The National Safety Council has released results from its Employer Perception Survey indicating that 33 percent of the 2,000 employees surveyed across the country believe that safety takes a backseat to productivity at their organizations. The survey is released each June—National Safety Month—to raise awareness of the leading causes of preventable death and how workers can reduce their risks.
In a recent interview with Yale Insights, Professor Fiona Scott Morton, the former chief economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, noted that the global companies—and the technology sector in particular—present new challenges for antitrust authorities since their products are accessible from around the world. More than 120 countries have some form of antitrust law, but countries may have goals beyond simply boosting competition. For example, European and American authorities recently arrived at different conclusions when the European Union charged Google with antitrust violations relating to its mobile Android software. It’s an issue that associations with worldwide memberships will have to address carefully.
New Orleans recently hosted the travel industry’s biggest event—the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW. The association notes that its event is the largest generator of travel to the U.S., with more than 1,000 travel organizations from every region of the country and more than 1,300 buyers from roughly 70 countries. Business negotiations conducted at the event typically result in the generation of more than $4.7 billion in future travel to the USA, the association notes.
The International Bridal Manufacturers Association held the first annual National Bridal Sale Day—or Bridal Saturday—on July 16, 2016. The association is aiming to create a new tradition for the bridal industry that will mimic the hype, and success, that other retail sees from Black Friday or Small Business Saturday. More than 700 independent bridal retailers across the country participated.
During a recent visit to Cuba as part of the Cuba International Tourism Fair, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association received a request to assist Cuba in launching its own hotel association. Other matters discussed included the need to further develop sustainable tourism and the regional cooperation to strengthen the Caribbean brand.
The Special Forces Association—a 52-year-old national organization whose members once served in the U.S. Special Forces—has reportedly rebuked calls for more gun control from former CIA director David Petraeus and retired Army general Stanley McChrystal. At its annual convention last week, the organization drew up a membership resolution confirming its position.
The Alzheimer's Association recently hosted The Longest Day, an event to raise funds for and awareness of Alzheimer's. The event is held each year on the summer solstice, which fell this year on June 20, to symbolize the challenges faced by those living with the disease and their caregivers. Throughout the day, teams across the world participated in activities they love to fundraise and honor someone facing the disease.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network brought nearly 700 pancreatic cancer advocates from across the country, including more than 100 survivors, together on Capitol Hill on June 21 to urge Congress to make cancer research funding a federal priority. The organization notes that pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer this year to become the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the country.
Kroger has announced plans to install energy-free exit signs at all of its new and renovated stores nationwide. While reducing its carbon footprint, the grocery chain is also helping the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired in its mission to help the blind and visually impaired lead independent lives. The exit signs are developed by MN8, and manufactured by CABVI members with severe vision loss.
The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 21 during its Annual Meeting & Housing Expo. HAND reports that it is the largest regional membership association of its kind in the area, and its event brought together 1,200 affordable housing practitioners and community development specialists.