After the Newtown massacre, there cannot be any doubt that we need a revised Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It should read: "A well regulated society, being necessary to the security of a free people, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall be abridged." The very notion of civilization demands no less.
Achieving Walmart's stated goal of an "environmentally and socially responsible supply chain" entails phasing out Walmart itself and bringing an end to its inherently unaccountable and unsustainable system of production and distribution.
There is a battle going on between animal protection advocates and the pork industry over "gestation crates," the 2-foot by 7-foot cages that confine about 80 percent of the United States' breeding pigs.
Individual investors can vote with their feet: They can dump any gun manufacturers they own. And if this truly is the moment of truth for gun legislation, they might prove to be very bad investments too.
Let's not kid ourselves into thinking that this national conversation is only about assault weapons and mental health centers. It's about us, the irrational, horrible us, who act without thinking, who leap before we look.
Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.
By most accounts, the Bangladesh tragedy could have been prevented by management simply spending more money on safety.
Is Wal-Mart trying to burnish their image by tying their company to the image of America's great champion for civil rights and workers?
We need to be looking for ways to do better for workers, and one obvious place to focus is on improving the jobs that are being created during this fragile recovery.
Low wages, and the poverty that they foster, exact a heavy toll on our economy, and ultimately impact companies like Walmart themselves.
Here's a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system -- triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.
Company codes of conduct and industry-dominated monitoring organizations are supposed to monitor these factories and provide oversight. But they don't. They won't.
Every year, Wal-Mart has to dispose of millions of dollars worth of customer returns, buy-backs, over-stocks, shelf-pulls, scratch-and-dent, and excess inventories. The retailer sells this merchandise to liquidators -- and the workers used to strip these products clean are often prisoner laborers.
America is becoming more unequal by the day. So wouldn't it be sensible to encourage unionization at fast-food and big-box retailers? Yes, but here's the problem.
A fire swept through a sweatshop in Bangladesh on Nov. 24, killing at least 112 people, nearly half of whom were unidentifiable and buried in a mass grave. The sweatshop, which produced brand-name garments for major retail outlets such as Walmart and Sears, has been described as a deathtrap.