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Whirlpool Corporation Partners with How2Recycle to Help Consumers Recycle Product Packaging

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:49pm

Whirlpool Corporation today announced a partnership with standardized labeling system How2Recycle, which gives consumers simplified instructions on how to best recycle product packaging materials.

Whirlpool Corporation becomes the first appliance manufacturer to become a member of How2Recycle, building upon the company’s commitment to offering consumers sustainable solutions for their home by facilitating responsible recycling of product packaging.

“We are planning to make it even easier for our consumers to do the right thing the right way,” said Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director at Whirlpool Corporation. “In the future, this partnership will allow us to inform homeowners on the best way to manage and eliminate waste while helping lower their impacts in their own communities.”

With all the different types of materials on the market today, learning how to responsibly dispose of product packaging can be confusing for some consumers. However according to a recent consumer survey conducted by How2Recycle, 50 percent of respondents reported changing their behavior based off what they learned from the packaging labeling system.

This new partnership with How2Recycle is part of Whirlpool Corporation’s larger commitment to sustainability, including helping consumers in areas from energy efficiency to waste reduction. The company has received 38 ENERGY STAR® Awards since 1998 – more than any other appliance manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada.

Corporate sustainability and waste reduction is also a priority across Whirlpool Corporation’s manufacturing and supply chain functionalities, with the company recently reaffirming its zero waste to landfill goal in every manufacturing facility across the globe by 2022.

About Whirlpool Corporation 
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2015. The company markets WhirlpoolKitchenAidMaytagConsul,Brastemp, AmanaBauknechtJenn-Air,Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

About How2Recycle
The How2Recycle Label is a U.S.-based standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. How2Recycle is a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition®, a membership-based group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions. For more information, follow us on Twitter @How2Recycle or go to our website at www.How2Recycle.info.

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation Announce Five-Year Project to Expand Financial Access Among African Smallholder Farmers and Rural Populations

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:46am

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation today entered into a five-year, $7.9 million partnership to test and scale financial services and loan products tailored to the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Support from The MasterCard Foundation underscores its commitment to enable financial inclusion strategies with high-impact potential. 

“This partnership enables Kiva to bring our crowdfunded, risk-tolerant, patient capital to microlenders and social enterprises willing to try new evidence-based loan products that would otherwise be deemed too risky or unproven to try,” said Premal Shah, President and cofounder of Kiva. “Throughout the lifespan of the project we will test what works, experiment with scalability and replication, and share our results across the financial inclusion sector.” 

“Kiva has demonstrated ingenuity in developing new ways to enable smallholder farmers and others living in rural and remote areas of Africa to access the working capital they need and want,” said Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with Kiva and Kiva Labs to support innovation in this important sector, expand the range of possibilities and empower larger numbers of people to improve their livelihoods.” 

Creative solutions and loan products are driving progress around the world, changing lives and lifting entire communities out of poverty. Yet millions of people still lack access to the capital they need and vast numbers of problem solvers can’t find capital to scale their own ideas. Standard microcredit products follow very rigid repayment schedules that do not match well with the irregular income streams of the poor, especially farmers. Multiple studies have demonstrated the limitations of standard microcredit models that leave millions without access to formal financial services. 

Kiva has set out to change this picture through Kiva Labs, a set of experimental partners and loan products designed to encourage innovation in the microcredit and social enterprise sectors. Kiva Labs’ partners such as Juhudi Kilimo have developed successful models for financing under collateralized, productive, moveable assets like hybrid dairy cows that more traditional providers view as too high-risk. Nevertheless, these models can bring sustainable productivity gains and wealth creation for clients.

The MasterCard Foundation’s support allows Kiva Labs to:

● Introduce or scale new financial products and service innovations among selected social enterprises and microfinance institutions serving smallholder farmers and rural populations.

● Improve the capacity of social enterprises and microcredit providers to design and distribute new products.

● Evaluate the impact of these new products and services, and disseminate results across the microcredit and financial inclusion sector worldwide.

● Change the industry’s perspective on what is deemed “too risky” or “unproven”.

Financial products and services under consideration to adopt or scale-up include flexible repayment schedules, providing market linkages to help clients maximize returns on capital, and financing undercapitalized “would be” innovators and social enterprises. For example, Kiva’s social enterprise partner Komaza helps farmers in drought prone eastern Kenya convert drylands for small-scale forestry that can generate sustainable income for the families’ next generation. The social enterprise equips the farmers with training, as well as with Kiva loans, to plant fast-growing trees on unused land. Komaza then buys the trees and links them to larger lumber markets to meet the demands of Kenya’s rapid growth. 

Kiva is uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of microcredit, accelerate the development of new loan products and services, encourage replication, and gather and transfer knowledge across the sector. 

At its core, Kiva.org creates an online marketplace. On one side of the marketplace are the two billion people worldwide who lack access to formal financial services and the diverse organizations who serve them. On the other side of the marketplace are ordinary individuals with an internet connection who lend as little as $25 to help crowdfund loans at 0% interest to help create economic opportunity around the world.

Kiva’s model provides several advantages for innovation and replication:

Global network of Field Partners – In order to reach some of the most isolated populations in the world, Kiva works with more than 300 Field Partners in 80+ counties including 60+ microfinance institutions, NGOs, social enterprises and universities in Africa, where The MasterCard Foundation’s work is primarily focused. These partners identify potential Kiva borrowers, post their profiles to Kiva.org and administer the loans. This vast network of partners and on-the-ground relationships is ideal for gathering and transferring knowledge, as well as encouraging new high-impact loan products around the world. 

Crowdfunded capital – Kiva’s loans are crowdfunded by their growing global community of 1.5 million individuals, lending in $25 increments. Kiva’s lenders have crowdfunded $900 million in loans and are able to lend and relend their money. With borrower repayment rates at 97%, Kiva’s crowdfunded capital is a growing, sustainable and unique source of financing for Field Partners and borrowers. 

Low cost – Kiva loans are disbursed to Field Partners at 0% interest. Field Partners are able to charge borrowers interest to help cover the costs of administering loans and providing services. 

Risk tolerant – With no expectation of financial returns, Kiva lenders are attracted to solving problems in the hardest-to-reach geographies and sectors. 

Patient – Field Partners set loan terms that are appropriate for the loan product and borrower, which may mean relatively long loan terms (e.g., 7-10 years for crop rehabilitation). 

Maturity matched – Field Partners repay Kiva according to the end client’s actual loan schedule, thereby reducing working capital requirements for flexible or long-term loans. 

Risk mitigating – Kiva lenders assume the risk of individual borrower defaults, greatly reducing the costs and risks to Field Partners for experimenting with new products or markets.

About Kiva 

Kiva.org is the world’s first and largest crowdfunding platform for social good with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending at little as $25, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy and realize their potential. Since 2005, Kiva and their growing global community of 1.5 million lenders have crowdfunded more than $900 million in microloans to 2.1 million entrepreneurs in 86 countries, with a 97% repayment rate. For more information, visit www.kiva.org and follow @Kiva on Twitter.

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest, private foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

CITGO and Special Olympics Arkansas Hit the Road for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 4:34pm

CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Special Olympics Arkansas took to the highways of Arkansas for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics’ year-round programs for people with intellectual disabilities. On September 17, the Arkansas leg of the 2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy® began at the Maverick USA and brought trucks, trailers, buses and other transport vehicles on a trip on I-40 before returning for food, music and fun. This year, CITGO is the Official Fuel Sponsor of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®.

Bringing together Special Olympics athletes and families in law enforcement and the trucking industry, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® was founded in 2001 as a way to increase public awareness of Special Olympics’ efforts to build stronger communities where everyone can get involved. 
“At CITGO, we share Special Olympics’ commitment to inclusivity nationwide of those with intellectual disabilities,” said Nelson Martínez, president and CEO of CITGO. “Since 2013, our employees have donated nearly 2,000 hours of their time to Special Olympics through charity events and benefits and we are proud of our relationship with the organization for over 15 years.” 
“In 2015, 72 trucks took part in the Arkansas Convoy, raising more than $27,000,” said Terri Weir, executive director and CEO of Special Olympics Arkansas. “We appreciate long-term supporters of Special Olympics such as CITGO, which allows us to bring inclusivity to our 15,000 athletes statewide.”
The relationship between CITGO and Special Olympics is built around a mutual passion for promoting inclusion across the country. Last year, CITGO served as the Official Fuel Sponsor for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, which brought the Flame of Hope from Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. CITGO provided fuel for 36 support vehicles on the three simultaneous routes that passed the Flame of Hope throughout the United States. For more information on the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®, visit http://resources.specialolympics.org/Topics/Torch_Run/About_Truck_Convoy.aspx

About Special Olympics Arkansas
Special Olympics Arkansas is an organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the state. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Arkansas is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Arkansas supports 15,000 athletes across the state that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state Special Olympics Arkansas offers programming in education and health and wellness. For more information about Special Olympics Arkansas, visit SpecialOlympicsArkansas.org  

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

Sodexo Turf Management Team Implements Innovative Dry-jecting Solution to Combat Flooding

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 4:34pm

Students at Lake Forest Academy (LFA) are now playing soccer on fields that hosted world-class athletes earlier this summer after innovative ideas from world leader in Quality of Life services, Sodexo, and its turf management team solved the field’s flooding problem.

Lake Forest’s beautiful, lush fields sit on top of a solid section of compacted clay, which previously caused severe flooding during rains, making the fields unplayable. The lack of topsoil meant traditional aeration methods didn’t solve the flooding problem. Deeper aeration using long tines would run the risk of puncturing the irrigation water pipes that run fairly shallow underneath the field.

So Sodexo’s team at the school, including grounds manager Danny Volbrecht and director of operations Pat Dolan, did more research. Volbrecht discovered a new technique called dry-jecting. The DryJect process uses pressurized water, instead of spikes or tines, to aerate the soil up to ten inches deep. The team implemented this solution, followed by injecting a soil amendment made of sand and ceramic granules. The new technique stopped the flooding without damaging the pipes.

“These two guys are the hardest working people I have ever worked with,” said Lake Forest Academy athletic director Darrin Madeley. “Their attention to detail and making sure the faculty and the students at LFA get the best campus possible is incredible.”

With improved irrigation, the school was able to contract with COPA America, the leading global soccer tournament, to host practices for teams over the summer. The school also hosted the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for a scrimmage one week prior to their trip to the Olympics in Brazil. Now, at the start of the new school year, the LFA community and its students can play hard and have fun on a flood-free soccer field, come rain or shine.

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

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

OnStar Donates $400,000 to First Responders

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:27am

OnStar celebrates its 20th anniversary by giving $20,000 each to 20 public safety personnel who experienced serious physical injury or hardship that impacted their ability to perform their jobs.

OnStar identified the 20 recipients by working with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation (IACPF), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) – Sunshine Fund, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).

“Each day OnStar receives more than 245,000 calls from drivers in need of some support, so we understand the importance of a human connection, especially in an emergency situation,” said Christine Sitek, OnStar chief operating officer for General Motors’ Global Connected Customer Experience team. “The first responder community plays a vital role in working with OnStar advisors to quickly deliver emergency services to our drivers and passengers in need. We couldn’t have become a leader in safety and security without their support.”

One of the selected first responders, Andy Allison, was a firefighter at the Lewisville Fire Department in Lewisville, Texas, when he sustained career-altering injuries while responding to a structure fire. Since his injury, Allison has dedicated his life to helping others manage occupational medicine and advocating for others suffering debilitating injuries in the line of duty. He has been speaking around the country on how to prepare for worst-case scenarios and manage life after a debilitating injury.

“My goal is to help other firefighters prepare for if, or when, they get hurt,” said Allison. “In this career, you need to know what can be done proactively to protect yourself and your family, both physically and financially, and I want to help others be equipped to manage whatever comes their way.”

“Thanks to public safety responders across the nation, OnStar is able to provide a life-saving connection that is needed every hour, every day for the past 20 years,” said Cathy Bishop, OnStar Global Emergency Services senior manager. “This donation demonstrates our great appreciation for all first responders, especially those who suffer serious injury and financial hardship in the name of public service.”

20 Years of Innovating Connected Emergency Services
When GM debuted OnStar in 1996, it was the first in-vehicle technology in the industry to automatically connect to a live person when the vehicle’s airbags deployed. That advisor would work with first responders to provide assistance.

Along with industry-leading technology, OnStar’s emergency advisors receive innovative training, allowing them to be prepared for all situations, from vehicle crashes to mothers giving birth to natural disasters. OnStar has implemented Emergency Medical Dispatch with its advisors, which uses set protocols to assess the situation and provide pre-arrival information to first responders. Together, OnStar’s technology and advisors give first responders the information they need before arriving on the scene.

Honoring 20 First Responders
To view a list of the donation recipients and more information on them and OnStar's 20th Anniversary, please viist  the OnStar Connected Journey blog

About OnStar
Launched in 1996, OnStar is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”) and offers emergency, security, navigation, connections and vehicle manager services in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall models. Totaling nearly 10 million customers in North America, Europe, China and South America, OnStar offers a range of standard, subscription and a la carte services such as Advanced Diagnostics, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, AtYourService, OnStar Smart Driver and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. In 2015, OnStar surpassed 1 billion customer interactions, topped more than 2 million 4G LTE Wi-Fi equipped-vehicles, and debuted in Opel/Vauxhall.

About the Foundation of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP Foundation)
The Foundation of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of the IACP, a professional association that supports law enforcement worldwide. Founded in 1990, the IACP Foundation celebrated its 25th Anniversary by announcing a new vision – traumatically injured law enforcement officers will never feel abandoned. The IACP Foundation is committed to connecting, supporting and strengthening these injured officer and their families to thrive after a serious line of duty injury.

About Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)  
Founded in 1935, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. APCO International provides public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit more than 25,000 members and the public. The corporate headquarters of the Association is located in Daytona Beach, Florida with executive and government affairs offices located in Alexandria, Virginia.

About International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Formed in 1975 and more than 55,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military.

Forest City Sponsors Three Hispanic Heritage College Scholarships

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 7:01pm

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) continued the company's partnership with Esperanza, Inc., Ohio’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Hispanic educational achievement, with the recent sponsorship of three $1,000 college scholarships awarded to Greater Cleveland residents.

Forest City has supported Esperanza through the company’s corporate philanthropy initiative since 2011.

“Esperanza’s outreach stretches beyond Cleveland’s Hispanic community,” said Sara Gonzalez, Forest City’s communications executive administrative assistant and co-chair of Unidos, the company’s Hispanic associate resource group. “Forest City’s core values of community involvement and diversity and inclusion align with the organization’s efforts to lift communities to their highest potential by investing in the future.”

This year’s Forest City scholarship recipients – Isaac Anaya, an Ohio State University sophomore studying anthropological science; Celina Flores, an Ohio University senior majoring in communications and public advocacy; and Ariana Latimer, a Cuyahoga Community College sophomore studying business administration – were recognized at Esperanza’s Fiesta of Hope luncheon in June.

Esperanza scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, volunteer and extracurricular involvement and an in-person interview.

Forest City’s corporate philanthropy program focuses on organizations and initiatives that generate significant, enduring and positive impacts in the company’s headquarters city of Cleveland and core markets of New York, Boston, Washington, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. Areas of emphasis include economic development, workforce preparedness, educational attainment and diversity and inclusion.

Forest City’s cumulative support of Esperanza has resulted in the awarding of 10 scholarships and has benefitted the Cleveland-based nonprofit’s academic, mentoring, youth leadership and family engagement programs.

“Our organization relies on the support of dedicated corporate and community members,” said Victor Ruiz, Esperanza’s executive director. “Forest City's engagement with Esperanza is a great model of responsible corporate citizenship.”  

Forest City supports Esperanza in its vision of serving as a model of academic and community excellence in more ways than through charitable giving. Unidos organized a school supply drive in support of the organization’s back-to-school supplies giveaway, which resulted in the donation of more than 1,350 items. Company associates have also participated in Esperanza’s mentorship program and served on the organization’s scholarship committee.

“Forest City's support is greatly valued,” said Ruiz. “Countless volunteer and mentoring hours have been donated by company associates.”


Jeff Linton +1 (216) 416-3558 jefflinton@forestcity.net Jill Ziegler +1 (216) 592-1310 jillziegler@forestcity.net

Las Vegas Builds 35,000 Hygiene Kits with Clean the World at The Venetian

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 7:01pm

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) completed part of  its worldwide volunteer effort last Saturday, October 1 to build 100,000 hygiene kits this year for social enterprise Clean the World to help improve the health and well-being of populations in need. Kits assembled last Saturday by volunteers at The Venetian Las Vegas will benefit a number of non-profit organizations in Las Vegas serving homeless populations in the area as well as military families.

The volunteer event in Las Vegas at The Venetian is one of a series of hygiene kit builds at LVS’ properties in Macao, Singapore, Bethlehem and Las Vegas between July and December in 2016. The effort is part of LVS’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World to support its mission of promoting good health and well-being around the globe through improved access to soap and hygiene education. This is the third consecutive year Las Vegas Sands has built hygiene kits for Clean the World, and the 2016 build events will bring the total number of hygiene kits created with Las Vegas Sands to nearly 500,000.

“Our series of hygiene kit builds over the past three years have helped protect thousands of vulnerable people around the world from hygiene-related illnesses and death, while promoting a sense of well-being and dignity,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands. “It’s united our team members with volunteers in our local communities to support a truly remarkable mission.”

The annual Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build is one component of the company’s long-term support of Clean the World. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 190 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 1.8 million bars of soap. In 2014, LVS announced an unprecedented $1 million donation to Clean the World, helping the organization to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.

“Las Vegas Sands has been an incredible partner for Clean the World, and the annual hygiene kit build shows the deep commitment the company and its team members make to our mission,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “We’re so grateful to the company and community volunteers for the generous gifts of their time, enthusiasm and hard work to help those in need.”

Each hygiene kit includes soap collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including LVS properties around the world, and then recycled through Clean the World’s soap sterilization and re-manufacturing process. Other amenities in the kit include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

LVS’ partnership with Clean the World is part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Announced in April 2014, Sands Cares manifests the company’s core corporate social responsibility focus: supporting people in the company and the hospitality industry, making local communities where LVS operates a better place to live and reducing environmental impact on the planet. Sands Cares provides a cohesive approach to corporate and property-level giving and support in local communities where LVS operates to address the most pressing issues. For more information about Sands Cares and key initiatives, please visit www.sandscares.sands.com.   

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian MacaoThe Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel MacaoSands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for more than 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 30 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. Through its "ONE Project," Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: CleanTheWorld.org. 

Kristin McLarty

Sustainable Brands Releases Full Program for Annual New Metrics Conference

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 9:58am

Sustainable Brands® recently announced the full program for New Metrics’16, scheduled for November 14-16 in Boston, MA. Drawing together over 400 global business leaders, the conference will focus on the emerging methods for identifying, measuring, and quantifying new forms of business risk and value, as well as include strategies for communicating the impact of that value to stakeholders.  

Over 85 speakers from companies such as Nasdaq, Virgin Atlantic, 3M, Dell, and Johnson & Johnson will join executives from WWF, Rainforest Alliance, Nielsen, MIT Sloan, and others to share leading edge corporate initiatives that drive improved business and social value. This year, the conference will also feature an entirely new track of content dedicated to the sustainability of supply chain management.

Key discussion topics and featured speakers include:

  • A conversation on how to derive both business and brand value by aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with James Sullivan, Vice President of Sustainability Management & Strategy at SAP.

  • Lessons learned from a Virgin Atlantic initiative to leverage behavioral science and smart data communication to incentivize pilots to become more fuel efficient, with Claire Lambert, the Manager of the Fuel Efficiency Programme. 

  • An overview of business-wide water goal-setting and management with Judy Takats, the Water Stewardship Manager at WWF.

  • The introduction of a new, comprehensive framework for managing natural capital, with Michelle Lapinski, a steering group member for the Natural Capital Coalition.

  • A review of a pilot program to test a MultiCapital Scorecard™ aimed to measure and report a company’s social and environmental impacts in addition to traditional financial metrics, with Rob Michalak, Global Director of Social Mission at Ben and Jerry’s.

  • A discussion on how the shift to sustainable products can bolster revenue, brand value and company management with Adam Elman, Head of Global Delivery: Sustainability/Plan A at leading retailer Marks & Spencer

Workshop Sessions Eligible for CPA CPE Credit
In a new partnership with the Rhode Island Society of CPAs, New Metrics’16 will host workshops and other sessions that are eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for any US-registered CPA. Attendees with an upgraded All Event conference pass can earn a possible total of 22 CPEs over the 3 day period. All CPE-eligible sessions are marked with a symbol in the Full Program schedule

“In this 5th year of New Metrics we hope to continue to encourage corporate leaders to seek and adopt new forms of metrics and measurement practices that help to redefine business value and lead to better business performance,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “This year’s partnership with RISCPA will encourage CPAs to gain the tools and knowledge necessary to assist with incorporating forward looking environmental and social metrics into the financial reporting of their clients/businesses.”

Proud supporters of this event include BASF as Platinum sponsor and Apex Clean Energy, EnerNOC and Altenex as Silver level sponsors. Nature Bank is the official carbon offset partner and South Pole Group is the official renewable energy partner. The Rhode Island Society of CPAs is the Continuing Education Partner. Additional sponsors and partners include cr360, RAPPORT, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Wharton/IGEL, Blue Practice, Ceres and others. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for companies with innovative ideas to share.

New Metrics’16 is scheduled for November 14-16, 2016 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel - Boston in Cambridge, MA.  Registration is still open, but capacity is limited. Further information can be found at www.NewMetrics16.com or by calling 1.415.626.2212 

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media

Industry Leaders, Government Officials and NGOs to Meet at Responsible Electronics 2016

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 6:52pm

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains, today announced additional speakers for its annual conference in Santa Clara, California the week of November 7.

Responsible Electronics 2016 will feature top speakers from industry, civil society and government. Representatives from the ILO, OECD, OMB, EPA, Humanity United, Green America, Electronics Watch, WWF International, TCO Development, ERM, American Chemistry Council, and Stockholm County Council have recently been added to the Responsible Electronics 2016 agenda.

Topical areas of focus at Responsible Electronics 2016 will include Forced Labor, the Ethical Sourcing of Raw Materials, Public Procurement, Chemical Management, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain Transparency, and the Circular Economy.

Attendees will have opportunities to network with peers, learn about and discuss solutions to top supply chain sustainability challenges. Regardless of whether someone is new to supply chain corporate social responsibility (CSR) or an industry veteran, there will be something of interest and value for everyone at Responsible Electronics 2016.

"This year’s conference theme is ‘Unified for Impact’ to emphasize that, together, we can make a greater difference than any one company or organization could alone," said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). "We encourage companies, government officials and civil society to join us for important discussions on how we can collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices." 

Responsible Electronics 2016 will also feature the EICC Education Hub, which was very popular at last year's conference, where members can receive help with audit and risk assessment tools, online trainings and other EICC benefits.

In addition, this year’s conference will include EICC Code of Conduct training on Thursday and Friday of the conference week. This course will be beneficial to those who are new to the EICC Code. Participants will learn about Code requirements and how to implement them across their organizations.

Who Should Attend Responsible Electronics 2016:

  • Companies that manufacture or contract the manufacture of electronic goods or a product in which electronics are essential to the primary functionality of the product, or supply materials used in the electronics of those goods

  • Government officials interested in learning what the industry is doing to improve conditions for workers and the environment impacted by the global electronics supply chain

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on labor and human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental sustainability

  • Audit and other firms that provide services to facilitate the industry’s CSR efforts

Key Dates:

EICC's Responsible Electronics 2016 will be followed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative's Annual Conference and EICC Code training, both of which require separate registration.

  • EICC Members-Only Meeting: Monday, Nov. 7 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

  • RE 2016 General Sessions: Tuesday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • RE 2016 Breakout Sessions: Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • CFSI Members-Only Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 9 (1:30-5 p.m.)

  • CFSI Annual Conference: Thursday, Nov. 10 (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • EICC Code Training: Thursday, Nov. 10-Friday, Nov. 11 (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., respectively)


Responsible Electronics 2016, the CFSI Annual Conference and the EICC Code Training will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Learn More and Register:

Responsible Electronics 2016 and/or the EICC Code Training: View the agenda and register here.

CFSI Annual Conference: View the agenda and register here.

If you have any questions about these events, or are interested in sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, contact Valerie Esty at vesty@eiccoalition.org or (571) 858-5733.

About EICC

The EICC is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. EICC members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The EICC is comprised of more than 110 electronics companies with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.5 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit www.eiccoalition.org and follow @EICCoalition.

Price Alone Is Not Enough: U.S. Military Embedding Sustainability Criteria in Spending

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:51pm

The way companies evaluate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) has reached a tipping point, according to a new CDP report entitled “A Paradigm Shift in Total Cost of Ownership,” released today. As more and more major purchasers—including the U.S. Military—look to cut their environmental costs, sustainability is being embedded throughout the value chain and factored into purchasing decisions.

Greater environmental accountability, better management of resources and a broader definition of costs are driving purchasers to look outside their walls and hardwire sustainability into the value chain. Some of the world’s largest purchasers are encouraging key suppliers to calculate and disclose their environmental impacts in order to identify opportunities to create resource and energy-efficient products and capitalize on the shift to a low-carbon economy. Through CDP’s Supply Chain program, 89 purchasing organizations with US $2.7 trillion in collective annual spend use CDP’s globally recognized environmental reporting platform to engage with over 8,200 strategic suppliers on greenhouse gas management and water risk mitigation.

“Given the massive changes inherent in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, the writing is on the wall for corporations. Reducing waste and improving efficiency across the whole value chain makes business better” said Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman, CDP. “The organizations showcased in this research show that rethinking sustainability delivers results and that competition in a carbon constrained world is going to be very exciting indeed.”

To better understand how sustainability affects underlying business goals, the report reveals that government agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense and major corporations including HPE and General Motors are designing and sourcing innovation by building sustainability into core practices of product development, sales and procurement. By utilizing a TCO approach and assessing environmental factors throughout the lifecycle, companies are now able to create and seize greater business opportunity.

Specifically, the report highlights:

  • 55% of responding Global 500 companies report finding business opportunities resulting from modified consumer behavior due to climate change; 69% report increased demand for lower-carbon products and services in 2016.
  • 77% of responding Global 500 companies said they engaged with their suppliers on climate change strategies in 2016, up from 67% three years earlier.
  • 58% of these companies engaged with their customers on climate change, more than three times the number just three years earlier.

The report examines four themes driving this uptick in companies focusing on sustainable procurement:

  • Looking Beyond the Four Walls: Most emissions come from the supply chain and/or from the use of their products or services, not internal operations.
  • Technology Fuels Innovation through Early Adoption: Constantly emerging technology trends have made the IT sector one of the fastest growing users of energy—this market is ripe for large-scale innovation. For example, HPE’s line of Moonshot servers incorporates high performance, energy-optimized server modules in different combinations to meet varying demands.
  • Federal Government Brings Shift to Scale: The Military has shifted from cost-benefit analysis to TCO. Suppliers in turn are incentivized to monetize impacts and communicate them, allowing the Military to make better design and investment decisions up front.
  • The Ripple Effect: Direct suppliers can realize benefits of TCO in many forms – a more sustainable business, an innovative product line, greater customer loyalty, and the potential for major financial savings – and these benefits in turn will ripple across their entire global value chains.

Finally, the report highlights a case study that analyzes the potential cost savings of HPE’s Moonshot servers based on the Military’s draft Acquisition Guidance, which assesses the life-cycle impacts and costs of purchase systems. Applying this method to the servers yields considerable savings in both financial and environmental impact. The study finds that replacing traditional servers with extreme low-energy (ELE) servers like Moonshot would have the potential to cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 100 million tons—the equivalent of taking up to 20 million cars off the road for a year. In this scenario, customers would save up to $12 billion in internal energy costs, and total environmental impact could be reduced by up to $20 billion.

“Businesses today face growing pressure to meet tougher procurement standards as customers look to reduce all costs—financial and environmental—from the products they purchase,” said Antonio Neri, executive vice president, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “As the leading provider of hybrid IT infrastructures, HPE will continually innovate to meet the growing demands of our customers with significantly less impact to the planet.”

The report’s release coincides with Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business Summit 2016, where Paul Dickinson, executive chairman, CDP, Antonio Neri, executive vice president, HPE and Thomas W. Hicks, Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Navy, will join Robert Levinson from Bloomberg Government for a panel discussion titled, “The New Dynamics of Sustainable Procurement Strategies.”

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For more information:
Erin Burke, 646-218-8760 

Boston College Center For Corporate Citizenship Offers New Online Learning Program

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:51pm

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management announced it is offering a new online course titled, Corporate Citizenship 101: The Fundamentals. The course, which runs from October 31 through December 16, 2017, translates the complex concepts, ideas, and language of corporate citizenship into practical models and tools. Through the Center for Corporate Citizenship’s online learning environment, business professionals have 24/7 access to lectures, assignments, coursework, and relevant research.

Participants in the eight-week online course will learn:

  • The meaning of corporate citizenship and its relationship to business' role in society
  • Why engaging with stakeholders is vital to sound corporate citizenship strategy
  • Essential reporting and standard frameworks including ISO, GRI, SASB, and CDP
  • How to address key audiences and leadership with concise, consistent messages
  • How to build and assess programs to ensure desired impact

The online course is designed for business professionals with an introductory knowledge of the corporate citizenship industry. Individuals from functional areas such as public and government affairs, public relations, marketing, and communications that have direct contact with key company stakeholders and work closely with their company's community involvement function will also benefit from this online learning program.

Upon completion, participants will earn five units that can be applied toward a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice and 16 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

To register, visit Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.


The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals maximize business and social value through tools and knowledge enabling them to achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on the community of professionals, original research, and resources of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. The membership-supported organization engages more than 10,000 individuals annually across its network of more than 420 member companies. For more information, visit ccc.bc.edu.

New Fundraising Act Paves the Way for Hawaii-Based Hard Cider Start-Up

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 12:51pm

For years, the landscape of startup business in America was influenced by strict rules on who could and could not invest in new companies. The guidelines set by the SEC were clear—only sophisticated investors, whose net worth and annual earnings placed them in the country’s wealthiest ten percent, were allowed to invest. This rule meant three things for everyday people and the companies that impacted their communities. First, startup businesses (if they wanted to get funded) were often tailored to the tastes and preferences of the wealthy. Second, everyday people didn’t have a say in which companies were capitalized and allowed to flourish. And third, when start-ups made it big, the profits went to a select few, rather than to the community of people buying its products, hosting the business in their town or city, and ultimately managing externalities linked to its operations.

This was the paradigm until May of this year, when Obama signed the JOBS act—opening the ability to invest in emerging businesses to anyone, regardless of their net worth. While it will take time to begin seeing the true impact of the new act, some forward thinkers have already launched platforms designed to connect grass roots investors with like-minded startups using the new act to raise money. WeFunder.com is one such platform, and Hawaii Cider Company is one of the first businesses to go live on their system. 

Hawaii Cider Co. is a Hawaii-based startup whose aim is to turn the state’s abundance of responsibly grown fruit into affordable craft cider. The company was started by a successful team of beverage entrepreneurs who previously grew an organic beverage brand (Hawaiian Ola) into a thriving business with over 16 SKUs and distribution to Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, CVS, and most grocery stores throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

With their sights now set on the cider market, the team is enthusiastic about raising seed capital through a network of committed stakeholders—especially residents living in Hawaii. “We’re excited about making this a community owned venture,” says Chris Whidden, Brand Manager. “The model makes sense and is open to everyone,” adding that “if the company is successful, we think the benefits of that win should be shared with the people who supported the project, not only as investors, but also as fans and shoppers who buy our products in stores.”

Since launching the campaign this summer, Hawaii Cider Co has raised over $500K of their $1M goal through the WeFunder platform. To learn more about the project and how to get involved, visit the links below!

About Hawaii Cider Co.:
Hawaii Cider is Hawaii’s first locally sourced and locally produced cider company. The team is comprised of the seasoned beverage industry team that brought you the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company, as well as brew master Sebastian Bach, who has won over 35 awards for his decade of innovative brewing. Hawaii Cider Company supports farmers growing responsibly farmed tropical fruits, and is passionate about creating great tasting ciders that offer shoppers a local alternative to imported ciders.

Invest: www.wefunder.com/hawaiicider

Higher Education Gains a Tool for Benchmarking Focused on Student Success

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 12:51pm

 B Lab, a non-profit organization, has launched a customized version of their B Impact Assessment to effectively measure the impact of higher education institutions and improve institutional accountability.  The new standards are focused on ethical practices and equitable outcomes for students, particularly among underserved students including racial and ethnic minorities, and can be used by institutions for internal management, voluntary reporting, or to join the community of Certified B Corporations, companies who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

 “The B Impact Assessment for Higher Education allows institutions to voluntarily evaluate, benchmark and improve their impact and outcomes,” says Dan Osusky, Standards Development Manager at B Lab.  “B Lab recognizes that the cost and outcomes of higher education, particularly regarding for-profit institutions, have become increasingly controversial, but regardless of structure institutions should put their students’ needs first. We see our role as the promoter of robust standards of industry-specific performance that can be used by for-profits and non-profits alike to create the greatest possible positive impact and serve the public interest, ultimately by improving the lives of their students.” 

Created by a multi-stakeholder expert working group in partnership with HCM Strategists and Lumina Foundation, the new standards are specific to post-secondary education institutions and include benchmarking and best practices to enable comparisons across both for-profit institutions and non-profits.  In addition to topics on governance, workers, community, and the environment, the higher education version includes student learning outcomes, progression and completion rates, repayment and default rates, cost per degree, and labor market outcomes.  One of the more than 48,000 multi-sector organizations already using the assessment is Laureate Education, the largest network of higher education institutions in the world, serving 1 million students.

The standards were developed over a 24-month period, including beta testing and a public comment period—and the resulting B Impact Assessment Standards for Higher Education are available at no cost for viewing online.  Institutions can register and use the tool confidentially at www.bimpactassessment.net.

“For-profit education grew rapidly, and this growth was accompanied by appropriate criticism that some of these companies put financial gain above equitable access and student outcomes. The more recent declines in enrollment reflect the concerns that students and families have about these institutions,” said David Bergeron, a member of the working group and former Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. “The creation and use of transparent, comprehensive and comparable third-party standards for these institutions will encourage greater accountability and performance improvement, leading to better student outcomes and public policy.” 


About B Lab 

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

B Lab drives this systemic change by:

1. Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;

2. Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;

3. Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;

4. Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.

Further information can be found at www.bcorporation.net.

Science Barge Gets Power Boost From Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:48am

On Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m., Mayor Mike Spano will flip the switch on a new, more efficient energy system for the Science Barge, located on Yonkers’ waterfront. The system, donated by Green Mountain Energy Sun Club at a value of $50,000, will modernize the off-grid solar electric system aboard the Science Barge.

“This donation from the Sun Club® propels the Barge into the next era, totally updating the energy system that powers our hydroponic farm. We will now have double the solar power and double the energy reserves,” said Bob Walters, director of the Science Barge, a program of Groundwork Hudson Valley. The grant includes 12 new LG solar panels that produce a total of 3,420 watts and an Iron Edison 48 volt battery bank that is significantly more efficient than the outdated system it is replacing. 

“The Sun Club loves working with unique nonprofits, and the Science Barge is an excellent demonstration of renewable energy and environmental education,” said Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and general manager of Green Mountain Energy Company.  “We’re proud to support the Science Barge by helping the sustainable urban farm operate completely off the grid.”

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Science Barge was recently purchased by Groundwork, freeing the organization from a long-time lease obligation. “Now, with the new energy system, the Barge is positioned to demonstrate and teach sustainable farming for the future, with zero carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff,” notes Walters.

Accompanying Mayor Spano at the press event will be representatives from the Sun Club and Green Mountain Energy Company, Science Barge staff and volunteers, local elected officials, and members of Groundwork Hudson Valley’s youth Green Team.  There will be refreshments and giveaways for attendees.

The Science Barge educators are also rolling out new climate change curricula this fall, thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA).  Groundwork was one of only six organizations in the country to receive this grant to provide cutting-edge education in climate change and resiliency to Yonkers school students. New signs and exhibits will be installed on the Barge, spreading awareness about climate change among thousands of visitors each year. 

Since its founding in 2002, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to nonprofits focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous communities in Texas and in the Northeast. To learn more about the Sun Club, visit www.gmsunclub.com.

Besides Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the Science Barge is funded by grants from the City of Yonkers, ConEdison, Domino Sugar, NOAA, the EPA, and the Hudson River Foundation. The Barge is located at 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY  10701.

Martian Salad Project at Whitworth University Shows Promise for Cultivating Life on Mars

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 6:34pm

Space travel is a popular topic in science and in film. “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, saw the main character use his skills as a botanist to grow food and survive on the planet. Such a feat may seem like Hollywood hype, but scientists at NASA, with help from Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, are working together to make growing food on Mars a reality.

When NASA and the Johnson Space Center were looking for participants to study plants growing in simulated Martian soil, Timothy Grayson, Sodexo Executive Chef at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, jumped at the opportunity to bring the project to the campus.

“We already have a Farm to Table program to educate students here at Whitworth University about growing food on campus for our use and to help our local community,” said Chef Grayson. “Adding the Martian soil simulant project fits well with our educational purpose.”

Chef Grayson received 10 lbs. of soil from a cinder cone in Hawaii called "Martian Regolith Simulant"—the closest thing to Martian soil on earth. Nicknamed “The Martian Salad Project,” the Sodexo team at Whitworth University built a greenhouse with a humidifier, fans and ultraviolet lighting. Every day, the team measures the fertilizer and water along with other data to report to NASA. Within three months, the project had successfully grown tomatoes, kale, oregano, basil and edible flowers—all from USDA organic-certified seeds.

Crops like leeks and sweet peas weren’t successful, but that isn’t stopping the Sodexo team from trying out other crops such as potatoes, which require a different set of variables. NASA plans to go a step further with the study by sending a miniature greenhouse to Mars in 2020 to test how the plants respond to the planet’s atmosphere. In the meantime, the Sodexo team at Whitworth University will continue to see what kind of harvest it can reap in “Martian soil” here on Earth.

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life.

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


Samuel Wells +1 (301) 987-4893 samuel.wells@sodexo.com Sodexo, Inc. http://www.sodexoUSA.com  

Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Convenes Workshop to Explore How Circular Economy Principles Can Be Applied to Healthcare Plastics in the EU

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:34pm

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) convened a workshop today in Oxford, England to begin dialogue on how circular economy thinking could apply to healthcare plastics in the European Union as a means to enable greater recycling and reuse opportunities and reduce negative environmental impacts. The workshop, sponsored by Baxter, BD, Johnson & Johnson, and SABIC, included key stakeholders and thought leaders from Aarhus University, Amcor, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, EUROPEN, National Health Service, and Plastics Europe.

“Given Europe’s Strategy 2020 goals and ambitions towards a circular economy, HPRC has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the healthcare plastic and packaging space,” says Tod Christenson, Executive Director of HPRC. “By initiating discussions with European stakeholders, we hope to identify and evaluate meaningful activities where HPRC can help drive circular solutions, ensuring that resources are used in a more sustainable way.”

Founded in 2010, HPRC engages with manufacturers, hospitals and recyclers to enable safe and effective recycling solutions for plastic products and packaging used in the delivery of healthcare. Recent work includes product and packaging design guidelines, a how-to recycling toolbox for hospitals, resin testing of the technical limitations in plastics reprocessing and a multi-stakeholder plastic recycling project in Chicago.

“HPRC was founded on the concept that healthcare plastics recycling solutions require a complete value chain approach. We hope this workshop is the first of many opportunities to extend our work in Europe and be a model of industry collaboration,” says Christenson.

Immediately following the workshop, HPRC members will meet to begin developing an action plan based on the ideas and discussion from the previous day that represent the most viable opportunities to advance healthcare plastics recycling in Europe. Additional information will be shared on the HPRC website as specific projects are scoped and initiated.

About HPRC
HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across healthcare, recycling and waste management industries seeking to improve recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. HPRC is made up of brand leading and globally recognized members including Baxter, BD, Cardinal Health, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Halyard Health, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Ravago Manufacturing Americas and SABIC Innovative Plastics. The council convenes biannually at meetings hosted by an HPRC member that include facility tours to further learning and knowledge sharing opportunities through first-hand demonstration of best practices in sustainable product and packaging design and recycling processes. For more information, visit www.hprc.org.

CSE Delivers Another Sustainability Course with the Support of ISGI of the University of Texas at Arlington

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:34pm

This Thursday, October the 6th CSE is hosting the Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program with the support of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI) of the University of Texas at Arlington. Once again CSE will bring together executives from all over the globe! Professionals from different countries, fields and companies will be joining this two day workshop, eager in further developing and enhancing their business strategies though CSR frameworks.

During this 2-day challenging course, participants learn all about successful sustainability strategies and sustainability reporting, current global and local legislation, recent trends and stakeholder’s engagement, GHG Emissions and carbon footprint strategy. CSE through this course aims to offer to participants the knowledge needed in order to create a comprehensive sustainability strategy. This is the reason this course is equally focused on all pillars of sustainability: society, environment, workplace and marketplace. 

The last session of the Certified Sustainability Course in 2016 will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, November 9-10! Don’t miss the opportunity to join the most successful Sustainability Training globally, network with leaders in the field and become member of the elite group of the 5000+ professionals that have been already attended worldwide!

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

Sustainable Brands and RILA Announce Conference Partnership

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:22pm

 Sustainable Brands® recently announced a strategic partnership with Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). RILA will merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands to produce a dedicated program track at SB’17 Detroit focused on sustainability-led innovation in the retail sector.

 “Our mission at Sustainable Brands is to shift the world to a sustainably flourishing future. This strategic partnership merges two events into one creating a stronger gravitational pull for our two communities to share insights, collaborate more fully and boost the level of impact needed to inspire and enable positive change,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skryzniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “Retailers and their brand customers can now be better poised to accelerate momentum towards finding solutions to the business challenges that require the shift in thinking needed to positively reshape 21st century economies.”

Adam Siegel, RILA’s senior vice president for research, innovation, and sustainability believes that “the partnership will provide retailers with the best of both worlds – access to high quality retail content, as well as exposure to practices of leading businesses in other industries and from around the world. We see much alignment in the program goals of our respective conferences and partnering to develop a single event seemed like a natural next step in our evolution.”

The largest global peer community of brand leaders and sustainability practitioners focused on advancing brand value creation through sustainability-led innovation is heading to Detroit, Michigan in 2017. RILA members will now join the community at the Cobo Center, May 22-25th for a global dialog about how to collectively Redefine the Good Life. The gathering will highlight ideas and companies who are redefining new global societal aspirations that point toward a sustainable future. A dedicated retail-specific conference track will focus on how global brands and disruptive innovators are delivering customer-facing product and service solutions in the retail sector.

Sustainable Brands conferences convene business and brand leaders to share challenges and successes face-to-face throughout the year and across the globe. The goal is to move the global community from awareness of the issues and opportunities presented by today’s pressing social and environmental challenges, to engagement and commitment to address them – ultimately leading to co-creation of solutions that positively impact 21st century economies. SB events are now held in 11 cities across 6 continents. More information about global events can be found at www.SustainableBrands.com.

Further information about RILA can be found at www.rila.org/Sust2017. Information about SB’17 Detroit can be found at www.SB17Detroit.com

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media, headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

New Survey Reveals Men's Involvement Critical in Efforts to End Domestic Abuse

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:22pm

Domestic violence is not just a women’s issue. That’s the key message that resonated among more than 850 domestic violence organizations nationwide in Mary Kay’s 2016 Truth About Abuse Survey, which reveals that nine out of 10 participating agencies have made concerted efforts to involve men in domestic violence prevention. 

In partnership with Break the Cycle, the Mary Kay seventh annual Truth About Abuse Survey found that an overwhelming 92 percent of domestic violence organizations believe it’s important to engage men in prevention and education efforts. Nearly half cited domestic violence as a community issue that is everyone’s business.

“As a corporate leader in the fight against abuse, we know domestic violence is a public health epidemic, and the only way to end abuse is to involve everyone in our communities,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “The data from this year’s Truth About Abuse Survey further supports our company’s efforts to not only include men in a national dialogue about the issue but also to encourage them to become agents of change who take a stand against an issue that impacts one in four women.”

Highlights from the survey include:

  • 92% of domestic violence organizations want to involve men to engage other men about prevention

  • 78% feel that men serving as role models and mentoring younger men can help break the cycle of abuse

  • 86% of domestic violence organizations have recruited men to volunteer and 78% have hired men on staff

  • 62% of respondents want men to help support survivors

“Men play an important role in the ability to create social norms that do not tolerate violence against women,” said Amy Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer for Break the Cycle. “Simply stated, we need men to take a stand with other men. The Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey underscores the vital importance of involving men in nationwide domestic violence prevention and education efforts.”

In response to the overwhelming data revealed in the survey, Mary Kay Inc. will host an inaugural Men Don’t Look Away Summit on Nov. 2 in Dallas. Attendees, including men and domestic violence advocates from across the country, will receive a framework to engage men as advocates, volunteers and ambassadors on a grassroots level, activating this powerful group of change-makers within their local organizations.

The Men Don’t Look Away Summit and Truth About Abuse Survey are part of the Mary Kay Don't Look Away campaign which works to educate the public on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship, taking action and raising awareness for support services. To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have given $55 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

About Mary Kay 
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3.5 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. Discover what you love by connecting with a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area at marykay.com.

About Break the Cycle 
Break the Cycle believes everyone has the right to safe and healthy relationships. As the leading voice for teens and 20-somethings on the issue of dating violence, Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We work collaboratively, providing loveisrespect in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, to support young people through every stage of their dating lives. For more information, please visit breakthecycle.org.