July, 1996 - Good Corporate Citizens, Time Management
Awards for Corporate Conscience
The Council for Economics Priorities (a public-interest group) announced awards to 10 companies as demonstrating exemplary corporate conscience. Companies cited received awards for "going beyond the call of duty with programs that help the environment and society." Winners were chosen by a panel from business, academia and public-interest sectors.
The motto of the Council is "Shopping for a Better World."
Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA:
Award for giving laid-off workers 90 days to find a new job, with their only duties finding a new job. If the employee does not find new job, a generous severance package is paid.
Pfizer Inc., New York, NY:
Award for giving nearly 1 million prescriptions to more than 355,000 poor, uninsured patients around the company.
Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA:
Award for asking all its bean supplies to pay decent wages and benefits to employees, and to provide safe workplace conditions. Only children that continue their education are permitted to work.
Charles Veillon SA, Switzerland:
Award for a comprehensive code of conduct that specifically avoids buying any clothing and home furnishings made by forced child labor. (Veillon is a mail-order company).
Otto Versand, Germany:
Award for educating customers by stressing environmental benefits in its catalogs, including labeling textiles and other goods made without dangerous materials such as formaldehyde and heavy metals. (Versand is a catalog company).
Working Assets Funding Service:
Award for spreading messages of social consciousness through its phone and credit-card business.
Award for encouraging minorities and women to participate in marketing it securities.
Award for building a solar-energy plant in Hawaii.
Natural Cotton Colours Inc.:
Award for growing organic, unbleached cotton.
Fuji Xerox (joint venture of Fuji Photo Film and Xerox):
Award for giving generous benefits that urge workers to help the community.
[Source: The Associated Press, reported June 1, 1996 for awards announced May 31, 1996]
The following tips are provided by Trevor Boutall, from his book The Good Manager's Guide (MCI, 1994):
Be clear about your objectives
Be clear about what you have to achieve, by when and what the priorities are.
Identify what needs to be done to achieve these objectives
Identify what you, and others, need to do to achieve your objectives and estimate how long each activity will take.
Plan your time
Plan these activities into your time on an annual, monthly, weekly and daily basis to ensure objectives are achieved on time; include time for evaluation.
Review your activities and, where possible, delegate those activities which could be done equally well by one of your staff, with training and guidance where appropriate.
Handle paper once only
When dealing with paper, decide immediately to respond, refer, file or destroy.
When faced with a choice, either make your choice or decide what further information you need to be able to make an informed choice.
Make it clear when you welcome consultation with others, and when you require uninterrupted time to complete an activity.
Keep your objectives in mind and do not indulge in, or allow others to indulge in, digressions.
Allow for contingencies
Allow time in your planning for additional activities or for activities to overrun.
Review your activities
Review your progress towards your objectives on a regular basis and reschedule activities as necessary.
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