[lg policy] Honda Adopts English As Official Language for Global meetings

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 25 16:49:55 UTC 2013


>>From what was once a regional European language, English has become the
global lingua franca through the history of British colonialism, modern
American cultural influence, and the importance of the North American
market for many global companies. In an acknowledgement of the importance
of English as the language of international business and commerce,
Honda<http://wot.motortrend.com/next_honda_fcx_clarity_could_look_like_crazy_fcev_concept_2013_l_a.html>last
week announced the adoption of English as the official language of the
company's global meetings, according to *Bloomberg*. This policy applies to
both face-to-face, and video conference meetings. The policy was announced
internally to employees in April. Employees with dealings with Honda's
international units or partners are expected to learn the language, or hire
the services of an interpreter. The policy change is a reflection of
Honda's strategy of de-centralizing decision making to regional units.
Honda follows Japanese internet retailer Rakuten in adopting English in
company communications. Japanese
tire<http://wot.motortrend.com/1311_honda_adopts_english_as_official_language_for_global_meetings.html#>giant
Bridgestone is also adopting English as the language of global
communications, but taking a more gradual approach. Nissan Renault CEO
Carlos Ghosn<http://wot.motortrend.com/infiniti-q50-production-begins-in-japan-wvideo-366645.html>also
implemented an English language policy for global communications more
than 10 years ago. Many global hubs of commerce in Asia and around the
world have a history of British colonialism that have left an English
language legacy, such as Hong Kong and Mumbai, India. Nissan's Infiniti
brand is in the process of moving its global headquarters to Hong Kong. Source:
Bloomberg<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-22/honda-adopts-english-as-official-language-for-global-meetings.html>

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