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Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, in the northeastern state of Sergipe January 12, 2013. Residents here tell of how they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. Brazil's Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastures and wiped some 30 percent off sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil's cane output. Picture taken January 12, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

21 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Water, the second biggest global risk?

By Peter Brabeck-Lethmate,  Chairman of the Board,  Nestle, and Anders Berntell, Executive Director, Chairperson 2030 Water Resources Group  21 January 2013.   At the launch of the World Economic Forum’s […]


14 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Dr. Ioannis Ioannou from the London Business School on Leading the path to a sustainable future

A healthier financial system in close collaboration with global companies that effectively integrate social and environmental issues into their strategy and business model might be the only means to propel us towards a sustainable future.

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy

This fall, Hurricane Sandy, which struck the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, raised an important question: How can we reduce our risk to natural disasters? Part of the answer, it turns out, is in nature itself.

A sister ship of the Ocean Sunset is pictured fishing off of Ucluelet, British Columbia June 25, 2012. The Ocean Sunset is a commercial fishing boat that hunts sharks as well as other fish for their meat and fins. After the fishermen catch them, dogfish sharks are sent to a processing plant, the fins are removed and the body is skinned. The bellies are exported to Germany to be smoked for pub food, and the fins are sent to Asia, where they are used in shark fin soup - a delicacy in Chinese culture. Animal rights advocates criticise the shark fin harvest but others say that eating shark fins is an old cultural tradition. Picture taken June 25, 2012. Search 'shark fin' for all images.Credit: REUTERS

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does sustainability mean when it comes to seafood?

By Josh Goldman | 20 December 2012 Over the past few years, “sustainability” has moved from buzzword to essential societal need. But what does it mean? One answer comes from […]

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown during a press briefing at the White House in Washington

17 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change”

Obama, addressing an interfaith vigil in Newtown on Sunday night, spoke forcefully on the country’s failings in protecting its children and demanded changes in response to the mass shootings of the last few months.


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.

Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

29 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Al Gore – Carbon tax could help U.S. back away from fiscal cliff

Al Gore speaks exclusively to Sustainability – It’s good business, on

SABMiller Plc, Fosters Group and CUB Australia 2012 .Ellerslie Hop Farm.Credit: Tom Parker/OneRedEye

22 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: SVP Andy Wales from SABMiller links trust, growth and sustainability

Executive Perspectives: How today’s leaders make sustainability a part of their organizations. By Andy Wales | 22 November 2012 Trust and sustainability are two of the most important words in […]

Destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is seen with this home that was ripped off its foundation and deposited, whole, in a nearby marshy area in Union Beach, New Jersey, November 5, 2012. FEMA is making every effort at expediting assistance to survivors with an eye toward long term recovery.Credit: Reuters

6 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Audubon CEO on superstorm Sandy and real leadership

Executive Perspectives: How today’s leaders make sustainability a part of their organizations. By David Yarnold | 6 November 2012 (National Audubon Society) It took the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to […]

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, of Britain, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 26, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

25 Oct 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: CEO Paul Polman from Unilever on ending the “three month rat-race”

“You focus on the right things, you put the consumer in the middle of all you do, and ultimately your shareholder will benefit as well, as a result but not as an objective in itself,” Polman said. “And hopefully we’ll bring the world back a little bit to sanity.”

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