Archive for July, 2012
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has urged Britain’s new coaltion government to invest in the construction industry.
Chief executive of the CIOB Chris Blythe said that there needs to be a sustained programme of national investment in the construction industry if Britain is to return to a pattern of consistent economic growth.
Mr Blythe claimed that for every pound spent on construction output, £2.84 is generated in total economic activity and 92 pence of every pound spent on construction is retained in the UK.
“The physical infrastructure of this country underpins the entire economic and social infrastructure. Investment in the built environment can spread the benefits of an economic stimulus to all parts of the UK,” he added.
Mr Blythe went on to say that it is crucial that the coalition government encourages people to enrol in electrical courses, plumbing courses and commercial gas courses as this will assist economic recovery.
“The last recession taught us that if we neglect training and educating our workforces we will suffer in the long-term; and hinder our ability to react to any upturn in the economy,” he said.
As environmental technologies increase in popularity more people may be required to take green energy courses in order to understand how to install of energy efficient forms of heating and lighting, according to Chris Blythe.
“There is also a huge opportunity to develop the low carbon skills that the industry needs to meet the green agenda,” he added.
The CIOB joined forces with the Construction Industry Council and released a manifesto for the built environment which highlights the importance of the construction industry to the economy.
The ‘Building the Future Economy’ document also looks at the construction industry’s role in developing a low carbon economy, whether through the refurbishment of the existing building stock or the development of new buildings and infrastructure.
Goals of the manifesto included the promotion of future job creation and skills development in the workforce by sustaining training and apprenticeships during the economic downturn.
The organisations would also like the government to appoint a full-time Minister of Construction and promote access to construction jobs to all sections of society in order to achieve a diverse vibrant industry.
The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting has also said that more women should be encouraged to take electrical courses as it would benefit the sector and the construction industry as a whole.Tags: carbon economy, construction industry council, economic stimulus, electrical courses, plumbing courses
Business ethics is crucial to overall society well being and corporate organizations, if to view the issue from the business standpoint. Public confidence is ethical business operation is only yet to recover, as of February 2004, 75 percent of Americans found the image of big corporations either “not good” or even “terrible”. The crucial step when it comes to business ethics – is to admit existence of a problem that is essentially based in the difference in the corporate values of different stakeholder groups. While society wants to receive well paid jobs, the focus of many organizations remains on cost minimization and maximization of productivity levels. While society wants to purchase goods at the lowest prices possible, businesses are normally profit seeking entities. Finally, it is crucial for society to sustain environmentally clean surroundings, whereas for business – this goal is followed by additional costs. These conflicts are fundamental to the nature of business, it is crucial for managers to find the balance between different stakeholder groups including workers, customers, company owners, and the larger community.
Rapid technologic and scientific innovation followed by globalization makes the need to balance between stakeholders needs even more difficult. Ethical standards and practices often are not even able to keep with scientific innovation such as cloning. When it comes to business practices issues arise with U.S. job outsourcing to Third World community, valuation of intangible assets in the new technological era (Mayer, 2004). Despite the rising difficulties, it is crucial for managers to find the balance – otherwise a company might cease to exist unable to compete in the market place.
The role of business ethics in contemporary marketplace should be mainly discussed from the pragmatic approach. In order for business to exist, there must be a community of potential buyers and sellers, whereas this community and overall public morality are the two indivisible and integrated parts. Obviously, in order to preserve business, organizations must sustain a certain level of morality in order to successfully function and remain competitive. As business are interested in the first place in profitability of an enterprise, they are, therefore, interested in maintenance of a positive corporate image. Consequently, businesses are interested in ethical practices.
Consequently, marketplace is realizing undervaluation and investors are less likely to put own money to generate profits. The effect on economy overall is direct – while series of scandals created a boom in the stock market, now economy is developing at a lower rates, as the cost of funds to be used in business is raising. As such, the relationship between ethical malpractice and economic stagnation is direct – ethical scandals undermine public trust, whereas business, investors, and society overall are the ones to bare the costs of unethical practices of individuals. Consequently, the role of ethical behavior in contemporary marketplace from the value created for society can hardly be overestimatedTags: business ethics, business standpoint, cost minimization, productivity levels, valuation of intangible assets
We all know that our planet is already too old to feed our greed. Sooner or later, the earth will not be able to be used as a home for human anymore. The only way to stay in this planet is being green. The question is: “how to be green?” Being green does not mean that you have to paint yourself in green color. The term green relates with nature and the color of the leaves at the forest. So, being green means that we have to go back to nature. For a long time, there are a lot of people who have been dedicated themselves to be the motor for people for being green. These people find out that there are a lot ways that you can do to save the planet by coming back to nature. So, are you curious about what are the things that we can do to save our mother nature?
The first thing that you need to do is to reduce the amount of fossil fuels. This can be done by reducing the amount of electricity that you use daily. If you want to read some news, you can read some green news by powering your own computer using the energy that you create on your own. For example, instead of using the power plug in your house, you might need to create the electricity power from the light of sun using solar panel. Or, if you want to get the electricity power as well as the health in producing the power, you can use the bicycle to produce the green energy. Another thing that you need to do if you want to make your planet safe is to put away your garbage in the right place. This might sound simple, but it really makes a different.
These days, everyone is turning green, or at least, trying to be. Going green is such an important element of our lives these days that even packaging companies are using green packaging supplies. There are a host of green packaging supplies that have come up in the market and the packaging supply companies are lapping these up. The packaging supplies industry has always been competitive and their sense of competition has received a boost because more and more packaging manufacturers are showing their interest in using green packaging supplies. Governments all over the world are also encouraging these companies to go green and get rid of the traditional packaging supplies.
Huge demand for eco-friendly packaging supply
With impetus from all quarters, the eco friendly packaging supplies industry is facing a huge demand from the market. There is an active call throughout the world to gradually reduce and finally eliminate all those packaging supplies materials that pose potential environmental hazards. In order to deliver materials, safer alternatives are being adopted. As per the Environmental Technologies Action Plan, the eco friendly industry will be worth €700 billion (approximately 7 billion) by the year 2010. Taking a cue from this revelation, various packaging manufacturers are now coming up with different types of green packaging solutions to turn the industry eco friendly.
Use of reusable material for packaging
The most commonly used green packaging supplies are – products made from recycled materials, reusable products like glass, organically farmed materials like organic corn, soya and bamboo, biodegradable materials like unbleached paper and clam shells, annually sustainable materials like bamboo, soya, cotton, corn and jute and other recyclable materials like corrugated paper and cardboard paper.
Savings in terms of money and energy
Packaging supplies companies see a huge increase in saving energy by reducing the time in packaging processes and systems and manufacturing processes and distribution. For example, many people are now using plastic containers instead of glass. Since plastic is lighter than glass, the carbon output is lesser in shipping it.
Biodegradable packaging supply
Some of the most efficient products in the packaging supplies industry that are helping it to go green are compostable food containers, cardboard boxes and biodegradable products like trash bags, paper, plastic, films and other green materials.
Why go “Green?”
Business has always been described as an entity with a profit motive with the social responsibility in mind. At this time, when the entire world is facing issues like global warming and environmental pollution, businesses have realized the importance of making their products, systems and processes as green as possible. The importance of going green has become so important in the minds of the customers that those firms that have been rigid in sticking to the traditional packaging supplies materials have seen their market share come down. On the other hand, those companies that have shown responsibility for cleansing the environment have increased their market share.
The present packaging supplies products are highly reusable, both by the packaging supplies companies and the consumers. For all these reasons, the mantra for the packaging supplies companies is “let’s go green.”Tags: biodegradable materials, cardboard paper, clam shells, organic corn, products made from recycled materials
Today, much emphasis is being placed on renewable energy, living green, and the environment, Never before has there been such a strong and growing grass roots movement toward renewable and sustainable energy and environmental responsibility. In truth, this movement is to a significant extent motivated by financial concerns of people who are desperate to cut utility bills by finding ways to conserve energy. However, the end result is the same; much more interest in and progress toward bringing renewable and sustainable energy technology such as wind power into the mainstream.
Wind power is a concept that, like solar power, has been around for a long time and sparsely used. In the last five years, this has changed dramatically. In the Midwest, one can see many examples of eclectic cooperatives purchasing land or at least leasing rights to construct huge farms of wind generators to augment their electricity generating capabilities and to bring down the cost of electricity to their customers. While this is a great development from an environmental aspect, the average customer sometimes does not see a great reduction in their monthly electric bill.
Wind power for the average private residence is possible. While technically possible to go off the grid with wind power, this is not as reliable or advisable compared to solar power. However, residential wind power generators do make sense in that they can significantly reduce one’s electric bill. Unlike the massive towers with gigantic propellers, that one sees the electric cooperatives using, residential wind generators are compact, relatively small and usually unobtrusive.
These residential wind generators can be free standing with their own tower, usually 20 to 30 feet tall, or they can be mounted on a tower which is in turn mounted on the roof of the house. The residential wind generator does face some challenges that solar power does not. The configuration of a wind generator generally requires that the propeller be at least 20 or 30 feet off the ground, especially in a dense residential area. Depending on the neighborhood, some will run into zoning restrictions that might prevent them from having a tall tower on or around their house. However this is the exception rather than the rule. Most homeowners will be able to install their wind generator with a minimum of trouble and expense.
Most wind generators are relatively affordable and can be paid for in the first two years with the savings in the monthly electric bill that they make possible. People are usually surprised by how little wind is necessary to generate a significant amount of wind power. This will vary according to region, but most places will have sufficient wind to generate at least some wind power every day.Tags: electric cooperatives, grass roots movement, sustainable energy technology, wind generators, wind power generators