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To commemorate our 25th anniversary, we are running a series of articles written by experts and inspiring individuals who have come to know and influence Olam over the years. Each has their own perspective on what it means to Transcend Boundaries – the meaning of 'Olam'. To see the full series, click the Transcending Boundaries tab under categories on the left.
  1. Saddened by the news of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, by Sunny Verghese, Olam InternationalMar 23, 2015

    Mr Sunny Verghese
    All at Olam are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s passing this morning in Singapore. Mr. Lee, the Founding Father of Singapore was a visionary leader whose impact on Singapore has been profound and transformational. His farsightedness, example, and sacrifice have created the Singapore miracle which, […]
  2. Managing boundaries in an unbalanced world, by Paul McMahon, SLM PartnersMar 17, 2015

    Paul McMahon
    The global food system is a strange and twisted thing. One in eight people go hungry while one in five is overweight. A farmer in Iowa can grow ten tonnes of grain on each hectare, while most farmers in Africa struggle to harvest a single tonne. The rich countries of […]
  3. Cashews, Co-ops and Constantine: One Woman Entrepreneur’s Remarkable Story, by Konate Issa, Olam InternationalMar 06, 2015

    Konate Issa
    Are women the key to alleviating global poverty? The evidence is overwhelming: in the BRICs markets (which have accounted for 45% of the global growth since 2007), female earnings are growing twice as fast as male earnings and women now control two-thirds of consumer spending; in emerging markets, women reinvest […]
  4. The 21st Century Commodity Trader—Transcending Boundaries, by Jason Clay, WWFMar 04, 2015

    Jason Clay
    Change in the 21st century is proceeding at a pace and a scale that are unprecedented. Last century’s strategies are no longer viable options for institutions that want to survive in this one. That said, those institutions that can transcend yesterday’s thinking and today’s boundaries can actually thrive in the […]