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Ethix Ventures Interviews Ian Robinson about the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium

Ethix Ventures Interviews Ian Robinson about the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium

Ian Robinson, Ph.D., is a Lecturer and Research Scientist in the Department of Sociology and the Residential College of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Mr. Robinson’s research includes work on ethical consumer demand for sweatshop-free apparel and the impacts of neoliberal economic restructuring on labor unions and the rights, wages and conditions of workers.

Ethix Ventures Interviews Dr. Robert J.S. Ross: Inequality and the Global Race to the Bottom

Ethix Ventures Interviews Dr. Robert J.S. Ross: Inequality and the Global Race to the Bottom

One of our tribe members and mentor to Ethix Ventures CEO Kevin O’Brien is Dr. Robert Ross a now retired professor at nearby Clark University. Dr. Ross is a renowned scholar on sweatshop and author of Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops. Dr. Ross recently shared his viewpoint on how the international garment industry’s global race to…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Jonathan Rosenthal: Focusing on Transformative Trade

Ethix Ventures Interviews Jonathan Rosenthal: Focusing on Transformative Trade

We were grateful to be able to touch base with Jonathan Rosenthal after he spoke at this year’s Fair Trade Federation‘s Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Jonathan has spent 30+ years working to transform business into a positive force for people and the environment. Jonathan was a cofounder and leader with the pioneering worker-owned fair trade…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Sarah Mazzone: Blogger, Nurse, and Mother

Ethix Ventures Interviews Sarah Mazzone: Blogger, Nurse, and Mother

Working with Sarah Mazzone and the Made in USA Challenge has predated my time here at Ethix. My predecessor let me in on the projects we’d completed together as well as her invaluable blog and shopping guides (we made it into a few!). So, you can imagine, I was more than taken aback when I…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Ben Hensler: About Wage Theft in the Haitian Garment Industry

Ethix Ventures Interviews Ben Hensler: About Wage Theft in the Haitian Garment Industry

We were eager to catch up with the Worker Rights Consortium after the release of the WRC report “Stealing from the Poor: Wage Theft in the Haitian Apparel Industry” and were happy to connect with Ben Hensler, the Deputy Director of and General Counsel to the Worker Rights Consortium. Ben was raised in Los Angeles…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Natalie Yoon: On Students for Fair Trade

Ethix Ventures Interviews Natalie Yoon: On Students for Fair Trade

We were happy to reconnect with United Students for Fair Trade and Natalie Yoon following Maria Louzon‘s departure last August. Natalie joins USFT as an Ohio State University alum, where she organized for ethical university apparel contracts and justice for campus food service workers as a member of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). She has…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Hans P. Theyer: Bringing Back the Fair Trade ‘FLO’ to the U.S.

Ethix Ventures Interviews Hans P. Theyer: Bringing Back the Fair Trade ‘FLO’ to the U.S.

Fairtrade America, the new organization representing the Fairtrade International (FLO) system in the U.S., recently announced the appointment of Hans P. Theyer as its Executive Director. Hans brings a combination of business and international development experience to Fairtrade America. He has worked with rural communities across Latin America and Asia, and has held positions in…

Ethix Ventures Judy Gearhart and ILRF: Putting Apparel Brands in Bangladesh On Notice

Ethix Ventures Judy Gearhart and ILRF: Putting Apparel Brands in Bangladesh On Notice

We were honored to have Judy Gearhart [Executive Director of International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) since March 2011] answer some interview questions in the wake of the devastating loss of life in Bangladesh’s garment industry. Judy has previously served as the Program Director at Social Accountability International (SAI) where she led research on voluntary labor…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Colette Cosner: on Domestic Fair Trade

Ethix Ventures Interviews Colette Cosner: on Domestic Fair Trade

We would like to join The Domestic Fair Trade Association in welcoming their new Executive Director, Colette Cosner. Colette comes to DFTA after spending years as the Regional Organizer of Witness for Peace Northwest, serving on the board of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition and most recently working for sustainable agricultural policy reform through Cultivate…