- Don Marquis
This Friday we bring you a quote from the American poet, novelist, playwright and journalist Don Marquis (1878-1937). He often used humor and satire, as you can see here, in his reminder of the existence of the supply chain:
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’
- Don Marquis
…And in the words of Thomas Edison:
Readers of our blog know that we believe in the power of documentary film to make a real world impact and we love seeing that power in action. This week, we bring you the story of how a film caught the attention of a number of high level military folks and members of Congress, and, in turn, made a real difference for those who are serving our country.
Contributed by: Rachel Pafe
The Bad News
Contamination. High levels of cancer. Don’t tell anyone. Sounds like a conspiracy theory only seen in the movies? Correct about the movie part, wrong about the paranoid conspiracy part. Sometimes reality is scarier than the most outlandish fiction.
The documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful, exposes the very real situation in which the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, experienced immense levels of water pollution that resulted in high cancer levels. Up to one million people were exposed to tap water, drinking water and showers, which were polluted due to underground storage tanks, industrial spills and irresponsible waste disposal from an off-base dry cleaning company. (Read on for the good news…)
Our favorite quote this week comes from our newest Board Member, Sara Murphy Wright. Click below to hear what she has to say about why your purchases are about more than just what you’re buying.
Image borrowed from Tricia, Reston Mom
Contributed by: Mary Donovan
As we wrap up our series of definitions of terms commonly used in talking about the issues we address (which we’ll post as a separate section in our website soon for easy reference – stay tuned), we wanted to take yet another step back and ask: Why do we care? Why do these issues matter? Take a look at our answer – and let us know if there are other reasons YOU care about human rights and how they are impacted…
We recognize that the topics we discuss here can be overwhelming at times. There’s a lot going on in the world and there’s a lot going on in your life as well. You might reach a point in thinking about how businesses impact human rights when you ask yourself, “Why should I care?” Why choose not to buy textiles from a company that uses child labor, or to reject fruit from a company that uses pesticides harmful to humans (including the humans picking them)? Why should you care enough to be sure a company refrains from these practices?
There are many reasons. Here are just four:
Contributed by: Jason Gaines
September is Hunger Action Month in the United States. And action is exactly what is needed for a problem that many may not realize is plaguing America. Did you know that nearly 49 million people in this country are worried about from when and where their next meal is coming? Many of those 49 million are children. Bloggers have “gone orange” to raise awareness – and we’re joining the effort to share the good news is that some large corporations are using their resources to address this large problem.
Two such corporations include Ford and Kraft, who teamed up with Feeding America, the United States’ leading non-profit organization for hunger relief, in order to provide over two million meals for families in need. These partnerships started over the summer (which is a good reminder that this issue deserves our attention year-round – not just in September).
Our favorite quote for today is a nice reminder that businesses that want to grow and last are the ones who get on board with what their consumers are wanting. Nowadays, that includes respecting human rights, treating every person a business impacts with fairness and respect, being smarter with the planet…. what businesses are listening to these demands? We’ll find out….
“The brands that will be big in the future will be those that tap into the social changes that are taking place.”
- Sir Michael Perry, former Chair of Centrica PLC
Well said, good sir.
Have a great weekend all!
Contributed by: Mary Donovan
What do you think of when you hear the word “transparency?” Depending on your age, you may think of a transparency as the floppy plastic your teacher used to project lessons through an overhead projector, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. The kind of transparency we are talking about is transparency by businesses – the disclosure of important information and operations to the public. Why? Because the public needs (and deserves) information to make good and responsible decisions.
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