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A Change in the Weather on Wall Street

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Climate change has a political problem: the countries most affected by it are not the ones in a position to do anything. In many ways, the United States was unconcerned about the issue - until Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and politicians started to pay attention.

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An L.A. Story: Unions Show Signs of Life

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The minimum wage issue has been debated endlessly, with arguments both for and against its effectiveness. An increase, tested in some states and enacted in others, immeasurably betters the quality of life for low-income families.

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A Scorecard for Companies With a Conscience

The New York Times

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For triple-bottom-line businesses, there are no guarantees that responsible practices will continue after a sale of the company. 'B corp', a new form of corporation in the United States, is one that aims to maximize not just profit, but social and environmental good.

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Cities Saving States

Foreign Policy

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Nigeria is arguably the worst-run of the world’s major countries. This country, and its biggest city Lagos, may show how fragile states can begin to succeed: devolve more power to their cities.

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Ethical Businesses With a Better Bottom Line

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Corporations concerned about their social and environmental impact must also consider the costs. Bcorps, a new form of corporation in the U.S., are using a rigorous certification process to gain consumers trust and boost sales.

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Foreclosure Is Not an Option

The New York Times

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Foreclosure affects millions of homeowners and millions more owe more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth. Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), based in Cleveland, OH, offers assistance acting as a negotiating intermediary between loan servicers or lenders and borrowe...

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From Our Prison to Your Dinner Table

Pacific Standard

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In prison, most inmates are alienated from social practices and can be a tax burden for the states. The Colorado Correctional Industries is a program that positions inmates in different forms of labor such as making stuffed toys, farming fish, picking fruit, tending livestock, and creating crafts...

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Health Care for a Changing Work Force

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America’s system of health care is based on an old industrial-era model, without taking into account a decentralized, mobile, independent workforce that remains largely unprotected without health and unemployment insurance. The Freelancers Insurance Company, based in New York State, offers comp...

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Most Bangladeshi garment workers are women, but their union leaders weren't. Until now.

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Bangladesh’s garment industry saw two disasters in recent years: the Tazreen fire in November 2012 and the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April of 2013. International action to reform the industry followed, but so did labor organizing. Groups of workers, most of them women, huddled in rooms like ...

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In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress

The New York Times

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For decades, migrant workers in Florida have been employed under dreadful conditions, picking produce without breaks under extreme temperatures and women being sexually harassed. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has demanded that growers increase wages, mandate rest breaks, and prohibit sexual...

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