Abandoning plans to force firms to put workers in the boardroom was one of the most egregious of Theresa May’s many U-turns after last year’s disastrous general election cost her majority. Her reduced political clout, as well as widespread corporate suspicion, saw potentially radical reforms watered down to the publication of largely meaningless pay ratios showing how much more the bosses get paid than their average workers. So the move by Capita’s newish chief executive Jon Lewis, who’s managing a turnaround at the previously struggling outsourcer, to bring two employees onto the main board is certainly eyecatching. Only one other company in the UK, FirstGroup, has done it, but there should be more to come following July’s update to the UK Corporate Governance Code, which comes into force next January. To help tackle boardroom groupthink, the Code says companies should appoint to the board a director from the workforce, a designated non-executive … [Read more...] about Russell Lynch: One size does not fit all for workers in the boardroom
One size does not fit all
Parents whose kids have taken part in an inclusive modelling campaign want others to know their children are not defined by the labels put on them. River Island’s ‘RI Kids Squad: Be Incredible’ campaign is intended to stand out from other kid’s clothing adverts by championing diversity and features the slogan ‘labels are for clothes’. Karlie Batey, said she was so proud when her 10-year-old son River, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD when he was seven, was chosen to star in the campaign. “The message ‘labels are for clothes’, couldn’t be more pertinent to River and our desire to change people’s perception of additional/special needs,” she said. “We knew that River would face challenges that other children his age may not. What we weren’t prepared for, was the negative connotation attached to children with ASD and ADHD and the … [Read more...] about What The Parents Of The Kids In River Island’s New Inclusive Campaign Want You To Know
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2018 Raphael Park in Romford Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Let’s vote to keep Havering special Cllr Damian White, deputy leader, London Borough of Havering, writes: Havering is special. It is a unique place with so many wonderful community facilities. It enjoys a sense of openness and space; a characteristic lost many years ago by most inner London boroughs. We now have award-winning parks and open spaces – some of the best in London – providing vital open space for us to relax and enjoy in. Since 2002, the Conservatives have invested heavily within our natural environment, creating a lasting legacy for future generations. However, this is now being put at risk by the Labour Mayor Khan’s plan to concrete over Havering, depriving us of what makes Havering so special. The Labour Party, under Mayor Khan, are proposing to increase our housing targets by over 60per cent which, if … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: election news, special Havering, death registration difficulties, Queen’s Theatre show and diabetes.
The leader of the county council has hit back at district chiefs who last week claimed “biggest is not always best”, as the unitary debate continues. Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett, has insisted just one “super authority” will provide “the greatest possible level” of savings. He added that the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Sajid Javid, said two councils for the north and south of the county are unlikely to “sustain major services”. Cllr Tett said: “We are very clear that ‘one size’ does not ‘fit all’. Right across Buckinghamshire the different local communities all have differing needs. It is not ‘north versus south’. “Marlow is different from Wycombe, Wycombe from Chesham, Chesham from Wendover and Wendover from Buckingham. “That’s why the new single council will have local services tailored to the needs and wishes of each … [Read more...] about Council leaders clash over unitary council debate
As a keynote speaker of Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) summit in Brussels, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki insisted on the importance of services and reforms in the EU that take into consideration the individual Member States’ specific needs and a more flexible system of regulations that will help strengthen the European Union’s institutions. Morawiecki, one of the least Euroscpetic members of the European Conservatives and Reformists group – told the participants at the “A Future for Europe” that the current sentiment across the whole of the European Union, which has seen a rise in its apathy to the bloc’s bureaucracy and the rise of populism, could be traced to many citizens’ sense of frustration and a feeling that they lack a voice in the EU’s key institutions. “The main step the EU has to take in addressing the population’s feeling of injustice and inequity – which explains … [Read more...] about Poland’s Morawiecki says one size does not fit all