Dozens of companies have recently expressed support for Black Lives Matter.
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Companies are increasingly taking stands on hot-button political issues from LGBT rights to Black Lives Matter. New research shines light on whether and when it can benefit the bottom line.
An illustration of a sugar plantation in Antigua.
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A scholar of slavery in the British Empire describes the first boycott against sugar made with slave labor in the West Indies.
United Airlines officials testify after United physically forced a customer off a Chicago flight.
United Airlines faced a public relations nightmare when they dragged a man off a flight in 2017 – until the blame shifted back to the victim.
This year’s hajj has attracted controversy, with growing calls for a boycott.
Despite the calls for a boycott, millions of Muslims will make the pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islamic practice.
Benjamin Netanyahu won his fifth term as the Israel’s prime minister.
A major swing to the right and the abstention of a key demographic have bolstered the Israeli leader's position.
China hopes to make more microprocessor chips in China, which makes it a great industry to lead a boycott.
If companies in key industries collectively shunned the Chinese market, that would force China's leaders to take notice, with less risk of blowback.
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Boycotting academic, cultural and sports activities in Israel is an essential part, but total avoidance may not be the most useful political strategy.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people.
"Shaming campaigns" have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.
The search engine's founders saw this one coming 20 years ago. So how should they react now?
Academics join public protests around the world against Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Academics worldwide are calling for the US president to reconsider the executive order on immigration, which many say is damaging to research collaboration.
Protesters hold up signs during a march and rally against Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California.
A grassroots opposition movement against the Donald Trump presidency is growing. The question is can it be harnessed into globalised sanctions campaign?
Israeli goods produced in settlements will have to be labelled as such. Israel is calling this a boycott and raising the spectre of European anti-semitism.
Dockworkers in Australia, pictured here alongside other trade union members in a march through central Melbourne, acted in solidarity with South African workers in the 1980s.
The Anti-Apartheid Movement reminds us that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight for workers’ rights, even halfway across the planet.
BDS protesters on the West Bank in May 2015.
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Israel's prime minister is using boycott fears to distract attention from his government's increasingly right-wing agenda.
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If Elton was to take a look through fashion boycotts in the past, he wouldn't find a great track record (not that he seems too set on this one anyway).
The Queensland government has called for a boycott of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream over their support for WWF’s save the reef campaign.
US-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s recently caused a stir by siding with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Fight for the Reef campaign. Queensland environment…
Furniture retailer Harvey Norman has been targeted by activists, in a campaign described by the federal government as dishonest.
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In October 2000, I was driving through downtown Boise, Idaho, and nearly careered off the road. Just in front of me was a giant inflatable Godzilla-like dinosaur, well over 30m tall. It was towering over…
Vladimir Putin, Dimitry Medvedev and sports minister Vitaly Mutko oozing cool in Sochi.
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The founding fathers of the Paralympics must be turning in their graves. The Sochi Paralympics is the latest in a long list of sporting events to be marred by politics. The 1980 Olympics in the then USSR…
Tax protests outside a Starbucks in London. But do people really care enough to make a difference?
The tax arrangements of major brands such as Google, Apple and Amazon have prompted a fierce debate over questions of organisational ethics, social justice and international co-operation. But as a consumer…
Continued boycotts of Israeli academics pose a threat to the very freedoms that academics hold dear.
On Wednesday last week, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney adopted a motion to boycott Israeli academics. The motion called specifically for the University to cut its current…