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Webinar: Introduction to Georgia Drawdown

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 6:30pm

What are the most promising solutions for achieving carbon neutrality in Georgia?

Inspired by Project Drawdown, Georgia Drawdown is an initiative to review 100 global solutions and identify a short list of those solutions that are most relevant in Georgia. Launched by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Georgia Drawdown is led by Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, and Emory University in conjunction with partners across the state.

The team is looking not only at the emission impacts but also the benefits that go “beyond carbon”: providing new economic opportunities for the state, advancing equity, and improving air quality and health. And we’re looking for help!

Tune in for the first webinar on Friday, August 2, 2019, 1:00-2:00 EDT.

Register here.

The Salvation Army Teams Up With Walmart to “Stuff the Bus”

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:30pm

The Salvation Army and Walmart are joining forces to help kids succeed this year by providing back-to-school supplies to children in need. “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will be hosted at nearly 3,000 participating Walmart stores nationwide on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

The “Stuff the Bus” events are open to anyone who would like to donate new school supplies to children in need. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help stuff the bus at the store. The Salvation Army will then distribute the school supplies to local children in need.

“The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of volunteers and community members to support local youth heading into the school year,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, national spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “By donating school supplies, The Salvation Army and its supporters ease the financial burden parents experience leading into the school year and ensure our communities’ kids are equipped and ready.” 

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services, helping them overcome poverty and economic hardships. 

To help spread the word about all the ways The Salvation Army serves children in need, television personality Melissa Rycroft will make an in-store appearance in Dallas, TX to shop for school supplies for local families in need. 

By providing school supplies to children in need, The Salvation Army will offer these students a boost of self-confidence and equip them with the materials needed to succeed in the school year. All donations made at the “Stuff the Bus” events will remain in the local community.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org/usn/Walmart-Stuff-the-Bus/.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operations around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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Equitable Food Initiative Receives Walmart Foundation Grant to Promote Responsible Labor Practices in Mexico

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:30pm

Equitable Food Initiative has received a $1.2 million grant from Walmart Foundation to advance responsible labor practices through workforce development programs on fresh produce farms in Mexico. The grant runs through the end of 2020.

Since 2012, EFI has worked to build its social assurance program in the United States and Mexico. In 2018 the potential for social assurance programs to advance labor protection received new impetus when the fresh produce industry published the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices. The charter outlines guiding principles and effectively elevates labor concerns to the same critical level as food safety. While the charter provides a vision for the accountability and transparency sought by the fresh produce industry, suppliers will need additional tools and resources to fully abide by charter principles and provide verification to customers and consumers.

The Walmart Foundation grant supports EFI to offer workforce development and certification programs to more Mexican suppliers. But the grant also supports outreach to and collaboration with like-minded organizations that want to expand social assurance protections for produce farmworkers in Mexico. EFI will work with partners to develop training workshops, assessment tools and other materials that introduce continuous improvement and problem-solving strategies that promote responsible labor practices on Mexican farms.

Another key focus of the grant is to strengthen EFI’s capacity to develop responsible recruitment programs, to work with and build the capacity of Mexican organizations and to engage public and private sector leaders on recruitment challenges.

“The grant support allows EFI to work across groups of growers, to expand its direct programs, and to deliver capacity, learning and tools more widely than its immediate networks. EFI is well-positioned to drive this needed learning, collaboration and problem-solving, given its experience implementing its assurance program in Mexico over the past several years,” said Karrie Denniston, senior director, Walmart.org, which represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.

“The ethical charter is an important commitment and market signal for improved practices, but it will take leadership and investment from a range of stakeholders to ensure that the principles laid out in the charter become the norm for the produce industry,” said Peter O’Driscoll, executive director for Equitable Food Initiative. “We applaud the Walmart Foundation’s grant-making to build capacity in this area and look forward to implementing our program and to working with other stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors to promote the charter.”

About EFI

Equitable Food Initiative is a nonprofit certification and skill-building organization that seeks to increase transparency in the food supply chain and improve the lives of farmworkers through a team-based approach to training and continuous improvement practices. EFI brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumers to solve the most pressing issues facing the fresh produce industry. Its unparalleled approach sets standards for labor practices, food safety and pest management while engaging workers at all levels on the farm to produce Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured® fruits and vegetables.

Twenty grower-shipper companies to date across 39 commodities in four countries have begun applying the EFI workforce development model. These efforts have improved company bottom lines and the lives of more than 30,000 farmworkers who are experiencing opportunities for advancement and skill development. Participating retailers have paid more than $6.5 million in bonuses to farmworkers through EFI’s premium program.

For more information about Equitable Food Initiative, visit www.equitablefood.org.

TSC Launches New Measurement Platform Unlocking Unprecedented Business Value Through Communication Between Buyers and Suppliers

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:30am

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced today that it has selected SupplyShift as its new partner and reporting platform for The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) Index, formerly and most widely known as The Sustainability Index. TSC translates the best sustainability science into business tools that are used all over the world to create more sustainable consumer products. With over 100 members and partners, TSC brings together a wide range of companies, NGOs and sustainability experts to drive environmental and social sustainability impact at scale. 

The SupplyShift technology will be used by leading retailers and suppliers to optimize supply chain transparency.  On the SupplyShift platform, through TSC key performance indicators, retailers and suppliers can gain insights into the sustainability performance of the products they put on shelves and new insights and tools to help them drive performance.

Suppliers will have greater control over not just the data they share, but also how they share it with retailers. Additionally, suppliers will have improved ability to re-use data and results, helping to reduce survey-fatigue. Overall, the new platform will seek to improve suppliers’ ability to pull together data from their own supply chains all into one place as well as create deeper insights into their own performance alongside the performance of their peers.

“As a longtime member of TSC, Mars is excited to gain more insights into the products we supply retailers with less effort by using the new TSC platform, powered by SupplyShift. Transparency into our supply chains is an essential part of Mars’ sustainability goals, and having a reporting tool that can link to supply chain data unlocks opportunities,” said Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Reporting Senior Manager, Mars.

“Since we launched The Sustainability Index, now known as THESIS Index, in 2014, TSC has been on the forefront of helping retailers drive the sustainability performance of the products they put on shelf,” said TSC Chief Executive, Euan Murray. “Our new partnership with SupplyShift takes us a step closer to our vision of full transparency and data exchange along product supply chains. Delivering on that vision will see retailers able to deliver the sustainable store of the future, suppliers supported and rewarded for the development of the next generation of sustainable products, and all consumers able to make sustainable choices as part of our everyday lives.”

TSC will move THESIS Index over to the SupplyShift platform. SupplyShift’s expertise in sustainability, established technical development capability, and unique multi-tier/multi-tenant data gathering methods will allow for better analytics, insights, and business value for both suppliers and retailers. In addition, brand manufacturers will be able to operate as both a buyer and a supplier, cascading TSC key performance indicators down to their suppliers and, over time, pull from other data sources and sustainability programs using a list of APIs.

“Walmart and The Sustainability Consortium are working together to integrate THESIS Index into the everyday decision-making of our merchants, as well as giving our suppliers greater insights so they can achieve more on sustainability,” said Laura Phillips, Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability at Walmart Inc. “TSC’s new partnership with SupplyShift is an important part of that new future and an important step in helping us as we work towards our sustainability goals.” 

“We are honored to have been chosen by TSC to be their technology platform,” said Alex Gershenson, CEO and co-founder of SupplyShift.  “TSC’s science-based measurement and reporting system delivers proven metrics for retailers and suppliers that enable them to engage across a variety of issues.  SupplyShift’s next-generation solution will make it easy to gain transparency at all levels of the supply chain and will help companies focus less on the complexity of data collection and management and more on taking action to improve their supply chain performance.”

TSC will launch THESIS Index on the new platform in August 2019. TSC powers THESIS Index through the development of key performance indicators. THESIS Index is designed to help retailers and suppliers measure sustainability performance for over 130 different consumer goods categories covering over 90% of all consumer products produced around the world. TSC’s science-based methodology produces key performance indicators that measure manufacturers’ progress again sustainability issues contained within the supply chain. TSC implementation services work closely with retailers to help assess their suppliers and analyze results. TSC relaunched their measurement and reporting system under the new THESIS brand in 2019.

“Henkel values the opportunity for conversations with retailers about our sustainability progress to help us gather insights and develop products that will meet consumer needs. TSC’s new platform with SupplyShift is an important evolution in measurement and reporting and will allow us to have better insights to meet our sustainability goals,” said Robert Anson, Director of Business Development, Henkel.

“Transitioning to a more environmentally sustainable business needs to be as easy as possible. TSC moves us one step closer by simplifying the reporting process with SupplyShift, ensuring that global supply chains continue to embrace transparency. The result will be transformative – insights and actions that suppliers and retailers can use for driving the creation of better consumer products,” said Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, EDF+Business, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

TSC has more information about THESIS here. To learn more about SupplyShift, the technology powering THESIS, click here. TSC’s retail members include Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon, M&S, and Sprouts. TSC launched its beauty and personal care product sustainability rating system in 2018 with some of their current retail members and with additional participation from Target, Rite Aid, Sephora and CVS. Founded in 2009, TSC celebrates 10 years of helping companies create more sustainable consumer products. Learn more about TSC’s 10-year anniversary here

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About TSC 

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a global organization transforming the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable consumer products. We are dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products. Our members and partners include manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, service providers, NGOs, civil society organizations, governmental agencies and academics. Each member brings valuable perspectives and expertise. TSC convenes our diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to build science-based decision tools and solutions that address sustainability issues that are materially important throughout a product’s supply chain and lifecycle. TSC also offers a portfolio of services to help drive effective implementation. The Sustainability Consortium has more than 100 members and there are over 2,000 users of TSC tools worldwide; it convenes more than 200 global organizations annually over an average of 75 networking opportunities. Formed in 2009, TSC is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. It also has a European office at Wageningen University and Research, and a Chinese office in Tianjin, China. For more information visit www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

About SupplyShift

SupplyShift provides a comprehensive platform to seamlessly gather and analyze supplier networks, connecting companies to de-risk and improve supply chains. They have delivered the first cloud-based control center specifically built to ensure that sustainability insights can be thoughtfully considered in sourcing decisions.  The platform is built with the belief that, when properly managed, a company’s supplier network can deliver incredible value for the company, the greater economy, and can play an important role in changing our world for the better. The SupplyShift platform makes it seamless to gain the insight needed to create a more responsive, responsible supplier network that makes the entire supply chain more productive. Learn more at www.supplyshift.net.

Restorative Climate Strategy Briefing

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 6:27am

It’s been reported that a regenerative approach to forests, water and land can represent a 30% of carbon savings by 2030. Companies are realising that one cost-effective way of tackling the climate crisis is by restoring and protecting the biodiversity of the planet.

We’ve just produced a 28-page management briefing on Restorative Climate Strategy, where companies explain what nature-based strategies are implementing to tackle climate change. Some of the companies featured in the briefing include; PepsiCo, Heineken, Body Shop, The Nature Conservancy and Nestle to name a few.

Click here to access the complimentary 28-page management briefing on Restorative Climate Strategy

Key learnings include:

  • Path to a Restorative Economy

  • Integration of natural capital in the supply chain

  • The capacity of soil to absorb CO2 emissions

  • The power of communities to fight climate change

  • Companies innovative approaches to cool the planet

Click here to access the complimentary 28-page management briefing on Restorative Climate Strategy

Best regards,
Brenda

Brenda Staines
Programme Manager
Ethical Corporation
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7527 | brenda.staines@ethicalcorp.com
t: @Ethical_Corp

SunTrust Foundation Awards $2 Million Grant to 3DE National

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 6:27pm

The SunTrust Foundation today announced a three-year grant of $2 million to 3DE National to continue the nonprofit’s expansion in metro Atlanta and launch 3DE schools outside of Georgia for the first time, bringing the innovative high school model to Florida, Texas and the District of Columbia. 

3DE schools infuse education with real-world experiences through corporate partners and experiential design. The school model creates engaging learning environments and empowers students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to unlock greater economic opportunity. 

“Career readiness and workforce development are among areas of focus that drive the SunTrust Foundation’s actions and investments,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “The ground-breaking work that 3DE is doing in the high school classroom aligns seamlessly with our mission to build up our communities and help others gain financial confidence.”

In 2015, 3DE first launched at Banneker High School, the highest-poverty and lowest-performing high school in Fulton County School System. The new school model led to a 91% graduation rate, representing a 46% increase overall. There are now six 3DE schools in four metro Atlanta districts - Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County School District, Fulton County School System and Gwinnett County Public Schools. Each location continues to demonstrate positive outcomes with increased student engagement, academic gains and development of transferable competencies.

“SunTrust Foundation was a founding partner of the first 3DE schools. Their visionary leadership and strategic engagement were instrumental in the early success,” said Jack Harris, president and CEO of 3DE. “We are grateful for the continued support of the SunTrust Foundation and their extended partnership as a National Signature Partner of 3DE schools.” 

The 3DE approach creates interdisciplinary learning environments that apply academic standards to real-world experiences. It exposes students to a broad range of careers and industries that build critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication and collaboration.

About 3DE National
3DE by Junior Achievement is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and economic mobility by re-engineering high school education to improve student engagement, accelerate academic outcomes, and develop competencies to excel in the future of work. 3DE schools are developed and sustained through joint venture partnerships with school districts, 3DE by Junior Achievement and the broader business community. 3DE launched in Atlanta in 2015 and by 2024 aims to expand to 55 schools serving nearly 20,000 students.  

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States.

Contacts 
Callie Majors
3DE
callie.majors@3DEschools.org
404.375.9954

Audria Belton
SunTrust Foundation
audria.belton@suntrust.com
404.813.3664

Reporting Drives Corporate Change to Achieve SDGs

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 6:27pm

An ambitious project has been launched to explore how the private sector can actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and what the role of reporting and partnerships is to support this process.

GRI, the sustainability reporting standard setter, has joined forces with global power company Enel to research whether the SDGs have influenced business reporting and contributed to the adoption of new partnerships and business models. The project will look at how to strengthen the role of reporting, to enhance sustainable business practices and stimulate collaboration.

Through the first phase of the project, businesses, policy makers, NGOs and other stakeholders are asked to share their perspectives on the current state of affairs and help develop a vision on how companies and governments should work together.

An online collaboration forum, hosted by leading insights and strategy consultancy GlobeScan, is now live. On this platform public forums will be held on 8 October and 14 November, with an expert multi-stakeholder panel convened by GRI and Enel. Interested parties can sign up now to participate. 

In the second phase, the outcomes of the online forums will be discussed in regional dialogues, to take place in 2020. Participants will explore how the lessons, especially those around effective business models and partnerships, can be translated into concrete action.

Tim Mohin, GRI Chief Executive said:

“From the inception of the SDGs, GRI has championed the participation of the private sector in measuring and achieving progress. And it’s clear that, by engaging in SDG reporting and embedding this within corporate disclosures, businesses can change their ways of working through embracing sustainable practices.

This exciting partnership with Enel will help us understand how this is happening in practice – and what we can do to encourage more companies to get on board, as well as support national and global collaboration.

I would encourage organizations that are already reporting on the SDGs and those with a key interest or expertise in this area to get involved, by participating in the engagement work we have planned.”

Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability (Innovability), said:

“The integration of SDGs into Enel’s strategy is key to fostering our group’s growth while accelerating sustainable development where we operate and promoting the creation of value to be shared with all the stakeholders we work with, from local communities, to employees, suppliers and investors.

The implementation of SDG 17, which includes new forms of partnerships, helps create long-term value, in line with our ‘open Innovability’ vision. We are looking forward to working with GRI in an open environment towards the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda.”

Notes to editors

Visit GlobeScanForum.com/GRI to submit a response to the research phase or book places (free of charge) for the 90-minute online debates. The first forum will establish the state of play and the second will focus on developing a vision and actions for change.

To enable participation from around the world, each debate will take place across two session times, at 10:30 CET and 16:30 CET on 8 October and 14 November. Participants are welcome to take part in more than one session.

The panel who will participate in the two debates includes Giulia Genuardi, Head of Sustainability Planning and Performance Management, Enel; Marina Migliorato, Head of Sustainability Stakeholders Engagement, Enel; Chris Coulter, CEO, GlobeScan; and Peter Paul van de Wijs, Chief External Affairs Officer, GRI.

The UN SDG target 12.6 requires Member States to encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability information into their reporting. SDG goal 17 is to strengthen global partnerships in support of achieving the 2030 Agenda. This research project is grounded in articulating and supporting the links between these aims.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the independent international organization – headquartered in Amsterdam with regional offices around the world – that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their sustainability impacts.

Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. It is the largest European utility by market capitalization and ordinary EBITDA and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 90 GW of managed capacity. Enel distributes electricity through a network of over 2.2 million kilometers, and with around 73 million end users globally, the Group has the largest customer base among its European peers.

Enel is strongly focused on sustainability and innovation. Its renewables arm Enel Green Power manages over 43 GW of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower plants worldwide. Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in the cities, homes, industries and electric mobility segments. Enel X is the leader in demand response programs globally, with over 6 GW of capacity currently managed and assigned worldwide.

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

Contact: Tom Whittles - GRI Senior Media Relations Manager

Chevron Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 3:26pm

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced it has been named to the 2019 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) “Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities.” In its first year as a participant in the index, the company earned a top score of 100% for its efforts in promoting an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.

The DEI, a joint initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability: IN® is the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The 2019 DEI measured key performance indicators across organizational culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, community engagement, and supplier diversity.  

“We are proud to be among the top-scoring companies in the 2019 Disability Equality Index,” said Pierre Breber, Chevron’s vice president and chief financial officer and executive sponsor of ENABLED, an employee network that provides resources, support, awareness and education for disability related issues. “Employees with disabilities bring incredible value to our workplace. They are skilled at developing creative solutions to problems they face every day. Tapping into this incredible pool of talent helps us foster greater innovation and promote a more inclusive workforce. 

“This recognition is a testament to our commitment to cultivating a culture where everyone has an opportunity to fully participate and contribute in creating business success,” said Rhonda Morris, Chevron's vice president and chief Human Resources officer.

Chevron’s commitment to diversity and inclusion includes a set of initiatives to ensure all employees are empowered to realize their full potential. Among its initiatives, Chevron is proud of the broad range of programs that have made a tremendous impact supporting employees with disabilities and those who have family members with disabilities including:

  • Addition of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coverage for autism or pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) to the benefit program for U.S.-payroll employees in 2018.  This benefit is widely recognized as the most effective behavioral intervention for children with autism.

  • Partnership with the Best Buddies Jobs program, which provides integrated employment and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

  • Services for parents caring for children with developmental disabilities or learning and behavior challenges.

  • Support for local artists with disabilities from Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development (NIAD) with more than 40 pieces of artwork by 25 different NIAD artists now part of a permanent collection displayed at Chevron’s San Ramon, California, headquarters.  

To learn more about Chevron’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, read the 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights.

About Chevron

Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com

Over 30 of San Francisco Business Times’ Top 100 Corporate Philanthropists are Benevity Clients

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:25pm

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement software, today celebrated more than 30 client companies named to San Francisco Business Times’ list of the Top 100 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists—16 of which placed in the Top 25.

Published in the San Francisco Business Times and recognized at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco on July 18, the Top 100 ranks the most generous contributors to Bay Area nonprofits. A total of 31 Benevity clients representing a wide range of industries made the list, including Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Charles Schwab & Co., Clorox, Macy’s, Microsoft, Oracle, Ripple, SAP, Workday and more.

The July 18thevent also included a presentation titled “From Startup to Big: Scaling Up Giving Strategies,” featuring Benevity partner and client Amy Skeeters-Behrens, Executive Director of DocuSign IMPACT, among others.

“Our partnership with Benevity has enabled us to scale our giving and get more innovative as our company grows,” said Skeeters-Behrens. “Operating on the philosophy that our people, products and profits are a significant force for good made for a natural partnership. We’re excited to continue evolving our IMPACT initiative alongside Benevity to make a meaningful difference in the global communities where our employees and customers live and work.”

“The Benevity client community continues to set the bar high when it comes to catalyzing Goodness both on a global and local scale,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO of Benevity. “We couldn’t be more proud that San Francisco Business Times has recognized so many of our clients for their leadership, generosity and progressive approaches to inspiring purpose as a positive impact to their business as well as our society as a whole.”

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

The CGF and GAIN Join Forces on Employee Health

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:25pm

 The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have joined forces to drive the conversation on health and nutrition in the workplace. On July 3rd and 4th, the CGF and GAIN held a collaborative workshop in Geneva, Switzerland to address the main challenges around workforce nutrition, to share best practices and learnings regarding implementation of programmes in the workplace, and to look to the future to seek shared opportunities. The event, titled Better Nutrition for a Healthier Workforce, gathered key figures and showcased programmes from manufacturing, farming, NGOs, international development organisations, and government sectors, and represented Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

Caring for employees around the world is a key part of the CGF’s Health & Wellness Pillar’s leadership agenda, Collaboration for Healthier Lives (CHL). They aim to explore ways to help drive the industry forward in a collective effort to empower people to live healthier lives. As such, the CGF is constantly looking into ways to collaborate with recognised leading organisations to support their programmes globally. Therefore, joining forces with GAIN, a foundation that works with both governments and businesses to end malnutrition, is in line with the CGF’s aim to drive positive actions.

Globally, approximately 2 out of 3 companies with effective health and productivity programmes believe they perform better than their competitors. The workforce nutrition workshop provided an excellent platform for multi-stakeholder conversations in this regard. Participants got the opportunity to delve into discussions about the business case and benefits of investing in workforce nutrition and to review the existing literature and evidence in a series of presentations, round-table talks, and panel sessions over the two days.

Some of the key points that recurred throughout the workshop included: the need for progress in access and affordability to food that is nutritious and safe, enhancing education around better nutrition for workers, assessment of employee health, support for breastfeeding women, and behaviour change. The workshop also included a marketplace session which gave participants the opportunity to showcase their work on workforce nutrition while connecting with their peers.

Commenting on the importance of such collaborations, GAIN’s Executive Director, Dr. Lawrence Haddad, said, “Over three billion people spend a third of their lives in an employment setting and employers have a duty of care to their workforce. The business case is incredibly strong when analysing the return on investment when scaling up on workforce nutrition programmes. It increases productivity and loyalty and shows that employers care about their employees. Our objective to drive workforce nutrition across private and public sectors, which will have enduring effects, is not only about employees but also their families and communities”.

Sharing insights from the private sector perspective, the CGF’s Health & Wellness Pillar Co-Chair, Isabelle Grosmaitre, Danone, said, “As the CGF members directly employ close to 10 million people, we collaborate to empower people to live healthier lives while supporting our members to implement health and wellness programmes for the benefit of their employees and their businesses. It is critical to learn from the front runners on employee health and nutrition programmes across supply chains and to explore how we can all work together to drive the conversation and push these issues to the forefront of business agendas”.

The CGF looks forward to continued collaboration with GAIN to drive positive change in workforce nutrition and wider health and wellness programmes around the world.

Find out more about the CGF Health & Wellness Pillar’s work on employee health and wellbeing.

List of participants’ companies:

●      Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF)

●      Ajinomoto

●      Alive & Thrive

●      Barilla

●      BDA Work Ready

●      Bel Group

●      Danone

●      Department for International Development (DFID), U.K.

●      Eat Well Global

●      Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

●      European Marketing Distribution (EMD)

●      Ferrero SpA

●      FReSH, WBCSD / Nestlé

●      Global Living Wage Coalition

●      IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative

●      Indian Tea Association

●      Intercementos

●      International Labour Organization (ILO)

●      Kellogg Company

●      Kenyan Tea Development Agency (KTDA)

●      Koninklijke DSM N.V

●      Lenny Fashions Ltd.

●      Mars, Incorporated

●      Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka

●      Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh

●      NewForesight

●      Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat

●      SUN Business Network (SBN)

●      The Institute of Grocery Distribution

●      Touton

●      UNICEF

●      Unilever Tea Tanzania

●      Unilever Global

●      University of Sydney

●      VF Corporation

 

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.

 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR IMPROVED NUTRITION

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with governments, businesses and civil society, GAIN aims to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit: www.gainhealth.org.

Smithfield Foods Donates Land for Newly Opened Public Boat Ramp on the Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:13pm

The Town of Smithfield, Virginia announced today the opening of the Clontz Memorial Park Public Boat Ramp on the Pagan River. The new recreational asset was built on 5.7 acres of waterfront land donated by Smithfield Foods, Inc. As the only public boat ramp within Smithfield town limits, the property features floating docks, a 25-foot-wide boat ramp, and parking for 30 vehicles and trailers.

“Smithfield Foods is honored to be part of this celebration for our neighbors here in Smithfield, Virginia,” said Bill Gill, assistant vice president of sustainability for Smithfield Foods. “The banks of the Pagan River have been our home since 1936, and we are pleased to help provide even greater access to this beautiful asset that our community is lucky to have in its back yard.” 

Founded in Smithfield, Virginia more than 80 years ago, Smithfield Foods has grown to become a global consumer packaged goods and protein company with more than 54,000 employees. The company remains headquartered in Smithfield, employing more than 3,000 individuals locally. The boat ramp was made possible through Smithfield’s land donation, as well as through contributions from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the State of Virginia, and the Virginia Port Authority.

“This is prime real-estate in our community and we’re very appreciative of Smithfield Foods’ generous land donation,” said Amy Novak, Director of Smithfield Parks and Recreation. “This property will enable our residents and visitors to experience the beauty we enjoy daily living in Smithfield, and we are grateful to our partners who made the Clontz Park Property a reality.”

The Clontz Park Property is located on North Church Street in Smithfield, Virginia and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit https://www.smithfieldva.gov.

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.

Scotiabank Boosting Sustainability Commitment with Closing of Inaugural Green Bond Offering

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:13pm

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS or the Bank) announced today the closing of its inaugural USD 500 million 3.5-year Green Bond offering (the Green Bonds), boosting its commitment to Sustainable Business and creating a better future for all.

The net proceeds from the Green Bond offering will be used to fund the financing or refinancing, in whole or in part, of eligible green assets, which refer to new or existing assets, businesses or projects that meet the Scotiabank Green Bond Framework Eligibility Criteria, including renewable energy, clean transportation and green buildings. Other areas of investment may include sustainable water and wastewater management, environmentally sustainable management of living natural resources and land use, energy efficiency, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity conservation, and pollution prevention and control.

"This Green Bond offering marks a major milestone for Scotiabank," said Tom McGuire, Executive Vice President and Group Treasurer at Scotiabank. "It will bring more diversity to our investor base and strengthen our commitment to a sustainable future."

This Green Bond offering is a natural next step in Scotiabank's Sustainable Business strategy, which was launched in March 2018 with the goal of creating economic, social and environmental value for its customers, employees, communities and the planet, while also delivering returns for its shareholders. Other environmental achievements to date include:

  • Setting a global target to achieve 10% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2021 (based on 2016 levels). To date Scotiabank is 90% of the way towards meeting this target

  • Implementing an internal carbon price in 2018 ($15/tonne of C02). Scotiabank reinvests that money into energy efficiency initiatives such as HVAC replacement and solar panel installation to help meet GHG reduction targets

  • Supporting a low-carbon economy through providing financing for the renewable energy sector, increasing from $4.7 billion in 2017 to $8.5 billion in 2018

  • Reporting sustainability results annually to CDP since 2004

  • Supporting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Initial disclosures can be found in Scotiabank's 2018 Annual Report and 2018 Sustainable Business Report.

  • Participating as a member, signatory or participant of the following: UN Global Compact, UNEP Finance Initiative, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Equator Principles, and Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI), amongst others.

BNS launched its Green Bond Framework in June 2019. The framework has received a Second-Party Opinion from Sustainalytics, a global leader in ESG and Corporate Governance research and ratings, and is in line with the four core pillars of the Green Bond Principles as administered by the International Capital Market Association.

"The global green economy is growing," said Bob Nguyen, MD & Head Corporate Fixed Income Origination, Global Banking and Markets at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank's inaugural Green Bond offering will help to meet the growing demand to fund, finance, and build sustainable assets that have positive environmental benefits while matching investors' ever-expanding appetite for green financial products."

"We all have an important role to play in protecting our environment for current and future generations, to ensure that everyone can become better off," said Meigan Terry, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Sustainability and Social Enterprise at Scotiabank. "This inaugural Green Bond offering helps Scotiabank put into practice the commitments we have made to a sustainable future."

Additional Information

  • This offering was the first issuance of a Green Bond by the Bank. The Green Bonds will bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.375% and will mature on January 18, 2023. The Green Bonds constitute deposit liabilities of BNS pursuant to the Bank Act (Canada), are unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of the Bank and rank pari passu with all present or future deposit liabilities of the Bank and without any preference amongst themselves (except as otherwise prescribed by law and subject to the exercise of bank resolution powers).

  • The Green Bonds are bail-inable notes. Bail-inable notes are subject to conversion in whole or in part – by means of a transaction or series of transactions and in one or more steps – into common shares of the Bank or any of its affiliates under subsection 39.2(2.3) of the Canada Deposit Incorporation Act (CDIC Act) and to variation or extinguishment in consequence, and subject to the application of the laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein in respect of the operation of the CDIC Act with respect to the Green Bonds.

  • The offering was done on a firm commitment basis by a syndicate co-led by Scotiabank Global Banking & Markets. The offering closed on July 18, 2019.

  • The Bank has filed, in the U.S., a prospectus supplement to its December 26, 2018 base shelf prospectus. A copy of this document as well as the base shelf prospectus can be obtained at www.edgar.com

About Scotiabank

Financial services support economic progress, allow people to pursue ambitions and create more widespread future opportunities. Scotiabank will deliver on this through our focus on Sustainable Business. By paying careful attention to the areas where we feel we can have the biggest impact, we create economic, social and environmental value for our customers, employees, communities and our planet, while also delivering returns for our shareholders. Scotiabank's Sustainable Business strategy highlights four areas where the Bank can make the biggest difference: Trust, Climate Change, Economic Inclusion and Young People. To read more about our Sustainable Business strategy visit www.scotiabank.com/sustainability.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 99,000 employees and assets of over $1 trillion (as at April 30, 2019), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews. 

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DICK'S Sporting Goods and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation Pledge to Provide Access to Sports for One Million Young Athletes Nationwide by 2024

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:12pm

Today, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced at its Sports Matter panel event – moderated by Gruden along with Advisory Board Members Fitzgerald and Rose as well as U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team star Alex Morgan, DICK’S Chairman & CEO Ed Stack, Women’s Sports Foundation Senior Director of Research and Programs Dr. Marjorie Snyder and Harlem Lacrosse Alumni Jordany Baltazar – a pledge to provide access to sports for one million youth athletes over the next five years.  As part of this effort, DICK’S also announced it will match up to $1 million in donations made by customers to The DICK’S Foundation at DICK’S store checkouts or at SportsMatter.org from July 14 through September 13, 2019.

“Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have helped more than one million young athletes across the country play sports; however, new research we commissioned confirms there is still significant challenges impeding access to sports for many kids”, said Stack. “That is why we announced today our goal to provide access to sports for another one million young athletes over the next five years.”

DICK’S latest philanthropic commitment was informed by two studies recently commissioned by The DICK’S Foundation – one conducted by the RAND Institute and another by Women’s Sports Foundation. The studies provided actionable insights regarding the barriers to youth sports participation, and the benefits for kids who play. Additionally, to expand on the data surrounding girls’ sports participation, DICK’S announced today it will continue to partner with the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) to conduct additional research on youth entry, participation and retention, in sports. 

A sampling of key findings from the studies included:

State of Youth Sports:

  • 63% OF SCHOOL SPORTS BUDGETS ARE STAGNANT OR DECREASING1

  • 24% OF HIGH SCHOOLS DON’T OFFER SPORTS2

  • HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS OFFER 1/3 FEWER SPORTS & SPORTS TEAMS THAN LOW POVERTY SCHOOLS2  

  • 58% OF COMMUNITY-BASED SPORTS FEES ARE RISING1

  • 42% OF FAMILIES OF MIDDLE AND HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS BUT ARE INTERESTED IN DOING SO CITE COST AS THE MAIN REASON1

  • 56% OF TEEN GIRLS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS COMPARED TO 48% OF TEEN BOYS2

Benefits of Youth Sports:

  • STUDENT ATHLETES ARE LESS LIKELY THAN NON-ATHLETES TO BE DEPRESSED2  

  • STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM2 

  • STUDENT ATHLETES ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET HIGHER GRADES AND ASPIRE TO ATTEND COLLEGE2  

To further support its mission, The DICK’S Foundation created its first-ever Sports MatterAdvisory Board  centered on the impact that sports had on each of the influential sports figures as well as the current challenges that face youth sports. In addition to Gruden, Fitzgerald and Rose, beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, skiing gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and LeBron James’ long-time business partner Maverick Carter all serve as Sports Matter Advisory Board members and have partnered with The DICK’S Foundation to provide additional opportunities to young athletes in their respective sport or local community. 

This year alone, DICK’S and its Foundation have provided over $20 million in grants and sponsorships to support deserving schools and organizations, including $1 million to help build a new gym for students at LeBron James’ I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio; $265,000 to the Beyond Sports Foundation for its Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award; and over $780,000 to Girls on the Run to expand their mission to inspire and encourage young girls to be healthy and confident. 

For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.

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About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation.  It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities. 

 

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com


1RAND Corporation: Who Plays, Who Pays? Funding for and Access to Youth Sports, July 2019; data based on survey samples of parents of kids in grades 6-12, middle and high school administrators, and community organization sports leaders. Samples are not nationally representative. 

2Women’s Sport Foundation: The State of High School Sports in America, July 2019

Business and Inclusive Growth: Lessons From Israel

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:07am

All over the world, the exclusion of large segments of society from the fruits of economic growth is driving political and social disruption. Inclusive growth – economic growth that enables all segments of society to enjoy its fruits and opportunities – unearths a balance between economic and sustainable development, and seeks to address such systemic social gaps and inequalities. Businesses can, and must be, be a part of the solution.

Maala, Israel’s leading non-profit organization advancing corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in Israel, and Prof. David Grayson, a leading global writer, speaker and opinion leader on Responsible business and sustainability, are collaborating on a publication that will draw lessons for positive business impact on inclusive growth. The publication will focus on an adaptation of a highly regarded model of positive business impact on inclusive growth, which was developed by Morgan Stanley in collaboration with BSR, the U.S. non-profit leader in the field. The adapted model points to four tracks in which businesses can impact inclusive growth:

  1. Workplace

  2. Marketplace (Products and services, Responsible Advertising)

  3. Supply-chain

  4. Business and society(eg. community investment)

The publication will feature case studies of Israeli businesses, highlighting their distinctive contribution to inclusive growth. It will also offer insights relevant to the global discourse on the potential of businesses contributing to inclusive growth. 

A global advisory board comprised of leaders in the field is assisting the work on the publication. The publication will be launched at the Maala international conference, December 4th, 2019, in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

If you're interested in the issue, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic as we progress with this publication. Please contact us at elisha@maala.org.il

Maala is a non-profit corporate membership organization promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility in Israel. Founded in 1998, Maala is considered as the Israeli standards-setting organization, annually publishing the Maala ESG Indices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Maala also serves as a ‘hub’ of the Israeli CSR community within Israel and in representing Israel within global CSR and sustainability networks. 

Pipeline Foods Launches Sustainability Program

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:07am

 Pipeline Foods LLC (https://www.pipelinefoods.com/), the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO, organic, and regenerative food and feed, has announced the rollout of its corporate sustainability program, known as IMPACT. As part of the rollout, Pipeline Foods has published baseline metrics to kick off ongoing sustainability reporting.  

“At Pipeline Foods, we want to elevate the organic industry by putting IMPACT at the center of all we do,” said Erin Heitkamp, senior vice president of agriculture and public affairs. “This means we are always working to influence outcomes on the issues that are most important to our stakeholders and our business, and tracking and reporting on progress we’ve made.”

The Pipeline Foods IMPACT Program aligns with the company’s core values: Sustainability, Integrity and Collaboration. In partnership with its investor partner AMERRA Capital, Pipeline Foods conducted its first materiality assessment in 2018 to identify key stakeholder environmental, social, and economic priorities and determine how to most effectively impact those key areas. Through this process, Pipeline Foods identified a broad range of relevant topics to the food and agriculture industry and to the health and well-being of society at large, and engaged with key stakeholder groups to prioritize issues material to its business.

“We believe that by focusing on sustainability, integrity and collaboration – within our business and across the whole industry – we can foster a regenerative agricultural system that’s better for farmers, food consumers, and the earth,” said Heitkamp.

Pipeline Foods considered industry-leading sustainability and reporting frameworks in building its program, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The IMPACT Program identifies key performance indicators around 11 material issues:

  1. Organic Integrity

  2. Economic Performance & Profitability

  3. Traceability & Transparency

  4. Farmer Livelihood

  5. Soil Health

  6. Clean Label Market Growth

  7. Food Safety

  8. Occupational Health & Safety

  9. Financial Implications of Risk Management

  10. Local, Regional, or National Product Sourcing/Origination

  11. Regulatory Compliance

“We started Pipeline Foods as a mission-driven organization to support the growth and success of regenerative agriculture,” said Eric Jackson, founder and chairman. “Reporting on these issues is our way of ensuring that we are taking into account the topics that our stakeholders value most, and that our good work is having the greatest impact at all levels of the supply chain. We know that sharing our story - both successes and failures - with the world is imperative to fulfilling our commitments. We welcome everyone to follow our journey.”

The Pipeline Foods IMPACT Program and reporting framework were developed in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 core guidelines. A complete GRI content index is available at https://www.pipelinefoods.com/gri-standards-content-index.

For more information about Pipeline Foods’ IMPACT Program, and to see the details of and stories behind each material issue, visit: https://www.pipelinefoods.com/impact

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About Pipeline Foods

With headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., Pipeline Foods is accelerating the availability and reliability of non-GMO, organic and regeneratively grown food. We bring transparent, sustainable supply chain solutions to connect the dots for our farming partners and end users of organic grains and ingredients. Find us at https://www.pipelinefoods.com/, on Twitter @PipelineFoods and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pipelinefoods/.

Smithfield Foods Contributes $60,000 to Bladen County Read and Feed Program

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 6:04pm

 The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a donation of $60,000 to Bladen County Schools Foundation to fund the purchase of a new mobile van for the district’s “Read and Feed” program. The new mobile unit will deliver to more than 4,000 students throughout Bladen County to ensure they have access to free meals and literacy programs that would otherwise be unavailable during summer months.

“Bladen County Schools is dedicated to supporting our students and providing each individual with the best learning environment possible,” said Robert Taylor, Superintendent for Bladen County Schools. “This generous donation from Smithfield Foods enables us to provide not only summer meals but learning opportunities to students who often do not have access while school is out.”

Nutrition is shown to have a direct impact on students’ academic performance. While more than 4,000 students throughout Bladen County receive free and reduced lunches during the school year, they also lack regular exposure to 21st century career pathways. The summer Read and Feed program encourages students to develop academically, while simultaneously providing nutritious meals to those who need it most once school ends.

“At Smithfield Foods, we are extremely passionate about ensuring students in our local community have access year-round to educational resources and wholesome meals,” said Donovan Owens, manager of Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel, North Carolina plant. “With more than 4,500 local employees, and 10,000 across the state, we are eager to support and serve Bladen County students and families through this Read and Feed program sponsorship.”

The Bladen County School Foundation’s mobile Read and Feed unit, sponsored by Smithfield, will deliver hot and cold meals to designated meal sites and eligible K-12 students across Bladen County from June 24 – August 23. For more information on Smithfield’s commitment to helping communities, visit www.SmithfieldFoods.com/sustainability/report/2018/helping-communities.

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 Bladen County Schools Foundation

The Bladen County Schools Educational Foundation supports programs and activities to enhance the excellence in the learning environment in partnership with the schools, recognize distinction in public education, and to strengthen positive community relations. The Foundation serves as the vehicle by which Bladen County’s residents and businesses can contribute to Bladen County’s public schools by funding educational opportunities for students and teachers that fall outside the school system’s operating budget.  

The Mission of the Educational Foundation is to raise funds and promote educational programs for the district via donations from businesses, organizations, corporations, individuals and foundations; to act as a fiscal agent for donors who wish to sponsor projects and/or improvements for the Bladen County Schools, its teachers and students; and receive and disburse funds, property and gifts of any kind exclusively for the educational benefits of the students.

The organization is a public, not-for-profit 501(c)3 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes dedicated to improving education for the students of Bladen County public schools.

Soil Health Institute Releases Comprehensive Strategy for Soil Health

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 6:04pm

The Soil Health Institute today released its comprehensive strategy for enhancing soil health at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Soil Health Institute in Sacramento, Calif.

An abundance of research shows that practices designed to improve soil health also reduce nutrient loss to waterways, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, increase biodiversity, and provide many other benefits. 

“To achieve such goals at scale, we must provide our land managers, primarily farmers and ranchers, with the information they need when deciding whether to adopt soil health-promoting practices,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, CEO of the Soil Health Institute. “That means a key component of our strategy is to assess the impacts of soil health adoption on profitability and economic risk. Another is to identify the most effective measurements for soil health because farmers cannot be expected to manage what they cannot measure. We then need to provide workshops on locally-relevant management practices proven by other farmers to work for them,” Honeycutt says. In addition, Honeycutt described how information must be supported by a strong research and development program that producers, policy analysts, and society can trust.

“Once adoption is achieved, the work does not end there,” Honeycutt adds. “It is important that we assess the impacts of adoption on productivity and profitability because that supports the business case. We also need to quantify effects on the environment because this supports well-informed policies and provides the evidence needed for educating consumers about the environmental benefits of soil health systems. Such information can help create more market demand for food and fiber grown using soil health practices so that the entire system becomes self-sustaining and does not depend on government assistance.”

The Soil Health Institute’s strategy is summarized in a short (less than 5 minutes in length) video, provided here.

For further information, visit www.soilhealthinstitute.org.

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About the Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) is a non-profit whose mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment and society.

Sodexo Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion for the 5th Consecutive Year

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 3:04pm

 Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index (DEI) -- a joint initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) to recognize organizations who promote diversity and disability inclusion in the workplace. Sodexo received a score of 90 percent and was a top scorer among 180 other businesses.

“Sodexo is proud to be recognized for the fifth year as one of the ‘Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion,” said Rohini Anand, PhD, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo. “This award reinforces our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our intentionality around integrating people with disabilities into our workforce, which we know enhances our business and culture.”

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. In January, Sodexo was recognized on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE’S 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. In 2018, Sodexo was ranked in the top 10 of DiversityInc magazine's 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity' list for the 9th consecutive year and inducted into DiversityInc’s Top 50 Hall of Fame.

The DEI serves as the nation’s most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool allowing America’s leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. This evolving index objectively scores each corporation on a scale from 0 to 100—100 representing the most inclusive.

About the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent, annual benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

The DEI is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice.

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) brings together AAPD, the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the leading national business-to-business network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complimentary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporate America and the disability community.

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is a convener, connecter, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As one of the leading national cross-disability civil rights organizations, AAPD advocates for the full recognition of rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.

About Disability:IN

Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Partnering with more than 180 corporations, Disability:IN expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. The organization and 50 affiliates raise a collective voice of positive change for people with disabilities in business. Through its programs and services, Disability:IN empowers businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality, with the goal of advancing inclusion to the point when the organization is no longer necessary.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

CONTACT Heidi Bullman Heidi.Bullman@sodexo.com Sodexo, Inc.

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