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MaaS: Enabling efficient, low-carbon manufacturing

Manufacturing as a service (MaaS) is an old wine in a new bottle. It is an industrial paradigm where manufacturing activities areoutsourced by clients (usually equipment or product brands, or manufacturers looking for parts) to “service providers” according to available slots and machinery, all connected on a digital interface. This not only saves time and …

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Why and how are agricultural value chain actors adopting a Circular Economy approach

The Circular Economy (CE) approach is one that is being adopted across the world due to many advantages associated with it. However, for the sake of this article, which considers the agricultural value chain; one of the major motivations behind adopting a CE approach is resource efficiency. For example, the Union Government is exploring how …

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Impact of covid-19 pandemic on the sustainable development goals(SDGs)-agenda 2030

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 are 17 thematic areas that outline a roadmap for sustainable development until 2030. The SDGs recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must look at balancing social, economic and environmental sustainability. The impact of these goals largely depends on the …

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Climate Change and Human Rights: A Business Issue?

For long, the idea that climate change has any direct or indirect impact on human rights seemed unbelievable. There was very little that was said about the relationship of business and human rights with the environment, much less with respect to climate change. While international agencies and national governments have acknowledged that climate change and …

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Gender Responsiveness in Today’s Business and Human Rights Landscape

Feminization of the workforce accompanied by increasing informalisation is an emerging phenomenon across Indian industries- from garment to electronics to agriculture. Faced with stiff global competition, ensuring minimal rights and protection of these women workers (such as job security, maternity leave, on-site childcare provisions, etc) therefore remains highly ‘unlikely’. The pandemic has amplified these challenges, …

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The migrant labour crisis in the face of Covid-19: causes and mitigation

Contrary to a recent saying, “Coronavirus impacts everyone equally, doesn’t discriminate between the rich and the poor”, the poor in India – especially the urban poor has been most adversely affected and are battling for survival. Ever since the lockdown hit on 25th March 2020 in India, millions have lost their jobs—unemployment rate stood at …

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GREEN ACCOUNTING – A tool to measure Environmental Sustainability

Background: Environmental accounting or green accounting is a new branch of accounting that aims at accounting for the Environment and its well-being. The adoption of Green accounting depicts the commitment an enterprise/organization has towards the environment. It deals with 3 important factors: people, profitability and the planet and also deals with the costs and the …

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The Agricultural Sector: A Brief Snapshot of the Government as a Key Driver of Sustainable Change

The government is an important stakeholder in the agricultural sector in India due to the policy support it provides. It is a key driver of policies that envision policy change on a thematic basis ranging from increasing incomes of farmers to increasing in the country’s exports. This article aims to capture a brief snapshot of …

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Sustainable Development Goals – Can Youth be the Change Makers?

According to the definition given by the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global changes related to poverty, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. All the 17 Goals are interconnected to one another.1 As global population …

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