Celebrating Fair Trade With a Sweet Story

For some, the taste of chocolate is bittersweet. Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa comes from small-scale family farmers in West Africa, whose economy is critically dependent on cocoa (revenues account for more than 33 percent of Ghana’s total export earnings and 40 percent of the Ivory Coast’s total export earnings). In Ghana alone, one million...

In Chicago, Coal is the Real Crime

This post was originally published by Phil Radford to Greenpeace USA’s blog and is accessible here. “A sad fact of living in an American city like Chicago is that every time we open a newspaper or switch on the local news, we hear of some senseless, tragic crime that has claimed an innocent life. We become outraged, and we demand justice for those...

Reflections on the 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit in London

Every year, Ethical Corporation, a magazine, organizes a summit to assess the progress that the corporate world has made on its journey toward sustainability. This year, I was invited to speak on the question, “Can a large company be sustainable and grow?” My answer was simple: “It’s possible – but highly unlikely, and I can’t think of one company...

Invest in Employee Wellness: Johnson & Johnson reports $250 Million ROI

$250 million is a big number. It’s even bigger when you consider that it’s the savings Johnson & Johnson reaped as a result of the company’s investment in employee wellness.  While the company has had a very tough year with numerous and costly product recalls, government investigations and quality control issues – all of which have damaged the...

Something Is Not Rotten in the Land of Tomatoes

Something remarkably progressive is happening in one of the more repressive work environments in the United States. Within the tomato business, an industry that has seen nine cases of slavery prosecuted in the past 15 years, workers’ rights are finally becoming a key ingredient in the recipe for a sustainable and just food system. Thirty-three thousand tomato...

In Their Own Words: Voices From the Next Generation of Business

Our economic future, though built by the architects of then and now, lies in the hands of the next generation. And that future looks bright, based on the strong ideals of some of the students coming out of undergraduate and graduate business programs nationwide. The Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED) recently announced the winners of its first-every...