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Benevity Announces Steven Woods as Incoming Chief Technology Officer

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 8:42am

Benevity, Inc., the leading global provider of corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, today announced that Steven Woods will be joining the executive team as Chief Technology Officer, effective June 1, 2020. Steven will be based in Toronto leading a technology team of more than 200 development, product management, analytics and enterprise platform professionals that spans Benevity’s Calgary, Victoria and Toronto offices.

Passionate about innovation, SaaS and machine learning, Steven brings over 20 years of executive experience in developing proven ideas into mass-market products that can be delivered at scale. As co-founder and CTO at Eloqua, a leading marketing automation platform, Steven led the technology operations for 14 years as the company grew to more than $100 million in annual revenue, an IPO on the NASDAQ and its ultimate acquisition by Oracle.

As the author of a book called "Digital Body Language", Steven’s understanding and deciphering of online user intention will help advance Benevity’s suite of consumer solutions as well as drive greater success in its existing client base of more than 600 companies who use Benevity to power their corporate purpose programs related to employee engagement and community investment. Most recently, his six-plus years as co-founder and CTO at Nudge.ai, an autonomous deal intelligence layer for CRM, will be key to Benevity’s ability to serve personalized content and experiences to its users, leading to better business and social outcomes for Benevity’s corporate clients.

“We are excited to welcome Steven to the Benevity executive team,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “Steve is a seasoned CTO who is not only a brilliant technologist but has also managed successfully through the growth and maturation stages of SaaS companies that will be valuable to Benevity as we continue to scale and innovate our market-leading products and technology. ”

“I am delighted at the opportunity to join Benevity and quite literally put my passion, skills and experience to good use serving humanity,” said Steven Woods. “Over the past few years, it’s been made abundantly clear why companies should be prioritizing purpose alongside profit. As this concept mainstreams, I look forward to contributing my skills in helping Benevity continue to drive market leadership and growth, while helping the company realize its moonshot of ‘infusing a culture of Goodness into the world.’”

Benevity’s announcement of a new CTO is the latest in a series of senior technology hires, including VP Engineering John Mortimer who joined the team September 2019 and VP Product Grant Bryce who started November 2019. Interim CTO Jason Becker – who ably occupied the role for several months during the search - will be staying on with the company to fulfill his role as VP Architecture.

In October 2019, Benevity announced $40M in Series C Funding from General Atlantic and JMI Equity to accelerate the company’s ability to bring increased scale, automation, integration and efficiency to the corporate purpose sector.

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, community investment and purpose driven actions. A finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards, 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 12 million users around the world, Benevity has processed more than 4 billion dollars in donations and 23 million hours of volunteering time and awarded 974,000 grants to 230,000 charities worldwide.

Nonprofits Are Responding to COVID-19 and They Need Your Help

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 5:41pm

Companies around the world are taking steps to act responsibly in their reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, and non-profit organizations are no exception.

Indeed, non-profits in healthcare, food access, humanitarian relief, kids/youth and those serving the creative community have all rallied around making a difference during the pandemic. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the non-profits that have programs specific to COVID-19, and how you can help.

I. Healthcare

Direct Relief

Direct Relief is working to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible. The organization has been coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofits and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus.

Click here to learn more and donate to Direct Relief’s efforts.

Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort with a range of partners, to support countries in preventing, detecting, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO tracks the spread of the virus to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.

Click here to learn more and donate to WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund.

Give 2 Asia

Give 2 Asia is an Asia-Pacific nonprofit that is supporting frontline health workers and national public health priorities. The organization has been raising funds to slow the spread of the virus, and has been busy driving donations via public health messaging campaigns. Give 2 Asia is committed to raising funds to prepare health workers and communities to fight this and future epidemics.

Click here to learn more and donate to Give 2 Asia.

International Medical Corps UK

Working with the WHO, International Medical Corps is leveraging its relationships with local and national ministries of health globally to provide expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services. The organization is committed to ensuring that at-risk countries and regions are able to prepare for and respond to potential outbreaks of coronavirus. Priority response activities include personal protective equipment, deployment of screening and triage stations, case management, community outreach and engagement and an epidemic response team.

Click here to learn more and to donate to International Medical Corps.

CDC Foundation

Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through its Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet fast-emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.

Click here to learn more and to donate to the CDC Foundation.

II. Food Access

Feeding America

Feeding America has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund, a national food- and fund-raising effort to support people facing hunger and the food banks that help them. The organization is partnering with school districts and local government agencies to ensure that the 22 million children who rely on school meals everyday have access to food outside of the classroom. Feeding America has built an inventory of emergency food boxes to distribute to food banks across the country as the need for food assistance increases. It is also providing emergency grants to food banks to support local response efforts.

Click here to learn more and to donate Feeding America.

Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra is an India-based nonprofit that has launched the COVID-19 Relief Feeding Program to support the needy with cooked meals and groceries. At the time this article was written, the organization had already served more than 92 million cooked meals and distributed more than 3 million grocery kits throughout India.

Click here to learn more and to donate to Akshaya Patra.

United National World Food Program

Even when supply chains break, people still need food to survive. As the COVID-19 pandemic causes border closures, travel restrictions and supply chain complexities, the World Food Programme (WFP) is on a mission to find ways to continue saving and changing the lives of the most vulnerable. The organization’s experience and expertise in emergency response, logistics and supply chain, emergency telecommunications, nutrition and other key areas, means they are ready to help through this unprecedented crisis.

Click here to learn more and to donate to WFP.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry is using donations large and small to support kids who are struggling. The organization has already distributed $7.5 million in emergency grant funding to schools and community groups across the U.S. feeding children during the pandemic. With the help of these grants, programs plan to serve 2.95 million healthy meals a day during this crisis.

Click here to learn more and donate to No Kid Hungry.

III. Relief/Humanitarian

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is working in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. Patients who have fully recovered following a COVID-19 diagnosis may have antibodies in their plasma that can help those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Donations to the American Red Cross also fund shelter, meals, relief items, health and mental health services and spiritual care, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more and donate to the American Red Cross.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

SVCF is leading multiple efforts with San Francisco Bay Area philanthropic, government and corporate partners to protect public health and assist those affected by the disease and its impact. These responses include support for: (1) low-income individuals and families who are most severely affected, (2) nonprofit organizations whose operations are being affected, and (3) small businesses with employees at risk for lost wages.

Click here to learn more and donate to SVCF.

HelpAge India

HelpAge India is committed to helping the elders, homeless and migrant daily wage laborers in India who are facing their toughest times amid COVID-19. The organization is now preparing Family Survival Kits, which include basic rations such as rice, wheat, spices, cooking oil, as well as Coronavirus protective gear like masks, bathing and washing soaps. The organization is also providing free meals to the homeless.

Click here to learn more and donate to HelpAge India.

Action Aid

Action Aid is committed to easing the humanitarian crisis caused by the spread of Coronavirus. The organization provides dry food rations to people every day and also provides facilities with Sanitation kits. The organization is also committed to spreading awareness of COVID-19 to individuals, with support materials to individuals. It has responded in 21 states and 171 districts across India thus far.

Click here to learn more and donate to Action Aid.

IV. Kids/Youth

Save the Children UK

Save the children UK is helping families globally in refugee camps, war zones, and urban slums, who will struggle to cope if coronavirus hits hard. The organization is working to put measures in place to prevent infection – especially in areas where it’s virtually impossible to practice social distancing and safe hand-washing. The organization is helping with vital training of health care workers and community sensitization, as well as providing protective equipment, medical supplies and more in areas where cases are high. The organization is also raising funds to help children learn remotely, getting books and educational resources to the poorest of families, and supporting children to return to school when it is safe.

Click here to learn more and donate to Save the Children UK.

UNICEF Australia

UNICEF Australia is committed to supporting children and families affected by coronavirus in Australia. The organization is asking for donations to help support infection prevention and control, delivery of protective equipment, risk communication and community engagement, and more.

Click here to learn more and donate to UNICEF Australia.

Teach for America

Teach for America is providing resources to support students and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The organization is providing teachers with free training to help them with remote learning, and they are also providing resources and plans for school and district leaders who are managing school closures. The organization is advocating to raise funds for vulnerable students and communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Click here to learn more and to donate to Teach for America.

V. Creative Community


CERF+ is a critical safety-net for artists who contract the coronavirus. In order to address the anticipated increase in requests for assistance, the organization established the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund is designed to provide artists with the resources and information they need to sustain their careers and navigate these times.

Click here to learn more and to donate to CERF+.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is committed to helping both individual artists as well as arts organizations, and has rolled out a new resource center to provide the community a one-stop-shop for navigating information more quickly. Artists can find Federal Relief Information, helpful webinars and other resources, while organizations can learn about relief funds, get access to impact surveys, articles and news that put the crisis into context.

Click here to learn more and to donate to Americans for the Arts.

The Safety Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a non-profit designed to support artists in the San Francisco Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. This fund offers grants to artists, with no expectation of repayment, to help provide direct monetary support through this crisis.

Click here to learn more and to donate to The Safety New Fund.

Aramark Salutes America’s Healthcare Heroes

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:41pm

As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Aramark salutes the strength and courage of frontline medical professionals. In recognition of their tireless efforts and in celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16), Aramark has made a donation to the American Red Cross Coronavirus Outbreak Fund in their honor.

Across the country, hospitals and healthcare systems are the epicenters in the battle against the coronavirus, and Aramark has been proudly supporting the needs of frontline workers in critical areas such as food nutrition services, environmental services, and facilities management.

“We thank the doctors, nurses and all the dedicated healthcare heroes for keeping us healthy and safe, not just during this public health crisis, but every day,” said John Zillmer, Aramark’s Chief Executive Officer. “Aramark is proud to stand with you and to help our healthcare partners rapidly respond to the critical needs created by COVID-19.”

The Road to a Vaccine, Ep. 4: What Doctors on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Are Now Saying About the Virus

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:41pm

This new eight-episode educational video series will examine the latest efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and break down the complex process of developing a vaccine.

Each week our host Lisa Ling will talk to leading scientists and researchers, healthcare workers on the front lines and public health experts around the world working collaboratively to help bring an end to the deadly pandemic.

This week in Episode 4, host Lisa Ling speaks with Dr. Adaora Okoli, an internal resident physician at the Tulane University School of Medicine, about how she contracted Ebola in Nigeria—and recovered—and how she stays positive while treating COVID-19 patients in New Orleans. Renowned epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant discusses what it was like to help eradicate smallpox, and why testing is so important during the current crisis.

Also, vaccine scientist Dr. Johan Van Hoof helps us separate fact from fiction around the question: How long could the immunity provided by a potential vaccine last? Finally, Dr. Ed Kuffner, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and Dr. Caleb Hernandez, a board certified emergency medicine physician and founder of Certa Dose, talk about volunteering in the COVID-19 trenches at a Brooklyn hospital.

Tune in live at 12 pm EDT Tuesdays on JNJ.comFacebookLinkedIn or Twitter. Come back to this page at any time to watch a replay.

The Corporate Citizenship Imperative During Crisis

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 11:41am

Originally published by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in early January 2020, organizations have stepped up to support first responders and health professionals, remove barriers to health care, and provide products and services to employees, customers, and others who need them most. Among them on the frontlines, FedEx has responded to the call for social responsibility in the time of need.

FedEx is using its strongest capabilities to meet critical demands during the crisis—its logistics network and expertise. With more than 650 aircraft, 180,000 trucks, and 475,000 team members spanning 220 countries and territories, FedEx is well-positioned to be a leader in addressing the global scope of the pandemic. In fact, supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to COVID-19 makes sense given FedEx’s overarching strategy: connect people with goods, services, ideas, and technologies in order to create opportunities that fuel innovation, energize businesses, and empower communities. While the events related to the pandemic are still unfolding, FedEx’s swift actions thus far serve as a case study for companies seeking to think beyond bottom lines and good causes, and more about how to leverage core operations and business strengths to truly deliver impact globally.

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Community Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 11:41am

Originally published by Hershey

As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, relief and response efforts are developing rapidly, with governments, companies and foundations all lining up to support families in communities in need.

Supporting our communities in difficult times is an important part of our legacy. Our founder Milton Hershey’s actions through pivotal moments in our history – whether creating jobs during the Great Depression, or creating ration bars for the U.S. Army during World War II – were grounded in his belief that people are better, together.

And that spirit continues to guide us today. We take great pride in ensuring that our brands can be there for our consumers and communities when physical connection is limited is a responsibility we take seriously. And it’s the remarkable employees and their spirit of togetherness at the heart of this company that allow us to achieve that purpose.

Caring for Our Communities

To date, The Hershey Company has committed millions of dollars in cash, product donations, technical expertise and resources to support COVID-19 response efforts around the world.

Providing Basic Human Needs

In the US, supporting community safety net and basic needs organizations and have temporarily expanded our product donation efforts to include hospitals and health care organizations.

Cash donations thus far have been made to COVID-19 response funds at organizations including United Way Worldwide, Feeding America, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, as well as multiple local United Ways and food banks in communities where we operate.

Caring for the Caregivers

Across the country, healthcare workers are sacrificing to care for others. To lift their spirits and offer our thanks, we have donated large shipments of Hershey products to more than 40 hospitals in communities where we operate and areas heavily impacted by the virus. We are also donating product for New York City health care workers via the #FoundersGive initiative.

At home, we are collaborating closely with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We have converted a local warehouse into a temporary logistics space for the expanded supply chain operations of all Penn State Health locations while lending staff expertise from across our enterprise to collaborate on other critical projects as needed. We have also donated a variety of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer stations and refills.

Supporting Communities Around the World

Globally, Hershey continues to make a range of donations of cash and product to support COVID-19 response efforts in key markets, including China, India, Brazil and Malaysia. We are also working closely with our fellow cocoa industry partners to support response efforts in cocoa communities in West Africa. 

Together, the major cocoa and chocolate companies have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deliver COVID education and protection activities. These donations were coordinated with governments and international relief agencies to ensure that assistance is aligned with emergency response plans and appropriately delivered.

An Essential Part of the Food Supply

Through this crisis, Hershey has operated with a high degree of sensitivity to the impact on our workforce. We have moved swiftly to put increased health and safety measures in place for all employees – with work from home for many, and increased safety protocols and social distancing measures, including flexible and altered work schedules, for our manufacturing and retail teams.

As an essential part of the food supply chain, we take great pride in how we’re able to implement worker safety measures and honor our commitment to keeping shelves stocked with the products consumers love. Continuing to operate safely impacts more than consumers, though. It positively impacts our global network of customers, partners and suppliers across the value chain.

Tetra Tech Featured in the EBJ Emerging Technology Issue

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 8:41am

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, Asia-Pacific

Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) released its 2020 "Emerging Technology & the Environmental Industry" publication. In this issue, Tetra Tech’s President, Dr. Leslie Shoemaker, discussed the growing demand for using innovation and new technologies in our projects and how Tetra Tech focuses on Leading with Science® to develop dynamic tools that address specific operational and business needs and create a social impact.

“The technologies we use are tailored to the specific conditions to ensure an optimal experience,” Dr. Shoemaker told EBJ. “We partner our local experts with technical specialists so that technology applications are adapted to local needs as well as specific conditions unique to each project and region.” More specifically, Dr. Shoemaker highlights two new technologies that bring Tetra Tech at the forefront of innovation: our electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) system and our Csoft® predictive control tool.

Tetra Tech is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on their Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (Oceans) project and designed and implemented new technology to reduce illegal fishing and improve sustainability in Southeast Asia. The electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) system tracks every step of the seafood supply chain from bait to plate. The eCDT system uses a combination of GPS, Quick Response (QR) codes, and mobile phone technology to document seafood to ensure it was legally caught.

Tetra Tech’s award-winning, model-based Csoft control software is designed to improve the management of urban drainage systems and protect human health and the environment. This innovative software is used to manage water systems in several large cities in North America and Europe.

This issue of EBJ covers current deployment of innovative or disruptive technology by leading environmental industry players, forecasts key trends for the decade, and shares survey results on how innovative, disruptive, or cutting-edge technologies are being used for specific markets and services; the impacts that they are having; and how they will evolve in the next 10 years. EBJ also ranks what environmental industry executives think will be the most influential technologies in the 2020s.

Read the EBJ "Emerging Technology & the Environmental Industry" issue.

Environmental Business International Inc., publisher of EBJ, gives Tetra Tech permission to post this reprint on its website, to forward it electronically for marketing purposes only, to print hard copies for marketing purposes only, and to link to it on social media. All copies must show the article in full, with credits and copyright notices.

International Paper Supports Anheuser-Busch’s Donation of Hand Sanitizer to the American Red Cross

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 8:41am

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches resources across the world, manufacturers are retooling their production lines to produce essential supplies. When one of our customers stepped up to make hand sanitizer for their facilities and the American Red Cross, they turned to International Paper, the leading producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, to help transport the product to these critical operations and relief efforts.

Anheuser-Busch, U.S.-based brewer of iconic beer brands such as Budweiser and Michelob Ultra, has put their capabilities and expertise to work by producing and distributing bottles of hand sanitizer to accommodate the growing need across the United States. The company’s sanitizer will be used at Red Cross blood donation centers and will support future relief efforts at emergency shelters.  

Corrugated boxes are essential to the distribution of the product. International Paper has donated 5,500 boxes to Anheuser-Busch, enabling them to supply bottles of hand sanitizer to their facilities, the Red Cross and other government relief efforts across the country. 

Both companies are members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), which provides essential contributions in advance of disasters, powering the organization with strong infrastructure, trained volunteers, innovative technology and critical resources necessary to provide immediate relief and support to those in crisis.

“Our boxes are a critical part of the supply chain required to produce and deliver food, pharmaceuticals, hygiene products and emergency supplies for consumers around the world,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Community Engagement, International Paper and executive director, The IP Foundation. “We’re proud to support our customers and our nonprofit partners with essential products as they seek to serve others during this pandemic.”

“At Anheuser-Busch, we know we can’t solve this problem on our own, but we can play a vital role,” said Adam Warrington, Vice President, Better World at Anheuser-Busch. “It’s amazing to see what we can do when we all work together and we are thankful for our partners at the American Red Cross as well as our suppliers, including International Paper, who have made this initiative possible.”

Many thanks to the dedicated employees at the International Paper Buffalo, NY, and Binghamton, NY, box plant who produced the Community Engagement boxes for this effort.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.


Virus Vocabulary

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 5:40pm

Drawing on decades of experience in designing and engineering the production of vaccines and pharmaceutical therapies, CRB is actively supporting the global fight against COVID-19. This effort – uniting technology, government and health care in unprecedented ways – has required not only disruptive changes in our daily lives, but also a deeper understanding of the complex science and other factors that will determine how fast we can end this threat.

As part of CRB’s mission to educate and inform, the company has just published a “virus vocabulary” -- a glossary of key terms to help everyone better understand and navigate the COVID-19 pharmaceutical response. CRB clients, scientists and engineers inside the pharmaceutical industry use these terms every day. But the more we all understand about the science and infrastructure behind the world’s COVID-19 response, the better we’ll be.

The glossary supplements a recent CRB Insights piece, “COVID-19 drug development strategies,” exploring the near-term prospects for therapies and vaccines to fight against COVID-19. The piece presents opportunities and challenges the industry will face in the sourcing, development and manufacturing of immunoglobulin, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. CRB’s “vaccine vocabulary” clarifies key terms to make complex COVID-19 therapy and vaccine discussions more approachable. The glossary breaks down key vaccine terms into the four main categories found in the lifecycle of vaccine development.

About CRB:

CRB is a leading provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the global life sciences and advanced technology industries. Our more than 1,100 employees provide best-in-class solutions that drive success and positive change for our clients, our people and our communities. CRB is a privately held company with a rich history of serving clients throughout the world, consistently striving for the highest standard of technical knowledge, creativity and execution.

Chris Clark: 816-200-5234

MENTOR Invites Companies, Foundations to Voice Their Support for Youth-Serving Nonprofits

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 5:40pm

More than a dozen national companies and foundations are urging Congress to remember youth-serving nonprofits as critical networks of support for children, families, and communities and prioritize them amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. MENTOR is calling on others to join these companies in asking Congress to remember organizations on the social frontlines as they continue to work on emergency and regular appropriations bills.

While adhering to guidance from government and health officials, and keeping the safety of staff, volunteers, and young people in mind, youth-serving nonprofits have adjusted programs and services to ensure that youth continue their critical relationships with mentors, tutors, counselors, and other youth-service workers.  These relationships serve as connectors to help youth and families access essential services like food and health care, access to internet and technology to continue schooling, and ensure mentoring relationships continue virtually.

Not only do these organizations need further economic support to keep staff on payroll and their programs adjusted and running at this time, they will need to be prepared for young people to return to their programs when this public health crisis ends. These programs will provide much needed support, stability, and guidance to young people and their families as the country heals and moves forward. They will provide critical child care and before and afterschool and summer programming supporting learning losses due to school closures. They will allow young people who have not been able to access in-person connection access to their mentors, peers, and other caring adults. Others will allow young people to safely and fully engage in physical activity and sports after months of social isolation.

“Now more than ever, caring and consistent relationships are critical, and youth-serving programs are committed to addressing those needs for young people, mentors, families, and communities to combat isolation and disconnection,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “We’re grateful for the partnership and support from companies and foundations across the country who consistently show up alongside us to provide purpose and belonging for young people and in this case, to join us in asking Congress to prioritize young people during this crisis and in our economic and social recovery.”

Companies and foundations interested in signing the letter to Congressional leaders can lend their names here. The deadline to sign on is Thursday, May 7.


MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. Our mission is to expand the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships nationwide. Potential is equally distributed; Opportunity is not. A major driver of healthy development and opportunity is who you know and who is in your corner. 30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand that opportunity for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement. The result: a more than 10-fold increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships. Today, we are the expert voice activating a movement that is diverse and broad and seeps into every aspect of daily life – meeting young people everywhere they are from schools to workplaces and beyond. 


Silicon Valley Community Foundation Announces COVID-19 Education Partnership

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (“SVCF”) has announced the launch of the COVID-19 Education Partnership, an initiative in collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to support the needs of local education systems through the current crisis.

Recognizing the tectonic shifts in the education system as the pandemic unfolds, SVCF pivoted from its usual education grantmaking strategy to form the COVID-19 Education Partnership, which will focus on education challenges caused and exacerbated by the pandemic. SVCF has seeded the initiative with $1 million. Biotechnology leader Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has matched SVCF's commitment with an additional $1 million to support K-12 students, teachers and schools as part of the company's COVID-19 pandemic response in support of public health and emergency community needs.

“School closures have significant implications for the education, health and well-being of students, families and communities,” said Nicole Taylor, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “With California schools remaining closed for the remainder of the academic year, these concerns will escalate. The COVID-19 Education Partnership will help fill some of the gaps of local education needs and help improve continuity in our children’s education during this critical time.”

The initial $2 million in funding from the partnership will expand the capacity of local school districts and the county offices of education to address immediate challenges and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19, including but not limited to:

  • Social and emotional health and wellness support for students, families and staff

  • Distance learning, including IT infrastructure and equipment, technical assistance and training for teachers and staff, and assistance for students with special needs and dual language learners

  • Emergency childcare centers, including staffing needs, program materials, healthcare and cleaning supplies

  • Continued and/or expanded access to nutrition services

  • Efforts to engage families in their children’s education

  • Other extraordinary measures required to address the crisis and shelter-in-place orders

In this first phase of emergency response, SVCF will provide infrastructure for the fund and distribute grants to the two county offices of education, each of which will play key roles in determining and prioritizing needs in their respective school districts. For example, a county office of education can discern between a school district that has an evenly distributed low rate of children receiving free and reduced lunches, versus a district that has an overall low rate but includes some schools at which a high percentage of families need this type of support.

“The impact of COVID-19 on our students and school communities has been severe and widespread, and existing equity gaps are more pronounced than ever,” shared Nancy Magee, superintendent of schools for Santa Mateo County. “We are grateful to Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Genentech for helping us ensure every student in the county has access to education, food, mental health, and other critical supports necessary for distance learning. My hope is that the San Mateo County community will join in this effort to hold up our students hardest hit by this global pandemic.” 

Taylor reiterated the importance of the community foundation’s partnerships with the local county offices of education in this effort:

“The pandemic is affecting all of our children, and has been particularly devastating to our children whose families earn low or no incomes, and in our communities of color. The county offices of education have deep knowledge of the needs of their students and families, which will help guide funds as soon as possible to the students who need it most. Silicon Valley Community Foundation is proud to work with our community’s education leaders at the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to ensure equity across our education system.”

Dr. Mary Anne Dewan, superintendent of schools for Santa Clara County, emphasized that the ramifications of the virus, including the shelter in place order and school closures, continue to be significant.

“It has impacted all of our lives. Our schools have urgent funding needs to sustain meal provisions, address the deep digital divide to support distance learning, offer services for well-being and engage students, families and community in the months to come,” she says. “The COVID-19 Education Partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Education emphasizes the importance of leadership and teamwork to help our local districts weather this very challenging and difficult time.”

Of Genentech’s generous funding for the COVID-19 Education Partnership, Kristen Campbell Reed, senior director of corporate and employee giving at Genentech, said:

“We’re so pleased to help provide critical support services for local schools during this period of great disruption. In addition to our seed investment, we are launching a pro bono initiative to connect school districts with expertise in IT, communications and other areas to support remote learning and recovery efforts. Our hope is that what will begin in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties can ultimately serve counties across Northern California.”

To learn more about the COVID-19 Education Partnership or to donate to the fund, visit: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/education-response

At this time, funding is only available to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. School districts seeking funding in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties can apply at their respective county office of education website:

San Mateo County Office of Education: https://www.smcoe.org/other/covid-19-response-and-resources/silicon-valley-community-foundation.html

Santa Clara County Office of Education: https://www.sccoe.org/covid-19/Pages/SV-Grant.aspx


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here.  Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.

Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative Invites Certification Schemes to Take Part in Benchmarking Process

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

The consumer goods industry has extended a formal invitation to third party audit & certification schemes to undergo the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative’s (SSCI) Benchmarking Process. This call to action follows the publication of the SSCI’s first set of benchmark criteria, in October 2019, to support the development of responsible supply chains around the world.

The SSCI was created by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) following a request from the CGF’s CEO-led Board of Directors in June 2017. Designed with the input and support of key stakeholders, the SSCI benchmark sets industry expectations and provides clear guidance on which third-party auditing and certification programmes cover sustainability requirements and apply the appropriate verification practices. 

“Now more than ever, the world understands the critical importance of global supply chains. From stocking grocery shelves to retooling production lines, well-managed value chains are an essential part of any operation. In these times of uncertainty, CGF and the SSCI remain committed to sustainable supply chains.” said Thomas van Haaren, the Senior Manager of SSCI.

Social compliance programmes can begin benchmarking according to the SSCI methodology and provide evidence that all essential social and scheme management benchmark criteria are met. The methodology includes a Self-Assessment, a review by an independent expert, coupled with a public consultation and office visits. The SSCI benchmark criteria are made up of two main parts:

  • Social Criteria: Topics typically found in codes of conduct (e.g. child labour, forced labour, working hours, discrimination, etc.)

  • Scheme Management Criteria: Ensure the effective implementation of the procedures and policies claimed by the programme (eg standard-setting mechanism, independent oversight of audit firms and auditor competence requirements, etc.) 

Requests from regulators and demands from stakeholders require companies to constantly examine the effectiveness of our sustainable supply chain programmes. Our industry can only continue to engage with third-party social sustainability programmes with some level of independent oversight.

Achieving SSCI recognition allows successful certification schemes to be acknowledged by the industry as ready and able to meet our expectations for a credible responsible sourcing programme.  This move signals a strong commitment to not only building trust in the industry’s supply chain work, but also driving continuous improvement. SSCI is not a one and done approach - it continuously verifies a programme’s alignment in a rapidly changing landscape.

To receive the SSCI application materials and begin the benchmarking process, please contact the SSCI team at: ssci@theconsumergoodsforum.com. We look forward to formally recognising your work towards our common objective of credibility and transparency in third-party standards and certification programs. 

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About the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) builds trust in sustainability standards worldwide by benchmarking third-party auditing and certification programmes and recognising schemes that meet industry expectations. By providing an open-source list of recognised programmes, the SSCI delivers clear guidance on which schemes cover key sustainability criteria and apply relevant verification practices. The SSCI improves transparency in the market, facilitates decision-making on schemes at both buyer and supplier level and sets the responsible sourcing expectations for the industry. The Initiative initially focuses on social compliance with the potential to expand the scope to environmental compliance. The SSCI is facilitated by The Consumer Goods Forum. For more information, visit www.tcgfssci.com.

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:

Thomas van Haaren
Senior Manager, SSCI
The Consumer Goods Forum

Madelaine VanDerHeyden
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

“I Really Felt Like I Had a Duty to Come Back.”

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

“I really felt like I had a duty to come back.”— Dr. Ed Kuffner, Chief Medical Officer, Consumer Health, Johnson & Johnson, who recently returned to the emergency room at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Kuffner’s inspiring act was made possible as part of the J&J COVID-19 Medical Personnel Leave Policy, which allows employees to donate their time and expertise on the frontlines.

Watch here to learn more about Dr. Kuffner’s firsthand experience on the frontlines as he recounts it to NBC News.

About Johnson & Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Learn more at www.jnj.com. Follow us at @JNJNews.

Originally published on LinkedIn

Expanding Our COVID-19 Relief Response for #GivingTuesdayNow

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on people, businesses, and charities around the world, from individuals caring for sick family members, to hospital workers on the front lines, to local small businesses struggling to stay afloat. We’re experiencing unprecedented disruption to every facet of life during these uncertain times.  

In the face of many hardships, the outpouring of grassroots generosity and giving from around the world has been truly inspiring. We are seeing acts of kindness across our platform and throughout our community of employees, partners, and customers.    

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for collaboration and leadership across industries, geographies, and sectors. At PayPal we’re working to do our part to support the needs of our employees, we’ve leveraged our platform to enable relief for our small business customers, assisted governments in providing needed small business loans and stimulus payments, and we’ve enabled global giving and made contributions to relief efforts on the front lines of the pandemic. We’re also working with businesses and organizations who are raising relief funds in new ways, including Live Nation’s Crew Nation fundraising campaign and Spotify’s Artist Fundraising Pick.

Today, we’re continuing our support for COVID-19 relief by joining with partners and organizations around the world to amplify and support #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, a new global day of giving and unity.

At a time when we are all navigating the disruption and impact of the pandemic, acts of generosity and kindness are bringing people of all races, faiths, and political views closer together across the globe. Even as we practice physical distancing, this generosity brings us closer together.

In this spirit of generosity, whether you need help or want to help, we’re working to provide ways to show your support for COVID-19 relief, and join the global effort on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow. 

Donate to COVID-19 Relief Efforts: 

Together with PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal has launched COVID-19 fundraising campaigns in 12 markets (and growing) to support organizations educating the public, preventing new infections, and assisting with recovery. Customers can donate here or in the PayPal app today. PayPal covers all processing costs, ensuring that 100% of your donation will support charities providing relief and recovery efforts. 

Donate Credit Card Rewards to Give Back: 

New research commissioned by PayPal has revealed that nearly half of Americans enrolled in a credit card rewards program (49%) say they are likely to donate to a charitable cause during the pandemic.1 #GivingTuesdayNow is a prime opportunity for people looking to give back in a new and unique way by using credit card rewards.  

To enable more people to give back on #GivingTuesdayNow, PayPal has expanded its Pay with Rewards feature enabling customers to use their credit card rewards points to donate to support the causes they care about most, including COVID-19 relief efforts. Customers with eligible credit cards from American Express, Citi, and Discover will be able to donate their rewards to support any charity enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund through the PayPal checkout flow – with their points balance converted to the equivalent dollar donation amount automatically. To donate your rewards points to COVID-19 relief efforts, you can head to PayPal’s COVID-19 fundraising campaign, or head to PayPal Giving Fund to find other charities to support. To find out more about Pay With Rewards, click here

How it works: 

  • Add a participating card to your account with PayPal. If you already have eligible cards linked to your account, make sure your rewards are linked. 

  • Head to PayPal Giving Fund or a PayPal Giving Fund campaign, like the COVID-19 Fundraiser, and select a charity to support.  

  • When you're ready to make your donation, select your preferred rewards program and use your points to complete the transaction.

Giving doesn’t have to cost money: Volunteer virtually with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women  

PayPal is also partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which enables virtual mentoring sessions for women entrepreneurs around the world. Learn more about donating your time and making a difference in the lives of people especially hard hit by the pandemic. 

Give at Checkout: Make a small donation while shopping online

With online shopping increasing while shelter-in-place orders are in effect, you can integrate giving into your everyday shopping. Look for the option to donate $1 at checkout when your check out with PayPal, adding a small donation to make a big difference – people have already donated over $350k at checkout to support COVID-19 relief efforts, with more than 2 million individual donations in 2019. You can set your favorite charity in your PayPal profile to confirm the charity that you’ll see, or PayPal will suggest a charity supporting COVID-19 relief efforts during this time.  

Collect Money for Those in Need

If you’d like to collect money to buy groceries for high-risk populations, or to pay bills for someone struggling to make ends meet you can create a personalized PayPal.Me link. Sharing the link will help others know it’s you they’re paying, so you can easily gather and distribute funds to those in need*.

*Sending and receiving funds requires an account with PayPal   

For Nonprofits: Activate your donor base on May 5th

If you are a nonprofit looking to join the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, visit their website for resources to get started. And if you’re not set up to receive donations online, click here.

For Small Businesses

Visit this online hub to learn more about how PayPal is supporting small businesses during this time, and click here to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.   

Ideas for Large Businesses: Partner Fundraising & Payouts

As companies seek new ways to engage with customers and support relief efforts, PayPal is actively partnering with them to enable innovative giving opportunities for their customers. Our Partner Fundraising Platform enables businesses to integrate giving into their sites and offers consumers opportunities to support the organizations they choose across the internet and on PayPal’s website and app.

Cox Joins Local Organizations to Support Georgia Gives Day

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:40pm

Cox Enterprises is sponsoring Georgia Gives Day, an event organized by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) on Giving Tuesday Now, the global day of giving developed in emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  

Today, the GCN will host a Giving Tuesday Now Facebook Livestream at noon (EST) to highlight several of Georgia’s nonprofits that sustain communities around the state. The livestream will broadcast messages and programming produced by hundreds of Georgia’s nonprofits.  

Along with the Cox-owned Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Cox Enterprises joins several corporate partners including the Coca-Cola Foundation, Chick-fil-A, Mercedes-Benz and more to encourage Georgians to donate to local causes or organizations. On the Georgia Gives website, GAgives.org, donors can easily search for nonprofits and causes they care about — and donate within minutes.   

“Our communities need us more than ever and we’re proud to rally together with the AJC and other local companies to make a meaningful impact. This pandemic has radically changed so many lives here in Georgia and we are honored to play a role in supporting the community,” said Maury Wolfe, AVP of corporate responsibility and public affairs at Cox Enterprises.  

“There are so many organizations in Georgia that are experiencing unprecedented need right now,” said Donna Hall, publisher of the AJC. “Supporting the community and bringing awareness to this kind of local fundraising is core to who we are, and we can’t wait to see the outcome of Georgia Gives Day.”  

In addition to sponsoring Georgia Gives Day, the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, is supporting the Feed the Frontline initiative for Giving Tuesday Now. Feed the Frontline, a program established by the James M. Cox Foundation and Emory Healthcare, provides meals to Atlanta’s frontline workers. Learn more and donate at http://feedthefrontline.emory.edu/. 

Giving Tuesday, which typically takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of generosity and charitable contributions. With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the increased need in communities across the world, a new Giving Tuesday — Giving Tuesday Now — will take place on May 5. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow across social media.  

Learn more about the global movement at Now.GivingTuesday.org

About Cox Enterprises 
Cox Enterprises is dedicated to building a better future through our leading communications, automotive and media companies. Our major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, and we are strategically investing in new industries and emerging technologies, with sizeable interests in clean technology and health care. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with $21 billion in annual revenues and brands that include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Cox Homelife. Founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James M. Cox, the company is a family-owned business committed to its people, communities and planet. To learn more about Cox, visit coxenterprises.com, view our Sustainability Report at coxcsrreport.com, or follow us on Twitter via @CoxEnterprises or @AlexTaylor_Cox

Bechtel Group Foundation Establishes Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund in Partnership with GlobalGiving

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

The Bechtel Group Foundation will donate $3 million to communities across the world coping with the coronavirus pandemic, in partnership with the crowdfounding nonprofit GlobalGiving. The newly established Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund will support local nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to people in areas where Bechtel Corporation maintains offices and project sites.

"This gift is the largest disaster response in the Bechtel Group Foundation's 66-year history," said Bechtel Chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel. "These gifts will help local nonprofit organizations respond to urgent needs such as food, emergency financial assistance, and physical and mental health services."

The Bechtel Group Foundation selected GlobalGiving as its partner because of the organization’s innovative approach to connecting philanthropic organizations with humanitarian needs around the world. GlobalGiving’s network will enable the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to immediately activate in support of suffering communities.  

GlobalGiving will distribute more than $2 million from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to local charitable organizations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, India, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. (specifically, in the northeast, Southern California, and the Gulf Coast).

The Bechtel Group Foundation will award $750,000 in direct grants from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to charitable organizations in smaller U.S. communities that are the home to large Bechtel projects, such as:

In addition, the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund will support charitable organizations in the following communities: Glendale, Ariz., Pueblo, Colo., Dover Plains, New York, Wellsville, Ohio, and Houston, Texas.

About GlobalGiving:

GlobalGiving is the first and largest crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, companies, and donors around the world. Across 170 countries GlobalGiving transforms giving to accelerate community-led change, making it possible for local organizations to access the tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

In times of disaster, GlobalGiving relies on its global network of trusted partners to provide real-time updates and alerts from the disaster zone. GlobalGiving’s trust-based grantmaking approach enables local leaders to make the best decisions for their communities. They engage local businesses and government officials in decision-making processes, integrate cultural sensitivities, and involve the appropriate stakeholders as part of a holistic recovery. By prioritizing local leaders and securing community investment, GlobalGiving partners are equipped to respond more efficiently and effectively, stimulate the economy, and align with local values.

About Bechtel:

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers' objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. www.bechtel.com

Northern Trust Launches Enhanced ESG Analytics

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has enhanced its analytical capabilities to provide pension funds and other global institutional investors with heightened insights and transparency over their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk exposures.

The ESG Analytics Summary, prepared by Northern Trust’s Investment Risk and Analytical Services group, provides investors with periodic snapshot analysis across their equity and corporate bond portfolios – setting out investment ‘scores’ against a range of ESG factors, United Nation’s (UN) Global Compact principles and business activity flags.

This detailed analysis enables investors to track changes in a fund’s ESG profile over time, compare results on an absolute and relative basis, and compare asset managers’ scores against each other. These insights are generated by combining Northern Trust’s extensive global custody asset information with data provided in partnership with information services provider IdealRatings.

Institutions can use the resulting data to support their governance and oversight objectives – for example, providing evidence of their ESG scores and exposures and supporting adherence to regulatory requirements and global standards. It can be used to facilitate discussions with their investment managers and manage potential stakeholder concerns and reputational risk.

ESG analytics can also supplement traditional investment analytics – providing a more holistic view of investment risks, exposures and opportunities. For example, during volatile market conditions, understanding the strength of a company’s governance structures and processes can give investors a timely and more complete picture of its resiliency.

Serge Boccassini, product lead, Investment Accounting and Analytic Solutions at Northern Trust, said: “ESG rules play a heightened role in global investor considerations, with institutions increasingly seeking to integrate sustainability factors into their portfolios. To achieve that effectively, it is vital they understand their investment risks. Our analysis provides insights into clients’ ESG exposures to help them identify financial risks and opportunities – and help ensure their investments continue to be aligned with their values.”

Mohamed Donia, CEO of IdealRatings, said: “We are delighted to partner with Northern Trust to provide insights into global investors’ portfolio exposures. The ESG Analytics Summary provides enhanced transparency to help investors avoid companies that pose a greater financial risk due to their ESG practices – as well as satisfy regulatory requirements and meet global standards.”

Northern Trust’s Investment Risk & Analytical Services group provides asset owners and asset managers around the world with innovative analytical solutions, supporting over US$5 trillion (as at 31 December 2019) in assets under measurement. With consultants in Chicago, London, Singapore and Melbourne, the group provides performance measurement, risk analysis and investment compliance monitoring – enabling clients to gain greater insights into their investments for more informed decision making.

Northern Trust's Investment Risk and Analytical Services ESG analytics are complemented by the extensive capabilities of its asset management business. Entrusted with US$975 billion of investor assets, Northern Trust Asset Management has more than 30 years of sustainable investing expertise and innovation, has been a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investment since 2009, and manages four of the top 10 largest Sustainable Investing index funds globally (source: eVestment data as of December 31, 2019).

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 22 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2020, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $10.9 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.1 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/terms-and-conditions.

About IdealRatings

IdealRatings, incorporated in San Francisco, is a global solutions provider for Responsible Investments. Its database solutions for Equities, REITs, and Fixed Income are aimed at global investment managers and asset owners. IdealRatings solutions are licensed by leading financial institutions, asset managers, index providers, data vendors and brokerage firms in over 25 countries across all continents. Visit IdealRatings’s website at www.idealratings.com

This material is directed to professional clients only and is not intended for retail clients. For Asia-Pacific markets, it is directed to expert, institutional, professional and wholesale investors only and should not be relied upon by retail clients or investors.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. This material is provided for informational purposes only. Information is not intended to be and should not be construed as an offer, solicitation or recommendation with respect to any transaction and should not be treated as legal advice, investment advice or tax advice.

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CDP Recognizes Comprehensive Sustainability Program at NRG

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

Originally published by NRG

Our recognition as a leader in environmental stewardship by CDP brings us great honor.  Achieving an A- rating in Climate Change, Water Security, and Supplier Engagement, this designation affirms that our continued dedication to our sustainability program is signaling change across our sector and places NRG at the forefront of what is possible for our industry.

Why is this recognition so critical? CDP is a global non-profit organization that drives companies and cities to measure and understand their environmental impact through disclosure and environmental action. The result is a database of information used by investors worldwide to drive movement towards a more sustainable economy. In 2020, 515 investors with $106 trillion in assets and 147+ large purchasers with over $4 trillion in procurement spend requested thousands of companies to disclose their environmental data through CDP.¹ More than 8,400 companies reported environmental data to CDP in 2019, making it the largest corporate environmental disclosure project in the world.²

“Acknowledgment of our efforts is an important measure and benchmark of our current initiatives’ success as we enter our next phase of climate action both internally and across our industry.” said Laurel Peacock, Director of Sustainability at NRG.  “Transparency is a critical component in creating action toward a sustainable economy and CDP plays an important role in communicating our progress to key stakeholders.”

We view sustainability as a lens through which we ensure long-term value creation for all of our stakeholders. To accomplish this, we have developed five pillars to serve as the framework for embedding corporate sustainability into each facet of our organization—Business, Operations, Customers, Suppliers, and Workplace. This structure ensures that we work across the organization to manage key environmental, social, and governance issues. Some initiatives that were integral to our receiving the CDP leadership designation include:

  • Reducing absolute GHG emissions—41% since 2014

  • Reevaluating and recalibrating our science-based targets—50% reduction by 2025, net-zero by 2050

  • Integrating governing practices to oversee collective actions—board oversight through the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2016

This is the second consecutive year for NRG to be designated as a leader in climate change. Our score makes us one of the top twenty-two companies in the Electric Utilities sector globally, and one of the top six companies in the North American Electric Utilities sector. Our water security ranking also places us at the top of the Electric Utilities sector, making us one of the ten highest-ranked companies in the sector globally and one of four in the North American sector.³

We are also pleased with the acknowledgment from CDP for our leadership in Supplier Engagement. This recognition is based on our engagement with our suppliers regarding climate risk, and their adoption of best practices—placing us in the top 23% in our sector.⁴ Some of our supply chain initiatives include enhancing the ways we select suppliers, developing strong manufacturing standards and internal policies, and promoting environmental disclosure practices for those we do business with. The importance we place on supply chain transparency has also led us to pursue external collaboration with other companies in our sector. We are proud to be a founding member of the Natural Gas Supply Collaborative (NGSC), a voluntary collaborative of natural gas purchasers promoting increased transparency through voluntary reporting by natural gas producers.

Achieving leadership designation in these three CDP categories reaffirms for us the value and effectiveness of managing climate change through information transparency.  We see CDP as complementary to other disclosure frameworks and standards we follow, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

It is with the help of CDP’s evaluation, the guidance of our partnerships, and our continued commitment to climate action that we have achieved this leadership designation. With confidence and passion, we will continue to do our part to achieve a clean energy future for us all.

HP Announces the World’s Most Sustainable PC Portfolio

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:40am

As a business community and as a society, we are at our best when we come together to solve tough problems and enable social progress. That’s exactly what we’re seeing right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heroes on the frontlines are risking their lives to help others, while governments, companies and individuals are finding ways to lend their support to those in need. We have a long way to go, but the examples being set by so many gives us reasons to believe in our future.  

This same spirit of collective action and shared responsibility are what’s needed to confront other global challenges we face, such as climate change. Just as the pandemic has upended daily life and put people at risk, the environmental challenges we’ll face in the coming years threaten to inflict their own damage. And even as we marshal HP technology and resources to help communities respond to the pandemic, we are not losing sight of the ambitious goals we’ve set to protect our planet.

Sustainability has been part of our DNA since HP was founded more than 80 years ago. Today sustainability is integrated across our entire value chain—including the products we deliver to our customers. In fiscal year 2019 alone, HP won more than $1.6 billion in business due, in part, to our sustainability efforts—a 69 percent increase from the previous year. As we continue to drive toward a circular and low-carbon economy, we are challenging ourselves to deliver innovative solutions that raise the bar on ourselves and our industry.

Today, we reached a milestone on this journey by announcing that HP has the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio.[i] This announcement emphasizes HP’s focus on not just setting ambitious corporate goals, but also designing solutions that enable us to protect the planet for future generations.

Taking a leadership position

HP’s claim to having the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio is based on the criteria set out by EPEAT—the most comprehensive, measurable, and transparent eco-label in the IT industry. Administered by the Green Electronics Council, the EPEAT program provides independent verification of a manufacturer’s products based on sustainability criteria, including product energy efficiency, recycled materials usage, product longevity, design for product end of life, and product packaging.

Today, HP has 38 Gold and 268 Silver EPEAT-registered products in more than 19 countries—more than any other company in the IT industry. Many of our most demanding customers around the world look for EPEAT-registered products when making purchasing decisions that support their own sustainability goals they are working to achieve.

But what makes our PC portfolio the most sustainable goes well beyond meeting EPEAT criteria. For example, as part of our Design for Sustainability program, we are finding innovative ways to increase the amount and type of recycled materials in our products and have set an industry-leading goal to use 30 percent recycled plastic across our Personal Systems and Print portfolio by 2025.

In fact, through a groundbreaking recycling program in Haiti, HP has sourced more than 450 tonnes of ocean-bound plastic bottles for recycling and reuse that might have otherwise washed into the ocean. That’s equal to roughly 35 million bottles that have been processed and used in the manufacture of new HP products and supplies.

Products like the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise laptop announced today, which is the world’s first Chromebook with ocean-bound plastic and also contains 75 percent recycled aluminum in its top lid, and has a keyboard made from 50 percent recycled plastics. This Chromebook joins a series of HP personal systems products made with ocean-bound plastic, including the HP ZBook Studio, the world’s first mobile workstation with ocean-bound plastics; the HP Elite Dragonfly, the world’s first notebook made with ocean-bound plastic,[ii] and the HP Elite Display E273D, the world’s first display manufactured using ocean-bound plastic.[iii]

And HP has committed to include ocean-bound plastic material in all new HP Elite and HP Pro desktop and laptop products launching in 2020.

Moving beyond our products

Our use of recycled materials doesn’t stop with our products. By thinking holistically, we are innovating new ways to reduce the amount of materials in our accessories and packaging—and to use more recycled materials in their design.

For example, the HP Renew Series includes a backpack, topload, tote, and slim brief made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, while the HP Renew Sleeve, a laptop sleeve, is created with recycled plastic bottles and knit to shape with minimal manufacturing waste. Similarly, our packaging strategy includes a focus on replacing plastic foam with molded pulp packaging where possible and enabling more bulk packaging in order to reduce materials and the environmental impact of shipping.

And we continue our long legacy of developing reuse and recycling programs for our customers that are helping us—and them—properly dispose of products at end of service. Today, we offer recycling and reuse services in 76 countries that enable us to close the loop, keep materials out of landfills, and support a more circular economy.

While we are proud of our accomplishments, we know that tomorrow will bring even greater challenges. We recognize that the bar is continually being raised for HP and other companies within our industry, as customers look for more sustainable solutions. At HP, we are committed to supporting the needs of our customers by delivering technological innovations that help protect the planet for future generations.

Media Contact:

Tom Suiter

[i] Applies to HP PCs, Workstations, and Displays manufactured after January 2019. Based on most Gold and Silver EPEAT® registrations by meeting all required criteria and achieving 50-74% of the optional points for EPEAT® Silver and 75-100% of the optional points for EPEAT® Gold according to IEEE 1680.1-2018 EPEAT®. Status varies by country. Visit www.epeat.net for more information.

[ii] Notebook speaker enclosure component made with 5% ocean bound plastic as of August 2019.

[iii] Display manufactured with 5% ocean bound plastic materials by weight, the equivalent of more than three 16 oz. recycled plastic water bottles.   

SC Johnson Donates More Than $2 Million in Product and Financial Resources to Organizations Across Latin America to Combat COVID-19

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:40am

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities worldwide, SC Johnson today announced contributions to organizations across Latin America to assist those on the front lines as well as vulnerable communities as they address the spread of the virus.

“Everyone in our SC Johnson family is committed to supporting those on the front lines of this pandemic and the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are incredibly proud to support organizations across the globe that are providing immediate resources and help to those who need it, and we remain humbled by their efforts.”

Donations are being made to a range of organizations across Latin America, which are supporting efforts to tackle COVID-19. These include:

  • Launching a new line of hand sanitizers in Brazil under the Lysoform® brand and donating more than 300,000 units to health care and community organizations.
  • Partnering with the Red Cross in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico to help the most vulnerable families and communities; delivering humanitarian aid and sanitation campaigns; and buying personal protective equipment, disinfectants and cleaning supplies for health care services.
  • Supporting World Vision in Peru to provide family hygiene, food and handwashing kits.
  • Working with Banco de Alimentos, Fundacion SI, Seamos UNO, Asociación Conciencia, TECHO, Modulo Sanitario and Caritas San Isidro in Argentina to support local organizations buying food and disinfectants for people in need; and helping Hospital Austral in Argentina to develop an Emergency Hospital to support the local Public Health Service for people without health insurance.
  • Partnering with Save the Children in Mexico to educate children on handwashing and sanitation practices; providing kits with basic hygiene products to ensure good practices and home cleaning; and distributing educational materials that promote hygiene through play.
  • Working with Fundación Dequení in Paraguay to buy food and disinfectants for people in need.

SC Johnson has a long legacy of working to improve the lives of families around the globe. The donations in Latin America are part of the company’s $10 million commitment to date to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and to fight the spread of the virus around the world. As a global manufacturer of home cleaning and professional disinfectant products, hand sanitizers and other products, the company continues to explore additional ways to provide product donations and financial resources to both first responders and those most in need.

For more information on how to help protect your family, please visit www.scjohnson.com/covid19 and the CDC’s website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/ 

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 134-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.