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Intellectual Property Theft Lessons From Coca-Cola

August 24, 2006
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Employee intellectual property theft can cost companies anywhere from $200 million to upwards of $1.2 trillion annually. Although intellectual property experts say there is no way to protect a company 100 percent, there are innovative ways to prevent damage.
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When Employees Take the Company Jewels A To-Do List for Employers

July 7, 2006
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Here is a realistic to-do list for employers who are at risk of a mass defection or the theft of valuable company assets, or who have already suffered such an incident. It shows ways to minimize a company’s risk of losing valuable employees and property and maximize its chances of success in the event of subsequent litigation.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Value Might We Realize From Supporting Volunteerism

March 10, 2006
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Our organization is considering putting in place a policy that supports employee volunteering in the not-for-profit sector. It will allow us to build relationships with community groups, as well as encourage employees in their projects away from work. Do you have any recommendations regarding the benefit to our company, and what kind of qualifiers might need to be in place for the volunteer work to be undertaken?
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A Leader in Name Only

January 13, 2006
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Former Enron CEO Ken Lay's Houston speech wasn't about motivating his former employees. It was a self-centered attempt to publicly frame his defense strategy and maybe even lobby the jurors who will be sitting in judgment when his case goes to trial.
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Steal Big, Steal Little

December 20, 2005
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Corporate malfeasance isn’t confined solely to the executive suite. Corruption has trickled down to all levels of the organizational hierarchy, and companies may have only themselves to blame.
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Efficacy of Outsourcer Monitoring Is Questioned

October 11, 2005
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Such initiatives may be a good way to identify abuses at overseas factories, but they do little to change long-term labor practices.
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Labor Practices Affect Decisions by Socially Conscious Investors

October 11, 2005
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Mutual fund managers who are identifying socially responsible companies want to see that multinationals are making an effort to avoid harsh workplace conditions.
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Heroic Measures

September 2, 2005
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Quick fixes and cheap remedies won't stop a serious disease. In the workplace, the same advice applies.
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