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RBA Compass Awards 2019 Call for Submissions

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:00am

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the opening of its 2019 Compass Awards program and called for submissions from member companies, their suppliers and factories. This awards program recognizes corporate social responsibility (CSR) excellence across three categories: Leadership, Innovation and Implementation.

Now in its second year, the primary objective of the Compass Awards is to recognize efforts that lead to meaningful, positive change in line with the RBA's vision and mission. The award submissions will also serve as examples of successful actions that other companies can emulate.

“The Compass Awards highlight the great work many companies are undertaking to improve conditions in their global supply chains,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Responsible Business Alliance. “We hope others will be inspired by our members’ actions and implement similar programs that can have positive impacts on workers and their communities.”

The deadline for this year's entries is August 9. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges from outside of the RBA and finalists will be announced in the fall, before the RBA annual conference in Santa Clara, California where the winner of each category will be revealed and presented with their Compass Award.

For more information on the awards, including FAQs and the application form, visit the Compass Awards page on the RBA website and contact awards@responsiblebusiness.org. View case studies from the Compass Awards winners and finalists in 2018 here.

About the Responsible Business Alliance

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 366 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

New Report Examines How Nations, Businesses Can Prepare for Climate Change Through Risk Transfer

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 7:59am

A new report examines how public and private entities, including those in developing nations, are mitigating the financial impacts of extreme weather events and supporting climate change adaptation by transferring risk to private insurance and capital markets.

“Using Risk Transfer to Achieve Climate Change Resilience” is one of the first reports to comprehensively examine how governments, water utilities, transit agencies, corporations and small farmers are using risk transfer instruments—such as catastrophe bonds and weather risk transfer contracts—to adapt to climate change. The report discusses opportunities to expand the use of risk transfer for adaptation and details key challenges in this still emergent market. 

Download the report here.

The report provides three key takeaways:

1. With support from development banks and donor countries, many developing nations are incorporating risk transfer into their adaptation strategies. 

Buyers range from sovereign governments such as Mexico and the Philippines that have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in protection annually, to small farmers in Kenya, Senegal and other African countries who are becoming more resilient to climate risks by purchasing small insurance policies. Yet, the report finds that many public and private entities still require subsidies from donor countries, and that the use of risk transfer is constrained in some regions by lack of weather data. The report explores solutions including new business models for risk transfer, cost-sharing strategies and advances in remote sensing and weather data analytics. 

2. More infrastructure managers are using risk transfer.

Public infrastructure organizations, such as water utilities and transit agencies, are particularly susceptible to extreme weather events such as droughts, wildfires, severe storms and floods. As a result, some are on the leading edge of using catastrophe and weather risk transfer instruments to reduce their risk exposure. For example, since Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak and the New York Metropolitan Transit Agency have purchased hundreds of millions of dollars in catastrophe protection to mitigate their risks from flooding. This report examines the opportunities and challenges to transit agencies and water utilities seeking to use risk transfer to improve their resilience to extreme weather and climate change. 

3. Many corporations are considering risk transfer for climate change adaptation.

Many publicly held corporations are being asked by regulators and investors to assess, disclose and mitigate the climate change risks that could negatively impact their earnings and long-term growth. The report explores how corporations in a wide range of industry sectors could mitigate their climate risks with weather risk transfer contracts—a strategy already in use by corporations in highly weather-sensitive industries such as energy and agriculture. A recent example occurred in Australia, where agribusiness GrainCorp announced in April 2019 that it would transfer weather risks to reinsurance investors in order to reduce the impacts of volatile weather on earnings. 

“Using Risk Transfer to Achieve Climate Change Resilience” fills a knowledge gap in the increasingly urgent public dialogue around weather and catastrophe risk in a world with a changing climate.   

“So far, media coverage of this topic has largely missed a key strategic consideration for addressing climate change: risk transfer,” said Barney Schauble, chairman of Nephila Climate. “Innovative weather and catastrophe risk transfer coverage mechanisms have evolved over the last 20 years and are now viable tools for confronting climate change in both developing and mature economies.”

Sponsored by Nephila and written by Jim Hight, an independent environmental journalist and communications consultant, the report draws on published research and interviews from development organizations, insurers and reinsurers, catastrophe risk modelers, weather and climate risk analysts, climate change consultants, transit agencies, water utility associations and others. 

Nephila sponsored the report in order to provide a thorough examination of the opportunities and challenges to using weather and catastrophe risk transfer mechanisms to support climate change adaptation. Nephila is a pioneer in creating weather risk transfer vehicles and today is the largest investment manager in that market.

Press contacts:

Marc Lumpkin, Altitude Public Relations, 303-378-2366, marc@altitudepr.com

Nephila: Mandi Abate Little, Nephila, 615-509-9007, mabatelittle@nephilaadvisors.com

GlobeScan and Anglo American to Host SDG Leadership Forum on Governance, Transparency and Advocacy

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:57pm

GlobeScan and Anglo American will be hosting an SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) on 26th June 2019 to discuss the role of business and society in making progress on this goal.

In this moderated online discussion, we will explore the potential for business and other societal actors to make SDG 16 a priority and collaborate for positive impact. This forum is open to anyone who shares an interest or expertise in transparency, anti-corruption, institutional capacity building or effective policy support.

It is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global dialogue on Goal 16 and to make connections with experts and leading thinkers on these topics including Corruption Watch, International Alert, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) Global, Minerals Council, Standard Chartered Bank, World Bank, United Nations Global Compact, USAID Southern Africa among others.

We will learn from each other, inspire fresh thinking, and share best practice examples and solutions to turn ideas into action.

The SDG Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 26th June 2019 and will consist of two sessions to ensure global representation from different time zones:

Session One: 10:00am -11:30am UK time

Session Two: 3:00pm - 4:30pm UK time

Register to attend here and select SDG#16 to ensure you receive updates about this online forum and details on how to access the live discussion on the day of the forum.

Read more about the SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 16 here.

About Anglo American

Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, more electrified world and that meet the fast-growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our customers around the world – safely, responsibly and sustainably.

Find out more here: https://www.angloamerican.com/sustainability

About GlobeScan

GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on helping our clients build long-term trusting relationships with their stakeholders. Offering a suite of specialist research and advisory services, we partner with business, NGOs and governmental organizations to meet strategic objectives across reputation, sustainability and purpose.

Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo and Toronto, and is a sign to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation.

Find out more here: www.globescan.com

About the SDG Leadership Series

At GlobeScan, we believe that we need more leadership to inform, inspire and catalyze collective action across different sectors. In response to the challenges and to seize the opportunity that the SDGs present we have launched this SDG Leadership Series as our contribution to help scale engagement and foster more actions around the Global Goals to collectively bring us a step closer to operationalizing the SDGs by 2030. 

This Forum is the eighth in a series of 17 open, online events with stakeholders across the world. Each Forum will focus on one SDG, connecting experts and opinion leaders to share ideas and actions for making progress on the SDGs.

Read more here: https://globescan.com/catalyzing-action-sdgs-collaboration/

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children Names Yekaterina (Kate) Trambitskaya as Chief Executive Officer

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:57pm

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a premier and globally recognized non-profit adoption and family services organization, announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Yekaterina (Kate) Trambitskaya as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Spence-Chapin’s mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and to provide counseling and support for all children and families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Ms. Trambitskaya, who served as Spence-Chapin General Counsel for seven years, and Interim CEO for the last year, assumed the permanent leadership role in May 2019.

“For over a century, Spence-Chapin has found loving families in the United States for more than 25,000 children domestically, and from 23 countries around the world,” said Ian Rowe, Chairman of the Board of Spence-Chapin. “After a comprehensive search process that attracted a diverse and talented array of candidates, the board is thrilled to have selected a results-focused leader who has the rare combination of empathy, integrity, deep experience in child welfare and adoption, and institutional knowledge necessary to lead Spence-Chapin into its next century.”

Since its inception, Spence-Chapin has pioneered a unique suite of best practices - dubbed the “Spence-Chapin Way” - that empowers the organization to live out its core belief that every child deserves a forever family. Today, Spence-Chapin is the premier provider of comprehensive options counseling, and pre-and post-adoption supports that preserve the wellbeing of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

The appointment of Ms. Trambitskaya concludes an extensive national search conducted by Sandler Search, a leading executive search firm.   

“As an immigrant and refugee who came to this great country with my family in my pre-teens, I deeply understand the importance of having a strong family to provide a stable and nurturing environment for children,” said Kate. “I look forward to using my experiences to broaden the impact of Spence-Chapin both domestically and overseas and to ensure the most vulnerable children experience a safe, permanent home as a human right...To lead Spence-Chapin is a true honor.”

Ms.Trambitskaya began working at Spence-Chapin in 2012, initially serving as Executive Vice President and general counsel for the organization. As CEO, she will now oversee the strategic planning and execution of an organization with a strong history, heritage, and reputation as well as build on the organization’s legacy as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption. This unique opportunity allows Kate to shepherd a storied organization into a new phase of growth focused on its core mission of helping children in need.

Over the last two decades, Ms. Trambitskaya dedicated her career to helping hundreds of New York’s children.  Prior to joining Spence-Chapin, Kate served as an attorney and senior team leader in the Brooklyn Family Court Legal Services of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) where she represented the Commissioner of Social Services in judicial proceedings designed to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable children and families.  At ACS, she passionately fought for those in crisis, who were abandoned, abused, and neglected. And as General Counsel for Spence-Chapin, she advocated for birth parents and assured permanency for children both domestically and abroad.

Kate is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorney and an alumna of The Posse Foundation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.

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About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin has been offering exceptional adoption and family services for more than 100 years.  Its mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and lifelong support for all children and families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Spence-Chapin’s roots date back to the early 1900s with the pioneering work of Ms. Clara Spence and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who established nurseries for infants abandoned on the streets of New York City, led humanitarian efforts, and created families through adoption.  Spence-Chapin has since expanded to include other comprehensive support programs. The organization’s award-winning efforts have served more than 25,000 women, children, and families through domestic, international and special needs adoption, post-adoption support, and humanitarian aid programs such as the Granny Program. Find out more at spence-chapin.org.

Hershey Named to Civic 50 for ‘Sharing Goodness’ With Communities

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:57pm

(GlobeNewswire) – The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) has been named to The Civic 50 for the seventh consecutive year as one of America’s most community-minded companies, an annual recognition from Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic 50 recognizes companies that most effectively use their resources to positively impact the communities in which they do business. 

The Hershey Company has demonstrated a passion for supporting vibrant and thriving communities for more than a century. “As we celebrate our 125th anniversary this year, we are proud that our investment of time, talent and resources continue to help make our communities strong and vital,” said Leigh Horner, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Sustainability, The Hershey Company. “We continue to create jobs in our communities, help children and families thrive, and promote education and economic opportunity in the places where we live and work.” 

Hershey’s sustainability strategy, “Our Shared Goodness Promise,” guides how it shares goodness by investing in local communities and promoting employee engagement and volunteerism. Last year, Hershey impacted nearly 11 million lives through investments in community nonprofits, volunteered for more than 133,000 total hours in the community and made more than $10.9 million in total cash donations.

In July, the company will once again deploy thousands of employees across communities around the world for its annual global week of service, Good to Give Back Week. Hershey employees will work with the company’s nonprofit partners to support local communities, highlighted by the annual meal-packing event with Rise Against Hunger, when the company expects to pack nearly 300,000 meals for communities in need, adding to the more than 1.2 million meals already packed during the previous six years. Throughout the year, Hershey employees give back to their communities and are given paid time off to volunteer.

The Civic 50 is the only award that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities and provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities in which they do business. Civic 50 winners are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program - investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

Hershey has received the Civic 50 award every year since it was created in 2012. To view a complete list of The Civic 50 companies for 2018, visit Civic50.org.

About Hershey
The Hershey Company, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019, is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 16,500 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers, SkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty.

For 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.

To learn more visit: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/en_us/shared-goodness.html

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About Points of Light 
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

Media Contact:
Jeff Beckman, Hershey
717-534-8090
jbeckman@hersheys.com

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Points of Light Announces 2019 Honorees of The Civic 50 at Annual Conference

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:57am

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service announces The Civic 50 honorees of 2019, recognizing them as the most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 awards provide a framework for good corporate citizenship, and showcases how committed companies are moving social impact, civic engagement and community to the center of their business.

The Civic 50 will be officially recognized at the 2019 Points of Light Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, this evening, where nearly 2,000 leaders in volunteerism and civic engagement gather to learn and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally.

“Points of Light believes that companies, their employees and partners can be drivers of transformative social change in communities around the world”, said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “This year’s honorees of The Civic 50 collectively gave $2.3 billion to their communities – often giving 50% more than other companies, and volunteered for more than 10.5 million hours in 2019. These results exemplify exceptional corporate leadership in community and civic engagement.”

The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program – investment, integration, institutionalization and impact. Since 2011, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcased how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

The Civic 50 Honorees of 2019

AbbVie Inc.

Aflac

Allstate Insurance Company

Altria Group, Inc.*

AT&T Inc.*

Barclays

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Caesars Entertainment

Capital One

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Citigroup, Inc.

Clif Bar & Company

Comcast NBCUniversal

Comerica Bank

Conagra Brands

CSAA Insurance Group

CVS Health

Deloitte

Delta Air Lines

DTE Energy*

Entergy Corporation

FedEx*

Freeport-McMoRan*

General Mills, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc.*

Health Care Service Corporation*

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hogan Lovells

Keurig Dr Pepper

KeyBank*

KPMG LLP

Marriott International Inc

MGM Resorts International

PIMCO

Prudential Financial, Inc.

PwC

Raytheon Company

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

S&P Global

State Street Corporation

Symantec Corporation

Tata Consultancy Services*

The Hershey Company

Toyota Financial Services

TSYS

UnitedHealth Group

Unum

Valero Energy Corporation*

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Wells Fargo & Company

* Indicates a company that is a sector leader.

The Civic 50 Sector Leaders of 2019

Consumer Discretionary: Hasbro, Inc.
Consumer Staples: Altria Group, Inc.
Energy: Valero Energy Corporation
Financials: KeyBank
Healthcare: Health Care Service Corporation
Industrials: FedEx
Information Technology: Tata Consultancy Services
Materials: Freeport-McMoRan
Telecommunications: AT&T Inc.
Utilities: DTE Energy

The Civic 50 Volunteer Awardees

Volunteer Leader: Hogan Levells
Volunteer Culture: General Mills, Inc.
Strategic Volunteering: PwC

Key Statistics and Highlights from The Civic 50 2019 Honorees

  • Generous giving. On average, The Civic 50 companies donate more than twice as much as US companies: $283,000 for every $10 million in revenue earned as opposed to $130,000 (per CECP’s 2018 Giving in Numbers).

  • Increasingly sophisticated giving. Grants are getting more integrated. Nearly 50% of The Civic 50 companies make multi-faceted investments where their grants are provided additional support through volunteerism, in-kind goods, or multi-year pledges.

  • Business function integration. Community involvement programs are becoming increasingly integrated with other business functions. The business functions most commonly supported with community involvement are employee engagement (98%), marketing/PR (94%), and diversity and inclusion (90%).

  • Board-level involvement. The vast majority (86%) of The Civic 50 companies include community involvement in the agenda of at least one board meeting a year.

  • Performance reviews and goal setting. Sixty-two percent of The Civic 50 companies include community engagement in performance reviews and 86% include it in department goals.

  • Public leadership. Sixty-eight percent of The Civic 50 companies take national leadership positions on at least 6 public policy and education issues.

  • Social impact and outcome measurement. The majority of The Civic 50 companies (66%) measure the outcomes and social impact of their grants as part of regularly implemented data collection process.

  • Business impact and outcome measurement. The Civic 50 companies also measure the outcomes from integrating their community involvement with other business functions. More than half of the companies measure the outcomes of this integration with employee engagement, marketing/PR, and diversity and inclusion.

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value and analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform The Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities. A key findings brief from the survey will be released in summer 2019. For more information, please visit www.civic50.org.

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

About True Impact

True Impact provides web-based tools and consulting support to help organizations measure the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their programs and operations. For more information, visit www.trueimpact.com.

About VeraWorks

VeraWorks is a global consulting firm that helps managers and companies offer employees the opportunity to do societal good through their everyday jobs. For more information, visit www.veraworks.com.

Danone and Migros CEOs Elected New Co-Chairs of The Consumer Goods Forum Board

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:56am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), the global body pursuing purpose and positive change across the consumer goods industry, announced today that it has elected two new Co-Chairs for its Board of Directors: Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone will chair the Manufacturer College of the Board, while Özgür Tort, CEO of Migros Ticaret will chair the Retailer College.

The pair will lead the CGF Board for two years and replace outgoing Co-Chairs Ian Cook of Colgate-Palmolive and Olaf Koch of METRO Group. In addition, James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group have been appointed Vice Co-Chairs of the CGF Board.

Today’s announcement was made after the bi-annual Board of Directors meeting, which took place at the 63rd Global Summit in Vancouver from the 12th-14th June.

Delivering Purpose & Positive Change at Scale

Mr Faber and Mr Tort take over as co-chairs at a time when continuing disruption in the industry is making the mission of the CGF ever more important.  Increasingly consumers, employees and investors expect companies to embrace a purpose beyond profit, while new technologies are creating opportunities fundamentally to reshape traditional business models. The scale and pace of change makes collaboration across the value chain essential – a unique hallmark of the CGF’s way of working. The new co-chairs will bring their manufacturing and retail experience to unite members in addressing issues like plastic waste, food waste, deforestation, forced labour, data accuracy, food safety, consumer health and employee wellbeing.

Commenting on his election, Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone, said: "The health of the people and of the planet is the major challenge of the 21st century. We need to act now to build a sustainable future and all stakeholders must join forces to best impact at scale. I am convinced that our industry has a decisive role to play. The CGF embodies a unique platform to drive positive change through collaboration at local and global level, in order to reinvent the industry model. I’m greatly honoured to become new Co-Chair of the Board alongside Özgür and feel inspired to advance the ambitious collective roadmap of the CGF with all its members".

Commenting on his election, Özgür Tort, CEO of Migros Ticaret, said: “It is an honour to lead the effort, together with Emmanuel, at this exciting moment in our industry. We are all aware that we have to grow sustainably and responsibly to match this increasing consumer demand and to fulfil our responsibility to future generations. Obviously, this requires important changes in the way we do our business. Every change involves several risks that we have to tackle together with our member companies. In the new age of the global consumer goods industry, collaboration between all parties including retailers, manufacturers, legal authorities, universities, NGOs and digital platforms will be the key to empower our sector. This will bring a direct benefit to lives of consumers in the future”.

Both Mr Faber and Mr Tort emphasised their gratitude to Mr Cook and Mr Koch for their outstanding contribution to the CGF over the previous two years and thanked them on behalf of the Board for their exceptional leadership and their commitment to accelerate the implementation of positive change. Elected as Vice Co-Chairs at the 2015 Board of Directors meeting in New York, Mr Cook and Mr Koch took over as Co-Chairs following their appointment at the 2017 Board meeting in Berlin. 

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About Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone

Emmanuel FABER began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He moved to Legris Industries, where he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1996.

Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 to become in 2000 Chief Financial Officer and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. In 2005 he took up the position of Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Shanghai. In 2008, Emmanuel was appointed Deputy General Manager. In 2011, he became Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and in October 2014, he was named Chief Executive Officer. Since December 2017, Emmanuel is Danone’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. Emmanuel is strongly committed to promoting innovative inclusive business models. In 2005, he supervised the first social business experiments conducted in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank and the creation of Danone Communities, in close collaboration with 2006 Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Muhammad Yunus. With Martin Hirsch, Emmanuel is also a founder and co-chair of the Business and Poverty Action Tank, a social-business incubator based at HEC in Paris.

In 2013, upon the request of the French Government, Emmanuel co-wrote with Jay Naidoo the report “Innovating by mobilising stakeholders: 10 proposals for a new approach to Official Development Assistance".

About Özgür Tort, CEO of Migros Ticaret:

Özgür Tort is the Chief Executive Officer of Migros Group, the leading supermarket chain of Turkey, which has a pioneer position for 65 years in the sector through its innovative implementations, fresh food focus and ultimate service for unique shopping experience. Migros has more than 2,000 stores all around Turkey and has strong operations in Kazakhstan and Macedonia. Tort has a career mastering all the dimensions of retail management. He joined Migros Group in 1996 firstly at Business Development. He leaded the services of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and International Expansion. He worked in Migros’ subsidiary in Russia as Chief Operating Officer between 2002 and 2006. In 2006, he moved back to Turkey as Chief Human Resource Officer at the headquarters until he was appointed as CEO of Migros Group in 2008 at the age of 35.  

Özgür Tort is also Co-Chair of Food Retailers Association (GPD) and board member of Turkish Federation of Shopping Centers and Retailers (TAMPF) in Turkey. Tort is an Industrial Engineer graduated from Istanbul Technical University and he holds an MS degree specialising in Engineering Management in Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is married and has a child.

 About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

ALLETE Clean Energy's Diamond Spring Wind Project Will Provide Renewable Energy to Large Corporate Customers Including Smithfield Foods and Walmart

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:47pm

ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE: ALE), announced today a power sales agreement with Smithfield Foods, Inc. for the remaining output of the Diamond Spring wind site ALLETE Clean Energy will build, own and operate in Oklahoma.

The Smithfield agreement follows an earlier announcement of power sale agreements with two large Fortune 500 companies, Walmart and Starbucks. Walmart has agreed to purchase 175 megawatts for 15 years, Smithfield will purchase 75 megawatts for 12 years, and Starbucks will purchase 50 megawatts for 15 years. The approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring site, which is ALLETE Clean Energy’s first project to sell wind power to corporate customers, is now fully contracted with the Smithfield agreement.

“ALLETE Clean Energy is proud to help these leading companies meet their greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy goals through the carbon-free energy that will be generated at Diamond Spring,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. “In addition to adding renewable energy to meet sustainability goals, these companies also seek to lower their energy costs. Our team delivers both, with a reputation for timely, responsible and cost-effective project execution. Directly serving the corporate and industrial power market is opening new growth opportunities for ALLETE Clean Energy.”

Diamond Spring will be ALLETE Clean Energy’s largest wind site when operations begin in 2020. ALLETE Clean Energy will begin construction late this year or in early 2020. Diamond Spring will produce enough power for 114,000 homes, and increase the company’s total wind capacity to more than 1,000 megawatts at nine sites in seven states.

ALLETE Clean Energy purchased a 100 percent interest in the Diamond Spring wind site from the project’s developer, Apex Clean Energy. The purchase included negotiated power sales agreements with Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield.

Corporate and industrial customers represent a growing market for independent power producers as companies embrace sustainability goals.

Smithfield, a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest hog producer and pork processor, announced a goal in 2016 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025. To help reach that goal, the company created Smithfield Renewables, a platform that unifies and accelerates the company’s carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.

“This partnership to source renewable energy is part of our multifaceted and comprehensive approach to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs at Smithfield. “The carbon-free energy generated through the Diamond Spring project is projected to account for more than 15 percent of our total energy usage across the United States, allowing us to power a substantial portion of our operations using sustainable energy.”

Walmart has committed to cover 50 percent of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2025 as it works toward an ultimate goal of operating with 100 percent renewable energy.

“Walmart aspires to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, and sourcing from wind energy projects — like the Diamond Spring wind facility — is a core component in the mix,” said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President of Energy for Walmart Inc. “The energy we'll procure from this facility represents an important leap forward on our renewable energy journey and reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective action — alongside key partners — to drive environmental sustainability.”

“When Diamond Spring comes online in 2020, it will serve three new corporate customers and deliver meaningful earnings growth for ALLETE shareholders,” said ALLETE Chairman and CEO Alan R. Hodnik. “ALLETE Clean Energy continues to help achieve ALLETE’s shared purpose to answer the call to transform the nation’s energy landscape.”

ALLETE Clean Energy’s strategic purchase of wind turbines that qualify for the safe harbor provision of federal production tax credits enables Diamond Spring’s low energy costs. In addition to turbines to be installed at Diamond Spring, ALLETE Clean Energy retains more safe harbor turbines for additional wind site development.

ALLETE Clean Energy acquires, develops and operates clean and renewable energy projects. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates, in four states, approximately 555 megawatts of nameplate capacity wind energy generation that is contracted under PSAs of various durations. The company has another 489 megawatts of new wind projects under construction in three states under long term PSA’s. ALLETE Clean Energy also engages in the development of wind energy facilities to operate under long-term PSAs or for sale to others upon completion.

ALLETE Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; BNI Energy in Bismarck, North Dakota; and has an 8 percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Are You Ready for the Honest Generation?

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:47am

Today, The Consumer Goods Forum and the global change agency Futerra launch new consumer research from the USA, UK, India and South Africa revealing a striking difference between what Millennials (23-38 years old) and Gen Z (22 and under) believe about the honesty of brands and retailers. 

The survey revealed that in the US & UK, 66% of Millennials think that brands are never honest, or not honest enough about environmental issues, which leaps to 79% of Gen Z. For the treatment of factory workers, 69% of Millennials think that brands are never honest, or not honest enough, with a staggering 84% of Gen Z feeling the same. India follows the trend, with 59% of Millennials thinking that brands are never honest, or not honest enough on worker treatment, increasing to 82% of Gen Z

The research also reveals that while almost 90% of Millennials and Gen Z personally care if they receive honest information about products, only 42% of Gen Z think that brands care about providing that honest information (the number is 66% among Millennials). This overwhelming demand for honesty led Futerra to name Gen Z “The Honest Generation”.

The survey contains good news for honest brands. 58% of both Millennials and Gen Z would trust a brand more if it shared challenges and ‘work in progress’ on difficult issues. And nearly half (46%) of Gen Z say they search out more honest products when purchasing.  

Launching the research at The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit, Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder of Futerra, said:

“Millennials drove brands to be purposeful, but Gen Z are demanding proof. This generation were raised to question fake news, be suspicious of secrecy and hold sincerity as sacred. They are the Honest Generation and their appetite for radical transparency on social and environmental issues is growing. They don’t expect brands to be perfect, but they do expect them to be truthful. Those CEOs with the courage to be open will be rewarded, but brands who hide will risk being forgotten.” 

Peter Freedman, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, said:

“With Gen Z predicted to become the biggest generation in 2019 at 32% of the population, it is crucial for brands to swiftly improve transparency on the social, environmental, health, and safety of their products, in order to build back trust and thrive with the largest consumer segment in the world.”

This research builds on The Honest Product Guide, launched in November 2018 by The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra, which revealed that product level transparency (rather than corporate reports) was the major demand from consumers, and also offered a wealth of examples and tools for how to meet that need. 

Further insights are available on perceptions of different sectors (baby/cosmetics/food etc), on the specific issues that Gen Z want to see brands be more honest about, and on the role of retailers.

The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra commissioned the online survey of 2,400 across the UK, US, India, and South Africa in June 2019. All the detailed findings and more guidance on how to inspire The Honest Generation will be published later in 2019.

About Futerra

Futerra is a global change agency with offices in New York, London, Stockholm and Mexico City. Established in 2001, Futerra works with the world’s largest brands, breakthrough entrepreneurs and national governments on the logic of sustainability strategy and magic of creative ideas. Futerra believes that, in order to build a better world, we must first imagine one. The company is majority female owned and a certified BCorp. www.wearefuterra.com  

About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com 

Further information 

Hannah Phang, Futerra: hannah@wearefuterra.com +44 207 549 4700

Lee Green, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

SC Johnson Brings Acclaimed “Love Sonia” Anti-Human Trafficking Film to Racine, Wisconsin

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:47am

SC Johnson hosted a screening of the acclaimed film “Love Sonia,” the story of a young girl’s journey to rescue her sister from the dangerous world of human trafficking after their debt-ridden father sells her into prostitution. Inspired by real-life events, the film is the directorial debut from “Slumdog Millionaire” producer Tabrez Noorani and exposes the disturbing issue of international human trafficking. The film was shown to an audience of law enforcement professionals, educators, medical professionals, community leaders and the general public at the company’s Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine, Wisconsin on Thursday, June 13.

More on how SC Johnson seeks to expands awareness of this global issue here

Smithfield Foods Donates Nearly 40,000 Pounds of Protein to FeedMore WNY

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 4:45pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Tops Friendly Markets joined forces to donate nearly 40,000 pounds of protein to FeedMore WNY. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 150,000 servings of protein, will help families fight hunger across Western New York.

“We work to offer dignity, hope, and a brighter future by providing support and nutritious food to our neighbors in need,” said Anne McKenna, Chief Communications Officer of FeedMore WNY. “This generous donation from Smithfield and Tops will go a long way to positively impact the lives of those we serve. We are grateful that those in need throughout Western New York will now have access to wholesome, nutritious protein.”

Representatives from Smithfield and Tops presented the donation to FeedMore WNY at an event at FeedMore WNY’s Food Bank Distribution Center this afternoon. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout FeedMore WNY’s service area, reaching as many as 140,000 food insecure individuals across four counties.

“At Tops we strive to continue finding ways to support our neighbors and make our communities a better place,” said Kristen Hanson, vice president of center store and pharmacy of Tops. “Social responsibility and sustainability have always been at the core of our mission and we are proud to partner with Smithfield on this donation.”

This is the 30th large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished when people come together to help others,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “At Smithfield Foods we are humbled to have the opportunity to work with groups, like Tops and FeedMore WNY, that share our same passion to serve. We hope that this donation will aid the community and help in the fight against hunger.”

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, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About FeedMore WNY

FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Through its Food Bank Distribution Center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as its Meals on Wheels and other targeted feeding programs, FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York.  As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish.  We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products.  For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.

Olympic House Becomes One of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 4:45pm

One of the three certifications is LEED Platinum, the highest certification level of the international LEED green building programme. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organisation that developed LEED, Olympic House has received the most points (93) of any LEED v4-certified new construction project to date.

With more than 98,000 registered and certified projects across 175 countries and territories, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building programme in the world and an international symbol of sustainability excellence. It signifies that a building is lowering carbon emissions and conserving resources while prioritising sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment. LEED Platinum is the highest level of certification possible. 

In addition to receiving the LEED Platinum certification, Olympic House is the first international headquarters – and the second building overall – to obtain the highest (Platinum) level of the Swiss Sustainable Construction Standard (SNBS). It has also been awarded the Swiss standard for energy-efficient buildings, Minergie P. Olympic House is the first building to receive these three certifications, and the first in Switzerland to achieve LEED v4 Platinum.

“We are proud that Olympic House, as the new home of the Olympic Movement, has received such prestigious Swiss and international certifications, recognising our strong commitment to sustainability, which is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “From the very beginning of the original architecture competition all the way through to construction, energy management and furnishings, the IOC focused very much on sustainable solutions. We are happy that our investment in sustainability has led to receiving these three certifications.”

“The new Olympic House combines symbolism, functionality and sustainability,” said HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “With the achievement of unmatched standard levels, it demonstrates how the IOC is turning its sustainability commitments into action, serving as an inspiration for the entire Olympic Movement.”

Based in Lausanne and designed by 3XN+ IttenBrechbühl, Olympic House will bring all the IOC staff under one roof. The new building will provide a meeting place for the global Olympic Movement. Olympic House is a privately-funded investment in sustainability, operational efficiency, and the local economy and development. 

With its shape inspired by the movement of an athlete, Olympic House combines the highest standards in architectural design with a holistic approach to sustainability. It incorporates rigorous criteria in energy and water efficiency, while optimising the health and wellbeing of its users. It pushes sustainability boundaries and has transformed the market – particularly with respect to construction materials and furniture, which comply with strict environmental standards. 

“LEED v4 was designed to be the most rigorous green building rating system in the world. From improving energy performance to emphasising human health and integrative building design, LEED v4 is encouraging project teams to operate beyond the status quo,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Olympic House’s LEED Platinum certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership and sets the IOC apart as a leader in sustainability in the international sports world.”  

Eighty per cent of the investment in the building was spent locally, and more than 95 per cent of the former IOC headquarters was reused or recycled. 

Solar panels and heat pumps using water from nearby Lake Geneva provide renewable energy to the building, which is expected to use 35 per cent less energy and 60 per cent less municipal water than a conventional new construction.

The project has involved unprecedented collaboration between local authorities, suppliers, academics and the IOC’s commercial partners. Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow provided solutions to enhance the building’s architecture and environmental performance. As the IOC’s Official Carbon Partner, Dow has also delivered a global carbon mitigation programme, which has already compensated the carbon emissions associated with the construction of the building and its operations until 2020. IOC Worldwide Mobility Partner Toyota has delivered zero-emission hydrogen cars, while another IOC Worldwide Partner, Panasonic, has supplied the audio-visual equipment needed to support remote and on-site meetings.

Sustainability is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda – the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement – and the IOC is committed to embedding its principles across its operations: as an organisation, as the owner of the Olympic Games and as the leader of the Olympic Movement. 

The official inauguration of Olympic House will take place on Olympic Day, 23 June 2019. 

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost programme for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, 2.6 million square feet of space is certified using LEED. More than 98,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial LEED rating systems, comprising more than 21 billion square feet of construction space in 175 countries and territories. In addition, there are more than 1.6 million registered and certified residential units. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed and review the Foundations of LEED development process.

About SNBS

SNBS (Standard Nachhaltiges Bauen Schweiz) is the most comprehensive sustainable building label globally. It combines societal, economic and environmental criteria. SNBS has been initiated and is owned by the Swiss Government. It belongs to the label family of “EnergieSchweiz” and is compatible with GEAK, Minergie and 2000Watt-Areale. SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance), the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company with its headquarters in Geneva, is the exclusive certification body for SNBS.

About Minergie

Minergie is the Swiss energy efficiency standard which guarantees that a building consumes less energy per square metre than average Swiss buildings.

About IOC

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

Editorial conditions:

The IOC consents to the use of the photos in this release subject to the following conditions:

  • The photos can only be used for editorial purposes and to promote the Olympic Movement;
  • For publications there can be no specific focus on Olympic images, i.e. for print publication (i.e. books, magazines, …), images shall only be used inside the publication and not on the cover and for digital publications, they cannot be featured on the home page of a website.
  • The photos may not be used for any commercial and/or promotional purposes, including promotion of a third party or the products or services of a third party; 
  • You are responsible for obtaining all other consents (ie: copyright owner and the persons appearing in photo).

Rivian Demonstrates Battery Second-Life Capabilities in Honnold Foundation Partnership

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 4:45pm

On June 15, electric adventure vehicle maker Rivian is announcing a project to use its second-life batteries in a solar microgrid initiative with the Honnold Foundation. The goal: to support energy independence and adoption of renewable power generation. The project, in the town of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, marks Rivian’s first steps in its broad plan to utilize second-life batteries for a wide variety of applications.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and elite climber Alex Honnold will discuss the project in Denver, Colorado on June 15 at 6PM MT. The conversation will be moderated by endurance athlete and podcaster Rich Roll. The livestream can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RivianOfficial/live

The company is using 135kWh battery packs from its development vehicles to support the project.

Rivian has designed its pack, module, and battery management system to seamlessly transition from vehicle energy storage to stationary energy storage at the end of their vehicle life. The battery module’s thin design enables second-life applications that are space-efficient and customizable, important for environments with existing infrastructure.

“Second-life batteries are a big enabler to accelerating widespread adoption of renewable energy, and it’s exciting to envision this system contributing importantly to a community. This project allows us to model a customized energy storage solution that takes into account space constraints, disaster resiliency and energy independence,” said Scaringe.

Adjuntas is a city of 20,000 in midwestern Puerto Rico. It was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and with climate change increasing the frequency and severity of storms, Adjuntas NGO Casa Pueblo has sought to collaborate on rugged, affordable sources of community power.

The Honnold Foundation and Rivian battery engineers visited Casa Pueblo earlier in 2019 to meet with community leaders and together are designing a site-specific system that will power many of the businesses located in the Adjuntas town square. In power loss scenarios, the downtown solar microgrid will allow Adjuntas residents access to electricity for core businesses. By offsetting day-to-day electric bills, the system also brings down high commercial energy costs, which in Puerto Rico are twice the national average.

The system is expected to launch in 2020.

Rivian is developing vehicles, technology and services that inspire people to get out and explore the world. With a team of more than 1,000 people, Rivian has development centers in Plymouth, Mich.; San Jose, Calif.; Irvine, Calif; and Surrey, England; along with a 2.6-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill. Rivian will launch the R1T and R1S in the US in late 2020, with introduction to other global geographies starting in 2021. Rivian is now accepting preorders for its R1T and R1S.

The Honnold Foundation envisions a world where all people have equal access to opportunity and live in balance with the environment. To make this mission statement a reality, the foundation funds solar power initiatives that are helping to tackle global energy inequality through environmentally sound means.  

Casa Pueblo is a non-profit environmental watchdog community-based organization that promotes, through voluntary participation of individuals and groups, protection of the environment. Its mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places in Puerto Rico; to practice and promote the responsible use of the land's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist others to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Webinar: Investor Driven ESG Disclosures – State Street, SASB, MSCI

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 4:45pm

The interest from the investment community in ESG disclosures is growing at a rapid pace, with no sign of slowing down. The shift is requiring more parts of the organization to be involved, with levels of transparency being asked that simply wasn’t before. What do investors expect and how do all stakeholders push ESG disclosure forward?

To help you understand this shift, join Ethical Corporation for a one-hour debate with four senior executives sharing their insight on delivering ESG disclosures fit for investors. Join them on Wednesday, June 26th at 9am PST [12pm EST] for their free online webinar with:

  • Matthew Welch, President, SASB Foundation

  • Ali Weiner, ESG Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors

  • Samantha Sue Ping, Vice President, Head of ESG Issuer Communications, MSCI

Moderated by Mark Tulay, Director, Strategic Investor Initiative,CECP

Key areas of discussion will include:

  • Getting the right data: What do investors want?

  • Closing the gap – more transparency around ESG

  • The ratings agency conundrum: confusion around the data

  • The quest for standardization: comparable, consistent data on sustainability risks

  • What does this mean moving forward?

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings

Best regards,
Ed

Ed Long
Project Director
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7188

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AmerisourceBergen Foundation Convenes 50+ Nonprofit Leaders to Share Best Practices for Advancing Healthcare

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:45am

This week, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation (the Foundation), an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization dedicated to supporting health-related causes, brought together more than 50 like-minded nonprofit partners to identify best practices, share resources and learn from one another at the inaugural AmerisourceBergen Foundation Conference. The two-day summit focused on developing strategies to address two of the most pressing challenges in health today: access to healthcare and prescription drug and opioid safety.

“In the face of today’s most complex issues, we believe the best way to achieve sustainable change is through long-term, strategic partnership. Communities benefit when businesses and nonprofits share skills and resources while working towards a common goal,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “The AmerisourceBergen Foundation Conference was an opportunity for us to convene partners from across the human and animal health spectrum to ideate, inspire and, ultimately, build the deep engagement needed to affect action, develop innovative solutions and amplify our collective impact to create healthier futures.”

During the conference, attendees participated in a series of panels, networking activities, and skill-building workshops. Clark moderated a discussion on the power of community-based collaboration with leaders from Eluna, Family Reach and Southeastern Guide Dogs, during which panelists shared insights into their work, the challenges and opportunities available to nonprofits and how their organizations continue to collaborate to drive progress.

Attendees that are a part of the Foundation’s Opioid Resource Grant Program discussed ways to navigate the specific challenges of addressing opioid misuse and educating stakeholders on associated risks and resources. Additional collaboration on how to best solve access issues for both human and animal health took place among attendees. The following major themes developed from the two-day conference:  

  • Create connections between grantee partners and build programs that create shared value for all

  • Build formal tools and resources to support grantees’ collaboration and skill sharing

Kathryn Traver, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Foundation, delivered the conference’s keynote on the landscape of corporate citizenship and philanthropy.

“It’s not about charity anymore. Traditional philanthropy is just one element of the Corporate Citizenship spectrum,” said Traver. “Businesses today want to be a part of the solution, and that means being active partners in the success of their community yielding shared value. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is a great example of an organization that’s moving in this direction, and we’ve seen that collaboration first hand through our work with them on our Sharing Solutions program.”

In fiscal year 2018, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation impacted more than 40 organizations worldwide and donated nearly $5 million in grants to support local communities. In addition, the Foundation has distributed more than 1 million drug deactivation resources to more than 200 organizations across the United States through its Safe Disposal Support Program. 

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation          

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health-related causes that enrich that global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.

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Warner Bros. Doubles Impact in Second Seasons of WB Story Lab and WB First Cut With Los Angeles Unified School District

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 1:43pm

Following the successful 2018 launches of WB Story Lab and WB First Cut, Warner Bros. has wrapped the second seasons of the two in-school programs, doubling its impact this year to reach more than 3,500 students among Los Angeles middle- and high-schools. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and nonprofits Young Storytellers and Ghetto Film School (GFS), these programs are designed to cultivate the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers by offering participating students the opportunity to gain hard and soft storytelling skills, as well as unprecedented access to the industry.  

“One of the pillars of our WB Good platform is to give young people the tools and space to be storytellers. After the success of our inaugural year with WB Story Lab and WB First Cut, we really wanted to grow the program and reach even more young people,” said Dee Dee Myers, EVP, Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Warner Bros. “With Warner Bros.’ invaluable partners at Los Angeles Unified, Young Storytellers and Ghetto Film School, we’re proud be investing in programs that create opportunities for new voices.”

“Since first introducing these programs last year, we are so fortunate to have had an even stronger Season Two that made a positive impact on even more of our students,” said Dr. Frances Gipson, Chief Academic Officer for Los Angeles Unified. “Our dedicated partners have provided teachers with an incredible opportunity to engage and inspire students to discover their own voices and talents through the power of storytelling.”

WB Story Lab is designed to inspire a generation of young people to recognize the power and value of their own voices. Through a teach-the-teacher model, WB Story Lab delivers original, in-school curriculum to sixth-grade middle school students that focuses on core storytelling skills while reinforcing confidence, empathy and personal voice through self-reflection and creativity. Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment lent its iconic DC Super Heroes as a tool to get students to think about heroes in their lives and their own “super powers,” learning key methods of storytelling through writing assignments, autobiographical comic books and oral presentations as they create their own original super hero-inspired stories. Warner Bros. hosted the program’s end-of-season showcase on its Burbank lot, where a gallery of WB Story Lab students’ autobiographical superheroes – ranging from Mr. Mind and The Communicator to Power Grid and Captain Helpful – was on display at a block party on Midwest Street, celebrating the hard work and dedication of more than 1,500 sixth-grade students and 26 teachers from 11 middle schools who participated this year.   

“WB Story Lab has given thousands of young students the confidence to truly voice their individual stories at a time in their lives when recognizing their unique voices is important,” said Bill Thompson, Executive Director, Young Storytellers. “It’s been so rewarding to see these young people empowered to embrace their differences and share their unique stories because of their experiences with this extraordinary program.” 

WB First Cut provides filmmaking skills to high-school students who may not have had access and exposure to this method of creative storytelling. Both media and non-media teachers are trained by GFS’s educators to participate in the in-class program, which allows teachers to choose from three versions of the curriculum: commercial/PSA, inanimate object or film noir. Featuring hands-on experience with equipment ranging from tablets to DSLR cameras, students learn the value of teamwork and storytelling while gaining fundamental filmmaking skills as they work together in groups to produce an original, dialogue-free short film by the semester’s end. Warner Bros. hosted WB First Cut’s end-of-season showcase with a festive pre-party on Brownstone Street to kick off the premiere screenings of student-produced films, debuting for the first time inside the Studio’s famed Steven J. Ross Theater. Individuality, anti-bullying, acceptance and respect were prominent themes of the films screened that night, each of which were elected by the 23 teachers and more than 2,000 students – who produced a collective 300 films through WB First Cut this year – to represent the 16 participating high schools.

“The Ghetto Film School team works with young filmmakers every day, and the WB First Cut program extends the opportunity for even more young people to express themselves creatively through filmmaking,” said Stosh Mintek, CEO, Ghetto Film School. “In collaboration with our partners at Warner Bros. and Los Angeles Unified, we’re able to introduce these young students to a new method of storytelling, thereby nurturing the next generation of great American storytellers.”

To learn more about these programs, please visit www.wbgood.com

About Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A WarnerMedia Company, the fully integrated, broad-based Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.

About Los Angeles Unified School District
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at nearly 1,000 schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities and several additional unincorporated sections of Southern California. L.A. Unified is a progressive leader in education, providing a dynamic and inspiring learning experience where all students graduate ready for success.

About Young Storytellers
At Young Storytellers, our mission is simple: we inspire young people to discover the power of their voice. Using one-on-one mentorship, low-income students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. From this experience, they learn that their voice matters. 

About Ghetto Film School
Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. With locations in New York City, Los Angeles and London, GFS is the most elite and inclusive film academy in the world, equipping students for top universities and careers in the creative industries through two tracks: an introductory education program for high school students, and early-career support for alumni and young professionals. 

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Media Contacts:

Jessica Zacholl
Warner Bros. 
(818) 954-3599
jessica.zacholl@warnerbros.com 

Monica Carazo
Los Angeles Unified School District
(213) 241-6766
monica.carazo@lausd.net

Breanna Butler & Alyx Sealy
Hiltzik Strategies / Ghetto Film School
(212) 776-1160
bbutler@hstrategies.com
asealy@hstrategies.com

UPS Brings Commitment and Support to Pride Month

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 1:43pm

 UPS (NYSE: UPS) is continuing its support for the LGBTQ community, and UPS employees are volunteering their own time in more than a dozen pride celebrations. The company is also extending its global commitment to diversity and inclusion by confirming support for two new initiatives and continuing to drive progress through business and community efforts.

UPS’s support of the United Nations Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business demonstrates the organization’s alignment with the global standards designed to advance equality within corporations and across value chains. The areas addressed by the Standards include: Respect Human Rights, Eliminate Discrimination, Provide Support, Prevent Other Human Rights Violations, and Act in the Public Sphere.

UPS has also confirmed its commitment through The Business Statement on Transgender Equality, led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Out Leadership. Through this commitment, UPS is calling for all people to be treated with respect and dignity, and reaffirming that the company opposes any administrative and legislative efforts to roll back transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations.

The commitments are in addition to the announcement in March 2019 that UPS received a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundations’ Corporate Equality Index, and the designation of being a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” UPS also received the prestigious “Best-of-the-Best” designation for 2019 from the National Business Inclusion Consortium, which honors organizations for their commitment to diverse employees and business owners.

In a recent statement to UPS’s LGBTQ and Allies Business Resource Group, UPS Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and President of The UPS Foundation Eduardo Martinez called out the importance of these commitments saying, “Our company recognizes that it plays an important role in acknowledging basic human rights in accordance with our values and high standards for the ethical, inclusive treatment of people around the world.  No person should be denied the right to be treated equally among all people; all should enjoy the personal freedom from persecution and economic, social, and cultural opportunities.”

The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS, is bringing support for diversity and inclusion actions in communities, with a new commitment of more than $11.5 million in grants to support organizations focused on empowerment, education and leadership. The grants include funding for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Workplace Project, a nationally recognized source of expert information on LGBTQ issues, and support for the Global Workplace Equality Coalition, focused on global LGTBQ inclusion.

UPS employees are demonstrating support by participating in more than a dozen Pride Month events across the U.S. and Europe, and through hands-on volunteer work and financial support for non-profit organizations focused on supporting the LGBTQ community. Among the organizations receiving support is the United Way Arise Project, which seeks to bring caring professionals together to support the lives of LGBTQ homeless youth. UPS will also be sponsoring the Reaching Out MBA, (ROMBA) conference in October, a student-run event created to empower professionals to lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society.

Within UPS, LGBTQ & Allies Business Resource Groups in the U.S. and Europe provide ongoing support and activities to foster a safe, equitable workspace, positively impact inclusion within the communities where UPSers live and work, and provide outreach to the LGBTQ community that affirms UPS is an advocate.

UPSer Joe Rayburn, who chartered one of the first UPS LGBTQ and Allies Business Resource Groups, explains why, “Being in the closet is very uncomfortable. Playing the pronoun game, trying to remember what you’ve said to whom and what pronouns you’re using when talking about your personal life -- you spend so much time thinking about how to hide your personal truth. There’s a lot of fear, and it consumes so much energy. Coming out at work was a huge relief. The reception I received within UPS from the top down has always been nothing but kindness and acceptance. After I came out, I wanted to help create a group that would help others at UPS feel the same support I did.”

All of the company’s and employees’ support of the LGBTQ community during Pride Month is part of an even broader focus on diversity and inclusion.

UPS recognizes and embraces the value of inclusion as a core business focus. New initiatives focused on employees, customers, suppliers and communities are using the power of UPS’s vast global workforce to create opportunities for advancement and economic strength for populations that have been traditionally underserved. Some of these initiatives and commitments include:

  • The UPS Women Exporters Program, a partnership with the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative, helps to train and connect women entrepreneurs to enable them to gain access to global markets. This is complemented by our collaboration with USAID as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) aimed at training more women entrepreneurs to tap into global business markets.
  • At the Transitional Learning Center at the UPS Worldport global hub in Louisville, Kentucky, the company provides pre-employment training to build a pathway for success for people who have neurological challenges and face discriminiation or suppression of employment opportunities. The program is a cooperative effort between UPS and the Coalition for Workforce Diversity. A film about the program received the 2019 Boston College Center for Citizenship “Best in Show” award.
  • The dedication to drive inclusion is reflected in UPS’s top leadership. The company is one of more than 650 signatories of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ pledge.
  • Most recently, UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney spoke at the Operation HOPE Global Forum, underpinning the company’s continued support for economic empowerment, which enables diverse groups to realize their full potential.

Standing up for others is an underlying theme within all of these efforts. Said UPSer Joe Rayburn, “The most impactful moments over the last seven years have been when that unidentified ally made a point of being very blatant and visible in their support of my community. Being given that express permission to bring my whole authentic self to work is what makes me so grateful to work at this company every day.”

About UPS

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

About The UPS Foundation

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

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8th Global Pro Bono State of the Practice Report Is Released

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 1:43pm

The 8thGlobal Pro Bono State of the Practice, presented by PYXERA Global, highlights the top five trends based on data collected from 26 companies, 63 percent of which belong to Fortune’s Global 500.

In addition to overall growth in the practice area, trends show companies are prioritizing social impact, aligning programming with corporate strategy, engaging more internal stakeholders, and increasing impact measurement to make the business case for Global Pro Bono. The State of the Practice also includes a practitioner’s guide for companies keen to pilot a program and ensure it has a foundation for success.

“Global Pro Bono is a powerful tool for companies to integrate purpose into employee experience at work and increase retention and overall employee fulfillment,” said Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global. “The State of the Practice is important because it shows that Global Pro Bono can strategically support corporate strategy and create a sustainable social impact.”

Read the report here.

Since 2010, the Global Pro Bono State of the Practice report, formerly called the International Corporate Volunteerism Benchmarking Survey, has delivered an overview of program formats, implementation methodologies, evaluation techniques, and best practices.

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About PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal)
For nearly 30 years, PYXERA Global has leveraged the unique strengths of corporations, governments, and social sector organizations to solve complex problems, on the ground, and attain mutually beneficial goals. Initiatives include a wide range of services, from short term immersive skills-based volunteering to long-term integrated supply chain and community development efforts that transform lives and livelihoods, including the Corporate Champions for Education, a collaborative, multi-company approach to Global Pro Bono. The PYXERA Global team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for its clients and partners.

For questions, please contact:

Morgan Singer
Thought Leadership, PYXERA Global
msinger@pyxeraglobal.org
+1.202.830.0501

NRG Energy Employees Lead Nearly 80 Service Projects Nationwide

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 10:43am

Over 800 NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) employees volunteer upwards of 4,100 hours during of the company’s 12th “positiveNRG week,” the company’s annual week of volunteering. Over the course of the week, employees were provided the opportunity to select and serve the non-profits in their communities that mean the most to them.

“PositiveNRG Week is all about bringing employees together from all across the organization in the act of serving others.” said Jennifer Brunelle, Director, positiveNRG, NRG’s corporate philanthropy program. “This work is bigger than any single person and reflects our company values; it’s the embodiment of our collective passion to make tomorrow better.”

Organizations served during positiveNRG week include these and more:

  • The Houston Food Bank

  • Grounds for Sculpture

  • Habitat for Humanity Charlotte ReStore

  • March of Dimes

  • Dress for Success

  • Texas Monarch Flyway Strategy

NRG’s positiveNRG program aims to partner with organizations in the locations where the company operates to build long-term relationships and create the conditions where communities can thrive. 

Learn more about NRG’s charitable giving efforts

About NRG

At NRG, we’re redefining power by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We create value by generating electricity and serving over 3 million residential and commercial customers through our portfolio of retail electricity brands. A Fortune 500 company, NRG delivers customer-focused solutions for managing electricity, while enhancing energy choice and working towards a sustainable energy future.

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