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How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're gettin...

Zach Carter

Obama Fires Back At Elizabeth Warren And Trade Critics, Escalating Democratic Feud

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Democratic critics of his trade agenda on Friday, accusin...

Changing the Label for Good

BRAC | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
BRAC

By Tanvir Hossain Adapted from article originally posted on the BRAC Blog The name Rana Plaza has become synonymous with Bangladesh. The eight-st...

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Your Easter Basket Has More Power Than You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween. That's a lot of chocolate going into Easter baskets across the country, and it's a huge opportunity for consumers to make a difference in farmers' lives.

Cookie Doughprah Winfrey and S'moria Steinem: 10 Solutions to Ben & Jerry's Women Problem

Amanda McCall | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women
Amanda McCall

There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).

The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee: Hint, It's Not What You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Fair Trade USA

There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focu...

Chocolate Causes for Passover: Season of Freedom

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Passover's chocolate layers new causes onto age-old themes of freedom, peoplehood and monotheism. Recent campaigns have responded to the need for chocolate that is both kosher for the festival and also fair trade certified. Until 2012 it was not possible to find both.

It's Time to Get Acquainted with Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts
Kate Oberdorfer

Now is the time to become acquainted with Cuba. Read the Cuban authors, listen to the Cuban musicians, go see Malpaso perform in one of their three cities, or if you're in New York in April, attend the Havana Film Festival.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

How 'Harry Potter' Fans Won Their War Against Child Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

The fictional world of "Harry Potter" has made a profound impact on human rights in Muggle society. And it used chocolate to do it. Warner Bros...

Improving the Lives of Farm Workers in Mexico: A Shared Responsibility

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

There are still many challenges, but a lot has changed already -- just in the last 10 years child labor has become almost unheard of on many of the bigger export farms, and more groups are now complying with Mexican labor laws. But of course, more can be done.

Chocolatiers Raising the Bar When It Comes to Hanukkah Gelt

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn't even mention Hanukkah gelt. That is, until one woman at the New Jersey get-together shared her thoughts on the subject.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

5 Globally Inspired Gifts That Make a World of Difference

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Cari E. Guittard

Every year I search high and low for globally inspired gifts that also make a difference. In part to encourage global learning and traveling as well ...

26 Inspiring Gifts To Share With Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Religion inspires people to do amazing things -- whether it’s forming an interfaith coffee collective in Uganda or repurposing metals used for war i...

A $10 Million Blow to Fair Trade: How a Grant to Fair Trade USA May Take Down a Movement

Dana Geffner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

In theory, news of Bob Stiller's challenge grant should have the fair trade movement jumping up and down. Instead, many of us are wondering if this may be the final blow to the meaningful fair trade that we have advocated for so long.

It's Going to Be a Fair Trade Christmas

Susan Price | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Susan Price

Every year when stores start blasting Christmas music even before I've finished the Halloween candy, I whine about rushing the season. But when I walked into the grocery store last week and heard Jingle Bells, I thought: ornaments!

How to Maximize Your Charitable Impact This Holiday Season

Fair Trade USA | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

The holidays are upon us. As we stock up on gifts for loved ones, many of us are also thinking about donating to a cause -- whether by giving time or money.

The Tote Project: Fashion for Freedom

Michelle Baker | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Michelle Baker

October is fair trade month. For the past five days, I've been sitting with images from a video, Hold On To Hope -- an ad for The Tote Project, a fair trade business started by two friends that serves to empower victims of sex and human trafficking.

Food Day Highlights Injustices Connected to the Food Supply

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Each of us could participate in efforts to right wrongs by protecting our children from the selfish ploys of food manufacturers and restaurants, shifting our food purchases in the direction of organic and Fair Trade foods, and patronizing restaurants that pay decent wages.

Craft Chocolate Sourced and Produced in Africa Fairly and Directly

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Think of the bean-to-bar movement as being in the early stages of the craft beer movement. In fact, many are referring to it as craft chocolate.

How Code Empowers Social Good: The Ben & Jerry's Story

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 10.14.2014 | Huffpost Code
Saeed Jabbar

I sat down with Jim Keyt, Senior Manager of Global Technology Strategy over at Ben and Jerry's to find out just how technology fuels the processes behind your favorite flavors.