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  • A universal financial reporting format makes sense to regulators. But so far, when it comes to volunteer take up, it’s largely had a thumbs down from business. UQ Business School’s Peter Green, Alastair Robb and Fiona Rohde ask why.
  • This month the Green Buildings Council of Australia launches the pilot Green Stars – Communities initiative, an independent, national scheme that aims to certify the sustainability of community level projects. Associate Professor Clive Warren at UQ Business School, an expert in green building rating in the commercial office space, asks: who needs a green star rating and how do we know what it’s worth?
  • Salaries for corporate bosses have skyrocketed. The question is, are shareholders getting value for their outlay?
  • The great race to get in on the growth in Asia is on and, according to Dr Yunxia Zhu, Senior Lecturer in Strategy at UQ Business School, like Black Caviar at Royal Ascot or an 800 metre swim at the London Olympics, the winners will be determined by a nose, by the 0.02 seconds lead they wrestle from the challengers.
  • While most other areas of business activity undergo radical reinvention, what are human resource managers doing differently to stay relevant? Associate Professor Polly Parker says personal responsibility plays an important part.
  • You’re a good person. You’re socially responsible. Your money isn’t going to be used to kill whales, grow tobacco or buy arms. But are you saving the world, or just financially astute? UQ Business School’s Dr Darren Lee has looked at the numbers and says corporate social performance indicators have no financial impact at all – socially responsible investing is risk and return neutral.
  • Australians have long enjoyed cheap electricity, but in recent years, costs have shot up – in NSW alone prices have risen by about 85% since 2008 – and consumption has gone through the roof. Why?
  • Can insurers or reinsurers change our behaviour and help us adapt to climate change? Australia’s obsession with sea changes, waterfront properties and coastal living has a dark side that will make its presence inevitably and abundantly felt in coming years.
  • It used to be ‘Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are’, now it’s the ads targeted to your demographic, your location and your recent status updates that tell most about you. Big data is the DNA of consumer behaviour. We look behind the hype for what it means to your business.

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