What lies ahead as far as green in America may seem uncertain at the moment. At Green America, we strive to make a difference—we know you do too. In the last several months, our online actions for change have garnered tens of thousands of signatures and are leading change for clean energy, safe food, fair labor, and responsible banking. We’re certain […]
The Standing Rock water protectors and allies, including Green America, are celebrating a major victory: The Army Corps of Engineers has denied approval for the final permit that would have allowed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, into the traditional territory of the Standing Rock Sioux. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil […]
At first glance, it may be difficult to see what the tobacco and oil industries have in common, but upon scrutiny, a disconcerting picture of two public disinformation campaigns begins to form. Not only do these campaigns appear to parallel each other, but new information reveals a behind-the-scenes collaboration to cover up data linking these two powerful industries to a […]
The violence in our country last week has shocked us all. Two African American men were killed by police officers, bringing the total of African American men in the US killed by the police since January 2015 to 175 (24 of those men were unarmed). Women of color are at disproportionate risk of police violence as well. Then, the shooting […]
Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans”. This beautiful ad shows better than anything we could write why this name needs to go away for good. In addition, you can read our article on “Native American Marketing Images” for more ideas on how to support justice and respect when it comes to using these images and mascots–or not using them. It was written quite some time ago, but the advice is still sound.
Despite Apple’s supplier code of conduct and its well-polished corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, the most recent of which was released in February 2014, labor abuses persist in the factories where Apple products are made. In a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute, Apple’s own data, as well as independent investigations, depict working conditions that still routinely and systematically fail to meet Apple’s own standards, and can be fairly characterized as deplorable. In Assessing the Reforms Portrayed by Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Report, Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, and Isaac Shapiro, EPI research associate, provide a detailed analysis of the latest annual report by Apple summarizing its audits of, and developments in, its supply chain. Persistent violations include working hours that are greater than legal limits and a significant number of supplier factories that are not in compliance with juvenile worker protection, occupational injury protection, and environmental health and safety standards. The new report indicates there has been little progress in these areas since 2009. “Two years after promising fundamental changes for workers in its supply chain, what Apple has delivered is more business-as-usual than sweeping reform,” said Shapiro. “Sadly, this means labor rights abuses in Apple’s supply chain are ongoing and commonplace.” “While Apple has made progress in some areas, the claims made by Apple in its report are often misleadingly rosy, presumably designed to distract from the serious labor rights violations that even its […]
Although women make up slightly less than half of the US labor force (47 percent in 2010), the number of women subjected to sexual harassment or sexual violence vastly outnumbers that of men. According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 84 percent of the sexual harassment complaints received were filed by women. And 9 of every 10 rape victims […]