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SC Johnson Provides Support to Help Protect Carnaúba Palm Trees in Brazil

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:38am

As part of SC Johnson’s efforts to protect natural resources for future generations, the company today announced it has provided a grant of 1.2 million Brazilian reals ($370,000) to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI). The grant will help drive research in the management and control of the Devil’s claw vine (Cryptostegia madagascariensis), an exotic invasive weed that currently threatens the unique Caatinga ecosystem, including the native Carnaúba palm (Copernicia prunifera), in northeastern Brazil.

“The aggressive nature of the Devil’s claw vine if left unchecked can have a devastating impact on the local diversity of plant life, resulting in a loss of native vegetation, including the Carnaúba palm,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This important endeavor will help recover the health of the Caatinga forest and sustain the Carnaúba palm for generations to come.”

This initiative is co-funded by the Agência do Desenvolvimento do Estado do Ceará (ADECE) and SINDCARNAÚBA, the Carnauba Wax Refiners Syndicate of Ceará, and coordinated from the Brazilian side through the Associação Caatinga. Joint funds will help establish three monitoring stations in Ceará for baseline and long-term research into the invasion by the Devil’s claw vine and develop a weed management strategy that aims to introduce and disperse a rust fungus (Maravalia cryptostegiae) to potentially control the vine.

The Devil’s claw vine is a climbing weed from Madagascar with no natural damaging enemies in Brazil. The vine is typically defined by its bell-shaped purple flowers, which usually bloom after heavy rains. Once established, the Devil’s claw vine can flower most of the year and its seeds are spread via wind and waterways. It is known for smothering surrounding plants, including the iconic Carnaúba palm, which is also an important economic plant in Ceará as a source for wax. The vine deprives plants of light and carbon dioxide, can topple trees by its sheer foliage weight, and is known to prevent access to waterways and reduce grazing land available to livestock. The milky sap, or latex, is also poisonous.

The rust fungus, which is native to Madagascar, will be assessed as a potential biological control agent by CABI in the United Kingdom to ensure that the fungus will only attack the Devil’s claw vine. Following field collection of the rust in Madagascar, stringent safety testing will be conducted under quarantine conditions in the U.K. If approved for release by the Brazilian government, the fungus is expected to cause defoliation of the plant, which will reduce plant growth, flowering and seed production – ultimately curbing the invasion in the Caatinga ecosystem.

“This investment will help to address a growing issue that is having a detrimental impact on the native flora and fauna of the Caatinga. If left unchecked, this invasive weed will continue to spread into new areas in Brazil,” said Dr. Harry Evans, Emeritus Fellow, Invasive Species Management Team, CABI. “Reducing the growth and invasion of the Devil’s claw vine is essential to ensuring the long-term health of the Caatinga, and potentially of other Brazilian ecosystems.”

Caatinga Forest

Called the “White Forest” by native populations, the Caatinga ecosystem covers an estimated 11 percent of Brazil and is spread across the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, northern Minas Gerais, Maranhão Paraíba, Piau, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe. This dry forest is home to the largest populations of Carnaúba palms in the world. It also has some of the world’s most diverse plant life and its biodiversity is critically important to maintaining the variety of animals native to the region, such as the emblematic three-banded armadillo.

SC Johnson Protecting Brazil’s Environment for Decades

SC Johnson has played a significant role in protecting the environment in Brazil for more than eight decades. From the original Carnaúba expedition in 1935, to its contributions to protecting two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s, and the creation of The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga Association, a group dedicated to studying and protecting the region’s environmental landscape, the company has significantly invested in the region. Additionally, SC Johnson donated 18,000 acres of Caatinga land to The Nature Conservancy. In 2017, the company partnered with Conservation International to help conserve more than 100,000 acres of land – much of that in the Amazon region.

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Contact

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

262-260-2440

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge. Our 48 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include development and research projects, scientific publishing and microbial services.

SC Johnson apoia a proteção da Carnaúba no Brasil

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:38am

A SC Johnson anunciou hoje a doação de R$ 1,2 milhão para o Centro Internacional de Biociência Agrícola (CABI), como parte das iniciativas da empresa em prol da proteção de recursos naturais para as futuras gerações. Esse subsídio ajudará a orientar a pesquisa em gestão e controle da unha-do-diabo (Cryptostegia madagascariensis), uma planta daninha exótica e invasiva que ameaça atualmente o ecossistema único da Caatinga, incluindo a carnaúba (Copernicia prunifera), palmeira nativa do nordeste do Brasil.

“A natureza agressiva da unha-do-diabo, se deixada sem controle, pode ter um impacto devastador sobre a diversidade da flora local, resultando na perda de vegetação nativa, inclusive a palmeira  carnaúba,” disse Fisk Johnson, presidente do conselho e CEO da SC Johnson. “Este importante esforço ajudará na recuperação da saúde da Caatinga e na sustentação da carnaúba para as futuras gerações.”

Esta iniciativa é cofinanciada pela Agência do Desenvolvimento do Estado do Ceará (ADECE) e o SINDCARNAÚBA, o Sindicato das Indústrias Refinadoras de Cera de Carnaúba do Ceará, e coordenada no Brasil pela Associação Caatinga. O financiamento conjunto ajudará a estabelecer três estações de monitoramento no Ceará para uma base de pesquisa de longo prazo sobre a invasão da unha-do-diabo e a desenvolver uma estratégia de gerenciamento da planta, com o objetivo de introduzir e dispersar o fungo da ferrugem (Maravalia cryptostegiae) para, potencialmente, controlar a espécie.

A unha-do-diabo é uma trepadeira daninha de Madagascar que não tem predadores naturais no Brasil. A planta é tipicamente identificada por suas flores roxas em forma de sino, que normalmente florescem depois de chuvas fortes. Uma vez estabelecida, a unha-do-diabo pode florescer na maior parte do ano e suas sementes são espalhadas pelo vento e em vias fluviais. É conhecida por sufocar as plantas ao seu redor, inclusive a icônica palmeira carnaúba, fonte de cera e uma importante planta para a economia do Ceará. A unha-do-diabo priva outras plantas de luz e dióxido de carbono, pode cobrir o topo de árvores com sua pesada folhagem densa e é conhecida por bloquear o acesso a vias fluviais e por reduzir a área de pastagem para o gado. O leite do caule, ou látex, também é venenoso.

O fungo de ferrugem, que também é nativo de Madagascar, será avaliado como um potencial agente de controle biológico pela CABI no Reino Unido para assegurar que o fungo somente atacará a unha-do-diabo. Depois da coleta do fungo em campo em Madagascar, será conduzido um rígido teste de segurança sob condições de quarentena no Reino Unido. Se aprovado para liberação pelo governo brasileiro, o fungo deve provocar o desfolhamento da planta, o que reduzirá o crescimento da trepadeira, assim como a sua floração e produção de sementes, finalmente contendo a invasão no ecossistema da Caatinga.

“Este investimento ajudará a abordar um problema crescente que vem tendo um impacto prejudicial sobre a flora e fauna nativas da Caatinga. Se deixada sem controle, esta erva daninha invasora continuará a se espalhar por novas áreas do Brasil,” disse o Dr. Harry Evans, pesquisador emérito, da equipe de gerenciamento de espécies invasoras, CABI. “A redução do crescimento e da invasão da unha-do-diabo é essencial para assegurar a saúde da Caatinga no longo prazo e, potencialmente, de outros ecossistemas brasileiros também.”

A Caatinga

Chamada pelas populações nativas de “Floresta Branca”, o ecossistema da Caatinga cobre cerca de 11 por cento do Brasil e está espalhada pelos estados de Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, norte de Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Paraíba, Piauí, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte e Sergipe. Esta floresta seca é o lar da maior população de palmeiras de carnaúba do mundo. Também tem uma das mais diversificadas floras do mundo e sua biodiversidade é extremamente importante para a manutenção da variedade de animais nativos da região, como o emblemático tatu-bola.

A SC Johnson protege o meio ambiente do Brasil há décadas

A SC Johnson tem tido um papel significativo na proteção ambiental no Brasil há mais de oito décadas. Desde a expedição Carnaúba original de 1935 até suas contribuições para a proteção de duas reservas na ecoregião da Caatinga do Brasil nos anos 1990 e a criação do Fundo para Conservação da Caatinga, dedicado ao estudo e à proteção ambiental, a empresa vem investindo significativamente na região. Além disso, a SC Johnson doou 7.300 hectares de terras de Caatinga para a The Nature Conservancy. Em 2017, a empresa fez uma parceria com a Conservação Internacional para ajudar na conservação de mais de 40.000 hectares de terras, a grande maioria na região da Amazônia.

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Contato:

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

1-262-260-2440

 

Sobre a SC Johnson

A SC Johnson é uma empresa familiar dedicada a produtos inovadores e de alta qualidade, à excelência no local de trabalho e ao compromisso de longo prazo com o meio ambiente e as comunidades onde atua. Com sede nos EUA, a empresa é um dos principais fabricantes mundiais de produtos de limpeza doméstica e produtos de armazenagem doméstica, purificadores de ar, controle de pragas e cuidados para calçados, além de produtos profissionais. Ela comercializa marcas bastante conhecidas, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® nos EUA e em outros países, com marcas comercializadas fora dos EUA, como AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MÚSCLO® e RIDSECT®. Com 132 anos de história, a empresa gera US$ 10 bilhões em vendas, emprega aproximadamente 13 mil pessoas em todo o mundo e vende produtos em quase todos os países. www.scjohnson.com

Sobre o Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

O CABI é uma organização internacional sem fins lucrativos que melhora as vidas das pessoas fornecendo informações e aplicando expertise científica para solucionar problemas na agricultura e no meio ambiente. Através do compartilhamento de conhecimento e ciência, o CABI ajuda a atender questões de preocupação global tais como melhorias na segurança global de alimentos e na salvaguarda do meio ambiente. Fazemos isso ao ajudar fazendeiros a crescer mais e perder menos do que produzem, combatendo ameaças de pestes e doenças para a agricultura e o meio ambiente, protegendo a biodiversidade contra espécies invasoras e melhorando o acesso ao conhecimento científico agrícola e ambiental. Nossos 48 países membros guiam e influenciam nossas principais áreas de trabalho, que incluem projetos de desenvolvimento e pesquisa, publicações científicas e serviços microbianos.

CyberGrants Ovation Award Winners

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 5:38pm

CyberGrants presented their annual Ovation Awards at the 2018 CyberGrants User Conference in New Orleans.  The Aetna Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation were awarded “Ovations” for their philanthropic excellence. 

“CyberGrants has the privilege of working with the most prestigious and generous organizations in the world. The positive impact our clients have on the greater good is truly incredible,” noted Mark Layden, CyberGrants CEO. “While we are proud to be part of all of our clients’ efforts, we would like to recognize those clients whose philanthropic efforts are consistently inspirational and raise the bar for the rest of the industry. Therefore, we created the CyberGrants ‘Ovation’ award.”

Ovation winners were selected for their philanthropic leadership, innovation and use of technology. While they come from different industries and execute a variety of giving programs, they all share a deep commitment to carrying out their visions and inspiring positive change. These companies also create innovative programming and solutions that break new ground in the industry and for other corporations and foundations. Additionally, they take the lead in leveraging technology to insure their giving is as efficient and secure as possible. 

“CyberGrants uses a hand to symbolize our brand because it represents giving and receiving. ‘Giving a hand’ has two important and distinct meanings. We’re helping someone, or we’re acknowledging hard work and success. These ideas truly are the embodiment of CyberGrants, our team, but most importantly our clients. We felt an ‘Ovation’ was an apt name to use to recognize our most influential clients, as an Ovation is genuine and heartfelt celebration of truly outstanding work” explained Layden.

 “Aetna is thrilled to accept the CyberGrants’ Ovation Award in front of so many of our peers in the industry”, said Melenie Magnotta, Chief Operating Officer, Aetna Foundation.  “The CyberGrants client base is a close knit community and we all benefit from connecting with each other.” 

“We have been partnering with CyberGrants for the last six years and converted 30 years’ worth of grant data to CyberGrants from multiple access databases and it could not have gone more smoothly.  It’s so helpful to have a single view into all our giving.  We’ve always been very happy with CyberGrants and are thrilled to have them recognize our philanthropy and Paul Newman’s legacy.” said Kelly Giordano, Managing Director for Newman’s Own Foundation. 

 “Aetna and Newman’s Own Foundation are both trailblazers in the industry, leveraging CyberGrants for multiple initiatives including matching gifts, disaster relief, volunteering, grants, community partnerships, and more.  These leaders understand the need for agile philanthropy and embrace the positive impact it can have on their brands, employees, and the community.  Regardless of the forms their philanthropy takes, they know they can count on CyberGrants to support their efforts,” said Jeff Summers, CyberGrants Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

In 2017, CyberGrants presented the “Ovation Award” to ITW, JP Morgan Chase, Target, and U.S. Bancorp.

About CyberGrants
CyberGrants is a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for corporate social responsibility. CyberGrants’ mission is to provide innovative software and services in the most secure and efficient way; to connect the world’s givers to those who can benefit from them most. Since its founding in 1999, CyberGrants has delivered fully-hosted web-based SaaS solutions to many of the largest companies and foundations in the world, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100. In the past 12 months alone, CyberGrants’ integrated grants management and employee engagement software has processed over $6 billion in donations and tens of thousands of volunteer hours.  For additional information on CyberGrants, visit  http://www.cybergrants.com/ 

About the Aetna Foundation 
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 430,000 hours in 2016 alone.

For more information, visit https://www.aetna-foundation.org/ 

About Newman’s Own Foundation
Newman’s Own Foundation is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by Paul Newman in 2005 to assure the continuation of his commitment to use 100% of the net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $500 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit http://newmansownfoundation.org/

Houston’s Challenges Highlight Opportunities for Work in Sustainability

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 2:37pm

Houston is the most populous city in Texas.  It is the fourth largest city and Greater Houston is the fifth most populous metro area in the US.  In 2005, Houston accepted 125,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Houston suffered from Hurricane Ike in 2008, faced historic flooding in 2015 and 2016, was devasted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and already in 2018, the potential for severe flooding is a grave concern.

Welcome to the new normal.

How do companies in Houston prepare for the inevitable?  Many fortune 500 companies, like those trained in sustainability by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), are based in Houston.  Dominated by the energy industry, retail, clothing, communications, finance, transportation, and software sectors are also represented. 

More and more frequently, these major companies are hiring sustainability professionals: employees, managers, directors, and VPs to oversee Sustainability Strategy to deal with challenges locally and internationally.  Houston itself has a hard-working Office of Sustainability, a Sustainability Indicators Project and a city Sustainability Action Plan which includes emissions reduction, clean water, efficient infrastructure, and resiliency.  

As the need in Houston expands, whether due to population growth or weather concerns, those trained in a focused sustainability methodology will be leading the way.  During its most recent Houston training, CSE partnered with NASA sustainability practitioners to present NASA’s commitment to and sustainability evolution at the Johnson Space Center. 

Research shows 87% of CSR/Sustainability professionals are embedded throughout different departments within an organization, ranging from Human Resources to Operations.  Regardless of where you work, expertise or sector, being prepared to embed social responsibility within an organization opens a wide range of job opportunities. 

As companies are forced to rebuild from disaster, mitigate for the inevitable and design strategies to take Houston into the 2020s, training becomes key.  Module 1 of CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program addresses the crucial business case for sustainability.  Modules 2 and 3 look at local and international legislation and standards.  By the time attendees reach Module 8, they are ready to apply important skills to the future trends identified by CSE’s field experts and ongoing research. 

The tangible challenges of pollution abatement, risk mitigation, employee retention and much more are integral to sustainability.  Join the CSE Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program in Houston, Sept. 27-28, 2018.  CSE is a boutique sustainability consultant and trainer with an international presence.  Next trainings for the year include Toronto in October, Dubai, UAE, in November, and London, UK, in December. 

For more information, visit www.cse-net.org or email sustainability@cse-net.org.

Designing New Climate Change Solutions, With Inspiration That Is Millions of Years Old

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

A tidal energy harvester inspired by the human heart. A soil erosion solution that mimics a kingfisher’s eyelid. A mosquito-control device that functions like carnivorous plants. These technologies are among the winners in a global competition that asks innovators to create radically sustainable climate change solutions inspired by the natural world.

Over 60 teams from 16 countries entered the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, submitting nature-inspired inventions to reverse, mitigate, or adapt to climate change. Winning teams receive cash prizes and an invitation to the 2018-19 Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator that supports the path to commercialization and the potential to win the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize®. Read more about the winners and their innovations here.

”Nature’s blueprints are inspiring breakthroughs that change the way we think about innovation,” said John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a major funder of the Challenge. “Reversing climate change means more than solar panels and wind turbines; it means reimagining everything, and after three years of working with teams in this Challenge, we are convinced biomimicry is the future of design.”

The Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge invites innovators to learn how to use biomimicry—the process of looking to nature for design inspiration—to develop solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is a proven method for creating breakthrough sustainable solutions, and nature offers us time-tested strategies that can be applied to climate change design issues in areas like energy, water, transportation, buildings and infrastructure, food systems, health, and more. The Challenge provides an opportunity to learn biomimicry by applying it in action to pressing environmental issues, and the chance to bring solutions closer to market in the Biomimicry Launchpad.

“I think we all remember being a kid, playing outside and discovering something amazing, like the way a roly poly pill bug contracts or how fireflies were the original twinkle lights,” said Beth Rattner, the Biomimicry Institute’s executive director. “Most of us thought, ‘One day, I’ll invent something that works like that.’ Most of us got sidetracked, but these teams followed that dream.”

The Ray of Hope Prize honors the legacy of Interface Founder Ray C. Anderson, who funded the Foundation upon his passing in 2011. Anderson was famously inspired by radical new approaches to centuries-old design and manufacturing techniques, and sought them out when rethinking his $1 billion global carpet tile company’s products and processes. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has supported the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge since 2014. Each year, the Institute and Foundation award the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize to the most viable prototype that embodies the radical sustainability principles of biomimicry.

A new round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge will open in September 2018, providing a new opportunity for teams to learn about biomimicry, develop climate change solutions, and compete for a spot in the Launchpad and the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize. Learn more about the challenge at challenge.biomimicry.org.

About the Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

About Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability.

Learn How to Incorporate ESG Into Your Financial Communications in Free Webcast, July 25

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

With the demand growing each year for more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information to be included with standard financial documents, Addison has created a webcast to share best practices from simple to sophisticated.

Join Addison for “How to Incorporate ESG into your Financial Communications,” July 25 at 12 p.m. ET. This free webcast is recommended for investor relations, sustainability and communications professionals responsible for reporting on financial- and sustainability-related issues.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sharing their perspectives on ESG integration with financial documents will be Keith Littlejohns Senior Strategist from Addison’s CSR and Sustainability practice, and Lois Yurow Strategist from Addison’s Stakeholder Communications practice. Moderating the discussion and Q&A session will be Judy Sandford Managing Director of Addison’s CSR and Sustainability practice.

This hour-long presentation will provide practical information on integrating ESG information including:

• The changing investor demand for ESG information

• The spectrum of ESG reporting

• How to present ESG topics to investor stakeholders

• Tips for incorporating ESG information within Proxy Statements

• Best practice examples

About Addison

Addison is a creative agency with over 100 award-winning thinkers, designers, content creators, digital storytellers, and developers. Our strength is strategic communication — brilliantly executed across all channels. Established 10 years ago, our CSR and Sustainability practice offers some of the most comprehensive capabilities in our industry. We have produced more than 100 sustainability reports for our Fortune 500 clients and others. We have 50 years combined experience in the field and our entire team is GRI certified. Services include materiality analysis, stakeholder engagement, goal and KPI development, CSR and sustainability reporting against major frameworks (GRI, SDG, SASB, etc.), report writing and production, communications planning, employee engagement, digital experiences, and social media campaigns.

YourCause Launches Next Generation Charity Portal to Enhance Workplace Giving and Corporate Engagement for Nonprofit Partners

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

 YourCause, LLC, the industry leader in enterprise CSR technology, released the next generation of its charity portal, NPOconnect, to better serve and engage more than 2.8 million nonprofits currently serviced by YourCause and its corporate partners. Provided completely free of charge, NPOconnect enables nonprofits to digitally connect to the YourCause Global Good Network, consisting now of over 7 million global employees from nearly 300 corporate partners. NPOconnect provides charity administrators with intuitive dashboards highlighting employee giving and volunteering statistics and trends, enhanced volunteer event management features, advanced donor search and reporting functionality, and administrative features encouraging broad adoption across the nonprofit organization. Coupled with the YourCause Transparent Giving model, YourCause offers the most nonprofit-friendly enterprise CSR technology platform available.

YourCause Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton, said of NPOconnect: “The success of our nonprofit partners is critical to the growth and impact of our corporate partners’ philanthropic strategies as well as our own company mission at YourCause. Our investment in a completely redesigned, modern digital platform for nonprofits is proof of our commitment to their success. NPOconnect will serve as the cornerstone for our nonprofit partners’ corporate and employee engagement efforts, helping them take full advantage of this fast-growing donor and volunteer acquisition channel.” 

NPOconnect's user-friendly interface allows charity administrators to easily analyze donor activity, thereby gaining insight into donor engagement and retention trends across 170 countries. Other newly enhanced capabilities include improved donation and matching gift reporting, as well as simplified management of the organization and charity chapter pages. YourCause’s corporate and nonprofit partners alike have found value in NPOconnect’s ability to streamline volunteer campaign setup and management, increase engagement in workplace giving campaigns, disaster relief initiatives, matching gifts programs, and robust reporting capabilities.

Rowan Parkes, Corporate Development Manager at Action for Children UK, commented on the launch, “NPOconnect and the charity support services provided by YourCause help us to connect with employees at all levels to engage them in our mission by encouraging them to volunteer, donate, and raise money. Our goal is to maximize our visibility and engagement with each corporate partner, and NPOconnect has made this possible with minimal effort and at no extra cost. As an example, we are able to upload volunteer opportunities directly to NPOconnect for distribution across the YourCause Global Good Network, extending our reach well beyond what we could accomplish alone. Additionally, we are able to identify and cultivate new donors that we could not have reached otherwise.”

YourCause will continue to enhance the features and functionality of NPOconnect with regularly planned releases to address the evolving needs of nonprofits and their corporate and employee giving programs. To register for NPOconnect, visit nonprofit.yourcause.com.

ABOUT YOURCAUSE

YourCause, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the GrantsConnect Corporate and Foundation Grants Management Platform (“GrantsConnect”), an integrated, fully hosted solution for corporations to more effectively deploy and manage their employee giving, volunteering, disaster relief, grant management, fundraising, and overall corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. Ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years, and named a best place to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and do-gooders. YourCause’s commitment to never taking a portion of any donation transacted within the platform allows the company to deliver maximum support to the more than 100,000+ nonprofits actively engaging with the YourCause Global Good Network.

SC Johnson Europe Earns Best Multinational Workplace Recognition

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

SC Johnson announced today it has been recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace in Europe by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This is the 13th time SC Johnson Europe has been recognized as a Best Workplace, ranking 22 out of 25 companies on the 2018 multinational list.

“Throughout SC Johnson’s more than 100 years of operating in Europe, we have consistently strived to provide great work environments,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I congratulate the SC Johnson Europe team for once again being recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace.”

This regional recognition is a result of individual Best Workplace recognitions received for operations in Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. SC Johnson operations in Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Central America and Nigeria also have been ranked as 2018 Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute, and the company earned Best Multinational Workplace recognition in Latin America.

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. It recognizes organizations that focus on creating and sustaining high-trust, high-integrity and high-performing cultures for their people.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

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Contact

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

262-260-2440

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Releases Annual CSR Report

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

Artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrency: today’s hottest emerging technologies have the potential to reinvent the way we live, but also demand unprecedented amounts of energy and computing resources – calling into question their impacts on our environment, climate, and dwindling resources. In fact, research suggests that by 2025 the IT sector could consume 20% of all the world’s electricity generation. So how can the industry balance innovation and sustainability?

Tackling this question head-on, today HPE rolled out its annual Living Progress Report for FY17, demonstrating how the company is driving sustainable innovation and embedding corporate citizenship into its culture. Highlights include:

  • Sustainability: HPE ranked among the world’s most sustainable companies, earning distinction on the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth consecutive year and ranking amongst the top 4% of companies evaluated across the globe
  • Energy efficiency: To address the exponential increase in demand for computing power, HPE is baking IT efficiency into its products – empowering customers to minimize energy strains on the environment without sacrificing performance. HPE accounted for more supercomputers in the Green500 list than any other company and secured the #1 ranking for the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world.
  • Global challenges: HPE partnered with customers to tackle global challenges ranging from inequality to sustainability. This past year, HPE launched pilots with third-party orgs to pilot a financial management tool with rural women in Tanzania, analyse trade data to combat illegal fishing across our oceans, and more.
  • Emissions reductions: HPE achieved its operational emissions reduction goals (25% reduction by 2025) seven years ahead of schedule, and committed that by 2025 80% of HPE’s manufacturing spend will go to suppliers with science-based emissions targets in place
  • Diversity: In 2017, HPE’s diversity and inclusion efforts were acknowledged with 100% ratings by the Human Rights Equality Index and the U.S. Business Leadership Network Disability Index. 

Read the blog post for more detail on the report highlights, or check out the full report.

CMS Energy Announces Two New Wind Energy Parks

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 8:36am

CMS Energy today announced the addition of two new planned wind energy parks to its portfolio that will produce up to 250 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

“CMS Energy is committed to our triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity, and we are excited to support all three by increasing the renewable energy we supply using wind power,” said Patti Poppe, CMS Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “We are showing it is possible to provide affordable world-class products and service to customers while being responsible corporate citizens.”

Gratiot Farms Wind Project

  • Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, has entered into an agreement to own, construct and operate the Gratiot Farms Wind Project currently being developed by Tradewind Energy, one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the United States.
  • Located in North Shade and New Haven Townships in Gratiot County, the project will include up to 75 wind turbines and is expected to have a capacity of up to 150 megawatts of wind energy once fully constructed.
  • A Development Asset Acquisition agreement will be executed where Consumers Energy will acquire a development package and then manage the wind farm construction. The purchase requires approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
  • Under the agreement to acquire the wind energy park, Tradewind Energy will continue to perform studies, secure permits, acquire real estate and carry out other functions needed to develop the project to the construction stage.
  • Consumers Energy is expected to assume ownership in May 2019 and will be responsible for constructing and operating the Gratiot Farms Wind Project when it goes into commercial operation, expected in late 2020.

Northwest Ohio Wind Project

  • CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, has signed an agreement to purchase the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind project once construction is nearly completed. The project is under construction by subsidiaries of Starwood Energy Group Global. CMS Enterprises will then finish construction and own and operate the facility going forward.
  • Construction is expected to be completed on the 10,000-acre wind energy park by fall 2018.
  • CMS Enterprises has agreed to commit the renewable energy from the Northwest Ohio Wind project to General Motors as part of a 15-year renewable energy purchase agreement.
  • “CMS Enterprises’ ownership of the Ohio project enhances the longstanding relationship between GM and CMS Energy,” said Rob Threlkeld, head of global renewable energy for General Motors. “The Ohio project will play a key role in offsetting carbon emissions from seven GM plants in the Midwest and help enable GM to use renewable energy to power 20 percent of our facilities globally, demonstrating GM’s commitment toward meeting our goal of 100 percent renewables by 2050.”

Earlier this year, Consumers Energy, CMS Energy’s principal subsidiary, announced major clean energy goals, including reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. This month, Consumers Energy also announced its plans to increase renewable energy to 37 percent by 2030 and 43 percent by 2040 through additional investments in wind and solar energy.

CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, also takes a leadership role in development, ownership and operation of renewable energy with its clean and lean strategy. It owns and operates more than 1,100 megawatts of generation nationwide, including solar plants in Michigan and Wisconsin, natural gas and co-generation facilities, and two renewable energy biomass plants in Michigan and one in North Carolina.

About CMS Energy

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses through CMS Enterprises.

For more information on CMS Energy, please visit www.cmsenergy.com.

Media Contacts

Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159, or Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394

Investment Analyst Contact: CMS Energy Investor Relations, 517-788-2590

This news release contains “forward-looking statements.” The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause Consumers Energy's results to differ materially. All forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to time in Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 

Webinar - Tetra Pak, PGGM, Coca-Cola HBC & WBCSD on SDG Reporting

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 5:36am

The increasing focus and push towards the UN Global Goals and 2-degree target requires businesses to disclose accurate data to showcase future risks, demonstrate the long-term value of the business and show their impact on the SDGs.  But how do you successfully integrate the SDGs into your reporting process?
 
To help you properly report on the SDGs, 4 senior leaders are ready to share their experiences and strategies live.  Join Ethical Corporation on Thursday, 12th July, at 2pm BST for their free online webinar with:

  • Mario Abreu, Vice President Environment, Tetra Pak

  • Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM

  • Michael Dickstein, Group Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

  • James Gomme, Director, Sustainable Development Goals, WBCSD

In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn how innovative businesses are demonstrating their progress on ambitious targets through SDG focused disclosures.

  • Identify what is relevant for SDG reporting

  • Map against your operations on a local, national and regional level

  • Measure your impacts against the SDGs

  • Properly communicate your impacts against the SDGs

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3224734954935976193?source=raweb

An Estimated $970,000 Raised for Charity at the 2018 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 2:34pm

More than 6,700 people took part in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k, raising an estimated $970,000 for 70 local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This brings the grand total since 2007 to over $8 million.

"Thanks to the commitment of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge participants and the generosity and support of the people of Vancouver, we've seen our fundraising efforts make a meaningful impact in the community, year after year," said Larry Clements, District Vice President of Vancouver and Richmond District at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank's goal has always been to help create a better life for people in the communities we serve. That's why we're so excited to celebrate the 12th annual Scotiabank Charity Challenge during the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k."

Lethbridge Alberta's Kip Kangogo cruised to his seventh victory at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon, while Vancouver'sDayna Pidhoresky had an impressive win over pre-race favourite Sasha Gollish.

Kangogo started out with an easy pace and took an early lead over a pack of eight runners at the eight kilometre mark. He extended his lead at Jericho beach and never looked back, clocking in at 1:07:24. He was able to hold on to the win by beating Vancouverite, Anthony Tomsich, who came in second with a time of 1:08:04. Calgary's Benard Onsare, who is coming off a lengthy injury, was third with a time of 1:09:37. Dayna Pidhoresky, who took the women's title with a time of 1:13:06, was able to hold off current series leader, Sasha Gollish with a time of 1:15:05. Cold Lake Alberta's Emily Setlack was third with a time of 1:16:46.

Scotiabank believes in helping young people reach their infinite potential, and many organizations who take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge have a direct impact on our local youth. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank aims to help provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed. This year's top fundraising charity is Cassie & Friends, with 170 participants raising $215,000 to support juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple way for runners in these races to support local causes that make a significant impact on Canadian communities. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all related transaction and credit card fees. Scotiabank offers the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at six sponsored marathon events across Canada including Montréal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver andToronto. 

Participants who raised $2,500 as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge will receive 1000 SCENE® Points. Learn how to take part in this offer

2018 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k Results

Half-Marathon Results 

Half-Marathon Male

1.

Kip Kangogo

1:07:24

2.

Anthony Tomsich

1:08:04

3.

Benard Onsare

1:09:37

 

Half-Marathon Female

1.

Dayna Pidhoresky

1:13:06

2.

Sasha Gollish

1:15:05

3.

Emily Setlack

1:16:46

 

5k Results

5k Male

1.

Mark Klassen

16:36

2.

Thomas Ditchfield

16:57

3.

Ricardo Escalante Carrillo

17:14

 

5k Female

1.

Stephanie McGregor

19:19

2.

Megan McPhee

20:13

3.

Megan Watt

21:58

 

To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, please visit the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k website.

For more highlights and complete race results, please visit http://www.vancouverhalf.com.

Twitter and Instagram Hashtags: #ScotiaHalf #RunScotia #InfinitePotential

About the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k is organized by the Canada Running Series, the nation's premier running circuit with 7 events: 4 in Toronto, 2 in Vancouver and 1 in Montreal.  It annually attracts some 60,000 participants and raises more than $6 million for some 320 mostly-local charities.  The Series includes the IAAF Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships. Since 1999, CRS has gained international recognition for innovation and organization.

We are passionately committed to staging great experiences for runners of all levels from Canadian Olympians and International stars, to healthy lifestyle people and charity runners; and to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process.  Our mission is "building community through the sport of running."

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $926 billion (as at April 30, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit http://www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

SOURCE Scotiabank

For further information: For media enquiries only: Randy Clegg, Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k, Media Relations Manager, rclegg@shaw.ca, 604.209.0611; Grace Kim, Scotiabank, gracej.kim@scotiabank.com, 778.668.2995

Les entomologistes de SC Johnson présentent trois conseils pour prévenir les piqûres de moustiques au cours de l’été

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:33am

On sait que les moustiques gâchent le plaisir des pique-niques, des visites à la plage et d’autres activités à l’extérieur; elles méritent bien leur réputation agaçante lors des mois chauds de l’été. Pour marquer le début de la Semaine nationale de sensibilisation du contrôle des moustiques, les spécialistes des moustiques du SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health offrent trois conseils utiles pour aider à vous protéger, vous et votre famille, contres les piqûres de moustiques.

« Les moustiques sont principalement attirés à nous par le dioxyde de carbone que nous expirons, » explique Kelly M. Semrau, première vice-présidente du service mondial des affaires de l’entreprise, communications et développement durable. « Lors de la planification d’une journée à l’extérieur, songez à utiliser un répulsif qui procure une barrière sur la peau, rendant les moustiques incapables d’atterrir sur vous et vous piquer. »

L’application appropriée de répulsif peut être la différence entre du plaisir en famille, ou la possibilité de couper court une journée de plaisir à l’extérieur. Choisir le répulsif d’insectes personnel approprié et suivre les instructions sur son étiquette aidera à repousser les moustiques, permettant ainsi plus de temps pour la création de souvenirs à l’extérieur. Tenez compte de ces conseils d’entomologistes experts du SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health :

Sélectionnez le répulsif approprié

Les répulsifs sont offerts en plusieurs formes, y compris des lotions et des vaporisateurs en aérosol. Ils contiennent souvent des ingrédients actifs comme le diéthyltoluamide et l’icaridine, aussi connue sous le nom picaridine, KBR 3023 ou saltidine). Les deux ingrédients actifs sont efficaces pour repousser les moustiques et agissent en formant une barrière sous forme de buée à la surface de la peau qui affecte les récepteurs olfactifs de l’insecte, ce qui leur cause des difficultés à reconnaître où atterrir et vous piquer.

De façon générale, plus le produit contient d’ingrédients actifs, plus longtemps il dure. Une concentration plus élevée d’un ingrédient actif signifie que les moustiques seront repoussés plus longtemps. Des concentrations plus élevées sont appropriées pour les activités qui impliquent une période plus longue à l’extérieur. Des concentrations plus faibles agiront bien pour les activités qui ne vous garderont à l’extérieur que pour quelques heures. Avant chaque application d’un répulsif d’insectes personnel, lisez l’étiquette du produit afin d’assurer que vous l’utilisez correctement et suivez toujours les instructions du fabricant.  

Appliquez les répulsifs seulement sur la peau exposée et les vêtements

Les répulsifs personnels devraient être utilisés uniquement sur la peau exposée et sur les vêtements pour empêcher les piqûres de moustiques. Lors de l’utilisation d’un répulsif d’insectes en vaporisateur en aérosol, par exemple, on recommande généralement de brasser le vaporisateur, ensuite le tenir de 15 à 20 centimètres (6 à 8 pouces) de la peau exposée et des vêtements. Vaporisez en mouvement de balayage lent et appliquez-en seulement assez pour couvrir la peau exposée. L’application d’un excès de répulsif ne se traduit pas en une meilleure couverture. N’appliquez jamais de répulsif sous les vêtements ou directement sur certains tissus comme la rayonne, le Spandex, l’acétate ou d’autres tissus synthétiques.

Faites preuve de prudence en l’appliquant sur le visage

Pour utiliser le répulsif sur le visage, appliquez d’abord le produit sur les mains, puis distribuez-le sur le visage et le cou. Évitez le contact avec vos yeux, vos lèvres et vos oreilles. Lavez-vous les mains soigneusement avec de l’eau et du savon après avoir appliqué le répulsif. Ne vaporisez ou ne frottez jamais le produit sur des coupures, des plaies ou la peau irritée.

De plus, il est aussi important que l’application d’un répulsif d’insectes personnel sur les enfants soit supervisée par un adulte. Étudiez l’étiquette du produit pour des informations au sujet des restrictions d’utilisations selon l’âge des enfants, et assurez-vous de suivre les directions pour l’application et l’utilisation. Commencez en vaporisant ou en appliquant la crème sur vos mains, ensuite appliquez-le sur l’enfant.

Pour de plus amples informations sur des façons dont vous pouvez vous protéger, vous et votre famille, contre les moustiques, veuillez visiter www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes Des documents éducatifs et des ressources supplémentaires sont offerts sur le site, en 13 langues.

Contact :

Affaires publiques internationales de SC Johnson
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262 260-2440

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À propos du SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health
Le SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health, autrefois nommé le SC Johnson Entomology Research Center, a été créé en 1957. Son principal site, situé à Racine, dans le Wisconsin, est l’un des centres de recherche d’entomologie urbains privés les plus importants au monde. En 2013, SC Johnson a développé ses opérations de recherche à l’échelle internationale en ouvrant le premier institut de recherche de ce type en Chine. Les chercheurs de l’entreprise étudient et font progresser la science de la biologie, la physiologie, l’écologie, du comportement et de la toxicologie des insectes. L’Institut teste également les formulations des produits de lutte contre les parasites et des systèmes d’administration pour aider les familles à se protéger contre les insectes et les maladies qu’ils peuvent transmettre. Les informations fournies par l’Institut aident SC Johnson à développer ses produits OFF!MD, RaidMD, BaygonMD, AutanMD, AllOutMD et autres marques de produits antiparasitaires grand public qui bénéficient de la confiance des familles depuis plusieurs générations. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes

À propos de SC Johnson
SC Johnson est une entreprise familiale dévouée à proposer des produits innovants de haute qualité et à garantir l’excellence sur le lieu de travail. L’entreprise a également pris un engagement à long terme envers l’environnement et les communautés où elle mène ses activités. Avec son siège social aux États-Unis, SC Johnson est l’un des premiers fabricants de produits d’entretien ménager, de produits de rangement domestique, de produits d’assainissement de l’air, de produits de lutte contre les insectes, de produits d’entretien des chaussures et de produits pour les professionnels. L’entreprise commercialise des marques bien connues telles que GLADEMD, KIWIMD, OFF!MD, PLEDGEMD, RAIDMD, SCRUBBING BUBBLESMD, SHOUTMD, WINDEXMD et ZIPLOCMD aux États-Unis et ailleurs, avec des marques commercialisées en dehors des États-Unis telles que AUTANMD, TANAMD, BAMAMD, BAYGONMD, BRISEMD, KABIKILLERMD, KLEARMD, MR MUSCLEMD et RIDSECTMD. Cette entreprise, fondée il y a 132 ans et qui génère des ventes d’une valeur de 10 milliards de dollars, emploie environ 13 000 personnes dans le monde entier et vend ses produits dans pratiquement tous les pays du monde. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson Entomologists Outline Three Tips to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites During Summer

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:33am

Known for taking the fun out of picnics, trips to the beach and other outdoor activities, mosquitoes especially earn their annoying reputation during warm summer months. Marking the start of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, the mosquito experts from the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health are offering three useful tips to help protect you and your family from mosquito bites.

“Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to us by the carbon dioxide we breathe out when we exhale,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “When planning a day outdoors, consider using a repellent that provides a skin barrier and makes mosquitoes unable to land on and bite you.”

Properly applying repellent can be the difference between a good time with family and friends or considering cutting short a fun day outdoors. Choosing the right personal insect repellent and following the instructions on its label will help keep the mosquitoes at bay, allowing more time for making memories outdoors. Consider these tips from the expert entomologists at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health:

Select the Right Repellent

Repellents come in many forms, including lotions and aerosol sprays. They often contain active ingredients such as DEET and Icaridin (also known as Picaridin, KBR 3023 or Saltidin.) Both active ingredients are effective in repelling mosquitoes and work by forming a vapor barrier at the skin’s surface that affects the scent receptors in the biting insect, which makes it hard for them to recognize where to land and bite you.

Generally, the more active ingredient a product contains, the longer it will last. A higher concentration of an active ingredient means mosquitoes will be repelled for a longer time. Higher concentrations are appropriate for activities that involve being outside for an extended time. Lower concentrations work well for activities that will keep you outside for only a few hours. Before each application of a personal insect repellent, first read the product label to ensure that you’re using it the correct way and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.   

Apply Repellents Only on Exposed Skin and Clothes

Repellents should be used only on exposed skin and clothing to prevent mosquitoes from biting. If using a personal insect repellent aerosol spray, for example, it is generally recommended to shake the can first, and then hold it 15-20 centimeters, or 6-8 inches, away from exposed skin and clothing. Spray in a slow sweeping motion and apply just enough to cover exposed skin. Applying an excess of repellent doesn’t equate to stronger coverage. Never apply repellents underneath clothing or directly on certain fabrics such as rayon, spandex, acetate or other synthetic fabrics.

Use Caution When Applying to Your Face

To use repellent on your face, apply it to your hands first, and then distribute it over your face and neck. Avoid contact with your eyes, lips and ears. After application, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. Never spray or rub the product over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

Additionally, it is also important for the application of personal insect repellents on children to be supervised by an adult. Review the product label for information about child age usage restrictions and be sure to follow the directions for application and use. Start by spraying or applying cream to your own hands first, then apply it to the child.

For more information on things you can do to help protect yourself and your family against mosquitoes, please visit www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes Additional education materials and resources are available on the site in 13 languages.

Contact:

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262-260-2440

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About the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health
The SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health – previously known as the SC Johnson Entomology Research Center – was established in 1957. Its main location in Racine, Wisconsin, is one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology research centers. In 2013, SC Johnson expanded its research operations globally, opening the first-of-its-kind research facility in China. Company researchers study and advance the sciences of insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior and toxicology. The Institute also tests pest control formulations and delivery systems to help families protect themselves from insects and the diseases they may carry. Insights from the Institute help SC Johnson in the development of its OFF!®, Raid®, Baygon®, Autan®, AllOut® and other consumer pest control brands that have been trusted by families for generations. For more information, please go to www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and Serena Williams Launch National Street Art Campaign to Make Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse Visible

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:18pm

 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, together with program ambassador and tennis champion Serena Williams, today announced a national street art campaign to educate the public about domestic violence and make the invisible weapon of financial abuse visible to all.

This summer, Purple Purse will roll out six photo-worthy and highly sharable street art murals across the country to spark important conversations on social media — and beyond — and drive much-needed awareness and education on financial abuse, which occurs in 99 percent of abusive relationships. The first mural, created by artist Isabel Castillo Guijarro, was unveiled by Williams yesterday at Tictail Market, 90 Orchard St. in New York City.

“Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women in her lifetime. Yet even in a time when people seem to openly discuss most aspects of their lives -- especially on social media -- it’s something that remains largely hidden,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations. “Surprisingly, our research shows the stigma around domestic violence has increased over the past few years. By tapping into the growing popularity of free street art and turning it into a vehicle for social good, we hope these murals will bring financial abuse and domestic violence out of the shadows, and inspire a new network of allies for domestic violence survivors.”

The new research, released to coincide with Financial Literacy Month in April, found that 1 in 3 Americans think domestic violence is a taboo topic, a 10-point increase since 2014. The study also revealed that nearly half of Americans are not familiar with financial abuse as a form of domestic violence, when in fact it’s one of the top reasons victims can’t “just leave.” Financial abuse tactics include preventing victims from working or keeping them from accessing bank accounts, credit cards or cash.

To advance education on this important issue and give a voice to survivors, Purple Purse is tapping into the increasingly popular art form of street murals. A hidden message about financial abuse is part of each mural and becomes fully visible when visitors use Instagram’s Moon filter. Once the message is revealed, Purple Purse encourages visitors to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #SafeWayOut sm. In doing so, they will join Purple Purse and Williams in their efforts to help put an end to the domestic violence epidemic, once and for all. 

“With social media, everyone has an opportunity to tell a story and make an impact,” Williams said. “I am proud to use my voice and influence to bring more awareness to financial abuse so people can get involved and make positive change in their communities. As the public becomes more comfortable talking about domestic violence and financial abuse, it will also become easier to spot the signs, help a victim or stand up to an abuser.”

The New York mural will be available for public viewing through the week of July 16. In the weeks ahead, five additional Purple Purse street art murals will be unveiled across the country and will stay up through October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

  • Houston, The Heights, (week of June 25) created by Ana Marietta

  • New Orleans, Oak Street, (week of July 16) created by Milagros Collective

  • Chicago, Wicker Park, (week of July 23) created by Lauren Asta

  • Seattle, (week of Aug. 6) created by Ellen Picken

  • Los Angeles, (week of Aug. 13) created by Carolyn Suzuki

Whether you live in these cities or are visiting, be sure to add the limited-run murals to your “must-see” list. Go to PurplePurse.com to:

  • Find the nearest mural, so you can visit, take a photo and join Purple Purse in sharing this important message;

  • Explore and share the story behind the project through eye-catching photos and video content documenting how the project was born and how street artists are lending their craft to help this cause;

  • Learn the signs of domestic violence and financial abuse and how to start a conversation with a potential victim;

  • Make a donation to help give victims a #SafeWayOut sm.

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United Nations Development Programme Announces ‘The Lion’s Share’ Fund With Founder Finch and Founding Partner Mars to Tackle Crisis in Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 2:16pm

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), FINCH and founding partner Mars, Incorporated today announced an initiative aimed at transforming the lives of animals across the world by asking advertisers to contribute a percentage of their media spend to conservation and animal welfare projects.

The initiative, a fund called The Lion’s Share, will see partners contribute 0.5 percent of their media spend to the fund for each advertisement they use featuring an animal. Those funds will be used to support animals and their habitats around the world. Mars is the first advertising partner in The Lion’s Share.

“Animals are in 20 percent of all advertisements we see. Yet, they do not always receive the support they deserve. Until now.” said Lion’s Share Special Ambassador Sir David Attenborough

“The Lion’s Share shows that by making a small difference today, we have an opportunity to make an unprecedented difference tomorrow,” Sir David added.

The Fund, which will be hosted by UNDP, is seeking to raise $100m a year within three years, with the money being invested in a range of wildlife conservation and animal welfare programs to be implemented by United Nations and civil society organizations. Other partners include advertising network BBDO and leading measurement company Nielsen. 

“Wildlife and their habitats are in crisis right now. We are losing species at an unprecedented rate, estimated to be 1,000 times the natural extinction rate. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple, and which will make a real impact on the future of animals, their habitats and our planet,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.

Andrew Clarke, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer at founding partner Mars, said the fund would be a powerful way for business to leave a lasting legacy. He said: “The Lion’s Share is exactly the sort of ambitious initiative we need to take in order to ensure we foster a healthy planet on which everyone – including animals – can thrive. For Mars, it’s another step in living the commitments of our Sustainable in a Generation plan.”

“We’re passionate about wildlife conservation and maintaining the biodiversity absolutely necessary for our planet. And animals need our help closer to home, too. We urge other companies and brands to join us in The Lion’s Share to help build a movement to tackle these critical issues,” Mr. Clarke added.

Rob Galluzzo, founder of FINCH, who initiated the idea with film director Christopher Nelius, said: “Nine out of the 10 most popular animals we see in commercials are actually endangered or threatened and they do not always receive the support they deserve. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. Christopher had this amazing idea to solve this and we at FINCH set out to make it happen. We have partnered with Clemenger BBDO to bring the concept to life."

The Fund has a joint steering committee that will take decisions on priority programs.

The Lion’s Share will work to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s universal call to action to end poverty and protect the planet. Supporting animals and helping to conserve their habitats is key to achieving Goal 14, Life Underwater, and Goal 15, Life on Land.

“It is our responsibility as humans to safeguard all life on our planet,” said actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who kicked off The Lion’s Share fund’s launch in Cannes with an on-stage interview with South Africa’s first mostly female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas. 

He added: “We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN and world leaders to protect the future and ensure prosperity for all people without preserving natural habitats for all living beings—from wildlife to marine life.” 

Collette Ngobeni, of the Black Mambas said: “The Lion’s Share is a very exciting initiative because it has huge potential to help grassroots conservation work just like ours. We are working hard every day to prevent poaching and support some of the world’s most endangered species, and look forward to being backed by The Lion’s Share.”

For photos and B-roll including a video message from Sir David Attenborough, please see: bit.ly/lionassets

Contacts:

Adam Cathro, UNDP,  adam.cathro@undp.org
Anjali Kwatra, UNDP,  anjali.kwatra@undp.org
Denise Young, MARS,  denise.young@effem.com
Kimberly West, MARS, kimberly.west@effem.com

Notes to Editors: 

About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

For more information on UNDP, visit undp.org.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With more than $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services thatinclude BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About FINCH

FINCH is a production company made of filmmakers, artists, and engineers, working at the crossroads of storytelling, entertainment and technology. They believe in impacting culture through work that makes them proud. Finch has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. FINCH make documentaries, live experiences, TV commercials, feature films and digital content. They hold more than a dozen patents and actively develop and license products and innovations that push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Founded in 2011, their work has been recognised with advertising’s top honours including Gold Cannes Lions, a D&AD Black Pencil and several Yellow Pencils.

For more information about FINCH, please visit finchcompany.com. Join us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

ABOUT CLEMENGER BBDO MELBOURNE:

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne is one of Australia’s largest and most creatively awarded agencies, having been named World’s most creative agency at Cannes Lions and D&AD; the region’s most effective agency at the APAC Effies over the past 12 months. A member of the global BBDO network, the agency’s mantra is “The Work. The Work. The Work.”You can find more information on the agency at: www.clemengerbbdo.com.au.

About Nielsen

Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. By integrating information across our Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well as analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90 percent of the world's population.

For more information, visit nielsen.com.

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