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World Business Council Releases Policy Recommendations for Climate Negotiators at the Start of COP23 in Bonn

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54pm

Today at the start of COP23, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released key policy recommendations for this year’s round of climate negotiations ahead of next year’s global stock take on progress made towards the Paris Agreement.

Strong business leadership will continue to accelerate implementation of climate action, but collaboration between business and government is a necessary enabler for scaling climate action across the world.

“Business is an essential implementation partner in reducing emissions and therefore needs to be fully involved in shaping the next round of national climate action plans,” said Peter Bakker, President and CEO at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Having analyzed the politics, policies and priorities around this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP), WBCSD and its members are focusing this year’s business advocacy efforts on:

  • The Marrakech Partnership: Business is calling for a more structured approach to dialogues with policymakers.

The Marrakech Partnership for global climate action provides a platform for showcasing successful approaches to reducing greenhouse gases and enhancing climate resilience. The Partnership will need to focus more on policy dialogue between governments and other stakeholders to enable deployment of climate solutions at scale.

  • The Facilitative Dialogue: Business is pushing for clear mechanisms to provide input into the Facilitative Dialogue for taking stock of collective progress towards the Paris Agreement and increasing ambition in the next round of NDCs.

A draft design of what the facilitative dialogue will look like and how stakeholders can be involved will be presented during COP23.

  • Climate resilience: Climate change is a significant and material risk to business. Companies are pushing for partnerships that will build resilience across their supply chains and the frontline communities experiencing climate impacts.

  • Carbon pricing: Business is also calling for a meaningful carbon price. Governments need to find ways to align carbon pricing mechanisms, ensuring that pricing is credible, predictable and high enough to drive ambition consistent with the Paris Agreement. See our new in-depth guide for policy makers on carbon pricing.

“The private sector will be the force behind emissions reductions across global supply chains,” said Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director at WBCSD. “As we build on the success of Paris, companies have become full partners in shaping an inclusive and prosperous low-carbon economy.”

Follow WBCSD’s Twitter and LinkedIn over the course of the week for important updates from the event.

For more information, please contact:

Felicity Glennie-Holmes
WBCSD Communications
glennie-holmes@wbcsd.org
+41 22 839 3110

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn

MetLife Named to Working Mother “100 Best Companies” List for 19th Year in a Row

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:54pm

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned a spot on the 2017 Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” list for outstanding leadership in programs, policies and a culture that supports working families.

“For 19 years in a row, Working Mother magazine has recognized MetLife as a great place for working families,” said Elizabeth Nieto, MetLife’s global chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that each associate has a diverse set of priorities, interests, commitments and responsibilities – both inside and outside the workplace.”

Among the resources and programs MetLife sponsors for working families:

  • The Families at MetLife Employee Resource Group, an employee network developed to provide a community and forum for employees to share experiences and best practices and create awareness of family friendly resources.

  • MetLife Great Expectations Parental Leave coaching program and a enhanced U.S. parental leave policy.

  • Back-up child care and discounts on child care.

  • Flexible work arrangements such as compressed work weeks, part-time work, job-sharing, flextime, virtual work and telecommuting.

  • Regular webinars and seminars on family related topics, prenatal health resources and new parent resources.

  • An Employee Assistance Program and other to assist our employees with integrating their personal and work responsibilities.

MetLife will be honored at the annual Working Mother 100 Best Companies Work Life Congress in October in New York and will be featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine.

For more information on MetLife’s programs for its employees, visit www.MetLifeGlobalImpact.com.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com

Coca-Cola in Western Europe Sets Ambitious New Sustainability Commitments on Drinks, Packaging and Society

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54am
  • New Sustainability Action Plan, This is Forward, launched jointly by The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners plc

  • Key commitments include:

    • 50% of sales in Western Europe from low/no calorie drinks by 2025

    • 100% collection of packaging and at least 50% recycled plastic for PET bottles by 2025

    • At least 40% of management positions held by women by 2025 

The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (ticker: CCE) are today launching their first ever joint Sustainability Action Plan for Western Europe, This is Forward, with ambitious new commitments on drinks, packaging and society.
 
This is Forward sets out how The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will address some of the biggest issues in society by using their business and brands as a force for good, and with impact to meet complex global challenges. It has been developed through an in-depth consultation process with over 100 key stakeholders, governments, NGOs and customers, using insights from over 12,000 consumers across six countries and almost 1,000 Coca-Cola employees in Western Europe.
 
The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will continue to work with these partners to deliver This is Forward, with a focus on three priority actions:
 
Action on Drinks: The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will evolve their portfolio to offer more choice to consumers.  By 2025, 50% of sales will come from low or no calorie drinks, which is an increase from 35% in 2016. They will further reduce sugar across their soft drinks portfolio by at least 10% by 2020, in addition to the 5% reduction achieved in the previous five years.
 
Action on Packaging: To ensure that none of their packaging ends up as litter or in the oceans, The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will aim to collect 100% of their packaging. They will also more than double the use of recycled plastic for their PET bottles to at least 50%, an increase from 21% in 2016. They will ensure that 100% of their packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025. 
 
Action on Society: The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will increase the number of local community partnerships they run and support, as well as increasing the contribution their employees make through volunteering. They will focus on empowering young people and women, and will ensure at least 40% of management roles are held by women by 2025.
 
These priority actions will be underpinned by three supporting actions that are core to the plan; on climate, water and supply chain:

  • To cut greenhouse gas emissions from their core business by 50%

  • To replenish 100% of the water they use in areas of water stress

  • To make sure 100% of their main agricultural ingredients and raw materials come from sustainable sources by 2020

The full Sustainability Action Plan is here.
 
Tim Brett, President of The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe, said: “Sustainability has always been at the heart of our business, and we have made some tremendous progress. But we agree we can do more. Over 300 million people enjoy our drinks in Western Europe today and, working together with Coca-Cola European Partners, we have the power to act and create a positive difference, set new standards and lead the way; whether it is offering consumers a greater choice of drinks with reduced or no sugar, or keeping our packaging out of the oceans. This is Forward defines our attitude to doing better. We are not going to settle for the way things were done. There is no going back now.”
 
Damian Gammell, CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners plc - the Coca-Cola bottler covering 13 territories across Western Europe – said: “We have listened carefully to our stakeholders, customers, employees and consumers and our joint Sustainability Action Plan is our commitment to delivering the change they want to see. It establishes how we hold ourselves accountable to each other and the outside world and how we create an environment people want to work in and where they believe in what we are doing. Working together with The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe, these actions will ensure we have a positive impact wherever we sell our drinks.”
 
The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners will report back on progress against their sustainability targets in Spring 2018.

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

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:54am

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

ACCP Announces New Event Series

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:49pm

ACCP will kick off a new program format of Summits with The Measurement Summit at KPMG LLP in Washington, D.C. on December 5th.

ACCP, the Association for Corporate Citizenship Professionals, widely known for The Conference and The Forum, is expanding its offerings to include Summits.  Unlike The Conference and The Forum, which are open only to professionals currently employed in a Corporate Citizenship capacity, Summits will have an open door policy.  The broader corporate citizenship community stakeholders are welcome to attend Summits.

“ACCP recognizes that there are many topics and issues that require collaboration with vendors, consultants, academia, NGOs and other community partners. The goal was to create a new format that will allow us to convene stakeholders from all corners of the corporate citizenship community,” said Mark W. Shamley, President & CEO of ACCP. “We don’t know a better topic than Measurement to kick off our inaugural Summit. What in concept sounds simple, is undoubtedly one of the more complex aspects of what is already a complex field.”

The Measurement Summit will bring together all the stakeholders to discuss the different approaches being taken to measure both social and business impacts. Julie Gehrki, Walmart, will discuss the measurement journey at Walmart.  Today, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation design evaluations for outcomes – thinking about the role that learning and evaluation will play in shaping future work.  Julie will highlight the evolution of the thinking and processes around measurement, ways they engage their grantees in designing measurement frameworks, and detail the successes and learnings along the way.

“KPMG LLP is proud to host the ACCP for its first Summit. The opening topic of ‘measuring impact’ is important not only to tracking progress on corporate citizenship goals, but also to informing business strategies that can drive competitive advantage,” said Anita Whitehead, Principal, KPMG LLP.

Registration for The Measurement Summit is now open. You can learn more here.

Founded in 2005, ACCP is the sole membership-based organization chartered to champion the Corporate Citizenship professional. ACCP connects members to information, peers and resources and cultivates educational opportunities that promote better stewardship of corporate resources thereby magnifying social and business impacts. For more information on ACCP, please email Maryann Fiala at maryann@accprof.org or visit www.accprof.org.

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More Ocean. Less Plastic.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:49pm

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. An estimated 51 trillion microplastic particles are in the ocean today—500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy. Plastic pollution is one of the great crises of our century, and the time to take action is now. 

INDIGENOUS, a sustainable fashion brand committed to the planet and its people, is launching a campaign to raise money for the 5 Gyres Institute. 5 Gyres is a non-profit working to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

Beginning November 1st, 2017, eco-conscious, ocean lovers, and fashionistas alike, will be able to support 5 Gyres while buying handcrafted, sustainable fashion for themselves or loved ones.

Reflecting the 5 Gyres’ tagline, the “MORE OCEAN. LESS PLASTIC.” shirts by INDIGENOUS are modern black T-shirts, made from organic cotton and crafted in a cradle-to-cradle certified factory in the USA. Those wishing to give and get more can bundle their shirts with organic cotton sweaters and artisan-knit scarves, just in time for the holidays. Made with fair trade principles by skilled artisan in Peru, these handcrafted pieces are sustainable and ethically made. All retail sale profits from the campaign will be donated to the 5 Gyres institute. This is fashion that gives back.

“We are so honored to partner with INDIGENOUS on this project, which reflects our shared vision of a planet free of plastic pollution, where fair trade, organic manufacturing supports communities—and our planet," said Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of the 5 Gyres Institute.

“There is no organization that I would like to support more than the 5 Gyres Institute when it comes to empowering action to rid the world of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals and the environment. I want to thank all who take-action to support MORE OCEAN. LESS PLASTIC.“ Matt Reynolds, President & Co-Founder

This partnership with 5 Gyres is part of INDIGENOUS’ #HolidayWithPurpose campaign, which encourages consumers to shop and gift items that benefit our planet and communities this holiday season. Stay tuned for more from INDIGENOUS.

ABOUT INDIGENOUS

INDIGENOUS is a pioneer in ethical fashion, creating modern clothing using natural, organic and sustainable fibers, colored with low-impact dyes or no dyes at all. Since their founding in 1994, INDIGENOUS has worked to forge a better way forward for the fashion industry. By producing their clothing line with ecologically mindful practices, each year INDIGENOUS saves an estimated 48,450,000 liters of water; keeps 20,750 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; and prevents 6528 oz. of deadly toxic pesticides from entering our environment. INDIGENOUS’ sustainable fashion clothing line can be found in boutiques across the United States, as well as online at www.INDIGENOUS.com.

ABOUT 5 GYRES

The 5 Gyres Institute first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. The non-profit organization was first to research plastic in all five subtropical gyres, and published the first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution in 2014, finding nearly 270,000 tons and 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic smog worldwide. 5 Gyres has been in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017.  www.5gyres.org

Campaign Hashtags: #HolidayWithPurpose #PlasticFreeHoliday #MoreOceanLessPlastic #5Gyres #PlasticFree

Large format photos available at: http://ow.ly/hYJ930g810X
All ocean photos provided by 5Gyres Institute

EthicMark® Winners: “All That We Share” and “Refugee Nation” Best Advertising Campaigns For 2017

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:49pm

Advertising campaigns from TV2 from Denmark and Amnesty International were announced today as the 2017 winners of the EthicMark® Awards for advertising and media campaigns that “uplift the human spirit and society.”

Rinaldo Brutoco, Founding President of the World Business Academy, and Rosalinda Sanquiche, Managing Director at EthicMark®, announced the winners at the 28th annual SRI Conference in San Diego, California. The awards presentation was made in front of nearly 800 investors and investment professionals.

Founded in 2004 by sustainability pioneer and futurist, Hazel Henderson, the EthicMark® Awards recognize advertising and marketing campaigns that demonstrate the power to inspire, focus on the human potential and further both public and private interests. Winning campaigns reflect high standards of truth, integrity, responsibility, transparency and fairness, respecting diversity and refraining from greenwashing or instilling fear. 

Danish television network TV2 was the For-Profit winner. It’s “All That We Share” advertising campaign shows how it is possible to break down barriers by breaking down stereotypes. Its message is that underneath the surface, we share more in common than we perceive.

The winner in the Non-Profit category, “Refugee Nation,” is part of a global campaign from Amnesty International. The advertisement inspires unity by bringing together refugees from around the world to participate in international games, and demonstrating that anyone can unite toward a common goal. 

EthicMark® award-winning companies are recognized for the creativity of their message, the value of the product or service and the quality of their culture.

"Truth and trust are vital to all markets and societies. Advertising drives media content — often misinforming and misleading public opinion and choices,” said Hazel Henderson. “The EthicMark® Awards call markets to higher standards."

The annual EthicMark® Awards are sponsored by Ethical Markets Media, Certified B Corporation, and co-sponsored by the World Business Academy; ESPM, Brazil’s premier college for communication and marketing; GlobeScan; TBLI; Sustainable Brands; Tomorrow’s Company and Where Good Grows.

ABOUT THE SRI CONFERENCE

The 28th annual SRI Conference is November 1–3, 2017, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Produced by The SRI Conference and Community, LLC in collaboration with many organizations working to direct investment capital toward the creation of a truly sustainable future, The SRI Conference is the premier annual forum for investment professionals and investors engaged in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing. Conference participants include investment professionals, institutional investors, and related organizations. The program features educational sessions and opportunities to network with hundreds of like-minded individuals, organizations, and leaders in the field of sustainable, responsible, impact investing.

ABOUT ETHICAL MARKETS MEDIA

Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a multinational Certified B Corporation, working to reform markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide with the Green Transition Scoreboard®, Transforming Finance TV Series, Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance® and with reports, articles, newsletters, and analysis by Hazel Henderson, editor-in-chief, on EthicalMarkets.com

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

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

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

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

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.

Saving Lives is Focus of Michigan Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:47am

 In an effort to increase awareness around the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas – Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have collaborated to designate Oct. 30-Nov. 5 as Michigan Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week.

“Carbon monoxide poisoning sickens thousands of citizens and causes nearly 400 accidental deaths each year in the United States,” Snyder stated in his proclamation. “Michigan residents should be aware that unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning can occur almost anywhere – in homes, businesses, RVs, cabins, boats and ice shanties.”

CO poisoning occurs when appliances and consumer products are improperly operated or not vented properly. This includes furnaces, boilers, water heaters, ovens, fireplaces, portable heaters, generators and vehicles.

“We care about the communities we serve, and want people to know how to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning by knowing its signs, symptoms and causes,” said Charles Crews, vice president of gas operations for Consumers Energy.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning often mimic the flu and can include headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and stinging or burning of the eyes. Prolonged exposure can cause loss of consciousness and even death. High concentrations of carbon monoxide can kill in less than five minutes.

If you experience these symptoms and suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home/the building immediately, call 9-1-1 for medical attention and stay out of the building until the problem has been corrected.

“The best defense against CO poisoning is to install an Underwriters Laboratory-approved audible carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home,” said Nicholas Solomon, corporate safety specialist for DTE Energy. “We recommend interconnecting all CO alarms, so when one alarms they all alarm.”

Carbon monoxide alarms are often combined with smoke alarms and can be purchased at hardware and grocery stores. Another way to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning is to make sure your gas appliances are operating and venting properly. A yearly inspection is recommended.

Other tips for protecting against deadly carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Inspecting your furnace annually, with regular tune-ups performed by a qualified service professional.

  • Changing or cleaning furnace air filters at least once every month (more if pets are present) during the heating season.

  • Regularly inspecting your chimney and vent pipes to be sure they are free of obstructions like leaves and nests.

  • Installing generators at least 25 feet from an enclosed area and away from doors, windows and fresh air intakes. Never use a generator in a basement, enclosed garage or near air intake pipes.

  • Avoiding the use of gas stoves or charcoal grills to heat a building. Never leave a supplemental heater or fireplace unattended.

For a printable fact sheet on carbon monoxide safety, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com/cosafety

About Consumers Energy: Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

About DTE Energy: DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), Michigan’s largest energy company, is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.comtwitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

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SC Johnson Honored with Global Conservation Hero Award

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:47am

SC Johnson today announced it has received Conservation International’s most prestigious award: the Global Conservation Hero award. Conservation International (CI) presents this award to remarkable individuals and organizations whose environmental commitment and actions have had a transformative impact for the good of the planet and its people.

“Tropical rainforests are one of the planet’s most vital ecosystems, needed by people everywhere to thrive,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are honored to be recognized by Conservation International for our contributions to the health and future well-being of Amazonia. Protecting forests is critical to protecting our future, and I hope that our support encourages others to get involved.”

CI paid tribute to SC Johnson’s long and rich history with, and support for, the Amazon region. The company was recognized for the decades of respectful collaboration and sustainable action it has provided in partnership with communities in the Amazon.

“SC Johnson’s bold commitment to help protect the Amazon rainforest – particularly the recent action to save 10,000 acres of Amazonia in partnership with Conservation International earlier this year – demonstrates exemplary leadership and a deep connection to ensuring the health and prosperity of Amazonia, its indigenous communities and the rest of the world,” said M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International.

The award was presented to SC Johnson at Conservation International’s 30th Anniversary Gala Nov. 2 in Los Angeles. The evening’s theme of No Forest, No Future highlighted the complexities as well as the great benefits of protecting one of the planet’s most valuable ecosystems: tropical forests and particularly the Amazon. During the gala, for every acre of rainforest protected, SC Johnson provided an acre-for-acre match up to 4,000 acres.

Partnership with Conservation International

SC Johnson and CI have partnered on environmentally focused projects for nearly 16 years. Since 2001, the company has served on the board for CI’s Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business. In 2009, SC Johnson became a founding member of Conservation International Team Earth, a worldwide preservation effort unifying businesses, nonprofit organizations and other participants to confront environmental issues. SC Johnson has also worked with CI through its REDD+ program in the Peruvian Amazon to engage communities in conservation, safeguarding forests and securing livelihoods while offsetting carbon emissions.

Through a partnership with CI earlier this year to support the virtual reality film Under the Canopy, SC Johnson enlisted the public to help protect 10,000 acres of the Amazon rainforest through an acre-for-acre match campaign. The campaign garnered donations from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries through CI’s website.

Last month the company announced that the funds raised from its acre-for-acre match challenge will be used to kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon. The multimillion-dollar, six-year project, which is the result of a partnership between CI, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and Rock in Rio, will restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazonia region by 2023. The endeavor will also help Brazil move toward its Paris Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030. 

SC Johnson, Deforestation and Brazil

SC Johnson has been operating in Brazil for more than 80 years. In that time, the company’s manufacturing plant in Manaus has achieved zero landfill status, a protocol estimated to keep some 91 tons of refuse out of Brazilian landfills each year. In the 1990s, SC Johnson contributed to the protection of two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion. Since then, as part of the company’s work with and contributions to CI, more than 100,000 acres of land have been conserved – much of that in the Amazon region.

The Johnson family has a long personal connection to Brazil. In 1935, third-generation company leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. led an expedition up the Amazon in search of the Carnaúba palm, whose wax was the principle ingredient in the company’s products at the time. In 1998, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson and his sons, including fifth-generation leader Fisk Johnson, retraced the historic expedition made by H.F. Johnson, Jr.  

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking "Nature Is Speaking" campaign, and follow CI's work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

International Paper and American Red Cross Team up to ‘Sound the Alarm’

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:46pm

International Paper today announced it will be a national home fire prevention supporter with the American Red Cross. This commitment builds on International Paper’s long-time support of Red Cross disaster relief programs and will help people in more than 100 communities across the country.

The first program of the collaboration is ‘Sound the Alarm’, a series of nationwide home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. International Paper will underwrite the cost of smoke alarms and will help educate people about home fire safety.

“The Red Cross is grateful for donors like International Paper who make our campaign possible, reducing home fire tragedies and saving lives,” said Harvey Johnson, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services. “Home fires impact families in every community. The Red Cross is present in communities nationwide, and we rely on a network of volunteers, generous donors and partner organizations to work with us to deliver critical services to people at-risk for and impacted by home fires.” 

“Sound the Alarm will bring vital fire safety education to neighborhoods throughout the communities where our employees live and work,” said Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, community engagement. “It is a great fit with our commitment to investing in people and safety leadership. Safety isn’t just about staying safe in the workplace, it’s about a way of life. When we take a safety message home to our families, friends and neighborhood, we can start to build a culture of safety around the clock for our team and for others.”

The announcement was made at an employee safety fair at International Paper’s world headquarters. The Red Cross was onsite with its Fire Safety House, an interactive exhibit that helps attendees create an emergency escape plan. Other participants included WMC Action News 5 Weather, LeBonheur Safe Kids and distracted driving simulators from both the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department and AAA.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and Wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Boeing Announces More Than $50 Million in Grants to Support Nonprofits Worldwide

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:46pm

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced more than $50 million in grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations across 50 countries globally. The annual contributions include a three-year commitment of more than $25 million in support of veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs and transition services. The charitable grants package will fund programs through 2018 and supplement an anticipated $117 million in company-wide business and employee contributions to similar causes—bringing Boeing’s total community investments to approximately $167 million this year alone.

“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “By harnessing our teammates’ unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”

Anchored by local and regional employee-engagement activities, Boeing charitable grants are geared toward developing tomorrow’s innovators through investment in the skills required in today’s modern workplace, and supporting military veterans and their families transitioning into the civilian workforce. At a local level, Boeing investments address unique challenges and issues that are critical to those communities where our company operates.

In the U.S., some of the largest Boeing grants will support FIRST Robotics and its focus on primary, middle and high school STEM proficiency and diversity; USO Pathfinder and its holistic military transition services; and National Fund for Workforce Solutions through its Boeing on-the-job training program that focuses on strengthening the manufacturing workforce pipeline.

Outside the U.S., Boeing’ engagement includes Learning Links Foundation to help train India’s next generation of aviation workers, Ladies Learning Code to develop 21st century skills in children and adults in communities all across Canada, and Newton International to place experiential aerospace education in the hands of children in several European countries.

2018 Boeing Charitable Grants by the Numbers:

Our Future: Tomorrow’s Innovators: A total of 188 grants targeting increased STEM diversity, proficiency and interest among K-12 students.

Our Heroes: Veterans & Their Families: Nearly $8 million in veterans grant investments, representing a year-over-year increase of 50 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Our Homes: Dynamic Communities: More than 130 global community grants supporting a range of programs from environmental projects in Puget Sound, Wash., to health programs in South Carolina and workforce development initiatives in India.

About The Boeing Company:

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.

See how Boeing and its employees give their time, talent and resources in communities around the world. Download the 2017 Global Engagement Portfolio.

View the list of Boeing Grantees here.

Answering the Call to Build the Next Generation STEM Workforce: Cricket Media and IEEE Team up to Launch TryEngineering Together™

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 9:46am

As part of the global commitment to develop a robust STEM workforce for the future, Cricket Media, Inc. and IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced a partnership to create TryEngineering Together, a unique eMentorship platform giving companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals.

The new platform leverages the deep STEM knowledge of IEEE and Cricket Media’s award-winning STEM content. TryEngineering Together is modeled on the CricketTogether eMentoring platform, giving companies and their employees meaningful volunteer opportunities to engage online with students and teachers in grades 3-5, particularly with those in economically underserved communities. 

The program’s design is simple and designed to achieve results. Students and company volunteers are matched 1:1 in “eMentoring” relationships to create safe, powerful STEM learning experiences.  Guided by a curriculum designed to be engaging, interactive and thought-provoking, students and their eMentors read short, timely articles related to STEM subjects and discuss hands-on activities that students are experiencing in class. Throughout the academic year, students and mentors communicate regularly online to ask questions, share ideas, investigate new developments and complete projects together. Because the interaction happens online, volunteers can participate anytime from anywhere.

“As the demand for diverse STEM workers continues to outpace supply, forward thinking companies realize that eMentoring will excite and prepare their next-generation workforce,” said Nina Zolt, founder of Cricket Media. “We need to start early if we want to ensure that there is a diverse talent pool of scientists, engineers and technologists to drive the future of innovation. But we can’t do this alone. We need corporate support to reach all of the students who can benefit.”

The focus on delivering STEM mentorship in grades 3-5 is intentional. Once students reach fourth grade research shows one-third have lost an interest in science, and by eighth grade nearly 50 percent have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their education or career plans. Reaching and inspiring elementary school students is critical to building young people’s confidence and acumen in STEM.

“By giving students the opportunity to make a personal connection with someone who may be using the same fundamental STEM skills in their everyday work, eMentoring helps reinforce the message that what students are learning in the classroom today will also be of value in the workplaces of tomorrow,” says IEEE Fellow Dr. S. K. Ramesh, IEEE Educational Activities Board Vice President. “This kind of exposure and personal interaction can help plant the seeds that will launch future engineers and technology professionals.”

Launching in January 2018, IEEE and Cricket Media are partnering with STEM focused companies to lead the launch of TryEngineering Together. To learn more or to discuss sponsorship opportunities during the 2017-2018 school year, please visit www.tryengineeringtogether.com or email info@tryengineeringtogether.com. 

About Cricket Media
Cricket Media, Inc. is a global education company providing award-winning content and safe and secure collaborative learning networks. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories to fulfill its mission to engage, enlighten and educate children everywhere. Learn more at www.CricketMedia.com

About IEEE
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.

FlipGive Collaborates With Scotiabank to Provide Kids’ Community Hockey Teams With an Online Fundraising Tool

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:45pm

FlipGive is collaborating with Scotiabank to power the new Scotiabank Hockey Club Fundraising Tool for the 2017/18 season.

FlipGive is a cash back site for youth sports teams that facilitates fundraising through online shopping. It focuses on helping parents manage the cost of sports by providing a fast, easy, and free fundraising solution that is powered by online shopping.

“Recently Scotiabank reached the important milestone of supporting one million kids and counting through our commitment to kids’ community hockey,” says Jacquie Ryan, Vice President, Sponsorship & Philanthropy at Scotiabank. “As we head into our 10th year of the program, we looked outside of traditional donations for a solution to help make hockey more accessible across the country. We are excited by the opportunity to extend our reach to kids’ community hockey teams across Canada with the FlipGive Platform.”

To extend their support of kids’ community hockey, Scotiabank is contributing up to an additional $50,000 in sponsorship to the first 500 qualifying teams that register on ScotiabankHockeyClub.FlipGive.com. Teams can apply for a $100 Matching Grant to help them get their season off to a great start.

The average cost for a child to participate in hockey is $1,455, not including specialized workshops or team travel. In a survey conducted by FlipGive, 47 per cent of parents spend 10-25 per cent of their monthly budget on their child’s athletics, and 80 per cent said they are stressed out about the cost of their child’s sports.

“By working with FlipGive, organizations benefit from a cloud-based solution that provides best-in-class fundraising tools to their communities,” says Mark Bachman, CEO at FlipGive.

Registered teams are provided with a team page that connects them to over 500 retailers, and every purchase made through the site generates cash back for the team. Since its launch in 2014, FlipGive has already helped raise over $10 million for groups and teams.

To sign up or learn more about the Scotiabank Hockey Club Fundraising Tool powered by FlipGive, visit ScotiabankHockeyClub.FlipGive.com.

About FlipGive
FlipGive is a cash back site for youth sports teams that combines the convenience of online shopping with the best of online fundraising, making it easier for groups to raise money. Teams using FlipGive earn up to 25% cash back for their sports team, league for school simply by shopping with national retail partners. It’s a fast, easy and free way to support participation in sports.

Inquiries
Contact: David Benoliel
Email: dbenoliel@flipgive.com
Phone: 416.726.2121

Consumers Energy Foundation Supports Regional Food Processing Program’s Launch

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:45pm

The Consumers Energy Foundation announced a $232,000 grant to launch a regional food processing initiative designed to grow and expand West Michigan’s substantial agriculture economy.

The West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative will be based in Muskegon and seeks to expand the region’s strong agricultural base to include exports beyond Michigan and perhaps as far as Asia.

The foundation’s contribution is its largest grant ever made in Muskegon County. The grant is the result of more than five years of studies and discussions with local stakeholders surrounding the 2016 closing of Consumers Energy’s B.C. Cobb Plant, said Dennis Dobbs, the company’s vice president of enterprise project management and environmental services.

“We started talking with employees, local businesses and government officials to create a plan that would keep Muskegon on a path of growth, and were thrilled when we landed on this opportunity,” Dobbs said today at the food processing initiative’s launch event. “We might have closed Cobb’s doors, but that did not mean we closed the door on our friends and neighbors along the shoreline. This initiative should help create jobs and generate a ripple effect throughout the local economy.”

The initiative is focused on Muskegon and West Michigan for several reasons, including:

  • Strategic access to prime fruit and vegetable growers and proximity to other agricultural suppliers;

  • Access to underutilized wastewater treatment capacity;

  • Michigan’s fresh water capacity;

  • Michigan’s growing renewable energy sector and the ability to market fruits and vegetables produced using renewable energy, and

  • Logistic and distribution attributes. Muskegon is home to West Michigan’s largest commercial deep water port with easy access to rails and highways. Proposed cross-lake shipping provides direct links to western U.S. and Asian markets.

Joining local and regional economic development and business leaders as well as food and agriculture stakeholders at today’s kickoff in downtown Muskegon was Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Michigan's food and agriculture sector already contributes over $100 billion annually to Michigan’s economy, and today’s announcement only strengthens its future both locally and well beyond the state’s borders,” Clover Adams said. “Access to Michigan’s diverse agriculture, our incredible natural resources, a talented workforce and an array of transportation options really put this West Michigan initiative in a great position for success.”

In addition to the Consumers Energy Foundation, the initiative is also supported by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and other regional stakeholders. For more information on the initiative, contact project manager Marty Gerencer at marty@morseconnections.com.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com

Media Contacts: 
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517-788-2394

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For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com

LifeStraw's Safe Water Fund Provides Puerto Ricans With Access to Safe Water Filters and Purifiers

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:44pm

 LifeStraw, a global leader in developing innovative filtration and purification products for safe drinking water, is deploying thousands of its high-impact water filters and purifiers to Puerto Rico to provide much needed access to safe drinking water following Hurricane Maria. The filters are made possible through donations to the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund, which is powered by consumer contributions to support communities devastated by natural disasters. LifeStraw is working with emergency responders on the ground in Puerto Rico to distribute its products to areas of the island that need them most.

One critical issue impacting Puerto Rico is an overwhelming lack of access to safe drinking water for the unforeseen future, as the storm dramatically affected the island’s infrastructure. One month after the hurricane, CNN reported that nearly one million Puerto Ricans still remain without running water. LifeStraw’s purifiers and filters serve as one solution to the country’s long-term recovery effort, as they remove virtually all bacteria and parasites from contaminated water, making it safe to drink.

In just one month, more than $150,000 has been raised for the Safe Water Fund by consumers to support hurricane relief efforts following the storms that damaged parts of the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, and other areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to these donations, LifeStraw has provided access to safe water for more than 20,000 residents of Puerto Rico, but the need for support continues.

Contributions to the Safe Water Fund have resulted in a mix of LifeStraw, LifeStraw Go, LifeStraw Community, LifeStraw Family and LifeStraw Mission filters and purifiers deployed to Puerto Rico to provide individuals, families and entire communities access to safe water. In addition to funds raised by individual donors, LifeStraw is donating products directly, matching donations and devoting hundreds of man hours to coordinate relief efforts with partners, manage complex logistics, and conduct on-site education and training to ensure that the LifeStraw products are used effectively and properly maintained to have a sustainable impact.

“The lives of the people of Puerto Rico have changed overnight due to the catastrophic impact made by Hurricane Maria. We’re so grateful for the contributions made to the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund that have allowed us to help provide much needed access to safe drinking water for these people that have lost so much,” explained Alison Hill, Managing Director–Water, for LifeStraw. “This fund provides consumers an opportunity to truly make a difference for the people impacted by natural disasters – and know that their donations are providing people with life-changing products that improve their health and wellbeing during difficult times.”

Individuals and organizations can continue to make an impact for people in Puerto Rico by donating to the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund. The fund is managed by an independent 501-c3 public charity and all donations are tax-deductible. In addition to hurricane relief efforts, consumers can choose to support the expansion of safe water programs in primary schools in Kenya or India or suggest a new safe water program for consideration. To date, the fund has provided safe water for victims of the Ecuador earthquake and the Haiti floods in addition to supporting the victims of the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

For more information, visit the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund.

LifeStraw is a global company built on the foundation that doing good is good business. We put this mission into action by innovating game-changing solutions that contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet. Technologically advanced LifeStraw water filters and purifiers are ideal for outdoor recreation, travel, emergency preparedness and humanitarian purposes. This year LifeStraw is expanding its safe water technology beyond removal of microbiological contaminants to also include removal of heavy metals including lead. 

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Aligns Its Strategies, Targets, and Policies With UN SDGs

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:44am

Since the beginning of the year, the world’s businesses and governments have been rallying to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.
 
Launched to great fanfare as a set of 17 global ambitions, the Goals offer the world a useful ‘to do’ list for the planet. Fix everything on the list by 2030, and all will be okay in the world. At least, that’s the theory.
 
In reality, the challenge is much more tough and complex. To end global poverty (SDG No.1), for example, will mean reducing to zero the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day. According to the World Bank, that number is currently 1.2 billion people, or 16% of the world’s total population.
 
But the Goals are hugely important, particularly for a company like Walgreens Boots Alliance whose retail business brands include Walgreens, one of the largest drugstore store chain in the US, and Boots, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer – a company with plenty of opportunity to create positive change in the world.
 
If the Goals are, for the first time ever, a definitive plan to transform our world in the next 15 years – fixing inequality, bringing people out of poverty and dealing with climate change once and for all – then aligning with them makes sense for Walgreens Boots Alliance. And that is exactly what the company has done, making sure that its own strategies, targets and policies are aligned with the global priorities as established by the UN SDGs.
 
So, each WBA corporate social responsibility (CSR) goal has been mapped to one or multiple SDGs, enabling the business to more effectively measure progress and report its findings. Via a process of understanding how the Goals relate to and interconnect with the business and its outreach in communities around the world, the company took the decision to address as many of them as possible, focusing on the areas where it can have the biggest impact.
 
“We recognise that the 17 SDGs are interconnected and, with multiple strands of activities throughout our lines of business, we can make a significant and meaningful contribution to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more,” Richard Ellis, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility says.
 
So, what does this look like in practice?
 
Well, the focus on championing the rights of everybody being healthy comes in the form of supporting health and wellbeing programs delivered by a range of partners.

Walgreens has teamed up with consumer goods company Unilever and ME to WE, for a project known as Give H2OPE to others (#GiveH2OPE). Customers buying specific Unilever products at Walgreens stores in the US translates into a donation that goes towards providing developing communities across Africa with better access to clean water, with on-the-ground social enterprise ME to WE making sure the money is spent effectively. This year, the aim is to provide the Kenyan village of Esinoni with access to clean water through the construction of a borehole, a 200-meter deep well, for example.

Then, as one of the world’s biggest buyers of prescription drugs and other health and wellbeing products, the company believes it can use its knowledge and influence to combine strategically relevant activities with those that offer an environmental or social purpose. “It’s possible to make a sustainable business and show our investors that we are a profitable company at the same time,” says Ornella Barra, the company’s Co-Chief Operating Officer. Both the ‘Get a Shot. Give a Shot’ and ‘Vitamin Angels’ campaigns are good examples of what she means.
 
For every vaccine shot given at a Walgreens pharmacy, the business donates the value of the vaccine through the UN Foundation’s ShotLife campaign, which is designed to help provide life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries. So far, more than 15 million life-saving polio and measles vaccines to children in need around the world.
 
Similarly, for every vitamin or supplement sold to a Walgreens customer, 1% of the cost of the item is donated to a non-profit called Vitamin Angels, which works to get children much-needed vitamins. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is the root cause of around 45% of all childhood deaths. So far, the initiative has seen Walgreens help to provide vitamins to 100 million children and mothers in all corners of the world.
 
In support of UN SDG No.13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), the company has worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint. Committed to cutting its energy use by 20% from 2010 to 2020 across its 100 million square feet of real estate in the US will be no easy feat. ‘Net zero’ stores, such as the one opened in Evanston, Illinois in 2013 will help, capable as it is of producing at least as much energy as it uses.

In the UK, Boots UK Mayday target agreed to follow a 2007 challenge by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent between 2005 and 2020, on a comparable basis. As of the end of fiscal 2016, the company was on track to reach this emissions reduction target at Boots stores that were opened after 2005. 

Also, the Boots UK EnergyCare programme, which has also now been rolled out across all Walgreens sites, has helped to focus the minds of all employees and encourage them to think more consciously about how and when they use electricity.
 
Elsewhere, the Walgreens distribution center in Moreno Valley, California – a building that was sending an average of 22 metric tonnes of waste a month to landfill back in 2015 – has cut its waste by 82% thanks to employee training and a few simple structural changes.
 
With more than 400,000 people employed and over 13,200 stores in 11 countries, Walgreens Boots Alliance is a big business with an acknowledgement that it can have a hugely positive impact in the world – from the people it directly employs, to the suppliers from whom it sources goods ,and the facilities and communities its products and services can help to support.
 
Through a range of initiatives, the company knows that it can slowly make a difference. But it also knows that its approach to CSR and its alignment with the UN SDGs is good for business too. “I feel a great responsibility to both my organisation and the global community,” adds Barra. “Working to achieve our mission from my role overseeing both business operations and our CSR programme provides me with insight into the strengths and intersections of these two functions. Now more than ever, I believe this is the role of a business leader in the 21st century.”

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