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Total Impact Boston: October 4 & 5

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Total Impact is a multi-city convening series providing practical impact education and execution strategies to advisors, investors, family offices, wealth managers, and HNW individuals interested in aligning their investments to their values and mission.

Total Impact travels to Boston on October 4 and 5. Total Impact Boston will feature actionable impact strategies and tools across asset classes for advisors and investors. In addition, in partnership with key Boston stakeholders, we will highlight place-based opportunities and the impact success stories of the greater Boston area.

Receive a $200 discount when you use this code at registration: TI_SUBSCRIBERS

Total Impact conference series is a Good Capital Project initiative.


2018 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

NAEM's EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is the largest annual gathering of environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. Attend this year’s Forum to find answers to some of your toughest EHS and sustainability challenges and network with the best in the industry. This year’s program will include 5 different tracks, over 25 sessions, and will be led by more than 90 EHS and sustainability leaders. Register today before it sells out!

Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Innovative partnerships, where businesses can work with and leverage the assets of governments, NGOs, and civil society can help develop creative, sustainable, and scalable solutions that can create significant impact. The partnerships and the technologies that make this possible is the focus of Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This event will bring together business leaders, technical experts, and on-the-ground partners that are shaping the future of innovation and social impact. Participants will share how their organizations leverage new technologies and digital innovations, including blockchain, design thinking, virtual reality, robotics, data collaboratives, and cloud analytics to increase access and equity to individuals and communities.

Learn more and register here: https://goo.gl/osXZa9

The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY) is an alumni organization seeking to strengthen alumni networks, support services, professional development, and education opportunities.  The Sustainable Business Committee produces events related to green businesses, the environment, sustainability, and pioneering new industry.  Visit CBSACNY online at http://www.cbsacny.org.

  • Hear from expert panelists with diverse experience in CSR and Sustainability Reporting.

  • Understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s reporting strategy.

  • Learn about different reporting methods, frameworks, and standards.

  • Explore trends in CSR and Sustainability Reporting in the US and around the world.

  • Get answers to your questions - unique opportunity for open audience Q & A.

As companies strive to protect their reputational assets and earn trust from stakeholders, sustainability reporting and disclosure are no longer reserved solely for “green” or mission-oriented companies. Demand for transparency and disclosure is increasing, and sustainability reporting is becoming mainstream. However, how reporting is done may vary depending on the target audience and purpose of those disclosures. Dominant frameworks such as GRI and SASB, and emerging methods such as Reporting 3.0, Trucost, and <IR>, are evolving to play different parts and complement each other. Our expert panel will discuss best practices employed by companies, and how such practices create value for shareholders and stakeholders. While sustainability reporting remains largely voluntary, our panel will explore legal trends and any potential movement to integrate sustainability and financial disclosures, from a US and global perspective.

Register and learn more: http://www.cbsacny.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1088046

For more information, please contact:
Leila Goldmark, LGoldmark10@gsb.columbia.edu (re event details)
CBSACNY, contactus@cbsacny.org (re event registration and ticketing issues)

Webinar: How to Craft a Winning Citizens Nomination

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Every year, hundreds of businesses apply to win a Corporate Citizenship Award, making it one of the most prestigious awards in the field. How can you ensure your nomination stands out from all the rest?

On May 3, join the Chamber Foundation for a webinar that will share tips and strategies for crafting a winning Citizens Awards nomination. The webinar will feature past judges and winners who will highlight ways to strengthen your nomination and best tell your story.

From now until June 29, the U.S. Chamber Foundation is accepting nominations for the 19th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Since 2000, the Citizens Awards have honored the most strategic and innovative corporate citizenship programs from businesses and chambers of all sizes.

Trends in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

During a recent ReportAlert webinar, an attendee asked about trends in corporate reporting around CR and sustainability.

To answer, we have invited reporting veteran Tim Woodall and training extraordinaire Nancy Mancilla to share their observations on how corporate reporters are gearing up for 2018 and beyond. 

Hear whether integrated reporting continues gathering steam, how brands are incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into their updates, and how the Brands Taking Stands movement is manifesting itself in ESG disclosures.

This presentation will also include a focus on two platforms designed for companies and NGOs to drive awareness of their corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives – 3BL Media and ReportAlert.  Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, will moderate the discussion.

REGISTER HERE

2018 Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation May 9—10 in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit, "Translating Value to Ignite Action."

Gain the practical knowledge, skills, and applications needed to most effectively implement circular economy communication strategies, both within and outside your organization.

Early Bird prices end in less than two weeks, so make sure to register now before it's too late!

For more information, visit: https://goo.gl/UVbR2y

2018 Sustainability Management Conference

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Are you responsible for implementing sustainability efforts, or tracking and reporting their results? Is the scope of your sustainability program expanding in all directions?

This conference will offer insights that will help you improve your company’s performance internally and more effectively manage your sustainability data at both ends of the supply chain.

Compliance Management Conference

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

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

What you will get from the program:

  • Two days of instruction Become a CMI member for free (Membership cost 200$). 

  •  Certified Learning materials (hard copy) and training guide (electronic copy) 

  • Updated case studies from companies such as Apple, Ikea, Unilever and more. 

  • Informative videos from leading sustainable organizations 

  • Sustainability reports related to your sector Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Certification

Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Join us for a webinar hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co., where representatives from University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and nonprofit Leaders in Financial Technology (nLIFT) will discuss the potential for technology innovation in the financial services sector – fintech – to increase financial inclusion in the United States.

"Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness" will explore key trends in fintech investment and adoption – including barriers to adoption – among low- and moderate-income consumers, and the roles that financial institutions, fintech companies, and non-profit intermediaries can play in meeting the needs of underserved consumers.

The webinar will also feature new work from nLIFT around nonprofits leadership in fintech innovations to help facilitate financial inclusion. Register for the webinar today!

2018 International Women's Day Forum

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Our eighth annual International Women's Day Forum, Partner With Purpose: Business for Gender Equality, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, will gather the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance women’s and girls’ empowerment around the globe.

Achieving full gender equality means overcoming a host of complex issues, including many institutional and societal barriers that prevent progress. Tackling these challenges will require creativity and innovation from across sectors.

This year’s forum will focus on how private and public stakeholders can combine their resources, skills, and expertise for greater sustainability and impact. Equality is in reach, but will only be realized through collaboration.

Join more than 300 stakeholders March 6-7, 2018 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC and share how you’re working to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

This year's annual International Women's Day Forum topics will include:

• Workforce and Skills Development

• Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion

• Entrepreneurship and Value Chain

• STEM

• Women in Tech

• The Digital Divide

• Financial Inclusion and Access to Capital

• Women’s Health

• Girls’ Education

• The Care Economy

• Gender-Based Violence

• Gender Data

• Building Capacity of Displaced Girls and Women

• And more!

Learn more and register with early bird pricing between now and February 2!

Business of Kindness - Washington, D.C. Regional Forum

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?

  • How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?

  • What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?

  • How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?

  • How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?

Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.

Opportunity Forward: 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.

The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

  • The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

  • Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed

  • Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good

  • Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory

  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton

The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.

Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Explore how CSR and sustainability are driving brand value and business results across all industries today at the International Trademark Association’s first Brand Authenticity conference.

As consumers demand that their brands represent their values, being transparent about a commitment to CSR has become a central strategy for many brand owners. Ideal for legal and business professionals, and government relations, advertising and marketing specialists, this two-day conference will focus on how all stakeholders play a role in advancing consumer trust and protecting brand value. In particular, it offers brand counsel the information and tools to be conversant with CSR-related issues and be an even more effective strategic partner for business teams and clients.

The conference program will include keynote speakers, networking opportunities and sessions offering expert insight on timely topics such as:

  • The value of CSR and sustainability

  • The intersection of trademark protection and regulatory requirements in the new green landscape

  • How fighting counterfeiting improves our communities and the environment

  • Sustainability’s impact on financial ratings and investment decisions

  • Diversity and inclusion for brands and brand professionals

  • Update on green-related court decisions in Europe

The expert roster includes speakers from: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (United States); Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A. (Belgium); Elipe Limited (United Kingdom); Fjallraven (Sweden); German CSR-Forum (Germany); LEGO System A/S (Denmark); TOMS Shoes Inc. (United States); and others.

To learn more and to register, please visit www.inta.org/2017berlin.

What Works in Employee Financial Wellness Programs

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a webinar on financial wellness programs (FWP) and learn how your business can benefit by creating or expanding your FWP for your employees.

Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40 percent of workers report they have more financial strain now, than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Employees’ financial stresses manifest themselves at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. Employers are recognizing the need to implement a FWP for their workforce and the number and sophistication of workplace FWPs has increased since the Great Recession. Employers now face an abundance of options and little objective guidance on how to choose the right program. This webinar will help employers of ranging industries, sizes, backgrounds and interests to learn about workplace FWPs and receive the tools and resources needed to introduce one to your employees. 

Register and learn more here: https://goo.gl/Ry6kS4

Being Fearless Live Online

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 1:48pm

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward. Join us for a 3-day online event, live and on demand, featuring Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi, and other courageous voices. With a $5 donation or more, gain insight and tools to navigate these complex times and help open the event to thousands.

Securing Opportunities. Adding Value.

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 7:47pm

Feed Our Kids. Fuel Our Future. Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation Begin Sixth-Annual Hunger Is Campaign to Raise Money for Breakfast Programs for Kids.

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 4:47pm

After raising $30.2 million since 2014 to transform the lives of 200,000 children in need, Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation are once again teaming up with their customers across the country to help make sure every kid starts the day with a healthy breakfast.

Through the end of September, Albertsons Cos. stores will raise money through Hunger Is to battle childhood hunger. Shoppers at Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, Randalls, ACME, and other Albertsons Cos. stores can donate at checkout to this important cause. All donations stay in the communities in which they’re raised, helping local hunger relief programs.

“The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Feed Our Kids. Fuel Our Future.’ It reflects the promise that an investment in children’s nutrition and health is an investment in the future of our communities,” Albertsons Cos. Foundation President and Executive Director Christy Duncan Anderson.

The Need

Partnering with Albertsons Cos. on this important effort are 146 food banks, pantries, and other charities that will receive Hunger Is grants to ensure that local kids start the day with a healthy meal. Each store adopts one of their local charities and focuses its efforts on that organization’s specific needs.

For example, several stores in Idaho are supporting the Idaho Foodbank Warehouse, Inc.’s Backpack and School Pantry programs. The Backpack program provides public school students with weekend backpacks full of food so the kids can eat consistently throughout weekends, while the School Pantry program serves students and their families with full-service pantries on school grounds.

The Impact

Since the 2014 inception of Hunger Is, the generosity of customers and supporters have helped Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation make the following dramatic and lasting impact on childhood hunger in America:

  • $30.2 million raised and donated to hunger relief programs across the United States

  • 77 million breakfasts made possible for kids in need

  • 200,000 kids’ lives touched each year

  • 281 organizations and food banks awarded Hunger Is grants to connect children to healthy food in their communities

Organizations receiving Hunger Is funds are chosen by stores in cooperation with the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC) and Albertsons Companies Foundation. The HIAC is comprised of leaders from the most respected hunger advocacy organizations in the U.S. including Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center, Hunger Free America, Share Our Strength, and WhyHunger.

The Hunger Is initiative is part of Albertsons Cos.’s long-standing commitment to hunger relief. In the last four years, the company has donated nearly $1 billion in food to food banks and other hunger relief agencies, expanding their standing as one of the biggest retail supporters of hunger relief in the country. These donations were in addition to hundreds of tons of food contributed through local and regional food drives.

For more information about Albertsons Cos.’ commitment to hunger relief, please visit us here.  

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave $262 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans’ outreach.

MEDIA CONTACT

Teena Massingill

teena.massingill@albertsons.com

925-738-1387

Aflac Announces Slate of Events to Commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 4:47pm

Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, will commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September with a full slate of actions and activities designed to raise awareness and help provide comfort for those impacted by childhood cancer. The monthlong tribute includes multiple activations as well as special grants to enhance programs nationwide that provide comfort and support to pediatric cancer patients and their siblings.

"When Aflac began its commitment to childhood cancer research and treatment in 1995 by establishing the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we knew that we, as a company, needed to help children and families going through this terrible challenge," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "What we didn't know is the profound impact it would have on our company, our employees and our independent sales agents who contribute more than $6 million from their commission checks each year. It has been an inspirational and true calling for the entire Aflac family."

"National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a special time at Aflac, as it gives us an opportunity to pause and contemplate how far we have come in supporting children and families impacted by cancer. At the same time, we are reminded that continued support of research and discovery is critical to the defeat of these diseases," said The Aflac Foundation, Inc. President Kathelen Amos. "Aflac's culture and mission is to help people during their greatest times of need, so we will continue to raise awareness, comfort families and contribute valuable resources for the treatment and research of childhood cancer until the day comes where every child has a full lifetime."

Among the September activities, The Aflac Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. will award five $2,000 grants to child life programs at hospitals across the country that treat children with cancer. Hospitals will use the funding for initiatives such as developing an isolation playroom and pediatric oncology family support programs, offering yoga for patients and families, and developing support programs designed for siblings of patients who have passed away. The Foundation plans to make these annual grants, allowing for five different recipients each year.

Other initiatives scheduled for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and beyond include:

  • Sept. 18, 2019: Aflac will deliver its innovative My Special Aflac Duck® to patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during a special duck delivery event. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care. Aflac has delivered more than 5,000 My Special Aflac Ducks since its introduction last October. To date, more than 220 hospitals in 47 states across the country have received My Special Aflac Ducks from Aflac for their pediatric cancer patients, completely free of charge.

  • Sept. 23, 2019: Aflac will release its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, available at Aflac.com/CSRReport. The report highlights how Aflac employees and partners drive positive impact in their communities. It also honors specific CSR heroes around the country, including Lindsay Carrick, a child life specialist at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Carrick is a real-life hero whose relentless dedication to her patients provides a greater sense of control in their lives and comfort and joy during their cancer treatment.

  • Sept. 25, 2019: Aflac and Chispa House, a documentary film crew from Athens, Georgia, will hold the worldwide premiere of the powerful new film "Moments of Joy" at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C. The film provides a glimpse into the emotional challenges and celebrated moments along the pediatric cancer journey through the eyes and words of children, families and caregivers. Follow @AtlanticLIVE on social media for more information as the premiere event approaches.

  • Through the end of October, Aflac and Macy's are introducing a new, limited-edition plush Childhood Cancer Awareness Duck, which honors the medical professionals who support these courageous children. Sold exclusively on macys.com/Aflac and at participating Macy's stores, the 6-inch plush duck sells for $10, with 100% of net proceeds going to The Aflac Foundation, Inc. to benefit pediatric cancer programs at participating hospitals around the country. The newest plush wears green scrubs and a scrubs hat in honor of the health care teams who provide care, comfort and hope to pediatric cancer patients daily. When given a squeeze, the duck quacks "Aflaaac!" Shoppers can also get involved by purchasing new, limited-edition gear from AflacChildhoodCancer.org, including a Sherpa blanket, socks, caps and bags, with net proceeds going to support The Aflac Foundation, Inc.

"Aflac's $3 million per year investment in My Special Aflac Duck, as well as our ongoing contributions to childhood cancer initiatives at the Aflac Cancer Center, signify the authenticity of our commitment to being a socially responsible company that cares about the community and individuals," Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Communications Officer Catherine Hernandez-Blades said. "We are excited to demonstrate our dedication to this important national concern through grants, a special duck delivery, honoring our own heroes and premiering an incredibly emotional film that showcases the impact we can all have on such a significant cause."

To learn more about these programs and Aflac's commitment to pediatric cancer research and treatment, visit AflacChildhoodCancer.org.

About Aflac Incorporated 
Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer, by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan, where it insures 1 in 4 households. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative in the United States, for eligible claims, Aflac can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. For 13 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2018, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 20th consecutive year, and in 2019, Fortune included Aflac on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 18th time. To find out more about One Day PaySM and learn how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn't cover, get to know us at aflac.com.

Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York. WWHQ | 1932 Wynnton Road | Columbus, GA 31999.

Media contact
Jon Sullivan
706.573.7610
jsullivan@aflac.com 

Analyst and investor contact
David A. Young
706.596.3264
dyoung@aflac.com

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