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Good Sports, FOX Sports Supports and FOX Sports "Magnify" Series Team up to Bring Sports Equipment to Chicago Youth

03.16.2018 - 03:00PM

Good Sports has teamed up with FOX Sports Supports and FOX Sports Films’ MAGNIFY documentary “Shot in the Dark,” providing sports and fitness opportunities to the youth of Chicago. Supporters of the initiative can visit to personally handpick sports equipment that will be directly donated by Good Sports to the youth programs in Chicago. In addition, all donations made through the “Shot in the Dark” webpage will be matched up to $25,000 by 21st Century Fox. “In connection to these powerful, sports and community narratives, we’re committed to meaningfully working, within our FOX Sports Supports organization and alongside others, to help neighborhoods and schools capitalize on the awareness that ‘Magnify’ brings to the stories,” says Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content at FOX Sports. “We are excited to kick off this partnership with FOX Sports. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the kids we serve,” said Christy Keswick, Good Sports Chief Operating Officer. “Chicago is a key market for Good Sports and we are thrilled to be able to address the high need in the area through this new partnership. The match is going to be instrumental in getting a significant number of Chicago kids in the game.” “Shot in the Dark” is produced by Los Angeles Media Fund, executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper and directed by Dustin Nakao-Haider for Bogie Films, and in association with ZZ Productions . The film follows Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness under inspirational head coach Lou Adams, facing systemic inequities that threaten to claim their future.  Through incredible on and off-the-court challenges – from championship and collegiate aspirations to violence and incarceration -- they assess the daily voices and influences of teammates, friends and family on their next steps as young men.  Following its original February 24 airdate, “Shot in the Dark” is available via the FOX NOW app and video-on-demand. Re-airs are also scheduled on FS1 and various FOX Regional sports networks. FOX Sports Supports has contributed millions of dollars to previous partners through the production of public service announcements, broadcast and cable air time, special event activations, verbal and special messages during FOX Sports programming and in-kind support, including monetary and gift donations. It has become the industry leader in raising awareness for worthwhile causes associated with youth, sports, education and military. In the last nine years, FOX Sports Supports has supported more than 40 charities, from tackling youth sports and environment issues to assisting military personnel and their families. Through its various media channels and on-site support, FOX Sports Supports has successfully helped generate millions of dollars in donations to these organizations. In addition, the PSAs have received tens of millions of dollars’ worth of air time across all 21st Century Fox channels, helping to support causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Positive Coaching Alliance, Folds of Honor, Girls on the Run, National Alliance on Mental Illness and many more. For more information, visit ContactChristy Keswick, Chief Operating OfficerT: 617-934-0545         E: About Good Sports Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $26 million worth of equipment to more than 3,700 youth programs, impacting over FIVE MILLION kids. Good Sports has also been award[...]

ACRE Investment Management Turns 15

03.16.2018 - 02:54PM

Our conservation finance mission is to put a price and value on our natural capital and enlarge the spirit of capitalism, creating Conservation Capitalism --- where Conservation has a purpose and Capitalism a heart. 

To have begun with a bold new vision of forestation to help “replenish the earth;” conceive a path that values the nobility of land; examine its modern limits inside the spheres of tax, ownership principle, capital markets, and policy; forge constituencies who have never negotiated in the same room before, and earn their trust; mesh designs of nature to those of mathematics well; succeed with high quality companies in a world of competing corporate loyalties; adjust a new set of ecological equivalencies to a world of old economic understandings; build a product without a market or price structure in place; assume demand that will appear, when there is none; spend money that may not return, promise landowners 50% of every dollar which does, and attach belief to an asset - carbon - no one can see; press a proposition that “if it pays, conservation stays,” and only a sustainable financial investment process can hitch itself to success and scale; work on land with strategic value, in an region too few have come to value enough; endure with a project during the 2008 national wealth compression; witness, concurrently, the collapse of a carbon “cap and trade” market floor; watch the flight of traders flee the field; see our first young trees by the millions, during two century high flooding seasons, overcome nature’s hardship; adapt the vision continually while never changing its purpose, coherence, or direction; make every problem whole, every obstacle dissolve; turn each stumbling block into a stepping stone; every opportunity into an asset; then assets into achievements; and achievements into brand; and, finally, draw lines rather than give in to them, sculpt a future rather than imitate a previously carved one, and create a broad and permanent new legacy - is to accomplish much since C2I’s founding on March 17, 2003. The expression of which is codified under ACRE Investment Management (AIM) platform. 

Today, ACRE Investment Management (AIM) platform has four distinct divisions. Big River is the leading cottonwood nursery producing 10 million cuttings per year. Forest Green works with consumer-facing companies to offer decarbonized products. GreenTrees is the leading carbon reforestation in North America. With its 500-landowner partners, the GreenTrees program is comprised of 120,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests producing 99% of all issued reforestation credits in North America to date. Finally, Conservation+ works with landowners to create a portfolio approach to their land holdings incorporating carbon, nutrients, wetlands, stream, water storage credits, land preservation credits and so much more.

Creating Scale Through Vision and Velocity requires a special team! To this end, we would like to thank all our partners, our landowners, our clients, our employees both present and past, our professional consultants, our friends and our families. We would not be where we are without you. While much has been accomplished, it is also a new beginning. Today is Day One!

For more info visit us at or download our brochure

Global Water Challenge Receives Prestigious Microsoft Grant for Water Point Data Exchange Platform

03.16.2018 - 11:00AM

 Global Water Challenge (GWC) has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft AI for Earth Azure Awards grant. The grant will provide GWC with training and access to world-class machine learning and GIS technology. GWC received this grant to grow its Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) – the world’s largest open source water point data library. WPDx enables governments and their partners to better provide water services that will last for generations.

AI for Earth is a Microsoft program aimed at empowering people and organizations to solve global environmental challenges by increasing access to AI tools and educational opportunities while accelerating innovation. Through the program, Microsoft provides selected researchers and organizations access to its cloud and AI computing resources to accelerate, improve and expand work on climate change, agriculture, biodiversity and/or water challenges.

GWC is among the first grant recipients of AI for Earth which was first launched in July 2017. The grant process was a competitive and selective process and was awarded in recognition of the potential of the work and power of AI to accelerate progress in providing universal access to water and sanitation. Recently, Microsoft announced their intent to invest $50 million over 5 years into the program, enabling grant-making and educational trainings possible at a much larger scale.

“Applying Microsoft technologies to the unparalleled wealth of data available through the Water Point Data Exchange can help governments around the world to improve water services for millions of people,” said Brian Banks GWC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. “The support from AI for Earth will allow governments and their partners to use the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence in a new way.”

The grant will enable Global Water Challenge to provide easily accessible tools that can help governments make evidence-based decisions about where to invest in water infrastructure and how to improve policies. This work builds on recent analytical explorations of data that GWC undertook with the Government of Swaziland to improve water services.

The award comes as Water Point Data Exchange surpasses 450,000 water data records with information on water point type, location, functionality, and a wide array of other information. This data spans more than 45 countries around the world.

Click here view the Water Point Data Exchange library.  

More information about AI for Earth can be found on the website.



Founded in 2006, Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). With leading companies, civil society partners and governments, GWC accelerates the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and drive innovation for sustainable solutions. Through GWC’s innovative public-private partnerships, more than 1 million people have been reached with clean water access. More information about GWC can be found here.

SC Johnson Germany Named Best Workplace for 13th Time

03.16.2018 - 09:30AM

SC Johnson Germany has been recognized as a 2018 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organization ranked 17 on the list of companies with 50 to 500 employees in the country. Since 2003, SC Johnson Germany has been recognized as a Best Workplace 13 times.

“We’re proud of the SC Johnson Germany team for being named a great place to work for the 13th time,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The team is honored to be recognized for their commitment to excellence and fostering a positive workplace.”

SC Johnson Germany’s success is attributed to a talented team of people who demonstrate pride, team spirit and fairness in the workplace. The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

The Germany team joins SC Johnson Italy and SC Johnson Venezuela on the 2018 list of Best Workplaces.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.



SC Johnson Global Public Affairs


About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.

Kesko Is Transforming and Growing

03.16.2018 - 08:00AM

Kinder and the University of Oxford Partner to Develop and Research Digital Learning

03.16.2018 - 04:00AM

The magic world of Kinder and the leading expertise of the University of Oxford come together to research and develop educational content and a parental dashboard for the brand’s Magic Kinder app, to encourage families to interact and learn together. The partnership will involve a programme of research aimed at better understanding children’s learning through digital technology. As part of this partnership, the University of Oxford will also apply its world class research and experience in child development to assist in the creation of robust content aimed at supporting key aspects of children’s learning. Kinder wanted to team up with the University of Oxford as it feels strongly about supporting parents with their modern day challenges as well as providing free learning opportunities to children around the world.  At the same time, The University of Oxford recognizes that millions of children around the world are using digital technology at a critical developmental point in their lives. By working with Kinder on the Magic Kinder app, experts from Oxford’s Department of Education hope to contribute to the development of educational content and produce a rigorous research programme examining key outcomes in children’s learning.   “At Kinder we care about the holistic and happy development of children, and we believe that technology can truly support parents in their vital role as growth enablers,” said Marco Degregori, Global Head of the Kinder brand. “With the help of the University of Oxford, we will be able to give families another level of interactive play. The contents will be created with world leading experts, so parents can be reassured that their kids are participating in developmentally appropriate activities”. “The importance of quality learning experiences in early childhood development cannot be overestimated,” said Professor Victoria Murphy, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford. “Increasingly, children around the world are interacting with various digital learning technologies claiming to have developmental significance. Through our collaboration with Kinder we are hoping to develop a rigorous programme of research to examine key issues in learning through digital technologies to better understand and improve this process.” With Kinder’s mission to help raise happy children and the University of Oxford’s vision to benefit society through leading research and education, their collaboration will be an important step in encouraging families’ engagement in their children’s play and better understanding of the nature of learning through digital technology. For more information: Kinder Kinder is the second largest chocolate brand in the world that for over 50 years has brought joy to families.  Currently sold in 170 countries, the Kinder brand offers a wide range of high quality products from chocolate bars to surprise-filled treats - that delight parents and children alike. Find out more at Department of Education, University of Oxford The Department of Education is renowned for its research excellence. It was ranked first in the UK in the most recent research evaluation exercise and was the third highest ranked education faculty in the 2017 Times Higher list. The Department has many research collaborations within the social sciences division and of course the University more widely, both of which were ranked first globally in 2017. Our research is outward-facing, with projects that are transformative not just for the research field, but for governments, charities, industry and all levels of the educational sector. Our vision for digital futures in education runs across the expertise in the Department, involving research on young people and families, through schools, further education, higher educa[...]

2018 Sustainability Management Conference

03.15.2018 - 02:11PM

Are you responsible for implementing sustainability efforts, or tracking and reporting their results? Is the scope of your sustainability program expanding in all directions?

This conference will offer insights that will help you improve your company’s performance internally and more effectively manage your sustainability data at both ends of the supply chain.

Discovery Education Teams up With LG Electronics USA To Launch 'Discover Your Happy' Program That Combats Youth Stress With Science-Based Happiness Curriculum

03.15.2018 - 10:21AM

In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, LG Electronics USA has teamed up with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to launch Discover Your Happy – an exciting new program designed equip students nationwide with the skills for sustainable happiness. Studies assert that two out of three American teens are stressed and lack the tools needed to manage anxiety. On March 20, 2018, the International Day of Happiness, LG and Discovery Education will host a unique Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip at 1:00 p.m. ET to address this critical issue.  “Discovery Education is excited to partner with LG to help teach students that happiness is more than just a positive mood, it is an emotion and state of being that can be achieved through the practice of fostering mindfulness and contentment,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Research has shown that happy children do better in school and ‘Discover Your Happy’ invites them to explore immersive experiences that equip them with the skills necessary to lead healthy, successful and impactful lives.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse. Happy people are healthier, live longer, earn more money, and do better in school and life. Discovery Education’s Discover Your Happy program, designed to teach students that happiness is a learnable skill, is an extension of LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness corporate social responsibility initiative. Discover Your Happy highlights six skills that sustain one's ability to recognize that life's good: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. The goal is to create awareness that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, that sustainable happiness is achievable, and that there are a set of skills that can be taught, learned and practiced to help anyone in their journey toward happiness. The International Day of Happiness is a global celebration to recognize happiness as a fundamental human goal that lays the foundation for the well-being of people worldwide. The Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip, premiering on March 20, will enlighten students and educators across the country as experts from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Inner Explorer and Project Happiness demonstrate how happiness impacts our physiology and psychology. Accessible standards-aligned materials found on the Discover Your Happy website will help students identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness. The immersive experience will also inspire and encourage them to bring happiness to their communities. “Many of us are focused on happiness as a momentary feeling, but our goal is to spread the message that sustainable happiness is what matters - though it takes effort to achieve,” said Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D, science director at the Greater Good Science Center. “LG’s dedication to this important mission will help empower our youth to unlock their potential by learning the fundamental, science-backed skills of sustainable happiness.”  Research shows that happy kids do better in school. Happy learners remember information better and happiness positively impacts grades. LG's Life's Good: Experience Happiness initiative, Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices [...]

oekom research to Join Institutional Shareholder Services

03.15.2018 - 08:00AM

oekom research, a leader in the provision of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and data, as well as sustainable investment research, today announced it will join Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”). Reflecting the strength of both brands, oekom research will be renamed ISS-oekom. The oekom research business will continue to be led by its co-founder, Robert Haßler. “I am pleased for oekom research to join ISS in furtherance of our shared objective of providing institutional investors world-class ESG ratings and data alongside cutting-edge responsible investment research and insights,” said Haßler. oekom research will maintain and enhance its operations in Munich, Paris, London, New York and Zurich with its staff of more than 110 remaining in place. Headquartered in Munich and established in 1993, oekom research is a trusted advisor to financial institutions, collectively holding more than USD 1.5 trillion in assets, who turn to it for a wide variety of responsible investment solutions and services. More than 180 financial services companies and institutional investors subscribe to oekom’s sustainability research for the selection of securities for mutual funds, segregated accounts, and asset management mandates. “As institutions across the globe continue to seek out holistic responsible investment solutions and services, ISS is pleased to respond to those demands through this transaction,” said ISS Chief Operating Officer Stephen Harvey. “We welcome Robert and the entire oekom team to the ISS family and look forward to continue providing our clients with the industry’s leading environmental, social, and governance solutions.”                                                                            ### About oekom research oekom research AG is one of the world’s leading rating agencies for sustainable investments and has offices in Germany (Munich), France (Paris), United Kingdom (London), USA (New York) and Switzerland (Zurich). The agency analyses businesses and countries with respect to their environmental and social performance. As an experienced partner of institutional investors and financial service providers, oekom research identifies those equity and bond issuers whose businesses exercise a high level of responsibility towards society and the environment. Over 180 asset managers and asset owners in 13 countries regularly incorporate the rating agency’s research into their investment decisions. As such, oekom research’s analyses currently influence around USD 1.5 trillion assets under management. For more information, please visit  About ISS Founded in 1985 as Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., ISS is the world’s leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment (RI) solutions for asset owners, asset managers, hedge funds, and asset service providers. ISS’ solutions include: objective governance research and recommendations; RI data, analytics, advisory and research; end-to-end proxy voting and distribution solutions; turnkey securities class-action claims management (provided by Securities Class Action Services, LLC); and reliable global governance data and modelling tools. Clients rely on ISS' expertise to help them make informed corporate governance decisions, integrate responsible investing policies and practices into their strategy, and execute upon thes[...]

ImpactAssets Drops Investment Minimums and Fees on Private Debt and Equity Impact Investment Options, Adds New Funds

03.15.2018 - 07:00AM

ImpactAssets today slashed investment minimums on its private debt and equity investment options to $10,000 and flattened administrative fees to 0.40%. Effective March 1, 2018, the changes are designed to break down the barriers to deep impact investing for donors within the ImpactAssets Giving Fund, its donor advised fund. “Unquestionably, interest in impact investing has mushroomed, but investors remain daunted by significant financial hurdles, including investment minimums that can be as high as $250,000 to $1 million,” said Sally Boulter, Senior Engagement Officer at ImpactAssets. “We believe flat fees and lower minimums will lead to greater engagement with financial advisors and individuals who want to ‘toe-dip’ into impact investing.” “There’s a real hunger among many investors—partly driven by the current political environment—to tap investment strategies that address critical systemic problems,” Boulter added.  “Our clients look for deep, meaningful impact combined with appropriate financial returns.” In addition to dropping fees and minimums, ImpactAssets added two new private debt funds to it growing roster of investment solutions that open access to impact investments in ecoforestry, climate change solutions, sustainable food and agriculture, underserved small business owners, the growing middle class in emerging markets and more. The new funds include: Ecotrust Forests III (EFIII), a long-term investment vehicle targeting commercial forestland in the western U.S. that have unique social and environmental attributes. The goal of the fund is to diversify investment in properties across regions, hold periods, timber and income streams. EFIII identifies and monetizes conservation, cultural and environmental assets to generate value for investors and society. The main driver of value is timber as well as various conservation finance tools including easements and carbon finance. Through its first and second funds, Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) has honed its investment strategy to focus on property acquisitions where a competitive advantage exists. Community Investment Management (CIM), an institutional impact investment firm providing strategic debt capital to scale and demonstrate responsible innovation in lending to small businesses and underserved borrowers in the United States. CIM seeks to deliver positive social impact and attractive risk-adjusted returns with low volatility by investing in a diversified short-duration portfolio of marketplace loans originated by financial technology companies. Since 2014, CIM has provided more than $350 million of debt financing to 5,000 U.S. small businesses in 50 states, diversified across an array of industries including information technology, professional services, and retail trade. Across its portfolio, CIM funds 2-3 times more woman, minority, and veteran-owned businesses than banks and financial institutions.  “Our partnership with ImpactAssets is enabling a new wave of smaller-scale investors to channel their money into impact,” said Bettina von Hagen, Managing Director & CEO at EFM. “By investing philanthropic dollars into deep impact investment, the incredible ImpactAssets community is finding ways to expand the power and positive impact generated by their charitable giving.” “We applaud ImpactAssets in broadening access to institutional impact investment funds for a greater number of investors by lowering their minimums and fees,” added CIM Managing Partner Michael Hokenson. The EFM and CIM funds are available individually or through the turn-key ImpactAssets Impact Portfolios. They join a growing list of the world’s most innovative impact investing managers, including Ec[...]

City Year Names David L. Cohen and Jonathan S. Lavine Co-Chairs of its National Board of Trustees

03.14.2018 - 01:45PM

City Year, an education nonprofit fueled by national service that helps students and schools to succeed, announced today that David L. Cohen and Jonathan S. Lavine have been elected co-chairs of its national Board of Trustees. Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal, Cohen has served as vice-chair of the national board since 2013, when Lavine, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, was first elected chair. The two will now lead the national board together. “I’ve been proud to be a City Year supporter for more than 20 years and I’m honored to serve as co-chair alongside one of City Year’s biggest champions, Jonathan Lavine,” Cohen said. “Education is a huge priority for our country, and ultimately, it is citizen service that empowers us to dream of a better tomorrow. Since 1988, City Year has invested in the success of schools and communities and supported the development of our next generation of leaders. I am looking forward to helping to steward the outstanding work of this organization across the country.” A longstanding supporter of City Year, Cohen has played a key role in helping to build City Year’s partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, which has invested more than $90 million in cash and in-kind support to City Year since 2003. Cohen also leads and serves on multiple boards, including as: Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a J.D. summa cum laude in 1981; Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine; Chair of the Philadelphia Theatre Company; Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s 100th Anniversary; Co-Chair of the 2017-2018 Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; and a member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, among others. “It is an honor for me to continue to serve City Year, an organization I have believed in and been inspired by since it first launched, and to do so in partnership with David,” said Lavine. “We know that the organization is poised for even greater impact in the years ahead and we are looking forward to leveraging the talent, wisdom and dedication of the board to help City Year achieve its ambitious goals to serve more students and schools.” “City Year is extraordinarily fortunate to have such deeply committed champions as David Cohen and Jonathan Lavine leading our national Board of Trustees. We are enormously grateful for their leadership, stewardship and vision,” said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. “We are also excited to welcome Tushara Canekeratne, George Nichols, Enrique Salem and Wendy Spencer, all accomplished leaders and steadfast supporters of City Year, to our national Board.” Tushara Canekeratne is the founder and CEO of Nadastra, Inc., a knowledge driven global services company, and the co-founder of Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of software development and IT Services. A global leader and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of broad and deep experience in the information technology industry, Canekeratne also serves as a member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Advisory Council, Harvard Graduate School of Education Graduate School of Education Dean’s Leadership Council and Harvard University Campaign Executive Committee. She holds a B.S. in computer science and mathematics and received an honorary degree of doctor of the University from Loughborough University. Canekeratne was elected to City Year’s national Board of Trustees on October 17, 2017. George Nichols III is Senior Vice President, Office of Governmental Affairs a[...]

Vancouver Landmarks to “Light up Blue” to Show Support of Our Oceans

03.14.2018 - 11:00AM

On March 14th, notable Vancouver buildings and landmarks will glow blue in support of protecting our oceans, which is being showcased at GLOBE Forum 2018 (March 14-16) - North America's largest and longest-running Leadership Summit on Sustainable Business. B.C. Place, the Sails of Light at Canada Place, the Vancouver Lookout and Harbour Centre, Science World at TELUS World of Science, TELUS Garden, the Birks Building, the Kalen Capital Building, the Leckie Building, the district markers at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Olympic Cauldron arms are participating. This unique initiative complements a number of special sessions and programs at GLOBE Forum, which explore the role business, government and civil society can play to protect our oceans and include: A three-day exhibition by one of the world’s most highly acclaimed nature photographers, Paul Nicklen.  As an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Paul’s evocative imagery has garnered over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field. Several inspirational conservationists will be presenting their mission at GLOBE Forum, including Emily Penn, Expedition Leader, Skipper, Artist, and Ocean Advocate, and Pete Bethune, “Captain Planet”, Engineer, and Skipper. Emily was recently honoured with the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards and is also the youngest and only female recipient of both the Yachtmaster of the Year and Seamaster of the Year awards. Pete is best known for his epic journey in the Earthrace boat and his promotion of the use of sustainable biofuel. To tackle the global crisis of ocean plastic, Ocean Wise® today launched the #BePlasticWise pledge to reduce disposable plastic use at GLOBE Forum. The #BePlasticWise pledge asks people to commit to monthly challenges to replace their use of single-use plastic items - such as plastic straws, bags, cutlery, food packaging and water bottles  - with ocean-friendly alternatives. Sign the pledge at Quotes: Nancy Wright, Chief Operating Officer at GLOBE Series "In many ways, Canada and Canadians have been defined by our relationship with the ocean, and with our lakes and rivers. We are proud that these Vancouver landmarks and buildings are literally shining a light on the plight of our oceans, and reminding us that we need to protect what we love." Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO at Ocean Wise  “Ocean Wise® is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean to reduce the amount entering our ocean. More than ever, our ocean needs the help of individuals, businesses and government to do their part in reducing single-use plastic waste. Join us in this effort by taking a pledge to break your pattern and protect our ocean at” Dr. Scott Sampson, CEO, Science World  “We are honoured to be able to support this critically important message by illuminating Science World’s dome in blue on March 14th. It’s inspiring to see the community come together in an effort to educate and protect our planet’s oceans, and essential to ensuring that the next generation can enjoy one of our world’s greatest natural wonders.” -30- GLOBE Series is a Canadian-based convener of events that educate, empower, and connect leaders in pursuit of a cleaner, more prosperous world. Since 1990, our events have brought together over 170,000 participants from business, government and civil society across 97 countries. Our flagship event is GLOBE Forum, North America's largest and longest-running Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business, which takes place in Vancouver every two years. For more information [...]

Chevron Selling Major Oil Assets in Canada While Trying to Escape $9.5B Pollution Debt Owed to Rainforest Villagers

03.13.2018 - 01:51PM

Ecuador rainforest communities trying to seize Chevron assets in Canada to enforce their $9.5 billion pollution judgment say they are “extremely concerned” that the oil giant is undermining the rule of law by selling off critical assets prior to a major court hearing in Ontario where the company faces the possible collapse of its main defense.   Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the affected communities, announced that new research demonstrates that Chevron has sold or been in talks to sell close to $6 billion in Canadian assets since the case to enforce the Ecuador pollution judgment was filed in Toronto in 2012. The Chevron asset sales come at a time the Ecuadorian villagers have generated significant momentum in Canada in their effort to seize company assets by winning three consecutive unanimous appellate decisions – including one from Canada’s Supreme Court -- and are close to forcing the oil giant into a trial where it will have to defend itself against credible allegations of fraud and witness bribery employed to evade paying the liability.  Salazar said lawyers for the communities are considering “all legal options” to prevent Chevron from further dissipating assets in Canada prior to the conclusion of the enforcement litigation. Chevron sold its remaining assets in Ecuador – mostly Texaco service stations -- during the eight-year trial that resulted in the pollution judgment, rendering the indigenous and farmer groups unable to collect damages in their own country even though Chevron had insisted the trial take place there.  “We are extremely concerned that Chevron’s extensive asset sales in Canada are of such magnitude and frequency that they are disconnected from any legitimate business purpose and are designed to evade a legitimate court judgment,” said Salazar, who works for the Front for the Defense of the Amazon (FDA), the grass roots coalition which brought the case against Chevron and is seeking the collection of the judgment on behalf of 80 indigenous and farmer communities in the affected area. The Canadian appellate court decisions in favor of the rainforest communities not only have shaken Chevron’s confidence in the outcome of the enforcement litigation – providing a possible motive to sell assets -- but they come at a time when the company’s large team of lawyers must appear in the Ontario Court of Appeal on April 17 to defend a problematic issue in the presence of national indigenous leaders from Ecuador and Canada.  The last court hearing against Chevron was attended by former Canada National Chief Phil Fontaine and Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler, both of whom were highly critical of the company’s toxic dumping in Ecuador. The issue in the upcoming court hearing – whether the Ecuadorians can collect their debt from Chevron’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada – will be argued by noted litigator Alan Lenczner and aboriginal rights specialist Peter Grant. If the Ecuadorians win, Chevron’s main technical defense to the enforcement action would completely collapse, leading to substantial additional financial risk for the company, according to observers. Chevron has sought impunity in the case by claiming all assets held by its wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada should be immunized from collection, said Salazar. Given that Chevron operates in Canada and around the world only through 1,500 wholly-owned subsidiaries, if the company’s argument is accepted then the 30,000 Ecuadorians who live in the affected area (called the “Amazon Chernoby[...]

Swarovski and BSR Announce Collaborative Sustainability Project ‘Women in Jewelry’

03.13.2018 - 01:06PM

Swarovski is delighted to announce its partnership with BSR on pioneering ‘Women in Jewelry’ project to explore the lives and challenges of women in the jewelry supply chain in order to inspire industry-wide action. The ‘Women in Jewelry’ project, which began in January 2018, aims to deliver in-depth research on the current status of women in the global jewelry supply chain. Following an initial report this Spring, with a focus on the mining, cutting and polishing, and jewelry manufacturing sectors, Swarovski and BSR will convene leading jewelry companies in April in Paris to review the findings and garner support for further field research. This collaborative approach will help deepen insights and lead to recommendations for how companies can identify, create and implement opportunities for women in jewelry supply chains. Swarovski is committed to promoting and advancing a responsible jewelry industry, using the strength of its brand to drive positive change. This ambitious project will create a non-competitive space for brands to come together to collaboratively seeks solutions. Women are present throughout the jewelry supply chain, from mining to manufacturing, and in artisan to large-scale production. Swarovski recognizes that advancing equality and enabling women to fulfil their potential is not only good for business, but also has a positive impact on society. Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are pleased to partner with BSR to take a leading role in advancing women’s empowerment within the jewelry industry. Promoting equality is at the heart of our sustainability agenda, and we look forward to inspiring collective action to drive positive change with this important project.” Aditi Mohapatra, BSR Women’s Empowerment Director, commented: “While women make up a vast majority of the consumers of jewelry, very little is known about the challenges facing the women behind the products in the supply chain. We hope this partnership both raises awareness of the barriers these women experience and catalyzes industry-wide action to eliminate gender gaps. Our research shows that there are many opportunities for companies to get involved, and we hope more will take action.” For more information, please contact: Rachele Dino, Sustainability Communications Manager, +44 (0)20 7255 8408, Aditi Mohapatra, Women’s Empowerment Director: +212-370-7701, NOTES TO EDITORS Swarovski publicly champions gender equality on international platforms and uses its brand visibility to shine a light on women’s empowerment. To coincide with International Women’s Day 2018, Swarovski launched The Future Is Equal, an equality campaign aimed at inspiring actions that will create an inclusive world for everyone. Swarovski is a signatory of the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and is part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group. For four consecutive years Swarovski has support the Trust Conference, which unites changemakers to take action to empower women and fight modern slavery. Swarovski is a founding member of the BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) corporate working group Business Action for Women. In 2017, Swarovski was the principal sponsor of UN Women’s HeForShe Arts Week, which champions gender equality within the creative industries. Swarovski is a Lean In partner and is creating ‘circles’ (employee networks) around the world to foster connections, exchange ideas and inspire confidence. Swarovski is creating a network[...]

RMI Deploys New Approaches for Due Diligence

03.13.2018 - 10:30AM

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their minerals supply chains, today announced new tools to enable responsible sourcing from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. In late 2017, the RMI released revised standards for tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG), which replace earlier audit protocols and go into effect on June 1, 2018. The revised standards include a global approach to due diligence, beyond the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and nine adjoining countries, and are in closer alignment with internationally recognized frameworks, including the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance) and ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems. The revised standards also align public reporting requirements for audited companies with the OECD Guidance. While the revised RMI standards go into effect in June, companies can voluntarily undergo audits using the new standards now. Beyond work on 3TG, the RMI is actively supporting companies’ efforts to identify and prioritize the salient social, environmental and governance impacts of extraction and processing of raw materials in international supply chains. To this end, the RMI has launched new tools and resources that help companies exercise due diligence, including the Risk Readiness Assessment Platform. The RRA is a self-assessment tool for companies along the value chain to assess and communicate their risk management practices across 31 issue areas. More than 60 downstream and 160 upstream companies are active on the RRA platform to date, completing and sharing over 200 assessments across 3TG and cobalt supply chains. Over the next month, in coordination with DRIVE Sustainability, RMI will also publish material risk profiles for 17 raw materials commonly used in automotive and electronic products as well as a risk matrix covering 45 raw materials. On March 1, RMI launched a six-month pilot of the Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT). The Cobalt Reporting Template serves to identify cobalt refiners in companies’ supply chains and collect due diligence information. The pilot version of the CRT, as well as the list of cobalt refiners, will be made available until Aug. 31, 2018. After the pilot phase, refinements and continuation of the tool will be assessed. “Expectations on companies to demonstrate due diligence and responsible sourcing are increasing worldwide,” said Leah Butler, Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). “These new tools from the RMI help create conditions for companies with global supply chains to conduct due diligence and meet those growing demands.”    About RMI The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) is a multi-industry initiative with over 360 member companies, including associations and service providers. Our members contribute to the development and international uptake of a range of tools and resources, including independent third-party audit programs for smelters, the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry data, and guidance documents on responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) and cobalt. The RMI runs regular workshops on responsible sourcing issues and contributes to policy development with civil society organizations and governments. For more information, visit[...]

Smithfield Foods Donates 42,000 Pounds of Protein in New Orleans, Releases New “Helping Hungry Homes” Video

03.12.2018 - 01:05PM

In celebration of Smithfield Foods’ 10-year anniversary of its Helping Hungry Homes® hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure, the company released a new video that explains the impact of the program on communities across the country and also outlines the 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour stops. Last week, Smithfield Foods also joined forces with Rouses Markets to donate 42,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. The donation, equivalent to more than 165,000 servings of protein, will help families fight hunger across south Louisiana. “At Second Harvest Food Bank, we are committed to alleviating hunger by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response,” said Natalie A. Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. “We are tremendously thankful for this donation from Smithfield Foods, which will help the countless families in our area who are struggling with food insecurity.” Smithfield and Rouses Markets representatives presented the donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana at an event at the foodbank this morning. Members of all three organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein to much of the Food Bank’s expansive service area, including more than 700 community partners and programs across 23 parishes from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. “We work daily with local hunger-relief organizations to bring food, funds and hands-on assistance to the areas we serve,” said Donny Rouse, CEO of Rouses Markets. “Rouses is honored to partner with Smithfield Foods—a company that shares our passion to support our local communities—on this donation that will provide well-balanced meals to our neighbors in need for weeks to come.” This is the seventh large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided nearly 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide. “At Smithfield Foods, we understand the benefits of proper nutrition and believe it is our responsibility to help our neighbors in need,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We hope this donation and our support of Second Harvest Foodbank will encourage others to join in the fight against hunger.” For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit # # # About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more inform[...]

New Report Shows That Costa Rica Is Raising the Bar for Sustainability Reporting Ambitions

03.12.2018 - 12:09PM

Today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) in collaboration with the Business Association for Development (AED), released a case study on the sustainability reporting in Costa Rica. The report was compiled using data from The Reporting Exchange, the global resource for corporate sustainability reporting. 

The research showed that there is a significant interest in sustainability reporting in the country, as there are currently 40 reporting requirements and resources for environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related issues in Costa Rica.  

The major driver of the country’s sustainable development agenda is Costa Rica’s bid to become a member of the OECD. The evaluation process that the country is going through has led to an assessment of Costa Rica’s policies against the standards set by OECD countries. The country is also integrating the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda into national planning, becoming one of the countries to sign a multi-stakeholder National Pact on SDGs.  

As Costa Rica decouples economic development and environmental degradation, further legislation and revisions in sustainability reporting are likely to impact all sectors. This means companies will have to be vigilant, and the Reporting Exchange can help.  

On moving forward, Olga Sauma, Executive Director at Business Association for Development – WBCSD’s network partner in Costa Rica – elaborates: “The Reporting Exchange will provide a vital resource to understand and compare requirements from different countries, to help Costa Rica identify good practice, and understand what could work in our circumstances and context.” 

To find out more, download the report from the WBCSD website here

This paper is part of series that explores the trends in corporate sustainability reporting that emerge from the research behind the Reporting Exchange. You can access the whole series here.

SC Johnson Venezuela llega al top de la lista de los Mejores Lugares de trabajo

03.12.2018 - 09:30AM

Por 13.º año consecutivo, SC Johnson Venezuela ha recibido un premio al Mejor Lugar de Trabajo otorgado por Great Place to Work® Institute por su enfoque en el desarrollo de equipos y en la confianza. La organización obtuvo el puesto n.º1 en el ranking de 2018 de los mejores lugares para trabajar en el país.

“Estoy orgulloso del equipo de SC Johnson Venezuela por ser reconocido como un gran lugar de trabajo por más de una década”, dijo Fisk Johnson, presidente y director ejecutivo de SC Johnson. “A pesar de las difíciles circunstancias económicas en su país, el equipo sigue dedicado a los valores de nuestra compañía y a cultivar un ambiente de trabajo positivo y de alto rendimiento”.

La lista de Mejores Lugares de Trabajo es el estudio anual más grande del mundo sobre la excelencia en el lugar de trabajo. La clasificación está determinada por los resultados de una encuesta de opinión de empleados y por información proporcionada acerca de la cultura, los programas y política de la empresa.

En Estados Unidos, SC Johnson ha sido incluido 29 veces en la lista de las “100 mejores empresas para las madres trabajadoras” publicada por la revista Working Mother, por sus programas y beneficios que apoyan a los padres que trabajan, incluyendo licencias remunerada por motivos familiares, flexibilidad de horario y el crecimiento de mujeres.

Además, durante 2017, la compañía recibió un puntaje perfecto del 100% en el Índice de Igualdad Corporativa de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos. Este reconocimiento marcó la decimotercera vez que la compañía obtuvo la puntuación máxima y el 16° año de reconocimiento en la lista de igualdad laboral.

Acerca de SC Johnson

SC Johnson es una compañía familiar dedicada a crear productos innovadores de alta calidad, a la excelencia en el trabajo y a un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades donde opera. Con sede en los Estados Unidos, SC Johnson es uno de los más importantes fabricantes en el mundo de productos para la limpieza del hogar y productos para almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, además de productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas de renombre, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en los Estados Unidos y otros países, y algunas de las marcas comercializadas fuera de los Estados Unidos son AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® y RIDSECT®. La empresa tiene 132 años de antigüedad, genera 10 mil millones de dólares en ventas, da empleo a aproximadamente 13.000 personas en todo el mundo y vende productos en casi todos los países del mundo.

SC Johnson Venezuela Earns Top Spot on Best Workplace List

03.12.2018 - 09:30AM

For the 13th consecutive year, SC Johnson Venezuela has received a Best Workplace Award by the Great Place to Work® Institute for their focus on team development and trust. The organization earned the No. 1 spot in the 2018 ranking for Best Workplace in the country.

“I am proud of the SC Johnson Venezuela team for being recognized as a great place to work for more than a decade,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Despite the difficult economic circumstances in their country, the team remains dedicated to our company’s values and to cultivating a positive, high-performing work environment.”

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.

Rainforest Groups Blast U.S. Judge Kaplan for Ruling Designed to Help Chevron Evade $9.5b Pollution Liability

03.09.2018 - 01:56PM

A little-noticed ruling in late February by controversial U.S. federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Chevron’s $9.5 billion Ecuador pollution case already is damaging the judge’s personal credibility and backfiring against the oil giant in Canada where rainforest villagers are attempting to seize company assets to pay for a court-ordered environmental clean-up, according to statements issued by the communities and their U.S. legal representative. “After a long period of welcome hibernation by Judge Kaplan during which his earlier rulings for Chevron have been discredited by new and incontrovertible evidence, he once again has emerged from the shadows to demonstrate his uniquely American-colonialist bent when it comes to the rights of indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Latin America,” said Carmen Cartuche, the President of the Front for the Defense of the Amazon, the group that brought the environmental case against Chevron on behalf of indigenous and farmer communities that resulted in a $9.5 billion judgment against the company. “Whenever Kaplan rules against us, it always seems to produce further evidence of Chevron’s fraud and corruption and illustrates the bias of the U.S. justice system in favor of a powerful U.S. company when it comes to the legitimate claims of impoverished people in Ecuador,” she added.  In 2014, relying on an admittedly corrupt Chevron witness paid at least $2 million by the company, Kaplan refused to seat a jury and ruled that the Ecuador judgment was procured by fraud. It later was disclosed that the Chevron witness, Alberto Guerra, had lied repeatedly on the stand, leading to a criminal referral of Chevron and its lawyers to the U.S. Department of Justice.  When negotiating his fee with Chevron lawyer Randy Mastro, Guerra blurted: "Money talks, but gold screams."  (See here and p. 144 of this brief for the forensic report that destroys Guerra's credibility; see this point by point rebuttal of Kaplan in the report Chevron’s RICO Fraud.) Kaplan has yet to correct his ruling crediting Guerra and instead doubled down in a new decision issued February 28 trying to impose $813,000 in court costs on the Ecuadorians and their U.S. attorney. He also has refused repeated requests by counsel for the Ecuadorians to depose the Chevron attorneys who coached Guerra for a stunning 53 days before allowing him to present his false testimony. (See media reports here and here on Guerra’s false testimony and here for a letter from dozens of environmental groups criticizing Chevron over its litigation tactics in the case.) In a separate statement, U.S. human rights attorney Steven Donziger – who has represented the affected communities in Ecuador since the inception of the case in 1993 -- criticized Kaplan for denying discovery of the Chevron lawyers and for ignoring multiple court rulings in Ecuador and Canada that validate findings that Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into Ecuador’s Amazon region, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer. Locals call Chevron’s environmental disaster the “Amazon Chernobyl”. (Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron and the studies showing high cancer rates .) In his recent ruling, Kaplan tried to order two Ecuadorian citizens from the ra[...]

Bristol-Myers Squibb Expands Parental Leave and Caregiver Benefits

03.09.2018 - 11:51AM

Employees at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) work passionately to advance science for patients with serious diseases, and now its U.S. employees are being given expanded paid time off for critical life events including caregiving for seriously ill family members and the care of newborn, foster or adoptive children. The new, generous, inclusive family-friendly benefits launched this year are part of the company’s commitment to meeting the needs of its diverse workforce through an innovative, market-leading approach. “We realize that our employees can work best when they feel their responsibilities at home and at work are being supported. The benefits we’ve added provide additional flexibility when their families need them the most,” said Ann Powell Judge, Chief Human Resources Officer. “At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are committed to ensuring that we develop, empower and reward our employees so they can deliver on our mission of bringing innovative medicines to patients.” Bristol-Myers Squibb’s inclusive new family care leave program broadens the definition of family to include all types of caregivers and family members of all ages who need care.  Each eligible employee caregiver – from those caring for an ill family member to new parents of birth, foster, or adoptive children – may take up to eight weeks of paid leave. The program is open to all U.S. employees, including hourly workers provided they meet the eligibility requirements for the program. For Ryan and Heather Fischer, the expanded benefits couldn’t have come at a better time. The parents of two-year-old Adelaide are both employees at Bristol-Myers Squibb. On January 24, the Fischers welcomed their second daughter Colette into their lives. With dual benefits since they are both employees, the couple is eligible for eight weeks of paid family care leave each to care for their young family. “When the company announced the new program last fall, I was ecstatic,” said Ryan, digital capability manager, Global Regulatory and Safety Systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has already used two weeks of his paid time off to help Heather, forecasting analyst for clinical trials, Business Insights & Analytics, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. “When Heather goes back to work in April, after using her paid short-term disability time off as well as parental leave benefits, I’ll take another couple of weeks so I have more bonding time with my new daughter.” Flexibility is a key feature of the program. Just as Ryan is breaking up his time off, all eligible employees can use their paid leave all at once or in intervals throughout the year, based on their personal situations and consistent with the policy terms. Paid family care leave programs like Bristol-Myers Squibb’s result in talent retention benefits and improve employee motivation, productivity and health, according to recent reports.   The Bristol-Myers Squibb program helps the company achieve its commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent to help discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.  “Our expanded family care leave program is consistent with the value we place on our people as our key competitive advantage,” said Judge. Learn more about Bristol-Myers Squibb’s commitment to employees and patients by visiting Working with Us. About Bristol-Myers Squi[...]

On International Women’s Day HP Invites Girls Everywhere to Tell Their Stories

03.09.2018 - 08:35AM

At a moment when the world is acknowledging the power of women’s voices, HP is inviting girls to reinvent their stories and reach for their dreams. In celebration of International Women’s Day, HP is releasing “Paro,” a short film shot in Kolkata, India that follows a girl’s journey as she discovers her passion for storytelling. Alongside the film, HP is introducing a range of social impact programs, rooted in the belief that technology can be a democratizing force in telling and sharing stories that matter. “At HP we are celebrating the women who drive us forward and empowering the next generation of female leaders,” said Dion Weisler, President and CEO, HP Inc. “Together we must take action and propel the industry forward through diversity and inclusion. This is more than a week to celebrate women, it’s an ongoing movement.” Stories have the power to change the world The greatest stories are an expression of our collective dreams. They unite, uplift and connect us. “Paro” is one of those stories. In it, a young girl experiences the triumph of sharing her story with others through an untraditional and unexpected path. Produced by HP Studios, the film was created to inspire schoolchildren to celebrate their differences and show how technology can reinvent and make life better. “Paro was created to spark discussion about dreaming big and chasing your passions, no matter your background or where you are in the world,” said Antonio Lucio, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, HP Inc. “We believe powerful stories – told vividly and authentically – can change minds and spark action. International Women’s Day is a perfect reminder to always inspire action and stories are a perfect vehicle to touch hearts.” To encourage the creation of more stories like “Paro,” HP is partnering with Girl Rising on a seven-month story-driven challenge designed to elevate voices of people around the world advocating for equality. The challenge will run from April through June 2018, with winners announced on International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. Winners will receive micro-grants, HP products and services and access to mentors to help them on their journey. The essence of the challenge is to share a personal story using technology – whether that is a pen and paper, a photograph, a video or audio recording. “Everything starts with a story and these community-driven projects serve as a catalyst for impact and long-term social change,”said Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising. “Our partnership with HP will help us elevate more voices and advance equality throughout the world. We look forward to uncovering powerful stories and meeting the inspiration behind them.” Story submissions will begin on April 2 on Girl Rising with details on the process and submission requirements. Nurturing the next generation of advocates Producing and distributing “Paro” is just one of the ways HP is committed to driving meaningful conversations and social change. HP is also launching “Stories of Advocacy,” a partnership with Women Deliver and its Young Leaders program leading up to the 2019 Women Deliver conference. Through this partnership, HP will provide support and technology to drive the young leaders’ advocacy platforms forward. “Wh[...]

As Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Matures, Professionals Prepare for the Future

03.08.2018 - 12:04PM

Peer-to-peer fundraising is in the midst of an exciting transformation, as some of North America’s largest nonprofits shift their focus toward hosting more efficient campaigns and a number of emerging programs show significant growth. This was the central theme of a gathering of nearly 500 professionals who met this month in Miami to celebrate the growth of peer-to-peer fundraising and prepare for its future at the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum’s annual conference. “Peer-to-peer fundraising is becoming much more diverse — and much more efficient — than ever before,” said Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum President David Hessekiel. “Nonprofits report that they are taking steps to make sure they are managing their costs and getting more bang for their investments.” Peer-to-peer fundraising is the practice of having a nonprofit’s supporters take part in an activity such as a walk, bike ride or challenge and reach out to their friends, family members and colleagues for donations. The industry has exploded over the past decade, as online fundraising tools have made the peer-to-peer fundraising more accessible to smaller organizations and made it easier for individuals to create their own campaigns on behalf of their favorite charities.  Highlights from this year’s Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference include: The release of the The Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty, the annual survey of 30 largest U.S. P2P campaigns. The survey found these campaigns raised nearly $1.45 billion in 2017, down 6.6 percent compared with 2016. But while top-line revenues are down, the survey and interviews reveal that most large programs are raising more money per participant and many charities are staging multiple campaigns rather than focusing all of their energy on one national-scale series. Chris McPhee, a 42-year-old paramedic who has helped raise nearly $700,000 for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Center through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, was honored with the Cash, Sweat & Tears Award, given annually to the top volunteer fundraiser in North America. McPhee — who began participating in the ride in 2009 in honor of his mother and mother-in-law, both of whom had died from cancer — has been an inspiration for riders throughout Ontario and a tireless fundraiser. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Cycle for Survival — the fast-growing athletic fundraising campaign that has raised more than $155 million for rare cancer research — was named the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum’s Program of the Year. In 2017, Cycle for Survival attracted more than 30,000 riders who raised $34 million for the hospital — an increase of more than 13.3 percent from the $30 million it raised in 2016. In addition, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Canada, the Forum’s sister organization, released the results of a new survey of fundraising at Canadian peer-to-peer fundraising program.  About the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum The Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum supports professionals who manage peer-to-peer fundraising events at nonprofits around the world. It offers a growing array of conferences, webinars, research, white papers, and case studies that aim to help these professionals gain knowledge and insights that help them become more effective fundraisers.   Learn more at[...]

Consumers Energy’s New Renewable Energy Program Helps Switch and General Motors in Michigan

03.08.2018 - 10:30AM

General Motors and Switch are the first participants in a new Consumers Energy program to help large businesses use large renewable energy sources. Both companies are now matching 100 percent of their electric use at key operations in Michigan with wind-generated power. The energy used at Switch’s Pyramid Campus, a 1.8 million-square-foot data center campus in Grand Rapids, and General Motors’ Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations is matched entirely with energy produced by Cross Winds® Energy Park II, which went into operation this year in Tuscola County, in Michigan’s Thumb.  “Switch and General Motors are leading the way for companies that want to operate efficiently in a competitive environment, yet also make and meet commitments to our planet,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of operations. “We look forward to providing clean energy that will power Switch, General Motors and other large businesses that choose Michigan to locate and grow.” Sustainably running the internet has been a bedrock principle of Switch since founder and CEO Rob Roy started the company in 2000. “It was a pleasure to work with Consumers Energy to continue Switch’s commitment to using 100 percent new, local renewable energy resources to power our data centers,” said Adam Kramer, Switch executive vice president of strategy. Consumers Energy’s new renewable energy program for large businesses was approved last year by the Michigan Public Service Commission.  “Corporations have a leadership opportunity to help accelerate and scale renewable energy, making it more accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Dane Parker, General Motors vice president of Sustainable Workplaces. “The Consumers Energy program will help General Motors meet its commitment to source 100 percent renewable energy at all global operations by 2050, while reducing emissions in our Michigan communities and making the grid greener.” Switch, General Motors and other businesses that choose to participate help defray the costs for new renewable energy sources. “The collaboration among a tech company and an automaker demonstrates that environmental leadership can be driven from all business sectors,” Rochow said. Today, Consumers Energy provides 10 percent of customers’ energy use from renewable sources. Consumers Energy recently announced that more than 40 percent of the energy it produces will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040. The energy provider’s new clean energy goals also include reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040.  AboutConsumers Energy Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy is creating a sustainable future by focusing on the environment, powering Michigan's economy and investing in people. About Switch POWERING THE FUTURE OF THE CONNECTED WORLD® Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob[...]

Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector

03.08.2018 - 10:30AM

The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is proud to announce that the Government of Canada is investing in funding the GCNC for a three-year project for engaging the private sector as a responsible accelerator to eliminate barriers faced by women in the workplace. Canada has made tremendous progress recently towards achieving greater equality for people of all genders, but there is still much work to do. Gender equality will have a notable impact on our economy and whether the 17 Global Goals will be achieved by 2030. Each one of us can and must take steps to break down the barriers of discrimination in our everyday lives to achieve the benefits of Gender Equality. The project, entitled Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector, will focus on engaging the corporate community in developing, testing, and implementing a set of tools leading to a blueprint for gender equality in the private sector, as well as a certification methodology. The project aims to accelerate action by working with the input of 20 participating companies in Canada who are to become gender equality mentors and leaders. In the first year of this 3-year project the following companies have confirmed to participate: Angkor Gold Corp.; Baker & McKenzie; Blake, Cassels & Graydon S.E.N.C.R.L./s.r.l.; Export Development Canada; IKEA Canada; Nutrien; Scotiabank; Smart Agri-food Supercluster (SASC); SNC-Lavalin; TELUS; Unilever. In the second and third year of the project, the rest of the companies will be added to improve and test the applicability of the blueprint. The GCNC will also be working with several advisory partners who will provide insights throughout the project. Quotes “This project with Global Compact Network recognizes that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone. More women on corporate boards translates into a significant competitive advantage for Canadian business. This International Women’s Day, let's celebrate those who act as positive catalysts for change, such as Global Compact Network Canada.”The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.Minister of Status of Women “This project is significant. It is much more than a project. It is a movement. With the help of the remarkable companies and advisory partners, we are to change the Future of the Workplace so that Gender Equality is a core value for all successful businesses. In the future, we will be able to recognize those companies, as they will have better financial results, better reputation, better products, better innovation, happier employees and yes, the place that future talent wants to work. The Future Workplace will be better for us all, men and women. If we do it right - the future looks bright for Canadians." Helle Bank JorgensenGlobal Compact Network Canada Quick Facts International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, as a day to recognize women’s achievements, and a call to action to advance gender equality. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #MyFeminism, in recognition of the role that feminism continues to play in bringing about positive change here in Canada and internationally, helping build a more equal, secure and prosperous world. Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key theme of Canada’s G7 Presidency this year. Su[...]

Grazie alla sua cultura aziendale, SC Johnson Italia è di nuovo un Great Place to Work

03.08.2018 - 09:30AM

Per il tredicesimo anno, SC Johnson Italia è stata premiata dall’Istituto Great Place to Work® come uno dei Best Workplace. L’organizzazione si è aggiudicata il 19 posto nella classifica 2018 delle migliori aziende multinazionali di medie dimensioni del Paese. “Mi congratulo con il team di SC Johnson Italia per il suo impegno nel creare un eccezionale ambiente di lavoro e per questo tredicesimo premio consecutivo”, ha dichiarato Fisk Johnson, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di SC Johnson. “Questo record di presenza continua nelle classifiche dei Best Workplace sottolinea tutto il lavoro fatto per vivere costantemente una cultura dell’eccellenza del luogo di lavoro.” Il merito del risultato ottenuto da SC Johnson Italia va alla cultura del team, fondata sulla credibilità, sul rispetto, sull’orgoglio e sullo spirito di squadra. L’elenco dei Best Workplace nasce dal più ampio studio annuale al mondo sull’eccellenza dei luoghi di lavoro. La classifica dipende dai risultati di un sondaggio fra i dipendenti e dalle informazioni sulla cultura, sui programmi e sulle politiche aziendali. Negli Stati Uniti, SC Johnson è stata inserita per la 29esima volta nell’elenco delle “100 Migliori aziende per mamme lavoratrici” stilato dalla rivista Working Mother, in considerazione dei suoi programmi e dei suoi benefit a sostegno dei genitori che lavorano, quali congedi familiari retribuiti, flessibilità e opportunità di carriera per le donne. Sempre nel 2017, l’azienda ha ottenuto il punteggio massimo (100) nel Corporate Equality Index di Human Rights Campaign, un sondaggio sulla parità di trattamento per i dipendenti. Si tratta del tredicesimo anno in cui l’azienda ottiene il punteggio massimo, in sedici anni di presenza in questo elenco. ### Contatto:SC Johnson Global Public AffairsUSPublicAffairs@scj.com262-260-2440  Chi è SC JohnsonSC Johnson è un’azienda di famiglia che ha come obiettivi la realizzazione di prodotti innovativi e di alta qualità, l’eccellenza dei luoghi di lavoro e l’impegno a lungo termine nei confronti dell’ambiente e delle comunità in cui opera. Con sede centrale negli Stati Uniti, l’azienda è uno dei principali produttori al mondo di detergenti per la casa, prodotti per la conservazione domestica, deodoranti per ambiente, insetticidi e prodotti per scarpe, nonché di prodotti professionali. Commercializza marchi famosi come GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® negli Stati Uniti e non solo; tra i marchi commercializzati al di fuori degli Stati Uniti, citiamo AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® e RIDSECT®. Con i suoi 132 anni di storia, l’azienda genera vendite per un valore di 10 miliardi di dollari, dà lavoro a circa 13.000 persone nel mondo e vende i propri prodotti quasi in tutti i Paesi del mondo.[...]

SC Johnson Italy Culture Makes It a Great Place to Work

03.08.2018 - 09:30AM

For the 13th year, SC Johnson Italy has been recognized as a Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organization earned the No. 19 spot in the 2018 ranking for Best Medium-Sized Multinational Companies in the country.

“I congratulate the SC Johnson Italy team for its efforts to create a great workplace and being recognized for the 13th time,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The team’s record of being repeatedly honored in these rankings highlights the hard work they’ve put in to maintain a culture of workplace excellence.”

SC Johnson Italy’s ranking is in recognition of the team’s culture of credibility, respect, pride and camaraderie. The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.


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Compliance Management Conference

02.26.2018 - 02:03PM

The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018

01.11.2018 - 09:00AM

This challenging two-day training offered by CSE aims to give you all the latest practical tools and resources required to implement or upscale corporate sustainability in order to drive your initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies.

What you will get from the program:

  • Two days of instruction Become a CMI member for free (Membership cost 200$). 

  •  Certified Learning materials (hard copy) and training guide (electronic copy) 

  • Updated case studies from companies such as Apple, Ikea, Unilever and more. 

  • Informative videos from leading sustainable organizations 

  • Sustainability reports related to your sector Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Certification

Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness

01.10.2018 - 11:08AM

Join us for a webinar hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co., where representatives from University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and nonprofit Leaders in Financial Technology (nLIFT) will discuss the potential for technology innovation in the financial services sector – fintech – to increase financial inclusion in the United States.

"Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness" will explore key trends in fintech investment and adoption – including barriers to adoption – among low- and moderate-income consumers, and the roles that financial institutions, fintech companies, and non-profit intermediaries can play in meeting the needs of underserved consumers.

The webinar will also feature new work from nLIFT around nonprofits leadership in fintech innovations to help facilitate financial inclusion. Register for the webinar today!

2018 International Women's Day Forum

01.04.2018 - 01:35PM

Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner With Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.

Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges will require creativity and innovation from across sectors.

This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is in reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.

Join more than 300 stakeholders March 6-7, 2018 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

This year's annual International Women's Day Forum topics will include:

• Workforce and Skills Development

• Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

• Entrepreneurship and Value Chain


• Women in Tech

• The Digital Divide

• Financial Inclusion and Access to Capital

• Women’s Health

• Girls’ Education

• The Care Economy

• Gender-Based Violence

• Gender Data

• Building Capacity of Displaced Girls and Women

• And more!

Learn more and register with early bird pricing between now and February 2!

Business of Kindness - Washington, D.C. Regional Forum

11.03.2017 - 09:04AM

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?

  • How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?

  • What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?

  • How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?

  • How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?

Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.

Opportunity Forward: 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference

11.03.2017 - 09:02AM

At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.

The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

  • The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

  • Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed

  • Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good

  • Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory

  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton

The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.

Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin

10.20.2017 - 03:58PM

Explore how CSR and sustainability are driving brand value and business results across all industries today at the International Trademark Association’s first Brand Authenticity conference.

As consumers demand that their brands represent their values, being transparent about a commitment to CSR has become a central strategy for many brand owners. Ideal for legal and business professionals, and government relations, advertising and marketing specialists, this two-day conference will focus on how all stakeholders play a role in advancing consumer trust and protecting brand value. In particular, it offers brand counsel the information and tools to be conversant with CSR-related issues and be an even more effective strategic partner for business teams and clients.

The conference program will include keynote speakers, networking opportunities and sessions offering expert insight on timely topics such as:

  • The value of CSR and sustainability

  • The intersection of trademark protection and regulatory requirements in the new green landscape

  • How fighting counterfeiting improves our communities and the environment

  • Sustainability’s impact on financial ratings and investment decisions

  • Diversity and inclusion for brands and brand professionals

  • Update on green-related court decisions in Europe

The expert roster includes speakers from: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (United States); Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A. (Belgium); Elipe Limited (United Kingdom); Fjallraven (Sweden); German CSR-Forum (Germany); LEGO System A/S (Denmark); TOMS Shoes Inc. (United States); and others.

To learn more and to register, please visit

What Works in Employee Financial Wellness Programs

10.10.2017 - 10:53AM

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a webinar on financial wellness programs (FWP) and learn how your business can benefit by creating or expanding your FWP for your employees.

Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40 percent of workers report they have more financial strain now, than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Employees’ financial stresses manifest themselves at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. Employers are recognizing the need to implement a FWP for their workforce and the number and sophistication of workplace FWPs has increased since the Great Recession. Employers now face an abundance of options and little objective guidance on how to choose the right program. This webinar will help employers of ranging industries, sizes, backgrounds and interests to learn about workplace FWPs and receive the tools and resources needed to introduce one to your employees. 

Register and learn more here:

Being Fearless Live Online

08.31.2017 - 11:36AM

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward. Join us for a 3-day online event, live and on demand, featuring Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi, and other courageous voices. With a $5 donation or more, gain insight and tools to navigate these complex times and help open the event to thousands.

Disaster Coordination Call for Hurricane Harvey

08.29.2017 - 09:19AM

Extreme flooding in Texas over the past few days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has damaged homes and businesses, displaced families and individuals, and left at least two fatalities in the region. In the wake of disasters such as these, a multi-sector response effort is critical.

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center for a coordination call on the flooding crisis in Texas. On the call, hear from companies, NGOs, and multilateral organizations about the situation on the ground, current humanitarian efforts, and what your company can do to help. Register here:

The 2017 Corporate Philanthropic Practice Conference

08.11.2017 - 08:45AM

This day and a half conference will address new ways of organizing the function of corporate philanthropy professionals and how they are being impacted by new types of skills needed to interact and support nonprofit partners. We will discuss where the corporate philanthropic sector has been, is now, and where it is headed.

As an attendee, you will learn:

• The pros and cons of using an intermediary organization for help with grantmaking
• How to deal with today’s challenging political and social environment
• Innovative best practices for better relationships, strategies and results
• Insights to manage internal and external expectations

Save $200, when you register with code: CSR200

ACCP Contributions Academy Forum

08.03.2017 - 04:35PM

Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive professional development programs available, the Contributions Academy Forum is an interactive three and a half day program targeted toward corporate citizenship professionals with limited experience.

During this intensive, three and a half day workshop, you will gain understanding of topics such as:

>the strategy of giving
>signature programs
>cause branding & cause marketing
>matching gift campaigns
>employee engagement

You will participate in a hands-on exercise building a contributions program from scratch. You will practice making key decisions about the structure and what to include. You will also receive comprehensive materials covering the basics for planning and managing an effective corporate contributions program. Following rigorous educational sessions, you will have time to relax in the evening at several networking events held at local venues. These events offer you an opportunity to forge long-lasting relationships that continue well beyond the conclusion of the program.

What's Hot - and What's NOT - in Workplace Giving Technology

07.26.2017 - 04:17PM

New research by Deloitte shows that nearly 9 out of 10 working Americans believe that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those that do not, and 77 percent say that volunteering is essential to employee well-being. But companies by and large are still struggling to get the full benefit from employee volunteering programs. How can we use technology to make it fun, easy and compelling to activate and engage employees in community efforts?

In this 45-minute Q&A format Town Hall, you’ll get a glimpse into what’s happening now in innovative workplace giving technology, plus ask questions and get advice on some of your most pressing technology challenges. You’ll learn:

  • What’s happening in technology today that promises to make it easier to do more good and seamlessly give to more causes than ever before 

  • Fun ideas for managing volunteers, shift schedules, and pre- and post-event logistics (including those much loved / equally hated post-event surveys!) 

  • How advancements in reporting and events management can save program managers up to 1.5 days a week in administrative time

  • Why new ways of thinking about systems are making it possible for small businesses to take advantage of workplace giving and volunteering (finally!) 

Join Laura Plato, President & COO of Causecast, for an engaging shared learning experience featuring real use cases from customers using Causecast’s Community Impact and Impact AI platforms, listed in “HR Technologies to Watch” in 2016 and 2017.

RSVP here:

Sustainable Retail Summit

07.18.2017 - 08:44AM

Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

Corporate Activist Employees: What You Need to Know to Empower Your New CSR Team

07.14.2017 - 03:23PM

How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.

Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:

- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees

Food Forward

07.11.2017 - 03:22PM

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a forward-looking summit around the future of food. During the FOOD FORWARD summit, we'll explore the innovations and emerging technologies that are changing the future of food: autonomous tractors, ground-based sensors, flying drones, vertical farming, new trends in supply chains and infrastructure, and more. Learn more and register here:

Textile Sustainability Conference

06.29.2017 - 12:26PM

Textile Exchange's annual Textile Sustainability Conference is a global event taking place outside of Washington, D.C. on Oct. 9-13. This year's theme is "United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles." Industry thought leaders from around the globe will gather to create action and develop a 2030 roadmap for the textile industry.

The Agenda structure offers two full conference days, and additional pre- and post-conference days dedicated to in-depth workshops. The series of workshops will take the expected 400+ industry leaders through multiple sessions of insight and information, sending them home with actionable solutions they can immediately implement into their daily business.

Honor Great CSR Work – Nominations for #Citizens2017 Close June 23!

06.15.2017 - 09:00AM

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting nominations until June 23 for its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. With support from media partner USA TODAY Network, this program will honor the business community’s most innovative and impactful corporate citizenship initiatives.

Awards will be given in eight categories including community improvement, health and wellness, disaster response, economic empowerment, education, and environmental stewardship. There are also two awards honoring overall excellence in corporate citizenship. Nominations are due June 23. There is no fee to nominate, and no limit for the number of nominations. Businesses of all sizes and chambers of commerce are eligible.

Follow this link to start a nomination today:

Must-Attend Event: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Resilience Forum 2017

06.13.2017 - 08:52AM

Register today for Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, June 26 in Washington, D.C. Reserve your spot today to learn from top business and disaster preparedness response experts.

Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future will take a comprehensive look at the different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond. Starting with a holistic approach to community development, experts will discuss best practices to creating resiliency plans.

Register today to join us on June 26. At this event, you will learn:

• The different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond.

• Best practices to creating resiliency plans.

• How the private sector can engage to support the adaptability of the community, including financing, infrastructure, and materials reuse.

We're only a few weeks away, so reserve your spot today!

2017 Circular Economy Summit: From Aspiration to Implementation

06.12.2017 - 10:45AM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and with support from the World Economic Forum Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, is hosting the 2017 Circular Economy Summit: From Aspiration to Implementation.

Participants will explore opportunities and best practices for unlocking the value of the circular economy and scaling solutions across global supply chains. This year's event will focus on the practical steps companies can take to implement circular economy principles within their organizations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • New business models and practices

  • Systems design principles

  • Process and material innovation

  • Supply chain innovation

  • Transformative partnerships

  • Measurement and communications

  • And more!

Join us for an event you won't want to miss! Learn how to accelerate circular economy thinking and implementation in your organization that drives growth, performance, and innovation. For more information and how to register, visit:

Shape Up Your Sustainability Strategy! June 27 in San Francisco

06.09.2017 - 12:04PM

By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy. REQUEST INVITE HERE Join us for a full-day, invitation-only, bootcamp where we will unpack the three core elements of effective sustainability communications: corporate purpose, strategic frameworks, and aspirational storytelling.  When: June 27th, 2017  8:30am – 4:30pm  Where: PCH Innovation Hub, 135 Mississippi St., San Francisco, CA 94107 What you can expect: An intimate gathering of thought leaders and sustainability practitioners set to explore how leading businesses are closing the gap between sustainability and effective communication. Featured Speaker: Chris Librie, Senior Director of Global Impact at eBay In one day you’ll learn: The three key elements of effective modern sustainability communications The tools and methodologies for creating user journey profiles to determine how stakeholders want to interact with your content How to use audience mapping and a messaging matrix to provide the right amount of detail at the right time and to the right audience How to connect sustainability messages with the organization’s aspirational vision and mission How to infuse communications with a point of view and voice How to move from touting your latest achievements to actual stakeholder dialogue Who should attend: By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy. You may be a sustainability practitioner, CSO, CSR executive, corporate communications executive, HR director, corporate strategy advisor, public affairs director, or marketing/brand executive. Price: $750 (price includes taxes and fees, light breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee, educational materials, and workbook) REQUEST INVITE HERE[...]

A Peek Under the Package: Disruptive Technology Innovations Changing the Future of Sustainable Packaging

05.23.2017 - 10:26AM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, in partnership with Tetra Pak Inc., is hosting a “peek under the package” webinar exploring the future of sustainable packaging. Panelists will discuss emerging and future technologies and innovations across the life cycle related to sustainable packaging – including materials, products and applications – that have the potential to disrupt the fast-moving consumer goods and packaging industries. Panelists will also discuss how to bring consumers along as new strategies and innovations are adopted as part of securing a resource abundant future.

Register here:

U.S.-India CSR Symposium: Making Economies Work for Women and Youth

04.07.2017 - 11:51AM

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and U.S.-India Business Council on April 14 to discuss best practices in promoting economic empowerment for women and youth in India. Sponsors include Abbott, Amway, and Walmart. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India

  • Kathy Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Sustainability, Abbott

  • Gautam Kumra, Managing Director, McKinsey & Co., India

  • Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill, India

  • Gayatri Subramaniam, Chief Programme Executive, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India

  • Reema Nanavaty, Secretary General, SEWA, India

  • Namita Vikas, Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders from the Indian private sector, government and NGOs, and more. Topics to be covered include:

  • The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • The Power of Partnerships and Creating Shared Value

  • The New Corporate Citizenship Landscape in India

  • And more!

Registration for the event is free. For more information, visit:

2017 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum

02.23.2017 - 08:01AM

Measuring Success, Making It Count: Business Investing in Women and Girls Around the world, the business community champions women and girls’ empowerment. Join us on March 14—15, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters and Grand Hyatt in New York City for our Women’s Empowerment Principles Forum.

This year’s event, Measuring Success, Making It Count, will explore the role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable development agenda. We will look at different ways of measuring outcomes of initiatives to support women and girls and how to use data to drive discourse and action. This high-level event is a joint convening of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, United Nations Office for Partnerships, UN Women, and the UN Global Compact. It builds on past years’ celebrations of International Women’s Day and the annual events of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. We invite you to come together with more than 400 cross-sector leaders and innovators to elevate these important topics! Registration Open!

*Registration cost is $375 for both days. Registration will close by Tuesday, March 7 end of day. Registrations cannot be accommodated after 3/7/17 due to new UN security protocol*

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