Fashion Brands Tackle Community Development

There are reams written about how far your food has traveled. And if you run in sustainability circles, you might have felt some guilt sneaking Chilean pears into your grocery cart this past winter. But have you ever thought about how far your clothing traveled to reach you? Some innovators in the space are trying to bring the locavore movement […]

Nestle To Remove Artificial Flavors, Cut Sodium In Packaged Foods

Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company by revenue, announced this week that it will remove artificial flavors and 10 percent of the sodium from about 250 of its packaged foods sold in America, including Hot Pockets and DiGiornio frozen pizzas, by the end of 2015. The move also affects products under the Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and […]

Consumers Urged to Challenge Sustainability Claims

Challenge the Label is a new simple yet informative tool that helps businesses who encounter sustainability labels to test the credibility of the claim.

Understanding the claims and promises behind sustainability labels means people can make purchasing choices that affect the issues that matter.

From ‘biodegradable’ to ‘carbon-neutral’, sustainability claims come in all shapes and sizes, but with over 400 ecolabels on […]

Study Finds Minority Retail Workers Get Lower Pay

African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues

African-American and Latino retail industry employees earn lower wages than their white colleagues, according to a new study.

The report, released on Tuesday by public policy group Demos and the NAACP, found that retailers pay black and Hispanic full-time salespeople about 75% of what they pay white workers in […]

Meals On Wheels and Subaru Launch Online Volunteer Drive to Serve More Seniors

Every day, local Meals on Wheels programs work hard to protect millions of seniors from the threats of isolation and hunger – an effort made possible by volunteers in communities all across the country. The number of seniors in our country continues to grow rapidly, and it will take many more volunteers to meet the escalating need. That is why […]

Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent

Our nation feels more divided than ever. From political gridlock in Washington, D.C. to a fragmented media landscape, more Americans are forming opinions and consuming information from niche sources and polarizing points of view. The social change sphere is not immune from this splintered and siloed way of thinking. Nonprofits and philanthropies also have limited bandwidth at both the organizational […]

Walmart Promises $10 Minimum Wage by 2016

Walmart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

The moves mark the next wave of wage hikes by the nation’s largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level […]

Swiss Companies Take Monsanto Product Off The Shelves

The WHO reports that the herbicide glyphosate is probably carcinogenic influenced some companies. The Swiss retail chains Migros and Coop take glyphosate out of their stores. In Bavaria a ban was up for debate, however the parliament was against it.

In March, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. A renewed debate on […]

Three Ways To Judge The Impact of Big Brands

Many of us buy products such as Kit Kats and Coca-Cola, but don’t associate them with our separate concerns about poverty and wellbeing. Now a range of tools are available to help bridge that gap.

From initiatives using consumer pressure to tackle complex social issues to tools that aim to encourage investors to put their money into companies with a positive […]

Shell Is Asking Us To Bet Against The World on Climate Change

Shell is asking investors to bet against the world taking action on climate change or in renewables displacing fossil fuels, says influential economist Nick Stern.

Speaking at a Guardian debate on divestment last night, Lord Stern said Shell and other hydrocarbon companies were getting it wrong on the potential of renewables technology and that people will insist on policies to hold […]

5 Steps To Understanding Racial Bias

Bias in policing, economic and health disparities and social policy are topical in the media, corporate dining halls and on college campuses.

Yet, a review of the literature and media coverage suggests insufficient understanding of the nuances of racial bias.

Racial bias advances inequality. While there are no absolute remedies, there are some best practices.

1. Avoid presuppositions – unfounded or misinformed assumptions […]

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors – whether at home or […]

How Verizon Buying AOL Subverts An Open Internet

US telecommunication companies were up in arms in February after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made net neutrality the law of the land by classifying broadband internet as a utility, seeming to ensure there would be no pay-to-play fast lanes.

Not so fast. As Verizon’s planned acquisition of AOL reminds us, there’s another way to cash in on giving certain content […]

Four Banks Plead Guilty To Foreign Exchange Collusion, UBS Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

Five banks will pay the Department of Justice nearly $3 billion in fines and penalties for their manipulation of U.S. dollar and Euro exchange rates, which the DoJ characterized as occurring “almost every day for five years” through private chat rooms, benefiting their trading positions but harming countless consumers and investors around the world. Separately, the Federal Reserve said on […]

Philanthropy Starts After Profits Are Tallied

Foundations are the new Birkin bags. Everyone who is anyone has one. Giving is now chic. Far from being in denial about it, many wealthy people fret over rising inequality these days, in public and in private.

When they do, giving invariably comes up — whether traditional charity, multiple-bottom-line investing or corporate social responsibility.

What is less fashionable to talk about is […]

Can These Shareholders Curb Deforestation?

On May 20, the shareholders of Bunge, one of the biggest farm commodity businesses in the world, will walk into some well-appointed meeting room at the Sofitel in midtown Manhattan to vote on five proposals. The first four votes will be utterly boring to anyone who isn’t deeply absorbed with Bunge’s corporate governance (e.g., appoint Deloitte & Touche as auditor?). […]

Making Employee Financial Education A Priority within Corporate Social Responsibility

In a 2014 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, nearly one in four employees admitted that financial issues have been a distraction at work, and 39% had spent three hours or more per week thinking about or dealing with their personal finances, with basic personal financial management and not being able to pay for college being among those concerns.

As reported by Time.com writer, […]

Google Gives $500,000 in Grants to Promote Child Safety Campaigns

NEW DELHI: Google has announced support to three non-profit organization in India, with $500,000 in grants to promote child safety campaigns.

With the grant, Google aims to support non-profits with smart applications of technology, and help scale initiatives aimed towards child safety programs and campaigns in India.

The three short listed non-profits have been doing phenomenal work in providing free counseling to […]

The Shaky Moral Compass of The Silicon Valley

When I lived in Silicon Valley, I was struck by not just the region’s income disparity, but also by the lack of compassion that wealthy tech workers sometimes displayed toward the poor.

I would overhear tech employees complain about the homeless in degrading ways — at coffee shops, bars and in parks. Sometimes their disgust spread online. One notorious example took […]

Labor Claims Victory as Facebook Hikes Contractor Wages

Facebook will ensure that employees who work for its contractors — including security guards and food-service workers on its Menlo Park, California campus — will receive an hourly wage of at least $15, the company announced earlier this week. Contractors and vendors who do “a substantial amount of work” with Facebook in the United States will also be expected […]