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80 Businesses Honored as ‘Best for Workers’, Creating Higher Quality Jobs That Serve a Higher Purpose

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:37am

Today, 80 companies worldwide were recognized for creating the highest quality jobs by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for Workers’ list. This analysis includes metrics regarding compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, parent-friendly flex time and leave policies, professional development and internal promotion, corporate culture, profit sharing and ownership opportunities.

“With Millennials’ increasing demand for work-life integration, B Corps are winning the talent war,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder B Lab. “The Best for Workers Honorees are leading the way with their commitment to creating high quality jobs that serve a higher purpose.”

The ‘B Corp Best for Workers’ list honors businesses that earned an worker impact score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses.

Honorees include Dansko, the 100% employee-owned, footwear brand, Ecotrust Forest Management, an investment and advisory firm helping investors and landowners enhance forest health and productivity, Rally Software, a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development (and the first successful B Corp IPO) and Charter School Business Management, a NY-based provider of financial training to the charter sector.

The ‘Best for Workers’ companies come from over 25 different industries such as consulting and financial services, renewable energy installation and technical services. One third of honorees are based outside the United States, including countries such as Brazil, New Zealand, Italy Argentina and the United Kingdom. (Full list of honorees below and at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of overall social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over nearly 1,100 Certified B Corporations, across 100+ industries and 34 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

B Lab released the “Best for the World” list (overall impact) in March and the “Best for the Environment” list  (environmental impact) in April and the ‘Best for Communities’ (community impact) list in July. All past honorees can be found at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net

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B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (27 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

Executives from all B Corps available for comment. For more information contact Katie Kerr at katie@bcorporation.net, (610) 293-0299

 

2014 ‘Best For the Workers’ Honorees

 

 13 Midsize Businesses Honorees (50+ Employees)

Chroma Technology Corp (Bellows Falls, VT) - Chroma Technology Corp. is a manufacturer of interference filters for the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared portions of the spectrum, including band pass, multiple band pass, and long and short pass filters, as well as beamsplitters, dichroic mirrors and laser rejection filters.

Cooperative Home Care Associates (Bronx, NY) - CHCA is the nation’s largest worker-owned cooperative, providing high-quality home care services to elders and individuals living with disabilities—primarily African-American and Hispanic residents of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights.

Dansko (West Grove, PA) - Dansko, literally translated as “Danish Shoe,” was founded in 1990 with a simple, flexible-bottom clog. The brand has since expanded significantly, adding more diverse products from casual to dress, and from sandals to boots.

HCA (Philadelphia, PA) - Home Care Associates of Philadelphia (HCA) has dedicated itself to a quality care through quality jobs mission. By providing quality home care jobs, HCA works to ensure quality care across the Philadelphia metropolitan area for elders and people with disabilities.

King Arthur Flour Company (White River Junction, VT) - King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company, operating for over two hundred years and continuing its promise to create the best flour available to bakers and consumers across the country.

MAX Insurance (Overland Park, KS) -Mutual Aid eXchange (MAX) is a member-owned enterprise that provides insurance the way it should be; fair, faithful and socially responsible.

Namaste Solar (Boulder, CO) - Namasté Solar is an employee-owned cooperative that designs, installs, and maintains solar electric systems for homes, businesses, non-profits, and government entities.

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions (Waterloo, Canada) - PeaceWorks provides first-rate technology solutions that enable organizations to achieve their mission with increased ease and efficiency.

Rally Software (Boulder, CO) - Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development.

Sungevity (Oakland, CA) - Sungevity is the nation’s fastest growing residential solar company that designs, installs, and finances residential solar electric systems.

The Redwoods Group (Morrisville, NC) - The Redwoods Group, a privately held, socially conscious company, provides property and casualty insurance underwriting and risk and claims management services to YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers and resident camps across the nation.

Traction on Demand (Burnaby, Canada) -Traction is a CRM consulting and software development firm with unparalleled expertise in Salesforce.com implementations, data quality and marketing automation.

Woodfold Mfg., Inc. (Forest Grove, OR) -Woodfold Manufacturing has been making custom wood products in Forest Grove, Oregon since 1957. Their accordion doors and partitions are used to separate space in commercial, institutional, and residential environments.

 

25 Small Businesses Honorees (10-49 Employees)

Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC (Santa Monica, CA) - Abacus Wealth Partners is a national financial management firm that is committed to bring self and global awareness as well as sustainability to investment management.

Application Experts (Broomfield, CO) - App-X provides flexible web-based solutions for Alternative Asset Fund Managers and Institutional Investors seeking to achieve strong financial performance through high impact investing strategies.

Audacious Inquiry (Baltimore, MD) - AI is an innovative management and technology consulting company that actively pursues projects that involve solving social problems and providing public benefit.

Bullfrog Power (Toronto, ON) - Bullfrog Power’s mission is to provide Canadians with easy and practical 100% renewable energy solutions for their homes, businesses and transportation that empower them to create a sustainable world for future generations.

Charter School Business Management Inc. (New York, NY) - Charter School Business Management’s mission is to empower the stakeholders of the charter sector with financial knowledge and services to develop and maintain fiscal solvency and organizational viability. CSBM professionally develops and trains their clients regarding best business management practices or directly manages their financial responsibilities.

Community Wealth Partners (Washington, D.C.) - Community Wealth Partners offers strategy and implementation services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability.

Corporate Knights (Toronto, Canada) - Corporate Knights uses the latest data and analysis tools to empower markets to make the world a better place. Corporate Knights is comprised of three divisions, which rate, animate and agitate to drive this shift to a more symbiotic form of capitalism.

Enrollment Resources Inc. (Langford, Canada) - Enrollment Resources (ER) is a leading Performance Improvement company dedicated to working with organizations that wish to make society a better place.

Green Building Services (Portland, OR) - Green Building Services (GBS) provides services and tools to support the design, construction, and operation of buildings that are responsible, enduring, and healthy.

Green Living Enterprises (Toronto, Canada) - Green Living Enterprises is a full-service media, marketing, custom content provider and events company that has created and deployed advertising and marketing campaigns for companies such as Scotiabank, The Home Depot, Direct Energy, and Toronto Hydro.

Greentech Capital Advisors (New York, NY) - Greentech Capital Advisors is the first and largest global investment banking firm that is dedicated to serving companies that are transforming the world’s energy, industrial and resources infrastructure.

Heller Consulting (Oakland, CA) - Heller Consulting helps nonprofits streamline their operations and maximize their use of software for fundraising and mission management. The company specializes in software selection, implementation, optimization and training for products from Convio, Salesforce.com and Blackbaud.

Imprint Capital (San Francisco, CA) - Imprint Capital is an impact investment firm that creates and manages high performing impact investment portfolios for foundations, families, and financial institutions.

Myplanet (Toronto, Canada) - Myplanet empowers organizations with UX design & technology solutions to support the delivery of great web-based products.

North Berkeley Investment Partners (Berkeley, CA) - North Berkeley Investment Partners is an independent investment advisory firm whose mission is to help clients feel comfortable and confident in the decisions they make to reach their life goals.

ProtoTest (Denver, CO) - ProtoTest tests web and mobile apps to ensure functionality, performance, usability and accessibility.

Sílice (Mendoza, Argentina) - Sílice is dedicated to generating products and services related to information and communication technology.

Snakk Media (Auckland, New Zealand) - Snakk enables brands to reach their consumers on smartphones and tablets through engaging ads delivered across a network of mobile websites, applications & games.

South Mountain Company, Inc. (West Tisbury, MA) - South Mountain Company is an employee-owned design, build, and renewable energy company on Martha's Vineyard. The company plans and develops residential and commercial buildings, as well as designing and installing solar & wind energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.

SustainAbility (London, U.K.) - SustainAbility is a think tank and strategic advisory firm working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.

The CAPROCK Group (Boise, ID) - The CAPROCK Group is a multi-family wealth advisory firm, customizing financial solutions for individuals and families who don't have the time or expertise to create such solutions on their own.

Top Drawer Creative Inc. (Toronto, Canada) - Top Drawer Creative is an advertising agency with a unique specialization. They focus on a specific consumer psychographic segment called AHAA (Active, Healthy, Affluent, Aware) and the brands that target this group.

Trillium Asset Management (Boston, MA) -Trillium Asset Management, LLC is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing (SRI).

UTOPIES (Paris, France) - UTOPIES specializes in sustainability consulting, accelerating change by helping companies turn difficulties and externalities into opportunities.

Wasmer, Schroeder & Company, Inc. (Naples, FL) - Wasmer, Schroeder & Company is an independent investment advisory firm specializing in Separately Managed Account (SMA) management.

 

42 Micro-Enterprises Honorees (<10 Employees)

A&R Solar (Seattle, WA) - A&R Solar is a team of smart, environmentally conscious specialists who design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.

Analytica Advisors Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) - Analytica Advisors is focused on strengthening the global and domestic success of the Canadian clean technology industry and innovation-based companies that are core to the industry.

Beartooth Capital (Bozeman, MT) - Beartooth Capital is a leading impact investment fund manager whose mission is to generate strong investment returns, real conservation results, and community benefits.

Blue Hill Partners LLC (Philadelphia, PA) - Blue Hill Partners is an energy services company that provides specialty energy efficiency retrofits as a fully funded, turnkey service.

BluPlanet Recycling Inc. (Calgary, Canada) - BluPlanet Recycling Inc. is a Calgary based multi-family residential and commercial recycling collection service provider.

Clean Yield Asset Management (Norwich, VT) - A pioneer in the field of socially responsible investing (SRI), Clean Yield began in 1985 as a stock-market newsletter that provided buy and sell advice on socially and financially screened securities.

Council Fire, LLC (Annapolis, MD) - Council Fire is a world-class management consulting firm working with clients to "operationalize" sustainability and harness the power of information to drive competitive advantage and success in both the public and private sectors.

Dharma Merchant Services (San Francisco, CA) - Dharma Merchant Services is a socially responsible and green certified provider of credit card processing accounts to small and midsized businesses throughout the US.

Disconnect, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) - Disconnect creates software to preserve your online privacy and reduce your exposure to the threat of malware, identity theft, and tracking of your search and browsing history.

Ecotrust Forest Management (Portland, OR) - Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) is a forestland investment management and advisory services company with a business model that generates financial returns, while delivering clear conservation value and strong community benefits.

Education Funding Partners (Golden, CO) - Education Funding Partners (EFP) is the only national-scope, social enterprise that provides Fortune 500 corporate marketing sponsorships exclusively for major public school districts.

Enviro-Stewards  (Elmira, Canada) - Enviro-Stewards Inc’s Engineers & Scientists serve as sustainability catalysts for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities.

Ethical Electric (Washington, D.C.) - Ethical Electric is an energy company that does good. Ethical Electric powers as many American homes and businesses as possible with 100% clean energy from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Farmland LP (San Francisco, CA) - Farmland LP acquires conventional farmland and converts it to organic, sustainable farmland. They provide investors with access to this unique asset class, which has proven to deliver inflation-protected returns over long periods of time.

FlipGive (Toronto, Canada) - FlipGive (formerly Better The World) provides a digital platform that connects brands to the $200+ billion fundraising market; converting customers into a sales force to raise money.

Good for Business (Madison, WI) - Good for Business specializes in purpose-led creative communications developed for use in all media - print to digital.

Graines de Changement (Paris, France) - Graines de Changement is a laboratory of ideas and innovative solutions. They design and produce the ideas, tools and templates that everyone needs to be an agent of change.

GrantBook (Toronto, Ontario) - GrantBook is a social purpose business specializing in the procurement and implementation of cloud-based tools that help grantmakers and their networks to maintain a more social and technology-enabled workplace.

Grassroots Capital Management Corp. (Cummington, MA) - Grassroots Capital is a leader in microfinance investment. The firm plays a pioneering role in attracting private capital into the industry, creating investment vehicles to address market gaps, and providing the necessary funding to support new and innovative as well as established and mature initiatives.

Little Pickle Press (San Francisco, CA) - Little Pickle Press ("LPP") is a 21st Century publisher of high quality, high impact media for children.

Local Food Lab (Stanford, CA) - Local Food Lab is a platform for the ideas and companies that are changing the food system.

Manoverboard Inc. (Winnipeg, Canada) - Manoverboard is a purpose-driven design firm that provides websites, identities, and communications strategy to principled businesses and organizations.

Mark Leibowitz Photography Inc. (Santa Monica, CA) - Mark Leibowitz Photography, Inc. practices and creatively develops sustainable photography services for advertising, commercial and private clients.

MRW Connected, Inc. (Easthampton, MA) - MRW Connected provides custom web solutions to educators, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and just about anyone else working to make the world a better place.

NATIVA (Milan, Italy) - Nativa is a prototypical XXI century company. Its purpose is the Evolution of business and society, so that they create a positive impacton people and planet, thus growing Happiness.

Notogroup (Portland, OR) - Notogroup is an Executive Search Firm with a proven service model that takes into consideration the intricacies that effectively fuse leadership, culture, and business ambition.  

NRG Insurance (Seattle, WA) - NRG is a brokerage insurance firm that connects customers to a multitude of insurance providers, delivering risk management options that include custom insurance options.

One Energy Renewables (Seattle, WA) - OneEnergy Renewables specializes in the development of large-scale clean energy projects – making renewable energy solutions accessible and cost-effective for its corporate, utility, and institutional clients.

OneRoof, Inc. (Berkeley, CA) - OneRoof, Inc. is a Berkeley California-based social enterprise company with extensive prior experience in delivering IT-enabled communications to rural communities in India and Mexico.

OpenConcept Consulting Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) - OpenConcept delivering secure, accessible, responsive and interactive web sites for their clients and believes that social change requires new forms of collaboration and effective use of the Internet.

Praxis Consulting Group (Philadelphia, PA) - Praxis Consulting Group assists employee-owned, not-for-profit, and other socially responsible organizations in developing high-performing, sustainable workplaces that benefit all stakeholders.

Purpose Capital (Toronto, Canada) - Purpose Capital is a North American impact investment and advisory firm that works with Canadian and US investors – individuals, families, foundations, financial institutions, and governments – and their advisors who wish to integrate social and environmental impact into their operational strategies and investments.

Pymwymic (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Pymwymic is the ‘Put Your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community’ of impact investors who believe in the flow of capital for good.

Renewal Funds (Vancouver, Canada) - Renewal Funds is a social venture fund dedicated to delivering financial returns by investing in leading environmental and social mission businesses in Canada and the USA.

Resonate LLC (Now Sustrana LLC) (Berwyn, PA) - Sustrana LLC is a strategic sustainability consulting and technology company based outside of Philadelphia.

RosettaBooks (New York, NY) - RosettaBooks is the leading independent digital publisher, annually selling over 1,000,000 eBooks worldwide.

SEQUIL Systems, Inc. (Delray Beach, FL) - SEQUIL Systems, Inc. is an award-winning professional services firm which provides highly technical building commissioning, LEED program management, energy modeling and sustainability consulting services to the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

Sustainable Business Consulting (Seattle, WA) - Sustainable Business Consulting (SBC) is a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on demonstrating the bottom-line business benefits of sustainability and leading companies through successful implementation.

Takt-etik (Montreal, Canada) - Takt-etik relies on the expertise of eight advisors that have a combined 25 years of sustainability consulting experience, making it the largest firm of its kind in Quebec.

Turbo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Turbo Aceleradora accelerates the growth of positive impact companies in Brazil. They believe business must take into account the needs of all its stakeholders as well as its social and environmental impact.

Volans (London, U.K.) - Volans is a future-focused consultancy and think-tank that drives market-based ‘breakthrough’ solutions to the future’s greatest challenges.

Y Scouts (Tempe, AZ) - Y Scouts is a leadership and executive search firm that connects purpose-driven organizations with purpose-driven leaders.

Ruth Messinger to Judge Genesis Generation Challenge

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:37am

The Genesis Prize Foundation announced today that Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will join the Selection Committee for the Genesis Generation Challenge, which aims to identify and seed money for innovative projects, guided by Jewish values, to address the world’s pressing issues. The competition seeks young adult social entrepreneurs with ideas to better the world, and was established to honor Michael R. Bloomberg, the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate. The Challenge will award 10 teams $100,000 USD each. Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2015. 

Messinger has dedicated her life to serving others, locally in New York City and around the world. She served on the New York City Council from 1978 to 1989 and as Manhattan Borough President from 1990 to 1998. At that time, she was best known for her advocacy on behalf of public schools and her activities to reach compromise between developers and neighborhood advocates. In 1997, Ms. Messinger was the first woman to receive a major party nomination for mayor. When she lost the race to Rudy Giuliani, she assumed the presidency of AJWS, and subsequently transformed the then tiny organization into an internationally recognized human rights funder.  

“I am honored to participate in the exciting and important work of the Genesis Generation Challenge by serving on the distinguished panel of evaluators that will select social good projects grounded in Jewish values with the most promise for improving our world,” remarked Messinger. “I am especially pleased to be part of this project, which honors Michael Bloomberg, the first Genesis Prize Laureate, by helping young adults follow his example in pursuing innovative projects and making service everyone’s responsibility,” said Messinger.

Messinger is a tireless activist for human rights, and currently sits on the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs its Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Many national Jewish organizations have honored Messinger, and she has been named by The Jewish Daily Forward, The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post as one of the world’s most influential Jews and religious leaders in the 21st century.

Sana Britavsky, Deputy CEO of the Genesis Prize Foundation, commented, “We are fortunate to have someone of Ruth Messinger’s caliber help select a new crop of promising projects.”

All competitors must register online by September 30, 2014 at www.genesis-generation.org. Teams then must submit their applications on the site by October 28th, 2014. All approved submissions are then distributed to an international expert evaluation panel, which will review and score the applications. The 15 highest scores will be passed to the Selection Committee. Ms. Messinger is the fourth individual to be named to the committee. She joins Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman; Director of Global Cities, Inc., Marjorie B. Tiven; and President of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women, Jill Smith.

A complete description of the criteria for submission, rules, application and scoring for the Genesis Generation Challenge is available at www.Genesis-Generation.org.

About the Genesis Prize

The Genesis Prize seeks to recognize individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the character of the Jewish people through commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel. The Prize is administered by a partnership that includes the Office of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and the Office of the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Genesis Philanthropy Group (gpg.org) has established a $100 million endowment to launch the Genesis Prize Foundation, as well as fund the prize and related young adult engagement activities. To learn more about The Genesis Prize, please visit genesisprize.org or facebook.com/TheGenesisPrize and follow on Twitter at @TheGenesisPrize.

About American Jewish World Service

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes civil and political rights; and defends access to food, land and livelihoods. We pursue lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing our community in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, we strive to build a more just and equitable world.

Responsibly Grown Wood Distinguishes GreenWood Resources' Headquarters Expansion

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:37am

(Marketwired) -GreenWood Resources (GWR), a global investment and timber management company, has received the seventh U.S.-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification for its headquarters office expansion, assessed by third-party auditor, SCS Global Services (SCS). All of the timber and wood products used in this project have earned FSC certification. At least 50% of the wood has been certified to the elevated FSC standards, FSC-100%, FSC-Mix, or FSC Post-Consumer Reclaimed, a threshold rarely achieved in green building construction projects.

"GreenWood Resources' accomplishment shows true leadership in the building industry, demonstrating that responsibly grown, certified wood can be scalable in large projects," said Robert J. Hrubes, SCS Executive Vice President. "SCS helped ensure that every step of production and sourcing in this project met the rigorous standards of FSC, from plantation forest management to milling and on-site installation."

GWR's Portland, Oregon office expansion included the construction of 34 new workspaces, conference room and reception facilities, which incorporated Collins Pacific Albus(R) lumber and veneer products, and 130 sheets of Columbia Forest Products' (Columbia) PureBond(R) MPX(R) decorative plywood panels. The MPX panels featured hybrid poplar cross bands and veneer, cut from Pacific Albus(R) lumber. All hybrid poplar products used in the office expansion were processed from GWR's GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) plantation trees, which grew to harvestable dimensions in only 12 years. The GTFF tree farm also earned Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification by SCS, which represents the first-ever dual FSC and RSB certification.

"To have an office showcasing the products sourced from our responsibly managed tree farms has been a dream of mine since I started GWR," said Jeff Nuss, President and CEO of GWR. "We and our manufacturing partners understand the value and beauty that exists in products made from this  incredible renewable resource called wood. We are equally proud of our commitment to responsible management of our tree farms and of the Pacific Albus(R) products utilized throughout our office expansion. We believe it is best to lead by example and we welcome others to come see and consider what possibilities exist for themselves."

"GreenWood Resources highlighted the great attributes that make FSC 100% Pacific Albus(R) ideal in any office setting," said Lee Jimerson, Collins Product Manager. "The 9Wood EcoGrille wood ceilings are reflective, which equates to superior indoor light quality. The office furniture, made with Pacific Albus(R) plywood and lumber, is light in color and warm to the touch, making for very comfortable work spaces."

Columbia's MPX(R) plywood panels, Collins Pacific Albus(R) and 9Wood EcoGrille products can contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V4 credits for resource conservation and for reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Tim Schallich, VP Resources at Columbia, added, "It is gratifying to see this contemporary use of wood in wall panels, casework, acoustic and visual treatments knowing the trees used to produce these products are sustainable and will be regrown and harvested again in just 12 years."

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation(TM), reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. www.scsglobalservices.com

About GreenWood Resources, Inc.
Founded in 1998, GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR) is an integrated global investment company focused on the development and operations of forestry assets with operations in North America, Latin America,  Europe and Asia. GWR's core competencies -- capital/ investment management, superior plant material, tree improvement methodologies, forestry operations and sales and marketing -- uniquely address the  broad skills required to produce superior, risk-adjusted returns for investments into intensively managed forestry assets. www.greenwoodresources.com

About Collins
Headquartered in Oregon and family-owned since 1855, Collins produces high quality wood products including hardwoods, softwoods, millwork, pine particleboard, veneer logs, TruWood Siding and Trim. Collins also features a full line of FSC-certified wood products. A champion of sustainable practices and protecting the integrity of the total forest ecosystem on its landholdings, which cover more than 307,000 acres, Collins upholds its long-standing commitment to land and resource stewardship. Divisions are located in: Chester, CA; Kane, PA; Richwood, WV; Boardman, Lakeview, and Klamath Falls, OR. www.CollinsWood.com; Facebook.com/CollinsCompanies; 800.329.1219.

About Columbia Forest Products
Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America's largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia's decorative interior veneers and panels, made with EPA award-winning PureBond(R) formaldehyde-free technology, are used in cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Employee owned and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbia has over 2,000 employees and operates plants throughout the United States and Canada, with an operational network that spans the globe.   http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/






KeyCorp Releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:35pm

Today, KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) released its 2013 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which highlights the organization’s responsible approach to banking, citizenship and operations. Banking data shared includes Key’s products, services and client approach; citizenship data includes diversity, philanthropy and volunteerism initiatives; and operations data includes green building, carbon emissions and recycling.

The report serves as an update to Key’s 2012 CR report and aligns with data collection guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. As the most widely used CR reporting framework in the world, GRI aids corporations in organizing their corporate responsibility efforts and sharing results with stakeholders. The report includes important data points for the calendar year ending December 31, 2013.

“It is becoming more widely accepted that a company’s non-financial performance is an indicator of future success. Our business approach for years has been to balance mission and margin, so both shareholders and communities benefit from our investments,” said Bruce Murphy, head of Key’s Corporate Responsibility segment. “This report reflects such an approach and we hope our stakeholders take an active interest in its content.”

Included in the report are a number of KeyCorp’s 2013 successes. In 2013, Key:

  • Became the only top 25 national bank to earn eight consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, reflecting the bank’s investments in its communities, especially underserved communities.
  • Extended $2.9 billion in financing to developments in underserved communities in the form of debt and equity.
  • Grew KeyBanc Capital Markets’ renewable energy portfolio investment to nearly $1.2 billion, making KeyCorp one of the largest lenders to the wind and solar sectors among U.S. banks.
  • Invested more than $6 million in energy efficiency improvement projects in KeyCorp buildings nationally, diverted 67% of its waste from landfills and recycled 4,797 tons of office paper.
  • Was named one of DiversityInc’s “25 Noteworthy Companies,” “Top 10 Regional Companies” and “Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity.”
  • Spent 13 percent of the corporate budget with diverse suppliers, exceeding a 10 percent goal.
  • Was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a fifth perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index.
  • Gave an average of $18 million to nonprofits in the form of philanthropy, corporate contributions and volunteerism.

To view Key’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, visit www.key.com/CR2013

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $92 billion. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium-sized businesses under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.                         

 

The Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New Follow the Frog Campaign

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:29pm

The Rainforest Alliance has announced a new platform for its annual Follow the Frog campaign. In partnership with the Guardian, a global leader in digital journalism, Follow the Frog 2014 will be a 10-month integrated experience designed to foster engagement with a growing population that cares about sustainability and want to take action in their daily lives.

Follow the Frog will come to life on the innovative, online platform, entitled Vital Signs, with a mix of fresh, educational and interactive content that will raise awareness of some of the world’s greatest challenges – including climate change, deforestation, water quality, poverty and gender issues – and promote daily choices that can make a difference.  The partnership, which is designed to inspire and activate global audiences to live more mindfully, will include contributions from the Rainforest Alliance and its partners and will shed light on how we are all working together to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the planet today.

The Guardian, in addition to its value-based, independent journalism, has developed its own sustainability vision and strategy.  The Vital Signs editorial platform will launch on Sept. 15, including content from the Rainforest Alliance's Follow the Frog campaign, and where readers can subscribe and be part of the online discussion. 

“There is no superhero that is going to save the planet, restore the forests, clean the oceans or turn the clock back on climate change. It’s up to us, we’re the heroes,” said Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance.  “This year through our popular Follow the Frog campaign, along with the Guardian and collaborating companies, we aim to inspire and empower people, showing them how vital their everyday decisions are to the planet.  It’s up to all of us and every choice we make matters.”

Unique features of the campaign will include a “heat map” data visualization that highlights growing audience participation in Follow the Frog and the Rainforest Alliance’s impact on critical environmental challenges worldwide, as well as an online contest entitled “Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes,” where audiences can win a chance to live with a producer family and document their experiences, digital journalism style.

The Rainforest Alliance is calling on companies committed to sustainability issues to contribute to the Follow the Frog campaign.  Avery Dennison, Chiquita and Domtar  have already signed on to be part of the new Vital Signs platform, enabling them to bring their own sustainability stories to life online. Each company will have its own partner zone with distinct, branded content. 

Charlie Wilkie, Commercial Senior Vice President for the Guardian said, “We're proud to work with the Rainforest Alliance and such a diverse set of partners to inform, engage and inspire consumers about the impact of the goods they consume and the role they can play in fostering a more sustainable quality of life.”

Clint White, President of WiT Media and marketing partner for Follow the Frog, said, “A content-driven brand partnership was the best way to take the campaign to the next level and achieve the impact we wanted, engaging audiences in contemporary, lifestyle-relevant ways. It brings Rainforest Alliance’s story to life and positions the organization at the leading edge of the hottest marketing trends – brand partnerships and digital storytelling.”

WiT Media, marketing partner for the Rainforest Alliance, conceptualized and managed this year’s coalition-based Follow the Frog campaign. Additionally Recyclebank, which rewards sustainable, everyday choices, will engage its members in Follow the Frog and offer extra incentives for participation through its rewards program. The campaign is further supported by Chiefgood, a non-profit organization that uses the power of digital advertising to give a voice to great causes.

 

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The Rainforest Alliance is a global non-profit that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. The Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental, social, and economic sustainability that helps both businesses and consumers identify products that come from sustainable sources and vote with their dollars to help support a brighter future. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world (comScore, April 2014). Since launching US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian's total digital audience. In 2014, the Guardian was named newspaper and website of the year at the Society of Editors UK Press Awards

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:29pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training.

Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Las Vegas and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered: This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines.

The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:

1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions

3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines

4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction

5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines

6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report

7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

Who should attend: CSR Professionals Public Relations Communication and Marketing Managers Human Resources Managers Sustainability and Environmental professionals General Manage

Barrick Named Mining Industry Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:29pm

(Marketwired) - Barrick Gold Corporation has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the seventh consecutive year and has been ranked as the top performer in the mining industry category.

"We are honored to be included in this highly-respected index once again this year. Our goal is to be a responsible partner in resource development, ensuring our operations generate positive and sustainable benefits for all of our stakeholders, including governments, communities and investors," said Co-President Kelvin Dushnisky.

"Achieving industry-leading social and environmental performance is a critical element of how we define operational excellence at Barrick," said Co-President Jim Gowans. "This recognition is a testament to our people around the world, who make responsible mining a focus of what they do every day."

Barrick was also included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the eighth year in a row.

In 2013, Barrick contributed $15.2 billion in economic value-add to its host countries and communities through wages and benefits, royalties and taxes, local purchasing of goods and services and community investments. This included $7.1 billion in developing and emerging countries.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index evaluates more than 3,000 companies annually using rigorous sustainability criteria to identify top performers. Companies are evaluated on a range of sustainability metrics, including governance, social performance, environment and economic contributions - taking into account both industry-specific trends, as well as sustainability issues facing multiple sectors.

Read more about modern mining at http://barrickbeyondborders.com. Barrick's 2013 Responsibility Report is available at http://barrickresponsibility.com.

You can also follow Barrick on Twitter and Barrick on Facebook.

For more information on the indices, visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com.

 

About Barrick Gold Corporation

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Barrick is the world's leading gold mining company, with mines and projects on five continents. Shares are traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ABX.

Owens Corning Earns Place on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Fifth Straight Year

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:32pm

For the fifth year in a row, Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) has earned placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) in recognition of its sustainability initiatives.

For the second straight year, Owens Corning was named the Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products group.

Composed of global sustainability leaders, the DJSI World Index is an elite listing of the world's largest companies based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.

"We are proud to have earned a place on this list again this year," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Thaman. "Our employees are working every day to make homes more energy efficient, roofs more durable and weather-resistant, cars more fuel efficient, and renewable energy more cost effective. Our sustainability strategy is realized every day at Owens Corning, through the products we produce and the way we produce them."

"In addition to our continued work to dramatically reduce our environmental footprint, what has our company most excited about sustainability right now is our work toward understanding, measuring and expanding our handprint – striving to achieve a net-positive impact of our company and its products," said Owens Corning Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O'Brien-Bernini. "We have accomplished much, but we have more to do on the path to becoming a net-positive company. That's where our current efforts are focused."

Owens Corning is devoted to delivering sustainable solutions across both of its business segments: Building Materials and Composites.  The company recently reported its sustainability progress in its eighth Sustainability Report.  Some highlights include:

  • Received the highest honor of the National Safety Council, the 2014 Green Cross for Safety medal, recognizing leadership and progress in safety.
  • Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.
  • Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.
  • Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel); the goal is 50 percent by 2020.
  • Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.
  • Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.
  • Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Launched in 1999, the DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide based on an analysis of financially material economic, environmental, and social factors. The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. Each year over 3,000 companies, including 800 companies from emerging markets, are invited to participate in RobecoSAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which provides an in-depth analysis of financially material economic, environmental, and social practices. (Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices)

An in-depth look at Owens Corning's sustainability efforts can be found in the company's 2013 Sustainability Report and on the following website: http://sustainability.owenscorning.com.

About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500® company for 60 consecutive years, and in business for more than 75 years, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2013 and about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.

MicroEdge And Points Of Light Hold Effective Employee Volunteering Policies Webinar

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:32pm

MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, today announced a collaboration with Points of Light to deliver “Best Practices: Effective Employee Volunteering Policies,” a free online webinar centered on sharing corporate employee volunteering best practices. This collaboration will provide attendees with the best practices and knowledge they need to drive highly successful employee engagement efforts, full of valuable insight and advice from two of the world’s leading organizations in employee volunteering programs.

Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteering, and its Corporate Institute is the go-to resource for community-minded companies looking to build and expand effective employee volunteer programs. With its global network of 250 affiliates and a team of experts, Points of Light helps companies create customized volunteer programs, engage employees, learn best practices, network with other leading companies, and gain visibility for leadership and excellence. Points of Light also publishes All for Good, the largest listing of volunteer opportunities with more than 125,000 opportunities from 37,000 organizations.

MicroEdge has nearly 30 years of experience supporting the philanthropic and corporate giving communities with solutions and services to help organizations in those communities increase the impact of their community service and philanthropic activities. MicroEdge’s AngelPoints is a suite of integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions, currently helping some of the world’s largest and most respected companies engage their employees to measure and make a positive impact in their company and in the communities they serve. To support their clients’ volunteer efforts, MicroEdge routinely offers free learning opportunities that help improve their ability to effectively utilize the AngelPoints software, increase efficiency, and enhance their program results.

This collaborative effort with Points of Light is open to both MicroEdge clients and all professionals with a vested interest in employee engagement, and is focused on developing program strategy and enhancing employee engagement programs. The webinar features guest speaker, Katy Elder, Senior Director, Training and Consulting with Points of Light, and will focus on best practices for creating and leveraging effective internal policies around employee volunteer programs. Points of Light will also be presenting on this topic at the upcoming MicroEdge Solutions Conference, taking place on October 5 through 8 in South Beach Miami.

“I’m delighted to represent Points of Light in this collaborative effort to share employee engagement best practices with the corporate giving community,” said Ms. Elder. “Employee volunteer coordinators are often challenged with identifying the best practices that allow them to streamline their efforts and maximize participation in their programs. With this webinar, we hope to provide to them ideas that will allow them to achieve maximum success with their programs.”

“As providers of employee volunteering software, we know the great impact that an employee volunteering program can have, both in companies and in their communities,” said Kathy Krais, Director of Marketing at MicroEdge. “Points of Light is a well-respected organization with a powerful ability to inspire and support corporations in their employee volunteer efforts, and we’re excited to be able to share their expertise with our corporate clients.

More Information about the webinar
Visit the MicroEdge website for more information on this webinar, as well as to find and register for upcoming online events.

About MicroEdge
Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated, and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. MicroEdge is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software and technology-enabled companies. To learn more about Vista Equity Partners, visit www.vistaequitypartners.com. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.

About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. Points of Light also publishes All for Good, one of the nation’s largest listings of volunteer opportunities, with more than 125,000 opportunities from 37,000 organizations. Points of Light brings the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.



MicroEdge is a registered trademark of MicroEdge, LLC. AngelPoints is a trademark of MicroEdge, LLC. All other company names or marks mentioned herein are those of their respective owners.

Evutec(R) Certified for Use of Wood From Responsibly Managed Forests

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:57am

(Marketwired) -   Evutec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality mobile phone and tablet cases, has recently earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for its mobile phone cases, based on an assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), an internationally recognized third-party certification body. The cases are made of FSC-certified wood, such as bamboo and white ash, from well-managed forests. They fit a wide range of cellphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6, officially released this week. 

"Evutec's achievement of FSC certification is a reflection of its commitment to sustainable design and manufacturing," said Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President at SCS. "Evutec's smartphone cases are enabling consumers to make choices that directly reinforce responsible forestry practices." 

Structurally, the Evutec cases are designed to be sleek yet durable. To accomplish this, a unique blend of high tech substances and organic materials are woven together with wood veneer to create a strong case that is resistant to warping from heat and moisture. These signature wooden cases set an important precedent for companies in the tech industry seeking to build sustainability into their products through durable design and innovative uses of responsibly sourced materials. They will be available in Apple® retail stores in October. 

"We strive to integrate sustainability into our design process, not only by seeking out responsibly sourced materials and reducing consumption-related impacts, but by creating products that are durable in both a physical and stylistic sense," said David Rojas, Director of Design at Evutec Corporation. "Great design eliminates the need for a revolving door of cell phone cases by essentially increasing their life span and consequently reducing the environmental impact of production." 

"Achieving FSC Chain of Custody certification and developing new ways to recycle composite materials for use in new products are two of the ways we can demonstrate to our customers that Evutec is fully committed to environmental sustainability," said Melanie Kerns, Evutec Marketing Designer, adding that the company also engages its supply chain in joint efforts to promote durable design and manufacturing under its proprietary "Ecology United with Technology" design approach.  

About Evutec Corporation:
Evutec Corporation, based in Walnut, California, is a leading composite material manufacturer, specializing in mobile phone and tablet cases. Founded in 2012 by a team of highly experienced design and manufacturing professionals, the company utilizes the best available materials and is working to develop new ways to recycle composite materials to manufacture new products without compromising function or style. The Evutec product family is designed and engineered in the USA, and provides unequaled strength, style and dependability. For more information, visit evutec.com. 

SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in forestry, fishery management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retail, and more. SCS has been conducting assessments under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard since its inception, both for responsibly managed forests and for wood and paper products made from FSC-certified wood. The chain-of-custody certification traces FSC-certified timber throughout the value chain, ensuring that it remains separated and distinct from non-certified wood in all stages of harvesting, transport and processing. 

Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. Elects Daniel Hutter to Board of Directors

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:57am

(Marketwired) Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. which operates one of the oldest and most successful stewardship programs in North America, has elected Daniel Hutter to its Board of Directors. Hutter, who currently serves as Division Vice President, Global EHS and Compliance Assurance for Spectrum Brands, was chosen for his industry expertise in product responsibility and environmental design. Spectrum Brands, a global consumer products company with market-leading brands including Rayovac®, has served on the Call2Recycle Canada Board of Directors for the past four years. 

"Daniel has a great deal of experience in understanding the role of sustainability within organizations which include Fortune 500 companies with international footprints," said Joe Zenobio, Executive Director of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. "His expertise will help us continue to implement our business plan to help grow options for battery recycling in Canada while implementing programs that exceed the most rigorous recycling standards in the world for the safe recycling and management of batteries." 

Hutter brings nearly 16 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability to the Board. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, he led enterprise supply chain risk, compliance, and environmental standards activities for Kohl's. 

As a member of the Board, Hutter will be involved in shaping the overall strategic direction and advising growth strategies for the Call2Recycle Canada program. Call2Recycle Canada is already the preferred battery recycling program for the Canadian federal government, and many major retailers, along with status as the approved battery recycling program in British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec.

 

About Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. 
Supported by over 200+ battery and battery-powered product stewards, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 7.5 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 7,000 collection sites throughout Canada. A leader in its field, Call2Recycle was built upon a commitment to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries. Learn more athttp://www.call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Announces 2014 Grant Recipients; Surpasses $25 Million Giving Milestone

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:44pm

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF)—Disney’s granting program focused on protecting  wildlife and connecting kids and families with nature—has announced its 2014 conservation grant recipients.

This year, $3.5 million in grants will benefit wildlife and habitats spanning five continents—from African lions in Tanzania and elephants in China to giant armadillos in Brazil and monk seals in Hawaii.

“For nearly two decades, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has supported crucial work to address threats that face wildlife, critical habitats and the communities that depend upon them,” said Beth Stevens, senior vice president of Corporate Citizenship, Environment & Conservation. “As we seek to reverse the decline of threatened species around the globe, we are proud to fund programs that are having a meaningful impact and ensuring a brighter future for wildlife and the natural world we share.”   

141 projects were selected based upon  their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems. Organizations receiving grants include:

  • African People & Wildlife Fund: Maasai Steppe Big Cats Conservation – To save Tanzania’s most threatened African lion population, the Maasai Steppe Big Cats Conservation initiative works with local communities to mitigate lion-livestock conflict through  developing  sustainable livestock enclosures (living walls of plant materials), protecting vital big cat habitats and educating local citizens.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: Sharing Space with China’s Elephants – This program works to ensure that wild elephants can once again thrive in the Yunnan province of China by collaborating with local communities to provide the means and incentives to engage in protection efforts and assisting the government to develop conservation initiatives.  
  • Zoo Conservation Outreach Group & Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas (IPÊ): Giant Armadillo Conservation Project– The first long-term study of the giant armadillo, this program uses technology like satellite transmitters and camera traps to better understand and protect this species in the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Brazil.  This past year, the armadillo was chosen as the mascot of the World Cup and this team is working to springboard that attention into meaningful community engagement around giant armadillos. 
  • The Marine Mammal Center: Hawaiian Monk Seal Healthcare Project – With less than 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals remaining, the goal of this project is to establish a state-of-the-art research, rehabilitation and education program to promote monk seal population recovery and inspire the local community to protect this critically endangered species alongside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

With the 2014 grants, the DWCF has now distributed more than $27 million since its inception in 1995. To date, this support has:

  • Funded efforts to conserve more than 400 species around the world.
  • Funded projects that have protected 3,600 square miles of habitat—an area equal to nearly 60 Walt Disney World Resorts.
  • Supported education programs that have engaged more than 3 million people in conservation efforts—roughly equivalent to the populations of Chicago and Atlanta combined.

The majority of funding is provided by Disney but is supplemented by guest contribution opportunities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, The Seas and Land at Epcot, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club Resorts, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness and select Walt Disney World Resorts. 

For a complete list of 2014 DWCF grant recipients, click here.

Ingersoll Rand Selected for the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:44pm

For the fourth consecutive year, Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, was named to the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. The company was included on the list for its premier performance across economic, environmental and social measures.

“Companies selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices are among the best in their fields and have strong commitments to social and environmental responsibility,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “I congratulate our employees for their ongoing efforts to embed sustainability throughout our organization, facilities and energy-efficient products and services. Their dedication and commitment create a shared value for our customers, employees, shareholders and communities worldwide.”

Ingersoll Rand produces a combined Annual and Sustainability Report to demonstrate the link between the company’s economic, social and environmental performance. The report details how the company is addressing urgent global challenges – an unsustainable demand for energy resources, the impact of urbanization on the environment, and the constant need for increased industrial productivity with lower resource intensity – in a way that is beneficial to customers and quantifies progress made toward achieving aggressive, publicly announced goals.

The report shares stories about the company’s reliability and energy efficiency leadership with its products and services. Products such as the Trane® TruComfort™ variable speed air conditioners that deliver precise and consistent comfort, running its compressors at the exact speed needed to keep homes comfortable; and the Ingersoll Rand Centac C800 centrifugal air compressor that significantly improves productivity and operational costs for our customers. To view the company’s most recent Annual and Sustainability Report, visit www.ingersollrand.com/sustainability

 

About S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, is the world’s largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average™, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of asset classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones

Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about the company, please visit www.spdji.com.

 

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®Ingersoll Rand®Thermo King® andTrane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $12 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

BASF Again Listed in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:39pm

(Marketwired)  BASF was today again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World).   The company has been especially recognized for its engagement in the areas of eco-efficiency, environmental reporting, labor practice and human rights. The DJSI World is one of the most renowned
sustainability indices and represents the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 companies included in the Dow Jones Global Index.

The BASF share is included in the DJSI World for the 14th consecutive year. The listed companies have to demonstrate continuous improvement every year with regards to sustainability and are assessed by analysts from asset manager RobecoSAM.

Sustainability is integral to BASF's "We create chemistry" strategy and a main growth driver. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/sustainability.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

At BASF, we create chemistry -- and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about EUR 74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

Brands Shaping Culture: Leaders from Unilever, Patagonia, IBM, and Facebook to Speak at the 2014 We First Brand Leadership Summit

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:32am

We First, the leading purpose-driven brand consultancy, has announced a world-class lineup of speakers for the 2014 We First Brand Leadership Summit, October 7-8, 2014 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The Summit’s two-day hands-on training is limited to 200 executives and elite marketers and is focused on showing how brands can tell the story of their good work in ways that build their business.

Now in its 3rd year, the We First Summit has earned the reputation for being the premiere corporate event for purpose-driven social marketing. Attracting marketing, corporate communications, CSR, sustainability and foundation leaders from Fortune 500 brands and top non-profits, attendees learn how to use brand storytelling, community architecture, and scalable social technologies to protect their brand reputation, lead business, shape culture and better our world.

During the two days, all attendees will create their own customized and actionable 2015 Social Branding Blueprint™ based on the latest marketing research, case studies and best practices. This ensures attendees return to their organizations with tangible value and a clear roadmap for their upcoming 2015 brand marketing.

Shaping cultural conversations is now an imperative for brand leadership

The theme of the 2014 Brand Leadership Summit is ‘Brands Shaping Culture.’ “Connected customers now expect greater responsibility from brands and are willing to reward them for it,” says Simon Mainwaring, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of We First. “As such, the opportunity for leading brands is nothing short of building their reputation and sales by literally shaping culture through their good work.”

Learn from the best brand leaders and community architects

Attendees are guided through six modules of training that reveal the latest social business landscape; how to define, frame and share their brand story; the latest best practices in digital, social and mobile technologies; and how to activate employees and customers as brand advocates. Between each module real world case studies are brought to life by global marketing leaders from some of the world’s smartest brands including the following:

  • UNILEVER - Marc Mathieu, SVP of Marketing 
  • COCA-COLA - Derk Hendrikson, GM of EKOCENETER 
  • IBM - Chris Crummey, Worldwide Executive Sales Director 
  • FACEBOOK - Andy McKeon, Global Customer Marketing Lead
  • NUTIVA – John Roulac, CEO and Founder
  • PATAGONIA - Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Initiatives
  • TAKE PART/PARTICIPANT MEDIA – Karina Kogan, EVP of Digital
  • UN FOUNDATION – Aaron Sherinian, VP of PR & Communication
  • WE FIRST - Simon Mainwaring, Founder / Creative Officer

Summit attendees hail from a wide range of industries with current registered attendees including: IBM, TOMS, Johnson & Johnson, Miller Coors, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Livestrong, The UN Foudnation, Toyota, Conagra Foods, VSP Global, and more.

Importantly, We First offers a 1:1 program that means every registration comes with a free ticket for a non-profit or company Foundation. In 2013, 43 non-profits and Foundations were able to attend the Summit at no cost to get the training they need to scale their impact including the American Lung Association, National Wildlife Federation, Mattel Children’s Hospital, and Cancer Schmancer.

CSRwire readers save $500! Enter promo code: CSRWIRE (all caps) when you register at www.WeFirst14.com Spaces are limited to 200 elite marketers so register as soon as possible as tickets will sell out!

Sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, UN Foundation, IBM, Toyota, Uber, TakePart, Nutiva, CSRwire, Content Harmony, Forbes, TriplePundit, Real Leaders, and Promaxbda. For information on sponsorship or to register for the Summit, please visit www. WeFirst14.com.

About We First We First is a brand consultancy providing purpose-driven strategy, content and training to help companies lead business, shape culture and better our world.

America Recycles Day 2014 Opens Registration for Local Events

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:27pm

Online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities.

America Recycles Day, which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15, recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.

When material is recycled, it becomes something new and valuable. A plastic bottle can be recycled into new containers, t-shirts and fleece jackets, park benches, plastic lumber, and playground equipment. Glass is recycled into new containers and may be used in kitchen tiles, countertops, and wall insulation. Products such as structural sections and bridge spans use virtually 100 percent recycled steel.  The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling is estimated to be $11.4 billion, according to As You Sow.

This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” helps to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

Online registration is now open at AmericaRecyclesDay.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event.  In support of event organizers, there are best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations, and much more. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to Nov. 15 as possible.

During the 2013 America Recycles Day, there were more than 1,250 educational events; nearly 570 collection events; and even 80 tailgating recycling events at collegiate football games.  Become a part of the nation’s foremost recycling day of action – register to participate or pledge to recycle today.

America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day to date are: Amcor, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. To learn more, visit americarecyclesday.org.

Subaru Invites Visitors to Take Advantage of "Fee-Free Day" at National Parks

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:27pm

Subaru of America, Inc., through its partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, is encouraging people across the country to take advantage of free entrance to all of America’s national parks during the upcoming “fee-free day” on September 27, 2014.

“Subaru is proud to support the work of the National Park Foundation,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Many Subaru owners enjoy the outdoors and support environmental conservation and so we want to encourage more people to visit America’s national parks to fully experience the great outdoors.”

Subaru makes an excellent choice of vehicle for people driving off tarmac in places such as national parks. The National Park “fee-free day” comes as Subaru introduces the all-new 2015 Outback which is “Built to take you to the place you've never been”. With its all-wheel drive, ground clearance and rugged drive train, the Outback is the perfect vehicle for exploring America’s more than 400 national parks.

In addition to supporting the work of the NPF and celebrating fee-free entrance, Subaru will donate 2015 Outback vehicles for use at four of America’s national parks. The company, known for its commitment to community service, is also encouraging Subaru retailers across the country to volunteer at national parks to show their support for their local area. At a time when many national parks are strained by lack of resources and staff, volunteers provide an invaluable service and help ensure that these special places will continue to be cherished for generations to come.

Subaru has partnered with the National Park Foundation since 2013 and donated more than $1.4 million through its annual “Share the Love” campaign.

For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America’s national parks, please visit www.nationalparks.org.

 

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

b-pack Introduces e-Commerce to Procure-to-Pay World

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:22pm

(Marketwired) - b-pack, leader in Procure-to-Pay world, announces the integration of e-commerce into the b-pack procure-to-pay solution. Business customers' needs are constantly evolving, so does b-pack.

Leveraging its solid process control framework, b-pack enables company end-users to access Amazon and other affiliate networks directly from the b-pack application. This ensures an access to unlimited catalogues, the best prices, and decreases significantly the sourcing efforts. All of this using the compliant processes of the organization, associated with approval and audit trails.

With b-pack, e-Commerce is readily integrated with your back-end operational systems like Accounting solution or ERPs. Within many companies, the support and management of internal catalogs takes a lot of time and effort and delivers a limited choice, so b-pack P2P solutions found a way of improving user adoption by delivering the best results while guaranteeing purchasing compliance.

b-pack new feature allows better adoption of compliance, price negotiation, product and vendor rationalization. This solution provides purchasing departments with an easy way to automate their spend with P2P and allows the implementation of the internal catalogs and punch-outs.

"We have seen many of our customers wondering how to use the simplicity and value of e-Commerce and at the same time keeping all the benefits of the e-procurement solution with control, traceability, compliance and savings. We are glad now to be the first one to bring them the solution, and hope that it will be a real opportunity for many businesses to finally be able to get the best from the two worlds," says Julien Nadaud, CEO and founder of b-pack.

About b-pack
Founded in 2000, b-pack is the leader in Procure-to-Pay technology. Our customers use b-pack Procure-to-Pay software to automate and optimize their procurement process and spend management. b-pack's Saas Cloud solutions are flexible, On Demand and easy to integrate with your ERP or any system. With offices in North America and Europe, b-pack has global reach to meet companies management needs.

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