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Smithfield Foods Executive Honored with Prestigious Award

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 2:40pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that Glenn Nunziata, executive vice president and chief financial officer for the company, has been honored with Virginia Business Magazine’s annual CFO Award. The statewide award and ceremony recognizes select financial executives across a variety of business sectors.

“It’s an incredible honor and I am truly humbled by this recognition,” said Nunziata. “I am proud to work at a global food company that is passionate about producing good food the right way as we rapidly move closer to achieving our vision of becoming a world-class consumer packaged goods and protein company. Our growth and achievements, including this one, would not be possible without the commitment of 54,000 employees dedicated to producing ‘Good food. Responsibly.®”

In his role at Smithfield, Nunziata leads the finance, accounting, treasury, tax, risk management, human resources, and IT functions for the company. He also serves as the principal accounting officer and is a board member of the Smithfield Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. Before joining Smithfield in 2015, he spent 19 years at Ernst & Young, most recently as a partner in Assurance Services. Nunziata’s extensive experience in finance, capital markets, operational analysis, internal control, and corporate governance lends to his exceptional leadership at Smithfield and success within his role.

“At Smithfield, we are pleased to have someone of Glenn’s caliber and commitment,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “He has played a significant role in helping the company achieve three consecutive years of growth while upholding and promoting our shared values of responsibility, operational excellence, and innovation—delivering on all fronts when it comes to ROI.”

Nunziata is one of five award winners, each from companies of varying sizes, selected from 47 nominees. This year’s winners were selected by the 2017 CFO Award recipients and recognized last week at a banquet at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.

“The Virginia CFO Awards looks for leaders who go above and beyond their day-to-day functions to contribute to other areas within the company and within the community,” said Bernie Niemeier, president and publisher of Virginia Business Magazine. “From his professional accomplishments to his involvement with several Virginia nonprofits, Glenn is without a doubt a CFO who delivers above and beyond the standard.”

For more information about the event and other award winners, please visit Virginia Business Magazine.

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.

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Bringing Light to Those Who Need It Most: Studio Unite Becomes First Non-profit to Win $10k in Flash Funding From Ingram Micro

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:40am

After her son was diagnosed with asthma, Alice Chun, CEO and Co-Founder of Studio Unite, was inspired to use solar energy as a way to reduce pollution and improve the environment. Since then, Chun and the team at Studio Unite have been using the power of the sun to bring light to those who need it most.

Enter the SolarPuff™

When the Haiti earthquake hit in 2010, Chun, who was teaching an architecture studio at Columbia University, decided to share her solar energy and materials research with her students. That’s when she realized that affordable solar energy could have an even bigger impact around the world.

“Haiti was really a microcosm of what was happening in the rest of the world,” explained Chun. “Only 12 percent of the country was electrified, most people were living on a few dollars a day and having to spend 30 percent of their income on kerosene, which is a lot of money considering they could use that money on food, clothing or education for their kids.”

Wanting to help, Chun and her students began focusing their research on solar lanterns, but were unimpressed with what they found on the market. “They weren’t good — they were big and bulky and they were plastic,” explained Chun. “They were also extremely toxic if you try to recycle them.”

So they took matters into their own hands and created their own version. “We designed something that was self-inflating,” recalled Chun. “It took many, many prototypes but then we came up with the SolarPuff.”

The lantern, which is made out of PVC-free, recyclable PET material, is a 4.3” cube that folds flat to a mere .25” thick and is completely waterproof. Set it in the sun for 8 hours and it will provide up to 8-12 hours of light  It also features three light settings — low, high and blinking from 10 bright white and warm white LEDs

Chun then created Studio Unite, a non-profit dedicated to creating innovative solutions for sustainable living in poor and vulnerable communities around the world. To get the SolarPuff manufactured and in the hands of those who needed it most, Chun also created the for-profit company Solight. 

“I started a for-profit so that I could get it [SolarPuff] manufactured and now we give back to the non-profit,” explained Chun. “The non-profit, Studio Unite, is our partner — they distribute the lights and work with other NGOs to get the light in regions where there’s no electricity.”

Today, the SolarPuff is a bright spot for people around the globe. The packable lantern is not only self-inflating and buoyant, it’s reducing pollution and bringing 10 million rays of light to people impacted by poverty and natural disasters.

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Studio Unite is a 501(c)3 registered tax-exempt charitable organization in the state of New York whose purpose is to develop sustainable design solutions for dwelling, education, and the environment in order to improve social, economic and ecological conditions for vulnerable communities around the world.

Brandix Supports Green Building Council’s ‘Go Green’ Campaign

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:40am

A week-long environment awareness campaign that culminated with an island-wide sapling planting initiative and a ‘Green Walk’ in Colombo, was successfully carried out by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) with support from Brandix, an inspirational practitioner and advocate of eco-friendly manufacturing.

Themed ‘Go Green – Change tomorrow, today,’ the campaign was conceptualised to celebrate World Environment Day 2018.

The ‘Green Walk’ that encouraged raising voices for a better environment attracted over 3,000 participants, prominent among them the Mayor of Colombo, Mrs. Rosy Senanayake. The walk began at Independence Square and concluded at the Vihara Maha Devi Park’s open-air stadium. The sapling planting campaign to plant fifteen different species across all 25 districts of the island is also currently underway.

The Council’s campaign was targeted at the general public, green business-related organisations and sustainability adopted products and service suppliers. It was organised to create enhanced awareness on the importance of environment protection and to enlighten participants on practical solutions such as savings through green building practices, conservation of the environment, and driving sustainable development to control the harmful effects of climate change and other environmental degradations.

The Green Building Council of Sri Lanka is a consensus-based not-for-profit organisation committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Sri Lanka by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. It is diverse and possesses an integrated representation from all sectors of the property industry and academia.

A spokesperson for Brandix said the Group’s support for this programme was in line with its own sustainability agenda and an expression of appreciation for the efforts of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka. Brandix built the world’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-rated apparel factory under the Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and has since obtained LEED certification for its facilities in Seeduwa, Koggala and Ratmalana.

One of the latest examples of the Group’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint is a 1.65 MW solar power plant at the Brandix Essentials factory in Batticaloa, which notably is the largest rooftop solar plant in Sri Lanka.

The Brandix Group’s sustainability road map has required the development of its own ‘Eco Index’ -- an assessment tool which is used to measure the environmental performance of Brandix factories and offices across the Group. The Index computes percentage reductions in key environmental indicators for Air, Water and Earth as measures are rolled out across Group factories to minimise CO2 emissions, energy and water consumption and solid waste disposal. The Group has set itself the target of becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2020.

Benevity Launches “Missions,” a Purpose-Driven Employee Engagement Solution

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 8:39am

Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, today announced the launch of its latest innovation. Missions, a new module for its award-winning cloud solution, lets companies engage employees in positive actions to do more good, helping create purpose-driven corporate cultures and increase their social impact.

Available now, and already in use by a number of Benevity’s enterprise clients, Missions empowers employees to adopt new prosocial behaviors through gamified and easy-to-complete activities, which can be tracked, measured and optionally rewarded through the software. Missions is built on the principle that helping people take small actions in their daily lives—like riding a bike to work, reducing plastic waste, or making meetings more inclusive—can enrich the employee experience, infuse more meaning and impact into company culture and create an employer brand that appeals to today’s socially conscious workforce. It all adds up to major social and business impact.

“This is an exciting step for Benevity and our clients,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “By engaging people to complete small, purpose-driven actions through a user experience that’s personal, empowering and easy to use, companies can help people be the best versions of themselves in their everyday lives. Missions allows us to use behavioral science to go beyond corporate giving and volunteering programs to help companies involve even more of their people in doing good, which we know drives significant business returns while enhancing a company’s contribution to society and the planet.”

Missions: A Purpose-Driven Employee Engagement Solution 
Key features and benefits include:

  • Fun, engaging activities: Missions encourages users to get involved in doing good through gamified activities that promote awareness and learning and spur prosocial behavior that has reach, relevance and impact. Personal dashboards display an individual’s achievements, rank and measurable results. 
  • Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Companies can use Missions to promote and track progress towards various SDGs, namely Water, Waste, Emissions, Energy, as well as Reduced Inequalities. Combining the actions contained in Missions with associated giving, matching and volunteering opportunities around these goals amplifies all of these investments.
  • Content Libraries: Pre-loaded, theme-based libraries invite users to engage with specific cause areas. Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship is the first content library offered within Missions, helping companies engage employees in 200 activities that contribute to a healthier planetDiversity and Inclusion is the next content library, scheduled for release this Fall, aimed at helping companies create a culture of belonging.
  • Customizable Missions: Companies can create custom Missions and content to support their strategic cause focus areas or to drive awareness and participation in existing giving, volunteering and granting programs. 
  • Measurement, reporting and insight: Companies can measure and report on collective impact, while gathering rich behavioral data to gain insight into what drives engagement and social impact within their company.

Benevity clients using Missions are already seeing how it can foster greater inclusion and engagement in their workplace engagement programs:

  • 80 percent of remote workforces engaged in Missions—a significant increase over average remote worker participation in traditional giving and volunteering campaigns 
  • Nearly 40 percent of employees engaged for the first time through Missions, representing an effective way to get more employees involved
  • Employee donations increased by 64 percent when giving and matching campaigns were paired with Missions, highlighting the opportunity for companies to increase support and efficacy for causes that matter to them and their people

PayPal also used Missions to engage its global workforce. “We piloted Missions with our GIVE Team leaders around the world who help foster strong relationships between PayPal offices and their local communities,” said Rachael Claudio, Manager of Global Employee Engagement and Philanthropy at PayPal. “Using behavioral science, Missions showed us the collective results that come from our individual actions. In only three weeks, our team saved 998 pounds of waste, 10,683 gallons of water, 29,503 kWh of energy and 22,244 pounds of carbon. Missions made us realize that making small changes to our daily behaviors can actually save the planet!”

“Charities and nonprofits are looking to build relationships with companies that go beyond the transactional transfer of money and volunteers,” says Angie Fitzgerald, Strategic Director of Corporate Alliances & Solutions at American Cancer Society. “We’re looking for opportunities to provide education and information to employees at companies who have already put up their hand up to say they’re interested and want to support our mission but don’t know how to get involved. Now, with Benevity’s new Missions module, companies can more easily help their people drive more action and support. And that, in my humble opinion, is a game changer for companies and causes looking to work together to make real impact.”

“The early success of Missions has been validating,” added de Lottinville. “Through Missions, we’re seeing the relationship between corporate Goodness and employee engagement strengthen as companies recognize that their people’s inherent desire to do good is one of their biggest assets. By breaking down barriers to getting people involved, making the experience fun, and giving people more ways to create a sense of purpose and impact, companies truly can do well by doing good. And that is something that the corporate world can do much more of.” 

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 2 billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 150,000 charities worldwide.

Media Contact
Amanda Orr
Kickstart for Benevity
1.202.459.1304 
press@benevity.com

Student from Duke University’s Nicolas School of Business Wins Net Impact’s Inaugural “Wear it Wise” Campaign Competition

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:38am

Recently, Net Impact, a global community of students and professionals, announced a business school student, from Duke University, had won the first Wear it Wise  campaign competition.

The Wear it Wise campaign competition engaged students and young professionals in developing new ways to generate awareness about the impact of the fashion industry, with a goal to shifting consumer habits around the clothes bought and worn.  Net Impact partnered with industry leaders who are embracing the sustainable fashion movement, including The Levi Strauss Foundation, Eileen Fisher, and Remake.

“History has shown that systemic change often starts with young people. The Wear It Wise campaign engages students on the social and environmental impacts of the global fashion industry so they learn to make better personal choices, while also inspiring broader action in their networks and community” - Jason McBriarty, Director, Levi Strauss Foundation

Program participants consisted of 18 selected Net Impact Chapters varying from Professionals, Graduates and Undergraduates from around the world. The cohort educated and engaged over 8,000 people on their campuses and in their communities on textile waste, resource scarcity, and the circularly model in supply chain management, and climate change. Events and activities included panel discussions, mending and repairing workshops, campus-wide clothing shops, and a resource-filled website. Four esteemed judges reviewed the campaigns in May, 2018: Betsy Fischer, Impact & Innovation Program Manager, at Eileen Fisher; Ayesha Barenblat, Founder and President, of Remake; Jason McBriarty, Director, Worldwide Community Affairs, at Levi Strauss & Co and Levi Strauss Foundation; and Joe Whinney, Founder, of Theo Chocolate.

“We were thrilled to participate in this year’s Net Impact Wear It Wise campaign. As a company with sustainability at its forefront, we are always looking to educate customers on the impact their shopping habits have on the planet. With the fashion industry being one of the largest polluters in the world, we are dedicated to shifting the mindset of brands to build a business for good, a business that looks beyond profits and a business that is committed to making positive impact on the people that work for them and the planet at large. We hope this next generation of thought-leaders will be inspired to implement change and create solutions for the industry.”

-Amy Hall, Vice President of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher

 The winner of this year’s challenge is Alex Marchyshyn from Duke University - a first-year dual Master’s candidate in Environmental Management and MBA. Her campaign focused on the issues on the industry and consumer side, including spotlighting sustainable brands in North Carolina, providing consumers with an easy to digest resource containing information about sustainable consumer practices, and educating a broader audience through social media. Alex hosted two live events that engaged her student body and larger community about the impacts of fast fashion and aimed at repositioning sustainable fashion as accessible, affordable and stylish. Her first event featured five panelists for an engaging discussion entitled “Beyond Fast Fashion.” Her second event was a campus-wide clothing swap that exchanged over 150 items, giving used clothing another life and preventing them from filling the landfill. Alex said of her campaign “I am both thrilled and honored to have been selected as the winner of Wear it Wise. It was so rewarding to create a sustainable apparel campaign and I am grateful to Net Impact for providing the opportunity to learn more from experts and peers about an issue I care deeply about.”

Ms. Marchyshyn will attend Remake's "Meet the Makers" tour to Mexico in October 2018 where she will travel with a small group of future sustainable apparel leaders and get to know the people and places where our clothing is made. 

“At Net Impact, we are incredibly proud of the inaugural Wear it Wise campaign leaders. Seeing the originality and creativity that leaders brought to their campaigns reminds us why peer education is such an effective way to raise awareness and change how we consume—particularly with something as personal as what we wear.” – Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact

The second Wear it Wise campaign competition will commence in the Fall of 2018.

About Alex Marchyshyn
Alex is a first-year dual Master of Environmental Management and MBA candidate at Duke University focused on the intersection of business, the environment and supply chain. Her goal is to work in the apparel industry to ensure that the clothes we wear are not destroying our planet. She became interested in sustainable fashion after reading the book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline – an eye-opening book that galvanized her to completely rethink her habits and closet. Alex’s particular passion is how to apply the principles of circular economy to the design and end-of-life of clothing. In her spare time, she loves discovering new sustainable apparel brands and reading as many books on the subject as she can get her hands on. Contact: alex.marchyshyn@duke.edu or linkedin.com/in/alexandramarchyshyn

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi's®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.'s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com

About the Levi Strauss Foundation
Established in 1952, the Levi Strauss Foundation is an independent private foundation that provides grants to community based organizations working to create meaningful social change. The Foundation funds programs worldwide that advance the human rights and well-being of underserved people where Levi Strauss and Co. (LS&CO.) has a business presence. Levi Strauss Foundation giving is guided by a belief in empowering individuals and communities; a resolve to address social biases and inequalities and their impact on people and communities; and a commitment to work with other funders and encourage the collaborative efforts of its grantees. The Foundation's historic support for organizations that promote equality have included Project Change, an initiative to fight institutional racism in LS&CO. communities -- and organizations fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation such as Lambda Legal, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), and Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues.

About EILEEN FISHER
EILEEN FISHER has been creating simple, timeless clothes for over 30 years. The collection consists of pure shapes in beautiful materials designed to work together effortlessly. As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is a pioneer in sustainable fashion and working to empower women and girls. Our clothes are sold at over 65 EILEEN FISHER retail stores, and 1,000 department and specialty stores internationally, as well as two RENEW stores, which feature gently worn and remade designs from our take-back program. EILEEN FISHER is the largest women’s fashion company to be a certified B Corporation, which means we voluntarily meet high criterion for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

About Remake
Established in 2016, Remake’s mission is to make fashion a force for good. With firsthand documentary footage and stories, Remake makes the invisible women who power the fashion industry visible. In addition, the company shares facts the fashion industry doesn’t want you to know and provides a solution on how to break up with fast fashion through curated edits, featuring products from their Remake approved brands list that respect both women and our planet. Since Remake’s beginning, they’ve been urging people to think about those who make their clothes with their #WearYourValues movement. For more information, visit https://remake.world/

About Net Impact
Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change. Our programs—delivered from our headquarters in Oakland, CA, as well as globally through our 375+ chapters—connect our members to the skills, experiences and people that will allow them to have the greatest impact. With over 100,000 members, Net Impact takes on social challenges, protects the environment, invents new products and orients business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action.

SC Johnson Provides Support to Help Protect Carnaúba Palm Trees in Brazil

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:38am

As part of SC Johnson’s efforts to protect natural resources for future generations, the company today announced it has provided a grant of 1.2 million Brazilian reals ($370,000) to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI). The grant will help drive research in the management and control of the Devil’s claw vine (Cryptostegia madagascariensis), an exotic invasive weed that currently threatens the unique Caatinga ecosystem, including the native Carnaúba palm (Copernicia prunifera), in northeastern Brazil.

“The aggressive nature of the Devil’s claw vine if left unchecked can have a devastating impact on the local diversity of plant life, resulting in a loss of native vegetation, including the Carnaúba palm,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “This important endeavor will help recover the health of the Caatinga forest and sustain the Carnaúba palm for generations to come.”

This initiative is co-funded by the Agência do Desenvolvimento do Estado do Ceará (ADECE) and SINDCARNAÚBA, the Carnauba Wax Refiners Syndicate of Ceará, and coordinated from the Brazilian side through the Associação Caatinga. Joint funds will help establish three monitoring stations in Ceará for baseline and long-term research into the invasion by the Devil’s claw vine and develop a weed management strategy that aims to introduce and disperse a rust fungus (Maravalia cryptostegiae) to potentially control the vine.

The Devil’s claw vine is a climbing weed from Madagascar with no natural damaging enemies in Brazil. The vine is typically defined by its bell-shaped purple flowers, which usually bloom after heavy rains. Once established, the Devil’s claw vine can flower most of the year and its seeds are spread via wind and waterways. It is known for smothering surrounding plants, including the iconic Carnaúba palm, which is also an important economic plant in Ceará as a source for wax. The vine deprives plants of light and carbon dioxide, can topple trees by its sheer foliage weight, and is known to prevent access to waterways and reduce grazing land available to livestock. The milky sap, or latex, is also poisonous.

The rust fungus, which is native to Madagascar, will be assessed as a potential biological control agent by CABI in the United Kingdom to ensure that the fungus will only attack the Devil’s claw vine. Following field collection of the rust in Madagascar, stringent safety testing will be conducted under quarantine conditions in the U.K. If approved for release by the Brazilian government, the fungus is expected to cause defoliation of the plant, which will reduce plant growth, flowering and seed production – ultimately curbing the invasion in the Caatinga ecosystem.

“This investment will help to address a growing issue that is having a detrimental impact on the native flora and fauna of the Caatinga. If left unchecked, this invasive weed will continue to spread into new areas in Brazil,” said Dr. Harry Evans, Emeritus Fellow, Invasive Species Management Team, CABI. “Reducing the growth and invasion of the Devil’s claw vine is essential to ensuring the long-term health of the Caatinga, and potentially of other Brazilian ecosystems.”

Caatinga Forest

Called the “White Forest” by native populations, the Caatinga ecosystem covers an estimated 11 percent of Brazil and is spread across the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, northern Minas Gerais, Maranhão Paraíba, Piau, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe. This dry forest is home to the largest populations of Carnaúba palms in the world. It also has some of the world’s most diverse plant life and its biodiversity is critically important to maintaining the variety of animals native to the region, such as the emblematic three-banded armadillo.

SC Johnson Protecting Brazil’s Environment for Decades

SC Johnson has played a significant role in protecting the environment in Brazil for more than eight decades. From the original Carnaúba expedition in 1935, to its contributions to protecting two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s, and the creation of The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga Association, a group dedicated to studying and protecting the region’s environmental landscape, the company has significantly invested in the region. Additionally, SC Johnson donated 18,000 acres of Caatinga land to The Nature Conservancy. In 2017, the company partnered with Conservation International to help conserve more than 100,000 acres of land – much of that in the Amazon region.

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About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

About Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge. Our 48 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include development and research projects, scientific publishing and microbial services.

SC Johnson apoia a proteção da Carnaúba no Brasil

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:38am

A SC Johnson anunciou hoje a doação de R$ 1,2 milhão para o Centro Internacional de Biociência Agrícola (CABI), como parte das iniciativas da empresa em prol da proteção de recursos naturais para as futuras gerações. Esse subsídio ajudará a orientar a pesquisa em gestão e controle da unha-do-diabo (Cryptostegia madagascariensis), uma planta daninha exótica e invasiva que ameaça atualmente o ecossistema único da Caatinga, incluindo a carnaúba (Copernicia prunifera), palmeira nativa do nordeste do Brasil.

“A natureza agressiva da unha-do-diabo, se deixada sem controle, pode ter um impacto devastador sobre a diversidade da flora local, resultando na perda de vegetação nativa, inclusive a palmeira  carnaúba,” disse Fisk Johnson, presidente do conselho e CEO da SC Johnson. “Este importante esforço ajudará na recuperação da saúde da Caatinga e na sustentação da carnaúba para as futuras gerações.”

Esta iniciativa é cofinanciada pela Agência do Desenvolvimento do Estado do Ceará (ADECE) e o SINDCARNAÚBA, o Sindicato das Indústrias Refinadoras de Cera de Carnaúba do Ceará, e coordenada no Brasil pela Associação Caatinga. O financiamento conjunto ajudará a estabelecer três estações de monitoramento no Ceará para uma base de pesquisa de longo prazo sobre a invasão da unha-do-diabo e a desenvolver uma estratégia de gerenciamento da planta, com o objetivo de introduzir e dispersar o fungo da ferrugem (Maravalia cryptostegiae) para, potencialmente, controlar a espécie.

A unha-do-diabo é uma trepadeira daninha de Madagascar que não tem predadores naturais no Brasil. A planta é tipicamente identificada por suas flores roxas em forma de sino, que normalmente florescem depois de chuvas fortes. Uma vez estabelecida, a unha-do-diabo pode florescer na maior parte do ano e suas sementes são espalhadas pelo vento e em vias fluviais. É conhecida por sufocar as plantas ao seu redor, inclusive a icônica palmeira carnaúba, fonte de cera e uma importante planta para a economia do Ceará. A unha-do-diabo priva outras plantas de luz e dióxido de carbono, pode cobrir o topo de árvores com sua pesada folhagem densa e é conhecida por bloquear o acesso a vias fluviais e por reduzir a área de pastagem para o gado. O leite do caule, ou látex, também é venenoso.

O fungo de ferrugem, que também é nativo de Madagascar, será avaliado como um potencial agente de controle biológico pela CABI no Reino Unido para assegurar que o fungo somente atacará a unha-do-diabo. Depois da coleta do fungo em campo em Madagascar, será conduzido um rígido teste de segurança sob condições de quarentena no Reino Unido. Se aprovado para liberação pelo governo brasileiro, o fungo deve provocar o desfolhamento da planta, o que reduzirá o crescimento da trepadeira, assim como a sua floração e produção de sementes, finalmente contendo a invasão no ecossistema da Caatinga.

“Este investimento ajudará a abordar um problema crescente que vem tendo um impacto prejudicial sobre a flora e fauna nativas da Caatinga. Se deixada sem controle, esta erva daninha invasora continuará a se espalhar por novas áreas do Brasil,” disse o Dr. Harry Evans, pesquisador emérito, da equipe de gerenciamento de espécies invasoras, CABI. “A redução do crescimento e da invasão da unha-do-diabo é essencial para assegurar a saúde da Caatinga no longo prazo e, potencialmente, de outros ecossistemas brasileiros também.”

A Caatinga

Chamada pelas populações nativas de “Floresta Branca”, o ecossistema da Caatinga cobre cerca de 11 por cento do Brasil e está espalhada pelos estados de Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, norte de Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Paraíba, Piauí, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte e Sergipe. Esta floresta seca é o lar da maior população de palmeiras de carnaúba do mundo. Também tem uma das mais diversificadas floras do mundo e sua biodiversidade é extremamente importante para a manutenção da variedade de animais nativos da região, como o emblemático tatu-bola.

A SC Johnson protege o meio ambiente do Brasil há décadas

A SC Johnson tem tido um papel significativo na proteção ambiental no Brasil há mais de oito décadas. Desde a expedição Carnaúba original de 1935 até suas contribuições para a proteção de duas reservas na ecoregião da Caatinga do Brasil nos anos 1990 e a criação do Fundo para Conservação da Caatinga, dedicado ao estudo e à proteção ambiental, a empresa vem investindo significativamente na região. Além disso, a SC Johnson doou 7.300 hectares de terras de Caatinga para a The Nature Conservancy. Em 2017, a empresa fez uma parceria com a Conservação Internacional para ajudar na conservação de mais de 40.000 hectares de terras, a grande maioria na região da Amazônia.

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SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

1-262-260-2440

 

Sobre a SC Johnson

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

Sobre o Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

O CABI é uma organização internacional sem fins lucrativos que melhora as vidas das pessoas fornecendo informações e aplicando expertise científica para solucionar problemas na agricultura e no meio ambiente. Através do compartilhamento de conhecimento e ciência, o CABI ajuda a atender questões de preocupação global tais como melhorias na segurança global de alimentos e na salvaguarda do meio ambiente. Fazemos isso ao ajudar fazendeiros a crescer mais e perder menos do que produzem, combatendo ameaças de pestes e doenças para a agricultura e o meio ambiente, protegendo a biodiversidade contra espécies invasoras e melhorando o acesso ao conhecimento científico agrícola e ambiental. Nossos 48 países membros guiam e influenciam nossas principais áreas de trabalho, que incluem projetos de desenvolvimento e pesquisa, publicações científicas e serviços microbianos.

CyberGrants Ovation Award Winners

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 5:38pm

CyberGrants presented their annual Ovation Awards at the 2018 CyberGrants User Conference in New Orleans.  The Aetna Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation were awarded “Ovations” for their philanthropic excellence. 

“CyberGrants has the privilege of working with the most prestigious and generous organizations in the world. The positive impact our clients have on the greater good is truly incredible,” noted Mark Layden, CyberGrants CEO. “While we are proud to be part of all of our clients’ efforts, we would like to recognize those clients whose philanthropic efforts are consistently inspirational and raise the bar for the rest of the industry. Therefore, we created the CyberGrants ‘Ovation’ award.”

Ovation winners were selected for their philanthropic leadership, innovation and use of technology. While they come from different industries and execute a variety of giving programs, they all share a deep commitment to carrying out their visions and inspiring positive change. These companies also create innovative programming and solutions that break new ground in the industry and for other corporations and foundations. Additionally, they take the lead in leveraging technology to insure their giving is as efficient and secure as possible. 

“CyberGrants uses a hand to symbolize our brand because it represents giving and receiving. ‘Giving a hand’ has two important and distinct meanings. We’re helping someone, or we’re acknowledging hard work and success. These ideas truly are the embodiment of CyberGrants, our team, but most importantly our clients. We felt an ‘Ovation’ was an apt name to use to recognize our most influential clients, as an Ovation is genuine and heartfelt celebration of truly outstanding work” explained Layden.

 “Aetna is thrilled to accept the CyberGrants’ Ovation Award in front of so many of our peers in the industry”, said Melenie Magnotta, Chief Operating Officer, Aetna Foundation.  “The CyberGrants client base is a close knit community and we all benefit from connecting with each other.” 

“We have been partnering with CyberGrants for the last six years and converted 30 years’ worth of grant data to CyberGrants from multiple access databases and it could not have gone more smoothly.  It’s so helpful to have a single view into all our giving.  We’ve always been very happy with CyberGrants and are thrilled to have them recognize our philanthropy and Paul Newman’s legacy.” said Kelly Giordano, Managing Director for Newman’s Own Foundation. 

 “Aetna and Newman’s Own Foundation are both trailblazers in the industry, leveraging CyberGrants for multiple initiatives including matching gifts, disaster relief, volunteering, grants, community partnerships, and more.  These leaders understand the need for agile philanthropy and embrace the positive impact it can have on their brands, employees, and the community.  Regardless of the forms their philanthropy takes, they know they can count on CyberGrants to support their efforts,” said Jeff Summers, CyberGrants Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

In 2017, CyberGrants presented the “Ovation Award” to ITW, JP Morgan Chase, Target, and U.S. Bancorp.

About CyberGrants
CyberGrants is a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for corporate social responsibility. CyberGrants’ mission is to provide innovative software and services in the most secure and efficient way; to connect the world’s givers to those who can benefit from them most. Since its founding in 1999, CyberGrants has delivered fully-hosted web-based SaaS solutions to many of the largest companies and foundations in the world, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100. In the past 12 months alone, CyberGrants’ integrated grants management and employee engagement software has processed over $6 billion in donations and tens of thousands of volunteer hours.  For additional information on CyberGrants, visit  http://www.cybergrants.com/ 

About the Aetna Foundation 
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 430,000 hours in 2016 alone.

For more information, visit https://www.aetna-foundation.org/ 

About Newman’s Own Foundation
Newman’s Own Foundation is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by Paul Newman in 2005 to assure the continuation of his commitment to use 100% of the net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $500 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit http://newmansownfoundation.org/

Houston’s Challenges Highlight Opportunities for Work in Sustainability

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 2:37pm

Houston is the most populous city in Texas.  It is the fourth largest city and Greater Houston is the fifth most populous metro area in the US.  In 2005, Houston accepted 125,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Houston suffered from Hurricane Ike in 2008, faced historic flooding in 2015 and 2016, was devasted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and already in 2018, the potential for severe flooding is a grave concern.

Welcome to the new normal.

How do companies in Houston prepare for the inevitable?  Many fortune 500 companies, like those trained in sustainability by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), are based in Houston.  Dominated by the energy industry, retail, clothing, communications, finance, transportation, and software sectors are also represented. 

More and more frequently, these major companies are hiring sustainability professionals: employees, managers, directors, and VPs to oversee Sustainability Strategy to deal with challenges locally and internationally.  Houston itself has a hard-working Office of Sustainability, a Sustainability Indicators Project and a city Sustainability Action Plan which includes emissions reduction, clean water, efficient infrastructure, and resiliency.  

As the need in Houston expands, whether due to population growth or weather concerns, those trained in a focused sustainability methodology will be leading the way.  During its most recent Houston training, CSE partnered with NASA sustainability practitioners to present NASA’s commitment to and sustainability evolution at the Johnson Space Center. 

Research shows 87% of CSR/Sustainability professionals are embedded throughout different departments within an organization, ranging from Human Resources to Operations.  Regardless of where you work, expertise or sector, being prepared to embed social responsibility within an organization opens a wide range of job opportunities. 

As companies are forced to rebuild from disaster, mitigate for the inevitable and design strategies to take Houston into the 2020s, training becomes key.  Module 1 of CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program addresses the crucial business case for sustainability.  Modules 2 and 3 look at local and international legislation and standards.  By the time attendees reach Module 8, they are ready to apply important skills to the future trends identified by CSE’s field experts and ongoing research. 

The tangible challenges of pollution abatement, risk mitigation, employee retention and much more are integral to sustainability.  Join the CSE Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program in Houston, Sept. 27-28, 2018.  CSE is a boutique sustainability consultant and trainer with an international presence.  Next trainings for the year include Toronto in October, Dubai, UAE, in November, and London, UK, in December. 

For more information, visit www.cse-net.org or email sustainability@cse-net.org.

Designing New Climate Change Solutions, With Inspiration That Is Millions of Years Old

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

A tidal energy harvester inspired by the human heart. A soil erosion solution that mimics a kingfisher’s eyelid. A mosquito-control device that functions like carnivorous plants. These technologies are among the winners in a global competition that asks innovators to create radically sustainable climate change solutions inspired by the natural world.

Over 60 teams from 16 countries entered the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, submitting nature-inspired inventions to reverse, mitigate, or adapt to climate change. Winning teams receive cash prizes and an invitation to the 2018-19 Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator that supports the path to commercialization and the potential to win the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize®. Read more about the winners and their innovations here.

”Nature’s blueprints are inspiring breakthroughs that change the way we think about innovation,” said John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a major funder of the Challenge. “Reversing climate change means more than solar panels and wind turbines; it means reimagining everything, and after three years of working with teams in this Challenge, we are convinced biomimicry is the future of design.”

The Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge invites innovators to learn how to use biomimicry—the process of looking to nature for design inspiration—to develop solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is a proven method for creating breakthrough sustainable solutions, and nature offers us time-tested strategies that can be applied to climate change design issues in areas like energy, water, transportation, buildings and infrastructure, food systems, health, and more. The Challenge provides an opportunity to learn biomimicry by applying it in action to pressing environmental issues, and the chance to bring solutions closer to market in the Biomimicry Launchpad.

“I think we all remember being a kid, playing outside and discovering something amazing, like the way a roly poly pill bug contracts or how fireflies were the original twinkle lights,” said Beth Rattner, the Biomimicry Institute’s executive director. “Most of us thought, ‘One day, I’ll invent something that works like that.’ Most of us got sidetracked, but these teams followed that dream.”

The Ray of Hope Prize honors the legacy of Interface Founder Ray C. Anderson, who funded the Foundation upon his passing in 2011. Anderson was famously inspired by radical new approaches to centuries-old design and manufacturing techniques, and sought them out when rethinking his $1 billion global carpet tile company’s products and processes. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has supported the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge since 2014. Each year, the Institute and Foundation award the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize to the most viable prototype that embodies the radical sustainability principles of biomimicry.

A new round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge will open in September 2018, providing a new opportunity for teams to learn about biomimicry, develop climate change solutions, and compete for a spot in the Launchpad and the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize. Learn more about the challenge at challenge.biomimicry.org.

About the Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

About Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability.

Learn How to Incorporate ESG Into Your Financial Communications in Free Webcast, July 25

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

With the demand growing each year for more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information to be included with standard financial documents, Addison has created a webcast to share best practices from simple to sophisticated.

Join Addison for “How to Incorporate ESG into your Financial Communications,” July 25 at 12 p.m. ET. This free webcast is recommended for investor relations, sustainability and communications professionals responsible for reporting on financial- and sustainability-related issues.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sharing their perspectives on ESG integration with financial documents will be Keith Littlejohns Senior Strategist from Addison’s CSR and Sustainability practice, and Lois Yurow Strategist from Addison’s Stakeholder Communications practice. Moderating the discussion and Q&A session will be Judy Sandford Managing Director of Addison’s CSR and Sustainability practice.

This hour-long presentation will provide practical information on integrating ESG information including:

• The changing investor demand for ESG information

• The spectrum of ESG reporting

• How to present ESG topics to investor stakeholders

• Tips for incorporating ESG information within Proxy Statements

• Best practice examples

About Addison

Addison is a creative agency with over 100 award-winning thinkers, designers, content creators, digital storytellers, and developers. Our strength is strategic communication — brilliantly executed across all channels. Established 10 years ago, our CSR and Sustainability practice offers some of the most comprehensive capabilities in our industry. We have produced more than 100 sustainability reports for our Fortune 500 clients and others. We have 50 years combined experience in the field and our entire team is GRI certified. Services include materiality analysis, stakeholder engagement, goal and KPI development, CSR and sustainability reporting against major frameworks (GRI, SDG, SASB, etc.), report writing and production, communications planning, employee engagement, digital experiences, and social media campaigns.

YourCause Launches Next Generation Charity Portal to Enhance Workplace Giving and Corporate Engagement for Nonprofit Partners

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

 YourCause, LLC, the industry leader in enterprise CSR technology, released the next generation of its charity portal, NPOconnect, to better serve and engage more than 2.8 million nonprofits currently serviced by YourCause and its corporate partners. Provided completely free of charge, NPOconnect enables nonprofits to digitally connect to the YourCause Global Good Network, consisting now of over 7 million global employees from nearly 300 corporate partners. NPOconnect provides charity administrators with intuitive dashboards highlighting employee giving and volunteering statistics and trends, enhanced volunteer event management features, advanced donor search and reporting functionality, and administrative features encouraging broad adoption across the nonprofit organization. Coupled with the YourCause Transparent Giving model, YourCause offers the most nonprofit-friendly enterprise CSR technology platform available.

YourCause Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton, said of NPOconnect: “The success of our nonprofit partners is critical to the growth and impact of our corporate partners’ philanthropic strategies as well as our own company mission at YourCause. Our investment in a completely redesigned, modern digital platform for nonprofits is proof of our commitment to their success. NPOconnect will serve as the cornerstone for our nonprofit partners’ corporate and employee engagement efforts, helping them take full advantage of this fast-growing donor and volunteer acquisition channel.” 

NPOconnect's user-friendly interface allows charity administrators to easily analyze donor activity, thereby gaining insight into donor engagement and retention trends across 170 countries. Other newly enhanced capabilities include improved donation and matching gift reporting, as well as simplified management of the organization and charity chapter pages. YourCause’s corporate and nonprofit partners alike have found value in NPOconnect’s ability to streamline volunteer campaign setup and management, increase engagement in workplace giving campaigns, disaster relief initiatives, matching gifts programs, and robust reporting capabilities.

Rowan Parkes, Corporate Development Manager at Action for Children UK, commented on the launch, “NPOconnect and the charity support services provided by YourCause help us to connect with employees at all levels to engage them in our mission by encouraging them to volunteer, donate, and raise money. Our goal is to maximize our visibility and engagement with each corporate partner, and NPOconnect has made this possible with minimal effort and at no extra cost. As an example, we are able to upload volunteer opportunities directly to NPOconnect for distribution across the YourCause Global Good Network, extending our reach well beyond what we could accomplish alone. Additionally, we are able to identify and cultivate new donors that we could not have reached otherwise.”

YourCause will continue to enhance the features and functionality of NPOconnect with regularly planned releases to address the evolving needs of nonprofits and their corporate and employee giving programs. To register for NPOconnect, visit nonprofit.yourcause.com.

ABOUT YOURCAUSE

YourCause, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the GrantsConnect Corporate and Foundation Grants Management Platform (“GrantsConnect”), an integrated, fully hosted solution for corporations to more effectively deploy and manage their employee giving, volunteering, disaster relief, grant management, fundraising, and overall corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. Ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years, and named a best place to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and do-gooders. YourCause’s commitment to never taking a portion of any donation transacted within the platform allows the company to deliver maximum support to the more than 100,000+ nonprofits actively engaging with the YourCause Global Good Network.

SC Johnson Europe Earns Best Multinational Workplace Recognition

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

SC Johnson announced today it has been recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace in Europe by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This is the 13th time SC Johnson Europe has been recognized as a Best Workplace, ranking 22 out of 25 companies on the 2018 multinational list.

“Throughout SC Johnson’s more than 100 years of operating in Europe, we have consistently strived to provide great work environments,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “I congratulate the SC Johnson Europe team for once again being recognized as a Best Multinational Workplace.”

This regional recognition is a result of individual Best Workplace recognitions received for operations in Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. SC Johnson operations in Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Central America and Nigeria also have been ranked as 2018 Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute, and the company earned Best Multinational Workplace recognition in Latin America.

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. It recognizes organizations that focus on creating and sustaining high-trust, high-integrity and high-performing cultures for their people.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

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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

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Releases Annual CSR Report

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:37am

Artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrency: today’s hottest emerging technologies have the potential to reinvent the way we live, but also demand unprecedented amounts of energy and computing resources – calling into question their impacts on our environment, climate, and dwindling resources. In fact, research suggests that by 2025 the IT sector could consume 20% of all the world’s electricity generation. So how can the industry balance innovation and sustainability?

Tackling this question head-on, today HPE rolled out its annual Living Progress Report for FY17, demonstrating how the company is driving sustainable innovation and embedding corporate citizenship into its culture. Highlights include:

  • Sustainability: HPE ranked among the world’s most sustainable companies, earning distinction on the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth consecutive year and ranking amongst the top 4% of companies evaluated across the globe
  • Energy efficiency: To address the exponential increase in demand for computing power, HPE is baking IT efficiency into its products – empowering customers to minimize energy strains on the environment without sacrificing performance. HPE accounted for more supercomputers in the Green500 list than any other company and secured the #1 ranking for the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world.
  • Global challenges: HPE partnered with customers to tackle global challenges ranging from inequality to sustainability. This past year, HPE launched pilots with third-party orgs to pilot a financial management tool with rural women in Tanzania, analyse trade data to combat illegal fishing across our oceans, and more.
  • Emissions reductions: HPE achieved its operational emissions reduction goals (25% reduction by 2025) seven years ahead of schedule, and committed that by 2025 80% of HPE’s manufacturing spend will go to suppliers with science-based emissions targets in place
  • Diversity: In 2017, HPE’s diversity and inclusion efforts were acknowledged with 100% ratings by the Human Rights Equality Index and the U.S. Business Leadership Network Disability Index. 

Read the blog post for more detail on the report highlights, or check out the full report.

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