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BABC Member KPMG releases COVID-19 Spot Survey: Global Immigration Issues and Learnings

KPMG recently polled nearly 75 global professionals in human resources, global mobility and immigration*, tax, finance, and legal regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their organization’s immigration programs and policies and initial responses to the challenges. Respondents represented 25 different industries globally. The following are some of the key findings: Nearly 75 percent of participating organizations reported having the necessary visa and work permit tracking information at hand regarding their globally mobile employees and accompanying family members. Nearly 60 percent confirmed having global mobility/immigration system tracking tools (via in-house or third-party system technology

Food Transparency as a Useful Guide to Optimal Food Purchases

Our BABC Board Director Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D. shares a first research (working) paper with support from Transparent Path spc, and Infinite Sum Modelling Inc. (Infisum or ISM) with Martina Dove Ph.D. and Adhithya Balasubramanian, on the consumer perceptions about food transparency, based on stakeholder interview study (currently being peer-reviewed in an international journal). Read the research paper.

Trade Effects of U.S. China Trade War: An Econometric Analysis

BABC Board Director Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D. shares his new working paper (currently being peer reviewed in a journal), on the US-China Trade War. Read through the findings that include losses to the U.S. exports to China have been 1.6 times higher than those to the Chinese exports to the U.S., for every percentage point increase in tariff. Read the full paper.

Immigration in the US During a Global Pandemic

BABC member Tahmina Watson, a fellow Brit and founder of Watson Immigration in Seattle, WA, kindly joined British Benevolent Society's Charles Cockerton (President), Arif Damji (Board member) and Jennifer Baker (Executive Director) to discuss practical information around the Coronavirus pandemic and how it is impacting expat communities. The interview touches on general immigration questions, temporary visas, applying for green cards and returning to the US. Much like the pandemic, the impact of Covid-19 is constantly evolving. The most important thing you can do is obtain guidance from an expert, ensure you are following the existing laws and educate yourself. Be sure to sign up for Tahmina

A Brief History of the British Benevolent Society

The president of our BABC sister chapter, BABC LA, James Langridge recently highlight our BABC-PNW partner and business affiliate, the British Benevolent Society in an informative podcast. BBS representatives Charles Cockerton (President), Arif Damji (Board member) and Jennifer Baker (Executive Director) fill listeners in on the rich history of the BBS, which is rooted in California's Gold Rush, and what it is doing today for those struggling during the age of Covid-19. Listen to the podcast.

BABC member BAE Systems shares advice on looking after yourself and your mental health during this d

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 was ‘kindness’. The week ensures that mental health is talked about across the UK which is especially pertinent this year, as the week fell in the midst of a global pandemic where everyone finds themselves in lockdown at home. The importance of mental health has likely never affected so many people at once. Hear from BABC member BAE Systems as they share advice on looking after yourself and your mental health during this difficult time. Click the video below.

BABC Director, Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D. shares insights on policy and business strategi

BABC Board Director Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, PhD, recently discussed the impact of artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies on international trade and the global economy, post COVID-19. The policy implications from disruptive technologies for both businesses and governments are wide-ranging and Badri delves into the details in an episode of The Risk Experience Podcast. Listen directly at or via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud or your favorite podcast directory.

Washington State Digital Trade: Barriers and Opportunities

BABC partner, Washington Council on International Trade, released new research on barriers and opportunities to Washington state digital trade. Access the research here. Today’s digital economy is enabling business and society in ways not previously envisioned. In a relatively short time, computer technology leapt from simply being a productivity tool to becoming an essential and accessible hub of social and commercial interaction. The digital economy is reshaping how Washington State companies connect across borders, creating new ways for businesses of all sizes to reach new markets and customers through trade. Business and society often struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of economic a

International Trade and the Global Pandemic: Impacts of COVID-19 on Washington’s Trade Economy

New research from BABC partner, Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT), newest research, examines the economic slowdown on Washington state's top trade partners and its implications for the state's economy. COVID-19 is hitting Washington's supply chain, cargo flow through local ports, and suppressing demand on foodservice and agricultural products. The report offers specific policy recommendations to help mitigate the negative impacts of the virus on the Washington State trade-reliant economy. Read WCIT's new original research, International Trade and the Global Pandemic: Impacts of COVID-19 on Washington's Trade Economy, which provides valuable insights into COVID-19's impacts.

UK-U.S. FTA: First Round of Negotiations Completed; Statement Issued by Secretary of State for Inter

Today the UK Department of International Trade and International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss issued a statement to update on the negotiations on the UK’s future trading relationship with the U.S. Around 200 negotiators from the UK and the U.S. took part in this first round of negotiations for a UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was completed over the last two weeks from May 5 to 15, 2020. The negotiations were conducted virtually with UK and U.S. negotiators participating in extensive discussions in nearly 30 different negotiating groups covering all aspects of a comprehensive trade agreement. The discussions covered a number of workstreams including: Small to Medium Enterprises (SME)

BABC Partner, the British Benevolent Society Helps and Engages with the British Community, Providing

In 2019, BABC partner, the British Benevolent Society (BBS) commenced an awareness initiative to promote the BBS, its mission and improve engagement with the British community across the West Coast. Originally, the focus was increasing awareness of the charity for those in need and Brits who may want to become involved. Efforts to spread awareness have significantly increased this year in order to connect with Brits who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Please take a moment to watch the following short video message about the BBS. Share it with your friends and family to help the BBS with their key objective of raising awareness.

BABC Member Moore Kingston Smith receives Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Silver Award

Congratulations to BABC Member Moore Kingston Smith (MKS). The company was awarded the Silver in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards 2019-2020. A Silver award means they are making demonstrable achievements in promoting the mental health of all their people, taking action across a number of key areas and demonstrating impact. Last year, MKS received a bronze award and worked hard to implement new wellbeing and mental health initiatives, such as signing the Time to Change Pledge, creating a fresher and more modern well-being policy and launching our wellbeing team. By participating in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, as well as the Time to Change Pledge, MKS made a long-term commitment to supp

Survey by BABC member TriNet finds employee well-being and shifting to remote work have been the gre

TriNet's recent survey results revealed the struggles of SMBs during the coronavirus pandemic BABC member TriNet, in partnership with the Harris Poll, conducted a survey from April 11 to 26, 2020 of more than 700 SMBs with an employee base of 5–249 to get a better idea of COVID-19 sentiment. Released in a whitepaper on May 13, 2020, the latest round of the survey focuses on how business owners balanced productivity and employee work-life balance during the crisis. Read the full article from Simli Saha in Toolbox for HR


A survey of Moore Global clients found there to be a commonality with businesses working remotely and embracing new technology across the globe. Some 42% believe the biggest impact of the Coronavirus will be changes to how staff work, while more than one-third expect to make more use of technology when the pandemic has passed. ‘It is not surprising the survey revealed that many businesses international expansion plans have been affected or put on hold,” says Graham Tyler, partner at Moore Kingston Smith. “However, around four in ten companies say they are only envisioning discretionary spending being put on hold for three months and almost the same percentage do not need or are only currentl

Congrats to BABC member, Palo Alto Networks, as they are Named Google Cloud Technology Partner of th

Beginning a digital transformation to the cloud is like a marathon: You’ve got to be prepared for the long haul. And like athletic training, it matters who you run with. That’s why we’re glad to be running with Google Cloud – and to have been named Technology Partner of the Year for 2020. “We’re proud to recognize Palo Alto Networks as our Technology Partner of the Year,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, corporate vice president, global ecosystem at Google Cloud. “Our partnership with Palo Alto Networks enables organizations to simplify cloud security across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to help customers run their most critical workloads in the

#VirtuallyLondon: things to do at home

We may all be isolating at home but that shouldn’t stop us enjoying London’s culture – find the best things to do at home in London, from live streams and webcams to virtual experiences. Attractions, theaters and other venues are currently closed due to coronavirus, but if you’re missing London, don’t worry... Many London venues are now streaming live events and performances, and there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the capital from your sofa: watch live webcams, take virtual tours in museums and galleries, and join online classes. Check out the live streams available to you.

#PayItForward - BABC member London & Partners shares how Pay It Forward helped a one-week old bu

Small businesses are facing enormous challenges whilst playing an important part in the fight against coronavirus. Many have had to close their doors in recent weeks and are struggling with cashflow, so we all need to work together to help keep these businesses trading. Londoners want to support their local independent shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and creatives that they love and value in their communities. Pay It Forward London is part of a wider package of help the Mayor is offering to small businesses, including the London Growth Hub which is delivering tailored one-to-one advisory sessions with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during the outbreak. Read a recent story of how P

#LondonTogether - Heroes on the Frontline

London’s business communities have demonstrated resilience over the last few weeks by coming together, adapting and innovating to support others during these times. See what's happened in the last 30 days.

BABC Member Delightful Communications Shares Why Outsourcing your Executive Social Media Leadership

When outsourcing your executive social media or leadership brand management, choosing an integrated agency can meet not only your existing needs but your future needs as well. A capable agency can help you define your goals, build a strategic and tactical framework, and provide you with competitive analyses, messaging, and content-related services as well. This can help you save valuable time finding the support and resources you need. Learn more from BABC Member Delightful Communications about why outsourcing this important work to a trusted expert makes sense for companies.

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