Valuing the services of nature and why it is so important for business

Natural Capital Coalition with the help of WBCSD and IUCN has brought together several businesses to develop the Natural Capital Protocol, a framework to internalize the externalities that will be tested by 40 leading businesses including The Coca Cola, Hugo Boss, Dow Chemicals, Shell and several others. The testing programme of the framework will be led by […]

‘Change the rules of the game”: Summary Primer on Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Many know Seychelles as an exotic holiday destination. What many don’t know is that Seychelles is also one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Just last week itself, the country was flooded. Or look at Maldives. Another holiday locale for the Bollywood industry. Maldives is also where the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held […]

5 Key Take aways from Day 3 @TERI’s Sustainble Development Summit

In the past one year I attended several sustainability conferences – a couple of CII-ITC Sustainability Summits, Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Forum, Unilever’s USLP and some others as well. And I must admit that no other conference came close to the size, grandeur, and sheer overwhelming presence of world leaders and personalities in the world of Economics, Sustainability, Climate change […]

From Tom Friedman to Jeff Sachs: Day 2@ TERI’s Sustainable Summit

Am I boasting that I heard Tom Friedman, Prof. Jefferey Sachs, Sir Jonathon Porritt, Dr. Larry Brilliant, Dr.R Pachauri speak in the space of half a day? Well, yes, I am. And not to mention the top leadership of some of most forward thinking companies like BMW and the Heads of States and change makers from numerous countries like […]

12 Key Take Aways from Day 1 @ TERI’s flagship DSDSummit 2013

TERI couldn’t have done a better job at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in bringing together global stakeholders on a single platform— both multi & bi-lateral development organizations, governments, the corporate sector, non-governmental organizations, and academic and research institutions. Distinguished speakers, erudite audience, and the right flavour of topics that got discussed. Day 1 saw six […]

Corporate Perspectives on Resource-Efficient Growth and Development

Eco or Resource-Efficiency catches at a glance the balance business strives toward sound ecology and profitable operations – Bjorn Stigson, Former WBCSD President “Most CEO’s don’t understand Sustainability”, said John Elkington in a recent interview to Economic Times. Well, that sums up this post and the Corporate Perspectives on Sustainability and Resource-Efficient growth within the Indian […]

7 drivers that help Define the Future We Want

Why has it become so important in the recent past that humanity has to define the kind of future it would like to live in?  Because if we don’t take the time to define the future we want, we then ought to be prepared with any kind of future handed to us – and looking at the current […]

Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change – a brief run-up to DSDS 2013

Nicholas Stern, the author of the 2006 government-commissioned review on climate change, recently shared his current views at WEF, Davos, that he got it all wrong on climate change. He says it is far, far worse than earlier predicted with the planet on track for a 4 degree rise in temperature. As a run-up to the […]

“Changing policies and human behavior” – Dr Pachauri addresses the media on upcoming Sustainability Summit

I am coming straight from the TERI’s office at India Habitat Center where Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Director General TERI, and Chairman of the IPCC, addressed the media invitees on the upcoming Delhi Development Sustainable Summit (DSDS) taking place from Jan 31 – Feb 02, next weekend. It was a pleasure meeting the man who has been […]

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