(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Kerala is a lush part of southern India, famous for its backwaters along fertile paddy fields. It is the country’s most literate and richest region, with a low poverty rate. Yet there are still places here that are battling severe poverty. One such place is Kizhakkambalam village, with a population of around 40,000 spread across 8,000 households.
FROM THE EDITOR
Green Bonds Market Update: $44.2 Billion to Date, 2016
It looks to be a record year for green bonds. From January 1 through July of this year, issuance of the purpose-driven financial products totaled $44.2 billion, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative. The total for all of 2015 was $41.8 billion, Green bonds target qualified green building and sustainable design projects, and —here’s the bottom line attraction—are tax exempt. Leading Issuers include the European Investment Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank, and new entities such as India’s Axis Bank and the China Industrial Bank. Private companies are joining in, too, including Toyota, Apple, and Starbucks. At a time of low interest rates, sagging hedge fund returns, and an uncertain global economic climate, green bonds seem like a solid bet.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – CEOs have the ultimate responsibility to lead, inform and manage the implementation of their company’s strategic goals and business plans. To make a transition to a more sustainable world, CEOs must play a crucial role by integrating ESG factors into corporate decision-making, and commit to structure their governance processes and business practices in line with a vision to improve global sustainability.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There has always been a controversy around the ethanol in relation to its environmental credentials. Detractors say it could actually be worse than fossil fuel while supporters claim that, by and large, it can help clean up transportation, a major source of emissions that cause global warming.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry, where the time is ripe for banks to reimagine their role in society and recognise their potential to create change to generate business value by creating social value. One such financial institution that is being noted for its commitment and innovative approach to facilitating solutions to pressing issues is JPMorgan Chase & Co.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mars, owner of iconic brands in petcare, chocolate, food and drinks, has released the latest version of its Principle in Action Summary in which it highlights its progress to reach targets related to sustainability, health and well-being, food safety and responsible marketing.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Agricultural robots are a part of precision agriculture, which hold the promise to improve sustainable farming practices. From sensors to drones to satellite imagery to better software management for people and equipment, advancements in precision agriculture are enabling growers to use less pesticide, less water, produce less waste, and improve the environmental sustainability of agriculture.