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Soil Health Educational Resources Now Online

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 2:12pm

Students of all ages and the general public are increasingly interested in understanding soil health.  However, information on soil health needed by educators is widely dispersed, making it difficult to find the necessary educational resources. 

The Communications & Education Action Team of the Soil Health Institute (SHI) is pleased to provide a catalog of soil health educational resources for K-12 educators and the general public, organized by audience and subject matter.

“The catalog has been designed so that educators, formal and informal, can easily find soil education lesson plans to use with students,” said Susan Schultz of SMS Consulting and SHI Action Team Volunteer. “The lessons have a great connection to standards taught at each grade level and can easily fit into a science, language, history or art class.”

Soil plays an important role in our lives. Soil provides nutrition in the food we eat; filters our water; cleans our air; provides habitat for pollinators and other wildlife; sequesters carbon; and sustains the livelihoods of millions of farmers and ranchers worldwide who preserve and nurture this precious resource.

These educational resources are designed to help educators teach students and adults about the critical functions that soil plays in sustaining life on earth.

“This catalog of curricula is designed for anyone interested in promoting a science-based understanding of our living soil - especially those involved in educating our children,” explains Scott Jones of Regenerative Farming Practices based in Illinois and SHI Action Team Volunteer.

“In working in the field of soil health education I hear many educators express the challenges of finding resources that help to educate on this topic,” adds Jessica Handy, with Kiss the Ground based in California and Action Team Volunteer. “Having a catalog of resources will make it much easier to access what is already available.”

SHI Communications and Education Action Team members that made the catalog possible include: Beth Mason (co-lead) of the National Association of Conservation Districts; Ron Nichols (co-lead), formerly of USDA-NRCS; Lisa Bellows of North Central Texas College; Gretchen Sassenrath of Kansas State University; Sami Tellatin at University of Missouri; Caroline Wade of The Nature Conservancy; Susan Schultz of SMS Consulting and Earth Team Volunteer; Jessica Handy of Kiss the Ground; Gary Farrell of the Washington State Soil Health Committee; and Scott Jones of Regenerative Farming Practices.

“We are deeply appreciative of the efforts of these volunteers.  They have created an accessible, easy-to-use tool to help us better understand the landscape of soil health education today,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, SHI President and CEO. “I look forward to supporting the work of this Action Team as they begin to engage schools and educators interested in incorporating soil health into their lessons.”

Recognizing that keeping this catalog of educational resources current will be an on-going process, the Communications and Education Action Team invites additional input, which can be added here.

If you are interested in joining the SHI Communications & Education Action Team, or any other Action Team, please contact SHI here.  

For further information, visit www.soilhealthinstitute.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. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment and society.

Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:12am

Young minds dream big, and when given the opportunity, they have the innate ability to spark change for the betterment of communities large and small. Today, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). This competition recognizes students in grades 6-8 who exude curiosity in the scientific process and inspire peers to solve the biggest challenges of the present and future.

Students were invited to submit short videos that describe a new invention or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Of hundreds who entered, judges selected 10 finalists for their exceptional science acumen, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶  seven boys and three girls, ranging in ages from 12-14  ̶  include those from public and private schools all across the nation.

The 10 Finalists

(in alphabetical order by last name):

  1. Mehaa AmirthalingamSugar Land, TX, Sartartia Middle School, Fort Bend Independent School District
  2. Sriram BhimarajuCupertino, Calif.,  Harker Middle School, Private
  3. Anna DuAndover, Mass., Andover School of Montessori
  4. Julia GelfondChevy Chase, Md., Silver Creek Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  5. Zachary HesslerVero Beach, Fla.,  Gifford Middle School, School District of Indian River County
  6. Rishab JainPortland, Ore.,  Stoller Middle School, Beaverton School District
  7. Theodore Jiang, Santa Monica, Calif., Paul Revere Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District Local District-Northeast
  8. Cameron SharmaGlen Allen, Va., George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico County School District
  9. Krish WadhwaniAlpharetta, Ga.,  DeSana Middle School, Forsyth County School District
  10. Leo WylonisBerwyn, Pa., Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

“The Young Scientist Challenge has not only supported students in achieving their dreams, but it has also provided the 3M team with the opportunity to contribute to the future of science in a special way,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M. “As we look toward the next chapter of 3M’s involvement in youth development, we are tremendously proud to be a part of shaping our next educators, entreprenuers and inventors.”

Finalists will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with 3M scientists during a summer mentorship program to develop their ideas into a working solution that has potential to positively impact their family, community or the global population.

Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from concept to prototype. 3M is a company rooted in scientific exploration, and the belief that every problem has a solution. These practices offer students’ complete experience of the scientific process and how to apply it to solve a real world problem. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

“Year after year, we have been honored to witness firsthand the ingenuity and charisma of nation’s youngest generation,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Discovery Education. “3M shares our unwavering support for children who, no matter their age, seize the opportunity to solve real-world problems and who encourage their peers to explore the power of science.” 

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center during October 2018. A panel of judges will evaluate finalists on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Judges will score each challenge independently. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

3M has been a title sponsor of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for more than 10 consecutive years. The program has produced 10 brilliant winners and 90 finalists who have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and compete in the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and more.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the 34 state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.  On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

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About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

Media Contacts

Katie Alper, 3M

646-935-44325, Katie.Alper@ketchum.com

Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education

240-662-5203, Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com

 

SC Johnson Donation Supports First-of-its-kind Sustainable School in Fortaleza, Brazil

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 8:12am

Building on the company’s longstanding commitment to education and continuing its more than 80-year legacy in Brazil, SC Johnson today proudly joined the State of Ceará and the Federation of Industry of Ceará (FIEC) to celebrate the construction of the new Escola Johnson in Fortaleza, Brazil. Through an SC Johnson commitment of $250,000, Escola Johnson will install solar panels that cover 100% of the electrical design of the facility – making it a first-of-its kind sustainable school in the area.

“SC Johnson and my family have long had a strong connection with the wonderful people of Brazil. We are proud to support the new Escola Johnson by helping to increase the number of students from this community who attend college,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Escola Johnson’s solar panels are unique, reinforcing SC Johnson’s ongoing commitment to the environment and serving as a model for other schools in the State of Ceará.”

Escola Johnson is a state-of-the-art public school for ninth through 12th graders, funded and run by the State of Ceará with support from SC Johnson and FIEC. It has long been a high-performing school, with approximately 47 percent of graduates attending college – more than double the national average in Brazil. The school includes a full-service, on-site dental office, which has been fully funded by SC Johnson since 2010.

SC Johnson is also supporting the construction of an on-site greenhouse and educational program that will converge environmental sciences with business education. The greenhouse is designed to produce carnaúba palm tree seedlings native to the Caatinga Biome through a rainwater harvesting system. Students will cultivate, grow and sell the seedlings back to the community, in partnership with Junior Achievement, as part of their science education and to reinforce the concepts of sustainability and entrepreneurship.

An additional $200,000 commitment made by SC Johnson to STEM Brasil will bolster education for students by supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and teacher training at Escola Johnson and other area schools. This donation will help encourage young students to pursue scientific careers – an ever-growing need as the skills developed from a STEM-based education are in demand in Brazil and around the world.

“For decades, SC Johnson has made a difference in the lives of many people in the State of Ceará and across Brazil through the company’s legacy of philanthropy, and commitment to education and sustainability,” said Camilo Santana, Governor of Ceará. “We thank SC Johnson for its support of the new Escola Johnson campus and the educational programs that will help prepare our students for college for years to come.”

A Legacy of Commitment to Brazil

For more than 80 years, Brazil has played an important role in the success of SC Johnson. The connection began in 1935 when third-generation company leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. pioneered a 15,000-mile roundtrip expedition to South America to study the carnaúba palm – the source for carnaúba wax, which was a key ingredient in SC Johnson products at the time. The journey brought H.F. Johnson, Jr. to Fortaleza, and marked the beginning of the family’s and the company’s relationship with Brazil – a strong bond that continues to this day.

SC Johnson opened the original Escola Johnson in Fortaleza in 1963, converting a portion of the company’s warehouse into a school complete with classrooms, a kitchen and dining area, and even a clinic to provide much-needed care to the children. Escola Johnson was the first public elementary school in Fortaleza, teaching 300 children who previously had no access to education. SC Johnson later donated the school to the Brazilian government, and has continued to provide support through a number of grants and gifts including the dental office, new science laboratories, an illuminated and covered sports playground, and general remodeling.

In 1998, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson and his sons, including fifth-generation leader Fisk Johnson, retraced the historic 1935 Carnaúba Expedition, reaffirming the company’s commitment to sustainability and celebrating the “spirit of adventure” that started SC Johnson’s affiliation with Brazil. Recognizing the vital role that the Caatinga region in Brazil plays in the ecosphere, SC Johnson established The Fund for Conservation of Caatinga following the 1998 trip. This fund was instrumental in subsidizing The Caatinga Association, an organization committed to the study and protection of the region.

As part of SC Johnson’s continuing work with and contributions to Conservation International, more than 100,000 acres of land have been conserved – much of that in the Amazon region. In 2017, SC Johnson partnered with Conservation International to support the virtual reality film “Under the Canopy” and encourage the public to join in protecting 10,000 acres of rainforest. The funds raised are now being used to kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon.

Also in 2017, SC Johnson announced it had delivered on a commitment made in 2016 to donate at least $15 million in pest control products and financial support to help at-risk families around the world combat mosquitoes that may carry Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Much of the donation aided families in Brazil and Latin America, as part of SC Johnson’s commitment to making lives better for families in the communities in which it operates.

Developing Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

SC Johnson’s $200,000 commitment to STEM Brazil is another way the company is prioritizing education. STEM Brasil’s comprehensive teacher training program uses innovation, technology, creativity and locally contextualized, practical projects to enhance the official curriculum for science and math. Since 2009, STEM Brasil has impacted more than 4,000 teachers and 458,000 students. According to the 2014 São Paulo state examination, 84 percent of schools participating in STEM Brasil showed an increase of 20 percent in their students’ math scores.

STEM Brasil is part of Worldfund, which works to transform the education of Latin American youth. Through world-class training and ongoing support to teachers and principals from public schools, Worldfund is creating systemic change in education while equipping young people for improved professional career opportunities, leading to a brighter, more prosperous future.

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

Sustainable Retail Summit

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 8:12am

Our industry is facing a clear call to action. People are demanding sustainable products and want to live healthier lives, and they expect our industry to deliver. At the same time, the UN Sustainable Development Goals demand co-ordinated industry action. These demands, together with an uncertain political environment and ever-more complex supply chains, mean it’s harder than ever to know how to implement strategies and actions that will secure the long-term, sustainable growth of your business.

However, thanks to The Consumer Goods Forum and our Sustainable Retail Summit , there is now a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labor, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on.

Chatham House Patent-Landscape Report Examines Innovations in Low-Carbon Cement and Concrete

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:11pm

A new report from Chatham House examining innovations in low-carbon cement and concrete details the policies, industry practices and investor support needed to advance technologies that reduce carbon emissions associated with cement, thereby facilitating compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate change. The report, Making Concrete Change: Innovation in Low-carbon Cement and Concrete was generated after a nine-month patent-landscaping exercise exploring novel cements and alternative clinker.

“The cement sector is facing a significant expansion at a time when its emissions need to fall fast,” according to Chatham House. “Shifting to a Paris-compliant pathway, with net-zero CO2 emissions by around 2050, will require going further and moving faster on all available solutions, as well as making sure that the next generation of innovative technology options is ready as soon as possible.”

The report is based on “a major patent-landscaping exercise around innovation in clinker substitution and novel cements – examining where and why laboratory-based breakthroughs are happening, the kinds of firms involved, and which innovations have the potential to cross the ‘valley of death’ (the name given to the phenomenon in which innovations do not make it past the technology-creation stage) and make a meaningful impact on emissions pathways.”

Patent landscaping involves creating databases of patents for individual sectors or ‘technology areas.’ It is used to measure innovation, as well as to understand systems of innovation.

Currently, patents for clinker reduction outnumber the patents for novel cement. Yet the report found that smaller companies with attractive and innovative patent portfolios have gained both financial and technical support from industry leaders. As a low-carbon option, Solidia Technologies® was showcased in the report as a viable solution with big potential impact and an extensive IP portfolio.

“Solidia has 14 issued patents in the US and 75 worldwide for technology that reduces CO2 emissions during the production of cement and captures CO2 during concrete curing,” said Solidia’s Chief Technology Officer Nick DeCristofaro, Ph.D. “Bringing sustainable innovation to a market that hasn’t been disrupted in 200 years is challenging. The support we receive from government, academia and industry players such as LafargeHolcim is critical to advancing R&D, scaling the technology, and helping the industry meet its emissions-reduction goals.” 

As detailed by Chatham House: “Each year, more than 4 billion tonnes of cement are produced, accounting for around 8% of global CO2 emissions. Steeper reductions will be required if assumptions about the contribution from carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies prove to be optimistic. Meanwhile, investors are increasingly expecting companies to report clear information on their exposure to climate risk. The trends all point to regulatory, financial and societal pressures on the horizon, especially for cement companies without a detailed plan for a Paris-compliant pathway.” 

To address the cement industry’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint, Solidia’s patented technology starts with an energy- and CO2-saving cement. It then uses this cement to produce a concrete that cures by a reaction with CO2 instead of with water. These capabilities combine to reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete by up to 70%. It also offers the ability to recycle up to 80% of the water used in concrete production. Using the same raw materials, mixing equipment, and forming processes as traditional concrete, the resulting CO2-cured concrete is more durable than traditional concrete, costs less to produce, and cures in less than 24 hours.

“As our systems add value and reduce costs for both cement and concrete manufacturers, they require neither carbon taxes, nor penalties, nor public subsidies to facilitate adoption,” explained Dr. DeCristofaro. 

Currently in commercialization for large- and small-scale applications, the initial technology focus was on unreinforced precast applications, including pavers and blocks. Solidia is now developing commercial processes for reinforced applications, including aerated concrete, railroad ties, architectural panels and hollow core extrusions.

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About Solidia Technologies® 
Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

About Chatham House
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. We engage governments, the private sector, civil society and our members in open debate and private discussions about the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. Our convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe. Our research work focuses on independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.

Responsible Business Alliance Awards Open for Submissions

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:10am

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the launch of its Compass Awards program and called for submissions from its members, their suppliers and factories. This awards program will recognize corporate social responsibility (CSR) excellence across three categories: Leadership, Innovation and Implementation.

The primary objective of the Compass Awards is to recognize efforts that lead to meaningful, positive change in line with the RBA's vision and mission. The award submissions will also serve as examples of successful actions that other companies can emulate.

“The Compass Awards reflect the RBA’s history of promoting effective programs and tools to improve labor and human rights, health and safety, the environment, and governance and ethics in global supply chains,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Responsible Business Alliance. “Through these awards we hope to not only recognize great achievements but encourage others to strive for the same.”

The deadline for this year's entries is August 31. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges from outside of the RBA and finalists will be announced in the fall, before the RBA annual conference in Santa Clara, California where the winners of each category will be revealed and presented with their Compass Awards.

For more information on the awards, including FAQs and the application form, visit the Compass Awards page on the RBA website and contact awards@responsiblebusiness.org.
 

About the RBA
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. RBA members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The RBA is comprised of more than 120 members with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.75 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

Media Contact
Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Phone: +1 571.858.5721
jbens@responsiblebusiness.org

Sustainability Career Report - CSR/Sustainability Jobs Embedded in all Departments

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:10am

Recent research conducted by the Certificate in CSR/Sustainability Program at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto identified that 87% of CSR/Sustainability professionals are embedded throughout different departments with multiple portfolios.  “If you are gearing up your career to work in this field, it is important to note that it is rare to find someone working 100% of their time on CSR/Sustainability located in a CSR/Sustainability/ESG specific department,” notes Kathryn Cooper, Program Manager. “The vast majority of CSR/Sustainability professionals in our research reported working throughout the organization in departments ranging from Human Resources to Operations.  This is good news for embedding social responsibility in organizations and provides a wider range of job opportunities.”

The Next Generation CSR/Sustainability Jobs and Competency Development survey was conducted in partnership with Strandberg Consulting and The Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute, building off their report on Next Generation CSR / Sustainability Jobs published in 2017. The results were generated during the month of May, 2018 with 156 CSR/Sustainability Professionals participating; 31% which held the position of Senior Manager, Director, VP or Chief Sustainability Officer.

The Current State: Pay Ranges, Educational Backgrounds & Job Classifications

The respondents, from a variety of sectors, identified broad pay ranges, educational backgrounds and job classifications.

  • CSR/Sustainability professionals said their job pay ranged from $ 30K to $250K per annum. Twenty-five percent (25%) said they made $ 51 to 90K, while another 24% said they made $ 91 to 120K.

  • Nearly 52% of those surveyed said they had a post graduate Certificate, Diploma or Degree (Masters or PhD).

  • Job classifications ranged from Chief Sustainability Officer to Analyst and Educator.  Managers and Directors were the most common job classifications of respondents at 20% and 19% respectively.

Participants were also asked about their confidence in “First Generation” and “Next Generation” CSR/Sustainability competencies, which are explained in more detail below.

  • Most respondents felt confident in their “First Generation” CSR/Sustainability job competencies identifying good to excellent strengths in problem solving, interpersonal skills, communications and environmental knowledge.  They identified average to good strengths in computer, project management, and research skills.

  • Respondents indicated lower confidence in their “Next Generation - Influencing Others" competencies.  They indicated higher confidence in Partnering/Collaborating but lower confidence in strategic development, influencing departments and executives, change management, and enterprise wide implementation.

  • Respondents indicated an even lower confidence in “Next Generation - CSR/Sustainability competencies".  Many rating themselves fair to good on knowledge of company business and operations, sustainability/CSR trends and best practices; but poor to average on knowledge of their value chain and stakeholders, business planning/budget management/forecasting, catalyzing sustainability innovation, sustainability risk management and resilience planning, sustainability information systems, and sustainability investment/accounting/finance.

The survey also asked CSR/Sustainability professionals about their transition to Next Generation CSR/Sustainability roles and integration of Human Resource practices to embed CSR/Sustainability into their organization.

“This research work informs the evolution of our curriculum,” notes Kaz Flinn, Chair, CSR Education Council at the University.  “Education plays an important role in accelerating the adoption of CSR/Sustainability in organizations; we appreciate the insights provided by these practitioners.”

A final report of the survey results will be available in July 2018 at https://www.csr-stmikes.ca.

Filling the Gap - The Graduate Certificate in CSR/Sustainability focuses on “Next Generation" competencies

In the CSR/Sustainability Post Graduate Certificate Program at USMC, participants work full-time while earning their university credential through a unique blended learning approach. Participants:

  • tackle and resolve an actual CSR/Sustainability challenge in their company in a major Action Project under the mentorship of subject matter experts and co-learners;

  • learn “Next Generation” practices from global thought leaders on the forefront of Sustainability and CSR;

  • use practical tools to understand, assess, measure and integrate CSR/Sustainability into their organization;

  • experience the practical real world application of CSR and change management through ExperienceChange™ Simulations; and

  • join a prestigious community of St. Michael's Alumni in continuing education, sharing and networking.

The Certificate in CSR/Sustainability is taking applications for 2018/2019, with very few spaces in the program remaining. Participants this year come from Celestica, Canada Goose, Scotiabank, Frontiers North Adventures, City of Mississauga, Aurania Resources, HSBC Bank Canada, Financial Executives International, Institute of Management Technology, Kids Help Phone, Me to We, The Riverwood Conservancy, and many others.

Ready to join this exciting community and be part of a global movement? Apply now through the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Website.  Check out the program schedule, past graduates and latest news. Module 1 will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 17-19, 2018.  Module 2 and 3 will be held May, 2019 and November, 2019 respectively.  The second intake Application Deadline is June 30th, 2018.

About the University of St. Michael’s College Corporate Social Responsibility Program

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated with the University of Toronto, offers a transformational CSR/Sustainability program that creates space for people of shared values to explore, interact, develop and grow. It empowers a community of changemakers to develop the skills and support needed to impact a thriving global future.

About the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Institute (CR&S Institute) at the Conference Board of Canada

The Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Institute (CR&S Institute) provides professionals with a forum with learning, networking, and professional development. The Institute addresses key issues and identifies pioneering, solution-based strategies that position corporate responsibility & sustainability as an integral component of a company’s business strategy. Members of the Institute share corporate perspectives with other stakeholders, including those in the voluntary and government sectors. For more information, please visit http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/crs/crsi/default.aspx

About Strandberg Consulting

Strandberg Consulting works with businesses, government and industry associations to envision and innovate a sustainable future. Strandberg is an expert on sustainability leadership and transformational business practices and relationships. Organizations seeking to be leaders engage her for advice and counsel, putting Strandberg at the frontier of next generation sustainability practices. For more information, please visit https://corostrandberg.com

2018 C.K. Prahalad Awards for Global Business Sustainability Leadership Honor Apple’s Lisa Jackson and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:09pm

CEF presented the 2018 C.K. Prahalad Awards in two categories: sustainability business leadership by an individual to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple; and collaborative business leadership by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The awards were announced at the CEF Annual Retreat, attended by senior executives representing CEF member companies with combined revenues of over $3 trillion.

LISA JACKSON

In 2013, after serving as Administrator of the US EPA under President Obama, Lisa Jackson joined Apple to oversee the company’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. 

As part of this work, Jackson led a company-wide effort to change how Apple sources paper for its packaging. Today, 100% of the wood fibers in Apple’s packaging is from either recycled sources or responsibly managed forests, and Apple has actively protected or created enough responsibly managed forests to cover all its packaging needs.           

Apple has set ambitious goals around the design of products that are safer and better for the planet. Building on earlier commitments to avoid materials like mercury, lead, and brominated flame retardants, Apple has set a new goal to build its products using only recycled or renewable materials. The company is piloting innovative recycling techniques, like its new robot, Daisy, and it is increasing the use of recycled materials like aluminum and tin in its products. Just recently, Apple played a crucial role in accelerating the commercialization of patented technology that eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process, a key step in aluminum production. In partnership with Alcoa and Rio Tinto, and the Governments of Canada and Quebec, they will invest in future research and development, ensuring that the benefits of their innovation extend well beyond Apple’s own products.

Apple has also become a frontrunner in the transition to a clean energy economy, and has been a prominent public advocate for corporate action to address climate change. Every one of Apple’s facilities, data centers, offices, and stores in 43 countries is now powered by 100% clean energy and the company is working with suppliers around the world to bring another 4 gigawatts of new clean energy online by 2020. The company has taken positions in support of the 2015 Paris agreement and the US Clean Power Plan. In 2016, the company issued a high-profile $1.5 billion green bond–the largest ever by a U.S. corporation–and in 2017, it issued a second $1 billion bond, demonstrating how companies could lead following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. 

CEF’s Founder, MR Rangaswami praised Jackson for her bold leadership: “Lisa Jackson’s work at Apple is inspiring other companies to higher levels of ambition as well. Apple’s environmental record is proof that companies don’t have to choose between doing the right thing and having a healthy bottom line.”

THE TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE-RELATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES (TCFD)

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was recognized for leveraging a powerful collaboration to catalyze a seismic shift in how companies disclose their climate-related financial risks and opportunities. 

The TCFD was set up by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in December 2015 under the leadership of its Chair Mark Carney to help address an important information gap in financial markets. Investors, lenders, and insurers around the world need data to properly assess companies’ exposure to climate-related risks. They also need more information on how companies are seizing opportunities in a carbon-constrained world impacted by climate change.

Under the guidance of Michael Bloomberg—and comprised of 31 leading experts from a wide range of sectors—the TCFD produced practical recommendations for disclosure that would work for a wide array of global companies. In just 18 months, the Task Force led a highly successful, multi-stakeholder process including two major public consultations and 18 outreach events involving over 1,250 participants, and in June 2017, it published its groundbreaking voluntary framework to help companies produce consistent financial disclosures.

The TCFD’s work has received enthusiastic praise from scores of C-suite executives. As of May 2018, the TCFD's recommendations had received official support from over 275 organizations with combined market capitalizations exceeding $7 trillion and including financial firms responsible for assets of more than $81 trillion—effectively moving climate-related financial reporting into the mainstream. 

The positive impacts of the TCFD are significant: better access to data overall will enhance how climate-related factors are assessed, priced, and managed by companies, investors, lenders and insurers alike. CEF Chair P.J. Simmons commended the TCFD: “The Task Force is a shining example of how much can be accomplished in a short time when collaboration is done right. We’re proud that many CEF members were part of the TCFD’s consultative process and have already seen the influence of the TCFD recommendations in how our members are responding the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.”

The C.K. Prahalad Award was created to honor the vision and life’s work of the late Dr. C.K. Prahalad, one of the world’s most influential business strategists. Towards the end of his career, Prahalad focused his enormous talent on the link between sustainability and long-term business success. In a 2009 Harvard Business Review cover story he co-authored with CEF founder MR Rangaswami, Prahalad argued that over the next decade “traditional approaches to business will collapse, and companies will have to develop innovative solutions. That will only happen when executives recognize a simple truth: sustainability equals innovation.” Prahalad was a senior adviser to CEF before his untimely death in 2010.     

VIDEO PROFILING THE TCFD: https://youtu.be/_oYfvX3Mtdo

CONTACT: MR Rangaswami, Founder, Corporate Eco Forum 415-923-9802 mr@corporateecoforum.com

ABOUT CEF

CEF is an elite, invitation-only membership organization comprised mainly of Fortune and Global 500 companies from 18 industries with combined revenues of over $3 trillion. CEF provides a year-round safe, neutral space for influential executives to exchange best practice, collaborate, and innovate. Participants are almost exclusively VP and C-level executives across multiple business functions. The diversity of executives, coupled with the cross-industry nature of CEF, creates a world-class platform to accelerate sustainable business problem solving and innovation.

ABOUT THE C.K. PRAHALAD GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD 

The C.K. Prahalad Global Sustainability Leadership Award, created in 2010 to honor founding CEF Advisory Board member C.K. Prahalad, recognizes exceptional, globally significant private-sector action—within or outside the CEF membership—that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world. C.K. Prahalad Award winners are determined through private votes cast by CEF’s 24-member advisory board, which includes representatives from government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The voters chose from a roster of finalists, selected following an open nominations process. Past award recipients include the following: 

• 2010: Walmart Brazil and CEO Hector Nuñez  • 2011: Coca-Cola and CEO Muhtar Kent  • 2012: Dow Chemical Corporate Vice President and CSO Officer Neil Hawkins; The Sustainable Apparel Coalition; and Unilever and CEO Paul Polman • 2013: FEMSA Foundation Director Vidal Garza Cantú; Nike CSO and Vice President of the Innovation Accelerator Hannah Jones; and UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn • 2014: Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President, Information Services/CIO, FedEx Corporation; Global Water Challenge (GWC); Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft • 2015: NRG Energy and CEO, David Crane • 2016: Siemens and CEO Joe Kaeser with special honors to Christiana Figueres and Douglas Tompkins  • 2017: Urs Hölzle, Google, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), and honorary award to Dr. John B. Goodenough.

CEF MEMBERS

21st Century Fox, 3M, Allegheny Technologies, Amazon, Apple, Aptiv, Bank of America, BASF, Boeing, Bose, CBRE, Chevron, Cisco, Clorox, Comcast, Dell, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, eBay, Ecolab, Enterprise Holdings, ExxonMobil, Facebook, FedEx, FEMSA, Fidelity, Ford, General Motors, Google, HanesBrands, Honeywell, HP, HPE, Hyatt Hotels, Ingersoll Rand, International Paper, JetBlue Airways, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kaiser Permanente, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Mastercard, McDonald's, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NextEra Energy Resources, Northrop Grumman, NRG Energy, Oracle, Patagonia, Sealed Air, Siemens, TD Bank, Tiffany & Co., TPG Capital, Unilever, UPS, VF Corporation, Visa, VMware, The Walt Disney Company, Waste Management, Wyndham Worldwide, Xerox

Points of Light Announces 2018 Honorees of The Civic 50 at Service Unites

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:08pm

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service announced The Civic 50 honorees of 2018, recognizing them as the most community-minded companies in the United States. Since 2011, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcased how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The Civic 50 were officially recognized at Points of Light’s Service Unites 2018 conference in Atlanta, where thousands of leaders in volunteerism and civic engagement gather to learn and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally.

“Points of Light believes that people drive change in addressing society’s growing and most profound challenges. The business community plays an important role in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in the communities where they live and work,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “This year’s honorees of The Civic 50 collectively gave $1.9 billion to their communities, and volunteered for more than 13 million hours in 2018. By focusing on profits and purpose, these companies exemplify authentic leadership in community and civic engagement, reinforcing that employee volunteering benefits our communities, companies and the employees themselves.” 

The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program – investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

The 2018 Civic 50 Honorees
  • AbbVie

  • Aetna

  • Aflac

  • Allstate

  • Altria Group, Inc.

  • AT&T*

  • Banfield Pet Hospital

  • Caesars Entertainment*

  • Capital One

  • CenterPoint Energy

  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

  • Citigroup, Inc.

  • Comcast NBCUniversal

  • Comerica Incorporated

  • CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer

  • CVS Health

  • Dell

  • Deloitte

  • Delta Air Lines

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group*

  • DTE Energy*

  • Entergy Corporation

  • FedEx Corporation

  • Food Lion

  • Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.*

  • General Mills

  • Hasbro, Inc.

  • Health Care Service Corporation*

  • The Hershey Company

  • Hogan Lovells†

  • IBM Corporation

  • KeyBank*

  • KPMG LLP*

  • Marriott International

  • MGM Resorts International

  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.

  • PIMCO

  • Prudential Financial, Inc.

  • Raytheon Company

  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

  • S&P Global

  • Symantec Corporation

  • Tata Consultancy Services*

  • Toyota Financial Services

  • TSYS

  • UnitedHealth Group

  • UPS

  • Valero Energy Corporation*

  • WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo

 

 

* Indicates a company that is a sector leader.

† Indicates a company that is a Leadership in Volunteerism awardee.

The 2018 Civic 50 Sector Leaders

 

  • Consumer Discretionary: Caesars Entertainment

  • Consumer Staples: Dr Pepper Snapple Group

  • Energy: Valero Energy Corporation

  • Financials: KeyBank

  • Healthcare: Health Care Service Corporation

  • Industrials: KPMG LLP

  • Information Technology: Tata Consultancy Services

  • Materials: Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.

  • Telecommunications: AT&T

  • Utilities: DTE Energy

 

 

Key Statistics and Highlights from the Civic 50 2018 Honorees

 

  • Civic 50 companies are evolving from being supporters to engaging as stewards of social causes. Instead of confining themselves to writing checks or piggybacking off of not-for-profit sector work, Civic 50 companies are involving themselves in all aspects of the social causes which they champion.  

    • In 2018, 70 percent of Civic 50 companies took national leadership positions on four or more public education or policy efforts, an increase from 62 percent in 2017.

  • Civic 50 honorees continue to exemplify one of the core tenets of corporate citizenship: “doing well by doing good”. The 2018 honorees demonstrate that integrating community engagement initiatives into business strategy can support business interests. The 2018 honorees are using community engagement to drive key business functions, including employee engagement (86 percent), marketing/PR (78 percent), diversity and inclusion (74 percent), skill development (74 percent) and stakeholder relations (56 percent).

  • Leading innovations for purpose at work, Civic 50 honorees have found community engagement as a meaningful and valuable investment to inspire employee changemakers and create a strong culture of giving back.

    • 68 percent of Civic 50 companies include community engagement as a formal component of employees’ performance reviews, an increase from 62 percent in 2017.

  • Civic 50 companies understand the importance of impact: to ensure the sustainability and success of their community engagement initiatives, Civic 50 companies are using measurement practices to not only measure quantifiable outputs, but social outcomes.

    • Civic 50 companies are making sure to measure social outcomes as part of regularly implemented data collection. In 2018, 68 percent of Civic 50 companies collected and analyzed data on organizational grants and 42 percent did so for volunteerism.

 

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value, and analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform The Civic 50 scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities. A key findings brief of 2018 findings will be released in summer 2018. For more information, please visit www.civic50.org.


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About Points of Light
Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages five million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.  

About True Impact
True Impact provides web-based tools and consulting support to help organizations measure the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their programs and operations. For more information, visit www.trueimpact.com.  

About VeraWorks
VeraWorks is a global consulting firm that helps managers and companies offer employees the opportunity to do societal good through their everyday jobs. For more information, visit www.veraworks.com.

Raffa, P.C. Honored as Best For The World, Creating Positive Impact for Workers, Environment, Community

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:08pm

Today, Raffa, P.C. was recognized for creating extraordinary positive impact as a business and for creating governance structure to protect the mission of our business for the long term. The honors are based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld

Raffa is honored in the Best For The World Overall list, which includes businesses that earned scores in the top 10 percent of more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations across all categories on the B Impact Assessment.  As the only Top 100 firm with more than 50% women owners, Raffa is the largest women-owned CPA firm in the United States and also the largest B –Corp certified CPA firm in the nation scoring in the top 10% of all B-certified organizations in the world.  

The full B Impact Assessment measures a company's positive impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies like Raffa must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab. B Lab evaluates a company’s environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, involvement in the local community, the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves, and more.

The 226 Best For The World Overall honoree companies come from 92 different industries and 30 countries. B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing top-performing B Corporations as Best For Environment, Best For Customers, Best For Governance, Best For Community and Best For Workers. 

Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations set a gold standard for companies using business as a force for good.  Raffa exists to effect positive change in the world around us and made the list thanks to practices like being an exceptionally caring partner to our clients, creating a workplace that honors the individual passions and purpose of our employees and being a socially responsible corporate citizen in terms of our operations and our community impact and environmental footprint. 

“Raffa’s deep commitment to building and empowering a diverse workforce and our continuous focus to help our staff find their own individual purpose is what helps us all become better people, not just better accountants.” said Tom Raffa, CEO of Raffa. “Every time someone chooses to work for or with Raffa, they are changing the world. At Raffa, we turn profits into progress and as such we feel proud to be recognized among the 2,400 Certified B Corporations across more than 150 industries and 50 countries, who are inspired and unified by one common goal: to also redefine success in business.”

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About Raffa
As a B-Corp certified, majority women-owned, national Top 100 professional services advisory firm to nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses Raffa provides a wide array of services and back-office solutions to support and strengthen every aspect of their  clients’ operations from tax, audit, accounting and HR administration, to IT services, benefits, and wealth management. With a mission to serve as a catalyst for positive systemic change, Raffa is about the people they serve, the relationships they nurture, the individual and collective contributions of their staff, and the myriad of actions they take for the betterment of the community. 

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies will compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term. 

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net.

HP Introduces Annual Sustainable Impact Report; Renews Commitment to Planet, People and Community

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:08am

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released its 2017 Sustainable Impact Report, documenting annual progress and outlining new efforts to drive lasting improvements to the planet, people and communities where the company operates. HP also announced a nearly 8% increase in diversity hires* as well as continued increase of women in senior positions. See the full report at www.hp.com/sustainableimpact.

“At HP we’re reinventing for a better world. At the heart of our reinvention is the need to create a business that can have a lasting sustainable impact on the world,” said Dion Weisler, President & Chief Executive Officer, HP Inc. “This is not just the right thing to do, it fuels our innovation, our growth, and creates a stronger and healthier company for the long term.” HP’s 2017 Sustainable Impact Report shares specific details surrounding its progress on goals announced last year as well as key initiatives and updates across the company that impact Planet, People and Community – ranging from advancing a more efficient, circular and low-carbon economy, workforce skills and well-being, and a sustainable 4th Industrial Revolution, to delivering more inclusive, equitable, tech-enabled learning.  

“Sustainable Impact translates to real business results while driving positive change,” said Stuart Pann, Chief Supply Chain Officer at HP. “It serves as a powerful differentiator with customers, partners, analysts, and other stakeholders and we are proud to drive meaning and progress across the company and in the communities we serve.” 

Highlights from this year’s report include:   

Meeting goals to protect the planet

HP set ambitious GHG emissions reduction goals across its value chain—operations, products and supply chain. In 2017, HP’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 goals were validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Since 2015, the company has decreased its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions from global operations by 35% compared to 2015, exceeding its 2025 goal of a 25% reduction. The reductions came through a combination of energy efficiency efforts, and purchase of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs) in the United States – in 2017, HP reached its goal to use 40% renewable electricity in its global operations. The company also reduced the GHG emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 33%, exceeding its goal of a 25% reduction by 2020 (from 2010) and helped suppliers avoid 1.05 million tonnes of CO2e emissions since 2010. 

Driving progress toward a circular economy 

HP’s commitment to transforming the business model for a more materials-efficient, circular and low carboneconomy spans across and beyond the value chain, from sourcing practices and operational excellence, to how the company designs, manufactures, uses and recovers leading products and solutions.  

HP is working to extend the life of its hardware, and in 2017, 4.6 million units of hardware were repaired through the company’s remanufacturing program. When products reach their end-of-service, HP provides comprehensive repair, reuse and recycling programs. Since the beginning of 2016, HP recycled more than 271,400 tonnes of hardware and is committed to achieving a volume of 1.2 million tonnes by 2025. HP deepened its commitment to transparency by publicly disclosing the names and locations of its recycling vendors in early 2017. 

Core to HP’s innovation strategy is a groundbreaking closed-loop recycling program, which pioneered the use of recycled plastic from its ink cartridges to make new products. In 2017, the company expanded closed-loop production to printers, with computers next in line for the switch to closed-loop manufacturing.   

HP’s partnerships are key to delivering on its commitment to build a strong, circular economy:

  • Last year, HP introduced the first Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic bottles recycled in Haiti. Through March 2018, HP sourced more than 170 tonnes of plastic (over 8.3 million plastic bottles) from Haiti—plastic that might otherwise have washed into waterways and oceans. Together with partners in the First Mile Coalition, HP also provided 50 children with educational opportunities as well as food and medical assistance, while enabling greater local economic opportunity. 
  • HP partners with Los Angeles-based Homeboy Electronics Recycling to recover material from end-ofservice devices for incorporation into its closed-loop materials stream. By employing formerly incarcerated and otherwise hard-to-employ men and women and training them to repair and recycle electronic equipment, Homeboy is building a world in which our human and natural resources are valued.
  • Together with its partner Best Buy, HP recovered 3,200 tonnes of recycled plastic from recycled electronics for use in its printers through 2017. 

HP is also focused on driving greater sustainability and opportunity through the 4th Industrial Revolution by using 3D printing technology to deliver on-demand, localized production. The company demonstrated the potential impact by using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology in the HP Latex printer to replace an aluminum part with a redesigned 3D printed nylon part. The change decreased weight of the part by 93%, reduced GHG emissions by 95%, and cut costs by 50%.   

Reinventing the standard for Diversity & Inclusion

HP Inc. is one of the top tech companies with women and underrepresented minorities in executive positions. Since the Hewlett-Packard separation in 2015, HP has seen a 6.5% increase in women in leadership – from 21.7% in 2015 to 28.2% in 2017. HP’s executive leadership team is 21% underrepresented minorities, representing seven different countries – putting HP in a strong place to grow diversity in the company. In many global functions including Legal, Finance, HR and Marketing, women represent more than 52% of the employee base. 

Through a variety of initiatives, including its Global Diversity Advisory Board, strategic partnerships, scholarship endowments, and employee volunteer efforts like the Hour of Code, HP has for years invested in the growth of the STEM talent pipeline, working to advance the cause of equal opportunity for women and underrepresented groups. As part of its commitment to grow the pipeline for hiring diverse talent, HP continues to support programs and organizations like Black Girls Code, an organization providing year-round workshops and summer coding camps, serving over 500 girls in 13 U.S. cities. The camps and workshops are an opportunity for girls from underrepresented communities to learn about computer science and coding principles in the company of other girls like themselves and with mentorship from female role models to whom they can relate. 

Enabling better learning outcomes for millions

Education opens doors to transformative opportunity and improves the lives of people and communities worldwide. HP made strong progress toward its goal to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. Through 2017, more than 14.5 million students and adult learners have benefited from HP’s education programs (from 2015). This includes nearly 4,000 Syrian refugee students in the first year of HP’s partnership with the Clooney Foundation for Justice and UNICEF; 55,000 new students enrolled in HP LIFE business and IT skills training and more than 4,000 people reached through HP’s World on Wheels program, serving villages and towns in rural India. In 2017, HP also collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and other partners to launch the first two of six HP Learning Studios in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp

The report also points to initiatives like HP Classroom of the Future and Campus of the Future, which work with K-12 and higher education institutions to co-create next-generation academic environments. HP’s Applied Research Network is a collaboration with more than 20 higher education institutions to investigate the application of immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies in the classroom.

Sustainable Impact at HP 

We aim to drive lasting improvements for the planet, people and communities. We engineer with integrity, ensuring all products and operations are based on the highest ethical standards. We are committed to full circle innovation that improves performance, reduces waste, and powers a circular and low carbon economy. And we inspire impact, creating opportunities and enabling action to achieve a more just, equitable and inclusive society.  

To learn more about these efforts, visit the HP Sustainable Impact website, and be sure to check out the newly released HP 2017 Sustainable Impact Report. 

RELATED LINKS

• Sustainable Impact website

• Sustainable Impact report (link to downloadable PDF)

• Diversity & Inclusion website

• Sustainable Impact press kit

• Homeboy Video 

MEDIA CONTACT

Tom Suiter
Tom.suiter@hp.com
www.hp.com/go/newsroo

Latest Tech in Drinking Water Delivery to Be Deployed Nationwide at Xponential Fitness Locations to Better Hydrate the Boutique Fitness Industry – Without the Plastic

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:08am

Set to scale on a global level, Xponential Fitness today announces plans to deploy FloWater Refill Stations at up to 3,000 franchise locations in the US over the next three years. Parent company of premium fitness brands Club Pilates, CycleBar, RowHouse, Stretch Lab and AKT, Xponential has committed with FloWater to providing a better drinking water experience, one that will begin to wean the fitness industry off its plastic water bottle.

“The consumer dynamic has shifted, especially in the fitness industry. They expect better, more sustainable operations and amenities from great brands like ours,” says Xponential CEO and Founder Anthony Geisler. “With FloWater Refill Stations, we meet this demand, and our customers will enjoy the world’s best-tasting water that has been enhanced with numerous health benefits that they will appreciate.”

With new and innovative water purification technology, FloWater Refill Stations completely eliminate the need for plastic bottles by transforming ordinary tap water into the purest, best-tasting water available. During purification, the FloWater technology alkalizes and oxygenates the water and adds minerals and electrolytes for better hydration. A coconut carbon filter ‘finishes’ the water for a clean, crisp taste. Different from other water delivery systems, FloWater Refill Stations are also self-sanitizing and feature an on-demand delivery system that provides perfectly chilled water in less than 10 seconds.

The initial rollout is taking place at Club Pilates, with FloWater Refill Stations now set as the brand standard for all new Xponential franchise locations in the US. 

The switch to FloWater Refill Stations also makes economic sense for Xponential franchisees as the material and labor costs in stocking plastic water bottles, or 5-gallon plastic jugs, disappear. 

“As an early adopter in its industry, Xponential is at the forefront of the widespread consumer movement demanding an end to single-use plastic waste. FloWater has created a new water delivery system that makes both consumers and the environment happier,” says FloWater CEO and Co-founder, Rich Razgaitis.

Approximately 38 BILLION plastic water bottles are not recycled each year, and now a new alarming study says that we’re ingesting dangerous plastic microfibers when drinking water from plastic bottles. 

FloWater is on a mission to eliminate 1 billion single-use bottles by 2023, and, since its launch in 2013, has already eliminated over 35 million at leading corporations like Red Bull, Microsoft, Target, and at hotels, schools, events and retail outlets nationwide.

More on FloWater: www.myflowater.com

About Xponential Fitness: 
Founded in 2017, Xponential Fitness is the curator of the leading brands across every vertical in the boutique fitness industry – including Pilates, cycling, assisted-stretching and rowing. Currently, Xponential Fitness' portfolio of brands includes Club Pilates, the nation's largest and fastest growing Pilates franchise, CycleBar, the first and only premier indoor cycling franchise, L.A.-based StretchLab, a concept offering assisted stretching services, and most recently, Row House, a powerful & effective low-impact cardio rowing concept, focused on camaraderie and performance and most recently, AKT, a dynamic, functional movement based dance concept, deeply rooted in science and community.. 

About FloWater
Incubated in Silicon Valley, FloWater was incorporated in 2013 by a passionate team that believes everyone deserves access to clean, great-tasting water wherever they are, every day. Transforming ordinary tap water that’s available everywhere, FloWater's proprietary, 7-filter water purification and enhancement system eliminates the contaminants that can be found in tap water and delivers superior drinking water that dispenses into any size reusable container, eliminating the plastic waste and toxicity caused by single-use plastic water bottles. For more information on FloWater, please visit www.myflowater.com.

The Joy in Childhood Foundation® Announces Plans to Create 10 Starlight Sites in Children’s Hospitals Nationwide

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:08am

The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, will be bringing even more joy to pediatric patients with a new commitment to create 10 Starlight Sites in children’s hospitals nationwide through their $1.5 million partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Starlight Sites will transform sterile hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients so they can experience more joyful moments. The announcement kicked off yesterday with the unveiling of the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s first Starlight site – a pediatric therapy kitchen for patients and their families to learn to cook meals together – at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

In addition to La Rabida, the Joy in Childhood Foundation committed to open more Starlight Sites in children’s hospitals in markets nationwide. Starlight Sites ease stress and support the overall health and well-being of pediatric patients by providing hospitals with environments designed to be enjoyed by children and their families. Customizable for any healthcare setting, Starlight Sites support kids and families as treatment rooms, teen lounges, playrooms, kitchens, gardens and other healing spaces.

“After seeing the joy that our first Starlight Site brought to kids at La Rabida Children’s Hospital yesterday, we can’t wait to give more children in hospitals nationwide the same opportunity to experience a bright and fun environment that’s designed specifically for them,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “Our hope is that the 10 Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Sites bring greater moments of joy to pediatric patients when they need it most.”

In 2017, the Joy in Childhood Foundation made a three-year, $1.5 million commitment to Starlight Children’s Foundation in support of programs that bring joy and comfort to hospitalized kids, including the Starlight Sites program.

“Our goal is to transform hospital environments into places that entertain, educate and inspire the imaginations of seriously children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “That’s why we’re so grateful to have the amazing support of the Joy in Childhood Foundation as we work together to bring more Starlight Sites to hospitals across the US and give hundreds of thousands of kids and families a chance to experience more joy and comfort in these vibrant and new healing spaces.” 

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, please visit www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/JoyInChildhoodFoundation/.

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ABOUT THE JOY IN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the joys of childhood to kids when they need it most. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health facilities in the US. You can support Starlight's work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Pure Strategies Report – Connecting to the Farm – Features Wrangler, Dr. Bronner’s, The North Face and Others to Help Companies Build Regenerative and Thriving Agricultural Supply Chains

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:08am

Today, Pure Strategies released the report, Connecting to the Farm, to outline best practices for engaging at the farm level to help accelerate corporate efforts that encourage and support progress to more sustainable agricultural production of products and raw materials.  

The Pure Strategies’ report includes market research insight and detailed case studies on how Danone North America, Dr. Bronner’s, Sun World, The North Face, and Wrangler are taking efforts to help shape the future of sustainable agriculture to more regenerative and thriving systems.  Along with working with producers in their supply chain, these companies are seeing business value from connecting to the farm including cost savings, risk reduction, and growth opportunities.  

Tim Greiner, Managing Director for Pure Strategies points out, “With significant impacts coming from the agricultural stage of product value chains, it isn’t surprising that our past survey of heads of sustainability identified engaging in sustainable agriculture as a top priority. However, reaching through the complex combination of supply chain partners and effectively engaging at the farm can be challenging.  Our report lays out the best practices that have emerged from companies at the forefront of getting closer to the farm, including employing communication, collaboration, and capacity building.  I am optimistic that organizations that utilize these approaches will gain business benefits while facilitating the shift to agricultural systems that build soil and ecosystem health, support animal welfare, and improve communities and economies.”

Wrangler, the iconic jeans brand, was included in the report with their efforts to advance soil health best practice adoption in U.S. cotton production – such as no-till, crop rotation, and cover cropping.  The brand not only encourages these approaches but is purchasing cotton from leading land stewardship farms to produce a new line of jeans available later in 2018.  Roian Atwood, Sustainability Director at Wrangler, notes, “We started our journey in a discovery phase, where we met one-on-one with farmers to get to know their needs and opportunities and share ours.  This two-way communication was the foundation to building stronger relationships with our growers, which has been invaluable to our soil health program and business overall.”

Leading natural and organic personal care company, Dr. Bronner’s, has long been sourcing organic and fair-trade ingredients.  When the company looked to incorporate more holistic approaches such as mixed forests with coconut, cocoa, and other tree and field crops into its supply chain, it used a demonstration farm to test and prove best practices.  When it found that coconut yields were boosted from this approach, they supported training and replanting of farms and purchased the product at a premium.  Gero Leson, Vice President of Special Operations at Dr. Bronner’s, notes, “We build the capacity of farmers to not just provide our company with responsibly produced ingredients, but to also invest in the health of the soil, the farmers, their families, and communities for a resilient system.”

The Pure Strategies report - Connecting to the Farm outlines best practices that companies across industries can leverage to help realize cost savings, reduced risk, and new growth opportunities while building more regenerative and thriving agricultural systems with their supply chain partners. To view the full report, go to: https://purestrategies.com/downloads/connecting-to-the-farm 

About Pure Strategies
Pure Strategies has been transforming business through sustainability performance since 1998. Our team helps companies initiate and enhance existing sustainability programs by setting meaningful goals, devising effective management strategies, and making changes to products and supply chains that deliver value to the business and society. Our clients include Walmart, Wrangler, Seventh Generation, Sun World, The North Face, Sephora, and Ben & Jerry’s.  Pure Strategies is proud to be a co-Founder of The Chemical Footprint Project, a licensed GreenScreen® Consultant, The Sustainability Consortium registered service provider staff member, and a certified B Corp 

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Melanie Fleming, Pure Strategies, Inc.
mfleming@purestrategies.com
978-525-0487

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Compliance Management Conference

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:08am

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.

Corporate Activist Employees: What You Need to Know to Empower Your New CSR Team

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:08am

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

OppenheimerFunds Announces New Multi-Generational High-Net-Worth Research Report: “The Generations Project”

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 2:06pm

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, today announced the release of a new study titled “The Generations Project,” which examines the ways in which multi-generational high-net-worth (HNW) individuals think about investing and their relationships with wealth advisors. Art Steinmetz, CEO of OppenheimerFunds, said, “For nearly six decades, we have been listening to and learning from our clients. Our research continues to uncover new insights that we are using and sharing with advisors to help strengthen their practices and better meet their clients’ goals.”

Building on the success of the firm’s previous research into the investment behaviors and attitudes of wealthy Millennials, the new study is broader in scope and includes the opinions of nearly 2,000 HNW investors and advisors in the U.S. and U.K., encompassing both younger and older Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.

“We were surprised to learn that many high-net-worth investors are not prioritizing education around key financial concepts such as budgeting, spending and charitable giving to the next generation,” said Ned Dane, Head of Private Client Group, OppenheimerFunds. “As fiduciaries, advisors have an important opportunity to step in and help fill this education gap.”

Key Findings for Investors
The study showed that while a vast majority – 84% – of HNW investors believe they benefitted from learning the importance of saving while growing up, not all are planning to pass that knowledge down, with only 48% planning to provide their children with a similar financial education.

The research also found that U.S. investors’ home market investing bias, while still prevalent across generations, may be lessening with younger HNW investors. While just 38% of Boomers said they own international stocks, 50% of younger Millennials reported holding international investments.

Additionally, younger HNW Millennials are more likely than other generations to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards into their investment decisions, with 37% reporting they own sustainable investments, compared to only 21% of the Silent Generation.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of respondents with sustainable investments (32%) reported being unsure of their portfolio’s total ESG exposure, with that percentage increasing with age. This suggests that more education is required around what investments qualify as sustainable, and about the role that these investments can play in investors’ portfolios.

Key Findings for Advisors
The study found that advisors’ focus on the needs of certain generations over others has led to a significant disconnect between advisor and investor expectations. For example, 41% of advisors responded that transparency was the most important advisor quality in the minds of younger HNW investors. However, only 23% of HNW Millennial investors agreed, with performance being their top consideration.

Advisors were also found to be a key, but underutilized, source of information and conflict resolution for HNW families:

Although only 64% of HNW investors said their families argue over money, a much higher percentage of advisors, 94%, reported otherwise.

While 58% of advisors cited inheritance and estate planning as flash points for their clients, only 12% of investors agreed.

While 48% of advisors said clients have conflicts over discretionary spending, only 20% of clients reported seeing it that way.

“Our findings indicate that advisors have a clear opportunity to bridge gaps across generations with a more personalized approach, for example, that takes into account the nuances that distinguish younger and older millennials,” said Dane. “As rising generations of investors seek guidance on how to acquire, protect and distribute their growing wealth, demands on advisors will continue to increase, as will the opportunities for those who meet these challenges head-on.”

This is the third annual high-net-worth study conducted by OppenheimerFunds, which commissioned CoreData Research to survey wealthy U.S. and U.K. investors and advisors who primarily serve high-net-worth clients to better understand investment behaviors and attitudes across all generations, the role of family dynamics and how advisors engage investors. (The U.K. study will be published separately.) Conducted online from December 2017 through January 2018, the study included nearly 2,000 investors and advisors. The minimum net investable assets for investors to qualify for the study was $500,000 (£250,000) for Millennials and $1 million (£500,000) for all other investors. Advisor qualifications included $100 million in assets under management in the U.S and £25 million for the U.K. study.

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About OppenheimerFunds
OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $250 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of May 31, 2018.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted ETF strategies, including ESG, as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

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Before investing in any of the Oppenheimer funds, investors should carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds, and may be obtained by asking your financial advisor, visiting oppenheimerfunds.com or calling 1.800.CALL OPP (225.5677). Read prospectuses and summary prospectuses carefully before investing.

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Global Impact Continues to Innovate to Grow Global Philanthropy; Launches Six New Regional High Impact Funds

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:05am

 Global Impact, a leader in growing global philanthropy, today launched a new suite of regionally focused High Impact Funds to complement its already successful portfolio of 12 thematic funds. High Impact Funds provide donors a simple way to donate to critical humanitarian issues or regions and maximize their social impact. Global Impact’s thematic funds have raised nearly $500,000 for causes such as clean water, human trafficking and disaster relief—all with the aim of helping the world’s most vulnerable people. 

For its six new funds, Global Impact selected 22 nonprofits doing exceptional work in Africa, Asia‑Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America from its alliance of more than 100 international charities. Charities range from global nongovernmental organizations to nonprofits working on a regional level, delivering critical services and supplies to those in need.

“Through these new regional High Impact Funds we are able to provide a convenient way for donors to support work in regions of the world they’re most passionate about, connecting them with respected charities working where they want to see their dollars go,” said Joseph Mettimano, Global Impact’s chief marketing and development officer. “It’s also an opportunity to highlight the great work of our Charity Alliance members and increase funding for these organizations through workplace giving campaigns, from corporations and directly from individuals.” 

Global Impact’s six new regional High Impact Funds are: 

  • The Global Impact Africa Fund, providing critical support and humanitarian assistance to those living in this region. It brings together Africare, Amref Health Africa, World Bicycle Relief and Partners in Health. 

  • The Global Impact Asia-Pacific Fund, offering support for economic and social growth for the people of this region. It brings together American Himalayan Foundation, ChildFund International, Helen Keller International and MAP International. 

  • The Global Impact Europe Fund, focusing on stabilizing and supporting vulnerable people in this region. It brings together FINCA International, SOS Children’s Villages – USA and HIAS. 

  • The Global Impact Latin America and the Caribbean Fund, working to relieve chronic poverty by providing solutions to eradicate economic instability. It brings together Pan American Development Foundation, Project HOPE, Rise Against Hunger and SEE International. 

  • The Global Impact Middle East Fund, meeting the development and humanitarian needs of those in this region. It brings together American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), Humanity & Inclusion and Refugees International.

  • The Global Impact North America Fund, helping to increase food security and support economic development in this region. It brings together Direct Relief, Habitat for Humanity, International Relief Teams and Save the Children. 

The full suite of High Impact Funds can be accessed on Global Impact’s website, as well as workplace giving platforms such as Benevity and YourCause. 

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 partners with hundreds of public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 of the most respected 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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