Ethics, compliance and consumer goods

A seemingly insignificant debate is going on in the European Union, which will soon reveal its true magnitude if Brussels isn’t careful. A new regulation is being drafted, with a possible dramatic lowering of the cadmium levels admitted in phosphate-based fertilizers. The commission, lobbied by Russia, wants 20 mg per kilo, and Parliament barely voted… » read more

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The imposition of fines relate to violating emission and import rules. On Thursday, South Korea’s environmental ministry disclosed that it would be imposing a combined fine of $63.1 million (70.3 billion won) on Mercedes-Benz, BMW AG and Porsche for violations of its emission rules. Further, the environmental ministry also told the country’s customs agency to… » read more

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    Accusations of attempts to engineer a change of power in the neighboring gulf state of Qatar have bene levelled against Saudi Arabia. A group of fellow Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Saudi Arabia had imposed a four-month economic embargo on Qatar. The accusations against Qatar had included supporting terrorism and allying with Iran.… » read more

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After years of almost unimpeded rise, wood’s reputation is coming under fire, as increasing numbers of experts are questioning the overall carbon footprint of wood and timber. In February of 2017, the Times published an article about the Drax power plant, in North Yorkshire, and its financial modus operandi. “Britain is more reliant on biomass,… » read more

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With its ruling on the “Right to be Forgotten” the European Court of Justice has delivered a monumental judgement of historical importance not only but in scope its reach as well. Two Europeans courts have pronounced their judgement which could potentially have disastrous consequences for American corporates as well as US citizens. The European Court… » read more

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the most sweeping changes in food labeling during the last decade. Now, according to new FDA requirements, the product’s table on the nutritional value shall separately note how many grams of sugar the manufacturer added, and how much of the maximum recommended daily dose it makes. This… » read more

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The European Union, through its commission, is building pressure against the use of cash in the Eurozone. The reasons invoked are the struggle against crime, terrorism and tax evasion. But upon closer scrutiny, it appears those reasons are in no way valid or sufficient to justify such a freedom-destroying move. Another agenda is at play.… » read more

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