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A Portion of the Proceeds?

A Portion of the Proceeds?

Have you ever wondered what it means when a company claims that a "portion of the proceeds" from a particular product go to a cause like breast cancer research or the World Wildlife Federation? It turns out that in some cases, the companies making these pledges have no preexisting agreements with the charities they're promoting, and there is very rarely much transparency as to the amount of money donated with each purchase.

December 14, 2007

Just Because it's Designer Doesn't Mean it's Sweatshop-Free

Just Because it's Designer Doesn't Mean it's Sweatshop-Free

For many, the phrase "made in Italy" is enough to instantly alleviate any concerns that a garment they are purchasing was put together in a sweatshop. After all, Italian made designer clothing has always commanded top dollar, and there's no reason for a company that sells $800 handbags to cheat its workers out of a living wage is there? If you still operate under this impression, the UK's Daily Mirror has news for you.

December 6, 2007

Catalog Choice Wants to Help Clear Out Your Mailbox

Catalog Choice Wants to Help Clear Out Your Mailbox

If you're sick of having your mailbox littered with a dozen catalogs from companies you have no interest in hearing from, you might want to check out Catalog Choice. Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center, a Berkeley-based group that was responsible for operating one of the first curbside recycling programs in the 1970s.

December 3, 2007

There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

Jonathan Tasini, a longtime labor activist and contributor to The Huffington Post, recently wrote about a report from the National Labor Committee which detailed labor abuses at a factory in Jordan which manufactures Victoria's Secret bikinis and lingerie. The factory employs 150 guest workers, most of whom originate from Bangladesh and lack the necessary residency permits to leave the industrial park where the factory is located.

November 30, 2007

Gap Announces Post-Scandal "Reforms"

Gap Announces Post-Scandal "Reforms"

Less than a month after it was revealed that some of its clothing was made by children in India, Gap has announced its plan to prevent such embarrassments from occurring in the future. Unless these measures are the just the beginning of a long battle the company is planning to wage against child labor, it would appear that Gap is about to get off scott-free from one of biggest child labor scandals in years.

November 19, 2007

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  • Altria? Formerly known as Philip Morris
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • Weapons-maker. Multiple environmental offender.