In preparation for MAPI’s fourth annualConflict Minerals Forum, Isurveyed39 manufacturing executives involved in conflict minerals compliance and found that they most want to hear about the status of current litigation and enforcement, what to include (and not include) in the conflict minerals report, risk-based filings, and audit requirements.
Business leaders and their staff give plenty of presentations—it’s part of the job. But each time we take the podium or floor in a meeting, we are judged for our performance. And it turns out that executives are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Anyone who attended my recent webinar on economic indicators—and paid attention—should know that the first release of the gross domestic product (GDP) report for the second quarter of any year is a big event. In addition to the second quarter reading on growth, the Bureau of Economic Analysis releases revisions for the prior three years. It presents a good opportunity to take another look at recent history.
Risk & Compliance, Corporate Security, Travel Security, Global Travel, Employee Health Management
Jennifer Hardwick, pandemics and global health analyst at OSAC, recently gave a webinar on the Zika virus titled “Zika and Mosquito-Borne Illness: What Companies Need to Know.” The webinar recording is available here; MAPI members can log in to download the slides.
Corporate Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Risk & Compliance, Ethics & Compliance
MAPI’s research has found that the problem lies in how companies implement their diversity and inclusion strategies. Many businesses make the mistake of tackling D&I across too many fronts too quickly. This leaves many manufacturers stuck in a programmatic mode in which efforts are led by human resources but no cohesive strategy exists and programs are deployed ad hoc. As a result, diversity and inclusion are often seen as just another HR initiative and too few leaders and employees understand the link to business results.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Recession, Money & Finance, Currency, GDP
In an era full of “unthinkable” events, the world is now confronted with what might become the largest change in the global economic order since the end of the Cold War. Stemming from a close and angry UK election, we all woke up last Friday morning to find that the world’s fifth-largest economy
New technology is often the answer many companies are looking for. It may improve the product and distinguish it from the competition. It may be quicker to market, more cost effective, or meet a demand from a particular segment. However, there may be unintended consequences of the new technology as well.
Corporate Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Supply Chain Sustainability, Operations, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Footprint, Material Management, Procurement, Strategic Sourcing
Participating in the circular economy through material reuse and recycling saves companies money and minimizes environmental footprints. Read our interview with Andy Mangan of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development for a look at a pioneering pilot on resource efficiency and join us on July 12 for Andy’s webinar on the circular economy.
This week I presented to the leadership team at Baltimore Aircoil, a division of Amsted Industries, at their headquarters in Maryland; my presentation was also broadcast to senior executives in Asia and Europe. I was invited by their global VP of sales and marketing, who was featured in a MAPI interview earlier this year.