Inspection and certification provider SAI Global/EFSIS is now able to carry out assessments against the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. The standard looks at every aspect of how a company’s operations affect the environment, from waste management to its carbon footprint. Inspections can be carried out in conjunction with recognised food, national and proprietary standards.Master bakers have suspended all bread baking in Nigeria for a week, with effect from today, in protest at the frequent hikes in the cost of flour. Bakers were also told to increase the cost of a standard bread loaf by 20 naira (8p) when they resume work after the strike.Two-thirds of 512 UK senior managers quizzed in a nationwide survey believe that lack of management skills was the chief factor responsible for workplace bullying. The research, released by the Ban Bullying At Work campaign, was compiled in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute.Bagel sales have jumped by 24.5% in the past year and are worth £43.8m a year, according to figures released by leading UK bagel manufacturer Mr Bagels. The Food Doctor bagel brand has also recorded value sales up 12.4% year-on-year.The results of a Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) study into improving efficiency and profits in the cereal industry will be published this autumn. The study was conducted by HGCA over three years in conjunction with the Food Chain Centre and other organisations.
OTTAWA — The Liberal government has announced Canada’s first-ever federal pay equity commissioner on the eve of the expected election call.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says Karen Jensen will provide direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act.A government release says Jensen is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in human rights, constitutional, administrative and labour law cases for more than 25 years.Hajdu says because the Act is not expected to come into force until 2020, Jensen will be appointed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission effective Oct. 16 to deal with the work required to establish the new pay equity division.She says Jensen’s term at the commission will end Sept. 30, 2020, or when the legislation comes into force.The bill introduced last October aims to ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value.“Proactive pay equity isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do, because when people are treated fairly and given an equal opportunity to succeed, we all win,” Hajdu said Tuesday night in a release.The government has said the Pay Equity Act will reduce the portion of the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces that is due to the undervaluation of work traditionally performed by women. The Canadian Press