Facebook Encourages a $15 Wage and Other Benefits

Facebook is taking a stand to increase wages. In a statement, COO Sheryl Sandberg described new standards for companies who want to do business with Facebook. The first paragraph is shown here: FB minimum wage

Sandberg writes that this is "the right thing to do for our business and our community." She also mentions, "We've been working on these changes for some months and had originally planned to announce this last Monday." Monday was May 4; sadly, Sandberg's husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, passed suddenly on May 1. 

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Discussion Starters: 

  • What's your view of Facebook's position? Why would the company jump into this controversial debate? Consider Sandberg's history. 
  • Is it fair for Facebook to require these standards of its suppliers? What are the potential consequences? Read the entire post, so you know what the company is requiring. 
  • Why did Sandberg mention the company's original date for the announcement? How do you expect people to react to this?