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Athens Sustainability Forum 2017 by Global Sustain | New! SF Tour!

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 9:17am

With an agenda and speakers from C-Suite and external stakeholders including some of the most innovative and inspiring companies and institutions.

This year on October 5th, in Athens, Greece, you too can be part of the movement. Learn more about the Sustainability Forum 2017 here

Our senior speaker faculty includes: 

  • Marialuisa Tamborra, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research Innovation, I1 Strategy – Directorate Climate Action & Resource Efficiency, European Commission
  • Neil Stevenson, Managing Director, Global Implementation, International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Sharon Jackson, Founder & Director, European Sustainability Academy (ESA)
  • Georgina Goff, Senior Director of Marketing, Communication and Corporate Citizenship, EMEA, Flex
  • Toby Crewe, International Solutions Director, Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric
  • Eila Kreivi, Director, Head of Capital Markets Department, European Investment Bank
  • Giulia Ferrati, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain Group
  • Wayne Dunn, President & Founder, CSR Training Institute, Former Professor of Practice in Corporate Social Responsibility, McGill University / ISID, 
  • Matthew Patsky, CFA Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management
  • Makis Tzeis, Managing Director, Atradius Credit Insurance
  • Dr. Tim Lindsey, President and CEO, Highlander Innovation
  • Francesca Palamidessi, Coordinator Corporate and Stakeholder Relations, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Martina MacPherson, Head of ESG Research & Analysis, S&P Global Ratings 

If you are also interested in a 3-day Tour following the Sustainability Forum please click here http://sustainabilityforum.gr/sf-tour/ to reserve your seat!

Emerald Brand Partners with Southern Refreshment Services to Ensure Sustainability Initiatives

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:15pm

Southern Refreshment Services and Emerald Brand have announced a partnership to deliver Emerald’s sustainable food service program throughout the greater Atlanta area. Southern Refreshment Services delivers solutions in office coffee services, micro-markets and pantry services to many of Atlanta’s top corporations, universities, hospitals, and more.

With a consistently growing consumer demand for environmental solutions, corporations are adhering to stricter environmental and CSR guidelines. Southern Refreshment Services has incorporated sustainability as well as health and wellness into their unique business model and is taking their customer’s environmental concerns very seriously. “By providing Emerald’s line of Tree-Free™, compostable, and BPA free products, along with their measurement and marketing tools, we are helping our customers meet their goals to reduce their environmental impact,” said David Carroll, VP of OCS Operations at Southern Refreshment Services.

Southern Refreshment Services will be offering its customers a broad range of Emerald Brand products including Tree-Free™ towel and tissue, Tree-Free™ molded fiber products, bio-plastic foodservice disposables, environmental cleaners, and more. Southern’s client base will now have access to Emerald Brand’s marketing, communication and environmental consulting teams- allowing them to broaden and grow their initiatives beyond the disposable and cleaning categories. 

“We are looking forward to expanding Emerald Brand in the Atlanta market through Southern Refreshment Services,” said RJ Bianculli, Managing Director at Emerald Brand. “They are one of the most innovative and forward thinking OCS/foodservice providers in the Southeast. They understand our environmental mission to mainstream sustainability, enhance American manufacturing by creating sustainable American jobs, and the tremendous value our solutions bring to existing as well as new clients.”

About Emerald Brand:

Family owned and operated since 1997, Emerald Brand is committed to innovating through tree-free, sustainable and rapidly renewable solutions. From Tree-Free paper products to petroleum-free cutlery and a suite of over 250 sustainable corporate solutions, Emerald Brand is at the forefront of driving sustainability in homes and offices around the world.  Emerald Brand products are available for consumer purchase at www.emeraldbrand.com and for businesses at www.paradigm-grp.com

About Southern Refreshment Services:

Southern Refreshment Services is a privately-held company founded in 1979.  Our owners built a thriving business with a focus on providing high-quality products with exceptional service.  In 2001, we acquired partnership with Compass, which provides us with national recognition and global purchasing power as a member of the Canteen Franchise Group.  Southern Refreshment Services is an award-winning company that values strong relationships with our business partners, employees, and customers.  Our sister company, Vend Food Services, provides services that mirrors Southern Refreshment Services and additionally operates on-site business dining and catering services throughout Northeast Georgia.

Southern Refreshment Services, Tucker, GA www.refreshthesouth.com

Vend Food Services, Athens, GA www.vendfoodservices.com


Clooney Foundation for Justice Partners with UNICEF to Open Seven Public Schools to Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

The Clooney Foundation for Justice today announced a $2.25 million partnership, which includes a generous donation from Google.org, and a $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools to provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students this school year, and will also support a pilot of technology tools in these schools to advance learning outcomes for refugee children.

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk -- the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said George and Amal Clooney.

The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Lebanon, which has the world’s highest per capita refugee population, has been particularly affected by an influx of more than one million Syrian refugees. This surge has left local resources strained, affecting both refugee children and Lebanese students.

Of today’s announcement, Lebanon’s Minister of Education, Marwan Hamade said "The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice. We are delighted the Clooney Foundation has decided to support our efforts to open the doors of more public schools to ensure we can offer every child currently living in Lebanon a free education. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the Clooney Foundation and its partners on advancing innovative technology in all our classrooms. Each child given access to education, and new ways of learning, represents a life changed for the better. Today’s grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is therefore a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon.”

The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s initiative, combining financial support with technology, will improve educational opportunities for both Lebanese and Syrian refugee children, so many of whom are missing out on an education. Children like Fatima, age 10, whose family fled the conflict in Syria and settled in Lebanon, have never been to school. “Half of my life I’ve been in Syria, half of my life I’ve been in Lebanon. In my family, my two brothers are the only ones working, earning a salary. Although I want to go to school, I am needed at home to watch my younger sisters and help my mom,” Fatima explains.

“How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region.  UNICEF is deeply grateful for this critical funding.” 

Close to 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. Their lives have been shaped by violence, displacement and lack of opportunity, and many have never been enrolled in formal education. Without access to learning and a return to a sense of normalcy, these children are at risk of becoming a “lost generation.” The Clooney Foundation for Justice is committed to supporting efforts that ensure children get the experiences they need to thrive. UNICEF has been working with partners across the region to put children first since the crisis began. In addition to providing emergency assistance and essential services, including child-friendly spaces, UNICEF and partners have been at the forefront of efforts to address the long-term needs of Syrian refugee children, including education, counseling and social inclusion.

“We must ensure that we do not fail those most vulnerable victims who have managed to flee the carnage in Syria. It is our hope that the refugee children who will soon start school through this initiative will have a chance to contribute to building a more peaceful and just world and, hopefully, one where those responsible for these grave crimes are held to account.” said Ambassador David Pressman, Executive Director of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org

About the Clooney Foundation for Justice
The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in late 2016 by George and Amal Clooney to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.  For more information on the Foundation and its work, please visit www.cfj.org.

FPIC Expert Advisory Panel Report on Merian Released

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

 Newmont Suriname (Newmont or the Company) today announced that the Merian Expert Advisory Panel released its report assessing implementation of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) at the Company’s Merian operation. The assessment was the result of Newmont’s voluntary commitment to help improve global understanding and practical implementation of FPIC through the FPIC Solutions Dialogue by leveraging site-based experience from Merian. The principal objective of the Dialogue is to generate test cases, and develop guidance and tools to help operationalize FPIC around the globe.

“We value the opportunity to contribute to improving the practical implementation of FPIC through this process and look forward to continuing to play a role in supporting efforts to enhance the global application of FPIC in the future,” said Adriaan van Kersen, Managing Director of Newmont Suriname. “The Panel’s report provides additional insight, context and recommendations for building upon our efforts to constructively engage with local Pamaka communities to generate mutual value.”

In 2012, RESOLVE, Newmont, BG Group, Oxfam and other companies and civil society organizations established the FPIC Solutions Dialogue to learn from actual site-based experiences; work together on test cases; and develop guidance and tools to help operationalize free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) in practice. With a focus on practical implementation, Newmont offered its experience at the Merian Mine in Suriname as an opportunity to gain new insights, identify lessons, and improve practices that could be shared with companies around the globe.

In 2016 Newmont commissioned RESOLVE – an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to multi-stakeholder consensus building and member of the FPIC Solutions Dialogue – to convene the Merian Expert Advisory Panel to provide guidance on how the Company could better align with FPIC principles in the future.

The panel’s report looks at Merian from the perspective of applying FPIC from the outset of project planning, prior to Newmont’s involvement with the site. Although planning and advancement of Merian pre-dated Newmont’s specific FPIC policy commitments, the Company will leverage lessons from the report to further align practices with FPIC. This includes building upon the Cooperation Agreement with the Pamaka community which provides for employment, training, contracts, capacity building and infrastructure.

In addition, the Community Development Fund (CDF) will channel revenues generated from Merian’s gold sales to the community, on the basis of priorities established by them, which can spur additional economic and social development.

“Newmont is continuing to engage with key government and community stakeholders to present the report and solicit feedback. In addition, lessons from the Panel’s report have been, and will continue to be, discussed with members of FPIC Solutions Dialogue,” said van Kersen.

About Merian

The Merian gold mine is located approximately 60 km south of Moengo, Suriname and is predominantly in the Pamakan area about 15 km west of the Marowijne River. Newmont Suriname, LLC, (previously known as Suriname Gold Company, LLC) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, which operates the mine on behalf of Suriname Gold Project CV, a Suriname limited partnership (the “CV”). Newmont Suriname is the managing partner, owning a 75 percent interest in the limited partnership, and Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., Suriname’s State-owned oil company owns the remaining 25 percent interest. Construction of Merian commenced in August 2014, and commercial production was achieved on October 1, 2016. Merian’s focus is on delivering safe, efficient and responsible gold production while generating sustainable value and opportunity for employees, local communities, the local and national governments, and the CV’s owners. 

About Newmont

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


Metroflor Posts Video Series Spotlighting Its Sustainable Chinese Manufacturing Operations

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

Metroflor Corporation has shared a video series of the panel its Chief Sustainability Officer Rochelle Routman moderated at the Sustainatopia May 2017 conference in San Francisco. Entitled "The Voice of New China", the discussion features panelists Simon Xia, Metroflor's Shanghai General Manager and Factory Sustainability Coordinator, and Jin Song, General Manager of Elegant Plastics, a primary factory of Metroflor's LVT floors. The panel covers a wide array of subjects regarding the manufacturing environment in today's China including sustainability and transparency, energy and water efficiencies, and the factory workers' experience, as well as an audience question and answer session. 

The five-part video series is posted on Metroflor’s social media channels and YouTube. The first video introduces the company’s Chinese colleagues/panelists and discusses the current relationship Metroflor has with its factory partners. In part 2, Simon and Jin present the environmental improvements at the factory, which enhance the sustainability of Metroflor's products. Part 3 discusses product ingredient transparency and product safety, spotlighting Metroflor's participation in the International Living Future Institute's (ILFI) Declare label program and featuring Metroflor's Aspecta Ten, the first rigid core multilayer LVT floor to have a Declare label, worldwide. Part 4 focuses on the treatment of the factory workers and the transparency provided to customers who visit and tour Metroflor's factories. Part 5 concludes with questions from the audience.

Said Routman, “It was history in the making: the first time a Chinese factory manager, a Chinese product manager and a US-based sustainability officer were speaking in the same place to demonstrate how transparency and sustainability can and should unfold in the global powerhouse of manufacturing that is China. Unlike most manufacturers doing business in China who hide that fact, Metroflor is leading the way by being completely transparent about our relationship with our Chinese partners: revealing where and how our products are made, what is in them, and how the workers are treated. We were proud to come together with them to have this important discussion.”

Follow “The Voice of New China” across Metroflor’s social media channels:


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Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA uniquely brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial and environmental sustainability and impact. Consisting of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging festival, SUSTAINATOPIA has drawn over 1,500 expert speakers from more than 60 countries during the last five years.

Europe’s Leading Responsible Supply Chain Conference to Return to London this October to Propel Business Impact Through the Supply Chain

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

Ethical Corporation’s 12th Responsible Supply Chain Summit taking place on the 17-18 of October in London will bring together C-suite leaders from global companies to drive the movement for supply chain, sourcing and sustainability execs to deliver scalability, efficiency, social and business impact.  

The long-established conference will host innovative and focused keynotes on all areas of supply chain management including measuring impact, assessing risk, leveraging data & technology and developing scalable solutions followed by three devoted tracks on internal management and processes, utilizing data & technology and external engagement. All sessions are shaped to tackle the business-critical issues impacting corporate supply chains. Over 200 delegates will attend from Coca-Cola, Walmart, Volvo Group, M&S and 50+ senior level speakers including; 

  • Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner 

  • Eva Bennis, Director Sustainability and Compliance, Volvo Group 

  • Mark Davis, International Sourcing Director, The Body Shop - L’Oréal Group 

  • Dirk Jan de With, CPO, Covestro  

  • Tom Smith, Director for Strategy – Collaboration Responsible Sourcing, Walmart 

  • Darrell Doren, Managing Director, Foreign Trade Association 

  • Melanie Kubin-Hardewig, Vice President Group Sustainability Management, Deutsche Telekom  

The Summit will gather senior delegates who are passionate about responsible sourcing to cultivate innovative thinking in supply chain management and action real change.  The expert speaker line-up will deliver novel and actionable solutions to the most pressing issues facing businesses today to further positive social impact through the supply chain.  

“It was great to spend time exploring the real value of an ethical supply chain with such a high calibre group of professionals. It’s always reassuring to see the commonalities, as well as the inspiring new approaches being taken” said Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’ of a previous Responsible Supply Chain Conference.    

To celebrate the launch of this year’s conference, a special discount will be running until next Friday 4th August. If you’re interested in joining The 12th Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe, quote ‘Launch100’ for a £100 discount on tickets when registering on the official event website here: http://events.ethicalcorp.com/supplychain/register.php 

*NGO basic pass does not apply  

For more information on Europe’s leading responsible supply chain and sourcing conference please visit the official website or contact Candy Telani Anton, Global Project Director at Ethical Corporation at candy.anton@ethicalcorp.com or call +44 (0) 207 375 7162   

Ethical Corporation’s mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. We believe this is not only how to ensure a future for all, but makes good business sense. We serve CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places. 
We provide business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year. Our customers are also NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. We publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and research reports. Our conferences are widely recognized as the best in the field. 
Sender: Ethical Corporation, Registered under FC Business Intelligence in England and Wales - company registered number 4388971 7-9 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX, UK

ECOR Appoints New Advisory Boardmember Hazel Henderson of Ethical Markets

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

ECOR, the global leader in sustainable materials and solutions for the circular economy, today announced that Hazel Henderson, a world renowned economic analyst, author and the pioneer of sustainable ethical finance, has joined its Advisory Board.

The Board will influence ECOR’s long-term circular economy and sustainable product vision and actively advance best practices with industry leaders to integrate ECOR-based materials and products into their supply chain.

“Hazel brings deep knowledge of sustainabile development and a global network of industry leaders, innovators and financiers that recognize the importance of creating measurable, scalable and immediate environmental impact, and recognize the critical importance of the circular economy,” said Jay Potter, CoFounder of ECOR. “Hazel will be a dynamic and strong asset in guiding our Advisory Board members as they exchange ideas, advocate for ECOR among their communities, and share experiences in navigating evolving and global market trends related to a circular economy.”

Hazel is the Founder of Ethical Markets and produced the Ethical Markets television series on green and socially responsible investing. She is author of 9 books, including “Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age“, The Green Transition Scoreboard®, and 2017 report on “Deepening Green Finance.”

Henderson said, “I’m excited to join the ECOR Advisory Board, because the company is revolutionizing the recycling industry and is helping name brands and smart cities save money, by designing more sustainable ECOR-based products, and re-using their own waste to make ECOR, instead of traditional wood-based materials that require cutting down trees,” “Consumers everywhere are demanding more sustainability from brands and government, and ECOR is leading the way in empowering brands to use cradle-to-cradle design principles and engage in the circular economy, in a manner which reduces costs and wastes, and grows their businesses.”

The ECOR product line of sustainable materials are designed to be made from 100% recycled content, certified cradle-to-cradle, 100% bio-based, recyclable, compostable and to provide sustainable and healthy material solutions for the architectural, furniture, print and packaging industries. The ECOR technology is an innovative high-value recycling process designed to increase the types of recyclable waste, decrease dependence on wood-based products and materials, and to enable the design principles of a circular economy for complete recyclability. Visit ECORGLOBAL.com to learn more.

Since 2004, Ethical Markets Media and its global Advisory Board, help accelerate the global transition from fossilized economies to the cleaner, more inclusive, knowledge-richer green economies of the Solar Age (as outlined in Henderson’s books in 800 libraries in over 20 languages worldwide). In addition to the Green Transition Scoreboard ® , other intellectual products include: Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance ® ; the global TV series “ Transforming Finance “ distributed to educational markets by www.films.com; the EthicMark® Awards for Advertising that Uplifts the Human Spirit and Society , now accepting nominations for its 2017 Awards at www.ethicmark.org; the EthicMark®GEMS certification www.ethicmarkgems.com and other standard-setting for the global transition to sustainable societies ratified by 195 country members in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Visit www.ethicalmarkets.com to learn more.

2017 Circular Economy Summit: From Aspiration to Implementation

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and with support from the World Economic Forum Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, is hosting the 2017 Circular Economy Summit: From Aspiration to Implementation.

Participants will explore opportunities and best practices for unlocking the value of the circular economy and scaling solutions across global supply chains. This year's event will focus on the practical steps companies can take to implement circular economy principles within their organizations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • New business models and practices

  • Systems design principles

  • Process and material innovation

  • Supply chain innovation

  • Transformative partnerships

  • Measurement and communications

  • And more!

Join us for an event you won't want to miss! Learn how to accelerate circular economy thinking and implementation in your organization that drives growth, performance, and innovation. For more information and how to register, visit: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/2017-circular-economy-summit.

U.S.-India CSR Symposium: Making Economies Work for Women and Youth

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:14pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and U.S.-India Business Council on April 14 to discuss best practices in promoting economic empowerment for women and youth in India. Sponsors include Abbott, Amway, and Walmart. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India

  • Kathy Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Sustainability, Abbott

  • Gautam Kumra, Managing Director, McKinsey & Co., India

  • Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill, India

  • Gayatri Subramaniam, Chief Programme Executive, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India

  • Reema Nanavaty, Secretary General, SEWA, India

  • Namita Vikas, Group President & Global Head, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, YES BANK 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders from the Indian private sector, government and NGOs, and more. Topics to be covered include:

  • The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • The Power of Partnerships and Creating Shared Value

  • The New Corporate Citizenship Landscape in India

  • And more!

Registration for the event is free. For more information, visit: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/us-india-csr-symposium-making-economies-work-women-and-youth.

Office Depot Foundation Donates 100,000 Sackpacks With School Supplies In 17th Year of Its National Backpack Program

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:00pm

For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., will be donating 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally. 

“It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “School is challenging enough on its own, and when you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”     

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. This year, in addition to donating sackpacks to children who need them most, the Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculums, the Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. Follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.  For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.


LGC Announces Incoming Board President Connie L. Lindsey, Fellow Since 2001

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:00pm

Leadership Greater Chicago is proud to announce its incoming Board President, Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust. Her two-year term as Board President will begin this fall. In this role, she will lead the board in strategy, governance and fund development working with Chief Executive Officer Maria Wynne to further LGC’s strategic plan to convene, connect and mobilize the region’s most promising leaders to effect transformative change. Lindsey received the 2017 LGC Distinguished Fellow Award, an honor bestowed on highly accomplished Fellows and civic leaders. "I am honored to serve as President of the Board of LGC to build upon a tradition of excellence in leadership development and civic engagement." Lindsey said.

Lindsey is a Fellow from the Class of 2001. Other notable members from her class include: Ric Estrada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Family Services; Brian Fabes, Chief Executive Officer of Civic Consulting Alliance; Ann Kalayil, Cook County Chief of the Bureau of Asset Management; Theresa Mintle, former President & Chief Executive Officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Ann Spillane, Illinois Attorney General Chief of Staff; Robert Steele, Cook County Board Commissioner, 2nd District (deceased); Jay Tcath, Executive Vice President of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago; Dr. Eric Whitaker, Director, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TWG Partners, LLC.

“Connie Lindsey epitomizes what it means to be a civic leader. Her enduring passion and commitment to inclusion and developing leaders will enhance LGC’s current Fellows program,” said Maria Wynne. “I look forward to working with her as we set the stage for the future and prepare the organization and our fellows for even greater impact.”

Lindsey’s influence and service extend beyond the city and the region. She is the immediate Past National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, and Vision 2020’s Leadership Circle. She also serves on the board of the Executives' Club of Chicago; Friends of Prentice Board at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Vice President, Philanthropy Co-Chair); Leadership Greater Chicago (Fellow); board member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; McCormick Theological Seminary (Trustee); Metropolitan Club; Obama Foundation Inclusion Council (Co-Chair); and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

Lindsey received her BA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program.

She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Anti Defamation League Women of Achievement Award, Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, YWCA Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by the Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame. Most recently, she was recognized with the 2017 Women of Influence Award by Chicago Business Journal.

Lindsey will succeed Dr. Thomas Fisher, President at NextLevel Health. Dr. Fisher, Fellow since 2007, has served as President of the LGC Board of Directors from fall 2015 to present.

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