With pressure from the media, NGOs and the general public, the actions of banks in the trade finance space are under intense scrutiny. But more than ever before, green business means big business, reports Finbarr Bermingham.
It sits on some of the largest reserves of natural resources in the world and is regarded by many as an economic utopia. But Canada’s industry is underperforming, as Finbarr Bermingham finds when he talks to some of its companies.
In her role as Orangefield ICS chairwoman and founder, Elizabeth Thomson has spent many years contributing to the opening up of the Chinese mainland market to foreign companies. Martin Evan-Jones speaks to her about finding corporate answers to trade finance, tax and profits problems.
With standards, both business and ethical, being raised through the terms of new free trade agreements, South Korea now ranks eighth in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of doing business’ annual survey. Eleanor Hill discusses the opportunities for financiers.