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In 2008, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an organisation based in the UK, published a report on the carbon disclosure results from 1550 companies. The CDP was formed with a view to building a global database on corporate and organisational self disclosure of carbon emissions, and has since moved on to include water resource usage disclosure as part of its remit.
It is not unusual for investors to find the markets moving in ways that seem to defy common sense. Companies often feel the same way. They announce good results, they have a great product pipeline and plenty of cash in the bank and the stock price falls off a cliff. The directors throw up their hands and wonder what on earth the markets expect from them.
Chancellor George Osborne reveals a cut to the annual tax-free allowance for pensions but raises the ISA contribution limit
Just in case the two men who were recently installed as China’s leader-in-waiting – premier-designate Li Keqiang and Communist Party of China chief and president-designate Xi Jinping – are short of advice about how best to steer the Chinese economy over the next few years, they have just received some from the International Monetary Fund.
GFIA Research Insights showcase shows how far the category “emerging markets” goes beyond the BRICs giving a sense of the range of strategies and instruments involved in alternative investments with the continent of Africa today.
In Part One of my analysis of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Report, "Resource Revolution: meeting the world's energy, materials, food and water needs", I gave a quick sketch of the resource problem as MGI sees it. Part 2 looks at some of the possible solutions MGI sees to the problem of meeting soaring demand for commodities, by which they mean everything from energy to minerals and agri products.
It will have occurred to many consumers in the colder climates of Northern Europe and North America that heating bills in particular, and energy bills generally - including transport fuels - are increasing considerably faster than average wage growth. There is a simple reason for this, as is made clear in the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Report, "Resource Revolution: meeting the world's energy, materials, food and water needs".
François Hollande’s rise to power in France was supposed to herald the re-emergence of Left-wing politics in Europe. But with the French Socialist Party now falling in line with the neoliberal austerity agenda, other ‘Genuine Left’ parties across Europe have begun to gain greater prominence, particularly in Greece where austerity policies remain deeply unpopular.
The waters have become so muddy in British oil giant BP's long running battle with its troika of oligarch partners in TKN-BP, Russia's third largest oil company - that it is all too easy to allow the details of the coming divorce between the parties to divert attention from the larger move, namely the next phase of BP's long dance with Russia's number one oil company, Rosneft. This move is also likely to put BP, once again, in a favorable position to benefit from the coming lucrative - and highly dangerous - opening up of massive Arctic oil reserves.