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Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.

12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...

Minimum-Wage Hike Won't Appease Bangladeshi Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Earlier this month, a group of workers at the Tuba Group garment factory in Bangladesh locked owner Delwar Hossain in his office and demanded that he pay the bonuses he'd promised them for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Wage Wars: Bangladeshi Workers Reach a Boiling Point

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Workers in Bangladesh have been perishing in tragic, preventable factory accidents for years. Now, in mass uprisings that portend both more violent la...

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

One Child, Global Accountability

Laura Gutierrez | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Laura Gutierrez

Injured workers, like Sumaya, who left Nischintapur soon after the fire were never accounted for. Many workers who are now developing symptoms either do not associate them with the fire, or are unable to prove it in order to obtain compensation.

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

Ghulam Azam's Verdict: Initial Thoughts

William Nicholas Gomes | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
William Nicholas Gomes

The outrageous levels of corruption, bias, and falsification within the tribunal have resulted in a complete betrayal of this ideal, and Bangladesh must now live with the consequences of this botched process.

Will Walmart Finally Do the Right Thing?

Laura Merriman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Laura Merriman

While it's encouraging that some U.S. realtors that source from Bangladesh have finally declared a new commitment toward improving the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers, let's hope that these companies will abandon their previous race to the bottom labor practices in favor of protecting human lives.

Why Walmart's Agreement With Bangladesh Will Not Improve Worker Safety

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

With an agreement now in the works involving Walmart, Gap, other large American retailers, and the Bangladeshi government to improve working conditions for garment industry workers in Bangladesh, it is worth examining whether the agreement will actually accomplish anything.

From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose ...

Underwear in the New Jerusalem

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Twenty dollars for two pair of grey, cotton boxer briefs. It seemed like a lot of money for so little cloth. Of course, I was mistaken.

Disasters Change Bangladesh Perspective On Factory Life

AP | CHRIS BLAKE | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business

TEKANI, Bangladesh -- Twice a year, buses filled with garment workers come rumbling into Tekani, shaking the houses made of mud and tin, and alerting ...

Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Tahmina Akhter Sadia started working in a Bangladesh garment factory at just 11 years of age. She didn't want to go to work the morning of April 24, 2...

Dave Jamieson

Dem Rips Gap, Walmart For Dodging Factory Safety Agreement | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. congressman who visited garment factories in Bangladesh earlier this week had harsh words for the U.S. clothing brands that have ...

Kim Bhasin

Walmart And Gap Unite On Bangladesh | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

Walmart and Gap are working on their own independent safety plan to prompt reform in Bangladesh after both retailers declined to sign the Accord on Fi...

Kim Bhasin

American Apparel CEO Thrashes H&M | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been on the warpath since the deadly collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh took the lives of more t...

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Michael Winship | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.

Anger Rising in Bangladesh, Putting Big Brands Under Pressure

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

It's been about a month since the Rana Plaza factory complex crumbled into a cement grave for more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers. Now, the dust has ...

Gap: Receiving Bloody Property

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.27.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

By refusing to join other clothing retailers in a binding agreement to protect Bangladeshi workers, more than 1,200 of whom have died in factory fires and collapses in recent months, Gap is saying: You and I, we're not the same; I don't hear your voice or want to know your name.

New York Times Deserves a Pulitzer Prize for Reporting on Bangladesh Sweatshops

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If journalism's role is to not only report the facts but also to expose wrongdoing, then the Times deserves kudos, and a Pulitzer Prize, for documenting and explaining the emergence of Bangladesh's new sweatshop economy as a major source of the clothing that American and European consumers buy every day.

Lessons From Bangladesh

ZP Heller | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
ZP Heller

The vast majority of Bangladesh's exports­ -- 80 percent -- come from its $18 billion garment industry. However, according to the World Bank, Bangladesh ranked last in wages for factory workers worldwide in 2010. What would this mean for western consumers who have benefited from Bangladesh's cheap labor?

Major U.S. Brand Commits To Bangladesh Safety Accord

Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

Apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch announced Wednesday that it would agree to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a spokeswoman sa...

Bangladesh Honors Victims Of Building Collapse

AP | FARID HOSSAIN | Posted 07.14.2013 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of mourners gathered Tuesday at the wreckage of a Bangladeshi garment factory building to offer prayers for the so...

Emran Hossain

Nobel Laureate's 'Begging' Solution For Bangladesh Disasters | Emran Hossain | Posted 05.13.2013 | World

Following the death of more than 1,100 workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse, government and business leaders are struggling to address the comp...