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2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute: Be Courageous

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:39pm

The 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Institute theme is “Be Courageous.” This one-day conference for corporate responsibility professionals will explore how companies and CSR leaders are demonstrating courage through their work. Expert speakers will help us understand where this dynamic field is headed and what kind of skills are needed for practitioners to thrive. This year’s Corporate Philanthropy Institute will engage more than 150 professionals working in corporate citizenship and philanthropy across the globe in big ideas and then break concepts down into usable strategies, approaches and actionable plans. Join us!

Carnival Corporation Announces Commitment to Responsible Chicken Sourcing

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:39pm

 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company announced it will shift purchasing policies across its nine leading cruise line brands by 2024 to improve the welfare of sourced chicken, becoming one of the first companies in the travel industry to commit to adopting comprehensive broiler chicken welfare policies.

Working with animal protection organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane League, Carnival Corporation is committed to aligning welfare standards for broiler chicken, ensuring that 100 percent of chicken sourced will be certified by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP).

"Carnival Corporation and our brands recognize animal welfare is an important issue for our guests and the general public, as well as us, and by teaming up with leading organizations that have made this commitment to responsible sourcing, we are optimistic that this will help advance broader adoption of these conscientious practices,” said Julia Brown, chief procurement officer for Carnival Corporation. "With this latest initiative, we will expand on our responsible sourcing efforts across the corporation by working closely with our suppliers to assure that the broiler chickens we purchase are treated humanely, under appropriate animal welfare standards."

By 2024, Carnival Corporation will require sourced chicken to be GAP-certified and produced under standards that require all chickens to be given more space and enhanced environments – including litter and lighting. Additionally, these new policies will ensure that Carnival Corporation’s chicken suppliers process their products in a humane manner through a multi-step controlled-atmosphere system and demonstrate compliance with these standards.

"Carnival Corporation has continued to uphold their position as a leader in the industry on many fronts, including animal welfare,” said Joyana Hunt, corporate policy specialist for HSUS. “We applaud the company's commitment to broiler chicken welfare.”

This broiler chicken purchasing commitment is the latest stride in Carnival Corporation's continued dedication to addressing animal welfare in its supply chain. In 2015, working with the Humane Society of the United States, Carnival Corporation committed to switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs across all its brands by 2025.

Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of 10 dynamic brands that include nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom, the corporation's immersion and enrichment experience brand.

Together, these brands operate 103 ships with 231,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2022. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only dual listed company in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

In 2017, Fast Company recognized Carnival Corporation as being among the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies" in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion™, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.fathom.org, www.hollandamerica.com, www.princess.com, www.seabourn.com, www.aida.de, www.costacruise.com, www.cunard.com,www.pocruises.com.au, and www.pocruises.com.

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Carnival Corporation:
Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corporation, rfrizzell@carnival.com(305) 406-7862 
Mike Flanagan, LDWW, mike@ldwwgroup.com(727) 452-4538

FCA US Supports Diverse Future Business Leaders As Exclusive Sponsor of National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:39pm

Talented MBA candidates from 41 of the nation’s leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2017 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Graduate Student Case Competition®, sponsored by FCA US LLC.

The NBMBAA/FCA US National Graduate Student Case Competition is an annual event that gives high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case to a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the NBMBAA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in Philadelphia from September 26-30. FCA US has been an active supporter of NBMBAA for more than 30 years and the exclusive sponsor of the Graduate Student Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, more than 2,300 MBA students have participated in the competition.

"FCA US is proud to continue its support of the National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition," said Kelly Tolbert, Head of Diversity, FCA US LLC. "The competition is a showcase event for student achievement that enables our Company to demonstrate its commitment to identifying, recruiting and developing diverse talent and future business leaders."

This year, the students from the University of Alabama took home the first place trophy as national champions and $25,000 in scholarships. The winning team members were Liz Alley, Jessika Banks, Bryonna Rivera Burrows and Myles Ward, all current MBA students at the university. The second- and third-place teams represented Georgetown University and Boston University, earning $15,000 and $10,000 in scholarships, respectively. Winning teams were announced at the NBMBAA’s Impact Awards Gala on Friday, September 29.

The 2017 business case required teams to re-introduce a global automotive brand to the U.S. market.  Teams were judged on their work creating a strategic vision and operating plan for their dealership incorporating concepts from marketing, supply chain, finance, operations and customer experience.

About National Black MBA Association
The NBMBAA has grown from a two-day conference to one of the country’s largest professional, minority organizations with 9,000+ members, 45 professional chapters, 35 Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) programs and more than 300 corporate partners. The organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle.
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

Follow FCA US news and video on:
Company blog: blog.fcanorthamerica.com
Company website: www.fcanorthamerica.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FiatChrysler.NorthAmerica/
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/FiatChrysler_NA
Twitter (Spanish): www.twitter.com/fcausespanol
YouTube: www.youtube.com/fcanorthamerica
Media website: media.fcanorthamerica.com

For more information, please visit the FCA US LLC media site at http://media.fcanorthamerica.com.

Nespresso to Showcase Key Partnership With the Rainforest Alliance on Coffee Sleeves

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:27pm

Today, Nespresso has announced the inclusion of the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal on all Nespresso permanent Grand Crus coffee sleeves to help build awareness of the AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

Launched in 2003, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is a tailor-made program that combines the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria with the quality coffee credentials Nespresso is known for.

To celebrate and highlight this important 14-year partnership, Nespresso has updated its packaging to include the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal next to the AAA logo, with the aim of highlighting the importance of sustainable quality coffee to consumers.

Nespresso CEO, Jean-Marc Duvoisin, said: ‘‘The Rainforest Alliance was one of our original partners and helped us to design the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. Their seal is recognizable to millions of people and we believe that including their seal on our packs will help our customers to better understand what the AAA program means and the importance of sustainably sourced coffee. We know we cannot do all of the work alone and will continue to work with local and international partner organisations to help us put the farmer at the centre of everything we do.” 

The Rainforest Alliance’s mission is to conserve biodiversity and help ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour. The AAA program was designed to incorporate these criteria and help improve the quality of life for farmers, their families and communities while also protecting the environment. This is done through a holistic approach, which includes auditing farms against the newly revised  Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards to help ensure best agricultural practices and direct training through on-the-ground agronomists who help them to make their farms more productive and profitable.

Nigel Sizer, president of the Rainforest Alliance, stated “We are proud of the achievements that the Nespresso and Rainforest Alliance collaboration have accomplished over the past 14 years and we look forward to continued progress.  We will continue to work together with farmers to create shared value and vibrant coffee communities, while at the same time helping protect the natural environment and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.” 

The AAA program goes beyond Rainforest Alliance certification by also focusing on high coffee quality and price premiums being paid so farmers can produce coffee that meets the Nespresso standards on taste and aroma while protecting the wellbeing of farmers and the environment.

Currently, 80% of Nespresso coffee is sourced from AAA farms and it is estimated that over 40% of all our coffee is from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. All coffee sleeves across the brand’s permanent Grand Crus range will now clearly label this, to show Nespresso’s commitment to not only sustainability and farmer welfare, but also meaningful and long-term partnerships. 

About Nestlé Nespresso SA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 70,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 69 countries and has more than 12,000 employees. In 2016, it operated a global retail network of more than 600 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working around the world to conserve biodiversity and natural resources and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 1987, the Rainforest Alliance focuses on creative, pragmatic collaboration with foresters, farmers, businesses, and workers to help rebalance the planet by building strong forests and healthy communities worldwide. To learn more visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Shape Up Your Sustainability Strategy! June 27 in San Francisco

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:27pm

By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy.


Join us for a full-day, invitation-only, bootcamp where we will unpack the three core elements of effective sustainability communications: corporate purpose, strategic frameworks, and aspirational storytelling. 

When: June 27th, 2017  8:30am – 4:30pm 

Where: PCH Innovation Hub, 135 Mississippi St., San Francisco, CA 94107

What you can expect: An intimate gathering of thought leaders and sustainability practitioners set to explore how leading businesses are closing the gap between sustainability and effective communication.

Featured Speaker: Chris Librie, Senior Director of Global Impact at eBay

In one day you’ll learn:

  • The three key elements of effective modern sustainability communications
  • The tools and methodologies for creating user journey profiles to determine how stakeholders want to interact with your content
  • How to use audience mapping and a messaging matrix to provide the right amount of detail at the right time and to the right audience
  • How to connect sustainability messages with the organization’s aspirational vision and mission
  • How to infuse communications with a point of view and voice
  • How to move from touting your latest achievements to actual stakeholder dialogue

Who should attend: By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy. You may be a sustainability practitioner, CSO, CSR executive, corporate communications executive, HR director, corporate strategy advisor, public affairs director, or marketing/brand executive.

Price: $750 (price includes taxes and fees, light breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee, educational materials, and workbook)


Winners of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Awards Announced!

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:27am

Six Canadian organizations were awarded yesterday in Toronto by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) for their outstanding efforts to help advance action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell gave the welcome and congratulatory remarks to all awarded organizations during the ceremony.

The Awards were announced and presented by Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to winners in two categories – SME and Large Organizations. Winners in the SME category include: MScSM Program at University of Toronto, Operation Eyesight, and Enviro-Stewards. Winners in the Large Organizations category include: Frontera Energy, BASF, and University of Calgary.

The awarded organizations also presented their business case for the SDGs and the impacts of their efforts to the ceremony attendees, which consisted of senior business leaders and representatives from the top echelons of the Canadian government.

During the ceremony, a special partnership between three GCNC participants, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Teck Resources Limited (Teck), and Nutrition International was unveiled. The partnership is Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) and plans to reach millions of children with zinc treatments to help save lives in Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Bangladesh.

To further highlight the theme of strategic partnership for greater impact, the Awards ceremony also hosted a panel discussion on partnerships with experts from Frontera Energy, Global Affairs Canada, and Agrium sharing their insights on the fundamentals of fruitful partnerships for the Canadian corporate sector.

A recording of the panel and the event will be published on the GCNC website on October 2nd, 2017. 

About the SDG Awards 2017

The annual SDG Awards hosted by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact aims to recognize and help foster existing efforts by organizations to help advance action towards the 17 SDGs. The Awards also aims to highlight the business case for organizations to embed the SDGs to promote their adoption in Canada. 

The GCNC hopes that the Awards can spark interest among organizations who are not currently embedding the SDGs by providing a platform for organizations to benchmark their initiatives and showcase best practice examples for others to follow.

The event is sponsored by Host Sponsor, Teck Resources; Bronze Sponsors Frontera Energy and Kinross Gold; Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor, Baker McKenzie.

”Often private sector organizations don’t know where to start or how to explore options to embed the SDGs to their company’s sustainability strategy, the SDG Awards provides a great opportunity for those companies to join the discussion and be part of one of the largest SDGs-related initiative in Canada. ” explains Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the Global Compact Network Canada.  

Details on the application and nomination process are available on the Global Compact Network Canada’s website. Online public voting began on July 28th and adjourned on September 14th.

Official Web Page for the SDG Awards 2017: http://globalcompact.ca/sdg-awards-2017/

New ‘One for Good’ Campaign Looks to Inspire Healthier Consumers

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 8:27am

The Consumer Goods Forum has launched a pilot campaign in Hagerstown, Maryland, to support community members in adopting healthier diets and lifestyles. Partnering with Healthy Washington County, members of The Consumer Goods Forum – retailers and manufacturers – have now begun to rollout the “One for Good” campaign in retail outlets and communities across Hagerstown. Participating companies include: Ahold Delhaize, Campbell Soup Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Target, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Walmart.

Make One More Healthy Choice

People everywhere are taking a greater interest in their personal well-being, whether that's eating better, getting active or enhancing personal care and hygiene. The “One for Good” campaign is supporting consumers and communities in this ambition and working with existing public health initiative, Healthy Washington County, to support their efforts to address ongoing diet and health challenges. Despite increasing efforts, people are still challenged on how to manage their health and we believe a collaborative approach, involving multiple sectors, is the best way to ensure access and positive, long-term impacts.

People are faced with thousands of choices every day, many of which can impact their health. The good news is that the road to a healthier life can start with small changes — the first step is making one more healthy choice. The “One for Good” campaign will see retail stores promoting healthier products, bearing the “One for Good” logo and messaging. Activities such as health and wellness fairs and community-driven events will also take place as retailers and manufacturers work together to provide health and wellness support and information.

Allen Twigg, Executive Director, Behavior & Community Health of Meritus Medical Center and Healthy Washington County, said, “We are happy that CGF members have chosen Hagerstown for their pilot campaign. Our goal at Healthy Washington County is to help people in the region better understand their personal health status and provide the means to help individuals achieve their healthiest potential. By working with consumer goods companies – and benefiting from their important role in our community – we feel that the ‘One for Good’ campaign will help consumers better understand the choices they make and how to make ones that lead to healthier lives”.

“Walmart, as a whole, is committed to making healthcare and healthier food more affordable and accessible. We’re focused on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across our entire assortment – in stores and online – through in-store events, online education and an expanded assortment of products and services solutions”, said Alex Hurd, Senior Director, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We are delighted that through the CGF, we are able to work with Healthy Washington County to bring ‘One for Good’ to the good people of Hagerstown. We look forward to collaborating with public health authorities, local governments and community advocates to help those in the community lead healthier lives”.

Isabelle Grosmaitre, Alimentation Initiative Catalyst, Danone, said, “As global companies, we understand that we have a responsibility to make communities healthier and we want to help consumers understand that we are partners with them in their health and wellness efforts. We are delighted that through the CGF we are collaborating with Healthy Washington County to bring ‘One for Good’ to life in the community of Hagerstown. Only by working together with public health authorities, local governments and community advocates can we expect to see the types of sustainable changes that make for a healthier community”.

Learn more about the pilot campaign at www.one-for-good.com.

Collaboration for Healthier Lives

This pilot is part of a global framework on Collaboration for Healthier Lives, part of the CGF’s Health & Wellness Pillar. Its mission is to drive retailer and manufacturer collaboration for positive change, benefiting people and communities, as well as businesses.

People want to live healthier lives and expect the consumer goods industry to play a role to help them meet their health and wellbeing needs. Through the CGF’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives pilots and models, the CEO-led organisation’s approach is to have greater retailer-manufacturer collaborations and scaling up of programmes that bring together many-to-many to help inspire healthier communities and create a culture of prevention.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Bligh
Director, Health & Wellness
The Consumer Goods Forum

Lee Green
Director, Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum

Walmart Announces $5 million Commitment for Hurricane Maria Relief

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 5:27pm

Walmart has committed $5 million in support of  Hurricane Maria relief efforts. This builds on the commitments previously announced by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation totaling $35 million to support 2017 hurricane assistance in response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

“Our associates and friends in Puerto Rico are in significant  need,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “We want to do all we can to help, not only with immediate hurricane assistance, but in the long term, knowing that there are many challenging days of recovery and rebuilding ahead.”

Walmart operates 45 retail facilities in Puerto Rico, which includes two distribution centers and a satellite headquarters, supported by nearly 15,000 associates across the Island. The $5 million commitment will support organizations helping with local relief efforts supporting those in need. Additional efforts by Walmart in Puerto Rico include:

  • Taking care of our associates and their families, which is our first priority. We are focused on providing our associates disaster assistance along with their regular paychecks. We’ve been working through a process to do so safely and efficiently this week.

  • Continued relief efforts centralized through the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day tracking storm impacts and supporting our associates needs and well-being. The EOC also facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts on the Island.

  • We have company leadership in Puerto Rico and continue to be in regular contact with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other partners, while we respond  to various needs. We have also sent communications specialists, electricians and other skilled support teams to the Island to help stores and club locations recover as quickly as possible.

  • We continue to work toward assessing the status of our facilities on the Island as we are safely able to access them. So far, we have been able to re-open around 20 stores and 5 club locations along with nearly a dozen pharmacies on the Island. We’re proud of the work our teams are doing to help serve our Puerto Rico customers.

  • We recognize the need for access to food, water, fuel, medication and other critical items for our customers and associates. We are planning to open facilities very thoughtfully, most likely under limited hours, and metered access, to control lines and enhance security for our customers. In addition we are utilizing corporate jets to get emergency insulin to the Island.

  • Working to ship critical supplies and product to the Island. Hundreds of loads of water, emergency supplies and other needed resources, like generators, have been delivered over the last several days. We also have critical freight on a vessel that departed Florida earlier this week and have plans to send more supplies  before the end of this week.

  • We are actively providing  stores with freight and will send product to both open stores and those that are able to accept deliveries as soon as safely possible.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to this year’s hurricane response of more than $30 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.er 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.   

Taylor Wilson Thompson Family Foundation Supports Schools Ravaged by Hurricane Irma

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:25pm

When natural disaster strikes, it is the time for communities to rise up and take care of one another, if for no other reason but for the sake of our common humanity. For 5 years, the Taylor Wilson Thompson  Family Foundation has recognized the need for looking after each other and has worked to support children’s leadership development in schools around the country. In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s horrific aftermath, the Foundation is working with two communities to assist them in  meeting their mission to educate students, provide leadership and train the next generation. The Foundation is giving support to the “Literacy by 3” program in Houston, Texas and the “Duval Reads” program in Jacksonville, Florida.

The area programs were chosen based upon their history of successful reading and leadership training at the elementary and middle school, as well as the communities’ successful work with the Foundation through the Big Problems Big Ideas Competition. Literacy by 3, a program offered in the Houston Independent School District, is an attempt to combat the literacy crisis in Houston. Literacy by 3 is a districtwide pedagogical approach employed by teachers  that includes guided readings, reading aloud activities and word instruction. Duval Reads is an initiative of ‘Communities in Schools of Jacksonville’ that has been providing service to the Duval County Public Schools since 1999. Duval Reads has helped lower the dropout rate as well as provide one on one literacy tutoring for students in elementary school. The goal is to improve each student’s reading proficiency by at least 10% each school year. Since the program’s inception it has helped more than 7,500 students achieve their reading goals.

“It is our hope that the small support, the Foundation is able to grant to these programs, will give them a better opportunity to thrive even as disaster strikes, and to provide for the children of their communities in whatever way they can. Reading and literacy are the keys to improving an individual’s future and we are happy to lend our support to the efforts in these communities”, said Taylor Thompson in announcing the awards. ” We have the opportunity to extend a helping hand. and when the opportunity arises to make a difference in the lives of young people, the Foundation wants to be there.”