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Dr. Erin Anastasi Honored With the 2017 UNFCU Foundation Women's Empowerment Award for Her Work to End Fistula

11.17.2017 - 10:39AM

The UNFCU Foundation awarded Dr. Erin Anastasi, coordinator of the Campaign to End Fistula being led by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with its 2017 Women’s Empowerment Award. Dr. Anastasi was recently recognized at a reception hosted by the UNFCU Foundation at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York. The mission of the UNFCU Foundation is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve the human condition globally. “Reaching the poorest women with life-changing health care and accelerating their transition to decent work are essential to eliminating poverty,” said Pamela Agnone, president and director of the UNFCU Foundation. “Erin’s achievements embody action for a new global agenda grounded in principles of rights, inclusiveness, and equality.  We recognize Erin for her leadership, enabling women to overcome a devastating condition known as obstetric fistula, and join in the effort to rebuild more lives.” Watch this video to see how UNFCU Foundation’s support of the UNFPA-led campaign is transforming lives. “To be honored for my efforts is to note the source of my inspiration -- the transformative work of surgeons, nurses, midwives, social reintegration experts, policy makers, fistula campaign partners, and advocates around the world - of course, in addition to the women and girls themselves,” said Dr. Anastasi, who was instrumental in launching the United Nations goal to end fistula within a generation. “In the face of extreme poverty, it takes a visionary and collaborative approach to achieve our goal. In accepting this award on behalf of UNFPA and the Campaign to End Fistula, I celebrate the spirit of passion, perseverance, and partnership.” In receiving the UNFCU Foundation Women’s Empowerment Award, Dr. Anastasi joins the First Lady of the United Nations Madame Ban Soon-taek for her lifetime of service; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Sheryl WuDunn; as well as Ritu Sharma, author and gender equality advocate. Dr. Anastasi’s extensive career in maternal/newborn health spans projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She rose from Technical Specialist, Obstetric Fistula at UNFPA's Maternal Health Thematic Fund to her current role in headquarters in 2014. Dr. Anastasi previously served Doctors Without Borders as Principal Investigator in the urban slums of Lagos, Nigeria and in northern Uganda. Her other honors include a Fulbright Scholarship with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Dr. Anastasi holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in maternal and newborn heath from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as a Master of Health Sciences degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a native of Rockville, Maryland. #  #  # About UNFCU Foundation UNFCU Foundation is a New York-based, non-profit corporation established by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) with a mission to sustain the path out of poverty through healthcare and education for women and children. Since its launch in 2015, the UNFCU Foundation has benefitted more than 15,000 women and youth across nine countries through the provision of access to critical healthcare, basic education, and livelihoods training. To learn more, visit www.unfcufoundation.org and follow UNFCU Foundation’s progress on Twitter at @UNFCUFoundation and on Facebook at facebook.com/unfcufoundation. Press Contacts: Elisabeth Philippe, UNFCU Foundation, ephilippe@unfcufoundation.org, Tel. +1 347‑686‑6776; Mobile +1 347‑510‑4036 Lothar Mikulla, UNFPA, mikulla@unfpa.org, Tel. +1 212-297-2629[...]



Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and SCORE Announce Pioneering Partnership to Provide Critical Mentoring Services to Inner-City Businesses

11.17.2017 - 09:00AM

 Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national nonprofit research and advisory organization, and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, announced today a unique partnership that will provide critical mentoring services to inner-city businesses throughout the U.S. A first-in-the-nation partnership, SCORE’s more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters will be made available to participants and alumni of ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, which helps small businesses in economically-distressed areas build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment.  The partnership was announced at ICCC’s culminating conference at Time Inc. in New York, where many of the 800 businesses owners participating in 2017 convened for educational content and opportunities to pitch to potential investors. During the announcement Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, said, “We are thrilled to have SCORE as a partner, providing support for inner city businesses that helps them raise capital, grow revenue, and create good-paying jobs. With SCORE on board, ICCC alumni will have continuous access to these valuable resources, even after they’ve completed our program,” he said.  “This agreement with ICIC will allow SCORE to expand our successful mentoring services to more small businesses while supporting the continued economic development of our inner city communities,” said Steve Records, vice-president of field operations at SCORE. “These business will continue to benefit from ICIC’s training and programming to create access to capital infusion; but, with the addition of SCORE’s ongoing, long-term client support, the partnership will create even stronger, more profitable businesses and will help support the creation of more jobs within these communities.” ICCC is the country’s only program that educates inner-city small businesses about different types of capital and matches them with appropriate capital providers. Since 2005, 1,659 participants have raised nearly $1.5 billion in debt and equity capital, created 16,000 jobs, and had average revenue growth of 172%. ##### About Initiative for a Competitive Inner City ICIC is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. ICIC's mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. The organization supports urban businesses through a wide variety of Urban Business Initiatives. More information about ICIC and its ICCC program is available at www.icic.org and www.icic.org/inner-city-capital-connections/.  About SCORE Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000 volunteer business experts provide 350,000+ free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services to clients in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2016, SCORE volunteers provided 2.2+ million hours to help create more than 55,000 small businesses and 130,000 full-time, part-time and contractor jobs. For more information about starting or operating a small business, visit SCORE at www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest small business news and updates. MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Roccki Initiative for a Competitive Inner City hroccki@icic.org 617.238.3010[...]



Nearly DKK 10bn for the Green Transformation in 10 Hours

11.17.2017 - 08:27AM

Investor demand was massive when Ørsted yesterday launched its first green bonds. In just 10 hours, the bonds were sold for EUR 1.25 billion, almost DKK 10 billion. The money will be invested in new and existing offshore wind power projects, the conversion of CHP plants from coal to sustainable biomass, energy saving projects and energy storage.

Issuing green bonds is yet another step forward in our transition to green energy.

Henrik Brünniche Lund, Head of Investor Relations, says:
“At Ørsted, we want to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. We need to transform the way we power the world; from black to green energy. This is also reflected in our investments. For 2017 we expect them to amount to DKK 18-20bn in wind power, biomass conversions and the installation of remote-read power meters. With green bonds, we invite investors to join us in the green transformation.”

Earmarked towards green projects
Green bonds are like any other regular bond but with one key difference: the proceeds raised by the issuer are earmarked towards green investments, ie environmentally friendly assets or business activities. These projects must promote the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient growth and a sustainable economy.

Our Green Bonds Framework, which is developed in alignment with the Green Bond Principles 2017, has been reviewed by the not-for-profit research institute Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). CICERO allocated the framework a Dark Green Shading, which is the highest grading a green bond issuer can receive.

About CICERO:

As an independent, not-for-profit research institute, CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo) provides second opinions on institutions’ and businesses framework and guidance for assessing and selecting eligible projects for green bond investments. CICERO also assesses the framework’s robustness in meeting the institutions’ and businesses’ environmental objectives.

The second opinion as well as our Green Bonds Framework is publicly available on our website.  An annual investor letter and the opinion of an external auditor will also be publicly available on our website. 




U.S. Chamber Foundation Announces Winners of 18th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards

11.16.2017 - 12:00PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation last night named the winners of its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards, recognizing businesses for making a significant, positive impact on the communities and societies in which they operate. “Businesses are a powerful force for good, working to solve challenges facing people across the globe,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. “It’s an honor to showcase the significant contributions of companies who have gone above and beyond to create real, lasting change in their communities and around the world.” The U.S. Chamber Foundation presented awards in eight categories: Best Corporate Steward – Large Business: Intel CorporationIntel empowers people through technology to contribute to the well-being of others and the planet. From its dedication to diversity and inclusion in its operations and work to address human rights in its supply chain – to its environmental programs aimed at conserving energy and aggressively decreasing greenhouse gas emissions – the company’s commitment to shared value drives all its efforts. Best Corporate Steward – Small and Mid-Market Business: Antis Roofing CompanyAntis Roofing & Waterproofing’s guiding principle is to “err on the side of generosity’ with all its stakeholders. As a small, single-location business operating in Orange County, California, Antis’ mission is to differentiate itself through corporate citizenship. In 2016, its 90 employees donated 693 hours of labor, performed more than 100 roof leak repairs, and provided 10 large-scale roof maintenance and replacement projects. Best Commitment to Education Program: CiscoThe Networking Academy applies Cisco’s leading technology and products to develop the skills needed in today’s digital economy and to address human capacity development. With more than 1 million students reached each year globally, the Networking Academy has provided education and career support for 6.9 million students worldwide. Best Community Improvement Program: The John Deere FoundationThe John Deere Foundation partnered with PYXERA Global to develop the Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA), a program to help Smallholder farmers in three villages in Rajasthan, India. Since its launch, the average income of farmers has increased by 7.1 percent, and investments in education have increased 10th grade examination passing rates from 30 percent to over 80 percent. Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program: The Walt Disney CompanyDisney partnered with the American Red Cross and Save the Children to design interactive, child-friendly tools to promote the importance of disaster risk reduction education and help build the resilience and capacity of children, schools, and communities. To date, this initiative has helped hundreds of thousands of children around the world learn how to be better prepared for disasters. Best Economic Empowerment Program: Nestle NespressoNespresso created the AAA Sustainable Quality Program to help farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya produce better coffee, earn higher incomes, and protect the local environment. Since 2013, Nespresso employees provided 30,000 farmers with hands-on training from the AAA Academy to increase the production and quality of their crops, record keeping, and financial planning. Best Environmental Stewardship Program: The Renewal WorkshopTextile waste is the fastest-growing component of landfill, with 10.5 million tons of clothing sent to landfill every year. The Renewal Workshop is the first company to partner directly with brands and retailers to take discarded apparel and turn it into renewed apparel, upcycling materials, or feedstock for recycling. Renewed apparel is sold direct-to-consumer or back to brand partners. Best Health and Wellness Program: UPSUPS combined its logistics and t[...]



General Mills Signs on to World Cocoa Foundation's Joint Frameworks for Action to Combat Deforestation

11.16.2017 - 09:30AM

General Mills joins leading companies in an agreement to end deforestation, protect national parks from illegal cocoa production and develop alternative livelihoods for affected smallholder farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The two countries produce nearly two-thirds of the world’s annual supply of cocoa. The far-reaching joint Frameworks for Action, led by the World Cocoa Foundation, was announced today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.Cocoa is one of General Mills ten priority ingredients, which the company has committed to 100 percent sustainably source by 2020. More than 70 percent of the cocoa General Mills buys is grown in West African countries including Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.“Deforestation is a significant challenge, but by aligning and working together, we can help put a stop to it and positively impact climate change by rehabilitating the land,” said John Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer for General Mills. “We also recognize there are systemic labor issues in the cocoa supply chain, and we understand it will take industry-wide collaboration to make improvements. Having the national and local governments, who are key to addressing the issues, at the table from the beginning is key.”The Frameworks for Action were developed through an extensive, multi-stakeholder process that brought together two national governments, private sector, including farmer and farmers’ organizations, national and international civil society organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, and at the global level.“The Frameworks for Action announced in Bonn, and signed by visionary companies including General Mills, protect and restore forests that have been degraded, accelerate investment in agricultural productivity and engage communities about the importance of this work to their long-term wellbeing,” said Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation. “Most of the deforestation in the cocoa sector in West Africa is a result of poor farmers trying to earn a living by going into protected areas to cut down trees to grow cocoa. This means that we must focus on community development, community empowerment, and making sure that farmers' livelihoods are taken in to account and respected.”The Framework is centered around three themes: Forest protection and restoration: this covers the conservation of National Parks and Reserves, improving the forest cover in the rural domain, as well as restoration of Forest Reserves that have been degraded by human activities, in particular encroachment by cocoa farms among other factors; Sustainable production and farmers’ livelihoods: this covers sustainable intensification and diversification of production to increase farmers’ yields and income to reduce pressure on forests; and Community engagement and social inclusion: this covers social safeguards through civil society and community engagement. “This framework will help advance much of the work that we are already doing in these regions to improve the sustainability of cocoa production and foster greater economic vitality for cocoa-growing communities,” said Church. “It is our view that a greater share of the benefit of more socially and economically sustainable cocoa production practices should accrue to the people who produce the crop. This framework will help better implement that across the region.”For more information on General Mills’ commitment to sustainably sourcing cocoa, visit its 2017 Global Responsibility Report and Taste of General Mills blog.About General Mills General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headqua[...]



Ray C. Anderson Foundation Divests From Fossil Fuel Investments

11.16.2017 - 09:15AM

November 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation have announced that the Foundation’s investment portfolio is now fossil fuel free and divested of investments in oil, coal and gas companies.  The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation that honors and shares the values that Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface Inc., set forth when he put his company on a path to sustainability in 1994. The Foundation’s assets total approximately $50 million.

“Fossil fuel divestment is both ethically and fiscally responsible,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and one of Ray’s five grandchildren. “Investment has consequences, and we intend for our assets to grow by fueling renewable energy and other clean technologies that will combat climate change.”

For 17 years preceding his passing, Anderson challenged his company and others in industry to recognize the fact that sustainability and environmentalism did not have to be exclusive of one another. He proved this fact by transforming Interface into a $1 billion revenue leader in industrial ecology, later earning him recognition as “the greenest CEO in America.” In his 2009 book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, Anderson said:

“The age of fossil fuels will not end because there’s no more oil, coal or gas to dig up and burn. It will end because the finite supply cannot meet the exploding demand for them at a price--a climate price, a financial price, and a security price--we are willing (or even able) to bear. It will end because better, smarter and more profitable alternatives become available. It will end because enough of us will realize that paying the price for a systemic shift away from fossil fuels is a whole lot cheaper than footing the bill for the status quo.”

The Foundation joins a growing community of investors who are moving away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy investment. A report from Arabella Advisors issued in December 2016 entitled “Measuring the Growth of the Global Fossil Fuel Divestment and Clean Energy Investment Movement” showed that the amount of money represented by people and institutions that have vowed to divest from fossil fuels reached $5 trillion, having doubled between September 2015 and December 2016.

Read the Foundation's official Divestment Statement here.




FSC Announces the Bonn Initiative at COP23

11.16.2017 - 09:00AM

Demonstrating how the private sector can play a major role in mitigating climate change, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) announced today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn the support from IKEA of Sweden and SIG Combibloc aiming to document the positive impacts of wood sourcing and forestry.   The Bonn Initiative is a joint effort to develop scientifically rigorous methodologies that will help quantify the benefits, such as improved carbon sequestration, that FSC certified forests contribute to mitigate global warming and fight climate change. This data will allow companies to specifically identify the climate benefits derived from sourcing forest products from FSC certified forests in the fight against global warming. It can also help governments with specific knowledge of the amount of carbon storage in responsibly managed forests, offering them better information on their progress towards meeting their UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) within the framework of the Paris Agreement. FSC will set up a task force based on earlier work to develop methods that will indicate through scientifically backed data the positive impacts of FSC certification as compared to conventional forest management practices. “By protecting and restoring forest ecosystems and improving forest management practices, FSC has a direct positive impact on curbing global warming. Specifically quantifying these positive impacts will allow companies and consumers to better understand the importance of responsible forest management in helping to prevent global warming and eventually become a catalyst for increased demand of products that come from these sources,” said Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC International. Udo Felten, Manager Product Related Global Environmental Sustainability & Affairs at SIG added “We want to be net positive by contributing more to society and the environment than we take out. We call that going WAY BEYOND GOOD. An important part of our net positive commitment is supporting global action on climate change as well as on the regeneration of natural resources. Since 2009, SIG has led the industry in providing FSC-certified carton packs. Today, more than 80 per cent of SIG carton packs are carrying the FSC label. More than 60 billion SIG packs have now been sold with the FSC label. Showing the climate benefits of FSC-certified carton packs in a scientifically robust way will further support our target of 100% FSC labelled packs.” “In fiscal year 2017 77 percent of the wood used in IKEA products came from More Sustainable Sources (FSC certified or recycled). We have the ambition to reach 100% by 2020. By using about 3% of the global FSC wood available, and through the work with our partners, we have contributed to the certification of about 18 percent of FSC certified forests worldwide. This is what we call the journey to become forest positive. Climate is very strong in our agenda, it is in fact shaping the way we do business today. Therefore a more rigorous estimate of the positive role of responsibly managed forests in climate mitigation will strengthen this commitment,” said Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager, IKEA of Sweden. As important carbon sinks, forests play an essential role in reducing carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Responsible forest management, as embodied by FSC, has the capacity to mitigate global warming through specific measures that aim, among others, to improve forestry practices, reduce forest damage, increase restoration and reforestation or avoid specific negative impacts such as forest fires. A step beyond the Vancouver Declaration The Bonn Initiative follows the Vancouver Declaration launched during FSC’s General Assembly held in Vancouver (Canada) in October this year and already supported by over 60 global companies. The Va[...]



Ten Emerging Social Initiatives Win 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

11.16.2017 - 08:00AM

The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation, today announced ten winners of the second J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a grant making initiative that invests in early-stage efforts to address pressing social and environmental issues. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize provides each awardee with three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds for technical assistance or targeted project expenses – a total award of $175,000. The Prize focuses especially on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding. This year, applicants responded to rapidly shifting challenges in communities across America through efforts that promise profound social impacts. “When we envisioned this second round of the Prize, we could not have imagined it would coincide with an unprecedented remaking of America’s political landscape,” said Peter Davidson, Chairman of the J.M. Kaplan Fund Board of Trustees. “Today’s entrepreneurs are sending a clear message that many institutions have failed to solve our most persistent social problems. These innovators are reimagining how to bring change across the country using new technologies, collaboration across sectors, and even socially-minded for-profit tools.” This year’s pool of 1,193 applications — representing 49 states — addressed an array of needs across the Fund’s three focus areas: The Environment – Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change; Heritage Conservation – Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places; and Social Justice – Supporting common-sense criminal justice and labor reform, as well as humane treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. The ten 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize winners are: Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Swapna Reddy & Elizabeth Willis, New York – ASAP uses creative lawyering, an innovative model of remote representation, and large-scale volunteer mobilization to take on and win cases for refugee mothers and their families across the country. See: asap.urbanjustice.org The California Harvesters, Carmen Rojas, California – The California Harvesters, the nation’s first farm worker trust, allows workers and farm owners to co-create employment standards, provide worker-ownership opportunities, and pave the way for greater economic security for immigrant farmworkers. See: theworkerslab.com Coral Vita, Gator Halpern & Sam Teicher, Washington, DC and San Diego, CA – Seeking to restore the world’s imperiled coral reefs, Coral Vita is leveraging for-profit tools to build a network of high-tech coral farms. By growing resilient corals and transplanting them into threatened reefs, they aim to preserve ocean biodiversity and support communities. See: coralvita.co Esq. Apprentice, Rachel Johnson-Farias, California – The high cost of law school has long kept qualified, talented students with low incomes out of the profession. Esq. Apprentice creates a no-cost pipeline for low-income youth of color to become fully licensed attorneys through California’s legal apprenticeship program. See: esqapprentice.com Get Media L.I.T., Tony Weaver Jr., Georgia – Get Media L.I.T. combats media misrepresentation of minority groups through a media literacy learning tool that empowers African American students to debunk stereotypes and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. See: lit.weirdenoughproductions.com Ho'oulu Pacific, David Walfish, Hawaii – Ho‘oulu Pacific aims to improve self-sufficiency and holistic health in the Pacific Islands. Their “distributed agriculture” model uses aquaponic systems at small, household farms to grow fish and vegetables, which are redistributed to local communities in need of afforda[...]



JPMorgan Chase Announces $900,000 in Sustainable Infrastructure Investments and Branch Enhancements to Support Detroit’s Economic Recovery

11.16.2017 - 08:00AM

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in Detroit. In addition, the firm is retrofitting over 70 percent of Chase branches in the city with LED lights and new Building Management Systems. As part of the firm’s $150 million commitment to Detroit’s long-term economic recovery and building on its commitment to advance sustainable solutions for clients and across its operations, these investments are designed to boost Detroit’s continued economic recovery. “Sustainable infrastructure is critical to the efficient and continuous operation of small businesses and to revitalizing commercial activity throughout Detroit,” said Matt Arnold, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase. “We firmly believe that sustainability lies at the heart of long-term economic growth and we are excited about bringing our expertise in advancing environmentally sustainable solutions to Detroit.” "The City of Detroit Office of Sustainability applauds JPMorgan Chase for its leadership in energy and sustainability through their branch retrofits and support of Detroit non-profit organizations,” said Joel Howrani Heeres, Director of Sustainability, City of Detroit. “By expanding the scope of the green infrastructure and green building practices it is engaged in throughout the city, JPMorgan Chase serves as an example of sustainable business in Detroit making an environmental impact that will benefit all Detroiters.” Highlights of the firm’s sustainability investments in Detroit include: Branch Retrofit: As part of JPMorgan Chase’s collaboration with Current, powered by GE to conduct the world’s largest LED lighting installation and to install Building Management Systems across branches, the firm is retrofitting 13 branches in Detroit. The retrofits of branches across Detroit will cut lighting energy consumption by 50 percent, electric and gas consumption by 15 percent and water consumption from irrigation systems by 20 percent. Eastside Community Network: To help tackle the lack of affordable move-in-ready retail space for small businesses that struggle to manage pollution from storm water, JPMorgan Chase is supporting the acquisition and rehab of vacant commercial properties along the Mack Avenue commercial corridor to revitalize and expand local retail and commercial businesses and attract new businesses to the area. In addition, JPMorgan Chase is supporting the efforts of Eastside Community Network to utilize the vacant space between commercial properties for the development of green infrastructure that can mitigate drainage fees. The Nature Conservancy: JPMorgan Chase is supporting The Nature Conservancy’s work with the City of Detroit and other partners to create a first-of-its-kind Special Purpose District, akin to a Business Improvement District. The creation of a Special Purpose District would provide more cost effective stormwater management services to local businesses and multiple community and environmental benefits to businesses and residents, therefore supporting business retention, growth and employment generation in the dynamic Eastern Market area of the City. Jefferson East: JPMorgan Chase is working with Jefferson East to accelerate the incorporation of green building practices, such as the completion of new green parking lots in vacant land adjacent to commercial properties, into developments along the Jefferson corridor to create commercial spaces that aid minority small business owners. “Detroit’s Lower Eastside neighborhoods have benefited significantly from the revitalization of our community’s businesses,” said Donna Givens, Chief Executive Officer, Eastside Community Network. “Thanks to JPMorgan Chase’s ongoing f[...]



SC Johnson Unveils ‘Carnaúba: Tree of Life’ Exhibit at Museum of Industry in Fortaleza, Brazil

11.16.2017 - 07:00AM

For more than 80 years, the carnaúba palm has been a symbol representing the State of Ceará in Brazil, yet for SC Johnson, it also symbolizes the company’s success and long-term commitment to preserving the country’s natural resources. Today, in partnership with the Museum of Industry in Fortaleza, Brazil, Social Service of Industry (SESI) and Federation of Industry of Ceará (FIEC), SC Johnson proudly opened the “Carnaúba: Tree of Life” exhibit highlighting the importance of the carnaúba palm tree in Brazil. “My grandfather’s journey in 1935 marked the beginning of our company’s relationship with Brazil­­ – a strong bond that continues to this day,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are committed to protecting the environment and the sustainability of the carnaúba palm. We are proud to sponsor this exhibit to highlight the history, its importance in the region and our long-standing legacy in Brazil.”  The “Carnaúba: Tree of Life” exhibit presents the family company’s long history with the region, which began when third-generation leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. traveled to Fortaleza in pursuit of a permanent reserve of carnaúba wax, which was the principle ingredient in the company’s products at that time. The trip originated from SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. Two years after the trip, the company opened a factory in Brazil and became the first company to refine carnaúba wax – and it also became the first manufacturing company in Brazil to fund and encourage research on the carnaúba palm. In 1998, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson and his sons, including fifth-generation and current leader Fisk Johnson, retraced the original historic expedition. As the exhibit opens to the public, guests will experience the history of the carnaúba palm, its industrialization and the unique role the company has played to ensure its sustainability for future generations. “We are honored to partner with SC Johnson,” said Luis Carlos Sabadia, Museum of Industry in Fortaleza (SESI). “The company has been a leader in helping preserve our natural resources for decades, and sponsoring this exhibit showcases their deep ties and continued support for the area.” A Legacy of Commitment to Brazil SC Johnson has operated in Brazil for more than 80 years. In addition to a vibrant commercial business regionally headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and a factory in Manaus, the company has been a leader in helping protect Brazil’s environment and resources for decades. For example, the company’s manufacturing plant in Manaus has achieved zero waste to landfill status, a protocol estimated to keep some 91 tons of refuse out of Brazilian landfills each year.   SC Johnson also contributed to the protection of two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s. The company’s work and contributions to Conservation International (CI) have also conserved more than 100,000 acres of land – much of that in the Amazon region. In October 2017, the company announced, together with CI, its support for the world’s largest tropical reforestation project to restore nearly 70,000 acres in the Brazilian Amazon. Commercial and Sustainable Impact SC Johnson has not only played a significant role in protecting the environment in the region, it also increased the export of carnaúba wax to international markets and created a new industry based on the processing of the wax raw materials. Following the original carnaúba expedition in 1935, SC Johnson went on to open a carnaúba processing plant in Fortaleza in 1937 and a p[...]



Bryan Sheehan Is Tapped as Director of Quantis US

11.15.2017 - 03:00PM

The environmental sustainability consulting group Quantis is proud to announce the appointment of Bryan Sheehan as the new Director, Quantis US, effective immediately. In this role, Bryan will pursue the solid growth and expansion of Quantis in the US. He will lead the US branch strategy and team, develop client relationships and solutions, and join Quantis’ Leadership Team. “Bryan is exactly what Quantis was looking for to fill this key role. He brings a highly valuable set of skills – strategic vision, team leadership, marketing acumen and sustainability expertise – that will only strengthen an already exceptional team of talents in the US,” says Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin. “We have been on a solid growth trajectory in the US and Bryan is the person who will take us to the next level so we can continue to guide our clients as they build resilient business models.” Bryan’s experience comes from previous sustainability consulting roles as well as extensive experience in the field of medical technology. He joins Quantis from sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies where he was a Senior Advisor for the past four years, managing key client relationships and delivering consulting services. “I am truly honored to join the Quantis team. I was drawn to Quantis because of their impressive foundation in science, their reputation for the exceptional quality of work and client relationships, their international leadership; and, of course, thanks to the passionate, collaborative Quantis spirit,” the newly-appointed US Director Bryan Sheehan says, explaining his move. “I see both a tremendous opportunity and a need for continued advancement of business sustainability in the US. It is clear that industry must take a more science-based approach and aim for even bolder goals to truly achieve resilient, sustainable change. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the outstanding US team in this critical mission.” Bryan takes the reins of Quantis US from Jon Dettling, who after serving as US Director for the past 10 years, will move to his role of Global Director, Services + Innovation. In this newly created position, Jon will lead the continued development and diversification of Quantis’ portfolio of services and will focus on bringing to market innovative solutions and initiatives that are targeted to sustainability change makers. "At Quantis, we see innovation as a constant component in pursuing our mission with our clients – to deliver custom solutions adapted to their needs and speeds,” Global Director, Services + Innovation Jon Dettling explains. “Our most ambitious clients are not talking about today – they are focused on tomorrow and beyond. They need more and we’re going to provide them with the innovative solutions - powered by science - that are going to take them further, faster.” Both Bryan and Jon will work together in the Boston office and Bryan will join Jon as a member of the Quantis Leadership Team. * END * About Quantis Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future. A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Colombia and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including AccorHotels, BASF, Danone, the European Commission, GE, General Mills, Intel, Kering, the Kraft Heinz Company, L’Oréal, Mondelēz[...]



Corporate Philanthropy Institute Addresses ‘Purposeful Action in a Changing World' at Feb. 12 Event

11.15.2017 - 12:00PM

On Feb. 12, 2018, the Corporate Philanthropy Institute, presented by Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will explore how companies and corporate responsibility professionals can uphold their inherent values during changing times.  The event, titled “The Value Proposition: Purposeful Action in a Changing World,” will be held at the University of California – San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center. Speakers will include Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company that catapulted corporate social responsibility into the public eye three decades ago, and representatives from Google.org, the Levi Strauss Foundation and more. The event is expected to attract more than 150 professionals working in corporate citizenship and philanthropy across the globe. Sessions will engage participants in big ideas and then break concepts down into usable strategies, approaches and actionable plans. Speakers include: Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s Leila Janah, Founder of Samasource Olivia Khalili, Director at Oath for Good (formerly Yahoo!) Daniel Lee, Executive Director at Levi Strauss Foundation Eric Olson, Senior Vice President at Business for Social Responsibility Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO, Give2Asia Sasha Buscho, Principal at Google.org Nicolette Van Exel, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Intuit The day’s sessions include: Trends and opportunities in global giving and CSR Threading worker’s rights through the supply chain Living our values in turbulent times The day’s activities will also include announcement of the 2018 Corporate Responsibility Impact Awards winners. Nominations for this prestigious recognition are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2018. Candidates may be nominated for company of the year, practitioner of the year and/or emerging practitioner of the year recognition.  The event is open to members of Northern California Grantmakers, member clients of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and non-affiliated corporate funders and CSR professionals. For more information and to register, visit corpphilanthropyinstitute.org. The Platinum level sponsor of the 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Institute is Verizon. Gold-level sponsors are Gilead, PG&E and Wells Fargo. Genentech and Workday are silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors are eBay, Google and Target. Donor sponsors are Equinix, Kaiser Permanente, Singularity University, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation. About Silicon Valley Community Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.[...]



Field to Market Honors Kellogg Company, Syngenta, The Nature Conservancy and Arkansas Rice Farmer Jennifer James With 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards

11.15.2017 - 08:00AM

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture last night announced the recipients of its prestigious 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards. The Alliance honored Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy with the 2017 Collaboration of the Year Award and presented the 2017 Farmer of the Year Award to Arkansas rice farmer Jennifer James. In their inaugural year, the awards—presented as the capstone of the Alliance’s fall meeting—recognize farmers and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding sustainability leadership through their efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. Collaboration of the Year Recognizing outstanding collaboration and cross-sector partnership in advancing continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture at the field and landscape level, this year’s recipients of the Collaboration of the Year Award were honored for their collective efforts to deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay. “Field to Market member organizations are continuously seeking better ways to engage and equip farmers and suppliers with resources to make lasting change for agriculture, society and our planet,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “Together, Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy are working to create a more sustainable supply chain by helping farmers document and demonstrate how conservation practices enhance natural resource management and support water quality both in Saginaw Bay and the larger Great Lakes watershed.” By coordinating efforts through the Kellogg Origins™ Great Lakes Wheat Fieldprint Project, these partners are taking steps towards helping farmers make their fields more resilient and improve their bottom line, while improving the lands and waters of Saginaw Bay for generations to come. Farmer of the Year The Farmer of the Year Award, which is Field to Market’s highest honor for commodity crop producers, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of a farmer who is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture through outstanding conservation and stewardship efforts on their farm and sharing best practices with their peers. This year’s award was given to Jennifer James, a fourth-generation rice farmer from Newport, Arkansas. “Jennifer manages her family’s 6,000-acre farm with sustainability at the center of her decision making and an eye toward future generations,” said Snyder. “Her leadership and commitment to sustainable agriculture is marked by her steadfast dedication to conserving natural resources and instituting practices that provide wildlife habitat while benefiting soil, water and air quality.” The winners of the Farmer of the Year and Collaboration of the Year are selected by Field to Market’s Board of Directors and the Alliance’s Awards and Recognition Committee. All recipients demonstrate leadership in the pursuit of continuous improvement, resulting in measurable results and significant impact on both agriculture and the environment. Learn more about the 2017 Sustainability Leadership Award winners at www.fieldtomarket.org/awards. ### Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 130 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million [...]









INDIGENOUS Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Peru, and the World

11.14.2017 - 03:27PM

The global movement toward gender equality is incomplete without addressing the fashion industry’s supply chain violence against women. 75% of garment workers are women, and violence is a widespread epidemic. The right to live free from violence is a basic human right and women across the world are speaking up. Hoping to spread their ethical supply chain values from Peru to the rest of the world, INDIGENOUS is leveraging its top-selling Holiday 2017 styles to benefit Global Fund for Women. All of INDIGENOUS’ retail profits generated from twelve curated styles will go directly to fund Global Fund for Women's new learning collaborative to eradicate violence in the fashion industry supply chain. The initiative, led by Global Fund for Women, C&A Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Gender at Work, aims to address rampant gender-based violence in traditional fashion supply chains. According to a recent study, in Bangladesh, up to 75% of women garment workers have experienced verbal abuse, 20% physical abuse, and 30% psychological abuse. In India, 60% of female factory workers have experienced harassment. C&A Foundation and NoVo Foundation have pledged millions to this initiative, which will find, fund, and strengthen organizations and individuals working to end gender-based violence against women workers in South Asia, with a focus on major apparel sourcing countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The initiative will support women garment workers to learn about their rights, realize their own power to secure these rights, and become leaders to create systemic change. INDIGENOUS is at the forefront of the ethical fashion industry, advocating for human rights and environmental preservation for over 20 years. Their non-traditional supply chain is built upon fair trade practices, women-based knitting groups, and programs that lift up artisan communities. A longtime advocate for supply chain transparency, INDIGENOUS is supporting this initiative, believing it to be the most effective and far-reaching way to empower women garment workers across the world.  “We’re thrilled to have the support of such a reputable fashion brand as Indigenous for our initiative,” said Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. “Ending violence against women garment workers will require collaboration, resources, and passionate new advocates, and Indigenous brings even more.”  This unique campaign will occur online, and in specialty retail stores across the United States, launching during the holiday season and culminating on Black Friday, 2017. Supporting Global Fund for Women is part of INDIGENOUS’ #HolidayWithPurpose campaign, which encourages consumers to shop and gift items that benefit our planet and communities this holiday season.   About Indigenous INDIGENOUS is a leader in ethical fashion, creating modern clothing using natural, organic and sustainable fibers, colored with low-impact dyes or no dyes at all. Since their founding in 1994, INDIGENOUS has worked to forge a better way forward for the fashion industry. Through programs in Peru, INDIGENOUS helps provide housing to victims of domestic violence. Women in these programs receive free job skill training, empowering them with financial independence. By producing their clothing line with ecologically mindful practices, each year Indigenous saves an estimated 48,450,000 liters of water; keeps 20,750 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; and prevents 6528 oz of deadly toxic pesticides from entering our environment. INDIGENOUS’ sustainable fashion clothing l[...]



Swarovski Supports Trust Conference to Advance Women’s Rights and Fight Slavery

11.14.2017 - 12:56PM

For the fourth consecutive year Swarovski is supporting Trust Conference (November 15 – 16), which brings together thought leaders and change makers to find real solutions to empower women, fight slavery and advance human rights worldwide. Trust Conference is an annual event in London gathering over 700 delegates from around the world to discuss women’s rights, women’s empowerment, modern-day slavery and forced labor. Founded in 2012 as Trust Women, the event has changed its name to Trust Conference to reflect its wider focus on all human rights issues, while keeping women’s rights and anti-slavery at its core. With Swarovski’s support, Trust Conference (organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters) has created a dynamic platform for global corporations, lawyers, government representatives and pioneers for human rights to come together and shed light on these pressing issues. Over the two-day event, delegates will engage in thought-provoking discussions, share their expertise, propose innovative solutions and, most importantly, commit to taking ambitious actions to create real change. Key speakers at this year’s conference include, Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge; John Morrison, Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Nazir Afzal, Former Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales. Swarovski and Trust Conference share common values. As a company with a largely female customer base and workforce, Swarovski actively seeks to promote women’s empowerment — both among its employees and in the wider community. The company is committed to conducting business in a lawful and ethical manner and to protecting the right of all individuals to be free from slavery and any kind of forced labor in the workplace. Swarovski recognizes that the private sector has a key role to play in building a sustainable future for all. The company’s support for Trust Conference forms part of its drive to align its sustainability efforts with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly working towards gender equality. For more information about Swarovski’s sustainability strategy, please visit www.swarovskigroup.com/S/aboutus/Sustainability.en.html For more information about Trust Conference, please visit www.trustconference.com NOTES TO EDITORS Swarovski has a 120-year heritage of responsibility – we think in generations, not quarters. We aim to be a leader in sustainability, performing in greener and fairer ways to ensure we create a positive impact in society and thrive long into the future. We align our efforts with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, commit to the United Nations Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles. We are part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group, supporting UN Women in its mission for gender equality. Across the business we promote a healthy work-life balance, equal access to career advancement and development opportunities, and the option of flexible working arrangements where appropriate. We are creating a more diverse and inclusive leadership through mentoring and leadership programs. We have used internationally recognized standards, including EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) certification to assess the internal landscape of gender equality in our Austrian headquarters. On International Women’s Day 2017, Swarovski colleagues globally pledged their support to adv[...]



New Survey Shows Strong Global Support for Green Energy

11.14.2017 - 12:13PM

The backing for green energy is clear. In the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted, 82% favour a world being fully powered by green energy. The support comes from all surveyed age groups, educational backgrounds and countries. Perhaps most surprisingly, there’s strong support from all political segments. The Green Energy Barometer, conducted by Edelman Intelligence, is based on interviews with more than 26,000 people across 13 countries.

And there’s every reason to go full speed ahead, says Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Ørsted:

“We’re at a tipping point. Green energy has become cheaper than black, and the newly released Green Energy Barometer shows an overwhelming public support for a shift from black to green. We owe it to the planet and to future generations to transform our energy systems from black to green. And with the economics and public opinion now supporting a shift to renewable energy, there’s no reason not to speed up the transformation.”

Not just climate change – also a matter of growth and job creation

Concern about climate change is a major driver for support of green energy, with 69% globally being concerned about the impact of climate change. However, backing for renewables is also heavily rooted in a range of economic and societal benefits. More than seven in ten of those surveyed believe that it will boost economic growth and create new jobs if their respective countries were to build and produce more green energy.

An energy company taking action

The survey is released by the energy company Ørsted, headquartered in Denmark. Over the past ten years, the company has transformed from one of the most coal- and oil-intensive European utilities to the greenest energy company in Europe. By deciding to stop using coal, selling its oil and gas production and building the world’s largest offshore wind business, the company is today dedicated to green energy. During the last six years, Ørsted helped reduce the cost of offshore wind power by 63% and by 2023, it will have reduced its carbon emissions by 96% compared to 2006.

Download the full Green Energy Barometer here: orsted.com/barometer  
And join the conversation on social media: #takegreenaction

About the survey

Research was completed on behalf of Ørsted by Edelman Intelligence, a global insights and consultancy firm. Online interviews were conducted with controlled sample to ensure a nationally representative sample of the online population in each country surveyed. The respondents were segmented according to age, gender, country and income.

In total 26,401 interviews were conducted in 13 markets (Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA). More than 2,000 interviews were conducted in each country, and fieldwork was carried out from 28 July-1 September 2017.




Kansas City Chiefs “Go Nuts” Over a Compostable Peanut Bag

11.14.2017 - 12:00PM

Football season is in full swing and the Kansas City Chiefs are going the extra yard by scoring a major victory for the environment. Thanks to a collaboration between BASF, Aramark and Hampton Farms, Arrowhead Stadium will become the first-ever professional sports venue to sell a pre-packed compostable peanut bag. The compostable peanut bag is part of the Chiefs’ environmental initiative, “Extra Yard for the Environment,” which is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Chiefs, while also raising awareness for sustainability efforts at Arrowhead Stadium. Debuting at the November 26th game, the compostable peanut bag will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending, with the goal of expanding to other areas of Arrowhead Stadium following the pilot phase. Why the need for a compostable peanut bag? Snack food packaging comes in many different forms. With more than 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in concessions at Arrowhead Stadium each year, the Chiefs approached Aramark, the team’s general concessionaire, about finding ways to further advance the “Extra Yard for the Environment” program and Arrowhead’s waste-diversion methods. When it comes to selling peanuts, Aramark’s roots run deep. The company’s founder began selling peanuts out of his car in 1932, laying the foundation for what would eventually become snack vending. Aramark now sells more than 1.1 million bags of peanuts annually at sporting events and, once again, is playing a role in transforming how peanuts are sold. “With peanuts being among the best-selling snack foods at sports events, the introduction of this compostable peanut bag is a potential game-changer,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “As the Chiefs partner and a food and beverage services industry leader, we’re proud to be at the forefront of driving innovative solutions that decrease our environmental impact and enhance the game day experience.” The development process. To tackle this challenge, Aramark asked BASF to draw up a game plan to divert peanut bags from the landfill. Working with Hampton Farms, they converted all parties of the supply chain, from the packaging converter to composter, to deliver a compostable peanut bag for Arrowhead Stadium. As part of the 18-month developmental process, BASF worked with Missouri Organic Recycling to test packaging prototypes to ensure that the final product meets Missouri Organic’s stringent composting guidelines for quality and safety. The end product is the first-of-its-kind commercially available peanut bag to be made from BASF’s certified compostable ecovio® biopolymer and Epotal® adhesive. “Over the past few years we have put an increased focus on our sustainability program, Extra Yard for the Environment, and have worked to find new, innovative ways to reduce our organization’s carbon footprint,” said Chiefs Vice President of Stadium Operations Brandon Hamilton. “We have received tremendous support from our partners, such as Aramark, and have been fortunate to work with people and organizations like BASF and Hampton Farms who are dedicated to helping us meet our goals. We are excited to unveil this product, as we believe it will have a positive impact on our efforts in Arrowhead Stadium and will also spread to other venues to make a positive change within the industry.” “As the largest roaster of peanuts for the sports and entertainment i[...]



2nd Berlin ESG Investments & Green Finance Forum 2017

11.14.2017 - 08:00AM

2nd Berlin ESG Investments & Green Finance Forum 2017. Connecting Green Finance with Sustainable Brands  Topic: "ESG Investments in Digitalization, Clean Energy & Sustainable Brands as Growth Drivers towards a Low Carbon Economy". Forum dedicated Website: http://sustainabilityforum.de  

Berlin 14.11.2017 - Location: IBB, Conference Center, Bundesallee 210,10719, Berlin

Forum Metrics: 16 int. speakers from 7 countries (Germany, USA, UK, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Greece) & 10 partners  

FORUM PROGRAM - AGENDA: Speeches - Panels: 16.00 - 20.00. Networking Reception: 20.00 - 21.30 

- 15.30 - 16.00: Registration- Warming Up  

- 16.00- 16.10: Welcome / Introductory Remarks: Volker Weber, President, FNG,  & Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH   

16.10 - 17.10: 1st Panel: ESG Sustainable Investments & Green Finance Trends Panel with Q & A 

Panels Moderator: Detlev Glow, Head of EMEA Research, Thomson Reuters Lipper   

Panel Speakers: 

  • Kristina Jeromin, Head of Group Sustainability, Deutsche Börse (Germany) 

  • Claudia Tober, Managing Director, FNG Forum (Germany) 

  • Marius Cara, D. Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank (Luxemburg)  

  • Kostis Tselenis, Head of Investments, Quadia (Switzerland)

  • Jean-Florent, Head of FI Business Development, Trucost (S&P Dow Jones Indices)

  • Greg Lowe, Global Head of Resilience & Sustainability, AON (UK) 

17.10 - 17.25: 1st Keynote Speech: Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain Group, Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH (CEO, CCG GmbH) on the "Future of ESG Responsible Investments & Green Finance. From Theory to Praxis. A disruptive Approach" 

17.25 - 17.40: 2nd Keynote Speech: Claudia Tober, Managing Director, FNG on "ESG Responsible Investments Market Trends in Germany & DACH Region"  

17.40 - 18.40 - 2nd Connecting ESG Investments & Green Finance with Sustainable Brands Panel with Q & A 

Panel speakers:

  • Dr. Maja Göpel, General Secretary, German Advisory Council on Global Change - Scientific Council of the Federal Government of Germany 

  • Christian Pech, Director IBB & Regional Chairman IBF 

  • Peter Koegler,  Director Corporate & Ecosystem Finance, Conservation International  

  • March Weissberger, CFO, Climate KIC 

  • Markus Schwaniger, CFO, Ecoligo GmbH  

18.40 - 18.50: Closing speech: Marius Cara, Deputy Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank (Luxemburg)  

18.50 - 19.00: Sum up + Conclusions  

19.00 onwards: Networking Reception with Buffett  

For further information or for registration of journalists, media, diplomats, public servants, please contact and register for free under:
international.affairs@globalsustain.org




American Apparel Launches New Pencils of Promise Collection to Support Literacy in Developing Countries

11.14.2017 - 08:00AM

American Apparel has launched a capsule collection  of hoodies, t-shirts and bags in support of Pencils of Promise (POP) to fund the construction of schools and provide support for teachers in developing nations. POP is a US-based not-for-profit organization that works to increase access to education and raise global awareness of child illiteracy as there are 250 million children worldwide who lack basic reading, writing and math skills. “We are a proud supporter of Pencils of Promise, who have already helped over 70,000 students to gain access to quality education through infrastructure projects and literacy programming,” said Mike Hoffman, President, Gildan’s Printwear division, owner of the American Apparel® brand. “As the surest path out of poverty, education opens up possibilities for these children to move towards a better life and a more hopeful future. It is one of the most powerful weapons that we can use to change the world.” With the message ‘250 million kids can’t read this’, American Apparel’s new capsule collection represents a commitment of U.S. $200,000 to build new educational infrastructure, improve classroom environments and provide support for teachers. The goal of this initiative is to foster a conversation around the need for better quality education, inciting consumers to take a position on child literacy and become passionate about increasing children’s opportunities for a brighter future. The collaboration between American Apparel and Pencils of Promise is designed to raise awareness and support for child literacy, inspiring generations of globally conscious and impact-oriented consumers to help students in developing countries have the same access to quality education that they received.  About Gildan Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, American Apparel®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds®, and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands. Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in [...]



SC Johnson Korea Named Best Workplace for the 1st Time

11.13.2017 - 04:30PM

SC Johnson announced today that the Great Place to Work® Institute has recognized SC Johnson Korea as one of the 35 Best Workplaces in Korea. This is the first time SC Johnson Korea has been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list. The award and placement in the rankings is attributed to high scores in the Trust Index and the Employee Feedback section of the Institute’s assessment.

“This achievement underscores the hard work of the SC Johnson Korea team and their dedication to living our values,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are proud of this honor and congratulate the team on being ranked for the first time.”

The Korea team joins SC Johnson Venezuela, France, Germany, Poland, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Central America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Australia, Brazil and Rio on the 2017 list of Best Workplaces. Regional Best Workplace awards for the company’s Europe and Latin America operations have also been announced this year.

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

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and in 2017 received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

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About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com




10th Annual Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

11.13.2017 - 02:00PM

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's Film Festival is the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. The 2018 Film Festival—the tenth annual—is presented by Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC); winners will be honored at the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, being held April 8-10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Film Festival is open to all companies regardless of size or location. To participate, an organization is asked to submit a short film depicting one or more aspects of a recent corporate citizenship initiative. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 450 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured breakthroughs in environmental sustainability, partnerships in STEM education, and the first medical drone delivery system. IMPORTANT 2018 FILM FESTIVAL INFORMATION Submission period: Films, in the form of video uploads, will be accepted November 13, 2017 to January 19, 2018. Eligibility—All companies are eligible to participate regardless of size or location, including both members and non-members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Entry for Center members is FREE; the entry fee for non-members is $1,500. Length and File Format—Films are required to be less than three minutes in length and submitted in one of the following formats: .AVI, .FLV, .MP4, .MPG, .MOV, .FLV, .WMV Categories—Winners are awarded in the following categories: Small Company (1 - 5,000 employees*) Medium Company (5,000 - 30,000 employees*) Large Company (30,000+ employees*) Fan Favorite Best in Show * We define employee as a person your company employs for wages or salary; this includes Full-Time employees, Part-Time employees, Temporary employees, and Independent Contractors or Freelancers. Public voting: Open to the general public, voting will take place online through the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship website from January 29 through February 19, 2018. All submissions will be narrowed down to the field down to nine finalists, three per size category; public voting determines the Fan Favorite winner. Judging: The finalists will be reviewed by a panel of judges to choose a winner of each size category, as well as the Best in Show winner. Judging is based on content and storytelling, production quality, and alignment with the participating company’s overall corporate citizenship objectives. Winner announced: Winners will be announced on April 8, during the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, which is being held on April 8-10, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Finalists must be present to win. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:Click here to submit your film to the 2018 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.QUESTIONS:If you have questions, please email filmfestival@bc.edu.ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIPThe Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals maximize business and social value through tools and knowledge enabling them to achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on the community of professionals, original research, and resources of the Bo[...]



25% Discount to Companies Vs Climate Change; Miami 11/29-12/1

11.13.2017 - 10:00AM

Two weeks left…Register Today!Companies Vs Climate Change: USAUse 25% discount code P100CSE when registering on the website. Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017 Hyatt Regency Miami “The B2B Climate Solutions Event” Register: www.solveclimatechange.com Contact: jason@solveclimatechange.com  Speakers from: TD Bank, Walmart, Nikola Motor Company, Mars, Autodesk, Ingersoll Rand, NSF, Wyndham Worldwide, GM, Renewable Choice Energy, Helly Hansen, Smithfield Foods, Trucost, Danone, Interface, DSM, Walgreens, Ford, Rainforest Alliance, Biogen, Bechtel and AMD. Here are some of the featured speakers… Emerging Technologies, Advanced Fuels Strategies & Implementation for The Transportation Industry. Scott Perry Chief Operating Officer, Nikola Motor Company Walmart’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and Project Gigaton Zach Freeze Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, Walmart Sustainable Supply Chain Panel Moderator: Joe Berman Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Senior Consultant Arcadis Panelists: Michelle Albanese Manager Corporate Responsibility TD Bank  Alex Morgan Global Director, Markets Transformation Rainforest Alliance Science-based Targets: Not All Climate Goals Are Created Equal Justin Murrill Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability, AMDNicole LabutongTechnical Manager, CDP  Johanna Jobin Director, Global EHS & Sustainability Biogen GM'S Renewable Energy Efforts and The RE100 Rob Threlkeld Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General MotorsDriving Large-Scale Initiatives That Positively Impact Our Environment John Kotlarczyk, Jr. Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens Susan Lorenz-Fisher Director of Sustainability, AmerisourceBergen Kevin Flood, CEO, The Astor Company  Panel: Communicating Climate Change Moderator:Kristina JossSenior Sustainability Consultant, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP  Panelists:Lisa ManleySr Director, Sustainability, Engagement & Partnerships  Christine Needles Senior Director, Global Communications & PR Interface  Hugh Welsh President, General Counsel & Secretary DSM North America Actions Being Taken By Ford To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Emitted From Products, Operations, Supply Chain And Future Business Models Mary A. Wroten, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company CSR: A Change Agent For GoodFaith TaylorSVP CSR/Sustainability, Wyndham Worldwide[...]



Cutting-Edge Business Performance Metrics Revealed at Sustainable Brands New Metrics ‘17

11.13.2017 - 09:00AM

Members of the Sustainable Brands® community gather in Philadelphia to kick off the 7th annual New Metrics conference. More than 300 global senior executives are convening today through Nov 15th to unveil cutting-edge corporate practices that will enable brands to identify and measure entirely new forms of business risk and value. New Metrics ’17 hosts more than 100 influential speakers sharing tools, advanced frameworks and case studies around quantifying environmental and social impacts and tying them to financial and business value. The event kicks off Monday with a series of orientation Boot Camps, one for each of the 4 tracks of content: Finance & Investor Relations, HR & Employee Engagement, Strategy & Operations and Supply Chain Management.   Compelling initiatives and leading-edge business strategies presented at New Metrics ‘17 include: Kevin Moss, Global Director of the Business Center at World Resources Institute, offers a thought-provoking analysis of the threats of growing consumption of material goods and shares innovative business models that can scale in a resource-constrained world. Cynthia Figge, CEO and Co-founder of CSRHub and EKOS International, reveals new insights on the relationship between ESG disclosure and performance and demonstrates how Bloomberg’s first ESG app can help analyze corporate sustainability performance. John Schulz, Director of Sustainability Integration at AT&T, discusses AT&T’s ambitious net positive goal – the so-called “10x” goal that will enable carbon savings for its customers that is 10 times the footprint of its own operations by 2025. Kellem Emanuele, Director of Attego ESG Impact Solutions, introduces The Trust Index, a new tool that measures the presence or absence of trust and tracks changes based on the degree to which social media is positive or negative over time. Geoff Kendall, CEO and Co-Founder of Future-Fit Foundation, reveals a brand-new tool: a rigorous yet practical new standard for science-based goal-setting and a performance guide for companies that want to flourish while still adding to the wellbeing of society. Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor and Stakeholder Outreach Lead at SASB, explores the evolution of investors’ sentiments about sustainability and share the latest developments in SASB’s growing ecosystem. Ricardo Caceres, Co-Leader of the Practice of Purpose Project, and Omar Rodriguez-Vila, Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, share the new Practice of Purpose report, set to identify the differences between traditional marketing and marketing based on social purpose. EcoAct leads a lunch presentation on how carbon neutrality is being applied in new and innovative ways to incentivize clean development. “We are excited to see New Metrics leadership continue to mature across a number of critical business functions, with fantastic applications in Sustainability, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Human Resources, among others.” states Dimitar Vlahov, Director of Content at Sustainable Brands. “While we recognize the adoption of New Metrics is still in its early days, we are proud to be evolving this field together with the thought leaders and leading practitioners we have with us this week.” In addition to the regular program[...]



The Most In-Depth EHS & Sustainability Staffing Research Available

11.13.2017 - 08:00AM

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will find The National Association of Environmental Management’s (NAEM) EHS & Sustainability Staffing, Structure and Budgets report extremely valuable.

As the leading professional association for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers, NAEM been collecting benchmarking data on the scope and organizational design of the EHS & Sustainability staffing structure since 2004.

NAEM developed the EHS & Sustainability Staffing, Structure and Budgets report to meet the needs of those who are responsible for designing EHS&S functions, creating staffing plans and establishing annual EHS&S budgets. This report provides in-depth data from more than 190 companies from across industry sectors to inform decisions on:

  • Reorganizing after a merger or acquisition

  • Evaluating your staffing levels relative to your company’s revenue, headcount and level of organizational risk

  • Assigning responsibilities across your EHS&S organization

  • Understanding how to integrate EHS&S into your company’s operations

  • Setting salaries for EHS&S leaders

  • Establishing annual budgets

NAEM's EHS & Sustainability Staffing, Structure and Budgets report allows you to benchmark your company's function based on industry, revenue, head count and risk profile. It also provides detailed information on the scope of EHS responsibilities, including the areas where the function is most often collaborative and the relationship between EHS and sustainability within companies today. The report features more than 60 charts on:

  • Organizational design

  • Reporting structures

  • Budgets

  • Staffing

  • Key roles and responsibilities

To learn more or to purchase a copy today, please visit EHSStaffingreport.org.







Consumers Energy Receives Perfect Score in National Corporate Equality Index

11.10.2017 - 03:00PM

Consumers Energy has received a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Consumers Energy was one of 14 Michigan companies with a 100 percent score on the annual survey. It was also one of 17 energy providers in the U.S. to receive top marks.

“We are proud as a company to stand for diversity and inclusion in our workplace,” said Angela Thompkins, Consumers Energy’s diversity and inclusion director. “We are committed to having employees who reflect the Michigan communities we serve, and we serve our communities better by drawing on their diverse perspectives.”

Consumers Energy has taken steps to create a more inclusive environment in recent years. Those include offering benefits for eligible same-sex couples and gender transition coverage.

The energy provider also created the Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy, a resource group for LGBTQ employees. “When we started PACE, we wanted to create a welcoming environment both inside the company and in the communities we serve,” said Luis Saenz, the resource group’s chair.

Consumers Energy this year also supported the effort to enact a non-discrimination ordinance in its hometown of Jackson. The ordinance provides housing, employment and public assistance protection for members of the LGBTQ community.

Thompkins said the company will continue working to be even more inclusive.

 “We are excited to receive a perfect score from the Corporate Equality Index, but our work doesn’t stop now,” Thompkins said. “Diversity and inclusion make up a destination that we always will strive to reach.”

In all, 609 businesses across the U.S. earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, go to http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index.

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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For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com










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 www.inta.org/2017berlin.







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: https://goo.gl/Ry6kS4































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: https://goo.gl/2CZ7mH













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: http://bit.ly/2uyfAtd




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/food-forward




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/citizens-awards-1




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! https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/promoting-resilience-and-cross-sector-collaboration-sustainable-future




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/2017-circular-economy-summit.




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/peek-under-package-disruptive-technology-innovations-changing-future-sustainable-packaging




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/us-india-csr-symposium-making-economies-work-women-and-youth.




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: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/2017-womens-empowerment-principles-forum




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.  http://sbshare.co/2ltbNtu




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: http://instituteforcsr.org/




CSR/ESG/Sustainability Reporting Training GRI G4, CDP, SASB - Indianapolis

01.10.2017 - 09:30AM

Join KERAMIDA in Indianapolis the week of February 20, 2017 for lively, expert-led courses in three of the most prominent disclosure approaches:

  • one-day course in the sector-specific, investor-facing Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Standards ($600 - Feb 20)

  • two-day, certified-content Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 course ($1200 - Feb 21&22, participant receives GRI certificate)

  • one-day, certified-content course on CDP’s climate disclosure guidelines ($600 - Feb 23, participant receives CDP certificate)

We are also offering a one-day course on how to link your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to your sustainability reporting functions ($600 - Feb 24). Choose the training combination that best suits your disclosure needs.

Please visit https://docs.google.com/a/csrwire.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2wWqxvgRFoVYIsgd86M0RJAYIQp8Csr4Hi1TVIDvTvx9NiA/viewform?c=0&w=1 to register and for more information including discounts available for groups and for combining courses.




Health Means Business National Summit and Healthy10 Awards

01.05.2017 - 10:10AM

In every American community, businesses have the ability to shape discussions and influence community health. Improving community wellness isn't just for health care companies. And it isn't just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. We believe that every business can play a leadership role in bolstering the health of their customers, their communities, and our current and future workforce.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce, has made creating a healthy workforce and healthy communities a top priority through the Health Means Business campaign. We’re bringing together businesses of all sizes, and their cross-sector partners, to become a powerful force for societal change. What began as a dialogue has become a call-to-action.

The Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign will host the first National Summit and Healthy10 Awards on February 15—16, 2017 in Washington D.C. The National Summit will bring together some of the most innovative businesses at the forefront of the health movement.

Register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/health-means-business-national-summit-and-healthy10-awards




GreenBiz 17

11.11.2016 - 12:59PM

Join the world’s most influential sustainability leaders at GreenBiz 17 (Feb. 14-16 in Phoenix, AZ). This annual forum convenes more than 800 corporate executives, NGOs, academics and public officials to explore the critical challenges, trends and opportunities in sustainable business today — and tomorrow. Join us this winter for inspiring, actionable ideas to help your organization achieve and exceed its sustainability goals. Save 10% on registration with discount code GB173BL here: http://grn.bz/gb173bl