For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet

For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. Like any good immigrant, I know on which bodega shelves to find the food portals to my childhood. I know where to turn, where to crouch, where to bow before the ready-made boxes to make Colombian buñuelos, pandebonos, pandeyucas and arepas. But the one food item I cannot find in San Francisco is the candy of my childhood. I grew, as we say in Colombia, a punta de Bon Bon Bum. The strawberry lollipop was such a central part of my diet, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was made of equal parts Valle del Cauca sugar and red dye No.40. Bon Bon Bums (pronounced like the French bonbon and the English “boom”) are lollipops with a gum center made in tropical flavors commonly found in the country (maracuyá, watermelon, lulo, pineapple, mango). They are the star product of Colombina, the nation’s beloved candy company. Bon Bon Bums are exported to 90 countries, including all of South America, the Caribbean and even Papua New Guinea and China. In much of Latin America, the phras...

Ethics In The Digital Age: Protect Others’ Data As You Would Your Own

It has been a year since the European Union implemented its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a landmark privacy law aimed at curtailing the widespread use of personal information – without the full understanding or consent of the people concerned– for monetary gain, especially by major tech companies. What seemed bold and daring in 2018 is being emulated all over the world in 2019, and in some cases even promoted by the same tech companies which GDPR was initially meant to target. California, the home of Silicon Valley and epicenter of the data economy, approved a similar law last year that will go into effect in 2020. As these regulations proliferate, finance professionals will have to contend with an ever-increasing thicket of new compliance requirements when handling the data of consumers, clients and employees. But such regulatory changes should prompt more than just compliance concerns. There is a reason why data privacy and protection have become such important political issues and have generated widespread support for stricter regulations: at heart, companies’ misuse of data is a profound ethical issue. And due to their unique role in processing and analyzing da...