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Hilton Prize Coalition Recognizes 25 Fellows: Emerging Humanitarian Leaders to Watch

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:22am

The Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, recognizes its 2017 class of Fellows for completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with leading international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). These 25 emerging leaders demonstrated high potential by making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the humanitarian field overall.  

While working alongside one or more Coalition member organizations, Fellows made contributions in a variety of ways, including fieldwork around intergenerational health policy, development of policy briefs on nutrition innovation and stunting, research around climate change and disaster risk reduction, collaboration with corporate partners through marketing and fundraising, and digital technologies. Over the course of their placements, which lasted anywhere from three months to a year, Fellows also completed more than 200 hours of training in interdisciplinary topics including disaster readiness.

This year’s cohort came from diverse backgrounds and represented eight countries:  Brazil, France, India, Mexico, South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of the Fellows are recent graduates with NGO volunteer experience, while others have started careers and are developing as subject-matter experts.

“By providing young professionals an opportunity to work with prize-winning organizations, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program is creating a pipeline of humanitarian leaders who have a collaborative mindset as well as subject-matter expertise,” said Scott Jackson, Global Impact president and CEO. Global Impact is the secretariat for the Hilton Prize Coalition and its Fellows Program.

2017 Class of Fellows:

  • Samantha Acosta: HelpAge USA

  • Judith Bagachwa: HelpAge Tanzania

  • Sarah Baker: SOS Children’s Villages USA

  • Hrithik Bansal: BRAC USA

  • Chloe Baury: ECPAT International

  • Shanifa Bennet: Covenant House New York

  • Desiree Dickerson: Women for Women International

  • Alyssa Gutnick: Handicap International US

  • Danielle Harris: Landesa

  • Elizabeth "Ruby" Holmes: Handicap International US

  • Chytanya Kompala: PATH

  • Alexandre Leal: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

  • Adaiana Lima: ECPAT International

  • Catherine May: PATH/Heifer International*

  • Marcus Miller: SOS Children’s Villages USA

  • Ahlam Awad Mohammed: The Task Force for Global Health

  • Megan O'Leary: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*

  • Ana Rabogliatti: Operation Smile

  • Mich Rakotomalala: Operation Smile

  • Marcie Roth: Handicap International US

  • Kevin Gil Hwan Ryu: ECPAT International

  • Meriam Salem: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*

  • Harry Shepherd: IRCT

  • Joshua Tobing: SOS Children’s Villages USA

  • Sheetal Tuladhar: BRAC USA/BRAC Nepal

*indicates Collaborative Fellow, working with multiple organizations

Click here for bios of the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows

To date, several Fellows have been offered positions with hosting organizations following their placements, including Danielle Harris. Harris recently completed a contract position as a business development assistant at Landesa. Program Manager Colleen O’Holleran, who manages Landesa’s fellowship and internship programs said, “The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Program is a win-win, giving rising development professionals key on-the-job experience and equipping Landesa with a valuable resource to advance its core mission.”

Approaching its third year, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders who value collaboration and understand the importance of increasing effectiveness throughout the sector. Candidates for Hilton Prize Coalition fellowships are recruited from partnering academic programs or nominated by Coalition member organizations on a rolling basis. 

About The Hilton Prize Coalition 

The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations and led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow the Hilton Prize Coalition on Twitter and LinkedIn, or “Like” us on Facebook.  

Press Contact:
Hilton Prize Coalition
Jennifer Balios
jennifer.balios@charity.org
T: 703-815-8079

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FFAR Awards $9.4 Million to Spur Next Leap in Agriculture: Improved Soil Health to Optimize Economic and Environmental Results for U.S. Farmers

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:22am

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today announced a $9.4 million grant to the Soil Health Institute, the Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy to improve soil health and, ultimately, support positive economic and environmental outcomes for American farmers. The grant will be matched by General Mills, Grantham Trust, Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, Monsanto, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and individual donors for a total investment of nearly $20 million.

The goal of this project is to support collaborative research and education that accelerates adoption and benefits of soil health management systems nationally. Soil health is a critical component of a productive and sustainable agricultural system. Farming practices that improve soil health can increase profitability while protecting natural resources like air and water for communities.

However, there is no standardized measurement for soil health in the United States; instead, different sets of measurements and methods can conflict and confuse farmers and field conservationists. Furthermore, many landowners of rented farmland are not aware of the benefits soil health improvements can deliver. This project will help the industry adopt standardized measurements to evaluate and improve soil health while expanding education and tools for local farmers, agronomists, and landowners.

“If we can unlock the potential of healthy soil, we can move closer to a sustainable agricultural system for everyone,” said Sally Rockey, Ph.D., executive director of FFAR. “The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is pleased to harness the power of collaboration by supporting three leading organizations in this space for the long-term benefit of our nation’s farmers and food system.”

Collaborators will take an integrated, three-pronged approach. The Soil Health Institute will develop and test soil health measurements; the Soil Health Partnership will implement and evaluate soil health promoting practices on working farms; and The Nature Conservancy will work with non-operator landowners to encourage use of science-based soil health practices. The partners believe significant engagement with farmers and landowners will catalyze greater adoption of soil health promoting practices that benefit productivity, farmer livelihoods, and the environment.

“The needs for advancing soil health are far greater than any single organization can provide – public or private," said Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute. "That’s why this project is so important. It leverages public funds authorized by Congress through the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research with resources provided by other foundations and corporations through the combined capacities of the Soil Health Institute, Soil Health Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy.  This kind of partnership creates a way to advance soil health for the benefit of all who need safe, high-quality products from agriculture, natural resources to sustain human and all other life, thriving communities, and a strong economy.  In other words, it benefits everyone.”

“American agriculture has made extraordinary strides in technology and productivity in this century, but the next frontier is in soil health,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “This grant represents one of the largest investments ever made in soil health, one of the best tools we have to optimize productivity while minimizing environmental impact. It will allow us to expand our program to include more farmers who want to benefit from our body of work analyzing how practices like growing cover crops, reducing tillage and using advanced nutrient management can help family farms survive and thrive.”

“With a shared commitment to science and the improved soil health and productivity of America’s farmlands, we are pleased to be part of this collaboration,” said Larry Clemens, director of The Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture Program. “This grant awarded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and matched by generous contributors will not only advance the science of soil health, but we expect to see an increase in the adoption of on-field soil health practices. By engaging farmers and the landowners they rent from, we can help increase farm profitability and protect water and land resources.” 

FFAR is supporting this collaborative project through its Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area, which aims to increase soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or novel practices that improve soil health.

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Press Contacts

Madeleine O’Connor, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

202.590.7613 | moconnor@foundationfar.org

Byron Rath, Soil Health Institute

919.230.0343 | brath@soilhealthinstitute.org

Christine Griffiths, The Nature Conservancy

912.222.3297 | cgriffiths@tnc.org

Jenna Rose, Soil Health Partnership

573.808.0815 | jenna@rosemedia.biz 

About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges.  FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation. Learn more: foundationfar.org.

About the Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute's (www.soilhealthinstitute.org) mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. An evolution of the Soil Renaissance, an initiative established in 2013 by the Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation to advance soil health and make it the cornerstone of land use management decisions, the Soil Health Institute serves as the primary resource for soil health information.

About the Soil Health Partnership

The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting both farmer profitability and the environment. With more than 100 working farms enrolled in 12 states the SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come. SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals. At least a ten-year scientific program administered by the National Corn Growers Association, the SHP’s vision is driven by initial and continuing funding and guidance from NCGA, Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, General Mills and USDA, with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

SC Johnson Takes Action to Save Racine Area Water

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 7:22pm

SC Johnson today announced a donation of $35,000 to the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (Root-Pike WIN). The donation will support Root-Pike WIN’s restoration projects, with the goal of significantly reducing runoff pollution, flooding issues, and habitat degradation that threaten area streams and Lake Michigan.

 “Issues like soil erosion and storm water runoff have to be addressed because clean water is essential so communities and the environment can thrive,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We partner with Root-Pike WIN to ensure that the health our area’s major watersheds will continue to improve.”

A watershed is an area of land where surface water from yards and farm fields drain into a common location. In Racine County, some of the major watersheds are Lake Michigan, the Root River, the Pike River and the Wind Point Watershed.

“Protecting our community’s watersheds is a collective effort,” said Dave Giordano, Executive Director at Root-Pike WIN. “We appreciate SC Johnson’s continued support of Root-Pike WIN’s plan to protect, restore and sustain our local watersheds, which will ultimately have a significant impact on water quality for our area.”

SC Johnson has supported Root-Pike WIN with a total of $300,000 since 2006. One project the Root-Pike WIN is leading is a ravine and wetland restoration for the Colonial Park Ravine of the Root River in Racine. Currently, there are issues with streambank erosion, pollutants from storm water runoff and invasive plant species. In 2018, Root-Pike WIN will work to restore the ravine and wetland by reducing sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from flowing into the Root River, while planting native vegetation and increasing fish spawning grounds.

In the last 18 months, Root-Pike WIN has advanced more than 40 projects and recommendations in the watershed restoration plans. More than $1.5 million in project implementation funding has also been secured.

SC Johnson works to make lives better in the communities in which it does business. Since 1937, the company has given 5 percent of all pretax profits to charities.

For more information on Root-Pike WIN’s restoration plan, visit http://www.rootpikewin.org 

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Contact:

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

262-260-2440

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 131-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

Philips and Dell on Revolutionizing Global Supply Chains – Complimentary Webinar

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:21pm

For most companies their greatest risks and impacts lie within their supply chains. To truly address areas such as; GHG emissions, Human Rights violations and water usage companies need to work with a whole host of partners.

In a 1-hour webinar debate, you will hear from businesses on how they are driving large scale change in partnership with suppliers, industry associations, NGOs and competitors.

Join Philips, Dell and the Responsible Sourcing Network and your peers for an exclusive one-hour webinar (December 12th, 10am EST). Be part of the discussion, join us here: http://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs-ny/webinar/

Learn how to:

  • Understand how you can transform your outputs without jeopardising the business

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

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

Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings: http://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs-ny/webinar/

15 Whole Kids Foundation® Supplier Partners Contribute Over $950K to Kids’ Nutrition and Health

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 1:20pm

Today, Whole Kids Foundation announced the 2017 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign raised $3,542,448, with 15 supplier partners investing more than $950,000 to support children’s nutrition and health.

Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs that give schoolchildren in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. better access to fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as educational opportunities to learn about where their food comes from.

“The generosity of our supplier partners is humbling; each of them invests in this work because of a deep and authentic passion for the health of our children,” said Nona Evans, Whole Kids Foundation executive director and president. “Without their support, we wouldn’t have the ability to grant nearly as many school salad bars and gardens, both of which are in high demand, innovate new tools for inspiring families like the Starting with Soil App or support teachers through nutrition education and cooking classes.”

As part of this year’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, lead sponsors Rudi’s Organic Bakery and Annie’s each donated $75,000, or the equivalent of about 25 school salad bars, to support the foundation’s work. While core sponsors Applegate, Organic Valley, Clif Kids, Stonyfield, King Arthur Flour, Barbara’s, Back to Nature, Tom’s of Maine, Health Warrior, Nature’s Path, Bellwether’s Farms, Earth’s Best and La Croix each donated $50,000, or the equivalent of about 25 school gardens.  

“I have been so impressed with the team at Whole Kids Foundation and the true impact they have had in the few years we have partnered with them,” said Shane Emmett, CEO at Health Warrior. “For example, the number of salad bars has doubled since we joined the team, and given that kids with salad bars eat three times the fruits and vegetables, the benefits are truly exponential!”

Many of this year’s supplier partners have been contributing to the Growing Healthy Kids Campaign for several years, including Applegate, who has given $220,000 over the past five years, Annie’s and Rudi’s, who have each given $195,000 over the past four years and Organic Valley who has given $170,000 over the past four years.

Tom’s of Maine has invested $90,000 in Whole Kids Foundation over two years in support of educating children and their families about where their food is sourced and how to eat healthier.

“At Tom’s of Maine, one of our core values is giving back. For decades, we’ve done that by investing 10 percent of profits to promote healthy families and the planet,” said Matt Smith, Associate Marketing Director of Tom's of Maine. “As a Growing Healthy Kids partner, we are proud to be part of the Whole Kids Foundation journey to bring naturally, healthy lives to families across the country.”

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation’s programs have impacted 9,713 schools, funding 4,224 school gardens and 5,093 school salad bars. Additionally, Whole Kids Foundation has reached 14,371 teachers with its healthy teacher education program and granted 529 educational honey beehives.

About Whole Kids Foundation®

Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, is based in Austin, Texas, and operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. By empowering schools and inspiring families, the Foundation aims to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food.  For more information on the Foundation’s programs, including school gardens, salad bars and nutrition education for teachers, visit wholekidsfoundation.org

Conscious Business Movement to Unite in World-First Virtual Summit

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:20am

The broader conscious business movement will come together online in a world-first virtual event from January 8 - 12, 2018.  More than 25 best practice sessions, thought leader interviews, and world changer roundtables will be live-cast over five days in this first-ever gathering featuring the diverse array of leaders working on various aspects of the future of business.  Though the approaches vary, this group is united by the belief that business and the workplace will be the source of the next great leap forward for humanity.

World changing results are the result of highly functioning teams, which are composed of highly conscious leaders.  Recognizing this, the Summit agenda is organized into 3 main categories of content in alignment with this Me, We, World process for sustainable impact. Each day of the summit focuses on one of the five unique and essential areas of a conscious business program: Conscious Leadership, Mission and Purpose, Workplace Culture, CSR and Sustainability, and Personal Development.  The organizers have bookended the event to start with the “Me” on leadership and end on the “Me” of self-development. In the heart of the week is our “We” focus on workplace culture and every day ends with a session focusing on “WORLD” impact.  By structuring our program in this way attendees will learn how make the link between the individual, the team and the wider stakeholders in the community and the environment.

The Summit is being organized by leaders from Conscious Company Media, Conscious Leaders Academy, and Thrive Consulting Group, who recognised the need for a global event to bring the broader conscious business movement together.  Making the summit virtual eliminates the barriers and expense of booking flight and hotel and investing in time out of the office and away from family.  The event is free to attend live and on-demand access can be purchased. The Organizers hope that this format will ensure the broadest possible participation from around the globe.

The event will provide a snapshot of the conscious business movement in the present moment.  It intends to show us where we stand at the beginning of 2018, and where movement leader believe we should focus our efforts to make real progress in 2018. When thousands of business leaders, entrepreneurs and movers and shakers consider innovation at the intersection of sustainability, conscious leadership and purpose-driven business, we will unlock the formula to make a real and lasting impact in the world – while being more profitable than ever.

More information on the world summit on conscious business can found at: https://consciousbusinessworldsummit.com

Conscious Business Movement to Unite in World-First Virtual Summit

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:20am

The broader conscious business movement will come together online in a world-first virtual event from January 8 - 12, 2018.  More than 25 best practice sessions, thought leader interviews, and world changer roundtables will be live-cast over five days in this first-ever gathering featuring the diverse array of leaders working on various aspects of the future of business.  Though the approaches vary, this group is united by the belief that business and the workplace will be the source of the next great leap forward for humanity.

World changing results are the result of highly functioning teams, which are composed of highly conscious leaders.  Recognizing this, the Summit agenda is organized into 3 main categories of content in alignment with this Me, We, World process for sustainable impact. Each day of the summit focuses on one of the five unique and essential areas of a conscious business program: Conscious Leadership, Mission and Purpose, Workplace Culture, CSR and Sustainability, and Personal Development.  The organizers have bookended the event to start with the “Me” on leadership and end on the “Me” of self-development. In the heart of the week is our “We” focus on workplace culture and every day ends with a session focusing on “WORLD” impact.  By structuring our program in this way attendees will learn how make the link between the individual, the team and the wider stakeholders in the community and the environment.

The Summit is being organized by leaders from Conscious Company Media, Conscious Leaders Academy, and Thrive Consulting Group, who recognised the need for a global event to bring the broader conscious business movement together.  Making the summit virtual eliminates the barriers and expense of booking flight and hotel and investing in time out of the office and away from family.  The event is free to attend live and on-demand access can be purchased. The Organizers hope that this format will ensure the broadest possible participation from around the globe.

The event will provide a snapshot of the conscious business movement in the present moment.  It intends to show us where we stand at the beginning of 2018, and where movement leader believe we should focus our efforts to make real progress in 2018. When thousands of business leaders, entrepreneurs and movers and shakers consider innovation at the intersection of sustainability, conscious leadership and purpose-driven business, we will unlock the formula to make a real and lasting impact in the world – while being more profitable than ever.

More information on the world summit on conscious business can found at: https://consciousbusinessworldsummit.com

LIXIL and TEPCO Energy Partner Establish Joint Venture to Promote Eco-Friendly Net Zero Energy Houses (ZEH)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:12pm

LIXIL Corporation (LIXIL) and TEPCO Energy Partner, Incorporated (TEPCO EP) have established a joint venture company, LIXIL TEPCO Smart Partners, Inc., to promote the building of eco-friendly net zero energy houses (ZEH)1 in Japan. Business operations will begin on October 1, 2017.

The joint venture company will launch a new packaged service that provides photovoltaic power generation systems and electric power retail services for consumers who buy LIXIL housing materials and products for ZEH, including high-performance windows, doors, and building structures. This type of service is the first of its kind in Japan.

While energy conservation efforts in Japan are progressing, household energy consumption continues to rise. The Japanese government has set a goal for more than half of all newly- constructed detached houses to be ZEH by 2020, and almost all newly-built houses by 2030. However, ZEH accounted for only about 4.3%2 of newly built detached houses in fiscal 2016, indicating a low rate of adoption.

Aiming to create comfortable and healthy living spaces and supporting efforts to curb global warming, LIXIL and TEPCO EP began discussions in June 2017 on how they can use their respective strengths to provide new products and services that promote the wider adoption of ZEH. As a result of these discussions, LIXIL and TEPCO EP will combine their resources and know-how to establish a business model that minimizes the higher construction costs for ZEH, one of the main issues limiting their adoption. This includes leveraging LIXIL’s rich lineup of materials and fixtures for homes - from windows with high thermal insulation to water-conserving toilets and photovoltaic power generation systems - and TEPCO EP’s wide-ranging expertise and technologies, which it has developed through providing energy-related services to approximately 20 million customers, primarily in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region.

Through the new joint venture company, LIXIL and TEPCO EP will provide a wide range of services to customers who are considering building a new house. This includes providing loans payable in installments for photovoltaic power generation systems to customers building a ZEH equipped with designated LIXIL products. As part of this model, the customer will assign the right to sell electricity generated by the photovoltaic system to the new joint venture company. The value of the electricity sold will, in turn, offset the customer’s monthly loan installments in whole or in part. Through this business model, the initial cost of the customer’s solar power system when purchasing a ZEH will be reduced. In addition, the new joint venture company will also provide grid-sourced electricity at lower cost to homes where designated LIXIL products have been installed, further promoting the adoption of ZEH.

Through LIXIL TEPCO Smart Partners, LIXIL and TEPCO EP will promote the adoption of ZEH, creating comfortable and healthy living spaces, and support efforts to curb global warming.

1A Net Zero Energy House (ZEH) is a house with net zero annual primary energy consumption, achieved by enhancing the efficiency of thermal insulation and equipment (energy conservation), and generating energy through photovoltaic power generation systems and other means (energy creation).

2Calculated based on the documents from Sustainable Open Innovation Initiative and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport 

The L’OCCITANE Group and Burkina Faso: A Long-term Commitment to Improving the Lives of Burkinabe Women

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:12pm

The L’OCCITANE Group has been working to improve the lives and working conditions of Burkinabe women for more than 30 years. To measure the impact of its ongoing support, the natural cosmetics and well-being products group conducted a study with Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global inclusive business platform hosted by the United Nations Development Programme.

Through this study, the L’OCCITANE Group is now able to better understand the status of these women. These are females with whom the group has been working for more than 30 years through its collaboration in Burkina Faso. BCtA’s Impact Measurement Services (BIMS) provided the support required to conduct a study across 1,890 women, representing four different regions of Burkina Faso. The study has revealed the following core results:

  • 84% of these women are now able to contribute to family finance management, thanks to their increased income.

  • 43% of women farmers participated in the literacy program provided by L’OCCITANE. In Burkina Faso’s rural areas, the general literacy rate is under 15% for women, and L’OCCITANE aims to address this challenge by offering its literacy program.

  • 75% of women in Burkina Faso now enroll all (or most of) their under 14-year-old children in school, regardless of their gender.

For Charlotte Jonchère, Philanthropy Manager at the L’OCCITANE Group: “It was important for us to measure the results of the initiatives that we have been driving for many years now. We are glad to observe that much has already been achieved and we look forward to what the future has in store.”
 
BCtA Programme Manager, Paula Pelaez, added: “Through our Impact Measurement Services, the L’OCCITANE Group is able to use impact data to strengthen training modules for shea producers; to reach a larger number of women producers located further away from the union centres; and to improve its strategies for joint programming with the women producer unions.”
 
L’OCCITANE Group and Burkina Faso, a fascinating story:
 The relationship between the L’OCCITANE Group and Burkina Faso started in the 1980s when Olivier Baussan, the founder of the L’OCCITANE en Provence brand, discovered the properties of shea butter during a trip to Burkina Faso. Since then, the company has been working with the women who produce shea butter in Burkina Faso with a genuine objective of positive and sustainable growth for both parties.

  • Through its goal to support the shea producer women’s union, the L’OCCITANE Group works with its partners to:

  • Protect the shea tree and achieve 100% organic production in 2018.

  • Improve working conditions and quality thanks to mechanisation.

  • Decrease environmental impact during the process by developing eco-technologies adapted to shea.

Encourage the diversification of incomes in order to limit women’s dependency by helping them to developing their portfolio of clients and enable the development of other profitable activities.

L’OCCITANE en Provence created the L’OCCITANE Foundation in 2006 in order to drive the brand’s philanthropic initiatives. Through the Foundation, two major projects have been carried out to support the communities where L’OCCITANE works, thereby promoting women’s independence and improving their socio-economic status:

  • Project 1: Strengthening women’s basic knowledge and skills (literacy).

  • Project 2: Social micro-financing training to increase women’s access to credit, whilst reinforcing their knowledge about financial and economic management, as well as important health issues such as hygiene and sanitation.

About The L’OCCITANE Group 
The L’OCCITANE Group is a leading natural ingredient-based cosmetics and well-being products company. A global leader in the premium beauty market, L’OCCITANE produces and retails high quality products that are produced using cutting-edge technology. The Group has four brands: L’OCCITANE en Provence, Melvita, Erborian and L’OCCITANE au Brésil, and offers products that are rich in natural ingredients of traceable origins, while also respecting the environment.
 
About Business Call to Action (BCtA)
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact. BCtA is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign AffairsSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationUK Department for International DevelopmentUS Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat. For more information, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org 

Media Contacts:
L’OCCITANE Group 
Anne-Sophie Bouygues: Anne-sophie.bouygues@elanedelman.com 
Luisa Vittadini: Luisa.vittadini@elanedelman.com 
 
Business Call to Action
Aimee Brown: aimee.brown@undp.org

The 2017 Corporate Philanthropic Practice Conference

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:12pm

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

Northern Trust to Provide Investment Advisory Services to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:12am

Northern Trust announced that its Foundation and Institutional Advisors Group (FIA) has been selected to provide investment and strategic advisory services for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF).  TPWF provides private support to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.

“We are committed to stewarding our financial resources as diligently as the natural resources we are dedicated to conserving,” said TPWF Executive Director Anne Brown. “Northern Trust has an excellent reputation, and we anticipate a productive collaboration that will further our mission to care for the wild things and wild places of Texas.”

“We are proud to manage the assets of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation on behalf of the state of Texas,” said Darius A. Gill, National Practice Executive, Northern Trust Foundation & Institutional Advisors group.  “It is gratifying to work with an organization focused on conserving natural resources and broadening outdoor recreation for current and future generations.”

Northern Trust’s Foundation & Institutional Advisors (FIA) group serves nonprofit organizations through sophisticated investment management solutions, strategic insights and world-class resources.  Northern Trust provides investment advice, asset servicing and related services to help nonprofit organizations achieve financial and philanthropic goals cost-effectively, collaborating with board and investment committee members to assist with investment oversight. More information about Northern Trust Foundation and Institutional Advisors can be found at www.northerntrust.com/FIA.

Northern Trust Wealth Management specializes in Goals Driven Wealth Management backed by innovative technology and a strong fiduciary heritage. Northern Trust Wealth Management is ranked among the top 10 U.S. wealth managers, with $284 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017, and a wide network of wealth management offices across the United States.
 
The Northern Trust Company is an Equal Housing Lender.  Member FDIC.

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 23 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of September 30, 2017, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US$9.7 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.1 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
 
Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/disclosures.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation raises private funds to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, recreational areas, and natural resources. Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has raised more than $170 million in private philanthropy to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.

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UPS Launches eBike in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:11pm

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the launch of an eBike that will deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The electrically-assisted tricycle supports Fort Lauderdale’s Green Your Routine program, geared toward  achieving the city’s sustainability goals, and, Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a citywide initiative to create safer streets for everyone. UPS’s Cycle Solutions will help reduce carbon emissions and noise, as well as improve traffic congestion and air quality in the city’s downtown corridor.

“This is another example of how private and public sectors can work together to find sustainable solutions to meet the needs of today’s cities,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS’s senior director of maintenance and engineering, international operations. “We have many vehicle options when it comes to reducing our impact on the environment including our Cycle Solutions that provide greater mobility and zero emissions.”

The Fort Lauderdale bike will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony with UPS and Fort Lauderdale officials on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Laura Ward Riverwalk Plaza, located at 420 S.E. 6th Avenue.

“Fort Lauderdale is proud to collaborate with UPS to launch the first eBike in Florida,” said Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “We are designing our infrastructure projects to focus on moving people instead of cars in the safest, most convenient way possible, and that requires balancing the needs of our residents, visitors, and businesses. The new bike is a great addition to the street safety enhancements we are making along Las Olas Boulevard to create a friendlier, safer, healthier, and more sustainable experience for everyone, regardless of travel mode.”   

The success of the eBike was first demonstrated in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where UPS focused on developing a new and sustainable method of delivering goods to urban areas. UPS placed four containers at central locations in the city for interim storage of packages for UPS drivers. From these points, deliveries were made on foot or with specialized electrically-assisted cargo tricycles that ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions each working day. Due to the success of this pilot, the Hamburg program was extended. That model serves as a prototype for the company’s new eBike in Florida as well as another eBike that deployed in Pittsburgh, Pa., last month.

The eBike is equipped with battery-powered electric motors that makes it possible to cover longer distances than traditional bikes, carry substantial loads and navigate hills and other terrain. Maximum energy efficiency is achieved when combining battery power and human power simultaneously. The eBike can be operated solely on battery power or pedal power. UPS will evaluate the reliability, design, integration into Fort Lauderdale’s infrastructure and acceptance of the vehicle. The intent is to operate the eBike in Fort Lauderdale, as weather permits, on a regular route year-round.

UPS has numerous cycle solutions deployed around the world. The company currently operates inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hamburg, Munich, Oldenburg and Herne, Germany, as well as in Leuven and Mechelen, Belgium; Rome and Verona, Italy; Toulouse, France; and Dublin, Ireland in addition to the two eBikes now in the United States.

Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys more than 8,500  low-emission vehicles to determine what works best in each situation. From old-fashioned pedal power and electrically-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS puts sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.

About UPS 

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world.  Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

Global Advanced Metals (GAM) Recertified Conflict-Free

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:11pm

 Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd (GAM), a leading producer of tantalum products, was recently recertified conflict-free through the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) following successful audits of its Aizu, Japan and Pennsylvania, USA facilities.  GAM is the first smelter of any metal to be certified conflict-free under this program for eight consecutive years.

This certification illustrates GAM’s continued commitment to provide its direct customers, and other downstream supply chain participants, a reliable source of responsibly procured tantalum products. This smelter certification process also simplifies the Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry documentation as called for by the Security and Exchange Commission’s reporting requirements under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act for tantalum-consuming issuers.

 “This renewed conflict-free certification complements GAM’s other responsible business practices such as our employee safety focused Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certification, and puts GAM in a unique position to help drive alignment of responsible business practices throughout our supply chains. We will continue to work with organizations dedicated to improving living conditions and livelihoods in conflict regions such as PACT, the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), and the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) to promote the continued growth of responsible and verifiable mine-to-market channels for tantalum ore,” said Andrew O’Donovan, GAM CEO.

In order to obtain the RMAP certification, a company must successfully undergo a rigorous third party audit of all its smelting operations. The audit includes providing evidence of adherence to the 5-steps Due Diligence Guidance of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), acceptable reasonable country of origin evaluation, mine of origin and chain of custody, and verification of scrap sources among other criteria.

“By integrating conflict minerals due diligence requirements into its contract terms with feedstock suppliers, GAM continues to ensure that its business performance objectives are aligned with responsible business practices,” said Jean-Paul Meutcheho, GAM Director of Sourcing and Corporate Sustainability.

About Global Advanced Metals (GAM)

A leading conflict-free tantalum producer, GAM has exclusive rights to the world’s largest industrial resources of tantalum ore located in Western Australia and is actively engaged in tantalum resource development throughout the world.

GAM produces conflict-free tantalum powders and metallurgical products at its Pennsylvania, USA and Aizu, Japan plants  for a range of industries including electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical and chemical processing.

GAM’s smelting facilities in Japan and the USA were first declared “Conflict-Free” in 2010 under the EICC/GeSI Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) audit program, and continue to maintain this status.

About RBA, RMI and RMAP

Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) was formerly known as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) was formerly known as the Conflict Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI), and Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) was formerly known as the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP).

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General Mills Deepens Investment in Soil Health With $735,000 Contribution to National Wheat Foundation

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:11pm

General Mills continues to invest in soil health practices on U.S. agricultural farmland with its latest contribution of $735,000 to the National Wheat Foundation who together with the Soil Health Partnership, will advance widespread adoption and implementation. The funds, equally distributed over the next three years, will be used to conduct soil health research on wheat farms and education outreach to more than 125,000 wheat farmers across the Northern and Southern Plains. This latest contribution brings General Mills’ recent financial commitments to nearly $3 million for promoting the expanded adoption of soil health practices.

“We know that providing farmers with the research and tools to increase their yields while improving the quality of their soil is a vital step in ensuring agricultural lands are sustainable for generations to come,” said John Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer for General Mills. “If we intend to see widespread adoption of these practices, we have to demonstrate both environmental and economic benefits over the long term.”

Using the established network of farms enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership, the National Wheat Foundation will increase grower participation in the partnership, and share data and sustainability metrics for wheat production. The outreach will be conducted over the course of three years, encompassing three growing seasons.

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a data-driven program working to quantify the benefits of practices that support soil health, from an economic as well as environmental standpoint. Those practices include reduced tillage, growing cover crops in winter, and advanced nutrient management. Benefits include improved crop yield, enhanced water quality, increased drought resilience, better flood resistance, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our project started in the corn belt, but soil is a national resource that we need to protect and enhance everywhere farmers grow crops,” said Nick Goeser, Director of the Soil Health Partnership. “Soil health is the next frontier in American agriculture, and we’re eager to invite more wheat farmers in more states to join us, expanding our efforts and generating results that will help other farmers to see the benefits.”

As part of this agreement, General Mills has partnered with the SHP and the National Wheat Foundation to provide on-farm mentorship for the farm operators. SHP farmers, the farmers' agronomists, and SHP Field Managers will train new and existing farm staff in advanced nutrient management and tillage methods.

“Wheat growers recognize the importance of being good stewards of the land because healthy land and soil means better crops,” said National Wheat Foundation Chairman and North Carolina wheat grower Phil McLain. “Through this grant, we will highlight how wheat farmers integrate good conservation and sustainability practices into their farms and the benefits to their operations and the value chain. The Foundation is excited to work with two like-minded organizations in such a unique project that can lead to scientifically sound data on farming practices for growers while ensuring a quality product for consumers.”

For more information on General Mills’ commitment to soil health, visit its 2017 Global Responsibility Report and Taste of General Mills blog.

About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2017 consolidated net sales of US $15.6 billion, as well as another US $1.0 billion from its proportionate share of joint-venture net sales. For more information about General Mills, visit www.generalmills.com.

About the National Wheat Foundation
The National Wheat Foundation was established by the industry to serve as the national center for wheat research, education and outreach. Serving our mission, the Foundation works to advance the wheat industry through strategic research, education and outreach collaborations, guided by core values of grower centeredness, integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated and headquartered in Washington, D.C., governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and managed by staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers, the Foundation’s sole member.

About the Soil Health Partnership
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting both farmer profitability and the environment. With more than 100 working farms enrolled in 12 states the SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come. SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals. At least a ten-year scientific program administered by the National Corn Growers Association, the SHP’s vision is driven by initial and continuing funding and guidance from NCGA, Monsanto, the Walton Family Foundation, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, General Mills and USDA, with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.

Contact: Mollie Wulff / 763-764-6364/ Media.line@genmills.com

Meet Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief ‘Angel of Light’ Alison Thompson

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:11pm

Fresh from a humanitarian mission in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, nonprofit executive director Alison Thompson has hands on experience delivering solar lighting to survivors of Hurricane Maria.

On Dec. 6, the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) will focus on Thompson’s inexpensive and creative way for disaster victims, refugees and citizens of developing nations to safely light their homes – and the business model for scaling delivery of this technology to those in need.

Part of the Innovation Series of educational webinars, “Illuminating Opportunities for Partnering in Disaster Zones” will begin at noon ET and is free to attend.

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Thompson, who heads Studio Unite, who has been dubbed the “global ambassador of light,” will discuss opportunities for partnering in disaster zones and her nonprofit’s innovative work with solar power in developing regions.  Dave Armon, publisher of CR Magazine, will moderate the session.

“Attendees at our recent COMMIT!Forum event in Washington received an inflatable solar lantern from Studio Unite and asked us to share the story of how a device so easy to inflate and charge up can bring relief in regions with no power grid or access to emergency generators,” said Armon. “Alison has been instrumental in working alongside first-responders, relief agencies and brands committed to disaster response.”

Crises in 2017 have included an unrelenting Syrian refugee crisis, devastating earthquakes in Mexico, and Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma. 

Response from the corporate sector was immediate and generous.

In Puerto Rico, Tesla installed 700 solar panels to restore electricity to a hospital housing children with severe medical disabilities. While the project was completed at a pace far faster than repairs to the nation’s crippled power grid, most of the island nation remains in the dark.

This webinar will focus on opportunities to deliver lighting quickly and without the need for dangerous kerosene lanterns. Armon and Thompson will discuss how the Studio Unite mission connects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and provide examples of public-private partnerships involving solar lighting.

This webinar is produced and hosted by the Corporate Responsibility Association. The CRA catalyzes engagement and thought leadership through networking, live events and web-based activities.

About the Corporate Responsibility Association 

Providing professional development and networking around vital topics, the CRA envisions a world where all companies and organizations have the talent and expertise to engage in socially responsible and sustainable business practices.  For information on the CRA, please visit corporateresponsibilityassociation.org

Global Sustain Contributes to Member States Implementation Report of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:11am

Global Sustain contributed to a recent publication by CSR Europe and GRI, in collaboration with Accountancy Europe on the mapping of the Member State Implementation of the EU Directive for non-financial reporting.

Global Sustain was one of the contributing data partners and collaborators of this report.

The report was presented in Brussels last week in a special event.

Over the last months several stakeholders engaged throughout Europe to gather, analyse and check information on the local transpositions of the EU Directive 2014/95.

The collection of information per each country was supported by:

  • Member States ministries

  • 23 CSR Europe national partner organisations

  • 4 additional organisations (including Global Sustain)

The publication is a conclusive milestone in the follow up on the EU Directive transposition across member states, and a beginning for a meaningful dialogue about the implementation of European regulations on non-financial reporting. The publication is created to support companies and relevant stakeholders to review some of the criteria of the transposed laws, and to easily access the original documents for proper assessment of the legal requirements.

The publication includes:

  • Overview requirements of the transposed national laws concerning the Directive 2014/95/EU in each of the Member States

  • Mapping similarities and differences across transposed laws

  • An overview of EU policy context related to non-financial reporting

Beside and beyond the publication, collaboration between stakeholders in Europe will continue to boost non-financial reporting as a tool for companies, and to improve their contribution towards the sustainable development agenda.

​EnCorps​ ​Receives​ ​Silicon​ ​Valley​ ​Education​ ​Foundation’s​ ​STEM​ ​Innovation​ ​Award 

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 7:10pm

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program was honored at Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s (SVEF) 13th annual Pioneers & Purpose Celebration for Education on Wednesday, November 8 at the Fairmont San Jose. During the celebration, EnCorps’ Executive Director, Katherine Wilcox, and San Francisco Bay Area Program and Recruitment Director, David Taus, were presented with SVEF’s 2017 STEM Innovation Award. The other award recipient was Women’s Audio Mission.

The STEM Innovation Awards are awarded in recognition of pioneering organizations and programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education that set new benchmarks for innovation. A $5,000 prize is awarded to winners. EnCorps was recognized for recruiting and supporting highly qualified STEM teachers in high needs Silicon Valley schools.

“These recipients represent organizations that offer exciting, forward-thinking work in STEM education that inspire students to explore STEM fields as future career choices,” said SVEF Interim CEO Manny Barbara. “Their work directly addresses the critical need to mitigate our dire STEM workforce shortage.”

The STEM Innovation Award winners were selected by a group of thought leaders who have demonstrated outstanding work in the STEM community. The 2017 selection committee included Tom Baker, SVEF Board Member and Chairman of the Selection Committee; Gabriel Alcantar from Langan Engineering; Karl Glaub from Google; Eric Heitmann from CBRE; Kira Walter from Google, and Winnie Yu from Flex.

About EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

EnCorps places experienced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals as teachers in high needs, low-income public schools, ensuring equal access to quality STEM education and inspiring children to pursue STEM careers. EnCorps serves middle and high school students in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with demand to scale nationally. To learn more about EnCorps and how you can support the program, please contact Director of Development, Grace McGlade at grace.mcglade@encorps.org.

About Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed – one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). SVEF helps through Advocacy – working with school districts to promote best practices and policies; Programs – offering direct programs and support to educators and students; and, Innovation – placing cutting edge EdTech and resources into live classrooms.

Global Impact Taps Luis Guardia as New Chief Business and Financial Services Officer

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:10pm

Today, Global Impact President and CEO Scott Jackson welcomed the organization’s new Chief Business and Financial Services Officer Luis Guardia. With 25 years of experience, Guardia brings significant expertise to the already strong executive team at Global Impact where he will lead internal financial administration, external financial services and asset management programs. Most recently Guardia served as Chief Operating Officer for The One Campaign and prior to that he worked for a number of other respected organizations, including International Center for Research on Women, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Guardia joins Jackson and a seasoned executive team:

Victoria Adams, Vice President of CFC Administration, is responsible for the organization’s administration and services within the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) both locally, nationally and internationally, including strategic planning and implementation. She joined Global Impact in 2010 and previously served at ChildFund International and the American Red Cross.

Cindy Darnell, Vice President of Operations and Special Initiatives, has been with Global Impact since 2012 and currently oversees the organization’s technology team, board engagement and special initiatives. Darnell has been a certified Project Management Professional, and prior to Global Impact she worked for Deltek, a software company based in the Washington metro area.

Kathleen Lowenthal serves as Managing Director of Partner Solutions and oversees Global Impact’s consulting and advisory work for corporate and nonprofit partners. She has been with Global Impact for five years and previously served at Catholic Charities USA and Turning the Page.

Joseph Mettimano serves as Chief Marketing and Development Officer and has been with Global Impact for six years.  He currently leads the organization’s campaigns, fundraising and marketing functions. He has served in leadership roles with nonprofit organizations for more than 27 years, including positions with World Vision, Prison Fellowship, UNICEF USA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Stephanie Scholz, Vice President of Human Resources, has been with Global Impact for nine years and has an extensive background in human resource management. She directs human resource strategy, oversees employee benefit programs, supervises the performance management process and collaborates with executives daily on organizational needs. Scholz is a certified HR professional with both her SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

“With this team of experienced, skilled executives, Global Impact is well-positioned to continue achieving its mission to grow global philanthropy,” stated Jackson. 

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips nonprofits, public sector and private sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also leads national marketing efforts for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) and three other CFC zones across the United States. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

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LG Launches ‘Experience Happiness’ Initiative

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 1:10pm

Aiming to enrich the lives of 5.5 million youth in the United States by 2021, LG Electronics USA is launching a unique new corporate social responsibility initiative called “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness.” The science-based platform is designed to engage non-profit partners who help equip American youth with the skills for sustainable happiness.

Experts define happiness in a number of ways, including the ability to consistently recognize that life’s good – even if it’s hard sometimes.[1] Seventy years of research shows happy people are healthier, live longer, and do better in school and life. Yet, in the United States today, two out of three youth are stressed. [2]

Happiness skills can be learned, according to the Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley, which has identified six skills that sustain one’s ability to recognize that life’s good: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. 

“LG is a consumer-first organization, and we have an obligation to give back to society,” said William Cho, president and CEO, LG Electronics North America. “We developed the Experience Happiness platform by studying the meaning of our brand to consumers and employees. The result is a unique new CSR approach for LG that will allow us to help further the science of happiness and work with our grant partners to deliver proven skills for sustainable happiness to America’s young people.”

When school is in session, kids are the most stressed group in the country.[3]  “That’s why LG’s Experience Happiness program is working with partners to bring scientific insights and tools for sustainable happiness to America’s youth, to help make life good for generations to come,” Cho explained.

To support research and programs designed to advance the science of happiness and increase awareness that happiness is a learnable skill set, LG has partnered with the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). “LG’s commitment to supporting the study of the science of happiness will help us increase awareness that happiness and emotional well-being are achievable,” said GGSC Founder and Director Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

A primary focus of the new Life’s Good: Experience Happiness platform is driving positive change in lives across America with the goal of equipping 5.5 million youth with happiness skills by 2021. For the platform launch, LG has partnered with Inner Explorer. This leading organization brings science and mindfulness-based social emotional learning curriculum to U.S. schools.

According to Inner Explorer Co-founder Laura S. Bakosh, Ph.D., mindfulness teaches how to live in the present moment, and it promotes “readiness to learn,” which is a bigger predictor of academic success than IQ. Bringing mindfulness into schools results in more focused classrooms, with fewer classroom disruptions. This gives teachers more time to teach while equipping children with a positive growth mindset and better relationship skills.

“LG shares Inner Explorer’s mission to bring learnable happiness skills to classrooms across the country,” said Bakosh. “LG is demonstrating cutting-edge leadership in this space, and our partnership changes the landscape for Inner Explorer as we help kids, teachers and parents be their best selves both in the arena of academic achievement and as world citizens.”

LG will continue to grow the Life’s Good Experience Happiness platform with a focus on increasing the number of youth impacted each year. LG also plans to launch a website dedicated to highlighting the work of its partner organizations, the results of this work and increasing awareness that happiness skills are a learnable skill set for youth and adults alike.  

About the Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, is at the forefront of the scientific movement to explore the roots of happiness, compassion, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. Called by The New York Times “the epicenter for research on happiness and gratitude,” the GGSC sponsors groundbreaking research and helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. https://ggsc.berkeley.edu

About Inner Explorer™

Inner Explorer was developed in 2011 by mindful awareness teachers with nearly 30 years of combined experience. Understanding the difficulty in developing daily practice, Inner Explorer created an audio-based web platform helping teachers and students practice simply and efficiently, as well as providing the opportunity to learn together. The unprecedented online platform is now also available for families at no additional cost. Inner Explorer is a non-profit organization working toward the goal of “TEN Million Mindful Children” – and ultimately – helping to improve education and student outcomes for generations to come. www.InnerExplorer.org

About LG Electronics USA

LG Electronics USA Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $48 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. www.lg.com.

Media Contacts:

LG Electronics USA
John I. Taylor
201 816 2166
john.taylor@lge.com
www.LG.com

Inner Explorer™
Jim Graziano, Chief Marketing Officer
888 466 9732
jgraziano@innerexplorer.org
www.InnerExplorer.org

[1] https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/happiness/definition

[2] http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/02/teen-stress.aspx

[3] http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/02/teen-stress.aspx

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