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March 11 was the day anti-government activists in Azerbaijan set as a day of protest in a campaign that has been publicized online. The protests were planned despite the Azerbaijani government new anti-corruption campaign, launched in January in what seems to be Baku's most visible reaction to the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. From OBC.
Is EU policy in the Caucuses constructive? The functioning of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) vis-à-vis the Southern partners has received considerable international scrutiny over the past weeks. From CEE Bankwatch Network
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which includes Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and Patagonia, will work to lead the apparel industry towards developing improved sustainability strategies and tools to measure and evaluate sustainability performance.
Last year advocates for corporate social responsibility were abuzz over the Security and Exchange Commission’s directive that advised public companies to articulate any risks associated with climate change. The GOP Congress, however, wants the US business climate to lurch backwards.
I recently interviewed Dessislava Todorova, the Editor in Chief at CSR Bulgaria, while I traipsed through the Balkans several weeks ago. She was the runner up in the Global Reporting Initiative’s case study competition, and has emerged as a leading voice of CSR in Bulgaria.
Its office has been open since October, but GRI officially launched its “Focal Point” Monday morning at the corner of Broad and Wall. GRI’s timing is perfect, despite the difficult challenges CSR faces in the USA.
The election in Kosovo was expected to produce a strong government, capable of entering into new negotiations with Serbia and restarting the economy. Instead, election irregularities and the criminal allegations against Hashim Thaci make the job of the new government very difficult.
During my time in Bulgaria, one dynamic young professional I met is Dessislava Todorova of CSR Bulgaria; she entered an article in a Justmeans.com competition. Her organization could benefit from your support and vote--the competition ends January 23.
Whatever you think about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, he is not going down--nor will he be extradited--quietly. The megalomaniac Internet activist has caused plenty of consternation, and a spike in antacid sales for his antics. Now Bank of America is buying URLs in anticipation of the next round.
Milo Djukanovic, one of the longest serving leaders in the Balkans, and even Europe, stepped down from his post as Prime Minister a few days before Christmas. A youngster when he took the job at age 29, he saw Montenegro through independence and during its baby steps towards European Union membership.
The SEC is looking for an “investor advocate,” which intuitively seems redundant since the SEC is supposed to advocate for investors large and small. Nevertheless, the new posting could have a role the helping small investors who face all kinds of problems when dealing with financial services and investment advisory firms.
Should municipalities disclose their carbon footprints? According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), such reporting is a no-brainer. CDP has already become the global carbon disclosure platform for multinationals and large corporations: 3000 of them reported their climate change related information in 2010, including 80% of the largest 500 companies in the world. That information in turn is sliced and diced by investors, stakeholders, and governments. Now CDP is focused on cities.