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Villagers Warn Chevron Over Corruption Allegations Following Secret Paul Manafort Meeting in Ecuador

01.17.2018 - 05:10PM

Rainforest villagers from Ecuador have issued a stern warning to Chevron to stop any attempts to corrupt the $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the company following the stunning news that indicted political operative and oil industry lobbyist Paul Manafort had a highly unusual secret meeting with their country's newly-elected President in May of last year. “We must again warn Chevron that it needs to stop trying to accomplish through political pressure what it cannot accomplish through real evidence inside the courtroom,” said Luis Yanza, the Ecuadorian community leader an official with the Amazon Defense Coalition (FDA), the group that brought the lawsuit against Chevron over the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto indigenous ancestral lands.  Manafort, indicted in October on 12 felony counts in the Robert Mueller investigation in the United States, was in Quito on May 8 of last year meeting secretly with Ecuador’s newly elected President, Lenin Moreno. The meeting occurred at the same time Chevron has stepped up efforts to use political pressure to try to quash the lawsuit after losing three straight appellate court decisions in Canada. For more background on the meeting and on Chevron’s motivation to corrupt the case, see this article and analysis published on The Chevron Pit.  News of the meeting emerged only when Manafort was forced to disclose his international travel to a U.S. federal court as a condition of seeking bail following his arrest in late October; Moreno did not admit to the meeting until mid-November.  The timing of the meeting has raised questions given that Moreno had just been elected and Ecuador has many far more pressing political and economic issues on the agenda than a single litigation between private parties. The Manafort meeting was arranged by Ivonne Baki, a notorious former Minister of Commerce in Ecuador and a longtime Chevron lobbyist who repeatedly has tried via unethical means to help the company extricate itself from the lawsuit. The meeting also took place at a time several Trump Administration officials have urged Ecuador’s government to try to eliminate the oil giant’s liability as part of a general “re-set” of bilateral relations between the two countries. Manafort had worked as a Chevron lobbyist in the Ukraine and Russia searching for oil and gas deals. The United States Ambassador to Ecuador, Todd Chapman, recently called the Chevron liability an “irritant” that affects relations between the two countries.  Steven Donziger, the longtime U.S. lawyer for the affected communities, warned Chapman that such a comment comprises “inappropriate interference in a private legal case” and that it also “undermines the objectives of U.S. foreign policy.” “The primary purpose of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America is to promote civil society and democratic institutions, not to take the side of a notorious corporate polluter in a litigation matter between two private parties playing out in courts around the world,” said Donziger, in reference to the Ambassador’s remarks. “The U.S. embassy in Quito has an unfortunate reputation of serving as an outpost for Chevron’s corporate interests in Ecuador. That is not an appropriate role for a U.S. embassy.”  In response to Chevron’s stepped-up lobbying pressure, the indigenous groups and farmer communities in Ecuador have mounted a furious counterattack to protect the integrity of the judicial process and the independence of Ecuador’s courts, said Patricio Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer for the affected communities.  Ecuador owes significant debt to foreign banks and Chevron is trying to use the international financial system to pressure the country’s government to interfere with the case, said Salazar. “We are in the process of educating important government officials in E[...]

Smart City Briefing – The Role of Partnerships and Technology

01.17.2018 - 01:00PM

The vision of smart cities is often of gleaming metropolis dominated by technological solutions to the issues that urban areas face. In reality, partnerships between companies and cities are crucial to ensure solutions for residents, the environment and business needs are interlinked.

Ethical Corporation covers opportunities for businesses to build smart cities in partnerships in their latest briefing. Access the complimentary report here.

The briefing includes:

  • How are cities and companies striking a balance to create social and environmental change through ambitious partnerships?

  • Which technology measures are out there that are more ‘low-tech’ and easier to implement?

  • What do climate smart investments look like?

Access the complimentary report here.

The Consumer Goods Forum Unveils New China Office – A Hub for Promoting Sustainable Business Growth

01.17.2018 - 09:37AM

 The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has opened a new office in China to promote its “Better Lives through Better Business” message and to help provide Chinese companies with a voice in the global arena. As the only organisation bringing consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally, the CGF is uniquely positioned to help Chinese companies engage and collaborate with their peers on the international stage and ensure the needs of local companies and consumers are considered when global actions are developed, such as those around halving food waste, achieving zero-net deforestation and providing greater transparency to consumers. To mark the opening, CEOs and delegates yesterday attended the CGF’s first China Day, featuring speeches from the CGF’s Managing Director, Peter Freedman, Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group; Ian Cook, CEO of Colgate-Palmolive; Wenzhong Zhang, Chairman of WuMart Group; Tian Wang, Chairman of Bubugao (Better Life); Jeroen De Groot, President, METRO China; and Mark Batenic, Chairman of IGA Inc. Speakers discussed the importance of consumer transparency in supply chains, the need to empower consumers through healthier lifestyles, along with food safety and environmental sustainability in China. Sustainable development is a critical socio-economic issue for China and was again emphasised as a priority by President Xi in his recent Report to the 19th Party Congress. The Consumer Goods Forum has been heavily involved in spreading the “Better Lives through Better Business” message in China, and is looking forward to increasing its activity in the country through the new hub. Xiao An Ji, Chairman of Beijing Hualian, has been a long-time member of the CGF’s Board of Directors, while Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, is a more recent addition. Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, stated, “We are really excited to be launching our new China office. As one of the world’s superpowers, China has the influence to set the tone for the global economy, which is why we are so keen to promote sustainability and encourage our members to support the ‘Better Lives through Better Business’ vision. Our new office will allow us to build on the work we have done to date in China on food safety and extend our collaborative approach to other dimensions of positive change”. Ian Cook, CEO of Colgate-Palmolive and co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, commented, “Creating a healthier and greener society is a key business objective at Colgate-Palmolive and collaboration is essential if we are to achieve our goals – with retailers, manufacturers, governments and many other stakeholders. China is a key market for us, so we are delighted to support the extensions of The Consumer Goods Forum’s work in China”. Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, stated, "Alibaba Group is proud to be a member of The Consumer Goods Forum, which brings together stakeholders for constructive dialogue and collaboration. China is at the forefront of the global digital economy, and will play an important role in bringing technology to bear on issues like supply chain transparency and the environment". Patrick Yu, President of COFCO, said, “The CGF is a critical voice in the sustainability debate and we’re really excited to see its new venture in China. We are looking forward to discussing and overcoming key industry challenges through greater collaboration and see the new office as a critical forum for achieving this”. -- Ends --  About The Consumer Goods Forum The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it re[...]

Humana Foundation Announces Focus for the Future: Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Sustainable Community Impact

01.17.2018 - 08:00AM

The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 37 years, announced today that it is evolving its grant-making work to a strategic investment plan that begins with desired results and focuses more intentionally on upstream social determinants of health. This approach aligns with Humana Inc.’s work to help people have more ‘Healthy Days’ by pursuing a Bold Goal of improving the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020. The Humana Foundation believes its strategy will help it achieve its overall goal of contributing to greater health equity (attainment of the highest level of health for all people) in the communities it serves. “To make a greater impact, we will collaborate with leaders at Humana and in our communities to address ‘upstream’ social determinants of health – like asset and financial security, food security, and social connection – so that fewer people will develop chronic health conditions in the first place,” said Bruce Broussard, President and CEO of Humana, and Chair of the Humana Foundation Board of Directors. Walter Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Humana Foundation, added that the foundation will also work to identify partner organizations – at the national level and in the communities it serves – because joining forces with like-minded entities can result in more impactful, broad-based and sustainable change. “Increasingly, we’ll be asking ourselves at the Humana Foundation this question: ‘Will our philanthropy have the potential to impact ‘upstream’ social factors – social inequalities – that will result in ‘downstream’ community change, ultimately reducing social inequality and making it easier for more people to achieve their best health?’ If we can answer ‘yes’ to that question, it means it’s an investment we’ll want to consider.” In Humana’s corporate hometown of Louisville, Ky., and in seven additional “Bold Goal” communities Humana serves – San Antonio; New Orleans; Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla. – the Humana Foundation expects to make a greater impact by making “fewer, bigger” grants beginning in 2018. The grants will have a longer-term focus, recognizing that the change the foundation seeks will likely take years to achieve, in partnership with others. This will enable the foundation to provide focus and leadership in certain communities and areas of significant need – enabling the organization to influence positive change at a faster pace. The foundation will also continue to fund select organizations in Louisville, nonprofits that align to the foundation’s new strategy and/or with whom the foundation has a long-standing history of support – through a new Corporate Headquarters Community Relations initiative. “In recent years, we have learned a lot about how larger grants, over a longer period of time, can make the greatest impact for the largest number of people. Combating food insecurity is a great example,” Woods said. “This is an issue throughout Humana’s Bold Goal communities, and as we have focused on it, we’ve started to see a positive impact on people’s Healthy Days. That is the measure Humana uses to track the success of its Bold Goal. And going forward, it’s a measure the Humana Foundation will also use.” ‘Healthy Days’ is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tool that surveys individual mental and physical unhealthy days in a 30-day period. Humana’s pursuit of its Bold Goal has seen an increase in Healthy Days in nearly all of its Bold Goal communities. “Now, as we look to our future at the Humana Foundation, we are excited about what this evolution of our strategy [...]

Consumers Energy Seeks Public Input in Developing Long-Term Energy Plan

01.16.2018 - 09:15AM

Consumers Energy is taking input from the public as it develops a long-range plan that will help ensure Michigan continues to be powered by affordable, reliable and clean energy.

Consumers Energy is developing an Integrated Resource Plan that will serve as a valuable guide for actions for the next 15 years.

The energy provider expects to submit the plan to the Michigan Public Service Commission by mid-year, as part of the energy law that Michigan lawmakers approved in late 2016. The commission will have about a year to review the plan.

“This process will help set the foundation for serving Michigan, its customers and guiding key decisions for our company in the coming years,” said Brandon Hofmeister, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of governmental, regulatory and public affairs. “We’re committed to aligning our focus on people, planet and prosperity with this future energy plan. Our goal is a strategic vision that makes sense for our company, our customers and Michigan.

Consumers Energy serves about two thirds of Michigan’s residents, providing electricity and/or natural gas to homes and businesses in every Lower Peninsula county. Upcoming public sessions this month and next in East Lansing and Grand Rapids will give community members an opportunity to learn about Consumers Energy and to provide thoughts on how to meet Michigan’s future energy needs.

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.

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Consumers Energy will seek public input as it develops a long-range Integrated Resource Plan.

An open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Road in East Lansing.

A second open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Consumers Energy’s Russell Leadership Center,  120 Front Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.

No registration is necessary for either event.

About Consumers Energy

See more information about Consumers Energy’s commitment to a sustainable future:


Media Contacts

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Corporate Sustainability Efforts Redouble, Says New Report

01.16.2018 - 09:00AM

The rollback of America’s environmental regulations and international commitments has galvanized companies around the world to extend or redouble their efforts, according to a new report. “State of Green Business 2018,” published by GreenBiz Group in association with Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, is the 11th annual assessment of the progress by companies around the world in addressing their energy, waste, water, greenhouse gas and other impacts, and in increasing their sustainability investments, transparency and other leadership activities. The report assesses the sustainability performance of the leading U.S. companies in the S&P 500 index as well as a global pool of the largest and most liquid companies in the S&P Global 1200. “The double-barrel impact of the Paris climate agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, both enacted in 2015, is finally being felt as companies begin to align their sustainability goals and, ultimately, their operations with these global commitments,” said GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower, the report’s lead author. “And even though the United States government remains on the sidelines of both efforts, the private sector — allied with states, cities and other nations — is marching forward. If not in lockstep, at least in the same general direction.” Among the findings included in the report: Corporate greenhouse gas emissions continue to decrease, reaching the lowest level in the past five years. The 1,200 largest companies in the world emitted 12 percent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2016 than they did in 2012, while the 500 leading U.S. companies emitted 4 percent less. This is mainly a result of lower GHG intensity in fuels used in companies’ direct operations. The amount of waste generated decreased by 22 percent compared to 2012 for the 1,200 largest companies in the world. However, waste generation increased by 13 percent for the leading companies in the U.S. The share of global and U.S. companies having GHG and water-reduction targets grew by roughly 10 percent over the last five years. In 2016, about 60 percent of global companies set a GHG reduction target, while 25 percent of global companies set a water reduction target. Current carbon targets contribute just 20% of the reductions needed by the top 1,200 global companies to align with the Paris Agreement 2°C goal “Many of these impacts are embedded in the supply chains of companies rather than their direct operations,” said Richard Mattison, CEO of Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. “This poses serious risks for companies as carbon pricing regulation strengthens and climate-related impacts such as droughts disrupt supplies of water-intensive commodities. So, it is positive that more companies are disclosing supply-chain carbon emissions and water use.” The report also names 10 sustainable business trends for 2018, including the rise of environmental, social and governance data among large, mainstream investors; the growth among companies of science-based targets; the recent rise of financial products and services aimed at supporting renewable energy and other green initiatives; and the increased role of artificial intelligence and synthetic biology to take on seemingly intractable sustainability challenges. The free report can be downloaded at [...]

VolunteerMatch and Forward It On Partner to Bring Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities to Corporate Employees

01.16.2018 - 07:15AM

VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Forward It On, a web-based corporate giving platform, announce today a partnership to engage companies and their employees to drive social change through volunteerism.

VolunteerMatch and Forward It On believe that individuals, including corporate employees, will benefit by engaging in volunteerism in a direct and authentic way. Since volunteering is often a deeply personal and individual experience, the two organizations value each employee’s volunteer journey being just as unique and personal.

By connecting Forward It On’s corporate client base with VolunteerMatch’s massive network of volunteer opportunities – with openings for 3.2 million volunteers on any given day spanning a range of causes, time commitments, and skills – the organizations aim to increase the prevalence of meaningful volunteer opportunities for employees, and in turn, meaningful real-time community impact for nonprofits.

“We are excited to offer our corporate clients the ability for their employees to further increase their impact in the communities they serve,” says Walker Morrow, founder and CEO of Forward It On. “Our partnership with VolunteerMatch enables us to do just that – on a national level. Now, corporations can easily search, find, schedule and manage volunteer events with a few clicks of a mouse button.”

“Our vision is to create better ways to connect the talent of the business sector with the needs of the social sector, one volunteer at a time,” says Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “We are pleased to be working with Forward It On to help all of their clients make a real difference in the communities they care about most.”

This partnership is made possible by VolunteerMatch’s network integration feature. Corporate giving platforms, such as Forward It On, can easily wrap VolunteerMatch’s massive network of volunteer opportunities directly into their own technology.

Clients of Forward It On who would like to have access to the VolunteerMatch network for their employees should email Forward It On at

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the web's largest volunteer engagement network, serving over 113,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $11.8 billion worth of volunteer services. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at, and follow @VolunteerMatch.

About Forward It On

Forward It On offers a cloud-based platform designed to connect and engage corporations, employees and non-profits to drive workforce giving and cultural initiatives. They are headquartered in Nashville, TN and serve corporate clients across the United States.

Davos Attendees Can Cut 3 Million Tonnes of CO2 by Switching to Low-Emission Fleets

01.15.2018 - 10:29AM

(GlobeNewswire) - The organisations attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos this month have the potential to erase three million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by switching to low-emission fleets. That's one of the key findings in the first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark published today by LeasePlan Corporation N.V., a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility.  The new Benchmark also underlines the significant contribution that corporate fleets can make in the fight against climate change, and highlights those organisations that are already making a difference by switching to sustainable fleets. Highlights include:  The 1,808 organisations attending the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters have an estimated 813,000 vehicles in their fleets, which collectively emit approximately 3.09 million tonnes of CO2 per annum. Fleets are gradually moving towards alternative powertrains, primarily battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as awareness builds. The proportion of vehicles with alternative powertrains in corporate fleets rose from 3.3% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2017. Continued action is required as average CO2 emissions rose slightly in 2017 for the first time since 2012. This is due to increased uptake of petrol vehicles, as well as the first rise in average mileage since 2013.  The Benchmark identifies 3 profiles for sustainable fleets: Starter, Transformer and Leader. The technology sector contains the highest number of companies with a Leader profile. Companies with a Leader profile include Baidu, EDF Group, IKEA Group and Royal HaskoningDHV Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: "Companies attending Davos could erase 3 million tonnes of CO2 simply by choosing a low-emission fleet - and that's just the start. LeasePlan's Sustainable Fleet Benchmark shows how all corporate fleets can make a difference in the fight against climate change. Climate change, and how to prevent it, is one of the major topics at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Around half the cars on the road today belong to companies and a move towards cleaner fleets would be one of the best ways to reduce global emissions. Corporate fleets must be a part of this conversation.  It is as simple as a decision from top leadership saying 'we will make the switch', and that can happen today. LeasePlan is committed to helping any organisation that wants to make a positive contribution to this historic challenge."  Notes to editors The Sustainable Fleet Benchmark 2017 is available to download at The Benchmark's findings are based on an analysis of LeasePlan's database of over 500,000 vehicles across 32 countries, operating in sectors ranging from healthcare to technology Road transport accounts for approximately 20% of the EU's total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2): The 48th WEF Annual Meeting takes place in Davos-Klosters from 23rd January until 26th January. EV100 is a global business initiative designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) and infrastructure. This is the only initiative of its kind to encourage global business commitments on electric transport, with members committing to transition their petrol and diesel fleets to electric vehicle fleets by 2030. LeasePlan is one of the ten founding partners of EV100. More information about LeasePlan's involvement with EV100 is available here: ENDS Media contact:Samantha ChieneTel.: +31 6 10 88 68 31E-mail: About LeasePlanLeasePlan is one of the world's leading fleet management and driver mobility companies, with 1.7 million vehicles under[...]

Shaping a Future of Sustainable Trade: The Foreign Trade Association Becomes amfori

01.15.2018 - 08:00AM

The Foreign Trade Association is now amfori, the organisation for trade with purpose.As the world continues to change faster and more fundamentally than ever before, expectations toward businesses are increasing. It’s no longer enough to deliver high-quality products at low prices with good availability. They need to be delivered in a way that does no harm – either to people or the environment.Building on 40 years of experience, and with this understanding of the current landscape and the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, the organisation developed a bold long-term strategy to be future-fit, Vision 2030, and evolved into amfori to support it.As well as providing everyday support, amfori enables businesses to monitor performance across their supply chain; empower them and their suppliers with a range of educational tools to improve; and engage globally and locally to shape a policy environment where sustainable trade can flourish.Being the association for open and sustainable trade, amfori believes in a world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits. Its mission is to enable businesses to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. This is what it calls ‘trade with purpose’.Among amfori’s strategic priorities for the year ahead are: Open and sustainable trade: to demonstrate its benefits and working against the global rise in protectionist tendencies Vulnerable workers: to continue our work on responsible recruitment and address key issues such as forced labour, human trafficking and women’s empowerment United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: to continue offering services and tools which enable businesses to improve social and environmental aspects in their supply chains and contribute to the SDGs  amfori will offer an exciting platform to discuss these issues in depth at its Unleash Opportunity Conference on 13-14 June in Amsterdam.More information can be found at For further information, please contact: Ana María Martínamfori Media Relations and Editorial Planning Coordinatorana.maria.martin@amfori.orgTel: +32 (0)2 739 48 22 About amfori: As the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, we bring together over 2,000 retailers, importers, brands and national associations representing a combined turnover of more than one trillion euros.We offer our members a practical framework and world-class tools that enable them to manage the social and environmental performance of their supply chains and anticipate trends. We also advocate for progressive policy and collaborate with high-level stakeholders to achieve common aims.Twitter │ LinkedIn │YouTube │ Flickr[...]

Cause Coin Creates a New Global Currency and Sustainable Economy for Nonprofit Engagement

01.12.2018 - 01:40PM

Created to support a massive global marketplace for Nonprofits, this ecological token will empower the masses to do good and be rewarded for their participation.  It is intended as a social support and tangible engagement asset, as it is the first and only currency of its kind. Passion driven organizations, such as nonprofits, require the hands of people helping people to reach social goals beyond monetary contributions.  

“Cause Coin  is not about donations, as today there are pledges amassed at nearly 1 trillion US dollars to incentivize cause engagement. It is more about awareness, beginning in elementary schools and continuously serving throughout retirement.”  CEO, Kevin McAhren 

Cause Coin has partnered with iCause, an App for nonprofits. iCause is an event solution designed for many participants in cause. It begins with an all events platform and highlights events including those represented by nonprofits. This is where awareness for the masses begins and where Corporate Social Responsibility is realized in the form of an opportunity for engagement. At the Hub are essential components such as ratings and reviews, a powerful reward system, and a community service and volunteer hour tracking system. Millions of users will connect to millions of events worldwide. The end result is a powerful gauge of influence, earned and leveraged by both individuals, nonprofits and the multitude of participants within the various organizations. Through this awareness and engagement comes a new form of community and the growth of multiple communities within the ecosystem.

Cause coins will be a powerful currency for nonprofits impacting social good and the importance of this impact to society.  Within this new “cause currency” economy, nonprofits will thrive and be sustainable in a way that has never been achieved before.

About Cause Coin and iCause: this combination of marketplace and incentive-based engagement will offer philanthropic foundations a new avenue for trusted incentivization  while at the same, rewarding individuals for volunteering around the world.

“The impact of the Cause Coin will be immediate and dramatic, improving Nonprofits reputations and fueling their abilities to serve their purpose”  states Kevin McAhren

The Cause Coin ICO token sale will begin March 2018.

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Consumers Energy Provides $10 Million To Help Michigan Families Stay Safe and Warm

01.12.2018 - 10:10AM

Consumers Energy announced today that it’s donating $10 million that will go directly to helping people in need with their energy bills – assistance that will help thousands of families to stay safe and warm through this cold Michigan winter.“We are committed to serving our Michigan communities, which includes our most vulnerable residents, such as seniors and families that may be facing challenges in paying their energy bills,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “With temperatures below freezing, we want people to know that help is always available and is just a phone call away.” Consumers Energy is encouraging people who are facing hardship to call 2-1-1, a free service in all Michigan counties that connects people with resources in their community. People who call 2-1-1 might be referred to six nonprofit organizations that are receiving the $10 million from Consumers Energy. They are: Michigan Community Action The Salvation Army The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) TrueNorth Community Services Society of St. Vincent DePaul United Way of Jackson County The $10 million contribution also will help enroll as many as 10,000 additional households in the CARE (Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy) program, which includes monthly credits toward energy bills as well as assistance on past-due balances. Qualified participants also receive access to energy-saving tools, including in-home energy efficiency upgrades. Consumers Energy mailed postcards in mid-December to 90,000 customers who were behind on their bills, reminding them that assistance is available. Consumers Energy does not perform energy disconnections when temperatures are below 15 degrees. “It’s important that people do not wait to fall behind on their bills before seeking help,” Rich said. “Assistance is available today, and people can take steps to ensure they stay warm even on Michigan’s coldest days.” Consumers Energy’s contribution is in addition to nearly $90 million in federal and state heating assistance funds that are available to nonprofit agencies across Michigan. 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. Help is availableCall 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 first to find out what resources are available in your community. Learn more at ENERGY: Learn about Consumers Energy's CARE program: MORE: Check out winter safety tips and ways to use less energy when it's cold: # # # Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-740-1545, or Debra Dodd, 517-545-8711 For more information about Consumers Energy, go to Check out Consumers Energy on social media: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: Flickr:[...]

Points of Light Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through National Day of Service

01.11.2018 - 03:34PM

 Points of Light, with support from KPMG Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15 by engaging more than 90,000 individuals in acts of service through 1,575 service projects and civic dialogue events in more than 50 communities in partnership with local Points of Light affiliates and nonprofits across the country. MLK Day marks the beginning of the service year as hundreds of thousands of individuals will honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent and voice to improve their communities. Dr. King once said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” His message and his work left a mark on many aspects of our society and resonate today just as much as they did 50 years ago. Calling together its community of changemakers, Points of Light encourages people to reflect on gains won during the Civil Rights Movement and to address contemporary issues facing our nation through volunteer service. “Each year, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life on his birthday through a national day of service. This year, we are also marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination and, in doing so, we are calling on everyone to ignite their passion to serve our communities and redouble our efforts to make his dream of a better world a reality,” said Natalye Paquin, CEO of Points of Light. Businesses, community leaders, parents, youth, educators and everyday citizens can connect to meaningful service opportunities through, where they will be encouraged to get involved in one of two ways: Volunteer in Your Community – Individuals can search for local service projects, joining the hundreds of thousands of Americans nationwide who will make MLK Day a day on, not a day off. Host a Sunday Supper – Inspired by Dr. King's vision that people of diverse backgrounds would come together to discuss injustices of the day and create a plan for action, Sunday Suppers call people to engage in dialogue about issues affecting their communities. Individuals who pledge to host a Sunday Supper will be sent Points of Light’s exclusive facilitation guide. Rob Arning, KPMG vice chair of market development who also chairs the KPMG Foundation, said “one of KPMG’s core values is giving back to the communities in which we live and work so it’s fitting that KPMG volunteers are taking action to honor Dr. King as part of this national day of service. As head of the KPMG Foundation, it’s also gratifying to see how Foundation support is enabling our firm’s volunteering spirit and continued commitment to inclusion and diversity to make a real impact on these communities. We congratulate all of the volunteers, the Points of Light, and our fellow sponsor, the Corporation for National and Community Service.” Volunteers Unite Across the Country With a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Points of Light is supporting MLK Day volunteer activities run by eight nonprofits that will engage more than 70,000 volunteers across the country. Highlights include: Hands On Atlanta is organizing “50 Acts of Service”, convening 1,500 volunteers at 50 projects throughout metro Atlanta, beginning on MLK Day and running through April. Chicago Cares is hosting 11 projects in January to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The projects will be held at community partner sites and clustered mostly on Chicago’s south side, in[...]

Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children Recognizes the Closure of the Donaldson Adoption Institute

01.11.2018 - 12:00PM

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children celebrates the Donaldson Adoption Institute’s (DAI) legacy of research and advocacy, and recognizes everyone involved in promoting the Institute's mission for more than 20 years. 

“We appreciate the many contributions DAI provided to the adoption community through research, advocacy, and education. Spence-Chapin has been an advocate for DAI from the beginning, when the Institute was established by our Board. With DAI’s closure, we will continue to champion the values that motivated DAI,” says Spence-Chapin President & CEO, Adam Cotumaccio.

DAI was founded in 1996 after Spence-Chapin identified the need for an independent adoption research, education, and advocacy organization to address the needs of the extended adoption community. Originally DAI was named in honor of Evan B. Donaldson, who was a committed member of the Spence-Chapin Board of Directors for nearly 20 years. Spence-Chapin remains committed to the 1996 founding values: promoting policies and practices that support all members of the adoption community. Spence-Chapin continues to invest in program evaluation to assess outcomes and promote the best in modern adoption practice.

DAI's commitment to original and objective research is a core component of their legacy. Their published research advanced the professional understanding of open adoption, adoptee identity, and public opinion surrounding adoption. 

As leaders in options counseling and family services, Spence-Chapin shares DAI’s belief that open adoptions promote healthy identity development and strong family connections. Spence-Chapin will continue to share their historic knowledge and experience to advance sound policies that support all families.

About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin is an adoption and family service organization bringing 110 years of experience in finding families for children. Spence-Chapin’s fundamental belief is that Every Child Deserves a Family. Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of their role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of their commitment to the wellbeing of all members of the adoption community.  For further information, please contact: Katie Foley, 212-369-0300 or

Discovery Education and 3M Recruit America’s Next Top Young Scientist in Annual Middle School Competition

01.11.2018 - 10:35AM

3M (@3M), a leader in Materials Science, and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd), the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms across the country, today announced the opening of the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. Through the program, aspiring young innovators and scientists have the unique opportunity to work with a 3M scientist mentor, be named America’s Top Young Scientist and take home a $25,000 prize. The Young Scientist Challenge encourages fifth through eighth grade students to use their scientific insight to create solutions to everyday problems in their local, national or global communities. Last year’s winner, 11-year old Gitanjali Rao, was awarded the challenge’s grand prize for her prototype of Tethys, a sensor-based device designed to detect lead in water faster than current techniques. “The Young Scientist Challenge is a great opportunity for any middle school student to apply their interest in science to creating an innovation that helps improve the lives of others,” said Rao. “Being paired with a 3M scientist as my mentor was especially helpful when I was stuck on a problem or needed to talk through an idea.”  Middle school students are invited to submit their own entries to this year’s challenge by creating a one-to-two-minute video that explains the science behind their idea, and how it can improve lives by solving an everyday problem. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Ten finalists will then be selected to participate in a one-of-a-kind summer mentorship program with 3M scientists’ and eventually go on to compete for the title of America’s Top Young Scientist, including an October 2018 trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. All video entries must be submitted online at no later than April 19, 2018. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras. “These brilliant, hardworking students combine a sense of wonder about the world around them with the absolute belief that they can make it a better place,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M. “It’s our privilege at 3M to work with them as they grow as scientists and bring that potential to life.” Launched in 2016, Young Scientist Lab is an interactive portal for scientific exploration and home to the award-winning Young Scientist Challenge. It is a one-stop STEM destination for educators, students and parents, offering engaging K-8 activities, lesson plans and interactive teaching tools to stimulate budding scientists. Students can also find inspiration on how innovation can solve problems across industries – including manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation and more. The Young Scientist Lab also provides users with recent science news, Virtual Field Trips and new blogs about the Young Scientist Challenge. “Discovery Education is proud to support 3M and their work to ignite students' creativity and support the wonder of the next generation of scientists," said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The Young Scientist Challenge has inspired thousands of innovators, dreamers [...]

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

In Canada, Chevron Trying to Block Ecuadorians From Using U.N. Declaration to Support Historic Pollution Case

01.10.2018 - 04:19PM

In a Canadian court, Chevron is trying to block submission of a legal brief over how the company’s attempt to evade paying a $9.5 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador violates both Canadian and international law regarding the rights of indigenous peoples. In a submission before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto, Ecuadorian rainforest communities cite the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in support of their lawsuit to collect the Chevron debt in Canada. The judgment against Chevron was affirmed unanimously in 2013 by Ecuador’s highest court. A hearing over Chevron’s attempt to block the new argument is scheduled for January 16 before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto. If the submission is allowed, the Ecuadorians plan to use the U.N. Declaration during a critically important appellate hearing scheduled for April that will help determine whether they can seize the assets of a Chevron subsidiary in Canada to force the company to comply with the Ecuador judgment. “Chevron’s attempt to deny the latest legal petition concerning indigenous rights from being heard is gutless and a sign of the company’s increasing desperation,” said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the affected communities. “The arguments that Chevron is trying to suppress outline in clear terms the numerous ways in which the company has violated international law by polluting indigenous ancestral lands and then deliberately obstructed legitimate efforts to seek compensation through the courts,” said Salazar. In the legal brief, the Ecuadorian communities cite several provisions of the United Nations Declaration to support their lawsuit to seize Chevron assets in Canada. These include “the right to … prompt decisions through just and fair procedures for the resolution of conflicts” and “fair and equitable compensation” for their territories that have been damaged by oil extraction and other environmental harms.  The U.N. General Assembly approved the Declaration On The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 by the overwhelming vote of 144-4. The document since has been adopted as domestic law by both Canada and Ecuador, but it obviously did not exist for several years after the litigation against Chevron began in 1993. Chevron, which sold its assets in Ecuador during the trial, recently had its General Counsel threaten the Ecuadorian communities with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persist in pursing their claims. The case has lasted a whopping 24 years largely because of Chevron’s forum shopping and use of at least 60 law firms and 2,000 legal personnel to file thousands of procedural motions to delay the process at almost every important juncture. Chevron’s attempt to deny the Ecuadorians the right to file arguments based on indigenous rights – as distinct from simply filing its own legal brief to oppose it – is unusually aggressive, although not surprising given the company’s long record of trying to undermine the claims of the communities. Chevron was found guilty by three layers of courts of Ecuador of having deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste as a cost-saving measure, causing a spike in cancer rates and creating a public health catastrophe. Conditions are so bad that locals call the area the “Amazon Chernobyl”. For more than two decades, Chevron has tried to block the Ecuadorian communities who live in the Amazon from pressing their claims. The latest[...]

OppenheimerFunds Supports Dallas Community During Distribution Symposium

01.10.2018 - 01:30PM

OppenheimerFunds employees supported the local community in Dallas this week during the firm’s Distribution Symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm’s Distribution team. Attendees helped with hurricane relief and math literacy efforts by volunteering with Trusted World and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. OppenheimerFunds also provided both organizations with a $10,000 grant. “For the past seven years, our employees have rolled up their sleeves to help support the cities that host our Distribution team conferences,” said John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds. “This year, we are proud to partner with Trusted World and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to help advance the positive contributions they make in these local communities and beyond.” Trusted World is a global non-profit organization that provides free resources to both local and national organizations serving individuals and families in need. Attendees assisted in packing 4,000 meal kits that will be distributed to families recovering from recent natural disasters. In addition, the firm donated 16,000 meal kits to the organization. “We are pleased to partner with OppenheimerFunds to help those affected by recent hurricanes,” said Michael Garrett, CEO for Trusted World. “Each package assembled during the firm’s Distribution Symposium can help families by providing them with six nutritionally complete meals." Attendees also supported Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas by assembling 60 Robotics IQ Kits for use in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. In addition, the firm donated 115 Robotics IQ Kits to the organization. “Math literacy is a crucial skill for our Club members to develop throughout their education,” said Charles English, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “The school supplies and robotics kits donated by OppenheimerFunds will help our clubs achieve this goal.” To further support math literacy, OppenheimerFunds also partnered with WorldVision to host a SchoolTools event where conference attendees filled 200 backpacks with school supplies and personalized notes. The backpacks were donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. The firm’s corporate philanthropy and community initiatives include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs over the next few years through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm works closely with organizations including the National Museum of Mathematics, Boys & Girls Club, MATHSWORLDUK and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs. OppenheimerFunds is one of the world’s leading global asset managers, with nearly 2,000 employees and more than 170 investment professionals in offices including New York, Dallas, Denver, London, Rochester and Seattle. In 2012, OppenheimerFunds established its Dallas location through its acquisition of SteelPath, an innovator in developing midstream energy investment products as one of the first firms to market with MLP-focused open-end mutual funds. OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer Highlights Date Location Organization Activity Amount Donated January 2011 Dallas, TX Dallas Children’s Hospital Created murals for hospital walls $10,000 August 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Cares to benefit[...]

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!

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Names New Chair and Vice Chair

01.10.2018 - 09:00AM

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced today that Mary Schell,  chief public affairs officer for The Wendy’s Company, has been elected as chair of its board of trustees. Todd Penegor, president and chief executive officer of The Wendy’s Company, has been elected vice chair.

Schell, who has been a member of the board since 2001, has been with The Wendy’s Company for more than 22 years. A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, she also serves on the boards of directors of National Council of Chain Restaurants at National Retail Federation, National Restaurant Association, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and Miami University Dolibois European Center.

“Mary’s commitment to the Foundation’s mission and the children and youth that we serve is both sincere and passionate,” said Rita Soronen, president & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Her service to the board has been instrumental to the Foundation’s success thus far and we look forward to her leadership into 2018.”

“I am honored to serve in this new capacity,” Schell said. “The Foundation has dedicated itself to focused, strategic growth in the coming years in order to fully achieve its mission of dramatically increasing adoptions from North America’s foster care systems. It is a privilege to serve at this critical time.”

Penegor, who has been a member of the board since 2016, has been with The Wendy’s Company since 2013 and the president and chief executive officer since 2016. Previously, he held several key leadership positions at the Kellogg Company, including vice president of Kellogg Company and president of U.S. Snacks. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and also serves on the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business financial advisory board.

“Todd’s deep organizational leadership experience and his commitment to financial stewardship are incredibly valuable to this board position,” Soronen said. “He also remains personally dedicated to the work that Dave Thomas started and actively contributes to carrying it forward.”

“It is a privilege to serve on this board,” Penegor said. “As the CEO of The Wendy’s Company, I can think of no better way to honor Dave Thomas’ legacy, than to serve in this role. All children deserve a loving home and a permanent family, and I’m honored to work with Rita and the entire board to achieve the critical and life-changing mission of the Foundation.”

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, through its signature programs and strategic awareness efforts addresses the needs of children in foster care waiting to be adopted while driving adoptions for the longest waiting children. 

About us: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

3 McKinney Capital & Advisory Team Members Join San Diego Chapter of Mona Foundation

01.10.2018 - 08:00AM

Late in the summer of 2017, McKinney Capital & Advisory partnered with Mona Foundation to host the Aloha Sunday Fundraiser at the San Diego Surf Polo Club. This event was the “coming out” party for the San Diego Chapter of Mona Foundation and was focused on providing those in attendance an opportunity to become better acquainted with the Foundation. With three members of the McKinney team now as members of the new San Diego Chapter (Lori McKinney, CFO; Nour-Dean Anakar, Director, International Business Development; and Diana Baker, Culture & Operations Manager), there are already talks of partnering for more exciting fundraising events for 2018. Nour-Dean Anakar, current board director of the San Diego Chapter of Mona Foundation, shares, “I decided to support Mona Foundation any way I can because children’s education in underdeveloped countries is an essential building block for positive change. Mona has clearly demonstrated that through the Foundation’s support, global impact on access to education for young girls, and gender equality is undeniable.” Lori McKinney was nominated to be the Treasurer of the San Diego Chapter of Mona Foundation in 2017. The most recent member to join Mona Foundation from McKinney, Diana Baker, was attracted to the Foundation initially based on what they stand for: that the key to alleviating global poverty and achieving sustained community transformation lies in universal education and gender equality . Diana truly connected with the Foundation because of the selflessness of its board members and advocates, the professionalism of the operations, and their vision for the future. She had been looking to join a philanthropic organization that she felt truly reflected her own values but also had the operational foundation to succeed. Having worked in start-ups in the past, Diana built a keen sense for what needs to be present in an organization to be successful and she saw all those attributes within Mona Foundation. As a member of the San Diego Chapter, Diana is enthusiastic about the future of the children of our world because she can see the impact the foundation has already had and will continue to have in the years to come. About Mona Foundation:Mona Foundation was founded in 1999 by a small group of people committed to making life better for all of our children. The Foundation supports grassroots educational initiatives that provide education to all children, increase opportunities for women and girls, and emphasize service to the community. Its goal is to alleviate global poverty and support community led transformation such that no child ever goes to bed hungry, is lost to preventable diseases, or is deprived of gift of education for lack of resources.  About McKinney Capital & Advisory: McKinney Capital & Advisory is an all-in-one commercial real estate wealth management firm. We create opportunities for investors, companies, and owners to maximize their value and return on investment. Our mission is to inspire strategic transformation in our world through commercial real estate investments, brokerage, and asset management.[...]

Speaker Proposals Now Being Accepted for COMMIT!Forum 2018: Brands Taking Stands – The Long View, Oct. 23-25 in Washington

01.09.2018 - 08:05AM

The Corporate Responsibility Association and CR Magazine are now accepting presenter proposals for the 2018 COMMIT!Forum conference to be held at MGM National Harbor Oct. 23-25. Submission deadline is March 15. The theme for COMMIT!Forum 2018 ( is “Brands Taking Stands -- The Long View,” focusing on strategies adopted by the many companies now looking past short-term, quarterly, share-boosting practices that long have dominated corporate culture.   “Corporate responsibility practitioners are well positioned as companies build for the future, but there is an acute need for peer-to-peer support, research and practical tools to emphasize an environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda amid relentless pressure from shareholders to to prioritize profit today,” said Dave Armon, CEO of the Corporate Responsibility Board, which publishes CR Magazine, manages the Corporate Responsibility Association and produces COMMIT!Forum. Proposals from prospective speakers, presenters, panelists and other thought leaders should be completed via the COMMIT!Forum site or emailed to for review. Access the Presenter Prospectus here. Submissions are due by March 15. Key themes for COMMIT!Forum 2018 conference include: – Corporate Responsibility No Longer Optional: Best-in-Class Innovation and Business Practices– Leadership Requirements: The Corporate Vision, Voice and Influence– Tilting on the Fulcrum: Balancing Short Termism with the Long View– Corporate Responsibility Brand vs. Corporate Brand– From Measurement to Meaning: The Timestamp of Corporate Responsibility Outcomes– Emerging Issues & Emerging Voices– Connective Issues: A Focus on the Issues Companies Face Regardless of Industry or Sector COMMIT!Forum will feature two days of dynamic and engaging speakers, panelists, conversations and interviews. In addition, many presenters will use the conference to announce new corporate initiatives or release significant research findings on corporate responsibility, talent acquisition, progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more. Conference attendees bring an array of corporate responsibility experience and expertise as they seek to learn and engage. To maximize the audience experience, the conference agenda will be fast paced and designed to cover a variety of topics and issues. A key feature of COMMIT!Forum is the Awards and Recognition Dinner where recipients of the Responsible CEO of the Year Awards will be announced. Nominations for this prestigious award may be submitted here. We welcome submissions by CEOs, CR practitioners and senior leaders on topics related to Brands Taking Stands. If your proposal is accepted, COMMIT!Forum’s executive producer will work with prospective presenters to identify where topic fits into the agenda and how to best showcase content at the conference, whether a main stage panel discussion, one-on-one interview, “issue table,” break-out session or other format. View the Presenter Prospectus here. Submissions are due by March 15. About COMMIT!Forum Corporate Responsibility Board publishes CR Magazine, manages the Corporate Responsibility Association and produces COMMIT!Forum. The company is a unit of 3BL Media of Northampton, Mass., formed in 2009 to serve corporations, nonprofits, NGOs and service providers active in corporate citizenship and sustainability i[...]

Financing the SDGs

01.09.2018 - 08:00AM

The green bond market is worth $100bn, but $1trn is needed to fund the low-energy transition by 2020. Ethical Corporation recently commissioned a briefing into the growing state of green finance, which goes into depth on the important role it has to play in tackling climate change and assesses what it will take to move the global financial system on to a more sustainable footing.

Click here to download the complimentary briefing

Key themes of the briefing include:

  • What needs to be done for green finance to go mainstream

  • How fintech is financing the SDGs

  • Innovating to make an impact – green finance disruptors

  • Turning risk into climate rewards for developing countries

  • The role forests have to play in limiting climate change and the lack of current funding to end deforestation

Click here to download the complimentary briefing

Smithfield Foods Achieves Industry-Leading Animal Care Commitment, Unveils New Virtual Reality Video of Its Group Housing Systems

01.08.2018 - 10:15AM

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is proud to announce that it has fulfilled its industry-leading commitment of providing group housing systems for pregnant sows on all company-owned farms in the United States. Smithfield also released a 360-degree, virtual reality video that transports viewers to a company sow farm. The video can be viewed at

“Smithfield’s leadership in animal care is reflected in today’s landmark announcement,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods. “Achieving this goal is a testament to the fact that, at Smithfield, we keep our promises. We stand committed to continue leading the industry in both animal care and transparency.”

In 2007, Smithfield became the first company to commit to group housing systems. Since then, the company has invested more than $360 million to complete the transition.

In addition to the efforts on U.S. company-owned farms, Smithfield recommends that all of its contract sow growers in the United States transition to group housing by the end of 2022. Smithfield is providing guidance and expertise to contract growers when requested to help them through the conversion process.

Worldwide, Smithfield has pledged to convert all company sow farms by 2022. Operations in Poland and Romania have already completed their conversions to group housing systems, and Smithfield’s joint ventures in Mexico are currently working toward the 2022 goal.

For more information on sow housing at Smithfield, please 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 information, visit


Schwarzman College Awarded LEED Gold Certification

01.08.2018 - 08:00AM

Schwarzman College is pleased to announce the award of LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) under the LEED-New Construction system, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The system provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Set on the campus of Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, Schwarzman College opened its doors with the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars in 2016. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the 200,000 square foot campus houses one of the most advanced higher-education facilities in the world and is one of the first LEED Gold–certified academic buildings in China. “While creating the program, it was important that the building of Schwarzman College be a representation of the innovation and positive global impact that the program as a whole will have for the future,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars.  With support of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operation, Schwarzman College joins the more than 1,000 LEED-certified buildings in Greater China. “LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, Schwarzman College is leading the way in global excellence and performance improvement, and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.” The College has also committed to RESET Certified air quality monitoring, which uses a cloud-based tool focused on health and regeneration to provide accurate metrics regarding the performance of indoor air filtration. RESET makes air quality data easily available to all occupants of the building. “The Schwarzman Scholars Program provides an advanced educational experience in a building with exceptionally good indoor air quality, designed to optimize the health and performance of scholars” said Raefer Wallis, Founder of RESET. “Achieving RESET Certification ensures scholars have access to accurate, up to date data on both indoor and outdoor air quality, and, ensures that the building’s high-efficiency filtration system continues to perform over time.” To ensure the success of Schwarzman College LEED and RESET commitments, Schneider Electric, a leading provider of energy management, generously contributed HVAC and control equipment critical to achieving exemplary performance. About Schwarzman Scholars: Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $516 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a on[...]

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Launches Municipal Support Program to Help Combat Opioid Abuse

01.05.2018 - 11:07AM

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation today announced the launch of a municipal support program that aims to promote the safe disposal of opioids by providing communities nationwide with resources to deactivate expired or unused prescription medications.  As part of the program, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation – a not-for-profit charitable organization focused on supporting health-related causes that enrich the global community and the philanthropic arm of AmerisourceBergen Corporation – will distribute drug deactivation resources to municipalities that are actively working to prevent opioid abuse and misuse. The disposable resources use a new technology, which – when combined with water – effectively deactivate opioids, rendering them ineffective for misuse and providing a safe solution for site-of-use disposal.  “The epidemic of opioid abuse demands action, attention and a collaborative approach. The safe disposal of unused prescription medications is a critical component in combating the issue, as it reduces the risk for misuse, abuse and diversion,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation who is also Executive Vice President and Chief Communications & Administration Officer at AmerisourceBergen. “At AmerisourceBergen and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. Through this program, we will provide communities with the resources needed to deactivate prescription medications in a safe and effective manner, and help advance their efforts to prevent opioid abuse.”  As a global healthcare solutions leader, AmerisourceBergen plays a critical role in the pharmaceutical supply chain, working as a link between manufacturers and healthcare providers to help ensure patients have access to the medications they need, when they need them.  In order to support the Foundation’s new program, AmerisourceBergen will leverage its network of distribution centers to provide communities across the country with access to the drug deactivation resources. Municipal entities that are interested in applying for the drug deactivation resources or learning more about the program can visit the AmerisourceBergen Foundation website at: About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation Established in 2014, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation focuses on health and wellbeing initiatives that improve patient outcomes including pharmaceutical accessibility programs, pharmaceutical adherence programs and health improvement research. The Foundation aims to enhance healthcare delivery and improve access. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is a separate not-for-profit charitable organization distinct from AmerisourceBergen Corporation. For more information on the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, visit: About AmerisourceBergen AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work—and powered by our 20,000 associates—we are united in ou[...]

2018 World Changing Women’s Summit

01.05.2018 - 08:35AM

Conscious Company Media’s inaugural World-Changing Women’s Summit will be a powerful gathering of female professionals who are passionate about using business as a force for good in the world. This first-of-its-kind gathering will bring together female CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, thought leaders, and more to move the needle on how we as a society can encourage more women in positions of power to have a positive impact. The event will be designed to facilitate intimate peer-to-peer connection, deep-dive discussions, and raw, intergenerational conversations that will educate and inspire attendees to do more through their work. Conversation topics will include: Developing yourself as a truly authentic, conscious leader Scaling your company while both staying sane and true to your values Bringing more purpose into your work Developing thriving and inclusive cultures at work Best practices for raising capital Tools for resilience in the face of challenging circumstances Creating more impact in the world Who will attend?The Summit is open to any woman or gender non-conforming person who identifies as a change agent and leader in her/their community, especially founders, CEOs, executives, investors, and intrapreneurs involved with conscious businesses. Why is it different?This event will acknowledge growing evidence that supports the importance of rest and rejuvenation. 1440 Multiversity is located deep in the redwoods and built around the notion of self-care in concert with connection and growth. Their gourmet kitchen focuses on healthy, nutrient-rich meals, and a program of yoga, meditation, art, and massage will be available to all summit attendees. Top Seven Reasons To Attend: Connection: Connect deeply with like-minded peers in a safe space Support: Discover the support that you need to take on the challenges that you’re facing and have the opportunity to support others who are equally challenged Rejuvenation: Find the space to rejuvenate in a restorative environment with on-site yoga, fitness and wellness centers Inspiration: Hear new, inspirational ideas to help you breakthrough old patterns of thinking and behavior Education: Learn about new resources, best practices, and key insights from the best and brightest in the field Elevation: Elevate your capacity to lead and take your business or role to the next level Food: No seriously, the food at 1440 is extraordinary. More information on speakers, content, and agenda can be found at: We’re happy to extend a 30% discount to the CSR community, and look forward to seeing you at the Summit![...]

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!

Consumers Energy Starts Operations of Cross Winds® Energy Park II in Michigan’s Thumb

01.04.2018 - 12:00PM

Consumers Energy announced today that Cross Winds® Energy Park II in Tuscola County’s Columbia Township began serving customers and contributing 44 megawatts of renewable energy in Michigan. “With excitement and pride, we have ‘flipped the switch’ for Phase II of our Cross Winds Energy Park to meet more of Michigan’s demand for energy with renewable wind energy, a clean source that benefits the entire state. The project also firmly supports Consumers Energy’s goal of fulfilling our triple bottom line of people, planet and profits,” said Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy’s vice president of enterprise project management, engineering and services. “I am extremely thankful to the residents and elected officials who welcomed our investment in their community, and I’m especially pleased to announce the project was completed with zero safety incidents.”  The $90 million Cross Winds Phase II employed 250 workers during construction. Its 44-megawatt capacity is enough to serve about 17,000 residents.  The project went operational on schedule six months after its groundbreaking and three weeks after Newsweek gave Consumers Energy the top score for Michigan companies in its annual “Green Rankings.” Cross Winds Energy Park Phase II project is:  Part of a total investment of $345 million comprised of 81 wind turbines in total – including the first phase of Cross Winds – and can produce up to 155 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to serve about 60,000 residents. Helping Consumers Energy meet the needs of large businesses that choose to go 100 percent renewable. Contributing to Consumers Energy’s commitment to add $5 billion into the state’s economy over five years through Pure Michigan Business Connect by buying goods and services from Michigan companies. Consumers Energy worked with lead contractor White Construction to construct the 19 turbines that are 499 feet tall and make up Phase II of Cross Winds Energy Park.   Phase III plans have been approved for Consumers Energy’s Cross Winds Energy Park by Columbia and Akron townships. This final phase of the park is expected to go into commercial operation in 2020. Phase I of the energy park began operations in 2014. 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. Media Contacts Brian Wheeler, 517-740-1545, or Katie Carey, 517-740-1739 For more information about Consumers Energy, go to Check out Consumers Energy on social media: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: Flickr: This news release contains “forward-looking statements.” The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause Consumers Energy's results to differ materially. All forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to time in Consumers En[...]

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*

Learn more here:

Sustainable Brands ’17 Detroit

02.21.2017 - 08:56AM

Purpose driven brands are transforming the global economy by designing new product and service offerings that meet evolving societal aspirations. Challenge your brand to succeed in the new economy by enriching it through sustainability-led innovation that creates and scales positive impact, as well as business success. An initiative is underway among business leaders like Ford, BASF, CVS Health, Dow and others to support and accelerate new prosperity through brand innovation by Redefining the Good Life and what it means for healthy families, communities, cities and the planet.

Join them at SB’17 Detroit, MI, at the Cobo Center, May 22-25, 2017.

2017 Institute for CSR

01.24.2017 - 01:59PM

The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility offers CSR practitioners the opportunity to earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins in just six months. This non-credit professional certificate program is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is offered in partnership with Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center.

You will learn skills and best practices from some of the nation’s leading CSR practitioners, expand your professional network, and gain the inspiration you need to deliver increased value to your company and the communities you serve. If you're a CSR practitioner looking to develop your skills in the field, this is the program for you! Register and learn more here: