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10 things that have changed since the Bangladesh factory collapse

On 24 April 2013, 1,200 people died in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, in the worst single incident in the history of the apparel industry. The collapse was caused by the illegal addition of two floors on what was already likely a substandard building.<p>Often it takes a tragedy to deliver real change. The …

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FORTUNE — Last week, Mike Cavanagh was considered the heir apparent to JPMorgan Chase & Co.<p>CEO Jamie Dimon. Then this past Tuesday he became the latest high-profile banker to shun Wall Street for the world of private equity, agreeing to join The Carlyle Group<p>as co-president.<p>What we didn’t realize …

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FORTUNE — The first thing you notice about Neuehouse, a private coworking space for the modern day “solopreneur,” is about what you’d expect: The space is impeccably hip. Designed by architect David Rockwell and interior designer Cristina Azario, it’s got all the elements of the contemporary …

Amazon is showing the world how to raise prices and get away with it

Raising prices is always risky for any business operating in a competitive market, but particularly for a disruptive challenger brand.<p>Just ask Netflix, which lost about 800,000 subscribers in late 2011 after a bungled attempt to raise the price of its service by about 60%. (There was a fierce …

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FORTUNE — If your mother read about it in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, would she yell at you about it? That’s the governance test used by Icahn Enterprises for the directors of the companies it invests in. The firm believes that the board of directors are there to represent shareholders, and if they are …

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FORTUNE — Mary Barra is the incoming CEO of General Motors, whose two-month-old “honeymoon” was stopped in its tracks by the most damaging safety/cover-up scandal in the company’s 106-year-old history. Today, she finds herself squarely in the crisis management crucible, presiding over a tragedy, …

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FORTUNE — Tech has finally caught on to the food revolution. Even as dining culture explodes and innovative restaurants with celebrity chefs gain exposure and foot traffic, a slew of recent startups cater to the opposite activity: eating in.<p>Seamless and GrubHub are used for ordering takeout and …

The hidden costs of college

When saving money for a child’s college education, tuition isn’t the only concern. A recent survey by the College Board found on-campus room and …

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FORTUNE — McDonald’s workers may be getting paid even less than we thought.<p>McDonald’s (MCD) workers claimed in six separate lawsuits filed in three states on Thursday that the company and some of its franchisees systematically shorted them pay.<p>A lawsuit in Michigan against two Detroit-area …

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FORTUNE — Handing Chevron its second important court victory this month, a Gibraltar judge has ruled that the oil giant may go forward with a tort suit against the key current funder of a controversial environmental suit in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, which generated an $18 billion judgment against …

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FORTUNE – Virtually the entire economics profession failed to recognize the housing bubble and the devastating impact that its collapse would have on the economy. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe are suffering as a result of this failure. The economics profession has responded with a …

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FORTUNE — By the 1970s, Central Park was in a state of decay. Bridges were crumbling. Meadows had dried up. Graffiti and vandalism blighted playgrounds and benches. There was an overwhelming feeling that its best days had passed. “Positive use had increasingly been displaced by illicit and illegal …

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel went before Congress this week to explain to legislators exactly how the Pentagon plans to cut personnel, update equipment to reduce long-term costs, and create a leaner, more streamlined operating structure that will function even with fewer dollars coming in the …

Why The Future Of Solar Is Bright Despite Subsidy Cuts

The Ivanpah solar-thermal plant (pictured), which opened in mid-February, is the largest of its kind in the world. Fully ramped up, it will deliver around 377 megawatts (MW) of power to 140,000 homes in southern California.<p>Its backers compare it to the nearby Hoover Dam; an astronaut claims to have …

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Lush to remove mica from all products over child labour fears

The high street cosmetics chain Lush has committed to removing all traces of mica from its products over concerns that it is unable to guarantee that the mines which extract the product are free from child labour.<p>The announcement came after the store chain was contacted by the Guardian, …

Rotting meat at Irish factory 'destined for burgers', Polish report says

A large consignment of green and rotting meat fit only for petfood was found by Polish food safety investigators investigating the horsemeat scandal at a leading Irish processor – prompting claims it could have ended up in the human food chain.<p>The meat was found at the giant Silvercrest factory in …

Nissan recalls more than 13,000 Frontier trucks for fire risk

Nissan is voluntarily recalling more than 13,000 of its midsize Frontier truck for a potential fire risk, according to a federal safety agency.<p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 13,535 trucks from the 2012 through 2014 model years are affected by the recall. The trucks could …

Bangladesh factory collapse: big brands urged to pay into help fund

Only five of the 27 global clothing brands linked to the Bangladesh factory that collapsed last year with the loss of 1,138 lives have committed to paying into a compensation fund for the victims.<p>The Clean Clothes Campaign, which wants improved conditions in the industry, said only Zara-owner …

As Forest Labs soars, Carl Icahn says activists are force for good

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FORTUNE — Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenya’s biggest wireless provider Safaricom, likes to say his company’s mission is to transform lives.<p>In 2013 Safaricom did a lot of transforming, with Kenya — the global leader in the advancement of mobile money — reporting a record $22 billion in wireless financial …

Greg Mankiw: the Wealthy are ‘Deserving,’ Even When They’re Crooks

The Harvard economist famous for defending the one percent says America’s top earners “deserve” what they make, nevermind that our system immunizes …

Investors are losing interest in complex tax-avoidance structures

Could this be another sign of a return to normalcy in the capital markets? Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) are raising less equity capital.<p>These vehicles, which The Economist last year cleverly described as “distorporations,” have raised just $2.9 …