Akhila Vijayaraghavan

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10 years 3 months ago

With 19 countries on high alert with tsunami warnings issued from Taiwan all the way to Alaska, the Japanese tsunami is the worst natural disasters in the recent spell of tragedies. Effects of the tsunami are already being felt in Hawaii and waves are said to hit California beach within the next hour. Already fragile stock markets the world over have gone into a tailspin. Apart from causing loss of life and infrastructure; natural disasters have an immensely ...

10 years 3 months ago

Tackling the Problem of Packaging

Some of the biggest companies have gathered to tackle the problem of packaging and how to make it more sustainable. Big names like Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Kellogg's and others have formed a trade organization to coordinate environmental efforts for the packaging industry.

Michigan-based American Institution for Packaging and the Environment (Ameripen) will "advocate on public policy relating to packaging and the environment. It will collaborate with...

10 years 3 months ago

Final Draft of Companies Bill Affirms Mandatory CSR

After much opposition to mandatory CSR by India Inc, the ministry of corporate affairs is still going ahead with it. They are currently in the process of  finalising the draft of the Companies Bill. The provision that CSR will be made mandatory for private sector enterprises is going to be retained.

The ministry feels that it is a stable provision and it is something...

10 years 3 months ago

In honour of International Women's Day I'm writing about something that most women take for granted - female hygiene during mensuration. Many women in the developing world can miss up to 50 school or working days per year due to lack of proper feminine hygiene.

SHE and Female Hygiene with Banana Fibers

To alleviate the problem, in Rwanda a Harvard MBA graduate Elizabeth Scharpf formed the Sustainable Health Enterprise...

10 years 3 months ago

Sri Lanka Catering has been hailed for its CSR efforts after winning two Merury prizes recently. It is the most prestigious award in travel catering worldwide, sought after by the best and most pro-active companies in the industry. SriLankan Catering, although a 100% owned subsidiary of SriLankan Airlines, is a standalone operation responsible for its own economic infrastructure, management and profitability. Under the guidance of its CEO, the company’s prime responsibility is the preparation of in-flight meals for...

10 years 3 months ago

The Fairtrade Fortnight that is on-going is the biggest campaign run by the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK. This year they are "asking the nation to show off about buying Fairtrade which offers 7.5 million people in the developing world a more secure future." Last year Fairtrade supporters got the UK making over one million and one swaps to Fairtrade products during Fairtrade...

10 years 3 months ago

News Corp Sets Ambitious Green Targets

CSR often takes strange and sometimes unpredictable turns as demonstrated by the recent release by News Corp. The parent company of Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently of The Daily for the iPad, was the first global media company to achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral. In spite of this James Murdoch, son of News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch and...

10 years 3 months ago

Surprised to read that headline?  Dan Welch from the Ethical Consumer magazine ranked brands on 19 different categories and found Starbucks far and away the worst due to its stance on workers’ rights and its political activities.

“We’ve uncovered a record of unethical behaviour that runs completely counter to Starbucks image as an environmentally friendly, bohemian Seattle coffee shop,” said Dan Welch, the magazine’s co-editor. According to the magazine, Starbucks covers up everything from serving up GM growth hormone in...

10 years 3 months ago

China's Environmental Issues

China has been embroiled in several environmental controversies over the years. Recently, however there have been several efforts to reverse the situation and improve its image. Recently China's environmental minister Zhou Shengxian issued a stark warning about the effects of unbridled development on the country’s air, water and soil, saying the nation’s current path could...

10 years 3 months ago

One of the biggest small clothing brands in Madras, India is Brass Tacks. They have made a name for themselves for their well-fitted, tailored clothes made of natural material. This week I had a chat with owner and designer Anaka Narayanan about her newest collection and the plans she has for her shop.

Fabric, Fit and Tailoring

She says the biggest focus for her brand is fabric, fit and tailoring quality. She ensures that she...