Climate Resilience and Value Chains



An increasing number of the world’s largest companies are recognizing their vulnerability to climate change and are acting to improve the climate resilience of their firms and value chains.  In addition, companies are beginning to see business opportunities related to the need for greater climate resilience.  

A recent publication of the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP), “Value Chain Climate Resilience: A Guide to Managing Climate Impacts in Companies and Communities,” outlines a “value chain approach” to building climate resilience in firms and local communities. The PREP group is comprised of large global companies with extended value chains or with a compelling business interest in value chains, such as the reinsurance industry. Many of the firms in their value chains are small companies. The report was prepared by Acclimatise, Oxfam America, and BSR, on behalf of PREP members.  

viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2012/Author: Steve Wilson/Number of views (7960)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Banks seem eager to reach more SMEs – but how?

At noon on a Sunday in Lima, more than 170 bankers from the Latin American and Caribbean region were in a conference room to attend a panel discussion on a new risk analysis tool for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), resisting the temptation to go out and enjoy fine Peruvian cuisine. It was encouraging.

The panel discussion, titled “Revolutionizing the financing of small and medium sized enterprises: The decision of banks to base their risk analysis on psychometric parameters,” was organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the Financial Markets Division of the Structured and Corporate Finance Department of the IDB Group, as a part of theXLVI Annual Assembly of the Federation of Latin American Banks (FELABAN), held November 17-20, Lima.

viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2012/Author: Tetsuro Narita/Number of views (9659)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Dignity in the dump




We had a visit from a movie star at the IDB this week! Sebastiao “Tiao” dos Santos is one of the principal subjects of “Waste Land,” a 2010 documentary that won many prestigious film festival prizes and was even nominated for an Oscar. The film depicts the community of catadores, or “waste pickers,” who eke out a meager living collecting and selling recyclable materials in Jardim Gramacho, a massive landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Renowned artist Vik Muniz spent time at the dump creating striking multimedia portraits of some of the catadores, and the documentary shows the process of the artistic collaboration and how the artist and his subjects inspired each other.
jueves, 6 de diciembre de 2012/Author: Elizabeth Terry/Number of views (8029)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

La Denominación de Origen: Un factor de éxito para el café

Piense en el aroma de una taza de ese delicioso café recién preparado… en esos sabores, de frutas y nueces… en fin, ese café especial.

El reciente anuncio de la Denominación de Origen para el Café Acatenango en Guatemala es, sin duda un sello de garantía para que la calidad del café se mantenga en el tiempo. Pero, ¿de qué se trata y por qué es tan importante? La Denominación de Origen es un reconocimiento legal, como los derechos de propiedad intelectual, válida en el mercado local e internacional donde el producto esté registrado.

viernes, 30 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Betsy Murray/Number of views (6745)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Emprender un negocio: Una opción posible para los jóvenes, y como apoyarlos

Para millones de personas en el mundo la decisión de  iniciar un negocio propio no está basada en la existencia de una oportunidad sino en una apremiante necesidad. La Semana Emprendedora, recientemente celebrada a nivel mundial, es una buena oportunidad para pensar también en aquellos que emprenden porque no tienen opciones laborales y necesitan una fuente de ingresos. Está claro que la mejor opción para los jóvenes es seguir estudiando, pero cuando la necesidad impone la búsqueda de ingresos y conseguir un trabajo no resulta fácil, emprender un negocio propio se convierte en la opción posible. Conscientes de esta realidad, el FOMIN  también ha apoyado la actividad emprendedora motivada por la necesidad, enfocándose principalmente en jóvenes de bajos ingresos. 

jueves, 29 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Mariana Wettstein/Number of views (8379)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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