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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.


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…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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