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Transwestern and Caesars on Climate Action in Supply Chains - Webinar

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:11pm

For the majority of businesses, the supply chain is where they can have the largest impacts on climate change and greatest risks to business occur. But how do you build climate resilience and move to a low carbon supply chain?
To help you build resilience and transition to the low carbon economy, 3 senior leaders are ready to share their experiences and strategies via an interactive webinar debate.  Join us August 7th at 9am PST [11am CST, 12pm EST] for our free online webinar with:

  • John Gledhill, Senior Vice President, Transwestern

  • Jessica Rossman, Vice President of Procurement, Caesars Entertainment

  • Andrew Behar, CEO, As You Sow 

In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn how innovative businesses are demonstrating their progress on ambitious targets through SDG focused disclosures.

  • Set Science-Based Targets to deliver reduced resource use, prove energy efficiency and accelerate the migration to renewables

  • Engage with suppliers to cascade responsibilities and actions

  • Collaborate across industries to accelerate impacts

  • Source technology that helps identify areas of your supply chain that are at the greatest risk to climate impacts  

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings:  https://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs-west/webinar/

UNICEF and LIXIL to “Make a Splash” and Help Bring Sanitation to Children Around the World

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:11pm

UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, and LIXIL, a maker of pioneering water and housing products, are coming together in a new partnership to help vulnerable children gain access to safe and clean toilets.

The partnership, named “Make a Splash! Toilets for All”, will leverage the two organizations’ complementary strengths to support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation by 2030.

“Nearly 800 children die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “Through this innovative partnership with LIXIL, we hope to help keep every child healthy and alive.”

UNICEF and LIXIL have already successfully worked together in Africa to provide people in need of toilets with access to sanitation products, designed by LIXIL to fit local conditions. The success led the partners to explore ways to expand their collaboration to improve sanitation for all.

The new partnership is among UNICEF’s most ambitious to date. It signals a new way that UNICEF is working with companies that engages their core business, at various levels, to achieve significant advances for children. It is UNICEF’s first global shared-value partnership in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, and the first of its kind with a Japanese company.

As part of this new partnership, UNICEF and LIXIL will:

  • Launch market-driven programmes to help establish a sanitation economy and ensure that sanitation products are available at affordable prices for the people who need them, starting in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. 

  • Engage in joint advocacy efforts that draw attention to the significant development opportunities presented by the sanitation economy.

  • Fundraising and engagement activities by LIXIL to support the expansion of the partnership to new countries.

The success of the partnership in expanding access to sanitation will also help to encourage more players to enter and expand this market.

Kinya Seto, LIXIL Group CEO, said: “In many countries, this ‘sanitation crisis’ has devastating consequences for public health and reduces children’s opportunities for the future, as many drop out of school because there is nowhere to go to the bathroom. As a global leader in sanitary products and with a unique brand of products known as SATO that are specifically designed for developing markets, we recognize the opportunity to improve the quality of life for people everywhere by raising sanitation standards, creating genuine social value.”


Note to editors:

  • 2.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, including 892 million people who have no choice but to def ecate in the open. Open defecation is one of the clearest signs of extreme poverty and inequality.

  • For children under five, water and sanitation-related diseases are among the leading causes of preventable death. Every year, 288,000 children under the age of five die globally from diarrhoeal infections linked to poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

  • Toilets play a crucial role in keeping children healthy, preventing the spread of disease, and allowing them to live with dignity.


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

UNICEF does not endorse any company, brand, product or service.


LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and TOSTEM. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.

LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938) is the listed holding company for LIXIL’s portfolio of businesses.

For further information, please contact:


John Short / Rie Manaka – pr_global@lixil.com

Tel: +81 3 6273 3607

UNICEF Geneva:

Jacquetta Hayes – jhayes@unicef.org

Tel: + 41 22 909 5843

Japan Committee for UNICEF:

Akiko Kato – jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp

Tel: + 81 3 5789 2011

Renowned IoT and Technology Visionary Jim Hunter Joins Delos as Chief Technology Officer

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:11pm

Delos, a wellness real estate and technology firm, has announced that visionary technology expert and advisor Jim Hunter will join Delos as Chief Technology Officer. Hunter brings over 25 years of experience in transformative technology sectors – including specialized proficiencies in IoT and home automation.

“Since the launch of Delos, we’ve continuously recognized the significance of technology in optimizing our indoor environments to be responsive to our health and wellness needs, particularly as it relates to smart building controls and IOT,” says Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla. “Jim’s profound insight and years of experience in leveraging technology to improve the way we live, along with his leading voice in the industry, will be a tremendous asset as we continue to integrate and build upon the latest innovations in the spaces where we live, play, work and sleep.”

An accomplished inventor, architect, writer, speaker and entrepreneur, Hunter has managed globally successful innovation programs, patented intellectual property and launched several pioneering IoT programs. Prior to joining Delos, Hunter provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems, led Motorola/Google’s architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home and shaped a powerful standards based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc.

“I have always had a passion for all things tech,” says Mr. Hunter. “Delos is in an amazing position to build upon their strong scientific roots and leverage technology to improve the lives of the masses. I am thrilled to join the team leading the way to healthier lives for us all.”

Delos’ wellness solutions and technologies, along with those of its wholly-owned subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, which develops and delivers the WELL Building Standard, have seen broad adoption across commercial market sectors with nearly 1,000 projects in more than 30 countries around the world — underscoring the company’s mission to marry the best innovations in technology, health, science and real estate to transform our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments into spaces that actively contribute to human health.

Hunter will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer in August of 2018, leading all Delos’ technology efforts, including the continued integration of Delos wellness-based algorithms across technology platforms for residential and commercial environments. Hunter began his technology career as a nuclear engineer and master training specialist serving in the US Navy, earning numerous awards and certifications. An internationally-recognized spokesperson on IoT, Security, AI and Future societies globally, Hunter actively contributes published articles in leading tech publications. Hunter was recognized by Inc. as a Top 20 IoT Leader for 2017 and continues to lead IoT innovation and evangelize his vision to reduce the friction between man and machine around the world.

About Delos
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and wellbeing by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research and an array of innovative products and technologies that research suggests may improve occupant wellbeing. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.

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Global Leaders and Innovators Arrive in Sun Valley for the Fourth Annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience July 31-August 3, 2018 at Ketchum’s Limelight Hotel

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:58pm

The Sun Valley Institute kicks off the fourth annual Sun Valley Forum at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, Idaho at 1pm on July 31 and it runs through Thursday, August 2 with a closing dinner at Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain, followed by Adventure Day on Friday, August 3. This year’s Forum theme is “Turning Risk Into Opportunity: Vision, Courage & Innovation.” Leaders and innovators from government, corporations, academia, media, and social advocacy are gathering kicks off the fourth annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience, at 1pm on July 31 through Friday, August 3 at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, Idaho. This year’s Forum theme is “Turning Risk Into Opportunity: Vision, Courage & Innovation.” Leaders and innovators from government, corporations, academia, media, and social advocacy are gathering to talk about how they are solving some of the world’s most complex challenges. The premier event of the Sun Valley Institute, each year the Sun Valley Forum gathers approximately 200-250 national and international leaders and innovators from investment, policy, business, nonprofits, sports and entertainment and academia, as well as local leaders, visitors, and residents with a goal of building greater resilience. 

“Environmental shifts and economic interdependence, as well as social and political upheavals, call for proactive leadership to build resilient communities, companies, nations, and economies,” said Aimée Christensen, founder of the Sun Valley Forum and the Sun Valley Institute. “This year our task is ever more urgent: The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Risks report, Fractures, Fears & Failures, found that three of our top five risks likely to happen in the next 10 years are environment related: extreme weather events, natural disasters, and the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change. And yet the opportunities to build prosperous, secure, thriving communities and economies have never been greater. To have success at scale and urgency, we must address the interconnections and pursue strategies that serve multiple benefits: to that end, the Sun Valley Forum includes a diverse set of topics and approaches, from energy and food, to equity and human resilience, and from policy and investment to technology and communications.”

The Forum’s 2018 Presenting Sponsor is Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the nation’s largest solar energy developers. “We’re pleased to be the Forum’s Presenting Sponsor. Having participated in this event last year, we witnessed the level of thought leadership among attendees and we are really looking forward to participating this year,” said Michael Cohen, President of Cypress Creek Renewables. “Our sponsors make this event possible, and Cypress Creek is dedicated to making a difference, bringing vision, courage and innovation to all they do, building our better future for our prosperity, security, and environment, helping to grow thriving communities and economies,” added Christensen.

The Forum will feature over 60 innovators and leaders on stage. Christensen shared, “We’re excited to have such a deep and wide group of speakers this year from diverse industries and perspectives. We’ll be talking economic development in rural Kentucky with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and state and business leaders. We’ll hear from adventure advocates, including world record skin diver Kimi Werner of Patagonia Provisions and skier Brody Levin of Protect Our Winters. We will be inspired by extreme social entrepreneurs like Daniel Dart and chef Mark Brand who are working with some of those most in need, refugees in Gaza and the homeless in Vancouver. Finally, we’ll hear from business innovators Katherine Neebe at Walmart on scaling impact and Sam Arons of Lyft on the future of mobility. Finally, we’ll welcome Barney Swan, son of our opening keynote speaker last year, Robert Swan (OBE), to share with us the harrowing story of their world-record-setting trip to the south pole powered by only renewable energy – and why Sir Robert is not with us this year!”

“BNP Paribas / Bank of the West have been pleased to sponsor the Forum for 3 years. The Forum gets better and better.  It’s a unique gathering of thought leaders, change makers and educators, all ready to take action.  We recognize that, whatever sector we represent, the issues of resiliency and sustainability are critical to our survival,” said Julie Shafer, Head of Philanthropy and Purpose Investment at BNP Paribas / Bank of the West.

“From the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to The Weather Company, the Forum is gathering global leaders at the Sun Valley Forum to accelerate impact,” Christensen added. “We’re very fortunate to have them together working to make a difference globally, and at the same time supporting our community’s efforts to lead right here in Idaho. To ensure our community’s participation, we have local and state speakers and we offer tickets at all levels and welcome scholarship requests. We’re convening two important locally-focused working sessions, one on food and one on energy, to learn from others and deploy strategies here, and hopefully attract visiting leaders to work with us right here!”

The Forum is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and partners including this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Cypress Creek Renewables, and Pine Gate Renewables, Domo, Julie Ann Wrigley - Global Institute of Sustainability - ASU, Microsoft, Accenture, Bank of the West & BNP Paribas, Middle Fork Lodge, American Farmland Trust, IBM/Weather Company, Idaho Policy Institute - School of Public Service | Boise State University, Amalgamated Bank, Bex Wilkinson, Jeri Wolfson, Nia Global Solutions, Idaho Public Television and Confluence Philanthropy. 

2018 Sun Valley Forum Schedule
July 31: Opening Sessions & Reception & Dinner
August 1: Forum Sessions, Reception & Dine-around Dinners
August 2: Forum Sessions & Closing Dinner at Roundhouse Restaurant
August 3: Adventure Day & 5Point Film Festival

Please see the complete Program online for more information on daily topics and speakers. Over 60 globally recognized speakers will attend the Forum with the full list of speakers available here.

The Forum is open to the public and remaining tickets are available for purchase at registration with more information available at: www.sunvalleyforum.com. Scholarships are also available.

Media interested in attending should email Kelsey Orlyck at Kelsey@sunvalleyinstitute.org.

Please see more information on our Forum Fact Sheet and media resources page available here.


About the Sun Valley Institute

The Sun Valley Institute advances resilience through policy leadership, public engagement and investments to ensure economic prosperity, environmental protection and human wellbeing in its home community of Idaho’s Wood River Valley and beyond. Sun Valley leaders founded the Institute in the spring of 2015 to protect and enhance local quality of place for future generations of residents and visitors alike, and to serve as a resource for communities everywhere. From the original Native American inhabitants to the miners and ranchers of the valley’s early days, from the Union Pacific engineers who built the world’s first chairlift to those who challenge themselves in its mountains and rivers today, Sun Valley is about history and tradition, grit and perseverance, well-being and quality of life. The risks, assets and values of Sun Valley make it the perfect home for an institute dedicated to resilience. For more information, please visit: www.sunvalleyinstitute.org and follow the institute on Twitter @SunValleyInst and Instagram at @SunValleyInstitute and Facebook at facebook.com/sunvalleyinstitute.

The Arbor Day Foundation Announces Support for The Edward C. Fogg, III and Lisbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:58pm

The Arbor Day Foundation announced today a gift from the Edward C. Fogg, III and Lisbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust. The Trust’s gift was given in December 2017 and has enabled the planting of 50,000 trees on 79 acres of forests in Wayne and Glynn Counties as well as the Upper Altamaha Watershed in southeast Georgia. As the trees mature they will not only sequester carbon dioxide, filter pollution out of the air and intercept rainfall, but they will also serve as a living memorial to the Fogg Family’s generosity.

Over the next 40 years, the 50,000 trees will eliminate more that 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide and an additional 1,000 tons of air pollution and will intercept more than 2.4 million gallons of rainfall.

“Thanks to the Foggs’ generosity, we have never been in a stronger position to make an impact on the urgent needs of our earth and the animals and people who inhabit it,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees planted will positively affect generations to come, not only through the beauty of the trees but through the vast environmental benefits they provide.”

In addition to the cleaner air and water, the plantings in Georgia will restore native longleaf pines, increase habitat connectivity and quality for wildlife, increase forest cover in the area of watershed and support a larger restoration throughout the Altamaha River corridor.

“Throughout their lives, Edward and Lisbeth were dedicated to philanthropic giving. And to ensure that this commitment to generosity continued on long after them, The Edward C. Fogg, II and Lisbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust was formed,” said Arbor Day Foundation Director of Development, Sandi Hansen. “The Foggs had a passion for giving. And as members of the Arbor Day Foundation for nearly 20 years, they had a passion for trees. We are honored to receive a gift from this trust and to help the Foggs’ legacy of generosity live on.”


About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.

Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative Opens Public Consultation

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 9:57am

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has opened the global public consultation of its first set of benchmarking criteria. As part of its commitment to providing transparency, the SSCI team invites all stakeholders to participate in this public consultation ahead of the official launch later this year.

The initial call for input covers the benchmark for social compliance schemes that audit processing / manufacturing facilities in the food and non-food sector. The benchmark consists of two parts, the Social Criteria and the Scheme Management Criteria:

  • Social Criteria: Criteria that are typically found in codes of conduct (e.g. child labour, forced labour, working hours, discrimination, etc.). The criteria are based on international reference frameworks, notably ILO Conventions and Recommendations and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the CGF Priority Industry Principles.

  • Scheme Management Criteria: Criteria that ensure the robust performance of schemes and the effective implementation of the schemes’ procedures and policies (e.g. governance, standard-setting mechanism, relationship with audit firms, etc.). The criteria are mainly based on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Scheme Management Criteria and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Governance and Operational Management criteria.

The SSCI was created earlier this year by members of The Consumer Goods Forum to support the development of socially and environmentally responsible supply chains around the world. Under the leadership of a high-level Steering Committee, co-chaired by Ahold Delhaize and Nestlé, the CGF is currently building the SSCI into a robust programme to benchmark and recognise sustainability standards. Through this initial social compliance scope, SSCI will streamline benchmarking processes across the CGF by replicating the successful approach of its Global Food Safety Initiative.

Chris Tyas, Global Head Supply Chain, Nestlé SA, and Co-Chair of the SSCI Steering Committee, said, “This is an important milestone for the SSCI. The initiative will provide buyers and suppliers with clear guidance on which third-party auditing and certification schemes cover key sustainability requirements and apply robust verification practices. We need the public consultation phase to help provide an opportunity for all our global stakeholders to share their feedback on the initial benchmarking criteria”.

Hugo Byrnes, Vice President Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize, and Co-Chair of SSCI Steering Committee, said, "As we look to replicate the success of the CGF’s Global Food Safety Initiative, today marks an essential stage in the development of harmonised sustainability standards globally. It is important for our sustainability partners and stakeholders to take advantage of this opportunity to have their say and help shape the future of sustainability benchmarking in our industry".

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

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

For further information, please contact:

Sonja Schmid
Manager, SSCI
The Consumer Goods Forum

Louise Chester
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

Smithfield Foods Honored with Employer of the Year Award for Veteran Initiatives

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 3:56pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Monmouth, Illinois facility has been honored with the Veterans Employment & Education Commission 2018 Employer of the Year Award. The statewide award is presented by The American Legion-Department of Illinois to recognize employers for outstanding achievements in the hiring and retention of veterans.

“At Smithfield, we recognize that veterans receive multi-faceted training and bring a desired set of skills and values into the workplace,” said Bruce Rundle, Monmouth plant manager for Smithfield Foods. “It is an honor to work for a company that holds these qualities in such high regard and play a role in providing more opportunities for veterans to excel personally and professionally. Veterans understand the importance of purposeful work and their dedication supports our mission to produce ‘Good food. Responsibly.®’”

Smithfield has launched multiple initiatives to support veterans. Through Operation 4000!, Smithfield is working to employ 4,000 veterans—10 percent of its U.S. workforce—by the end of 2020. Last year, Smithfield partnered with military base Transition Assistance and Family Readiness offices through employer panel discussions and events that offered interview tips, resume writing guidance, and other services to help prepare active military for the civilian workforce. For its own veteran employees, the company introduced Smithfield Salutes, a Veterans Employee Resource Group that aims to make the transition from military to civilian life a seamless one.

Smithfield also has a long history of supporting military families through volunteerism, food and charitable donations, and partnerships. In the past six years, Smithfield has donated more than $3 million to veteran-related organizations. Supporting veterans is an important companywide initiative to honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans and their families, mainly through partnerships with nonprofits that work directly with military families, as well as employee-led events that celebrate and support local veterans.

To learn more, read about Smithfield’s commitment to veterans at SmithfieldFoods.com/SupportingVeterans

About Smithfield Foods

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

Photo caption: Pictured right to left: Smithfield Foods representatives Randy Koch, operations manager, Michelle Reyburn, human resource manager, and Ted Karagias, corporate continuous improvement manager, accepted the 2018 Employer of the Year Award from The National Veterans Employment & Education Commission on behalf of the company.

Last Day for Early Pricing on 2018 IMDS Conference! (Plus Get Free IMDS Training With Your Registration!)

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 3:56pm

How do you design for environmental compliance? To learn the answers, plan to attend the 2018 IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference on September 26–27, 2018, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Early registration ends Thursday, July 26, so register today to save!

This year, topics will focus on addressing the right requirements early in the design process and measuring environmental topics as the design progresses. Attendees will leave with fresh insights on the reporting requirements and regulations that affect their day-day business.

Need Training?

There’s an especially sweet deal this year. AIAG is rolling out an exclusive offer for attendees: Register for the conference and attend our full-day IMDS Basic Concepts and Application course* on Tuesday, September 25, FREE! In addition to a detailed review of all basic concepts, the IMDS Basic Concepts and Application course will provide you with hands-on instructions for how to build, receive, and submit data related to ongoing customer requests.

The IMDS Conference also includes an abbreviated (optional) IMDS training the morning of September 26 and a CMRT 5.1x training the morning of September 27.

Agenda Highlights

  • OHCL Committee Update. Christopher Sidney, FCA US LLC; Yusuf Williams, Harman International Automotive Division

  • GADSL & GLAPS Progress. Bing Xu, Ford Motor Company

  • Legislative Update EU. Timo Unger, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH

  • Using IMDS Data in the Design for Circular Economy. Michael Wurzman, RSJ Technical Consulting

  • Conflict Minerals: Cobalt. Johanna Blakley, Toyota Motor North America

  • IPC 1752 Standard. Mark Firmann, Texas Instruments

  • Non-IMDS Data with REC019 Reporting/Future of 019 Reporting. Heidi Wittenborn, RSJ Technical Consulting

  • Recycling Thermoplastics. Sriram Vinnakota, APA Engineering PVT LTD

  • 5 Common Ways Companies Sabotage Their Data Quality Efforts. Brenda Baney, B Cubed Consulting, Inc.

  • IMDS 11.1, Chemistry Manager, and More. Chuck LePard, DXC Technology

  • CAMDS Overview. Yusuf Williams, Harman International Automotive Division

  • Ramification/Legalities Beyond IMDS. Chuck LePard, DXC Technology

  • IMDS 12.0 What is Coming? Chuck LePard, DXC Technology

  • IMDS 2018 Enhancements & IMDS Steering Committee Update. Timo Unger, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH

  • India ELV and IMDS. Chandru Lingaraju, Global PCCS

  • Legislative AP (2 sessions). Midori Shinto, Tokai Rika Co., Ltd; Doris Hill, General Motors Company

One of AIAG’s most popular — and frequently sold out — annual conferences, the day-and-a-half event offers significant time for panel discussions, networking, Q&A, and touring vendor exhibits.

For the full agenda of the event’s legislative updates and IMDS topics, click here.

Don’t forget to check out AIAG’s three new IMDS training courses – click here for more information.

For additional information on this event as well as the CM Briefing, visit www.aiag.org/store/corporate-responsibility/eventsThere are still a few openings for sponsors and exhibitors.

Bank Audi's CSR Report 2017-Committed

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 9:55am

Bank Audi has announced the release of its 2017 annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report entitled “Committed”. As a benchmark for CSR achievements in the region, Bank Audi continues its relentless efforts to support people and their businesses, helping them grow beyond their potential build their confidence, with the ultimate goal of helping communities shape a more prosperous tomorrow.

This report outlines Bank Audi’s enhanced CSR strategy by linking corporate action to the universal language of sustainability. It quantifies the Bank’s positive impacts, shared value and relevant initiatives, and engages stakeholders through specifically targeted communications, aligning private public partnerships that subscribe to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tackling issues that are relevant to communities, seizing innovative opportunities that contribute to SDGs, and reducing sustainability risks. 

Bank Audi’s 2017 CSR Report conforms to globally set benchmarks, mainly the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and the ISO 26000 directives on Social Responsibility, and is aligned with the UN Global Compact principles and five pledged SDGs: SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 5 – Gender Equality, SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 13 – Climate Action. 

The 2017 edition, which is completely interactive, includes:

  • An exhaustive report on the Bank’s 5 main CSR pillars: Corporate Governance, Economic Development, Community Development, Human Development and Environmental Protection.

  • An experts’ corner detailing information and chart generators for CSR professionals.

  • And a downloadable pdf version including the full content.

In line with the Bank’s efforts to move towards an environmentally friendly paperless workplace, the full report is available only in soft copy.

As excellence and dedication continue to drive the Bank’s successes, this year’s CSR Report does not fall short of detailing those achievements. In this context, Mr. Samir Hanna, Chairman and Group CEO of Bank Audi, underlines that “At Bank Audi, we are united behind common values that translate into a unique focus: helping our clients thrive and our communities prosper. We remain constant in our belief that how we act is just as important as what we achieve. Our principles-led approach entrenches our values of integrity, accountability and a commitment to diversity and inclusion into the decisions we make every day.” 

The various achievements outlined in this year’s report include, to name a few:

  1. Highlighting the SME business line as empowerment to the nation’s economic infrastructure.

  2. Launching the “Let’s Talk Money” quiz.

  3. Enhancing accessibility to ATM’s and branches  for the physically disabled.

  4. Taking part in the Lebanon Climate Act – Climate Change Champion.

  5. Pledging Goal Leader to SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth – at UN GCNL.

  6. Engaging millennials in the Corporate Volunteer Program through the “Spring” account.

See Bank Audi's CSR Report 2017 here.

Family Separation Policy Spurs Big Boost in Giving to Immigrants’ Rights Organizations on Benevity Platform

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 9:55am

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, today announced the “Top Ten Causes” that have received donations through its platform during the month of June 2018, with Islamic Relief Worldwide, Refugee & Immigrant Centre for Education & Legal Services (RAICES) and American Civil Liberties Union leading the list. The results highlight several giving trends that tie current events to causes currently supported by Benevity’s enterpriseclients and their people. 

Most notably, Benevity saw a big boost in giving to immigrants’ rights organizations following the news about family separations at the U.S. border. Donations to RAICES skyrocketed, as the organization moved from place #13,433 in May to the #2 recipient of funds disbursedon the Benevity platform in June. Other causes linked to immigrants saw significant donation increases within the same timeframe, with KIND Inc.moving from #3,994 to #12, Save the Children Federation Inc. going from #88 to #13 and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Inc. going from #1,594 to #18. Other organizations that moved up the list included Texas Civil Rights Project and The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. In addition, 40 percent of all donations to RAICES for the month came from employees of a company offering a 2:1 donation match for their employees -- a testament to what can be achieved when organizations support the priorities and passions of their people.   

“The world is facing some tough challenges, and now is a great time for more companies to realize their vast potential to become catalysts for positive social change,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “The Benevity platform is designed so that corporations can empower their people and the public to take action on the issues they are most passionate about. When people are able to choose when and to whom they donate their time, money and talent, they are more likely to give back and more likely to feel that their values are supported by their employer. The giving trends related to immigration and other current events that we tracked in June underscore the power of this ‘open choice’ approach.”

Islamic charities also saw a bump in donations on Benevity in June, which is likely tied to increased giving during Ramadan (which took place from May 16 to June 14 this year), developments related to the Muslim ban and refugee and immigration debate, as well as ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts championed by a growing number of businesses. Islamic Relief Worldwide was the #1 recipient of charitable dollars in June, while Helping Hand for Relief and Development Inc. and Muslim Community Association of San Francisco Bay Area were #8 and #9, respectively. 

As Benevity’s research has shown, there’s a strong link between employee-centric Goodness programs and engagement and retention. A recent study of more than 2 million users on the Benevity platform found that turnover dropped by an average of 57 percent among employees most involved in their companies’ giving and volunteering efforts.  

“When companies take a democratized approach tocorporate giving, they have an opportunity to build deep, authentic connections with their people by supporting the causes they care about,” added de Lottinville. “By cultivating a culture driven by passion and purpose, employers and employees can maximize the impact of their prosocial actions and strengthen the company and their communities.” 

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 2 billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 150,000 charities worldwide.

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Exploring the ‘How’ Behind the ‘Brands Taking Stands’ Movement, Purpose-Driven Companies Gather for 3BL Forum, Oct. 23-25 in Washington

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 9:55am

As investors, employees, customers and other key stakeholders demand that companies weigh in on vexing social and environmental issues, 3BL Forum has built its agenda around the “Brands Taking Stands” movement, Oct. 23-25, at MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C.

More than 50 speakers – ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to veteran White House reporter Eli Stokols – will speak at the annual gathering, presented by 3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. 

Early-bird registration pricing for 3BL Forum ends July 31. Click here to register.

“Those who work for companies steeped in corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability, as well as those still investigating how best to embed purpose into their businesses, will appreciate the candor of speakers and access to actionable data and best practices at 3BL Forum,” said 3BL Media CEO Shana Deane.

Two half-day workshops on Oct. 23 are designed for CR and sustainability practitioners responsible for corporate reporting, as well as investor relations (IR) officers seeking closer collaboration with the growing roster of Wall Street forms basing investment decisions on environmental, social and governance factors.

“The New Normal: Unlocking Long-Term Value Through A Long-Term Lens,” a morning session presented by CECP, will bring together IR and CR professionals to explore “the new normal” of unlocking value creation through a long-term lens. 

“Strengthen Your Materiality Assessment and Maximize Its Value for Your Company,” an afternoon session presented by GRI, will focus on a robust materiality assessment, the backbone of a company’s ability to understand its impacts on environmental, social and economic issues.

The newly published 3BL Forum agenda includes release of new data and research, examination of tough decisions, discussion about current issues and trends in CR, and inspiration from visionary keynote speakers who have valuable lessons and insights to share. The event is also a powerful opportunity to build new professional relationships, expand business networks, and capture new approaches and fresh ideas for organizations committed to sustainability.

Among the topics to be addressed:

  • Corporate Responsibility No Longer Optional: ‘Best in Class’ Innovation and Business Practices

  • Leadership Requirements: The Corporate Vision, Voice and Influence

  • Tilting on the Fulcrum: Balancing Short Termism with the Long View

  • Corporate Responsibility Brand vs. Corporate Brand

  • From Measurement to Meaning: The Timestamp of Corporate Responsibility Outcomes

  • Emerging Issues & Emerging Voices

  • Standing Up and Speaking Out: Authenticity in Corporate Messaging

Speakers will include an A-list of executive CR leadership from Rolland Paper; MSL; Mars Wrigley; Blackbaud; MGM Resorts International; TD Bank Group; APCO Worldwide; Solidia Technologies; New York Life Foundation; State of Delaware; Univision Communications; GRI; Futerra; Tupperware; Aflac; WGL/ Washington Gas; eBay; Timberland; The Mosaic Company; UPS; Impact2030; Waste Management; Silicon Valley Community Foundation; NPR; and MSNBC, among others.

Workshop, panel, and issue table descriptions; speaker bios; and registration information can be found on the 3BL Forum web site. If you are active in the CR industry, or want to be, make plans now to attend this leading event for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners.

On the evening of Oct. 24, 3BL Media’s Corporate Responsibility Magazine will honor the 2018 Responsible CEOs of the Year.  The event recognizes CEOs who have put themselves at personal and professional risk to deliver on their corporate responsibility. In addition, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed.

Event Sponsors

The 3BL Forum 2018 “Brands Taking Stands” event is produced through the generous assistance of more than 30 sponsors and partners listed below. To join them, click here.

MSL Group | MGM International | Mosaic | TD Bank Group |APCO Worldwide | Blackbaud | Rolland Paper | Smithfield| CECP | GRI| America’s Charities | American Sustainable Business Council | PYXERA Global | Ecoprint | CR Miami | Realized Worth | Points of Light | Governance and Accountability Institute |

About 3BL Media

3BL Forum is an annual gathering of corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners with emphasis on networking, case studies, new research and compelling presentations from companies committed to making progress against an ambitious ESG agenda.

The event is produced 3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.

We know your stories, perspectives and experiences only matter if they’re heard, shared and acted on by the right people. We cut straight through the clutter so you always break through to the audiences who matter most.


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3BL Media
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OppenheimerFunds Supports Chicago Community During Distribution Symposium

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 3:54pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, supported the local community in Chicago this week during the firm’s Distribution Symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm’s Distribution team. In partnership with Cradles to Crayons and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, employees assembled care packages for children served by both organizations. OppenheimerFunds also provided each nonprofit with a $10,000 grant.

“Twice a year, our distribution team gets together to train, share successes and gain new insights that ultimately help us better serve our clients,” said John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds. “Our employees also look forward to giving back to the communities that host our conferences and are proud to volunteer with great local organizations such as Cradles to Crayons and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.”

Employees assembled and donated:

  • 400 clothing packages that will help provide infants with a week’s worth of outfits.
  • 3,000 hat and glove packages to help keep 10-12 year children warm during the winter months.
  • 800 school backpacks filled with school supplies.

Cradles to Crayons launched in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. The nonprofit provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.

“We are pleased to partner with OppenheimerFunds to help provide children with much needed clothing,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons. “The hats, gloves and infant clothes will be extremely welcomed by the children and families that benefit from our programs."

Since 1902, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago have provided the city's children with a safe, positive and supportive place where they can take advantage of after-school programs, activities and services designed to prepare them for the future and achieve their fullest potential.

“Every day, our clubs help young people build the skills that will help them to make positive contributions in their homes and communities,” said Mimi LeClair, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. “The backpacks and school supplies donated by OppenheimerFunds will give these kids the tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

OppenheimerFunds’ corporate philanthropy and community initiatives also include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm works closely with organizations including the National Museum of Mathematics, Boys & Girls Club, MATHSWORLDUK, Common Impact and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs.

OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer Highlights





Amount Donated

January 2011

Dallas, TX

Dallas Children’s Hospital

Created murals for hospital walls


August 2011

Chicago, IL

Chicago Cares to benefit Woodson South Elementary School

Refurbished local school facilities


January 2012

Fort Worth, TX

USO Dallas

Assembled and donated backpacks for troops


August 2012

Salt Lake City, UT

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake

Built and donated bicycles


January 2013

New York, NY

Breezy Point Relief Fund

Assembled and donated care packages


August 2013

Laguna Nigel, CA

Las Palmas Elementary School

Refurbished local school facilities


January 2014

Dallas, TX

Flood victims

Provided various types of assistance


August 2014

Washington, DC

Boys Town

Made campus improvements, organized donated items, created backpacks, repaired kitchen facilities


January 2015

Atlanta, GA

USO Council of Georgia

Gathered and donated care packages for troops


August 2015

San Diego, CA

Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)

Built 75 wheelchairs for donation


August 2015

San Diego, CA

Ronald McDonald House

Stuffed ~100 teddy bears for children


January 2016

Atlanta, GA

Hands On Atlanta

Assembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits


July 2016

Boston, MA

Boston Cares

Constructed 30 toddler beds and packed 100 blankets and 100 superhero capes


January 2017

Atlanta, GA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Assembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages


August 2017

San Diego, CA

Operation Homefront

Created 400 baby care packages for local military families


August 2017

San Diego, CA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

Helped build 20 model solar cars with children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and donated 100 model solar car kits to the organization’s STEM program


January 2018

Dallas, TX

Trusted World

Attendees packed and donated 20,000 meal kits to be distributed to families recovering from recent natural disasters.


January 2018

Dallas, TX

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

Assembled and donated 175 Robotics IQ Kits for the organization’s STEM program.



July 2018

Chicago, Illinois

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Assembled and donated 800 backpacks filled with school supplies


July 2018

Chicago, Illinois

Cradles to Crayons

Assembled and donated 400 infant clothing packages and 3,000 hat and glove packages.


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About OppenheimerFunds

OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $246 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of June 29, 2018.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

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Support Growing for Prominent U.S. Attorney Who Took on Chevron and Was Deemed “Threat to Public Order” by State Bar Officials

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 3:54pm

Support is growing from across the United States and Ecuador for prominent corporate accountability attorney Steven Donziger following the “shocking” decision of the New York bar to suspend him as a “immediate threat to the public order” without a hearing after he played an instrumental role in winning a landmark $9.5 billion pollution judgment on behalf of Ecuadorian rainforest communities against Chevron. 

Richard Friedman, a nationally-known Harvard-educated trial attorney from Seattle who has represented Donziger, joined several members of the legal community in criticizing NY bar staff attorneys Jorge Dopico and Naomi Goldstein for characterizing Donziger as an “immediate threat to the public order” based on the erroneous and disputed civil findings of New York federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, which relied largely on false testimony from an admittedly corrupt Chevron witness (Alberto Guerra) paid $2 million by the company. In 25 years of law practice, Donziger has not received a single client complaint and has been honored with numerous testimonials for his public service work.

(Here is a detailed documentation of Chevron’s witness fraud and bribery of Guerra. Here is a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Department of Justice of Chevron and its lawyers at the firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for bribing a witness to present false evidence. Here is background on Gibson Dunn’s many ethical violations, including the fabrication of evidence in a prior case. Here is a summary of Chevron’s intimidation campaign written by Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler.)

In comments last week, other attorneys and activists – including esteemed First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus, Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, human rights lawyer Aaron Page, and Greenpeace Co-founder Rex Weyler – said they were “shocked” by the New York Bar’s decision to suspend Donziger. The designation as a “threat to the public order” allowed the bar staff attorneys to short-circuit the legal process and deny Donziger a hearing, despite his attempt to submit extensive evidence about how the full body of evidence undermines Kaplan’s findings. Donziger’s position that Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon to save an estimated $5 billion in costs has been validated by 17 judges from three appellate courts in Ecuador, including in an 8-0 decision by the country’s Constitutional Court issued days ago. Chevron had insisted the trial take place in Ecuador and had accepted jurisdiction there. 

Friedman, the author of four bestselling legal books and the former President of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, said the designation of Donziger as a “threat to the public order” serves Chevron’s interests in trying to taint the Ecuador judgment and suggests political behavior by the staff attorneys more in keeping with an authoritarian dictatorship where opponents of the establishment are designated as enemies of the state and denied the opportunity to work or earn a livelihood.  By taking away Donziger's law license, it will be difficult for him to continue to earn a living and fight for his clients in Ecuador, which was Chevron’s goal all along, said Friedman.

Friedman added that he was “utterly dismayed” by the bar’s decision to deny Donziger the opportunity to present the ample evidence available to challenge Kaplan’s findings before imposing punishment.  “This type of decision not only violates fundamental due process, it is not in keeping with the American tradition of using judicial processes as a truth-seeking exercise,” said Friedman. “It reminds me of something that might happen in Russia under Putin or Turkey under Erdogan, but it should not be happening in New York.  The goal of the New York bar staff attorneys seems to be to suppress evidence that might prove Judge Kaplan got his decision wrong, not to seek the truth or ensure a fair adjudication.  That’s a sad commentary on the state of the New York bar and unfortunately our legal profession because Steven Donziger should rightly be regarded as a hero for his work in Ecuador. This reflects far more poorly on the New York bar and Judge Kaplan than Steven Donziger, a person whom I deeply respect.” 

Donziger submitted in his defense a 12-page letter, lengthy legal brief, and hundreds of pages of exhibits but all were discarded by Dopico and Goldstein, who refused to engage Donziger or even interview him. Despite having at least 20 staff attorneys in the office, the pair also appointed as special pro bono “prosecutor” of Donziger in the bar disciplinary process a private corporate defense lawyer, George Davidson, from a corporate law firm with extensive ties to the oil and gas industry. Further, five judges of the First Department – an intermediate appellate court that oversees bar discipline in Manhattan – also ignored Donziger’s submissions in issuing a terse and perfunctory one-page order on July 11 validating the bar grievance committee’s request for Donziger's immediate suspension.

It turns out that six of Judge Kaplan’s colleagues on New York’s federal trial bench in Manhattan, led by Judge Kevin P. Castel, had sent a referral letter urging Dopico to disbar Donziger without a hearing based on their colleague's findings.  Donziger said the Castel letter, which ignored the many problems with Kaplan’s decision, was not in keeping with the judicial obligation of impartiality and was highly inappropriate, although it created enormous pressure for the bar staff attorneys to move against him.  

“Bar staff attorneys answer by and large to judges,” he said. “When six federal judges are urging disbarment based on a high-profile decision of a colleague that has been contradicted by courts in other countries and whom they are obviously trying to protect, I would imagine it would be difficult for a bar staff attorney to resist the pressure. But that does not excuse the bar for refusing to give me a hearing where I can present critical and highly probative evidence.”  

Friedman was blunt in his assessment.

“This decision by the New York bar affects the due process rights of all lawyers, everywhere in the country, and it should not be allowed to stand,” he said.  “It is patently unfair to impose any sort of automatic discipline on a lawyer, much less a suspension, based on civil findings made without a jury and without giving that lawyer a chance to present evidence challenging those findings in the bar disciplinary process – especially when those findings already are disputed by the findings of other courts and Chevron’s own star witness admitted he perjured himself on the stand.”

“Even worse, I know from personal experience and from studying the case closely that there is ample evidence to prove Judge Kaplan’s findings are either false, based on witness testimony paid for by Chevron, or the result of a completely decontextualized reading by Judge Kaplan of foreign law in Ecuador,” said Friedman, who noted that Kaplan also refused to consider any of the environmental evidence against Chevron relied on by the Ecuadorian courts for their decisions against the company. “What is undisputed is that three layers of courts in Ecuador that had access to far more evidence than Judge Kaplan contradicted his findings.  The fact the bar grievance committee doesn’t want to grant a hearing given this extraordinary context not only is unfair to Steven Donziger, but it threatens the due process rights of lawyers everywhere.” 

Although cited by the Bar to suspend Donziger without a hearing, Kaplan’s decision has been largely disproven after evidence emerged that Chevron paid the exorbitant sums to Guerra, a former Ecuadorian judge booted from the bench after he admitted taking bribes. Guerra was moved with his family by Chevron to the United States and later admitted lying on the stand after being coached for 53 days by Chevron lawyers headed by Randy Mastro at Gibson Dunn firm.  Kaplan based his core findings largely on Guerra’s false testimony. 

In response to the Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page lauded the bar committee’s decision to suspend Donziger, Friedman wrote: “There are those who believe American corporations should be able to treat the people and environment in less-developed countries as ‘disposable,’ as unworthy of care or respect. They believe our own economic interests justify whatever harm we do to others. And then there are those, like Steven Donziger, who believe this entrenched attitude needs to change, or we will destroy the world.  

“Like many leaders in the abolitionist, suffragette, union and civil rights movements, Steven Donziger has paid (and will pay) an enormous personal price for trying to change our culture. But our culture will change, and he will rightly be regarded as a hero.”

Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace and another friend of Donziger, also called Donziger a “hero” for standing up to Chevron. “This is always the way the status quo power structure protects its own,” said Weyler. “The more frightened they are by the truth, the greater their lies. They did this to anti-slavery activists centuries ago, to the suffragettes, to Ghandi and Martin Luther King, and to Indigenous leaders throughout the world.

“This shameless pandering by the NY judiciary to power and money will be exposed in time,” said Weyler.

In Ecuador, several leaders of the rainforest communities have sent letters of support to Donziger, who remains a member of the District of Columbia bar and who plans to appeal the New York decision.

One such letter came from Carmen Cartuche, a community leader who serves as President of the Amazon Defense Coalition In Ecuador – the grass roots organization in the rainforest that brought suit against Chevron. She wrote to Donziger, who represents the group as it seeks to collect the Ecuador judgment in Canada: “As the representative of the FDA, I cannot hide my indignation over the injustice that American courts are committing against you. You have dedicated more than 25 years of your career fighting for and defending human rights, especially for the Amazon communities in Ecuador who continue to be gravely harmed by the actions of Chevron.  I simply do not understand how U.S. ‘justice’, instead of condemning the company that has caused so much damage to the natural world and to the lives of so many peoples, sanctions the person trying to protect the natural world and the victims of Chevron. It is a very poor reflection on the United States of America, but perfectly consistent with the values of the Chevron Corporation as we know them.”

In a statement issued on July 11 in response to his interim suspension, Donziger said, “The case on which the New York bar rests its decision to suspend me without a hearing is based almost completely on false testimony paid for Chevron and presented by an admittedly corrupt witness coached 53 days by company lawyers. The entire case before Judge Kaplan was designed by Chevron to retaliate against me for my role in holding it accountable for the deliberate dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste in Ecuador, decimating Indigenous peoples and creating an environmental catastrophe that continues to cause grave harm to vulnerable communities.  I will continue to fight for my clients while appealing this decision.”

The NY bar also announced the appointment of Paul Doyle, a corporate defense lawyer who represented Union Carbide in the Bhopal disaster, as the “referee” to determine whether Donziger will be disbarred based on Kaplan’s findings. Donziger said he is assembling a legal team to defend him in his appeal of the bar’s decision.

Webinar: How to Craft a Winning Citizens Nomination

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 3:54pm

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

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

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

Yum! Brands’ Recipe for Good: 2017 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report Showcases Company’s Efforts to Serve Food People Trust, Grow Sustainably to Protect the Planet and Unlock Potential in People

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 9:53am

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today released its 2017 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report, citizenship.yum.com, highlighting the company’s progress in 2016 and 2017 and outlining efforts by KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to make a meaningful impact in three areas of strategic focus: Food, Planet and People.

“As Yum! Brands grows KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell around the world, we take our role as a global citizen and our impact on society and the environment seriously,” said Greg Creed, CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc. “In line with Yum! Brands’ Recipe for Growth to become more focused, franchised and efficient, we’ve created a Recipe for Good – our updated global citizenship and sustainability strategy that outlines our public commitments concerning food, planet and people. I’m proud of the progress we’re making, as well as our growing efforts to listen and engage more intently with our stakeholders on priority issues that are material to our business.”

The content of the report reflects topics identified through Yum! Brands’ first companywide materiality assessment and progress against its existing public commitments. The report is prepared according to Global Reporting Initiative Standards, the most widely recognized framework for sustainability reporting.

Also featured are success stories from the company’s brands around the world, each of which has contributed to progress in distinct ways:

  • KFC: As a brand that’s Always Original, KFC is focused on ingredient sourcing that ranges from sustainable palm oil to purchasing chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in its U.S. restaurants by the end of 2018. The brand has created a customized green building program for its restaurants and invests in its restaurant team members with various training and development programs as well as educational partnerships globally. Worldwide, KFC donated 3 million meals last year to more than 1,500 charities through the Harvest program, and restaurants raised over $14 million (USD) to benefit more than 35 charitable organizations that fight hunger and promote growth opportunities for youth.

  • Pizza Hut: Known for its iconic pizza innovation, Pizza Hut is redefining the modern pizza delivery experience. Pizza Hut offers a variety of crusts, sauces and customizable topping combinations including fresh vegetables, proteins and fruits and has eliminated partially hydrogenated oils from its global menu. In the U.S., the brand became the first national pizza restaurant to remove artificial flavors and colors from its core pizzas and WingStreet products, and it extended its commitment to serve chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in its WingStreet wings by 2022. Through its global waste reduction efforts, Pizza Hut reached a significant milestone in 2017 – donating 100 million pounds of food over the years through the company’s Harvest program. The brand also expanded its commitment to literacy in 2016, launching its signature platform, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project, which in its first year impacted 15.9 million people across Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa and the U.S. through initiatives like the BOOK IT! Program and in-restaurant fundraising.

  • Taco Bell: As a brand that’s in a Category of One, Taco Bell has been on a Food for All journey, creating a menu that offers the choices its consumers are asking for. For example: offering choices that are low calorie/fat, high protein and vegetarian; removing artificial flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils; reducing sodium; serving chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in its U.S. restaurants; and serving 100 percent cage-free eggs across its menu in the U.S., among other things. The brand is also giving employees and customers the opportunities they need to turn their dreams into goals through its Live Más Scholarship, which provided $1 million to $2 million in funding per year for more than 400 students in 2016 and 2017.

Other highlights from Yum! Brands’ 2017 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report include:


  • Deploying a new global nutrition strategy that emphasizes simplified ingredients, transparency of ingredients, high-protein, lower-calorie, reduced sodium and other offerings that promote a balanced diet

  • Pursuing a goal of offering balanced meals by having 20 percent of meal options consistent with one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) or foreign equivalents by 2020; currently, nearly 50 percent of restaurants have met this goal

  • Removed artificial flavors from 70 percent of food ingredients, with a goal of removing 100 percent by 2020*

  • Removed artificial colors from 78 percent of food ingredients, with a goal of removing 100 percent by 2020*

  • Removed partially hydrogenated oil from 97 percent of food ingredients, with a goal of removing 100 percent*

  • Conducted more than 230,000 restaurant food safety audits between 2015 and 2017, and approximately 3,000 food safety supplier audits in 2017

*Key markets, excluding co-branded ingredients and beverages


  • Kept more than 750,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in 2017, or the equivalent of taking 160,000 cars off the road for a year, through energy conservation, food waste donation and recycling efforts

  • Published Sustainable Animal Protein Principles and Good Antimicrobial Stewardship policy in 2017, set and achieved commitments to serve chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in U.S. restaurants, and required suppliers globally to minimize use of antimicrobials important to human medicine and practice responsible, judicious use

  • Having a goal of sourcing 100 percent sustainable palm oil by 2018; currently sourcing 87 percent of cooking oil from sustainable palm oil or non-palm sources

  • Sourced 69 percent of global paper-based packaging and service products from either certified virgin or recycled sources in 2017, with goal of 100 percent by 2020


  • Signed on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace

  • Aligned with Paradigm for Parity®, a coalition of companies working to increase the number of women in senior operating roles

  • Donated 6.9 million pounds of food to feed people in need through the company’s Harvest program in 2017

  • Supported the launch of brand-specific culture and leadership initiatives, including KFC’s Leading with Heart program, Pizza Hut’s Life Unboxed campaign and Taco Bell’s Start With Us, Stay With Us platform

For more information and to view Yum! Brands’ 2017 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report, visit citizenship.yum.com, or join the experts at Yum! Brands on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 12pm ET to discuss the #YumRecipeforGood in a Twitter Chat hosted by @TriplePundit. Visit here to for details.

Join the conversation at Facebook.com/yumbrands and @yumbrands on Twitter using the hashtag #YumRecipeforGood.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2018, Yum! Brands was recognized as part of the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over seven new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Shortlist Announced! Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 6:53am

The shortlist for Ethical Corporation's 9th Annual Responsible Business Awards has been announced. The winners will be revealed and celebrated at a glamorous Awards Dinner ceremony on 9th October in central London
Kingfisher, Novartis, EDF Energy, Merck, Thai Union, Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Co-Op, Google, ING, GSK, ABN AMRO, Vancity, Ocado, Carlsberg, AstraZeneca, IBM and Tesco are among the nominees being shortlisted for this year’s The Responsible Business Awards

Click here to view the full shortlist

Ethical Corporation would like to thank everyone that entered for all their hard work and efforts spent in the submissions. Please keep up your great work!

OppenheimerFunds Named on Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 3:52pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, was included on the second annual Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index. Companies were selected based on their scores in three areas: diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices in recruitment, retention, and advancement; organizational culture; and demographic transparency.

“We are pleased to have been included on this year’s Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index,” said Andy Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer at OppenheimerFunds. “By consistently refining and improving our diversity and inclusion practices, we create a workplace culture that fosters innovation and collaboration that ultimately benefits our clients.”

Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, offers information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create diversity programs, through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events. The DBP Inclusion Index was developed to provide tools and resources to help companies target efforts to understand demographic gaps and raise the bar on their D&I activities.

124 organizations participated in the second annual Index and were asked to provide data in three areas:

Practices around recruitment, retention and advancement of people from under-represented groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. Practices around creating an inclusive culture through leadership, accountability, communications, and employee engagement. Transparency and willingness to share workforce demographic data.

As part of its diversity and inclusion efforts, OppenheimerFunds provides its employees with the opportunity to connect with the diverse experiences of colleagues by joining its Business Resource Groups, which include the Asian Professionals Network, Black Professionals Network, Disabilities Network, Latino Professionals Network, LGBTQ+ Network, Military Network, and Women’s Network.

In addition, the firm has received numerous awards for its benefits and workplace culture, including recognition as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion in the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI); one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign; and a Best Place to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments. OppenheimerFunds’ parental leave policies were highlighted by Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list and in Fatherly’s 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads.

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About OppenheimerFunds
OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $246 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of June 29, 2018.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

Web: oppenheimerfunds.com

Tweets: twitter.com/OppFunds

Podcasts: oppenheimerfunds.com/advisors/podcasts 

About Diversity Best Practices
Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent

organization for diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, DBP offers members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.

Shares of Oppenheimer funds are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

Before investing in any of the Oppenheimer funds, investors should carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds, and may be obtained by asking your financial advisor, visiting oppenheimerfunds.com or calling 1.800.CALL OPP (225.5677). Read prospectuses and summary prospectuses carefully before investing.

Oppenheimer funds are distributed by OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc.
225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281-1008
© 2018 OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Consumer Goods Forum Launches 5th Edition of Annual Health & Wellness Survey

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 9:52am

The Consumer Goods Forum is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Health & Wellness Survey. An important component of the Health & Wellness initiative’s five-year plan, the annual survey has become a key tool for FMCG companies to highlight their positive actions and to share their stories on how they are addressing the growing consumer demand for products and services that will help them lead fuller, healthier, longer and happier lives. And, as the five-year plan draws to completion, this is an opportunity for consumer goods companies to report on their efforts to empower consumers globally. The survey is developed in conjunction with Deloitte.

The CGF asks all consumer goods retailers and manufacturers to participate and complete those questions that are relevant to their businesses, while service provider companies are also strongly encouraged to get involved on questions related to employee health and wellbeing. The Health & Wellness team remain available should participants have any questions or need help to complete the Survey (hw@theconsumergoodsforum.com).

Over the last few years, the annual survey has highlighted the positive progress being made by the industry:

  • Over the last two years, 200,000 products have been reformulated to reduce amount of ingredients like sugar, salt and parabens;

  • Last year, 85% of consumer goods companies said they have formed partnerships with community stakeholders;

  • In 2017, over 1.6 million employees participated in health and wellness programmes; and

  • Also in 2017, 58% said they have participated in food bank programmes, distributing 180 million meals and donating over 77,400 tonnes of food.

However, results also show that there is still much work to do, especially in implementing the CGF’s Health & Wellness Resolutions and Commitments. The CGF believes it’s in the industry’s best interests to participate in the survey and ensure a complete picture of where the consumer goods industry stands today. Only by collectively reporting on progress can a clear industry picture be presented and our work to support healthier diets and lifestyles highlighted.

If your company wants to be publicly acknowledged as being part of the solution, complete the simple survey before the September 2018 deadline.

Learn more about last year’s results via the Progress Report results video, developed with the support of Deloitte. 

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Former Gap Inc. Executive Bobbi Silten to Lead Global Initiative That Is Unlocking Business’ Power to Catalyze Social Change at Scale

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 9:52am

FSG and the Shared Value Initiative are pleased to announce that former Gap Inc. executive Bobbi Silten will lead the Initiative as Managing Director, effective July 30, 2018.

Bobbi was an early adopter of shared value and has been a long-time practitioner of leading social change through business.  She brings deep experience as a purpose-driven business leader and will advance the Shared Value Initiative as it works to help companies better society and the environment through their core business.

“I have seen first-hand the value that business can bring to society and the environment, especially when the value created is also vital to business,” said Bobbi.  “As a thought-leader, the Shared Value Initiative is shaping corporate strategy and influencing how companies build new markets, innovate, create distinction, and contribute to a thriving society and planet.  I look forward to advancing this important work and partnering with global business leaders to explore smarter models that address the changing needs of our communities, the environment and business.”

“We are impressed and excited about the insight and expertise Bobbi brings to the Shared Value Initiative,” said Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School and Senior Advisor, Shared Value Initiative. “She is a tremendous leader and visionary with a track record of delivering business results and social impact as a Fortune 500 executive. As companies aspire for greater corporate purpose, her experience, vision and deep commitment to social impact will strengthen the Shared Value Initiative’s role as a partner for companies focused on solving the world’s toughest challenges through their core business activities.”

Bobbi joins FSG and the Shared Value Initiative from Gap Inc. where she most recently served as EVP, Global Talent & Sustainability. In that role she partnered with the CEO to help lead change with a global talent strategy linked to business strategy, introducing a new talent vision and strategic plan that impacts over 135,000 employees.  She also oversaw key efforts to drive more sustainable business practices within the company.

Bobbi joined Gap Inc. as the head of the Gap Foundation and later added sustainability to her responsibilities. In her roles as SVP, Sustainability and President, Gap Foundation, she worked to better integrate the company’s human rights and environmental work with the business strategy to create greater positive impact.

In 2011 President Obama appointed Bobbi to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions, a multi-sector collaboration composed of leaders committed to social innovation and civic engagement. During her time on the Council she co-led the development of the Connecting Youth & Business toolkit. Prior to joining Gap Inc. Bobbi was President & Commercial General Manager, Dockers U.S., a Levi Strauss & Co. brand.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Bobbi lead the Shared Value Initiative,” said Lauren Smith, co-CEO, FSG. “She brings deep credibility from her time as a business unit leader and knowledge of companies’ untapped power to create impact. With her passion for designing programs that deliver business and social returns, we look forward to the Initiative’s next chapter of partnership and influence under Bobbi’s leadership.”

About the Shared Value Initiative

The Shared Value Initiative (SVI) is a global community of leaders who believe there are business opportunities in solving society’s toughest challenges – creating shared value for society and business alike. Shared value is, at its core, a way of shaping corporate strategy to drive innovation, growth, competitive advantage, and social impact. Operated by FSG, with support from a network of strategic partners, the Initiative shapes this emerging field through peer-to-peer exchange, market intelligence, strategy & implementation support and shared value advocacy. Learn more at www.sharedvalue.org.