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DON'T shop like a jerk. Here's How

Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

While "being the change" usually drums up images of voting and volunteerism, one of the biggest ways we can impact the world around us is with our wal...

Disrupt an Industry -- by Following the Golden Rule

Scott Tannen | Posted 04.09.2014 | Small Business
Scott Tannen

By considering how materials are sourced, valuing the human components of the supply chain and effectively managing retail prices, entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to disrupt a variety of industries.

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Voters overwhelmingly expect the TPP to be a good deal for large corporations at the expense of small businesses:

Why Now Is the Time to Start Drinking Fair Trade Coffee

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Home
Kelsey Timmerman

Low prices coupled with coffee rust is threatening the livelihoods of many farmers in Central America. Consumers are paying more for coffee; producers are getting paid less; and those in the middle are making money from both.

Zach Carter

CEO Pressures Congress On Controversial Trade Deal He Doesn't Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most prominent CEO proponents of a controversial new trade deal acknowledged at a congressional hearing on Thursday that he d...

Get TPP Off the Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The TPP will affect our laws, our jobs, our food and our environment. Fast track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, forces Congress to give up its right to amend and improve this trade deal for ordinary Americans.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Warn Obama They'll Kill His Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's international trade agenda is dead in the water if he doesn't do a better job engaging with Democrats in Congre...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

Judy Wicks Threatens to Give Business a Good Name

John Locke Goss | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
John Locke Goss

I was recently invited into the cozy Philadelphia row home of one of the great entrepreneurial minds and hearts of my generation. By almost any measur...

WATCH: The Truth About Fair Trade Coffee

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Does "fair trade" automatically mean you're getting a better cup of coffee? In a new video, Vocativ takes a closer look at what the "fair trade" label...

It's Time to End the Secrecy Surrounding TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

There needs to be more certainty for policymakers and the public if they are going to go along with such a deal. Americans deserve a bigger say in their future.

Zach Carter

Obama Faces Backlash Over Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical ...

Do Good While Gifting: Shopping for Social Justice

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

Cut out the middle-man. With the internet, you don't have to wade through the booths at a craft fair to buy direct from artists. Etsy.com is the big gorilla in this space, with more than 6 million customers.

Kony's Surrender, The Hunger Games, Social Justice and Your Teen

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Allena Tapia

As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

A Better World Is the New Bottom Line

Abhi Nangia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

We can't let these better choices make us complacent. We can't use that better buy to justify the rack of sweatshop-sourced products in our closet. Every product has a story, and it's up to us to choose which story we want to live on.

Zach Carter

The Secret Obama Effort Some Say Could Damage Internet Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks on Wednesday published a critical chapter of an international trade deal the United States is currently negotiating with 11 Pa...

8 Nights of Chanukah Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

A friend recently described tasting some chocolate as "more." Each bite makes him want "more" chocolate. That is how I think about Chanukah: it creates more opportunities for chocolate! Here are eight ideas to add "more chocolate" to each night's celebration of Chanukah.

Conscious Coffee: A Farm to Cup Model That Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Culture-ist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Culture-ist

If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa Rican farmer that grew the beans for its brew. And he would definitely be smiling.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 12.18.2014 | Taste
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

How My Pineapple Became a Computer Lab

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heritage Radio Network

It starts with a banana that turns into a college scholarship for a young woman in Rwanda. Or a pineapple that becomes a computer lab. It's women who have started their own businesses in the poorest areas of Central America, and pineapple farmers who are learning to read.

7 Things To Know About Fair Trade

Christine Prois | Posted 12.19.2013 | Impact
Christine Prois

Which would you purchase? A white shirt made in Indonesia selling for $14.99 with a "designer label" or a white shirt made in Indonesia for $25 which has a fair trade designation? Why do you think there is such a discrepancy?

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

Material Justice

Lance Hosey | Posted 10.04.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

The U.S. already imports much of its construction materials and products, including a quarter of all steel and cement, but typically it comes from industrialized nations, such as Germany. Why not target sources that desperately need the support?