16 Jun
2021

Charities’ efforts ‘unconvincing and ineffective’ say contributors to new collection on diversity

first_img Tagged with: diversity Charities’ efforts ‘unconvincing and ineffective’ say contributors to new collection on diversity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  258 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  257 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 12 July 2019 | News “We are delighted to support this project. With 70% of charity board positions not being advertised openly, it has never been more important to shine a light on the consequences of ‘group think’ in the not-for-profit sector. Asking challenging questions of a charity’s work and purpose requires different voices around the table. We hope that, in sharing these stories, we can encourage more charity boards to better reflect the people they serve now and in the future.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Charities’ efforts at diversity are ‘unconvincing and ineffective’ according to contributors to new collection of essays and podcasts on the topic.Walking the talk: Putting workplace equality, diversity and inclusion into practice has been published by charity think-tank NPC and funded by Trustees Unlimited and Russam GMS.Contributors have been drawn from charities and funders as well as from the private and public sector and selected for their ability to provide practical advice on how the sector can improve its diversity, and to give the social sector perspective on its own efforts to improve its diversity either from the inside or from another industry.The collection contains practical advice for organisations of all sizes looking to improve their diversity, along with contributions from people frustrated at the pace of change in the sector, and with diversity programmes they feel do not address the structural inequalities that exist in society but are being replicated at scale in the charity sector.The 10 essay and four podcast collection launched on Wednesday 10 July.Podcasts include:Arvinda Gohil, Chair of The Peel and former CEO of Community Links, talking about how a culture that prioritises ‘fit’ excludes people from different backgrounds such as herselfRob Berkley, founder of BlkOutUK.com and former director of the Runnymede Trust explaining why charities have a greater responsibility to be diverse than other organisations,Syriah Bailey, Community Coordinator at Campaign Bootcamp, arguing that charity and philanthropy perpetuate marginalisation of some communities by excluding them from meaningful conversations and avoiding representation in favour of adding a ‘sprinkle of diversity’.Nathan Yeowell, Head of Policy at NPC said;“What we have heard through this work is that, in a wide variety of ways, people feel they are not listened to. They feel excluded, undervalued and tokenised. We wanted to share these perspectives, as well as practical advice aimed at overcoming and remedying the problems at their heart, because we believe that understanding both equally is important for positive change.“We hope that by providing a resource for people who need practical help, and an outlet for those with criticisms and frustrations with the sector, we have added something valuable. If we can start having these sometimes-difficult conversations, we can work towards a shared understanding of what needs to be done and agenda for change.”Sophie Livingstone, MD of Trustees Unlimited, said: Advertisementlast_img read more

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14 Jun
2021

Obama to Announce Climate Change Action

first_img Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jun 24, 2013 Obama to Announce Climate Change Action SHARE Previous articlePurdue Ag Economists say Second Farm Bill Extension seems LikelyNext articleChallenges and New Directions for ISDA Andy Eubank SHARE Tuesday President Obama will outline his plan to use executive powers to address climate change, including his intention to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Obama is expected to detail a government-wide plan to reduce the nation’s carbon output and prepare the U.S. for the near-term impacts of global warming. Measures for this would include programs to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and USDA climate adaptation hubs to help farmers cope with changes in temperature and precipitation. Former Clinton Climate Adviser Paul Bledsoe says taken together – these actions indicate an entirely new sense of urgency in addressing the threat climate change is posing to the U.S. economy and security.Obama says climate change is a serious challenge – but it’s uniquely suited to America’s strengths. He says scientists will need to design new fuels and farmers to grow them – and engineers will need to devise new energy sources and business to produce and sell them. However – the move to impose greenhouse gas limits on existing plants will raise consumer electricity prices in the short term.Source: NAFB News Service Home Energy Obama to Announce Climate Change Action Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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20 Apr
2021

Bath Bakery updates team to support expansion

first_imgBath Bakery has appointed a new sales manager so the bakery can continue to expand, the business says.After almost trebling in size, the bakery has added Liz Cox to the team as sales manager.Cox will now manage 10 of the company’s 14 bakery outlets throughout Bath and Somerset.In three years, Bath Bakery has extended its retail offering from five to 14 shops.Cox said: “Although the Bath Bakery brand has been around for almost 30 years it is only in recent times that the business has really taken off and expanded at such a rapid rate.“This is a really exciting time for the business, which has a superb reputation for quality, and I’m really looking forward to helping Bath Bakery grow further.”Bath Bakery’s managing director Mark Slevin said: “With a background in business development and quality assurance, Liz is ideally placed to help us with our expansion and is a very important member of the management team here.”Earlier this year, in response to rising customer demand, Bath Bakery launched Batch#5, a new range of gluten-free baked goods.last_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

Sustaining the momentum

first_imgFrom a Harvard Medical School (HMS) team that switched to reusable containers for sharp objects, thereby eliminating 11,000 boxes of waste, to a Harvard Business School (HBS) move to make its executive education programs sustainable, teams and individuals from around the University were recognized for their efforts through the Green Carpet Awards on Monday (April 11).Presented by the Office for Sustainability (OFS), the Green Carpet Awards honored 55 individual winners and seven teams, showcasing the creativity and passion that Harvard’s sustainability leaders bring to their efforts. The program, modeled after the Academy Awards, offered some lighthearted takes on sustainability, with an actual green carpet for winners to walk, a tongue-in-cheek music video about turning off lights, and student singers the Harvard Opportunes offering “Greening up Harvard’s Campus,” a takeoff on the Gladys Knight and the Pips tune “Midnight Train to Georgia,” pledging that they’re “working to find — ways to reduce waaaaste and crime.”Award winner Henry Kesner (right) dons a Kermit the Frog glove as he is congratulated by OFS Director Heather Henriksen.The event also featured several video messages to winners and supporters in the audience, with President Drew Faust assuring the audience that Harvard is on its way to achieving its sustainability goals and that its campus is a living laboratory for improvement programs.“We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. Our success will depend on each one of you,” Faust said.Later in the program, HBS Professor Robert Kaplan, an executive committee member of Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction program, said that the University has been making progress toward its reduction goals, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2006 levels by the end of 2010. When the emissions of 3 million square feet of newly opened buildings are eliminated from calculations, the reduction is much larger, 20 percent below 2006 levels, Kaplan said. The University’s goal is to cut overall emissions — including those from new construction — from 2006 levels by 30 percent by 2016.The Office for Sustainability was itself singled out for praise by several recipients for its role encouraging and supporting a variety of individual and group initiatives.Winners and finalists showcased the breadth of the sustainability effort at Harvard. In addition to the HBS green executive education program and the HMS sharps waste reduction program, team winners included the first School-wide Green Office program, at Harvard Divinity School; a green building project at the Harvard School of Public Health at 90 Smith St. in Boston; a solar heat and recovered steam heat system in the Canaday undergraduate dormitory; and a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) building project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the LISE building. A comprehensive list of winners can be found on the OFS website.The awards program also honored Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips for leadership, with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability: Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation Jack Spengler, and former acting Vice President for Administration Tom Vautin, who retired last year.Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark (pictured) and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips were honored for leadership with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability.Both Clark and Phillips said any achievements they have made in the area of sustainability were due to the inspiration and passion provided by those with whom they work. Clark praised Harvard’s overall efforts, but said there are two areas where more has to be done: transportation and campus biodiversity.OFS Director Heather Henriksen left the audience with a challenge, saying the stories of winners highlighted at the ceremony should inspire all to continue to innovate and to bring good ideas back to their Schools and departments.“We are counting on your creativity and leadership to help save the planet and help solve the global environmental challenges,” Henriksen said.last_img read more

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