November 2011 Blog Posts (80)


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WBCSD pushes for collaboration with business on sustainable solutions for developing countries

Photo: Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

 

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Added by Filippo Veglio on November 30, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Set Goals & Find Collaborators: How to Start A Corporate Volunteer Program



Here are some practical steps to take when designing your employee volunteering and workplace giving program. Be sure to read part one of the series “…

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Added by Chris Jarvis on November 30, 2011 at 14:03 — No Comments

Connecting SMEs, Youth Businesses with Mainstream Marketplace

As much as we debate on the factors concerning setting up, progress, sustainable growth and vitality of SMEs and Youth Business Ventures, we fail to identify and understandably also fall short on addressing the core issue



Key participants involved in formulating sustainable road maps for this segment of business are banks, business consultants, product developers etc., who have identified the problem 20 years ago that SMEs were the future, and they be assisted and grown seriously,…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 29, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku: Four Companies Announce New Ventures to Promote Clean Energy

Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

By Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku, Consultant, US Agency for International Development…

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Added by Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku on November 28, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Meet Laurie Lee, Gates Foundation: Member of the Week

 

BFP: What do you do?

LL: I lead the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Policy and Government Relations work in Europe and Africa. This means leading a staff of people who are each responsible for our policy and government relations in specific countries, as well as being responsible directly for our partnerships in the UK.…

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Added by team on November 28, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Choose - Decide - Do it this week

This weeks sparkenation.

I participated in an excellent webinar ‘Why should anyone believe your business is worth knowing’ on 24th November presented by my friend and colleague Kwai Yu, the Founder of Leaders Cafe and Linchpin Academy.

Kwai used a great insight from Sydney Harris to stimulate discussion. I love it and quickly captured the screenshot below.…

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Added by Ian Berry on November 28, 2011 at 6:01 — No Comments

Putting Stakeholders to Work

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Added by Jessi Copeland on November 28, 2011 at 3:31 — No Comments

SAP on Track to Meet Year-End Sustainability Targets

Executing on its commitment to making the world run better, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today released its quarterly sustainability update for the third quarter 2011.

Executing on its commitment to making the world run better, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today released its quarterly sustainability update for the third quarter…

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Added by Jessi Copeland on November 28, 2011 at 3:21 — No Comments

Smallholders Critical to Reigniting Rural Development in Asia

 

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Added by member on November 26, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments

Need to speak the same language

As product developers, new entrepreneurs, its imperative that we understand market dynamics completely. One cannot do justice unless ground realities, strengths, weaknesses, buying patterns, consumer behavior, present demand-supply situation, supply gaps by way of either non availability of goods, or due to high prices forcing masses to stay away

When we talk of a particular market, its key to understand population statistics, age wise, gender wise, income wise etc., so as to get a…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 18:34 — No Comments

Time for Consolidating Resources: Survival Recipe for Banks & Business Advisory Firms

In today’s world of mergers, shrinking profits, high cost of living, absence of strong borrowers, growing costs of production, gaining market access by Chinese products, its getting awfully tough for lending institutions and more so by consultancy, advisory firms to remain in business. Apparent reasons could be many but in all honesty, its the lack of understanding, when all efforts are being targeted to capture the high end customers, the big corporate boys, but had these prestigious…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 18:32 — No Comments

Competing against Chinese Products

Over the years, China has grown very big, thanks to their simple living culture, and continuously investing in the infrastructure to sustain long term in-house industry development

Most multinationals have manufacturing setups across China to gain on the low production cost, however mid/small size general traders are getting quite a beating, as the game plan is not being researched on, infact its not entirely a case of R&D, instead its simple maths, how does an international buyer…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 18:29 — No Comments

Independent Service Providers: Double Edge Sword Situation

Being self employed sounds like a dream come true, but like every luxury, one needs to pay the tag price. As much as I advocate independence to our new generation, I always alert them that there are benefits and there are risks and threats. Managing your own business comes with several challenges, such as making sure we pay salaries to our employees in time, getting worried on office bills etc., at the same time we are equally concerned that we get enough clientèle to keep us afloat as our…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 18:27 — No Comments

Joe Phelan: Time for Business and NGOs to Move from High Ground to Common Ground

 

By Joe Phelan, India Country Director,…

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Added by member on November 25, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Counseling is most Important in steering youths in the right direction

The inherent problem confronting today’s youth is the absence of counselors who are supposed to be the key motivating factor in any youth’s…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 12:14 — No Comments

To our new Generation: Never Give up: Have Faith: its all about being Patient, Positive & Hardworking

Most common weakness found in us is the lack of consistency in our positive mindset. If we want to be winners, we stop must worrying about losing…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 12:13 — No Comments

Vision & Values must be written down before starting new businesses

Most private businesses get started without actually taking time to first come up as to what should be the vales and vision as its just like…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 12:11 — No Comments

Youth Employment Projects: Charities, NGOs need to be Pro-Active

There’s good news and there is bad news:…

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Added by Imran Mateen on November 25, 2011 at 12:09 — No Comments

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