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Report: EU Directive Prompts Businesses to Set Global Pay Standards, But Progress is Slow

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BRUSSELS, June 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A new report from The Conference Board, based on a survey of 78 of Europe’s largest employers, finds that the EU’s new Pay Transparency Directive is pushing businesses to set global policies on pay. 55% of senior human resource executives surveyed say that they have, or are planning, a single approach to pay across their international operations. However, the report also highlights the need for accelerated action to implement the Directive, with 41% of respondents–whose companies collectively employ approximately three million people globally–saying that they have yet to begin preparing.

Under the Directive, effective starting June 2026, companies that employ more than one hundred workers in the EU must disclose information about pay levels to employees and candidates, and report annually on their gender pay gap. If the gap is higher than five percent, they must take mitigating action or face mandatory fines.

The report, Countdown to the EU’s New Law on Pay Transparency, notes that there are strong concerns among employers about the new requirements. Many are apprehensive about how the regulation will affect wage bills, competitiveness, and the ability of managers to reward their best performers.

The report was launched at The Conference Board’s Future: Reward Europe event, held in Brussels. In a separate live poll conducted at the gathering of senior executives responsible for pay, 44% of participants said that they were “concerned or very concerned” about the impact on wage bills, with only 3% “not at all concerned”. Of the 75 respondents to the live poll, 43% said that the Directive could increase their European wage bills by between 2.6% and 5%.

Our analysis shows that complying with the Directive is data-intensive and requires a high level of cross-functional collaboration, so it is a concern that many businesses have not yet begun to prepare for it,” said Jean-Marc Verbist, Leader of The Conference Board Human Capital Center, Europe. “Compliance is likely to come with a significant cost. Beyond the anticipated short-term rise in wage bills, businesses will also need to invest in training, data gathering, and internal and external communications. Chief Human Resource Officers need to ensure their boards and senior managers are aware of the risks of non- and low-quality compliance: not just potential fines, but also increased workplace tensions and loss of productivity.”

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Key highlights from the report include:

SETTING GLOBAL STANDARDS:

Pay transparency is gathering momentum around the world:

  • 10% of survey respondents already have a global framework for pay transparency in place, while 45% say that they are planning a global approach.
  • 30% say that they will restrict pay transparency to EU regulatory requirements, while 15% remain undecided.

REGULATORY READINESS

Businesses are off to a slow start in preparing to comply with the EU Directive:

  • 16% of businesses assess themselves as being a significantly long way from readiness, and 41% have not yet begun preparing for implementation.
  • Less than 2% of businesses believe that they are already compliant with the regulation, while 10% believe they are close to readiness.
  • 44% of respondents say that their internal systems and data require additional work to capture and analyze the data required by the Directive.

IMPACT ON EMPLOYEES

Managers see the upside of pay transparency regulations, but there are risks:

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  • 30% of respondents believe that the Directive will help them to address the gender pay gap and improve female representation at a senior level.
  • 25% say that the Directive will enable managers to have open discussions with staff and debunk perceptions around pay.
  • In discussion, executives voiced concerns about the impact on labor relations and negotiations with social partners, including unions and works councils.

About The Conference Board  
The Conference Board is the member-driven think tank that delivers Trusted Insights for What’s Ahead™. Founded in 1916, we are a non-partisan, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.ConferenceBoard.org 

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China remains stabilizing force for global economic growth

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BEIJING, July 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A report from People’s Daily: In the first six months of this year, China’s economy continued its recovery trend and maintained steady progress.

On July 16, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released an update to its World Economic Outlook, predicting that China’s economic growth rate will be 5 percent in 2024, an upward revision of 0.4 percentage points from the forecast in April.

The stable operation and long-term positive outlook of the Chinese economy have also boosted confidence in global economic recovery.

The IMF believes that Asia’s emerging market economies, represented by countries including China, remain the main engine of the global economy.

China’s economic growth is not only quantitative but also qualitative.

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In the first half of this year, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5 percent year on year to around 61.7 trillion yuan ($8.49 trillion).

During the period, the country’s total retail sales of consumer goods went up 3.7 percent year on year, with retail sales of services expanding 7.5 percent; investment in infrastructure construction rose 5.4 percent from a year ago while manufacturing investment increased 9.5 percent, signaling burgeoning recovery; and the foreign trade reached a new high, with the goods trade volume reaching 21.2 trillion yuan.

From a medium to long-term perspective, the economic fundamentals that sustain China’s long-term growth remain unchanged, and the trend toward high-quality development in China’s economy has not changed.

China continues to be an important engine and stabilizing force for the world economy.

Facing complex and volatile domestic and international environments, China has maintained stable expansion of its economy and pushed forward industrial upgrading and high-quality development in an orderly manner, spurring the pursuit of high value-added and sustainable economic growth.

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Positive factors driving China’s economic transformation, upgrading, and high-quality development have continued to accumulate.

For instance, the country’s output of smart and green products, such as integrated circuits, service robots, new energy vehicles, and solar panels has maintained double-digit growth in the first half of this year.

Besides, the emergence of new consumption scenarios spawned by new technologies like big data and artificial intelligence as well as new consumption models has driven an 8.8 percent year-on-year increase in China’s online retail sales of physical goods during the period.

Meanwhile, China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP has continued to decline.

“With the global economy facing uncertainties and challenges, China’s role as a stabilizing force is more crucial than ever,” pointed out a recent article by Zamir Ahmed Awan, founding chair of Pakistani think tank Global Silk Route Research Alliance.

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China’s efforts to deepen reforms across the board have injected strong momentum into the country’s high-quality development and pursuit of Chinese modernization.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China has deepened reforms across the board, with efforts concentrated on making reform more systemic, holistic, and coordinated and on stimulating the dynamism, vitality, and potential of high-quality development.

International observers have paid close attention to the third plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Committee. They believe that China’s economy is undergoing a transition from old to new drivers of growth, and that a smooth transition can be guaranteed by further deepening reforms in a comprehensive manner.

Iqbal Survé, chairman of South Africa’s Independent Media, pointed out that China is building a modern industrial system underpinned by advanced manufacturing and pushing forward reforms, which demonstrates the CPC’s foresight, wisdom, courage, and resolve.

By solidly promoting high-standard opening up, China has opened up vast space for economic development.

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During the first six months of this year, China has for the first time released a negative list for cross-border trade in services at the national level, expanded the opening up of value-added telecom services within pilot areas, and introduced new measures to encourage overseas institutions to invest in China’s domestic sci-tech enterprises…

Such policies and measures have demonstrated the country’s resolve to promote reforms and development through opening up.

China is the main trading partner of over 140 countries and regions, with its total volume of foreign trade in goods ranking first globally for seven consecutive years.

China has expanded its circle of friends under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to include more than 150 countries and 30 international organizations, and the ChinaEurope freight train service now reaches over 200 cities in 25 European countries.

In addition, international exhibitions hosted by the country, such as China International Import Expo, China International Fair for Trade in Services, China International Consumer Products Expo, and China International Supply Chain Expo, have served as win-win platforms for mutually beneficial cooperation across different countries.

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A prosperous China not only sustains its own future but also provides opportunities for other countries, said an article published on the website of Argentine newspaper Clarin.

The Chinese economy is overcoming challenges and moving steadily forward along the country’s path of high-quality development, which is a defining feature of Chinese modernization.

Looking forward, China will provide more opportunities for countries worldwide and contribute to the stable and sound development of the global economy as it continuously marches toward modernization.

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RoboSense Sales Volume of LiDAR for ADAS Achieved 487.7% YOY Growth in H1 2024

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HONG KONG, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, RoboSense announced its business progress for the first half year of 2024, demonstrating a high-growth trajectory and maintaining its leadership in the global market. For the six months ended June 30, 2024, RoboSense’s sales volume of LiDAR products and LiDAR products for ADAS applications amounted to approximately 243,400 and 234,500 units, separately reflecting a year-on-year increase of 415.7% and 487.7%.

As OEMs rapidly pursued advancements in intelligent technology, RoboSense achieved nearly its 2023 annual sales volume in the first half year of 2024. RoboSense and the global automotive industry’s intelligent upgrade are progressing and succeeding together. This exponential growth underscores RoboSense’s exceptional capabilities in technological innovation and market expansion, reinforcing our trajectory of outstanding growth as an industry leader.

As of June 30, 2024, RoboSense’s cumulative sales volume of LiDAR have reached approximately 583,500 units, with LiDAR for ADAS approximately 518,300 units. Since pioneering the mass production of LiDAR for ADAS in 2021, RoboSense has demonstrated significant growth, with steadily increasing sales that continue to lead the industry’s development.

Leveraging its powerful LiDAR hardware and perception software technology, as well as leading product performance, RoboSense has made remarkable progress in obtaining vehicle model designs and achieving mass production for various vehicle models. As of May 17, 2024, we have received mass production designation orders for 71 vehicle models from 22 global OEMs and Tier 1 customers. By the end of the first quarter of 2024, we have achieved SOP 25 vehicle models from 12 of these customers.

At the 2024 Auto Beijing Show, RoboSense ranked No.1 with equipment for 37 models, and its occupation was over 50%. As more collaborative vehicle models launch and reach mass production, RoboSense repeatedly shatters records.

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In technological innovation and product development, RoboSense continues to launch powerful and technologically advanced products that drive industry progress. In 2024 Q2 and Q3, RoboSense launched the M3, a long-range LiDAR, and the MX, a medium-range LiDAR. In particular, MX gained three new mass production projects shortly after its release, and is expected to realize its first mass production in 2025.

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KuCoin Introduces Omnibus Account Structure to Enhance Liquidity for Brokerage Partners

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — July 23, 2024 – KuCoin, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its Broker Program, designed to cater to liquidity-seeking partners. This upgraded program enables participants to leverage KuCoin’s superior liquidity and diverse asset offerings across both Spot and Futures markets. With this enhancement, participants can now benefit from KuCoin’s top-tier liquidity, high-revenue shares, unlimited sub-accounts, and independent deposit addresses, allowing for functional flexibility and maintaining their own client management powers.

“Our new brokerage infrastructure is suitable for multiple types of institutional partners, such as crypto exchanges, execution terminals, layer 2 aggregators, OTCs, and traditional financial service providers venturing into crypto,” said Anton Starchenko, Director of Institution Business Development of KuCoin. 

“This upgrade demonstrates our commitment to providing our partners with the tools they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving crypto market.”

By joining the KuCoin brokerage service, brokers gain access to one main broker account with unlimited sub-accounts. Each sub-account features an exclusive deposit address, serving as a wallet to separate funds and trades. Additionally, each sub-account undergoes independent risk checks. These ongoing risk and compliance measures bolster KuCoin’s commitment to protecting partner interests. Broker accounts are subject to separate fee structures, while the broker receives a combined commission based on the cumulative volume across all accounts.

As a leading platform in the cryptocurrency industry, KuCoin is dedicated to providing top-notch security and reliability. The platform employs state-of-the-art security measures, including advanced encryption protocols, multi-factor authentication, and real-time monitoring systems to ensure the safety of users’ assets. KuCoin’s unwavering focus on security and innovation has solidified its reputation as a trusted and forward-thinking exchange in the global crypto market.

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For more information about the KuCoin Broker Program and the new omnibus account structure, please visit KuCoin’s official website.

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a leading cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform with a focus on inclusiveness and community engagement. It offers over 900 digital assets across Spot trading, Margin trading, P2P Fiat trading, Futures trading, and Staking to its 34 million users in more than 200 countries and regions. KuCoin ranks as one of the top 6 crypto exchanges. KuCoin was acclaimed as “One of the Best Crypto Apps & Exchanges of June 2024” by Forbes Advisor and has been included as one of the top 50 companies in the “2024 Hurun Global Unicorn List”. Learn more at https://www.kucoin.com/ .

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