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Why Sustainability Matters to a CFO




Microinsurance in Africa

I wrote previously that to get to grips with food security we need better cross-stakeholder partnerships.

How to manage Africa's population explosion

Cleaning up: 2012 progress report

Cleaning up: 2012 progress report on Australia’s readiness for a low-carbon future is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, commissioned by GE. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted the survey and interviews independently and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed here are those of the EIU alone.

Let markets play their part in feeding the world

Barack Obama's announcement of a 'New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition', a partnership between G8 nations, African countries, and businesses to boost African agriculture, promises to raise 50 million people out of poverty in 10 years. Oxfam have criticised it for focusing too heavily on the private sector, but they're missing the point.

The uncomfortable truth about trade-offs

George Monbiot thinks that "The green deal is a useless, middle-class subsidy." I don't have a problem with him attacking the government's energy efficiency proposals.

Powering ahead

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Asia Competition Barometer: Petrochemicals and chemicals

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Agriculture in high-growth markets

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Agriculture in high-growth markets: securing global food supplies is an Economist Intelligence Unit report which discusses the food supply challenges that the world faces in the coming decades; successful measures being taken to expand food production in high-growth countries; and the potential for further improvements in food productivity.

Societal purpose

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Corporate statements of purpose – mission, or vision, or philosophy, depending on the vernacular of the company – lay out the reason the firm exists. The aim of this report, based on a survey and analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, is to explore business leaders' attitudes to corporations whose purpose is defined in terms of benefit to wider society: a societal purpose.

Managing the risk in renewable energy

In 2010 global investment in new renewable energy projects exceeded investment in new fossil fuelfired plants for the first time, largely driven by a mix of renewable energy incentives and political pressure to invest in less emission-intensive energy production. Yet although investments in renewable energy plants are growing, so are the risks. Political/regulatory risk and financial risk are on the rise against a backdrop of macro-economic uncertainty, while weather-related volume risk is rising up the agenda as investments in offshore wind farms accelerate.

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