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The Lifecycle of a T-shirt

Mattias Wallander | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Do you ever stop and think about what the impact of a t-shirt is on the planet? You'd probably be surprised to learn what's involved in the lifecycle of just one t-shirt.

OECD: Globalization Has Made Economic Crises More Likely

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

Advances in communication, information, transportation and trading technology have helped web together nations into interconnected and interdependent ...

Markets Drop On News Governments Will Collectively Tap Oil Reserves

Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - Oil prices crashed more than $8 to a four-month low on Thursday after the world's consumer nations said they would band together to aid...

Economic Confidence Plummets With Few Signs Of Recovery: Gallup

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business

Beset by rising gas prices and a stubbornly-high unemployment rate, American economic confidence has suddenly plummeted, according to a new poll. ...

The 'Surprises' of the Japanese Crisis and the Investment Lessons to Learn

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Surprise consequences to the earthquake in Japan have revealed significant weaknesses in both the worlds of politics and business and from an investment point of view, there are lessons we can learn.

Japan's Government Needs to Move Quickly

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2011 | Business
Daniel Wagner

No one can truly know the economic impact of Japan's earthquake because the world has never experienced such a severe natural disaster in an economy so critical to the global supply chain.

The Best-Drawn Supply Chain You'll Ever See: A Look at How an Industry Evolves

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

When drawing supply chains, most people don't bother with more than a fast doodle with boxes. When Scott McCloud draws a supply chain, he takes it to a different level.

An American Industrial Renaissance?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.27.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

In the sorting out of the wreckage after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, many Americans have begun paying more attention to a phrase they had barely known -- "supply chains."

Automakers Could Lose More Than Half A Million Cars To Japan Quake

Bloomberg Businessweek | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business

(Bloomberg) -- Global automakers may lose production of 600,000 vehicles by the end of the month as the earthquake in Japan halts assembly lines and w...

Nearly A Tenth Of Japanese Farmland Affected By Tsunami, AP Says

AP | By JAY ALABASTER | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business

SENDAI, Japan -- The rice paddies on the outskirts of this tsunami-hit city are ankle-deep in a black, salty sludge. Crumpled cars and uprooted trees ...

Brown Shoots

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

As spring dawns, the economy's green shoots have been trampled once again, first by the economic fallout from Japan's tsunami, and again by rising worldwide commodity prices.

The Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2010

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Here's my attempt to capture the most important stories that affected the greening of business in 2010 and my predictions for the future.

Eating in Trumps Eating Out

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Americans spend significantly more money on food they eat at home than they do on food they eat out. Supply chains make it nearly impossible for farmers to reach consumers.

Who Do You Really Pay for Your Food?

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Is it any surprise that farmers would seek the closer connection to consumers? Getting food to market has become relatively more expensive, while the share that the farmer earns has dropped off.

Wal-Mart and H&M Commit to Greening Their Textile Supply Chain

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Big names like Wal-Mart and H&M have the purchasing power to drive improvements all the way up the supply chain. They send a signal to manufacturers that there is a market out there for textiles made using cleaner practices.

Slavery is Alive and Well in the US: In Support of California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Ron Soodalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ron Soodalter

Most Americans are unaware of the extent to which both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens are victimized by human trafficking and various forms of slavery in our country today.

Wal-Mart: The Largest (Sustainable) Company Ever

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Wal-Mart's pursuit of sustainability in its operations, and in particular in its supply chain, is changing the way products are made globally. Their scale will force everyone else to speed up

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship to Fight Slavery

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

Human trafficking is a $91.2 billion industry. It is the world's second largest criminal enterprise, topped only by the illegal drug trade. For victims, the emancipation process is extremely challenging.

China's IT Poisons

Xiu Min Li | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Xiu Min Li

China's intricate and convoluted web of IT supply chains makes monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations daunting even for local governments.

The products we buy change us and our world

Scott Poynton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Scott Poynton

Every product comes with a story. Once we buy a product, its story becomes part of our story. It's especially important to keep this connection in mi...

A Key Private Sector Lever to Slow Climate Change: the Sustainable Supply Chain

Tony Prophet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tony Prophet

A powerful way companies can drive environmental change is through the supply chain -- the global network of suppliers, manufacturers and partners it works with to make and distribute its products.

Accountability for Minerals in the Eastern DRC

Zoe McMahon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Zoe McMahon

Although the electronics industry can't solve this issue alone, we at HP believe that addressing conflict minerals is a natural extension of our existing efforts.

The Green Wave Marches On: Wal-Mart in China

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

I recently attended the Wal-Mart Sustainability Summit in Beijing. There are times you know you're watching something special.

Our Enduring Competitive Edge

Jeremy Haft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeremy Haft

The rash of product recalls reveals that China is not the manufacturing juggernaut we fear -- and that America has an edge we tend to overlook.