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CVS Health Foundation $5 Million Community Health Investment Improves Access, Affordability

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:18pm

The CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced 55 new grant recipients as part of its multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide. The grants were awarded through the CVS Health Foundation's partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The Foundation is also announcing new data which illustrates that grants previously awarded through these partnerships are already making a measurable difference to meet community health needs.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to addressing the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. "Through our partnership with leading community health organizations, we've been able to make meaningful progress toward improving care coordination, better managing chronic conditions and increasing access to care. We are excited to announce new grant recipients whose dedicated work will help us continue to support unique approaches and models needed to improve outcomes and lower health care costs."

Through its multi-year commitment, the Foundation has already supported nearly 150 community health organizations nationwide that share its purpose of helping people on their path to better health. New data from the results of these partnerships demonstrates this investment is already increasing access to affordable care, better coordinating care for patients and improving chronic disease management and prevention, including helping people quit smoking.

INCREASED ACCESS TO CARE
Grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed grantees to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance. For example, the Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville, Ohio reduced their patient appointment wait time from 30 days to 19 days on average. For the first time in recent years, the Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri increased the number of patients it serves. And, Family Health Centers of San Diego designed the Students and Engaged Parents for Health program, which has already helped more than 600 students and their parents learn about healthy habits, nutrition and how to access local health and social services resources.

IMPROVED CARE COORDINATION
Working with grantees to better coordinate care can reduce health care costs and improve outcomes for patients. For example, inMassachusetts, the MetroWest Free Medical Program provided more intensive and coordinated health education to nearly 460 patients as well as follow-up care for 163 patients, which helped 92 percent of those follow-up patients improve their medication adherence. The St. Thomas Clinic in Franklin, Indiana, was able to improve compliance with hospital discharge instructions from 33 percent prior to the Coordinator of Care program, to 77 percent in 2014. And school-based health grant recipients have developed, maintained and strengthened more than 125 partnerships with community and service providers to help better serve youth with more complex needs. For example, Project Vida in El Paso, Texas has established partnerships with organizations such as Women's Health Center andTexas Tech University to offer their smoking cessation programs to teens and adults that are current clients of these organizations.

CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
The Foundation's investment has helped patients manage and prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma, helping them stay healthier and reduce avoidable health care expenses across the system. For example, at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic in Florida, 88 percent of new diabetic education patients showed improvement in a post-class evaluation, surpassing the program's improvement goal by 22 percent.  In North Carolina, the Charlotte Community Health Clinic (CCHC) has strengthened the connection between the clinic and patients referred to the ER, resulting in patients using the emergency room 47 percent less than they did prior to becoming CCHC patients. And, 47 percent of patients of The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts who identify as smokers participated in a smoking cessation program.

2015 GRANT RECIPEINTS
The CVS Health Foundation also awarded new grants today as a continuation of these critical community health partnerships.  Together with the School-Based Health Alliance and the "New Directions for School-Based Health Care" program, grantees will expand access to medical care, support innovative technology use and provide smoking cessation programs. Grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics will focus on providing primary care services to underserved populations. And, grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers and the "Innovations in Community Health" program will support the development of innovative, community-based programs that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. This year, NACHC is also celebrating 50 years since the establishment of America's first community health centers and their success in expanding access to quality and affordable primary and preventive health care services to millions of uninsured and medically underserved people nationwide. New 2015 grant recipients follow here.  

ARIZONA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic (Phoenix, AZ), in support of a dental program for adults that will identify patients with, or at risk for, diabetes

CALIFORNIA
School-Based Health Alliance
Family Health Centers of San Diego (San Diego, CA), in support of a program focused on youth and adult health education

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Westminster Free Clinic (Oak Park, CA), in support of a chronic disease management and education program that treats patients with hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes

South Bay Community Free Clinic and California State University San Marcos School of Nursing Student Healthcare Project (San Diego, CA), in support of a new clinic that provides health care services to individuals who would not receive care otherwise

Free Clinic of Simi Valley (Simi Valley, CA), in support of an "Ask a Nurse" program that allows access and coordination of care through a telephone triage nurse who provides consultations, education and emotional support

National Association of Community Health Centers 
LifeLong Medical Care (Berkeley, CA), in support of a diabetes panel management program

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (San Fernando, CA), in support of an innovative program that treats patients with asthma

CONNECTICUT
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Malta House of Care, Inc. (Hartford, CT), in support of a health care program that helps diagnose chronic illnesses and helps educate patients about disease prevention

National Association of Community Health Centers 
First Choice Health Centers, Inc. (East Hartford, CT), in support of a diabetes management initiative specifically targeting patients who are non-adherent to their protocol and are high-risk

Cornell Scott Hill-Health Center (New Haven, CT), in support of a program to lower diabetes A1c scores in the 503 center patients who have a value of 9 percent or higher

FLORIDA
School-Based Health Alliance
Florida: Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative of the University of Miami (Miami, FL), in support of a program to expand care coordination and patient engagement

Health Choice Network of Florida, Inc. (Miami, FL), in support of enabling staff to work with more students and connect them to additional resources

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Clearwater Free Clinic (Clearwater, FL), in support of a medication distribution program for underserved populations

Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, FL), in support of a chronic disease management clinic that is helping to improve health outcomes for the underserved population

ILLINOIS
School-Based Health Alliance
Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on care coordination and increasing students' access to health care providers and services

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (Chicago, IL), in support of a mental health outreach and intervention program

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Avicenna Community Health Center (Champaign, IL), in support of its community-based approach to expand its resources and health care services to the underserved community

Community Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL), in support of services that will improve health care access for the homeless, including providing primary care

INDIANA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Bridges to Health (Marion, IN), in support of a pilot program that will provide care for patients living with diabetes and cardiac disease

MASSACHUSETTS
National Association of Community Health Centers 
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton, MA), in support of a patient self-management program for diabetes and hypertension patients

MICHIGAN
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Catherine's Health Center (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of a program to increase primary care access for the underserved in theGrand Rapids community

Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (Pontiac, MI), in support of the implementation of the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program, which will help prevent type 2 diabetes among at-risk populations

National Association of Community Health Centers
Baldwin Family Health Care (Baldwin, MI), in support of providing quality, integrated and comprehensive health care services that are accessible to all

NEVADA
National Association of Community Health Centers
Northern Nevada HOPES (Reno, NV), in support of the implementation of a Diabetes Population Management program designed to improve health outcomes in patients with diabetes

NEW YORK
School-Based Health Alliance
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Center for Community Health and Education (NYP CCHE) (New York, NY), in support of data programming and the management of electronic medical records

Sisters of Charity Hospital (Buffalo, NY), in support of a program to teach health care practitioners coding to help meet patient needs

National Association of Community Health Centers
The Chautauqua Center (Dunkirk, NY), in support of a chronic disease management program for current and future clinic patients

NORTH CAROLINA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
The Caring Community Clinic (Jacksonville, NC), in support of the transition to a full-service free clinic that will provide the community with access to health care services focused on chronic disease management

Scotland Community Health Clinic (Laurinburg, NC), in support of a program that focuses on patients who are at risk for diabetes

Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (Salisbury, NC), in support of a diabetes management and smoking cessation program

OHIO
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
OPEN M Summit County Free Clinic (Akron, OH), in support of a nutrition education program that will teach patients the essentials to good health

Physicians CareConnection (Columbus, OH), in support of a new technology platform that will improve efficiencies and enhance workflow in order to better serve patient needs

Lorain County Free Clinic (Lorain, OH), in support of a medical services program that will continue to mobilize, coordinate and sustain health care access to the uninsured

Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center (Steubenville, OH), in support of a diabetes education program that provides screenings to current and new patients who have symptoms of diabetes

PENNSYLVANIA 
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
The Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured (Scranton, PA), in support of the implementation of an electronic medical records program and expansion of counseling and physical therapy services

RHODE ISLAND 
School-Based Health Alliance
Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket, RI), in support of program focused on absenteeism, high-risk and disciplinary action

SOUTH CAROLINA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Anderson Free Clinic (Anderson, SC), in support of a new initiative focused on coordinated care for the underserved population

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (Camden, SC), in support of health care models focused on tracking methods for medication adherence and health outcomes

Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, Inc. (Chester, SC), in support of the expansion of a women's health program that will serve approximately 400 women who qualify for OB\GYN health care services

Clinica Gratis of Community Initiatives, Inc. (Greenwood, SC), in support of a project that will increase access to primary care services for uninsured patients

Smith Medical Clinic, Inc. (Pawleys Island, SC), in support of a pilot program that will measure the impact that one-on-one medical care can have on health outcomes in patients living with two or more chronic diseases

National Association of Community Health Centers 
Fetter Health Care Network (Charleston, SC), in support of a telehealth program for patients with diabetes

TEXAS
School-Based Health Alliance
Project Vida (El Paso, TX), in support of smoking cessation programs for youth and adults that help them lead tobacco-free lives

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (Austin, TX), in support of a statewide training program to bring evidence-based diabetes education models to charitable clinics throughout Texas

Dr. James Gabbard Memorial Health Clinic (Corpus Christi, TX), in support of a smoking cessation study that will utilize best practice methods and counseling strategies to help people lead tobacco-free lives

Cornerstone Charitable Clinic (Fort Worth, TX), in support of an innovative diabetic educational program that will target at-risk populations

Mission Travis Mercy Clinic (Fort Worth, TX), in support of a comprehensive program that will assist patients in the prevention of heart disease

South County Community Clinic, dba Interfaith Community Clinic (Oak Ridge North, TX), in support of medical, dental and education programs that help improve the overall health and well-being of patients

Get Up Project (Round Rock, TX), in support of a women's health program that will increase the number of screenings that detect cervical cancer and breast cancer

I Care San Antonio (San Antonio, TX), in support of the expansion of a diabetic outreach vision program

VIRGINIA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics 
Chesapeake Care, Inc. (Chesapeake, VA), in support of a multidisciplinary effort to help improve health outcomes for patients living with diabetes

Center for High Blood Pressure (Chesterfield, VA), in support of the expansion of health care services including a diabetes prevention program

Free Clinic of Central Virginia (Lynchburg, VA), in support of health care services for patients living with chronic disease and COPD

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (Richmond, VA), in support of newly-implemented quality improvement initiatives that will help ensure continued access to high-quality health care services for the uninsured

Health Wagon (Wise, VA), in support of a program designed to treat, prevent, and manage cardiovascular disease

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our 7,800 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

U.S. Chamber Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announce New Health and Economic Opportunity Initiative

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:18pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced a two-year initiative to engage the American business community on the overlap of health and economic opportunity. The “Better Health through Economic Opportunity” campaign will be made possible through a $1.7 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Businesses understand that healthy communities are vital for long-term growth and competitiveness,” said Suzanne Clark, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and bring to light the important role businesses play in community wellness.”

The initiative will be managed by the Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center and will seek to foster both a national and local dialogue on the role business can play in promoting community health. It will include a research project on the connection between health and economic growth, toolkits to help local businesses shape the healthy future of their communities, a national summit in 2016, and forums hosted at regional chambers of commerce in 10 communities across the country, including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, and the Fort Worth Chamber.

“The private sector holds tremendous potential for building a Culture of Health in America, “ said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey,  MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “I can’t think of a better partner than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to engage the American business community in this important movement to expand economic opportunities that drive better health.”

More information on the initiative is available here.

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

SROI – Social Value & Impact Measurement

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:02pm

In a rapidly changing environment the concept of measuring investment returns and results arising from the strategy and practices of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, is imperative. In this context, Global Sustain organizes the training seminar «SROI – SOCIAL VALUE & IMPACT MEASUREMENT», which will be held on 7th & 8th May 2015, at NJV Athens Plaza Hotel, Syntagma Square, Athens.

The two-day seminar is open to professionals and academics and participants will have the opportunity to listen to the world renowned speaker and CEO of the Social Value International, Mr. Jeremy Nicholls, while gain valuable insights regarding the measurement of social value of corporate responsibility and sustainability actions (short cv of the speaker is available here).

The seminar aims at offering professional knowledge to the participants but also the opportunity to network with executives from Greek and multinational corporations. The first day is dedicated to the general principles of the Social Return on Investment and social value measurement. The second day a specialized program will be held consisting of seven modules of particular interest (the detailed program is available here).

The seminar is aimed at sustainability/CSR managers, HR managers, marketing managers, communication specialists and public relations, environmentalists, environmental engineers, environmental risk managers, quality assurance specialists, IT engineers, lawyers, investors, NGO members, students etc.

For registrations visit fill in the application form.  

Sustainable Biomass Partnership Accepts SCS Global Services as Applicant Certification Body

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:02am

(Marketwired) - SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, announced that it has been accepted as an applicant Certification Body for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP). As a result, SCS is now ready to conduct audits of companies in the biomass sector, while continuing to contribute to the expansion and success of the SBP program.

SBP is an industry-led initiative formed to ensure that woody biomass producers meet the rigorous requirements of energy production in Europe while simultaneously supporting countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The SBP Framework enables producers to demonstrate compliance with legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements, with certification based upon a set of standards and processes established through the collective efforts of diverse stakeholders. The Framework also serves as a transitional tool to address current demands while new technologies are developed to increase net energy gain and lower net emissions. From a global standpoint, the SBP Framework complements requirements on sustainable feedstock and chain of custody from existing forest certification schemes. SBP also creates an efficient system for biomass producers to meet industry-specific requirements, such as energy and carbon data collection, and ensure a sustainable biomass supply chain.

"We are very pleased to be accepted as an applicant Certification Body for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership and look forward to providing certification services to interested parties," said SCS Executive Vice President Robert J. Hrubes. "SCS is dedicated to recognizing and endorsing environmentally responsible decision-making in the production and trade of natural and manufactured products. We are eager to contribute to the success of the SBP Framework to meet Europe's growing energy demands using responsible sourcing solutions."

Peter Wilson, Executive Director of SBP, commented: "We are pleased to accept SCS Global Services as an applicant and look forward to progressing the application towards SBP-approved status. The acceptance of SCS as an applicant is an important step towards establishing the SBP Framework as an effective scheme enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate that the biomass is both legally and sustainably sourced."

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. Among its key certification offerings are Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, and carbon offset credits under a wide variety of internationally recognized schemes. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. www.scsglobalservices.com

About Sustainable Biomass Partnership
SBP is an industry-led initiative formed in 2013 by major European utilities that use biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets, in large thermal power plants. SBP's immediate priority is to develop standards and processes allowing companies in the biomass sector to demonstrate compliance with legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements. www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org

Green Mountain Energy Expands to Provide Renewable Energy to Massachusetts and New Jersey Homes

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:02am

Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer, today announced it is now offering service to residential customers in Massachusetts and New Jersey. The initial expansion will bring 100 percent clean, renewable energy sourced from wind to households in the Eversource (NSTAR) territory in Massachusetts and to JCP&L customers in New Jersey. Later this month, service plans to expand to households in the PSE&G and Potomac Edison territories, and to NatGrid, WMECO and Rockland Electric in May.

Green Mountain already provides renewable energy in competitive markets in Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. With more than 17 years of dedication to cleaner energy, Green Mountain is uniquely positioned to offer local residents a variety of clean electricity service options as a reliable and experienced green power provider.

“People value clean energy as an option to power their homes and positively impact the environment,” said Mike Starck, managing director of Green Mountain Energy Company. “Green Mountain’s expansion into these new areas is a direct result of consumers’ growing demand for renewable energy, and we’re excited to invite new customers to join us in our mission to change the way power is made.”

As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, Green Mountain encourages customers to celebrate the Earth every day by powering their homes with clean energy. Massachusetts and New Jersey residents now have access to electricity products sourced from 100% national wind, all available today through the Green Mountain website. Fixed and variable rate plans are available. To learn more about the environmental impact of Green Mountain’s products, services and sustainability initiatives, check out the company’s website at www.greenmountainenergy.com/sustainability.

The website also features videos to help customers learn how to make all aspects of their lives more sustainable. Green Mountain is committed to educating consumers about how to reduce their impact on the environment and provides them with tools to get there. The Green Mountain online store offers customers products beyond electricity, like Goal Zero® portable solar products to power life on the go, as well as energy efficiency and water conservation products. 

Green Mountain already contributes to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club®, a company program that donates solar power projects to non-profit organizations, on behalf of every customer in its Eastern region territories, and will now make a monthly contribution on behalf of all residential customers in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Last month, the Sun Club embarked on a solar donation road show to donate more than $422,000 to ten non-profit organizations in Pennsylvania and New York. Since its inception in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $3.8 million to install over 900 kilowatts of solar power. The Sun Club is always accepting applications from non-profits for solar power donations and encourages non-profits in Massachusetts and New Jersey to apply online.

Customers can sign up for Green Mountain Energy® electricity any time online at www.greenmountainenergy.com, or in person at the New Jersey Spring Wine Festival on April 24, or at the XPoNential Music Festival happening July 24 - July 26.

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Green Mountain Energy Company

Green Mountain is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 30.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Green Mountain is backed by NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), leading customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices and setting aggressive sustainability goals to reduce its carbon footprint. Visit us online at www.GreenMountainEnergy.com.

Follow us at facebook.com/greenmountainenergycompany or twitter.com/greenmtnenergy

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Savii Group Announces Official Launch of PinPoint, Find It, Share It™

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:54am

San Diego-based Savii Group, a market leading cost recovery and cost savings provider specializing in buy-side intelligence is pleased to announce the launch of their new PinPoint, Find It, Share It™ program. The PinPoint™ program is the first and only of its kind to couple smart spending expertise - Find It - that allows companies to operate more efficiently and increase profits, with a conscious capitalism feature - Share It - that contributes a portion of the findings towards social good through a low touch, no risk expense assessment. 

The PinPoint, Find It, Share It™ business model is designed to be a minimal time-commitment engagement where there is no cost to the company if savings are not found, the majority of the savings are retained by the company, and PinPoint™ commits a portion of their pay-on-performance revenue to a charity, foundation, or cause of the company’s choosing. Whether or not the company choses to match that donation is entirely up to the company, offering a unique way to simultaneously improve the bottom line and the company’s standing in the community.

“We are equally passionate about helping companies improve efficiency and using recovered corporate resources as a force for doing social good”, stated Gina Manis-Anderson, founder of Savii Group and co-founder of the PinPoint™ program. “What drove us to create the PinPoint™ program is the ability to do both in a way that is painless to corporate leaders, but powerful in terms of the social impact they can have on communities and the overall perception of their brand”, she continued.

Indirect expense impacts as much as 30% of revenue for corporations in the US. Managing supplier costs is ever changing and internal allocation of supplier expenses is highly fragmented, requiring constant monitoring. Often, even with focused effort, corporations are unable to capture all of the lost profits impacting their bottom line. SMART Spending™ requires deep expertise and understanding of the suppliers’ costs in order to find hidden savings. Research shows a majority of corporations could be more profitable with the help of expense management experts, who bring an advantage to the buyer’s negotiation table. 

When paired with a conscious capitalism program like PinPoint™, the resultant found savings, coined Foundraising™, becomes an effective tool that addresses multiple facets of a growing companies need to compete, increase profits, and improve their global reputation. 

The PinPoint™ Story
PinPoint Find It, Share It™ was conceived by San Diego entrepreneurs Gina Manis-Anderson and Mark Neilson to help C-Suite executives increase profits and employee engagement while using their business as a Force for Good. We are passionate in our professional lives about helping businesses increase profitability and efficiency through our elite team of experts in expense management and passionate in our personal lives about doing social good in our community. That’s why we created the PinPoint, Find It, Share It™ program - to help companies foster more Conscious Capitalism.

Pinpoint, Find It, Share It™ launched in 2015 as a program helping corporations and nonprofits use found money as a sustainable way to fund social causes, while increasing profits. Some organizations that have already benefited by our Foundraising™ are: United Way, Easter Seals, Junior Achievement, BCRF and Habitat for Humanity to name a few.

Newmont Publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:34pm

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (“Newmont” or “the Company”)  today published its 2014 sustainability report, Beyond the Mine, detailing the Company’s safety, economic, environmental and social performance, as well as its commitment to ethical business practices.

The report reflects Newmont’s reporting obligations as a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), as well as its commitments under the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) and the United Nations Global Compact. Newmont reports its sustainability performance against the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) sustainability reporting framework – a comprehensive set of indicators covering sustainable development – and is independently assured.

“Our annual sustainability report transparently details Newmont’s performance over time in the areas that matter most to our stakeholders,” said Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Newmont’s Executive Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations. “In the spirit of continuous improvement, we enhanced our governance, standards and practices in 2014 to better manage the social and environmental risks associated with our business, while working to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining.”

Highlights from the 2014 report include:

  • Achieving the lowest injury rate in Newmont’s history for the second year in a row; however, two fatalities at Newmont’s operations in Ghana demonstrate that the Company’s work to achieve a culture of zero harm never ends; 

  • Publishing an independently assured, Conflict-Free Gold Report confirming Newmont does not operate in areas classified as “conflict-affected or high risk” and is in conformance with the criteria established by the World Gold Council’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard;

  • Gaining approval to expand underground mining operations in Waihi, New Zealand through a comprehensive public involvement program;

  • Establishing the Newmont Akyem Development Foundation (NAkDeF) at the Company’s newest operation; NAkDeF has a similar structure to the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation, which was recognized in 2014 as the best social impact investment vehicle in Africa by the European Union’s African Chamber of Commerce;

  • Implementing a global water strategy to more effectively manage and mitigate water risks and more clearly link water management practices with long-term strategic and social responsibility objectives; and

  • Demonstrating a commitment to transparency through the development of external targets for complaints and grievances, water management, and closure and reclamation.

  • Receiving the government of Indonesia’s first-ever botanical garden designation at a reclaimed, former mine site;

The full report, as well as a downloadable PDF, is available at www.beyondthemine.com.

Newmont values feedback on the report or any other aspect of Newmont’s sustainability performance and invites readers to complete an online survey.

For the latest news and information about Newmont, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. 

About Newmont
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is a leading producer of gold and copper. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 28,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, and health and safety performance. 

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

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:33pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE will host this course is back in London 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.

Certification:
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 Managers

L’Oréal Paris Announces Call for 2015 Women of Worth Nominations

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:33pm

L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth launches its annual call for nominations to recognize inspiring women who are making a difference in communities across the country. Now in its tenth year, Women of Worth embodies L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy “Because I’m Worth It,” and demonstrates the powerful connection between giving back and igniting a sense of self worth. L’Oréal Paris is accepting nominations for the next 10 honorees today through May 15 at WomenofWorth.com

Over the last decade, Women of Worth has recognized 90 extraordinary women, shining a spotlight on their stories and causes. From this platform the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth have continued to thrive, receiving further accolades from government and media, authoring books, impacting legislation and expanding support for the causes they serve. Past honorees have been involved in a range of important issues from empowering young Latinas and mentoring at-risk youth, to advancing the detection of breast cancer and addressing child hunger.

“At L’Oréal Paris, we believe that all women are worth it. We know that when empowered, women can overcome any obstacle and accomplish whatever they set out to achieve,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu. “For the past decade, Women of Worth has strived to recognize women who have faced adversity and found a way to make a difference in the lives of others. With Women of Worth, our goal is to provide honorees with a national platform to raise awareness for their important organizations, as well as inspire others to pursue their passions.”  

WOMEN OF WORTH WEDNESDAYS

In honor of Women of Worth's 10th anniversary, L’Oréal Paris is launching "Women of Worth Wednesdays," a social content series that encourages followers to celebrate the women who inspire them every day. Whether teachers or mothers, mentors or friends, women are invited to join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by tagging the women that inspire them with #WomenofWorth.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2015 WOMEN OF WORTH

The nominations period for Women of Worth, conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world's largest volunteer service organization, will run through May 15. A respected panel of judges will select 10 women to each receive $10,000 towards her cause and one woman will be named the National Honoree and awarded an additional $25,000, following an online public vote later this year. All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at an awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York. 

“L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth is an example of the incredible energy created when we take time to recognize the amazing efforts of volunteers," said Tracy Hoover, CEO, Points of Light.

"These exceptional women are truly points of light— leveraging their time, skills and resources to bring about change by tackling some of the world's most pressing challenges and motivating others to serve.”

For more information about Women of Worth, nominate a woman making a difference and to learn more about past honorees, visit www.WomenofWorth.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. We bring the power of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT L’ORÉAL PARIS 
The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company that combines the latest technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. The L’Oréal Paris brand encompasses the four major beauty categories – hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics – and includes such well-known brands as Preference, Excellence, Feria and Healthy Look hair color; Advanced Haircare, Advanced Hairstyle, Elnett Satin Hairspray, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverCreme, EverStyle, EverCurl and L’Oréal Paris Kids hair care; Advanced Suncare, Youth Code, Revitalift, Age Perfect, Ideal Clean, Ideal Moisture, Sublime Bronze and Men's Expert skincare; and the Colour Riche, True Match, Infallible, Visible Lift and MAGIC cosmetics collections, along with a portfolio of mascara including Voluminous, Double Extend and Telescopic among many others. For more information on L’Oréal Paris and its brands, and to receive personalized beauty advice, expert tips and exclusive beauty content 24-7 (wherever you may be), check out www.lorealparisusa.com.

Advance International Emerging as a
 Game Changer in the High Tech Food Industry

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:08am

The term "high tech" no longer applies only to phones and computers. Many industries are using technology to stay on the cutting edge, most notably, the food industry. The news is full of exciting innovations designed to feed the world's ever-growing population, and investors are flocking to disrupt the food science and agriculture industries. 

As an all-natural, nutritionally superior, marine-based protein powder, Advance Protein Powder (APP) is ready to make waves in the food industry. The developer of APP, Advance International, Inc., is a Bay Area start-up company that has invented a patented, scalable manufacturing process for producing, for the first time, an all natural, tasteless, odorless powder derived from sustainable fish. Research has long ago proven that fish protein is superior to whey and soy but, until now, the strong taste and odor limited the application of fish-based protein to animal feed and other non- human consumption products. As a non-GMO, fat and cholesterol free product, this breakthrough has significant implications for the health & fitness, alternative meat and healthcare markets.

Mazi Ghorbani, CEO, states that AI has developed a scalable, mass production disruptive technology that food industry giants have attempted but not yet achieved. Utilizing innovative pharmaceutical processes with more economical food industry production methods, AI has the ability to set up skid- or vessel- mounted production facilities, making the process particularly suitable for global applications, with the flexibility to be near the fish source. Further, the process has a green, environmentally friendly carbon footprint with near zero waste, utilizing either abundant fish or portions of the catch that are typically wasted.

The market for protein powder exceeds $25 billion globally, so AI expects to be well received as it seeks its first round of funding. Major Silicon Valley venture capitalists are aware of the shortcomings of current market offerings. Approximately 93% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, according to a 2012 study (Fernandez-Cornejo). Whey products, like the milk they are produced from, can contain growth hormones and antibiotics, not to mention herbicides and pesticides found in cattle feedstocks. Yet animal based protein continues to be considered the most "complete" protein, with more of the essential amino acids the human body needs. AI believes its fish protein powder, with a complete amino acid composition relative to vegetable protein yet without the chemical, fat, and cholesterol risks of most animal proteins, and breakthrough absence of fishy flavor and taste, is the answer for disrupting this very large food supplement market.

AI intends to serve the demand for protein powder in the developed world while also addressing humanitarian needs for single-packet-per-day protein products served by organizations such as USAID and UNICEF in areas where malnutrition is rampant.

To learn more about Advance International, Inc. and its patented product, please visit www.advanceprotein.com

Raytheon Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Benefit Children of Military Families

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:08am

A new $5 million multi-year commitment from Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will provide enhanced technology centers and support for after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to children of military families.

Working in partnership, Raytheon and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will establish ‘Centers of Innovation’ at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations. The Centers will provide an inspiring backdrop for programming that focuses on creative approaches to STEM. The effort is part of Raytheon’s $10 million commitment to military veterans, personnel and family.

“The men and women who serve their country have sacrificed much for our safety and freedom,” Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy said. “It is our responsibility to show them our trust and respect by supporting them and their families in achieving great futures.”

Club youth at each Center of Innovation will work with Club staff and Raytheon employee mentors to develop their skills and critical thinking using real-world applications for STEM. 

“Our STEM programs aim to complement the foundations of science and math kids learn in school. This partnership with Raytheon will further innovate Clubs with the tools and facilities that ignite kids’ passion for STEM,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “For more than 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have offered a safe, secure place for military youth to help address the unique circumstances that they have to navigate during their formative years. With Raytheon’s support, we’ll be able to impact more of our military heroes’ kids to help them achieve great futures in areas of science, math or wherever their interests take them.” 

BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations aim to bring consistency and continuity to the lives of military children. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school – about three times more often than civilian families. The Club atmosphere provides continuity for military kids, whether living on or off a military base. Through creative projects and evidence-based programming, students enhance their understanding of STEM, strengthening skills in preparation for college, military and civilian careers.

“Boys & Girls Clubs provide a necessary support structure to military families,” Kennedy said. “The Centers of Innovation will help military children develop the STEM skills and innovative spirit that the next generation of leaders will rely on to ensure the prosperity of our economy and the security of our nation.”

 About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

HCSC and Community Partners Impact More Than 6.3 Million Children in 2014, Reaching More Than 13 Million Overall

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:08am

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), partnering with more than 100 community organizations, last year doubled the number of children reached through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, improving the health and wellness of more than 6.3 million children in the communities it serves. In the four years since its inception, the initiative has served 13 million children in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Additionally, the company’s employees volunteered more than 86,000 hours to community organizations, nearly twice the previous year’s total, and the equivalent of having 42 full-time employees work for a non-profit for a year.

HCSC’s just-released Social Responsibility Report, which can be found online at www.hcsc2014srr.com, demonstrates how the company made significant gains in the number of children impacted through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative by targeting its community investments in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments.

“By using our own member’s claims data, we are able to align our community investments with our business objectives and partner with organizations that allow us to address the most pressing health needs in our local communities,” said Dr. Stephen Ondra, chief medical officer, HCSC. ”These investments work hard to decrease the incidence of illness and growing chronic trends such as diabetes and childhood asthma.”

As part of its effort to address asthma in the communities it serves, HCSC has partnered with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) to offer community-based interventions for asthma patients, while simultaneously working to enhance care management strategies to reduce inappropriate health care usage. Case studies from first-year cohorts of the “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Project” found a 65 percent improvement within 12 months of intervention and 75 percent improvement after 18 months. This translates to better care, which produces measurable improvements in health outcomes for patients with asthma.

Another one of HCSC’s most significant social investments was the decision to offer health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in every community it serves. During this time of historic expansion of access to health care, the company enabled nearly eight million health care services to our retail members, including mammograms and wellness visits, to many individuals receiving health care coverage for the first time. Additional highlights in the company’s 2014 Social Responsibility Report include:

  • Awards: HCSC was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies as part of The Civic 50, an annual initiative of Points of Light, in partnership with Bloomberg LP.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: HCSC ranked #6 on Diversity MBA’s 50 Out Front Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers.

  • Sustainability: The company’s ongoing sustainability efforts resulted in the recycling of more than 1,741 tons of paper and saved nearly seven million kilowatts of electricity.

As in past years, the 2014 report was produced digitally, reducing environmental impact and enabling a more dynamic presentation of community partnerships through videos and social media integration. Readers can instantly share and comment on a specific page of the report through Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or email the entire report to family, friends and colleagues.

About Health Care Service Corporation

Health Care Service Corporation is the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest insurer overall, with nearly 14.7 million members in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A Mutual Legal Reserve Company, HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit www.HCSC.com, visit our Facebook page or follow us at www.twitter.com/HCSC.

CWAO: Balkan Cannabidiol Oil Benefits U.S. While Canada Hemp Products Remain Prohibited

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 5:23pm

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Many U.S. states are changing laws on cannabis products like cannabidiol oil extract, used to treat epilepsy patients, while Canada still only allows licensed marijuana growers to sell dried crop, and be that as it may, prohibit tinctures, edibles, and oils. 

In spite of the health risks involved with smoking cannabis opposed to alternative preparations of medicinal and industrial cannabis products there are civic organizations as Community Works Ontario that have continued to stress the importance of industrial hemp to Canadian legislators, in hopes that they will consider more suitable regulations that permit use of CBD oil, with necessary restrictions in tact to prevent product abusers from misusing the cannabis oil for illicit purposes. 

On Friday, international news broke about a co-operative venture started two years ago between Congressional Committee on Eurasian Affairs, Albanian Parliament, and affiliated international organizations to support production and exportation of cannabis goods

from Albania to United States in efforts to decrease illegal drug trafficking and enhance the economy in Albania, as reported by an Albanian government website. This news will be great for U.S.-based legal marijuana companies like Mentor Capital, Inc., Cannabis Sativa Inc., and mCig, Inc., yet this Balkan brilliance will unlikely impact America's northern neighbors due to national policy prohibiting oils, seeds, and food products produced from hemp. 

High grade, low cost cannabidiol from Albania may be the way to go if you live in U.S. state as Colorado, Alaska, Washington, or any of the 12 other states where CBD oil is permitted. On the other hand, the current laws of Canada leave families with children or elderly relatives who suffer from epileptic seizures, dementia, skin cancer, and related illnesses up in arms and frustrated when they consider more cost effective and safer solutions available in the United States that don't require a patient to smoke cannabis for treatment.

Kohler Co. Encourages Consumers to Take Water-Conservation Action in Their Homes

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:19pm

In light of the recent announcement of the mandatory 25 percent water reduction in California and ongoing national and global water shortages, Kohler encourages consumers to take action within their homes and communities to find ways to actively save water.

“The economic and environmental benefits of reducing water consumption are significant no matter where you live. If you haven’t taken action to reduce your family’s and home’s water usage, now is the time,” said Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Co. sustainability channel marketing manager. “Whether a small thing like pledging to take action through Change the Course, or swapping out your old 3.5 gallon-per-flush toilet for a water-efficient model, the steps you take to reduce water use in your home can make a difference.”

Kohler Co. has joined forces with Change the Course, a first of its kind water sustainability campaign to support water flow restoration projects in the Colorado River Basin. Kohler’s participation is yet another example of the company’s sustainability efforts which includes driving awareness of water-related issues and encouraging consumers to take action. Kohler’s effort, communicated through its Believing in Better platform, has been recognized many times over by the EPA WaterSense program, U.S. Green Building Council and other sustainability-focused organizations.

For each consumer who makes a pledge to reduce their water consumption by texting “KOHLER” to 771-77, or online at http://changethecourse.us, Change the Course will restore 1,000 gallons of water back into the Colorado River Basin, for example by helping local farmers irrigate more efficiently.

“One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce indoor water consumption is by updating plumbing fixtures and faucets to new models that carry EPA’s WaterSense label,” says Zimmerman. “These products are independently certified to not only reduce water use by at least 20%, but also pass strict performance criteria.  We encourage all California citizens to do their part to reduce their water use during the crisis.  If your plumbing fixtures are more than eight years old, consider taking advantage of local rebate programs and replace them with WaterSense products.”

Top 3 ways to save water in the home

1. Install a high-efficiency toilet that flushes with 1.28 gallons or less

Unfortunately, many homes still use toilets that consume 3.5 gpf. In the U.S., for example, at least 50% of existing toilets still flush with 3.5 gallons. If an average family of four swaps out a 3.5 gpf toilet for a high efficiency, 1.28 gpf toilet, they can save 16,500 gallons per year. And that adds up to a lot of money saved.

2. Replace an old showerhead with a low-flow showerhead

The number two priority is in the shower, where the standard flow rate is 2.5 gallons per minute. Installing WaterSense-labeled showerheads or handshowers cuts the flow rate to 2.0 gpm. Advanced water engineering in new high-efficiency KOHLER showerheads provides the same coverage as a standard flow showerhead, plus multi-function performance that still lets you dial down to get a power massage shower.

3. Change bathroom sink faucet or aerator for a more efficient faucet

The number three water-saving priority can complete the water-saving bathroom. Bathroom sink faucets that are WaterSense-certified or adding more efficient 1.5 gpm aerators to 2.2 gpm faucets can save water in small but impactful ways.

Aerators are small collar-like applications attached to a faucet, containing a fine mesh grid that allows air to be mixed with the solid stream of water. The water pressure remains the same, but the actual volume of water is reduced – the more air introduced into the water stream, the more water saved.

 

About Kohler Co.

Kohler Co. has a long history of supporting water efficiency and sustainability in products as well as processes. Aligning with organizations and programs like EPA WaterSense, Alliance for Water Efficiency, and U.S. Green Building Council, Kohler has positioned itself as a sustainability leader in the plumbing industry with educational programs, awareness campaigns, and water-saving products. In recognition of these efforts, Kohler has been awarded seven consecutive awards from the EPA WaterSense program.

Kohler Co. offers products that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular quality level of performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, the water-saving KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources. Visit Kohler’s Believing in Better blog for more stories on the company’s sustainability mission.

GRI (G4) Certified Training on Reporting

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:19pm

CSE is offering the Certified GRI Training program for the effective creation of CSR/ Sustainability Reports in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines.

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 specialized training, provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process. It 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. The Certified Training Program aims to disseminate knowledge on sustainability reporting around the world. It has been developed especially to help report makers and users to more effectively use the GRI Framework and utilse GRI reports.

Certification:

  Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are able to apply their knowledge in all levels of CSR and Sustainability Reporting according to GRI G4 guidelines and will receive course certificates directly from GRI confirming their acquired knowledge on Reporting.

Modules:

  • Planning and coordinating the GRI sustainability reporting process

  • Identifying and managing relationships with stakeholders

  • Deciding on report content, concept and reporting process

  • Conforming with internal procedures

  • Assuring quality of information, data and deciding on application lever

  • Selecting and prioritizing material issues

  • Conforming to environmental, economic and social performance indicators

 

Who should attend:

CSOs Sustainability CSR Directors Health Safety and Environment Managers Public Relations, Communications Managers HR Managers Supply Chain Operations managers Environment Executives Sustainability Consultants

Subaru Of America Partners With The National Park Foundation To Celebrate National Park Service Centennial

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:18pm

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced its continued commitment to the environment and America’s national parks through a multi-year partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. The partnership celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and America’s national parks.

“Subaru is proud to be a premier partner of the National Park Service Centennial celebration and play a role in celebrating the milestone of such a worthy organization,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “At Subaru, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the world and preserving our environment and we want to help ensure that the national parks are around for at least another hundred years.”

In addition to supporting the work of NPF and celebrating the 100 year milestone of the National Park Service, Subaru has donated Outback vehicles for use at four of America’s national parks. Subaru also promoted a fee-free day at the parks on National Public Lands Day. Subaru has been a partner of NPF since 2013 and donated nearly $3 million through its annual “Share the Love” campaign.

The company, known for its commitment to community service, is also helping Subaru retailers across the country to volunteer at national parks to show their support for their local area through the “Subaru Loves The Earth” initiative. 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.

As a premier partner, Subaru will support the NPF’s efforts for Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the national parks’ next 100 years. Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park is more than just a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Further, Find Your Park encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and their programs.

“The National Park Service Centennial is a critical moment for America’s national parks and the cornerstone for their future,” said Dan Wenk, interim president of the National Park Foundation. “By connecting the next generation with our national parks in meaningful ways and sharing a commitment to sustainability and preserving our environment, Subaru is helping us build a movement that will help ensure that these special places are protected well beyond the next 100 years.”

Subaru is deeply committed to the environment and has a history of taking steps to protect it, including building fuel-efficient vehicles in eco-friendly plants and forging partnerships with nonprofit organizations such as Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association, International Mountain Biking Association, and the National Park Foundation that empower employees and customers to engage with and improve the world around us.

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

About the National Park Service

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at: www.nps.gov.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at 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.

YourCause Brings Significant Value with Platform Enhancements

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:18pm

YourCause, LLC, provider of CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, revealed continued plans to invest in platform enhancements with the launch of additional responsive design and application user interface components, while releasing details to clients related to the near-term plans for the mobilization of the platform. The ongoing enhancements align with the company’s Series A investment objectives and are materializing as a result of increased staff dedicated to manage design and user experience. 

With an unprecedented client retention rate of 93%, YourCause plans to continue streamlining the platform design for all existing and future clients partnering with YourCause for the use of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform.   The growth in resources allows the company to more aggressively deploy features and functionality aligned with today’s user expectations, including multi-device access.

“We were impressed that so many of the original design elements have remained in tact over the past 7-years.  Though now, we are at the point where its time to ‘sunset’ certain design functionality and deploy fresh concepts and experiences for users – which we are now in a much better position to understands after the years of usage” stated Matthew Combs, Founder and CEO.   

Central to the user interface improvements is the addition of several new YourCause designers working exclusively on the visual design and user experience. Technical development has always played a large part in YourCause’s growth objectives, but this new attention to the visual presentation has already begun to payoff. The first weeks since the release of the most recent UI overhaul, application users reported a noticeable increase in functionality efficiency and a positive improvement in overall site experience. 

“Our application needs to stay relevent in the minds of our users – which requires that our team continually understand the latest trends, styles, and technical usage habits of our users,” says Wes Hendrix, Head of Product.  “The team we have, combined with the resources we plan to add, will allow this to happen.”    

Over the next three quarters of 2015, YourCause plans to release a series of new design elements for both existing and new functionality.  Clients will continue to be notified, monthly, of the changes while in-person events like client ‘office hours’ and ‘CSRworks’ conference will demonstrate and showcase all that is being achieved.

About YourCause

YourCause, LLC (“YourCause”) is a Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) that provides a fully hosted and managed solution for community involvement programs. CSRconnect is a robust and highly configurable platform that caters to each client’s programs with giving, volunteering, and feature-rich engagement tools.

To learn more about CSRconnect and YourCause visit: csrconnect.me

Rebuilding Together Marks its Annual National Rebuilding Month in April

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:25pm

Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2015 marks its fifth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25. Nearly 50,000 expected volunteers will serve at more than 1,800 affiliate-led rebuild projects on National Rebuilding Day.

“Through the work of our Rebuilding Together affiliates, we are able to see real and positive change in the homes and lives in the communities we serve,” said Sandra Henriquez, interim President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “National Rebuilding Month unites community members and funding partners around the goal of preserving and maintaining the homes of homeowners in need.”

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing. Therefore, the demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs — choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety.

National Rebuilding Month’s origin began in 1973 in Midland, Texas with the simple act of neighbors helping neighbors to rebuild their homes. Realizing the growing need — homes in disrepair and homeowners not able to afford the critical repairs — a small group of people volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. This group became the founders of Rebuilding Together, which they called Christmas in April to represent the spirit of giving during their month of service each year in April. Eventually, its mission spread beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help their neighbors year-round. In 1988, Rebuilding Together opened its national headquarters in the District of Columbia.

To learn more about National Rebuilding Month, visit rebuildingtogether.org/nrm.  

 

About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of people in our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Learn more and get involved at RebuildingTogether.org.   

Enablon Platform Named Top Product of the Year by Environmental Leader for Third Consecutive Year

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:50am

(Marketwired) - Enablon, the world's leading provider of EH&S, sustainability and operational risk management software, today announced that the Enablon 7.5 Platform received Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader. Enablon 7.5 is considered by judges as an exemplary product.

Enablon's mission is to enable the Sustainable Company. The company offers the industry's most comprehensive suite of software, content and technology for end-to-end management of sustainability performance. It provides on-premise and SaaS solutions for Corporate Responsibility; Energy & Carbon Management; Environmental, Health & Safety Management and Operational Risk Management.

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.

"We had more entries than ever this year, and competition was tough. The winners showed innovation and the ability to help transform the fields of energy and sustainability management," says Paul Nastu, publisher of Environmental Leader. "Entries that were awarded Top Product or Project of the Year are those that should be carefully considered by companies seeking to improve operations and boost the bottom line."

Among other reasons, Enablon stands out in Environmental Leader competition and in the EH&S and Sustainability market as a whole through its mobility offering, the system's user interface, and the results achieved by users.

  • Highly innovative mobility offering: Enablon 7.5 leverages mobile devices to serve the remote and frontline locations of global companies worldwide. Praised by the oil and gas, mining, resources and manufacturing industries, these new capabilities offer in-the-field user experience mirroring and mobile-specific features taking advantage of location-aware devices.

  • Applauded user experience: The Enablon 7.5 platform is characterized by an intuitive interface which is easy to use and to configure, resulting in accelerated user adoption & employee productivity. It has been hailed by analysts as "perfect".

  • Proven return on investment: Enablon solutions are used by more than 1,000 companies to drive performance and risk management improvements globally. By combining some of the strongest product capabilities on the market with a focus on great customer experience, Enablon offers a proven path to a successful EH&S, Sustainability and Risk software implementation which minimizes risks and maximizes the value delivered.

A contest judge elaborates on Enablon's achievements: "A combination of domain experience, a deep partner network, ease of use and ease of integration with other enterprise applications have helped Enablon become a leader in the EHS and sustainability space, and the company's continued investment in new features and functionality, as well as the provable business benefits customers have achieved helps cement this success."

About Enablon
Enablon is the world's leading provider of Sustainability, EH&S and Operational Risk Management Software. More than 1,000 global companies and 1 million users rely on Enablon software solutions to manage their environmental and social performance, minimize risks and improve profitability. Enablon offers the most comprehensive platform in the industry, and is consistently recognized as a global leader and visionary.

For more information about Enablon: www.enablon.com

About Environmental Leader and the Product & Project Awards
Since 2006, Environmental Leader's website and daily email newsletter have provided the definitive and objective voice in reporting on business-related energy, environmental, and sustainability issues.

In its third year, the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in corporate projects that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line. It is a five-point rating system designed to offer companies feedback and recognition. Third-party judges came from the following companies: AECOM Technology Corp., Anheuser Busch InBev, Bayer MaterialScience, ConAgra Foods, ConEd Solutions, Environmental & Operational Risk Management, GlaxoSmithKline, LNS Research, Owens Corning, RegScan, Salazar Packaging, Trupoint Advisers, the University of California Berkeley, Verdantix, Williams Creek Consulting, and YES Bank.

For more information visit www.environmentalleader.com.

YourCause Expands Support for the Nonprofit Community

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:42am

YourCause, LLC, provider of CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, announced plans to expand support for the nonprofit community by increasing its investment in tools and services designed to better connect non-profits organizations with workplace engagement programs, manage donor and volunteer information, and increase the efficiency of donors supporting non-profits of their choice despite the organization’s location. The company has already begun the rollout of the planned services and expects to continue new non-profit feature rollouts throughout 2015 and into the coming year.   

With more than 64,000 charities receiving nearly $150,000,000 in donations during 2014 (an increase from $75,000,000 in 2013), the company is positioned to build upon the growing base of non-profit relationships to deliver new technology offerings and enhanced services. Additionally, YourCause now has more than 23,000 verified site non-profit administrators able to manage the information exchanges within the CSRconnect Employee Engagement platform. YourCause currently adds between 40-50 new site non-profit administrators daily.  

“Our reach into the non-profit space is now significant and has opened up huge opportunity for YourCause to provide additional services and offering to compliment our relationship with our corporate customers, the donations we’re delivering each month, and the respective information for both,” stated Matt Combs, Founder and CEO.  “We will aggressively deploy new products that will benefit the non-profit space over the coming 24 months, which is exciting for our company, our customers, the non-profits we support, and the donors and volunteers utilizing our systems.”

Included within the plan, YourCause will deploy additional services for both internal and partner vetting services (both domestic and international); increased utilization of automated check handling (ACH) services for donations processing; an end-to-end corporate grants management system; and enhanced features within the non-profit portal currently found at YourCause.com. 

The company has developed all plans without compromising its core philosophy of not taking a percentage of donations from the non-profit organization. 

“All products and services we are designing and deploying will avoid the need to charge on a donation-by-donation basis, a model we’re seeing throughout the industry but have yet to understand how that is driving value to the cause,” stated Combs.   

YourCause.com continues to serve as the location whereby non-profit organization can utilize benefits from the services of YourCause   The company makes itself available to  all non-profit listed by the IRS as a 501(c)3 and any other organization deemed appropriate by YourCause and their respective clients.

 

About YourCause
YourCause, LLC (“YourCause”) is a Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) that provides a fully hosted and managed solution for community involvement programs. CSRconnect is a robust and highly configurable platform that caters to each client’s programs with giving, volunteering, and feature-rich engagement tools.

To learn more about CSRconnect and YourCause visit: csrconnect.me

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