Phone manufacturers, like the Dutch company Fairphone, require suppliers of raw materials used in their phones to improve employment conditions for their workers.
Businesses can use their purchasing power to change the actions of their suppliers and help to eradicate slavery - both in Australia and across the world.
The water tower in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated water led to a health crisis in 2014.
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Congressional inability to devise a health care plan for the US is not the only impediment to good health care. Contaminated water pipes and old bridges are also roadblocks.
Getting food on to our plates out of season relies on a fragile business ecosystem. The latest shortages show how easily this can break down.
A blood drive in Florida in 2009.
AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Lower demand for blood may sound like good news, yet it is causing problems in the blood supply chain. Hospitals want to pay less for blood, which leads to disruption of previous business models.
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The growth in popularity for larger, supportive underwear has, in turn, led to huge amounts of innovation in the sector and a 70,000 mile supply chain.
“Ugly” food campaigns will not solve food wastage.
Major food retailers say they are aiming for zero food waste - but are transferring the costs onto not-for-profit groups and suppliers.
Business and consumers are demanding more data than ever, and the traditional barcode isn't cutting it any more.
Pink ones are better?
Men and women may be charged differently for the same product, but the problems come when you don't have the choice.
But can you make an EV at half the price of that one?
Elon Musk of Tesla Motors wants to build an affordable, mass-market electric car. What can Tesla learn from another auto innovator – Henry Ford?
Getting the local distribution right.
A parliamentary bill proposing that the UK allocate 0.7% of its GDP for international aid has led to the usual criticism levelled against international aid: that in times of austerity, the country can’t…
Over half of Australia’s imported goods come from the Asia Pacific, which has 78 million child labourers, including these three in a Bangladesh balloon factory.
The fragmentation of global production has dramatically increased the length and complexity of supply chains. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that more than…