Putting diversity centre stage

The launch of the ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar Diversity and inclusion have always been high on the ACT’s agenda and addressed through a variety of channels, be it as part of our professional mentoring programme, the bursary scheme of the ACT Educational Trust or by engaging our members in discussions at our various events. Of course, we are excited to take this engagement a step further with the launch of a dedicated ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar – and last week it finally happened! Opening-up the debate For our inaugural event, we focused on one of the most complex

Hong Kong heat

Our second Asian adventure this September has been in unseasonably warm and humid Hong Kong. A full report on the Asia Treasury Leaders’ Forum will appear in the Treasurer so here’s just a taster of a few days beside the fragrant harbour. There remains a wonderful contrast between the apparent calm and order of Singapore and the neon frenzy of Hong Kong not least in terms of air quality! But there’s more to Hong Kong than meets the eye. Your correspondent was lucky enough to asked to give a lunchtime lecture to undergraduate students (mostly in finance and business) at

ACT Ones to Watch networking evening

I hate to start this blog on a sombre note, but stick with me, it’ll come good, I promise! The negativity bias theory goes that humans have a propensity to focus on and remember negative experiences more easily. Some may claim they are “glass-half-full” types, but the counter-claim to anyone who says this is that there’s an evolutionary mechanism inside us all that means our minds hold onto the bad memories in order learn a lesson to try and avoid it happening again. So, if we’re all happy to accept this slightly bleak notion, let’s now focus on how we

Eastern eye

Singapore 2017 Once again the ACT was delighted to be invited to lead the Corporate Treasury workshop at this year’s GTR Trade and Treasury week in Singapore, the world’s largest event bringing these two disciplines together. Our venue was the extraordinary expo and convention centre that is the Marina Bay Sands – the three-legged hotel with the infinity pool on top, complete these days with a Singapore bumboat experience in the shopping ‘streets’! Delegates were offered not just the ACT on treasury but workshops, plenary sessions and discussion groups on all things trade and trade finance. And the state of

ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar: Bridging the gender gap

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,

ACT IN THE SPOTLIGHT #WINNERS

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

#actmebb post event blog – win-win supply chain finance in action

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

#ACTAC17 post event – over to you!

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