Socpo and AHHRM get closer on public sector

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Socpo and AHHRM get closer on public sectorOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Local government HR body Socpo and NHS HR group the AHHRM are forming closerties to better promote public-sector HR issues. Both HR representative groups feel the CIPD does not sufficiently support HRprofessionals in the public sector. Francesca Okosi, vice-president of Socpo, believes that the CIPD does notfulfil its role of helping public-sector members perform their jobs better. She said, “The CIPD is not aimed at the needs of public sector. We aregoing through modernisation yet this is not re- presented in the CIPD’swork.” The AHHRM and Socpo want CIPD events to have more public-sector speakers andbe cheaper to attend so HR professionals from the sector can afford to go. The two groups will work together on professional development, benchmarking,staff secondments and research. Socpo representatives will also speak at the AHHRM’s September conferenceand they are also considering a joint conference and action plan next year. TerryGorman, assistant chief executive of personnel and corporate services atNottinghamshire County Council, urged the CIPD to re-evaluate its support forpublic-sector professionals. He said, “It is more difficult to work in the public sector than theprivate. The private sector has much simpler objectives while we have much morecontrols, a wider range of services, more legislation to work under, scrutinyand press interest.” In response, Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, claimedthe institute is working with public-sector organisations such as the NHSExecutive and the Local Government Employers’ Organisation to ensure researchand projects take their needs into account. last_img read more

Four Danish pension funds return to PRI, but two still unconvinced

first_imgFour of Denmark’s biggest pension funds have once more become members of the UN-backed responsible investment organisation PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), after quitting the body in 2013 in protest at the way it was run.But Industriens Pension and PensionDanmark – the two other major pension funds in the Nordic country that left the PRI at the same time – have not said they are re-joining.In a joint statement, ATP, PFA, PKA and Sampension said they had decided to join the PRI again.They said: “In 2013, the pension companies withdrew membership from the organisation, as it did not meet the basic requirements for management structure.” The decision about resuming membership was made after three years of critical dialogue with PRI’s board, they said.Ole Buhl, head of ESG at ATP, told IPE: “When we left in 2013, we stated a number of concerns, and what we have been evaluating is whether all those concerns have been met.”He said ATP was now happy with the new governance of the PRI, even though it had not reverted to the old constitution but rather adjusted the new constitution it subsequently put in place.Under the old framework, ATP and other investors were legal members of the organisation – which ATP preferred – but now their status is simply that of signatories.“We are very happy, and sometimes you don’t get everything you ask for,” Buhl said.The four Danish pension funds said PRI chairman Martin Skancke had listened to their criticism, and that the organisation had changed both policies and management structure, as well as increased the “visibility” of its plans and decisions.“Thirdly, the board has been receptive of arguments in the ongoing dialogue with the Danish pension companies,” they said in the statement.During the period when they were not part of the PRI, the four funds said they had complied with the UN-supported principles for responsible investments. Skancke said the organisation was delighted to welcome the four Danish pension funds back.“We have had constructive informal discussions with them over the last several months and sought to explain how their governance concerns were addressed following our governance review, which was approved by more than 95% of signatories voting,” he said.“This overwhelming support for the new governance structure and articles of association clearly demonstrated that signatories were pleased with and supportive of these changes.”PensionDanmark, meanwhile, said the situation regarding the PRI had not changed.Jens-Christian Stougaard, PensionDanmark’s senior vice-president for business development, analysis, public affairs and corporate social responsibility, said: “We have not had any direct discussions with the PRI since a meeting in November 2015.“When we left the PRI in 2013, it was because we observed that the governance of PRI did not live up to the standards we expect. “If the PRI re-establishes the original principles of governance – for example, membership rights, having an AGM, etcetera – we will give serious consideration to re-joining.”Until then, Stougaard said the pension fund would carry on with its efforts as an active and responsible investor across asset classes and geographies.last_img read more

PGA Nigeria Charges Prospective Pros to Develop Themselves

first_imgIn the same vein, the director urged the candidates to justify the investments in their sponsors through their performance as he added, “18+ ties,” which is a big plus for the candidates in qualifying practical exams for the revered professional status.Dr. Tony Phimoore, sponsor of the tournament and Chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, also urged the candidates to give their all in the game as there is much to benefit from it; he said he was happy being the sponsor of the event given the gains he has made from golf.“I appreciate you all trainees for wanting to take up professional golfing; but in examinations as golf that has practical and classroom work there is always tension, but what matters is your ability to manage the tension. l am happy to sponsor this edition, because whatever I am made of today started from my becoming a golf professional which dates back in the 1980s,” he noted.Joseph Taouk, Captain Port Harcourt Golf Club on his part was elated that the club would be hosting the PGA of Nigeria Qualifying School final for the first time.About 90 candidates are taking part in this year’s edition, which is the 12th.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The need for golfers to develop themselves beyond playing on the course during tournaments and leisure has been stressed.The Director of Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2020 qualifying school final event at the Port Harcourt Golf Club, Rivers State.“You must develop yourself beyond this level. Always seek knowledge; adopt new and better ways of doing things; go digital and beyond and the sky will be your limit. The trend in golf professionalism in modern times is digitalisation in teaching/coaching; playing; merchandising and so on,” the director said.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins: Tandem with Anthony Davis ‘could have been something great’

first_img Related News NBA wrap: Mavericks capitalize on Clippers’ turnovers, pick up win in Dennis Smith Jr.’s return “I think about our pairing all the time,” Cousins said, via The Athletic. “Me and AD talk about it. It’s f—ed up. It could’ve been something great, something special, but other people had different things in mind. That’s out of our control, and you never know what’ll happen later on down the line.”He wasn’t re-signed during free agency in July, which Cousins said was a tough blow since he gave his all to the Pelicans. However, New Orleans didn’t offer him any rehab treatments in the summer on top of letting him slip into free agency. DeMarcus Cousins is back on the court and playing with the Warriors after dealing with a torn Achilles, but he can’t help but think of his time with the Pelicans.Last season, Cousins and Anthony Davis showed potential to be the most powerful frontcourt duo in the league, but various other injuries, then the torn Achilles, ended Cousins’ time in New Orleans. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists with New Orleans before he ruptured his Achilles in January 2018.Since joining the Warriors on the court two games ago, Cousins has been dominant on both ends of the court, even though his stats are lower.Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 22-25 and Davis is sidelined with an injured finger.last_img read more