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Partnership Launched to Tackle Cervical Cancer in Africa

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 3:12am

Ongoing efforts to prevent and control cervical cancer in the African Region have received a significant boost following the announcement of a pioneering partnership between the World Health Organization African Region (WHO AFRO) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA).

The new partnership, “AFRO Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative”, will work across the African Region to improve awareness; help empower women and healthcare professionals to improve prevention, screening and treatment rates of breast and cervical cancers.  

“There are many obstacles to cervical cancer screening in resource-constrained countries, generally attributed to the lack of infrastructure as well as technical, medical and financial resources, and a lack of awareness and education on cervical cancer among women and healthcare providers,” explains Dr Abdikamal Alisalad, Acting Director, Non-Communicable Diseases, at WHO Regional Office for Africa. "Many lives can be saved if public awareness is strengthened on the importance of testing and early treatment,” he added.  

Cancer is an emerging public health problem throughout the African Region; and breast and cervical cancers are among the most common cancers affecting women. In sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of cervical cancer and breast cancer is no higher than in other parts of the world, but the risk of death among women with either disease is much higher than in high-income countries – eight times higher in the case of cervical cancer. This is because too many African women are diagnosed too late, which hampers effective treatment and care. In sub-Saharan Africa, 22.5 per 100,000 women die from cervical cancer, compared to 2.5 per 100,000 women in North America.   

Supported by some funding and in-kind contributions from IFPMA, the partnership will implement cancer prevention and control activities in four countries with a high burden of cervical cancer: Cameroon, Uganda, Swaziland and Zambia, in collaboration with the respective ministries of health. In addition, the partnership will work with healthcare providers to improve their knowledge about screening strategies. 

“Partnerships are the way forward when dealing with complex challenges such as those posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Working across sectors enables partners to generate health outcomes that are transformational, hence sustainable. We are delighted to support WHO AFRO in implementing strategies that help alleviate the NCD burden in low- and middle-income countries,” says Eduardo Pisani, Director General, IFPMA.  He adds, “IFPMA has been pioneering sector-wide partnerships that address prevention of NCDs for a number of years now, working with a wide range of partners including the PAHO Foundation, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Telecommunication Union, and The World Health Professions Alliance”.  

Commenting on the need to strengthen public-private partnerships such as this one, Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Head Secretariat of the WHO Global Coordinating Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) at WHO HQ in Geneva said: “There is an urgent need to scale up the multiple contributions from the diverse range of private sector entities for the prevention and control of NCDs at national level, while effectively safeguarding public health interests from undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflict of interest. This is a concrete example of how governments can work with the private sector to realize their commitments on NCDs, as outlined and promised through high-level political declarations.”  

About WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO):
WHO AFRO is one of the six regions of WHO whose mission is the attainment by all peoples of the highest level of health across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Organization's presence in the region consists of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, a Secretariat for the African Region, three Inter-country Support Teams (ISTs), WHO Country Offices located in 47 Member States, and a Liaison Office for the AU and ECA located in Addis Ababa. For more information on WHO AFRO and health in the African Region, please visit http://www.afro.who.int 

About the IFPMA:
IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 1.3 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the lives 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. For more information regarding IFPMA please visit www.ifpma.org 

Sears Launches Ninth Annual Heroes at Home Program, Renovating Homes of Military Families Across the U.S.

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:05pm

Sears has launched its ninth annual Heroes at Home campaign with Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, to raise funds and assist military families facing hardship. This year the program will enable critical repairs, improvements or modifications to the largest VFW Post in Colorado and single-family military family homes across the United States of decorated veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and more.

Heroes at Home, which has raised nearly $20 million over the past eight years via donations from Shop Your Way members, customers and Sears associates, has funded more than 1,600 home rebuilds.

“When we meet these veterans and their families during rebuild projects they overwhelm us with their incredible spirit and appreciation,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer at Sears. “Though many served long ago, it’s clear the spirit of service has stayed with them for a lifetime. That’s why supporting America’s veterans has long been a part Sears’ DNA and we’re so proud of the dedication and support our members and associates show in giving back to those who have given so much.”

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

This spring, dozens of military family homes will be rebuilt thanks to the Heroes at Home program. Among these projects is the Lowry Post 501 in Aurora, Colorado, which is the largest VFW Post in the state with an active membership of 340 veterans. The post serves veterans’ communities throughout the Denver area offering advocacy and advice to disable veterans or those who have suffered adverse medical conditions as a result of their service. Through a Heroes at Home grant, Lowry Post 501 will receive a new fence, many interior drywall and accessibility modifications, and a new mural on the building’s exterior.

Now through July 30, Sears is calling upon Shop Your Way members and customers nationwide to donate at their local Sears store or online via a link at sears.com/heroesathome. All funds raised go to Rebuilding Together.

“At Rebuilding Together, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, especially our veterans and their families,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “The need is dire, and with partners like Sears we are able to bridge the gap in services available to veterans, providing critical repairs and modifications that ensure our veterans can live in safe, sustainable and accessible homes.” 

Other examples of the nationwide Heroes at Home projects that Rebuilding Together will complete this spring include:

  • Chicago – Repairing leaks in the basement and roof of the house of a Vietnam veteran’s widow whose family’s tradition of service to America includes a son who also served in the Navy for seven years and a grandson currently stationed in Alaska with the Air Force.

  • Baltimore – Updating the home with new appliances, repairing the electrical outlets throughout the home and installing handrails for an Army veteran.

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Repairing the home of a Navy veteran who is a double amputee (legs) and single parent caring for his special needs child. A tree recently fell on a portion of his roof, causing severe structural damage.

  • Miami – Numerous repairs, accessibility additions and pest abatement for the home of a 93 year-old World War II Army veteran and his wife of 68 years, who have lived in the house for 49 years.

Companies within the Sears Holdings family employ more than 25,000 veterans and more than 1,500 active members of the Reserve and National Guard. For more information about Heroes at Home, to make a donation and volunteer, visit sears.com/heroesathome.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at rebuildingtogether.org.

BuildingEnergy New York City - Big City, Big Conversations

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:05pm

BuildingEnergy NYC is a rapidly growing, cross-disciplinary conference that offers practical, hands-on solutions to the financial, environmental, legal, and maintenance challenges facing NYC building owners and practitioners in every neighborhood and borough. Conceived in 2012 and nearly doubling in size yearly, BuildingEnergy NYC sets itself apart as a place where members of New York’s building industry come together to learn from each other how to make the buildings of this great city even better.

This year BuildingEnergy NYC offers six tracks and 24 fully accredited sessions to start the conversations. We’ll share the details on big energy savings in multifamily retrofits, the bigger picture on policy and where it’s driving the building industry, and plans for the biggest Passive House yet, out on Roosevelt Island.

See how water and transportation are becoming some of the hottest topics related to energy in the City. Take an inside look at which emerging technologies provide immediate energy savings with verified financial payback, and which require some back-to-the-drawing board scrutiny and revisions.

With 50 exhibitors there are great opportunities to try new products, network and do business. The trade show is open throughout the day, allowing everyone a chance to get to know the exhibitors. And the reception at the end of the day is your opportunity to connect with speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees, creating long-term professional relationships.

If you are a developer, building owner, facility manager, utility professional, policy maker, architect, engineer, designer, contractor, renewable energy provider, or building manager, or are considering entering the field, you need an inside look at what is just beyond the horizon.

The BuildingEnergy NYC conference and tradeshow is your not-to-be-missed opportunity to see new technologies, learn from the pros, and network with your community. See you there, October 15, 2015, at the TKP NY Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street.

Holy Land Principles Presses Pepsi

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:00pm

The giant food and beverage company, PepsiCo — with 274, 000 employees worldwide— was faced with a fair employment Resolution (No. 7) at its Annual Shareholders Meeting in New Bern, North Carolina, on May 4 regarding its fair employment in Israel-Palestine.

The Capitol Hill-based Holy Land Principles, Inc. called on Pepsi to sign the Holy Land Principles — a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel, based on the very effective Mac Bride Principles for Northern Ireland.

The Holy Land Principles are pro-Jewish, pro-Palestinian and pro-company. The Principles do not call for quotas, reverse discrimination, divestment, disinvestment or boycotts. The Principles do not take any position on solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The Principles do not try to tell the Palestinians or the Israelis what to do. The Holy Land Principles only called on Pepsi to implement the Holy Land Principles. (There have been some unfortunate and irresponsible attempts to misrepresent and demonize the Principles but these attempts will not be allowed to succeed).

The Resolution received over 37 Million votes, 37,094,5581 (4%), with 72,027,260 abstentions.
At close of business on May 4th, the value of Pepsi shares was $104.02. So the value of the share votes for HLP was over $520 Million, $520,065,703.16.
The value of abstentions was $1,009,822,185.20.
Therefore, the combined total of money not supporting Pepsi was over $1.5 Billon ($1,529,887,888.36) and, therefore, a total of 109,121,818 votes not supporting Pepsi.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus— President of the Washington-based Holy Land Principles, Inc. and Irish National Caucus which also launched the Mac Bride Principles (1984) — said: “ We are pleased with our first Resolution at Pepsi. We are convinced that the Holy Land Principles is an idea whose time has come. Fair employment by American companies in Israel-Palestine is the existential question those companies can no longer avoid or evade—as they have been able to do before we launched the Holy Land Principles in 2012… For there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”


Fr. Sean Mc Manus
Holy Land Principles, Inc.
P.O. BOX 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC 20003-0849
Tel. 202-488-0107
Fax. 202-488-7537

Cox Enterprises Announces Partnership with Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 8:52am

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cox Enterprises today announced a new partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). Through the partnership, the Cox Enterprises Scholars program will annually provide $2,500 scholarships for 10 students.

“APIASF provides access to education, develops future leaders and creates opportunities for talented students,” said Lissiah Hundley, Cox Enterprises’ diversity and inclusion strategist. “This partnership goes well beyond the scholarship funding. It’s an opportunity to engage with a dynamic organization and use the power of our media to help break stereotypes. And, it’s an opportunity to share our story with the scholars in hopes that they may one day choose Cox Enterprises as their employer of choice.”

The scholarships will initially be available to students in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Orlando.

Cox will also provide in-kind public service announcements (PSAs) to amplify APIASF’s #NotTheSame campaign and help correct the misconception that all young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have unlimited access to college and opportunities.

"The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is one of the fastest growing racial groups in the United States, yet remains the most misunderstood. As communities across the nation celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is crucial that we draw attention to many in our community who have struggled through tremendous obstacles and persevered to become first generation college graduates, community leaders and more,” states Neil Horikoshi, APIASF’s president and executive director. “We thank Cox Enterprises for their strategic partnership and support in highlighting and celebrating the real stories of thousands of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

More than 60 percent of APIASF scholars live at or below the poverty line, and many have faced homelessness, poverty, refugee struggles, bullying and prejudice.

View the PSA to learn more about the #NotTheSame campaign.


About Cox Enterprises:
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).

The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. Through Cox Automotive, the company’s international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.


Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed over $100 million in scholarships to AAPI students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: the APIASF General Scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Raffa’s Next Steps to Help Others ‘Do More’

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 5:42pm

At a time when Tom Raffa is being recognized as Georgetown’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year and as Individual Making a Difference by the Nonprofit Village, he is looking ahead to how he can help other businesses “do more” (the motto of the brand he’s built over the last 35 years).

“Since we started in 1984, the Raffa companies have believed in using business as a force for good, leveraging our professional expertise with a commitment to being a catalyst for positive systemic community change,” said Tom Raffa, CEO of Raffa, P.C. “In 2013, we became a B Corp to further cement our passion to operate as an organization with commitments that go beyond our quarterly reports. Improving community is engrained in everything we do. It is the passion that unites us across the firms.” 

“My firm and I are now redoubling our efforts to bring along more of the corporate world to making a positive difference,” added Raffa. “As we continue to grow and our reach expands across the globe, we are helping other businesses who believe, as we do, that companies should be the drivers of positive economic and social outcomes.”

In 2015, Raffa began offering consulting services to other like-minded companies who are looking to begin or bolster their own social impact efforts by integrating corporate social responsibility efforts into the core of their operations.  At the same time, Tom Raffa began advising businesses in India on how to invest billions in socially responsible projects as an advisor to Varadaan.

This year, Raffa is launching a service for both social entrepreneurs and investors looking to support those entrepreneurs. Raffa Social Capital Advisors (RSCA) is the latest branch of the Raffa family. RSCA will support social entrepreneurs seeking investment while providing impact investors the much-needed data and accountability they have long sought. 

“Social entrepreneur start ups too often fail for the lack of ongoing strategy and successful back office services. We uniquely can help these new businesses be accountable to their investors,” said Tom Raffa, CEO of Raffa, P.C. “We are helping match investors with the social entrepreneurs we are vetting and coaching so that both the companies can succeed and the investors can see a return – in profits and in impact.”

Social entrepreneurs who make it through the vetting process should receive an investment of up to $500,000. RSCA is preparing to launch its first online application this summer for entrepreneurs looking to connect with these investment dollars and the coaching from RSCA staff that is part of the process. Raffa Social Capital Advisors incorporates the entrepreneurial competitions, incubator resources and impact investing.

“The opportunity to pursue innovative business models and deliver transformative solutions that can have deep impacts on societies and our planet has never been greater,” said Raffa. “And there are entrepreneurs emerging around the globe who want to live their values in their business and personal lives. The communities that influence and are influenced by our Raffa companies know that we are solid proof that it can be done.”

About Raffa
Founded in 1984, Raffa is an accounting, consulting and technology firm based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to service and community.  As a B-Corp certified, national Top 100, “Best of the Best” CPA advisory firm specializing in nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses, Raffa provides support to help organizations across the country effectively and efficiently manage their most critical processes.  The firm’s highly specialized professionals provide planning, consulting and compliance services to corporations, entrepreneurs, families, nonprofits and social enterprises.  Offering a deep bench of expertise across an array of services, including accounting and tax, human resources, technology and consulting, Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures each client’s success is sustained and maintained. Learn more at www.raffa.com.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Employees to Volunteer Skills and Expertise to New Orleans’ Nonprofits

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 2:42pm

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced that a team of its top employees will travel to New Orleans to help strengthen the city’s nonprofit community. These employees from around the globe will utilize their business skills and expertise to help select nonprofit organizations increase capacity, create economic opportunity and encourage more widely shared prosperity in the city.

Building on JPMorgan Chase’s 180-year history and deep commitment in New Orleans,

the New Orleans Service Corps will spend the first three weeks of May on the ground helping four New Orleans nonprofit organizations increase their impact in supporting disadvantaged youth, fostering entrepreneurship and creating economic development opportunities. Specifically, JPMorgan Chase employees will be supporting critical projects at EMPLOY, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, New Orleans Business Alliance and Liberty’s Kitchen.

“Our employees are the greatest resource we have to help create change and drive economic opportunity,” said Steve Cutler, Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase. “This group of 16 employees from around the globe will put their skills to the test helping our nonprofit partners expand their impact in New Orleans. It’s not just New Orleans that will benefit from their expertise; our employees will be building leadership skills while making a significant difference in the community.”

The New Orleans Service Corps is made up of 16 JPMorgan Chase employees from across lines of business and locations around the world, including Hong Kong, London, California, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Together, the team has more than 100 years of work experience at JPMorgan Chase within the firm’s Asset Management, Corporate and Investment, Community and Consumer Banking, Legal and Corporate Finance groups.

“A spirit of service and volunteerism continues to transform the City of New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “I’m excited that JPMorgan Chase employees from around the world are coming to help New Orleans build back better than before and increase access to economic opportunity.”

The New Orleans Service Corps builds off the success of JPMorgan Chase’s Detroit Service Corps, which is helping nonprofits that commit to the city’s economic recovery. In New Orleans, employees will work in teams of four, based on a skills match for each nonprofit’s objectives. The New Orleans Service Corps will work with the nonprofits on the projects detailed below.

EMPLOY: The team will create a strategic plan to encourage New Orleans employers to hire disadvantaged young people. The plan will be used by EMPLOY’s collaborative of 20 different local organizations to improve the pipeline of young people who are seeking job opportunities.

“The JPMorgan Chase team will help us create a coordinated and targeted employer engagement strategy to serve opportunity youth in New Orleans,” said Amanda Kruger Hill, Executive Director, Cowen Institute. “This is well-timed, as it occurs while the EMPLOY team determines an appropriate soft skills assessment tool vetted with employers.”

BioInnovation Center: The team will help the BioInnovation Center develop strategies to attract and retain entrepreneurs, research firms and laboratories in New Orleans focused on the creation of life-saving technologies.

“As the life science industry in Louisiana emerges, our clients are beginning to require a wider range of support and we will need to adapt to meet those needs,” said Aaron Miscenich, President, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc. “Our strategic planning process can now include the great talent supplied by the JPMorgan Chase Service Corps to help our entrepreneurs bring their life-changing technologies to the benefit of us all.”

New Orleans Business Alliance: The Service Corps will work with the Business Alliance to analyze best practices and provide recommendations for creating economic development incentives that make New Orleans an ideal intersection of commerce and culture.

“JPMorgan Chase Service Corps will help us enhance the incentive evaluation process for developers, the City of New Orleans and NOLABA,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., President & CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance. “The Service Corps affords NOLABA and our partners at the City with a unique opportunity to have JPMorgan Chase lend their expertise to our efforts to foster prudent development throughout the city, thus providing on-ramps to economic opportunity for more New Orleanians.”

Liberty’s Kitchen: Employees will develop a financial analysis of Liberty’s Kitchen’s food procurement process to identify cost efficiencies, while helping the organization continue to provide young people who work there with a path to bright and healthy futures through employability and life skills training.

“Liberty’s Kitchen invests in the potential of young people to create and achieve their vision of success,” said David M. Emond, Executive Director, Liberty’s Kitchen. “The JPMorgan Chase Service Corps will help illuminate a road map toward greater efficiency across all of our foodservice business channels, increasing our capacity to impact the lives of vulnerable New Orleans youth. We are excited to put the team’s recommendations into action this summer.”

Established in 2014, JPMorgan Chase’s Service Corps has provided skills-based employee volunteerism efforts in Detroit, Michigan, Mumbai, India and Johannesburg, South Africa. Insights from each of these Service Corps have informed the work taking place in New Orleans this month. Since 2005, JPMorgan Chase has provided $36 million in philanthropic support to create economic opportunity by improving workforce training programs and small business growth in Louisiana. The firm has also lent or invested over $400 million towards affordable housing in the city and to build grocery stores, hospitals and daycare facilities in the state.


About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

UPS Creates Global Partnership with Zipline and Gavi to Transform Delivery of Humanitarian Aid and Life-Saving Vaccines with Drones

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:41am

The UPS Foundation (NYSE: UPS) today announced a partnership with Zipline, a California­-based robotics company, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to explore using drones to transform the way life-saving medicines like blood and vaccines are delivered across the world.

All too often, critical health products spoil or fail to reach the individuals who urgently need them. This public-private partnership combines a century of global logistics expertise, cold chain and healthcare delivery from UPS with Zipline’s national drone delivery network and Gavi’s experience in developing countries focused on saving lives and protecting health in the most remote places of the world.

The UPS Foundation has awarded an $800,000 grant to support the initial launch of this initiative in Rwanda.

“Public-private partnerships are the key to solving many of the world’s challenges, with each partner contributing its unique expertise,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “UPS is always exploring innovative ways to enhance humanitarian logistics to help save lives, and we’re proud to partner with Gavi and Zipline as we explore ways to extend the Rwandan government’s innovations at a global scale.”

Starting later this year, the Rwandan government will begin using Zipline drones, which can make up to 150 deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusing facilities located in the western half of the country. According to the WHO¹, Africa has the highest rate in the world of maternal death due to postpartum hemorrhaging, which makes access to lifesaving blood transfusions critically important for women across the continent.

“Our partnership with UPS and Zipline is an exciting step into a new territory for the delivery of medical supplies,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “It is a totally different way of delivering vaccines to remote communities and we are extremely interested to learn if UAVs can provide a safe, effective way to make vaccines available for some of the hardest-to-reach children.”

While Rwanda’s national drone network is initially focused on the delivery of blood supplies, the plan is to expand the initiative to include vaccines, treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and many other essential and lifesaving medicines. Rwanda’s drone delivery operation is expected to save thousands of lives over the next three years and could serve as a model for other countries.

“The inability to deliver life-saving medicines to the people who need them the most causes millions of preventable deaths each year. The work of this partnership will help solve that problem once and for all,” said Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo. “With the expertise and vision of UPS, Gavi and Zipline, instant drone delivery will allow us to save thousands of lives in a way that was never before possible.”

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 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunization of an additional 500 million children and the prevention of approximately 7 million future deaths.

Zipline International, Inc.
Zipline is a robotics company based in California. The company works with governments to provide reliable access to medical products at the last mile. Zipline’s long-term mission is to build instant delivery for the planet, allowing medicines and other products to be delivered on demand and without using a drop of gasoline. Zipline is supported by some of the smartest investors in the world, including: Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, SV Angel, Subtraction Capital, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and Stanford University.

1. Statistic cited in speech given by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on 3/1/2016. Source: Carroli G, Cuesta C, Abalos E, Gulmezoglu AM. Epidemiology of postpartum haemorrhage: a systematic review. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2008 22:999-1012.

Aspen Institute Competition Prompts Students to Innovate for the Good of Business and Society

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:41am

Nineteen MBA students – selected from more than 1,000 worldwide – have won a share of nearly $35,000 in scholarship money by tackling a real-life business decision at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impact. 

Through the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, along with lead partner BNY Mellon, students representing 25 leading business schools analyzed a brand new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, about the coffee supply chain. The case focused on illycaffè, a global premium coffee company aiming to create a more equitable coffee industry for all people involved in the production from the grower, to the roaster, and to the barista. Prizes were awarded at a breakfast event on Friday, April 29 at the Yale Club of New York City attended by 150 guests, during which Andrea Illy, Chairman and President of illycaffè, shared pre-recorded remarks.

This year’s winning teams are: 

  • 1st Place: Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics (Canada)
  • 2nd Place: University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
  • 3rd Place: University of Oxford, Saïd School of Business (United Kingdom)
  • 4th Place: Concordia University, John Molson School of Business (Canada)
  • 5th Place: Villanova University, Villanova School of Business
  • And honorable mentions were awarded to five additional teams:

  • Griffith University, Griffith Business School (Australia)
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Fisher MBA in Global Impact Management
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business
  • University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management

    About the Case 

    illycaffè, the company at the center of this year’s case, is a global premium coffee company. Andrea Illy, Chairman and President of illycaffè, believes the coffee market can be transformed to do more good for all people involved in the production. This grand vision, called the “virtuous circle,” encourages consumers to take an interest in the complexities of coffee and to view the product as an art form, instead of just a commodity.  Ultimately, illycaffè wants all coffee drinkers to feel better connected to growers, roasters and baristas, which will encourage customers to pay a premium price for higher quality coffee, allowing all people involved in the supply chain to be fairly compensated. Students were asked to propose innovative solutions that would help Andrea Illy’s dream become a reality by suggesting ideas to improve the livelihood of growers and increase coffee connoisseurship.

    “We hear a lot about the ambitions of Millennials and Generation Z to make a positive impact in their world,” said Claire Preisser, Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. “But from our research, we know that the business school experience often steers students away from these aspirations. This competition is a powerful antidote. It is an immersive and practical experience in decision-making that drives business success – and is at the same time aligned with the desire to make a lasting impact on society.”

    Students had just 72 hours to review and respond to the new case study. On-campus competitions determined first place school winners, whose case analyses were then blindly reviewed by an academic panel assembled by the Aspen Institute to determine the five finalist teams. All finalist teams received prize money, with the first place team receiving $15,000 in scholarship funds. Now in its seventh year, the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition encourages the next generation of business leaders to think innovatively about the role of business in solving the world’s most complex and pressing challenges. 

    Sponsors and Partners

    The Aspen Institute’s Business & Society International MBA Case Competition is grateful for the generous support of its corporate partners:

    • AXA
    • Bertelsmann
    • BNY Mellon
    • illycaffè

    “At BNY Mellon, our employees are consistently taking creative approaches to evaluate global market trends that define the future of finance and impact our clients worldwide,” said Jyoti Chopra, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability. “We are proud to support innovative thinking in partnership with the Aspen Institute over the past several years through the International MBA Case Competition.  Irrespective of the challenge, these talented students’ unconventional ideas and real-world business solutions create powerful models that will impact the evolution of business and our collective financial future.”

    The Aspen Institute is also thankful for the support, time, and enthusiasm of this year’s judges: Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainable Business Programs, Bloomberg L.P and Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow; Todd Cort, Faculty Co-Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment; Damien Fisher, Executive Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, J.P. Morgan; Faith Frank, President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Foundation, AXA US; Guy Gresham, Head of Global Investor Relations Advisory, BNY Mellon Depositary Receipts; Jennifer Johnson, Research Consultant to the Aspen Institute; Thomas Kamei, Investor, Growth Team, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow; Mark Romano, Senior Vice President, Education, Quality & Sustainability, illy caffè North America; Sarah Sasaki Tsien, Practice Lead, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Addison and Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow; Maureen Scully, faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Management; Carsten Tams, Senior Vice President and Ethics & Compliance Executive, Bertelsmann; and Meng Zhao, Associate Professor in the Business School at Renmin University of China.

    In addition to the schools mentioned above, the Aspen Institute is proud to celebrate the other partnering schools in this year’s program:

    • Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)

    • Audencia Nantes, School of Management (France)

    • Baruch College – CUNY, Zicklin School of Business

    • Boston University, School of Management

    • Business School Lausanne (Switzerland)

    • Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business

    • ESMT European School of Management and Technology (Germany)

    • Fordham University, Graduate School of Business

    • Lamar University, College of Business

    • Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School

    • Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business

    • The George Washington University, School of Business

    • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

    • University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie School of Management

    • University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics (Finland)

    Learn more about the 2016 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition by visiting the competition’s official website: www.AspenCaseCompetition.org.


    Established in 1998 and building on over 60 years of Aspen Institute programming, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program helps established and emerging business leaders put values at the heart of practice.  Through dialogue, research, and outreach, Aspen BSP creates opportunities for executives and educators to explore new routes to business sustainability and values-based leadership. For more information, visit www.aspenbsp.org.

    The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


    Sodexo Applauds University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Team for Becoming First Food Recovery Certified Organization in the State

    Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:44pm

     Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, today applauds the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), its students and dining services staff for their work in diverting more than 1,000 pounds of safe, nutritious food from landfills to those at risk of hunger. Because of these efforts, the university recently became the first and only Food Recovery Certified chapter of the Food Recovery Network in the state. Mānoa Dining Services is managed by Sodexo, a company known for improving the communities in which it operates through sustainable practices and community outreach initiatives.

    Chapter members of Food Recovery Network volunteer along with the Mānoa Dining Services team to collect surplus food from the on-campus resident dining facility, Gateway Café. Since the chapter was established in December 2015, UH Mānoa has been able to make significant contributions to community partner Institute for Human Services, creating vital food budget savings at a time when the agency expanding its meal service to five shelter sites serving up to 900 meals each day.

    “We are very proud to become Food Recovery Certified at Gateway Café,” said Donna Ojiri, Sodexo general manager of Mānoa Dining Services. “We are happy to be working with the Food Recovery Network Hawaiʻi chapter to do our part. We also hope to further increase our efforts throughout campus.”

    The purpose of the Food Recovery Network certification program is to recognize and reward organizations for donating surplus food while also raising awareness about the benefits of food recovery. Earning certification through this unique program helps organizations like UH Mānoa further educate students and staff about food waste and food recovery while continuing to divert safe, nutritious food to people in need.

    The Food Recovery Network is a non-profit organization that works with college students to fight waste and feed people by donating surplus food from campus dining facilities to organizations that fight hunger. Since its founding in 2011, the Food Recovery Network has grown to include chapters at more than 180 colleges and universities. These chapters have recovered more than 1.2 million pounds of food, diverting it from landfills and providing meals where they are needed most.

    Sodexo Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm for Sodexo, was an early supporter of the Food Recovery Network, awarding the organization its first large grant in 2013. Sodexo and the Food Recovery Network partner throughout North America to raise awareness about hunger and food waste, while encouraging the active participation of college and university students and staff.

    Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

    Learn more about the company at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.

    Five Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation

    Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:44pm

    The Coca-Cola Company, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever today in London launched a new collaboration, the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, focused on promoting ethical recruitment and combating the exploitation of migrant workers in global supply chains across industries. The five founding companies have committed to the ‘Employer Pays Principle’, which states that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.

    For many people around the world, the search to earn a better living leads them to find work away from home. The promise of higher wages abroad, however, can in some cases result in exploitation, with many low-skilled workers in particular paying high recruitment fees, incurring large debts, and potentially finding themselves in situations of forced labour.

    The Leadership Group will be championing the ‘Employer Pays Principle’ within their own industries and beyond, calling for similar commitments from other companies to drive positive change across all sectors. The Leadership Group will also work together over the coming months to develop a practical roadmap to underpin this call to action, a valuable tool for companies as they report under the UK Modern Slavery Act, California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and  the US Federal Acquisition Regulation.

    Commenting on today’s launch, John Morrison, Executive Director of IHRB, the organisation convening the Leadership Group, said: “ The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment has a bold aim - the eradication of worker fees over the coming decade. These five companies are setting an important new business standard and a challenge to other companies to prohibit fee-charging in their operations.”

    Brent Wilton, Global Workplace Rights Director at The Coca Cola company, said: “The right to freely choose employment is severely eroded when workers have to pay recruitment fees simply to get a job. The Employer Pays Principle has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of workers around the world, which is good for communities and good for business.”

    “At IKEA we believe that we have an important role to play in helping people to lift themselves out of poverty and to provide a better life for themselves and their children. By joining with others to call for the adoption of the Employer Pays Principle, and by taking action ourselves, we want to contribute to creating positive change, ensuring the ethical recruitment of migrant workers and a brighter future for millions of people globally.” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.

    “Business can play a pivotal role in combatting the exploitation of migrant workers, but only if we work collectively to achieve this goal. The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment will focus on encouraging broad implementation of the Employer Pays principle across industries.” said Lara Birkes, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    “Workers in global supply chains deserve fair treatment. They should not have to pay to work. Collaboration among leading companies on this issue is critical to inspire and achieve the scale and momentum needed to advance the responsible recruitment of migrant workers globally.”  noted Stuart Pann, Chief Supply Chain Officer, HP Inc.

    “Migrant workers are an integral part of global business yet the abusive use of migrant labour is prominent in many sectors. Businesses must come together and drive practices that empower rather than penalise the most vulnerable”. said Marcela Manubens, Global Vice President for Social Impact, Unilever.


    The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment – Statement of Intent and Employer Pays Principle


    The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment is a collaboration between five global companies and expert organisations, led by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB).

            Member Companies:

            Non-corporate Expert Members:

    • The Coca-Cola Company
    • Institute for Human Rights and Business
    • HP Inc.
    • Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    • International Organization for Migration
    • IKEA 
    • Unilever
    • Verité


    An event was held in London on 4 May 2016 to formally launch the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, with speakers from the Leadership Group as well as the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and a representative of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Further event details can be found here: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=860d912d17951c9d4584cbdfb&id=b95b58f9f8&e=638ed008af

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    Mary Kay Visits Albany, New York to Lobby for Domestic Violence Prevention Legislation

    Fri, 05/06/2016 - 1:42pm

    Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and domestic violence prevention advocates gathered at the New York State Capitol for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)’s annual Legislative Advocacy Day. The group met with lawmakers to discuss the critical importance of legislation that supports domestic violence survivors and victims. The effort is a part of Mary Kay Inc.’s ‘Lobbying for Good’ initiative.

    The legislative agenda for the day comprised of the support of multiple bills, furthering the protection of survivors and enhancing violence prevention. Independent Beauty Consultants joined with the Coalition to encourage lawmakers to take action against the horrifying abuse suffered by thousands of women across the state and stress the immense, positive effects legislators could have on the lives of women throughout New York.

    “Mary Kay is honored to sponsor the annual Legislative Advocacy Day for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and we are proud of the Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants from New York who participated in support of ending domestic violence,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “Mary Kay is committed to being the corporate leader in the effort to prevent and end violence against women once and for all.”

    To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have given $50 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

    About Mary Kay
    For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3.5 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $4 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. Discover what there is to love about Mary Kay by connecting with a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant marykay.com.

    Tropical Smoothie Café® Asks Public to Nominate Deserving Families to Attend Camp Sunshine At Sebago Lake

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:18pm

    To help celebrate their 10-year partnership with Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Tropical Smoothie Café announced the launch of “Share The Sunshine” campaign to identify and send deserving families to the upstate-Maine camp that offers a fun experience to children with life-threatening illnesses. Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program includes on-site medical and psychosocial support.

    “Typically, it takes about $2,500 to cover the costs of sending a family to Camp Sunshine,” said Jennie Hong, Senior Director of Brand Marketing and Strategy for Tropical Smoothie Café. “We’ve been supporting Camp Sunshine through nearly $4 million in donations over the past 10 years… but we wanted to do more. That’s why we’re asking everyone to please share stories – either their own, a friend’s, or a family member’s in the hopes of giving them a much-needed bright spot in their lives.”    

    To make a nomination and help Tropical Smoothie Café share the sunshine, fans can simply go online to www.TropicalSmoothieCafe.com/ShareTheSunshine to submit a family’s name and share a story of why they could benefit from a Camp Sunshine Trip. Tropical Smoothie Café will select at least ten families from the submitted nominations to attend the camp. Selected families will be notified following the completion of National Flip Flop Day, which takes place on Friday, June 17th.  National Flip Flop Day has become an annual tradition in the Tropical Smoothie Café system where Jetty Punch, a strawberry banana smoothie, is given away to everyone who walks through the cafe doors in flip flops from 2p – 7p.  All the brand asks is that guests make a donation to the Camp Sunshine effort.  Last year the brand raised $1 Million and looks forward to another successful year on its tenth anniversary.  

    “How do you make a difference,” asked Mike Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer for Tropical Smoothie Café. “Be bold, do the things that people say can’t be done and stop at nothing to achieve your goals. This year we set a goal to raise a million dollars to support as many Camp Sunshine families as possible and I have no doubts we will do just that on this milestone anniversary.”

    About Tropical Smoothie Café
    Founded in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthy lifestyles across the country, with over 484 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Café serves smoothies, salads, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur's 2015 Franchise 500, 2015 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers and Nation's Restaurant News' 2015 Top 200.Tropical Smoothie Café is seeking qualified franchisees to expand throughout the United States in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, among others. For more information, visit www.TropicalSmoothieFranchise.com.

    About Camp Sunshine
    Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat located in Casco, Maine, 30 miles from Portland on Sebago Lake. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has offered comfort, hope, and support to over 43,500 individuals from 48 states and 23 countries. Camp Sunshine is currently the only full-time facility in the nation whose sole purpose is to provide respite for the whole family. The camp programs provide respite to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of the child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. For more information, visit the website at www.CampSunshine.org or call (207) 655-3800.

    Make a Difference: Join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:18pm

    What do Tulsa, Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, Durham and New Haven have in common? They’ve signed on to the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a new initiative to provide recognition and awards totaling $1.5 million to communities showing measurable changes in health and wellness. The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties will award innovation in just 50 small to mid-size cities, counties and federally recognized tribes making significant positive health impact.

    According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 Americans, 94 percent are willing to do something to make their communities healthier. The future of public health is changing, and it’s up to community leaders to tap into the unique resources in cities and counties to make measurable improvements.

    Is Your City or County ready to join the Challenge and be recognized?  Create More Healthy Days in Your Community. Learn more at www.healthiestcities.org  

    Is Your City, County or Tribal Community Making Strides in Health & Wellness?
    Top Reasons to Join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Today

    1) HealthyCommunity50 finalists will be recognized nationally and locally
    2) HealthyCommunity50 finalists will each receive $10,000 in seed awards to participate in Phase II of the Challenge
    3) $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to cities, counties and tribal communities showing measurable change
    4) Ongoing dialogue with partners, advisory council and finalists in-person and online
    5) Be recognized among your peers as a leader in improving the health and vitality of your city, county or tribal community


    ClimateCare Strengthens its Presence in India

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:18am

    Climate and Sustainable development expert ClimateCare has expanded its operations and opened a new office in India, in response to rising demand from businesses who want to invest in sustainable development projects across the country.

    Komal Sinha joins the team as Head of Partnerships. With 10 years’ experience creating sustainability strategies for Indian corporates, Sinha is excited by the prospect of matching strategy with project delivery – creating measurable climate, sustainability and business outcomes for corporate clients.

    “I joined ClimateCare because I want to deliver climate and development impacts on the ground here in India. ClimateCare has an award winning project development team and a world leading reputation in the field of community impact projects. I’m looking forward to making a difference to people, the environment and businesses across India.” she says.

    ClimateCare has seen demand increase, as its international corporate clients seek to fund projects within their supply chains and key markets in India.

    In addition, it is seeing new demand following changes to legislation which took effect from 2014. Companies doing business in India are now required to allocate 2 per cent of their average net profit over three years to programmes that deliver positive impacts for local communities.

    “All these companies are looking for the best ways to invest their CSR budgets, and this is where ClimateCare can help” explains ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan

    Since it was founded in 1997 ClimateCare has worked with businesses around the world to create social, environmental and business value through Climate+Care programmes which cut carbon and improve lives. Examples include helping farmers use treadle pumps to improve yields and income; tackling indoor air pollution through the provision of clean cooking solutions and making clean, renewable energy available to households and communities for the first time.

    Through its India office, ClimateCare will help organisations deliver social and environmental impacts quickly and at scale, by supporting and expanding existing projects. It will also develop bespoke community investment projects, aligned to a company’s core business purpose and values.

    Companies interested in working with ClimateCare in India can email Komal.Sinha@climatecare.org, call ClimateCare’s office on  +44(0)1865 591000 or visit www.climatecare.org 

    Notes to Editors:

    ClimateCare is a certified B Corporation. We believe that climate change, poverty and sustainable development cannot be tackled in isolation. And that we cannot rely solely on aid. Governments and business must work together to deliver the speed and scale of change required to secure a sustainable future.

    That’s why, for the past 19 years, we have mobilised the power and scale of both private and public finance for integrated Climate+Care programmes,  which deliver positive environmental and social impacts around the world.

    We combine the vision of a social enterprise and the commercial experience of an investment bank. Leveraging mainstream funding, we profitably deliver some of the largest, most successful sustainability initiatives in the world. To date we have worked with hundreds of partners to cut over 20.6 million tonnes of CO2 and at the same time, improved the lives of 16.5 million people.

    Find out more at www.climatecare.org
    Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare

    HACR Announces the 2016 Class of Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ and Celebrates 10th Year of Program

    Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:13pm

     The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), recognized 35 young professionals at the 2016 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) program in Washington, D.C. hosted once again by Altria Group. The four day program included a special awards ceremony and celebratory 10th Anniversary reception at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

    “We are very proud of our 10th class of the HACR YHCAers,” HACR President & CEO Cid Wilson said, “This program highlights the future leaders of Corporate America, and we are fortunate to have the commitment and support of Altria to aid in their development.”

    The annual program recognizes Hispanics leaders at Fortune 500 and/or HACR Corporate Member companies. Once selected, the young executives participated in an intensive multi-day leadership development, education, and training program.

    “Over the last decade, Altria has had the honor of sponsoring the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ program and the privilege of meeting hundreds of inspiring young leaders, said Pam Lieberman, director of Quality Compliance Management for Altria Client Services. “We are continually inspired by HACR’s examples of diversity and excellence.”

    To qualify for the HACR YHCA program, candidates must be of Hispanic origin, between the ages of 25-40 at the time the award is received, and must also be employed at Fortune 500 and/or HACR Corporate Member companies. Finalists are selected based on their demonstrated leadership qualities, achievements within their respective corporations, and proven commitment to the Hispanic community.

    Click here to view a video recap of this year’s program and meet the 2016 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™.  

    A Night of Inspiration: An Environmental and a Social Visionary Share Their Stories

    Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:13pm

    At the next TSSS event on February 4th you will learn how two relentless visionaries made their dreams a reality.

    Robert Shirkey, founder of Our Horizon, is an eco-visionary who saw gasoline pumps as an opportunity to change the conversation about how each of us contributes to climate change; “What if we added a message right on the gas pump like the way we do with cigarettes”?

    Paul Klein, founder at Impakt is a social visionary who passionately chose to tackle the nagging social problem of youth homelessness and unemployment. In November 2015 Paul and his team at Impakt launched HireUp – the world’s first national job portal for youth who have experienced homelessness.

    DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016 (registration closes Feb. 2nd)
    TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:35-7:30)
    LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
    Free LIVE WEBCAST and twitterchat #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST
    (Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)


    4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
    5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introductions and Presentation by Doug Miller
    5:15 – 5:45 pm: Robert Shirkey and Paul Klein
    5:45 – 6:05 pm: Small group breakout session
    6:05 – 6:35 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
    6:35 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks

    Holy Land Principles Faces Coca Cola With Issue That Won’t Go Away

    Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:12pm

    For the first time ever, a Resolution was presented at Coca Cola’s  annual shareholder’s meeting on Coke’s fair employment in Israel-Palestine.

    On April 27, the the Annual Meeting was confronted with “the elephant in the (board) room”: a clarion call for the company to sign the Holy Land Principles— a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel, based on the highly effective Mac Bride Principles for Northern Ireland.

    The Holy Land Principles are pro-Jewish, pro-Palestinian and pro-company. The Principles do not call for quotas, reverse discrimination, divestment, disinvestment or boycotts. The Principles do not take any position on solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The Principles do not try to tell the Palestinians or the Israelis what to do. The Holy Land Principles only called on Coca Cola to sign the Holy Land Principles.

    The Resolution received over 67 Millon votes, 67,414,643 (2.2%), with 100,463,104 abstentionsAt close of business on April 27th, the value of Coke’s shares were $44.68. So the value of the share votes for HLP represented $301,208,624,924.00The value of abstentions was $448,868,148,672.00Therefore, the combined total of money not supporting Coca Cola was over $750 Billon ($750,077,773,596.00) and, therefore, a total of  167,877,747 votes not supporting Coca Cola.

    Fr. Sean Mc Manus— President of the Washington-based Holy Land Principles, Inc.— said : “Coca Cola’s position was, ‘Endorsing these principles for one geographic area could risk undermining the universality of our own Human Rights Policy. We believe our policies work best when they can be applied throughout our entire enterprise.’ As I’ve said before,  that’s like responding to the urgent call ‘Black Lives Matter’ by saying all lives matter. It is evasion and denial.The companies initially, and for a long time,  tried that type of evasion about their operations in Northern Ireland, but eventually they saw the light and 116 companies signed the Mac Bride Principles.”

    Fr. Mc Manus continued :“Next year we will file a new Resolution calling on GE —at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information—to disclose the breakdown of its workforce in Palestine-Israel using the nine job categories which are utilized in the U.S. Department of Labor’s EEO -1 Report (Equal Employment Opportunity): 1.Officials and managers; 2. Professionals; 3. Technicians; 4. Sales; 5. Office and clerical; 6. Craft Workers (skilled); 7. Operatives (semiskilled); 8. Laborers (unskilled); 9. Service workers.”

    Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “Fair employment by American companies doing business in the Holy Land is the  existential question  that is not going to go away. Companies can run, but they cannot hide as they did before we launched the Holy Land Principles on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012.The issue had been shamefully ignored, but that day is gone. The Holy Land Principles is an idea whose time has come— and there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

    KEEN, Inc. Launches New Season of KEEN Effect Grant Program

    Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:12pm

     KEEN, manufacturer of original hybrid footwear, unveils its third year of the KEEN Effect grant program to support non-profits globally. This year’s grant-making program will award at least 10 grants totaling $100,000 to non-profits around the world who preserve the natural environment where we work and play, as a way towards building stronger communities and a healthier planet. The application window is currently open and runs through June 10, with grantees announced on July 29.

    Check HERE to apply now.

    “KEEN is a brand born of the outdoors, and we feel a responsibility to preserve and protect the places we play,” said Kirsten Blackburn, KEEN Effect Communications and Advocacy Manager. “Through the KEEN Effect grant program, we’re introduced to and inspired by groups working in local communities around the globe dedicated to just that.  We look forward to supporting a new group of dedicated, grassroots partners through this year’s grant-making cycle.”

    Since 2013 the KEEN Effect grant program has awarded over $220,000 to nonprofits in local communities spanning nine countries and 22 U.S. states. Positioned under the KEEN Effect – which has donated more than $10 million in cash and resources to non-profits around the world since 2004 – the KEEN Effect grant program encourages non-profit organizations that align with the company’s outdoor-focused, core values to apply for funding to support their on-the-ground work.

    In 2015, the KEEN Effect team – a group focused on supply chain sustainability, philanthropy, advocacy, and activism – created a goal to raise awareness for protecting public land across the country. Last July, the brand launched the Live Monumental campaign to advocate for the permanent protection of five incredible U.S. landscapes. With the campaign serving as an extension of what the KEEN Effect represents, the team drove a 1976 yellow RV 7,500 miles across the country, collecting more than 40,000 petition signatures and engaging with the public, local organizations, and local and national elected officials. Since the campaign launched, two of the five target areas have been protected: Boulder White-Clouds, ID. (Wilderness), and Mojave Trails, CA. (National Monument).  

    The Live Monumental campaign is still in full force and through its 10-stop national film tour KEEN hopes the Obama Administration will help protect these three remaining areas: Owyhee Canyonlands, OR, Birthplace of Rivers, WV, and Gold Butte, NV.

    “At The Mountaineers, we get people outdoors safely and responsibly. Thanks to a KEEN Effect grant we received last year, we were able to share our Backcountry Impact Series program – our take on Leave No Trace Ethics - with more outdoor enthusiasts, ensuring the preservation of the places we all love to recreate,” said Katherine Hollis, Conservation and Recreation Manager.

    To learn more about the KEEN Effect, please visit: keeneffect.com

    To learn more about the Live Monumental campaign and film tour, please visit: livemonumental.com.

    About KEEN
    Inspired by a love of the outdoors, KEEN Inc., manufacturer of hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, clothing, and accessories, is dedicated to creating quality products that support the lifestyles and outdoor adventures of active people around the world. KEEN products can be found online and through more than 5,000 retail locations in more than 60 countries, as well as in KEEN Garage retail stores in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company operations and culture reflect a stand-out commitment to building a strong community and a healthier planet so that all can create, play, and care. Learn more at www.keenfootwear.com.