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25 May 2022
Great Britain: KPMG makes unconscious bias training mandatory
From June 2022, all 15,800 staff at the UK accounting and auditing giant will undergo mandatory ‘unconscious bias training.’ Employees who refuse the training risk losing part of their bonus allocation as their career evaluation will inevitably be affected, the group has warned. This unprecedented...
27 April 2022
Mexico: some thirty companies mobilize against racism
On 21 April, twenty-eight Mexican and multinational companies signed the Corporate Agreement against Racism in the Workplace and the Professional Environment. The document, signed by companies from various sectors, including Coca-Cola, Scotiabank, Netflix, Walmart, Ford, Nike, 3M, HSBC and Sanofi, together with the Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination (Copred) and the RacismoMX association, aims to establish new practices to eradicate racism and discrimination in companies. The companies are committed...
13 April 2022
Great Britain: NatWest to train more than 16,000 employees on climate issues
On 11 April, UK’s NatWest Group, which owns the NatWest and RBS banking networks, announced the signing of a partnership with the University of Edinburgh Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability. The £1.5 million (€1.79 million) contract will provide climate training to more than 16,000 employees, including managers and customer advisors, by the end of 2024. Development of the 12-week e-learning course will be spearheaded by NatWest and the university, and its content will be augmented with...
12 April 2022
Germany: SAP launches a welcome and integration program for Ukrainian refugees
On 04 April, Germany’s SAP, the world leading multinational software and business applications corporation announced the launch of ‘dedicated onboarding process for refugees’ fleeing Ukraine, which aims to welcome and integrate qualified Ukrainians in the corporations’ subsidiaries in seven countries (Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia). Recruitment has already begun via an online platform that enables applicants to apply from their smartphones via a dedicated and...
11 April 2022
Netherlands: 13 leading firms commit to helping 20,000 refugees enter labour market
On 8 April, at the Second Dutch Business Summit on Refugees, co-hosted by the Tent Partnership for Refugees in the Netherlands, a series of the country’s multinationals – including recruitment group Randstad, dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina, and electricity transmission system operator TenneT – made pledges to help over 20,000 Ukrainian refugees find a job and integrate in the Netherlands and across Europe over the next three years. The Tent Partnership for Refugees is a network of over 220 major...
5 April 2022
United Kingdom: Siemens UK offers staff on-demand access to vehicles for business travel
The UK arm of German automation group Siemens has unveiled a new transport programme for its staff, which will provide on-demand access to vehicles to all its 15,000 employees. Under the plans announced at the end of March, Siemens staff will be able to use the more than 1,400 vehicles provided by the Enterprise Car Club – the majority of which are low- and zero-emission – spread across 200 towns and cities in the UK, as well as in rural areas and on-site at Siemens premises. To do this, employees simply need...
24 March 2022
United States: Citigroup circumvents Texas’ new abortion law
Citigroup management has taken a public stand against a law passed in Texas that restricts women’s rights to abortion, and now bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. The fourth most powerful bank in the United States is offering to pay travel expenses for employees seeking terminations in a neighbouring state as well as the requisite number of sick days so women can undergo the procedure as safely and calmly as possible.
16 March 2022
France: 32 companies make 10 commitments to senior staff
In the offices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance building in Bercy, Paris and overseen by Olivia Grégoire, Secretary of State for the Social, Solidarity and Responsible Economy, on 10 March, and in an initiative led by L’Oréal Group and the think tank Club Landoy (which is dedicated to the demographic revolution), 32 companies signed a document that makes ten commitments to senior staff concerning recruitment, training, job retention, support for career development, well-being at work, retirement, and...
16 March 2022
Great Britain: more than a hundred companies mobilize in a drive to hire Ukrainian refugees
Major supermarket names including Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Iceland, Morrisons and Aldi, as well as food giant Nestlé’s subsidiary, along with telecommunications company Vodafone and the online retailer Asos have all joined forces in a consortium of companies, the aim of which is to offer jobs to Ukrainians fleeing the war in their county who have arrived in the UK. Conceived of and coordinated by Emma Sinclair, managing director of the software and enterprise brand enhancement company EnterpriseAlumni, more...
7 March 2022
Companies and their employees mobilise to help Ukrainian refugees
A wide range of multinational companies have sprung into action to help Ukrainian refugees in the wake of Russia’s invasion, with efforts including fundraising campaigns and measures to provide those fleeing the war with medicine and other basic necessities. Such shows of solidarity have in some instances followed calls from company staff.
4 March 2022
France: firms with operations in Ukraine adopt emergency measures amid Russia invasion
When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on the morning of 24 February there were 160 French companies with a presence in the country, operating in industries ranging from banking to agri-food, and from metals to luxury goods. All of them say that the safety of their employees is their number one priority, but their reactions to the crisis have varied, depending on their sector, the size of their sites and whether their local workforces include expatriates.