Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, announces the acquisition of TrustCSR, a UK-based corporate social responsibility consultancy that serves enterprise clients, including Amazon, British Telecom, DHL, EE, Avanade, National Grid and Experian. This acquisition is the latest step in Benevity adding scale and geographic scope to its operations to maximize efficiencies, service its global client base, and reach new markets. TrustCSR’s deep expertise in compliance, regulatory and tax schemes across Europe and other international markets, as well as strategic partnerships within the international charitable ecosystem aligns perfectly with Benevity’s expanding footprint in “corporate Goodness.” On the heels of the company’s recent strategic growth investment, this new location will enable Benevity to serve its growing base of corporations, charities and end users in the U.K., across Europe, Australia and Asia.
According to Gallup’s Worldwide Engagement Crisis report, 87 percent of the world’s workers are disengaged, compared with only 67 percent in the U.S. Global enterprises are increasingly leveraging their employee giving, volunteering and grantmaking programs to support their diversity and inclusion efforts and to build purposeful workplace cultures. Last year, Benevity saw a 91 percent surge in companies using its market-leading international cloud solution, Benevity OneWorld™ to create stronger connections with their worldwide workforces and communities.
Available in 17 languages, Benevity OneWorld enables companies to empower employees, consumers and the public to easily donate time, money and talent to almost 2 million charities and non-profits around the world. Through its proprietary disbursement platform, Benevity delivers 100% of funds electronically to international causes providing global enterprises and their employees with certainty that grants and donations are reaching their intended recipients in a timely and accurate manner.
“Global enterprises are seeking to extend the success of their Goodness programs beyond headquarter locations to more deeply engage and inspire their international employees with a purpose-driven culture,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “But scaling Goodness globally requires more than just addressing differences in languages and currency; it requires knowledge of local regulatory frameworks, cultural nuances and the ability to accurately identify, vet and distribute funds to charities everywhere in a scalable way. This is why Benevity is quickly becoming the de facto choice for global enterprises. We look forward to serving more global clients and their stakeholders from our new location in the U.K.”
“TrustCSR has partnered with Benevity for more than five years and have, from the beginning, been deeply impressed with their vision and commitment to improving the charitable landscape,” said Benjamin Janes, CEO of TrustCSR. “We are thrilled to be formalizing our relationship to bring more of their progressive ethos to companies in the U.K. and across the globe.”
Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, recently launched Benevity’s award-winning software to power their global Goodness program. “Colleague giving, grantmaking and volunteering programs are allowing Sage to fulfill our most important corporate philanthropy commitments: to support our people and the causes they care about and make an impact in the communities in which we operate,” said Debbie Wall, VP of Sage Foundation. “Benevity’s unrivaled global reach makes it easy for us to scale our programs wherever our colleagues are located, which in turn helps us recruit and retain top talent; showcasing Sage’s ongoing drive to do business the right way.”
Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, 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 solutions 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 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity will process over a billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time to almost 140,000 charities worldwide.
ImpactAssets has released its 2017-18 ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free, online database for investors and financial advisors that features a diversified listing of 50 private capital fund managers that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. IA 50 users can sort and filter across a range of asset classes (debt, private equity and real estate), geographies, size of funds, themes and more.
“As impact investing grows exponentially, the IA 50 has remained a leading and trusted resource for impact investors of all experience levels,” said Jed Emerson, ImpactAssets Senior Fellow, and IA 50 Review Committee Chair. “Our consistent and objective evaluation of impact fund managers is providing financial advisors and their clients with a starting place to make informed investment decisions. And we are helping to catalyze the growth of impact investing by creating a centralized information source in a fragmented field.”
Fund managers included in the seventh annual IA 50 manage an estimated $29.2 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact – nearly double the assets managed by IA 50 managers in the previous year. This year's showcase includes:
Larger Funds: Six funds have more than $1 billion in assets under management.
Deep Experience: A total of 32 out of 50 fund managers have been operating for more than 10 years.
Diverse Management: Nearly half (48%) of all IA 50 funds have investment management teams with 50% or more women and other under-represented groups.
“The 2017-18 IA 50 highlights a strong field of managers across an increasingly rich marketplace of impact fund opportunities,” said Jennifer Kenning, CEO and Co-Founder of Align Impact, and IA 50 Senior Investment Advisor. “We are excited to see the growth of this space as evidenced by the increasing number of high-caliber fund managers, whose strong financial and impact track records position them to serve the growing investor.”
In addition to Emerson and Kenning, the IA 50 Review Committee includes impact investment pioneers and leaders, including Karl "Charly" Kleissner, Co-Founder of Toniic and KL Felicitas Foundation; Kathy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager for UBS; Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Managing Director, and Partner, Tiedemann Wealth Management; Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Ford Foundation; Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, Co-Founders of Blue Haven Initiative; Matthew Weatherley-White, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The CAPROCK Group.
“The IA 50 has become the go-to database for insights and actionable data on innovative managers creating impact with investment capital, which is especially valuable for family offices and accredited investors getting started in the impact space,” said Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Managing Director, and Partner at Tiedemann Wealth Management. “We’re thrilled to be helping investors connect their portfolios with their passions and drive capital to impact.”
The IA 50 is not an index or investable platform and does not constitute an offering or recommend specific products. It is not a replacement for due diligence. In order to be considered for the IA 50 2017-18, fund managers needed to have at least $10 million in assets under management, more than 3 years of experience as a firm with impact investing, documented social and/or environmental impact and be available for U.S. investment. Additional details on the selection process are here.
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment. The Giving Fund currently has $424M in total assets.
About the ImpactAssets 50
The IA 50 is the first publicly available database that provides a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their financial advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore the landscape of potential investment options. The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today, though it is not a comprehensive list. These 50 firms have been selected to demonstrate a wide range of impact investing activities across geographies, sectors and asset classes.
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Tennaxia, an EU market leader in sustainability data collection and analysis software, has join forces in the U.S. with K·Coe Isom, the leading accounting and consulting firm focused on solutions in food and agriculture. This collaboration will offer both technology and services for food and beverage companies looking to improve, scale up or streamline their efforts sustainable performance.
The Tennaxia–K·Coe Isom collaboration will focus on helping the growing number of food and beverage companies across the value chain that need to meet and report on accepted sustainability standards for their operational sites, as well as aligning sustainability and core business objectives.
“Tennaxia has entered the U.S. market with a proven web-based solution, which can be tailored to customer needs for collecting data across sites. It can also be used to meet multiple U.S. and global reporting obligations that we know exist in the food and beverage market today,” explains Juliette Barre, Principal, Tennaxia North America.
“We have connected with K·Coe Isom because of their deep expertise and long history serving food and beverage clients in the U.S.,” she adds, noting that the firm has worked for a range of clients that include Cargill, West Liberty Foods, and Kellogg’s. “Sustainability, operations, strategy and business functions will have everything they need for measurement, compliance, and analysis, with a superior level of trust and validation – from a tailored software combined with hands-on strategy and support services. We know that in the U.S., food and beverage companies need partners that can add value via this combination of services and technology.”
Addressing complexity with clarity and precision
“Sustainability data is a key factor in core business decisions, as well as an increasing requirement of the food and beverage value chain,” says Emily Johannes, Principal and Director of ResourceMax™ Sustainability Services for K·Coe Isom. “Accurate and comprehensive data management and analytics are a strategic imperative: we are moving beyond simple spreadsheets. No matter what the size, food and beverage companies today need to employ dedicated software tools and services that are specifically geared for data collection, multiple reporting requirements, and achieving performance goals.”
“Tennaxia’s solution is comprehensive yet agile – we like how it can be implemented quickly and tailored to each client,” she adds. “Combining their web-based analytics and data management with our expertise in strategy, implementation, and supply-chain reporting makes sense for U.S. and global food and beverage companies. Our combined solution supports clients with the features and services they need – and nothing they don’t. Our partnership assures we tailor our solutions to specific client needs within food and agriculture, unlike ‘packaged’ software on the market today.”
Tennaxia, founded in 2001, already powers more than 10,000 customer sites in 70 countries. The company’s software has been battle tested in France and the EU, where government regulations are even more stringent than in the U.S. The technology offers three levels of validation and verification to confirm data quality. Major European companies using Tennaxia’s software include AXA, Peugeot-Citroen, Group Bel (producer of Laughing Cow and Baby Bel cheeses), Auchan, a global retailer, and GeoPost, the “Fed-Ex” of Europe. Learn more at www.tennaxia.com/en.
About K·Coe Isom
K·Coe Isom leads, nationally as consultants, CPAs, and business advisors in the food and agriculture industry. A top 60 accounting and consulting firm, we are deeply embedded throughout the U.S. food-supply chain, from policy to plate. We work with producers, input suppliers, processors, packagers, distributors, biofuel manufacturers, equipment dealerships, landowners, lenders, and many agencies and policy organizations that support the industry. Our sustainability team provides valuable tools, strategies, plans, and analysis to increase food and agriculture’s business value and credibility in the marketplace. K·Coe Isom builds business-oriented sustainability programs for food companies, beef, dairy, pork, turkey, grain/feed companies and producers, enabling them to capture and report sustainability information to valued customers and the public. K·Coe Isom serves domestic and international clientele from 21 coast-to-coast offices. Learn more at www.kcoe.com.
Providing first-time electricity to more than 1 billion people around the world is not a task for the fainthearted. In fact, it is quite risky.
Despite the risks, the private sector is interested. According to the International Energy Agency, emerging markets in Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America will make up almost half of all new global energy demand between now and 2040. India and China make up the remainder of global energy growth. Meanwhile, traditional markets like the EU, US and Japan will experience decreased energy demand.
One of the challenges to tapping this potential is that these emerging markets host the world’s poorest people. Without access to affordable and reliable energy, these potential customers have few means of escaping poverty. But with access to energy, these communities could accelerate their business growth and become strong and loyal customers.
Solving this conundrum has been the focus of considerable effort in recent years. The seventh U.N Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to sustainable energy access, and has spurred the creation of the multi-national initiative Sustainable Energy for All. In 2016, the US Congress passed The Electrify Africa Act, supported by the multi-agency US Power Africa initiative. All of these initiatives recognize that private sector investment is critical to the success of their common goal of alleviating energy poverty.
Many special purpose mechanisms including loan guarantees and blended finance instruments have reduced power sector investor risk and increased the amount of electricity available in energy-poor countries. Off taker risk, however, remains a significant and extremely complex challenge. Off taker risk refers to the risk that electricity customers will not pay their bills. This risk of non-payment can be divided into three broad categories: (1) Government customers, (2) Industry customers, and (3) Individual customers.
For the first two customer classes, there are sources of data, such as credit ratings and balance sheets, which can be used to create guarantees and mechanisms that mitigate risk. However, there are few mechanisms to mitigate the risks of individual customers in emerging markets. Individuals in energy-poor communities are the very demographic that NGOs like Global Communities have successfully worked with for decades. Our experience shows that individual customer risk can be overcome through the right combination of community-led interventions and access to finance.
Below are some of the community-level risks that are specific to energy projects. For each risk, we show how traditional tools and techniques in Community Engagement and Financial Inclusion can help to overcome them.
Risk: Getting Data That Enables Reliable Site Selection Decisions
Good data is often difficult to find — or simply non-existent — in emerging markets. There is little hard data about energy-poor communities: no income data, no credit scores, and no history of payments. Surveys that assess the ability and willingness to pay for energy do not accurately represent the actual likelihood of payments.
Data approximations thru Big Data partners can give the process a leg up, followed by community surveys. To increase the fidelity of the data and the quality of the project, this data should be verified through peer-driven, transparent dialogue. This process should then be followed by peer-driven and transparent process for the selection of the initial customers. A peer-driven process increases the likelihood of payment, reducing default rates.
Risk: Revealing and Mitigating Potential Flaws at the Site/Community Level
Building trust and obtaining buy-in of the community can make or break the ultimate success of the project. If done well, it can greatly reduce areas of risk, while getting it wrong can cause project failure.
A community-led co-design process helps identify well known and lesser known project risks, which are then shared by the community. Fully representative community engagement also reduces factionalism and increases buy-in within the community to ensure that the community is fully invested in the project.
Risk: Designing Financial Options for Affordability
One of the most pervasive challenges in alleviating energy poverty at the community level is what to do when demand for electricity or power is there, but affordable payments options are not.
Financial Inclusion tools, including mobile money accounts, PAYGO, cooperatives, and village savings and lending groups, can increase access to electricity for previously underserved communities. As important, community-led decision-making on financial inclusion mechanisms increases uptake, sustainability and growth. Because additional households and businesses are able to subscribe to the system, they increase the customer base. In turn, lending options for growing businesses help increase access to energy services.
Risk: Ensuring Project Sustainability & Growth
Economic growth is one of the principal advantages of energy access. Yet communities that have never had this access need support to accomplish this result. That support is most effective in the form of trainings on business and financial planning, the establishment of cooperatives or other community business structures, and micro loans and/or incentive grants for small and medium businesses. Social engagement mechanisms including support groups, volunteer networks and leadership groups can also have a significant impact on the success of a project.
Mitigating the risks associated with investing in emerging markets, especially those dominated by the energy poor, can be challenging. While tremendous progress has been made, there are few mechanisms available for individual customer off taker risk. Investors and project developers can harness proven Community Engagement and Financial Inclusion methodologies to mitigate these risks, strengthen customer demand and increase the likelihood of overall project success.
The basis of an effective EHS program is the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results. Attend the EHS Compliance Management conference for case studies and interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including EHS auditing, data management, risk management, and staffing challenges.
How are you shaping the inclusive workforce of the future? According to a 2017 survey, 57% of Fortune 1000 employees think companies need to take a more active stance on social issues. And, this is regardless of political affiliation. Understanding how employees who identify as “activists” are thinking and feeling, and uncovering ways to build this into culture strategies will be critical to teams seeking to create more inclusive workplace experiences.
Sign up for this webinar with Tony Calandro, SVP at Povaddo, and Laura Plato, President and COO of Causecast, on July 27 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET, and you’ll learn:
- Why engaging activist employees is essential for recruiting and retention
- How companies can leverage this data to take more effective action
- Ideas for key stakeholders to engage with internal activists more effectively
- What CEOs can do to unlock the enthusiasm of corporate activist employees
Hoy, SC Johnson anunció que donó 100.000 unidades del repelente de insectos personal OFF!® con el objetivo de ayudar a familias brasileñas a protegerse contra el mosquito Aedes aegypti que puede transmitir enfermedades como dengue, Zika, chikungunya y fiebre amarilla.
Con la llegada de la temporada de mosquitos, Brasil ha visto recientemente una mayor cantidad de casos de fiebre amarilla. Esta donación de repelentes de insectos personales se distribuirá a través de programas comunitarios y de servicios sociales de organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) en un esfuerzo para ayudar a proteger a tantas personas como sea posible de los mosquitos que pueden transmitir estas enfermedades.
"Utilizar repelente de insectos con regularidad es esencial para prevenir las picaduras de mosquitos", dijo Kelly M. Semrau, vicepresidente sénior, Asuntos Corporativos, Comunicación y Sustentabilidad Globales de SC Johnson. "Nos da mucho gusto poder ayudar a las comunidades a protegerse contra los mosquitos".
SC Johnson coordinará la distribución de los productos con importantes organizaciones comunitarias, como ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Socias Cajamar, Parceiros da Educacao y Sonhar Acordado. La donación de repelentes de insectos personales ayudará a aproximadamente 100.000 brasileños. Las ONG seleccionadas están listas para distribuir el producto lo más pronto posible, para que lleguen a las familias que más lo necesitan durante este difícil período.
SC Johnson donó más de USD 15 millones en productos para el control de plagas y apoyo financiero a organizaciones de beneficencia en respuesta a los brotes de zika y dengue en todo el mundo en 2016.
"Nos alegra asociarnos con SC Johnson para poder proporcionarle a nuestra comunidad las herramientas de prevención necesarias para proteger a las familias de los mosquitos. Esta crucial donación ayudará a abordar la necesidad constante de repelente de insectos en toda nuestra comunidad", dijo Carlos Oliveira, Director Ejecutivo de Bola Pra Frente.
Para impulsar aún más la educación y proporcionar recursos a las familias, SC Johnson ofrece consejos y videos sobre cómo pueden protegerse contra las picaduras de mosquitos en www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. El sitio web está disponible en 13 idiomas y los videos cuentan con casi 25 millones de visualizaciones.
SC Johnson es el mayor fabricante de repelentes de insectos e insecticidas domésticos en el mundo, con productos como OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® y Baygon®. Durante más de 60 años, entomólogos de SC Johnson han estudiado insectos en el SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health ubicado en Racine, Wisconsin. El Instituto SC Johnson es uno de los centros de investigación de entomología urbana privados más grandes del mundo.
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SC Johnson es una empresa familiar dedicada a la creación de productos innovadores de alta calidad, a la excelencia en el trabajo y a un compromiso a largo plazo con el medioambiente y las comunidades donde opera. Con sede en los Estados Unidos, SC Johnson es uno de los más importantes fabricantes en el mundo de productos para la limpieza del hogar y productos para almacenamiento en el hogar, cuidado del aire, control de plagas y cuidado del calzado, además de productos profesionales. Comercializa marcas ampliamente conocidas, como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® y ZIPLOC® en EE. UU. y en otros países, y algunas marcas comercializadas fuera de EE. UU., como AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MÚSCULO® y RIDSECT®. La empresa tiene 132 años de antigüedad, genera 10 mil millones de dólares en ventas, da empleo a aproximadamente 13.000 personas en todo el mundo y vende productos en casi todos los países del mundo. www.scjohnson.com
A SC Johnson anunciou hoje que doou cem mil unidades do repelente pessoal contra insetos OFF!® para ajudar as famílias brasileiras a se protegerem do mosquito Aedes aegypti, que pode transmitir doenças como dengue, zika, chikungunya e febre amarela.
Com a chegada do período de proliferação de mosquitos, o Brasil tem presenciado um aumento nos casos de febre amarela. Essa doação de repelentes pessoais contra insetos será distribuída por organizações não governamentais (ONGs) locais, programas comunitários e de serviços sociais, em um esforço para proteger o maior número de pessoas contra os mosquitos que podem transmitir essas doenças.
“Utilizar repelente de insetos regularmente é fundamental para evitar a picada de mosquitos”, lembrou Kelly M. Semrau, vice-presidente sênior de Assuntos Corporativos Globais, Comunicação e Sustentabilidade da SC Johnson. “Temos a enorme satisfação de poder ajudar as comunidades a se protegerem dos mosquitos.”
A SC Johnson coordenará a distribuição dos produtos doados com diversas importantes organizações da comunidade, como ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Sociais Cajamar, Parceiros da Educação e Sonhar Acordado. A doação de repelentes pessoais contra insetos ajudará um número estimado de cem mil brasileiros. As ONGs selecionadas já estão prontas para distribuir os produtos o mais rapidamente possível, para que cheguem às famílias que mais necessitam durante este difícil período.
A SC Johnson doou mais de US$ 15 milhões em produtos para o controle de pragas e na forma de apoio financeiro a organizações beneficentes em resposta ao surto global de zika e dengue em 2016.
“Nós estamos muito felizes com essa parceria com a SC Johnson para oferecer à nossa comunidade as ferramentas de prevenção necessárias e ajudar a proteger as famílias dos mosquitos. Essa doação de repelentes é muito importante para o nosso trabalho contínuo de proteção junto à comunidade,” afirma Carlos Oliveira, Diretor Executivo do Bola Pra Frente.
Para esclarecer e fornecer ainda mais recursos às famílias, a SC Johnson oferece dicas e vídeos sobre como poderão se proteger contra picadas de mosquitos em www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. O site está disponível em 13 idiomas e seus vídeos já foram assistidos cerca de 25 milhões de vezes.
A SC Johnson é a maior fabricante mundial de repelentes de insetos e inseticidas domésticos, incluindo OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® e Baygon®. Há mais de 60 anos, os entomologistas da SC Johnson estudam os insetos no Instituto SC Johnson da Ciência do Inseto para Saúde da Família, localizado na cidade norte-americana de Racine, Wisconsin. O SC Johnson Institute é uma das maiores instalações particulares do mundo dedicadas à pesquisa entomológica urbana.
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Sobre a SC Johnson
A SC Johnson é uma empresa familiar dedicada a fabricação produtos inovadores e de alta qualidade, excelência no local de trabalho e compromisso de longo prazo com o meio ambiente e as comunidades onde atua. Com sede nos EUA, a empresa é um dos principais fabricantes mundiais de produtos de limpeza doméstica, armazenamento doméstico, purificadores de ar, controle de pragas e cuidados com calçados, além de produtos profissionais. A empresa comercializa marcas consagradas como GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® e ZIPLOC® nos Estados Unidos e em outros países, e estão entre suas marcas fora dos EUA AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCULO® e RIDSECT®. Com 132 anos de história, a empresa gera US$ 10 bilhões em vendas, emprega aproximadamente 13 mil pessoas em todo o mundo e vende produtos em quase todos os países. www.scjohnson.com
Today SC Johnson announced it has donated 100,000 units of OFF!® personal insect repellent geared towards helping Brazilian families protect against the Aedes aegypti mosquito that may transmit diseases such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
With the arrival of the mosquito season, Brazil has recently seen an increase in the number of yellow fever cases. This personal insect repellent donation will be distributed through local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community programs and social service programs in an effort to help protect as many people as possible from the mosquitoes that may transmit these diseases.
“Using insect repellent regularly is essential to preventing mosquito bites,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “We are gratified that we can help communities protect themselves against mosquitoes.”
SC Johnson will be coordinating with several key community organizations such as ABRINQ, Associação de Assistência à Criança Deficiente (AACD), Aldeias Infantis, Bola Pra Frente, Fundos Socias Cajamar, Parceiros da Educacao, and Sonhar Acordado to distribute the donated product. The donation of personal insect repellent will help an estimated 100,000 Brazilians. The selected NGOs are ready to distribute the product as quickly as possible so that it can get into the hands of families who need it most during this difficult time.
SC Johnson has donated more than $15 million in pest control products and financial support to charitable organizations in response to the 2016 global outbreak of Zika and dengue fever.
“We are pleased to partner with SC Johnson to provide our community with the prevention tools necessary to help protect families from mosquitoes, as this crucial donation will help to address the ongoing need for insect repellent throughout our community,” said Carlos Oliveira, Executive Director at Bola Pra Frente.
To further drive education and provide resources to families, SC Johnson offers tips and videos on how families can protect themselves from mosquito bites at www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. The site is available in 13 languages and videos on the site have been viewed nearly 25 million times.
SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellents and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® and Baygon®. For over 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health located in Racine, Wisconsin. The SC Johnson Institute is one of the largest private, urban entomology research facilities in the world.
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About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 132-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
Following a robust assessment process, CBRE UK Ltd., the world's leading real estate advisor has been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES). CBRE is the first property services provider to achieve this accolade and the 22nd UK company overall.
The UK National Equality Standard was developed by business for business and sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion criteria against which companies are independently assessed. It is supported by EY, the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved in its development and launch and the standard is now utilised globally.
The NES assessment reviewed CBRE against 49 separate competencies focused on key topics such as; governance, culture, HR policies and processes, business planning, inclusivity, flexible working, leadership commitment and accountability, data as well as external relationships with CSR activities and the firm’s supply chain.
Achieving this accreditation, recognises our commitment to diversity. In a world where diversity, equality, and standards of ethics are increasingly important. We are very proud to set this benchmark for the property advisory sector. CBRE will continue to focus on equality, diversity and inclusion as this is a strategic business priority for our people and our clients.
Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director at CBRE
This achievement is significant recognition in how far we have evolved our business at CBRE, it is recognition to every leader, manager and employee of our business today. CBRE is a great and exciting place to work, we are on a continued journey to be world-class in everything we do.
Paul Hawtin, UK HR Director
Arun Batra, EY Director and CEO of NES commented:
“I am absolutely delighted that CBRE have obtained the National Equality Standard. The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment that they have demonstrated to their D&I agenda is something which they should be very proud of and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on this achievement.”
Simon Feeke, lead NES assessor added:
“CBRE have demonstrated tremendous progress in embedding their D&I ambition right through their business and HR processes with mechanisms for continuous review and measurement of progress.”
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Born this Way Foundation, and Deloitte on November 17, to learn from business leaders, academics, and community partners on why they are championing kindness in the workplace and how you can foster it in yours.
Topics to be discussed include:
How do we create a cultural shift towards kindness?
How do we engage employees at every level to empower kindness inside their companies?
What is inclusivity and what are the best practices to achieving it?
How can you make the business case for kindness in your workplace?
How do you create an environment for safe, honest, and meaningful discussions?
Kindness is priceless and it makes a powerful impact—together, we can work to put kindness front and center.
At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—find opportunity and drive solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are turning their problem-solving abilities to the greatest social issues of our time. From water scarcity to disaster relief, businesses are taking the problems we face head-on and building innovative cross-sector solutions that drive us forward.
The theme of the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Opportunity Forward. The business community is uniquely-suited to see and embrace the opportunities that lie in the most vexing problems we face. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on November 14—15 to learn how the business community—together with their partners—are taking action and creating solutions today that build greater opportunities and prosperity for all. Featured Speakers include:
Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States
The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed
Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good
Ambassador James Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Chairman, Glassman Advisory
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation
Katie Beirne Fallon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilton
The challenges of today present opportunities for tomorrow. Join us this November to explore how cross-sector innovation and collaboration can drive us forward.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recognized 43 of the company's U.S. facilities and hog operations for environmental achievements, as well as 24 company locations for workplace safety accomplishments. NAMI, the oldest and largest trade association representing meat packers and processors, presented the awards earlier this week at its Worker Safety and Environmental Recognition Awards program in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Environmental stewardship and workplace safety are core pillars of our industry-leading sustainability program," said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. "Protecting the employees we call family and the local communities we call home is essential to delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way."
The NAMI Environmental Awards program recognizes companies that go beyond compliance by developing and implementing innovative environmental programs. It is a four-tiered program beginning with simple environmental compliance policies in Tier 1 and culminating with the more complex ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as Tier 4.
The NAMI Worker Safety Recognition Awards recognizes facilities for achieving high levels of safety performance as well as implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program, specifically injury and illness reduction efforts. The National Safety Council determines facilities' recognition level by analyzing both the Total Recordable Cases rate and the rate for Cases With Days Away from Work, Job Transfer, or Restriction (DART).
The award-winning facilities are listed below:
Environmental Award Winners
Environmental Award Winners
Worker Safety Award Winners
Award of Honor
Worker Safety Award Winners
Award of Merit
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including SmithfieldⓇ, EckrichⓇ, Nathan's FamousⓇ, FarmlandⓇ, ArmourⓇ, Farmer JohnⓇ, KretschmarⓇ, John MorrellⓇ, Cook'sⓇ, GwaltneyⓇ, CarandoⓇ, MargheritaⓇ, Curly'sⓇ, Healthy OnesⓇ, MorlinyⓇ, KrakusⓇ and BerlinkiⓇ. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.
Building on its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education, MilliporeSigma today announced nine new or expanded partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations across the world. These long-term, multi-dimensional partnerships are designed to spark scientific curiosity and passion — paving the road for innovative breakthroughs with demonstrated impact and measurable outcomes.
“We have a long history of supporting innovative research- and education-based organizations, not only through financial investments, but also through the active involvement of our employees,” said Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma. “All of our signature partnerships include skills-based volunteer components, allowing our employees to bring their technical expertise and passion for science to communities around the world.”
To support today’s scientists in accelerating access to health, MilliporeSigma has announced several partnerships geared toward scientific research.
Boston Children’s Hospital—MilliporeSigma is supporting Boston Children’s Hospital with efforts spanning both scientific research and science education. This includes a donation to support the development of an injectable form of oxygen; hands-on science experiences for patients through MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Labs™ program; and a “Curiosity Cart” program to deliver science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as virtual reality experiences for patients.
BioSTL—MilliporeSigma is partnering with BioSTL to advance St. Louis’ bioscience and innovation ecosystem through a variety of programs. The partnership will help local bioscience startups build their businesses through an entrepreneurship engagement component, in which MilliporeSigma employees will serve as mentors to help the startups solve problems. This partnership will also further BioSTL’s work to promote diversity, inclusion and equity by providing science education opportunities to female and minority students from local middle and high schools.
JDRF—MilliporeSigma is partnering with this leading global diabetes organization to support scientific innovation by creating opportunities to attract young, international scientists to pursue a career in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research through postdoctoral fellowship awards. MilliporeSigma employees will also participate in local community activities to raise awareness about T1D, raise funds for research and support local T1D communities.
Seeding Labs—Through an expanded partnership with Seeding Labs — which provides lab equipment, training and support to scientists in developing countries — MilliporeSigma will sponsor a new TeleScience online platform. Designed to accelerate teaching and research for thousands of scientists, this platform will include educational videos and sessions created and led by trained employees.
To spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists, MilliporeSigma has announced the following signature partnerships that focus on the advancement of science education.
Chemistry on the Go—MilliporeSigma is partnering with Tamkang University (Taiwan) on its Chemistry on the Go program to fund an additional mobile science lab — reaching more than 60,000 students annually. Employees from the company’s campuses in Taiwan will volunteer and provide guidance on experiment development. MilliporeSigma will also develop a structured professional development program for teachers.
Discovery World—Through a partnership with this interactive science and technology center in Milwaukee, MilliporeSigma will support the development of the “MilliporeSigma Virtual Explorer,” an exhibit that allows visitors to easily explore various science concepts using virtual reality equipment. Employees will assist with core scientific principles and engage thousands of students during MilliporeSigma Science Days.
Girlstart—MilliporeSigma is expanding its partnership with Girlstart to support its national expansion into Houston, Boston and St. Louis through the availability of summer camps and after-school programs. Employees will provide guidance on topics and lessons through extensive volunteer opportunities.
Technorama—Through a partnership with the Swiss Science Center Technorama, MilliporeSigma will help develop and operate a fully equipped, state-of-the-art branded wet lab, reaching more than 70,000 visitors annually. Technorama will use this lab to provide science-focused professional development for teachers throughout Switzerland. Employees will also collaborate with Technorama science education experts to develop new lessons for its innovative Curiosity Labs™ program.
KIPP St. Louis—MilliporeSigma is partnering with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) to expand and strengthen its middle school science program, increase access to science equipment and provide funding for two additional schools. Employees will donate their time and expertise, serving as mentors to students.
For more information on MilliporeSigma’s employee and community engagement initiatives, visit the Corporate Responsibility page here.
About the Corporate Responsibility Efforts of the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Through its corporate responsibility initiatives, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, harnesses the collective expertise, passion and energy of employees to minimize its environmental footprint and positively impact communities around the world.
The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is uniquely positioned to solve the toughest problems in life science through its efforts aligned with strengths in research, innovation and collaboration with the global scientific community. This helps differentiate its business and provides a competitive edge for its customers, while accelerating access to health for people everywhere. The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility through extensive programs in three main areas: Greener Products and Solutions—which includes Design for Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Packaging and Recycling initiatives; Employee and Community Engagement; and Sustainable Operations.
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About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global Life Science industry.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, Life Science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15 billion in 2016. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies – an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions.
“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS® delivery fleet. The all electric trucks will deliver by day and re-charge overnight. We are uniquely positioned to work with our partners, communities and customers to transform freight transportation.”
Workhorse claims these vehicles provide nearly 400% fuel efficiency improvement as well as optimum energy efficiency, vehicle performance and a better driver experience. Each truck will have a range of approximately 100 miles between charges, ideal for delivery routes in and around cities. The class 5, zero emission delivery trucks will rely on a cab forward design, which optimizes the driver compartment and cargo area, increasing efficiency and reducing vehicle weight. The new trucks will join the company’s Rolling Lab, a growing fleet of more than 9,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
"This innovation is the result of Workhorse working closely with UPS over the last 4 years refining our electric vehicles with hard fought lessons from millions of road miles and thousands of packages delivered,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group. “Our goal is to make it easy for UPS and others to go electric by removing prior roadblocks to large scale acceptance such as cost.”
UPS will test the vehicles primarily on urban routes across the country, including Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. With zero emissions and lower noise, the electric delivery trucks will help UPS make its fleet cleaner and quieter, a significant benefit in urban areas.
Following real-world test deployments, UPS and Workhorse will fine-tune the design in time to deploy a larger fleet in 2019 and beyond. Since most of the maintenance costs of a vehicle are associated with the engine and related components, UPS expects the operating cost of the new plug-in electric vehicle to be less than a similarly equipped diesel or gasoline vehicle. UPS’s goal is to make the new electric vehicles a standard selection, where appropriate, in its fleet of the future. UPS has approximately 35,000 diesel or gasoline trucks in its fleet that are comparable in size and are used in routes with duty cycles, or daily miles traveled similar to the new electric vehicles.
UPS has more than 300 electric vehicles deployed in Europe and the U.S., and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles. The company recently ordered 125 new fully-electric Semi tractors to be built by Tesla in 2019, the largest pre-order to date. Additionally, last September, UPS announced it will become the first commercial customer in the U.S. to start using three medium-duty electric trucks from Daimler Trucks Fuso brand, called the eCanter.
The initiative will help UPS attain its goal of one in four new vehicles purchased by 2020 being an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle. The company also has pledged to obtain 25 percent of the electricity it consumes from renewable energy sources by 2025 and replace 40 percent of all ground fuel with sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.
UPS operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.
For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability.
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.
About Workhorse Group, Inc.
Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.
T. Rowe Price has released its 2016–2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which is available at troweprice.com/CSRreport. The report details how CSR is an integral part of the firm’s culture and interwoven through its business, as demonstrated in how it invests for clients, associates, and communities.
Highlights from 2016 and 2017 include:
Recognized in 2017 by Pensions & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management.
Launched WAVE, MOSAIC, and PRIDE to serve as business resource groups for associates, charged with creating a more inclusive culture by advocating for women, minority, and LGBT+ associates.
46% of senior-level new hires were diverse, with 32% female new hires and 23% minority new hires in 2016.
Associates volunteered 46,000 hours in the community in 2016.
$10.3 million in total firm giving to charitable causes in 2016.
1.4 million people were reached through the firm’s financial education program, Money Confident Kids, in 2016.
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per associate by 31% between 2010 and 2016. The firm’s total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 4% during that timeframe.
Strengthened the firm’s capabilities to analyze environmental, social, and governance investment considerations by hiring Maria Elena Drew to serve in the newly created role of director of research, responsible investing.
Bill Stromberg, president and CEO of T. Rowe Price
“Our commitment to clients is unwavering, and so is our desire to bring about positive change in our communities. On behalf of our nearly 6,900 associates worldwide, I am proud and excited to share the results of our Corporate Social Responsibility program.
“Over the past two years, as president and CEO, I have been inspired by our associates’ long-term commitment to giving back to our communities. It speaks volumes about who we are and what we stand for.”
About T. Rowe Price
Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS:TROW) is a global investment management organization with $1.05 trillion in assets under management as of January 31, 2018. The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. T. Rowe Price's disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. For more information, visit troweprice.com or our Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook sites.
Download the CSR Report PDF here.
(GlobeNewswire) - Heineken N.V. today published its combined financial and sustainability Annual Report 2017. HEINEKEN firmly believes in integrating sustainability in its business, therefore the company's sustainability strategy 'Brewing a Better World' is one of its four business priorities.
HEINEKEN's financial highlights have been reported in its 2017 Full-Year results media release published on 12 February 2018, which can be downloaded from the company website.
Together with the 2017 Full-Year results, HEINEKEN announced its 'Drop the C' programme for renewable energy. The company aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. To drive a real change towards renewable energy the brewer will not purchase unbundled certificates to meet its reduction targets. Beyond production, in the next two years new science based reduction targets will be set for distribution, cooling and, for the first time, packaging.
HEINEKEN's 2017 sustainability highlights include the following:
HEINEKEN has surpassed its 2020 target for CO2 emissions in production by reaching 6.1 kg CO2 e/hl, down from 6.5 kg CO2 e/hl in 2016 (a 41% decline since 2008). Emissions decreased in absolute terms as well: even though production volumes were 57% higher in 2017 than in 2008, emissions were 7% lower.
Average water consumption in water-stressed areas decreased to 3.2 litres of water per litre of beer (2014: 3.8). Global average water consumption remained stable compared to last year, and decreased 29% compared to 2008, the baseline year for the 2020 commitments.
28% of main raw materials came from sustainable sources (2016: 17%) with 42% of our agricultural raw materials used in Africa and the Middle East sourced locally. However, there is more to be done in sourcing agricultural raw materials used in Africa after challenging economic conditions impacted the ability to source locally within the continent.
10% of total Heineken® media spend was dedicated to responsible consumption campaigns, in more than 70% of operating companies in scope.
The full Heineken N.V. 2017 Annual Report can be accessed and downloaded from the company website www.theHEINEKENcompany.com.
HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders. We are committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management.
Through "Brewing a Better World", sustainability is embedded in the business and delivers value for all stakeholders. HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets.
We employ over 80,000 employees and operate breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on Reuters under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY). Most recent information is available on HEINEKEN's website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com and follow us on Twitter via @HEINEKENCorp.
This press release contains forward-looking statements with regard to the financial position and results of HEINEKEN's activities. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond HEINEKEN's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market and economic conditions, the behaviour of other market participants, changes in consumer preferences, the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and achieve anticipated synergies, costs of raw materials, interest-rate and exchange-rate fluctuations, changes in tax rates, changes in law, change in pension costs, the actions of government regulators and weather conditions. These and other risk factors are detailed in HEINEKEN's publicly filed annual reports. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only of the date of this press release. HEINEKEN does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Market share estimates contained in this press release are based on outside sources, such as specialised research institutes, in combination with management estimates.