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  • Reimagining Impact – Gururaj Deshpande’s Model for Solving Problems of 5 Billion

    Although the abject poverty levels in India have fallen sharply in the last two decades, yet, most of the problems that were prevalent earlier continue to dog the lives of 80% Indians. Ideas, strategies and investments seem to have made ... // Read More

  • BITS Pilani Alumni Gets A Million Students Ready for the World

    A chance visit to the house of an injured rickshaw puller by a group of BITS Pilani students of the 2005 batch jolted them so much that some of them will soon be impacting more than a million students in ... // Read More

  • UK Firm Offers Clean, Affordable, Hassle-free Drinking Water for Communities

    Water Reach, a UK-based not-for-profit has come up with a simple and affordable drinking water solution for remote communities. It has tested it in Uganda and is now ready to introduce it in India. Its challenges are – it’s an ... // Read More

  • Govt’s announcement of MSP for Minor Forest Produce will bring much needed support to forest communities

    Sustaining over 30 crores of forest dwelling population in India is a challenge. The strategy to address this challenge has to take into account the potential of those forest dwelling communities and the immediately available resources for livelihood. Minor Forest ... // Read More

  • Ingersoll Rand Wins Gold

    The World Environment Center (WEC) announced early February 2019 that its 35th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. The award will ... // Read More

  • Pharma Firms Form Responsible Health Initiative to Improve Supply Chain

    Three leading health and pharmaceutical companies — GlaxoSmithKline, Teva, Takeda – and EcoVadis, the leading provider of sustainability risk and performance ratings for global supply chains, recently announced the launch of the Responsible Health Initiative. Its purpose is to use collaboration and ... // Read More

  • ESG Moves from Margins to Mainstream

    The US-based GreenBiz’s first-ever GreenFin Summit held recently brought together about 100 sustainability and investment professionals. They were there to discuss what it would take to align corporate reporting with investor needs in order to accelerate investments in sustainable and low-carbon ... // Read More

  • ESG Investing Gets Big in India As Avendus Picks 20 Stocks

    Mumbai-based Avendus Capital had announced its intent to launch a $ One Billion ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Fund in August 2018. On February 1, 2019, it started investing by picking 20 stocks. Avendus’ ESG fund is India’s first independent ... // Read More

  • Finally, Here’s Water from Air @ Affordable Cost

    Chennai-based Elixir H2O is offering ‘purest’ drinking water at Rs. 3 a liter. Akhilesh S Unnithan, Head Business Development, ElixirH2O, shares how they got here and how they are able to make it affordable with SustainabilityNext on the sidelines of ... // Read More

  • Indian Bio-Tableware Gets US FDA Approval

    CHUK’s tableware decompose in 90 days what would otherwise take about 500 years. CHUK is a backyard compostable tableware providing brand owned by Ayodhya-based Yash Papers. It has initiated a mass movement of providing compostable tableware products to the global ... // Read More

  • Mahindra Group Pledges to Become Carbon Neutral by 2040

    The $20 billion Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra made a bold announcement at Davos recently that on behalf of all employees of his group the entire conglomerate and all its 100 companies will be carbon neutral 10 years before the ... // Read More

  • New Rule Book Dilutes Paris Agreement on Climate Change: CSE

    Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE (Centre for Science & Environment), a Delhi-based activist NGO, has heavily criticized the recent meeting of Paris Agreement signatories in Katowice, Poland. In a press release, he observed: “Katowice fails. Its decision and the ... // Read More

  • Former Tata Executives Team up to Launch $ One Billion ESG Fund

    A first in India, a $1 billion dollar fund is being created for investing in new and existing businesses that have solid environment, social and governance goals. The fund is likely to become active in three to six months after ... // Read More

  • ACUMEN India Fellows 2019

    ARSHIYA BOSEArshiya is Founder of Black Baza Coffee, an organization that works to empower smallholder coffee growers to conserve biodiversity and engage in markets on their own terms. Prior to founding Black Baza Coffee, Arshiya worked at policy and advocacy ... // Read More

  • Godrej Properties Launches Fully Water Positive Homes

    Godrej Properties’ has taken its green strategy to another level. It recently launched Bengaluru’s first fully sustainable water management system at its property Godrej Aqua. Its Quad-Step Treatment Process (QSTP) will be able to provide pure drinking water at all ... // Read More

  • Ecolab Sets Up Digital Innovation Center in Bengaluru

    Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, in partnership with SMC2, is establishing the Ecolab Digital Center (EDC) in Bengaluru. The EDC will serve as a global ‘Digital Innovation Center of Excellence,’ for the ... // Read More

  • Soccer in Mumbai to Highlight UN SDGs

    Global Goals World Cup Mumbai, a women’s only activist soccer tournament, was held early February 2019 at Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The purpose of the Cup is to leverage the power of ... // Read More

BookReview by Benedict Paramanand

Reimagining Sustainable Futures: The SDG Framework
It’s nearly four years since the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by most nations in 2015 for achieving them by 2030. The debate about whether the world has made progress or is it in denial or has it indeed made noticeable progress is on. It depends how and where you look. This is a good debate. Read More
It’s a Story of Ants Fighting the Elephant – The RTI Story: Power to the People
n his foreword to the book Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes: “On the dust-laden street of revived spirits, gutsy agitations, arduous marches – for a new championing of rightful claims of rightful rights, this book takes its place, says what it says and does what it does. It gives us the story of how a lifeline came to be thrown to its claustrophobic polity, its suffocating republicanism and its malnutritioned democracy.“Read More


Saving Social Work from Itself : The Future of Social Work: Seven Pillars of Practice
When the idea of ‘future of work’ has become the centre of virulent debate these days, the idea of ‘social work’ cannot escape the chatter. That’s what Prof. Brij Mohan has done in his new book. The book has received much acclaim for its boldness and erudition.Read More

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  • Budweiser Maker Sets up Accelerator for 100 Green Start-ups

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer and one of the leading beer companies in India has announced an ambitious accelerator program for start-ups who are solving global environmental and ecological issues. AB InBev commenced its operations in India in ... // Read More

  • Zero Budget Natural Farming Needs Policy Push

    Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a farming technique with zero chemicals. The produce and quality is much better. This technique is spreading at good pace. Spearheaded by Subhash Palekar, this is one of India’s largest voluntary farmer movements in ... // Read More

  • Happy Seeder Machines Can End Crop Stubble Burning

    Grameen Yuvti Vikash Mandal (GYVM) a Haryana based NGO, Ecociate Consultants and Communique Marketing Solutions are working with farmers in Pundri Block of Kaithal, Haryana to bring changes in practice of crop stubble burning. An effort has been made last ... // Read More

  • Dell Uses Ink Made From Diesel Soot

    Every innovative product needs a big business to believe in. That’s what Dell did when its manufacturing unit at Chennai started using the diesel ink, made from soot collected from diesel generators, for packaging and printing. Delhi-based Chakr Innovation, founded ... // Read More

  • Ricky Kej Releases My Earth Songs for Kids

    Ricky Kej, Grammy Award winner, is on a relentless musical adventure across the world trying to bring environmental consciousness so that the world could transform into a better, greener place for all. His latest venture is called My Earth Songs. ... // Read More

  • WABAG Restores TN’s Traditional Irrigation Methods

    Despite massive progress in water management systems, there’s still huge merit in India’s traditional irrigation methods. WAGAG, a global leader, has completed over 900 water and wastewater plants worldwide. It has made a sustained contribution to an improvement in the ... // Read More

  • Dharna Still Effective Form of Protest : Despite Social Media Onslaught

    Aruna Roy, the architect of the Right to Information Act (RTI), said mass public protest and dharna will continue to remain important for survival of democracy in India despite the growing influence of social media. She believes, social media can, ... // Read More

  • Fr. Claude D’Souza (1931 – 2018) – Poor Man’s Jesuit

    Ignatius Loyola often ended his letters to Jesuits going to the missions with the expression ite, inflammate omnia—“Go, set the world on fire.” What did he mean by that? Jim Manney, the author of A Simple, Life-changing Prayer, and a well-known ... // Read More

  • Deepak Pareek Promises to Solve Farmers’ Woes with AI, ML

    India finally has a start-up that can boast of having found a near holistic solution to farmers’ woes. It has the vision and the technology to change the sordid story of Indian farmers to a happier one. No wonder the ... // Read More

  • Danone, Mars, Nestlé, Unilever launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

    In an effort to advocate better public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet, Danone, Mars, Nestlé, and Unilever launched Sustainable Food Policy Alliance early July 2018.  They intend to focus ... // Read More

Latest books on Sustainability, Ecology, Climate Change, Energy, Policy …

  • The Path Ahead: Transformative Ideas for India

    The book brings together a rare combination of industry executives, domain thought leaders, and government officials, highlights the challenges and possible solutions for key sectors that are the cornerstone for India’s future growth. Each of the authors is a leader ... // Read More

  • How to Grow Fresh Air: India’s top experts teach how to beat air pollution

    Self help is best help, that’s what clean air evangelist Kamal Meattle has been advocating for many years. He has been demonstrating it in his office and other buildings where he has helped set up indoor gardens. This book (with ... // Read More

  • The Great Smog of India

    Air pollution kills over a million Indians every year, albeit silently. Families are thrown into a spiraling cycle of hospital visits, critically poor health and financial trouble impacting their productivity and ability to participate in the economy. Children born in ... // Read More

  • This Book is not Rubbish

    OUR PLANET IS IN PERIL AND IT NEEDS YOUR HELP! But the good news is that there are loads of easy ways that you can make a difference! From throwing a planet party and ditching straws, to banning glitter and ... // Read More

  • Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution

    Follow the journey of a Canadian and Indian couple, Savannah and Sandeep, as they travel the world to capture the human side of one of the biggest energy transitions of our times – the global shift from fossil fuels to ... // Read More

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