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Business group supports sustainability via the market economy

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Business group supports sustainability via the market economy, a report issued by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, shows how open, transparent markets can drive sustainability. The report also makes the business case for implementing sustainable practices and outlines seven...

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Making Agricultural Trade Reform Work for the Poor

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Making Agricultural Trade Reform Work for the Poor, a position paper of the International Food&Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), brings together what is known about the link between agricultural trade reform and poverty alleviation, and about how developing countries can successfully manage...

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Solar power's role in rural India

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Selco is a social enterprise which has provided solar-powered lighting and water heating for half a million people in the states of Karnataka and Gujarat since it began in 1995. It provides lighting for businesses too and even rents solar lights to street hawkers.

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Polycentric Innovation: A New Mandate for Multinationals

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What do John Deere, Cisco, and Obopay have in common? All three companies form a new breed of enlightened Western firms that have embraced "polycentric innovation." Polycentric innovation is an emerging business practice that consists of networking international talent, capital, and ideas to meet...

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Tata launches low-cost water filter

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India's giant Tata Group on Monday unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, hoping to do for health what it did for motoring and provide affordable, safe drinking water for millions and cut disease.

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Make a difference this Fairtrade Fortnight with Starbucks

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In November 2008, Starbucks announced that 100% of the espresso coffee sold – both wholebean and espresso-based beverages – in Starbucks stores in the UK and Ireland will become both Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ and Fairtrade Certified by the end of 2009.

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Say goodbye to kerosene lamps, here's Kiran!

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D.Light Design makes affordable solar lighting solutions to serve the bottom-of-the-pyramid households in India and other markets across the globe. The initial research and early prototyping of what became D.light products, began in 2006.

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A Fresh Start: Asian villages carve out a new life

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In 2004, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which credits itself with having saved the American bison a century ago, set up the Tmatboey Ibis Ecotourism Project to lure bird-watchers. During the most recent peak season, November 2008 to May 2009, services provided to bird-watching visitors brought...

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Tatas going global with low-cost housing

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The Tatas are giving a global perspective to their successful affordable housing model, which was launched in Mumbai. Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons, said that Tata Housing has got enquiries for replicating the Mumbai housing model from other countries and is likely to start out from...

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Philips digs at bottom of the pyramid

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Philips Electronics India Ltd is resorting to innovative pricing and customer engagement models in India to gain market share and acceptance by 'bottom-of-the-pyramid' segments and enterprise customers. Clean energy is the common pitch that Philips is making to log in higher customer numbers...