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5 Companies That Really Do Care About the World

Consumers are becoming more and more socially conscious and want the goods and services they use to measure up. Here are five companies that make an effort to make the world a better place while making a tidy profit for themselves:

GM to Marketing Chief: "Surprise! You're Fired"

On Sunday, General Motors announced the sudden "resignation" of its high-profile marketing chief, Joel Ewanick, who oversaw its $4.5 billion advertising budget. So what led to the downfall of this major figure in GM's turnaround?

Is 'Globesity' the Next Big Thing in Investing?

Obesity. Climate change. Our ever-increasing energy needs. These are just some of the megatrends analysts see coming down the global pike, trends that investors can draft behind and make money from.

Your Summer Forecast: High Temperatures, Higher Food Prices

That unrelenting sun that's been scorching your lawn and straining your air conditioner? It's about to send your grocery bill soaring too. Record-breaking heat and reduced rainfall are wreaking havoc on the corn crop -- and corn goes into practically everything we eat.

Olympic Chief Bites Tongue on McDonalds, Coke Sponsorships

Jacques Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee has backed off his criticism of London 2012 sponsors Coke and McDonald's as promoting unhealthy behaviors and obesity. But with the fat sponsorship contracts at stake, did he really have any choice?

Junk Food: The Pariah That's Replacing Tobacco

Forget cigarettes: The big public health boogyman now is obesity. The idea that our growing waistlines pose a hefty threat to our financial well-being is gaining momentum, and all signs point to this trend having a big impact on public opinion and public policy.

8 Brands That Blew the Most Money on Super Bowl Ads

Between 2002 and 2011, companies spent a whopping $2.5 billion on Super Bowl advertising; this year, a 30-second commercial cost an average of $3.5 million. But what do you get for all that cash. In the case of these eight major advertisers, not as much as they'd hoped.

Coke Fans See Red Over Seasonal White Cans

Usually, soda drinkers are more concerned about what's in their cans than what's on them, but Coca-Cola's seasonal white can design has created a fizzy uproar. Many customers are confusing them with Diet Coke, while others claim the cola in them tastes "funky."

Can You Make Better Soda Than Coke or Pepsi?

There's a cola war brewing that has nothing to do with Coke or Pepsi: It's in the home-based pop market, and the fight is between SodaStream and Primo Water. But why make your own soda at home instead of buying it at the store? Is it easier? Cheaper? Healthier? You're probably going to like all three answers.

Easier Money: Stock Investing Is for Wusses

In a volatile market, some people opine that stock investing isn't for wusses. But when you look beyond the potential scariness of the roller coaster ride, it's actually a money-making option that's hard to beat. In fact, considering the alternatives, stocks are perfect for wusses.

10 Star Athletes Who Excelled at Losing Millions

We learned last week that former NFL star Chris McAlister, a three-time Pro Bowler, is broke and living with his parents after just a year out of the league. But he's hardly the first sports icon to blow through the cash in a flash. In his honor, here are our 10 favorite professional asset-annihilating athletes.