Women and Condoms

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ok, as a man, this is a subject I only know a limited amount about. But what I do know is, it’s a damn shame that our culture has glorified the purchase of condoms by men and made women feel ashamed of doing the same thing.   Men are assumed to have gotten lucky if they find themselves out to purchase condoms, women are looked down upon as “easy” or even “slutty” for purchasing the only device available that ensures they can have sex safely without the risk of getting STDs.   As the founder of a new condom company, Sustain,...

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Not Paying Their Fair Share

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Running for the senate, Elizabeth Warren elegantly distilled her logic of why wealthy individuals and multinational corporations need to pay their fair share and give back to the country that has given them so much.   “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire...

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Access to Contraception Is Critical For Women’s Economic Autonomy

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Being able to use contraception has had a significant impact on the quality of women’s lives, particularly by providing them with the economic autonomy to pursue goals, like becoming financially independent and obtaining a college degree. These insights were highlighted in a ThinkProgress article by Tara Culp-Ressler based on new research from the Guttmacher Institute (2) Based on research conducted with over two-thousand women who received services from 22 family planning clinics located throughout the United States, 63 percent said...

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A $12 Minimum Wage Is a Moral and Economic Imperative

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

  Associate Business Editor Caroline Fairchild in The Huffington Post recently made the argument that not only is a $12 minimum wage affordable, but it would actually help our economy. A report from non-partisan public policy center Demos looked into the effect of large retailers raising wages to pay the equivalent of $25,000 per year, or $12.25 per hour, for full-time, year-round workers. The study revealed that the wage hike could benefit not only workers, but also retailers and the economy at large. Here are some key takeaways from...

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So what is a sustainable condom anyway?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Sustain’s systems-based approach to condoms looks at everything from where the tree’s latex is harvested from, the type of sex couples have when they use them, and of course how the condom is disposed of. Sustain condoms use latex derived from the worlds only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified rubber plantation. We ensure that there’s no child labor involved with the harvest and that the children of rubber tappers are hanging out at school rather than in the fields. Medical care and education are free and so far 100% of the kids...

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Why start a new business?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Depending on how I count, I’ve started either 3 or 4 businesses during my life; the difference between 3 and 4 lies with the window washing company I started at age 15. Westhampton Window Washing was a summer job, but unlike most of my friends, I decided to work for myself. I usually don’t count it as a business I’ve started, but perhaps I should. When I left Seventh Generation three years ago, the thought of starting another business was close to unimaginable. But as time passed I realized two things: First, there are many things I’m...

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Err In The Direction of Kindness

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

George Saunders delivered the commencement speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. Here’s an excerpt. You can find the complete speech at: “Your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up. Speed it along. Start right now. There’s a confusion in each of us, a sickness, really: selfishness. But there’s also a cure. So be a good and proactive and even somewhat desperate patient on your own behalf –...

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The Charitable-Industrial Complex

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in business ethics, inspiration & reflection, Jeffrey Hollender articles, leadership, management | 0 comments

Several months ago I posted about “The Poverty-Creation Industry, so I was fascinated to see Peter Buffett’s (son of Warren Buffett) New York Times Op-Ed on the “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.” Peter starts by discussing the unintended consequences of well intentioned people trying to solve complex problems with out an understanding of the complex systems in place. “Often the results of our decisions had unintended consequences; distributing condoms to stop the spread of AIDS in a brothel area ended up creating a higher price...

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The Secret to a Successful Business: Radical Transparency

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in business strategy, corporate responsibility, management | 5 comments

I talk a lot about the concept of “radical transparency”  – in fact, it was one of the guiding principles in creating Seventh Generation – so I’d like to delve a little deeper into what exactly it means and how it can be a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into more responsible, conscious and profitable entities. I’ve written before that radical transparency is required for a business to succeed in today’s environment of consumer scrutiny. Information technologies such as social media now let the public...

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The Poverty Creation Industry

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in economics, equity and justice | 0 comments

Recently Joe Brewer, Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk had the audacity to describe what they call the “Poverty Creation Industry.” They write that, “Poverty is human-made. It is created – knowingly and with scientific efficiency – by a vastly sophisticated industry that includes private companies, think tanks, media outlets, government policies, and more. This ‘Poverty Creation Industry’ is about the least talked about feature...

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