Tim Hortons rolling out Interac Flash payment system next week

TORONTO — Tim Hortons has joined other Canadian retailers in adding Interac Flash cards to the number of ways customers can make cashless payments at the counter.The restaurant chain expects more than 2,300 locations across the country to be accepting the wireless touch cards by the end of October.Rather than adding to a credit card balance, the Interac cards draw down the funds from the customer’s bank account.[np-related]Unlike older types of credit and debt cards, the new generation of Interac cards use a quick-touch wireless reader rather than a swipe stripe or computer chip.Due to its size, Tims will be one of Canada’s biggest users of Interac Flash but it won’t be alone.Indigo book stores, Cineplex movie theatres and Esso-branded convenience stores are among the retailers that have said they’ll join the Interac Flash mob.In most other announcements so far, however, the retailers don’t expect to have their locations up to speed until sometime in 2013.But Tim Hortons Inc. (THI) said Tuesday it expects to have more than 3,000 restaurants accepting Interac Flash by the end of this year. read more

Davos UN rights chief stresses leading role of businesses in ending LGBTI

Speaking at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that “companies that take action to end discrimination and support LGBTI communities can be a motor for change.”The standards, developed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), draw on good practice from around the world, setting out actions that can be taken by employers.These include eliminating unfair treatment against LGBTI people in the workplace, making sure business operations do not contribute to discrimination against customers, suppliers or members of the public, and working with business partners to address discriminatory practices up and down the supply chain. These standards provide the most comprehensive set of benchmarks for responsible corporate behaviour on LGBTI issuesThey also encourage companies to stand up for the rights of LGBTI people in the countries where they operate – including through advocacy and support for local organizations.“These standards provide the most comprehensive set of benchmarks for responsible corporate behaviour on LGBTI issues. A company of any nationality, size and location or sector can find no better vehicle to correct inequities and end discrimination brought about by prejudice,” Mr. Zeid said.The High Commissioner was speaking at a panel discussion titled “Free and Equal: Standing Up for Diversity”, which also included Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Chief Executive Officer, and Jin Xing, Choreographer and Founder of the Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, and was moderated by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, of The Economist magazine.The Standards of Conduct build on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. They are the product of a year-long process of consultations facilitated by the OHCHR and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.Nineteen more companies have joined a growing list of early adopters, including Airbnb, Airbus, AXA, Barilla, Bloomberg L.P., Cisco Systems Inc., Gol, Hermes Investment Management, Lloyd’s, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics – North America, Marriott International, MAS Holdings, Nasdaq, New York Life, Santander Group, Tesco, Trillium Asset Management, Unilever, Vert Asset Management, and Xerox. read more