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Turning a bad reputation round can take years of good leadership

A group of garment workers protest against Nike claiming they were laid off without compensation from a Thai factory that produced garments for the company after the factory closed down. Photograph: Reuters Photographer / Reuters/REUTERS

A bad reputation can be hard to shake off and takes concerted efforts over the long-term – just ask Nike, Nestlé and Asia Pulp and Paper

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Lion breeder in Yemen cashes in on Gulf demand for exotic pets

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Conservationists criticise flourishing trade in animals bound for private collections in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates . . . → Read More: Lion breeder in Yemen cashes in on Gulf demand for exotic pets

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Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Issues and Challenges

Over the last few years corporate sustainability reporting has emerged as a tool for showcasing the commitment of an organization towards its larger social goals. There are hundreds of organizations who do not follow a formal method but claim to report on sustainability issues. These efforts are largely voluntary in nature and communicate corporate initiatives ranging from philanthropic spending to profit sharing. While all such organizations would like people to believe that they are genuinely concerned about environmental and social issues, much depends on their intent and the extent to which they are able to influence the value . . . → Read More: Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Issues and Challenges

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World Environment Day 2011: Forest Issues and Challenges in India

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A growing population, rising disposable income levels and the availability of a wide range of products and services – are all precursors to a society ready to enter into a ‘consumption mania’.It would not be completely wrong to say that India is currently going through the very same transition witnessed by developed countries in the past. The liberalization of Indian economy which began in 1992 had fueled growth in all major sectors and India emerged as a hot-spot destination for foreign investment. A strong economy backed by a growth rate of . . . → Read More: World Environment Day 2011: Forest Issues and Challenges in India

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Japan Nuclear Crisis Reopens Debate on Energy Alternatives

As the agonizing crisis unfolds in Japan following a massive earthquake, a ravaging tsunami and a nuclear disaster, there is a reopening of debate on the safety of nuclear power. Today, every government is brooding over its existing nuclear installations and future expansion plans. While this unprecedented event has revived memories of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, there is much more for us to ponder over once this crisis gets resolved – hopefully soon.

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France depends on nuclear energy for nearly 75% of its electricity needs, Belgium 52%, Slovakia 53% – and . . . → Read More: Japan Nuclear Crisis Reopens Debate on Energy Alternatives

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Dealing with Climate Uncertainties requires Political Leadership

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While major efforts world-wide are being made to thrash out a global climate deal, very little seems to be forthcoming. A failed media-hyped Copenhagen Summit in 2009, followed by a low-keyed summit at Cancun in 2010 devoid of any key politicians and a all-too-obvious bleak future for Kyoto Protocol seem to have taken some breadth away from environmental activism. Moreover, the unfavorable shifting of political equations for ruling parties in some nations has led to quick abandonment of existing environmental policies. As U.S. shelves its promises made at the Copenhagen Summit, the move also gives an excuse to . . . → Read More: Dealing with Climate Uncertainties requires Political Leadership

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