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SC Johnson Accelerates Pace to Meet Zero Waste to Landfill Goal

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:42am

SC Johnson is poised to do at most of its manufacturing facilities what for many families seems impossible to do at home – throw nothing out. The company announced today that it is ahead of schedule in meeting a goal to send zero manufacturing waste to landfill from its factories by 2021. Already, more than 65 percent of SC Johnson facilities have achieved the zero manufacturing waste to landfill distinction.

This year, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, became one of six SC Johnson manufacturing sites that successfully achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status. The company’s manufacturing sites in Toluca, Mexico; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Rosslyn, South Africa; Kiev, Ukraine; and Nairobi, Kenya, went a step further in 2017 and reached zero waste to landfill status – sending no waste at all, including waste from cafeterias and office buildings, to landfill. 

“Our journey to zero waste to landfill is just part of our longstanding commitment to being a leader in sustainability and to serving the greater good,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I’m proud of the hard work of SC Johnson people at our manufacturing plants all around the globe who have stepped up to help protect the environment for future generations, even in places where it wasn’t easy.”

SC Johnson has pledged to have all manufacturing sites send no waste to landfill by 2021. Five years ago, five of SC Johnson’s sites were zero manufacturing waste to landfill. Today, 17 SC Johnson sites are zero manufacturing waste to landfill and 14 of those sites are zero waste to landfill.

Accomplishing this goal requires ingenuity on the part of SC Johnson people in countries where recycling practices are just getting underway, or not an option at all. Some sites compost food waste to be used for landscaping; at others, wastewater is treated for use as fertilizer in parks and other natural spaces.

In Nairobi, Kenya, for example, it is not customary for people to segregate waste, because recycling and the infrastructure required are not widespread. People at the site were trained to separate waste into specially-marked containers and educated on the benefits of waste management. The site is now zero waste to landfill.

SC Johnson searches for all possible ways to eliminate waste that could otherwise be sent to landfills and follows a principled, targeted approach that includes reusing, industrial recycling, on-site wastewater treatment and composting. However, when these options are not possible, it considers incineration, or burning the waste, much of which recovers heat energy from the process. Incineration can present less of a long-term environmental impact compared to landfilling, especially in countries where landfills are unregulated, and particularly if the methane that landfills produce cannot be controlled or captured for energy.

“When you look at other landfills outside of industrialized nations, there is some concern about landfill management,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “If we haven’t yet found a way to eliminate or divert waste, incineration provides better control and better technology than the long-term risk of landfilling.”

Companies often define zero waste to landfill in different ways. For SC Johnson, “zero means zero,” and the company also follows a strict definition of zero waste to landfill. The company requires that each site sustain zero waste to landfill for a set period of time. This also means municipal waste treatment only contributes to achieving zero waste if that waste is directed for composting or methane conversion. An exception is biohazard, medical or certain types of hazardous waste, which represent a small fraction of total global waste. Local legislation may require special disposal of such waste, including landfill.

Some companies may claim “zero waste” with an asterisk and a footnote, indicating they may permit small percentages of routine waste to go to landfill when it could have been diverted otherwise. SC Johnson does not.

Much of the company’s progress has been driven by SC Johnson people who have embraced a zero waste to landfill mindset, making it part of their culture. Manufacturing sites across the world formed “green teams” that are focused on eliminating, reusing or recycling waste destined for landfills.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

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Webinar: Transforming Business and Industries to Deliver Long-Term Impacts

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:42am

Increasingly businesses are realising that small sustainable impacts are no longer enough. To meet the UN Global Goals and 2 Degree target requires a wholesale shift in thinking and operations across both the business and industry.

To help you deliver positive long-term impact, 3 senior leaders are ready to share their experiences live. Join us next week (October 10th) at 2 pm BST for our free online webinar with:

  • American Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Al Naqvi, President

  • ING, Leon Wijnands, Global Chief Sustainability Officer

  • Siemens, Markus Strangmüller, Corporate Strategy - Sustainability - Business to Society 

In this 1 hour webinar, you will learn how innovative businesses are looking to drive the required changes both internally and externally:

  • Where to start: Identify the areas and impacts of the business that need to change

  • Understand how you can transform these outputs without jeopardising the business

  • Hear how to convince the leadership to go against decades of business thinking

  • Identify the right partners to drive this change; internal departments, NGOs, academia, start-ups and competitors

  • Discover how businesses are forecasting these future positive impacts on business, the industry, society and environment

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings: http://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs/webinar/

Sustainable Brands ’17 Detroit

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:42am

Purpose driven brands are transforming the global economy by designing new product and service offerings that meet evolving societal aspirations. Challenge your brand to succeed in the new economy by enriching it through sustainability-led innovation that creates and scales positive impact, as well as business success. An initiative is underway among business leaders like Ford, BASF, CVS Health, Dow and others to support and accelerate new prosperity through brand innovation by Redefining the Good Life and what it means for healthy families, communities, cities and the planet.

Join them at SB’17 Detroit, MI, at the Cobo Center, May 22-25, 2017.  http://sbshare.co/2ltbNtu

From Black to Green: DONG Energy Is Becoming Ørsted

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:40pm

Following our profound strategic transformation from black to green energy and the recent divestment of the upstream oil and gas production, the name DONG Energy does not fit our company anymore.

Consequently, we have called an Extraordinary General Meeting on 30 October 2017 to ask our shareholders to approve a change of our company name to Ørsted.

Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, says:

“DONG was originally short for Danish Oil and Natural Gas. With our profound strategic transformation and the divestment of our upstream oil and gas business, this is no longer who we are. Therefore, now is the right time to change our name.”

Thomas Thune Andersen continues: 

"Our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today, and to avoid causing serious harm to the global ecosystems, we need to fundamentally change the way we power the world by switching from black to green energy,” Thomas Thune Andersen concludes.

Henrik Poulsen, our CEO, says:

“2017 will be remembered as the year when offshore wind became cheaper than black energy, as demonstrated by the recent tenders for offshore wind in Germany and the UK. It has never been more clear that it is possible to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. The time is now right for us to change our name to demonstrate that we want to help create such a world.”

From green transformation to green growth

Over the past decade, we have transformed from an energy company based on coal and oil to a global leader in renewable energy. The company has increased earnings considerably, while reducing the use of coal in its power stations and building out new offshore wind farms. Since 2006, carbon emissions have been reduced by 52%, and by 2023, they will have been reduced by 96% compared to 2006.

Henrik Poulsen, says:

“Today, we’re dedicated to green energy. Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions. We’ll also explore new green growth opportunities to strengthening our existing platform, if they support our vision, provide a strong competitive position and create value for our shareholders.”

We have divested our upstream oil and gas business and decided to stop all use of coal. In addition, we have established a new storage team to explore new business opportunities in energy storage. We have also set up a new corporate venture unit in Silicon Valley, California, to explore emerging energy technologies and potential long-term business opportunities.

As battery storage and new energy technologies mature and as a more flexible demand side is developed, natural gas will, in the coming years, continue to support the transition to an entirely green energy system. We will continue to trade in and sell natural gas to our customers, facilitating the bridge to a world that runs entirely on green energy. 

The new name and brand

The new name – Ørsted – references the innovative Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851). Ørsted spearheaded several scientific discoveries, including the discovery of electromagnetism in 1820, which helped lay the scientific foundation for how today’s societies are powered. 

As part of becoming Ørsted, a new logo and brand identity will be introduced. The new brand identity is inspired by the Danish design tradition in being simple, functional and human and supporting a sustainable way of life. The brand identity will consist of a full spectrum of colours, inspired by Scandinavian nature and the Danish 20th century artist Vilhelm Lundstrøm.

Henrik Poulsen says:

“We’ve undertaken significant efforts to find the right name and brand identity for our company. Our new name recognises H.C. Ørsted’s curiosity, dedication and interest in nature and our brand identity speaks to the innovation and profound understanding of nature, which is vital to creating a world that runs entirely on green energy.”

First RGGI Carbon Offset Project Launched by 3Degrees

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:40pm

3Degrees, in partnership with Dorchester Renewable Energy LLC, registered the first ever carbon offset project under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a mandatory cap and trade program covering the electric sector in nine states in the eastern U.S.

The project destroys methane gas from the New Beulah Landfill located on Maryland’s eastern shore. It is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

“We are pleased to continue our history of ‘firsts’ in the carbon market, which dates back to a time when we were still known as TerraPass,” said Mark Mondik, Vice President of Carbon Markets at 3Degrees.  TerraPass, renamed Origin Climate in 2014, became part of 3Degrees in a merger between the companies earlier this year.

The sale of RGGI offsets will provide the sole source of revenue to support the operation of the project.

“RGGI support is critical to this project,” said Tom Koch, Principal of Dorchester Renewable Energy. “Voluntary market prices for landfill gas offsets aren’t sufficient to make projects like this economically viable, but through RGGI we are able to reach higher-value buyers.”

According to the latest “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks” published by the USEPA, landfills in the United States still account for around 115 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.

About 3Degrees
At 3Degrees, our business is our mission. As a certified B Corporation, we connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale — providing renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to Fortune 500 companies, utilities, universities, green building firms and other organizations that are working to make their services and operations more sustainable. Headquartered in San Francisco, 3Degrees serves clients around the world.

Must-Attend Event: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Resilience Forum 2017

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:40pm

Register today for Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, June 26 in Washington, D.C. Reserve your spot today to learn from top business and disaster preparedness response experts.

Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future will take a comprehensive look at the different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond. Starting with a holistic approach to community development, experts will discuss best practices to creating resiliency plans.

Register today to join us on June 26. At this event, you will learn:

• The different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond.

• Best practices to creating resiliency plans.

• How the private sector can engage to support the adaptability of the community, including financing, infrastructure, and materials reuse.

We're only a few weeks away, so reserve your spot today! https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/promoting-resilience-and-cross-sector-collaboration-sustainable-future

Cargill Cocoa Promise Report Charts Clear Path Toward Cocoa Sustainability

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:40am

Cargill today published its third report on the progress and achievements of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, our commitment to sparking a more sustainable cocoa sector for generations to come.

Building on a decades-long focus on sustainability, the Cargill Cocoa Promise has so far supported more than 145,000 farmers worldwide with market access, training and resources, while working with almost 500 farmer organizations and cooperatives. Now the Cargill Cocoa Promise is continuing to evolve to meet the most pressing needs of cocoa farmers and communities, with the establishment of a future pathway aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Supporting smallholder farmers to build more resilient and sustainable businesses has been at the core of our own cocoa and chocolate business ethos for over two decades”, said Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate President, Harold Poelma. “But the challenges smallholder farmers face have changed – and our strategy has evolved accordingly. Using the learnings and insights gathered over the years, we have charted a course for the future impact of the Cargill Cocoa Promise.”

This year’s report focuses on progress in the areas of direct sourcing, limiting deforestation, improving traceability and building up the socioeconomic resilience of farmers and their wider communities. 85 percent of Cargill’s sustainable cocoa is sourced directly from farmers through farmer organizations and cooperatives. Working with farmer groups enables Cargill to strengthen these organizations’ own internal capabilities, supporting them to become more efficient, profitable and self-sustaining. For instance, in 2016-17, farmers in Cote d’Ivoire who implemented the learnings of one-to-one coaching on good farming practices saw their yields increase 49 percent on average.

Creating a self-sustaining ripple effect is also the aim of broader community activities, particularly in the area of income diversification, which can help build economic resilience in the face of fluctuating conditions.

For instance, through ongoing global partnership with the humanitarian organization, CARE, Cargill has introduced more than 175 village savings and loans schemes through Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA’s) in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. This has helped more than 4,000 people – half of whom are women – obtain small loans to start their own businesses.

Cargill is working to entirely eliminate all forms of child labor in the cocoa supply chain and ensure children have a bright future to look forward to. So far, over 145,000 farmers have been trained to understand the worst forms of child labor, and 20,000 children have been provided with access to education and healthcare.

Technology is proving an invaluable tool in driving progress, particularly around more accurate and transparent product traceability. Across the globe, GPS-mapping of more than 56,000 farms is boosting provenance information and informing farm development planning. Meanwhile in Ghana, 25,000 farmers have signed onto a scheme that allows us to tag and track each bag of cocoa beans Cargill buys back to the farmer. At the point of delivery, farmers are immediately paid via mobile money accounts.

New innovations have a vital role to play in protecting the planet and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Using GPS technology, Cargill conducted a risk assessment of 2.3 million hectares of forest to evaluate habitat type and tree cover loss, as part of its global efforts to eliminate deforestation across agricultural supply chains by 2030. The results serve as a baseline to prioritize interventions and advance sustainable landscape approaches.

Cargill firmly believes that investing in sustainability is an investment in the long-term security of the cocoa supply chain. With this in mind, and building on evidence and experience from the past two decades, the company is expanding its commitment to the SDGs and has charted a clear course for the future with five 2030 Goals in the following areas:

  1. Famer Livelihoods. We will champion professional cocoa farming practices to strengthen the socio-economic resilience of one million cocoa farmers and their communities.
  2. Community Wellbeing. We will enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and families in cocoa farming areas, by eliminating child labor in our supply chain and giving one million families access to basic services.
  3. Protecting Our Planet. We will promote environmental best practices in our business and across our supply chain, working towards zero deforestation in our supply chain.
  4. Consumer Confidence. We will help consumers around the world choose sustainable cocoa and chocolate products with confidence, by ensuring 100 percent farmer-to-plant cocoa bean traceability and 100 percent chocolate ingredients sourced in line with our sustainability code of conduct.
  5. Transformation, Together. We will use the power of partnerships to accelerate and magnify our efforts to achieve a level of sector transformation that cannot be accomplished alone. 

The 2030 Goals will allow Cargill to think globally, but act locally, using the framework of the SDGs to meet the direct needs of people in cocoa communities in a transparent, credible and measurable way.

“Achieving the SDGs demands a common approach, making use of new innovations and working with partners across the sector to achieve our common ambition of a more sustainable cocoa sector overall. We believe our global goals will help accelerate this sector-wide shift, to the benefit of all stakeholders involved”, said Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s Director of Sustainability, Taco Terheijden.

About Cargill

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.

About Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate offers its customers quality products and services they trust to help them thrive, today and in the future. We consistently deliver a wide range of products—including cocoa powder, liquor and butter, chocolates, fillings and coatings—to help customers stand out from the crowd. Cargill offers peace of mind in the short and long-term; day-to-day we work to the highest safety standards and offer insight-driven price risk management and sustainable cocoa services. For recipe development and optimization, we have seven specialized Application Centers around the world. Our insights on market and consumer trends, combined with our innovation support and consistent performance, make us a proactive partner in all major consumer markets. Cargill customers also benefit from our bean sourcing and research capabilities in key origin countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia. With a team of more than 3,500 passionate cocoa and chocolate experts in 47 locations, we provide unique knowledge and proactive services across five continents, built on a foundation of 150 years of experience. Visit www.cargillcocoachocolate.com.

About Cargill Cocoa Promise

We launched the Cargill Cocoa Promise in 2012 to align our efforts in origin countries. It is our commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities in a holistic way that will secure a thriving sector for generations to come. The origin countries include Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia.


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The Consumer Goods Forum Sustainable Retail Summit: Day One

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:40am

The first day of The Consumer Goods Forum’s Second Sustainable Retail Summit drew to a close yesterday, and it was a great success. Taking place at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montréal, the Sustainable Retail Summit has brought together over 230 “global leaders” from 26 countries to discuss the role of business in tackling today’s most pressing challenges, which can only be overcome through collective action: food waste, forced labour and consumer health.

The event was opened by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Managing Director Peter Freedman and Save-on-Foods President Darrell Jones. Peter highlighted why the CGF is playing an important role within the industry, calling on delegates to “be courageous and bold”.  Darrell Jones welcomed the delegates to Canada, before noting the role companies need to play today. He also said we need ways to add value and provide solutions. He closed by expressing thanks to the CGF and how we need to work collectively to understand the consumer goods industry and the world at large.

Delegates were then updated on the work of the CGF by the teams leading the charge within their own companies, as well as those working directly for the CGF.  Attendees were given updates on the CGF’s work on environmental and social sustainability and health and wellness. It was clear that steady progress had been made, but a common theme was that more work is needed. There was clearly much to be proud of though, from “Collaboration for Healthier Lives” pilots to the first ever resolutions on forced labour and food waste.

The final session of the morning saw Barilla and Carrefour presenting on how they are working together on the issue of food waste: a global problem with humanitarian, environmental and economic implications.

The afternoon sessions then saw more focused panel discussions on the three megatrends.  Bringing to the stage CEOs, NGOs, government representatives and industry experts, delegates were treated to excellent discussions and Q&As, and delegates got to test panellists with some tricky questions.

Across the three megatrends, however, there were three clear learnings:

  • Companies need to measure: whether it’s accurately assessing food loss and waste, tracing your supply chains for potential cases of forced labour or measuring incremental sales in healthier baskets, the data is essential if positive change is to take place.

  • Progress is being made and the achievements are many, but it’s still early and more needs to be done. Implementation processes need to accelerate and more companies need to step up to the plate.

  • These problems are too big for any one company, industry or government to tackle. Collective action is a must on all three areas, and companies need to work with each other as well as with governments and other key stakeholders.

What is the Sustainable Retail Summit?

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 our 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 before to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of consumer goods businesses.

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 action 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 implementing change and meeting these challenging demands head on.

-- Ends -- 

About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:40am

Habitat for Humanity Receives Top Spot on Indeed’s “Best Nonprofits to Work For” Employee Ranking

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:39pm

Leading affordable housing organization Habitat for Humanity is the best nonprofit in the United States for employees and volunteers, according to an inaugural ranking published by job-hunting site Indeed. Habitat secured the top spot among U.S. nonprofits based on more than 1,200 reviews from current employees, past employees and volunteers.

"It is no surprise that there is a population of people with a strong desire to work toward a greater mission in the nonprofit sector," said Paul D'Arcy, SVP at Indeed. "We've seen a general attraction among employees to work for mission-driven organizations. Employees ranking Habitat for Humanity as the top nonprofit workplace noted its 'amazing' work morale, family-like teams and friendly community."

Headquartered in Atlanta and Americus, Georgia, the global nonprofit operates in more than 1,300 communities across the United States and in more than 70 countries.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, believes it is the culture and mission of Habitat which draws people from all backgrounds to work together in unity. With a variety of ways to join in the organization’s efforts—through volunteering, donating or advocating for affordable housing—Habitat’s mission to empower families through safe, decent and affordable shelter appeals to all generations.

“At Habitat, we take pride in being inclusive and mission-driven,” Reckford said. “Our work simply would not be possible without the thousands of staff and volunteers in the United States and around the world who are bound together by a common sense of purpose. This recognition means so much because it comes from those who know our work best.”

Habitat invites those interested in volunteering or employment to visit habitat.org/volunteer or habitat.org/about/careers for more information.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute: Be Courageous

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:39pm

The 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute theme is “Be Courageous.” This one-day conference for corporate responsibility professionals will explore how companies and CSR leaders are demonstrating courage through their work. Expert speakers will help us understand where this dynamic field is headed and what kind of skills are needed for practitioners to thrive. This year’s Corporate Philanthropy Institute will engage more than 150 professionals working in corporate citizenship and philanthropy across the globe in big ideas and then break concepts down into usable strategies, approaches and actionable plans. Join us!

Carnival Corporation Announces Commitment to Responsible Chicken Sourcing

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:39pm

 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company announced it will shift purchasing policies across its nine leading cruise line brands by 2024 to improve the welfare of sourced chicken, becoming one of the first companies in the travel industry to commit to adopting comprehensive broiler chicken welfare policies.

Working with animal protection organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane League, Carnival Corporation is committed to aligning welfare standards for broiler chicken, ensuring that 100 percent of chicken sourced will be certified by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP).

"Carnival Corporation and our brands recognize animal welfare is an important issue for our guests and the general public, as well as us, and by teaming up with leading organizations that have made this commitment to responsible sourcing, we are optimistic that this will help advance broader adoption of these conscientious practices,” said Julia Brown, chief procurement officer for Carnival Corporation. "With this latest initiative, we will expand on our responsible sourcing efforts across the corporation by working closely with our suppliers to assure that the broiler chickens we purchase are treated humanely, under appropriate animal welfare standards."

By 2024, Carnival Corporation will require sourced chicken to be GAP-certified and produced under standards that require all chickens to be given more space and enhanced environments – including litter and lighting. Additionally, these new policies will ensure that Carnival Corporation’s chicken suppliers process their products in a humane manner through a multi-step controlled-atmosphere system and demonstrate compliance with these standards.

"Carnival Corporation has continued to uphold their position as a leader in the industry on many fronts, including animal welfare,” said Joyana Hunt, corporate policy specialist for HSUS. “We applaud the company's commitment to broiler chicken welfare.”

This broiler chicken purchasing commitment is the latest stride in Carnival Corporation's continued dedication to addressing animal welfare in its supply chain. In 2015, working with the Humane Society of the United States, Carnival Corporation committed to switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs across all its brands by 2025.

Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of 10 dynamic brands that include nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom, the corporation's immersion and enrichment experience brand.

Together, these brands operate 103 ships with 231,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2022. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only dual listed company in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

In 2017, Fast Company recognized Carnival Corporation as being among the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies" in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion™, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.fathom.org, www.hollandamerica.com, www.princess.com, www.seabourn.com, www.aida.de, www.costacruise.com, www.cunard.com,www.pocruises.com.au, and www.pocruises.com.

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Carnival Corporation:
Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corporation, rfrizzell@carnival.com(305) 406-7862 
Mike Flanagan, LDWW, mike@ldwwgroup.com(727) 452-4538

FCA US Supports Diverse Future Business Leaders As Exclusive Sponsor of National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:39pm

Talented MBA candidates from 41 of the nation’s leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2017 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Graduate Student Case Competition®, sponsored by FCA US LLC.

The NBMBAA/FCA US National Graduate Student Case Competition is an annual event that gives high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case to a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the NBMBAA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in Philadelphia from September 26-30. FCA US has been an active supporter of NBMBAA for more than 30 years and the exclusive sponsor of the Graduate Student Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, more than 2,300 MBA students have participated in the competition.

"FCA US is proud to continue its support of the National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition," said Kelly Tolbert, Head of Diversity, FCA US LLC. "The competition is a showcase event for student achievement that enables our Company to demonstrate its commitment to identifying, recruiting and developing diverse talent and future business leaders."

This year, the students from the University of Alabama took home the first place trophy as national champions and $25,000 in scholarships. The winning team members were Liz Alley, Jessika Banks, Bryonna Rivera Burrows and Myles Ward, all current MBA students at the university. The second- and third-place teams represented Georgetown University and Boston University, earning $15,000 and $10,000 in scholarships, respectively. Winning teams were announced at the NBMBAA’s Impact Awards Gala on Friday, September 29.

The 2017 business case required teams to re-introduce a global automotive brand to the U.S. market.  Teams were judged on their work creating a strategic vision and operating plan for their dealership incorporating concepts from marketing, supply chain, finance, operations and customer experience.

About National Black MBA Association
The NBMBAA has grown from a two-day conference to one of the country’s largest professional, minority organizations with 9,000+ members, 45 professional chapters, 35 Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) programs and more than 300 corporate partners. The organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle.
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Nespresso to Showcase Key Partnership With the Rainforest Alliance on Coffee Sleeves

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:27pm

Today, Nespresso has announced the inclusion of the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal on all Nespresso permanent Grand Crus coffee sleeves to help build awareness of the AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

Launched in 2003, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is a tailor-made program that combines the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria with the quality coffee credentials Nespresso is known for.

To celebrate and highlight this important 14-year partnership, Nespresso has updated its packaging to include the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal next to the AAA logo, with the aim of highlighting the importance of sustainable quality coffee to consumers.

Nespresso CEO, Jean-Marc Duvoisin, said: ‘‘The Rainforest Alliance was one of our original partners and helped us to design the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. Their seal is recognizable to millions of people and we believe that including their seal on our packs will help our customers to better understand what the AAA program means and the importance of sustainably sourced coffee. We know we cannot do all of the work alone and will continue to work with local and international partner organisations to help us put the farmer at the centre of everything we do.” 

The Rainforest Alliance’s mission is to conserve biodiversity and help ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour. The AAA program was designed to incorporate these criteria and help improve the quality of life for farmers, their families and communities while also protecting the environment. This is done through a holistic approach, which includes auditing farms against the newly revised  Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards to help ensure best agricultural practices and direct training through on-the-ground agronomists who help them to make their farms more productive and profitable.

Nigel Sizer, president of the Rainforest Alliance, stated “We are proud of the achievements that the Nespresso and Rainforest Alliance collaboration have accomplished over the past 14 years and we look forward to continued progress.  We will continue to work together with farmers to create shared value and vibrant coffee communities, while at the same time helping protect the natural environment and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.” 

The AAA program goes beyond Rainforest Alliance certification by also focusing on high coffee quality and price premiums being paid so farmers can produce coffee that meets the Nespresso standards on taste and aroma while protecting the wellbeing of farmers and the environment.

Currently, 80% of Nespresso coffee is sourced from AAA farms and it is estimated that over 40% of all our coffee is from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. All coffee sleeves across the brand’s permanent Grand Crus range will now clearly label this, to show Nespresso’s commitment to not only sustainability and farmer welfare, but also meaningful and long-term partnerships. 

About Nestlé Nespresso SA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 70,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 69 countries and has more than 12,000 employees. In 2016, it operated a global retail network of more than 600 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working around the world to conserve biodiversity and natural resources and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 1987, the Rainforest Alliance focuses on creative, pragmatic collaboration with foresters, farmers, businesses, and workers to help rebalance the planet by building strong forests and healthy communities worldwide. To learn more visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Shape Up Your Sustainability Strategy! June 27 in San Francisco

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:27pm

By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy.


Join us for a full-day, invitation-only, bootcamp where we will unpack the three core elements of effective sustainability communications: corporate purpose, strategic frameworks, and aspirational storytelling. 

When: June 27th, 2017  8:30am – 4:30pm 

Where: PCH Innovation Hub, 135 Mississippi St., San Francisco, CA 94107

What you can expect: An intimate gathering of thought leaders and sustainability practitioners set to explore how leading businesses are closing the gap between sustainability and effective communication.

Featured Speaker: Chris Librie, Senior Director of Global Impact at eBay

In one day you’ll learn:

  • The three key elements of effective modern sustainability communications
  • The tools and methodologies for creating user journey profiles to determine how stakeholders want to interact with your content
  • How to use audience mapping and a messaging matrix to provide the right amount of detail at the right time and to the right audience
  • How to connect sustainability messages with the organization’s aspirational vision and mission
  • How to infuse communications with a point of view and voice
  • How to move from touting your latest achievements to actual stakeholder dialogue

Who should attend: By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy. You may be a sustainability practitioner, CSO, CSR executive, corporate communications executive, HR director, corporate strategy advisor, public affairs director, or marketing/brand executive.

Price: $750 (price includes taxes and fees, light breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee, educational materials, and workbook)


Winners of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Awards Announced!

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:27am

Six Canadian organizations were awarded yesterday in Toronto by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) for their outstanding efforts to help advance action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell gave the welcome and congratulatory remarks to all awarded organizations during the ceremony.

The Awards were announced and presented by Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to winners in two categories – SME and Large Organizations. Winners in the SME category include: MScSM Program at University of Toronto, Operation Eyesight, and Enviro-Stewards. Winners in the Large Organizations category include: Frontera Energy, BASF, and University of Calgary.

The awarded organizations also presented their business case for the SDGs and the impacts of their efforts to the ceremony attendees, which consisted of senior business leaders and representatives from the top echelons of the Canadian government.

During the ceremony, a special partnership between three GCNC participants, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Teck Resources Limited (Teck), and Nutrition International was unveiled. The partnership is Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) and plans to reach millions of children with zinc treatments to help save lives in Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Bangladesh.

To further highlight the theme of strategic partnership for greater impact, the Awards ceremony also hosted a panel discussion on partnerships with experts from Frontera Energy, Global Affairs Canada, and Agrium sharing their insights on the fundamentals of fruitful partnerships for the Canadian corporate sector.

A recording of the panel and the event will be published on the GCNC website on October 2nd, 2017. 

About the SDG Awards 2017

The annual SDG Awards hosted by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact aims to recognize and help foster existing efforts by organizations to help advance action towards the 17 SDGs. The Awards also aims to highlight the business case for organizations to embed the SDGs to promote their adoption in Canada. 

The GCNC hopes that the Awards can spark interest among organizations who are not currently embedding the SDGs by providing a platform for organizations to benchmark their initiatives and showcase best practice examples for others to follow.

The event is sponsored by Host Sponsor, Teck Resources; Bronze Sponsors Frontera Energy and Kinross Gold; Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor, Baker McKenzie.

”Often private sector organizations don’t know where to start or how to explore options to embed the SDGs to their company’s sustainability strategy, the SDG Awards provides a great opportunity for those companies to join the discussion and be part of one of the largest SDGs-related initiative in Canada. ” explains Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the Global Compact Network Canada.  

Details on the application and nomination process are available on the Global Compact Network Canada’s website. Online public voting began on July 28th and adjourned on September 14th.

Official Web Page for the SDG Awards 2017: http://globalcompact.ca/sdg-awards-2017/

New ‘One for Good’ Campaign Looks to Inspire Healthier Consumers

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 8:27am

The Consumer Goods Forum has launched a pilot campaign in Hagerstown, Maryland, to support community members in adopting healthier diets and lifestyles. Partnering with Healthy Washington County, members of The Consumer Goods Forum – retailers and manufacturers – have now begun to rollout the “One for Good” campaign in retail outlets and communities across Hagerstown. Participating companies include: Ahold Delhaize, Campbell Soup Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Target, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Walmart.

Make One More Healthy Choice

People everywhere are taking a greater interest in their personal well-being, whether that's eating better, getting active or enhancing personal care and hygiene. The “One for Good” campaign is supporting consumers and communities in this ambition and working with existing public health initiative, Healthy Washington County, to support their efforts to address ongoing diet and health challenges. Despite increasing efforts, people are still challenged on how to manage their health and we believe a collaborative approach, involving multiple sectors, is the best way to ensure access and positive, long-term impacts.

People are faced with thousands of choices every day, many of which can impact their health. The good news is that the road to a healthier life can start with small changes — the first step is making one more healthy choice. The “One for Good” campaign will see retail stores promoting healthier products, bearing the “One for Good” logo and messaging. Activities such as health and wellness fairs and community-driven events will also take place as retailers and manufacturers work together to provide health and wellness support and information.

Allen Twigg, Executive Director, Behavior & Community Health of Meritus Medical Center and Healthy Washington County, said, “We are happy that CGF members have chosen Hagerstown for their pilot campaign. Our goal at Healthy Washington County is to help people in the region better understand their personal health status and provide the means to help individuals achieve their healthiest potential. By working with consumer goods companies – and benefiting from their important role in our community – we feel that the ‘One for Good’ campaign will help consumers better understand the choices they make and how to make ones that lead to healthier lives”.

“Walmart, as a whole, is committed to making healthcare and healthier food more affordable and accessible. We’re focused on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across our entire assortment – in stores and online – through in-store events, online education and an expanded assortment of products and services solutions”, said Alex Hurd, Senior Director, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We are delighted that through the CGF, we are able to work with Healthy Washington County to bring ‘One for Good’ to the good people of Hagerstown. We look forward to collaborating with public health authorities, local governments and community advocates to help those in the community lead healthier lives”.

Isabelle Grosmaitre, Alimentation Initiative Catalyst, Danone, said, “As global companies, we understand that we have a responsibility to make communities healthier and we want to help consumers understand that we are partners with them in their health and wellness efforts. We are delighted that through the CGF we are collaborating with Healthy Washington County to bring ‘One for Good’ to life in the community of Hagerstown. Only by working together with public health authorities, local governments and community advocates can we expect to see the types of sustainable changes that make for a healthier community”.

Learn more about the pilot campaign at www.one-for-good.com.

Collaboration for Healthier Lives

This pilot is part of a global framework on Collaboration for Healthier Lives, part of the CGF’s Health & Wellness Pillar. Its mission is to drive retailer and manufacturer collaboration for positive change, benefiting people and communities, as well as businesses.

People want to live healthier lives and expect the consumer goods industry to play a role to help them meet their health and wellbeing needs. Through the CGF’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives pilots and models, the CEO-led organisation’s approach is to have greater retailer-manufacturer collaborations and scaling up of programmes that bring together many-to-many to help inspire healthier communities and create a culture of prevention.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Bligh
Director, Health & Wellness
The Consumer Goods Forum

Lee Green
Director, Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum

Walmart Announces $5 million Commitment for Hurricane Maria Relief

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 5:27pm

Walmart has committed $5 million in support of  Hurricane Maria relief efforts. This builds on the commitments previously announced by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation totaling $35 million to support 2017 hurricane assistance in response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

“Our associates and friends in Puerto Rico are in significant  need,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “We want to do all we can to help, not only with immediate hurricane assistance, but in the long term, knowing that there are many challenging days of recovery and rebuilding ahead.”

Walmart operates 45 retail facilities in Puerto Rico, which includes two distribution centers and a satellite headquarters, supported by nearly 15,000 associates across the Island. The $5 million commitment will support organizations helping with local relief efforts supporting those in need. Additional efforts by Walmart in Puerto Rico include:

  • Taking care of our associates and their families, which is our first priority. We are focused on providing our associates disaster assistance along with their regular paychecks. We’ve been working through a process to do so safely and efficiently this week.

  • Continued relief efforts centralized through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting our associates needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts on the Island.

  • We have company leadership in Puerto Rico and continue to be in regular contact with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other partners, while we respond  to various needs. We have also sent communications specialists, electricians and other skilled support teams to the Island to help stores and club locations recover as quickly as possible.

  • We continue to work toward assessing the status of our facilities on the Island as we are safely able to access them. So far, we have been able to re-open around 20 stores and 5 club locations along with nearly a dozen pharmacies on the Island. We’re proud of the work our teams are doing to help serve our Puerto Rico customers.

  • We recognize the need for access to food, water, fuel, medication and other critical items for our customers and associates. We are planning to open facilities very thoughtfully, most likely under limited hours, and metered access, to control lines and enhance security for our customers. In addition we are utilizing corporate jets to get emergency insulin to the Island.

  • Working to ship critical supplies and product to the Island. Hundreds of loads of water, emergency supplies and other needed resources, like generators, have been delivered over the last several days. We also have critical freight on a vessel that departed Florida earlier this week and have plans to send more supplies  before the end of this week.

  • We are actively providing  stores with freight and will send product to both open stores and those that are able to accept deliveries as soon as safely possible.

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. In addition to this year’s hurricane response of more than $30 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 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.er 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 2.3 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.