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ISSP Sees Continued Momentum With New Leadership Team, First-Of-Its-Kind Member Survey and On-Demand Courses

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:36pm

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals, today announced continued momentum with the election of its 2018-2019 Leadership Team, results obtained from their first-of-its-kind member survey, and newly available on-demand courses.

The Leadership Team has already assumed their respective roles:

  • Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Associate Director of Sustainability at Hello Fresh (which acquired his former company, Green Chef) in Boulder, CO.  Jeff is now President of ISSP; this is the second time he has been elected to the position.

  • Dr. Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, director at Sustainably Pty Ltd in Dulwich Hill, Australia, is now Vice President of ISSP.

  • Marsha Willard, ISSP-CSP, Principal of AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR, continues in her role as Secretary of ISSP.

  • Lucinda Brown, ISSP-CSP, Principal Consultant at STET Sustainability Consulting, Norwich, VT, was re-elected Treasurer of ISSP.

  • Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Sustainability Program Manager for Argonne National Laboratory, is now Development Director of ISSP.

  • Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, Director of Sustainability at University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, will stay active in ISSP in his new role as Past President.

ISSP’s Board of Directors has also just welcomed two new members who will be strengthening the connection with ISSP’s credentialing partner, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).  Sarah Alexander is the Senior Vice President of Credentialing and Certification at GBCI and will add her extensive credentialing experience to the ISSP Board.  Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is the Vice Chair of the GBCI Board of Directors and and Chair of the GBCI Finance and Audit Committee.  To view a complete Board roster, please click here.

With a focus on excellence in its tenth year of service, ISSP recently collected information from members to gauge overall satisfaction and learn what their most significant needs are.  The survey revealed that members who have participated in ISSP’s Professional Development, Networking, and Credential programs rate them high, yet the organization still has a large percentage of members who have not taken advantage of such offerings.  Members are also looking for more on-demand courses in order to fit professional development into busy schedules. The Leadership Team plans to leverage this insight as it sets future strategic priorities.

In its first step to address the feedback received, ISSP is adding a suite of educational opportunities.  This move comes a year-and-a-half after launching two credentials for sustainability professionals.  Amongst these are 21 on-demand courses.  The courses will be offered individually and as themed bundles (e.g., “Introductory Skills in Sustainable Business,” “Advanced Professional Skills in Sustainable Business,” “Career Training for Landing a Job in Sustainability”), and will accompany ISSP’s existing self-study offerings.  Altogether, they will serve as a robust, self-paced, online learning solution for today’s sustainability leaders. 

“Last year, nearly 400 members attended an ISSP professional development webinar, 200 took an ISSP course, 300+ attended an ISSP Chapter or Regional Learning Network event, and hundreds have become ISSP Sustainability Associates (ISSP-SAs) and ISSP Certified Sustainability Professionals (ISSP-CSPs),” said Maureen Hart, ISSP-CSP, Executive Director of ISSP.  “We have reached base camp, so to speak.  It’s now time for ISSP to move to the next level.  Be on the lookout for sustainability research not available elsewhere and other improvements from us in the coming months.” 

About ISSP

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals.  ISSP is a member-driven organization, committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by building strong networks and communities of practice and defining professional excellence with internationally-recognized credentials for sustainability professionals.  Webinars, online courses, regional networking meetings and chapters, a sustainability professional body of knowledge, special reports, and resource directories are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members.  Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts over 1,000 members from every region of the world. https://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/selfstudy

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Commits $1 Million to Great Barrier Reef Conservation Efforts

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:36pm

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation announced today that it has committed approximately $1.4 million AUD ($1 million USD) to help protect and restore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This magnificent natural wonder is the world’s largest living organism, encompassing an area approximately the size of Italy and hosting some of the richest biodiversity on Earth. However, various threats—such as climate change, poor water quality and impacts from human activity—have led to a widespread decline of coral cover in recent years.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation has supported coral conservation worldwide for nearly two decades. This recent commitment in Australia focuses on recovering the Reef by funding both short and long-term solutions, including Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Out of the Blue Box Innovation Challenge and Reef Aid, a project of Greening Australia. 

“We believe there is reason for hope,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to support two of the leading organizations working to preserve the Great Barrier Reef, one of our planet’s most significant natural assets. Together, we can find novel solutions to preserve this precious coral ecosystem and ensure that it is vibrant and healthy for generations to come.” 

Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Out of the Blue Box Innovation Challenge (outofthebluebox.org), launching today, is a global call for new ideas to bolster the Great Barrier Reef’s future resilience. The Challenge calls for innovations in finance, technology and social science to ease pressures on the Reef and allow it to recover. One winning concept, chosen by an expert panel from diverse sectors, will earn a prize of up to $300,000 AUD (approximately $225,000 USD). The application period closes September 3 and the winner will be announced in late October.

“Only through cross-sector collaboration and diverse thinking are we going to find solutions to help our reefs recover in the face of complex threats like climate change,” said Anna Marsden, managing director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation. “We are privileged to have the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation in the development of the Out of the Blue Box Innovation Challenge. Through the Challenge, we hope to identify creative approaches to restore not only the Great Barrier Reef, but coral reefs around the world.”

To complement this search for long-term solutions, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is also supporting tangible conservation efforts through Reef Aid, a project of Greening Australia. Reef Aid aims to improve water quality by restoring watersheds and wetlands near the Reef, halting erosion and thus significantly reducing the amount of sediment in ocean waters.

“Greening Australia and our partners are tackling one of the most critical threats to the iconic and globally significant Great Barrier Reef,” said Brendan Foran, CEO of Greening Australia. “With The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s support, which will be matched with the same level of government funding, we will continue to improve water quality, boosting the Reef’s resilience to fight climate change.”

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation believes these two complementary approaches will contribute to various restoration efforts already underway, balancing the need for long-term solutions with immediate, tangible actions to safeguard the world’s most iconic reef.

Support of Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Innovation Challenge was made possible through a grant to The University of Queensland in America Inc and support of Greening Australia’s Reef Aid project was made possible through a grant to Give2Asia.

About The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants in environmental conservation, working to preserve the world’s most treasured landscapes and seascapes. The Foundation supports organizations dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining and coral conservation. For more information on The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, please visit tiffanyandcofoundation.org. 

About Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation exists to ensure there is a Great Barrier Reef for future generations. As the lead charity for the Great Barrier Reef, the Foundation raises funds and creates enduring strategic partnerships that deliver high impact, solution-driven projects for the Reef. It works with great minds to deliver greater impact for the Reef through science, technology, engineering and on-ground conservation action.

About Greening Australia
Greening Australia is an independent not-for-profit organization that uses the latest science to guide what’s best for Australian landscapes and the people and wildlife that live in them. Greening Australia started conserving and restoring Australia’s unique landscapes in 1982 and hasn’t stopped since. Greening Australia is committed to tackling Australia’s biggest environmental challenges with the best science and the best people, working to create healthy, productive landscapes across Australia where people and nature can thrive.

Hershey Recognized by Civic 50 for ‘Sharing Goodness’ With Communities

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

(GlobeNewswire) – The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) was recognized for the sixth time as one of America’s 50 most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual recognition from Points of Light for companies that most effectively use their resources to help improve the communities in which they do business. 

The Hershey Company has demonstrated a passion for supporting vibrant and thriving communities for more than a century. “The Hershey Company was built with the idea of strong community. Our founder Milton Hershey didn’t just open a factory, he built a town,” said Leigh Horner, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, The Hershey Company. “Today, meaningful community involvement is demonstrated every day by our remarkable employees, whose generosity continues to push us to work more closely together with our local partners to create strong communities.”

Last year, the company updated its corporate giving strategy to include a renewed focus on the communities where its employees live and work, distributing more than $5 million to 1,100 organizations through Hershey’s community giving program. The new strategy focuses on three key areas that help communities thrive: supporting basic needs, educating the workforce of tomorrow, and investing in community and economic development efforts that bring people together.

This week, Hershey employees are deployed across communities for its annual global week of service, Good to Give Back Week. Throughout the week, thousands of employees will work with the company’s non-profit partners to support local communities around the world. During an annual meal-packing event with Rise Against Hunger, the company expects to pack approximately 285,000 meals for communities in need, adding to the more than one million meals already packed during the previous five years. Throughout the year, Hershey employees are encouraged to give back to communities and are given paid time off to volunteer.

“The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment of community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Points of Light believes that people drive change in addressing society’s growing and most profound challenges. The business community plays an important role in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in the communities where they live and work.”

The Civic 50 is the only award that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities and provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities in which they do business. Civic 50 winners are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program - investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

Hershey has received the Civic 50 award every year since it was created in 2012.

To view a complete list of The Civic 50 companies for 2017, visit Civic50.org.

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery company known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 17,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey'sReese'sHershey's KissesJolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks.

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.

To learn more - 
Visit: https://www.thehersheycompany.com/en_us/shared-goodness.html


About Points of Light
Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in more than 200 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it is needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org

Media Contact:
Jeff Beckman, Hershey

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c6e58370-04fa-4268-b19f-22ff22d5ac73

SC Johnson amplía la divulgación de los ingredientes de las fragancias y sigue liderando en cuanto a transparencia de los ingredientes

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

SC Johnson anunció que es la primera gran compañía de bienes de consumo envasados (Consumer Packaged Goods, CPG) en divulgar a nivel mundial los ingredientes de sus fragancias hasta el 0,01 % de la fórmula de los productos de toda su cartera de marcas. Esta medida, que va mucho más allá de lo exigido, sigue el camino que la empresa adoptó hace una década para transformar los esfuerzos de la industria respecto de la transparencia de los ingredientes.  

“SC Johnson está convencida de que los consumidores se merecen estar al tanto de lo que contienen los productos que usan. Comenzamos divulgando los ingredientes de las fragancias por producto en 2015 y, desde entonces, hemos seguido revelando cientos de esos ingredientes hasta el 0,01 % durante más de un año”, comentó Kelly M. Semrau, vicepresidenta sénior de Asuntos Corporativos Globales, Comunicación y Sustentabilidad. “Compartir más información sobre los ingredientes de los productos es bueno para las familias y es importante para la industria en su conjunto. Nos complace ver que nuestros homólogos del sector están siguiendo nuestro ejemplo y avanzando hacia una mayor transparencia”.

En 2009, SC Johnson comenzó su camino hacia la transparencia, que sirve de ejemplo para la industria, al lanzar la página web de ingredientes WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, la primera en su tipo. En 2012, añadió una extensa lista con los ingredientes de las fragancias usadas en sus productos. La paleta de fragancias de SC Johnson excluye aproximadamente 2.400 ingredientes que no cumplen los elevados estándares de la compañía, a pesar de que sí cumplen los estándares industriales y son legales dentro del comercio.

En 2015, SC Johnson añadió a su sitio web una divulgación de fragancias específica para cada producto. Los consumidores que tengan dudas pueden encontrar en WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com la lista de las fragancias usadas en los distintos productos de SC Johnson en todas sus categorías. En 2016 la empresa amplió su programa de divulgación a Europa y en 2017, a Asia. El programa se implementará en Latinoamérica a finales de este año.

En 2017, SC Johnson también fue pionera en divulgar, siguiendo un enfoque de productos específicos, la presencia de 368 alérgenos cutáneos que pueden estar presentes en sus productos. Esta iniciativa supera las regulaciones de la Unión Europea y también de los Estados Unidos, donde no existe ninguna normativa que exija transparencia respecto de los alérgenos.

A principios de este año, SC Johnson dio a conocer el criterio científico que sigue su programa Greenlist™, que sirve de guía para seleccionar ingredientes que protejan la salud humana y el medioambiente.

Puede obtener más información sobre el programa Greenlist™ de SC Johnson y su compromiso con la transparencia de los ingredientes en WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. Asimismo, puede consultar online el informe de sustentabilidad de SC Johnson en www.scjohnson.com/report.


Acerca de SC Johnson

SC Johnson es una compañía familiar dedicada al desarrollo de productos innovadores de alta calidad, excelencia en el lugar de trabajo y un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades en las que opera. Con sede principal en los EE. UU., la compañía es uno de los líderes mundiales en la fabricación de productos de limpieza domésticos y productos para el almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, así como también productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas tan conocidas como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en los EE. UU. y más allá, y comercializa marcas afuera de los EE. UU. que incluyen AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® y RIDSECT®. La compañía de 132 años genera diez mil millones de dólares en ventas, emplea cerca de 13 000 personas alrededor del mundo y vende productos en prácticamente todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson étend la divulgation des ingrédients contenus dans ses parfums et continue de diriger l'industrie en matière de transparence des ingrédients

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

Aujourd’hui, SC Johnson a annoncé qu'elle est la première grande entreprise de CPG à divulguer les ingrédients contenus dans ses parfums à l'échelle mondiale, au niveau de 0,01 % de la formule du produit dans son portefeuille de marques. Cette action, qui dépasse ce qui est requis, permet de continuer le long périple de l'entreprise, qui consiste à transformer les efforts de l'industrie en matière de transparence des ingrédients.   

« SC Johnson croit fermement que les consommateurs méritent de savoir ce que contiennent les produits qu'ils utilisent. En 2015, nous avons commencé à divulguer les ingrédients contenus dans ses parfums par produit et avons divulgué des centaines de ces ingrédients au niveau de 0,01 % depuis plus d'un an », a déclaré Kelly M. Semrau, vice-présidente principale, Affaires générales, Communication et Développement durable. « Partager plus sur les ingrédients des produits est bon pour les familles et est important pour l'industrie dans son ensemble. Nous sommes heureux de voir que nos pairs de l'industrie suivent notre exemple et prennent des mesures pour être plus transparents. »

SC Johnson a entamé son voyage de transparence dans l'industrie en lançant son site Web sur les ingrédients WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com – le premier du genre – en 2009. En 2012, il a ajouté une liste complète des ingrédients contenus dans les parfums utilisés dans ses produits. La palette de parfums SC Johnson exclut environ 2 400 ingrédients qui ne répondent pas aux normes élevées de l'entreprise, même s'ils répondent à celles de l'industrie et sont légaux dans le commerce.

En 2015, SC Johnson a ajouté à son site Web des renseignements sur les parfums spécifiques aux produits. Les consommateurs qui ont des questions peuvent trouver la liste des parfums dans les différents produits SC Johnson, parmi ses catégories, à l’adresse WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. En 2016, l’entreprise a étendu son programme de divulgation en Europe et en 2017, en Asie. Le programme sera introduit en Amérique latine plus tard cette année.

En 2017, SC Johnson a franchi une nouvelle étape en divulguant, sur une base spécifique au produit, la présence de 368 allergènes cutanés pouvant être présents dans ses produits. Ce mouvement dépasse la réglementation de l'Union européenne et des États-Unis, où aucune règle n'exige la transparence des allergènes.

Plus tôt cette année, SC Johnson a dévoilé les critères scientifiques qui sous-tendent son programme Greenlist™, qui guide la sélection des ingrédients afin de protéger la santé humaine et l'environnement.

Vous pouvez en apprendre plus sur le programme Greenlist™ de SC Johnson et son engagement envers la transparence des ingrédients à l’adresse WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com et le Rapport de développement durable de SC Johnson peut être consulté en ligne à www.scjohnson.com/report.


À propos de SC Johnson

SC Johnson est une entreprise familiale dévouée à proposer des produits innovants de haute qualité et à garantir l’excellence sur le lieu de travail. L’entreprise a également pris un engagement à long terme envers l’environnement et les communautés où elle mène ses activités. Basée aux États-Unis, SC Johnson est l’un des premiers fabricants de produits d’entretien ménager, de produits de rangement domestique, de produits d’assainissement de l’air, de produits de lutte contre les insectes, de produits d’entretien des chaussures et de produits pour les professionnels. L’entreprise commercialise des marques bien connues telles que GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® et ZIPLOC® aux États-Unis et ailleurs, avec des marques commercialisées en dehors des États-Unis telles que AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® et RIDSECT®. Cette entreprise, fondée il y a 132 ans et qui génère des ventes d’une valeur de 10 milliards de dollars, emploie environ 13 000 personnes dans le monde entier et vend ses produits dans pratiquement tous les pays du monde. www.scjohnson.com

SC Johnson expande a divulgação de ingredientes nas fragrâncias e continua liderando o setor em relação à transparência dos ingredientes

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

A SC Johnson anunciou hoje que é a primeira grande empresa de bens de consumo a divulgar globalmente até 0,01% dos ingredientes na fórmula de suas  fragrâncias em todo seu portfólio de marcas. Essa ação, que vai além do que é obrigatório, continua a jornada de uma década de trabalho da empresa para a transformação dos esforços do setor quando se trata de transparência de ingredientes.

“A SC Johnson acredita firmemente que os consumidores merecem saber o que há nos produtos que eles usam. Começamos a divulgar os ingredientes das fragrâncias por produto em 2015 e divulgamos centenas desses ingredientes até 0,01% da fórmula há mais de um ano”, disse Kelly M. Semrau, Vice-presidente sênior de Assuntos Corporativos Globais, Comunicação e Sustentabilidade. “Um maior compartilhamento dos ingredientes dos produtos é bom para as famílias e importante para o setor como um todo. Estamos felizes em ver que os colegas do nosso setor estão seguindo nosso caminho e tomando medidas para uma maior transparência”.

A SC Johnson iniciou sua jornada como líder do setor em transparência com o lançamento de seu site de ingredientes WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, o primeiro desse tipo, em 2009. Em 2012, a empresa acrescentou uma lista completa dos ingredientes das fragrâncias usados em seus produtos. A Paleta de Fragrâncias da SC Johnson exclui cerca de 2.400 ingredientes que não atendem aos altos padrões da empresa, apesar de respeitarem os padrões do setor e serem comercialmente legais.

Em 2015, a SC Johnson adicionou ao seu site a divulgação de fragrâncias específicas por produto. Os consumidores com dúvidas podem encontrar a lista de fragrâncias de produtos da SC Johnson em todas as suas categorias em WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. Em 2016, a empresa expandiu seu programa de divulgação para a Europa e, em 2017, para a Ásia. O programa será lançado na América Latina ainda este ano.

Em 2017, a SC Johnson abriu novos caminhos anunciando, com base em produtos específicos, a presença de 368 alergênicos cutâneos que podem estar presentes em seus produtos. Essa medida vai além das regulamentações da União Europeia e dos Estados Unidos, onde não há leis que obrigam a transparência de alergênicos.

No início deste ano, a SC Johnson revelou os critérios científicos por trás de seu programa Greenlist™, que orienta como a empresa seleciona os ingredientes para proteger a saúde humana e o meio ambiente.

Você pode saber mais sobre o programa Greenlist™ da SC Johnson e o compromisso com a transparência de ingredientes em WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com, ou no Relatório de Sustentabilidade da SC Johnson, que pode ser visualizado online em www.scjohnson.com/report.


Sobre a SC Johnson

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

SC Johnson amplia la divulgazione degli ingredienti delle proprie fragranze e continua a essere leader nel settore per la trasparenza sugli ingredienti

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

Oggi SC Johnson ha annunciato di essere la prima grande azienda di beni di largo consumo a divulgare gli ingredienti delle proprie fragranze fino a quelli che costituiscono lo 0,01% della formula dei prodotti, in tutto il mondo e per l’intero portfolio di marchi. Questa scelta, che va al di là delle imposizioni di legge, porta avanti il percorso decennale con cui SC Johnson sta trasformando il settore relativamente alla trasparenza sugli ingredienti.    

“SC Johnson crede fermamente che i consumatori meritino di conoscere il contenuto dei prodotti che usano. Nel 2015 abbiamo iniziato a divulgare gli ingredienti delle fragranze dei singoli prodotti e da oltre un anno rendiamo pubbliche centinaia di ingredienti fino a concentrazioni dello 0,01%”, ha affermato Kelly M. Semrau, Vicepresidente Senior per i Corporate Affairs Globali, la Comunicazione e la Sostenibilità. “Condividere maggiori informazioni sugli ingredienti dei prodotti è un bene per le famiglie ed è importante per l’intero settore. Siamo lieti di vedere che le altre aziende del settore stanno seguendo il nostro esempio, adottando le misure necessarie per una maggiore trasparenza.”

SC Johnson ha iniziato il suo percorso di trasparenza come leader nel settore nel 2009, lanciando un sito web dedicato agli ingredienti, il primo nel suo genere: WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com. Nel 2012, l’azienda ha aggiunto un elenco completo degli ingredienti presenti nelle fragranze dei suoi prodotti. La gamma di fragranze di SC Johnson esclude circa 2.400 ingredienti che, pur rispettando gli standard del settore ed essendo legalmente in commercio, non soddisfano gli elevati standard dell’azienda.

Nel 2015, SC Johnson ha aggiunto nel proprio sito web l’elenco delle fragranze dei singoli prodotti. In caso di dubbi, i consumatori possono trovare su WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com le fragranze di tutti i prodotti SC Johnson, divisi per categorie. Nel 2016 l’azienda ha esteso il proprio programma di divulgazione all’Europa e nel 2017 è stato il turno dell’Asia. Entro la fine di quest’anno, il programma sarà avviato anche in America Latina.

Nel 2017, SC Johnson ha aperto ulteriori orizzonti rivelando per ciascun prodotto l’eventuale presenza di 368 allergeni cutanei. Questa scelta va oltre quanto imposto dalle normative dell’Unione Europea e degli Stati Uniti, dove non esistono regole che impongono la trasparenza sugli allergeni.

All’inizio di quest’anno, SC Johnson ha svelato i criteri scientifici alla base del suo programma Greenlist™, che regola la scelta degli ingredienti in un’ottica di protezione della salute umana e dell’ambiente.

Per saperne di più sul programma Greenlist™ di SC Johnson e sull’impegno verso la trasparenza degli ingredienti, visitate il sito WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com o consultate il Report sulla sostenibilità, disponibile online all’indirizzo www.scjohnson.com/report.


Chi è SC Johnson

SC Johnson è un’azienda di famiglia che ha come obiettivi la realizzazione di prodotti innovativi e di alta qualità, l’eccellenza dei luoghi di lavoro e l’impegno a lungo termine nei confronti dell’ambiente e delle comunità in cui opera. Con sede centrale negli Stati Uniti, l’azienda è uno dei principali produttori al mondo di detergenti per la casa, prodotti per la conservazione domestica, deodoranti per ambiente, insetticidi e prodotti per scarpe, nonché di prodotti professionali. Commercializza marchi famosi come GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® negli Stati Uniti e non solo; tra i marchi commercializzati al di fuori degli Stati Uniti, citiamo AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® e RIDSECT®. Con i suoi 132 anni di storia, l’azienda genera vendite per un valore di 10 miliardi di dollari, dà lavoro a circa 13.000 persone nel mondo e vende i propri prodotti quasi in tutti i Paesi del mondo. www.scjohnson.com

The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Launches New Digital Access Index, Prove Positive Correlation Between Digitization and the Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

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New York and Brussels, 17 July 2018 – Access to digital connectivity and services is directly related to improvements in healthcare, education quality, fight to hunger and other major global challenges. This correlation has been proved, for the first time, in a comprehensive statistical analysis by Accenture Strategy for GeSI, published today in the pioneering report “Enabling the Global Goals”.

The report, presented at the 3rd SDG Business Forum in New York, also launched the Digital Access Index (DAI), a new holistic indicator to measure access to connectivity, technology, and digital solutions.

SDGs: a pioneering measure for the positive impact of digital

Accenture Strategy’s research for GeSI was able to demonstrate, through large datasets, that digital access has a strongly positive correlation with 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable communities, justice and strong institutions.

In this context, the report was able to go beyond simple statistical correlations and find early indications of causation. This is the case, for example, with reducing neonatal mortality. The analysis found that a 5% increase in digital access has the potential to save 2 babies for every 1000 births, which equals to a 7.4% reduction in mortality. This is mainly thanks to better health information and remote diagnostics.

DAI: an index to help organisations improve

In order to make analysis and follow-up possible, GeSI and Accenture have developed the Digital Access Index. The index is a new, unique tool to measure all the main aspects of digital: connectivity (including infrastructure, use, and affordability), technologies, and digital solutions.

Thanks to the Index, the ICT industry will be able to target progress areas and check against results. The report identified three main action areas for the industry: scaling positive impacts, flipping the negative impacts, and innovating for all the 17 SDGs.

“This report shares new, compelling evidence that the digital sector is positively linked to achieving the SDGs” said Luis Neves, GeSI’s Managing Director. “GeSI has been working to raise awareness of the enabling potential of digital technologies for over a decade. With this report, we reiterate our commitment to steering the impact of digital solutions on the SDGs, and we look forward to engaging with partners to support the achievement of the Goals by 2030”.  

The report can be accessed here: www.digitalaccessindex-sdg.gesi.org

About GeSI

The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector committed to creating and promoting digital technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. Formed in 2001, GeSI’s vision is a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development. GeSI enjoys a diverse and global membership, representing around 30 of the world’s leading ICT companies and partners with over 30 global business and international organizations such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Global Climate Forum (GCF), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives to share and develop ideas, launch joint initiatives, and collaborate on a broad range of sustainability projects. These partnerships help shape GeSI’s global vision regarding the evolution of the ICT sector, and how it can best meet the challenges of sustainable development.

For more information, see www.gesi.org.

Media inquiries: Luis Neves, Managing Director – luis.neves@gesi.org


Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) publie le nouveau Digital Access Index, prouvant une corrélation positive entre la digitalisation et les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD)

New York et Bruxelles, 17 Juillet 2018 – L’accès aux services et à la connectivité digitale sont directement liés à l’amélioration des soins de santé, à la qualité de l’éducation, au combat contre la faim et à d’autres défis mondiaux importants. Pour la première fois, cette corrélation a été identifiée dans une étude statistique complète par Accenture et GeSI et publiée aujourd’hui dans le rapport unique et innovant, « Enabling the Global Goals ».

Ce rapport, présenté lors du 3ème SDG Business Forum à New York, est aussi l’occasion de présenter le Digital Access Index – DAI (Index d’accès au digital), un nouvel outil dont l’approche holistique permet de mesurer l’accès à la connectivité, à la technologie, et aux solutions digitales.

Objectifs de Développement Durables (ODD) : une mesure innovante pour un impact positif du digital

Cette recherche a permis de démontrer, au travers de l’analyse de nombreuses données, que l’accès au digital a une corrélation positive forte avec 11 des 17 Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD). Cela inclut : l’éradication de la pauvreté, la lutte contre la faim, bonne santé et bien-être, l’accès à une éducation de qualité, l’égalité entre les sexes, l’accès à l’eau salubre et à l’assainissement, le recours aux énergies renouvelables, l’accès à des emplois décents, l’innovation et infrastructures, villes et communautés durables, justice et paix.

Dans ce contexte, le rapport va au-delà des simples corrélations et montre des signes de causalité. C’est le cas par exemple de la réduction de la mortalité néonatale. L’analyse a montré qu’une augmentation de 5% de l’accès au digital peut sauver 2 enfants sur 1000 naissances, ce qui correspond à une réduction de 7,4% de la mortalité. Cela grâce à une meilleure information sur les soins de santé et à la possibilité d’avoir des diagnostiques en ligne.

DAI : un index qui permet aux organisations de s’améliorer

Afin de rendre l’analyse et le suivi des corrélations possibles, GeSI et Accenture ont développé le Digital Access Index. Cet index est un nouvel outil unique qui permet de mesurer tous les principaux éléments du digital : la connectivité (ce qui inclut les infrastructures, l’utilisation, et l’accessibilité), les technologies, et les solutions digitales.

Grâce à cet index, l’industrie des TIC sera capable à l’avenir de cibler les zones de progrès et vérifier les résultats. Le rapport identifie trois champs d’action pour l’industrie : mesurer les impacts positifs, renverser les impacts négatifs, et innover pour tous les 17 ODD.

“Ce rapport donne des nouvelles preuves irréfutables que le secteur du digital est positivement lié à la réalisation des ODD” dit Luis Neves, Directeur Général de GeSI. “GeSI œuvre depuis une dizaine d’années pour éveiller les consciences sur le potentiel incroyable des technologies digitales. Avec ce rapport, nous réitérons notre engagement à être la force motrice de l’industrie des TIC et du digital afin qu’elle ait un réel impact sur les ODD, et nous nous réjouissons de travailler en collaboration avec nos partenaires pour atteindre ces objectifs d’ici 2030.  

Vous pouvez accéder au rapport ici : www.digitalaccessindex-sdg.gesi.org ]

A propos de GeSI

Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) est un partenariat stratégique d’entreprises du secteur des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) engagé dans la création et la promotion de technologies et pratiques digitales favorisant la durabilité économique, environnementale et sociale. Depuis 2001, la vision de GeSI est celle d’un monde durable rendu possible par une transformation responsable menée par les TIC. GeSI encourage la coopération globale et ouverte, informe le public sur les activités de ses membres dans l’amélioration de leurs performances en termes de durabilité, et la promotion de technologies innovantes pour le développement durable.      
Le panel d’adhérents de GeSI comprend une trentaine des plus grandes entreprises du secteur des TIC dans le monde. L'organisation collabore également avec plus de 30 organisations internationales telles que l’Union Internationale des Télécommunications (UIT), Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement (PNUE), le World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), le World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), l’Institut de Développement Durable et de Relations Internationales (Iddri), the Global Climate Forum (GCF), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), l’Institut Flamand pour la Recherche Technologique (VITO), and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – ainsi qu’avec un grand panel de parties prenantes internationales engagées à des objectifs de développement durable des TIC avec lesquelles GeSI partage et développes de nouvelles idées, lancent des initiatives communes et collabore sur des projets de durabilité. Ces collaborations permettent de former une vision globale de GeSI sur l'évolution du secteur des TIC, et comment mieux répondre aux défis du développement durable.

Pour plus d’informations, voir www.gesi.org.

Contact: Luis Neves, Managing Director – luis.neves@gesi.org

SC Johnson Expands Fragrance Ingredient Disclosure, Continues to Lead Industry in Ingredient Transparency

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:36am

SC Johnson today announced that it is the first major consumer packaged goods (CPG) company to globally disclose fragrance ingredients down to .01 percent of the product formula across its portfolio of brands. This action, which goes beyond what is required, continues the company’s decade-long journey to transform industry efforts when it comes to ingredient transparency.  

“SC Johnson firmly believes that consumers deserve to know what’s in the products they use.  We began disclosing fragrance ingredients by product in 2015, and have been disclosing hundreds of these ingredients down to .01% for more than a year,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability. “Sharing more about product ingredients is good for families and important for the industry as a whole. We are pleased to see that our industry peers are following our lead and taking steps toward greater transparency.”

SC Johnson began its industry-leading transparency journey by launching its WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com ingredient website – the first of its kind – in 2009. In 2012, it added a comprehensive list of fragrance ingredients used in its products. The SC Johnson 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, 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 disclosure program to Europe, and in 2017, to Asia. The program will be introduced in Latin America later this 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. This move goes beyond regulations in the European Union and also in the United States, where there are no rules requiring allergen transparency.

Earlier this year, SC Johnson unveiled the scientific criteria behind its Greenlist™ program, which guides how it selects ingredients to protect human health and the environment. 

You can learn more about SC Johnson’s Greenlist™ program and commitment to ingredient transparency at WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or SC Johnson’s Sustainability Report can be viewed online at www.scjohnson.com/report.


About SC Johnson

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

Impact Travel Alliance’s New Thought-leadership Study Lays Out 32 Tactics to Popularize Sustainable Travel, Engage Average Traveler

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:35pm

 Impact Travel Alliance’s freshly published thought-leadership study, “Bringing Sustainable Tourism to the Masses," contains optimistic news and a strong framework of 32 tactics to accomplish the much-needed work ahead to integrate sustainability into all types of travel. Released by the travel industry nonprofit today, the study was written in partnership with Mandala Research and Community By Design.

“We are on the cusp of seeing the impact that sustainable travel can have on a much broader scale,” ITA Executive Director Kelley Louise said. “Our biggest hurdle is in reaching beyond the niche that sustainability currently exists within the travel industry and engaging the average traveler.”

The good news: the market is receptive to change.

“This really is a watershed moment for the travel industry, where there is indisputable evidence of travelers’ preferences for destinations and travel companies that are committed to sustainability,” said Laura Mandala, CEO of Mandala Research and former member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. “With 60 percent of all leisure travelers having taken a sustainable trip the time has come for more in the industry to adopt policies travelers care about.”

In the 66-page study, Impact Travel Alliance aims to empower all sides of the travel industry in its goal to mainstream sustainable tourism. The nonprofit developed three core principles, each of which has its own set of actionable ideas, in an effort to outline steps toward making attainable progress.

1) Engage partners at both corporate and grassroots levels through storytelling, community and collaboration

2) Complement traditional business activities with sustainable offers and incentives

3) Embrace technology that has changed the way consumers engage with brands

The study also outlines tactics that can be or have been used in pursuit of each principle. Tactics range from creating more awareness around greenwashing and greenhushing to investigating emerging technologies like blockchain, as well as specific marketing approaches based around transparency, authenticity and a stickiness factor. Travel businesses already employing some tactics are highlighted, such as Kind Traveler’s ambassador program; Royal Caribbean’s Save the Waves program, Booking.com’s Booking Booster program; JetBlue’s report on the ROI of Sustainability and more. Some tactics are framed as direct asks, such as to expand, amplify and invest in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s efforts and to invest in programs that foster innovation.

The tactics addressed are further categorized on a quadrant based on reach and implementation. Tactics with a broad reach and singular capability for implementation are named “Power Play;” those with a broad reach that take a coordinated industry effort are deemed “Mass Evolution.” Tactics that have a more narrow focus and need coordinated industry effort are called “Groundswell;” and those with a narrow focus and singular capability are named “Individual Impact.” The quadrant is meant to be used as a tool for all sides of the industry – from individuals to small businesses and corporations – to be able to identify specific action items relevant to their own organizations.

“The Thought Leadership Study is not only a report; it’s a guidebook and a call to action,” Louise said. “We’re asking our community to rally around these principles and the tactics that are the most relevant to them, and make a promise to use them to build realistic plans with finite timelines.”

The full thought-leadership study is available online at ImpactTravelAlliance.org/thought-leadership-2018.

Many of the study’s solutions stemmed from the design-thinking session, led by Community By Design during the 2017 Impact Travel Global Summit, an event which gathers 150 of the most innovative minds in the travel industry. ITA strives to incubate ideas in this setting that can be processed and shared across the entire travel sector. The study also synthesizes a year’s worth of conversations and interactions that ITA had with its chapters around the world, peers in other organizations focused on sustainability, and with the content creators, tour operators and professionals in the travel industry.

ITA is the world's largest community for impact-focused travel professionals. Through education and advocacy around sustainable tourism, the organization aims to transform the travel industry into a force for good, and to help improve the world through business and leisure travel. ITA is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit with a highly engaged and active global community with 30 local chapters in cities around the world. For more information, visit impacttravelalliance.org.

Mandala Research is one of the leading travel and tourism research companies in the world, and led a landmark “The Role of Sustainability in Travel and Tourism” study in 2016. The firm has pioneers the "firsts" of many niche studies in the travel industry and offers extensive knowledge of several growing demographics and trends, including African American and U.S. Hispanic travelers, cultural and heritage, wine and culinary tourism, travelers with disabilities, sustainable travel, among others. Mandala partners with subject matter experts and associations to bring the most diverse and credible knowledge to their work. Partners for the report with Impact Travel Alliance include Destination Better and The Conscious Connoisseur. For more information, visit www.MandalaResearch.com.

Media contact:
Meghan Aftosmis
Sr. PR and Media Network Coordinator, ITA

Why We Think ESG Is a Bedrock Investment Issue

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:34pm

By George Evans, Chief Investment Officer for Equities, OppenheimerFunds.

The investment interest around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria is growing among a wide variety of investors, but the concept isn’t new. ESG factors have been and are important to any holistic understanding of a business. In some ways, they are the most foundational or bedrock investment issues, and we have found in our own strategies that good ESG practices at companies can be additive to investment performance. The reason is quite straightforward: ESG characteristics matter in a very real economic sense.

ESG miscues can derail a company’s ability to create economic value for its shareholders on an ongoing basis. Increasingly, companies are realizing that it is in their business interests to perform well against ESG criteria. Although they articulate separately, environmental, social and governance standards are almost never separate and distinct. They can interact with one another, often positively, sometimes negatively, and have important implications for the sustainability and durability of a company’s business economics.

ESG Supports Long-Term Value Creation
For nearly 50 years, the Global Equity Team at OppenheimerFunds has had a consistent aspiration. We seek to be long-term investors in above-average businesses that have significant competitive advantages, and that are beneficiaries of structural shifts in economic growth, technology, and demographics. Capturing the compounded effects of these structural shifts requires longer-than-average holding periods, which is generally our approach. Thus, it is clear that any business that is capable of long-term value creation for its shareholders must excel at ESG. 

In our experience, long-term value creation is not possible for companies entangled with ESG controversies. History is riddled with examples of companies that performed poorly on one or more of these criteria—and shareowners ultimately paid a heavy price. Perhaps the most recent headline-grabbing incident involving an environmental disaster was the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The project sponsor, British Petroleum, saw its share price quickly decline by 50%. Moreover, the total cost to BP (i.e., its shareowners), taking into account fines and cleanup costs, exceeded $50 billion. So ESG is a very real topic with very real economic consequences if things go wrong. This is why we have, for nearly 50 years, treated these issues with the significance they warrant, and we did so long before the letters “ESG” appeared in print.

Informed Judgment Is Required
ESG, like everything else we confront as investors, demands informed judgment. The durability and trajectory of any given set of business economics can be enhanced or hindered by corporate performance on these criteria, and that is why we spend considerable time on ESG-related investment considerations. They have always been relevant, and they will continue to be so.

To learn more about how we think about environmental, social, and governance factors and integrate them into our research process, read our white paper, A Holistic Approach to Evaluating ESG. 

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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 June 29, 2018.

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 as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments 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.

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The 2017 Corporate Philanthropic Practice Conference

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:34pm

This day and a half conference will address new ways of organizing the function of corporate philanthropy professionals and how they are being impacted by new types of skills needed to interact and support nonprofit partners. We will discuss where the corporate philanthropic sector has been, is now, and where it is headed.

As an attendee, you will learn:

• The pros and cons of using an intermediary organization for help with grantmaking
• How to deal with today’s challenging political and social environment
• Innovative best practices for better relationships, strategies and results
• Insights to manage internal and external expectations

Save $200, when you register with code: CSR200

17th Annual Employee Engagement Summit Tackles Tough Topics and Inspires Action

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 9:33am

This year’s new Charities@Work preconference peer-learning workshop brought a sold-out crowd to PwC in New York City on June 27, where CSR experts and newcomers shared fresh ideas for success and aligning efforts with business objectives.

“The expectations and awareness in the CSR field have grown considerably in the past several years,” said Heather Lofkin Wright, Director, Responsible Business Leadership, PwC US. “Today’s practitioners can make the biggest impact if they lead with intention and purpose and learn from each other. I’m glad we could host this strong group of leaders for this important dialogue.”

An even larger group of leading global companies gathered at the annual Employee Engagement Summit on June 28 for frank conversations where everyone had a voice. Top trends discussed included keeping it real with authentic communications; understanding the corporate imperative to speak up on social issues and ignite employee activism; moving beyond numbers to impact; and aligning employee engagement and CSR efforts with business objectives. 

Andrew Davis, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Coca-Cola Company, kicked off the Summit, challenging companies to address today’s social issues head on and unlock the power of people. “By saying nothing, that’s a message,” said Davis. “Companies must make a stand. This is the new normal. Employees are no longer checking their conscience at the door.” Davis also discussed leveraging business resource groups and diversity and inclusion initiatives to drive company growth and continued success.

Representatives from Campbell Soup Company shared how they engage employees through purpose-inspired communications, leveraging storytelling and internal platforms like Workplace by Facebook, Instagram takeovers, and employee crowdsourcing campaigns to explore new ideas and ensure authenticity and two-way communication. The results? A more than 234% increase in employee comments and 121% increase in views on their internal platform alone, reported Megan Maltenfort, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Jackie Lagratta, Integrated Digital Marketing Manager, Campbell Soup Company. 

Many companies discussed the move to focus on tangible impact versus numbers. “It’s about lifelong learning and supporting the passions of our people. It’s not about the number of hours your employees volunteer anymore,” said Jennifer Flynn, Executive Director of Citizenship at KPMG LLP. “It’s about the impact you can have.”

Michael Bzdak, Global Director of Employee Engagement in the Office of Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson, shared the importance of “collaborative glue” in partnerships to monitor, measure, and sustain progress. “The next time a team leader says they want to tack a three-hour skills-based project to an upcoming meeting, don’t burden a nonprofit if it won’t help them,” said Bzdak. “Instead, task that employee group with ideation and problem solving for your own CSR initiatives.”

Attendees broke into workshops to delve deeper into connecting social issues and employee engagement with brand, led by Best Buy, as well as a panel on how to engage harder-to-reach employees through skilled-based volunteerism, hosted by Common Impact, John Hancock Financial, JPMorgan Chase, Marriott International, and Wells Fargo. “Through volunteering, companies have the opportunity to develop employee skills and acquire talent by serving communities where they do business,” said Jerome Tennille, Manager of Volunteerism at Marriott International.

Matthew Nelson, CVP Corporate Responsibility, New York Life Insurance Company, served as Summit emcee. He joined Tiffany Calderon, Senior Manager, Community Relations, Best Buy; Michael Carren, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Guardian Life Insurance Company; Heather Lofkin Wright, Director, Responsible Business Leadership, PwC US; Katherine Friesz, Executive Director, Winnebago Foundation and Corporate Responsibility, Winnebago Industries; and Peter Dudley, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, most recently with Wells Fargo, as faculty for the preconference peer-learning workshop.

The 2018 Employee Engagement Summit was the 17th annual conference hosted by the founding partners of Charities@Work: America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact.

Check out the preconference and Summit presentations, resources, photos, interviews, news, and more: https://charitiesatwork.org/2018-event-recap/  

Many thanks to generous Summit sponsors:

Pre-Conference Sponsor 

Summit Networking Event Sponsor 
Wells Fargo 

Gold Sponsors
Best Buy
The Guardian Life Insurance Company
New York Life Insurance Company

Silver Sponsors
American Express
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bronze Sponsors
Berkshire Bank
Bright Funds
Group Sales, Inc.
Realized Worth

About Charities@Work
Charities@Work bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors to achieve greater social impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit organizations – America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 3,000 of the leading health, environmental, international development, and community nonprofits making a difference in the U.S. and around the world today. These four nonprofits exist to facilitate interaction and partnerships between charities, companies, and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all.

Trends in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:33am

During a recent ReportAlert webinar, an attendee asked about trends in corporate reporting around CR and sustainability.

To answer, we have invited reporting veteran Tim Woodall and training extraordinaire Nancy Mancilla to share their observations on how corporate reporters are gearing up for 2018 and beyond. 

Hear whether integrated reporting continues gathering steam, how brands are incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into their updates, and how the Brands Taking Stands movement is manifesting itself in ESG disclosures.

This presentation will also include a focus on two platforms designed for companies and NGOs to drive awareness of their corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives – 3BL Media and ReportAlert.  Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, will moderate the discussion.


Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford Teams Up with Actress Lauren Potter for Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 3:27pm

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford participated in the first-ever ESPN | Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge, held Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the University of Washington’s Husky Ballpark. Ashford was among an exclusive group of executives who competed with employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes in multiple Unified Sports challenges – all to raise money for Special Olympics and the Seattle community. Holland America Line was a presenting sponsor for the Seattle Art Mural project of the Special Olympics USA Games.
The event preceded the start of competitions at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle (July 1-6) and was staged by Special Olympics and ESPN, the official broadcaster of the USA Games. 
Actress Lauren Potter, most recognizable for her role as Becky Jackson in the hit television show “Glee,” teamed up with Ashford, along with Special Olympics athlete Mike van Zee and Holland America Line employees Erik Elvejord, Director, Public Relations and Dan Rough, Director Pricing and Demand. 
“It was an honor to support and participate in the Special Olympics in our hometown of Seattle alongside Lauren and all of the inspiring athletes who show what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and giving it everything you have,” said Ashford. “The Special Olympics embody what it means to be inclusive, compassionate and accessible, and we will continue to support its mission and advocate opportunities for all.”
Throughout the day, the teams rotated around 12 activity stations including Hot Shot Basketball, Penalty Shoot Soccer, Just Dance, Team Bocce, Inflatable Dart Board, Football Accuracy Challenge, Giant Memory Game and Golf Putting.
Van Zee is from Spokane, Washington, and started in the Special Olympics program in 1983 learning to powerlift. He first competed in the Special Olympics Games in 1988 and has gone on to participate in numerous Special Olympics, including the Special Olympics World Games.
As a presenting sponsor, Holland America Line supported the Seattle Art Mural project. Under the guidance of Seattle-based artist Catherine Mayer, 20 Special Olympics Washington athletes participated in three workshops to create art murals for the 2018 USA Games. Mayer assembled the 26-foot-long murals that were displayed around Seattle and at the Healthy Athletes venue at the USA Games. A seven-day cruise also was donated for a photo contest in the I’m a Game Changer campaign, which recognized unsung heroes working on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.
Editor’s note:  Team photo is available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/06nutvzj.

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Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship is due for delivery in 2021.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during an America’s Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.

Ahead of SDG Business Forum, UN Global Compact Urges Private Sector to Fuel Acceleration of Sustainable Development at National Level

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 3:27pm

The United Nations Global Compact — together with its partners ICC and UN DESA — will next week (on 17 July) host more than 600 representatives from the private sector, civil society, Governments and the UN at the third annual SDG Business Forum. Held as part of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the SDG Business Forum provides a unique platform for business to interact with key stakeholders, share their perspectives and showcase their efforts in support of the 2030 Agenda.

Speaking before the Forum, Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, underscores the urgency of business engagement on the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. “Important progress has been made in raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals, but despite good intentions and commitments, we are not yet on track to transform our world and achieve the goals by 2030. What we need now is for businesses everywhere to step up and contribute the expertise, innovation and investments needed to turn aspirations into reality. The private sector is the fuel that can accelerate sustainable development at the local level. We need everyone to make the Global Goals local business.”

John Denton, Secretary-General of ICC, said, “It’s positive to see such a strong mobilization of the business community in support of the Global Goals at this year’s SDG Business Forum. But three years on from the launch of the Goals, it’s clear that we remain behind the curve on the path to implementation. That’s why we are looking at this year’s Forum as a platform for real action: to inspire more businesses to embrace sustainability in their core operations and to shape meaningful policy change to allow the private sector to go further and faster.”

Then, on 18 July, high-level representatives from the private sector, Governments, investor groups, financial institutions and UN Agencies will gather for SDG Country Plans: A Roadmap to Private Investment to highlight multi-stakeholder planning and implementation of the SDGs at the national level. The meeting will also focus on generating interest among the private sector and capital markets to invest in the SDGs alongside Governments and see the value that sustainable businesses, markets and societies can offer investors.

In a new report to be published on 18 July entitled In Focus: Addressing Investor Needs in Reporting on the SDGs, the UN Global Compact, together with GRI and PRI, provide guidance to businesses to better align their SDG-related disclosures with investors’ information needs. The report is intended to support businesses in their efforts to reach investors and help mobilize the sustainable finance needed for the achievement of the SDGs.

This publication complements the upcoming Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide, to be released later this year.

“Bold leadership from business is critical to the realization of the SDGs and we can show there is a strong business case for investing in opportunities aligned with the SDGs, including helping business secure stable returns, better representing the values of their clients and offering sustainable financial products that differentiate them in the marketplace,” said Lise Kingo.

Next week, the UN Global Compact will also publish Global Compact Local Networks: Accelerating National SDG Implementation, which shows how Global Compact Local Networks around the world are engaging businesses, investors, Governments and the UN in driving the 2030 Agenda through examples from over 30 countries. Both reports will be published on the UN Global Compact website here.


About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and nearly 70 Local Networks.

For more information, follow @globalcompact and visit www.unglobalcompact.org.


For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Sofie Rud, tel: +1 347 570 2520, rud@unglobalcompact.org

Colleen Connors, tel: +1 929 354 6744, connors@unglobalcompact.org

Dan Thomas, tel.: +1 917 225 1913, thomas@unglobalcompact.org


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