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Practicing What You Preach: A Lesson for Walmart's Bosses

Cobus de Swardt | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business
Cobus de Swardt

Allegations that Walmart paid millions of dollars in bribes to build up its empire in Mexico should act as a warning sign to corporations everywhere. A culture of bribery in a subsidiary is unacceptable, but failing to deal with it would be even worse.

The Stealing of America: The Incestuous Relationship Between Government and Corporate America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Don't let this corporate exodus from ALEC fool you into thinking that these corporations have grown a conscience or that they have given up on influencing the political process.

Corporations Plan for Post-Middle-Class America

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Bernard Starr

American business has eliminated untold numbers of other middle class jobs. That's why the employment and housing markets are struggling, food stamp use is at an all-time high and the ranks of the working poor are swelling, while corporate profits soar.

Do You Really Think Your Vote Counts?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today, it doesn't really matter who the President is or who is in Congress because big corporations run our government.

Getting Past Stuck With Diversity & Inclusion

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

I fear that leaders of the business world today are like Moses and the Israelites. Wandering the wilderness for 40 years, going around and around the ...

Afghan Fund Launched As Orphans Visit New York

Jim Luce | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

With the American presence in Afghanistan shaken in the horrific wake of Quran burnings, the death of innocent civilians and indications that the Amer...

At Many Companies That Glass Ceiling Is Far From Being Shattered

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business

* Women paid more than men in some industries * 4.5 pct of execs at mid-cap companies are women * Media best, autos wors...

Culture of Predation: That Goldman Sachs Exposé Barely Scratches the Surface

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week people have been buzzing about Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith's high-profile resignation from Goldman and his description of the way tha...

5 Sticky Situations Women Face At Work

SavySugar | Posted 03.06.2012 | Women

Working in corporate America, you're bound to encounter a difficult communication situation or two with your manager -- from asking for vacation time ...

Unconscious Bias: It Starts With You and Me

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

During a recent discussion with a colleague and friend who is a Ph.D. Associate Professor at a highly-esteemed university's School of Management, the prevalence of our unconscious biases slapped us both in the face.

Unconscious Bias: It Starts With You and Me

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

I challenge you to take the IAT -- today. Why? So you can start touching your truth. Enough of the political correctness... let's tell the truth for a change. The truth is that each of us holds biases, and these biases impact the way that we see people who are different from us.

Eric A. Olsen: Bright Ideas

Red Room | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Red Room

Maybe what the nation needs right now are more MFAs in those corner offices and fewer MBAs.

How Does a Conservative Evangelical Become a Corporate Tool Supporting a System That Coerces Apple's Suppliers' Workers to Have Abortions?

William K. Black | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
William K. Black

Honest American suppliers, managers, and workers will be the losers unless and until we break the dynamic under which cheaters prosper and fraudulent CEOs and corrupt heads of state become wealthy by cooperating to craft crony capitalism.

Almost 400 Former House Staffers Registered to Lobby in Last Two Years

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

In many respects, Congress continues to operate as a farm team for future lobbyists. Staff build up contacts and policy and political expertise. Then they often go "downtown" and cash in, taking their expertise and networks with them.

The President's Corporate Tax Reform Message: Say What?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

We have a debate between the right -- Republicans like Mitt Romney who would cut corporate taxes and ask them to pay less -- and a business-friendly, centrist president who won't call on corporations to pay more. "Fair share?" -- not so much.

Financial Sector Leads Brands With Plunging Reputations

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

The U.S. economy may have exited 2011 on an upswing but it looks like the year left most Americans feeling worse about corporate America. Just 20 p...

Negative Label or Positive Lever? You Choose How to Use It.

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.14.2012 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

With all the big moments experienced by the black community in the last 20 years, it's easy for us (as a society) to believe that all is well -- that we have "arrived" at equality. Sadly, the truth is, in Corporate America, we certainly have not arrived at equality for African Americans.

The Cost Of "Doing The Right Thing"

Patricia Harned | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Patricia Harned

It's not too late to add one more New Year's resolution, a commitment to building an ethical culture at our places of employment where whistleblowers are encouraged and supported

Does a Trade-off Need to Stay a Trade-off?

Roger Martin | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Roger Martin

Will there continue to be trade-offs between shareholder value maximization and social good? Absolutely. We live in an imperfect world. Does there have to be a trade-off between the two in all instances? Only if we collectively decide to make it so. Let's not.

A Climate of Change: Corporate Greed, Creativity, and the Shift

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Tiffany Crawford

Companies that refuse to take heed are killing themselves, and the harder they fight the Shift, the faster they will go down. There is no need to fight them, as an opponent anyway.

Krugman: Businessmen Don't Have Any Special Insight Into Crafting Economic Policy

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

"And greed -- you mark my words -- will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A." That's how the fic...

2012: A Political Economy Year

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The politics and political norms of the U.S. are shifting as the economy has already shifted. 2012 looks set to be the year when this dramatically emerges.

The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, But Who It's For

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

"Big government" isn't the problem. The problem is big money is taking over government.

Can a Green Company Have a Dirty Labor Record?

Tom Dalzell | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Tom Dalzell

The truly green companies I've worked with understand that no industry is sustainable when its workers are disposable.

Putting People Back to Work: Time for Corporate America to Step Up?

Terry Newell | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
Terry Newell

So if the government and consumers lack the money to spend, and if what Wall Street spends does not lead to much job growth, is 2012 a lost cause? Not according to an intriguing proposal by William Lucy, Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at UVA.