Twentieth Century Fox Film and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide underserved and underrepresented young people across the country access to the powerful new film THE HATE U GIVE, as a tool for driving empowerment, empathy, and dialogue. The studio and theatre chain are hosting free screenings in nine metro areas during the film’s limited release – at 11am local time, Saturday, October 6: Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC.
Students and youth-serving organizations are encouraged to register for the free screenings; visit amctheatres.com/group/the-hate-u-give to reserve tickets.
The limited release screenings kick off a campaign to bring up to 50 screenings to communities around the country and amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world. Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for free screenings at screenings.thehateugive.com. Applications are due October 22, 2018, and winners will be selected by October 31, 2018.
Individuals interested in supporting screenings for classrooms around the country can contribute via donorschoose.org/thehateugivemovie. Parent company 21st Century Fox will match donations up to $25,000.
In addition to applying for screenings, educators are invited to download a complimentary curriculum guide for middle school, high school and college students at bazaned.com/the-hate-u-give-curriculum-guide. THE HATE U GIVE lesson plans – including video clips, interviews and photos from the film – are designed to meet Common Core and NCSS standards.
In THE HATE U GIVE, Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, directed by George Tillman, Jr., and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.
THE HATE U GIVE community screenings campaign follows an effort last year by Twentieth Century Fox Film to expose more youth to Hidden Figures and the previously untold story of the African-American female mathematicians who were pivotal in NASA’s success during the 1960-70s’ Space Race. Over 7,000 groups applied for screenings and 6,300 tickets were given out as part of the program.
The film will be shown in select theatres beginning October 5, and everywhere October 19.
About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.
AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with more than 1,000 theatres and nearly 11,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smartphone apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States' top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the #1 theatre chain in Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK & Ireland. In a joint partnership with The Development and Investment Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, AMC also operates AMC Cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com.
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Today, Global Impact, a leader in growing global philanthropy, launched its “Why #GiveGlobal?” campaign to encourage individuals and businesses to engage globally through donating, advocating and volunteering. The campaign runs through Nov. 30, 2018 and the campaign website is https://whygiveglobal2018.charity.org.
Campaign elements include a #GiveGlobal infographic, #GiveGlobal IQ quiz, and “Why #GiveGlobal?” contest, as well as spotlights on some of Global Impact’s charity and corporate partners that are making significant contributions to improving the lives of vulnerable people in the United States and around the world through their programs.
"With a continued focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, through this campaign we wanted to provide a fun and engaging way for people to learn about philanthropy, the importance of giving globally, and ways they can increase their social impact,” said Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact. “Today, there is even more need for individual and private sector giving if we are going to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, and by giving globally we can have a far-reaching impact on reducing poverty, improving health and helping to create a better world.”
For the campaign, Global Impact’s partners were asked to answer questions about what giving global means to them and why it is important. The contest component of the campaign asks the public to answer similar questions, in order to win one of three $250 prizes to open and seed a Growfund account. Growfund is Global Impact’s no minimum contribution donor-advised fund that operates like your own personal foundation—helping you donate strategically and with more impact.
ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact partners with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips nonprofits, public sector and private sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also leads national marketing efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) and seven other CFC zones across the United States. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondelēz International today announced new action plans to accelerate women's empowerment across four cocoa origin countries as part of Cocoa Life, the company's cocoa sustainability program. The company launched specific women's empowerment action plans in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in 2014 and is now expanding to include two additional origin countries, Indonesia and Dominican Republic. These new action plans will empower more than 100,000 women in over 1,000 communities in these four countries.
Based on program learnings and insights from international and local partners, the plans focus on promoting women's empowerment across five focus areas: farming, community, youth, livelihoods and environment. Women's empowerment plans are tailored according to local needs and supported by a change methodology that links resources, activities, outcomes and ultimate impact. All activities across the origins are regularly assessed for opportunities for greater, more sustainable impact.
"As a company, we're committed to offering snacks that are made the right way and that includes transforming our cocoa supply chain to grow opportunities for farmers and communities," said Cathy Pieters, Cocoa Life Director. "We believe women's empowerment plays a crucial role in creating sustainable cocoa communities. Based on our experience, in communities where women's voices are heard and treated equally, we see rising incomes, better management of family finances and increased school attendance. This translates to greater economic success and more sustainable cocoa farming. Women's empowerment grows opportunities for all."
"Women's empowerment is a top priority for Oxfam and underpins the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," said Sarah Zoen, Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America. "We welcome Cocoa Life's commitment to women's empowerment and recognize the detailed and locally sensitive nature of their plans. We are very pleased that Mondelēz International is expanding this commitment by taking part in Oxfam's SIWEE initiative, a multi-stakeholder approach to drive systemic change on women's economic empowerment across agricultural value chains in Ghana. We call on more businesses to recognize the opportunities inherent in boosting women's empowerment across their supply chains."
The existing Cocoa Life action plans have already sparked measurable impact. By expanding access to Village Savings and Loans Associations to women in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, Cocoa Life action plans have already greatly contributed to women's empowerment, helping women gain greater access to and control over both household and productive resources. The Cocoa Life program provides 50,000 women annually with access to finance to fund education and encourage entrepreneurship, in order to give them a voice and unlock their potential. Over 59,000 community members have also been trained in gender awareness to change perceptions, attitudes and behaviors, and to address gender inequalities.
A full copy of the Women's Empowerment Action Plans report is available at https://bit.ly/2RildoV.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.
About Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life aims to create empowered and thriving cocoa farming communities, reaching more than 200,000 farmers across six countries and benefiting more than a million people by 2022. Mondelēz International's ultimate goal is to sustainably source all the company's cocoa supply, mainly via Cocoa Life. By working in partnership with farmers, NGOs, suppliers and government institutions, Cocoa Life is part of Mondelēz International's Impact for Growth- a commitment to driving business growth with positive change in the world. Follow our progress on www.cocoalife.org/progress.
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a forward-looking summit around the future of food. During the FOOD FORWARD summit, we'll explore the innovations and emerging technologies that are changing the future of food: autonomous tractors, ground-based sensors, flying drones, vertical farming, new trends in supply chains and infrastructure, and more. Learn more and register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/food-forward
This year, the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business (“Center”) celebrates its fifth anniversary. It launched in 2013 as the Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability. In January 2015, after receiving a $5 million commitment from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Center was renamed for Anderson, a sustainable business visionary and Georgia Tech alumnus (IE 1956, Honorary PhD 2011).
Ray C. Anderson founded and served as chairman of Interface, which has grown to become the world’s largest commercial carpet tile manufacturing company. At age 60, Anderson read a book that would alter the course of his life. Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce caused him to reflect deeply on the hard truths of his company’s environmental impact. He underwent a transformation, becoming devoted to the idea that business can be a force for good in the world. Hawken’s book was the “spear in his chest” that made Anderson feel he needed to right wrongs by making Interface the example of an authentically sustainable business that does no harm to the environment.
Dr. Beril Toktay, Center Faculty Director, says, “We started with the vision of educating the ‘Ray Andersons of tomorrow.’ We also recognized the need to support faculty in their research and curriculum development since they are at the front line of making an impact on our students.” She conceived of the Center as a meaningful way to honor Anderson—by carrying on his legacy at his beloved alma mater.
On October 23-25, 2018, 3BL Forum will once again convene a diverse group of business, policy and NGO leaders to share insights, advance best practices and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time.
3BL Forum 2018 will feature the same theme as 2017, 'Brands Taking Stands' with a focus on 'The Long View – The Role of the Corporate Responsibility Professional as Companies Build for the Future Amid Pressure to Prioritize Profit Today.'
The Allstate Foundation, today debuted a public service announcement featuring tennis champion, philanthropist and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program ambassador Serena Williams. Titled “Invisible Weapon,” the new video aims to bring awareness to financial abuse, a controlling tactic frequently used by domestic violence abusers and one of the primary reasons victims stay in or return to abusive relationships. The urgent call for support for domestic violence survivors coincides with the start of the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® Challenge, which takes place Oct. 2 – 31.
Propelled by a powerful narrative from Williams, “Invisible Weapon” dramatizes the differences between the clear visual signs of physical abuse and the invisible signs of financial abuse, exposing the hidden challenges victims face. The video closes with a call-to-action for people to help empower survivors in their communities.
“For more than a decade, The Allstate Foundation has put a spotlight on this devastating issue, stood up for the victims who have been silenced, and given hope to the survivors trying to break free,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations. “Everyone needs to care about this pervasive issue. With Serena joining us to deliver this important message in ‘Invisible Weapon,’ we hope more men and women will speak up about domestic violence and financial abuse and be compelled to end it – once and for all.”
From restrictions on spending to ruined credit, the signs of financial abuse are often invisible, and many people don’t even know it exists. According to a 2018 national public opinion survey conducted by The Allstate Foundation, nearly 50 percent of respondents are unaware that financial abuse is a form of domestic violence.
“I’m proud to speak up for women who can’t use their voices, and let them know we’re working to end the cycle of abuse,” said Williams. “I hope that after viewing the video, people will be more aware of the hidden signs of financial abuse and they’ll understand the need to help those who’ve been burdened by it.”
One way the public can take action is by donating to domestic violence nonprofits through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge on PurplePurse.com. Many of these organizations are faced with immense funding challenges. On a single day in 2017, more than 11,000 calls for help from domestic violence victims went unanswered due to the lack of nonprofit resources and staff to address the victims’ needs.
Championed by The Allstate Foundation, nearly 300 domestic violence nonprofits from across the U.S. are participating in the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. Now in its fifth year, the annual fundraiser coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Funds raised by participating nonprofits will go toward providing life-changing services for survivors and their families, such as financial aid and financial empowerment, emergency shelter and child care, and food and transportation.
To support the nonprofits’ fundraising efforts, Williams designed a limited-edition purse. This year’s unique design is a suede and leather purple backpack, which is a first of its kind for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.
“A purse is symbolic of a woman’s financial domain. We’re thrilled Serena Williams took that to heart when designing the purse for the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, and we’re confident it will encourage an even greater number of people to get involved and support the participating nonprofits,” said Dinges.
A select number of donors will win a Williams-designed purple purse during weekly sweepstakes. Every $10 donation made through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge website will represent one entry into the weekly sweepstakes.
In addition to the money that domestic violence nonprofits raise on their own, The Allstate Foundation has dedicated nearly $800,000 in incentive grants. There will be daily and weekly fundraising challenges, and at the end of the Challenge, the nonprofits that raised the most in their division can receive grand prizes up to $100,000.
Since the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge began in 2014, it has raised nearly $10 million for state and local domestic violence nonprofit organizations. Since 2005, The Foundation has invested more than $60 million to help empower more than 1.3 million survivors.
If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Purple Purse is a signature program of The Allstate Foundation, an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by breaking the cycle of domestic violence, inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. For updates on Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiatives, follow Purple Purse on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at AllstateFoundation.org.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption today released its 12th annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list recognizing organizations with the most robust adoption benefit programs. The list compares financial reimbursement and paid leave offered to parents who adopt, based on surveys of organizations across the United States. NVIDIA is new atop the 2018 list.
A Santa Clara, CA-based artificial intelligence company, NVIDIA offers all full and part-time employees unlimited financial aid to cover the cost of an adoption. The company also provides up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave to women and men welcoming an adopted child into their home.
“Our CEO and leadership team are committed to helping employees do their life’s best work here. With that comes an understanding that employees have different needs through life, and we look for ways to support our people,” said Beau Davidson, vice president of employee experience at NVIDIA. “When we looked at our family forming benefits, we decided it was imperative for us to help employees build families across all support programs and to do so equitably.”
More than 25 years ago, Dave Thomas led an initiative advocating for better adoption benefits in the workplace. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has carried that legacy forward through its signature Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. The 2018 list includes a diverse group of organizations, with six to nearly 500,000 employees, representing 22 industries.
“An increasing number of organizations are recognizing that providing adoption benefits is, in the words of Dave Thomas, ‘the right thing to do’ not only to grow stronger families, but also to build an organizational culture that promotes loyalty, productivity and employee wellbeing,” shared Rita Soronen, president & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “I applaud NVIDIA’s leadership for their remarkable commitment to supporting families who adopt, and I want to thank all the organizations on the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list for helping to create brighter futures for children who need our help the most.”
“Our founder, Dave Thomas, was adopted and finding a permanent, loving home for children in foster care is at the heart of the Wendy’s system,” said Todd Penegor, president & CEO of The Wendy’s® Company and vice chair of the board of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “At Wendy’s, we’re not just a brand, we’re a family. And I’m proud that our Wendy’s family members are able to grow their families through our Company adoption benefits. Congratulations to the new number one adoption-friendly workplace, NVIDIA, for doing the right thing by offering best in class adoption benefits to your employees.”
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption also recognizes employers by size, industry, best leave and foster care benefits. View the complete 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list for 2018 and other adoption resources for employers at adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.
About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org.
Jackson Family Wines today introduced an update in its 2018 series of sustainability progress reports toward the company’s 2021 sustainability goals.
A progressive leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Jackson Family Wines is this month reporting on its innovative pilot projects to address key sustainability challenges facing the company and the larger wine industry. View the report here to learn more about:
How the company will potentially revolutionize the industry through the capture of carbon dioxide created during the fermentation process
How the company’s CEO Innovation Group is driving change by trialing technology to combat wine loss, promote healthy soil, and more
The California-based company, known for its global portfolio of premium wineries with such beloved names as Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, and Cambria, released its first Responsibility Report in September of 2016.
The company’s cumulative sustainability progress will be summarized in a full collection in late 2018.
Jackson Family Wines
About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a leading family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration and stewardship. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of 40 wineries span significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. Visit Jackson Family Wines online to learn more.
The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), continued its more than 20-year commitment to conservation this month by awarding more than $5 million in grants to support 76 organizations working to protect the magic of nature around the world. The fund also recognized 13 people across the globe with the Disney Conservation Hero award, for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts.
“The Walt Disney Company has a rich history of respecting, protecting and preserving our natural resources and wildlife; as such, we are proud to award these latest grants to people and organizations around the world that share our mission,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company. “Our donation directly supports efforts to save animals and habitats in critical ecosystems across the globe and inspires others to do the same.”
Additionally, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and The Seas with Nemo & Friends were recognized with a 20 Year Achievement in Conservation Award by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, at their annual conference in Seattle on September 26th. This award recognizes the significant impact Disney has had supporting community-based conservation through the efforts of 600 organizations working to save wildlife and wild places in more than half the countries in the world. It also celebrates Disney’s efforts to inspire millions of kids and families around the world to take action for nature.
Since 1995, the DCF has:
Among this year’s grant recipients, DCF is working with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and its partners to save Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos from extinction in Indonesia. Today, there are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. IRF is addressing threats to this species, working with communities to ensure these rhinos and their habitats are protected.
One of IRF’s employees, Sumadi Hasmaran, has been recognized as a Disney Conservation Hero for his leadership in the establishment and management of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS)—a 250-acre breeding and research facility. Sumadi oversaw construction of the SRS and engaged people living nearby through employment and other livelihood opportunities. His dedication to the sanctuary resulted in the birth of the first two Sumatran rhino calves in a managed setting in Asia in more than 140 years, an important achievement for a species on the brink of extinction.
These efforts for rhinos are part of a larger conservation commitment that has helped protect more than 400 species spanning half the countries around the world.
The majority of funding for DCF is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by the generous contributions of guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and other select Walt Disney World Resort locations, sailing with Disney Cruise Line or staying at select Disney Vacation Club resorts.
For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.
Disney is committed to ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured and protected by: Saving wildlife. Inspiring action. Protecting the planet. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $75 million to save wildlife and protect the planet and inspired millions of people to take action for nature in their communities.
Global Witness, one of the world’s leading human rights groups, has expressed “serious concern” to the New York judiciary over its use of Chevron’s false evidence in a secret process that denies prominent U.S. human rights attorney Steven Donziger the ability to challenge his interim suspension from the practice of law. Donziger helped rainforest communities in Ecuador obtain a historic $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron, which prompted the company to retaliate by lobbying for the suspension of Donziger’s law license. Many lawyers have expressed “shock” at the New York bar’s endorsement of Chevron’s attacks.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Donziger has been called a “hero” of the environmental movement by Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler while environmental defenders have lauded his work in helping Ecuadorian villagers hold Chevron accountable for what is considered the worst oil-related catastrophe in the world. (See here for testimonials; here for a summary of the evidence against Chevron.) Donziger has not received even one client complaint in 25 years of law practice, yet the New York bar suspended him in July without a hearing based on four-year old civil findings from a lone U.S. judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, that have largely collapsed. (See here for an explanation of Chevron’s RICO fraud and the collapse of the Kaplan findings.)
“The systematic pursuit of New York lawyer Steven Donziger fails basic principles of due process,” Global Witness said in a statement issued last week, indicating that it was monitoring the bar grievance process and Kaplan’s retaliatory “racketeering” case. The NY bar designated Donziger an “immediate threat to the public order” based on the findings from Kaplan, who Donziger says violated the canons of judicial ethics by holding undisclosed investments in Chevron during the “racketeering” trial and by displaying open animus toward himself and his clients. (See here for details of Kaplan’s bias in favor of Chevron; here for an article on Kaplan’s tactics.)
“Global Witness has been documenting the killings of frontline environmental defenders for many years, as part of its wider concern about the shrinking space for civil society to operate around the globe – civil society’s ability to operate being a central plank of an open, accountable and democratic society,” the organization wrote in its statement. “It is shocking to note the similarities of behavior between [the Donziger] case before the NY bar, and cases we have observed in a myriad Banana Republics around the world, where official harassment of anyone who threatens the powerful is the norm. Given the total lack of response to serious questions posed to the New York Grievance Committee, we are looking forward to receiving a public response to the concerns we set out in our letter. Nothing less than the credibility of New York as a jurisdiction that fights the corrupt is at stake.”
Kaplan’s civil “racketeering” decision issued in 2014 in favor of Chevron was based largely on false testimony from an admittedly corrupt witness, Alberto Guerra, paid $2 million by the oil company. Guerra later admitted he had lied repeatedly in Kaplan’s court after being coached for 53 days by Chevron’s lawyers at the Gibson Dunn law firm. Kaplan’s findings have been rejected by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador, including in a recent 8-0 decision by the country’s highest court; they also have been ignored by several appellate judges in Canada, including the country’s entire Supreme Court, which ruled the villagers have the right to pursue Chevron assets in an enforcement action. (See here.)
Based in London with a staff of 150, Global Witness has worked to hold the oil industry and governments accountable for corruption and human rights violations. It recently released a report documenting the murder of environmental defenders around the world. It also invited Donziger to speak about Chevron’s environmental crimes in Ecuador at the prestigious Hay Festival in Wales, considered one of the world’s leading literary gatherings.
“What seems to be happening to Steven Donziger, given evidence in the public domain, is a serious case of judicial harassment - a sham process, wrapped up by the gentile world of the New York Bar as legitimate,” said Simon Taylor, a co-founder and director of Global Witness. “The attacks on Steven seem to have all the hallmarks of the kind of bullying and persecution we have documented and witnessed in countries around the world, where threats to corporate interests result in vicious counter-attacks. I am particularly concerned about what appears to be a continuing effort, invoking collateral estoppel, to deny Mr. Donziger a public hearing to defend himself and to provide evidence.
“Mr. Donziger now appears to have joined a long list of the persecuted, and I am particularly shocked that this is taking place in New York—a jurisdiction with a proud reputation for its fight against corruption and the corrupt,” Mr. Taylor added. “The fact that this is happening on the basis of highly suspect evidence, and possibly false witness testimony, raises the distinct possibility that Mr. Donziger is being framed. It is critical that this ‘process’ be monitored by all concerned to protect the rule of law and the maintenance of free, open, and accountable societies - and that is precisely what we will be doing.”
In its statement, Global Witness chided the New York judiciary for ignoring a detailed letter seeking information about its secret proceedings. Last week, the situation deteriorated further when NY bar staff attorney Naomi Goldstein refused to let the public observe the first day of Donziger’s post-suspension hearing before a referee appointed by the bar. That hearing, which will be re-scheduled for November with the attorney insisting it be open to the public, is supposed to result in a recommendation by the referee to a state appellate court to lift the suspension or to issue a permanent sanction.
Donziger was one of a handful of U.S. attorneys who filed the Ecuador pollution case on behalf of Amazon Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in U.S. federal court in 1993. After Chevron succeeded in shifting the matter to Ecuador in 2001, the company sold off its assets in the country and then tried to pressure the courts politically to drop the case. When that failed, Chevron sued Donziger in 2011 on the civil “racketeering” allegations in the same U.S. court where it had fought the original lawsuit.
Donziger always maintained the Chevron allegations against him were false and had already been denied by Ecuador’s courts, and that the U.S. retaliation case was being wielded by the oil company as an intimidation weapon against lawyers for the villagers. Kaplan played along with Chevron, refusing to allow Donziger’s counterclaims outlining how Chevron engaged in criminal racketeering by trying to corrupt the Ecuador court process and by making false allegations. Kaplan also refused to seat a jury of impartial fact finders even though Chevron had sued Donziger for $60 billion -- the largest potential personal liability in U.S. history.
Kaplan also allowed Chevron to pay huge sums to Guerra in violation of federal ethics rules barring witness payments. Guerra later admitted he lied, while a forensic report proved he lied. Kaplan has refused to correct his findings, which the New York bar is now claiming Donziger cannot challenge as part of the disciplinary process.
Further infuriating Chevron’s legal team is that Donziger has continued to help his clients enforce the Ecuador pollution judgment in Canada, posing enormous risk to the company’s asset base in that country. The Canada Supreme Court in 2015 ruled unanimously in favor of the Ecuadorians in denying a Chevron jurisdictional challenge, while 36 institutional shareholders this year criticized CEO Michael Wirth and urged company management to explore settlement of the case. Chevron’s 1,000 abandoned toxic waste pits in Ecuador have decimated Indigenous peoples and produced a humanitarian crises that has led to numerous deaths from cancer and other oil-related diseases.
Donziger has picked up wide support around the world as he has fended off Chevron’s campaign to taint his reputation and bankrupt him. Chevron has spent an estimated $2 billion to hire 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers to attack the Ecuadorians and their lawyers; the company currently has a motion pending before Kaplan seeking $33 million in legal fees and costs from Donziger, who works out of his small apartment.
“As I have said repeatedly, I will not be bowed by Chevron’s or Kaplan’s attacks based on false and distorted evidence rejected by courts around the world,” said Donziger. “My focus is on enforcing the valid Ecuador judgment in Canada so an adequate clean-up can be carried out in the Amazon rainforest and lives and Indigenous cultures can be saved. In the meantime, I will continue to contest Chevron attacks in New York courts and I will demand those bodies provide me due process of law.”
(Here is a 33-page analysis of the many flaws in the Kaplan proceeding; here is a criminal referral of Chevron to the U.S. Department of Justice; here is a letter to the bar hearing officer demanding the right to present evidence in a public hearing.)
The NY bar did not move against Donziger until late 2016 when six of Kaplan’s colleagues on the New York federal bench sent a controversial referral letter to state bar officials demanding his suspension without a hearing. The NY bar staff attorneys who received the letter, led by Goldstein and Jorge Dopico, subsequently refused to interview Donziger, much less consider his evidence, before asking a state appellate court to suspend him on a theory of “collateral estoppel” which barred him from challenging the erroneous Kaplan findings.
In a statement issued in July, Donziger said his suspension is “based largely on false witness testimony paid for by Chevron and presented by an admittedly corrupt witness coached 53 days by company lawyers.’’
He added: “To base attorney discipline on Judge Kaplan’s erroneous and disputed findings in a civil case without even providing me a hearing is a gross injustice” that threatens the legal rights of all lawyers. He promised to continue to fight to present evidence and to appeal to New York’s highest court if necessary.
“I also want to thank Global Witness for agreeing to monitor the situation and report on it,” Donziger added. ‘Transparency and accountability are critical to prevent Chevron’s bullying lawyers from getting away with a scheme to violate my due process rights, all apparently to help a U.S. company evade its liability to people it harmed in Ecuador. The bar attorneys are charged with upholding the rule of law in New York. Violating my due process rights is not consistent with this obligation and is itself a violation of the rule of law.”
While Chevron’s lawyers continue to attack Donziger, they are also facing increased risks for engaging in the intimidation campaign.
In addition to the criminal referral letter outlining evidence of Chevron’s illegal activity to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Ecuadorians recently issued a reportshowing that Chevron lawyers at the U.S. law firm Gibson Dunn falsified evidence for the company to frame Donziger and that the law firm did the same on behalf of other wealthy clients in at least two other cases. Chevron still pays its star witness Guerra enormous sums of money after moving his entire family to the United States. Chevron and Gibson Dunn also provided Guerra with a house, car, health insurance, legal fees, and payment of all income taxes.
Further, a new Chevron witness – a business owner in Boston named Katie Sullivan – admitted last week under oath that she had been targeted by Chevron’s intimidation campaign and forced under pressure to sign an affidavit written by Gibson Dunn lawyers that contained assertions that are untrue. Sullivan played a critical role helping raise funds for the Ecuadorians.
Weyler, the co-founder of Greenpeace, called Donziger a “hero” for standing up to Chevron and the bar. “This is always the way the status quo power structure protects its own,” said Weyler, responding to the bar’s decision to suspend Donziger. “The more frightened they are by the truth, the greater their lies. They did this to anti-slavery activists centuries ago, to the suffragettes, to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, to indigenous leaders throughout the world.
“This shameless pandering by the NY judiciary to power and money will be exposed in time,” he added.
For a full report from the Ecuador legal team explaining Chevron’s fraud in the Kaplan racketeering case now used as the basis to suspend Donziger, see here. Donziger also has filed a formal complaint against U.S. judicial authorities with the Inter-American Commission On Human Rights for a failure to protect him from what he calls a “vicious” Chevron retaliation campaign. That human rights complaint can be read here.
Donziger also announced that Rick Friedman, a prominent trial lawyer based in Seattle, has agreed to help represent him during the bar proceeding.
(Here is background on how the legal community is “shocked” by Donziger’s treatment by the New York bar, with comments from Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, First Amendment lawyer Marty Garbus, and prominent trial lawyer Rick Friedman.)
The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) recent addition of Indonesia’s P.T. Wapoga Mutiara Timber Unit II (WMT II), to its to its ever-growing family of FSC-compliant forest management (FM) concessions is of special significance in a country that has the second worst rates of tropical deforestation.
According to the World Resources Institute (2018), Indonesia has the world’s 3rd largest tropical forest, yet, ranks 2nd in the world for tropical deforestation.
The new certificate is not just an important step towards expanding FSC’s mission of sustainable forestry practices, but also a chance to change the status quo of deforestation in the country. With WMT’s certificate, Indonesia now has over 3.2 million hectares of FSC certified forests.
WMT II, which annually produces around 55,000 cu.m. of mostly Merbau wood, has been supported by The Borneo Initiative since 2011, enabling their certification process. Technical assistance towards the certification was provided by The Forest Foundation.
This responsible forest management certificate means that FSC has added to its already expansive fold a forest concession of 167,923 ha in Indonesia’s Sarmi district, Papua province.
Indonesia is a hotspot for global deforestation, with half of Sumatra’s forest cover having disappeared between 1985 and 2008, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization—its forest cover went from 50 per cent to 25 per cent. The FAO’s State of the Forest (2011) report also states that 498,000 ha. of the country’s forests are degraded each year.
“FSC congratulates P.T. Wapoga Mutiara Timber Unit II on achieving FSC certification. We are also grateful to have a staunch supporter and solid partner in The Borneo Initiative, which has done exemplary work in strengthening sustainable forest management practices in Indonesia. This partnership reflects the power of multi-party stakeholder engagement in contributing to responsible forest management, especially in the biodiverse tropics of Indonesia,” says Kim Carstensen, FSC Director General.
Announcing the certification of WMT II, Iwan K. Permadi, The Borneo Initiative’s Program Coordinator for Indonesia said, “The company first achieved FSC Controlled Wood certificate in 2016, then, within 2 years, with continued commitment of WMT II, the company managed to advance their performance and achieved full FSC Forest Management certification in 2018.”
He has also expressed that the initiative’s experience in assisting WMT II toward sustainable forest management has also better equipped them to assist other similar forest concessions in the future.
Indonesia now has 24 natural production forests with FSC certification, covering 2.8million ha. Additionally, Indonesia has 8 forest plantations with FSC certification (351,189 ha) and 11 community groups (22,946 ha).
Greening the Global Shopping Cart will be hosting a four-part webinar series highlighting EDF Climate Corps - with a focus on sustainable supply chain management.
The series will feature subject experts, including past participating EDF Climate Corps hosts and fellows, and offer best practices for prioritizing, planning and leading on engaging with suppliers on the following topics:
Setting Targets Based in Science
Thursday, October 11, 1-2 pm EDT
Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and
Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction
Thursday, October 18, 1-2 pm EDT
The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement
Thursday, October 25, 1-2 pm EDT
Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency
Thursday, November 1, 1-2 pm EDT
Details on webinars and presenters:
Setting Targets Based in Science
Kealy Herman of WSP will discuss how to ensure that corporate targets are aligned with current climate science and how to determine which approach is right for the organization.
Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction
Theresa Eberhardt of Environmental Defense Fund will discuss how to transition from the goal-setting phase to the implementation phase, guiding companies through various tools and resources available.
The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement
Rachit Kansal of the Rocky Mountain Institute will focus on offsite Power Purchase Agreements - understanding them, determining if they are the right option for an organization, what risks they may carry and what are best practices for moving them forward internally.
Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency
Daniel Hill, Environmental Defense Fund, will provide guidance on scaling existing technologies and best practices throughout a portfolio of buildings and discuss several frameworks to make it possible
About EDF Climate Corps
EDF Climate Corps is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. We bring together an arsenal of top talent, resources and expertise in a variety of subject matters and industries to help organizations meet their sustainability and energy goals.
GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) released preliminary findings on Thursday, September 27 from their forthcoming “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report, calling for greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The preliminary report finds that neither government nor existing public-private partnerships are effective enough, and that existing PPPs disproportionately focus on a small number of countries. The preliminary report recommends a new model, one in which PPPs prioritize around the most significant disease burden and broaden their scope to benefit the health of the whole continent, which is deemed critical to driving long-term economic growth in Africa.
“The dialogue was a much-needed call-to-action for the African private sector as evidenced by the research,” said Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation. “The best way to move Africa forward is for businesses to step up in health care and take bold action. We must work together, across industries and with governments and communities, to foster innovation and to drive more strategic investments that benefit us collectively.”
GBCHealth, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the ECA also gathered African heads of state, corporate CEOs, and heads of UN agencies on Thursday at the United Nations headquarters for a high-level dialogue to discuss the findings and reinforce the importance of greater African private sector involvement and investment in healthcare. The dialogue, moderated by journalist Isha Sesay, featured lively discussions from champions for multisector health partnerships in Africa. The discussions explored findings of ECA’s research, Africa’s health status, SDG’s, public-private partnerships, health systems strengthening and health financing.
Following opening remarks from Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth, during which he recognized the group’s collective goal to identify solutions for health and finance in Africa, H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic, spoke about the healthcare situation in his country and the government’s approach to public-private partnerships.
“In Togo, we passed on the responsibility of certain facilities, namely clinics, pharmacies and hospices, to specific private entities who manage them,” said H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic. “We’re proud to say that public facilities are as efficient as private facilities, so we have gone on to create another category of facilities that are semi-private, semi-public. We hope that, with this initiative, we’ll be able to reach another level of efficiency.”
Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth, spoke about the need to be creative in terms of stretching private sector capital for advancing health and economic growth. “I’m very concerned as we sit here today, but heartened by the title of this dialogue, called Africa’s Health & Finance,” he said during the discussion. “I don’t think going forward that we can separate health from finance.”
Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, daughter of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation, delivered remarks on her father’s behalf. In them, he discussed his motivation as a businessman and human being for improving the wellbeing and quality of life for people in Africa. He addressed the private sector’s unique capacity to mobilize its resources and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives, and he called on continued and enhanced leadership from businesses on the issue. He also highlighted the importance of the new African Business Coalition for Health platform to help strategically mobilize private sector resources, expertise and innovation to strengthen health systems and save lives across the continent.
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, also joined the discussion. She spoke about the importance of unlocking and leveraging the tools the private sector has to deliver healthcare services through sustainable finance.
“Much of education and much of health is not in a bad place, it’s in crisis,” said Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations. “People are faced with choiceless choices, for instance, having to choose health or water. We need solid institutions to be able to deliver services.”
Other leaders, all of whom brought unique perspective from their experiences in African governments, NGOs and the private sector, each highlighted the importance of financing healthcare and promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to find sustainable solutions.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria noted that there is a saying that Health is Wealth but that the saying is inadequate because ‘health is everything including wealth.
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia noted that a country can’t industrialize without a healthy society and that we must stop looking at healthcare as a charitable cause, but as a profitable business that should be encouraged.
Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa talked about the evolution of 2G to 3G and now 4G on the continent saying that it is in Africa’s hand and reach to leverage technology to leapfrog some of its healthcare needs.
The session, titled “Africa’s Health and Financing: Pathways to Economic Growth and Prosperity,” will inform revisions to the report ahead of its launch at the Africa Business: Health Forum in February 2019. Preliminary findings are summarized below and are available here.
“African businesses and governments are realizing that investing in Africa’s health is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business and for government,” said Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth. “If we’re able to galvanize a new era of cooperation and improve the overall well-being of this young, fast-growing continent, we’ll create economic growth for all Africans.”
“Africa’s population bulge and its abundance of young people is a competitive asset,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA. “This asset, however, must not become a fiscal burden by crowding in private finance to sustainably share the cost of a healthy Africa.”
Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa: Preliminary Findings
Preliminary findings from the forthcoming report “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” identify the importance of improving health to drive Africa’s economic growth and the need for the private sector to play a significant role in improving Africa’s health. Specifically, the report highlights:
Health affects economic growth. There is considerable evidence that raising the health of a population increases labor productivity, reduces absenteeism at school and at work and lowers catastrophic expenses on healthcare. Further, there is a robust link between improved health outcomes and economic growth. For instance, improvements in life expectancy at birth, child mortality rates and maternal mortality rates are linked with growth in GDP per capita.
The private sector has an important role to play in health. Additional support is needed, and governments do not have the capacity to do it on their own. On average, countries devote just six percent of their GDP to healthcare, much lower than in the U.S. and other OECD countries.
Current public-private partnerships in health can be more effective. Existing public-private partnerships are disproportionately focused on a small number of countries – 10 out of Africa’s 54 countries account for half of the current partnerships. Further, current public-private partnerships are not aligned with the countries’ most pressing health problems and are not broad enough. Partnerships and solutions require a holistic approach that also addresses underfunded areas resulting in poor infrastructure, malnutrition and the lack of clean water. Other underfunded areas such as education, technology innovation, products and supply chain offer opportunities for business engagement and investment.
The forthcoming publication of the “Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa” report will launch and serve as the foundation of discussions at the Africa Business: Health Forum on February 12, 2019 in Addis Ababa on the margins of the African Union Summit. The Africa Business: Health Forum will also formally launch the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth), a joint initiative of GBCHealth and the Aliko Dangote Foundation. ABCHealth aims to unlock synergies to help the private sector contribute more directly to meeting national and regional health goals in the context of SDG Agenda 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063 — and provides a platform that can help realize more strategic and collaborative partnerships, ultimately improving the standard of living, the quality of life, and the overall health and well-being of all Africans.
GBCHealth is dedicated to leveraging the resources and expertise of the private sector to meet today’s most pressing health challenges. Founded in 2001, under the leadership of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, GBCHealth has built a strong track record of mobilizing business action to address workplace and community health issues. Today, the organization works with a network of more than 300 organizations globally, and in Africa, to drive collective action in areas of greatest need.
Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede has served on the GBCHealth Board since 2011 and is widely recognized as a successful entrepreneur, business leader and proponent of corporate social responsibility in the African business community.
About United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the mandate of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. The ECA is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with offices in Rabat, Lusaka, Kigali, Niamey, Yaounde and Dakar.
About Aliko Dangote Foundation
Aliko Dangote Foundation is the private philanthropic foundation of Aliko Dangote, established with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities. Dangote Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a charity in Lagos, Nigeria. The Foundation has now become the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The Foundation has contributed over $250 million in charitable funds to several causes in Nigeria and Africa over the past four years. The activities of the Foundation revolve around the four pillars of health and nutrition, empowerment, education and humanitarian relief.
Aliko Dangote was named to the 2016 Forbes list of the world’s top 100 most powerful people and is known for his commitments to health and development. He is the Founder, President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, the largest conglomerate in West Africa, based in Nigeria. The Group, which has subsidiaries that cut across cement production, sugar refining and flour milling, is present in 17 other African countries. It has also diversified into other sectors including agriculture and energy, and is building the largest refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Africa. One of the Group’s subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc, is the largest listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list.
Note to Editors:
The full list of leaders in attendance and involved at the September 27, 2018 event, held alongside the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the state of health and financing in Africa, is below.
Presenters and Discussants:
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chair, African Initiative for Governance and Co -Chair, GBCHealth
H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Togolese Republic
Mr. Aouele Eugene Aka, Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Republic of Côte D’Ivoire
Ray Chambers, WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Board Member, GBCHealth
Halima Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, on behalf of Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group & Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia
Saurabh Sinha, Technical Lead, UNECA, who presented the preliminary findings of the report
The High Table:
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D., Former President of the Republic of Nigeria
Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya
H.E. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health, Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health and Wellness, Republic of Botswana
H.E Bogolo Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry for the Republic of Botswana
UN and Development Banks:
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior VP for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations & Partnerships, World Bank Group
Patrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO and Managing Director, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Private Sector and Partners
Jim Ovia, Chairperson, Zenith Bank
Acha Leke, Chairman, McKinsey & Company
Zouera Youssoufou, CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation
Nancy Wildfeir-Field, President, GBCHealth
Today marks the start of Fair Trade Month and the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade USA, the award-winning social enterprise and leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.
Twenty years ago, Fair Trade USA’s Founder and CEO Paul Rice brought an idea from his field work in Nicaragua to a one-room office in Oakland, California. What started with coffee and conviction – and not much else – is now the leading market-based model of sustainable production, trade and consumption.
Since its launch with coffee in 1998, Fair Trade USA has --
Partnered with over 1,300 brands to generate more than $500 million in additional income for farmers and workers around the world.
Expanded to more than 30 different product categories including coffee, tea, coconut, seafood, cocoa, produce, apparel, home goods, and more.
Grown into an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise and leading certifier, with an estimated $7 billion in U.S. retail sales of Fair Trade Certified products in 2017 alone.
Established key brand partnerships with market leaders including: Patagonia, west elm, Gap Inc., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Starbucks, Nespresso, Driscoll’s, Dole, General Mills, PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, Walmart and more.
In honor of its 20th Anniversary, Fair Trade USA partnered with SF-based production agency Avocados & Coconuts to produce a new video celebrating its history, growth and plans for the future. The organization also launched its Fair Trade Difference campaign today to help spread awareness of the importance of Fair Trade and the important difference it makes. The campaign highlights the variety of Fair Trade Certified products that exist in the marketplace, as well as a 20th Anniversary Giveaway with the opportunity to win a $4000 west elm bedroom makeover and a $4000 pantry restock from Kroger.
Fair Trade Market Skyrockets
As Fair Trade USA enters its 20th year, increasing consumer awareness and demand is causing a wave of momentum among brands and retailers. In the last year, approximately 2 new Fair Trade Certified were launched every day, including Patagonia wetsuits, west elm furniture, Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee, Flor de Caña Rum and Mexican limes. And a new J.Crew and Madewell partnership means newly-certified clothing is in the works for the coming years, reflecting the brands’ renewed commitment to ethical sourcing.
Looking toward the next 20 years, Fair Trade USA is poised to further scale its model -- investing significant capital in global expansion to foster sustainable development and community empowerment around the world, and adding focus domestically with the certification of farms in the United States for the first time. Fair Trade USA has also announced a goal to generate $1 billion in impact for farmers and workers by 2023.
Bringing Fair Trade Home
Given its proven track record of success in more than 45 countries, Fair Trade USA has now brought the benefits of Fair Trade certification to farmers, factory workers and fishermen in the United States. There are currently about 2 million farm workers in this country, 80% of whom are migrant laborers from Central and South America. These people face many of the same challenges (inhumane and unsafe conditions, child labor/human trafficking, fair compensation) as agricultural producers and factory workers in developing countries. There exists an opportunity to improve their working conditions, their communities and their lives through Fair Trade.
“Farm workers remain among the most economically disadvantaged working groups in the United States. We can no longer turn our backs on them,” said Paul Rice, Founder & CEO of Fair Trade USA. “It has taken many years of research and preparation, but we have begun to certify local farms and we are so inspired by the results and the response from both brands and consumers.”
Since 2016, a total of 6 produce farms, 2 fisheries and 1 apparel factory have been certified in North America. Fair Trade USA has partnered domestically with brands such as Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods to better the livelihoods of farm workers throughout the country through compliance with social, economic, environmental and safety standards.
Family-owned produce farm Wholesum Harvest was one the first to implement domestic Fair Trade certification for its farm in Arizona. Workers there voted to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Funds to reduce health insurance premiums for employees, and now 88% of workers on the farm have opted for coverage, up from just 5% that opted for coverage before the program. They share a long-term vision to foster a thriving community near their workplace, so future projects include building affordable housing, opening a low-cost store and creating green spaces for recreation.
“We have been working with Fair Trade USA for over 6 years, certifying our farms in Mexico and achieving amazing benefits as a result of Fair Trade, including a new community center, school buses, and a family park,” said Theojary Crisantes, Vice President of Operations at Wholesum Harvest. “We are so excited to now be able to offer these benefits to our workers in Arizona as well, while also giving shoppers added transparency and traceability.”
As Fair Trade USA continues to strategically work with U.S. farms, factories and fisheries, the organization remains committed to the international cooperatives, independent smallholders and farm workers that make up the vast majority certified organizations on its roster.
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA is an internationally-acclaimed social enterprise that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, protects fragile ecosystems, and builds strong, transparent supply chains in partnership with over 1,300 leading brands and retailers. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ seal signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the World Economic Forum, the Skoll Foundation, Fast Company and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin and educates consumers about the power of their purchases. Visit www.FairTradeCertified.org for more information.
United States: To fight heart disease, UPS workers are supporting The Heart Association at a walking event and teaching teenagers about road safety through the UPS Road Code program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Also, UPS employees continue to help with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.
Canada: Planting trees with the Credit Valley Conservation, hosting a charity book sale with Laubach Literacy-New Brunswick and feeding the homeless at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation.
Latin America: Cleaning and revitalization of endangered bird nurseries with SOS Fauna of Brazil and working at the 3rd Beneficent Futeball Cup UPS Brazil to benefit two shelters Solid Rock and Sitio Agar.
Europe: Painting classrooms for the indoor training center with The Salvation Army in the UK and renovating railway wagons with the Foundation of Narrow-Gauge Railways.
Asia-Pacific: Providing care and education for disadvantaged children with Big Sister/Big Brother brain booster activities to supplement their tutorials with Project Pearls Inc. in the Philippines and improving the living condition with education by cleaning the library and surrounding area for Indonesia’s Bulir Padi Foundation. Additionally, UPS volunteers continue to assist with Typhoon Mangkhut (otherwise known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines) recovery efforts.
ISMEA: Promoting efforts for enriching rural communities through organized philanthropy with Rural Education and Development Trust in Mumbai and creating a free and safe place for children to play, providing mentorship programs of social education and recreational and cultural activities at the St. Thomas Home for Children in Dubai.
UPS Global Headquarters (Atlanta), Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH), Information Services New Jersey (IS NJ): Packing meals for children around the world with Feed My Starving Childrenand supporting efforts with the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
UPS® Freight: Cleaning up summer camp area will help to ensure the camp is ready for winter and then the following camp year for the YMCA and supporting HomeAgain by creating a homey atmosphere by renewing and beautifying the interior and exterior.
UPS Airlines: Working at Halloween events at the Louisville Zoo and supporting the Special Olympics through the UPS Plane Pull to help raise funds for athletes to participate. Teams will compete to see who can pull a 160,000 pound UPS cargo plane 12 feet in the shortest time.
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) launched a two-year pilot program that aims to help prevent chronic opioid use among post-surgical patients. The program, which is supported by a $247,000 grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, will address the issue via patient education and engagement, as well as provider improvement strategies.
Persistent use of opioids remains one of the most common complications after elective surgery, according to recent reports. A study published in JAMA Surgery revealed that 6 percent of people who received opioids for the first time after surgery were still taking them three to six months later.
HCIF is partnering with the Pennsylvania National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Consortium (PANC), a voluntary association of 14 Pennsylvania medical centers across the state. As part of the program, called “Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise,” HCIF will also leverage existing collaboration among the surgical departments at the medical centers and recruit additional hospital-based surgical teams statewide to form a Patient and Family Advisory Council, as well as a Medical Advisory Council. The councils will guide the development and review of resources.
“At HCIF, we look forward to addressing this important topic with Pennsylvania surgical teams and partnering with patients across the state to develop health-literate materials to optimize patients’ understanding and engagement,” said Pam Braun, Vice President of Clinical Improvement at the Health Care Improvement Foundation.
HCIF has earned recognition for its ability to drive high-value healthcare through stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, including regional efforts focused on medication safety issues such as antimicrobial stewardship, appropriate use of Hydromorphone and Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) system evaluation.
Led by PANC Vice President Dr. Matthew Philp, who serves as the program’s Physician Champion and Principal Medical Advisor, the new initiative involves creating and disseminating resources meant to prevent opioid misuse. Resources will include patient education videos, procedure-specific opioid prescribing guidelines and suggested pain management plans.
“Our aim is to help guide clinicians prescribing opioids by developing education materials focused on setting preoperative expectations, perioperative prescribing and the use of postoperative non-opioid pain regimens. The process will involve educating patients about perioperative opioid use and safe disposal mechanisms for leftover medications,” Dr. Philp said.
As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation partners with municipal entities and nonprofits at the local and national level to bolster efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around prevention and innovative solutions. The Foundation recently launched an Opioid Resource Grant Program that will enable the nonprofit to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, in an effort to redefine best practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
“There is no one-size fits all approach to combating opioid misuse. To maximize our impact, we actively look to partner with organizations across the healthcare continuum to address the issue from a variety of angles,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “We particularly seek preventive solutions – and HCIF’s program arms providers and patients with resources to help prevent misuse among post-surgical patients.”
About the Health Care Improvement Foundation
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives. Based in Philadelphia, PA, HCIF is dedicated to the vision of a responsive, coordinated health care delivery system that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers, and achieves better health. Since its inception in 1980, HCIF has been recognized as an outstanding example of how advances in quality care can be achieved through large-scale collaborations.
About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide sources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.
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Yorkshire Building Society colleagues from Edinburgh to Exeter are calling out for donations of new pairs of socks and other items to help support homeless people.
The Society is relaunching its month-long Socktober appeal throughout October due to the impact of the campaign last year.
The campaign is part of the Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH) and to raise awareness of World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.
Donations of new pairs of socks, toiletries and interview clothes plus other items such as woolly hats, gloves, scarves, can be made at all the Society’s branches and agencies across the UK.
The Society is also raising money for EYH and is asking the public to support Socktober by making a donation to the campaign and posting a picture of themselves online with their favourite socks on 10 October with the hashtag #socktober.
An estimated 86,000 young people in the UK are homeless.
Sasha Pauley, Charity Partnership Manager for Yorkshire Building Society, said: “This is our second Socktober campaign and we are hoping to make it as sock-cessful as last year. This year as well as donations of socks, we are also asking for toiletries, interview clothes, woolly hats, gloves and scarves and every single item will go to a homeless person.
“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need. Thanks to donations from people all over the UK we have been able to help 138 young people into their own rented homes.
“The money that is raised funds our bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee home essentials grants and practical help for living independently. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future.”
Through the course of the Society’s three-year partnership with EYH it aims to raise £750,000.
EYH is a UK wide movement, bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.
Charlotte Milner, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer for End Youth Homelessness, said: “Every year 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK. Through our partnership with Yorkshire Building Society we are not only supporting homeless young people into their own rented homes, we are also aiming to break down the barriers that homeless young people face.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/socktober18 or by simply texting SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
To find a branch or agency to donate any items please visit www.ybs.co.uk/contact-us/branch-finder.html.
Notes to Editors
*Source: Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank - www.yhdatabank.com
Yorkshire Building Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness supports its corporate responsibility strategy, Society Matters, and its ambition to make a lasting positive impact on society.
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About End Youth Homelessness
End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a national movement to end youth homelessness in the UK.
EYH brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.
Each EYH charity works in its own way to meet the needs of local young people; all sharing a belief in giving homeless young people the opportunity to turn their lives around; build high aspirations and move on to successful and independent lives.
EYH works directly with over 26,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK.
EYH was founded in 2010 by EYH charity Centrepoint, after its patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.
The charities supported through End Youth Homelessness are: 1625 Independent People (Bristol), Aberdeen Foyer (Aberdeen), The Amber Foundation (Surrey, Wiltshire, and Devon), St. Basils (West Midlands), The Benjamin Foundation (Norfolk), Centrepoint (Barnsley, Bradford, London, Manchester, and Sunderland), Llamau (Wales), MACS (Belfast), The Rock Trust (Edinburgh, West Lothian, Glasgow), and Roundabout (Sheffield), Step by Step (Hampshire).