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CSR/ESG/Sustainability Reporting Training GRI G4, CDP, SASB - Indianapolis

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:38am

Join KERAMIDA in Indianapolis the week of February 20, 2017 for lively, expert-led courses in three of the most prominent disclosure approaches:

  • one-day course in the sector-specific, investor-facing Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Standards ($600 - Feb 20)

  • two-day, certified-content Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 course ($1200 - Feb 21&22, participant receives GRI certificate)

  • one-day, certified-content course on CDP’s climate disclosure guidelines ($600 - Feb 23, participant receives CDP certificate)

We are also offering a one-day course on how to link your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to your sustainability reporting functions ($600 - Feb 24). Choose the training combination that best suits your disclosure needs.

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SC Johnson Goes Above and Beyond Regulatory and Industry Standards With Skin Allergen Transparency

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:37am

SC Johnson announced that it has fulfilled a commitment it made in May 2017 to disclose the presence of 368 skin allergens by product on its ingredient website WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. Previously, the company published a list of fragrance and non-fragrance skin allergens on its website, and beginning today takes it a step further by listing the specific allergens by product. With this initiative, the company goes well above and beyond regulatory and industry allergen disclosure standards, including those in the European Union and the United States.

“We continue to lead by example in ingredient transparency because families should have easy access to information on the products they bring into their homes,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Other companies use similar ingredients, but we’re helping consumers make informed choices by disclosing the specific skin allergens that may occur in our products. Those who may have skin allergies will be helped by this transparency.”

SC Johnson’s industry-leading ingredient transparency program provides information for more than 5,300 products in 34 languages sold by the company in 52 countries worldwide. With the programs expansion into Asia Pacific earlier this year, the company’s transparency website, WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, now serves more than 5 billion consumers.

Allergens & Allergic Reactions
A skin allergen is a substance that the immune system recognizes as a threat and attacks. The presence of a skin allergen does not mean, however, that it will automatically cause a person to develop a skin allergy or a skin allergy reaction. What matters most is the dose or the amount of exposure. The consensus among the scientific community is that a dose of less than 0.01 percent is unlikely to cause a reaction for most skin allergens in rinse-off products. This new transparency initiative discloses skin allergens down to 0.01 percent.

Skin allergies can be created or induced when a non-sensitized person is exposed to an allergen over time and above a certain minimum dose. This is called “induction.” After a person develops a skin allergy to a given substance, they may have a reaction like redness or a rash. This is called “elicitation” and occurs even when coming into contact with that substance at a lower level or from a different source. SC Johnson takes care to use ingredients with potential skin allergens only in amounts so low that it would be highly unlikely to create a new skin allergy or trigger a skin allergy reaction.

SC Johnson Transparency Journey
SC Johnson began its transparency journey by launching its WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com ingredient website in 2009. The website offers consumers unparalleled access to a comprehensive list of product ingredients for such iconic brands as Glade®, Pledge®, OFF!®, Raid®, Windex®, Mr Muscle®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, and Ziploc®.

In 2012, it added a comprehensive list of fragrance ingredients used in its products. The SC Johnson Exclusive Fragrance Palette excludes about 2,400 ingredients that don’t meet the company’s high standards even though they meet industry standards and are legal in commerce. 

In 2015, working closely with fragrance houses, SC Johnson added to its website product-specific fragrance disclosure. Consumers with questions can find on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com the list of fragrances in individual SC Johnson products, across its categories. In 2016, the company expanded its ingredient disclosure program to Europe. In 2017, the program rolled out across Asia Pacific with Latin America to follow next year. 

In 2017, SC Johnson broke additional ground by disclosing, on a product-specific basis, the presence of 368 skin allergens that may occur in its products. The list of these allergens has already been published on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, and today, the site lists the allergens when contained in a product.

3Degrees Helps BART Negotiate Two New Renewable Energy Projects

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:37am

3Degrees is proud to be a part of BART’s historic commitment to long term renewable energy through two power purchase agreements. BART, the fifth largest rapid transit system in the US, serves San Francisco and surrounding communities. Working with the Sustainability Group at BART, our team developed and managed the solicitation process, evaluating bids from over 30 project developers. 3Degrees was also responsible for significant quantitative analysis and qualitative project and supplier assessment, allowing the team to identify those projects that provided both the best value and the best fit for BART’s unique energy needs.

“3Degrees was instrumental in providing both in-depth quantitative analysis along with real-world expertise that allowed us to quickly zero in on the best opportunities for BART,” said Holly Gordon, Sustainability Group Manager at BART, “Their team was invaluable in helping us make strategic procurement decisions in a dynamic and changing marketplace.” 

The 3Degrees’ team worked closely with BART throughout contract negotiations and helped to finalize the agreements, providing key risk mitigation recommendations and solutions.

“3Degrees is proud to be a part of BART’s work on combating climate change,” says Kourtney Nelson, Director in 3Degrees’ Energy & Climate Practice. “As a leader in the transportation sector, they have now set the bar for their peers.”

These projects, which are expected to come online by 2021, will provide about 90% of BART’s electricity needs, far exceeding BART’s goal of getting 50% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. In addition, these projects will help both lower and stabilize BART’s energy costs.

At 3Degrees, our business is our mission. As a certified B Corporation, we connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale — providing renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to Fortune 500 companies, utilities, universities, green building firms and other organizations that are working to make their services and operations more sustainable. Headquartered in San Francisco, 3Degrees serves clients around the world.

Sustainable Brands: Americans Want Brands to Help Them Live The Good Life

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:37am

 Sustainable Brands®, in conjunction with Harris Poll and Carol Cone On Purpose and supported by Ketchum, recently released a comprehensive new report, Enabling the Good Life. According to a survey representing the general US adult population, consumers are shifting their focus away from status, money and personal achievement to value a life that is simpler, more balanced, and filled with meaningful connections to people, community and the environment.

The Good Life research was designed to understand the core elements that are most important to how Americans are defining The Good Life today. They report that their views are distinctly ‘different from their parents’ -  and point to how consumers and brands, individually and together, might accelerate the realization of these emerging aspirations.

Key findings of the report include:

Four Key Elements of The Good Life:
Today’s consumers ranked these 4 components as critical elements of The Good Life, ranked in order of priority: 36% of Americans ranked Balanced Simplicity as the most important element of The Good Life, followed by Meaningful Connections (28%), Money and Status (26%) and Personal Achievement (10%).

Cash Plays a Role But is No Longer King:
71% of adults surveyed say their view of The Good Life is different from that of their parents. Indeed, though Money and Status and Personal Achievement are still important to today’s consumers, they are outranked by the desire for Balanced Simplicity and Meaningful Connections.

We’re More Alike than the Media Makes us Out to Be:
The ranking of these 4 Elements holds true across generations, genders, and political affiliations. Thus, despite the myriad of pressing social and environmental issues and the widespread divisiveness seen in America’s politics today, there is much agreement in Americans’ outlook.

Americans Want More Cooperation and Service Towards Others:
While 83% of respondents acknowledge that many individuals cannot access The Good Life today and that the world would be a better place if we could, respondents see greater understanding and service as a way forward. More than 3 in 4 adults (76%) agree that living The Good Life requires making a difference for others in the world and 89% argue that, if people understood one another better, we would all live a better life.

“It is popular today to hold the view that many assume Americans disagree on what The Good Life looks like. Yet, our research shows that leading a balanced, healthy life that is connected to people and issues that matter is at the heart of these new aspirations, and this holds true across demographics. For example, Balanced Simplicity rises to the top as having the largest impact on The Good Life, regardless if you’re young (34%) or old (38%), Republican (34%) or Democrat (38%), male (37%) or female (35%). It turns out, despite what we are led to believe, there is more that connects than decided us when it comes to our core aspirations,” said KoAnn Skrzyniarz, Founder/CEO of Sustainable Brands of the study results. “We believe it is time to come together to bring a better life into focus through effective consumer/brand partnership.” 

The New Role for Business and Brands to Support the Good Life Journey

The research showed that brands have an enormous opportunity to help individuals achieve The Good Life. Though about half of respondents (51%) sense that companies aspire to help them live The Good Life, nearly 2 of 3 (65%) struggle to name brands that are actually doing something about it. Respondents shared that they want businesses to help them live The Good Life, and a strong majority (80%) say they are loyal to those that do.

“The majority of Americans believe brands can help them live more meaningful lives, yet two-thirds don’t believe companies currently are providing products to help them do so. There’s a return on empathy most marketers fail to comprehend,” states Wendy Salomon, VP of the Harris Poll.

“People don’t really have ideas of how brands can specifically help, and brands are waiting for consumers to tell them what to do. Instead, brands need to generate their own insights and ideas, based on Americans’ emerging sense of what’s important to a life well lived – and create their own innovations to bring to market,” explains Skrzyniarz. “Yes, there is a disconnect. Yet, if brands innovate, the payoff is that 4 in 5 Americans say they would be loyal to brands that help them achieve the Good Life.”

The full Enabling The Good Life report is part of a three-year initiative by Sustainable Brands entitled “Redefining, Redesigning and Delivering The Good Life.”  An exploration into how The Good Life differs outside of the US will be explored at a number of Sustainable Brands international events in the months to come. In June 2018, SB community will gather at SB’18 Vancouver to launch the second year of this global initiative – Redesigning the Good Life – to share global insights collected in the year just past, discuss how brands can use these insights to innovate their product and service offerings and meet consumers’ changing vision of The Good Life.

Research Methodology
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll in conjunction with Sustainable Brands, April 10 – 14, 2017. A total of 1,074 interviews were conducted among U.S. adults 18+. The data were weighted to ensure that relevant demographic characteristics of the sample matched those of the U.S. general population. All respondents (not only those who met the qualifying criteria) were weighted to U.S. Census Bureau demographic profiles for the U.S. population 18+ on gender, age, region, education, income, and ethnicity. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Global Sustain Group Presents Integrated Report 2016

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:36am

Global Sustain proudly presents its second Global Sustain Annual Integrated Report 2016, in line with the company's vision and commitment to growth, sustainability and transparency. The company considers sustainability reporting an integral and crucial part of its business strategy, highly linked with People-Planet-Profit mentality.

This report constitutes the first integrated report for the whole Global Sustain Group, including available data from Global Sustain Limited (established in London, UK), Global Sustain GmbH (established in Berlin, Germany) and Global Sustain S.A. (established in Athens, Greece). The report represents the management practices and the results of Group's actions for the reference year January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. For the reporting year 2016 Global Sustain conducted an updated materiality analysis, thus including in the Report new material issues and stakeholders.

This year’s Report was prepared considering the International Integrated Reporting Council standard (IIRC), the GRI-G4 guidelines (In accordance “Core”), the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard 2008. There is also a special reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) linked to GRI indicators, as well as disclosures based on Global Sustain PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) signatory commitment. The content of the Report relevant to sustainability has been assured by the company TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD) S.A., while the financial figures of this report have been assured by RSM Greece S.A. Financial data for Global Sustain operations in UK have been prepared by the company’s chartered accountants Oury Clark, and for Germany by GPC Tax, according to national accounting standards. The Report is in English and designed by Global Sustain member Sympraxis Team.

Global Sustain is a steady growing and responsible business, that creates value for all stakeholders, by carefully managing the use of and return on all capitals (Financial, Social, Human, Intellectual, Natural).

Key Figures 

  • 29% Turnover Increase

  • 37% Social Product Increase 

  • 94% Customer Satisfaction

  • 90% Members Retention

  • 40.57 Average Training Hours per Employee

  • 85 Conferences and Events

For the full Global Sustain Annual Integrated Report 2016 press here.

ING, Verizon, Mars and Siemens on Transforming Business

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:36am

Being able to prove how transformative strategies contribute to the long-term goals of the business is crucial. To meet the UN Global Goals and the 2 Degree target requires a wholesale change in practice, across both the business and industry.  Something companies can’t do on their own, business needs to develop long-term partnerships that deliver the change required.

To help you deliver business transformation, Ethical Corporation has interviewed industries leaders from across the globe to share their experiences and insight in our newly produced intelligence pack.  Hear from:

  • American Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Al Naqvi, President

  • ING, Leon Wijnands, Global Chief Sustainability Officer

  • Mars, Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer

  • Verizon, Jim Gowen, Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer

  • General Motors, David Tulaukas, Director of Sustainability

  • Siemens, Markus Strangmüller, Corporate Strategy - Sustainability - Business to Society

You can access the complimentary content pack here

In the 9 paged briefing and 1-hour webinar you will learn how innovative businesses are looking to drive the required changes both internally and externally:

  • Where to start: Identify the areas and impacts of the business that need to change

  • Understand how you can transform these outputs without jeopardizing the business

  • Hear how to convince the leadership to go against decades of business thinking

  • Identify the right partners to drive this change; internal departments, NGOs, academia, start-ups and competitors

  • Discover how businesses are forecasting these future positive impacts on business, the industry, society and environment

You can access the complimentary content pack here

Emerald Brand Tree-Free™ Technology Assists DeCicco Family Markets in Growing a Sustainable Product Option for Their Customers

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:36am

Founded in 1973, DeCicco Family Markets combines the best selection of food and products, with a lot of hard work, customer satisfaction, and superior service. DeCicco’s has gained a reputation for being the food market of choice for those who have a serious love for food.

DeCicco has partnered with Emerald Brand to offer their customers at their New City, New York location, a line of eco-friendly products for their home or business. Emerald offers a unique line of sustainable disposable products created using Tree-Free™ and plastic-free technology. Products carried at this location include Tree-Free™ Bowls, Tree-Free™ 6" Plates, Tree-Free™ 9" Plates, Clay-Coated Select Design Plates, Tree-Free™ 3-Compartment Plates, FSC Certified® Select Hot Cups, Tree Free™ Luncheon Napkins, Tree-Free™ Dinner Napkins, Recycled Kitchen Roll Towels, Tree-Free™ Bath Tissue (12 Pack and 4 Pack), Pocket Pack Tree-Free™ Facial Tissues, and Flat Box Tree-Free™ Facial Tissues.

“We had been searching for a sustainable product line that encompasses what our company represents, as well as what our customers have been asking for. Emerald possesses all of that and more,” said Christina DeCicco, Owner DeCicco Family Markets. “We are proud to sell our customers environmentally friendly products that also have health benefits for them.”

Emerald paper products are made from Tree-Free™ rapidly renewable agricultural fibers like bagasse, bamboo, and wheat straw. In addition to protecting the environment and combating climate change, Emerald Brand is dedicated to the health and wellness of their customers, and the planet as a whole. All disposable products are made out of natural, chemical-free ingredients, ensuring a high quality product, with no health risks.

“We are always looking for new, environmentally conscious partners like DeCicco Family Markets, who share our values in health and wellness and are committed to sharing in our sustainable mission,” states Ralph Bianculli Jr., Managing Director of Emerald Brand. “We are expanding our mission in 2018 to work with American Famers by transforming their traditionally wasted materials into our eco-friendly everyday disposables.”

About Emerald Brand

Family owned and operated since 1997, Emerald Brand is committed to innovating through tree-free, sustainable and rapidly renewable solutions. From Tree-Free paper products to petroleum-free cutlery and a suite of over 250 sustainable corporate solutions, Emerald Brand is at the forefront of driving sustainability in homes and offices around the world.  Emerald Brand products are available for consumer purchase at www.emeraldbrand.com and for businesses at www.paradigm-grp.com.

Emerald Ecovations, a division of Emerald Brand, educates customers on the practice and implementation for consumable packaging and chemicals, and offers a suite of sustainable corporate solutions that help businesses adhere to new regulations and environmental mandates.

About DeCicco Family Markets

Started in 1973, in a tiny storefront in the Bronx, Frank DeCicco slowly but surely grew Decicco Family Market into the thriving business we know today with the help of the rest of the DeCicco family. Only the finest produce, the best quality meat, the freshest seafood, the most diverse grocery, and the best prepared deli selection suffice.  However, the premium quality doesn’t stop there: We also feature some of the most vast beer and cheese selections in the Westchester and Rockland county areas, with varieties numbering in the hundreds and with places of origin that span every corner of the world.


OppenheimerFunds Named a Best Place to Work by P&I

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:35pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, was named a Best Place to Work in Money Management for 2017 by Pensions & Investments. The sixth-annual survey and recognition program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the money management industry.

“We are delighted to be recognized again by Pensions & Investments as a great place to work in asset management,” said Art Steinmetz, Chairman and CEO, OppenheimerFunds. “We strive to foster innovation across our culture and empower employees to collaborate on solutions that ultimately help our clients.”

This past year, the firm expanded its international presence with the opening of its headquarters for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in London; grew its Smart Beta offerings with the launch of three new revenue-weighted ETFs, two dynamic Multi-Factor ETFs and six Single-Factor ETFs; acquired SNW Asset Management, which expanded the firm’s fixed income offerings into high quality municipal bonds and customized separately managed accounts; and formed a joint venture with The Carlyle Group to provide global private credit opportunities for high net worth (HNW) investors and advisors primarily focused on the U.S. market

 “OppenheimerFunds is committed to creating a diverse workplace that motivates employees to give their best each day,” said Andy Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our benefits and time off policies provide employees with the freedom to make decisions that best fit their individual circumstances.”

OppenheimerFunds offers flexible parental leave, adoption assistance, a new parent toolkit designed to help employees navigate their parental leave and return to work, and Employee Assistance Program, which includes parent-specific resources and services.

Diversity and inclusion are an important component of OppenheimerFunds’ culture. Employees are encouraged to join Business Resource Groups (BRGs), a network of diverse communities that have a key role in the firm’s inclusion efforts. Through strategic initiatives aligned to education, philanthropy, leadership, culture, professional development, and networking, the BRGs enable members and allies to connect to the experiences of diverse employees in their communities and at the firm.

OppenheimerFunds’ Business Resource Groups:

  • Asian Professionals Network

  • Black Professionals Network

  • Disabilities Network

  • Latino Professionals Network

  • Military Network

  • PROUD Network (representing the LGBTQ community)

  • Women’s Network

John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds added, “Galvanizing employee volunteers in the communities where our clients live and work is important to our firm and a key component of our firm’s philanthropy efforts.”

The firm’s corporate philanthropy and community initiatives include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs over the next several years through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm works closely with organizations including the National Museum of Mathematics, the Boys & Girls Club, MATHSWORLDUK and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs.

OppenheimerFunds has been recognized by multiple organizations as one of the best places to work. Great Place to Work® and Fortune named the firm one of the 40 Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance, and 25 Best Large Workplaces in New York. The firm was named one of the Best Places to Work  for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign for scoring 100% on its  2018 Corporate Equality Index. In addition, OppenheimerFunds was named by Fatherly as one of the 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, and by Working Mother magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies and Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

About the Survey

Pensions & Investments partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to conduct a two-part survey process of employers and their employees.

The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies.

For a complete list of the 2017 Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management winners, visit: www.pionline.com/BPTW2017

About OppenheimerFunds

OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $246 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of November 30, 2017.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG offerings, and is a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from endowments and sovereigns to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

Web:  oppenheimerfunds.com
Tweets:  twitter.com/OppFunds
Podcasts:  oppenheimerfunds.com/advisors/podcasts 

About Pensions & Investments
Pensions & Investments, owned by Crain Communications Inc., is the 44-year-old global source for news and information of money management. P&I is written for executives at defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds, as well as those at investment management and other investment-related firms. Pensions & Investments provides timely and incisive coverage of events affecting the money management and retirement businesses. Visit us at www.pionline.com

Shares of Oppenheimer funds are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

Before investing in any of the Oppenheimer funds, investors should carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds, and may be obtained by asking your financial advisor, visiting oppenheimerfunds.com or calling 1.800.CALL OPP (225.5677). Read prospectuses and summary prospectuses carefully before investing.

Oppenheimer funds are distributed by OppenheimerFunds Distributor, Inc.

225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281-1008 

Duke Energy Provides $700,000 in Winter Assistance Funds in Indiana

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:35pm

Duke Energy is once again assisting customers who may struggle to pay their winter energy bills.

The company is contributing $600,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program.

In addition, Duke Energy Indiana customers and employees have contributed about $96,000 to date for the program, raising this year's total to almost $700,000.

"We established the Helping Hand program in 1983 to provide assistance in the winter to Indiana customers," said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. "The program is funded by Duke Energy shareholders and customer donations to lend a Helping Hand to those who need assistance with their winter electric bills."

Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300toward their bill if a local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria.

Duke Energy Indiana partners with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority's Energy Assistance Program, which distributes the company's assistance funds.

"Last year, the program was able to assist over 5,700 Indiana households maintain their utility service," said Ed Gerardot, executive director of the Indiana Community Action Association. "Beyond that, the assistance allows low-income Hoosiers to have increased resources for other household needs."

For more information on how to cut costs and stay warm this winter, visit duke-energy.com/home/savings/winter-heating-energy-savings. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) also offers energy efficiency products, services and information to help customers save energy and money. For more information, visit duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state's largest electric supplier.

Contact: Angeline Protogere
Office:317.838.1338  | 24-Hour:800.559.3853

DICK'S Sporting Goods Saves Houston-Based Refugee Soccer Team With Surprise Donation

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:35pm

DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation are giving the gift of sport this holiday season to ensure young athletes can continue to play. Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, DICK’S and its Foundation committed $2 million to rebuild and refurbish youth sports programs and facilities across the Gulf Coast, Florida and other states impacted by the hurricanes.

In Houston, reVision FC soccer relies on outside funding to operate. The youth team is comprised of African refugees and provides players with a community and home, empowering them with skills and confidence for the future. Post-Harvey, funding for reVision FC was no longer available and the team was at risk of collapse. 

Today, DICK’S announces the release of a short film, reVision FC: A Holiday Assist, which captures the story of reVision’s struggles in the aftermath of the hurricane. In this film, DICK’S tells the story of what the team means to the players and how they reacted to a surprise $120,000 donation from its Foundation’s Sports Matter program, which will keep the team on the field for the next three seasons.

“At DICK’S, we know the importance of giving gifts that matter during the holidays,” said Lauren Hobart, President of DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “We believe giving the gift of sport brings people together, and can provide some sense of normalcy to kids whose lives have been turned upside-down.”

Since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, DICK’S has provided nearly 200 youth sports teams in Texas and Florida the necessary funding to continue to play. There is still more than $1 million available via the Sports Matter Hurricane Relief fund, and teams, leagues or school athletic programs impacted by the hurricanes are encouraged to visit www.sportsmatter.org to apply for assistance. 

“We’re so thankful for what DICK’S and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation did for our team,” said Charles Rotramel, CEO of Houston reVision. “These young athletes found hope and brotherhood through this program, and with the support from DICK’S they can continue to play the sport they love.” 

Since 2014, DICK’S and the DICK’S Foundation have pledged over $50 million to support youth sports programs in need and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative. For more information on Sports Matter or to watch the Houston reVision FC video, visit SportsMatter.org.


About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 715 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods

BACARDÍ® Rum to Host United for Puerto Rico Concert & Telethon

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:27pm

Family-owned Bacardi is pleased to announce its BACARDÍ rum facility will play host to the United for Puerto Rico live concert and telethon on Sunday, December 10. All proceeds from the fundraising initiative will go directly to organizations benefiting Puerto Ricans impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“As one of the founding partners of United for Puerto Rico, Bacardi is honored to be the site for the event and sponsor of the live telethon. It’s another way for us to remind the people of Puerto Rico that we are committed to them, as well as say thank you to and celebrate the many heroes of the ongoing relief effort,” says Ignacio del Valle, Regional President for Bacardi – Latin America & Caribbean.

The grand lawn of the 127-acre BACARDÍ distillery will play host 25,000 people from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are free of charge and have been distributed throughout the island. The event will include presentations by legendary musicians, such as El Gran Combo, as well as up-and-coming local talent such as Christian Daniel – all of whom are donating their time. Organizations that have received support from United for Puerto Rico will share uplifting stories and Puerto Rico’s favorite television personalities will host the day of entertainment and unity.

“As soon as United for Puerto Rico was launched, Bacardi joined us in our efforts to support Puerto Rico, including accepting to host this special event at their spectacular site. We look forward to a great day of Puerto Rico coming together and saying thank you,” adds Aurelio Aleman, President of the Board of United for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has been home to the BACARDÍ distillery, the largest premium rum distillery in the world, since 1936 where the company produces its namesake brand, and its Casa BACARDÍ visitor center, the second most-visited venue in metro San Juan, drawing nearly 200,000 visitors a year to learn about the rich history of the Bacardi family and brand, as well as its unique production. Throughout its history in Puerto Rico, Bacardi has been deeply involved in the community and its commitment remains strong to the long-term success of Puerto Rico as it battles natural disasters and financial difficulties.

As part of their ongoing commitment to the island, the Bacardi family and company have committed more than $3 million to relief efforts in Puerto Rico alone, activated two Emergency Stop & Go Relief Centers, and deployed 11 mobile relief caravans to provide aid to some of the hardest hit communities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The United for Puerto Rico telethon will be broadcast live locally on WIPR, WAPA PR, Telemundo PR, Univision PR, Mega TV, in the U.S. mainland on WAPA Americas and MEGA TV, and around the world on Facebook live.

About Bacardi
Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ®, GREY GOOSE®, DEWAR’S®, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, MARTINI®, CAZADORES®, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S®, ERISTOFF®, and ST-GERMAIN®.

Founded more than 155 years ago, in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi employs nearly 5,500, operates 29 manufacturing sites, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.visitcasabacardi.com

About BACARDÍ Rums
In 1862, Bacardi revolutionized the spirits industry when founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó began producing his remarkable light-bodied, smooth rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous drink recipes including the Mojito, the Daiquirí, the Cuba Libre, the Piña Colada, and the Presidente. BACARDÍ Superior rum has won more than 750 awards for quality and taste making it the world’s most awarded rum. Today, BACARDÍ is mainly produced in Puerto Rico, following the production legacy set forth by Don Facundo Bacardi Massó – crafted in a five-step distillation process, mellowed in American white oak barrels, and filtered five times for unparalleled quality and smoothness. www.Bacardi.com

The BACARDÍ® brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

About United for Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico is nonprofit NGO certified as a 501c3 entity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It was created after the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico called for members of the private sector to join in the relief effort after Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico on September 6. After the catastrophic impact of Maria, on September 20, the organization saw the need to formalize and strengthen its structure as an entity separate from the government ruled by a board of 11 directors from the private sector with three additional ex-officio government representatives. The latter have no vote. For more information, please visit www.unidosporpuertorico.com.

Health Means Business National Summit and Healthy10 Awards

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:27pm

In every American community, businesses have the ability to shape discussions and influence community health. Improving community wellness isn't just for health care companies. And it isn't just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. We believe that every business can play a leadership role in bolstering the health of their customers, their communities, and our current and future workforce.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce, has made creating a healthy workforce and healthy communities a top priority through the Health Means Business campaign. We’re bringing together businesses of all sizes, and their cross-sector partners, to become a powerful force for societal change. What began as a dialogue has become a call-to-action.

The Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign will host the first National Summit and Healthy10 Awards on February 15—16, 2017 in Washington D.C. The National Summit will bring together some of the most innovative businesses at the forefront of the health movement.

Register here: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/health-means-business-national-summit-and-healthy10-awards

CBRE Group, Inc. Named One of Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:27pm

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it was named a 2017 Best Workplace for Diversity in the United States by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work®.

“We are honored to be named a FORTUNE Best Workplaces for Diversity,” said Bobby Griffin, CBRE’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the Americas. “This award highlights the work CBRE is doing to continue to fulfill our mission of providing a work environment that attracts, develops and celebrates the professional success of every individual.”

FORTUNE and Great Place to Work considered more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S.

Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds.

More information on CBRE’s diversity and inclusion efforts can be found here. Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Allstate Enhances Sustainability Reporting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:26pm

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) released an enhanced annual Sustainability Report to highlight its progress in fulfilling its role in society. This is the 15th consecutive annual report on the company’s philosophy and results on responsible business practices and social impact. In-depth information is provided on corporate governance, ethics, environmental practices, inclusive diversity and social impact in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative framework and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Allstate exists to create more prosperity for customers, shareholders, employees, agency owners and communities,” said Tom Wilson, chairman and CEO of Allstate. “Our Shared Purpose articulates our approach to combining the values of honesty, inclusive diversity, engagement, accountability and superior performance to ensure we achieve this objective. This report is based on our leadership principles of being transparent, serving others and continuously getting better.”

“Sustainability is integrated into every aspect of our business, from serving customers and shareholders today to building operating plans and long-term strategies,” said Steve Shebik, Allstate’s chief financial officer. “Sustainability is an ‘and’ conversation, not an ‘or’ conversation at Allstate, where we pursue multiple goals in an integrated manner.”

Sustainability Accomplishments

  • Allstate was named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” in the insurance industry for the third year in a row

  • Corporate governance practices received high ratings, with one corporate governance firm giving Allstate the highest numerical rating; the 2017 Proxy Statement was named the best proxy statement (large cap) by Corporate Secretary magazine

  • Inclusive Diversity reporting was expanded to include governance practices and processes to ensure the fairness of compensation and performance results

  • The Allstate Corporation, The Allstate Foundation, employees and agencies supported thousands of organizations to improve local communities with monetary donations and almost a quarter of a million hours of volunteer time. Much of this work is to empower youth and survivors of domestic violence

  • Allstate received a B rating on its 2016 Carbon Disclosure Project response

The report can be accessed at www.allstatesustainability.com 

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting people from life’s uncertainties with 78 million proprietary policies. Allstate offers a broad array of protection products through multiple brands and diverse distribution channels, including autohomelife and other insurance offered through its AllstateEsuranceEncompass and Answer Financial brands. The company provides additional protection products and services through Allstate BenefitsAllstate Roadside ServicesAllstate Dealer ServicesArity and SquareTrade. Allstate is widely known from the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have a proud history of caring for local communities.

Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on www.allstateinvestors.com.

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Mohawk Group’s Lichen Wins Interior Design Best of Year Award for Modular Carpet

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:26pm

Mohawk Group’s Lichen modular carpet, which merges leading concepts in biophilic design and sustainability, took home a coveted Best of Year Award from Interior Design magazine over the weekend in New York.

Approximately 250,000 online votes determined the winners in the 12th annual Best of Year (BoY) Awards, which honor the world’s outstanding projects and products in 113 design categories. Over 1,000 design professionals and enthusiasts representing the U.S., Mexico, Poland, Brazil, China, Israel and around the world gathered for the ceremony, which was held at the IAC Building designed by Frank Gehry.

The Lichen Collection won in the flooring: carpet/modular category and was an honoree in the green innovation category.

“With the development of Lichen, we pushed the envelope with tufting and yarn innovation, new sustainability directives and a compelling biophilic design, culminating in an expressive product that resonates with people on an emotional level,” said Royce Epstein, Mohawk Group’s director of design segment. “The response to Lichen has been overwhelmingly positive; people have embraced it with enthusiasm, especially because of the rich texture and joyful color palette that comes straight from nature.”

The Lichen Collection, which was debuted to the architecture and design community this summer at NeoCon, is the first floor covering to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Designed by Jason F. McLennan, founder of the Living Product Challenge, and his team at McLennan Design, the collection is inspired by the idea of “Nature’s Carpet” and assemblages of multi-hued, multi-textured lichens and their regenerative role in our ecosystem.

Earlier this year, Lichen captured a Best of NeoCon Gold award for modular carpet, a Metropolis Likes at NeoCon award, and Nightingale Awards for best of competition and gold in carpet. Additionally, it was recognized as a workplace carpet honoree in the Interior Design HiP Product Award competition.

“We are honored and delighted that our net positive Lichen has again earned a prestigious award in its short time in the marketplace,” said George Bandy, Mohawk’s vice president of sustainability. “We are excited that this groundbreaking collection has been recognized by yet another community, this time for its design attributes. Lichen is an extraordinary marriage of sustainability and design and we are thrilled that it is being applauded as a leader in both sectors.”

Mohawk Group and its hospitality brand, Durkan, were also recognized in other BoY categories in this year’s program. Lineate, an enhanced resilient tile (ERT) that combines ombré gradations of color with textile-like striations for a richly dimensional visual, was an honoree in the flooring: hard category. Raffish, created using Durkan’s exclusive Synthesis technology and characterized by bold, painterly brushstrokes and vivid colors, was an honoree in the flooring: carpet/broadloom category.

All winners and honorees are featured in this month’s issue of Interior Design magazine and online at InteriorDesign.net.

Click here to watch a video about Mohawk Group’s award-winning Lichen Collection.

About Mohawk Group
Mohawk Group, the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, delivers industry-leading style, cutting-edge innovation, unmatched service and superior sustainability. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, Mohawk Group has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. The company’s enduring family of brands—Mohawk, Karastan and Durkan—are widely regarded as the most trusted names in the commercial flooring business. Together, these brands function beautifully, delivering the perfect flooring solution for all markets and price points. Rounding out its esteemed product offering, Mohawk Group also offers a full spectrum of hard surface flooring products and installation accessories that exceed the most rigorous performance standards. For more information, visit www.mohawkgroup.com.

Nominations Open for 2018 CR Magazine 11th Annual Responsible CEO of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:26am

Nominations are now being accepted for CR Magazine’s 11th annual Responsible CEO Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, given to corporate leaders committed to a progressive environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda.

These prestigious awards will be presented at COMMIT!Forum, the leading event for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners, Oct. 23–25 at MGM National Harbor, just minutes from the nation’s capital. The judging panel is comprised of past Responsible CEO winners.

“Our 2017 winners included CEOs who personally led their companies to address important social issues like the opioid epidemic, groundbreaking research to treat burn victims and transforming corporate culture around sustainability and safety,” said Dave Armon, publisher of CR Magazine.  “Being selected by fellow CEOs and honored by peers makes these awards extremely meaningful for the winners.

Both public and private companies are invited to nominate their CEO.  There is no entry fee.  The nomination form can be found on the CR Magazine website. Nomination must be submitted by April 30, 2018, to be eligible for judging.

Winners of the 2017 Responsible CEO of the Year Awards were:

Lifetime Achievement -- Donald W. Slager, President and CEO, Republic Services, Inc.

CEOs of the Year -- Roger A. Krone, Chairman and CEO, Leidos, and Kenneth M. Sullivan, President and CEO, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

CEO of the Year, Municipal/Nonprofit -- Anthony Haines, president and CEO at Toronto Hydro Corporation.

Most Innovative CEO of the Year -- Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO, TerraCycle, Inc.

All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders including:

Emanual Chirico, Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp.

William Cho, President and CEO, LG Electronics USA

Gale Klappa, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Energy

Terri Ludwig, President and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

James Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International

Richard Shadyac, President and CEO, ALSAC

To determine the winners, judges considered several dimensions of the aforementioned standards including the scope of the CEO’s impact on their organization and community, the extent to which the CEO drove this initiative, and the individual reputation or professional risk taken by the CEO.

About the Corporate Responsibility Board
The Corporate Responsibility Board LLC publishes CR Magazine, organizes COMMIT!Forum and manages of the Corporate Responsibility Association. CR Board is a unit of 3BL Media, a Northampton, Massachusetts, company formed in 2009 to serve corporations, nonprofits, NGOs and service providers active in corporate citizenship and sustainability initiatives.

New Report From Silicon Valley Community Foundation Helps Companies Align With the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:24pm

Eliminating poverty. Achieving universal access to energy. Ending inequality in education. These are just some of the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a United Nations framework to address the world’s most pressing social, environmental and economic challenges by 2030.

A new report from Silicon Valley Community Foundation – The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Why, When and How Guide for Business – will help business leaders understand the Sustainable Development Goals and the key role that businesses play in addressing them, and will help companies map their way forward with the SDGs.

Although experts say achieving the SDGs can unlock trillions of dollars in new market value, the agenda is uncharted territory for most businesses.

“The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals are relatively new, and many business leaders are still trying to figure out what the goals mean for their companies,” said Stuart Burden, vice president of corporate responsibility at SVCF. “In this practical guide, we hope to get business people talking about the SDGs and putting plans in place that catalyze real change. With the right tools, businesses can harness their capacity for innovation, strategic partnerships and finance to play a key role in making the world a better place by 2030.”

Along with the U.N. member states that will use the goals to frame their political policies over the next decade, the SDGs explicitly call on businesses to play an active role. Many are well-positioned to do so, but they may not know how to begin. 

Over the past 10 years, SVCF has helped more than 100 companies leverage philanthropy to address local and global challenges. With this report, SVCF hopes to help companies take these efforts a step further by aligning with a global push for a brighter future.

Written by a journalist with a background in corporate social responsibility, the report details why the SDGs matter to the private sector and how businesses can get involved with the agenda. Featuring tips from social entrepreneurs and case studies from some of America’s best-known companies — including Marriott International, Kimberly-Clark, Cisco and Airbnb — the report gives both startups and large businesses the tools they need to get started. Experts offer advice for each step of the process, including:

  • Define priorities: Tips help companies craft an SDG approach that aligns with their business goals. 
  • Get input: Engage internal and external stakeholders around the SDGs with inspiration from established technology companies and startups alike.  
  • Set goals: Case studies demonstrate how to turn priorities into actionable, time-bound goals that align with the SDGs.

SVCF will celebrate the launch of its report on Dec. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. CSR leaders will share their experiences with integrating the SDGs into their companies in a moderated discussion, and discuss ways to move this bold new framework forward. Register for free here.

Read the full text of the report.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org