Weekly Refresh: Zillow’s LGBTQ Feature, Amazon’s Climate Push, and More

June 29, 2020
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Microsoft to invest $150M in diversity and inclusion efforts. It plans to double the number of Black employees holding positions as managers and leaders. It also announced that it plans to spend $500 million over the next three years to double the number of Black-owned approved suppliers it works with, among other initiatives. [Built In Seattle]

Amazon to invest $2B in sustainable product companies. This is part of its commitment to The Climate Pledge, which is a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Amazon is on track to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. [Built In Seattle]

Zillow listings to show LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Only 22 states have laws protecting LBGTQ people against housing discrimination. Its listings will now show information for housing, employment and public accommodations broken out by sexual orientation and gender identity. [LGBTQ Nation]

CMG raised $25M. Its platform connects investors and underwriters and provides data analytics to users. Barclays, Citi, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs and more contributed to the Series B. [Built In Seattle]

Microsoft announced change in its retail operations. This includes closing Microsoft Store physical locations. It plans to continue to invest in digital innovations and solutions. [Press Release]

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