A parliamentary report estimates the UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups each year, “enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times.” Fewer than 1 in 400 are recycled. The report recommends a 25p (about 33-cent) levy on coffee cups, part of a trend of European lawmakers addressing the growing problem of single-use plastic waste.
London is home to some 200,000 French expats and is sometimes facetiously called France’s sixth largest city. Brexit-related uncertainties have some London-based French expats worried, while French authorities see an opportunity to woo them back home.
Many of China’s super-rich have turned to the West for guidance on etiquette, in particular to the UK tradition of employing a butler to oversee staff and household operations. As a result, schools devoted to training butlers are proliferating in the country.
This week’s Global Glance looks at gay bars around the world, and why some are on the decline and some are emerging and resemble US gay bars of old.
This week's Global Glance looks at smoking in France and the global legislative trend that strips tobacco companies of branding privileges while forcing them to include disturbing images on their packaging.
Recruiting, developing and retaining talent are fundamental to the success of any business. And in today’s global economy, where businesses often find they must expand globally to compete, you may have to attract and hire talent in an unfamiliar country. As global HR veterans know, recruiting employees abroad is even more challenging than recruiting at home, largely because related laws and customs vary considerably by country. Before you recruit local nationals (i.e., citizens of the host country) you will need to devise a recruiting strategy that accounts for the laws, culture and market practices of your target countries. This post focuses on some important areas you should consider when developing such a strategy, both to stay on the right side of local laws and to attract top talent.
This week we look at: Venezuela’s economic crisis; Lyft’s evolving global expansion strategy; and Larry, the UK’s Chief Mouser.
This week we look at the UK’s quirky pedestrian etiquette and the importance of food in India.
This week's Global Glance looks at why Netflix and Amazon may need to meet content quotas, and the least romantic wedding night ever.
Achieving a balance in the area of family leave is critical for multinationals. HR leaders should ask themselves: How can we develop family friendly leave policies that comply with local labor laws and customs, and encourage a healthy work-life balance, all while ensuring that our growing business remains financially sustainable?
The gender pay gap is a worldwide problem; it exists in every nation. Perhaps the most telling statistic demonstrating this inequality is the gender pay gap: on average, women earn 46% less than men earn. In fact, the annual pay for women only now equals the amount men were earning 10 years ago. Increasing attention to the gender pay gap around the world has inspired governments and advocacy groups to take action. In this climate, it is increasingly important for employers to ensure that they are paying their employees fairly and in compliance with the laws of the countries in which they operate.
Welcome back to Global Glance. This week we look at how to launder money and shoot craps at the same time, the trouble with judging NAFTA, and why US expats and accidental Americans loath the IRS.