Last Saturday afternoon, I was with Carlo Figà Talamanca, the owner and CEO of Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE, see here their website: http://www.sgfe-cambodia.com/), an amazing social enterprise that makes charcoal briquettes out of coconut shells and char-residue while giving job opportunities to vulnerable people with a fair salary, health insurance, and many other benefits. Carlo had organized a party to celebrate the fact that SGFE just won an international award, the very prestigious Ashden award (see here for more: http://www.ashden.org/winners/SGFE14), for its work to reduce deforestation. 6.5 tons of wood are necessary to make 1 ton of wood charcoal so, by making charcoal out of char-residue and coconut shells, SGFE has prevented tens of thousands of trees from being cut down. The team was back from London where they had received their award on the premises of the Royal Geographical Society of London. Carlo was discussing his new idea of having a branded tuk-tuk with a very flashy and colorful design, with flames all over the place, in order to do deliveries. One person suggested using the Ashden award as a promotional tool by adding a “winner of the Ashden Award 2014” mention on the charcoal bags and delivery tuk-tuks. Carlo then retorted this sentence that I chose to put as a title for this article: « My customers, they care about the tuk-tuk on fire; they don’t care about the Ashden award, the environmental impact and all that stuff». ...
Des agriculteurs africains, des ouvriers asiatiques, des interlocuteurs à gogo, des substances chimiques dangereuses, du marketing à foison et des milliers de kilomètres au compteur : il y a tout ça dans nos placards.
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Throughout Nepal, the government is pushing villagers to build toilets in their homes to eradicate open defecation. Across Southeast Asia, more than 600 million people lack access to toilets, making diseases from contact with human waste a staggering medical problem. Health care professionals call for more education of citizens about the risks of open defecation to accompany government pressure to build and to use toilets.
PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a broad strategy to end extreme poverty by 2030, and he welcomed emerging players such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank, established...
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Companies of all sizes, including many WBCSD members, are actively testing and rolling out inclusive business models, but relatively few of them have achieved their full potential of improving livelihoods and companies’ economic bottom line.
The objective of the ‘Scaling up Inclusive Business’ brief is to better understand the internal barriers companies face when trying to scale up inclusive business, and identify solutions for overcoming those barriers.
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