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Policy Points: How Business Can Influence Paid Leave, Taxes and Climate Issues

By Zach Bernstein Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential but are not game-changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws…
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Oregon’s ‘Cowboy Campers’ Face New Indictment Over Crimes of Violence

Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed thugs face new charges over the Oregon takeover, and his father Cliven is finally called to…
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SCOTUS Does a 180, Refuses to Block Environmental Regulations

Four weeks ago, in a highly unusual 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Clean Power Plan, temporarily blocking progress…
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Costa Rica’s Pineapple Industry Promises to Become More Responsible

The Costa Rican government says it is now serious about taking on the social and environmental concerns that have swirled around its pineapple…
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Electrify Africa: Balancing Energy Access and Long-Term Sustainability

New energy development, spurred by the recently passed Electrify Africa Act, is set to significantly increase access to affordable power for millions throughout…
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Oregon Sets a New Standard: Coal-Free by 2035

In a bi-partisan vote that brought together utilities, consumers and environmentalists, Oregon's legislature has passed the most ambitious, anti-coal, pro-renewables legislation in the…
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What Happened to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality?

Many have wondered how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality could fail Flint citizens so utterly and completely, and not only that, act…
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Greenpeace: Brands (Still) Not Doing Enough to Protect Indonesian Forests

Last year's horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of…
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Procter & Gamble Rejects Some Ingredients Linked to Cancer

It seems market forces, not government regulation, are shaping corporate action, with the recent transparency moves by Procter & Gamble and SC Johnson…
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Addressing Forced Labor in the Garment Industry

The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be…
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Did Cronyism in Michigan Make the Flint Water Crisis Worse?

Cronyism isn't new in politics, and given that there are no rules against it in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is crisscrossed with…
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The Flint Water Crisis And a Culture of Zero Accountability

Along with the emergency manager law, Michigan government's lack of accountability and transparency contributed to the conditions that facilitated the Flint water crisis.
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Silly Koch Brothers, You Can’t Kill The Electric Car

Rumor has it that the Koch brothers will try to kill the electric car, but they are facing an uphill battle.
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Lush Campaign Tells Syrian Refugees: You Are Welcome

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics joined with the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organization that responds to humanitarian crises around the world, to send…
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Stockholm Wants To Ditch Fossil Fuels By 2050

Sweden's capital is out to completely eliminate its use of fossil fuels by 2050, and local leaders say "the city is well on…
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