By JAMIE FERGUSON, Vice President US and Latin America, Maxwell Drummond
Last week, December 13th, the UK Government announced that it will permit shale gas exploration, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, effectively making shale gas development economically viable.
Looking back on the energy news from 2012 there are a couple of over-riding trends. On a positive note, with significant taxpayer and/or ratepayer financial support through direct subsidies and Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) renewable electrical generation is starting to have a major impact in several jurisdictions.
Having trouble deciding which conferences to attend this year? Following you’ll find a list of our top 13 conferences for 2013 – plus 17 more! These conferences are focused on CSR, Sustainability, Corporate Volunteering and/or Philanthropy. Let us know where you’re going to be – hopefully we’ll see you there!
Good-b Editor’sNote: Collective food coops have been booming in the San Francisco-Bay Area for decades. Only in recent years have these emerged in urban neighborhoods like Brooklyn. In true New York style, you don’t even have to leave your home to get to the farm. Now a new start-up called, “Farmigo” from SF can bring the food coop to your door. But is it’s deliver system sustainable? Check it out below.
I searched through all my posts and Pinterest boards from last year and came up with my 2012 picks for best cause marketing campaigns.
Below are my top picks (although I have an expanded list here on Pinterest). Each link will take you to either a post I wrote on the program or to a pin on Pinterest. Remember, when you click on the image on Pinterest you can get the backstory behind the program.
A little over a month ago, Americans elected President Obama for his second term. Faced with four more years, the American oil and gas industry has been analysing and predicting how the President’s energy policy will affect them.
The Garona nuclear power plant is shutting down in order to avoid new taxes that would render the plant unprofitable. Spain is introducing higher taxes on electricity generation as a measure to address an over 24 billion euro ($31 billion) energy tariff deficit after years of selling power below costs.
Financial challenges facing nonprofits are driving organizational mergers and closings. Because the role of the nonprofit board is to ensure that the organization’s assets are used for designated purposes, the board must be thoughtful in deciding if and when a nonprofit is no longer viable, and then exploring options for the future.
Naveen Kumar was first inspired to volunteer in his college years during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India. Two years later, his volunteer spirit was reignited while, as an employee of HP, he was taking information and communications technology (ICT) into rural communities in India. When a woman confronted him with the question, “How can computers give me food?” he determined to help her and her family to solve their problem of accessing the food ration cards for which they qualified; he did this online.
Brian Coffman joined Maxwell Drummond in Houston as a Senior Consultant before transferring to Calgary to manage the company’s Alberta operations in 2009. In 2012, after serving as the Vice President Americas, Brian was promoted to Vice President Talent & Organizational Capability and is now responsible for several areas surrounding Maxwell Drummond’s global talent strategy.
The re-election of President Obama dramatically increases the chances that the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented. It also demonstrates the power of data and analytics to drive results and to improve over time. Karl Rove helped get George Bush elected by pioneering the use of consumer data to finely segment voters, but in the last two elections the GOP has been far eclipsed by the Democrats who have built on what Rove did and took it much further.
On November 15, the deepwater drilling sector quietly passed an important first anniversary, the implementation of the Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) regulation.[i] One year ago, SEMS evolved (some argue perhaps hastily) from a long history of risk management processes the industry had developed over decades and became law.[ii]
Many of us have attended workshops, been part of internal taskforces and other office based activities to identify, quantify and implement changes in the way we do business. We often leave motivated and ready to execute the next great leap only to find that weeks and months later little if anything has resulted from our efforts.
China’s emergence as an economic force has been both rapid and relatively recent. It was only in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), allowing it access to foreign markets with very low tariffs on Chinese exports. In exchange, China had to lower its own tariffs on imports and follow the terms of trade governed by the WTO and its members.
I just had to share this to make sure you didn’t miss it.
THE best magazine cover, story and quote for quite some time. A bold statement to the core of the climate denier community. Congratulations Josh Tyrangiel (Editor) and all at Bloomberg Businessweek.
There is already a robust and increasing discourse around climate change brought on by Hurricane Sandy and this for me is a great stick in the ground for where we are at today. There is more hope for tomorrow.
As I watch the revealing impact of the storm in the US and the power of nature wreaking havoc on the financial heartland of the US I wonder if we are witnessing thepivotal moment in the US climate change debate?
Information Management Systems Can Grant Your Stakeholders Access to Critical Information While Also Restricting Access to Proprietary Business Information
The nuclear industry today has redefined security for modern collaboration. In the old days the practice of restricting access was fairly straightforward. You kept your secrets secure from the bad guys and made sure that the good guys had access to absolutely everything that might help them succeed.
CSR has come a long way in a very short time. But while CSR remains a high priority, social performance has been lackluster and corporate leaders want to know how to increase the value of their investments in this area.
The AMA recently published an article questioning the merits of patient portals — the primary tool for engaging patients. Rob Tennant, senior policy adviser with the MGMA-ACMPE, the entity formed by the merger of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives raised the fundamental issue: “The business case just hasn’t been made.” I’ll attempt to make it.