The next time you search on Google for a dishwasher or dryer, you may see a new energy-efficient option on the screen. Look up driving directions on Google Maps, and a path will appear, with a tiny leaf, showing the most fuel-efficient route.
These features are part of a barrage of updates Alphabet Inc.’s Google introduced on Wednesday designed to steer people toward more environmentally friendly decisions. The overhauls include features for consumer searches on flights, hotels, finance, home appliances and electric vehicles. Google is also revamping search results for queries related to climate change, displaying select material from science agencies and news outlets rather than its standard links.
“Individually, these choices might feel small,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer, said during a virtual presentation. “But when you multiply them together across our products, it’s going to equal big transformations for the planet.”
Some 50 corporations have stood up, putting their names forward, in opposition to the new Texas state law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time.
Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.
When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.
The economic losses from existing abortion restrictions, including labor force impact and earnings, already cost the State of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually. Nationally, state-level restrictions cost state economies $105 billion dollars per year.*
Simply put, policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.
The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.
We stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.
Co-signers of the statement, which was circulated by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups, include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Bumble, The Body Shop, Yelp, Lyft, and others.
Several other large American employers, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have not added their names to the document.