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Masterclass Workshop: ESG Investing & Integration. From Nice to Mainstream

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 9:55am

Global Sustain Group, organizes a Masterclass Workshop on: "ESG Investments & Integration. From Nice to Mainstream. Why & how considering ESG Metrics can benefit corporate and fund strategy? Latest market trends". The event will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at EarlyBird Berlin, Germany*.

Highlights of a new ESG & Impact Investing Market & Benchmark Analysis Study with interesting facts, figures, data, metrics from market and companies on topic released recently by Global Sustain will be presented exclusively for first time to participants.

Gain insight into ESG vs. Mainstream Investing, Highlights of a recent ESG Investments Market & Benchmark Market Report Analysis conducted by Global Sustain. The Report includes market metrics, statistics, facts, figures and asset management firms profile benchmark analysis and will be presented exclusively for first time to workshop participants. You can find attached a teaser of the recent Global Sustain ESG Investing & Benchmark Market Report. In case of interest for the full version of the Report, please Global Sustain.

Workshop Agenda:

13:30 - 14:00    Registration, Warming up Networking

14:00 - 14:40    Welcome Remarks by Organizer

14:40 - 15:00    Training with Q&A: Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH, Lecturer, SRH Berlin Int. Management University

15:00 - 16:00    Training with Q&A: Sören Stöber, Director Business Development ESG & Sustainability, Trucost (Part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, London)

16:45 - 17:15    Q&A & Sum up

17:15 -18:00    Networking

Workshop Cover Fee: Early Bird: 80 EUR, Late Bird: 80 EUR, Startups, NGOs, Freelance, Students: 40 EUR

Payment either online or per bank transfer to Global Sustain GmbH corporate account:

Commerzbank AG

IBAN: DE63100400000221041700

SWIFT: COBADEFFXXX 

Limited seating. Reserve your place. Early registration is strongly recommended.

* EarlyBird Berlin, Markgrafenstr. 19A Axel Springer Passage / Building, 10969, Berlin, Germany

Walmart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." Campaign Gives Communities a Seat at the Table for Hunger Relief

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 3:53pm

Walmart kicked off its fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign today online and in stores by asking its 150 million weekly shoppers to raise the bar to support the Feeding America network of 200 local food banks and the one in eight people who battle hunger in America at some point during the year.

Walmart and Feeding America are doubling their meal goal to 200 million meals, increasing supplier participation to 14, and introducing the Walmart Credit Card as a new way for customers to get involved in the campaign. In another first, Walmart is uniting with social networking site, Nextdoor, to bring community leaders and neighbors together around a donated communal table to discuss the local impact of hunger in select cities.

“In communities big and small across the country, there are families struggling with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “By working together during this campaign with our suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we can help secure 200 million meals that will help those who need it most.”

The ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign launches at a critical time. One in eight Americans (41 million), including one in six children (nearly 13 million), struggle with hunger at some point during the year, according to the USDA. Hunger also affects certain populations more profoundly including childrenseniors, and Latino communities, where one in four children are in food insecure households.

Walmart will start the campaign with a $1.5 million donation and aims to donate a total of $3 million to Feeding America based on the public’s social media engagement in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. 

Beginning today through April 30, Walmart is offering four easy ways that customers can get involved and fight hunger online, in-store and through social sharing to help secure meals for local food banks. Visit Walmart.com/fighthunger for further details. Here are the ways customers can participate in the fight against hunger.

  1. Purchase Product: For every participating product purchased at U.S. and Puerto Rico Walmart stores or on Walmart.com from April 2 – April 30, 2018, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. Participating suppliers represent some of the nation’s leading food companies: General Mills, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay/Quaker, Bush Brothers, Clorox Sales Company, Conagra, Motts, Unilever, Maruchan, Pinnacle Foods, Post, and JM Smucker.
  2. Donate money to your local Feeding America food bank at participating Walmart stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Donations can be made at the register to local Feeding America food banks in increments of $1, $2, $5 or an amount chosen by the customer. Donating is also an option at the self-checkout (Scan and Go) register. When customers click “Finish & Pay” on totals over $10, it will trigger the prompt with details on donating.
  3. Make an online act of support: For every traceable post of campaign content with #FightHunger on Instagram and for every traceable share or retweet on Facebook and Twitter of campaign content, Walmart will donate $10.00 to Feeding America and for every click on the support button on the program website, Walmart will donate $1.00 to Feeding America, up to $1.5 million.
  4. Use the Walmart Credit Card: Synchrony Bank will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal ($0.10) for each Walmart Credit Card transaction made at Walmart stores and on Walmart.com during the campaign, up to $750,000.

“Hunger impacts every single county in the United States. Every day, the Feeding America network of 200 member food banks are on the ground helping children and families who need it most, but we know that we can’t end hunger alone. Feeding America is grateful to Walmart for its long-standing commitment to fighting hunger in communities across the country.  Through the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign, Walmart has created an opportunity for suppliers and customers to join the fight to end hunger. We hope everyone is inspired to take action and support their neighbors in need,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America.

During this year’s campaign, Walmart and Feeding America are collaborating with Nextdoor, a private social media network active in 170,000 neighborhoods nationwide. Nextdoor is inviting community leaders, city officials, local chefs, the local food bank, journalists and area neighbors to come together around handcrafted tables made by Neighbor’s Table, which will remain as a gift in the community from Neighbor’s Table, to discuss how to best combat hunger locally. Following the community gatherings, members of each community are invited to learn more about ways they can take action to help their local food bank and will be encouraged to meet and connect.

To download and use in its entirety with permission: A short film by Walmart and Nextdoor of the first event in Charlotte, North Carolina: https://walmartfilms.wistia.com/medias/2immiw8b7s?media_finished

To embed the short film: https://youtu.be/TRCoNMywKS0

“It’s a tremendous honor to partner with local food banks and community leaders across the country to support those facing hunger in our neighborhoods,” said Nextdoor Co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia. “Walmart continues to step up to take action against hunger and help local Feeding America food banks, and this undertaking aligns perfectly with our commitment to help neighbors come together to build stronger communities in America. The food crisis that is impacting millions of Americans every day is a huge challenge, but neighbors coming together in local communities can make a true difference."

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to positively impact the issue of hunger in the United States. In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing 4 billion meals to those struggling with hunger in the U.S. by 2020.

To learn more about the campaign and to track donations, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

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About Walmart
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

AMLI Residential, Green Mountain Energy Commit to 100 Percent Renewable Energy in Houston and Dallas

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:53pm

AMLI Residential and Green Mountain Energy Company have announced a sustainability partnership to install 330 kW of solar panels across four AMLI communities in the Dallas area. AMLI is also purchasing 100% renewable energy for all of the common areas at its apartment communities in Houston and Dallas.

PCI Solar has already installed solar arrays at AMLI Campion Trail and AMLI West Plano. The installation of another solar array is currently underway at AMLI Frisco Crossing and still one more will be completed at AMLI at the Ballpark in the fall of 2018. Upon completion, the four projects combined are expected to generate 20% of common area electric use at each community. This will offset 750,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of 687 households turning off their lights for an entire year.

The sustainability partnership marks a dramatic step in AMLI’s commitment to making its communities increasingly more sustainable. By moving its more than 20 communities in the Texas competitive electricity market to 100 percent renewable energy, AMLI is expected to offset more than 20.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, which is the equivalent of planting 2,300 trees or taking 2,100 cars off the road for a year.

“We are proud to partner with AMLI in making our communities more sustainable and help them take this important step in providing clean energy to power their common areas,” said Mark Parsons, vice president of Green Mountain.

“This is a milestone in AMLI’s history,” said Fred Schreiber, AMLI’s executive vice president of development and co-COO. “While we aggressively pursue LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications to reduce our energy consumption, this Green Mountain partnership gives AMLI a major opportunity to become an active, sustained energy producer in tandem with our efforts to curb our carbon footprint.”

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AMLI Residential
AMLI Residential focuses on the development, construction and management of environmentally responsible, luxury apartment communities throughout the U.S. Founded in 1980, AMLI is owned by PRIME Property Fund, a core commingled institutional fund. AMLI currently owns and manages 60 apartment communities including more than 20,000 apartment homes and has approximately 5,300 additional apartment homes under development or in lease-up at 16 new properties. AMLI is a leader in multifamily sustainability and has 29 communities that are LEED®-certified and 22 communities that are ENERGY STAR®-certified. More information is available at www.amli.com.

Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 59.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.

PCI Solar
PCI Solar (www.pcisolar.com) is a division of Performance Contracting Group, a specialty building contractor with over $1 Billion in annual revenues. The PCI Solar team serves commercial, government, and channel partner customers across the United States on a broad range of project sizes and types, including ground mount, roof mount, solar carport and solar shade canopies.

Chevron Demands Victims of Its Amazon Pollution Pay $33 Million for Court Costs in Ecuador Environmental Case

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:53pm

Although Chevron refuses to pay a historic $12b environmental judgment for polluting the Amazon, the oil giant is now trying to force Ecuadorian rainforest inhabitants who live in communities devastated by the company’s toxic waste to turn over $837,000 – and possibly as much as $32 million -- for costs and legal fees associated with its discredited retaliatory “racketeering” case in the United States.

Chevron’s order for the $837,000 in court costs, which is being appealed, was imposed in late February by controversial U.S. judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Secoya indigenous leader Javier Piaguaje and farmer Hugo Camacho. Both reside in an area of Ecuador called the “Amazon Chernobyl” – considered one of the most polluted places on earth -- after Chevron (operating as Texaco) discharged billions of gallons of benzene-laced “formation waters” into local waterways from 1964 to 1992 and abandoned roughly 1,000 toxic waste pits.

Piaguaje and Camacho are two of the 47 named Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the class action environmental lawsuit that resulted in the damages award against Chevron. Along with U.S. attorney Steven Donziger, who has advised the Amazon communities since the case began in 1993, they were sued by Chevron in the “racketeering” (or RICO) case in New York in 2011 for $60 billion before the company dropped all damages claims on the eve of trial to avoid a jury of impartial fact finders. (See here for a summary of Chevron’s fraud in its RICO case.)

Camacho, who earns about $200 monthly farming mostly corn and cacao on a small plot of land near Chevron’s former Sacha oil field, said he had no plans to pay the company nor comply with Kaplan’s orders. The Ecuadorians – represented by their non-profit coalition Front for the Defense of the Amazon (FDA) -- have generated significant momentum by winning three consecutive unanimous appellate decisions in Canada, where they are enforcing their judgment against Chevron’s substantial assets in the country. (See here for details.)

“Chevron has destroyed much of our precious rainforest and still refuses to accept responsibility,” Camacho said. “For Chevron and an American judge to now demand that the very people who suffer from the company’s pollution should pay court costs is insulting and arrogant. Communities should not do business with Chevron because it respects neither the environment nor people.

Chevron also seems to be using the costs issue to try to knock out Donziger from the case by forcing him into debt or even bankruptcy. (See here.) Donziger has been a member of the legal team for the Ecuadorians since the inception of the case, but he says Chevron’s efforts will only backfire over the long-term. “This is a bad look for a public company that lost a litigation on the merits in the forum of its choosing,” said Donziger. (See here for a summary of the evidence against Chevron.)

Chevron also is demanding that Kaplan order the Ecuadorians and Donziger to pay $32 million to the company to reimburse it for legal fees for the case, which turned largely on false testimony from a Chevron witness paid $2 million by the company and coached for 53 days before he took the stand. (See here and here for background.) Several attorneys, led by prominent trial lawyer John Keker, have harshly criticized Kaplan for his condescending attitude and pro-business decisions, with one calling his racketeering trial against the Ecuadorians and Donziger a “Dickensian farce”. (Here is Keker’s critique.)

Chevron claims to be seeking the funds to reimburse it for what appear to be millions of dollars in fees the company secretly paid to two U.S. court officials appointed by Kaplan (known as Special Masters) who helped sway the civil non-jury “racketeering” case against the villagers. Filed in 2011, the Chevron racketeering case was designed to retaliate against Donziger and the communities after they helped to win the $9.5b judgment (now $12b with interest) against the company. Chevron’s theory was that the villagers were acting like “mobsters” simply by seeking compensation for the environmental damage.

In reality, Chevron is using the costs issue as a pretext to try to "harass and put pressure" on its victims because the company lost the case on the merits and wishes to evade its liability, said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the communities. He also said the Chevron payments to the Special Masters – particularly those to Max Gitter, a close friend of Kaplan and his former law partner -- appear to be part of a corrupt scheme orchestrated by the oil company. (See here.) Chevron and Kaplan have fought efforts to disclose the full amount of the secret Chevron transfers to Gitter’s private account, said Salazar.

Chevron’s strategy to try to punish the villagers financially for bringing the case is nothing new. Faced with its declining prospects in Canada, Chevron recently tried to impose a $1 million costs order on the Ecuadorians in that country but failed. That was after a Chevron official threatened the villagers with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted in pursuing the case.

Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace, described Chevron’s latest move as one of the most “repugnant” acts by an oil company that he had seen in more than four decades of activism. “Chevron clearly is in a class by itself given that it committed ecological crimes in Ecuador and is now trying to harass and bankrupt its victims into submission,” said Weyler, who toured the “Amazon Chernobyl” zone in Ecuador last September. (See this article by Weyler on the case.)

Donziger, a sole practitioner who has been targeted with what observers say is the most well-financed corporate retaliation campaign in history, said Chevron’s attacks are designed to quell free speech and would be considered illegal by any neutral judge.

“Going after your adversaries personally and financially during a litigation is not only wrong as a matter of law, but it is also a sign of increasing desperation in the Chevron camp,” said Donziger. “Chevron’s desperation follows a string of courtroom defeats in Canada, the collapse of its much-vaunted RICO case, a profound loss of credibility by Judge Kaplan, and increasing discomfort by major shareholders with management’s high-risk litigation strategy.

"Kaplan is the only judge keeping the Chevron charade alive, but shareholders are not buying it and judges in Canada appear not to be buying it either,” he added.

Chevron reported revenues last year of $134 billion and profits of close to $40 billion, while rainforest villagers generally cannot afford to buy basic medicines nor access potable water – a real challenge given that most natural water sources in the affected area have been poisoned with Chevron’s oil waste, said Weyler.

Although Chevron has spent an estimated $2 billion to hire 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers to target the villagers and their lawyers since the case began, the Ecuadorians continue to move forward in Canada to seize company assets after Ecuador’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2013 that Chevron had dumped billions of gallons of untreated carcinogenic oil waste into the rainforest. Chevron also has an estimated $15 billion to $25 billion of assets in Canada, or more than enough to pay the entirety of the Ecuador judgment.

(Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron relied on by Ecuador’s courts. See this photo essay of Chevron’s victims by journalist Lou Dematteis.)

In all, the Ecuadorians not only have won significant courtroom victories in Canada but also have attracted the support of the country's powerful national indigenous federation (the Assembly of First Nations) as well as former National Chief Phil Fontaine and Grand Chief Ed John. The courtroom victories and increasing public support for the Ecuadorians has infuriated Chevron given that it thought the RICO decision would effectively end the case, said Salazar.

“The RICO decision not only did not end the case, it backfired against Chevron because of the company’s fabricated evidence and the obvious bias of the judge,” said Salazar. “The RICO judgment is now being used in Canada to illustrate the lengths to which Chevron will go to commit unethical and even corrupt acts to evade paying its liability to the people it harmed. That's not how the company's General Counsel planned it.”

Ecuador's courts found that Chevron’s toxic dumping in the rainforest violated industry standards at the time and decimated the cultures of indigenous groups and farmer communities by poisoning their lands and waterways. An outbreak of cancer related to oil pollution in the area has killed or afflicted thousands of people, according to independent health evaluations.

Chevron faces the risk of losing another critical court argument April 17 in Toronto when the Court of Appeal for Ontario will determine whether the assets of a wholly-owned subsidiary, Chevron Canada, can be used to satisfy the Ecuador judgment. According to public documents required by Canada’s transparency law, Chevron Canada recently disclosed that it has been funneling billions of dollars of payments to foreign governments on behalf of its parent company, suggesting a possible effort to cover up some type of corrupt behavior, said Donziger.

In all, 21 appellate judges in Canada and Ecuador, including the entire Supreme Courts of both countries, have validated all or parts of the Ecuador court judgment.

Chevron nevertheless was able to convince U.S. judge Kaplan otherwise after company lawyers at the Gibson Dunn law firm paid a witness at least $2 million for his testimony about a supposed judicial bribe. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he had perjured himself and a forensic report further undermined his testimony after Kaplan had relied on it for his findings. Gibson Dunn has a history of ethically questionable conduct, including being accused of engaging in “legal thuggery” and other misconduct on behalf of its corporate clients.

(For a detailed explanation of Chevron’s witness fraud in the RICO case, see this amicus brief and blog from Earth Rights International and this press release from the FDA.)

The problems with Chevron's fraud in the RICO case led to a criminal referral letter against the company and its lawyers to the U.S. Department of Justice (see this press release). In the meantime, Chevron shareholders have accused management of “materially mishandling” the litigation and two shareholder resolutions related to the case received overwhelming support at Chevron's 2017 annual meeting.

Chevron also has been accused of engaging in a sham clean-up in Ecuador where it covered a handful of open air toxic waste pits with dirt, rather than cleaning them of toxins; the company used junk science and fraudulent testing methods to ensure it would not find contamination at its polluted sites in the Amazon during the trial; company lawyers threatened judges in Ecuador with jail time unless they ruled in its favor; and, Chevron tried to grind the Ecuador trial to a halt by filing repetitive and duplicative motions, including 39 in less than one hour. Chevron also worked closely with the U.S. embassy in Quito to try to undermine the case, according to Wikileaks documents.

In another sign of its increasing concern, Chevron recently sent former company lobbyist and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort -- now under indictment on 12 felony counts in the Robert Mueller investigation -- to meet with Ecuador’s newly elected President in what the villagers believe was an effort to explore ways to illegally quash the case. Chevron has refused to comment on Manafort’s meeting with Ecuador President Lenin Moreno, which took place last May just days after his election victory.

Ocado Reduces Food Waste Through Redistribution Initiatives

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:53pm

Food waste is a huge global issue. Every year, UK households throw away £13 billion worth of food. A staggering 7.3 million tonnes of household food waste was thrown away in 2015, according to the waste advisory body WRAP.
 
And of that, some 4.4 million tonnes was deemed to be ‘avoidable’ waste, perfectly edible at some point before it was put in the bin. It’s therefore exciting to see online supermarket Ocado determined to eliminate food waste from their supply chain.
 
Ocado’s unique, automated business model runs on efficiency – fresh products can arrive from suppliers and be out for delivery in as little as five hours. Every bag of shopping is packed in one of its huge fulfilment centres, equivalent in size to 30 supermarkets.
 
Fewer locations make forecasting less risky than for supermarkets with hundreds of stores. On top of that, proprietary technology and a focus on efficiency means Ocado’s food waste is incredibly low. Just one in 6,000 items goes to waste: that’s less than 0.02%.
 
Despite these incredibly low figures, the business believes that no edible food should go to waste: “We’d rather see food in someone’s belly, than in the bin,” says Head of Corporate Responsibility, Suzanne Westlake. “Redistributing food which – though perfectly edible – can’t be delivered to customers is a great way to achieve our goal of becoming the UK’s most eco-friendly supermarket.”
 
The benefits of their business model aside, Ocado have a few other strategies to reduce food waste; some even stretch inside their customers’ homes. Receipts are automatically arranged by the correct storage method – fridge, cupboard, or freezer – and by Use-By dates, helping customers plan their meals for the week ahead.
 
Ocado’s Product Life Guarantee promises customers that the products they receive will have the longest Use-By dates possible, maximising the amount of time they have to enjoy food at home. Products at risk of falling below this guarantee are heavily discounted and offered to bargain-hunting customers as they check out. But if these measures don’t work, Ocado’s strategy is to make sure the food is redistributed, rather than wasted.
 
In 2017 Ocado redistributed over 2,200 tonnes of food. The only food wasted is inedible – such as defrosted frozen items, or fresh products like meat where packaging seals have been broken. None of their food waste goes to landfill.
 
Like lots of other retailers, for many years they’ve sold food with short shelf life to Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus products. When the charitable arm of Company Shop – Community Shop – launched in 2015, they were one of the first supermarkets to sign up and publicly support the venture, which helps people in food crisis regain financial independence.
 
On top of that, they have built relationships with charities and organisations local to their three Customer Fulfilment Centres and 15 of their 19 delivery hubs. Each Food Partner is chosen for their individual approach to feeding thousands of people at risk of, or experiencing, food poverty. Some operate as food banks while others specialise in redistributing food to community cafés, smaller charities, and community organisations. Testament to their commitment to putting edible food in bellies, not bins, Ocado even has relationships with local animal parks and zoos.
 
“My aim is close all the loopholes, so that there’s nothing edible left at the end. Even if we can’t find a suitable food charity, we’ll send food that’s safe to eat to local animal parks, right down to the last bruised banana,” says Suzanne Westlake, Ocado’s Head of Corporate Responsibility.
 
Ocado makes getting shopping out of its Fulfilment Centres look easy, but if a customer cancels their order after despatch, it’s not hygienic to put it back. The unpredictability of this poses a significant risk of food waste. Out of 19 delivery hubs, 15 work with FareShare and The Real Junk Food Project, organisations specialising in redistributing food though community cafés or smaller community groups. Cancelled orders come back to the hub, age-restricted and frozen items are removed, but the rest is available for Food Partners to collect and redistribute.
 
Food hygiene is an obvious hurdle to redistributing fresh food. To prevent potential food poisoning further down the line, Ocado’s Food Partners sign a donation agreement, promising they’ll comply with the Food Safety Act, and keep food at the correct temperature. Financially, refrigerated transport proved to be a big hurdle for smaller, independent Food Partners based in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, and the West Midlands.
 
“We can’t let people take perishable food if they can’t keep it at the correct temperature, it’s just not safe. Some of our Food Partners were spending vast amounts on refrigerated van hire, or fundraising to buy transport and fridges for storage, so it made sense to step up and help,” Westlake says.
 
Ocado has donated eight refrigerated vans to charities they work with, making it easier for them to collect and redistribute fresh food to local families and community groups. The vans are taxed, insured and maintained on behalf of each charity, and drivers are given risk management training to keep them safe on the road.
 
Financing for the vans comes from the Ocado Foundation, custodian of all charity money, including the proceeds from single-use carrier bag legislation. “By law, we’re obliged to charge customers 5p for every carrier bag used. The Foundation takes responsibility for these funds, and they’re used for waste-reducing and recycling initiatives, feeding into the spirit of the legislation, which aims to reduce littering and protect wildlife,” adds Westlake.
 
Understanding the needs of all involved is the key to sustainable food waste partnerships, says Westlake; “We can’t make our food waste somebody else’s problem. Working closely with each charity means we understand their needs, and, just as importantly, what they don’t need.”
 
For example, one charity partner runs a 41-bed homeless shelter, so it always needs lots of bread. Another works with a mother and baby group on certain days of the week, so on those days they increase donations of milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
 
This tailored approach is helping Ocado build links with surrounding communities and answer a frequent customer request for ways to donate food as they shopped.
 
Customers can choose £2.50, £5, or £10 Donate Food With Ocado charity vouchers to add to their order. For every pound donated, the company donates at least two pounds worth of food to charities and food banks. Matched food comes from the nearest fulfilment centre, so donations stay local.
 
“Customers wanted to donate food locally. Most high-street supermarkets have a local food bank bin they can put a tin of beans, or a box of cereal into. The problem with this model is that food banks only get dry or tinned goods in unpredictable amounts. So we turned the donation model on it’s head, and gave the food banks a way to request fresh, nutritious food in the quantities they need, so they can redistribute food more efficiently,” says Westlake.
 
Since 2014, customers have donated over £260,000 with Ocado donating food worth over half a million pounds to food banks. This system is unique, reducing food waste, offering customers the opportunity to donate locally as part of their weekly routine, and most importantly, empowering Food Partners.
 
Delivering fresh, quality food to customers as efficiently as possible is a central tenet of Ocado’s business strategy. Now, that benefits those in food crisis, too: around 95% of donated food is fresh meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables.
 
“Tinned and non-perishable food is all very well for a couple of days, but it doesn’t provide all the nutrients a family needs long term,” Westlake ends. “There is huge food poverty in Britain – and it’s growing. But we believe that everybody, whatever their background or circumstances, is entitled to eat well.”

Hershey Announces Cocoa For Good, the Company’s Half-Billion Dollar Sustainable Cocoa Strategy

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:53am

(GlobeNewswire) – The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced Cocoa For Good, its holistic  cocoa sustainability strategy. The comprehensive strategy addresses the most pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities: poverty, poor nutrition, at-risk youth, and vulnerable ecosystems. Hershey seeks to bring positive change in these areas through collaborative programs, partnerships and significant investment, including a half-a-billion-dollar commitment by 2030. 

“A sustainable cocoa supply depends on a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach to find solutions to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing cocoa-growing communities,” said Susanna Zhu, Chief Procurement Officer. “As a critical player in the cocoa value chain, we are committed to doing our part. The Hershey Company has been partnering with key stakeholders in the cocoa sector for more than 100 years. Under Cocoa For Good, we continue to work toward a future where there’s a long-term, sustainable cocoa supply, the natural environment is protected, and we are creating better lives for everyone. It’s good for the cocoa farmers, families, communities, chocolate consumers and the success of our business.”  

Cocoa For Good focuses investments and work in four key areas: Nourishing Children, Elevating Youth, Prospering Communities and Preserving Ecosystems. Hershey’s comprehensive strategy prioritizes:

  • Increased family access to good nutrition. The Hershey legacy is based on the core ideal of providing opportunities for children to succeed. Healthy minds start with the right nutrition and improving access to food has a positive ripple effect – enabling children to reach their potential in school and adults to thrive in their jobs. 

  • Elimination of child labor and increased youth access to education opportunities. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, so The Hershey Company is working with partners to equip youth in cocoa-growing regions with the skills and resources they need to build successful futures, in their local communities and beyond. Elimination of child labor, a known symptom of poverty, is a fundamental component of this ambition. 

  • Increased household incomes for women and men. Growing the opportunity and means for women and men to sustain healthy livelihoods in cocoa-growing communities is essential to safeguarding the future of these communities. The Hershey Company is investing in programs to economically empower women and help all farmers support prosperous businesses.

  • Zero deforestation and increased agroforestry. Thriving cocoa communities are built on healthy ecosystems, so we’re working to protect forests and climates. Investing in innovative agroforestry methods and growing cocoa in shaded areas that are more productive are ways Hershey is working to preserve the cocoa ecosystem and protect forests.

“Cocoa is a tremendous part of the livelihoods for the people of Côte D’Ivoire and public-private partnerships are critical to improving the lives of people living in cocoa communities and protecting our precious natural resources,” said H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice President of the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire. “We value our partnership with The Hershey Company and look forward to working together to bring about the meaningful change that this new investment will catalyze.”

Cocoa For Good is expected to impact the lives of thousands of farmers in cocoa-growing regions with a focus on West Africa where about 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown. Owusu Prempeh, from Kwame Adu in the New Edubiase District of Ghana, has been farming cocoa for the last five years and through collaborative initiatives from The Hershey Company, she has received training and support to increase cocoa yields year over year.

“I have sold cocoa to many companies, but I have not benefitted from them like I have with Hershey. The trainings have increased productivity on my farm, especially with the extensive pruning of my cocoa trees,” said Prempeh. “I am grateful to Hershey for the premiums they paid to us. We used part of our premium to purchase school uniforms, school bags, books and other school accessories to support school children in the community.”

From numerous programs that support the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and communities worldwide, to aligning its work to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, The Hershey Company is helping to build a more sustainable world, and the launch of Cocoa For Good is another important step on that journey.

For more information on Cocoa For Good visit our website

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery company known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 18,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey'sReese'sHershey's KissesJolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks.

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.

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Coat Your Lips in Equality

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:53am

Formula Z Cosmetics is proud to launch its newest lipcolor, Mission Z, to benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

Founded by Zach Dishinger, the 16 year old makeup artist, entrepreneur and advocate, Formula Z is committed to diversity, inclusion and the pursuit of equality. At the heart of Formula Z is a deep belief that makeup is empowering and a form of self-expression for everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or race.

Mission Z is a moisturizing, long-wearing, matte lipcolor in a soft, neutral mauve color. For every Mission Z lipcolor sold, Formula Z Cosmetics will donate 50% of the net proceeds to The Trevor Project. As with all of Formula Z’s Forever Lips products, Mission Z is 100% vegan and cruelty, paraben and gluten-free.

“As a company with purpose, it’s vitally important to me to make a difference in the lives of others. I’ve experienced intolerance and bullying first hand, and personally understand the significance of supporting and enabling a culture of acceptance. From the moment I heard about The Trevor Project’s life-saving work, I knew we had to get involved,” said Zach Dishinger, CEO and founder of Formula Z Cosmetics.

“This relationship marks the first time The Trevor Project has partnered with a brand founded and led by a LGBTQ youth," said Calvin Stowell, Chief Growth Officer, The Trevor Project. “We’re excited to partner with Formula Z Cosmetics and Zach, an ambassador for the LGBTQ community who shares our values of acceptance, tolerance, and equality.”

Mission Z is available for $18 at www.FormulaZCosmetics.com.

About Formula Z Cosmetics:
Formula Z Cosmetics was created and founded by 16 year old makeup artist and entrepreneur, Zach Dishinger. At the heart of Formula Z is a deep belief that makeup is empowering and a form of self-expression for everyone. Forever Lips, the first collection from Formula Z, offers seven modern and chic, richly pigmented, long-lasting, smudge-proof shades that dry to a matte, moisturizing finish. Forever Lips is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.FormulaZCosmetics.com.

About The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 866.488.7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org

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Pure Strategies Celebrates 20 Years of Sustainability Leadership

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:53am

This month, Pure Strategies celebrates twenty years of sustainability consulting leadership. The company has helped build transformative strategies, improve products and packaging, and shift supply chains toward greater environmental and social performance for industry-leading companies including Walmart, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Farms, Ben & Jerry’s, and over 100 other organizations.  

“As their sustainability advisors, we are proud of our client’s leading environmental and social performance over the past two decades,” said Tim Greiner, Pure Strategies Co-Founder and Managing Director.  “The top companies have had a notable impact, transitioning environmental and social norms from a compliance mentality to a value-generating business strategy.  We look forward to continued partnerships with companies aimed at meeting society’s need for an accelerated pace of change and with solutions at scale.” 

Such progress will be underpinned by greater corporate engagement in public policy to raise the level of performance across all companies with leading firms staying ahead of these new regulations.  Additional future-focused corporate priorities will include:

  • Transforming business models and industries to be inherently environmentally and socially responsible

  • Imbedding transparency from cradle to grave for supply chain partners and consumers

  • Collaborating to advance to a low carbon economy with safe materials and regenerative and fair supply chains 

To advance the change needed, in addition to its client work, Pure Strategies’ leading market research and published reports provide insights on best practices in and the business benefits of corporate sustainability – such as showing that sustainability is redefining the source business value.  The company also co-founded the first ever scorecard for measuring corporate progress on material health known as The Chemical Footprint Project used by investors and across industries to advance sustainable chemicals management. 

Pure Strategies is offering two workshops this year to engage with peers and gain in-depth knowledge to advanced efforts on key sustainability strategies:

Bob Kerr, Pure Strategies Co-Founder and Principal notes that, “At the core of our work is the belief that businesses can do well while being a force for doing good.  We are B Corp certified to reinforce this.  We will continue to create tools and approaches to advance the transformation we helped start 20 years ago – in our efforts to help ensure a sustainable future for all.”    

About Pure Strategies
Pure Strategies has been transforming business through sustainability performance since 1998. Our team helps companies initiate and enhance existing sustainability programs by setting meaningful goals, devising effective management strategies, and making changes to products and supply chains that deliver value to the business and society. Our clients include Walmart, Wrangler, Seventh Generation, Sephora, Ben & Jerry’s, and Radio Flyer. Pure Strategies is proud to be a Co-Founder of The Chemical Footprint Project, licensed GreenScreen® Consultant, The Sustainability Consortium registered service provider staff member, and certified B Corp

For more information, contact:
Melanie Fleming, Pure Strategies, Inc.
mfleming@purestrategies.com
978-525-0480

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Pentair Achieves ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Pentair has been named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy as a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winner. This honor marks the fifth year that Pentair has garnered recognition for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Pentair's accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

Pentair, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2013, is being recognized for leadership in manufacturing energy-efficient pool pumps that earn the ENERGY STAR, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency. To qualify for ENERGY STAR certification, pool pumps must be at least 30-72 percent more energy efficient than typical pumps.

"More than a decade ago, we began a journey to help our customers enjoy their pools while saving energy, sparking an industry-wide revolution when we became the first to introduce variable speed technology to the pool industry,” said Jerome Pedretti, Aquatic Systems vice president, Pentair.  “Progress continues as we now mark five years as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year; we’re proud to be the only manufacturer in our industry to achieve this honor.” 

Pentair Eco Select® efficient pumps have helped U.S. consumers save $1.5 billion between 2005 and 2017 which translates into 14 billion kilowatt hours of energy saved.  The kilowatt energy savings helped prevent the release of nine million tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of 18.9 billion car-driven miles.

The 2018 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2018 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

ABOUT PENTAIR PLC

Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world. Pentair delivers industry leading products, services and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Its technology moves the world forward by ensuring that water is plentiful, useful and pure, and that critical equipment and those near it are protected. With 2017 revenues of $4.9 billion, Pentair employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.pentair.com.

ABOUT ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For over 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.

Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.

SC Johnson Greece Recognized as the Top 2018 Best Workplace

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 9:50am

RACINE, Wis., April 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ – For the second consecutive year, SC Johnson Greece has been ranked as the No. 1 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This is also the fifth time the Greece operation has been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list.

“I’m proud of the SC Johnson Greece team for receiving the top ranking as a Best Workplace,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The team’s continued commitment to fostering a culture that embodies respect and integrity are essential in creating a positive workplace, and I commend them for their efforts.” 

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. SC Johnson Greece earned the top spot for the team’s commitment to encourage collaboration and development of its members in the workplace. The rankings are based on a randomly distributed employee survey, a workplace culture assessment on corporate policies and philosophies, and other supporting documents.

The Greece team joins SC Johnson Italy, Germany and Venezuela on the 2018 list of Best Workplaces.

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” this past year.

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

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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

Pioneering Playbook Released for Creating Sustainable, Healthy Workplaces Portfolio-wide

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 9:50am

Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. and Delos announce the release of the Playbook for Sustainably Healthy Workplaces: Making the Business Case for Integrating Health & Wellness into Portfolio-wide Sustainability Strategies. This Playbook grows out of the need expressed by Corporate Real Estate and Sustainability executives for alignment between real estate and operations management and employee health and wellness goals. As a growing body of evidence points to the clear link between sustainable workplaces and more healthy, satisfied and productive employees, aligning these functions is a clear imperative.

The Playbook provides executives responsible for managing real estate portfolios with the information and tools necessary to demonstrate the benefits of healthy workplaces and to build the business case for corporate investment in more sustainable, healthy workplaces portfolio-wide,” notes Peter Crawley, Director of Research & Consulting at Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. “What makes this Playbook so unique and valuable is that it takes a management approach to implementation and presents actionable portfolio-wide strategies versus single asset strategies.”

With the increased focus on well-being in building certifications and improved research techniques and technologies, we are at an unprecedented time to systematically implement and measure investments in healthy sustainable workplaces” adds Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Senior Vice President leading Delos Insights. “This Playbook leverages these advances and offers companies guidance and tools to integrate health and wellness strategies into their portfolio-wide sustainability programs.

Through a collaboration with dozens of leading global companies and top institutional real estate investors, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. has developed the Playbook to help companies address the challenges of designing, implementing, measuring and reporting performance in workplaces that improve the health and wellness of workers. This Playbook enables companies to integrate their efforts towards Sustainably Healthy Workplaces via a proven 5-component process that Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. developed to help Member-Clients implement their Corporate Operations Sustainability Strategies.

To me, the key work we can do on Earth is to boost health: for the planet and people,” notes David Gottfried, founder of the US Green Building Council. “However, sustainability and wellness typically operate on two different playing fields within an organization and our lives. This Playbook helps to bridge the gap between the two.

Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. is currently working with Member-Clients and industry experts to implement the Playbook tools and encourages executives interested in any aspect of the Playbook to contact us to develop a workplan for implementing this evidence-based strategy at their own company.

Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc) is the leader in Sustainability Program assistance.  SR Inc provides confidential, membership-based, strategic advisory & support services to help management teams set goals, drive progress & report results as they lead their organizations to greater sustainability. Customer, talent, investor and regulator interest in more sustainable and healthy real estate and corporate operations increases every year.  To help enterprises meet the expectations of these important stakeholders, SR Inc helps enterprises with industry specific Sustainability Programs across all areas of corporate operations with a special focus on Sustainably Healthy Workplaces, Renewable & Advanced Energy Strategies as well as program supporting information solutions. 

As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™ and founder of the WELL Building Standard™, Delos is transforming homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. The Delos platform includes technology, consulting, research, design and innovative solutions for the built environment – creating spaces that nurture and promote human health and well-being. Informed by seven years of research, Delos has fostered research collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, a board of doctors from the Columbia University Medical Center and leading architects, scientists and wellness thought leaders to introduce wellness standards, programs and solutions into the built environment.  

CBRE Announces Winners of 2018 Global Urban Photography Competition

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:44pm

With more than 80,000 entries from 180+ countries, CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition’s 11th year was its largest and broadest reaching. Richard Morgan, from the United Kingdom, has been named the overall winner of the competition. Mr. Morgan’s image, “What are you looking at?” captures a fascinating street side scene in Poznan, Poland, of a group of onlookers, entranced by a tourist attraction, disrupted by one, direct stare.

Mel Chennell from the United Kingdom was named as the overall winner of the Mobile Category. Her winning mobile image, “Truly Connected?” captures a scene in a London train station and encourages the viewer to question the true meaning of connections in our digital and physical worlds.

Regional winners were also named. The Americas prize was awarded to Alec Herrera from the United States for his entry, “Good morning, Auckland,” depicting the New Zealand city’s skyline from a camper’s perspective. The Asia Pacific prize went to M Yousuf Tusha from Bangladesh for his entry, “Betel Nut,” a striking image of a farmer amongst a sea of betel nuts in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The EMEA prize was awarded to Ian Harper from the United Kingdom for his entry, “Barcelona from Above,” a photograph capturing the beauty and symmetry of Barcelona from dizzying heights.

The competition, which delivers powerful views into urban life, is run annually by CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm. This year, amateur and professional photographers were challenged to capture moments of urban connectivity and interactivity through the brief, “Cities of Connections: People, Places, Perspectives.”

Martin Samworth, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said, “The competition continues to grow in terms of influence and impact, with this year delivering a record number of entries and importantly, a tremendous amount of high quality work.”

“The images we received truly embody the spirit of city life and human interaction around the world, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s record-setting competition.”

The top prize is a special photography trip to a destination of the winner’s choice for themselves and a friend. Regional winners will receive photography drones and the mobile winner will receive a GoPro package.

Paul Suchman, CBRE’s Global Chief Marketing Officer, noted, “The competition continues to extend the CBRE brand’s reach and relevance into territories and audiences beyond our core. Its growing influence underscores CBRE’s role as a thought leader on the urban environment and within the cities we serve.”

“The quality and composition of the photos continues to get stronger every year. The body of work we reviewed was exemplary and a wonderful testament to the passion of the human spirit.”

In acknowledgement of all photographs submitted, CBRE will donate £10,000 to global children’s charity Plan International, CBRE’s EMEA charity partner. CBRE has been supporting Plan International since 2014, raising over £1 million to fund a program in Sierra Leone to help girls to complete their education. CBRE has recently embarked on a new two-year project in Nairobi, Kenya with the charity called Safer Cities. This program aims to transform urban centers from potentially dangerous spaces into places of inclusion, tolerance and opportunity for everyone, especially girls.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About Plan International

Plan International UK is an independent development and humanitarian charity that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. www.plan-uk.org

The Resource Foundation Partners With Philanthropy University to Reimagine Capacity Building for the Digital Age

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:44am

The Resource Foundation announced today its partnership with Philanthropy University to transform global development through a new tech-enabled capacity-building platform. Philanthropy University’s innovative learning platform accelerates the impact of local civil society organizations by providing world-class free online courses and vibrant online communities, optimized for leaders in the Global South and available worldwide.

With a mission to transform the capacity of 5,000 local organizations and improve the lives of 100 million people by 2020, Philanthropy University and its partners provide local leaders with the knowledge, resources and support they need to deliver sustainable development for all. 

Philanthropy University partnered with leading academics and development professionals to create seven free online courses: Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy; Introduction to Fundraising; Fundraising: Connecting with Donors; Fundraising Strategies; Human Capital Strategy; Girl Centered Design; and Planning for M&E.

“For over 30 years, The Resource Foundation has worked to empower civil society organizations throughout the Americas so they can effectively craft and deliver equitable and sustainable solutions to pervasive challenges,” said Marcela Lopez-Macedonio, President and CEO, The Resource Foundation. “By partnering with Philanthropy University, we are helping to localize the global development agenda in an effort to make change that is meaningful, measurable and lasting”

“By activating a multi-stakeholder ecosystem of change, we can finally begin to close the gap between local organizations and the global community,” said Connor Diemand-Yauman, CEO, Philanthropy University. “It is critical for us to have a diverse coalition of founding partners to galvanize capacity-building efforts in developing countries.” 

The new learning platform blends expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use interface. Coursework is also supported by vibrant communities of practice where learners and practitioners can connect with peers to share both professional interests and missions. Together with The Resource Foundation, Philanthropy University enables local practitioners to extend their reach, deepen their impact and strengthen local leadership where it matters most.

About The Resource Foundation:

The Resource Foundation works closely with U.S. donors to support locally-driven development programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean that promote the growth of inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities. Through innovative partnerships with civil society and private sector change agents, TRF supports the SDG framework and the achievement of this global Agenda. TRF has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars for sound fiscal management and transparency nine times since 2008. It is also a founding member of the Alliance for International Giving. For more information about TRF, visit www.resourcefnd.org and follow @resourcefnd on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Philanthropy University:

Philanthropy University is a new tech-enabled platform that transforms the impact of local organizations working to deliver sustainable development for all. Focused on the Global South and open to all, Philanthropy University provides the knowledge, resources and support local organizations need to enable meaningful, measurable and lasting change. It does this through its three main initiatives: a world-class, free online University, an annual Forum and Awards. Philanthropy University aims to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations working to improve the lives of 100 million people worldwide by 2020.

Learn more at philanthropyu.org


Contacts:

Sarah Otis

Program Reporting Officer

communications@resourcefnd.org

212-675-6170

Ann Canela

Vice President, External Relations

ann@philanthropyu.org
202-368-1353

HanesBrands Makes Significant Strides Toward 2020 Environmental Goals

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:42pm

HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI), a socially responsible, leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel under world-class brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, today released the company’s 2017 environmental performance.

Across every category, the company posted strong results compared to the year prior. Versus 2016, Hanes reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent, energy use by 6 percent and water use by 7 percent, while increasing its use of renewable energy by 7 percent. Additionally, Hanes – unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations – again diverted 84 percent of its supply chain waste from landfills.

This performance puts Hanes on track to meet 2020 environmental sustainability goals. When compared to its 2007 baseline, the company has committed to reducing:

  • Carbon emissions by 40 percent (28 percent in 2017);
  • Energy use by 40 percent (28 percent); and,
  • Water use by 50 percent (30 percent).

Hanes has also pledged to secure at least 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources (33 percent in 2017) and achieve zero waste by diverting company-owned supply chain waste from landfills (84 percent).

“These across-the-board improvements indicate our strong commitment to create a more efficient and energy-conscious organization for both the areas where we do business and the larger worldwide community,” said Michael E. Faircloth, group president, global supply chain, information technology and e-commerce for HanesBrands. “We have taken great strides toward our 2020 goals, and we intend to continue pushing to fulfill our promise to create a more environmentally friendly company.”

Faircloth was named a finalist in Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards for the 2017 Sustainability Leader of the Year, and the company’s Energy Treasure Hunts program was also recognized by the organization for Employee Engagement of the Year. For eight consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year award – the only apparel company to earn Sustained Excellence honors. The company ranks No. 194 on Newsweek magazine's green list of 500 largest U.S. companies for environmental achievement.

For more information on HanesBrands’ award-winning environmental sustainability efforts, visit www.HanesForGood.com.

Matt Hall: (336) 519-3386
Carole Crosslin: (336) 519-3201

HanesBrands
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including HanesChampionMaidenformDIM, BaliPlaytex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggsLovableWonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Bras N Things and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook.

Smithfield Foods and Food Lion Partner to Donate Easter Meals to Families in Need

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:42pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc., and Food Lion have partnered for the second annual Easter Eats donation, a Food Lion Feeds initiative to provide Easter meals to families facing hunger. Together, Smithfield and Food Lion delivered a total of 300 Easter meal bags each containing a Smithfield ham and an assortment of sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cornbread stuffing, carrots, brown gravy mix, and more.

Part of Smithfield’s and Food Lion’s shared mission to alleviate hunger and address food insecurity across the country, the Easter Eats donation served families in need at two donation events: one in southeastern Virginia and the second in central West Virginia.

"We’re hopeful that this donation of delicious Easter staples of Food Lion side items and Smithfield ham will make the holiday extra special for hundreds of families in the towns and cities we serve,” said Benny Smith, manager of community relations for Food Lion’s Eastern market. “We’re grateful for partners like Smithfield who share our commitment to help end food insecurity in Virginia, West Virginia, and beyond.”

The first of two Easter Eats donation events took place in Kearneysville, West Virginia, where Smithfield and Food Lion delivered 150 meal bags to the local community during a mobile donation event at Leetown Baptist Church community facility.

Smithfield and Food Lion distributed the remaining 150 meal bags to those in need during a second mobile donation event in Norfolk, Virginia, with help from the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Volunteers from each of the participating food banks assisted with the preparation, packaging, and distribution of the donations.

“As a food company, we believe that it is our great honor and responsibility to feed people, especially those in need,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “Easter is a time for loved ones to come together and we are proud to partner with Food Lion Feeds for this heartwarming donation of wholesome meals, to keep the focus on family and friends this holiday.” 

The Easter Eats donation supports Food Lion’s pledge to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020 through its Food Lion Feeds program. To date, the company has already donated more than 377 million meals. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s Helping Hungry Homes® initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

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About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

Partnering for Change

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:42pm

Benevity Boosts Scale and Efficiency of Social Impact Programs With Acquisition of Versaic

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:40pm

 Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and purpose-driven employee engagement software, today announced that it is acquiring Versaic Inc., a leading grants, donation and sponsorship management solution provider to more than 100 of the world’s largest companies. The acquisition expands Benevity’s existing grants management offerings and furthers the company’s vision of providing a holistic technology platform that supports of a broad array of corporate “Goodness” initiatives, including workplace giving, volunteering and community investment programs.

“We are thrilled to welcome Versaic’s passionate team and iconic clients to the Benevity community,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “Benevity and Versaic have always had a shared passion for client service and for helping businesses and their people make a positive difference in their communities around the world. This acquisition further strengthens our mission of helping today’s top enterprises orchestrate their Goodness initiatives more holistically, with greater integration, efficiency and impact.”

With Benevity, companies have the opportunity to manage all of their corporate Goodness programs through a single vendor relationship, integrating grants management with workplace giving, volunteerism, diversity and inclusion efforts, and more. This approach allows companies to engage their people, unify company culture across a global context, connect corporate values with communities in need and generate measurable business results, all while creating an indelible impact on the social landscape.

“As purpose becomes a business imperative, areas like HR, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Foundations need to work more collaboratively and seamlessly,” added de Lottinville. “Our integrated platform facilitates this by offering greater convenience, a holistic view of reporting, streamlined program management and more. In fact, 70 percent of our new clients are implementing multiple products from Benevity, and are achieving greater engagement with their people, nonprofit partners and communities as a result.”

The Versaic products will continue to be offered to companies and foundations who require Versaic’s highly configurable workflow and grant management features, alongside the company’s widely adopted enterprise cloud solution, Benevity Grants.

“We share Benevity’s commitment to transforming how companies pursue purpose and social impact,” said Burt Cummings, President and CEO of Versaic. “This milestone is the natural next step in a relationship that has been built on a shared ethos of excellence in service, and it gives our combined client base access to the widest possible range of grants management capabilities and price points, as well as Benevity’s best-in-class platform for facilitating corporate Goodness on a global scale.”

Benevity’s acquisition of Versaic is the latest in a series of major business announcements, all focused on bringing increased scale, automation, integration and efficiency to the sector. Earlier this year, Benevity announced the acquisition of TrustCSR, a UK-based corporate social responsibility consultancy, and a strategic investment from General Atlantic, accelerating the company’s leadership in the enterprise Goodness market.

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity will process over a billion dollars in donations this year and 10 million hours of volunteering time to almost 150,000 charities worldwide.

Mondelēz International Foundation Launches Healthy Lifestyle Programs Covering 10 Countries

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:40am

(GlobeNewswire) – The Mondelēz International Foundation today announced the launch of healthy lifestyle programs aimed at bringing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to at-risk children and their families across 10 countries. This is part of the Foundation’s multi-year $50 million commitment to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity.

New programs in Argentina, Australia, Egypt, France, Nigeria, Russia, and Ukraine, along with renewed programs in the United States, China and India, will reach an estimated 365,000 children and their families over the next three years. These programs join partnerships currently running in Brazil, Germany, Mexico and South Africa, all geared to creating school and community environments that encourage children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits. 

“Making a positive impact on the people and the planet is at the core of who we are.  Since 2012, our partners and their programs have been transforming the lives of more than a million children around the globe by increasing their nutrition knowledge, physical activity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Sarah Delea, President of the Mondelēz International Foundation. “The addition of seven new programs further builds on our commitment to help communities thrive and improve the well-being of school-age children and their families.”

Over the next three years, the Foundation and its partners will inspire schools and communities to reach under-served children and get involved in innovative ways in the following countries:

  • ArgentinaFundación Huerta Niño will reach 10,000 students in 120 schools by building organic school gardens to teach kids about proper nutrition, get them active and increase their consumption of fresh produce. 

  • AustraliaSave the Children will focus on nutrition education, growing healthy foods and improving physical activity to over 11,000 children and families. 

  • ChinaChina Youth Development Foundation will spread the benefits of nutrition and access to fresh foods through Hope Kitchens’ delicious veggie gardens and enhanced school canteens, reaching 150,000 students in 300 schools. 

  • EgyptCARE will promote healthy lifestyles for children by training educators to deliver a nutrition program, renovating kitchens to teach parents how to make healthy meals and snacks. The program will also aim at designing and implementing active play curriculum that tackles cultural barriers for girls and establishing school gardens. 

  • FranceSport dans la Ville will expand their healthy lifestyle community partnership program to offer nutrition education, sports programs, urban gardens and cooking workshops to 5,000 children and families. 

  • IndiaSave the Children and Magic Bus are teaming up to promote nutrition education, active play, including sports development, and growing fresh foods to around 50,000 children and families across India. 

  • NigeriaHelen Keller International will teach 6,000 children the importance of proper nutrition, physical activity and gardening through in-school and after-school activities. 

  • RussiaDoverie NGO will train 100,000 students in 230 schools on how to grow and cook healthy foods and stay active through sports and other physical activities.

  • UkraineCSR Ukraine will train teachers to incorporate nutrition education, physical activity and gardening with more than 500 schools and 17,500 children. 

  • United StatesAfter-School All-Stars will expand its middle school program to offer nutrition education, cooking classes and urban vegetable gardens to reach children and families in 170 schools in 12 U.S. locations.

Each community partnership will also track progress against a universal set of metrics that the Foundation developed in collaboration with its community partners and a public health expert from Yale School of Public Health. Metrics measure improvements in nutrition education, physical activity and access to nutritious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables.  

“We’re proud to partner again with the Mondelēz International Foundation to implement nutrition education and healthy lifestyle projects,” said Kathy Spahn, President and CEO of Helen Keller International. “We came together in Indonesia to improve the well-being of children and their families. We’re excited to now bring our combined expertise to Nigeria to encourage and instill healthy habits in children from an early age.”

The Foundation and its community programs support Mondelēz International’s Impact For Growth commitment, which is focused on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact on people and planet: community, sustainability, well-being snacks and safety.  

To learn more about the Foundation, its partners and the impact of its programs, please view the factsheetinfographic and newly released video.

About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) is building the best snacking company in the world, with 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. Creating more moments of joy in approximately 160 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, featuring global Power Brands such as Oreo and belVitabiscuitsCadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum.  Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

About the Mondelēz International Foundation 
The Mondelēz International Foundation is the international philanthropic arm of Mondelēz International. The Foundation is focused on three areas of action: investing in community programs that promote healthy lifestyles in at-risk communities around the world; providing humanitarian aid through cash and product when disaster strikes; and inspiring colleagues to contribute time and talent to help our local communities thrive. To learn more about our efforts, visit www.mondelezinternational.com/impact/community-partnerships

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