Blog

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


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…

Read Post

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…

Read Post

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…

Read Post

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…

Read Post

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…

Read Post

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…

Read Post

Sound the Abeng: At The Brink of an Environmental Misstep in Jamaica. More than likely, you are familiar with the music of Jamaica’s iconic Bob Marley, its world-class beaches, and the dominance of the Jamaican sprint demi-god, Usain Bolt. You…

Read Post

A couple months ago, in response to my constant complaints about never having enough, time, energy or motivation to go to the gym, my husband suggested that I get a FitBit®.  You know, the life-changing wrist technology that has been…

Read Post

Six reasons why corporations like (and want) the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act even if they won’t admit it. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) gives US companies an invaluable tool to fight corruption abroad. It has also been an effective…

Read Post