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Category: Sustainable Business :: Fair Trade
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Fair Trade USA CEO Paul Rice on conscious capitalism, the plight of U.S. farmers 29.1.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Why the human side of sustainability deserves more attention.
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The power of social enterprise: Can a forgotten nut boost Nigeria's economy? 15.10.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
An innovative start-up is leveraging the original ingredient in Coca-Cola to kickstart sustainable development in the country.
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How social entrepreneur Safia Minney is designing responsible sourcing into the fashion industry 28.5.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The founder of People Tree chats about how sustainable materials and a growing awareness of human rights are redesigning the apparel industry.
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Are you ready for Fair Trade … plastics? 13.5.2019 GreenBiz.com
A new project from The Body Shop aims to ensure informal plastic recyclers who live below the poverty line have sustainable livelihoods.
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Workers' co-ops in Canada gaining power, voice and stability 22.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar For the past year few months, I have been following the story of Glitter Bean Café in Halifax. Baristas have helped build a unionized co-operative, with SEIU Local 2 as the union. The Glitter Bean is a café, a safe space for LGBTQ youth in Halifax, and a part of the baristas working to improve their lives and those of others.   Their struggle started in 2013 when baristas working for Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op , one of Canada's first fair trade workers' co-operatives, started their fight for unionization. In 2017, Just Us! then sold its Halifax locations to another company called Smiling Goat, which was found to have not paid employees and suppliers. After Smiling Goat moved to shut down all six of its cafés, the former Smiling Goat baristas worked with allies and the union to start Glitter Bean . Their campaign is an illustrative story about working with both unions and the co-op model to stand for your values, improve your workplace, save your job and have a voice at work.      One of ...
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How Dr. Bronner's is cleaning up its agricultural supply chain 13.8.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Dr. Bronner's may have a crunchy reputation, but it also has a down-to-earth focus on regenerative agriculture.
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There's room for progress on tackling sustainability through the supply chain 20.2.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Many consumer-facing companies with recognizable brands are taking action, but companies lower down in the supply chain are not, a new Stanford University study finds.
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Lush ethics director talks animal testing, ingredient sourcing, and what it's like to have such a cool employer 12.10.2017 TreeHugger
Hillary Jones was a professional activist before working for Lush, making it a perfect match.
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This Newfoundlander wants kale, not cod 29.9.2017 TreeHugger
Jackson McLean is the face of a new vegan food movement on this remote Canadian island that's long been defined by fishing.
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How far would you go for fair trade fashion? 28.9.2017 Planet Ark News
Two Australian women have just finished a 3500km trek across Southeast Asia to find people who are creating fashion in positive and sustainable ways
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Sweatshop Lobbyist Nominated for High Position in the Labor Department 31.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Odds are that you haven't heard the name Patrick Pizzella before, but you probably should get to know it. Pizzella is President Donald Trump's nominee for deputy labor secretary, which would make him the second most important man in the Department of Labor. That's an awfully powerful position for a man who formerly lobbied to maintain sweatshop labor on US territories.  Mother Jones  did a deep dive into Pizzella's past, and what the publication found is hardly befitting of a man tasked with looking out for workers' rights. In the late '90s, Pizzella worked for Jack Abramoff. Odds are that you have heard Abramoff's name, because he subsequently and famously went to prison for four years for corruption and bribery; 21 of Abramoff's associates were also convicted on similar charges. Pizzella's job under Abramoff was to lobby American politicians to keep standard labor laws away from the  North Mariana Islands . When this island cluster bargained to become a commonwealth of the United States back in 1975, ...
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The latest Slow movement: Slow Space 6.6.2017 TreeHugger
Architect Mette Aamodt thinks we should stand up for buildings that are good, clean and fair for all.
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New Study Finds "More Sweatshops Than Starbucks" in Chicago 24.5.2017 Truthout.com
Illegal abuses in low-wage workplaces are largely going unreported by workers because of a realistic expectation their bosses will retaliate against them for speaking up, according to a  new study  released last week. The report, Challenging the Business of Fear, was prepared by  Raise the Floor Alliance , which is a coalition of Chicago worker centers, and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative ( NESRI ). Surveys and interviews were conducted with nearly 300 Chicago-area workers from a variety of low-wage industries, including warehousing, manufacturing, food service and retail. The study finds that among employees who dared to speak up about workplace injustices like unsafe conditions, wage theft, injuries, sexual harassment and discrimination, 58 percent experienced retaliation. Of workers who reported legal violations to regulatory agencies like the Illinois Department of Labor, Department of Human Rights, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 80 percent said their ...
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Wage Theft Is Costing Workers $50 Billion a Year in Stolen Pay 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Life of Pix ) At the intersection of West 100th Street and Broadway, in a fenced-in area spanning six storefronts and flanked by a NYPD vehicle, workers were getting ready to protest outside of an Indian restaurant called Manhattan Valley. Efren Caballero De Jesus, a former worker there, smiled as volunteers passed out fliers and signs to restaurant and delivery workers, nail salon employees, home attendants and organizers. Even New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal braved the December cold to stand in solidarity with former employees of Indus Valley, now called Manhattan Valley. "What do we want? Enforcement of the labor law! When do we want it? Now!" the group chanted. "Phuman and Lakhvir Singh! Sweat Shop Bosses!" In December 2015, 10 workers learned what part of a $700,000 court judgment for wage theft against PS Brothers Gourmet, Inc., owned by brothers Phuman and Lakhvir Singh, they were owed. The judgment came after the Singh brothers sold the restaurant to Spectrum Restaurants LLC, owned ...
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Why B Corporations are at a crossroads 19.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
If the movement is to achieve its bold vision — "that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world" — then more publicly- traded, mainstream companies must commit to the label.
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Can this startup use blockchain to brew up more sustainable coffee? 12.4.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
A new venture, bext360, has developed a system that verifies beans using smart image recognition. The technology may allow buyers to track provenance of crops more closely, while promising faster payments for local farmers.
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Alcohol as food? An eco-positive, food grade rhum 28.2.2017 TreeHugger
I don't often do product reviews. But when that product comes in a bottle, I might make an exception.
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Bangladeshi Government Cracks Down On Garment Workers Sweatshop Wage Protests 25.1.2017 CorpWatch Features
As many as 3,500 Bangladeshi workers are reported to have been suspended or fired for taking part in protests against sweatshop wages at garment factories on the outskirts of Dhaka over the last six weeks. Dozens have been thrown in jail amid a major police crackdown on the organizers.
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Patagonia's new film focuses on fair trade fashion 18.1.2017 TreeHugger
The outdoor gear retailer plans to certify 30 percent of its clothes as fair-trade by the end of 2017.
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The Dark Side of Christmas: The Impact on Sweatshops 17.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The harsh reality is that long before Christmas songs are blasting from every department store in the West, Chinese workers are forced to work around the clock to churn out millions of products, ready for arrival in our stores for the festive season. It's not elves, but underpaid Chinese workers working around the clock that will enable you to unwrap your presents. (Photo: Danijel-James Wynyard / Flickr ) Television screens are filled with Christmas advertising, propagating the apparent need to buy something, and above all electronics, apparel, toys -- the most popular Christmas gifts. The festive countdown is well underway. Three points specifically define the 'festive' season: advertisements and commercialisation, shopping and spending, and increased revenue for the Western economy. Data from Capgemini and new in the UK's industry association for e-retail, the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), reveal that in 2015, British retailers took in over £24 billion (roughly $30 billion) during the ...
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