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ExxonMobil: “The Road Not Taken”

January 5, 2016

By Saurabh Tripathi

It was the summer of ‘77. Scientist James Black had the unenviable task of informing some powerful oilmen (Exxon’s Management Committee), that the pursuance of fossil fuel-based energy was only going to end one way. His message was clear: “There is general scientific agreement t…

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VW and Exxon: Indicative of a Polluted Corporate Culture that must Change

December 31, 2015
By Pavan Sukhdev
 

A look back at 2015 reveals some shocking corporate scandals, notably in September, when two of the world’s most powerful companies were spectacularly caught with their pants down.

On 16 September, Inside Climate News revealed that ExxonMobil, the world’s fourth l…

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Mock Advert Exploiting Women Reveals Disturbing Corporate Culture

April 3, 2013

By Pavan Sukhdev

A few days into the JWT/Ford 'ScamAd' scandal (an offensive mock advertisement for the Ford 'Figo' submitted for a prestigious local industry award, showing a Silvio Berlusconi look-alike leering at three scantily clad women bound and gagged in his 'Figo' car boot) the damage co…

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Why Do We Need Corporation 2020?

September 15, 2012

By Pavan Sukhdev

If corporate profits and growth in GDP were adequate indicators of human progress, the planet and society would be doing just fine. In the US, corporate profits soared from 3% of GDP to 15% of GDP from 1980 to 2010, but meanwhile, household real incomes and employment fell repeated…

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Ford’s Ethanol and Rockefeller’s Gasoline : Who Won, Who Lost, and Why?

July 15, 2012

By Pavan Sukhdev

Based on a the available literature, biographical works, and scholarly articles accessible through the Yale library database, there is no verifiable evidence that J.D. Rockefeller dissuaded, coerced, or successfully influenced either Henry Ford of the Federal Government to abando…

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Lethal Link: A Short History of Leverage & Financial Crises

June 15, 2012

By Rafael Torres & Pavan Sukhdev

Borrowing and lending are as ancient as commerce, and leverage today is a key component of the toolkit for business. Leverage enables a corporation to make investments or incur expenses it would not otherwise have been able to undertake based on its owners’ resour…

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Three-Dimensional Capitalism

July 4, 2011

By Pavan Sukhdev

As an investment banker with another life built over fifteen years around my passion for the economics of nature and, more recently, by leading TEEB, a study on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, I am often asked how I reconcile my capitalist background with my commit…

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