Global Goods, Local Costs

People play soccer as dusk falls on the village of Adjuma Kondre in Suriname. The village's water sources have been impacted by Alcoa's nearby mining operations. Image by Stephanie Strasburg. Suriname, 2017.
April 23, 2017 by Rich Lord, Len Boselovic

Multinational Alcoa, in a restructuring, departs struggling Suriname after 100 years. The loose ends include a hydroelectric dam, two company towns, a long-loyal workforce, and a sputtering economy.

A Rohingya refugee displays her scars. Image by Doug Bock Clark. Myanmar, 2017.
April 19, 2017 by Doug Bock Clark, Corey Pattison

As Myanmar emerges from half a century of isolation to join the globalized world, Doug Bock Clark and Corey Pattison will report on the forces struggling to shape the country's future.

Women working at a small, temporary brick factory in Malda village. While most of the laborers at this factory were local relatives of the owner, the industry is notorious for exploiting migrant labor. Image by Yardain Amron. India, 2016.
April 14, 2017 by Yardain Amron

Each winter hundreds of thousands of Indians migrate north to man the world's second largest brick industry. They're promised opportunity, but many are bonded into debt.

March 1, 2017 by Caitlin J. Cotter

An Andean village has battled severe lead toxicity from ceramics production, and now residents face the challenges of alternative glazing compounds or abandoning their cottage industry altogether.

Local farmers are seen at the so-called market, a collection center for cotton, in a village near Dano. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.
December 14, 2016 by Meta Krese, Jošt Franko

From cotton farms in Burkina Faso to sweatshops in Bangladesh and Romania, a story of the real costs of our globalized economy.

Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
October 13, 2016 by Mark Olalde

More than 6,000 abandoned mines pierce South African soil, and the nation is now left to deal with the environmental and social rehabilitation from what was once its most important industry.

October 11, 2016 by Rachel Nuwer

Demand for animals vastly outstrips availability. What are the forces driving the current poaching crisis, what we stand to lose if species fall, and what is being done to stop the killing?

July 29, 2016 by Vince Beiser

Concrete. Glass. Silicon. Our civilization is built on the most important yet most overlooked commodity in the world: sand. And we are starting to run out.

Image by Camila DeChalus. Colombia, 2016.
July 28, 2016 by Camila DeChalus

Camila DeChalus directed and produced a video for her project about how, with help from the Catholic Church, coffee farmers in rural Colombia are fighting against the impacts of climate change.

One of the artisans Oshadi works with to produce naturally-dyed clothes. Image courtesy of Oshadi. India, 2016.
June 21, 2016 by Esha Chhabra

Media and customers are pushing brands to rethink their supply chains, especially in fashion and beauty. Can India deliver new inventive business models that are people and planet friendly?

April 25, 2016 by Michael Holtz, Ann Hermes

Brick making across India and Nepal has long relied on bonded and child labor. What will it take to clean up an industry so rife with abuse?

November 13, 2015 by Fred de Sam Lazaro, Shi Lihong

In Beijing a tiny NGO is taking on global corporations and harnessing people power in a campaign to clean up polluting factories in China.