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Dec. 10, 2013


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Obesity: Learning better habits
Workplace Savings & Benefits
Obesity is well known as a significant risk to human health and life expectancy. However, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in August indicated it was four times more deadly than had previously been thought. Obesity is a major health risk that employers need to address. In the following, Owain Thomas examines the risks and costs they can face if the problem is ignored.
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Recent GDP numbers prove economic recovery is strengthening
The Week
Third quarter real GDP growth was 3.6 percent year-on-year, considerably above the Bureau of Economic Analysis' estimate last month of 2.8 percent, and also half a percent above Wall Street's consensus estimate of 3.1 percent. That would have been considered decent growth even before the 2008 crisis, after which the economy spent five years suffering from lower growth and high unemployment. But coming now, it provides good evidence that a real recovery may — after five years of lackluster growth — finally be taking hold.
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Companies increase investment in risk management as business risks grow
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A global survey of companies and their professional advisers reveals that companies are set to invest more in risk management in the face of growing business risks, says Nexia International. Nexia's Global Risk Management Survey provides a unique combination of perspectives on current risk management practices among mid-market corporates, based on concurrent surveys of over 70 companies and more than 40 advisory firms around the world.
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Why sustainable pay is the future of executive compensation
GreenBiz
Spurred by the global financial crisis, investors are increasingly scrutinizing the "pay for breathing" practices of company boards — rewarding members simply for showing up — and achieving results. Research shows that 64 percent of the companies in Standard & Poor's 1500-stock index attached performance criteria to company shares in 2011, up from 20 percent in 2002. This is having a slow knock-on effect on sustainable pay incentive schemes.
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Employee retention as key management strategy
ThisDay Live
In today's workplace, there are many employees who quit their jobs because they are either helpless or decide to move on because management of their organizations had not been able to put in place an effective employee retention strategy. It is imperative for management to always find out why employees leave their organizations. This is because high employees' turnover is said to cost business owners in time and productivity.
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Bloomberg tool measures 'stranded' carbon risk
Lincoln Journal Star
In a move that underscores Wall Street's growing unease over the business-as-usual strategy of the world's fossil fuel companies, Bloomberg LP unveiled a tool that helps investors quantify for the first time how climate policies and related risks might batter the earnings and stock prices of individual oil, coal and natural gas companies.
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Retail study shows effects of fraud in US
Colorado Springs Business Journal
A study by the National Retail Federation recently found that return fraud — which it cites as a serious but misunderstood source of retail loss — will account for nearly $8.8 billion in fraud this year. "While coverage of this issue paints return fraud as one of the 'less severe' retail crimes, the fact of the matter is that returning used or stolen items, or even using false tender to purchase items is fraud, period," said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor.
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Security risk management: Where companies fail, succeed
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Businesses constantly fail to identify risks at the board level or implement the right security measures. But where does the breakdown occur, and how can other organizations avoid making the same mistakes?

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Key success factors for business continuity in manufacturing
ITWeb
Once seen primarily as a way to protect against IT and building failure in white-collar industries, business continuity management is fast becoming an essential tool for manufacturers.

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The upside of ERM
CFO Magazine
Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, when risk managers on Wall Street watched helplessly as their businesses melted down, increasing attention has been paid to enterprise risk management.

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Survey: Most businesses unprepared for increasing supply-chain risks
PropertyCasualty360
Business executives are not evolving to keep ahead of the complex and increasing risks across their global supply chains, a recent survey finds. Three-quarters of business specialists do not have a clear understanding of their organization's supply-chain disruption experiences, and only a quarter are coordinating and reporting across their enterprise to gain it. Moreover, 50 percent say half or more of their suppliers do not have a business-continuity plan in place.
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Manage risk by taking control of your grain marketing
AG Web
In the face of 2014's "extraordinary risk" for grain farmers, better marketing is critical to maintaining profit margins, a senior risk manager recently told attendees at the Top Producer's Executive Women in Agriculture conference in Chicago.
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