Major corporations establish North American learning forum for UN Global Compact

Hewlett-Packard hosted some 50 representatives of leading North American companies, as well as of academia, in a meeting held yesterday at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, to establish a North America Global Compact Learning Forum. The meeting, co-hosted by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, provided an opportunity for Global Compact participants to inform other interested companies about the opportunities and challenges of engagement in the initiative, under which businesses affirm support for nine key human rights, labour rights and environmental standards. Participants recognized that more active participation from North American companies was essential to the success of the initiative, and also acknowledged that the Global Compact offers opportunities to address priority issues, including building trust between business and society. The Secretary-General first raised the notion of developing a “global compact of shared values and principles” in business at the World Economic Forum in January 1999. He challenged world business leaders to “embrace and enact” the benefits of global economic development through voluntary corporate policies and actions. Mr. Annan’s vision was realized 18 months later with the creation of the UN Global Compact. The initiative sets forth nine guiding principles that focus on human rights, labour standards and concern for the environment. Companies subscribing to the principles are encouraged to make clear statements of support and to submit an annual report that includes concrete examples of “good practices” for other firms to emulate. read more

Goodwood staff forced to water course 24 hours a day for two

This year is in stark contrast to 2017 when it rained nonstop  Glorious Goodwood is one of the most prominent events on the racing calendar  “It has been such a big job that we have had two people working overnight to water the course, which couldn’t be more different than last year when it we were covered with rain.”The racecourse is fortunate in having a private water supply it can call on, but artificial watering is not nearly as effective as rain. Whilst temperatures have frequently met the 30 degree mark in recent weeks, temperatures are set to cool ahead of the five-day event which commences on Tuesday. They said: “Racecourses are instructed that these should be put in place when temperatures are approaching 30C, and include the increased provision of cool water, areas of shade and earlier access to stables.” Glorious Goodwood is set to bask in temperatures between the early to mid 20s and it will have come as a relief that the weekend has brought rain onto the course.Speaking about the conditions, Mr Askell continued: “I have never seen anything like what I’ve seen this year, as my first year as clerk and with my name above the door it’s a lot of responsibility and is certainly proving tougher than I had anticipated.“This is a huge race and the race must go on, but our primary concern is that all the horses and riders are safe and that it what’s made it a considerable challenge – we can’t get it wrong. Glorious Goodwood is one of the most prominent events on the racing calendar Credit: Geoff Pugh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’re now expecting the track to be good to firm, which is suitable for a five day event such as this.”It’s a far cry from the Wednesday of last year’s festival – Qatar Sussex Stakes day – when 50mm of rain fell in 12 hours. That meant numerous horses were withdrawn as the going became heavy – and consideration was even given to racing being abandoned early.A spokesman for the British Horseracing Authority, the independent body responsible for the regulation of British horseracing, said despite the warm temperatures “horses are adapted to running in the heat, and racing takes place in Australia, Dubai and the USA – and other racing nations – in far more extreme heat than is experienced in Great Britain”, but added that the welfare of participants always comes first and that proactive measures are taken when temperatures rise. This year is in stark contrast to 2017 when it rained nonstop Credit: Geoff Pugh Goodwood staff have been forced to water the two and a half mile race track 24 hours a day for more than two weeks in a bid to combat Britain’s heatwave.Staff at the famous course have been working around the clock in a bid to rescue the track which has only seen 4mm of rain since June.The operation to maintain the course has been in the hands of Edward Askell who is in the midst of his inaugural year as clerk of course.Ms Askell said that despite years of experience he had “never seen anything like what I’ve seen this year” and that the new role had been particularly challenging as a result of the weather.“We have been watering since the 17th of June, 24 hours a day,” he said. “It has been a huge task and a big challenge for everyone involved.“It has been considerably drier than usual – we’ve had 4mm of rain from June. read more