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Wal-Mart's Reforms Bring its Critics to the Bargaining Table

Wal-Mart's Reforms Bring its Critics to the Bargaining Table

The public relations war waged by groups like Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart on the country's largest employer—and for a long time, biggest corporate villain—appears to be entering détente. Nearly half of the staffers at the two organizations have been let go, and Wal-Mart has in turn, scaled back its public relations efforts—which were ramped up several years ago to engender good will in the face of heavy criticism.

May 8, 2008

Freecycle Your Junk

Freecycle Your Junk

Many things that end up on the curb each week aren't thrown out because they're broken or even obsolete — they're just not useful to their owner anymore and they take up too much space. Five years ago, a man by the name of Deron Beal set out to make us think twice about the value of the stuff we no longer use, through a network of community message boards called Freecycle.

April 21, 2008

Post Office Announces Free Electronics Recycling Program

Post Office Announces Free Electronics Recycling Program

Many of the top electronics companies have instituted recycling programs in recent years, aiming to cut down on consumer waste and the release of dangerous chemicals into landfills. But what if you can't find that little envelope that came with your cell phone or printer cartridge, or if the nearest drop off center is a hundred miles from your house?

March 19, 2008

The Supply Chain Alibi

The Supply Chain Alibi

No company wants to be known for employing children in sweatshops or coating their products in lead paint, but intricate supply chains filled with contractors and subcontractors have helped to insulate global corporations from the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe and ethical.

February 8, 2008

One Year Later, (RED)'s Success is Controversial

One Year Later, (RED)'s Success is Controversial

In early 2007, the rock singer Bono teamed up with AIDS activists and veterans of the non-profit sector to found a whole new approach in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Project (RED) wouldn't provide services like an NGO or round up large contributions from businesses, endowments and wealthy philanthropists, but would instead be a business itself. A year later, the program has received heaps of criticism and praise, most of which results from the unconventional way that it goes about its philanthropy.

February 7, 2008

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