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17 января, 17:18

Завершен первый этап комплектации поголовьем нового молочного комплекса в Тюменской области

Завершен первый этап комплектации поголовьем нового молочного комплекса ГК «Дамате» и компании Danone в Голышмановском районе Тюменской области.3100 коров голштино-фризской породы поставлены на ферму, вторая часть завоза запланирована на апрель — май 2017 года. Всего новый молочный комплекс рассчитан на 4600 голов.Основными поставщиками поголовья для Тюменской области стали Голландия и Германия. Новое стадо состоит из телок 6-12 месяцев, а также нетелей со сроками стельности до шести месяцев. Таким образом, первое молоко ожидают на ферме уже в марте 2017 года.Вторая часть поголовья -1850 голов — будет завезена на ферму в апреле — мае 2017 года. Комплекс будет полностью сдан в эксплуатацию в июле 2017 года. Уже в этом году предприятие планирует произвести 4,8 тысяч тонн молока, из которых 4,3 тысячи тонн — молоко высшего сорта....

16 января, 12:09

Why Did Conservation Investors Leave $3 Billion On the Table Last Year?

This story is cross-posted on Ecosystem Marketplace. Five years ago, Prisca Mayende's four-acre farm looked just like those around her: treeless and flat, it baked in the sun, lay fallow for periods, and lived on expensive fertilizers. Today, it stands out like an oasis. Trees are everywhere - some in rows separating patches of corn and sorghum, others in clusters, and all pulling carbon out of the atmosphere, converting it to wood and infusing it into the soil. Many are "fixing" nitrogen into the soil as well, providing fertilizer for the crops that are thriving in this once-patchy plot. The temperature is noticeably cooler on her farm than on those around her; the trees provide just enough shade to protect delicate crops and hold moisture. Plump mangoes dangle from some of them; healthy bananas curl up from others; and all sprout thick leaves that she uses as fodder for the dairy cow she purchased with extra income from the increased yields. A teacher by training, she even took a patch of land out of production and built a small grammar school on it. As part of the curriculum, every pupil plants one tree and watches it grow as they progress in learning. When parents drop their children off, they often ask Mayende how she achieved so much on so little, and she directs them to an environmental NGO called VI Agroforestry, which has been teaching these farming methods - called "agroforestry" - since the early 1980s. Prisca Mayende gathers fodder on her tree-dense farm Like most NGOs, VI Agroforestry's impact is limited by the generosity of its donors, so in 2010 it started experimenting with carbon markets to see if it could expand its operations by generating carbon offsets through climate-safe agriculture, with the income mostly being divided among farmers. The experiment worked, in that it allowed VI Agroforestry to reach more farmers like Mayende, but the revenue-sharing part wasn't the hit they hoped for. "The yields are what I care for," says Mayende. "The little carbon bonus was nice, but it's not why I do this." Those little "carbon bonuses", however, add up - and caught the attention of the Livelihoods Funds, which invest money for food giants like Mars, Danone, and others. Livelihoods isn't a philanthropic endeavor: it's a bona fide impact investor that provides upfront financing to NGOs that help small farmers, and it expects to make its money back and then some by selling carbon offsets. As an impact investor, it aims to do well by doing good, so it only invests in projects that generate verifiable environmental benefits. That means its portfolio is comprised of "conservation investments", as are those of more and more of its peers, according to "State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016: A Landscape Assessment of an Emerging Market", which was published this week by Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. Want to learn more about Prisca Mayende and her involvement in the Livelihoods Funds? Then check out "Of Milk And Money: How Agroforestry Is Reshaping The Kenyan Countryside", which I posted last year as the first in a series to be unfolding throughout 2017. It's accompanied by the Bionic Planet podcast series "The CEO and the Subsistence Farmer", which you can access via iTunes, TuneIn, or wherever you access podcasts - or click below to hear the first installment on this device: Billions Invested; Billions Neglected Based on a survey of impact investors, the report shows that at least $8.2 billion in private-sector money flowed into conservation investments from 2004 through 2015. Nearly a quarter of that finance - $2.0 billion - came in 2015. The pot of money is growing, but investors also said they left $3.1 billion waiting in the wings - and that's enough to launch 30 Livelihoods Funds or help tens of millions of farmers like Mayende. Yet it's just sitting there, and not for lack of investment opportunities. All around the world, for example, environmental entrepreneurs are planting trees or saving endangered forest to generate carbon offsets - a process that requires rigorous verification and validation of the environmental benefits. They often work by promoting exactly the kinds of sustainable practices that Mayende is implementing, and they deliver results in part by making it possible for farmers to earn enough from their own land that they don't have to chop forests for wood or fodder. Last year's annual State of Forest Carbon Finance report showed that such projects now cover at least 28 million hectares - an area slightly larger than Burkina Faso - but it also showed that offsets representing 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide went either unsold or undeveloped. That means project developers did all the hard work but decided prices were too low to bring their offsets to market - at least for now. "It all goes back to demand," says Kelley Hamrick, who authored the report. "While some investors are willing to risk high market volatility and invest in carbon offsetting, the majority won't until they see clear demand signals." What Are They Investing in? The report focuses on investments that are "intended to return principal or generate profit while also resulting in a positive impact on natural resources and ecosystems," and it explicitly adds that "conservation impacts must be the intended motivation for making the investment; they cannot be simply a by-product of an investment made solely for financial return." By that definition, forest-carbon projects are a no-brainer, while sustainable agriculture could be in a grey area. Nonetheless, of the $8.2 billion that did get invested, $6.5 billion went to food and fiber - primarily sustainable farming and forestry - with the rest going into habitat conservation and water trading programs, which are explicit "payments for ecosystem services" (forest carbon falls under habitat conservation). When asked about that undeployed $3.1 billion, respondents didn't say which projects they'd reviewed and rejected, but simply that the available projects didn't meet their criteria. So, what are those criteria? Function and Familiarity The most important criteria may be more psychological than logical: investors - like all people - tend to stick with what they know. "Private investors viewed agriculture and forestry as asset classes long before 'sustainability' entered investors' vocabularies," the report says - although later it adds that "environmental credit investments...entail greater risk for various reasons including the influence of public policy on the long-term viability of environmental markets." Project developers can certainly attest to the risk, but most aren't giving up. Indeed, they're holding the offsets they've generated because they believe prices will rise - and with good reason. To begin with, forest carbon is a pillar of the Paris Climate Agreement, which will proceed even if the United States bails out, and the US state of California has shown that demand can ratchet up quickly when a government shows it's serious about climate action. Respondents identified a 5-10% sweet spot for returns on investment, and that's more than achievable - especially if the carbon offsets are embedded in a larger agriculture project, as they usually are. Most forest-carbon projects - especially those that save endangered forests (called "REDD+") - work by helping farmers boost yields so they don't have to chop trees, but most of the sustainable farming and forestry initiatives identified in the survey work by purchasing land and managing it sustainably. The Livelihoods Funds buck that trend, because they explicitly don't buy land, but instead work with hundreds of thousands of small, independent farmers, and they're not alone. Althelia Ecosphere follows a similar model, and many REDD project developers - perhaps most of them - don't take ownership of the land, but rather work with farmers or indigenous people to manage their land more sustainably. Carbon finance, in other words, is increasingly blended with sustainable agriculture initiatives - and it could help investors address another shortfall identified in the report: namely, the inability to quantify the environmental impacts they're aiming to deliver. Layering in carbon, it turns out, means adopting rigorous and time-tested verification and validation of all environmental benefits - which Mayende says helped her boost her yields. "To get the carbon bonus, I had to keep better records," she says. "That made me a better farmer, and that meant more income, which enabled me to build all that you see her." And that, in the end, is language all investors understand. -- 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.

14 января, 12:16

Netanyahu's media manipulation revealed - The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: Netanyahu's media scandal - the story of the tape that caused 'explosions' across Israel. Plus, the dilemma Zimbabwean journalists face when covering Mugabe. More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost

10 января, 06:16

In A Single Day, US Congress Castigates Both The UN And Obama Over Israeli Vote

While Washington is caught up in the unfolding drama about the extent and motives of Russian hacking and possible attempted manipulation of the 2016 American presidential election, another story is playing out around threats to "punish" the United Nations. On Jan.5, the United States House of Representatives voted to repudiate the Security Council resolution on Dec. 23 that condemned Israel for its unending building of settlements on Palestinian land. The UN was not the only target in this Congressional move. The administration of President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, were also censured for abstaining in the 15-member Security Council and allowing the resolution to pass 14-0. There is nothing legal or procedural that Congress can do to reverse the resolution. The "passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel, reversing decades of bipartisan agreement," the House resolution said. It added that the resolution "undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations." Days after the Dec. 23 vote at the UN, Kerry further enraged Israeli supporters in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump when he warned in a speech at the State Department after the decision to abstain that Israel has a fundamental choice to make as it continues encroaching into Palestinian territory. "But here is a fundamental reality," Kerry said. "If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic, it cannot be both. And it won't ever really at peace." Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey and one of the leaders of the charge in Congress, asserted, "With over three thousand years of Jewish history bound up in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, it is preposterous to assert that Israel has no legitimacy in defending its connections to this extraordinary heritage." The vote in Congress to "repudiate" the resolution condemning Israeli expansion was welcomed by Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who hailed the bipartisan nature of the support for Israel. "I look forward to working with the new American administration to end the bias against Israel at the UN and to usher in a new era of accountability in the parliament of nations," he added. At the same time that the House of Representatives disavowed the Security Council resolution and Obama policy on Israel, members of the US Senate were beginning to work on legislation, promised late last year by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, to cut funds for the UN. It is unclear how long it will take to complete this proposal or how devastating the cuts could be, but with Trump tweeting insults about the UN as "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time," defunding measures could likely be endorsed in the White House. Representative Smith, who pressed for the "repudiation" resolution in the House of Representatives, is chairman of the subcommittee that monitors US relations with the UN and other international organizations, and he has a long record of opposition to them. He has been the leader of an anti-abortion caucus in Congress for 34 years and was instrumental in having US contributions to the UN Population Fund, or UNFPA, eliminated twice -- under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Smith, a deeply religious and dedicated Roman Catholic, who opposes abortion for any reason and is at best ambivalent about family planning, has been focused particularly on China and its one-child policy. That has been abandoned as the Chinese government sees its workforce is not keeping up with demand. Smith's determined opposition to funding UNFPA overrode the findings of a White House delegation sent to China in the spring of 2002 that found no evidence that the Population Fund was complicit in coercive and brutal forced abortions. Colin Powell, secretary of state at the time, agreed that funds to UNFPA, which he said did "invaluable work," should be released, but Bush cut them off. The money at stake, $34 million annually, was not a lot but it hurt. Other nations tried to fill the gap, and Jane Roberts, an American teacher in California, and a colleague founded an ad hoc organization called 34 Million Friends of UNFPA, asking for donations. Roberts said in a recent email that she was gearing up for another campaign. The Population Fund is the world's largest provider of family planning and works in more than 150 countries and territories that together contain a large majority of the global population. Under the motto "Delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled," it has made great strides in improving maternal and child health. The Obama administration restored and increased US funding to UNFPA, so Smith will no doubt work to have it slashed or cut off completely again under Trump. -- 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.

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27 декабря 2016, 14:20

Молочные кухни Москвы: кто станет основным поставщиком

Конкурс 29 декабря определит поставщика в молочно-раздаточные пункты столицы на период с 2017 по 2019 гг. Общая сумма, которую власти готовы потратить на закупку питания — более 16,5 млрд руб.

26 декабря 2016, 10:09

СМИ узнали о запрете регионам на регулирование наценок на детское питание

Минсельхоз РФ разработал законопроект, который лишит регионы права регулировать торговые наценки на детское питание в 2017 году. Об этом сообщает «Коммерсантъ». Решение вызвано опасениями ведомства, что ассортимент детского питания может резко сократиться в регионах, где зафиксированы максимальные добавки. В Минсельхозе предполагают, что объем продаж может сократиться на 35%. «Прежде всего это коснется наиболее дешевых, а также наименее оборачиваемых товарных позиций, например специализированных продуктов, предназначенных для кормления детей раннего возраста с различными отклонениями по здоровью», — пояснили агентству в министерстве. Ситуация осложняется вступлением в силу с 1 января 2017 года поправок к закону «О торговле», который запрещает ритейлерам выплачивать поставщикам премии и бонусы более 5%. Помощник главы Минэкономразвития Елена Лашкина заявила, что эта мера не окажет особого влияния на цену детского питания. В некоторых регионах, где его нет, оно стоит даже дешевле. Но, по ее мнению, регулирование цен на детское питание может стимулировать рост цен на другие товары за счет перераспределения торговой наценки. Представители двух крупных производителей детского питания подтвердили изданию, что уже заметили снижение объемов закупок некоторых розничных сетей. В Danone, PepsiCo, X5 Retail Group, ГК «Дикси», Ассоциации компаний розничной торговли комментировать ситуацию отказались. В Минэкономразвития сообщили, что согласовали поправки к законопроекту. После утверждения документа Минюстом, в начале 2017 года он будет внесен в правительство.

24 декабря 2016, 12:42

Israel refuses to recognise UN vote on settlements

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not abide by the UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. AT TWENTY MINUTES PAST THE HOUR ARMS WENT UP IN THE AIR- THAT OF THE US AMBASSADOR STAYED DOWN---- AND TO AN UNUSUAL ROUND OF APPLAUSE RESOLUTION 2334 WAS PASSED – JUST BEFORE THE VOTE SAMANTHA POWER WAS SEEN USHERING THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR INTO A ROOM ADJACENT TO THE COUNCIL CHAMBER- IT APPEARS SHE WANTED TO INFORM HIM IN PRIVATE OF THE RARE US DECISION TO WITHOLD ITS VETO- FORKNOWLEDGE THAT DID NOT TEMPER THE ISRAELI REACTION- DANNY DANON: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UN: BY VOTING YES IN FAVOR OF THIS RESOLUTION YOU HAVE IN FACT VOTED NO. YOU VOTD NO TO NEGOTIATIONS, YOU VOTED NO TO PROGRESS AND A CHANCE FOR BETTER LIVES FOR ISRAELIS AND PALESTINAINS. AND YOU VOTED NO TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE- NOT SO INSISTED THE PALESTINIAN REPRESENTATIVE- WHO WAS ADAMANT THAT THE VOTE WAS ESSENTIAL IF THERE WAS TO BE ANY CHANCE OF REVIVIVING A DORMANT PEACE PROCESS RIYAD MANSOUR: PALESTINE AMBASSADOR TO THE UN: TODAY’S RESOLUTION MAY RIGHTLY BE SEEN AS A LAST ATTEMPT TO PRESERVE THE TWO STATE SOLUTION AND REVIVE THE PATH FOR PEACE. TO KEEP THE HOPE ALIVE. THE US HAD VETOED THIRTY PREVIOUS UN RESOLUTIONS REGARDING ISRAEL PALESTINE- THE LAST TIME IN 2011- SAMANTHA POWER: US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN: SINCE 2011 SETTLEMENT GROWTH HAS ONLY ACCELERATED. SINCE 2011 MULTIPLE EFFORTS TO PURSUE PEACE THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS HAVE FAILED. AND SINCE 2011 PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY KERRY HAVE REPEATEDLY WARNED PUBLICALY AND PRIVATELY THAT THE AVSENCE OF PROGRESS TOWARDS PEACCE AND CONTINED SETTLEMENT EXPANSION WAS GOING TO PUT THE TWO STATE SOLUTION AND RISK AND THREATEN ISRAEL’S STATED OBJECTIVE TO REMAIN BOTH A JEWISH STATE AND A DEMOCRACY. WORDS THAT WILL NOT REPAIR WHAT HAVE BECOME STRAINED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND ISRAEL- WHICH FOR ITS PART SAYS IT LOOKS FORWARD TO ENGAGEMENT WITH A NEW PRESIDENT IN A MATTER OF WEEKS MIKE HANNA ALJAZEERA UNITED NATIONS - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 декабря 2016, 10:03

На новый комплекс в Тюменской области доставили первые 400 коров

Первая партия из 400 коров прибыла из Голландии и Германии на крупнейший в Тюменской области молочно-товарный комплекс, строящийся в рамках совместного проекта компаний «Дамате» и Danone.В ближайшие месяцы поступит еще 3 250 животных.На ферме уже подготовлено несколько зданий для их содержания. В ближайшее время начнет действовать родильное отделение, молочный блок и доильный зал типа «карусель» на 40 мест. Приведены в готовность системы навозоудаления и сепарации, вспомогательные и административные объекты. Первое молоко ожидается на комплексе в марте 2017 года. На комплексе планируют получать свыше 9 тонн молока на голову в год после выхода на полную мощность.Строительство молочно-товарного комплекса на 4,6 тысячи голов в Голышмановском районе Тюменской области началось в конце 2015 года. Общая стоимость проекта составляет 5,6 миллиарда рублей.

23 декабря 2016, 01:07

Why It Pays To Find Your Company's Global Purpose

Co-authored by Paula Miquelis, Senior Project Manager, & Laura Allen, Founder, at Gone Adventurin. Every company's supply chain ends with a human being's life. And the people who need a company's services, use its products, or are on its payroll rely on one planet. And here is something most can agree on: Our planet is suffering. The list of societal and environmental problems seems endless. Hunger, poverty, inequality, war, water scarcity, climate change, and so on. Within these wicked problems may lie a company's most compelling and profitable driver: A global purpose to save the world. The world's companies will play a vital role in solving these complex human problems. Businesses have the collective ability to reach billions of people and exert tremendous spending power. This power positions them to be key players in restoring our planet. Embracing this higher purpose is not only good for the planet, it may be an essential business strategy for the modern organization. President & CEO of Novo Nordisk, Lars Rebien Sørensen, warns, "In the long term, social and environmental issues become financial issues." Embracing a long-view and awakening a compelling global purpose now may sustain the life of the business itself. What is purpose? Purpose has become the latest business buzzword. So it is important to be clear on its enduring and powerful definition. Quite simply, purpose is "...the reason for which something exists." Your company's purpose is not a mission statement, a tactic, or a goal. It is quite literally a company's guiding reason for existence on the planet. The company's job is to justify that reason every day. A reason for existence doesn't fade with time or change with market conditions. Purpose taps into people's psychological desire to make the world better and to do good. Purpose permeates every behavior and thought in a company. And a good purpose is a reason worth committing to that inspires service to the greater good. A company's purpose has to be more important than the company itself. And when companies embrace a guiding global purpose that seeks to better the world beyond their financial returns, success follows. Why? Because a global purpose drives the people who drive the profit. Why a Global Purpose Drives Profit Having a global purpose is good business. In Built to Last, Jim Collins found that companies with a higher purpose outperform the market by an average of six-to-one. Those companies also experienced growth rates three times that of their competitors. The economic power of a higher purpose can be found when studying a company like Unilever. Unilever's brands with a clear and communicated societal purpose - like Comfort, Dove, and Ben & Jerry's - are growing faster than the rest of the portfolio. Unilever CEO Paul Polman said, "Our sustainable living brands are growing 30% faster than the rest of our business and delivered nearly half our total growth in 2015, our latest figures show." Former Procter & Gamble Marketing Director Jim Stengel found similar results in his study on the relationship between a higher purpose and market growth. Stengel's research demonstrated that purpose-driven brands perform ten times better than others in similar categories and grow at significantly faster rates than the overall market. Why all this profit and growth? Ultimately it comes down to human psychology. A Global Purpose Drives The People Who Drive Your Business From a social science perspective, the effect of purpose on both employees and customers is not surprising. When people see their work as serving the greater good they are more likely to be engaged, committed, and productive. A sense of global purpose has been found to be one of the most powerful psychological motivators for both employees and customers. Ultimately, people want to believe in something that's bigger than themselves. People and organizations who believe in and prove their reason for existence inspire more loyal people to join their movements and invest in their products. In numerous studies, like those published by the firm Imperative, a sense of purpose is ranked as the most significant factor in job satisfaction and quadruples the likelihood of being engaged at work. And by 2025 nearly 70% of consumers and employees will identify with the Millennial generation. A recent survey by Deloitte found that an overwhelming 75% of Millennials indicated that they were more likely to do business with or work for a company that exists to better society. And customers want to be a part of changing the world, too. People are psychologically drawn to products and services that align with their beliefs about the way the world should and can be. Simon Sinek, in his 2009 viral Ted Talk implored, "People don't buy what you do. They buy why you do it." He is proving to be right. Case Study: A Luxury Fragrance Company That Empowers Farmers In Emerging Countries Serge Majoullier, Perfumer and David Morenon, Deputy Purchasing Manager in Nepal. Image Credit: Gone Adventurin & MANE MANE Flavor and Fragrance Manufacturer offers an inspiring case of how a global purpose can transform a business. MANE is one of the world's leading flavors and fragrances companies and produces flavors, fragrances, and ingredients for beverages, biscuits, confectionery, dairy products, and savory food applications. What does it mean for a flavor and fragrances manufacturer to drive profit through a global purpose? For MANE it means creating sustainable sourcing in its markets in emerging countries. MANE realized that 70% of worldwide raw materials are produced by smallholder farmers, yet millions of those farmers remain impoverished. Poverty among smallholder farmers is one of the most pressing social issues in developing countries and when these farmers are not empowered, they cannot grow enough high quality raw materials. Additionally, MANE's clients have started to put pressure on the company to create transparent value chains. Poverty among smallholder farmers constitutes one of the world's most pressing social issues. Now it's at the core of MANE's purpose too. In 2015, MANE created sustainable sourcing initiatives in Nepal to develop a market of a new species of pepper called Timur. The challenge was to partner with grassroots and local NGOs to empower farmers on the ground through workshops and trainings to grow better quality raw materials. The ultimate goal was to help remote pepper farmers secure a more sustainable living. Beyond simply having a business goal, MANE decided to immerse its employees in this global purpose and use storytelling to involve its stakeholders in this global purpose. The results were transformational. Not only did the project create an entire market for the Timur product and help the economy of Nepal to grow, MANE won the first communications price at the World Perfumery Congress garnering hundreds of thousands dollars worth of free public relations promotion. Watch MANE's inspiring sustainable sourcing initiatives here. MANE proves that filling a societal need and profit are not mutually exclusive. In fact, purpose can drive profit. 3 Ways to Discover and Enact Your Company's Global Purpose In our fast-paced and results-oriented marketplace, many company leaders simply don't think they have the time or resources to invest in purpose - or they don't conceptualize their industry as particularly "world-saving." But every company does and can have a compelling global reason for existence. The key for leaders is to begin discovering this purpose, strategizing around it, and then telling the story to its stakeholders. Here are three powerful ways to start now: 1. Identify your company's problem. What is the world problem that your company exists to solve? This problem can become your purpose. A great place to start is by reading the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) report and and facilitating discussion in your organization around the 17 identified key topics below. Not only do the SDGs provide a great framework for finding a compelling global purpose but they are also a great and credible way to communicate about it. They aim to inspire business leaders to think deeper into the many issues that plague the world; from hunger to gender inequality. "The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success." said Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General. Image Credit: United Nations 2. Authentically communicate your global purpose. Human beings rely on stories to make sense of our world and so do your customers and employees. Telling the story of how your company helps to deliver your global purpose can generate stakeholders' emotional commitment to your company and brand. Below are a few tips to start: Show the people who make your products and where they make them Take stakeholders and employees on journeys to see the origins of your materials Have customers themselves tell stories about how your company is changing the world Consistently strategize: Which of our products or services can make the world a better place; and how is that a business opportunity? The Lipton tea brand offers a powerful example of engaging stakeholders in their purpose. Lipton decided to intentionally strategize about what they wanted their consumers thinking about when they drank their morning tea. Lipton wanted them to feel that their tea was more than tea - it was serving the world. By telling the story of the tea farmers working in beautiful sustainable plantations and connecting them to the partnership of Lipton with one of the most impactful forest NGOs, Rainforest Alliance, Lipton gives consumers a world-changing purpose. Learn more about Lipton's global purpose here. 3. Start seeing social and environmental issues as business opportunities. Just as the MANE company example shows us, global needs can also be business opportunities. For example, let's imagine you are a leader making equipment for optometrists and surgeons, as well as contact lenses. Your bigger purpose is to eradicate avoidable blindness because you know there are opportunities. Four billion people in the world need glasses but only 2.5 billion of people have glasses, so you can tap into a massive market of 1.5 billion people Another example comes from the food industry and answers the question: What is the future of food? For Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at (MIT), the future of food is not a disaster as many pundits would have us believe, it's a business opportunity - especially for tech companies. Caleb wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Caleb said, "With the right tech, urban agriculture could turn basements, warehouses, walls and skyscrapers into farms." Re-framing critical issues or "problems" as opportunities can be powerful. Your company's purpose is already out there in the world. Identifying it and building your company around it pays. What is your cause? Why does your company exist? How can tackling social and environmental issues grow your business - and save the world? Gone Adventurin is a social enterprise - based in Singapore and operating across Asia - that helps companies to grow through social and environmental impact. The organisation has been tackling different issues from waste recycling for consumer goods companies to sustainable supply chain or water scarcity. The team has been working with many different companies such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble or Danone. Zach Mercurio is a consultant, speaker, and educator who builds purposeful organizations and empowers purposeful people to better our world. Learn more here. Featured Image Credit: Gone Adventurin -- 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.

22 декабря 2016, 17:20

Trump, Netanyahu Tell Obama To Veto U.N. Resolution On Halting Settlements

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Obama administration on Thursday to veto a U.N. Security Council draft resolution calling for an immediate halt to settlement building on occupied land that Palestinians want for a state. Netanyahu took to Twitter in the dead of night in Israel to make the appeal, in a sign of concern that President Barack Obama might take a parting shot at a policy he has long opposed and a right-wing leader with whom he has had a rocky relationship. Hours later, Trump, posting on Twitter and Facebook, said: “The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed.” Trump said that “as the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations”. “This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,” he wrote. Egypt circulated the draft on Wednesday evening and the 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. ET (2000 GMT) on Thursday, diplomats said. It was unclear, they said, how the United States, which has protected Israel from U.N. action, would vote. The resolution would demand Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”. The White House declined to comment. Some diplomats hope Obama will allow Security Council action by abstaining on the vote. Israel’s security cabinet was due to hold a special session at 1500 GMT to discuss the issue. OBAMA CRITICAL OF SETTLEMENTS Obama’s administration has been highly critical of settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. U.S. officials said this month, however, the president was not expected to make major moves on Israeli-Palestinian peace before leaving office. Tweeting at 3:28 a.m., Netanyahu said the United States “should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. Security Council on Thursday”. Israel’s far-right and settler leaders have been buoyed by the election of Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. He has already signaled a possible change in U.S. policy by appointing one his lawyers - a fundraiser for a major Israeli settlement - as Washington’s new ambassador to Israel. In 2011, the United States vetoed a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements after the Palestinians refused a compromise offer from Washington. Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Danny Danon, said on Israeli Army Radio: “In a few hours we will receive the answer from our American friends.” “I hope very much it will be the same one we received in 2011 when the version was very similar to the one proposed now and the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. at the time, Susan Rice, vetoed it.” The draft text says the establishment of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law”. It expresses grave concern that continuing settlement activities “are dangerously imperilling the viability of a two-state solution”. The United States says continued Israeli settlement building lacks legitimacy, but has stopped short of adopting the position of many countries that it is illegal under international law. Some 570,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. Danon said nothing would change on the ground if the resolution passes. But he said it could spur Palestinians to seek international sanctions against Israel and impede any return to peace talks that collapsed in 2014. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. (Editing by Louise Ireland) -- 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.

20 декабря 2016, 10:18

Фондовые индексы Европы слабо изменились в понедельник

Фондовые индексы Западной Европы незначительно снизились по итогам торгов в понедельник на фоне низкой активности торгов в преддверии рождественских праздников.

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19 декабря 2016, 14:30

Основные фондовые индексы Европы демонстрируют разнонаправленную динамику

Европейские фондовые индексы открыли последнюю полную торговую неделю этого года смешанно после двух недель роста. Индексы торгуются разнонаправленно, так как финансовый сектор региона оказался под давлением событий в Италии, в то время как деловая уверенность в Германии резко выросла. Сводный индекс крупнейших предприятий региона Stoxx Europe 600 опустился на 0,2%, объемы торгов уже начали уменьшаться в связи с приближением европейских рождественских каникул. Практически все биржи Европы будут закрыты в следующий понедельник, 26 декабря, многие не возобновят торги и 27 декабря в связи с переносом выходного по случаю западного Рождества. Итальянские банки находятся в фокусе с падением акций Monte dei Paschi примерно на 7% в первый день попытки привлечь 5 млрд евро ($5,2 млрд), чтобы избежать обращения за финансовой помощью к государству. В воскресенье банк объявил, что предложение институциональным инвесторам будет открытым до четверга, в то время как предложение розничным инвесторам закроется в среду. Deutsche Bank также внес свой вклад в ухудшение настроений в европейском банковском секторе, в результате чего Stoxx Europe 600 снижается, после того, как кредитор согласился выплатить более $40 млн, чтобы уладить расследование, по которому он обвиняется в введении клиентов в заблуждение. За пределами региона, настроения в секторе также ухудшились после того, как Украина объявила свой крупнейший банк неплатежеспособным. Как показали экономические данные, деловая уверенность в Германии выросла в декабре, достигнув самого высокого уровня с апреля 2014 года. Индекс делового доверия к экономике Германии, рассчитываемый институтом IFO, в декабре повысился до 111 пунктов со 110,4 месяцем ранее. Аналитики в среднем ожидали увеличения до 110,7 пункта. В то же время цены на нефть отмечают подъем, поскольку инвесторы уверены в соблюдении крупными экспортерами обязательств по сокращению производству, начиная с января. Стоимость акций Svenska Cellulosa AB увеличилась на 3% на торгах в Стокгольме после объявления о покупке BSN Medical за 2,74 млрд евро с целью выхода на рынок товаров для обработки ран и ортопедической продукции. Бумаги Danone SA подешевели на 2,8%, поскольку французская компания ухудшила прогноз выручки на текущий финансовый год из-за слабости испанского рынка. Капитализация германского производителя кровельных материалов Braas Monier Building Group подскочила на 7,6%. Компания дала согласие на предложение американской Standard Industries о поглощении, которое оценивает ее в 1,1 млрд евро. Цена акций Volkswagen AG уменьшилась на 0,3%. Затраты автопроизводителя в связи с дизельным скандалом могут возрасти еще на $1 млрд из-за выплат по более крупным и дорогим автомобилям. На текущий момент FTSE 6996.47 -15.17 -0.22% DAX 11408.51 4.50 0.04% CAC 4822.14 -11.13 -0.23% Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTradeИсточник: FxTeam

19 декабря 2016, 13:02

Фондовые индексы Европы слабо снижаются после двух недель роста

Фондовые индексы Западной Европы открыли последнюю полную торговую неделю года в минусе после двух недель роста.

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19 декабря 2016, 11:06

Danone slides 2.5% after cutting sales guidance

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19 декабря 2016, 10:59

Европейская комиссия одобрила сделку между Danone и WhiteWave

В пятницу, 16 декабря, появились сообщения о том, что Европейская комиссия одобрила сделку, в рамках которой французский производитель йогурта Danone приобретет американского представителя пищевой промышленности WhiteWave за $10,4 млрд. Сообщается, что сделка была одобрена при условии, что компания Danone продаст свой бизнес в Бельгии.

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19 декабря 2016, 09:09

Европейская комиссия одобрила сделку между Danone и WhiteWave

В пятницу, 16 декабря, появились сообщения о том, что Европейская комиссия одобрила сделку, в рамках которой французский производитель йогурта Danone приобретет американского представителя пищевой промышленности WhiteWave за $10,4 млрд. Сообщается, что сделка была одобрена при условии, что компания Danone продаст свой бизнес в Бельгии.

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16 декабря 2016, 19:56

Еврокомиссия одобрила приобретение Danone американской WhiteWave Foods

Изначально у ЕК вызывали озабоченность возможные последствия сделки: исследование показало, что слияние компаний может привести к тому, что в Бельгии останется всего один производитель молочных смесей

15 декабря 2016, 18:53

BNP Paribas стал крупнейшим организатором размещений корпоративных бондов в Европе в 2016г

Французский банк BNP Paribas в 2016 году был организатором размещений корпоративных облигаций с рейтингами инвестиционного уровня на общую сумму 27,26 млрд евро, что позволило ему стать лидером по этому показателю среди европейских банков.

02 сентября 2014, 04:21

10 компаний контролирующих мировую пищевую индустрию

  В сельском хозяйстве и пищевой промышленности занято более одного миллиарда человек в мире или треть всей рабочей силы. И хоть данный сектор играет ключевую роль в жизни человечества, как это ни парадоксально, его контролируют крайне небольшое число транснациональных компаний. Согласно докладу компании Oxfam International, 10 компаний, специализирующихся на производстве продуктов питания и напитков, могут формировать продуктовую корзину большей части населения планеты, влиять на их условия труда, а также окружающую среду.  Associated British Foods Выручка: $21,1 млрд Расходы на рекламу: неизвестно Прибыль: $837 млн Сотрудники: 112,6 тыс. Штаб-квартира: Лондон, Великобритания  Associated British Foods – это британская компания-производитель продуктов питания, которой удалось выстроить глобальную сеть с помощью приобретений. В результате постоянного прироста за счет покупки новых компаний, Associated British Foods производит практически все виды продовольствия, начиная от сахара, заканчивая кукурузным маслом и чаем. ABF один из основных поставщиков важных пищевых ингредиентов, в том числе эмульгаторов, ферментов и лактозы.   Coca-Cola Сo. Выручка: $46,9 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $3,0 млрд Прибыль: $8,6 млрд Сотрудники: 130,6 тыс. Штаб-квартира: тланта, Джорджия, США  Coca-Cola является одним из самых дорогих брендов в мире. Совокупный объем продаж в 2013 финансовом году в стоимостном выражении превысил отметку $47 млрд. Coca-Cola Сo. крупнейший мировой производитель и поставщик концентратов, сиропов и безалкогольных напитков. Крупнейшим акционером этой компании является фонд Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (8,61%), контролируемый легендарным инвестором Уорреном Баффетом.   Groupe Danone Выручка: $29,3 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $1,2 млрд Прибыль: $2,0 млрд Сотрудники: 104,6 тыс. Штаб-квартира: Париж, Франция  Французская компания Groupe Danone имеет обладает колоссальным присутствием в во всем мире. Его крупнейшим рынком, по объемам продаж, является Россия, далее следуют Франция, США, Китай и Индонезия. Компания является крупнейшим в мире продавцом свежих молочных продуктов, больше половины от всего объема продаж данной продукции в мире в 2013 году пришлось на Groupe Danone.   General Mills Выручка: $17,9 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $1,1 млрд Прибыль: $1,8 млрд Сотрудники: 43 тыс./LI] Штаб-квартира: Голден-Вэлли, Миннесота, США  Компания General Mills владеет рядом одних из наиболее известных американских брендов, таких как Pillsbury, Colombo Yogurt, Betty Crocker, «Зеленный великан». Производственные мощности компании размещены в 15 странах, однако, продукция реализуется более чем в 100. Полоска продукции компании невероятно широкая : хлопья для завтрака, йогурт, замороженное тесто, консервированные супы, пицца, мороженое, соевые продукты, овощи, мука и др.   Kellogg Выручка: $14,8 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $1,1 млрд Прибыль: $1,8 млрд Сотрудники: 30,2 тысячи Штаб-квартира: Батл-Крик, Мичиган, США  Американская компания Kellogg зарабатывает меньше всех среди пищевых гигантов, по итогам 2013 года объем выручки составил лишь $15 млрд. Kellogg является одним из крупнейших в мире хлебообработчиков и производителей печенья. Компания специализируется на производстве сухих завтраков и продуктов питания быстрого приготовления.   Mars Выручка: $33,0 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $2,2 млрд Прибыль: нет данных Сотрудники: 75 тыс. Штаб-квартира: Маклин, Виргиния, США  Из всех компаний, представленных в данном списке, Mars –единственная, которая находится в частной собственности. Mars владеет такими "шоколадными" брендами, как M&Ms, Milky Way, Snickers и Twix. Компания владеет продовольственными брендами, такими как Uncle Ben's, а также производителем жевательных резинок и конфет Wrigley.   Mondelez Выручка: $35,3 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $1,9 млрд Прибыль: $3,9 млрд Сотрудники: 107 тысяч Штаб-квартира: Дирфилд, Иллинойс, США  Компания Mondelez появилась в результате разделения пищевого гиганта Kraft Foods. Во время разделения мировые бренды (Oreo, TUC, Cadbury, Milka, Alpen Gold, Jacobs) достались Mondelez, вто время как американские - Kraft Foods Group. По итогам прошлого года, выручка компании составила $35 млрд выручки при капитализации более чем $72 млрд.   Nestle Выручка: $103,5 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $3,0 млрд Прибыль: $11,2 млрд Сотрудники: 333 тыс. Штаб-квартира: Веве, Швейцария  Nestle по всем показателям является крупнейшей пищевой компанией в мире. Выручка компании за прошлый год составила 92 млрд швейцарских франков. Компания производит растворимый кофе, минеральную воду, шоколад, мороженое, бульоны, молочные продукты, детское питание, корм для домашних животных, фармацевтическую продукцию и косметику. Более 2000 товарных знаков на 461 фабрике в 83 странах мира.   PepsiCo Выручка: $66,4 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $2,5 млрд Прибыль: $6,7 млрд Сотрудники: 274 тыс. Штаб-квартира: Пёрчейз, Нью-Йорк, США  Помимо известных "содовых" брендов, PepsiCo владеет рядом продуктовых торговых марок, таких как Tostitos, Doritos, Quaker. Более того, компания является крупнейшим рекламодателем в мире, расходы компании в этой области в 2012 году превысили $2,5 млрд.   История вопроса Выручка: $68,5 млрд Расходы на рекламу: $7,4 млрд Прибыль: $6,7 млрд Сотрудники: 174,3 тысячи Штаб-квартира: Лондон, Великобритания и Роттердам, Голландия  Unilever трудно назвать пищевой компанией, так как большую часть ее прдуктовой линейки представляют средства личной гигиены и бытовая химия. Однако, на еду и напитки проходится более трети выручки. По итогом прошлого года выручка компании составила 50 млрд евро. Компания владеет такими брендами, как Lipton, Brooke Bond, Calve, Rama, Creme Bonjour и другие.