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The Disney Conservation Fund Awards 2018 Conservation Grants

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:50pm

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) is providing grants totaling more than $8 million to support the work of 80 nonprofit organizations this year, The Walt Disney Company announced today.  The grants are part of Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which pairs the company’s philanthropic dollars with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team and other employees to maximize the impact of conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.  Including these new grants, DCF has awarded more than $70 million to date to support conservation efforts around the world.

DCF actively supports the world’s leading conservation organizations with funds and professional resources to save wildlife and habitats, inspire action, and protect the planet.  This commitment is reflected through the fund’s comprehensive focus on stabilizing and increasing the populations of 10 different at-risk species including apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers.  DCF also provides grants to support conservation programs that engage communities in comprehensive solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats.

 “Each program we support through the Disney Conservation Fund is an inspiring example of the power of people to make a difference around the world, an important reminder for each of us as we celebrate Earth Month,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.  

Since 1995, the DCF has:

  • Helped to conserve more than 400 species around the world.

  • Supported more than 2,000 conservation projects, helping more than 600 nonprofit organizations working hand-in-hand with communities to protect wildlife worldwide.

  • Recognized 150 Disney Conservation Heroes for their efforts to protect wildlife living alongside their communities in 47 countries.

The majority of funding for these grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and select Walt Disney World Resort locations.

Some of the programs receiving grants this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program- Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation: In 1986 only nine condors remained in the wild. Santa Barbara Zoo and partners are working to increase California condor populations through captive breeding, careful management, education programs with local communities and research to encourage self-sustaining populations through the California Condor Nest Guarding Program.

  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement- Save the Rhino International: Black rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia in 1998, but after successful law enforcement and conservation collaboration, 25 rhinos were reintroduced to Zambia's North Luangwa National Park between 2003 and 2010. Save the Rhino International is protecting this population of black rhinos by providing teacher training workshops, supporting school curriculums focused on wildlife conservation and implementing community events and park visits that allow children and adults to connect with nature.

  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon- Fauna & Flora International: The critically endangered Cao Vit gibbon, also known as the eastern black-crested gibbon, is threatened by loss of habitat from cattle grazing and illegal logging.  Fauna & Flora International is protecting the last population of these gibbons in northern Vietnam by strengthening community conservation teams to help government rangers in forest protection, wildlife monitoring and enforcement activities, by providing environmental education at local schools and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils- Global Wildlife Conservation: Non-native species threaten the survival of many native Australian wildlife species and as a result, impact ecosystems and human livelihoods. Global Wildlife Conservation is working to reverse the decline of the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland and re-establish it as an apex predator, while raising public awareness about challenges faced by Australia's wildlife.

  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation- Marine Resources Development Foundation: Seagrass beds are diminishing worldwide but serve a critical role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing sediments and providing food and habitat for marine wildlife. The Marine Resources Development Foundation is leading seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys to monitor and understand ecosystem health, and engaging students and teachers from around the country in hands-on field work, data analysis, and classroom curriculum to raise awareness about seagrass habitat conservation.

For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.


Disney is committed to conservation and caring for the planet– ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured and protected. For more than 60 years, animals have been a part of Disney storytelling, and these stories continue today alongside immersive experiences that connect kids and families around the world with the magic of nature. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has inspired millions of people to take action to protect the planet and directed more than $70 million to reverse the decline of wildlife in more than half the countries in the world through efforts that engage communities in conservation.

Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 40,000 Pounds of Protein to FeedMore

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:50pm

In celebration of the spring TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race, Smithfield Foods, Inc., and Kroger joined forces at Richmond Raceway over the weekend to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization. Assisting with the donation was Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Smithfield’s contribution is part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Now in the program’s 10thyear, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. Smithfield’s donation, equivalent to more than 161,000 servings of protein, will help individuals in need across Central Virginia.

“At FeedMore, we are able to continue to provide nourishment to our neighbors in need through our valued relationships with generous partners like Smithfield,” said Tim McDermott, chief development officer for FeedMore. “Through this significant donation of protein from Smithfield, we will be able to distribute healthy meals to families that sometimes struggle to put food on the table across the 34 counties and cities in Central Virginia that we serve.”

Smithfield, Kroger, and Stewart-Haas Racing representatives presented the donation to FeedMore during the annual Track Takeover Driven by AAA spring fan event at the Richmond Raceway this weekend. Members of all three organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation. The donation will provide protein to much of FeedMore’s service area, which includes more than 200,000 individuals who face hunger each day.

“Kroger and Smithfield continue to drive ‘Zero Hunger, Zero Waste’ through our combined efforts to eliminate hunger," said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic Division. "At Kroger, we are passionate about providing nutritious food. We understand that wholesome meals matter, and are the centerpiece to making a positive impact for families and individuals in need.”

This is the 16th 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.

Additionally, this donation aligns with Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home. This initiative supports Kroger’s goal to eliminate waste across the company by 2025, and the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spiritä.

“It’s an honor to join Smithfield again on the road to end hunger and provide relief to those who need it most,” said Almirola. “Taking part in Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program is a great privilege, and we are hopeful that this donation of nutritious products will fill the plates of families, neighbors, and friends for weeks to come.”

“At Smithfield, we take great pride in our responsibility to help alleviate hunger, especially within the communities we call home,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We are proud to partner again with Kroger and provide FeedMore with a donation of wholesome protein to the many in need that the food bank serves within our home state.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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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.

About Kroger

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable

About FeedMore 

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the more than 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of nearly 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

About Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers great racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 370 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

CA Technologies Springs Into 12th Season of Giving Through Annual Volunteer Initiative

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) kicks off its 12th annual CA Together in Action initiative, which runs the week of April 23-27, with employee volunteer projects scheduled to take place around the world.

From land, beach and public space cleanup and preservation, to feeding the hungry, environmental education and restoration projects, packing and shipping books to school children in Africa – and supporting the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for young people – CA employees will join together to help make a difference. 

As a technology company, CA has a clear and vested interest in the advancement of STEM learning and fostering the future talent pipeline of technology leaders. CA Together in Action projects will encompass a variety of employee engagement opportunities focused on the advancement of STEM learning. This includes:

  • Allston, MA: CA Technologies will team up with West End House to support staff in a variety of activities with club members, which focus on academic support, leadership and career development, fitness and nutrition, and visual and performing arts.

  • Chicago, IL: In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), CA employees will host a Tech Girls Rock workshop, aiming to encourage teen and tween girls to pursue an interest in STEM-related educational opportunities and careers.

  • New York, NY: CA employees will participate in Governor Andrew Cuomo's "If You Can See It, You Can Be It": A Day for Girls to See What Is Possible, partnering with PENCIL to host a Career Panel for students from the Talented & Gifted School in East Harlem.

  • New York, NY: CA employees will join PENCIL to participate in“Demo Day”, as middle school teams gear up for the 2018 Guppy Tank App Challenge, where middle school students compete to create an app that will revolutionize New York.

  • Santa Clara, CA: CA employees will partner with Citizen Schools to host a group of middle school students for a site visit and tour of CA’s Design Center, which showcases the company’s technology solutions.

  • Hyderabad, India: CA Technologies will partner with India Literacy Project, to help organize summer camps with coding sessions, arts and crafts and instruction in basic English and computers. The camps will run from April 13-28.

  • Milan, Italy: On April 26, which is Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) day, CA will partner with Regione Basilicata and the Chamber of Commerce Italy to help encourage young women to consider educational opportunities and careers in STEM fields.

“Through our CA Together in Action initiative, and philanthropic programs throughout the year, CA employees are committed to making a difference in the communities where they live and work,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Participation levels have continued to grow, since the program’s inception in 2005, demonstrating the commitment our colleagues around the globe have to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability for all.”

Projects are scheduled throughout the U.S. in locations including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH;  Ewing, NJ; Herndon, VA; Houston, TX; Islandia, NY; Lisle, IL; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Plano, TX; Portsmouth, NH; San Diego, CA;  Santa Clara, CA; and Scottsdale, AZ. Global projects will be organized in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Prague, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Several of the activities are being held with long-time nonprofit partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Connemara Conservancy, PENCIL, Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, and Robert Moses State Park.

“CA Technologies work with PENCIL— through ongoing school partnerships and, critically, its immersive support for student opportunities in STEM research and development—have helped create a powerful sequence of youth development experiences,” said Gregg Betheil, President, PENCIL. “CA Technologies has long been an industry leader and an ideal PENCIL partner, helping us inspire the next generation, reinforcing the advancement of STEM learning, and enabling us to continue our mission of connecting students to success.”

In Europe this month, CA employees in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, UK and Czech Republic will prepare to start delivering a series of “People Like Me” workshops. CA Technologies is a founding sponsor of the revolutionary “People Like Me” program; which aims to show girls - aged 11 to 14 - role models of young women like them, who are happy working in tech today.

“We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped STEM teachers to prepare and inspire Europe’s next generation – and collaboration between schools and industry is an essential step towards achieving this. STEM Alliance is very pleased to have CA Technologies onboard as a founding partner to help bridge this gap,” said Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European Ministries of Education.

Since the CA Together in Action initiative launched in 2005, more than 65,000 employee volunteer hours have been contributed and more than 1,300 projects have been completed. CA employees are encouraged to use up to three workdays annually to volunteer for company-sponsored activities of their choice. In addition, each fiscal year CA matches employees’ personal charitable contributions up to $10,000.

For more information on CA’s philanthropic partnerships and programs, visit ca.com/csr.

About CA Together

CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. CA Together activities include employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide. 

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

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Sustainability Standards Embrace GIS Technology

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

The exponential growth in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainability is not surprising. It is a technology that becomes more powerful the more people use it, and it offers the sustainability community a straightforward and universal platform to come together and build on each other’s work. 

GIS is not new to sustainability standards. They have been exploring the integrative power of this technology for some time. The Rainforest Alliance, for instance, has built an interactive map that shows all sites currently certified by the scheme. And the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) built a map for certified smallholders in Indonesia. 

These individual efforts have shown that GIS can help standards assess the performance and impact of certification by combining their own data sets with other layers of data related to deforestation, water scarcity, education, etc. This is powerful – it paints a clearer picture of the reality on the ground and enables standards to deliver a tailored approach to compliance and capacity building. Such an approach benefits all actors in the supply chain, especially because it can make certification more accessible for smallholders – a top priority for ISEAL members.    

The Global Living Wage Coalition and the Integrated Pest Management Coalition are two clear examples of the strong culture of collaboration within the ISEAL Alliance. And GIS is no exception.

Since September 2017, with support from GIZ and in collaboration with Global Forest Watch and the Rainforest Alliance, ISEAL members are rapidly building their capacity to use geospatial data. In the coming months, they will propose a joint strategy for the creation of a Certification Atlas, a single data layer showing the location of certified operations around the world.

At the same time, a group of ISEAL members have received a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund to build the skills of auditors to use GIS tools for sustainability auditing. The outcomes of the project will be a manual and an online platform for a community of auditors with e-learning assets and a forum to share experiences in applying GIS tools for sustainability auditing. If you are an auditor for a sustainability standard, do please help us understand your current use of GIS tools by completing this quick survey.

If you’re interested in the potential of GIS to make audits more effective and efficient and strengthen the evidence base for certification decisions, you’re in luck. We have planned a masterclass on the topic during the Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Sao Paulo on 23 May.

Join Alicia Bustillos, Project Officer at Accreditation Services International (ASI), at the GIS masterclass: the power of mapping during the upcoming Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Sao Paulo. We will explore how GIS tools are currently used by auditors, at what stages of an audit GIS can provide value, and show how a customised GIS platform can help detect illegal practices.

Social Impact 360 Announced 1st Service Corps for Business for Good to Transform the Future of Corporate Social Responsibility

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

At the height of the youth uprising, a second youth movement is poised to solve social issues.

On April 21st, 2018, Social Impact 360 (SI360), the only youth-led movement in the business sector dedicated to solving social issues, today announced it is creating the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good

A Teach for America meets Tesla, the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good will activate more than 1,000 SI360 alumni at startups and major companies nationwide on one-year service projects in the business sector. Their goal is to transform companies into socially responsible entities. SI360’s alumni base includes young CEO’s and accomplished innovators at companies such as Google, Tesla, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Accenture. SI360 alumni have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and MIC.

“SI360’s youth-led movement is here to change the business sector. We are dedicated to building businesses where social impact and the bottom line are valued equally, and the Service Corps for Business for Good will create that future by providing companies an affordable service to repurpose policies for social good and become more socially responsible,” said Allison Alt, SI360’s Executive Director.

The official announcement was made at SI360’s national Shift Series Conference in partnership with youth leaders from SI360, March for Our Lives, Black Lives Matter, the Head of Campaigns for DoSomething.org, Michaela Bethune, the largest organization mobilizing youth, and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, Steven Salsberg.

“The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and our member network of more than 250,000 companies are thrilled to see the launch of Social Impact 360’s 1st Service Corps for Business for Good and to partner with its efforts.  The spirit of responsible innovation that the youth of SI360 bring is exactly what business and our economy need today.  The raising of youth voices and their strong drive to create more responsible and sustainable businesses is an important step to addressing the pressing issues of our time,” said David Levine, Co-Founder and CEO of ASBC.

SI360’s grassroots, peer-to-peer youth network was created by college students at Georgetown and acts as a Dead Poet’s Society for young social entrepreneurs, teaching youth to build businesses for a social purpose. SI360 plans to expand to 20 chapters in the next two years. SI360’s annual Shift Series conference was held on April 21-22, 2018 at Fordham University, McNally Amphitheatre, at Lincoln Center Campus, 140 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023, from 10am-5pm EST, and featured pioneers in business for social change from Deloitte, Kenneth Cole, Ellevest, Vimeo, MIC, Raffa, Campbell’s Soup, BLab, Perlman & Perlman, and Phone2Action. Visit: https://socialimpact360.org/conference

Companies wishing to partner on the Service Corps: Contact Allison Alt, allison.alt@si360.org

About Social Impact 360

Social Impact 360 (SI360) is the first and largest mentoring organization in the country for training young social entrepreneurs at colleges nationwide. SI360 is dedicated to building a business sector where social impact is as valued as the bottom line. SI360 trains youth to build businesses to solve social issues, as well as how to create social impact in corporate America. For more information, please visit https://socialimpact360.org/.

Note to Editor: Photo available; credit to Social Impact 360. 

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Appendix: Media Contacts

Social Impact 360
Allison Alt, Executive Director, allison.alt@si360.org

American Sustainable Business Council
Bob Keener, Media Relations, bkeener@asbcouncil.org 

Head of Campaigns, Michaela Bethune, mbethune@dosomething.org

'A Family Campaign at Work for a Better World' Highlights SC Johnson's Global Impact

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

For the first time in nearly two decades, the company behind such ubiquitous and famous products as Windex®, Pledge®, Ziploc® and Glade® is updating its identity and putting a spotlight on its purpose by adopting a new tagline.

SC Johnson, which since 1998 has referred to itself as “A Family Company,” will now be known as “A Family Company at Work for a Better World.” For the global company, it’s not just a tagline – it’s a reminder that SC Johnson holds itself to a higher standard. SC Johnson has built a legacy of trust by demonstrating for decades that it is a family company that works tirelessly to meet the needs of consumers while protecting the planet for generations to come. 

“SC Johnson has a long legacy as a family company committed to doing what’s right, for our consumers, communities and the environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This is something we have been doing for generations, and we want people to know more about the many ways we are at work for a better world.” Johnson is the fifth-generation family leader of the global consumer products company, which has been headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, for 132 years.

In anticipation of the tagline change, SC Johnson is releasing three videos featuring Johnson explaining how the company acts with purpose to make a better world for the next generation. The videos can be found here. The campaign videos will appear on digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Instagram, Spotify, NPR and The Washington Post.

Perhaps nothing better exemplifies SC Johnson’s commitment to transparency than its science-based, peer-reviewed Greenlist™ program, which was created in 2001 and evaluates every product ingredient’s potential impact on people and the environment through a four-step process. This data-driven methodology helps product developers make the most informed choices with human health and the environment in mind.

SC Johnson has been a trendsetter and industry leader in transparency for decades. The company has been several steps ahead of its competition, disclosing the ingredients in its products sold in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific – with Latin America not far behind. The company has shared more than 99.9 percent of ingredients in most product formulas.

In 2017, the company took the bold step of disclosing the presence of 368 skin allergens that may occur in its products. Other companies use similar ingredients but have not taken the steps to disclose. This action went beyond regulations in the European Union, and in the U.S., where there are no rules requiring allergen transparency. The list of allergens – including which allergens are contained in specific products – has been published on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. SC Johnson’s efforts in allergen transparency follow a history of openness in its fragrance products.

“Now more than ever, consumers demand transparency from brands and we always try to be one step ahead to lead the industry to higher standards. The change we’ve made to our tagline reflects how we’re going above and beyond to give consumers what they need to make the best choices for their families,” Johnson said.

SC Johnson has a long history of environmentalism and prioritizes environmentally responsible practices across its business, from leading the charge to phase out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, to 65 percent of its manufacturing sites sending zero manufacturing waste to landfills, and working to find a way to recycle Ziploc® bags at curbside.

The company’s ethos is reflected in more than 130 years of humanitarianism and philanthropy around the globe. SC Johnson has improved lives in the communities it does business by donating 5 percent of its pretax profits to charities since 1937. As just one example, when the Zika virus epidemic broke out two years ago, the company donated $15 million in personal insect repellent products as well as provided educational materials to families on how to protect themselves from mosquitoes that may carry disease.


SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

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

National Forest Foundation Launches Ambitious Effort to Plant 50 Million Trees

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) launched an ambitious campaign to plant 50 million trees on America’s National Forests. The NFF initiated this effort to address the increasing reforestation needs on our National Forests.

Many Americans are unaware that an estimated one million acres of National Forests need reforestation. Every year, wildfire, insects and disease take their toll on these treasured public lands. The campaign calls attention to this issue and invites Americans to make a difference.

“We will address this need head on by planting trees where they are needed most,” said Mary Mitsos, NFF President. “Planting 50 million trees is an enormous challenge, but in that challenge we see opportunity – opportunity to engage Americans in their National Forests. Since every dollar donated plants a tree, each of us can plant several trees for the cost of a morning latte. It really is that easy.” 

Working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, corporate partners, small businesses and individual supporters, the NFF will direct its support to National Forests that need it most. The Forest Service only plants native trees, chosen specifically for each site. For every dollar contributed, the agency invests two additional dollars in these reforestation projects.   

“We see a growing reforestation need across our National Forests,” said Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief of the Forest Service. “It is fitting the Forest Service joins in launching this campaign as we celebrate Earth Day and work to sustain the natural resources that support our communities, livelihoods and life itself.  Through this reforestation effort, the Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation will work together to tackle this challenge. This is a public-private partnership at its best.” 

The NFF has already planted more than 11 million trees on National Forests across the country since 2008.  Reforestation projects like these:

  • Improve wildlife habitat for the thousands of wildlife species that call our forests home.

  • Restore watershed health, which benefits the millions of Americans who depend on our National Forests for water.

  • Improve forest health to ensure our forests are resilient in the face of climate change.

  • Enhance the beauty of our forests and people’s ability to enjoy them.

The NFF launched its campaign on Earth Day, April 22nd, and invites Americans and American businesses to join this effort. Through June 1st, a generous donor has offered to double every gift from individuals, so the NFF will plant two trees for every $1 donated. To learn more, please visit www.nationalforests.org/50million.


About the National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans’ outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.

In Canada, Chevron Faced Tough Questions During Critical Court Hearing Over $12b Ecuador Pollution Judgment

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:42pm

Chevron faced a series of tough questions from a three-judge appellate panel this week in Ontario over its continued attempt to evade paying a $12 billion environmental liability owed to Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador’s Amazon region following the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto ancestral lands.

Chevron packed one side of the courtroom for the two-day hearing with roughly 20 lawyers, but the company ran into strong headwinds from judges who must decide whether the Ecuadorians can gain access to a wholly-owned Chevron subsidiary (Chevron Canada) that holds enough assets to pay the entirety of the Ecuador judgment. Chevron has vowed never to pay the Ecuador judgment despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador; a company official once threatened the Indigenous peoples with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted in pursuing their claims.

Chevron now maintains that its Canadian subsidiary is a separate company even though 100% of Chevron Canada’s shares are owned by Chevron or other of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. See this summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron as found by Ecuador’s courts.

Highlights from the two–day hearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal include: 

**The judges essentially shut down Chevron’s lead Canadian lawyer, Larry Lowenstein, when he tried to talk about the company’s discredited “racketeering” judgment against the Ecuadorians from a U.S. court.  “We presume the judgment in Ecuador to be valid,” said Justice Ian Nordheimer. “I’m not sure where this argument is taking you.” Lowenstein then quickly took a seat after only a few minutes despite having a large book of notes that he apparently planned to speak from over the entire afternoon. Chevron’s argument ended at 3 p.m. when the court had allotted the entire day for the company to make its case.

(For more on Chevron’s discredited U.S. racketeering case, where it paid a witness at least $2 million for false testimony, see here and here. For how Chevron lawyer Lowenstein has tried to mislead Canada’s courts about the U.S. racketeering case, see here. For a criminal referral letter of Chevron to the U.S. Department of Justice, see here.)

**Alan Lenczner, a lawyer for the Ecuadorians, orally disclosed stunning evidence that Chevron Canada was under the control of Chevron and was not independent, as the company maintains as part of its effort to immunize the subsidiary from collection. Among the facts offered by Lenczner: Chevron Canada has been used by Chevron to funnel $3.3 billion annually to the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, with the profits from the operations in those countries flowing directly back to Chevron in the United States rather than to the Canadian subsidiary.

“Other than day-to-day operations, Chevron Canada has no significant authority to engage in its core and fundamental business,” said Lenczner. “Every step has required (outside) approval.”

**The judges also asked Chevron Canada lawyer Benjamin Zarnett whether Chevron had any interest in Chevron Canada given that the company owns 100% of the shares of its subsidiary. Zarnett’s response: “Corporations are separate legal entities even if they’re part of a group. It’s not an economic reality, but it’s a legal reality.” 

**Lenczner, the lawyer for the Ecuadorians, was asked about the discredited racketeering judgment issued in 2014 by a lone U.S. trial judge who determined in a civilk case that the Ecuador proceeding was fraudulent. Lenczner directed a full-throated attack on the U.S. trial judge’s decision, pointing out that Chevron (in the U.S. case) paid its star witness at least $2 million. The witness later admitted that he had lied under oath. The U.S. judge also relied on a limited evidentiary record that did not include the voluminous evidence of Chevron’s environmental contamination in Ecuador.

“The U.S. case is irrelevant and has no probative value in Canada,” said Lenczner during his argument. “The U.S. case is actually a great illustration of how Chevron committed fraud to evade its liability to the people it harmed in Ecuador,” Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer on the case, said after hearing the argument.

** Chevron also was dealt a blow when two of Canada’s leading Indigenous leaders attended the hearing in support of six Ecuadorian leaders who were present. The Canadian leaders included Perry Bellegarde, Canada’s current National Chief who leads the Assembly of First Nations, considered the world’s most powerful indigenous confederation; and Phil Fontaine, the thrice-elected National Chief of Canada. Fontaine visited the impacted area in Ecuador last year along with Canadian Grand Chief Ed John; both were harshly critical of Chevron’s misconduct.

While Chevron was hit with a number of setbacks during this week’s court hearing – company lawyers looked glum after Lowenstein suddenly was forced to stop his presentation – the long-running case seems to inadvertently have produced possible evidence of an apparent Chevron tax-avoidance scheme using its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary as the vehicle, according to Salazar.

“It appears Chevron is paying virtually no tax in Canada by sending billions of dollars of profits generated in the country to foreign governments, and then writing it off as a business expense,” said Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer on the case. “Chevron appears to be using Chevron Canada to cheat Canadians out of tax dollars while it cheats Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador out of their compensation for damaging their ancestral lands.” 

Attending the court hearing in Toronto in traditional dress were several Ecuadorian Indigenous and mestizo leaders, including Rafael Pandam, the President of the Amazonian Indigenous Parliament of Ecuador (which counts 325 parliamentarians); Hugo Camacho, a community leaders and founder of the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA), the grass roots organization that brought the lawsuit and leads the judgment enforcement effort; Janeth Cuji, a Kichwa leader and former top official of Ecuador’s Amazon Indigenous Confederation; Jaime Vargas, the President of Ecuador’s national federation, known as CONAIE; and Domingo Peas, a leader of Ecuador’s Amazonian Indigenous federation, which represents 11 Ecuadorian nationalities.

The Ecuadorians have won three straight unanimous appellate court decisions in Canada, despite the fact Chevron has hired at least 60 law firms and used an estimated 2,000 legal personnel in what is widely considered the most expensive corporate legal defense in history. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Indigenous peoples on a jurisdictional queston in a unanimous 2015 decision.

Chevron is also under increasing pressure from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and environmental groups to lift a sweeping confidentiality order that it has imposed on the court docket in the Ecuador pollution case. Among other problems, the Chevron order prevents scrutiny of the sworn testimony of a Chevron Canada corporate official about the large payments from the subsidiary to foreign governments. “Lifting this confidentiality order could potentially blow the lid off of Chevron’s attempt to hide its efforts to evade taxes in Canada and avoid the scrutiny of anti-corruption authorities in the United States,” said Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace. (Here is the CBC article about unsealing the documents.) 

Chevron also faces increasing opposition from Canada’s AFN and several prominent environmental groups in the United States and Canada led by Oakland-based Amazon Watch. AFN leader Wilton Littlechild blasted Chevron this week over its unpaid liability in a speech at the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues in New York, while Bellegarde also wrote a letter to Canada’s Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging consideration of new legislation providing for more “expeditious” enforcement of foreign judgments in Canada.

(See this short memo on the Canadian court action and a longer briefing memo. See this press release on the arrival of Ecuadorian Indigenous leaders in Canada. )

James Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts to Speak at 26th Annual Symposium Closing Awards & Recognition Gala

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:42pm

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce that MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO, James Murren, will provide the keynote address at the HACR Awards and Recognition Gala on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Four Season Las Vegas. The Awards & Recognition Gala closes out the 26th Annual HACR Symposium, 2 days of programming focused on Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America. MGM Resorts will serve as the host sponsor for the inaugural annual gala.

“Jim Murren has been a longtime champion for diversity and inclusion as CEO of MGM Resorts International. He leads by example when it comes to promoting greater diversity in Corporate America,” said HACR President & CEO Cid Wilson. “We thank Mr. Murren for his support of HACR and thank MGM Resorts International for serving as the host sponsor for our innaugural HACR Awards Gala.”

For more information on the 26th Annual HACR Symposium including the agenda and registration information, please click here. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow HACR on social media by liking us on Facebook, connecting with us on LinkedIn, and following us on Twitter using the hashtag #HACR2018.

About the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organizations in the nation representing 13 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.


Earth Day – Time to Reflect on Community Needs in a Global Context

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:42pm

With Earth Day in mind, CSE is preparing for the New York City Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program (2018 Advanced Edition), June 11-12, 2018.  

Earth Day – April 21 – in NYC will include the usual festivals, park hikes, and fundraisers.  Many will focus on plastics – the UN theme for the day.  For a port city, plastics in the water is an important issue.  This year’s focus will include upcycle demonstrations – integral to supply chains. 

Also key to urban centers – transportation.  From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Earth Day, Broadway between 26th and 47th Street will be car-free.  At least one Broadway theater is going green. 

Every kind of business imaginable will be participating, assessing their own impact.  Do you know how to assess yours?

In Atlanta, CSE focused on Supply Chain.  Atlanta is a hub to many local and global companies.  The Atlanta international airport is the busiest in the world.   EarthShare of GA, whose Earth Day festivities are region wide, joined participants from Macy’s, PWC and even the Latino network Univision in CSE’s training. 

Tailoring the training to highlight Supply Chain issues made sense.  A company's supply chain makes a significant impact and yet can be its biggest challenge in promoting human rights, fair labor practices, environmental progress and anti-corruption policies.

Earth Day is about more than the ground we stand on – it’s about the people who eat Mother Earth’s food, drink her waters and care for each other.  CSE designed our Toronto training to highlight SROI – Social Return on Investment.  SROI measures Earth Day values beyond financial statements.  It is the next evolution in sustainability accounting.

Both Supply Chain management and SROI are important tools in the CSE Certified Sustainability Practitioner training which will be presented in NYC in June.  We will also be in Houston, Sept.27, and by popular demand, back to Toronto, Oct. 25, 2018.

Led by award-winning CSE founder, Nikos Avlonas, CSE’s trainings provide the foundation trusted by Fortune Global 500 executives and needed to help corporations make every day an Earth Day.  What tools do you need?  Register now and let us know.

How Investors Consume ESG Data: Advice for Corporate Reporters from Wall Street – a 3BL Media Webcast, May 16, 12:30 p.m. E.T.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:42am

Investment management firms are pledging to build environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis into their financial models, elevating this key stakeholder group in importance as corporations strive to optimize they way they report on sustainability.

Join 3BL Media on May 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a free webcast detailing research on the ESG reporting preferences of fund managers and analysts at firms managing trillions in assets. Jane Madden, U.S. managing director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Burson Cohn & Wolfe and Daniel Nielsen, managing director of Great Lakes Advisors, will present the findings in this free event.


“Our recent ‘Trends in Sustainability Reporting’ webcast drew more than 400 registrants, a sharp increase from past years,” said Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media. “Companies are keenly aware of that BlackRock’s Larry Fink and a growing number of Wall Street firms expect to see the volume and quality of ESG reporting to increase.”

Hear details of a white paper produced by Burson Cohn & Wolfe and its sister firm, PSB Research, to identify investors’ consumption preferences for ESG data and contextual content—including organization principles, format and content. 

“We set out to evaluate how investors consume ESG data. We looked at diverse digital approaches, channels and content options to understand the most effective strategies for ESG reporting,” said Madden. Burson Cohn & Wolfe is one of the world’s largest, full-service, global communications agencies with deep expertise in digital and integrated communications, across all industry sectors.

Nielsen, who leads the sustainable and responsible investment and ESG integration strategies at the $7.5 billion Great Lakes Advisors, will discuss how chief sustainability officers can focus on the ESG issues most important for investors, driving collaboration with corporate investor relations functions.

“There is a pretty good gap of what investors are looking for and what corporations have been reporting,” said Nielsen, citing investment in human capital as a key metric for industries such as technology and pharmaceuticals, but not for retail.

This presentation will also include a focus on two platforms designed for companies and NGOs to drive awareness of their corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives – 3BL Media and ReportAlert.  Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, will moderate the discussion.

About 3BL Media

3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled network of sustainability professionals, journalists, bloggers, investors, academics, policymakers and influencers who are passionate about engaging on topics like education, environment, community involvement, supply chain and circular economy, volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Contact: Dave Armon of 3BL Media, darmon@3blmedia.com or +1.802.444.0177

Hawaii Brewery—Building Community One Pint at a Time

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:41pm

After the successful launch of their Hawaii County brewery and taproom in December, 2017, Ola Brew Co. announces a round-two equity raise of $200,000 to add an onsite restaurant and double brewing capacity for beer and ciders. The restaurant will serve food made from locally grown ingredients and the expanded brewing capacity will help Ola Brew keep up with local demand, which has quickly exceeded expectations. The offering—now live on the WeFunder crowdfunding platform—is made possible by the recent JOBS Act which, allows local investors to buy equity in new growing businesses.

Only two months after opening doors, Ola Brew Co. is quickly becoming the must see/must taste destination for visitors and local residents, alike. The draw—Ola Brew is Hawai’i’s first production brewery to specialize in both beer and cider made with island-grown ingredients.

Demand for Local Craft

While the rise of micro-breweries and micro distilleries nationwide continues to grow steadily, the cider industry is seeing a clear boom and a demand for more flavors and new styles of cider—and Hawaii is no exception. Since closing their first equity crowdfunding campaign in May, 2017, the Ola Brew Co team has been hard at work, bringing a new facility to life and perfecting brew recipes for their grand opening in December 2017. Since December, the team has exceeded projections in their taproom with  retail partners across Hawai’i Island; Ola Brew has also partnered with Paradise Beverage, Hawai’i’s largest beer distributor for statewide distribution of canned beer sales.

Facility and License

Ola Brew Co. is second to Maui Brew Co. to acquire a Hawaii Class 18 Liquor License—allowing them to produce beer, wine, and spirits. In 2017, Ola brew transformed an ordinary warehouse into a state-of-the-industry production facility and taproom. The facility’s current brew capacity is 6000 barrels per year and is equipped with a full canning and production line, which allows Ola Brew to share craft brews with the entire state.

Dedication to Community

Using a triple bottom line business approach, Ola Brew defines success by positively impacting the island’s economy, the environment, and its people. Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Naehalani Breeland says, “last year we purchased over $60,000 in local fruits to prepare for this year’s production. This year we plan to triple that.” 

Stakeholder Owned

The recent authorization of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act—signed into law May 16, 2016— allows and encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise capital from their trusted community rather than seeking tethered and unfamiliar angel investments.  Wefunder, Nick Tommarello says, “Everyone should have the right to invest in what they truly care about, and the people who care should have a say where the capital gets distributed.” So far, the JOBS Act has allowed hundreds of small businesses and individual investors to benefit.

Since the JOBS Act regulations were implemented, many small businesses across the US are adopting this model of fundraising. “We decided to utilize the WeFunder platform for a number of reasons,” says Brett Jacobson, CEO/Founder of Ola Brew Co.  Wefunder’s mission is to increase economic growth and lower wealth disparity, by sharing the rewards of capitalism more broadly, which directly relates to the goals at Ola Brew Co. Jacobson, also the founding CEO of local beverage company, Hawaiian Ola, has had a long-standing passion for supporting Hawaii’s agriculture and economy by empowering local farmers producing responsibly grown crops. “Rather than isolating community stakeholders,” says Jacobson, “we want to work with shoppers by making them shareholders of everything we do.”

The Big Picture

Ola Brew Co. set out to raise $2.9M—to date the brewery has raised $2.2M, of which $500K was raised from their first equity crowdfunding raise that closed last April and was used to fund the initial build out, purchasing tanks and production equipment, and construction to upgrade building infrastructure. 


About Ola Brew Co.:
 Ola Brew Co. is Hawaii’s first locally sourced and locally produced beer and cider company combined. The team is comprised of the seasoned beverage industry peeps that brought you the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company. Ola Brew Co. supports farmers growing responsibly grown tropical fruits, and is passionate about creating great tasting beers and ciders, which provides shoppers a local alternative to imported brews.

For more information, please contact:

Naehalani Breeland, President/Director of Marketing

Bristol-Myers Squibb Named One of America’s 2018 “Best-of-the-Best” Corporations for Inclusion by National Business Inclusion Consortium

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:41pm

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named Bristol-Myers Squibb to its annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities for a third consecutive year. 

“The Best-of-the-Best designation honors corporations for their commitment to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. “This designation is highly competitive and is bestowed only to corporations that we see constantly striving to strengthen and celebrate diversity. These corporations being honored are true leaders in ongoing global commitments to create a better future for all diverse communities in business.”

“It is such an honor to receive this award for the third time. It’s a testament to our continued commitment to the inclusive nature of our approach at work every day. Our strategic programs, coupled with passion and energy from each of our team members, make sure we are successful not just within the company, but also for our patients, and in our communities as well,” said Farryn Melton, chief procurement officer and member of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Global D&I Council. “From increasing spend with diverse suppliers in our global supplier diversity program, to promoting growth within our People Business Resource Groups (PBRG), Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to do great work within diversity and inclusion.”

NGLCC formed the National Business Inclusion Consortium in 2011, and its members represent a total of over $9 trillion in annual economic strength along with significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. Only companies achieving industry leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the NBIC, whose members include the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC); U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN); Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC); and WEConnect International.

“At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive culture that bring out the best in every person and advance our company mission to deliver innovative medicines to patients,” said David Gonzales, head of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “For us, it’s vitally important to promote the long-term growth of diverse, entrepreneurial businesses through supplier diversity and driving the economic development of those respective communities around us, ultimately connecting us to our patients where they live and work.”

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTube and Facebook.

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:40am

General Mills released its 2018 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. The progress made by General Mills in 2017 demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to protect and restore the resources upon which its business and communities depend, with an increased focus on improving the resiliency of its supply chain.  

“We are investing in the preservation of natural resources that our business and the global population depend upon,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills. “Consumers increasingly demand food that reflects their values, from a company they trust. We believe that using our scale for good is good for them, good for our business and good for the planet we share.”

Protecting and restoring natural resources

Consumers want assurance that food has been grown in a responsible and sustainable manner – one that respects people, animals and the planet. This is important for business as well because food companies rely on the planet’s resources for the ingredients in their products. General Mills’ key environmental progress in 2017 was made by focusing particularly on:  

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) – In 2017, our greenhouse gas emissions footprint decreased 11 percent compared to 2010, across our value chain in the areas of agriculture, packaging, producing, shipping, converting, selling and consuming.

  • Improving Soil Health Practices – Healthy soil contributes to a more stable climate. Through 2017, General Mills has invested more than $3.25 million in soil health initiatives on U.S. agricultural lands. The company advances soil health practices and on-farm research through supplier and grower partnerships including Field to Market, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy, The Land Institute and the National Wheat Foundation.

  • Advancing Water Stewardship – General Mills set a goal to develop water stewardship plans for the company’s eight most at-risk watersheds in its global value chain by 2025. In 2017, absolute water usage related to the company’s manufacturing processes were 17 percent less than in fiscal 2016, due in large part to reductions in the number of facilities and overall production.

“Our business depends on nature and farming communities to thrive,” said Jerry Lynch, Chief Sustainability Officer for General Mills. “We know that we can use our size and scale purposefully to drive more widespread, positive change.”

Sourcing sustainable ingredients

In 2013, General Mills made a commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of the company’s ten priority ingredients by 2020. These priority ingredients represent 40 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and include cocoa, vanilla, oats, U.S. wheat, U.S. sugar beets, U.S. corn (dry milled), U.S. dairy (raw fluid milk), fiber packaging, sugar cane and palm oil. Five years into the commitment, the company is at 76 percent of its goal.

Increasing organic acreage

In 2015, General Mills committed to more than double the organic acreage from which the company sources ingredients to 250,000 acres by 2019. In 2017, the company achieved the 200,000-acre milestone. The company is among the top five organic ingredient purchasers in the North American packaged foods sector. These efforts meet consumer demand and deliver benefit to the environment in soil health, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

Establishing diverse pollinator habitat

Since 2011, General Mills and the company’s brands have invested more than $6 million to support pollinator and pollinator research efforts alongside partners including the Xerces Society, the University of Minnesota Bee Lab and the Observatoire Francais d’Apidologie (OFA) in France. The investments will help conservationists, researchers and our suppliers to improve the health, quantity and effectiveness of pollinators in addition to planting of more than 100,000 acres of habitat through 2021.

As part of the recent Gunsmoke Farms agreement to convert 34,000 acres of conventional farmland to organic by 2020, upwards of 3,000 acres of pollinator habitat will be planted throughout the farm in cooperation with the Xerces Society.

Strengthening communities

The General Mills Foundation has three global focus areas that closely tie to the company’s core business and knowledge of the food system -- Increasing Food Security, Advancing Sustainable Agriculture and Strengthening Hometown Communities. In 2017, the company and its Foundation donated more than $139 million to charitable causes and enabled 30 million meals for food-insecure children and families through General Mills food donations globally.

Other impactful 2017 philanthropic contributions include:

  • 32 countries strengthened through food bank support – General Mills food donations, Foundation grants and employee expertise were used to support and strengthen food banks in more than 32 countries.

  • 19,328 food retailers participated in food rescue efforts – General Mills empowered 19,328 retailers to participate in food rescue efforts through MealConnect in the U.S. and FareShare in the U.K. since inception.

  • $53 million to schools – Through the Box Tops for Education program, General Mills donated over $53 million in 2017 to K-8 schools in the U.S. The program to date has given more than $840 million to over 76,000 participating schools.

“In the Foundation, we bring forward the best of General Mills in service to people, communities and planet,” said Mary Jane Melendez, Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation. “We’re focused on accelerating the impact we have on hunger relief, food security and sustainable agriculture. Our employees are empowered to share their skills and expertise to make a difference locally and globally, in ways that dollars alone could simply never do.”

This marks the 48th year General Mills has publicly reported back to stakeholders and the community. Learn more about General Mills’ economic, environmental and social commitments and progress by visiting GeneralMills.com/Responsibility, to view the full Global Responsibility Report, interactive report and video.

About General Mills

General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include CheeriosAnnie's, YoplaitNature Valley, Cascadian Farm, Epic, Fiber OneHäagen-DazsBetty CrockerPillsburyOld El PasoWanchai FerryYoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2017 consolidated net sales of US $15.6 billion, as well as another US $1.0 billion from its proportionate share of joint-venture net sales.

Contact: Mollie Wulff, Media.line@genmills.com

SC Johnson Sets a New Standard in Transparency

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:40am

SC Johnson today released its 26th annual Sustainability Report, The Science Inside, which shares publicly the criteria inside the company’s Greenlist™ ingredient selection program. The Greenlist™ program helps the company continually improve its products by choosing ingredients to better protect human health and the environment. People can now see, in detail, the care that goes into choosing each of the ingredients that are used in SC Johnson products. SC Johnson’s Sustainability Report also publishes the company’s progress on its longstanding commitments to transparency, the environment and improving lives for families around the world.

“We know consumers today are more interested than ever in the products they bring into their homes,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “What matters most is the trust consumers place in our company and that they count on our products to be effective and safe. We believe it’s our responsibility to give people the facts so they can make informed choices, and we hope other companies will join us.”

SC Johnson has long been an industry leader and trendsetter in transparency. Today’s announcement of the detailed scientific criteria inside the Greenlist™ program builds upon the company’s commitment to tell the whole story about the ingredients it uses and the rigorous science that informs those choices.

Unveiling the Greenlist™ Program Criteria

SC Johnson’s Greenlist™ program has guided the company’s product development for nearly two decades. Every ingredient in every SC Johnson product goes through the rigorous Greenlist™ program, which is centered around a peer-reviewed, four-step evaluation of its potential impact on human health and the environment. The Greenlist™ program looks at both hazard and risk to select the ingredients the company uses, and at what concentration, if at all. It’s grounded in best-in-class data collection, and driven by the company’s commitment to continually improve its products.

As part of the Greenlist™ program, SC Johnson maintains a list of ingredients that are not allowed in its products. This list is termed the “Not Allowable” list. It includes over 200 unique raw materials in roughly 90 material categories, and over 2,400 fragrance materials. These materials all meet legal and regulatory requirements — and are often used by other companies in the industry. But they simply do not meet SC Johnson standards.

Championing Ingredient Transparency   

The company began its industry-leading ingredient transparency program in 2009 by launching WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com and has been setting industry standards ever since. As a company that works to ensure families have the information they need to make the best product choices, SC Johnson continued to make large strides in its global transparency program this past year.

In May 2017, SC Johnson broke new ground by announcing its plans to disclose 368 skin allergens that may be present in its products. The list of allergens was published on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com and the site now lists allergens on a product-specific basis. This move goes beyond regulations in the European Union and also in the United States, where there are no rules requiring allergen transparency.

Last fall, SC Johnson expanded its ingredient transparency program to Asia Pacific. The program now serves more than 5 billion consumers, providing access to a comprehensive list of ingredients for more than 5,300 products sold in 52 countries. 

Continued Environmental Leadership

Over the past year, SC Johnson continued to make strong progress to reduce its environmental footprint. The company reached zero manufacturing waste to landfill status at more than 65 percent of its manufacturing facilities. This puts the company ahead of schedule in meeting its goal to send zero manufacturing waste to landfill from its factories by 2021.

SC Johnson also has set an aggressive goal of further reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020 from the base set in 2015. This could result in a reduction of more than 15,000 metric tons of emissions over five years. The company has already exceeded that target, and was honored with a Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (GHG) Goal Setting by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR). Since 2000, SC Johnson has realized a 55 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, indexed to production.

For the past 13 years, SC Johnson has used renewable energy sources around the world to power its facilities. Globally, 35 percent of the company’s energy use in fiscal year 2016/17 came from renewable sources. In May 2017, the company announced its manufacturing site in Bay City, Michigan, which manufactures Ziploc® brand storage bags, became its third company-owned site to run on 100 percent wind energy for electricity.

Improving Lives for Families Around the World

Since 1937, SC Johnson has given 5 percent of all pretax profits to charities. The company’s annual Sustainability Report summarizes its efforts over the past year to make a real difference in people’s lives through advocacy, educational resources, products and grants.

About the SC Johnson Sustainability Report

SC Johnson’s Sustainability Report can be viewed online at www.scjohnson.com/report. You can learn more about SC Johnson’s Greenlist™ program and commitment to ingredient transparency at WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com.

Printed copies are available by request on a limited basis, to minimize paper use. For a print copy, please call 262.260.2440.

To stay up to date on SC Johnson and its sustainability efforts, follow the company on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

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

Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:37pm

Innovative partnerships, where businesses can work with and leverage the assets of governments, NGOs, and civil society can help develop creative, sustainable, and scalable solutions that can create significant impact. The partnerships and the technologies that make this possible is the focus of Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This event will bring together business leaders, technical experts, and on-the-ground partners that are shaping the future of innovation and social impact. Participants will share how their organizations leverage new technologies and digital innovations, including blockchain, design thinking, virtual reality, robotics, data collaboratives, and cloud analytics to increase access and equity to individuals and communities.

Learn more and register here: https://goo.gl/osXZa9