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Responsible Business Summit USA 2016

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 1:34pm

The Responsible Business Summit USA is America's premier CSR and sustainability conference. Through workshops, roundtable debates and case study sessions delving into the key issues (link to agenda page) you will learn from, and network with, senior leaders from the leading sustainable brands

  • STRATEGIZE and achieve your sustainable business goals through successful internal engagement and external collaboration

  • TAKE OWNERSHIP of your extended supply chain through effective auditing, vertical integration and certification schemes

  • EMPOWER the workforce and reduce labor costs through development schemes, volunteerism programs, and a transparent culture

  • REPORT the numbers that count and drive positive change, re-enforcing the company vision and purpose

  • DRIVE your sustainability mission forwards by integrating the SDG’s and see real benefits for the business

Find out more here: http://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs-usa/index.php?utm_source=3bl&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=3blpr
Download your brochure for the event here: http://1.ethicalcorp.com/LP=8905

Convercent, Ethisphere Release Study on Compliance Strategy and Performance

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 1:34pm

(Marketwired) - Convercent, the leading provider of compliance management and analytics software, in partnership with The Ethisphere® Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today released a major study on 2015's benchmarks, case studies and best practices in corporate compliance. The research highlights emerging trends and best practices around compliance influence, program strategy, performance metrics and reporting practices.

The report, "Compliance Strategy and Performance: A Special Publication on 2015's Benchmarks, Case Studies and Practices," the most definitive research exclusively dedicated to measuring, verifying and socializing compliance program effectiveness, is available for download at: https://www.convercent.com/lp/compliance-strategy-report?campid=70140000000y5fz

"With the velocious pace of the industry, this study is designed to be compliance executives' go-to resource throughout the year," said Patrick Quinlan, CEO of Convercent. "We partnered with Ethisphere on this project, and together, we established a prolific foundation for greater strategic opportunities within the compliance industry."

"Ethics and compliance professionals are increasingly focusing on the 'big picture' benefits to the programs they put in place, such as how ethics and compliance can positively influence company culture and how it can support and drive new business opportunities," said Stefan Linssen, Chief Content Officer of Ethisphere. "We're glad to work with Convercent on this inaugural report, and look forward to the feedback from the compliance community in order to continue to build on these ideas and help support ethics and compliance officers globally."

The report includes:

  • Survey data and benchmarks of global companies

  • Case studies and insights from leading compliance officers

  • Comparative insights and data from the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies

Data was collected from:

  • 10 live roundtable discussions with industry experts

  • Survey results of nearly 100 compliance executives

  • Many in-depth executive interviews

This report comes on the heels of Convercent's announcement of their second annual roundtable series, Compliance Tech Talks, for the 2016 year. With stops in 18 cities around the world, these events are designed to continue the conversation in the Compliance Strategy and Performance report. To learn more and register, visit http://compliancetechtalks.com/

Additionally, Convercent will be a featured sponsor at Ethisphere's eighth annual Global Ethics Summit March 9-10 in New York City. See the full agenda and get the latest updates on new speakers and sponsors by visiting: www.globalethicssummit2016.com.

ABOUT CONVERCENT
Convercent's risk-based global compliance solution enables the design, implementation and measurement of an effective compliance program. Delivering an intuitive user experience with actionable executive reporting, Convercent integrates the management of corporate compliance risks, cases, disclosures, training and policies. With hundreds of customers in more than 130 countries -- including Philip Morris International, CH2M Hill and Under Armour -- Convercent's award-winning GRC solution safeguards the financial and reputational health of your company. Backed by Azure Capital, Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures), Mantucket Capital and Rho Capital Partners, and based in Denver, Colorado, Convercent will revolutionize your company's compliance program.

ABOUT ETHISPHERE 
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification and Compliance Leader Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://www.ethisphere.com.

Shifting Giving Trends Leads to Impactful Causes

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:32am

(Marketwired) - To continue aligning with current workplace giving and employee engagement trends, Community Health Charities (CHC) announced a new product today called High Impact Causes. This product is designed to call attention to important health causes from some of the most trusted health charities in America, while further engaging employee giving and volunteer opportunities.

Employee giving trends have shifted largely due to Millennials, who are increasingly making up the majority of today's workforce. Recognizing this shift, CHC has developed a series of High Impact Cause campaigns that raise money to support the work of their health charities and raise awareness of specific issues. Each individual High Impact Cause combines giving and volunteer opportunities with communication tools to support a comprehensive workplace giving campaign.

"Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S. today and by 2020 will make up 50 percent of the workforce," said Derrick Feldmann, Lead Researcher, Millennial Impact Project. "Now is the time to change workplace giving strategies and engage employees by focusing on their interest to get involved with social issues and connecting with organizations that go beyond mission statements in order to raise the support necessary to make a difference with the individuals they serve." 

There is no silver bullet to address all of the health issues facing our country. Rather, CHC has brought together some of the most credible health charities addressing a variety of aspects of a single health issue, allowing for a systems approach to tackling these challenges. This is a philosophy that focuses on a mix of interventions needed to generate material change for health in the United States.

"CHC is at the forefront of identifying employee engagement trends and with these High Impact Causes, we can strengthen the partnerships between our network of vetted health charities and our corporate partners who want to give employees the opportunity to support health causes that impact their family and their community," said Thomas G. Bognanno, President & CEO of Community Health Charities. "Companies and employees can give with confidence knowing that their contribution will fund a comprehensive approach to a cause that resonates with them, such as the well-being of our children, the physical and social needs of our veterans or diseases that impact the most lives."

To kick-off the High Impact Cause campaigns and to address employers who want to support children's health in a more holistic way, CHC introduced its first High Impact Cause today called Every Kid Deserves® (EKD). This High Impact Cause is comprised of leading children's health charities that are improving the health, wellness and quality of life of children in the United States. Curated by CHC experts, this High Impact Cause will support research and development, need-based patient care, family support and child/youth homelessness. Initially, the charities that are part of the EKD High Impact Cause will include: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Children's Health Fund, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Covenant House and SeriousFun Children's Network.

Stay tuned for new High Impact Causes being announced throughout 2016. For more information about Community Health Charities and our High Impact Causes, please visit www.healthcharities.org/causes or call 1-800-654-0845.

About Community Health Charities

Community Health Charities improves the lives of people affected by a disability or chronic disease by uniting caring donors in the workplace with the nation's most trusted health charities. Over the past five years, Community Health Charities has raised more than $400 million to support the missions of the nearly 2,000 charities in our network. 

About Derrick Feldmann

Derrick Feldmann is a proud partner of Community Health Charities and a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause engagement. He is the lead researcher and creator of the Millennial Impact Project, an oft-cited, multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes, and the producer of MCON, a national annual conference of more than 20,000 viewers that explores whether and how organizations are taking advantage of today's heightened interest in causes to create movements. Derrick is president of Achieve, a research and campaigns agency. He is also the author of Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change and Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

Tarkett, Active Contributor to World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:32am

(GlobeNewswire) - Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, is to attend the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos from January 20-23. This year, the core theme of the summit relates to the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', referring to the current transformation of systems of production, distribution and consumption.

As a Partner Company, Tarkett contributes all year round to the World Economic Forum's discussions through a dual membership: 

  • Tarkett is actively involved in the Global Challenge initiative on the 'Environment and Natural Resource Security'. In addition, the Group also contributes to Project MainStream, a multi-industry and CEO-led global initiative to accelerate innovation and help scale up the Circular Economy model. This initiative is organized by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

  • As an Industry Partner, Tarkett also contributes to the 'Infrastructure and Urban Development' initiative. The Group takes part in the discussions at Davos on the 'The Future of Construction' project, which explores areas including advanced building materials, disruptive business models and cross-industry collaboration. 

Michel Giannuzzi, Chief Executive Officer of Tarkett said: "We are proud to be involved in these important discussions, which will contribute to discovering the best ways to develop a vibrant and sustainable global economy in the near and long term, based on collaboration and innovation. I am convinced that, in these challenging times, it is vital for leaders from the private and public spheres to come together to explore initiatives for unlocking creativity and technological change and supporting sustainable economic growth across the world".   

Moreover, Tarkett has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Award for the Circular Economy Multinational, organized by the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in collaboration with Accenture.  

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For many years, Tarkett has been committed to making the transition to the circular economy, powered by Cradle to Cradle® principles. Guided by this vision, Tarkett has been deploying a comprehensive circular economy strategy based on its 'closed-loop circular design' model, since 2011. This is driven by an extensive eco-innovation strategy, which contributes to protecting the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants at every step of the product's life (design, production, use and recycling). 

Tarkett's circular vision has been at the forefront of setting new industry standards based on healthy materials supporting a positive closed-loop system. In this regard, Tarkett has been a pioneer in developing and implementing alternative to the phthalate plasticizers in its vinyl flooring, supporting the responsible use of PVC. Leading the flooring industry transformation, the Group now uses phthalate-free plasticizers in all of its American and European vinyl flooring production sites and has set a target to roll this new technology out to all of its sites worldwide by 2020. 

Moreover, Tarkett has developed a wide range of flooring solutions that contribute to the improvement of indoor air quality - including low VOC emissions, anti-allergens and technology that combats fine dust in the air. Tarkett also designs its products with high levels of recycled content, implements recycling programs, sets up closed-loop water circuits in its production sites and develops renewable energy initiatives. 

NOTES FOR EDITORS: 

At Davos, Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett will be contributing as a speaker at two discussions relating to the environment and sustainable business: 

Circular Economy: The Way Ahead, Wednesday 20 January, 15:00-17:00. This private session, moderated by Mike Barry, Director, Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer, will share progress on the path to the circular economy, discuss the launch of two new reports: "A Global Plastics Packaging Roadmap" and "Intelligent Assets: Unlocking Circular Economy Potential", and explore how to broaden the reach and relevance of the circular economy to new regions. 

Leading the Clean Revolution, Friday 22 January, 12:30-13:45. This public session, moderated by Aron Cramer, President and Chief Executive of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), will explore the business models and strategic partnerships driving clean and competitive enterprises. In addition to Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett, other speakers include the CEOs of Allianz, Veolia, Miniwiz and Vestas Wind Systems. 

About Tarkett

Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett's net sales of 2.4 billion euros in 2014 are balanced between Europe, North America and the region comprising CIS countries, APAC & LATAM. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670). www.tarkett.com 

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National & Community Service Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of the Corporate Mentoring Challenge

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 7:28pm

On January 28, 2016, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will recognize corporations for their outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for young people and their commitment to the Corporate Mentoring Challenge over the last five years.

Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit convened by MENTOR, the Corporate Mentoring Challenge promotes and recognizes the breadth and impact of private-sector engagement in quality youth mentoring. These companies demonstrate that mentoring is a key strategy for connecting young people to social and economic opportunities and leads to a stronger 21st-century workforce.

 “[The Corporate Mentoring Challenge] is a program calling on businesses of all sizes to allow their employees to mentor for short periods during the work day, giving kids positive role models and offering employees a way to give back,” the First Lady said during the launch of the Challenge.  “People like all of you help me believe that a child who grows up surrounded by doubt and fear and negativity can still feel loved and inspired and hopeful for their future.  And times like these also make me feel like we’re on our way to building a culture where no child ever feels like they’re on their own.”

The private sector is uniquely positioned to make an impact through mentoring in the communities where they are located. Companies not only have financial resources to invest in quality programs, but also a pool of adults who can model positive attitudes, intellectual curiosity, compassion for others and the determination to succeed – characteristics young people need in order to achieve success.  In return for these investments, businesses see increased employee productivity, improved morale and retention, and positive community relations.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and CNCS have also supported the Corporate Mentoring Challenge as part of President Obama’s ongoing efforts to have the administration serve as a catalyst of cross-sector initiatives to help all youth achieve their full potential.

“The breadth and variety of the businesses involved in this Challenge over five years has been remarkable,” Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO Wendy Spencer said. “I’d like to thank each and every company for their demonstrated commitment to youth mentoring.  It is through their effort and continued support that we can help connect young people to social and economic opportunities and prepare them for future success in the workforce.”

“Five years in, we are appreciative of the First Lady’s initial leadership in elevating this call to action and this collaborative effort with CNCS which has resulted in an extraordinary collection of corporate leaders in engaging in mentoring young people worthy of this national recognition,” MENTOR CEO David Shapiro said.  “MENTOR and our local affiliates have seen increased engagement from the private sector and we stand ready to ensure future investments of time and money in mentoring get the proven results possible.”      

All businesses who have committed themselves to the Challenge will be recognized for their leadership in advancing support and opportunities for young people during the 2016 National Mentoring Summit.

Corporate Mentoring Challenge Honor Roll Members include:

  • 3M

  • Amdocs Inc.

  • American Express

  • AT&T

  • Bank of America

  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union

  • Bloomberg

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies

  • BNY Mellon

  • Certilman Balin

  • Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company

  • Citi

  • Coastway Community Bank

  • Comcast NBCUniversal

  • COPT

  • ExxonMobil

  • EY

  • Federated Investors

  • First Niagara Bank

  • Gateway Financial

  • GE

  • Genentech

  • Highmark Inc.

  • Hilton-Baltimore

  • Hunter Associates

  • IBM

  • Intel

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Legg Mason

  • Libra Group

  • LPL Financial

  • Luxottica

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Raymond James

  • Raytheon

  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

  • Rivkin Radler LLC

  • Ross Stores Foundation

  • Securian Financial Group

  • State Street

  • Transamerica

  • Travelers Insurance

  • Under Armour

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • Viacom

  • Webster Bank 

The National Mentoring Summit, convened by MENTOR, is the only national forum that brings together practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities.

The Summit offers an unparalleled platform for companies and organizations to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to mentoring.

About MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR’s mission is to close the “mentoring gap” and ensure our nation’s young people have the support they need through quality mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work. To achieve this, MENTOR collaborates with its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and works to drive the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and advance quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools. Connect with MENTOR on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

JPMorgan Chase Releases Detroit Workforce System Map to Examine Barriers to and Opportunities for Job Growth

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 1:27pm

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) today released the first report of a two-part series on the current state of Detroit’s workforce systems that further informs investments and helps aligns resources to support job growth in the city. Developed as part of JPMorgan Chase’s $100 million commitment to the city’s economic recovery, the report looks beyond typical data sources to map out barriers and opportunities facing Detroit’s complex labor market, the mix of industry sectors in the city and the types of jobs and skills the city needs to prosper.

The study was initiated by JPMorgan Chase in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the workforce dynamics in Detroit and to help inform the city’s newly-reconstituted Mayor’s Detroit Workforce Development Board (MWDB). With this information, the MWDB will be better prepared to connect Detroiters with existing job openings in the Detroit region, address the mismatch between the needs of employers and the skills of job seekers, and identify opportunities in the city to create new jobs. The second part of this report, which will be released soon, will review Detroit’s workforce system infrastructure and capacity and suggest areas for alignment and action.

“We are starting to see strong signs of progress in our efforts to reduce unemployment and provide Detroit residents with pathways to good jobs and careers,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “The tremendous work done by JPMorgan Chase and CSW for this report gives us an invaluable tool in supporting our new Workforce Development Board as it tackles the challenges ahead.”

“We continue to see signs of progress in Detroit’s economic recovery, such as improving unemployment statistics, but there are additional steps that can accelerate job growth,” said Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives, JPMorgan Chase. “This report maps out specific barriers to job growth and provides the information city leaders need to devise smart workforce solutions. We believe this workforce system map and data-driven approach can be a model for other cities to better understand their employment barriers and develop solutions to create job opportunities.”

The workforce report, Detroit’s Untapped Talent: Jobs and On-Ramps Neededfound the following:

  • Not enough jobs in Detroit: Few Detroiters work in Detroit because there are not enough suitable jobs in the city. In Detroit, there are only enough jobs to employ roughly 37 percent of the population. Only about 26 percent of jobs in Detroit are held by people who live in Detroit. Nearly two in three (64 percent) Detroit workers commute from outside the city for work. A large number of those who leave the city for work are in the lowest wage bracket because there are very few entry-level job opportunities within the city limits.

  • Low labor force participation, high unemployment: Detroit has a relatively weak labor force, with only 62 percent of Detroiters between the ages of 16 and 64 in the labor force, compared to 72 percent statewide. A quarter of the labor force aged 16-64 (22 percent) are unemployed.

  • Skills and education mismatch: While Detroit lacks a suitable number of private sector jobs, many residents do not have the necessary skill and education levels to qualify for jobs that are available. More than seven in ten (71 percent) Detroiters with Bachelor’s degrees are employed, but only 13 percent of Detroiters have Bachelor’s degrees. Because middle-skill jobs are generally available only to workers with some advanced training beyond high school, many Detroiters look outside the city for work. More than half (55 percent) of Detroiters without high school diplomas are not attached to the labor force at all in part because they lack access to jobs that fit their skill levels or do not the required skills for open jobs.

  • Lower income, minority Detroiters face greatest workforce challenges: The need to travel outside of the city for lower-skill jobs creates an excessive additional travel and child care expense burden for the lowest income Detroiters. Furthermore, 61 percent of unemployed Detroiters ages 20 to 64 had income under the poverty line, underscoring the need for support services to help Detroiters achieve self-sufficiency. Additionally, African American residents are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than white residents (31 percent vs. 15 percent).

“Focus: HOPE has long held a leadership role in workforce development in the city of Detroit,” said William F Jones, Jr. CEO, Focus: HOPE. “This is an outstanding report which does a great job of framing the discussion for policymakers and practitioners as we work to develop more impactful ways of providing workforce solutions for both job seekers and employers.” 

“This deep dive into prominent Detroit sector occupations and growth patterns is allowing DESC to better vision and design career pathway and readiness programs for youths and adults,” said Pamela Moore, President and CEO, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. “This baseline report also provides a roadmap to better assess utilization and coordination of resources, allowing us to prepare our talent pipeline for high-demand opportunities that will provide self-sustaining wages. JPMorgan Chase’s investment supporting this work has been invaluable, and is continuing to produce data that is critical to our workforce planning efforts.” 

While this report lays the foundation for an assessment of the workforce system in Detroit, part two of the series will highlight insights regarding the workforce system infrastructure, including funding, organizations, programs and partnerships designed to help Detroit residents navigate and succeed in the labor market. Part two also will highlight observations about Detroit’s opportunities and assets. Taken together, the data and information provided in this two-part series provides context for Detroit’s rapidly emerging economic, workforce and community development strategies.

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. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce is a national nonprofit that partners with government, business, and community leaders to connect workers with good jobs, increase the competitiveness of companies, and build sustainable communities. For more than 24 years, we have been an effective catalyst for change. We identify opportunities for innovation in work and learning and provoke transformative change in policy and practice. We have worked with dozens of workforce investment boards, state and local workforce agencies, community-based organizations, foundations, federal agencies, and colleges to create lasting impact through their collaborative action.

Industry-Led Sustainability Initiative Changes To Multi-Stakeholder Organisation

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 1:27pm

Interested parties invited to join
The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, started three years ago, is now moving forward as a multi-stakeholder organisation. With this step, the Roundtable is opening its doors to new participants, inviting interested companies, industry associations, NGOs and researchers to join the collaboration. The main goals are to refine the concept of product social impact assessment and further its adoption in industry.

Roundtable milestones so far
In an earlier phase, the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics developed the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment. A practical tool for sustainability professionals, the handbook describes an innovative method for assessing a product’s social impacts throughout its life cycle. Fokko Wientjes, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at DSM, says: “A majority of consumers expect companies to address health, fair wages and safe working conditions as part of their products, services and operations. […] Harmonised and credible metrics for product social impacts are key to demonstrating the positive social impact created in society.”

João Fontes of PRé Sustainability, Roundtable spokesperson, adds: “As supply chains and product life cycles increasingly span the world, businesses need a practical, systematic way to make decisions.” The handbook is a starting point for any business wanting to differentiate itself and create value through social impact assessment. When the handbook was launched in 2014, it was the first social impact assessment method at a product level that was developed cross-industry.

The collaboration continued in 2015, when the Roundtable participants – Akzo Nobel, BASF, BMW Group, DSM, L’Oréal, Mahindra Sanyo, Philips, Steelcase, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Vattenfall, led by sustainability consulting firm PRé Sustainability – refined the method, conducted new pilots across regions and developed tools to facilitate the application of the method in day-to-day business contexts. In addition, synergies with databases providers were identified and the handbook was adjusted to align with the WBCSD Chemical Sector methodology. Of the latter, Peter Saling, Director of Sustainability Methods at BASF, says: “This collaboration has very high value, as WBCSD is an important trendsetter. We should harmonize methods as much as possible.”

Toolkit to support Product Social Impact Assessment now available
The revised Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment and an application toolkit are available for free download at the Roundtable website. Together, these tools allow sustainability professionals in all industries to “start assessing social impacts of products and services today,” according to João Fontes.

Dennis McGavis, Goodyear’s Global VP of EHS & Sustainability, agrees on the practical value of product social impact assessment. “As a company,” says Dennis, “we’d likely use it to strengthen our supply chain requirements. And as an industry, we’d likely use it for materials or chemicals that are key to our supply chain and present a risk to the entire industry if not managed well.”

The next phase: an independent, multi-stakeholder organisation
The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics now invites companies and other parties interested in assessing the social impact of products and services to become members. The Roundtable will continue as an independent non-profit organisation with a board of directors and a majority of industry members. Its ambition is to gain critical mass with a larger, more diverse group of members to create a widely used de-facto standard for product social impact assessment, with solid principles balancing scientific rigour with pragmatic solutions. One goal is to initiate sector-specific working groups to build on the handbook and tools developed so far. The Roundtable will remain transparent and continue to encourage pre-competitive collaboration to develop shared solutions for product social impact assessment.

More information about becoming a member can be obtained via the Roundtable website contact form.

About the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is a group of companies from different industries, led by PRé Sustainability. The member companies are: • AkzoNobel • BASF • BMW Group • DSM • L’Oréal • Mahindra Sanyo • Philips • Steelcase • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company • Vattenfall

www.product-social-impact-assessment.com

About PRé Sustainability
PRé puts the metrics behind sustainability to create business value. PRé integrates sustainability into product development procedures in order to fit its customer’s strategic business goals — and create a better world.

Address:
PRé Consultants BV
Stationsplein 121, 3818 LE, Amersfoort
The Netherlands
http://www.pre-sustainability.com/sustainability-consulting

Michael Spanos Takes Part at the 31st Biannual Corporate Affiliates Workshop

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:21am

Global Sustain will participate in the 31st Biannual Corporate Affiliates Workshop which will take place on January 19-21, at Phoenix, AZ. 

Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain, will participate in the second day session entitled “Competing on Sustainability”. 

For more information about the AHC Group please visit the following link: http://www.ahcgroup.com/  

Mr. Michael Spanos, is an expert at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission as a member of an independent Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this role he provides advice on the role of science, research, technology and innovation for implementing the sustainability agenda agreed to at Rio+20 and, in particular, the SDGs. 

In addition, Mr. Spanos collaborates with sustainability-driven international organizations such as the Global Reporting Initiative, Principles for Responsible Investment, EFQM, Institute of Directors, Social Value International, and the European Commission & Parliament. He also serves as a member of the secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Network as well as of the Advisory Board of the CEO Clubs International in Greece. 

JPMorgan Chase Announces $75 Million Global Initiative to Address Economic Opportunity Crisis Facing Young People

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:21am

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a new $75 million, five-year global initiative to address the youth unemployment crisis and expand young people’s access to economic opportunity. With the global economy requiring a more skilled workforce, New Skills for Youth is designed to increase dramatically the number of young people who complete career pathways that begin in high school and end with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with good-paying, high-demand jobs.

“Economic opportunity is increasingly out of reach for millions of young people,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. “It is a crisis that only 60 percent of students in high-poverty urban school districts graduate from high school and that more than five million young people are out of work and school. Without the right skills or education, they find themselves stuck in low-skill, low-wage jobs or unemployed. We are in investing in high-quality career-focused education programs so that more young people have a shot at real economic opportunity.”

Young People Need More Opportunity to Access Education and Skills to Compete for Jobs

Currently, employers are struggling to fill middle-skill jobs in computer technology, nursing, advanced manufacturing and other fields that require technical education and training. Too few young people are receiving the education or training in high school and beyond that would put them on a track to qualify for these skills-based positions. By the age of 25, only one out of every two young Americans (52 percent) has a meaningful postsecondary credential that enables them to compete for a good-paying job and the U.S. youth unemployment rate is more than double the national rate. While a four-year college degree is one pathway, there are many high-demand, skill-based jobs available for young people that earn a certificate or credentials, participate in an apprenticeship or receive a two-year associate’s degree.  But without the necessary postsecondary education or training, young people face dwindling job prospects and lower wages over their lifetimes.

Low-income people and young people of color are most vulnerable to missing out on opportunities to advance economically because they have not received the right skills or training. More than one in five young African American and Latino young people are neither working nor in school. Because they do not have strong connections to the job market or the education system, they are earning lower wages and relying more on social services.

“Career and technical education - also known as CTE - has always been a passion of mine,” said U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. “From growing up working in my father's ironworking shop, to teaching welding and carpentry to students in Honduras, to co-founding the Career and Technical Education Caucus in the Senate, I’ve witnessed the incredible power of CTE to help move people up the economic ladder. The New Skills for Youth program will help prepare America's students for the jobs of the 21st century through hands-on learning experiences. I’m proud to help announce this program, which will help states make systemic changes to transform CTE programs and expand partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.”

“Education has always been the great equalizer in America, but for far too many young people access to quality skills training remains out of reach,” said U.S Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Addressing this opportunity gap requires that government, community-based organizations, educators, and employers like JPMorgan Chase & Co. work together to ensure that zip code does not determine destiny for America's young people.”

“Educators know the value of creating and broadening pathways for students into good jobs, which is one reason the AFT so strongly supports career and technical education,” said Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers. “But we also know that successful programs require collaboration with many partners, including the business community. That’s why the AFT is glad to see JPMorgan Chase launch this initiative, which can help our nation deliver on the promise of a high-quality public education for all students.”

“We need private sector leadership to understand the mutuality of benefits that come in addressing income inequality and wage stagnation that continues to increase in America,” said Marc Morial, CEO, National Urban League. “Young African Americans continue to face profound difficulties gaining access to training and the right jobs. The National Urban League is deeply engaged in workforce issues and initiatives like New Skills for Youth are a critical step forward.”

New Skills for Youth Approach and Implementation

To strengthen career education and create pathways to economic success, JPMorgan Chase will catalyze resources, leverage its expertise and convene government, business and education leaders. New Skills for Youth will confront these challenges from two angles:

  1. U.S. State Competition: To transform how U.S. states design and deliver career-focused education, JPMorgan Chase will work with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium to launch a competition for states seeking to expand and improve their career education systems. Successful states will bring together education leaders, business partners and community partners to set ambitious goals for expanding access to and ensuring preparation for careers in high-skill, high-wage jobs. CCSSO will execute the grant program and convene an advisory group of experts to review applications and select winners. In the spring of 2016, CCSSO, using grant funding from JPMorgan Chase, will award $100,000 grants to approximately 20-25 states for planning and early implementation of long-term career readiness education programs that align with the needs of area employers. In the fall of 2016, CCSSO, using grant funding from JPMorgan Chase, will award approximately 10 states with $1.5 million to $2 million, per state, over three years to implement and assess their demand-driven career and technical education programs. More information about applying for these grants is available at: http://bit.ly/CCSSOcareerready.

  2. Global Innovation Investments: To promote global innovation in career-focused education, JPMorgan Chase will invest in city and school programs around the world that are developing new and effective models of high quality career-focused education. The goal is to increase the number of students, especially low-income young people, who earn meaningful postsecondary and workforce credentials. Effective programs will be aligned with the needs of emerging industries that are looking for skilled workers to fill good-paying jobs in the growing global economy. By documenting the success of these programs,New Skills for Youth will help educators, policymakers, training providers and employers around the world to identify and replicate the most promising approaches.

“State education leaders have demonstrated a strong commitment to making sure all children are not only prepared for college but ready for careers once they graduate from high school,” said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). “Through CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative, states are creating bold plans to reinvent learning so every child has the opportunity to experience a meaningful career pathway that prepares them for the high-skill, high-demand needs of today’s economy. This historic investment from JPMorgan Chase will help states make this vision a reality in the next several years.”

“High quality career and technical education rooted in equity principles is critical to growing our economy, matching employers with skilled workers, and expanding economic opportunity for all,” said Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “I am encouraged that JPMorgan Chase will be investing in this important work and appreciate their thoughtful approach and consultation with the civil rights community. We stand ready to help state, education, and industry leaders ensure that the missteps of the past in tracking students and denying access to the full range of college and career options are not repeated and that career and technical education is a path toward equity.”

With New Skills for Youth, JPMorgan Chase builds on a comprehensive set of philanthropic investments in promising approaches to increasing economic opportunity. Over the last several years, JPMorgan Chase has developed several initiatives to drive more inclusive growth, including:

  • New Skills at Work: A $250 million, five-year effort to tackle the skills gap by investing in data-driven approaches to middle skills training for job seekers who have a high school degree, but lack postsecondary credentials.

  • Summer Youth Employment: A $5 million investment in 14 U.S. cities to address the youth employment crisis by providing young people with skills-based early work experience.

  • The Fellowship Initiative: A program in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles that provides young men of color with hands-on academic, social and emotional support to help them achieve personal and professional success.

  • J.P. Morgan Residential Aspiring Professional Programme: A program with the Social Mobility Foundation through which J.P. Morgan provides more than 50 low-income students from across the United Kingdom with work-placements and mentoring from top executives to help equip students with vital workplace skills.

Additional Notable Statements of Support

“In an increasingly digital world, companies that want to remain competitive need to step up and provide the training necessary to create a highly-skilled workforce for today’s advanced manufacturing environment,” said Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens USA. “At Siemens, we invest millions in training and apprenticeships each year to support our employees and our businesses. Through New Skills for Youth, JPMorgan Chase is creating new opportunities for young Americans to gain the education and training they need to thrive in exciting, well-paying careers in advanced manufacturing and other fields and I commend them for their efforts.”

“Upskilling our young is critical to the growth of the economy and is the seminal issue of our time,” said Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated. “JPMorgan Chase’s investment in improving career and technical education will go a long way to putting future generations on a pathway to rewarding jobs and fulfilling lives.”

“We applaud JPMorgan Chase’s investment in careers and technical education,” said Joanna Geraghty, President, JetBlue Foundation and Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, JetBlue. “Engaging students and peaking their interest in technical education early on is key to helping them stay in school and graduate with a higher earning potential – this is even more important for students from underrepresented groups.”

 “A bachelor’s degree is still as important as ever, but we need to recognize that people take different paths at different points in their lives,” said Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “JPMorgan Chase is working to align education pathways with the skills employers need and better prepare young people to succeed in the labor market.”

“Transforming career and technical education is an essential part of enabling students to acquire the skills they need to compete for good jobs and follow a clear pathway to the middle class,” said Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. “Effective, high-quality CTE programs offer students opportunities for career awareness and preparation by providing them with the academic and technical knowledge along with the work-related skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education, training, and employment. I applaud JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to expanding and improving career-focused education through the New Skills for Youth initiative. Their leadership will help support states in implementing systems reform and expanding promising new approaches to the design and delivery of education that prepares young people for careers in high-skill, high-wage jobs.”

“We know firsthand that high-quality career-focused education can be a game changer for students and put them on a pathway to lifelong success,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). “We are thrilled to be a part of JPMorgan Chase's New Skills for Youth initiative, the largest private investment in high-quality CTE I've witnessed in my 20-plus years in the field. This infusion of resources and technical assistance has the potential to be transformative and ensure more students than ever before have access to quality programs that prepare them for the careers of their choice.”

For more information visit: www.jpmorganchase.com/newskillsforyouth  

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. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

FOX Sports Supports Announces New Non-Profit Partnerships to be Represented in 2016 & 2017

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:21am

FOX Sports Supports, the charitable branch of FOX Sports, proudly announces its 2016 initiatives, including its continued support of our U.S. military, along with two-year partnerships with National Alliance on Mental Illness and Positive Coaching Alliance, extending through the 2017 calendar year. During this time, FOX Sports focuses its charitable resources toward these two organizations in campaigns that span all FOX Sports assets and premier events, beginning with the NFL playoffs this weekend and including coverage of next season’s Super Bowl LI. The two organizations were selected by a vote of FOX Sports employees in December 2015.

Having previously lent support to the U.S. Army’s Gold Star Pins campaign, which honors the survivors of fallen service members, and Folds of Honor, which provides educational support to spouses and children of fallen and wounded soldiers, FOX Sports adds three worthy military partners in 2016. These organizations include The Mission Continues, empowering veterans who are adjusting to life at home and finding purpose through community impact; Your Grateful Nation, dedicated to supporting veterans of the Special Operations Forces as they transition into their next successful career; and Merging Vets + Players, a non-profit committed to joining combat veterans with former athletes to form a common bond over dedication and teamwork.

“Special Forces veterans, like my SEAL brothers, are born leaders and are highly adaptable,” said Robert J. O'Neill, Co-Founder and board member of Your Grateful Nation. “Through FOX Sports Supports, companies will soon learn that they are ideal additions to any workplace.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, providing education to families and those living with mental illness. With nearly 60 million people who are living with mental illness today, NAMI is committed to advocating for these individuals and their families.

“NAMI is thrilled to be a partner with FOX Sports,” NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti said. “Its support will broaden public awareness of mental health conditions and make a difference in helping millions of Americans. It will especially help young adults, including athletes, who often do not get help early, even though 75 percent of cases of mental illness appear by age 25.”

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit devoted to developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by creating character-building youth and high school sports experiences. PCA provides actionable tools to coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes through free online resources at www.PCADevZone.org and through live workshops and online courses delivered in partnership with schools and youth sports organizations nationwide.

“With roughly 40 million youth playing organized sports in the U.S., it is critical that we seize the opportunity to teach life lessons and develop character through youth and high school sports,” said Tina Syer, PCA’s Chief Impact Officer. “The unprecedented awareness that our cause gains from FOX Sports Supports will greatly accelerate PCA’s work toward developing Better Athletes and Better People for our nation.”

FOX Sports also extends its support in to a variety of other initiatives including Surfrider Foundation, a well-respected network of coastal defenders committed to keeping our ocean, waves and beaches protected for all of us to enjoy; and Girls on the Run, a dynamic non-profit dedicated to empowering young girls and instilling confidence through running. 

“FOX Sports Supports is honored to team up with these worthwhile causes,” said Chris Hannan, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Communications and Integration. “Each do such tremendous work to make a difference in people’s lives, and we are humbled to play a small role in helping them achieve their missions.” 

FOX Sports Supports has contributed millions of dollars to previous partners through the production of public service announcements, broadcast and cable air time, special event activations, verbal and special messages during FOX Sports programming and in-kind support including monetary and gift donations. It has become the industry leader in raising awareness for worthwhile causes like education, military, health awareness and human services. In the last eight years, FOX Sports Supports has supported 30 charities, from helping children with cancer to assisting military personnel and their families, and through its various media channels and on-site support has successfully helped generate millions of dollars in donations to these worthy causes. In addition, the PSAs have received tens of millions of dollars’ worth of air time across all 21st Century Fox channels, helping to support causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Stand Up To Cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, City of Hope, STOMP Out Bullying, Feeding America, Johns Hopkins Medicine and many more. For more information, visit FOXSportsSupports.com/what-we-support to learn more about these partnerships.

Learn more about 21st Century Fox's Sports & Well-being initiatives at impact.21CF.com. 

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FOX SPORTS SUPPORTS ANNOUNCES NEW NON-PROFIT PARTNERSHIPS TO BE REPRESENTED IN 2016 & 2017

BuildingEnergy New York City - Big City, Big Conversations

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:21am

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.

Green Builder® Magazine Announces Redesign

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 7:07pm

Inspired by the tremendous success of its online strategy over the past two years, Green Builder® Media has announced the redesign of their flagship magazine, Green Builder, with a new look that is a convergence of audiences and media types.

Green Builder magazine began in 2005 with a builder-specific audience and has grown to serve both the professional audience and consumer audience. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, 
www.greenbuildermedia.com has developed into a resource that creates real insights on its readers to include predictive lead scoring and personas that reinforce which content and messages have the greatest success in promoting the company’s sustainability mission.

“As an editor, my biggest challenge of the last few years has been trying to serve two completely different audiences: green professionals and the general public,” says Editor-in-Chief Matt Power. “This redesign goes much deeper than fonts and colors. It’s a back-end restructuring of how we interface with readers. Everything you see in the magazine also appears online, in a similar format. With this beautiful new redesign, our legacy of award-winning content and powerful, automated online tools, we’re moving boldly into the future, helping both professionals and would-be ‘green’ homeowners and renters create a more sustainable future.”

The January 2016 issue will represent the first issue of the redesign and will include coverage on the Green Home of the Year Awards, Green Builder Media’s yearly awards program recognizing the best in sustainable building.

“Every year we look forward to our annual Green Home of the Year Awards issue,” says Power. “This year, we've added some extra ‘wow,’ to the stellar houses featured. We've redesigned the magazine to keep pace with the digital age. As always, we're keeping our content direct and informative, saving our readers time and money, and inspiring them with new ideas.”

About Green Builder Media

Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living.  With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training, and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the new green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably.

The Responsible Business Summit USA Returns for 2016

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 1:02pm

The Responsible Business Summit USA, New York (April, 12-13, 2016) promises to bring the top minds in sustainability together; with C-Suite and Board-level executives from some of the world’s leading brands set to attend. Present will be representatives of Timberland, Interface, Campbell’s, Glaxo Smith Klein, Citi, Johnson & Johnson, Bloomberg, Huntsman, Bombardier and many more.

Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit has a great legacy in Europe (with the flagship event entering its 15th year next year), and also made a huge impact in Singapore last year too: now Ethical Corporation’s flagship event is set to land in North America to provide corporate and thought leaders with a progressive and stimulating meeting place.

Dave Stangis, Vice President - Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at Campbell’s has been highly supportive of the move: “The Responsible Business Summit has been a fixture in Europe for many years.  I’m looking forward to participating when it makes it return to the U.S. in April.” For just one example of the type of session attendees can look forward to seeing, Dave himself will be taking part in an interview to discuss the importance of embedding sustainability.

With 25+ hours of cutting edge sessions, 150+ senior level attendees and 10+ hours of dedicated networking, the summit represents a great opportunity for professionals concerned with corporate responsibility to gain the insight and connectivity that ensures real business change. To find out more, you can download the brand new brochure for the event here

Partnership to Improve Prevention of Women’s Cancers and Quality of Cancer Registries in Latin America and Caribbean Reaches 1 Year Milestone

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:02am
  • The Women’s Cancer Initiative in the Americas works to improve the quality and effectiveness of national breast and cervical cancer programs and the quality and completeness of national cancer registries in the region.

  • The three-year partnership has reached its 1 year milestone and today launches its annual report to detail progress made in 2015.

  • PAHO Foundation with support from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and its members, with an additional contributions from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, and in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), coordinates the Women’s Cancer Initiative in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), where breast and cervical cancer are leading causes of preventable and premature death among women.

PAHO Foundation and IFPMA launch today the annual report of the public-private partnership (PPP) Women’s Cancer Initiative in the Americas. The three-year project aims to improve the effectiveness of breast and cervical cancer programs in at least 2 LAC countries and improve the quality and effectiveness of cancer registries in at least 4 LAC countries.

Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers affecting women; cancer is the second leading cause of death in LAC. Breast and cervical cancer are highly amenable to early detection and cure, but women continue to die prematurely from these diseases due to a number of barriers in the health care services and infrastructure.

The first year of this partnership saw great progress along three work streams. First, raising awareness of breast and cervical cancer to empower women to seek screening and early detection services. To this end, the partnership produced a number of educational materials for the public on breast and cervical cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Second, carrying out a pilot project with the Ministry of Health in Chile to strengthen national cervical cancer screening programs as well as a series of policy workshops with government officials and health experts. Third, holding a cancer registry training with relevant officials in 11 countries, in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and hosted by the National Cancer Institute of Argentina.

With many of the fundamentals now in place after the 1st year of the Women’s Cancer Initiative in the Americas, 2016 will yield further results in the fight against women’s cancers in the Americas. A key milestone for the partnership in 2016 will be a regional forum for breast cancer screening and detection, with a view to developing a set of quality standards for mammography to be locally adapted with LAC.

“We are very pleased to report on the first year of progress since launching the Women’s Cancer Initiative; our goal is to secure long-term improvements in screening, early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancers in the region through this partnership and with others in the future,” commented Jennie Ward-Robinson, President and CEO of PAHO Foundation.

“Focused efforts are critical in ensuring transformational health outcomes; we joined this initiative to drive for real impact by equipping and empowering women and healthcare professionals with data, knowledge and efficient tools,” said Eduardo Pisani, Director General, IFPMA. 

About the Partnership: infographic   

About PAHO Foundation: PAHO Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that seeks to strengthen PAHO’s ability to improve and save lives in the Americas, and to set an example for the rest of the world in public health philanthropy. The Foundation fully supports PAHO’s mission of promoting equity in health, combating disease and improving the health, longevity and quality of life of all the peoples of the Americas.

About IFPMA: IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health.

Raising the Bar for Community Impact

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 6:07pm

Founded in 1976 by royal decree and 70% government owned, Riyadh based SABIC is already one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers with over 40,000 employees working in 50 countries.

The company’s aim was to use the by-products of oil extraction to produce value added commodities such as chemicals, polymers and fertilisers in order to create new industries allowing developing Saudi Arabia to diversify and develop. With production in 1985 of 6.3 million metric tons (mmt) rising to 69 mmt by the end of 2012, SABIC is one of the world’s fastest growing companies and today remains committed to further expansion.

With manufacturing plants in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific and research hubs in the USA, Western Europe, Saudi Arabia, Southeast and Northeast Asia, SABIC is also in a prime position to make a positive global impact with its corporate citizenship initiatives.

Having invested some SAR 2.7 billion (£477 million or US$719) over the past ten years in supporting education, healthcare, community development and environmental protection initiatives, SABIC, like many leading corporations, is now focusing on active involvement in addition to traditional chequebook philanthropy such as donations and sponsorships.

Employee Volunteer Programmes (EPVs), whereby employees are encouraged to get involved in local non-profit or charity programmes, often during working hours, are win-win initiatives. Not only do they make a real impact on the local community as well as giving the company a personal presence in the community and promoting the company’s corporate image, but they also promote valuable soft skills in employees such as leadership, team building, problem solving, mentoring and communication, often at far less cost than traditional leadership training programmes. In addition, corporate volunteering engenders a sense of pride and wellbeing in the employee, promoting engagement, reducing staff turnover and attracting new recruits.

SABIC already recognises the importance of employees, through their volunteer activities around the globe, acting as ambassadors in their communities. The company encourages staff in each of its business regions to participate in SABIC-sponsored events, opportunities to volunteer during specified work hours and incentives for employees to do community service on their own time – reflecting the company’s “culture of giving.”

The challenge, however, is to identify opportunities which both reflect the company’s values and at the same time inspire employee engagement. Having identified food and water security, urbanisation, population growth and environmental stewardship as the key challenges facing today’s world, SABIC this year launched its RAISE programme to enhance employees’ opportunities to participate in community service.

RAISE is a strategy that ensures that volunteer projects reflect both SABIC’s corporate identity and employees’ interests by guiding, organising and streamlining the company’s community involvement and investment in order to address employee-nominated community needs and create a lasting, positive, socially responsible impact.

RAISE highlights four priority focus areas that align with SABIC’s global business strategy and 2025 Corporate vision: science and technology education; water and sustainable agriculture; environmental protection; and health and wellness. At employee level, RAISE provides for the development of regional committees. These regional committees allow local and regional input about community needs whilst enabling SABIC to ensure that these initiatives align with the company’s global vision and strategy.

During certain periods throughout the year, SABIC employees are encouraged to submit their CSR project ideas to the RAISE committee in their business regions. With support from the Corporate CSR team, these committees evaluate CSR opportunities by scoring them on whether and how well they meet the RAISE evaluation criteria and how well they align with the four priority focus areas. Projects that receive a threshold score are considered for funding.

Finally, the programme measures and evaluates SABIC’s CSR efforts on a quarterly basis, examining initiatives by criteria such as focus area, geography and financial commitments. This allows the company to fine tune initiatives and respond to community needs on a real time basis. Measuring impact, not just output, is a unique component of RAISE.

Examples of SABIC employee-lead projects include the SABIC Science Caravan, the Global, the Blood Drive in India, the Back to School Campaign and the SABIC Health Beacon.

The Science Caravan’s purpose was to promote the spirit of scientific research among future generations by offering a series of interactive programs, workshops and science experiments in chemistry, mathematics, space, innovation, and information technology. Staffed by some 500 volunteers, the Caravan passed through seven cities in Saudi Arabia – Riyadh, Al-Ahsa, Al-Khobar, Jubail, Yanbu, Jeddah, and Madinah – and was visited by over 25,000 students.

More than 3,500 people, from SABIC employees to students, took part in the Global Waste Free Environment Campaign in three countries and five cities – Riyadh, Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia; Sittard in The Netherlands; and Cape Town in South Africa – collecting and recycling waste.

In India, SABIC selected World Blood Day, June 14, around which to organise a blood drive awareness campaign to promote blood donation. The drive encouraged residents in six Indian cities to help address the country’s shortage by donating blood and brought together thousands of participants including SABIC employees, neighbouring companies, customers, suppliers, and local residents.
Back to School is a worldwide drive coinciding with the start of the school year. More than 80,000 primary and middle school students are provided with bags of basic school supplies and the programme also includes student workshops on chemistry and technology and volunteer efforts to repair schools and repaint classrooms.

In Riyadh, twenty five public and private partners participated in the SABIC Health Beacon which saw some 15,000 visitors engage in an innovative event promoting the importance of adopting practices for health living.

With RAISE, SABIC is now able to to embed social responsibility on a global scale while meeting the needs of the communities where the company operates and its employees live. This expands the company’s commitment to a a robust, integrated and measurable CSR global program.

Through the unique process to determine RAISE projects, employees are engaged in the company’s CSR initiatives and add value in terms of their subsequent volunteer efforts as well as their commitment to a company that values employee involvement.

Volunteers to Help Transform Louisiana Community on MLK Day of Service

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 6:07pm

In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 100 AmeriCorps members serving with Rebuilding Together – a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing – and Volunteer Louisiana will perform free critical home repair services for low-income homeowners in the Monroe neighborhood of Lafayette, Louisiana.

The event is being hosted by Rebuilding Together Acadiana – an affiliate of Rebuilding Together that repairs and renovates the homes of low-income older homeowners, military veterans and individuals with disabilities in the greater Acadiana community. Since 1998, Rebuilding Together Acadiana has renovated and modified more than 900 Acadiana homes with a market value of more than $15 million in repairs.

This is the fifth year that Rebuilding Together Acadiana has hosted this project on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members and volunteers, serving a collective 3,000 hours, will repair six homes for residents of Monroe. In addition, AmeriCorps members will assist Bridge Ministries – a community organization empowering lives through spiritual transformation, education and neighborhood revitalization – with repairs to their local community space in Monroe.

“This working class neighborhood has struggled with change over the last couple of decades,” said Jodee Ware, executive director of Rebuilding Together Acadiana. “With recent community calls to action and developments within the area, Rebuilding Together Acadiana is proud to partner with the Monroe community to stabilize the housing conditions for the long-time residents so that they can stay safely in their homes and realize the benefits of an improving neighborhood.”

Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps is a National*Direct AmeriCorps program with 75 members serving at 35 local affiliates. Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members build the capacity of grassroots Rebuilding Together programs so that they become sustainable, effective and efficient in helping additional low-income homeowners in need. As developing housing preservation leaders, these AmeriCorps members serve essential roles in building the capacity of their host sites in areas such as recruiting and managing volunteers, performing direct home repairs, building community partnerships, and creating new programs.

Cogeco Communications Publishes its Third Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 5:52pm

(Marketwired) - Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA) announced today the publication of its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report (under its former name, Cogeco Cable Inc.). This report, issued once every two years, is produced according to international Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. It communicates the company's initiatives, its targets and commitments, as well as the most material issues linked to its environmental, social and economic performance.

"Since our first report four years ago, we have made significant progress in the development of our CSR program and its integration into our everyday operations," said Louis Audet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. "Over the past two years, we have implemented our CSR program in all our business units, we established corporate CSR commitments and targets for the next three to five years, and we have developed a mission statement for our CSR program which is: To support sustainability through responsible and ethical management and operating practices."

Examples of achievements for the period covered by the report are the creation of a Supplier Code of Conduct to address supply chain risks related to CSR, the completion of a first internal and external stakeholder survey and a reduction in fuel consumption. The Corporation also supported local organizations directly with cash donations and sponsorships totaling $4.7 million over two years. These efforts to be a good corporate citizen have not gone unnoticed. Corporate Knights Magazine raised the company's listing from 24th in 2014 to 9th in 2015 in its The Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada ranking. For the past two years, it was also included in the Jantzi Social Index, consisting of 60 Canadian companies that meet a set of broadly-based environmental, social and governance criteria.

To learn more about Cogeco Communications' endeavours, successful initiatives and progress in sustainability, the 2015 report is available on the corporate website at:
http://corpo.cogeco.com/cca/en/company-overview/corporate-social-responsibility/.

ABOUT COGECO COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Cogeco Communications Inc. is a communications corporation. It is the 11th largest cable operator in North America, operating in Canada under the Cogeco Connexion name in Quebec and Ontario, and in the United States under the Atlantic Broadband name in western Pennsylvania, south Florida, Maryland/Delaware, South Carolina and eastern Connecticut. Cogeco Communications Inc. provides its
residential and business customers with video, Internet and telephony services through its two-way broadband fibre networks. Through its subsidiary Cogeco Peer 1, Cogeco Communications Inc. provides its business customers with a suite of information technology services (colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed IT services), through its 21 data centres, extensive FastFiber NetworkTM and more than 50 points-of-presence in North America and Europe. Cogeco Communications Inc.'s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA).

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