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Corporate Governance

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11 Dec 2012

Exclusive: After fire, Wal-Mart vows to tighten source safeguards

A factory fire that killed more than 100 garment workers in Bangladesh has led the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, to concede that it needs to do more to control its supply chain and keep unauthorized manufacturers out.

11 Dec 2012

U.S. ranks 55th in World Economic Forum energy systems report

The index measures the strengths and weaknesses of countries’ energy systems from an integrated economic, environmental and energy security perspective. It is also designed to help countries manage and navigate the challenges that arise from this period of change which, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), will require US$ 38 trillion of investment in energy supply infrastructure by 2035 to meet rising global demand.

11 Dec 2012

Coal-fired power plants provide close to 80% of China’s electricity

These are the risks of poorly designed energy subsidies. Subsidies also have an impact on competitiveness. China’s energy sector has been opened to private investment since the early 1980s and the government has tried very hard to encourage private investment into it. This has met with little success.

7 Dec 2012

Apparel factory fire reveals big brands’ shadowy supply chains

However, an investigation by Reuters since the November 24 blaze has found that, under pressure from big Western brands to produce huge volumes of apparel fast and at rock-bottom prices, Bangladeshi suppliers routinely sub-contract their orders.

6 Dec 2012

Special Report: Amazon’s billion-dollar tax shield

Amazon under scrutiny about transfer pricing practices.

6 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Innovative financing for climate-friendly investment

A new partnership by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum announced today in Doha will seek to address climate change through innovative public-private financing models.

5 Dec 2012

Corporates must be more open about difficulties as well as benefits

Responsible business has generated many innovative ideas, but good business also has to share its dilemmas if it is to succeed.

5 Dec 2012

U.S. SEC loses two more top officials

Wednesday’s announcement marks the third and fourth major resignations at the SEC in less than two weeks.

4 Dec 2012

Are women leaders less corrupt? No, but they shake things up

A growing body of research hints that the ascent of women might indeed help dent corruption.

4 Dec 2012

How a maverick CEO exposed a scandal at Olympus

Society and markets need whistle-blowers. But it’s hard, lonely work.

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