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Plans for a greener NHS launched

2 Jul 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Jeff Heggedahl on evaluating risk in energy and sustainability management

As the economy improves and the effects of climate change multiply, many companies are thinking again about sustainability. Some have already reported impressive results, while others are still trying to figure out how to get started.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy is seen as it makes landfall southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey in this GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared handout image taken October 29, 2012. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout.

25 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution Taking Action for Our Kids We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by […]

A ferry sails in front of the 118-floor International Commerce Centre (L) in Hong Kong April 15, 2013. Severe levels of air pollution hit Hong Kong on Monday, with roadside Air Pollution Index readings in some districts soaring to 204, government radio reported. Any reading above 201 is considered to be very unhealthy by the Environmental Protection Department.Credit: REUTERS

23 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The rise of the winner-take-all economy

By Chrystia Freeland | 23 June 2013 The rich are getting richer. That’s the conclusion of the World Wealth Report, the landmark annual study of the world’s millionaires, which was […]

Steam rises from the cooling tower of Goesgen nuclear power plant, west of Zurich. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

21 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Deloitte outlines three ways companies can use ESG factors to drive shareholder value

Historically many companies have treated ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues as important but tangential to the core business. Sometimes their motivation was a desire to be recognized as good corporate citizens.

Socialist International (SI) President and Greece's former Prime Minister George Papandreou delivers the opening speech at the SI Council meeting in Cascais February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

19 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Economic worries and the global elite

Here’s one sign the global elite is starting to get worried that capitalism isn’t working for the Western middle class.

A crane processes scrapped parts and waste at Vtormet scrappage plant outside Moscow, January 30, 2013. Scrap dealer Yuri Vorontsov hopes business at his Vtormet yard outside Moscow will pick up soon thanks to a new recycling fee on car imports. But he is still waiting to hear how the levy will help him compete with fly-by-night operators who buy up cars, strip them for parts and dump the hulks illegally. Picture taken January 30, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

18 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: U.S. recycling not meeting industry demand: Here’s how to fix it

Today, the majority of U.S. recycling programs use outdated collection methods that discourage consumer participation, pose risks to collection workers and are too expensive.

Harvested wheat is inspected by farmer Joff Sowray at Humberton Farm near Boroughbridge, northern England October 26, 2012. Britain will be a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year, turning customer to its traditional export rivals after a disease-ravaged harvest, much of which fails to meet the quality required for bread.Credit: REUTERS

14 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Linking agriculture and biodiversity can help feed the planet

Agricultural biodiversity is the basis of our life on Earth. It is also the basis of healthy and resilient ecosystems. Yet it is under threat.

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12 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Tackling ASEAN’s competitiveness divide

Competitiveness will feature prominently in the programme of the 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia, taking place this week in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital. And rightly so: competitiveness is a critical driver of both prosperity and integration.

A Ministry of Public Health official holds blood test slides taken from children, who live in the Thai-Myanmar border, at a malaria clinic in the Sai Yoke district, Kanchanaburi Province October 26, 2012. Globally, 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria infection. While Africa has the highest malaria burden, most the 46,000 deaths outside Africa occurred in Asia Pacific. There are also concerns over a growing parasite resistance. Studies and research show artemisinin-based therapies - currently the most effective treatment against malaria - are taking longer to cure some of the patients.Credit: REUTERS

11 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Creating a sustainable healthcare ecosystem in South-East Asia

In South-East Asia today, most countries face a difficult dilemma – Should limited resources be used to combat the rapid growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that take such a terrible toll on human life and economic development, or should those resources go towards expanded efforts to reduce the debilitating effects of poverty?

People walk past the skyline of Marina Bay central business district in Singapore April 26, 2013. Banks in Singapore are urgently scrutinising their account holders as an imminent deadline on stricter tax evasion measures forces them to decide whether to send some of their wealthiest clients packing. The Southeast Asian city-state has grown into the world's fourth-biggest offshore financial centre but, with U.S. and European regulators on the hunt for tax cheats, the government is clamping down to forestall the kind of onslaught from foreign authorities that is now hitting Switzerland's banks. Before July 1, all financial institutions in Singapore must identify accounts they strongly suspect hold proceeds of fraudulent or wilful tax evasion and, where necessary, close them. After that, handling the proceeds of tax crimes will be a criminal offence under changes to the city-state's anti-money laundering law. Picture taken April 26, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

10 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Smart cities are inclusive cities

Up to one-third of the world’s population will soon live in a migrant slum. It’s the greatest issue of our century, changing life as we know it.

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