Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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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...

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Employment tribunal hearing first claim for caste discrimination collapses

An employment tribunal hearing the first claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of caste discrimination has collapsed after information handed to the judge by police led the judge to recuse herself from the case. Vijay Begraj, a former practice manager at the Coventry solicitors firm Heer Manak, and his wife Amardeep, a former solicitor at the same firm, had claimed that they were discriminated against because he is from a lower Asian caste than she is. Vijay Begraj is from a Dalit background – the caste formerly known as “untouchables” – while Amardeep is from the higher Jat caste,...

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IS THERE A DIVERSITY DIVIDEND?

Is there a diversity dividend? That was the question that posed in a special Talking Business programme from the World Economic Forum, in Davos. There is evidence, for instance, that boards of directors with greater diversity generate more dividends. That means greater returns to shareholders and fewer bonuses paid to managers. So, it matters who’s at the top. Yet, only 4% of bosses in the UK financial services industry and 4.6% of chief executives of S&P 500 companies are women, and there are just six black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. With respect to gender, there are numerous studies that...

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THE GUARDIAN VIEW ON MUSLIMS IN THE WEST: MARGINALISED BY MISTRUST

Ministers should stop boasting about supposed British values. The debate about security in a diverse society needs to be framed in the language of human rights. The book was in the college library, and a student enrolled for the very subject that it covered was spotted picking it up. The scene might not be so common as it was in the pre-Google era, but nor is it – one would hope – so rare as to prompt a college official to instigate a worried conversation, and then call for security. Indeed, the fact that this happened at Staffordshire University makes...

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IFB2014 DI CONFERENCE HAILED A SUCCESS

Liverpool’s pride at hosting tremendously successful Diversity and Inclusion conference as part of the International Festival of Business Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival for Business (IFB) has expressed his pleasure in the city of Liverpool’s hosting of the historic and successful Diversity and Inclusion conference, July 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. An impressive gathering of entrepreneurs, diversity practitioners, government agencies, college/university, and practice-based participants converged on the city to share knowledge and experience in the business and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, as a positive aspect of a global world and...