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CSR alliances with local government in a new age of austerity CSR alliances with local government in a new age of austerity
So, now ask yourself this question: ‘Am I confident that when my company did stakeholder mapping and issue scoping to craft our climate strategy, we fully recognized the vital role of local government in adaptation?’ If the answer is ‘no’, then you cannot possibly be a CSR leader.
I am an eco-tourist – waiting to take off I am an eco-tourist – waiting to take off
We have to remember that we are looking for eco-tourism patronage among people who would perhaps not think twice, perhaps, not think at all– before leaving behind a plastic bottle or a non-biodegradable piece of plastic as a telltale sign of the good memories they just created. The problem is not that he or she is a cruel, enemy-of-the-ecology...
Last heard: India’s missing stories Last heard: India’s missing stories
Frankly, at the end of any normal, ordinary day, any common man would be puzzled by the maze of cues, clues, links, allegations, anti-allegations, alibis, hints, half-revelations et al. It all becomes too confusing. Before one has properly grasped the complications and implications of one controversy, another one comes along breezily...
CSR 2.0: From defensive to systemic corporate sustainability and responsibility CSR 2.0: From defensive to systemic corporate sustainability and responsibility
CSR 2.0 is based on five principles: creativity, scalability, responsiveness, glocality and circularity. These hold the key to making change happen, at a societal, organizational and individual level, and ensuring that we can all make a difference.
The immediacy of resource depletion and the murmur of global warming The immediacy of resource depletion and the murmur of global warming
Before any meaningful change of attitudes can take place, society has to understand that oil is truly finite – and is going to become very scarce sooner rather than later... No longer should the super-rich be able to excuse their extravagant lifestyles by other compensatory actions such as planting trees, as their carbon emissions will contribute to..
Smart chap! One line, and Ramesh ensured a battery of off-roaders for himself... Smart chap! One line, and Ramesh ensured a battery of off-roaders for himself...
Today's newspaper headlines will become invisible soon enough when little Raju at that NGO will make a bag from that paper. These ‘expert' talks from Barkha's and Rajdeep's newsrooms will turn into water-cooler layman discussions, tweets and Facebook updates, only to be forgotten while negotiating over two rupees with Rahim the rickshawpuller.
Stepping up to Save the Planet: Moving on to Corporate Social Engagement Stepping up to Save the Planet: Moving on to Corporate Social Engagement
We have at most 10 years to fundamentally alter the trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions and take significant actions to reduce them’ in order to avoid ‘disastrous effects’. Haiti provides a glimmer of what such ‘disastrous effects’ might look like, particularly in the developing world.
Climate change happens to other people, other places Climate change happens to other people, other places
Let us admit that we are largely a society that swears by ‘conspicuous consumption’, however much we may feign indifference. So, if ‘green’ were to be become the defining point of ‘conspicuous consciousness’, will it sooner become an object of pursuit? Will there be a scramble for green then? Will green goods and services become a parallel..
A cycling India: To carve an alternative growth trail A cycling India: To carve an alternative growth trail
On a random basis, the benefits of a cycling city are enough to justify the necessary adjustments in terms of planning, infrastructure and accommodation. Visualize this: decongested roads, no parking woes, a fitter population, less road rage, less fatal accidents, and a general feeling of wellness.
Our roads, our cows, and us. Our roads, our cows, and us.
A flyover will always overlook a road. Period. The question I ask is: Do they become dysfunctional together, at the same time? Do the powers that be become so unthinking/ruthless/unmerciful/vain that they no longer know the difference between a human being and, say, a cow?
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