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Webinar Series: Engaging Suppliers With EDF Climate Corps

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:55am

Greening the Global Shopping Cart will be hosting a four-part webinar series highlighting EDF Climate Corps - with a focus on sustainable supply chain management.

The series will feature subject experts, including past participating EDF Climate Corps hosts and fellows, and offer best practices for prioritizing, planning and leading on engaging with suppliers on the following topics:

  • Setting Targets Based in Science
    Thursday, October 11, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and
    Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction
    Thursday, October 18, 1-2 pm EDT

  • The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement
    Thursday, October 25, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency
    Thursday, November 1, 1-2 pm EDT


Details on webinars and presenters:

Setting Targets Based in Science
Kealy Herman of WSP will discuss how to ensure that corporate targets are aligned with current climate science and how to determine which approach is right for the organization.

Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction
Theresa Eberhardt of Environmental Defense Fund will discuss how to transition from the goal-setting phase to the implementation phase, guiding companies through various tools and resources available.

The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement
Rachit Kansal of the Rocky Mountain Institute will focus on offsite Power Purchase Agreements - understanding them, determining if they are the right option for an organization, what risks they may carry and what are best practices for moving them forward internally.

Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency
Daniel Hill, Environmental Defense Fund, will provide guidance on scaling existing technologies and best practices throughout a portfolio of buildings and discuss several frameworks to make it possible

About EDF Climate Corps

EDF Climate Corps is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. We bring together an arsenal of top talent, resources and expertise in a variety of subject matters and industries to help organizations meet their sustainability and energy goals.


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GBChealth, Aliko Dangote Foundation and UN Economic Commission for Africa Release Preliminary Report Calling for Private Sector Involvement to Improve Africa’s Health and Economic Growth

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 6:53pm

 GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) released preliminary findings on Thursday, September 27 from their forthcoming “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report, calling for greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The preliminary report finds that neither government nor existing public-private partnerships are effective enough, and that existing PPPs disproportionately focus on a small number of countries. The preliminary report recommends a new model, one in which PPPs prioritize around the most significant disease burden and broaden their scope to benefit the health of the whole continent, which is deemed critical to driving long-term economic growth in Africa.

“The dialogue was a much-needed call-to-action for the African private sector as evidenced by the research,” said Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation. “The best way to move Africa forward is for businesses to step up in health care and take bold action. We must work together, across industries and with governments and communities, to foster innovation and to drive more strategic investments that benefit us collectively.”

GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the ECA also gathered African heads of state, corporate CEOs, and heads of UN agencies on Thursday at the United Nations headquarters for a high-level dialogue to discuss the findings and reinforce the importance of greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The dialogue, moderated by journalist Isha Sesay, featured lively discussions from champions for multisector health partnerships in Africa. The discussions explored findings of ECA’s research, Africa’s health status, SDG’s, public-private partnerships, health systems strengthening and health financing.

Following opening remarks from Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth, during which he recognized the group’s collective goal to identify solutions for health and finance in Africa, H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic, spoke about the healthcare situation in his country and the government’s approach to public-private partnerships.

“In Togo, we passed on the responsibility of certain facilities, namely clinics, pharmacies and hospices, to specific private entities who manage them,” said H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic. “We’re proud to say that public facilities are as efficient as private facilities, so we have gone on to create another category of facilities that are semi-private, semi-public. We hope that, with this initiative, we’ll be able to reach another level of efficiency.”

Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth, spoke about the need to be creative in terms of stretching private sector capital for advancing health and economic growth. “I’m very concerned as we sit here today, but heartened by the title of this dialogue, called Africa’s Health & Finance,” he said during the discussion. “I don’t think going forward that we can separate health from finance.”

Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, daughter of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation, delivered remarks on her father’s behalf. In them, he discussed his motivation as a businessman and human being for improving the wellbeing and quality of life for people in Africa. He addressed the private sector’s unique capacity to mobilize its resources and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives, and he called on continued and enhanced leadership from businesses on the issue. He also highlighted the importance of the new African Business Coalition for Health platform to help strategically mobilize private sector resources, expertise and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives across the continent.

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, also joined the discussion. She spoke about the importance of unlocking and leveraging the tools the private sector has to deliver healthcare services through sustainable finance.

“Much of education and much of health is not in a bad place, it’s in crisis,” said Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations. “People are faced with choiceless choices, for instance, having to choose health or water. We need solid institutions to be able to deliver services.”

Other leaders, all of whom brought unique perspective from their experiences in African governments, NGOs and the private sector, each highlighted the importance of financing healthcare and promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to find sustainable solutions. 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria noted that there is a saying that Health is Wealth but that the saying is inadequate because ‘health is everything including wealth.

Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia noted that a country can’t industrialize without a healthy society and that we must stop looking at healthcare as a charitable cause, but as a profitable business that should be encouraged.

Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa talked about the evolution of 2G to 3G and now 4G on the continent saying that it is in Africa’s hand and reach to leverage technology to leapfrog some of its healthcare needs.

The session, titled “Africa’s Health and Financing: Pathways to Economic Growth and Prosperity,” will inform revisions to the report ahead of its launch at the Africa Business: Health Forum in February 2019. Preliminary findings are summarized below and are available here.

“African businesses and governments are realizing that investing in Africa’s health is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business and for government,” said Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth. “If we’re able to galvanize a new era of cooperation and improve the overall well-being of this young, fast-growing continent, we’ll create economic growth for all Africans.”

“Africa’s population bulge and its abundance of young people is a competitive asset,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA. “This asset, however, must not become a fiscal burden by crowding in private finance to sustainably share the cost of a healthy Africa.” 

Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa: Preliminary Findings

Preliminary findings from the forthcoming report “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” identify the importance of improving health to drive Africa’s economic growth and the need for the private sector to play a significant role in improving Africa’s health. Specifically, the report highlights:

  • Health affects economic growth. There is considerable evidence that raising the health of a population increases labor productivity, reduces absenteeism at school and at work and lowers catastrophic expenses on healthcare. Further, there is a robust link between improved health outcomes and economic growth. For instance, improvements in life expectancy at birth, child mortality rates and maternal mortality rates are linked with growth in GDP per capita.

  • The private sector has an important role to play in health. Additional support is needed, and governments do not have the capacity to do it on their own. On average, countries devote just six percent of their GDP to healthcare, much lower than in the U.S. and other OECD countries.

  • Current public-private partnerships in health can be more effective. Existing public-private partnerships are disproportionately focused on a small number of countries – 10 out of Africa’s 54 countries account for half of the current partnerships. Further, current public-private partnerships are not aligned with the countries’ most pressing health problems and are not broad enough. Partnerships and solutions require a holistic approach that also addresses underfunded areas resulting in poor infrastructure, malnutrition and the lack of clean water. Other underfunded areas such as education, technology innovation, products and supply chain offer opportunities for business engagement and investment.

The forthcoming publication of the “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report will launch and serve as the foundation of discussions at the Africa Business: Health Forum on February 12, 2019 in Addis Ababa on the margins of the African Union Summit. The Africa Business: Health Forum will also formally launch the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth), a joint initiative of GBCHealth and the Aliko Dangote Foundation. ABCHealth aims to unlock synergies to help the private sector contribute more directly to meeting national and regional health goals in the context of SDG Agenda 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063 — and provides a platform that can help realize more strategic and collaborative partnerships, ultimately improving the standard of living, the quality of life, and the overall health and well-being of all Africans.

About GBCHealth
GBCHealth is dedicated to leveraging the resources and expertise of the private sector to meet today’s most pressing health challenges. Founded in 2001, under the leadership of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, GBCHealth has built a strong track record of mobilizing business action to address workplace and community health issues. Today, the organization works with a network of more than 300 organizations globally, and in Africa, to drive collective action in areas of greatest need.

Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede has served on the GBCHealth Board since 2011 and is widely recognized as a successful entrepreneur, business leader and proponent of corporate social responsibility in the African business community.

Website: www.gbchealth.org

About United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the mandate of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.  The ECA is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with offices in Rabat, Lusaka, Kigali, Niamey, Yaounde and Dakar.

More: www.uneca.org

Twitter: @ECA_Official

About Aliko Dangote Foundation

Aliko Dangote Foundation is the private philanthropic foundation of Aliko Dangote, established with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities. Dangote Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a charity in Lagos, Nigeria. The Foundation has now become the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The Foundation has contributed over $250 million in charitable funds to several causes in Nigeria and Africa over the past four years. The activities of the Foundation revolve around the four pillars of health and nutrition, empowerment, education and humanitarian relief.

Aliko Dangote was named to the 2016 Forbes list of the world’s top 100 most powerful people and is known for his commitments to health and development. He is the Founder, President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, the largest conglomerate in West Africa, based in Nigeria. The Group, which has subsidiaries that cut across cement production, sugar refining and flour milling, is present in 17 other African countries. It has also diversified into other sectors including agriculture and energy, and is building the largest refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Africa. One of the Group’s subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc, is the largest listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list.


Note to Editors:

The full list of leaders in attendance and involved at the September 27, 2018 event, held alongside the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the state of health and financing in Africa, is below.

Presenters and Discussants:

  • Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth

  • H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic

  • Mr. Aouele Eugene Aka, Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Republic of Côte D’Ivoire

  • Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth

  • Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, on behalf of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation

  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA

  • Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia

  • Saurabh Sinha, Technical Lead, UNECA, who presented the preliminary findings of the report

The High Table:

Public Sector:

  • Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria

  • Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya

  • H.E. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health, Arab Republic of Egypt

  • H.E Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health and Wellness, Republic of Botswana

  • H.E Bogolo Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry for the Republic of Botswana

UN and Development Banks:

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior VP for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations & Partnerships, World Bank Group

  • Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa

  • Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Private Sector and Partners

  • Jim Ovia, Chairperson, Zenith Bank

  • Acha Leke, Chairman, McKinsey & Company

  • Zouera Youssoufou, CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation

  • Nancy Wildfeir-Field, President, GBCHealth

Fair Trade USA Celebrates 20 Years Of Global Impact During Fair Trade Month

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 6:53pm

Today marks the start of Fair Trade Month and the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade USA, the award-winning social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.

Twenty years ago, Fair Trade USA’s Founder and CEO Paul Rice brought an idea from his field work in Nicaragua to a one-room office in Oakland, California.  What started with coffee and conviction – and not much else – is now the leading market-based model of sustainable production, trade and consumption.

Since its launch with coffee in 1998, Fair Trade USA has --

  • Partnered with over 1,300 brands to generate more than $500 million in additional income for farmers and workers around the world.

  • Expanded to more than 30 different product categories including coffee, tea, coconut, seafood, cocoa, produce, apparel, home goods, and more.

  • Grown into an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier, with an estimated $7 billion in U.S. retail sales of Fair Trade Certified products in 2017 alone.

  • Established key brand partnerships with market leaders including: Patagonia, west elm, Gap Inc., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Starbucks, Nespresso, Driscoll’s, Dole, General Mills, PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, Walmart and more.

In honor of its 20th Anniversary, Fair Trade USA partnered with SF-based production agency Avocados & Coconuts to produce a new video celebrating its history, growth and plans for the future. The organization also launched its Fair Trade Difference campaign today to help spread awareness of the importance of Fair Trade and the important difference it makes.  The campaign highlights the variety of Fair Trade Certified products that exist in the marketplace, as well as a 20th Anniversary Giveaway with the opportunity to win a $4000 west elm bedroom makeover and a $4000 pantry restock from Kroger.

Fair Trade Market Skyrockets

As Fair Trade USA enters its 20th year, increasing consumer awareness and demand is causing a wave of momentum among brands and retailers.  In the last year, approximately 2 new Fair Trade Certified were launched every day, including Patagonia wetsuits, west elm furniture, Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee, Flor de Caña Rum and Mexican limes.  And a new J.Crew and Madewell partnership means newly-certified clothing is in the works for the coming years, reflecting the brands’ renewed commitment to ethical sourcing.

Looking toward the next 20 years, Fair Trade USA is poised to further scale its model -- investing significant capital in global expansion to foster sustainable development and community empowerment around the world, and adding focus domestically with the certification of farms in the United States for the first time.  Fair Trade USA has also announced a goal to generate $1 billion in impact for farmers and workers by 2023.

Bringing Fair Trade Home

Given its proven track record of success in more than 45 countries, Fair Trade USA has now brought the benefits of Fair Trade certification to farmers, factory workers and fishermen in the United States.  There are currently about 2 million farm workers in this country, 80% of whom are migrant laborers from Central and South America. These people face many of the same challenges (inhumane and unsafe conditions, child labor/human trafficking, fair compensation) as agricultural producers and factory workers in developing countries. There exists an opportunity to improve their working conditions, their communities and their lives through Fair Trade.

“Farm workers remain among the most economically disadvantaged working groups in the United States. We can no longer turn our backs on them,” said Paul Rice, Founder & CEO of Fair Trade USA. “It has taken many years of research and preparation, but we have begun to certify local farms and we are so inspired by the results and the response from both brands and consumers.”

Since 2016, a total of 6 produce farms, 2 fisheries and 1 apparel factory have been certified in North America. Fair Trade USA has partnered domestically with brands such as Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods to better the livelihoods of farm workers throughout the country through compliance with social, economic, environmental and safety standards.

Family-owned produce farm Wholesum Harvest was one the first to implement domestic Fair Trade certification for its farm in Arizona. Workers there voted to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Funds to reduce health insurance premiums for employees, and now 88% of workers on the farm have opted for coverage, up from just 5% that opted for coverage before the program.  They share a long-term vision to foster a thriving community near their workplace, so future projects include building affordable housing, opening a low-cost store and creating green spaces for recreation.

“We have been working with Fair Trade USA for over 6 years, certifying our farms in Mexico and achieving amazing benefits as a result of Fair Trade, including a new community center, school buses, and a family park,” said Theojary Crisantes, Vice President of Operations at Wholesum Harvest. “We are so excited to now be able to offer these benefits to our workers in Arizona as well, while also giving shoppers added transparency and traceability.”

As Fair Trade USA continues to strategically work with U.S. farms, factories and fisheries, the organization remains committed to the international cooperatives, independent smallholders and farm workers that make up the vast majority certified organizations on its roster.

About Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA is an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, protects fragile ecosystems, and builds strong, transparent supply chains in partnership with over 1,300 leading brands and retailers. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the World Economic Forum, the Skoll Foundation, Fast Company and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin and educates consumers about the power of their purchases. Visit www.FairTradeCertified.org for more information.

UPS Employees Advance 2020 Goal to Contribute 20 Million Volunteer Hours of Service in Communities Around the World

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:53pm
 UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today that the company will deploy nearly 40 percent more employees on five continents to contribute to 450 community service projects, in the company’s 16th annual Global Volunteer Month. In 2014, CEO David Abney pledged UPS’s employees would contribute 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020, and the company is on pace to reach this goal.   UPS estimates employees will devote 375,000 volunteer hours in October to projects in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA). In 2017, UPS employees completed a record 2.9 million hours of volunteer service, providing more than $80 million in economic impact.   “Our employees are witnessing first-hand the positive effects of humanitarian aid and making communities around the world more resilient through dedicated volunteer hours. Volunteerism is an instrumental part of employee development in providing relief efforts in the wake of extraordinary events like the recent destruction from Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Manghut,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer for UPS. “We see UPS employees as true global citizens working on community projects and initiatives that are important to them with the backing of The UPS Foundation’s tools and resources for lasting impact. There’s a role for UPS in all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we aim to highlight the essential work our employees do every day in support of those goals.”   Earlier this year, The UPS Foundation announced the awarding of $2.4 million to nine non-profit organizations that encourage global volunteerism. The grants support initiatives such as disaster preparedness and recovery, youth literacy and skills development, and veterans training. Through UPS’s membership with IMPACT 2030, UPS encourages employees around the world to get involved in projects that help advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.   The UPS Foundation leads UPS’s global citizenship programs, including Global Volunteer Month. The UPS Foundation encourages employees from every region to volunteer their time to programs around the world. Global Volunteer Month helps increase the focus on volunteerism and community service in October so UPS employees can make a big impact. At the end of Global Volunteer Month each year, UPS awards $10,000 grants to 14 non-profit organizations UPS employees volunteer at in each U.S. region, international region and business unit.   Featured Global Volunteer Month projects include:  
  • United States: To fight heart disease, UPS workers are supporting The Heart Association at a walking event and teaching teenagers about road safety through the UPS Road Code program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Also, UPS employees continue to help with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

  • Canada: Planting trees with the Credit Valley Conservation, hosting a charity book sale with Laubach Literacy-New Brunswick and feeding the homeless at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation.

  • Latin America: Cleaning and revitalization of endangered bird nurseries with SOS Fauna of Brazil and working at the 3rd Beneficent Futeball Cup UPS Brazil to benefit two shelters Solid Rock and Sitio Agar.

  • Europe: Painting classrooms for the indoor training center with The Salvation Army in the UK and renovating railway wagons with the Foundation of Narrow-Gauge Railways.

  • Asia-Pacific: Providing care and education for disadvantaged children with Big Sister/Big Brother brain booster activities to supplement their tutorials with Project Pearls Inc. in the Philippines and improving the living condition with education by cleaning the library and surrounding area for Indonesia’s Bulir Padi Foundation. Additionally, UPS volunteers continue to assist with Typhoon Mangkhut (otherwise known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines) recovery efforts. 

  • ISMEA: Promoting efforts for enriching rural communities through organized philanthropy with Rural Education and Development Trust in Mumbai and creating a free and safe place for children to play, providing mentorship programs of social education and recreational and cultural activities at the St. Thomas Home for Children in Dubai.

  • UPS Global Headquarters (Atlanta), Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH), Information Services New Jersey (IS NJ): Packing meals for children around the world with Feed My Starving Childrenand supporting efforts with the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

  • UPS® Freight: Cleaning up summer camp area will help to ensure the camp is ready for winter and then the following camp year for the YMCA and supporting HomeAgain by creating a homey atmosphere by renewing and beautifying the interior and exterior.

  • UPS Airlines: Working at Halloween events at the Louisville Zoo and supporting the Special Olympics through the UPS Plane Pull to help raise funds for athletes to participate. Teams will compete to see who can pull a 160,000 pound UPS cargo plane 12 feet in the shortest time.

For more information about The UPS Foundation’s philanthropic giving and volunteerism efforts, please visit UPS.com/Foundation.   About The UPS Foundation
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. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.    ###

The Health Care Improvement Foundation Receives $247,000 Grant to Help Prevent Opioid Misuse among Post-Surgical Patients

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:53pm

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) launched a two-year pilot program that aims to help prevent chronic opioid use among post-surgical patients. The program, which is supported by a $247,000 grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, will address the issue via patient education and engagement, as well as provider improvement strategies.

Persistent use of opioids remains one of the most common complications after elective surgery, according to recent reports. A study published in JAMA Surgery revealed that 6 percent of people who received opioids for the first time after surgery were still taking them three to six months later.

HCIF is partnering with the Pennsylvania National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Consortium (PANC), a voluntary association of 14 Pennsylvania medical centers across the state. As part of the program, called “Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise,” HCIF will also leverage existing collaboration among the surgical departments at the medical centers and recruit additional hospital-based surgical teams statewide to form a Patient and Family Advisory Council, as well as a Medical Advisory Council. The councils will guide the development and review of resources.

“At HCIF, we look forward to addressing this important topic with Pennsylvania surgical teams and partnering with patients across the state to develop health-literate materials to optimize patients’ understanding and engagement,” said Pam Braun, Vice President of Clinical Improvement at the Health Care Improvement Foundation.

HCIF has earned recognition for its ability to drive high-value healthcare through stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, including regional efforts focused on medication safety issues such as antimicrobial stewardship, appropriate use of Hydromorphone and Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) system evaluation.

Led by PANC Vice President Dr. Matthew Philp, who serves as the program’s Physician Champion and Principal Medical Advisor, the new initiative involves creating and disseminating resources meant to prevent opioid misuse. Resources will include patient education videos, procedure-specific opioid prescribing guidelines and suggested pain management plans.

“Our aim is to help guide clinicians prescribing opioids by developing education materials focused on setting preoperative expectations, perioperative prescribing and the use of postoperative non-opioid pain regimens. The process will involve educating patients about perioperative opioid use and safe disposal mechanisms for leftover medications,” Dr. Philp said. 

As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation partners with municipal entities and nonprofits at the local and national level to bolster efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around prevention and innovative solutions. The Foundation recently launched an Opioid Resource Grant Program that will enable the nonprofit to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, in an effort to redefine best practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

“There is no one-size fits all approach to combating opioid misuse. To maximize our impact, we actively look to partner with organizations across the healthcare continuum to address the issue from a variety of angles,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “We particularly seek preventive solutions – and HCIF’s program arms providers and patients with resources to help prevent misuse among post-surgical patients.”

About the Health Care Improvement Foundation

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives. Based in Philadelphia, PA, HCIF is dedicated to the vision of a responsive, coordinated health care delivery system that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers, and achieves better health. Since its inception in 1980, HCIF has been recognized as an outstanding example of how advances in quality care can be achieved through large-scale collaborations.

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide sources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.

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Socktober Appeal Launched by Yorkshire Building Society to Support the Homeless

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:53am

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues from Edinburgh to Exeter are calling out for donations of new pairs of socks and other items to help support homeless people.

The Society is relaunching its month-long Socktober appeal throughout October due to the impact of the campaign last year.

The campaign is part of the Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH) and to raise awareness of World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.

Donations of new pairs of socks, toiletries and interview clothes plus other items such as woolly hats, gloves, scarves, can be made at all the Society’s branches and agencies across the UK.

The Society is also raising money for EYH and is asking the public to support Socktober by making a donation to the campaign and posting a picture of themselves online with their favourite socks on 10 October with the hashtag #socktober.

An estimated 86,000 young people in the UK are homeless.

Sasha Pauley, Charity Partnership Manager for Yorkshire Building Society, said: “This is our second Socktober campaign and we are hoping to make it as sock-cessful as last year. This year as well as donations of socks, we are also asking for toiletries, interview clothes, woolly hats, gloves and scarves and every single item will go to a homeless person.

“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need. Thanks to donations from people all over the UK we have been able to help 138 young people into their own rented homes.

“The money that is raised funds our bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee home essentials grants and practical help for living independently. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future.”  

Through the course of the Society’s three-year partnership with EYH it aims to raise £750,000.

EYH is a UK wide movement, bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.

Charlotte Milner, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer for End Youth Homelessness, said: “Every year 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK. Through our partnership with Yorkshire Building Society we are not only supporting homeless young people into their own rented homes, we are also aiming to break down the barriers that homeless young people face.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/socktober18 or by simply texting SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

To find a branch or agency to donate any items please visit www.ybs.co.uk/contact-us/branch-finder.html.



Notes to Editors

*Source: Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank - www.yhdatabank.com

Yorkshire Building Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness supports its corporate responsibility strategy, Society Matters, and its ambition to make a lasting positive impact on society.

To find out more about the Society Matters strategy, please visit www.ybs.co.uk/societymatters .

About Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society has assets of £42.0 billion and has more than 3 million customers.

The YBS Group includes Yorkshire Building Society and its brands Chelsea Building Society and Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, and its subsidiary companies including Accord Mortgages Limited. 

For more information on Yorkshire Building Society visit www.ybs.co.uk

For further media information please contact:

Press Office on 0345 1200 890 

About End Youth Homelessness

End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a national movement to end youth homelessness in the UK.

EYH brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.

Each EYH charity works in its own way to meet the needs of local young people; all sharing a belief in giving homeless young people the opportunity to turn their lives around; build high aspirations and move on to successful and independent lives.

EYH works directly with over 26,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK.


EYH was founded in 2010 by EYH charity Centrepoint, after its patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.


The charities supported through End Youth Homelessness are: 1625 Independent People (Bristol), Aberdeen Foyer (Aberdeen), The Amber Foundation (Surrey, Wiltshire, and Devon), St. Basils (West Midlands), The Benjamin Foundation (Norfolk), Centrepoint (Barnsley, Bradford, London, Manchester, and Sunderland), Llamau (Wales), MACS (Belfast), The Rock Trust (Edinburgh, West Lothian, Glasgow), and Roundabout (Sheffield), Step by Step (Hampshire).



Hyatt Hotels Commit to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:53am

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced the launch of RiseHY, a new global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working – by 2025.   

According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 percent of the world’s young people are either unemployed or living in poverty. As reported by Measure of America, there are 4.9 million Opportunity Youth who are disconnected from the economy in the U.S. alone. 

“We understand the challenges young people face, and Hyatt hotels are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution. Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can change the trajectory of someone’s life,” said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt. “With the launch of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will harness the power of technology in ways our industry has never done before to scale career opportunities, bringing awareness to hospitality careers, setting candidates up for success from the start, and expanding training programs as a path for employment.” 

Virtual Reality: Bringing Awareness to Hospitality Careers
Using virtual technology, youth across global communities will be able to experience what employment inside a hotel looks like, from home or a community center. With this immersive experience, candidates will be able to spend a “day in the life” of hospitality professionals and learn about key roles Hyatt hotels offer, including bell attendant, entry-level culinary, housekeeper, steward and waiter/waitress. Preview the experience at youvisit.com/tour/hyatt

Digital Skill-Matching: Setting Youth Up for Success from the Start
Funded in part by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, digital technology that taps into artificial intelligence will also be made available to community-based organizations in order to identify candidates’ inherent soft skills and match those to entry-level roles in the hospitality industry – and not just at Hyatt hotels. Candidates that match to hospitality roles will then have the option to be referred to human resources teams at a variety of hotels through community-based organizations, ensuring they are set on a path that aligns with their skillset.

Training Programs with Community-Based Organizations: Pathways for Employment
As part of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will build upon their long-standing engagements with local community-based organizations and further expand our global network to scale training programs and accelerate Opportunity Youth hiring. Working with organizations like Grads of Life and Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Hyatt hotels will provide on-the-job training and employment opportunities across the globe.   

“Grads of Life is thrilled to be part of Hyatt’s ambitious effort to expand career opportunities for Opportunity Youth across the globe,” said Elyse Rosenblum, principal, Grads of Life. “We were honored to assist Hyatt in developing RiseHY and believe that this program will give many young adults a chance to explore a career in hospitality – an industry that offers significant opportunity for professional growth and advancement.” 

RiseHY builds on a long-standing commitment across Hyatt hotels worldwide, many of which already have existing relationships with community-based organizations providing vocational training and career readiness programs.  

“Hyatt’s support of Youth Career Initiative since 2008 has helped over 300 disadvantaged young people train and secure meaningful employment at Hyatt hotels around the world,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, chair, International Tourism Partnership. “We are incredibly excited that Hyatt has chosen our YCI program as a strategic partner for RiseHY. Together, we aim to provide vocational skills, training and employment opportunities to thousands of the most disadvantaged young people, empowering them to improve their lives and build successful careers in the hospitality industry.” 

“It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family, and our hotels have been working with local organizations for decades to bring employment opportunities to underserved members of our communities,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “RiseHY is a focused commitment that not only brings our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – to life in our communities, but it is also a business imperative to ensure we have a diverse pipeline of great talent for the future.” 

Watch the video announcement from Chief Human Resources Officer Malaika Myers and learn more at hyatt.com/risehy

The term “Hyatt” is used for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, one or more of its affiliates, and/or one or more Hyatt hotels. Some of these positions will be at hotels managed by Hyatt while other positions may be at hotels franchised by Hyatt and/or where a third party is the employer. It does not refer to the Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Please note that all hiring by Hyatt hotels is subject to applicable law, which may include without limitation non-discrimination and minimum age requirements. 

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of June 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

Costa Cruises and AISM: Tours Now Also Accessible to Guests with Disabilities for the First Time

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 3:46pm

 Costa CruisesAISM (Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association) and the Costa Crociere Foundation present the results of a joint project aimed at making vacations increasingly accessible to people with impaired mobility. For the first time in the world in the cruise sector, guests with disabilities will be able to participate in group shore excursions, at no extra cost, with accessibility verified by AISM, in accordance with the most advanced international good practices.

The new tours, called "Adagio Tours"will be available for booking from January 1, 2019 for Mediterranean cruises on the flagship Costa Diadema. At every port of call, at least one group excursion will be offered that is accessible to everyone, including guests with impaired mobility, and this is available at no extra cost.  The list of tours currently includes visits to the cities of Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona, Palermo, Rome, Palma de Mallorca and Cagliari. "Adagio Tours" have been developed considering the needs of all our guests who want to enjoy their chosen destinations at a slower pace, with more time to discover or rediscover them. They are therefore particularly suited to parents with strollers, elderly guests or people with permanent or temporary mobility impairments.

The programmes for these excursions have been devised, tested and checked with the contribution of 15 women with multiple sclerosis, trained and selected by AISM thanks to the "WAT! Women Accessibility Tourism” program funded by the Costa Crociere Foundation. These women - some with no permanent job, others who are students, recent graduates or part-time workers, all passionate about travel and tourism - attended a specific 160-hour training course on land and on board Costa ships, benefiting from the experience of AISM and a team of excursion experts from Costa Cruises. Following this training, starting with a few excursions already included in the Costa offer, they contributed to planning the tours, testing them first hand and taking into consideration every detail relating to accessibility, route mapping, tourism experiences, making the most of local attractions. The skills gained will also help the 15 women find employment in the field of sustainable tourism. 

"AISM has been about people, rights and research for 50 years. Our aim of achieving a world free of multiple sclerosis also means ensuring full inclusion and the opportunity for everyone to live their life beyond multiple sclerosis. This is why the priorities in our Agenda for 2020 include access to stable employment and the right to inclusion, which also means accessible tourism. AISM is working to achieve change with a real impact on people's lives. The social value of our actions, as an Association, lies in achieving changes that benefit everyone with a mobility impairment and everyone in the community with similar problems. Change has to be contagious and applied to civil society as a whole",explains Mario Alberto Battaglia, President of AISM.

With the cooperation of AISM and the contribution of our Foundation, we have tackled the subject of accessible tourism in a responsible way, with the aim of making significant changes to people's lives. This project, which is a real innovation in the world of cruises, is an important step forward towards including people with disabilities and ensuring that there are no more differences and that everyone can share the same experiences when on vacation. I hope our initiative can be extended to the whole sector in future. We certainly undertake to extend it to the other ships in our fleet.” - says Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

The Adagio Tours supplement the other services Costa already offers guests with disabilities on board its fleet. All company ships include appropriately fitted cabins with all the comforts required and free of any architectural barriers. Guests who need special assistance can also benefit from free travel for an accompanying person staying in the cabin with them. Priority boarding and landing services and reserved seats at the theatre, on the pool decks and in the buffet restaurants are also guaranteed.

AISM is the only organization in Italy dedicated to all aspects of multiple sclerosis. It takes an overall approach to its work that encompasses the rights of people  with MS, social services and healthcareand the promotion, guidance and funding of scientific research. It has been operating since 1968. It is a not-for-profit social promotion association with local branches and volunteering activities across Italy.For the last 50 years, it has been the most authoritative and closest point of reference for all MS sufferers, their families, health care staff and social workers, operating across the country thanks to a network structure with 98 provincial sections, regional coordination offices, more than 60 operating groups and over 13,000 volunteers. Since 1998, AISM has been working with FISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, which promotes and supports innovative basic and applied research aimed at improving quality of life and treatments and, in the long term, identifying a definite cure for multiple sclerosis. FISM is the third biggest private funding organization for research into MS in the world, second only to the US and Canadian associations, and on an equal footing with the British one.

Costa Cruises is an Italian company that is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise group in the world. For 70 years the ships of the Costa fleet have been travelling the world's seas offering hospitality and authentic Italian style holidays, distinguished by exquisite food, fine wines, unique shopping experiences, and a comprehensive selection of famous Italian brands. Currently the Costa fleet has 14 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Two new latest generation vessels are expected in 2019 and 2021. They will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world's "cleanest fossil fuel", and a real environmental innovation. Costa represents Italian excellence, and every day surpasses the expectations of its guests with a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. It does this thanks to the approximately 19,000 employees around the world who work to provide the best of Italy on board, with 140 different routes, 250 destinations and 60 ports of embarkation.       

Costa Crociere Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 2014 to defeat the most urgent social and environmental problems that impact on the communities of the countries where Costa Cruises operates. The Foundation operates through social projects for women, young people and the weakest members of society, and through an environmental program for the protection of the sea. Over 17,000 people have benefited from the 24 projects currently being run.  


For further information:

Costa Cruises

Press Office - Tel. +39 010 5483523 / 010 5483068 - costapressoffice@costa.it

Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it

Davide Barbano - Media Relations Manager - +39 010.5483523 - 334.6525216 – barbano@costa.it

Press releases and photos available at http://www.costapresscenter.com



Press Office -Barbara Erba – +39 347.758.18.58 barbaraerba@gmail.com –

Enrica Marcenaro – +39 010 2713414 enrica.marcenaro@aism.it

Communication Manager and Press Office

Paola Lustro – tel. +39 010 2713834  paola.lustro@aism.it

Press releases and photos available at http://www.aism.it

The R&D-based Biopharmaceutical Industry Welcomes the UN Declaration on NCDs and Calls for Innovative Financing Models and Multi-sectoral Collaboration

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 9:46am

As an official UN interlocutor that shares knowledge and expertise to improve global health, IFPMA welcomes the strong re-affirmation of the commitment of governments to take steps to reduce premature mortality from chronic diseases by 2030 and strongly supports the declaration’s emphasis on orienting health systems towards the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC).

Although progress has been achieved by some countries in the implementation of the commitments made in 2011 and 2014, the signatories of the political declaration recognize that the level of progress and investment to date is insufficient to meet target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IFPMA, the body representing the research-based biopharmaceutical industry, said in a statement addressed to the General Assembly that it agrees with the findings that the current level of investment is insufficient to meet the laudable but ambitious SDGs of reducing by a third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2030 despite progress made.

The signatories also call for establishing and strengthening multi-stakeholder dialogue and multi-sectoral collaboration. IFPMA welcomes this call and declares in its statement “Given the scale of the global health challenge that NCDs pose, there is an urgent need to work together more decisively. Our industry stands ready to play its part”.

Since the 1st High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011, the research-based biopharmaceutical industry has made it a priority to be fully involved in the fight against chronic diseases. Thomas Cueni, Director General of IFPMA, explained that the industry is willing to collaborate with all key stakeholders to contribute to achieving target 3.4 of the SDGs: “Back in 2011, we clearly stated our intent to be part of the solution and launched the Framework for Action for the Prevention and Control of NCDs. We have followed this up with concrete action”.

One new bold initiative, among many, is the multi-company, multi-stakeholder and multi-country NCD collaboration called Access Accelerated. This uniquely involves 24 research-based biopharmaceutical companies partnering to drive cross-sectoral dialogue and implementation of NCD action plans such as the strengthening of health systems with the World Bank and a strategic partnership with UICC in the CCan2025 initiative.

IFPMA continues to advocate for sustainable financing as a critical element of attaining UHC. Cueni adds: “We believe that strategies for financing healthcare systems to address the challenges of NCDs remain an essential area where extra efforts by Member States and the international community are still required”.

As NCDs are sweeping the entire globe, addressing health system failures is becoming ever more apparent, and it will be essential to tap into the private sector experience. The research-based biopharmaceutical industry fosters innovation across the continuum of medical education, prevention, treatment and care, and brings extensive knowledge, expertise, and resources to develop innovative solutions. “We can accelerate progress by pooling resources, and working with partners to support health systems with the management of life-long conditions. Our industry is committed for the long-haul to help ensure our life-changing therapies reach the remaining millions of people suffering from NCDs” adds Cueni. 


IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The industry’s 2 million employees discover, develop, and deliver medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide.

R&D-based Biopharmaceutical Industry Welcomes UN Declaration on TB

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 3:44pm

Yesterday, at the first-ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB), world health leaders agreed on a new, collaborative, focused, and forward-looking declaration that sets priorities for the global fight against TB. Recognizing the complexity of the disease and the barriers to progress, the declaration aims to improve access to treatment and care for the 10 million people who fall ill with TB every year.

The R&D-based biopharmaceutical industry welcomes the political declaration and reaffirms its commitment to the global fight against TB. To deliver on our common goal, industry stands ready to partner on the three pillars of the WHO End TB Strategy including integrated, patient-centred care and prevention; bold policies and supportive systems; and, in particular, intensified research and innovation.

In addition to having delivered the first two new TB drugs in over 40 years, industry is currently engaged in over 82 R&D projects for TB medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics, including 11 promising products in late stages of development and seven in phase III clinical trials. Companies are partnering with over 40 collaborators (universities, research institutes, product development partnerships (PDPs), etc.) to develop innovative medicines and vaccines for TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Continued innovation is particularly important given the growing levels of drug resistance.

“Ending TB as a global public health threat by 2030 requires focus, leadership, and above all a meaningful partnership that fosters innovation and access. The UN Declaration on TB is a milestone in the fight against TB. Its goals are geographically and epidemiologically focused, demonstrate political and community leadership, encourage action-oriented partnerships and commit to the robust use of data-based metrics – all of this in full engagement with TB affected communities. We welcome such political commitment,” says Thomas Cueni, IFPMA Director General.

More resources:

IFPMA statement at the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on ending Tuberculosis

The full recording of the session:


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.

Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada’s Founder, named one of Canada’s 2019 Clean50

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 9:44am

 Canada’s 2019 Clean50 awarded Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada’s Founder and President Emeritus, as one of the 50 individual leaders who have contributed the most to enhancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years. 

Global Compact Network Canada is the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Helle Bank Jorgensen founded the Canadian chapter 5 years ago in 2013, and along with the GCNC team, has made significant contributions to the advocacy of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and corporate sustainability in Canada. 

"Building partnerships between the Government and Companies is essential if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I'm very impressed how the Global Compact Network Canada has engaged both companies and the government on the 2030 agenda and how Helle Bank Jorgensen can get the right voices to the table to scale the efforts of the many Canadian companies that are part of Global Compact Network Canada."

~ H.E. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations 

Helle Bank Jorgensen was chosen after rigorous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 600 well qualified nominees. 

"I'm so happy for this recognition and would like to thank my team – truly the #BestTeamEver - as well as my Board of Directors, and all supporting companies and organizations of the GCNC who are committed and working towards the SDGs and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. I believe that the SDGs represent some of the biggest risks, but also the biggest opportunities. We need to work together to get it right and solve the biggest challenge of our time. We need everyone to take part and ACT NOW, and that includes corporate Canada – the largest stakeholder who can make the most impact. That's what I'm working for - and I hope that all Canadian businesses will join us."

~ Helle Bank Jorgensen, GCNC’s Founder and President Emeritus 

In the span of 5 years, Helle has led the GCNC to become the hub for sustainable and responsible Canadian businesses. Through the sharing of best practices and various initiatives, including the Canadian SDG Business Forum, SDG Leadership Awards, working groups, SDG Surveys, and numerous webinars and in-person events, the GCNC has gathered a robust network of leaders who are advancing the 2030 Agenda.

"We founded the GCNC five years ago with a few supporters and a grand vision of becoming the go-to network for responsible business conduct in Canada, the place where business organizations in Canada interested in improving sustainability in their operations would go to collaborate and learn. Through her relentless dedication and supreme skill, Helle has led the GCNC to that plateau. She deserves every credit for the network’s success."

~ Jonathan Drimmer, GCNC’s Chairman and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation

About the Global Compact Network Canada

The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC is spearheading the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration. www.globalcompact.ca

About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50

Leading sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees.  Ancillary awards also recognize 10 Emerging Leaders and the Top 20 Sustainability Projects of the year. www.clean50.com    

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jules Zhao at +1 647-715-9426 ex. 104 | jules@globalcompact.ca

Helle Bank Jorgensen at 647-823-5843 | Jorgensen@globalcompact.ca

Gavin Pitchford at 416-925-2005 x 2300 | gpitchford@deltamanagement.com


Fox Teams up With Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts for #EmpireStarGivesBack Social Campaign

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 9:43pm

In celebration of the fall returns of hit music dramas EMPIRE and STAR, Fox Broadcasting Company and parent company 21st Century Fox have teamed up with Turnaround Arts, a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, for a new social campaign. As one of the marquee national education initiatives of the Kennedy Center, Turnaround Arts empowers struggling schools with innovative arts programs and arts-based learning across subject areas as a strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the opportunity gap.

Each season of EMPIRE has featured the work of prominent artists of color, including Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Dawoud Bey, Toyin Odutola and Carrie Mae Weems. This season, renowned artist Derrick Adams created a portrait of “Cookie” and “Lucious” that will be featured in the season premiere episode, airing Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Here is a sneak peek at the art that was created: https://youtu.be/YSHl4rXDCh4 

The #EMPIRESTARGIVESBACK campaign kicks off today in New York at the EMPIRE Season Five Premiere Event, where the original Derrick Adams portrait will be on display.

FOX is also launching a collection of merchandise using the Derrick Adams-created image that fans can purchase online at shop.fox.com with all of FOX’s profits going to Turnaround Arts.

From Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 to Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, FOX and parent company 21st Century Fox will donate $2 (up to $50,000) to Turnaround Arts, for every tweet, retweet or Facebook post using the hashtags #EMPIRESTARGivesBack and #Promo. FOX is encouraging fans to share messages across social platforms, thanking and honoring a mentor or teacher who has inspired their love of the arts. Additionally, actors from both EMPIRE and STAR will celebrate the music and arts educators who have made a difference in their own lives.  

On the Season Five premiere of EMPIRE, airing Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) are still in the midst of picking up the pieces. The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies. Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons’ position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on atalented new singer and rapper, Treasure (guest star Katlynn Simone).

Following EMPIRE, STAR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) returns for its third season, picking up three months after the Season Two finale, as Star (Jude Demorest) returns home with a secret, and Alex (Ryan Destiny) and Simone's (Brittany O’Grady) fates are finally answered. Carlotta (Queen Latifah) had been named the president of the label, but her world came crashing down after learning Cassie (Brandy Norwood) killed Jahil (Benjamin Bratt). Cassie tries to make amends, but Carlotta struggles with her grief, and Christine (guest star Patti LaBelle) is caught in the middle.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, EMPIRE was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John.  Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner for the series. 

STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators. Lee Daniels and Pamela Oas Williams serve as executive producers. Karin Gist serves as showrunner and executive producer.

About 21st Century Fox
21st Century Fox is one of the world’s leading portfolios of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Star India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 350 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; television production studio Twentieth Century Fox Television; and a 50 per cent ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds approximately 39.1 per cent of the issued shares of Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves nearly 23 million households across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.

About the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, attracting millions of visitors each year to more than 2,000 performances, events and exhibits. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, the nation’s busiest performing arts center is dedicated to providing World-Class Art, Powerful Education and an outstanding Memorial Experience to the broadest possible constituency. Across all its offerings, the Kennedy Center is committed to increasing accessible, inclusive opportunities for all people to participate in and learn through the arts, including more than 400 free performances each year and a variety of Specially Priced Ticket programs for students, seniors, persons with disabilities and others.To learn more about the Kennedy Center, please visit www.kennedy-center.org.

About Turnaround Arts
Founded under the leadership of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Turnaround Arts bolsters reform efforts at Priority and Focus-designated schools (PK-8) through the strategic use of the arts. Designed to impact every hallway, classroom, staff member and student in the school, the program fuels whole-school transformation. As part of Turnaround Arts, schools receive an array of arts education services designed to increase chances of success, engage communities and raise the visibility of their achievements. Turnaround Arts works with 81 schools in 17 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about Turnaround Arts, please visit turnaroundarts.kennedy-center.org.



Fox Broadcasting Company:

Alex Gillespie 

Alison Daulerio 

Kennedy Center/Turnaround Arts:

Michelle Pendoley   

Lora Bodmer

Smithfield Foods Employees Rally Together to Support Feeding America® During Hunger Action Month™

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 3:43pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the success of its employees’ collection efforts during Hunger Action Month™, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America® and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. This month, Smithfield employees collected more than 45,000 pounds of non-perishable goods for donation, surpassing last year’s total of 15,000 pounds by 30,000 pounds.

“At Smithfield, we are passionate about fighting hunger every day in our community,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “Hunger Action Month is a special time in our facilities and offices and we are proud of all of our employees who stepped up this month to raise awareness and personally donate to help their fellow neighbors in need become more food secure.”

For ten years, Feeding America has organized Hunger Action Month to mobilize and encourage the public to take action against hunger in the United States, where one in eight Americans face hunger. In addition to food collection and volunteer opportunities, Smithfield participates in this hunger initiative by engaging its employees and sharing information about hunger relief with its locations across America.

“Smithfield has been a valuable supporter of Feeding America for more than a decade, and a true partner in the fight against hunger,” said Karen Hanner, vice president of manufacturing product sourcing at Feeding America. “We’re thrilled by their ongoing commitment to this cause and the passion of their employees to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.”

In addition to employee efforts during Hunger Action Month, Smithfield donated more than 230,000 pounds of protein to food banks this September through the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, including 120,000 pounds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Fayetteville and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.

To learn more about Helping Hungry Homes® or for a list of upcoming donation events, please visit HelpingHungryHomes.com.

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.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.



Diana Souder

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

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(Top Left Photo) Accounting employees at Smithfield Foods’ hog production division in Missouri pose with their donation for Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

(Top Right Photo) An employee at Smithfield Foods’ Middlesboro, KY facility stands with the facility’s donation for Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

(Bottom Left Photo) Employees at Smithfield Foods’ Des Moines, IA facility supported Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

(Bottom Right Photo) Employees at Smithfield Foods’ Monmouth, IL facility are pictured with the facility’s donation for Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.

Total Impact Boston: October 4 & 5

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 3:43pm

Total Impact is a multi-city convening series providing practical impact education and execution strategies to advisors, investors, family offices, wealth managers, and HNW individuals interested in aligning their investments to their values and mission.

Total Impact travels to Boston on October 4 and 5. Total Impact Boston will feature actionable impact strategies and tools across asset classes for advisors and investors. In addition, in partnership with key Boston stakeholders, we will highlight place-based opportunities and the impact success stories of the greater Boston area.

Receive a $200 discount when you use this code at registration: TI_SUBSCRIBERS

Total Impact conference series is a Good Capital Project initiative.

Benevity Releases Annual Trend Data on Top Causes Supported by Companies and Their People

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 12:42pm

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, today announced its annual trend data on the “Top Ten Causes” that have been supported by Benevity clients and their people this year to date, as well as the shifts in top donation recipients between 2015 and 2018. The trends across the previous three full calendar years show that donations to organizations tied to current social and human rights issues—which spiked between 2015 and 2016—continue to remain high, while disaster relief and health-related organizations are also receiving a large amount of support.

Most notably, half of the top ten causes receiving donations this year are related to crisis relief or are in response to current events, with natural disasters prompting donations to Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders while debates around immigration and healthcare continue to rally ongoing support for organizations like Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union and Islamic Relief. In fact, Benevity saw double the number of companies publishing relief campaigns this year compared to the year previous, with a staggering $327 million being donated to 22,000 relief, human services, advocacy and related organizations overall. 

“Last year, we saw that the political election cycle in the U.S. and elsewhere sparked more interest in social justice and human rights-related causes,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “Now, giving in response to current events appears to be the ‘new normal,’ with many of the same organizations occupying the top spots this year. But while it’s interesting to see which charities are trending, what’s most important is that the data shows companies are using our platform to empower their people to give in a way that’s personal and responsive to what’s happening in their communities and the world around them. It’s less about backing a specific cause chosen by the company, and more about companies backing their people and their passions. There is tremendous power in galvanizing small prosocial actions, and we’re seeing users of our platform embrace that.”

“The ACLU is nearly 100 years old and it was just over one year ago that we launched a corporate engagement program, thanks in part to the groundswell of employee giving – powered by Benevity,” said Danielle Silber, Director of Strategic Partnerships at American Civil Liberties Union. “Through Benevity, we’re seeing that companies and their employees are expressing their commitment to civil rights and the protection of democracy. For example, when the family separation crisis came to light earlier this year, the Benevity client community showed an outpouring of support for immigrants’ rights with a spike in donations to ACLU – nearly two and a half times the amount seen in any of the preceding four months. That support emboldened companies to join the public outcry, which was critical in pressing the government to reunify families.”

In addition to human rights and relief campaigns, health-related causes have also received a large amount of support from Benevity clients and their people in 2018, with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and National/State Cancer, Heart & Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis Societies all making the Top Ten Causes list.   

Benevity also recently released data from its global client community of enterprise companies. This research shows that corporate giving is becoming more employee-centric overall, with giving and volunteering programs prioritizing more choice, the ability to respond quickly to changing needs and crises, and inclusiveness so that more people can participate. For more on this and other Goodness-related topics, visit Benevity’s Ideas & Insights blog

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment. 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 an employee base of 10 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.

Media Contact
Amanda Orr
Kickstart for Benevity

CR Magazine Announces Finalists for 2018 Responsible CEO of Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 12:42pm

Corporate Responsibility Magazine has announced the finalists for its annual excellence in leadership awards. The awards are given to corporate leaders committed to a progressive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda, and to those who are taking bold steps to move the needle on the urgent conversations of the day.

The awards will be presented at 3BL Forum, the leading event for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners, Oct. 23–25 at MGM National Harbor, just minutes from the nation’s capital. 

Finalists for the 2018 Responsible CEO of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards are:

  • Daniel Amos, chairman and CEO at Aflac

  • Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC

  • Steve Rendle, president and CEO at VF Corporation

  • John Snyder, president and CEO at BCD Travel

  • Mariano Lozano, chairman and CEO at Danone North America

“Delivering strong business results is just the starting point for these CEOs, who have built purpose into their organizations’ mission and culture,” said Dave Armon, publisher of CR Magazine. "This year's 3BL Forum will focus on Brands Taking Stands. Companies that commit to socially responsible and sustainable business practices take a stand every day. These accomplished leaders demonstrate their personal commitment to corporate responsibility, sustainability and impact."

The Responsible CEO of the Year awards are presented to CEOs – from public and private companies, NGOs, and governments – who, during the previous year, put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on their corporate responsibility promises.

CR Magazine also awards a Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize an individual whose risk-taking, vision, and pioneering spirit have led to significant achievement in the corporate responsibility field over the course of their career.

All award finalists were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel that includes prior honorees.

New Brands Taking Stands™ Humanitarian Award

New this year is the inaugural Brands Taking Stands™ Humanitarian Award, which is being presented to Chef José Andrés for his indefatigable work feeding those affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rico, California, Texas, and North Carolina.

Interested in Attending the CEO Awards Dinner?

For more information about the annual 3BL Forum and CR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner, click here.

To purchase an individual ticket to the CEO Awards dinner and 3BL Forum, get details.

If you are interested in purchasing a table at the CEO Awards dinner, you and your guests will receive an invitation to the VIP reception and gain visibility at 3BL Forum and CEO dinner. Please contact Dave Armon for more information at darmon@crboard.com

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 by 3BL Media, the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multimedia 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.


Dave Armon, CMO
3BL Media


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