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With this blog TCI will continue to speak with our own voice about the true environmental and human costs of corporate actions.


I walked away from the corporate world after a decade of practicing law at a multinational business, and I never looked back. I dove into the philanthropic space with curiosity, passion, and a thirst to learn all I could in this new space. But with time I have recognized the value of looking back. I’ve noted the differences and the…

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The ocean is our global commons, our birthright, our collective heritage, and our heirloom. This concept is enshrined under international law – the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). However, laws and concepts resonate much less with us than the things that pull at our heartstrings. With any precious gift entrusted to us from generation to generation,…

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Some early mornings during this tumultuous pandemic when there was no calm or accessible refuge for my family and I, we found ourselves at the ocean.  Our awe of the ocean was accompanied by a deep appreciation of our obligation to share, steward, and sustain it.  It is difficult to explain concepts like sharing, fear, and protecting the future to…

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  “If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.” – Kendrick Lamar The human rights version of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (FCPA) is being proposed by a range of global advocates, including grassroots organizations who have for decades recognized the need for mandatory legislation to NGOs in the business and human rights space.   The…

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I froze.  Speechless.  Unable, unwilling to breathe. It’s been almost a year since I’ve hugged anyone outside my household, specifically my husband.  Hugging – the way Americans and many cultures do – isn’t big where I come from: the Isan Region of Thailand.  But after about a decade of living in the United States, I’ve become accustomed to it as…

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In summer of 2020, the Response and Vision Fund, seeded by True Costs Initiative and nine other funders, first launched with the goal of building and shifting power to workers and frontline communities; holding corporate, financial, and government actors accountable; and shaping economic recovery to promote systemic change. This first round included eight initiatives who received a total of nearly…

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Throughout my career in sustainable development and now philanthropy, I’ve always wrestled with the concept of “capacity building.”  It’s common to see the term described and practiced as a means to bring change – be it long-term, short-term or at a systemic level.  Capacity building is often associated with providing education and other tools to impoverished populations and those impacted…

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What Bob Marley’s “One Love” Can Teach Us About the Climate Catastrophe in The Bahamas My eyes filled with tears several times as I watched the media coverage about Hurricane Dorian’s devastation of The Bahamas.  This story is becoming much too familiar.  Caribbean islands, like the Bahamas and my island of Jamaica, are acutely vulnerable to this climate crisis.  Sea…

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Sometimes, truth has a color.  Have you ever gone looking for something – a gift for a loved one, a thrift shop item, a toy for a beloved child?  You don’t know exactly what you are looking for, but you’ll know when you see it and you’ll know when you don’t.  You can almost see it in your mind’s eye….

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The term “narrative” has been bandied about as if it is some kind of magical unicorn.  In many sacrosanct human rights circles, once the term is uttered there is the knowing nod, the collective hum of acknowledgment and then a silent acceptance of what I call the Nike© approach to narrative – Just Tell It.  But we must resist that…

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Tourism has always been a commercial enterprise, yet it is increasingly intertwined with cultural and social upheaval as well as environmental degradation in the Global South. True Costs Initiative explores how the business of pleasure can become not so pleasurable business. On my most recent trip home, the friendly customs’ officer asked me with a smile, “Will you be visiting…

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The Scandal of The Plastic Bag: Killing Our Environment One Transaction At A Time. Here in the US, it is typical to walk into a pharmacy or grocery store and leave with your purchase in a plastic bag labelled with the store’s insignia.  For the most part, you won’t find that in Jamaica.  Instead, it is typical to receive your…

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