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CSE Promotes Executive Sustainability Education in NYC

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:37am

Over the past 10 years, more than 6,000 executives from leading organizations including Google, NASA, Coca-Cola, Timberland, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, L’Oréal, ExxonMobil, Hartford, T–Mobile, Procter & Gamble, and Macy’s were certified as sustainability professionals by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE).

CSE’s high level professional trainings bring together professionals from different countries, fields and companies to join the two-day workshop, to develop and enhance their business strategies through CSR frameworks. 

CSE has a long-established history in New York. In addition to a decade of trainings, founder and lead trainer Nikos Avlonas has worked closely with the United Nations, last year launching a unique initiative as part of its UN Partnership (#SDGAction23013) to increase awareness and promote education of professionals, corporations and entrepreneurs on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year, CSE has partnered with New York Build (March 12-13), covering the construction industry with networking events focused on Women in construction and Diversity in construction as well as hundreds of speakers and exhibitors. 

CSE’s June certified sustainability training in NYC will be its fourth global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program (Advanced Edition 2019) in North America this year. The training will focus on sustainability strategy for competitive advantage, GRI Standards, sustainability reporting trends according to CSE research, national and international legislation and other key challenges in sustainability. It will feature updated content on the SDGs and Circular Economy.

“The workshop was delivered by dynamic and knowledgeable instructors. It was a very comprehensive and practical training, attended by participants from all sectors of the economy,” says Prof. Stephan Vachon.  “I recommend it to anyone who wants a thorough and up-to-date overview of sustainability aspects in businesses,” says Vachon, Chair of the Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at the Ivey Business School.

Professionals from multiple continents, including Europe, Africa and Latin America are registered in the quickly approaching NYC training this June 6-7, in order to become certified and recognized as Sustainability CSR-P Practitioners by CSE and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). 

Building on its globally respected advanced program, CSE has designed a program for C-suite executives to premier in NYC on Monday September 30th – Tuesday October 1st, 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

Consumers Energy Delivers $2.8 Million Incentive to General Motors for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Flint

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:37am

Officials from Consumers Energy today presented General Motors with a payment worth over $2.8 million for energy-saving upgrades at the automaker’s Flint facilities that benefit the planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

“General Motors has made a commitment to sustainability, and we are pleased to work with them to take actions that are good for their customers and all of Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience.

Consumers Energy presented the energy efficiency payment at General Motors’ Flint Assembly, where the automaker has completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year that included a new energy-efficient body shop and building-wide lighting upgrades.

In the last decade, General Motors has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for upgrades at its Michigan plants that reduce energy use. The Flint upgrades alone will save enough electricity to power about 1,600 houses and natural gas to heat about 550 homes.

“GM Flint Assembly’s commitment to sustainability enables us to develop an energy-efficient work environment for our team,” said Michael Perez, GM Flint Assembly plant manager. “Our relationship with Consumers Energy allows us to continue to identify new opportunities to reduce and reuse energy.”

Consumers Energy and General Motors have collaborated on recent efforts that protect the planet. General Motors this year became one of the first two participants in a new program that matches its Flint operations 100 percent with renewable energy. Consumers Energy’s parent company, CMS Energy, also opened a wind farm last year that provides renewable energy to General Motors’ operations in Ohio.

Consumers Energy has helped Michigan homes and businesses save over $2 billion in costs since 2009 through its energy efficiency programs and rebates.

“General Motors is an example to all businesses, large and small, of how to take control of energy use and reduce costs while protecting the planet,” Rich said. “They show it’s possible to make decisions that are good for business and the environment.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Cadillac, Chevrolet, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, Maven, its personal mobility brand, and Cruise, its autonomous vehicle ride-sharing company, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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Online Programs Give Students Path to Environmental Jobs

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:37am

With the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and the U.N. warning about climate change, businesses aren’t sitting on the sidelines; they’re leading the way toward a sustainable future. The world's biggest brands, such as retailer Walmart and tech titan Apple, have made major pledges to improve the sustainability of their operations, and thousands of businesses have committed to meet the Paris accord reduction targets.

The growing commitment to sustainability and the booming market for green industries are creating major opportunities for entrepreneurs to launch their own startups and nonprofits. Unity's Online B.S. in Sustainable Business Managementpart of a suite of online, environmentally focused degree programs—is giving students the expertise to become tomorrow’s business and nonprofit leaders.

What attracts students to Unity’s online business degree? In a word, innovation. Unity’s business program encourages students to combine their environmental values with strong business sense, preparing them for rewarding careers in a wide range of fields.

Students aren’t getting a watered-down business curriculum that’s capped off with a single course in sustainability.  Unity employs a unique approach to business education that puts sustainability and environmentalism at the center of its program. Through its Sustainable Business Core, Unity introduces students to key concepts of sustainability. Courses such as Financing a Sustainable World and Starting Your Small Non-Profit match tried-and-true principles of business management with the latest in sustainable business practices.

By building an innovative, forward-looking curriculum, Unity prepares students for tomorrow’s careers. Courses are taught by expert faculty members who have led successful businesses and nonprofits. This approach gives students invaluable real-world experience and a deep understanding of sustainability innovations.

The program also positions students to meet the growing demand for business leaders with expertise in sustainability. The Environmental Defense Fund reports there are between 4 and 4.5 million sustainability jobs in the U.S., representing an increase from 3.5 million in 2011. Sustainability represents one of the fastest-growing career fields in the world, and students are attracted to the security of these careers—most sustainability jobs can only be done on-site, meaning these are jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Jobs that focus on sustainable business practices aren’t the only positions in high demand. The report highlights energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste reduction, natural resources conservation, and environmental education as growing fields with above-average demand and income potential.

Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Unity’s online bachelor’s degree programs provide ideal preparation to meet this growing need. Students can choose from programs in Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Business Management, and Wildlife Conservation. Whatever path students choose, they benefit from one-on-one professional counseling, a flexible online format, and job placement assistance.

On International Women’s Day HP Inc. Expands Social Impact Partnerships to Support Education

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:21am

HP, along with key partners, is reinventing the future of women and girls everywhere by coupling powerful storytelling with education and technology. The impact of this combination is showcased in the film debuting today, “Brave Girl Rising.” The film is created by Girl Rising and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and supported by HP.

“This is a time for us to reflect on the remarkable contributions that women have made to HP and to society, while also committing to do even more,” said Dion Weisler, President and CEO, HP Inc. “We celebrate this day by providing inspiration, leadership and service to women everywhere. Diversity and inclusion is a part of our innovation strategy, is core to our values as a company, and contributes to the overall success of our business.”

Brave Girl Rising

The 20-minute short film spearheaded by Girl Rising, the nonprofit behind the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, was created, written and inspired by refugees. The film shares the story of Nasro, a 17-year-old refugee girl whose courageous drive to continue her education is inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends.

To coincide with the film’s release, Girl Rising, IRC, HP and Amplifier Foundation will launch a major campaign that includes screening toolkits, curricula, action guides and a street art initiative. Brave Girl Rising debuts today at https://girlrising.org/brave

The Power of Technology and Education

HP creates technology to make life better for everyone, everywhere. It believes that technology is a key enabler in delivering education. In honor of International Women’s Day, HP also announces the expansion of its social impact programs to accelerate its gender equity efforts. Programs like the recent collaboration with the Clooney Foundation for Justice, UNICEF and Google.org that provides technology and training to Syrian refugees at nine Lebanese schools, is one of the many ways HP is expanding its efforts.

This partnership is only one example of how HP intends to deliver on its goal of bringing digital literacy to 100 million people by 2025. By contributing over $20 million in training and R&D, HP has already served 14.5 million students and adult learners.

Women Deliver

Elevating the voices of women and girls is another way HP approaches its gender equity advocacy. Last year, HP and Women Deliver launched “Stories of Advocacy,” a unique partnership to support its global Young Leaders Program. This program empowers youth advocates to catalyze gender equality action for girls and women in their communities. HP provides ongoing support, as well as the technology, that drives the young leaders’ advocacy platforms forward.

At the upcoming Women Deliver conference, billed as the largest gathering in the world devoted to gender equality, HP will host breakout discussions and experiential storytelling with the Young Leaders themselves.

Nurturing the next generation of advocates and girls in STEM

HP also continues to enhance its STEM advocacy and education. For the second year in a row, HP will send a graduate cohort from Black Girls CODE to Austin during the SXSW technology festival. The HP delegation will sit on the “Future Tech Boss” panel alongside other graduates of the program to discuss career paths and their own aspirations in the tech industry.

To reach younger girls, HP is partnering with Black Girls Code on an Enrichment Workshop series that utilizes storytelling, creativity and technology to inspire coding in five and six-year-olds. HP will provide students with Rox’s Secret Code storybooks, which will serve as the basis for building and coding their own 3D augmented reality, custom robot. Once the workshop is over, the students will be able to continue the coding adventure via picture books and an app.

Advocating for employees

Internally, HP is structuring a monthlong celebration around International Women’s Day. The company is debuting the “Rising Together” Speaker Series, offering employees a lineup of HP senior leaders who will share their insights on topics including male allies, personal growth, advocacy and how to grow one’s career.

The series is just one example of how HP continues to increase the number of women in its workforce and in positions of leadership. Women now represent 30% of HP’s senior leaders and comprise 36% of HP’s workforce worldwide. Additionally, HP has the most diverse Board of Directors of any Fortune 100 technology company in the US (54% total minorities, 45% women, 27% underrepresented minorities).

HP has a bold vision for what the future can look like, and it has a lot more women and underrepresented groups contributing to the health and success of our business.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More info about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Funds Female Athletes in Honor of International Women’s Day

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:21am

In honor of International Women’s Day, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced today they are celebrating female athletes across the U.S. by providing funding to girls youth sports teams in need.

The DICK’S Foundation will fully-fund all girls Sports Matter projects currently on DonorsChoose.org. The Sports Matter program works to address the growing issues of underfunded youth athletics nationwide through equipment, uniform and monetary donations.

This announcement comes on a day where groups are celebrating ways to make a positive difference for women worldwide.  

“This year, we are celebrating International Women’s Day by funding more than 2,600 female youth athletes through our Foundation’s partnership with DonorsChoose.org,” said Lauren Hobart, President of DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. ”At DICK’S we believe that sports make people better and we are committed to supporting all youth athletes in need through our Sports Matter program.”

Since 2014, DICK’S and the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation have pledged more than $50 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need, impacting more than one million youth athletes nationwide.

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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 Wave of Tweets Turns the Tide to Stop Ocean Plastic

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:21am

After more than 20,000 tweets and retweets from people sharing their support for reducing ocean plastic, SC Johnson has announced it will build an additional recycling center in Indonesia. SC Johnson last week challenged social media users around the world, including attendees at the GreenBiz 2019 sustainability conference, to tag #SocialPlastic or #SCJRecycles in their social media posts. The challenge engaged over 150 million people, raising awareness of the rapidly growing ocean plastic crisis.

“The energy and dialogue that we have seen since announcing this challenge has been overwhelming,” said Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We are proud to help inspire so many new environmental champions, and spur conversation about the importance of recycling and the impact of Social Plastic.”

SC Johnson will build this new recycling center through its ongoing partnership with Plastic Bank in Indonesia. SC Johnson has already sponsored eight recycling centers in the country, increasing the infrastructure that helps stop plastic from leaking into the ocean and helping reduce plastic pollution. Local community members can bring in plastic for recycling and exchange it for digital tokens, providing increased access to needed resources while encouraging plastic collection and recycling.

“The SC Johnson program is really making traction in Indonesia as it educates people on the value of recycling plastic and transfers that value into the hands of the collectors,” said David Katz, CEO of Plastic Bank. “There is no better partner than Fisk Johnson and SC Johnson, and together we are changing lives in Indonesia.”

Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, was joined by Katz last week at GreenBiz 2019 where they issued a call to action to solve ocean plastic pollution. Johnson and Katz discussed the importance of building momentum to address the crisis of plastic in our world’s oceans, and the need for business leaders, governments and civil society to work together to help develop solutions.

SC Johnson also announced it will launch the industry’s first product that uses 100 percent recycled ocean plastic in a major home cleaning brand. The new Windex® Vinegar Ocean Plastic bottles will be an everyday offering, available this spring at North American retailers such as Target and Walmart. The new product is the world’s first glass cleaner bottle made from 100 percent recycled ocean plastic, and it is also non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8502851-sc-johnson-windex-100-percent-recycled-ocean-plastic/

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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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com  #SCJRecycles

Girl Rising, in Collaboration With International Rescue Committee, Citi, HP and Amplifier, Celebrates International Women’s Day With the Debut of BRAVE GIRL RISING, a Film Raising Awareness and Support for Refugee Girls Available Now on Youtube

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 7:20am

Girl Rising, the nonprofit behind the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, debuts their newest film Brave Girl Rising online now at YouTube and https://girlrising.org.  The 20-minute film marks its debut on International Women’s Day, today Friday, March 8.  Written by a refugee, performed by refugees, and made in collaboration with refugees in one of the largest camps in the world, Brave Girl Rising is about how hope, love, and friendship can propel us beyond even the bleakest of circumstances.

This evening the West Hollywood City Council will honor the film in a special event hosted by Freida Pinto with performances by Warsan Shire, the first Young Poet Laureate of London (2014) and the poet behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade as well as American-Indian singer Gingger Shankar.  The social change nonprofit Amplifier (the group that created the iconic We the People campaign) will roll out a national public art campaign to inspire action in support of refugee girls through special events, public art displays and free art giveaways at select locations across the country, and free high-resolution downloads of original artwork. The artist Ashley Lukashevsky created artwork inspired by the film, and the poster will be distributed at the event tonight and shared on social.

Brave Girl Rising, made in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), tells the story of Nasro, a 17-year-old girl whose courageous drive to continue her education is inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends. Nasro arrived at Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugee camps, when she was only 7 years old and is supported by IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment program. The film is narrated by Tessa Thompson (Creed 2, Westworld, Thor, Men in Black: International), and Golden Globe winner David Oyelowo (Selma, Gringo, Queen of Katwe). Poet Warsan Shire incorporates elements of magic realism and moving poetry in the screenplay, which she wrote, based on hours of conversation with Nasro. The story weaves together true events from Nasro’s life and dreams, along with Shire’s own experiences as a refugee.

“We want to get people talking about the reality for refugee girls all over the globe, the barriers they face in securing basic human rights and the truly transformative power of education for girls living as refugees”, said Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising. “We believe films like ours can turn bystanders into activists and we have seen first-hand the results of people who become engaged in the issue and are inspired to act.”

Nicole Behnam, IRC’s Senior Director of Violence Protection and Response said, “Adolescent girls are amongst the most marginalized populations on earth, and efforts to support and empower them are lifesaving, not optional. This film brings much-needed awareness to the challenges faced by women and girls in crisis and show the importance of prioritizing their safety, education and wellbeing.”

The global debut will be backed by a robust online advocacy toolkit and curriculum, made available in 7 subtitled languages and will become part of Girl Rising's local programs in India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Guatemala, and the US. Brave Girl Rising also marks the expansion of Citi’s partnership with Girl Rising, serving as the Founding Partner of this project, the first in a new round of Girl Rising films and campaigns.

The premiere also marks the worldwide debut of the complete Girl Rising 10-part series on YouTube. Brave Girl Rising continues the storytelling that began with the original film Girl Rising; an innovative feature film about the power of girl’s education that featured the voices of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, and more. Girl Rising, named the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative (Forbes), “a social media marketing phenomenon” (The Daily Beast), and awarded the highest-to-date social impact score of 98/100 by Participant Media. They went on to launch the #62MillionGirls campaign with Michelle Obama, and in 2016 produced with Meryl Streep “We Will Rise,” a film about Michelle Obama’s mission to educate girls; now the most watched CNN Film of all time.

About Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a non-profit organization that creates powerful stories to change the way the world values girls -- stories about girls who face daunting barriers to their independence with determination and courage. These stories are the foundation of GR’s educational tools and curricula used in collaboration with local partners throughout the world -- tools that build confidence and agency in girls and change attitudes and social norms within their communities. Globally, GR continues to fuel and strengthen social movements to inform, engage and inspire the public to take action for girls and gender equality.

About IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook. The IRC helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

About Amplifier

Amplifier is a design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our time. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2015, we've worked with over 300 renowned artists, distributed over a million pieces of art and sent free artwork to hundreds of thousands of students across the united states and beyond. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and are the folks behind the iconic We The People campaign and the Here Our Voice exhibition.

Smithfield Foods Unveils New Career Building at Smithfield High School

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 4:18pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc.Isle of Wight County Schools, and Isle of Wight County unveiled a new Career Building at Smithfield High School, consisting of classroom space and resources for five Career and Technology programs including manufacturing, engineering, welding, nursing, and the culinary arts.

The newly renovated space, consisting of more than 21,000 square feet, is made possible through the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project, a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools to fund innovative and multifaceted education programs, benefiting both Smithfield High School and Windsor High School.

“We are incredibly grateful for Smithfield’s gracious donation to bolster the career resource information we can now offer our high school students,” said Jim Thornton, superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools. “We are confident this Career Building will be an effective tool to help us prepare our students for the future. Without the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project, this would not have been possible.”

The Career Building will enable students to better prepare for their lives after high school, whether pursuing higher education or entering directly into a professional career. The state-of-the-art facility includes designed industry spaces for the following programs:

  • Manufacturing: The state-of-the-art MakerSpace classroom provides students with spacious worktables and access to 3-D printers, vinyl and laser cutters, and traditional wood working tools as they take ideas from concept, to prototype, to finished product.
  • Engineering: The new Mechatronics laboratory offers space for students to engage in the engineering design process and project building.
  • Welding: The new welding classroom features 20 welding stations that utilize industry-standard equipment to certify students based on the American Welding Society Requirement in arc welding and cutting processes.
  • Culinary Arts: The space is outfitted with a commercialized kitchen with cutting-edge ovens, stove tops, mixers, and food prep area to provide a progressive culinary education, and includes a fully functioning restaurant run by students that will be open to the community.
  • Nursing: This seven-bed area is outfitted with equipment to allow students to simulate patient care and prepare for the Nurse Aid certification exam.

“Founded more than 80 years ago in Smithfield, Virginia, our company has grown, but has always maintained its constant support and investment in our local community,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “The Smithfield Foods Legacy project is one of the ways we are committed to helping students prepare for their future and make that next step after graduation a successful transition.”    

Innovation is part of Smithfield’s mission to produce “Good food. Responsibly.®” The Smithfield Foods Legacy Project reflects this value as well as Smithfield’s commitment to helping communities where its employees live, work, and raise their families. For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.  

About Smithfield Foods

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

About Isle of Wight County Schools

Isle of Wight County Schools dedicates its efforts to create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents. Through this vision, Isle of Wight County Schools is committed to preparing approximately 5,500 students in all nine of its schools to be college, career, and life ready. For more information, visit www.iwcs.k12.va.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce a Commitment of $50,000 for Disaster Relief After Devastating Tornadoes Hit Alabama and Georgia

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:18am

In response to the multiple tornadoes that have impacted Alabama and Georgia, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to provide $50,000 in support through cash and product donations. The commitment includes $15,000 in product donations to organizations providing support to impacted areas, and cash commitments of $15,000 to the Alabama Governor’s Relief Fund, $10,000 to the Community Foundation of East Alabama and $10,000 to the American Red Cross, which is providing relief services to affected communities in both Alabama and Georgia. As part of this commitment, Walmart is also working closely with local officials and government entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

“We are deeply concerned by the devastation impacting our associates, customers and the communities we serve, including in the Opelika, Ala., area where we have a distribution center,” said Greg Marrufo, Walmart’s divisional vice president for grocery supply chain. “In addition to cash donations, our local stores and distributions centers have been providing water, tarps, totes and other basic needs in affected communities.  In the coming days, we will continue to help with relief efforts by working with non-profits, first responders, local officials and governmental organizations to identify needs and provide additional support.”

Walmart operates 144 retail units, three distribution centers and employs over 38,000 associates in Alabama.  In Georgia, the company has 214 retail units, seven distribution centers and employs over 61,000 associates.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

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

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

To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation

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Webinar: How to Craft a Winning Citizens Nomination

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:18am

Every year, hundreds of businesses apply to win a Corporate Citizenship Award, making it one of the most prestigious awards in the field. How can you ensure your nomination stands out from all the rest?

On May 3, join the Chamber Foundation for a webinar that will share tips and strategies for crafting a winning Citizens Awards nomination. The webinar will feature past judges and winners who will highlight ways to strengthen your nomination and best tell your story.

From now until June 29, the U.S. Chamber Foundation is accepting nominations for the 19th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Since 2000, the Citizens Awards have honored the most strategic and innovative corporate citizenship programs from businesses and chambers of all sizes.

Video: WBCSD's Strategic Approach to Business and Sustainability: An Interview With Peter Bakker on CNNMoney Switzerland

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 4:17pm
 Watch WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker on CNNMoney CNNMoney Switzerland

In a conversation with Martina Fuchs from CNNMoney Switzerland, our President and CEO Peter Bakker talks about today’s challenges for business, and how we work together with our members to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

Peter Bakker: “By bringing together companies from different sectors in the different programs, and by making sure that the CEOs are personally involved to lead the work, we make sure that it is not just the conversation that is taking place. When you work with WBCSD, you work with your company on real solutions that will make the change the world needs.”

“We see that sustainability has really been integrated into business strategies. So, every decision the company makes, every investment, every acquisition, all products they launch; they should all be tested on their sustainability impact. But, we have to be mindful. You can’t do everything alone. Our role is to mobilize business, to enable them to lead, transform and succeed.”

Watch the interview to find out more and join the conversation using #LeadTransformSucceed.

EcoVadis Releases UN Global Compact Performance Report

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 4:17pm

 EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, has published a new report on sustainability performance comparisons between organizations who have committed to the UN Global Compact principles vs. those that have not. Taking a deep dive into performance across key themes of Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Business Ethics and Sustainable Procurement, EcoVadis found that committed companies perform better across their supply chains.

“We assess nearly 20,000 companies a year on their sustainability performance and this report specifically explores the link between the adoption of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and advanced sustainability performance,” said Sylvain Guyoton, SVP of Research at EcoVadis. “We found encouraging evidence that companies who adopted the UN Global Compact Principles are stepping up to the challenge — mitigating CSR risks within their operations and moving the needle to a more sustainable future.”

The report’s major takeaway:

Companies committed to the UN Global Compact principles have on average better sustainability performance: The findings demonstrate a clear correlation between advanced CSR performance and UN Global Compact participation. That said, participation in the UN Global Compact does not lead to advanced CSR performance in and of itself;

  • Among UN Global Compact participants, small and medium-sized companies demonstrate better performance compared to large ones. This may be due to the fact that small- and medium-sized companies can act faster when addressing CSR issues.

  • Companies perform significantly better in labor & human rights and environmental themes, compared with the ethics and sustainable procurement themes.

  • Sustainable Procurement and environment themes have the greatest gaps between UN Global Compact participants and nonparticipants. This gap may be linked to the need for explicit executive level commitment to make investment in environmental and sustainable procurement programs. Such commitment is a clear and deliberate part in UN Global Compact participation, and thus explains the higher performance of UN Global Compact participants.

“We must achieve the Sustainable Development Goals — for our own sake and for future generations,” said the CEO and & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Lise Kingo. “More and more businesses are supporting the Global Goals, and now we must drive for the tipping points that will make sustainability a mainstream reality for small and large businesses everywhere. It is encouraging to see that our Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption are helping companies to improve their sustainability performance.” 

To learn more about the UN Global Compact and their various signatories, download the full report https://www2.ecovadis.com/ungc-study

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 198 purchasing categories and 155 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, L’Oréal, Subway, Nestlé, Salesforce, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 55,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Swarovski Reaffirms Its Commitment to Advancing Equality With New ‘The Future Is Equal’ Campaign

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 1:17pm

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), Swarovski is launching a new The Future is Equal campaign. This year, the global campaign invites both employees and customers to join the movement by sharing a sign of solidarity and togetherness.

The sign of the campaign is the Solidarity Selfie: take a photograph of yourself, or you with someone who has supported you, making a ‘W’ shape with your hands, then share it on social media alongside a message of support. Tag someone to join the movement and include @Swarovski and the official hashtags #TheFutureIsEqual and #InternationalWomensDay. Swarovski also encourages everyone to spread the campaign slogans: Shine Brighter Together, Be Bolder Together and Spark Change Together.

The Future Is Equal aims to champion equality by celebrating solidarity and accelerating change to create a fair and equal world. With this campaign, Swarovski is furthering its commitment to female empowerment, both within the business and in wider society. The movement complements the work of Swarovski Foundation and Swarovski Waterschool in driving positive change.

The World Economic Forum’s most recent research estimates that gender parity is more than 200 years away, therefore Swarovski recognizes the importance and urgency of coming together to take action towards creating a future that is equal for all. 

Nadja Swarovski, Member of Swarovski Executive Board, commented:

“As a family run business, we are committed to empowering people around the world to embrace diversity and inclusion. This International Women’s Day, Swarovski is proud to promote a more equal future, a future in which we all shine brighter together. We know there are many challenges to overcome - to meet them, we must work hard to advance equality and spark change together. Thank you for joining us and for boldly sharing the message that #TheFutureIsEqual.”

#TheFutureIsEqual #InternationalWomensDay
www.swarovskigroup.com/futureisequal 

For more information, please contact:
Emma Harding
+44 (0)20 7255 8448
emma.harding@swarovski.com 

Myriam Coudoux
+44 (0)20 7255 8435
myriam.coudoux@swarovski.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Swarovski publicly champions gender equality on international platforms and uses its brand visibility to shine a light on women’s empowerment.

  • Swarovski is a signatory of the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and is part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group.

  • Swarovski is a founding member of the Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) corporate working group Business Action for Women.

  • Swarovski has piloted a ‘Breaking Bias’ program to help address unconscious bias across the business to stop bias from impacting our people’s decisions.

  • To accelerate change, Swarovski has introduced mentoring and leadership programs to create a more diverse and inclusive leadership, enabling our people to reach their full potential.

  • Swarovski encourages career progression for all colleagues and promotes a healthy work-life balance and flexible working, where possible.

  • Swarovski has partnered with BSR to conduct research exploring women in jewellery supply chains and convening the jewellery industry to find context-based solutions to empower women in manufacturing. 

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

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

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

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

Consumer Goods Companies Make ‘Significant Improvement’ in Supporting Healthier Lives, According to New Data

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:17am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today published the latest results from its global survey that looks at how consumer goods retailers and manufacturers are helping to empower healthier consumers worldwide. Data from the 2019 Health & Wellness Progress Report, developed in conjunction with Deloitte, shows good progress in all categories and significant improvement in achievement of all the CGF’s Health & Wellness commitments.

This is the fifth edition of the report, which measures progress on the CGF’s resolutions and commitments. The five years’ worth of results show that CGF members are meeting consumers’ expectations and fulfilling the industry’s ambition to empower consumers to lead healthier lives. More specifically, the 2018 data shows:

  • 98% of companies reported reformulating at least some part of their product portfolio to align with health and wellness policies. Since 2015 over 320,000 products have been reformulated.

  • Over 70% of companies reported reformulating salt and sugar in their products.

  • 84% of companies reported that their personal care and hygiene products display clear product usages on packaging.

  • Almost two million employees participated in health and wellness initiatives in 2018 versus 1.6 million in 2017 and 1.3 million in 2016.

  • 61% participated in food bank programmes (nearly 93,000 tonnes of food donated).

  • Partnerships with education authorities on health and wellness initiatives for over 550,000 schools.

Inspired by CGF members’ commitment to being part of the solution to today’s biggest health and lifestyle challenges, this member-driven initiative is co-sponsored at the CGF Board by the CEOs of Nestlé and Ahold Delhaize and co-chaired at Steering Committee level by Danone and Walmart. Over the years it has been supported by some of the largest consumer product brands and retailers in the world. 75 CGF members responded to the survey this time.

Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness at The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “We've come a long way since this survey began five years ago, but, we are not finished yet and there is still much to do. It is great to see how, in the communities where our members work and live, companies and their employees are taking greater interest than ever in health and wellness issues. It proves that as we move into our next five-year plan, collaborative actions will continue to be a force for good and an essential component of driving positive change at scale. Consumers and our employees want to be empowered to make changes to their health and wellbeing, so they can live healthy and more active lifestyles for longer. People are craving change, and we recognise our industry’s role in both preventing illness and in empowering people to live healthier lives”.

This latest edition of the survey ends the CGF’s initial five-year strategy on health and wellness. As part of the next five-year plan, focus will now evolve to the team’s flagship initiative ‘Collaboration for Healthier Lives’ (CHL). Through collaboration, CGF members will test new approaches and share best practices in nudging people’s behaviour to healthier practices. CGF members are recognising the immense potential of community-based initiatives and the need for greater transparency to deliver meaningful behaviour change, a move supported by the survey data collected over the last few years.

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Note to Editors

Journalists interested in receiving a copy of the full report should contact l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com.

About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Bligh
Director, Health & Wellness
The Consumer Goods Forum
s.bligh@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Lee Green
Director, Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

GlobeScan and AB InBev to Host SDG Leadership Forum

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 4:15pm

GlobeScan and Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s leading brewer, will be hosting an SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) on 20th March 2019 to discuss watershed protection, water use efficiency and water access, with a focus on new ideas and how we can reach scale in these critical areas.

In this moderated online discussion we will explore how increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing competing and growing water demands and how we can help accelerate progress towards Goal 6.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global dialogue on Goal 6 and to make connections with experts and leading thinkers including WWF, The Nature Conservancy, WSUP, Water.org, UNGC CEO Water Mandate and BIER among others. We will learn from each other, inspire fresh thinking, and share best practice examples and solutions to turn ideas into action.

The SDG Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2019 and will consist of two online 90 minute sessions to cover different time zones:-

Session One: 9:00am -10:30am Eastern time

Session Two: 4:00pm - 5:30pm Eastern time

Register to attend here and select SDG#6 to ensure you receive updates about this online forum and details on how to access the live discussion on the day of the forum.

Read more about the SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 6 here.

About AB InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural ingredients. Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years. Through our commitment to water stewardship, our goal is to ensure 100% of our communities in high-stress areas will have measurably improved water availability and quality by 2025.

Find out more here: https://www.ab-inbev.com/sustainability/2025-sustainability-goals/water-stewardship.html

About GlobeScan
GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on building trusted leadership to create a better future.

Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo and Toronto, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation.

Find out more here: www.globescan.com

About the SDG Leadership Series
At GlobeScan, we believe that we need more leadership to inform, inspire and catalyze collective action across different sectors. In response to the challenges and to seize the opportunity that the SDGs present we have launched this SDG Leadership Series as our contribution to help scale engagement and foster more actions around the Global Goals to collectively bring us a step closer to operationalizing the SDGs by 2030.

This Forum is the eighth in a series of 17 open, online events with stakeholders across the world. Each Forum will focus on one SDG, connecting experts and opinion leaders to share ideas and actions for making progress on the SDGs.

Read more here: https://globescan.com/sdg-leadership-series/

Invention Education, a Transformational Approach to Preparing Students for an Ever-Changing Workforce, Debuts at SXSW EDU 2019

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:15pm

In recognition of the growing momentum behind Invention Education, The Lemelson Foundation, a leading funder dedicated to advancing invention in service of social and economic change, will join with partners to discuss this new educational paradigm for the first time at SXSW EDU 2019, March 4-7, in Austin, TX. The programming, consisting of three interactive sessions, will be open to the more than 15,000 expected attendees of SXSW EDU.   

“Invention Education is about fostering the skillsets and mindsets that will help future-proof our students so they thrive in school and throughout their careers,” notes David Coronado, Program Officer for the K-12 Initiative at The Lemelson Foundation. “With more than 40 organizations now adopting curricula for in-school and out-of-school programming, we’re excited to bring Invention Education to the SXSW EDU community.” 

In today’s rapidly changing world, inventive thinking and inventing new solutions are economic and social imperatives. The education community, policy makers, and corporate leaders all cite the need to increase the innovation and innovator capacity in the U.S. in order to advance social and economic opportunity domestically and abroad. 

Invention Education represents a new education paradigm that draws upon Human-Centered Engineering Design and the Scientific Method, among other disciplines. Hands-on, self-directed learning coupled with practical application of design and STEM principles are essential for building invention skills.

Invention Education encourages problem identification, experimentation, collaboration, critical thinking, and hands-on engagement to create new solutions with social purpose. The goal is to enable students to lead creative and inventive lives, with the confidence to make informed choices and take action to solve the problems they encounter to improve not only their lives, but also the lives of others. Students are also encouraged to integrate entrepreneurship thinking in order to learn how to translate their ideas into businesses with economic impact.

The Lemelson Foundation is part of a growing coalition that supports the promise of Invention Education, including partner organizations at MIT, the Smithsonian, The Henry Ford STEMIE Coalition, the Society for Science & the Public, Maker Ed, and many others.

At SXSW EDU 2019, The Lemelson Foundation and partners will host three interactive sessions over the course of two days, March 4th and 5th: 

●      Inventiveness is a Building Block for Resiliency - Students’ futures require systems that cultivate personal agency and inventive spirit. Experts will discuss the need to transform our educational approach to focus on students as problem-solvers. [March 4, 11 AM CST, Hilton, Salon E] 

●      A New Paradigm for Tomorrow’s Workforce - Attendees will learn how Invention Education is helping to cultivate a new generation of inventive youth by redesigning the student experience to focus on real-world problem solving. [March 5, 11 AM CST, Hilton, Salon G]

●      Delivering the Invention Education Experience - This hands-on workshop will bring together educators to demonstrate methodologies for delivering Invention Education for in- and out-of-class settings. [March 5, 1:30 PM CST, Conference Center, 9C]

“Invention Education empowers students to take ownership of problems and solutions, learning the importance of persistence to succeed and a willingness to fail,” notes Kristin Moon, K-12 Science/STEAM Teacher on Special Assignment with Portland Public Schools. “It strengthens creativity, problem-solving skills, and confidence, regardless of whether students become inventors or not.”

Learn more about the transformational power of Invention Education by visiting http://www.inventioneducation.org.

About The Lemelson Foundation

Based in Portland, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy, and continues to be led by the Lemelson family. To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $210 million in support of its mission. For more information, visit www.lemelson.org.  

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Green MBAs Meeting Growing Demand for Sustainable Business Expertise

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:15pm

Last month, investors, business owners, entrepreneurs, and government officials met in downtown Manhattan for Climate Week NYC to tackle climate change. The message among participants was clear: Climate change is here whether you’re prepared for it or not, and with it comes challenges and opportunities.

The firms that are adapting quickest are finding that focusing on sustainability is yielding results. Multiple reports have confirmed that sustainable businesses perform better financially and are more productive, all while reducing their environmental impact.

As more businesses realize the potential for climate change to disrupt their operations, they are looking for a new generation of professionals who truly understand the impact of environmental change and sustainability. As the need for business expertise changes, colleges are developing innovative programs that deliver in-demand skills.

To meet this need, environmentally focused schools such as Unity College are offering Online Sustainable Master of Business Administration degrees that address the critical need for qualified business leaders. A high-quality, environmentally focused MBA requires a multidisciplinary approach, and Unity’s curriculum is at the intersection of sustainability and business principles.

Students have criticized green MBA programs in the past for adding sustainability to the curriculum as an afterthought. Unity’s program is built from the ground up as an MBA truly focused on sustainability. The Accounting and Financing for Sustainable Business course examines the principles of accounting for sustainability-minded organizations, while Ecological Economics guides students in assessing the environmental constraints of an economic system.

Unity’s MBA graduates are finding a very receptive climate in fields ranging from financial management to business analysis and real estate development. Industries are getting serious about sustainability, and the trend is growing. The Governance and Accountability Research Institute reported that 81 percent of Fortune 500 companies published a corporate sustainability report in 2015 (up from 20 percent in 2011). And in 2017, business and governments made significant investments in addressing climate change, renewable resource supply, and clean energy.

Unity’s Online MBA meets the needs of today’s students. The program is fully online, giving students the flexibility to earn their degree while working on their careers, while small class sizes (classes are capped at 20 students) allow for in-depth, online discussions. Start dates are offered five times a year, meaning students aren’t limited by a traditional semester-based schedule. 

With a growing understanding of the impact of sustainability and corporate social responsibility on profits, businesses will be working hard to keep up with the latest innovations. A Unity MBA is perfect for the professional, entrepreneur, nonprofit manager, government employee, or small business owner looking for a competitive edge.

Smithfield Foods Supports North Carolina State University Veteran Program

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 7:14pm

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a $200,000 donation to North Carolina State University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program (STAP), an agricultural institute that provides in-depth career introductions and hands-on training to help veterans make the transition from military service to agricultural careers, North Carolina’s top industry.

“We are so grateful to Smithfield Foods for this generous contribution,” said Chris Wessel, director of academic programs at North Carolina State University. “The Soldier to Agriculture Program is about stepping up to meet the unique challenges veterans face when leaving military service and, with Smithfield’s generosity, we can expand our offerings to further support their transition to the civilian sector and continue to ensure our veterans are employed within six months of graduation.”

The University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program is a partnership between North Carolina State University and the Fort Bragg military base career center, near Fayetteville, N.C. Smithfield’s contribution and partnership with STAP will provide a full year of funding for the program, enabling the build out of a larger facility and upgraded classrooms to recruit veterans and house agricultural courses and studies.

“Smithfield Foods is deeply engrained in our North Carolina communities,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are proud to support the North Carolina State University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program that bolsters our industry and supports our veterans, a cause near and dear to our Foundation’s efforts.”

Smithfield’s contribution will fund STAP from Mar. 2019 through Mar. 2020 to support it’s mission to create a positive and fulfilling career path for soldiers transitioning out of military service.

“Smithfield has a long history of supporting military families and veterans, especially through initiatives like Operation 4000!, our company’s commitment to employ 4,000 veterans by 2020,” said Troy Vandenberg, military talent acquisition manager for Smithfield Foods. “The agricultural industry provides many opportunities for veterans to leverage their military training, and we are proud to bolster our commitment to our soldiers through this partnership with NC State.”

For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to veterans and its local communities, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.  

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

About North Carolina Solider to Agriculture Program
The Soldier to Agriculture program at NC State University’s Agricultural Institute is a six-week program – held at the Fort Bragg Career Resource Center in North Carolina – offering an in-depth introduction to the many careers available in agriculture. Veterans exiting the armed forces can receive hands-on training, both in and outside the classroom. They will engage in discussions with industry leaders and farmers about agricultural business, marketing and sales, and various allied industries in need of career-minded individuals.

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Smithfield Foods, Inc.   
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(757) 365-1980

North Carolina State University
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