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VW Owners’ Club Needs a New Style of Driving

The news that the German carmaker Volkswagen fudged lab tests for emissions in the US, by using hidden technology, has shocked the business world. Not to mention, the millions of VW owners around the globe who can no longer vouch for the carbon cleanliness or value of their vehicle. What’s most concerning is that this exam cheating wasn’t just a one-off event; it went on for several years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34348694

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Shared Parental Leave - It’s Much More than a Policy!

The Government launched the much anticipated Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Regulations on the 1st December 2014 which apply to employees who expect to become parents on or after 5th April 2015, including adoptive parents. These new regulations give parents flexibility to share caring responsibilities between themselves, enabling them to choose how they would like to arrange the care for their child.

There are numerous articles available giving effective overviews of what this means for…

Harnessing the Power of Diversity - What Next?

For the last couple of years we have been working directly with the Late Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf CBE to create and deliver the ‘Power of Diversity’ Programme, which was a key element of her 686 plan. There were many ‘firsts’ and highlights to the programme, which will be collectively published with many of our partnering companies in early 2015.

One of the ‘firsts’ was the Harnessing the Power of Diversity Conference on the 10th June 2014 at The Mansion House in…

Implementing a Successful Diversity & Inclusion Strategy as Part of your Business Plan?

We were recently interviewed by Alexia Saleem at Rullion Solutions on how to implement a successful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We shared 11 Key Steps and 10 Top Tips to really ensure this is embedded into the company business plan and is seen as critical to the business and not just another initiative.

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are increasingly accepted as fundamental business tools in today’s employment market. This is because more…

Whole Systems Thinking - Are We There Yet?

I had the opportunity to speak at a NHS Conference about Diversity and Inclusion and ‘Whole Systems Thinking’.  It got me to thinking ‘Are we really thinking about Inclusion in a Whole-Systems Way?’

For me ‘Whole-Systems Thinking’ is a way of analysis and decision-making that looks at the interrelationships of all parts of a system rather than narrowly focusing on the individual parts themselves.

Why is whole-systems thinking…

Harnessing the Power of Diversity in the City

I’ve been working directly with the current Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf CBE nearly two years creating and now delivering 'Power of Diversity' Programme, which is a key element of the 686 plan.

The 10th June sees something a little different happening in Mansion House in the centre of the City.

Hosted by Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London, Harnessing the Power of Diversity will approach the Diversity and Inclusion agenda a little…

Should Families be able to Choose Who’s Left Holding the Baby?

In late November Nick Clegg announced plans which will enable new mothers and fathers to share leave - meaning men will be able to take almost a year off work.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s view is that the notion that women should stay at home to look after young children is ’an old fashioned assumption and Edwardian’. The proposals have been met with opposition from the coalition and have split the business community.

The new plans will mean that from April 2015,…

The Second Time Since 1189

On the 8th November 2013 the City of London experienced an event that has only happened once before since 1189. Any idea what that was?

No?

The City of London appointed Fiona Woolf CBE as Lord Mayor, the second woman to take this post and the first business woman.

The Lord Mayor's main role is to represent, support and promote the businesses and the people of the City of London. Today, these businesses are mainly in the financial sector where the Lord Mayor…

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