These days, they say customer service is ‘old-fashioned.’ But there was a time long before that when we treated each other like people—not ‘customers’ and ‘customer service representatives.’
—  Customers are people, and so are those who offer services to others. A friendly reminder.
#PROGRESS: Levi Strauss is incentivizing its suppliers to use ethical labor!

In partnership with the World Bank, Levi’s has developed a program to pay suppliers based on their labor practices. The goal is to help smaller suppliers remain competitive without relying on slave labor to drive prices down.

READ this story and congratulate Levi’s efforts to protect against slave labor in their supply chain!


Free Eye check up camp conducted for the Advance Hydrau-Tech Team on 23rd – 24th March, 2015

The employees of Advance Hydrau-Tech Pvt Ltd, Delhi, received free eye check up on 23-24 March, 2015. The camp was organized in the fond memory
of Late Smt. Gyarsi Bai and Late Shri Lala Shyam Lal Gupta,
grandparents of Mr. Sudhir Gupta, Director of Advance Hydrau-Tech. The
first day was completed with a total of xx eye checkups and xx eye
checkups on the next day. A total of xx spectacles were distributed free
of cost to the employees. A routine check up for diabetes and blood
pressure was also done.

The camp took place under the able guidance of Shri Mahavir Gupta who well coordinated the working of the camp for 2 days. The success of the eye check up camp can be attributed to the able team of doctors lead by Dr. Sarvesh Kumar of the Sonac Sight care. The team of doctors also explained some precautionary measures that should be followed inside the factory premise.

Mr. Sudhir Gupta, Director, strongly believes in giving back to the society and doing his bit for the betterment of others. And for an organization, it starts from its employees. The company strives to give an open and comfortable environment which encourages employees to become personally engaged and have a say in how the corporate social responsibility program operates. The employees have also responded to these plans and activities with enthusiasm and shown their interest in making a difference at work. The company plans to follow a strong and well planned CSR program in the coming years.


World’s 1st hydrogen-powered tram unveiled in China

The world’s first hydrogen-powered tramcar rolled off its production line in east China’s coastal city of Qingdao on Thursday.

According to its manufacturer—China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd. (CSR), the move makes China the first country in the world to produce hydrogen-powered street cars.

The newly unveiled tram has over 60 seats, and can hold up to 380 passengers at a time. After filling up the car with hydrogen in just three minutes, the car can run 100 kilometers at one time, according to Liang Jianying, a chief engineer of CSR.

“People who care about ethical issues such as child labor will, strangely enough, avoid finding out whether their products are made using child labor. But then if you give them the information they will incorporate it into their purchasing.”

That’s why we need companies that are Made In A Free World. So our dollars support businesses that are ending slavery.

READ and INVITE your favorite companies to become Made In A Free World: madeinafreeworld.com/action

CONFIRMED! 8/1 at Ottobar


CSR 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY! Come celebrate 9 years of Baltimore’s best punk record store, Celebrated Summer Records w/

RADIOACTIVITY (TX, Dirtnap Records)
Radioactivity is a continuation of The Novice, Jeff Burke’s band while living in Japan. Jeff has since moved back to Texas, and out of respect to the Japanese lineup of the band, has changed the name to Radioactivity. Some of these songs are re-purposed Novice tracks, while others are brand new. Jeff is one of the most distinctive songwriters in the punk rock underground, and these songs will sound instantly familiar to any fans of The Marked Men or Potential Johns. Band members include Jeff Burke, Mark Ryan, and Gregory Rutherford, whose credits read like an all-star lineup of Texas punk and garage rock royalty, including members of The Marked Men, Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, Wax Museums, The Reds, VIDEO, and The Novice.

DEEP SLEEP (10 year anniversary show!)


$12/ all ages
This venue is accessible

I think Kwang-Ho is the breakout star from this recording - I think it helps that the other two English albums had Thuy before the character was given a little more dimension (though I think Keith Burns has a great voice) and Charles Azulay suffered like everyone else by the ridiculously choppy way CSR was recorded. Kwang-Ho’s voice is more like Keith’s in that it is so unusual it is hard not to take notice!  

That’s right, it’s that time of year again —the Battle of the Brands.

Twice a year, Oxfam takes a look at publically available information on the agricultural sourcing policies of the top ten food and beverage companies. These are the same companies that make a large portion of what you buy everyday. We assess how well the top 10 Food & Beverage companies are performing on our 7 themes: Transparency, Women, Workers, Farmers, Land, Water, and Climate.  

Some companies have been floating like butterflies while others have been stinging like bees. Want to see how your favorite brands did?