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April 6, 2010

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Social Media Protest Campaign Reveals Greenpeace Weaknesses

Richard Telofski

 The social media campaign by Greenpeace against Nestlé was viewed as a victory for the NGO. But there is another side to the story.

April 1, 2010

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Greenpeace and Social Media Mob Nestle

Jon Entine

 Reports from the front lines in the nasty skirmish between Greenpeace and Nestle over the company’s purchase of palm oil for its Kit-Kat candy bar and other products suggest that negotiations are in the works.

March 31, 2010

ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business

Frederico Ferreira

 A compilation of essays assesses interactions between environmental NGOs and the corporate world.

January 30, 2010

FINANCE & TRADE

Jagdish Bhagwati on NGOs and Fair Trade

David Peyton

 In his recent World Affairs article, Fair Trade: Beware the Beguiling Phrase, Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics and law at Columbia University, comments on NGO campaigns and the ways in which they force their understanding of the “social good” onto consumers. 

December 7, 2009

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY & CULTURE

Where Are NGOs Concentrating Their Campaigning Resources?

SigWatch

 In its latest quarterly report, Where Are NGOs Concentrating Their Campaigning Resources?, SigWatch catalogues NGO campaigns and priority issues, both globally and by region.

October 26, 2009

HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW & JUSTICE, SOCIETY & CULTURE

Human Rights Watch's Bias

David Peyton | The AMERICAN

 What qualifies as bias when it comes to human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch, which pledges to defend the defenseless, ideology aside? According to HRW’s founder Robert Bernstein, who was the nongovernmental organization’s active chairman for 20 years and is now founding chairman emeritus, HRW has lost its way when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

September 29, 2009

ECONOMICS, FINANCE & TRADE, ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY

Energy Security and Environmentalism Go Head-to-Head in Battle Over Oil Sand Reserves

Jon Entine, Moon Doh

 The nexus between energy security and climate change is again in focus, with the relocation of the UN’s climate talks from the UN General Assembly in New York to Bangkok for the final stretch of meetings before the December Copenhagen conference. One of the key challenges: considering that the transition to alternative fuels is still largely a distant dream, how do country’s limit carbon emissions from the largest new fossil fuel sources, including the massive oil sand reserves in Canada and Venezuela.

August 24, 2009

HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY & CULTURE

You Don't Really Care for Music Do You?

Andy Brownback

 In Israel, some singer/songwriters, like King David, are born into controversy, others, like Leonard Cohen, have controversy thrust upon them. It had nothing to do with his Jewish heritage, nor his profound, melancholic lyrics. The 74-year-old musician, known as much for his left-leaning politics as for his melodic ballads, drew harsh criticism from Palestinian groups for partnering with Amnesty International to stage a concert in Ramat Gan, Israel. Cohen plans to donate the proceeds of his Israeli performance to a charity for Israeli and Palestinian children. Moderates on both sides hailed it as an important cultural event, and a hopeful sign of progress towards a peaceful solution in Israel. But the plans foundered when hard-line critics blasted the concert as an attempt to divert attention away from Israel’s human-rights record.

After weeks of intense criticism, including an anti-Israel protest at Cohen’s concert in Belfast, Amnesty International ultimately withdrew its co-sponsorship. This capitulation, seen as a victory by extremists, is another example of the failure of diplomatic efforts between hardliners on both sides.

August 24, 2009

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Whole Foods Heresy: Squabbling Besets Democrats over Health Care

Jon Entine

 Nothing is uglier than when a family member turns on its own. That's what we’re witnessing with the virulent attacks on and calls for a boycott of Whole Foods, once a card-carrying member of the cultural left and liberal Americans’ favorite supermarket. The heresy: John Mackey, its free thinking founder, broke from liberal orthodoxy by writing an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal questioning the wisdom of a single payer health insurance program.

July 24, 2009

ECONOMICS, CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP, ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

A Green Marketing Ploy? NGOs Scrutinize Apple and Other Computers

Jackie Ammons

 Whether it’s wind-powered electricity, hybrid cars, or earth-friendly cosmetics, corporations are jumping on the bandwagon to promote environmentally-friendlier products. The next step in this eco-movement is to target technology and, more specifically, personal computers and laptops.

Does this green computing boomlet warrant all of this media attention and the substantial marketing and R&D expenditures by electronics firms? The answer is not clear. Thus far, green computer campaigns, such as Greenpeace’s Green My Apple and the efforts of Climate Savers Computing, have created more of a marketing venue for electronics companies than anything else. While companies may differ somewhat in their environmental standards, NGOs and electronics companies create the appearances of what seem to be major environmental differences when company standards aren’t really that groundbreaking.


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