Toxnot and HPD Collaborative (HPDC) have partnered to provide a new capability for Toxnot users: direct export from their Toxnot accounts to HPDC’s online tool, HPD Builder. This collaboration enables building product manufacturers to report against multiple standards in Toxnot and access a full suite of supplier data collection features and export this data directly to HPD Builder to create or edit their HPD (Health Product Declaration®) reports. An HPD can be used for credit in achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 credit, the standard in green building. Additionally, this new capability will soon enable Toxnot users to export their HPD Builder data directly back into Toxnot, to further compare and analyze chemical hazards and alternatives, to help manufacturers in improving their product designs.
Toxnot is a chemical management pioneer, enabling users to collect chemical data, compare chemical hazard profiles, optimize substance lists to produce ‘eco’ products and report on metrics. Users can identify problematic chemicals and search for more sustainable alternatives. Toxnot also provides tools to evaluate configurable products (e.g. a chair with and without arms), allowing companies to scale reporting across their product line. Consumers want to know what is in their products; manufactures want their products to attain LEED status - this partnership streamlines the process for manufactures to provide chemicals transparency through an HPD report.
HPD Collaborative is the non-profit, member organization responsible for the development and evolution of the HPD Open Standard, a stakeholder, consensus-based standard for reporting product content and associated building product health information. The HPD Standard was first published in 2012.
The latest HPD Standard version 2.1.1, will go live in late September and includes “Harmonized Methods for Hazards Screening” based on collaboration with Clean Production Action and the use of the GreenScreen® List TranslatorTM. As an active participant in this harmonization process, and member of the HPD Collaborative, Toxnot uses this harmonized method, providing a seamless integration of data entered into Toxnot and used to create HPDs. Pete Girard, founder of Toxnot, sees this collaboration as a “natural extension of capabilities to help building product manufacturers find safer chemical alternatives to create an HPD, and qualify for LEED v4 status.”
Toxnot and HPDC will continue to provide support for the existing HPD reporting options in Toxnot and HPD Builder while exploring additional avenues to expand work together and streamline other functions, such as third-party verification workflows. The goal of the collaboration is to further streamline the ability of building product manufacturers to: identify chemicals of concern; search for preferable alternatives; and disclose information on their sustainable products via the established HPD Open Standard ecosystem.
“We are very pleased with our growing collaboration we are developing with Toxnot,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC executive director. “Accelerating the growth of open, collaborative innovation in material health work is key to accelerating the availability of improved products. This partnership is an excellent example, that will facilitate the open flow of material health information, and give users enhanced capabilities to understand and work with the data reported in HPDs.”
About the Health Product Declaration ® Collaborative
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative is a not-for-profit, customer-led, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency and innovation. The HPD Collaborative created, supports and advances the HPD Open Standard, a format that enables accurate, reliable and consistent reporting of building product content and associated health information, through a consensus-based, stakeholder process. The HPD Open Standard is freely available to all at www.hpd-collaborative.org.
ToxnotPBC is a software company with a mission to improve health and sustainability across the global supply chain with insight about the chemicals and materials that go into them. Toxnot enables manufacturers reduce costs by streamlining safer product design. Organizations are able to streamline transparency reporting and collect hazard information across their global supply chain. Toxnot is the first service of its kind that scales from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises and is the first free source of searchable GreenScreen® List Translator scores. In 2017, Toxnot won the Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award.
Today, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced that it would fully-fund all baseball and softball Sports Matter projects currently on DonorsChoose.org. Since 2015, The DICK’S Foundation has donated over $4.3 million, as part of its Sports Matter initiative, to support more than 650,000 young athletes across all 50 states via DonorsChoose.org.
This announcement comes on a day where Sports Matter is being celebrated with #SportsMatterMonday at the 2018 Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS). Today, all participants at the LLBWS will wear green DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter caps and laces to recognize the importance of youth sports around the world. Both these caps and laces may be found online at www.dicks.com and in select DICK’S stores; a portion of all hat sales are donated back to youth sports via Sports Matter. In addition, all LLWS games played today will use a baseball featuring the Sports Matter logo.
“Over the past three years, the DICK’S Foundation has provided a dollar for dollar match on all qualifying team sport projects through DonorsChoose.org, helping thousands of teachers and coaches who need resources for their young athletes,” said Lauren Hobart, President of DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “At DICK’S, we truly believe that sports make people better and our Foundation’s goal is to ensure that all kids who want to play have an opportunity to do so.”
Outside of baseball this summer and through the Sports Matter program, both DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation partnered with influential coaches and athletes to provide over $185,000 to local youth sports teams.
Last month, Oakland Raiders Head Coach and Sports Matter Ambassador, Jon Gruden joined forces with the DICK’S Foundation to donate $110,000 to four local football teams in Oakland, CA. Denver Broncos Wide Receiver, Emmanuel Sanders partnered with DICK’S to surprise a high school football team in Fort Collins, CO with $5,000.
This month, The DICK’S Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the South JeffCo Mustangs as part of the Chuck Noll Hall of Fame “Game for Life Award” at the NFL Hall of Fame festivities. Additionally, a $50,000 grant was made to LPGA Legend and Sports Matter Ambassador, Annika Sorenstam to be used towards the ANNIKA Foundation’s “Share My Passion” Girls Golf Clinic. In Atlanta, a $10,000 grant was donated to two local youth sports organizations near DICK’S Distribution Center.
About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.
Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – firstname.lastname@example.org
Surely you have seen the videos over the past few years. During the spring of 2017, United Airlines’ reputation was battered after smartphone videos caught a passenger being roughed up after he was adamant that he would not give up his seat to accommodate another passenger. Starbucks felt compelled to close its retail stores for a half day after the infamous incident in which two black men had the Philadelphia police called on them while they were waiting to meet friends at a downtown location. That next infamous video could surface anytime. But are companies adequately preparing in the event such a snippet starts flying across Twitter or Facebook?
“Part of this problem is that CEOs concerned that their companies might be the target of the next video view that as a random fluke,” said Barie Carmichael, co-author of the book,Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape, published earlier this year by Columbia University Press.
“But, year in and year out,” Carmichael continued, “70 percent of business disruptions like these actually could have been prevented by actions taken under management’s control.”
Carmichael referenced research by the Institute of Crisis Management. The organization’s recent work concluded that seven out of 10 such crises were “smouldering problems” that could have been mitigated had management addressed these problems beforehand.
The argument is akin to putting out a fire – it is easy for a fire crew to line up all of its forces to stamp out that fire, when the reality was that better sprinklers, the removal of brush, and a “no bonfire” sign could have prevented an incident from occurring in the first place.
From Carmichael’s point of view, those preventative measures include involving the company’s board of directors at the very onset of formulating the organization’s strategy. And that strategy is no longer about products and services, new adjacencies, or a “blue ocean” framework – terms that have all floated in and out of favor through the C-suite over the years.
“The focus has changed from products and brands to the company itself, and the result is that companies have to make some hard decisions; and boards need to have an active role in such decisions,” said Carmichael. “Recruiting and retaining the high-expectations next generation workforce makes this a competitive imperative.”
Similar to an argument made last month during a TriplePundit interview with another corporate responsibility leader, it is time for boards to move away from their traditional role from “signing off” on decisions such as audit committees and strategic plans to “signing on” at the very beginning of a process.
Other corporate governance experts have made similar observations. Leading business advisor and author Ram Charan wrote Owning Up in 2009 in the wake of the global financial crises a decade ago. Charam argued many companies’ boards and management should have seen their downfall coming. He advocated for boards to be more proactive when assessing risks inherent in their strategies.
“The days of the board simply signing off on directives are over,” explained Carmichael, “as the data is clear that social, environmental and economic sustainability together are the path to sustainable growth – and that should be the board’s job to ensure this occurs.”
And going back to the crises that consumed the likes of United and Starbucks, Carmichael suggested that companies need to be aware of their social footprint.
“Just as companies are evaluating their carbon footprint to understand their environmental impact,” said Carmichael, “companies need to be aware of their social footprint and ensure that is embedded within their strategy.”
By not understanding a company’s social footprint and the effect it could have on a company’s social impact, companies could suffer consequences. Lacking a grasp on challenges such as diversity, or customers’ reactions to various policies, could lead to an incident akin to those that befell the likes of a United or Starbucks.
The result is the need to redefine the very concept of “risk management,” as it has been practiced for decades by the business community. As the author Peter Bernstein discussed, the concept of risk management dates as far back to 17th-century France, and is based on the probability of events such as uncertainty in financial markets, natural disasters or legal liabilities.
But in today’s business climate, this assumption about risk does not account for the increased complexity of companies’ products and services – not to mention the fact it only takes one smartphone video to blow up a company’s reputation in a matter of minutes. Hence the question that begs to be asked is, what are some of the social factors that could lead to such an incident occurring without warning?
Actually, those warning signs are most likely already there.
“The bottom line is that policies to anticipate risk using 20th century tools are not viable in this newly transformed landscape,” argued Carmichael. “We’re in the middle of a totally different paradigm in the 21st century.”
Carmichael argues there are new metrics with capabilities available to track and anticipate reactions from customers, stakeholders and companies in real time, as reliance on conventional actuarial data designed for conventional risk management assessment is no longer sufficient.
One problem is that too many company boards are focused on brand management and risk – and not the impact of a company’s actual policies on its employees or customers. “Social risk is just not the same as calculated risk,” added Carmichael.
Focusing on social risk could have nudged United to arm its gate agents with more authority to compensate passengers who bumped from a flight. “By haggling over hundreds of dollars, they placed United’s billion dollar brand in jeopardy,” wrote one observer in the wake of last year’s United flight 3411 crisis.
Unfortunately, images of public relations crisis often do not show up in any crystal ball until after the fact. Anticipating the impact of a company’s social footprint is not simple; indeed, it only looks easy in retrospect. Therefore, Carmichael says it behooves companies to undergo a critical reassessment with external partners who can take a look fresh at the company’s strategy and policies from outside of any corporate bubble.
For example, Southwest airlines had long ended the practice of overbooking flights. The company says it trains and empowers employees to handle a myriad of scenarios. Southwest also supports its gate agents with supervisor support and a hotline to help them work through difficult customer situations in order to find a solution. Gate agents can request support as needed, and are not burdened with operational rules that hamper arriving at fair solutions in the airline’s quest to satisfy customers.
Outcomes may not always be perfect, but at least Southwest can argue its employees are equipped to handle difficult scenarios. “We try our best to take all the pain points for customers that we possibly can and eliminate them from the travel experience, and I’m sure we haven’t covered all of them yet, but that is the ideal that we are pursuing,” Southwest’s CEO, Gary Kelly, explained in a 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Turning to another industry, Starbucks had its own teachable moment when it improved benefits for its baristas after it turned out many of the company’s retail locations were overwhelmed as mobile ordering became more popular – but was rolled out without any boost to staffing.
In the end, whether companies deal with flare-ups such as viral videos, social media firestorms, or online employee petitions like the one that led to the recent change in Starbucks’ human resources policies, Carmichael suggested more thorough planning, an understanding of this new social landscape, and the involvement of boards could have prevented many of these headline-grabbing stories.
“These are not fluke accidents; they are a consequence of policy and business strategy,” said Carmichael as she wrapped up her interview with 3p.
Join Barie Carmichael and TriplePundit at 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands – The Long View, just outside Washington, D.C. on October 23-25, 2018. Over three fast-paced and dynamic days, the conference will showcase corporate voices on bridging the divide between investor relations and corporate responsibility, the “why” and “how” behind corporate decision-making on corporate responsibility, sustainability and when to take a stand. Receive a 15% discount using this code TRIPLE2018VIP when you register here.
Urgent action is required on the SDGs if we are to achieve the targets set and unlock the $12 trillion in new market value. ‘There is no Plan B’ urged Lise Kingo, CEO, UN Global Compact in a recent Ethical Corporation interview, urging greater action on the SDGs.
In a new 16-page management briefing we feature insights from Lise Kingo, plus senior executives at Huawei, KPMG, Palladium and more, on how to use the SDGs as a driver for future business strategy. The full briefing includes insights on:
Scaling up the SDGs; turning risk into business opportunities
Why women can lead the way on achieving the Global Goals
Huawei’s strategy to connect the world – and take on Apple
Five steps to taking the Global Goals to the heart of business
Republic Services® announced today the addition of 17 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by the Company throughout Colorado to 108.
“We are passionate about sustainability, and understand its importance to our customers,” said Randy Johnson, general manager of Republic Services’ Denver hauling division. “This fleet upgrade represents a significant investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles for the Denver community. It also embodies the responsibility we assume for doing our part to preserve Colorado’s considerable natural beauty for future generations.”
Republic Services operates a natural gas fueling station at its Commerce City location, which supports its expanding Denver-based CNG fleet. Half of the Company’s fleet serving the greater Denver metropolitan area is now powered by this domestic fuel source.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each new CNG collection truck deployed is equivalent to planting 600 mature trees each year. The carbon emissions reduction benefits from the entire CNG-powered fleet in Colorado is equivalent to planting more than 64,800 mature trees annually.
Republic Services operates the seventh largest vocational fleet in the country, and its CNG fleet saves roughly 26 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. The Company’s multi-year commitment to convert its fleet to vehicles that operate on CNG and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is resulting in reduced fleet greenhouse gas emissions while reducing fuel usage.
Republic Services of Denver employs 300 people, and includes 165 collection trucks serving over 185 Homeowners Associations and municipalities, as well as more than 8,000 commercial customers. It also owns and operates two landfills and a hauling division in the greater Denver metropolitan area.
Known as the Blue Planet® sustainability initiative, the Company is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through increased recycling, decreased vehicle emissions, the production and use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities.
Republic’s latest Sustainability Report can be viewed at RepublicServices.com/Sustainability.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make responsive waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We’ll handle it from here.®, the brand’s promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
This week, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Albertsons joined forces to donate more than 35,000 pounds of protein to Montana Food Bank Network. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 141,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across Montana.
“We believe every person has a basic human right to access nutritious, high-quality food to nourish the mind, body, and soul,” said Gayle Carlson, chief executive officer of Montana Food Bank Network. “This generous donation from Smithfield Foods and Albertsons helps us continue providing relief to the many households struggling with hunger within our communities.”
Smithfield and Albertsons representatives presented the donation to Montana Food Bank Network at an event at the food bank this morning. Members of the organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, reaching more than 130,000 food insecure individuals across Montana.
“At Albertsons we are committed to helping those in the communities we call home,” said Bob Simonson, district manager for Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division. “We are thankful for the opportunity to team up with Smithfield and contribute to the Montana Food Bank Network.”
This is the 41st large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.
“Smithfield is honored to provide support to those struggling with hunger throughout Montana and across the country,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We hope this donation of protein will provide relief to those batting food insecurity, and are proud to partner with Albertsons and Montana Food Bank Network who do so much to support this community every day.”
For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Montana Food Bank Network
Montana Food Bank Network’s mission is to end hunger through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy. Their belief is that every person has the basic human right to access nutritious high-quality food that nourishes the mind, body and soul. The Network is made up of 238 neighborhood food banks, community pantries, social organizations, homeless shelters, schools and many other organizations committed to ending hunger in Montana. The Montana Food Bank Network distributes food across Montana from Heron to Wibaux, Eureka to Yellowstone and everywhere in between.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.
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Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner With Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.
Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges will require creativity and innovation from across sectors.
This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is in reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.
Join more than 300 stakeholders March 6-7, 2018 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
This year's annual International Women's Day Forum topics will include:
• Workforce and Skills Development
• Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion
• Entrepreneurship and Value Chain
• Women in Tech
• The Digital Divide
• Financial Inclusion and Access to Capital
• Women’s Health
• Girls’ Education
• The Care Economy
• Gender-Based Violence
• Gender Data
• Building Capacity of Displaced Girls and Women
• And more!
Learn more and register with early bird pricing between now and February 2!
For the second year in a row, Covestro LLC will host its THINC30 Summit and continue efforts to bring the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) to the local Pittsburgh community, inspiring collaboration for a more sustainable, inclusive region. The daylong event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center October 17, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
Register to attend Covestro THINC30: https://covestrothinc302018.eventbrite.com.
“Covestro is proud to sponsor THINC30 again this year after a resounding response to last year’s inaugural summit,” said Jerry MacCleary, chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC. “THINC30 gave us insight into just how many people and organizations share Covestro’s passion for Pittsburgh – and want to take an active role in shaping its future. We hope to keep the momentum going this year, with a focus on creating a thriving, sustainable region that benefits everyone who lives here.”
The theme of THINC30 18 is “Putting Purpose to Work in Pittsburgh: Integrating the U.N. SDGs in Thought and Action.” Like last year, the forum will bring together members of Pittsburgh’s business, nonprofit, academic, government and civic communities—all of whom have a shared interest in advancing the region’s growth and prosperity. This year, attendees will be challenged to take more concrete actions by collaborating around goals, such as eliminating poverty and hunger, tackling bias and inequity, mitigating climate change, and improving Pittsburgh’s air and water quality.
The program will feature a diverse lineup of local and national experts, spotlighting how businesses, organizations and individuals can and are forging partnerships to create more robust, inclusive communities. Keynote speakers include: Cristina Mittermeier, National Geographic photographer; Katharine Wilkinson, vice president, communications and engagement, and senior writer on Project Drawdown; and Valerie Kinloch, dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for breakout sessions with two different tracks. The Social Track will feature a number of social innovators who are pioneering new business and organizational models and partnering for change. The Industry Track will provide practical guidance for companies wishing to build the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into their business models.
“With last year’s summit, we introduced regional leaders to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted how those goals could be applied locally to strengthen communities,” said Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Covestro LLC. “This year, we want to help attendees get to the next level, including involving them in creating Pittsburgh’s very own ‘Drawdown’ – a workable plan to scale up sustainability best practices in our region.”
THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.
Additional information about the event, including registration, can be found here: www.covestro.us/thinc30.
About Covestro LLC and i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate):
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.
i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
Find more information at www.covestro.us
This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the additional nine Starlight Sites it will create in children’s hospitals across the country through their $1.5 million partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Starlight Sites will transform hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients.
Starlight Sites ease stress and support the overall health and well-being of pediatric patients by providing hospitals with rooms designed to be enjoyed by children and their families. Starlight Sites support kids and families as treatment rooms, teen lounges, playrooms, kitchens, gardens and other healing spaces. The first Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Site – a pediatric therapy kitchen – opened earlier this summer at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
“We saw firsthand at La Rabida Children’s Hospital that bright, kid-friendly spaces designed with patients and families in mind can make a huge impact,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “That’s why we’re so excited to bring additional Starlight Sites to hospitals nationwide and give pediatric patients and their families an opportunity to create more joyful moments together when they need it most.”
The following additional hospitals will receive a donation to build a Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Site:
“We’re incredibly grateful for the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s support and we share their commitment to finding innovative ways to bring joy and comfort to children when they need it most,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Through our strong collaboration, we’re transforming hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients and their families to experience together.”
In 2017, the Joy in Childhood Foundation made a three-year, $1.5 million commitment to Starlight Children’s Foundation in support of programs that bring joy and comfort to hospitalized kids, including the Starlight Sites program.
ABOUT THE JOY IN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit https://www.dunkinbrands.com/community/joy-in-childhood-foundation/overview.
ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health facilities in the US. You can support Starlight's work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
It has been a rewarding week for Solight Design.
USPTO Patents for Humanity
Solight Designs, Inc. is selected as one of nine winners of The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patents for Humanity Program for their humanitarian efforts to bring light and dignity to those that need it the most.
The program launched in 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address long-standing development challenges. It is the USPTO’s top honor for recipients that showcases the power of innovation to help the less fortunate around the globe.
Solight Design, Inc. has distributed their solar lanterns to over 200,000 people worldwide including countries devastated by natural disasters and refugee camps.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
Solight Design, Inc. has also been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as one of 7 new projects working to create measurable change for hurricane rebuilding and resilience as part of CGI’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.
President Bill Clinton addressed over 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society at the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in Miami last week. The leaders worked to develop new, specific commitments to help islands recover from last year’s devastating hurricane season, continue to prepare for this year’s storms, and address long-term recovery needs.
Solight Design has committed their efforts to work with CGI and the Hispanic Federation to donate and distribute 50,000 their solar lanterns to communities without reliable access to grid power in Puerto Rico.
Solight Design, Inc. designs award-winning, innovative and versatile solar lanterns to bring clean sustainable lighting and energy to the world.
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C&A is the world's first retailer to offer jeans that are completely Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM at the Gold level. Designed in partnership with Fashion for Good, a global platform that aims to make all fashion good, the jeans were made with completely sustainable materials and were produced in compliance with the high Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Gold level.
C&A Achieves a New Level in Manufacturing Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products
C&A deliberately chose jeans – a very complex garment and iconic product. Since jeans are made of different components - and numerous production processes are required - suppliers and factories were selected thoroughly and materials were tested and certified. Some elements, such as the lining material or sewing thread, had to be completely redeveloped.
"Designing the most sustainable jeans was a challenge where teams worked diligently for more than a year,” said Jeffrey Hogue, C&A's Global Chief Sustainability Officer. “It required a close partnership between C&A and Fashion for Good with various suppliers, the Cradle to Cradle assessors MBDC and Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG) led by William McDonough, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. All material properties had to be carefully assessed and tested in line with the rigorous Cradle to Cradle Certified™ product standards.”
To promote the production of sustainable clothing, the world’s first ‘Guide on Developing Cradle to Cradle Certified Denim’, with lessons learned by C&A, will be published along with the jeans’ product launch on Fashion for Good’s website. This open source guide will make information on how to develop circular jeans freely available and help other organisations comply with the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Program requirements.
"We are extremely pleased with the result,” said Hogue. “All of the components have been successfully optimized to make sure that only good materials are used. During the process, only renewable energy and high social standards were applied, leading to a product that is designed for its next life."
“The collaborative, forward-thinking approach taken by C&A in being the first retailer to create jeans that meet Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Gold level, one of the highest levels of Cradle to Cradle certification, represents another significant milestone in the shift towards truly sustainable fashion,” said Lewis Perkins, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “C&A’s decision to provide open access to the source guide for this product is an equally significant contribution to the future of sustainable fashion and the growth of the circular economy.”
Sustainable Collections for All C&A Customers
C&A aims to make sustainably produced fashion the new normal. Therefore, the retail price for the men's and women’s jeans is only 29 euros. C&A’s Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM collection is marketed under the #WearTheChange campaign, launched in the spring of 2018. The goal of the campaign is to bundle products with various attributes that make them more sustainable compared to conventionally produced garments, such as Bio Cotton and Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM, making it more visible for the customer.
Notes to the editor:
With nearly 1,900 stores in 21 countries worldwide and around 51,000 employees, C&A is a leading fashion retail business. C&A welcomes and provides millions of visitors each day with good quality fashion at affordable prices for their entire family. C&A is an enterprise of COFRA Holding AG with a presence in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China. For more information, see www.c-a.com.
About the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to turn the making of things into a positive force for people, the economy and the planet. Founded by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart, the Institute administers the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Program, a guidance system for assessing and continually improving products based upon five sustainability characteristics: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness.
*Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
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Whether it’s parents supporting their child’s sports team or individuals lending a hand after a natural disaster, volunteers perform an essential service – particularly when budgets are stretched thin. This support is welcomed by the thousands of organizations who rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions – yet it also adds to the daunting administrative tasks around recruitment, as well as to ensuring a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.
That’s why VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Verified Volunteers, the leading background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector, have partnered to provide greater protection for these organizations and the populations they serve.
"VolunteerMatch is all about making it easier for good people and good causes to work together to make a difference," said Greg Baldwin, CEO, VolunteerMatch. "That is why we are partnering with Verified Volunteers, to help create more safe spaces to volunteer."
Together, VolunteerMatch and Verified Volunteers aim to help organizations minimize risk and safeguard their people, assets and reputation through a high-quality background screening program and access to a library of resources designed to establish screening best practices and improve volunteer management. Through their VolunteerMatch dashboards, organizations can easily connect with Verified Volunteers and request a comprehensive background check that allows potential volunteers to order and control their information using Verified Volunteers’ secure platform. These screening services are available to all VolunteerMatch organizations including more than 120,000 government agencies, hospices, hospitals, nonprofits and schools.
“Our shared commitment to helping so many wonderful organizations successfully carry out their good work really makes this the perfect partnership. By joining forces, we aspire to have an even greater impact,” says Katie Zwetzig, executive director, Verified Volunteers. “For instance, we know through our own research that background check quality is increasingly important for nonprofits, yet the appropriate level of risk mitigation is still not being met by current screening programs. By joining forces with VolunteerMatch, we can provide education and guidance to greater numbers of organizations on how to address these critical gaps.”
Verified Volunteers’ screening platform, with self-service features, sharing capabilities and management tools, enables the VolunteerMatch community to:
Ease administrative burdens. Volunteers order and control their own background checks using a secure, online platform.
Give their volunteers the option to pay – or ask for an optional contribution. With budgets stretched thin, this option can preserve valuable funds by allowing (or requiring) volunteers to pay for all or part of their screening.
Receive complimentary monthly updates. While other background checks are “one and done,” Verified Volunteers provides the added security of monitoring volunteers for new criminal records during the first year.
Accept background checks from previously vetted volunteers. Within the Verified Volunteers network, volunteers who have previously been vetted with one organization can store and share their existing background check with other organizations at no additional cost. In addition, if a volunteer background check is shared with another organization, the organization that initiated the original check can earn rebates.
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. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at VolunteerMatch.org, and follow @VolunteerMatch.
About Verified Volunteers
Verified Volunteers helps nonprofit organizations gain confidence in their volunteers by delivering thorough, compliant background checks using a sophisticated suite of federal, national, state and local criminal locator tools. Extensive expertise in screening and compliance best practices helps clients recruit the best volunteers to maintain a safe environment and positive reputation. By enabling volunteers to order, manage and share their background checks via a secure online platform, Verified Volunteers creates a community of vetted volunteers. Verified Volunteers is backed by Sterling Talent Solutions, one of the world’s largest background screening companies and is partnered with Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
Today, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $50,000 donation to LPGA legend Annika Sörenstam’s ANNIKA Foundation’s “Share My Passion” girls golf clinic.
The ANNIKA Foundation’s “Share My Passion” Clinics introduce young girls ages 6 – 12 to the great game of golf while also giving them a behind the scenes tour of a professional golf event. These events include a healthy lunch, instructional stations, and a golfing clinic taught by World Golf Hall of Famer Annika.
“The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter grant, will be used to develop Share My Passion clinics for The Annika Foundation, helping Annika to continue to share and grow her love of the game with young girls,” said James Rooney, Director of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, “The DICK’S Foundation is thrilled to partner with Annika on her charitable endeavors and welcomes her to the Sports Matter family.”
Also today, the annual Golf Expo, held in connection with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, will take place at 5:00PM at En-Joie Golf Course. This will be Annika’s first appearance in Endicott. Regarded as one of the top LPGA golfers of all time, Annika has recorded 72 LPGA victories, including 10 majors, in addition to 90 international triumphs.
“In Annika Sörenstam, we have selected an outstanding professional golfer to conduct this year’s seminar," said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS. “We’re sure that those attending our free Golf Expo in August will be impressed with what they can learn and will also have an enjoyable time throughout the evening.”
The Golf Expo will start at 5 p.m., with Annika’s live seminar beginning at about 6 p.m. and featuring tips on improving golf swings and overall fitness.
Under the tent this year, UHS will provide educational materials related to urology, orthopedics and men’s and women’s health issues. Providers and clinical experts from several specialties will be on hand for informal question-and-answer sessions at UHS’ exhibition booths.
Free, heart-healthy refreshments will be available. Each attendee will receive giveaways, including a DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card, and will be able to enter prize drawings.
Since 2014, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation have pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative. To learn more, visit sportsmatter.org.
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About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of February 3, 2018, the Company operated more than 715 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and fan wear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.
About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.
About the ANNIKA Foundation
Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) to provide opportunities in women’s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.
It annually conducts six major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; and, in association with the R&A, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in Argentina and ANNIKA Invitational Australasia in New Zealand. In 2013, the Foundation’s reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M (12 team, 54-hole event in Minnesota). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowing an AJGA ACE Grant, and the “Share My Passion” Golf Clinics are other areas of emphasis.
The New York bar’s unprecedented attempt to suspend prominent corporate accountability attorney Steven Donziger without a hearing after he helped Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples win a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron is based on false testimony from a paid company witness coached 53 days by lawyers at the firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, according to a bombshell report produced by one of the world’s leading forensic computer investigators.
Donziger still maintains his law license and is helping his clients in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest enforce their judgment by trying to seize Chevron’s substantial assets in Canada, where three appellate courts have issued unanimous rulings in their favor. (See here.) But behind the scenes, Chevron’s batallion-sized U.S. legal team – it has included 2,000 lawyers from at least 60 firms at a cost of at least $2 billion – has trained its sites on demonizing Donziger as part of a new corporate “playbook” invented by the company’s attorneys at the Gibson Dunn firm and marketed to scandal-plagued clients facing major liabilities.
According to multiple sources, the Gibson Dunn marketing playbook involves what the firm calls the “kill step” to defeat the enforcement in the U.S. of civil money judgements obtained from foreign courts. The “kill step” usually involves accusing opposing counsel of “fraud” and other misconduct to try to intimidate them into withdrawing, thereby leaving the corporation’s victims defenseless and unable to continue with their cases. If actual evidence of fraud does not exist, as in the Ecuador matter, the Gibson Dunn lawyers will hire investigators to bribe foreign witnesses to concoct false stories of “fraud” about opposing counsel to be presented in U.S. courts; the firm’s lawyers are theoretically protected from any downside risk by the general inability of U.S. courts to force foreigners to appear or be deposed.
The Gibson Dunn “kill step” is now being deployed against Donziger, who faces an interim suspension by the New York bar after staff attorneys designated him as an “immediate threat to the public order” based on highly disputed testimony from a Chevron-paid witness who has admitted under oath that he repeatedly lied to the company. Prominent members of the legal community, including First Amendment lawyer Marty Garbus and Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, expressed “shock” and “dismay” at the bar’s decision to suspend Donziger without a hearing. Donziger is fighting the allegations in a post-suspension hearing that likely will take place in September and be open to the public.
Gibson Dunn used the same “kill step” strategy roughly ten years ago on behalf of the Dole Food Company, which faced major liability in Nicaraguan courts for causing infertility in banana workers after it used an illegal pesticide that had been banned in the United States. According to multiple sources, evidence emerged in the Dole case that Gibson Dunn’s lawyers and investigators engaged in perjury, witness bribery, and fabrication of evidence to have the company’s liability thrown out of a California state court, according to legal documents. A key part of the strategy was an attack campaign leveled against the U.S. lawyer for the Nicaraguan victims, Jorge Dominguez, that included an attempt to have him disbarred, according to lawyers and others who worked on the matter.
Among other violations in the Dole case, Gibson Dunn’s lawyers hired an investigations firm in Mexico (called Investigative Research and headed by ex-CIA agent, Douglas Beard) to recruit and pay a Nicaraguan man, Jamie Gonzalez, to provide a false affidavit that fabricated a meeting attended by the Nicaraguan trial judge where the case supposedly was “fixed” against Dole. Although the meeting never took place, lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm – including Scott Edelman, Ted Boutrous, and Andrea Neumann, all of whom orchestrated the scheme -- used the fabricated “evidence” of the meeting to have an ethics complaint filed against California lawyer Dominguez, much as the firm is now doing to Donziger with testimony from an admittedly corrupt witness from Ecuador bribed with at least $2 million from Chevron to concoct his story. (The attempt to disbar Dominguez failed; the attempt to disbar Donziger in New York is pending but he still maintains his law license in another jurisdiction.)
Donziger, a Harvard Law graduate who has not received even a single client complaint in 25 years of legal practice, is fighting back against what he called a “wide-ranging conspiracy” hatched in Chevron’s executive suits and Gibson Dunn’s New York offices to try to taint him with “fraud” by using false or distorted evidence as a way to evade the liability to the Indigenous groups in Ecuador. Those involved in the conspiracy, he said, include Chevron General Counsel R. Hewitt Pate, Gibson Dunn’s chief of litigation Randy Mastro, as well as several Gibson Dunn lawyers who had previously been involved in corrupting the Dole cases, including Neumann and Boutrous. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, Donziger laid out evidence that the Gibson Dunn firm and Chevron have carried out a conspiracy to falsify evidence as part of its “kill step” strategy to attack the Ecuador pollution judgment, now worth $12 billion with statutory interest.
“What Chevron and Gibson Dunn are doing to Steven is lawless and the kind of thing one normally sees in North Korea or Saudi Arabia, not in New York,” said Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace and a supporter of the Ecuadorian communities. “It is shocking to witness how the New York judiciary has allowed itself to be used by Chevron and Gibson Dunn as a key arm of the company’s unethical litigation strategy that ultimately is designed to screw over some of the most vulnerable people on the planet who trust and rely on Steven to advocate for them. The Department of Justice needs to open an investigation of this law firm for its pattern of engaging in unethical and even criminal acts in the Ecuador case and others.”
The Gibson Dunn “kill step” in the Ecuador case resulted in a highly controversial civil “racketeering” judgment in 2014 from New York trial judge Lewis A. Kaplan against Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients that was based largely on the false testimony of Chevron’s paid witness, Alberto Guerra. Guerra’s payments have included an enormous monthly salary at least 20 times higher than his prior salary in Ecuador, health care, and the reimbursement of all income tax payments as well as expenses to move his entire family from Ecuador to the United States. Guerra admitted to taking bribes in Ecuador and has been on the Chevron payroll for several years at an undisclosed location in the United States without doing any work other than serving as a witness. (See this summary of Guerra’s perjury and this legal brief documenting Chevron’s and Gibson Dunn’s corrupt conduct.)
Guerra also has admitted under oath that he was coached for 53 days by Gibson Dunn’s lawyers, including Mastro and Avi Weitzman, before he went into Kaplan’s court and accused Donziger of approving a bribe to an Ecuador trial judge so the plaintiffs could “ghostwrite” the judgment against the oil major. Later, Guerra recanted key parts of his testimony under oath in a private arbitration proceeding while a forensic report proved he lied about both the bribe and the allegation that Donziger orchestrated the “ghostwriting” of the judge. Donziger has consistently denied Guerra’s allegations.
Despite what appear to be the many deep-seated and even fatal problems with Guerra’s testimony, two staff attorneys at the New York bar grievance committee – who oversee attorney conduct – relied on his story about judicial bribery in Ecuador to suspend Donziger from the practice of law without a hearing by designating the New York lawyer an “immediate threat to the public order”. Yet Kaplan’s findings, used by the New York bar in its decision, have been rejected by at least 17 appellate judges in Ecuador and by Canada’s entire Supreme Court when it ruled unanimously in favor of the Ecuadorians in a judgment enforcement action in that country. Four layers of courts in Ecuador – including the country’s Constitutional Court – have affirmed voluminous evidence that the oil major dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer that has killed or threatens to kill thousands of people.
(See here and here for comments by prominent lawyers, including Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson and trial attorney Richard Friedman, in support of Donziger. See this article on how Ecuador’s Constitutional Court recently ruled 8-0 to affirm the judgment against Chevron. Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron.)
Donziger, who has been widely lauded for his public service work, criticized the New York bar for refusing to consider the extensive evidence that emerged after Kaplan’s trial that renders his findings erroneous or at least highly problematic. Donziger maintains wide support in the legal and environmental communities; several prominent environmental groups and lawyers, including Amazon Watch and Earth Rights International, have weighed in against Chevron with amicus briefs while Greenpeace Founder Weyler calls him a “hero” of the environmental movement. Musician Roger Waters even released a video on behalf of the Ecuadorians criticizing Kaplan.
Among the evidence ignored by the two staff attorneys of the bar grievance committee who are handling the matter – Jorge Dopico and Naomi Goldstein -- is a critical report from noted forensics expert J. Christopher Racich submitted in a parallel private arbitration proceeding initiated by Chevron against Ecuador’s government. The Racich report completely undermines Chevron’s defense strategy and renders Kaplan’s findings that the Ecuador judgment was “ghostwritten” as false, according to Aaron Page, a human rights lawyer who represents the Ecuadorians. (See here for the Racich report proving Chevron’s witness lied and here for a summary of that report.)
Racich’s investigation undermines Kaplan’s core findings that were then used by the bar grievance committee to suspend Donziger as follows:
**The report demonstrates that increasing amounts of the Ecuador judgment against Chevron were added to Word documents on the office computers of the Ecuador trial judge and that those documents were edited and saved in painstaking fashion more than 400 times. This corroborates the sworn testimony of the Ecuador trial judge, Nicolas Zambrano, that he wrote the judgment in his office and debunks the testimony of paid Chevron witness Guerra that it was given to the judge on a flash drive just prior to its issuance, after being written by the plaintiffs.
**There is no evidence from the Ecuador trial judge’s computers that any document was copied from a flash drive to create any part of the trial court judgment, as Chevron paid witness Guerra had claimed in testimony relied on by the New York bar staff attorneys to suspend Donziger.
**Chevron’s paid expert, Spencer Lynch, independently examined the same computers and presented no evidence suggesting that any part of the Ecuador trial court judgment was received by trial judge Zambrano via email or from a flash drive – again debunking Guerra’s testimony.
**There is no document on the computer of Chevron witness Guerra that became the trial court judgment, directly undermining Guerra’s sworn testimony that he edited the judgment on his computer at the behest of the plaintiffs just before it was issued.
According to the Racich report, the text and metadata of the documents on the computers of Ecuador trial judge Zambrano that contain the trial court judgment show that “these computers were used to create a document, add text to it, edit text within it, and save the document repeatedly over a four-month period of time.” “Furthermore, there is no evidence in the metadata that the versions of the [judgment documents] were provided in any way by Mr. Guerra, Pablo Fajardo [the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the villagers], or anybody else,” Racich concluded.
Donziger criticized the bar grievance committee for relying on Kaplan’s findings and ignoring the Racich report and other critical evidence, while demanding that his designation as an “immediate threat to the public order” be lifted. He also demanded to be allowed a fact hearing to present the Racich report and other critical evidence that will demonstrate that Kaplan’s findings are erroneous and therefore cannot be used by the bar grievance committee as a basis for attorney discipline, although he believes they could be used as a basis for discipline against the Gibson Dunn lawyers who falsified evidence. Further underscoring the problems with the decision of the New York grievance committee is that the District of Columbia bar has decided to not move against Donziger based on the Kaplan decision given that the many problems with his findings and the fact that several issues involved are still being litigated in Canadian courts.
(For a detailed rebuttal of Kaplan’s erroneous findings, see Chevron’s RICO Fraud.)
“The bar grievance committee needs to demonstrate independence from Judge Kaplan and Chevron’s powerful and unethical law firm and really look hard at the evidence,” said Donziger. “In my opinion, it is a dereliction of duty for the New York grievance committee to assume that obviously flawed findings from a federal judge cannot be questioned when the judge never reviewed the Racich report or other critical evidence before coming to his conclusions, and when his findings have been contradicted by 17 appellate judges in another jurisdiction.
“Further, in my view there is indisputable evidence that Chevron’s lawyers at Gibson Dunn engaged in unethical and criminal activity to frame me with false witness testimony to please their most lucrative client, and that they have done this in other cases as part of a playbook marketed to high-paying corporations,” he added. “This begs the question: why is the New York bar grievance committee not investigating Chevron’s lawyers at Gibson Dunn for their patently unethical conduct, and instead focusing on me, a sole practitioner and human rights advocate?”
Gibson Dunn’s aggressive approach and willingness to cross the ethical line for its clients has frequently backfired against the law firm.
In a case eerily similar to Donziger’s experience, Gibson Dunn recently was sanctioned by the High Court of London for fabricating evidence to try to frame a political opponent of its client, then the President of the African nation of Djoubati. The Montana Supreme Court fined the firm $9.9 million for engaging in “legal thuggery” while a New York federal judge sanctioned Gibson Dunn for engaging in “unacceptable shenanigans” including hiding documents and outright lies. In the Ecuador case, the firm threatened the Ecuador trial judge with prison time unless he ruled in Chevron’s favor. (See this article by Greenpeace’s Weyler for a summary of Gibson Dunn’s many problems.)
Some of Donziger’s defenders, including human rights lawyer Page (see here), say he has been targeted with what is probably the most well-financed corporate retaliation campaign in history. Chevron in 2011 sued Donziger for $60 billion – thought to be the largest potential personal liability ever – before dropping the entire damages claim on the eve of Kaplan’s “racketeering” trial to avoid a jury of impartial fact-finders. Under the U.S. Constitution, a claim not involving money damages can be heard by a judge alone – a fact understood by Chevron that Donziger said guaranteed he would not be able to mount a meaningful defense given Kaplan’s obvious bias in favor of the company. (See this press release and this report for the many procedural and ethical problems with the Kaplan trial.)
The Racich report also corroborates the sworn testimony of Donziger, who repeatedly has said under oath he engaged in no wrongdoing and that Guerra's testimony was false. For Donziger’s main appellate brief challenging Kaplan’s factual findings, see here.
For purposes of protecting his due process rights and bearing witness to a flawed process, Donziger said he plans to invite the public to his post-suspension hearing where he will try to reverse the bar’s decision to designate him as an “immediate threat to the public order.” However, the first “referee” appointed to oversee that hearing, corporate defense attorney Paul Doyle, resigned after several prominent lawyers backed Donziger and criticized the lack of due process afforded by the grievance committee. It also turns out that Doyle had represented Union Carbide in the Bhopal disaster in India.
Building upon the company’s strong commitment to sustainability, Southwire recently launched its 2017 sustainability report, written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option. This online report details Southwire’s progress toward its sustainability commitments and features the company’s management approach and achievements in its most significant, or “material,” sustainability topics.
The report covers all areas of sustainability at Southwire, including the company’s most significant impacts, opportunities, sustainability goals and strategies, which align with its five tenets—Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.
“At Southwire, we work hard every day to discover, develop and distribute sustainable solutions that exceed the expectations of our stakeholders around the world. In doing so, our goal is simple: We want to go from good to great,” said President and CEO, Rich Stinson. “We continue to build on our nearly seven decades of rich history by looking to the future—a future where needs will be met through high-end systems and solutions, and a future guided by the technologies, forces and trends shaping our industry. This report helps us clearly define the steps we are taking to ensure the sustainability of our business and maximize the positive impact we can have for our stakeholders.”
Southwire released its first GRI report in 2015, detailing the company’s progress on sustainability goals from 2014. This first report demonstrated Southwire’s strong commitment to transparency around the company’s sustainability initiatives. Southwire’s 2017 report features an updated materiality assessment, further guiding Southwire’s focus on the sustainability topics most significant to the business and its stakeholders.
“As we look toward the 2021 goals we’ve set for our company, it’s incredibly important that we focus on the topics that will most significantly contribute to our progress and our improvement,” said Jeff Herrin, SVP of Sustainability, EHS and Quality. “Our updated materiality assessment helps to clarify what is most important to those we interact with daily and those who will be influenced by our decisions, both today and in the future.”
As referenced in the report, 2017 yielded positive growth for Southwire, highlighted by strong business results, the definition of a five-year growth strategy, a deeper focus on the environment, significant efforts toward safety improvements and much more. A major highlight of the 2017 report included the company’s commitment to the UN Global Compact.
“We signed the UN Global Compact in July of 2017, becoming one of more than 12,000 signatories in 170 countries who are working to take actions that advance societal goals,” said Herrin. “To be a company that can sustain itself through many generations, it is important to align with these initiatives so that our communities around the world continue to prosper and thrive.”
Some of Southwire’s other notable accomplishments for 2017, within its tenets of sustainability, include the successful acquisition and integration of DCN Cables; the grand opening of its Thorn Customer Solutions Center; the development of a formalized inclusivity program and record efforts through Giving Back, specifically in the area of disaster relief.
“As I’ve said before, it is our priority that Southwire remains generationally sustainable for 100 years and beyond,” said Stinson. “I am incredibly proud to lead this great organization, made up of now more than 7,500 talented people across the globe that are working together to ensure we remain an industry and community leader for years to come.”
Full access to Southwire’s 2017 sustainability report is available at southwiresustainability.com.
A leader in technology and innovation and an emerging influence in the industrial electrical space, Southwire Company, LLC, is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit southwiresustainability.com.
Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) announces the release of its Genuine Responsibility™ 2017 report now available on its new dedicated CSR website www.genuineresponsibility.com. This year’s report, once again prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Comprehensive option, highlights the Company’s 2017 results, key priorities and future commitments toward its vision of Making Apparel Better™.
“We are pleased to share the social and environmental results from our operations in 2017,” said Claudia Sandoval, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship. “This year we have reset our strategic priorities, based upon an extensive materiality assessment performed with our stakeholders. We have also anchored our focus to specific United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as part of a larger collective vision for affecting change in the protection of our planet and the well-being of its inhabitants. As a Company, we understand that our continued growth and success demands that we proactively implement sustainable solutions throughout our operations and honour our commitments to caring for our people, conserving the environment and creating stronger communities.”
Caring for our People
Gildan’s commitment to its 50,000 employees worldwide goes well beyond offering fair wages, to creating sustainable programs that create positive impacts for its employees, their families and the communities where it operates. Aside from delivering more than 2 million of training and development hours last year, the Company provided over 181,000 free medical consultations, U.S. $4.8M towards free transportation and U.S. $15.8M in subsidized meals for employees.
As diversity and inclusion is an important pillar for the Company, Gildan has pursued a variety of initiatives designed to provide development opportunities to women, including the Women’s Empowerment Program in collaboration with World Vision Honduras, the Women’s Leadership Series and other initiatives. The Company hopes to inspire, engage and support women in developing their leadership skills in both their professional and personal lives. Today, over 42% of Gildan’s management positions are filled by women.
Conserving the Environment
In 2017, Gildan successfully reduced its water intensity per kg of production by 10% through continued investments in new technologies and innovation. Recognizing the value of this important resource, Gildan is piloting several research projects to reduce its water extraction loads by reintegrating recovered water back into its processes.
Gildan’s impacts on climate change are largely driven by energy consumption in its operations. Biomass steam generation operations have allowed the Company to generate 43% of all used energy from renewable sources in 2017. The Company made further investments into technologies, such as absorption chillers, which harness thermal energy from steam to create cool air for the Company’s air conditioning systems in several facilities, significantly reducing energy demands and corresponding GHG emissions.
Creating Strong Communities
Gildan is committed to generating positive economic impacts in the regions that go beyond the scope of its operations. In 2017, the Company purchased U.S. $150M from local suppliers and prioritized hiring of local talent. As a result, 83% of all management positions in its operations are held by local employees.
Gildan also invests in developing infrastructure in its communities to support health and education. In Honduras, the Company contributed U.S. $518,000 towards the refurbishment of the newborn unit at the Mario C. Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This new facility will provide care and services to more than 3,000 infants, annually, addressing both acute and chronic illnesses.
Through its American Apparel® Pencils of Promise campaign, the Company contributed more than U.S. $200,000 to help raise awareness and support for child literacy, building new schools, improving infrastructure and providing support to teachers in Guatemala and Ghana.
In further support of youth education in developing countries, the Company donated U.S. $75,000 to Room to Read® to implement a Girls’ Education Program in Bangladesh, and established a library and literacy program at a school in Dhaka.
Once again last year, the Company was recognized for its ongoing commitment to operate responsibly through its inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fifth consecutive year. It remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the World Index.
Gildan is a leading manufacturer of everyday basic apparel which markets its products in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, under a diversified portfolio of Company-owned brands, including Gildan®, American Apparel®, Comfort Colors®, Gildan® Hammer™, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Therapy Plus™, Peds® and MediPeds®, and under the Under Armour® brand through a sock licensing agreement providing exclusive distribution rights in the United States and Canada. Our product offering includes activewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and legwear products sold to a broad range of customers, including wholesale distributors, screenprinters or embellishers, as well as to retailers that sell to consumers through their physical stores and/or e-commerce platforms. In addition, we sell directly to consumers through our own direct-to-consumer platforms.
Gildan owns and operates vertically integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. With over 50,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive Genuine Responsibility™ program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuineresponsibility.com, respectively.
Comcast today announced it has now connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, which is the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S. The company connected more than two million people in the last year alone, which is the largest annual increase in the program’s history. The company also announced it will significantly expand eligibility – for the eleventh time in seven years – to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast footprint. According to the United States Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, less than 70 percent of low-income veterans have Internet access, and about 60 percent own a computer.
“This program has had an enormous impact on millions of families and children who now have high-speed Internet at home, many for the first time in their lives,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “We’re excited to extend that same opportunity to more than one million, low-income veterans. Veterans have stood up for our country; now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources.”
Since 2011, Comcast has invested more than half a billion dollars to support digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 8.5 million low-income Americans. In addition, the company has sold more than 85,000 heavily subsidized computers.
Comcast attributes some of the recent growth of Internet Essentials to its easy-to-use mobile application, which now accounts for more than a third of all enrollments. In addition, the company today released a new seven-year progress report. It contains detailed information about customer demographics and insights, as well as a history of the program’s evolution and key milestones. The company has also redesigned its Internet Essentials Learning Center with new content from Common Sense Media and ConnectSafely.org. The site now includes a variety of free videos, tools, and resources that can help individuals learn vital Internet safety and digital skills.
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who were recently named as ambassadors and spokespeople for the company’s corporate values initiatives, will join Cohen on a multi-city tour to visit local communities and raise awareness about the Internet Essentials program. Both were instrumental in Team USA’s defeat of Canada for the gold in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, and are passionate advocates for gender equity.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Comcast to help close the digital divide for families, students, seniors, and veterans,” said Monique Lamoureux-Morando. “People without an Internet connection at home are missing out. Students need the Internet to do their homework. Parents and veterans need the Internet to more easily search and apply for jobs and access healthcare information.”
“We know how important a home Internet connection is,” added Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. “In our lives, we’ve also learned first-hand how important it is to stand up for what you believe in. We want to encourage others to use the Internet to stand up for what they believe in and to make the world a better, fairer place, not just for themselves, but for the next generation, too. You can’t change the world if you’re not online.”
The move to extend Internet Essentials eligibility to low-income veterans is the second largest expansion in the program's history. For details on how to apply, please visit: www.internetessentials.com/apply.
According to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, 81 percent of all U.S. households subscribe to broadband at home, but only 63 percent of households with an annual income of less than $35,000 do. To attack that problem, Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design meant to address each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified. These include: a lack of digital literacy skills, the lack of a computer, and the absence of a low-cost Internet service. The program is also structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.
A SC Johnson Brasil anunciou hoje que foi reconhecida como uma das Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar de 2018 pelo Instituto Great Place to Work®. A organização obteve a classificação 5 na relação de Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar de Médio Porte do Brasil. Este é o quarto ano consecutivo que a operação brasileira da SC Johnson é reconhecida na lista de Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar, lançada anualmente pelo instituto, e seu quinto reconhecimento geral.
Recentemente, a operação da SC Johnson no Rio de Janeiro também foi reconhecida como Melhor Empresa para Trabalhar de 2018, obtendo a primeira colocação na lista de Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar de Médio Porte no Rio de Janeiro. Este é o quarto ano seguido que a SC Johnson do Rio é reconhecida, e a primeira vez que obtém a primeira colocação no ranking.
“O contínuo reconhecimento de nossas operações no Brasil é uma sólida evidência de seu compromisso de manter excelentes locais de trabalho”, declarou Fisk Johnson, presidente do conselho e CEO da SC Johnson. “Parabéns a ambas as equipes por continuarem desenvolvendo seu excelente trabalho.”
A lista de Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar é o maior estudo anual de excelência no local de trabalho realizado no mundo. O ranking é determinado pelos resultados de uma pesquisa de opinião junto a funcionários e por informações fornecidas sobre cultura, programas e políticas de empresas. Os ótimos resultados da SC Johnson Brasil são atribuídos a melhores pontuações tanto na seção de feedback dos funcionários da avaliação do instituto como na auditoria de cultura, que mede a aprovação de valores e crenças presentes em uma organização.
As equipes do Brasil e do Rio se unem à SC Johnson Itália, Venezuela, Alemanha, Grécia, Reino Unido, México, Canadá, América Central, Turquia, Suíça, Nigéria e Índia na lista dos Melhores Locais de Trabalho de 2018. Também foram anunciados neste ano os prêmios de Melhores Empresas para Trabalhar regionais para as operações da empresa na Europa e na América Latina.
Nos Estados Unidos, a SC Johnson já integrou 29 vezes a lista da revista Working Mother das “100 Melhores Empresas para Mães que Trabalham” por seus programas e benefícios que apoiam pais e mães trabalhadores, entre eles, licença-família remunerada, flexibilidade de horário e promoção de mulheres.
Além disso, em 2017, a empresa recebeu uma pontuação perfeita de 100% no índice de igualdade corporativa (Corporate Equality Index) da organização Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Essa homenagem da HRC marcou a 13.ª vez que a empresa recebeu uma pontuação perfeita e seu 16.º ano de reconhecimento na lista de igualdade no local de trabalho.
Sobre a SC Johnson
A SC Johnson é uma empresa familiar dedicada a produtos inovadores e de alta qualidade, à excelência no local de trabalho e ao compromisso de longo prazo com o meio ambiente e as comunidades onde atua. Com sede nos EUA, a empresa é um dos principais fabricantes mundiais de produtos de limpeza doméstica e produtos de armazenagem doméstica, purificadores de ar, controle de pragas e cuidados para calçados, além de produtos profissionais. A empresa comercializa marcas consagradas, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® nos Estados Unidos e em outros países. Estão entre suas marcas fora dos EUA: AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR. MÚSCULO® e RIDSECT®. Com 132 anos de história, a empresa gera US$ 10 bilhões em vendas, emprega aproximadamente 13 mil pessoas em todo o mundo e vende produtos em quase todos os países. www.scjohnson.com
SC Johnson Brazil today announced it has been recognized as a 2018 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organization earned the No. 5 spot on the list of Best Medium-sized Multinational Workplaces in Brazil. This is the fourth consecutive year SC Johnson’s Brazil operation has been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list, and its fifth recognition overall.
Recently, the SC Johnson operation in Rio de Janeiro also was named a 2018 Best Workplace, ranking No. 1 on the list of Best Medium-sized Workplaces in Rio de Janeiro. This is the fourth year in a row SC Johnson’s Rio business has been recognized, and the first time it has earned the No. 1 ranking.
“The consistent recognition of our operations in Brazil is a strong acknowledgement of their commitment to maintaining great workplaces,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Congratulations to both teams for continuing to build on their good work.”
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. SC Johnson Brazil’s strong results are attributed to improved scores in both the Employee Feedback section of the Institute’s assessment and the Culture Audit, which measures approval of values and beliefs within an organization.
The Brazil and Rio teams join SC Johnson Italy, Venezuela, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Central America, Turkey, Switzerland, Nigeria and India on the 2018 list of Best Workplaces. Regional Best Workplace awards for the company’s Europe and Latin America operations also have been announced this year.
In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.
Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com