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The European HR Directors Circle challenges Europes human and social aspect

The European HR Directors Circle challenges Europes human and social aspect A new think tank to debate social and societal issues at its inaugural meeting in Florence, June 23 to 25
June 2011. The European Human Resources Directors Circle will be officially launched at its inaugural meeting in Florence on June 23 to 25, 2011. This forum will bring together some fifty Human Resources directors from all over Europe. The main purpose of the Circle is to create a pan-European mode of thinking and find innovative solutions to current social and societal challenges. The Circle wishes to be the voice of the European HR community, using its experienced, international professionals to create debates that will influence decision-makers, such as the European Commission. 
Indeed, these HR directors have, naturally, through their responsibilities within major European firms, an international vision and a pragmatic approach to problem solving. 
Transcending the day-to-day HR concerns addressed by national HR associations, the European HRD Circles ambitions aim to propose strategic solutions to existing challenges, exchanging best practices at the European level and experimenting with European social norms to regulate globalization.
A European "action tank" for a more social globalization
The European HRD Circle is a think tank - or more accurately an "action tank" - on European social and societal issues. The project was conceived in 2010 at the initiative of the co-chairmen Yves Barou, former HR director at Thales (France) and Joachim Sauer, HR director at Airbus (Germany).
"The Circle is about finding innovative solutions to both face and overcome the current economical and social crisis. We have already tested this way of sharing good practices at our companies and we now feel ready to do it on a macroeconomic level," said Yves Barou. 
Joachim Sauer remarked, "There is a need for more Europe but there are no shortcuts we need to better understand each other to overcome our differences, and sometimes rediscover our common values. Together, they stress the urgency for a more social globalization. 
The EHRD Circle is open to HR directors of large European firms, or large international firms with a strong presence in Europe, wishing to leverage the human responsibility of business and enhance the social and societal dimension of Europe. 
The Circle will bring together 100 members from all European countries to establish a representative but united network. 
First European HR Forum in the context of economic and social crisis
At present, HR directors have very little influence on the discussions and decisions at EU level, even though they are important actors in the social field, particularly the social dialogue they practice every day and consider one of Europe's competitive advantages in globalization.
From June 23 to 25, 2011, the Italian city of Florence will host the EHRD Circles inaugural European forum. The meeting will take place in the context of the European economic and social crises, currently gripping Southern Europe, where a revival of European trade unionism has taken hold in the wake of the Athens Convention and following the onset of the protests in Spain. The European HR Forum will bring together some fifty HR directors, a dozen experts (including representatives of the European Commission (Fernando Vasquez, Sue Bird, Evelyne Pichot), representatives of the CES (Patrick Itchelt) and the European Federation of Metallurgy (Bart Samyn), members of the European Lawyers Club, economists like Tito Boeri (Bocconi University) and experts such as Marie-Noelle Lopez (Planet Labor), Giodano Fatali (President of HR Community Italy), Peter Haen (President of the European Association EAPM) and representatives of YHR in Europe, created alongside the European HRD Circle for RH employees and managers under 30 years old. Participants will discuss their practices and proposals around six main themes: European Models and Globalization Restructuring and Anticipation Corporate Social Responsibility European Social Dialogue 21st Century HR Vision Youngsters, Talent Management & the Labour Market. During the meeting, participants will adopt a manifesto based on the ambitions of the Circles own initiative Human Responsibilities of Business.First members of the Circle
Marianne Laigneau, HR director, EDF (France), Tony Bainbridge, HR director, Rexam (UK) Rainer Grobel, HR director, IG Metall (Germany) Philippe Vivien, HR director, AREVA (France) Kath Durrant, HR director, Rolls Royce (UK) Herv Borensztejn, HR director, Converteam (France) Agns Bureau Mirat, HR director, Elior Joanna Malinowska Parzydlo, HR director, TVN (Poland) Erick Olsen, HR director, Lafarge (US) Stphane Roussel, HR director, Vivendi (France) Roberto Maglione, HR director, Finmeccanica (Italy) Bruno Guillemet, HR director, Alstom (France) Gian Paolo Naef, HR director, Cevalogistics (Italy) Marie Franoise Damesin, HR director, Renault (France) Franois Curie, HR director, Vallourec (France) Elizabeth Bastoni, HR director, Carlson Companies (US) Loic Mah, HR director, Thales (France) Immanuel Hermreck, HR director, Bertelsmann (Germany) Jrme Nanty, HR director, Caisse des dpts (France) Jean Luc Berard, HR director, Safran (France) Kathy Jenkins, HR director UK, Canada, Australia and Germany, Thales (UK) Jose Antonio Rodriguez Perez, HR director, Alstom Spain (Spain) Thomas Ehm, VP Head of Employment Training and Competence Management, Airbus (Germany) Vladimir Vesely, HR Manager Parts and Sevices Europe and Asia Pacific, TRW Automotive (Czech Republic)  Hugues Fauville, Employee Relations Europe Manager, Arcelor Mittal (France) Dirk Schneemann, HR director, Total Operations GmbH (Germany) Xavier Broseta, HR director International, Thales (France).


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