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by Scott Kitson
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June 26, 2018
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Green Business
Have you been looking for a burst of creative inspiration recently? Look no further than the finalists for Green America’s most recent People & Planet award—green businesses that help you unleash your inner artist, writer, or performer. The winning two businesses this round include an importer of fairly traded writing journals committed to empowering workers, and an organic, made-in-the-USA …
by Mary Meade
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June 26, 2018
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Green Business
At Green America, we are concerned with wealth inequality and the threat it poses to livelihoods and social justice. A new report from As You Sow shockingly demonstrates just how deep the wealth gap is. For the past four years, the shareholder advocacy group has released comprehensive annual reports on the 100 Most Overpaid CEOs among the 500 companies in the S&P500 index. Their most recent…
by Mary Meade
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June 6, 2018
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Green Business
Sharon Rowe, the founder of Eco-Bags, has written a new book! The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living offers a powerful message for value-driven organizations and fresh entrepreneurs on venture capitalism and work/life balance. Rowe argues against the “go big or go home” mindset in this refreshing take on entrepreneurialism. If you’ve ever wanted to start a…
by Mark Rakhmilevich
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June 6, 2018
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Climate, Green Business
As part of its sustainable development goals, The United Nations has mandated that all communities have access to sustainable energy by 2030. What has stalled developing countries more than anything is a lack of financing for projects, even though, remarkably, they tend to outpace the rate of renewable energy financing in industrialized countries, according to a 2016 REN21 report. New…
by Sytonia Reed
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May 29, 2018
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Labor, Social Justice, Green Business
In March, Starbucks found itself under a scorching spotlight for racial profiling when a manager called the police on two African American men who were waiting to conduct a business meeting in one of its stores. Since then, the coffee chain has launched into a corporate crackdown on discrimination in efforts to restore trust with customers, and on May 29, all of its 8,000 US stores will close…
by Scott Kitson
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May 17, 2018
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Finance, Social Justice
We know we need to put an end to the scourge of gun violence in our country. Young people are taking the lead in calling on all of us to do our part. Every sector of society has a role to play—including the financial sector. As a green business leader, you can make a difference. It’s time for mission-driven businesses to urge Wall Street banks and credit card companies to take the steps they can…
by Mary Meade
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April 23, 2018
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Food, Green Business
Last June, Amazon.com Inc. purchased Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion. This was one of the most widely talked about mergers of 2017 because of the possible impacts it could have on the grocery industry. Since then, Whole Foods has undergone several changes in branding and culture. How has Amazon changed Whole Foods so far? Some changes are subtle, such as ‘Amazon + Whole Foods’ signs…
by Fran Teplitz
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April 23, 2018
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On April 18, 2018 Green America’s executive co-director for business, investing, and policy, Fran Teplitz, testified before the Council of the District of Columbia in support of the District holding a hearing on its banking relationship with Wells Fargo. Fran cited the reasons below for the District to explore banking options beyond Wells Fargo, that could meet the District’s needs. Two days…
by Mary Meade
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April 22, 2018
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Social Justice
Stories of inequality and victimization have been part of human history across the ages. The voices of women throughout this narrative have been silenced as much as they have been expressed from a man’s point of view. But perhaps for the first time in history, the voices of women are being believed before those of powerful men. The #MeToo Movement The #MeToo Movement that began with film…
by Margot Conover (Fairtrade America) and Beth Porter
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March 28, 2018
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Green Business
Approaching sustainability holistically requires constant improvement. Companies must embed progressive environmental and social values at all levels of a business. Sustainability leaders like Patagonia, Equal Exchange, and Ben & Jerry’s have all made strong commitments and they are also the first to admit they have a long way to go. A 2017 McKinsey study of 3,203 companies found that 53% of…