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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.

A man holds an umbrella as he looks out at London's Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich park. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

8 Aug 2012

Why ESG matters: the impact of bribery and corruption on emerging market growth

There is a widespread consensus in the financial community that emerging markets represent a crucial driver of global growth in the coming decades.

A child blows bubbles as part of a art school graduate student's project to bring people together enjoy the first warm day of Spring in New York. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

8 Aug 2012

Can transparency be too much of a good thing?

There is sometimes a feeling that the goal of transparency is being pursued as a goal in its own right.

A woman checks an information card during a blind date party in Shanghai. REUTERS/Aly Song

8 Aug 2012

First NZ Capital chooses Thomson Reuters for anti-money laundering compliance

New Zealand’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 introduced a broad risk-based framework for a major overhaul of the country’s Anti-Money Laundering regime.

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