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Cotton Production Transparency: Unraveling the Mysterious Supply Chain

Cotton is a particularly demanding crop with a complex supply. And while the solutions to complex issues are never simple, forward-thinking brands are…
Olympics, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, corporate responsibility, Zika, Leon Kaye, Dow

No Olympic CSR Medals This Year: Companies Avoid Rio 2016

Many companies are staying away from Brazil in the countdown to this year’s Olympics, which is a lost opportunity for corporations seeking a…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, Indonesia, Malaysia, deforestation, RSPO, Leon Kaye

Leading Palm Oil Producer Sues RSPO in Swiss Court

The Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group is suing the RSPO in a Zurich, Switzerland court, over what it says is an unfair…
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Transparency, Accountability and Better Working Conditions

One thing is clear: Just being transparent is not enough. The next step is figuring out how transparency can empower real changes that…
Charter schools, KIPP, transparency, Department of Education, John Kasich

Charter Schools: The Next Nationwide Scandal

Undercounting students, manipulating statistics and fudging the books have become an endemic problem within the charter schools industry.
Panama Papers, transparency, tax evasion corporate governance, Leon Kaye, Obama Administration

Obama Cracks Down on Tax Evasion, While U.S. Thrives as an Offshore Tax Haven

In the wake of the Panama Papers revelations, the Obama administration announced new steps to fight tax evasion, money laundering, opaque corporate registers…
Middle East, Lebanon, transparency international, transparency, corruption, Arab Spring, Leon Kaye, sustainable development, bribery

Corruption is Destroying the Social Fabric of the Middle East and North Africa

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International, 1 in 3 citizens in the Middle East and North Africa reported paying at least…
General Mills, artificial colors, GMOs, Leon Kaye, transparency, supply chain, Trix Cereal

Trix Cereals Ditch Artificial Colors, But Consumers Don’t Care

Earlier this week, General Mills’ social media team reminded the public about the new Trix cereal in a cute video posted on the…
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Big News: Golden Agri Resources Commits to Fully-Traceable Palm Oil

One of the largest palm oil companies in the world, Singapore-based Golden Agri Resources (GAR), has announced a four-year plan to trace more…
Ben & Jerry's voiced its support for Oregon's failed mandatory GMO labeling legislation by erecting this billboard in Portland in 2014. While the USDA and other agencies maintain that GMOs are safe, the debate about whether or not such ingredients should be labeled rages on -- and it's a case study for transparency.

Transparency and the Key to Consumer Trust

More than 100 years ago, the first fledgling calls for business transparency were heard. At that time, it was in the grueling textile…
Mars Inc, food labeling, public health, leon kaye, transparency

Mars To Distinguish ‘Everyday’ and ‘Occasional’ Foods

Privately-owned food giant Mars is raising the bar with a bold, yet potentially slippery, new approach toward food labeling. What stands out most…
Fifth Quarter Brands, University of Maryland, public health, transparency, Leon Kaye, dairy industry, Jae Kun Shim, university research, concussions

No, Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Help with Concussions After all

A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds.…
Panama Papers, corruption, transparency, Leon Kaye, Argentina, offshore banking

Panama Papers Reveal How the Well-Connected Wage Economic War

This week, the release of what are known as the Panama Papers is showcasing how some of the world’s wealthiest and most corrupt…
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Greenpeace Does What Government Hasn’t: Releases Map of Indonesia Forest Concessions

The map was no easy effort, with Greenpeace Indonesia staff digitizing paper maps and PDF files that they collected from numerous companies.
GMOs, GMO labeling, General Mills, supply chain, transparency, FDA, Leon Kaye

Why GMO Labeling Matters

After a long fight, Vermont's GMO-labeling law will take effect this summer. One of the largest food companies in the U.S. now says…