Some Leather is More Ethical Than Others

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I like leather. I buy it, I wear it and it is natural material that has been one of the most useful materials throughout history. After all, what could be more natural than leather, right? The problem is that modern massive scale leather production too often has widespread negative impacts to animals, people and the earth in a way that it didn't used to.  Big Livestock Production is Inhumane and Pollutant: Massive factory livestock yards and slaughter operations have gotten pretty nasty. Cruel treatment of animals is rampant in this industry and has proven difficult to reign in. Furthermore, it's...

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Discussing Business Ethics in Colombia

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One of the highlights of my trip to Bogota, Colombia this week was being invited to speak to a Business Ethics class at a renowned business university to a group of about 30 students and faculty. My friend and host this trip happens to be an adjunct faculty and teaches the course (fortunately for me, in English). The subject could not have been more perfect for me, so I was thrilled to be invited to talk about the ethics of the production of products we buy as well as my own experience as an American social entrepreneur. My host cued...

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