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H&M pledges living wage for textile workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia

World's second-biggest clothing retailer frustrated by lack of government action in wake of Rana Plaza disaster<p>H&M has pledged to pay a living wage to 850,000 textile workers after expressing frustration over a lack of action by governments to address working conditions in Asian factories in the …

Culture is critical to company success and business transformation, but good luck taking advantage of it

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>A 2013 Booz&Co study, Culture’s Role in Enabling Organizational Change by DeAnne Aguirre, Rutger von Post, and Micah Alpern, …

No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage

There were a few snickers when a Colorado state judge ruled that a baker has to produce wedding cakes for gay couples even though he opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds.<p>A cake? What's the big deal?<p>But the decision, handed down late last week, is just the latest slice in a debate that has …

Can you be too ethical?

This may be the only question in this series to which the answer is "no".<p>It's not obvious that you can't have too many ethics. Like every other word, it's used to conceal the truth as well as to point towards it, and in some corporate meanings "ethical" is, and ought to be, a warning sign.<p>"Ethical" …

Why Do I Have To Defend My Decision to Wear Fur?

…or fox, or mink, or… When it comes to fur, everybody's got an opinion—if you wear one, be prepared to hear them. Pamela Erens asks the forbidden question: Is all that animosity just about animal rights?<p>I am a small, slender woman with such low blood pressure that nurses joke I must be dead, and a …

Ethical Chic: How Women Can Change The Fashion Industry

Globalization has made it easier than ever to ignore where our clothes come from. Are the workers paid equitably? Are their working conditions safe? Are their communities healthy? Many consumers may find it difficult to answer these questions, in part because most retail clothing makers don’t …

Live discussion: opportunities of an ageing population

While the UK's ageing population poses significant challenges, such as the cost of caring for a larger number of older people, it also creates many opportunities. The Guardian's latest Ageing Population Quarterly event highlighted the benefits a growing older population can bring to the workplace, …

Royal Mail boosted by online shopping boom

Postal company's parcel revenues jump even though strike threat hit volumes<p>Britain's online shopping boom helped Royal Mail record an 8pc rise in parcel revenues over the past nine months, despite the threat of industrial action.<p>The newly privatised delivery company said group revenues rose 2pc …

Samsung profit growth slows sharply

SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. forecast a weak first half after releasing fourth-quarter earnings that showed growth slowed sharply.<p>Samsung 005930, …

Netflix adds earnings season sizzle with Microsoft, Starbucks up next - Need to Know - MarketWatch

“Netflix, bitch.”<p>No, that’s not Jesse Pinkman’s answer to the question: “How do you possibly keep up with ‘Glee’ and ‘Gossip Girl’?” Rather, it was …

Will Samsung outlook spook or rally Apple investors?

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Samsung Electronics Co. had already lowered expectations for the fourth quarter, so with investors focused on its …

BlackBerry still has a long way to go to convince people its phones are cool

BlackBerry must act fast to make the most of defence contract. It needs to pour everything into revamping its image<p>Finally, BlackBerry has got a break. Just when the Canadian smartphone company looked like it was on the edge of extinction, it a closed a deal with the US Defence Department. …

Microsoft profits boosted by Office and Xbox One

Microsoft reported a fiscal second-quarter profit of $6.56bn<p>Microsoft has posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit, boosted by strong sales of its Office software to businesses, a solid Christmas for its new Xbox games console and Surface tablets, and a slightly lower tax bill.<p>The world's …

Microsoft profit beats forecasts, no word on new CEO | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by strong sales of its software and services for businesses, a solid holiday season for its new Xbox game console and Surface tablets, and a slightly lower tax bill.<p>The Microsoft logo is seen at …

China unemployment rate 4.05 percent at end fourth-quarter 2013 - labour ministry | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s urban unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.05 percent at the end of December 2013 from 4.04 percent three months earlier, the country’s labour ministry said on Friday.<p>An employee yawns as he works at a garment factory in Humen township, Guangdong province November …

Kia Motors sales to outgrow Toyota in 2014, buoyed by China | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) said Friday it expected sales to grow faster than bigger rival Toyota Motor (7203.T) this year, although the won’s strength coupled with the yen’s weakness would put its earnings under pressure.<p>Visitors talk on the KIA Motors …

John Lewis's strong sales growth flattered by snow last year | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s biggest department store group John Lewis JLP.UL continued its strong start to 2014 with a 23.4 percent jump in weekly sales, though the outcome was flattered by snow last year ago which meant comparatives were weak.<p>Pedestrians walk past a John Lewis store on Oxford …

Royal Mail boosted by rising parcel revenues | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Mail Group, sold off last October in Britain’s biggest privatisation for decades, said higher prices for posting parcels had helped underlying group sales rise 2 percent for the nine months to December 29.<p>Raindrops are seen on a Royal Mail post box in central London October …

UK mortgage approvals hit highest since around start of crisis | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British lenders approved more mortgages in December than in any month since around the start of the financial crisis, data showed on Friday, fuelling concern that the housing market may be overheating.<p>Pedestrian walk past houses in London October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan …

Honeywell profit beats estimates; sales up 8 percent | Reuters

(Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc (HON.N) reported higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue on Friday, as sales grew across its major segments.<p>A view of the corporate sign outside the Honeywell International Automation and Control Solutions manufacturing plant in Golden Valley, …

Procter & Gamble 2nd-qtr profit falls; sales up slightly | Reuters

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N), the world’s largest household products maker, reported lower quarterly profit on Friday, hurt by unfavourable currency movements and lower gross profit margin.<p>The maker of Pampers diapers and Tide detergent left its 2014 sales growth forecast unchanged. It …

Nestle to spend $1 billion on new factories in Mexico | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle NESN.VX plans to invest $1 billion (605 million pounds) in Mexico over five years, building two new factories and expanding a third in its sixth-biggest market, it said on Friday.<p>The headquarters of food giant Nestle is pictured in Vevey August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Denis …

Emerging markets lift P&G second-quarter sales, crimp gross margin | Reuters

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N), the world’s largest household products maker, reported a dip in quarterly profit on Friday as its push in emerging markets led to a lower gross profit margin.<p>Tide detergent, a Procter & Gamble (P&G) product, is displayed on a shelf at a store in Tempe, …

Will new ATMs make your bank branch obsolete?

Your ATM will soon be more than just a cash dispenser—in fact financial executives and analysts say the technology may soon be able to replace some …