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On World Sight Day, Global Charity Launches New Programs in Minnesota to Improve Vision for Underserved Children

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 4:13am

Today, on World Sight Day, the global health charity Helen Keller International began delivering services in schools in Saint Paul and Minneapolis to help improve the vision of vulnerable children. Recognizing the unmet needs for vision care among vulnerable, at-risk youth in the U.S., the organization is expanding its 24-year-old ChildSight program to reach children in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, starting in Saint Paul.

Worldwide, 1.2 billion people need glasses. “Impaired vision is a serious global health problem that hits as hard in the U.S. as it does in other countries,” said Helen Keller International’s U.S. ChildSight Director, Meghan Lynch. “Across the nation, approximately 12 million adults and roughly 4 million children cannot see clearly due to uncorrected refractive error, which can be fixed with a simple pair of prescription glasses. This is a major yet underrecognized public health issue that reduces quality of life, educability, and employment options for millions of Americans.”

Many children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have the eyeglasses they need to see properly because they lack access to basic health care and vision care. As a result, they face unnecessary barriers to learning and to reaching their full potential. Saint Paul ranks 21 among the 25 cities in the U.S. with the highest rates of child poverty, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The Phillips Eye Institute is currently providing vision screenings in the Twin Cities to schoolchildren in kindergarten through sixth grade and care coordination beginning in pre-kindergarten through the start of ninth grade. Helen Keller International’s new program will meet the vision care needs of older schoolchildren in these urban areas.

Helen Keller International’s new ChildSight services in Saint Paul will launch at Harding Senior High School, in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools. The program will provide free in-school vision screenings, eye exams, prescription eyeglasses, and referrals for follow-up care to students who may have more serious conditions. Saint Paul is one of Minnesota’s largest public-school districts, serving a diverse population of more than 37,000 students. Services will begin in Minneapolis Public Schools in early 2019.

“We are profoundly grateful to school district officials in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Essilor Vision Foundation—and many other active and engaged community and business leaders—who made it possible for us to bring this program to students in the Twin Cities,” said Lynch. “Together, we can ensure that all children in this city have the vision services they need to learn, work, and live without limits.”

A grant from Eden Prairie-based Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies provided funding to expand Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program to the Upper Midwest. Additional support from Essilor Vision Foundation, the nonprofit launched and supported by Essilor of America, provides prescription lenses free of charge and offers discounted manufacturing costs for the eyeglasses provided through Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program in Minnesota.
 
“Everyone deserves the chance to see the world more clearly,” said Andrea Haymore, Director of Partnerships with Essilor Vision Foundation. “We are proud to partner with and support Helen Keller International with in-kind donations of lenses and lab services to achieve their mission and provide vision services across the country, including now in the Twin Cities.”
 
World Sight Day was launched by the World Health Organization in 1998 to draw attention to preventable blindness and visual impairment. In alignment with this year’s theme of “Eye Care Everywhere,” Helen Keller International has charted a bold new vision for its U.S. ChildSight program and aims to recruit new community and corporate partners to bring good vision to underprivileged communities in the 25 U.S. cities with the highest rates of child poverty by 2025.
 

“Helen Keller International believes in a world in which all children can see clearly and go after their dreams,” said Lynch. “That’s a world worth fighting for, and I know that with the support of our partners, we can make that happen.”

In addition to Minnesota, Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program currently operates in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio and will soon be expanding to Wisconsin. Since the program began in New York City in 1994, it has screened nearly 2 million students and provided more than 300,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses free of charge to vulnerable children. 

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ABOUT HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL
Helen Keller International, co-founded in 1915 by our namesake, is committed to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. Our programs combat the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health, and malnutrition. We envision a world where no one suffers from preventable or treatable blindness, low vision, or disease. Headquartered in New York City, we currently work in 12 countries in Africa, eight in Asia, and in the United States.
www.hki.org

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Celebrities and Activists Join Journalist Marianne Schnall to Highlight Women’s Political Leadership

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 4:12pm

At a time when women are rising up to run for office in record numbers, and we head towards a pivotal mid-term election, today, journalist Marianne Schnall announced two timely initiatives to highlight the need for women’s political leadership, civic engagement and get out the vote.

Both the event and video campaign were organized in partnership with Schnall, author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power (recently recommended by Beyoncé) and founder and CEO of What Will It Take Movements which works to inspire a new generation of women leaders.

“Gender equality is not a women’s issue, it is a human issue,” said Schnall. “Both the campaign and this event serve as a call to action for women to use their voices and exert their important influence as leaders, as voters, and as engaged citizens. We all benefit from more equal and diverse leadership.”

Upcoming event: October 15, 2018 - Women's Political Leadership: What Will It Take?
In partnership with NYU's Skirball Center this free event will be hosted prior to the midterm election to rally support and highlight the need for women's political leadership and to inspire women to realize their own agency and power, and get out the vote. Journalist and What Will It Take Movements founder Marianne Schnall and Media Industry Leader Pat Mitchell will be moderating, and speakers include Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Strategist/Political Correspondent Symone Sanders, Activist/Educator/Writer Brittany Packnett, Democratic Candidate for NY State Senate Alessandra Biaggi, and Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts/Political Parity Cofounder Kerry Healey. The event will connect people to What Will It Take’s Women & Politics initiative guiding voters towards sites and resources to register to vote and find their polling place, as well as groups that offer trainings on running for office.  The event will be live streamed to reach a wider audience.

This timely event is part of Intentional Media’s Year of Women campaign, inspired by Schnall’s viral CNN article, 2018 Will Be the Year of Women. More information and registration information can be found at the link below (tickets are free):  https://nyuskirball.org/events/skirball-talks-womens-political-leadership

What Will It Take to #RepresentHer? campaign
Celebrities and activists including Larry Wilmore, Tarana Burke, and Sophia Bush released a video launching the “What Will It Take To #RepresentHer” campaign, an effort to break down gender stereotypes and promote women in leadership.  This initiative was created in partnership with filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Representation Project, journalist Marianne Schnall’s What Will It Take Movements, and the Berkowitz brothers’ production company Not A Billionaire and features interviews with a diversity of notable figures including Valerie Jarrett, Tarana Burke, Sophia Bush, Dolores Huerta, Pat Mitchell, Tina Tchen, Gabrielle Reece, Ai-Jen Poo, Monica Ramirez, Brittany Packnett, Sarah Eagle Heart, Patrisse Cullors, Amanda Seales, Stoneman Douglas students, Larry Wilmore and others.

You can see the video and website featuring additional tools here:

https://www.letsrepresenther.org

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About Marianne Schnall: Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, CNN.com, TIME.com,Refinery29, Forbes, EW.com, the Women’s Media Center, Huffington Post, and many others. She is the co-founder and executive director of the women’s website and non-profit organization Feminist.com and founder of What Will It Take Movements. She is the author of “What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power.” www.marianneschnall.com

About What Will It Take Movements: What Will It Take is a media, collaboration, learning, and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. What Will It Take acts as a connective tissue bringing together existing stakeholders and champions of women’s leadership across industries on a single platform to foster collaboration and coordination.  www.whatwillittake.com

About Year of Women: Year of Women is an inclusive, international movement built through an integrated digital, media, and event campaign that will facilitate the critical conversations, connections, and actions needed to elevate women in business, finance, and politics. What Will it Take’s partners on the YOW campaign include Conscious Company Media, SOCAP, and Good Capital Project.  www.yearofwomen.com

About Intentional Media 
Year of Women is an initiative of Intentional Media, a family of brands — including SOCAP, The Good Capital Project, Conscious Company Media, and What Will It Take Movements — catalyzing the transition to an economy that ensures our social, environmental, and economic systems thrive together. We have a network of investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, advisors,, philanthropists, foundations, and thought leaders across the world helping us achieve this mission. www.intentional.co

Media Contact: 
lzizumbo@intentional.co
801-671-1018

OppenheimerFunds Named an InvestmentNews 2018 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards Winner

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 4:12pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, has been recognized by InvestmentNews as a 2018 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards winner. The firm was selected by a committee of InvestmentNews representatives and judges who recognized OppenheimerFunds and 11 other firms for their ability to inspire others from diverse backgrounds to join, flourish and bring their true selves to work in the financial services industry.                                       

InvestmentNews’ first annual Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion recognition program aims to tell the stories of individuals and firms who have used their success, leadership skills, and willingness to implement and advocate for diversity and inclusion within the financial advisory industry.

“In our hyper-competitive industry, diverse thinking is critical to innovation, and this comes from having a diverse and inclusive work force. We can lead or fall behind, and at OppenheimerFunds we choose to lead,” said Art Steinmetz, chairman and CEO, OppenheimerFunds.

As part of the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts, OppenheimerFunds provides employees with a range of opportunities to connect with the unique experiences of their colleagues by joining Business Resource Groups, which include the Asian Professionals Network, Black Professionals Network, Disabilities Network, Latino Professionals Network, LGBTQ+ Network, Military Network, and Women’s Network.

On October 9, Rocco Benedetto, Head of Broker/Dealer Channel at OppenheimerFunds, accepted the award on behalf of the firm during InvestmentNews’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards Celebration in New York.

“Advisors are looking for new ways to make their practices more inclusive and to serve their increasingly diverse clients,” said Benedetto. “This award highlights our firm’s commitment to helping them think through their goals in areas such as hiring, resources and training.”

OppenheimerFunds has received numerous awards for its benefits and workplace culture, including recognition on the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index and 2018 Disability Equality Index, and as a Diversity Champion in Investment News’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards. In addition, OppenheimerFunds has been named as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and a Best Place to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments. The firm was also highlighted in Fatherly’s 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads and by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2018 “100 Best Companies” for working mothers and as one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

To learn more about the InvestmentNews 2018 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards methodology and winners visit: https://www.investmentnews.com/section/excellence-in-diversity-and-inclusion/2018

About OppenheimerFunds

OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $246 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of September 30, 2018.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

Web: oppenheimerfunds.com
Tweets: twitter.com/OppFunds
Podcasts: oppenheimerfunds.com/advisors/podcasts

Shares of Oppenheimer funds are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

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

 

Oppenheimer funds are distributed by OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc.

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IUCN and Newmont partner on biodiversity conservation to advance knowledge sharing and best practices

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 4:12pm

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) have established a three-year collaborative agreement to identify ways the Company can meet its global targets to achieve no net loss in biodiversity, and net gains where possible. 

As part of the agreement, Newmont asked IUCN and its experts – including representatives of IUCN Member organizations and its Commissions – to conduct independent reviews at select mine sites using the IUCN Biodiversity Net Gain Protocol. The first site visit was conducted in August at Newmont’s operations in Nevada, USA, and future visits are planned for the Company’s other regions. Data gathered through the reviews will be used to design and implement enhanced biodiversity conservation programs at Newmont’s global mine sites and for knowledge sharing with IUCN members.

“The full assessment of the first site visit to Newmont’s operations in Nevada is still being compiled, but preliminary conclusions indicate that there is considerable scope for the mining sector to mainstream biodiversity conservation into their operations in a meaningful way,” said IUCN’s Global Director, Stewart Maginnis. “However, for this to work, companies need commitment at both the corporate and operational level to adhere to best practice standards as well as third-party assessment and verification.”

Newmont is one of the world’s leading gold and copper producers with operations in Africa, Australia, North and South America. The Company has a stated goal of no net loss of key biodiversity values (KBVs) in its areas of influence.

“Our partnership with IUCN, a recognized global authority on biodiversity, will provide further insight into how Newmont can meet or exceed our biodiversity targets and remain a global leader in sustainability,” said Newmont’s Elaine Dorward-King, Executive Vice President of Sustainability and External Relations. “Understanding and managing the impacts of our activities on biodiversity, critical habitats and ecosystems – at every stage of the mine lifecycle – is essential to ensuring our operations remain responsible and profitable well into the future.”

For more information, please visit the IUCN webpage.

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organizations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organizations and the input of more than 13,000 experts. This year, IUCN celebrates its 70th anniversary. Since its establishment in 1948 in the French town of Fontainebleau, IUCN has become the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

About Newmont

Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.

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Jackson Family Wines Receives EPA Green Power Leadership Award

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:11pm

Jackson Family Wines, a family-owned wine company known for its portfolio of premium wineries, announced today that it has received a 2018 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is Jackson Family Wines’ third Green Power Leadership Award since 2011. EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Jackson Family Wines with an award for Direct Project Engagement at the 2018 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Houston, Texas on October 10, 2018.

Jackson Family Wines was one of only five organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for direct project engagement. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves through direct project engagement with on- and off-site projects using a variety of financing structures to access renewable energy certificate (REC)-based green power. Jackson Family Wines is currently generating more than 9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from on-site solar energy systems. Overall, Jackson Family Wines is procuring almost 37 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of its electricity use.

“My family and I are honored to have Jackson Family Wines receive this prestigious recognition from the EPA,” said Katie Jackson, SVP of Sustainability and External Affairs. “Our ongoing investment in renewable energy is driven by my family’s commitment to make high quality wines in the most responsible manner. Awards like these underscore the critical importance of green power across all business sectors and we are proud to be an industry leader in clean energy.”

In addition, Jackson Family Wines ranks as No. 140 on EPA’s 100% Green Power Users list, which highlights those EPA Green Power Partners using 100 percent renewable energy organization-wide annually as of July 2018. EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly at www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-top-partner-rankings.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of those sources in the United States and advance the American green power market.

According to the EPA, Jackson Family Wines’ current green power use of almost 37 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 3,400 average American homes annually.

Since formalizing its sustainability program in 2008, Jackson Family Wines has minimized environmental impacts through land conservation, low impact farming and smart water use and innovative energy management. Today, Jackson Family Wines is the wine industry’s largest generator of onsite solar energy with 7.1 MW of generation capacity across 12 wineries, offsetting 1,400 homes’ worth of annual electricity use. In its commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, Jackson Family Wines has established a goal to power 50% of all winemaking operations from onsite renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity 25% by 2021. Additionally, the wine company uses 50% less water to make wines than the industry average, saving more than 28 million gallons of water each year.

About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a leading family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration and stewardship. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of over 40 wineries and brands that span significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines in a sustainable manner. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. To learn more, please visit: www.jacksonfamilywines.com.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,600 Partners voluntarily using more than 50 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 10 recipients are using more than 11.8 billion kWh of green power—enough to power almost 1.1 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.

Smithfield Foods and Feed More Unveil New Tractor-Trailer to Expand Distribution in Rural Counties in Central Virginia

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:11pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Feed More, a hunger-relief organization serving 34 cities and counties in Central Virginia, unveiled a new refrigerated tractor-trailer to support the organization’s efforts to improve product distribution to the eight localities in the southern region of their service area, where almost 25,000 individuals are food insecure. The tractor-trailer was funded through a $180,000 gift from the Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods.

“This gift from Smithfield will significantly impact our ability to better address the needs of the rural counties in our service area, including those served by Farmville Area Community Emergency Services, one of our wonderful partner agencies,” said Douglas Pick, president and chief executive officer of Feed More. “Food insecurity rates remain too high, especially in rural counties in our southern region, and this tractor-trailer will enable us to improve our distribution of perishable and non-perishable food products to this important area.”

The new tractor-trailer will deliver between 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of food each day from Feed More’s Richmond campus to food pantries and other members of their Agency Network and remote distribution centers. This will be focused on rural localities across Feed More’s service area, including Brunswick, Charlotte, Emporia, Greenville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Sussex counties.

“At Smithfield, we believe in supporting the communities we call home, and value our opportunity as a food company to address the challenges of food insecurity,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods. “We’re honored to grow our partnership with Feed More through this gift to improve their distribution in this critical area of need.”

Since 2011, Smithfield has donated more than 300,000 pounds of protein through its partnership with Feed More. The Smithfield Foundation grant supports Feed More’s Gather. Give. Grow campaign to support large-scale investments in facility improvements, refrigeration, and vehicles.

For more information about Smithfield’s charitable efforts, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/key-outreach-efforts/smithfield-foundation.

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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Feed More 
Feed More collects, prepares and distributes more than 20 million meals annually to neighbors in need throughout Central Virginia. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, Feed More’s comprehensive programs and network of nearly 300 agencies helps ensure our communities have access to healthy meals year round. Feed More is a proud member of Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Media Contacts:

 

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Lisa Martin

(757) 365-1980

lvmartin@smithfield.com

 

FeedMore

Jessica Howe Hickey

(804) 237-8604

jhowe@FeedMore.org

 

Image Caption: Smithfield Foods and Feed More unveiled a new refrigerated tractor-trailer to support Feed More's efforts to improve food distribution to the eight-county southwest region of Virginia. The new tractor-trailer, which was funded through a $180,000 gift from Smithfield, will deliver between 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of food each day from Feed More’s Richmond facility to their new Southwest hub in Farmville, Virginia.

Nornickel’s Environmental Contribution Highly Praised by the International Agency RAEX

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:11pm

Nornickel excelled in the rankings provided by the rating agency RAEX (full name - International group of rating agencies ‘Expert RA’). The company won first place in the category ‘Business Leaders: Environmental Costs.’ In 2017, 4.9% of Nornickel’s revenue was spent on environmental protection; triple that of its European counterparts who, on average, spend 1.5% of their revenue on ecological programs.

The company also ranked 5th in the category ‘Business Leaders: Social Partnership’. In 2017, Nornickel’s internal corporate social expenses, and investments in human capital, amounted to 227,000 RUB (3,891 USD) per employee. This is in line with the exponential growth of human capital investments, that experts have seen trending in recent years, in some of the biggest companies (Nornickel came 22nd in the Russian rating RAEX-600).

Another important accomplishment for Nornickel was achieving Top 10 in the first ever ESG ranking in Russia. This ranking evaluates how fully the company takes into account environmental, social and governance factors. Since 2004, Nornickel has been leading the practice of publishing non-financial reports on company activities. In 2016, the company joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative which aims to help businesses align their strategies and operations on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; as well as take strategic action to advance broader societal goals. Nornickel changed its approach on non-financial reporting in 2018: publishing it in accordance with the UN’s sustainable development principles for the first time. 

Nornickel traditionally occupies dominant positions in ESG ratings of international agencies. In 2017, the company jumped to 35th place among global metal companies in the ranking of the international rating agency Sustainalytics.

“ESG rankings are important in Europe.” Experts from the RAEX say. “From 2019, the right to assign these rankings in the European Union will be legally regulated. It is quite logical, considering that almost all significant investment decisions are related to company value based on ESG factors.”

2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference: People + Purpose = Progress

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:11am

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference. The annual Conference connects leading corporate social responsibility professionals and experts from around the world for three days of insights, information, and sharing. With support from convening sponsor Mary Kay, the Conference will take place in Dallas, TX from April 28-30, 2019. This year's Conference will focus on the powerful relationship between people, purpose, and progress.

“Corporate citizenship professionals know that when people mobilize around a unique purpose, great progress can be made,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “At the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference this coming April, we plan to explore how the leadership of corporate citizenship professionals is critical to their companies' ability to achieve sustainable progress—and to connect people to its deeper purpose.”

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Exclusively designed for corporate citizenship professionals to engage in broad-ranging dialogue and learn practical strategies and best practices, Conference highlights include:

  • 25+ educational breakout sessions focused on CSR trends, insights, and best practices

  • Seven general sessions featuring inspirational keynote speakers

  • Multiple lunch and dinner receptions, industry summits, and networking events

  • Largest industry film festival dedicated to recognizing CSR program excellence

  • And much more!

REGISTRATION & ELIGIBILITY

Registration is now open. Early adopter registration rates as well as sponsor, team, and new member discounts are available. To learn more, visit the Conference registration page. To establish a thoughtful, collaborative atmosphere, the Conference is open exclusively to corporate citizenship practitioners working inside companies. Nonprofits, consultants, media, students, and academics are not typically part of the Conference participant mix unless they are content partners. If you have questions about your eligibility to attend the Conference or would like to request special consideration, please contact registration@bc.edu. To learn more about the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, as well as other offerings and events from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, visit ccc.bc.edu.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals know more about how to maximize business and social value; do more, and achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on a community of corporate professionals, original research, and resources of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. The membership-supported organization engages more than 10,000 individuals annually across its network of more than 470 member companies each year. For more information, visit ccc.bc.edu.

CONTACT:        

Jessica Shearer
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617.552.4545
Email: ccc@bc.edu

Major Environmental Groups Back Steven Donziger in Battle With Chevron Over Historic Ecuador Pollution Judgment

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 4:10pm

With Canada’s Supreme Court backing Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples against Chevron, four of the world’s leading environmental groups have thrown their support behind leading U.S. human rights attorney Steven Donziger as the oil giant continues its unprecedented retaliation campaign targeting those who held it accountable for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste in the Amazon.  

Donziger is widely considered the target of the most well-financed and vicious corporate retaliation campaign in history, with Chevron spending at least $2 billion on 60 law firms to try to undermine him with an avowed “demonization” campaign after he helped Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples and farmer communities win a $9.5 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador. To retaliate, Chevron used fraudulent evidence from a paid witness to obtain a non-monetary “fraud” judgment from a sole U.S. trial judge against Donziger. 

That decision, from Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, has been rejected or ignored by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador and 12 in Canada, including by the entire Supreme Courts of both countries. Chevron had fought to have the environmental case heard in Ecuador, where the company was convicted in 2011 of dumping billions of gallons of cancer-causing oil waste that poisoned huge areas of the Amazon and decimated Indigenous groups and farmer communities with a public health catastrophe. (Here is a summary of the evidence against Chevron.) 

In the last two weeks, London-based Global Witness put out an alert in support of Donziger, as did U.S.-based Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network. (See here and here.) Chevron and its lawyers also were hit with a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Department of Justice related to the company’s witness bribery and fraud used to try to frame Donziger. Other key developments in favor of Donziger include:

**Global Witness, one of the word’s leading human rights groups, sent a letter to the New York judiciary expressing “serious concern" over violations of Donziger’s due process rights after staff attorneys at the New York bar suspended his law license in July without a hearing based on the false testimony from a paid Chevron witness. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he lied on the stand about a supposed "bribe" of the Ecuador trial judge after Chevron lawyers coached him for 53 days.

**Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Stand.Earth (formerly Forest Ethics), and Greenpeace have pledged support for a petition filed by Donzigerbefore the Inter-American Commission On Human Rights challenging the use by Chevron and other corporations of a vague civil “racketeering” statute to attack lawyers and activists who seek to hold companies accountable for human rights violations. The IAHCR has broad discretion to protect the rights of private citizens. 

**John Phillips, a prominent Canadian human rights lawyer who advises the Ecuadorian communities, also backed Donziger as he challenges the decision of the NY bar to designate him an “immediate threat to the public order” based on the disputed Kaplan findings. That decision by the NY bar led to expressions of “shock” in the U.S. legal community given that Kaplan’s decision has been rejected by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador. Phillips noted that Canada’s Supreme Court, in ruling unanimously in favor of the Ecuadorians in their judgment enforcement action, also ignored Kaplan’s erroneous findings when Chevron tried to insert them in the case.

“I am shocked and dismayed by the decision of the New York bar to withdraw Steven Donziger’s license,” said Phillips. “In my view, the process falls short of due process, and falls well short of what we expect from the New York bar. As for the merits, it seems the decision was based largely on Judge Kaplan’s judgment. In my view Judge Kaplan had questionable jurisdiction, and his findings were  based on an incomplete record that included significant evidence that Mr. Donziger was prohibited from presenting.

“One day, I believe we will look back on these events regarding Steven Donziger and his clients in Ecuador as being a major miscarriage of justice and an inexcusable failure to allow vulnerable indigenous people to obtain redress for the destruction of their environment and lives,” he added. “I hope the New York bar is able to rectify its actions so as to restore its reputation and integrity, and set itself on the right side of history.” 

Simon Taylor, a co-founder of Global Witness, also weighed in for Donziger.

“What seems to be happening to Steven Donziger, given evidence in the public domain, is a serious case of judicial harassment - a sham process, wrapped up by the gentile world of the New York Bar as legitimate,” said Taylor. “The attacks on Steven seem to have all the hallmarks of the kind of bullying and persecution we have documented and witnessed in countries around the world, where threats to corporate interests result in vicious counter-attacks. 

“Mr. Donziger now appears to have joined a long list of the persecuted, and I am particularly shocked that this is taking place in New York—a jurisdiction with a proud reputation for its fight against corruption and the corrupt,” Mr. Taylor added. “The fact that this is happening on the basis of highly suspect evidence, and possibly false witness testimony, raises the distinct possibility that Mr. Donziger is being framed.  It is critical that this ‘process’ be monitored by all concerned to protect the rule of law and the maintenance of free, open, and accountable societies - and that is precisely what we will be doing.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Donziger has been called a “hero” of the environmental movement by Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler while environmental defenders have lauded his work in helping Ecuadorian villagers hold Chevron accountable for what is considered the worst oil-related catastrophe in the world. (See here for testimonials.) The findings by Judge Kaplan that formed the basis for Donziger’s bar suspension without a hearing have largely collapsed. (See here for an explanation of Chevron’s RICO fraud and the collapse of the Kaplan findings.)

Donziger is challenging the suspension of his license with a hearing scheduled for Nov. 7 in New York City. Taylor said Global Witness intends to monitor the proceeding. Donziger is also scheduled to speak Nov. 12 at a major conference on Indigenous rights and the environment in Canada that will include participation from prominent Indigenous leaders and academics from around the world. (See here for registration.)

Background

The following media articles detail the treatment by Mr. Donziger by U.S. authorities over the last few years:

The following videos discuss the merits of the underlying environmental litigation that Mr. Donziger assisted with in Ecuador:

T-Mobile Hosts More Than 1,000 Teens at ‘Generation T’ Career Exploration Events in October

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 1:09pm

 

What:
Generation T is a career exploration program, designed by T-Mobile in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and After-School All-Stars (ASAS). The program, which was launched in October 2017, is designed to inspire youth to explore careers in technology and product innovation.

Since October 2017, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile has hosted more than 2,200 youth (ages 11-18) and 1,100 employee mentors at more than 220 events. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Generation T, the Un-carrier is super-charging the program by making it available to more than 1,110 youth across the country -- in just the month of October alone! 

At the Generation T events, participants will learn about careers in technology, interact with T-Mobile employees and leaders and get the opportunity to test out groundbreaking technologies such as virtual reality and 5G. Each participant will also go home with an awesome T-Mobile swag bag and get the chance to win special prizes like speakers, headphones and more!

“When we developed Generation T, we asked leading youth nonprofit organizations how we could help tackle the biggest challenges and they said that what young people want most is access to relatable mentors and hands-on experiences that can help them explore career options,” said Janice V. Kapner, executive vice-president, Communications and Community Engagement at T-Mobile US. “We are really thrilled that so many youth have participated – and even more excited to extend the program to more future tech leaders across the entire country!”

When & Where:          
During the month of October, Generation T events will take place in each of T-Mobile’s six signature stores, the T-Mobile Tech Experience Center and 30 T-Mobile retail trucks that will be traveling throughout the country.

 

Thurs, 10/11

San Francisco, CA

Mon, 10/22

Santa Monica, CA

Fri, 10/12

Las Vegas, NV

Mon, 10/29

New York City

Mon, 10/15

Chicago, IL

Mon, 10/29

Bellevue, WA *Tech Experience Center

Fri, 10/19

Miami, FL

 

 

* Events will not be open to the public. If you are a member of the media and interested in learning more, contact: MediaRelations@t-mobile.com

Background: 
T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation have donated more than $4M to support strategic youth partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and ASAS. Generation T is part of T-Mobile’s broader youth-focused initiatives that include EmpowerED, a program to bridge the digital divide by bringing mobile technology to schools in low-income communities nationwide, and Changemaker Challenge, a national contest and innovation lab aimed at helping young people drive positive change in their communities and the world at-large.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 75.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

Media Contacts T-Mobile US Media Relations MediaRelations@t-mobile.com

Compliance Management Conference

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 1:09pm

The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.

Corporate Activist Employees: What You Need to Know to Empower Your New CSR Team

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 1:09pm

How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.

Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:

- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees

Small Dose, Big Clean: Seventh Generation Reinvents the Liquid Laundry Bottle Using 60% Less Plastic, 50% Less Water and a Super Convenient Dosing Technology

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:09am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the eco-friendly products space, has announced the launch of a new laundry detergent in an effort to modernize the liquid laundry category and drive unnecessary plastic and water waste out of the industry.

Designed to be easier to use and lighter to ship, the new Seventh Generation EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent, now available on Amazon.com, incorporates several innovative new features, including:

  • One-of-a-kind packaging: The new 23oz, transparent bottle is made of 100% recycled PET and is a first of its kind for mainstream laundry, made with 60 percent less plastic and 50 percent less water compared to the standard 100oz detergent bottle, enabling significant energy and materials savings. The bottle weighs a mere 1.6 pounds, 75 percent less than the standard 100oz bottle, while still delivering the same number of loads. The bottle makes it much easier for consumers to lift, pour and store.

  • A simpler pour: The product features a new auto dosing technology imbedded in the cap, which automatically stops the liquid flow once the proper amount of detergent is dispensed. It’s called EasyDose™, and is made with a proprietary compression chamber technology designed to deliver the right amount every time. This means no more guessing how much detergent to pour and less of a mess thanks to the addition of a flip cap.

  • Small dose, big clean: Seventh Generation developed a unique, plant-based and ultra-concentrated formula that is 99% bio-based and provides enough liquid detergent for 66 loads, housed in a compact, convenient 23oz bottle.

“This product is a game changer for both the consumer and industry. Once you try it, you’ll never pick up a 100oz bottle again,” said John Moorhead, Senior Brand Manager, eCommerce at Seventh Generation. “We designed the proposition to be effective, compact and incredibly easy to use. This directly addresses feedback we’ve received from consumers: from making it easier to do laundry while holding a child or juggling a laundry basket to eliminating the question of how much detergent to use.”

Launching as an eCommerce exclusive, the Seventh Generation EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent was also designed with optimal shipping efficiency in mind. The new smaller and lighter packaging allows for less damage while in transit and more efficient shipping due to its lightweight property.

“It’s imperative that we seek ways to lessen our impact on the planet, which is why we’ve reinvented the laundry bottle,” said Joey Bergstein, Chief Executive Officer of Seventh Generation. “We need to challenge the status quo in the industry and EasyDose™ does just that. Imagine the unnecessary waste saved if we can eventually replace all 100oz laundry bottles sold both online and in store with this ultra concentrate.”

The EasyDose™ Ultraconcentrated Laundry Detergent is available in two scents: Free & Clear (fragrance free) and Fresh Lavender for a MSRP of $12.99. For more information on this and Seventh Generation’s complete line of laundry products, please visit www.seventhgeneration.com or the company’s Amazon page.

About Seventh Generation  
For nearly 30 years, it’s been Seventh Generation’s mission to help you protect your world with our environmentally conscious and effective household products. Our products are solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation offers a full line of laundry, dish and household cleaners, baby products including Free & Clear diapers, training pants and baby wipes, plus recycled paper products and recycled plastic trash bags, and feminine care products including Organic certified tampons. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company's website visit www.seventhgeneration.com. To read more about Seventh Generation's corporate responsibility, visit the Corporate Consciousness Report.

Contact:
Brandi Thomas
Seventh Generation
bst@seventhgeneration.com
315-727-5345 

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Mondelēz International Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:09am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Mondelēz International today announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. The company willwork in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled inmarkets around the world. This new commitment is part of the company’sstrategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver itslong-term vision for zero-net waste packaging.

The announcement reflects the company’s new purpose to empower peopleto snack right by offering the right snack, at the right time, in theright way. This includes ensuring that the company’s products are madewith ingredients that are sustainably sourced, produced and delivered,with positive impact along the supply chain

“As the global snacking leader, we’re committing to usingsustainably-sourced materials and recyclable packaging as part of ouractive contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circulareconomy for packaging,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President,Research, Development, Quality and Innovation. “Plastic waste and itsimpact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers caredeeply about, and which requires a holistic response. Together withpartners from across the industry, as well as public and privateentities, we can help to develop practical solutions that result in apositive environmental impact.”

Targeting Zero-net Waste Packaging The company’s strategy aims to deliver against its long-term visionfor zero-net waste packaging by addressing two objectives: making iteasier for consumers to recycle packaging and supporting industrycoalitions to improve recycling rates. To achieve this, the company iscommitted to the following:

  • All packaging will be made with recyclable material by 2025. The company will provide design guidelines for circular economy to packaging developers, set priorities and identify materials to use or avoid across its packaging range.

  • All paper-based packaging will be sustainably sourced by 2020.

  • 65 million kg of packaging material worldwide will be eliminated by 2020. This builds off the company’s success in removing 53.5 million kg of packaging material since 2013 and is consistent with its commitment to use the right amount of material to keep products fresh and safe while minimizing the amount of packaging used.

  • Recycling information for consumers will be provided by 2025. The company will work to make it easy for consumers to recycle or re-use product packs after use given the vast array of local recycling systems around the world.

  • The company will support industry coalitions and public-private partnerships to develop vital waste-management infrastructure to reduce waste and improve real-world recycling rates.

Continued Progress

By continuously improving packaging design, Mondelēz International hasalready made substantial progress to minimize the environmental impactof packaging. Most of the company’s packaging is already recycled,recyclable or recycle-ready. Around 75 percent of its packaging iscomprised of glass, paper or metal and around 70 percent of paper-basedpackaging is from recycled sources. Hundreds of optimization programshave reduced packaging in recent years:

  • In the U.K., Cadbury Heroes tubs were redesigned to use 17 percent less plastic resulting in 30 percent fewer trucks to transport them.

  • In Asia, Middle East and Africa, improvements to secondary packs and shippers for chocolate products saved more than 1 million kg of corrugated paper.

  • In the U.S., Oreo cookies packaging were made 23 percent thinner, which reduced the need for nearly 1.5 million kg of cartons annually.

To learn more about the company’s efforts to deliver positive impactfor people and planet, go to the 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report.

About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snackright in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 netrevenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future ofsnacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita andLU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; SourPatch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proudmember of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow JonesSustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow thecompany on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

CMS Energy Announces Operations for Northwest Ohio Wind, Providing Clean Energy to General Motors

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:08pm

CMS Energy today celebrated Northwest Ohio Wind, a 105-megawatt wind project that will generate clean energy for General Motors for at least the next 15 years.

Northwest Ohio Wind is owned by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy that takes a leadership role in development, ownership and operation of renewable energy with its clean and lean strategy. CMS Enterprises officials celebrated the wind park’s opening today at a ceremony at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School that included community members.

“We at CMS Energy are committed to our Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Prosperity, and we’re excited to start generating clean energy that will help General Motors meet long-term goals to protect the planet,” said DV Rao, Senior Vice President of Strategy for CMS Energy.

“Renewable energy is an important part of GM’s vision for a zero emissions future,” said Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy for General Motors. “Working with CMS Energy’s Northwest Ohio Wind farm, along with the HillTopper Wind Project in Illinois, we’ll soon power all of our manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana with 100 percent clean wind energy.”

 Northwest Ohio Wind is expected to generate about 320,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year – enough to power more than 30,000 Ohio homes. Construction of the Northwest Ohio Wind project was executed through select contractors, including General Electric and White Construction, and was completed in August.

Renewable energy credits from Northwest Ohio Wind are committed to General Motors as part of a 15-year renewable energy purchase agreement. Northwest Ohio Wind will help offset carbon emissions from seven Midwestern General Motors plants. The carbon offset is about equivalent to planting more than 6.1 million trees or taking more than 50,000 cars off the road each year.

Earlier this year, CMS Energy announced major clean energy goals. Its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, plans to reduce carbon emissions by over 90 percent and no longer use coal to generate electricity by 2040. CMS Enterprises owns and operates more than 1,300 megawatts of generation nationwide, including solar plants in Michigan and Wisconsin, natural gas and co-generation facilities in Michigan, and three clean energy biomass plants in Michigan and North Carolina.

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.

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This news release contains "forward-looking statements." The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's results to differ materially. All forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to time in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Hear About the State of Sustainable Business at BSR18

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:08pm

The recent BSR and GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business 2018 survey is a great testament to the progress of corporate action on sustainability and provides insight into how companies are preparing for the next 10 years as they respond to a rapidly changing world. It includes responses from business leaders representing 152 global companies—more than 60 percent of BSR’s global membership network. This is the perspective of the people who do sustainability and corporate social responsibility work every day, inside some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, and we have used it to inform the agenda for BSR18: A New Blueprint for Business.
 
Company Priorities
 
This year, we updated the list of corporate sustainability priorities that we track to reflect the evolving business landscape. Interestingly, ethics/integrity and diversity/inclusion were on the list for the first time and jumped straight to the top two priorities for sustainability efforts over the next 12 months. While these are of course longstanding corporate issues, they are now increasingly viewed as part of the sustainability agenda—perhaps a reflection of global attention on these topics. Join BSR18 sessions on Power Imbalances: What Have We Learned from #MeToo? and Racial Injustice: A Blind Spot for Business? to hear how companies are navigating these issues.
 
Climate change and human rights have been the top priorities in the survey throughout the past decade, and they round out the top four. BSR18 will feature conversations on what these issues mean for business today, including how to implement the TCFD recommendationsclimate’s impact on upstream supply chains, and what effective remedy through grievance mechanisms looks like.
 
There appears to be less interest in issues more closely related to public policy, with one third of respondents stating that public policy frameworks are a low priority and only 11 percent stating that they want to influence policy frameworks to address new global opportunities and challenges. Yet this is at odds with public concern about corporate influence over public policy, which is something business will increasingly be expected to address. It’s Time to Take a Stand on Social Issues will explore how companies can do this in a meaningful way.
 
We also see that business is anticipating and responding to global mega-trends in order to create more resilient strategies for long-term success. Disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are clearly shaping business strategies, which is why we’ll be talking about them and what automation means for the future of work.
 
Sustainability at the Center of Business Strategy
 
Perhaps the most exciting finding is that three quarters of corporate sustainability professionals say that sustainability needs to be better integrated into business strategy to the create resilient strategies necessary to address these global shifts. As one executive told us in interviews for our recent report on Redefining Sustainable Business, “Most big businesses have been working on sustainability with reasonable success for the last 10 to 15 years, but we have been picking the low-hanging fruit, and the next phase will be much more difficult. It is about what you buy and what you sell; it goes into the heart of your commercial operations and investment decisions.” This fall, you can be part of the discussion about what a 21st-Century Business Strategy should look like and how you can create one.
 
While recognition of the need to engage with the strategic planning function is growing—it increased from 23 percent to 33 percent in just one year—sustainability teams still struggle to get traction with such engagement. Our session on How to Become a Change Agent will arm participants with an understanding of how to better collaborate with their peers to create transformational change.
 
This year’s BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business survey findings reinforce that now is the time to embrace a New Blueprint for Business. Join us at BSR’s annual Conference in New York this November, where together we will redefine business in pursuit of a more just and sustainable future.

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GeSI Is Welcoming Arm and Dell as New Members

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 1:08pm

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative is pleased to welcome Arm and Dell amongst its membership of leading companies and organisations from the technology industry.  In joining GeSI, Arm and Dell will play an active role in a wide variety of activities in the digital sustainability area, bringing value to the Initiative and expert, powerful voices from the ICT industry to the GeSI platform.

 “We are extremely pleased to welcome Arm and Dell among our members” said Jim Gowen, GeSI Chairman: “With Arm’s 2030Vision partnership; uniting the technology sector to deliver on the Global Goals, and Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan and Realizing 2030 research, both companies already share GeSI’s vision that technology and digital are key to making the world a better place to live in. “

“GeSI’s historical influence and its focus on ICT as an enabler of positive social and environmental solutions make it a natural partner for Dell, said David Lear, Vice President of Sustainability, Dell. ” We look forward to our work within GeSI as a powerful complement to our Legacy of Good program and our aspirations to be a Net Positive organisation.”

“ There are many synergies with GeSI’s activities and Arm’s Sustainability Strategy; in particular GeSI’s #SystemTransformation initiative looking at the huge disruptive potential of digital solutions for meeting the Global Goals is well aligned with our 2030Vision partnership,” said Dominic Vergine, Head of Sustainability, Arm. “We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with GeSI and demonstrate the positive change that can be realised through technology partnerships.”

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Media contact: Chiara Venturini, GeSI Director, chiara.venturini@gesi.org

About GeSI

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector committed to creating and promoting digital technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. Formed in 2001, GeSI’s vision is a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development. GeSI enjoys a diverse and global membership, representing around 30 of the world’s leading ICT companies and partners with over 30 global business and international organizations such as the International Telecommunications

Union (ITU), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Global Climate Forum (GCF), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives to share and develop ideas, launch joint initiatives, and collaborate on a broad range of sustainability projects. These partnerships help shape GeSI’s global vision regarding the evolution of the ICT sector, and how it can best meet the challenges of sustainable development.

Business of Kindness - Washington, D.C. Regional Forum

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 1:08pm

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?

  • How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?

  • What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?

  • How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?

  • How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?

Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.

Opportunity Forward: 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 1:08pm

At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.

The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States

  • The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

  • The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

  • Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed

  • Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good

  • Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory

  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

  • Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton

The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.

Smithfield Foods Unveils New JROTC Facility at Smithfield High School

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 4:02pm

 Smithfield Foods, Inc., and Isle of Wight County Schools unveiled a new Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) fieldhouse for Smithfield High School’s award-winning JROTC program.

The campus addition provides JROTC participants and instructors with needed classroom space and equipment storage for drill and competition practice.

“The new JROTC fieldhouse is a tremendous addition to Smithfield High School and we are grateful to Smithfield Foods for making it a reality for our students,” said Dr. Jim Thornton, superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools. “I’m confident that great things will happen here as our JROTC participants sharpen their skills and prepare for successful careers in the military and beyond.”

The new JROTC fieldhouse is supported by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project, a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools to fund an innovative and multifaceted educational program. Announced in 2017, the gift fulfills a capital campaign benefiting both Smithfield High School and Windsor High School.

“We are honored to provide Smithfield High School students with resources to help them excel in their college and professional careers, and serve as active members of their communities,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “This new JROTC fieldhouse is just one way that Smithfield Foods is investing in our country’s next generation of leaders, and we look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

In addition to the JROTC fieldhouse at Smithfield High School, the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project will fund several other on-campus facilities with resources to prepare students for their college and professional careers, and to serve as active members in their community.

“The JROTC fieldhouse and future facilities made possible by the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project provides students with outstanding opportunities to help them prepare for their careers,” said Zachary Haney, principal of Smithfield High School. “Our school is truly thankful to Smithfield Foods for their generous, longtime support.”

Understanding that supporting education dramatically strengthens communities, the Smithfield Foods Legacy Project aligns with the company’s commitment to contribute to the vitality of the communities where its employees work, live, and raise their families. Founded in Smithfield, Virginia, in 1936, the company remains headquartered there and employs more than 3,000 local employees.

For more information about Smithfield’s charitable efforts, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/key-outreach-efforts/smithfield-foundation.

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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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Isle of Wight County Schools

Isle of Wight County Schools dedicates its efforts to create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents. Through this vision, Isle of Wight County Schools is committed to preparing approximately 5,500 students in all nine of its schools to be college, career, and life ready. For more information, visit www.iwcs.k12.va.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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