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Cyber-security considered a serious issue for businesses
eWeek
The majority of technology and health care companies view cyber-security as a serious threat to both their data and business continuity, and only one-third are completely confident in the security of their information, according to a survey by Silicon Valley Bank. The study, based on a survey of 216 executives of technology-based companies, found nearly 98 percent companies are maintaining or increasing their cyber-security resources and of those, half are increasing resources devoted to online attacks this year.
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What the IPCC's new report means to business
GreenBiz
A new report recently released by the world's leading climate change scientists states it is "extremely likely" that humans have been the main cause of global warming since the 1950s. The first portion of the multi-volume report, released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, confirmed that climate change is "unequivocal" and that continued carbon emissions will lead to increased temperatures and changes throughout the climate system. This is bad news for businesses, which stand to suffer major losses from extreme weather events.
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Intellectual property rights matter
Forbes
While the American public's and the media's attention has been focused on the seemingly endless cycle of political dramas that unfold every day — the impending fight over the debt ceiling, the potential government shutdown, the debate over the budget deficit and our long-term fiscal problems, an international crisis in Syria that was ineptly handled by American leadership — the U.S. has quietly been involved in critical trade negotiations that, when codified, may fundamentally alter how we do business with certain parts of the world.
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Absenteeism: A no-nonsense approach to a chronic problem
HR Morning
It is rule No. 1 in the workplace: Employees need to show up to do their jobs. In today's "do-more-with-less" culture, however, absenteeism is a growing concern for many companies. It's not uncommon for organizations to deal with absenteeism rates of 10 percent or more — putting extra pressure on other employees, slowing productivity and taking a day-by-day bite out of the bottom line. There are a lot of theories about what drives absenteeism.
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Cooperation key in risk-management
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Professor Onno Omta looks at the big picture and emphasizes honesty and good-willed cooperation between members of a supply chain in his award-winning approach to risk management.

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Study: Risk management rising as top priority in companies
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The role of risk management is rapidly evolving, according to Accenture's 2013 Global Risk Management study.

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Helping employees manage workplace stress
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As managing stress becomes a more serious problem in the workforce, many employers now offer assistance to help employees reduce stress and improve overall workplace health.

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The risks associated with social media marketing
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No matter the path you decide to follow in business, you're always at risk of running into some road blocks, legal troubles, PR crises and a thousand other negative consequences. Most businesses are well aware of this and understand that the risk-reward scenario insists they must move through the minefield in order to achieve success. However, with social media still a relatively new thing for most brands, these risks aren't yet understood quite as well.
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An aging workforce creates new workplace injury issues
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In the U.S., there will be one retired person for every three workers by 2030. During the recent Great Recession, Americans lost $17.5 trillion of housing and savings assets. Having suffered the greatest losses and with the least time to recover, two-thirds of workers over 50 say they must postpone retirement. Due to all these factors, the median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.
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Pension funds need smart approach to risk
FTSE Global Markets
With historically low interest rates pushing liabilities higher, tightening yields reducing returns and an onerous regulatory environment, plans are faced with an asset liability mismatch. Meanwhile, companies are unsure on whether to push for growth or honor commitments to their pension plans. Speaking ahead of the annual Allianz-Oxford Pensions conference, Arun Ratra, head of global solutions at Allianz Global Investors, says the current environment poses significant challenges for investors who want to minimize risk but need real returns and believes more exposure riskier assets may be the answer.
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Confidence key to continued economic recovery
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
Think positively. That's the main message from Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management during the 17th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum. Consumer confidence in the markets and the economy is growing — and continued growth means that the economy will continue its upward swing, said Paulsen.
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No end in sight to commodity price boom
Supply Management
The "super-cycle" of rising commodity costs that has seen average prices more than double since the turn of the century shows little sign of abating, according to a study. In Resource Revolution: Tracking global commodity markets researchers said the trend of falling average prices throughout the 20th century changed to one of steady increase in 2000. Since that time, energy costs have risen 260 percent, metals by 176 percent and food prices by 120 percent.
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