Posts Categorized: Regional Imperatives

Russia’s Shift Toward the East

Vladimir Putin has been consecrated as the “No 1 enemy” of the year in 2014 by Western countries. Initially favored among American officials during his first two terms (2000-2008) for his economic reforms and solidarity in the war on terror, Putin is now depicted by Western media as the dominant threat against Western interests and the advancement of liberal values abroad….

New Ideas on Water from Lyonnaise des Eaux

As droughts and water shortages have plagued global communities, the main environmental concern in France is pollution and the scarcity of water resources, ranking just behind global warming related to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, 87% of the French population are convinced that they have a role to play in water protection, and 58% of them think they are responsible for water pollution. Whereas the infrastructure to produce and distribute water, built in the nineteenth century in France, allowed easy access to water for all, the twenty first century is clearly marked by increasing environmental concerns.

Water & Sanitation: Everybody Needs Them, Especially During a Crisis

“Readers, I selected this story–written by a colleague here at Oxfam–when I learned that the focus of October’s issue of The Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking would be on food and nutrition. Although Oxfam has worked on food and hunger issues from our inception, far too few people recognize the significance that clean water… Read more »

A Focus on India

The outlook for Indian equities likely remains supportive. GDP is a key driver of corporate profits in India and, as noted, GDP estimates have started to trend up. Moreover, given current low capacity utilization rates and margins near historic lows, a modest improvement in profit margins could result in a meaningful boost to earnings. In terms of valuation, the Indian market is currently trading at around 15x one year forward earnings, which is in line with historical averages.

More Than a Game: Football Fans & Nationalism

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  It is conclusively clear from this discussion that football is an example of the interaction between the local and the global in regards to both to the globalization of the sport and to the impact that the game’s globalizing has… Read more »

The Role of Media in India’s Election Outcome

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  The failings of India’s media during this election are symptoms of deeper ailments.  Most media companies are family owned.  Their decisions are driven more by personal and historical animosities, or agendas, than by long-term business strategies.  Those few that are… Read more »

Business of CSR and Sustainability in India

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  Four years ago, a good friend and a very senior government colleague here in India, Pravir Kumar, asked me to weigh the prospects of getting into the area of CSR. Given that his thoughts and ideas were way ahead of… Read more »

MingJian (消费明鉴), Testing for Safe Quality Products in China

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION The life of a consumer in China is akin to walking blind through a minefield; always fearful that your next purchase may contain hidden dangers. If you enter the words “product safety China” into Google, it will return more than 150 million… Read more »

“Exit Left:” A Reflection about VC Investing & Entrepreneurship

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION We have seen this story play out again and again. An entrepreneur hatches an idea, then looks for independent sources of funding to grow and scale the business. Blame the practice of independent venture capital (VC) firms dedicating a lot of focus… Read more »

Infrastructure Imperatives Drive Regional Competitiveness

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. Today, our urban areas face enormous threats and costs including those associated with the quality, integration and performance of their civil infrastructure systems. Over time, as comprehensive business cases become more common, users will realize additional benefits as projects are regionally bundled… Read more »

The “Chinese Dream” Chinese Citizens Dream About Health & Environment Improvement More Than About Their Country Being a Superpower

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. The “Chinese Dream” has become the most discussed topic today in China. The people of China have their own dreams and observe cautiously all the hype around this slogan, waiting for good reasons to believe in what they are promised. Thirty years… Read more »

Acting in the Present with an Eye on the Future

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Marina Grossi, President of CEBDS, the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Development. The goal of documents like Visão Brasil or even the World Business Council for Sustainable Development`s (WBCSD) original document: Vision 2050 – The New Agenda for Business – is to… Read more »

Integrated Financial Reporting in Brazil

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Chairman of SASB and member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee. Will Brazil’s market structure make it a country leader in adopting integrated reporting? It’s all… Read more »

“Extremes vs. Realities: Opportunities for China’s Urban Development”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Zheng Xiaoping, Vice President of the China City Development Foundation and Director of BAZO. This is an era in which to connect worldwide resources to opportunities, and all of us can contribute to and benefit from them.  If there is one… Read more »

China Threat? The Challenges, Myths, and Realities of China’s Rise

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Lionel Vairon, Vairon author of the “ China Threat? The Challenges, Myths and Realities of China’s Rise” and former diplomat to Cambodia, Thailand, and Iraq. The Book “ China Threat ?” aims at giving a more balanced, less ideological view of… Read more »