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Tyson Foods Deploys Disaster Relief Operations to Houston

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 7:19pm

In response to historic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Tyson Foods will send teams to prepare meals for those affected by and responding to the disaster.  A cook site will be set up at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas, and free, hot meals will be provided onsite beginning at 11 a.m. Friday morning for anyone who is in need. In addition, a distribution network will be established with local authorities and disaster relief organizations to deliver meals to flood victims in the Houston metro area.

Teams from Tyson Foods’ operations in Clarksville, Dardanelle, Scranton and Texarkana, Arkansas, will arrive onsite Thursday. The company’s Meals that Matter mobile relief truck will be sent from its home in Springdale, Arkansas, and is also expected to arrive onsite Thursday. The company is sending three tractor-trailer loads of product totaling nearly 100,000 pounds, one tractor-trailer load of bulk ice, one tractor-trailer load of bagged ice and one tractor-trailer load of bottled water.

Tyson Foods will be working closely with its disaster relief partners Bimbo Bakeries USA, Harris Baking Co., Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., and Peppersource to maximize relief efforts.

Team Rubicon, another disaster relief partner comprised of military veterans, is deploying its Mobile Command Center, which was donated by Tyson Foods in 2014 and includes sleeping quarters, and office and storage space for Team Rubicon’s staff and volunteers.

The company has also announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army to assist in disaster relief efforts in Texas.

“With nearly 12,000 team members throughout the state of Texas and a facility in Houston, the damage left by Hurricane Harvey hits close to home,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility. “This deployment wouldn’t be possible without the support of our team members, disaster relief partners and customers who are all volunteering time and resources to make sure our response is as successful as possible.”

For continuing updates on Tyson Foods’ disaster relief efforts, please follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About Tyson Foods 

Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 114,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com

$110m Turbine Replacement Boosts Power From Ust-Khantaiskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 7:19pm

A $110m (7 billion Rouble) investment programme to modernise the Ust-Khantaiskay hydroelectric power plant took another step forward with the third state-of-the art replacement turbine  Nornickel’s coming on line on August 29. The new turbines will boost output from the plant by 10% and will prolong the commercial life of the hydro electric plant.

Ust-Khantaiskay was the first of Nornickel’s hydroelectric power plants in the Taymyr Peninsula, built to supply power to the company’s mining and metallurgical operation in Norilsk, as well as to the Dudinsky and Igarsky industrial areas.

In 2012, Nornickel’s management decided to modernise its Ust-Khantaiskay facilities, replacing units that had been generating power  for over forty years with more efficient, state-of-the-art technology. In November 2015 and November 2016, the company replaced the first two hydroelectric turbines.

By 2021, Nornickel intends to have replaced all of the hydroelectric units at its Ust-Khantaiskay hydroelectric power plant. The new turbines increase the plant’s capacity to 502 MW, with a maximum annual output of 2.4 billion kW h. The investment in the power plant will prolong the Ust-Khantaiskay hydroelectric power plant’s life and increase its output capacity by some 50 MW.the increased output will help reduce the use of coal fired power generation so helping to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the immediate vicinity of the plant by at least 2.2 million tons per year, equivalent to replacing approximately 450,000 passenger cars with electric cars.

Nornickel is committed to becoming a global leader in environmental sustainability among natural resources companies. 



Nestlé Waters North America Donates More Than 1 Million Bottles of Water to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 7:19pm

Nestle Waters North America has collaborated with relief organizations to donate more than 1.3 million bottles of water to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Thirty-seven truckloads – and counting – have delivered clean, safe bottled water to communities in Texas and Louisiana distributed by relief partners on the ground, including Americares, the American Red Cross, Gleaning For The World, Convoy of Hope and Feeding America. 

“We are committed to delivering critical supplies of clean water to impacted individuals, families and communities in the wake of this disaster,” said Fernando Mercé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters North America. “I am humbled by the efforts of our dedicated associates and relief partners in providing on-the-ground assistance during this time of tragedy and immense need.”

Texas is home to more than 1,300 Nestlé Waters associates and Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water, which is sourced from three natural springs in the state, and distributed regionally in Texas and several nearby states. Since 2007, Nestlé Waters North America has donated more than 5 million bottles of water to disaster relief and other important causes in Texas.

Nestlé Waters will continue to monitor the evolving needs in Texas and Louisiana and work closely with its partners to provide additional assistance. Deliveries are currently under way to disaster relief sites in Houston, San Antonio, Arlington, Corpus Christi and El Paso.

How to Help

Those interested in aiding relief efforts can support the work of the American Red Cross or Americares. To get in contact with or to seek assistance at a disaster relief site, please call, e-mail or visit the following websites:

P: 1-800-486-HELP

The American Red Cross
 P: 1-800-RED-CROSS

About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Ozarka®, Poland Spring®, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Perrier®, and S. Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Nestlé Waters North America also owns and operates ReadyRefresh SM by Nestlé®, the largest home and office water delivery service by volume in the U.S.. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with some 8,500 associates, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across its  operations. As a natural resource company, Nestlé Waters sustainably manages our 47 spring sources and maintains nearly 14,000 acres of natural watershed area. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the U.S.   

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Human Rights Activist and Actress Julia Ormond to Keynote Responsible Electronics 2017

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:18pm

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains, today announced that human rights activist and actress Julia Ormond will provide the keynote address at EICC’s annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 17, 2017.

Julia is the Founder and President of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET). She has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges and has appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress, the UK House of Lords, globally for the United Nations, before corporate influencers, on the global conference circuit and within educational institutions. Julia is also the UN's first Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery.

ASSET is the source, chief organizer and co-sponsor of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (CA TISC Act), which was passed in 2010 and came into law in 2012. ASSET went on to collaborate with Unseen UK to include and upgrade TISC in the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015. ASSET works to identify and advance systemic solutions and funding to end enslavement and empower public engagement, with an emphasis on improving the impact of corporate transparency through policy and innovation. 

“The EICC has been very proactive in helping companies combat forced labor, increase our global response to transparency and in turn improve conditions for workers and communities affected by global supply chains practices,” said Julia Ormond, Founder and President of ASSET. “I’m looking forward to meeting with industry leaders at the conference to discuss opportunities and challenges as we work to eradicate slavery worldwide, I have a great deal to learn from them and their particular challenges.”

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Ormond as our keynote speaker,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the EICC. “As a former UN Goodwill Ambassador and head of ASSET, which played a key role in the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, she brings a unique perspective that will be of great interest to our members.”

Other speakers and panelists at Responsible Electronics 2017 will include high-level representatives from government, civil society, and industry. The conference will feature information and discussions critical to global supply chains as well as updates on EICC initiatives. Join us to learn more about:

  • Sustainable Development Goals and their importance to supply chains

  • Trends in global supply chain governance

  • The changing landscape of risk assessments

  • Public procurement practices

  • Due diligence drivers in emerging risk areas

  • Public reporting on minerals due diligence

  • Responsible sourcing in the Great Lakes Region

  • Harmonization and alignment with OECD Due Diligence Guidance

  • The Responsible Labor Initiative

  • Recent changes to the EICC Code of Conduct, which were just approved by membership

These and many other topics will be covered in general and breakout sessions. In addition, members can visit the EICC Education Hub for one-on-one discussions about various EICC tools and programs such as EICC-ON, VAP, and the Learning Academy.   

Who Should Attend Responsible Electronics 2017:

  • Companies that manufacture or contract the manufacture of electronic goods or a product in which electronics are essential to the primary functionality of the product, or supply materials used in the electronics of those goods

  • Government officials interested in learning what the industry is doing to improve conditions for workers and the environment impacted by the global electronics supply chain

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on labor and human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental sustainability

  • Audit and other firms that provide services to facilitate the industry’s CSR efforts

Key Dates:

EICC's Responsible Electronics 2017 will be followed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative's Annual Conference and EICC Code training, both of which require separate registration.

  • EICC Members-Only Meeting: Oct. 16

  • EICC Responsible Electronics Annual Conference: Oct. 17-18

  • CFSI Annual Conference: Oct. 18-19

  • CFSI Members-Only Meeting: Oct. 20

  • EICC Code of Conduct Training: Oct. 19-20


Responsible Electronics 2017, the CFSI Annual Conference and the EICC Code Training will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Learn More and Register:

Visit the Responsible Electronics 2017 conference website to learn more and register here. For help with registration, or to become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Valerie Esty.


About EICC

The EICC is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. EICC members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The EICC is comprised of more than 110 electronics companies with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.75 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit www.eiccoalition.org and follow @EICCoalition.

CSR Sustainability Strategy & Reporting Workshop

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:18pm

Registration Deadline: 04 September 2017
Training Date: 19 September 2017
Training Hours: 08:30 - 17:00
Location: CIIM Nicosia, Cyprus  (View Map)
Language of Instruction: English


This programme will provide knowledge and excellent practice from world-leading organisations on how to design a sustainability strategy and how to prepare a sustainability report.

Corporations now change their business models from results-driven to purpose-driven and this creates a need for a concrete, thorough and robust sustainability strategy to contribute to global challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Furthermore, the new regulatory framework regarding the disclosure of non-financial information in Europe created additional reporting challenges to companies.

Key Outcomes

  • Appreciate an overview of the main points and intelligence on how to develop a sustainability strategy which is based on real examples of leading practices

  • Attain a clear roadmap and market-driven approach and methodology to draft a corporate responsibility and sustainability report

  • Examine the latest updates on the regulatory requirements with regards to the newly adopted EU Directive on the disclosure of Non-Financial Information and learn how it is adopted by several EU Member states including Cyprus, Greece, the UK and others

Designed for

  • Sustainability Professionals who perform activities related to environmental, economic, governance or social responsibility

  • Professionals engaged in Corporate Responsibility, Human Resources, Public Relations, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Governance, Communication, Environment and Quality

  • Professionals interested in attaining a solid knowledge of sustainability strategy & reporting

Topics to be covered:

  • The Pillars of Sustainability

  • Linking sustainability with vision/mission statement, corporate values and business model

  • Sustainability Governance (Sustainability Committees, Teams and Working Groups)

  • Global sustainability challenges and megatrends (The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement)

  • EU & Sustainability (Circular Economy, the Horizon 2020 funding mechanism, the EU Directive on the Disclosure of Non-Financial Information)

  • Responsible Investments (ESG / SRI) – Attract Responsible Investors – Invest Responsibly - The UN ESG Value Driver Model

  • Measuring sustainability (Social Return on Investment, Total Value, True Value, etc.)

  • Stakeholder identification, mapping and engagement strategies (the AA1000 standard)

  • Communicating sustainability to stakeholders

  • Long-term sustainability policy and commitments

  • Materiality analysis (reporting on what matters)

  • Creating a sustainability action plan on material issues (short and long-term)

  • A roadmap to sustainability reporting – time-plan and assigning priorities and resources

  • Sustainability reporting frameworks (GRI, UN Global Compact, Integrated Reporting, SASB, ISO 26000)

  • Third-party assurance in sustainability reporting

  • Developing a sustainability strategy and action plan

  • Markets & Sustainability – Global Leaders Best Practices in Strategic Sectors – The Pioneers

  • Responsible supply chains – Mitigate your risks

  • Benefits of implementing sustainable development strategy, principles and practices

  • 10 Reasons you need a Sustainability Strategy


All CIIM Executive Education programmes are developed and taught by CIIM resident and visiting faculty who are widely recognised as skilled professional trainers with local and international business experience. Through many years of business consulting and teaching experience, CIIM faculty develop innovative long-lasting practical concepts that shape the practice of your daily professional responsibilities. The result is a practical educational experience which is designed to have an immediate effect into your business environment.

Mr. Michael Spanos (Bio)

Founder & Managing Director of the Global Sustain Group, Associate Expert, CIIM

Programme Fee

Per Participant: €380

No VAT is charged due to CIIM’s non-profit status. Fees include tuition, educational materials, lunch, coffee-breaks and refreshments.


To proceed with your registration, please click the button below to apply online. Reservation of seat is subject to availability.


Chevron CEO Watson Tarred His Legacy By Using Corrupt Witness and Fumbling Environmental Issues, Lawyers Say

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:18pm

Chevron’s surprise announcement that CEO John Watson is stepping down was due to massive cost overruns in Australia and his refusal to adequately deal with huge environmental liabilities in Ecuador and California that will tar his own legacy, according to environmentalists and a new analysis published by rainforest communities on The Chevron Pit.

Watson also approved a $2 million bribe to an admittedly corrupt Ecuadorian witness, Alberto Guerra, to lie in U.S. federal court as part of a desperate attempt to evade paying a historic $12 billion Ecuador environmental judgment, the largest ever against an oil major for pollution, said Paul Paz y Mino, Associate Director of the environmental group Amazon Watch.

“Watson failed across the board when it came to environmental issues and ethics,” said Paz y Mino, whose team has been monitoring the company for almost two decades. “Under his watch, Chevron’s liabilities in Ecuador increased by $12 billion while thousands of people in California continue to suffer the health impacts of the company's toxic contamination from a refinery in the Bay Area.

“Watson also will be remembered as one of the worst leaders of any major oil company when it comes to transitioning to a clean energy future,” he said.  “That’s unfortunate for Chevron shareholders, for the people of Ecuador and the United States, and for the planet as a whole as we see time and again with catastrophic climate events. 

“Chevron's next CEO will need to seriously step up the company's game on the environment and he must do so in an ethical way by respecting the rule of law,” said Paz. 

The shake-up likely will result in Chevron Vice-chairman Mike Wirth taking over the top post at the company, according to news reports. Wirth is known as a “pencil-pusher” who can cut costs to the bone as the fossil fuel industry continues to shrink given the rapid growth of clean energy alternatives, said Paz.

The analysis on the Chevron Pit – the site maintained by advocates for the affected Ecuadorian communities -- concluded that Watson “will be remembered far more for saddling Chevron with huge environmental liabilities than for delivering value to shareholders” as well as for approving the illegal payments to Guerra. Guerra later admitted he lied repeatedly under oath in U.S. federal court to try to help Chevron evade paying the Ecuador judgment.

“Watson’s legacy is to leave Chevron with a bleak long-term prognosis,” according to the analysis. “While the fossil fuel industry faces unprecedented structural pressures, Chevron is arguably in a worse position that its peers” for various reasons, including:

**The company faces a $12 billion liability in Canada to Ecuadorian indigenous villagers who are gaining ground in their two-decade litigation to force the oil giant to clean up the billions of gallons of toxic waste it admitted to dumping in the rainforest. The liability issued after courts in Ecuador reviewed voluminous scientific evidence, including 105 technical evidentiary reports. Watson was among those at Chevron who had insisted back in 2001 that the trial be held in the South American nation.

“While Chevron left Ecuador in 1992, the company's toxic legacy -- including roughly 1,000 open-air toxic waste pits -- continues to cause grievous harm to the local population,” said the analysis. “Under Watson's recommendation, Chevron bought Texaco in 2001 by overpaying for its assets and he now owns the Ecuador problem.”

**In Australia, Watson oversaw a “disastrous” bet on the Gorgon natural gas project, now the company’s largest and riskiest foreign investment.  Not only has the price of gas plummeted since the decision to invest in Australia, the cost overruns for the $54 billion project are estimated to be $20 billion or enough to wipe out the company’s entire profit for three years at current oil prices, according to The Financial Times.

**Watson compounded his problems in Australia by trying to cheat tax authorities in the country. After Chevron promised Australia major tax revenues from Gorgon, courts in the country found that Watson oversaw a “bait and switch” where a Chevron subsidiary in Delaware made loans at exorbitant, above-market interest rates to the Australia subsidiary that was funding the massive project.

Paying interest back to its own subsidiary on the above-market loans essentially wiped out the Chevron profits in Australia, cheating the country of an estimated $1 billion in tax revenue. In a landmark court decision that provides other countries with a new blueprint for how to stop tax dodging by Chevron and other multinationals, the company was hit with one of the largest back tax bills in Australian history. (This report from the International Transport Workers’ Federation summarizes part of Watson’s tax dodging in Australia and elsewhere.)

Watson suffered a final and humiliating capitulation in Australia just weeks ago when he dropped Chevron’s final appeal in the tax case. If other countries follow suit and challenge Chevron’s tax avoidance schemes, the company could face billions of dollars of additional tax liabilities around the world, according to reports.

**In the California town of Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco, major fires at a Chevron refinery under Watson's tenure spewed so much toxic waste into the air that 15,000 local residents have been forced to receive medical attention. “Rather than shut down or at least update the refinery, Watson tried to take over the town by financing a slate of candidates for city council while secretly funding an on-line newspaper to spew pro-Chevron propaganda,” said the analysis on The Chevron Pit.

**Watson also lost the confidence of several major shareholders. At the company’s annual meeting last May, a whopping 39% of Chevron shareholders voted in favor of a resolution critical of his leadership and his “material mishandling” of the Ecuador litigation in particular. The resolution urged the company’s Board of Directors to fire Watson as its Chairperson while allowing him to retain his CEO job. 

“Watson has continually refused to separate the CEO and Chairperson positions in violation of best practices for corporate governance,” said Simon Billenness, who works with Chevron shareholders.  “This is seen by many institutional shareholders as a major governance flaw.”

In the Ecuador matter, Watson could have settled the claims years ago for what the analysis calls “a relative pittance” but instead chose to try to pummel the indigenous villagers into submission by hiring at least 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers and investigators – a massive expense described as another Watson-generated “cost suck” in addition to the Gorgon overruns. The company is estimated to have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to the Gibson Dunn law firm, whose lawyers coached Guerra for 53 days before he lied on the stand in the federal court case, according to a new 33-page report presented by lawyers for the villagers.

Steven Donziger, the American attorney who has been representing the Ecuadorians in the environmental litigation, said Watson’s desire to fight the claims of his clients with massive resources only made matters worse for the company. Donziger spent several hours deposing Watson under oath in 2013. 

“Mr. Watson’s decision to spend massively on lawyers rather than compensate the company’s victims in Ecuador increased Chevron’s environmental liabilities by billions,” Donziger said. “Watson also wasted shareholder funds by giving an army of corporate defense lawyers a blank check to attack some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. 

“These moves amounted to a monumental waste of shareholder funds, they caused Chevron severe reputational harm around the world, and they prompted serious challenges to Watson's leadership from large shareholders which became yet another unanticipated cost,” he added.

“My own view is that Mr. Watson was hot-headed and vindictive about being defeated in court by indigenous groups,” Donziger added. “Intent on exacting revenge, he got carried away and crossed the ethical line by going along with company lawyers who bribed a key witness. That is now backfiring in a major way. No ethical CEO would tolerate such misconduct.”

Watson also approved at least $15 million for the corporate espionage firm Kroll to try to enlist journalists to spy on the lawyers representing the Ecuadorians, including Donziger. The CEO of Kroll admitted in a sworn deposition that Watson had paid for 20 to 30 written reports on every aspect of Donziger’s life in an unprecedented effort to discredit adversary counsel. (For background on Sam Anson, Kroll’s lead operative on the Chevron espionage campaign, see this blog.)

Watson also failed to deal with an earlier attempt by Chevron to corrupt the Ecuador trial by using a convicted felon and a company employee, Diego Borja, to try to secretly entrap the trial judge in a fake bribery scandal. Chevron spirited Borja out of Ecuador after the scandal was exposed, and Watson kept paying the lawyers who orchestrated the Borja fiasco. Most of them still work for the company in Ecuador.

The analysis also pointed out that under Watson Chevron has tried to “buy its way out of its litigation problems” by spending heavily in the political world. Watson ordered Chevron to donate huge sums to the Trump inauguration. He also donated Chevron funds to the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. State Department at the same time his team was inappropriately lobbying the Obama Administration to try to take steps to kill off the Ecuador case.

The failure to properly manage the Richmond refinery is another example of Watson’s “shortsightedness” when it comes to environmental issues, said Paz.

“Chevron’s next CEO needs to seriously step up Chevron’s game on the environment or the company risks being left behind,” said Paz.  “He should start by firing the company’s outside counsel on the Ecuador case and by abiding by the court judgment there. He also needs to disclose to shareholders how many billions of dollars Chevron has spent fighting the Ecuadorian indigenous groups in court.”

In the Ecuador matter, Chevron faces a critical court hearing October 10 in Toronto what will help determine whether the villagers can seize company assets to pay for their clean-up.  Chevron has an estimated $25 billion of assets in Canada.

Media Advisory: FMCG Industry Heads to Centre Mont Royal, Montréal for Sustainable Retail Summit

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:17am

The Consumer Goods Forum, the global association that brings together consumer goods retailers and manufacturers with the ambition of driving positive change and improving consumer trust, will hold its 2nd Sustainable Retail Summit at the Centre Mont Royal in Montréal from 2nd-3rd October 2017.

Journalists can register for free by contacting Lee Green, Director, Communications at The Consumer Goods Forum. The event will also include a limited number of media partners. For further information, please contact Lee Green.

WHO: The Consumer Goods Forum, FMCG industry and external stakeholders, including government and NGO representatives. The event is also open to FMCG companies who are not members of The Consumer Goods Forum.

Speakers include senior executives from international companies that include Ahold Delhaize, Burt’s Bees, Campbell Soup Company, Danone, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg’s, Marks and Spencer, METRO, Nestlé S.A., Sainsbury’s, PepsiCo, Tesco, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Walmart. Meanwhile, several Canadian companies will be joining their international peers as they look to showcase how the consumer goods industry in Canada is delivering on its responsibilities to protect consumers and the planet. Local speakers include:

  • Darrell Jones, President, Save-On-Foods

  • Shelley Martin, President & CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc.

  • Michael Pilato, GM, The Clorox Company of Canada Ltd.

  • François Tasmowski, Senior Director, Global Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, McCain Foods Limited

  • Marie-Claude Bacon, Director, Corporate Affairs, Metro Inc.

  • Alain Brandon, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Relations, Loblaws;

  • Scott Tudor, Director, National Procurement, Sobeys Inc.; and

  • David Wilkes, Senior Vice President, Retail Council of Canada

WHAT: The 2nd Sustainable Retail Summit, following on from the successful Paris edition.

WHEN: October 2-3, 2017

WHERE: Centre Mont Royal, 2200 Rue Mansfield, Montréal, QC H3A 3R8, Canada

WHY: The consumer goods industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect the industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and its Sustainable Retail Summit, there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labour, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 7:15pm

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is supporting emergency relief effort in southeastern Texas following Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in over a decade. The Category 4 storm hit southeastern Texas on August 25, destroying homes, knocking out power and forcing thousands of residents to flee. The storm has stalled over the Houston-metro area, causing devastating floods, cutting off all transportation and overwhelming rescuers with the number of calls for help.

The Foundation is donating $50,000 to two long-time partners in disaster relief efforts, Americares and the American Red Cross. The funds will provide desperately needed basic supplies and medical care for survivors.

“The emergency responders are doing everything possible to rescue and assist the people of Texas who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey, but much more still needs to be done,” says John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “The Foundation is working quickly to provide financial support to our partners to help get much needed supplies and medical care to the impacted communities to help alleviate the suffering.”

Even as the storm had been blamed for several deaths, the full toll of the hurricane remains unclear. Officials warned that the danger was far from over, saying that the flooding in Texas is unlikely to recede quickly, potentially forcing more than 30,000 people from their homes and causing billions of dollars in damages. 

The Foundation and its disaster relief partners will continue to diligently monitor the situation to provide support as needed.

Three Ways to Help Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts Over the Long Term

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 7:15pm

Harvey made landfall on August 25 near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. A state of emergency has been declared in 30 counties, seven counties are under evacuation orders, and a major disaster declaration has been signed by the president. Several hundred thousand are without power, several thousand have been displaced to shelters, and search and rescue efforts are ongoing. America’s first major hurricane to make landfall since 2005, Hurricane Harvey is expected to stall for several days over southern Texas, leading to catastrophic flooding across the region. An estimated 12 million people are under a Flash Flood emergency. 

We expect the long-term needs for communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey to include: rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors.

You can support these long-term recovery efforts now by donating to America’s Charities Disaster Recovery Fund – Hurricane Harvey.

3 Ways to Give:

  1. Make this Fund available on your company's workplace giving platform. Donating at the workplace is convenient and has proven to facilitate greater levels of giving. If you are a client of America’s Charities, please contact us at clientsolutions@charities.org and we’ll set it up on your behalf.

  2. Go directly to www.charities.org/hurricane-harvey to contribute to the Fund via credit card.

  3. You can also make a direct contribution to the Fund by emailing us at marcom@charities.org.

By giving to the America’s Charities Disaster Recovery Fund – Hurricane Harvey, your donation dollars are distributed to vetted nonprofits, based on in-depth research conducted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). America's Charities will disperse donations as the needs of the disaster dictates, and we'll be in touch every step of the way so you know specifically how your donation has advanced the recovery process. We'll share as many stories and pictures of those nonprofits on the ground that we can. You can read more about our partnership here.

We all instinctively give with our hearts, which means when disaster strikes, we give immediately and intuitively. Yet that doesn’t always help in the long run, and we are not always sure if our donations are really improving the lives of people in need. Our Fund leverages American generosity—your generosity—by enabling immediate donations and using CDP’s expert analysis to best determine how those funds should be allocated to vetted charities over the long-term.

Thank you for your contribution.

Upcoming Webinar: August 29, 2017 • 3:30 PM EST / 2:30 PM CST

"Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help"

Find out how to allocate resources—human, financial, and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Presented by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, with generous support from The UPS Foundation, CDP President & CEO Bob Ottenhoff will moderate the discussion. Program panelists are still being finalized and will include representatives from FEMA, Texas VOAD, and a Texas funder.

Register Now!

Helping in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:15pm

The destructive power of Hurricane Harvey, which made land over Texas this weekend, has been described by the National Weather Service as unprecedented and the full devastation of the storm is still unknown. Our thoughts go out to those who have been impacted, harmed and displaced by this terrible natural disaster. We also thank the brave men and women who have worked tirelessly and in grave danger to rescue people from the flood waters and to provide aid to those in need.

While everyone at PayPal offers our emotional support to the victims of the hurricane, we are also announcing the launch of an appeal campaign so the PayPal community of customers and employees can respond, as you always do, in times of crisis.

Your generosity in donating with PayPal made a profound difference when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, when Ecuador and Nepal were devastated by earthquakes, when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, after Superstorm Sandy, and in the wake of many other terrible natural catastrophes.

We know from these experiences that with any natural disaster of this magnitude, the need for aid will be vast and recovery will be long. We also know that together we can make a difference in partnership with agencies that are providing relief on the ground.

To respond to Hurricane Harvey, we have launched a disaster relief campaign through the PayPal Giving Fund. PayPal will waive all processing costs ensuring that 100% of your donation will go directly to relief efforts. Through the PayPal Gives program, PayPal will also match donations made by a PayPal employee, according to terms of the program.

We’re extremely grateful to anyone who is able to help.

Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

Originally posted on PayPal Stories

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce at Least $1 Million Towards Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:15pm

In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support for relief efforts through cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations helping in response to the severe weather impacting Texas and Louisiana. As a part of this commitment, Walmart is working closely with organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope while coordinating efforts with elected officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected. We are supporting these organizations in addressing immediate needs in the community and will continue to monitor in the coming days to provide additional assistance.

“We are concerned for the people in the path of this potentially devastating storm,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart and President of the Walmart Foundation. “We are actively supporting local response efforts and will continue to be there for our customers, friends, family, fellow associates and neighbors in the Gulf Coast.” Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. Since 2005, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 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.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.4 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com

Wells Fargo Donates $1 Million to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:15pm

Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) announced today it is donating $1 million to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the extensive flooding in its wake. Wells Fargo is donating $500,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and an additional $500,000 to local nonprofits focused on recovery and relief efforts in Texas in the coming days and weeks.

“Wells Fargo is deeply concerned for all of those affected by the devastating flooding in Texas, and we’re committed to helping our customers, neighbors, team members and communities get through this,” said David Miree, lead region bank president. “With forecasts calling for more rain and potentially more flooding, we will continue to work with nonprofits and those focused on relief efforts, as we determine any additional assistance and support Wells Fargo may be able to provide.”

Wells Fargo customers across the country may donate to the American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts at Wells Fargo ATMs nationwide, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service, and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the American Red Cross.

Also beginning Aug. 29, Wells Fargo’s Go FarTM Rewards customers nationwide can begin to redeem any amount of their available rewards and donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through Tuesday, Sept. 12. Customers can access their rewards account at GoFarRewards.wf.com or by calling the Go FarTM Rewards Service Center at 1-877-517-1358.

In addition, Wells Fargo is waiving ATM fees for customers in the affected areas, as well as reversing other fees – such as late fees – for all of our consumer products, including credit cards and checking accounts. Wells Fargo’s mobile response unit also will enter the affected areas once the situation there is stabilized, so we may begin to help customers receive and process insurance checks, as they begin to rebuild.

Wells Fargo customers and clients affected by the severe weather and flooding in Texas may discuss their financial needs with Wells Fargo by calling 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Likewise, Wells Fargo Home Lending customers can call 1-888-818-9147, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST, to discuss potential payment and disaster assistance options.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 271,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Media Contacts:
Michael King, 713-715-9619
Erica S. Van Ross, 704-715-9749

Visa Responds to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:15pm

At Visa, our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Today, we are announcing our commitment to support immediate relief and recovery efforts in Texas.

  • Visa will make a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross to immediately help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Visa will double-match employee donations to the American Red Cross.
  • In conjunction with its clients, Visa also will waive interchange fees on eligible donations made to the American Red Cross from August 25th through September 15th.  Visa will donate to the American Red Cross all revenue generated from these eligible contributions during this period.

Douglas Sabo, VP, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Philanthropy, Visa Inc.

Business Leaders Forum to Combat Human Trafficking 2017 in Washington, DC

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:15am

On September 5-6, the United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery is hosting the 2017 Business Leaders Forum to Combat Human Trafficking in Washington, DC. Currently, there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the world, and businesses are increasingly engaged in the fight against human trafficking. iPoint is delighted to be a partner of this important event, which provides insights into what the business community is doing to fight human trafficking.

The convention offers different panels, such as:

  • Supply Chain Strategies that work

  • Human Trafficking and the Rule of Law

  • Employee Training

  • Business & NGO Collaboration

Julia Ormond, actress and founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), will deliver a keynote on “The Imperative to Act”. Other speakers include Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chair of the senate committee dealing with anti-human trafficking, and several other speakers from the economic, non-governmental, and policy sphere.

Furthermore, we’re proud to announce that iPoint’s Senior Consultant Tolga Yaprak will moderate the panel on “Supply Chain Strategies that Work”, which features speakers from Nokia, Total S.A., and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

You can find the full agenda as well as information on the speakers and registration here.

Disaster Coordination Call for Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:15am

Extreme flooding in Texas over the past few days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has damaged homes and businesses, displaced families and individuals, and left at least two fatalities in the region. In the wake of disasters such as these, a multi-sector response effort is critical.

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center for a coordination call on the flooding crisis in Texas. On the call, hear from companies, NGOs, and multilateral organizations about the situation on the ground, current humanitarian efforts, and what your company can do to help. Register here: https://goo.gl/2CZ7mH

ImpactAssets Adds New Private Debt and Equity Impact Investment Options to its Donor Advised Fund

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:13pm

ImpactAssets today announced the addition of new lower minimum, high-impact investment options within the ImpactAssets Giving Fund, its donor advised fund.

The four private debt and equity investments are managed by leading impact investing managers and seek to generate significant social, environmental and financial returns for clients of The Giving Fund. Investment choices address a range of impact and investment themes across geographies.

“Through these professionally managed funds, donors can provide critical ‘gap-filling’ resources by channeling capital to strategies that are not typically funded by traditional capital markets or by philanthropy,” said Tim Freundlich, President of ImpactAssets. “In many instances, client investments fuel high-impact, for-profit enterprises to develop their businesses to the point where more traditional financing becomes available to them.”

“These funds appeal to donors who want a hands-on, tangible approach to impact investing with experienced asset management and solid track records,” said Sandra Osborne, Director of Investments, ImpactAssets. “The ImpactAssets Investment Committee has thoroughly reviewed each fund, bringing nearly 100 years of combined impact investment experience to the process.”

The funds, available individually for as little as $25,000, have significantly lower minimums than traditional private debt and equity, which often requires $250,000 to $1 million minimum investments. Donors can also access the funds through the turn-key ImpactAssets Impact Portfolios. The funds include:  

Iroquois Valley Farms Blended Private Debt Note: A private debt fund that blends two Iroquois Valley Farms’ note offerings: a long-term note (7.5 year average duration) and the recently offered Soil Restoration Note. The long-term note supports new sustainable farmland investments. Iroquois Valley launched the Soil Restoration Note in 2017 to offer lower lease rates for its current and future farmers transitioning their farming practices to organic and sustainable practices. www.iroquoisvalleyfarms.com

EcoEnterprises Fund III Venture Fund For Nature: The EcoEnterprises fund includes private debt, mezzanine and quasi-equity holdings, and will invest in a diversified portfolio of 15-18 companies across 8 countries in Latin America. Launched in 2017, the fund takes a proven community-based, biodiversity-aware investment approach to the next level. www.ecoenterprisesfund.com

Sarona Frontier Markets Fund III: A private equity fund of funds offering that targets delivery of top-quartile returns by investing growth capital in more than a dozen private equity funds and companies that benefit local communities and the environment. Launched in 2016, the fund invests in local private equity teams who identify and help grow high-quality companies, employing progressive business strategies and operating to the highest business, ethical, social and environmental standards. www.saronafund.com

These three funds replenish more than 12 private debt and equity funds that successfully funded and closed on the Giving Fund platform. They join long-time anchor fund, MicroVest Short Duration Fund, a private debt fund that offers short- and medium-term debt and term deposits to low-income financial institutions (LIFIs), including microfinance institutions and other regulated and unregulated financial institutions in emerging and developed markets. Launched in 2010, the fund is structured to meet the demand from LIFIs for flexible short-term lending and provide investors with a liquid product in microfinance. www.microvestfund.com

ImpactAssets also added MicroVest and Iroquois Valley Farms to its Community Investment Pool, providing investors with a liquid, high impact investment option. The additions help to diversify impact and investment exposure to the pool, which includes the Calvert Foundation Community Investment Note.

About ImpactAssets:
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor-advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment and granting.

About The Giving Fund:
The Giving Fund is an innovative donor advised fund that empowers donors to increase the impact of their giving by combining it with strategic sustainable and responsible investing to build a sophisticated philanthropic endowment. Donors recommend how The Giving Fund’s assets are invested across a range of leading impact investment options including community investment, turnkey portfolios, private debt and equity funds, seed venture and custom investments. The Giving Fund currently has $350M in total assets.

The Joy in Childhood Foundation℠ Distributes 10,000 Starlight Brave Gowns to Real-Life Superheroes in Children’s Hospitals During Nationwide “Day of Joy” Events

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:13pm

The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, today announced that it will deliver 10,000 custom-designed Starlight Brave Gowns to children’s hospitals during “Day of Joy” events taking place nationwide over the next few months. Designed as part of Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Brave Gown program, the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Starlight Brave Gowns are designed to look like fun and colorful superhero costumes, inspired by the courage and bravery of pediatric patients everywhere. The distribution kicked off today with an event celebrating the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s first Starlight Brave Gown delivery during a “Day of Joy” at Boston Children’s Hospital.

A “Day of Joy” is a designated day when the Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrates its support to organizations, like the Starlight Children’s Foundation, that share in its mission to help provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids through special events and activities in local communities. The Starlight Brave Gown deliveries are part of the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s $1.5 million commitment to Starlight Children’s Foundation that was announced earlier this year.

Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Brave Gown program provides kids in hospitals with high-quality, comfortable and brightly-colored gowns featuring creative designs to help them feel empowered while undergoing treatment. Created with children in mind, these revolutionary gowns bring smiles to hospitalized children’s faces by transforming drab, uncomfortable and embarrassing hospital garments into fun, comfy and colorful gowns that kids love. The gowns tie on the side, not down the back, with hospital-approved snaps on both sleeves for easy IV and chest port access.

“We’re so excited to kick off the distribution of our superhero-themed Starlight Brave Gowns to help patients in children’s hospitals nationwide really feel like the superheroes that they are every time they put on one of these gowns,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We hope that these gowns bring moments of joy to kids in hospitals, even on their most difficult days.”

The Joy in Childhood Foundation made the first delivery of the new Starlight Brave Gowns in Boston at a “Day of Joy” event that featured special guest Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. As part of the event, Jayson Tatum instructed patients of Boston Children’s Hospital how to pose, flex their muscles and fly into the air like a real superhero while wearing their new gowns.  The Joy in Childhood Foundation will deliver additional Starlight Brave Gowns at hospitals in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami in the coming months.

“It’s not easy for kids to be in a hospital – and having to wear a thin and dull gown while undergoing treatment can make the experience even more uncomfortable,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “That’s why we’re so grateful to have the support of the Joy in Childhood Foundation and to work together to distribute these Starlight Brave Gowns and give patients the opportunity to play the part of a superhero – which is how we all see them as each and every day.”  

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $14 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight creates moments of comfort and joy for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Brave Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight's work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Finding the Best Advertising Campaigns Worldwide

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:13pm

China is catching up to the US in global ad revenue - $180 billion of the $533 billion spent in 2016. In 2017, digital advertising will exceed television advertising for the first time. Google is at the top with $79 billion with Facebook second at $27 billion. 

Out of this global advertising tsunami, the EthicMark® Awards the EthicMark® Awards continue identifying advertising that that uplifts the human spirit and society, founded in 2004 by sustainability pioneer and renowned futurist Hazel Henderson. The goal is to transform advertising by demonstrating the power of media campaigns to inspire and further both public and legitimate private interests. 

The five finalists in the For Profit category are 

The five finalists in the Non-Profit category are 

EthicMark® goals and criteria raise the ethical bar: showcasing advertisements which reinforce healthy lifestyles and behaviors for consumers, youth and community. The product AND the company or organization must meet high standards of truth, integrity, responsibility, transparency and fairness, while respecting diversity and refraining from greenwashing, instilling fear or misusing brain science. 

Hazel Henderson says "Advertising drives media content---often mis-educating and misleading public opinion and choices. The EthicMark® Awards call markets to higher standards. Today, we all live in mediocracies and their attention economies, whatever our form of governance. Truth and trust are vital to all markets and societies." Winning advertising messages align with healthy, useful products. Henderson founded the awards, as a “carrot rather than a stick”. 

Consumers reward ethical advertising. The 2016 EthicMark® Awards honored the Do Right Initiative from Tata Capital. The extensive coverage of uplifting stories from some of the most distressed areas in India turned into a viral media campaign helping to “crowdsolve” community challenges. 

The 2017 EthicMark® Awards winners will be announced at the 28th annual SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, November 1-3, 2017, in San Diego, CA. The EthicMark® Awards, are a service of Ethical Markets Media; co-sponsored by the SRI Conference; the World Business Academy; ESPM, Brazil’s premier college for communication and marketing; GlobeScan; TBLI; Sustainable Brands; and Where Good Grows. 

Carlsberg Creates ZERO Carbon Windmill Bar

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:04pm

Following commitments to 100% renewable electricity and ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries, Carlsberg asked itself whether it was possible to develop the most climate-friendly bar in the world. The answer? Probably!

As part of 170 hours of celebration to mark the brewer’s 170 years anniversary, Carlsberg has built a ZERO Carbon Windmill Bar at the historical Carlsberg District in Copenhagen.

The bar is powered completely by an integrated windmill and in true Danish-style, an attached bicycle which consumers can use to generate enough power to pour their beer in case of no wind. Following the recent Carlsberg advert starring Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen biking through Copenhagen, the sustainability innovation sends a clear signal to Carlsberg’s Danish provenance.

Carlsberg’s Sustainability Director, Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, said: “After committing to 100% renewable electricity and zero carbon emissions at our breweries, we challenged ourselves to create a fully carbon-neutral beer bar. Coming from Denmark, it only felt natural that we did this using windmills and bicycles.”

The Carlsberg Group’s sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO is an integral part of the Carlsberg Group’s SAIL’22 strategy and consists of four major ambitions – ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking and a ZERO accidents culture – each with individual and measurable targets.

Together Towards ZERO has been developed in partnership with leading global experts using a science- based approach. It is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sets out to deliver emission reductions that go beyond the base level of ambition set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Consumers will be able to experience the ZERO Carbon Windmill Bar during Carlsberg Group’s 170th anniversary week in Copenhagen. Details of the week-long celebration and the ZERO Carbon Windmill Bar can be found at carlsberggroup.com.

Carlsberg Group CEO Cees ‘t Hart, said: “We want to use our 170 year anniversary to celebrate the past and toast to the future. Carlsberg has been brewing for a better today and tomorrow since 1847, and we felt the ZERO carbon Windmill bar was a great way to celebrate this.”

See the bar in action on YouTube, by clicking here


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Notes to editors

About the Carlsberg Group:

The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. Our flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world, and the Baltika, Carlsberg and Tuborg brands are among the eight biggest brands in Europe. More than 41,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group and our products are sold in more than 150 markets.

Find out more at www.carlsberggroup.com.

About sustainability at the Carlsberg Group:

The Carlsberg Group’s sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO, is a response to global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and public health issues. It consists of four ambitions and corresponding targets to be achieved by 2022 and 2030 respectively. The ambitions are: ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking and a ZERO accidents culture. The programme encapsulates how the Carlsberg Group is pursuing its purpose of Brewing for a better today and tomorrow. It is based on a scientific approach and is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more about sustainability and the new ambitions and targets: www.carlsberggroup.com/sustainability

Voya Financial Supports ‘Mansfield Rule’ Initiative to Advance Diversity in Law Firm Leadership

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:04pm

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced today that it has partnered with Diversity Lab to support the “Mansfield Rule,” an initiative that measures whether law firms are actively considering qualified women and attorneys of color for promotions, senior level hiring and significant leadership roles. The Mansfield rule is inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which has resulted in a 20 percent increase in the likelihood of a diverse candidate filling a head coach vacancy in the NFL. More than forty leading law firms will pilot the program over the next year with a goal of advancing diverse leadership in the legal profession.

The Mansfield Rule assesses whether or not firms consider women or attorneys of color for at least 70 percent of vacant leadership roles in their organization during the review period. Law firms that successfully implement Diversity Lab’s criteria will be designated “Mansfield Certified” and invited to send their recently promoted leaders to a two-day Client Forum, where they will have the opportunity to develop relationships with and learn from influential in-house counsel at leading businesses in the United States. Voya Financial’s legal department is one of more than 60 publicly-traded, private and nonprofit institutions that have committed to attending the Client Forum in late 2018.

“If we want to be successful in helping all Americans prepare for a secure retirement, then we need to make a conscious decision to build a culture that reflects the diverse makeup of our country,” said Voya Financial Chief Legal Officer Trish Walsh. “Our participation in the Mansfield Rule initiative reinforces Voya’s commitment to drive better thinking and decision-making through diversity and inclusion at every level of our organization and with our partners. We welcome the opportunity to join our colleagues in the legal profession to support this movement, and advance diversity within the legal and business community.”

The Mansfield Rule is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States. The rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, which was sponsored by Diversity Lab, Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law.

Signatories of the Mansfield Rule to date include:

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
American Express
Battery Ventures
Bloomberg L.P.
Boston Children’s Hospital
CBS Corporation
Charles Schwab & Co.
Compass Minerals
First National Bank
Ford Motor Company
Gap Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HP Inc.
PNC Financial Services
RPX Corporation
Smiths Group
TCF Bank
Toyota Material Handling USA
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Voya Financial
Waddell & Reed
Xcel Energy

About Voya Financial®

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $517 billion in total assets under management and administration as of June 30, 2017. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.