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Putting a price tag on corporate social responsibility

INSEAD professor Theo Vermaelen makes his case for CSR equity carve-outs.

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The sweatshop on your conscience

Lower consumer prices and higher profit margins take the spotlight off poor working conditions in cheap labour markets. Changing those practices is as much a responsibility of the marketer and consumer as it is of the supplier. INSEAD professor N.Craig Smith explains how and why responsible consumerism matters.

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The farmer, the scientist and the nuclear engineer

A report from INSEAD's Alumni Sustainability Executive Roundtable in Fontainbleau.

Entrepreneurship

Western economies need to adapt

No longer content to be cost and talent arbitrage destinations, emerging markets are becoming hotbeds of innovation, says SD Shibulal, co-founder of Infosys Technologies, one of India's leading IT firms

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Business ideas for social change

Business schools teach that markets and best practice should be leveraged to increase profits. But can they also be used to create social change?
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Finding the energy to halve greenhouse gas emissions in half

Do today's global energy efficiency initiatives work? "Insufficiently ambitious," says Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. So what do we need to address the challenge of climate change?

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Carbon leakage

Despite its good intentions, the next phase of EU emissions trading scheme (to be implemented in 2013) could end up doing more harm than good, both to the global environment and to European industries that must comply with the rules, says David Drake, a PhD candidate in Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD.

Leadership & Organisations

Women social entrepreneurs driven by impact rather than scal

Many women are turning to social entrepreneurship because they tend to work more with their hearts, says American serial social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Christina Jordan.

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Living with diabetes in an online world: a personal account

Kyle J. Rose

A type1 diabetic and INSEAD student Kyle Rose (MBA '10D) describes how social media interaction help him manage his chronic ailment.
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Emerging economies in healthcare

INSEAD Knowledge

The emerging markets with their populations in the billions have become a potent source of revenue. The representatives of companies in India, Brazil and China have made it clear they do not plan to leave these emerging markets to the Western industrial giants.

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A golden age for healthcare

INSEAD Knowledge

With ageing populations in the West and with drug targets improving thousandfold since the mapping of the human genome less than 10 years ago, few industries can look forward to the kind of growth expected in healthcare.

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A view of the Indian Healthcare landscape

Harpal Singh of Fortis Healthcare examines the strengths and challenges in the Indian business arena.
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A unique opportunity

Innovation for green growth is the new mantra for advanced economies. From Australia to the United States, governments are pouring billions of dollars, euros and yen into eco-innovation programmes. The US has earmarked US$59 billion for green technologies as part of its stimulus packages; Australia has dedicated A$5.7 billion, while Canada has set aside C$2.8 billion for that purpose. Governments are also providing other incentives ranging from support for R&D activities to new regulations and standards on transport, buildings and manufacturing. The aim is to become greener while staying competitive, and to reach that delicate balance the OECD is working towards a Green Growth Strategy for its 30+ members.

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Meeting business challenges with social projects

About four years ago, INSEAD’s new dean asked me to set up a research centre bringing together all existing initiatives related to the role of business in society. The man had a clear vision: sustainable enterprise would become an important trend in the years ahead.

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Energy security: a picture of uncertainty

Uncertainty surrounds the security and sustainability of energy supplies in the UK from 2015 onwards, with energy prices rising – in some cases – to uncomfortably high levels. “Gas would be a very important bridge to take us to the Elysian fields of a much cleaner energy scene of onshore and offshore wind, renewables, and an expectation of a very large chunk of nuclear,” says Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive of Ofgem (the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets), speaking at The Economist’s recent UK Energy Summit.