And the winner is…Jerry Hall

And the winner is…Jerry Hall

In a week where film and television awards were to take centre stage there was an upstaging announcement regarding Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. They got engaged! Somehow Rup always gets to be the centre of attention. Whether its the family battle about who is going to run the country when he retires, the hearings […]

E. Freya Williams on the Business Case for Sustainability

E. Freya Williams on the Business Case for Sustainability

What’s the business case for sustainability? Over the past eight years that I’ve spent compiling evidence that brands can both maximize profit and be a force for social good, that’s the question I’ve been asked most often. And it’s one that tends to be on the minds of business leaders each year around Earth Day. […]

The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

Deciphering real world issues in economics is like solving a Rubik’s Cube, says SMU Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping. By Yamini Chinnuswamy “The job of an economist is to explain how the world economy works – from analysing economic data, conceptualising economic phenomena, forecasting economic trends to making policy suggestions,” says Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping from […]

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

By April Streeter Changes, or at least assurances of changes, are coming to the palm oil industry, a mega-business blamed for much of the deforestation in tropical nations Three of the largest palm oil producers and traders unveiled zero deforestation plans last year, affecting 60% of the global palm oil industry. Wilmar International, which has […]

Exploring the link between globalisation and stress

Exploring the link between globalisation and stress

A direct relationship exists between stress and globalisation – i.e. transnational corporations and transnational economics – according to a recent study published in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities. The study, by an international research team in Thailand and Canada, analysed the relationship between globalisation and stress in a sample group of Thai […]

Cyclone Donald around for a year

Cyclone Donald around for a year

It’s a good year out from the US 2016 election and good old Fox Network are at it already with their panel discussions on the potential Republican presidential candidates. Talkfest after talkfest is surrounding us with Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump not exactly getting along in the latest instalment. You have to give it to […]

World Bank updating social policies

World Bank updating social policies

The World Bank is in the process of reviewing, updating and strengthening its environmental and social policies that serve to protect vulnerable people and the environment in World Bank investment projects. On July 1, 2015, the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) of the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors authorized a third phase of consultations […]

Nestlé’s crisis in India

Nestlé’s crisis in India

Nestlé has handled a product safety scare stunningly badly, appearing to have learnt little from its multinational experience over many decades Nestlé has found itself in hot water in India after the local food safety regulators said the company’s instant noodles contained unsafe levels of lead and traces of monosodium glutamate (MSG), contrary to the […]

Commuter families: Analysis from Malaysia

Commuter families: Analysis from Malaysia

Commuter families normally consist of dual-career marriages that choose to establish separate homes to fulfill their career commitments. Around the world, the numbers of dual-income, dual-household families is on the rise, fuelled by such reasons as the desire of spouses to improve their lifestyle, obtain a higher family income, or pursue better opportunities for career […]

Greenpeace at war in India

Greenpeace at war in India

By Rajesh Chhabara – Ethical Corp The Indian government, under the new leadership of Narendi Modi, has taken a harsh line against Greenpeace’s opposition to several development projects – blocking funds and preventing individuals from travelling. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has run into serious trouble in India. The government has barred Greenpeace India from receiving […]

The romance of the blue bloods

The romance of the blue bloods

The victory of David Cameron’s party at the UK elections shows a continuing romance of countries with the middle-class side of politics when you also consider similar governments of such countries as Australian and New Zealand. All British – based political systems going back a long way. The three leaders – Cameron, Abbot and Key – are […]

The four global forces breaking all the trends

The four global forces breaking all the trends

This article is an edited extraction from No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends to be be published on May 12 by Public Affairs. -McKinsey. In the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, one new force changed everything. Today our world is undergoing an even more dramatic […]

Books: Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo

Books: Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo

From her controversial rise and fall from power at Google, to her dramatic reshaping of Yahoo’s work culture, people are obsessed with, and polarised by, Marissa Mayer’s every move. She is full of fascinating contradictions: a feminist who rejects feminism, a charmer in front of a crowd who can’t hold eye contact in one-on-ones and […]