Based in Fresno, California, Leon Kaye is a business writer and strategic communications specialist. He has also been featured in The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. When he has time, he shares his thoughts on his own site, GreenGoPost.com. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost).

Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, deforestation, Pepsico, Rainforest Action Network, Leon Kaye, human rights

Animated Video Highlights Labor Abuses in Palm Oil Supply Chain

Rainforest Action Network released an animated video on Facebook earlier this week that highlights its beef with the palm oil industry. The clear and concise video reveals unsettling details, including what the NGO calls endemic human rights abuses such as child labor.

Immigration, human rights, technology, Leon Kaye, innovation, Silicon Valley, Syrian refugees

U.S. Immigration Policy Needs a Massive Rethink

U.S. immigration policy is focused on an outdated model — one that categorizes people into two groups: those from Mexico and “other than Mexico.” It is hardly a way to cope with the country’s economic needs and does little to embolden its leadership in the world.

Uruguay, Tobacco, Phillip Morris, public health, smoking, Leon Kaye

Phillip Morris Loses Lawsuit Against Uruguay on Tough Tobacco Rules

An international trade court ruled against Philip Morris in the company’s lawsuit against the government of Uruguay over tobacco-labeling rules. The tobacco giant must pay Uruguay’s government $7 million in damages, along with all litigation costs, the panel ruled.

Tesla, Elon Musk, autonomous cars, public relations, materiality, Leon Kaye, transparency

Elon Musk and Tesla Twitter Outbursts Smack of a Cover-Up

Some aren’t happy with the way Tesla and its co-founder, Elon Musk, are responding to a fatal accident involving the company’s autonomous-driving technology. If Tesla hopes to stamp out skepticism among investors and the public, a social media pivot is in order, argues 3p’s Leon Kaye.

Social enterprise, Zambia, voluntourism, Leon Kaye, white savior, Louise Linton, Lusaka

B-Lister’s Memoir of ‘Gap Year’ in Africa Makes the Case Against Voluntourism

Unfortunately for Louise Linton’s future career prospects, the reception of her self-published book about a voluntourism stint in Zambia did not go well. Critics accused of her of describing a crassly fictionalized version of life in sub-Saharan Africa, and before long the hashtag #LintonLies was trending on Twitter.

SolarCity, solar, clean energy, Tesla, Elon Musk, energy storage, battery technology, Leon Kaye

Will Elon Musk’s Tesla-SolarCity Gamble Pay Off?

On paper, the Tesla-SolarCity deal is one that is easy for Wall Street analysts and business school students to pick apart. But in the long term, we could see the rise of a formidable company as solar power and energy storage get more efficient and cheaper.

Buzzfeed, advertising, plagiarism, content, Leon Kaye

Buzzfeed Accused of Stealing Content Yet Again

In a recent op-ed, writer Akilah Hughes called for advertisers to stop sponsoring Buzzfeed’s YouTube channel over accusations that the site is a cauldron of pilfered content and stolen ideas.