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Pedestrians walk along a footpath in front of a massive chimney billowing smoke for a coal-burning power station in central Beijing January 12, 2012. China, with 1.34 billion people, is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases which totals around a quarter of the world's CO2. This is more than the United States, historically the world's top emitter. A recent study from U.S. researchers states that China could peak in emissions by 2030 or earlier, with Chinese demand for appliances, buildings and much industry reaching "saturation" around then. Beijing has resisted officially spelling out when its emissions could peak saying they should be allowed to grow out of poverty while rich nations lead the way in cutting carbon.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Carbon disclosure – more room for improvement

With the majority of sectors displaying a less than 50% level of disclosure even certain sectors that one would expect to see relatively high disclosure levels appear to be lagging behind.

Aircraft approaches for landing at Berlin's Tegel airport. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

12 Sep 2012

Corporate sustainability reporting may have come of age

After two decades of patchwork interest and implementation, real and meaningful and far more transformative corporate sustainability reporting may have come of age.

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11 Sep 2012

Positive impact of “Say on Pay”: Ethos study on executive remuneration

Ethos has just released a study of the 2011 board and executive remuneration in the 100 largest Swiss listed companies. It shows the aggregate board and executive pay in the companies of the financial sector fell by 23% in 2011, while it rose by 5% in the other sectors.

Bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky move along on the production line at the Diageo owned Shieldhall bottling plant in Glasgow, Scotland in this March 24, 2011 file photo. As the financial crisis in Greece worsens, companies are getting ready for everything from social unrest to a complete meltdown of the financial system. Those preparations include sweeping cash out of Greece every night, cutting debts, weeding out badly paying customers and readying for a switch to a new Greek drachma if the country is forced to abandon the euro. Diageo, the world's biggest spirits group and the name behind Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, has reacted by slashing its marketing spend in Greece, reducing stock levels and pulling cash quickly out of the country after it saw its Greek sales halve in the last three years to less than 100 million pounds. To match Insight EUROPE-GREECE/CONTINGENCY.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

Diageo toasts success against ambitious green goals

Drinks giant unveils sustainability report showing progress on emissions, water and packaging.

A trader makes calculations on the floor inside Santiago's Stock Exchange

10 Sep 2012

The changing business of fracking insurance

Until there is more certainty regarding the risks for all aspects of the fracking industry, insurers are avoiding the business of insuring both homeowners and the energy companies.

Martin Wheatley, the FSA's managing director, speaks at the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf, London, September 5, 2012. Britain's banks have 18 months to stamp out incentives that encourage the mis-selling of financial products or face "intrusive" action, the Financial Services Authority said on Wednesday. UK banks have been hit by a string of scandals in the last 20 years for inappropriate selling of products, such as insurance, home loans and pensions, to customers who often did not need them. Compensation for mis-sold loan insurance alone will cost the banks 9 billion pounds. Martin Wheatley, the FSA's managing director, told a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event it was time to tackle incentives for sales staff as banks were no longer serving customers properly.Credit: REUTERS

6 Sep 2012

Banks face rules to curb mis-selling incentives

Britain’s banks have 18 months to stamp out incentives that encourage the mis-selling of financial products or face “intrusive” action, the Financial Services Authority said on Wednesday.

Chinese leaders and people attend a memorial for former Chinese Vice President and "red capitalist" Rong Yiren at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing in this November 3, 2005 file photo. To match Special Report CITIC-AUSTRALIA.Credit: REUTERS

31 Aug 2012

Special report: China Inc’s debacle in the outback

The original $2.47 billion budget for the massive open-cut mine and processing complex has blown out to $8 billion and it is more than two years behind schedule.

China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang (L) arrives for a meeting with Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal (not pictured) at the Prime Minister's Office at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu in this August 17, 2011 file photo. An audacious escape by blind dissident Chen Guangcheng is the second uproar in 2012 to hit Zhou, who has expanded China's policing apparatus into a vast, costly and - now for all the world to see - a flawed tool of Communist Party control. But even one of the biggest domestic security embarrassments in more than a decade is unlikely to knock him out before a party congress late in 2012 that will appoint successors to him and other retiring leaders, said several experts.Credit: Reuters

31 Aug 2012

China considers downgrading domestic security tsar in next line-up

Reducing the party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the inner council at the apex of power, from nine to seven members would come as part of a once-in-a-decade leadership change expected in the next few weeks or months.

Heavy equipment operates at Fortescue Metals Cloudbreak iron ore mine, about 250 km (155 miles) southeast of Port Hedland in Western Australia state, in this July 25, 2011 file photo. Sinking prices for commodities such as iron ore and coal are sapping Australia's export earnings and putting at risk billions of dollars of mining investment, a major reason it has so far dodged the recessions of the rich world. To match Analysis AUSTRALIA-FOREX/COMMODITIES.Credit: REUTERS

30 Aug 2012

Getting the measure of environmental and social risk

Major companies can sometimes appear to walk a thin line between model corporate citizens, and pariah status besieged by hostile politicians and regulators.

A double rainbow appears after a heavy monsoon storms over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

8 Aug 2012

Why responsible investment needs to get seriously long-term

Rob Lake, Director of Responsible Investment at the Principles for Responsible Investment, looks at the challenge and the response.

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