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3BL Media Appoints David Connor As Director of CSRwire – The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:02pm

3BL Media announced today the appointment of David Connor as the Director of CSRwire – The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.  CSRwire was acquired by 3BL Media this past September following its previous acquisitions of Justmeans and SocialEarth.  Additionally, in his role, David will be helping to oversee the Sustainability Services division for 3BL Media with a focus on product development and service implementation.

CSRwire has been providing CSR and sustainability-focused press release distribution services since 1999.  As one of the preeminent voices in the corporate responsibility industry, CSRwire will be receiving investment and resources from 3BL Media.  In his position as Director, David will be helping to set strategy, expand the audience, readership and user base of CSRwire content and advance the editorial function.  David will work with the 3BL Media executive team to coordinate the brand positioning for CSRwire as part of the 3BL Media family.  Additionally, he will lead the new product/service development (non-technical) for CSRwire. 

“It is an honour to be offered such an exciting opportunity to explore how we accelerate the responsible business agenda powered by the already robust assets of 3BL Media, especially CSRwire.

I’ve watched the values-driven business sector mature beyond many people’s expectations in recent years, with both CSRwire and 3BL Media playing pivotal roles in the distribution and engagement of news and opinion.

I’m looking forward to being part of the development of this next stage of pioneering innovative services and lasting meaningful relationships with all the key facilitators of social and environmental change, and invite those committed to all better business models to engage with us”, commented David Connor.

David has a 17-year history working in the CSR and sustainability field, initially in community engagement at Everton Football Club where he spent eight years.  Following his work at Everton, David founded Coethica, a consultancy focused on communications and strategic development including engagements with some of the world’s leading companies including Microsoft, Timberland, L’Oreal, UBM, Diageo, Societé General and SAP. David has also actively supported and campaigned for social change with numerous non-profit board level positions. David worked with 3BL Media during the initial launch of the company in 2009.

“I am confident that with David’s guidance, we will be able to build on the strengths and legacy of CSRwire.  We have only begun to realize the opportunities to work with sustainability driven companies in the US and abroad and look forward to continuing to raise awareness for the progressive and important work being done by leading organizations”, said Greg Schneider, CEO of 3BL Media.

Based in Liverpool, England, David will also work to enhance 3BL Media’s global brand position by delivering an increased presence at international events, forming international partnerships and expanding our international client base.  

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:22pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE is back to San Francisco to deliver for the very first time the advanced version of the training and invites you to be a part of it.

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

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

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

Modules:

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

A must-attend event for everyone in:

  • CSR
  • Public Relations
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Sustainability and Environment

Global Sustainable Brands Community Leaders to Gather in London for Purpose-Driven Brand Innovation Conference

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:17am

Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Lancaster London, November 3-5. SB’14 London will bring together hundreds of influential brand leaders and cutting-edge practitioners of environmental and social innovation who are driving business success towards a regenerative economy.

Over 60 global thought leaders will lead interactive discussion groups, breakout sessions, plenary presentations, deep-dive workshops and networking activities. Every session is specifically designed to allow forward-thinking executives the opportunity to explore the implications of sustainability innovation in the context of creating, measuring and communicating brand value.

Distinguished faculty and highlights include:

  • New research by Wolff Olins, GlobeScan, Salt, Forum for the Future and others covering latest intelligence on consumer attitudes and behavior, global consumption patterns and the public’s reaction to the sharing economy and circular business models.
  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer will outline their current sustainability priorities, as well as key tactics for implementing those priorities across a number of initiatives, partnerships and corporate departments.
  • Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman, CDP will launch new data and insights focused on risk and innovation opportunities around water. The 2014 Global Water Report will reveal how the world’s largest organizations are managing their water resources.
  • Markus Laubscher, Project Manager, Circular Economy at Philips along with Tom Francken, Chief Financial Officer at Desso will discuss the business case for circular models.
  • Karen Little, Director of Development at Kiva, Pia Garcia, Global Client Strategist at Edelman and Ann Ewasechko, Global Manager at HP will share practical tools for employee engagement and culture change through HP’s Matter to a Million partnership program.
  • Achieving success in marketing sustainability will be presented by John Isherwood, Head of Sustainability at Pret A Manger. John will discuss Pret’s sustainability strategy and share how it is visibly tied to its brand and product portfolio.

“Companies who are developing innovative and adaptive products and business models are not only responding to today’s social, environmental and economic challenges, but are preparing for tomorrow’s business opportunities,” states KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “Every session and activity at SB’14 London will demonstrate how embedding sustainability into the core of a brand’s value proposition can lead to enhanced business and brand value AND contribute to our flourishing future. We are proud to be showcasing these forward-thinking Sustainable Brands community members in London this year.”

This premier gathering of business leaders is supported by participating sponsors and partners including: Guardian Sustainable Business, BASF, HP, Forum for the Future, SustainAbility, Triple Pundit, Future 500, Business in the Community and others. Further information, including a complete list of speakers and sponsors for the conference taking place on November 3-5 at the Lancaster London, can be found at www.SB14London.com. Registration is open and space is limited. Engagement opportunities are still available for companies looking to further their sustainability initiatives. Contact Jonathan Reese at jreese@sustainablebrands.com to discuss available options.

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.

Does Investing in Access to Essential Services Lead to Social Impact?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:12am

Bamboo Finance, a leader in impact investment recently announced its 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to move the field of impact investing towards a better understanding of how investing in companies that create access can lead to positive social impact by measuring outcomes in addition to people reached and jobs created. 

The field of impact investing has made significant strides towards measuring the goods and services produced and delivered as well as jobs created, but the question of the effect of the product or service on a client’s life has yet to be answered.

 “As impact investing evolves, it’s increasingly important to understand the effect of the product or service on the client’s life so that our intention to measure and track facilitates the allocation of capital towards models that have the greatest potential for impact as well as risk-adjusted returns,” said Jean-Philippe de Schrevel. “Further, we believe that recent innovation in pay-for-success models are demonstrating that it is possible to move towards investing based on outcomes through data sharing and partnerships with third-party evaluators.” 

Bamboo Finance currently manages a portfolio of 46 investments that provide access to essential goods and services to low-income communities, and these companies operate in more than 30 frontier market countries. Bamboo has consistently applied a proprietary impact output measurement and management system to these investments and has ranked in the top quintile of all rated funds in 2013 and 2014 by the third-party leader in impact measurement, GIIRS (Global Impact Investment Rating System).  The annual impact report produced by Bamboo Finance represents the best practices in private equity impact measurement today.

“For the second consecutive year we have published an impact report in line with our intention to invest in companies that create measurable social impact. In it you will find how we define impact and what we are doing to measure it. The report demonstrates our ongoing engagement to improve the collective knowledge of what constitutes effective impact investing.” said, Ximena Escobar de Nogales, Head of Social Performance and Impact Management.

Highlights from the 2014 report include:

  • The total number of clients served by our Financial Inclusion Fund portfolio companies has grown to 8.5 million, a 10% increase since the previous report;
  • The total amount of savings deposits has reached $3.2 billion, creating a more stable capital structure and addressing the challenges faced by end-users; 
  • The latest investment into a network of primary care clinics in India has grown from 22 to 29 clinics in just six months, serving approximately 22,000 patients quarterly;
  • Greenlight Planet, one of our energy sector investments, sold over 2 million solar products and has employed 3,962 direct-to-village business associates.

The full Bamboo Finance 2014 Impact Report can be downloaded here.

It is important to note that these metrics do not reflect the full scope of the impact of the investments. In order to understand the positive impact of the portfolio companies, it is necessary to look beyond output numbers. An improved understanding of the usage of products and services helps to increase capital efficiency and ultimately improve the positive impact on the end-customers. This is why Bamboo Finance believes outcomes are key to mapping the impact of the goods and services provided. This will distinguish our investment approach from others focused on job creation and other income segments.

 

About Bamboo Finance
Bamboo Finance is a commercial private equity firm specializing in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in emerging markets with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, Nairobi and Singapore. Bamboo Finance uses a market-oriented approach to deliver social and environmental value and provide attractive financial returns to investors. Bamboo Finance launched in 2007 with a goal to demonstrate that private capital can be profitably deployed as a tool for effective change. Bamboo Finance manages 250M USD; representing two global funds and a combined portfolio of 46 investments operating in 30 frontier market countries. Bamboo has a track record of demonstrated commercial returns, and a portfolio of investments that have provided 16 million clients with access to services and created more than 20,000 jobs.

 

Media Inquiries:
Contact:                                 
Bamboo Finance                    
Tracy Barba                           
Chief Marketing Officer        
Tel: +1 415-933-1304
tracy.barba@bamboofinance.com

 

Impact Measurement Partnership Inquiries:
Contact:
Bamboo Finance
Ximena Escobar de Nogales
Head of Social Performance and Impact Management
Ximena.EscobardeNogales@bamboofinance.com

SF Event to be 100% Powered by Renewable Microgrid

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:12pm

VERGE San Francisco, a four-day conference focusing on the intersection of technology and sustainability, will be powered by a fully functional, replicable, renewably-powered microgrid, demonstrating the power of distributed energy solutions on the market today.

VERGE SF, October 27-30, is the flagship of a global event series produced by GreenBiz Group. The event focuses on how technology accelerates sustainability solutions across industries and cities in a climate-constrained world.

The microgrid, constructed in less than one day to power the four-day-long event, will feature battery storage and power generation from solar and biomass gasification.  It models resilience, interoperability, radical efficiency and other key VERGE themes. 

"Microgrids are a key element of emerging resiliency strategies for cities and large energy consumers embracing renewable distributed energy systems," said Eric Faurot, CEO of GreenBiz Group.  "We are very excited to be working with a variety of leading edge companies, spearheaded by Spirae, to demonstrate how this technology is not only available today, but can be built in a day.”

VERGE microgrid sponsors include Leidos, NRG Energy and Oracle. The microgrid will feature a biomass generator provided by ALL Power Labs, battery storage provided by Stem, a biodiesel generator provided by Cresco Rentals, and the "brains" of the microgrid, the microgrid control platform provided by Spirae.

"We're extremely excited to be deploying the Interconnect microgrid with leading partners such as ALL Power Labs and Stem at VERGE SF. This year, Spirae is deploying our next gen platform to manage the 100% renewable microgrid system that will power the entire conference," said Sunil Cherian, Founder and CEO of Spirae. "The VERGE microgrid uses a system and resources that are already in operation around the world. We are showing that these are not fringe technologies of the future, but proven solutions that are reliable, scalable and economically viable today. The VERGE microgrid shows the future is now." 

In addition to powering the live event, the microgrid will be the backbone of VERGE Interconnect, an interactive vendor and technology exhibition that demonstrates energy efficiency and distributed energy systems in action.  Interactive displays in VERGE Interconnect will include EV charging, a popup parklet, a solar array, a "Food Tech Snack-down," 3D printers, drones and virtual reality tools.

The nearly 100 sessions in the VERGE SF program focus on distributed energy systems, next-gen buildings, sustainable mobility, food and water systems, smarter supply chains and resilient cities.  Featured speakers from the more than 200 confirmed to participate include Lisa Jackson of Apple, Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics, Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, John Lauckner of GM, Robb Fraley of Monsanto, author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, biomimicry guru Janine Benyus and senior executives from Autodesk, Facebook, HP, Ford, GE, SDG&E, Google, IBM, Southern California Edison, Microsoft, NRG Energy, Jones Lang LaSalle, Yahoo!, PG&E, Volvo, Boeing, Qualcomm, Kaiser Permanente, PepsiCo and Walmart. 

Public-sector speakers represent the cities of Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco; the state of California, the federal Department of Energy, General Services Administration, NOAA and the White House.

For more information about VERGE San Francisco, visit GreenBiz.com/VERGE.

**Register and get 10% off when you use the code VSF14CSRW**

Driving Sustainable Innovation to Market: How a Cleantech 100 Winner is Disrupting the Cement and Concrete Sector

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:04pm

On the heels of his startup being named to the Global Cleantech 100 List, Tom Schuler, CEO of Solidia Technologies®, shared his experience leading a startup with a disruptive technology that reduces carbon emissions up to 70 percent in cement and concrete production at the Global Cleantech 100 Summit, hosted this week by Cleantech Group

“Sustainability is a business imperative, but if your offering is only green, you’re destined to be a niche product,” said Schuler, drawing from parallel experiences in the building materials sector as the leader of a start-up and previously of a giant global corporate business. "I have a particular bias based on my years on two sides of innovation that just being green doesn’t cut it. The only way to rapidly introduce a sustainable technology into the market is first to make it good business, then make it green.”

"To drive innovation to market, you need the right people, a compelling vision, collaborators who give you market insight and credibility, and not quite enough time," continued Schuler. “While start-ups can shoulder levels of risk too destabilizing to large corporations, they usually fail by running out of time. R&D needs to be focused quickly and directed by market insights and hard data, not theories.”

Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. The cement used to produce it is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world. “The industry knows this is a challenge they must address, and they have set goals to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint,” explained Schuler. "Our job at Solidia isn’t only to develop sustainable technologies; it’s to make it possible for industry to adopt them.”

Noting the challenge of introducing innovation to an older, traditional industry, he commented, "We are bringing a sustainable innovation to a market that is 2,000 years old. The last time this industry embraced a major product innovation was about 200 years ago with the invention of Portland cement. That we are targeting an industry resistant to change is an understatement."

Recounting the process for creating a relevant and inspiring vision that would resonate foremost with potential customers, he shared, "When I joined in 2011, we had an award-winning technology and a committed board, but we were not ready for prime time. My first job was to align the company around a common vision. First, we kicked the entire staff out of the office for six weeks. We talked to everyone we could get our hands on in the market—cement companies, pre-casters, block makers. I told the many PhD staffers that they could only ask questions and listen…not teach."

Schuler's team came up with a vision that informed its business strategy: "We are a cement and concrete technology company with a goal of making it easy to adopt sustainable technologies by leveraging the market’s existing equipment, raw materials and processes. It has to be profitable from the beginning. And, oh, by the way, it’s also green. 

Another milestone in the company's pathway to commercialization that Schuler covered was the importance of forming strategic partnerships: "We needed partners to help shorten our learning curve on technologies that were not core to our offering. They provide market insight, credibility and get us to the market; partners open doors." Solidia Technologies is in active partnerships with Lafarge, the cement giant, and The Linde Group, a supplier of industrial gases, to advance R&D and market their technologies.

 

About Solidia Technologies®
Solidia Technologies® makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Their patented technologies start with sustainable Solidia Cement™ and cure concrete with CO2, reducing carbon emissions up to 70% and recycling 60-100% of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, Solidia Concrete™ products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. Honors include the Cleantech 100, the R&D Top 100, the CCEMC Grand Challenge, the Katerva Award, and MIT’s Climate CoLab, and a 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ. Based in Piscataway, NJ, Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, and BP. Follow Solidia at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

                                                                                                                                                   

About Cleantech Group
Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group’s mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. In conjunction with i3, we offer premium Advisory Services for corporates in need of expertise designing and executing strategies for sustainable innovation, and managing the pipeline created in i3. The i3 platform comes to life at our global Events, which convene corporates and start-ups, along with other players shaping the future of sustainable innovation.

Cleantech Group is headquartered in San Francisco, and has offices in London and New York.

How to Survive Any Extreme Weather Disaster

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:03pm

New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen’s NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1376-2, on sale Oct. 21, 2014; $30 hardcover), is the only book that you will want to have with you when the weather becomes so extreme that one wrong decision could be a matter of life or death.

With record-breaking temperatures, storm intensities, property destruction and even fatalities, the news is filled with catastrophic events: Hurricane Sandy brought epic destruction to New York and New Jersey in 2012; monster Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the Philippines in 2013; and a dip in the polar vortex in 2014 made Chicago colder than the South Pole in summer. In many places, summers are hotter, winters are colder and new weather records are frequently set. One thing is clear: We need to be prepared to deal with Mother Nature in order to protect our loved ones, our property, our communities and our lives. THE EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE explains how to survive in this new normal.

A hurricane is coming. Should you leave home or stay put? What could be lurking in water that has flooded your house? (Hint: They slither!) What should you do if you’re trapped in a house during a wildfire? Where is the safest place to seek shelter outside during a downpour or thunderstorm? If you need to evacuate your home, what should you bring with you and where should you go?  How do you power up when the power grid goes down? If you have no heat during a blizzard, how do you keep warm? Where is the safest place to be during a tornado?

Many people face these questions in the heat of the moment, but as Kostigen points out in his timely and important book, it’s best to know the answers long before an extreme weather event occurs. Each chapter — thunderstorms, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, wildfires, rising temperatures, heat waves, cold waves and blizzards — includes critical guidelines and information from organizations and agencies such as the Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that are the most experienced in handling these emergencies. Kostigen’s level-headed discussion of current weather extremes, facts and details on conditions and theories as to why these conditions are occurring arms us with the knowledge needed to recognize when bad weather is on the horizon. His “dos and don’ts” for being inside and outside and at-a-glance guidance help to ensure that you can beat the odds against a weather emergency and recover as soon as possible. Useful sidebars feature vital gear and gadgets to have on hand, provide safety tips for your pets (and explain why dogs and cats are afraid of thunder and lightning) and give the basics for stocking food and water supplies and your emergency safety kit. Survivors and experts share firsthand accounts and observations on how to survive horrific weather conditions, hoping their cautionary tales can help you in a flood or wildfire, hurricane or hailstorm, blizzard or heat wave.

Coupled with breathtaking photography of some of nature’s wildest weather from the National Geographic archives and explanatory weather diagrams, THE EXTREME WEATHER SURVIVAL GUIDE gives you the knowledge and tools you’ll need when the weather turns against you.

Publishing a week earlier, on Oct. 14, 2014, is a National Geographic Kids’ book by Kostigen, “Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!” (ISBN: 978-4263-1811-5).

 

About the Author
Thomas M. Kostigen
is the founder of The Climate Survivalist.com and a columnist for USA Today. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time” as well as five other books, including “You Are Here,” “The Green Blue Book” and “The Big Handout.” He appears regularly in the media, and has been a guest on the Today Show, CNN’s Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNBC, National Public Radio, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, among many other programs. Follow him on Twitter @weathersurvival or via The Climate Survivalist on Facebook.

MillerCoors 2014 Sustainability Report

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:03pm

Arcadia Power Becomes First Nationwide Clean Energy B Corporation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:55am

B Lab is recognizing Arcadia Power’s rigorous social and environmental standards by awarding the company its prestigious B Corp Certification. The DC-based company partners with wind and solar projects around the country to give every American an easy and affordable choice of 100% pollution-free energy for their home or business.

“We’re thrilled to join so many great companies who share our values of social responsibility and sustainability,” said Arcadia Power CEO and co-founder, Kiran Bhatraju. “We all have to step up to combat climate change and build a better future, and B Corporations are helping lead the way.”

Driven by a mission to make clean energy available and attainable for everyone who wants to do their part to help the environment, Arcadia Power allows individuals to upgrade their homes (even apartments) to 100% clean energy without any additional equipment, for just a 1.5 cents per kWh premium. The company’s proprietary software connects online utility accounts with a clean energy purchasing platform, imports all the energy data, and displays it in a beautiful web dashboard with information on rewards, savings, and impact.

For small and medium-sized businesses, this is a welcome opportunity to uphold their values by taking responsibility for their energy use. Recently, twelve Northern Virginia businesses began running on clean energy through Arcadia Power, and the company is partnering with businesses of all sizes (including a growing number of B Corps) to promote and expand the use of renewable power.

“They aren’t just living their strong values, Arcadia Power is helping other businesses live by those values as well,” said Cyndi Sladics, founder of Simply Straws. “At Simply Straws, we have always been committed to battling climate change through our product and partnerships with NPO’s like Protect our Winters, but we were only able to do so much. Arcadia Power has helped us shrink our carbon footprint to almost nothing, and we are celebrating.”

Launched in 2014, Arcadia Power has grown quickly with clean energy customers in 25 states. In addition to offering renewable energy nationwide, Arcadia Power also helps innovative, new clean energy projects get off the ground. More information can be found at www.arcadiapower.com

 

About Arcadia Power
Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy utility option for individuals and businesses. Their technology platform makes purchasing 100% clean energy from wind and solar projects nationwide simple, without equipment or the need to change local utilities. Members of the Arcadia Power community support their values through their monthly electricity bills, decreasing demand for fossil fuels, and helping to grow American jobs. The company works with mission-driven companies and organizations to expand clean energy production, combat climate change, and secure a better future for the planet. 

About B Corp
Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of January 2012, there are over 515 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion marketplace.

PE INTERNATIONAL Helps Companies Make Sustainability a Priority from Field to Fork With New Food and Feed Database

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:55am

(Marketwired) Close to one quarter of all the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are generated by food production. To lower these numbers and empower companies to improve their sustainability and support their business, PE INTERNATIONAL announced its Food and Feed life cycle inventory database today at the LCA Food Conference in San Francisco. The expansive database provides companies with information from 'field to fork' on crops, animals, food manufacturing products and by-products and major commodities raised, harvested and productized across the globe.

The analytics garnered from the Food and Feed database help manufacturers and retailers drive improvements throughout the supply chain. It helps companies reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy demand and production costs. Organizations can use the frequently updated data to target lower  EHG emissions from food production on a national level and in the EU, the database can be used for PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) pilot projects.

"Increasingly, customers and consumers want to know the impact of food," said Pete Girard, PE INTERNATIONAL's product manager for GaBi software. "The answers lie in good data and the quality and reliability of GaBi data provides a powerful tool to the food and agriculture industry to help cut costs,  mitigate risks in the supply chain and increase brand value."

About GaBi

GaBi is the market leading tool for the environmental sustainability analysis of any manufactured product. It offers the most comprehensive set of information 'out of the box' for companies looking to evaluate the environmental impact of their products. It combines detailed modelling with portfolio-level automation and easy-to-use web based platforms. The solution addresses the complex requirements of sustainability managers to assess raw materials and manufacturing processes and helps focus improvements such as water and energy usage and reduction of carbon emissions in product manufacturing.

About PE INTERNATIONAL

PE INTERNATIONAL is the leading global provider of integrated solutions for enterprise sustainability with proven software, sustainability databases and unparalleled consulting expertise. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL works with 2,500 clients including companies such as Bayer, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Kraft Foods, Siemens, Unilever and Volkswagen. For more information: www.pe-international.com

CA Technologies Kicks Off Ninth Annual Worldwide Employee Volunteer Month

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:55am

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) recently launched the kickoff of CA Together in Action, the company’s worldwide employee volunteer month. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the initiative, which takes place in communities around the globe where CA Technologies has a presence.

CA Together in Action gives employees the opportunity to take time out of the work day to participate in a variety of volunteer activities. Projects include park and beach clean-ups, mentoring children, promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, building affordable housing and assisting food banks with feeding the hungry.

"Participation levels have continued to grow year after year, demonstrating the commitment CA Technologies employees have to sharing their time and talents in the communities where they live and work," said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “We are excited to once again be working with so many great organizations around the globe.”

Since its inaugural year in 2005, CA Together in Action has provided support to more than 1,200 volunteer projects with approximately 45,000 hours of community service. While CA Technologies has annual initiatives, like CA Together in Action throughout the month of October, and a Green Week of environmental programs in April to celebrate Earth Day, volunteer opportunities are available year round and employees are able to use up to three work days each year to give back.

Partner organizations from communities in the U.S. and abroad continue to express their excitement in partnering with CA Technologies during CA Together in Action.

“The Atlanta Community Food Bank is very appreciative of CA Technologies and its employee volunteers who will be participating in our sorting and repacking sessions for the eighth consecutive year,” said Vilma Wallace, volunteer manager. “Year after year, we look forward to this dedicated group of volunteers who assist us in the fight to end hunger in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas.”

“Through technology courses for students, equipment donations and environmental improvements, CA Technologies and its employees have supported the Czech Republic’s School for the Deaf Holečkova for several years,” said Mgr. Václav Chmelíř, school director. “We are excited to have CA employees back again to participate in activities for CA Together in Action and look forward to continuing this great partnership in support of children who are hearing impaired.”

Nonprofit organizations CA Together in Action will support this year include:

United States:
Arizona: Operation Fix-it
California: Loaves & Fishes, Save Mt Diablo
Colorado: High Plains Environmental Center
Florida: Metropolitan Ministries 
Georgia: Atlanta Community Food Bank
Illinois: Northern Illinois Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity DuPage County
Massachusetts: Drumlin Farm Nature Center 
Michigan: Gleaners Community Food Bank 
Minnesota: Feed My Starving Children 
North Carolina: Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
New Hampshire: Blue Ocean Society 
New Jersey: NJ Farmer’s Against Hunger 
New York: Clinton Foundation, Cohen's Children's Medical Center, The Smithtown 5K Running of the Bull in Honor of Courtney Sipes, Island Harvest, Girls Inc., Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club of America, March of Dimes, Robert Moses State Park, NPower, Hospital for Special Surgery, Year Up and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
North Carolina: Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
Pennsylvania: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Texas: Feast of Sharing, Capital Area Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank
Virginia: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary 
Washington: Treehouse

International:
Australia: Starlight Children’s Foundation, FirstVoice, MS Australia, Daystar Foundation
China: China Population Welfare Foundations
Colombia: Niños por un Nuevo Planeta
Czech Republic: Vyšší Hrádek, Children´s home Pysely, eStudanky, School for the Deaf Holečkova
France: Passerelles Numériques
Germany: Technische Universität Darmstadt
India: CA-HOPE School, Helping Hearts Foundation, Goonj, Nirman Vidya Helpline and Youth for Seva
Italy: Nocetum Onlun and SOS Villaggi dei Bambini (SOS Children's Villages)
Japan: Tokyo Project Office 
Mexico: Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas del Lenguaje IAP
Peru: Asociación Kantaya
Thailand: Plan International Thailand/Pang Dang Village
UK: Animal Sanctuary at Dorney, Herschel Park, Langley Academy

 

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A new role for business: Nestlé's Creating Shared Value Forum

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:55am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nestlé, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will host its sixth Creating Shared Value Forum, in Switzerland, on 9th October.

The forum will provide a space for debate and discussion for members of academia, industry, international institutions and civil society from around the world on the changing role of business in society.

Nestlé believes that for a company to be successful over the long term and create value for shareholders, it must create value for society.

Participants will discuss how civil society and the private sector can work in partnership to strengthen and speed up sustainable development, focusing on the key areas of nutrition, water and rural development.

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck, the company's CEO, Paul Bulcke and UNCTAD's Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi will be joined by Arancha Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre; Mark R. Kramer of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Ruth Oniango, Professor of Nutrition at Kenya's Great Lakes University as well as the Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, As Sy.

Nestlé will announce the winner of its Creating Shared Value Prize, awarded to innovative businesses and not-for-profits that create value for the communities they operate within by addressing issues of nutrition, water or rural development.

All sessions will be webcast live in English, French and German, and the audience will have the chance to join the discussion and ask questions to the panelists.

Read more about the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value and Nestlé's concept of Creating Shared Value.

A new role for business: Nestle's Creating Shared Value Forum

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:38am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nestlé, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will host its sixth Creating Shared Value Forum, in Switzerland, on 9th October.

The forum will provide a space for debate and discussion for members of academia, industry, international institutions and civil society from around the world on the changing role of business in society.

Nestlé believes that for a company to be successful over the long term and create value for shareholders, it must create value for society.

Participants will discuss how civil society and the private sector can work in partnership to strengthen and speed up sustainable development, focusing on the key areas of nutrition, water and rural development.

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck, the company's CEO, Paul Bulcke and UNCTAD's Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi will be joined by Arancha Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre; Mark R. Kramer of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Ruth Oniango, Professor of Nutrition at Kenya's Great Lakes University as well as the Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, As Sy.

Nestlé will announce the winner of its Creating Shared Value Prize, awarded to innovative businesses and not-for-profits that create value for the communities they operate within by addressing issues of nutrition, water or rural development.

All sessions will be webcast live in English, French and German, and the audience will have the chance to join the discussion and ask questions to the panelists.

Read more about the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value and Nestlé's concept of Creating Shared Value.

SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:38am

The two-day SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights course will offer in-depth knowledge of the SA8000 Standard and show the link between management systems, labor standards performance and business benefits.

This course is designed for a wide variety of professionals and academics who seek a better understanding of the SA8000 Standard, how it is applicable in their business or professional agendas and how SA8000 may be implemented. The course will be conducted in Spanish and will use case studies and group exercises that will allow attendees to participate in the development of action plans and ‘role-play’ situations. There will not be a test at the end of the course; however, all attendees will receive a personalized Certificate of Attendance.

This course is part of our Professional Development Series (PDS).

Caux Round Table to Convene Global Series of Round Tables on Sustainable Development

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:26pm

The Caux Round Table (“CRT”) has received a significant grant from Thai patrons of sustainability to convene a series of global round tables to frame an approach to the ethics of sustainable development in support of the United Nation's initiative to adopt Sustainable Development Goals for all nations.

In September 2015, the United Nation’s General Assembly will adopt Sustainable Development Goals for the global community to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which will expire next year.  A process is underway to collect suggestions for the Sustainable Development Goals (see: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300).  

The adoption of global Sustainable Development Goals will be a milestone in the evolution of a more moral capitalism for our global community as it faces the challenges of inequalities in income and wealth distribution, growing populations and changes in our planet’s environment.

The CRT proposes in a series of small round tables to contribute to deeper appreciation of Sustainable Development Goals in two dimensions: one, on the necessity for private enterprise and free markets to responsibly contribute to higher living standards and provide revenue and new technologies for environmental stewardship; and, two, to articulate the core values of our wisdom traditions from around the world, which call for our personal and corporate support for sustainable development as an ethical ideal.

Each round table will be asked to consider the CRT’s Bangkok Agenda for a more moral capitalism, which resulted from the CRT’s 2013 Global Dialogue held in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2013.  That Global Dialogue and related conference on sustainable development drew upon the advice and insights provided by Theravada Buddhism on incorporating responsible mindfulness in free market decision-making.

The discussions at each round table will be summarized in a proceedings as written by a skilled rapporteur.  The proceedings of all round tables will be condensed into a vision statement for presentation to the leadership of the United Nations and General Assembly.  Each round table will follow the CRT practice of open-ended discussion, skillfully facilitated under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution.

The goal of each round table is to draw forth reactions to the Bangkok Agenda statement, along with new, insightful comments on its propositions, supplemented by the raising of additional concerns and perspectives considered germane to sustainable development by round table participants.

The theme of CRT advocacy for sustainable development is the ever present necessity of a moral capitalism to finance and achieve sustainable development with social justice in meeting the aspirations associated with human dignity through just, but robust wealth creation for the global community.

Second, the CRT hopes, by means of theses round tables, to highlight common ethical core values, which speak for sustainable development and justify a commitment to its becoming a reality.

Please send your observations and comments on this initiative to Stephen B. Young, Global Executive Director of the CRT, at: steve@cauxroundtable.net

For further information, please contact: Erik Sande, Director of Strategic Communications for the CRT, at: erik.sande@mac.com

Build a Responsible, Resilient and Secure Value Chain

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:22pm

Back for the 9th year, The Sustainable Supply Chain Summit is the world's leading meeting place for senior executives looking to put sustainability at the heart of their supply chains and wider value chains.

Sustainability Forum 2014 came to a successful end

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:20am

For the third consecutive year, Global Sustain delivered a unique sustainability event and gathered top experts and prominent speakers from all around the world. Sustainability Forum 2014 - A training, networking and professional development event took place on October 3, 2014, at the Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi, Athens, Greece.

The participants had the chance to gain hands-on experience, practical knowledge and professional skills regarding important sustainability issues, through nine specialised workshops and three plenary sessions.

The workshops of this all-day carbon neutral event, focused on issues such as: How GRI can meet the new EU non-financial reporting ‘report or explain’ framework, G4 materiality analysis, an introduction to CSR & sustainability, cultivating the next generation leaders (DOW case study), how business is redefining value, the leadership agility factor, impact entrepreneurship and sustainability, empowering stakeholders to make sustainable business happen, emerging global sustainable development framework, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and partnerships, green sustainability credentials through the climate change and environment related international standards, empowering teams to bring sustainability initiatives, FSC certified printed material.

During the 1st plenary session, Mr. Panagiotis Louizos, Corporate & Stakeholder Relations Planner from Global Reporting Initiative, provided an overview of the main features of the new EU non-financial reporting framework and its relevance to GRI.

Mr. Aris Vrettos, Director, The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme / Development Director, CISL Open Programmes, University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, talked about the new sustainable business models and the creation of value.

Dr. Georgios Kostakos, Independent Consultant on Global Governance, Sustainability and UN Affairs and Executive Director, Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS), delivered a presentation about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will prevail after 2015.

The successful completion of courses was followed by the distribution of attendance certificates and by a cocktail reception.

For more information and photographic material please visit www.sustainabilityforum.gr.    

Supporters & Sponsors

  • Gold Sponsor: Alpha Bank
  • Supporters: Gilead, European Reliance, Swarovski, Manifest, Papadopoulos Biscuits, Divani Collection
  • Venue Sponsor: Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi
  • Graphic Designer Partners: Greenmind Advertising, impressme Creative Communication
  • Carbon Offset Partner: Green Evolution
  • Web & Social Media Partner: Think+
  • Printing Sponsor: PressiousArvanitidis
  • Airline Partner: AirFrance KLM
  • Communication Partners: Governance & Accountability Institute, Ethical Performance, asianNGO, CSRwire, Direction Business Network, CSR Review, csrnews.gr, csrweek, Boussias Communications, Marketing Week, Daily Fax, Plant Management
  • Under the auspices of: City of Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

About Global Sustain

Founded in 2006, Global Sustain with offices in Athens, Brussels, Colombo, London and Melbourne, creates awareness and inspires and supports companies and organisations to embody sustainability, through advisory, communications, networking and training, with a focus on the people-planet-profit philosophy. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, educational foundations, media, professional bodies, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain is a signatory to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a GRI Data Partner and Organisational Stakeholder (OS), an affiliated member of the Academy of Business in Society, collaborates with CSRwire and Ethical Performance, and donates a percentage of its annual pre-tax earnings to help fund innovative, not-for-profit projects that make an impact. www.globalsustain.org.

U.S. Water Partnership Launches H2infO

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:18am

Today, the U.S. Water Partnership launched H2infO – a new web platform that offers the global community easy on-line access to a growing library of U.S.-generated water data and knowledge.  H2infO currently hosts over 3,000 resources from leading U.S.-based institutions, with exponentially more resources to be centrally accessible as this interactive tool expands.  The launch event took place today at the U.S. State Department and was hosted by Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. 

About the web portal:  H2infO increases global access to U.S.-generated water information resources, filling a gap in knowledge management identified by the international water community.  Available H2infO resources range from training manuals and water scarcity maps to case studies and project reports.  H2infO is now live at www.H2infO.us. “H2infO is designed to bring U.S. experiences and resources to the international community by offering tools and information to assist in solving specific water challenges,” said Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Chair of the U.S. Water Partnership Steering Committee. H2infO was made possible through the support of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Water Partnership’s nearly one hundred members. 

In her opening remarks, Under Secretary Novelli highlighted the benefits of sharing water information:  “I believe in the power of the Internet to help us share knowledge and resources for those in developing countries struggling to solve water problems.  This portal draws on the many challenges and successes that Americans have faced and conquered – making these resources available to tackle today’s challenges.”

H2infO is the first installment of the U.S. Water Partnership’s commitment to the President’s Climate Data Initiative.  The White House Council on Environmental Quality recognized H2infO as the platform to help create a “virtual community of practice to share data, experiences, lessons and practices.”

At yesterday’s event, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Xylem Inc. provided interactive exhibits that created hands-on demonstrations of their water technologies and data application. Attendees explored how H2infO makes information more accessible on laptops and smartphones.  

In addition to Under Secretary Novelli, the event featured remarks from Ambassador Judith Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Thomas Kelly, Acting Vice President for Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Chair, U.S. Water Partnership Steering Committee; Timothy Prewitt, CEO, iDE; Christian Holmes, Global Water Coordinator, U.S. Agency for International Development; and Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. This D.C. launch followed a successful introduction of H2infO to technical water experts at World Water Week on September 2, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

H2infO was developed by the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private alliance formed to unite and mobilize U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges where needs are greatest. 

About the U.S. Water Partnership

Announced in March 2012, the U.S. Water Partnership unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world.  A joint effort of both public and private sectors in the U.S., the partnership is supported by almost one hundred government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and private sector entities.  The US Water Partnerships is being incubated by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation.  For more information, please visit:  http://uswaterpartnership.org/.

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