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In Search of Fresh Ideas About Environment

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:43am
For the second year running, materials manufacturer Covestro and UN Environment are calling on young innovators across the globe to submit their creative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Representing every global region, seven applicants with the most promising solutions will be recognized as Young Champions of the Earth. The world’s pre-eminent environmental honor for young people was awarded last year for the first time. Each winner will receive $15,000 in seed funding, customized training, participation in a high-level U.N. meeting and global publicity.

In parallel, up to 50 applicants will be granted privileged access to an online mentoring program. A community of experts drawn from 16,000 Covestro employees will become mentors dedicated to strengthening the viability and impact of the mentees’ ideas.

By providing such technical and financial support, Covestro and UN Environment will help young people scale up their big ideas into real workable solutions for environmental problems and, in doing so, inspire others to take action.

“It’s not just a pleasure for us to continue to support UN Environment with the Young Champions of the Earth program, but a necessity because sustainability, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, play such a huge part in what we do every single day at Covestro to tackle some of the complex environmental challenges we all face,” says Patrick Thomas, Covestro CEO.

"There is not a single environmental problem today that we cannot innovate our way out of. It's therefore essential that we do our best to empower and inspire young entrepreneurs," says Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.

"When we tap into that creativity, we can unearth fresh thinking and new possibilities for the sustainable future of our Earth. Young people are the leaders of today, not just tomorrow. They are the key to a clean, green and pollution-free planet."

Interested environmentalists between the ages of 18 and 30 are encouraged to submit their big ideas here by midnight GMT on 2 April 2018.

For further information see http://web.unep.org/youngchampions/.

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.

Find more information at www.covestro.us

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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JLL Employed Transformational Approach to Responding to Puerto Rican Crisis

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:43am

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastating landfall in Puerto Rico last September, JLL went into high gear on two fronts: providing emergency relief to the families of its 240 employees and activating an All Hands-on Deck response to keep its 441 client facilities operating.  Like most of the businesses operating on the island, JLL faced insurmountable challenges in meeting these needs as even the simplest request for safe drinking water or a portable generator triggered an unprecedented series of logistical obstacles.   In crafting its response, JLL drew upon its transformational approach to understanding the impact of real estate on people: The Human Experience or HX.

As one of the largest property management and facilities operators in the world, JLL is no stranger to emergency preparedness and disaster relief: its Health Safety Security & Environment (HSSE) department was on the front lines of dealing with Hurricane Harvey in Houston and more recently Irma in Miami.   However, the absolute devastation unleashed by Maria, combined with the geographic sequestration of Puerto Rico, catalyzed JLL’s internal teams to deliver a new standard in client service, which was informed and influenced by the company’s groundbreaking research about the workplace.

“What was remarkable about our efforts in Puerto Rico is that we very quickly transformed our approach to this disaster from thinking about how to help our employees on a human scale and our clients to keep the lights on, to expanding our notions of client service to becoming their on-the-ground partner,” explained Bob Best, JLL’s HSSE Lead.  “We marshalled all available resources in Puerto Rico and coordinated with our Emergency Response Team from our headquarters in Chicago, providing everything from diapers and toothpaste to a mobile doctor who navigated through unpassable roads to make ‘house calls’ to our employees.”

And what was born out of that organic humanitarian relief effort was a very effective blend of client service through the lens of being a good corporate citizen.  While the notion of partnering with clients to support their pro bono and philanthropic efforts is not new, JLL’s unique ability to serve the on-the-ground needs of the very human supply chain was inspiring.   It was also a powerful case study to reinforce the company’s global research study confirming the link between engagement and the work environment ~ a finding that is tested when the work place has been ravaged by natural disasters.

“These kind of client partnerships are growing stronger and we’re seeing the importance and benefit of how we approach them,” commented Best. “Over the ensuing weeks and months, thanks poured in to us from people that don’t work for JLL. We had an aha moment: We are no longer a vendor. We’re part of your corporate structure and you can count on us to protect your people as we would our own.”

JLL opened its office in San Juan: to make available for clients to use for its own administrative staff. It also distributed water, supplies and even satellite phones to employees of its clients.  JLL’s Supply Chain Management and Procurement (SCMP) group was instrumental in these efforts.

With advanced notice of the storms, the SCMP team provided valuable planning documents, resource lists, and supplier contacts to cover both residential and commercial needs. As storms passed and magnitude of the damage became evident, the team stepped up again to evaluate creative options for addressing situations such as long-term power outages; safety concerns in using unfamiliar equipment; the need to share information in a bi-lingual format and overcoming complex logistical obstacles due to limited access to the island.  In one of the more dramatic instances, a JLL employee and his client were discussing the desperate need to get emergency humanitarian aid to employees, friends and family on the island. The discussion set in motion a partnership - leveraging the client’s private jet and arranging for JLL volunteers to buy, package and transport supplies to airfield to be flown directly from the mainland to the island.

“Time and time again in the aftermath of the storm, we were able to leverage our most valuable supply chain asset- our deep Supplier Relationships to come up with new and creative ways to overcome challenges presented in the aftermath of the three major hurricanes that impacted out associates and clients.  This experience served to cement the bond between JLL and its community of vendors and service providers,” related Evan Jones, Senior Vice President- Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation

 “The workplace is predicted to become more occupier focused over the next ten years as an emphasis on creating memorable experiences transforms how and where people work. With 7,000 workers worldwide telling us so in our new, global study: Workplace, powered by Human Experience, this is one prediction we can safely make against a backdrop of widespread uncertainty,” stated Best, referencing JLL’s landmark study.  He continued:

“Our international research shows that both employers and employees see human experience as the main factor in determining the shape of their work environment for the foreseeable future. In the case of our response to Puerto Rico, we walked our talk, both with our own employees and those of our clients.”

First Corporate Sustainability Bond in Asia Issued by TLFF for a Natural Rubber Company in Indonesia

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:43am

The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) today announced its inaugural transaction, a landmark US$ 95 million Sustainability Bond to help finance a sustainable natural rubber plantation on heavily degraded land in two provinces in Indonesia. The project incorporates extensive social and environmental objectives and safeguards. Planted areas will serve as a buffer zone to protect a threatened national park from encroachment.

A multi-tranche Sustainability Bond arranged by BNP Paribas (BNPP) and issued by TLFF I Pte Ltd. will fund PT Royal Lestari Utama (RLU), an Indonesian joint venture between France’s Michelin and Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group, for climate smart, wildlife friendly, socially inclusive production of natural rubber in Jambi, Sumatra and East Kalimantan provinces.

The project involves collaboration with WWF, which has worked with Michelin and RLU to set aside remaining High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Carbon Value (HCV) forest in the RLU concessions, as well as critical wildlife conservation and riparian areas. Out of a concession area of 88,000 hectares, roughly 45,000 hectares will be set aside for community livelihoods and conservation.

In Jambi Province, the two concession areas held by RLU and two WWF concessions form a contiguous buffer zone protecting the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, which is one of the last places in Indonesia where elephants, tigers and orangutans co-exist. At maturity, the natural rubber plantation is expected to provide approximately 16,000 fair-wage jobs, providing a critical source of employment for local communities.

“We are honored to take this important step alongside TLFF towards establishing an impactful partnership for the development of a more sustainable rubber industry,” said David Sulaiman, President Director of RLU. “This demonstrates our commitment to a thriving, sustainable rubber market for the country and our unwavering support for local communities.”

Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusbroto, Chairperson of the TLFF welcomed the project’s alignment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through a holistic triple bottom-line approach that puts people and planet at the heart of all TLFF projects.

An initial 18,100 hectares of rubber were planted as of December 2017 and the TLFF bond issue will contribute to financing further development of the plantation. USAID has provided a partial credit guarantee on the transaction.

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment expressed his delight at the progress achieved since the MoU between UN Environment and BNP Paribas signed at the One Planet Summit in Paris in December 2017 to target innovative sustainable finance of US$ 10 billion by 2025 for projects that support sustainable agriculture and forestry in ways that help solve the climate crisis rather than accentuate it.

“It is the role of banks today to make sure we can enable sustainable and impactful projects everywhere. While not without its own challenges, this transaction is proof that financial institutions can generate socially beneficial outcomes when we really work hard” said Eric Raynaud, CEO, Asia Pacific and Member of Group Executive Committee at BNP Paribas. “This complex structuring arrangement also demonstrates that our institutional investor clients have the appetite to invest in projects and companies that combine commercial and financial performance with clear environmental and social purpose and impact.” Luc Cardyn, President Director of PT Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia, added “As the Lead Manager on this groundbreaking Sustainable Bond transaction, BNP Paribas is proud to help generate economic, environmental and social benefits for Indonesia.”

ADM Capital co-founder and partner, Chris Botsford said, “reversing the current adverse trends on deforestation and climate change will take many billions of dollars. Private sector capital must be an essential part of the solution. We hope this transaction will inspire many others to step forward urgently.”

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and innovative funding approach” said Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Simons noted “A new paradigm is emerging here with high value investments that seeks to contribute substantial environmental and social dividends alongside risk shared financial returns”.

Vigeo Eiris, the ESG consulting firm, has confirmed that the Notes are ’Sustainability Notes’ with positive contribution to sustainable development, and, as the first ASEAN sustainability bond, aligned with the ICMA Sustainability Bond Guidelines. More information is available at https://tlffindonesia.org

The US$95,000,000 Fixed Rate Secured Notes comprise of the following classes: US$30,000,000 Class A Notes due 2033, US$20,000,000 Class B1a Notes 2033, US$15,000,000 Class B1b Notes due 2023, US$15,000,000 Class B1c Notes due 2025  and US$15,000,000 Class B2 Notes due 2033. The Class A notes have been assigned a Aaa(sf) rating by Moody’s.

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Sustainable Retail Summit

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:43am

Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

Measuring Fashion Report Delivers Results From the First Study on the Global Environmental Impacts of the Apparel and Footwear Industries

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:40pm

ClimateWorks Foundation, a non-governmental organization which mobilizes philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future, together with the environmental sustainability experts and consultants at Quantis announce the release of the report, Measuring Fashion: Insights from the Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries study. The underlying study is the first of its kind to assess the environmental impacts of the global apparel and footwear industries. It considers the industries’ value chains across 7 stages - from fiber production/material extraction to end-of-life, and includes 5 different environmental indicators: Climate Change, Resources, Freshwater Withdrawal, Ecosystem Quality, Human Health.

“There is increasing pressure on fashion brands to demonstrate their sustainability. We have seen many assumptions being made about the actual environmental performance of the industry and its value chain, where the hotspots lie, and what the potential solutions may be,” Quantis senior sustainability consultant Annabelle Stamm explains. “We knew fashion’s impact was major, but we didn’t have the science-based metric view of what this really meant. This study enables us to answer some of these questions, bust some of our collective assumptions, and provide guidance to those committed to act,” she adds. 

This groundbreaking study and the insights gained are critical to guide fashion brands and businesses that are committed to setting truly sustainable goals, to make science-driven decisions, helping implement effective and meaningful actions. Understanding environmental impacts, particularly on climate, is also necessary for fashion brands committing to the Science-Based Targets initiative to get their business aligned with the global objective to limit warming to 2°C. 

The Measuring Fashion study is the first-of-its-kind for three reasons: 1/ Based on industry specific impact data from the World Apparel Lifecycle Database, which makes it comprehensive, robust, and up-to-date; 2/ Uses a multi-indicator approach to assess different impact areas such as water use and ecosystem impacts alongside greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a balanced assessment on multiple fronts; and, 3/ Provides an outlook of the evolution of impacts across time (both past and future) and connects this with specific levers for change across the value chain. 

Fast facts from the Measuring Fashion report: 

  • Combined, the global apparel and footwear industries account for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, almost as much as the total carbon impact of the EU.

  • The apparel industry alone accounts for 6.7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, with more than 50% coming from 3 phases: fiber production (15%), yarn preparation (28%), and the highest impact phase - dyeing & finishing (36%).

  • In a business-as-usual scenario, apparel’s climate impact is expected to increase by 49% - equal to today’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

  • 3 levers of change were identified – rethinking energy, disruptive reduction, and design for the future – and the report asks, “Is shifting to a circular economy enough?”

It is time for action, time for fashion to channel its innovative and creative approach toward the world’s most pressing challenge. Helen Picot, Buildings and Industry Portfolio at ClimateWorks Foundation, explains why this study will help:

“Clothing is a major part of our day-to-day consumption and we all know that fashion is getting faster and cheaper. But few consumers realize how much their new shirt or pair of shoes impacts their carbon and water footprint. This new research from Quantis and ClimateWorks Foundation reveals the most environmentally intensive links in apparel supply chains. These results can help brands, manufacturers and consumers make smarter choices about how to get on a more sustainable path.”

For more in-depth look at the study, access the Measuring Fashion: Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries study (full report and methodological considerations) here:  http://www.climateworks.org/report/measuring-fashion-global-study/ 


A Steering Committee of industry leaders and experts contributed to the Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries study by providing their valuable feedback and input. Members included: Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition; Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Strategies; Megan McGill, Program Manager, C&A Foundation; La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange; Linda Greer, Senior Scientist, NRDC. 

Steering Committee support for the report

Linda Greer, Senior Scientist, National Resource Defense Council:

"This unique study provides robust data on the environmental impacts of each step of the apparel supply chain. It directs focus to areas that matter the most so you don’t waste time on the small stuff. It empowers companies to step up and set ambitious, achievable science-based targets to reduce their climate impact."

Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design accelerator, Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Strategies: 

"What we know is only valuable when it rubs up against what other people know. This report is an invaluable resource for making change."

La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange:

"You have to have good information to make sound decisions. This report provides a great perspective on ways that we, as a textile community, can take action. We can’t allow ourselves to be overwhelmed to paralysis; every small decision and individual action adds up. This will require new business thinking and engagement. Let’s make the wisest choices!"


“MEASURING FASHION WEBINAR: a look at how the global apparel and footwear industries size up to their environmental impacts”

March 28th at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT/ 11am EST / 8am PST.

Register here to join panelists from ClimateWorks Foundation, Quantis, and the NRDC to learn more about the study and how it will change the future of fashion.


To support the outreach of the report, access our Measuring Fashion Media Kit and use/tag:


About ClimateWorks Foundation
ClimateWorks Foundation is a team of researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grant-makers who are committed to climate action and believe in the power of collective philanthropy. www.climateworks.org

About Quantis
Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Colombia and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe.

(re)discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

For media enquiries, contact:
Lori Gustavus
Quantis, Global Director of Communications & Marketing

Brad Weinrieb
ClimateWorks, Asst. Director of Communications

Discovery Green® Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary, 20 Years of Clean Energy With Green Mountain Energy

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:39pm

 Discovery Green is celebrating its first double-digit birthday with a giant green gift for its guests – two decades of pollution-free programming with 100 percent clean energy.

The park, which opened April 2008, is renewing its agreement with Green Mountain Energy Company, in continued collaboration with Infinity Power Partners, through 2028 to provide electricity for all of the facilities’ needs from concerts and movies to installations like the seasonal ice-skating rink, marking a total of 20 years of commitment to renewable energy for the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston.

Discovery Green has greatly valued our partnership with Green Mountain Energy throughout our first decade, and we look forward to the next 10 years,” said Barry Mandel, president and director of Discovery Green. “Not only has Green Mountain provided us with renewable energy that helps keep Discovery Green 'green,' the company has also been supportive of many programs at the park and is the official sponsor of our Tenth Anniversary Year.”

Since first teaming up with Green Mountain ten years ago, Discovery Green has become a leading example of environmental stewardship and energy conservation in downtown Houston and for parks across the country. Over the course of the partnership, the park has avoided approximately 28.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of planting 3,300 trees or taking 3,000 vehicles off the road for a year.

By choosing renewable energy, Discovery Green is expected to avoid an additional 32.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide, for a total of 61.2 million pounds over 20 years, or the equivalent of planting 7,200 trees or taking 6,600 vehicles off the road for a year.

Discovery Green’s success highlights the benefits that come with practicing sustainability in an urban setting,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain. “We’re proud to be the Official Green Energy Provider for Discovery Green and help them deliver on their commitment to be an environmental leader in our community.”

To mark the milestone, Discovery Green will host multiple Tenth Anniversary Celebration events sponsored by Green Mountain through the spring, starting with the Bayou City Music Series launching March 1.

Infinity Power Partners, a Houston-based energy management and consulting firm, has assisted Discovery Green in structuring and executing the sponsorship and commercial electricity contracts with Green Mountain since 2012.

Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 37.7 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Follow us on facebook.com/greenmountainenergycompany or twitter.com/greenmtnenergy.

Discovery Green
Discovery Green is a highly acclaimed 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy in downtown Houston. Since opening in April 2008, the park has welcomed more than 12 million visitors. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present more than 700 art, music, educational, fun and healthy events each year, most of which are presented free to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.

Infinity Power Partners, LLC
Infinity Power Partners is an energy management and consulting firm that provides energy procurement solutions, risk management services, market insight and continuous account maintenance through the development of client-specific strategies. With over 100 years of combined expertise in the deregulated electricity & natural gas markets, IPP offers an unique and transparent approach to maneuvering through today’s energy related obstacles for clients across all industries.

Discovery Green. Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.

New Report Shows More FMCG Companies Partnering with Communities to Address Local Health and Wellness Challenges

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:39pm

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has published a new report showing that more companies are engaging with their communities on health topics. The annual Health & Wellness Pillar Progress Report highlights that last year there was a 26% rise in participation in health-related programmes amongst CGF members. The report is based on a survey of 83 CGF members, who generate a combined US$2.97 trillion in revenues.

Community engagement has been a major focus for the FMCG sector over the last year, as 85% of consumer goods companies have formed partnerships with community stakeholders.

Over 1.6 million employees participated in health and wellness programmes. Employees form key groups within local communities and improving health in the workplace is also seen as a key step towards healthier communities.

Furthermore, nearly six in ten companies (58%) said they had been involved in food bank programmes, with 180 million meals distributed and in excess of 77,400 tonnes of food donated.

The Consumer Goods Forum’s ‘Collaboration for Healthier Lives’ (CHL) initiative has pushed the issue of community health programmes and working with local public health authorities to the top of the agenda in the boardroom. The project, which aims to drive positive action within communities around the world, has encouraged FMCG companies to go out into communities and actively promote health and wellness.

In 2017, CHL initiatives have taken place in Colombia, Japan and the United States, and more are planned to be rolled-out this year in Costa Rica, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Activities have included distributing educational material in stores, engaging with local educational institutions, promoting the benefits of healthier choices and regular exercise through health fairs and free in-store health checks. As a result of these initiatives, local engagement is the major theme of this year’s Health & Wellness Pillar report, emphasising the benefits of retailer and manufacturer collaboration.

The Health & Wellness report also demonstrated that product reformulation has been a continued focus over the last year. Just under nine in ten (88%) of companies said they had introduced products that had been formulated or reformulated to support healthier diets and lifestyles. There was also a 12% rise in the number of businesses that are cutting salt and sugar in their products. 

The CGF Board Co-Sponsors Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé S.A and Dick Boer, Ahold Delhaize President and CEO wrote in the foreword to the report: “Our ambition to empower consumers to lead healthier lives is an important long-term objective that requires sustained effort. We are helping to improve the health of the communities we serve, but we know that there is so much more we can do together. Building upon our initial five-year plan from 2013, we now intend to strengthen our leadership in this area for the next five years and beyond.”

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Director of Health & Wellness, Sharon Bligh, commented: “This year’s annual report highlights the progress that’s being made on a community level. I would like to thank all the CGF member companies, who have shared their data in the only such global survey covering both retailers and consumer goods manufacturers, for their continuous efforts to make the health and wellness agenda relevant. I also would like to thank Mary Kearney, Senior Manager - Nutrition & Health Operations at Unilever, for her leadership as Chair for the Measurement & Reporting work stream. We are delighted to see our members’ projects reach such a large number of employees and communities”.

 Download 2018 Health & Wellness Progress Report


About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Bligh,
Director, Health & Wellness
The Consumer Goods Forum

Veronica Cooper
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum

Why North American Cities Are Putting the Brakes on Drivers

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:39pm

This question is increasingly challenging city planners and real estate developers across North America, where many cities have long been designed to accommodate a car culture that’s showing its age.

Amid improvements in public transit infrastructure, technology developments and changing urban demographics, cities across the continent are making efforts to curb car dependency. Take Columbus, Ohio, for example, where parking headaches had become so chronic that office vacancies rose, despite continuing demand for sophisticated redevelopment. Downtown property owners, desperate for change, seized matters into their own hands to trial what’s been hailed as the largest of its kind transit subsidy program in the U.S.: the business association is offering a free bus pass to the more than 40,000 people who work in the area.

Meanwhile, Mexico City, the biggest city in North America, has recently made waves for its subtle, but far-reaching move to cut minimum parking space requirements. These laws, which are prevalent across the continent, had required housing developers to build a certain number of parking spaces depending on how many people lived there. Now, buildings can be designed according to the amount of parking that makes sense for the neighborhood, which in transit-heavy areas, may mean close to none.

What’s happening in Columbus and Mexico City is part of a larger story. While frustration with congestion and pollution is inspiring a turn away from long-standing dependencies on cars, powerful new possibilities are emerging in the form of more supported transit, car-sharing and autonomous vehicles that together are poised to transform everything about the way we build cities and move in and around them.

Changing demographics, and a strong case for changing cities

It’s not just cities and public-private partnerships driving change. Private companies have been actively helping employees beat congestion, offering transit subsidies as well as bike-to-work schemes, corporate car sharing programs and commuter buses. Even carpooling is making a comeback.

But perhaps the biggest fundamental driver toward fewer cars can be found in the way we choose to get to the places we live and work.

“We are seeing tremendous change in real estate and mobility preferences, especially with younger generations,” says Eric Enloe, Managing Director of JLL’s Valuation and Advisory Services platform. “In urban areas, it’s not a given that millennials will have or even want a car to get to work. Access to public transportation is one of the top considerations in new office searches. And with the rise of Uber and other services, Millennials in big cities often don’t feel like they have to drive anywhere.”

People want more ways to get to work than the old single-driver commute. Employers can also benefit from offering alternatives. For example, the Columbus initiative cited above is expected to spark new interest from employees who will appreciate the chance to get to work more easily, and in turn their employers. Ultimately, the initiative is projected to decrease the office vacancy rate from roughly 15 percent to around 4 percent.

“Encouraging more sustainable transportation options also fits the culture and mold of Fortune 500 companies,” says Enloe. “Many forward-looking organizations are investing in green buildings, so supporting public transit for employees, making it easy to access car-sharing or ride their bike to work—it all goes hand in hand with a commitment to corporate social responsibility.”

For building developers, cutting the square footage dedicated to parking spaces can produce bottom-line savings and exciting new possibilities. “By saving space and costs on parking, workplace designers can create amenities, potentially creating better experiences for employees,” says Enloe.

The road ahead: Obstacle and opportunity

Commuters may want to break out of gridlock, but change could take more time in some places than in others. Much of the delay can be traced back to how public dollars are managed. Right now, the U.S. government pours far more money into parking subsidies than in commuter transit benefits, with $7.3 billion a year going to tax breaks that help more people to drive to work, compared with $1.3 billion for commuter transit benefits.

Allocating more funds to transit could not only reduce traffic and carbon emissions—it could also improve and expand transit options so that more people can benefit.

But transit isn’t the only answer, warns Enloe. “Throwing money at one solution is not enough,” he says. “Cities, property owners and developers, and citizens alike need to take a look at what mix of transportation makes most sense in their community.”

Revolutionizing cars—and cities

Changing the way we think about the future of parking in cities is about more than public transportation and bike paths. Increasingly, the bigger picture view will have yet another opportunity to consider: the oncoming autonomous vehicle revolution.

“In much the same way that the automobile changed the cities of our country in the 20th century, it’s going to change our cities again,” says Paige Pitcher of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab. “And it’s going to disrupt everything we thought we knew about real estate.”

Indeed, the autonomous revolution will encourage designing buildings around people, not cars, she believes. “Cars don’t just take up room on roads, they also take up space in our homes and businesses,” says Pitcher. “We have four parking spaces for every car in the U.S. – that’s trillions of real estate dollars locked up as storage.”

Pitcher analyzed seven studies predicting the reduced demand for parking resulting from autonomous vehicles. Her research forecasts parking demand will decrease 34 percent by 2035. The ultimate result: cars no longer have to drive real estate.

The potential is huge, from parking garages that don’t need space for doors to open, to paved driveways being returned to grass. “It might sound futuristic, but the autonomous vehicle revolution isn’t about robots,” she says in a TedX Talk. “It’s about people and places and property value. Cities of the last century were designed around cars. So if cars change dramatically, then so will our cities.”

To learn more about JLL’s extensive research into the Future of Cities, click here

Benevity Acquires TrustCSR, UK-Based Corporate Social Responsibility Consultancy

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:39am

 Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, announces the acquisition of TrustCSR, a UK-based corporate social responsibility consultancy that serves enterprise clients, including Amazon, British Telecom, DHL, EE, Avanade, National Grid and Experian. This acquisition is the latest step in Benevity adding scale and geographic scope to its operations to maximize efficiencies, service its global client base, and reach new markets. TrustCSR’s deep expertise in compliance, regulatory and tax schemes across Europe and other international markets, as well as strategic partnerships within the international charitable ecosystem aligns perfectly with Benevity’s expanding footprint in “corporate Goodness.” On the heels of the company’s recent strategic growth investment, this new location will enable Benevity to serve its growing base of corporations, charities and end users in the U.K., across Europe, Australia and Asia.

According to Gallup’s Worldwide Engagement Crisis report, 87 percent of the world’s workers are disengaged, compared with only 67 percent in the U.S. Global enterprises are increasingly leveraging their employee giving, volunteering and grantmaking programs to support their diversity and inclusion efforts and to build purposeful workplace cultures. Last year, Benevity saw a 91 percent surge in companies using its market-leading international cloud solution, Benevity OneWorld™ to create stronger connections with their worldwide workforces and communities.

Available in 17 languages, Benevity OneWorld enables companies to empower employees, consumers and the public to easily donate time, money and talent to almost 2 million charities and non-profits around the world. Through its proprietary disbursement platform, Benevity delivers 100% of funds electronically to international causes providing global enterprises and their employees with certainty that grants and donations are reaching their intended recipients in a timely and accurate manner.

“Global enterprises are seeking to extend the success of their Goodness programs beyond headquarter locations to more deeply engage and inspire their international employees with a purpose-driven culture,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “But scaling Goodness globally requires more than just addressing differences in languages and currency; it requires knowledge of local regulatory frameworks, cultural nuances and the ability to accurately identify, vet and distribute funds to charities everywhere in a scalable way. This is why Benevity is quickly becoming the de facto choice for global enterprises. We look forward to serving more global clients and their stakeholders from our new location in the U.K.”

“TrustCSR has partnered with Benevity for more than five years and have, from the beginning, been deeply impressed with their vision and commitment to improving the charitable landscape,” said Benjamin Janes, CEO of TrustCSR. “We are thrilled to be formalizing our relationship to bring more of their progressive ethos to companies in the U.K. and across the globe.”

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, recently launched Benevity’s award-winning software to power their global Goodness program. “Colleague giving, grantmaking and volunteering programs are allowing Sage to fulfill our most important corporate philanthropy commitments: to support our people and the causes they care about and make an impact in the communities in which we operate,” said Debbie Wall, VP of Sage Foundation. “Benevity’s unrivaled global reach makes it easy for us to scale our programs wherever our colleagues are located, which in turn helps us recruit and retain top talent; showcasing Sage’s ongoing drive to do business the right way.” 

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity will process over a billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time to almost 140,000 charities worldwide.

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ImpactAssets Releases Seventh Annual IA 50 Impact Investment Fund Showcase

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 7:39am

ImpactAssets has released its 2017-18 ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free, online database for investors and financial advisors that features a diversified listing of 50 private capital fund managers that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.  IA 50 users can sort and filter across a range of asset classes (debt, private equity and real estate), geographies, size of funds, themes and more.

“As impact investing grows exponentially, the IA 50 has remained a leading and trusted resource for impact investors of all experience levels,” said Jed Emerson, ImpactAssets Senior Fellow, and IA 50 Review Committee Chair.  “Our consistent and objective evaluation of impact fund managers is providing financial advisors and their clients with a starting place to make informed investment decisions.  And we are helping to catalyze the growth of impact investing by creating a centralized information source in a fragmented field.”

Fund managers included in the seventh annual IA 50 manage an estimated $29.2 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact – nearly double the assets managed by IA 50 managers in the previous year. This year's showcase includes:

  • Larger Funds: Six funds have more than $1 billion in assets under management.

  • Deep Experience: A total of 32 out of 50 fund managers have been operating for more than 10 years.

  • Diverse Management: Nearly half (48%) of all IA 50 funds have investment management teams with 50% or more women and other under-represented groups.

“The 2017-18 IA 50 highlights a strong field of managers across an increasingly rich marketplace of impact fund opportunities,” said Jennifer Kenning, CEO and Co-Founder of Align Impact, and IA 50 Senior Investment Advisor. “We are excited to see the growth of this space as evidenced by the increasing number of high-caliber fund managers, whose strong financial and impact track records position them to serve the growing investor.”

In addition to Emerson and Kenning, the IA 50 Review Committee includes impact investment pioneers and leaders, including Karl "Charly" Kleissner, Co-Founder of Toniic and KL Felicitas Foundation; Kathy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager for UBS; Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Managing Director, and Partner, Tiedemann Wealth Management; Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Ford Foundation; Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, Co-Founders of Blue Haven Initiative; Matthew Weatherley-White, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The CAPROCK Group.

“The IA 50 has become the go-to database for insights and actionable data on innovative managers creating impact with investment capital, which is especially valuable for family offices and accredited investors getting started in the impact space,” said Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Managing Director, and Partner at Tiedemann Wealth Management. “We’re thrilled to be helping investors connect their portfolios with their passions and drive capital to impact.”

The IA 50 is not an index or investable platform and does not constitute an offering or recommend specific products. It is not a replacement for due diligence. In order to be considered for the IA 50 2017-18, fund managers needed to have at least $10 million in assets under management, more than 3 years of experience as a firm with impact investing, documented social and/or environmental impact and be available for U.S. investment. Additional details on the selection process are here.

About ImpactAssets
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns.  ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment. The Giving Fund currently has $424M in total assets.

About the ImpactAssets 50
The IA 50 is the first publicly available database that provides a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their financial advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore the landscape of potential investment options.  The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today, though it is not a comprehensive list.  These 50 firms have been selected to demonstrate a wide range of impact investing activities across geographies, sectors and asset classes.

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Tennaxia and K•Coe Isom Join Forces to Provide Web-Based Data Analytics, Strategy and Services for Sustainable Food Companies

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 7:39am

Tennaxia, an EU market leader in sustainability data collection and analysis software, has join forces in the U.S. with K·Coe Isom, the leading accounting and consulting firm focused on solutions in food and agriculture. This collaboration will offer both technology and services for food and beverage companies looking to improve, scale up or streamline their efforts sustainable performance.

The Tennaxia–K·Coe Isom collaboration will focus on helping the growing number of food and beverage companies across the value chain that need to meet and report on accepted sustainability standards for their operational sites, as well as aligning sustainability and core business objectives.

“Tennaxia has entered the U.S. market with a proven web-based solution, which can be tailored to customer needs for collecting data across sites. It can also be used to meet multiple U.S. and global reporting obligations that we know exist in the food and beverage market today,” explains Juliette Barre, Principal, Tennaxia North America.  

“We have connected with K·Coe Isom because of their deep expertise and long history serving food and beverage clients in the U.S.,” she adds, noting that the firm has worked for a range of clients that include Cargill, West Liberty Foods, and Kellogg’s. “Sustainability, operations, strategy and business functions will have everything they need for measurement, compliance, and analysis, with a superior level of trust and validation – from a tailored software combined with hands-on strategy and support services. We know that in the U.S., food and beverage companies need partners that can add value via this combination of services and technology.”

Addressing complexity with clarity and precision
“Sustainability data is a key factor in core business decisions, as well as an increasing requirement of the food and beverage value chain,” says Emily Johannes, Principal and Director of ResourceMax™ Sustainability Services for K·Coe Isom. “Accurate and comprehensive data management and analytics are a strategic imperative: we are moving beyond simple spreadsheets. No matter what the size, food and beverage companies today need to employ dedicated software tools and services that are specifically geared for data collection, multiple reporting requirements, and achieving performance goals.”

“Tennaxia’s solution is comprehensive yet agile – we like how it can be implemented quickly and tailored to each client,” she adds.  “Combining their web-based analytics and data management with our expertise in strategy, implementation, and supply-chain reporting makes sense for U.S. and global food and beverage companies. Our combined solution supports clients with the features and services they need – and nothing they don’t. Our partnership assures we tailor our solutions to specific client needs within food and agriculture, unlike ‘packaged’ software on the market today.”

About Tennaxia
Tennaxia, founded in 2001, already powers more than 10,000 customer sites in 70 countries. The company’s software has been battle tested in France and the EU, where government regulations are even more stringent than in the U.S.  The technology offers three levels of validation and verification to confirm data quality.  Major European companies using Tennaxia’s software include AXA, Peugeot-Citroen, Group Bel (producer of Laughing Cow and Baby Bel cheeses), Auchan, a global retailer, and GeoPost, the “Fed-Ex” of Europe. Learn more at www.tennaxia.com/en.

About K·Coe Isom
K·Coe Isom leads, nationally as consultants, CPAs, and business advisors in the food and agriculture industry. A top 60 accounting and consulting firm, we are deeply embedded throughout the U.S. food-supply chain, from policy to plate. We work with producers, input suppliers, processors, packagers, distributors, biofuel manufacturers, equipment dealerships, landowners, lenders, and many agencies and policy organizations that support the industry. Our sustainability team provides valuable tools, strategies, plans, and analysis to increase food and agriculture’s business value and credibility in the marketplace. K·Coe Isom builds business-oriented sustainability programs for food companies, beef, dairy, pork, turkey, grain/feed companies and producers, enabling them to capture and report sustainability information to valued customers and the public. K·Coe Isom serves domestic and international clientele from 21 coast-to-coast offices. Learn more at www.kcoe.com.  

Investing in Energy Access

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38pm

Providing first-time electricity to more than 1 billion people around the world is not a task for the fainthearted. In fact, it is quite risky.

Despite the risks, the private sector is interested. According to the International Energy Agency, emerging markets in Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America will make up almost half of all new global energy demand between now and 2040. India and China make up the remainder of global energy growth. Meanwhile, traditional markets like the EU, US and Japan will experience decreased energy demand.

One of the challenges to tapping this potential is that these emerging markets host the world’s poorest people. Without access to affordable and reliable energy, these potential customers have few means of escaping poverty. But with access to energy, these communities could accelerate their business growth and become strong and loyal customers.

Solving this conundrum has been the focus of considerable effort in recent years. The seventh U.N Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to sustainable energy access, and has spurred the creation of the multi-national initiative Sustainable Energy for All. In 2016, the US Congress passed The Electrify Africa Act, supported by the multi-agency US Power Africa initiative. All of these initiatives recognize that private sector investment is critical to the success of their common goal of alleviating energy poverty.

Many special purpose mechanisms including loan guarantees and blended finance instruments have reduced power sector investor risk and increased the amount of electricity available in energy-poor countries. Off taker risk, however, remains a significant and extremely complex challenge. Off taker risk refers to the risk that electricity customers will not pay their bills. This risk of non-payment can be divided into three broad categories: (1) Government customers, (2) Industry customers, and (3) Individual customers.

For the first two customer classes, there are sources of data, such as credit ratings and balance sheets, which can be used to create guarantees and mechanisms that mitigate risk. However, there are few mechanisms to mitigate the risks of individual customers in emerging markets. Individuals in energy-poor communities are the very demographic that NGOs like Global Communities have successfully worked with for decades. Our experience shows that individual customer risk can be overcome through the right combination of community-led interventions and access to finance.

Below are some of the community-level risks that are specific to energy projects. For each risk, we show how traditional tools and techniques in Community Engagement and Financial Inclusion can help to overcome them.

Risk: Getting Data That Enables Reliable Site Selection Decisions

Good data is often difficult to find — or simply non-existent — in emerging markets. There is little hard data about energy-poor communities: no income data, no credit scores, and no history of payments. Surveys that assess the ability and willingness to pay for energy do not accurately represent the actual likelihood of payments.

Data approximations thru Big Data partners can give the process a leg up, followed by community surveys. To increase the fidelity of the data and the quality of the project, this data should be verified through peer-driven, transparent dialogue. This process should then be followed by peer-driven and transparent process for the selection of the initial customers. A peer-driven process increases the likelihood of payment, reducing default rates.

Risk: Revealing and Mitigating Potential Flaws at the Site/Community Level

Building trust and obtaining buy-in of the community can make or break the ultimate success of the project. If done well, it can greatly reduce areas of risk, while getting it wrong can cause project failure.

A community-led co-design process helps identify well known and lesser known project risks, which are then shared by the community. Fully representative community engagement also reduces factionalism and increases buy-in within the community to ensure that the community is fully invested in the project.

Risk: Designing Financial Options for Affordability

One of the most pervasive challenges in alleviating energy poverty at the community level is what to do when demand for electricity or power is there, but affordable payments options are not.

Financial Inclusion tools, including mobile money accounts, PAYGO, cooperatives, and village savings and lending groups, can increase access to electricity for previously underserved communities. As important, community-led decision-making on financial inclusion mechanisms increases uptake, sustainability and growth. Because additional households and businesses are able to subscribe to the system, they increase the customer base. In turn, lending options for growing businesses help increase access to energy services.

Risk: Ensuring Project Sustainability & Growth

Economic growth is one of the principal advantages of energy access. Yet communities that have never had this access need support to accomplish this result. That support is most effective in the form of trainings on business and financial planning, the establishment of cooperatives or other community business structures, and micro loans and/or incentive grants for small and medium businesses. Social engagement mechanisms including support groups, volunteer networks and leadership groups can also have a significant impact on the success of a project.

Mitigating the risks associated with investing in emerging markets, especially those dominated by the energy poor, can be challenging. While tremendous progress has been made, there are few mechanisms available for individual customer off taker risk. Investors and project developers can harness proven Community Engagement and Financial Inclusion methodologies to mitigate these risks, strengthen customer demand and increase the likelihood of overall project success.

Compliance Management Conference

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38pm

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

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38pm

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

SC Johnson ayuda a familias brasileñas con la donación de 100.000 unidades de repelentes de insectos personales

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38am

Hoy, SC Johnson anunció que donó 100.000 unidades del repelente de insectos personal OFF!® con el objetivo de ayudar a familias brasileñas a protegerse contra el mosquito Aedes aegypti que puede transmitir enfermedades como dengue, Zika, chikungunya y fiebre amarilla.

Con la llegada de la temporada de mosquitos, Brasil ha visto recientemente una mayor cantidad de casos de fiebre amarilla. Esta donación de repelentes de insectos personales se distribuirá a través de programas comunitarios y de servicios sociales de organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) en un esfuerzo para ayudar a proteger a tantas personas como sea posible de los mosquitos que pueden transmitir estas enfermedades.

"Utilizar repelente de insectos con regularidad es esencial para prevenir las picaduras de mosquitos", dijo Kelly M. Semrau, vicepresidente sénior, Asuntos Corporativos, Comunicación y Sustentabilidad Globales de SC Johnson. "Nos da mucho gusto poder ayudar a las comunidades a protegerse contra los mosquitos".

SC Johnson coordinará la distribución de los productos con importantes organizaciones comunitarias, como ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Socias Cajamar, Parceiros da Educacao y Sonhar Acordado. La donación de repelentes de insectos personales ayudará a aproximadamente 100.000 brasileños. Las ONG seleccionadas están listas para distribuir el producto lo más pronto posible, para que lleguen a las familias que más lo necesitan durante este difícil período.

SC Johnson donó más de USD 15 millones en productos para el control de plagas y apoyo financiero a organizaciones de beneficencia en respuesta a los brotes de zika y dengue en todo el mundo en 2016.

"Nos alegra asociarnos con SC Johnson para poder proporcionarle a nuestra comunidad las herramientas de prevención necesarias para proteger a las familias de los mosquitos. Esta crucial donación ayudará a abordar la necesidad constante de repelente de insectos en toda nuestra comunidad", dijo Carlos Oliveira, Director Ejecutivo de Bola Pra Frente.

Para impulsar aún más la educación y proporcionar recursos a las familias, SC Johnson ofrece consejos y videos sobre cómo pueden protegerse contra las picaduras de mosquitos en www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. El sitio web está disponible en 13 idiomas y los videos cuentan con casi 25 millones de visualizaciones.

SC Johnson es el mayor fabricante de repelentes de insectos e insecticidas domésticos en el mundo, con productos como OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® y Baygon®. Durante más de 60 años, entomólogos de SC Johnson han estudiado insectos en el SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health ubicado en Racine, Wisconsin.  El Instituto SC Johnson es uno de los centros de investigación de entomología urbana privados más grandes del mundo.



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Acerca de SC Johnson
SC Johnson es una empresa familiar dedicada a la creación de productos innovadores de alta calidad, a la excelencia en el trabajo y a un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades donde opera. Con sede en los Estados Unidos, SC Johnson es uno de los más importantes fabricantes en el mundo de productos para la limpieza del hogar y productos para almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, además de productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas ampliamente conocidas, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en EE. UU. y en otros países, y algunas marcas comercializadas fuera de EE. UU., como AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MÚSCULO® y RIDSECT®. La empresa tiene 132 años de antigüedad, genera 10 mil millones de dólares en ventas, da empleo a aproximadamente 13.000 personas en todo el mundo y vende productos en casi todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson ajuda famílias brasileiras com doação de cem mil unidades de repelentes pessoais contra insetos

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38am

A SC Johnson anunciou hoje que doou cem mil unidades do repelente pessoal contra insetos OFF!® para ajudar as famílias brasileiras a se protegerem do mosquito Aedes aegypti, que pode transmitir doenças como dengue, zika, chikungunya e febre amarela.

Com a chegada do período de proliferação de mosquitos, o Brasil tem presenciado um aumento nos casos de febre amarela. Essa doação de repelentes pessoais contra insetos será distribuída por organizações não governamentais (ONGs) locais, programas comunitários e de serviços sociais, em um esforço para proteger o maior número de pessoas contra os mosquitos que podem transmitir essas doenças.

“Utilizar repelente de insetos regularmente é fundamental para evitar a picada de mosquitos”, lembrou Kelly M. Semrau, vice-presidente sênior de Assuntos Corporativos Globais, Comunicação e Sustentabilidade da SC Johnson. “Temos a enorme satisfação de poder ajudar as comunidades a se protegerem dos mosquitos.”

A SC Johnson coordenará a distribuição dos produtos doados com diversas importantes organizações da comunidade, como ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Sociais Cajamar, Parceiros da Educação e Sonhar Acordado. A doação de repelentes pessoais contra insetos ajudará um número estimado de cem mil brasileiros. As ONGs selecionadas já estão prontas para distribuir os produtos o mais rapidamente possível, para que cheguem às famílias que mais necessitam durante este difícil período.

A SC Johnson doou mais de US$ 15 milhões em produtos para o controle de pragas e na forma de apoio financeiro a organizações beneficentes em resposta ao surto global de zika e dengue em 2016.

“Nós estamos muito felizes com essa parceria com a SC Johnson para oferecer à nossa comunidade as ferramentas de prevenção necessárias e ajudar a proteger as famílias dos mosquitos. Essa doação de repelentes é muito importante para o nosso trabalho contínuo de proteção junto à comunidade,” afirma Carlos Oliveira, Diretor Executivo do Bola Pra Frente.

Para esclarecer e fornecer ainda mais recursos às famílias, a SC Johnson oferece dicas e vídeos sobre como poderão se proteger contra picadas de mosquitos em www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. O site está disponível em 13 idiomas e seus vídeos já foram assistidos cerca de 25 milhões de vezes.

A SC Johnson é a maior fabricante mundial de repelentes de insetos e inseticidas domésticos, incluindo OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® e Baygon®. Há mais de 60 anos, os entomologistas da SC Johnson estudam os insetos no Instituto SC Johnson da Ciência do Inseto para Saúde da Família, localizado na cidade norte-americana de Racine, Wisconsin. O SC Johnson Institute é uma das maiores instalações particulares do mundo dedicadas à pesquisa entomológica urbana.



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Sobre a SC Johnson
A SC Johnson é uma empresa familiar dedicada a fabricação produtos inovadores e de alta qualidade, excelência no local de trabalho e compromisso de longo prazo com o meio ambiente e as comunidades onde atua. Com sede nos EUA, a empresa é um dos principais fabricantes mundiais de produtos de limpeza doméstica, armazenamento doméstico, purificadores de ar, controle de pragas e cuidados com calçados, além de produtos profissionais. A empresa comercializa marcas consagradas como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® nos Estados Unidos e em outros países, e estão entre suas marcas fora dos EUA AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCULO® e RIDSECT®. Com 132 anos de história, a empresa gera US$ 10 bilhões em vendas, emprega aproximadamente 13 mil pessoas em todo o mundo e vende produtos em quase todos os países. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson Helps Brazilian Families With Donation of 100,000 Units of Personal Insect Repellent

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:38am

Today SC Johnson announced it has donated 100,000 units of OFF!® personal insect repellent geared towards helping Brazilian families protect against the Aedes aegypti mosquito that may transmit diseases such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

With the arrival of the mosquito season, Brazil has recently seen an increase in the number of yellow fever cases. This personal insect repellent donation will be distributed through local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community programs and social service programs in an effort to help protect as many people as possible from the mosquitoes that may transmit these diseases.

“Using insect repellent regularly is essential to preventing mosquito bites,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We are gratified that we can help communities protect themselves against mosquitoes.”

SC Johnson will be coordinating with several key community organizations such as ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Socias Cajamar, Parceiros da Educacao, and Sonhar Acordado to distribute the donated product. The donation of personal insect repellent will help an estimated 100,000 Brazilians. The selected NGOs are ready to distribute the product as quickly as possible so that it can get into the hands of families who need it most during this difficult time.

SC Johnson has donated more than $15 million in pest control products and financial support to charitable organizations in response to the 2016 global outbreak of Zika and dengue fever.

“We are pleased to partner with SC Johnson to provide our community with the prevention tools necessary to help protect families from mosquitoes, as this crucial donation will help to address the ongoing need for insect repellent throughout our community,” said Carlos Oliveira, Executive Director at Bola Pra Frente.

To further drive education and provide resources to families, SC Johnson offers tips and videos on how families can protect themselves from mosquito bites at www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. The site is available in 13 languages and videos on the site have been viewed nearly 25 million times.

SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellents and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® and Baygon®. For over 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health located in Racine, Wisconsin. The SC Johnson Institute is one of the largest private, urban entomology research facilities in the world.



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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 132-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

CBRE Achieves National Equality Standard in Property Advisor First

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:33pm

Following a robust assessment process, CBRE UK Ltd., the world's leading real estate advisor has been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES). CBRE is the first property services provider to achieve this accolade and the 22nd UK company overall.

The UK National Equality Standard was developed by business for business and sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion criteria against which companies are independently assessed. It is supported by EY, the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved in its development and launch and the standard is now utilised globally.

The NES assessment reviewed CBRE against 49 separate competencies focused on key topics such as; governance, culture, HR policies and processes, business planning, inclusivity, flexible working, leadership commitment and accountability, data as well as external relationships with CSR activities and the firm’s supply chain.

Achieving this accreditation, recognises our commitment to diversity. In a world where diversity, equality, and standards of ethics are increasingly important. We are very proud to set this benchmark for the property advisory sector. CBRE will continue to focus on equality, diversity and inclusion as this is a strategic business priority for our people and our clients.

Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director at CBRE

This achievement is significant recognition in how far we have evolved our business at CBRE, it is recognition to every leader, manager and employee of our business today. CBRE is a great and exciting place to work, we are on a continued journey to be world-class in everything we do.

Paul Hawtin, UK HR Director

Arun Batra, EY Director and CEO of NES commented:

“I am absolutely delighted that CBRE have obtained the National Equality Standard. The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment that they have demonstrated to their D&I agenda is something which they should be very proud of and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on this achievement.”

Simon Feeke, lead NES assessor added:

“CBRE have demonstrated tremendous progress in embedding their D&I ambition right through their business and HR processes with mechanisms for continuous review and measurement of progress.”


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