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OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees Announce Partnership on Energy Scholars Program

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:51pm

In partnership with nonprofit Net Impact, OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees today announced they are partnering to advance the next generation of renewable energy industry leaders through a career advancement award program. The Energy Scholars program recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to building a cleaner energy future.

Through executive mentorships, industry networking, and internships, the Energy Scholars program is a proven platform for students as they begin their careers in the renewable energy industry. The program benefits each student differently based upon their area of focus and interest.

“We are thrilled to partner with 3Degrees on Energy Scholars. This partnership will expand the program’s benefits and the scholar’s experience,” said Jennifer Barnes, Vice President of Operations and Communications at OneEnergy Renewables. “The goal of Energy Scholars has always been to cultivate exceptional leaders from a variety of backgrounds as they start their careers in the renewable energy industry. With 3Degrees, we look forward to continuing to expand industry diversity through this program.”

To learn more about the 2018 Energy Scholars program, or to submit an application before the September 24 deadline, please visit the Energy Scholars Program page. Past Energy Scholars are employed in renewable energy and sustainability positions at distinguished institutions including Amazon, National Grid, NRG Energy, SoCal Edison, Borrego Solar, Ecova, PG&E, CustomerFirst Renewables, Northrop Grumann, Rocky Mountain Institute, CAAPITAL, Nike, National Grid, Hitachi, OneEnergy Renewables and more.

“Thanks to OneEnergy’s vision six years ago, this program has already provided valuable experience for dozens of previous winners,” said Adam Capage, Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at 3Degrees. “3Degrees is honored to partner with OneEnergy and we hope to help broaden the impact and opportunities of the Energy Scholar Program over time.”

Awardees will be announced on October 3, 2017. Up to eight scholars will be selected for the 2018 Energy Scholars class and honored during the Net Impact Conference, being held Atlanta, October 26-28, 2017.

About OneEnergy Renewables

OneEnergy Renewables is an independent developer of solar energy projects across North America, with a focus on commercial, institutional and utility customers. Our experienced team of renewable energy professionals pair de-risked projects with advanced energy procurement and financial solutions to deliver construction-ready and operational solar assets.

About 3Degrees
At 3Degrees, our business is our mission. As a certified B Corporation, we connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale — providing renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to Fortune 500 companies, utilities, universities, green building firms and other organizations that are working to make their services and operations more sustainable. Headquartered in San Francisco, 3Degrees serves clients around the world. 

SC Johnson’s Legacy of Environmental Leadership Commemorated by 30th Anniversary of Chloroflourocarbon Ban

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:51pm

Forty-two years ago, SC Johnson shocked the chemical industry and set new heights for environmental responsibility, as it was the first company to protect the Earth’s ozone layer by banning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from all its aerosol products worldwide.

In 1975, the company’s pre-emptive and voluntary action came more than a decade before the 1987 Montreal Protocol treaty designed to reduce the production and use of chemicals that contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

SC Johnson took this bold step motivated by early, yet not widely accepted, scientific research that suggested CFCs might harm the Earth’s ozone layer. These findings compelled SC Johnson to pull out of the aerosol business in several countries where alternatives to CFCs didn’t exist, and walk away from the company’s antiperspirant business in the U.K., where it was the market leader at the time.

The action also put then-CEO Sam Johnson in the crosshairs of other company leaders in the industry, who accused him of being reckless and irresponsible. One executive argued in a letter to him that he should wait for a longer-term study that would settle the science, before acting on “emotion.” Twenty years later, the research SC Johnson relied on to make its decision went on to win the 1995 Nobel Prize.

“When my father, Sam Johnson, decided to take CFCs out of our products he did because it was the right thing to do at the right time,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This decision is one of many choices SC Johnson has made in its long history to do what’s right for people and the planet.”

SC Johnson’s decision in 1975 to remove CFCs from its aerosol products was announced with a full-page ad in The New York Times stating: “We are taking this action in the interest of customers and the public in general during a period of uncertainty and scientific inquiry. We plan to change the labels of our containers to carry the following statement: Use with confidence. Contains no freon or other fluorocarbons claimed to harm the ozone layer.”

In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected SC Johnson to appear in a film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol due to the company’s role in setting the agenda. As part of the festivities recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol and treaty, the United Nations will be recognizing #ozoneheroes in social media.

For 131 years, the company has held steadfast to its environmental commitment and spirit of innovation. From its leadership in introducing water-based aerosols in 1955 to being one of the first consumer products manufacturers to join the EPA’s Climate Leaders program in 2002, SC Johnson continues to look for innovative ways to safeguard the environment.

In 2001, SC Johnson devised the Greenlist™ process, a patented raw material rating system, to transform the way the company measures, tracks and advances its products to further the company’s longstanding commitment to environmentally responsible products. Through the Greenlist™ process, SC Johnson continues to lead the way with responsible raw material choices.

In 2011, SC Johnson established a new five-year waste and emissions reduction goal, aiming to reduce combined air emissions, water effluents and solid waste from global manufacturing by 70 percent. The company reached the target three years ahead of schedule, and today has less than 0.5 kilograms of manufacturing waste per 100 kilograms of product shipped. It has also reduced global manufacturing waste by 76 percent. Dating back to 2000, SC Johnson has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the company’s top factories by 51 percent.

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About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-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

Raffa, PC, Honored As the Most Improved Impact Business, Leading the Race to the Top of Companies Creating Positive Change

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:51am

Today, Raffa, P.C. was recognized as a top performer in the B Corp community earning a place on the 2017 Best for the World lists. Named 2017 Best for Governance by scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corps and also 2017 Best for the World: Changemaker for making the most positive improvement on their overall impact based on the B Impact Assessment an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab, Raffa continues to lead in the movement of people using business as a force for good.

B Lab, the nonprofit outlining the social and environmental performance standards as a rubric for corporations, has designated only 2,255 corporations from 50+ countries and 130 industries with the B Corp certification to date. Raffa remains the only Certified B Corp on the nation’s list of Top 100 accounting firms and is also one of only 19 Certified B Corps in the District of Columbia.

Every year, B Lab highlights the Certified B Corporations with B Impact Assessment scores in the top 10% of the entire global community. Separate lists honor companies with the best overall scores as well as scores for each individual category in the BIA. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab. The full B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, involvement in the local community, the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves, and more. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of social and environmental impact, accountability, transparency and performance, Certified B Corps distinguish themselves as value aligned businesses who exist to create a more shared and durable prosperity for all.

“Companies like Raffa, P.C. exemplify what it means for a business to be a good citizen,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “We’re proud to recognize their achievement. Best for the World is the only list of businesses making the greatest positive impact that uses a comprehensive, comparable, third party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance.”

“The movement to use business as a force for good has never been more important than it is today and good corporate governance is essential to running a financially viable and successful business and maintaining the ethical integrity, social and environmental impact, and inclusion of an organization. Raffa is honored to join a list of companies who prioritize social/environmental impact as the primary measure of success for business and couldn’t fathom any other way,” said Tom Raffa, CEO and founder of Raffa, P.C.

About Raffa

As a B-Corp certified, majority women-owned, national Top 100 professional services advisory firm to nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses Raffa provides a wide array of services and back-office solutions to support and strengthen every aspect of their clients’ operations from tax, audit, accounting and HR administration, to IT services, benefits, and wealth management. With a mission to serve as a catalyst for positive systemic change, Raffa is about the people they serve, the relationships they nurture, the individual and collective contributions of their staff, and the myriad of actions they take for the betterment of the community.

Supply Chain CSR Investments Lower Global Risk Exposure, According to EcoVadis’ First Annual CSR Performance Index

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:50pm

 EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report illustrates the CSR performance of more than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across the calendar years 2015 and 2016.

The Index was built using EcoVadis’ CSR Ratings, which evaluate companies on 21 CSR criteria across four themes: environment, labor practices and human rights, fair business ethics and sustainable procurement. Each company received a cumulative score, based on a scale of zero to 100, where 25 represents basic CSR coverage, 50 represents standard, 75 comprehensive and 100 exceptional. Each industry of companies was broken down into two categories – small and medium sized businesses (companies with 999 or fewer employees) and large organizations (1,000 or more employees). Select highlights from EcoVadis' research include:

  • Regional performance and risk:

    • Europe had the highest percentage (61 percent) of low risk companies (scores above 45), compared to the Americas (42 percent) and AMEA (35 percent)

    • Large Europe based companies scored the highest average (49), compared to the  Americas (40.5) and AMEA (38.2)

    • Small and Medium Europe based companies scored the highest average (47.2), compared to the Americas (42.2) and AMEA (39.1)

  • Top performing industries:

    • Small and Medium Food & Beverage companies, and Small and Medium Construction companies, tied for the highest percentage (61 percent) of low risk (scores above 45) companies. The Large segment is led by Manufacturing Light industry (56 percent), followed by Finance, Legal, Consulting and Advertising industry (51 percent).

    • The highest overall CSR score in 2016 went to Small and Medium Construction companies, which earned an average score of 47. In the Large category, the Financial, Legal, Consulting and Advertising market finished with the highest average score (46.2). 

  • CSR improvements: Large companies in the Manufacturing Light industry improved performance the most (19.2 percent) from 2015 to 2016. Construction showed the most improvement in the Small and Medium sized business segment (18.7 percent).

  • Environmental performance: The Large Manufacturing Advanced segment led all groups in environmental performance with a score of 51.6. The Food and Beverage industry topped the Small and Medium sized segment with a 50.2 Environment score.

  • Labor practices and human rights: Small and Medium sized companies in the Construction industry had the best score (50.3). In the Large segment, the Finance, Legal, Consulting and Advertising industry scored the highest at 47.3.

  • Fair business ethics: The Finance, Legal, Consulting and Advertising industry led all groups and sizes in the Fair Business Ethics segment with scores of 47.5 points for Large companies and 46.0 for Small and Medium companies.

  • Sustainable procurement: Small and Medium Food and Beverage companies earned the top sustainable procurement score (41.9). Manufacturing Light took the top spot in the Large category (41.4).

“The overall results are promising. We’re observing many companies, across all markets, making crucial year-over-year improvements to CSR performance, and many industries edging toward lower CSR risk,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-founder and co-CEO of EcoVadis. “While the progress has been terrific, the criticality of supply chain CSR remains extremely high, and there’s a lot of room for all businesses to grow and improve. Our grading scale and evaluations represent this reality – we’ve seen strong progress in 2016, but there’s still a major gap between today’s scores and peak CSR performance.”

While the overall average score of both size groups (large and small/medium) was about 44, small and medium sized businesses are improving CSR scores at a faster rate than their larger counterparts. Given that value chains are made up mostly of small and medium sized companies, the improvement rates represent a promising trend that will have a lasting supply chain impact.

“The research shows that recent initiatives focused on improving crucial CSR and sustainability issues – like modern slavery, conflict minerals, environmental pollution and more – are paying off,” said Thaler. “We can expect greater dividends and less risk globally if our world leaders and businesses continue to invest in these efforts.”

Geographically, EcoVadis’ research found a stark performance contrast between Europe, the Americas and AMEA. In 2016, the average score of Large companies across all segments in Europe was 49, compared to a 40.5 for Americas and 38.3 for AMEA. AMEA also had the highest percentage of companies that scored under 25 (13 percent in 2016), compared to the world average of 4 percent.

This year’s inaugural index also uncovered trends across major global industries related to, among others, the circular economy in supply chain, science-based targets to fight climate change, the relevance of cybersecurity for CSR and the nexus of corruption, human trafficking and modern slavery.

To read the full EcoVadis CSR Risk and Performance Index, download the full 2017 report.

About EcoVadis
EcoVadis is the first collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Combining powerful technology and a global team of CSR experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use CSR ratings and scorecards are used by procurement teams to monitor environmental, social and ethical risks across 150 purchasing categories and 110 countries. Over 175 industry leaders such as Nestlé, GSK, Heineken, Michelin, Johnson & Johnson, Schneider Electric, Salesforce, L’Oréal, BASF, JLL, and Subway use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust among over 35,000 trading partners. Learn more at ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

DICK’S Sporting Goods & The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Pledge More Than $5.5 Million Towards Recent Hurricane Relief Efforts

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:50pm

DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) along with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation today announced a $5.5 million commitment to support communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The short-term emergency requests and long-term recovery support ranges from monetary donations, to equipment and apparel and other much needed supplies distributed in partnership with The American Red Cross and local authorities.

“Our heart goes out to all impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” said Lauren Hobart, President, DICK'S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “We are committed to helping our valued customers and Associates begin to rebuild. Together with our Foundation, we are working closely with local and national organizations to maximize our support for both the immediate and long-term recovery of those in need.”

DICK’S is donating $3.5 million worth of clothing and footwear to those in need through its partnership with The American Red Cross. DICK’S is also helping to minimize the risk of lost wages and assisting Associates with getting back on their feet. Additionally, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation will donate $2 million to rebuild and refurbish youth sports programs and facilities across the Gulf Coast, Florida and other states impacted by the Hurricanes.

As part of this commitment, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has established a $1 million Sports Matter relief fund on DonorsChoose.org, in which eligible schools will be able to receive up to $25,000 in funding for their sports programs. An additional $1 million from DICK’S Community Marketing efforts will provide support to impacted community youth sports leagues, teams and organizations as they begin to rebuild. 

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 700 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

A Peek Under the Package: Disruptive Technology Innovations Changing the Future of Sustainable Packaging

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:50pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, in partnership with Tetra Pak Inc., is hosting a “peek under the package” webinar exploring the future of sustainable packaging. Panelists will discuss emerging and future technologies and innovations across the life cycle related to sustainable packaging – including materials, products and applications – that have the potential to disrupt the fast-moving consumer goods and packaging industries. Panelists will also discuss how to bring consumers along as new strategies and innovations are adopted as part of securing a resource abundant future.

Register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/peek-under-package-disruptive-technology-innovations-changing-future-sustainable-packaging

JPMorgan Chase to Donate $1 Million to Support Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:50pm

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced today that it is donating $1 million to aid the response to Hurricane Irma across affected communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

The firm’s donations will include:

  • $250,000 to American Red Cross;

  • $250,000 to International Medical Corps; and

  • $500,000 to other local nonprofit organizations in communities that need it most.

“We are here for our customers and our communities as they begin to rebuild from this devastating storm,” said Mel Martinez, Florida-based chairman of the Southeast, JPMorgan Chase.

JPMorgan Chase began waiving fees for consumers and businesses in FEMA-declared areas and opened some of its 400 Chase branches in Florida and all of its 90 branches in Georgia today to help customers and communities recover from the storm.

The firm has more than 15,000 employees working in Florida and 900 in Georgia.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Chevron Trying to Bankrupt U.S. Human Rights Lawyer Who Helped Indigenous Groups Win Historic Judgment In Ecuador

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:50pm

After being caught paying a witness who lied to a U.S. federal court, Chevron is now trying to bankrupt the human rights attorney who helped indigenous groups win a $12 billion environmental judgment against the company for creating widespread destruction in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, according to legal papers filed this week. 

The attorney, Steven R. Donziger, has condemned Chevron’s unprecedented motion to collect $33 million in fees as “illegal and unethical” and said it amounts to a SLAPP-style harassment attempt to thwart efforts to protect the rights of the indigenous groups that won the historic judgment. After an eight-year trial, Chevron in 2011 was found by three layers of courts in Ecuador to have dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an epidemic of cancer that has killed or threatens to kill thousands of people. 

Donziger’s legal submission opposing Chevron’s fee motion is here.

“The bottom line is that Chevron CEO John Watson is furious that the indigenous groups his company poisoned beat him in court, so he ordered this retaliation against me in the United States given that I am one of their lawyers,” said Donziger, who works in Manhattan while coordinating with counsel from Ecuador, Canada, Brazil, England, and Argentina. “I’m a surrogate for attacks against thousands of vulnerable indigenous people in Ecuador whom Chevron refuses to compensate for causing life-threatening harm, despite court orders that it do so.” 

Separately, Greenpeace Founder Rex Weyler – an internationally renowned writer, author, and activist who lives in Canada -- published a devastating article over the weekend that was unsparing in its criticism of Chevron’s criminal misconduct in Ecuador. Canada is one of the countries where the Ecuadorians are trying to seize company assets to pay for their clean-up.

“This tragic story reveals almost unthinkable corporate irresponsibility, intimidation, and arrogance, not just by Chevron executives, but by their 60 law firms, 2,000 lawyers and paralegals, six public relations firms, squads of private investigators, thugs and bribed witnesses, and at least one severely compromised U.S. judge,” wrote Weyler.  “Chevron has probably spent more money trying to weasel out of this case than any corporation in world history.

“If we sometimes wonder why significant ecological progress appears so monumentally difficult, this blood-curdling case will give us some clues,” he added.

Chevron’s attempt to collect such a large fee from a solo practitioner is unprecedented. The motion stems from a retaliatory “racketeering” case the company brought in U.S. federal court where the U.S. federal judge who Weyler says “was compromised” ruled in favor of the company in a highly-criticized bench trial. That judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, refused to seat a jury or consider any of the voluminous scientific evidence used to convict Chevron in Ecuador. Kaplan also denied Donziger the right to tell his story in open court.

Worse for Chevron, after the retaliation case ended, evidence emerged that company attorneys at the Gibson Dunn law firm arranged for payments of over $2 million to a key Chevron witness, Alberto Guerra. Guerra later admitted under oath that he had accepted bribes when a judge in Ecuador and that he perjured himselfto the U.S. court about several key issues that Kaplan relied on for his decision. (For background on Chevron’s illegal and unethical payments to Guerra, see this legal motion.) 

Chevron’s attempt to collect fees is “part of an intimidation model designed to thwart legitimate advocacy and more broadly to deter other lawyers from taking cases that might result in significant liability for Chevron and the fossil fuel industry,” added Donziger, who has been practicing law since 1991 after graduating from Harvard Law School in the same class as former President Barack Obama. Donziger said Chevron is spending far more trying to harass him with the fee motion than any amount it could conceivably recover given his level of resources stemming from dedicating most of his career to representing human rights victims.

Donziger said he wanted to warn all lawyers who sue corporations for environmental harm to be aware that this could happen to them – and to do something about it by calling attention to what is fast becoming an abusive phenomenon that is sometimes encouraged by pro-business American judges who despise plaintiff’s lawyers and environmental groups. Kaplan himself had financial ties to Chevron and the oil industry during the trial, even though he never disclosed them despite multiple calls for his recusal.

“This is the new corporate playbook – use some of the ill-gotten gains you received by harming people to manipulate the civil justice system to attack those same people when they try to hold you accountable,” said Donziger. “Even if those targeted prevail in court, it is enormously costly in terms of time and money to mount a defense to these illegitimate harassment lawsuits.”

Donziger’s tenacity in the face of Chevron’s attacks seems only to have infuriated company management even more. The solo practitioner battled at least 114 lawyers from Chevron in the Kaplan proceeding in U.S. court, forcing the company to drop all money damages claims on the eve of trial to avoid a jury. Chevron has used at least 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers, and spent an estimated $2 billion on fees since the case began in 1993.

What one institutional shareholder called CEO Watson’s “material mishandling” of the Ecuador litigation led to overwhelming support this year for a resolution that called for his removal as Board Chairman. In August, Watson was humiliated after news leaked that he would be stepping down in a sudden internal shake-up.

Donziger also won no friends at Chevron when he led his indigenous clients into Canada, where the Supreme Court in that country ruled unanimously that Chevron’s assets are open to seizure to force payment of the Ecuador judgment. Chevron’s management and Board were reportedly shocked by that legal decision, according to sources familiar with the thinking at the highest levels of the company, said Donziger. 

A Chevron whistleblower also caused Chevron massive embarrassment when a video surfaced showing company technicians trying to defraud Ecuador’s courts by covering up oil contamination in areas that were to be visited by a judge, and then laughing about it. The environmental group Amazon Watch published the videos recently on a website.

Chevron and other companies bringing the harassment lawsuits don’t ultimately care whether they win or lose – they simply want to use the hassle caused by a pending lawsuit to undermine legitimate advocacy and sap the modest resources of human rights and environmental lawyers, said Donziger and other academics who have written about the trend.

Already, two multinational companies who Donziger says were inspired by Chevron have used the same tactics to try to bankrupt Greenpeace and silence its Free Speech rights as retaliation for its campaign against deforestation in Canada and its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Several other environmental organizations that work with Greenpeace are also targeted.

Chevron has a long history of using lawsuits and intimidation tactics to harass its adversaries in the Ecuador case. 

In 2011, a California judge fined the company $100,000 for an illegitimate lawsuit it filed against Cristobal Bonifaz, a former counsel to the Ecuadorian plaintiffs. Another federal judge sanctioned the company for using the discovery process to harass a small environmental organization in Oregon that had supported the indigenous groups. And Chevron’s main outside law firm on the matter, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, has been found by the High Court of London to have fabricated evidence to frame an innocent man in a separate case.

The campaign of the indigenous groups against Chevron has attracted wide support across the globe. Two leaders of the campaign, Luis Yanza and Pablo Fajardo, won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize (considered the Nobel of the environment); Fajardo won a CNN Hero award; dozens of environmental groups in the U.S. and elsewhere have signed letters critical of Chevron; and more than 30 international law scholars have filed legal motions blasting the company for violating international law. 

Some of the world’s most prominent litigators, including Alan Lenczner in Canada and Sergio Bermudes in Brazil, are representing the villagers against Chevron in enforcement actions. A 60 Minutes segment on the case also won an Emmy in 2009. Donziger has accepted invitations to speak at some of the world’s leading law schools and bar associations, and has received testimonials from many human rights advocates and academics for his work on the case.

846 Companies Honored as Best for the World, Creating Positive Impact for Workers, Environment, Community

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:50am

Today, 846 companies worldwide were recognized for creating extraordinary positive overall social and environmental impact based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of its annual “Best for the World” list. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.

The Best for the World list celebrates Certified B Corporations that earned top scores on the B Impact Assessment. The assessment measures a company's positive impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations—a global community of more than 2,200 businesses—set a gold standard for companies using business as a force for good.

B Lab simultaneously released 7  lists recognizing top-performing B Corporations representing:
  • Best for the World: Overall

  • Best for the Environment

  • Best for Customers

  • Best for the Long Term

  • Best for Community

  • Best for Workers

  • Best for the World: Changemakers. 

All honorees can be found on B the Change.

“Today's honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world. We hope many will take the first step to follow their lead by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profits,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “These companies exemplify what it means for a business to be a good citizen and we’re proud to recognize their achievement. Best for the World is the only list of businesses making the greatest positive impact that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance.”    

A total of 846 Certified B Corporations were named 2017 Best for the World honorees, including: Patagonia; Seventh Generation; National Co+op Grocers; Business Development Bank of Canada; KeHE; Altschool; Warby Parker; and New Belgium Brewing. The honorees work in 52 industries, ranging from finance to restaurants to apparel. Forty-eight countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Nicaragua and Turkey. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available on bthchange.com.

The 2017 Best for the World lists are the sixth edition of the Best for the World honors, launched by B Lab in 2012. This year marks the launch of two new categories: Best for the Long Term and Best for the World: Changemakers. Best for the Long Term highlights Certified B Corps with exceptional performance in the area of corporate governance, honoring mission-aligned structures like the benefit corporation and positive practices around transparency and accountability. Honorees on the first-ever Best for the Long Term list include Rubicon Global, King Arthur Flour, and data.world. Best for the World: Changemakers honors the Certified B Corps that have made the most verified improvement across all impact areas over time; honorees include New Belgium Brewing, Cooperative Home Care Associates, and Traditional Medicinals. 

Currently, there are more than 2,200 Certified B Corporations across more than 130 industries and 50 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net

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B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies will compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between good companies and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net.

B the Change is a Medium publication, produced by B Lab in collaboration with the community of Certified B Corps and the movement of people using business as a force for good. 

B the Change exists to inform and inspire people who have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world. Because we believe that storytelling is an essential element in the transformation of business and society, we commit ourselves to telling the most compelling stories possible to the largest audiences possible to propel the movement of business toward its destiny as a powerful force for good. We want to dramatically broaden and deepen engagement with entrepreneurs, managers, employees, investors and citizens in one of the most important discussions of our time.

Read all B the Change stories at http://www.bthechange.com.

Sourcing the Building Blocks for a More Sustainable World – Complimentary Briefing

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:50am

Doing good is no longer enough. Businesses need to drive sustainable innovation across all product levels to deliver real positive impacts. This evolution has left many businesses unsure of the where to look in their corporate supply chain and procurement.

In Ethical Corporation’s latest case study briefing, we have talked at length to Dirk Jan de With, Chief Procurement Officer at Covestro, on how the company has transformed its strategy to leverage sustainability and innovation together to drive business growth.

Download your complimentary briefing here.

This briefing covers:

  • How to drive growth “through profitable technologies and products that benefit society and reduce environ­mental impacts”

  • How to set tangible financial and non-financial targets to deliver sustainability solutions, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

  • How to ensure larger suppliers understand and buy-in to your new business vision and how you can work together to achieve it

You can download a complimentary copy of the briefing here.

For First Time, 10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments by Mobile Phone

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 1:49pm

Cargill has made its first ever sustainable premium payment by electronic transfer to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Just over 10,000 farmers are benefiting from the 2 million GHS mobile payments made by Cargill in partnership with its customers through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, Cargill’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities that will secure a thriving cocoa sector for generations to come.

Cargill’s Licensed Buying Company (LBC), which began operating in November 2016, allows the company to directly source cocoa from certified farmers in Ghana – putting the farmer at the heart of its business. The buying process is fully e-money enabled, allowing  Cargill to pay farmers directly by electronic transfer for the first time.

Cargill already sources directly from farmers and farmer organizations in other origin countries. Moving to this model in Ghana means that the company is now better positioned to implement sustainability activities under the Cargill Cocoa Promise on a wider scale, while also better serving its customers.

Lionel Soulard, managing director Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate West Africa said, “Our first electronic premium payment in Ghana since Cargill’s LBC was established is good news for farmers. Our new approach, combining new high-tech purchasing with the LBC model of direct sourcing and collaboration with farmers, is working well and we hope to make many more such payments in the future.”

Technology Enables A Sustainable, Traceable Cocoa Supply Chain in Ghana

Cargill’s innovative purchasing model uses the latest technology to implement the principles of sustainability and full traceability in Ghana. Farmers deliver their cocoa to community warehouses where their beans are digitally weighed and assigned a fully traceable bar code. Funds are then transferred straight to the farmer’s phone or e-wallet using E-money through partnerships with E-Zwich, MTM mobile Money and Tigo Mobil Money.

Details of the cocoa beans are recorded in a standardized management system before they are transferred to central warehouses. Through this bar code system Cargill can now, for the first time in Ghana, trace each individual bag of beans sourced through the Cargill LBC to the individual farmer, creating a fully traceable supply chain.

Soulard continues, “Having long standing relations with cocoa farmers and their communities is critical for the full implementation of our sustainability approach and we are now expanding our sustainability activities to enable farming communities to benefit from training, community and farm development support.”

Empowering Ghana’s cocoa communities

Working together with CARE International, Cargill is currently undertaking development projects in 108 communities in Ghana, focusing on women’s empowerment, child protection and food and nutrition security. The strategy is to empower these communities through the formation of community development committees (CDCs), providing each with $500 seed capital to spearhead the development agenda of the communities. Cargill will be investing $300,000 each year for the next three years to create resilient cocoa communities in the area where the LBC operates.

“We are excited about continuing our sustainability journey in Ghana, in partnership with COCOBOD, the Ghanaian cocoa board. As our new purchasing model is fully sustainable and fully certified, it will strengthen farmer organizations and enable farmers to benefit from future premium payments for certified, sustainable cocoa beans.

“Developing our sourcing capabilities in the world’s second largest cocoa producing country is an essential step to meet growing customer demand for sustainable, certified cocoa”, added Soulard.

In the coming year, Cargill is also committed to working with the Ministry of Education to renovate, reconstruct and build schools in the four districts where it currently operates, to improve access to education.

About Cargill
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.

About Cargill in Ghana
Cargill has been buying cocoa from Ghana for over 40 years and in 2008 opened its state-of-the-art cocoa processing facility in Tema. Today the company has over 400 permanent and contracted employees processing cocoa products to service food and confectionary customers locally and around the world. Additionally, our animal nutrition business provides aqua feed which is supporting Ghana’s tilapia fish industry. In 2016 we added a licensed buying company (LBC). Our LBC operations bring innovative ways to trade with our farmers placing emphasis on our sustainability and traceability efforts and build on our long-term commitment to the country and our relationship with the government.

About the Cargill Cocoa Promise
The Cargill Cocoa Promise launched in 2012 to align efforts in origin countries. It is Cargill’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities in a holistic way that will secure a thriving sector for generations to come. The origin countries include Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia.

Canadian Organizations Tackling the SDGs Will Be Awarded at the 2nd Annual SDG Awards

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 1:49pm

Businesses and organizations are given a chance to showcase their efforts to help advance action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 2nd annual SDG Awards. Winners will be determined through public voting - cast your vote now!

To proliferate and help promote action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Canada will be hosting the 2nd annual SDG Awards on September 28th, 2017.

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell will open the ceremony with her remarks. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, will also give remarks during the ceremony. 

Ceremony attendees can expect to see presentations from winning organizations on their efforts to embed the SDGs, and would be able to gauge a private sector snapshot on the progress of the UN Agenda 2030 in Canada.

The Awards ceremony is invite-only and will consist of attendees from all nominated companies, and representatives from different industries and sectors, including civil society, government, and academia. Respected leaders and government officials will also be present at the event. The event is sponsored by Host Sponsor, Teck Resources; Bronze Sponsors Frontera Energy and Kinross Gold

About the SDG Awards

Last year, the Awards highlighted the business case for advancing action on the 17 SDGs and this year, the main objective for the awards is to recognize business efforts to advance the SDGs as a way to promote its adoption in Canada and to provide best practice examples for embedding the 17 Global Goals.

The Canadian Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact hopes that the Awards will spark interest among organizations who are not currently embedding the SDGs and help foster existing SDGs-related initiatives that are helping to advance action towards the 17 Global Goals. 

Award Submissions & Public Voting

The Awards present a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability and the UN's Agenda 2030. Furthermore, the Awards act as an opportunity for other companies to grasp upcoming trends and current industry best practices around the SDGs, and to benchmark their company's sustainability initiatives with industry peers. 

”Often private sector organizations don’t know where to start or how to explore options to embed the SDGs to their company’s sustainability strategy, the SDG Awards provides a great opportunity for those companies to join the discussion and be part of one of the largest SDGs- related initiative in Canada. ” explains Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the Global Compact Network Canada. 

Details on the application and nomination process are available on the Global Compact Network Canada’s website. Online public voting began on July 28th and will continue through September 14th. Nominees with the most votes will be determined as the winners in two categories – small/medium sized organizations or large organizations.

Official Web Page for the SDG Awards 2017: http://globalcompact.ca/sdg-awards-2017/ 

Walmart Announces a New Customer Campaign to Assist with 2017 U.S. Hurricane Relief

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:49am

In response to the severe weather impacting the country, Walmart is committing up to $10 million in additional support for 2017 U.S. hurricane relief efforts. This will bring the total committed by Walmart to hurricane relief efforts this year to $30 million, building on the support provided in response to Hurricane Harvey that hit the Gulf region two-and-a-half weeks ago.

“We know our associates and customers make the difference. And once again, when needed the most, they are stepping up to help in a major way,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “This is about neighbors helping neighbors and we will continue to be there for the communities we serve as they recover.”

With devastating storms and flooding hitting the United States, and building on the response to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey, Walmart is launching a new customer campaign with the American Red Cross to assist with hurricane relief more broadly. As part of this new effort, Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster-response efforts. These donations will help those impacted by hurricanes in 2017 by providing shelter, food, comfort and emergency assistance.

Walmart continues to respond in the areas of greatest need throughout the country during this year’s hurricane season. 

  • Our first priority is, and continues to be, the safety of our associates. We’re taking care of our associates and their families by communicating with our store and club location management teams, reminding our associates of emergency procedures and what to do during and after the storm.

  • Supporting our associates who have been impacted with access to earned-wage and disaster-support assistance, setting up support centers in the impacted areas, providing hot meals to families and proactively calling associates to conduct wellness checks.

  • Our Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies are dedicated to providing prescriptions and immunizations to our customers during and after this emergency. Our pharmacies will be open as long as conditions are safe for our customers and associates and we are working with our suppliers to help stay in stock. We are prepared to open up as soon as possible so that we can support our communities in the affected area. We will also work with patients who might be displaced or have previously received prescriptions from another pharmacy. 

  • Working to quickly reopen our affected stores and club locations in impacted areas to serve communities. 

  • Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting our associates needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts in the impacted regions. This includes shipments of emergency supplies to multiple shelter operations.

  • Shipping more than 1,700 truckloads of emergency merchandise and water to customers in need, including cleaning supplies, pet food, batteries, diapers, baby formula, hand sanitizer, first aid supplies, fans, generators, candles, flashlights, propane, rainwear, tarps, gas cans and related items.

  • Activating emergency support teams dedicated to helping our stores and club locations during critical events such as this one and providing subject-matter experts in logistics and emergency management to assist local emergency operations centers.

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 along with home and personal products. Aside from amounts committed in response to this year’s hurricane season, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events since 2005.

Customer Campaign Details
During the campaign, customers can donate to the American Red Cross at registers in Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs or on Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. By texting SUPPORT to 90999 customers also have the option to donate $10 via their wireless carrier.* For every $1 donated, Walmart will contribute $2 worth of cash or, at Walmart’s option, needed product to the American Red Cross, up to $10 million. Walmart’s product contributions will be valued at Walmart’s cost. The campaign will run from September 10, 2017 through September 16, 2017.

*A one-time $10.00 donation will be added to your mobile bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 or older or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms and Privacy Policy: hmgf.org/t.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 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 
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.4 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.

Diamond Distinction for Piraeus Bank in the Corporate Responsibility Index

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:49am

Piraeus Bank received the Diamond distinction for its Corporate Responsibility, during the recent assessment of the Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), which in Greece is coordinated by the Corporate Responsibility Institute.

The distinction, which was awarded to Piraeus for the first time, came as recognition of the bank’s multifaceted Corporate Responsibility strategy, which aims, among other, to:

  • Preserve the interests of the bank’s shareholders and customers with excellent and transparent Corporate Governance procedures

  • Support green entrepreneurship with dedicated products and services

  • Protect the environment by implementing the Environmental Management System -certified under EMAS- and addressing environmental challenges, such as climate change and the protection of biodiversity, with innovative solutions

  • Preserve and enhance Greece’s cultural heritage through the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation

  • Implement specific policies and practices that engage the bank’s employees

Of particular importance was the development of the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), with which the Bank aims to reduce the overall environmental and social risk of the Group's loan portfolio.

Piraeus Bank participated in the CRI assessment for the 9thconsecutive year and is the only bank to have received the Diamond distinction in Greece. This confirms the firm commitment of the Bank’s Management to sustainability, the active involvement of its employees and illustrates the incorporation of its Corporate Responsibility Principles into the Group's activities.

Consumers Energy Crews Headed South to Assist as Hurricane Irma Moves Toward Florida

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 1:40pm

More than 200 Consumers Energy employees and contract personnel are headed from Michigan to Florida to assist local electric companies preparing for Hurricane Irma’s landfall by late this weekend.

Consumers Energy crews, including lineworkers, damage assessors, safety personnel and other field employees departed the company’s Jackson Service Center on Thursday.

“We are ready and willing to assist our colleagues in Florida as they prepare for this historic hurricane,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric energy operations. “In the past, we were fortunate to be supported by out-of-state crews following major storms, and with fair weather here in Michigan, this is an opportunity for us to return the favor to our fellow line workers.”

During the recent wind storm in July, crews from four states assisted Consumers Energy in its restoration work. In March, the company was assisted by crews from Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio.

Additional details of the caravan include the following:

  • By the Numbers: In addition to more than 50 Consumers Energy employees, the company has released 28 contractor line crews and 30 contractor forestry crews, totaling more than 150 contract workers traveling to Florida.

  • Irma Predictions: Hurricane Irma, currently a very strong Category 5 storm, with peak winds of more than 180 mph, is moving northwest through the Atlantic Ocean toward Florida. Current forecasts estimate the storm striking the southern portion of Florida Sunday morning.

  • Mutual Assistance Group: The Southeastern Electric Exchange, a collection of more than a dozen electric utilities with operations in the region, is requesting mutual aid from utilities across the Eastern U.S. Consumers Energy is a member of the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance Group, one of the organizations contacted for assistance.

  • Michigan Crews: Lineworker crews from 15 different Consumers Energy service centers, from Boyne City to South Monroe, are expected to make the trip. Other employees include zone managers and field leaders, mechanics, damage assessors and safety representatives. Their initial destination is scheduled to be Lake City, Fla.

Consumers Energy personnel are expected to remain in the state for up to two weeks, coordinating directly with Florida Power and Light. While in Florida, all of Consumers Energy’s costs are paid for by the host utilities.

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Growing Number of Companies Opt for Locally Driven Hurricane Relief Efforts, Reports GlobalGiving

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 1:40pm

In response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a growing number of companies are choosing to support locally driven relief and recovery efforts. GlobalGiving, a U.S. nonprofit, thoroughly vets local charities around the world and connects them to with individual and corporate donors. After Hurricane Harvey, GlobalGiving reports a 139% increase in small and medium-sized companies that have opted to support local disaster relief efforts.[1] 

“Our partnership with GlobalGiving has enabled us to safely and securely give to appropriate local organizations where we can have the biggest positive impact,” said Ana Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer at Sterigenics International. “We’re matching employee donations through our own company landing page on GlobalGiving because we believe we can make the biggest difference when we fund these local groups together.”

Although some larger companies are directing their funds to local organizations, many U.S. corporations that have responded to Hurricane Harvey are still giving to large disaster agencies[2]. This is despite growing evidence that companies that support local relief efforts can save lives, reduce the threat of disasters, engage their own employees, and strengthen affected communities now and in the future, according to “The Future of Disaster Philanthropy,” a research paper produced by GlobalGiving and The Conference Board.

Local Relief Efforts After Harvey and Irma
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is supporting work by local, fully vetted, established nonprofit organizations in the Houston area. Within a week of Harvey’s landfall, GlobalGiving had raised nearly $2 million from more than 20,000 donors and more than 100 companies, and had disbursed that funding to seven trusted nonprofit partners providing everything from immediate necessities like food, water, shelter, and clothing, diapers, cash grants, and fuel. Fundraising and relief work is still taking place, but GlobalGiving has already published its first report detailing how donations have been used: GlobalGiving.org/harvey/reports.

Donations to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will support GlobalGiving’s vetted local nonprofit partners in the Caribbean and the United States. By making a single donation to the fund, donors can support local, immediate immediate relief efforts as well as long-term recovery efforts in the affected areas. Companies may also designate their support toward specific nonprofits. GlobalGiving guarantees that all donations will be used for their designated disaster, and GlobalGiving will send email updates outlining how funds are being used in a transparent manner.

Supporting Disaster Survivors
To join the growing number of companies safely and efficiently supporting local disaster relief efforts, contact GlobalGiving’s Business Partnerships Team at 202-232-5784. To donate online, visit GlobalGiving.org and find either the Harvey or Irma Relief Fund on the home page. Or send a check by writing the name of the disaster in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.

About GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving is the first and largest crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, companies, and donors around the world. Founded in 2002, GlobalGiving makes it safe and easy for people and companies to give to vetted local projects in 170+ countries. When disaster strikes, GlobalGiving makes it possible for local nonprofits to fundraise on an international scale and access the support they need to become more effective and to lead recovery efforts in their own communities. GlobalGiving is a top-rated (4-star) charity on Charity Navigator and is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.


[1] This figure is in comparison to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. The trend holds compared to other natural disasters as well, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

[2] https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/aid-event/hurricane-harvey

Staying the Course: Global Beverage Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:39am

Coca-Cola HBC, a leading bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, was named today sustainability leader in the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment for the fourth consecutive year. Following a robust sustainability performance in 2016, particularly in the areas of labour practices, strategy for emerging markets, health and nutrition, and across the environmental dimension, the Company achieved a total score of 90, which is 38 points higher than the industry average. 

During the year, Coca-Cola HBC continued to focus on minimising its environmental impact further and driving positive change in collaboration with its partners by developing a sustainable value chain and supporting the communities to enhance their overall wellbeing. 

Building on the improvements made in previous years, the amount of water used for producing a litre of beverage declined by 3% in 2016. The energy use ratio also declined by 5%, the result of our efforts to use less energy to produce a litre of beverage. The equivalent of 37% of total packaging placed on the marketplace was recovered for recycling in 2016. 

Coca-Cola HBC serves approximately 600 million consumers across 28 established, developing and emerging markets on three continents. During 2016 the company invested €7.3 million – 1.6% of its pre-tax profit – in numerous initiatives to improve community wellbeing, focusing on environmental and water stewardship and youth development, in partnership with more than 294 NGOs. 

2016 key sustainability highlights: 

  • 31,083 people employed

  • 35,000 suppliers in the value chain

  • €3.1 billion supplier spend

  • €281 million total taxes paid

  • 6% direct carbon emissions reduced year on year

  • Waste per litre of beverage produced declined by 33% year on year

  • 88% sustainable employee engagement score 

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Read more about Coca-Cola HBC sustainability performance at http://coca-colahellenic.com/en/sustainability/

About Coca-Cola HBC Group
Coca‐Cola HBC is a leading bottler of The Coca‐Cola Company with a sales volume of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 595 million people. Coca‐Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‐Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities. Coca‐Cola HBC is ranked beverage industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices, and is also included in the FTSE4Good Index. 

Coca-Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com/ 

About Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. Following an evaluation of a range of general and industry-specific issues only the top 10% are accepted for inclusion. For more information visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com/

Sustainable Brands Releases Program Details for New Metrics ‘17 Conference

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:37pm

 Sustainable Brands® recently unveiled program details and speaker lineup for New Metrics '17, scheduled for November 13 -15 in Philadelphia, PA. Gathering together over 350 business executives, sustainability strategists and financial leaders from across the globe, New Metrics focuses on cutting-edge ideas and tools for quantifying previously-ignored risks, costs and revenue potential associated with sustainability impacts.

Over 75 speakers from leading organizations such as EY, CDP and The Sustainability Consortium will collaborate with executives attending from Avery Dennison Corp., Williams-Sonoma, Future-Fit Foundation and others to share leading edge corporate initiatives and metrics that help business leaders manage their organizations and value chains better.

This year’s conference will feature content in 4 unique tracks: Financial & Investor Relations, Strategy & Operations, Supply Chain, and Human Resources. For the first time ever, New Metrics will begin with four orientation Boot Camps, one for each track of the event, to provide a rigorous deep-dive into these conference topics.

Key discussion topics and featured speakers presented at New Metrics this year include:

  • Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach at SASB, will explore the evolution of investors’ sentiments about sustainability, focusing on the pain points leading to investor dissatisfaction with the quality of ESG disclosure to date.

  • John Schulz, Director of Sustainability Integration at AT&T, will divulge key lessons from the company’s “10x” goal, an ambitious goal to enable carbon savings for its customers that is 10 times the footprint of its own operations by 2025.  

  • Leaders from PwC, Genentech and Buzzword will review best practices for creating meaningful sustainability-focused employee engagement programs.

  • EcoAct Group, a company designed to help other businesses define, manage and highlight their climate strategy, will lead a special lunch keynote session on their current initiatives and leadership in the area of carbon neutrality and climate risk reduction.  

  • Kevin Moss, Global Director of the Business Center at World Resources Institute, will address the threat of growing consumption and discuss how companies can continue to thrive in a resource-constrained world.

  • Experts from BASF and The Crown Estate will present promising new tools for illustrating the extra value generation by purposeful systems-oriented innovation.  

  • John Frey, Senior Technologist, IT Efficiency and Sustainability at Hewlett Packard Enterprise will share how the company looked beyond reputation to revenue, and successfully made sustainability a key business driver.

  • Karen Guggenheim, Founder and CEO of WOHASU and Co-Founder of the World Happiness Summit, will summarize key results from the latest World Happiness Report, as well as other indices and deep experiential data, explaining what research tells us about the future of people’s relationships with business and the global economy.    

“The data supports that brands that understand how to create, measure and manage new forms of value for their stakeholders are winning the financial game as well,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “We are just beginning to tap the business opportunity for these new forms of value in the 21st century. Our New Metrics conference lays the groundwork for managing that opportunity for the future.”

Proud supporters of this event include BASF as Principal sponsor and EcoAct Group as Premier sponsor. Supporting sponsors include NatureBank, South Pole Group, Trucost, Supply Shift and Cool Choices. Additional partners include Wharton IGEL, Ceres, SustainAbility, the American Sustainable Business Council, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Triple Pundit and others.

For further information on the conference program and a complete list of confirmed speakers and sponsors, please visit the conference website at www.NewMetrics17.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for companies who wish to demo their products or showcase their thought-leadership in the area of New Metrics. For more information, please email engage@sustainablebrands.com or call 415.626.2212. 

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Corporate Philanthropy Institute Addresses "Purposeful Action in a Changing World" at Oct. 2 Event

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:37pm

On Oct. 2, the Corporate Philanthropy Institute, presented by Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will explore how companies and corporate responsibility professionals can uphold their inherent values during changing times. 

The event, titled “The Value Proposition: Purposeful Action in a Changing World,” will be held at the University of California – San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center. It is expected to attract more than 150 professionals working in corporate citizenship and philanthropy across the globe. Sessions will engage participants in big ideas and then break concepts down into usable strategies, approaches, and actionable plans.

Speakers include:

  • Olivia Khalili, Director at Oath for Good (formerly Yahoo!)

  • Daniel Lee, Executive Director at Levi Strauss Foundation

  • Eric Olson, Senior Vice President at Business for Social Responsibility

  • Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO, Give2Asia

  • Justin Steele, Principal at Google.org

  • Nicolette Van Exel, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Intuit

The day’s sessions include:

  • Trends and opportunities in global giving and CSR

  • Threading worker’s rights through the supply chain

  • Living our values in turbulent times

The day’s activities will also include announcement of the 2017 Corporate Responsibility Impact Awards winners. Nominations for this prestigious recognition are being accepted through Sept. 8. Candidates may be nominated for company of the year, practitioner of the year and/or emerging practitioner of the year recognition.

The event is open to members of Northern California Grantmakers, member clients of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and non-affiliated corporate funders and CSR professionals. For more information and to register, visit siliconvalleycf.org/cpi

The gold-level sponsors of the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Institute are Gilead, PG&E and Wells Fargo. Genentech and Workday are silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors are eBay, Google and Target. Donor sponsors are Equinix, Kaiser Permanente, Singularity University, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org

Newmont Ranked Mining Industry Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Third Consecutive Year

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:37pm

For an unprecedented third year in a row, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) was ranked by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) as the mining industry’s overall leader in sustainability. Newmont’s inclusion on the index also marked the 11th consecutive year the company has been selected for the DJSI World. This year, 942 companies participated in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), which evaluates and ranks the highest-scoring companies on the DJSI – one of the most rigorous and highly regarded sustainability indices in the world. Newmont was the first gold company named to the index in 2007, and has been included on the DJSI North America Index every year since 2006.

“This recognition reflects our team’s deep commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement, which translates into safe working conditions and good jobs for employees; sustainable economic development for our host communities; responsible environmental management; and strong returns and growth prospects for our stakeholders,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to being ranked the overall industry leader in the metals and mining sector, Newmont received the highest score (100th percentile) in a number of areas including Impact Measurement and Valuation; Policy Influence; Biodiversity; Environmental Policy and Management Systems; Water-related Risks; Asset Closure Management; Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy; and Labor Practice Indicators. Newmont also achieved the metals and mining industry’s best overall scores in the economic, environmental and social dimensions.

RobecoSAM evaluates more than 600 data points in its annual Environmental, Social and Governance analysis of more than 3,900 listed companies worldwide. RobecoSAM assesses companies based on a variety of criteria, including transparency, corporate governance, risk and crisis management, environmental management and performance, climate strategy, water risks, stakeholder engagement, local community development, labor practices, human rights and safety.

More information on Newmont's safety, economic, environmental and social performance can be found in the company's annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine. The report is published as part of Newmont’s ongoing obligations as a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals and in accordance with the company’s commitments under the United Nations' Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

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About Newmont
Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925. 

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