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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

The Huffington Post

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Eliminating sweatshops and child labor depends on regulation, not consumers' preferences, as supply chains have become so complex and obscure as to prevent simple labels from being valuable.

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Bangladesh volunteers learn to make a life-or-death difference in a disaster

The Guardian

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In the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladeshi civilians—often first on the scene of disasters in poorer countries–are being trained to support emergency teams.

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Two Years After Rana Plaza, Are Bangladesh's Workers Still at Risk?

The Nation

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After a major fire, labor standards in Bangladesh are improving, but workers must have a voice if these changes are to be sustainable.

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Bangladesh's Chance to Get It Right

The New York Times

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Bangladesh is hardly known for its workplace safety. But a new effort ensures that Bangladeshi workers are trained about how to better follow security and safety restrictions to create a safer working environment.

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The Story Behind the First-Ever Life Insurance Coverage for People With HIV

GOOD Magazine

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Up until 2015, people living with HIV in the U.S. could not buy term life insurance, outside of a few small-value employer policies. Æqualis, a new company in partnership with Prudential Financial, began offering 10- and 15-year life insurance policies to individual consumers to help them and to ...

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Doing More Than Praying for Rain

The New York Times

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

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The Low-Lying Country Where Drowning Is the No. 1 Killer of Kids

The Atlantic

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The biggest killer of children in Bangladesh is drowning, especially among low income families. The injury prevention center, CIPRB, has started swimming education programs and teaching young kids rescue techniques.

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In Aleppo, cell phones are helping some desperate Syrians find clean water

Public Radio International (PRI)

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a map on Facebook to show alternative sources o...

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Preparing for Disaster by Betting Against It

The New York Times

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public transportation infrastructure, specifically against storm surge. These bonds priva...

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School ditches rules and loses bullies

Sunday Star Times

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A school in New Zealand took the rules out of recess. They found that when the kids were mentally engaged during play time activities they were less likely to have problems, such as bullying within the classroom.

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