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Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:23pm

More than 5000 Executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments and academia have trusted CSE and experienced our advanced trainings in order to become Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioners and earn a unique recognition in the Sustainability and CSR field.

CSE is an accredited training provider by leading organizations in Sustainability. CSE Courses are approved by CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). CSE is also Green America certified business, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) stakeholder and training partner to the Sustainability Management Association (SMA).

This November, CSE will host the Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program in London and invites you to be a part of it.

Key issues to be covered: This challenging two-day training aims to give you all the latest practical tools and resources required to implement or upscale corporate sustainability in order to drive your initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies.

The course provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

You will learn all about successful sustainability strategies and sustainability reporting, current global and local legislation, recent trends, GHG Emissions and carbon footprint strategy as part of an environmental strategy.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have the chance to complete a two-year sustainability plan that will qualify them for earning the globally recognized CSR-P Certification and become Certified Sustainability Practitioners.

Fields That Benefit: Sustainability / CSR, Environmental Management, Marketing, Human Resources, General Management, Public Relations, Communications

Don’t miss the chance to join the Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program (Advanced Edition 2016) in London, update your CSR knowledge and network with other professionals in the field.

Working to Solve Hunger: Upcoming Twitter Chat with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Meals on Wheels America, and Feeding America®

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:23pm

Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for a LIVE 1 hour Twitter chat with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Meals on Wheels America and Feeding America

Thursday, February 18, at 12 p.m. EST

#FightHunger 

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet each year millions of people face hunger.  With one in seven Americans struggling with food insecurity, hunger affects families, seniors and children in every community in the country, but with the support of everyone, hunger is an issue that can be solved.

Feeding America is the nationwide network of food banks, providing food and resources to 46.5 million people facing hunger across the country, including 13 million older adults. Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs across the country,  provides home-delivered meal services to people in need in virtually every community.  In partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club, these organizations are working together to help get more nutritious foods to the people who need it most.  Learn how a network of food banks, hunger-relief agencies and Meals on Wheels programs provide access to nutrient-rich food to help individuals and families thrive.

This LIVE Twitter chat on Thursday, February 18, at 12 p.m. EST will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges involved in trying to serve the more than 48 million Americans facing hunger.

Join 3BL Media (@3BLMedia) along with BJ’s Wholesale (@BJsWholesale), Feeding America (@FeedingAmerica) and Meals On Wheels America (@_MealsOnWheels) to discuss the scope of hunger in America, the impact of food insecurity on individuals and families, and ways in which interested people can join the fight to end hunger.

Topics of this chat to include:

  • The scope of hunger in America
  • Coping mechanisms used by people struggling with hunger
  • Who is providing support to Americans facing hunger
  • Learning how to get involved and support efforts to fight hunger

Tips to get the most from #FightHunger:

  • Follow the main participants and #FightHunger hashtag.
  • Submit questions before the event to promote a more dynamic discussion.
  • Use the #FightHunger hashtag on comments that you want to share with the community.
  • Share tweets you think your followers will appreciate.
  • Follow interesting participants during and after the chat.

Gildan Recognized with a Distintivo ESR(R) Award for Second Consecutive Year

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:14pm

(Marketwired) -- Gildan (TSX: GIL)(NYSE: GIL) has been recognized with a Distintivo ESR(R) 2017 award, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social responsibility (AliaRSE) to companies in Latin America that meet their designated standards in the strategic areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Distintivo ESR(R) aims to recognize companies' efforts to voluntarily and publicly undertake the commitment to implement socially responsible management and continuous improvement as part of their culture and business strategy. The Company received the award for its commitment to supporting communities in Honduras, having donated over $2.5 million to health and education-related projects in 2015/2016. Gildan remains the only recipient in the apparel sector in Honduras.

"We are proud of achieving this distinction once again this year, recognizing our efforts to be a valuable contributor in the countries where we operate," said Benito Masi, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing. "Gildan understands that providing safe and healthy working conditions for our employees, supporting the fundamental needs of our communities and innovating to reduce our environmental footprint are key to our continued success and future growth."

Gildan was honoured with this distinction during an award ceremony in Mexico on May 4th, as part of the X Latin American Conference of Socially Responsible Companies. http://www.cemefi.org/esr/

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan(R), Gold Toe(R), Anvil(R), Comfort Colors(R), American Apparel(R), Alstyle(R), Secret(R), Silks(R), Kushyfoot(R), Secret Silky(R), Peds(R), MediPeds(R), and Therapy Plus(TM) brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company's exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour(R) brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak(R) brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Calia by Carrie Underwood and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Partner to Fully Fund Girls Team Sports Projects on Donorschoose.Org in May

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:14pm

Today, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and multi-platinum superstar, Carrie Underwood, announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org. Pledging a $200,000 commitment,

Today, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and multi-platinum superstar, Carrie Underwood, announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org. Pledging a $200,000 commitment, together CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation will fund an estimated 100 teams across the country in the month of May. 

The pledge marks the third Sports Matter donation on behalf of CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation, as a part of its broader $500,000 commitment to support girls youth sports across the country. Two grants were previously awarded in 2016: $100,000 to Underwood’s alma mater, Checotah (Okla.) School District’s Girls Athletic programs and $100,000 to Aldine Independent School District’s Girls Athletic programs in Houston, TX. 

“Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” said CALIA Lead Designer, Carrie Underwood. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The DICK’S Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.” 

Through its Sports Matter program, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation made a multi-year $50 million commitment to raise awareness and support youth sports programs facing budget shortfalls. To date thousands of teams and leagues have been support by DICK’S and its Foundation’s efforts to champion local youth sports. 

For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com.

About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com

About Carrie Underwood:  
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first  female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s “The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round.” 

Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts. She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres. In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” 2016 marked Underwood’s fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November, she returned for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits.

Sustainable Brands Announces Bill Ford as Opening Night Speaker for SB’17 Detroit

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:14pm

 Sustainable Brands® announces Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, as an Opening Night keynote speaker at SB’17 Detroit, May 22-25th at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Bill Ford will share Ford Motor Company’s transformative journey toward delivering innovative good mobility products and services to 21st century customers.

Ford’s sustainability strategy has become an integral part of its business, and the company has emerged as a global leader in developing new and sustainable solutions to mobility challenges through its subsidiary, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. Ford also hosted the first-ever “Go Detroit Innovation Challenge,” where entrepreneurs and innovators developed solutions that could meet the needs of people living in Detroit. One thousand challenge participants from all around the country generated more than 150 ideas to address the challenges raised directly by the community.  Attendees at SB’17 Detroit and global business leaders in the Sustainable Brands community will be able to hear first-hand how mobility and sustainability can work together to solve critical issues for people around the world. 

“I believe the purpose of a company is to make people’s lives better,” said Ford. “Contributing to a better world has always been a core value for us, and with sustainability embedded throughout our company, we run a strong and responsible business that helps our customers, our employees, our communities and our planet.”

Nearly 2,000 global business leaders, top brand strategists and leading sustainability practitioners will convene at SB’17 Detroit to discover how brands are repositioning themselves for success against a backdrop of changing societal needs. In addition to conference programming, the Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit will be fertile ground for collaboration leading to breakthrough ideas. Ford Motor Company will host the Good Mobility pavilion within the Activation Hub and feature facilitated conversations about redefining, redesigning and delivering the ‘good life’ in mobility.

Further information about the conference program, along with a complete list of confirmed speakers, can be found on the conference website at www.sb17detroit.com. Registration is now open and various ticket types are available, including access to Opening Night presentations and conversations with Bill Ford. 

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 hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Smithfield Foods’ New Sustainability Report Highlights Environmental Achievements, Announces First Companywide Water Policy

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 1:14pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced the release of the second installment of its 16th annual sustainability report. The Environment section highlights Smithfield’s environmental leadership in key areas, which includes continuing reductions in natural resource demand and the addition of many environmental projects improving business performance and supply chain efficiency.

“As a global food producer, we embrace our unique responsibility to drive positive change across our industry while improving our operating efficiencies and adding new value to our own supply chain,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. ”Years ago we were the first in our industry to achieve ISO 14001 environmental certification for all of our farms and processing facilities worldwide, and I am pleased that our leadership continues to accelerate with our recent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments.”  

The report provides detailed information about Smithfield’s leading environmental programs and initiatives, such as:

  • The company’s new commitment – another industry first – to reduce GHGs 25 percent by 2025 throughout its entire supply chain, from feed grain to packaged bacon.

  • A new, first-of-its-kind manure-to-energy project to harvest biogas from manure lagoons with the potential to produce about 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas, enough to power nearly 53,500 homes for an entire year.

  • The addition of two zero-waste-to-landfill facilities, bringing the total to eight company-wide.

  • Energy intensity reduced by 14.5 percent from a 2014 baseline, among other natural resource demand reductions.

  • The company’s adoption of its first written Water Policy, noting its commitment to protecting water quality and conservation across all its operations as well as cooperation with regulatory agencies to manage water resources.

  • 69 third-party awards for company-wide 2016 environmental sustainability achievements from organizations including the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

"Smithfield's environmental initiatives have long been the backbone of our sustainability program, and continue to set us apart from our peers," said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. "Our diligence in this area allows us to be a supplier of choice to our customers, and to continue to produce good food the right way."

The Environment section is the second of a multiphase release of Smithfield’s 2016 Sustainability Report, a report published annually since 2001. The goal of the multiphase release is to better engage a broad range of stakeholders by delivering information in a more accessible way. Following the Animal Care and Environment sections, Smithfield will publish its Food Safety and Quality, Helping Communities, and People sections in succession.

To view an introductory video about Smithfield’s commitment to the Environment, click here. The report’s Environment section is now available at smithfieldfoods.com/environment.

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About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

Tideline Deepens Impact Investing Expertise with Strategic Hire

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:14am

GlobeNewswire - Tideline, a provider of tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions, announced today that Amy Bell, formerly the Head of Principal Investments of JPMorgan Chase’s Sustainable Finance group, has joined the consulting firm as Senior Director.

Since inception in 2014, Tideline has completed strategic advisory projects for leading foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Rockefeller Foundation. Tideline has also worked with KKR, Impact Community Capital, Generation Investment Management and other financial services firms, and innovative groups such as Environmental Defense Fund, Nonprofit Finance Fund and the US Agency for International Development.

“Amy joins us during a period of expansion at Tideline, consistent with growing investor interest in impact investing,” said Christina Leijonhufvud, Tideline Managing Partner. “She is a prominent leader in impact investing, known for her investment experience, exceptional analytical capability and ability to lead and manage complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives.”

Prior to joining Tideline, Bell served as Executive Director and Head of Principal Investments for the Sustainable Finance business unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, she managed a $100 million portfolio of impact investments in businesses benefiting low-income and underserved populations. She also led the development of program-related investments for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and closed $10 million in loans under the program. In her last year with the firm, she worked in Costa Rica with EcoEnterprises Fund, supporting their work to grow businesses that drive conservation outcomes and improve rural livelihoods.

Before her work in Sustainable Finance, Amy worked at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank as part of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Consumer & Retail Coverage groups. She also worked as a consultant for Deloitte in the Dispute & Forensics Service group. She has a BBA and MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I’m thrilled to be joining at such a pivotal time, both in terms of Tideline’s growth and that of the broader development of the impact investing market,” said Bell, who will be based in Austin, Texas. “I have been fortunate to be a part of the marketplace over the last several years and am excited to put that experience and knowledge to work in service of our clients.”

About Tideline
Founded in 2014, Tideline is a consulting firm that provides tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions. Tideline serves a variety of clients with a team of 18 based in New York, California, and Texas, including market leading foundations, financial services firms, development finance institutions, international donors, family offices and non-profits.

Tideline's Managing Partners, Christina Leijonhufvud, Ben Thornley and Kim Wright-Violich, have deep expertise in financial services, public policy, and philanthropy and represent over 30 years of collective impact investment market experience.

Pure Strategies Report Demonstrates the Power of Chemical Footprinting in Unlocking a Safer Materials Strategy

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:14am

A new report from sustainability consulting firm, Pure Strategies, demonstrates the power of understanding corporate chemical footprints as a platform for crafting and advancing a proactive approach to chemicals management. A June 6th webinar, “The Power of Chemical Fooptrinting” will delve into these findings further.

The report, “The Power of Chemical Footprinting: Radio Flyer Unlocks Their Safer Materials Strategy,” provides an in-depth view of how one company is transitioning to greater chemical transparency and safer products and supply chains. Radio Flyer, the iconic toy maker, reveals how to take the steps needed to move to more sustainable chemicals management and gain broad business value.

“The demand for safer chemistry from consumers, retailers and investors has never been higher,” notes Tim Greiner, Pure Strategies Managing Director. “Businesses that are addressing potential chemicals of concern are building trust and enhancing relationships with important stakeholders.  They are also gaining sales growth, reducing regulatory and reputational risk and improving productivity by proactively addressing safer chemistry during planned development cycles. These are the companies that will thrive in the future.” 

Building on its existing restricted substances list (RSL) and public PVC-free product goal, Radio Flyer sought to deepen its chemicals management efforts. To assess potential areas for program improvement, the company turned to the Chemical Footprint Project, a corporate benchmarking tool focused on chemicals management. The tool helps companies self-assess their performance in the areas of managing, inventorying, measuring, and disclosing their chemicals use.  The survey results helped Radio Flyer identify that quantifying the company’s chemical footprint was an easily understood and powerful metric for accelerating and tracking progress in chemicals management. 

The company engaged key suppliers of top-selling products across its portfolio to quantify ingredients such as those added to plastic and wood. Radio Flyer faced challenges ranging from limited supplier knowledge to a lack of available staff resources that are common to many companies. They note that these challenges can be overcome, and that the benefits gained included greater chemical transparency as well as deeper supplier relationships.

“Radio Flyer is a company committed to creating outstanding, safe kids’ products, and chemical safety and transparency is vital to our success,” comments Eric Selner, Director of Operations & Sustainability at Radio Flyer. “Participating in the Chemical Footprint Project survey has been critical, as the survey has provided a blueprint for a strong chemicals management program. The footprinting effort and related steps we have taken have helped us reach new levels of achievement across our broad chemicals management program.” 

Companies as varied as Seventh Generation and Walmart, both also discussed in the report, know that robust chemicals management programs strengthen relationships, productivity and growth. For those just getting started, examples such as Radio Flyer’s can provide a roadmap for gaining the benefits of a strengthened chemicals management program.    

June 6th webinar will demonstrate the benefits of chemical footprinting
An upcoming webinar, “The Power of Chemical Footprinting” will feature Mark Rossi of Clean Production Action, Pure Strategies’ Tim Greiner and Eric Selner of Radio Flyer. The team will explore Radio Flyer’s experience conducting a chemical footprint and share tips on how other companies can use this process to accelerate a safer materials strategy. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 6th at 11 am EDT. To learn more, visit the registration page.

Pure Strategies is now a licensed GreenScreen® Consultant 
While footprinting helps set a baseline and reveal proactive chemicals management approaches, practical tools are also needed to spur the transition to safer chemistries. Clean Production Action recently debuted the GreenScreen Certified™ Standard for Textile Chemicals, providing a transparent hazard assessment framework to promote the use of safer chemicals.  Pure Strategies is one of only three licensed GreenScreen® Consultants with the training and expertise to offer services on how the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals tools can support client chemicals management and sustainability goals.  

About the Report
Pure Strategies has supported Radio Flyer’s sustainability program since 2010.  In 2015, our team helped the company complete its first Chemical Footprint Survey and take the steps in 2016 and 2017 to quantify its chemical footprint.  We are documenting the effort in a public report so other companies can leverage their learning.  Other companies cited, Walmart and Seventh Generation, are also Pure Strategies’ clients.

About Pure Strategies
Pure Strategies has been transforming business through sustainability performance since 1998. Our team helps companies initiate and enhance existing sustainability programs by setting meaningful goals, devising effective management strategies, and making changes to products and supply chains that deliver value to the business and society. Our clients include Walmart, Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley, Seventh Generation, Colgate-Palmolive, Ben & Jerry’s, and Radio Flyer. Pure Strategies is proud to be a Co-Founder of The Chemical Footprint Project, a licensed GreenScreen® Consultant, and a member of the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council.  Learn more about our chemicals management expertise here.

For more information, contact:
Cheryl Baldwin, VP of Consulting, Pure Strategies, Inc.
cbaldwin@purestrategies.com
703-763-2797

VF Corporation Prohibits Use of Fur in Products, Emphasizes Ethical Treatment of Animals with New Materials Policy

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:14am

VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, today released its first-ever Animal Derived Materials Policy and announced that its brands will no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather in their products.

The progressive new policy, developed in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, outlines which animal materials are prohibited and sets formal guidelines for the procurement and use of approved materials by the company’s brands and global supply chain partners. The animal derived materials most often used by VF and its brands are leather, down and wool.

“VF believes that all animals within the global commercial supply chain should be treated with care and respect,” said Letitia Webster, VF’s Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability. “As we continue to promote the development of viable commercial substitutes to animal materials, this policy will help to ensure that the materials we use today are procured from sources that prioritize animal welfare and responsible business practices.”

VF’s new policy adds another milestone to the company’s history of animal welfare actions. VF’s Timberland® brand partnered with other footwear brands, tanneries and retailers to form the Leather Working Group to promote responsible practices within the leather industry. In 2014, The North Face® brand announced its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a global standard through which any brand can evaluate and certify its complete down supply chain. The RDS was developed in partnership with Control Union and Textile Exchange, which now manages the program. Also, VF participates in programs centered on best practices in the wool industry.

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds VF for demonstrating compassionate leadership in the apparel and footwear industries,” said PJ Smith, manager of fashion policy for The HSUS. “This robust policy sets a bar to which others in the industry should aspire.” 

“We commend VF for committing to stop using fur and other animal materials in their products,” said Kitty Block, vice president of HSI. “As a leader in the global apparel industry, VF’s policy sends an important message to the industry that animal suffering has no place in fashion.”

The policy strengthens VF’s broader efforts to use responsibly sourced materials throughout its global operations and supply chain. The company also developed and adheres to existing policies for the purchase and use of Conflict Minerals, Cotton Country of Origin, and Forest Derived Materials, in addition to a Restricted Substances List for its chemical management program. 

Learn more about VF’s responsible use of materials and its sustainability and responsibility programs at sustainability.vfc.com

About VF
VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders. For more information, visit www.vfc.com.

About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 150,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people. HumaneSociety.org.

About Humane Society International
For more than 25 years, Humane Society International has been protecting animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programs around the globe.  HSI is one of the only international organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. Web at www.hsi.org 

VF Corporation
Vanessa McCutchen
Director, Public Relations
+1 336.424.7776

The Humane Society of the United States
Samantha Miller
Public Information Officer
smiller@humanesociety.org
+1 301.258.1466

Humane Society International
Raul Arce-Contreras
Public Relations Manager
rcontreras@humanesociety.org
+1 301.721.6440

Sustainable Brands and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) Announce Media Partnership

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:12pm

 Sustainable Brands® recently announced a media partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV), a viewer-supported PBS member station that serves the nation’s 11th largest television market. DPTV will work with Sustainable Brands to produce the livestream at the upcoming Sustainable Brands ‘17 Detroit conference, May 22-25 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Complimentary livestream for SB’17 Detroit will be available to the public through www.SB17detroit.com. DPTV is set to livestream many of the conference’s keynote speakers and plenary sessions. Additional video footage and blog posts containing content from the conference will be captured by journalists of DPTV’s Great Lakes Bureau such as Mary Ellen Geist, Great Lakes Bureau Chief and a past anchor and reporter for CBS and ABC. This content will be distributed through the GreatLakesNow.org website.

“The Sustainable Brands conference will bring leaders, innovators and business practitioners who are committed to conversations about how brands and business as a whole can help to Redefine the Good Life for all.” says David Fiss, the Executive Producer of Live Events at Sustainable Brands. “We’re thrilled about our partnership with DPTV and enhanced ability to involve those outside of the conference center to meaningfully engage in this critical discussion.”

Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public Television, believes that “the Sustainable Brands community’s choice of Detroit as the place to convene is the latest example of the city’s significance to our nation. At Detroit Public Television, attention to sustainability, environmental justice and the stewardship of the Great Lakes are all part of our commitment to focusing on the most important issues facing our audience. That’s why we’re using the power of public media to help tell these important stories here."

Sustainable Brands is a global community of brand leaders focused on building shared value through collaborative partnerships to grow and scale positive impact. Live events currently run in 11 cities across 5 continents. Sustainable Brands partners with organizations nationally and globally, including South Pole Group as a Renewable Energy Partner; TerraCycle as a Waste Partner; The Huffington Post, Good Magazine and Upworthy as media partners; and The Nature Conservancy, The Wharton School at the University of PennsylvaniaNet Impact and B Lab as affiliate partners.

SB’17 Detroit will bring together 2,000 business leaders, 300-plus speakers, and nearly 100 sponsors and partners for a collective conversation about how businesses can position themselves for success against the backdrop of changing societal needs. The SB’17 Detroit conference marks the launch of a global initiative to Redefine the Good Life, which will explore how smart, future-focused brands can respond to the increasing pressure to better support changing consumers demands. From there, the conversation travels around the world to cities on 5 continents as we imagine the products, services, businesses and infrastructure that will deliver a sustainably flourishing future for all.

For more information on how to get involved in the SB’17 Detroit conference, email For more information on how to get involved in the SB’17 Detroit conference, email engage@sustainablebrands.com or call 415.626.2212. The conference will run Monday, May 22nd through Thursday, May 25th at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. More information on conference passes and livestream access can be found at www.SB17Detroit.com. Registration is now open.

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.

C&S Wholesale Grocers and The Fund Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership and Sustainability Leadership

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 1:11pm

This year, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and The Conservation Fund celebrate a decade-long partnership to address climate change and habitat loss by protecting and restoring America’s forests.

To commemorate a decade of partnership, C&S is furthering its commitment to forests and sustainability by donating to The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund® to protect working forest in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. This donation will offset the forest footprint of approximately 20,000 wood pallets used to transport and store the food and goods C&S distributes to its customers. 

An estimated 45 million acres of working forest are at risk of development and fragmentation over the next 15 years. With support from partners including C&S, The Conservation Fund is protecting some of the most at-risk and ecologically significant forestlands by providing bridge capital to purchase threatened forestland. With the grant from C&S, the Fund can begin to implement sustainable forest management practices that ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested fiber, while raising the remaining funds necessary for the forests’ permanent protection.

“We’re proud to be among the supporters of The Conservation Fund, one of the nation’s most respected and effective environmental organizations,” said Richard B. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of C&S Wholesale Grocers. “Working together to plant trees and protect working forests is part of our aim to be a more sustainable enterprise.  Our partnership with them enhances our investments in recycling, energy efficiency, and logistics technology,” he noted.

“C&S Wholesale Grocers is a proven leader in innovation and sustainability,” said The Conservation Fund’s President and CEO, Larry Selzer. “Our nation’s conservation challenges can only be solved by bringing leading companies and environmental groups together. We are honored to have been a partner for the past decade with C&S Wholesale Grocers to conserve our natural resources and build stronger communities—now and in the future.”

According to the National Wood Pallet and Container Association, there are more than 1.8 billion pallets in service in the United States each day, and millions more are used to ship goods internationally. The United Nations Economic and Social Council reports that 742 million wooden pallets were made from U.S forests in 2011. In addition to providing wood for the creation of pallets every year, America’s working forests provide timber for construction and pulp for paper and packaging. Forests support millions of jobs within a $112 billion forest products industry. Protecting forests can have a direct, positive impact on industry supply chains that rely on a steady supply of responsibly managed timber to meet corporate goals for sustainable sourcing.

C&S has also worked with The Conservation Fund each year to measure the carbon footprint of its corporate headquarters buildings, several of its distribution centers, and the estimated round-trip commute of its employees. The Conservation Fund plants native trees in wildlife refuges across the country to offset the carbon emissions. Over time, these trees will trap carbon dioxide, filter pollutants from waterways, and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

Since 2005, C&S has contributed to the planting of nearly 100,000 trees across more than 250 acres in six national wildlife refuges in states where the company has operations and employees, including California, Louisiana, and Texas. These trees will trap an estimated 75,000 tons of carbon emissions as they mature. Donations have also contributed toward the protection and sustainable management of redwood forests in Northern California.

About C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 14,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 140,000 different products. To learn more, please visit www.cswg.com.

C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to fight hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company's employees and facilities. To learn more, visit http://community.cswg.com/en/.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 7.8 million acres of land. 

Corporate Responsibility Thought Leaders to Share Insights on Stakeholder Engagement, Trends at June 6 BBB Forum in NYC

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:10am

On June 6, 2017, the BBB Foundation of Metro New York will present its tenth BBB Forum on Corporate Responsibility, with the theme Navigating Engagement: Strategies to Inspire Action and Build Impact. This elite half-day program is attended by business leaders working in corporate responsibility, sustainability, corporate communications and public affairs, and their advisers as well other interested executives. It will take place at Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street in Manhattan, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This year’s Forum topics will include stakeholder engagement to drive corporate responsibility goals, CSR trends and strategies, current developments related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and investor-related perspectives on environment and social risk factors.

The 2017 BBB Forum is generously supported by Major Sponsor EY; Benefactor Sponsors MLB Advanced Media, New York Daily News, Nielsen, and Verizon; Friend Sponsor S&P Global; and Media Supporter Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

To kick off the 2017 BBB Forum, keynote speaker Crystal Barnes, Vice President, Global Responsibility and Sustainability of Nielsen, will speak to the Forum’s overall theme, providing insights about stakeholder engagement issues and using “data for good.”

Following the keynote, a featured panel of top thought leaders will discuss corporate responsibility trends and expectations, as they touch on stakeholder engagement issues:

  • Eric Gertler, moderator, Co-Chairman and Co-Publisher, New York Daily News and Co-Chairman, U.S. News and World Report

  • Jennifer Ryan Crozier, Vice President, IBM Corporate Citizenship, President, IBM International Foundation, IBM

  • Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express

  • Keith Mestrich, President and CEO, Amalgamated Bank

  • Kathryn S. Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

Following the panel, a senior leader from BSR will discuss stakeholder engagement trends and frameworks, as well as related issues. The program will conclude with three special reports: a senior manager from EY will discuss how a company’s nonfinancial performance might reveal its true value; the U.S. Director of World Business Council for Sustainable Development will share the latest developments concerning business efforts around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Chairman of Sovereign Investor Institute will shed light on investor perspectives regarding the SDGs and corporate responsibility trends.

BBB Forum 2017 Event Supporters include: Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, American Sustainable Business Council, BSR, CDP, Council of Better Business Bureaus, CSRHub, Governance & Accountability Institute, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, New York Society of Association Executives, NYCharities.org, Partnership for New York City, Social Accountability International, The Sustainability Consortium, Sustainability Practice Network, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity (list in formation).

Cost to attend:

BBB Accredited, CBBB National Partners, Event Supporter Guests, Nonprofits:
$90 per person until May 23, $125 per person after that.

Non-BBB Accredited:
$160 per person until May 23, $195 per person after that.

Please register in advance. Space is limited. Register now to assure seating.

Details & online registration:

bbb.org/new-york-city/bbb-forum-2017

Registration by phone & more information:

Call: 212-358-2829

Email: cbowers@newyork.bbb.org 

About BBB Foundation of Metropolitan New York

Metro New York’s BBB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1967. It provides educational programs and services for businesses, charities and consumers; encourages informed consumer support of charities; promotes transparency and accountability; conducts research; and provides educational intern opportunities to students who are potential business and charity leaders.  It operates the BBB Charity Accountability Program which publishes BBB Charity Reports on about 770+ Metro New York area charities based on performance against the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. BBB Charity Reports are available online at ny.give.org.

About BBB Serving Metropolitan New York

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 170 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 106 regional, independent BBBs across North America, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.  The BBB Serving Metropolitan New York was founded in 1922.  Please visit newyork.bbb.org or bbb.org for more information.

The Seleni Institute Receives Landmark Funding From the Hope & Grace Fund

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:03pm

The Seleni Institute announced today the receipt of a grant of $92,617 from the hope & grace fund, a project of the New Venture Fund in partnership with philosophy inc., the global women’s skin care brand.

The grant was made in support of Seleni’s professional training program, Maternal Mental Health Intensive (MMHI) MMHI4teens™, providing professional training and support to mental health workers already serving the 10,000 adolescent girls who give birth in New York City each year. MMHI4teens™ focuses on training professionals on the best ways to engage with adolescent parents, and is tailored to their specific mental health needs.

Seleni has long prioritized the mental wellness of pregnant and parenting adolescents. Teens in both categories suffer with mental health disorders, including depression, at over three times the rate of older mothers and cope with the dual stigmas of teen parenthood and mental illness. In 2017, Seleni combined its expertise in adolescent reproductive mental health with its nationally recognized MMHI and launched MMHI4teens™.

“We are honored to receive this critical support from the hope & grace fund as we expand our commitment to promoting pregnant teens’ and teen mothers’ success into adulthood,” said Nitzia Logothetis, founder and executive chairwoman of the Seleni Institute. “We know a mother’s mental health directly affects the mental health of her children. These young women deserve the same support and opportunities for success as any mother; this tremendous support will allow us to support thousands more pregnant and parenting adolescents with evidence-based mental health care as they make the transition to parenthood.”

To learn more about the Seleni Institute Teen Initiative or MMHI4teens™, please visit seleni.org/siti or call 212-939-7200.

About the Seleni Institute
The Seleni Institute is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Nitzia and George Logothetis in 2011 to destigmatize and transform mental health and wellness by addressing real-life issues that challenge the emotional health of women, men, and their families.

About the hope & grace initiative
The hope & grace initiative represents an unprecedented and unending commitment by philosophy inc., the well-being and beauty brand, to support mental health and well-being. Through the initiative, philosophy becomes the first company to place a deep focus on this important cause and the first major beauty company to make a brand-wide commitment to dedicate 1 percent of its U.S. net sales toward the cause.

Albertsons Companies Named EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:03pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Albertsons Companies is winner of the prestigious Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row that Albertsons has received the honor, which recognizes commitment to increasing awareness of the EPA’s Safer Choice Program for sustainable products.

Albertsons was recognized in the “Retailer” category for promoting the Safer Choice Program in stores, advertising and online messaging.

“We’re committed to our partnership with the EPA on this important initiative to ensure the safety and sustainability of the products that people use in their homes each day,” said Jonathan Mayes, SVP of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. “It is a true honor to receive the Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award and an honor to help consumers make safer choices every day.”

The Safer Choice program, formerly known as the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program, was developed in 1997 and draws upon chemical and environmental expertise from across EPA. Safer Choice uses the technical tools and expertise of EPA’s New Chemicals Program to evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of every chemical ingredient in a product, allowing only the safest ingredients in labeled products. As a voluntary partnership program, Safer Choice brings all interested parties together to advance sustainability in chemical products. More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label.

EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice program. Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies and small- and medium-sized businesses. Albertsons Companies actively promotes the Safer Choice program and Safer Choice-labeled products in its 2,300+ stores across the country. Several of the company’s items in the Bright Green line of earth-friendlier household products qualify for the Safer Choice label.

The 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on May 15, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD.

About Albertsons Companies 
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

Leveraging Stakeholder & Employee Engagement to Enhance Your Sustainability Initiatives

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 4:02pm

Given the ubiquity of the Internet and social media platforms, more and more organizations are realizing the power of leveraging their employees and customers to drive brand awareness, demand generation and social selling.

The logical next step in this evolution for sustainable businesses is to mobilize their employee base and other key stakeholders to enhance their responsible business initiatives.

Join Jeb Ory, CEO of Phone2Action, the nation’s leading digital advocacy platform, for an insightful webinar on how to activate stakeholders to engage in sustainable business and corporate social responsibility causes.

The event, Leveraging Stakeholder & Employee Engagement to Enhance Your Sustainability Initiatives, will be held on May 17 from 1-2 p.m. ET and is free. 

REGISTER HERE

This webinar is being produced in partnership between the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) and Phone2Action, and will be hosted by CRA Executive Director Allie Williams.

About the CRA

Providing professional development and networking around vital topics, the CRA envisions a world where a thriving business community creates sustainable value for all stakeholders.  For information on joining the CRA, please visit corporateresponsibilityassociation.org

About Phone2Action

Phone2Action is the market-leading advocacy and communications platform which helps organizations engage supporters, employees, customers and other stakeholders, empowering them to communicate with their elected officials via the most effective channels. More than 10 million people have used our platform to engage on the public policy campaigns of our clients, which range from Fortune 100 corporations to the largest associations and non-profits. Phone2Action was recently recognized as Product of the Year by Campaigns & Elections, and has won dozens of awards since our founding in 2013. For more information, visit www.phone2action.com

Business Breakfast Held by Global Sustain

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:01am

The Business Breakfast entitled "New EU CSR Impact on Corporate Reporting & Supply Chain - Germany & Greece experience", held by Global Sustain in cooperation with the Hellenic-German Chamber, was successfully completed on Wednesday 26th April 2017, in the hospitable premises of Ecali Club, where important associates and members of both organizations were invited.

The opening speech at the business event was given by Mr. Michael Maillis, President of the Hellenic-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, referring to the importance of sustainable development on the agenda and the priorities of the Chamber.

Thereafter, the event continued with the speech of Mr. Yiannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director of Global Sustain GmbH & International Affairs, Global Sustain Group, who spoke about the German and International perspective of the European Non-Financial Directive, including the standards and tools that can be used in order to have a more supportive role in the implementation of the Directive.

The appointments were completed with the speech of Mr. Michael Spanos, Managing Director of the Global Sustain Group, with references to the Greek perspective through the implementation of Law 4403/2016 and the obligations arising from publications.

The event, which was attended by more than 40 senior executives of businesses and organizations, was closed with networking and breakfast by the Catering Department of Ecali Club.

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:01am

This challenging 2-day training offered by Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) aims to give you all the latest tools and resources required to implement or upscale existing sustainability initiatives taking place in your organization.

CSE is an accredited training provider by leading organizations in Sustainability. CSE Courses are approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). CSE is also Green America certified business, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) stakeholder and training partner to the Sustainability Management Association (SMA).

Certification:

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners.

Training covers a great variety of trending topics, including:

  1. Maintaining high confidence levels among stakeholders & implementing sustainability in Supply Chains

  2. Introducing current global and local trends and laws regarding CSR, GHG emissions and International Global Standards & Guidelines

  3. Learning how to produce an effective CSR Report

Training will also provide explanations of:

  1. Sustainability Reporting: Key concepts used in the GRI G4 guidelines

  2. Ways to benefit from all the new trends and legislation on sustainability

  3. Tips for creating beneficial stakeholder and community engagement

  4. Several misconceptions and risks about Corporate Social Responsibility

  5. Ways to use the CDP system to mitigate environmental risk in supply chains

Fields that benefit:

Marketing
Public Relations
Communications
General Management
Human Resources
Sustainability / CSR
Environmental Management

Registration includes:

  1. CSR-P Certification

  2. Certified Learning materials approved by IEMA

  3. Two days of instruction

  4. Meals and refreshments

  5. Carbon offsets for the entire group

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