Not so plastic fantastic

Today when you go home, take a look around. A lot of items being used must be either made out of plastic or contain elements of plastic. Even in the use-and-throw items, the packaging is mostly made out of plastic. Then there’s the menace of the household staple, the carrier …

Sustainable, Resource-Efficient Cities: Future of Urban Development

Sustainable Cities Can Better Handle the Weight and Pressures of Climate Change Poor urban planning in countries worldwide has a major impact on a cities ability to withstand climate change and natural disasters. Globalisation is taking place at an unprecedented rate. A doubled urban population and tripled urbanised land area …

Solutions Day – Going green today for a better tomorrow

On the 17th of November the delegates at COP 27 will all be discussing possible and potential solutions to some of the climate change challenges that the world currently faces. Innovators will gather alongside representatives from governmental and financial institutions, to share experiences and exchange ideas on how best to …

India to lead in “Climate Change” efforts

India a global powerhouse India’s energy needs have been increasing rapidly over the past few decades. According to Government estimates, 1.5 million MW of additional capacity was added to the existing grid between 2000 and 2010 alone, accounting for almost 25 per cent of the country’s total installed capacity. India …

COP27 – Energy Day – Hydrogen Hubs

Perhaps, among the most important days of the COP27summit is Energy Day. Most issues that relate to sustainability are linked with energy. “Green hydrogen” regulations and policies are pondered over and act as a catalyst in the production sources that result in sustainability. Energy Day is important as it marks …

COP 27- Gender Day – Top women in Sustainability

Climate change affects everyone across the world. But it is also true that climate change and food insecurity affects women and girls disproportionately. This is due to a number of reasons. For instance, globally and specifically in marginalised communities women are responsible for acquiring food and fuel for their families. …

GIFT-IFSC Regulations allowing set-up of Campuses and Centers by Foreign Universities and Educational Institutions

Background While presenting the Union Budget for FY (Financial Year) 2022-23, the Hon’ble Finance Minister proposed to allow the entry of world-class foreign universities and institutions in GIFT-IFSC (‘Gujarat International Finance Tec-City – International Financial Services Center), to offer courses in subjects connected to financial management, fintech, science, technology, engineering, …

The importance of Gender Day at COP 27

Each year, the Conference of Parties or COP as it is commonly known, is held in a different part of the world and has a new theme respectively attached to it. This year, COP27 is set to be held in Egypt, in the city of Sharm El Sheikh. COP27 will …

Gender Day – Female Representation in Climate is the Need of the Hour

In the negotiations at last year’s COP in Glasgow, the previous president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, described male participation in the global climate negotiations aptly. She stated the male dominance as being too “…pale and stale’”. In this year’s COP27, five hundred global leaders have echoed the call for a …

Agriculture can use technology to become climate resilient. But how?

Agriculture meets our most basic need of hunger and employs millions across the world. Any threat to this would snowball into a bigger, global crisis. Climate change poses a huge threat to agriculture and its associated processes. The majority of countries in the developing world survive mainly through agriculture. The …

Decarbonisation Day – Greenhouse gasses have got to go!

Companies and large enterprises are responsible for creating the characteristic “carbon footprint” that is a subject of much pessimism in the arena of environmental sustainability. Nonetheless, since the time of the Paris Agreement, to COP27, several companies belonging to energy-centric sectors have adopted policies to start to decrease their carbon …

Finance Day – The colour of money

The green finance market has been growing rapidly, and it’s expected to be worth $2.36 trillion by 2023. Green finance simply means any targeted financial efforts that have sustainability as a major goal. Sustainable Development Goals are a priority that benefits everyone. One way to help bring these goals to …

COP27 – Science Day – Healthcare Industry: A Climate Change Criminal Or Victim?

The healthcare industry is currently facing unprecedented pressures with post COVID-19 financial ramifications, inflation and global labor shortages. At the same time, the need for a robust, equitable and resistant healthcare system has never been higher. Post pandemic, there have been several transformative changes and innovation breakthroughs in the healthcare …

COP27 – Decarbonisation Day – Food and Fertiliser

Forging ahead with any and all ways to decarbonise the environment is on everyone’s mind. This is an urgent aim for individuals, companies, industries, forums and global summits like COP27. If the world could decarbonise in a day, all our environmental problems would practically be over. As lovely as this …

COP27: Green Energy its benefits on employment

We have been repeatedly told that “The future is in your hands’ when it comes to climate change, this note of caution has been passed from generation to generation but with climate change and its impacts ringing loudly in our ears the statement becomes more poignant than ever. Tackling climate …

COP27 – Science Day: Watch and wait

The climate summit is officially on! With stakeholders from all walks of life, scientists may make contributions that hold the keys to the protection of Mother Earth at this year’s COP 27 summit. Countries have pledged to do their bit, both large and small, but unfortunately, these promises have not …

COP27 Science Day – Green Windows

The path to a sustainable future, especially in developing nations, starts with sustainable technology. Even more important than this crucial fact is that emerging nations are riddled with a number of issues that defeat sustainability in general. These include over population and pollution among others. A lack of education and …

Climate Change, finance and everything in between

Climate change is slowly but surely eating into the future of our world. Much has been said about how the Earth will be hotter, yet there would be more floods. It threatens agriculture, leaving millions across the globe vulnerable and susceptible to hunger. If things carry on as they are …

CSR India Amendment – A Boost to Impact Assessment for Large Firms

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) of India, has recently made an amendment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) regulations. The amendment means that certain existing provisions have now been relaxed.  CSR has typically been a bone of contention for many businesses due to the strict rules that surround it. …

Free Trade Agreement FAQ

Negotiations are underway in regard to the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and are expected to reach their conclusion by the end of this year. A potential deadline for the FTA discussions to come is Diwali, which takes place on 24th October 2022. In 2021, the UK and India entered …

FCRA Rules For Non Profit – The Latest Updates

The FCRA, also known as the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules of 2011 has been amended. This amendment, also known as the ‘New Rules’,  came into effect starting the 1st of July 2022. The government has made use of the powers that have been conferred to it under Section 48 of …

New Places, New Faces, and A Lot Learned!

By Susmita Sen When borders were closed and restrictions were well in place to stop a rampant virus in its tracks, the world was forced to sit still and take time to think. With clear minds and an outlook that changed for many of us, we embark on new journeys …

What is a market entry strategy?

Expanding into new markets can be difficult to navigate without appropriate research and planning. This is especially true when entering international markets, which can have different laws, procedures and cultural expectations. However, if you want to grow your business and boost your revenue, it is something you will have to …

Localisation and NGOs: Different interpretations, different outcomes

NGOs perform important work wherever their mission takes them. International NGOs, in particular, have the resources and reach to influence and improve lives across the globe. However, acceptance of such help and cooperation in all improvement efforts depends on the reception at specific sites. This article aims at understanding localisation …

Top Tips for Your International Expansion Strategy

Going global is an enormous opportunity for any organisation and is a well-travelled road for many companies who have navigated it successfully. For plenty of others though, the journey has been filled with pitfalls, potholes, stalled endeavours and plenty of high-profile crashes. International expansion requires a solid strategy for structured …

5 Reasons to Grow in Indonesia

Indonesia is already known around the world as the largest archipelago. There are more than 300 ethnic groups, breathtaking scenery and an abundance of natural resources. However, there is much more to Indonesia than just being a popular tourist destination. Situated close to large economies, like China, India, Singapore and …

News Alert – Apex Court confirms the FCRA Amendment of 2020

On Friday 8th April 2022 the Supreme Court declared the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, legal. The Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act imposes new regulations for non-profit organisations acting independently of any government (INGOs). It is now mandatory for INGOs to receive all foreign funds into SBI accounts. Challenges …

The Benefits Of Using The Aadhar Scheme

Your Aadhar is your 12-digit unique identification number, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. This number is provided to Indian residents provided they meet certain conditions for identification, as has been laid out by the authority. Individuals, provided they are residents of the country, regardless of their age …

How to benefit from nonprofit aid localisation as an INGO

International aid supports emergency relief, public health, climate change and other outcomes in order to bring a level of parity across international borders. Localising aid is the next step in the process, ensuring that local communities have more agency and make the most of funding from international sources. For a …

Seamless Is Now a Proud Member of British Expertise International

Seamless’ announces membership with British Expertise International. Seamless, part of Sannam S4 Group, is a strategic partner for businesses ready to explore, enter, and expand globally. Their team of experts helps clients from start to end. Be it from localisation to globalisation, Seamless helps corporate and nonprofit organisations build growth …

The top seven challenges of doing business in Malaysia… and how to overcome them.

South East Asian gem, Malaysia, is fast becoming one of the standout business capitals of the world. With typical growth rates of over 4%, Malaysia outperforms many high-income countries with only 1-2% economic growth rates. Malaysia is a financially competitive industrialising location, offering fantastic economic growth, modern infrastructure, technological innovativeness …

Nuances of Market Entry for Global Nonprofits

Catering to overseas markets can take place in a wide range of ways as every market has its own compliances and regulations that need to be explored before making any final decisions. Regardless of jurisdiction, there are usually 5 options that an organisation can choose from when expanding into a …

Raising Australia’s economic growth forecast for 2022

Good news for the Australian economy After the Australian economy shrunk by 1.9% in the third quarter last year, due to widespread lockdowns and the Delta variant, it looks like things are set to change with a swift recovery forecast by economists. The Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg said, “The market …

Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) Amendment (India)

As per the latest notification from The Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment, in concern with the powers conferred by Section 7 of the Indian Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952,  vide notification no. G.S.R 299E, dated 28th April 2021, has amended few benefits which can be availed …

Barriers and perceptions that can limit locally-led humanitarian action

The advantages of local engagement in creating viable – and measurably effective – humanitarian projects are unquestionable. However, when International Non-Government Organisations need to make substantial inroads, it has become apparent that real change comes from the tangible involvement of local agencies and relevant individuals. Roles and Responsibilities The main …

Salaries 2022: The India Story

The past year has been another tough one for most businesses in India, with the pandemic hitting the country hard. The second and third waves of Covid-19 continued to disrupt businesses, economies, and livelihoods, and most of us have had to juggle work, family, and personal time every day throughout …

The Spring Statement at a glance: changes you should know

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a mini-budget during his Spring Statement delivery. The changes to the budget come at a time of multiple crises – rising fuel costs and the ramifications of Brexit and Covid as well as the Ukraine situation – with many calling on the government …

Tips for international small business export

Expanding your small business overseas is a rewarding venture, but you need to get it done right the first time to succeed. Luckily for you, here at the Seamless brand, we know everything about small business export and expanding into international markets, guaranteeing you get the help you need. To …

Overcoming the top 5 accounting challenges of international expansion

Building a global presence is a great goal – but it doesn’t happen overnight. Your business might be a real force in your original market, but that success won’t automatically be transferred into foreign markets. When companies expand internationally, they typically face significant challenges. Here are some of them, and …

How Australian business is bouncing back after the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic may not be over, but we’re already starting to see signs that businesses across Australia are recovering from the effects of the pandemic so far. While some smaller businesses have, unfortunately, suffered a great deal under the restrictions that have been introduced around the world, on the …

Hiring overseas? Boost your success rates with these tips

When you’re tasked with hiring the best talent in a highly competitive marketplace, the pressure is on. Throw in overseas recruitment to the mix and the challenge intensifies! However, there are strategies you can take to greatly improve your results – in terms of time to hire, cost to hire …

India’s Budget 2021 Key Highlights

In the Union Budget presented by India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1st February 2021, few key proposals have been given to support the Corporates and the compliance regime which as follows: New version of MCA21 3.0 will be launched during the year 2021-22 which will include data analytics, artificial …

A guide to going global as a nonprofit

Expanding and managing your operations overseas as a nonprofit organisation isn’t an easy fit There’s a lot of thorough planning and research involved, and costs can quickly add up, making it harder to tackle global expansion as a charitable company. Luckily for you, here at Seamless, we’ve been helping nonprofit …

Australian borders reopen as they form air bubble with India

On the 15th December 2021, the Australian borders reopened for the first time since March 2020, meaning inbound and outbound travel is once again possible for those who meet the necessary requirements. Despite the easing of restrictions being delayed by a fortnight due to concerns over the Omicron variant, the …

When India’s FCRA ‘golden ticket’ becomes harder to clinch

While recent developments regarding Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration in India further complicate processes and prospects for nonprofits in India, they should come as no surprise. For years, the regulatory environment has been less accommodating towards even the world’s most prominent charities and environmental groups. Efforts by Oxfam India, …

A guide to starting an international nonprofit organisation

Starting a nonprofit is an inspiring way to give back to the community and help those in need. However, it isn’t an easy ordeal and requires commitment, critical thinking, patience and a lot of hard work The Seamless brand is aware of how intimidating, tedious and complex it is to …

Creating a boom for Australian agriculture

The Australian agriculture industry is certainly ambitious. The National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Federal Government want the sector to grow by 66% by 2030 But how? Big changes are needed and one innovative new area that could boost the industry is agricultural technology. New technologies can help farmers and …

Challenges and options of expanding into South East Asia

Is your tech company, business or organisation looking to expand into South East Asia? If so, you probably have questions about the viability of the market Keep reading to learn how you can succeed in South East Asia and why your tech company should prioritise the South East Asian market. …

Managing a smooth HR transition in international mergers and acquisitions

International mergers and acquisitions (M&A) blend company resources, personnel and assets to help a business stimulate growth, gain competitive advantage and strengthen chain supply Unfortunately, M&As are complex, especially when the company you want to buy is in a foreign market. Similarly, there’s a lot to consider, such as accounting …

How to create a company your employees want to work for

The pandemic put things into perspective for many of us. Workers started resigning from their jobs to find greener pastures. There was a lot of emphasis on flexible working arrangements and a better work-life balance. Businesses that remain rigid about the old work structures will find themselves understaffed, so in …

3 key factors that will define business in 2022

The world’s in an interesting spot. After the shock of Covid in 2020 and the cautious recovery from it through 2021, we’re now looking towards a brand new year that’s brimming with opportunity. This opportunity will take many different forms and has the potential to appear from many different sources. …

3 trends shaping corporate renewable energy buying

Driven by both societal and customer demands, companies around the world are increasingly acting on sustainability issues. Buying renewable energy is perhaps the most important method for corporate leaders to reduce emissions impacting climate. Read on as we explore three ways renewable energy can be purchased and outline the key …

All you need to know about Vietnam’s Decree 80 for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise a huge part of Vietnam’s economy – accounting for 50% of all employment and 98% of all enterprises. The 2018 Law on Support for Small and Medium Enterprises No 04/2017/QH14 did well to increase support for SMEs through government, organisation, and private-funded programs. However, …

A guide to the economy of Malaysia

Malaysia has evolved from an economy that focused on natural resources into one of Southeast Asia’s biggest economic powerhouses over the course of a few decades. Originally known for its rich natural commodities such as petroleum and palm oil, Malaysia has moved beyond these industries and branched into the world …

What can businesses do to create a successful CSR strategy?

CSR, or corporate social responsibility, is a business model or strategy that helps a company to become socially responsible and accountable. According to one study, nearly half of consumers are looking for brands that are leading the way to make the world a better place. However, while many companies talk …

What is greenwashing? And how to avoid it.

Greenwashing is a marketing strategy that allows companies to cash in on the popularity of sustainability by making themselves appear more eco-friendly than they really are. Greenwashing is a common tactic employed in many sectors, which results in customers and consumers mistakenly believing that they are investing in a company, …

India pledges net zero emissions by 2070

At the recent global climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced the country’s target for net-zero carbon emissions He stated that India would cut emissions to net-zero by the year 2070, overstepping the goal set by 20 years. Important points on India’s stance: After the …

Relationship revealed between capital and a sustainable future

A recent report issued by the World Bank states that economic growth is unsustainable unless natural and human capital are considered alongside traditional measures, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Report highlights Natural and human capital must be evaluated, not just GDP. The report aims to inform policymakers. Human capital …

Understanding HR policies in India

Having good HR practices and policies is essential to any successful business. However, when opening a business in a new country, it is even more critical to ensure that your company operates within the political and cultural HR norms. Not doing so risks alienating potential talent in the labour market …

Five ways the UK plans to meet its net-zero goals by 2050

The UK government has revealed an economy-wide strategy to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal. This comes after the Climate Change Committee alerted the government earlier this year that the country was behind on its target to meet its net-zero goals. The new strategy focuses more heavily on green public …