Dina-Perla Portnaar

Dina-Perla is a global marketing, communications and PR director and spokeswoman / press officer. She does everything earned, owned, paid and shared media, from strategy to implementation. The emphasis is on external communication, reputation management and crisis communication. She connects reputation management to wellbeing and integrity when working on top level consultancy programs. Dina-Perla uses different languages, namely Dutch – native, French – mother tongue, English – native and German – decent. She works within different industries, mostly in IT / tech and finance, but also in professional services, managing consulting, healthcare, energy, oil, gas and government. She has a massive global network of all sorts of relations, including C-suite +, media, influencers, trendwatchers and analysts (100K).
Dina-Perla Portnaar

Dina-Perla Portnaar

Consultant

Book Ban Attempts in Libraries and Schools Grew in 2021

20 April 2022

Book ban attempts grew by four-fold in the US. A new report shows that people are trying to ban books from the American libraries and schools more than before. ALA, so The American Library Association reports on the state of America’s libraries. There were 729 challenges to the books and activities taking place in libraries in 2021. There are more than 100,000 libraries across America, 9,000 of which are public libraries. 1,597 individual books were challenged by politicians, school boards, parents, political groups, elected officials and more. In Florida, a bill critics refer to as the Don’t Say Gay bill would ban any discussion of LGBTQ+ identities in classrooms from grades kindergarten through third grade, including teachers talking about their own lives, or kids mentioning their parents. In dozens of states across America, Critical Race Theory has been banned from classrooms as well. Lawmakers are passing laws that ban discussing or teaching kids about LGBTQ+ history or so-called Critical Race Theory.

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Dina-Perla Portnaar

Dina-Perla Portnaar

Consultant

EU proposes law to make large firms check suppliers for environmental and human rights issues

23 March 2022

The European Commission proposed a law to make large companies that are operating in the EU check that their global suppliers respect environmental standards and do not engage in human rights issues such as slavery or child labor. The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence law will also oblige directors of European Union firms to ensure that their business strategy aligns with limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius, as agreed under the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading…

Dina-Perla Portnaar

Dina-Perla Portnaar

Consultant

The ethical barometer: simple checklist to know how far off an ecosystem actually is from what it should be in terms of good and bad

17 February 2022

From time to time, I will share some knowledge and insights on integrity via the Risk & Compliance Platform Europe. I started The Integrity Talks to connect business and personal. About this initiative: nothing is worth losing our integrity and humanity for. Sharing thoughts, from a variety of closed-up communities to all sorts of business ecosystems and from individual and autonomous choices to joint risk, governance or compliance agreements.

The business world and other ecosystems need to handle many ethical matters on a daily basis. The day-to-day actions, choices and interaction with others – both directly ‘in their face’ and behind their back, when they are not around make people’s integrity tangible. Of course, we do know how many ecosystems are not ethical at all. Besides, we know that when ecosystems want to keep track of the gradation of their ethical climate, there are always individuals who will try to continue to act in an egoistic or even socially sick manner.

The pressure from those individuals on the whole – sometimes indirectly, through using others as chess pieces in their game / battle is one of the symptoms of a socially sick culture. People’s wellbeing literally gets jeopardized. Such pressure can have massive physical and mental health consequences.

Moreover, pressure can come with many losses, including the lack of public successes, favor and mostly recognition that would otherwise have been theirs. In fact, that truly belongs to them, not only due to their content, but mostly because they will never show entitlement the way those bad individuals will – not in their thinking, attitude or behavior. In my work, I always connect reputation management to integrity and wellbeing in a 360 degrees cycle, because pressure will impact all three and because there is not one without the other.

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