Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Toilet Day


Today is World Toilet Day:
World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet - despite the human right to water and sanitation. 
It is a day to do something about it. 
Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. 
We cannot accept this situation. Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Management: The next 50 years

McKinsey is making their 50th anniversary issue freely available to everyone.  For those who haven't had the pleasure, take a quick look.

Our 50th anniversary edition examines the future of management, including long-term capitalism, leadership in an era of machine learning, next frontiers for strategists, and global productivity.


Of interest,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gender Diversity on Boards and in Senior Management

Source: http://www.osler.com/uploadedFiles/Gender-Diversity-on-Boards-and-in-Senior-Management.pdf

Osler (law firm) has an update on gender diversity on boards/senior management at publicly traded companies in Canada. Specifically, updates to securities law in 2015 brings new disclosure requirements -- which Osler suggests, may change the diversity of boards. The old adage of what is measured gets changed is in play here.

The under-representation of women on boards and in senior management roles has long been a concern. however, a confluence of better tools for communication and recruitment, a regulatory focus on the issue, and media interest in the topic, have highlighted the need to take steps to redress the imbalance. new disclosure requirements under Canadian securities laws which come into effect in 2015 are expected to have an impact on disclosure and practice.

Additional info: Women on Boards: A Competitive Edge - Status of Women Canada

At current rates we are generations away from gender parity. At the current rate of change, 4.7 percentage points over 12 years, women will not represent 50% of FP500 Directors for another three quarters of a century.

And by the end of the century, the Canadian Board Diversity Council thinks we may get close to parity. By the end of the century!

Sigh.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, February 16, 2013

N'to - Trauma (Worakls Remix)


I like this.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Small companies in poor countries

The Economist | Small companies in poor countries: Looking for a Google http://www.economist.com/node/21564265?

Why aren't entrepreneurs in poor countries as successful as their counterparts in rich countries?  The answer may surprise you - lack of management skills.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Does sustainabilit reporting make successful companies?

See the full PwC GMA financial report here [pdf].

An analysis of the financial performance of CPG companies alongside sustainability reporting shows companies that report have stronger financial results. Disclosure on sustainability, particularly greenhouse gas emissions, continues to spread through the corporate world, and the information flow—whether through Bloomberg terminals, supplier sustainability scorecards, or annual reports—keeps growing. In 2010, 70% of S&P 500 companies submitted voluntary disclosures to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP),up from 56% in 2007.

Of interest in the article: PwC looked at the financial performance of CPG companies that produced sustainability reporting, versus those that didn’t – and concluded that sustainability reporting companies were on average, more successful than their counterparts
  •  Reporting companies had a high gross margin
  • Reporting companies had a high median SG&A spending as a percent of sales
  • Reporting companies had a higher free cash flow to sales performance
  • Reporting companies had a higher return on sales
The caveat with all of this is, of course, that correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation.
  • Are reporting companies more successful because they report, or,
  • Are successful companies reporting more because they have the luxury to do so; value transparency and sustainability reporting; and the capability that makes them a success financially, also makes it easier for them to produce sustainability reports (as the measuring just ain’t easy)
I’m willing to bet on the second bullet.
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