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February 2013 Message from the Chair

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Greetings and Salutations to ASQ London Section members!

We had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Seck about social responsibility and how it is being adopted and improved by international organizations. We learnt that it is a multi-faceted issue which touches us everyday directly and indirectly. For example, Starbucks believes in being a responsible business and ethical sourcing of Fair Trade CertifiedTM coffee is one way it follows this.

Fair Trade is a different way of doing business. It's about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace - to ensure the farmers and artisans behind those products get a better deal.

Ratan Tata who is Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons (a $100 Billion conglomerate) shared his thought on corporate social responsibility, which he believes doesn't mean just throwing away a percentage of profits. "CSR shouldn't be expressed in just giving money away for someone else to do. If you express  your concern by just making a deposit that someone else undertakes to do projects then I think it’s a very superficial expression of participating in social responsibility. Money itself doesn't make it happen..." It is about sharing and believing in doing the right thing.

ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement will focus on Managing Change in Today’s Challenging World. Join your peers in Indianapolis, IN May 6-8, 2013, for the latest quality products and services and networking opportunities. Change is ever-present, unpredictable, and occurring at an ever-increasing pace. In the face of this change, the 2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement offers both respite and guidance in the navigation of today’s changing world.

Reasons to attend the 2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement Network. Rub elbows with individuals who have implemented cost savings and quality improvement in their organization. Talk to them. Learn from them. Learn from the Team Competition. See real-life examples of quality tools at work. Implement. After the conference implement one quality tool you learned. You could also earn ASQ RU’s (Recertification Units) from the conference.

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ASQ London section invites you and your company to participate in ASQ London Quality Awards for Excellence (QAE) by nominating, sponsoring the award. Contact: Don Whitred This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Come join us on February 14th at Springbank Garden Community Center to hear ASQ Fellow, Elizabeth Burns talk about Internal Process Audits - An Alternative Approach. 

Warm Regards,
Prashanth Vanakayalpati
Chair, ASQ London 403 Section



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