Is this the best men can be campaign, and since that close shave has returned to a much tamer #ManEnough campaign. The new approach celebrates local heroes and while at it shatters some behavior codes to create new ones like men cry too.

Mass Connection to Complexion

While men are opening up to hydrating, de-tanning, and masking, they are also more actively and openly seeking standard grooming and beauty services. UrbanClap, Indias largest services marketplace, recently launched its home mens grooming services in nine cities. According to Pratik Mukherjee, AVP - marketing, beauty and wellness at UrbanClap, We frequently got tweets and messages on Instagram from men enquiring if we had grooming services for them. The one thing we understood is that men in India are big standard maintainers. They want either a haircut or set/shave their beard. That itself is a large customer base for us.

From a content perspective, too, the mass segment is becoming more curious, says Ranveer Allahabadia who runs a YouTube channel called BeerBiceps. Allahabadia started by creating fitness content but now is creating more content in the grooming space. He says, Today, men are conscious about how they look. They want to have a sexy attitude. Also, they want to try things that they see on the Internet - from new hairstyles to balding treatments. Allahabadia who also co-founded Monk Entertainment, a digital content company, works with brands like WOW Skin Science and Nykaa. He tells us that the steepest growth in views and engagement is coming through Hindi-language grooming videos. An average Indian man wants to groom himself. His first research is an internet search. Thats why tips and trick videos are a hit for this segment, he says.

Veet, a depilatory products brand, recently forayed into the male grooming segment in India with the launch of Veet Men Hair Removal Cream. Pankaj Duhan, chief marketing officer, RB Health South Asia, tells Brand Equity the brand took a couple of years to develop the product and the biggest insight in the development phase came from women, surprisingly. According to our conversation with women, we understood that about 87% of them want men to take care of their appearance. 70% of women said they are put off by men with excessive body hair. In fact, men wanted more DIY solutions to get rid of their body hair.

Duhan also agrees that the definition of masculinity is evolving and with it the consumers preferences; Men today want to feel good about themselves. Therefore, it was important for us to design a product especially for men and deliver the solutions they are looking for. Solutions that are easy to use, with better results, and pain-free. Hot wax has made many shed tears.

However, Prathish Nair, founder and chief business architect, Transcend Brand Consulting, thinks that brands need to take a deeper look at the category. The masculine image code is a response to the contemporary cultural, social and political factors. The representation of a mans image is in no way simple but rather as complex as the image of a woman. He thinks companies should actually design for men from the ground up. These should be nothing like what you would currently find and are not just womens products with a For Men label slapped on the front of it or merely reproductions of international bestsellers. As the famous LOral brand line goes: Because youre worth it, man.

The Mens Makeup War

Earlier this year, War Paint, a male vegan beauty brand, released a video of its campaign on Twitter with a caption: We couldn't find a make-up brand formulated specifically for men's skin; so we created one. In the short video, a heavily tattooed and muscular man was seen showering before applying products to his face and putting on a skull ring. Twitter users criticized the brand for its use of overtly masculine imagery by focusing more on the males physique than the actual products. The video was eventually taken down.

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Should large institutional investors divest or engage if they have an issue with a company? Harvard Business School professor Vikram Gandhi discusses why and how CalSTRS, the $200 billion pension plan for California public school teachers, chooses to engage with gun makers and retailers in California in his case, CalSTRS Takes on Gun Violence.

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BRIAN KENNY: 2017 was a milestone year, but for all the wrong reasons, because that year marked the first time that more people were killed by firearms than in car accidents. It was also a record breaking year when a shooter in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, setting a new record for death toll in a mass shooting. And in 2017, 2,500 school children died from gun-related injuries. A report released in September of 2019 by Congresss Joint Economic Committee found that teens and adults in the U.S. are 50 times more likely to die by gun violence than they are in other countries. The report highlights the fact that, in addition to the staggering human toll, gun violence carries substantial economic costs that include lost income and spending, employer costs, police and criminal justice responses, and healthcare treatment. In the five states with the highest rate of gun deaths that year, the report estimates the economic toll to have been $17.5 billion dollars. Today, well hear from professor Vikram Gandhi about his case entitled, CalSTRS Takes on Gun Violence. Im your host, Brian Kenny, and youre listening to Cold Call, recorded live in Klarman Hall Studio at Harvard Business School. In addition to teaching at Harvard Business School, Vikram Gandhi is the founder of Asha Impact, an impact investing platform. He also spent 23 years in investment banking, so you know a thing or two about economics, Im guessing Vikram? Thanks for joining us today.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Thank you. Thank you Brian.

BRIAN KENNY: Great to have you here. This is sadly a case thats sort of ripped from the headlines. Were reading about this every day. People are experiencing it far more often than they should, the episodes of gun violence in our country. I think they will be able to really relate to this case, and it does give a sort of a glimmer of hope about maybe another way to get at this problem that doesnt rely on a political system that just seems completely mired and unable to move on it. Im going to ask you to start the way we usually do here. Can you just sort of set up the case for us? Whos the protagonist and whats on his mind?

VIKRAM GANDHI: CalSTRS is the California Public Teachers Retirement System. Its the largest pension plan in the US for teachers. Its based in California. Essentially, they have assets under management of a little over $225 billion, and so from their perspective, they are a diversified financial services firm. But beyond the fiduciary obligations of generating financial returns, they do view themselves, given their position, given their size, of having a broader objective and what we call more conscious capitalism, if you will. The stage here really was in a context of the course that weve developed and teacher at the Harvard Business School, which is investing risk return and impact, then in addition to the traditional metrics of analyzing investments from a risk return standpoint, how do large investors, whether it be in the public markets or the private markets, bring in impact into the equation? For large institutions, shareholders like CalSTRS, having influence on the companies that they invest in is important, and the influence takes two forms. One is a values, its an expression of values. But equally if not more importantly, its value. So, if they feel that there are things that companies should do to improve long-term value, to reduce long-term risk, they will be much more active in the investment process. The case is really set about the fact to kind of get this across to students, which is the whole objective of large institutional investors could do two things when they have an issue with a company. They could divest or they could engage. This case is about a large investor like CalSTRS choosing to engage with an industry, even though they were getting a lot of pressure within California, as teachers, theyre the pensioners, the actual employees. As you rightfully said at the start here, all the shootings at the schools. There was quite a bit of pressure from the teachers to kind of sell all these stocks and get out of them. CalSTRS view was that by just divesting, are we actually going to achieve anything or should we engage? That was the big debate. Thats a debate that happens not just in gun control, its happening. Its a massive debate happening at fossil fuels. Its happened in the past in tobacco and theres still a debate around that. Thats the broader context of the case.

BRIAN KENNY: Weve had you on the show before, so thank you for coming back. I guess it wasnt too bad the first time. Thats good.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Its my pleasure to be here.

BRIAN KENNY: Im curious as to how this case relates to your research. Why did you decide to write about CalSTRS?

VIKRAM GANDHI: The research that we have is the engagement by large institutional shareholders. As I said, the key issue here in terms of our research on the course is that should big pools of capital have an objective of generating returns, which is their fiduciary obligation, but also making a difference. As I said, making a difference, not just from the point of view of values, but a point of view that if you are a long-term shareholder like CalSTRS is, you have to influence outcomes, which would reduce risk over time. So as far as gun manufacturers and gun distributors go, there is a big risk over time, a societal risk, the risk of all the things that youve mentioned at the start of the program. They could either just get out of it and not deal with the issue, but they chose to engage.

BRIAN KENNY: We here being in a higher education environment as we are, we feel the same kind of tension for Harvard and where it invests.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Thats right. I mean, just at the Harvard College commencement at the speakers day in May, I was in the audience, and Vice President Gore within five minutes was making a case as to how the Harvard endowment should sell fossil fuel stocks. Thats a big debate. Just last week, Bill Gates basically as an interview with the Financial Times said, Well, by divesting, youre not changing anything. But by engaging or investing in new energy related technologies, you may be able to actually make a difference.

BRIAN KENNY: And thats at the heart of this case.

VIKRAM GANDHI: The pros for the divestment case though, just from the other side, is that if enough people sell stocks that there would be pressure on companies to justify the existence. A big example thats given is apartheid. There was a huge push on the part of both investors and there were obviously broader issues to get out of stocks that companies that did business with South Africa. I think that was a large component. People will use that as an example that if theres enough pressure put on by selling and through various other sources, that could make a difference in behavior.

BRIAN KENNY: And thats kind of come up a little bit later in our discussion, too. Just for people who arent familiar with CalSTRS. I was surprised at just the sheer size of them. California is a big state, but boy. Can you describe them a little bit?

VIKRAM GANDHI: CalSTRS is a, as I said, about 225 billion. Its a diversified, professionally-run investment organization, but that governance structure is such, because they are a public pension plan, is that theyve got some teachers representatives on the board, theyve got political representatives on the board, some of the ex-officio members who work there on the board. Its a governance structure which is complicated and with a lot of different people with a lot of different objectives. Essentially, the CIO, Chris Ailman, doesnt have an easy job. Hes got to keep on balancing a whole bunch of different things. But the fundamental issue is theyve got to generate enough return to pay the pensioners from this deal.

BRIAN KENNY: Got to pay the bills, right?

VIKRAM GANDHI: Got to pay the bills.

BRIAN KENNY: Theyve got almost a million pensioners that they represent?

VIKRAM GANDHI: That is correct. Yeah. Yeah.

BRIAN KENNY: Many of whom I would assume, being teachers, being in the educational space, would probably be sympathetic to this notion, but they also want their returns to be good on their pensions.

VIKRAM GANDHI: The gun issue has come kind of to the forefront the last few years, but tobacco has been an issue for a long period of time. The California pension plans had divested off tobacco for the reasons I said. But they did do an analysis recently, which is in the case, that as a result of not investing or basically having divestment strategies for tobacco, and some things they have to divest because legislation requires them to divest. I will not invest in companies, and its by legislation. You know, companies doing business in a certain which the US dont want to do business with. Was the last year of returns was like $6 billion and a big chunk of that would have been tobacco stocks. The question then becomes, well, all right, that money, by divesting off tobacco stocks, you underperformed by few billion. But from a long-term risk-management perspective, you shouldnt own those stocks. But now I know one of the other pension plans, CalPERS is also evaluating whether they should have divested off tobacco stock and whatever they should get back into them.

BRIAN KENNY: Its complicated, like you said.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Its very, very complicated. Then some of the politicians will have one perspective. The teachers that have another perspective. The people who are professionally running the organization from a money management perspective will say, Hey look, I need to generate a return to pay you guys. Its all much more complicated than just running a regular asset management company.

BRIAN KENNY: How does it perform overall? Historically how has it gone??

VIKRAM GANDHI: So, their target over time is to have a return of 7% or more, and on average they have outperformed that.

BRIAN KENNY: Okay. They manage a lot of funds. Im sure they work with a lot of fund managers and doing that. How much clout do they have in sort of engaging in those relationships?

VIKRAM GANDHI: They are big investors, so size helps. They have a lot of clout and theyve been very active, for example, in the whole issue of engagement. They started off with things like transparency in reporting in climate, impact on climate. Theyve had a big push on board diversity. They had in 2017 a campaign around disclosure of climate data, and engaged with the hundred most companies they felt were not disclosing the information. Nearly 30, 40% of them as a result of that engagement started disclosing. I think they have a lot of clout in the market.

BRIAN KENNY: Theyre one of these firms that we would look at as an ESG. The last discussion that you and I had was around a similar kind of fund. For people who arent familiar with ESG, can you describe what that is?

VIKRAM GANDHI: ESG stands for environmental, societal, and governance factors. This is bringing in ESG the environment, the impact on society in different ways, as well as good governance into the investment equation. Again, if you were to step back and just think of it logically. If youre a long-term investor and you dont factor those things in, you probably are making bad investment decisions. But until now there really has not been that much data thats been kind of supplied by companies to evaluate that, and theres a big push around that. Thats where the transparency should come in. But also, theres more and more evidence that companies that focus on the four or five ESG things that matter to their business. ESG factors in financial services are different than technology or different in consumer product companies. But if you focus on the ESG factors that matter to their business, they do outperform within a period of time. And so, incorporating these factors in is become quite an important initiative of the asset management industry.

BRIAN KENNY: You look at organizations like this a lot. I mean, I wonder how many people think about ESG as sort of a, Oh, this is the soft, squishy side and theyre not looking at returns, theyre concerned about morals and values, and probably write it off as a result of that. Is that a tension that exists here?

VIKRAM GANDHI: I think that used to be a tension. I think were moving away from that for a few reasons. One is that, first of all, theres a lot of demand on the part of investors to push this. There have been studies done on millennials and how millennials are much more focused on ESG issues. Theres now more and more data which suggests that if you dont include ESG analysis you probably are not making good investment decisions. I think while there are still a lot of skeptics that this is the flavor of the day, I think were kind of beyond that. Its moved from being a due diligence, tick the box issue. If I talk to a lot of the large institutional investors like CalSTRS, they have incorporated ESG into that core risk management, long-term risk management, which is part of this engagement with the gun companies. But theyve also started to think about incorporating ESG to find alpha, so actually to outperform the market. There are a couple of other instances of asset managers who have been using ESG to find undervalued companies, and as a result of generally consistent alpha over the last five, ten years.

BRIAN KENNY: So, returns, results will really make the case for this.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Results, exactly.

BRIAN KENNY: Lets go back to CalSTRS for a minute. When they chose to divest of tobacco that was probably a very controversial decision at the time. We mentioned that they took a financial hit as a result of that. Did that give them trepidation kind of going into this next decision that they had to make?

VIKRAM GANDHI: I think it did. The pension plans also just given their size cannot be seen as being too off the index. So, if they divest of companies, which as they say, that reduces the tracking error or increases the tracking error or the index, then that causes them problems. Maybe tobacco was one of those. But then tobacco when it happened, was really a political thing. I think somebody was running for governor at the time and basically had them divest tobacco stocks and then use that as a platform to promote health, his health objectives, et cetera. Then I think they didnt really change that. There was a debate. I think there were some public hearings where a lot of the pension has said, Why are we in gun stocks? Why does our pension plan own gun stocks, whether it be manufacturers or distributors? They came to the view that a gun manufacturer, thats what they do. By not being there to engage with them, theyre not going to go away, unless everybody stops buying gun stocks. The cost of capital doesnt go up, nothing goes up. And so, a gun company is going to be manufacturing guns. For the distributors, this is a big source of revenue. And so by us divesting, thats not going to change, so why not engage in a way that could make the gun industry safer?

BRIAN KENNY: What were they hoping to achieve? How were they hoping to do that?

VIKRAM GANDHI: Its really through the proxy process and through engagement with senior management to the extent theyre willing to engage. But its the proxy process. And so what CalSTRS did was they said we dont want to be the only ones doing it, so they brought together 14 large investors, which together with CalSTRS represented $5 trillion worth of assets. A lot of those discussions happened here at the Harvard Business School. We had actually helped initiate that. In fact, it was one of our students, Christy Wood, who was a senior executive of CalPERS. She was at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard and she wasnt in our investing for impact class when we were talking about this, this was in 2017. Thats where she took the lead along with Sean Cole, myself, and a few others, and worked with Chris Ailman on this. We were kind of the convening agent, if you will, to get it going. Then they brought the 14 investors in and have come out with these principles of a responsible civilian firearms industry.

BRIAN KENNY: What are the principles?

VIKRAM GANDHI: There are basically five principles which deal with the whole supply chain of the industry. A couple of them are for the manufacturers of essentially focusing on safer guns, improving the technology and improving the R&D, making them safer. Reducing gun manufacturing, that is more on the automated side in terms of civilian distribution. Then on the distribution side is to educate employees on improving background checks. Basically if you go through the five, its around either improving the technology of guns to make them safer or its about educating and actually implementing. Because the gun companies cant change the regulation. Thats a separate discussion in the legislature. But what the gun companies can do is implement what is their right now, which is educating employees, doing the right kind of background checks. Because most of these cases, which at least is my understanding, is that most of the cases where guns have been used in these cases, the background check wasnt done correctly or something happened. Which would not have happened if things had been done correctly. There are some very practical suggestions and there are five principles. The idea was, and they have been doing it this proxy season, the last three or four months, of engaging with the companies through the proxy process or directly with managements on those principles.

BRIAN KENNY: How do the gun manufacturers react to this?

VIKRAM GANDHI: In the case, we have a couple of situations. This is before the case, while the case was written, but in the last proxy season in 2018, we have two gun manufacturers there which had proposals from shareholders which talk about disclosing what the gun manufacturers are doing to make gun distribution safer and technology safer, and to just report that on a more broad basis.

BRIAN KENNY: Thats them reporting out what theyre doing?

VIKRAM GANDHI: Them reporting what theyre doing and also putting out actions that they plan to do, et cetera. These were shareholder proposals, not management proposals. Both the proposals at these companies had got a majority vote, but the companies still are not bound to do it and they didnt do it. Right? Because of the US shareholder proposals. Thats partly what triggered them to say, Okay, we need to have lots of investors coming together, come up with some principles, and make things happen.

BRIAN KENNY: Because they have the leverage.

VIKRAM GANDHI: They have the leverage. So this last season, still the proxy season hasnt completed, but my understanding is that both the distributors and the gun manufacturers in certain situations are focusing on the five principles and working towards them.

BRIAN KENNY: Theyre coming around, it sounds like?

VIKRAM GANDHI: Theyre coming around, but this is a slow process. Changes through proxy and by large institutional shareholders, it took a long time for the energy companies to start disclosing what their impact on clients is. It took maybe four or five years. The hope is this will just be a shorter process.

BRIAN KENNY: You referenced apartheid earlier. There was a sort of a playbook for them to refer to when they developed their own principles. Can you describe that?

VIKRAM GANDHI: The playbook is that investors have a big influence as you said, but the fact is that there will be other investors who dont really bother by these things. If they think its a good financial investment, theyre going to make the investment. What the hope here is that when combined with large investors doing this, combined with, as you know, theres a lot of debate in Washington about this, just the public coming behind this, that there will be bold behavioral change on the part of companies. I mean, youve seen the recent announcements by Walmart and some of the other distributors, that people will come around to this, and that collectively, as it did in the case of apartheid, things will change.

BRIAN KENNY: Is this a situation where a CalSTRS could reach out to places like Walmart, the people who are actually selling the guns, and try to enlist them in the same effort?

VIKRAM GANDHI: When I say manufacturing and distributors, the distributors are the Walmarts of the world, right? Thats where the guns are sold. Its about improving point of sale checks, point of sale background checks, basically educating employees that when someone comes in and if you feel through various questions, et cetera, that this person perhaps we should be careful about selling a gun to them, they should alert the right people within the sales process. There are things like that. They have been very focused on improving some of those metrics.

BRIAN KENNY: Im just curious, how do you keep something like this from becoming politicized and particularly in the current climate that were in?

VIKRAM GANDHI: I think its very hard. Where the investors are coming from is that theyre not expressing a political point of view here. I mean, theyre not saying we shouldnt have gun manufacturers. Theyre not saying killing the distribution to distribute guns. Theyre saying within the context of the industry as it exists today, long-term risk management of these companies, theres a long-term risk that if things are not done correctly, that those industries, there could be a massive backfire on those industries, both from a legislative perspective and a public perspective. Therefore, they should proactively as long-term management be thinking about making these changes. Theyve been very, very careful of, this is not a question of we are against the gun industry.

BRIAN KENNY: The case doesnt get into this at all, but Im wondering has the NRA had any kind of a role in this?

VIKRAM GANDHI: No, they have not. They have not.

BRIAN KENNY: Okay. Have you discussed this in class before?

VIKRAM GANDHI: We taught this case in our last class, because we finished writing it in October last year. We taught it in November just after the principal. The principals came out in November, 2018 and we taught the case, and Chris Ailman came to the class.

BRIAN KENNY: I dont want you to give away any big secrets, but were there any insights that you didnt expect?

VIKRAM GANDHI: Yes and no. I mean, it was interesting that the class, while you make the case for engagement, there was quite a few people who felt that we should divest. And if all investors came behind and divested, you would actually have more of an immediate impact. I was surprised by the number of people who felt that way. As I said, there was Vice President Gore making the case over here. But the point really, what I think we didnt come to a conclusion was, again, which one is better, because both of them take lots of time. Both of them actually involve large pools of capital coming together to work together towards a common objective.

BRIAN KENNY: And if you assume that the gun industry is going to continue to operate, whether you divest or not and theyre going to continue to be people who want to buy guns, then engaging seems like a more effective stance to take.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Thats what a lot of folks who are against the other big hot button right now is fossil fuel, sale of companies that have fossil fuel. As I mentioned before, Bill Gates and others have come out well by selling fossil fuel stocks, are you changing behavior? Especially since a lot of actual investment buy into renewables can actually come from those companies. As they change, theyre the generating focus. Would it not be better to engage in that discussion?

BRIAN KENNY: Do you think this is kind of the next phase in the evolution of ESG? Ive been hearing our faculty talk about this for more than a decade now, and it started out as kind of a reporting thing, and lets be transparent. This feels to me much more significant as a way to apply leverage than just reporting.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Absolutely. I think people have realized that this is long-term risk management, and that there is opportunity to generate alpha. As a result, theres a lot more focus on this. Thats coming from the suppliers of capital, the asset owners. Its coming from more better data, et cetera. And its also coming from more tangible evidence that being engaged in these topics does produce risk and potentially increase returns.

BRIAN KENNY: To your point earlier, it addresses the sort of values sensibility of this millennial generation who are going to be the majority of our workers in no time at all.

VIKRAM GANDHI: We are also seeing activists. CalSTRS for example, they wrote a letter to Apple, which we also have another case on, early last year. They werent being hostile or anything, but it was a public letter. They laid out all the evidence which shows that child addiction to screens is becoming a big medical issue both in terms of physical and mental health of children. And that for a company like Apple not to do something about controlling screen time is a long-term risk to the stock.

VIKRAM GANDHI: I dont know if you recall, but last summer suddenly you found that there was an update on the app, and you had screen time limits, and you could actually adjust.

BRIAN KENNY: Yes. That was a result of that? Oh?

VIKRAM GANDHI: They never promised that was a result of that, but that letter went out in January. Again, it wasnt anything about, well, we are here for the health of the people, et cetera. It was pretty hard-nosed. At long-term, if you dont do something about screen addiction, its going to come back and bite you. I think as a result of that, now you go on and parents can control the amount of time, they can track which app is being used the most, and why, and the apps shut off after a couple of hours if thats how its programmed on the phone.

BRIAN KENNY: Its a different way of sort of getting at this is the right thing to do, not just because its the right thing to do morally, but its the right thing to do from a risk management perspective.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Correct. The pension plans particularly and the endowments have to be very focused on that because they have a fiduciary obligation, so they cannot be actually investing or doing things or not investing because of values. What they can be doing is bringing in ESG, because long-term its a risk management issue, which is an important fiduciary obligation of the pension plan.

BRIAN KENNY: Vikram, thanks so much for joining us.

VIKRAM GANDHI: Thank you, Brian. Pleasure.

BRIAN KENNY: Thanks for listening to Cold Call. I want to let you know about the newest podcast from Harvard Business School, Climate Rising. Its about what businesses can and should do to confront climate change. In each episode, host David Abel of the Boston Globe gleans insights from HBS faculty, business leaders, and policy makers who are pioneering new ways of doing business in the age of climate change. Its produced by our Business & Environment Initiative and you can find it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Im Brian Kenny and youve been listening to Cold Call, an official podcast of Harvard Business School, and part of the HBR Presents network.

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