Akhila Vijayaraghavan

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9 years 4 months ago

A new EU-funded report adds another reason to go organic with at least some products. Newcastle University looked at 22 store bought brands and found that organic milk had lower levels of saturated fats and more good healthy acids, including Omega-3s.

Gillian Butler who was the lead researcher published her study in the Journal of Dairy Science and stated that the health benefits of organic milk were found year round. She...


9 years 4 months ago

Recently a random Poll Survey of  Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said that 46% of the CEOs of Indian companies spent less than 1% on R&D in the year 2009-10. The survey also found that the 27% of private sector firms have started improving the R&D spending. This will help in new product development and enhance competitiveness in the global arena.

The survey pointed out three sectors; pharmaceuticals, automobiles and software where Indian industry has increased spend on R&D....


9 years 4 months ago

I read several news articles today that state that the demand for ethical products has continued to rise despite the recession. According to the Co-operative Bank's annual Ethical Consumerism Report, the ethical market in the UK was worth £43.2bn in 2009 compared with £36.5bn two years earlier which is an increase of 18%.

The growth has not been exactly uniform. Certain sectors have enjoyed better growth than others. Fairtrade goods enjoyed a huge growth with Fairtrade food products alone growing 64% to reach sales of £749m. Sales of the RSPCA-backed Freedom Food products tripled...


9 years 4 months ago

Finally! A solid initiative to boost biodiversity protection within the context of CSR. Recently the UNESCO has designated some areas in the Bahamian National Park to join the  World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) as international protected areas and sites of excellence for education and training. The Bahamas sites will be added to the current 564 sites in 109 countries.

These reserves will include all ecospheres including...


9 years 4 months ago

I haven't really written about cars before, green or otherwise. So this is my first post because two things have happened. 1) The Detroit Auto show had a major focus on green design this year and 2) My friend's car got bumpered in London and she got given the new Toyota Prius as her temporary rental car. The sad fact remains that not everybody can actually afford greener wheels so back to the auto show.

Car design is becoming supremely...


9 years 4 months ago

Last year it was all about Kuala Lumpur but this year; at least for the first half, it looks like London is all set to be the hottest CSR city. It all kicks off on March 17th-18th with the BITC Responsible Business Convention. It features CEO of Kingfisher Ian Cheshire as one of the key-note speakers. It features a speaker line up from over 50 organizations from all over the world.It is a two day, not-for-profit event delivering practical solutions to help businesses...


9 years 4 months ago

You don't really eat it. It is usually grown for clothes and cotton seed oil - so why does it matter if you buy organic cotton? Conventionally grown cotton has many negative connotations that would make you think twice before mindlessly buying new clothes:

- Conventional cotton occupies only 3% of the world’s farmland, but uses 25% of the world’s chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

- Natural biodiversity...


9 years 4 months ago

What happens when you have loads of work experience, possibly an MBA but don't know anything about CSR, 3BL and all the buzz words being thrown about? Job markets are incredibly competitive and employers want people who are at least aware of these terms. Or maybe you are so disillusioned with the way business is done that you want to learn how to do it differently? These are the conundrums that are addressed by Dr. Robert Pojasek and Harvard University's program from continuing education.

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9 years 5 months ago

The market for cheap clothes wis worth millions of pounds in the UK. Stores like Primark, Asda, Tesco were the pioneers but recently even H&M have jumped on board with what is extremely lucrative but highly unsustainable. Most of the clothes found in cheaper clothing aisles are manufactured in Bangladesh. The market primarily caters to young people - college and school going girls are the...


9 years 5 months ago

Proxy voting season hits a high in about two months, which means most companies are putting together their material around now and so should you. The last year has brought about a record high in dissatisfaction among employees and this is an essential part of corporate governance and CSR.  If you own stocks, you'll receive proxy materials which includes the annual statement, performance reports, proxy voting form etc. Various services  have sprung up on the Web to help...


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