Monthly Archives: January 2019

Nicolas Krafft Contributions to an Ethical Corporate Space

December 2018, L’Oréal was part of the corporate world celebrating the memorable ethics day. According to the management of this company, the day means a lot especially because it is in line with their blueprint. The 2018 event had four major principles that included transparency in their operations, integrity, courage and more importantly respect to all stakeholders.

The four principles surprisingly have been part of the company and last year’s event was a chance for the company to ratify the four ethical principles to their operational guidelines. Thanks to visionary input by professionals such as Nicolas Krafft, the ratification of the four principles will be instrumental in the next phase of the company especially in making responsible innovation a reality.

In addition to ratifying the four principles, the company, through its leadership has involved its employees in these activities over the years. Nicolas Krafft, for example, believes that making the day open to employees is one-step to achieving a successful day. L’Oréal has illustrated its commitment to achieving an ethical working environment over the years.

Since it is an international company with employees across the world, using technology to collect views and suggestions, have been the company’s most significant achievement in realizing an ethical and productive company. Nicolas Krafft has been instrumental in bringing employees on board to share their views and aspirations. This approach has given the company a holistic approach, which pundits believes, is the future of ethics day.

University of St. Gallen graduate is one of the professionals that believe in an inclusive approach to management. In the last few years, he has been instrumental in helping the company achieve a rich cultural company in terms of ethics. Nicolas Krafft firmly believes that it is through a strong culture of ethics that a company can deliver both financial successes and expand the discourse on human rights in places of work.

Through these processes and approaches, the company has been a recipient of some of the best awards in the world of corporate ethics. Ethisphere Institute, for example, has declared this company as the future of corporate ethics due to the company’s impressive approach to ethics.

Betsy Devos and Department of Education Tackle Opioid Crisis

According to ‘Combating Substance Abuse in Schools,’ the January 17, 2019, edition of the United States Department of Education’s official blog, Homeroom, recent increases in substance abuse have had a major impact on K-12 students. In order to support students affected by the problem, The DOE, under the leadership of Secretary Betsy Devos, organized a series of three seminars designed for teachers and administrators.


In recognition of January 2019’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), the department released the signs that indicate a student might be affected by alcohol, opioid or other substance abuse, together with strategies to help identify and support them.


Impact of opioid crisis in students


In addition to those students who may be struggling with addiction and substance abuse issues of their own, the parents or siblings affected by the opioid crisis peripherally impact on K-12 students in a number of ways:



  • Kids who live with a parent or guardian struggling with opioid addiction miss more days of school.


  • Displaced and orphaned children live with grandparents or enter the foster care system.




The first webinar in the series was held on April 26, 2018. Speaking were Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who outlined the history and demographics of the opioid crisis and discussed how neuroscience can help inform drug prevention strategies in the school setting.


Reginald Burke, Director of the Maryland state Department of Education’s Youth Development Branch, gave a talk on Maryland’s multi-tiered statewide practice and policy strategies for dealing with the opioid crisis. Governor Hogan, who declared a state of emergency in the state and allocated $50 million over five years to address the opioid epidemic, formed the Opioid Operational Command Center. The primary mission of the OOCC is to coordinate activities between local, state, and federal agencies.


The third speaker, McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, offered her perspective as Grants Administrator of Laconia, New Hampshire’s, Office of Student Wellness. Among other topics, she discussed the pros and cons of on-site Narcan for emergency use in schools and presented case studies of local students who had experienced family bereavements resulting from opioid use.


The second webinar took place on December 19, 2018. Speaking here were Frank Brogan, from the DOE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Mary Ann Gapinski from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Jeff Hawkins from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative.


The third webinar in the series has yet to take place. The existence of these webinars and the wealth of other resources provided by the Department of Education, help to underline Secretary Devos’ sensitivity to the problem of opioid addiction and its effects on students, and her commitment to supporting K-12 students to help them eliminate distractions and allow them to concentrate on obtaining the most from the learning environment and achieving their full potential.


Betsy Devos has devoted her life to seeking innovative ways of funding and providing K-12 education. She first became involved when her own children were growing up. She has spent more than 30 years in the field and worked tirelessly by liaising with government and private industry.


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Dr. Saad Saad uses principles to carry out his missions

Dr. Saad Saad is a successful surgeon who has built a vast portfolio in the medical world. He has been in the industry for many years, and he has a lot of experiences in his life as a pediatric surgeon. He is not only trying to save the lives of people but also he wants the best for the medical fraternity.

Dr. Saad Saad has been doing his best to improve the delivery of medical services to patients. He believes his inventions will positively change the medical world. He is a doctor who is always looking for ways to be innovative. For example, he has a patent invention whereby the device works together with an endoscope to enable surgeons to have clear visibility. Fogging is a significant problem when performing a surgical procedure because it obstructs the doctor’s view.

Dr. Saad Saad also has another patent invention whereby an electromagnetic catheter will be used instead of the conventional catheters. The device is useful in the medical world because it helps to locate the position of catheters in the body of patients. When the tip of the catheter is above the device, it lights, and the doctor can now know the location of the device.

Using this device means you do not have to use guide wires because they can break while in the body causing further complications. Although they have not yet been produced, some companies have shown interest, and soon it could help doctors from different parts of the world. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and  Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions | Chronicle Week

Those who want to achieve the same success can learn from the experience of Dr. Saad Saad. For example, he says you should always strive to achieve your dreams and do not settle for what you believe you do not deserve. He was born in Palestine at the time when Israel was establishing itself as a nation.

There was trouble in the country, and at a young age, Dr. Saad Saad left Palestine with his parents, and he went to Kuwait where he became a refugee. His father was a successful mechanical engineer, and he constantly guided Saad. He would always remind him that the best way to achieve his dreams and have positive impact on the society is by working hard in school.

Dr. Saad Saad experienced many challenges while in Kuwait but he did not let this to change his destiny. For example, he fainted one time when he was with his brother at a construction site.

He realized he did not want to work under the scorching sun and that is when he made up his mind to work hard and become a doctor. Today he has achieved his goals and has saved the lives of many children who needed his help.