Around the globe, voices clamoring for climate-aware investing and carbon controlsare increasing. Demand for ethical treatment of employees, customers and other stakeholders is also growing, as is indignation about poorly-managed companies.
Companies are subject to an increasing set of non-financial reporting requirements relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. A swathe of new requirements will soon impact the investment and lending appetites of EU financial institutions. Coupled with increasing investor demands, these new rules could have a profound impact on companies’ ability to raise capital, within the EU and beyond.
Banks and credit unions face multiple challenges to operational efficiency: tightening budgets, limited headcount, a challenging regulatory climate, ongoing security concerns and others. Efficiency and process enhancements can limit the impact these challenges could have on your institution. The following five questions—and your responses—may help your financial institution (FI) as you look to drive operational efficiencies, improve compliance and security, keep account holders happy and attract new ones.
Universities around the world are realizing the importance of sustainable practices and are working towards shrinking their carbon footprint by focusing on renewable energy resources, clean technology, and carbon offsets. This guide will provide complimentary information on carbon credits along with case studies where universities have incorporated them into their sustainability strategy. Also included: tips for identifying high-quality credits and avoiding low-quality credits that do not reduce carbon emissions. Read this guide to learn more about what carbon credits are and how to navigate the process of measuring, assessing, and obtaining carbon credits.
To support open government initiatives and uphold the values of transparency, participation and collaboration in the US, federal agencies today make their data open, or publicly accessible. Citizens can use this open data to assess college affordability, the economy, educational issues, environmental damage, health care, taxes, agriculture, the climate and more. Governments can use APIs to pull this open data into SAS Visual Analytics as a way to identify trends and patterns and obtain all sorts of new insights. With public health surveillance, for example, governments can monitor and evaluate indicators that point to high-risk areas so they’ll know where and how to focus efforts. Such public health surveillance can serve as an early warning system for impending emergencies, document the impact of an intervention, track progress toward public health goals, and clarify health problems to inform public health policies and strategies.
Uncertain times and a volatile economic climate have contributed to an expanding focus on corporate governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) across all industries. As global mandates and compliance directives continue to snowball, organizations are faced with an imminent need to adopt a programmatic approach and tightly integrate risk management initiatives with ongoing business processes. Business intelligence and reporting also provide a powerful mechanism for gaining a deep understanding of key factors that impact corporate performance.
Published By: Skillsoft
Published Date: Oct 29, 2013
With a constantly evolving business climate, encountering change is the new normal. Organizations that embrace and practice agility are proven to be more effective in dealing with change. Key to fostering agility is continuous learning and development. Learning is not an event-based occurrence where one-time training can satisfy skill gaps; learning opportunities need to be accessible, targeted, and continuous. With a strong learning culture that aligns with business objectives, companies are better able to embrace an agile mindset, and with increased agility, performance will improve and the overall business impact will increase.
Published By: Wheelhouse
Published Date: Aug 13, 2013
There are lots of possible reasons you might want to switch to a new phone system. The old one might cost too much or be too troublesome to operate and maintain. It might not be flexible enough. It might not be reliable enough. Or it just might not have the kinds of features and capabilities that you need in today’s competitive business climate.
But even the thought of switching can be intimidating. There is an enormous number of factors to consider. They have to do with cost, features, technical complexity and other issues. And the impact of each factor varies depending on what kind of system you’re changing from. In short, when it comes to switching phone systems, nothing is simple or straightforward.
Published By: Seamless
Published Date: Jun 11, 2013
In today’s business climate finding and retaining talented employees is extremely important. Even if you’re not adding new employees, retention is still a top concern, especially if you’re in an industry ripe with job opportunities.
For industries that face stiff competition or a shortage in skilled workers, it is imperative to create work environments that people want to be a part of—and stay a part of. For those companies that succeed, the impact on the bottom line is huge.
Large companies have made considerable investments in video webcasting to their external audiences. Now they need to turn their attention toward internal communications—for reasons that can enhance
their competitiveness and bottom line. As companies undergo a digital transformation, the playing field becomes increasingly technology-democratized and fierce. In this climate, an organization’s employees are one of its most, if not the most, valuable competitive differentiators. And the same energy and focus that companies put toward reaching their external audiences needs to go toward reaching and engaging their employees.
Here’s where strong internal communications can pay big dividends. High-performing companies recognize the significant impact effective internal communication has on their business. Chief among the gains are:
• Increased productivity.
• Improved brand trust and company loyalty among employees.
• Increased company alignment within and between departments and remote loc
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