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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Posts Tagged ‘attitudes’

Seafood: Investigation into EU consumers’ attitudes shows sustainable supply is essential

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 gennaio 2017

fisheriesA new Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer choices regarding fishery and aquaculture products reveals that people in the EU eat seafood quite regularly, although how far people live from the sea plays a role in how often they eat fish. “This survey helps us see how Europeans choose their seafood. This helps inform our policies. We must make sure that Consumers continue to have a wide range of high quality seafood to choose from. That is why we are determined to reach targets on sustainable fishing by 2020”, stated European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.For seafood, there is a strong preference for regional, national and European origin (80%). The majority of consumers indicated that they like to try new products and species, which shows the importance and potential of diversified sourcing. Reducing import dependency by developing sustainable fishing and aquaculture in the EU is again emphasised. 68% of consumers indicated that they would eat more fish if the prices were lower.People mainly buy their seafood at the supermarket, and they look first at its appearance, then at its price and origin. Europeans trust the content of labels, especially when the information provided is required by law. 66% think the information on products is clear and easy to understand, showing that EU labelling rules are working.The survey findings are largely confirmed in a new study by EUMOFA, the Commission’s European market observatory for fisheries and aquaculture products. The study, which looked into retailers’ strategies and national campaigns promoting seafood consumption, notes the growing importance of farmed seafood products in the EU market, given the need for retailers to ensure a stable supply. The analysis also finds that various categories of consumers show common attitudes and behaviours across Member States, highlighting the potential for reinforcing the EU internal market for fishery and aquaculture products.

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Greenwashing – the extent to which companies meet their CSR promises depends on national attitudes to competition and individualism says Oxford academic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 aprile 2014

oxford universityThe assumption that corporations say one thing and do another when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not far from the truth, but just how much they follow through on their promises depends on cultural interpretations of the principles of liberal economics and the perceived role and strength of the government, says Thomas Roulet, Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.In a paper for the Journal of Business Ethics, “The Intentions with Which the Road is Paved: Attitudes to Liberalism as Determinants of Greenwashing”, Thomas Roulet and his co-author, Samuel Touboul, IPAG Business School, explored the ambiguities surrounding firms’ commitments to social and environmental initiatives. They discovered that in countries where people believed strongly in the virtues of competition, firms were more likely to practise “greenwashing” – that is, to make a lot of noise about their CSR but to do very little. In countries where liberalism was interpreted as predominantly about individual responsibility, firms were more likely to focus on concrete actions.“Our research suggested a highly complex relationship between beliefs in particular virtues of economic liberalism and the socially responsible behaviours of organisations,” said Dr Roulet. “It also raises a number of subtle questions relating to the respective roles of business and the state. When a small state is favoured, for example, it seems more likely that companies will step in to ‘fill the gap’. Indeed, some businesses end up having more power than the state and, through becoming involved in developing infrastructures, even substitute for it. However, the business people we interviewed were keen to make a distinction between socially responsible things that businesses should be doing, such as reducing the harmful emissions that they generate themselves, and activities that they engage in that are not really part of their remit, but may enhance their reputations. Even when firms act responsibly, they can be doing so with a certain amount of cynicism.”Using qualitative and quantitative methods, the researchers calculated average country-level beliefs when it came to two central tenets of economic liberalism: a belief in the virtues of competition and a belief in the importance of individual responsibility. They found that developed market economies such as Switzerland, the United States, New Zealand and Canada tended to have higher cultural beliefs in favour of individual responsibility. While those countries also score highly in terms of cultural beliefs in favour of competition, it appears that countries with higher scores on this variable are fast developing countries such as India, China, and Morocco.Mapping these country-level beliefs against the CSR actions of firms in those countries confirmed that firms are more likely to greenwash when populations’ beliefs in the virtue of competition are predominant, and when their beliefs in individual responsibility are less prominent. Therefore, in a country like Morocco, where beliefs in the virtue of individual responsibility are low, but in the virtue of competition are high, firms are more likely to greenwash. Conversely, in a country like France, where the population believes in the virtue of individual responsibility but prefers an absence of competition, firms are less likely to greenwash as they tend to implement socially and environmentally responsible actions without specifically signalling those actions.“We tend to assume that firms are inherently selfish and more likely to indulge in symbolic CSR practices that look good, such as getting green accreditation, than actively trying to improve stakeholders’ welfare by, for example, reducing CO₂ emissions,” said Dr Roulet. “In fact, our research has shown that what a firm does in the context of CSR is influenced by the shared cultural expectations in its country of origin, which either unconsciously encourage greenwashing or demand substantive action. Subtle distinctions between different countries’ interpretations of what a liberal economy is all about can lead to very different attitudes and actions when it comes to how businesses operate in relation to society.”

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Does discrimination foster violence?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 ottobre 2010

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is publishing results from a survey of 3,000 Muslim and non-Muslim young people about their experiences of and attitudes towards discrimination, social marginalisation and violence. The results indicate that in the three Member States where the survey took place (France, Spain and the United Kingdom) most young people – regardless of their religious background – do not support violence. On the other hand, those young people who have been victims of discrimination or violence are at greater risk of engaging in violence themselves. On average, one out of four young people reported that they had been unfairly treated or picked on. Muslim youths were significantly more likely than non-Muslims to say that this had happened to them in France and Spain; in the United Kingdom there was no difference between responses for Muslim and non-Muslim youth.

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Human Reproduction & Embryology

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 giugno 2010

Rome Sunday 27 June – Wednesday 30 June 2010 Fiera Via Portuense, 1645-1647 26th Annual Meeting
Monday 28 June (11:45 – in English) Chair: Dr. Luca Gianaroli, ESHRE Chairman • Drs. Srilatha Gorthi and Julie Nekkebroeck: Two studies of women’s attitudes to ‘social egg freezing’ find that   younger and older women have different reasons for delaying motherhood • Dr. Kelechi Nnoaham: Endometriosis has a significant effect on women’s work productivity, first worldwide study finds  Dr. Vivian Rittenberg: Are overweight women undertaking ART more likely to miscarry?
Monday 28 June (13:00 – in Italian) Chair: Dr. Luca Gianaroli, ESHRE Chairman  Dr. Anna Pia Ferraretti: Italian patients amongst the most mobile in crossing borders for ART
• Dr. Paolo Emmanuele Levi Setti: Italian Constitutional Court modifications of a restrictive ART law improve pregnancy rates • Mrs. Filomena Gallo (patient association Amica Cicogna): Italian judges move to protect couples’ rights
Tuesday 29 June (10:00 – in English) Chair: Dr. Anna Veiga, ESHRE Chairman elect • Dr. Maria Lalioti: Researchers discover why some women are sub-fertile and have a poor response to ovarian stimulating hormones • Dr. Suzanna Frints: A cheap and simple, non-invasive blood test could replace invasive diagnostic techniques in early pregnancy • Dr. Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen: Does drinking alcohol during pregnancy affect sperm quality in sons?
Wednesday 30 June (09:15 – in English) Chair: Professor Joep Geraedts, ESHRE past chairman • Dr. Ana Cristina Cobo Cabal: Are on-going pregnancy rates from vitrified eggs as good as those from fresh? New randomised trial has the answer • Dr. Alicia Armstrong: New non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids can improve quality of life and maintain fertility • Dr. Jacques de Mouzon and Dr. Karl Nygren: Data from the ESHRE European IVF Monitoring Group and world data from the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART) http://www.fieraroma.it

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