How environmental progress came from an unexpected source in India

You might be forgiven for missing the news that one of the most progressive emissions policies in the world was just enacted in India. After all, India is home to 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities. But, as Content Director Deepali Srivastava writes in her article for Next City, the nation just adopted stringent regulations governing the sulfur content of fuel and the automotive engines that burn it. The real story, she points out, is how the policy got enacted. For it wasn’t progressive legislators, the strong arm of the executive branch, forward-looking companies or charismatic activists who …
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What is thought leadership?

As a thought leadership consulting firm, the one question that always comes up, with varying degrees of irony, is: “What is ‘thought leadership?’” So glad you asked. Thought leadership has come a long way since it was principally the domain of consulting firms eager to deepen their relationships with clients. The practice has matured and we’ve advanced our understanding of what thought leadership means. Here’s how we define it: Thought leadership is the practice of generating novel, evidence-based ideas on issues that are intertwined with an organization’s brand. It reflects an awareness of how those issues affect the broader environment …
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China’s energy finance footprint

Renewable energy investment in China reached US$ 102.9 billion in 2015, according to the UNEP. That was 36% of global investment – more than the US, the UK and Japan combined. But China’s energy finance footprint is larger than the Middle Kingdom itself, explains Content Director Deepali Srivastava in her latest Forbes column. For its twin development banks are now the largest provider of energy finance in the world. China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China together provided US$ 13.5 billion a year from 2007-14 in energy finance to foreign governments, which is more than the World Bank provided …
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The private sector and society: Evidence of progress

HP Enterprises held its Living Progress Challenge finals event on August 3 and I had the opportunity to attend. At the event, 10 finalists pitched their ideas to solve for the question, “What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives?” The majority of pitches were from NGOs. It makes sense: NGOs are in the business of finding ideas to improve people’s lives and they need the support of corporate partners like HP Enterprises to bring their ideas to fruition. Among the winners was a World Wildlife Fund web-based tool that uses trade data to identify illegal …
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Global inequality is reaching a tipping point

Pop quiz: Is global inequality rising or declining? It depends. Inequality among and within nations has gone up, as you might have guessed from reading 2013’s book-of-the-month club sensation, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. But if you’re talking about the global populace, inequality has actually gone down. What makes that paradox possible, explains economist Branko Milanovic in this Forbes interview with Content Director Deepali Srivastava, is the rise in income of the billions living in big, relatively poor countries, notably China and India. Even though inequality has risen within those countries, the net effect has been to flatten …
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Lessons from Apple’s adventures in emerging markets

Apple is having a rough go in big emerging markets. First, India denied approvals for Apple to open retail store or expand its presence with “certified and pre-owned iPhones.” Then, China banned sales of Apple’s latest iPhone models over a patent dispute. What’s going on? Corporate charm offensives are falling short because of misunderstandings about the issues at hand, writes our Deepali Srivastava in her Forbes column: “In short, Apple wants India’s market, while India wants good jobs and a cleaner environment.” These kinds of misunderstandings point to the need for more enlightened forms of corporate diplomacy.