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New President for Pioneering Sustainability Educator Presidio Graduate School

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

Presidio Graduate School (PGS), a pioneer in sustainability graduate education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Maw as President. She assumes leadership of the school as it implements a renewal of its sustainability focused curriculum and embarks on a new strategic partnership with Amity Global Education Organization. This partnership allows PGS to expand degree programs and bring its mission to educate future sustainability leaders with the skills needed to change the world to a global market. 

She comes to Presidio Graduate School from NetImpact where she served as President for the last 14 years. She brings an extensive background in organizational development and in creating innovative programs to help students and young professionals realize their ambitions. Said Maw, “I am excited to join the Presidian community as President and lead a new phase of growth in size, diversity, and impact. Today we see increasing need for leaders in the business and public sectors that can think and act in systems to create sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders. Building additional capacities to educate these transformative leaders is my passion.”

Said Board of Directors Secretary and a leader of the search process Malcolm Walter, "Liz comes to PGS with abundant enthusiasm, creative ideas, and unparalleled knowledge of what new MBA/MPA students are looking for. She is exactly what is needed at this time in the history of PGS.”  Maw succeeds interim President and First Vice Chairwoman of the Board, Suzanne Farver. Liz rose to the top of a highly competitive candidate pool. The thoughtfulness of her vision and her ability to execute will ensure we maximize the potential of our new relationship with Amity and address the real world need for knowledgeable leaders in sustainability," said Farver. 

About Presidio Graduate School

Founded in 2002, Presidio Graduate School (PGS) is a values-driven graduate school offering MBA, MPA, and Dual MBA/MPA degree programs and Professional Certificates in Sustainable Solutions. All courses in the first of its kind curriculum integrate social justice, environmental responsibility, and systems thinking.

A world-class faculty academy of full and part-time scholar-practitioners possess subject matter expertise across the full spectrum of sustainability disciplines. With over 1900 business and public administration alumni at the forefront of the field, PGS is a global hub for sustainability innovation and regenerative impact, helping forge a new definition of the common good at the intersection of for-profit and for-benefit. Learn more about PGS programs, people, and impact at presidio.edu 


The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY) is an alumni organization seeking to strengthen alumni networks, support services, professional development, and education opportunities.  The Sustainable Business Committee produces events related to green businesses, the environment, sustainability, and pioneering new industry.  Visit CBSACNY online at http://www.cbsacny.org.

  • Hear from expert panelists with diverse experience in CSR and Sustainability Reporting.

  • Understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s reporting strategy.

  • Learn about different reporting methods, frameworks, and standards.

  • Explore trends in CSR and Sustainability Reporting in the US and around the world.

  • Get answers to your questions - unique opportunity for open audience Q & A.

As companies strive to protect their reputational assets and earn trust from stakeholders, sustainability reporting and disclosure are no longer reserved solely for “green” or mission-oriented companies. Demand for transparency and disclosure is increasing, and sustainability reporting is becoming mainstream. However, how reporting is done may vary depending on the target audience and purpose of those disclosures. Dominant frameworks such as GRI and SASB, and emerging methods such as Reporting 3.0, Trucost, and <IR>, are evolving to play different parts and complement each other. Our expert panel will discuss best practices employed by companies, and how such practices create value for shareholders and stakeholders. While sustainability reporting remains largely voluntary, our panel will explore legal trends and any potential movement to integrate sustainability and financial disclosures, from a US and global perspective.

Register and learn more: http://www.cbsacny.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1088046

For more information, please contact:
Leila Goldmark, LGoldmark10@gsb.columbia.edu (re event details)
CBSACNY, contactus@cbsacny.org (re event registration and ticketing issues)

Being Fearless Live Online

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward. Join us for a 3-day online event, live and on demand, featuring Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi, and other courageous voices. With a $5 donation or more, gain insight and tools to navigate these complex times and help open the event to thousands.

Essity Publishes Its Annual and Sustainability Report for 2018

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 3:04pm
Hygiene and health company Essity has published its Annual and Sustainability Report for 2018, available here.
“In 2018, we strengthened our brands through successful innovations, improved our product mix, implemented price increases and intensified efficiency improvements and restructuring measures. We took actions in all parts of the business to increase profitability and offset the negative impact on earnings of the significantly higher raw material and energy costs. The work to contribute to a sustainable and circular society was rewarded. We qualified for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and were named industry leader in the Household Products sector. External factors made 2018 a challenging year, but with a strong customer focus and hard work we strengthened the business for the future”, says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity. 

The printed version of the Annual and Sustainability Report 2018 will be distributed to shareholders who have requested a copy, starting March 15, 2019.

NB: This information is information that Essity is obliged to make public pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on March 13, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. CET. 

Download Essity's Annual and Sustainability Report 2018 here and learn more about their mission, values, and strengths.

SC Johnson Italy nominato Migliore Luogo di lavoro per la 14a volta

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:03pm

SC Johnson Italy annuncia oggi di essere stata premiata come Migliore Luogo di lavoro da Great Place to Work®. L’organizzazione si è aggiudicata il 8 posto nella classifica delle migliori aziende del paese con 150-499 dipendenti. È la quattordicesima volta che SC Johnson Italy viene inserita nella classifica annuale Migliore Luogo di lavoro.

“Il costante riconoscimento di SC Johnson Italy testimonia a gran voce il suo impegno a mantenere un ottimo ambiente di lavoro”, ha affermato Fisk Johnson, Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di SC Johnson. “Congratulazioni al team per questo splendido premio”.

L’elenco Migliore Luogo di lavoro nasce dal più ampio studio annuale al mondo sull’eccellenza dei luoghi di lavoro. La classifica dipende dai risultati di un sondaggio fra i dipendenti e dalle informazioni sulla cultura, sui programmi e sulle politiche aziendali.  Il riconoscimento e la posizione nella classifica di quest’anno di SC Johnson Italy sono attribuiti alla cultura del team, fondata sulla credibilità, sul rispetto e sull’orgoglio. Il team italiano si unisce a SC Johnson Central America nell’elenco Migliore Luogo di lavoro del 2019.

Negli Stati Uniti, SC Johnson è stata inserita per la 30 esima volta nell’elenco delle “100 Migliori aziende per mamme lavoratrici” della rivista Working Mother, in considerazione dei suoi programmi e dei suoi benefit a sostegno dei genitori che lavorano, quali congedi familiari retribuiti, flessibilità e opportunità di carriera per le donne.

L’azienda ha anche ottenuto il punteggio massimo (100) nel Corporate Equality Index di Human Rights Campaign per il 2018. Si tratta del tredicesimo anno in cui l’azienda ottiene il punteggio massimo, in sedici anni di presenza in questo elenco.



Public Affairs Globali SC Johnson

Chi è SC Johnson

SC Johnson è un’azienda di famiglia che ha come obiettivi la realizzazione di prodotti innovativi e di alta qualità, l’eccellenza dei luoghi di lavoro e l’impegno a lungo termine nei confronti dell’ambiente e delle comunità in cui opera. Con sede centrale negli Stati Uniti, l’azienda è uno dei principali produttori al mondo di prodotti detergenti per la casa, prodotti per la conservazione domestica, deodoranti per ambiente, prodotti per la disinfestazione e prodotti per scarpe, nonché di prodotti professionali. Commercializza marchi famosi come GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® negli Stati Uniti e non solo; tra i marchi commercializzati al di fuori degli Stati Uniti, citiamo AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® e RIDSECT®. Con i suoi 133 anni di storia, l’azienda genera vendite per un valore di 10 miliardi di dollari, dà lavoro a circa 13.000 persone nel mondo e vende i propri prodotti in quasi in tutti i Paesi del mondo. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson Italy Named Best Workplace for 14th Time

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:03pm

SC Johnson Italy today announces it has been recognized as a Best Workplace by Great Place to Work®. The organization earned the No. 8 spot on the list of best companies in the country with 150-499 employees. This is the 14th time SC Johnson Italy has been recognized on the annual Best Workplace list.

“The consistent recognition of the SC Johnson Italy team is a strong testament to their commitment to maintaining a great workplace environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Congratulations to the team on this impressive recognition.”

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies. SC Johnson Italy’s recognition and placement in this year’s rankings are attributed to the team’s culture of credibility, respect and pride. The Italy team joins SC Johnson Central America on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

The company also received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.



SC Johnson Public Affairs

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, 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

North Carolina Schoolchildren Give Mohawk Group and Karastan a Hand in Sustainability

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 5:57pm

Rockingham County students in North Carolina recently joined Mohawk Group and Karastan to commemorate the installation of an on-campus SmartFlower™ solar energy unit with a collaborative hands-on art project facilitated by plant employees. On a canvas backdrop using eco-friendly paint, students from Morehead High School and Central Elementary School covered their hands in different colors and imprinted them around a message embodying Mohawk’s commitment to sustainability: “We Believe in Handprints Over Footprints.”

Last fall, Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell teamed up to locate SmartFlower technology on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School. Eden is the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven rug and broadloom carpet plant. The system will not only bring clean solar power to the schools and the area, but it also will provide educational opportunities for students and further contribute to Mohawk’s handprinting efforts, which focus on creating products that have a net positive impact across their life cycles.

“Eden students are embracing the positive energy conservation ideas Mohawk and Karastan have presented to the community,” said Megan Hall, human resources manager. “We hope to convey the importance of making a positive contribution to the planet, so their children and grandchildren will have the same resources available to them.”

Mohawk Group has engaged in the partnership with Groundswell to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset the energy and resources used in manufacturing. The North Carolina SmartFlower installation is part of Mohawk’s handprinting strategy and Living Product Challenge Petal Certification for Pivot Point enhanced resilient tileSunweave woven area rug and Sunweave broadloom, the latter two manufactured in Eden. These Living Products were designed to give more back to the environment than they take during their entire life cycle.

The solar energy project in North Carolina is the second of 10 SmartFlowers to be established across the U.S. as part of a three-year partnership between Mohawk Group and Groundswell.

About Mohawk Group
As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit MohawkGroup.com.

Swarovski Waterschool Partners With Teach for All to Engage Students in Water Conservation

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 8:55am

The Swarovski Waterschool is partnering with Teach For All to help students around the world become more informed global citizens and environmental stewards. This follows a long-term partnership between the Swarovski Foundation and several Teach For All network organizations including those in Austria, China, and Thailand, supporting the recruitment and training of their teaching participants.

The partnership enables Teach For All’s network of partner organizations – currently located in 49 countries – and their community of educators to incorporate the WATERSCHOOL documentary and related educational resources and their applicability in their classrooms and curriculums. Through these resources, network teachers have the opportunity to increase their students’ awareness of the challenges facing the planet’s fresh water supply and support them in becoming engaged stewards of their environment.

Produced by Swarovski and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, WATERSCHOOL shines a light on one of the greatest issues facing humankind: safeguarding the continuing supply of fresh water. The documentary follows the experiences of several young female students who live along six of the world’s major rivers – the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube, Nile, Ganges and Yangtze – and demonstrates the work of Swarovski Waterschool, a community investment program launched in 2000 that has reached almost half a million young people through 2,400 schools worldwide.

Essential to survival, fresh water is a limited resource facing numerous threats, including climate change. One in nine people on Earth live without a source of clean water near their home, and each day nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. The Swarovski Waterschool program and WATERSCHOOL documentary were created to empower young people to practice sustainable water use via three pillars: Access to Clean Water, Water Education, and Sanitation, Hygiene & Health.

Teach For All’s partner organizations are working to ensure all children in their 49 countries have access to the education, support, and opportunity they will need to navigate – and lead – the world they will inherit. Teachers and alumni across the global network are working alongside families and local communities to foster the leadership of students and help them become empowered to use their voices and actions to create positive change.

To find out more about Swarovski Waterschool:
Go to www.swarovskiwaterschool.com

To stream the WATERSCHOOL film:
Go to Netflix.com


  • Water has been at the heart of the Swarovski story since it was founded in 1895.
  • The family-run company relies on small-scale hydro-electric power at its manufacturing site in the Austrian Alps.
  • Swarovski recycles 70% of the water it uses to produce crystal.
  • The Swarovski family set up Swarovski Waterschool in 2000 to teach young people about the importance of fresh water, and how to use it, conserve it and cherish it.
  • UCLA TFT graduate film students oversaw all areas of production of ‘WATERSCHOOL’, including directing, producing, editing, cinematography and sound.
  • UCLA TFT produced the documentary with Swarovski.
  • Nadja Swarovski and Teri Schwartz served as producers on the film.
  • Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Wasteland, The Crash Reel, Countdown to Zero) served as Distinguished Mentor on the project. 
  • Emmy Award-winning composer Alex Wurman (March of the Penguins, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Temple Grandin) wrote the score for Waterschool.

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity.

Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2017.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people.

A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.



About Teach For All

Teach For All is a global network of 49 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ under-resourced schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential. Teach For All’s global organization works to increase the network’s impact by capturing and spreading learning, facilitating connections among partners, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of partner staff, teachers, and alumni.



About UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Consistently ranked as one of the top entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, UCLA TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. The distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs at UCLA TFT include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, lighting design, set design, costume design and sound design. The school also offers doctoral degrees in theater and performance studies and cinema and media studies.

Soil Health, Human Health Research Priorities Identified

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:52am

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today released the Conference on Connections Between Soil Health and Human Health report, which includes recommendations for better understanding soil health - human health relationships. The conference was designed to bring the soil health and human health communities together, establish the current state of collective knowledge, identify gaps and associated priorities, and scope a collaborative path forward. Held October 16 - 17, 2018, in Silver Spring, MD, the conference included more than 180 attendees from more than 120 organizations.

“We often consider how soil health supports human health in the context of feeding a growing world population. This is certainly a very noble goal by itself, but the potential does not end there,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of SHI. “Healthy soils filter and break down contaminants, reduce nutrient losses to our waterways, and help us both mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Interestingly, however, we learned that the medical community largely thinks of soil decontamination rather than soil as a source of nutrients. We learned that the medical profession is so concerned about climate change that medical societies representing over half of the doctors in the U.S. have created a consortium to inform the public and policymakers about the harmful health effects of climate change. These are issues we can address by improving soil health! ​

“So, this conference provided all of us with an opportunity to challenge ourselves to listen and think beyond our professional disciplines and experiences,” said Honeycutt.

The top 10 priorities for investigating soil health and human health connections are presented in the conference report, along with summaries and links to each presentation. “I was particularly intrigued by priorities to connect research on the human microbiome to the soil microbiome, quantifying how improvements in soil health affects nutrient density of food, and opportunities to jointly conduct research to optimize both human health and soil health outcomes,” said Honeycutt. “We were extremely fortunate that many individuals contributed their expertise in organizing and participating in this conference. Our next step is to gather many of the same individuals and others to begin mapping out the approach for addressing, and hopefully, funding several of these priorities.”    

The conference was made possible due to the generosity of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Danone North America, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Bayer Crop Science, United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Syngenta, General Mills, Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center, CropLife America, and SHI.

For further information, visit www.soilhealthinstitute.org. A copy of the conference report is available here, and conference videos are available on SHI’s YouTube channel.

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.


Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 40,000 Pounds of Protein to Three Square Food Bank; Eckrich Brand Provides Funds to Local Schools

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:52am

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Albertsons joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to Three Square Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 169,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across Southern Nevada.

“One in eight people in Southern Nevada is struggling with hunger, including more than 103,000 children,” says Michelle Beck, chief development officer with Three Square Food Bank. “Our mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community would not be possible without the support of partners like Smithfield Foods and Albertsons. We are incredibly thankful for the support provided at this community celebration.”

Representatives from Smithfield and Albertsons presented the donation to Three Square Food Bank at a community celebration and grand opening event at the new Albertsons Las Vegas store location this morning. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, reaching food insecure individuals across Southern Nevada.

“At Smithfield, we’re committed to supporting community vitality from coast-to-coast,” says Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “As part of our social purpose, we deliver on this commitment through donations from our Helping Hungry Homes® program, as well as the initiatives led by our family of brands, to those in need across the country. We are proud to do this today for our Nevada neighbors in need with such a great community-focused event and our partners.”

In addition to Smithfield’s large-scale protein donation, Albertsons presented more than $50,000 in community grants to 15 local organizations to support musical arts, athletics, healthcare, special needs, and education in the local area. Eckrich®, a brand of Smithfield Foods, supplemented Albertsons’ donations to local schools with a $6,000 contribution as a part of their commitment to support education in the community.

“Giving back to the community is part of the Eckrich brand heritage, and we are excited for the opportunity to continue this tradition through the donations made today,” said Elizabeth Di John, director of marketing for Smithfield Foods. “We are proud to support these local schools and teachers by enabling their positive impact on the community.”

“Albertsons is thrilled to expand its ability to serve the residents of Las Vegas and are proud to present these donations to our local community,” said Shane Dorcheus, executive vice president and president of the Southwest Division for Albertsons, Safeway and Vons. “We’re fortunate to unveil this brand-new location alongside fantastic community-focused partners who support our efforts to give back.”

To officially open the new Albertsons Las Vegas store location, partners hosted a community celebration which included a ribbon-cutting event, musical entertainment from country recording artist Ben Rue, secured by Eckrich, as well as presentations from Centennial High School including the ROTC, choir, cheer squad, marching band, and orchestra student organizations.

This is the sixth large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

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

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About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.   

About Eckrich 
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to one of the most recognized regional premium deli and meat brands on the market today. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit www.eckrich.com. Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Three Square Food Bank

Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 39 million meals – the equivalent of more than 47 million pounds of food and grocery product – per year through a network of nearly 1,400 community partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@threesquarelv).

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

Media Contacts:

Dalton Agency for Smithfield
Jana Beasley
(904) 534-8568

Three Square Food Bank
The Firm Public Relations
(702) 739-9933

Nancy Keane
(480) 318-3082 

Comerica Returns as Presenting Sponsor for 5th Annual Mi Gente Magazine Spirit of Frida Awards

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 8:49pm

Comerica Bank, for the fifth consecutive year, has returned as presenting sponsor for the annual Mi Gente Magazine Spirit of Frida Awards, which consists of six different categories including: Civil Rights, Corporate Advocate/Volunteer, Entrepreneur, Grassroots/Community Advocate, Politician and Amiga.

The ‘Spirit of Frida Award’ recognizes the exemplary contributions of women in their fields whose individual paths of excellence are inspiring and have made them important contributors and role models in their communities.

“As a Latina, it brings me great pride that our company has partnered with Mi Gente Magazine to highlight the accomplishments of Latina women in our Michigan Market,” said Monica L. Martinez, Comerica Senior Vice President, External Affairs – Michigan Market and National Director of Hispanic Business Development. “Our past recipients truly embody Frida’s tenacity and ability to persevere.”

Comerica has served as the presenting sponsor since the inception of the awards in 2015.

“It is essential for us to showcase great role models in our community, especially for our youth,” said Larry Rodarte, Mi Gente Magazine Publisher. “The past Frida Award recipients are extraordinary women that any young woman can emulate. They have set the bar in our communities. Thank you Comerica Bank for helping us on this journey.”


The nominations process for the Spirit of Frida Awards is open now. Applications are due April 1, 2019.

All candidates should be female, and all candidates should be Hispanic or an amiga (female supporter or advocate who is not Hispanic but has made tremendous strides in support of Hispanic advancements) from the state of Michigan.

Finalists will be honored at the 5th Annual Spirit of Frida Awards Presentation that takes place Thursday, May 30, 2019 at The Tiger Club at Comerica Park.

Successful nomination packers should include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Nomination Narrative
  • Candidate’s Resume or Biography
  • Two letters of Support

The Nomination Narrative includes a few paragraphs to why candidate is deserving of award, the challenges the nominee has faced and how she conquered it. Also include a list of community organizations with which the nominee is involved and briefly describe involvement.

Visit www.thespiritoffrida.com for more details and to access the application form.         

Submission: Interest candidates or nominating parties must submit nomination packets via e-mail to SpiritofFrida@gmail.com.


The mere mention of their names evokes a sense of excitement. Frida and Diego, Mexico’s legendary artists whose fame continues to soar. In 2015 The Michigan Opera Theatre presented FRIDA at several venues throughout the metropolitan area while The Detroit Institute of Arts hosts the multi-million dollar “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo In Detroit” exhibit. What an exciting time it was for any true Frida fans! Take the time to peruse through our gallery of pictures of these events.

These events highlighted Diego Rivera’s wife, who accompanied her husband to the city of Detroit from early 1931 to 1933, while he painted the now famous Detroit Industry frescoes at the DIA.

The feisty, strong willed, eccentric Kahlo came into her own as an artist while in the Motor City. Married to the philandering Rivera, experiencing a miscarriage at Henry Ford Hospital, and enduring ailments from a bus accident when she was a young girl, were a few of the tragedies she experienced that she later painted. She endured and became an iconic international figure whose popularity seems to have surpassed her revered husband’s. Frida was a woman before her time and had a unique SPIRIT.

In 2015 Mi Gente Magazine, in partnership with Comerica, recognized this strong spirit and decided to honor Kahlo with bringing forth these unique awards for women throughout the state of Michigan who exemplified aspects of this spirit of Frida.

With a goal to promote positive images of Latinos and their contributions to society, Mi Gente Publications was founded in 1995 and celebrated its 23rd year of publishing in 2018.

Comerica Bank, a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, has served Michigan longer than any other bank with a continuous presence dating back 170 years to its Detroit founding in 1849. It is the largest bank employer in metro Detroit and has more than 4,800 employees (FTE) statewide. With one of the largest banking center networks in Michigan, Comerica nurtures lifelong relationships with unwavering integrity and financial prudence. Comerica positively impacts the lives of Michigan residents by helping customers be successful, providing financial support that assists hundreds of charitable organizations, and actively participating in Detroit’s downtown revitalization. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Comerica and Twitter @ComericaBank.

Disaster Coordination Call for Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 8:49pm

Extreme flooding in Texas over the past few days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has damaged homes and businesses, displaced families and individuals, and left at least two fatalities in the region. In the wake of disasters such as these, a multi-sector response effort is critical.

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center for a coordination call on the flooding crisis in Texas. On the call, hear from companies, NGOs, and multilateral organizations about the situation on the ground, current humanitarian efforts, and what your company can do to help. Register here: https://goo.gl/2CZ7mH

3BL Media to Host Corporate Responsibility Stories, April 17, in Atlanta

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 8:46am

3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations, will hold the next in its series of Corporate Responsibility Stories lunch-and-learn events hosted by UPS on April 17.

The event will feature Crystal Lassiter, senior director, global sustainability & environmental affairs at UPS; George Bandy, chief sustainability officer of Mohawk Industries; and Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. Dave Armon, publisher of Corporate Responsibility Magazine and chief marketing officer of 3BL Media, will act as moderator. 

“Companies based in Georgia are among the most innovative when it comes to advancing an environmental, social and governance agenda,” said Armon. “We are thrilled to convene the growing community of sustainability and CR professionals, and those who partner with them, to enjoy lunch and engage with peers who are driven by purpose.”

Corporate Responsibility Stories will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UPS’s global headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway NE, Atlanta. Registration is open - follow this link to register.

The event is free and open to professionals focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) functions, including communications, marketing, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, foundation, human resources, investor relations, community relations, public affairs, supply chain and diversity & inclusion.

About the Panel:

Crystal Lassiter: As the senior director of global sustainability & environmental affairs at UPS, Lassiter’s responsibilities include developing and driving the strategies, initiatives, and reporting activities that advance UPS’s sustainability goals. She began her career in 1996, spending most of her years at UPS in facility maintenance leading teams in engineering and facilities functions across the company’s operations. Through her experience leading facility expansions, she oversaw the implementation of natural gas fueling stations, lighting upgrades and other sustainability projects. Outside of work, Crystal loves hiking, dancing, traveling and practicing Spanish.

George Bandy Jr.: In his role of chief sustainability officer at Mohawk Flooring North America, Bandy proactively identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for both the organization and its customers so that, together, they can demonstrate the type of sustainability leadership that will result in a brighter future for us all. He joined the Calhoun, Georgia, company in 2016 as vice president of sustainability. Previously, he held a similar post at Interface. Bandy is a past chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors and has been active in the organization since its founding. He is a 2018 USGBC Leadership Award recipient and was also honored with Floor Covering Weekly’s inaugural GreenStep People Award.

Stan Little: As president of the SunTrust Foundation, Little leads efforts to improve the circumstances, economic mobility and financial confidence of various communities across the country. The work ranges from financial education and counseling to career readiness/workforce development and small business entrepreneurship using innovative techniques, thought leadership and new relationships to address systemic issues in new ways. Little came to the Foundation with more than 25 years of experience in various venture-backed and Fortune 100 technology companies, holding senior roles in sales, corporate development, business operations and marketing. He joined SunTrust in 2015 as senior vice president, Marketing Strategy and Operations. Previously, Little led International Marketing at NCR Corporation.

To RSVP visit: promo.3blmedia.com/cr-stories-atlanta/

About 3BL Media

3BL Media is the world’s largest community of business leaders driving a progressive environmental and social agenda through innovation and impact.  Our distribution, leadership and editorial platforms inspire and support global sustainable business. 

About UPS

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

SC Johnson Centroamérica nombrada mejor lugar de trabajo

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:42am

SC Johnson ha sido reconocida como uno de los mejores lugares de trabajo en Centroamérica por Great Place to Work®, clasificando en segundo lugar entre 33 compañías en el listado de 2019. Este es el 12. º año consecutivo que se incluye a SC Johnson en el listado de mejores lugares de trabajo en Centroamérica.

“Aplaudo al equipo de SC Johnson Centroamérica por su compromiso constante con la excelencia en el lugar de trabajo”, señaló Fisk Johnson, presidente y director ejecutivo de SC Johnson. “La sólida cultura de colaboración del equipo demuestra el dilatado enfoque de SC Johnson en la creación de grandes lugares de trabajo”.

El listado de los mejores lugares de trabajo es el estudio anual más grande del mundo sobre la excelencia en el lugar de trabajo. La clasificación se determina de acuerdo con los resultados de una encuesta de opinión de empleados e información proporcionada sobre la cultura, los programas y las políticas de la compañía. El reconocimiento y la posición de SC Johnson en las clasificaciones de este año se atribuyen a altas puntuaciones en la sección Comentarios de los empleados de la evaluación y a la mejor puntuación en la Auditoría de cultura, que mide la aprobación de valores y creencias dentro de una organización.

En los Estados Unidos, SC Johnson ha sido incluida 30 veces en el listado de las “100 mejores compañías para madres trabajadoras” de la revista Working Mother por sus programas y beneficios en apoyo a los padres trabajadores que incluyen licencia familiar remunerada, flexibilidad de horarios y promociones para las mujeres.

La compañía también recibió una puntuación perfecta del 100 % en el Índice de Igualdad Corporativa 2018 de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Campaign, HRC). Este reconocimiento por parte de la HRC representa la 13.ª vez que la compañía obtiene una puntuación perfecta y el 16.º año de reconocimiento en el listado de igualdad en el lugar de trabajo.


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SC Johnson es una compañía familiar dedicada al desarrollo de productos innovadores de alta calidad, excelencia en el lugar de trabajo y un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades en las que opera. Con sede principal en los EE. UU., la compañía es uno de los líderes mundiales en la fabricación de productos de limpieza domésticos y productos para el almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, así como también productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas tan conocidas como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en los EE. UU. y más allá, y comercializa marcas afuera de los EE. UU. que incluyen AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® y RIDSECT®. La compañía de 133 años genera 10 000 millones de dólares en ventas, emplea cerca de 13 000 personas alrededor del mundo y vende productos en prácticamente todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com


NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference