Race Equality: The benefits for responsible business. Between 1999 and 2009, ethnic minority communities will rise from 6.7 per cent to 8 per cent of the total working-age population, accounting for half of its growth. At the same time, racial discrimination is preventing businesses from reaping the benefits of diversity, including in relation to their workforces, supply chains and customer bases. While no one solution fits all, for large and small businesses alike, this report outlines a change model for action focused on the following areas: leadership; education, information, and advice; incentives and rewards; and measuring progress. This report is for anyone striving to ensure that talent does not get wasted in an ever increasingly competitive economy, and that businesses and communities can reap the benefits of wealthier and more integrated society through their commitment to promoting race equality. Summary Document.
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High-Tech Business Services and Innovation in Germany and the UK: The Case of IT Outsourcing. This study reports on these issues through investigating the case of IT outsourcing in Germany and the UK. In both countries, the rapidly growing IT outsourcing market is an important driver underpinning growth in the computer services sector. Thirteen examples of large IT outsourcing contracts were selected (6 in Germany, 7 in the UK), ranging in value from e 25 million to more than e 5,000 million. In each case, interviews were conducted with managers in the IT firm and in the client organisation. By Damian Grimshaw and Marcela Miozzo (in collaboration with Paulina Ramirez, Matthias Knuth and Thorsten Kalina)
By Anglo-German Foundation, UK.
from Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communication . Public service broadcasting must change if it is to survive. The licensing and funding arrangements that support it are challenged by long-term technical and market changes including the proliferation of channels and services, the rise of new interactive services and the shift away from mass access to niche services and alternative platforms for content delivery. Although in the short term UK public service broadcasters are in a state of rude health, they neglect these longer-term challenges at their peril. Edited by Damian Tambini and Jamie Cowling.
Corporation tax reform. In August 2003 the government issued a further consultation document on reform to the corporation tax system. This consultation continues a process that started in July 2001 with a consultation document on large business taxation, and which appears to have become an annual exercise. This Briefing Note points out that this annual round of reform proposals does little to promote a stable environment for business investment decisions. New proposals on transfer pricing and finance leasing will add to business costs. By Stephen Bond and Alexander Klemm.
By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.