Better cotton, better lives
Umul Baneen is a hard-working woman from Maqboolabad, a rural town in the heart of Punjab in Pakistanâ€™s cotton-growing region. I had the pleasure to meet her and her husband, and hear their story as part of my work as coordinator for WWFâ€™s Sustainable Cotton Initiative. This work aims to improve the lives and livelihoods […]Read more
Will the real New Beer Co please stand up?
Last year it was announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev (the worldâ€™s largest beer company) would purchase SABMiller (the second largest) for US$106 billion. The company that emerges from this takeover â€“ once brands are sold off and regulatory commissions give the OK â€“ will not only amount to the largest beverage company, but also the most […]Read more
Water crises: when risks become real
My country, Zambia, doesnâ€™t make international news very often. But recently, from The New York Times, to Al Jazeera to Bloomberg, Zambia is in the headlines. Once the fastest growing economy in Africa, Zambiaâ€™s economic growth projections have now been halved. Businesses and communities are suffering, and the government has now reached out to the […]Read more
Consumer goods: slow road to sustainability
With 2.5 billion more people joining the consuming class in the next few decades, we must address the increasing demand for â€śsoft commoditiesâ€ť â€“ the raw materials that go into our food, personal care products, clothes, and even energy. A healthy planet requires sustainable production and consumption. Today, many soft commodities like palm oil, soy, […]Read more