For decades, the United States has lost a large number of its manufacturing jobs through outsourcing. Industries have moved overseas for cost savings resulting from lower wages and employment standards, less expensive and less precise methods of production, lower taxes and currency valuation, as well as lax environment standards and regulations…
Gold mining has a long history, likely stretching as far back as 7000 years, as evidenced by ancient gold artefacts found in Bulgaria. Gold is widely known as the “noblest” of the elements, seen by ancient civilizations as a sign of nobility, power and wealth; not much has changed through the millennia. Gold continues to remain a coveted asset with an intrinsic appeal.
“A truly ‘smart city’ should also possess other dimensions – it should be a palimpsest of creative, bottom-up civic engagement.” – Professor Carlo Ratti, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Fair trade is not a new concept to North American consumers. It is one of many certifications for the environmentally and socially conscious shopper. Yet, discussions around fair trade seem to have fallen off the map. As businesses and consumers value increasingly environmentally and socially responsible practices, it is time to reignite the conversation.