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Why attending the inaugural event in the ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar: ‘Bridging the gender gap’ is essential – a guest blog by Agnes Favillier, Chair of the ACT Future Leaders in Treasury (FLiT) group Rarely does a week pass without diversity being discussed in the public space. In recent weeks, we’ve debated the gender pay gap when the BBC published the salaries of its 96 highest paid employees, President Trump announced he wanted to ban transgender people from the US military, Google fired one of its employees over a memo discussing reasons for gender imbalance in the Silicon Valley workforce,
You may be aware of a story that emerged in the news recently about a web developer who emailed her boss explaining that she wasn’t going to make it in for work because she needed to, “focus on [her] mental health.” (Metro, 10 July 2017) It was the boss’ reply, however, that made the story go viral. “I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this”, went the boss’ reply, commending his member of staff for “highlighting the importance of using sick days for mental health.” (ibid) While not many of us would dream of hitting send
I was at the City of London Green Summit which took place on 31 May – 1 June and was asked by Sir Roger Gifford (SEB) to give a few opening words on the second day. The audience was comprised of the ‘already converted’ or ‘evangelists’ as one person called them, so I was asked to challenge them (a little 😊). In summary, I had the following to say: My teenage daughter’s view is ‘tell them people are dying, we need to do more!’ (I get that). Awareness is still low, and green finance is not a ‘hot topic’ in the
On 30 June 2017 the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) was awarded Best Association Conference at this year’s Conference Awards (organised by The Global Conference Network) for the ACT Annual Conference 2016, which took place at the ACC Liverpool on 18-20 May 2016. It’s a great achievement and recognition for all the hard work and planning that goes into making this leading treasury event come together – our thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, venue and of course, our delegates for helping to make this such a success. OUR ENTRY: Association of Corporate Treasurers – ACT Annual Conference The ACT
Now into its fifth year, the ACT’s annual survey of contemporary treasurers has been published and provides some enlightening information. Entitled, ‘The Business of Treasury’, the report provides data and findings from a survey on a wide range of issues such as board reporting, the strategic impact of treasurers, sources of funding and the importance of treasury qualifications. The survey randomly selected 196 qualified treasurers from the ACT’s membership base who gave anonymised answers, which give us all the opportunity to look at what’s at the forefront of treasurers’ minds, what the profession needs and how it’s developing. The full
Treasury is a constantly evolving profession, as the ACT’s current Business of Treasury research shows, with treasurers’ strategic engagement with their organisations increasing. One area where I have seen this happening is with treasurers’ involvement with their organisation’s Shared Service Centre (SSC). Shared Service Centres – why the interest? Evidence came from two key sources. Firstly, an increased number of requests to provide learning support for treasury teams within SSCs and secondly, discussions with treasurers who were being asked to take responsibility for the treasury aspects of the SSC teams. As this increased, the ACT felt that it would be
On 23 May in Dubai, we partnered with the DIFC and Kyriba in welcoming a multitude of corporates, suppliers and financiers to join our ACT Middle East breakfast briefing to explore the latest technologies and strategies to reduce risk and deliver real value to the business using supply chain finance programmes. The strong attendance and level of audience interactivity demonstrated that supply chain finance remains a hot topic for treasurers in 2017. If you missed it, check out the breakfast’s key takeaways from Kyriba: Establish your success factors When establishing a supply chain finance programme, companies need to define their
A year on from Brexit, the Trump Presidency coming out of its first 100 days and a general election in the UK… the pace of global events and market uncertainty were discussed and debated throughout this year’s ACT Annual Conference, 16-17 May in Manchester. The theme of this year’s event, opportunity from uncertainty, was designed to deliver expert knowledge and practical tools for treasury teams to take back to the office and add further value to their organisations. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and a new two-day format, feedback has been excellent. Highlights included: charismatic keynotes from Lord Michael