Akhila Vijayaraghavan

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9 years 5 months ago

Whilst this year closes with blizzards and skewed understanding of environmental awareness, there are imminent threats that are upcoming next year. One of the most important is the threat to food security. This is especially pertinent with the increase in global population and decrease in arable land as well as climate induced changes to agricultural patterns.

It is essential therefore to make...


9 years 5 months ago

The final decision of the Indian government on what to do about CSR regulation was announced yesterday. They have removed the clause which makes it mandatory for all companies to spend about 2% of their profit on CSR. The revised bill proposed that companies only need to have a policy that targets to spend 2% of its profit on CSR.

According to Corporate Affairs Minister,...


9 years 5 months ago

Most of what was said for having a green Christmas holds true for New Year as well. The Times Square Ball went green in 2006 by making a switch to LEDs, not only was it brighter but also saved a lot of energy. It is now 2010 and it is about time the rest of us started making an effort to green our lives. Instead of talking about what can be done next year, I would like to focus on how to actually green New Year Celebrations. For me, it has always involved good friends...


9 years 5 months ago

In the world of CSR, there are some terms that often gets confused. Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance (CG) are often used interchangeably when they are in fact distinct ideologies. The concept of governance has been in existence since the beginning of corporations but the phrase itself did not feature in financial literature until late 20th century. It is only in the last 10 years that it has gained popularity because it is often used in conjunction with or instead of CSR.

To put a little clearly: in the course...


9 years 5 months ago

Does anyone ever give thought to a pair of chopsticks? It sometimes is present at your table at a meal or comes along with your take-away meal. It can be made of plastic, wood or bamboo. Chopsticks like most other disposable cutlery items pose an environmental hazard depending on what they are made with. Japan for example is the top importer of tropical and temperate hardwood. A lot of this wood goes into making disposable chopsticks. Trees from as far as the US, Canada and UK are cut down, cured, shipped to make little sticks which are thrown away after a single use. The...


9 years 5 months ago

In my last post, I did a wrap-up of CSR in 2010. It only seems fitting that I continue the theme and attempt to spot trends for next year.

Social Media:

Social Media is going to play an even bigger role in CSR. It will not only help in exposing the greenwashers but will also play an important part in stakeholder engagement. Companies have already begun to realize this and have started to have active dialogues with their market base via Twitter, Facebook etc and this is only going to continue next year. With CEOs, CSR managers, HR and PR managers all blogging...


9 years 5 months ago

The whole of India is in a furore these days... over onions. Yes, you heard right. A month ago it was the price of cabbage in Korea and now its onions in India. Prices have jumped to 70 ($1.55; £0.99) per kg from ...


9 years 5 months ago

Perhaps it is a little premature to give the CSR wrap-up for the year but I'm going to risk it. Personally, this year has been super exciting. Comparatively, I am one of the newbies in the field and I am completely humbled and awed to learn from the ones with the experience, insight and the ideas. It has also been a year to learn and develop my own ideas, work style and to meet so many incredible people in CSR. Having been in sustainable management, environmental economics and law for a good few years, CSR seemed to be a natural progression. It has proved challenging and rewarding, so I...


9 years 5 months ago

Four days to Christmas and I usually find that this is when people go into a wrapping presents frenzy, at least the ones who are less organized. According to a published psychological study, "a gift-wrapped item influences the recipient to have a more favourable attitude towards owning the gift item." Gift-wrapping is a strong visual cue that signals goodies inside and also a physical reminder of happy times of tearing it apart to find the actual present in there. It also heightens the sense of anticipation before the actual opening of the gift. Above all it looks...


9 years 5 months ago

Marks and Spencer's and Co-op have been named as the UK's greenest supermarkets whilst Tesco, Asda and Netto were identified as the worst performers. CSR initiatives of both companies were widely praised and acknowledged as being the most progressive. So what sets them apart?

M&S is truly global company and has a wide-range of products including clothing, food, home products and financial services. Ten million people shop each week in over 375 M&...


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