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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/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/FiatChrysler_NA
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.”

JetBlue Launches 100x35JetBlue, an Immediate and Long-Term Commitment to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:23am

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline in Puerto Rico, today announced a multifaceted program to support both short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts on the island following the destruction from Hurricane Maria. 100x35JetBlue outlines the airline’s commitment to launching 35 initiatives over the next 100 days – and beyond – to support the needs of crewmembers, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico.

“The heartbreaking and devastating situation in Puerto Rico compels us to take action,” said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. “Using our strengths as an airline, our partnerships, and our mission of inspiring humanity, we aim to make a positive impact on this island we call home. We know 100 days is just the start, but we hope it’s a start that will make a meaningful difference.”

Honoring the popular reference to Puerto Rico’s 100x35 mile size, the effort will roll out programs across the island to provide airlift support, relief pricing, awareness and fundraising, people deployment, unmet needs, and rebuilding efforts.

JetBlue is currently operating six daily flights in Puerto Rico with more to come as infrastructure allows. Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, JetBlue has continued to serve those in Puerto Rico by donating $1 million in supplies, airlifting more than 3,000 customers over 21 flights from San Juan and Aguadilla through Sept. 27, and transporting more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island. JetBlue’s support has also touched hurricane-impacted areas across the Caribbean, South Florida, and Texas.

Relief Pricing

The airline continues to offer remaining seats on non-stop flights operated by JetBlue to or from Puerto Rico at reduced fares through Nov. 15, 2017:

  • $135 fares for Puerto Rico to/from U.S. mainland (a)
  • $129 fares for Puerto Rico to/from Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands (a)
  • Waiving fees for two checked bags on travel to/from Puerto Rico for new bookings made from Sept. 25 (a)
  • Waiving fees for carrying pets until Nov. 15 (b)

Hurricane Relief Collection on Every Flight, $1 Million Goal

The airline will invite customers onboard every JetBlue flight to donate to JetBlue’s campaign at GlobalGiving benefitting hurricane impacted areas throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, with a $1 million goal. Customers can also contribute at GlobalGiving.org/jetblue. JetBlue has committed to match donations to its GlobalGiving campaign dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through Nov. 15.

GlobalGiving will distribute the funds to non-profits making an impact in hurricane-affected areas. As we continue to serve these areas, we expect to adapt funding initiatives to ensure we’re meeting the needs as are communicated from partners on the ground.

Rebuilding Homes, Replenishing Vegetation, & Promoting Tourism

As the largest airline on the island, with nearly 500 crewmembers, service to three airports, and a focus city in San Juan, JetBlue is committed to working with government agencies, non-profit organizations and partners to support long-term rebuilding efforts.

JetBlue is pledging to support replenishing vegetation across the island; providing support for children; partnering with community leaders to raise awareness; providing gifts and meals throughout the holiday season; and offering advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico.

While not all of the island’s needs are immediately known, JetBlue is outlining a number of efforts aimed to address numerous anticipated concerns. Over the next 100 days, JetBlue will support Puerto Rico in the following 35 ways:


  1. Committing $1 million in-kind support to the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico
  2. Offering crewmembers priority access to daily relief flights
  3. Providing daily relief flights for customers at reduced fares
  4. Providing seats on relief flights to emergency personnel, relief workers, non-profits, and military at no cost
  5. Offering volunteer infrastructure experts seats at no cost
  6. Transporting JetBlue-donated essential food items and drinking water
  7. Transporting JetBlue-donated power supplies including generators, batteries, flashlights
  8. Transporting supplies from non-profits, NGOs, and government agencies at no cost
  9. Transporting critical medical supplies and personnel at no cost


  1. Offering reduced fares on JetBlue-operated flights through Nov. 15 to facilitate access to and from the island (a)
  2. Waiving fees for two checked bags until Nov. 15 (a)
  3. Waiving fees for carrying pets until Nov. 15 (b)
  4. Offering free changes and cancellations for Puerto Rico flights booked by Sept. 17 (c)


  1. Inviting monetary donations from customers for JetBlue’s campaign at GlobalGiving on every JetBlue flight and online
  2. Aiming to raise $1 million by matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through Nov. 15
  3. Partnering with Puerto Rican community leaders and influencers for awareness efforts
  4. Holding in-terminal and public events to bring visibility to relief efforts
  5. Holding fundraising efforts among JetBlue’s 21,000 crewmembers


  1. Deploying our emergency response Care team to support on-the-ground relief efforts
  2. Conducting in-person and text message wellness checks on crewmembers and their families
  3. Deploying crewmembers from mainland U.S. airports to accelerate the re-opening and sustained operations of Puerto Rico airports


  1. Holding a collection drive across JetBlue’s network for crewmembers to donate items
  2. Working with the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico on hurricane relief efforts
  3. Bringing care packages to local communities in need
  4. Supporting free meal events
  5. Delivering public power sources, charging and telecom stations
  6. Providing children’s services and supplies
  7. Supplying holiday gifts and meals for families


  1. Providing grants from the JetBlue Crewmember Crisis Fund for crewmembers to repair and rebuild their homes
  2. Providing protected time off to allow impacted crewmembers to attend to personal needs
  3. Supporting the replenishment of vegetation
  4. Supporting the rebuilding of airport facilities
  5. Providing education grants via the JetBlue Foundation
  6. Donating advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico
  7. Developing a long-term plan for supporting the Puerto Rican community and fostering economic growth


JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™ and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information, please visit jetblue.com.


(a) Blue Fares to and from any JetBlue U.S. city, to Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan, Puerto Rico are capped at $135 per person, one-way from 9/19/17 until 11/15/17. Blue Fares to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Punta Cana, Santiago, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as well as St. Thomas and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands are capped at $129 per person, one-way from 9/19/17 until 11/15/17. Blue fares onlyFares include government taxes and fees and must be purchased and used by 11/15/17 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local). All fares are subject to limited availability; may not be available on all days or all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and are one-way, nonstop (except as otherwise noted), nonrefundable, and nontransferable. View details on government taxes and fees. Proper documentation required for boarding. Checked Baggage Allowance/Fees: For Blue fares, first and second checked is included. No additional bags or bags weighing over fifty (50) pounds will be accepted. Weight and size limits apply. View baggage fees and other optional services and feesChange/Cancellation Fees: All reservations made one week or more prior to a flight's departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. Changes and cancellations made 60 days or more prior to departure date: $75 per person fee plus difference in fare. Changes and cancellations made less than 60 days from departure date: fares under $100, $75 per person plus difference in fare; fares between $100 and $149.99, $100 per person plus difference in fare; and fares of $150 or more, $150 per person plus difference in fare. View Change/Cancel fees information. Additional Change/Cancellation Terms (all fares): For changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Changes/cancellations must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited). Flight terms and conditions apply.

(b) Each flight will allow up to eight (8) pets to travel. The $100 fee for each pet, each way is waived until 11/15/17. Each customer may travel with one (1) pet per flight for $0. Subject to JetPaws terms and conditions.

(c) Customers who purchased Puerto Rico flights by Sept. 17 can rebook online in the Manage your flight section of jetblue.com or Contact Us prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. New flights must be rebooked by Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and travel must be completed by Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Original travel must have been booked on or before Monday, September 17, 2017


Benevity Maintains Leadership in Data Accuracy and Security for its Employee Engagement Software

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:23am

 Benevity, Inc., the global leader in workplace giving, volunteering and community investment software, announces the completion of two independent audit reports demonstrating full compliance with SSAE 18, affirming the company’s ability to provide operational excellence to its enterprise clients. This audit includes Benevity’s award-winning cloud-based solution, Spark, as well as its integrated grants management solution, Benevity Grants.

Today’s employee engagement programs are being powered by technology that electronically processes transactions and distributes funds to charities and nonprofits around the globe. Employees must have trust and confidence that their personal data is safeguarded and that their donations will securely and accurately go to intended recipient charities. And companies must have certainty that their software solution will securely integrate into their HR, IT and payroll systems.

“Employees increasingly expect companies to deliver an experience that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in their work and access to ‘consumer grade’ technology tools to do so,” says Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO of Benevity. “Delivering that software and those outcomes in a manner that provides assurance to our enterprise clients is of paramount importance to us. Our most recent SSAE 18 report serves as a continued endorsement of our market leadership in data security, financial processes and controls for employee engagement software. Meeting these robust standards allows us to provide assurance of second-to-none processes and controls to the world’s most iconic companies, in a technological climate where vigilance is vital.”

This is the third straight year that Benevity has achieved the SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type II attestation for Spark, the award-winning workplace giving, matching and volunteering solution. Additionally, Benevity earned the SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type I attestation for its integrated grants management solution. Receipt of these independent reports demonstrate the maturity of Benevity’s financial processes and controls, and positions the company as one of the only solutions of its kind that can offer enterprise clients world-class operational and governance practices while delivering user-centric functionality.

SSAE 18 was designated by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as an authoritative reporting standard for service organizations in the U.S. in May 2017, superseding SSAE 16, which was first introduced in June 2011. By aligning with the international audit standard ISAE No. 3402, SSAE 18 provides confidence in the security of companies operating globally.

About Benevity
Benevity, Inc. is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solution to power corporate “Goodness Programs” that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 16 languages, to several million users around the world, Benevity has processed over a billion dollars in donations to more than 100,000 charities worldwide.

Giving Compass Releases New Experience Based on Learning from 25,000+ Beta Visitors

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:23am

 Giving Compass, the first of its kind online portal aggregating information to help people to give with impact released today a major technology refresh informed by over 25,000 visits during their beta period this past summer. Enhancements include a guided compass overlay to help users easily explore relevant content based on their interests, the addition of vetted interest funds and additional content such as volunteering opportunities served in real time.

Giving Compass was born through a catalytic grant by the Raikes Foundation, founded by Jeff and Tricia Raikes. They were enthusiastic about learning how to take their generosity to the next level but found it difficult to find targeted resources to guide their strategic giving.

“In our journey, Tricia and I found that other donors faced similar challenges. Giving Compass was created to address this opportunity, leveraging the power of technology and in collaboration with leading philanthropic organizations” said Jeff Raikes, co-founder and chairman of the board at Giving Compass.

Individual donors contribute over $280 billion to charitable causes in the U.S., but how can we give better? There is no single answer as there are many ways to define impact. The Giving Compass team believe that if donors take time to do comparative research and join with others who share similar interests, we can drive meaningful change.

"Giving Compass is tackling a hard, critical challenge for the social sector, getting better information in donor's hands so more dollars go towards greater impact” said Mario Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute, Co-founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners and LEAP Ambassadors Community Member. “LEAP has been a content partner and we see early indicators of their progress. We want to keep helping them reach their potential to be an important, new aggregator for our sector."

Giving Compass is a gathering place of the best content related to giving with impact. Instead of visiting a disjointed group of websites and conducting multiple queries to find information related to a particular topic, individuals can search GivingCompass.org. While searching for a topic of their interest, such as K-12 Education, donors can find trending articles and resources crafted by experts on how to give with impact, information on local events, volunteering opportunities, giving funds and more; all on a single screen aggregated in real time from multiple sources. “We want to help individual donors learn, connect and take action around areas of passion” added Raikes.

 “Thanks to Giving Compass I felt comfortable about where to donate to help Houston's relief efforts” said Valerie Conn, Executive Director, Science Philanthropy Roundtable.

Giving Compass represents a partnership in giving with a collective of corporate citizens, individual thought-leaders, foundations, and nonprofits to advocate for impact philanthropy.


Giving Compass Nonprofit and Foundational Partners


LEAP Ambassadors

Social Venture Partners

The Philanthropy Workshop

Bright Funds

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Stanford PACS

Thrive Global

Charity Navigator

Raikes Foundation

The Bridgespan Group


Global Brigades

Seattle Foundation

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy


Global Giving

Social Impact Exchange

The Impact Network



Giving Compass Advisory Board Members and Leadership

Tricia Raikes

Cindy Mercer

Mickie Rosen

Stephanie Gillis

Jeff Raikes

Kathleen Hebert

Paul Shoemaker

Luis Salazar

Bill Shaughnessy

Larry Leibowitz

Shelly Kurtz



About Giving Compass

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Giving Compass is a nonprofit portal organizing the world’s information to make it easier to give well. Giving Compass guides donors who want to give with intention and impact on a journey to learn, connect with others, and take action to drive meaningful change in communities and the world. Learn more at givingcompass.org.

Sustainserv #1 Provider of CSR Reporting Services

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:23am

Sustainserv, a Switzerland and US-based corporate sustainability, analytics and communications firm, recently moved up to the #1 position on the Corporate Register Top 50 list of Consultants based on the number of sustainability and CSR reports it has helped develop. Since its founding in 2001, the Sustainserv team has helped its clients develop more than 200 such reports globally, the most of any consultancy ranked by Corporate Register (www.corporateregister.org), the global online directory of corporate responsibility (CR) reports. 

Sustainserv has offices in Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland. Its team of consultants works with companies in a variety of sectors and provides comprehensive sustainability strategy, data-related and communications services to its clients, including supporting the development of GRI G4, GRI Standard and Integrated Reports. Its team brings a wide range of skills and experience, enabling them to deliver tailored solutions to companies wherever they are in their sustainability journey. Sustainserv is a GRI-certified training partner in Switzerland, and regularly offers workshops, training courses and seminars in its Boston and Zurich locations.

Matthew Gardner, a Managing Partner and co-founder of Sustainserv said “Sustainability reporting represents the culmination of a company’s internal investment in good sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. A key component of such programs is the clear, creative and engaging communication of your progress, your successes and failures, and your strategic vision for how sustainability and corporate responsibility fit into your overall value creation process. We take great pride in our team’s ability to take complex information, present it in context, and do so in a creative manner.”

"We have been working with Sustainserv for a number of years on all aspects of our corporate sustainability program.” Said Lindsay Zingg, Global Head of Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability at Panalpina World Transport, a Swiss-based global logistics provider. “Their team has years of experience, they bring new and innovative ideas to the table to suit our business needs, and they have helped us continually move our sustainability reporting forward each and every year in a very professional and supportive manner.”

“The Sustainserv team has become a key collaborator as we make progress on our CR and ESG action plan” said Kevin Hagen, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Iron Mountain. “In addition to helping us improve our reporting process, their global experience and perspective has become invaluable to our strategic thinking.  They are great at tactfully answering the questions I should have asked.”

Stephan Lienin, Managing Partner of Sustainserv based in the Zurich office said “We’re delighted that our years of hard work is gaining recognition. Corporate reporting is a fast-moving field, requiring us to always be on the lookout for new and better ways to help companies tell their stories.”

About Sustainserv: Sustainserv was founded in 2001 in Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland. Its team of consultants works with companies in a variety of sectors to help them develop well-matched sustainability strategies, quantitatively understand their impacts and effectively communicate their efforts and aspirations to internal and external stakeholders. Sustainserv’s team brings a wide range of skills and experience, enabling them to deliver tailored solutions to companies wherever they are in the sustainability journey. Sustainserv has helped in the preparation of more than 200 GRI is a GRI-certified training partner in Switzerland, and regularly offers workshops, training courses and seminars in its Boston and Zurich locations. More at http://www.sustainserv.com.