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Is Apple cleaning up its act on labour rights?

Is Apple cleaning up its act on labour rights? | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Tough production schedules and slim margins lead to poor labour conditions in the electronics industry. Duncan Jefferies asks if progress is being made
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Why is it that, in large corporations, the first thing  to do when cutback in cost need to be done, it effects the employees in the most brutal ways? I don't think much permanent change is going to made any time soon. The trend is to, use manufactures in other parts of the world, with less restrictions on employee rights. Places like China or Africa are the main places where large corporations can bend the ethical line of how things are made....as long as it is productive and gets them money. Why don't people treat other people, no matter the origin, with dignity?

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McDonald's definition of "sustainable": brought to you by the beef industry

McDonald's definition of "sustainable": brought to you by the beef industry | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
So it's hardly a surprise that the fast-food giant has no immediate plans to ditch meat grown on antibiotics-laced feed.
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Sustainable Meat?? What does that even mean?

Especially if the cow's are eating feed with antibiotics in it, despite studies proving that antibiotic-resistant bugs can jump from meat to people. Is McDonald's really trying to make better Sustainable efforts?, or are they just trying to make it look like they are making changes...I think in reality, they aren't going to change anything, because what if customers don't like the change? I think the people behind the efforts for "sustainable meat" at McDonald's, have a different agenda and may only want to look better to the consumer. No matter how unethical, I think its smart, because people out there are dumb enough to believe it and support it. No matter what, McDonald's will never be healthy for you, I don't think it will ever be a place people go to where, they know what they are eating, is good for their body. I guess we'll see how this sustainable meat thing works out.

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Whole Foods looks for local food suppliers for Lansdowne store

Whole Foods looks for local food suppliers for Lansdowne store | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
U.S. grocery chain Whole Foods is calling on local farmers and artisans to help stock the shelves of its new market at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park this year.
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I thought this article was interesting because in my CSR class we learned how important it is to support your local communities and farmers who are farming the ethical way. After watching the documentary Food Inc., it made me think a lot about what I put into my body and where is comes from. How is it made and what negative effects came from getting it in my hands? Being in my current situation it is hard to control what I eat and where it comes from, due to limited sources and knowledge. But as I learn more and as my life changes I know I will start to put effort into the things I buy and support the better causes. 

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Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer

Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court will decide whether corporate personhood, a dubious idea they’ve already affirmed, means business can deny birth control coverage on the grounds of “religious freedom.”
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I was taken back by this article when I first read it. I couldn't believe that a corporation, no matter the religious background, would deny their employees of the right to have proper heath coverage. No matter the persons reason, heath benefits should be something every employee has the right to. Employee's work hard everyday for your company and business, they should have some benefits coming out of it.  When is comes to work and employment, religious reasons and personal opinions should not effect the business or people involved. That opinion or believe should be left at home, (or in your head), because its law and unethical. Everyone has their rights and everyone should stand by them, as well as respect them. Respect each other enough to leave your opinion out of it. 

This thing called "Hobby Lobby", is the most ridiculous thing. You should not be allowed to turn away business due to religious or cultural believes. I think people need to learn to adapt and respect each other.

 

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Solving the sustainability crisis: Our job and technology's job

Solving the sustainability crisis: Our job and technology's job | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
The exponential development of technology has dramatically altered the way most--but far from all--of us live. At the turn of the 20th century, 40 per cent of...
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Change Behavior!

I really liked this article because it really brought together a lot of what I have learned this semester in CSR. I agree with the idea that the only way to improve our future and save it, is to start using technology toward helping and fixing the damage we do. I still think the need for consumption is ridiculous in society today and should be limited because of the effects it has. But that would be a ridiculous idea right?, because corporations need to make money and for anyone to make money, we have to spend it and buy things we only need...to stay "up-to-date". My only hope is to do what I can, talk to people about it, and hope that it will make a little bit of a difference.

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Advertisements aimed at young children are immoral and should be banned - Telegraph

Advertisements aimed at young children are immoral and should be banned - Telegraph | Corporate Social Responsibility | Scoop.it
Children should be allowed to grow up free from the pressures of advertising
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This topic came up briefly in my Corporate Social Responsibility class when we were shown a documentary, called The Corporation. It struck a chord for me because I couldn't believe that corporations today, put millions of dollars into advertising toward children, just so they can beg their parents to spend money.  I didn’t even realize or think about how these advertisements may have influenced me growing up.

I agree with this article completely, in that children today should be more concerned about saving and managing money, then spending it. Children today should focus more on being a good citizen and how to better the earth, then how to spend money on things that damage the earth and end up in the garbage. All of these things come full circle with children grow up thinking they need materialistic things so they grow up buying them. Then children want things they really don’t need, that will not make them any happier or add value to their life, and as they grow out of these things, they get thrown away and end up in a landfill.  All this consuming does, is give the people making the product or who own the product more and more money. I agree that advertising to young children is immoral, wrong, and should be banned from all countries. Although I understand that this may be a hard battle to fight because it is considered the norm in Canada and the United States…and with them producing most of these advertisements and marketing methods, it may be a long one…but parent’s today and of the future, should take a stand!

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