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Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

What Happens in Bangladesh Does Not Stay In Bangladesh: Key Lessons for Retailers

Diana Mao | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Diana Mao

The bottom line is that from the top down, human beings have to be appreciated and not depreciated.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.

The Life Out Loud: Bubbling Over With Good Health

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.23.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

A lifelong athlete, Steven Kessler always had appreciated the importance of honoring your body by eating whole foods and exercising. Then ten years ago, while working in sales for a natural vitamin company, he met a guy named Eric Schnell.

Born Brave

Jessica Hendricks | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Jessica Hendricks

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgInspired by the courage of these amazing Cambodian people, most of them women, I decided to bring their bravery back to the states by sharing their stories, and actualizing my own.

How Women Can 'Lean In' to Solve the World's Social, Economic and Environmental Disparities

Irene Lane | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Irene Lane

My question is why should we strive to make everyone equal? Perhaps, instead, women can apply their talents toward making a bigger impact on humanity by 'leaning in' and solving one complex problem, one community at a time.

Restore Hope to Victims of Human Trafficking

Made By Survivors | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Made By Survivors

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn our experience, abject poverty is a common factor for victims of human trafficking.

Mothering Our Mother Earth

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Sadly, humanity is taking advantage of our planet like an ungrateful teenager. Let's clean up our room and show our Mother Earth some respect.

Certified Justice

Dana Geffner | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC
Dana Geffner

In October 2012, when Hershey's announced it would "certify" all its cocoa by 2020, the corporate candy giant received lukewarm applause for finally publically acknowledging its sourcing of cocoa from plantations that exploit child labor.

Amplifying the Voices of Central American Farmers

Jacob Wheeler | Posted 07.06.2013 | Travel
Jacob Wheeler

Do you drink coffee? Do you think about where that coffee comes from, and who harvests those beans? Do you consider how much you pay for your morning fix, and how that impacts the salary those farmers make?

Sprout Skincare Offers Affordable And Amazing Products

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2013 | HuffPost Home

As soon as you pick up a jar of cream or a bottle of cleanser by Sprout Skincare, you’re instant friends. It’s cool. Good-looking (the warm-yet-mo...

Lives Destroyed, Dreams Crushed And Cheap Clothes

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

We need to find out and decide what it takes to put the unscrupulous and greedy factory owners and suppliers, businesses and their leaders, out of business and replace them with those who are committed to brining integrity to the business model and supply chain.

Would You Pay a Penny/lb of Veggies to Stop Slavery?

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Summer Rayne Oakes

Sanjay Rawal, director of Food Chains discusses with us in the first episode of "SRO Conversations" why a "Penny for Pound" policy may just work to help bring an end to modern-day slavery of domestic farmworkers in America.

A 4P Future: People, Planet, Profit and Plastics

Student Reporter | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Student Reporter

It is politically difficult to use cassava in the production of plastic bags instead of as nourishment in the midst of a global food crisis.

How The Banana Became A Tool For Human Rights

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.01.2013 | Taste
Heritage Radio Network

Did you know the banana is also a tool for human rights victories and community sustainability?

Don't Take Your Cup of Coffee for Granted

Daniel Klein | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Daniel Klein

This summer I had the good fortune of taking a trip with a team of Equal Exchange employees to Bahuaja-Sonene Naitonal Park and the coffee growing towns that surround this protected area. Watch these videos to see what goes into each cup of coffee you drink.

Lenten Journey In The Sonoran

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Traveling with an interfaith fair trade organization, we studied coffee and marketing for churches in the states. While there, I met the families of two young people. They would have been about 19 when I was there. Their parents had been growing corn and beans and coffee in that region for a hundred years. However, in 1989 that changed.

From Awareness to Action: Providing Housing & Support for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Becca Stevens | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Becca Stevens

While public awareness in the US about the connection between child sexual abuse, human trafficking and prostitution has increased 100-fold in the past ten years, there are far, far less than 100 programs providing free housing and support for survivors.

Climate Change Threatens Billion Dollar Valentine Tree

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

This year on Valentine's Day consider, for just one moment, where that scrumptious chocolate came from, and you might be surprised to know that it is ...

Zach Carter

Obama Pushes Controversial Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to urge the United States to pass two key trade agreements, inc...

TCHO: San Francisco's Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory (VIDEO)

GloboMaestro | Posted 04.01.2013 | Food
GloboMaestro

Ghirardelli may be San Francisco's best known chocolate, but production moved away years ago. Today, TCHO is the real San Francisco chocolate -- and it's the only place in town involved in the entire chocolate making process.

Client Protection and Microfinance: Crossing a Threshold

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The global microfinance industry realized a significant and long-awaited goal this week with the introduction of Client Protection Certification as pr...

Leading the Deliberate Life

Fay Johnson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Impact
Fay Johnson

Does it really matter if you recycle that plastic bottle? Does it matter where you buy your clothes or where they are made? Does taking public transit really make a difference? If you believe that our choices affect our lives and the lives of others, it does.

Trade That Hurts

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Fair Trade

Intent | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Intent

Fair trade is a term we often hear thrown around when it comes to coffee, tea, produce and even diamonds. What does it mean, though, and how much difference does buying fair-trade food and products really make?