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A Message From. Jenny Hewell: IAM Chief Executive

Academic journal article Manager

A Message From. Jenny Hewell: IAM Chief Executive

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As the wheels of business ratchet up after the New Year celebrations, I am happy to share with you my hopes and concerns for a successful 2011. The global economy remains in a state of flux, with health warnings stamped all over major western economies and an increasing shift to Asian markets. With members in 71 nations across the world, the IAM is in a privileged position: we are close to international heart beats as markets change and trends surface.

Back home business leaders are beginning to see how David Cameron's Big Society may impact on their operations. Speaking at the 'Business in the Community Leadership Summit' at the end of last year, the Prime Minister explained how the business community has the power, creativity and enterprise to tackle some of the most pressing social challenges in the UK. He wants business leaders to sign up to a 'responsible business practice' commitment and take action in five priority areas:

* Improving skills and creating jobs

* Supporting small and medium sized enterprises

* Reducing carbon footprints and protecting the environment

* Improving quality of life and well being

* Supporting the community. …

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