“Globalization requires documenting the impact of the world’s transnational giants through social activism. Self-regulation will work if it supports specific democratic controls and power in the hands of local communities affected by these business networks. A solid principle of business management finds those closest to a source of an impact should have decision-making powers as it affects human rights, labor rights, and environmental justice.”Rex L. Curry
As an organization development project of the Social Good Fund, it emerged and evolved from a 1997 book, The Corporate Planet: Ecology and Politics in the Age of Globalization, written by CorpWatch’s founder Joshua Karliner, and published by Sierra Club. Corporate accountability is tested by malfeasance in the world. Their investigations are about the economic impact on environmental, political, and human rights.
Corporate “company town” style domination of a local market is antithetical to the creation and support of democratic institutions and equitable economies. Alliance’s are forming to keep the United States from becoming one of those “towns.”
Holding corporations publicly accountable requires a megaphone and the subpoena powers of governments interested in the truth. Large transnational corporations create the most dangerous actions around the world. They have the power to devastate democracy, trampling human rights, and destroy ecosystems and must be resisted.
Can money be a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment? To answer this question, ask how it will be possible to regulate money in political campaigns. Is your $5 the same as another’s $500,000 when it is spent to persuade me to know or think about an issue?
Works to restore democratic authority over corporations, reviving grassroots democracy, revoke and reform corporate powers to control government and civil society.
The Center for Popular Democracy merged with the Leadership Center for the Common Good on January 1, 2014. It includes a sister 501c4 organizations, Action for the Common Good to create progress not just wait for it to occur.
The Third Wave Fund helped to establish the closed Data Center project but the idea of capacity building for local organizing groups focused on young people as activists remain. Who else better represents ‘meaning’ in every sense worthy of attention. The idea is good for replication at the local level. Data is in books, but the meaning of it is in people where you live. If you hope to build a local center with tools for the use of information by ordinary people, start here.
Need some legal services to eliminate undue rights of corporations to damage the earth? Over 200 municipalities across the U.S. have enacted this group’s Community Rights laws which ban practices – including fracking, factory farming, sewage sludging of farmland, and water privatization. They fight all those who would violate the rights of people, communities, and nature.
The idea of advancing corporate responsibility appears to many as the ultimate oxymoron. However, helping people who enjoy high levels of cognitive dissonance to identify the lack of endogenous chemicals that enable neurotransmission on triple bottom line issues can be joyful. The following six groups have their fun in this way.
The economic power and strength of consumers, investors, businesses in the United States is vast. It can establish an environmentally sustainable society and has a lot of ideas about how to get there.
Guidance for socially responsible investing is sought out be huge funds held by groups such as TIAA/CREF in portfolios under the headings of Environmentally and Socially Responsible. If the investment community is not on board we are truly doomed, and not in a good way.
Faith-based institutional investors as stockholders can vote for socially environmentally responsible business practices. Advancing the outlook of these organizations is a step in the right direction.
Shareholders can leverage strategies to improve corporate behavior. Watch how they do it and still do the reaping part.
Business needs help to find ways to demonstrate respect for ethical values, by making choices through business policies, practices, and processes that advance the welfare and health of a community as well as it builds a business.
A network of local business networks composed of independently operated businesses share ways they build local economies that know how to share prosperity through local business ownership and environmental stewardship.