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SC Johnson Turkey Named Best Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:46am

SC Johnson Turkey has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Turkey by Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year. The Turkey organization earned the No. 3 spot among mid-sized companies on the annual Best Workplace list of companies in Turkey with 50-250 employees.

“I congratulate SC Johnson Turkey for earning this recognition for the third year in a row, and for the team’s focus on engagement and empowerment across the organization,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. 

The Turkey team joins SC Johnson Central America, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Canada on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces. Their awards and placement in the rankings are determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies. The Turkey organization was recognized for its overall culture and high level of engagement.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

The company also received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in 2019. This honor marks the 14th time the company has earned a perfect score and its 17th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.



SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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

Duke Energy: Cleaner Energy Mix Can Be Affordable, Too

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 4:45pm

Duke Energy continues to generate cleaner energy at prices below the national average for its 7.7 million residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Those facts were spelled out today in the company’s 13th annual Sustainability Report – a report card on the company’s progress at meeting its sustainability goals. The report can be found here – and a PDF copy for download can be found here.

“Duke Energy is successfully reducing our environmental impact while keeping electric prices low for customers,” said Cari Boyce, senior vice president, stakeholder strategy and sustainability. “It’s not a question of clean or affordable. We’re safely and reliably achieving both.”

Among the highlights in this year’s report:

  • In the six states where Duke Energy has retail electric customers, the company’s electric rates were below the national averages, according to data from the Edison Electric Institute.

  • Duke Energy relies on a balanced energy mix that includes carbon-free nuclear, lower-cost natural gas, hydroelectric and coal. In 2018, nearly 38 percent of the energy produced by the company was carbon-free.

  • Duke Energy owned and purchased renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power) was equivalent to roughly 9.3 percent of its generation mix in 2018 – reflecting an 11 percent increase compared to 2017.

  • The company’s use of coal has dropped more than 50 percent from 2008 to 2018 – from 63 million tons annually to 29 million tons. The use of cleaner-burning and lower-cost natural gas has spurred much of that reduction.  

  • Duke Energy’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions remained roughly flat in 2018 – despite producing 2 percent more energy versus the previous year. The company’s carbon intensity, the amount of CO2 produced per kilowatt-hour generated, fell 2 percent from the previous year. Overall, the company’s carbon emissions have dropped 31 percent since 2005.

  • Duke Energy established new goals in the report. One is to reduce water withdrawals by its generation fleet by 1 trillion gallons by 2030 – compared to its 2016 mark of 5.34 trillion gallons.

  • Duke Energy is also investing more in energy storage. The company is looking to install more than 400 megawatts (MW) of battery storage over the next 15 years. Today, work is underway at the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in South Carolina to increase its pumped storage output by more than 300 MW.

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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Morgan Stanley Expands Partnership With KaBOOM! Through a New Grant, Creating Additional Innovative Play Spaces for Children in 21 Cities

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 4:45pm

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced a new grant to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. The two-year Morgan Stanley Foundation grant is a continuation of Morgan Stanley’s long-standing partnership with KaBOOM!, which has already led to the creation of 20 playgrounds, serving more than 9,500 kids around the country.

With this new grant, Morgan Stanley volunteers and KaBOOM! partners will work together to create 21 new play spaces for children, more than doubling the existing play spaces already created in efforts with Morgan Stanley employees. Five of these play spaces will be physical playgrounds built in cities across the United States. The remaining 16 will be creative play grants for Imagination Playgrounds and Rigamajig units, which allow for year-round activity in areas with limited space or inclement weather. These new play spaces will involve the collective effort of over 850 Morgan Stanley employee volunteers and will benefit an estimated 36,500 children living in underserved communities.

“Play is crucial to a child’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development, and we are proud to build upon our already successful partnership with KaBOOM!, expanding access to free, public play spaces for children everywhere,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley. “For more than 50 years, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has supported healthy starts and solid educations for the children in our communities, and it’s inspiring to see our nonprofit partners and employee volunteers collaborate to have a tangible impact on children’s health and well-being.”

“Play is critical for kids to grow up happy, healthy and resilient, yet far too many kids are missing out on a chance to play,” said Lysa Ratliff, Vice President of Partnership Development, KaBOOM!. “Through our longtime partnership with Morgan Stanley, spaces are created so that more kids have the opportunity to get the play they need to thrive in life. We are grateful for their commitment to all kids getting the childhood they deserve through play.”

Where space is limited, creative play products allow for play to take place in the classroom, gymnasium, recreation centers, and beyond. Imagination Playground and Rigamajic encourage free play, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Imagination Playground is an innovative play system that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam shapes, Imagination Playground provides a changing array of elements that allow kids to create a playspace that is constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

Rigamajig is a large-scale building kit filled with wooden plants, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope that enhances STE(A)M learning and allows children to actively play and create. Rigamajig allows children to develop language, communication and problem solving skills that are key to cognitive development.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Media Relations Contact: Katherine Stueber, Katherine.stueber@morganstanley.com

Re-imagining Olam

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:44am

Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel: High School Student from St. Petersburg, Fla. Wins National PSA Video Challenge

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 7:43pm

To encourage positive driving habits for young drivers, Shorecrest Preparatory School junior, Caleb Kravitz developed a creative PSA to inspire his peers to practice safe driving skills. His video, titled Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel, is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national peer-to-peer driver safety public service announcement competition. More than a thousand videos were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by teens educating students on the risky behavior of distracted driving.

 “‘Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel’ provides an entertaining yet powerful narrative on the dangers of multi-tasking at the wheel and showcases reasons for teens to remain focused and stay safe on the road,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “We thank all of the students who entered the challenge for their work to encourage, engage and educate their peers about the life changing consequences of distracted driving, and congratulate all of the ‘TeenDrive365 Video Challenge’ finalists on their accomplishment.”

Caleb’s PSA takes the viewer on an unconventional journey through the mind of a teenage driver. He uses a recliner chair to travel through his neighborhood to show the causal approach young drivers take when behind the wheel. The PSA ends with Caleb informing his peers that they are not invincible to the consequences of their actions.

“Caleb is a clever, skillful and self-motivated young filmmaker who always sets out to achieve at a higher level than the class assignment requires,” said Bill Leavengood, Shorecrest class of 1978 and Caleb’s teacher for this class for the second year. “I am impressed by how he was able to get a familiar message across in his video submission to Toyota ‘TeenDrive365’ with such creativity and imagination without making it cliché or didactic.”

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, now in its eighth year, has received tens of thousands of inspirational submissions that have celebrated teen’s creativity, while elevating the critical goal of protecting teens on the road.  It is part of Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program, a comprehensive initiative to provide educators, parents and teens with critical safe driving materials.

“‘TeenDrive365’ presents teens with an incredible opportunity to use the power of digital content to become role models for their peers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We applaud Caleb’s execution and delivery of the grand prize-winning video, alongside the work that all video challenge finalists put into this amazing initiative every year. Students nationwide combine their storytelling skills and creativity to positively influence their peers with the eventual hope of saving lives. We are proud to stand with Toyota to help spark this important national dialogue.” 

Caleb was awarded $15,000 and will transform his video into a TV-ready PSA. View the video here.

Other winners include:

Second Place: Christina Williams, student at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C. will receive $10,000 for developing Christina’s Community.

Third Place: Aaron Morales, student at International Community School in Winter Park, Fla. will receive $7,500 for developing Distractions.

People’s Choice Winner: Adelaide Wilson, student at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Mich. will receive $5,000 for winning this award and $2,500 for placing as a finalist. Her PSA Put That Phone Away ranked highest among public votes.

The additional six finalists will receive $2,500, and four regional winners from the Northeast, Midwest, South and West regions will each receive $1,000. National and Regional Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge finalists can be viewed here.

Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at no-cost and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Visit TeenDrive365.com to learn more about the annual TeenDrive365 Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving. For more information about the program or to watch winning videos from previous years, click here.


About TeenDrive365:

TeenDrive365 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers; Heads Up! – an Interactive Road Distraction Challenge that allows teens to virtually experience some of the dangers of distracted driving; and a collection of online events, tools and social media elements that underscore how teens can make a difference by driving safely.

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

OppenheimerFunds and Employees Donate More Than $15 Million to Nonprofits

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:42pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading asset manager founded in 1959, with its employees, contributed over $15 million in combined charitable activities. Together they gave $10 million in donations as part of an expanded gift matching program to celebrate the firm’s 60th year and to lend support to a broad spectrum of causes. Additionally, corporate donations were made through nonprofit grants submitted by employees and donations made across the U.S. and London.

“For 60 years, OppenheimerFunds has built its business on a strong foundation of client trust, collaboration and tireless investment stewardship. To celebrate this milestone, the firm has shown its gratitude through a number of employee-led philanthropic initiatives in 2019. It gives me great pride to know we will have a lasting impact on important causes for our communities and beyond, today and into the future,” said Art Steinmetz, CEO, OppenheimerFunds.

The program, open during January and February 2019, offered a six-times (6x) match for all employee donations of up to $6,000 made to qualified charitable organizations. Of the firm’s 2,000 employees, more than 700 participated, a record level of engagement, contributing to 1,200 nonprofits across a full range of social, civic, educational, cultural and health-related causes. 

In addition, employees submitted nearly 350 grant requests for their favorite charities. The corporate donations totaled $1 million in employee-directed contributions for these grants. The OppenheimerFunds Philanthropy Advisory Council, with representation from across the firm, was chaired by Andy Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer, OppenheimerFunds.

"2018 marked OppenheimerFunds' second best year in our history in terms of financial performance, thanks to the superb execution and efforts of our teams across the firm,” said David Pfeffer, Chief Financial Officer, OppenheimerFunds. “I am so proud of our employees for stepping up and leading in their communities. The generous contributions by our colleagues through this expanded gift matching and grant programs will have a remarkable impact for years to come.”

Throughout its 60 years, OppenheimerFunds has taken an active, hands-on approach to helping communities, supporting a range of programs and organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. Its flagship program, 10,000 Kids by 2020, launched in 2016 to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm delivered early on its goal, completing outreach to 10,000 children across its office location cities by April 2019, which is Financial Literacy Month. To achieve this objective, OppenheimerFunds worked closely with the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), for which it is an inaugural donor, as well as public schools and nonprofit organizations such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The firm also has a track record of global charitable engagement. For example, it has recently worked with organizations including MATHSWORLDUK, Common Impact and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provide impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills-based volunteer programs. Over the years, 15 OppenheimerFunds teams participated with CCS serving children abroad, most recently conducting vision tests and building out a computer lab.

Additionally over the last eight years at the firm’s Distribution Symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm's Distribution team, OppenheimerFunds made donations and volunteered with nonprofits across the country to curate murals for hospital walls; refurbish local school facilities; assemble and donate backpacks to troops; construct bicycles, wheelchairs and toddler beds; assemble care packages, school backpacks, meal kits and hygiene kits for families recovering from natural disasters; and more. Teams also helped build model solar cars and robotics to reinforce STEM skills with children of local Boys & Girls Clubs.

As previously announced, Invesco will acquire OppenheimerFunds from Oppenheimer’s parent company MassMutual, with the transaction expected to close during the second quarter of 2019.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors, and including its subsidiaries, manages more than $230 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of March 29, 2019.  

OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG. The firm is a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, while OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative, 10,000 Kids, which introduces children to math literacy programs.  

For more information about OppenheimerFunds:

Web: oppenheimerfunds.com
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Podcasts: oppenheimerfunds.com/advisors/podcasts

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Before investing in any of the Oppenheimer funds, investors should carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds, and may be obtained by asking your financial advisor, visiting oppenheimerfunds.com or calling 1.800.CALL OPP (225.5677). Read prospectuses and summary prospectuses carefully before investing. 

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Smithfield Foods Makes Sizable Donation to Support STEAM Education in Rural Communities

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:42pm

 The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a $350,000 donation to FUSE Studios, a high-quality and results-driven educational program piloted through Northwestern University that aims to transform science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning in schools across America. Smithfield’s substantial contribution to FUSE is part of the company’s recently announced charitable grant programthat aims to address the unique needs of Smithfield’s local communities. The company’s donation will support 20 new FUSE Studios in participating school districts throughout the Midwest and North Carolina beginning in Fall 2020. 

“At Smithfield, we firmly believe in the power of education to transform communities,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are pleased to support FUSE’s efforts to open new learning studios in the communities we call home to facilitate new interests and help develop students for the 21st century.”

Students taking part in FUSE programs are impacted beyond the learning studio where their developing skills and abilities are transferred into their work and classroom environments. Program participants also experience an environment with abundant peer support, encouraging the development of necessary ‘non-cognitive’ skills, such as problem-solving, persistence, and working together.

“We are thrilled by Smithfield’s generous support, and are encouraged by their dedication to ensuring their communities have access to quality educational programs,” said Henry Mann, FUSE program director. “With this grant, we are able to bring engaging STEAM education into schools that will provide a great benefit to both students and the community as a whole. Our innovative approach will give students access to a diverse suite of challenges to ignite creativity, collaboration, and discovery through tasks not found in a typical classroom setting.”

The new FUSE studios will launch in Fall 2020. For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.

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

About FUSE 
FUSE is a STEAM (STEM plus Arts) education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through making, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence and communication. Learn more at www.fusestudio.net.


Fisk Johnson Raises Awareness of Deforestation, Continuing Longstanding Commitment to Global Forest Protection

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 10:42am

Forest protection has been a focus for SC Johnson for generations. Now, the company's Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, is shining a spotlight on the topic in his ongoing effort to raise awareness of global environmental issues like deforestation and ocean plastic.

Johnson recently visited areas impacted by illegal deforestation with longtime partner Conservation International (CI), and confirmed the company's pledge to source 100% of its natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020. Since then he's shared videos about forest protection and sustainable farming methods, bringing millions of views and ongoing dialogue to this topic.

"When you see the devastation of deforestation firsthand, it's very powerful. I wanted to share that experience so more people can see and understand the impact," Johnson said. "Human well-being depends on healthy forests for clean water, food security, carbon capture and other benefits. It's critical that governments, NGOs, companies and citizens keep fighting to protect them. It’s great to see the work CI is doing to lead this charge.”

A Legacy of Environmental Protection

Johnson's grandfather, H.F. Johnson, Jr., visited Brazil in 1935, beginning the company’s longstanding dedication to global forest protection. The company operated a research center in Brazil for decades, cultivating thousands of carnaúba specimens that laid the groundwork for years of continuing research and preservation. The facility was donated to the Escola de Agronomic of the University of Ceará in 1970 so study could continue.

Sam Johnson, the company's fourth-generation leader, led the protection of two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s, and the creation of The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga Association, a group dedicated to studying and protecting the region's environmental landscape. SC Johnson also donated 18,000 acres of Caatinga land for conservation.

Since 2001, led by Fisk Johnson, the company has undertaken numerous forest protection programs through an ongoing partnership with CI. Through SC Johnson's work with and contributions to CI, more than 100,000 acres of tropical forest have been conserved — much of it in the Amazon region.

“Environmental protection is prioritized in all aspects of our business and we’re always looking at ways to protect the Earth’s critical resources for generations to come,” Johnson said. “Currently we source 90% of our raw materials from sustainably managed forests, and committing to making that 100% by 2020 is a natural evolution in advancing this work.”

For more information and supporting multimedia assets, visit https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8519251-sc-johnson-deforestation/


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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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

Keep America Beautiful Rallies Grassroots Volunteers for Great American Cleanup ‘Earth Week’ Events Nationwide

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 1:35pm

The week surrounding the 2019 Earth Day (April 22) has been a focus of activity during the annual Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup®, as the national community improvement nonprofit rallies volunteers at cleanup and green-up events across America. Thousands of events have unfolded from coast to coast prior to Earth Day and hundreds more are scheduled for the weekend of April 27-28, and throughout the remainder of the spring Great American Cleanup program period.

Prior to and on Earth Day, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego marked the 10th anniversary of Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s Earth Day Phoenix, joining KPB’s President Tom Waldeck for a ceremonial tree planting. Keep Austin Beautiful Day, a county-wide day of service, spanned more than 100 sites in the greater Austin area. More than 200 volunteers from local companies worked with Keep Massachusetts Beautiful on a Boston Earth Day cleanup. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Green Philly were joined by former Philadelphia Eagles’ star Connor Barwin and a host of volunteers to clean up Smith Playground in South Philadelphia. Nearly 2,000 volunteers joined Jersey City, New Jersey, Mayor Steven Fulop for the 4th annual Jersey City Cleanup on April 13.

“Many hands can make a sizable impact on a local level. Volunteering for the Great American Cleanup is a great way to become a community changemaker,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We all play a vital role in creating more socially connected places to live. If you haven’t yet participated in a Great American Cleanup event, Keep America Beautiful Month is a great time of year to help make your neighborhood cleaner, greener and more beautiful.”

Keep America Beautiful, with the support of its affiliates and their volunteers, social and civic service organizations, municipalities and government officials, and Great American Cleanup national sponsors will surpass many of the achievements of last year’s 20th anniversary Great American Cleanup, including 68 million pounds of recyclables collected; 24.7 million pounds of litter collected; 9.4 million volunteer hours logged; more than 55,400 miles of roads, shorelines and waterways improved and beautified; and nearly 21,300 public spaces cleaned.

Local hands-on volunteer events and education programs will renew public parks, trails and recreation areas; clean, enhance and protect shorelines, beaches and waterways; remove litter and debris from roadways, storm drains and public spaces; reduce waste and improve recycling; and plant trees, flowers and community gardens.

Here is a snapshot of Great American Cleanup events taking place this Earth Week and beyond:

  • Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful: More than 40 events are slated for April 27-28 throughout Palm Beach County, Florida, for a variety of activities, including waterway and beach cleanups, native planting activities, park and garden cleanups, and much more. Locations and times here.

  • Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is hosting the 5th annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands on April 27. As part of an ongoing partnership with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, this program seeks to promote the ongoing stewardship of Gwinnett’s wetlands and water resources. Volunteer information here.

  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, in Reno, Nevada, will conduct its Great Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, focusing on the cleanup of illegal dump sites in the open spaces surrounding the Truckee Meadows.

  • I Love A Clean San Diego: Join ILACSD on Saturday, April 27, as its volunteers beautify 100 sites in San Diego County during the 17th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Last year, nearly 6,500 volunteers successfully removed more than 145,000 pounds of litter and debris. Registration here.

  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful: The BIG Clean MKE community-wide cleanup day takes place throughout Milwaukee on April 27. Check the KGMB volunteer calendar for times and locations.

  • Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: Join Keep Cincinnati Beautiful us for its spring Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) cleanup on April 27! The NEP is a 90-day collaborative effort between the City of Cincinnati, neighborhood residents and community organizations. Volunteer details here.

  • Keep Virginia Beautiful: Keep Virginia Beautiful, in partnership with askHRgreen.org, is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to transform local parks, waterways, and neighborhoods across all 17 cities and counties in Hampton Roads on May 3-4.

  • Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful: The “Placemaking in Riverside” Community Cleanup takes place on Saturday, May 11, throughout the city with a volunteer recognition lunch to follow.

National sponsors of the 2019 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup include the Altria Group, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation and Sazerac Company.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.


Larry Kaufman +1 (203) 659-0314 lkaufman@kab.org Keep America Beautiful

Smithfield Foods and RAE Partner to Produce Renewable Energy while Restoring Missouri’s Natural Environment

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 1:35pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. This partnership converts manure collected from Smithfield farms into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Once complete, all Smithfield company-owned finishing farms in Missouri will have the infrastructure to produce RNG, resulting in approximately 1.3 million dekatherms of RNG annually, which is the equivalent to eliminating 130,000 gasoline vehicles.

“This joint venture represents our continued commitment to doing business in a way that is good for our planet and its people,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “This innovative collaboration creates value for our company and our partners, and benefits the environment as we work to feed the world’s growing population.”

Monarch Bioenergy builds upon the successful first phase of Smithfield and RAE’s groundbreaking “manure-to-energy” project across nine Smithfield farms in northern Missouri, which is the largest project of its kind. This joint venture will install and utilize infrastructure on Smithfield farms in Missouri to capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into pipeline-quality natural gas, which will be distributed to RNG markets across the country.

The biogas created by Monarch Bioenergy is transported through a gas gathering network and purified in a centrally located gas cleaning system designed and installed by RAE. This project produces biogas that has received the lowest carbon intensity score ever recorded. Biogas with low carbon intensity, such as that created by Monarch Bioenergy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and achieves air quality benefits.  

Monarch Bioenergy will also sustainably harvest native prairie plants and cover crops that have been restored on highly-erodible lands. The biomass will be digested to produce additional RNG in Missouri. This project leverages harvested prairie plants to create biomass for RNG production while also providing wildlife habitat for monarch butterflies. These are critical components of Smithfield and RAE’s holistic vision for creating renewable energy in a way that wisely utilizes land resources, prevents fertilizer runoff into watersheds, improves soil organic matter, and cools the atmosphere through natural transpiration while creating critical new wildlife and pollinator habitat.

“From their leadership in creating renewable energy and in conservation, Smithfield is changing what it means to be a food company,” said Rudi Roeslein, president of RAE. “Smithfield’s willingness to embrace the power of prairie proves the industry can play a meaningful role in seizing the economic benefits of conservation.”

Commitment to Sustainability

This joint venture helps both Smithfield and RAE meet their companywide sustainability goals. Monarch Bioenergy is supporting RAE’s goal to restore 30 million acres of land to native prairie plants strategically located around waterways, streams, rivers and highly erodible lands. Sustainable prairie plants have a valuable ecological, economic, social and environmental impact on our environment.

“We are extremely grateful that Smithfield is committed to this vision. It begins with converting methane from hog manure to renewable natural gas. But that’s the tip of the iceberg. We hope to show the agriculture community, with the help of our joint venture partner Smithfield, how to take all these steps and make an enormous impact for energy, the environment, and wildlife,” Roeslein said.

This project is implementing technologies to allow smaller-scale operations to implement “manure-to-energy” projects, supplemented with cover crop and native prairie biomass, to reap economic and environmental benefits. The standardized gas purification systems will be scalable, able to accommodate small to medium-sized finishing farms, and allow for incremental increases as farms grow or harvest more biomass to supplement manure.

Monarch Bioenergy is also part of Smithfield Renewables, Smithfield’s platform to unify and accelerate its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. Launched in 2016, Smithfield Renewables helps the company meet its industry-leading goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025. In addition to renewable energy projects, Smithfield is implementing a variety of projects across its supply chain to support its carbon reduction efforts. To learn more about Smithfield’s carbon reduction efforts, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/environment.

About Smithfield Foods

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

About Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) is the owner, operator and developer of renewable energy production facilities that convert agricultural and industrial wastes, along with renewable biomass feedstocks to renewable natural gas and sustainable co-products. RAE engages in these business operations with a focus on incorporating native prairie restoration. RAE is a limited liability company with its principal offices located in St. Louis, Missouri. RAE was launched in 2012 by Rudi Roeslein, co-founder and CEO of St. Louis-based Roeslein and Associates, Inc. (a global leader in engineering, modular fabrication, and construction of industrial plant facilities).

SC Johnson Canada Named One of 2019 Best Workplaces

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:35am

SC Johnson Canada today announces it has been ranked No. 49 on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. This marks the 12th time the Canada operation has been recognized on the annual Best Workplace list of large and multinational workplaces in Canada, with more than 1,000 employees working in Canada or worldwide.

“This recognition reflects the SC Johnson Canada team’s continuing efforts to create a workplace where respect and collaboration drive a high-performing culture,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

The Canada team joins SC Johnson Central America, Italy, Greece and Switzerland on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces. Their awards and placement in the rankings are determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies. The Canada operation was recognized for its high levels of trust and camaraderie.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 30 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

This year, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This honor marks the 14th time the company has earned a perfect score and its 17th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.


SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

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®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 133-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

World Malaria Day: Refocusing Strategies to Eliminate Malaria

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 1:31pm

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) suffers by far the greatest malaria burden worldwide; malaria is so common in SSA that the average person sees it as an inevitable part of their existence, and the statistics are as stark as they come.

According to the 2018 World Malaria Report, the global response to malaria has stalled, and we’re at risk of losing some of the gains made in the last two decades. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), is worried about our ability to achieve two critical 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030; reducing malaria case incidence and death rates by at least 40% from 2015 levels. He clearly stated that “we are off course.”

The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 435,000 in 2017, and SSA accounted for 93% (404,550) of global malaria deaths. Of all countries burdened by malaria, Nigeria has the highest percentage, bearing 19% (82,650) of malaria deaths worldwide. Children under five years old are the most vulnerable, accounting for 61% (266,000) of the global malaria deaths. This is sad and unacceptable!

Malaria is also bad for business. Malaria is responsible for decreased productivity, employee absenteeism and increased healthcare spending. It’s not only businesses that lose; families lose and governments lose too.

Despite a leveling-off in progress since 2015, the global malaria response is in a much better place than it was at the start of the 21st century. Although Africa accounted for 93% of the global malaria deaths in 2017, we should also note that malaria interventions and investments resulted in 172,000 fewer malaria deaths globally, and 88% of these prevented cases were in Africa.

There are numerous challenges that we must confront on the road to elimination of malaria, including inadequate international and domestic funding, continued and/or increasing parasitic resistance to antimalarial drugs and mosquito resistance to insecticides.

Since 2006, GBCHealth’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) has served as a platform to channel the collective force of the private sector in driving partnerships that are impacting malaria control and elimination in Africa. Overall its goal is to build country-level capacity for effective malaria control and eventual elimination, which it accomplishes by helping companies to establish and refine workplace policies and conditions, as well as through its programmatic outreach into communities, in collaboration with local, regional and national governments.

The assets of the private sector are a valuable resource in the fight against malaria. CAMA’s work focuses on advocacy for better efforts against malaria, sharing best practices through case studies, briefings, leadership forums, etc., and creating partnerships towards malaria control and elimination in Africa.

CAMA members are front-runners in the fight against malaria and represent a variety of industries such as oil and gas, banking, construction, beverages and more. Collectively, CAMA and its members are developing and scaling-up workplace and community initiatives, identifying needs and gaps in-country, and mobilizing business contributions to address these gaps as well as working with the National Malaria Control Programs and other key stakeholders. They have also helped to create evidence-based tools to enable companies to better manage and monitor workplace and community malaria programs.

CAMA and its members’ activities and commitments span the full spectrum of public health interventions: product development to address prevention and resistance, implementation of mosquito control measures (e.g. interior and exterior spraying, stagnant water control), access to information and treatment for employees and communities, collaboration on policy frameworks and making investments.

WHO calls for the adoption of a “high burden high impact” model towards the elimination of malaria, which emphasizes increased political will, funding (particularly domestic funding) and better targeting of available resources.

Building on the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day–“Zero Malaria Starts with Me”–CAMA members and leadership are calling on all stakeholders in the global health community to redouble their efforts, resources and commitment to saving millions of additional lives, and helping communities and economies to thrive, by ending malaria.

A forward thrust in malaria control and elimination is possible through evolved strategies, new tools, increased funding, and investment in a robust health system that delivers quality healthcare and sustainable partnerships across private and public sector organizations. Let us do this together!

The Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is a unique coalition of companies from various industries, all with business interests in Africa. A GBCHealth-led initiative, CAMA channels the collective force and voice of the private sector to drive impactful partnerships for malaria control and elimination in Africa from workplaces to region-wide initiatives. For more information on the activities of CAMA and membership enquiries, visit www.gbchealth.org or email okeyamo@gbchealth.org.

NRG Energy’s 2018 Sustainability Report Showcases 37% Reduction in Carbon Emissions

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today released its 2018 Sustainability Report, providing an update on the Company’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. NRG demonstrated advancement across all of its previously announced sustainability initiatives, including a 37% reduction in carbon emissions, marking significant progress towards its science-based target of reducing emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2014 baseline.

Other notable achievements included in the report:

  • Best safety year on record

  • Launching an innovative renewable purchasing product, Renewable Select

  • More than 16,000 Employee Volunteer Hours

  • Reached leadership level of “A-“ in CDP climate scoring

“Addressing climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation.” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “By making significant progress across our sustainability priorities and providing our customers with solutions to achieve their goals, we’re delivering a more sustainable energy future.”

This report continues NRG’s commitment to leading in transparency by using the best available standards and frameworks, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD.)

Read the full report at: www.nrg.com/sustainability

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About NRG

At NRG, we’re redefining power by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We create value by generating electricity and serving nearly 3 million residential and commercial customers through our portfolio of retail electricity brands. A Fortune 500 company, NRG delivers customer-focused solutions for managing electricity, while enhancing energy choice and working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy, @nrginsight.

Candice Adams
Corporate Communications
NRG Energy
(609) 524-5428

Timberland 2018 CSR Report Shows Steady Progress Toward 2020 Sustainability Goals

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

On the heels of Earth Day, global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today releases its 2018 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, showing steady progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals in support of three key pillars: better product, a greener world and stronger communities.

The brand also announced it reached one of its key sustainability goals two years early – to plant 10 million trees by 2020. Timberland has a longstanding commitment to tree planting, with more than 10.2 million trees planted worldwide since 2001, and is now working to set aggressive new targets for its next reporting cycle.  

“At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that business can and should be a force for positive change, and that a greener future is a better future,” said Jim Pisani, global brand president, Timberland. “We’re very pleased with the progress we made in 2018, and hitting our tree planting goal two years early. But that doesn’t mean we’ll rest on our laurels. In fact, it only energizes us to think about how we can make an even bigger positive impact in the future. And we see trees playing a crucial role.”

Highlights of Timberland’s progress and opportunities in 2018 include: 

Better Product

  • Timberland set a goal for 100 percent of the cotton used in its apparel to come from organic, U.S.-origin or Better Cotton Initiative-certified sources by 2020. In 2018, the brand achieved 75 percent, a slight decrease from 2017 (81 percent) due to the addition of a new sock licensee, which is phasing into Timberland’s requirements.  For its own direct-sourced apparel, which accounts for more than 89 percent of all Timberland cotton sourced during the year, the brand climbed to 99 percent, nearly reaching its 2020 goal.

  • Timberland continued its work with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Haiti to bring cotton back as an export crop for the country. The SFA planted its first commercial crop in 30 years in August 2018, and Timberland has committed to purchase up to one-third of its global cotton supply from the SFA, once sufficient volume and price and quality requirements are achieved.

  • Sixty-nine percent of all Timberland® footwear shipped in 2018 contained major components (e.g., uppers, linings, outsoles) with at least 10 percent recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) content, up slightly from 67 percent last year. The company is working hard to reach its goal of 100 percent by 2020, by requiring all new footwear styles to incorporate ROR materials and re-visiting key carryover collections. 

  • In 2018, Timberland incorporated over 717,519 pounds of recycled PET – the brand’s largest source of ROR materials – into its footwear. To date, Timberland has given the equivalent of over 345 million plastic bottles new life in its shoes.

  • Timberland sourced 99 percent of its footwear leather, and 96 percent of its leather overall (including apparel and accessories) from tanneries that are rated gold or silver by the Leather Working Group, for environmental best practices. The brand’s goal is to achieve 100 percent by 2020.  

  • The brand reported relatively flat data versus 2017 for the use of VOCs in its footwear production (53 grams/pair in 2018 vs. 51 grams/pair in 2017), against a 2020 goal of 42 grams/pair. Timberland also held steady in its efforts to fully eliminate PVC from its products, coming in at 97 percent PVC-free for 2018, with a 2020 goal of 100 percent.

Greener World

  • Timberland planted a total of 285,887 trees in 2018, for a total of 10,275,707 to date and achieving its 2020 goal of 10 million trees two years ahead of schedule. Timberland is now working to set aggressive new tree planting targets for its next reporting cycle. 

  • In addition to its own tree planting efforts, Timberland continues to partner with the SFA to bring cotton farming back to Haiti after a 30-year hiatus, while at the same time planting millions more trees through the innovative agroforestry model they developed together.

  • In 2018, Timberland continued its urban greening commitment around the world. In the US, the brand teamed up with the Student Conversation Association to create or restore 73,000 square feet of green space in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In Europe, Timberland supported 14 projects to create, maintain or restore urban green spaces, focused on increasing access for youth, through its My Play Green program. And in China, the brand planted more than 53,000 trees in the Horqin Desert, as part of an 18-year commitment to help fight the effects of deforestation and desertification in this region.  

Stronger Communities

  • In 2018, Timberland employees worldwide served 56,211 community service hours, a slight increase over 2017. Fifty-two percent of Timberland employees served in the community at least once, up significantly from 42 percent in 2017. The company remains committed to create more opportunities and projects to engage employees at all of its locations to reach its goal of 80 percent engagement (at least one hour served per employee) by 2020.

  • Timberland’s manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic once again led the way with 15,411 hours.

About Timberland 

Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – to make things better for its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a VF Corporation brand, please visit timberland.com @timberland.

ClimateCare Wins Second Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:29am

Climate and Sustainable Development expert ClimateCare has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise – for ‘exceptional contributions to sustainable development.’ It is one of just six organisations across the UK to win an award in this category.

ClimateCare, the number one ranked B Corp in the UK, has reduced carbon emissions by 33 million tonnes and improved 34 million lives, delivering $10.6 billion of value for people and the planet.

ClimateCare’s trademark Climate+Care approach to cutting carbon and improving lives is attracting an increasing number of long term private and public sector clients, who want to turn their climate responsibilities into positive actions.  

Today ClimateCare announces stretching new targets to scale action even faster – aiming to cut 50 million tonnes of CO2 and improve 50 million lives by 2025.

To achieve this goal the organisation is expanding fast, welcoming new partners from across sectors.

To support this expansion, ClimateCare has appointed a new CEO, Vaughan Lindsay, with a long track record leading and accelerating growth in profit with purpose companies. Vaughan joins ClimateCare from Leapfrog Investments, a leading Impact Investment Fund reaching over 167 million people in over 33 countries and with over $1bn assets under management. Vaughan will work alongside Director Edward Hanrahan to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth

Edward Hanrahan said:

“Earning a second Queen’s Award is a great achievement and a testament to the hard work that the team has put in over the last four years. The world is just starting to wake up to the scale of the challenge ahead of us - there is so much more to do, and we are constantly looking for new ways to increase the scale of our climate impact, whilst always considering the related issues of development and biodiversity. I’m delighted that Vaughan has joined us at this pivotal time. With his experience in leading profit with purpose organisations, we will increase the speed and scale of our impact and be able to go further, faster.”

Vaughan Lindsay said:

“I’m thrilled to join such an inspirational team that is delivering real results for people and the planet. ClimateCare’s achievements to date are an example of what a true Impact business can deliver – at scale. I look forward to helping lead the expert team and encouraging more organisations – both private and public sector to join us as we tackle climate change in a way that makes long term, sustainable business sense.”


Notes to editors

ClimateCare is a profit with purpose business which works with forward-thinking organisations to help turn their climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. Since 1997, ClimateCare and its partners have cut over 32.6 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved quality of life for more than 33.5 million people around the world.

We have more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the global carbon markets and climate change sector. We work with major public and private sector clients to fund sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions at scale, measurably increase quality of life and deliver towards the UN Global Goals. ClimateCare also advises on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation subjects, from large scale implementation to national climate change policies.

ClimateCare’s award-winning team use their extensive experience to design, structure finance for and deliver impactful projects around the world.

ClimateCare develops cost-efficient, high impact, Climate+Care programmes to tackle poverty, improve health, and protect the environment.

ClimateCare is currently ranked the number one B Corp in the UK – B Corp is a global movement of more than 2,500 purpose-driven companies that are using business as a force for good. ClimateCare operates globally from offices in Oxford, UK, Kenya and India.

Find out more at www.climatecare.org

Follow ClimateCare on twitter: @ClimateCare 

Press enquiries and image requests

Please contact: Rachael Treharne, ClimateCare

Tel: +44 (0)1865 591000

Email: rachael.treharne@climatecare.org

Get the Recognition You Deserve at Ethical Corporation’s Global Awards 2019

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:29am

Back for the 10th year running, Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2019 are the world’s leading awards ceremony celebrating responsible business excellence.

This is your opportunity to be acknowledged as a leader in the world of responsible business.

Being a truly international competition, the Awards welcome nominees from all over the world. They recognise genuine, truly innovative and meaningful approaches to making responsible business a reality – a perfect reward for all your team's hard work and achievements. 

As always, the awards categories are geared to rewarding the leading sustainable corporate brands from around the globe. The full list of the 2019 categories can be accessed in our nominations pack.

Why should you enter this year's Awards?

  • Bring awareness to your recent ground-breaking sustainability initiative

  • Enhance your corporate reputation and build trust with key stakeholders

  • Showcase your sustainability commitments and values

  • Benchmark your performance with 250+ world’s leading corporate brands

  • Reward your team for their hard work and make them proud employees

Past winners include; Kimberly Clark, Unilever, RBS, Novartis, EDG Energy, Tesco, GSK, Garanti Bank, ABN Amro, DSM, LIXIL, Ulula and more. Entries are welcome from around the world and from any organisation! 

Key Dates for your diary:

  • Nominations Close: 3rd June

  • Finalists Announcement: 24th June

  • Awards Ceremony: 2nd October, 8 Northumberland Avenue London

Take a look at the Awards Entry Pack here to get a full overview of the categories and the associated benefits.

Krina Amin
Head of Strategy
Ethical Corporation

What Works in Employee Financial Wellness Programs

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 7:29am

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a webinar on financial wellness programs (FWP) and learn how your business can benefit by creating or expanding your FWP for your employees.

Nearly a quarter of America’s workers deem their financial stress as high or overwhelming, and about 40 percent of workers report they have more financial strain now, than at the beginning of the Great Recession. Employees’ financial stresses manifest themselves at work, resulting in absenteeism and lower productivity. Employers are recognizing the need to implement a FWP for their workforce and the number and sophistication of workplace FWPs has increased since the Great Recession. Employers now face an abundance of options and little objective guidance on how to choose the right program. This webinar will help employers of ranging industries, sizes, backgrounds and interests to learn about workplace FWPs and receive the tools and resources needed to introduce one to your employees. 

Register and learn more here: https://goo.gl/Ry6kS4


NHBSR's 2019 Spring Conference