Caveat emptor or Buyer Beware is once again something we would do well to remember. Investors and believers, in their rush to embrace ESG (Environment, Sustainability and Corporate Governance) the stamp of good corporate behavior and dutifully kneel at the foot of these titans of industry.
It was bad enough when prognosticators hinted at Christmas being disrupted by a new COVID surge. We hurriedly covered our children's ears not wanting to frighten them of such a terrible prospect. Now it looks like there's a new Scrooge on the block and one that could prove more daunting than a global health alert.
China is showing little tolerance with its own companies violating local laws. It's not that they want to be good corporate citizens. Bluntly put, it's a shrewd, strategic move on their part after all, China has a strong presence in the DRC’s mining sector which has abundant copper and cobalt resources.
Interesting article on the scramble by Central Asian states to cozy-up with Russia and China. Following that sucking sound of US troops leaving Afghanistan, the regional political-military equation is being disrupted, to say the least and Russian-Chinese military cooperation in Central Asia likely will intensify as a result of the U.S. withdrawal.
While managers may realize that the great work-from-home experiment was surprisingly effective, they also believe that it hurt organizational culture and belonging. Think of it, perhaps as a veiled command and control issue. They are hungry for employees to be back in the office and for a new normal that’s somewhat more flexible but not dramatically different from the one we left behind.
Interesting article and worth the read. Freedom to allow for technology companies to grow, innovate and thrive in China's command and control environment may have come face-to-face with a disturbing reality.
It's time to face yet another inconvenient truth. As we rush madly to embrace all that is good and promising about alternative forms of energy, alternatives that is to fossil fuel, we need to think long and hard about the life cycle from production to landfill because, as this HBR article points out, the "Solar Trash Wave" is upon us. The authors note and rightly so, that a "strategy for entering the circular economy is absolutely essential — and the sooner, the better."