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About adamroscoe

Brit in Switzerland - always welcome a professional challenge; it's the best way to grow and learn. Currently into fourth career: 1] Journalist, 2] Public Relations and Corporate Communications, 3] Sustainability, HSE, business ethics and crisis management [4] Consultant for 2 and 3 above. Trained as a journalist when it was normal to type reports on a typewriter before entering public relations and issues management consultancy and from there joined chemical company ICI plc as head of communications for one of its divisions. Migrated to Switzerland in 2001 for a job with the communications department of a Fortune 500 company, concluding in communications as head of corporate comms. Assigned to reinvigorate and grow the company's sustainability function, specifically focusing on improving health, safety, security, crisis management, environment and human rights around the world. This background has given me an ability to embed sustainable business practice and true, two-way engagement into the business strategy. I also try to assimilate as much complex information as fast as possible, before processing it and developing strategic recommendations, backed-up by practical proposals on implementation. Interests: photography (see flickr! link on this site), learning more about the 'post-fact era', cooking, wine and classic cars. Twitter: @tontkowalski

‘Human error’ blamed for BA’s server crash. But which human and what error?

When there’s an accident at work, it’s often the worker involved who is blamed. Sometimes – after lengthy and thorough investigations – the multiple causes of accidents are revealed to be much broader than ‘someone doing something stupid’ and the hope … Continue reading

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The theme of Business Continuity Awareness Week is Cyber Security. No, really…

If businesses and public organizations needed a kick in the backside over their cyber crisis preparedness, then many got it over the weekend as the ransomware ‘Wanna Decryptor’ paralysed hundreds of thousands of users and systems in more than 100 … Continue reading

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Is BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink a champion of the worker, or an investment manager? Well both actually

Last year Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs of companies in which BlackRock invests urged them and their boards to look forward (as opposed to back) at strategic issues affecting value creation. (See my blog from 2016). This year, his letter … Continue reading

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Making America Great Again: risks and opportunities for the new POTUS

I wouldn’t want to be Mr. Trump. Not for all the tea in China (although from Friday, I hear he will be mandating that ‘all that tea must be made in the US from now on’). I wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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Creating a company culture that drives business priorities – the Bezos way

Jeff Bezos of Amazon bought the Washington Post three years ago. Prior to that, journalists there had variable compensation based on one thing – operating income. Now it’s different, as described by Shailesh Prakash, the Post’s chief information officer: ‘When … Continue reading

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Media waiting for ‘single cause’ for Croydon tram tragedy… They’ll wait. And wait…

A tram crashed in Croydon south of London on the morning of November 9 when it failed to negotiate a bend and left the track, tragically resulting in the loss of seven people’s lives. A bulletin on a BBC news … Continue reading

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Northern Powerhouse: a new pub or an economic policy?

Northern Powerhouse – they serve a good pint there, I believe…
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Peter’s message

Peter should address a wider audience…. Click: here

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What should tomorrow’s leaders know about sustainability?

Theo Hacking is Programme Director for the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), which currently deliver two part-time Master’s level sustainability programmes. They are exploring new accredited programmes that will address gaps in the sustainability-related qualifications currently available at Cambridge … Continue reading

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Sustainability leadership

Big problems probably need a range of people with a range of skills and perspectives to solve them. Take climate change… or have we given up and are we really talking about ‘the effects of climate change’? So who are … Continue reading

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