Regulation

Another Voluntary Scheme? Sign Me Up!

The use of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) and certification schemes has been a staple of the phantom solutions that business will readily commit to, as they are always voluntary and always designed in…

Sovereign Wealth Fund Or Big Fat Tax?

The answer would depend on if you are Norway or Australia. The Australian federal government recently published the latest instalment of the country’s Intergenerational Report (IGR). First launched 21 years ago, the…

Dodgy Offsets Will Not Prevent Collapse

We are supposedly at the stage now where governments are taking climate change seriously and are taking action to reduce emissions. The UN commissioned an expert panel in the lead up to…

The Trade Report That Isn’t A Trade Report

The first thing to say about the CITES World Wildlife Trade Report is that it isn’t a trade report, it is an overview of the current CITES export data, with an attempt…

Has Australia Gone Troppo?

The Australian slang word once used to describe how some people go crazy due to the tropical (troppo) climate can now be used to describe the country’s reaction to climate activists. Climate…

Incompetence, Fraud, and Corruption

Those old enough to remember the 80s and 90s will have noticed the distinct absence of good news these days, replaced by never-ending stories about incompetence, fraud and corruption. Bad customer service,…

Broken Systems – Corporate Criminal Justice Has Never Existed

Over recent years there has been an ever-growing dialog about how to deal with the transnational, organised crime associated with the trade in endangered species and environmental goods. As the legal and…

What is the Purpose of Announceables?

In August 2019, then environment minister Sussan Ley formally announced Australia’s intention to close the domestic trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. You would assume that by now, three years later,…

The Deliberate Ignorance of Global Supply Chains

One of the truly strange by-products of globalisation and just-in-time production is the ruthless efficiency yet deliberate ignorance of the global supply chains that make this system work. Today, most, if not…