AT the Labour Party Conference the Co-operative Bank and Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) hosted some well-attended fringe meetings.
The Co-operative Bank meeting ? a joint affair with the World Wildlife Fund on the subject of safer chemicals behind forthcoming EU chemical regulation, was titled Wake Up And Face The Facts.
Key points were:
? The EU admits that 99 per cent of chemicals on the market are inadequately regulated.
? The potential business benefits of regulation include innovation, confidence, competitiveness, transparency and stability.
? The social and health benefits of the regulation could outweigh costs by more than ten times.
Chaired by Dr Ian Gibson MP (Chair of the Science and Technology Committee), the guest speaker was Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Technology, and the co-hosts were WWF Chief Executive Robert Napier and Mervyn Pedelty, Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank.
The CIS meeting, on the subject of responsible driving, aimed to highlight the increasing number of young people who are killed on our roads each year and how CIS as a motor insurer can make a difference through its association with road safety charities Brake and the Catherine Kenyon Charitable Trust.
Three young people die every day in road crashes in the UK, drivers under 21 are involved in 15 per cent of all road deaths and that 45 per cent of passengers killed in a car crash were driven by a young driver.
The meeting was chaired by Simon Williams, Director of Corporate Affairs CFS, and the rest of the panel was as follows: Lesley Whittaker (CIS Motor Insurance Manager), Mary Williams (Chief Executive of Brake), Ted Kenyon from the Catherine Kenyon Charitable Trust and David Jamieson (Minister for Transport).