With whistleblower suits on the rise, increased CEO firings over ethical lapses, and National Whistleblower Appreciation Day falling on July 30, it’s an important time for companies to think about their corporate governance structures, whistleblower systems, and whistleblower investigation processes. Instead of looking at whistleblowing as harmful, companies should consider whistleblowing a safety valve and a sign of an engaged, ethical culture.
In Villarreal,the Court of Appeals reversed a 2015 decision of a three-judge panel of the court. A majority of the full court reached an opposite result from the panel and determined that the governing provision of the ADEA barring disparate impact age discrimination by employers does not permit job applicants to bring claims of age discrimination under the ADEA against prospective employers. Disparate impact claims would arise in situations where an employer’s policies and procedures lack a discriminatory intent and are purportedly neutral on their face, but nevertheless have a discriminatory effect.
Nearly half of manufacturing executives lack confidence their assets are protected from external threats, according to a new study from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) on Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing. Study results indicate 40% of manufacturing companies were affected by cyber incidents in the past 12 months, and 38% of those impacted indicated cyber breaches resulted in damages in excess of $1 million.
One day in mid-October, more than 1,200 U.S. websites were taken down by a massive botnet attack launched through hacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as home Wi-Fi routers and CCTV cameras. There doesn’t seem to have been a political or criminal motive for the assault. Rather, it was more like some sophisticated hackers taking a joyride at the expense of millions of Americans.
Corporate Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Sustainable Business Practices, Risk & Compliance, Environmental Management, Environmental Resource Management, Energy Management
Last year the world waited to see if the hype surrounding COP21 in Paris would produce a global commitment between heads of state to help stem the tide of rising temperatures. Since that historic week in Paris, 86 of the 197 countries who are party to the newly produced Paris Agreement have achieved ratification.
Risk & Compliance, Corporate Security, Travel Security, Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning, Business Interruption Planning, Crisis Management
While the events most often planned for are site- or natural disaster–related, businesses should also include workplace violence, terrorism, and cyberattacks in their business preparedness efforts. This is especially true given the nature of black swan events as those that (1) take place outside of regular expectations, (2) carry an extreme impact, and (3) seem obvious, explainable, and predictable in hindsight.
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.
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.