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Consumers Energy Says Help is Available for Those in Need as Winter Weather Sets in Across Michigan

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:59am

As freezing temperatures start to settle in across Michigan, Consumers Energy is reminding Michigan families, seniors and those in need that now is the time to reach out for help with winter heating costs.

“Help is available today. We encourage anyone facing hardship to take action immediately and not fall behind on their bills,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “Our goal is to help people stay safe and warm this winter.”

Consumers Energy is working to connect eligible customers with nonprofit organizations in communities across Michigan that will provide over $45 million in state dollars to help with heating costs.

Consumers Energy encourages anyone who is looking for available assistance in their community to start by calling 2-1-1, a free service that can refer people to local assistance programs, or by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/assistance.

“Thanks to warmer than usual weather this fall, early demand for help with utility bills is lower than the same time last year – so if you think you might have trouble staying warm this winter, now is the time to act,” said Tom Page, executive director of Michigan’s 2-1-1 system. “Call 2-1-1, visit www.mi211.org or contact your energy provider to find help before the really cold weather hits.”

In November, Consumers Energy customers are also receiving information regarding assistance programs along with their bills. The information describes company payment plan options, as well as outside help such as the nonprofit agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services State Emergency Relief program, the Michigan Home Heating Credit and more.

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.

Stress of Current Events Is Generating Apathy Among Americans Says Fifth Annual Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex)

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:59am

Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the world is becoming a worse place to live, according to the fifth annual Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex). In total, 1,019 Americans were polled this year for the ongoing benchmarking study, which is conducted by Good.Must.Grow. (GmG), a socially responsible marketing consultancy.

The 2017 study found that Americans’ outlook on the state of the world has an impact on their socially responsible actions. Those with a negative outlook were less likely to purchase products from social enterprises or “do good” companies, less likely to donate time and money to nonprofits and less likely to report being green in the past year.

Those with a neutral outlook were the least engaged. Individuals who said the world was about the same were 19 percent less likely to support socially responsible companies, 16 percent less likely to financially support a charity and 16 percent less likely to volunteer, than those with a positive outlook.

Almost 30 percent of consumers said they don’t pay attention to whether they are shopping responsibly. Meanwhile, 40 percent of consumers said the biggest factor preventing them from being more socially responsible was an inability to determine which companies to support.

“I remain incredibly excited about the state of socially responsible spending in this country, but we do need address the obstacles of awareness and apathy that are momentarily slowing our opportunities for growth in this area,” said Heath Shackleford, founder of Good.Must.Grow. “We’ve endured a lot as a society this year: political unrest, natural disasters and unspeakable tragedies. It’s more important than ever for business to be a force for good. Fortunately, we see the demand from consumers. We feel the energy. Good is continuing to grow. We just need to continue feeding the movement.”

Despite the prevailing pessimism among Americans, the 2017 #CCSIndex showed a slight rebound from 46 to 47 on a 100-point scale after experiencing the first drop in its history in 2016. The #CCSIndex score is calculated by evaluating the importance consumers place on purchasing from socially responsible companies, actions taken to support such products and services, and future intent to increase the amount they spend with responsible organizations.

In total, 30 percent of Americans are planning to spend more with companies who are socially responsible in the year ahead. Meanwhile, 61 percent confirmed the importance of buying from socially responsible companies, and 61 percent reported making purchases from socially responsible companies, while 27 percent of Americans report directing at least 50 percent of their purchases toward socially responsible products and services.

“It is encouraging to see an uptick versus a dip, but there’s still work to be done,” said Shackleford. “There is a core group of consumers who have raised their hands but not yet taken action. We have to figure out how to shift them out of neutral if we want to drive the level of change that is required.”

In addition to the core benchmarking study, this year’s #CCSIndex also featured a separate analysis of the top 50 DMAs across the United States. A sampling of 5,096 Americans was used to identify the country’s most socially responsible big cities. The study analyzed responses to a battery of questions focused on purchasing habits, nonprofit giving and environmental practices.

Charlotte came out on top as America’s most socially responsible city. Long Beach, Oakland, Virginia Beach and Seattle rounded out the top five. In specific categories, Long Beach ranked highest for earth friendly practices and had the most conscious consumers, while Virginia Beach was the nation’s most charitable big city. Charlotte’s second place finish in all three categories propelled it to the top spot overall.

America’s Most Socially Responsible Big Cities

 

  1. Charlotte
  2. Long Beach
  3. Oakland
  4. Virginia Beach
  5. Seattle
  6. Kansas City
  7. Boston
  8. Atlanta
  9. Minneapolis
  10. San Antonio
  11. Chicago
  12. Raleigh
  13. Louisville
  14. New Orleans
  15. San Jose
  16. Dallas
  17. Denver
  18. Austin
  19. Washington DC
  20. Sacramento
  21. Colorado Springs
  22. Cleveland
  23. Los Angeles
  24. San Francisco
  25. Columbus
  26. Houston
  27. Phoenix
  28. Las Vegas
  29. Omaha
  30. Indianapolis
  31. Memphis
  32. Wichita
  33. Miami
  34. Tucson
  35. Milwaukee
  36. Oklahoma City
  37. San Diego
  38. New York
  39. Portland
  40. Mesa
  41. Philadelphia
  42. Tulsa
  43. Baltimore
  44. Nashville
  45. Jacksonville
  46. Detroit
  47. Fort Worth
  48. Fresno
  49. El Paso
  50. Albuquerque

 

Top 20 Good Company Poll

This year marked the #CCSIndex’s third annual top 20 “Good Company” poll, compiled by responses to the question, “What company or organization do you think of first when you think of socially responsible companies/organizations?” Based on unaided recall by respondents, organizations were ranked based on how frequently they were named.

For the first time in three years, TOMS was not the top vote getter, falling to number seven. The American Red Cross headlines this year’s rankings. Walmart surged to number two, while Amazon climbed nine spots to crack the top ten, after entering the poll at number in 2016. For the third-straight year, almost one-third of respondents (30%) failed to name a socially responsible organization.

Rankings are as follows:

 

  1. Red Cross
  2. Walmart
  3. Google
  4. Goodwill
  5. Starbucks
  6. Whole Foods
  7. TOMS
  8. Salvation Army
  9. Amazon
  10. Microsoft
  11. Ben & Jerry's
  12. Apple
  13. United Way
  14. Trader Joes
  15. Facebook
  16. Costco
  17. Greenpeace
  18. Honest Co
  19. Target
  20. Newman's Own

 

Additional Findings

  • Americans continue to rank individuals as more effective in creating positive change in our society than nonprofits, social enterprises or major corporations. The least effective entity, according to respondents, was the federal government.  Only 38 percent rated the government as effective in driving change, down from 43 percent in 2016. 

  • This year’s index study saw a slight uptick in charitable engagement over 2016 with more people contributing financially to charities (63%), volunteering time to charities (42%) and donating clothes or household goods (80%). Despite the increase, nonprofits are still seeing a reduction in contributions of time and money within the last three years.

  • People are more likely to use personal research (32%), product packaging (29%) and news reports (27%) to determine which organizations are socially responsible as compared to family and friends (19%) social media (15%) and influencers (10%).

 About the Study

This study was conducted in partnership with Supportive Research Solutions and What They Think Research. Sampling was provided by Research Now. Data was collected Oct 4–12, 2017. In total, 1,019 Americans were surveyed for the annual index comparisons (margin of error is +/-3%). An additional 5,096 surveys were fielded across the top-50 DMAs for the first annual top 50 socially responsible cities analysis. For more information on the Conscious Consumer Spending Index, please visit www.goodmustgrow.com/ccsindex

About Good.Must.Grow.

Good.Must.Grow. provides strategic marketing support for socially responsible businesses, nonprofit causes and organizations that are focused on health + wellness. We want to be part of a revolution that drives societal change by sparking increased charitable giving and community involvement as well as unprecedented levels of corporate social responsibility. Proud to be a Certified B Corp. See how we’re #GrowingGood at http://www.goodmustgrow.com.

Black & Veatch: LNG Technology, Infrastructure Requirements Push Collaborative Natural Gas Solutions

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:56pm

Sustained low natural gas prices and evolving global supply dynamics are pushing natural gas industry players to innovate and find flexible solutions to meet market needs. The newly released 2017 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Industry Report by Black & Veatch examines how organizations are planning for long-term, sustainable operations that can accommodate rising supplies and deliver them to markets eager to use natural gas as a cheaper and cleaner power generation source.

Key report findings reflect the growing role of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade in shifting oversupply from countries like the United States to growing demand centers in Asia, Latin America, India and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

“Global LNG activity is impacted by a number of factors including foreign relations, emerging production leaders and available infrastructure,” said Hoe Wai Cheong, President of Black & Veatch’s oil & gas business. “Some of these issues may be perceived as challenges, but many industry leaders are now keeping a close watch on international events to proactively map out future business opportunities.”

The report emphasizes calls from the industry to fund the infrastructure investments that will be pivotal to accommodating increased LNG imports and exports, including floating LNG (FLNG) applications and natural gas-based combined-cycle plants.

“Production efficiencies made in recent years have stoked a steady increase in global supply,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch management consulting. “However, the ability of emerging markets to absorb this supply, given the lack of terminals, pipelines and other infrastructure, will require collaboration with end users and gas-to-power integration experts.”

 Other key findings include:

  • One of the most dramatic swings from previous years’ surveys is the expectation for sustained lower global crude oil prices between now and 2020. Nearly half of the industry respondents now expect prices to only be between $40 and $50 per barrel. In the 2016 report, merely 7 percent listed this price range as their expectation. Oil and gas prices have historically been indexed in many markets, signaling a shift in survey respondents’ outlook for the industry.

  • Survey results show that the industry sees building pipelines (32 percent) and investing in LNG (27 percent) as the most critical investments for growth.

  • Nearly one-third of respondents (27 percent) are planning to balance new renewable energy with gas resources.  

  • Less than one-third of respondents (32 percent) are using data to manage risk, with other key management functions like budgeting, strategic planning and daily operations even less reliant on data (30 percent).

  • Impending final rules from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) could make business more difficult and increase costs for customers, according to 44 percent of natural gas storage operators.

The report also analyzes how natural gas providers are focusing on finding operational efficiencies, divesting non-core assets and comprehensively strengthening their organizational foundations to remain competitive. Organizations such as storage operators are also implementing varied strategies to cope with a changing regulatory landscape.

“Those who do not commit to optimizing internal processes now, or see the bigger global picture in terms of where the market is headed, risk being unable to capitalize on big opportunities down the road,” added Cheong.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch’s report is based on a survey of 338 qualified utility, municipal, commercial and community stakeholders.

  • The full Black & Veatch report is available for free download at http://www.bv.com/reports.

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2016 were US$3.2 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

Black & Veatch Media Contact Information:
BEATRICE LIVIOCO | +1 571-366-6984 P | +1 240-401-5504 M | liviocob@bv.com
24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

Sustainable Retail Summit

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:56pm

Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

Biologists and Computer Scientists Team up to Map a Global ‘Safety Net’ for the Planet

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:56am

Washington-based research team RESOLVE, in collaboration with Globaïa Foundation and Universidade Federal de Viçosa, are teaming up to map a global “safety net” for the planet that would protect and connect 50% of the world’s land area.

The effort was launched and funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as part of a larger $20 million grant round announced earlier this year that aims to accelerate ocean and land conservation initiatives, indigenous rights, and innovative solutions to the climate crisis.

Announced at the ‘Nature for Development’ Data Summit, the “safety net” map will utilize advanced computer modeling techniques to examine the world’s 125 million square kilometers of habitable land area, ranking each square kilometer ‘pixel’ for its importance in preserving natural biodiversity and sustaining agricultural production.

The Data Summit was organized by World Resources Institute (WRI) in partnership with NASA, National Geographic, Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The event was the first of its kind, bringing together scientists from a wide range of disciplines to better understand the role of natural ecosystems in supporting the world’s growing human population, which is expected to reach more than 9 billion by mid-century.

“Modern society has undervalued the vital role that nature plays in providing humanity with clean air and water, healthy food, and a stable climate - elements that are essential to sustaining life,” said Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “By creating a ‘safety net’ of protected and connected ecosystems around the planet we could avert a climate crisis and create a world where both nature and humanity co-exist and thrive.”

For many years biologists and conservation experts, including E.O. Wilson who authored the best-selling book Half Earth, have called for a global conservation target of 50%, arguing that large extents of land area are necessary in order to ensure the continued survival of a large portion of the world’s flora and fauna.

Wildlife populations are on a precipitous decline, most notably in the tropical realm, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report (2016). Due to widespread deforestation, the population numbers of forest vertebrates have declined by half since the 1970’s. The situation is far worse for freshwater populations, which have seen an 80% decline globally during the same period.

But it’s not just biologists who are worried about the loss of wildlife. Without a diversity of plant and animal species, key ecosystems could collapse, threatening the resources upon which human civilization relies. Healthy ecosystems capture, filter, recycle and distribute rainwater, irrigating crops and providing drinking water for billions of people. They also absorb enormous quantities of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is the primary driver of climate change. Without intact ecosystems, atmospheric carbon would be more than double what it is today, making the planet largely unsuitable for human habitation.

Roughly 15.5% of the world’s lands are currently under some form of protection, with another 31% in a natural or semi-natural state. Additional lands could be reclaimed from abandoned agricultural areas, bringing the total to 50%.

The “safety net” rendering is the first attempt to show what a 50% conservation target could look like by the year 2050, incorporating an extensive network of wildlife corridors that link together every protected area on Earth and other critical areas not yet protected. These corridors would enable species to migrate as temperatures rise, ensuring that nature and humanity can survive and thrive in the 21st century.

“Constructing a ‘safety net’ for the Earth’s biota remained a dream until a few years ago when access to supercomputers and massive data storage allowed such an ambitious study to be carried out. This new map will offer a global view of how to reconnect the Earth’s natural treasures,” said Eric Dinerstein, the chief scientist for the terrestrial mapping effort. “It is just a starting point, and will continually evolve with new data and insights provided by scientists around the world.”

The geospatial computation will take thousands of hours of computer processing time, incorporating 52 different data sets – from key biodiversity areas and species density maps to agricultural productivity and projected human development footprints. The algorithms used in the model will be made available to researchers, who can customize their own versions of the “safety net” for use in regional, national, and transnational land planning efforts.

One key finding is that many of the best-preserved landscapes are in fact managed by local and indigenous communities whose land practices have in many cases proven more effective than government parks in protecting wildlife habitats and forest carbon sinks. Efforts such as the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility are working to secure these land rights as pressures mount to convert wildlands to agricultural or industrial uses.

In 2018, a tandem effort will be launched to develop a “safety net” for the world’s oceans, examining the vital role of marine protected areas in replenishing fisheries and sequestering carbon.

About RESOLVE
RESOLVE is a nonprofit organization that forges sustainable solutions to critical environmental, social, and public health challenges by creating innovative partnerships where they are least likely and most needed. RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program, led by Dr. Eric Dinerstein, combines creative field-oriented approaches to conservation with innovative science and technology to dramatically improve how we monitor and protect endangered wildlife, their habitats and the communities who rely upon them. www.resolve.earth

About Globaïa
Globaïa is a non-profit NGO dedicated to fostering planetary awareness and global thinking by promoting a science-based, transdisciplinary and unified understanding on the great socioecological issues of our time. Merging art and science, Globaïa creates new ways to analyze and visualize our interconnected world and the ever-evolving relationship between human societies and the Earth’s living systems. www.globaia.org

About Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF)
LDF is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. The foundation support projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF’s grantmaking program, totaling $80M to date, supports conservation projects and innovative solutions in 60 countries. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of the California Community Foundation. www.leonardodicaprio.org

About Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Federal University of Viçosa), from Brazil, was established in 1922 and is a reference in agrarian and environmental sciences in South America, leading numerous research projects on the conservation of the Amazon and other tropical biomes as well as developing technologies to monitor deforestation in those areas. www.ufv.br

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Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Large-Cap Companies and Smaller Enterprises Subject of Facebook Live Interviews With CEOs, Friday, Nov. 10

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:56am

More than 300 CEOs recently signed a pledge to make their companies more welcoming to a diverse workforce. On Friday, these corporate leaders are gathering to share their plans with each other – and with an audience of corporate responsibility professionals via Facebook Live.

Live interviews with signatories of The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ will take place in New York City from 2-3 p.m. ET, conducted by veteran journalist John Howell, vice president of content for the Corporate Responsibility Association. Access to the video broadcast is free on the 3BL Media Facebook page, via Facebook Live.

“A lack of diversity robs applicants and employees of opportunities and stymies social and economic growth in our communities,” said Dave Armon, CEO of the Corporate Responsibility Board, which manages the Corporate Responsibility Association and publishes CR Magazine. “We are thrilled to share the thinking of CEOs from many business sectors on how they are changing the environment inside their organizations to attract and retain people of all backgrounds, gender, orientation and physical abilities.”

Since its formation in June, more than 300 CEOs signed the CEO Action pledge.  On Friday morning in New York City, members of the consortium will gather at the 2017 CEO Closed Door Discussion to act on the commitments within the pledge, share best known actions, and look toward developing additional commitments for advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

The 2 p.m. webcast will be archived for those who cannot watch live, with replay available on the 3BL Media Facebook page.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

Launched June 12, 2017, the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. A unique collaborative of more than 300 CEOs have signed on to this commitment, agreeing to take action to cultivate environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcomed and where employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. All the signatories of the commitment serve as leaders of their companies and committed to implementing the pledge within their workplaces, or where companies have already implemented one or several of the commitments, will support other companies in doing the same.­­­ For more information, visit https://www.ceoaction.com/

About the Corporate Responsibility Board

3BL Media created the Corporate Responsibility Board to oversee and produce the COMMIT!Forum, manage the Corporate Responsibility Association, publish CR Magazine and rank the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. The CR Board is a unit of 3BL Media, a Northampton, Massachusetts, company formed in 2009 to serve corporations, nonprofits, NGOs and service providers active in corporate citizenship and sustainability initiatives.  For more information, visit http://www.crboard.com.

World Business Council Releases Policy Recommendations for Climate Negotiators at the Start of COP23 in Bonn

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54pm

Today at the start of COP23, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released key policy recommendations for this year’s round of climate negotiations ahead of next year’s global stock take on progress made towards the Paris Agreement.

Strong business leadership will continue to accelerate implementation of climate action, but collaboration between business and government is a necessary enabler for scaling climate action across the world.

“Business is an essential implementation partner in reducing emissions and therefore needs to be fully involved in shaping the next round of national climate action plans,” said Peter Bakker, President and CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Having analyzed the politics, policies and priorities around this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP), WBCSD and its members are focusing this year’s business advocacy efforts on:

  • The Marrakech Partnership: Business is calling for a more structured approach to dialogues with policymakers.

The Marrakech Partnership for global climate action provides a platform for showcasing successful approaches to reducing greenhouse gases and enhancing climate resilience. The Partnership will need to focus more on policy dialogue between governments and other stakeholders to enable deployment of climate solutions at scale.

  • The Facilitative Dialogue: Business is pushing for clear mechanisms to provide input into the Facilitative Dialogue for taking stock of collective progress towards the Paris Agreement and increasing ambition in the next round of NDCs.

A draft design of what the facilitative dialogue will look like and how stakeholders can be involved will be presented during COP23.

  • Climate resilience: Climate change is a significant and material risk to business. Companies are pushing for partnerships that will build resilience across their supply chains and the frontline communities experiencing climate impacts.

  • Carbon pricing: Business is also calling for a meaningful carbon price. Governments need to find ways to align carbon pricing mechanisms, ensuring that pricing is credible, predictable and high enough to drive ambition consistent with the Paris Agreement. See our new in-depth guide for policy makers on carbon pricing.

“The private sector will be the force behind emissions reductions across global supply chains,” said Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director at WBCSD. “As we build on the success of Paris, companies have become full partners in shaping an inclusive and prosperous low-carbon economy.”

Follow WBCSD’s Twitter and LinkedIn over the course of the week for important updates from the event.

For more information, please contact:

Felicity Glennie-Holmes
WBCSD Communications
glennie-holmes@wbcsd.org
+41 22 839 3110

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn

MetLife Named to Working Mother “100 Best Companies” List for 19th Year in a Row

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:54pm

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned a spot on the 2017 Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list for outstanding leadership in programs, policies and a culture that supports working families.

“For 19 years in a row, Working Mother magazine has recognized MetLife as a great place for working families,” said Elizabeth Nieto, MetLife’s global chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that each associate has a diverse set of priorities, interests, commitments and responsibilities – both inside and outside the workplace.”

Among the resources and programs MetLife sponsors for working families:

  • The Families at MetLife Employee Resource Group, an employee network developed to provide a community and forum for employees to share experiences and best practices and create awareness of family friendly resources.

  • MetLife Great Expectations Parental Leave coaching program and a enhanced U.S. parental leave policy.

  • Back-up child care and discounts on child care.

  • Flexible work arrangements such as compressed work weeks, part-time work, job-sharing, flextime, virtual work and telecommuting.

  • Regular webinars and seminars on family related topics, prenatal health resources and new parent resources.

  • An Employee Assistance Program and other to assist our employees with integrating their personal and work responsibilities.

MetLife will be honored at the annual Working Mother 100 Best Companies Work Life Congress in October in New York and will be featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine.

For more information on MetLife’s programs for its employees, visit www.MetLifeGlobalImpact.com.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com

Coca-Cola in Western Europe Sets Ambitious New Sustainability Commitments on Drinks, Packaging and Society

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54am
  • New Sustainability Action Plan, This is Forward, launched jointly by The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners plc

  • Key commitments include:

    • 50% of sales in Western Europe from low/no calorie drinks by 2025

    • 100% collection of packaging and at least 50% recycled plastic for PET bottles by 2025

    • At least 40% of management positions held by women by 2025 

The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (ticker: CCE) are today launching their first ever joint Sustainability Action Plan for Western Europe, This is Forward, with ambitious new commitments on drinks, packaging and society.
 
This is Forward sets out how The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will address some of the biggest issues in society by using their business and brands as a force for good, and with impact to meet complex global challenges. It has been developed through an in-depth consultation process with over 100 key stakeholders, governments, NGOs and customers, using insights from over 12,000 consumers across six countries and almost 1,000 Coca-Cola employees in Western Europe.
 
The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will continue to work with these partners to deliver This is Forward, with a focus on three priority actions:
 
Action on Drinks: The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will evolve their portfolio to offer more choice to consumers.  By 2025, 50% of sales will come from low or no calorie drinks, which is an increase from 35% in 2016. They will further reduce sugar across their soft drinks portfolio by at least 10% by 2020, in addition to the 5% reduction achieved in the previous five years.
 
Action on Packaging: To ensure that none of their packaging ends up as litter or in the oceans, The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will aim to collect 100% of their packaging. They will also more than double the use of recycled plastic for their PET bottles to at least 50%, an increase from 21% in 2016. They will ensure that 100% of their packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025. 
 
Action on Society: The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will increase the number of local community partnerships they run and support, as well as increasing the contribution their employees make through volunteering. They will focus on empowering young people and women, and will ensure at least 40% of management roles are held by women by 2025.
 
These priority actions will be underpinned by three supporting actions that are core to the plan; on climate, water and supply chain:

  • To cut greenhouse gas emissions from their core business by 50%

  • To replenish 100% of the water they use in areas of water stress

  • To make sure 100% of their main agricultural ingredients and raw materials come from sustainable sources by 2020

The full Sustainability Action Plan is here.
 
Tim Brett, President of The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe, said: “Sustainability has always been at the heart of our business, and we have made some tremendous progress. But we agree we can do more. Over 300 million people enjoy our drinks in Western Europe today and, working together with Coca-Cola European Partners, we have the power to act and create a positive difference, set new standards and lead the way; whether it is offering consumers a greater choice of drinks with reduced or no sugar, or keeping our packaging out of the oceans. This is Forward defines our attitude to doing better. We are not going to settle for the way things were done. There is no going back now.”
 
Damian Gammell, CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners plc - the Coca-Cola bottler covering 13 territories across Western Europe – said: “We have listened carefully to our stakeholders, customers, employees and consumers and our joint Sustainability Action Plan is our commitment to delivering the change they want to see. It establishes how we hold ourselves accountable to each other and the outside world and how we create an environment people want to work in and where they believe in what we are doing. Working together with The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe, these actions will ensure we have a positive impact wherever we sell our drinks.”
 
The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will report back on progress against their sustainability targets in Spring 2018.

Corporate Activist Employees: What You Need to Know to Empower Your New CSR Team

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54am

How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.

Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:

- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees

ACCP Announces New Event Series

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:49pm

ACCP will kick off a new program format of Summits with The Measurement Summit at KPMG LLP in Washington, D.C. on December 5th.

ACCP, the Association for Corporate Citizenship Professionals, widely known for The Conference and The Forum, is expanding its offerings to include Summits.  Unlike The Conference and The Forum, which are open only to professionals currently employed in a Corporate Citizenship capacity, Summits will have an open door policy.  The broader corporate citizenship community stakeholders are welcome to attend Summits.

“ACCP recognizes that there are many topics and issues that require collaboration with vendors, consultants, academia, NGOs and other community partners. The goal was to create a new format that will allow us to convene stakeholders from all corners of the corporate citizenship community,” said Mark W. Shamley, President & CEO of ACCP. “We don’t know a better topic than Measurement to kick off our inaugural Summit. What in concept sounds simple, is undoubtedly one of the more complex aspects of what is already a complex field.”

The Measurement Summit will bring together all the stakeholders to discuss the different approaches being taken to measure both social and business impacts. Julie Gehrki, Walmart, will discuss the measurement journey at Walmart.  Today, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation design evaluations for outcomes – thinking about the role that learning and evaluation will play in shaping future work.  Julie will highlight the evolution of the thinking and processes around measurement, ways they engage their grantees in designing measurement frameworks, and detail the successes and learnings along the way.

“KPMG LLP is proud to host the ACCP for its first Summit. The opening topic of ‘measuring impact’ is important not only to tracking progress on corporate citizenship goals, but also to informing business strategies that can drive competitive advantage,” said Anita Whitehead, Principal, KPMG LLP.

Registration for The Measurement Summit is now open. You can learn more here.

Founded in 2005, ACCP is the sole membership-based organization chartered to champion the Corporate Citizenship professional. ACCP connects members to information, peers and resources and cultivates educational opportunities that promote better stewardship of corporate resources thereby magnifying social and business impacts. For more information on ACCP, please email Maryann Fiala at maryann@accprof.org or visit www.accprof.org.

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More Ocean. Less Plastic.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:49pm

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. An estimated 51 trillion microplastic particles are in the ocean today—500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy. Plastic pollution is one of the great crises of our century, and the time to take action is now. 

INDIGENOUS, a sustainable fashion brand committed to the planet and its people, is launching a campaign to raise money for the 5 Gyres Institute. 5 Gyres is a non-profit working to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

Beginning November 1st, 2017, eco-conscious, ocean lovers, and fashionistas alike, will be able to support 5 Gyres while buying handcrafted, sustainable fashion for themselves or loved ones.

Reflecting the 5 Gyres’ tagline, the “MORE OCEAN. LESS PLASTIC.” shirts by INDIGENOUS are modern black T-shirts, made from organic cotton and crafted in a cradle-to-cradle certified factory in the USA. Those wishing to give and get more can bundle their shirts with organic cotton sweaters and artisan-knit scarves, just in time for the holidays. Made with fair trade principles by skilled artisan in Peru, these handcrafted pieces are sustainable and ethically made. All retail sale profits from the campaign will be donated to the 5 Gyres institute. This is fashion that gives back.

“We are so honored to partner with INDIGENOUS on this project, which reflects our shared vision of a planet free of plastic pollution, where fair trade, organic manufacturing supports communities—and our planet," said Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of the 5 Gyres Institute.

“There is no organization that I would like to support more than the 5 Gyres Institute when it comes to empowering action to rid the world of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals and the environment. I want to thank all who take-action to support MORE OCEAN. LESS PLASTIC.“ Matt Reynolds, President & Co-Founder

This partnership with 5 Gyres is part of INDIGENOUS’ #HolidayWithPurpose campaign, which encourages consumers to shop and gift items that benefit our planet and communities this holiday season. Stay tuned for more from INDIGENOUS.

ABOUT INDIGENOUS

INDIGENOUS is a pioneer in ethical fashion, creating modern clothing using natural, organic and sustainable fibers, colored with low-impact dyes or no dyes at all. Since their founding in 1994, INDIGENOUS has worked to forge a better way forward for the fashion industry. By producing their clothing line with ecologically mindful practices, each year INDIGENOUS saves an estimated 48,450,000 liters of water; keeps 20,750 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; and prevents 6528 oz. of deadly toxic pesticides from entering our environment. INDIGENOUS’ sustainable fashion clothing line can be found in boutiques across the United States, as well as online at www.INDIGENOUS.com.

ABOUT 5 GYRES

The 5 Gyres Institute first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. The non-profit organization was first to research plastic in all five subtropical gyres, and published the first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution in 2014, finding nearly 270,000 tons and 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic smog worldwide. 5 Gyres has been in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017.  www.5gyres.org

Campaign Hashtags: #HolidayWithPurpose #PlasticFreeHoliday #MoreOceanLessPlastic #5Gyres #PlasticFree

Large format photos available at: http://ow.ly/hYJ930g810X
All ocean photos provided by 5Gyres Institute

EthicMark® Winners: “All That We Share” and “Refugee Nation” Best Advertising Campaigns For 2017

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:49pm

Advertising campaigns from TV2 from Denmark and Amnesty International were announced today as the 2017 winners of the EthicMark® Awards for advertising and media campaigns that “uplift the human spirit and society.”

Rinaldo Brutoco, Founding President of the World Business Academy, and Rosalinda Sanquiche, Managing Director at EthicMark®, announced the winners at the 28th annual SRI Conference in San Diego, California. The awards presentation was made in front of nearly 800 investors and investment professionals.

Founded in 2004 by sustainability pioneer and futurist, Hazel Henderson, the EthicMark® Awards recognize advertising and marketing campaigns that demonstrate the power to inspire, focus on the human potential and further both public and private interests. Winning campaigns reflect high standards of truth, integrity, responsibility, transparency and fairness, respecting diversity and refraining from greenwashing or instilling fear. 

Danish television network TV2 was the For-Profit winner. It’s “All That We Share” advertising campaign shows how it is possible to break down barriers by breaking down stereotypes. Its message is that underneath the surface, we share more in common than we perceive.

The winner in the Non-Profit category, “Refugee Nation,” is part of a global campaign from Amnesty International. The advertisement inspires unity by bringing together refugees from around the world to participate in international games, and demonstrating that anyone can unite toward a common goal. 

EthicMark® award-winning companies are recognized for the creativity of their message, the value of the product or service and the quality of their culture.

"Truth and trust are vital to all markets and societies. Advertising drives media content — often misinforming and misleading public opinion and choices,” said Hazel Henderson. “The EthicMark® Awards call markets to higher standards."

The annual EthicMark® Awards are sponsored by Ethical Markets Media, Certified B Corporation, and co-sponsored by the World Business Academy; ESPM, Brazil’s premier college for communication and marketing; GlobeScan; TBLI; Sustainable Brands; Tomorrow’s Company and Where Good Grows.

ABOUT THE SRI CONFERENCE

The 28th annual SRI Conference is November 1–3, 2017, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Produced by The SRI Conference and Community, LLC in collaboration with many organizations working to direct investment capital toward the creation of a truly sustainable future, The SRI Conference is the premier annual forum for investment professionals and investors engaged in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing. Conference participants include investment professionals, institutional investors, and related organizations. The program features educational sessions and opportunities to network with hundreds of like-minded individuals, organizations, and leaders in the field of sustainable, responsible, impact investing.

ABOUT ETHICAL MARKETS MEDIA

Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a multinational Certified B Corporation, working to reform markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide with the Green Transition Scoreboard®, Transforming Finance TV Series, Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance® and with reports, articles, newsletters, and analysis by Hazel Henderson, editor-in-chief, on EthicalMarkets.com

Business of Kindness - Washington, D.C. Regional Forum

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?

  • How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?

  • What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?

  • How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?

  • How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?

Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.

Opportunity Forward: 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.

The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

  • The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

  • Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed

  • Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good

  • Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory

  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton

The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.

Saving Lives is Focus of Michigan Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

 In an effort to increase awareness around the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas – Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have collaborated to designate Oct. 30-Nov. 5 as Michigan Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week.

“Carbon monoxide poisoning sickens thousands of citizens and causes nearly 400 accidental deaths each year in the United States,” Snyder stated in his proclamation. “Michigan residents should be aware that unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning can occur almost anywhere – in homes, businesses, RVs, cabins, boats and ice shanties.”

CO poisoning occurs when appliances and consumer products are improperly operated or not vented properly. This includes furnaces, boilers, water heaters, ovens, fireplaces, portable heaters, generators and vehicles.

“We care about the communities we serve, and want people to know how to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning by knowing its signs, symptoms and causes,” said Charles Crews, vice president of gas operations for Consumers Energy.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning often mimic the flu and can include headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and stinging or burning of the eyes. Prolonged exposure can cause loss of consciousness and even death. High concentrations of carbon monoxide can kill in less than five minutes.

If you experience these symptoms and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home/the building immediately, call 9-1-1 for medical attention and stay out of the building until the problem has been corrected.

“The best defense against CO poisoning is to install an Underwriters Laboratory-approved audible carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home,” said Nicholas Solomon, corporate safety specialist for DTE Energy. “We recommend interconnecting all CO alarms, so when one alarms they all alarm.”

Carbon monoxide alarms are often combined with smoke alarms and can be purchased at hardware and grocery stores. Another way to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning is to make sure your gas appliances are operating and venting properly. A yearly inspection is recommended.

Other tips for protecting against deadly carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Inspecting your furnace annually, with regular tune-ups performed by a qualified service professional.

  • Changing or cleaning furnace air filters at least once every month (more if pets are present) during the heating season.

  • Regularly inspecting your chimney and vent pipes to be sure they are free of obstructions like leaves and nests.

  • Installing generators at least 25 feet from an enclosed area and away from doors, windows and fresh air intakes. Never use a generator in a basement, enclosed garage or near air intake pipes.

  • Avoiding the use of gas stoves or charcoal grills to heat a building. Never leave a supplemental heater or fireplace unattended.

For a printable fact sheet on carbon monoxide safety, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com/cosafety

About Consumers Energy: Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

About DTE Energy: DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), Michigan’s largest energy company, is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.comtwitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

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SC Johnson Honored with Global Conservation Hero Award

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:47am

SC Johnson today announced it has received Conservation International’s most prestigious award: the Global Conservation Hero award. Conservation International (CI) presents this award to remarkable individuals and organizations whose environmental commitment and actions have had a transformative impact for the good of the planet and its people.

“Tropical rainforests are one of the planet’s most vital ecosystems, needed by people everywhere to thrive,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are honored to be recognized by Conservation International for our contributions to the health and future well-being of Amazonia. Protecting forests is critical to protecting our future, and I hope that our support encourages others to get involved.”

CI paid tribute to SC Johnson’s long and rich history with, and support for, the Amazon region. The company was recognized for the decades of respectful collaboration and sustainable action it has provided in partnership with communities in the Amazon.

“SC Johnson’s bold commitment to help protect the Amazon rainforest – particularly the recent action to save 10,000 acres of Amazonia in partnership with Conservation International earlier this year – demonstrates exemplary leadership and a deep connection to ensuring the health and prosperity of Amazonia, its indigenous communities and the rest of the world,” said M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International.

The award was presented to SC Johnson at Conservation International’s 30th Anniversary Gala Nov. 2 in Los Angeles. The evening’s theme of No Forest, No Future highlighted the complexities as well as the great benefits of protecting one of the planet’s most valuable ecosystems: tropical forests and particularly the Amazon. During the gala, for every acre of rainforest protected, SC Johnson provided an acre-for-acre match up to 4,000 acres.

Partnership with Conservation International

SC Johnson and CI have partnered on environmentally focused projects for nearly 16 years. Since 2001, the company has served on the board for CI’s Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business. In 2009, SC Johnson became a founding member of Conservation International Team Earth, a worldwide preservation effort unifying businesses, nonprofit organizations and other participants to confront environmental issues. SC Johnson has also worked with CI through its REDD+ program in the Peruvian Amazon to engage communities in conservation, safeguarding forests and securing livelihoods while offsetting carbon emissions.

Through a partnership with CI earlier this year to support the virtual reality film Under the Canopy, SC Johnson enlisted the public to help protect 10,000 acres of the Amazon rainforest through an acre-for-acre match campaign. The campaign garnered donations from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries through CI’s website.

Last month the company announced that the funds raised from its acre-for-acre match challenge will be used to kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon. The multimillion-dollar, six-year project, which is the result of a partnership between CI, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and Rock in Rio, will restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazonia region by 2023. The endeavor will also help Brazil move toward its Paris Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030. 

SC Johnson, Deforestation and Brazil

SC Johnson has been operating in Brazil for more than 80 years. In that time, the company’s manufacturing plant in Manaus has achieved zero landfill status, a protocol estimated to keep some 91 tons of refuse out of Brazilian landfills each year. In the 1990s, SC Johnson contributed to the protection of two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion. Since then, as part of the company’s work with and contributions to CI, more than 100,000 acres of land have been conserved – much of that in the Amazon region.

The Johnson family has a long personal connection to Brazil. In 1935, third-generation company leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. led an expedition up the Amazon in search of the Carnaúba palm, whose wax was the principle ingredient in the company’s products at the time. In 1998, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson and his sons, including fifth-generation leader Fisk Johnson, retraced the historic expedition made by H.F. Johnson, Jr.  

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign, and follow CI's work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

International Paper and American Red Cross Team up to ‘Sound the Alarm’

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:46pm

International Paper today announced it will be a national home fire prevention supporter with the American Red Cross. This commitment builds on International Paper’s long-time support of Red Cross disaster relief programs and will help people in more than 100 communities across the country.

The first program of the collaboration is ‘Sound the Alarm’, a series of nationwide home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. International Paper will underwrite the cost of smoke alarms and will help educate people about home fire safety.

“The Red Cross is grateful for donors like International Paper who make our campaign possible, reducing home fire tragedies and saving lives,” said Harvey Johnson, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services. “Home fires impact families in every community. The Red Cross is present in communities nationwide, and we rely on a network of volunteers, generous donors and partner organizations to work with us to deliver critical services to people at-risk for and impacted by home fires.” 

“Sound the Alarm will bring vital fire safety education to neighborhoods throughout the communities where our employees live and work,” said Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, community engagement. “It is a great fit with our commitment to investing in people and safety leadership. Safety isn’t just about staying safe in the workplace, it’s about a way of life. When we take a safety message home to our families, friends and neighborhood, we can start to build a culture of safety around the clock for our team and for others.”

The announcement was made at an employee safety fair at International Paper’s world headquarters. The Red Cross was onsite with its Fire Safety House, an interactive exhibit that helps attendees create an emergency escape plan. Other participants included WMC Action News 5 Weather, LeBonheur Safe Kids and distracted driving simulators from both the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department and AAA.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and Wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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