In Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley, a strong environmental justice movement is taking shape, fighting to raise awareness about devastating health issues.
Detroit zip code 48217 is the most toxic in Michigan and thirdmost in the nation. A crush of polluting industries tower over a small community that refuses to give up. Will a city climate action plan make a difference? What about the mountain of dirty tar sands byproduct perched on the edge of the Detroit River? Environmental justice seems to have deserted Detroit, or has it?
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of Executive Order 12898 on environmental justice. What are the events that brought environmental justice policies into existence, and are they still relevant? The answer is yes: They are probably more important today then ever before.
ExxonMobil’s 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report lists progress in environmental management since 2002, but it continues to pursue risky fossil fuels including tar sands oil and natural gas fracking.
A resolution at the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today will seek to prevent the fast food giant from marketing unhealthy food to children. While the majority of McDonald’s shareholders will likely reject the resolution when they vote, Sara Deon, director of Corporate Accountability International’s “Value [the] Meal” campaign insists that whether or not the resolution passes is of little consequence.
When it comes to most things, you get what you pay for. But when it comes to healthcare – a matter of life and death for every man, woman and child in this country – it is backwards. According to a 2012 report by the OECD, the United States spends some 17.6 percent of its GDP on healthcare – far more than any other OECD country – but does not see quality increases commensurate with its spending.
It appears that soft drink giant Coca-Cola is taking the “best defense is a good offense” approach when it comes to thwarting claims and eliminating perceptions that their products contribute to obesity.
Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food and retail settings can be assured a wage that will adequately cover their living expenses. While there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea in the U.S., the concept is catching on in the U.K., where employers report lower turnover and better worker attendance from happier employees. The companies are happy as well, since lower recruitment and retention costs mean better profits.
This week SAP announced that one percent of its workforce will eventually be adults diagnosed with a form of autism. That number could eventually be as high as 6,500 employees spread across 60 of its locations
It’s a fact of life that how much money you make often determines other life decisions, like where you can afford to live. But what if we reimagine what wealth means…what if wealth is an abundance of what you value?
World Health Partners (WHP) has been quite successful in its mission to help rural communities and provide people with quality health care facilities at affordable prices.
This article is the first in a series that seeks to identify existing funds generating positive social and environmental impact along with a traditional bottom line; codifying existing financing strategies for the new economy.
It will take organizations from several disciplines working together to put an end to homelessness. Veterans, families and children are hardest hit. President Obama’s Opening Doors initiative and new opportunities for funding like crowdfunding are rays of light for this dark problem.