first_imgREPRO DIGITAL/ CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PRINTING ACQUIRES NEW HASSELBLAD CAMERA SYSTEMWinooski, Vermont- Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing today announced the purchase of the new Hasselblad H3D II 31 megapixel medium format camera for its Photographic Studio located at 450 Weaver Street in Winooski, Vermont.John Goodman, with more than 30 years experience, has been the resident Photographer at Repro/Champlain Valley Printing for over 14 years and was one of the first digital Photographers in New England. “The large 31 megapixel CCD Sensor provides a sharper, cleaner, more accurate image than any other DSLR type camera” noted Goodman. He continued. “This all means less time and money spent doing color corrections and other post production cleanup. Skin tones appear natural and color gradients are smooth and noise free.” Goodman also stated that “the fully integrated Hasselblad system allows us to shoot in even the most challenging lighting environments like mixing available light with studio flash to make natural looking room settings.”Goodman believes that the new Hasselblad camera system, combined with his 30 years of experience, provides the best photography value in Vermont.Repro Digital/Champlain Valley Printing, in addition to their state-of-the-art Photography Studio, provides their customers turn-key services including pre-press, one-color to four-color digital and offset printing with binding and finishing servicesFor more information contact John Goodman (ext. 18) or Roger Moylan (ext. 27) at 802-655-2800 or visit the Repro Digital/ Champlain Valley Printing website at www.Reprografx.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michele DowisWe all know that Disaster Recovery plans are required. The examiners make mention of them and audit them regularly. Are you planning just to get through the audit or are you focused on credit union business continuity as a whole? The more engaged staff is in planning, the better prepared they are to react and respond to a disaster.Credit union BCP Staff engagement begins with participation and accountability! Participation isn’t only about documenting processes and writing procedures. It includes updating, testing and communicating the plan to others. There’s a lot involved in your credit union’s business continuity plan. Create a Business Continuity Plan Committee comprising of representatives from the functional areas. This team should regularly update the Board of Directors with status, challenges and progress. Keep in mind that the board has oversight and strategic responsibility over your credit union – this includes business continuity. 5 Important Things to Tell (Show) Your Board About Your Credit Union DR/BCP provides some additional detail of keeping the Board engaged as well.At the beginning of the year (or another regularly scheduled timeframe), outline a testing and training schedule. There may be some changes in dates, but the more you plan these out and perform them on a regular basis, the more likely for follow through. Your schedule should include (but not be limited to the following): continue reading »last_img read more

first_img“Don’t let the fact that you can’t measure it or come up with KPIs straight away stop you from going down this path,” she said.The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) had a similar view, according to Eugene O’Callaghan, director of the €8.9bn sovereign development fund.“We try to do the right thing and then worry about how best to relay that and report that after we’ve done the right thing,” he said.The fund reports twice a year on its economic impact. According to O’Callaghan, the reporting had initially been “very factual, quant-based,” but recently ISIF had tried to develop more of a narrative, with “hard work numbers” appearing in the second half and appendices of the report. “So there is transparency, but ultimately the view on whether we’re adding value or not will come from whether people agree and accept the narrative we’re articulating,” said O’Callaghan.FRR ready to make its move Being able to convey the social or environmental impacts of investments in numbers is not the be-all and end-all of impact investing, asset owners told IPE’s annual conference last week.Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, said defining key performance indicators (KPIs) for impacts was a more straightforward process at the level of individual strategies than at an aggregate portfolio level.“Our clients are asking us to tell the story about the whole fund and I think ideally they’d love us to distil it into a few figures, but in reality that is not going to tell the story or bring it to life,” she said.It was more important to come to a qualitative judgement about whether an investment was having the desired impact, Ward suggested. Credit: Patrick FrostFRR’s Olivier Rousseau collects the Climate Related Risk Management award from Marie Dzanis, CEO of Northern Trust Global InvestmentsIn France, the €36.4bn Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) wanted to make a bigger commitment to impact-conscious investing , and in Dublin Olivier Rousseau, the sovereign fund’s executive director, told delegates it would be launching a request for proposals in the second quarter of 2019.The lead-up to this had been “more complicated” than the fund had anticipated, he said, because it was “absolutely vital” that it knew what it wanted and asked “the right questions”.“All the exchanges we’ve had with many potential asset managers have put us in a situation where we understand it’s not straightforward,” said Rousseau. “We are thinking of doing listed developed markets equities, but there are very different solutions and approaches and ways of measuring it.”However, investors had to be pragmatic and FRR had determined it would have “reasonable ways of measuring what can be achieved”.Rousseau said the meaning of responsible investment had evolved over time, meaning it was now possible to be more ambitious, because “the type of thing you can do gets measured better” and there was a real choice of investment solutions being offered by asset managers.A good Swedish emerging-market story Sweden’s Alecta has had a positive experience with impact investing so far, according to Peter Lööw, head of responsible investment at the SEK874bn (€84bn) occupational pension provider.Alecta moved into this area following “a lot of attention” from its stakeholders – including clients and the media – as well as internal pressure.One of Alecta’s two main impact investing “pockets” is a $200m (€176m) commitment to an emerging market loans fund run by NN Investment Partners in collaboration with the investment management arm of FMO, the Dutch development bank.The fund invests in loans to financial institutions, renewable energy projects and agribusiness companies in emerging and frontier markets.Lööw said the commitment followed a long but fruitful due diligence process and that the pension provider felt it was getting “true impact”.“There are lots of jobs being created, emissions being avoided and so forth,” he said. “We will continue looking at the fund because it will live on for 15 years.”The experience with the fund had taught Alecta that it could reach its required rate of return at the same time as pursuing non-financial impacts, according to Lööw.“The first question you asked was ‘is there a trade-off?’ and perhaps we had the idea that there was a trade-off, but we realised that no, there isn’t,” he told Sony Kapoor, managing director at think tank Re-Define and the panel moderator.The due diligence process had been a “very good journey” for Alecta, added Lööw.“It raised the interest regarding impact internally, so this is a very good story-telling exercise, both for ourselves and our clients,” he said.center_img Credit: Patrick FrostL-R: Sony Kapoor, Re-Define; Olivier Rousseau, FRR; Eugene O’Callaghan, ISIF; Faith Ward, Brunel; Peter Lööw, Alectalast_img read more