Facing the Future

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In this issue

Seven success stories are honoured in this year’s awards

Good judgment

The winners have been rewarded for taking some unexpected risks, writes John Authers

Unlikely hero

A little-known Englishman became the world’s most high-profile corporate whistleblower. By Jonathan Soble

The way we shop now

Amazon’s business model changed our retail habits – and the company’s ambitions do not end there, says Barney Jopson

Paul Polman
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Changing lives

By embracing sustainability, Unilever aims to improve the wellbeing of more than a billion people, writes Louise Lucas

Helveta technology

Chipping away at deforestation

Helveta software is helping to halt the logging of endangered forests. Rose Jacobs investigates

Olivia Lum
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Highwater mark

Hyflux’s innovative technology has helped it to grow from humble origins in Singapore into one of the world’s leading water treatment companies, writes Liz Bolshaw

Samsung factory workers
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Fast follower leads the way

Early adoption of technology is the secret of the South Korean electronics giant’s success, says Christian Oliver

Carson Block

New kid on the block

Muddy Waters’ research is now required reading for investors in the Chinese companies listed in North America, writes Jamil Anderlini

Foreword by Lionel Barber

Challenging the status quo

Meet the panel

The judges brought huge reserves of experience from industry and academia to bear on the selection process

Winners

What the judges said

Shortlist

The 2012 nominees