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Black & Veatch and Inflowmatix Join Forces to Meet Leakage Challenge

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:08pm

Against a challenging backdrop of increased water scarcity and service resilience, water companies in England and Wales have been tasked with achieving on average a 15 percent reduction in leakage by 2025. The result is the most ambitious leakage programme in 20 years. Success will require leading-edge, digitally-enabled network management of the kind pioneered by a new partnership between Black & Veatch and Inflowmatix.

The partnership will help UK water companies develop ‘healthy,’ resilient water networks, and reduce losses, by combining Black & Veatch’s programme management, logistics, delivery and analytics expertise with Inflowmatix’s unique analytics, patented technologies and dynamic (near time) pressure sensing devices. The first result of this collaboration is SERENE, a service offering for the UK water markets that will provide network insights through a district metered area (DMA) Health Index assessment.

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Uncovering Sickle Cell Disease

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:08pm

Every day, people endure the painful and life-threatening symptoms of sickle cell disease in the shadows because of fear, stigma,and isolation.1,2,3

Today, on World Sickle Cell Day, Novartis is helping raise awareness on the disease and its complications by sharing a collection of patient stories from around the globe, developed in partnership with physician and photographer, Dr. Alex Kumar. Using the power of words and pictures, this series aims to uncover the real impact of sickle cell disease and show how people are facing this debilitating illness with extraordinary courage. These stories, as well as educational materials, are available on UntoldSickleCellStories.com.

Sickle cell disease is a hereditary and life-threatening condition that causes ongoing vascular damage and repeated injury to the blood vessels and organs.1,4 This lifelong illness often takes an extreme emotional, physical, and financial toll on patients and their families.5,6 It affects people around the globe, with the highest burden concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa; however, it is also common among people with ancestry in South America, Central America, and India, as well as the Mediterranean.7 An estimated 300,000 babies are born annually with sickle cell disease, and about 300 million people worldwide have the sickle cell trait.5,8

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Carol Cone ON PURPOSE Makes a Splash at Cannes as My Special Aflac Duck Wins Two Silver Cannes Lions Awards

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:03pm

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity awarded two Silver Lion awards to My Special Aflac Duck™, a social robot and comforting companion for children who have cancer. My Special Aflac Duck was awarded one Silver Lion for Corporate Image, Communications and Reputation Management and a second Silver Lion for Use of Technology that “pushes the boundaries of digital innovation.” No Gold Lion was awarded in either category. The campaign also was shortlisted in Brand Voice & Strategic Storytelling at Cannes Lions, the world-premiere celebration of creativity and innovation in the marketing, advertising, and communications industries. 

“I’d like to thank Aflac for their willingness to take a risk on this bold new idea after 23 years of a consistent approach to the childhood cancer cause,” said Carol Cone, CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, the world’s most innovative boutique purpose consultancy. “It takes a brave and committed client to allow a multi-billion-dollar brand mascot to be infused with a new mission. The future of marketing is meaning, and carefully crafted purpose programs build brand meaning in a way ads and PR alone can’t.”

The campaign, conceptualized by Carol Cone ON PURPOSE and executed with a broad team, involved no advertising support, and was powered purely by social impact strategy and communications. Aflac reported that in less than one year, the program already had resulted in 15% U.S. awareness of My Special Aflac Duck; among those who know of the purpose program, 100% are more likely to buy an Aflac product.

Prior to the Cannes award for creativity, My Special Aflac Duck won three 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Best-in-Show awards for technology including Tech for a Better World, and best-in-show at SXSW for robotics and People’s Choice. It was featured on Time Magazine’s 2018 Best Inventions list.

Conceived of by Carol Cone, My Special Aflac Duck is a collaboration between Aflac, the supplemental insurance company; Sproutel, an R&D workshop; and Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, the idea agency behind Aflac's refreshed social impact program, the Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign. Nation of Artists led on video storytelling.

“This year’s Festival demonstrated that purpose is mainstream. Yet, depth and rigor are critical to avoid backlash and deliver lasting business and social results," said Carol Cone. “For more than 30 years, my team and I have been developing big, breakthrough ideas that stand the test of time. We consistently punch above our weight by matching enduring innovation with creative activation in a knock-out combination. We’re proud to share the global stage with our partners and short-listed honorees, from Google to the WNBA to Copenhagen Pride.”

Carol Cone also spoke at a Cannes session on the intersection of purpose, brand, and technology. A true pioneer of social purpose, Cone was called on for interviews and expert commentary throughout the week, emphasizing the imperative for marketers to infuse meaning in their work. "From beloved consumer brands to big B2B companies, smart purpose strategy wins awards and delivers measurable business and social impact,” Cone said. “For this award-winning initiative, we built on our proprietary model for delivering lasting programs, from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, and now Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign.”

“While we are enormously honored by these awards, nothing is better than seeing a child experience a moment of delight during their cancer treatments,” Cone said. “The impact sustains us. We do this because we care deeply.” 

About Carol Cone ON PURPOSE

Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, is a pioneering consultancy that guides organizations to identify and accelerate their purpose, or reason for being beyond profits. The firm’s initiatives, which have won hundreds of awards, garnered four Harvard Business Review Case Studies and sparked global movements, drive business and social impact, as well as corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Committed to advancing the social impact field, the agency publishes a newsletter and podcast, Purpose 360, which features interviews with leaders in the fast-changing field.


Field to Market and SAI Platform Announce First Use of Joint Equivalency Module by Leading Food Companies

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and SAI Platform announced today the first use of their joint Equivalency Module by leading food companies—Barry Callebaut and Unilever. By piloting the Field to Market/SAI Platform Equivalency Module with U.S. farmers, these companies now benefit from streamlined sustainability assessment. This provides greater efficiency in measuring and assessing the sustainability performance of their supply chains through improved alignment between the foremost agricultural sustainability initiatives worldwide. 

Together, both companies assisted Field to Market and SAI Platform in testing implementation of the joint Equivalency Module, which enables U.S. farmers utilizing Field to Market’s Fieldprint® Platform to fulfill the requirements of SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) by completing a 15-question module. By piloting this approach alongside Control Union, these companies enabled the solution to be fully executed within U.S. supply chains. With the ability to verify the sustainability performance of their key sourcing regions they can also identify improvements that will benefit the entire food and agriculture value chain. 

“This new approach between Field to Market and SAI Platform provides us another credible option to partner with our supply chain to engage participating sugar beet farmers in our Fieldprint® Project in Minnesota and North Dakota and achieve FSA Silver level verification,” said Kevin Ogorzalek, sustainable sourcing manager at Barry Callebaut, a joint member of both Field to Market and SAI Platform. “These new developments make it simpler for us to collect sustainability data and assess the performance of sugar we source in the United States.” 

The benefits of this aligned approach extend beyond sugar supply chains and are also available to the ten additional commodities supported by the Fieldprint Platform. 

“It’s exciting to see Field to Market and SAI Platform bringing their partnership to life through this solution which streamlines sustainability assessment across global supply chains” said Stefani Millie Grant, senior manager for external affairs and sustainability, Unilever and chair of Field to Market’s Board of Directors. “By utilizing the Equivalency Module in our North Dakota Wheat Fieldprint Project, Unilever is better able to assess and characterize the sustainability performance of a key ingredient of our Knorr pasta and identify opportunities for continuous improvement through Field to Market’s outcomes-based approach to advancing sustainable agriculture.”

Barry Callebaut and Unilever’s respective pilots of the joint Equivalency Module resulted in several improvements that will benefit the entire value chain, including:

  • Detailed requirements and background information for farmers and the supply chain on each of the 15 questions used to assess sustainability performance, giving both ends of the supply chain greater clarity and confidence in executing the Equivalency Module;

  • Expanded and updated implementation guidance explaining how to get started for several different scenarios of farmer-level engagement, ensuring users feel quipped to take full advantage of the Equivalency Module;

  • Streamlined user experience through embedding the questionnaire as an optional module with Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform.

“This collaboration between Field to Market and SAI Platform is a win for American farmers and the value chain alike,” said Todd Cymbaluk, senior agriculturist, American Crystal Sugar, a key supplier to Barry Callebaut and member of Field to Market. “By championing a coordinated, comprehensive approach to assessing agricultural sustainability, U.S. farmers who are able to demonstrate continuous improvement in sustainability through Field to Market’s outcomes-based metrics gain value through the greater recognition in global markets offered through SAI Platform’s FSA program.” 

The joint Equivalency Module allows participating farmers utilizing the Fieldprint Platform’s outcomes-based, metrics-driven approach to measuring environmental sustainability to reach FSA Bronze by confirming that they comply with all local, state and federal laws and regulations relevant for their farming operation. Farmers can pursue additional levels of performance to qualify for FSA Silver or FSA Gold through their responses to 14 additional questions.

Field to Market and SAI Platform have released resources to equip interested brands and retailers interested in leveraging the joint Equivalency Module to assess the sustainability performance of key U.S. sourcing regions and will host a joint webinar for interested stakeholders to explore the benefits of utilizing this pathway to advance continuous improvement and achieve global recognition in July. 


Carter Purcell, Field to Market, +1 (202) 297-8345, cpurcell@fieldtomarket.org

Brigid Norde-McAleer, SAI Platform, +31 615 087 195, bmcaleer@saiplatform.org

About Field to Market
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 140 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.5 trillion. For more information, visit www.fieldtomarket.org and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FieldtoMarket.

About SAI Platform
Founded in 2002, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) connects, collaborates, and builds industry-wide solutions globally to catalyze and support sustainable change in agriculture. We enable our members to share expertise, create solutions to common challenges and promote sustainable agriculture in a pre-competitive environment. By developing tools and principles we are creating secure and resilient agricultural supply chains. Our current focus is on beef, dairy and crops. Our innovative Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) tool and collaboration tool Spotlight, lead the way to effective sustainable practices while delivering value to our members, farmers, their communities and consumers. With over 100 members, mainly companies and organisations in the food and drink industry, we are at the forefront in pioneering sustainable agriculture around the world.  To find out more about SAI Platform, visit our website: saiplatform.org

Perdue Farms Releases Company Stewardship Report

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am

Perdue Farms released its Fiscal Year 2019 Company Stewardship Report, highlighting a year of advancements in making organic chicken more accessible, building momentum in its industry-leading animal care commitments, and progress toward 2022 environmental sustainability targets. The report also highlights progress made in the key areas of diversity and inclusion, associate well-being and support for communities and business partners. 

“Despite being a much larger and more complex company then we were when my grandfather started the business almost 100 years ago, we continue to strive to be the best through our vision of being “the most trusted name in food and agricultural products,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “As we enter our second century in 2020, we strive to align our practices with the values of our stakeholders and, in doing so, act with responsibility. That’s the foundation of our corporate stewardship platform: We believe in responsible food and agriculture®.” 

Some of the company accomplishments in FY19 (April 2018-March 2019) included: 

  • Food: The company continued to demonstrate its leadership in organic chicken with the introduction of the PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART® Organics chicken line.

    • Niman Ranch introduced four new sausages to expand frozen and no-sugar offerings.

    • COLEMAN NATURAL FOODS® introduced the Budweiser® BBQ Collection, high quality meats featuring the iconic Budweiser lager beer taste Americans know and love.

  • Environment: Made progress toward achieving 2022 goals for reductions in greenhouse gases, water use and solid waste by:

    • Reducing our greenhouse gas intensity by 4.8 percent

    • Reducing our water use intensity by 6.9 percent

    • Decreasing our solid waste sent to landfills to 74.5 percent

  • Animal Care: Continued to make progress on a journey of continuous improvement by:

    • Achieving Tier Two ranking — the second best — in the global 2018 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare for the second year in a row, the leading global measure of animal welfare, which provides third-party validation of the company’s progress in improving animal care.

    • Engaging animal welfare advocacy groups, animal care researchers, customers and farmers at the company’s third annual Animal Care Summit

    • Bringing higher welfare standards to live bird handling to reduce stress and the risk of injury while improving bird comfort, beginning at the farm

    • Working with farmers to create better poultry house enrichments that allow chickens to do what they do naturally – act like chickens

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Hosted the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Forum on a continuous journey to move beyond diversity to inclusion and earned a spot among the Forbes list of “Best Employers for Diversity.”

  • Hunger Relief: Donated more than 6.8 million pounds of food (5.7 million meals) to support hunger relief across the U.S.  as part of our nearly two-decades-long partnership with Feeding America®.

  • Associate Education: Invested in a companywide accredited high school diploma program at no cost to associates. 

The report is available at www.responsiblefoodandagriculture.com in web highlights and a 72-page e-book

About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.   

The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., we’re the largest producer of organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.

The Hershey Company Announces Grants for Teens to Tackle Social Isolation

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am

(GlobeNewswire) – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced its new grant program, The Heartwarming Project Action Grants, at its first-ever Makers of Good Teen Summit in New York City. The program will award grants to 400 teen projects aimed at overcoming one of Gen Z’s most pressing issues – social isolation. The Makers of Good Teen Summit is part of The Heartwarming Project, Hershey’s initiative dedicated to helping teens, parents and teachers create more inclusive communities. 

In addition to awarding the grants, The Hershey Company will continue its partnership with top digital companies involved with the summit, including Snapchat, Google and Imgur, to help teens use social media to foster positive connections. Through training programs lead by Google employees and “Snap School,” the teens will learn how to leverage their social media channels for good and promote their projects. Teens passionate about combating social isolation can also continue the conversation with #stand4good into the new school year.

“Snapchat is all about removing barriers to self-expression and creativity, and fostering important communication and connection between real friends. We’re excited to be a part of the Summit, and to stand with Gen Z and help them amplify their voices,” said Luke Kallis, VP Advertiser Solutions, Snapchat.

Despite growing up in the digital age with tools to connect online, teens face high levels of loneliness and social isolation with recent studies describing Gen Z (currently ages 13-23) as the “loneliest generation.”1 The grants are designed to combat this pressing issue and support teens leading the way to advance inclusion and connection across the U.S.

“Our founder, Milton Hershey, was a social entrepreneur who invested in youth to create opportunity and a better future. We continue that legacy by investing in teens who are taking action to create positive change and bringing people together who want to make a difference,” said Todd Tillemans, President, U.S., The Hershey Company. “Our Heartwarming Project Action Grants provide a tangible opportunity for teens to help create a new future of social inclusion.” 

Teen changemakers in the U.S., ages 13 to 18, can apply at www.heartwarmingproject.com with an endorsement from a parent, guardian, educator or other adult until Oct. 31, 2019. Up to 400 teens will receive Action Grants worth $250 each to start or advance existing inclusion projects in their schools and communities.

The grants will be administered by the non-profit organization WE and supported by the company’s Heartwarming Project. Grant recipients will be notified via email from WE. Complete guidelines and information is available at www.heartwarmingproject.com.

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019, is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 16,500 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands that drive more than $7.8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’sReese’sKit KatJolly RancherIceBreakersSkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty.

For 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.

To learn more, visit www.thehersheycompany.com



1 The Cigna US Loneliness Index was conducted by Ipsos Polling from February 21 – March 6, 2018 among 20,096 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of ±0.8 percentage points for all respondents surveyed. For more information on the comprehensive survey visit www.cigna.com.

Media Contact: Todd Scott 

The Consumer Goods Forum Announces 4th Edition of the Sustainable Retail Summit

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) will be hosting its annual Sustainable Retail Summit (SRS) in Berlin, Germany on 24th-25th October. This year marks the 4th edition of the two-day event, bringing together consumer goods industry experts and stakeholders to share knowledge and best practices on tackling some of the key challenges facing the industry today. Delegates can expect to delve into the pressing issues under the theme “Sorting Fact from Fiction and Addressing the Hard Truths”, as they paint an accurate picture of the industry today and the actions needed to overcome the principle hurdles.

In a time where the demands for sustainable and healthier products are increasingly pushed to the forefront, SRS provides the opportunity to engage in crucial discussions and best understand how to take action on urgent industry issues. With topics such as plastics, food waste, forced labour and healthier communities on the table, SRS covers the entire sustainability eco-system while providing insights into how organisations around the world are working together to explore solutions and drive positive change. 

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “Collaboration is at the core of the CGF and the Sustainable Retail Summit is the perfect example of how we help retail and consumer companies to work together to implement positive change and deliver on their purpose-driven agendas. SRS provides the space for leaders in the field to share inspirational success stories and best practices in addressing the key issues around health and sustainability”. 

Close to 300 delegates from over 25 countries have gathered annually in previous editions of SRS to increase their knowledge, network with industry peers and strengthen sustainable business opportunities. Returning to moderate SRS this year is BBC journalist Tom Heap, who will set the context and pose the hard-hitting questions, while an excellent lineup of speakers will share real-life case studies and learnings in interactive workshops and special sessions.

SRS has truly become an unmissable event cutting across all areas of sustainable business for members and non-members of the CGF. Registrations for this year’s edition taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Berlin are open, with the opportunity to take advantage of early bird rates before 31st July. Register today to join the conversation and be a part of the community of change-makers stepping up to the challenge, for a sustainable, healthier tomorrow.


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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: 

Louise Chester
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

Joelle Mbuya Leclerc
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

Addressing Sustainability Issues Is a Long-term Effort: It’s About Learning From Evidence and Doing

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am

What can research and evidence tell us about the factors that influence the impact of sustainability initiatives? And, what do these findings mean for companies and governments in terms of the further development of standards? These two questions took centre stage during the Global Sustainability Standards Symposium in The Hague.

Karin Kreider, Executive Director at ISEAL Alliance, and Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director General International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened the symposium with a plea for increased cooperation. 

Kreider started with a brief retrospective on the development of sustainability standards that emerged in the 1990s. It was an innovative approach to encourage producers towards sustainable production through the consumer. ‘We know that certification programmes are not perfect. But it is clear that they offer a great deal of value to different actors and contribute to sustainability in many sectors: they remain the leading scalable, market-oriented approach to sustainability.’

Both Kreider and Tazelaar emphasised that sustainability standards are capable of making positive contributions, but that cooperation and more action are crucial to achieving greater impact.

Action-oriented approach helps address sustainability issues

In an inspiring keynote speech, Arjen Boekhold of Game Changer Unltd. (and, before that, Tony’s Chocolonely), shared his lessons and insights on an action-oriented approach. Boekhold emphasised the complexity of addressing sustainability issues as well as the fact that sometimes more courage is needed to take steps. ‘Nothing is perfect, but doing nothing is not an option,’ he said.

‘Further action is indeed vital,’ said Boekhold. ‘Although sustainability certification and standards have been around for thirty years, persistent issues such as child labour, deforestation and poverty still exist. Dare to be innovative, spring into action, celebrate the achievement of minor milestones, but do not be satisfied with anything less than the realisation of your mission.’ 

Sustainability initiatives are needed, even when they are not perfect

During the symposium, researchers and experts discussed ways in which sustainability standards can work to bring about change, how the impact of such standards and certifications can be measured and how these impact analyses can contribute to improving sustainability strategies. 

One of the crucial questions that came up: to what extent are standards systems able to make a positive impact? Kristin Komives, Impacts Director at ISEAL Alliance, showed that the number of studies into the impact of certification is growing and that there is more and more evidence about what works and what doesn't. For example, analysis showed that certified farms perform better than non-certified farms on biodiversity conservation and tree cover loss. But is that enough? ‘We can now be confident that sustainability standards do have a positive impact on many sustainability outcomes. However, there is more to learn about the conditions under which they do and don't create impacts,’ said Komives.

That sustainability initiatives are needed, even when they are not perfect, was emphasised during the symposium. ‘With the evidence now available we’re learning more about where standards really add the most value, however, we cannot be complacent – it’s important that we continue to learn, innovate and improve,’ said Kreider. 

Darrel Webber of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil closed the session by reminding us that we should not focus too much on short-term successes; addressing sustainability issues is a long-term effort, where performance improvement takes time.

New website Evidensia aims to bridge the gap between evidence and action

The conference concluded with the launch of a new website, www.evidensia.eco, a global repository for information on the impact and effectiveness of sustainability initiatives. Evidensia aims to bridge the gap between evidence and action. The site offers access to credible research and will help governments and the business community to make more informed decisions on sustainability issues such as climate, biodiversity and deforestation.

The Global Sustainability Standards Symposium was made possible in part by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Game Changer Unltd. and Tony’s Chocolonely.

HP Reveals Bold New Commitments for Driving a Circular and Low-Carbon Economy

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 5:02pm

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released its 2018 Sustainable Impact Report, including an industry-leading goal to increase recycled content plastics across its print and personal systems portfolio to 30% by 2025, continuing the company’s long legacy of leadership in this area. The report documents the progress HP is making and the business benefits of investing in the planet, people and communities. Sustainable Impact programs drove more than $972 million dollars of new revenue for HP in 2018, a 35% year-over-year increase.

“Companies have critically important roles to play in solving societal challenges, and we continue to reinvent HP to meet the needs of our changing world,” said Dion Weisler, President & Chief Executive Officer, HP Inc. “This isn’t a ‘nice to do’, it’s a business imperative. Brands that lead with purpose and stand for more than the products they sell will create the most value for customers, shareholders and society as a whole. Together with our partners, we will build on our progress and find innovative new ways to turn the challenges of today into the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Tackling global plastic waste
HP’s new recycled content plastics goal builds on the company’s long legacy of leadership in this area. In 2018, HP used 21,250 tonnes of recycled plastic in HP products – including more than 8,000 tonnes in its Personal Systems products (a 3.5% increase from 2017), more than 4,700 tonnes in its printing products (a 280% increase from 2017) and more than 8,000 tonnes in Original HP ink and toner cartridges.

“Progress requires us to rethink every aspect of our business to find new ways to make life better for everyone, everywhere," said Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainable Impact Officer, HP. “We are making durable, premium products using recycled plastic as part of our efforts to transform our business to drive a more efficient, circular and low carbon economy. Even small advancements, scaled globally, can have a huge impact.”

As part of this commitment, HP continues to invest in and scale its impact sourcing initiative to prevent post-consumer plastic from entering our waterways and oceans. HP has already sourced approximately 700,000 pounds of ocean-bound plastic materials—or more than 25 million bottles—upcycling this material into HP cartridges and hardware. This year, HP launched the EliteDisplay E273d – the world’s first display manufactured with ocean plastic.[2] Together with its partners, including NextWave Plastics, HP is committed to scaling the use of ocean-bound plastics by developing the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. 

In partnership with Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Dr. Chris Cuomo from the University of Georgia, HP is sponsoring groundbreaking research on women’s crucial work in recycling and managing waste, specifically ocean-bound plastics. By focusing on the experiences of women working on the frontlines of plastic recycling, this research will serve as a basis for future projects and commitments involving informal waste collection, the development of ocean-bound plastic supply chains, and greater gender equality worldwide. This research is underway now and is scheduled to be released by early 2020.

Enabling customers to do more, with less impact
Recently, HP announced a sustainable publishing partnership with ELLE Magazine using its print on demand capabilities to deliver the industry’s first sustainable fashion magazine made from 100% recycled materials for the cover and 30% recycled materials for the pages within the magazine.

HP also announced an innovative partnership with SmileDirectClub, the pioneer of teledentistry and market leader in doctor-directed, remote clear aligner therapy. SmileDirectClub is powering its digital differentiation and rapid manufacturing expansion of clear aligners with HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions, making it the largest producer of Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed parts in the United States. As part of an expanded collaboration, HP and SmileDirectClub also announced a new recycling program, in which excess 3D material and already processed plastic mouth molds are recycled by HP and turned into pellets for traditional injection molding, leading to more sustainable production.

Reinventing the standard for diversity and inclusion
HP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the top, with the industry’s most diverse Board of Directors of any U.S. technology company. HP works to grow its pipeline for diverse talent, and in 2018, 59% of new hires were from typically underrepresented groups. HP extends this commitment to how it works with suppliers. In 2018, HP spent $423 million with small businesses[3] and $219 million with minority- and women-owned businesses.[4] [5]

Creating vibrant communities everywhere
Education is a fundamental human right, and HP believes that technology can be the great equalizer – helping to bridge the gap and reach typically underrepresented and otherwise marginalized communities. Through 2017, HP has reach more than 21 million students and adult learners, driving progress toward our goal to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.

Through HP volunteer efforts, corporate giving and HP Foundation programs, HP aims to catalyze positive change in the communities where we live, work, and do business. Compared to 2017, HP employee volunteer hours increased by 62% – 6,400 employees contributed about 140,000 hours to local volunteer efforts in 48 countries, with a value of $4.3 million.[6] In addition, HP contributed $23.21 million to local communities from HP Foundation and employee contributions. Between 2016-2025, HP commits to contributing $100 million in HP Foundation and employee community giving.[7]

The Sustainable Impact Report will be unveiled today at the MIT Solveathon at HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto. Facilitated by the MIT Solve staff and supported by innovators, researchers and creative thinkers from HP, this event focuses on generating fresh ideas and refining solutions from the Bay Area community in response to Solve’s circular economy challenge.

Learn more

To learn more, visit the HP Sustainable Impact website, and review the newly released HP 2018 Sustainable Impact Report. 


About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

Media contact
Tom Suiter



[1] Recycled content plastic (RCP) as a percentage of total plastic used in all HP personal systems and printer hardware and print cartridges shipped during the reporting year. Total volume excludes brand-licensed products and after-market hardware accessories. Total RCP includes postconsumer recycled plastic, closed-loop plastic, and ocean-bound plastic used in HP products. Personal systems plastic is defined by EPEAT® eco-label criteria. Subject to relevant restrictions on the use and distribution of materials destined for recycling and/or recycled feedstocks.

[2] Contains 5% ocean bound plastic resin which is equivalent to more than three 16 oz. recycled plastic water bottles in each display.

[3] Data is for the 12 months ending September 30 of the year noted. Figures for 2016 are for purchases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe, and Asia, from U.S.-based businesses, and include one month of spending from before the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company on November 1, 2015. Figures for 2017 and 2018 are for purchases in the United States and Puerto Rico from U.S.-based businesses.

[4] Suppliers are categorized as minority-owned or women-owned, not both. These categories include all sizes of businesses.

[5] Data is for the 12 months ending September 30 of the year noted. Figures for 2016 are for purchases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe, and Asia, from U.S.-based businesses, and include one month of spending from before the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company on November 1, 2015. Figures for 2017 and 2018 are for purchases in the United States and Puerto Rico from U.S.-based businesses.

[6] Hourly rate based on type of volunteering: $150/hour for board, service corp, pro bono, and skills based; $24.69/hour for hands-on and undetermined, adjusted using World Bank data for purchasing power differences across countries.

[7] Includes valuation of employee volunteer hours, employee donations, HP Foundation match, and HP Foundation grants.

New Sydney Metro Northwest Stations Built Using 100% Responsibly Sourced Timber

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 2:01pm

Metro station canopies and multi-story parking façades recently completed as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest project have been constructed with 100% responsibly sourced timber, according to certification body SCS Global Services (SCS).

The wood used at seven stations has been certified by SCS under Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Responsible Wood (RW) Chain of Custody Project Standards, and one additional station has been certified with a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Partial Project Certificate.

Additionally, the timber used on four multi-story parking structures, with space for more than 4,000 vehicles, has also been certified as responsibly sourced under the PEFC and RW Project Standards.

The Sydney Metro Northwest project is the first project of its kind to earn a responsible timber project certification. Transit operations commenced within the system on May 26, 2019.

The principal contractors, John Holland and CPB Contractors as part of the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium’s Infrastructure Joint Venture, sourced timber from FSC and Responsible Wood certified forests in New South Wales. They also tracked the material through the primary saw mills and timber wholesalers to the fabricators and installers of the timber batten ceilings and façades: Brighton Ceilings Pty Ltd and Foxville Projects Group (NSW) Pty Ltd.

SCS Global Services conducted the certification assessments under the PEFC/RW and FSC standards. Independent, third-party certification ensures that timber comes from responsibly managed forests, and that transparency has been maintained throughout the supply chain. Since the first FSC project in Australia in 2010, SCS has certified all FSC and or PEFC/RW projects in Australia.

John Holland Sustainability Manager Thirukumaran Jallendran said:

“The Sydney Metro Northwest project is a milestone for Australia, and we are proud that it reflects the country’s responsible sourcing goals. It was a complex undertaking, and it is very rewarding to see it completed. SCS helped ease the certification process and enabled us to be the first to achieve a project certification of this magnitude. We hope to set the precedent that project certification is a significant and worthwhile endeavor for other Australian projects.”

SCS Global Services Lead Auditor Nick Capobianco said:

“Projects of this scale and profile are key to driving change in supply chains and educating stakeholders, suppliers and the general public about sourcing responsible forest products. Third-party certification was essential for this large-scale project to meet Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia rating tool requirements as it enabled Sydney Metro to demonstrate responsibly sourced timber with a backed guarantee from SCS’ audits. SCS conducted multiple assessments over the course of the project to confirm only responsibly sourced timber was purchased and used on the project. SCS congratulates John Holland, CPB Contractors, and Sydney Metro on their successful project certifications, and we are proud to have this public project exemplify the conscientious use of our forests.”

Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries said:

“Responsible Wood, the Australian Governing Body for PEFC, congratulates NSW Transport and the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium’s Infrastructure Joint Venture (NRT Infrastructure JV) for their commitment to achieve project certification. When it comes to the building and construction industry, project certification represents the high watermark for forest certification. To achieve PEFC and Responsible Wood project certification, and to be the pioneer in the Australian marketplace, for such a large and complex project is a testament to the commitment by NSW Transport and NRT Infrastructure JV to support responsible forestry.”

Forest Stewardship Council Australia CEO Sara Gipton said:

“FSC Australia congratulates the Sydney Metro Northwest Project for demonstrating the use of responsibly sourced timber through FSC partial project certification. By choosing FSC certified timber Sydney Metro Northwest are upholding the highest standard for forest certification and helping to ensure healthy forests, safe, decent jobs, and robust engagement with local communities and Indigenous Peoples. 

With the release of the Australian FSC Forest Stewardship Standard in 2018, we look forward to working with domestic forest managers to increase the supply of FSC certified timber so that projects seeking Australian FSC timber certified can achieve FSC Project Certification.”

About John Holland
By finding solutions to complex challenges and opportunities, we transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in. We work in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, offering services from infrastructure and property development to rail and building. We always go further in serving the needs of our customers, putting ourselves in their shoes and ensuring we deliver not only for them – but for their customers too. For us, it’s not about what we do, but why we do it and who will benefit. www.johnholland.com.au.
Contact: Alicia Wood, Alicia.Wood@jhg.com.au, +61 431183720

About CPB Contractors
CPB Contractors is the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group. For more information on CPB Contractors, visit: www.cpbcon.com.auContact: David Fox, David.Fox2@cpcbcon.com.au, + 61 402 517 832

About Sydney Metro
Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. This new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels. Metro means a new generation of world-class fast, safe and reliable trains easily connecting customers to where they want to go.  Customers won’t need timetables – they’ll just turn up and go with a train every four minutes in the peak. The first stage of Sydney Metro, the North West Line, opened to customers on 26 May 2019. For more information, visit: www.sydneymetro.infoContact: Natalie Calderwood, Acting Principal Manager, Public Affairs, natalie.calderwood@transport.nsw.gov.au, +61 466 494 073

About SCS Global Services 
SCS is a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. SCS works with companies, government agencies, and stakeholders worldwide to identify and drive practices, policies and processes that advance the goals of sustainable development and give innovators a competitive advantage. Its certification services and sustainability solutions span the natural resources, green building, energy, agricultural, and consumer products sectors, enabling policy-makers, purchasers, company decision-makers and consumers to make informed decisions based on the highest level of environmental, ethical and quality accountability. SCS, which stands for Scientific Certification Systems, is a Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit our website at www.scsglobalservices.com and follow us on Twitter at @SCScertified.
Contact: Alona Rivord, arivord@scsglobalservices.com, +1.510.241.5617

About Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification/Responsible Wood 
Responsible Wood is a not-for-profit standards development organization, committed to protecting and promoting Australia’s unique environments with standards that ensure a forest industry that is environmentally, socially, culturally and commercially sustainable. We pioneered the development of certification standards for wood and wood products sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia. Our standards provide guidance and accountability for forest managers, manufacturers and suppliers. We manage the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme which is underpinned by two Australian Standards®: Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708) and Chain of Custody for Forest Products (AS 4707). For more information about PEFC in Australia or PEFC project certification more generally please visit the Responsible Wood website: www.responsiblewood.org.au.
Contact: Jason Ross, jross@responsiblewood.org.au, +61 7 3359 1758

About Forest Stewardship Council Australia 
We are an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that works to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC develops best practice standards for responsible forest management according to our 10 principles and criteria. FSC certified forests have to meet our rigorous standards. This means FSC certified forests are healthy, and benefit local communities as well as providing jobs for workers. FSC certification tracks the wood from the forest to the shelf. So when you see the FSC label on a product, you can be sure that the paper or timer came from responsible sources. For more information on FSC Australia, visit: https://au.fsc.org/en-au
Contact: Sanjeewani Pathirage, s.pathirage@au.fsc.org, +61 3 9005 0907

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C&A Reduces Carbon and Water Footprints Significantly

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 5:01am

In 2018, C&A’s global sustainable materials strategy — driven by more sustainable sources of cotton and cellulosic fibres — avoided 116,000 tons of CO2 emissions (mtCO2e), equivalent to the yearly CO2 emissions of over 70,000 passenger cars. C&A also saved 1 billion m3 of water – the equivalent of 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools[4]. This and other progress is detailed in C&A’s annual Global Sustainability Report, published today.

C&A reduced its global carbon footprint by 12% in 2018[5], thanks to more sustainable raw materials. Currently, 71% of the cotton sourced is either organic cotton or sourced as Better Cotton, and recycled materials are also playing an increased role. In Europe, C&A sold 95,000 pieces containing recycled cotton and more than 300,000 items containing recycled polyester. 

Half of the raw materials used in our collections are sourced more sustainably where we can clearly see that our actions are helping the environment, improving smallholder farmer livelihoods and making it easy for our customers to make more sustainable choices,” said Jeffrey Hogue, C&A’s Chief Sustainability Officer. 

2018 also marked a year of closer collaboration with the industry to create systemic change. C&A continued its active involvement with ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), a ground-breaking, multi-stakeholder agreement to improve wages for garment workers, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Fashion for Good to drive circular economy approaches in the apparel industry, and with C&A Foundation to support systemic and industry-wide change in social and environmental practices. “In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we continue to seek unconventional collaboration and innovation to create fashion with a positive impact,” said Hogue.

The launch of the 2018 Global Sustainability Report coincides with the release of C&A Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report. In its fifth-anniversary edition, C&A Foundation’s report reviews the highlights and breakthrough moments of 2018 and shares the lessons learned from its first years of grant-making.

“In these five years, we have learned a lot about what works – and what doesn’t – when using patient, philanthropic capital to try to effect large shifts in a system,” says Leslie Johnston, C&A Foundation Executive Director, in her letter opening the 2018 Annual Report. “All of these lessons will inform our work as we look towards the next five years… It is time for C&A Foundation to step up our effort, and it is time for the entire industry to use its collective power to make fashion a force for good.”

*** Notes to the Editor *** 

About C&A
With nearly 1,900 stores in 21 countries worldwide and around 51,000 employees, C&A is a leading fashion retail business. C&A welcomes and provides millions of visitors each day with good quality fashion at affordable prices for their entire family. C&A is an enterprise of COFRA Holding AG with a presence in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China. For more information, see www.c-a.com

About C&A Foundation
C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation here to transform the fashion industry. We give our partners financial support, expertise and networks so they can make the fashion industry work better for every person it touches. We do this because we believe that despite the vast and complex challenges we face, we can work together to make fashion a force for good. http://www.candafoundation.org.

Press Contact
C&A Europe
Jens Völmicke
Tel.: +49 211 9872 5264
Email: press@canda.com 

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[1] Blue, green and grey water. All numbers are compared to conventional material sourcing and agriculture.

[2] Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed exclusively by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

[3] Textile Exchange’s 2018 Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark Insights Report, available at: https://textileexchange.org/downloads/2018-preferred-fiber-materials-benchmark-insights-report/

[4] Official average new-car CO2 emissions for a medium segment car are 118 g/km. (https://www.transportenvironment.org). Average annual distance travelled by a car in Europe is about 14,000 km (https://www.acea.be). Olympic pool: 50 m x 25 m x 2 m = minimum of 2,500 m3 of water.

[5] Compared to the 2016 baseline.

Nature-Inspired Water Leak Detection System Wins the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 8:00pm

Twenty percent of the world's clean pumped water is lost due to leaking pipes, and current technology cannot detect leaks accurately enough or early enough to prevent either water loss or major infrastructure damage. Startup company Watchtower Robotics is tackling this problem creatively and effectively, and today was awarded the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® for its efforts during the GreenBiz Circularity Conference. The prize is sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and awarded annually to the top team in the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator focused on nature-inspired solutions to global challenges.

“I’ve never been more convinced that biomimicry is the perfect design tool,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. “With this year’s competitors for the Ray of Hope Prize, we see how broadly biomimicry can -- and should -- be applied. This challenge just keeps getting better and better at identifying substantial innovations that are near-ready to go to market.”

Boston-based Watchtower's patented soft-bodied robot mimics elements of octopuses, jellyfish, and the lateral line system in fish. They are capable of detecting leaks in pipes of any material and in any structure -- including pipes with small diameters -- unlike current technologies available on the market. Watchtower has completed pilots in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, including with two of the largest water utility companies in the world. Saving just half of the water lost globally every day through leaks would be enough to meet the needs of one billion more people.

Aruga Technologies won second place, taking home a $25,000 prize (sponsored by an anonymous donor) for it’s vascular implant technology. Based in Pittsburgh, Aruga identified a pattern in nature: the function of dynamic surface wrinkles to keep surfaces clean. Dynamic wrinkling helps keep dolphin skin from becoming fouled with barnacles and algae, for example, and also keeps human lungs and blood vessels free from deposits. Applying this idea to vascular grafts has the potential to not only save on healthcare costs and achieve better patient outcomes, but also has sustainability wins due to decreased needs for replacement grafts and days spent in Intensive Care Units. Although the company's market entry point is the surgical graft market, this technology has the potential for anti-fouling applications in aquaculture, roofing, and industrial process hosing. Aruga is currently raising a $1.5 million seed round.

“The advantage of biomimicry is that it looks to designs that already work,” says Biomimicry Institute Executive Director, Beth Rattner. “These biological blueprints ultimately save innovators time and money, but more importantly, it reconnects us to the natural world.”

A total of seven international teams spent the past year honing their biomimetic design and business models in the Biomimicry Launchpad, the world's only accelerator program focused on helping nature-inspired businesses succeed. Check out all of the innovative companies in this year's accelerator.

About the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability.  http://www.raycandersonfoundation.org/rayofhopeprize

About the Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. http://www.biomimicry.org


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Global Push for Corporate Purpose Fuels 85% YoY Growth in Adoption of Benevity OneWorld™ International Solution

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:00am

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today announced an 85 percent year-over-year increase in adoption of the Benevity OneWorld™ international solution, as more companies expand the reach of their CSR programs across borders. More than 600,000 new OneWorld users logged on to the cloud-based giving and volunteering platform in the last year alone—boosting the total number of people engaging with causes outside of their home country by 362 percent. Companies among the most active in giving internationally through Benevity include Apple, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LinkedIn, Micron, Oracle, TC Energy Corp and Western Digital.

As corporate purpose and the expectation that businesses be a force for social good continues to gain momentum, more and more companies are empowering their global workforces to support causes that are meaningful to them. Benevity OneWorld, which supports almost 2 million causes in 190 countries, in 17 languages and 14 currencies, makes doing good around the globe fast, easy and cost-effective. Through the industry’s only end-to-end global platform, participating employees can learn about causes all around the world, log volunteer hours, receive company rewards, and give their time, talents and donation currency, which can be matched by their employer.  Additional modules provide grantmaking functionality and purpose-driven behavioral change.

Micron Foundation, a Benevity client, realized unprecedented engagement in their corporate purpose programs since launching. “Last year we elevated our philanthropic and volunteerism efforts, which included expanding our matching gifts program to all team members,” said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundation. “The Benevity platform helped unite our global base of 34,000 employees to heighten support for local disasters, increase our matching gifts program by 700%, and further build on our commitment to invest in the communities where we operate.”

“Companies and their people are more diverse, dispersed and globally minded than ever before,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO of Benevity. “To achieve business success in today’s world, corporate leaders are infusing their company cultures with a broad sense of purpose and enabling their employees, communities and customers to pursue their social impact passions in ways that are democratized and more personally relevant in both a global and local context.”  

In addition to an increase in adoption and engagement on the platform, Benevity’s data also shows an increase in user engagement from companies using Benevity OneWorld. Companies with international giving enabled see an average of 22 percent participation across their global employee base versus 18 percent participation for companies using Benevity to only give within their home country.

“Providing people with more choice and opportunity to do good naturally sparks more engagement and impactful outcomes,” added de Lottinville. “Companies that get it right are uniquely positioned to better attract and retain today’s top talent, increase productivity and gain brand favorability, all while making a real social impact around the world.” 

Other trends Benevity uncovered in its international giving data:

  • 56 percent of Benevity’s 550+ enterprise clients are using Benevity OneWorld, or running localized Goodness programs outside of North America, to empower their people to support the international causes that they care about most—up from 12 percent in 2016.

  • 100% of the 440,000+ international donations made through the solution were sent electronically, making Benevity the most accurate, reliable, efficient and cost-effective way for charities and nonprofits to receive funds. (The industry standard for electronic fund disbursements of donations is under 34 percent.)

  • Spikes in giving across borders were most frequently connected to natural disaster relief efforts, including fundraising for those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; earthquakes in Mexico and Indonesia; and flooding in India and Japan.

  • Overall, support is strongest for international causes contributing to Education, Relief, Development and Human Services.

For more information about Benevity OneWorld, visit: https://www.benevity.com/international

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering, positive actions and community investment. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to an employee base of 10 million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 3.5 billion dollars in donations and 20 million hours of volunteering time this year to 200,000 charities worldwide.

Media Contact
Amanda Orr
Kickstart for Benevity

RBA Compass Awards 2019 Call for Submissions

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:00am

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the opening of its 2019 Compass Awards program and called for submissions from member companies, their suppliers and factories. This awards program recognizes corporate social responsibility (CSR) excellence across three categories: Leadership, Innovation and Implementation.

Now in its second year, the primary objective of the Compass Awards is to recognize efforts that lead to meaningful, positive change in line with the RBA's vision and mission. The award submissions will also serve as examples of successful actions that other companies can emulate.

“The Compass Awards highlight the great work many companies are undertaking to improve conditions in their global supply chains,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Responsible Business Alliance. “We hope others will be inspired by our members’ actions and implement similar programs that can have positive impacts on workers and their communities.”

The deadline for this year's entries is August 9. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges from outside of the RBA and finalists will be announced in the fall, before the RBA annual conference in Santa Clara, California where the winner of each category will be revealed and presented with their Compass Award.

For more information on the awards, including FAQs and the application form, visit the Compass Awards page on the RBA website and contact awards@responsiblebusiness.org. View case studies from the Compass Awards winners and finalists in 2018 here.

About the Responsible Business Alliance

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 366 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

New Report Examines How Nations, Businesses Can Prepare for Climate Change Through Risk Transfer

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 7:59am

A new report examines how public and private entities, including those in developing nations, are mitigating the financial impacts of extreme weather events and supporting climate change adaptation by transferring risk to private insurance and capital markets.

“Using Risk Transfer to Achieve Climate Change Resilience” is one of the first reports to comprehensively examine how governments, water utilities, transit agencies, corporations and small farmers are using risk transfer instruments—such as catastrophe bonds and weather risk transfer contracts—to adapt to climate change. The report discusses opportunities to expand the use of risk transfer for adaptation and details key challenges in this still emergent market. 

Download the report here.

The report provides three key takeaways:

1. With support from development banks and donor countries, many developing nations are incorporating risk transfer into their adaptation strategies. 

Buyers range from sovereign governments such as Mexico and the Philippines that have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in protection annually, to small farmers in Kenya, Senegal and other African countries who are becoming more resilient to climate risks by purchasing small insurance policies. Yet, the report finds that many public and private entities still require subsidies from donor countries, and that the use of risk transfer is constrained in some regions by lack of weather data. The report explores solutions including new business models for risk transfer, cost-sharing strategies and advances in remote sensing and weather data analytics. 

2. More infrastructure managers are using risk transfer.

Public infrastructure organizations, such as water utilities and transit agencies, are particularly susceptible to extreme weather events such as droughts, wildfires, severe storms and floods. As a result, some are on the leading edge of using catastrophe and weather risk transfer instruments to reduce their risk exposure. For example, since Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak and the New York Metropolitan Transit Agency have purchased hundreds of millions of dollars in catastrophe protection to mitigate their risks from flooding. This report examines the opportunities and challenges to transit agencies and water utilities seeking to use risk transfer to improve their resilience to extreme weather and climate change. 

3. Many corporations are considering risk transfer for climate change adaptation.

Many publicly held corporations are being asked by regulators and investors to assess, disclose and mitigate the climate change risks that could negatively impact their earnings and long-term growth. The report explores how corporations in a wide range of industry sectors could mitigate their climate risks with weather risk transfer contracts—a strategy already in use by corporations in highly weather-sensitive industries such as energy and agriculture. A recent example occurred in Australia, where agribusiness GrainCorp announced in April 2019 that it would transfer weather risks to reinsurance investors in order to reduce the impacts of volatile weather on earnings. 

“Using Risk Transfer to Achieve Climate Change Resilience” fills a knowledge gap in the increasingly urgent public dialogue around weather and catastrophe risk in a world with a changing climate.   

“So far, media coverage of this topic has largely missed a key strategic consideration for addressing climate change: risk transfer,” said Barney Schauble, chairman of Nephila Climate. “Innovative weather and catastrophe risk transfer coverage mechanisms have evolved over the last 20 years and are now viable tools for confronting climate change in both developing and mature economies.”

Sponsored by Nephila and written by Jim Hight, an independent environmental journalist and communications consultant, the report draws on published research and interviews from development organizations, insurers and reinsurers, catastrophe risk modelers, weather and climate risk analysts, climate change consultants, transit agencies, water utility associations and others. 

Nephila sponsored the report in order to provide a thorough examination of the opportunities and challenges to using weather and catastrophe risk transfer mechanisms to support climate change adaptation. Nephila is a pioneer in creating weather risk transfer vehicles and today is the largest investment manager in that market.

Press contacts:

Marc Lumpkin, Altitude Public Relations, 303-378-2366, marc@altitudepr.com

Nephila: Mandi Abate Little, Nephila, 615-509-9007, mabatelittle@nephilaadvisors.com

GlobeScan and Anglo American to Host SDG Leadership Forum on Governance, Transparency and Advocacy

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:57pm

GlobeScan and Anglo American will be hosting an SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) on 26th June 2019 to discuss the role of business and society in making progress on this goal.

In this moderated online discussion, we will explore the potential for business and other societal actors to make SDG 16 a priority and collaborate for positive impact. This forum is open to anyone who shares an interest or expertise in transparency, anti-corruption, institutional capacity building or effective policy support.

It is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global dialogue on Goal 16 and to make connections with experts and leading thinkers on these topics including Corruption Watch, International Alert, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) Global, Minerals Council, Standard Chartered Bank, World Bank, United Nations Global Compact, USAID Southern Africa among others.

We will learn from each other, inspire fresh thinking, and share best practice examples and solutions to turn ideas into action.

The SDG Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 26th June 2019 and will consist of two sessions to ensure global representation from different time zones:

Session One: 10:00am -11:30am UK time

Session Two: 3:00pm - 4:30pm UK time

Register to attend here and select SDG#16 to ensure you receive updates about this online forum and details on how to access the live discussion on the day of the forum.

Read more about the SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 16 here.

About Anglo American

Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, more electrified world and that meet the fast-growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our customers around the world – safely, responsibly and sustainably.

Find out more here: https://www.angloamerican.com/sustainability

About GlobeScan

GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on helping our clients build long-term trusting relationships with their stakeholders. Offering a suite of specialist research and advisory services, we partner with business, NGOs and governmental organizations to meet strategic objectives across reputation, sustainability and purpose.

Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo and Toronto, and is a sign to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation.

Find out more here: www.globescan.com

About the SDG Leadership Series

At GlobeScan, we believe that we need more leadership to inform, inspire and catalyze collective action across different sectors. In response to the challenges and to seize the opportunity that the SDGs present we have launched this SDG Leadership Series as our contribution to help scale engagement and foster more actions around the Global Goals to collectively bring us a step closer to operationalizing the SDGs by 2030. 

This Forum is the eighth in a series of 17 open, online events with stakeholders across the world. Each Forum will focus on one SDG, connecting experts and opinion leaders to share ideas and actions for making progress on the SDGs.

Read more here: https://globescan.com/catalyzing-action-sdgs-collaboration/

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children Names Yekaterina (Kate) Trambitskaya as Chief Executive Officer

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 4:57pm

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a premier and globally recognized non-profit adoption and family services organization, announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Yekaterina (Kate) Trambitskaya as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Spence-Chapin’s mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and to provide counseling and support for all children and families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Ms. Trambitskaya, who served as Spence-Chapin General Counsel for seven years, and Interim CEO for the last year, assumed the permanent leadership role in May 2019.

“For over a century, Spence-Chapin has found loving families in the United States for more than 25,000 children domestically, and from 23 countries around the world,” said Ian Rowe, Chairman of the Board of Spence-Chapin. “After a comprehensive search process that attracted a diverse and talented array of candidates, the board is thrilled to have selected a results-focused leader who has the rare combination of empathy, integrity, deep experience in child welfare and adoption, and institutional knowledge necessary to lead Spence-Chapin into its next century.”

Since its inception, Spence-Chapin has pioneered a unique suite of best practices - dubbed the “Spence-Chapin Way” - that empowers the organization to live out its core belief that every child deserves a forever family. Today, Spence-Chapin is the premier provider of comprehensive options counseling, and pre-and post-adoption supports that preserve the wellbeing of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

The appointment of Ms. Trambitskaya concludes an extensive national search conducted by Sandler Search, a leading executive search firm.   

“As an immigrant and refugee who came to this great country with my family in my pre-teens, I deeply understand the importance of having a strong family to provide a stable and nurturing environment for children,” said Kate. “I look forward to using my experiences to broaden the impact of Spence-Chapin both domestically and overseas and to ensure the most vulnerable children experience a safe, permanent home as a human right...To lead Spence-Chapin is a true honor.”

Ms.Trambitskaya began working at Spence-Chapin in 2012, initially serving as Executive Vice President and general counsel for the organization. As CEO, she will now oversee the strategic planning and execution of an organization with a strong history, heritage, and reputation as well as build on the organization’s legacy as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption. This unique opportunity allows Kate to shepherd a storied organization into a new phase of growth focused on its core mission of helping children in need.

Over the last two decades, Ms. Trambitskaya dedicated her career to helping hundreds of New York’s children.  Prior to joining Spence-Chapin, Kate served as an attorney and senior team leader in the Brooklyn Family Court Legal Services of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) where she represented the Commissioner of Social Services in judicial proceedings designed to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable children and families.  At ACS, she passionately fought for those in crisis, who were abandoned, abused, and neglected. And as General Counsel for Spence-Chapin, she advocated for birth parents and assured permanency for children both domestically and abroad.

Kate is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorney and an alumna of The Posse Foundation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.


About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin has been offering exceptional adoption and family services for more than 100 years.  Its mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and lifelong support for all children and families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Spence-Chapin’s roots date back to the early 1900s with the pioneering work of Ms. Clara Spence and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who established nurseries for infants abandoned on the streets of New York City, led humanitarian efforts, and created families through adoption.  Spence-Chapin has since expanded to include other comprehensive support programs. The organization’s award-winning efforts have served more than 25,000 women, children, and families through domestic, international and special needs adoption, post-adoption support, and humanitarian aid programs such as the Granny Program. Find out more at spence-chapin.org.


NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference