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When Toxic Flame Retardants Were Good For You

For five years, companies that make toxic flame retardant chemicals told us that they had hard science to show that their products save lives. Without flame retardants in all of our furniture, they’d say, thousands of children would die in house fires every year. That’s untrue. Here’s the story of the man who crafted the message.

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Why Facebook’s Internet.org is so Controversial in Asia

Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative has a noble stated goal to bring Internet access to the billions around the world currently lacking it. However, the free application launched in Indonesia and India to waves of backlash from net neutrality activists and widespread concerns that it was promoting a Facebook-centric Web.

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Human Capital Impact of Educational Institutions

Colleges and universities can help build the knowledge and skills — or human capital — of a region’s people, a critical component of an area’s economic success, argues Meghna Tare of the University of Texas at Arlington.

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CVS Sets Example by Taking the High Road on Tobacco Sales

Every now and then, a company takes a bold step, walking away from a profitable line of business because it doesn’t support their mission, or because it simply is the right thing to do. Retail pharmacy chain CVS took such a step last year when it decided to stop selling tobacco products. RP Siegel talks with Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at CVS, to better understand the thinking behind this decision.

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Mexican Startup Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Semina Boni Terra doesn’t prioritize competition in the hostile trade environment between Mexico and U.S. corporations. Montse Castro, founder of the Mexican startup, re-imagined the agriculture business model as fair trade in practice, not promise—on a national level—to curb food poverty and preserve cultural and economic integrity in rural Mexico.

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Networking and NetWorthing to Success

We spoke with expert networker and professional development facilitator Sarah Michel, the creator of the NetWORTHing process and author of “Perfecting Connecting: A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace,” who shared valuable insights on what it means to be a leader – for oneself and others.

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Meet Six Brave Activists Who Risked It All for Their Communities

Each winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize is something of an environmental hero: Some faced death threats, prison or loss of livelihood for standing up for their communities’ safety and survival. And in every case, the adversary was their own governments. Read on to meet them.

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The Women’s Leadership Conference — Back In Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren explains why this conference is the nation’s new forum to promote women’s personal and professional development and advancement.

Attendees will learn how to seek their highest level of personal and professional growth and gain varying perspectives and strategies for development. Find out more here.

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Bike-Share Programs Extend into Underserved Neighborhoods

Studies show that communities with statistically recognized transportation issues benefit the most from having a bike-share option in their neighborhood. However, disproportionately, some of the most recognized bike-share programs in the country have been met with controversy for lack of equitable distribution in core neighborhoods characterized by less affluence.

Established in 2001, the nonprofit Oceana has committed itself to “achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.”

How Good is That Environmental Nonprofit, Anyway?

Greenpeace rates tech companies on their data centers. Oxfam America ranks food brands on the sustainability of their supply chains. The League of Conservation Voters scores elected officials on their voting records. But who rates, ranks and scores Greenpeace, Oxfam America and the League of Conservation Voters​?​ ​Or The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International or WWF? ​For now, no one.

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Why Millennial Women Open Their Own Doors

In every sense of the phrase, millennial women are more likely to open doors for themselves and then hold them open for others — and that’s all the more reason they should be valued and encouraged to reach high-powered positions in our society.

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How Starting a Charity Changed My Business (and My Life)

For me and my brother, helping families in need has been a lifelong endeavor. Adding a charitable arm to our business has created benefits that span beyond tax breaks and positive publicity. There have been far more rewarding bonuses worth noting.

The 2012 Washington, D.C. Hug Tour aimed to harness the power of hugs. Are they powerful enough to improve your business?

How Giving Hugs and Showing Compassion Will Grow Your Business

It’s easy for people to associate business leaders with closed doors and dollar signs. But leaders who use compassion to drive their businesses will experience real-time benefits and grow a stronger network of colleagues and customers, argues Sheldon Yellen, CEO of disaster recovery firm BELFOR.