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Jem Bendell
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Griffith Business School, Australia

Founder, Lifeworth, Switzerland

Shilpa Shah |
Associate, Lifeworth

Tipping Frames: The Lifeworth Review of 2006
[ PDF: 2585kb | 54 pages ]

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World Review
January-March 2006

Food Fight Food is one of the most basic necessities of life. In 2006 an estimated 800 million people are suffering from under-nourishment and more than 5 million children will die as a result of under-nutrition. The 33rd Annual Session of the UN's Standing Committee on Nutrition convened in Geneva in March to consider the problem of malnutrition. For the first time this network of governments, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations focused on 'over-nutrition' as well as under-nutrition. Their concluding statement noted that 'Childhood obesity is becoming a recognized problem even in low income countries. Read full article

Fair Fight Not only are food and drink important for what they contain but also the way they are produced. Controversy over the launch of Nestlé's first product certified as 'Fairtrade' in the UK in October 2005 continued into 2006. The association between the company awarded the 'most blatant case of corporate irresponsibility' award at the Public Eye awards in Davos in January 200518 and the green and blue Fairtrade label raised important questions about the future of the fair trade movement. Read full article

That's just not fair! In January the Just Change (India) Producer Company Ltd was launched in Tamil Nadu, India. The company is the brainchild of Stan and Mari Thekaekara, who have been working with the Adivasi ('original inhabitants' or tribal people) communities of the Nilgiri Hills in India since the 1980s. It is the latest step for Just Change, an organisation promoting alternative trading mechanisms that will benefit poor communities in both high- and low-income countries. 'We try to achieve this by directly linking poor communities and encouraging them to trade among themselves,' explained Stan Thekaekara to JCC. Read full article

Incredibly India The emergence of Indian business as a confident, powerful competitor on the playing field of global commerce was confirmed by the prominence of Indian companies and culture at the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Fareed Zakaria reported in Newsweek40 that 'no country has captured the imagination of the conference and dominated the conversation as India in 2006'. The omnipresent slogan 'Incredibly India: the Biggest Democracy for Global Investors' attempted to whisk the red carpet from beneath China's feet, as the presence of the Indian business people and Bollywood music and dancers dominated the conferences and social events. Read full article

Fizzy fight Just as The Hindu newspaper declared 'corporations collectively can make India a better place for every citizen' in March 2006,50 campaigners working to expose the harmful impacts of Coca-Cola's operations on local communities in a number of Indian states had been stepping up efforts in India and abroad. Over the past four years, issues of groundwater depletion and contamination and high pesticide levels in products have bubbled to the surface, leading to the closure of a Coca-Cola plant in Plachimada, Kerala, in March 2004 and making the soft-drinks giant's name synonymous with the notion of corporate irresponsibility in households across the country. Read full article

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