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SABIC Finds Profit in Good Practice

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:29pm

The Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) cuts carbon emissions by recycle CO2. Miranda Ingram reports… 

Global petrochemical giant SABIC is celebrating its large-scale circular economy initiative whereby waste CO2 that used to vent into the atmosphere is now being converted into feedstock for the company’s manufacturing facilities. This drastically cuts carbon emissions and reduces the purchase of natural gas. The initiative is both an environmental and a financial triumph. 

“SABIC has been a sustainable company since its foundation by turning excess gas into useful products,” said Corporate Sustainability Director Gretchen Govoni, “but our sustainability function began in 2008, when we started examining our energy and water usage and greenhouse-gas emissions. As we collected and analysed our data it became apparent that our biggest opportunity to make a difference was not in cutting traditional hazardous waste but in tackling our carbon emissions.” 

SABIC’s dedication to sustainable innovation is ‘Chemistry that Matters'™ to the environment and future generations. 

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Call for Speakers/Sponsors for Companies Vs Climate Change 2017 events: October in Brussels and November in Miami.

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:29pm

Companies Vs Climate Change recently had our hugely successful event last November with over 200 attendees at the Hyatt in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. www.solveclimatechange.com

This is known as “The B2B Climate Solutions Event”.  In 2017 the US event will be Nov 29- Dec 1 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. http://usa.solveclimatechange.com/index.php  Speakers confirmed from NRG, Ford, Subway, Bechtel and AMD.  At least 35 more speakers will be added.

According to CEO Jason Youner: “The response to the inaugural event was tremendous.  There was such enthusiastic word of mouth that we simply had to bring the event back, and launch a European event on top of that.” 

The Europe event will be 4-6 October at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels.  http://europe.solveclimatechange.com/index.php

Confirmed speakers from Solvay, Ball, Siemens, Philips Lighting, CDP and ArcelorMittal. Many more to come.

Youner continues: “For us, CvCC Europe just feels like the natural progression.  CvCC Asia and Latin America will happen in the not too distant future.  There is no stopping the transformation of how companies do business in response to the climate crisis.”

In November we had speakers from TD Bank, Sealed Air Corp, Biogen, United, EnerNOC, Schneider Electric, Renewable Choice Energy, BSR, American Sustainable Business Coalition, EY, Brown Flynn, Nasdaq, Avery Dennison, Triple Pundit, RF Binder, Alaska Airlines, NYU Stern, Citigroup, SAP, GreenTrees, GZA, Bright Power and Ingersoll Rand. 

Other participating companies included Walgreens, Amtrak, ARRIS Group, Subway, Whole Foods, NRG Energy, NextEra, JM Family, Revolution Lighting, SunPower, Office Depot, Hunter Industries, Hertz, Royal Caribbean, Duke University, EDF and EcoVadis.

“Many attendees said that they were impressed by the number and diversity of attendees”, said Youner—“the event drew many kinds of professionals from numerous sectors, including corporate, service providers, government, academia and nonprofit.”

This is a second year event and our mission is genuine-we want to unite the world’s leading companies in the fight against climate change because the solutions must be BUSINESS DRIVEN.  

Certain things call for simplicity. This conference is about three things:

  1. Climate Change

  2. How can companies address climate change?

  3. How can companies collaborate to address climate change?

“We aim to be the “COP 23 of the Business Community” explains Youner. “and people really respond to our mission of being the forum for companies to unite and share best practices for solving climate.”

The agendas for both CvCC EU 2017 and CvCC US 2017 are under development and we are actively seeking corporate speakers and sponsors. 

Please email jason@solveclimatechange.com

If you would like to:

  • Speak at the EU or US events

  • Sponsor an event

  • Partner on an event

  • Register for a CvCC event

Contact:
Jason Youner
Founder & CEO
Companies Vs Climate Change
October 4-6, 2017  at the Radisson Blu Royal Brussels
Nov 29- Dec 1 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Miami
www.solveclimatechange.com
Follow us on Twitter @climateb2b
Join our LinkedIn Group: “Companies Vs Climate Change"
jason@solveclimatechange.com

2016 Net Impact Conference

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:29pm

The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and throughout their careers; this year the 24th Net Impact Conference heads to Philadelphia, a city where history is made. Expected to draw nearly 3000 students and young professionals from interdisciplinary sectors, the 2016 Net Impact Conference will give participants the skills, connections, and experiences for a lifetime of impact.

Every year the Net Impact Conference features inspiring, authentic, and energizing speakers who are making real impact from the boardroom to the classroom and beyond our borders. This year our notable lineup of speakers includes; Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy; Alicia Garza, the Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter; and Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The conference will feature more than 80 breakout sessions designed to address the world’s toughest challenges including; climate change, equity, and food systems while looking for new solutions through tracks including; social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and purposeful careers. Diverse session formats encourage collaboration and learning. Formats include; boot camps (Break Out of the Pack to Land Your Impact Dream Job); panels (Integrating Sustainability and Impact into Employee Engagement); and debates (What Works in Global Development?).

The conference will also feature career advancement opportunities including our Career Expo. The Career Expo provides an opportunity to network with professionals and recruiters from international corporations, social enterprises, and nonprofits that have the ability and drive to use their organizations for social and environmental good. The expo also features a special expo Career Corner providing the opportunity to spend 15 minutes one-on-one with an Idealist professional or headshots taken by a professional photographer for LinkedIn profiles.

Registration is open at: https://netimpact.org/conference

Cargill and the International Cocoa Initiative on a Journey to Improve the Lives of Children

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:28pm

Cargill, one of the world’s largest food and agriculture companies, and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), a leader in child protection in cocoa growing, have partnered to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire. Scaling up a relationship that has been ongoing since 2002, the two organizations are now establishing a monitoring system in Cargill’s cocoa supply chain to identify and protect children, especially those involved in child labour.

The innovative model for child labour prevention and response, called Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), allows Cargill to go a step further in its efforts to eradicate child labour and is based on best practices developed by ICI. The system will be embedded in the monitoring and evaluation program for the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the company’s responsible and sustainable cocoa program, and will be piloted this year in eight farmer cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire reaching nearly 7,000 cocoa farming households. The system will help Cargill identify and understand incidences of child labour so that appropriate remediation activities can be undertaken.

“At Cargill, we recognize that we cannot tackle child labour in cocoa-farming communities on our own. Working alongside technical experts like the ICI helps us learn how to take a labour-monitoring system to scale in a complex, smallholder agricultural supply chain,” said Taco Terheijden, Sustainability Director of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate. “Cooperatives have proven to be one of the most efficient and effective means to reach cocoa farmers, reduce poverty and impact their livelihoods. Working together with ICI and the cooperatives on establishing CLMRS is a crucial next step in the important journey to both understand and eradicate child labour from our cocoa supply chains.”

In September 2016, ICI started training Cargill’s network of “lead farmers,” a group of reliable and influential members of farmers’ cooperatives working with the company, to serve as child labour agents and lead interventions that help children escape child labour. As trusted members of the community and cocoa farmers themselves, these lead farmers have been trained by ICI to conduct regular household interviews, collect and share relevant socio-economic data via mobile technology and to provide education on the dangers of child labour. By providing technical guidance on all aspects of the system, ICI is building the capacity of Cargill to manage the system on its own, and to be able to fully integrate it into its core business.

"We have developed a system that goes wide and deep in tackling child labour in cocoa,” said Nick Weatherill, ICI’s Executive Director. “The more companies that adopt the principle of CLMRS into their supply chains, the better our chances to achieve a step change in child protection and cocoa sustainability. We are glad to partner with Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate on this very important endeavour. After more than 10 years of working together, we are now embarking on an even closer partnership and a journey to improve the lives of children in cocoa-growing communities.”

About ICI
Established in 2002, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is a leading organization promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities. ICI works with the cocoa industry, civil society and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and to advance the elimination of child labour.

About the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System
The CLMRS was crafted by ICI in order to identify and address cases and causes of child labour in cocoa growing regions of West Africa. It works at all levels of the supply chain in order to enable companies to develop tailored responses. ICI is already directly assisting 2,403 children found to be involved in hazardous activities through the Nestlé CLMRS pilot, which is running since 2012.

About Cargill Cocoa Promise
We launched the Cargill Cocoa Promise in 2012 to align our efforts in origin countries. It is our commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities in a holistic way that will secure a thriving sector for generations to come. The origin countries include Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia.

Blue Cross Foundation Announces Grant Awards For Innovation

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:28pm

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has announced the first three grant awards from its New Horizons grant fund. The three Projects receiving $10,000 awards to pilot new, innovative ideas are:

  1. Fresh Central Greenhouse-Schoolhouse

    • Project Partners:

      • Central Louisiana Economic Development Agency

      • Live Lively LaSalle Alliance

      • LaSalle Economic Development District

      • LaSalle Parish School Child Nutrition

    • Description:

      • Fresh Central Greenhouse-to-Schoolhouse is an economically sustainable hydroponic-greenhouse-to-schoolhouse social business model to reduce obesity and the risk thereof by increasing access to, encouraging consumption of, and educating about fresh, healthy and local produce.

  2. Building the Capacity of Educators to Meet the Needs of Students with ADHD

    • Project Partner:

      • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (CHADD)

    • Description:

      • Designed for Louisiana, this project provides ADHD-specific teaching methods for teachers to help students with ADHD in grades K-12 succeed through workshops, webinars, statewide training, and an online community with resources.

  3. Health Survey Pilot for Green Light New Orleans Garden Program

    • Project Partner:

      • Green Light New Orleans

    • Description:       

      • Over a period of 11 months a Green Light New Orleans Louisiana Delta Service Corps member will develop, implement and evaluate surveys from Green Light's garden participants to measure the program's impact on health.

“We are thrilled to support these organizations and their endeavors to take a calculated risk in creating completely new approaches to solving persistent issues,” said Michael Tipton, Blue Cross Foundation president.

The Foundation began offering New Horizons grants after Tipton conducted an extensive listening tour last fall with partners in the nonprofit, academic and business sectors.

“We have local people with big ideas – but there’s very little funding available out there for nonprofits to take the risk of piloting a new program,” said Tipton. “That’s why the Foundation is stepping into the space – to nurture these ideas into fruition.”

More information about these projects, the New Horizons grant program and the Foundation is available at www.bcbslafoundation.org

The Foundation accepts proposals for various grant programs on a quarterly basis.

About the Blue Cross Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Together Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation invest $2.5 million each year into Louisiana’s communities and nonprofits.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members – one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

Georgia Historical Society Announces the Collection of Environmental Visionary Ray C. Anderson Now Open For Research

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:11pm

The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is pleased to announce that the collection of the late Ray C. Anderson, the visionary industrialist, environmentalist, and founder of Interface, Inc., is now available for research at the GHS Research Center in Savannah and online through the GHS online finding aids. The collection was donated to GHS by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Interface, Inc. in late 2015.

“Ray Anderson was a pioneer in the sustainability movement, and his compelling journey from industrialist to environmentalist will have a lasting impact on future generations,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “We are pleased to preserve this collection at the Georgia Historical Society and make it accessible to researchers, students, teachers, and historians who want to explore the life and legacy of this extraordinary Georgian whose impact has been felt around the world.”

Ray C. Anderson founded Interface, Inc. in 1973 with a vision to provide flexible floor coverings for modern office buildings.  By 1983 the company was posting sales of $11 million annually, and following the 1987 acquisition of Heuga Holdings B.V. it became the undisputed world leader in carpet tile manufacturing.

A 1956 graduate of Georgia Tech, Anderson experienced an environmental epiphany in 1994 and challenged the company, which at the time was heavily dependent on petrochemicals, to become environmentally sustainable without loss of profits.  In 1997, Ray described his vision for his company, then nearly a quarter-century old, that remains true today: “If we’re successful, we’ll spend the rest of our days harvesting yester-year’s carpets and other petrochemically derived products, and recycling them into new materials; and converting sunlight into energy; with zero scrap going to the landfill and zero emissions into the ecosystem. And we’ll be doing well . . . very well . . . by doing good. That’s the vision.”

The Ray C. Anderson Papers (MS 2603) are available at the GHS Research Center in Savannah.  The online finding aid can be found at http://ghs.galileo.usg.edu/ghs/view?docId=ead/MS%202603-ead.xml. Consisting of over 200 boxes and covering the years 1947 to 2012, the collection contains biographical materials, business records, correspondence, organizational records, photographs, presentations, speeches, writings, travel files, books, journals, and over 200 artifacts documenting Anderson’s life. It includes correspondence with colleagues and significant environmental and political figures such as Paul Hawken, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.  

Ray Anderson’s papers were donated to the Georgia Historical Society in 2015. Accompanying the donation was a gift from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation to process and endow the collection.

ABOUT GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. To learn more, go to georgiahistory.com

CSE announces the new Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program (Advanced Edition 2017 ) that will take place in NYC and Toronto.

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:07pm

CSE will be hosting the new Certified Sustainability Course (Advanced Edition 2017) in Toronto, Canada, April 5-6 and in New York City, New York, May 25-26. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the most successful Sustainability Training globally, network with leaders in the field and become member of the elite group of the 5000+ professionals that have already attended worldwide!

During this 2-day challenging course, participants learn all about successful sustainability strategies and sustainability reporting, current global and local legislation, recent trends and stakeholder’s engagement, GHG Emissions and carbon footprint strategy. CSE through this course aims to offer to participants updated knowledge, needed in order to create a comprehensive sustainability strategy. The new GRI Standard and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integration to corporate strategies will be part of the new course.

Additionally CSE in collaboration with the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University has created a new course for social entrepreneurs "How to Create a B-Corporation and Gain a Competitive Advantage" on March 31st in Chicago.

For more information about CSE’s course contact marketing@cse-net.org or visit www.cse-net.org.

UPS Invests $18 Million In On-Site Solar

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:07pm

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced plans to significantly escalate its investment in solar energy as an owner/operator of solar assets starting with at least eight of its facilities in the U.S. The installations will be completed by the end of 2017. The estimated $18 million investment will provide a nearly five-fold increase in the amount of power generated from solar at UPS facilities today.

With more than 2,580 UPS facilities worldwide, UPS is ideally positioned to expand its investment in renewable energy. UPS expects additional solar deployments to occur over the next several years as it identifies suitable opportunities.

The completion of these projects will expand UPS’s owned solar power generating capacity by almost 10 megawatts. The combined power produced from these projects is equivalent to providing electricity to approximately 1,200 homes annually. The  expanded solar portfolio is expected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 8,200 metric tonnes per year.

“Solar technology is a proven way to effectively and efficiently provide long-term power to our facilities,” said Bill Moir, director of Facilities Procurement, UPS. “We have a significant number of facilities that are well positioned to deploy solar at scale and increase our sustainable energy options for our buildings and electric vehicles.”

Solar panels have the ability to generate electricity for more than 25 years. UPS will purchase over 26,000 solar panels during the expansion. Once installed, each building will effectively produce 50 percent of its daily energy use via the sun. As a result,UPS will own and operate the installations providing additional flexibility over the long term. As a company with significant engineering and construction expertise, UPS will also be taking a leadership role in both the design and implementation of these projects.

UPS’s investment in solar power began in 2004 in Palm Springs, Calif., where solar panels were installed and are still generating approximately 110 kilowatts of sustainable energy. Today, UPS also produces solar power at its facilities in Lakewood, Parsippany and Secaucus, N.J.

UPS continues to invest in alternative fuels for both its stationary and mobile assets. The company has invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009. UPS deploys more than 8,100 vehicles in its Rolling Lab,  matching what works best in each situation. From old-fashioned pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS is putting sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.

About UPS
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at Longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS or follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

Unilever US Announces New Fragrance Transparency Initiative for Its Personal Care Brands

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:07pm

Unilever United States announced today a new transparency initiative to provide people with access to additional fragrance ingredient information for its personal care products. The initiative goes beyond labeling requirements to provide in-depth product and ingredient information and includes:

  • Fragrance Ingredient Disclosure through SmartLabel™. This year, Unilever will begin to voluntarily expand its current product ingredient lists available through SmartLabel™ to include the fragrance ingredients in a product’s formulation above 0.01% (100 parts per million). Unilever aims to complete the SmartLabel™ updates by the end of 2018.

  • What’s in our Products section on UnileverUSA.com. Unilever is launching a new webpage that provides additional product information, including its approach to developing safe products, explanations of ingredient types, answers to common questions, and access to SmartLabel™.

“We believe this initiative will help consumers know more about the products they use every day and build further trust for their favorite Unilever personal care brands,” said Tamara Rogers, EVP Personal Care, Unilever United States.

In addition, several of Unilever’s U.S. personal care products are voluntarily labeled to meet the European Union’s current fragrance allergen labeling regulation. Unilever will expand this to its full U.S. personal care portfolio.

Easy Access with SmartLabel™

All of Unilever’s U.S. food and mass market personal care products -- totaling 1,800 products -- currently participate in SmartLabel™. As a U.S. industry initiative, SmartLabel™ provides people with an easy and fast way to get more information about their favorite products—beyond what can be provided on pack.

“Transparency is fundamental to running a sustainable business,” said Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America. “Through SmartLabel and What’s in our Products, we are meeting the needs of our consumers who are increasingly mobile, online, and actively searching for products that are made responsibly and sustainably.”

Find more information on SmartLabel™ and Unilever products here:

            www.unileverusa.com/brands/smartlabel/

Find more information on "What’s in our Products" here:  

            www.unileverusa.com/brands/whats-in-our-products

About Unilever United States, Inc.

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in more than 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Country Crock, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2016.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.

  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.

  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com
To connect with Unilever U.S. via Facebook visit: www.facebook.com/unileverusa
To connect with Unilever U.S. via Twitter follow: @unileverusa

HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:07pm

HP has been identified as a global leader for the actions and strategies it is taking to manage carbon and address climate change across its supply chain by CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies, which named HP to its supplier engagement leader board and Supplier Climate A List.1

HP was one of only 29 global companies out of more than 3,300 assessed by CDP to earn a position on the inaugural supplier engagement leader board, which highlights the leading practices of companies working directly with their suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.

In addition, HP was one of 112 companies to make the CDP Supplier Climate A List, which recognizes companies for their climate strategy, reporting, and actions to create a low-carbon economy. The rankings were developed from information provided by more than 4,300 companies that was independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology. The ranking was produced at the request of 89 purchasing organizations with a combined spend of $2.7 trillion.

“We are proud to be recognized by CDP for our ongoing efforts to reduce our supply chain emissions and address the impact of climate change across our supply chain,” said Stuart Pann, HP Chief Supply Chain Officer. “This recognition reflects the commitment of our employees and partners to work together to create a more resilient supply chain and sustainable business.”

The CDP rankings recognize HP’s leadership efforts to help create a low-carbon economy. These efforts include setting and achieving an industry-first goal to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of its first-tier manufacturing and product transportation in the supply chain, incenting suppliers to set and achieve their own GHG emissions-reduction goals, and engaging with suppliers on programs designed to promote energy efficiency improvements and reduce GHG emissions.

In speaking about the supplier engagement leader board, Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain, CDP, stated, “We congratulate the 29 leading companies that are using their buying clout to drive change across their supply chains. Companies have a critical role to play in delivering on the Paris Agreement, and as well as setting their own house in order, it is essential they turn their attention to the risks and opportunities outsourced to their supply chain. By harnessing their purchasing power, big buyers have the potential to deliver the large-scale, rapid change that is needed and lead the way towards our sustainable future.”

HP’s leadership is featured in CDP’s new report, called Missing link: Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future, which was produced by CDP in partnership with BSR and the Carbon Trust. The report reveals that the world’s largest purchasing organizations are using their buying clout to drive down emissions across their supply chains, with 434 million tonnes of CO2 reductions—equivalent to more than France’s annual GHG emissions—reported by suppliers worldwide in 2016.

CDP also recently named HP to its investor-requested 2016 “Climate A List,” which recognizes top-performing companies who are taking action to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change, and the inaugural “Forest A List,” which honors companies for their deforestation management efforts.

For more information on HP’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.hp.com/sustainability.

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

1 As the CDP reporting period is based on data prior to the separation of Hewlett Packard Co. into two publicly traded companies, both HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise share these honors.

© 2017 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Build Trust in a Digital World - Complimentary Briefing

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:06am

With digital and data transforming industries and empowering audiences, companies are battling to find new ways to build trust and reputation, engage and influence stakeholders while protecting against data breaches.

In Ethical Corporation’s latest briefing, we outline key strategies for companies to ensure the hard-won trust and reputation is maintained in this digital, multichannel world.

Click here to download your complimentary copy

With expert insights from:

  • Martin Riecken, Global Head of Crisis Communications, TUI Group

  • Matt Peacock, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone

  • Médard Schoenmaeckers, Formerly Global Head of Communications, HSBC

Find out how you too can build trust and engage with your audience while protecting against data breaches by reading the briefing today – click here

U.S. Chamber Foundation Releases Safety and Security Quick Guides

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:03pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc., today released the Safety and Security Quick Guides, an online platform to educate communities, business owners, and chambers of commerce on steps they can take to ensure a safe, crime-free work environment.

“We understand that the success of a business depends on its safety and resilience, and in turn, how important a role businesses play in promoting health and vitality in their communities,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “The Safety and Security Quick Guides will help businesses of all sizes protect their assets and employees.”

The Quick Guides feature easy-to-use tutorials on how to prevent burglary, employee crime, workplace violence, and more. The Quick Guides will also provide resources and practical steps for business owners to:

  • Understand the top security threats they face;
  • Identify actions that owners and employees can take before a crime occurs to limit resource loss;
  • Reduce business vulnerability to external threats;
  • Work with employees to design fast-response plans when an incident occurs.

“Our work is rooted in a commitment to creating safer, smarter, more sustainable communities. As businesses large and small increasingly turn to interconnected technology and systems for improved efficiencies and intelligence, they forge new roads with regulations and potential threats,” said Kim Metcalf-Kupres, vice president and chief marketing officer for Johnson Controls, Inc. “This education platform is designed to provide practical guidance for businesses navigating these new and emerging workplace challenges.

On Wednesday, March 29, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will host a national webinar to discuss safety and security best practices. Learn more and register to attend the webinar here.

Access the Safety and Security Quick Guides here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

Anthem Blue Cross And Blue Shield Foundation Committed $1.8 Million To Improving Health And Strengthening Colorado Communities In 2016

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:03pm

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced that its foundation and 2,000 associates in Colorado contributed $1.8 million and 2,100 volunteer hours to health-related causes and community events in 2016.

“We’ve had deep roots in communities throughout Colorado for 79 years,” said Mike Ramseier, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado. “We’ve always believed that we have an obligation as a company to make our communities better and healthier. I am pleased that we fulfilled that commitment to Colorado again in 2016.”

Highlights included:

  • Hundreds of youth learned the importance of healthy, active lifestyles through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation’s support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Seven grants were awarded to clubs in Pueblo County, Larimer County, the San Luis Valley, Colorado Springs and Denver.
  • Working with the American Heart Association, 250 people were trained in hands-only CPR, part of a national effort to increase the survival rate of those who suffer cardiac arrest.
  • A team of 60 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates rode in Colorado Bike MS in Ft. Collins and raised more than $40,000 for the National MS Society.
  • We provided adaptive sports programming to Disabled Sports USA for 80 youth and wounded warriors in Denver.
  • In partnership with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, we provided dozens of blind and visually impaired athletes opportunities to increase physical activity through goal ball, running, yoga, exercise classes and rowing.
  • A grant of nearly $600,000 to the philanthropic arm of the Colorado Hospital Association is aimed at reducing the number of low-birth weight deliveries and preterm births in the state.
  • Financial support for the American Lung Association resulted in hundreds of Coloradans enrolling in smoking cessation programs throughout the year.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates also contributed personally and financially to improving Colorado communities last year, volunteering more than 2,100 hours of service and making charitable donations that totaled nearly $200,000 with a match from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

“We are proud to serve more than one million Coloradans,” said Ramseier. “Our 2,000 associates know that Colorado is a great place to live and do business. In 2017, we will continue to work with the nonprofit community to improve the health and well-being of all who call Colorado home.”

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado is available at www.anthem.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members – one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

Kellogg Partners for Progress

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:03pm

Kellogg works with local charities and NGO’s to run breakfast programmes for children in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden. Tom Idle reports.

“Corporates that ignore the communities in which they operate will no doubt suffer in the future,” says Bruce Learner, Senior CSR and Partnerships Manager for Kellogg in Europe. In fact, addressing local community issues remains a core part of the global food brand’s sustainability commitment – something the company takes just as seriously as implementing climate-smart best practice within its agricultural supply base. 

With a long history of giving and investing in community projects – founder W. K. Kellogg is often cited as one of the great philanthropists of the 20th century – the company’s global social responsibility strategy manifests itself in a number of ways.  

While the goal is for every ounce of food produced to be sold and consumed, there is sometimes excess food, and that is given to food banks. 

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National Geographic and Katie Couric Launch Screening Tour for Upcoming Documentary 'Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric'

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 9:02am

Every day all around the world, gender is making headlines, weaving its way into conversations big and small, in settings from government to households, from schools to places of employment. The two-hour National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC (Trailer Here) approaches the topic of gender through the lens of science, society and culture, all woven together by personal stories and experiences. 

To extend the life of this important documentary beyond its Feb. 6 television broadcast, National Geographic and Picture Motion are partnering on the Gender Revolution Tour, allowing any high school, college, university or nonprofit to sign up to host a free screening and discussion. The tour will harness the momentum of the conversations happening around the globe and offer an opportunity to have an informed dialogue on one of the most complicated and evolving issues in the current zeitgeist. 

Requests to participate in the Gender Revolution Tour can be made by filling out the request form at http://bit.ly/NatGeoGenderRevolution. Screening hosts will be sent a DVD of the film and an extensive discussion guide (LINK), created by Journeys in Film, that provides additional resources on understanding gender. 

At the time of this release, more than 100 universities, high schools and non-profit groups have already scheduled screening events of the GENDER REVOLUTION leading up to and during the week of the film’s television premiere on National Geographic. 

“From the very start, it was my hope that as many people as possible would be given the opportunity to see this film,” said Couric. “I am thrilled that along with National Geographic and Picture Motion we are going to be able to share GENDER REVOLUTION and our accompanying discussion guide with groups all over the county.”

“National Geographic is about exploration and discovery. Through the Gender Revolution Tour we want to encourage constructive conversations that will allow people to connect with each other over material that is science based, investigative and in some cases deeply personal,” said Chris Albert, executive vice president, global communications for National Geographic. “We believe this is a timely and groundbreaking documentary, and are thrilled to make it available for free to any organization interested in expanding its knowledge on the gender discussion.” 

“We are so thrilled, but not entirely surprised, to see GENDER REVOLUTION so embraced. From Catholic Colleges to LGBT advocacy groups, city-based Sororities to mid-west High Schools, Gender Studies programs to Trans Support Groups for Parents; there has been an outpour of support for a film like GENDER REVOLUTION,” said Christie Marchese, CEO and Founder, Picture Motion.

In GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 9/8c, National Geographic set out to explore this evolving concept of gender through the lens of science, society and culture. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the special will also air on National Geographic around the globe in 171 countries and in 45 languages. 

The Gender Revolution Tour is being managed by impact agency Picture Motion. 

First look clip from GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC:

https://files.natgeonetworks.com/_Sp2gXfxhvt1d5R

GENDER REVOLUTION is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 128 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Katie Couric Media:
Katie Couric Media develops and produces content, programming and documentaries for TV networks and digital distribution platforms, focusing on compelling issues the award-winning journalist and best-selling author has covered throughout her career. Katie Couric Media projects include the “Katie Couric” podcast from Earwolf, which features the host in candid, unscripted conversations about American life and politics; the National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION; and the upcoming movie “Flint” with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, about the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Katie Couric is the executive producer of “Fed Up” (2014) and “Under the Gun” (2016), both documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

World of Wonder Productions:
Innovative and Emmy® award-winning production company World of Wonder is behind such hit series as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo), “Million Dollar Listing” (Bravo), “Big Freedia” (Fuse) and “Island Hunters” (HGTV). World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Wishful Drinking,” “Monica in Black and White” and “The Last Beekeeper,” which won an Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of the company’s films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival, including “Becoming Chaz” and “Party Monster,” the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel, WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, “The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored “The World According to Wonder,” celebrating 22 years of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/.

Picture Motion:
Picture Motion is the leading marketing and advocacy firm for issue-driven films. We work with filmmakers and change makers to amplify awareness, expose injustice and drive activism, with the goal of advancing social change. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., we provide unmatched experience, services and influence. This powerful combination allows us to seamlessly handle all aspects of a social action campaign, from strategy and planning to project management and activation. Depending on the type of impact our partner is committed to, tactics can include partnership development, grassroots screening tours, digital engagement, policy and government relations, and impact measurement. 

Union Bank Enrolls 11 Offices in MCE's Deep Green 100% Renewable Energy Program and Eliminates Carbon Emissions in Marin County and Walnut Creek Branches

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:13pm

Union Bank today announced that 11 of its Bay Area offices have enrolled in MCE’s Deep Green electricity service enabling these locations to switch to 100 percent renewable energy, furthering the bank’s commitment to building healthy and sustainable communities. Union Bank is the first financial institution within MCE’s service area to commit to Deep Green, and now operates 100 percent carbon-free in Marin County and Walnut Creek.

MCE is a public, not-for-profit Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) that offers renewable energy choices to electricity rate payers in Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. By enrolling in the program, the participating Union Bank offices now operate while emitting zero greenhouse gas emissions from electricity usage. This is a collaborate initiative between the bank’s Corporate Real Estate team and Environmental Stewardship Department.

“Union Bank has a longstanding commitment to reducing our impact on the planet, and we are proud to be an early-adopter of this program that sources energy from clean, renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and biogas,” said Ryan Bjorkquist, Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Union Bank. “This is just one of the many green initiatives the bank supports in our focus to be a good steward of the environment.”

Two administrative offices and the following nine Union Bank branches are participating in MCE’s Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy service:

Union Bank Branch

City

Corte Madera

Corte Madera

Kentfield

Kentfield

Mill Valley

Mill Valley

Northgate

San Rafael

San Anselmo

San Anselmo

San Rafael

San Rafael

Strawberry Village

Mill Valley

Tiburon / Belvedere

Tiburon

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek


“It’s inspiring to see a national company like Union Bank joining the ranks of local businesses that are leading the way to a clean energy future in California,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “MCE’s goal is to make it easy for all types of customers and facilities to achieve their sustainability objectives. We salute Union Bank for investing in our community and environment – by going Deep Green, not only do they help the environment, but half of the revenue generated from Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy goes towards building local solar projects in our service area.”

Click here to learn more about the Union Bank commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States.  We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers.  We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services.  With assets of $116.9 billion, as of September 30, 2016, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks.  MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥293.7 trillion (JPY) or $2.9 trillion (USD)¹, as of September 30, 2016.  The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City.  The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California.

1 Exchange rate of 1 USD=¥101.12 (JPY) as of September 30, 2016 

About MCE

MCE is a not-for-profit, public electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydroelectric at competitive rates. MCE provides service to 255,000 California customers in Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. By choosing MCE, customers help support new in-state and local renewable energy projects and jobs. For more information about MCE, visit www.mceCleanEnergy.org

Game On! NRG and NFL Power Super Bowl LI with Clean, Renewable Energy

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:07pm

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) and its subsidiary Reliant, the premier retail electricity provider in Texas, have teamed up with the NFL to provide 100% Green-e certified renewable energy to NRG Stadium, site of Super Bowl LI, and the George R. Brown Convention Center, location of the NFL Experience and other NFL celebrations in Houston.

“Reducing the environmental impact of our events is something we have worked toward for more than 20 years,” said Jack Groh, Director of the NFL Environmental Program. “Using clean energy at our largest events, we can minimize the climate impact of our activities. This is something that’s good for business, and good for our fans and the communities where we live.”

“As the official electricity company of NRG Stadium, we are proud to support the NFL and Houston by powering the largest U.S. sporting event with renewable energy certificates together with the onsite efficiency and renewable energy solutions,” said Bruno Sarda, Vice President, Sustainability, NRG. “At NRG, we want fans to benefit from sustainable solutions and together with the NFL, we can demonstrate that even a huge event like the Super Bowl can significantly reduce its energy usage.”

For a period leading up to, during and following the Big Game, for every megawatt hour of electricity used to power these events, NRG and Reliant will purchase and retire one Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) on behalf of Super Bowl LI. The RECs account for the electricity used at NRG Stadium and the George R. Brown Convention Center, supporting renewable energy and the over one hundred thousand fans visiting Houston to celebrate the Super Bowl.

The NRG family of companies includes Houston-based Reliant, and collectively NRG’s retail brands are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. Sustainability solutions at NRG Stadiumalso include 65,000 energy-efficient LED field lights, which use 60 percent less energy than the stadium’s previous lighting system. NRG Stadium is the sixth professional football facility NRG has upgraded with smart energy technology. To learn more about NRG’s work with stadiums across the country, visit: www.nrg.com/sustainability/campaigns/smart-stadiums

Green-e Energy, a program of the Center for Resource Solutions, is a third-party certification program that guarantees RECs are generated from new renewable facilities and marketed with transparency and accuracy. A REC represents the environmental attributes of power produced from renewable energy projects.

About NRG

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 200 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers, large and small, we continually innovate, embrace and implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy. We aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

About the NFL Environmental Program

The NFL Environmental program began in 1993 with the goal of reducing environmental impact in our host communities and leaving a positive, environmental benefit through our projects and activities. In addition to sourcing renewable energy, the NFL focuses on solid waste recycling, donation of prepared food to local shelters and food banks, collecting leftover materials for donation locally including décor, carpeting, building materials and office supplies and equipment. The annual Super Kids Super Sharing project recruits thousands of local school children who donate their used books, sports equipment and school supplies to children in need in their own community. In partnership with Verizon and the local Host Committee, tens of thousands of dollars in matching urban forestry grants are provided and tens of thousands of pounds of E-waste are collected and recycled responsibly.

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Marijke Shugrue, 609-524-5262

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Kevin L. Cole, CFA, 609-524-4526
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IFPMA and the IAEA Through Its Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) Join Forces to Make a Difference in Comprehensive Cancer Control

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:49am

The IAEA and IFPMA announced today that they will join forces in the area of comprehensive cancer control. This new collaboration is centered on helping to ensure cancer is a health priority at national and global levels, and supporting stronger health system capacities to ensure overall cancer information and care is available in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

This collaboration will help the IAEA’ engage in strategic public-private partnerships to support and raise funds for the implementation of comprehensive cancer control projects and implement communication and awareness raising strategies for resource mobilization.

The two organizations will also collaborate on training and education of the health workforce in the area of comprehensive cancer control to enhance investments in healthcare solutions.

IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy Director, Nelly Enwerem-Bromson, said: “Building skills within the health workforce is vital in order to provide adequate, quality cancer care, This partnership helps us to create vital bridges with the private sector to boost life-saving investments in cancer control for most affected countries”.

Cancer has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. Globally, it kills more than 8.2 million people every year. The majority of deaths occur in LMICs, and the projections indicate that in these countries more than 9 million people are expected to lose their battle with cancer annually by 2030. In addition to demographic and lifestyle changes, LMICs suffer from a poor or non-existent cancer control infrastructure as well as a shortage of properly trained human resources.

Initial collaborative efforts will be in the area of training and education and will also leverage additional contributions to the initiative from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The initiative will help strengthen the Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCCnet) – a programme that offers countries customized, accessible, high-quality, and freely available training across all stages of the cancer care continuum. VUCCnet envisages courses designed to upgrade skills of working professionals and master’s level courses complementing institutional student learning. VUCCnet is in the process of further curriculum development and is planned to be rolled out in 33 sub-Saharan African countries following a successful pilot phase.

"We are delighted to support the IAEA through PACT in strengthening cancer control knowledge and training capacity in LMICs", said Thomas Cueni, Director General, IFPMA. He added: “Through focused programs like the VUCCnet, we help catalyze new partnerships and advance the resources and knowledge needed to enable countries to reverse the increasing burden of NCDs”.

The collaboration promotes comprehensive cancer control as a unique approach to fight cancer. Both organizations will leverage respective know-how gained by existing initiatives such as the “IAEA-IARC-WHO project on comprehensive cancer control” aimed to increase capacity of health systems in selected countries through establishing roadmaps for implementation of national cancer control priorities, capacity development of health workforce and support in resource mobilization efforts of IAEA Member States.

In addition, the recently launched “Access Accelerated”, a first-of-its-kind multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on improving NCD care, involves 22 biopharmaceutical companies and works with partners such as the World Bank Group and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to help overcome a variety of access barriers to NCD medicines in LMICs. Access Accelerated supports multi-stakeholder dialogue and works to improve NCD prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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About the IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT)

The IAEA has worked for over 40 years supporting countries in the use of nuclear techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases. The Agency’s Programme of Action for Cancer Treatment (PACT) was established in 2005 to focus efforts on fighting the growing cancer crisis in the developing world. PACT works to improve IAEA Member States’ capacities to address the growing cancer burden through the integration of radiotherapy technologies within a comprehensive national cancer control programme and builds strong strategic partnerships, particularly with the World Health Organization and other international organizations, to provide equitable, affordable and quality access to cancer care for all cancer patients to the highest standards.

About the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

IFPMA represents research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry's 2 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health. IFPMA advocates policies and practices that encourage the discovery of and access to life-saving and life-enhancing medicines and vaccines, for people everywhere. 

Best Practice: Winter 2016

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 7:49pm

The Winter 2016 issue of Best Practice includes CSR and sustainability case studies from thought leaders across several industries:

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