Plans to boost take-up of CSR set for go-ahead

first_img Comments are closed. Proposals to improve managers’ awareness of and training in corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) have been unveiled. A ministerial working group has drawn up a series of recommendations that,if accepted by CSR minister Stephen Timms, would ensure HR plays a strong rolein improving how organisations drive CSR. The Corporate Responsibility Group, headed up by financial ombudsman SueSlipman, has spent the past three months developing a strategy for the futureof CSR in the UK. It proposes that all managers should be trained to ensure that CSR is partof their general business responsibility and ongoing development. The group also called for a CSR academy to look into training needs and pushbest practice, and for MBAs to include a substantial element on CSR. Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, who was part of a focusgroup for the report, said it could prove an invaluable opportunity for theprofession. “Because it’s about stakeholder relationships CSR has to grow rightthroughout the business,” he said. “HR will have a huge role indeveloping managers’ skills.” The report also sets out a competency framework identifying the keystrengths needed by organisations for effective CSR, which Emmott claims aretraits all good HR directors should already possess. These includeunderstanding society, building partnerships, stakeholder relationships,strategic vision and respecting diversity. Debbie McCallion, HR director at software firm Intentia, said because of itsskillset, HR was ideally placed to take it up but that more needed to be doneto communicate the definition of CSR. key proposals– A CSR competency framework to identifycore skills – More integrated CSR training for managers– More training for CSR professionals – A CSR academy to spread best practice – More information for students and employers Plans to boost take-up of CSR set for go-aheadOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home

first_img Training & Education HMS Dragon returned home to Portsmouth on Friday (November 22) from eight months on operations in the Indian Ocean and eastern Mediterranean. Hundreds of friends and family turned out to welcome the ship back home joined by Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth.The youngest crew member, 20-year-old Engineering Technician Grant Mitchell and Commanding Officer’s wife, Pippa Lower, were invited to cut a special welcome home cake created as a gift to the ship in celebration of the occasion.The ship marked her return by firing a 17-gun salute on her approach to Portsmouth Harbour.The Type 45 destroyer’s maiden deployment included maritime security and counter piracy patrols in the Gulf and operations in the Mediterranean as part of the UK response to the recent crisis in Middle East.Dragon was deployed off Cyprus to help protect the two sovereign base areas on the island which are home to more than 6,000 British service personnel and their families.Dragon combined with RAF units to generate a constant picture of activity in the region as part of the air defence effort.In the Indian Ocean Dragon visited nearly all of the Gulf states including Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain.Dragon’s tasking also included the use of Royal Marines and the ship’s boats to visit local fisherman – providing an ever-watching presence to contribute to the security of the seas and prevent acts of piracy.The ship also worked closely with the UK minehunter force in the region, escorting them around the Arabian seas as required.And in exercises with western allies, including the United States, Dragon showed off her power and capabilities and worked with an array of military firepower in the skies above the Gulf – including US Navy fighter jets and unmanned air vehicles.Dragon has clocked up more than 50,000 nautical miles since leaving the UK in March. Her Commanding Officer, Captain Iain Lower, said:“As HMS Dragon returns after her first ever deployment I am immensely proud of what my ship’s company have achieved in the last eight months.“Dragon’s success is testament to the agility and hard work of all her people who, building on the fine work of her predecessors, have set the standard for integration with our allies particularly with the United States Navy.“When taken alongside the challenging environmental conditions and engineering and logistical complexities, I am very proud of the team.”ET (ME) Grant Mitchell, added:“It is a great feeling to be coming home after all we have done as a ship’s company in the last eight months.“Working with so many other countries’ navies and visiting so many places has been a great experience.”[mappress]Press Release, November 25, 2013; Image: Navy UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home November 25, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Returns Home Share this articlelast_img read more

City Council Seat Remains Open After Vote Falls Short

first_imgCity Council had only four members at Thursday night’s meeting because two couldn’t make it and one seat is vacant following a resignation. By DONALD WITTKOWSKICity Council interviewed four prospective candidates Thursday night to fill a vacancy on the seven-member governing body, but fell short of the number of votes needed to appoint someone to the position.The vacancy was created when former Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan resigned in January to take a seat in the state Assembly following his election to the New Jersey Legislature in November.Council had the option of leaving the seat vacant until Ocean City’s municipal election in May or appointing someone to fill the remainder of McClellan’s unexpired term to July 1. In January, the Council members agreed to seek candidates for the position through an interview process.Four candidates, Gabe Staino, Tom Rotondi, Christopher Robertson and Kyle Gillen, all residents of the Second Ward, came in for private interviews with the Council members before the public portion of the meeting began Thursday night.However, Council only had four members present for the meeting because Councilman Michael DeVlieger was sick and Councilman Tony Wilson was away on business. Council members Peter Madden, Karen Bergman and Bob Barr voted to appoint Staino, but Councilman Keith Hartzell abstained. City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained that at least four votes were needed by law to appoint someone to the vacancy, so Staino did not get the open seat.Hartzell is an at-large councilman who lives in the Second Ward. He said he abstained because he did not want it to appear that he was endorsing any particular candidate where he lives by voting to appoint them to the open seat.“I really do believe that each person brought something great to the table,” Hartzell said of the four candidates. “It would be very, very hard to make a decision.”Hartzell and other members of Council urged the four candidates to run for the Second Ward seat in the May election.“We had four excellent candidates this evening,” Barr said. “Everyone brought something unique to the table.”Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, right, with fellow Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, resigned from City Council in January to join the state Legislature. (Photo courtesy of JASM Consulting)All of Council’s four ward seats will be up for grabs in the municipal election. If someone had been appointed to fill McClellan’s former seat, it would have allowed that person to run as the sitting Council member in the Second Ward – in effect, giving them incumbent status in the election. However, the seat will be wide open now for the election.The Second Ward encompasses the south side of Fourth Street to the north side of 12th Street from the beach to the bay. It includes residential areas, the Boardwalk, the downtown business district and the hotel-motel zone.“It’s the most diverse ward in the whole town,” said Bergman, while calling the Second Ward the “heartbeat” of the community.An appointment to Council is not unprecedented. Bergman went through the appointment process in 2015 to fill the unexpired term of former at-large Councilman Michael Allegretto, who resigned to become the city’s director of Community Services.Bergman originally served as a Second Ward councilwoman from 2008 to 2012, but chose not to seek re-election in 2012. She returned to the governing body in 2015, when she was unanimously appointed by Council to fill Allegretto’s vacant seat leading up to the 2016 election. She followed up her victory in the 2016 election by winning a full four-year term in the 2018 election.In other business Thursday, a handful of residents joined with local environmental advocate Donna Moore in urging the city to add local recreation sites to a list of public areas that will receive “eco-friendly” landscaping.As part of a new landscaping contract for parks, playgrounds and other public areas, eight of 32 sites scattered around town will be set aside for organic alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers. The contract is expected to be awarded in March.City Business Administrator George Savastano said the move is in response to suggestions from Moore and other local residents for the city to use eco-friendly measures to take care of the grass, shrubbery and flowers on public property.“We appreciate the suggestions. We took them seriously,” Savastano said in an interview after the meeting.Environmental advocate Donna Moore, with back to the camera, holds up signs warning of the dangers of chemical pesticides.As she often does at Council meetings, Moore showed up Thursday night waving hand-written signs that dramatize her health warnings about chemical pesticides. Other residents joined with her in holding the signs.Moore said pesticides containing toxic chemicals can cause cancer, contaminate the groundwater and harm Ocean City’s marine life.She has been urging Council to have the city’s landscaping contractors use environmentally friendly methods to control weeds on parks, playgrounds and other public grounds. She wants all of the city’s recreation fields added to the list of eco-friendly landscaping areas to create a “healthier family island.”One resident, Georgina Shanley, implored Council to listen to Moore. She said Moore is not trying to fight with anyone in the city.“She’s just trying to make this a healthier community for everybody,” Shanley said.Savastano said the city’s recreation sites will not be among the eight eco-friendly landscaping areas in the new contract. However, he stressed that the recreation sites remain safe for residents and guests.“The products we use are safe,” he said in the interview.Also Thursday, Council tabled three bond ordinances totaling $11.9 million to purchase three pieces of property that would be combined into one large swath of public open space.The land is bordered by 16th and 17th streets between Simpson and Haven avenues and includes the former Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership lot. A large chunk of the property is proposed for a 22-lot housing development by brothers Jerry and Harry Klause, owners of Klause Enterprises.Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council want to buy the land to protect it from densely packed housing construction that would add to the town’s overdevelopment. They envision it becoming a major part of a large corridor of open space stretching from 15th to 20th streets.An architectural rendering shows the proposed housing project slated for one of the properties the city hopes to buy to protect it from development.Negotiations have begun between the city and property owners for the land. However, the city is leaving open the possibility of using its condemnation powers to seize the land if negotiations fail. If that happens, the matter would end up in the courts and a judge would decide the price for the land.The three bond ordinances will put the money in place to buy the property, but they were tabled Thursday because Council lacked the “super-majority” of at least five votes needed by law to approve them, McCrosson said.The ordinances will be considered at a future meeting.last_img read more

Aryzta loses another senior member of team

first_imgGroup chief financial officer Frederic Pflanz is to leave bakery giant Aryzta in December.News of Pflanz’s departure comes just weeks after the business announced that board members Dan Flinter and Rolf Watter had resigned and would leave Aryzta in September.Their departure followed demands in May by a group of Aryzta shareholders – Cobas Selección, Cobas International and Veraison Sicav – for a major shake-up of its executive board.The shareholders were looking to remove Flinter and Watter, chairman Gary McGann, board member Annette Flynn, and wanted Kevin Toland removed from the board to focus on his role of chief executive officer.Aryzta said the search for a new group CFO would be getting under way, adding that Pflanz has accepted a role in an unrelated business.“We are naturally disappointed to see Frederic leave and we recognise his substantial positive impact on Aryzta generally and to the finance function specifically,” said Toland.Pflanz added he remained fully committed to delivering value to Aryzta in his remaining time in the role.Aryzta has recently appointed Rothschild & Co to undertake a review of all strategic and financial options to maximise value for shareholders and stakeholders.And the company last month announced that a number of third parties had shown an interest in buying the business.An extraordinary general meeting will take place on 16 September, when McGann will step down as chair and a member of the board unless a deal for the business had been struck.Aryzta has also said Annette Flynn has a vital role to play in the business, and that Toland’s role on the board is important to customers and the wider business.“The proposed timing of the EGM is primarily intended to provide the opportunity to allow the strategic review process, and the assessment of any possible offer which may be forthcoming from third parties in connection with that process, to be sufficiently advanced to enable the board to frame an appropriate recommendation (with the advice of its financial advisors),” stated McGann last month.last_img read more

China reports record number of imported coronavirus cases

first_imgTopics : The commission did not say where the cases were believed to have originated but provincial authorities said some of the travellers had been in Britain, the United States and Spain.No symptomsThe new imported case in Tianjin, a city of 11 million people, was a 23-year old woman studying in London who travelled home via Zurich, Tokyo and Beijing, the Xinhua state news agency said.The northeastern city of Shenyang said a traveller arriving from London, via Seoul, was its first imported case. It said the traveller did not show any fever or respiratory tract symptoms after arriving at Shenyang’s airport on March 16.The Yale School of Public Health said in a study many overseas outbreaks were caused by travellers from China who were pre-symptomatic and therefore not screened or isolated.To limit the possibility of asymptomatic patients returning to spread the disease, authorities in a growing number of Chinese regions are making travellers coming back from any of 24 countries badly hit by outbreaks spend 14 days in isolation, either at home or at designated venue.President Xi Jinping warned on Wednesday that China must not allow the improving trend of containment of the virus be reversed.Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei and the epicenter of the outbreak, saw no new cases for a second day, the National Health Commission said.That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 80,967. The death toll from the outbreak had reached 3,248 as of the end of Thursday, up by three from the previous day.Globally, 245,000 people have been infected and more than 10,000 have died.  Mainland China had 39 new confirmed cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said, all of them imported.Of the new imported infections, 14 were found in Guangdong, eight in Shanghai and six in Beijing, the health authority said in a statement.Big transport hubs like the capital, Shanghai, Guangdong, including the city Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, have been the main points of entry for the infected travellers.But on Thursday, imported cases were also reported in the cities of Tianjin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Shandong and Gansu in the north, as well as in Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangxi, Sichuan, bringing the total number of imported infections in China to 228.center_img China’s imported coronavirus cases have risen to a record level, according to data released on Friday, with infected travellers reaching ever more provinces adding to pressure on authorities to step up tough entry rules and health protocols.For a second day in a row, China found no domestically transmitted cases of the virus, which is believed to have emerged in a central province late last year, according to new daily figures on the disease, registered on Thursday.Now the focus is on guarding against cases arriving from abroad as the spread of the coronavirus in Europe and North America sparks a rush home by Chinese expatriates, many of them students, raising fears of a second wave of infections just as China brings its epidemic under control.last_img read more

Pension funds still concerned activist stance could damage returns

first_imgPension fund boards remain concerned that an activist, ethical investment stance will damage return prospects, according to a survey conducted by IPE.According to the Focus Group survey for the October issue of IPE magazine, 29% of respondents said the risk of negative publicity due to divestment was the biggest ESG risk facing boards – despite one respondent from Eastern Europe admitting it had divested from Russia for its being a “potential military threat” to its host country.However, two-thirds of the pension funds surveyed – 35 in total, with nearly €1.2trn in combined assets – agreed that the greatest ESG risk facing a board was that of underperformance due to ethical investment decisions.Only one of the respondents thought the risk of lower return due to ethical decisions and the public backlash from any such decision cancelled each other out. One UK pension fund said: “At the end of the day, the vast majority of our members want their pension to be safe. ESG is a second-order issue.“We incorporate ESG because we believe over the longer term it will provide better financial returns, but there will be short-term volatility.”A Danish fund stated that integration of ESG and good returns went “hand in hand”, but added that, while it could live with the potential negative publicity, “lower returns means the board is not living up to its responsibility”.Respondents were also asked if they had been subject to any pressure to amend investment policy, with 26% saying they had come under pressure from members and 34% saying they had come under pressure from external groups, such as NGOs.However, of the 60% that said they had been approached, one in four said they had been approached by both members and NGOs.The remaining 40% said they had not come under pressure from either outside groups or beneficiaries.In light of a recent campaign calling on ABP to offload its Israeli banking holdings, following the example set by PFZW, the respondents were also asked whether they thought pension funds should ignore pressure and only look at financial reasons for investment – or whether they should reflect member wishes.One-third of respondents said decisions should only be taken on investment grounds, while 27% agreed funds should accurately reflect the wishes of members.Nevertheless, 9% of respondents said a regulator or governments should weigh in on such topics, spelling out what level of attention should be played to member concerns.As far as divestment is concerned, one of the respondents, an Eastern European scheme, said it did believe in divestment in some cases.“We decided that it was inappropriate to invest in [a] country that is hostile and a potential military threat to our country].”For more details on October’s Focus Group, see the current issue of IPElast_img read more

Palace releases list of 2020 holidays

first_img* All Saints’ Day- November 1 (Sunday) * National Heroes’ Day- August 31 (LastMonday) Additional special (non-working) days includes the following: * Feast of the Immaculate Conception ofMary- December 8 (Tuesday) * Edsa People Power Anniversary-February 25 (Tuesday) * Black Saturday- April 11 MANILA – The Malacañang has released thelist of regular holidays and special non-working holidays for year 2020.President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 845 that consists of nine regularholidays and nine non-working holidays. * Independence Day- June 12 (Friday) * New Year’s Day- January 1 (Wednesday)  Malacañang will issue the proclamationsdeclaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adhaafter the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined. * Rizal Day -December 30 (Wednesday) * Bonifacio Day- November 30 (Monday)* Christmas Day- December 25 (Friday * Chinese New Year- January 25(Saturday)center_img * Araw ng Kagitingan- April 9 (Thursday) * Christmas Eve – December 24 (Thursday) * Ninoy Aquino Day- August 21 (Friday) * Maundy Thursday- April 9 * Labor Day- May 1 (Friday) * Last day of the year- December 31 (Thursday) Meanwhile, the special non-working daysare the following: The regular holidays are the following: * All Souls’ Day – November 2 (Monday) * Good Friday- April 10 “To this end, the National Commission onMuslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actualdates on which these holidays shall respectively fall,” the proclamationstated./PNlast_img read more

Carol Marie McLaughlin August 1, 1934 – June 6, 2020

first_imgOur dear mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Carol Marie McLaughlin (nee Reynolds, Perkins), age 85, passed away Saturday June 6, 2020, at her home in Harrison, Ohio. Born August 1, 1934, the daughter of James and Caroline (Wohrmeyer) Reynolds in Cincinnati, Ohio.Carol was married to her beloved Herman “Mack” McLaughlin and to William Lee Perkins Sr. She excelled at her work at JCPenney as a store manager, and at the IRS as an Internal Review Agent, and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Harrison, Ohio.Carol always put her children and family first, and worked tirelessly to show her love and support for them. She is survived by her children Carol (Kevin) Smith, William (Endee) Perkins Jr., Donna Dornbusch, Robert Perkins, Thomas (Teresa) Perkins, Kenneth Perkins, and Cathleen (Heiner) Berrick. Grandmother of Emily (Charles) Heckle, Hillary Smith, Heather (Beth) Perkins, Amanda Perkins, Kenny Perkins Jr., Gabriel Berrick, Hayley Berrick and Alexandra Berrick. Great grandmother of Connor Perkins, Dylan Perkins and Caleb Heckle. She is also survived by her dog Murphy.Carol is preceded in death by her husbands Herman “Mack” McLaughlin and William Lee Perkins Sr., her son Timothy Perkins, her twin daughters Christine and Christy, her infant daughter, her son-in-law Gary Dornbusch, her brothers James, Jack, Dan, Tom and Joey Reynolds, sisters Madeline “Son” Reynolds, Betty King, and her dogs Sinbad and Dylan.Visitation will be held Friday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home, 215 Broadway St., Harrison, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Church, 10010 Carolina Trace Rd, Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at St. Joseph New Cemetery, 4500 Foley Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238.When you speak of her, speak not with tears, for thoughts of her should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for her life was rich because of you.Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o the Funeral Home.last_img read more

FedEx to no longer partner with Amazon

first_imgFedEx has announced that it will no longer serve as a carrier service to Amazon starting next month. The company reported Wednesday that it plans to let its ground shipping contract expire at the end of August just as it did with it’s air shipping contract in June.While FedEx has been on of Amazon’s biggest partners, Amazon’s push to serve as it’s own delivery network to allow for even faster deliveries has essentially been cutting out the middle man.FedEx reported that in 2018, Amazon accounted for less than 1.3% of its total revenue. The company also noted that it has been successful in taking steps to allow them to “focus on the broader e-commerce market.”Neither company seems scorned about the change. Amazon released it’s own statement saying that they are thankful for their partnership with FedEx:“We are constantly innovating to improve the carrier experience and sometimes that means reevaluating our carrier relationships,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “FedEx has been a great partner over the years and we appreciate all their work delivering packages to our customers.”last_img read more

Conway joins elite group with triple century for Wellington

first_imgDEVON Conway earned himself a place in New Zealand cricket history with an unbeaten 327 against Canterbury in the Plunket Shield.Conway, the South African-born batsman who qualifies for New Zealand next September, already had 261 to his name after a commanding display on the opening day in Wellington and reached his triple century from 334 balls with a punch down the ground.It was just the eighth triple century scored in New Zealand, the sixth in the Plunket Shield and also the highest score at the Basin Reserve overtaking Michael Papps’ 316 not out in 2017-18. Bert Sutcliffe’s 385 for Otago against Canterbury in 1952-53 is the highest first-class score in New Zealand.He finished sat between Papps and Dean Brownlie’s 334 in 2014-15 and could have pushed further up the list had Michael Bracewell not called a halt shortly before lunch on the second day.It is worth noting as well that Wellington were 20 for 3 and 54 for 4 on the opening day before Conway took his formidable hold on the innings. He dominated stands of 129 with Malcolm Nofal (129), 173 with Peter Younghusband (36) and 159 with Jamie Gibson (65).It seems a matter of when, not if, Conway will play for the New Zealand when his qualification period is completed. He has spent time around training squads in the last few months and had his credentials talked up by New Zealand coach Gary Stead. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more