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Charity Charge Unveils a Custom Credit Card for Nonprofits That Earns Cash Back With Every Purchase

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:22am

 Charity Charge, a public benefit corporation, announced today a new credit card designed to specifically address the needs of nonprofits. The Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Mastercard, issued by Commerce Bank, is the first-of-its-kind to turn business expenses into rewards that support nonprofit operating models. Launch clients include charities such as local chapters of the United Way, The Junior League, YMCA, Global Impact, The Toby Keith Foundation, and 1% for the Planet. 

Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet said, “When we learned that we could shift our business expenses to a Charity Charge credit card, it was an easy decision. We like that using the card integrates giving back into every purchase we make. The automatic cash-back rebates are great, and the fact that no personal guarantor is required allows us to further reduce our organization's risk and liability.” 

While traditional small business cards used by nonprofits include various fees and different rewards systems, the Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Mastercard keeps it simple and adds business perks, including: 

  • Access to Mastercard’s global network, travel and security/theft protection programs;

  • No annual fees;

  • 1% cash rebates on a monthly basis directly to nonprofits’ credit card statements;

  • Custom-branded cards with the organization’s logo; and

  • Discount program to access more than 200 vendors, such as FedEx, Enterprise, and Staples.

“Today marks an exciting step forward as we roll out the first business credit card designed for nonprofits,” said Stephen Garten, founder and CEO of Charity Charge. “There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. spending more than $1.8 trillion dollars each year, which shows how much nonprofits can benefit from a new credit card model that helps them manage expenses and earn cash back.”

Nonprofit, academic, and religious organizations can benefit from advanced expense management features in the Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Mastercard platform that are not typically available to smaller organizations. These tools enable built-in online expense reporting and employee card limits, ensuring that nonprofits can effectively manage expenses. 

“Doing well by doing good is a key aspect of Mastercard’s business strategy,” said Ed Glassman, EVP, Account Management, North America at Mastercard. “This program, which is exclusively designed for nonprofits, is an innovative way to help them conduct their business while turning expenses into rewards.” 

“Global Impact’s partnership with Charity Charge has been meaningful,” said Luis Guardia, Chief Business Officer of charity Global Impact. “Part of Global Impact’s purpose is to incubate and support innovative nonprofits, as well as help streamline their financial operations. Charity Charge allowed us to quickly secure credit cards for our nonprofit clients that would have otherwise taken months.”

Nonprofits with a two-year history of revenue and spending can request to be pre-qualified for the new card in just a few days by visiting www.charitycharge.com.  The Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Mastercard is underwritten by Commerce Bank, a commercial credit card issuer since 1968.

A collaborative partnership with GuideStar also speeds up the application process for nonprofits. It saves them time from tracking down financials and reduces paperwork because Charity Charge can quickly retrieve the necessary financial data for requesting a credit line. 

About Charity Charge

Charity Charge is a public benefit corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas. Charity Charge’s mission is to empower nonprofits by maximizing their impact through intelligent financial technology services. The company was founded in 2012 by noted social entrepreneur Stephen Garten to honor his father’s legacy and one rule: “Always do the right thing.” Follow Charity Charge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube@CharityCharge

About Mastercard 

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau

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MBDC and Toxnot Collaborate to Address Supply Chain and Product Transparency

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:22am

MBDC and Toxnot, two esteemed players in the sustainable products space, today announced an exciting collaboration to help manufacturers with product transparency reporting. Together, Toxnot and MBDC, the creators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, will help manufacturers design, build, and certify better products.

This collaboration creates an end-to-end solution from supplier to certification. Toxnot allows product developers to collect complex data on the ingredients in their products, even if they are proprietary. Product developers can explore alternative, potentially safer chemicals securely and screen against particularly hazardous compounds. Most importantly, Toxnot lets these manufacturers automatically submit their product data directly to MBDC in a single click. 

MBDC is led by world-renowned architect and designer William McDonough and is the leading assessor for the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. Cradle to Cradle Certified is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, also co-founded by McDonough. Using its library of products and materials, MBDC guides designers and manufacturers through a continuous improvement process to make their products healthier and more sustainable. 

Until now, supply chains and chemical hazards have been notoriously difficult to manage – and communicating to consumers and buyers has suffered. The result has been complex and costly; a system that too often loses sight of its higher purpose to clean up supply chains and products.

“Providing Toxnot users with the ability to screen and report against the Cradle to Cradle Certification™ is a huge step toward our goal of trusted product transparency,” said Toxnot CEO, Pete Girard. “Manufacturers can feel confident that their products are being assessed by a best-in-class solution; and we are proud to overcome some of the biggest hurdles in material health transparency by connecting the data to the certification in a single platform.”

"Disclosure of ingredients for products and materials does not always equate to reduced harm for human and environmental health,” said Jay Bolus, President of MBDC. “Our collaboration with Toxnot will provide manufacturers a trusted way to communicate their work toward safer and healthier materials, because the ingredients will have been fully assessed for Cradle to Cradle Certification – while keeping their proprietary formulas secured. This is optimized disclosure for consumers and industry alike to truly further transparency for material chemistry.”

Consumers and forward-thinking brands are increasingly demanding cleaner, less harmful products and materials. The advent of powerful new software platforms like Toxnot that simplify supplier engagement around chemicals, and the significant expansion of third-party, peer-reviewed verifiers like the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is disrupting the way we manage chemical hazards in our products – making it easier to analyze and clean up the world’s supply chains. 

Interested in supply chain transparency? Schedule a demo with Toxnot for a hazard screening or to build a suppler survey.  If you’re an existing manufacturer working with chemical hazards databases and want to learn more about the Cradle to Cradle Design™ Framework and get on the path to certification, visit MBDC.com and contact Jay Bolus today.

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About MBDC

MBDC is a firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. MBDC originated the Cradle to Cradle Design™ framework and the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products program. MBDC leads companies to create a world of good by assessing product designs and integrating the framework into corporate strategy, communications, operations and supply chains. Using the process of inventory, assessment and optimization, MBDC provides unique technical expertise to develop sustainable circular economy solutions around material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship and social fairness. MBDC partners with clients to provide scientific assessments and spur design innovation to create a world of good.

About Toxnot

Toxnot is an industry-leading technology company with a mission to improve health and sustainability across the global supply chain by streamlining the chemical transparency process. Toxnot provides an efficient system for manufacturers to gather supply chain data, gain insight into their hazard profiles, report on the results and create safer products. Organizations are able to automate transparency reporting and collect hazard information across their global supply chain, reducing risks. Toxnot scales from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises and utilizes searchable GreenScreen® List Translator scores. Toxnot also powers the Declare label submission process. In 2017, Toxnot won the Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award

Cradle to Cradle Design™ is a registered trademark of MBDC.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a registered trademark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Cradle to Cradle Certification™ is a registered trademark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Global Sustain: 4th ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum Frankfurt 2019

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:22am

Global Sustain Group (https://globalsustaingroup.com/) organised successfully for fourth consecutive year in collaboration with Forum for Responsible Investment (FNG) & SEB AB Frankfurt Branch the 4th ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum  in Frankfurt on  21.5.2019. 

Among forum speakers were senior managers from: European Investment Bank (EIB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), SEB AB Frankfurt Branch, BMO Global Asset Management, FNG, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Cicero Climate Research Center, SD-M, Global Sustain and others.

Based on the speakers’ presentations, the panel interactive discussions and remarks, following are in brief the main topics, highlights and conclusions of the forum.

A common conclusion and signal from all speakers and panels was, that the ESG Market in most asset classes and especially fixed income (and especially Green Bonds) is not only growing gradually in the last years with positive trends, but there is also a high demand for such ESG products. In other words, ESG is turning from a Niche Trend to a Mainstream Trend. The PRI signatories number is rising, the ESG Assets under Management (AuM) and the number of Mainstream Investors turning into ESG is also rising.

There are many different ESG Investment Strategies and ESG Investment Score Models and one has to be careful, which ones we use, how to use them and how to evaluate them, therefore there is a need for a very careful approach to the ESG Investment process. There was a common estimation, that ESG Engagement Dialogue and link ESG with TCFD can be helpful. All these KPIs are growing, confirming the ESG positive market trend not only at the institutional level but also at the retail market as well.   

Volker Weber, President FNG, referred to the activities of FNG and growing interest by banks and investors in ESG as well as on the positive market trend of ESG Investments. 

Stefan Pletzer, Head of Financial Institutions, SEB AB Frankfurt Branch as well as other senior SEB managers (Christina Wadsjö, Co-Head ESG Analysis der SEB Investment Management AB, Terje Anderson, Head of Markets, SEB AB Frankfurt Branch) referred to the rising demand for ESG products, especially in the Green Bonds market, confirmed the outperformance of ESG products, especially Green Bonds VS mainstream bonds, estimated also a positive trend for ESG market in the next years, talked about the importance of engagement and ESG dialogue and underlined the importance of climate risk as financial risk and among ESG factors, with environment as the most important and more concrete quantifiable one. 

Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director Global Sustain GmbH & Group Head Int. Affairs (Forum host), referred among others to the comparative advantage of the already ESG-ready Investors, VS Mainstream ones, on the light of the upcoming new EU Regulation on Sustainable Investment Disclosure Rules, which is changing the investment industry as we know it. He mentioned the need for common ESG Standards, substantial ESG Integration (quantifying the weight of E, S & G) and adoption of structured ESG Dialogue by Investors. He projected following trends for the coming years in the ESG market: 1. More ESG oriented Regulation in EU. Towards common accepted standards as the greatest challenge. 2. More and new ESG Market Players. 3. From exclusion to greater ESG Integration. Differentiation between ESG Strategies. 4. Greater Shareholder Dialogue & Activism. 5. More Sophisticated and ESG-relevant Reporting by listed Corporates, More divestments in specific sectors with negative ESG impact. 

Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain Group, underlined the importance of climate Risk as Financial factor and the TCFD Initiative and Reporting as well as the link between TCFD & ESG. He talked about the TCFD Reporting both for Corporates, Banks and Investors linking it with the ESG integration by listed Corporates. He also referred to the alignment of the TCFD Recommendations with the European Directive on Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) and highlighted some case studies of the current practices in TCFD reporting, presenting also a roadmap for companies to consider towards the transition to a low carbon economy.   

Nina Roth, Director, ESG Investments, BMO Global Asset Management referred among others, to the importance of ESG Engagement Dialogue with companies, in which is invested as success factor with three different approaches linking all three also with UN SDGs integration: Bottom up (Prioritize companies), top down (thematic engagement), event – driven (reactive engagement).   

Marius Cara, Deputy Director, Investor Relations, European Investment Bank, referred to the leading role of EIB as important stakeholder in the discussions about the upcoming EU Regulation on Sustainable Investments Disclosure Rules, to the recent successful launch of the first Sustainability Awareness Bond by EIB, following many series of Green Bonds in the past. EIB is acting as a catalyst in the Bonds market, confirming the high demand, dynamism and positive trend of the Green Bonds and Sustainability Bonds in general.  

Dr. Axel Hesse, Founder S-DM GmbH, talked about a positive trend in the ESG market, on the importance and added value of ESG Analysis and focused on the need of common recognised ESG Standards and also on how and which is the best way to achieve common ESG Standards.    

Maya Hennerkes, Lead ESG, Financial Intermediaries, EBRD, mentioned among others, that ESG is already an important topic not only at EBRD but also even Central Banks call for action and consider all three ESG pillars important. For EBRD, ESG is important both for the strategy as well as in the financing of projects. ESG performance is a requirement for EBRD when evaluating projects for financing.   

Luis Neves, Managing Director of Global e-Sustainability Initiative underlined the importance of linking Sustainability and ESG with Digital Transformation and Innovation. All corporations need in the future to adopt more innovative software solutions, in order to analyse investment decisions as well as different climate risk scenarios and be able to identify climate risks and opportunities by being able to evaluate metrics with the use of technology. GeSI has developed a technology software toolkit and guide on how to apply a standard approach to TCFD across the ICT sector. 

Alexander Oliver Berg, Senior Advisor, CICERO Climate Research Institute, was as all other speakers very positive about the ESG Market trend and especially the Green Bonds Market but was relatively critical towards the upcoming EU Regulation. He argued that the EU Regulation may lead to a niche market, if definitions are too strict and/or to the lowest common denominator, the taxonomy could de-motivate green market leaders, the proposed taxonomy approach does not currently provide an integrated framework for informing investors about climate and environmental risks. CICERO has developed a proprietary ‘green’ ranking system, which was presented at the Forum.

Among forum partners this year were: SEB AB Frankfurt Branch, Trillium Asset Management (USA), Bethmann Bank (ABN AMRO Group) FNG, Handelsblatt, Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Absolute Research, Altii.de, Good Events, ANT1 Group, CAPITALS Circle Group. Forum was featured on various German media.

Save the Date for the 4th ESG Responsible Investments & Sustainable Finance Forum in Berlin on 1.10.2019 - http://esgconference.com/. For further information and forums partnership opportunities, please contact: International.affairs@globalsustain.org.

Kellogg Company Unveils Ambitious Next-Generation Kellogg’s® Better Days Global Commitment to Address Food Security; Driving Positive Change for People, Communities and the Planet by the End of 2030

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 7:20pm

Today, Kellogg Company unveiled its ambitious next-generation commitment to address global food security aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) and launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Creating Better Days. In a keynote address at Sustainable Brands ’19, Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane announced that the company is taking its corporate responsibility work and impact to the next level to drive positive change for 3 billion people, communities worldwide and the planet by the end of 2030.

“Our visionary founder, W.K. Kellogg, was focusing on sustainability and communities when he founded our company more than 100 years ago. Long before sustainability and corporate purpose were part of the mainstream, he understood that companies operate with the permission and endorsement of society,” said Cahillane. “Today, the number of people affected by food insecurity is staggering. There are more than 820 million hungry people in the world[1], the majority of whom are women and girls. As a leading global plant-based food company, achieving food security is at the heart of Kellogg Company’s commitment to society.”

Continuing its journey to drive growth through purpose, Cahillane announced the company’s next-generation Kellogg’s® Better Days global commitment to help end hunger and create Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.

The company will do so by:

  • Nourishing 1 billion people with its foods, delivering nutrients of need and addressing hidden hunger;
  • Feeding 375 million people in need through food donations and expanded child feeding programs;
  • Nurturing the planet as it supports 1 million farmers, especially women smallholders and workers;
  • Conserving natural resources all along the value chain, from responsibly sourcing ingredients and reducing food waste, to providing recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging;
  • Encouraging employee volunteerism, ensuring an ethical supply chain and supporting diversity and inclusion;
  • And living its founder’s values by advocating on behalf of hungry children everywhere and engaging 1.5 billion people to help address the important issue of food security.

Earlier this year, Kellogg announced accelerated progress toward its current Breakfasts for Better Days™ commitment. “We’re far ahead of schedule, reaching more people with greater impact than we envisioned at this point,” said Kris Bahner, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs at Kellogg Company.

In the last 10 years alone, Kellogg has provided 3 billion servings of food to people in need, supported 329,000 farmers through climate-smart agriculture programs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of taking 317 million miles off the road[2].

“As one of the food industry’s first initiatives to focus solely on addressing food security, we are proud of our Breakfasts for Better Days™ achievements,” said Bahner. “However, we must constantly evaluate how we can best advance our efforts today and tomorrow. Our next-generation Kellogg’s® Better Days global commitment embodies the company’s heart and soul strategy, and will help drive transformational change while delivering a more sustainable and responsible value chain for the future.”

Kellogg Company’s current Breakfasts for Better Days™ and Global Sustainability commitments will sunset at the end of 2019 and 2020, respectively. The company will continue to track and report its progress toward these commitments in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report until that time.

“We will continue to pick up where our founder left off by making sure we do everything we can to leave the world a better place than we found it. But we know we cannot achieve these ambitious goals alone. We’ll continue to forge partnerships − with our colleagues, supplier partners, customers, government leaders, NGOs, people who enjoy our foods and others − to improve lives and the planet we all share,” said Cahillane.

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About Kellogg Company

At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Keebler®, Special K®, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg's Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR® and more. Net sales in 2018 were approximately $13.5 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. We are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 through our Kellogg’s® Better Days global purpose platform. Visit www.KelloggCompany.com or www.OpenforBreakfast.com.


[1] 2018 The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

[2] EPA Equivalencies Calculator. Kellogg Company data from 2008 – 2018.  https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator 

 

Final Round of Speakers Confirmed for Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 4:19pm

It’s the last chance to register for the 18th Annual Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit on June 12-13, 2019 in New York City. New speakers from Ally Financial, Boxed and BSE Global (Brooklyn Nets) have been added to the robust program which includes a preconference with training for emerging leaders, a shark tank for senior professionals and a volunteer meal-packing experience; two private networking receptions; plus a full day of interactive content on social impact strategy, employee resource groups, diversity and inclusion, successful programs, social activism, and more.  

Confirmed speakers:

  • Gina Rude, US Corporate Citizenship Manager at Accenture

  • Alison Summerville, Business Administration Executive and Head of Corporate Citizenship at Ally Financial

  • H. Art Taylor, President and CEO at BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Lecturer at Columbia University

  • Gary Levante, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Culture at Berkshire Bank

  • Nneka Norville, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications at BET Networks/Viacom

  • Nitasha Mehta, Director of Vendor Marketing at Boxed

  • Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Culture at BSE Global (NBA Brooklyn Nets, NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, The Barclays Center and NYCB Live home of Nassau Coliseum)

  • Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisor, Global Social Investment at Chevron

  • Kevin Clayton, Vice President Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement at Cleveland Cavaliers & Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

  • Lori George Billingsley, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Christine Jereb, Director of Employee Engagement & Volunteerism, Community Impact at Comcast

  • Jillian Mershon, Senior Manager of National Partnerships at Comcast

  • Nita Kirby, Director, Strategy at Cybergrants

  • Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN

  • Kristi Thomas, Charity Division, Group Sales

  • Michael Carren, Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Guardian Life Insurance

  • Pamela Haas, CSR Manager at IBM

  • Charlie Brown, Area Director at Jersey Mike’s Subs

  • Michael Bzdak, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson

  • Yezenia Ramos, Senior Manager of Employee Engagement for North America, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson

  • Erin Gollhofer, Global CSR Consultant at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • Jerome Tennille, Manager, Volunteerism at Marriott International

  • Shilpa Nadhan, Manager, Social Impact at Marriott International

  • Matthew Nelson, Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance

  • Dezarie Mayers, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer

  • Heather Lofkin Wright, Responsible Business Leadership Director at PwC US

  • Trina Scott, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Quicken Loans Family of Companies

  • Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Realized Worth

  • Angela Parker, Co-Founder and CEO at Realized Worth

  • Debbie Snyder, Group Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Solutions at StratusLIVE

  • Kerry Steib, Director of Social Impact at Spotify

  • Arlene De La Cruz, Assistant Managing Director, NYC Roastery at Starbucks

  • Tracey Burton, Senior Director of CSR at Target, and Head of Target Foundation

  • Stacey Ullrich, Head of Global Social Responsibility at Under Armour

  • Peter Dudley, Author, CSR expert, and Executive 

Michael Carren of Guardian Life Insurance chairs the Summit’s corporate advisory council. To learn more or register for the Summit, visit https://charitiesatwork.org/.

This Summit is made possible thanks to generous sponsors:

  • Summit lunch sponsor: The Guardian Life Insurance Company

  • Gold sponsors: Best Buy, Comcast, New York Life Insurance

  • Silver sponsors: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Cybergrants, Group Sales, Safeguard Global

  • In-kind sponsors: 3BL Media, Care First BCBS, Jersey Mike’s Subs, KIND Snacks, Pfizer, Realized Worth, RK Black, Starbucks, The Westin New York at Times Square

About Charities@Work

Charities@Work (Charities at Work) bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors to achieve greater social and environmental impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of three nonprofit organizations – Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 3,000 of the leading health, environmental, international development, and community nonprofits making a difference in the U.S. and around the world today. These nonprofits exist to facilitate interaction and partnership between charities, companies, and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all.

Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart.org Double Commitment for Spring Storm and Flood Disaster Relief in the Midwest and South, Bringing Total Support to $1 Million

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 1:19pm

With rain and flooding continuing and expected to worsen across much of the Midwest and South, and communities in Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Texas still experiencing ongoing relief needs due to the recent outbreak of tornados, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart.org have committed to double the support provided so far this spring, bringing the total commitment to $1 million. 

The latest announcement builds on earlier commitments made in March, early May and last week, providing support to states across the Midwest and South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.  The new commitment will provide $350,000 in cash grants to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Save The Children, and up to $150,000 in product donations to organizations actively engaged in responding to impacted communities.  As part of this commitment, Walmart is also working closely with local officials and government entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

“We are grateful to all those providing relief during this historic and prolonged severe weather, which continues to impact states across the Midwest and South,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president, philanthropy at Walmart. “In times like these, the efforts of our local stores and distribution centers, as well as the non-profits, first responders, local officials and government organizations to meet the needs of the affected communities we serve were never more important.  We want to do our part to help.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In the past two years, for example, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave nearly $50 million in cash, water, food and other products to support victims of hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. Additionally, during the same time period, the company raised $44 million in donations from customers to support hurricane relief. 

“While Walmart has always helped communities in times of disaster, the experience of Hurricane Katrina helped us realize how we best draw on our strengths to provide relief in the aftermath of disaster,” Gehrki said. “Since Katrina, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have formalized our disaster response program to quickly help those who have been hit hardest. Walmart.org, which represents the combined philanthropic efforts of both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, supports efforts to help communities build resiliency and respond more quickly and effectively when disaster strikes.”

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart  and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By leaning in where our business has unique strengths, we work to tackle key social issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart.org is helping people live better by supporting programs that work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger and make healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality, and build strong communities where Walmart operates. To learn more, visit www.walmart.org or find us on Twitter @walmartorg.

Ethical Herbal Wellbeing Company - Pukka Herbs - Launches Latest Sustainability Report

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:19am

Organic herbal wellbeing company, Pukka Herbs has just announced the launch of its latest Sustainability Report; outlining the company’s sustainable business practices and insights from 2018.

Pukka Herbs was co-founded in 2001 by ethical entrepreneur Tim Westwell and practising herbalist, Sebastian Pole. The company’s mission was built on a desire to create a business that lives regeneratively, benefitting the health of people, plants and the planet through herbs.

The herbal wellbeing company has since gone on to become one of the fastest growing organic businesses in the world, selling its 100% certified organic herbal teas, supplements and lattes in over 40 countries.

Pukka was acquired by Unilever in September 2017, during which time Co-Founders Tim and Sebastian confirmed the herbal wellbeing company was committed to staying organic, a certified B Corp and donating 1% of sales annually to environmental charities.

Pukka’s latest Sustainability Report reveals the ways in which it has scaled up and stayed sustainable; from investing in regenerative organic agriculture practices to working with leading universities on innovative research into natural and preventive health.

Far from removing its 1% for the Planet commitment, Pukka recorded a donation of over £540,000 to environmental causes in 2018, contributing to a total of over £1.5 million since 2016.  

As an early adopter of renewable energy, in 2018 Pukka joined the fight against climate change and became the first UK company of its size to have its climate target – to become zero carbon by 2030 – validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Pukka’s carbon reduction commitment across its operations was one of many steps forward recognised by BCorp in 2018.  As a certified BCorp, Pukka is rigorously assessed on how it delivers its mission in the most ethical and sustainable ways possible. In 2018, Pukka’s score increased by 10 points to 104 out of 200; above the average business score of 50.9. 

In 2018, Pukka also welcomed a new CEO, Karel Vandamme: “The dedication and commitment of Pukka people inspires me every day. In the same way the thousands of people taking to the street calling for climate action do. These acts remind us that we all have a responsibility and a choice to make a positive impact. 

When faced with both challenges and opportunities, our purpose keeps us grounded and focused and we’ll continue to consciously make choices that contribute to a more sustainable and healthier world.  On behalf of everyone at Pukka, I am proud to share our Sustainability Report.”

Pukka’s 2018 Sustainability Report can be viewed online at www.pukkaherbs.com

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For more information, please contact Kate Willacy, PR and Communications Lead Pukka Herbs:

Tel: 07702106220

E: kate.willacy@pukkaherbs.com 

About Pukka Herbs

Pukka Herbs is an organic herbal wellbeing company.

Pukka harnesses the incredible power of nature through its award-winning, sustainably and ethically sourced herbal creations, each of which have been expertly blended to naturally support specific wellbeing needs.

Founded in 2001 by ethical entrepreneur Tim Westwell and practicing herbalist, Sebastian Pole, Pukka’s mission is to create a world where plants play a central role in human health and wellbeing.

Pukka is a beacon for sustainable and ethical business. All Pukka’s teas are certified Fair for Life, one of the highest independent fair trade standards in the world and many of its teas use FairWild herbs. Pukka is a B Corp, signifying its ongoing commitment to support conservation through commerce. And over one percent of its sales are given to environmental causes around the world every year through 1% for the Planet.

CSR & Sustainability Careers – Transitioning Skills and Practices for Embedding Purpose

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:19am

Sustainability, Social Responsibility and related ESG job opportunities are on the rise. Millennials and Gen Z  want purpose in their lives.  And sustainability and social responsibility is transitioning to be strategically embedded in organizations.  New skills and practices are in critical demand for today’s CSR & Sustainability jobs.

Companies are Embedding Purpose, Responsibility, Sustainability

According to a May 29, 2019 Gallup report Millennials want meaning in their work. They want to work for organizations with a mission and purpose. The emphasis for this generation has switched from paycheck to purpose — and so must organizational culture, products and services. Meanwhile the Next Generation CSR/Sustainability Jobs and Competency Development studies conducted by University of St. Michael’s College, Strandberg Consulting and The Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute  indicate that Sustainability and Social Responsibility practices are actively transitioning. A survey of 156 CSR/Sustainability Professionals across North America indicated that:

  • 68% are developing a medium to long term sustainability/CSR strategy, including goals and targets.

  • 68% are improving their company’s value chain & external operating environment thru external collaborations and tackling impacts that they can influence.

  • 50% are working with stakeholder collaborations on shared value initiatives.

  • 46% are embedding sustainability at the enterprise level & into functional, business unit & departmental level strategies and mandates.

  • 41% are developing customer engagement tools & initiatives to improve customer sustainability performance and add value to business segments.

  • 38% are advancing innovation to address sustainability barriers.

Apply Now - Graduate Certificate in CSR & Sustainability Delivers Critical Embedding Skills and Practices 

The Graduate Certificate in CSR & Sustainability delivers the new skills and practices that are in critical demand for today’s jobs.    In this “work as you learn” program, active practitioners and thought leaders guide participants through:

  • One-on-one mentoring, with a subject matter expert, throughout the  13 months of the program;

  • An Action Learning Project related to your company or professional development;

  • Gap assessments, critical thinking and application of embedding practices for CSR/Sustainability; and

  • Practical, real world application of CSR and Sustainability change management frameworks through ExperienceChange™ Simulation.

Apply now to the 2019/2020 Cohort of the Graduate Certificate in CSR & Sustainability to gain the skills you need. 

Join participants from Sysco, The Body Shop, Aviso, BMO Financial Group, Concordia University, Red Cross and Nature Conservancy, Foundation for Atlanta Veterans Education & Research and many more.  Become part of a Community of Practice in CSR/Sustainability for professional development, sharing and networking.

Check out the program schedule, past graduates, testimonials and latest news. Module 1 will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 23-25, 2019.  Module 2 and 3 will be held May, 2020 and November, 2020 respectively. 

The second intake Application Deadline is June 30th, 2019.

About the University of St. Michael’s College Corporate Social Responsibility Program

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated within the University of Toronto, offers a transformational CSR/Sustainability program that creates space for people of shared values to explore, interact, develop and grow. It empowers a community of changemakers to develop the skills and support needed to impact a thriving global future.

The CSR/Sustainability Education Council continuously ensures that this 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/

Smithfield Foods Awarded “Best for Vets” 2019 Employer Ranking

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:13pm

SMITHFIELD, Va., May 31, 2019 — Smithfield Foods, Inc., a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, announced today its recognition by Military Times in the publication’s Best for Vets Employers 2019 rankings. The rankings, awarded during National Military Month, recognize companies for their efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans, and military families.

“We are honored by this recognition for our ongoing commitment to providing opportunities to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Mark Garrett, chief diversity and engagement officer for Smithfield Foods. “We recognize these brave men and women have unique skills and abilities that embody our company’s guiding principles of responsibility, operational excellence, and innovation, and we are proud to offer programs specifically tailored for our veterans to grow in their careers at Smithfield.”

Smithfield consistently supports veterans and military families through hiring initiatives, such as the company’s Operation 4000! initiative to employ more than 4,000 military veterans, or 10% of the company’s workforce in the United States, by 2020. The company hired more than 600 veterans last year and provides designated training programs for individuals transitioning out of military service.

Additionally, Smithfield offers two programs specifically aimed at preparing veterans for leadership opportunities. The company’s Military Fellowship program offers an 18-month rotational leadership development curriculum for first-rate, recently transitioned military leaders while its Military Supervisor-in-Training program identifies and trains high-potential veterans in the skills needed to become production supervisors for packaging facilities during the course of one year.

“Our company culture for veterans and those transitioning out of military service is truly outstanding,” said Troy Vandenberg, military talent acquisition manager for Smithfield Foods. “Our recruitment efforts touch 13 military bases across the United States and the career opportunities for veterans at Smithfield are limitless. We are delighted to be recognized as an employer that gives back to those who have served our country.”

Smithfield works to strengthen its support for veterans through its business resource group, Smithfield Salutes, which provides resources for existing employees with prior military service. Smithfield also has a long history of supporting veterans-related causes through the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic efforts.

To learn more about career opportunities for veterans, smithfieldfoods.com/veterans.

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.  

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PSEG and PSEG Long Island Launch Power of One Community Engagement Initiative to Celebrate Volunteerism & Community Service

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:13pm

Throughout its history, PSEG has strived to improve the lives of the individuals it serves. This dedication is demonstrated not only through its services, but also through the volunteer efforts of its 13,000-person workforce, which has a long tradition of serving the communities in which they live and work.

Today, in recognition of these efforts, PSEG and PSEG Long Island announce the launch of the Power of One, a community engagement initiative that recognizes both employees and citizens.

“Inspired by the tremendous spirit of volunteerism, we sought a way to increase recognition of exceptional efforts of service that take place every day,” PSEG Chairman, President & CEO Ralph Izzo said. “At its core, service is about one person, one good deed at a time. Power of One honors and supports that service.”

Power of One comprises two initiatives.

The first, A Celebration of Citizenship, is a company-wide program that recognizes employees for their volunteerism and acts of good will. The company will spotlight employees’ service and award surprise micro-grants to non-profits in their honor. Power of One was inspired by the overwhelming, but often understated, level of volunteerism and community engagement within the workforce, which spends countless hours volunteering through both off-the-job and work-sponsored programs.

The second initiative, Bright Lights, is a program that recognizes those in New Jersey, Long Island, and Bridgeport, CT who volunteer and perform good deeds in the community. This program catches people in the act of doing good and awards surprise micro-grants in their honor to non-profit organizations.

“This is one of many programs that seeks to recognize and celebrate the good works of our employees, and we’re thrilled to extend this honor to the residents of the communities we serve the most,” PSEG Chief Diversity Officer and PSEG Foundation President Barb Short said.  

Bright Lights in the community will be identified generally on social media and through the hashtags #PSEGPowerOfOne or #PowerOfOnePSEGLI in Long Island. To learn more about the Power of One, including the Bright Lights program, or PSEG’s corporate citizenship work, please visit PSEG Power of One or PSEG Long Island Power of One.

About PSEG

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in Newark, N.J., PSEG's principal operating subsidiaries are: Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. PSEG is a Fortune 500 company included in the S&P 500 Index and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for 11 consecutive years (https://corporate.pseg.com/).

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist Joins DTE and Consumers Energy as Companies Announce $15 Billion Commitment to Grow Michigan Businesses

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 1:12pm

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, DTE and Consumers Energy today announced a $15 billion commitment to spend with Michigan-based companies over the next five years through Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) initiative.

The announcement, made at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, includes a commitment to increasing supplier diversity, with Consumers Energy committing to doubling current diversity spend and DTE commitment to $2.5 billion in spending with diverse Michigan suppliers during that five-year time frame. Those include suppliers that are more than half owned by people who are racial minorities, women, military veterans or who are LGBTQ.

“Today’s announcement sends a powerful message about our commitment here in the state – in both the public and private sector – to Buying Michigan,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Expanding opportunities for the diverse range of business owners right here in Michigan is critical to ensuring the success of our state. I applaud DTE and Consumers Energy for their tremendous support of Michigan suppliers and continued engagement in Pure Michigan Business Connect.”

“Whether we are talking about small businesses or skilled trades and training, it is critical that we create equitable opportunities to succeed here in Michigan,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “Pure Michigan Business Connect offers exactly the kind of support needed to make that happen, working with key partners like Consumers Energy and DTE.”

Consumers Energy and DTE will each spend $1.5 billion with Michigan suppliers annually through 2024, for a cumulative Michigan spend of $15 billion. An average of $0.60 on every dollar being spent by the energy providers will go to a Michigan supplier during that time frame.

“Our Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity means that we are looking out for our state, doing business with employers in the communities we serve and putting more people to work in the process,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “We spent over $5 billion with Michigan businesses in the last four years and look forward to doing even more in the future.”

DTE and Consumers Energy are founding members of the Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program – an MEDC initiative that works across industries to connect small to medium-sized Michigan suppliers with local, national and global purchasers to explore new business opportunities. Today’s announcement builds on $11 billion previously committed and achieved more than a year ahead of schedule.

“Our investment in Michigan businesses has created or retained 24,000 jobs over the past nine years,” said DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson. “We look forward to continuing to create growth opportunities for hard-working business owners in our state, and we will continue to urge our large suppliers to focus sourcing from within Michigan as well.”

PMBC will activate and coordinate a series of buyer/supplier events including two “supplier showcases” for DTE and Consumers Energy purchasing teams respectively, as well as one larger joint activity for both energy providers to bring access and exposure to a diverse, statewide network of suppliers. Concierge-level research and support will also be delivered through PMBC to each energy partner to support and grow the Michigan supplier base.

“Pure Michigan Business Connect provides Michigan companies with access to new opportunities to grow their business here in the state,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “We appreciate the continued commitment and collaboration of Consumers Energy and DTE to utilize Michigan-based suppliers and deliver a tremendous impact on the economy across the state.”

To date, PMBC has spearheaded connections among suppliers and purchasers that have facilitated more than $8 billion in new contracts and purchase orders between global companies and qualified Michigan-based companies across 76 industries, all while creating or retaining more than 40,000 jobs in Michigan.

SEEL and Commercial Construction Inc. are examples of two companies that have utilized PMBC to help secure new contracts.

“I’ve been a part of enough minority initiatives to know that it only works when the commitment comes from the top down,” said Louis E. James, CEO, SEEL, LLC. “DTE committed to SEEL without quota, allowing us to grow and meet the goals of training, hiring and developing talent in Detroit. As a direct result of DTE, and the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, we’ve been able to invest in training for nearly 800 individuals, providing them with the skills to have better jobs, not only for today, but jobs for the future. We were also able to make a commitment to spend 40 percent of our available procurement dollars annually with other minority-owned businesses.”

“Commercial Construction Inc. has provided contracting services for the heavy industrial processing industry for many years and counts on customers like Consumers Energy and DTE Energy through the Pure Michigan Business Connect Program,” said Robert Garcia, Sr. President and CEO of Commercial Construction Inc. “We are pleased to be a part of the program which has connected us to more work in Michigan and within the utility industry, helping us to create new jobs and real investment for our state.”

For more information Pure Michigan Business Connect visit www.michiganbusiness.org/pmbc/.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org . For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org . Join the conversation on: Facebook  Instagram  LinkedIn , and Twitter. 

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[IMAGE CAPTION] From left: Trevor Pawl, Group VP, Pure Michigan Business Connect; Robert Garcia, Sr., President and CEO of Commercial Construction Inc.; Gerard Anderson, CEO, DTE Energy; Louis E. James, President and CEO of SEEL LLC; Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist; Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy; MEDC CEO Jeff Mason

Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign Surpasses $4 Million for Microentrepreneurs

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:11am

With the tremendous support of Whole Foods Market shoppers, team members and volunteers, donors, and corporate partners, the Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign raised $4,249,706 during the month of March.  These efforts will support more than 128,000 people with the chance to lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit. 

Each year, Whole Foods Market shoppers can round up their bill or make a donation of their choice to fund microloans for people living in poverty in countries around the world where Whole Foods Market sources products. Since 2006, shoppers have contributed more than $45 million, close to half of the Foundation’s revenue since inception. Amplifying this year’s campaign, Amazon and Chase donated $1 million through a 2% giveback on shopper purchases using the Amazon Rewards Visa Card during March 1-14 at Whole Foods Market and top suppliers in the $50,000 and $100,000 annual giving levels are collectively donating $1.05 million to fund the future of low-income entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives. 

Microcredit is small loans – the current average first loan size supported by Whole Planet Foundation is $178 – with no formal collateral or contract, provided to the world’s poorest people – mostly women - to create or expand a business for the opportunity to pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

Whole Planet Foundation’s global impact has reached microentrepreneurs in 75 countries thanks to donors who support our mission to alleviate global poverty through microcredit. The foundation’s 2019 remaining potential disbursement schedule to microfinance partners includes 17 countries: Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Haiti, Guatemala, Bolivia and the United States. Thank you to each and every donor for their inspiring support of entrepreneurs around the globe!

Covestro hosts first 2019 THINC30 Tank

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 4:10pm

Covestro kicked off its series of THINC30 Tanks for 2019 today with the first summit, titled “Ensuring Inclusive Pittsburgh Neighborhoods,” The event was held in the Covestro BrightSpace at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. 

At the half-day summit, Pittsburgh’s civic and business leaders gathered to address the issue of neighborhood gentrification and displacement, and develop preventative measures that promote the health of the city’s 90 unique neighborhoods.

THINC30 is Covestro’s purpose-driven initiative to bring the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Pittsburgh to advance the region’s growth and prosperity in a responsible, sustainable way by addressing its most pressing issues, including neighborhood displacement. THINC30 is part of Covestro’s U.S. corporate social responsibility initiative, called i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate).

Attendees collaborated to create a user-friendly guide for grassroots community leaders and others to help them regularly assess the health of local neighborhoods. They used criteria identified by the City of Pittsburgh, p4, All In Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Healthy Communities Assessment Tool.

The resulting “Neighborhood Wellness Checklist,” a civic-oriented, public service tool, will be released by Covestro later this year.

“With THINC30, Covestro is a convener that brings together the Pittsburgh region’s business, academic, non-profit, and philanthropic leaders to tackle issues they themselves have identified as top priorities,” said Rebecca Lucore, head of corporate social responsbility and sustainability at Covestro LLC.

“This THINC30 Tank is a direct outgrowth of our 2018 summit where Majestic Lane, the city’s new Chief Equity Officer, suggested that vulnerable neighborhoods could benefit from periodic ‘wellness checks’ to help foster their viability and make residents less susceptible to displacement.”

Majestic Lane returned to participate in today’s THINC30 Tank, joining a number of local experts, including:

  • Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh 

  • Andrew McElwaine, Vice President, Sustainability and Senior Program Director, Heinz Endowments

  • Karen Abrams, Program Officer, Equitable Development, Heinz Endowments

  • Shad Henderson, Director of Equity and Community Partnerships, Neighborhood Allies

  • Daniel Barrett, Program Officer, Buhl Foundation

  • Jennifer Beer, Director of Allegheny Conference/Pittsburgh Chamber

  • Fred Brown, President, Forbes Funds

  • Jamil Bey, Executive Director, UrbanKind Institute

  • Linnea Warren May, Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

  • Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance

  • Gary Rigdon, Director of Development and Finance, Sustainable Pittsburgh

  • Tom Lisi, Develop PGH reporter, Public Source 

THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,800 people at the end of 2018.

i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts.

Find more information at www.covestro.us  

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Circular Economy Briefing – Complimentary

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 4:10pm

Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces, reducing waste is of paramount importance to ensuring the safety of the planet. It also presents an opportunity for business to drive change through innovation and collaboration.
 
To help you grasp the opportunity circularity presents Ethical Corporation has just produced a 42-page management report with expert response and analysis providing comprehensive insight into transitioning to a circular economy.
 
Click here to download the complimentary 42-page circularity management briefing
 
Key learnings include:

  • Technology and policy innovations in the push back against single-use packaging

  • Corporates, investors and countries leading the way on circularity

  • Turning the tide on the e-waste epidemic

  • P&G’s plan to end packaging waste by 2030

  • Putting the brakes on fast fashion: reducing consumption in the garment industry

Click here to download the complimentary 42-page circularity management briefing
 
Best regards,
Ed

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

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2019 Halo Awards Honor Top Corporate Social Impact Initiatives

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 4:10pm

Campaigns that eliminated food waste while reducing hunger, increased bystander CPR efforts, helped protect children with autism who wander and held candid conversations about unconscious bias – all while building stronger businesses - were among the initiatives honored at the 17th annual Halo Awards. 

Twenty-four category-specific winners were selected out of more than 150 entries by Engage for Good at its annual conference.

In addition, REI Co-op and the National Park Foundation each received a Golden Halo Award, Engage for Good’s highest honor, for their long-records of achievement at the intersection of profit and purpose.

Case studies of each winning campaign and profiles of the Golden Halo Award winners can be found at http://engageforgood.com/halo-awards

“We’re delighted to honor these companies and causes that are working together to effectively engage consumers and employees while building business and making a social impact,” said Engage for Good President David Hessekiel.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Halo Award-winning campaigns: 

Consumer Activated Corporate Donation Category
GOLD: Buy A Lady A Drink: Stella Artois & Water.org
SILVER: Day of Inclusion: Special Olympics Canada & Tim Hortons 

Consumer Donation/Crowdfunding Category
GOLD: Dark Star Cho’Gath Global Fundraiser: Riot Games & multiple NGOs
SILVER: The Literacy Project: Pizza Hut & First Book 

Digital Category
GOLD: #CreateForACause: TikTok & Best Friends Animal Society
SILVER: Play Pink For The Cure: Zynga’s Words with Friends 2 & Susan G. Komen 

Education Category
GOLD: Hands Only CPR: Anthem Foundation & American Heart Association
SILVER: #BestSchoolDay: Ripple & DonorsChoose.org 

Employee Engagement Category (Group Volunteering)
GOLD: PPG’s Colorful Communities Program: PPG & multiple charities
SILVER: Anthem Volunteer Days: Anthem Foundation & multiple charities 

Employee Engagement Category (Skilled Volunteering)
SILVER: Digital Career Accelerator: Google & Goodwill
GOLD: Connecting Expertise With Opportunity: General Mills & Partners In Food Solutions 

Environmental Category
GOLD: Zero Hunger, Zero Waste: Kroger & Feeding America
SILVER: Next Wave Plastics: Lonely Whale and a variety of member companies 

Experiential Category
GOLD: Scooby-Doo Doo Good: Warner Bros. & generationOn
SILVER: Grow with Google: Google & local community organizations 

Health Category
GOLD: Hands Only CPR: Anthem Foundation & American Heart Association
SILVER: My Special Aflac Duck: Aflac & Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Inclusion Category
GOLD: Turn Up The Love: AT&T & The Trevor Project
SILVER: Day of Understanding: PwC - CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Social Services Category
GOLD: Stirring Up Change: Williams Sonoma & Share Our Strength
SILVER: Vivint Gives Back: Vivint Smart Home

Video Category
GOLD: WestJet Thanks: Giving Hope: WestJet & Hope Air
SILVER: Stop Bullying: Speak Up: Cartoon Network 

About Engage for Good
Engage for Good, producer of the Engage for Good conference and Halo Awards, helps business and nonprofit executives succeed together by providing practical information and inspiration, opportunities to build valuable relationships and recognition for outstanding work that engage employees and consumers around social good and cause-related marketing efforts. Learn more at https://www.engageforgood.com.

Media Contact: Megan Strand, Communications Director, Engage for Good:  
360.977.3343
ms@engageforgood.com

The Hershey Company partners with Singer-Songwriter, Lauren Jauregui to Inspire Teens to Increase Connection and Overcome Social Isolation

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:10am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced, singer-songwriter Lauren Jauregui will headline the “Makers of Good Teen Summit,” a one-day event in New York City for teens from across the country to collaborate and develop strategies for overcoming social isolation in their communities. Lauren will draw on her experience of becoming famous at a young age with pop group Fifth Harmony to share tips for overcoming cyberbullying, creating connections and using your voice for good.

“Being on the road away from my friends and family and in the spotlight was not easy as a young teen,” said singer-songwriter, Lauren Jauregui. “I hope that by sharing my experience, I can help inspire teens to build connection. I’m excited to team up with Hershey to help teens stand together and create a new future for social inclusion.”

Often described as the “loneliest generation,” teens are experiencing an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation1. To inspire attendees to increase connection in their own communities, students will also hear from other remarkable young people who have created youth-led solutions to combat social isolation, including Gabby Frost, the founder and CEO of suicide prevention and mental health awareness non-profit, Buddy Project; Javonte Francis, a Facebook Global Youth Fellow and East Bay Teen Board Member of Beyond Differences; and Cynthia A., the founder of anti-bullying program, My Voice and Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2018 Midwest Youth of the Year. Hershey has selected student organizer and entrepreneur, Ziad Ahmed to co-host the summit and facilitate discussion.

“Lauren and all of our inspiring summit speakers have used their voices to advocate for unique causes that increase inclusion and connection,” said Todd Tillemans, President, U.S., The Hershey Company. “Teens will have access to exciting young speakers and leading nonprofit collaborators Beyond Differences, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Making Caring Common and WE, in order to inspire their action plans for increasing connection and empathy in their own communities ahead of the new school year.”

Social Media for Good
Today, social media is ubiquitous among teens. While teens acknowledge the pressure that comes with being “always on,” roughly 8 in 10 teens ages 13 to 17 (81 percent) say social media makes them feel more connected to what’s going on in their friends’ lives, and around two-thirds say these platforms make them feel as if they have people who will support them through tough times2.

Understanding the role that social media plays in the lives of students, the Makers of Good Teen Summit hopes to create a groundswell of positivity and inclusion through user-generated content. 

Teens who are not able to attend the summit in person will have the ability to participate via a livestream on June 20 by visiting https://www.youtube.com/HersheyCompany. Remote viewers can send messages and their own photos to the summit via Instagram to be included in an interactive photo mosaic from experience partner Luster.

Details on how to join the conversation, along with program and speaker information will be shared on the summit’s Instagram channel at: https://www.instagram.com/MakersofGood.

National Impact Through Digital Partnerships
To increase the impact and reach of the summit, Hershey has collaborated with top digital companies including Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Imgur and Google for both on-site and online support.  Attendees will have access to a variety of interactive photo experiences from Facebook and Instagram within the event setting, while Snap will create unique filters for students to share their experience online and Imgur will extend the experience online with exclusive behind-the-scenes content. 

About The Hershey Company
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 that drive more than $7.8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’sReese’sKit KatJolly RancherIce BreakersSkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty.

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

To learn more, visit www.thehersheycompany.com.

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1 The Cigna U.S. Loneliness Index was conducted by Ipsos Polling from February 21 to March 6, 2018 among 20,096 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of ±0.8 percentage points for all respondents surveyed. For more information on the comprehensive survey, visit www.cigna.com.

2 The Teens Social Media & Technology survey was conducted by Pew Research Center from March 7 to April 10, 2018 among 1,058 parents and 743 teen respondents from the U.S. The sampling error is plus/minus five percentage points for all respondents surveyed. For more information on the comprehensive survey, visit PewInternet.Org.

Global Sustain part of the CEOs Call to Action & Collaboration

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:10am

On May 7, 2019, the 3rd European Brussels Sustainable Development Conference (Brussels SDGs Summit) was held in Brussels. The 400 delegates, as well as representatives of the 100 Managing Directors, were unanimously appointed to align their initiatives with the Sustainable Development Objectives under UN 2030 Agenda.

The aim of the conference was to encourage other businesses, sectoral or other stakeholders to engage in dialogue processes in order to make a new negotiation for Europe, creating value for both society and business.

Mr. Michael Spanos, Managing Director of Global Sustain Group, signed the CEOs Call to Action & Collaboration, noting: "It is important that we join forces to achieve the desired outcome in terms of the UN agenda. We have a common vision to address climate change and its impacts and we aim at creating inclusive prosperity and sustainability."

Call for Action & Collaboration CEOs support is possible until the end of September 2019.

About Global Sustain

Founded in 2006, Global Sustain with offices in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, London, New York and Nicosia, creates awareness and inspires and supports companies and organisations to embody sustainability, through advisory, communications, networking and training, with a focus on the people-planet-profit philosophy. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, educational foundations, media, professional bodies, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain is a signatory to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a GRI Data Partner and Organisational Stakeholder (OS), an affiliated member of the Academy of Business in Society, Social Value International, Institute of Directors, CEO Clubs and EFQM.  www.globalsustain.org / www.globalsustaingroup.com

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