As part of its continuing effort to promote professional development and career advancement among women, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and The MGM Resorts Foundation today announced the 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference on Aug. 8– 9, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Navigating Your Future features diverse and nationally recognized speakers and accomplished women role models, as well as provides forums for small-group dialogue and individual networking among highly motivated conference attendees.
“As more and more women ascend to leadership roles nationally and globally, in business, in elected office, in our communities and in all phases of our lives, empowerment of women is a surging phenomenon, now and into our future,” said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Helping to prepare women to better meet the challenges of such roles is an important dimension of our commitment to diversity.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women are estimated to account for 51.2 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018. In 2010, women comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force.
The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and men who support them. The non-profit MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference’s presenting sponsor and – for the first time – will be partnering with the nationally renowned Women’s Food Service Forum (WFF). Proceeds of the conference after costs will be donated to one or more local nonprofit agencies devoted to the welfare and development of women and girls.
The early registration fee for conference participants is $250. Registration includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand and other resorts of MGM Resorts International.
Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. Returning sponsors include Cox Communications and Greenspun Media Group.
For more information about the Women’s Leadership Conference, please visit www.mgmresorts.com/womensleadershipconference.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including MGM Grand Detroit, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.
Leading organic gift basket provider Best Organics Inc., based here, is pleased to announce that it has achieved “B Corporation” certification for its focus on sustainability, social responsibility and business performance. Certified Benefit Corporations seek to integrate the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit into their business organization and culture, serving all the business’ stakeholders, including investors, employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which the business operates.
B Corporations are certified by the non-profit B Lab, founded in 2006 by Andrew Kassoy, Jay Coen Gilbert and Bart Houlahan, veterans of private equity and footwear and apparel businesses. Through B Lab, the founders created a points-based certification system for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and businesses that wish to create and operate within a sustainable business framework. The movement is exceeding growth expectations, now with more than 700 companies in 60 business sectors across 24 countries, including industry leaders Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Sambazon, Numi Tea, Bhakti Chai, Method, GoLite, and now Best Organics Inc.
“Increasingly there are businesses that want to create value for all their stakeholders, not just their shareholders,” said B Lab cofounder Andrew Kassoy. “These companies are competing not just to be best in the world, but best for the world. B Corp certification is like the Fair Trade label, but for the whole company, not just the bag of coffee. We are pleased that Best Organics has joined a unique group of more that 700 companies committed to making a big difference.”
“As a social mission driven company, joining the ranks of the B Corporation community provides support for our efforts to foster the health of people and the environment. Through the promotion of certified organic products that we offer in our America's Best Organics gift baskets, we support artisan producers and educate consumers that their purchases make a difference,” says Seleyn DeYarus, CEO of Best Organics Inc.
As the co-producer of the Boulder-based “At the Epicenter” speaker series, Best Organics recently invited Andrew Kassoy to speak to a Boulder business audience on the importance of the triple bottom line model in a world of pervasive green-washing.
Not only is Best Organics B Corp certified but several of the companies that are featured in the America's Best Organics gift basket collections are as well. The company curates products that are organic and/or fair trade certified but also seeks to create vendor partnerships with companies that are also Certified B Corporations. The company proudly offers Runa Tea, Fearless Chocolate and Numi Tea, all Certified B Corporations, as part of their fine product selections.
About Best Organics Inc.
Best Organics Inc. is a leading provider of organic and sustainable gift baskets, and a brand promotion and event production company. With roots in Boulder, Colorado, renowned as a center of natural, organic and sustainable business, Best Organics offers America’s Best Organics, an all organic gift basket-in-a-box filled with organic foods and snacks, personal care products and other eco-friendly items from local, artisan, regional and national brands made by social mission guided USA companies.
The company is the producer of At the Epicenter, a series of interactive CEO armchair interviews and networking events featuring nationally renowned business and thought leaders in the $300-billion LOHAS market as well as the Organic Alley Pavilion at the Boulder Green Streets annual ciclovia.
About B Corp
Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of May 2012, there are over 530 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries , representing a divers e multi-billion marketplace.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business.
EuroCharity will present the publication "EuroCharity Yearbook 2012/13 - Innovation for Excellence" at two special events in Brussels, Belgium and Athens, Greece.
EuroCharity will invite all the 2012/13 Yearbook participants/contributors along with their stakeholders to present at and attend these two very important and timely events. For information regarding the Yearbook series, you may visit: www.eurocharity.eu/en/yearbook.
For participation please contact:
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WESCO International (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, released its first Corporate Sustainability Report outlining key programs and achievements across five areas of focus: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Fleet Fuel Use, Waste and Recycling, and Green Buildings.
“The release of this report demonstrates WESCO’s commitment to consistently improve the sustainability of our operations, as well as those of our customers,” said John Engel, Chairman, President, and CEO, WESCO International. “We’re pleased to be able to outline our approach, share the progress we’ve made to date, and establish metrics to measure our progress.”
Over the past three years, WESCO has improved its energy efficiency, increased recycling, reduced waste generation, and reduced both greenhouse gas intensity and emissions. In 2012, WESCO surpassed its 2015 goals for greenhouse gas intensity, building energy consumption, and waste generation intensity.
“WESCO is well positioned to help our customers improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs in their operations,” John Engel continued. “WESCO’s Value Creation Search for Savings program identifies ways companies can make improvements in the areas of lighting, energy management, renewable energy, water and waste mitigation, and green procurement.”
Lighting upgrades are one of the most-effective ways to reduce energy consumption, and WESCO’s lighting team assists customers with the selection of energy-efficient technology and lighting control systems. WESCO’s Lighting and Sustainability Solutions Centers in Boston and Chicago showcase a wide range of lighting applications allowing customers to make the most-informed lighting decisions.
WESCO’s solar team educates customers about the benefits of using solar panels and other products for both commercial and residential applications. In Phoenix, WESCO installed its first integrated solar car port and electric vehicle charging station, a prototype for an integrated solar and EV solution the company now offers to customers. The Phoenix facility is also the hub for WESCO’s renewable energy training program for solar system installers.
WESCO’s Corporate Sustainability Report, as well as a summary document, can be downloaded at www.wesco.com/sustainability.
WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2012 annual sales were approximately $6.6 billion. The Company employs approximately 9,000 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates nine fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.
PR News’ Platinum PR Awards salute the year’s most outstanding communications initiatives and programs in the highly competitive and dynamic PR arena. The coveted awards set the industry benchmark for excellence across all areas of PR. The final entry deadline is this Friday, May 17, 2013 and winners along with honorable mentions will be recognized in October 2013.
For more information on the Platinum PR Awards, visit www.prnewsonline.com/awards/platinumpr2013.
The Platinum PR Awards are open to all individuals and teams worldwide at for-profit and non-profit organizations including: corporations, PR firms, public affairs and IR agencies, publicity firms, associations, government, and NGO teams, and sole practitioners. Vendors are also eligible to compete on behalf of clients.
The winners of the Platinum PR Awards are from corporations, agencies and nonprofits large and small who took chances, made tremendous strides and understand the power of public relations.
To enter online, visit www.prnewsonline.com/awards/platinumpr2013.
Winners and honorable mentions will be awarded in the following categories:
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PR News’ Platinum PR Awards is a great opportunity to get recognized for your hard work and to shine the spotlight on the people driving your organization’s success.
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The third annual San Francisco Green Film Festival is pleased to present the San Francisco premieres of over 20 internationally acclaimed environmentally focused feature films. The highly anticipated festival will take place Thursday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ending appropriately on United Nation’s World Environment Day. Festival tickets are on sale now at the festival website: sfgreenfilmfest.org. Tickets are $12 per screening or $200 for a full pass to the festival’s over 50 films and events.
The 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival includes over 50 films from around the globe, with over 70 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment.
The festival’s main venue and headquarters is New People Cinema in Japantown. Other Festival Venues Include: Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Superfrog Gallery in Japantown, and SPUR Urban Center. Lead sponsors of the 2013 event include Earthjustice and Recology.
For ticket information and festival updates please visit sfgreenfilmfest.org.
Festival Feature Films
Wednesday, May 22
Tiny follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, Tiny will feel perfectly sized for an outdoor screening in the street-turned-pedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley. With short film Eskimal. This sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00pm at Spur Urban Center.
Thursday, May 30
Rebels with a Cause officially opens the SF Green Film Festival on Thursday, May 30th. Bay Area filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will attend this SF Premiere. The film celebrates the compelling and epic story of those who fought to save the Marin County coast. Shows Thursday May 30, 7 PM at New People Cinema. Opening Night Party to follow at 9:00 PM.
Friday, May 31
Watershed, directed by Bay Area’s Mark Decena, premieres in SF premiere on Friday, May 31st at 6:00 PM. Watershed is co-produced by Jamie Redford and explores the dramatic changes that the Colorado River has undergone and inspires viewers to make more sustainable water choices. Mark Decena and Jamie Redford in attendance.
Dear Governor Cuomo, directed by Jon Bowermaster premieres in SF on Friday, May 31st at 8:00 PM. The film documents a music concert that was urgently produced by environmental activists in an effort to ban hydraulic-fracturing in New York. Jon Bowermaster will attend the screening and the film will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Climate One (Commonwealth Club) on fracking in California.
Saturday, June 1
Garden in the Sea (Jardin en el Mar), directed by internationally acclaimed director and cinematographer Thomas Riedelsheimer is a visually stunning documentary about art, landscape and environmental conservation. The story follows Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she creates a commissioned underwater installation in the Sea of Cortez. Shows at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 1st.
Terra Blight, directed by Isaac Brown will premiere in SF at 2:15 PM on Saturday, June 1st. and followed by panel discussion Cradle-to-Cradle. The film exposes the life cycle of computers, from the US gamers who play en masse, to the young Ghanaians who mine toxic waste dumps to salvage metal for their school tuition.
Shored Up, directed by Ben Kalina looks at the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and lessons learned from continually rising sea levels. Shows at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 1st.
Powerless, directed by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar examines the power struggle in Kanpur, India because the balance of supply and demand for electrical power is disrupted. The conflict highlights the effects on paying customers, impoverished Indians who splice power lines for their power and the power companies. This sneak preview is at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 1st.
A River Changes Course, directed by Kalyanee Mam follows three Cambodians who struggle to support themselves and their families as the environment rapidly changes. This will show at the David Brower Center in Berkeley at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 1st.
La Source, directed by Patrick Shen documents Josue Lajeunesse’s return to his native Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He leaves Princeton New Jersey to help a rural community create a viaduct to access clean water. Shows at 8:45 PM on Saturday, June 1st. Patrick Shen in attendance.
Sunday, June 2
Vanishing Point , directed by Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs premieres in SF at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 2nd. This film is about Polar Eskimo’s “finding the way in a shifting world”. With the intrusion of technology and climate change, Vanishing Point looks at the effects on the tradition and lives of the fewer than 1000 Polar Eskimos still living in the northwest region of Greenland and Baffin Island, Canada.
Because I Live Longer than You, directed by Henriette Bornkamm and Carl Fechner, premieres in the USA at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 2nd with English subtitles. Starting when he was 9 years old, Felix Finkbeiner has collaborated with youth internationally to address both environmental and social issues. Whether he challenges politicians regarding environmental policy, works with a 15 year old Nairobi girl to fight against female genital mutilation in her slum, or campaigns with a 13 year old Iraqi boy against child abuse, Felix is inspiring and inspired whose passion gives hope for the future.
Unacceptable Levels, directed by Edward Brown will premiere in SF at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 2nd. “It tells the story of toxic chemicals in just about every aspect of our lives, and the egregious lack of regulation. Our ability to protect our families is at stake." - Joan Blades. Followed by panel discussion with the filmmakers and leading experts.
Trashed, directed by Candice Brady will show at 5:30 PM on Sunday, June 2nd. Jeremy Irons takes us through the landscape of trash worldwide that result from over-consumption and wastefulness. The film profiles San Francisco’s adoption of the Zero Waste recycling and explores solutions to this urgent problem. The score for Trashed was composed by Academy Award winner Vangelis.
More Than Honey, directed by Markus Imhoof, is the Festival Centerpiece and shows at 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 2nd. This is the bee movie to end all bee movies. We discover the world from the perspective of the bees. Markus Imhoof will be in attendance at this Centerpiece screening.
Monday, June 3
Bidder 70, directed by Beth Gage and George Gage, premieres in San Francisco just weeks after the film’s protagonist, Tim DeChrstopher was released from prison after serving a sentence for an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. Shows at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 3rd and will be attended by Tim DeChrostopher and Beth and George Gage.
Switch, directed by Harry Lynch is showing at 8:00 PM on Monday June, 3rd. The film explores the vast landscape of energy generation from coal mines to oil rigs, granted access to a hydro facility and see world’s energy sources and consumption through the metrics and understanding of a trained geologist, Scott Tinker.
Tuesday, June 4
Plastic Paradise, directed by Angela Sun will show at SF Public Library Main Branch at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 4th in the Festival’s free youth program. An island of garbage stars in this film as Angela Sun discovers the Pacific’s mysterious Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
In Organic We Trust, directed by Kip Pastor, the film shows at 5:45 on Tuesday, June 4th and investigates the meaning of “certified organic”.
Breathing Earth, director Thomas Riedelsheimer’s second film in this year’s festival, will premiere in California at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 4th. Following Japanese sculptor Susumu Shingu as he creates art that come to life interacting with the natural elements, specifically, the wind.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, directed by Fredrik Gertten will show at 8:15 PM on Tuesday, June 4th. As a muckraker, Gertten took on the Dole Food Company in 2009 and has since experienced the PR and legal battles that inevitably followed. A discussion on media censorship follows the screening.
Wednesday, June 5
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, directed by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black, premieres in SF on UN World Earth Day at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 5th. Following six indigenous Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and sacred ceremonial lives, the film provided an alternative vision of the world.
Trash Dance, directed by Andrew Garrison, is an uplifting and inspirational film for SFGFF closing night. Premieres in SF at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 5th. This film has won audiences over at various festivals and the showing coincides with UN World Environment Day. Andrew Garrison in attendance.
About the San Francisco Green Film Festival
The San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) is the West Coast’s leading destination for groundbreaking and compelling films on the urgent environmental issues of our time. Our mission is to educate and connect communities through forward-thinking programs of environmental films and discussions. Launched in 2011, SFGFF presents an annual film festival each spring, along with year-round community screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFGFF brings critical and contemporary environmental issues to local audiences and highlights the vital work of our many partners, including local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. Since 2011, we’ve partnered with over 30 community organizations, presented over 150 programs, and inspired over 5,000 attendees.
For ticket information, and the full Festival Program please visit: sfgreenfilmfest.org.
A major new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers shows that the electric industry cut emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, largely due to increased use of natural gas and growing reliance on renewable energy.
Based on the latest available data, the report also reveals that Wyoming, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, and North Dakota had the highest CO2 emissions per megawatt-hour of power produced, while Idaho, Vermont, Washington, Oregon, and Maine had the lowest CO2 emissions rates. Nationwide, five power producers—American Electric Power, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy, Southern Company, and Tennessee Valley Authority—generate 25 percent of overall electric sector CO2 emissions, though some of these producers and others have significantly reduced emissions in recent years.
The Benchmarking Air Emissions report is the ninth in a series highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. Traditionally, the report has been published every two years. However, in light of ongoing changes within the industry, in terms of plant retirements, pollution control retrofits and new emissions regulations under consideration, a streamlined version of the report was prepared this year, based on 2011 generation and emissions data from the Energy Information Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Key findings of the report include:
“The electric power industry is moving to cleaner sources of energy, demonstrating that cleaner power generation is achievable. Stronger regulations will reinforce those trends and stimulate further investment in low-carbon, low-risk resources like renewable power and energy efficiency,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, which sponsored the report with NRDC, Entergy Corporation, Exelon, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PSEG, Tenaska and Bank of America. M.J. Bradley & Associates authored the report.
“The Benchmarking Air Emissions report is an important resource for following changes in the U.S. electric power sector,” said Chuck Barlow, Vice President, Environmental Strategy and Policy for Entergy Corporation. “The rise of natural gas is a game-changer for U.S. power plant emissions, as this year’s analysis shows. At Entergy, our focus has long been on providing value to all of our stakeholders while maintaining our commitment to environmentally responsible action. A diverse generation portfolio helps us get there.”
Each edition of the Benchmarking Air Emissions report analyzes the latest emissions from the 100 largest power producers in the U.S. In 2011, the year covered in this edition of the report, the top 100 power producers together accounted for 86 percent of the electricity produced. The 100 largest power producers emitted approximately 4.1 million tons of SO2, 1.7 million tons of NOx, 25 tons of mercury, and 2.1 billion tons of CO2 in aggregate during 2011.
Air pollution emissions from power plants, while declining overall, are highly concentrated among a small number of power producers. For example, nearly a quarter of the electric power industry’s SO2 and CO2 emissions come from just three and five top producers, respectively, as illustrated in summary slides available for download at mjbradley.com/benchmarking-air-emissions.
The report also provides company-specific emissions trend information from 2000 through 2011 for the four largest power generators, illustrating the range of approaches that power companies have used to reduce emissions:
“Power plants are America’s largest source of global warming pollution. The good news is that their emissions have declined significantly since their peak in 2007, but we still have a long way to go. The Benchmarking Report provides a valuable scorecard, allowing citizens and policymakers to compare the performance of individual companies against others in this critical industry," said Dan Lashof, Program Director of Climate and Clean Air at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“Today’s report highlights the credit due to policy leaders in New Jersey and at the federal level for adopting policies that have reduced power plant emissions. The progress made in New Jersey can, and should, be a model for policymakers across the country,” said Geraldine Smith, PSEG’s General Environmental Counsel and Managing Director Environmental Policy. “By investing more than $3 billion in our New Jersey power plants since 2005, PSEG has been able to reduce emissions of NOx, SO2 and mercury by more than 90 percent, while increasing output of electricity. We look forward to participating in future discussions on cost-effective ways to improve air quality in our home state and across the nation.”
The 2013 Benchmarking Air Emissions report’s comparative analysis of emissions data is relevant to policymakers considering regulatory approaches; public interest organizations concerned about public health and consumer costs; and financial analysts and investors assessing company risk exposure as power plant emission limits in the U.S. gain more momentum.
The report is available for download at ceres.org, nrdc.org, and mjbradley.com. In addition to the aggregate corporate emissions data for 2011 provided in this report, plant-specific data for 2011 are now available for download at mjbradley.com.
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful coalition of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $10 trillion. For more information, visit www.ceres.org.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.
About Bank of America
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.
About Entergy Corporation
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).
About Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/newsroom and www.pgecurrents.com.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSEG Power is a major unregulated independent power producer in the U.S. with three main subsidiaries: PSEG Fossil, PSEG Nuclear, and PSEG Energy Resources and Trade. PSEG Power operates one of the most balanced portfolios in the country, both in terms of fuel mix and market segment (base load units, load following units and peaking units) and is committed to operational excellence. PSE&G and PSEG Power are subsidiaries of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
Tenaska, based in Omaha, Neb., is one of the leading independent power producers in the U.S. Tenaska and its affiliates manage operations for approximately 11,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation consisting of 14 power plants, seven of which are owned by Tenaska in partnership with other companies and seven of which are private equity investments managed by affiliate Tenaska Capital Management, LLC. Tenaska’s affiliates operate nine power plants in seven states totaling approximately 6,500 MW of generating capacity. For more information about Tenaska, visit the company’s website at www.tenaska.com.
A formal complaint against the importation of cotton from Uzbekistan grown and harvested with forced labor was filed today by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a leading American human and labor rights watchdog organization. Under the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. Customs Service is required to deny entry to goods that arrive at U.S. ports that contain materials made with forced labor.
For decades, the government of Uzbekistan, under the dictator Islam Karimov, has forced millions of children, teachers, nurses, doctors, public sector workers and private sector employees to pick cotton under appalling conditions. Those who refuse are expelled from school, fired from their jobs, denied public benefits or worse. The government combines these penalties with threats, detains and tortures activists seeking to monitor the situation and continues to refuse the International Labor Organization’s efforts to monitor the cotton harvest.
The complaint calls on U.S. Customs to issue an immediate detention order on all pending and future imports of cotton goods manufactured by Daewoo International Corporation, Indorama Corporation, and other companies processing cotton in Uzbekistan. Daewoo International, a South Korean-based company owned by the steel manufacturer POSCO (NYSE: PKX), and Indorama Corporation (www.indorama.com), a Singapore based multi-national that produces yarn, fabrics and organic cotton products, are two of the largest processors of Uzbek cotton.
According to U.S. import records, over 620 tons of cotton yarn and fabric has been imported into the United States from facilities in Uzbekistan since 2008. U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission data indicate at least 23 tons of cotton yarn from Uzbekistan entered the United States in February 2013 alone.
“U.S. federal law forbids the importation of goods produced using forced labor,” said Brian Campbell, Director of Policy and Legal Programs. “We expect U.S. Customs will conduct a thorough investigation into how cotton from Uzbekistan is escaping detection at U.S. ports of entry and effectively ban all future imports into the United States.”
The complaint is available online at: http://goo.gl/464aE.
The International Labor Rights Forum is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.LaborRights.org.
22 global cities, including London, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and Fukuoka have announced the 23 innovative solutions they selected to solve their most pressing urban and social challenges. In a unique global effort, these 22 forward-thinking cities opened their challenges to innovators worldwide via the LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future Programme. Out of 2,500 candidates, a total of 456 solutions competed for the opportunity to implement their solution in real-life, responding to challenges in areas such as as social exclusion, energy management, urban dereliction, tourism, ageing and health. Each of the 23 winning solutions announced during the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco have committed to co-invest in the participating cities to help improve the lives of 121 million citizens.
In the first LLGA | Cities Summit held in a North American City, public leaders from 22 global cities revealed the innovative solutions that best meet strategic challenges in a variety of fields like Making outside Seating Areas More Sustainable in Paris; a Storm Response Coordinating Tool for San Francisco; a Transformational lighting System in post-earthquake Christchurch (New Zealand); Digital Tools For Better Healthier Ageing in Mexico City; Sustainable Urban Mobility in Maringá (Brasil); and Regenerating Neighbourhoods Using Vacant Spaces in Barcelona. The coming 12 months will see the cities and solution providers join forces to implement the innovations that will help improve the quality of lives of citizens and shape the future of their cities.
On 14 May 2013, leaders of the 22 partner cities and the 120 nominated solution providers came together at the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco to deepen their partnerships, announce the 23 most promising solutions, debate their challenges, and kick-start implementation.
San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee, says: “San Francisco is excited to be the first city in the United States to host the LLGA | Cities Summit. San Francisco, as the Innovation Capital of the World, will facilitate a vigorous exchange of ideas and help develop innovative solutions to common urban challenges including transportation, the environment and healthcare that will build a better world.”
The winning solutions are:
Barcelona (Spain): Turning empty Space into an opportunity by 3Space
Boston (USA): Underground Technologies Elevation Units by Quality Water Products
Christchurch (NZ): Philips Lighting Control systems- a solution for the new Christchurch by Philips Eindhoven (The Netherlands): Contactless tags to bridge real and virtual worlds by Connecthings
Fukuoka (Japan): Guidebook by Guidebook
L'Hospitalet (Spain): NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing) by NANA
Lagos (Nigeria): Wireless Lagos: Free & Far Reaching by OTG Playa Entity LLC
Lavasa (India): Enabling Livelihoods by LabourNet
London (UK) 1: Realtime Energy Opportunity System (REOS) by Brighter Planet Technology Services
London (UK) 2: Delivering Scalable Energy Efficiency in Global Cities by First Fuel
Maringá (Brazil): Modern Urban Transport Information by Clever Devices
Mexico City (Mexico): Butler, improving elderly wellbeing by Universidad Jaume I de Castellón
Oulu (Finland): Augmented Museum Tour by metaio
Paris (France): Urban Parasol by Urban Parasol
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Online Emergency Triage Training Platform by Virtualwaregroup
Rosario (Argentina): Sustain-A-Raisers! by Global Awareness Local Action
San Francisco (USA): ClickSoftware Field Service Optimization by ClickSoftware
Sant Cugat (Spain): estonoesunsolar by pdimonte
Sheffield (UK) 1: Econotherm - Waste heat to District Heating by Econotherm
Sheffield (UK) 2: Borehole Thermal Energy Storage by - REHAU
Tacoma (USA): OPOS: One Planet Operating System for Cities by BioRegional
Terrassa (Spain): CityMakers by The Good Life For All
York (UK): Sunday Streets and Play Streets For All by Livable City
The LLGA winners reflect the many approaches available to solve cities’ problems ranging from the technological to the social. For example, on the technological side, OTG Playa answers Lagos’ need to bring digital connectivity in bandwidth-challenged environments. OTG Playa proposes to deploy a network of boxes, which will broadcast a wireless internet cloud that is open and free to anyone in the area. This solution shows how civic technology businesses can help solve some of the most urgent global needs even in areas with limited urban services and infrastructures. On the other hand, 3Space, winner for Barcelona, is an innovative charity which unlocks the potential of empty commercial property by making it available for temporary community use. This responds, in a non-technological way, to the widely experienced problem in many cities of urban decay and dereliction.
Sascha Haselmayer, CEO of Citymart.com says: “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future has transformed the way cities and the innovation community collaborate. With the announcement of 23 winning solutions, selected out of more than 2,500 candidates, companies and organizations from around the world have shown their enthusiasm and ability to collaborate with cities in solving the most pressing urban and social challenges today.”
The participation of cities and solution providers in LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is a joint commitment to spread proven innovations in a more cost-effective and sustainable way, helping build more resilient and smarter communities. 557,000 local governments spend $4.5 trillion each year to deliver the services that shape the quality of life of the majority of the world’s population.
The LLGA initiative helps cities discover innovative, yet ready solutions to meet their problems and matches their commitment to act with the willingness of businesses and organisations to share early risks. Past editions of LLGA have proven that this process can deliver solutions to citizens at least 3 times faster and at 80% lower costs by leveraging smart solutions and avoiding re-invention.
Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, says: “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is a great opportunity to identify and share solutions to the global challenges that cities are facing. Every city is a world in itself, and we are living in an urban world, this is why it is so important to identify those common problems which require shared solutions. Barcelona has participated in all LLGA editions, and shares the vision of this transparent process with leading technology companies, social entrepreneurs, and international research centers. Furthermore, LLGA is a great opportunity for Catalan companies to join in and participate in this global process.”
Next to the 22 Partner Cities, LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future is supported by a global group of strategic partners including the City of San Francisco, Oracle, The Climate Group, and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.
About Citymart.com / LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future
Citymart.com is a global marketplace for cities based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with more than 80 cities and 1,200 companies, NGOs and research centers in
Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its mission is to accelerate the sharing of solutions for cities by matching social and urban challenges early-on with ready solutions around the world. In the past four years Citymart.com has published 70 Calls for Solutions.
Citymart.com and its one-of a kind program LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future, has been recognized by leading global organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and Ashoka Innovators for the Public for its transformative impact on improving decision-making, transparency and accountability in cities around the world.
Oracle’s City Platform solutions leverage the company’s best-in-class portfolio of products to address complex business processes relevant to the public sector, helping speed time to market, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge.
For more information about Oracle, visit www.oracle.com.
About The Climate Group
The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization, which brings together a global coalition of the world’s most powerful governments, brands and public figures across Asia, Europe and North America. Since 2004, they’ve been working with governments, business leaders and the world’s most influential individuals to push for the policies, technologies and investment we need to make the Clean Revolution commercially viable. Together, we have the power to create a smarter, better, more prosperous future for all.
For more information about The Climate Group, visit www.theclimategroup.org.
About the UN Global Compact Cities Programme
The UN Global Compact Cities Programme was initiated by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan in 2003. It is a discrete component of the Global Compact, based in Melbourne and New York. The UN Global Compact Cities Programme provides an innovative framework for cities to develop and implement sustainable solutions to urban challenges of a long-term and often intractable nature. It was developed in response to the need to rethink sustainability approaches and to enable meaningful engagement of cities across all their activities—economic, ecological, political and cultural. By utilizing a common methodology, ‘Circles of Sustainability’, UN Global Compact Cities Programme combines the knowledge, experience and resources inherent within municipalities, business and civil society to bring together the strengths of each.
For more information about The UN Global Compact Cities Programme, visit www.citiesprogramme.com.
EIRIS and Conflict Risk Network today announce that Conflict Risk Network has become part of EIRIS’ global research platform. EIRIS is a leading global provider of research into corporate environmental, social and governance performance. Its mission is to empower responsible investors with independent assessments of companies and advice on integrating them with investment decisions.
Conflict Risk Network includes institutional investors, financial service providers and related stakeholders that are calling on corporate actors to fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights and to take steps that support peace and stability in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities. Its goal is to increase such behavior by corporate actors, and thereby reduce conflict risk. The Network’s membership encompasses pension funds, some of the world’s largest asset management firms, government entities, university endowments, foundations, financial service providers and socially responsible investment firms with a combined total of more than $6 trillion in assets under management.
Conflict Risk Network is the pre-eminent source of timely, reliable and focused information on corporations operating in Sudan. Its quarterly Sudan Company Reports provide 80 investor members with authoritative research on 75 corporations. Applying the research model it developed for Sudan, the Network is now shining a spotlight on the potential high risks of investment in Burma.
According to EIRIS CEO Peter Webster, “This acquisition combines EIRIS’s ESG research with Conflict Risk Network’s deep expertise on Sudan, Burma and other conflict-affected areas. The resulting synergies will benefit investors, permit EIRIS to augment its profile and client base in the U.S. and gives EIRIS the opportunity to offer CRN’s service to the broader global market.”
Until recently, Conflict Risk Network was a program of United to End Genocide, the largest activist organization in America dedicated to preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews said, “This is a win-win for both organizations and the movement to promote human rights and end genocide. We look forward to continuing to work with EIRIS, through Conflict Risk Network, to raise human rights issues with investors.”
Conflict Risk Network Director Kathy Mulvey said, “Joining the EIRIS global research platform will preserve and enhance the Network’s authoritative research, effective engagement and informed advocacy, and make our offerings available to a wider base of investors and financial stakeholders.”
EIRIS and Conflict Risk Network will be present at a number of key events in the U.S. in May and June—including the US SIF and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) conferences.
The Conflict Risk Network—encompassing about 80 members including pension funds, some of the world’s largest asset management firms, government entities, university endowments, foundations, financial service providers and socially responsible investment firms—harnesses the collective weight of more than $6 trillion in assets when challenging corporate behavior that might enable human rights abuses that lead to genocide or mass atrocities. Network experts examine what is driving conflicts and how corporations are connected to conflicts. The Network works with corporations, organizations on the ground, and leading business, human rights and country experts to develop specific recommendations for respecting human rights and supporting peace and stability in conflict areas. The Network also engages directly with corporations that have the greatest potential to enable or prevent mass atrocities.
EIRIS (www.EIRIS.org) is a leading global provider of independent research into the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and ethical performance of companies. Wholly owned by the EIRIS Foundation, EIRIS is an independent, not-for-profit organization, working to help our clients develop the market in ways that benefit investors, asset managers and the wider world. Its mission is to empower responsible investors with independent assessments of companies and advice on integrating them with investment decisions. EIRIS now provides responsible investment services to more than 100 asset owners, asset managers, banks, stock brokers and governments around the world—as well as major index providers. EIRIS has 30 years' experience of promoting responsible investment and helping consumers, charities and advisers invest responsibly. EIRIS has offices in London, Paris and Boston. EIRIS’ Boston office has been established since 2005. In addition to overseas offices, EIRIS has a global network of research partners to further extend its research coverage and keep abreast of responsible investment issues at the local level.
Insurance brokerage Griswold & Griswold, founded in 1948, announced today it has become Torrance’s first Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The nonprofit B Lab evaluates and certifies applicants based on company governance, worker and other stakeholder interest, community engagement and impact, environmental resource and energy consumption, and other concrete, market-based benchmarks.
“Becoming a B Corp is a logical extension of our company’s ethical values and a natural next step given our history of industry leadership and innovation,” said Steven Griswold, vice president of Griswold & Griswold. “It also demonstrates that our profits do not come at the expense of people, planet, or progress.”
As Torrance’s first B Corp, and B Lab’s third insurance brokerage to qualify, Griswold & Griswold is setting a standard for ethical business practices both locally and globally. Worldwide, there are more than 700 Certified B Corporations, representing more than 60 industries and more than 20 countries.
For decades, the Griswold family’s guiding principles of social and professional responsibility have made them role models in the South Bay community and in their industry. From charitable contributions to hands-on volunteerism, the company believes in making the largest possible community impact while leaving the smallest possible environmental footprint.
Since a significant number of Griswold & Griswold clients are nonprofit corporations, the company's policy is to give back to these organizations in the form of sponsorship, event participation, or donations. Its company principals also serve on a number of boards and associations for organizations dedicated to children’s health, literacy and education, conservation, and animal protection.
In addition to a Certified B Corporation, the company is also certified as a Green Business by Green America.
About Griswold & Griswold Insurance
Insurance brokerage Griswold & Griswold, founded in 1948, specializes in business and professional services insurance including medical/dental practices, veterinary practices, banking and financial companies, nonprofits, associations, and entertainment production studios. Griswold & Griswold provides industry-specific policies such as professional liability, commercial property and auto, as well as worker’s compensation and employee group benefits. A family-owned company, its commitment to community service, client satisfaction, independence and integrity has made Griswold & Griswold a trusted name for more than 60 years and the recipient of multiple awards from civic and professional organizations. For more information see http://www.griswoldinsurance.com.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1)building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3)promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business. For more information see http://www.bcorporation.net.
Chevron's CEO John Watson and his management team are misleading shareholders over the company’s $19 billion Ecuador judgment and potentially breaching U.S. securities laws, according to a new report published today.
Written by New York securities lawyer Graham Erion, the report describes “a stunning portrait” of a company ignoring its legal obligations to provide full and complete disclosure of material facts about the Ecuador liability. Chevron currently faces seizure actions targeting roughly $20 billion in company assets in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada.
The report is being released two weeks before Chevron’s annual meeting on May 29th, when Watson once again will try to push back against shareholder resolutions demanding corporate governance changes exposing the company’s bungling of the Ecuador liability. See here.
Watson will be confronted at the annual meeting by indigenous leaders from Ecuador furious with the company’s refusal to comply with court orders that it clean up its pollution in Ecuador.
“Chevron’s strategy to keep the investing public in the dark over its substantial risk from the Ecuador liability can only result in further backlash from regulators and shareholders,” said Erion, who analyzed deficiencies in the company’s recently filed 10K annual report and proxy statement.
Among the defects in Chevron’s latest public disclosures:
The release of an initial version of Erion’s report last April produced criticism of Watson and his management team. At Chevron’s annual meeting last year, over 38% of shareholders voted to strip Watson of his dual roles as CEO and Chairman of the Board. This year the company leaned on the SEC to allow it to omit putting the same resolution to a shareholder vote.
Shareholders with over $580 billion in assets under management also demanded that Watson “fully disclose ... the risks to [Chevron’s] operations and business from the potential enforcement" of the Ecuador judgment, and a group of shareholders and a U.S. Congresswoman petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Chevron had breached its disclosure obligations.
Rather than address these concerns, Watson and his senior management team have retaliated by targeting shareholder critics with subpoenas and claiming they are colluding with the Ecuadorian villagers to “extort” money from the company. Several shareholders and journalists have condemned the strategy as unethical and ineffective.
A full copy of Erion’s report, In The Dark, can be found HERE.
In recognition of extraordinary achievements in community service, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) in partnership with generationOn, is honoring six inspiring kids and teens who have created unique ways to address challenging issues in their local and global communities. The six young service leaders will be named Hasbro Community Action Heroes during the fourth Annual generationOn Benefit in New York City on May 15, 2013, at 583 Park. The event will also honor Bank of America, Chelsea Clinton, and Julie Fisher Cummings. These steadfast supporters are recognized for embodying generationOn’s mission: to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
“We are thrilled to recognize these six young people who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to creating change in their communities,” said Karen Davis, vice president of Community Relations for Hasbro, Inc. “The power of youth service to transform our world is at the core of Hasbro’s commitment to youth leadership and we are proud to honor these impressive young people as heroes for the tremendous mark they have made on the world.”
GenerationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light, partnered with Hasbro to select the six new Hasbro Community Action Heroes and nine semi-finalists, ages 6 to 18, among hundreds of nominations submitted on behalf of young people across the nation. Each of the six awardees will travel to New York to accept their award and receive a $1,000 educational scholarship.
“GenerationOn believes that young people have a gift to give and a contribution to make. And, we know that with the right support and tools that contribution can transform young people into community leaders, dedicated activists and ultimately, engaged citizens of our increasingly global community,” said Concetta Bencivenga, executive director of generationOn. “The Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards recognizes young people who are making their mark through service, and in doing so, inspire others to realize that they too can make a difference.”
The 2013 Hasbro Community Action Heroes are:
The Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards are an integral part of Hasbro’s ongoing partnership with generationOn. As the founding partner, Hasbro supports generationOn by lending its expertise through a multi-year $5 million investment by the Hasbro Children’s Fund. This critical support helps generationOn provide kids of all ages with the tools and hands-on opportunities to understand the issues in their communities – and to become part of the solution. The generationOn Benefit serves as an opportunity to honor members of the community who are committed to youth service and to celebrate all of generationOn’s volunteers – from young people to civic and corporate leaders – for their exceptional dedication to the transformative power of service to bring positive change to their communities.
GenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. As the youth service enterprise of Points of Light, generationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes youth to take action through generationOn service clubs, schools, youth organizations, campaigns and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to youth, families and educators to help kids change the world and themselves through service. To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.generationon.org.
About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2013 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College has just released its latest signature research report, the 2013 Profile of the Professionals. This research examines job satisfaction, professional development, motivations, and compensation of people working in corporate citizenship roles.
Using an online survey conducted in late 2012, the Center compiled data on 603 professionals working in corporate citizenship at all levels of seniority inside predominantly U.S. firms. The findings in this fifth edition of the report reflect the rapidly developing nature of corporate citizenship and the evolving roles of the professionals who must utilize a variety of skills to succeed in their jobs. The report also compares salary and other aspects of compensation across job titles, seniority levels, departments, and gender.
Among the report’s key findings:
The findings from the Profile of the Professionals survey allow professionals working in corporate citizenship to compare their own experience and background to that of their peers. It provides insight into how professionals at all levels assess the skills they need to be effective in their roles and what they perceive as the greatest challenges they must overcome.
The Profile of the Professionals is just one example of the research conducted by the Center for Corporate Citizenship. In 2012 the Center published another signature report, the State of Corporate Citizenship, which reveals how U.S. executives view corporate citizenship and their firms’ performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business. Work is under way on the Center’s next pieces of signature research, the Profile of the Practice, which will examine the structures and strategies companies employ in the management of corporate citizenship.
The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership-based knowledge center. Founded in 1985, the Center has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The Center engages 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center’s executive education programs, online community, regional programs, and its annual conference. For more information visit the Center’s website at www.BCCorporateCitizenship.org.
A rare opportunity to hear directly from the VP of Innovation and Technology at a company that has successfully turned sustainability into a profit engine. Learn how the world’s leading chemical company focuses its innovation machine to solve some of society’s most pressing needs. Hear the story of a company that deeply understands how it’s not only the science of chemistry that it uses to solve problems, but perhaps even more so, it’s the chemistry among people.
DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (registration closes June 9th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 PM EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
LOCATION: Bennett Jones, 1st Can. Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & TWITTERCHAT #tssschat from 5:00-6:30 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)
Aman Singh (Editorial Director, CSRwire) will be our Twitterchat facilitator.
Capitalism 2.0 Strategic Advisor Michael Townsend (Founder and CEO Earthshine Solutions) will co-host our Twitterchat from London, UK.
To learn more about this event, click here.
Our Guest Speaker
Dr. Volker Schaedler is Vice President of Innovation & Technology for BASF in North America. His responsibilities include multiple research groups in polymer and materials science, analytical chemistry, liason with universities, government labs and other external partners, and innovation management.
Since joining BASF in 1998 Volker Schaedler has been in charge of a variety of R&D programs within corporate research and product development in the area of functional polymers for coatings and paper. In 2003 Volker created BASF’s research laboratory at Strasbourg University in collaboration with Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn as head of the institute (ISIS), enabling long term innovation through a unique collaboration model between academia and industry. Volker came to the US in 2007 to set up BASF’s first corporate polymer research group in Wyandotte, Michigan. Volker is a chemist by training and holds a PhD in Polymer Science from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.
The Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) is widely recognized as Canada’s premiere forum for dialogue and problem solving among sustainability professionals. Each year over 1000 sustainability change agents attend TSSS events to exchange ideas, to network and to be inspired by leading companies that have integrated sustainability into their business practices. To learn more, click here.
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services and Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League, and the Western Union Foundation, today announced they will collaborate with UNICEF, the world’s leading international children’s organization. Western Union’s PASS Initiative turns every successful pass in the UEFA Europa League competition into funding that supports education for young people around the world.
The PASS initiative is fronted by former international football star Patrick Vieira. It started during the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League Season 2012-13, which kicked off on September 20, 2012. The season concludes May 15, 2013 with the UEFA Europa League Final 2013 between Chelsea FC and SL Benfica at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The PASS initiative is expected to run for the three years of Western Union’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League until 2015. Through the program, Western Union is committed to supporting education in select countries around the world.
The collaboration with UNICEF will initially focus on education programs in Nigeria, Jamaica and Turkey. Funding will support UNICEF projects including teacher training and curriculum development; financial literacy, vocational and life skills training for adolescents; school improvements; and more. Western Union Foundation grants will enable UNICEF to scale these interventions, aiming to provide access to one million days of education for children.
On the evening of the UEFA Europa League Final 2013, Chelsea FC and Nigeria striker Victor Moses, who’s so far contributed 161 passes, said: “Western Union’s PASS initiative has done a great job in helping bring education to even the most under privileged countries, and I've been honored to be a part of such a fantastic campaign. The UEFA Europa League is a massive tournament and we’re all looking forward to what should be a great final."
“We are grateful for Western Union’s continued support of UNICEF. This expanded commitment to education will help UNICEF invest in training teachers, and provide vocational and life skills guidance to improve young people’s chances of completing school and successfully transition into the workplace as adults,” said Tim Hunter, International Fundraising Director at UNICEF. “We are proud to work with Western Union to help more children access a quality education and transform their lives.”
“Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money,” said Diane Scott, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Western Union, and a member of the Western Union Foundation Board of Directors. “PASS harnesses the power of football to raise awareness of unmet educational needs, and with UNICEF we can impact the lives of secondary school students around the world.”
“Where I come from, opportunities for a quality education are rare,” explained Vieira the former AS Cannes, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Juventus FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester City FC and French international player. Vieira is currently football development executive at Manchester City FC. “Football was my ticket to success, but for the vast majority of young people, education is the key that allows them to become whatever they want to be. That’s why I support this campaign. It will benefit students, teachers and schools in places like Senegal where I was born and lived until moving to France at the age of eight.”
In support of PASS, Western Union has been carrying out a marketing and communications program for its customers and UEFA Europa League fans from around the world. Fans can learn more at www.wu-pass.org or join the conversation on Twitter @wu_pass.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 515,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
About the Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. With The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has committed more than $85.2 million in grants and other giving to 2,591 nongovernmental organizations in more than 130 countries. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.
About Western Union’s UEFA Europa League Sponsorship
In July 2012, Western Union announced a three year deal as the new Global Partner and the Presenting Sponsor of the UEFA Europa League. This sponsorship of the world’s largest club competition, comprising 193 professional football teams from 53 countries, provides Western Union with a unique opportunity for worldwide brand visibility, with the competition broadcast in more than 200 countries and territories, and enjoying a global live match unique reach of 634 million per season. This will allow Western Union, with its extensive network of approximately 515,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, to engage its customers and Agents in the excitement of the UEFA Europa League. The agreement also provides video, digital and social media content opportunities, and use of the UEFA Europa League brand assets. This partnership will run to the UEFA Europa League Final in 2015.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit, www.unicef.org.
Facing growing shareholder unrest over asset seizure actions and forced to testify about his alleged misconduct in the $19 billon Ecuador case, Chevron CEO John Watson again will be on the hot seat at the company’s annual meeting in late May where rainforest indigenous villagers and investors plan to confront him over his company’s toxic dumping in the Amazon.
In a stunning rebuke to Watson, U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis last week ordered that he and another top Chevron legal official sit for depositions to be taken by lawyers for the villagers and one of their representatives, New York-based attorney Steven Donziger. (See the judicial order here and a Reuters article here.) Watson likely will have to answer questions about his own role in the case, including payments from Chevron officials for witness testimony, among other hot-button topics that the villagers say prove Chevron committed crimes in Ecuador.
The depositions had been furiously opposed by Chevron’s lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, who are facing their own ethical challenges in defending the oil giant’s toxic dumping in Ecuador. (See this court ruling and this blog.)
At the Chevron annual meeting, scheduled for May 29 at company headquarters near San Francisco, Watson also will try to beat back two shareholder resolutions that directly challenge his mishandling of the Ecuador liability. Currently, Chevron faces enforcement actions targeting billions of company assets in Argentina, Canada and Brazil (see here for Canada, here for Brazil, and here for Argentina) and has suffered a series of devastating courtroom setbacks, including one in the U.S. Supreme Court, which prevented the oil giant from using U.S. courts to block international enforcement efforts.
The Financial Times reported just this week that Chevron was forced to “rethink” a planned $1.5 billion investment in a huge gas field in Argentina because of the enforcement action stemming from the Ecuador judgment. Earlier, a Chevron official has testified that the enforcement actions could cause “irreparable harm” to the company’s global operations.
The enforcement actions stem from an Ecuador court finding that Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer and other oil-related diseases. A summary of the judgment, based on a 220,000 page trial record and more than 64,000 chemical sampling results, can be found here.
A video about Chevron’s human rights abuses in Ecuador can be viewed here while a 60 Minutes report on the legal battle – which documents how Chevron installed pipes to deliberately run oil sludge into streams – can be viewed here.
Watson also is under fire for subpoenaing the files of several shareholder critics and alleging they are in a “conspiracy” with the Ecuadorian villagers who won the judgment against the company. New York Times columnist Gretchen Morgenson called the Chevron counterattack against its own investors “remarkable” in the annals of shareholder activism. (See Morgenson's article here.)
Last year, a resolution critical of Chevron management for the Ecuador liability received a whopping 38% of the vote from shareholders representing a combined $73 billion worth of Chevron stock. In addition, 40 institutional investors representing $580 billion in assets sent Watson a letter asking him to settle the case.
This year, the two shareholder resolutions that cite the Ecuador liability as a driving factor call for Chevron to appoint a director with environmental expertise and to lower the threshold needed to hold a special meeting.
Watson also faces these additional problems related to the Ecuador liability:
**Conflict of interest. Shareholders and activists say Watson should step down as Chevron CEO because of his failure to properly vet the Ecuador liability when the company purchased Texaco for $31 billion in 2001. Watson was a key driver behind the controversial transaction even though Amazon Watch specifically warned the company about the size of the liability.
**Deceit of shareholders. Watson also has been accused of lying to shareholders and the markets about key facts in the case, according to a recent report prepared by a Canadian securities lawyer. Several shareholders and a U.S. Congresswoman have asked the SEC to investigate Chevron for violating its disclosure obligations under U.S. law.
**Use of Kroll to spy on Chevron adversaries. The order from Judge Francis also requires that an official from the U.S. investigative services company Kroll, which essentially functions as a private surveillance agency for Chevron on the Ecuador case, sit for a deposition. Kroll operative San Anson was caught trying to bribe journalists to spy on the plaintiffs, while evidence surfaced the company has been involved in payments to judges in Ecuador and espionage against Donziger and his family, who live in Manhattan.
**Cash for witness testimony. Under Watson’s leadership, Chevron used Miami lawyer Andres Rivero to offer a suitcase full of cash to a former Ecuador judge in exchange for favorable testimony. Chevron later admitted it paid the judge more than ten times his annual salary and moved him to the U.S., where it is helping him obtain political asylum even though he is an admitted criminal.
**The Diego Borja bribery scandal. Under Watson’s tenure, Chevron admitted that it paid former employee Diego Borja more than $2 million to try to sabotage the Ecuador trial by entrapping a sitting judge in a fake bribery scandal. The move backfired, but the company still moved Borja to the U.S., where it pays him a substantial salary – the plaintiffs call it “hush money” – with no indication he is working.
As for enforcement actions, Watson faces a series of growing headaches.
In early November, a court in Argentina ordered that the company's assets be frozen while independent analysts are beginning to take notice that Chevron faces significant litigation problems around the world related to the Ecuador judgment. Chevron has $2 billion worth of assets in Argentina, and approximately $80 million of in cash is already in a court escrow account pending resolution of the enforcement action.
While Chevron recently won a temporary stay of the enforcement action in Canada on narrow technical grounds, the court found that the Ecuadorians established jurisdiction over Chevron subsidiaries that control roughly $15 billion worth of assets. The stay is now on appeal, with a decision expected in a few months.
In Brazil, where Chevron has an estimated $4 billion in assets, the Ecuador enforcement action is going through a streamlined process in the country’s highest court, with a ruling expected sometime in 2014. Chevron also faces a lawsuit from Brazilian authorities over its spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in 2011.
On a more personal level, the indigenous communities in Ecuador plan to confront Watson directly at the annual meeting. In past years, Watson has turned off the microphones of the Ecuadorians to silence them.
“Chevron needs to put its pants on, start acting like a grown up and accept responsibility for its mess in Ecuador,” Watson was told last year by Luz Trinidad Andrea Cusangua, an Ecuadorian who traveled from the rainforest to speak at the 2012 annual meeting.
Two years ago, Chevron’s annual meeting in Houston erupted in chaos when five shareholder critics were arrested as they confronted the company about its human rights abuses in Ecuador. At the time, Watson was accused of "losing his head" over the Ecuador case by Rainforest Action Network’s, Maria Ramos. Last year, he prevented two villagers from showing a video of the company’s damage to their ancestral lands. Chevron security officials also blocked them from passing out copies of the video to shareholders.
“Since becoming CEO Watson has led Chevron further down a dismal path – one where its international reputation is that of a corporate criminal on the run from justice,” said Paul Paz y Miño, a director at Amazon Watch, which has been monitoring the Ecuador liability for a decade.
“At any other company with an independent Board of Directors that adhered to proper ethical standards, Watson probably would have been fired by now,” added Paz y Miño.
For more background on the case, see this update prepared by Fenton Communications.
Business college students rank MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) among their most admired employers, according to Universum’s newly released survey of nearly 66,000 students. In its debut on the list, MGM Resorts landed at No. 40, making it the only integrated resort and only Nevada-based company to rank in the top 100.
“We’re pleased that our focus on being an employer of choice as a leading entertainment and hospitality company that provides a spectrum of career paths, is recognized by the next generation of employee and business leaders. We are proud of the success of our Management Associate and Hospitality Internship Programs that for more than 20 years have attracted top students from Universities across the country. Many of our top leaders are graduates of these important programs,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International.
The results were announced at The Employer Branding Conference, an annual event held for top executives in Recruitment and Talent Attraction, and reported in the May 9, 2013 edition of Businessweek (http://www.universumglobal.com/IDEAL-Employer-Rankings/The-National-Editions/American-Student-Survey).
The Universum survey looks at employer branding perception by job candidates, job opportunities, recruiting experience, on-campus recruitment efforts, and learning and development opportunities among other factors.
In addition to the Universum ranking, MGM Resorts has been cited as one of the Top 50 & 25 Noteworthy Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc Magazine; 40 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine; and Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including MGM Grand Detroit, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.
A global research and advisory firm, Universum helps top employers excel in recruitment and retention by ensuring improvements to their employer brand. Universum delivers a full range of services in research, strategic consulting and communications solutions that allow employers to understand, attract and retain current and future ideal employees. Universum partners with over 1,200 clients, Fortune 500 companies, and works with 1,500 universities worldwide to conduct research on the career and employer preferences of top talent. On an annual basis, the company surveys nearly half a million students and professionals worldwide. Universum uses those findings to guide leaders in Human Resources, Marketing, Advertising, Strategy and Talent Acquisition. For more information, go to www.universumglobal.com.
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Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) today announced the release of its 2012 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report, available online at www.hormelfoods.com/csr. This is the company’s sixth full report, which includes information on the company’s second set of environmental goals that span from 2012 - 2020 using 2011 as a benchmark. The report is self-declared Application Level B as confirmed by the Global Reporting Initiative.
The annual report focuses on the company’s commitment to being a responsible food manufacturer. Highlighted performance and initiatives throughout 2012 include Hormel Foods:
"I am happy to share this year’s initiatives that have fueled our progress as a leading corporate citizen," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. "We will continue to conduct business in a responsible manner following Our Way - the Hormel Foods values statement that defines how we operate every day in our approach to people, process, products, performance and philanthropy."
Several changes were made to the format of the report. In addition to including infographics for each area of focus, the content of the report is more concise and data-driven. Information about the company’s corporate responsibility initiatives that remain consistent year after year without the need for data updates, such as animal care practices, environmental policies and corporate governance, can be found on http://www.hormelfoods.com/About/CorporateResponsibility/Corporate-Responsibility.
In alignment with the company’s commitment to philanthropy and in honor of the launch of the seventh annual report, Hormel Foods will feature an online contest. For every retweet on Twitter announcing the release of the 2012 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report, the company will donate $7 to Feeding America (up to $5,000). Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
The 2012 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report is the company’s fifth consecutive report that can be found entirely online. It is also available as a fully downloadable PDF. The online report can be accessed and the PDF can be downloaded at www.hormelfoods.com/csr.
Hormel Foods plans to continue reporting on its environmental and social performance annually; the next report will be released in May 2014 for data spanning November 2012 to October 2013.
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fifth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.