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Today the GHG Protocol launches two new global greenhouse gas accounting standards - for corporate value chains (scope 3)and product life cycle emissions.
Applied Materials Foundation, E+Co and SELCO were invited to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to announce our commitment to electrifying villages and schools and training social entrepreneurs in rural India.
Our thoughts are with the parents who have lost their children, children who lost their parents, and friends and loved ones who lost that special person in their lives--here in the USA and around the world.
The growth of organic agriculture in the Balkans is inevitably tied to an increase in consumer awareness. Trade fairs in this sector therefore become an indispensable medium. Something has started to move. An interview with OBC about organic products in Serbia
Ann Bernstein leads the Centre for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her new book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies, she makes the case that the problem is not unethical corporations. Instead, she insists there are not enough businesses operating in countries like South Africa, which suffers from an unemployment rate that is anywhere from 24% to 33%.
The World Resources Institute issued a report that states renewable energy is a potential US$2.1 billion alone market for India’s poor. Solar and biomass may not be as pricey as once thought.
In India, Andhra Pradesh's government is considering legislation that would curb lending rates and avert abuses that MFIs often undertake in recouping their loans. These borrowers, most of whom are women, feel squeezed between the MFIs and the self-help groups (SHGs) under whom they work. But they may finally gain some help--their plight has caught the attention of officials who feel they can no longer just shake their heads as they read the daily newspapers, which have highlighted these deaths.
Yesterday, two large clothing companies have pledged to implement a global ban on sandblasting in all of their future product lines. H&M and Levi’s Strauss & Co. insist that the elimination of sandblasting as an industry practice will encourage other manufacturers to do the same.
One country’s legislature is mulling the wisdom of mandating larger companies to spend some of their profits on doing good. India’s Parliament is mulling a bill that if passed, over 3400 companies would have to set aside 2% of their average net profits over the next three years for funds dedicated to CSR initiatives.
While the American Power Act bill of the US is widely believed to have no chance of sailing through in 2010, it is pertinent to note its key provisions as future versions might carry several of its most important points.
Last week the World Bank voted to loan Eskom, a South African energy producer, US$3.75 billion to build a new coal power plant. Politicians in the UK and my beloved USA went ballistic. They howled that it was a tragedy for the World Bank to sabotage the work that has been done at ameliorating climate change.
Much of the conflict over climate change between developed and developing countries focuses on who should pay for the transition away from fossil-based fuels. Some in the West say that countries with less stringent environmental laws, such as India and China, should be subject to a carbon tariff, often referred to as a border adjustment tax.