Akhila Vijayaraghavan

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9 years 3 months ago

CSR Asia in conjunction with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) have joined hands to launch a new Master's degree program. The course will start from September 2011 and will be offered in modular format targeted at busy working professionals wanting to know more about CSR.

The course is designed to build the capacity needed to ensure that businesses are better prepared to manage global sustainability challenges. According to CSR Asia's press...


9 years 3 months ago

A recent report found that shoppers in England and Wales who bought local food may not be supporting local farmers as they previously thought. Inspectors with the Local Government  Regulation announced that foods labeled 'local' actually came from other European countries and sometimes, even from as far away as New Zealand.

The BBC reported that out of the 558 items that were tested in 300 shops, restaurants, markets, and factories labeled as...


9 years 3 months ago

The debate about mandatory CSR in India has been ongoing since August last year. Mandatory reporting was fiercely opposed by India Inc when the announcement was made. This resulted in a government back-pedaling on their stance a little. With the change in Corporate Affairs Ministers, mandatory CSR is back in talks. Current minister Mr. Deora has announced that 2% of all...


9 years 3 months ago

iPad is Helping Businesses Go Green...

In the lead up to the launch of iPad 2, Mashable released an article stating three reasons why they think that the iPad can help businesses go green. According to the article, "Energy usage, environmental auditing and paper reduction are all areas where businesses are seeing improvements as a result of adopting the iPad."

From an energy savings point of view, the iPad can be used to actually reduce the amount of energy consumed. Lutron is one of the top...


9 years 3 months ago

Redefining CSR to Include Environmental Management and Afforestation

Last week the Indian Environmental Minister, Jairam Ramesh made a quiet affirmation that was barely noticed. He mentioned that he favoured re-defining CSR initiatives in order to forge partnerships between his ministry and Public Sector Units for afforestation activities.  He pointed out that last year the state-owned oil and gas company ONGC's total CSR fund was...


9 years 3 months ago

Changing Consumer Choices with Blissmo

Awhile ago I wrote about MindBodyGreen, a website that caters exclusively to greenies. Now, however Sundeep Ahuja is aiming to do one better with his newest venture Blissmo. The site aims to connect savvy shoppers with organic, sustainable products and services through weekly discounts of up to 50% off. Sundeep has previously worked with kiva.org and says that the experience sparked his "desire to build a website that...


9 years 3 months ago

Co-Op's New CSR Strategy

The Co-operative Group already has an impressive CSR strategy. They have won numerous accolades for their CSR innovations but instead of resting on past laurels, they are once again re-hauling their policy. Their aim is to set a benchmark for CSR practices in the industry. The programme will look to increase group membership and bring a wide range of benefits to consumers across the UK.

They are...


9 years 3 months ago

The newest report shows that the UK government is not doing enough to promote organic food. The Soil Association said sales continued to grow in other European nations during the recession, while UK sales fell by 13.6% in 2009. The Soil Association operates the UK's largest organic accreditation scheme.  The report also said that the government is not doing enough to promote alternative food and healthy lifestyles and this is blamed in part to the...


9 years 3 months ago

It was recently reported that approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent out each year worldwide. Almost all of these cards end up in the trash. However there are many companies that are bringing in greeting cards that are eco-friendly.

Tiny Prints:

This company has a nice collection of 100% eco-friendly recycled paper Valentine's Day cards. Cards are made with either FSC-...


9 years 3 months ago

Latest news reports that Disney is investing in expanding a newborn range for babies. Honestly I'm surprised that Disney hadn't thought of doing this earlier. They aren't exactly marketing it yet but are focusing on creating a market and have taken to 580 maternity hospitals in America.

According to Disney's market research, most parents don’t really embrace the brand until the preschool years, when youngsters are introduced to characters via the Disney Channel. Disney estimates that...


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