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Tetra Pak Index - The Convergence of Health and Environment

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Tetra Pak has revealed the findings from a global research study in partnership with Ipsos on the two most pressing consumer demands: the environment and health. They have historically been seen, and communicated, as separate areas: however they are increasingly converging, creating pivotal opportunities for food and beverage (F&B) brands in how they market their products over the next 12 months.

With two thirds of consumers now believing that we are reaching an environmental tipping point, consumers overwhelmingly see themselves as being directly responsible for the world around them, and for their own health. With environmental issues becoming more evident in daily life, their concerns about the impact on their health is also growing. Nearly 60% of consumers now believe that their health and well-being are strongly affected by environmental problems.

As one of the only industries that can connect the environment at a personal level to the individual, by also talking about health, F&B  brands have an opportunity to drive change through the way they communicate with their consumers on these topics, to meet this growing and pressing need.

Consumer concerns and priorities

The more concerned about the environment consumers become, the more health-conscious they become too. Mental health is now considered equal to physical health: 67% of consumers agree that it is a major concern for society, with stress considered the most concerning from a personal perspective.

To support brands with navigating this journey, the Tetra Pak Index 2019 reveals six new segments of consumers, each with their own attitudes around both health and the environment. Each group presents clear opportunities for targeted products and messaging for F&B brands, in embracing the convergence of these topics:

Active ambassadors: high engagement in all aspects of health and environment, willing to take action, challenge boundaries and influence others. 

  • Look to fact-based sources such as scientists and academics, as well as NGOs for advice on the environment.

Planet friends: willing to take action about the environment with  high engagement on most aspects of health, but less inclined to challenge boundaries.

  • Engaged and willing to take action about the environment. High engagement also on most aspects of health, especially for peace of mind.

Health conscious: aware and engaged about the environment, but prioritise health over the planet. Prepared to pay more and sacrifice convenience for healthy products. 

  • Depend heavily on social media and other online sources.

Followers: engaged enough with health and environmental issues to feel guilty about both, but not inclined to change behaviour or try new things.

  • Sizeable mainstream cohort with interesting potential, want to know more and be persuaded and energised to act. Look to TV/radio more than the average.

Laggards: lack of knowledge and interest in all aspects of health and the environment. Sceptical about technology and change.

  • Look to their own personal, real world networks, particularly towards friends and family.

Sceptics: Aware of environmental issues, but inclined to decline them as “fake news”; “traditional” views on food and health.

  • One in five Sceptics say they don’t take advice on the environment from any media channel.

Market Differences

While the intersection of personal and planet health is generally on the rise globally, the level of maturity varies between countries.

In Brazil, consumers are more interested in eco-branded and natural products, marked with health, beauty and sustainable benefits alike. The environment holds a vital place in Brazilian culture, due to the vast scale and biodiversity of nature here.

For the UK, it’s younger consumers in particular who are connecting food, health and the environment, with many seeking to explore different diets: flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan. Consequently there are many Planet friends here (+14%).

China cites air pollution as the number one consumer concern for both health and the environment (50% and 70%). As such, there is an over index of Health conscious consumers here (+14%).

Individual responsibility is rising

Environment is the number one global concern, and urgency is growing. Consumers are therefore making more informed choices over packaging, they are looking for environmental information in labelling and are purchasing environmentally-sound products even if they cost more. Food and beverage is a key catalyst here. The number one change ambition for both health and environmental reasons is greater consumption of environmentally-sound food and beverage products. Consumers now overwhelmingly see themselves as being the most responsible for both the environment and their own health, with little difference between the two (71% and 74% respectively), followed by government and politicians, while brands and retailers feature much lower down. Packaging and recyclability specifically are critical.

Gisele Gurgel, Director Business Insights and Analytics Tetra Pak, said: “Food and beverage is perhaps the first industry to see the emerging trend for convergence of health and environment. It provides a new opportunity for brands to make a powerful, purposeful and personal connection with consumers by addressing and communicating both at the same time.

“Many consumers are eager to read and learn more about the environment, including package-related topics (39%) particularly via social networks. In particular, the sweet spot is natural/organic products; no additives, and seasonal also rate highly in this regard. In terms of categories, 100% fruit juice, white milk, packaged water, coconut water and plant-based drinks are the most compelling.”

Lena Gilchrist, Client Director, Ipsos, said: “This research project was unique in how it combined the two areas of health and environment and how we have segmented consumers based on the convergence between the two. The six segments have different drivers and barriers, and they trust different sources for information. The implication is that a tailored approach is needed to communicate with the different consumer groups. While some search fact-based information from scientists, others rely on input from friends and social media.”

Fair Trade Certified Produce Sales Up 30 Percent

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Fair Trade USA®, the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America, reports significant growth in its produce category, evidenced by a 30 percent increase in produce sales volume in 2018. The growing fair trade produce program will be showcased at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo (booth #2511), October 17–19, 2019.

New Products

Growth in the produce category included the introduction of eight new Fair Trade Certified™ products, half of which are from farms in the United States.  Joining the already 60+ certified products, newly-certified fruits and vegetables include:

  • Lemons and limes (Mexico)

  • Papayas (Mexico)

  • Mangos (Brazil)

  • Artichokes (USA)

  • Brussels sprouts (USA)

  • Grapes (USA)

  • Blueberries (USA, Canada)

Growing Impact through Community Development Funds

As a result of Fair Trade Certified sales in 2018, produce farmers and workers earned nearly 8 million in Community Development Funds, providing significant funding to farmers, workers, and their communities in 12 countries.  Premiums paid by businesses for every Fair Trade Certified sale go directly into a Community Development Fund to support democratically-chosen projects in areas such as infrastructure development, productivity, education, health, and safety.

“It’s not just issues on the farm, there are structural deficiencies in Baja,” said John Erb, VP of Social and Environmental Impact at Driscoll’s. “Bringing that extra [fair trade] premium to workers to help address some of those community issues is more than we could do from just implementing our own standards on the ranches.”

Producer Support Workshops

To support newly-certified producers, deep-dive into certification criteria, and build tools for workplace challenges, as well as explore practical uses of the community development fund, Fair Trade USA’s producer services team held a series of four regional workshops in Latin America. Now in its fourth year, more than 200 producers from nine countries (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and the US) participated in this program and were able to build community and share experiences with other fair trade producers. Two regional workshops were also held for Fair Trade Committees to share challenges and successes around community needs assessments and community development projects.

Certification Support Across the Supply Chain

Fair Trade USA works with brands and retailers of all sizes to support growers and farmworkers throughout the world through compliance with social, economic, environmental, and safety standards. The fair trade certification provides a framework through the application of the Agricultural Production Standard that helps farms meet and exceed the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh’s Ethical Charter.  Its field operations team is well prepared to help brands, growers, and producers operationalize the Ethical Charter while working toward fair trade certification, which is the most widely recognized social responsibility seal by consumers in the US market at 63 percent consumer recognition.

“We continue to be encouraged by the brands and retailers that are dramatically increasing their support for farmworkers through fair trade certification,” said Nathalie Marin-Gest, Head of Fresh Goods at Fair Trade USA. “They have realized that it’s more than just a CSR move, it's an important investment in their infrastructure and supply chains, further supporting farms in their efforts to retain and attract employees.”

Meetings at Fresh Summit 2019

Representatives from Fair Trade USA are available for meetings at the PMA Fresh Summit. Visit booth #2511 or reach out to Nancy Walker to schedule a meeting.

Nancy Walker, Produce & Floral nwalker@fairtradeusa.org Fair Trade USA Katie Schneider, Communications pr@fairtradeusa.org Fair Trade USA

Major Environmental Groups Call on Businesses to Lead on Climate Policy

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Eleven leading environmental and sustainable business organizations published an open letter in the New York Times today, urging the CEOs of Corporate America to step up their engagement on climate policy. Signatories include the heads of BSR, C2ES, CDP, Ceres, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, The Climate Group, The Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund.

In the letter, the organizations call on businesses to adopt a science-based climate policy agenda that is aligned with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The letter highlights three essential actions for businesses to execute this agenda:

  1. Advocate for policies at the national, subnational and/or sectoral level that are consistent with achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
  2. Align their trade associations’ climate policy advocacy to be consistent with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050; and
  3. Allocate advocacy spending to advance climate policies, not obstruct them.

Additionally, the signatories call for “robust disclosure of the above actions to ensure transparency and demonstrate leadership, as well as strong corporate governance to enable sustained, strategic and effective engagement in climate policy.”

The recommended actions follow a statement from 200 institutional investors, with a combined $6.5 trillion in assets under management, who recently called on publicly traded corporations to align their climate lobbying with the goals of the Paris Agreement. They also build on momentum from the U.N. Global Climate Action Summit in September, when many companies announced ambitious commitments to reduce their emissions to net zero by 2050 and unprecedented global youth strikes demanded accountability from business leaders.

Further, the groups’ call for corporate leadership on climate policy is in line with the goals of upcoming Santiago Climate Change Conference (COP 25), which will focus on increasing ambitious actions to tackle climate change.

The following are statements from the nonprofit groups endorsing the recommendations:

“Business is already making strides in reducing emissions and strengthening resilience to climate impacts along their value chains. But to achieve the truly transformational changes needed to address the climate crisis, governments must also act with urgency. We need more companies to align their policy and advocacy agendas with their commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. This ambition loop will enable further process with the urgency that’s needed. We look forward to working with our member companies to develop these agendas as part of their commitment to climate action.” — Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

“Companies from every corner of our economy are reducing emissions, engaging their supply chains, improving efficiency, and adopting innovative sustainability practices to meet the challenges posed by climate change. They are a powerful and indispensable voice to build common ground for action, with the unique ability to bring policymakers to the table behind their shared interest in developing policies that address climate change and enable economic growth.” — Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

“In forging the path towards a climate conscious future, businesses must lead by example—starting with robust disclosure and setting science-based targets for their operations and supply chains. But for the whole system to change at the needed pace and scale, policy makers need to step up as well. Advocating for science-based policy is a crucial way that leading companies can help shift the needle on government action.” — Bruno Sarda, President, CDP North America

“Corporate leaders are vital and influential advocates for advancing strong climate and clean energy policy. Companies in the Ceres BICEP Network have been making the business case for policy action for the past decade because they understand the financial risks that the climate crisis poses to businesses, the economy and communities—and they know that inaction is not an option. Given the scope and scale of the crisis, we need all corporate leaders to demand comprehensive science-based policy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.” — Mindy Lubber, CEO and President, Ceres

“We will not be able to solve the climate catastrophe without decisive leadership from corporations. Yet our own peer-reviewed research found that the world’s largest companies are collectively underestimating and underreporting the financial implications of climate risks to their investors- sometimes by more than 100 times. Businesses must take bold steps to ensure that their actions and influence address this new reality of our planet.  It’s time to seize the opportunity to shape public policy that drives us to a net-zero carbon future as soon as possible for the sake of our economy and humanity.” — Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

“There’s a new reality for CEOs today: employees, customers and investors alike expect business leaders to go beyond rhetoric and take meaningful action on climate change. In fact, more than 90% of executives surveyed for a new EDF study believe that consumers will increasingly hold businesses accountable for their environmental impact. CEOs need to reduce climate pollution within their own company operations, and they also need to unleash the most powerful tool they have to fight climate change: their political influence. Corporate voices matter to Congress, but the vast majority of businesses have been silent on the need for climate policy, or even opposed to it. Now is the time to reverse that trend.” — Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

“As we enter the 2020’s - a critical climate decade - we urge all businesses in the U.S. to lead the way in calling for robust science-based climate policies. Our work with over 300 of the world’s largest businesses in more than 140 markets show the power of collective corporate action in shifting markets and shaping policies to advance the transition to renewable energy, electric vehicles and increased energy productivity. But time is running out. The world desperately needs more action - and businesses can and must provide bold leadership to advance science-based climate policies to help secure a safe and prosperous future, for all.” — Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, North America, The Climate Group

“We need large-scale, urgent action to address our world’s climate challenges, and we won’t get there without bold partners in the business sector. While companies are making progress in reducing emissions within their own operations, they also have the power to drive policy changes that align business interests with smart climate policy. We applaud those who have stepped forward already, and we ask others to follow their lead in lending their influence and resources to advancing science-based climate policy, not just for the planet, but as a smart investment in our nation’s long-term economic future.” — Sally Jewell, Interim CEO, The Nature Conservancy

“Scientists have made it clear we need to reach net-zero by midcentury to avoid devastating climate impacts—and we won’t get there unless we slash emissions quickly. Growing corporate climate commitments are a necessary start, but they are no substitute for moving the federal government to address this problem. Today we are setting a clear expectation that good corporate citizenship means strong advocacy for climate solutions.” — Kenneth Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

“Nearly seven hundred corporations have committed to setting aggressive, science-based emission reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement. By choosing this route, rather than being forced into it, these companies are demonstrating a deep knowledge of modern economics, recognizing that this benefits their bottom line. A natural next step that true corporate leaders are already leaning into is to align their science-based sustainability ambitions with vocal policy advocacy. A climate-forward policy environment will not only enable these companies to meet their commitments but will also ensure that others follow-their lead.” — Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

“Corporate voluntary science-based commitments have spurred progress and innovation. But alone they’re not enough. We need strong national policy and regulations to protect business and their customers from the greatest risks of climate change. And we need the voice of business to insist that our government leaders deliver the policies we need. It’s time for business to make this a policy priority - not only for their own government relations teams but also for the trade organizations that represent their interests.” — Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund, United States

Kimberly-Clark Receives 10th EPA SmartWay® Award, Marking 100M+ Gallons of Diesel Fuel Saved and Notable GHG Reductions

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Kimberly-Clark earned its 10th SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in environmentally responsible shipping.

By implementing SmartWay standards over the past decade, Kimberly-Clark has saved more than 100 million gallons of diesel fuel and reduced greenhouse gas emission by an estimated 1 million tons. The company announced in July that it had exceeded its global GHG reduction goals four years early and would double its goals by 2022.

SmartWay high performers are also evaluated by their integration of freight into their sustainability outreach, planning and progress. Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to enlisting their extensive network of carriers into the EPA program has been a hallmark of the company’s efforts and environmental impact.

With this recognition, Kimberly-Clark is ranked amongst the top 2% of all SmartWay shippers who meet or exceed the emissions and carrier selection standards EPA outlines for clean, efficient transportation.

Common Impact and Fidelity Investments Scale Impact Week to 9 Cities

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

 Common Impact, a nonprofit that pioneered corporate skills-based volunteering is collaborating with Fidelity Investments® to expand Impact Week, its 4th annual wide-scale flash consulting event where Fidelity Investments volunteers utilize their business expertise to support local nonprofit organizations in building capacity to serve their communities. This year, the initiative is one of the largest to-date, spanning across 9 regions and pairing nearly 500  Fidelity Investments volunteers and 85 nonprofit teams, resulting in an anticipated investment of close to $650,000

Fidelity Investments volunteers will address challenges across a variety of functional areas during Impact Week, including technology, marketing, communications, human resources, and operations at local nonprofits.

“Most nonprofits are woefully underfunded in critical areas such as operations, technology, stakeholder communications and human resources, which often comprise less than 2% of a organization’s budget,” said Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact. “Fidelity’s Impact Week injects the expertise and capacity that give nonprofits a roadmap to what’s possible and how to use their current resources to grow. At the same time, these nonprofits are building long term relationships with Fidelity and its employees.” 

Impact Week nonprofit partners have emphasized the tangible impact the event has had on their organizations. “We were so impressed with the efficiency, brilliance and focus of the tech teams and what they accomplished in such a short time,” said Miya King of The Budd Center, a Dallas-based organization that works to break the cycle of poverty. “Our partners are finding our services timely and easy to use, which ultimately brings us closer to the long-term systemic change we seek to create.”

Impact Week not only allows for a deeper investment in the community, but provides volunteers with the forum to further develop their expertise and collaborate across departments.

“Fidelity has long believed in the power of skills-based volunteering, “said Steve Neff, Head of Asset Management at Fidelity Investments.  “We consider it a key pillar of our community engagement model, as well as a critical experiential learning program for our associates.  When our employees and our nonprofit partners come together during Impact Week, there’s shared learning and a true partnership that’s formed.”

This year, Impact Week kicks off on Monday, October 21st in celebration of Pro Bono Week, an annual international holiday that celebrates the power of pro bono service.

About Common Impact
Common Impact is a national nonprofit that works to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. Founded in 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country's leading nonprofit organizations to create this transformational change through skills-based volunteering. Learn more about Common Impact's servicesimpact and clients.

About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $7.7 trillion, including managed assets of $2.8 trillion as of June 30, 2019, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 13,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for more than 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit https://www.fidelity.com/about.


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National Diversity Council to Kick Off Legal Diversity Week, Recognizing Top 50 Women Lawyers

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

The National Diversity Council (NDC) will kick off  Legal Diversity Week, announcing the 2019 Top 50 Women Lawyers on Tuesday, October 29 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis Houston. The breakfast will recognize and celebrate a distinctive list of female lawyers who mold and impact the legal industry with their insight and leadership.

 “The 2019 Top 50 Women Lawyers recognizes those that are changemakers working towards equity for all,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are proud of their leadership excellence and commitment to creating pathways for all women’s success.”

Registration and networking will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the keynote and Top 50 Women Lawyers Breakfast and Awards commencing at 8:30 a.m. Individual ticket cost is $299.00. Registration is currently ongoing and can be completed at: legaldiversityweek.org. To learn more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact dennis.kennedy@nationaldiversitycouncil.org

The 2019 Top 50 Women Lawyers Award is based on the following criteria:

  • Received a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional expertise.
  • Exemplifies a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity, and justice in client representations and professional collaborations.
  • Maintains a superior level of integrity and dignity across the full spectrum of legal dealings and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates commitment to helping other women succeed.

2019 Top 50 Women Lawyers

Christine B. LaFollette    
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Keri D. Brown    
Baker Botts

Connie Pfeiffer     
Beck, Redden & Secrest

Katharine D. David    
Brown McCarroll/Husch Blackwell

Sofia Adrogue     
Diamond McCarthy Taylor Finley Bryant & Lee

Jessica Glatzer Mason     
Gardere Wynne Sewell/ Foley & Lardner LLP 

Audrey F. Momanaee    
Gardere Wynne Sewell/ Foley & Lardner LLP 

Lynne Liberato     
Haynes and Boone

Jamila M. Brinson    
Jackson Walker

Kelly Harris     
Turner Jones Day

Karen A. Cox    
Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan

Carolyn Alford     
King & Spalding

Alicia F. Castro    
Locke Liddell & Sapp

Lauren Doughty    
Locke Liddell & Sapp 

Felicity A. Fowler   
McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore

Jennifer Turner     
Nichols Orgain, Bell & Tucker

Anna Lisa     
Garcia Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams

Katherine Garber    
Clark Hill Strasburger

Paula A. Galhardo    
Squire Patton Boggs

Lisa Houssiere     
McKool Smith

Lauren Varnado    
McKool Smith

Daria Russell    
Mattress firm

Trina Chandler     
Vinson & Elkins 

Taylor Imel    

Natalie Regoli    
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Ashley Nguyen    
Gibson Dunn

Laura Sutton    
Energy Transfer

Razwana Fazil 
Adam & Reese 

Jamila Mensah     
Norton Fullbright 

Debra Ibarra Mayfield
Enterprise Products

Holly Little     
Hill & Little PLLC

Kristen Golden    
Shell Oil Company

Mia Lorick    
Roberts Markel 
Weinberg Butler

Kimberly O'Neal    
State Farm 

Tammy Brennig    
Andrews & Kurth

Terra Mareck Cothran
Cothran Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals 

Juliet McBride     
King & Spalding

Tremaine Singleton  

About The National Diversity Council

A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  More information about the National Diversity Council is available at: www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

Media Contact: Kamaria Monmouth
Communications Specialist
National Diversity Council 


Black & Veatch Celebrates 20 Years of Employee Ownership

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Thousands of Black & Veatch professionals across the company’s global operations are marking the 20th anniversary of its shift to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – a major milestone in the company’s commitment to connecting its bottom-line performance to the satisfaction and success of its workforce. The celebration also coincides with National Employee Ownership Month in the United States, which highlights the benefits of employee ownership.

“Our success over the past 20 years demonstrates that when each of our professionals think and act like owners, they make smart decisions that drive our business forward, enrich their careers and sharpen our focus on doing the best work we can for our clients,” said Steve Edwards, Black & Veatch’s Chief Executive Officer. “As an employee-owned company, Black & Veatch returns 100 percent of its success to its employee-owners, so when the company does well, so do our professionals.”

Founded in 1915 by E.B. Black and N.T. Veatch, the company in 1956 announced the formation of a general partnership. Black & Veatch moved to an ESOP structure in 1999 followed by two decades of growth, technological innovation and industry leadership across the power, water and telecommunications infrastructure markets. This growth included the completion of projects in cities like Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore, along with top rankings from Engineering News-Record across its services.

“There has been a tremendous amount of societal change since we transitioned to an employee ownership culture,” reflected Tim Triplett, General Counsel for Black & Veatch. “Smartphones did not exist, renewable energy was often costly or inaccessible, and issues of water scarcity and climate adaptation were mostly conceptual versus drivers of sustainability efforts. Through all these changes, the constant has been an employee culture that has allowed us to navigate and thrive throughout periods of significant disruption within our traditional markets, as well as adapt to the new and emerging markets we serve.”

Earlier this year, the National Center for Employee Ownership – a non-profit information and research organization on all forms of broad-based employee ownership – ranked Black & Veatch the seventh-largest ESOP company in the United States and second among engineering and construction companies. The company completed its transition to a 100 percent ESOP ownership in 2015. 

Edwards added, “Growth and long-term value greatly depend on being able to recruit and retain top talent, and employee ownership gives us a competitive edge. With a global workforce topping 10,000, being able to offer employee-ownership benefits to our professionals outside the U.S. by adapting the benefits to country-specific laws and regulations is also critical to our long-term success.”

About Black & Veatch 
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

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United Way Launches Food Security Initiative in Peel Region

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Today, United Way Greater Toronto is announcing support to increase food security in Peel Region. Funded through a $1-million investment from General Mills, United Way will launch six Community Food System Grants in Mississauga and promote community education in a two-year food security initiative. This initiative is focused on going beyond the traditional food distribution model by connecting community agencies, residents and partners across the food system to increase access to food. It operates with the belief that your postal code should not be a deterrent to accessing the food that everyone needs to live a full and productive life.

Over 4 million Canadians — 1 in 8 households — experience food insecurity. That means that financial constraints are preventing families from accessing the food they need, potentially impacting their physical and mental health and well-being. Despite living in a place of abundance, the number of people visiting food banks in the GTA is increasing. The Mississauga Food Bank reports an 18 per cent increase in the number of residents accessing their network of food banks and meal programs in 2018.

Six new Community Food Systems Grants will connect Mississauga residents living in poverty with nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food:

  • Seva Food Bank, Fundamentals of Cooking Classes. These cooking classes in Seva’s new Malton-based Community Teaching Kitchen will bring together volunteers and chefs with families in need to show client families how to use all the nutritious items in the food bank to prepare healthy meals on a lean budget at home.

  • Ecosource, Deep Roots. This program will connect residents who experience barriers to food access with a network of ten community gardens across Mississauga to tailor gardens to local needs, lead food-based workshops and build the capacity of community partners to address emerging challenges.

  • WellFort Community Health Services, on behalf of a collaborative of organizations, Peel Food Action Council. The first of its kind in Peel Region, this Council will be a platform for coordinated action to improve community-level food security. It will work intentionally with community, public and private sectors across Peel to identify local food issues, understand the food environment, and map out actions to improve and address food access and security in Peel.

  • Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, Food Brings People Together. This program will create a toolkit to help newcomers and refugees in Sheridan access local food services and supports.

  • The Mississauga Food Bank, Matching Client Needs with Local Support. This program will build relationships with local grocery chains and discount outlets to donate surplus product for food bank network distribution.

  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women & Families, Nourishing CommunitiesThis community development organization offers food education, cooking techniques, food safety and handling workshops, and food demonstration and testing for newcomers and others who are experiencing low income in Malton, Hurontario and Dundas, and Dixie and Bloor areas.


Ruth Crammond, Vice President, Community Investment and Development, United Way Greater Toronto, “Access to appropriate, healthy, life-giving food is a universal right, and nevertheless, thousands of our neighbours across Peel Region go without. Food security is both an immediate and a systemic issue – and inextricably linked to poverty. The grant recipients will help families put food on the table in varied, creative, and dignified ways.

Mary Jane Melendez, President of the General Mills Foundation, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, “At General Mills, we believe in the power of food as a force for good in our communities. We are proud to work together with our longtime partners at United Way Greater Toronto to ensure everyone in our hometown community of Mississauga has affordable and reliable access to the food they need and prefer in order to thrive.”

Britt McKee, Executive Director, Ecosource, “At Ecosource, we believe achieving food security in Mississauga is possible through enhanced cooperation and innovation across all players in the food system. It is our collective responsibility to work together to address the complex barriers to food access residents face by implementing creative and culturally appropriate solutions that are specific to Mississauga. This generous support will allow us to strengthen collaboration among community agencies to achieve our shared vision of a city in which all residents have the food they need to thrive.”

The General Mills Food Security initiative is managed in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way.

About United Way: As the largest non-government funder of community services in the GTA, United Way Greater Toronto reinforces a crucial community safety net. United Way’s network of agencies and initiatives in neighbourhoods across Peel, Toronto and York Region works to ensure that everyone has access to the programs and services they need to thrive today. Mobilizing the network and other community support, United Way tackles #UNIGNORABLE issues linked to poverty. United Way’s work is rooted in ground-breaking research, strategic leadership, local advocacy and cross-sectoral partnerships committed to building lasting solutions to the GTA’s greatest challenges.

CONTACT Laura Quinn +1 (416) 557-8508 lquinn@uwgt.org Director, Communications, United Way Greater Toronto

How Can Indonesia Secure Progress in SDG Reporting?

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

GRI has signed a collaboration agreement with the Indonesian Government that commits to support and provide the reporting frameworks for the country’s commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marks the commitment of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) in promoting the contribution of the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The MoU recognizes that multi-stakeholder partnerships are required to accelerate progress on the SDGs, and it includes commitments to:

  • Promote SDG reporting by publicly listed companies by using the GRI Standards, and encouraging use of GRI’s freely available SDG reporting tools

  • Public and private sector engagement to raise awareness of the contribution companies can make to the SDGs and highlight sustainable business practices

Asthildur Hjaltadottir, GRI’s chief regional implementation officer, said:

“We welcome that the Indonesian Government recognizes the challenge presented by the SDGs, as demonstrated by this memorandum of understanding between GRI and BAPPENAS. With sustainability reporting increasingly becoming the norm in Indonesia, I believe GRI can support an acceleration in private sector engagement, which has a crucial role in securing progress towards sustainable development.

I am pleased the Indonesian Government has identified the need for widespread collaboration, as part of their SDGs National Action Plan. GRI looks forward to continuing to support Indonesian companies and institutions to understand their sustainability impacts and report their contributions for the SDGs.”

Notes to editors

GRI has an active presence and locally based staff in Indonesia, through the Corporate Sustainability and Reporting for Competitive Business program, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Bahasa Indonesian is one of the ten language translations available for the GRI Standards.

GRI and the UN Global Compact have produced the Business Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform.

In September GRI launched a new Regional Hub in Singapore, to manage services and support for companies and other stakeholders in the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes Indonesia.  

Time + Talent Podcast: A Podcast for Leaders of Volunteers

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

VolunteerPro and VolunteerMatch have teamed up to bring a new podcast into the field of volunteer administration: Time + Talent. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher and listen to the first two episodes of Season 1 at any time.

Both VolunteerMatch and VolunteerPro believe in supporting high quality, effective volunteer involvement strategies for nonprofits, but not much is shared globally about what’s new and what’s working. The podcast offers an uplifting and insightful look at volunteer coordination in today’s world, focusing on emerging and highly successful leaders and tactics, with a dose of fun and irreverence thrown in.

“Through this partnership, we hope to shine a light on the bright spots in our field,” said Tobi Johnson, founder and CEO Of VolunteerPro. “People are doing amazing and innovative things to involve communities in change. We will share promising practices and feature fresh topics that can help us elevate the field we love to its rightful place as a key strategy for nonprofit success.”

Tobi Johnson of VolunteerPro and Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch co-host the show. The goal is to produce an entertaining show that inspires, enlightens, and promotes bold advancements in the field of volunteerism.

It will feature interviews with nonprofit change agents, focusing on their personal journey – how they got started, what sparked the need for change, how they brought about transformations in people and processes, and what they recommend to others who want to take the leap, too.

For more information: timeandtalentpod.com

About VolunteerMatch: VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the web's largest volunteer engagement network, serving over 120,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners, and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $12 billion worth of volunteer services.

About VolunteerProVolunteerPro is the leading provider of online volunteer management tools & training, coaching, and community. The organization was founded by Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA, an expert and master trainer in volunteer engagement and president of Tobi Johnson & Associates. Tobi wrote Chapter 1 of Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World, published by Jossey-Bass in 2015.

Contact: Tobi Johnson
VolunteerPro President & Founder
Web: https://volpro.net/
Phone: +1-206-799-9038

Contact: Jennifer Bennett
VolunteerMatch Education & Training Senior Manager
Web: https://learn.volunteermatch.org/
Phone: +1-415-321-3639

National Diversity Council to Host Top 50 General Counsel Dinner, Featuring Former U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder for Legal Diversity Week

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

The National Diversity Council (NDC) will host a top 50 general counsel dinner, featuring former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, who served from 2009-2015 under the Obama Administration. The 2019 top 50 general counsel, a distinctive list of executives, partners and professionals who impact the legal  industry will also be honored. This event will take place during NDC’s legal diversity week, at the Marriott Marquis Houston on Wednesday, October 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

“We are honored to have Eric Holder service as the keynote speaker for our top 50 general counsel dinner,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and board chairman of the National Diversity Council. “We look forward to recognizing top general counsel executives, partners and professionals that are inspiring others and molding the future of the legal industry.”

Registration and networking will begin at 7:00 p.m., with dinner commencing at  7:30 p.m. Individual ticket cost is $299.00. Registration is currently ongoing and can be completed at: legaldiversityweek.org. To learn more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact dennis.kennedy@nationaldiversitycouncil.org. 

The 2019 Top 50 General Counsel Award is based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, Vice President or Associate General Counsel

  • Demonstrates achievements across the full spectrum of in-house responsibility

  • Performs above and beyond the usual requirements of his or her professional capability

  • Shows commitment to diversity and community well-being

  • Displays high integrity and ethical behavior

 2019 Top 50 General Counsel 

Abel Martinez

Group Vice

President of Partner 

Relations, Risk Solutions and 

Government Affairs


Al Flores

General Counsel

Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen

And Jimmy Changas

Amy Benya

Assistant General Counsel 

Aldine ISD

Andrea McHenry

Associate General Counsel


Ba Nguyen

Assistant General Counsel

C&J Energy Services

Cathy Konwisarz

Assistant General Counsel

Marathon Oil 

Chris Johnsen



Clay Allen

Associate General Counsel

Houston Rockets

David Cooke

General Counsel

ARM Energy Holdings

David Francis 

Assistant General Counsel

Kirby Corporation

Dona Cornell 

Vice Chancellor for Legal 

Affairs and General Counsel

University of Houston

Edgar Ashley Smith

General Counsel

Houston Community College

Fadi Manna

VP and Deputy General Counsel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Fermeen Fazal

Chief Counsel

Universal Pegasus International

Gabe Nwuli

Deputy General Counsel

ARM Energy

Hao Le

General Counsel

Texas Southern University

Hector Pineda

Head of Legal


Julie Caggiano

General Counsel

Envoy Mortgage

Kim Warnica

Executive Vice President, General

Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer 

and Secretary 

Alta Mesa Resources

Kimberly Frye

General Counsel 

Krystal Hunter

Senior Vice President, General

Counsel and Corporate Secretary

The Brock Group

Lilly Van Maele

Assistant General Counsel

Resource Environmental

Linda Ludwig

VP and Associate General Counsel

CVR Energy, Inc.

Marilyn Moore Basso

Senior VP, General Counsel & 

Corporate Secretary

TPC Group

Maryam Tabatabai

General Counsel

Baylor Genetics

Mehgan Wichuk

SVP, General Counsel

& Chief Compliance Officer

Trillium Flow Technologies

Monica Karuturi

Global Head of Business Solutions

Munich Re

Natara Williams

General Counsel

Gemini Midstream

Nelsy Gomez Lipford

Sr. Counsel, General Litigation,

Employment and eDiscovery

Conoco Phillips

Phillina Lai

Vice President, General Counsel-Upstream, Midstream & Gas Supply

Tellurian Inc.

Santos Hinojosa

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Texas Medical Center

Veronica Foley

Senior VP, General Counsel

& Corporate Secretary 

Precision Drilling

Veta Byrd-Perez

Associate General Counsel

Rice University 

Victoria F. Nemeth

Managing Partner

Filippov Law Group

Vivek Arora

Chief Administrative Officer

and General Counsel

Mears Group

Y. Nicole Montgomery

Deputy General Counsel 

Houston Community College

  Keli Crandall   Viereck

    Assistant General Counsel

Total American Services, Inc. 

Katherine Hargis

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Key Energy Services 

Jennifer Johnson

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Compliance Officer

Rosehill Resources, Inc. 

Chris Abundis

Senior Vice Prsident, General

Counsel & Secretary

SilverBow Resources

Cydonni V. Fairfax 

Executive Vice President

& General Counsel


Sachin Bhadari, J.D. 

Vice President, Employee Relations & Employee Health

Associate General Counsel

Labor & Employment



To see full biographies for the 2019 Top 50 General Counsel, please visit: http://top50generalcounsel.org/2019-houston/

About The National Diversity Council

A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  More information about the National Diversity Council is available at: www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

Media Contact: Kamaria Monmouth

Communications Specialist

National Diversity Council 



Fair Trade USA Founder & CEO Wins Ethical Corporation’s 2019 Business Leadership Award

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

 Fair Trade USA®, the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America, is proud to announce that its founder and CEO Paul Rice was honored with the Business Leader of the Year Award at Ethical Corporation’s 10th Responsible Business Awards 2019 – the world’s leading celebration of responsible business excellence.

Paul Rice launched the nonprofit organization in 1998 after spending 11 years organizing farmers in the highlands of Nicaragua. There he founded and led the country's first fair trade coffee export cooperative, which introduced him to the transformative power of market-based approaches to sustainable development. Paul then returned to the United States to obtain his MBA from Berkeley Haas with the dream of bringing fair trade to consumers, businesses, and farmers worldwide.

Since its inception, fair trade has grown into a widely-known and increasingly mainstream consumer trend with 63% seal recognition that is rapidly approaching an inflection point. Paul and his team have enlisted the support of over 1,250 businesses, including market leaders like Green Mountain Coffee, Nespresso, General Mills, PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, and Walmart. Fair Trade USA now certifies coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, coconut, fresh fruits and vegetables, and seafood. Most recently, through groundbreaking partnerships with brands like Patagonia, West Elm, and J.Crew, Fair Trade USA has begun certifying apparel and home goods to improve working conditions and incomes for factory workers.

Fair Trade USA and its partners have since generated over $610 million in additional income for farmers and workers in 45 countries, allowing them to keep their children in school, care for the land, and steadily improve their livelihoods. Last October, Fair Trade USA celebrated 20 years of global impact under Paul's leadership and announced a goal to generate $1 billion in impact for farmers and workers by 2023.

Paul’s rich, first-hand experience over the last 30 years in the areas of sustainable agriculture, grassroots economic development, global supply chain transparency, and consumer activation is unique in the certification world. He is now a leading advocate of “impact sourcing” as a core strategy for both poverty alleviation and sustainable business.

“People called me crazy when I first brought the idea of fair trade to the United States, and each time our organization is recognized, it further validates my belief that business can be a strong force for social and environmental change,” said Paul Rice.  “I am honored to receive this award, but it is the millions of fair trade farmers, workers, and fishermen who make quality goods, the thousands of companies who believe in our model, and the dedicated shoppers who buy their products that have made this all possible.”

The winners of the Responsible Business Awards were selected by a senior World Benchmarking Alliance; judging panel comprising Terry Slavin, Editor, Ethical Corporation; Sally Uren, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future; David Page, UK & Ireland Communications Director, Tesco; Vicky Sin, Climate Benchmark Lead, Janice Lao, Director - Corporate and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels; and many more. There are 15 categories including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impact, diversity and inclusion, business transformation, circular innovation, clean energy transition, responsible investment, reporting and transparency, and many more.

“Ethical Corporation over its years has made a major contribution in advancing the cause of more responsible and sustainable business models. It provides a unique, refreshing perspective and insights for the responsible business leaders,” said Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever

About Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA® is a non-profit organization and the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains. Rather than creating dependency on aid, Fair Trade USA’s model empowers farmers, workers, and fishermen to fight poverty and earn additional money to improve their communities. Winner of Fast Company’s Social Enterprise of the Year Award and recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation, and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also helps brands and retailers tell their stories of impact and educate consumers about the power of their purchase.

About Ethical Corporation

Our mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. We believe this is not only how to guarantee a future for all, but it also makes good business sense. We serve CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.

We provide business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year. Our customers are also NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments, and consultancies. We publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and research reports. Our conferences are widely recognized as the best in the field. We're a part of FC Business Intelligence Ltd, an independently owned company based in London.

Costa Cruises Celebrates World Food Day Every Day of the Year Thanks to “4GOODFOOD”

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

On the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated each year by FAO, Costa Cruises has restated its commitment to recognizing the value of food.

Through “4GOODFOOD”, a program laying down a marker for the global shipping industry, the Italian cruise company set itself the objective of halving food waste fleetwide by 2020, some ten years ahead of the deadline prescribed by the UN’s 2030 Agenda target 12.3. Today, approximately 18 months after fleetwide implementation of the project, 4GOODFOOD has already brought about a reduction of over 35% in food wastage on Costa’s ships.  The program has also enabled support for the “Food Gardens in Africa” project promoted by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, with the adoption of some 100 gardens in Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa and Tanzania, and led to the donation – in partnership with food bank charity Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus  – of 150,000 portions of food retrieved from the ships and distributed to 12 different charitable associations.

As Costa Cruises Sustainability and External Relations Director Stefania Lallai put it:  “In Costa Cruises, every day of the year we do our utmost across the fleet to help achieve the objectives promoted by FAO on World Food Day; we do this through our 4GOODFOOD program, which comprises our joint efforts on the path to recognizing the value of food and responsible consumption.”

4GOODFOOD is a far-reaching integrated project, starting with a review of the process of preparation of dishes and actively engaging guests and crew members. An integral part of the program is the shipboard communication campaign “Taste don’t Waste”; the aim of this call to action is to encourage responsible consumption in the ships’ buffets.  The campaign addresses values and emotions; it is based on sensitization not imposition, and takes account of the rich multicultural mix of Costa’s clientele and the fact that they are holidaymakers.

Thanks to its partnership with Winnow, Costa placed kitchen scales in the galleys and kept a centralized record enabling the real-time mapping, quantification and analysis of wastage at food processing and preparation level.

Directly linked to the “Taste don’t Waste” consciousness-raising campaign is the idea of returning resources to the community.  In fact, the reduced negative impacts generated by the responsible behavior and actions of guests on board can be calculated by Winnow and translated into a tangible, measurable result:  Costa decided to donate the equivalent of the consequent cost savings in order to support the Food Gardens in Africa project. As a result of Costa’s financial backing, so far 100 gardens have been adopted; 85 have already been established while the other 15 are set for completion by the beginning of 2020.

In a complex setting like a cruise ship, some surplus food is inevitable insofar as it is structurally impossible to attain the objective of zero wastage.  Accordingly, Costa devised a solution to prevent this surplus – i.e. meals prepared but not consumed on board – from turning into waste, thanks to its alliance with Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus.  Now, not only is this leftover food regularly offloaded in a number of ports around Italy (Savona, Civitavecchia, Bari, Palermo, Genoa and Naples), but the initiative has also been exported as an example of Italian best practice and is operating in Marseille (France) and Barcelona (Spain) as well as – since December 2018 – in Guadeloupe and Martinique.  To date, over 150,000 portions of quality food have been distributed to a total of 12 associations that look after people in need.  Costa Cruises’ aim is to involve other ports as well and further extend the surplus food donation scheme so as to reach as many disadvantaged communities as possible.

For further information:

Costa Cruises Press Office

Tel. +39 010 5483523 / 010 5483068 - costapressoffice@costa.it 

Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 349 7668013 - baroni@costa.it 

Davide Barbano – Media Relations Manager – cell +39 334 6525216 - barbano@costa.it 

Cristiano de Musso – Head of Communication – cell +39 334 6805095 demusso@costa.it


RESOURCES Carnival Corporation Costa Cruises Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations CONTACT Chris Cradduck +1 (214) 893-9119 chris@ldwwgroup.com

Students Leading Sustained and Innovative Hunger-Fighting Solutions Can Apply for $10,000 from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships which will run from October 5 through December 5, 2019. The scholarship program urges students to apply to #Get5KGive5K to help end hunger in their communities. Students from kindergarten through graduate school are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship with matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Visit https://aim.applyISTS.net/StopHungerScholars to apply.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 40 million people living in the United States, including 12 million children, lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.  Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has a 13-year legacy of investing in young leaders and their innovative ideas because we believe they are the generation to end childhood hunger.

“The new generations are leading the path towards a more sustainable society empowering students to engage with responsible thinking and practices,” explained Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Chair and Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer for the Americas. “We strive to encourage youth-led initiatives providing innovative solutions to help fight childhood hunger because this is an issue no one person, team, or organization can solve alone”.

Up to five national scholarship recipients will be selected based on their ongoing work to end hunger. The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will also recognize up to 20 Stop Hunger regional honorees with a $1,000 donation for their preferred hunger-relief charity.

“I am humbled by the quality and volume of applications we receive each year,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Helping and supporting Stop Hunger heroes and scholars - ordinary people that make themselves extraordinary - bring the Stop Hunger Foundation closer to its objective of working toward zero hunger in the U.S.”

To date, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has recognized 226 regional honorees and 66 national scholarship recipients with grants totaling $531,000 for their hunger-relief charities and $305,000 in scholarships. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited education institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States and be able to demonstrate an enduring commitment to end hunger in their community.

“With the grant I received from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, I was able to launch the NEST4US APP connecting those at risk of hunger with resources and volunteers with opportunities to help,” explained Shreyaa Venkat, founder of NEST4US and 2019 Stephen J. Brady Scholar.  “I would encourage other youth fighting hunger to apply for the scholarship, not only for the generous funds, but also the ability to network with others committed to reaching zero hunger,” added Venkat.

The deadline for 2020 applications is December 5, 2019. The 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship recipients will be announced on June 15, 2020 at the 21st Annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner. For complete details and to apply, please visit HelpStopHunger.org.

Watch this video to hear stories from the previous Stop Hunger Scholars and how they plan to work toward zero hunger in the U.S.

Apply by visiting https://aim.applyISTS.net/StopHungerScholars by December 5.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Visit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA.


About Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation:

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works with and through partners to help end childhood hunger in the United States because no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry again tomorrow. Sodexo, Inc., which funds all administrative costs, and the nonprofit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, mobilize experts, innovators, volunteers and donors to feed children; to advocate for policies to end childhood hunger; and to implement innovative potential solutions, particularly those designed by youth. In 2018, Sodexo contributed over  159,500 in volunteer hours and since 1996 has leveraged nearly $34.5 million in grant dollars to help end childhood hunger.

About Sodexo North America:

Sodexo North America is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $34.5 million since 1996 to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit us.sodexo.com and connect with us on us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube

Alexandra Cauberghs +1 (301) 233-7507 alexandra.cauberghs@sodexo.com Sodexo

IVECO BUS Wins Record Order to Supply 409 Natural Gas Buses to Paris, France

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

IVECO BUS has won a record order to supply 409 Urbanway Natural Power (NP) buses to the Parisian Transport Authority, Ile-de-France Mobilités. The buses will be deployed on the public transport network which covers both the inner and outer suburbs of the Paris Region and will play a major part in the City’s development plan for a diesel-free transport network.

This significant order is the result of a partnership between IVECO BUS, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), Ile-de-France Mobilités and CATP (French Public Transport Central Purchasing Office) and was announced at the recent National Public Transport Exhibition held in Nantes, France.

IVECO BUS will deliver the biogas-powered vehicles between 2020 and 2021. The Urbanway NP has a range of up to 400 kilometers and is therefore ideally suited to the requirements of the public transport network of the Greater Paris area.

Fueled by biomethane derived from recycled organic waste, the Urbanway NP delivers major environmental benefits, noise reduction and improved air quality. Fine particle emissions are reduced to almost zero and NOx emissions by more than a third. The Urbanway’s natural gas engine cuts noise level by 50% improving travelling conditions for drivers, passengers and residents alike.

The use of this technology responds to the mobility challenges of tomorrow, today: air quality and climate protection are just two of the extra benefits obtained without compromising performance. European leader in natural gas vehicles for some 25 years, with this significant order the IVECO brand further confirms its leadership in alternative propulsion technologies providing a mature, virtuous and sustainable solution from well-to-wheel.

3M and Discovery Education Announce ‘Improving Lives Award’: Nominate Your Favorite 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

 3M and Discovery Education, today announced the opening of its inaugural Improving Lives Award as part of the annual 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The Improving Lives Award, a public voting recognition, will celebrate the student innovation with the most potential to improve lives. The online public voting period is open October 14-25, 2019.

As part of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition for grades 5-8, for the first time in competition history, the public will select one project from the 2019 top 10 finalists they feel will improve the most livesIn addition to the award, the winner will also receive a unique two-day destination trip. The Improving Lives Award exemplifies the ability of these young scientists to encourage innovation, promote the importance of science and continue their journey to reshape the lives of people in communities across the globe.

“3M employees are passionate about improving lives and the communities around us.  Now we are sharing that passion with these young scientists and it's truly inspiring to see the commitment they have to making the world a better place,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, corporate affairs at 3M.  “Through the Improving Lives Award, and in alignment with 3M’s commitment to advancing STEM equity and STEM education, we continue to underscore the importance of promoting science at a young age and showing the immeasurable impact it has. We’re excited to expand this year’s voting to the public and know that these 10 finalists will inspire everyone with their work.”

In addition to a chance to win the Improving Lives Award, all 10 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists will receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., where they will participate in the final competition on October 27, 28 and 29. They will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each project will be scored independently by a panel of judges to select the grand prize winner, who will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip, and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M and administer a program that exemplifies what’s possible when we kindle the spark of wonder in kids. Over the years, we have seen finalists and winners alike forge new ideas in science, bring them to life and become advocates within their communities and beyond,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to see what lies ahead for these young scientists — and the change that will result from their curiosity, innovation and commitment to bettering the world.” 

The public can vote once per day during October 14-25 at https://www.youngscientistlab.com/competition/video_challenge/vote. The Improving Lives Award winner will be named on October 29.  To learn more about the Improving Lives Award and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, materials are available at youngscientistlab.com and through Discovery Education’s digital curriculum services.


About 3M:
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Rainah Chang-Faulk
(646) 935-4063

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
Director, Corporate Education Partnerships
(202) 304-7785

UPS Receives The Executive Leadership Council’s 2019 Corporate Award for Support of Black Executives and Diversity & Inclusion

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm
UPS Pressroom

UPS has been recognized with the 2019 Corporate Award by The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization focused on the development of global black leaders. Additionally, ELC has welcomed four UPS executives into its membership of senior executives: George Brooks, President, Americas Region; Rhonda Clark, President, Global Buildings and Systems Engineering; Charlene Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer; and George Willis, President, U.S. Operations.

The ELC is committed to advancing the role and contributions of black executives and preparing the next generation of corporate leaders through programs, events and philanthropic endeavors. Through this award, ELC has acknowledged UPS for significant contributions to the advancement of black corporate executives, its support of employees and diverse suppliers, and its philanthropic commitment to supporting the community. The award was accepted by David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO, at the ELC’s Recognition Gala on October 10th in D.C. The induction of UPS’s executives was also announced during that event.

“The ELC plays a critical role in helping diversify the candidate pipeline for corporations,” said Abney. “It readies executives so they can take on leadership positions, but also helps create an understanding and appreciation for the nuances of corporate leadership, ensuring that ELC candidates make a strategic impact and significant contribution to the companies they join.”

UPS’s support of ELC began two decades ago, in 1999, as part of the organization’s strategy of cultivating a creative, inclusive and supportive workplace, and long history of valuing cultural diversity and inclusion.

With a service area that spans 220 countries and territories, UPS represents the world and considers it a business imperative to include the diverse communities it serves. By supporting organizations that focus on education and empowerment, UPS is helping to foster and advance an inclusive business environment.

About UPS    

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Forbes Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. To ship with UPS, visit ups.com/ship.

For information about careers at UPS, please visit our human resources page at http://www.upsjobs.com/.

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2018, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $114.9 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.

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Taproot Foundation Celebrates the Community of Pro Bono This Pro Bono Week 2019

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

The pro bono movement is an ecosystem, a true community supporting a community. And each role in this ecosystem is vital in bringing the impact to life—from the nonprofit professionals on the frontlines fighting for those they serve to the business professionals and companies who are investing in their communities by working to strengthen the organizations that serve them. 

This Pro Bono Week 2019 (October 20 - 26), Taproot gathers with intermediaries, nonprofits, volunteers, and companies around the world to celebrate pro bono service across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. Taproot’s celebration of Pro Bono Week 2019 is sponsored by American Express, Deloitte, and Prudential Financial.

“The nonprofit sector is navigating a rollercoaster right now of declining donations countered by the increasing demand to keep up with critical social challenges,” says Lindsay Firestone Gruber, Taproot Foundation’s President & CEO. “In a climate like this, it can be transformational for sectors to come together through pro bono—acting as part of a broader ecosystem supporting nonprofits—so that we can start to see the multiplying effect of strengthening organizations.”

Throughout Pro Bono Week 2019 (#PBW19), Taproot Foundation will be leading events across the country, hosting panel discussions and webinars, and releasing profiles that highlight the impact of pro bono service in our communities, including:

  • Pro bono workshops and events connecting nonprofits and business professionals in Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, and Newark, supported in part by American Express and Prudential Financial.

  • A panel conversation on Pro Bono + The Inclusive Leader, exploring characteristics of strong inclusion and social impact strategies, and how pro bono work can enhance inclusion and diversity efforts, co-hosted by Deloitte on Thursday, October 24. (Register here)

  • A webinar for nonprofit professionals highlighting the value of pro bono service as a key leadership strategy at their organizations, sponsored by American Express, on Thursday, October 24. (Register here)

Learn more about Pro Bono Week 2019 here > 

About Taproot Foundation

Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access—through pro bono service—to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot’s network of skilled volunteers has served over 6,000 social change organizations providing more than 1.6 million hours of work worth over $190 million in value. Taproot has offices in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and founded a network of global pro bono providers in over 30 countries around the world. www.taprootfoundation.org

About Deloitte
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From Farm to Table: FPT Industrial and Eataly Tell the Story of the Food Chain

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

 Eataly and FPT Industrial, the CNH Industrial brand dedicated to the development, production and sale of powertrains, have signed a three-year partnership recounting the food chain that gets products of Italian excellence from farm to shelves, and then to our table.

Over the past few years, agriculture has evolved to meet the expectations of an increasingly demanding public and food production processes have been adapted. FPT Industrial engines are part of this change of perspective by making quality, sustainability and environmental responsibility priorities for the production and sharing of healthy and high-quality food, values that are also at the root of Eataly’s mission. Every day, all over the world, FPT Industrial engines help farmers to plant, harvest and bring high-quality products to the table. Suffice to say, 40% of the wheat and 80% of the wine grapes in the world are harvested thanks to machines powered by FPT Industrial.

The partnership is being inaugurated in October at Eataly Smeraldo in Milan, Italy, the flagship store that is dedicating the month to wine and its producers. Visitors will be welcomed by a special grape-themed set-up. At the center of this display is Cursor X, an engine concept of the future, a symbol of how FPT Industrial conceives innovation, sustainability and technology. Cursor X is the 4 M engine: Multi-power, because it can be powered by natural gas, electric batteries or hydrogen; Modular, because it is easy to install and offers quick maintenance; Multi-application, i.e. adapted to any vehicle and mission; Mindful, i.e. capable of self-learning, predicting and programming its own maintenance.

Starting from Cursor X, Eataly’s customers will be guided through a story divided into four thematic areas dedicated to typical products of Italian cuisine: wine, pasta, tomatoes and cheese. The Brand is taking this opportunity not only to present the Company’s vision, represented by Cursor X, but also to tell the public about the daily role that FPT Industrial’s engines play in the food chain.

From seeds to high-quality food on our tables, FPT Industrial is a key player, powering this virtuous food chain with its ever-evolving engines that are at the forefront of technology, innovation and sustainability. “We have always participated in the evolution of agriculture, developing state-of-the-art engines with less pollutant emissions, that can also work with alternative fuels. Furthermore, we are attentive to the entire production chain, with strong focus on saving energy, water and materials in our plants", says Carlo Moroni, Head of Communication for FPT Industrial. “This is why, today, we are even prouder of this partnership, because our engine design is rooted in respect for the Earth and its population”.

“The Earth is tired. Therefore, technologies that express environmental responsibility are very welcome”, explains Francesco Farinetti, CEO of Eataly. “The agricultural sector production chain is witness to virtuous changes through technologies that express respect for the environment. If we can also do our small part by telling our customers about these new frontiers, then we do it very willingly. For us, the ideal scenario is to innovate while preserving traditions”.

FPT Industrial engines for agricultural applications have a power range between 58 and 910 hp and they equip machines for all types of missions: open field applications, orchards, harvesting, or work livestock farming. Thanks to its Research and Development centers, the Brand is a pioneer in the development of engines that are compatible with alternative fuels

Avery Dennison Wins 2019 Innovations in Sustainability Award

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

 Avery Dennison was named winner of the 2019 Future of Sourcing Awards during the Sourcing Industry Group’s Global Executive Summit in Carlsbad, California. The Future of Sourcing Awards celebrates organizations and individuals that show innovation, leadership and transformation in categories that are critical to the sourcing industry.

EcoVadis and Avery Dennison received the Innovations in Sustainability award for Avery Dennison’s Sustainable Procurement Program, which assesses, monitors, and encourages the improvement of the social and environmental practices of Avery Dennison supplier partners worldwide. 

“Avery Dennison is honored to be recognized with EcoVadis for our effort to make our global supply chain more sustainable,” said Robyn Buma, vice president of global procurement for Avery Dennison’s Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials businesses. “We know our supply chain affects the wider world, and we are proud to have developed a sustainability program that aligns this with our scale and complexity and encourages our suppliers to implement best practices.”

Launched in 2016, Avery Dennison’s Sustainable Procurement Program uses sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for the company’s suppliers. Each year, Avery Dennison and EcoVadis review suppliers representing more than 80 percent of Avery Dennison’s direct spend on materials. EcoVadis assesses and rates each supplier’s environmental, ethics, labor, and supply chain practices. Detailed scorecards are then made available to Avery Dennison’s procurement team, helping to track individual supplier’s results and improvement paths. Suppliers can also use EcoVadis’ online system to share their scorecard with any customer or stakeholder who requests it, including Avery Dennison competitors.

“Without external collaboration, defining and rolling out an advanced sustainable procurement program was challenging. We needed to navigate corporate social responsibility complexities, review sustainability best practices, measure suppliers’ performance against them, and also understand our own supply chain impacts holistically. EcoVadis’ internationally recognized methodology and assessment platform was instrumental in helping us do this,” Buma said. 

“Avery Dennison understands the critical role suppliers play in advancing a company’s sustainable practices. This award by Future of Sourcing is a validation of their work and vision. We could not be more proud to collaborate with their procurement team in achieving their ambitious goals,” said Valerie Touchon, vice president of Customer Success at EcoVadis.

Avery Dennison’s work with EcoVadis also received a Label Industry Global Award in September 2018.


The Future of Sourcing Awards

The Future of Sourcing Awards recognize organizations and individuals that show innovation, leadership and transformation in categories that are critical to the sourcing industry. The Awards take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the capstone evening at the SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) Global Executive Summit.

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2018 were $7.2 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 198 purchasing categories and 155 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, L’Oréal, Subway, Nestlé, Salesforce, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 55,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Alisa Feingold, Director, Communications, Avery Dennison

+1-440-725-2186 l alisa.feingold@averydennison.com

For EcoVadis

North America: Abigail Holmes, Corporate Ink for EcoVadis

617-969-9192, ecovadis@corporateink.com

UK/EU: David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis

+33 6 03 77 84 74, dmcclintock@ecovadis.com



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