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Heard in the supermarket


One of the more lighter-hearted moments I have experienced during the current crisis was on a visit
to my local supermarket when I overheard a teenager comment to a group of her school friends,
“Did people not actually wash their hands until now?”

It set me thinking to what extent the COVID-19 crisis might result in some of the “temporary
behavioural changes we have seen become permanent.

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Laboratory Planet Earth


We can be sure that laboratories around the world will be busy now as never before. With the
pressure on to test and retest not to mention the hunt for an effective COVID-19 vaccine, those
filling these buildings will be busy experimenting and innovating. But then that’s what we expect of
laboratories, so we can be comfortable they will do it well.

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How can my organisation make a useful contribution to clients during this period of unprecedented major disruption?

 


At the risk of stating the obvious we are all experiencing a level of disruption to our
personal and business lives the like of which few if any of us will ever have encountered.
Understandably uppermost on our minds will be concerns as to whether we are doing all
in our power to keep ourselves and those closest to us safe. In parallel, we need to be
concerned about our organisational well-being – are we adhering to the complex
checklist of items that require attending to in this time of crisis?

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Given the coronavirus epidemic, what can pension scheme executives and trustees do to contain the impact on their stakeholders?


The recent coronavirus epidemic has led to travel restrictions, some companies instructing their staff to work from home and to severe market dislocations. What can pension scheme executives and trustees do to contain the impact on their stakeholders?

Avida International has put together a brief list of thoughts that you may find helpful in dealing with this crisis.  

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Are my crisis management processes as robust as they could be? Investors and Pension Funds can learn much from the military’s approach to risk and crisis management


The current Covid-19 outbreak is sure to exert huge strain on many organisations globally.

Military commanders are very familiar with encountering such stresses. They regularly face ambiguous and
fast-moving circumstances, which can change in rapid and unexpected ways. So, what if anything,
can investors and pension funds learn from the military’s approach to risk and crisis management?

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Is it sufficient to carry out crisis management training for people in your organisation once?


I live approximately five kilometres from the Queensferry Crossing. If you’ve never before
heard of it, this is a bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland, recently completed at a cost
of £1.4bn. If you enter it into your search engine, you will discover that it was necessary to
close it earlier this week, during storm Ciara for safety reasons. Needless to say, this has
been a huge inconvenience for local commuters and bad news for the Scottish economy.

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Is copying the successes of your competitors a valid growth strategy?


In theory at least, there are many ways to create and nurture a successful business. Perhaps the
most obvious is an approach based on innovation – the creation of a new product or service. Many
of us will think of Apple and its iPhone when considering this category.

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How to implement ESG throughout the governance chain


Yesterday morning Avida International hosted its spring London roundtable entitled “How to implement ESG policies throughout the governance chain.” Twelve very senior participants from pension funds representing more than ten percent of the UK pension market joined us for an animated discussion. A big thank you to all our guests for your thought-provoking input.

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Why accurate reporting is key to improving customer satisfaction


Its true that life was a lot simpler thirty years ago. News reports appeared perhaps twice daily, the
people who made TV programmes went to bed at night and PC was neither an essential piece of
office equipment nor a way one needed to be careful to conduct oneself in conversation.

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The importance of business disaster recovery plans. Investors and Pension Funds can learn much from the military’s approach to risk and crisis management


Military commanders face ambiguous and fast-moving circumstances, which can change in rapid and
unexpected ways. So, what if anything, can investors and pension funds learn from the military’s
approach to risk and crisis management?

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