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YourCause Announces Partnership with Heartland Payment Systems

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:20am

YourCause, provider of CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, and Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE: HPY), a leader in online payment processing in the United States, announced a strategic partnership providing YourCause clients an additional credit card payment distribution functionality. The new option will offer the industry’s lowest credit card processing rates for all donations transacted through YourCause’s CSRconnect platform. The flexibility of this model allows clients to construct a unique processing configuration that will reduce overall credit card program fees by nearly 50 percent, translating into additional funding for the recipient charities.

“YourCause has become a leader within the employee engagement space by focusing on delivering each user’s personal philanthropy in the most efficient and effective manner possible,” stated Matt Combs, CEO and founder of YourCause. “Our partnership with Heartland is a direct result of our business seeking to harness the power of our core products and services to drive a level of optimized impact that has never been seen throughout the world. Both leadership teams believe in the greater good of what we can do and ensuring that the products offered are a continual demonstration of this.”

Within the three weeks since the beta of the combined platform launched, the partnership has resulted in over $25,000 in additional funds being donated to hundreds of different charities. 

“We are excited to create this partnership with YourCause to enable nonprofits to invest more dollars into their missions, rather than their operational costs,” said Adrienne Rubin, director of Nonprofit Solutions at Heartland. “Heartland is committed to the success of our local nonprofits. Our special nonprofit pricing and waiver of other regular processing fees is our donation to support organizations making a difference in local communities across the nation.”

Heartland Payment Systems and YourCause continue to investigate additional partnership options that could serve both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

About Heartland
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE:HPY), one of the largest payment processors in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing and security technology through Heartland Secure™ and Heartland Secure Out-of-Scope solutions and its comprehensive Heartland breach warranty. Heartland also offers point of sale, mobile commerce, e-Commerce, marketing solutions, payroll solutions, and related business solutions and services to more than 300,000 business and educational locations nationwide.

A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding supporter of the Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. Heartland also established the Sales Professional Bill of Rights to advocate for the rights of sales professionals everywhere.

To learn more about Heartland and Heartland Nonprofit Solutions, visit:  http://www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com/nonprofit/ 

About YourCause
YourCause, LLC is a Dallas-based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the Orange Leap Donor Management Platform, two fully hosted and managed solutions for employees and nonprofits to more effectively deploy and manage their philanthropic, volunteering, sustainability, employee engagement, and overall donor relations programs. Ranked #927 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list, and #11 for best places to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and general users.  YourCauses’ ongoing commitment to never taking a portion of any donation transacted within the platform allows the company to deliver maximum support to the more than 80,000+ nonprofits actively engaging with YourCause.

To learn more about CSRconnect and YourCause visit:

http://www.csrconnect.me

For more information, contact:
YourCause: Matthew Combs, mcombs@yourcause.com, (972) 755-3960
Heartland: Adrienne Rubin, adrienne.rubin@e-hps.com, 609-683-3831 x2238

Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary by Unveiling New Initiative to Protect the Planet

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:06pm

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) announced today a targeted philanthropic strategy to help protect the planet through collaborating with leading nonprofit organizations that will help threatened wildlife and inspire a lifelong love for nature in young people. The new initiative, called “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time,” is aimed at reversing the decline of 10 threatened species through scientific research, community collaboration, and increasing the time kids spend in nature.

“Wildlife and wild places have always been an inspiration to Disney, and we take pride in instilling that same inspiration in kids and families,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Environment and Conservation, Corporate Citizenship, The Walt Disney Company. “We believe that conservation and caring for the planet are more than just good ideas—they are core to who we are as a company. With the Disney Conservation Fund’s new initiative, it is our hope that our actions will help protect some of nature’s most precious habitats and ensure the health of our planet for generations to come.”

In part one of the initiative, “Reverse the Decline,” Disney is supporting a network of leading conservation nonprofit organizations to develop strategic plans that aim to reverse the decline of 10 animals:  elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, tamarin monkeys, great apes, sea turtles, sharks and rays, cranes, rhinos and tigers. These organizations employ experts who work with each species to address the protection of habitats, collect critical population data, and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world.  Additionally, this initiative provides opportunities for Disney to apply the expertise and talents of its scientists, educators and veterinarians on Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team to help reverse the decline of these animals.

The second part of the two-pronged commitment, “Increase the Time,” focuses on increasing the time kids spend in nature, with Disney’s grants to leading non-profit organizations that engage young people in discovering the magic of nature and protecting the planet.

At DCF’s 20th anniversary celebration today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall said, “We know that to protect nature, you have to connect with nature, and through Disney’s support for our Roots & Shoots program in countries all around the world, we are building a legacy of caring for animals, the environment and people.” She added, “The Walt Disney Company’s focus on protecting the planet over the past 20 years has made a significant contribution to conservation, including our work to protect chimpanzees and the forests where they live.”

The network of “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time” nonprofits and organizations include:

Reverse the Decline

Increase the Time

International Crane Foundation (Siberian cranes)

4-H

International Rhino Foundation (Sumatran rhinos)

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Jane Goodall Institute (great apes)

Children & Nature Network

Save the Golden Tamarin & Proyecto Titi (monkeys)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

University of Florida (butterflies and sea turtles)

the Jane Goodall Institute:  Roots & Shoots

Wildlife Conservation Society (African elephants, Sumatran tigers, sharks and rays)

National Park Foundation (NPF)

The Perry Institute for Marine Science (coral reefs)

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

 

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

 

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

 

A video and book about the “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time” initiative, as well as a list of supported organizations, can be found at disney.com/conservation.

Established on Earth Day in 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) helps to protect the planet and connect kids with nature. Supported by Disney and guest purchases and contributions at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, DCF has proudly contributed $40 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working in 115 countries. For more information, visit disney.com/conservation.

 

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. Through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, Disney helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. For more information visit, thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship or twitter.com/citizendisney.

 

Western Union Supports Ecuador and Japan Earthquake Relief

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:02pm

The Western Union Company today announced a multi-faceted response involving Western Union employees, individuals, Agents, business customers and other business partners to provide support for families and communities most affected by earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.

The Western Union Foundation is committing an initial US$75,000 (US$50,000 to Ecuador and US$ 25,000 to Japan) to support the relief efforts through discretionary and matching grants.

The Western Union Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying contributions from Western Union Agents, business customers and other business partners to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted region. The Western Union Foundation will match employee donations 2:1 to NGOs providing disaster relief.

Japan Relief Support
The Western Union Foundation will contribute funding to International Medical Corps to provide sanitary and hygiene supplies and other urgently-needed items for men, women and children displaced from their homes and living in evacuation centers.

Ecuador Relief Support
The Western Union Foundation will contribute funding to the Ecuadorian Red Cross (through the  International Federation of Red Cross), which is currently prioritizing efforts to provide medical treatment, shelter, food and water, and hygiene supplies.

Western Union Foundation Chairman, John Dye, added, “Our hearts are with those affected by the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador. The Western Union Foundation and Western Union employees are responding with support for relief efforts, helping address the most critical needs and help begin the long-term recovery process.”

About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of December 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to over a billion accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.  Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future.  Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world.  Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving.  These funds have been pledged to more than 2,794 nongovernmental organizations in more than 137 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.

Holy Land Principles Comes to Pepsi

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:02pm

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

The Resolution is on the Holy Land Principles— a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Israel-Palestine. The Principles are 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 try to get Pepsi and the other 544 companies doing business in Palestine-Israel to sign the Holy Land Principles.

Last year, three American companies — Corning, GE and Intel— tried to get the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) to exclude the Holy Land Principles resolution from their 2015 Proxy Materials. However, the SEC ruled in favor of the Holy Land Principles. 

The SEC is a federal agency of the United States Government. One of the SEC’s main responsibilities is to protect investors. And the fact that the SEC has ruled three times in favor of the Holy Land Principles is proof positive that the Holy Land Principles are intrinsically valid, eminently reasonable and inherently fair. 

Fr. Sean Mc Manus—President of the Washington-based Holy Land Principles and Irish National Caucus — sais : “ Pepsi in its statement against our Resolution rather weakly argues that ‘ implementing  a unique policy for a specific geographical area would neither be  necessary nor useful.’ Well, with all due respect, I think that’s a bit like responding to the urgent call ‘Black Lives Matter’ by saying all lives matter. People see through that dodge, that evasion, that dissembling.” 

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “American companies doing business in Northern Ireland initially tried such evasive tactics, including Pepsi. But eventually they saw the light. Eventually 116 companies signed the Mac Bride Principles— including, to its credit, Pepsi.  So why would Pepsi, or any American company, now balk at signing the Holy Land Principles?

Fr. Mc Manus continued: “Isn’t it truly remarkable that until we launched the Holy Land Principles, on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, this issue had never been raised before in the corporate boardrooms. How can it be explained, given the fact that SRI groups and faith-based organizations were filing a great many Resolutions on  every conceivable issue?  One cannot ask American companies doing business in the Holy Land a more relevant, pressing or existential question than one about their fair employment practices. Our campaign — like our Mac Bride Principles campaign — will prevail in the end because there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

We respectfully ask Pepsi investors to vote for the Holy Land Principles resolution.”

Taproot+: The Simple, Free Way to Get Skilled Volunteers

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:59am

Taproot+ is an online marketplace that connects nonprofits to skilled volunteers for short term pro bono projects, any time, from anywhere.

Business professionals with expertise in marketing, finance, HR, strategy, etc. work for 4 – 6 weeks with nonprofits to complete projects such as ROI formula development, marketing road map, annual report design, or Salesforce database optimization.

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader or a business professional looking to donate your time and skills, join this webinar to learn how to get started. Access to the webinar and to the platform are free. 

Register here:

Thursday, January 14, 2016 2PM ET / 11AM PT 

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Training (Advanced)

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:59am

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE will host this course in Chicago, Illinois and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:
This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report. 

Certification: 
Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:
1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

Who should attend:
CSR Professionals, Public Relations Communication and Marketing Managers, Human Resources Managers, Sustainability and Environmental professionals, General Managers

BALLE Connects Social Determinants of Health and Local Economy Strategies in New Field Guide for Healthcare Providers

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:44pm

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) today released a new field guide, The Future of Health is Local, which gives health care providers actionable tools and examples on how to align the non-clinical assets of their organizations – such as procurement, employment, and investment – with local economic development strategies that can improve human health and revitalize local communities. The guide was produced in partnership with Kaiser Permanente.

The Future of Health is Local draws from a framework of successful economic strategies developed over 15 years of BALLE’s work with more than 100,000 businesses, investors, and leaders actively engaged in improving local economies across the U.S. and Canada. This framework is aligned with one developed by the Presencing Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that shows a nearly identical path for transforming our economy. When looking more closely at these strategies next to the World Health Organization’s social determinants of health approach, it is clear that this framework addresses similar problems and shares many solutions. In other words: The tools that are working to build strong local economies are the same as those working to improve health in people and communities.

“There is a collective shift happening in the health care community as hospitals and other institutions recognize that the solutions of localism are actually what make people healthy too,” said Michelle Long, Executive Director of BALLE. “Through our new field guide we show the leaders of our nation’s health care system how they can be smarter with their business investments, improve health in their communities, and help build strong local economies at the same time. By connecting these dots, real transformation is possible.” 

Studies over the last few decades have shown that 80 percent of human health is determined by social factors such as income, housing quality, and education, rather than just by the availability of quality medical care. With health care costs and illness treatment representing $3 trillion in expenditures in the U.S. – around 18 percent of the country’s GDP – hospitals and health care institutions can become a powerful part of rebuilding and revitalizing communities. Shifting even a small percentage of their $780 billion in annual spending and $500 billion in collective investments would have a transformative impact on local economies. 

The BALLE field guide shares stories and strategies from three health institutions leading the way in this work, including Kaiser Permanente, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and the Nuka System of Care serving Native Alaskans. The impact of these organizations on their communities is well documented: Kaiser Permanente, for example, has redirected its buying power to support sustainable local agriculture and renewable energy projects, and has purchased more than $1.5 billion from minority- and women-owned businesses.

As hospitals and other health care providers begin to understand their capacity to use more organizational assets to enhance human health and invest in their local communities, BALLE’s field guide provides the tools and information needed to both start this work and succeed. The Future of Health is Local can be accessed online at https://bealocalist.org/field-guide-future-health-local

About BALLE:

Founded in 2001, BALLE is a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating the emergence of a new economy by connecting leaders, spreading solutions that work, and driving investment toward local economies. BALLE believes local, independently owned businesses are the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real economic prosperity. Through a growing network of 100,000+ community entrepreneurs and funders, as well as the only Fellowship dedicated to cultivating the emergence of a new economy, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating enormous energy toward building resilient, local economies.

Learn more at http://www.bealocalist.org/. Follow BALLE on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bioneers to Host the First Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Ray of Hope Prize Awards Event

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:44pm

The 2016 National Bioneers Conference will host the first-ever awards ceremony for the world’s premiere biomimicry design prize, the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize. The prize will be awarded to one of seven finalist teams in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a worldwide design competition that crowdsources nature-inspired solutions to climate change issues, like food systems, water management, and alternative energy.

“Ray Anderson believed wholeheartedly in nature as a model and a mentor, so it is incredibly fitting that this prize, which is intended to accelerate marketable solutions, be given in his honor,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

The National Bioneers Conference, to be held this year from October 21-23, 2016, is a yearly gathering of dynamic changemakers dedicated to solving our world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. This year, in addition to the Ray of Hope Prize award event, the conference will feature biomimicry pioneer and visionary Janine Benyus as a keynote speaker. There will also be biomimicry workshops and panels throughout the 3-day conference that will explore how nature-inspired design approaches can profoundly shift how we restore and rebuild our world.

Read more.

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10th Annual Living Future unConference Showcases Latest Trends in Green Building

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:44pm

The International Living Future Institute is thrilled to announce Living Future 2016, a cutting-edge conference that brings together leading minds in the green building movement. The goal? To shape the built environment around social justice, diversity, and equity for all people—in other words, to create a Living Future. Participants envision ways that the building industry can become a model for true sustainability and lead a shift toward ecological wholeness and urban regeneration. This year’s theme of Truth + Transparency encourages attendees to consider an economy that integrates transparency into its very core. New and emerging voices in the architecture, engineering, and environmental worlds will share their unique strategies and successes for working toward a future that is inclusive and robust.

The International Living Future Institute is the creator of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most rigorous green building standard. Today, we’re continuing down the path of deep green social change that brought about the first Living Buildings. But our work can’t be done alone—it requires your creativity and vision. So come to Seattle in May to help us fuel the fire at Living Future 2016. Speakers include:

Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 and an early advocate of passive solar who is today building an education platform around low-/zero-carbon and resilient built environments. 

Juan Martinez, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who credits his experience of growing up in South Central L.A. with the need to connect children, families, culture, and communities with the natural world.

Steve Curwood, Host and Executive Producer of NPR’s “Living on Earth,” a radio show that has run continuously since April of 1991, giving Steve years of perspective on the the modern environmental movement.

Reflecting and looking ahead: Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute, and Jason McLennan, Board President and Founder, International Living Future Institute.

WHAT:       2016 Living Future unConference

WHEN:       May 11-13, 2016

WHERE:     The Westin Seattle

                  1900 5th Avenue

                  Seattle, Washington, 98101

For more information and the stellar program schedule, visit: http://livingfutureunconference.org

Register today, seats are filling up fast. http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/register/

About the International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs. The Institute offers global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, including green building and infrastructure solutions on scales ranging from single room renovations to neighborhoods or whole cities.  The Institute administers the Living Building Challenge, the environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. It is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council, a chapter of both the United States and Canada Green Building Councils that serves Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. It is also home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners.

Sustainability Practitioner Workshop

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:43pm

DePaul University (CPE) is hosting the Sustainability Practitioner Workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE) and invites you to join this June a unique sustainability event in Chicago!

This two-day workshop provides an in depth knowledge of practical sustainability tools and strategies required to implement or upscale existing sustainability initiatives and strategies.

The Sustainability Practitioner Workshop is designed for professionals, managers, consultants, entrepreneurs and graduates involved or interested in sustainability, who wish to acquire the skills and competencies for applying corporate sustainability strategies in their organizations.

CA Technologies Kicks Off Annual Volunteer Initiative: CA Together in Action

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:43am

Today, CA Technologies kicks off its annual CA Together in Action employee volunteer initiative. The program will run for five days, culminating with events held on Earth Day – Friday, April 22.

CA employees around the globe will take time out of their workday to give back by participating in community based, environmentally-focused projects that include the building of affordable housing, assistance with food banks, and by supporting the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning for young people.

“We are excited to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of CA Together in Action” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Participation continues to grow each year, with CA volunteers continuing to demonstrate a true commitment to serving the communities in which they live and work.” 

Projects will be held throughout the U.S. in locations including Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Framingham, MA; Herndon, VA; Islandia, NY; Lisle, IL; New York, NY; Plano, TX; Raleigh, NC;  Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL. Global projects will be organized in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Several of the activities are being held with long-time nonprofit partners, including Fondazione Sodalitas, the Henry Viscardi School, IMS Entreprendre pour la Cité, Learning to Work, PENCIL, Robert Moses State Park, and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.

“We are grateful to partner with CA Technologies, whose employees are donating their time to promote environmental awareness,” said Joe Leissle, RMSP Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator, from Robert Moses State Park. “This year, CA employees will help with the installation of erosion-control fencing, the pulling and replanting of dune grass, and beachfront and dune cleanup.”

“We are proud to continue our partnership with CA Technologies, as we work together to invest in the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Gregg Betheil, President, PENCIL. “Through the CA Together in Action program, volunteers will focus on the development of students’ 21st century skills around STEM subjects which will ultimately benefit them in the future.” 

In Europe this month, CA employees in Italy, Spain, France and Germany will get involved in Deploy Your Talents, a program driven by CSR Europe. Deploy Your Talents enables partnerships between schools and businesses to raise awareness among school students of the value of STEM subjects, and to help overcome gender stereotyping. 

“CA Technologies has a deep bench of talent, skills and experience to leverage in addressing the STEM skills crisis. Deploy your Talents forms part of Create Tomorrow, a Europe-wide program designed to engage our workforce in programmes to help address the STEM skills gap and encourage more women to enter STEM-related careers,” said Marco Comastri, President and General Manager EMEA, CA Technologies.

“The key to Europe’s future economic success and competitiveness is a highly skilled workforce, especially in the areas related to STEM education. The objective of Deploy Your Talents is to help close the gap between the need of new talents in STEM studies and jobs and the interest of young people in these areas. Along with its network of 10,000 companies, CSR Europe is working to find tools and solutions to tackle the challenges of the skills and jobs shortage. This includes the Deploy your Talents project, which falls under the work of the European Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement between business and the European Commission,” said Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe. 

Since the CA Together in Action initiative launched in 2005, more than 55,000 employee volunteer hours have been contributed and more than 1,100 projects have been completed. CA employees are encouraged to use up to three workdays annually to volunteer for company-sponsored activities of their choice. In addition, each fiscal year CA matches employees’ personal charitable contributions up to $5,000.

For more information on CA’s philanthropic partnerships and programs, visit ca.com/csr.

 

About CA Together
CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. CA Together activities include employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide.

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

 

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Ecosystem Benefits of Maple Syrup from Quebec: $844M of Motivation on Your Breakfast Table

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:43am

Pour a little maple syrup from Quebec on your pancakes or in your coffee, contribute to the preservation of ecosystem goods and services for our planet. That’s a lot to accomplish before breakfast is done. Evaluation of Ecosystem Goods and Services related to the Quebec Sugar Bush, a recent study by Groupe AGÉCO and the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, reveals that forests in Quebec currently in use for the production of maple goods are ecological powerhouses. These forests, generally protected under Quebec law, provide $844 million USD ($1.08 billion Canadian Dollars) in ecosystem services that are “useful and essential to human well-being and do not, in many cases, have any man-made substitute.”1 

The study outlines the benefits of the maple syrup-producing forests in three broad categories, following recognized international approaches. 

  • Regulating services systems, or material services that affect the ability of ecosystems to maintain conditions conducive to human life, both locally and globally. Key examples include water filtration through the soil, and erosion and climate control. 

Maple forests producing maple syrup store 962,000 metric tons of carbon each year. This is the equivalent of offsetting the carbon emissions from 290,000 vehicles in a year or 14% of the vehicles in New York City. In comparison, the maple syrup production, packaging and distribution processes release 109,387 metric tons per year. 

  • Provisioning services, which represent direct services and materials provided by the maple forest to individuals. These include food production (maple products, mushrooms, berries and other edible plants) as well as medicinal products (such as ginseng) and ornamentals (like flowers and wood).

  • Cultural services, which bestow non-material benefits. Recreation (leisure and tourism connected to ecosystems) is one notable example, in addition to aesthetic benefits and value related to education, heritage and culture in general. 

"The evaluation of ecosystem goods and services is an innovative new approach that's being adopted more and more around the world. The methodologies we used are recognized by the international scientific community. They attribute a monetary value to services rendered by nature itself, value which is often taken for granted," said Groupe AGÉCO associate and study-co-author Jean-Pierre Revéret. "The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has become a pioneer in its usage here in Quebec by applying it to the maple products sector."

Many people worldwide choose maple syrup from Quebec maple for its wonderful taste, nutritional value and sweetening capacity. In the United States, the UK, Quebec and Japan alone, 66.2 million households are consuming maple syrup from Quebec. It meets the needs of conscious consumers demanding natural, eco-friendly products – and the more they eat, the more benefits they stimulate. Once a maple tree is used for maple syrup production, it is generally protected by Quebec law through a number of provisions and cannot be cut down. 

“If you consider that maple trees now in production are protected by Quebec’s Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles and those still untapped are sure to offer economic benefits, government protection of the maple forests is surely justified. The more you buy Maple Products from Quebec, the more you contribute to the protection of Quebec’s maple forests and the ecosystem services they provide to the benefit of us all,” said Serge Beaulieu, President of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ). 

There are at least 53 million untapped maple trees in Quebec. Right now, the total economic value of the entire maple forest is $2.1 billion USD ($2.7 billion Canadian Dollars), and it offsets the carbon emissions from 770,000 vehicles each year, or one-third of the vehicles in New York City. However, that value is not guaranteed to last. Until the 53 million untapped trees are put into production, they are generally not under protection and could be cut down at any time, depriving current and future generations of the ecological benefits they provide.

"When one person per household uses one teaspoon of maple syrup or maple sugar each day instead of another sweetener, two new maple trees go into production – and under protection,” said Geneviève C. Béland, FPAQ Director of Promotion, Innovation and Market Development. “If many people made the switch to maple, large areas of forest would be protected, providing more benefits and conserving a proud heritage to serve future generations.”

About Groupe AGÉCO
The study was conducted by Groupe AGÉCO, a consulting firm specializing in corporate responsibility and economic studies, particularly in the food sector.

About the Evaluation of Ecosystem Goods and Services
The identification of ecosystem services and the value of goods and services put forward in this project are based on an innovative approach taken from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA). It was initiated in 2001 by the United Nations and involved the work of more than 1350 experts from 50 countries (http://www.millenniumassessment.org/). This research was subsequently bolstered by other efforts among which we note the international initiative undertaken in 2007 by the G8 environment ministers, The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) (http://www.teebweb.org/). Since then, the approach has been applied increasingly by entities such as municipalities, governments, NGOs, and businesses in order to include the value of ecosystem services in decision-making for a more informed management of natural capital.

About the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers and Maple Products from Quebec
Since 1966, FPAQ has pursued its mission of defending and promoting the economic, social and moral interests of 7,300 maple enterprises in Quebec, men and women working together to establish standards of quality and see to the promotion and collective marketing of their products. Quebec is responsible for 90 percent of maple syrup production in Canada and approximately 71 percent of all maple production in the entire world. Together, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia account for 10 percent of Canadian production.

FPAQ proudly promotes the Maple Products from Quebec brand and coordinates the marketing and development of Canadian maple products to the world on behalf of the Canadian maple industry. To these ends, FPAQ leads and gives direction to an international innovation network for maple products from Canada.

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1 Le capital écologique du Grand Montréal : une évaluation économique de la biodiversité et des écosystèmes de la Ceinture verte, report prepared by Groupe AGÉCO for the David Suzuki Foundation and Nature-Action Québec, February 2013, page 5.

Innovative Sources of Financing to Help Scale Up Prevention and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:21am

To coincide with the 2016 International Liver Congress in Barcelona, the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) launches a report that reviews over 20 different existing funding mechanisms and examines how these financing sources could be used to support government strategies to provide access to treatment to patients suffering from viral hepatitis in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The purpose of the report is to increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities for LMICs of working with stakeholders in this new area of financing. The report was commissioned by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA).

Recent scientific breakthroughs in the treatment for hepatitis C, and the broader objectives of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for new approaches and new players to help find innovative funding mechanisms to scale up treatments for hepatitis and support health systems in delivering them in LMICs.  Worldwide, over 400 million people live with chronic hepatitis B or C and LMICs are particularly affected with many countries experiencing high levels of infection, precarious prevention of transmission and low access to treatment.

The report surveyed over 250 organizations that deal with (innovative) financing and/or health care. It identifies a number of financing mechanisms that offer considerably promise, including non-infrastructure public private partnerships that build on social impact bond funding, shared value projects, and micro-financing. However, focusing on only one single financing mechanism such as a global “hepatitis fund” meeting all the challenges for treatment and prevention of hepatitis in LMICs is unlikely to be feasible.   

Optimal conditions for setting up new financing mechanisms will require political support for a viral hepatitis national plan, and competence in selecting the mechanisms best adapted to country-specific challenges and that meet the needs of all the stages of the therapy cycle. To pursue the opportunities identified in the report, VHPB recommends convening a multi-stakeholder group involving regional banks, regional leadership both from a public health and a financing perspective, investors, patients, health professionals and services, pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries and independent assessors and evaluation advisors, each with potentially unique roles to play.

“At national level, support is crucial to find funding solutions and regional groups are uniquely positioned from a political and a financing perspective to provide leadership. Let us not lose sight of our goal: to provide prevention and access to treatment to patients suffering from hepatitis”, said Professor Pierre van Damme, VHPB Executive Secretary and professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“Our experience in LMICs has shown how important it is to espouse approaches that are not top down, but that empower actors at regional level to better promote government ownership. These successful approaches are sustainable, and contribute to increasing local capacity through partnerships”, said Eduardo Pisani, Director General of the IFPMA.

The full report can be accessed here

About VHPB:

The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) is an international board of experts in viral hepatitis, offering a platform for dissemination of scientific information related to viral hepatitis. Board members meet twice a year to discuss technical and country specific issues. The Board has a permanent scientific secretariat, located at the Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV) of the University of Antwerp.

About 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 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.

LIVESTRONG Welcomes $1 Million Donation from Michigan Couple

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:14pm

When Jeri Mulder was just 20 years old, she went through an experience with cancer that she hoped nobody would ever have to face again. 28 years later, she and her husband Jeff will donate $1 million to the LIVESTRONG Foundation through their family’s Shine Foundation to ensure that cancer patients and survivors get the support and access to care she didn’t have.

In 1988, as mother of two and a wife in an unstable relationship, Jeri had no time to worry about the lump forming in her neck. She was back and forth between her home and a Ft. Worth women’s shelter for months as a tumor silently, unknown to her, grew in her thyroid. When she was finally able to move to Michigan, her grandmother grew concerned and urged her to get checked.

With few resources and no insurance, Jeri didn’t have the means to see an oncologist so she found a job with insurance benefits, but had to wait through the three-month eligibility period – the longest days of her life. During the three months that followed, Jeri spent sleepless nights wondering if it was cancer, whether it was spreading, and what would happen to her children if she died.

When the waiting period finally ended, she was diagnosed with a slow-moving form of thyroid papillary cancer. She underwent two surgeries and radioactive iodine treatment before being declared cancer free. Jeri made a full recovery, meeting and marrying Jeff Mulder two years later, having two more children and building a life together.

Something Big

Today Jeri wonders how different life would have been if an organization had existed in 1988 that could have helped her navigate her cancer experience, assisting her in getting insurance and access to care, explaining her treatment options, offering emotional support and even a helping hand in practical matters like talking to her family about the disease. Recognizing that LIVESTRONG fills all those critical needs, Jeri was moved to “do something big” and suggested the idea to Jeff.  

“Like what?” Jeff asked.

“Like $1 million,” she replied.

Over the course of the last 12 years, Jeff and Jeri have already raised $1 million for LIVESTRONG and have supported a number of other charities in the past, but have never made a gift of this size. Now, the two decided they are going to go “all in” with LIVESTRONG and hope to convince others to do the same with their gift.

“There are too many cancer survivors needlessly facing a diagnosis alone with no support, the same way I did,” said Jeri Mulder. “LIVESTRONG exists to provide access to care, insurance, emotional support and fertility preservation and we want to do our part to ensure anyone facing cancer can turn to this great non-profit for many years to come.”

“More and more cancer patients are turning to LIVESTRONG for its free services, and we want to help LIVESTRONG support anyone in need,” said Jeff Mulder. “This great non-profit has a bright future, but it depends on donations in order to provide free help for cancer patients and survivors. We hope our gift inspires others to give today and support LIVESTRONG.”

The $1 million gift will come over the next five years, with the possibility of even more to come based upon incentives for creative ideas that will augment LIVESTRONG’s donations.

“The need for our free services is greater than ever before with the rate of cancer survivors continuing to soar by the millions year after year,” said LIVESTRONG President Greg Lee. “Without the generosity of people like Jeff and Jeri Mulder, thousands of cancer survivors could be left saying ‘What now?’ after facing a diagnosis. We are deeply grateful to Jeri and Jeff and every donor and supporter who helps us serve people affected by cancer now.”

Through the first three months of the year, LIVESTRONG has served almost twice as many people than in the same period in 2015. Additionally, the Foundation has saved its clients $2.4 million in both fertility preservation services and other cancer-related concerns in 2016 alone.

This October, LIVESTRONG is celebrating its 20th annual Austin Challenge/Ride for the Roses event with the goal of raising another $1 million to serve people affected by cancer. Sign up to ride or run in honor or memory of a loved one affected by cancer today.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 19 years, the Foundation has been a voice for cancer survivors and has served more than 3 million people. A pioneer in the field of survivorship, LIVESTRONG remains a world leader in providing direct services to cancer patients and survivors, advocating for policies that enhance their quality of life, and conceiving partnerships that create access to programs across the country. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has made a return to fitness and well-being possible for more than 34,000 survivors in more than 460 YMCA locations around the country. Working with the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School, the Foundation is building the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reinvent and redesign cancer care for and with people affected by cancer.

If anyone you know needs cancer support, please visit LIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp. For more information about our programs and services, please visit LIVESTRONG.org.

Eve Runyon Named President and CEO of Pro Bono Institute

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:14pm

The Board of Directors of Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is pleased to announce that Eve Runyon, Director of Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), has been named the organization’s new President and CEO. Runyon succeeds Esther Lardent, who founded PBI and held the roles of President and CEO for 19 years before stepping down for health reasons in 2015.

Runyon joined PBI in 2005 to lead CPBO, PBI’s partnership project with the Association of Corporate Counsel. Under Runyon’s leadership, CPBO designed and implemented innovative initiatives to expand the commitment to pro bono across in-house law departments, including the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, the only industry-wide standard for in-house pro bono, which enables legal departments to identify, benchmark, and communicate their support for pro bono service. Currently, there are 145 Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatories.

Runyon is a national expert on the practice rules that impact non-locally licensed in-house attorneys’ ability to provide pro bono services, having served on the Advisory Committee on Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel in New York State and spoken on the topic at numerous access to justice summits as well as before the Conference of Chief Justices and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Recently, she has been instrumental in the launch and progress of the PBI Collaborative Justice ProjectTM in Minnesota. This pilot program unites more than 50 leaders from over 30 organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to reduce recidivism among released offenders in the region. 

Runyon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from the Yale School of Law. While at Yale, she served as Director of the Clinic for Persons with Disabilities at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. Following law school, Runyon worked for seven years as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where she continued her commitment to pro bono services, including serving seven months as a “Skadden Loaned Associate” to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She also served for more than six years on the board of the nonprofit organization DC SCORES located in Washington, D.C.

Commenting on the appointment, James W. Jones, Chair of the PBI Board, said, “Eve is an excellent new leader for PBI who will build on the extraordinary foundation, vision, strategy, and team that Esther Lardent so effectively put in place during her time at PBI. Eve brings leadership, passion, innovation, and a deep commitment to pro bono and access to justice.  She has broad knowledge of the challenges and opportunities confronting the pro bono community and has clearly demonstrated her ability to lead PBI in the years ahead. We very much look forward to working with Eve as our new President and CEO.” 

“I am excited to have this opportunity to advance the legacy of Esther Lardent to promote and enhance access to justice through pro bono legal services. It has been an honor to support the mission of PBI over the past decade. I am grateful for the commitment of PBI’s friends and supporters, and I look forward to working with our stakeholders to better serve communities in need," Runyon said.

PBI, established in 1996, is a nonprofit organization that supports, enhances, and transforms the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations in the U.S. and around the world through research, consultative services, analysis and assessment, publications, and training. Its mission is to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. PBI was assisted in its search process by LeaderFit.

ClimateCare Reports Impressive Impact Figures

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:14pm

Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare today announced new impact figures that show it has improved life for 16.5 million people and at the same time cut 20.6 million tonnes of global carbon emissions.

Speaking from the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, CEO Edward Hanrahan said: “I am immensely proud of the positive impacts that ClimateCare is delivering, together with our corporate and government partners. But, for all of us at ClimateCare, it’s the story behind the statistics that is so important. For every figure we share about 3.7 billion litres of safe water provided, or $136 million saved on fuel bills, there is a real family with a safer, healthier home, a child with new opportunities to learn, or a parent with the chance to earn a decent living.“

ClimateCare has always taken a market approach to sustainable development and these results demonstrate that this can deliver positive impact at scale. However the organisations biggest challenge is to change the way businesses think about sustainability, corporate responsibility and the environment.

“We are working with the world’s sustainability leaders, but we need to engage more mainstream businesses” explains ClimateCare’s Head of Corporate Partnerships Robert Stevens. “We need to move them away from thinking about sustainability as philanthropy or an isolated CSR programme, and start using the way they do business as a force for good – investing in supply chains and emerging markets, taking responsibility for social and environmental impacts, providing their products and services to base of pyramid communities and driving customers and suppliers to take responsibility for their social and environmental impacts.”

ClimateCare encourages organisations to get in touch by calling the team on 44(0)1865 591000 to find out how using their own organisation as a force for good can make an immediate, positive difference for people, the environment and their business. 

ClimateCare

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

ClimateCare Reports Imressive Impact Figures

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:12pm

Climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare today announced new impact figures that show it has improved life for 16.5 million people and at the same time cut 20.6 million tonnes of global carbon emissions.

Speaking from the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, CEO Edward Hanrahan said: “I am immensely proud of the positive impacts that ClimateCare is delivering, together with our corporate and government partners. But, for all of us at ClimateCare, it’s the story behind the statistics that is so important. For every figure we share about 3.7 billion litres of safe water provided, or $136 million saved on fuel bills, there is a real family with a safer, healthier home, a child with new opportunities to learn, or a parent with the chance to earn a decent living.“

ClimateCare has always taken a market approach to sustainable development and these results demonstrate that this can deliver positive impact at scale. However the organisations biggest challenge is to change the way businesses think about sustainability, corporate responsibility and the environment.

“We are working with the world’s sustainability leaders, but we need to engage more mainstream businesses” explains ClimateCare’s Head of Corporate Partnerships Robert Stevens. “We need to move them away from thinking about sustainability as philanthropy or an isolated CSR programme, and start using the way they do business as a force for good – investing in supply chains and emerging markets, taking responsibility for social and environmental impacts, providing their products and services to base of pyramid communities and driving customers and suppliers to take responsibility for their social and environmental impacts.”

ClimateCare encourages organisations to get in touch by calling the team on 44(0)1865 591000 to find out how using their own organisation as a force for good can make an immediate, positive difference for people, the environment and their business. 

ClimateCare

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

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