TTi Global President/CEO Lori Blaker Addresses Issues of Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence in the Workplace.

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Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global, discusses how TTi Global adheres to UN Women’s WEP (Women’s Empowerment Principles) by setting corporate policies for health, safety and non-violence in the workplace.

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Lori Blaker, President/CEO of TTi Global

What is important is that you have a culture in your company where people feel that can speak up without fear of retribution, that what’s import in any organization.” - Lori Blaker

In a recently released video, Lori Blaker discusses the third of the WEP principles while speaking to a group of students at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. The Women’s Empowerment Principles is a joint initiative between the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Business leaders are encouraged to use the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles as guide posts for actions that advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

In a question and answer format Blaker was asked how TTi Global identified security issues for employees traveling to work and on business related trips. Blaker acknowledge the issue,” I know my family worries about me when I travel. I worry about all of my people when they travel whether it they are a man or a woman. In our local markets we have to take a look at the situation, not only in that particular country but in every major city that we work because it is different all over the world.”

Blaker then sited a specific example. “We recently had an incident in our India office. The team wanted to add a second shift. The issue that came up was the security of women who would be traveling home after the second shift. In that market it is a normal course of business to provide transportation. So if we were going to add a second shift we would have to provide employees transportation home. These are some of the things you have to take a look at and every market is always different.”

When asked if TTi Global had policies against all forms of violence in the workplace, Blaker answered in the affirmative, “It is clearly stated in our employee handbook that there is an absolute zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment or violence in our workplace. I hope that all of our employees in all of our markets feel comfortable speaking up if that situation should ever arise. I can’t really think of an instance in our organization where it has occurred, but we clearly need to have policies spelled out that our employees understand.

Blaker then explained how these policies are enforced,” Our Global HR Director has weekly, monthly and quarterly conference calls with all of our HR Directors around the world to make sure they understand the zero tolerance policies. To make certain that there hasn’t been any issues that have risen that we need to deal with immediately. What is important is that you have a culture in your company where people feel that can speak up without fear of retribution, that what’s import in any organization.”

TTi Global joins with other business leaders from across the globe and gives support for advancing equality between women and men. The principles present seven steps that business and other sectors can take to advance and empower women.

President and CEO, Lori Blaker heads of one of the fastest growing women-led organizations in North America. Her leadership skills continue to be recognized by the business community. In 2012 President/CEO Lori Blaker received the “Leader of Leaders” Award from Leadership Oakland. Under her leadership, TTi Global has ranked consistently among the "Top 25 Woman-Run Businesses in the USA" as recognized by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

TTi Global provides staffing, learning, research and consulting solutions to industries across various sectors with automotive as a core focus. TTi Global oversees operations on five continents with offices spanning the globe, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela, UK and most recently Afghanistan.

With a staff of over 2000 employees in international operations, they offer a wide range of services, tailor made to drive business goals, including business consulting, research, staffing, workforce development and learning solutions. TTi Global world headquarters are located in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

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