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Darjeeling tea-pickers prepare to haul in their bounty by hand. Hailing from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is one of many consumer products linked intrinsically to its geographic origin and culture.

CSR, Darjeeling Tea and Multibillion-Dollar Markets

Many products command premiums due to their geographic origins and native know-how. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have a role to play in preserving and protecting them.

Ethiopia, Ben Abeba, Susan Aitchison, social enterprise, Leon Kaye

How a “Mad” Scottish Woman Launched a Top Restaurant, and Social Enterprise, in Ethiopia

Call it madness or compassion, but the hard work and patience of Aitchison and her business partner, Habtamu Baye, are paying off with the success of their restaurant, Ben Abeba. The restaurant is not only a top tourist destination, but is a growing social enterprise giving economic opportunities that otherwise did not exist in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

United Nations Nominates Next Secretary-General

Are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Doomed?

On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. However, according to a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, The Rules, the entire process has been “fundamentally compromised” by powerful corporations with an interest in maintaining the status quo.


The Quick & Dirty: Leadership, Revisited

Leadership must be earned. And leadership must be ahead of the trend — something done not because it’s popular, but to take a stand.


Dharavi: Squalid Slum or Sustainable Industry?

I was conflicted before visiting Dharavi, India. As I prepared for my visit, I became part of an ongoing debate about the real impact of “slum tourism.” I was loath to join the swaths of voyeur tourists, turning hardship into photographs. But Reality Tours transformed my perceptions.


Hacking Human Suffering is the Only Real Growth Industry

The painful truth is that solving the problems of human and environmental disease is one of the only guaranteed growth industries. That may sound like a dismal pronouncement, but I also see it as the greatest opportunity of our time.


Will Climate Change Pledges Be Enough?

“It is clear that if the Paris meeting locks in present climate commitments for 2030, holding warming below 2 degrees Celsius could essentially become infeasible, and 1.5 degrees Celsius beyond reach. Given the present level of pledged climate action, commitments should only be made until 2025,” said Bill Hare, founder and CEO of Climate Analytics.


Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth — while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. That’s why, in a few weeks, the U.N. plans to make inclusive and sustainable industrial development one of the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year 2030.