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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. Transcending the watershed: putting water at the top of the agenda, by Anna Swaithes, Director of Sustainable Development, SABMillerMar 21, 2016

    Anna Swaithes
    When COP21 concluded in Paris, I was particularly struck by the lack of any mention of water in the agreement. Here we had the leaders of the world meeting to solve one of the greatest problems facing mankind and there was no evident acknowledgement of the impact that climate change […]
  2. Transcending Boundaries through contextual intelligence: why business schools need to catch up with reality, by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts UniversityMar 16, 2016

    Bhaskar Chakrovorti
    Disruption, innovation, inclusion. These days, there is a multitude of business school jargon used to discuss development, both in the realm of the public and private sector. But here is another one for you: contextual intelligence, achieved through innovation and inclusion. Contextual intelligence is the ability to understand the limits […]
  3. 3 ways agri-businesses can be drivers of equalityMar 10, 2016

    Briony Mathieson
    With International Women’s Day 2016 on the horizon, I asked my colleagues around the world to help run a straw poll. I was curious — how does our varied female workforce, from the smallholders of India, processing units of Ivory Coast, to the coffee washing stations of Nicaragua, feel about […]
  4. International Women’s Day – Transcending BoundariesMar 07, 2016

    Marie Elaine Teo
    There will be a lot written and said on International Women’s Day (IWD) about women who are role models, more women on Boards, equality and opportunity. All very worthy topics, but it is also an opportunity to look more broadly at the paths available to each of us. I’ve been […]
  5. Crossing oceans for child health by transcending personal boundaries. by Elin Haf Davies, adventurer, child health advocate and authorMar 02, 2016

    Elin Haf Davies
    Transcending boundaries to build a sustainable future naturally evokes different responses in everyone depending on their frame of reference. My own career and early experiences have been focused on child health, first as an orphanage volunteer in Africa, then a nurse, and later on working towards my doctorate, and now […]