Fair Trade

Why This Fashion Company That Pays Its Workers Above-Average Wages Teaches Money Management

The co-founders of the socially conscious shoe seller Nisolo realized that increasing their producers' incomes was just the beginning of improving their lives.

Trump's Business-Friendly Economic Agenda

Trump's plans for tax and regulatory reform could benefit entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporations alike.

China Is a Problem, But Higher Tariffs Are Not the Solution

Pushing higher tariffs may win Trump some votes, but his politics would yield awful economic policy.

This Guy Makes Hipster Shoes in Africa. But Don't Call Him a Social Entrepreneur.

Oliberte founder Tal Dehtiar sells handmade stylish sneaker-shoes. At the same time, he is demonstrating a new model of 'charity.'

Socially Responsible Small Businesses Often Grow Very Large

Doing more than the minimum for workers and the environment has paid off handsomely for many well-known businesses.

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