This issue of Observe has at its heart a subject that is perhaps the most significant for businesses across the globe: human capital.

Our attitudes to it and the way we recruit, train, support and develop people at all levels of the corporate structure can define an organisation.

Get it right and the future is bright; get it wrong and the consequences can be terminal.

So in this issue we look at a wide range of human capital-related themes, all with a global perspective.

We open with an exclusive head-to-head interview between Steve Potter, who heads up Odgers Berndtson’s US operation, and Johanna Söderström, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Aviation at Dow Chemical.

With Dow in the news right now, Söderström’s views on the role of the CHRO make fascinating reading.

Elsewhere we look at diffrent facets of the human capital agenda – both in and out of the boardroom – from markets as diverse as Australia, Turkey and Africa.

One of the most significant human capital issues facing those in the C-suite is that of diversity: not just gender equality but a host of other parity issues that need to be addressed.

Our in-depth report should be required reading.

And to end we have an interview with Lord Rose, former CEO at Marks & Spencer, talking about his new role heading up the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.

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Baroness Virginia Bottomley Chairs the Odgers Berndtson Board and CEO Practice

Observe Magazine | Issue 07  - Human Capital

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