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ACCP Searching for Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility to Help Shape the Agenda for ACCP: The Corporate Citizenship Conference 2020

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:22am

ACCP searching for leaders in corporate social responsibility to help shape the agenda for ACCP: The Corporate Citizenship Conference 2020.

The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) is now accepting RFPs for The Conference 2020. RFPs will be accepted through COB July 21, 2019. You can submit a speaker proposal or get more information here: RFP 2020

At the Corporate Citizenship Conference, attendees are connected to relevant and exciting professional tools and resources. These meaningful connections challenge them to think differently about the corporate citizenship industry and the work they do. In 2018, ACCP introduced The Corporate Citizenship Guide, a comprehensive body of knowledge for corporate citizenship professionals. The Guide captures the knowledge that CSR professionals need to navigate the rapidly changing field. The content at The Conference 2020 will expand on the components of The Guide and challenge individuals to build and grow their skills. 

ACCP: The Corporate Citizenship Conference 2020 will take place in Orlando, FL, on March 8 - 11, 2020.

Founded in 2005, The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals is the membership association for companies committed to corporate citizenship, and a career-long resource for purpose-driven professionals. ACCP advances the field of corporate citizenship, and serves as a strategic resource for its community of impact-driven professionals from 200+ member companies—including Fortune 500s, mid-size companies, small businesses and start-ups—so that they can do the most good in their companies, their communities, and around the world. For more information, please visit www.accprof.org.

ImpactAssets Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary as Assets Top $1 Billion

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:22am

 ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns, celebrated its ten-year anniversary by announcing today that assets under management in The Giving Fund, its donor advised fund, have topped $1 billion.

In less than six months, ImpactAssets has more than doubled assets from $483 million at the end of 2018 to $1 billion as of June 2019, and grown to more than 1,200 client accounts.  The rapid growth reflects the intellectual and structural ecosystem that ImpactAssets has created over the past decade—as a leading field builder, thought leader and impact investment innovator.

In particular, ImpactAssets has developed a 100% impact investing platform with a wide range of high-impact investment options—from direct deals and private debt and equity funds to blended portfolios and strategies—that enable donors to transform their charitable dollars into a source of risk-tolerant catalytic capital for social enterprises tackling the world’s most pressing problems.   

 “We started The Giving Fund as an alternative to conventional donor advised funds because we believed that investment capital idling in philanthropic endowments—and particularly donor advised funds—needed to move rapidly and fully into impact investing,” said ImpactAssets CEO Tim Freundlich.  “Our community of donors, fund managers and social enterprises are helping us push boundaries as we move first, fast and fearlessly to respond to the climate crisis and community injustices plaguing the planet.”

Custom Investments: Beyond Meat and Beyond

The Custom Investments program exemplifies ImpactAssets’ innovative approach.  Since the program’s launch in 2011, the firm’s donor advisors have sourced and recommended $92.47 million in close to 600 direct investments into private mission-driven businesses, impact funds and nonprofit organizations at roughly $150,000 average per deal. 

In 2018, ImpactAssets added a record 108 custom investments—an average of two a week—totaling $17.34 million. But 2019 is turning out to be another record-breaker. Through May 31, 2019, donor advisors have already recommended a record $19.76 million to custom investments. The firm is averaging four custom investments a week, and the average investment has nearly doubled to $315,000. 

One of the first custom investments was Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat maker that issued its IPO in May. ImpactAssets was an early investor through its donor clients Seth Goldman, Founder of Honest Tea, and Mark Van Ness, Founder of SVN International, who made seed investments using charitable assets at ImpactAssets.

All told, the Beyond Meat IPO turned $1.1 million in philanthropic investments made through the ImpactAssets Giving Fund into $16.9 million of charitable dollars, based on Beyond Meat’s close on opening day. Since then, Beyond Meat’s shares have continued to climb to a trading range more than double that, adding to the charitable windfall.

“Beyond Meat is a great example of why I agreed to serve on the founding board of ImpactAssets,” said Van Ness. “Foundations have a duty to invest philanthropic funds for impact, and this shows that you can change the world and generate strong financial returns for even greater good.” 

Freundlich, who founded ImpactAssets as a spin out from Calvert Impact Capital in 2010 with Wayne Silby, co-founder of Calvert Investments, and Ron Cordes, co-founding CEO of AssetMark, said the firm was created of, by and for impact investors to provide a flexible solution for the innovative and creative impact investing that philanthropists are increasingly seeking.

“After a decade of breaking new ground in impact investing and challenging the status quo, we are excited about the future of ImpactAssets,” Freundlich said. “Together with our passionate, dynamic donor community, we are finding and funding multiple, new impact investments literally every week of the year.”

As donor advised funds continue to grow, topping $110 billion, Freundlich sees the opportunity for impact across the donor advised fund landscape. “With the tax deduction afforded these assets, they should be pledged to create positive impact for society,” he said. “In addition to the roughly 14% of assets we granted out last year, ImpactAssets and its donors believe that 100% of investment capital should be enabled to create better outcomes for people and planet every day while awaiting grantmaking to charities.” 

“There is a time value to impact, with a massive opportunity cost to the world every day there is inaction. Every dollar sitting idly by, left unexamined and undeployed for good, is a dollar unleveraged.”

About ImpactAssets:

ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor-advised fund (“The Giving Fund”), impact investment notes, and field-building initiatives, including the ImpactAssets 50 database of private debt and equity fund managers, The ImpactAssets Handbook for Impact Investors and the ImpactAssets Issue Brief library, enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investments, as well as grantmaking.

About The Giving Fund:

The Giving Fund is an innovative donor advised fund that empowers donors to increase the impact of their giving by combining it with strategic sustainable and responsible investing to build a sophisticated philanthropic endowment. Donors recommend how The Giving Fund’s assets are invested across a range of leading impact investment options including community investment, turn-key portfolios, private debt and equity funds and custom investments. The Giving Fund currently has more than $1billion in assets in 1,200 donor advised funds, working with 350 wealth advisors across 60 financial services firms.

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CSRHub Launches on the Open:FactSet Marketplace

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:22am

CSRHub, one of the world’s broadest and most consistent sets of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, is pleased to offer ESG Business Intelligence data via the Open:FactSet Marketplace. It will be available for evaluation via FactSet’s cloud-based Data Evaluation platform on June 27, 2019.

“Launching CSRHub’s ESG Business Intelligence Data on the Open:FactSet Marketplace allows us to greatly expand our reach in keeping with our mission to empower stakeholders with easy to use consensus ratings to help improve sustainability performance worldwide,” said Cynthia Figge, CEO and Co-founder of CSRHub.

“CSRHub is an excellent addition to the Open:FactSet Marketplace’s network of providers,” says Lauren Stevens, Senior Vice President, Open:FactSet Strategy, FactSet. “ESG data is in strong demand among investment managers, and this new offering gives our clients another dataset to leverage when managing risk and looking for new investment opportunities.”

CSRHub data helps investors, corporations, and consumers integrate ESG and sustainability into their decision-making processes. Using a patented algorithm that aggregates and harmonizes disparate data from over 600 ESG sources, CSRHub generates a consensus score for the ESG performance of more than 18,000 companies from 136 industries in 141 countries. Data from CSRHub’s big data process can be used to increase corporate market value, uncover portfolio opportunities and risks, and integrate ESG trends into other Business Intelligence data sets. For instance, CSRHub’s ESG signal can:

  • Identify risks and opportunities. CSRHub ratings represent the consensus opinion of a company’s ESG performance. Asset owners, portfolio managers, and investment analysts can compare their own assessment of a company against the CSRHub consensus and build alpha-creating strategies. CSRHub’s score is also used for screening potential investments and for examining the social impact of an existing portfolio.

  • Benchmark corporate ESG performance. Companies can compare their CSRHub rating to those of their peers or competitors using CSRHub’s broad industry and geographic coverage. Through these comparisons, managers can build strategies to improve upon existing practices, plan new sustainability-related programs and reporting, better manage their stakeholders’ perception of corporate values and social impact, and evaluate their brand’s CSR performance.

  • Backtest theories about ESG behavior. CSRHub offers monthly data back to 2008. Because CSRHub ratings are based on millions of data items drawn from hundreds of sources, they are stable, fit into a smooth distribution, and correlate well with other indicators. CSRHub ratings are used by hundreds of universities and have been cited in many publications.

CSRHub’s ESG Business Intelligence data feed is now available as an evaluation feed on the Open:FactSet Marketplace (OFM).

For more information and to get started, see https://open.factset.com/products/csrhub-esg-business-intelligence/en-us.

About CSRHub
CSRHub offers one of the world’s broadest and most consistent set of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, covering 18,000 companies. Its patented Big Data algorithm combines millions of data points on ESG performance from hundreds of sources, including leading ESG analyst raters, to produce consensus scores on all aspects of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. CSRHub ratings can be used to drive corporate, investor and consumer decisions.

CSRHub
Media: Cynthia Figge
cynthia@csrhub.com

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children to March with LGBTQIA+ Families and Allies at This Weekend’s NYC World Pride | Stonewall 50

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 8:22pm

Who: Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children (Spence-Chapin) has been offering exceptional adoption services for over a century. Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the wellbeing of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children. Spence-Chapin has been recognized as an Innovator in LGBTQ inclusion in the Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare All Children - All Families (ACAF) 2019 report for the services we provide to the LGBTQ community, including children and prospective foster and adoptive parents.

What: Spence-Chapin is participating in NYC Pride March as one of the only stroller-friendly, family-friendly organizations for its fourth year in a row. Spence-Chapin invites LGBTQIA+ families connected to adoption and their allies to march in the parade and celebrate the beautiful and diverse ways in which families are created.

Where: The official World Pride | Stonewall 50 route can be found here: https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/. The march has multiple exit points, so marchers can join us for a few blocks or the entire route.

When: Sunday, June 30th at 2:30PM. 

Why:  NYC Pride is an opportunity to celebrate our families and show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. We believe it is important to showcase the diversity and beauty of LGBTQIA+ families connected through adoption. For this reason, we encourage all to participate, including parents with young children. As one in a short list of family-focused social service organizations to march each year, Spence-Chapin’s participation in NYC Pride has attracted increasing interest and attendance. We look forward to more than 200 people marching with us for World Pride.

More: To join Spence-Chapin at World Pride | Stonewall 50 please register at www.spence-chapin.org/Pride by Friday June 28 or contact Jeorjie Ornstein, Director of Special Events at  jornstein@spence-chapin.org.

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Covestro Start-up Challenge Enters a New Round in Its Second Year

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 2:20pm

Today, Covestro announced the top six finalists of its Start-up Challenge, an internal competition designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among the company’s nearly 17,000 employees worldwide. Now in its second year, the 2019 Start-up Challenge combines the company’s passion for innovation with its strong focus on sustainability, tapping employees for their creative ideas to promote a more circular economy.

Among the top six was an international team that included four employees from the United States, who joined forces with a colleague in Germany to develop their award-worthy proposal: a start-of-the-art purification system that uses polyurethane technology to provide underdeveloped regions with clean, affordable drinking water and safe sanitary facilities.

Their project, like the others, supports the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, while also helping to drive a circular economy. The finalists’ projects reflect a diverse range of solutions to tackle complex global challenges, such as: generating power from plastic waste to counter plastic pollution in the oceans, while providing greater access to electricity for people in developing countries; curbing water pollution with an innovative polyurethane technology; and promoting resource efficiency through recyclable shipment packaging and a CO2-based cleaning agent that degrades more easily.

“The ideas of the six finalists all have great potential to drive expansion of the circular economy,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro. “Our contest helps encourage everyone in the company to make good ideas ready for the market as quickly as possible and turn them into genuine innovations.”

From the top six finalists, one team will be selected as the grand prize winner during the K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber in Dusseldorf, Germany, this October. The winning team members will be given the chance to put their idea into practice and test whether it is ready for the market. To enable that, team members are given leave from work for up to one year to operate as a start-up within the company and receive seed funding of up to one million euros.

Year 1 winners have own start-up
Last year’s top prize-winning “go clear” team will now become a separate venture at the research division of Covestro’s Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment. The objective is to further develop a new technology for clean, safe and efficient lacquering of cars that speeds up the related processes, saving paint shops time and money.

Marc Schreiber, one of the founders of “go clear,” is the venture’s head.

“It’s a huge opportunity to work independently,” says Schreiber. “With ‘go clear,’ I can accompany a project from the first idea to the finished product and hopefully to the first revenue it generates. I think that’s great.”

“go clear” is still in the technical development stage. Various materials and production processes are being tested to achieve ideal objectives. The technology will be tested by pilot customers at the end of this year.

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,800 people at the end of 2018.

Find more information at www.covestro.us.

Forward-Looking Statements

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H&M, Ikea, Gap, Adidas and Nike Among Global Brands Leading on Sustainable Cotton Sourcing

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 2:20pm

In 2018, the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) Retailer and Brand Members sourced more than one million metric tonnes of Better Cotton. That’s a 45% increase on 2017 (736,000 metric tonnes) and sends a clear signal to the market that Better Cotton is becoming a sustainable mainstream commodity.

BCI’s demand-driven funding model means that retailer and brand sourcing of ‘Better Cotton’ (cotton produced by licensed BCI Farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton Principles and Criteria that guide BCI Farmers towards continuous improvement across seven key areas) directly translates into increased investment in training for cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices.

While all BCI Retailer and Brand Members are contributing to the sustainable future of cotton, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the leaders. The following members are the top 15 (in descending order) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in the 2018 calendar year. Together they represent a significant proportion (88%) of the Better Cotton that was sourced last year.

  1. Hennes & Mauritz AB

  2. IKEA Supply AG

  3. Gap Inc.

  4. adidas AG

  5. Nike, Inc.

  6. Levi Strauss & Co.

  7. C&A AG

  8. PVH Corp.

  9. VF Corporation

  10. BESTSELLER

  11. DECATHLON S.A.

  12. Target Corporation

  13. Marks and Spencer PLC

  14. Tesco

  15. OVS Spa

ACCESS THE BETTER COTTON LEADERBOARD 2018

For some Retailer and Brand Members, Better Cotton accounts for a substantial percentage of their total cotton sourcing. In 2018, the companies who sourced more than 90% of their cotton as Better Cotton were adidas AG, HEMA BV, Marimekko Corporation and Stadium AB. Decathlon SA, Fatface Ltd, Hennes & Mauritz AB, and IKEA AG sourced more than 75% of their cotton as Better Cotton.

The ‘fastest movers’ of 2018 (listed in alphabetical order) are Benetton, Burberry Ltd, Fatface Ltd, GANT AB, Gap Inc., HEMA BV, La Redoute, Marimekko Corporation, Nike Inc., Olymp Bezner KG, Peak Performance, PVH Corp. and Stadium AB. These retailers and brands increased their volumes of cotton sourced as Better Cotton by more than 20 percentage points compared to 2017, demonstrating that sourcing cotton more sustainably can become the norm for organisations of all sizes. 

Quotes from BCI Retailer and Brand Members

Since September 2015, all of the cotton we source for IKEA products is responsibly sourced – 85% of that is sourced as Better Cotton. It took a decade of determination and hard work to embed sustainability into our supply chain and we are pleased to have reached our 100% sustainable cotton target. We won’t stop there though. We are committed to creating positive change throughout the entire cotton industry and continue to collaborate with our partners to make this a reality.”

–      Rahul Ganju, Sustainability Manager Textiles, IKEA of Sweden.

BESTSELLER joined BCI in 2011 and we’ve been an active member since then. We’ve increased our uptake of Better Cotton year on year and invested in farmer training and support. BESTSELLER has a target to source 100% of its cotton more sustainably by 2022 – to achieve this we source Better Cotton, Cotton made in Africa, organic cotton and recycled cotton.”

–      Dorte Rye Olsen, Sustainability Manager, BESTSELLER. 

About the Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) — a global not-for-profit organisation — is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. In the 2017-18 cotton season, together with our partners we provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 2.2 million farmers from 21 countries. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands to civil society organisations, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. Thanks to the support of partners and members, Better Cotton accounts for around 19% of global cotton production, and by the end of 2020, we aim to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices and ensure that Better Cotton accounts for 30% of global cotton production.

ACCESS THE 2018 BCI ANNUAL REPORT

U.S. Gain Expands Investment in Dairy Industry

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:20am

With its corporate headquarters surrounded by dairy farms, U.S. Gain is personally familiar with the benefits the agricultural industry provides the local economy. Even so, U.S. Gain President Mike Koel never thought his business would be investing in these farms to produce alternative fuel. With partnerships in 12 dairy farms and growing, U.S. Gain is especially honored to see these farms profit from renewable natural gas (RNG) production. 

RNG is an alternative fuel produced by capturing methane from agricultural waste, wastewater, landfills and food waste. Gas from these sources is cleaned and conditioned to meet pipeline standards, then dispensed through natural gas fueling stations and used as the only carbon-negative fuel.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), agriculture represents about 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which trap heat in the atmosphere and lead to global warming. However, the recent adoption of anaerobic digesters on dairy farms, used in part to produce RNG, reduces emissions generated by the agriculture sector.  Now, instead of emitting methane and other harmful gases into the air, contaminants are captured and transformed into alternative fuel, agricultural bedding and fertilizer.

“Dairy digesters harvest methane, which is 80 percent more potent than CO2, and prevent greenhouse gases from otherwise escaping into the atmosphere,” Koel explains. “They also reduce odor by 50 percent and kill harmful bacteria such as E.coli.”

Greenhouse gas reduction strategies are a top priority for the government, as well as many other corporations and consumers. Not only does RNG provide emission reductions during development, but it also improves air quality when used as an alternative fuel. According to the EPA, transportation-related emissions comprise nearly half of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, which can be reduced by up to 125 percent when RNG is used for transportation fuel instead of diesel.

Environmental benefits aren’t the only gains associated with RNG. When used in transportation, RNG generates federal and regional financial credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Oregon Clean Fuels Program (CFP). Credits are issued because of the strong environmental attributes associated with RNG and help position federal and regional areas to achieve outlined air quality goals.

Credit programs offered U.S. Gain the opportunity to diversify and become a vertically integrated RNG supplier. By pairing investment in agricultural RNG development with its network of natural gas fueling stations, U.S. Gain is able to obtain a higher portion of credit values and expedite the return on investment—sharing more with their partners and confidently investing in future development opportunities.

“In the past 12 months, the available supply of RNG has doubled in volume and continues to grow,” Koel says. “While this trend is positive, supply must continue to rise as demand for RNG expands beyond transportation, and into buildings and processes for carbon-free facilities and products.”

In addition to the transportation industry, the climbing demand for RNG has allowed farmers to diversify their revenue streams through direct financial gains or additional cost-savings as a result of the RNG development process. RNG production requires skilled operators to run and maintain equipment at these agricultural facilities, which has brought about new job opportunities for rural communities. As demand for RNG continues to rise, U.S. Gain looks forward to building a strong future of environmental and economic success with the agricultural industry. 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephanie Lowney
Marketing Manager, U.S. Gain
(920) 381-2190
slowney@usgain.com                                

About U.S. Gain
U.S. Gain® is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions™ that reduce emissions for a cleaner tomorrow. As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding the availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. With a history of successful renewable natural gas development projects, financial strength, compliance expertise and dispensing capabilities – U.S. Gain is the partner of choice for renewable natural gas development and distribution.

Over the years, U.S. Gain has also built their own network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada, of which are known for unprecedented performance and uptime. Well-versed in public and private station construction, compressed natural gas equipment and grant funding programs – U.S. Gain is a premier partner for companies seeking a new fueling station, station upgrades or general maintenance contracts.

As a part of U.S. Venture, Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, U.S. Gain is committed to finding a better way for companies to succeed – both economically and environmentally. With experience you need and ethics you value, U.S. Gain is the partner you’ll be proud to work with.

Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit Focuses on What Works and What’s Next.

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:20am

More than 160 leading corporate social impact professionals gathered for the 18th Annual Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit on June 12-13, 2019 in New York City. The unique event is created by and for CSR practitioners, built by a distinguished corporate advisory council.

Summit highlights included a new senior leader shark tank tackling tough challenges like demonstrating return on investment, the second year of professional development for emerging leaders, a volunteer experience packing 10,152 meals in an hour to help end hunger, two energizing networking receptions, plus robust sessions on human trafficking, gender inequity, diversity and inclusion as a business strategy, employee resource groups, social impact strategy, integrating CSR as a revenue center, and more. Check out the Summit photos, program and full speaker line-up.

Quotes:
“How do you create a winning culture? Culture starts at the top. Leadership sets the tone by communicating the desired behavior and then, ‘walking the talk’. Leveraging diversity and inclusion can be an effective asset to support a winning culture. D&I can be a huge competitive advantage and profit center, not just the right thing to do.”Kevin Clayton, Vice President of Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

“Use board service as a way to develop employees’ empathy and the next level of leadership skills.” – Tracey Burton, Senior Director of CR at Target; Target Foundation and Corporate Giving 

“Start with strategy. NFL’s goal is to inspire and unify fans, with our 32 teams as arms and legs across the country.” – Melissa Schiller, Director of Community Relations, National Football League. 

“Participation is not engagement. We talk about participation when we talk about employee engagement, but participation is only one indicator leading to engagement.”Gary Levante, SVP of Corporate Responsibility and Culture at Berkshire Bank

“If you work with competitors, you can move mountains. I call it ‘cooper-tition.’”Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN 

“Employee resource groups help you bring your whole self to work. Without the people, there is no business. How do you measure the value of happy, healthy, whole employees?” -- Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisory, Global Social Investment at Chevron

“We start with logic models and the theory of change first. We work to design volunteerism initiatives with the outcomes that we’re seeking to achieve.” -- Yezenia Ramos, Senior Manager of Employee Engagement, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson 

“It may be about community impact but it’s about being a responsible business leader.” --Heather Lofkin Wright, Responsible Business Leadership Director at PwC US

This Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit is made possible thanks to generous sponsors:

  • Summit lunch sponsor: The Guardian Life Insurance Company

  • Gold sponsors: Best Buy, Comcast, New York Life Insurance

  • Silver sponsors: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Cybergrants, Group Sales, Safeguard Global

  • In-kind sponsors: 3BL Media, Care First BCBS, Jersey Mike’s Subs, KIND Snacks, Pfizer, Realized Worth, RK Black, Starbucks, The Westin New York at Times Square

About Charities@Work
Charities@Work (Charities at Work) bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors to achieve greater social and environmental impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of three nonprofit organizations – Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 3,000 of the leading health, environmental, international development, and community nonprofits making a difference in the U.S. and around the world today. These three nonprofits exist to facilitate interaction and partnership between charities, companies, and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all.

World Refugee Day: Taking Steps for the Globally Displaced

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm
Cisco | CSR Blog

What if San Francisco was suddenly empty? Or New York City? Or both? Imagine over 9 million people fleeing their homes, families and friends, schools, and jobs—leaving two of the United States’ most populous cities nearly empty. Our world would look different—we would notice and want to know what’s going on. We would want to help.

The reality is that all around the world, people are fleeing from violence, persecution, or disaster in search of safety. We often don’t feel these effects because it isn’t happening in our own backyard. It’s in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and most notably Syria, where more than 11 million people have been displaced from their homes. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there’s over 68.5 million people forcibly displaced around the world.

That’s why on World Refugee Day, we shed light on this reality for millions of people globally.

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Highlights From Corporate Day at the Global Pro Bono Summit

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm
Download the Global Pro Bono Summit Upshot

Corporate Day at the Global Pro Bono Summit—hosted by Taproot Foundation—was built on connections, looking at pro bono as a piece of a company’s broader philanthropic puzzle. And through this lens, practitioners across companies and industries collaborated and innovated with their peers on how they can truly maximize the impact pro bono has on the communities
they serve.

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Nestlé Volunteers Take Part in Lac Léman Clean-Up

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

More than 600 Nestlé employees and their families are expected to join a clean-up initiative around Lac Léman, Switzerland on 22 June 2019. This initiative is part of Nestlé’s broader vision to achieve a waste-free future.

In collaboration with ASL (Association pour la Sauvegarde du Léman) and with the support of 10 municipalities along the Riviera region, volunteers will remove all types of waste littered in the environment. The plastic waste collected will then be sorted and recycled in the municipal recycling systems.

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Don't Hate Me Because I'm #beautifuLGBTQ

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

No matter who you love, what you wear, or how you style your hair, Pride is a beautifulGBTQ+ thing.

Watch the video on Youtube

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Sysco Values Inclusiveness

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

What is an ally? Allies are good listeners. They are open-minded and knowledgeable. Allies educate themselves and take proactive steps to prevent discrimination. Allies embody Sysco’s value of Inclusiveness. Being inclusive allows us to create a safe, diverse and dynamic work environment for our associates and customers where everyone has an equal opportunity to feel valued and respected, including LGBTQ+ people.

Sysco celebrates Pride by recognizing Spectrum, our associate resource group that advocates for the LGBTQ+ community along with the entire spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.

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Closing the Digital Divide: How Comcast-NBCUniversal Does Community Impact

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm
Originally published by Inside Philanthropy

One way to measure inequality in the country is through the digital divide. A Pew Research Center articlerevealed that even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption, the divide persists. Around 29 percent of adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don’t own a smartphone and more than four-in-ten don’t have home broadband services (44 percent) or a traditional computer (46 percent). Meanwhile, higher-income Americans are also more likely to have multiple devices that enable them to go online. This divide also impacts children, including fostering a so-called the “homework gap”—the gap between school-aged children who have access to high-speed Internet at home and those who do not.

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FPT Industrial: Training the Next Generation of Engineers

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm

CNH Industrial’s global powertrain brand FPT Industrial is committed to developing ever more efficient engines, and to ensure this continues into the future, the Brand is committed to developing the engineers of the future who will help them achieve this. With a strong presence through university research and development, the Brand promoted a Training Day at the Military Engineering Institute, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a series of four lectures on the latest powertrain solutions.

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Viacom Hosts ‘In the Thick’ Podcast for Exploration of Immigrant Misrepresentation in Media

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 5:19pm
Originally published by Viacom

By Stuart Winchester

Journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela recorded an episode of their In The Thick podcast at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters last week, moderating a panel that explored how underrepresentation in the production and executive ranks feeds a skewed media portrait.

The panel, co-hosted by Hispanic employee resource groups from Viacom (Somos) and HBO (Alianza), included employees from both companies.

Insights from the panelists gave human perspective to the need for more diversity within the television industry over the last several years. Amid the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, companies have been forced to address a legacy of gender and racial discrimination in front of and behind the camera to succeed in appealing to increasingly diverse viewers. As the most recent Diversity in Hollywood Report from UCLA asserts, “today’s diverse audiences, the evidence shows, prefer film and television content populated with characters to whom they can relate and whose stories drive the narrative.”

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