Most respondents (57%) have a single corporate-level sustainability leader, either in the form of an individual primarily responsible for the company’s sustainability efforts or a chair of a corporate sustainability committee.
When asked about the basic reporting structure within the corporate RM function, 71 percent of respondents said it is hierarchical (up from 64 percent in 2010 and 49 percent in 2006), while only 5 percent characterized it as team-oriented.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Index was 50.7 in December, up from 49.5 in November. Since an index level of 50 is the dividing line between growth and decline, the report on December manufacturing suggests that the sector’s activity fell in November but rose in December.
Europe muddled through the crisis in 2012 without advancing much toward its lasting resolution. The high point came mid-year (the “July moment”) when Mario Draghi, the ECB president, vowed to “do whatever it takes” to defend the euro.
If observers of the U.S. labor market were hoping for a quiet end to 2012, they got it. The data in the December jobs report were remarkably steady. The unemployment rate, at 7.8 percent, was unchanged from November.
In going through books and materials stored in a MAPI office, I found a first edition of Paul Samuelson’s text, Economics: An Introductory Analysis, published in 1948. Samuelson was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Water played a large part in Abraham Lincoln’s early life. As a young man, he spent a great deal of time ferrying people and produce on the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Such an occupation certainly had its dangers.
As the distortions from Hurricane Sandy abate, it becomes increasingly clear that a still weak and uncertain global economic picture and a contentious U.S. policy climate have not entirely stopped the U.S. manufacturing recovery in its tracks.