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Corporate Greed

A Worldwide Revolt Against Poverty Wages

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

Despite the growing poverty around the world, we still have a bi-partisan support (including from our president) for the very so-called "free trade" policies that have bred substandard wages.

What DID They Mean by That? A Week of Truthiness and Media

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

Ever had one of those weeks where the distance between what was said and what was done stretches way out into the blue yonder? In my job as director o...

Progressives Deserve to Be Worried About the Obama Administration

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

The progressive house the Obama administration has built so far is like the home built of straw in the story of "The Three Little Pigs". It looks okay, but when the Big Bad Wolf comes along he has no trouble blowing it over.

Contracting Abuses Could be Solved With New Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

The diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants has gone on for over a decade. H.R. 2568 is a deficit neutral and much needed solution to these long standing abuses.

Ask Workers in Cambodia and Bangladesh: Where Has Corporate Social Responsibility Been?

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Ballinger

Since the earliest "code of conduct" requirements for supplier factories, labor rights have declined nearly to the vanishing point in production-for-export areas around the world.

British Petroleum, by Any Other Name, Would Smell as Foul

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

We need to end our unrestrained use of oil. Not just foreign oil, not just offshore drilling. All oil. This is not a pipe dream, it is entirely achievable. It takes the proper allocation of priorities and resources to make it happen.

Greed Stole the Mantle of Business Acumen

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The greedy produce the most profit in the shortest period of time because they don't believe in any future. Consequences are not real because there is no tomorrow past the bonus deadline.

Corporate America Offshoring More Jobs in Economic Crisis

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

How long will America force its own people into poverty just to pad the pockets of those who make more in a day than we could spend in a lifetime?

Progress in Corporate Ethics? Not So Much

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

Integrity can't be "written in" to organizational behavior, especially for companies who have unprincipled people working there to begin with. But still, we are mired in regulations.

A Worker's Life Is Worth: $175,000. A Crab's: Millions.

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

BP executives and managers have been screwing up for years when it comes to worker safety, and the recent deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon is only a continuation of a sad history for the company.

Corporate America To Fight Taliban

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

The Pentagon has harnessed the skills of corporate America to fight the Taliban. "We will exploit the expertise and talent of the private sector in o...

'Jesus Will Rip Your Head Off': Oil Spill Leads To Unexpected Environmental Alliances

Paul Loeb | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Paul Loeb

We often think of social involvement as noble but impractical.

BP, (Foul) Flavor Of The Month

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

It might be more appropriate to treat mega companies as hostile nations rather than as peers of a mom and pop drive-in theater chain in Texas.

The Generosity Footprint

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Reardon

The size of each person's generosity footprint should be a crucial measure of their personal worth no matter the prestige accorded their path in life.

It Will Take a Mission

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This week, in Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. It will take a purposeful commitment to a mission of change to truly respond to the epiphany in the Gulf.

Individual Accountability "Fail"

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

We live in a society where there is little to no accountability for individual decisions that are made in a group enterprise.

The Risk of Eliminating Risk

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Halsey Minor

Corporations now enjoy powers and privileges historically reserved for monarchs, and, like monarchs, the people who run them are largely insulated from the consequences of their actions.

In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Every year, American taxpayers who play by the rules - individuals, small businesses and even a lot of bigger businesses - have to pay a lot of extra "something" because of all the tax dodgers who pay nothing.

Time for a New Humane Capitalism ... or Else

Cleve Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cleve Stevens

For decades we have engaged in a type of capitalism that is simply unsustainable, an approach to industry that is not only bad in some ethical sense, but also fundamentally impractical in a business sense.

American Class War

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

The recent stories about Massey and Talx in the news are each cases of corporate America is using every means it controls against the interests of current or former employees.

The Strange Relationship Between Oil and Data

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Although the two seem like unlikely bedfellows, corporate America's current handling of oil and data are representative of the broader corporate disregard we as consumers face.

Corporations Won't Self-Regulate

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbra Streisand

We can't assume that companies like BP and Halliburton will spend the time and money to ensure environmental safety, just like we have learned the hard way that Wall Street will not safeguard our life savings.

Eco Etiquette: Are Women Greener Than Men?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. I got into a heated debat...

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Madoff On The Loose; Impostor In Prison

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sally Kohn

Reports are surfacing that the man sent to prison for 150 years for defrauding hundreds of investors of $65 billion was not, in fact, mastermind Bernie Madoff but an impostor Madoff.