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  Transformational Leadership: Study Methods and Outcomes
A new study, "Transformational Leadership: Can It Be Trained?," highlights a deficit of business leaders and the need to adopt new leadership skills to compete in today's increasingly complex global marketplace. This is the third of a four-part series of articles detailing the findings of the report.
Natural Disasters, Recession Push Manufacturing Back In-House
Increasing numbers of manufacturers are bringing production back in-house and expanding local supply capability in response to increased disruptions to supply chains caused by natural disasters, climate change and recession, according to a survey released this week by EEF, a U.K.-based manufacturers' organization.

Better Cotton Initiative Cuts Water, Pesticide Use in Half
Ikea gave an update this week on the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), noting that the program currently involves more than 100,000 farmers in India, Pakistan, China and Turkey. Ikea is a founding member of the BCI, which aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it and the environment.

J&J To Remove Potential Toxins from All Cosmetic Products
Johnson & Johnson announced Monday it will remove potential carcinogens and other dangerous chemicals from its adult cosmetics products globally by the end of 2015. The announcement follows the company's November 2011 commitment to reformulate its baby products globally to remove carcinogens by the end of 2013.

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