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26 февраля, 00:41

How to Run a Drug Cartel, by Amy Willis

If you missed this week's EconTalk episode with Tom Wainwright of The Economist, you're missing out...whether or not you have any drug-running aspirations. Wainwright's new book, Narconomics, host Russ Roberts calls "a tribute to economics." In his book, Wainwright looks at drug dealers "as a business facing the same incentives competition, and constraints facing legal businesses." Indeed, the business drug cartels most resemble to Wainwright is WalMart. While Roberts and Wainwright don't quite agree whether WalMart (or most Latin American drug cartels) squeeze their suppliers or motivate them to innovate, the parallels between the legitimate and illegitimate worlds of commerce are fascinating. Perhaps the biggest point of the conversation (and Wainwright's book) is that governments' attempts at attacking the drug problem by focusing on limiting their supply is mistaken. Rather, argues Wainwright, they would be better served by focusing their efforts on the demand side of the market. Wainwright offers evidence that efforts at dissuading people from taking drugs in the first place has the effect of reducing the amount of drugs on the street far more than similarly priced efforts at eradicating supply. As you might expect, Roberts pushes back, asking the larger question whether we want the state involved in trying to stop people from doing something they want to do in the first place, even it is bad for them. He seems to fear a slippery slope...Most things, Roberts pushes, are bad for you in excess, so where would the state draw the line? Cocaine? Chocolate? Soda pop? Wainwright's description of the cat-and-mouse regulation race for "legal highs" in New Zealand is illustrative on this point. To me one of the most interesting parts of the conversation was the discussion of "corporate social responsibility," which Wainwright says is deeply ingrained in cartel leaders. Even the outcomes of cartel-style CSR might look much the same as in the legitimate business sector. Cartels must count on a "reasonable level of support" from their local community, says Wainwright. Cartel leaders may invest in such things as sports facilities, public housing, and pensions. Of course, they may also use threats of (and sometimes actual) violence. And there are other more "blunt" ways cartels try to curry favor with the locals and the local journalists, which often involve trying to defame rival cartels. The penultimate part of the conversation focuses on cartels' more recent efforts at 'diversifying' their enterprises, particularly into "people smuggling." The US Border Patrol, chides Wainwright, has unwittingly created a tremendous profit opportunity for cartels by raising the price of border crossings. In some ways, people crossing borders are a lot like drugs crossing. Wainwright thinks it implausible that the American government will ever be able to secure the border as the amount of illegal crossing (of people and/or drugs) is such a minute proportion of the total legal crossings, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. The conclusion of the conversation focuses on the effects of the recent wave of marijuana legalization on Latin American drug cartels. I'll leave it to you to decide whether these recent efforts are net positive or negative. Perhaps you'll share your thoughts with us in the Comments! (2 COMMENTS)

19 февраля, 23:30

Ольга Шаяку: В бизнес через спорт, или чему поучиться у Макгрэгора

Всё больше профессиональных коммерческих спортивный учреждений в Ирландии финансируют проекты, напрямую связанные со «входом в бизнес через спорт». Тема корпоративной социальной ответственности (corporate social responsibility - CSR) очень часто «переплетается» с темой школы лидерства в спорте и с темой профориентации через спорт и канала отбора активных ребят.  Такие проекты направлены на работу с молодыми ребятами, которые через спорт имеют возможность проявить черты настоящих лидеров и предпринимателей, которые впоследствии через эти программы такие черты культивируют и всячески развивают. Например, программа «Молодых Социальных Инноваторов», которую спонсирует Ольстер Банк Ирландии, напрямую связанна с выявлением лидерского мышления у молодых ребят именно через различные виды спорта. Эксперт Ольга Шаяку,  член генерального совета «Деловой России», бизнес-посол «Деловой России» в Ирландии рассказывает. На мой взгляд, этот ирландский опыт было бы весьма неплохо позаимствовать. Использование корпоративной социальной ответственности в качестве эффективной маркетинговой программы - явление не новое, а вот использование ее в спортивной тематике - пока не часто встречающийся феномен.  А жаль!  Ведь давно доказано, что трата огромных денег на благотворительность и рекламу гораздо менее эффективна, чем использование теории корпоративной социальной ответственности, а ирландский опыт - явный тому пример. Американский журналист и автор нескольких книг, входивших в список бестселлеров The New York Times, Дон Йегер, первый подробно написал о том, как много общего у спортивных чемпионов и людей, преуспевающих в бизнесе. Ирландия сегодня может это ярко проиллюстрировать на одном занимательном примере. Когда ирландскому Конору Макгрегору было 19 лет, он проиграл литовскому самбисту Артемию Ситенкову на турнире в Ирландии. В тот же год Конор решил, что ему надо тренироваться больше, он уволился с работы (Макгрегор работал сантехником), стал жить на пособие по безработице и тренироваться дважды в день. Прошло несколько лет, и сейчас Макгрегор на таком уровне, что достаточно ему пожелать тренироваться в отдельном зале в Лас-Вегасе, и для него в городе строят и оснащают зал за 24 часа. У него есть чемпионский пояс в весовой категории до 66 кг, но драться он готов и на две категории выше. Он стал первым бойцом в истории  UFC, который получил миллион долларов за выход на бой. Сейчас Конор — действующий чемпион самой престижной лиги мира (UFC) и самый высокооплачиваемый боец современности. Помимо этого, успешно занимается бизнесом и раскручивает свой брэнд.  Как это вышло? Йегер пишет, что независимо от условий или обстоятельств, идет ли речь о спорте, жизни или бизнесе, ключевые черты великих чемпионов одинаковы. Они думают, работают и живут совсем не так, как все остальные. На мой взгляд, особенно интересны следующие выводы, которые делает Йегер : Все носит личностный характер Великие чемпионы ненавидят проигрывать еще сильнее, чем любят выигрывать.  «Нужно уметь проигрывать» - к этой мысли следует постепенно приучать своих врагов, говорит Макгрэгор. Эту же черту (личностную нелюбовь к проигрышам) многие отмечают и у Майкла О'Лири, ирландского бизнесмена, генерального директора авиакомпании Ryanair, который смог из маленькой частной авиакомпании создать крупнейшего в Европе бюджетного авиаперевозчика. Они дружат с лучшими Великие чемпионы понимают, как важны хорошие отношения. Они отлично понимают, что их собственное величие во многом зависит от пяти самых близких человек. Любопытный факт - ближайший друг и соратник Конора - его девушка Ди Дэвлин.  Вот что сам Конор рассказывает о ней в СМИ: «Мы жили в Ирландии, в тридцати километрах от Дублина в съемной квартире на пособие по безработице в 188 евро. У меня не было работы, потому что все свое время я проводил в залах. Я верил, что обязательно стану чемпионом. И она всегда верила в это, и верила в меня. Несмотря на нехватку средств, она старалась, чтобы я правильно питался, всегда соблюдал режим дня, для этого она отдавала всю себя. Приходя уставшим после изматывающих тренировок домой, она всегда говорила мне: «Конор, я знаю, ты все сможешь!» Сейчас я зарабатываю миллионы долларов. Мои бои собирают по 50 - 70 тысяч зрителей. Я могу позволить себе любой автомобиль, любую одежду, любое жилье. И она достойна всего этого, и даже больше. Она также всегда рядом и говорит, что я все смогу». А вот еще один любопытный факт: оказывается, личным массажистом Конора является Василе Бриа - молдаванин, который иммигрировал в Ирландию в начале века, был разнорабочим, но со временем стал спортивным массажистом, получил профессиональную лицензию и вошёл в команду Макгрегора. Сейчас у Василе своя небольшая студия традиционного массажа, помимо этого он сам изготовляет массажное масло на основе различных целебных трав. Мне удалось совсем недавно поговорить с ним и узнать про его опыт и рекомендации по антистрессовым практикам и о том, как людям со сверхнагрузками (физическими и нервными) удаётся сохранять нормальное устойчивое состояние тела и духа.  «Самое главное - это любить своё дело», - говорит Василе. - А вообще, каждый человек несет ответственность сам за себя: за своё тело и за свой здоровый дух. Самое главное - это осознать, и тогда будут результаты и вера в будущее, возможность подняться с нуля до вершины. Моё главное удовлетворение, которое я получаю от работы - это результат, который люди чувствуют. А этого результата можно добиться массажисту, практикующему врачебный массаж только тогда, когда он находит первопричину недомогания или боли. Ведь очень часто первопричина кроется в не только в физическом, но и в эмоциональном состоянии человека».  Когда я спрашиваю Василе о Коноре, его ответ, как ни странно, вторит мысли о том, что великих людей окружают «правильные люди». «Конор уделяет большое внимание тому, какие люди его окружают», говорит Василе. «Он тренируется с крутой самоотдачей, а также уделяет большое внимание диете, фитнесу и своему психологическому состоянию. Находясь рядом с Конором, я многое увидел и узнал современный спорт с новой стороны». Им присущ заразительный энтузиазм Это та самая черта, которую тренер Вуден выделил как основную для любого чемпиона. Чемпионы не только позитивно мыслят, они еще и энтузиасты, и этот энтузиазм передается другим. В современном деловом мире, пожалуй, нет более заметной фигуры, чем Джек Уэлч, который стал восьмым по счету главой General Electric и сумел добиться превращения GE в одного из лидеров американского и мирового рынков. Именно он всегда подчеркивал, что энтузиазм - это настоящее лидерство, которое предполагает формирование взглядов, привлечение людей, разделяющих эти взгляды и готовых воплотить их в реальность, даже если для этого необходимо пройти сквозь стену. Они ярко представляют победу Люди, которые добились многого, видят свою победу еще до старта. Инвалид-колясочник Курт Бринкман, который поставил мировой рекорд в Бостонском марафоне в 1980 году, обогнав соперников более чем на 30 минут, вспоминает вечер перед исторической победой. Он знал, что у него будут достойные соперники, но понял, что победа достанется тому, кто сильнее о ней мечтает, и такой мечтатель – это он. Бринкман обдумал все, что произойдет, еще до того, как вышел на старт. Руководители бизнеса, запускавшие великие инновационные проекты, – Билл Гейтс, Стив Джобс – тоже вспоминают, что они ярко представляли себе свои победы задолго до их осуществления. Они воплощают принцип «Делай для других» Йегер приводит любимое высказывание знаменитого игрока в американский футбол Уолтера Пайтона, в котором содержится мысль, крайне важная и для всех остальных чемпионов: «День нельзя назвать удавшимся, если вы не сделали чего-то для тех, кто не может отблагодарить вас». Это важнейший принцип успеха в бизнесе и в жизни. На этом, в принципе, и строится вся концепция CSR. В Ирландии тысячи евро ежемесячно тратятся коммерческими корпорациями на профориентацию трудных подростков через спорт, на центры реабилитации и на исправительные учреждения.   Один из ярчайших примеров - это спортивные соревнования на спортивных яхтах, финансируемые ирландскими бизнесменами, куда привлекли трудных подростков из исправительных учреждений.  Такие спортивные соревнования не только культивируют командный дух и правила выживания в трудных условиях, пропагандируют здоровый образ жизни и логическое мышление - они ещё и дают шанс пройти через совершенно другую "школу жизни" тем детям, которые были лишены этого шанса в силу жизненных обстоятельств. Недавно мне удалось побеседовать с одним из членов правления Ольстера Банка на тему спорта и CSR. Когда я прошу в нескольких словах описать, как социальная корпоративная ответственность, посвященная спортивной тематике, отражается на рекламной политике банка, он говорит следующее: «Согласно нашей статистике, молодые люди (тем, кому меньше 25-ти) гораздо более восприимчивы к пиару программ финансирования банком социальных проектов, направленных на развитие спорта.  Такие молодые ребята составляют почти 60 процентов наших новых клиентов, которые переключились на наш банк именно из-за таких СSR програм. За последний год, мы сократили наши расходы на коммерческую рекламу на ТВ почти на 5 процентов и увеличили расходы на CSR почти на 10 процентов». Ольга Шаяку (русскоязычный адвокат в Ирландии с многолетним стажем работы в сфере иммиграции, уголовного, семейного и коммерческого права; основатель и управляющий партнер юридической практики MS Solicitors, член коллегии адвокатов Ирландии). Предоставление консультаций и представительство в суде по делам о социальных выплатах, причинение ущерба здоровью, дорожно-транспортные происшествия, экстрадиция и прошение убежища. Телефоны: +35387 132 6938 или +3531 675 1747. Электронная почта: [email protected] Веб: www.ms-solicitors.ie На фото: Один из героев репортажей «Нашей газеты» Дмитрий Зверев. В детстве он стал жертвой ирландской службы опеки, тренировался в одном зале с Коннором МакГрегором и теперь имеет замечательные спортивные перспективы.

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14 февраля, 21:09

IgD class switching is initiated by microbiota and limited to mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue in mice [Immunology and Inflammation]

Class-switch recombination (CSR) alters the Ig isotype to diversify antibody effector functions. IgD CSR is a rare event, and its regulation is poorly understood. We report that deficiency of 53BP1, a DNA damage-response protein, caused age-dependent overproduction of secreted IgD resulting from increased IgD CSR exclusively within B cells of...

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08 февраля, 18:11

What Lies in Store for Zynga (ZNGA) this Earnings Season?

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) is set to report fourth-quarter 2016 results on Feb 9.

07 февраля, 18:53

Why Corporate Values Matter, even if Not All Consumers Care

VW has paid a deservedly high price for its emission scandal, with more than $20 billion in total fines, having suffered severe damage to its reputation, and with some of its senior management in the process of being prosecuted. Today many consumers around the world want nothing to do with VW, wondering if its brand can be trusted. However, surprisingly, that did not prevent VW from knocking Toyota from the top sales spot for cars globally in 2016. The reason is China, where comparatively few of VW's diesel cars are sold, and the appeal of foreign brands continues to grow. This raises the question -- even though not all global consumers appear to care about corporate values and perceived trustworthiness (in the case of China, being more concerned about being perceived to be wealthy enough to own a foreign brand than the future state of the environment), why should companies still be incentivized to have a corporate conscience, take a public stance on supporting strong corporate governance, and do the right thing? There are a plethora of reasons, of course, among them being within the bounds of the law, being seen as operating in a manner consistent with internally accepted norms, and being competitive with other companies doing the same thing. Moreover, in the face of risks that are reshaping the world's definition of normality, steadfast adherence to value systems may be the only certain thing we can hang on to in the midst of so much uncertainty. Values may be the only space in our world where absolutes are permissible. If a firm stands for safe food products, it should be a singular focus to provide safe food all the time, to all consumers in all markets. Recent polling shows that -- apart from markets with unusual purchasing characteristics such as China -- in the long run, and in the majority of cases, companies are rewarded for doing so. In 2014 Nielsen conducted a global poll of 30,000 consumers in 60 countries to determine how passionate consumers were about sustainable practices related to purchase considerations, which consumer segments were most supportive of ecological or other socially responsible efforts, and the social issues/causes that were attracting the most concern. More than half (55 percent) of global respondents in the survey said they were willing to pay extra for products and services from companies that were committed to positive social and environmental impact--an increase from 50 percent from 2012. The findings reveal that two-thirds of the "sustainable mainstream" population will choose products from sustainable sources over other conventional products. They will buy as many eco-friendly products as they can, and have personally changed their purchasing behavior to minimize their effect on global warming. The referenced respondents said they will be more likely to buy products repeatedly from a company if they know the company is mindful of its impact on the environment and society. To take this a step further, making a firm's social commitment clearly visible in product packaging makes the difference between a purchase and a pass for many consumers. In fact, for more than half of global respondents in Nielsen's survey (52 percent overall, and nearly two thirds in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East), their purchasing decisions were dependent on the packaging. These respondents said they check the labeling first before buying to ensure the brand is committed to positive social and environmental impact. These are compelling numbers. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pulls its weight beyond manufacturing and consumer goods. A growing number of the largest financial institutions -- including Goldman Sachs and Union Bank of Switzerland -- now integrate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues into their equity research. Even private equity is responding to public pressure by agreeing to voluntary codes of transparency. Companies are also increasingly finding that they must create a CSR campaign to attract and retain staff, since many employees prefer to work for socially conscious enterprises. In response, many firms have taken it upon themselves not only to gravitate toward the CSR world, but to reach out to NGOs and governments to create codes of conduct and commit themselves to more operational transparency. While some of this can be characterized as a defensive strategy, companies realize that there can clearly be benefits for those that are successful in staying ahead of the curve. 'Doing well by doing good' has become fashionable, prompting more and more companies to want to make CSR part of their corporate DNA. If CSR is not taken seriously and done well, it can be perceived as insincere and can backfire on a company. If it is done well, however, it will in all likelihood be perceived as a virtue, and just good business. That VW has assumed the coveted top sales position in global car sales, in spite of having the dubious distinction of being identified as the brand with recent history's most egregious and brazen violation of acceptable standards of conduct, is a testament to the current state of affairs in global business. Plenty of consumers around the world remain unaware of and/or disengaged from CSR and ESG-related issues, which remains an enduring challenge. That will change in due course. It remains incumbent upon global companies to set the standard for behavior worthy of their status and reputation. Companies are increasingly being identified and rewarded for doing the right thing - even when they don't have to. *Daniel Wagner is Managing Director of Risk Cooperative and co-author of the book "Global Risk Agility and Decision Making". -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

31 января, 05:57

'Heartbreaking' -- Obamacare Phone Counselor Talks About The Calls Coming In

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The telephone operators who answer questions about Healthcare.gov, the website for buying Affordable Care Act insurance, have been busy lately. That’s not surprising, given that Tuesday is the last day to purchase coverage for the rest of 2017. But this year, something is different: Obamacare’s future is in doubt. And that’s made for some difficult moments. Republicans have vowed to repeal the 2010 health care law and President Donald Trump has already issued an executive order that could weaken the program while it’s still on the books. The damage to the market could start in 2018 ― or even earlier, under some scenarios. With these possibilities getting more and more attention in the media, the people who have coverage through Obamacare are getting worried ― and, as one phone operator told The Huffington Post, they have been calling. “It’s heartbreaking, because we can’t tell these people that it will be okay, because we don’t know if it will be okay.” The operator was careful to say that not everybody calling is in a panic. In fact, a sizable minority of people are telephoning just to say how happy they are that the law, which they really don’t like, might finally go away. But more often than not, the callers are scared ― and it seems the attendants haven’t gotten specific guidance on what to tell them. The Obama administration would routinely send along updated scripts when a news event was likely to prompt new questions and calls, but, according to this operator, there’s been nothing like that since Trump took office. They don’t know if they’re going to be able to take their medicines, or see their doctors. The operator, who works for a government contractor, agreed to answer questions about this year’s open enrollment ― and what callers are saying. The only condition was anonymity, because workplace rules forbid employees from speaking to the media. (The Huffington Post verified the operator’s identity independently.) What follows is a transcript of that interview, lightly edited for clarity. What are you hearing this year that is different? Because the website is working so much better … the people calling us don’t really need us like they needed us before. It used to be that people relied on us to walk them through the application process. Now, they just need questions answered. And now a lot of those people are asking questions like, “Will I have health insurance?” We can’t really answer them with certainty. There’s also a clear division now. You have some people, they want to know what will happen to their health insurance. They don’t know if they’re going to be able to take their medicines, or see their doctors. And that’s about 60, maybe 70 percent of the calls we end up getting. The rest, so I guess that’s the other 30 to 40 percent, are people who are saying I can’t wait for this to go away. The ones who say they can’t wait for it to go away. What do they say? They don’t like to have to fill in an application for insurance for a doctor they can’t visit because, you know, he’s 60 miles away, in another town. It’s not someplace they go regularly. Sometimes they say that the deductibles or the monthly premiums are just too much. Sometimes they say that the deductibles or the monthly premiums are just too much. In the past, we’ve had people call us and they’d be like those folks you hear about ― they’d have a negative attitude about the health care law. And then they would find what the price would actually be, and they were amazed. In a good way. But there hasn’t been so much of that this year. I think everybody whose mind could have been changed has been changed. What about the 60 to 70 percent, the ones who are worried, what are those like? These people are calling in, and they want to make sure they will be covered. They want reassurances that if they sign up for insurance right now, that it will still be in effect for the rest of the year. The answer we give them is that, according to the information we’ve been given, we believe they will have coverage. If they are signing up through open enrollment, then they should have the insurance, and they will get the tax credits if they are eligible, at least through the end of the year ― again, based on the information that has been given to us. Congress has given us no indication that they will pull everything. The problem is that everything is so up in the air. And people know it. They are calling us with questions, and we don’t know what to tell them, because no one has given us any indication of what may happen. So there’s a general unease around here, about everyone who is calling in and talking to us. They just want to know, and we don’t feel like we have definitive answers for them. Has anybody shared their stories about what it would mean to lose insurance? In the the first couple of years, a lot of what we were doing was teaching people about insurance ― this is how coverage works. That kind of thing. And even now, we get calls from people who have never had insurance before. They don’t know what a premium is. They don’t know what a deductible is. So some of that is education. But once they’ve been on it for a couple of years, they understand and say, okay, I wouldn’t be able to afford my medicine ― say, my insulin ― if it wasn’t for this insurance. Or they went to the doctor and found a tumor that they didn’t know they had. That’s because they had insurance now. Everything is so up in the air. And people know it. You’ve actually had calls like that? Oh, yeah, it’s a daily thing. On average, a single CSR [customer service representative] will take anywhere from 10 to 20 calls a day, depending on the length and complexity of the questions they are getting. And I’d say usually it’s one to three calls a day are like that ― a story where somebody wouldn’t be able to afford this medicine if it weren’t for this law. What do you tell these people? Unfortunately, a lot of it is toeing the line of what we are allowed to say right now. We don’t have a whole lot of information. We can tell them that, to the best of our knowledge, nothing is changing immediately. But it flies in the face of everything we’ve seen on the television. And it’s heartbreaking, because we can’t tell these people that it will be okay, because we don’t know if it will be okay. Have you gotten any guidance? Was any given to you? No, nothing like that. There is a whole other company, a third party, responsible for writing all of our scripted information ― giving the kinds of things we are allowed to say on the phone. And they have to get clearance from CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] on what we are allowed to say. Everything from the past week has been radio silence, as to what we are and are not allowed to say. Is that unusual? Yes. Typically we have gotten updates pretty regularly, especially when there are things like this in the media. Before, if there was something in the news ... within 24 to 36 hours we would have new language and scripting, and we were allowed to say, okay, here is the new information we have. To go a week from President Trump’s initial executive order last Friday, with almost no updates as to what may happen. I don’t even know if they know what’s going to happen yet. I don’t really think anybody knows what’s going to happen yet. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 января, 12:29

Российская промышленность устарела на 25%

Производственные мощности российской промышленности устарели — 25% всего используемого на производстве оборудования было введено до 2000 года, а седьмая часть — уже неконкурентоспосо́бна.К такому выводу приходит Центр стратегических разработок Алексея Кудрина по итогам анализа состояния основных фондов и материально-технической базы российской экономики.По данным ЦСР, от 13 до 14% всех производственных мощностей в России уже по сути — пустышки, так как устарели морально и технически и не могут использоваться для производства конкурентной продукции. Износ основных фондов в России превысил 50%, сообщила в Госдуме в ноябре глава Счетной палаты Татьяна Голикова.По ее словам, лишь для того, чтобы остановить процесс стремительного ветшания промышленной, транспортной и другой инфраструктуры нужны инвестиции в размере 4 триллиона рублей. «И это только минимальный объем средств, чтобы остановить негативную тенденцию, без которого мы не можем говорить о модернизации экономики», — заявила Голикова. www.finanz.ru/novosti/aktsii/csr-rossiyskaya-promyshlennost-ustarela-na-25percent-1001696431

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19 января, 19:38

6 CSR Trends To Watch In 2017

In the past decade, we’ve witnessed a stunning transition as corporate social responsibility (CSR) evolved from a nice-to-have silo to a fundamental strategic priority for businesses large and small. More recently, we’ve watched as companies went beyond their own walls, using their influence to advocate for global solutions around issues [...]

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17 января, 17:00

Three Ways to Tell Your CSR Initiatives Story Through Social Media

Simply outlining how a CSR initiative operates isn’t meaningful on its own; you must highlight its potential impact through storytelling.

17 января, 12:48

Russia wants to double GDP by 2035

Russia has the potential to double GDP by 2035, said former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin who is now head of a leading Russian think tank, the Center for Strategic Research (CSR). Kudrin is the man behind a new economic program prepared for President Vladimir Putin, and he said that in order to reach the GDP goal, serious reforms must be implemented that will fundamentally change the Russian economy's structure. From crisis to growth “The Russian economy now grapples with a similar situation as the Soviet Union during the years of stagnation in the 1970s,” said Kudrin at the Gaidar Economic Forum in Moscow on Jan. 13. The current economic crisis and the devaluation of the ruble in 2014 led to a 3 percent drop in GDP in 2015, with a 0.5 percent drop expected in 2016, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. Brighter prospects lure international investors back to Russian market This situation can be corrected, said Kudrin, but it's necessary to implement those structural reforms that the government has been talking about for years but which were never realized. “The steps that the country, the government and the president should take are unconventional and quite serious,” said Kudrin, adding that structural reforms should aim to solve issues related to the lack of investment, weak access to world financial markets, technological backwardness, low productivity, and poor quality of public administration. Kudrin’s colleagues at CSR — the economists Pavel Trunin and Yevsei Gurvich — said that in the medium term Russia’s GDP may rise by 2 to 2.5 percent a year, and that by 2025–2030 this figure might reach 4 to 4.4 percent, reported (in Russian) RBC. Doubling GDP over 19 years “is not such an ambitious goal,“ the economists concluded. The Russian economy is expected to start growing this year, and Moody's forecasts that after two years of recession Russia will show positive GDP growth of 1 percent in 2017. Diversify to end raw material dependence  The challenge for the Russian economy is not necessarily how to resuscitate the economy, but to ensure that after a short phase of growth "it does not slip back into stagnation," said Ksenia Yudaeva, first deputy head of the Russian Central Bank, during a Gaidar Forum panel that discussed a report by the World Bank. Structural reforms will help achieve that goal, she added. Russians work 44% more than Germans, says new report Russian exports are primarily in natural resources such as oil, gas and metals, and these markets face a glut. “Our economy needs to change its focus and instead produce items that others do not produce but which are needed,“ said Yudaeva. Our economy needs to become more flexible and responsive to the challenges of the global market.“ Russia's negative GDP trajectory of the past two years owes directly to the drop in prices for raw materials. On the other hand, however, this negative dynamic stimulates the development of alternative ways of increasing economic growth, said Sergei Khestanov, a macroeconomics adviser to the general director of Otkrytie Broker. Growth may be driven by a diversification of the economy, the removal of administrative barriers and better protection of property rights, which are envisaged in the concept of Kudrin's proposed structural reforms.  “These factors do not guarantee rapid growth, but if successfully implemented they will make growth far more stable,“ Khestanov said. The target goal set by Kudrin and the CSR is feasible provided that the current fiscal and monetary policies of the Russian government and the Central Bank remain on course, said Timur Nigmatullin, an analyst with the Finam group of companies.  “The middle income trap pushes up inflation and this is the main problem that the Russian economy came up against even before sanctions and falling oil prices,“ said Nigmatullin, adding that to avoid this trap the Russian Central Bank should continue to keep inflation at no more than 4 percent. Read more: Moody's expects Russia’s GDP to grow by 1% in 2017>>>

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21 декабря 2016, 05:44

Датская сверхкомпактная снайперская винтовка CSR-50

В настоящее время Дания не имеет собственной оружейной школы, как было еще сто лет назад во времена Мадсена, с пулемета которого, к слову, началась история завода имени В. А. Дегтярева. Несмотря на это местная оружейная компания SAI, расположенная в небольшом городе Хьерстьё, пытается заявить о себе в оружейном мире, представляя достаточно дерзкие по оружейным меркам проекты, одним из которых является антиснайперская сверхкомпактная винтовка CSR-50 калибра 12,7 мм под патрон .50BMG.

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20 декабря 2016, 17:31

NXP MiGLO Hearable Solutions Are Worth Listening To

The combination of Qualcomm’s CSR acquisition last year with its upcoming acquisition of NXP and NXP’s new MiGLO hearable portfolio is a huge for hearables developers. Take a look at NXP’s MiGLO and a couple of the earbuds MiGLO enables.

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20 декабря 2016, 15:00

Grads of LifeVoice: How EY Uses Data To Scale Its CSR Program For Maximum Impact

As more companies embrace and expand corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to engage their employees, address social issues, and increase brand awareness, the demand for measuring and evaluating their impact is heightened. Reporting impact helps companies differentiate their CSR initiatives while strengthening the internal business case for the continued investment [...]

16 декабря 2016, 01:44

CSR Grows in 2016 as Companies Embrace Employees' Values

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou So many conversations I have with friends, family and colleagues center on this idea of colliding personal and professional passions, being more intentional about working with purpose and trying to find more joy in every moment. Across sectors, employees increasingly want to know and feel that the time and skills they put into their jobs are making a tangible, positive difference in the world. This is a common sentiment, especially prevalent among millennials, who are often more likely to seek out positions with organizations that offer and support active community engagement and skill-based volunteer opportunities. Proof in the pudding: 84 percent of millennials made a charitable donation in 2014 and 70 percent volunteered in some capacity, but only about half reported that they did so through their employers. Seventy percent say a company's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) would influence their decision to work there, according to Douglas Marshall, Managing Director of Corporate Citizenship for Deloitte. As employees continue to show interest in community and volunteer engagement, and their organization's contribution to the global community, leaders are responding with more coordinated and coherent strategies and programs that support philanthropy and purposeful business activities. Fortune 500 firms currently spend more than $15 billion a year on CSR activities. That number is rising as businesses see signs that investments in CSR improve company performance, talent recruitment and retention. Giving in Numbers, a study published by the CECP that analyzes giving and corporate societal engagement trends, revealed companies that increased giving by at least 10 percent between 2013 and 2015 actually experienced upticks in revenue and pre-tax profit, while all other companies saw a decrease in both. Those organizations seeing the greatest success are making deeper and longer-term commitments that align with the values of their employees, their customers and the communities they serve. Stand-out trends include advocacy on social issues, an increase of resource allotment for community volunteerism and a focus on long-term social value versus meeting short-term profit goals. Evolution of the Corporate Statesman: Standing Up for Those Who Can't "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King Jr. In the past, corporate leaders have shied away from taking a stand on controversial issues for fear of alienating large groups of potential constituents. However, as social media magnifies calls for change from both employees and consumers, CSR-minded corporations are increasing their support for causes, not only with dollars, but also by using their brands and voices to raise awareness of issues that affect our communities. "We're definitely seeing an evolution of the corporate statesman," said Barb Short, Managing Director of Corporate Leadership at CECP. "Bob Forrester of Newman's Own Foundation has often said that Paul Newman, one of CECP's key founders, would be gratified to see the progress in how today's most respected companies and CEOs are using their resources and influence to ensure that business plays a role in solving our most challenging social problems." For example, Adam Silver, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association, pulled the league's All-Star Game out of Charlotte, N.C. in response to protests over HB2, a state law seen by many as discriminatory against the LGBT community. The league's decision will have an estimated $100 million impact on the Charlotte Hornets franchise and local businesses. "It is always important to us to provide the best experience possible to our fans at all of our events," said Mike Bass, the NBA's Executive Vice President of Communications. "In order to successfully host a marquee event like the All-Star Game, we need to be able to provide an environment where all of our fans, players, business partners, league and team officials can feel welcome, and the current environment in North Carolina created by HB2 precluded us from doing that." While we often hear about professional athletes generously giving back on an individual basis, the NBA as an institution has been a progressive leader among major sports leagues in using its resources to reach out and support disadvantaged communities. "Our league and players have a long history of standing up for the principles of fairness, respect, diversity and inclusion," Bass said. "Through our NBA Cares platform, we aim to partner with organizations that embody these principles while also helping to create meaningful change all over the world. Examples include our partnership with LeanInTogether, which supports women and men standing up for equality; our commitment to My Brother's Keeper to recruit more than 25,000 adult mentors of color; and our relationship with Special Olympics, which connects our athletes to Special Olympics athletes around the world to provide opportunities to develop physical fitness and demonstrate courage and empowerment." Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets with Special Olympics athletes. Credit: NBAE Photos. Healthy Leads to Happy and Happiness Matters "If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want." - Elbert Hubbard While organizational performance is multi-level and multi-dimensional, there is an undeniable link between the performance of organizational leadership and the overall performance of the entire organization. More leaders are acknowledging the very real correlation between health and happiness, and happiness and productivity (recent research shows that happy workers are 12 percent more productive). Therefore, more executives have increased attention on internal workplace issues such as employee health and wellness. One example is Aetna's CEO Mark Bertolini, who in the last two years, has raised the minimum wage for his employees to $16 an hour and launched a program to lower the out-of-pocket medical expenses for thousands of Aetna's lower-paid employees. Beginning in 2017, the company will start matching employees' student loan payments up to $2,000 annually with a lifetime maximum of up to $10,000 for qualifying loans. These are generous and innovative financial packages, but as Bertolini wrote in his Huffington Post column, companies need to go "beyond the paycheck" when looking at employee wellness. "The wellness programs that are most effective are simple, engaging, based on people's personal values, goal-oriented and fit into people's daily lives," Bertolini wrote. Aetna's initiatives combine the latest scientific research with access to a broad network of resources and healthcare professionals. Employees benefit from this holistic approach to wellness that boosts energy, creativity and productivity levels, and also addresses so many of people's health needs - such as physical fitness, sleep habits, disease prevention and stress management. According to Aetna's research, the 13,000 employees who participated in one of their mindfulness-based wellness programs from 2012-2014 regained 62 minutes per week of productivity with an approximate dollar return, in terms of productivity alone, of more than $3,000. Aetna and Bertolini have received numerous awards for the company's health and wellness programs, and Aetna is annually listed as one of the best corporate workplaces in the country. Increased Commitment to Community Service Opportunities "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi According to the Imperative Workforce Index, employees who work for purpose-oriented companies experience a 20 percent longer tenure, 50 percent greater likelihood to hold a leadership position and 47 percent greater likelihood to serve as company advocates. For that reason, it's more important than ever to connect people with purpose in the workplace. "Interest continues to grow in work that elicits passion and allows individuals to pursue professional, personal and social goals simultaneously - and they are seeking employers with similar values that create opportunities for employees to pursue purpose in their daily work and through company initiatives," said Douglas Marshall, Managing Director of Corporate Citizenship at Deloitte. CECP says employee satisfaction rates continue to increase when employees are offered skills-based volunteer programs. For many employees, this is a critical way for them to find meaning in their work outside the office. CECP reported that companies who offered skills-based volunteer programs through pro bono service and board leadership had the highest participation rates among employees this past year. In an examination of 69 companies from 2013 to 2015, volunteer participation rates increased from 28 to 33 percent. Large economic institutions such as Deloitte and Bank of America are growing their skills-based volunteering programs so that employees can take their abilities beyond the workplace to explore their passions and provide meaningful service to nonprofits. Ninety-three percent of Deloitte employees said their participation in pro bono work made a positive impact on their job satisfaction, while 84 percent reported significant gains in job-related skills. These programs allow nonprofits to learn from experts in their fields who provide financial consulting, membership on boards and committees and development of technology solutions. "We work hard to ensure that our volunteer program offers employees an opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with nonprofits serving community needs," said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. "From building leadership skills to gaining a better understanding of community challenges, we believe our employees develop and grow through volunteer efforts while also helping to build thriving communities in which to live and do business. Skills-based volunteering, such as board service, advancing better money habits or providing technology assistance to nonprofits, has been a great avenue for employees who wish to leverage their expertise to further the critical work of our nonprofit partners." Focus on Creating Long-Term Value over Short-Term Profits "The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good." - Dalai Lama With a lens toward sustainability, business leaders are thinking long-term and demanding a new standard of management that prizes constructive stakeholder engagement. Over the summer, Warren Buffett, Larry Fink, Bill McNabb and some of the other biggest institutional investors in the world released a letter called The Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles. In the letter, the investors state, "We share the view that constructive dialogue requires finding common ground -- a starting point to foster the economic growth that benefits shareholders, employees and the economy as a whole." They also suggest that "our financial markets have become too obsessed with quarterly earnings forecasts." They recommend that boards and executives of Fortune 500 companies focus on long-term CSR strategies like increasing diversity at the C level and improving transparency with shareholders and the public. To build solid foundations for their CSR efforts, many companies are linking purposeful activities to their own core competencies, allowing them to highlight the impact they are making on society while showcasing the value of their expertise in the real world. For example, global manufacturer 3M partnered with Discovery Education to create the Young Scientist Challenge, a mentorship program that identifies talented young minds and gives them the opportunity to work with professional scientists to brainstorm innovative, real-world solutions to significant societal challenges. Jon Lindekugel (left), Senior Vice President, 3M Business Development and Marketing-Sales, and Lori McFarling (right), Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery Education, present a $25,000 check to 13-year-old Maanasa Mendu (middle) from Mason, OH, the winner of the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Credit: Discovery Education. "We know firsthand the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists and inventors," said Michele Whyle, 3M Brand Director, Global Marketing Excellence. "We work with schools to strengthen their STEM curriculum, send 'Visiting Wizards' into classrooms to perform experiments and welcome high school students into our laboratories for summer employment...It's a highly successful platform for us to showcase the brand in an authentic way that speaks to who we are and what we care about." Projects like the Young Scientist Challenge are part of a growing emphasis by businesses on education, particularly STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the CECP report revealed. Corporate leaders hope their investments in public health, financial literacy and education will pay off down the road by creating a future labor force fluent in STEM concepts. This will make their future workers capable of pioneering new solutions that create a better society as well as advance their business interests. "It's tremendously gratifying to see organizations like 3M and others applying their expertise to support teaching and learning in their communities," said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery Education. "We're seeing more and more companies incorporating education into their corporate mission and making it a meaningful part of their brand profile. This authentic commitment to impacting young people strengthens communities and improves student access to meaningful opportunities for learning that were previously unavailable." Looking Ahead at the Future of CSR Efforts "Goodness is the only investment that never fails." - Henry David Thoreau Millennials' commitment to meaningful social impact will play a tremendous role in shaping the future of CSR. For the new generation of workers and consumers, wearing a white hat means more than just making a transactional donation. Investing in CSR has become part of the price of doing business. A recent trend Douglas Marshall from Deloitte said he has seen more of is the mentorship of younger millennials by older millennials and the idea of intrapreneurship. "Intrapreneurship is all about hacking the system, building from existing skills and frameworks, and finding agency and opportunity that are extensions of centrally organized efforts," Marshall said. "This is exciting, and we are actively thinking about how to be responsive to this energy, try new things and look to scale what works. We are committed to continual improvement, which involves assessing what's working and opportunities to enhance, listening to our people, innovating, piloting and evolving." In its report, CECP predicts that companies will consider corporate citizenship qualities such as integrity, altruism and collaboration as they hire and develop leaders at all levels to drive their business growth, weaving CSR into the fabric of their organizations. Fortune 500 companies have a powerful voice in our society and when they use their platform to tackle social issues, they improve their own organizational health, as well as advance the health of communities and society at large. By improving organizational performance, job satisfaction and striving to make the happiness and health of their employees a priority, so many of these organizations mentioned are providing inspiration across sectors of passionate leadership that understands and values today's interconnected society, and how business with a purpose creates both a dynamic culture while making a difference in this world for the better. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

06 декабря 2016, 17:00

It Pays to Become a B Corporation

At Cabot Creamery Cooperative, we’ve seen firsthand that combining corporate self-interest with support for social and environmental issues is not a costly distraction. Quite the opposite, as a cooperative owned by dairy farm families, our focus on social and environmental issues has helped our company achieve an indisputable competitive advantage in our marketplace. Yet, when the marketing team suggested that Cabot become a certified B Corporation, I was skeptical. Didn’t we already “self-monitor” our sustainability initiatives? Why did we need an outside certification? But when I learned that our retail partners had recently started asking about the impact of our sustainability programs, I agreed that Cabot would undergo the rigorous B Corp certification process to provide an objective measure. In 2012, Cabot became a certified B Corp. To my surprise, certification not only addressed the questions posed by our retail partners but also delivered value beyond our expectations. B Corp certification encouraged more “whole-systems thinking” around our social and environmental practices, which led Cabot to develop even more robust customer and consumer programs, cut operating costs, and strengthen our brand reputation as a sustainability-minded company. Our story is not unique. For Cabot and the B Corp community, certification objectively demonstrates our strong commitment to sustainability at a time when more consumers support companies dedicated to social and environmental change, and as investors, the public, and the media hold companies to higher standards. Winning Over Conscious Consumers B Corps are riding a wave of consumer interest in sustainable companies. According to several studies, such as Nielsen’s The Sustainability Imperative, global consumers say they will pay more for sustainable consumer brands, and sales of consumer goods with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability have grown more than 4% globally, while those without grew less than 1%. But while consumers are clearly rewarding values-based businesses, there’s a very big catch: Consumers are not accepting brands’ social and environmental claims at face value. This means that companies must take steps to convince consumers that they “authentically demonstrate commitment to social and environmental impact build consumer trust and business value,” according to the study. Fetzer Vineyards is a B Corp that welcomes this level of scrutiny. As a sustainability pioneer in the wine industry, Fetzer’s Bonterra brand is now the largest-selling organic wine in the world, and the company consistently receives accolades for their environmental practices. Still, Fetzer became a B Corp to ensure that its environmental commitment was seen as authentic and credible with consumers. “As the largest organic wine brand in the world, we see that consumers are now better informed and more skeptical” says Giancarlo Bianchetti, CEO, Fetzer Vineyards. “B Corp certification substantiates our claims with consumers who consider a company’s sustainability record. It also makes us part of a community of like-minded business leaders and provides a platform for shaping the sustainable practices of our industry.” The Nielsen study also identified a troubling disconnect between corporate leaders and the general public when asked to describe the current state of corporate social responsibility (CSR). When both groups were asked whether CSR efforts are driven by “responsibility to do what’s right” or “publicity possibilities,” consumer skepticism was evident. According to Chris McAllister, vice president for reputation management and public affairs at Nielsen, companies engaged in “sincerely-driven” CSR must work harder to convince consumers of this fact. “There’s nothing wrong with serving your own interests as well as those of the broader community, but…consumers want to see…a long-term investment in doing the right thing, and doing it successfully,” he says. Even though Ben & Jerry’s had a long established track record for social responsibility, and had embedded social purpose into its business model for decades, it saw the B Corp movement as way to achieve a higher level of social and environmental purpose and to demonstrate its commitment to improving its ongoing efforts. “Our research shows that brand affinity scores for Ben & Jerry’s are twice as high for people who are aware of our social efforts,” says Rob Michalak, global director of social mission at Ben & Jerry’s. “B Corp certification lends more credence to our programs. And because we re-certify every two years it helps us make improvements that are good for the environment, society and our reputation.” Benchmarking and Operational Cost Savings Another benefit of certification is access to best practices across different industries, which enables companies to compare and constantly improve their social and environmental programs based on data from the B Corp community. Pennsylvania-based footwear company Dansko became a B Corp as a cost-effective way to measure its total environmental footprint. “B Corp certification was an affordable way to review everything from our energy and water usage, impact on the community, to the cleaning products we use,” says co-founder and one of the original companies to seek B corp certification Mandy Cabot. “It helped us do things we couldn’t do ourselves, like creating benchmarking models and a template for our employee manual.” Many B Corps also report that the certification process helps them root out waste and operational inefficiencies in areas such as energy and water usage. At Cabot, B Corp certification inspires Cabot to constantly innovate to create even more social and environmental benefits while simultaneously boosting our B Corp score and was integral to projects like Real Farm Power, a closed-loop system that leverages partnerships to deliver renewable energy, nutrient management and improved air quality. Now, after three years of operation, Real Farm Power generates enough electricity so that cows in our cooperative provide the electricity needed to churn our butter. This multi-faceted project also helped Cabot win the 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability, which is a strong testament to Cabot’s commitment to the triple bottom line. Attracting and Engaging Employees B Corps can attract top talent, especially among younger employees who seek meaning in their careers. Patagonia reports that certification helps promote and validate its employee-centric culture, which attracts great candidates because of the company’s reputation as a great place to work. Since becoming a B Corp, Patagonia expanded medical, military, and paid maternity and paternity leave for regular full- and part-time U.S. employees. Certification helps connect employees with Patagonia’s mission, leading to a more engaged workforce. Certification revealed that the company could benefit from HR/governance improvements, such as a global code of employee conduct and new corporate governance guidelines that provided a framework to advance a shared company culture, and get all departments focused on advancing the company mission. As Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has written:“Benefit Corporation legislation creates the legal framework to enable companies like Patagonia to stay mission-driven through succession, capital raises, and even changes in ownership, by institutionalizing the values, culture, processes, and high standards put in place by founding entrepreneurs.” The arrival and growth of B Corps is a watershed moment for business. We’ve clearly arrived at a time when companies that exclude social and environmental considerations from their operating missions risk losing market share and destroying shareholder value. B Corps are a needed reboot for capitalism for the modern age, ensuring that the social responsibility of business is not only about profits, but also contributing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

01 декабря 2016, 19:01

Foreign firms see CSR as important

FOREIGN companies in China released 126 corporate social responsibility reports in the first 10 months of this year, up 28.6 percent from the same period of last year, according to data from China WTO

01 декабря 2016, 11:19

Corporate social responsibility more recognized in China

THE year of 2016 witnesses great development of corporate social responsibility in Shanghai and in China, participants said at the 15th Sino-European Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable Forum yesterday. “Investing

29 ноября 2016, 06:09

Иранские эксперты посетили РИСИ

Делегация в составе эксперта Центра стратегических исследований (CSR, Тегеран), профессора Университета Алламе Табтаба’и Г.Чегнизаде, старшего эксперта и советника руководителя Центра международных исследований и образования (CIRE) и Института политических и международных исследований (IPIS) Ирана М.Абуталеби и представителей посольства Исламской Республики в Москве посетила 24 ноября 2016 года РИСИ. В ходе встречи обсуждался широкий спектр вопросов, составляющих […]

09 ноября 2016, 16:05

Kudrin says Trump’s victory means 'continuation of Brexit'

'It will ‘moderate’ his controversial intentions' Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections is the continuation of Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union (Brexit), Head of Russia's Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin wrote on his Twitter account on Nov. 9. "The U.S. elections demonstrate that many are not satisfied with the current dynamics of global processes," he said, adding that the elections means "the continuation of Brexit." Американские выборы показывают, что нынешняя динамика глобальных процессов многих не устраивает. Продолжение Brexit — Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) 9 November 2016 According to Kudrin, despite certain Trump’s statements on economic issues, he depends on the country’s existing system. "It will ‘moderate’ his controversial intentions," he wrote. Несмотря на некоторые заявления Трампа по эконом вопросам, он зависит от сложившейся системы. Она "сгладит" его неоднозначные намерения — Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) 9 November 2016 On Election Day, Nov. 8, United States citizens cast their ballots and elected their 45th US President, Donald J. Trump. By securing more than the needed 270 electoral votes, Trump, the Republican candidate clinched his presidential victory. The election outcome was a spectacular culmination to a heated Presidential race between the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Source: TASS Lavrov says Moscow will judge new U.S. administration by its deeds>>>

01 ноября 2016, 23:12

ESG and Rater Subjectivity

Human analysts never agree completely, including on sustainability In Indonesia, Latin America, and Africa, farmers set forests ablaze every day, releasing CO², displacing endangered species, and contaminating the air.  Once the

18 апреля 2015, 09:10

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