Asian consumer firms need to buck up on sustainability: New report

eco-business_A new report by WWF has found that most major Asian consumer goods firms are lagging behind their western counterparts on making their operations and supply chains more sustainable, and their investors are also not paying enough attention to environmental risks.

Non-profit group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has published a report shining an uncomfortable spotlight on Asian consumer firms, which finds them severely lagging behind international standards on sustainability.The international group said the lack of sustainability among Asian manufacturers of food, household, and personal care products is in part due to a lack of scrutiny from financiers. Tiếp tục đọc

Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas Thursday, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.

 
Among the fatwas issued was one against women being sexually abused; and one against environmental destruction, in a country that struggles every year with huge fires that are started illegally and devastate vast swathes of rainforest. (Photo: AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

CIREBON: Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas on Thursday (Apr 27), including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.

The fatwas – religious edicts that have no legal force but are influential – were issued at the end of a three-day congress of female clerics in the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population. Tiếp tục đọc