Big issues of social justice are big business for corporate ‘citizens’

Caveat: Housing policy a hot topic for tech sector. Also: INM fights back; rickshaw row

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave: becoming more and more like Michael O’Leary by the day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave: becoming more and more like Michael O’Leary by the day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave riffed at a press conference this week about political corruption and the Irish housing crisis, it reminded me of just how enthusiastic the corporate sector has become for aligning itself with social justice movements.

There was a time when businesses would run a mile from such debates. No more. Whether it is Twitter calling for a Yes vote in the Irish same-sex marriage referendum, Cosgrave holding court on housing (and, by extension, the linked homelessness crisis) or Google paying for coding lessons for women and minorities, big social issues are now for big business.

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