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by Mary Meade
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April 23, 2018
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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…
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…
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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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…
by Fran Teplitz
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February 22, 2018
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Finance, Green Living
An increasing number of both institutional and individual investors are aligning their investment dollars with their values. Whether you use the term “SRI (Socially Responsible Investing),” “impact investing,” “green investing,” or “ESG (Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance) investing” -- this approach to investing totaled $8.72 trillion in assets under professional management in the…
by Scott Kitson
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February 6, 2018
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Green America’s “People & Planet Award” recognized three small businesses for their dedication to creating a green economy. Clean Energy was the theme of this round of People and Planet Awards, and the winners of the $5000 prize were: Arcadia Power in Washington, D.C., Ryter Cooperative Industries in Detroit, MI and Cromwell Solar in Lawrence, KS. We know that climate change is among the…
by Mary Meade
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February 6, 2018
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For the first time in five years, Divine Chocolate is changing up its packaging. The Green Business Network member’s new design will now include “Owned by Cocoa Farmers” to demonstrate the company's commitment to fair labor practices. The chocolate maker is co-owned by 85,000 farmer members of the co-op Kuapa Kokoo, where the farmers get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice…
by Mary Meade
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December 17, 2017
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Eric Henry, president of T.S. Designs and Green Business Network member, was featured in The Washington Post for his business experience with past North Carolina tax cuts and the implications of the looming tax bill in Congress. T.S. Designs produces responsible textiles from local suppliers to strengthen the regional economy. Their entire supply chain is transparent, and each shirt purchased can…
by Mary Meade
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December 11, 2017
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Written by Mary Meade Originally published on December 11, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. Offbeat Press, a certified member of the Green Business Network, has partnered with Day by Day Warming Shelter to sponsor Hoodies for the Homeless, a fundraising partnership that offers community businesses, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to support Day by Day between now and the end of December.…
by Mary Meade
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December 10, 2017
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On December 4, President Trump ordered the largest reduction of two national monuments in Utah. Hours later, businesses and Native American leaders raised their voices against it. Bears Ears National Monument will shrink to about 15% of its original size – from 1.3 million acres to 228,000 under Trump’s order. Grand Staircase-Escalante, the second national monument in contention, will be reduced…