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Why Fashion Brands Fail to Change: Realizing Human and Environment-Centered Supply Chains and What It Takes to Get There

Erin Houston | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Erin Houston

Your company gets the phone call one day that you hoped would never come. A reporter asks about some issues they've uncovered in your production process.

Back to the Future: Our Journey to Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty World

Sharan Burrow | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Sharan Burrow

When our wealthiest companies can't or won't pay $177 a month in Cambodia or $110 in Bangladesh, this is just greed.

(Sustainable) Fashion's Real Problem

Simone Cipriani | Posted 09.23.2015 | Style
Simone Cipriani

While sustainability should be built into supply chains, the fashion industry is today responsible for much of the exploitation of people and the environment: number one in terms of exploitation of people and the second most polluting industry after oil.

When a Brand Becomes Obsolete

Diana Mao | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Diana Mao

Imagine a little 10 year old boy making a shirt that you bought your son at GAP Kids. That is exactly what happened when a 12 year old girl was found in Cambodia making clothes in 2010 for GAP.

Dave Jamieson

McDonald's Accused Of Throwing California Workers Under The Bus | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After impounding the ballots for more than a year, federal officials last week tallied the votes in an acrimonious union election at Tay...

G7: Coffee with Angela Merkel

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz, Founder CAFÉ FOR CHANGE, asks: Madam Chancellor, how many cents of every cup of coffee you will serve at the G7 summit will help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions?

The Key Steps To Saving Latin America's Forests

Renat Heuberger | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Renat Heuberger

Rainfall will be expected to decrease by 20% over the Amazon basin, a heavily populated area covering large chunks of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

Stupid Trade Gets Dangerous: TPP Threatens US Military Supply Chain

Greg Autry | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Greg Autry

The White House claims that Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership would help counter China's growing economic and military threat. Many Republicans, including nominal pro-defense patriots, are curiously supportive of the President in this case. Ironically bipartisan trade policy created our China problem in the first place.

Healthy Forests Mean a Healthy Future for All of Us

Kathy Abusow | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Kathy Abusow

Forests benefit the world, and each of us, every day in countless ways that are all too easy to overlook. On this year's International Day of Forests, let's make a promise to do more to ensure healthy, productive forests for future generations.

The True Cost of Food Waste

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Dan Glickman

A new report by the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) projects that reducing food waste by 20 to 50 percent per year by 2030 could save $120 billion to $300 billion annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200 million to 1 billion tons, which is more than the annual emissions of Germany.

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.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

Great Ideas Are Worthless Without Strong Execution

Rana Florida | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

Most people think a Great Idea -- a breakthrough discovery, a killer app -- will make them wealthy beyond their dreams. But successful entrepreneurs know that Great Ideas are a dime a dozen. True success lies in the execution.

Finding Supply Chain Synergies In Your Customers' Networks

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

In this era of cloud-based connectivity and big data stores, logistics companies can, more than ever, model supply chain synergies for their customers.

The Environmental Footprints of 5 Items You Use Before Breakfast

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Why not start the day off right by considering that the products you use often started out as raw materials in foreign countries, and the long journey they went through before making it to your home?

10 Leadership Lessons from a Combat Logistician

Scott DiMarco | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Scott DiMarco

Where ever you work: be it in an office, a factory, in sales, or even a library, we all were the new person at some point in our career. Weathering out a tough situation is never a comfortable proposition, but it is part of the human condition.

Are Counterfeits Threatening Your Business?

Todd Kramer | Posted 08.09.2014 | Small Business
Todd Kramer

Be aware of who you are buying from.

What Do Factory Workers In Asia Want?

Heather Franzese | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

What do factory workers want? They sew our clothes and assemble our mobile phones -- things we use every day -- but they remain a mystery to us. Most are working thousands of miles away behind secure company gates.

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

Juhu Thukral | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Let's talk about what we, as soccer fans around the world, can do to make some noise about labor rights and abuse of the very workers who make events like the World Cup and Olympics possible.

Kim Bhasin

A Year After Deadly Collapse, Bangladesh's Garment Industry Remains Broken | Kim Bhasin | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

NEW YORK -- A year after a building collapse killed more than 1,100 people at a factory in Bangladesh, the country's garment workers remain exposed to...

Next Stop: Equal Pay Day

Megan Beyer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women
Megan Beyer

With so many families now relying on the earning power of women, why not take that supply chain approach a step further to require our government contractors to pay men and women equally? The relative success of the Swiss model speaks for itself.

Private Regulation: Risk or Opportunity for Global Business?

Harlan Loeb | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

As trust in government rapidly declines, expectations of global business to address and, in many cases, solve social problems are sharply escalating.

International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Building a better world is good for business.

Snakebit Supply Chains

Terry Tamminen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Smart managers are making it a priority to improve visibility into sustainability and social responsibility standards and performance. Those that don't could end up with a nasty bite.