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United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact Network Canada to Host Conference to Accelerate Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:44am

Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact, is hosting “Making Global Goals Local Business - Canada”, a two-day conference that aims to accelerate progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada, taking place on September 9th & 10th 2019 at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto.

Organized in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact as part of the UN’s Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, this event will provide an opportunity for private sector leaders to share best practices and learn from others operating in the same business environment.

The two-day event will bring together corporate and sustainability leaders from more than 100 Canadian businesses, alongside the Canadian Global Compact network, national leaders from civil society, federal and provincial governments, and the United Nations. It serves as a unique opportunity for Canadian business leaders and corporate sustainability frontrunners to showcase their efforts and contributions - both at a national and international level - in achieving the Global Goals.

“We know that the only way to truly make the Global Goals a reality by 2030 is to focus on collaboration and impact on the ground,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “By taking conversations from the global to the national level, these Making Global Goals Local Business events will focus on how global strategies translate into local solutions to help achieve the Goals.”

“Our participation in this Global Compact Network Canada conference provides Scotiabank with the opportunity to both demonstrate the important leadership role we believe the private sector can play in advancing sustainability goals, and to learn and be inspired by others,” said Brendan Seale, Chief Sustainability Officer at Scotiabank, and one of the featured speakers at this conference. “Financial services support economic progress, allow people to pursue ambitions and create more widespread future opportunities. Scotiabank delivers on this through our focus on Sustainable Business and that’s why our involvement in the conference is a natural one.” Scotiabank will be the official host sponsor of this conference.

Some key themes of the conference include:

  • Innovative business solutions and opportunities for strategic public-private partnerships in advancing the SDGs

  • Perspectives and outlook from the Canadian C-Suite on the 2030 Agenda

  • Advancement of technology and its impact on the future of work

  • How businesses can avoid “SDG-washing” in their quest to embrace corporate sustainability practices

It is hoped that through sparking multi-stakeholder discussions at the conference, Canadian corporate and government leaders in attendance will be able to share their insights around complex and interconnected sustainabwility issues, explore new market opportunities, and innovate around the Global Goals. 

About the Global Compact Network Canada

Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact - a network of companies and organizations who are committed to spearheading sustainable business solutions and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The GCNC supports corporate sustainability among Canadian businesses by spearheading the SDGs and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for peer-learning, innovation, and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

To learn more about GCNC, visit our website www.globalcompact.ca and follow us on social media @globalcompactCA

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org.

MetLife Named to FTSE4Good Index

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:44am

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today that it has been named to the FTSE4Good Index, which highlights companies with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. 

Created in 2001 by FTSE Russell, a wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group, the FTSE4Good Index helps promote a greater focus on sustainability among businesses and investors.

“MetLife’s inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index reflects our longstanding commitment to managing critical ESG issues sustainably and effectively,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Tim Ring. “How we manage our investments and environmental issues, and our efforts to improve financial health and support our talent, all help us deliver on our purpose and enhance the impact we have on society.”

FTSE Russell evaluates companies across several ESG factors. Overall, MetLife rated above average for the life insurance industry and substantially higher than the average for the financial services industry. When looking at individual score components, MetLife received especially high marks — well above the life insurance industry average — on issues such as risk management and environmental stewardship.

On governance, MetLife separated its Chairman and CEO roles in 2019. On operational risk, the company in 2018 expanded its Enterprise Risk Committee — which identifies and mitigates material risks to MetLife — to include senior leadership from all business units.

MetLife also has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and supports a wide range of low-carbon initiatives. In 2018, it invested more than $1.1 billion in green initiatives, bringing its total portfolio of green investments to nearly $17 billion. At year-end 2018, these investments included equity stakes in 60 LEED-certified real estate properties, along with ownership stakes in close to 40 wind and solar farms powering almost 1.5 million homes.

You can read more about MetLife’s approach to climate change in the company’s statement on the topic.

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About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (MetLife), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.

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Tech Industry Leaders Launch a Global Network Platform to Use Technology to Address Challenging Human Rights Issues

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:44am

The Innovators’ Network to Enable Human Rights (INHR) held a multi-stakeholder Innovation and Design Workshop at Verizon’s New York, NY offices on July 18-19 2019. Participants included top executives, practitioners, and thought leaders from the technology sector and human rights community. Tech company leaders such as Verizon, AT&T, Swisscom, Fujitsu, T-Mobile US, Taiwan Mobile, Deutsche Telekom were joined by representatives from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Humanity United, Oxfam, and the United Nations among many others. The Workshop’s objective was to identify potential solutions that use digital technology to help protect the rights, safety, and security of workers in global supply chains. It also identified the next steps that information and communication technology (ICT) and human rights leaders should take to work collaboratively.

The Challenge

Every industry faces an urgent need to ensure that they are sourcing their products from suppliers that actively respect the human rights of their workers. Yet, holding suppliers accountable and ensuring workers across the global supply chain are protected remains to be one of the most challenging tasks for companies to manage.

“Digital technology has great potential to aide corporate buyers, their suppliers, human rights advocates, and workers within the supply chain,” said Luis Neves, Managing Director of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (“GeSI”). The INHR’s (an initiative of GeSI) objective is to help meet this potential, by collaboratively developing innovative solutions enabled by digital technology and AI to enable the rights of workers within supply chains across all Industry sectors.

The Workshop generated ideas from some of the world’s leading human rights NGOs, ICT companies, and technology-savvy entrepreneurs to help solve issues related to:

  • Increasing the accountability of suppliers across the value chain

  • Empowering workers to protect their rights

  • Protecting workers from abuse, duress and forced labour.

"Once implemented, these innovative ideas will be a game changer to the current traditional supply chain management approach. While transformational changes have been occurring in the past few years, getting a group like this together has allowed us to approach the issue from multiple angles and find solutions using new technologies to boost their potential effectiveness," said James Gowen, GeSI Chairman.

Media enquiries 


Ugo Realfonzo, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative

Email: ugo.realfonzo@gesi.org

Telephone: +32 2 282 8442  

About the INHR

The INHR is an initiative that was created by GeSI (Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative). The initiative was created after GeSI launched the #Enabling Rights: The Transformative Potential of Digital to Enable People’s Rights report. This extensive report details the potential of digital technologies to support those working to advance civic, political, and economic rights around the world. It highlights specific digital technology solutions that are being applied to address a dozen pressing human rights challenges affecting billions of individuals. The report calls for the industry to work with human rights defenders to develop, promote, and apply technology for human rights. The report has a key recommendation to create the Innovators’ Network to Enable Human Rights (INHR). GeSI then made the steps to build the INHR, a network that can coordinate the collective capabilities of digital industry leaders, human rights organizations, policy-makers, academia, and social innovators, to accelerate and scale up the development and application of technology that enables human rights.

About GeSI

GeSI’s mission is to build a sustainable world through responsible, information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled transformation. GeSI comprises 30+ members from the world’s leading technology companies, along with dozens of partners leading efforts to advance environmental and social sustainability. GeSI is a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT.

Trane Unveils Building and Community Investments in Tyler to Deliver Environmental, Social and Business Benefits

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:35pm

Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, held a celebration of its business, social and environmental sustainability on July 25. Mayor Martin Heines and other community dignitaries joined Trane business leaders, customers and employees to:

  • Celebrate the high-performance, energy efficient Trane and American Standard HVAC products manufactured in Tyler, TX

  • Cut the ribbon on a $5.3-million renovation to the facility to modernize its offices and showroom, and create a space for its new dealer diagnostics center

  • Present three grants from its charitable foundation to further children’s education, workforce development, and economic mobility in Tyler

Trane unveiled its efficient renovated space and new Nexia® dealer diagnostics center, which enables HVAC dealers and contractors to remotely monitor and diagnose HVAC performance and efficiency. The investment creates a healthy, comfortable, and aesthetic workspace, and makes the site a destination for customers.

“This is a celebration of our commitment to customers, employees, and our community,” said Ted Crabtree, integrated supply chain leader for Trane Residential HVAC and Supply. “As a major employer in the area, we are excited to make these investments in our facility. They help to make this a great place to work, and create a showplace for customers and partners. In addition, with our grant giving, in-kind donations, and volunteer outreach, we strive to help the people in our community live and thrive.”

Trane leaders presented $15,000 in grants to:

  • Discovery Science Center, to sponsor 40 campers grades K-6, and waive fees for lower-income children

  • Chapel Hill Career Center and Technical Education’s brazing program, to complete a brazing room for up to 120 students; Trane also donated equipment for the training room and are installing to mirror Trane methods 2

  • Whitehouse Independent School District Education Foundation, to support STEM education in title 1 schools. Whitehouse ISD has a high concentration of economically disadvantaged students.

The donations are part of the company’s commitment to strengthen economic mobility and bolster the quality of life in the communities where it operates and serves.

“We’re grateful for this grant, which supports our Maker Space and Robotics camps and helps us further our mission,” said Chris Rasure, executive director from Discovery Science Place. “We have been partnering with Trane for many years through volunteering, funding and board involvement to champion STEM education here in our East Texas community. This is one more example of how the company helps kids build passion for learning and knowledge of technology and science.”

The Tyler building investments and donations are in line with the company’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments, which it announced last month upon accepting the World Environment Center's 35th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The company designed these commitments to:

  • Meet the challenge of climate change including reducing customer carbon footprint from buildings, homes and transportation by one gigaton1 CO2e– equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined.

  • Transform its supply chain and operations to have a restorative impact on the environment including achieving carbon neutral operations and giving back more water than we use in water-stressed areas.

  • Increase opportunity for all, strengthening economic mobility and bolstering the quality of life of our people including gender parity in leadership roles, a workforce reflective of our community populations, maintaining livable market-competitive wages and broadening community access to cooling comfort, housing and food.

To learn more, visit www.IngersollRand.com/2030.


About Trane
Trane is a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), which advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Trane solutions provide comfortable indoor environments through a broad portfolio of reliable, energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, parts and supply. For more information, visit www.trane.com.

ACCP Presents The Forum: A CSR Immersion Program for corporate citizenship Professionals With Three to Five Years of Experience

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 9:35am

The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) has opened registration for The Forum: A CSR Immersion Program, which will be held from October 29 – November 1, 2019 in Chicago, IL. Registration is open until October 21, 2019. For more information or to register visit accprof.org

The Forum attendees will be immersed in an interactive, in-depth crash course in corporate social responsibility. Perfect for those new to the field or early in their career, this course begins with educational sessions and ends with a group exercise that will simulate real-world situations that CSR professionals often encounter in their work. Attendees will learn how to develop and grow CSR programs within their organization, as well as engage employees and upper management in corporate volunteerism, giving and other CSR programs.

Spaces for The Forum 2019 are limited, so register today! 


Founded in 2005, The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals is the membership association for companies committed to corporate citizenship, and a career-long resource for purpose-driven professionals. ACCP advances the field of corporate citizenship and serves as a strategic resource for its community of impact-driven professionals from 200+ member companies—including Fortune 500s, mid-size companies, small businesses and start-ups—so that they can do the most good in their companies, their communities and around the world. For more information, please visit www.accprof.org.

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)!

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:33pm

The presence of Global GreenTag LLC, Americas in the US market is set to be enhanced further. The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED framework of Rating Systems. The program is among the most stringent product disclosures in the world, and now noted by LEED and USGBC (US Green Building Council) as a Program that is formally recognized for not only LEED v4.1 but also v4.0, appearing in the next digital updates of the LEED Technical Manuals.

Global GreenTag Americas was launched in the USA last November at the GreenBUILD expo and conference hosted annually by USGBC, the creator of the LEED building certification program.

Thrilled by the USGBC decision, Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas says “USGBC Technical Staff and the TAG did a thorough review and have approved the GreenTag Product Health Declaration for inclusion in the ‘REACH Optimization’ pathway for LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 rating systems’ compliance internationally for The MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 2. Bringing the GreenTag PhD to LEED is one of the outcomes that we have been working towards. We were very pleased to read in the USGBC report that our PhD program:

“… builds upon SDS/GHS regulatory reporting and goes further than required by LEED to include the evaluation of process chemistry (in some instances), end use product ingredients, and exposure/risk in the in-use phase. For these reasons, the program exceeds what is required in scope for the LEED Option 1 credit in some ways…”

Joining with Global GreenTag last November to help accelerate sustainability at a product level in the US, Huard warmly acknowledges the work of founders of Global GreenTag International, David Baggs (CEO and International Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM) and Mary Lou Kelly  (Managing Director) “for their support, ongoing determination and work in leading GreenTag's Australia based staff to evolve GreenTag’s  product certification protocols, such that they continue to be the best in the world. It is a well-earned validation of the GreenTag Certification Team’s tireless work, who are all very appreciative of USGBC’s decision.”

Following its increased rigor update of late 2018, the 2019 GreenTag PhD now provides content inventory to the 100ppm level, “which equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world, says Huard, and for building professionals this means that any question of stringency of content inventory evaluation is more than satisfied for all of GreenTag’s PhD certifications from January 1, 2019 forward.  In addition, all PhDs issued previously will be updated as well to the new protocol by June 30 2019 to ensure that all LEED practitioners can have confidence that where a LEED credit is mentioned on a GreenTag PhD there is formal recognition within LEED of that product’s LEED credit relevance.”

Global GreenTag also is developing a training program and narrative translator documents on the PhD for LEED Project reviewer(s) to insure that the ingredient, amount, role, and hazard for all ingredients present in the final product is made available in one or other of the compliant formats and to efficiently articulate the easiest way to find that data assisting in reviewer determination.

GreenTag Program Director, David Baggs says “we are new to the US but greatly look forward to helping the market better understand our certification protocols, which are based on factual data, detailed science and ISO standards compliance (among others). Understandably for some, while definitely LEED recognized and relevant they are not so familiar. That said,” Baggs adds:

“Our PhDs are unique for other good reasons, in that we take the ingredient hazard flags and through a thorough risk assessment, we eliminate the hard work for green professionals wanting to not only use LEED but also go beyond LEED and understand the actual health impact of the product in use via the ‘GreenTag HealthRATE’ rating. These Health ratings are included on our PhDs, so from the multiple perspectives of LEED compliance, time saving and healthy building creation they are a win-win-win outcome for manufacturers and green professionals, alike.”

Huard says that he is “so proud of Global GreenTag’s collective commitment to materials transparency certifications and particularly its dedication to collaborating with USGBC, WELL™, Green Star® and other global sustainability Ratings Systems to bring about reporting methodologies, which make it easier for our client’s products to be validated compliant and consequentially helping in the review process for LEED Building Certifications.”

Additionally, says Huard, Global GreenTag has begun collaborating with HPDC and others in the product ingredient transparency space to help harmonize the way hazard information is presented following the release of LEED v4.1 “such that LEED MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 1 documentation is more consistent for reviewers to find and also ensuring that our PhD certifications along with the collaborators will be accepted without need for a translation document.”

Watch out for GreenTag PhDs as they are updated on www.globalgreentag.us, www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.


For more information, contact: Daniel Huard

Cell: +1 702.604.3359

Email:  ceo@globalgreentag.us

CV: Daniel A. Huard

Global GreenTag CV: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

AEG Teams Up With Mayor Eric Garcetti to Boost Diversity in Entertainment Industry Through Evolve Entertainment Fund

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, recently teamed up with Mayor Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles to host the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF) 2019 Summer Kickoff at L.A. LIVE on June 15, 2019.

The EEF is a public-private partnership aimed at creating new opportunities for communities that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry through an alliance between the City of Los Angeles, industry leaders in entertainment, such as AEG, and digital media, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

“We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood — whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "But to reach our goals, we need the support of entertainment industry leaders, like AEG, to open the door with game-changing opportunities for people who have been historically underrepresented in our signature industry."

Following orientation at STAPLES Center, during which more than 100 young professionals heard from panelists and guest speakers on the importance of networking and developing a personal brand, the group headed to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE for an intimate panel with Issa Rae and her team from Issa Rae Productions, where she was introduced by AEG’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs.

“We are proud to support this important initiative that opens doors for so many people in our community who are seeking their first break,” said Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, AEG. “At AEG, we are committed to investing in a diverse workforce and expanding employment opportunities to capture the most promising talent. Diversity in all areas- including diversity of thought and experience is the key to the continued success of our industry.”

EEF is geared toward building career pathways into film, television, and music for women, people of color, and low-income Angelenos through paid internships, focused mentoring, and an ongoing series of workshops and panels.

In 2018 when the initiative was first launched, AEG hosted two paid internships for EEF participants and is committed to supporting EEF through additional internship opportunities.

About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas;   AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events;  and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.

Media Contact

Allegra Batista

Taproot Foundation Launches Newly Transformed Matchmaking Platform Taproot Plus

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

 Taproot Foundation is transforming how nonprofit and social change organizations access the pro bono support they need to achieve their missions by launching the newly redesigned matchmaking platform Taproot Plus at www.taprootplus.org.

Each and every day, social change organizations are tackling our communities’ most critical issues. And they often do so without access to the marketing, HR, technology, or planning resources they need to help those they serve. Taproot Plus makes it simple for organizations to find and connect with skilled volunteers—for free—who are looking to share their expertise pro bono.

“We are passionate about providing more organizations with the pro bono service they need to thrive,” said Lindsay Firestone Gruber, Taproot Foundation’s President and CEO. “As the only free platform of its kind, Taproot Plus is a game-changer for the sector, poised to connect tens of thousands of organizations with pro bono support that will enable them to expand their impact exponentially. And with this redesign, we’re making access to pro bono service easier than ever before.”

Since its launch in the fall of 2014, Taproot Plus has already dramatically expanded the reach of pro bono services, infusing the sector with support worth over $18.6 million by connecting more than 4,800 nonprofits globally to over 125,000 hours of expertise. Companies, including Blue Shield of California and Morgan Stanley, a financial supporter of the redesign, are also using the platform to engage their employees in pro bono service, providing a customized experience that reflects their brand, expertise, and commitment to social impact.

Features of the new Taproot Plus design include:

  • A sleek, fresh user experience that makes it easier than ever for nonprofits and skilled volunteers to receive and give pro bono support.

  • New project management functionality, including ways to track applications to projects and streamline communications—all from within the platform.

  • For corporate pro bono practitioners and managers, a new enhanced dashboard that gives administrators greater control of the custom metrics they report on, like employee engagement rate, value donated, and more.

Explore the new Taproot Plus Now >

Interested in engaging your employees in pro bono service through Taproot Plus? Connect with us for a demo of this powerful platform.

Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers who provide 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 have served more than 6,500 social change organizations providing 1.68 million hours of work worth over $190 million in value. Taproot has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. www.taprootfoundation.org

CONTACT Crystal Hendricks-Kretzer, Director of Marketing and Communications pr@taprootfoundation.org Taproot Foundation http://www.taprootfoundation.org www.taprootplus.org @taprootfound

Hanesbrands Partners With Free The Girls to Support Women Rescued From Human Trafficking

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

HanesBrands, a socially responsible global marketer of everyday basic apparel, has joined forces with the nonprofit group Free The Girls to help women rescued from human trafficking re-establish their lives.

The company’s more than 200 retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, which operate under the HaneBrands, Hanes, Maidenform and L’eggs-Hanes-Bali-Playtex nameplates, are accepting new and gently used bras to be donated to Free The Girls. Prominently placed collection boxes make it easy for store patrons to drop off bra donations from home or leave a bra behind when purchasing a new one. Donated bras are used by Free The Girls to help human trafficking survivors in Mozambique, El Salvador and Costa Rica establish secondhand apparel resale businesses to earn sustainable incomes.

“Partnering with Free The Girls is a natural fit for HanesBrands, a company known for producing a wide array of apparel designed to empower women,” said Missy Sage, the company’s vice president of retail store operations. “We are pleased to put the power of our retail operations behind this visionary organization to raise awareness of this important issue and provide an opportunity for the millions of people who visit our stores each year to take part in addressing the needs of survivors.”

Stores are already reporting a very positive reaction to the partnership, Sage notes. A consumer shopping in a Locust Grove, Georgia, HanesBrands store was so inspired by the program that she returned the next day with 50 bras she had collected for donation.

“We are so grateful HanesBrands chose to make a tangible difference in the lives of human trafficking survivors by partnering with Free The Girls,” said Courtney Skiera-Vaughn, executive director of the nonprofit. “For nearly a decade, we have been working to help previously exploited women lead vibrant and successful lives – and we rely on influential brands and compassionate individuals to help make this vision a reality.”

Free The Girls provides survivors with initial bra inventories at no cost, along with free financial planning, budgeting, inventory management and other critical support services to assist the women as they start their businesses. The organization also provides low-cost inventory replenishment once businesses are up and running.

“Why bras is typically everyone’s first question and the answer is very simple,” Skiera-Vaughn noted. “In many developing nations, bras are sought-after apparel that command top dollar. By selling bras, a survivor is transformed into an entrepreneur, which provides a sense of direction and the economic freedom to support herself and her family.”

Participants in the Free The Girls program have used proceeds from their businesses to buy land, house their families, attend universities and expand their businesses – or start new ones. Skiera-Vaughn also reports that 100% of the women in the program have enrolled their children in school.

HanesBrands’ partnership with Free The Girls is part of the company’s award-winning Hanes for Goodcorporate social responsibility commitment that focuses on workplace quality, environmental stewardship, philanthropy and community building.

For more information on Hanes’ CSR initiatives, visit www.hanesforgood.com. Log on to www.freethegirls.org to learn more about the organization’s programs.

Free The Girls

Free The Girls®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2010 to help women rescued from human trafficking reintegrate into their communities. The organization provides opportunities for survivors to make a safe and sustainable income selling donated bras in the second-hand apparel market and offers needed support services to help these women achieve their dreams. Learn more at www.freethegirls.org or connect on social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/freethegirls), Instagram (@freethegirlsbras) or Twitter (@freethegirls).


HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including HanesChampionBonds, MaidenformDIM, Bali, PlaytexBras N ThingsNur Die/Nur Der, Alternative, L’eggsJMS/Just My SizeLovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with the company via social media: Twitter (@hanesbrands), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc), Instagram (@hanesbrands_careers), and LinkedIn (@Hanesbrandsinc).

FedEx Announces Next Stage of its Global Community Engagement Program – FedEx Cares 50 by 50

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is proud to announce the next stage of its global community engagement program – FedEx Cares 50 by 50, a new journey to deliver hope, change and new possibilities for 50 million people by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. FedEx launched the new strategy after exceeding its goal to invest $200 million in 200 global communities by 2020 six months early.

“At FedEx, we believe that when we connect people and possibilities, we can change the world,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corporation. “FedEx Cares 50 by 50 will allow us to continue to work with some of the world’s top nonprofits to move the needle on social challenges like sustainable transportation, road safety and youth unemployment. We will also focus on the unique needs of local communities where we live and operate by creating connections with community leaders and supporting nonprofits. In short, we are delivering hope, change and new possibilities for 50 million people.”

FedEx Cares 50 by 50 will launch at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational hosted at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Justin Rose, the 2018 FedExCup champion, will participate in a “Putting for Positive Impact” challenge to help generate up to a $50,000 donation from FedEx to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in which the funds would positively impact patients.

“It is truly an honor to be part of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 launch celebration at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational,” said Justin Rose, 2018 FedExCup Champion. “I’ve admired the company’s commitment to using its PGA TOUR sponsorship to positively impact communities across the globe, and I look forward to seeing how they continue to do so through FedEx Cares 50 by 50.”

Tournament attendees will also have the chance to positively impact St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For every 50-foot putt made by fans at the practice putting green between Thursday, July 25 and Sunday, July 28, FedEx will make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, up to $10,000, on behalf of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 program.

To learn more about the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 campaign visit fedexcares.com and follow #FedExCares or FedEx on social media on FacebookTwitter via @FedEx and Instagram via @FedEx.

About FedEx Cares 50 by 50

FedEx Cares is our global community engagement program and one way that we live out our purpose of connecting people and possibilities. Launched in 2019, FedEx Cares 50 by 50 is our goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by our 50th anniversary in 2023.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $70 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

Black & Veatch: Insightful Charging Infrastructure Planning Critical to Enabling Cost-Effective Electric Fleets

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

Driven largely by economics, rising air pollution from vehicle emissions and new advances in technology, transportation is transforming and becoming more sustainable, competitive and innovative. U.S. sales of passenger electric vehicles have soared in the last decade. Now, as automakers prepare for mass production of a new line-up of medium- and heavy-duty electric vans, buses, delivery trucks and semi’s, smart fleet and sustainability managers are taking notice.

“Not only does the commercial and industrial sector have a responsibility to meet tough emissions standards set by regulators, but as economics come in line, businesses that don’t electrify will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage,” said Paul Stith, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business.

Electric fleets require well-designed power delivery and charging facilities. Planning for charging now – with the understanding that it may take up to a year or two from plan to charge – sets electrification programs up for success. Black & Veatch’s latest free electronic book,Electric Fleets, outlines eight steps to guide the process, inform scheduling and plan for optimal charging facilities.

To capitalize on the benefits of electrification, fleet and sustainability managers must navigate a new maze of technologies, infrastructure choice and supply chains. Electrification programs will be different for each organization – some may electrify entire fleets, while others may begin with a smaller trial project to demonstrate proof-of-concept.

“Insightful planning is critical to long-term program success,” said Randal Kaufman, Sales Director for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “A company may choose to roll out five or 10 electric vehicles to start, but thinking ahead to future charging needs will allow for scalability and resilience while minimizing total cost of ownership.”

Fleet and sustainability managers who invest in electrification roadmaps for each facility will be in the best position to capitalize on funding opportunities as these vehicles hit the market.


Editor’s Notes:

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. 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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Timberland Unveils Latest Eco-Innovation with Brooklyn EK+ Collection

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

In 2007, outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland set new standards for eco-conscious design with its original Earthkeepers® boot. Today, the company unveils the Brooklyn EK+, an Earthkeepers® Edition footwear collection that once again reflects the brand’s pinnacle expression of eco-innovation.

The new Timberland® Brooklyn EK+ was designed and made in line with the theme of “Reduce. Recycle. Rethink.” It features uppers, linings and laces made of 100% ReBOTL™ material (recycled plastic bottles), and soles made with 34% recycled rubber. The sport-inspired silhouette is incredibly lightweight, and features the Aerocore™ Energy System for high-rebound cushioned comfort. Perfect for lighter weather, and a lighter footprint.

“Around the world, the use of plastic water bottles is on the rise, and many of these end up in our landfills and oceans,” said Colleen Vien, sustainability director for Timberland. “As a global community, we need to re-think how we’re using our resources. At Timberland, our goal is for 100% of our footwear to have at least one major component made using recycled, organic or renewable material. Today we’re at 75%, thanks to styles like the Brooklyn EK+.”

Over time, Timberland has given the equivalent of more than 345 million plastic bottles new life in its products. 

The new Brooklyn EK+ Collection launches today at select Timberland® retail stores in the U.S. and Europe, as well as online at timberland.com. It comes in slip-on and lace-up styles, with a suggested retail price of $120.

About Timberland

Founded in 1973, Timberland is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying – and protecting -- nature. 
At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world. To share in Timberland’s mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, timberland.com or follow us @timberland. Timberland is a VF Corporation brand.


Kansas City’s Chamber of Commerce Honors Black & Veatch’s Diversity, Inclusion Emphasis

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm

With a global footprint as an infrastructure solutions leader, Black & Veatch has committed to workplace diversity and inclusion more reflective of the more than 100 countries on six continents in which the company has offices. The 104-year-old engineering, procurement and construction giant now proudly announces that those efforts are being recognized.

During the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Power of Diversity” breakfast, Black & Veatch was named winner of the “Champion of Diversity” award, presented to a regional business “that has made a durable commitment to embracing diversity in their workplace, diversity supplier partnerships, and the community.”

Black & Veatch believes that diverse workplaces foster better decision-making, economic growth and career development – and in April, the company’s top executive formally put the company’s weight behind it. Steve Edwards, Black & Veatch’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge. As part of that initiative, Black & Veatch commits to nurturing a trusting workplace that prizes inclusiveness, enables conversations about D&I, expands education about unconscious bias and examines both best and unsuccessful practices aimed at creating an inclusive work environment.

“We champion that a diverse, inclusive workplace reflects our clients and the world, contributing directly to our success. We accept this award as a testament to that,” Edwards said, noting that research shows that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially and are more innovative. “But the bottom line is that our emphasis on diversity and inclusion is simply the right thing to do.”

Black & Veatch has taken strong steps to foster D&I, developing training around implicit and unconscious bias, and encouraging and raising participation in employee resource groups (ERGs). The company recently welcomed an intern class that included more women, veterans and people with disabilities and ethnic backgrounds over previous years. When Ingram’s in May named Black & Veatch as one of the publication’s best companies to work for – among other things for its D&I focus – Edwards called the company’s valuing of differences across its workforce its competitive strength.

“The fact that we’re employee-owned can and should give rise to varying voices that make us more innovative, imaginative and competitive,” said Stephanie Hasenbos-Case, Black & Veatch’s Chief Human Resources Officer under whom an internal advisory board is being developed to advise, guide and put into play D&I initiatives that will then be monitored. “We’re bringing out the best in our people by embracing different backgrounds and perspectives, but more work remains.”

The chamber said the award is given to a business that demonstrates adherence to practices that support the business case for workforce diversity as a strategic initiative by ensuring that the diversification of staff, suppliers and community outreach is a normal part of their organizational practice, policy and culture. Such practices are inclusive regardless of race, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital or military status.

“We’re thrilled to name Black & Veatch as this year’s `Champion of Diversity,’” said Joe Reardon, the chamber’s president and CEO. “Their commitment to diversity and inclusion is having a positive impact in Greater Kansas City and at their offices worldwide. (Edwards) set the tone from the top down when he signed the CEO Action pledge, but members of the Black & Veatch team are going above and beyond when it comes to offering inclusive health benefits, creating employee resource groups that reflect the company, leading the way in supplier diversity, and overall evolving how they do things on a daily basis.”

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch recently received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, the HRC’s benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. 

  • Black & Veatch’s D&I efforts have been recognized globally, including being named by Forbes as a top employer for diversity.

About Black & Veatch 
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. 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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Whirlpool Corporation Scores 100 Percent on 2019 Disability Equality Index

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:33pm
Whirlpool Corporation Scores 100 Percent on 2019 Disability Equality Index

Whirlpool Corporation has been named one of the best places to work for people with disabilities as part of the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI), the nation's most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool allowing America's leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. For the third year in a row, Whirlpool Corporation joined a small league of companies with a 100 percent score on the DEI for outstanding commitment and leading disability inclusion practices.


Solar Power World: Black & Veatch Among Nation’s Top Solar Power Contractors

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:32pm

With renewable energy expected to be the fastest-growing source of new U.S. electricity generation for the next several years, Solar Power World has named Black & Veatch among the top U.S. solar contractors, ranking the company sixth of 415 installers on the magazine's 2019 “Top Solar Contractors” list. The company also is ranked as the third top solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider in the United States and as the No. 2 solar installer in Florida.

“Accelerating global demand for clean, sustainable energy such as solar power makes this a dynamic, exciting and transformational time in the electric industry,” said Dave Leligdon, senior vice president and director of global renewable energy for Black & Veatch's power business. “This Solar Power World ranking affirms our leadership in delivering solar innovation that helps our clients achieve their goals of generating power and lowering their carbon footprints.”

The “Top Solar Contractors” list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the “Top Solar Contractors” list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year.

“Solar Power World enjoys assembling the “Top Solar Contractors” list each year, and our 2019 edition features hundreds of companies making big impacts in local energy markets," said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. "Solar power is becoming competitive with traditional electricity sources in more markets, and cities and states are demanding more renewable energy options. It's a great time to be a solar installer, and we're happy to highlight the best installation companies in the country on our list."

The U.S. solar market is expected to see 14 percent growth in 2019, with over 12 gigawatts of new solar power added to the grid this year — enough to supply 2.28 million average American homes. That increase in installations is attributed to strong residential and commercial interest in renewable energy as part of a diversified, low-carbon national energy mix.

Around the globe, solar, wind power and other distributed energy technologies are taking an increasingly prominent position in the energy mix. In Asia, major markets include Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, with combined solar capacity additions expected to triple in the next five years.

Editor’s note:

  • Earlier this month, Black & Veatch announced that it has reorganized its global power business, elevating the focus on the company’s renewables business and launching a distributed energy operating group.

  • The company has been supporting solar and floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project development and implementation since 1973.

  • Black & Veatch has executed more than1,500 MWac of solar EPC projects since 2016. The company provides siting and permitting, design, independent and owner’s engineering, and operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions to global clients seeking to deploy solar technologies.

About Black & Veatch 
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. 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.

About Solar Power World

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

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JIM SUHR | +1 913-458-6995 P | +1 314-422-6927 M | SuhrJ@bv.com

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Solar Power World

Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief



Bartlett Tree Experts Supports Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA® Program for Second Year

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 6:32pm

 Bartlett Tree Experts supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program for the second year. Tree Campus USA recognizes colleges and universities across the country for effective urban forest management and student engagement in conservation goals.

Bartlett Tree Experts has supported the Tree Campus USA program as a signature sponsor, helping to raise awareness of the program to colleges and universities across the country.

“Thanks to partners like Bartlett Tree Experts, we can continue to grow the Tree Campus USA program and drive more campuses across America to strive for Tree Campus USA recognition each year,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “This program sets an example for not only students, but the surrounding communities on how trees are a critical part of healthier and more sustainable communities.”

With the support of Bartlett Tree Experts, the program has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $51 million in campus forest management in 2018.

Since its partnership, Bartlett Tree Experts has hosted bi-annual webinar opportunities for college and universities to better understand how they can engage in the program. It has also facilitated a Tree Campus USA summit at the Bartlett headquarters in Ohio. 

To earn Tree Campus USA recognition, campuses must meet five standards: maintain a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. There are currently 383 campuses across the country with Tree Campus USA recognition. This year marks the eleven-year anniversary of the program.

More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.


About Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company.  The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management.  Bartlett has locations in 27 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruningpest and disease managementfertilization and soil managementcabling and bracingtree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. To find out more, visit the company’s web site at www.bartlett.com.


Danny Cohn +1 (402) 473-9563 dcohn@arborday.org Arbor Day Foundation

2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer: Sustainable Supply Chain Awareness Grows, ‘Compliance Trap’ Hinders Progress and Business Impact

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:32pm

 EcoVadis today released its 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer: From Compliance to Performance, which offers insight into how sustainability is evolving in procurement priorities, and the tools and processes being used to drive tangible improvements and business results. Conducted with NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, the analysis suggests organizations are placing greater emphasis on business ethics and labor and human rights practices compared to three years ago. 

While commitment to sustainable procurement has increased significantly over the past three years (81%), most companies today are still managing programs from a compliance standpoint, a trap that leads to limited engagement and lacks incentives to drive performance and long-term improvements. The study found that 66% of procurement organizations cite regulatory compliance as a critically important aspect of their sustainable procurement programs, which could mean companies aren’t realizing that more innovative approaches are available that can drive competitive advantage and business value.

“The importance placed on regulations is quite striking, but not surprising given the global awareness and growth in supply chain due diligence and reporting laws. While keeping up with compliance is important, a compliance-only approach could compromise the business benefits awaiting companies that move beyond “checking boxes” to truly engage suppliers,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-CEO of EcoVadis. “Embedding programs into corporate strategy, leveraging external databases and integrating them via a balanced scorecard approach will inherently address compliance concerns while also delivering long-term value.”

Despite the emphasis on compliance, organizations in sustainable procurement are seeing their programs progress and drive positive impact. Other key findings include:

  • Executive-level support has increased significantly. In 2013, the number one obstacle facing procurement teams was executive and board support (50%). Today, leadership buy-in is only seen as a challenge for 13% of respondents (compared to 24% in 2017).

  • There’s a clear return on investment. Over half (58%) of respondents say they’re better able to mitigate risk through sustainable procurement, and 30% say their programs contribute to cost reduction. Other benefits include innovation and access to new categories (25%) and improved procurement metrics (24%). Companies with mature programs reported more benefits across the board – risk mitigation (88%), cost savings (35%), innovation (29%) and improved procurement metrics (53%).

  • Greater emphasis is placed on all sustainability themes. For 34% of procurement organizations, labor and human rights practices have become significantly more important over the past three years and 33% say business ethics have become more important. Only 22% observed the same shift in environmental concerns.

Depth of supply chain visibility is still a major challenge, with 45% of organizations saying this insight remains with tier-1 suppliers. Nearly a quarter have a line of sight into tier-2, and 4% say they have visibility past tier-3. 

When it comes to the tools, policies and best practices used by buying organizations to encourage responsible behavior, most (64%) have a supplier code of conduct. Contract terms are the most common method used by buying organizations (35%) to engage suppliers on performance improvements, with 42% of organizations having a specific contract clause relating to sustainability. An encouraging 22% of procurement organizations collaborate on sustainability improvement strategies with suppliers and 38% say they have a sustainable procurement policy in place. 

"We are delighted to partner with EcoVadis on the 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer,” said Tensie Whelan, director of NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. “The findings underscore the need for companies to better monetize their sustainability strategies and transition from a compliance-oriented mindset to an innovative and growth-oriented approach that can drive competitive advantage and value for society."  

The 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer analyzes data from 210 buying organizations across all industries and geographies and was complemented by an independent study of 399 suppliers. In-depth interviews followed with selected participants.

For a complete look at the key trends and issues in the sustainable procurement landscape today, download the 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer

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.

About NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) envisions a better world through better business. Housed within the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, the CSB works to ensure that current and future business leaders possess the knowledge and skills they need to embed sustainability in their core business strategy. In doing so, they can reduce risk, create competitive advantage, and develop innovative services, products, and processes—all while improving financial performance and creating environmental and social value. CSB’s seminal programs include educational offerings on sustainable business, cutting-edge research on the drivers of better business behavior, outreach and thought leadership programming and career development support for students. CSB was founded in January 2016 by Tensie Whelan, the former President of Rainforest Alliance, who continues to lead it today.


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Webinar: Introduction to Georgia Drawdown

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 6:30pm

What are the most promising solutions for achieving carbon neutrality in Georgia?

Inspired by Project Drawdown, Georgia Drawdown is an initiative to review 100 global solutions and identify a short list of those solutions that are most relevant in Georgia. Launched by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Georgia Drawdown is led by Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, and Emory University in conjunction with partners across the state.

The team is looking not only at the emission impacts but also the benefits that go “beyond carbon”: providing new economic opportunities for the state, advancing equity, and improving air quality and health. And we’re looking for help!

Tune in for the first webinar on Friday, August 2, 2019, 1:00-2:00 EDT.

Register here.

The Salvation Army Teams Up With Walmart to “Stuff the Bus”

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:30pm

The Salvation Army and Walmart are joining forces to help kids succeed this year by providing back-to-school supplies to children in need. “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will be hosted at nearly 3,000 participating Walmart stores nationwide on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

The “Stuff the Bus” events are open to anyone who would like to donate new school supplies to children in need. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help stuff the bus at the store. The Salvation Army will then distribute the school supplies to local children in need.

“The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of volunteers and community members to support local youth heading into the school year,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, national spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “By donating school supplies, The Salvation Army and its supporters ease the financial burden parents experience leading into the school year and ensure our communities’ kids are equipped and ready.” 

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services, helping them overcome poverty and economic hardships. 

To help spread the word about all the ways The Salvation Army serves children in need, television personality Melissa Rycroft will make an in-store appearance in Dallas, TX to shop for school supplies for local families in need. 

By providing school supplies to children in need, The Salvation Army will offer these students a boost of self-confidence and equip them with the materials needed to succeed in the school year. All donations made at the “Stuff the Bus” events will remain in the local community.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org/usn/Walmart-Stuff-the-Bus/.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operations around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood


Equitable Food Initiative Receives Walmart Foundation Grant to Promote Responsible Labor Practices in Mexico

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:30pm

Equitable Food Initiative has received a $1.2 million grant from Walmart Foundation to advance responsible labor practices through workforce development programs on fresh produce farms in Mexico. The grant runs through the end of 2020.

Since 2012, EFI has worked to build its social assurance program in the United States and Mexico. In 2018 the potential for social assurance programs to advance labor protection received new impetus when the fresh produce industry published the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices. The charter outlines guiding principles and effectively elevates labor concerns to the same critical level as food safety. While the charter provides a vision for the accountability and transparency sought by the fresh produce industry, suppliers will need additional tools and resources to fully abide by charter principles and provide verification to customers and consumers.

The Walmart Foundation grant supports EFI to offer workforce development and certification programs to more Mexican suppliers. But the grant also supports outreach to and collaboration with like-minded organizations that want to expand social assurance protections for produce farmworkers in Mexico. EFI will work with partners to develop training workshops, assessment tools and other materials that introduce continuous improvement and problem-solving strategies that promote responsible labor practices on Mexican farms.

Another key focus of the grant is to strengthen EFI’s capacity to develop responsible recruitment programs, to work with and build the capacity of Mexican organizations and to engage public and private sector leaders on recruitment challenges.

“The grant support allows EFI to work across groups of growers, to expand its direct programs, and to deliver capacity, learning and tools more widely than its immediate networks. EFI is well-positioned to drive this needed learning, collaboration and problem-solving, given its experience implementing its assurance program in Mexico over the past several years,” said Karrie Denniston, senior director, Walmart.org, which represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.

“The ethical charter is an important commitment and market signal for improved practices, but it will take leadership and investment from a range of stakeholders to ensure that the principles laid out in the charter become the norm for the produce industry,” said Peter O’Driscoll, executive director for Equitable Food Initiative. “We applaud the Walmart Foundation’s grant-making to build capacity in this area and look forward to implementing our program and to working with other stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors to promote the charter.”

About EFI

Equitable Food Initiative is a nonprofit certification and skill-building organization that seeks to increase transparency in the food supply chain and improve the lives of farmworkers through a team-based approach to training and continuous improvement practices. EFI brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumers to solve the most pressing issues facing the fresh produce industry. Its unparalleled approach sets standards for labor practices, food safety and pest management while engaging workers at all levels on the farm to produce Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured® fruits and vegetables.

Twenty grower-shipper companies to date across 39 commodities in four countries have begun applying the EFI workforce development model. These efforts have improved company bottom lines and the lives of more than 30,000 farmworkers who are experiencing opportunities for advancement and skill development. Participating retailers have paid more than $6.5 million in bonuses to farmworkers through EFI’s premium program.

For more information about Equitable Food Initiative, visit www.equitablefood.org.


NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference