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By Benedict Paramanand   The US Secretary of State’s statement that India would be a “challenge” at the Paris Climate Change summit shows how difficult it is to change long-held perceptions. Perceptions about India’s ability to play a constructive role …

The high demand for sand has led to environmental concerns because of the dependency on riverbed sand. Alternate materials such as sand made by crushing sedimentary rocks can be considered as a viable alternative to riverbed sand in order to …

Ambitious, But More is Possible On October 2, 2015, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, India submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the period 2021 to 2030. The intended …

Most droughts around the world, particularly in India, are not directly linked to deficient rainfall. Is it? Experts believe droughts are largely man-made – a result of bad water pricing policies, decreasing community engagement with local resources and a growing …

Late Dr. Abdul Kalam is popularly called India’s ‘missile man.’ Looking at his extensive and expansive body of work, influence and impact, missile is just one aspect. Equally important, if not more, are his contribution to the vision and clear …

Can yoga be the much needed inside-out approach to save and rejuvenate Planet Earth from manic destruction? It appears it can By Benedict Paramanand If Yoga is India’s gift to world, it appears it has also given one of the …

Can executive compensation and bonus be tied to achieving sustainability goals? 24% of US companies do, when can India make a beginning? By Benedict Paramanand Last year, Unilever CEO Paul Polman earned $722,230 bonus for meeting sustainability targets including reducing …

In 2002, late Prof. C K Prahalad and Stuart Hart stunned the business world with their radical idea – ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.’ The idea offered large corporations unimaginable access to markets in developing countries. It …

If India continues to grow its electricity system based on coal (as China has done), would it derail the global climate? That’s the big question Energy Collective is asking India. According to its calculations, under a “coal-heavy” scenario, India would …

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, is spearheading India’s movement to make businesses more responsible by aligning them with civil society goals. In his address at the 10th national convention on ‘Sustainable …

According to their new report, “Organizing for Success on Corporate Responsibility: The Path to High Performance,” the Act encompasses a range of activities it classifi es as CSR that, in fact, provide a path for companies to implement innovations and …

Start translating ‘Clean India’ campaign into concrete actions with quarterly goals • Make sustainability reporting mandatory for all companies with more than Rs. 100 crore annual turnover. And voluntary reporting for all SMEs with incentives for compliance. In the spirit …

In May 2013, hundreds of Wipro staff saw a spectacular sight. They saw thousands of migratory butterflies on their semi-annual journey from Western Ghats to Eastern Ghats rest in their new campus in Electronic City, Bengaluru, for nearly a month, …

The Peepoo disposable latrine bag, designed by Peepoople, a Swedish company, is the most recent addition to a few affordable options now available for solving one of India’s most daunting and disgraceful problems – more than half its population of …

Sruti Harihara Subramaniam could put reduce, reuse and recycle enthusiasts to shame. Her products, made from waste material, are better than the original. Check them out at her Goli Soda store in Chennai Goli Soda is an unlikely name for …

With global business houses like Unilever, Renault, Philips and Cisco joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation the idea of Circular Economy has gained critical momentum. The ‘take-make-dispose’ model is slowly but surely making way for ‘made-to-be-made-again’ model. Businesses are expecting to …

Does the Earth have any chance of surviving this century? Is there enough conviction among people to prevent its certain destruction? Is everyone waiting for that big catastrophe to happen after which nations will sit up and do something serious? …

Dr. Veerandra Heggade’s NGO proves how well-managed microfinance can make a big impact on sustainability outcomes at the grassroots level. There are several lessons here for ‘confused’ policy makers Amidst widespread despondency all around because of failure of several public …

Growmore Biotech’s bamboo variety is promising to transform India’s renewable energy sector, provide environment-friendly wood for the paper industry and also help reclaim lost forest cover in two years. For companies with large campuses, this bamboo will help them become …

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