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HP Inc. Named First Technology Company in California to Achieve TRUE Zero Waste Certification

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:52pm

In celebration of Earth Month, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) announced that its corporate headquarters has been awarded Gold under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification program. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource efficient.

The certification recognizes HP’s achievement of diverting more than 95% of the waste from its headquarters from landfills and incineration.

“We are proud to be recognized by GBCI for the steps we are taking to eliminate waste from our operations,” said Nate Hurst, HP’s Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer. “This certification reflects HP’s ongoing efforts to make a positive and sustainable impact on our planet, people and communities worldwide. These efforts include developing products, services and operations that reduce our impact on the planet; ensuring that the company operates its business to the highest ethical standards and holds its supply chain partners to the same standards; and using technology to create greater opportunities for everyone, everywhere.”

To receive a TRUE Zero Waste Certification, businesses must achieve a minimum 90% diversion rate for solid, non-hazardous waste. “Companies pursuing TRUE Zero Waste Certification for an office or facility must meet very stringent standards in order to certify at the Gold level,” said Stephanie Barger, director of market development at GBCI. “HP has demonstrated not only tremendous leadership in successfully implementing zero waste strategies, but also an inspiring commitment to achieve still higher levels of performance.”

Environmental stewardship is a priority at HP, which has integrated waste reduction solutions throughout its operations, including implementing sustainable procurement practices, the use of reusables in its cafeterias and central composting and recycling collection at all its facilities. At its corporate headquarters, HP has worked closely with the City of Palo Alto and GreenWaste Recovery Inc. to significantly lower its waste diversion rates and operational costs.

“Sustainable impact is important to HP—and it matters to our employees, customers and partners that we conduct business in a way that is good for the planet,” said Cynthia Rock, HP Head of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services. “We believe strongly in protecting the environment and embedding sustainability practices into our company. We are grateful to be recognized by GBCI as achieving gold TRUE Zero Waste certification and we are excited to continue pushing for zero waste globally.”

Key achievements at its Palo Alto campus include:

  • Sorting waste to maximize recycling and composting of materials equates to about 96% of waste on campus being diverted from landfills.

  • Recycling, composting and decreasing waste sent to landfills has resulted in HP reducing waste hauling costs by more than 20% over the past two years.

  • Implementing sustainable practices to reduce cafeteria waste, including reusables, eliminating single-use plastics and donating leftover food from cafeterias.

  • Deploying reuse programs to extend the life of office supplies, furnishings and computer equipment.

  • Hosting employee engagement events, developing educational materials related to the principles of zero waste and starting a new community garden to grow food and herbs for use in the cafeteria.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More info about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

Global Communities and John Deere Foundation Expand Partnership in South America

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:52pm

Global Communities recently announced that it has partnered with the John Deere Foundation to expand its intervention with vulnerable populations to Argentina and additional areas in Brazil, building on its previous successful work in John Deere home communities over the past six years. Programming in India, Brazil, and most recently, Moline, Illinois, has made significant improvements through systemic change in under-served areas where John Deere has operations.

The program’s vision is to improve the economic and social conditions within vulnerable communities in the vicinity of John Deere facilities.  In Brazil, the Sowing Futures program has existed since 2014, and has focused on community development and resilience, civil society strengthening, youth development, and volunteerism for John Deere employees. In light of the achievements from previous programming, the approach is now being broadened to additional regions. 

The expanded Sowing Futures program is also deeply rooted in developing local capacity and strengthening linkages between schools, communities, civil society organizations, local government and John Deere. Through a $2.98 million grant from the John Deere Foundation, the expanded Sowing Futures program will provide training and technical support to Deere’s Brazil and Argentina volunteer programs, in part by developing project resources and creating a platform to scale and leverage volunteerism from local company facilities and dealers.

Specifically, the Sowing Futures program plans to expand in Indaiatuba, Campinas and Montenegro in Brazil, and begin new programs in Rosario, Argentina.

 “This expansion in both geography and impact allows Global Communities and the John Deere Foundation to reach greater economies of scale, using evidence-based strategies and tactics that help strengthen community resilience and build economic opportunity,” said David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities. “In partnering with the John Deere Foundation we continue our intervention around the concept that development is something we do with communities, not for them. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come, helping those who need it most.”

ABOUT GLOBAL COMMUNITIES
Global Communities is an international non-profit organization founded in 1952 that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Global Communities believes that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself. Learn more at www.globalcommunities.org or follow us on Twitter at @G_Communities.

U.S. Judge Again Tries to Block Indigenous Peoples From Enforcing $12b Ecuador Pollution Judgment in Entire World

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:52pm

A U.S. federal trial judge, apparently reacting to Canadian appellate judges who seem willing to allow Ecuadorian villagers the chance to seize Chevron assets to comply with their $12b pollution judgment, has just issued a second extraordinary  “global injunction” from his Manhattan courtroom purporting to bar collection of the Ecuador judgment anywhere in the world – including in Canada, where the villagers have won three consecutive appellate court victories.

Controversial U.S. trial judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Monday issued the unusual order – called “unlawful” by the villagers and an affront to the sovereignty of other countries -- following a tough week for Chevron before the Ontario Court of Appeals in Toronto. A three-judge panel of that court on April 18 essentially shut down a Chevron lawyer who tried to leverage Kaplan’s discredited 2014 “racketeering” (or RICO) decision against the Ecuadorians to block the collection effort in Canada. Chevron also was hit with new evidence in the hearing that it has engaged in what might be a major tax-avoidance scheme in Canada by using it subsidiary to funnel billions of dollars to the foreign governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, potentially exposing the company to further liability.

Kaplan, who is known to closely track the Canadian proceedings, entered a so-called default judgment in Manhattan against 45 Ecuadorian villagers who refused to accept his jurisdiction and never appeared in the RICO matter despite being named by Chevron as defendants. The default judgment follows Kaplan’s refusal to address evidence that he relied for his RICO findings on a Chevron witness paid at least $2 million by the company who later admitted lying on the stand after being coached for 53 days by Chevron lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm, which itself has been charged with ethical violations – including the fabrication of evidence -- on numerous occasions. (See here.)

In the default order, Kaplan purported to impose a “constructive trust” requiring the 45 Ecuadorians to turn over any assets they collect from Chevron “anywhere in the world” back to the company – a direct attack on the sovereignty of courts in Ecuador (where the original judgment issued) and the courts of Canada, where the indigenous villagers are enforcing their judgment, said Anton Tabuns, a Canadian lawyer who represents the Ecuadorians. In effect, Kaplan is ordering Canadian appellate judges who might rule in favor of the villagers to ignore their own rulings, a proposition that violates international law, said Tabuns.

“This seems like an utterly bizarre ruling that in our view further undermines Judge Kaplan’s credibility,” said Tabuns. “I don’t think Canadian judges or judges in any country are going to be impressed by a repeated attempt to impose an unprecedented global injunction by a U.S. trial judge who seems intently focused on helping Chevron.”

Tabuns also said the Kaplan decision is “legally meaningless” not only because it will be ignored in Canada but also because the 45 named plaintiffs have no personal right to any funds, which will be placed in trust to clean-up the billions of gallons of toxic oil waste Chevron dumped when it operated in Ecuador from 1964 to 1992. (See this summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron as found by Ecuador’s courts, and this summary of cancer rates in the area.)

Kaplan’s latest decision follows two failed attempts by Chevron to dismiss the Canadian enforcement action on technical grounds. The first – a jurisdictional challenge – was rejected unanimously by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2015. (That decision is here.) The second, a Chevron attempt to use a $1 million costs order on the impoverished Indigenous groups to stop the enforcement litigation, also was rejected unanimously by the Ontario Court of Appeal last October.

A decision from the Ontario court from last week’s hearing, expected in a few weeks, will determine whether the Ecuadorians can seize assets held by Chevron’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary; Chevron, to evade its liability to the people of Ecuador, has claimed the assets should be immunized from collection despite the fact 100% of the shares of the subsidiary are owned by Chevron. Chevron lawyers, who once threatened the villagers with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted in pursuing their claims, have used at least 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers on the case.

The RICO case has been called a Chevron-orchestrated  “fraud” by the plaintiffs and is part of the company’s SLAPP-style intimidation model designed to silence its critics, said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer on the case who represents the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA), the group enforcing the judgment. An earlier Kaplan attempt in 2011 to impose a so-called global injunction barring enforcement of the judgment -- issued without as much as an evidentiary hearing -- was overturned unanimously by a U.S. appellate court and opposed by 36 law scholars from 11 countries. (This time, it is unlikely Kaplan’s purported global injunction will be appealed because the 45 Ecuadorians refuse to recognize the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.)

(For more on Chevron’s discredited U.S. racketeering case, see here and here. For how Chevron lawyer Larry Lowenstein tried to mislead Canada’s courts about the case, see here. For a criminal referral letter of Chevron to the U.S. Department of Justice over the witness payments, see here.)

“In his effort to rescue Chevron, Judge Kaplan is once again claiming jurisdiction over the entire world to try to block enforcement of the judgment by the indigenous peoples the company harmed,” said Salazar. “His latest ruling reflects a Trump-like mentality of U.S. judicial dominance and in our view is wholly inappropriate for the civilized world. It is a decision that misaligns incentives by favoring polluters like Chevron over law-abiding corporations and thereby undermines fair competition.”

In the Canadian proceeding last week, Chevron packed one side of the courtroom for the hearing with roughly 20 lawyers but the company ran into strong headwinds from judges who must decide whether the Ecuadorians can gain access to a wholly-owned Chevron subsidiary (called Chevron Canada) that holds enough assets to pay the entirety of the Ecuador judgment. Chevron has vowed never to pay the Ecuador judgment despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador.

Highlights from last week’s hearing in Toronto – which was widely reported in the Canada press (see here and here) include:

**The Canadian judges essentially shut down Chevron’s lead lawyer, Larry Lowenstein, when he tried to review Kaplan’s “racketeering” judgment.  “We presume the judgment in Ecuador to be valid,” said Justice Ian Nordheimer. “I’m not sure where this argument is taking you.” Lowenstein then quickly took a seat.

**Alan Lenczner, a lawyer for the Ecuadorians, disclosed stunning new evidence that Chevron’s subsidiary (Chevron Canada) was under the control of Chevron and was not independent, as the company maintains as part of its effort to immunize the subsidiary from the collection action. Lenczner disclosed that Chevron has used Chevron Canada to funnel $3.3 billion annually to the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, with the profits from the operations in those countries flowing directly back to Chevron in the United States rather than to the Canadian subsidiary.

“Other than day-to-day operations, Chevron Canada has no significant authority to engage in its core and fundamental business,” said Lenczner. “Every step has required (outside) approval.”

**The judges also asked Chevron Canada lawyer Benjamin Zarnett whether Chevron had any interest in Chevron Canada given that the company owes 100% of the shares of its subsidiary. Zarnett’s response: “Corporations are separate legal entities even if they’re part of a group. It’s not an economic reality, but it’s a legal reality.”

**When the judges asked Lenczner about the Kaplan findings, he directed a full-throated attack on the RICO decision by pointing out that Chevron paid its star witness Guerra who later admitted under oath that he lied. Kaplan also relied on a limited record that did not include the voluminous evidence of Chevron’s environmental contamination in Ecuador.

“The U.S. case is irrelevant and has no probative value in Canada,” said Lenczner.

**Chevron also was dealt a blow when two of Canada’s leading Indigenous leaders attended the hearing in support of six Ecuadorian leaders who were present. The Canadian leaders included Perry Bellegarde, Canada’s current National Chief who leads the Assembly of First Nations, considered the world’s most powerful indigenous confederation; and Phil Fontaine, the thrice-elected National Chief of Canada. Fontaine visited the impacted area in Ecuador last year along with Canadian Grand Chief Ed John; both were harshly critical of Chevron’s misconduct.

The evidence of an apparent Chevron tax-avoidance scheme using its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary as the vehicle is also highly disturbing, according to Salazar.

“It appears Chevron is paying virtually no tax in Canada by sending billions of dollars of profits generated in the country to foreign governments, and then writing it off as a business expense,” said Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer on the case. “Chevron appears to be using Chevron Canada to cheat Canadians out of tax revenue while it cheats Indigenous peoples in Ecuador out of their compensation for causing damage to their ancestral lands.”

Kaplan, who has a lifetime judicial appointment, has a long history of demonstrated bias against the Ecuadorians and their counsel and has been criticized in online forums as a “judicial bully” who is pro-business. He not only refused to seat a jury for the first time in U.S. history in a civil RICO case, he claimed the lawsuit itself was “not bona fide litigation”. He also referred to the indigenous villagers as “the so-called plaintiffs” and allowed Chevron to present secret witnesses not subject to cross-examination. Kaplan also refused to hear the voluminous scientific evidence (including 105 expert evidentiary reports) relied on by Ecuador’s courts to find the company guilty. (For background on the RICO decision, see here.)

U.S. Judge Again Issues Global Injunction to Block Indigenous Villagers From Enforcing Ecuador Pollution Judgment in Entire World

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm

A U.S. federal trial judge, apparently reacting to Canadian appellate judges who seem willing to allow Ecuadorian villagers the chance to seize Chevron assets to comply with their $12b pollution judgment, has just issued a second extraordinary  “global injunction” from his Manhattan courtroom purporting to bar collection of the Ecuador judgment anywhere in the world – including in Canada, where the villagers have won three consecutive appellate court victories.

Controversial U.S. trial judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Monday issued the unusual order – called “unlawful” by the villagers and an affront to the sovereignty of other countries -- following a tough week for Chevron before the Ontario Court of Appeals in Toronto. A three-judge panel of that court on April 18 essentially shut down a Chevron lawyer who tried to leverage Kaplan’s discredited 2014 “racketeering” (or RICO) decision against the Ecuadorians to block the collection effort in Canada. Chevron also was hit with new evidence in the hearing that it has engaged in what might be a major tax-avoidance scheme in Canada by using it subsidiary to funnel billions of dollars to the foreign governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, potentially exposing the company to further liability.

Kaplan, who is known to closely track the Canadian proceedings, entered a so-called default judgment in Manhattan against 45 Ecuadorian villagers who refused to accept his jurisdiction and never appeared in the RICO matter despite being named by Chevron as defendants. The default judgment follows Kaplan’s refusal to address evidence that he relied for his RICO findings on a Chevron witness paid at least $2 million by the company who later admitted lying on the stand after being coached for 53 days by Chevron lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm, which itself has been charged with ethical violations – including the fabrication of evidence -- on numerous occasions. (See here.)

In the default order, Kaplan purported to impose a “constructive trust” requiring the 45 Ecuadorians to turn over any assets they collect from Chevron “anywhere in the world” back to the company – a direct attack on the sovereignty of courts in Ecuador (where the original judgment issued) and the courts of Canada, where the indigenous villagers are enforcing their judgment, said Anton Tabuns, a Canadian lawyer who represents the Ecuadorians. In effect, Kaplan is ordering Canadian appellate judges who might rule in favor of the villagers to ignore their own rulings, a proposition that violates international law, said Tabuns.

“This seems like an utterly bizarre ruling that in our view further undermines Judge Kaplan’s credibility,” said Tabuns. “I don’t think Canadian judges or judges in any country are going to be impressed by a repeated attempt to impose an unprecedented global injunction by a U.S. trial judge who seems intently focused on helping Chevron.”

Tabuns also said the Kaplan decision is “legally meaningless” not only because it will be ignored in Canada but also because the 45 named plaintiffs have no personal right to any funds, which will be placed in trust to clean-up the billions of gallons of toxic oil waste Chevron dumped when it operated in Ecuador from 1964 to 1992. (See this summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron as found by Ecuador’s courts, and this summary of cancer rates in the area.)

Kaplan’s latest decision follows two failed attempts by Chevron to dismiss the Canadian enforcement action on technical grounds. The first – a jurisdictional challenge – was rejected unanimously by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2015. (That decision is here.) The second, a Chevron attempt to use a $1 million costs order on the impoverished Indigenous groups to stop the enforcement litigation, also was rejected unanimously by the Ontario Court of Appeal last October.

A decision from the Ontario court from last week’s hearing, expected in a few weeks, will determine whether the Ecuadorians can seize assets held by Chevron’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary; Chevron, to evade its liability to the people of Ecuador, has claimed the assets should be immunized from collection despite the fact 100% of the shares of the subsidiary are owned by Chevron. Chevron lawyers, who once threatened the villagers with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted in pursuing their claims, have used at least 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers on the case.

The RICO case has been called a Chevron-orchestrated  “fraud” by the plaintiffs and is part of the company’s SLAPP-style intimidation model designed to silence its critics, said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer on the case who represents the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA), the group enforcing the judgment. An earlier Kaplan attempt in 2011 to impose a so-called global injunction barring enforcement of the judgment -- issued without as much as an evidentiary hearing -- was overturned unanimously by a U.S. appellate court and opposed by 36 law scholars from 11 countries. (This time, it is unlikely Kaplan’s purported global injunction will be appealed because the 45 Ecuadorians refuse to recognize the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.)

(For more on Chevron’s discredited U.S. racketeering case, see here and here. For how Chevron lawyer Larry Lowenstein tried to mislead Canada’s courts about the case, see here. For a criminal referral letter of Chevron to the U.S. Department of Justice over the witness payments, see here.)

“In his effort to rescue Chevron, Judge Kaplan is once again claiming jurisdiction over the entire world to try to block enforcement of the judgment by the indigenous peoples the company harmed,” said Salazar. “His latest ruling reflects a Trump-like mentality of U.S. judicial dominance and in our view is wholly inappropriate for the civilized world. It is a decision that misaligns incentives by favoring polluters like Chevron over law-abiding corporations and thereby undermines fair competition.”

In the Canadian proceeding last week, Chevron packed one side of the courtroom for the hearing with roughly 20 lawyers but the company ran into strong headwinds from judges who must decide whether the Ecuadorians can gain access to a wholly-owned Chevron subsidiary (called Chevron Canada) that holds enough assets to pay the entirety of the Ecuador judgment. Chevron has vowed never to pay the Ecuador judgment despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador.

Highlights from last week’s hearing in Toronto – which was widely reported in the Canada press (see here and here) include:

**The Canadian judges essentially shut down Chevron’s lead lawyer, Larry Lowenstein, when he tried to review Kaplan’s “racketeering” judgment.  “We presume the judgment in Ecuador to be valid,” said Justice Ian Nordheimer. “I’m not sure where this argument is taking you.” Lowenstein then quickly took a seat.

**Alan Lenczner, a lawyer for the Ecuadorians, disclosed stunning new evidence that Chevron’s subsidiary (Chevron Canada) was under the control of Chevron and was not independent, as the company maintains as part of its effort to immunize the subsidiary from the collection action. Lenczner disclosed that Chevron has used Chevron Canada to funnel $3.3 billion annually to the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, with the profits from the operations in those countries flowing directly back to Chevron in the United States rather than to the Canadian subsidiary.

“Other than day-to-day operations, Chevron Canada has no significant authority to engage in its core and fundamental business,” said Lenczner. “Every step has required (outside) approval.”

**The judges also asked Chevron Canada lawyer Benjamin Zarnett whether Chevron had any interest in Chevron Canada given that the company owes 100% of the shares of its subsidiary. Zarnett’s response: “Corporations are separate legal entities even if they’re part of a group. It’s not an economic reality, but it’s a legal reality.”

**When the judges asked Lenczner about the Kaplan findings, he directed a full-throated attack on the RICO decision by pointing out that Chevron paid its star witness Guerra who later admitted under oath that he lied. Kaplan also relied on a limited record that did not include the voluminous evidence of Chevron’s environmental contamination in Ecuador.

“The U.S. case is irrelevant and has no probative value in Canada,” said Lenczner.

**Chevron also was dealt a blow when two of Canada’s leading Indigenous leaders attended the hearing in support of six Ecuadorian leaders who were present. The Canadian leaders included Perry Bellegarde, Canada’s current National Chief who leads the Assembly of First Nations, considered the world’s most powerful indigenous confederation; and Phil Fontaine, the thrice-elected National Chief of Canada. Fontaine visited the impacted area in Ecuador last year along with Canadian Grand Chief Ed John; both were harshly critical of Chevron’s misconduct.

The evidence of an apparent Chevron tax-avoidance scheme using its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary as the vehicle is also highly disturbing, according to Salazar.

“It appears Chevron is paying virtually no tax in Canada by sending billions of dollars of profits generated in the country to foreign governments, and then writing it off as a business expense,” said Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer on the case. “Chevron appears to be using Chevron Canada to cheat Canadians out of tax revenue while it cheats Indigenous peoples in Ecuador out of their compensation for causing damage to their ancestral lands.”

Kaplan, who has a lifetime judicial appointment, has a long history of demonstrated bias against the Ecuadorians and their counsel and has been criticized in online forums as a “judicial bully” who is pro-business. He not only refused to seat a jury for the first time in U.S. history in a civil RICO case, he claimed the lawsuit itself was “not bona fide litigation”. He also referred to the indigenous villagers as “the so-called plaintiffs” and allowed Chevron to present secret witnesses not subject to cross-examination. Kaplan also refused to hear the voluminous scientific evidence (including 105 expert evidentiary reports) relied on by Ecuador’s courts to find the company guilty. (For background on the RICO decision, see here.)

Johnson & Johnson, Tessy Plastics, Avery Dennison and EcoVadis Advise Companies on Driving Supplier Engagement and Sustainable Outcomes

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm

 EcoVadis, the leader in business sustainability ratings for global supply chains, expands its support of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) to include gold-level sponsorship of the 2018 SPLC Summit and the SPLC webinar series, as well as development of guidelines to help drive the practice forward in the United States and worldwide.

The SPLC Summit, which will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 14-16, 2018, attracts over 400 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers and NGO experts across private, public and non-profit sectors who are working to advance the sustainable purchasing performance of their organizations. The event will include a variety of expert-led sessions, networking, a trade show and buyer-supplier matchmaking. 

EcoVadis was selected to join a panel of global sustainable procurement leaders who will showcase best practices and strategies of how business sustainability ratings are being used to engage buyers and suppliers to drive results, including stories from:

-    Johnson & Johnson’s sustainable procurement manager Katherine Gross

-   Avery Dennison - Roland Simon, Vice President Global Procurement and Corporate Sustainability

-    Tessy Plastics’ Cindy Bush, environmental health and safety director  

The panel will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, from 11:35am-12:35pm. 

“The SPLC community and the best practices they create are vital resources for CPOs and practitioners faced with the increasingly urgent need to address sustainability issues in the supply chain,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of EcoVadis. “We’re excited to be present at such an industry-shaping event and lead the discussion around tackling the toughest challenges in measuring and improving supplier performance. Creating new business behaviors and embracing the mentality shift required for global sustainability success is a critical topic for everyone in the industry.”

SPLC is leading the way in responding to the pressing demand for education and guidance from companies seeking to contain risk and create value through driving sustainable procurement and supply chain performance. The organization provides guidance frameworks and develops best practice case studies to help companies develop the most effective sustainable supply chain programs. The event is specifically designed to give attendees the opportunity to share and promote sustainable purchasing best practices and learn from peers.

“EcoVadis’ work in driving sustainable supply chains is well aligned with the mission and vision of SPLC,” said Sam Hummel, president and chief executive officer of SPLC. “We advocate the harmonizing of tools and rigorous methodologies for supply chain partners to collaborate on measuring and encouraging performance across the full spectrum of corporate social responsibility and sustainability criteria. EcoVadis delivers on this through providing reliable, robust sustainability intelligence that leads to real and lasting stakeholder engagement.” 

EcoVadis is also sponsoring SPLC’s webinar series, has been featured in the SPLC Insight evaluation of ratings providers, and will continue to support SPLC’s work in developing content and guidance throughout the year. 

Find more information and registration at https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/summit18/ .

About EcoVadis
EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 188 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 45,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth.  Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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'A Family Company at Work for a Better World' Highlights SC Johnson's Global Impact

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm

For the first time in nearly two decades, the company behind such ubiquitous and famous products as Windex®, Pledge®, Ziploc® and Glade® is updating its identity and putting a spotlight on its purpose by adopting a new tagline.

SC Johnson, which since 1998 has referred to itself as “A Family Company,” will now be known as “A Family Company at Work for a Better World.” For the global company, it’s not just a tagline – it’s a reminder that SC Johnson holds itself to a higher standard. SC Johnson has built a legacy of trust by demonstrating for decades that it is a family company that works tirelessly to meet the needs of consumers while protecting the planet for generations to come. 

“SC Johnson has a long legacy as a family company committed to doing what’s right, for our consumers, communities and the environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This is something we have been doing for generations, and we want people to know more about the many ways we are at work for a better world.” Johnson is the fifth-generation family leader of the global consumer products company, which has been headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, for 132 years.

In anticipation of the tagline change, SC Johnson is releasing three videos featuring Johnson explaining how the company acts with purpose to make a better world for the next generation. The videos can be found here. The campaign videos will appear on digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Instagram, Spotify, NPR and The Washington Post.

Perhaps nothing better exemplifies SC Johnson’s commitment to transparency than its science-based, peer-reviewed Greenlist™ program, which was created in 2001 and evaluates every product ingredient’s potential impact on people and the environment through a four-step process. This data-driven methodology helps product developers make the most informed choices with human health and the environment in mind.

SC Johnson has been a trendsetter and industry leader in transparency for decades. The company has been several steps ahead of its competition, disclosing the ingredients in its products sold in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific – with Latin America not far behind. The company has shared more than 99.9 percent of ingredients in most product formulas.

In 2017, the company took the bold step of disclosing the presence of 368 skin allergens that may occur in its products. Other companies use similar ingredients but have not taken the steps to disclose. This action went beyond regulations in the European Union, and in the U.S., where there are no rules requiring allergen transparency. The list of allergens – including which allergens are contained in specific products – has been published on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. SC Johnson’s efforts in allergen transparency follow a history of openness in its fragrance products.

“Now more than ever, consumers demand transparency from brands and we always try to be one step ahead to lead the industry to higher standards. The change we’ve made to our tagline reflects how we’re going above and beyond to give consumers what they need to make the best choices for their families,” Johnson said.

SC Johnson has a long history of environmentalism and prioritizes environmentally responsible practices across its business, from leading the charge to phase out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, to 65 percent of its manufacturing sites sending zero manufacturing waste to landfills, and working to find a way to recycle Ziploc® bags at curbside.

The company’s ethos is reflected in more than 130 years of humanitarianism and philanthropy around the globe. SC Johnson has improved lives in the communities it does business by donating 5 percent of its pretax profits to charities since 1937. As just one example, when the Zika virus epidemic broke out two years ago, the company donated $15 million in personal insect repellent products as well as provided educational materials to families on how to protect themselves from mosquitoes that may carry disease.

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Contact:
SC Johnson Global Public Affairs
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262-260-2440

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

Moody’s Seeks to Open Doors to a Better Future

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:52am

Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) today launched a global approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) focused on empowering people around the world with the information, resources and confidence they need to create a better future — for themselves, their communities and the environment. At the core of Moody's global CSR focus is Reshape Tomorrow, a financial empowerment initiative to help people succeed in growing a small business.

“By connecting people around the world to knowledge, opportunity and tools to pursue their goals, we can help open doors to a better future,” said Raymond McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s. “Our CSR strategy builds on Moody’s unique business strengths to make a lasting difference in people’s lives by helping them overcome barriers that limit success in the evolving global economy.”

Through Reshape Tomorrow, Moody’s will partner with organizations around the world to give small-business owners access to vital information about the credit process and help them connect to sources of financing.  

“Small businesses are a significant force in economic growth, yet many entrepreneurs struggle to access credit or loans because they aren’t familiar with how the financial realm operates,” said Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head of CSR at Moody’s. “Our vision for Reshape Tomorrow is to help people all over the world — especially women and untapped groups — gain the tools and financial knowledge they need to build a more prosperous future for themselves and their communities.”

Moody’s is seeking proposals from nonprofits to help provide Reshape Tomorrow programs and resources in business development, financial empowerment and other areas. Organizations can submit a proposal by May 31, 2018 to be considered for philanthropic grants and non-financial support, including Moody’s employee volunteers and other capacity-building assistance. To learn more, or to submit a proposal, visit http://moodys.com/csr.

In addition to empowering people with financial knowledge through the Reshape Tomorrow initiative, Moody’s global CSR approach has two other focal points:

  • Activating an environmentally sustainable future. Moody’s strives to make a positive difference by helping markets better assess the value of environmental sustainability. For example, Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) is taking a more systematic approach to incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into its credit analysis to create more transparent and measurable links between sustainability and creditworthiness. Through its Green Bond Assessments, MIS provides information about the relative effectiveness of bond issuers’ administration, management and reporting for environmentally beneficial projects, ranging from energy-efficient building construction to municipal wastewater reduction systems. Also, MIS regularly presents its views on ESG credit considerations to environmental policymakers, standards bodies and regulatory officials.

    In addition, Moody’s and its employees continually take steps to reduce the company’s adverse impact on the planet. Moody’s has adopted a company-wide Environmental & Sustainability Policy that sets the goal of reducing the environmental impact of its operations by using natural resources more efficiently. More than half of Moody’s global office space is in LEED-certified green buildings. Moody’s has also established procurement policies and a Vendor Code of Conduct reflecting its environmental values, and created an employee-led Environmental Task Force.

    As a participant in the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Moody’s helped develop recommendations for companies to voluntarily disclose climate-related financial risks and opportunities to encourage standardized reporting and transparency. Moody’s CEO and CFO signed statements of support for the TCFD recommendations, which Moody’s has implemented.

  • Helping young people reach their potential. Moody’s works with schools and nonprofits around the world to help prepare young people for successful careers in finance, technology and economics. The company helps create and expand mentorship initiatives, skills-development programs, internships, and other educational opportunities for students.

Moody’s CSR approach reflects the company’s deep commitment to integrity, diversity and inclusion, and strengthening local communities. Moody’s employees play an integral role in driving the company’s CSR progress through contributions including volunteer and giving programs and pro bono expertise. The Moody’s Foundation also provides grant support for many of our partnerships and initiatives. Details can be found at http://moodys.com/csr.

ABOUT MOODY’S CORPORATION
Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The corporation, which reported revenue of $4.2 billion in 2017, employs approximately 11,900 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 41 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

Source: Moody’s Corporation Investor Relations

Media Contacts

STEPHEN MAIRE
Global Head of Investor Relations and Communications
1.212.553.7424
stephen.maire@moodys.com

or

MICHAEL ADLER
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
1.212.553.4667
michael.adler@moodys.com

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The Disney Conservation Fund Awards 2018 Conservation Grants

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:50pm

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) is providing grants totaling more than $8 million to support the work of 80 nonprofit organizations this year, The Walt Disney Company announced today.  The grants are part of Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which pairs the company’s philanthropic dollars with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team and other employees to maximize the impact of conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.  Including these new grants, DCF has awarded more than $70 million to date to support conservation efforts around the world.

DCF actively supports the world’s leading conservation organizations with funds and professional resources to save wildlife and habitats, inspire action, and protect the planet.  This commitment is reflected through the fund’s comprehensive focus on stabilizing and increasing the populations of 10 different at-risk species including apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers.  DCF also provides grants to support conservation programs that engage communities in comprehensive solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats.

 “Each program we support through the Disney Conservation Fund is an inspiring example of the power of people to make a difference around the world, an important reminder for each of us as we celebrate Earth Month,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.  

Since 1995, the DCF has:

  • Helped to conserve more than 400 species around the world.

  • Supported more than 2,000 conservation projects, helping more than 600 nonprofit organizations working hand-in-hand with communities to protect wildlife worldwide.

  • Recognized 150 Disney Conservation Heroes for their efforts to protect wildlife living alongside their communities in 47 countries.

The majority of funding for these grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and select Walt Disney World Resort locations.

Some of the programs receiving grants this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program- Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation: In 1986 only nine condors remained in the wild. Santa Barbara Zoo and partners are working to increase California condor populations through captive breeding, careful management, education programs with local communities and research to encourage self-sustaining populations through the California Condor Nest Guarding Program.

  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement- Save the Rhino International: Black rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia in 1998, but after successful law enforcement and conservation collaboration, 25 rhinos were reintroduced to Zambia's North Luangwa National Park between 2003 and 2010. Save the Rhino International is protecting this population of black rhinos by providing teacher training workshops, supporting school curriculums focused on wildlife conservation and implementing community events and park visits that allow children and adults to connect with nature.

  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon- Fauna & Flora International: The critically endangered Cao Vit gibbon, also known as the eastern black-crested gibbon, is threatened by loss of habitat from cattle grazing and illegal logging.  Fauna & Flora International is protecting the last population of these gibbons in northern Vietnam by strengthening community conservation teams to help government rangers in forest protection, wildlife monitoring and enforcement activities, by providing environmental education at local schools and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils- Global Wildlife Conservation: Non-native species threaten the survival of many native Australian wildlife species and as a result, impact ecosystems and human livelihoods. Global Wildlife Conservation is working to reverse the decline of the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland and re-establish it as an apex predator, while raising public awareness about challenges faced by Australia's wildlife.

  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation- Marine Resources Development Foundation: Seagrass beds are diminishing worldwide but serve a critical role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing sediments and providing food and habitat for marine wildlife. The Marine Resources Development Foundation is leading seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys to monitor and understand ecosystem health, and engaging students and teachers from around the country in hands-on field work, data analysis, and classroom curriculum to raise awareness about seagrass habitat conservation.

For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

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Disney is committed to conservation and caring for the planet– ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured and protected. For more than 60 years, animals have been a part of Disney storytelling, and these stories continue today alongside immersive experiences that connect kids and families around the world with the magic of nature. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has inspired millions of people to take action to protect the planet and directed more than $70 million to reverse the decline of wildlife in more than half the countries in the world through efforts that engage communities in conservation.

Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 40,000 Pounds of Protein to FeedMore

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:50pm

In celebration of the spring TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race, Smithfield Foods, Inc., and Kroger joined forces at Richmond Raceway over the weekend to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization. Assisting with the donation was Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Smithfield’s contribution is part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Now in the program’s 10thyear, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. Smithfield’s donation, equivalent to more than 161,000 servings of protein, will help individuals in need across Central Virginia.

“At FeedMore, we are able to continue to provide nourishment to our neighbors in need through our valued relationships with generous partners like Smithfield,” said Tim McDermott, chief development officer for FeedMore. “Through this significant donation of protein from Smithfield, we will be able to distribute healthy meals to families that sometimes struggle to put food on the table across the 34 counties and cities in Central Virginia that we serve.”

Smithfield, Kroger, and Stewart-Haas Racing representatives presented the donation to FeedMore during the annual Track Takeover Driven by AAA spring fan event at the Richmond Raceway this weekend. Members of all three organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation. The donation will provide protein to much of FeedMore’s service area, which includes more than 200,000 individuals who face hunger each day.

“Kroger and Smithfield continue to drive ‘Zero Hunger, Zero Waste’ through our combined efforts to eliminate hunger," said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic Division. "At Kroger, we are passionate about providing nutritious food. We understand that wholesome meals matter, and are the centerpiece to making a positive impact for families and individuals in need.”

This is the 16th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

Additionally, this donation aligns with Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home. This initiative supports Kroger’s goal to eliminate waste across the company by 2025, and the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spiritä.

“It’s an honor to join Smithfield again on the road to end hunger and provide relief to those who need it most,” said Almirola. “Taking part in Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program is a great privilege, and we are hopeful that this donation of nutritious products will fill the plates of families, neighbors, and friends for weeks to come.”

“At Smithfield, we take great pride in our responsibility to help alleviate hunger, especially within the communities we call home,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We are proud to partner again with Kroger and provide FeedMore with a donation of wholesome protein to the many in need that the food bank serves within our home state.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About Kroger

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable

About FeedMore 

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the more than 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of nearly 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

About Richmond Raceway

Richmond Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers great racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 370 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

CA Technologies Springs Into 12th Season of Giving Through Annual Volunteer Initiative

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) kicks off its 12th annual CA Together in Action initiative, which runs the week of April 23-27, with employee volunteer projects scheduled to take place around the world.

From land, beach and public space cleanup and preservation, to feeding the hungry, environmental education and restoration projects, packing and shipping books to school children in Africa – and supporting the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for young people – CA employees will join together to help make a difference. 

As a technology company, CA has a clear and vested interest in the advancement of STEM learning and fostering the future talent pipeline of technology leaders. CA Together in Action projects will encompass a variety of employee engagement opportunities focused on the advancement of STEM learning. This includes:

  • Allston, MA: CA Technologies will team up with West End House to support staff in a variety of activities with club members, which focus on academic support, leadership and career development, fitness and nutrition, and visual and performing arts.

  • Chicago, IL: In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), CA employees will host a Tech Girls Rock workshop, aiming to encourage teen and tween girls to pursue an interest in STEM-related educational opportunities and careers.

  • New York, NY: CA employees will participate in Governor Andrew Cuomo's "If You Can See It, You Can Be It": A Day for Girls to See What Is Possible, partnering with PENCIL to host a Career Panel for students from the Talented & Gifted School in East Harlem.

  • New York, NY: CA employees will join PENCIL to participate in“Demo Day”, as middle school teams gear up for the 2018 Guppy Tank App Challenge, where middle school students compete to create an app that will revolutionize New York.

  • Santa Clara, CA: CA employees will partner with Citizen Schools to host a group of middle school students for a site visit and tour of CA’s Design Center, which showcases the company’s technology solutions.

  • Hyderabad, India: CA Technologies will partner with India Literacy Project, to help organize summer camps with coding sessions, arts and crafts and instruction in basic English and computers. The camps will run from April 13-28.

  • Milan, Italy: On April 26, which is Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) day, CA will partner with Regione Basilicata and the Chamber of Commerce Italy to help encourage young women to consider educational opportunities and careers in STEM fields.

“Through our CA Together in Action initiative, and philanthropic programs throughout the year, CA employees are committed to making a difference in the communities where they live and work,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Participation levels have continued to grow, since the program’s inception in 2005, demonstrating the commitment our colleagues around the globe have to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability for all.”

Projects are scheduled throughout the U.S. in locations including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH;  Ewing, NJ; Herndon, VA; Houston, TX; Islandia, NY; Lisle, IL; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Plano, TX; Portsmouth, NH; San Diego, CA;  Santa Clara, CA; and Scottsdale, AZ. Global projects will be organized in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Prague, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Several of the activities are being held with long-time nonprofit partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Connemara Conservancy, PENCIL, Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, and Robert Moses State Park.

“CA Technologies work with PENCIL— through ongoing school partnerships and, critically, its immersive support for student opportunities in STEM research and development—have helped create a powerful sequence of youth development experiences,” said Gregg Betheil, President, PENCIL. “CA Technologies has long been an industry leader and an ideal PENCIL partner, helping us inspire the next generation, reinforcing the advancement of STEM learning, and enabling us to continue our mission of connecting students to success.”

In Europe this month, CA employees in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, UK and Czech Republic will prepare to start delivering a series of “People Like Me” workshops. CA Technologies is a founding sponsor of the revolutionary “People Like Me” program; which aims to show girls - aged 11 to 14 - role models of young women like them, who are happy working in tech today.

“We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped STEM teachers to prepare and inspire Europe’s next generation – and collaboration between schools and industry is an essential step towards achieving this. STEM Alliance is very pleased to have CA Technologies onboard as a founding partner to help bridge this gap,” said Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European Ministries of Education.

Since the CA Together in Action initiative launched in 2005, more than 65,000 employee volunteer hours have been contributed and more than 1,300 projects have been completed. CA employees are encouraged to use up to three workdays annually to volunteer for company-sponsored activities of their choice. In addition, each fiscal year CA matches employees’ personal charitable contributions up to $10,000.

For more information on CA’s philanthropic partnerships and programs, visit ca.com/csr.

About CA Together

CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. CA Together activities include employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide. 

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

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Sustainability Standards Embrace GIS Technology

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

The exponential growth in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainability is not surprising. It is a technology that becomes more powerful the more people use it, and it offers the sustainability community a straightforward and universal platform to come together and build on each other’s work. 

GIS is not new to sustainability standards. They have been exploring the integrative power of this technology for some time. The Rainforest Alliance, for instance, has built an interactive map that shows all sites currently certified by the scheme. And the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) built a map for certified smallholders in Indonesia. 

These individual efforts have shown that GIS can help standards assess the performance and impact of certification by combining their own data sets with other layers of data related to deforestation, water scarcity, education, etc. This is powerful – it paints a clearer picture of the reality on the ground and enables standards to deliver a tailored approach to compliance and capacity building. Such an approach benefits all actors in the supply chain, especially because it can make certification more accessible for smallholders – a top priority for ISEAL members.    

The Global Living Wage Coalition and the Integrated Pest Management Coalition are two clear examples of the strong culture of collaboration within the ISEAL Alliance. And GIS is no exception.

Since September 2017, with support from GIZ and in collaboration with Global Forest Watch and the Rainforest Alliance, ISEAL members are rapidly building their capacity to use geospatial data. In the coming months, they will propose a joint strategy for the creation of a Certification Atlas, a single data layer showing the location of certified operations around the world.

At the same time, a group of ISEAL members have received a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund to build the skills of auditors to use GIS tools for sustainability auditing. The outcomes of the project will be a manual and an online platform for a community of auditors with e-learning assets and a forum to share experiences in applying GIS tools for sustainability auditing. If you are an auditor for a sustainability standard, do please help us understand your current use of GIS tools by completing this quick survey.

If you’re interested in the potential of GIS to make audits more effective and efficient and strengthen the evidence base for certification decisions, you’re in luck. We have planned a masterclass on the topic during the Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Sao Paulo on 23 May.

Join Alicia Bustillos, Project Officer at Accreditation Services International (ASI), at the GIS masterclass: the power of mapping during the upcoming Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Sao Paulo. We will explore how GIS tools are currently used by auditors, at what stages of an audit GIS can provide value, and show how a customised GIS platform can help detect illegal practices.

Social Impact 360 Announced 1st Service Corps for Business for Good to Transform the Future of Corporate Social Responsibility

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

At the height of the youth uprising, a second youth movement is poised to solve social issues.

On April 21st, 2018, Social Impact 360 (SI360), the only youth-led movement in the business sector dedicated to solving social issues, today announced it is creating the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good

A Teach for America meets Tesla, the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good will activate more than 1,000 SI360 alumni at startups and major companies nationwide on one-year service projects in the business sector. Their goal is to transform companies into socially responsible entities. SI360’s alumni base includes young CEO’s and accomplished innovators at companies such as Google, Tesla, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Accenture. SI360 alumni have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and MIC.

“SI360’s youth-led movement is here to change the business sector. We are dedicated to building businesses where social impact and the bottom line are valued equally, and the Service Corps for Business for Good will create that future by providing companies an affordable service to repurpose policies for social good and become more socially responsible,” said Allison Alt, SI360’s Executive Director.

The official announcement was made at SI360’s national Shift Series Conference in partnership with youth leaders from SI360, March for Our Lives, Black Lives Matter, the Head of Campaigns for DoSomething.org, Michaela Bethune, the largest organization mobilizing youth, and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, Steven Salsberg.

“The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and our member network of more than 250,000 companies are thrilled to see the launch of Social Impact 360’s 1st Service Corps for Business for Good and to partner with its efforts.  The spirit of responsible innovation that the youth of SI360 bring is exactly what business and our economy need today.  The raising of youth voices and their strong drive to create more responsible and sustainable businesses is an important step to addressing the pressing issues of our time,” said David Levine, Co-Founder and CEO of ASBC.

SI360’s grassroots, peer-to-peer youth network was created by college students at Georgetown and acts as a Dead Poet’s Society for young social entrepreneurs, teaching youth to build businesses for a social purpose. SI360 plans to expand to 20 chapters in the next two years. SI360’s annual Shift Series conference was held on April 21-22, 2018 at Fordham University, McNally Amphitheatre, at Lincoln Center Campus, 140 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023, from 10am-5pm EST, and featured pioneers in business for social change from Deloitte, Kenneth Cole, Ellevest, Vimeo, MIC, Raffa, Campbell’s Soup, BLab, Perlman & Perlman, and Phone2Action. Visit: https://socialimpact360.org/conference

Companies wishing to partner on the Service Corps: Contact Allison Alt, allison.alt@si360.org

About Social Impact 360

Social Impact 360 (SI360) is the first and largest mentoring organization in the country for training young social entrepreneurs at colleges nationwide. SI360 is dedicated to building a business sector where social impact is as valued as the bottom line. SI360 trains youth to build businesses to solve social issues, as well as how to create social impact in corporate America. For more information, please visit https://socialimpact360.org/.

Note to Editor: Photo available; credit to Social Impact 360. 

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Appendix: Media Contacts

Social Impact 360
Allison Alt, Executive Director, allison.alt@si360.org

American Sustainable Business Council
Bob Keener, Media Relations, bkeener@asbcouncil.org 

DoSomething.org
Head of Campaigns, Michaela Bethune, mbethune@dosomething.org

'A Family Campaign at Work for a Better World' Highlights SC Johnson's Global Impact

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

For the first time in nearly two decades, the company behind such ubiquitous and famous products as Windex®, Pledge®, Ziploc® and Glade® is updating its identity and putting a spotlight on its purpose by adopting a new tagline.

SC Johnson, which since 1998 has referred to itself as “A Family Company,” will now be known as “A Family Company at Work for a Better World.” For the global company, it’s not just a tagline – it’s a reminder that SC Johnson holds itself to a higher standard. SC Johnson has built a legacy of trust by demonstrating for decades that it is a family company that works tirelessly to meet the needs of consumers while protecting the planet for generations to come. 

“SC Johnson has a long legacy as a family company committed to doing what’s right, for our consumers, communities and the environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This is something we have been doing for generations, and we want people to know more about the many ways we are at work for a better world.” Johnson is the fifth-generation family leader of the global consumer products company, which has been headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, for 132 years.

In anticipation of the tagline change, SC Johnson is releasing three videos featuring Johnson explaining how the company acts with purpose to make a better world for the next generation. The videos can be found here. The campaign videos will appear on digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Instagram, Spotify, NPR and The Washington Post.

Perhaps nothing better exemplifies SC Johnson’s commitment to transparency than its science-based, peer-reviewed Greenlist™ program, which was created in 2001 and evaluates every product ingredient’s potential impact on people and the environment through a four-step process. This data-driven methodology helps product developers make the most informed choices with human health and the environment in mind.

SC Johnson has been a trendsetter and industry leader in transparency for decades. The company has been several steps ahead of its competition, disclosing the ingredients in its products sold in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific – with Latin America not far behind. The company has shared more than 99.9 percent of ingredients in most product formulas.

In 2017, the company took the bold step of disclosing the presence of 368 skin allergens that may occur in its products. Other companies use similar ingredients but have not taken the steps to disclose. This action went beyond regulations in the European Union, and in the U.S., where there are no rules requiring allergen transparency. The list of allergens – including which allergens are contained in specific products – has been published on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. SC Johnson’s efforts in allergen transparency follow a history of openness in its fragrance products.

“Now more than ever, consumers demand transparency from brands and we always try to be one step ahead to lead the industry to higher standards. The change we’ve made to our tagline reflects how we’re going above and beyond to give consumers what they need to make the best choices for their families,” Johnson said.

SC Johnson has a long history of environmentalism and prioritizes environmentally responsible practices across its business, from leading the charge to phase out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, to 65 percent of its manufacturing sites sending zero manufacturing waste to landfills, and working to find a way to recycle Ziploc® bags at curbside.

The company’s ethos is reflected in more than 130 years of humanitarianism and philanthropy around the globe. SC Johnson has improved lives in the communities it does business by donating 5 percent of its pretax profits to charities since 1937. As just one example, when the Zika virus epidemic broke out two years ago, the company donated $15 million in personal insect repellent products as well as provided educational materials to families on how to protect themselves from mosquitoes that may carry disease.

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Contact:
SC Johnson Global Public Affairs
USPublicAffairs@scj.com
262-260-2440

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

National Forest Foundation Launches Ambitious Effort to Plant 50 Million Trees

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:50am

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) launched an ambitious campaign to plant 50 million trees on America’s National Forests. The NFF initiated this effort to address the increasing reforestation needs on our National Forests.

Many Americans are unaware that an estimated one million acres of National Forests need reforestation. Every year, wildfire, insects and disease take their toll on these treasured public lands. The campaign calls attention to this issue and invites Americans to make a difference.

“We will address this need head on by planting trees where they are needed most,” said Mary Mitsos, NFF President. “Planting 50 million trees is an enormous challenge, but in that challenge we see opportunity – opportunity to engage Americans in their National Forests. Since every dollar donated plants a tree, each of us can plant several trees for the cost of a morning latte. It really is that easy.” 

Working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, corporate partners, small businesses and individual supporters, the NFF will direct its support to National Forests that need it most. The Forest Service only plants native trees, chosen specifically for each site. For every dollar contributed, the agency invests two additional dollars in these reforestation projects.   

“We see a growing reforestation need across our National Forests,” said Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief of the Forest Service. “It is fitting the Forest Service joins in launching this campaign as we celebrate Earth Day and work to sustain the natural resources that support our communities, livelihoods and life itself.  Through this reforestation effort, the Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation will work together to tackle this challenge. This is a public-private partnership at its best.” 

The NFF has already planted more than 11 million trees on National Forests across the country since 2008.  Reforestation projects like these:

  • Improve wildlife habitat for the thousands of wildlife species that call our forests home.

  • Restore watershed health, which benefits the millions of Americans who depend on our National Forests for water.

  • Improve forest health to ensure our forests are resilient in the face of climate change.

  • Enhance the beauty of our forests and people’s ability to enjoy them.

The NFF launched its campaign on Earth Day, April 22nd, and invites Americans and American businesses to join this effort. Through June 1st, a generous donor has offered to double every gift from individuals, so the NFF will plant two trees for every $1 donated. To learn more, please visit www.nationalforests.org/50million.

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About the National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans’ outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.

In Canada, Chevron Faced Tough Questions During Critical Court Hearing Over $12b Ecuador Pollution Judgment

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:42pm

Chevron faced a series of tough questions from a three-judge appellate panel this week in Ontario over its continued attempt to evade paying a $12 billion environmental liability owed to Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador’s Amazon region following the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto ancestral lands.

Chevron packed one side of the courtroom for the two-day hearing with roughly 20 lawyers, but the company ran into strong headwinds from judges who must decide whether the Ecuadorians can gain access to a wholly-owned Chevron subsidiary (Chevron Canada) that holds enough assets to pay the entirety of the Ecuador judgment. Chevron has vowed never to pay the Ecuador judgment despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador; a company official once threatened the Indigenous peoples with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted in pursuing their claims.

Chevron now maintains that its Canadian subsidiary is a separate company even though 100% of Chevron Canada’s shares are owned by Chevron or other of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. See this summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron as found by Ecuador’s courts.

Highlights from the two–day hearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal include: 

**The judges essentially shut down Chevron’s lead Canadian lawyer, Larry Lowenstein, when he tried to talk about the company’s discredited “racketeering” judgment against the Ecuadorians from a U.S. court.  “We presume the judgment in Ecuador to be valid,” said Justice Ian Nordheimer. “I’m not sure where this argument is taking you.” Lowenstein then quickly took a seat after only a few minutes despite having a large book of notes that he apparently planned to speak from over the entire afternoon. Chevron’s argument ended at 3 p.m. when the court had allotted the entire day for the company to make its case.

(For more on Chevron’s discredited U.S. racketeering case, where it paid a witness at least $2 million for false testimony, see here and here. For how Chevron lawyer Lowenstein has tried to mislead Canada’s courts about the U.S. racketeering case, see here. For a criminal referral letter of Chevron to the U.S. Department of Justice, see here.)

**Alan Lenczner, a lawyer for the Ecuadorians, orally disclosed stunning evidence that Chevron Canada was under the control of Chevron and was not independent, as the company maintains as part of its effort to immunize the subsidiary from collection. Among the facts offered by Lenczner: Chevron Canada has been used by Chevron to funnel $3.3 billion annually to the governments of Nigeria and Indonesia, with the profits from the operations in those countries flowing directly back to Chevron in the United States rather than to the Canadian subsidiary.

“Other than day-to-day operations, Chevron Canada has no significant authority to engage in its core and fundamental business,” said Lenczner. “Every step has required (outside) approval.”

**The judges also asked Chevron Canada lawyer Benjamin Zarnett whether Chevron had any interest in Chevron Canada given that the company owns 100% of the shares of its subsidiary. Zarnett’s response: “Corporations are separate legal entities even if they’re part of a group. It’s not an economic reality, but it’s a legal reality.” 

**Lenczner, the lawyer for the Ecuadorians, was asked about the discredited racketeering judgment issued in 2014 by a lone U.S. trial judge who determined in a civilk case that the Ecuador proceeding was fraudulent. Lenczner directed a full-throated attack on the U.S. trial judge’s decision, pointing out that Chevron (in the U.S. case) paid its star witness at least $2 million. The witness later admitted that he had lied under oath. The U.S. judge also relied on a limited evidentiary record that did not include the voluminous evidence of Chevron’s environmental contamination in Ecuador.

“The U.S. case is irrelevant and has no probative value in Canada,” said Lenczner during his argument. “The U.S. case is actually a great illustration of how Chevron committed fraud to evade its liability to the people it harmed in Ecuador,” Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer on the case, said after hearing the argument.

** Chevron also was dealt a blow when two of Canada’s leading Indigenous leaders attended the hearing in support of six Ecuadorian leaders who were present. The Canadian leaders included Perry Bellegarde, Canada’s current National Chief who leads the Assembly of First Nations, considered the world’s most powerful indigenous confederation; and Phil Fontaine, the thrice-elected National Chief of Canada. Fontaine visited the impacted area in Ecuador last year along with Canadian Grand Chief Ed John; both were harshly critical of Chevron’s misconduct.

While Chevron was hit with a number of setbacks during this week’s court hearing – company lawyers looked glum after Lowenstein suddenly was forced to stop his presentation – the long-running case seems to inadvertently have produced possible evidence of an apparent Chevron tax-avoidance scheme using its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary as the vehicle, according to Salazar.

“It appears Chevron is paying virtually no tax in Canada by sending billions of dollars of profits generated in the country to foreign governments, and then writing it off as a business expense,” said Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer on the case. “Chevron appears to be using Chevron Canada to cheat Canadians out of tax dollars while it cheats Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador out of their compensation for damaging their ancestral lands.” 

Attending the court hearing in Toronto in traditional dress were several Ecuadorian Indigenous and mestizo leaders, including Rafael Pandam, the President of the Amazonian Indigenous Parliament of Ecuador (which counts 325 parliamentarians); Hugo Camacho, a community leaders and founder of the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA), the grass roots organization that brought the lawsuit and leads the judgment enforcement effort; Janeth Cuji, a Kichwa leader and former top official of Ecuador’s Amazon Indigenous Confederation; Jaime Vargas, the President of Ecuador’s national federation, known as CONAIE; and Domingo Peas, a leader of Ecuador’s Amazonian Indigenous federation, which represents 11 Ecuadorian nationalities.

The Ecuadorians have won three straight unanimous appellate court decisions in Canada, despite the fact Chevron has hired at least 60 law firms and used an estimated 2,000 legal personnel in what is widely considered the most expensive corporate legal defense in history. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Indigenous peoples on a jurisdictional queston in a unanimous 2015 decision.

Chevron is also under increasing pressure from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and environmental groups to lift a sweeping confidentiality order that it has imposed on the court docket in the Ecuador pollution case. Among other problems, the Chevron order prevents scrutiny of the sworn testimony of a Chevron Canada corporate official about the large payments from the subsidiary to foreign governments. “Lifting this confidentiality order could potentially blow the lid off of Chevron’s attempt to hide its efforts to evade taxes in Canada and avoid the scrutiny of anti-corruption authorities in the United States,” said Rex Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace. (Here is the CBC article about unsealing the documents.) 

Chevron also faces increasing opposition from Canada’s AFN and several prominent environmental groups in the United States and Canada led by Oakland-based Amazon Watch. AFN leader Wilton Littlechild blasted Chevron this week over its unpaid liability in a speech at the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues in New York, while Bellegarde also wrote a letter to Canada’s Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging consideration of new legislation providing for more “expeditious” enforcement of foreign judgments in Canada.

(See this short memo on the Canadian court action and a longer briefing memo. See this press release on the arrival of Ecuadorian Indigenous leaders in Canada. )

James Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts to Speak at 26th Annual Symposium Closing Awards & Recognition Gala

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:42pm

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce that MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO, James Murren, will provide the keynote address at the HACR Awards and Recognition Gala on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Four Season Las Vegas. The Awards & Recognition Gala closes out the 26th Annual HACR Symposium, 2 days of programming focused on Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America. MGM Resorts will serve as the host sponsor for the inaugural annual gala.

“Jim Murren has been a longtime champion for diversity and inclusion as CEO of MGM Resorts International. He leads by example when it comes to promoting greater diversity in Corporate America,” said HACR President & CEO Cid Wilson. “We thank Mr. Murren for his support of HACR and thank MGM Resorts International for serving as the host sponsor for our innaugural HACR Awards Gala.”

For more information on the 26th Annual HACR Symposium including the agenda and registration information, please click here. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow HACR on social media by liking us on Facebook, connecting with us on LinkedIn, and following us on Twitter using the hashtag #HACR2018.

About the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organizations in the nation representing 13 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

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Earth Day – Time to Reflect on Community Needs in a Global Context

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:42pm

With Earth Day in mind, CSE is preparing for the New York City Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program (2018 Advanced Edition), June 11-12, 2018.  

Earth Day – April 21 – in NYC will include the usual festivals, park hikes, and fundraisers.  Many will focus on plastics – the UN theme for the day.  For a port city, plastics in the water is an important issue.  This year’s focus will include upcycle demonstrations – integral to supply chains. 

Also key to urban centers – transportation.  From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Earth Day, Broadway between 26th and 47th Street will be car-free.  At least one Broadway theater is going green. 

Every kind of business imaginable will be participating, assessing their own impact.  Do you know how to assess yours?

In Atlanta, CSE focused on Supply Chain.  Atlanta is a hub to many local and global companies.  The Atlanta international airport is the busiest in the world.   EarthShare of GA, whose Earth Day festivities are region wide, joined participants from Macy’s, PWC and even the Latino network Univision in CSE’s training. 

Tailoring the training to highlight Supply Chain issues made sense.  A company's supply chain makes a significant impact and yet can be its biggest challenge in promoting human rights, fair labor practices, environmental progress and anti-corruption policies.

Earth Day is about more than the ground we stand on – it’s about the people who eat Mother Earth’s food, drink her waters and care for each other.  CSE designed our Toronto training to highlight SROI – Social Return on Investment.  SROI measures Earth Day values beyond financial statements.  It is the next evolution in sustainability accounting.

Both Supply Chain management and SROI are important tools in the CSE Certified Sustainability Practitioner training which will be presented in NYC in June.  We will also be in Houston, Sept.27, and by popular demand, back to Toronto, Oct. 25, 2018.

Led by award-winning CSE founder, Nikos Avlonas, CSE’s trainings provide the foundation trusted by Fortune Global 500 executives and needed to help corporations make every day an Earth Day.  What tools do you need?  Register now and let us know.

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