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

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

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

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

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

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

About EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

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

About Silicon Valley Education Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


LG Launches ‘Experience Happiness’ Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Greater Good Science Center

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

About Inner Explorer™

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

About LG Electronics USA

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

Media Contacts:

LG Electronics USA
John I. Taylor
201 816 2166

Inner Explorer™
Jim Graziano, Chief Marketing Officer
888 466 9732

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

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

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

Gifts of Energy an Ideal Way to Help Others on Giving Tuesday

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:05pm

Gifts of Energy from Consumers Energy offer a convenient solution for those who want to help others this Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is a global day where people are encouraged to donate time, goods or their voice in order to assist those in need.

“Consumers Energy employees receive a lot of satisfaction from giving back to their communities by contributing both their time and our money to worthy causes,” said Brandon Hofmeister, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of governmental, regulatory and public affairs. “We are happy to make it easy for anyone to experience the joy of giving through our offering of Gifts of Energy certificates.”  

Gifts of Energy fit well with the theme of Giving Tuesday because they can be given anonymously to a person or organization to help someone in need pay their Consumers Energy electric or gas energy bill.

Whether it is a neighbor, family member, service provider or a person in need identified through a charitable organization, place of worship, service club or emergency responders such as police and fire, Gifts of Energy are an easy and simple way to make a difference.

Some facts about Gifts of Energy. They:

  • Never expire.

  • Are available in amounts of $10, $25 and $50.

  • Can be mailed with a Consumers Energy bill payment or applied to an energy bill at a Consumers Energy bill payment location. The amount is deducted from the bill total.

  • Cannot be redeemed for cash.

Gifts of Energy are available for purchase at all Consumers Energy bill payment offices

and at participating credit unions. They can also be purchased via U.S. mail from Consumers Energy using a check or money order.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electric service to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Check out Consumers Energy on Social Media Facebook | Twitter YouTube

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com

FORE MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/energygift. Click on “Energy Gift Certificates.”

WHERE TO BUY:  Purchase Gifts of Energy at all Consumes Energy bill payment offices, at participating credit unions and through U.S. mail by sending a check or money order to:

Consumers Energy
530 W. Willow St.
Lansing, MI  48906

Other direct purchase locations include:

  • ELGA Credit Union (Burton, Davison and Flushing)

  • Clawson Community Credit Union

  • Consumers Energy bill payment offices

Free Webinar Demystifies Impact Investing for the Individual Investor

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:04pm

Conscious Company Media is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, December 6 at 10am PT that breaks down the myths and misconceptions around impact investing with the goal of empowering anyone to approach their own portfolio through this lens.

In partnership with the Chudom Hayes Group of Morgan Stanley, the discussion will examine how investing consciously with impact can help you align your investment portfolios with your values, ultimately helping to realize your vision of a better world.

Participate in this webinar and you will:

  • Better understand the companies you own through your current investment portfolio- do those companies reflect your values?

  • Learn about some of the common myths of investing with impact- such as having to sacrifice performance and ROI

  • Understand the steps of defining your values and aligning your investments to invest consciously and with positive impact

This event is geared toward anyone curious about gaining insight into where their individual investment money is directed and what types of initiatives it supports. Minimal previous investment knowledge required.

Eric Hayes, Senior Portfolio Management Director with the Chudom Hayes Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley will lead the discussion from years of experience assisting clients match their investment portfolios with their personal values. Eric is passionate about financial literacy and strives to make a difference by engaging people of all ages in basic financial literacy concepts. His daily focus is on developing and building client relationships, contributing to investment policy decisions and helping to manage the Chudom Hayes Wealth Management Group.  Believing that every dollar invested can make an impact in a positive way, he enjoys working on methods that allow investors to focus on investing in-line with what is important to them and in ways that can contribute to their personal vision of an ideal world.

This webinar is one in a series of monthly webinars focused on providing actionable, tools, evidence, and case studies to support sustainability professionals, social entrepreneurs, and participants in the conscious business movement with the skills necessary to manage and scale businesses that benefit society. All past webinars are archived and accessible on the Conscious Company Media website.

VF Corporation Joins the International Fur Free Retailer Program

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:04am

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has joined the Fur Free Retailer program by partnering with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of 43 animal protection organizations.

As a Fur Free Retailer, VF is reinforcing its commitment to fur free products and communicating its no fur policy, which covers its more than 20 brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler®, Lee® and Napapijri®. VF released its first-ever Animal Derived Materials Policy earlier this year and announced that its brands would no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather.

The online Fur Free Retailer list, which can be found at www.furfreeretailer.com, provides consumers accurate information about a retailer’s fur policy, allowing them to make informed purchasing decisions.

“In joining the Fur Free Retailer program, VF and our brands are once again proving that we’re serious about animal welfare,” said Letitia Webster, Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF. “Sustainability and respect for nature are fundamental values for VF and all our brands, and we will continue to partner with respected animal-rights organizations and like-minded companies to promote the development of viable commercial substitutes to animal materials.”

Of the dozens of animal protection organizations that comprise the Fur Free Alliance and support the Fur Free Retailer program, VF has specifically worked with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Italian animal rights organization LAV, and FOUR PAWS to shape its global animal welfare policies and strategies.

“We're delighted to welcome VF Corporation as a partner to the Fur Free Retailer program,” said Joh Vinding, Chairman of Fur Free Alliance. “In the fur trade animals are subjected to terrible conditions, living out their lives in small barren cages. With the help of forward thinking and innovative companies such as VF Corporation this is quickly changing, making fur free the new norm in the entire fashion industry.”

VF and its brands have a proven track record of implementing policies and taking actions to ensure the humane treatment of animals throughout its supply chain and eliminating animal derived materials where possible.

  • Amongst VF’s portfolio of brands, the Napapijri® brand is a pioneer in the fur free movement, first delivering on its no fur commitment in 2015. Exemplifying its “Make it Better” philosophy, the brand has taken innovative approaches to phase out animal derived materials while offering consumers products with enhanced technical performances. Its entire Autumn/Winter 2017 collection is 100 percent down and fur free.

  • In 2014, VF’s The North Face® brand announced its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a global standard through which any brand can evaluate and certify its complete down supply chain. The RDS was developed in partnership with Control Union and Textile Exchange, which now manages the program. To date, more than 80 other brands from the outdoor, apparel and home industries have initiated certification of their supply chains through the RDS. The North Face® uses 100 percent certified down across all product lines.

  • The Timberland® brand partnered with other footwear brands, tanneries and retailers in 2005 to form the Leather Working Group (LWG) to promote responsible practices within the leather industry. As of 2016, 94 percent of the leather used in the brand’s apparel, footwear and accessories came from LWG Silver- or Gold-rated tanneries, and the Timberland® brand has set a goal to reach 100 percent by 2020.

Simone Pavesi, manager of Animal Free Fashion for LAV, said: “VF not only undertook a virtuous path of socially responsible policies but, with the fur free policy, also is conveying a strong message of cultural change by involving all its brands in this announcement. We are pleased to continue this important work with VF to reach new goals together. This is a victory for millions of animals.”

PJ Smith, Senior Manager of Fashion Policy for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “With VF leading the charge in innovation and compassion, a fur free future is starting to take shape. Consumers’ attitudes towards animal protection are getting stronger, and companies that create policies that reflect those values are well-positioned for the future.”

Thomas Pietsch, Wild Animal Expert of FOUR PAWS, said: “VF Corporation’s decision to join the Fur Free Retailer program is a milestone in the fashion industry. With this step towards more animal welfare, VF fulfills the needs of ethical-minded consumers and will inspire many leading fashion companies.”

About VF Corporation
VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler®, Lee® and Napapijri®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders. For more information, visit www.vfc.com

About LAV
“A world where every animal has freedom, dignity, life” is the vision of the largest Italian animal rights organization. LAV promotes and brings about a cultural change in the way we relate to other animals, with a view to achieving a lifestyle and making political choices based on respect for and solidarity towards all living beings, irrespective of their species.

LAV works to stop to any form of exploitation and suffering by asserting animals' rights and promoting the issuing and implementation of new laws. The organization also created the Animal Free Fashion Project, the first ethical rating to give value to fashion businesses based on the number of animal materials they have renounced using, and with an Animal Free logo to use for the labels. Established in 1977, LAV brings together around 50,000 people (members and contributors) and has 66 local chapters.
www.lav.it  www.animalfree.info  

About The Humane Society of The United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 150,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people at www.HumaneSociety.org.

About Four Paws
FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orangutans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly. www.four-paws.org

About Fur Free Retailer
Fur Free Retailer is the world’s leading program to connect fur-free companies to consumers seeking ethical goods. The online Fur Free Retailer list provides consumers accurate information about a retailer’s fur policy, allowing them to make an informed choice when shopping. The program specifically aims to encourage companies to go fur-free and further the spirit of ethical consumerism. Run in over 20 countries the Fur Free Retailer program is an international initiative of the Fur Free Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 leading animal and environmental protection organizations worldwide, representing millions of supporters around the world.

Media Contacts:

VF Corporation
Craig Hodges
Senior Director, Corporate Communications

Fabrizia Greppi
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, EMEA
+41 91 649.1359

Maria Falvo
+39 06 446.1325 

Samantha Miller

Martin Bauer
+43 (1) 545 50 20 63

How to Deliver Business Quantifiable Impacts - A Complimentary Report

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 7:04am

To successfully navigate current political, social upheaval and deliver on the SDGS and Paris Agreement, businesses will need to take the lead on making an impact. But how can business drive the delivery of impact that is quantifiable and meaningful?

To find the answer, we have recently published a 28-page report with experts from the likes of Unilever, Dell, Heineken, ebay, Mastercard, WBCSD, IKEA, Vodafone and Siemens on how they’re driving quantified social impact through their business.
Click here to see your complimentary copy of the report

The 28-page report will give you insight on;

  • Driving social purpose through your business with expert advice from Paul Polman, CEO at Unilever and Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA at Dell

  • Delivering on the climate goals set-forth in the Paris agreement with insight from Maurice Tulloch, Chairman, Global General Insurance at Aviva and Marion Verles, CEO at Gold Standard

  • Meeting the SDG goals with approaches from Richard Howitt, CEO at Integrated Reporting and Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt, Coordinator National Implementation SDG’s from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

  • Using data and information effectively to deliver impact with WBCSD, 
    McDonald's, IKEA, ING, The Body Shop
     and Siemens

  • Strengthening internal and external engagement to prove your case, get others on board and moving beyond collaboration with strategies from IKEA, eBay, Mars, Vodafone, UNWFP, Mastercard, Johnson & Johnson, The Rockefeller Foundation, GSK, Barclays, Vodafone, Tetra Pak …

See how you too can drive the delivery of real impact through your business

INDIGENOUS Launches: Holiday With Purpose

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

In this time of global crisis it's more important than ever to make our voices heard through direct action, and with every purchase. That's why INDIGENOUS has launched #HolidayWithPurpose, a campaign to help people and planet through sustainable fashion. Partnering with 5 Gyres Institute and Global Fund for Women, INDIGENOUS is giving customers the opportunity make a big impact with their holiday shopping.

INDIGENOUS has been at the forefront of ethical fashion since 1994, selling handcrafted clothing that is both environmentally friendly and fair trade. INDIGENOUS was founded on the belief that fashion can and must help the people and communities that produce it. Taking their ethics one step further, INDIGENOUS' Holiday with Purpose campaign raises money for non-profits doing incredible work.

Calling for #MoreOceanLessPlastic, INDIGENOUS has partnered with The 5 Gyres Institute. Through science, education, advocacy and adventure, 5 Gyres works to keep plastic out of our oceans and waterways.

Defenders of our oceans can support 5 Gyres by purchasing shirts that call for: "More Ocean. Less Plastic." All profits go directly to the 5 Gyres Institute. These modern black tee's by INDIGENOUS anchor an eco-friendly collection of both men's and women's styles, with all retail profits supporting the 5 Gyres mission to find global solutions to plastic pollution.

Simultaneously, INDIGENOUS has launched #FashionEmpowers, a campaign in support of Global Fund for Women and their initiative to end violence against women in fashion supply chains. 75% of garment workers are women, and violence in the apparel industry is a widespread epidemic. All retail proceeds generated from twelve curated styles will go directly to fund Global Fund for Women's new learning collaborative to eradicate rampant gender-based violence in traditional fashion supply chains.

Knowing their customers have a deep desire to impact the world for the better, INDIGENOUS is excited to offer these opportunities to make a big difference in the lives of women, and in the health of our oceans. This holiday season, shop with purpose; choose handcrafted clothing and gifts that make the world a better place.


INDIGENOUS is a leader in ethical fashion, creating modern clothing using natural, organic and sustainable fibers, colored with low-impact dyes or no dyes at all. Since their founding in 1994, INDIGENOUS has worked to forge a better way forward for the fashion industry. Through programs in Peru, INDIGENOUS helps provide housing to victims of domestic violence. Women in these programs receive free job skill training, empowering them with financial independence.

By producing their clothing line with ecologically mindful practices, each year Indigenous saves an estimated 48,450,000 liters of water; keeps 20,750 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; and prevents 6528 oz of deadly toxic pesticides from entering our environment.

INDIGENOUS’ sustainable fashion clothing line can be found in boutiques across the United States, as well as online at www.indigenous.com


The 5 Gyres Institute first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. The non-profit organization was first to research plastic in all five subtropical gyres, and published the first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution in 2014, finding nearly 270,000 tons and 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic smog worldwide. 5 Gyres has been in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017.  www.5gyres.org


Global Fund for Women is one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls. It campaigns for zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Global Fund for Women uses its powerful network to rally advocates, raise money, and get support to where it’s most urgently needed. It funds and partners with women-led groups who are courageously fighting for justice in their own communities. This rights-based approach gets to the root of gender inequality and is the most effective way to create permanent social change.

Since 1987, Global Fund for Women has invested in nearly 5,000 grassroots groups in 175 countries, helping to win rights for millions of women and girls. 

Campaign Hashtags: #HolidayWithPurpose #FashionEmpowers #StyleHumanity #MoreOceanLessPlastic

Media Contacts:

Scott Leonard, INDIGENOUS CEO and Co-founder | scott@indigenous.com | 800-664-9410

Anna Tenuta, Senior Campaigns & Communications Manager at Global Fund for Women | atenuta@globalfundforwomen.org | 212-419-4467

NBCUniversal Kicks off 9th Annual “Green Is Universal” Holiday Campaign in Partnership With Arbor Day Foundation

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

The Arbor Day Foundation is partnering with NBCUniversal for the ninth annual "Green Is Universal" holiday campaign. NBCUniversal will support tree-planting efforts to promote recovery in disaster-stricken areas brought on by the 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  As part of the partnership, NBCUniversal has committed to placing 25,000 trees in the hands of homeowners in the affected areas. People from around the country can get involved and show their support by visiting www.greenisuniversal.com to select a tree image to post online using #ShareATree from November 27-December 25. Each share will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation's tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

“Comcast NBCUniversal supports Arbor Day Foundation’s mission to restore the landscapes of communities destroyed by hurricanes this year,” said Monique Carswell, Director, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal. “We hope our #ShareATree Campaign will not only engage people, but inspire them to ask how they can further help support the Arbor Day Foundation and their efforts.”

Last month, in the wake of hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, the Arbor Day Foundation unveiled a brand-new hurricane tree recovery campaign to get millions of trees back in the ground. The hurricanes damaged and destroyed millions of trees in yards, parks and forests across the states and territory. Insurance will often cover the cost to rebuild structures, but not the trees and landscapes of a community.

“We are grateful for NBCUniversal’s commitment this holiday season to get trees back in the ground in areas ravaged by Hurricanes across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president. “Their support and the actions of their viewers taking part in their “#ShareATree Campaign” will make a true difference in the lives of people effected by the recent natural disasters.”

The hurricane tree recovery campaign, which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery program, will not only be helping the states of Florida and Texas and the territory of Puerto Rico, but will also be assisting other communities devastated by natural disasters that occurred in 2017.

To see how you can get involved and make an immediate impact, please visit arborday.org/hurricanes. 


About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.

More information is available at arborday.org.

About NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit: www.nbcuniversal.com

Consumer Goods Companies in Japan Put New Focus on Sustainability

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

 The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has hosted the first-ever meeting of its newly-created Japan Sustainability Local Group. Part of its ongoing regionalisation strategy, the launch of the Japan Local Group looks to help local and multinational CGF members share knowledge and best practices on sustainability challenges being faced by consumer goods industry, as well as how companies can work towards the CGF’s global Environmental and Social Sustainability Resolutions. The Local Group, chaired by Mr. Koji Inoue, Ajinomoto Co., Inc, will take the CGF’s sustainability activities in the country to a new level, through leadership and positive actions. 

Driving Sustainable Business Practices 

The Consumer Goods Forum is the only organisation bringing together consumer goods retailers and manufacturers globally, making it a unique platform for collaboration on both global and regional challenges. Its mission is to foster collaborative engagement across the industry and inspire action on common, pre-competitive issues. It brings together members and external stakeholders to work to promote sustainable business growth, industry efficiencies and drive positive change, benefiting people and the planet. Consistent with this global mission, its sustainability work focuses on helping members develop sustainable business practices that are both efficient and cost-effective, as well as helping to address consumer concerns and build greater consumer trust.   

The Japan Sustainability Local Group is the latest piece in the CGF’s regionalisation strategy, as it looks to bring more focus on sustainability challenges to help drive sustainable business actions globally. The Local Group will develop action plans for solving these challenges and will inspire collective action across its Japanese membership and with multinationals operating in Japan. These challenges are too big for any one company, industry or government to solve alone. Therefore, it is critical that the Local Group also engages with relevant external stakeholders, such as governments and NGOs, to build strategies that secure long-term business growth while protecting both people and the planet. 

Global Targets, Regional Solutions

CGF members understand the challenges raised by issues such as climate change and protecting workers’ rights; however, the specifics of these challenges can differ from region to region. Through discussions with regional stakeholders – including NGOs and investor groups – it’s clear more needs to be done on issues like supply chain management and environmental and social sustainability. 

For Japanese companies looking to expand overseas, for example, global issues are considered “non-tariff barriers to trade”, so working on such issues is inevitable for long-term business development strategies. And, for Japanese companies whose operations are largely targeted at domestic consumers, most ingredients are likely to be imported from other countries, so responsible and sustainable procurement of ingredients, such as palm oil and soy, also needs to be a key focus. Japanese members of the CGF have increasingly become a part of a global supply chain network and better placed to influence international trade. The CGF believes Japan has a key role to play in helping meet global targets such as the CGF’s Environmental and Social Resolutions and UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in driving positive actions globally. 

Founding members of the CGF’s Japan Sustainability Local Group are:

  • JSLG Steering Committee Chair /CGF Board: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

  • JSLG Steering Committee Member /CGF Board members: Aeon Co., Ltd.; Kao Corporation; Kirin Holdings Company; and Lawson, Inc.

  • JSLG Member companies: DNV GL Business Assurance Japan K.K.; Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.; Itoen, Ltd.; Japan Consumers’ Co-Operative Union (JCCU); Kato Sangyo Co., Ltd.; LOTTE Co., Ltd.; Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd.; Meiji Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Corporation; Suntory Beverage & Food Limited; and Shiseido Co., Ltd. 

This is not the first Local Group to be set up by The Consumer Goods Forum in Japan. In 2012, its Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) set up its Japan Local Group to address food safety challenges in the country. The GFSI Japan Local Group has proven immensely successful and the CGF hopes the Japan Sustainability Local Group will have similar success. The CGF’s Global Food Safety Conference heads to Tokyo 5th-8th March 2018.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

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

For further information, please contact:

In Japan:
Yuri Murata
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Japan Office,
Aios Nagatacho 507, 2-17-17 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0014
Tel: +81-3-6457-9870 
Email: y.murata@theconsumergoodsforum.com

In International HQ:

Ignacio Gavilan
Environmental Sustainability Director
The Consumer Goods Forum

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum

ASPCA Hosts "Cat Friday” Fee-Waived Adoption Event as Part of the Subaru Share the Love Event

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:39pm

On Friday, November 24, the ASPCA is celebrating its 7th Annual Cat Friday adoption event for the nearly 100 cats and kittens currently available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. For the first time in its 10-year partnership, the ASPCA will be hosting Cat Friday as a Subaru Share the Lovefee-waived adoption event, in support of the ASPCA and the automaker’s longstanding commitment to help animals across the country.

As part of the 2017 Subaru Share the Love event, the ASPCA has provided grant funding to 90 animal welfare organizations across 36 states to support Share the Love fee-waived pet adoption events they co-host with their local Subaru retailer partners. Last year, the ASPCA’s participation in the Share the Love event resulted in a donation from Subaru of more than $3.2 million. Since 2008, Subaru has donated over $16.5 million to the ASPCA. This helped support over 1,200 adoption events and impacted the rescue, transport, and adoption of nearly 40,000 animals nationwide.

“Over the past ten years, our partnership with Subaru and Share the Love has provided help and homes for tens of thousands of animals in need,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “We are grateful for Subaru’s sustained commitment to pets and communities, and thank all of the participating animal shelters for their dedication and collaboration.”

In addition to Share the Love, Subaru has supported the ASPCA’s work including adoption, spay/neuter, micro-chipping, and transport efforts throughout a variety of programs.

During the 2017 Subaru Loves Pets initiative in October, the ASPCA provided grant funding to 110 animal welfare organizations across 35 states and Washington, D.C. to host fee-waived adoption events in partnership with their local Subaru retailers, resulting in more than 2,900 adoptions. As part of the ASPCA & Subaru Loves Pets Rescue Ride grant program, the ASPCA has provided more than $500K in grant funding over the past four years to support animal transports, saving more than 20,000 animals as of 2016. Additionally, the Subaru VIP Program for ASPCA Guardians and Founders donates $100 to the ASPCA for every new vehicle purchased or leased through the VIP Program.

For more information on the ASPCA and Subaru partnership, visit www.aspca.org/subaru.

During this year’s Share the Love event, running through January 2, 2018, Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of the four national charities. In addition, participating Subaru retailers can select one or two hometown charities from their local community in which customers can direct their support. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $115 million donated to charity since the creation of Share the Love.

For more information on the Subaru Share the Love event, visit www.aspca.org/ShareTheLove and follow #aspcaSTL.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

For additional information, visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Global Sustain Presented the Yearbook 2016/17 in Berlin

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 9:38am

Global Sustain proudly presented the 10th Yearbook entitled “The Energy (R)evolution”. The presentation took place on Tuesday, Νovember 7th, 2017, at the unique and innovative new space of SRH Berlin University (SRH Startup Lab), in Berlin, in the presence of business and Global Sustain stakeholders.

This year's carbon neutral edition had participations from organizations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Sustainable Energy for All, the World Energy Council and the European Commission.

Mr. Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH, welcomed the attendees and presented this year’s edition with reference to its articles and its contributors. 

The event, which was attended by more than 40 senior business executives and organizations, closed by networking reception.

About the Yearbook series

Yearbook series aim at highlighting critical sustainability issues and constitute a catalyst for constructive dialogue and positive change. This annual global publication is trusted by top companies and important stakeholders from all around the world. Each year, Global Sustain selects a topic of universal interest relevant to the people-planet-profit concept and analyses all the aspects through the views of internationally renowned personalities, business leaders, politicians, visionaries and academia. Industry opinion formers and decision makers across the world contribute with policy and business intelligence to the publication, while leading corporations showcase their best practices and flagship products and services in the sustainability field. The hard copy publication is presented every year in special events and venues, with high level participants and is distributed to a worldwide targeted audience. To date, Yearbooks have been distributed in more than 50 countries on 5 continents, profiling more than 200 CEOs.

ACCP Contributions Academy Forum

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 9:38am

Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive professional development programs available, the Contributions Academy Forum is an interactive three and a half day program targeted toward corporate citizenship professionals with limited experience.

During this intensive, three and a half day workshop, you will gain understanding of topics such as:

>the strategy of giving
>signature programs
>cause branding & cause marketing
>matching gift campaigns
>employee engagement

You will participate in a hands-on exercise building a contributions program from scratch. You will practice making key decisions about the structure and what to include. You will also receive comprehensive materials covering the basics for planning and managing an effective corporate contributions program. Following rigorous educational sessions, you will have time to relax in the evening at several networking events held at local venues. These events offer you an opportunity to forge long-lasting relationships that continue well beyond the conclusion of the program.

Celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and Help Raise Funds for Hurricane Relief by Sharing What Makes Your Pet the Best

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 9:32am

Millions of people and pets were affected by hurricanes which struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico earlier this year. To help raise funds to support hurricane victims and their pets, and to help celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites pet lovers across the United States to share what makes their pet the best through its annual #DogThanking initiative.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8193951-purina-andy-cohen-thanksgiving-day-dog-show-dogthanking/

Andy Cohen and his beagle fox-hound mix, Wacha, are helping to kick off this year's #DogThanking initiative.

"Pets truly enrich and awaken our hearts in many different ways, so it's important to celebrate what makes each one the best," said Cohen, host & executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

"Wacha is my true companion and he is the best, especially when he falls asleep on my leg or gives me cuddles. We're thrilled to join Purina's #DogThanking initiative to help celebrate pets and how our lives are better together. I encourage pet owners to share their posts showing what makes their pet the best so we can raise funds for hurricane relief across the country."

GreaterGood.org will utilize the funds raised from the #DogThanking inititave to continue working with its many partners to support the logistics of delivering high-quality food and supplies to pets impacted by recent natural disasters.

"Over the past couple months, in conjunction with amazing partners like Purina that have donated both product and funds, we've been able to do so much to help people and pets affected by these terrible storms," said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. "But, our mission is far from complete—more help is needed. The #DogThanking initiative is a simple way pet lovers can get involved and celebrate their own pets, while helping to make a difference across the country."

So far in 2017, Purina has donated nearly $60,000 to GreaterGood.org to support victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and more than 350,000 pounds of pet food to support pets in the affected areas.

The 16th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. Watched by more than 20 million viewers annually, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America's viewers and crown one of America's great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors.

NBC will present an encore of this year's National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Saturday, Nov. 25 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

Beloved TV personality John O'Hurley, best known as "J. Peterman" on Seinfeld, will serve as the show's co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo will join former U.S. Olympian figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski as National Dog Show correspondents.

For more information about the #DogThanking initiative, check out Purina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Purina), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Purina) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/purina).

About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

About Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Bravo's Late Night, interactive talk show. He also serves as executive producer of "The Real Housewives" franchise and hosts the network's highly rated reunion specials.

About GreaterGood.org
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. GreaterGood.org accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs staffed by experts in their respective fields furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.


Bill Etling +1 (314) 982-4825 William.Etling@purina.nestle.com Nestlé Purina Kate Mitchell +1 (312) 596-3526 Katherine.Mitchell@bm.com Burson-Marsteller

CITGO Lemont Refinery Brings Bess the Book Bus to Lemont School

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 9:32am

The CITGO Lemont Refinery and mobile literacy outreach program, Bess the Book Bus, brought the joy of reading to local students at St. Cyril and Methodius School in Lemont during the month of October. 

Approximately 105 books were distributed to St. Cyril and Methodius School students. Students were able to pick out their very own book to take home and then enjoyed participating in an interactive and hands-on drum circle hosted by Bess the Book Bus Partner, Giving Tree Music.

CITGO believes in the power of education, and is committed to nurturing the ongoing learning experiences that fuel the knowledge our communities – equipping the workforce for the future. A committed sponsor of Bess the Book Bus since 2009, CITGO has supported the bus as it’s travelled to 48 states to distribute more than 600,000 new books.

“Through our Fueling Education initiative, CITGO supports organizations like Bess the Book Bus because igniting a love for reading at a young age has a lasting impact,” said Jim Cristman, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Lemont Refinery.

About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For over 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 5,500 independently and locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 with a major expansion, doubling the facility, in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt. For more information, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com

+1 (832) 486-5250

Indigenous Groups Dominating Chevron in Canada’s Appellate Courts Over Enforcement of Ecuador Judgment

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 6:30pm

Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities are building significant momentum in Canada’s appellate courts in their effort to enforce the $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron by seizing company assets in the country, according to a new analysis posted by lawyers fighting the oil major.

Momentum against Chevron is building in Canada after evidence emerged that the company committed fraud in a retaliatory lawsuit in the United States by paying an admittedly corrupt witness $2 million to falsely claim that the Ecuador judgment was “ghostwritten” by the plaintiffs. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he perjured himself and a forensic examination proved his story false, as confirmed by legal filings and reported by news outlets.

The latest analysis of the Canada litigation, which can be read here, points out that Canadian appellate courts have issued three consecutive unanimous decisions denying attempts by Chevron to block or hinder the enforcement action. Ecuador’s courts already imposed a $9.5 billion judgment on the company after it was found liable for deliberately discharging billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer and other health problems.

In all, 13 appellate judges in Canada – including the country’s entire Supreme Court -- have ruled in favor of the Ecuadorian indigenous groups. No appellate judge in Canada has ruled in favor of Chevron.

In Ecuador, all eight appellate judges to hear the case have affirmed Chevron’s liability. In all, 21 appellate judges in Canada and Ecuador have ruled against Chevron and none have ruled in its favor.

Chevron’s latest reversal in Canada came recently when a three-judge panel on the Ontario Court of Appeal strongly criticized the company for trying to end the Ecuador litigation by imposing a $1 million costs order on the indigenous groups, the analysis asserted. 

“The decision was a stunning setback for Chevron,” concluded the analysis.

The Ontario Court of Appeal, considered by many to be the country’s most influential court after the Canada Supreme Court, also ruled unanimously against Chevron in 2014 when the company tried to block the enforcement action on jurisdictional grounds.

In 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court also ruled unanimously against Chevron when it tried to re-litigate the jurisdictional issue over the Ecuador judgment in Canada after the company already had accepted jurisdiction in Ecuador’s courts and litigated the case there for 11 years.

Patricio Salazar, a lawyer who represents the grass roots coalition that brought the case (the Amazon Defense Coalition, or “FDA” for its Spanish acronym), said the indigenous groups were asking Canadian courts to move quickly to resolve their claims. The enforcement action was filed in Canada in 2012 after Chevron refused to pay the Ecuador judgment. A company official then promised the indigenous groups a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted.

“Chevron continues to lose ground in Canadian courts and it seems more and more inevitable that the company will have its assets seized,” said Salazar.  “Chevron’s management should immediately cease its attacks against community leaders and their lawyers and seek a dialogue to resolve the matter so that lives can be saved and shareholder interests can be protected.”

Perjury by the Chevron witness, Alberto Guerra, prompted the indigenous peoples to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal probe of Chevron and certain of its outside counsel at the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher who coached the witness for 53 days prior to his false testimony. That complaint to the DOJ and the supporting documents can be found here and here.

The Ecuadorians recently received a major boost in Canada from Phil Fontaine, the former National Chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations (which includes 640 nationalities); Grand Chief Ed John, a Canadian lawyer and major international leader in the indigenous rights movement; and Rex Weyler, who co-founded Greenpeace and who lives in Vancouver.  

All three visited the affected region in September and strongly criticized Chevron (see here and here), with Weyler accusing the company of committing “ecological crimes” in Ecuador.