Nornickel excelled in the rankings provided by the rating agency RAEX (full name - International group of rating agencies ‘Expert RA’). The company won first place in the category ‘Business Leaders: Environmental Costs.’ In 2017, 4.9% of Nornickel’s revenue was spent on environmental protection; triple that of its European counterparts who, on average, spend 1.5% of their revenue on ecological programs.
The company also ranked 5th in the category ‘Business Leaders: Social Partnership’. In 2017, Nornickel’s internal corporate social expenses, and investments in human capital, amounted to 227,000 RUB (3,891 USD) per employee. This is in line with the exponential growth of human capital investments, that experts have seen trending in recent years, in some of the biggest companies (Nornickel came 22nd in the Russian rating RAEX-600).
Another important accomplishment for Nornickel was achieving Top 10 in the first ever ESG ranking in Russia. This ranking evaluates how fully the company takes into account environmental, social and governance factors. Since 2004, Nornickel has been leading the practice of publishing non-financial reports on company activities. In 2016, the company joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative which aims to help businesses align their strategies and operations on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; as well as take strategic action to advance broader societal goals. Nornickel changed its approach on non-financial reporting in 2018: publishing it in accordance with the UN’s sustainable development principles for the first time.
Nornickel traditionally occupies dominant positions in ESG ratings of international agencies. In 2017, the company jumped to 35th place among global metal companies in the ranking of the international rating agency Sustainalytics.
“ESG rankings are important in Europe.” Experts from the RAEX say. “From 2019, the right to assign these rankings in the European Union will be legally regulated. It is quite logical, considering that almost all significant investment decisions are related to company value based on ESG factors.”
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference. The annual Conference connects leading corporate social responsibility professionals and experts from around the world for three days of insights, information, and sharing. With support from convening sponsor Mary Kay, the Conference will take place in Dallas, TX from April 28-30, 2019. This year's Conference will focus on the powerful relationship between people, purpose, and progress.
“Corporate citizenship professionals know that when people mobilize around a unique purpose, great progress can be made,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “At the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference this coming April, we plan to explore how the leadership of corporate citizenship professionals is critical to their companies' ability to achieve sustainable progress—and to connect people to its deeper purpose.”
Exclusively designed for corporate citizenship professionals to engage in broad-ranging dialogue and learn practical strategies and best practices, Conference highlights include:
25+ educational breakout sessions focused on CSR trends, insights, and best practices
Seven general sessions featuring inspirational keynote speakers
Multiple lunch and dinner receptions, industry summits, and networking events
Largest industry film festival dedicated to recognizing CSR program excellence
And much more!
REGISTRATION & ELIGIBILITY
Registration is now open. Early adopter registration rates as well as sponsor, team, and new member discounts are available. To learn more, visit the Conference registration page. To establish a thoughtful, collaborative atmosphere, the Conference is open exclusively to corporate citizenship practitioners working inside companies. Nonprofits, consultants, media, students, and academics are not typically part of the Conference participant mix unless they are content partners. If you have questions about your eligibility to attend the Conference or would like to request special consideration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, as well as other offerings and events from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, visit ccc.bc.edu.
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The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals know more about how to maximize business and social value; do more, and achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on a community of corporate professionals, original research, and resources of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. The membership-supported organization engages more than 10,000 individuals annually across its network of more than 470 member companies each year. For more information, visit ccc.bc.edu.
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With Canada’s Supreme Court backing Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples against Chevron, four of the world’s leading environmental groups have thrown their support behind leading U.S. human rights attorney Steven Donziger as the oil giant continues its unprecedented retaliation campaign targeting those who held it accountable for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste in the Amazon.
Donziger is widely considered the target of the most well-financed and vicious corporate retaliation campaign in history, with Chevron spending at least $2 billion on 60 law firms to try to undermine him with an avowed “demonization” campaign after he helped Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples and farmer communities win a $9.5 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador. To retaliate, Chevron used fraudulent evidence from a paid witness to obtain a non-monetary “fraud” judgment from a sole U.S. trial judge against Donziger.
That decision, from Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, has been rejected or ignored by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador and 12 in Canada, including by the entire Supreme Courts of both countries. Chevron had fought to have the environmental case heard in Ecuador, where the company was convicted in 2011 of dumping billions of gallons of cancer-causing oil waste that poisoned huge areas of the Amazon and decimated Indigenous groups and farmer communities with a public health catastrophe. (Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron.)
In the last two weeks, London-based Global Witness put out an alert in support of Donziger, as did U.S.-based Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network. (See here and here.) Chevron and its lawyers also were hit with a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Department of Justice related to the company’s witness bribery and fraud used to try to frame Donziger. Other key developments in favor of Donziger include:
**Global Witness, one of the word’s leading human rights groups, sent a letter to the New York judiciary expressing “serious concern" over violations of Donziger’s due process rights after staff attorneys at the New York bar suspended his law license in July without a hearing based on the false testimony from a paid Chevron witness. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he lied on the stand about a supposed "bribe" of the Ecuador trial judge after Chevron lawyers coached him for 53 days.
**Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Stand.Earth (formerly Forest Ethics), and Greenpeace have pledged support for a petition filed by Donzigerbefore the Inter-American Commission On Human Rights challenging the use by Chevron and other corporations of a vague civil “racketeering” statute to attack lawyers and activists who seek to hold companies accountable for human rights violations. The IAHCR has broad discretion to protect the rights of private citizens.
**John Phillips, a prominent Canadian human rights lawyer who advises the Ecuadorian communities, also backed Donziger as he challenges the decision of the NY bar to designate him an “immediate threat to the public order” based on the disputed Kaplan findings. That decision by the NY bar led to expressions of “shock” in the U.S. legal community given that Kaplan’s decision has been rejected by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador. Phillips noted that Canada’s Supreme Court, in ruling unanimously in favor of the Ecuadorians in their judgment enforcement action, also ignored Kaplan’s erroneous findings when Chevron tried to insert them in the case.
“I am shocked and dismayed by the decision of the New York bar to withdraw Steven Donziger’s license,” said Phillips. “In my view, the process falls short of due process, and falls well short of what we expect from the New York bar. As for the merits, it seems the decision was based largely on Judge Kaplan’s judgment. In my view Judge Kaplan had questionable jurisdiction, and his findings were based on an incomplete record that included significant evidence that Mr. Donziger was prohibited from presenting.
“One day, I believe we will look back on these events regarding Steven Donziger and his clients in Ecuador as being a major miscarriage of justice and an inexcusable failure to allow vulnerable indigenous people to obtain redress for the destruction of their environment and lives,” he added. “I hope the New York bar is able to rectify its actions so as to restore its reputation and integrity, and set itself on the right side of history.”
Simon Taylor, a co-founder of Global Witness, also weighed in for Donziger.
“What seems to be happening to Steven Donziger, given evidence in the public domain, is a serious case of judicial harassment - a sham process, wrapped up by the gentile world of the New York Bar as legitimate,” said Taylor. “The attacks on Steven seem to have all the hallmarks of the kind of bullying and persecution we have documented and witnessed in countries around the world, where threats to corporate interests result in vicious counter-attacks.
“Mr. Donziger now appears to have joined a long list of the persecuted, and I am particularly shocked that this is taking place in New York—a jurisdiction with a proud reputation for its fight against corruption and the corrupt,” Mr. Taylor added. “The fact that this is happening on the basis of highly suspect evidence, and possibly false witness testimony, raises the distinct possibility that Mr. Donziger is being framed. It is critical that this ‘process’ be monitored by all concerned to protect the rule of law and the maintenance of free, open, and accountable societies - and that is precisely what we will be doing.”
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Donziger has been called a “hero” of the environmental movement by Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler while environmental defenders have lauded his work in helping Ecuadorian villagers hold Chevron accountable for what is considered the worst oil-related catastrophe in the world. (See here for testimonials.) The findings by Judge Kaplan that formed the basis for Donziger’s bar suspension without a hearing have largely collapsed. (See here for an explanation of Chevron’s RICO fraud and the collapse of the Kaplan findings.)
Donziger is challenging the suspension of his license with a hearing scheduled for Nov. 7 in New York City. Taylor said Global Witness intends to monitor the proceeding. Donziger is also scheduled to speak Nov. 12 at a major conference on Indigenous rights and the environment in Canada that will include participation from prominent Indigenous leaders and academics from around the world. (See here for registration.)
The following media articles detail the treatment by Mr. Donziger by U.S. authorities over the last few years:
Rex Weyler, Chevron’s SLAPP suit against Ecuadorians (Greenpeace, 2018)
Katie Redford, The New Corporate Playbook, Or What To Do When Environmentalists Stand In Your Way (Huffington Post, 2016)
Alexander Zaitchek, Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorean Villagers (Rolling Stone, 2014)
The following videos discuss the merits of the underlying environmental litigation that Mr. Donziger assisted with in Ecuador:
A Cancer in the Amazon (TeleSUR, 2018)
The true story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster (Amazon Defense Coalition, 2012)
The Chevron Tapes (Amazon Watch, 2015) (Chevron internal video produced by a whistle-blower showing Chevron technicians discovering oil contamination at inspections sites that the company’s technicians later sought to hide from the Ecuadorian court)
Generation T is a career exploration program, designed by T-Mobile in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and After-School All-Stars (ASAS). The program, which was launched in October 2017, is designed to inspire youth to explore careers in technology and product innovation.
Since October 2017, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile has hosted more than 2,200 youth (ages 11-18) and 1,100 employee mentors at more than 220 events. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Generation T, the Un-carrier is super-charging the program by making it available to more than 1,110 youth across the country -- in just the month of October alone!
At the Generation T events, participants will learn about careers in technology, interact with T-Mobile employees and leaders and get the opportunity to test out groundbreaking technologies such as virtual reality and 5G. Each participant will also go home with an awesome T-Mobile swag bag and get the chance to win special prizes like speakers, headphones and more!
“When we developed Generation T, we asked leading youth nonprofit organizations how we could help tackle the biggest challenges and they said that what young people want most is access to relatable mentors and hands-on experiences that can help them explore career options,” said Janice V. Kapner, executive vice-president, Communications and Community Engagement at T-Mobile US. “We are really thrilled that so many youth have participated – and even more excited to extend the program to more future tech leaders across the entire country!”
When & Where:
During the month of October, Generation T events will take place in each of T-Mobile’s six signature stores, the T-Mobile Tech Experience Center and 30 T-Mobile retail trucks that will be traveling throughout the country.
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Las Vegas, NV
New York City
Bellevue, WA *Tech Experience Center
* Events will not be open to the public. If you are a member of the media and interested in learning more, contact: MediaRelations@t-mobile.com
T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation have donated more than $4M to support strategic youth partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and ASAS. Generation T is part of T-Mobile’s broader youth-focused initiatives that include EmpowerED, a program to bridge the digital divide by bringing mobile technology to schools in low-income communities nationwide, and Changemaker Challenge, a national contest and innovation lab aimed at helping young people drive positive change in their communities and the world at-large.
About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 75.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
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The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.
How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.
Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:
- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the eco-friendly products space, has announced the launch of a new laundry detergent in an effort to modernize the liquid laundry category and drive unnecessary plastic and water waste out of the industry.
Designed to be easier to use and lighter to ship, the new Seventh Generation EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent, now available on Amazon.com, incorporates several innovative new features, including:
One-of-a-kind packaging: The new 23oz, transparent bottle is made of 100% recycled PET and is a first of its kind for mainstream laundry, made with 60 percent less plastic and 50 percent less water compared to the standard 100oz detergent bottle, enabling significant energy and materials savings. The bottle weighs a mere 1.6 pounds, 75 percent less than the standard 100oz bottle, while still delivering the same number of loads. The bottle makes it much easier for consumers to lift, pour and store.
A simpler pour: The product features a new auto dosing technology imbedded in the cap, which automatically stops the liquid flow once the proper amount of detergent is dispensed. It’s called EasyDose™, and is made with a proprietary compression chamber technology designed to deliver the right amount every time. This means no more guessing how much detergent to pour and less of a mess thanks to the addition of a flip cap.
Small dose, big clean: Seventh Generation developed a unique, plant-based and ultra-concentrated formula that is 99% bio-based and provides enough liquid detergent for 66 loads, housed in a compact, convenient 23oz bottle.
“This product is a game changer for both the consumer and industry. Once you try it, you’ll never pick up a 100oz bottle again,” said John Moorhead, Senior Brand Manager, eCommerce at Seventh Generation. “We designed the proposition to be effective, compact and incredibly easy to use. This directly addresses feedback we’ve received from consumers: from making it easier to do laundry while holding a child or juggling a laundry basket to eliminating the question of how much detergent to use.”
Launching as an eCommerce exclusive, the Seventh Generation EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent was also designed with optimal shipping efficiency in mind. The new smaller and lighter packaging allows for less damage while in transit and more efficient shipping due to its lightweight property.
“It’s imperative that we seek ways to lessen our impact on the planet, which is why we’ve reinvented the laundry bottle,” said Joey Bergstein, Chief Executive Officer of Seventh Generation. “We need to challenge the status quo in the industry and EasyDose™ does just that. Imagine the unnecessary waste saved if we can eventually replace all 100oz laundry bottles sold both online and in store with this ultra concentrate.”
The EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent is available in two scents: Free & Clear (fragrance free) and Fresh Lavender for a MSRP of $12.99. For more information on this and Seventh Generation’s complete line of laundry products, please visit www.seventhgeneration.com or the company’s Amazon page.
About Seventh Generation
For nearly 30 years, it’s been Seventh Generation’s mission to help you protect your world with our environmentally conscious and effective household products. Our products are solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation offers a full line of laundry, dish and household cleaners, baby products including Free & Clear diapers, training pants and baby wipes, plus recycled paper products and recycled plastic trash bags, and feminine care products including Organic certified tampons. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company's website visit www.seventhgeneration.com. To read more about Seventh Generation's corporate responsibility, visit the Corporate Consciousness Report.
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(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Mondelēz International today announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. The company willwork in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled inmarkets around the world. This new commitment is part of the company’sstrategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver itslong-term vision for zero-net waste packaging.
The announcement reflects the company’s new purpose to empower peopleto snack right by offering the right snack, at the right time, in theright way. This includes ensuring that the company’s products are madewith ingredients that are sustainably sourced, produced and delivered,with positive impact along the supply chain
“As the global snacking leader, we’re committing to usingsustainably-sourced materials and recyclable packaging as part of ouractive contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circulareconomy for packaging,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President,Research, Development, Quality and Innovation. “Plastic waste and itsimpact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers caredeeply about, and which requires a holistic response. Together withpartners from across the industry, as well as public and privateentities, we can help to develop practical solutions that result in apositive environmental impact.”
Targeting Zero-net Waste Packaging The company’s strategy aims to deliver against its long-term visionfor zero-net waste packaging by addressing two objectives: making iteasier for consumers to recycle packaging and supporting industrycoalitions to improve recycling rates. To achieve this, the company iscommitted to the following:
All packaging will be made with recyclable material by 2025. The company will provide design guidelines for circular economy to packaging developers, set priorities and identify materials to use or avoid across its packaging range.
All paper-based packaging will be sustainably sourced by 2020.
65 million kg of packaging material worldwide will be eliminated by 2020. This builds off the company’s success in removing 53.5 million kg of packaging material since 2013 and is consistent with its commitment to use the right amount of material to keep products fresh and safe while minimizing the amount of packaging used.
Recycling information for consumers will be provided by 2025. The company will work to make it easy for consumers to recycle or re-use product packs after use given the vast array of local recycling systems around the world.
The company will support industry coalitions and public-private partnerships to develop vital waste-management infrastructure to reduce waste and improve real-world recycling rates.
By continuously improving packaging design, Mondelēz International hasalready made substantial progress to minimize the environmental impactof packaging. Most of the company’s packaging is already recycled,recyclable or recycle-ready. Around 75 percent of its packaging iscomprised of glass, paper or metal and around 70 percent of paper-basedpackaging is from recycled sources. Hundreds of optimization programshave reduced packaging in recent years:
In the U.K., Cadbury Heroes tubs were redesigned to use 17 percent less plastic resulting in 30 percent fewer trucks to transport them.
In Asia, Middle East and Africa, improvements to secondary packs and shippers for chocolate products saved more than 1 million kg of corrugated paper.
In the U.S., Oreo cookies packaging were made 23 percent thinner, which reduced the need for nearly 1.5 million kg of cartons annually.
To learn more about the company’s efforts to deliver positive impactfor people and planet, go to the 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snackright in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 netrevenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future ofsnacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita andLU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; SourPatch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proudmember of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow JonesSustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow thecompany on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.
CMS Energy today celebrated Northwest Ohio Wind, a 105-megawatt wind project that will generate clean energy for General Motors for at least the next 15 years.
Northwest Ohio Wind is owned by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy that takes a leadership role in development, ownership and operation of renewable energy with its clean and lean strategy. CMS Enterprises officials celebrated the wind park’s opening today at a ceremony at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School that included community members.
“We at CMS Energy are committed to our Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Prosperity, and we’re excited to start generating clean energy that will help General Motors meet long-term goals to protect the planet,” said DV Rao, Senior Vice President of Strategy for CMS Energy.
“Renewable energy is an important part of GM’s vision for a zero emissions future,” said Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy for General Motors. “Working with CMS Energy’s Northwest Ohio Wind farm, along with the HillTopper Wind Project in Illinois, we’ll soon power all of our manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana with 100 percent clean wind energy.”
Northwest Ohio Wind is expected to generate about 320,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year – enough to power more than 30,000 Ohio homes. Construction of the Northwest Ohio Wind project was executed through select contractors, including General Electric and White Construction, and was completed in August.
Renewable energy credits from Northwest Ohio Wind are committed to General Motors as part of a 15-year renewable energy purchase agreement. Northwest Ohio Wind will help offset carbon emissions from seven Midwestern General Motors plants. The carbon offset is about equivalent to planting more than 6.1 million trees or taking more than 50,000 cars off the road each year.
Earlier this year, CMS Energy announced major clean energy goals. Its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, plans to reduce carbon emissions by over 90 percent and no longer use coal to generate electricity by 2040. CMS Enterprises owns and operates more than 1,300 megawatts of generation nationwide, including solar plants in Michigan and Wisconsin, natural gas and co-generation facilities in Michigan, and three clean energy biomass plants in Michigan and North Carolina.
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.
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The recent BSR and GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business 2018 survey is a great testament to the progress of corporate action on sustainability and provides insight into how companies are preparing for the next 10 years as they respond to a rapidly changing world. It includes responses from business leaders representing 152 global companies—more than 60 percent of BSR’s global membership network. This is the perspective of the people who do sustainability and corporate social responsibility work every day, inside some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, and we have used it to inform the agenda for BSR18: A New Blueprint for Business.
This year, we updated the list of corporate sustainability priorities that we track to reflect the evolving business landscape. Interestingly, ethics/integrity and diversity/inclusion were on the list for the first time and jumped straight to the top two priorities for sustainability efforts over the next 12 months. While these are of course longstanding corporate issues, they are now increasingly viewed as part of the sustainability agenda—perhaps a reflection of global attention on these topics. Join BSR18 sessions on Power Imbalances: What Have We Learned from #MeToo? and Racial Injustice: A Blind Spot for Business? to hear how companies are navigating these issues.
Climate change and human rights have been the top priorities in the survey throughout the past decade, and they round out the top four. BSR18 will feature conversations on what these issues mean for business today, including how to implement the TCFD recommendations, climate’s impact on upstream supply chains, and what effective remedy through grievance mechanisms looks like.
There appears to be less interest in issues more closely related to public policy, with one third of respondents stating that public policy frameworks are a low priority and only 11 percent stating that they want to influence policy frameworks to address new global opportunities and challenges. Yet this is at odds with public concern about corporate influence over public policy, which is something business will increasingly be expected to address. It’s Time to Take a Stand on Social Issues will explore how companies can do this in a meaningful way.
We also see that business is anticipating and responding to global mega-trends in order to create more resilient strategies for long-term success. Disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are clearly shaping business strategies, which is why we’ll be talking about them and what automation means for the future of work.
Sustainability at the Center of Business Strategy
Perhaps the most exciting finding is that three quarters of corporate sustainability professionals say that sustainability needs to be better integrated into business strategy to the create resilient strategies necessary to address these global shifts. As one executive told us in interviews for our recent report on Redefining Sustainable Business, “Most big businesses have been working on sustainability with reasonable success for the last 10 to 15 years, but we have been picking the low-hanging fruit, and the next phase will be much more difficult. It is about what you buy and what you sell; it goes into the heart of your commercial operations and investment decisions.” This fall, you can be part of the discussion about what a 21st-Century Business Strategy should look like and how you can create one.
While recognition of the need to engage with the strategic planning function is growing—it increased from 23 percent to 33 percent in just one year—sustainability teams still struggle to get traction with such engagement. Our session on How to Become a Change Agent will arm participants with an understanding of how to better collaborate with their peers to create transformational change.
This year’s BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business survey findings reinforce that now is the time to embrace a New Blueprint for Business. Join us at BSR’s annual Conference in New York this November, where together we will redefine business in pursuit of a more just and sustainable future.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative is pleased to welcome Arm and Dell amongst its membership of leading companies and organisations from the technology industry. In joining GeSI, Arm and Dell will play an active role in a wide variety of activities in the digital sustainability area, bringing value to the Initiative and expert, powerful voices from the ICT industry to the GeSI platform.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Arm and Dell among our members” said Jim Gowen, GeSI Chairman: “With Arm’s 2030Vision partnership; uniting the technology sector to deliver on the Global Goals, and Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan and Realizing 2030 research, both companies already share GeSI’s vision that technology and digital are key to making the world a better place to live in. “
“GeSI’s historical influence and its focus on ICT as an enabler of positive social and environmental solutions make it a natural partner for Dell, said David Lear, Vice President of Sustainability, Dell. ” We look forward to our work within GeSI as a powerful complement to our Legacy of Good program and our aspirations to be a Net Positive organisation.”
“ There are many synergies with GeSI’s activities and Arm’s Sustainability Strategy; in particular GeSI’s #SystemTransformation initiative looking at the huge disruptive potential of digital solutions for meeting the Global Goals is well aligned with our 2030Vision partnership,” said Dominic Vergine, Head of Sustainability, Arm. “We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with GeSI and demonstrate the positive change that can be realised through technology partnerships.”
Media contact: Chiara Venturini, GeSI Director, email@example.com
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector committed to creating and promoting digital technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. Formed in 2001, GeSI’s vision is a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development. GeSI enjoys a diverse and global membership, representing around 30 of the world’s leading ICT companies and partners with over 30 global business and international organizations such as the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Global Climate Forum (GCF), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives to share and develop ideas, launch joint initiatives, and collaborate on a broad range of sustainability projects. These partnerships help shape GeSI’s global vision regarding the evolution of the ICT sector, and how it can best meet the challenges of sustainable development.
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.
Topics to be discussed include:
How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?
How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?
What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?
How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?
How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?
Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.
At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.
The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:
Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States
The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed
Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good
Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation
Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton
The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.
The campus addition provides JROTC participants and instructors with needed classroom space and equipment storage for drill and competition practice.
“The new JROTC fieldhouse is a tremendous addition to Smithfield High School and we are grateful to Smithfield Foods for making it a reality for our students,” said Dr. Jim Thornton, superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools. “I’m confident that great things will happen here as our JROTC participants sharpen their skills and prepare for successful careers in the military and beyond.”
The new JROTC fieldhouse is supported by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project, a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools to fund an innovative and multifaceted educational program. Announced in 2017, the gift fulfills a capital campaign benefiting both Smithfield High School and Windsor High School.
“We are honored to provide Smithfield High School students with resources to help them excel in their college and professional careers, and serve as active members of their communities,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “This new JROTC fieldhouse is just one way that Smithfield Foods is investing in our country’s next generation of leaders, and we look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”
In addition to the JROTC fieldhouse at Smithfield High School, the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project will fund several other on-campus facilities with resources to prepare students for their college and professional careers, and to serve as active members in their community.
“The JROTC fieldhouse and future facilities made possible by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project provides students with outstanding opportunities to help them prepare for their careers,” said Zachary Haney, principal of Smithfield High School. “Our school is truly thankful to Smithfield Foods for their generous, longtime support.”
Understanding that supporting education dramatically strengthens communities, the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project aligns with the company’s commitment to contribute to the vitality of the communities where its employees work, live, and raise their families. Founded in Smithfield, Virginia, in 1936, the company remains headquartered there and employs more than 3,000 local employees.
For more information about Smithfield’s charitable efforts, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/key-outreach-efforts/smithfield-foundation.
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, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Isle of Wight County Schools
Isle of Wight County Schools dedicates its efforts to create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents. Through this vision, Isle of Wight County Schools is committed to preparing approximately 5,500 students in all nine of its schools to be college, career, and life ready. For more information, visit www.iwcs.k12.va.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
HanesBrands announced today that it is donating nearly 350,000 pairs of underwear, socks and T-shirts to assist victims of flooding from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and the Southeast.
Hanes is partnering with nonprofit charity Delivering Good to distribute essential basic apparel valued at more than $2 million to storm and flood victims who have endured relocation, lost homes, power outages and other hardships in wake of the hurricane and associated flooding.
“HanesBrands and its employees are longtime supporters of those in need in the aftermath of natural disasters here and around the world,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president of corporate social responsibility. “We know that victims of natural disasters have a tremendous need for the basics in life, including shelter, food, water and clothing. We are happy that we can assist in the long road to recovery after Hurricane Florence.”
The Hanes, Champion, Maidenform and Playtex apparel is being shipped from the company’s distribution centers in Gastonia, Kings Mountain, Rural Hall and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and near Martinsville, Virginia.
Delivering Good, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit relief charity that helps the apparel industry aid those in need, will arrange for the apparel donated by HanesBrands to go to the following relief agencies in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina:
Georgia: Caring for Others, Atlanta.
North Carolina: Fayetteville mayor’s office and Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina, Charlotte.
South Carolina: Aid Unlimited, Fort Mill.
In the past decade, HanesBrands has donated more than 5 million items of clothing under its Hanes For Good corporate social responsibility philanthropy efforts to assist natural disaster victims in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Japan and elsewhere.
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For those who want to help Delivering Good in its relief efforts by donating new apparel or cash, go to www.delivering-good.org/disaster-relief/. Every $10 donated enables Delivering Good to distribute more than $100 of new product to relief agencies serving those in need.
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 Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, and Bras N Things. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc).
Delivering Good, Inc. (formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help millions of kids, adults and families facing poverty and disaster each year. Since 1985, over $1.8 billion of donated product has been distributed through our network of community partners. Learn more at www.Delivering-Good.org.
The world’s population is forecast to swell to 9.8 billion people by 2050, and 70 percent will live in urban centers. Unlocking access to affordable housing is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mexican cement giant CEMEX will talk about its support of the SDGs in the fourth of 3BL Media’s webcast series, “Business Aligns with SDGs,” Oct. 17 at noon ET. Attendance is free and open to corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals.
“CEMEX is the first company to join the BCtA with two separate initiatives – one focusing on affordable housing and the other on employment,” said 3BL Media CMO Dave Armon, who will moderate the webcast. “We’ll learn how CEMEX partners with BCtA and others to move from concept to scale with innovative social impact projects.”
In September 2015, the UN officially introduced the SDGs to transform our world and “leave no one behind” by 2030. The goals were adopted by 193 nations, and the UN has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector.
Based in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, and reporting annual revenues of $18 billion, CEMEX created
Patrimonio Hoy, a financing and development program for low-income families in Latin America who want to build their own homes. The initiative ties to SDG 1, No Poverty.
The CEMEX initiative provides technical assistance, financing, building materials and construction services to low-income families. Repayment terms are flexible, with a micro-credit framework that offers comfortable repayment options
In addition to addressing SDG1, CEMEX is also focusing its work on SDG 5, Gender equality; SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities; SDG 13, Climate action; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Presenting on “Aligning Business With the Global Goals” will be Henning Alts, who joined Cemex in 2007 and currently leads services for Patrimonio Hoy. Presenting for BCtA is Rabayl Mirza, an impact management specialist who previously held a measurement, learning and evaluation post at the Aman Foundation, a $100 million social impact fund of the Abraaj Group.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.
As a global leader in building materials and the largest producer of concrete in the world, CEMEX is uniquely positioned to address many of the challenges cities are facing. CEMEX supplies building materials and expertise and implements sustainable construction practices for urban areas that minimize their carbon footprint, reduce their impact on the environment, and preserve our natural resources. CEMEX solutions provide for sustainable construction, resilient infrastructure, affordable and sustainable housing, and successful waste management.
About Business Call to Action
Business Call to Action is a global joint advocacy platform that works to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging and supporting companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. It is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme and funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID). To date, over 200 companies from around the world have signed on to commit to contribute to the SDGs, from large multinational companies to national and small- and medium-enterprises in 68 countries.
For background on BCtA, review the 3BL Media profile page.
About 3BL Media
3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.
Dave Armon of 3BL Media
Twentieth Century Fox Film and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide underserved and underrepresented young people across the country access to the powerful new film THE HATE U GIVE, as a tool for driving empowerment, empathy, and dialogue. The studio and theatre chain are hosting free screenings in nine metro areas during the film’s limited release – at 11am local time, Saturday, October 6: Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC.
Students and youth-serving organizations are encouraged to register for the free screenings; visit amctheatres.com/group/the-hate-u-give to reserve tickets.
The limited release screenings kick off a campaign to bring up to 50 screenings to communities around the country and amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world. Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for free screenings at screenings.thehateugive.com. Applications are due October 22, 2018, and winners will be selected by October 31, 2018.
Individuals interested in supporting screenings for classrooms around the country can contribute via donorschoose.org/thehateugivemovie. Parent company 21st Century Fox will match donations up to $25,000.
In addition to applying for screenings, educators are invited to download a complimentary curriculum guide for middle school, high school and college students at bazaned.com/the-hate-u-give-curriculum-guide. THE HATE U GIVE lesson plans – including video clips, interviews and photos from the film – are designed to meet Common Core and NCSS standards.
In THE HATE U GIVE, Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, directed by George Tillman, Jr., and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.
THE HATE U GIVE community screenings campaign follows an effort last year by Twentieth Century Fox Film to expose more youth to Hidden Figures and the previously untold story of the African-American female mathematicians who were pivotal in NASA’s success during the 1960-70s’ Space Race. Over 7,000 groups applied for screenings and 6,300 tickets were given out as part of the program.
The film will be shown in select theatres beginning October 5, and everywhere October 19.
About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.
AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with more than 1,000 theatres and nearly 11,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smartphone apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States' top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the #1 theatre chain in Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK & Ireland. In a joint partnership with The Development and Investment Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, AMC also operates AMC Cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com.
Twentieth Century Fox Film
Today, Global Impact, a leader in growing global philanthropy, launched its “Why #GiveGlobal?” campaign to encourage individuals and businesses to engage globally through donating, advocating and volunteering. The campaign runs through Nov. 30, 2018 and the campaign website is https://whygiveglobal2018.charity.org.
Campaign elements include a #GiveGlobal infographic, #GiveGlobal IQ quiz, and “Why #GiveGlobal?” contest, as well as spotlights on some of Global Impact’s charity and corporate partners that are making significant contributions to improving the lives of vulnerable people in the United States and around the world through their programs.
"With a continued focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, through this campaign we wanted to provide a fun and engaging way for people to learn about philanthropy, the importance of giving globally, and ways they can increase their social impact,” said Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact. “Today, there is even more need for individual and private sector giving if we are going to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, and by giving globally we can have a far-reaching impact on reducing poverty, improving health and helping to create a better world.”
For the campaign, Global Impact’s partners were asked to answer questions about what giving global means to them and why it is important. The contest component of the campaign asks the public to answer similar questions, in order to win one of three $250 prizes to open and seed a Growfund account. Growfund is Global Impact’s no minimum contribution donor-advised fund that operates like your own personal foundation—helping you donate strategically and with more impact.
ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact partners with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips nonprofits, public sector and private sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also leads national marketing efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) and seven other CFC zones across the United States. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondelēz International today announced new action plans to accelerate women's empowerment across four cocoa origin countries as part of Cocoa Life, the company's cocoa sustainability program. The company launched specific women's empowerment action plans in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in 2014 and is now expanding to include two additional origin countries, Indonesia and Dominican Republic. These new action plans will empower more than 100,000 women in over 1,000 communities in these four countries.
Based on program learnings and insights from international and local partners, the plans focus on promoting women's empowerment across five focus areas: farming, community, youth, livelihoods and environment. Women's empowerment plans are tailored according to local needs and supported by a change methodology that links resources, activities, outcomes and ultimate impact. All activities across the origins are regularly assessed for opportunities for greater, more sustainable impact.
"As a company, we're committed to offering snacks that are made the right way and that includes transforming our cocoa supply chain to grow opportunities for farmers and communities," said Cathy Pieters, Cocoa Life Director. "We believe women's empowerment plays a crucial role in creating sustainable cocoa communities. Based on our experience, in communities where women's voices are heard and treated equally, we see rising incomes, better management of family finances and increased school attendance. This translates to greater economic success and more sustainable cocoa farming. Women's empowerment grows opportunities for all."
"Women's empowerment is a top priority for Oxfam and underpins the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," said Sarah Zoen, Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America. "We welcome Cocoa Life's commitment to women's empowerment and recognize the detailed and locally sensitive nature of their plans. We are very pleased that Mondelēz International is expanding this commitment by taking part in Oxfam's SIWEE initiative, a multi-stakeholder approach to drive systemic change on women's economic empowerment across agricultural value chains in Ghana. We call on more businesses to recognize the opportunities inherent in boosting women's empowerment across their supply chains."
The existing Cocoa Life action plans have already sparked measurable impact. By expanding access to Village Savings and Loans Associations to women in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, Cocoa Life action plans have already greatly contributed to women's empowerment, helping women gain greater access to and control over both household and productive resources. The Cocoa Life program provides 50,000 women annually with access to finance to fund education and encourage entrepreneurship, in order to give them a voice and unlock their potential. Over 59,000 community members have also been trained in gender awareness to change perceptions, attitudes and behaviors, and to address gender inequalities.
A full copy of the Women's Empowerment Action Plans report is available at https://bit.ly/2RildoV.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy 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 Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life aims to create empowered and thriving cocoa farming communities, reaching more than 200,000 farmers across six countries and benefiting more than a million people by 2022. Mondelēz International's ultimate goal is to sustainably source all the company's cocoa supply, mainly via Cocoa Life. By working in partnership with farmers, NGOs, suppliers and government institutions, Cocoa Life is part of Mondelēz International's Impact for Growth- a commitment to driving business growth with positive change in the world. Follow our progress on www.cocoalife.org/progress.
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a forward-looking summit around the future of food. During the FOOD FORWARD summit, we'll explore the innovations and emerging technologies that are changing the future of food: autonomous tractors, ground-based sensors, flying drones, vertical farming, new trends in supply chains and infrastructure, and more. Learn more and register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/food-forward