ConPolicy Newsletter 2018 - 6

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In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about: 

In addition, we would like to inform you that our website now appears in a new style. A revision was necessary as our range of topics and methods has greatly expanded in recent years. We have considered your feedback to improve the clarity of the website and the content of our newsletter. 

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Your ConPolicy team

  News about ConPolicy

Organizational and team development
ConPolicy workshop program expanded

For many years, ConPolicy has also been accompanying different organizations with department- or team workshops supporting them to delve into important topics outside the day-to-day business and with special methods.

As the need to develop your own organization or team and adapt it to changing circumstances does not spare actors in the political and public sphere, we have now expanded our workshop program. Developing a vision for one's own actions, sharpening existing processes and developing new ones or retrospectively learning from projects and work phases are just three possible topics from the ConPolicy Workshop program. In addition, we offer customized workshops on the individual concerns of our clients.

As a scientific policy consultancy, we are well versed at the interface of public administration, business and civil society. In this way, we combine in our workshops substantive know-how, e.g. in the fields of consumer policy, environmental policy or development cooperation with methodological expertise in organizational development. Many years of moderation experience and continuous training, e.g. in systemic organizational consulting, ensure the practical, theoretical and methodological foundations of our workshops.

If you would like to know more about our approach or to organize a workshop with us, please contact us. We are happy to help!

Anchoring consumer protection in organizations
The Consumer Protection Officer

In order to take account of the growing importance of consumer protection, ING-DiBa is taking a new approach, introducing the function of the Consumer Protection Officer. The tasks of the Consumer Protection Officer include optimized internal and external interface management, the promotion of an increased awareness of consumer protection in the organization and thus the proactive handling of the topic in order to be able to use competitive opportunities.

ConPolicy advised the direct bank on the design of this function. In a systematic comparative analysis, relevant parameters of the functional design (tasks, powers, location in the company, etc.) were identified. These were then filled with concrete content for the Consumer Protection Officer.

To the project

Price transparency for consumer credit
ConPolicy presents study in Vienna

How transparent is the information on interest rates and costs in consumer credit advertising? What are the experiences of regulators and consumer organizations with the regulations in their country and are there best practices in other EU Member States?

ConPolicy examined these questions in a comparative study for Belgium, Germany, Austria and Great Britain on behalf of ING-DiBa Austria.

The results of the study were presented by ConPolicy managing director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun as part of the Club Orange Vienna of ING-DiBa Austria in Vienna today. Afterwards, Christian Thorun discussed the results of the study with the Consumer Protection Officer of ING-DiBa Thomas Bieler and the editor in chief of Finanztip Hermann-Josef Tenhagen.

To the study

BDI-Forum Economy and Consumers 2018
ConPolicy joins panel discussion on Corporate Digital Responsibility

Hate speech, influencing elections via social media and digital voice assistants arranging appointments at the hairdresser – opportunities and challenges like these raise questions regarding the responsibility of corporations with respect to their digital business models and products. On May 15, 2018 the BDI – Federation of German Industries hosted the Forum “Economy and Consumers” which approached these issues. ConPolicy-director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Corporate Digital Responsibility.

The discussion focused on relevant fields of responsible digital actions as well as examples from practice. Other panelists were Dr. Johannes Fechner, MdB, Dr. Dirk Förterer (Allianz Germany AG), Stephan Tromp (German Retail Federation – HDE) and Christian Köhler (German Brands Association – Markenverband).

  Consumer policy news

Environmental protection
New EU-rules to limit marine pollution caused by single-use plastics

Today, the European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules with the goal of reducing marine litter. Particularly, these rules target the ten single-use… Read more

Consumer protection
"Sweep" reveals misleading practices when buying telecom services online

Today, the European Commission together with national consumer protection authorities published their results of an EU-wide “Sweep”, that is a series… Read more

EU Digital Single Market
Room for improvement for Europe's digital performance

Today, the European Commission released its results on DESI 2018 (Digital Economy and Society Index), which measures the digital progress in the EU as… Read more

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