CSR in the spotlight

first_imgEnvironmental concerns mean that businesses are under increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, as part of an overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) package.With a variety of upward pressures on their business costs, Scotland’s Walkers Shortbread is one of many taking action to make savings on utility costs.The 109-year-old company wants to reduce carbon emissions from its four factories and three shops in the north east of Scotland. Nicky Walker, Walkers general manager, said: “We are very heavy users of utilities in our production processes so any savings we can make will go straight to the bottom line. We are also keen to continue reducing our carbon footprint.”Current action being considered is the installation of smart data loggers, which will allow gas, electricity and water consumption to be remotely monitored. Experts at consultancy Business Cost Consultants will analyse the data for Walkers and send specialists on to the sites to identify ways of reducing energy and water consumption.Donald Maclean, managing director of Business Cost Consultants, commented: “Like most food manufacturers, Walkers is facing increasing cost pressures on ingredients.”This has been caused by bad weather, global dietary changes and countries diverting significant amounts of raw materials towards bio-fuels.”We are confident of making substantial yearly savings, including reductions of more than 20% on water and telecom costs.”last_img read more

2 injured in Christmas Eve accident

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — North Vernon police say drugs are believed to be involved in an accident that injured 2 people in North Vernon on Christmas Eve.The North Vernon Police responded to a collision on US 50 near Showers Drive around 11:50 pm.When police arrived on scene, they found a car driven by William Lane, 27, of Seymour had collided with a vehicle driven by Brittany Engelking, 19, of Scipio.Both were transported to Indianapolis area hospitals for treatment.last_img

Rivers, Real Madrid Foundation Finalise Plans on Academy

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Real Madrid Foundation as part of the requirements to establish a Real Madrid affiliated football academy in the state.Officials of Real Madrid Foundation were led by its Managing Director, Julio Gonzalez, and International Area Manager, Rosa Roncal Gimenez.The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye, was also present at the meeting. The meeting that held behind closed-doors at the Real Madrid Foundation office at the Santiago Bernabéu witnessed both parties concluding discussions on the areas of partnership.In an interview after the meeting, Wike said the deliberation went on satisfactorily, noting that the partnership has reached its highpoint.The governor said the academy would help the state harness the opportunities inherent in football as it would empower the upcoming generation.He said: “This is the concluding part of the process of establishing a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State. It is our dream to empower our youths through football.“Today, you know that football is big business and one of the ways to improve the economy.“This meeting is the height of our deliberation to get the academy started. We are happy that this has gone on satisfactorily. Rivers youths will reap the benefits of the Academy.”Highpoint of the meeting was the presentation of a special Real Madrid jersey with “NEW” printed at the back to the Rivers State governor by the Managing Director of Real Madrid Foundation, Julio Gonzalez.International Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation, Rosa Roncal Gimenez, lauded the governor for the initiative to set up a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State.Wike was billed to meet with the Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, later yesterday evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Flying Eagles off to Cairo on Two–match Tour

first_imgNigeria’s U20 men’s football team, the Flying Eagles, saturday left for Cairo for a two –match tour of Egypt as part of the team’s preparations for the qualifying series of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.Head Coach, Paul Aigbogun will lead the new group that is being put together with the mandate not only to return the Flying Eagles to the Africa U20 finals which they missed last year, but also to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and go one better than the Class of 1989 and Class of 2005 that won the silver medals.The trio of Elkanemi Warriors’ Nur Mohammed, Ikouwem Utin of Enyimba FC and Plateau United’s Eneji Moses, who impressed with the Super Eagles B at the African Nations Championship in Morocco earlier in the year, are in the 23 –man squad that will face the Junior Pharaohs. Kano Pillars’ Nazifi Yahaya, Nasarawa United’s Douglas Achiv and Akwa United’s duo of Duarw Nuhu and Adeshina Gata are also in the contingent.Team Administrator Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal told thenff.com that the Flying Eagles will take on the Junior Pharaohs on Tuesday, 27th March and Thursday, 29th March, with both matches to hold in Alexandria.The seven –time African champions will be up against the winner of the preliminary fixture between Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau in the first round of the qualifiers, with the first leg to hold in either Bissau or Freetown in mid-May. Niger Republic will host the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more