CSR reports routinely flawed, says research

5 January 2012

A comprehensive review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has found that some of the world’s largest companies are routinely using incorrect and misleading information.

HSE board gives cost recovery its assent

5 January 2012

From April 2012, duty holders who materially breach health and safety laws and require intervention from HSE will be charged an hourly rate of £124. The proposals, which were agreed by the HSE board when they met on 7 December, are still subject to Parliamentary approval.

Trends in energy and the environment for 2012

5 January 2012

The UN has declared 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, with a clear message that renewable energy can challenge poverty. In this article, Vicky Kenrick explores future trends within the energy and environment sector, specifically identifying how these critical global trends lead to growth areas within renewable energy, energy management, carbon and climate change and waste management.

The Health at Work Review — implications for the public sector

5 January 2012

On 21 November 2011, the outcomes of an independent review of sickness absence in the UK (Health at work — an independent review of sickness absence) were published. This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions last February, and was undertaken by David Frost, former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce and Dame Carol Black, the Government’s National Director for Health and Work.

Saving face — will video conferencing meet business needs?

4 January 2012

Many industry experts are predicting that the business travel industry as a whole will shrink in the face of advanced telecommunications technologies. Cisco, for instance, reports that it reduced its travel budget from $740m to just $240m by using video conferencing (VC) systems. Another company that used VC technology effectively was global architectural and design firm Woods Bagot, which saved $440,000 on travel costs alone in just one year as part of a pilot program to connect its Sydney, Dubai and San Francisco offices with video collaboration technologies.

Shot by both sides

4 January 2012

The Big Four are facing a pincer movement from the EU and UK authorities, but do the proposed reforms to the audit market make sense, asks James Daughtrey