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EXECUTIVE LINKS EARLY CLINTON FLAP TO LONG-TERM WORKFORCE DIVERSITY ISSUES

 NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The military's tug-of-war over gay rights reflects explosive workforce diversity issues that will increasingly challenge government and private industry, according to a prominent insurance executive.
 Speaking in Captiva Island, Fla., before the National Association of Manufacturers, Dr. Robert H. Moore, senior vice president at Alexander & Alexander Services Inc. (A&A), cited workforce diversity as one of five trends likely to become critical over the next four years.
 "We live in a time when the nation's most popular media personalities include Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern, while the new president appears to be using a quota system to fill key jobs," Dr. Moore observed. "There clearly is a diversity of views about diversity."
 He added, "Changing workforce dynamics create a challenge and an opportunity. Responses to these pressures will determine some big winners as well as losers, especially in labor-intensive organizations."
 Dr. Moore cited four additional trends:
 Continuing globalization of national economies is forging a new world order. This will reduce governments' ability to manage and control their own affairs. A complex tripolar trading system will emerge with uncertain consequences. It will involve North America and Europe as well as Asia, particularly as the People's Republic of China emerges as a superpower.
 Escalating international terrorism, with weapons of mass destruction acquired by unstable and unpredictable groups. Such international turmoil may keep America's military machine from shrinking as much as is widely prophesied.
 Product stewardship, whereby manufacturers take back products at the end of their useful lives for reconditioning and proper disposal. Product pricing will more explicitly reflect true environmental costs.
 Growing impact of technology on communications, with an eruption of data as well as faster coverage of unfiltered news and entertainment. Problems with "information sabotage" will escalate from computer hacking to other areas, including electronic mail and cellular phones.
 Dr. Moore reported that corporate interest in monitoring emerging trends typically increases during Democratic administrations and predicted that the Clinton presidency would reinforce this pattern.
 "Corporate executives will increasingly apply the motto, No more surprises'," Dr. Moore observed. "An effective issues program helps management anticipate economic and socio-political trends."
 Dr. Moore formerly served as emerging issues coordinator for The Conference Board. He is a past president of the National Association of Insurance Brokers and a board member of the Center for the New American Workforce.
 A&A Services Inc. is a global organization of professional advisers providing risk management, insurance brokerage and human resource management consulting services from offices in more than 80 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Allison Hayes of Alexander & Alexander, 3:30 p.m. EST, 212-840-8500/
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