Great strides at Levi’s

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article When Bruce Robertson joined Levi’s as the UK’s HR director, he found acompany culture at variance with the sociable image of the brand. Paul Tyrrellreports on how he began to transform its people practicesLevi Strauss & Co, the jeans-maker, whose advertising included a famouslaunderette striptease by Nick Kamen, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. It is one of the best-known brands in the world, and an innovative employer– the first multinational company to develop a code of conduct to ensure fairtreatment of all its staff, and one of the first to offer flexible workinghours. However, the company no longer looks invincible. Worldwide sales fell from apeak of £4.25bn in 1997 to £2.45bn last year, largely due to a massive rise incompetition in the jeanswear market, and a fall in the amount spent by youngpeople on fashion. Since early 2002, Levi’s has axed around a quarter of itsstaff, taking its total number from about 16,600 to around 12,400. Last year’s redundancies included 650 in Scotland, where two factories wereclosed as part of a manufacturing shift to Hungary and other low-wagelocations. The closures were announced in January, and it was shortlyafterwards that a new UK HR director, Bruce Robertson, was recruited from PretA Manger. “The closures in Scotland were dealt with in Brussels [at Levi’sheadquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa],” Robertson says. “Following the resignation of my predecessor,” he addseuphemistically, “the company took the opportunity to bring in more HRexperience to raise the profile and involvement of HR in the UK business.”Robertson is a retail specialist who worked at Pret A Manger from early1999, when the sandwich seller had more than 2,000 staff and 20 new shops wereopening every year. Prior to that he was head of personnel at high-streetclothing chain Jigsaw for 18 months. He also worked at Harrods for eight years,where he climbed his way up to head of human resources after completing themanagement training scheme. Now settled in a bright and orderly London office, overlooking CarnabyStreet and just a stone’s throw from the company’s flagship store on RegentStreet, he is responsible for Levi’s employees in the UK, Ireland andScandinavia – about 450 staff in total. Most perform head-office functions suchas marketing and IT. Only around 184 are actually in retail, as Levi’sfranchises most of its UK stores. Think global, act local “Many US companies would enforce a standard model across theirinternational divisions, but Levi’s has never done that,” Robertson says.”Part of the strategy contained in the ‘LS&Co way’, the values andvision of the company, is to operate globally, but act locally.” He adds that freedom to make meaningful changes was one of the key thingsthat persuaded him to join the company. “We have a central ‘reward and recognition’ team that standardisesthings across the markets, but it’s up to the local HR function to work out,for example, how to tailor compensation packages to their market. “Even in the product portfolio you will see a very different range inEurope than in the US or Japan. Locally, we also decided to use theimplementation of the ‘LS&Co way’ as a tool to trigger a change in the UK’sinternal working culture,” he says. The need to respond to local trends is particularly vital in the UK, whichis seen by Levi’s and many other fashion retailers as the most competitive andcontinually evolving market in the world. So making Levi’s UK sales team”more proactive and less reactive” was highest on Robertson’s list ofpriorities. He quickly increased the number of key account managers from four to six,relieving the administrative burden. He also created a new UK role of salesdirector, a move that has since been copied in other Levi’s territories. “We had two UK sales managers and needed to amalgamate them into a UKsales director’s role, someone who could deal with House of Fraser, forexample, at a more senior level,” he explains. “Bringing in a sales director gave the new managing director for the UK& Ireland – Mat Mycock, recruited from Diageo – a chance to step back anddelegate some of his ambassadorial role.” Talking the talk It was during this restructuring that Robertson became aware of acommunications problem – not just between the offices in London, Northamptonand Dublin, but even between workmates in the same offices. “There were cases of people e-mailing each other across the office oreven the room,” he says. “There was often a lack of human interactionand a certain lack of trust.” Robertson learned a lot by simply talking to the IT department about the waypeople used their computers. “I was surprised by the number of people who asked for receipts fortheir e-mails,” he says, referring to a feature of e-mail software such asMicrosoft Outlook that enables users to be notified when their messages areactually read, rather than merely received. Clearly a ‘pow-wow’ was required and, in partnership with local managers,Robertson decided to increase the number of divisional get-togethers from oneto four every year. At the first of these new-style meetings, the entire team was shuffled intoseven groups and asked to come up with high-impact, low-cost initiatives toimprove the Levi’s working environment. The feedback was consistent: staffwanted better interaction, fewer e-mails and more phone calls, and ‘photoboards’ on which to display the new recruits, first on office walls and thenonline. “Now we have an informal rule,” Robertson says. “If youhaven’t spoken to someone in the UK, then you must pick up the phone and talkto them before you e-mail them.” Uniting behind the brand Small measures like this have proved very successful, Robertson says. But ontheir own, they would not be enough to get people thinking as a team. Too manypeople in the company could only describe their role in isolation, and not aspart of the business of actually getting jeans into the hands of the customer,he says. They needed to be united behind the brand. His solution was an ongoing programme of ‘reinduction’ for everyone in thecompany. This involves groups of up to eight people learning about thefinancial aspects of Levi’s worldwide and in the UK, as well as its values andvisions. And every employee now spends a day at the flagship store, at headoffice, with an account manager, or at a distribution centre, observing whathappens at the coalface. The aim, Robertson says, is to “reinvigoratepeople about Levi’s”. “There’s a lot of pride at this company, and people still get nostalgicabout the Nick Kamen ad,” he says. “But previously they didn’t haveenough information given to them to reconnect to the brand.” Of course, while Robertson wants to get his staff into a sociable mindset,he does not want them to get too casual, as Levi’s is currently in the middleof what it calls ‘The Great Turnaround’ pack. Shedding staff was part of thepainful march back to growth. So from 7 April 2003, employment contracts werereissued under new terms and conditions that, in Robertson’s words, are”less employee-centric”. “When you’re in a turnaround situation, you need to be flexible,”he says. “One change, for example, concerned our Northampton office, whichused to close down on a Friday at 1pm – a legacy from past years. This sentvery mixed messages to the rest of the company, and more importantly, to ourcustomers.” Overall, it is a series of small, but fundamental measures that have helpedto transform the division’s culture. They were made possible by a seniormanagement that trusts its regional executives to act locally, but also,Robertson explains with relish, because there was no UK managing director atLevi’s when the new contracts were being negotiated. “I had to lead and, in many cases, go beyond neutrality, so it was agreat challenge. It’s one of the best examples to my mind of a company where HRhas been allowed to be truly influential.” Trackbacks/Pingbackscenter_img Flashback: Great Strides at Levi’s – 1 Jul 2020 […] A flashback to the culture change work at Levi Strauss: […] Great strides at Levi’sOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

87,000 properties with anonymous owners

first_imgHome » News » 87,000 properties with anonymous owners previous nextRegulation & Law87,000 properties with anonymous ownersAnti-corruption and anti-money laundering campaigner, Global Witness, reveals the figure as it continues to lobby for a register of real owners of UK property.Sheila Manchester21st March 20190907 Views We have all seen or heard about the empty mansions in the finer parts of the UK, but the latest analysis by Global Witness reveals that over 87,000 properties in England and Wales are owned by anonymous companies registered in tax havens.The value of these properties is at least £56 billion according to Land Registry data – and it is likely to be in excess of £100 billion when accounting for inflation and missing price data.Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee earlier this week, Ava Lee, Senior Anti-Corruption Campaigner at Global Witness said that, “It’s increasingly clear that UK property is one of the favourite tools of the criminal and corrupt for stashing and laundering stolen cash. This analysis reveals the alarming scale of the UK’s secret property scandal.“There’s some good news. Tomorrow, Parliament is reviewing a draft law that could force these secret owners out of the shadows. We’re calling on the Government to table this legislation as quickly as possible, so we can find out who really owns so much of the UK.”40 per cent of the anonymously owned properties identified are in London. Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge, where the average property costs £3 million, hosts at least 134 secretly owned properties. Buckingham Palace Road is also home to a large number, with an estimated value of £350 million.As of March 2019, the areas with the highest number of anonymously owned properties are:10,000 in Westminster, right on the government’s doorstep;5,729 in Kensington and Chelsea;2,320 in Camden; and1,930 in Tower laundering Global Witness anonymous companies anti money laundering corruption tax havens March 21, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Syracuse football’s offensive line patches together mediocre performance

first_imgBefore the game, graduate assistant and former SU lineman Macky MacPherson acknowledged the line was a patchwork and needed to be scrappy to find success.“This is war. This is a fight,” he yelled as the linemen stretched. “Punch them in the mouth,” another person called out.Syracuse’s two-touchdown start, though, was more about catching Connecticut off guard on deep passes than it was offensive line dominance. Both touchdowns were from more than 30 yards and four deep passes took up 120 of the 134 total yards.When the game settled down, the flaws on the line showed.On SU’s fifth drive, the left side of the line caved in and Dungey went down on a sack. On the next play, a rusher got around the edge on a third down and hit Dungey, who was forced to just throw the ball into the dirt to avoid a sack. The QB sat on the ground holding his facemask until Adams came over to pick him up.On third down the next drive, UConn defensive end Cole Ormsby got around the right edge past McGloster and hit Dungey, who had to rush his throw again and it fell incomplete.“We got to a quick start and we kind of stalemated a little bit,” Lasker said. “But we picked it up in the second half and I think we grew as a unit this game.”The line was better in pass protection than it was in run blocking. Syracuse finished with just 62 yards rushing on 26 carries — its lowest yardage on the year and least yards per rush average for a game this season. Dungey was sacked just once and hurried three times.The running game is the offensive line’s responsibility, Lasker said.On SU’s first drive of the second half, Byrne backed the team up to its own 9-yard line with a holding call on second down, wiping out a 5-yard gain. Then Roberts false started on third down two plays later to make it third-and-16 that SU did not convert.Co-offensive coordinator Mike Lynch called the line together on the sideline and told the team to calm down and that it would be OK, Lasker said.“I know we had some penalties,” Babers said. “We had some mental mistakes there’s no doubt about it but we’ve got to grow from there.”Lasker said he’s unsure of the conditions of Palmer, Emerich and Conway. He said Emerich and Palmer helped the inexperienced players during film review and practice over the course of the week.But for now those three are sidelined, leaving a patchwork, unproven group in their place.“No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” Babers said. “Those guys have to grow up and we’ve got more games to play and we expect them to help us win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Related Stories 3 things we learned from Syracuse football’s 31-24 win over ConnecticutSyracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutAmba Etta-Tawo sets Syracuse football single-game record with 270 receiving yards in win against ConnecticutStorify: Syracuse community reacts to 31-24 win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse football defeats Connecticut, 31-24 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The starting offensive line that took the field for Syracuse had a combined one start coming into the season. Left tackle Michael Lasker started the first game of the 2014 season against Villanova, but that was it.Between Lasker, Aaron Roberts at left guard, Colin Byrne at center, Evan Adams at right guard and Jamar McGloster at right tackle there were just eight starts of experience, including this season.With starting center Jason Emerich, starting right guard Omari Palmer and starting left tackle Cody Conway out due to injury, Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) employed a patchwork offensive line in a 31-24 win over Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic) in East Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. The team’s starting quarterback, sophomore Eric Dungey, had more starts coming into the game than the line combined, and he missed four games last year due to injury.“I think anytime that those guys play their first game — eight starts out of an entire offensive line — that’s difficult,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “We won the game so I’m happy with their effort.”MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree things we learned from Syracuse’s win over ConnecticutSyracuse snaps two-game losing streak with 31-24 winAmba Etta-Tawo sets school record with 270 receiving yardsGallery: The best sights from SU-UConnlast_img read more

Mothers of Mashabo village honoured

first_imgShawn’s Mini Mart of Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast honoured mothers of the Amerindian community of Mashabo on Mother’s Day. Despite the inclement weather condition, the trip to the Amerindian Community of Mashabo, which sits on the banks of the Ituribisi Conservancy, was a well-deserved one, the businessman, said.The mothers of Mashabo Village who were honoured on Sunday pose for a picture during the eventGifts in the form of clothing, footwear, food and drinks were donated to about 125 mothers. According to the businessman, the activity is an annual event to pay tribute to his own mother, and he will continue to give to mothers.In response to the donation, Mashabo Toshao Sylvin Raphael said he is very thankful to the businessman and family for choosing his community, Mashabo, and to bring joy to the hearts of the many mothers, because most families cannot afford a gift, and the gesture has brought joy to the community.last_img read more

ASU seniors give fans victory

first_imgAubree Johnson will always remember her final home game at Arizona State. Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, the most by a Sun Devil this season, to lead No.10 Arizona State to a 78-63 victory over Oregon State in Tempe on Saturday. Johnson hit 12 of 15 shots from the floor, the most points and field goals by an ASU player this season. Johnson’s explosion came on an emotional day for her and fellow senior Emily Westerberg. The co-captains and best friends were honored with bouquets in a pregame ceremony and received a long standing ovation when they came out with 2:23 to play. “I definitely was just trying to stay in kind of a neutral position emotionally,” Johnson said. “It definitely is sad, but at the same time it’s just exciting.” The Sun Devils have gone 54-4 at Wells Fargo Arena since Westerberg and Johnson arrived in 2003-04. The Sun Devils (23-3, 13-2 Pacific-10 Conference) finish the regular season with threeroad games: at USC, at UCLA and at Arizona. The Sun Devils’ respect for the seniors was evident. It seemed as if teammates were looking to feed Johnson or Westerberg every time down the floor. Westerberg finished with 10 points. “They’ve meant so much to our program, I think everybody played with a little bit more passion tonight,” coach Charli Turner Thorne said. center_img Kirsten Thompson had 17points and eight rebounds for Arizona State, which defeated the Beavers for the ninth straight time. Casey Nash, the Pac-10’s leading scorer with 20.4 points per game, led Oregon State (8-15, 3-11) with 24 points. The Beavers have lost seven of eight. No. 11 Stanford 80, Washington 54: Candice Wiggins scored 23 points and topped 1,700 in her career for the host Cardinal (21-4, 13-1 Pac-10) before leaving with a sprained right ankle with 7:59left. No. 15 Baylor 81, Iowa State 64: Angela Tisdale scored 21 points, tying her season high, and Bernice Mosby added 17 points and 15rebounds to lead the host Lady Bears (21-4, 8-3 Big 12). No. 16 Texas A&M 78, No. 12 Oklahoma 68: Takia Starks and A’Quonesia Franklin scored 25 points apiece to help the host Aggies (19-4, 9-2) extend their home winning streak to 14 games and maintain a share of the Big 12 conference lead. No. 17 Louisville 98, Syracuse 50: Chauntise Wright had career highs of 25points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (22-3, 8-3 Big East). No. 18 Bowling Green 85, N. Illinois 76: Ali Mann scored 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and added 16rebounds to lead the visiting Falcons (22-2, 11-0 Mid-American Conference). No. 20 California 72, Washington State 45: Devanei Hampton scored 26 points, and Ashley Walker had 25 for the host Golden Bears (19-6, 9-6 Pac-10). The Cougars (5-20, 1-14) have lost 14straight. No. 21 Nebraska 54, Colorado 44: Kiera Hardy scored 16 points for the visiting Cornhuskers (21-4, 9-2), who are tied for first place in the Big 12 with Texas A&M. No. 23 Marquette 67, Georgetown 52: Christina Quaye scored 27 points, going 8 for 12 from the field and 10for 10 from the free-throw line to lead the visiting Golden Eagles (20-4, 8-3 Big East). No. 24 Wisconsin-Green Bay 72, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 63: Natalie Berglin scored 15 points, and Nicole Soulis had 13 to lead the visiting Phoenix (19-3, 10-0 Horizon League) to its 16th straight win. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Crabs wrap season with 3-game sweep

first_imgBronson Grubbs had a game-high four hits and three RBIs in the Humboldt Crabs season finale as the Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 19-6 Sunday afternoon at the Arcata Ballpark.“A great group of guys up and down the roster,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “They came to play the right way.”The win on Sunday was the in a fourth win in a row for the Crabs (37-10), who swept the Blues in three games. They outscord the Blues 40-16 over the three games.The Crabs scored their first run …last_img

BLM applies for grants to improve Samoa Dunes off-road areas

first_imgThe Bureau of Land Management held a meeting Wednesday evening to hear from the public about how they can better manage needs and projects related to off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands.The comments will be incorporated into the BLM’s preliminary grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division, which disperses grants that help with the costs of law enforcement, maintenance and development of off-road vehicle recreation.Casey Hague, an outdoor …last_img

FM likely to announce more support measures for economy DBS

first_imgSingapore: The government may announce two more tranches of support measures over the next fortnight, following last week’s economy boosting package unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to a report by DBS. Sitharaman on Friday announced a raft of measures, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors, exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth from a five-year low. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Taking a leaf of these recent measures, we reckon that the focus will be on finetuning measures along with an accommodative monetary policy, while steering clear of broad-based fiscal stimulus, said Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research. The latter, nonetheless, could come into play if growth risks turn starker in second half of the year and into 2020, she added. “While these measures (announced on Friday) will help improve sentiments and buoy economic activity, we continue to see 30-40bps downside risks to our full-year growth forecast,” wrote Rao. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The June quarter GDP numbers due this week will mark a slowdown from March quarter’s 5.8 per cent year-on-year, as consumption contracted, investments in private and public sectors weakened due to elections and services sector was sub-par. Third quarter growth is also likely to stay weak but stabilise as government spending resumes after the elections. An accommodative monetary policy stance accompanied by a jumpstart in the transmission process is also expected to lower lending rates. Despite a better third quarter, evolving trends lend downside risk to DBS forecast. For monetary policy, limited fiscal implications from the latest fiscal measures keep the door open for further easing, according to the DBS report. The latest RBI minutes from the August review saw the committee members accord high priority to limit weakness to growth and to jumpstart transmission. “We retain our call for another 15-25bps cut at the October meeting, on the back of a weak 2Q GDP outcome later this week, said Rao. Challenging global conditions and a dovish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) might also add to the case for the RBI to take a growth supportive stance, though admittedly it will be a close call, said the report. Further easing will need to be balanced with preserving policy space after frontloading rate cuts this year, it said. Relief gains are likely in bond and equity markets on positive domestics but gains in the latter will be restrained by an escalation in the trade war rhetoric. Absence of an aggressive stimulus programme, while the central bank remains focused on policy transmission, will restrain a sharper rise in yields. Global yields also look set to remain low for longer. The USD-INR, meanwhile, continues to watch CNY (Chinese Yuan) movements and broader dollar bias, which at this juncture points towards further rupee weakness owing to a weak global environment, said the DBS report.last_img read more

Be A Character In James Pattersons New Book And Help Charity

first_imgSixty-five-year-old crime and thriller author James Patterson has sold more novels than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined by creating unforgettable characters like psychologist Alex Cross, NYPD detective Michael Bennett and homicide inspector Lindsey Boxer.Now, Patterson is teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation and global charity auction site to auction the chance for one lucky bidder to have a character named after them, or someone they choose, in an upcoming book. Villain, hero or victim – the choice is Patterson’s, and the winner will have to read the book to find out!Bidding is open today through Monday, February 11th, at Closing just in time for Valentine’s Day, this Patterson-fan-dream-gift is valued at $15,000. Bidding is currently at $6,010.Patterson has written 107 books, sold more than 275 million copies and boasts 83 bestsellers, a Guinness World Record.Proceeds of the auction benefit the National Kidney Foundation, the leading health organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease. Currently, 73 million people in the United States are at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. NKF is dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk.last_img read more