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CMS Energy Releases Climate Assessment Report, Highlighting Commitment to People, Planet and Prosperity

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:36am

CMS Energy has released its Climate Assessment Report – a picture of the energy provider’s work to reshape Michigan’s energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity.

“We are proud and uniquely qualified to provide the strong leadership needed to protect our planet and our home state for generations to come,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy and principal subsidiary Consumers Energy.

The Climate Assessment Report is posted online at www.cmsenergy.com/environment. The report highlights the company’s Clean Energy Plan, which outlines the path to using zero coal while ensuring affordable and reliable energy for Michigan’s families and businesses.

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy plan to meet the state’s energy needs with more renewable energy, increased use of energy efficiency and customer demand management programs.

The report also underscores CMS Energy’s commitment to acting now to address climate change, the progress the energy provider has made to date, and opportunities still to come.

“In the past five years, Consumers Energy has created a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Michigan by leading the way to cut air emissions, reduce water usage, save landfill space and boost the amount of renewable energy supplied to customers,” the report concludes. “Consumers Energy plans to meet Michigan’s energy needs by reducing carbon emissions by more than 90 percent from 2005 levels and eliminating coal to generate electricity by the year 2040. The continued transformation to cleaner fuel sources is part of a long-term, strategic commitment to protect the planet.”

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.

About Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy is one of the nation's largest combination utilities, providing electricity and/or natural gas to 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties

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Israeli CSR Focuses on Inclusive Growth

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:36am

SodaStream - recently acquired by Pepsico - was announced as the winner of the 2018 Israeli Diversity award, Unilever introduced its "Flex Experiences" initiative answering to the open talent economy, and the launching of the Israeli ESG investment forum were all part of the third annual Maala international conference, "Innovation for Good Life", held last week in Tel Aviv. Under the theme of Business Impact on Inclusive Growth, Maala - Israel's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) organization, gathered a range of international and Israeli speakers showcasing innovative practices.

The event posed an unconventional experience with multiple concurrent tracks taking place simultaneously in one open space. This unique feature is carried out using headphones, thus styling the conference as a "silent (CSR) disco".

Momo Mahadav, CEO of Maala, said that "Inclusive growth and social inclusion have always been at the core of Israeli CSR, responding to top priorities of the Israeli society. It appears now that these priorities are converging with the global sustainability community inviting mutual learning and sharing of expertise." In this spirit, one of the most vivid calls to companies and employers was to engage in skilling, upskilling and reskilling of their employees, given the vast range of employees facing transformation in employment due to digitization and automation. These were presented by global corporations such as MasterCard, BlackRock and TripAdvisor, as well as leading Israeli companies such as Strauss, Teva, Bank Leumi and SodaStream.

The conference featured several professional tracks with roundtable discussions and mini-stage panels, one of which hosted international ESG investors, analysts and raters, alongside top Israeli companies, marking the launch of the Israeli ESG Investment Forum, led by Karen Mazor – Head of Investor Relations at Bank Hapoalim. During the discussion, Ulrika Hasselgren, Head of ESG Investment at Danske Bank, explained that as part of its responsible investment strategy, the bank is steering away from divestment and exclusion of companies from its portfolio. Instead, the bank adopted a new approach of engaging in dialogue with its portfolio companies, realizing that in order to have the greatest impact, the bank needs to stay invested and deal with difficult matters and risks through active dialogue, as a long term investor committed to sustainable development. 

Participants from more than 120 businesses, organizations and government agencies were among the 700+ attendees of the two day conference. Among others, the conference celebrated the annual Dov Lautmann diversity award, a joint effort of Maala and the Israeli Forum for Diversity. This year's award showcased the highest number of proposals yet, emphasizing the extensive reach of business impact on inclusive growth in Israel, with an ever-growing number of companies committed to expanding social inclusion in their workforce.

On the second day of the conference, participants had the opportunity to explore innovative social and sustainable innovation initiatives carried out by companies and organizations in Israel, in a range of field tours throughout the country. From Food-tech and Agri-tech to Ultra-Orthodox entrepreneurship, participants enjoyed unique first-hand, on-site learning experiences. As one of the participants who visited Shikun & Binui's INFRALAB - urban innovation hub expressed: "the integration of advanced technology in the infrastructure industry is nearly unheard of, and visiting INFRALAB gave some insight into the innovative groundbreaking work being done in that field."

Numerous other companies and organizations were involved in the conference, such as Noble Energy, Adama, Netafim, ICL, Intel, EL AL, G1, Israel Discount Bank, P&G, Osem-Nestle Israel, Roche, BDO and JDC Israel-Tevet.

Stay tuned at Maala for more stories on innovation and business impact on inclusive growth in Israel.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Serves Up Leadership Advice and a Mean Pot Roast - in New #SlowCookerSunday Cookbook

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:34am

What’d you expect from the Un-CEO? Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) released an unconventional book from its trailblazing CEO, John Legere. This is no typical autobiography, nor a typical cookbook, because John Legere isn’t your typical exec… he’s got a side job: his own weekly slow cooking show on Facebook Live that grabs the attention of more than five million viewers a week. And now he’s written a book about it!

#SlowCookerSunday – Leadership, Life and Slow Cooking with CEO and Chef, John Legere, available on T-Mobile.com today, December 6, and in T-Mobile stores nationwide on December 7. The book includes 52 of Legere’s favorite recipes, mixed with his advice to take from the office to the kitchen. Legere also takes readers behind the scenes of his popular SCS cooking show and gives them a small glimpse into his personal life. And, because Legere and the Un-carrier are committed to giving back and creating a future that’s brighter for everyone, net proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Feeding America to support its mission to feed America’s hungry.

“I’ve been inviting everyone into my kitchen for more than two years now, and the best part is live engagement with everyone who tunes in! Viewers have been asking me for a cookbook, and in business, I always say…shut up, listen and do what they tell you – so I did!” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile and author of #SlowCookerSunday. “For me, #SlowCookerSunday is so much more than a cookbook. Sure, you’ll make incredible food with the recipes in it, get a little bit of advice, and laugh at old photos of me (in a suit!)  but my favorite part is that you’ll be helping feed the hungry across the country – because proceeds from sales of the book are going to Feeding America. I can’t wait for you to read it and share what you liked best with me on Twitter @JohnLegere!”

“We are thankful for our continued partnership with T-Mobile. They consistently find ways to help their employees and customers give back, including this cookbook from their CEO,” said Rowena Norman, director of New Partnerships at Feeding America. “Proceeds from sales of the cookbook will help families in need create their own lasting memories around the kitchen table this holiday season.” 

With a foreword by domestic diva Martha Stewart, #SlowCookerSunday includes recipes that Legere has curated from others and enjoyed, sometimes adding his own twist. But don’t look for the expected alphabetical or season-by-season cookbook organization. Legere mixes things up by incorporating recipes, stories and advice into chapters that speak to all three, like ‘Don’t Be a Chicken,’ – tips on making bolder moves at work and in the kitchen, plus non-chicken recipes like a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast, an easy apple cake and a corned beef and cabbage dish reminiscent of Legere’s Irish Catholic upbringing. In ‘Get Comfortable Being You,’ Legere shares the importance of becoming your authentic self, alongside plenty of comfort food recipes like a cheesy spinach and mozzarella rigatoni, chicken cacciatore and a giant chocolate chip cookie. There’s something for everyone -- vegetarian and vegan meals, plenty of protein, a smattering of desserts and a whole chapter of soups, stews and chilis. 

Legere also serves up a bunch of personal stories. Go behind the scenes of the Slow Cooker Sunday show with funny moments from Legere’s early days in front of the camera. Find out what kind of kid he was in school. Hear about that time he carried the Olympic torch and learn what book it was that inspired him to become the long-haired, leather-jacketed, magenta-clad CEO he is now. 

The book is available to everyone today, December 6th, on T-Mobile.com, and in T-Mobile stores nationwide beginning tomorrow, December 7th. It retails for $19.99, with net proceeds from the sales of the book going to Feeding America. 

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Visit www.feedingamerica.org for more information.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 77.2 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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New American Century Investments and Nomura ESG Medical Impact Fund Attracts US$1 Billion From Japanese Investors in Six Weeks

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:34am

Emblematic of the growing popularity of investment solutions that consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, the new Nomura ACI Advanced Medical Impact Fund has attracted more than US$1 billion1 from Japanese investors since the fund’s October 23 launch.  A collaboration between American Century Investments and Nomura Asset Management and exclusively available to Japanese investors, the new fund primarily focuses on stocks of U.S. health care companies exhibiting sustainable and accelerating earnings growth and profitability. Furthermore, the portfolio is constructed to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG-3) to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."

“We are entering a golden age of innovation by U.S. health care companies, resulting in new treatments for cancer and other gene-based diseases,” said Michael Li, Ph.D. vice president and portfolio manager for American Century, subadvisor for the new fund. “Powerful new diagnostics and data analytics allow for more efficient research, diagnosis and potentially better outcomes, while advancements in medical devices are creating more effective treatment options for patients. The Nomura ACI Advanced Medical Impact Fund invests in important health care innovations that we believe will have a positive impact on society.”

Li and co-portfolio manager Henry He use a proprietary multi-factor model to rank health care stocks based on fundamental acceleration, earnings quality, relative strength and valuation. Next, the team conducts deep fundamental research to identify and confirm the drivers of acceleration, the sustainability of growth and profitability and integration of ESG opportunities and risks. The team constructs a concentrated portfolio with between 30 and 50 securities. Each stock in the portfolio must be tied to one of the following impact themes that correspond to the United Nations’ SDG-3 goal:

  • New or innovative treatments for diseases, as well as mental and neurological disorders

  • Access to medicine and health care services in developed and emerging markets

  • New solutions that lead to lowering the cost of health care

  • More productive and efficient equipment, services and software used for research, diagnostic testing, environmental monitoring and development of new therapies

The new fund leverages both Li and He’s deep health care experience. Before joining American Century in 2002, Li was a scientist/project manager at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., managing cross-functional teams in filing investigative new drug applications to the Food and Drug Administration and supporting researchers from drug discovery to development. While pursuing his doctorate, Li published research articles about life-sciences tool development for the purpose of sequencing and detecting mutant proteins and genes.  

Li has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan.

Co-manager Henry He joined American Century in 2011 after serving as a senior equity research analyst and portfolio manager at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, where he covered the health care sector and managed the firm’s global health care and biotech funds. Previously, he was a research analyst at Bank of New York, where he also covered the health care sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

American Century’s embracement of impact investing dates back to 1994, when company founder, James E. Stowers Jr., and his wife, Virginia, dedicated the vast majority of their net worth to create the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research institution focused on researching gene-based diseases, including cancer. In the ensuing years, Mr. and Mrs. Stowers transferred their equity stake in American Century to an endowment supporting the Stowers Institute, creating an ownership model that results in more than 40 percent of the company’s annual dividends funding medical research. Since 2000, dividend distributions to the Institute total $1.4 billion.

In 2006, American Century excluded investments in securities issued by tobacco companies from the underlying mutual funds used exclusively by the firm’s One Choice® Target Date2 Portfolios. The popular target date portfolios, which are often used in defined contribution plans, have total assets of approximately $23 billion3.

In 2014, American Century’s global and non-U.S. equity portfolio management teams began formally integrating MSCI ESG ratings4 and analysis into their investment strategies. In 2016, the company modified an existing portfolio to incorporate ESG considerations into the investment process and relaunched it as the U.S. Sustainable Large Cap Core strategy (Sustainable Equity Fund - AFDIX). American Century also has extensive experience managing separate accounts in accordance with client preferences ranging from negative screening to best-in-class tilting to thematic investing in relation to all of the firm’s investment disciplines.

In 2017, the firm appointed Guillaume Mascotto to the newly created position of vice president and head of ESG and investment stewardship. He and his team developed an ESG integration framework and proprietary scoring model to help American Century’s analysts and portfolio managers assess ESG risks and opportunities through their active investment process, including that of the Nomura ACI Advanced Medical Impact Fund. And in 2018, the firm became a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which is recognized as the world’s leading network of asset managers and financial market participants committed to incorporating ESG considerations into the investment analysis process. 

American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives.  Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,300 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Sydney; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer.

Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of $1.4 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.

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You should consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before you invest. The fund’s prospectus or summary prospectus, which can be obtained by visiting americancentury.com, contains this and other information about the fund, and should be read carefully before investing. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

1As of December 3, 2018 the Nomura ACI Advanced Medical Impact Fund AUM is US$1.03 billion.

2One Choice® Target Date Portfolio's target date is the approximate year when investors plan to retire or start withdrawing their money. The principal value of the investment is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date.

Each target-date One Choice® Target Date Portfolio seeks the highest total return consistent with American Century’s proprietary asset mix. Over time, the asset mix and weightings are adjusted to be more conservative. In general, as the target year approaches, the portfolio's allocation becomes more conservative by decreasing the allocation to stocks and increasing the allocation to bonds and money market instruments.

By the time each fund reaches its target year, its target asset mix will become fixed and will match that of One Choice® In Retirement Portfolio.

The underlying funds do not invest in securities issued by companies assigned the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) for the tobacco industry.

3As of December 3, 2018, One Choice® Target Date Portfolio AUM is $22.3 billion.

4MSCI ESG ratings are designed to help investors to understand environment, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities associated with ownership of certain securities and integrate these factors into their portfolio construction and management process. MSCI research analysts assesses thousands of data points across 37 ESG key issues, focusing on the intersection between a company’s core business and the industry issues that can create significant risks and opportunities for the company. Companies are rated on a AAA-CCC scale relative to the standards and performance of their industry peers. For more details about MSCI’s ESG ratings methodology visit www.msci.com.

Nomura ACI Advanced Medical Impact Fund is only available to investors in Japan. The fund is not available to investors in the United States.

American Century Investment Services, Inc., Distributor
©2018 American Century Proprietary Holdings, Inc.

VMware and GlobeScan to Host SDG Leadership Forum

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 5:33am

VMware and GlobeScan will be hosting an SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) on 12th December 2018 to explore the critical role that technology innovation and digital infrastructure can play in achieving the United Nation’s ambitious 2030 goals.  

This online, real-time, text-based discussion will explore why technology innovation and infrastructure are two of the most important requirements for global development.  Participants will have the opportunity to actively contribute to the discussion and brainstorm ideas on how technology companies can target future innovation to help drive resilient and sustainable economic development.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global dialogue on the role of technology in sustainable development and to make connections with experts and leading thinkers.

The SDG Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 10.00am to 11.00am UK time.

Register to attend here and select SDG #9 to ensure you receive updates about this online event and details on how to access the live discussion on the day of the forum.

Participating guest contributors include:

Alok Anil, Entrepreneur, Big Innovation Labs

 

Simone Sala, International Advisor, Application of Digital Technologies for Sustainable Development

 

Marianne Bitar Karam, Country Director - Lebanon & Global Director of Operations MENA Region, Digital Opportunity Trust

 

Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP

 

Peter Njuguna, ICT4D, Plan International Kenya

 

Anna Winters, Chief Executive Officer, AKROS

 

Holy Ranaivozanany, Head of Global CSR, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

 

Rositsa Zaimova, Associate Partner, Dalberg Data Insights

 


Read more about the SDG Leadership Forum on Goal 9 here.

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners.

VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Find out more here: https://www.vmware.com/
And here: https://3blmedia.com/Profiles/VMware

About GlobeScan
GlobeScan is an insights and strategy consultancy, focused on building trusted leadership to create a better future.

Established in 1987, GlobeScan has offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo and Toronto, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a Certified B Corporation.

Find out more here: www.globescan.com

About the SDG Leadership Series
At GlobeScan, we believe that we need more leadership to inform, inspire and catalyze collective action across different sectors. In response to the challenges and to seize the opportunity that the SDGs present we have launched this SDG Leadership Series as our contribution to help scale engagement and foster more actions around the Global Goals to collectively bring us a step closer to operationalizing the SDGs by 2030.

This Forum is the fifth in a series of 17 open, online events with stakeholders across the world. Each Forum will focus on one SDG, connecting experts and opinion leaders to share ideas and actions for making progress on the SDGs.

Read more here: https://globescan.com/sdg-leadership-series/

Donziger Wins Right for Public to Attend Bar Hearing Where He Plans to Challenge Kaplan RICO Findings

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 5:33pm

Prominent New York corporate accountability advocate Steven Donziger this week won the right to open his bar disciplinary hearing to the public after international human rights groups expressed concern about what they call a “systematic denial of due process” to the former attorney who helped win a historic $12 billion pollution judgment against Chevron.

In what was hailed as a victory for the First Amendment, a New York appellate court this week granted Donziger’s request to open his bar hearing after staff attorneys at the New York attorney grievance committee (which regulates attorney licensing) tried to close the proceeding and deny admission to the press and to human rights groups.

Donziger said he believes the bar staff lawyers last July inappropriately suspended his law license without a hearing based on contested findings of a federal judge that have been rejected by 17 appellate judges in Ecuador, where the judgment against Chevron issued. The decision by federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan – who found the Ecuador judgment had been obtained by fraud -- is based largely on testimony from an admittedly corrupt Ecuadorian witness paid $2 million by Chevron who later admitting lying repeatedly in Kaplan’s court. 

“The New York bar for almost two years has denied my right to present evidence to challenge Judge Kaplan's problematic findings while Chevron has used those same findings to subject me to vicious attacks designed to taint my reputation,” said Donziger, who has not received a single client complaint in 25 years of law practice. “The bar staff attorneys, obviously under pressure, are unfortunately doing Chevron’s dirty work designed to retaliate against me for having helped to hold the company accountable for massive and even deadly harm caused to Indigenous peoples in the Amazon.” 

(Here is background on the extraordinary lengths taken by the bar lawyers to deny Donziger a hearing, including seeking a last-minute stay after a neutral bar referee found he could present evidence challenging the Kaplan findings.)

Martin Garbus, a noted First Amendment scholar from New York who is representing Donziger in the bar proceeding, celebrated the decision to open the hearing. “It is shocking to me that the New York bar staff lawyers would even try to keep the proceeding closed and deny Steven the right to present evidence when he clearly has a constitutional right to try to clear his name in a public setting,” said Garbus.

“The New York bar’s treatment of Steven has been utterly reprehensible and it needs to change,” he added. 

The bar staff attorneys handling Donziger’s case, Jorge Dopico and Naomi Goldstein, refused to grant Donziger a hearing or even allow him an interview despite his repeated offers to cooperate. (This letter is Donziger’s initial response to the bar’s inquiry.) Dopico and Goldstein repeatedly have tried to block Donziger from providing evidence to show the Kaplan findings are erroneous and that the company's paid witness was prepared for 53 consecutive days by Chevron lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted under oath in a separate arbitration proceeding to having perjured himself repeatedly in Kaplan's court.

(Here is Donziger's detailed rebuttal to the Kaplan findings. Here is a legal brief outlining Guerra’s perjury and Chevron’s alleged witness bribery.)  

The underlying environmental judgment against Chevron has been affirmed by four layers of courts in Ecuador, including in an 8-0 decision by the country's Constitutional Court issued last July. Canada’s Supreme Court also handed down a unanimous decision backing the right of the Ecuadorian communities to try to enforce their judgment against company assets in that country.

Years after the Kaplan trial ended, it is believed that Chevron continues to pay Guerra a salary 20 times higher than his former salary in Ecuador. The company also has admitted to having moved Guerra and his entire extended family to the U.S., helped them obtain political asylum, provided them a housing stipend and health care, and paid all of Guerra's income taxes. 

Garbus and Charles Nesson, a well-known Harvard Law School professor, filed an amicus brief in support of Donziger’s right to a hearing where he can contest Kaplan’s findings. Donziger also has won the support of many prominent attorneys, including Garbus and Richard Friedman, the former President of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates. (See this article on how legal community is “shocked” by Donziger’s case.)  

Global Witness, a well-respected human rights group in London, has written the New York bar grievance committee expressing "serious concern" about the lack of due process in the Donziger proceeding. (See here.) Simon Taylor, one of the founders of Global Witness, has said he will continue to monitor the NY bar’s treatment of Donziger and that the group will have a representative attend any hearing. “What is so bizarre about this situation is that it feels like those in other countries where we try to help dissidents who are targeted for political reasons,” said Taylor. “It is just shocking to us that this is taking place in New York.” 

Other organizations, including Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, also have written letters to the bar expressing concern over its treatment of Donziger.  

Donziger said the evidence that Chevron’s lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm orchestrated Guerra’s false testimony and tried to frame him with criminal wrongdoing has been transmitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for a criminal investigation. 

"The bottom line in my view is that Judge Kaplan's findings are either erroneous or so decontextualized from Ecuadorian law that they are useless as a basis to impose attorney discipline," Donziger said.  “If given the chance, I am confident that any neutral arbiter who considers the full body of evidence will agree with me.”

If allowed a fact hearing, Donziger said he plans to call as witnesses several prominent attorneys who can testify about the many flaws in Chevron’s case before Judge Kaplan; Ecuadorian lawyers and law experts; and Indigenous leaders from Ecuador’s Amazon who observed his conduct over a period of years and who can testify as to his character.

Donziger, who graduated in the same Harvard Law School class as President Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, has traveled to Ecuador more than 250 times since the inception of the case against Chevron in 1993. Chevron has used at least 60 law firms and 2,000 lawyers to fight the Ecuadorians.

(For Donziger’s full legal brief contesting his suspension by the NY bar without a hearing, see here. For exhibits to Donziger’s filing, see here.  For a statement from Donziger in response to his suspension, see here.)

SCS Global Services Becomes First North American Certifier Accredited to New RSPO Principles and Criteria Standard for Palm Oil Plantations

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:33am

Following on the heels of the historic 16th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, SCS Global Services (SCS) has become the first certification body in North America accredited to conduct assessments under the stringent new RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) Standard. This accreditation sets the stage for SCS to certify sustainable palm plantations and mills internationally.

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in food production, found in nearly half of all packaged food items on store shelves.  The 2018 P&C Standard, which earned the overwhelming support of international delegates, incorporates important new safeguards for palm oil production aimed at halting deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife and peatlands, strengthening human rights, and protecting workers.

SCS’ accreditation was conducted by Accreditation Services International (ASI), including a review of its audit performed in Guatemala in May 2018 with Nacional Agro Industrial S.A. (NAISA). The audit scope included around 9,000 hectares of agricultural operations as well as the palm oil mill, utilizing the Identity Preserved Supply Chain Model. “We are proud to work towards RSPO certification, as we strive for sustainable development with transparent processes and raw materials produced for food product manufacturers in an environmentally and socially responsible way,” said Romeo Estuardo Gramajo Leal, NAISA Director of Certifications. “SCS conducted a very thorough audit, guided by the RSPO Principles & Criteria. The auditing team was highly objective and professional.”

Matthew Rudolf, SCS’ RSPO Program Manager, said, “SCS looks forward to continuing to build our presence globally, especially in the Latin American, West Africa, and Asian regions. With SCS RSPO auditors strategically located in all three regions, we are dedicated to encouraging palm growers and smallholders to get RSPO certified to demonstrate sustainable palm production across the globe.”

In addition to being accredited to the RSPO P&C Standard, SCS has been an accredited certifier to the RSPO Supply Chain Standard since January 2017. For more information about RSPO certification, visit https://www.scsglobalservices.com/services/rspo or email Matt Rudolf at MRudolf@scsglobalservices.com.

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation, retail, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to many environmental NGOs due to its dedication to quality and professionalism.  SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. 

About the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from the seven sectors of the palm oil industry including oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs, and social or developmental NGOs.

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Invest, Collaborate and Innovate

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 8:33am

For businesses to meet the challenges that lie ahead they have to move from incremental change to one that is large-scale and transformative. The Responsible Business Summit New York 2019 will give you the opportunity to learn new ideas and meet CEOs, heads of business and investors that are shaping ambitious strategies.

For 2019 we’ve confirmed even more inspirational businesses to share their strategies on the key issues and opportunities that lie ahead for you and your business, including:

  • James F. Kenny, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

  • John Kern, SVP, supply chain operations, Cisco

  • Hervé P. Duteil, managing director, CSO, Americas, BNP Paribas

  • Jostein Solheim, executive vice president, Foods and Refreshments, Unilever

  • Sasja Beslik, head of group sustainable finance, Nordea

  • Andy Pharoah, vice president, corporate affairs, strategic initiatives & sustainability, Mars

  • Virginie Helias, vice president global sustainability, P&G

  • Judy Cotte, vice president & head, corporate governance & responsible investment, RBC Global Asset Management

  • Anne Van Riel, head of sustainable finance Americas, ING

  • Michael Garland, assistant comptroller - corporate governance and responsible investment, New York City Comptroller

  • Ernesto Ciorra, head of innovability, Enel

  • Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO, Aquafil

  • Tjeerd Krumpelman, head of reporting & stakeholder engagement, ABN AMRO

  • Carol Surface, SVP & chief human resources officer, Medtronic

  • Laura Palmeiro, senior advisor, UN Global Compact

  • Plus many many more…

This year you too can be part of the change - Discover the full unrivalled agenda topics and speaker line-up here

Best regards,
Ed

Ed Long
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OMV Presents the Sustainability Strategy 2025

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:30pm

Growing demand for energy and accelerating climate change pose immense challenges for the energy sector. The key lies in finding the balance between climate protection efforts, affordable energy, and reliable supply. Alternative energy systems as well as economically viable and scalable technologies for industry and the private sector must be developed. Here, OMV will make a significant contribution to the sustainable energy supply of future generations.

OMV, the integrated, international oil and gas company based in Vienna, presents its OMV Sustainability Strategy 2025 today. The strategy is part of OMV’s Corporate Strategy 2025. Fifteen measurable targets have been set in the five focus areas: “Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE)”, “Carbon Efficiency”, “Innovation”, “Employees”, as well as “Business Principles and Social Responsibility”.

Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV: “Our goal is to provide ‘oil and gas at its best’. We are convinced that a responsible approach to oil and the increased use of gas will support the energy transition. Together with other energies, oil and gas will secure the energy needs of the future.”

Health, safety, security and environment
Health, safety, security and the environment are the top priority for OMV.

In order to make its vision “Zero harm – No losses” a reality, OMV is committed to proactive risk management. Thanks to this, OMV occupies a leading position among its peers in the industry.

Building on this success, OMV has set the goal of stabilizing the lost-time injury frequency rate (= number of lost-workday injuries per million hours worked) at under 0.3 and maintaining its leading position in process safety in order to protect people and the environment.

Carbon efficiency
OMV is committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU climate targets for 2030, and the climate and energy strategy of the Austrian Federal Government derived from these. The area of carbon efficiency defines OMV’s contribution to the creation of a lower-carbon energy system. Taking the figures from the baseline year 2010, by 2025 OMV aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its business activities by 19% by implementing the World Bank’s “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative, amongst other measures. The carbon intensity of the product portfolio should be reduced by 4%.

As predicted by the International Energy Agency, oil and gas will continue to play a crucial role in the global transformation of the energy mix in the coming decades. Oil remains a valuable and important raw material which, however, will be refined in petrochemical processes rather than burned. OMV focuses on high-quality refinery products such as low-emission premium fuels, and feedstocks for the chemical industry. Gas will play a decisive role in the energy transition. It can be used in almost all areas and also enables a rapid coal phase-out. In electricity production, gas emits 50% less carbon than coal. OMV will increase the share of gas in its portfolio to over 50% and also aims to double gas sales in Europe.

Innovation
In total, OMV will invest up to EUR 500 mn by 2025 in innovative energy solutions such as ReOil and Co-Processing, for a lower-carbon future. Establishing gas as an energy source of the future requires seeking out and analyzing technologies for the cost-effective use of climate-neutral gas. Innovative enhanced oil recovery projects strive to make oil production more environmentally efficient.

In the ReOil research and development project, waste plastics are converted back into high-quality crude, which can then be further processed into fuels or high-quality plastics. The pilot plant at Schwechat Refinery processes 100 kg of waste plastics per hour to produce 100 l of synthetic crude. OMV aims to develop ReOil into a profitable, industrial-scale process with a capacity of around 200,000 tonnes per year.

Co-Processing is an innovative method in which biogenic substances such as rapeseed oil and used food-grade oils are refined together with crude oil to produce diesel with a higher bio content. In contrast to conventional biofuel mixtures, Co-Processing improves fuel quality, in particular in regards to the energy content. OMV aims at raising the part of sustainable feedstock co-processed in the refineries to around 200,000 t per year by 2025.

Employees
OMV sees its employees as the key to its success. Diversity is a high priority, which is why targeted measures are also planned in this area. In particular, OMV is striving to increase the proportion of women at management level to at least 25% from the current level of 18%. Measures to this end include leadership and mentoring programs. Another goal is to keep the proportion of executives with international experience at 75%.

Business principles and social responsibility
OMV can look back on a long history of doing business in a socially responsible way and creating added value for society. The guidelines for these activities are the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By 2025, OMV will review its stakeholder dialog at all sites according to the UN’s effectiveness criteria and train employees in human rights and business ethics issues. Compliance with business principles also needs to be ensured at suppliers, which is why sustainability audits are increasingly being carried out.

More information on the OMV Sustainability Strategy 2025 is available at:

www.omv.com/sustainability

Background information: 

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 20 bn and a workforce of around 20,700 employees in 2017, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Romania and Austria and a balanced international portfolio, with the North Sea, the Middle East & Africa and Russia as further core regions. 2017 daily production stood at approximately 348,000 boe/d. In Downstream, OMV operates three refineries with a total annual processing capacity of 17.8 mn tons and more than 2,000 filling stations in ten countries. OMV runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany; its subsidiary Gas Connect Austria GmbH operates a gas pipeline network in Austria. In 2017, gas sales volumes amounted to around 113 TWh. OMV holds a Prime Rating from the sustainability rating agency ISS-oekom and is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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OMV Public Relations:
Andreas Rinofner, tel.: +43 1 40440 21357, e-mail: public.relations@omv.com

OMV Investor Relations: 
Florian Greger, tel.: +43 1 40440 21600, e-mail: investor.relations@omv.com

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Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:30pm

JConnelly Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Division Helmed by Sustainability Expert Thomas M. Kostigen

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:29am

JConnelly, a leading integrated communications and marketing firm, is expanding its services and specialties, adding a corporate social responsibility (CSR) division headed by globally recognized sustainability expert and New York Times bestselling author Thomas M. Kostigen.

The new division will build on JConnelly’s legacy of strategic storytelling to help companies provide greater context and transparency around their environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs. Through multimedia content and personalization of numbers-heavy reports, JConnelly will help a variety of organizations maximize the value of their CSR efforts and connect with audiences who are increasingly concerned about the societal impact of the businesses they support.

“Sustainable brands, impact investing organizations, and forward-thinking technology and energy companies know financial and social returns go hand-in-hand. But simply reporting on the numbers is not enough. Many people want to feel the impact of CSR efforts and understand how they relate to an organization’s broader mission,” said Kostigen, a former Bloomberg news editor and columnist for Discover, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

“This partnership with JConnelly is an opportunity to draw on my years of experience as a researcher and writer and help businesses shape their entire CSR program, as well as the way they connect and communicate with prospects and customers,” he said.

Mr. Kostigen will lead the practice from Los Angeles, adding to JConnelly’s national reach. The agency is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Chicago and Parsippany, N.J., as well as a presence in Washington, D.C.

Socially impactful communications have exploded in recent years, with 85% of the companies in the S&P 500 now issuing sustainability reports. While the rise has been driven by demand for more transparency, organizations are now tasked with making their content more compelling and engaging as more information becomes available to a broad audience of investors, consumers, suppliers, retailers and distributors.

“CSR efforts are not just an afterthought or nice-to-have for leading brands. They are critical to understanding an organization’s purpose and strategy, which have always been core to our communications programs,” JConnelly founder and CEO Jennifer Connelly said. “Launching a new division to communicate how organizations ‘do well by doing good’ will magnify and extend our campaigns, amplifying opportunities and achieving superior, targeted results for our clients.”

The new division will work with corporations, institutions and NGOs, with a particular focus on those in the financial services and general consumer space. JConnelly has worked with a broad range of CSR clients in its 15-year history, including firms that offer a socially responsible fund or opportunity, faith-based financial services firms and businesses with a strong focus on philanthropy.

Mr. Kostigen’s books include, “The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time” (Crown); “You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Links Between What We Do and What That Does to the Planet” (HarperOne), “The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Saving Guide to Everything in Your Life” (Rodale), two National Geographic climate guides, and the forthcoming “FrankenPlanet: How Controlling Nature and Geoengineering the Future Can Save the World” (TarcherPerigee).

For more information about JConnelly, please contact Chris Cherry at 973-850-7329 or ccherry@jconnelly.com

 

About JConnelly

JConnelly is a communications and marketing firm working with brands to help them expand awareness, connect and engage with clients and stakeholders, influence change, amplify online presence, and build community.  JConnelly navigates the complex world of communications to effectively design and execute campaigns that are mission driven and deliver business-critical results. For more information, visit www.jconnelly.com.    

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Ray C. Anderson Foundation's Grant to Emory University Supports Statewide Climate Consortium Co-Founded With the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 5:29pm

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory University to advance the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined by Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia. 

This foundational grant will support efforts to build a network of experts who can improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions and better position Georgia to respond to a changing climate.  Working with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the Georgia Climate Project recently released a 40-question Georgia Climate Research Roadmap. Planned upcoming activities include a Georgia Climate Information Portal, a collection of Georgia Climate Stories, expanded support for student-driven climate solutions, and a Georgia Climate Conference November 7-8, 2019.

“Our universities have tremendous expertise to examine and explore solutions for climate change in the State of Georgia,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. “This grant offers Georgia institutions an opportunity to leverage our shared research expertise to address one of this century’s defining challenges.”  

The Georgia Climate Project is focusing on the practical risks and opportunities associated with a changing climate. “This partnership, which is generously supported by the Anderson Foundation, demonstrates the commitment of Georgia’s universities to the health and economic vitality of our state,” says University of Georgia Interim Provost Libby V. Morris.

“Climate change has been and continues to be a priority and focus for our students,” says Georgia Tech Provost Rafael L. Bras. “By engaging them we can prepare a new generation of leaders to work with partners across the state to develop innovative solutions to an incredibly difficult set of challenges.” 

“In the Georgia Climate Project we see a great opportunity to continue Ray Anderson’s legacy of Georgians leading by example to create a better world for future generations,” says John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

More information about the Georgia Climate Project is available at www.GeorgiaClimateProject.org

About the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation was created in honor of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), founder of Interface, Inc. During his time at Interface, Ray championed the notion of businesses doing well by doing good. It’s these noble qualities of advancing knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability that led to Ray’s recognition as a pioneer in industrial ecology. The purpose of the Foundation is to perpetuate these shared values and continue the legacy that Ray left behind. 

RESOURCES Georgia Climate Project Welcomes New Academic Partners "Georgia Climate Research Roadmap" Identifies Georgia's Top 40 Climate Research Questions

HP Commits to Educate 100,000 Across Africa in the Next Three Years, Opens HP LIFE Center for Entrepreneurship in South Africa

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:28pm
  • HP pledges to empower 100,000  learners across Africa in next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs) program
  • HP opens a tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa, aimed at supporting local entrepreneurs
  • Commitment supports HP’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, and to enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025 

At the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, HP (NYSE: HPQ) announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program, and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa. HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and furthers the company’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025 and to enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025, as outlined in the HP 2017 Sustainable Impact Report.

By 2030, Africa will be home to 32% of the population under the age of 30, and the largest working age population by 2035. Yet, today’s youth unemployment in Africa is up to 3x higher than adult unemployment. HP LIFE offers free, online learning for users to gain the skills to start and grow their own business or improve their employment opportunities. Building on the success of this global program, HP is working with partners to open technology-enabled HP LIFE innovation centers to further support entrepreneurship and workforce development across the continent.

“We believe that education is a human right, that technology in the classroom is a critical component for a 21st century education, and that in today’s economy our learning is never done,” said Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP. “Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and digitization—and it’s essential that people have access to learn skills for the work of tomorrow. This new HP LIFE Center provides a launchpad for innovation and opportunity across the continent.”  

In 2017, on the global stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, HP announced a commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. The commitment to education is a part of HP’s broader Sustainable Impact strategy – a strategy to use the scope, scale and expertise of HP to drive positive, lasting change for the planet, its people and the communities where we live, work and do business.

“Sustainable Impact is fundamental to our reinvention and core to achieving our vision – to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere,” said Hurst.

HP LIFE

In collaboration with institutions such as the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Katlehong and its Centre of Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator, HP opened the HP LIFE Center in South Africa on November 30, a technology-enabled hub to facilitate learning, collaboration and entrepreneurship in a physical, face-to-face setting.

Built on the belief that entrepreneurs are the backbone of the global economy, HP LIFE offers 30 free, online courses focused on business and IT skills – from business planning and marketing, to raising capital and design thinking. To date, HP LIFE has reached 744,000 learners in 200 countries and territories. All users need is a computer and Internet connection to access HP LIFE, and the new, physical center in South Africa will create a more formal educational environment. HP LIFE has an enrollment goal of 1 million users between 2016 and 2025.

At the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in January, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and HP Foundation announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP LIFE platform. 3D printing will fundamentally change the manufacturing industry. $4 to 6 trillion (USD) of the global economy will be disrupted in the next five to 10 years, shifting economic value and jobs across the globe. This new course is helping individuals to learn how to use 3D printing and create entrepreneurial opportunities.

HP and Global Citizen in South Africa

HP has been a proud partner of the Global Citizen movement since 2013, including supporting the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, a first for South Africa. Ahead of the December 2 festival in Johannesburg, HP ran several awareness and engagement building activities to highlight the partnership and HP’s commitment to Sustainable Impact, and to engage customers, employees and the public in acting on pressing global issues.

Additional Resources:

About the HP Foundation

The HP Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities where we live and work by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving, volunteering, and disaster relief. Along with HP employees, the HP Foundation creates programs that make life better for underserved and underrepresented communities by providing technology-related learning experiences and opportunities.

About HP

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

Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton Expand Company’s Partnership With Clean the World

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:28am

In honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton announced a partnership with Clean the World, the world's largest organization to recycle hotel soap and bath amenities. Furthering Hilton’s 2030 target to send zero soap to landfill, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton commit to supporting Clean the World by providing recycled hygiene products to save the lives of those in need. 

As part of the global partnership that begins in 2019, more than 670 Hilton Garden Inn and 2,230 Hampton by Hilton properties in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will recycle discarded soap and bathroom amenity bottles to be converted into new bars of soap and hygiene kits. By recycling these products, Clean the World provides soap to those in need, ultimately preventing diseases within communities and reducing mortality rates around the world.

The partnership between Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton with Clean the World is an extension of the pre-existing partnership between the global nonprofit organization and Hilton. In October 2016, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton announced an industry-first standard that has added over 1,000 hotels to the Clean the World program, diverting more than 397,000 pounds of waste from landfills into recycled materials. Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has already helped distribute over 7.1 million bars of recycled soap to people across 127 countries. With this new commitment, Hilton will more than double the number of hotels it has in the program. 

“We have witnessed the powerful global impact Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has made and how it continues to serve those most in need and inspires a sustainable future,” said Bill Duncan, global head of Hilton’s All Suites and Focused Service brands. “We’re proud of the work that has been done thus far and look forward to deepening our commitment to providing at-risk communities with access to soap while simultaneously reducing waste across the globe.” 

Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton’s alliance with Clean the World is part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility initiative. The partnership supports Hilton’s goal to send zero soap to landfills by 2030 and cut the company’s environmental footprint in half through responsible hospitality. 

Clean the World’s mission to protect the environment and save millions of lives by leading a global hygiene revolution began in 2009 and since then, the organization has distributed recycled soap and other hygienic products to families in need, contributing to a 35 percent reduction in the death rate of children under the age of five dying due to hygiene-related illnesses. The soap is made from discarded bars donated by hotels around the world, then crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap.  Clean the World’s foundation distributes these soap bars to individuals in need or adds them to hygiene kits along with shampoo, a toothbrush and a towel as part of its WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education and emergency relief efforts. The recycled bath products go to underserved communities to ensure proper handwashing and hygiene is encouraged to eliminate the threat of numerous preventable diseases. Hilton has worked with Clean the World since its launch to help overcome this epidemic in various countries, as well as in times of natural disasters, and now will further support the organization through Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton.

“Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has already made an impressive life-changing impact around the globe since we joined forces,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “The very first hotel we collected soap from was Hampton Inn by Hilton Orlando-International Airport in 2009, and today, we are eager to keep the momentum going by extending our alliance among Hampton by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Together, we can work to eradicate diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the two top killers of children worldwide, in our lifetime.”  

In addition to its soap recycling program, Hilton leads many sustainability initiatives through Hilton's Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy. For information on the company’s Travel with Purpose goals visit cr.hilton.com/toward2030/ or cr.hilton.com.

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at newsroom.hilton.com/hgi and Hampton by Hilton at newsroom.hilton.com/hampton. For more information on Clean the World visit cleantheworld.org.  

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About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 800 hotels in 41 countries around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally-sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order breakfast, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

About Hampton by Hilton
As the number one ranked lodging franchise for the past nine years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers at more than 2,410 properties and more than 247,000 rooms in 25 countries and territories. High-quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary WiFi, free hot breakfast, and On The RunTM breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality, with guest happiness being the number one priority, backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee®. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hampton, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

About Travel with Purpose
Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our social impact and reduce our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton’s more than 5,500 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance measurement system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and Punta Cana and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners. The organization benefits children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, Clean the World’s foundation has distributed more than 46 million bars of soap in 127 countries and has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education programs. More information: CleantheWorld.org.

World’s Leading Forestry and Agroforestry Organizations Merge for Accelerated Impact Against Climate Change

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:28am

Innovation and investments worth trillions of dollars in landscape restoration, climate adaptation and science-based policy advice will be needed if the global community is to meet the escalating threats posed by climate change.

To meet these demands, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), also known as World Agroforestry, the two leading organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry research, policy and development have agreed to merge to strengthen capacity, provide the evidence needed to scale up investment in sustainable development, and accelerate impact.

The merger becomes effective on January 1st 2019 through a common Board with subsequent implementation of a single leadership team and unified policies, processes and systems.

“This progressive decision to merge will allow us to respond more effectively to the increasing demands to integrate landscapes and land management for a more equitable, climate resilient and productive world,” said Claire O’Connor, Chair of the ICRAF Board of Trustees.  

In agreeing to the merger, ICRAF and CIFOR confirmed that all existing commitments and contracts will continue to be honoured to ensure delivery of the public goods the organizations’ donors and stakeholders, including host countries, expect.

Combined, the two organizations employ over 700 staff in more than 20 countries throughout the global south, with an annual budget of over $100 million.

“Working as one will allow us to leverage our combined $1.8 billion legacy investment in research, policy and development to seize emerging opportunities with greater agility and further our contributions to the realization of ecosystem services needed to create the jobs and resilient green economy of the future,” said Jose Campos, Chair of the CIFOR Board of Trustees.

CIFOR and ICRAF are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. Each organization’s work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement, specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change. Combined, the two organizations will be well-positioned to develop key innovations in finance and blended development, thereby accelerating the impact of their extensive science and development initiatives.

For further information contact:

Jeanne Finestone/ICRAF – J.Finestone@cgiar.org
Jeremy van Loon/CIFOR – Jeremey.VanLoon@cgiar.org

About CIFOR:
CIFOR advances human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Yaounde, Cameroon, Lima, Peru, and Bonn, Germany.

About World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is centre of scientific and delivery excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

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