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Thumbs up: Mark Zuckerberg leads the way on philanthropy

Indian restaurant Pappadavada and Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya join Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on this month’s thumbs up list for effective leadership. Thumbs down goes to 7-Eleven, Priceline CEO Darren Huston, and Portico/PwC high-heel scandal in the UK.


Many food retailers and wholesalers donate unsold produce to charities but Minu Pauline’s Pappadavada restaurant in Kochi in southern India goes a step further. It has an operating refrigerator on the footpath outside the business, which it stocks with 50 free meals for the poor each day. The public can also leave food, so long as it’s neatly packaged and marked with a date.

Hamdi Ulukaya

The 2000 employees of US yoghurt maker Chobani are rejoicing in the news that company founder Hamdi Ulukaya will be granting them shares – 10 per cent of the company’s worth [conservatively set at US$3 billion] – when it’s sold or publicly listed. Ulukaya said it’s about giving the workers an ownership stake in the company. The average employee payout would be US$150,000.

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