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Nonprofits Sue Panera Bread for Deceptive Marketing of Foods as ‘Clean’

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 9:44am

Nonprofits Clean Label Project and GMO Free USA filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread for deceptive marketing and sale of certain bread products, sandwiches and other goods as “clean,” after products tested positive for contaminants including glyphosate, the main ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller. The lawsuit charges that Panera exploits consumers’ preferences and willingness to pay more for products marketed as “clean.” 

This lawsuit comes on the heels of GMO Free USA’s glyphosate in restaurant foods report. Certain Panera samples contained the highest glyphosate levels of fifteen restaurants tested.

The National Restaurant Association “Top 10 Concept Trends of 2018” survey of 700 chefs ranked “natural ingredients/clean menus” as a top three consumer dining trend. Restaurateurs are aware that the general public is increasingly seeking out healthy foods, free from unnatural ingredients and synthetic chemicals.

“Panera has invested heavily in a campaign, convincing consumers that their food is ‘clean.’  Reasonable consumers would expect that Panera’s food would be glyphosate-free,” said Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project. 

Last week a federal civil jury ordered Monsanto to pay more than $80 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman over his claim that the weed killer Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma after decades of use. This was the second jury to rule against Bayer in a Roundup cancer lawsuit. More than 11,200 cancer cases await trials. 

“Glyphosate is a patented chelator, antibiotic, and is linked to serious adverse health effects including cancer, infertility, and non-alcoholic fatty liver and kidney diseases. Glyphosate shouldn’t be present in the food system. A company that willfully misrepresents its products as ‘clean’ must be held accountable,” said Diana Reeves, executive director of GMO Free USA.

The Panera suit, filed under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act by the nonprofits’ counsel Richman Law Group and Children’s Health Defense, seeks to end Panera’s deceptive business practices by requiring full disclosure of contaminants present in their “clean” products and/or a reformulation of their products to match their marketing.

Read the full complaint HERE.

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Clean Label Project is a national nonprofit with the mission to bring truth and transparency to consumer product labeling through data, science, and education.

GMO Free USA is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocating for a clean, healthy food system and educating consumers about the hazards of GMOs and synthetic pesticides.

Expediting Development & Supply of Renewable Natural Gas

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:40pm

 U.S. Gain is pleased to announce a new renewable natural gas (RNG) development project located in Springfield, Nebraska, which is producing much-needed clean fuel for the transportation industry, as well as a RNG supply contract for Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) natural gas fueling station network. Both projects will be impactful in the development and supply of RNG across the country. 

Expediting Development of Renewable Natural Gas

As a vertically-integrated RNG provider, U.S. Gain is diligently working with producers and developers on a multitude of landfill, agricultural and wastewater treatment RNG development projects – converting their waste to financially-rewarding, clean fuel. One of the most recent projects that U.S. Gain was involved in is the Sarpy County Landfill located in Springfield, Nebraska. This landfill will produce enough RNG to fuel 117 class eight trucks daily, the equivalent of displacing more than 2.3 million gallons of diesel.

“We’re honored to have worked with a team of experienced professionals on development of the Sarpy County Landfill,” said U.S. Gain President Mike Koel. “These projects often take longer to develop than expected, but are completely worth all the effort when the final certification approval is received. The transportation industry needs clean fuel, and we’re committed to meeting the growing demand of RNG. We currently have 20 RNG development projects in process.”

RNG is methane captured from landfill, wastewater treatment plant and agricultural waste that is cleaned and conditioned to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. Once the gas is certified for use, it can be dispensed through natural gas fueling stations as a drop-in fuel, with no changes to fueling equipment or vehicles. 

RNG, when used as an alternative fuel, is known to many as the fastest, cleanest pathway to necessary transportation-related emission reductions. It further features proven vehicle technology across vehicle classes and an extensive, developed fueling infrastructure. With more than 70 million tons of organic waste produced in the United States each year, much of which is not being converted to fuel or energy, there are significant opportunities for RNG development still available.

Offering Renewable Natural Gas in California

California is vocal about their plans to address the state’s air quality problem. With looming air quality deadlines, key stakeholders across industry sectors have been collaborating to create feasible options that will reduce their environmental footprint and remain compliant with goals put forth by California lawmakers. 

SoCalGas made national headlines recently by pledging to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. A household name in California, SoCalGas plans to deploy a variety of tactics to achieve their vision, one of which is to replace compressed natural gas (CNG) with RNG across their fueling station network. RNG offered at these stations is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 21,000 metric tons annually—the equivalent of taking 4,500 passenger cars off the road.

“SoCalGas is excited to offer RNG at many of our natural gas vehicle fueling stations from U.S. Gain,” said Jawaad Malik, vice president of Gas Acquisitions. “RNG is an important tool in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that is why SoCalGas has committed to having 20 percent RNG in our system by 2030.” 

Bryan Nudelbacher, director of business development for U.S. Gain, says that providing RNG throughout the SoCalGas fueling network will substantially improve air quality for residents in Southern California.

“The best feature of renewable natural gas is the ability to provide up to 125 percent well-to-wheel emission savings when used in transportation,” said Nudelbacher. “We look forward to supplying the cleanest fuel option to more fleets and stations in California, as well as the rest of North America.” 



Stephanie Lowney
Marketing Manager, U.S. Gain
(920) 381-2190

About U.S. Gain

U.S. Gain® is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions™ that reduce emissions for a cleaner tomorrow. 

As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. With a history of successful renewable natural gas development projects, financial strength, compliance expertise and dispensing capabilities – U.S. Gain is the partner of choice for renewable natural gas development and distribution.

Over the years, U.S. Gain has also built their own network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada, of which are known for unprecedented performance and uptime. Well-versed in public and private station construction, compressed natural gas equipment and grant funding programs – U.S. Gain is a premier partner for companies seeking a new fueling station, station upgrades or general maintenance contracts.

As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for companies to succeed – both economically and environmentally. With experience you need and ethics you value, U.S. Gain is the partner you’ll be proud to work with.

Smithfield Foods’ Facilities Earn National Sustainability Recognition

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:40pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that ProFood World selected the company’s Kinston, North Carolina and Sioux City, Iowa facilities as winners of the 2018 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards (SEMA). The annual awards program honors companies for exceptional sustainability achievements in food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturing.

“The many members of our Smithfield Family play essential roles in the success of our industry-leading sustainability program,” said Bill Gill, assistant vice president of sustainability for Smithfield Foods. “Their innovative approach to sustainability generates unconventional projects at our facilities that propel our operations and lessen our environmental impact. We are honored to accept these awards and are proud of our Kinston and Sioux City facilities for delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way.”

Smithfield’s facility in Kinston, North Carolina, was honored for its liquid smoke reduction efforts. The Kinston facility took an innovative approach to modifying their hot dog production processes that resulted in the reduction of more than 5,000 gallons of liquid smoke per year and more than $129,000 in annual cost savings. The company’s Sioux City, Iowa facility was recognized for its smoker box project, which utilizes a waterless smoker to reduce the facility’s water usage by one million gallons annually.

“Smithfield continues to be recognized as an industry-leader with multiple awards at this year’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards program,” said Joyce Fassl, editor-in-chief of ProFood World magazine and program director for ProFood Live. “Smithfield has won more Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards than any other food or beverage company in the competition’s history. The company’s innovative approach to manufacturing and willingness to set ambitious goals within its robust sustainability program is a testament to Smithfield’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”                                                                 

The 2018 winners were honored at the ProFood Tech trade show on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The trade show is a three-day gathering for food and beverage industry leaders to address solutions in manufacturing, automation, and sustainability. Since ProFood Tech occurs biennially, the ProFood Live conference in 2020 will host the 2019 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards ceremony.

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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

California Wildfire Restoration Fund Partners and National Forest Foundation Grateful for Success

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 3:40pm

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) today announced the closure of the NFF’s California Wildfire Reforestation Fund, created in December 2018 to support tree-planting efforts to restore California National Forests following years of severe wildfire. With support raised to date, the NFF will plant 325,000 trees on National Forests in California in the 2019 and 2020 planting seasons.

Since 2013, wildfires have burned more than five million acres in California alone. Fires in recent years have become so severe and burned such vast swaths of land, many forests will not naturally regenerate for decades, if at all. As a result, forests do not absorb carbon; watershed do not hold, clean, and gradually release water – including critical drinking supplies; wildlife lose their natural habitat; and more.

The NFF’s tree planting efforts leverages support from individuals, small businesses and corporation to jumpstart forest recovery.

The NFF established the Fund as an opportunity for supporters to earmark their support specifically for California after a series of particularly severe wildfire and drought seasons. Reforestation in 2019 will include the Modoc and Lassen National Forests in northeastern California as well as the Angeles National Forest adjacent to Los Angeles. 2020 funds have not yet been allocated.

“It is inspiring to see how the passion and concern for California National Forests coalesce around this important cause” said Wes Swaffar, Director of Partnerships and Reforestation for the NFF. “With this support, we’re achieving measurable, tangible high-impact results for our forests, and restoring these amazing landscapes in California”.

Support for the fund came from individual donors nationwide, small businesses, and NFF corporate partners. Leading partners include Starbucks Foundation, Caudalie, Boxed Water, and Lands’ End.

The Fund also generated new multi-year commitments, including the cosmetics company Caudalie, who will be supporting California reforestation for the next three years.

While the Fund is concluded for now, the NFF won’t stop leading reforestation investments in California. The NFF works closely with the U.S. Forest Service to identify landscapes in need of reforestation and craft partnerships with businesses to help address those needs. Due to wildfires, insects and disease, numerous National Forests in California and beyond are facing large-scale reforestation needs.

The California Wildfire Reforestation Fund is an initiative of the NFF’s 50 Million for our Forests campaign, which is planting 50 million trees on our publicly-owned National Forests over five years.  For more information on this campaign go to https://www.nationalforests.org/get-involved/tree-planting-programs.

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.

SC Johnson Plans Shift to Geothermal Power at Headquarters, Significantly Reducing Energy Use

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:40pm

SC Johnson today is announcing its intention to use geothermal energy to power its Racine headquarters, a move that will greatly reduce the company’s environmental footprint and positions the company as a leader in the private sector in the transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources.

SC Johnson plans to install a GeoExchange system at its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus to provide sustainable heating and cooling throughout the facilities, using the constant temperature of the Earth. The project – which is pending city and state approvals – is expected to reduce energy usage by an estimated 42 percent. There is a 40 percent reduction made up of decreasing consumption from the implementation of a GeoExchange system, including transforming the current boiler facility to a new energy efficient thermal plant, and an additional 2 percent reduction by utilizing PV for renewable energy.  Combined with other sustainable projects, the facility will save another 15 to 20 percent in energy usage, resulting in a total facility-wide reduction of 57 to 62 percent of the current energy load.

“As a global company, you think about your footprint in all the places you operate and how to minimize your impact,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Leading the industry in an environmentally responsible manner starts at home. For us, that meant taking a look at our operations and finding where we can lessen our impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing air quality and increasing the amount of energy offset from renewable resources. Transitioning to geothermal energy at our headquarters goes a long way toward accomplishing those goals.”

SC Johnson has for two decades been an industry leader in the use of renewable energy in the production of its products. The company’s commitment to lowering its carbon footprint and utilizing a diverse, renewables-heavy energy mix is evident in its across-the-board embrace of wind, solar and biofuel:

  • At the company’s manufacturing plant in Surabaya, Indonesia, waste husks from rice grains are used as a fuel source for heating water for production. The initiative dramatically cut down on the use of fossil fuels, resulting in a reduction of 7,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
  • Manufacturing facilities in China, India, Indonesia and Mexico have solar projects for hot water heating.
  • Three of the company’s manufacturing sites – Bay City, Michigan; Mijdrecht, Netherlands; and Gorzow, Poland – run on 100 percent wind energy, while facilities in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin (Waxdale) and Toluca, Mexico, get a portion of their power from wind.
  • Waxdale also generates 85 percent of its energy from cleaner-burning natural gas. Methane gas from a nearby public landfill generates 28 percent of the facility’s energy. The other 57 percent comes from a second cogeneration system that uses cleaner-burning natural gas.

Altogether, SC Johnson’s efforts have resulted in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its worldwide manufacturing sites by 62 percent since the company’s 2000 baseline.

“At SC Johnson, we started using renewable energy more than 15 years ago to make products like Windex, Pledge and others,” Johnson said. “Today, a third of our global energy use comes from renewable sources. It’s an investment, but it’s the right thing, now and for the future.”

SC Johnson’s Administration Building – which remains the only operational corporate headquarters designed by Wright – opened 80 years ago, in 1939. Additionally, roughly 13,000 square feet of photovoltaic (PV) panels (or ~620 panels) will be installed on the building roofs of the company’s west campus. A GeoExchange well field will be located under a northwest parking lot, and an existing boiler plant will be converted to a next-generation thermal plant.

The installation of the GeoExchange system – which repurposes energy in a highly efficient manner but is not considered renewable – is the most significant of many efficiency improvements at SC Johnson headquarters. The PV panels will serve the important function of offsetting energy consumption from the grid with self-generated renewable energy. SC Johnson hopes to complete the GeoExchange field installation by the fall of 2019, with the entire campus converted to the new thermal plant by the fall of 2020.

Company-owned wind turbines are in operation at Mijdrecht and Waxdale; the Wisconsin facility has two operational turbines, each standing 415 feet tall, and both requiring approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for use. At Mijdrecht, the 262-foot turbine generates nearly half the amount of energy needed to run the 3 million-square-foot site, with the remaining energy as purchased wind power.

Though the use of wind turbines in busy urban areas can prove challenging, the positive environmental impacts make it well worth the effort. The Waxdale wind turbines generate 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year – enough to power 770 homes. Using those turbines saves about 6,000 metric tons of carbon emissions compared to what would have been created using fossil fuels.

“SC Johnson has made a commitment to diversifying energy sources and prioritizing the use of renewables whenever possible,” Johnson said. “Our work is far from over, and we’re excited to do our part at home in Racine with the GeoExchange system at our headquarters. But we also believe that lowering our carbon footprint around the world will make a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8514951-sc-johnson-renewable-energy/


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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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

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CSR/Sustainability Career Report – Mentoring, Innovation and Social Intrapreneurial Projects Transform Graduates

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 9:40am

Want to ignite your CSR & Sustainability career?  Graduates of the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability bring their careers to life through innovative capstone projects under the guidance of a CSR and Sustainability Mentor.  The April 30th Application Deadline is fast approaching; only 30 applicants are accepted annually.

Participants launch a project related to their job or career goals.  For example, they develop a CSR Strategy for their organization, forge new community investment partnerships, and craft new sustainability standards. 

They produce tangible business results and are frequently elevated to CSR/Sustainability leadership positions. “This program has been so influential on my organization and career,” says Pam Cone, VP Global Corporate Responsibility, Milliman. “Soon after joining the program I was promoted to VP, Global Corporate Responsibility.  My Capstone project was a study of CSR Sustainability practices in professional service firms.  The result was a blueprint for my future in this field.”

Professionals come to the program to LEAD, SHIFT or START their careers in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

LEAD - “This program offered me the framework I needed to better plan, implement and lead a Community Investment Strategy (C.I.S) for Flight Centre Travel Group.  I learned how to galvanize our coast to coast stakeholders and reinforce the roll out of our ongoing CSR initiatives. Soon after graduation I was promoted to CSR Manager for Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) – The Americas."  Brian Shurman, CSR Manager, The Americas, Flight Centre Travel Group (Class 2016/2017).

SHIFT - "The CSR Graduate Certificate was central to shifting my career to CSR/Sustainability. I made valuable contacts and landed a CSR contract during the program with CBSR - Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. The faculty, materials and classmates were invaluable as I shifted into this role.  That contract led to an opportunity at Blackbaud and includes engaging companies and their CSR programs across Canada and the entire social good community.  Eric Saavala, Strategic Account Executive - Corporate, Foundations and Non-profit Solutions, Blackbaud  (Class 2017/2018).

START - “This program gave me the opportunity to understand the practical development and implementation of CSR & Sustainability in an organization. I gained a valuable network, a more thorough understanding of the career opportunities ahead and practical skills I can use now. It is an excellent foundation on which to start my career as a CSR/Sustainability professional.”  Kathryn Condon, Masters in Environmental Science, Oxford University (Class 2017/2018)

The Graduate Certificate in CSR & Sustainability – April 30, 2019 Application Deadline

Participants in the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability work full time while earning this university credential through a blended learning approach.   Participants:

The Certificate in CSR/Sustainability is now taking applications for 2019/2020.  Only 30 applicants are accepted annually.

Module 1 will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 16 -18, 2019.  Module 2 and 3 will be held May, 2020 and November, 2020 respectively.   To apply, go to the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Website.  See the program schedule, past graduates and news about the program.  The first intake Application Deadline is April 30, 2019; only 30 applicants are accepted each year.

About the University of St. Michael’s College

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life.  

A Business Advisory Committee ensures the CSR program is relevant and experiential.  CSR/Sustainability Leaders from a broad range of industries from insurance to mining,  including: The Co-operators, BMO Financial,  Scotia Bank (ret.),  Vermillion Energy, Centerra Gold , ESG Ledger, Conference Board of Canada,  and Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) provide advice and input.

For More Information Contact

Kathryn A. Cooper, Program Manager, Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Phone: (519) 855-9491

Website: https://www.csr-stmikes.ca/

2018 International Women's Day Forum

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:39am

Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner With Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.

Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges will require creativity and innovation from across sectors.

This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is in reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.

Join more than 300 stakeholders March 6-7, 2018 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

This year's annual International Women's Day Forum topics will include:

• Workforce and Skills Development

• Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

• Entrepreneurship and Value Chain


• Women in Tech

• The Digital Divide

• Financial Inclusion and Access to Capital

• Women’s Health

• Girls’ Education

• The Care Economy

• Gender-Based Violence

• Gender Data

• Building Capacity of Displaced Girls and Women

• And more!

Learn more and register with early bird pricing between now and February 2!

Innovations in Social Impact Measurement for CSR Symposium

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 6:37pm

Join us for a two-day symposium on the latest innovations in self-led social impact measurement for corporate social responsibility programs.

We will review how to develop a strategy for identifying and addressing non-technical risks (NTR), proving you’re having a meaningful impact, and learning how to improve. You will be introduced to easy-to-complete impact measurement tools that can be used across the company and allow for a uniform yet flexible approach across all initiatives, no matter the stage of development, type of investment/engagement, or geography.

The event will also review social return on investment (SROI) techniques, strategies for positioning CSR and social impact measurement in your organization, and getting the most out of your impact data.

US$800,000 in Grants to Tackle Global Hunger Through Food Banking

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 3:37pm

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) announced today a total of US$800,000 in grants for food banking organizations across the globe through the Zero Hunger Food Bank Challenge. 

The grants – made possible by a generous contribution from the General Mills Foundation and additional funding provided by the PIMCO Foundation – aim to strengthen food banks’ contribution to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 – which is to eliminate global hunger by 2030. An estimated 821 million[1] people—one in nine—go hungry, while 1.3 billion[2] tonnes of edible food is wasted.

The grants will be awarded to nine food bank organizations in Africa, South and Central America and Australia to help sustain and grow their food banking models to alleviate hunger and reduce waste.GFN is an international non-profit organization that strengthens food banks in more than 30 countries. The organization plays a vital role in redirecting surplus, wholesome food to the hungry and reducing food insecurity in nations and communities around the world.

Lisa Moon, GFN President and CEO, said: “Tackling food waste and world hunger are two of the most pressing issues facing global communities today. These grants will go directly to organizations on the frontline, helping them scale operations, ultimately helping more people over the next year. The grants will range from US$40,000 to US$100,000, making this the largest distribution of funds since GFN’s inception in 2006, which is a sign of the increasing focus placed on hunger and food waste around the world.”The grants were announced at the GFN Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI), the annual international conference for food bank leaders now in its 13th year. The three-day event featured panel discussions on tackling hunger and food waste with key note addresses from Tesco CEO, Dave Lewis and 2018 World Food Prize Laureate, Lawrence Haddad.

Nicola Dixon, Executive Director, General Mills Foundation, a funder and partner of GFN said: “When it comes to addressing world hunger and making the global food system more sustainable, few philanthropic investments have a greater impact than food banks. With investments like this one, we aim to ensure that good surplus food can increasingly be used to nourish hungry people, rather than go to landfills. That’s why General Mills has philanthropically invested €17.6 million (US$20 million) since 2010 to expand food bank capacity around the world – food banks that enabled 3.8 billion meals for hungry people last year leveraging good surplus food.”

Organizations awarded grants include Foodbank Australia – Northern Territory, to help expand the food bank’s service area to include rural communities and hard-to-reach indigenous populations, and Banco de Alimentos Panama, to develop a program that increases the recovery of fresh produce to enhance the nutritional servings delivered to hungry people. Additionally, food bank organizations in Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and South Africa will receive funding to expand, establish and increase food bank operation and feed more people facing hunger.

About The Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit organization based in Chicago that nourishes the world’s hungry through launching and strengthening food banks in more than 30 countries. GFN focuses on combating hunger and preventing food waste by providing expertise, directing resources, sharing knowledge and developing connections that increase efficiency, ensure food safety and reach more people facing hunger. Last year, GFN member food banks rescued and redirected food to more than 9 million people facing hunger.

About General Mills

General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie’s, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2018 proforma net sales of US $17.0 billion, including $1.3 billion from Blue Buffalo. In addition, General Mills’ share of non-consolidated joint venture net sales totalled U.S. $1.1 billion.


Full List of 2019 grant recipients             

  • Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos, Argentina – To build capacity of the food sourcing and fundraising functions of the national network and better support member food banks through compliance audits and training.
  • Foodbank Australia – Northern Territory, Australia – To expand the food bank’s service area to include rural communities and hard-to-reach indigenous populations.
  • Banco de Alimentos Quito, Ecuador – To increase the quantity of food sourced and improve efficiencies and capacity within the warehouse.
  • Banco de Alimentos Diakonia, Ecuador – To increase the quantity of food sourced and improve efficiencies and capacity within the warehouse.
  • Banco de Alimentos de Honduras – To increase the quantity of food, and diversify the food sourced and distributed by establishing cold chain capabilities at BAH’s three logistics centers.
  • Bancos de Alimentos de Mexico – To equip food banks in five cities with cold chain and provide food sourcing training to all food banks in the Mexican network.
  • Banco de Alimentos Panama – To establish a food bank location in the central market of Panama City to increase the recovery of fruits and vegetables.
  • Banco de Alimentos Peru – To establish a food bank location in the central market of Lima that will enable the distribution of an increased amount of recovered fruits and vegetables.
  • FoodForwardSA, South Africa – To expand its agricultural recovery program, specifically in Durban.


[1] FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building Climate Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition (Rome: FAO, 2018).

Smithfield Foods Contributes $50,000 to Fund Meat and Poultry Research and Education

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 9:36am

 The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a donation of $50,000 to the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, a non-profit research, education, and information foundation established to identify strategies that enable the meat and poultry industry to produce better, safer products, and to operate more efficiently.

“We are so pleased that Smithfield Foods has, once again, decided to generously support our core research values to enable the meat and poultry industry to produce the highest quality and safest products possible,” said Susan Backus, president, Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education. “With cooperative support from our industry partners like Smithfield, we will continue to conduct valuable research to improve our nation’s meat and poultry supply.”

The Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee has identified several key research priorities for 2019. These priorities include projects that address food safety, product quality, animal welfare and worker safety, among others. All research findings from current and prior years are available online at https://meatpoultryfoundation.org/researches.

“The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education and Smithfield Foods share a common goal of providing safe and high-quality products for customers,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are happy to collaborate with the Foundation and help further their important research initiatives, enabling us to fulfill our mission to produce ‘Good food. Responsibly®.’”

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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.  

About The Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research

The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education is a non-profit organization organized as a 501 (c) (3) organization of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation’s purpose for more than 70 years is to promote research, education and scientific advances in the meat and poultry processing and related industries. Since the Foundation launched its Food Safety Initiative in 1999, more than $9.6 million in grants have been awarded.


CONTACT Lisa Martin +1 (757) 365-1980 lvmartin@smithfield.com Smithfield Foods, Inc. Eric Mittenthal +1 (202) 587-4238 emittenthal@meatinstitute.org Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research Education

SC Johnson Earns 14th Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:34pm

For the 14th time, SC Johnson has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index survey and report. This honor marks SC Johnson’s 17th year of recognition on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s annual workplace equality list. The Corporate Equality Index is the nation’s leading benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees.

“We are honored to receive a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign for the 14th time, in recognition of our commitment to cultivating an inclusive environment that retains, attracts and inspires the very best people,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

Companies achieving a Corporate Equality Index rating of 100 percent are given the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” For companies to be recognized and rated highly by the HRC they must have established sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections for employees, inclusive benefits, a commitment to diversity and cultural competency, and ongoing engagement with the LGBTQ community. To learn more about SC Johnson’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, please visit the SC Johnson website.

The 2019 Corporate Equality Index survey and report rated more than 560 companies, which were evaluated on policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.


About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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

ISEAL Members Putting Certification on the Map

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 9:34am

Geospatial data has become part of our everyday lives. We increasingly depend on apps and programs that use map-based information to provide useful insights. In the world of sustainability standards, there’s huge potential to use mapping tools – and ISEAL members have recently come together to take forward the development of a Certification Atlas.

Essentially, the atlas would provide an interactive map showing the locations of all the farms, forests, fisheries and other production units certified under ISEAL member schemes. On this, it’s then possible to overlay a vast array of data, both from certification schemes themselves and from other sources.

The first phase of the project resulted in a mock-up dashboard that allows users to view information on the global scope, reach and performance of six ISEAL members – Better Cotton Initiative, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, Marine Stewardship Council, and Rainforest Alliance/UTZ certified.

Bringing information together across commodities and geographies in an easily accessible and understandable format can help us to perceive patterns and trends, address common challenges, and improve collaboration and planning among a variety of stakeholders. It can show, for example, where deforestation is occurring or being avoided within supply chains, the collective impacts of certified producers within a particular watershed, or how areas of high conservation value can be linked together across a landscape.

Having a geospatial picture of how different certification schemes are situated and how they interact is particularly valuable in strengthening land-use planning and policies to address issues such as deforestation and habitat loss, water risk and social needs. This can support jurisdictional and landscape approaches, which are becoming an increasingly important tool for promoting sustainable practices at scale.

Overall, the Certification Atlas offers opportunities to a wide variety of users:

  • Auditors can use it to improve the efficiency, accuracy and transparency of the assurance process

  • Sourcing companies and investors can use it to monitor risks and engage with producers within their supply chain or portfolio

  • Producers can compare their performance with their neighbours, or with those in similar climatic zones on the other side of the world

  • Sustainability standards can use it to communicate their impact and drive improvements

  • Consumers can see exactly where their certified products come from and see the difference their purchasing choices are making.

These are just some of the possibilities emerging – and with the rapid development and spread of digital technology, the opportunities continue to expand. 

Visit the ISEAL innovations hub to learn more about the Certification Atlas and other the tools and approaches developed by ISEAL members.

Soil Health Training to Supply Growing Demand for Sustainable Cotton

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:31pm

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), the nonprofit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing soil health, has announced it will launch “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton,” a continuous engagement project to help U.S. cotton farmers increase soil health on their farms. In addition, the project will seek to quantify and expand the productivity, economic, and environmental benefits of soil health systems for those farmers. The initial pilot program, which will be conducted during 2019, will include cotton producers in Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, according to Cristine Morgan, Ph.D., SHI Chief Scientific Officer.

“This farmer-focused education and training program will be developed and delivered by a qualified team comprised of technical specialists and successful cotton farmers,” Morgan said. “In 2020, the program will expand to Mississippi, Texas, and California.” 

“Cotton producers who successfully complete the program will gain knowledge in soil health systems and become part of a network of farmers interested in increasing sustainability of cotton production,” Morgan added. 

According to David Lamm, Project Manager, the project will identify farmers in each state who are successfully adopting soil health systems. These farmers will provide insights into their soil health systems and help mentor others who participate in the training program. In addition, a local Soil Health Technical Specialist will help conduct farmer training and provide continuous technical support over at least the next two years. 

Participating farmers will learn how to evaluate the health of their soils and how to improve that health for greater sustainability. Scientists from SHI will assist growers in assessing and improving drought resilience, economic benefits, and environmental outcomes of their practices. 

“Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton” is supported through the generosity of the Wrangler® brand, the VF Corporation Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation.

For further information, visit www.soilhealthinstitute.org.

About the Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment and society.

About Wrangler®

Wrangler® apparel is available nationwide in mass market retailers, specialty stores, including work apparel chains, farm & fleet, and western stores, as well as through online and catalog retailers. To find a retailer or for more information on the Wrangler family of products, visit Wrangler.com or call 888.784.8571.

About VF Corporation

VF Corporation outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders. For more information, visit www.vfc.com.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.


Report Uncovers Prevalence of Glyphosate in Restaurant Foods

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 9:29am

Nonprofit organization GMO Free USA today published the report, “Eating Out: A Date with Glyphosate.” The report details the results of food tests for glyphosate residue, across fifteen popular fast food and casual restaurants in the U.S. 

A sample from Panera Bread, whose primary marketing claim is, “100% of our food is 100% clean,” had the highest level of glyphosate of all 44 restaurant foods tested. Other restaurants tested include Chili’s Grill & Bar, Domino's Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, IHOP, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods Market.

Dr. Mark Hyman, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine and bestselling author said, “The unregulated use of GMO seeds and the herbicide glyphosate is a significant uncontrolled experiment on the human population. Glyphosate is being used in increasing quantities and shows up in our food and water. It has been linked to cancer, disturbances in the microbiome and the depletion of our bodies’ ability to detoxify.”

A growing body of peer-reviewed science links glyphosate to numerous health harms at levels found in some restaurant foods tested. A 2017 study found that Roundup can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which affects 30 to 40% of Americans. Another study published in 2018 found that glyphosate may be genotoxic to human lymphocyte cells at low doses under the Acceptable Daily Intake set by the EPA. Glyphosate was classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer arm in 2015. 

“Our report shows that the presence of the genotoxic chemical, glyphosate, and its toxic metabolite, AMPA, is ubiquitous in foods across the U.S., not just in the processed, packaged foods reported on by other organizations. As our nation faces rising rates of chronic disease, it’s high time the food industry look into solutions to remove this dangerous chemical from its products,” says Diana Reeves, Executive Director of GMO Free USA.

Jaclyn Bowen MPH, MS, food safety quality and systems engineer and Executive Director of Clean Label Project stated, "GMO Free USA's findings further shed light on the fact that marketing departments do an effective job at selling comfort and security. Consumers feel duped when products are tested and fail to live up to their brand promises." 

Read the report and download the white paper HERE.

Webinar - Engage Stakeholders on Your Purpose-driven Ambition

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 6:29am

Businesses are building trust with key stakeholders through their purpose-driven strategy. Communicating your impact and value proposition is critical – both to future success and inspiring customers and communities to act.

In this one-hour debate, four senior leaders are ready to share their strategies, actionable ideas and insights on how your company can build trust and action through your communications.

Join us Thursday, April 4th, at 2:00pm GMT/ 3:00pm CET for our free online webinar with:

  • Dagmar van der Plas, Lead of the global Think Forward Initiative, ING
  • Rupert Maitland, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Kellogg’s
  • Andrea Stovin, Director, Global Sustainability Communications, AstraZeneca
  • Rasmus N.D. Skov, Head of Sustainability, Ørsted

Key areas will include:

  • Hear how to educate the business on the need for transparent, purpose-driven communications
  • Discover ways in which your company can demonstrate leadership and purpose among key stakeholders
  • Hear practical ideas on how to engage and empower stakeholders to help deliver your impact-driven goals

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

Kind Regards,

Candy Telani Anton
Head of Europe
Ethical Corporation
Phone: +44 (0) 207 375 7162
Email: candy.anton@ethicalcorp.com


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