Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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Call for Diversity and Inclusion at the core of the Northern Powerhouse

One of the UK’s leading Diversity Champions is calling for the Northern Powerhouse to embrace the diversity agenda as the group’s first Business Summit gets underway. The three-day business summit to celebrate Northern innovation and discuss the future direction of the Powerhouse will take place from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th July at the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle Gateshead. The summit will bring together businesses, government ministers, Northern Mayors and business leaders from across the North of England to help shape the next stage of the Northern Powerhouse through panel discussions, presentations, workshops and speeches. Lawyer and...

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Windrush’s forgotten truth

(Photo by Haywood Magee/Getty Images) 70 years ago the Empire Windrush docked in Essex carrying 1027 mostly West Indian settlers on a voyage from Jamaica, including men and women who served in Britain armed forces during the Second World War. In 1948, Empire Windrush, which was en route from Australia to England via the Atlantic, docked in Kingston, Jamaica, to pick up servicemen who were on leave. The British Nationality Act 1948 had just been passed, giving the status of citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC status) to all British subjects connected with the United Kingdom or a...

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The Colour of Power

Below is a list of websites and articles examining the lack of BAME representation in the upper echelons of power in Britain. The Colour of Power Project Austerity is laying waste to progress on diversity at the top of local government (13/10 The Observer) Let local government deliver May’s vision (12/10, The MJ) The Colour (and gender) of power (12/10, InlLoGov) Government’s Racial Inequality Audit Highlights BAME Injustices At Work (11/10, The CMI) Why the accountancy sector must address its poor diversity (11/10, The Institute of Leadership & Management) Lacking diversity (09/10, Worcester News) Parliamentary Motion 340: Colour of Power Study...

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Top 100 black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business leaders

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald tops the 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List was announced on May 25, 2017, alongside The EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the FT, as part of the ongoing ambition to address the diversity deficit at the very top of businesses. The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List EMpower, now in its second year, is a unique initiative that unites business leaders from across all BAME communities, showcasing the Top 100 BAME executives in the UK, Ireland, US and...

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Number of suspected slavery victims in London expected to leap by 60%

Head of Met’s modern slavery unit tells conference the force expects as many as 1,600 people to be referred this year. The head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-slavery unit has said the number of suspected victims in London is expected to leap by 60% this year, as campaigners warn that people are being left open to repeated abuse because of a failure to protect them. DCI Phil Brewer, the head of the Met’s modern slavery and kidnap unit, told a conference at City Hall that the Met expects as many as 1,600 suspected victims of human trafficking to be referred...

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Book Review: 61 minutes in Munich

The Story of Liverpool FC’s First Black Footballer Howard Gayle: 61 minutes in Munich, in collaboration with Simon Hughes, Liverpool, deCoubertin Books, 2016, 227 pp. (hardback), ISBN 978-1-909245-39-6   This book is much more than the story of a footballer. It is unique and an indelible read for a number of important reasons. Firstly, it sets the reader on the journey of comprehending the life and times of a young man of African heritage, born and raised in the famous City of Liverpool, England. Secondly, as a young boy and teenager, Howard Gayle grew up under the burden of a...

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3 ways business culture differs around the world

Planning on doing business internationally? Here’s how business manners differ across the globe   TABLE TROUBLES One place where cultural differences between international business partners is conspicuous is the dinner table. For example, a Japanese executive may make slurping sounds while eating or a Chinese counterpart may leave food on their plate at the end of a meal. Such behaviour should not be interpreted as bad manners. In Japan, slurping indicates the food is being enjoyed and in China, if a person eats all the food on their plate, it may be interpreted that they are still hungry and would like...

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As Obama Departs, We Owe Him Our Thanks

The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. Obama came to office facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The global financial system teetered on collapse; the auto industry faced bankruptcy; the economy was shedding 400,000 jobs a day. He also inherited the catastrophe George Bush had created with the debacle in Iraq and government misrule dramatized by the shame of Katrina and New Orleans. Now, eight years later,...

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Boardrooms at Britain’s top companies are too white, review finds

Report by Sir John Parker, chairman of mining giant Anglo American, says every FTSE 100 company should have one non-white director by 2021..   Britain’s top companies should bring to an end all-white boardrooms by 2021, a government-backed review into ethnic diversity has recommended. A report led by Sir John Parker, chairman of mining giant Anglo American, said the UK’s largest firms are failing to promote sufficient numbers of people from ethnic minorities to senior positions. He concluded that every company listed on the FTSE 100 should have at least one non-white director by 2021. For FTSE 250 companies, the...