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Target’s ‘Made to Matter’ Collection Boasts Expansion of Sustainable Products

Target recently unveiled its latest move toward expanding sustainable, organic and natural product offerings. Housed under its “Made to Matter—handpicked by Target” program, 120 new organic or natural health, wellness, grocery and beauty products will roll out to all of Target’s 1,754 stores over the next several months.

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Shocker: 89 Percent of Fast Food Workers are Victims of Wage Theft

As if it’s not enough that so many minimum wage workers can’t make ends meet on an honest day’s work, many also find themselves performing work for free or less than they’re due. A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates shows an overwhelming majority of fast food workers, 89 percent, have experienced wage theft.

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Women in CSR: Kathleen Tullie, Reebok International & BOKS

Kathleen Tullie, Director of Social Responsibility at Reebok International and Co-Founder and Executive Director of BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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How Mindfulness Inspires 360-Degree Social Responsibility

From a corporate standpoint mindfulness could manifest either externally or internally. We could therefore call a company “360-Degree Socially Responsible” if it is mindful of the way it treats both its own employees as well as the larger, external world.

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Campaign Underway to Send U.S. Power Soccer Team to the White House

In 2011, the United States Power Wheelchair Soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup title, making them the only U.S. soccer team in history to win back-to-back World Cups. Despite this momentous achievement, the team has not yet been invited to the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama.

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New Study Reveals the Workings of China’s Pilot Emissions Cap-and-Trade Systems

The population of Chinese cities continues to swell even as air, water and land pollution reach toxic levels. Responding to the growing costs and threats, as well as public outcry, the Chinese government is turning to emissions cap-and-trade markets as a possible central plank in its “war on pollution.”

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Learn to Feel the Planet’s Pain: Sustainability Lessons from a Medical Missionary

Influential doctor and medical missionary Paul Brand once said, “I would gladly give up medicine tomorrow if by so doing I could have some influence on policy with regard to mud and soil.” What led him to such a statement? Living in India, Ethiopia and Louisiana — and witnessing the same thing in each place.

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First Pro-Weed Commercial Airs on Major Networks

On Wednesday, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted almost unanimously to decriminalize marijuana in small amounts, while Colorado and Washington state have legalized the stuff. It’s flowing into daily lives, and now we’re seeing the first network television commercial for medical marijuana–just playing right there on the TV like they’re selling Tylenol or Hot Pockets.

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Dating Profile Pics Showing Your Humanitarian Work: Hot or Not?

Profile pictures on social media platforms and dating apps are oh-so-easy to poke fun at: There’s the quirky girl with a cutesy fake moustache or the ex-frat boy chugging a pint of beer at his favorite bar. But Brooklyn-based filmmaker Cody Clarke discovered a more unsettling trend in profile photos while flipping through the dating app Tinder that pulls pictures and information from users’ Facebook profiles: light-skinned women from developed countries posing with babies and children in developing countries, almost as props. Clarke started a blog, Humanitarians of Tinder, to post the original photos he found last month and has been uploading new pictures ever since.

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Kiva and Vittana Crowdfund Student Loans in the Developing World

It is no secret that education is the surest route to a better life, but for tens of thousands of low-income students in developing nations, high costs means that access to it continues to be the stuff of fantasy. Student loans are notoriously hard to come by outside of the U.S. and Europe, largely due to the fact that banks have no track record of repayments that can be used to assess risk, and students generally don’t have collateral or a credit history to prove that they can pay back loans.

The answer to this classic “chicken-or-the-egg” problem could lie with crowdfunding, which not only presents an opportunity to get tuition loans to students who need them, but also to build a “track record of repayment” that will encourage financial institutions to offer more loans to students.

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Bing to Put Brazil’s Favelas on the Map

How can you provide social services or start a new business when your city doesn’t even show up on a map? That’s the reality for millions of Brazilians living in favelas, or shantytowns, in Rio de Janeiro: Less than 1 percent of these densely populated urban areas have been mapped, according to Microsoft search engine Bing.

But the Google competitor hopes it can put Rio’s favelas on the map, embarking on a long-term project to bring its computational power and mapping infrastructure to the city set to host this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.