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Total Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke) 2006 Abridged Report

Total Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke) 2006 Abridged Report

first_imgTotal Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2006 abridged results.For more information about Total Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Kenya Limited (TOTL.ke)  2006 abridged results.Company ProfileTotal Kenya Limited is the largest oil and gas marketer in Kenya with an extensive network of service stations and fuel depots, liquefied petroleum gas filling plants and aviation depots. The Kenyan oil and gas company is a subsidiary of the global Total Group which is the fourth-largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world with a presence in over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1955 as OZO East Africa Limited but changed its name to Total Oil Products East Africa Limited in 1988, making it the first multi-national oil company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The company changed its name to Total Kenya Limited in 1991. Total Kenya Limited has more than 176 service stations, 5 wholly-owned fuel depots and 3 jointly-owned depots, 2 liquefied petroleum gas filling plants, 1 lubricant blending plant and 5 aviation depots. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Total Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) HY2009 Interim Report

Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) HY2009 Interim Report

first_imgAscencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu)  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Douglas House / RISE Design Studio

Douglas House / RISE Design Studio

first_imgCopyAbout this officeRISE Design StudioOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEnglandLondonUnited KingdomPublished on October 26, 2019Cite: “Douglas House / RISE Design Studio” 26 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?道格拉斯之家 / RISE Design Studio是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  ArchDaily Douglas House / RISE Design StudioSave this projectSaveDouglas House / RISE Design Studio+ 33Curated by Paula Pintos Share Douglas House / RISE Design Studio Area:  170 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: RISE Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs:  Edmund Sumner Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927119/douglas-house-rise-design-studio Clipboard Projects Main Contractor: 2019 Products used in this ProjectRenders / 3D AnimationGRAPHISOFTVirtual Building Software – Archicad 23Design Team:Sean Hill, Natsuka MutoClients:Mrs Morphet & Mr GersteinEngineering:Tyrone Bowen, CAR LtdConsultants:EnhabitCollaborators:Liam DrydenParty Wall Surveyor:Richard EganCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerText description provided by the architects. All dressed in Danish timber, Douglas House has become a warm living space, clad in unique materials and with secret hideouts that surprise you in unexpected corners of the house.It is is a three-storey house, with the family rooms taking over the Ground Floor that extends into the garden, a ground floor that also houses a feature utility room that has been designed with the utmost care, and a series of built-in larders that extend from the timber floor and hide within the walls of the living room.The First Floor is made up of the children’s rooms, decorated with wooden details and other natural materials, and a stunning family bathroom that lets you bathe under the natural light that seeps in from the roof light above.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerFinally, a loft conversion houses the Master Bedroom- a dream-like space that folds onto its corners with beautiful storage solutions and a second half-floor that extends upwards like a tower where you can read or gaze outwards from the heights of the roof. A house with thresholds into unique personal spaces, the atmosphere inside the house is as designed as its surfaces, with great attention to the lighting- both natural and electrical- and the ventilation.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!Section AThe project has been built to air-tightness and is equipped with an MVHR unit that implements the most efficient forms of ventilation and temperature control available in the market, providing fresh filtered air into the building whilst retaining most of the energy that has already been used in heating it up. The warm/neutral palette of the project becomes alive through its many textures. Each space becomes a place of its own, making the most out of the beauty of the day-to-day of every single one of the programs of a house: from the living room to the bedrooms, and from the circulation spaces to the utility room.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerProject gallerySee allShow lessUrban Cinematics and the Revenge of Place / François Penz for the Shenzhen Biennale …ArticlesFlying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the WorldArticles Share United Kingdom Photographs Lead Architect: Houses Sean Ronnie Hill Capital Building Contractors ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927119/douglas-house-rise-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyHouses•London, United Kingdom Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Clayworks, Dinesen, Falcon, Fired Earth, Maxlight, Champion Timberlast_img read more

Tonight’s Big Brother phone vote income to go to charity

Tonight’s Big Brother phone vote income to go to charity

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Following the racism row about the current series of Celebrity Big Brother, broadcaster Channel 4 will donate the income from tonight’s phone vote to charity. The charities which will receive this £2 million or so will, ironically, be nominated by the contestants when the show is over.Channel 4 has remained defiant about broadcasting the show: Chief Executive Andy Duncan said he was “not ashamed of what was broadcast, quite the opposite”. Labout MP Keith Vaz had urged Channel 4 to donate the money to charities concerned with raising racial awareness. Advertisement  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 January 2007 | News Tonight’s Big Brother phone vote income to go to charitylast_img read more

Step one, movement demands ‘DEFUND POLICE!’

Step one, movement demands ‘DEFUND POLICE!’

first_imgJune 8 — Today marks the two-week anniversary of the public legal lynching of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers.  Thousands have filed by his open casket to pay their respects. And on June 9, Floyd will be buried in his hometown of Houston. New York City protest.Within this two-week span, a rebellion has spread like wildfire, starting in Minneapolis, with the burning down of a police precinct, then throughout the U.S. in every state and then across the world in multiple cities on almost every continent.  Millions of people worldwide have been out in the streets in solidarity with the demand “Black Lives Matter,” now transformed into an international mass struggle.  This global rebellion has put the repressive police force on trial for all forms of brutality, especially murder, against Black and other people of color. But white supremacy has also been put on trial as the very foundation upon which police violence rests to safeguard profits for the rich.This rebellion has helped to generalize the issue of racist oppression by bringing international attention to others who have lost their lives besides Floyd — Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland and too many others. Within days, statues glorifying the Confederacy and other pro-slavery monuments have been physically removed or defaced by protesters. Officials, mainly in the U.S. South, were forced to bring them down by the rebellion.  The people of Philadelphia forced the city to once-and-for-all remove the repulsive statue and mural of fascistic former Mayor Rizzo.   In Bristol, England, a statue of a 17th century slave catcher was brought down, his neck stomped on and then thrown in the river.  Even the statue of the late British imperialist Prime Minister Winston Churchill was defaced with the word “racist.” The offensive statue honoring the colonial butcher of the Congolese people, King Leopold II of Belgium, was finally taken down in Antwerp, Belgium.  Along with resistance to police presence at protests has come an incredible amount of brutality and arrests in the thousands.  Protesters, young and old, Black, Latinx, white, Indigenous and Asian have been pepper sprayed and teargassed; injured by rubber bullets and swinging batons; and knocked to the ground.  These indiscriminate brutal attacks by the police have also happened to the media.This repression has not stopped the spontaneous mass outpouring of protests in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston and elsewhere, despite curfews. The biggest protests so far took place last weekend in Washington, D.C., where “Black Lives Matter Plaza” was established by Black Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with humongous “Black Lives Matter” lettering painted on the National Mall in front of the White House. Next to it activists painted “Defund the Police.”Tens of thousands march in Philadelphia on June 6.Police budgets steal vital servicesWhile Congress is currently debating police “reforms,” legislation initially introduced by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Black Lives Matter movement has been demanding the defunding of police budgets for years.  Kailee Scales, managing director of Black Lives Matter Global Network, stated: “It is important to remember that modern-day policing has its roots in slave catching. These systems were created to hunt, maim, and kill Black people. “As we have seen in the example of George and many others in this month alone, the police are a force of violence that profiles, harasses, and inflicts harm on Black communities without accountability ― and with far too many resources.”  The police reportedly killed over 1,000 people in the U.S. in 2019, 25 percent of them Black.  (Huffpost.com, June 4)  The demand to “defund the police” has evolved into a major focus of this rebellion in light of all the budget cuts taking place for years in areas of social funding, especially health care, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.  The rebellion has helped to bring “defund the police” to the forefront and is heard the loudest from ground zero of the uprising — Minneapolis.    On June 7, at a rally in Minneapolis, the majority of that City Council — 9 of 12 members — jointly announced plans to defund and eventually disband the police department, receiving broad support.  This development will fuel the fires of national protests, which everyone will be gauging.In their joint statement, the council members commented, “Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its actions.  We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating a new, transformative model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis.” (nymag.com, June 8)  The local group, Black Visions, first proposed the plan to the community and the City Council.   Minneapolis is one of the most segregated cities in the U.S.  This unprecedented rebellion has torn off the liberal facade this city has been hiding behind for years.  The city is 60 percent white, 20 percent African American and 10 percent Latinx.  The police department is 9 percent Black.  The overall percentage of arrests over the past 10 years has been 60 percent Black.  The overwhelmingly white police department has been an occupying force in the Black community, not to protect and serve.  Seventeen complaints, including murder, were made against Derek Chauvin, prior to him using his knee to murder Floyd.  Only one complaint was heard.   The City Council wants to use the police budget for other forms of public safety and social programs for the communities, especially mental health programs.  Whether this plan is actually implemented or not, especially with Mayor Jacob Frey expressing opposition, remains to be seen.  To bring it to fruition, it will take more sustained mass pressure to oppose any pushback. LA and NYC announce reductions in police fundingLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that $150 million of that city’s police budget will be used for social programs as part of its defunding process.  This is just a drop in the bucket, considering that the total annual police budget for LA in 2018 was over $1.5 billion, 25 percent of its total budget.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to reduce the gargantuan $6 billion 2019 police budget by $1 billion, which is around 8 percent of the total city budget.  New York City is the most populated U.S. city with 11 million people — the vast majority of them people of color.  It has the largest U.S. metropolitan police force, which has brutalized and detained thousands of protesters — some for days — over the past two weeks on behalf of Wall Street and big real estate interests.  Most of the protesters have finally been released, but repressive policy remains intact.Where the national debate goes, whether to defund, disband, dismantle or even to ultimately abolish the police, will depend a lot on the lasting power of the uprising and which organized voices have the most political influence.  That such a debate is happening now is an important, positive development.  It indicates that the angry and fed-up masses, led by the Black Lives Matter movement, not only want to be heard.  They understand that actions speak louder than words, and they want these actions, in the form of concessions, to take place sooner rather than later to help end racist violence and suffering.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Lifford Father tells of ongoing heartache over missing son

Lifford Father tells of ongoing heartache over missing son

first_img The father of missing Lifford man David Colhoun has again appealed for anyone who may have information about the last movements of his son to come forward.22 year-old David hasn’t been since he escaped police custody in Strabane in the early hours of Sunday the 22nd of May – His family believe he may have entered the river in an effort to return to Lifford.Despite an extensive search, which is ongoing, not trace of David has been found.His father Joseph spoke earlier on the Shaun Doherty Show:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/coul530june.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleInishowen spitfire being dug up as part of BBC TV programmeNext articleCampaign group warns that LKG could be downgraded without action News Highland Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Lifford Father tells of ongoing heartache over missing son Newsx Advertscenter_img By News Highland – June 28, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Chief Justices of Delhi & Punjab & Haryana High Court Test Positive For COVID-19

Chief Justices of Delhi & Punjab & Haryana High Court Test Positive For COVID-19

first_imgTop StoriesChief Justices of Delhi & Punjab & Haryana High Court Test Positive For COVID-19 Nupur Thapliyal17 April 2021 9:10 AMShare This – xThe Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, D N Patel has tested positive for COVID-19, PTI has reported quoting Court Sources. He is currently in home isolation and the Sources have informed that he is asymptotic and doing fine.Earlier 3 judges of the Delhi High Court tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel tests positive for COVID-19, in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, D N Patel has tested positive for COVID-19, PTI has reported quoting Court Sources. He is currently in home isolation and the Sources have informed that he is asymptotic and doing fine.Earlier 3 judges of the Delhi High Court tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel tests positive for COVID-19, in home isolation: Court sources— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 17, 2021 Also, the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Ravi Shankar Jha has tested positive for COVID-19.The Cause list uploaded on the High Court’s website revealed that the Chief Justice won’t be holding court on April 19 and April 20 since he had tested positive for novel Coronavirus.The Delhi High Court had resumed full-fledged physical hearing from Mar 15, amid demands by members of the Delhi High Court Bar Association and others citing various issues with the hybrid mode of hearing – including that many junior advocates at the Bar had been affected due to the non-functioning of courts physically.After hearing arguments on the issue, the court had ordered on Mar 9 for the virtual mode of hearing to be available only in exceptional cases, and not as a general rule. The Court had also ordered that physical non-availability in Delhi NCR would not be permitted to be an exceptional circumstance unless the judge was satisfied otherwise – a question to be decided on a case to case basis. This order was reversed by the Supreme Court which held that applications for hybrid hearings were to be decided more “compassionately”.Recently, the High Court reverted back to the virtual mode of proceedings, with a Full Bench ordering the same to be operational from Apr 9 to Apr 23 – in view of snowballing of the number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital. Earlier, a judge of the Delhi High Court during a hearing had remarked that he would not be able to hear the matter at length on the day as he had taken his Covid-19 jab a day before and was advised rest.Next Storylast_img read more

Surveillance video of Pulse nightclub shooting shown in court

Surveillance video of Pulse nightclub shooting shown in court

first_imgiStock / Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Jurors in the federal terrorism trial of Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, got a gripping sense of the brutality of the 2016 massacre as they watched eerily-silent black-and-white security footage of the killer pacing through gaps in a sea of bodies on the club’s dance floor, firing slugs indiscriminately into anything that moved. Salman, 31, shed tears during the airing of the video, which was shown publicly for the first time on Thursday. It followed equally disturbing cellphone audio from inside the Orlando, Florida, club’s bathroom during the attack, played for jurors on Wednesday afternoon. The audio included one recording in which the sound of rapid gunfire grew louder and louder as the killer approached, until the blasts crackled through the court speakers at ear-splitting levels.Jurors also heard on Thursday from the head of an FBI evidence response team, who described entering the club in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016.“There were cellphones ringing,” said Tampa bureau FBI special agent Lynn Billings. “People were constantly calling cellphones that were scattered throughout the club.”Salman, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, and could face up to life in prison if convicted.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

E-commerce versus the human element

E-commerce versus the human element

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. E-commerce versus the human elementOn 19 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The Association of Management Education and Development, the network for developers, held a groundbreaking Frontiers conference last month on the e-challenge – keeping people at the heart of e-business.Professor Gordon Graham, of Aberdeen University, covered some controversial topics in a section on e-ethics. His radical argument is that although commerce depends on trust – that trust is underpinned by potential recourse to law and insurance against risk – in the e-commerce environment this is ill-defined due to the blurring of international boundaries. Therefore the risks of trading on the Internet are greater, as in accidental or hacked access to bank account details and lack of security on credit card data. We must find other ways of building trust and relationships that give enough confidence to conduct commercial transactions. Graham argues, “Honesty is the best policy.” Is this naïvety? Or will the situation be a mixture of optimism and insurance, where risks can be quantified?This dilemma has parallels in corporate governance. Professor Bob Garratt, of The Fish Rots from the Head fame, ended the conference by saying the e-challenge could be met by keeping people at the centre of events. “Only they can use their learning as a movement for the democratisation of organisations to ensure those in power are held to account on the three basic values of good governance – accountability, probity and transparency.”To me this is reinforcement that, internally and externally, openness will build relationships and make the most of the e-technology – you run the risk of being taken for a ride, but we know the technology will not run without the trust that enables transactions to take place and for costs to be reduced. This logic applies within organisations too. E-mail is here to stay. It has a level of intimacy that can help or hinder. It is potentially democratic, capable of blurring the boundaries and hierarchies, making “voice” possible for thousands. Like all systems it is open to abuse. If recipients don’t listen, the technology and the users are frustrated. If users employ blunt or abusive language via the e-mail, they and the system fall into disrepute, hence the current lack of e-etiquette defining expectations. The greatest gain has to be knowledge sharing. We have struggled for years to shift people’s perceptions from “knowledge is power” to “knowledge is to be shared”. Cultural behaviours have blocked this – now we can share knowledge like never before. Somehow we need to break through the trust and relationship barrier to make this possible. Anybody out there in cyberspace willing to make the first move? Or do we accept that e-commerce is de-humanising?last_img read more

Supermarkets and banks lead way in the race for opportunity

Supermarkets and banks lead way in the race for opportunity

first_img Comments are closed. Supermarkets and banks lead way in the race for opportunityOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Banks and supermarkets arespearheading a move towards more racial diversity within companies. It fosterscommunity spirit, brings in talent and increases sales, as Philip WhiteleyreportsThe new LeadershipChallenge initiative by the Commission for Racial Equality has a familiar air.Three years after its debut, the “new” initiative could be called are-launch. It will include an annual awards scheme, action plans forindividuals and organisations, and questionnaires for signatories to return byJanuary, giving information on organisations’ ethnic minority profile. Critics haveargued that it will be “just another awards scheme” coupled with anexercise in gathering statistics (News, 5 December). It questionswhether the CRE is too timid to talk up the business benefits of diverseemployment. The parallel initiative to the Leadership Challenge,the Race for Opportunity, promotes the business aspect, with case studies toexcite the private sector. One example has been Lloyds TSB bank, which set outto hire Bangladeshi sales people in east London, and found thatsales soared because they were able to attract many Bangladeshi individuals andbusinesses to the bank. Many of the new recruits gained promotionwithin the bank. Benefits for all By contrastthe task of monitoring the numbers of ethnic minority staff, as set out in theLeadership Challenge, looks dull and bureaucratic. It is more inspiring to say”look at what we can achieve” than “this is what you shoulddo”. Susie Parsons, chief executive of the CRE,denies that the two approaches are mutually exclusive. “Part of the LeadershipChallenge is saying ‘look at what we can achieve’,” she said. “At thebreakfast briefing [at the beginning of December] there were organisationssaying “This is what we can achieve by paying attention to raceequality’”- for example Bill Dalton, chief executive of HSBC Bank, saidthat the focus on race equality benefits customers, staff and shareholders.” Somemonitoring is essential, she added. “The action plan is no different fromany other company business plan. It is a cycle –  you say what you are going to do; you measure and monitor to makesure you know what is happening; you review what has happened and learn fromthat. It is all about learning.” Most of the ideas for the newinitiative, including the awards, came from consultation with signatories tothe Leadership Challenge. “People said that there needs to be morerecognition of achievement in this area,” said Parsons. “We areconsulting, and if people think awards will be a helpful and inspirational wayof marking achievement then we would go ahead.” Measuring tools FrancescaOkosi, director of human resources at the London Borough of Brent, and one ofthe few black personnel directors in the UK, also disputed that the twoapproaches are exclusive. “There are some people doing good practice, butunless there is some kind of framework to assist, you can be putting in a lotof effort for little output”. “The Leadership Challenge, andthe auditing tools that the CRE produces, and which we use, at least gives us aframework for measuring the impact of what we are trying to do.” The Racefor Opportunity campaign director Andrea Callender herself encouragesorganisations to monitor their progress and not rely entirely on goodwill. Shewelcomed the new initiative of the Leadership Challenge, which has given itteeth. “There is going to be a focus on proving; on providing evidence [ofprogress],” she said. Okosi said that the dilemma isidentical to other areas of personnel management, she argued. Organisationsfall into the trap of believing that something that is ethical is a differentmatter from improving service. “With many things that areseen to be ‘soft’, the business side is underestimated,” Okosi added.”Often you cannot demonstrate with hard figures that when this was done ithad this direct impact.” But she added, “Sainsbury’s andBarclays have taken the initiative on board. Those larger organisations candemonstrate the benefits, and the research by the CIPD demonstrates how thesekinds of approaches in general terms do affect the bottom line. Organisationswhich are successful have diversity and good employment policies. You do notget talent if you subscribe to the very old exclusive approach.” Like thebanks, supermarkets have taken a lead. In both sectors the purchasing power ofethnic customers has forced their hand. Charlotte Parton, equality anddiversity manager at Sainsbury’s, said that greater opportunities for minoritygroups is just an extension of good marketing. “We want tolook at the profile of people in the stores and see how they reflect the localcommunity. We have listened to what our customers are saying and we have anethnic trading department dedicated to looking at products that people want tobuy.” One result has been selling Diwali produce alongside halloween goodsin areas with a Hindu population. She added, “Attitudes andbehaviours of our colleagues have a direct impact on customer satisfaction. Ifwe have commitment to diversity it allows us to recruit the top talent, retainthem and sell to a diverse marketplace.” Commercial pressure Once thevirtuous circle of broader recruitment patterns and better customer service isestablished – and word gets round – it will be seen as good practice. ButFrancesca Okosi warned that progress is not guaranteed. “Atthe moment race is in vogue,” she said. “The economy is buoyant;people are prepared to talk about diversity. If there is a recession will it gooff the agenda again? That is what happened last time.” As withother personnel policies the business benefits are strong but easy to losesight of when the quarterly figures come in or the economy takes a downturn. Giventhis, Sainsbury’s will be an interesting company to watch. No one could beunder greater commercial pressure than chief executive Peter Davis, brought into restore the firm’s status as   theUK’s top retailer. Davis is strongly committed to the LeadershipChallenge, and asks for two-monthly updates on progress in equal opportunities.Could commitment to racial diversity be the key to success  for Sainsbury’s? That would be the ultimatecase study. www.cre.gov.uk www.raceforopportunity.org.ukHow Sainsbury’s does it ·       Recruitsfrom universities with high ethnic minority population ·       Seeksto reflect local community in workforce profile ·       Has atwo-year business plan on equality and diversity, headed by finance director ·       Organisescompulsory training for managers ·       Has acommitted chief executive to the schemelast_img read more