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5 Companies Americans Can Be Proud Of

Called it conscious capitalism or just good business, but these five companies have all prospered in every measure over the last decade by doing good for their employees, suppliers, customers or the general public.

Cross Pollution and Child Labor Off Your Grocery List

Take a look at the receipts in your wallet. They show what you paid for the items you bought, but what's missing are the true costs -- to people and the environment. But, good news: Sustainable and fair trade products don't have to cost you more. Consider, for example, a banana ...

Could This Radical College Change the World Economy?

At EARTH University, students don't produce papers. They produce produce -- organically grown crops they harvest and sell -- along with other entrepreneurial agricultural products. Is this hands-on education in working the soil and changing the world a model for a better future.

McDonald's Works to Take Animal Cruelty off the Menu

McDonald's has finally caught up with consumer sentiment on the subject of factory farming and the inhumane treatment of animals. The fast food giant is using its massive leverage to push its pork suppliers to phase out cruelly confining gestation crates for their pigs.

Walmart's New Health Food Push: Too Hard to Swallow?

Walmart, which has long been associated with cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition foods, wants to get healthy: Its new "Great for You" initiative aims to show shoppers it can help them eat healthy on a budget. But can the retail tiger change its spots -- or it's rep?

Stores Go Both High-Tech and Homey to Lure You In

Retailers are spicing up their brick-and-mortar stores to keep you walking through the door. Their game plan? To design environments that are equal parts high-tech and homespun. But will the changes be enough to keep physical stores from being reduced to showrooms for e-commerce sites?

Whole Foods Sells 'LIFE Jackets' for Kenyan Kids

Whole Foods is asking its shoppers to help a good cause -- with "LIFE Jackets." They're reusable cup sleeves to protect your hands from hot beverages, and all proceeds go to Kenyan women and special-needs children.

McDonald's McRib's Deep, Dark Secret: Animal Cruelty

McDonald's reintroduction of the McRib sandwich has made news headlines and mouths water. However, the fans eagerly awaiting the limited-time opportunity to wolf down McRibs may not realize that McDonald's pork products contain a secret, unappetizing ingredient: pain.

Some Whole Foods Stores Stop Accepting Paper Checks

If you're one of the many people planning to start using more paper checks to avoid incurring a monthly debit-card fee, think again. While many merchants continue to accept paper checks, some are moving in the opposite direction, among them national grocery store chain Whole Foods.

5 Dates to Watch This Earnings Season

It's been awfully quiet on the earnings front in recent weeks, and there's a reason: This is the time of year when accountants are nailing down the financials for the fiscal quarters that ended in September. Later this week, the conference calls will begin trickling in, and then it will be a deluge of quarterly reports until early November.

More Retirement Plans Get a Conscience

Americans may soon get the opportunity to invest more conscientiously in their workplace retirement accounts: A new survey shows that more and more employers are adding socially responsible investment choices to their plans, screening companies based on social and environmental impact.

How to Invest Like J.R. Ewing

It's a tough admission to make, but we're all friends here: Lately, I've taken to watching old DVDs of Dallas. It's become a vice I can't shake. And, much to my surprise, I'm learning a lot about investing from the adventures of the oil-rich Ewing family, especially the sly, conniving older brother, J.R.

Wealthy Shoppers Pay Premiums for Preferred Companies

By now we're all accustomed to hearing about the "two-speed economy," in which the wealthy flourish and the less affluent fall farther and farther behind. The widening gap between rich and poor has not been lost on the stock market: The valuations of luxury goods companies are much higher than those of lower-end firms.

Whole Foods Works to Eradicate Rotten Bananas

The sweet taste and sunny hue of the banana contrast sharply with the high environmental and social costs its cultivation extracts in Latin America: pollution, deforestation, poor working conditions. Whole Foods Market is working to change that, in partnership with a non-profit international school in Costa Rica called EARTH University.

LivingSocial Users Eat Up Whole Foods Deal

If the line at your local Whole Foods Market is a little longer than usual over the next few days, don't blame it on a surge in popularity of soymilk or organic cherries. Instead, you can thank LivingSocial's national deal which offered $20 worth of groceries for just $10.

Starbucks CEO Invites Concerned Citizens to Chat

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has grand plans to cut through the partisan noise and remind our country's politicians of their problem-solving duties: On Tuesday, he's hosting a gigantic, public telephone town hall, and asking all "concerned Americans" to join his movement and participate.

Whole Foods Market Tests Out Wellness Clubs

Walk into any Whole Foods Market and you are met with an array of vibrantly colored vegetables, leafy greens and barrels of fruit: The store is an emporium to healthy eating. Now, the company is wading deeper into the preventative health care market with member's only Wellness Clubs.

Corporate Karma: Better Benefits, Better Businesses

What's the secret to good worker attendance, retention, productivity, and the ability to attract top-notch recruits? Employee benefits. Which companies thrive and grow their businesses faster than their peers? Same answer: Those that offer better benefits to their workers.

Which Comes First: Jobs or Profits?

Lots of companies are laying off workers, trying to cut costs and improve their profit margins. But how should investors view the news of job cuts at a company? As a sign of deep trouble and worse to come, or as proof of committed management and better times ahead? Here's how to read the pink slips.

4 CEOs Who Defy the Crazy Corporate Mindset

Too often, driven by the imperative to maximize short-term profits -- and to drive up stock prices, on which their compensations depend -- CEOs make heartless or even foolish decisions, heedless of consequences. But there are some good eggs left in corporate America, like these four enlightened execs.

Wall Street Week in Review: Mixed Bag of Earnings, Hot IPO

It's been an exciting week on Wall Street. Not only did investors get a taste of how earnings are stacking up for companies like Apple and Chipotle, Zillow's stock really took off during its first day of trading. We asked Chris Hill from The Motley Fool what the numbers really mean.

Childhood Impulse Control Determines Adult Success

A Stanford study begun in the late 1960s shows a strong correlation between adult success and a childhood ability to defer instant gratification in favor of larger eventual rewards. Read on to find out how to stop your inner four year-old from ruining your life as an investor.

My 3 Cents: When Is Food Organic vs. Natural?

Last year, grocery sales were up a modest 1.8%, yet sales of organic items more than doubled that growth rate, up 4.4%. Clearly, we're shopping differently. But are we even sure what an "organic" or "all natural" label means? It's more complicated than you might think.

Do-Good Firms Brighten a Dismal Economy

Do you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you open your cupboards? If you use products made by companies like Method, King Arthur Flour Company, and Seventh Generation, you're supporting businesses officially certified as do-good corporations by the nonprofit B Lab -- where the "B" stands for "benefit."

Grocery Shopping Music Videos: Let the Face-Off Begin

Food shopping on Saturday afternoon: From the parking lot the checkout line, it's survival of the fittest. Now, imagine it all set to music. Grocery store music videos on YouTube are the latest addition to the culture of consumerism devotionals. Can't believe it? Watch these...