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Way back in 2003, when I was new to CSR and had just joined Wells Fargo, one of our team members was granted a six month paid leave to work with a nonprofit to create an entrepreneurship program for women in Armenia. The effort was so successful that she was asked to speak at the United Nations; not long after, she left the company to pursue that work. Peter Dudley. Read more.

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How Can Brands Build a Culture of Responsibility?

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One thing holding CSR back is its persistent treatment as a program within the business enterprise, distinct from core business activity. At best, it is treated like a corporate service, such as IT, finance, legal and HR. But it is still far from being considered a fundamental part of a company’s culture and brand identity. Misha Pinkhasov. Read more.

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Asia’s environmental awareness slowly growing

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Green, sustainable, environmentally friendly, ecotourism. These terms are increasingly heard in recent years wherever the business events industry meets. Even conferences, such as the Inaugural Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia, held in Hiroshima, Japan in October, now focus on the topic. Garry Marchant. Read more. 

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Asia has been slow to embrace sustainability. But gradually more sectors of the business events industry — from Australia and Singapore, to the Philippines and Hong Kong, are realising that being sustainable is not merely the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do. Steve Cray. Read more.

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Going Green: the Top 10 Countries that Get It Right

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Whether you choose to call it ecotourism, geotourism, or sustainable tourism, travelers have never been more interested in “going green.” But what is it that makes a travel destination sustainable? And which destinations are most worthy of consideration? To answer these questions, we assembled a panel of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. Bret Love. Read more.

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Ecotourism is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies. Natasha Geiling. Read more.

A photo of a whale shark, taken by a visitor during a Ceviche Tour swim in Isla Mujeres. (Courtesy of Ceviche Tours/John Vater)

A photo of a whale shark, taken by a visitor during a Ceviche Tour swim in Isla Mujeres. (Courtesy of Ceviche Tours/John Vater)

 

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Singapore, Macau and Taiwan take the lead

Sustainability for the business events industry in Asia is taking time to take hold. A lot of events people have good intentions and while we are seeing signs of acceptance of the importance of sustainability, there’s a need for less talk and more action. Ken Hickson. Read more.

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UN General Assembly: Sustainable tourism is a tool for poverty reduction and environmental protection

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A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.

Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” calls upon the UN System to promote sustainable tourism as an instrument that can contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Read more.

 

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IATA Environmental Assessment Program Gathers Momentum

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Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program. IEnvA is an innovative, voluntary, two-stage evaluation process designed to drive airline environmental performance improvements through independent assessment. Read more.

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