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Owens Corning Earns No. 3 Ranking on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:18pm

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) ranked No. 3 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. This is the fourth consecutive year Owens Corning has appeared on the list. Its ranking represents a jump of 22 places over the prior year. 

The 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list recognizes the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States.

“At Owens Corning we work hard to have a net-positive impact on the world,” said Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. “And we’ve made great strides in the past decade, because our 19,000 employees make it their personal mission in their daily work. This great honor from Corporate Responsibility Magazine is recognition of their impact around the globe.” 

Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer, added, “As a global leader in engineered materials for insulation, roofing and composites, we have countless opportunities to deliver on our purpose of making the world a better place. The 100 Best Corporate Citizens honor is both humbling in terms of what we have achieved and inspiring to do more, faster.”

To compile the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, every company in the Russell 1000, the highest ranked stocks in the Russell 3000 Index of publicly held U.S. companies is ranked on 260 data points. These data points of disclosure and performance measures are collected from publicly available information in seven categories:

  • Environment

  • Climate change

  • Employee relations

  • Human rights

  • Governance

  • Finance

  • Philanthropy and community support 

For access to the full 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, please visit http://www.thecro.com.

About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2017 sales of $6.4 billion and employs 19,000 people in 37 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 63 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.

Owens Corning Investor News         

Media Contact: Chuck Hartlage, 419-248-5395                   
Investor Contact: Thierry Denis, 419-248-5748

Corporate Responsibility Magazine Announces 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 2:18pm

Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) announced today its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, recognizing the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States.

Microsoft tops the ranking, followed by Accenture, Owens Corning, Intel and Hasbro. Fifteen companies are new to the list in 2018. Biggest gainers include Becton, Dickinson; IBM; Owens Corning and Biogen.

Access the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens here. 

"CR Magazine is proud to present the only ESG ranking list that doesn't rely on self-reporting," said Dave Armon, publisher of CR Magazine. "Each year, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking measures the success of the Brands Taking Stands movement by celebrating the most successful, most transparent companies that report on their responsible practices. We congratulate those honored on this year's list for their commitment to corporate responsibility."

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens list documents 260 ESG data points of disclosure and performance measures—harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy & community support.

The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index and research is conducted by ISS Corporate Solutions.  There is no fee for companies to be assessed.

To compile this ranking, data is obtained from public records and not from private self-reports to the analysts. Many rankings ask companies to fill out surveys and questionnaires about internal operations and ours relies on what is publically available. That’s because transparency and public commitments help make a company’s sustainability program stronger.

“The 100 Best ranking demonstrates that a company is dedicating resources towards its corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts,” explains Jen Boynton editor of CR Magazine. “Public disclosure allows its stakeholders to gain greater insights into a company’s business practices.”

About the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List:
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List was first published in 1999 in Business Ethics Magazine, and has been managed by CR Magazine since 2007. To compile the list, every company in the Russell 1000, the highest ranked stocks in the Russell 3000 Index of publicly held U.S. companies, is ranked according to 260 data points.

About Corporate Responsibility Magazine:
3BL Media is the publisher of CR Magazine (www.3blassociation.com), the leading voice of the corporate responsibility profession and the publisher of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking.  Together with the Corporate Responsible Association, CR Magazine presents COMMIT!Forum, Oct. 23-25, 2018, at MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C.  The theme is Brands Taking Stands – The Long View.

About 3BL Media
3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through targeted content distribution, multimedia promotions and hands-on learning experiences, 3BL Media amplifies the stories, experiences and perspectives of companies, NGOs and nonprofits through an unrivaled network of corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals, influencers and audiences. Learn more here.

CONTACT:  Dave Armon, publisher, darmon@3BLmedia.com or +1.802.444.0177; or Jen Boynton, editor, jboynton@3blmedia.com or +1.628.245.2374, both of CR Magazine

Consumers Energy Releases 2018 Sustainability Report

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:18am

Consumers Energy has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, an annual snapshot of the energy provider’s commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity.

“As Michigan’s largest utility, we’re uniquely positioned to be a driving force for good, “ writes Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “We care for our customers, because they’re our friends, families and neighbors. We invest in the communities we serve, because we live here too. And we take actions to preserve and protect our natural resources, because we enjoy Michigan’s beauty just as much as you.”

Consumers Energy has taken significant actions to care for the people it serves, its home state and the planet. The energy provider has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. Consumers Energy’s actions to date already have reduced its carbon intensity by 38 percent and reduced water usage by 35 percent, plus avoided over one million cubic yards of landfill disposal.

Read more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/sustainability.

Media Contact

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SC Johnson Turkey Named 2018 Best Workplace

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:18am

SC Johnson Turkey today announced it has been recognized as a 2018 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organization earned the No. 2 spot in the ranking among mid-sized companies. This is the second consecutive year the Turkey operation has been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list.

“I applaud the SC Johnson Turkey team for their continued efforts to empower internal talent through an open and collaborative work environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We’re honored to receive this recognition for the second time.”

In addition to high scores in the Employee Feedback section of the Institute’s assessment and the Culture Audit, which measures approval of values and beliefs within an organization, SC Johnson Turkey was noted for its strong culture of openness and transparency.

The Turkey team joins SC Johnson Italy, Venezuela, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada and Central America on the 2018 list of Best Workplaces.

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for its programs and benefits that support working parents including paid family leave, schedule flexibility and advancement of women.

Also in 2017, the company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This HRC honor marked the 13th time the company earned a perfect score and its 16th year of recognition on the workplace equality list.

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Contact:

SC Johnson Global Public Affairs

USPublicAffairs@scj.com

262-260-2440

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 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

EA SPORTS, NFL Players Association and Discovery Education Bring STEM Careers to Life in 'Role of Data in EA SPORTS' Madden NFL Virtual Trip Featuring Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:08pm

EA SPORTS, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are teaming up to host A Numbers Game Virtual Field Trip: The Role of Data in EA SPORTS Madden NFL on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. Featuring special guest Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown, the immersive experience will transport students nationwide to EA Tiburon Development Studio in Orlando, Fla., where a group of Osceola County students will join the virtual exchange to ask Antonio and EA SPORTS employees questions about how data is used to activate players in the game. Together, educators and students will go behind-the-scenes at EA SPORTS to learn how data dominates video game development. Student’s will also learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) power today's popular Madden NFL series. Register here.

“We’ve always considered Madden NFL to be a powerful teaching tool for the sport of football and we’re marrying the art of the video game to the science behind our young fans’ favorite sport,” said Daryl Holt, VP and Head of Operations for EA Tiburon. “This Virtual Field Trip teaches students both the fundamentals of football as a sport and the math that fuels it.”

Available at no cost, Discovery Education and Antonio Brown will introduce students to EA SPORTS engineers, animators, designers, analysts, and producers to discuss career paths and the various applications of STEM used to bring Madden NFL to life. Classrooms across the country will learn how data collected from the NFL Combine's rookie event –from the 40-yard dash to the vertical jump – are used as inputs to create Madden NFL player rankings. Students will also learn how EA SPORTS gathers thousands of data points on players to create the most realistic in-game experience.

"The NFLPA is about connecting businesses with sports and the players themselves," said Ahmad Nassar, President of NFL Players Inc. "This successful partnership is a perfect example of thinking outside the box to connect education with NFL players. Students learn directly from players, not only through the ‘Madden NFL: Football By the Numbers’ platform, but through interactions with players who bring the concepts to life."

The Virtual Field Trip is part of EA SPORTS, NFLPA and Discovery Education's EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football By the Numbers program – a comprehensive educational initiative that taps into children's excitement about football and video games to ignite their passion for STEM. The program offers a first-of-its-kind digital interactive that teaches math and science concepts to students in grades 5-9 – such as angles, force, probability and velocity – using famous Madden NFL highlights. In addition, the program has expanded to include STEM career challenges and elementary lessons, including lesson plans and career challenges.

“We salute EA SPORTS and NFLPA’s commitment to engaging today’s students in the importance of math and science by leveraging the magic of sports to inspire learning,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “As an immersive, standards-aligned education program designed to harness students’ love for football, ‘Football By the Numbers’ engages young learners in key math and science concepts, bringing the real world to the classroom to make theoretical concepts, relevant to their worlds. We’re proud of our collaborative work to empower young learners with the skills they need to succeed.”

These resources are available online at FootballbytheNumbers.DiscoveryEducation.com and are available through Discovery Education Streaming. Participants may submit questions before the Virtual Field Trip or join the experience LIVE on Twitter @DiscoveryEd. The Twitter chat will also feature Antonio Brown @AB84@EAMaddenNFL and @NFLPA using the hashtag #ANumbersGameVFT.

“Students flourish when provided with opportunities to see careers that exist beyond their classrooms. It’s helpful for them to gain a clear understanding of how STEM factors into ranging career pathways,” said Brandon Wislocki, Elementary Teacher, Beacon Park School, Irvine Unified School District. “The Role of Data Virtual Field Trip engages students in scenario-based learning and draws clear connections between computational analysis and video game development – overall the digitally immersive experience makes learning exciting and fun.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. Madden NFL 18 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation®4. EA SPORTS Madden NFL Mobile is free-to-download and is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

About Electronic Arts:

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2017, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Need for Speed™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

The Sims, EA SPORTS, Ultimate Team, Frostbite, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Official FIFA licensed product.© FIFA, FIFA’s Official Licensed Product Logos, and the Emblems, Mascots, Posters and Trophies of the FIFA World Cup™ tournaments are copyrights and/or trademarks of FIFA. All rights reserved.

About the NFL Players Association:

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players' interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected – including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. Visit www.nflpa.com.

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 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.

Contacts:

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education, Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com, 240-274-2173

Brad Hilderbrand, Electronic Arts, BHilderbrand@ea.com, 407-386-4246     

Brandon Parker, NFLPA, Brandon.Parker@nflpa.com, 202-756-9160

Charitable Giving Changing As Younger Donors Give and Demand More From the Third Sector

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:08pm

A new Barclays Corporate Banking survey of over 2,000 UK consumers shows younger people report giving more money to charities than the over 55s, challenging widely-held views that the older generation support good causes the most. People aged 35 to 54 say they gave an average of £265 last year to charities, followed by £246 from under-35s. Over 55s gave £168 in comparison. 

Yet the research, which also includes a poll of 301 large charities, revealed that six in ten good causes still regard the over 50s as their focal age group for donations. As younger people’s spending power grows, and with 57% of under 35s saying they are more likely to donate today than they were three years ago, the study suggests that charities could boost their coffers by targeting millennials. 

The most popular causes are charities serving children, animals and medical conditions. Housing, homelessness, overseas aid and disaster relief also attracted support, but sports and arts languished at the bottom of the charitable league table. 

Running out of loose change 

Despite being the most popular method of giving (48%), on-street donations are declining, according to the vast majority (74%) of charities. As cash falls out of favour, and paperless options boom, four in ten (44%) voluntary organisations are exploring new technologies and alternative donation options to avoid missing out. 

Seven in 10 charities have reported an increase in online donations over the past three years, and an even bigger proportion expect it to rise further over the next three years. That’s why many charities are choosing to upgrade their websites, use PayPal for easier payments, or partner with popular third-party platforms like JustGiving. However, General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force next month, may curb their ability to reach new supporters. 

To make donating even easier, contactless donation boxes, though still at trial stage, are already being used by 4% of charities. Meanwhile, other frictionless digital methods are gaining traction. The UN recently released a mobile app which allowed users to make an on-the-spot ‘micropayment’ of 50 cents to feed a child for a day simply by tapping a button – 20 million meals have been shared to date. It’s clear that this kind of innovation pays, as nine in ten charities that have invested in new fundraising methods have reported returns. 

Launching the Report, David McHattie, Head of Charities at Barclays Corporate Banking, comments: 

“The voluntary sector contributes £12.2 billion to the UK economy and provides crucial support to the most deserving of causes. Fast moving shifts in technology and consumer behaviour create significant opportunities for charities, however, to continue to thrive, the third sector must continue to adapt. Nurturing loyal givers, while finding further ways to attract new support are critical. Investing in new innovations, whether online, on street, or in store, will ensure that important causes continue to benefit from changing donation demographics and preferences.” 

Reputational ripples 

A series of high-profile media stories have tested the sector in recent times, with a third (32%) of consumers citing a lack of trust in charities, resulting in overall donation levels dipping in the UK last year. The Barclays study shows people want to help those less fortunate, but it’s not just a lack of disposable income (53%) that puts them off. Over a third (37%) say they don’t give because they’re unsure how charities will use donations, while almost a fifth (17%) cite a lack of knowledge about charity activities. To overcome these barriers, voluntary organisations should look to better communicate their purpose, as well as where and how donor money is being spent.

Click here to download the report.

Notes to editors

For further information about Barclays Corporate Banking, please visit our website www.barclayscorporate.com 

About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.home.barclays.

Chevron Attacked at U.N. for Poisoning Indigenous Lands in Ecuador’s Rainforest; Shareholders Pressure CEO Wirth

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:08pm

A prominent Canadian Indigenous leader and lawyer, Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, has issued a blistering critique of Chevron in a United Nations speech for poisoning ancestral lands in the Amazon rainforest and engaging in “countless violations” of Indigenous peoples’ rights related to the dumping of billions of gallons of oil waste in Ecuador. 

The speech by Chief Littlechild, a leading international lawyer on Indigenous rights, comes at the same time Chevron is under growing pressure from its own institutional shareholders to address the company’s $12 billion Ecuador pollution liability, which grows by $300 million annually because of interest.  Just this week, 36 Chevron investors with $109 billion in assets under management sent a letter to newly-installed Chevron CEO Mike Wirth urging him to settle the case following three major court rulings in favor of the Ecuadorians in Canada, where they are attempting to seize company assets.

At least 21 appellate judges in Ecuador and Canada – including the entire Supreme Courts of both countries -- have ruled in favor of the Ecuadorians on a variety of issues related to the pollution case, while not a single appellate judge in the two countries has ruled in favor of Chevron. Chevron was found guilty by three layers of courts in Ecuador – where the company had accepted jurisdiction -- of deliberately dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into streams and rivers that Indigenous peoples relied on for their drinking water, leading to an outbreak of cancer and other health problems. (See this summary of the evidence.)

“Instead of negotiating an expedient, fair and comprehensive settlement with the affected communities in Ecuador, Chevron management pursued a costly legal strategy that has continued for more than two decades,” the consortium of investors wrote in an April 30 letter to Wirth, who became CEO on Feb. 1. (See here for background.)

Chief Littlechild called out Chevron’s refusal to pay the Ecuador pollution judgment at the 17th United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.  

“For 25 years the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador have fought a legal battle to force the oil company Chevron, well-known throughout Canada, to clean up truly horrendous pollution that Chevron left at the oil production sites it opened and operated in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1992,” he said in his speech, which was delivered on April 17. 

“This is not subtle, invisible contamination,” said Chief Littlechild. “This involves hundreds of giant, open-air pits of toxic sludge, that children and animals could literally fall into, and the rivers and streams are shiny with oil slick.

“It is considered the word’s worst oil-related catastrophe,” he added. “The peoples of the region have not only seen their ancestral lands drastically reduced and restricted, but also poisoned, degraded and destroyed. Countless laws related to Indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, resources, to life and physical integrity, to dignity, to participation, and to economic, social and cultural development have been violated.”

The latest developments also follow a courtroom setback for Chevron last week in an Ontario court when a three-judge panel essentially cut off a company lawyer when he tried to claim the Ecuador judgment was obtained by fraud. The Court of Appeal for Ontario must decide whether Chevron’s latest technical defense in the 24-year litigation – that its Canadian assets are held by a wholly-owned subsidiary and therefore should be off-limits to collection – will be enough to block the Ecuadorians from collecting their judgment.

Chevron had accepted the jurisdiction of Ecuador’s courts to avoid a jury trial in the U.S., but later refused to pay the pollution judgment and threatened the Indigenous groups with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted. The company also paid an admittedly corrupt witness $2 million and coached him for 53 days before he falsely claimed the Ecuador judgment was obtained by fraud; the witness since admitted he perjured himself, and Chevron and its outside law firm Gibson Dunn were hit with a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Department of Justice for engaging in witness bribery and other crimes.

Chief Littlechild also poked at Chevron for “using its vast resources to support any army of lawyers to tangle up the case in as many procedural hurdles as possible.”

“The Indigenous peoples of Canada know this process all too well,” he added. “We have fought court battles against government and private interests for decades. In many cases in recent years we have prevailed and the wheels of justice have turned in our favor. In other cases, the wheels remain mired and stuck. 

“But we do not give up and nor do our Ecuadorian Indigenous sisters and brothers give up.  I could not be more proud of them and their struggle as they show the world what Indigenous peoples are capable of when our rights and traditional territories have been violated.”

Littlechild’s speech comes after the Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples and farmer communities won the support of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Canada’s national federation that counts more than 600 chiefs among its membership. Current National Chief Perry Bellegarde and former National Chief Phil Fontaine both attended a court argument last week in Toronto while the AFN signed a joint protocol to hold Chevron accountable with the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA), the grass roots coalition in the rainforest that is enforcing the judgment.

Fontaine, Grand Chief Ed John, and Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler were also sharply critical of Chevron following a fact-finding visit to Ecuador last September. Weyler accused the company of committing “ecological crimes” in Ecuador and wrote an article on the Greenpeace website that concluded Chevron had created a “death zone” in the rainforest by failing to remediate its toxic dumping. 

In a press release on the shareholder issue, Zevin Asset Management – which organized the investor letter along with Newground Social Investment – noted that Ecuador’s highest court confirmed a “landmark judgment” against Chevron.

“An attempt to collect damages via its subsidiary in Canada is pending appeal,” according to the press release. “At an April 2018 appellate court hearing in Toronto, Ecuadorian plaintiffs argued that they should be allowed to seize Chevron Canada’s assets to satisfy the $12 billion judgment against the company. Monday's investor letter challenges Chevron’s aggressive legal strategy against the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, the company’s lack of willingness to negotiate an expedient and fair settlement, and the deterioration of relations with affected communities in Ecuador.  The joint letter also questions whether Chevron has adequately disclosed to investors the potentially massive financial risks of adverse legal outcomes.”

Investors lack confidence that Chevron’s executive team and board are sensitive to human rights and environmental risks, “ said Pat Miguel Tomaino, Zevin’s Director of Socially Responsible Investing. “Acute legal risks are playing out in Canada, where the communities ravaged by Texaco pollution in Ecuador are mounting a formidable case. However, Chevron won’t negotiate a settlement that would be fair to communities and clear the air for the company and its investors.”

Carmen Cartuche, the President of the Amazon Defense Coalition of Ecuador (FDA) – the group enforcing the judgment -- praised Littlechild for his speech and thanked Chevron’s shareholders for trying to hold company management accountable.  “We are most appreciative for the work of our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada as we continue to strengthen the global solidarity movement to hold Chevron’s management team accountable for human rights violations in our country,” Cartuche said.

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2018

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:06pm

This challenging two-day training offered by CSE aims to give you all the latest practical tools and resources required to implement or upscale corporate sustainability in order to drive your initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies.

What you will get from the program:

  • Two days of instruction Become a CMI member for free (Membership cost 200$). 

  •  Certified Learning materials (hard copy) and training guide (electronic copy) 

  • Updated case studies from companies such as Apple, Ikea, Unilever and more. 

  • Informative videos from leading sustainable organizations 

  • Sustainability reports related to your sector Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Certification

EcoRise, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® Team up to Educate Students about Sustainability

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:06pm

EcoRise, the school-based nonprofit organization inspiring a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all, and Green Mountain Energy Sun Club are joining forces to deliver a new program of leading-edge, student-driven sustainability curriculum, project mini-grants, and training to educators at no cost to teachers, schools, or school districts.

The three-year pilot, funded by Sun Club, will provide an estimated 50 K–12 teachers with professional development, curriculum, and resources focused on sustainability, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Participating teachers will learn how to develop authentic learning experiences while fostering students’ leadership skills, critical thinking, and environmental literacy. They will also have access to a Student Innovation Program, which awards mini-grants to support student-led sustainability projects beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

“We are excited to support EcoRise by providing the tools that teachers need to inspire students and jumpstart their journey to becoming future leaders in sustainability,” said Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “Sun Club is helping organizations that create impactful, long-term differences in our communities and training the next generation about sustainability is a great investment.”

“EcoRise is thrilled to work with the Sun Club to launch programming in the Houston area,” said Jonathan Stott, Deputy Director of EcoRise. “Green Mountain Energy Sun Club’s investment in this project demonstrates a deep commitment to activating the next generation of sustainability leaders. We can’t wait to see the projects that students design.”

The collaboration between EcoRise and Sun Club is expected to directly impact an estimated 2,800 students and indirectly reach as many as 22,000 students and community members through the extended reach of student-led sustainability projects.

EcoRise will recruit schools and educators through the spring and hold in-person training and professional development during the summer. Teachers will be able to implement the curriculum and submit funding requests for student projects starting in the 2018-19 school year.

Teachers interested in learning more about how to register for the no cost pilot program can visit ecorise.org/enroll for more information on how to apply.

“EcoRise is a pioneer for sustainability education,” said fourth grade teacher Kate Hoffner, Austin ISD. “This is what we need to make significant impact on our one and only Earth. Their curriculum and support engages our young future leaders toward actual progress for a cleaner and healthier community. It also aligns perfectly with the rigorous curriculum and teaching standards of Texas.”

“The EcoRise classes are generating tons of ideas, and students are doing real world science,” said secondary science facilitator, Anna Wydeven, Leander ISD. “Our lead EcoRise teacher Shannon McPherson has led students to learn things they never expected to learn, and think differently about environmental impact. Risk-taking, the team dynamic, and professionalism run deep here.”

About Eco Rise
EcoRise develops the next generation of creative problem solvers by enlivening conventional classrooms with academically-aligned K-12 curriculum that introduce students to environmental literacy, social innovation, and hands-on design skills. EcoRise supports teachers in helping students solve real-world sustainability challenges concerning energy, water, waste, transportation, air quality, food and public spaces. The program focuses on enhancing STEM education, promoting sustainability, introducing students to green careers, and helping students develop 21st century skills. To learn more about EcoRise, visit ecorise.org.

About Sun Club
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization advancing sustainability for people and our planet by investing in communities in Texas and the Northeast. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $6.5 million to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Sun Club focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resource conservation. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy’s residential customers in Texas, as well as from Green Mountain, its employees, and other Sun Club supporters. To learn more about the Sun Club, please visit gmesunclub.org.

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Professional Online Education Takes the Lead to Improve Sustainability Performance of Organizations

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:06am

Improved sustainability performance is linked to professional sustainability education, as shown in the recent research of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) on Sustainability Reporting Trends in N. America.

US and multinational corporations and organizations alike need a critical mass who understand sustainability and all its components.  More and more companies are managing sustainability to improve processes, pursue growth, and add value to their companies rather than focusing on reputation alone. To achieve this in a cost-effective way, companies are looking for options to educate their employees and other stakeholders, not only as part of their social commitment, but also to establish a ‘common language’ across departments which will lead to increased productivity, increased morale and improved carbon footprint.

The ROI is indisputable:

Shareholders – the American Society for Training and Development found that an increase of $680 in training per employee generates nearly a 6% improvement in shareholder return.  Firms investing the most in training and development yielded a 45% higher return than the market average, along with higher profit margins and higher income per employee.

Increase market share – a Nielsen survey in 2015 found that 72% of Millennials “are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies who are committed to positive social and environmental impact.”

Increased efficiency – after training, an HSBC “Climate Champion” activated software to automatically shut down computers along with an awareness program which together saved 4 million kilowatts per year of electricity and nearly 900 metric tons of carbon dioxide, saving $332,000 on energy bills.

Satisfied employees – research has found that a 2% increase in productivity can net a 100% return on investment in training (CompTIA and Prometric).  For every dollar on training, Motorola found an almost 30% gain in productivity over three years, reduced costs by over $3 billion and a 47% increase in profits.

Employee retention – Louis Harris & Associates found that 41% of employees without training opportunities plan to leave within one year versus only 12% of those with excellent training opportunities.  AON found that employees rank “opportunities for personal growth” ahead of salary!

Flexible, affordable, certified sustainability practitioner training is the rationale behind the advanced group online courses offered by CSE’s Sustainability Academy, recently awarded by Silicon Valley Community Foundation  as Gold Standard in Corporate Responsibility.

These group courses, already trusted by hundreds of Fortune 500 organizations, such as Coca-Cola, Workday, United Nations Federal Credit Union, Elanco, Dematic, Pepsico, Timberland, offer updated and practical information on the business case for sustainability, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, carbon reduction, ESG performance and the use of standards and guidelines to implement successful sustainability strategies organization-wide.

For more information, please contact communications@cse-net.org

Corporate Responsibility Magazine to Announce 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:06am

Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) will announce its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list on May 7 at noon ET, recognizing the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States.

The 2018 ranking will be revealed during a Facebook Live broadcast on the 3BL Media - TriplePundit Facebook pageCR Magazine Publisher Dave Armon and Editor Jen Boynton will host the event.

"CR Magazine is proud to present the only ESG ranking list that doesn't rely on self-reporting," said Armon. "Each year, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking measures the success of the Brands Taking Stands movement by celebrating the most successful, most transparent companies that report on their responsible practices. Please join us as we identify and congratulate those honored on this year's list for their commitment to corporate responsibility."

The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index and research is conducted by ISS Corporate Solutions. There is no fee for companies to be assessed.

Companies listed on the Russell 1000 are analyzed using publicly available records from their websites, annual reports, shareholder calls, media interviews, NGOs and government documents. The analysis includes 260 data points on environmental, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy, and financial performance. As a result, companies are rated on what information they disclose as well as how much they disclose.

To compile this ranking, data is obtained from public records and not from private self-reports to the analysts. Many rankings ask companies to fill out surveys and questionnaires about internal operations and ours relies on what is publically available. That’s because transparency and public commitments help make a company’s sustainability program stronger.

“The 100 Best ranking demonstrates that a company is dedicating resources towards its corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts,” explains Boynton. “Public disclosure allows its stakeholders to gain greater insights into a company’s business practices.”

About the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List:
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List was first published in 1999 in Business Ethics Magazine, and has been managed by CR Magazine since 2007. To compile the list, every company in the Russell 1000, the highest ranked stocks in the Russell 3000 Index of publicly held U.S. companies, is ranked according to 260 data points.

About Corporate Responsibility Magazine: 
3BL Media is the publisher of CR Magazine (www.thecro.com), the leading voice of the corporate responsibility profession and the publisher of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking. Together with the Corporate Responsible Association, CR Magazine presents COMMIT!Forum, Oct. 23-25, 2018, at MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C. The theme is Brands Taking Stands – The Long View.

About 3BL Media
3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through targeted content distribution, multimedia promotions and hands-on learning experiences, 3BL Media amplifies the stories, experiences and perspectives of companies, NGOs and nonprofits through an unrivaled network of corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals, influencers and audiences. Learn more here.

CONTACT: Dave Armon, publisher, darmon@3BLmedia.com or +1.802.444.0177; or Jen Boynton, editor, jboynton@3blmedia.com or +1.628.245.2374, both of CR Magazine

SC Johnson Offers Tips to Help Families Protect Themselves for the Upcoming Mosquito and Tick Season

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 8:06am

A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that instances of tick and mosquito-borne diseases like Zika virus and Lyme disease have increased more than 350 percent since 2004 in the United States. With warmer weather on the horizon and more people heading out of doors, the experts from the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health offer three useful tips to help protect you and your family from mosquitoes that may carry Zika or West Nile virus and ticks that may carry Lyme disease.

“Mosquitoes and ticks are more than just a nuisance, as they can also carry and transmit serious diseases. It’s important that families learn what they can do to reduce their potential risk,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “There is a large body of evidence that suggests an effective way to repel mosquitoes and ticks, and prevent bites, is by using a personal insect repellent with an active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin.”

Choosing the right personal insect repellent and following the instructions on its label will help keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay, allowing more time for making memories outdoors. Consider these three tips from the expert entomologists at the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health. For more information about repellents and mosquitoes, visit www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes.

Tip #1: Select the Right Repellent

Generally, personal insect repellents work by forming a vapor barrier at the skin’s surface that affects the scent receptors in the biting insect, which helps to keep them off treated skin. Repellents come in many forms, including lotions and aerosol sprays, and often contain active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin (also known as, KBR 3023, Icaridin or Saltidin.) Both active ingredients are effective in repelling mosquitoes. However, it is important to note that only insect repellents that contain 201 percent or more DEET or Picaridin are recommended by the CDC to repel ticks and prevent tick bites. Make sure to read the label carefully to determine which insects the product repels.

Generally, the more active ingredient a product contains, the longer it will last. Higher concentrations are appropriate for activities that involve being outside for an extended time, while lower concentrations work well for activities that will keep you outside for only a few hours. Before each application of a personal insect repellent, first read the product label to ensure you’re using it the correct way and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip #2: Apply Repellents Only on Exposed Skin and Clothes

In addition to regularly using an insect repellent, it is important to apply it correctly. Properly applying repellent can be the difference between a good time with family and friends or considering cutting short a fun day outdoors.

Repellents should be used only on exposed skin and clothing to prevent mosquitoes and ticks from biting. For example, if using a personal insect repellent aerosol spray, it is generally recommended to shake the can first, and then hold it 15-20 centimeters, or 6-8 inches, away from exposed skin and clothing. Spray in a slow sweeping motion and apply just enough to cover exposed skin. Applying an excess of repellent doesn’t equate to stronger coverage. Never apply repellents underneath clothing or directly on certain fabrics such as rayon, spandex, acetate or other synthetic fabrics.

Tip #3: Use Caution When Applying to Your Face

To use repellent on your face, apply it to your hands first, and then distribute it over your face and neck. Avoid contact with your eyes, lips and ears. After application, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. Never spray or rub the product over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

Additionally, it is important for the application of personal insect repellents on children to be supervised by an adult. Review the product label for information about child age usage restrictions and be sure to follow the directions for application and use. Start by spraying or applying cream to your own hands first, then apply it to the child.

For more information on things you can do to help protect yourself and your family against mosquitoes, please visit www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes. Additional education materials and resources are available on the site in 13 languages.

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About the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health The SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health – previously known as the SC Johnson Entomology Research Center – was established in 1957. Its main location in Racine, Wisconsin, is one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology research centers. In 2013, SC Johnson expanded its research operations globally, opening the first-of-its-kind research facility in China. Company researchers study and advance the sciences of insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior and toxicology. The Institute also tests pest control formulations and delivery systems to help families protect themselves from insects and the diseases they may carry. Insights from the Institute help SC Johnson in the development of its OFF!®, Raid®, Baygon®, Autan®, AllOut® and other consumer pest control brands that have been trusted by families for generations. For more information, please go to www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes

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

1 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 2, 2018. Preventing Tick Bites. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html

UN Environment, Nordea and Carlsberg on Sustainability Opportunities

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:06am

Business needs progressive leadership if it is to get where it needs to be given the current geopolitical climate which I’m sure your business is tackling this issue.
 
However, many leading global companies see this as an opportunity – that doing the right thing makes good business sense. 
 
We interview senior business leaders and heads of CSR from the UN Environment, Nordea Bank and Carlsberg to understand what the biggest opportunities for sustainability are for 2018 and how they are linking the SDGs, environmental and social impact to commercial success. 
 
Access the complimentary speaker spotlights with the UN Environment, Nordea and Carlsberg here

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Solidia Technologies’ Carbon Footprint-Reducing Cement and Concrete Showcased by Emissions Reduction Alberta at Annual Discovery Conference

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:05pm

 Solidia Technologies® and their sustainable cement and concrete technology traveled to Canada alongside Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to showcase their award-winning carbon footprint-reducing innovation alongside other international sustainable entrepreneurs. Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference and attracts exhibitors and attendees from all across North America.

"We’re thrilled to present our uniquely sustainable cement and concrete systems in Canada, a large market for production and one clearly committed to sustainable innovation,” commented Solidia Technologies Director of Business Development Brian Leary. “We are grateful to ERA for continuing to recognize that our technology is an engine for growth and a smart investment opportunity.”

Solidia Technologies makes it easy and profitable to use carbon dioxide (CO₂) to create superior and sustainable building materials. Solidia’s patented processes reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent at the cement plant and capture another 240 kg of CO2 during cement curing. Combined, the technologies reduce the carbon footprint associated with concrete production up to 70 percent, and reduce water use 60 to 80 percent. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO₂-cured Solidia Concrete™ products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours.

“We invited Solidia to participate with us as an ERA Grand Challenge award-winning innovation. This technology and its target market make it a standout advancement that could have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions worldwide,” said ERA CEO Steve MacDonald. 

Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. Garnering over 3,600 attendees and more than 540 exhibitors in 2017, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water. 

Chosen by ERA’s Board of Directors, after a rigorous process that includes an assessment by a team of external adjudicators and review by an expert advisory panel, Solidia is one of four projects that advanced to the second round of the international ERA Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses. They will receive up to $3 million to accelerate and expand their low-carbon solution over the next two years. The winner of the multi-year competition will be named in 2019. 

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About Solidia Technologies® 
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building and construction materials. Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: 2017 ERA Grand Challenge Second Round Finalist, 2016 Sustainia 100; 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year; 2014 Global Cleantech 100; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge First Round finalist; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist. Follow Solidia at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

About Emissions Reduction Alberta
Emissions Reduction Alberta has evolved from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. They work collaboratively with government, industry and the innovation community to secure a lower carbon future for Alberta. Government provides grants to ERA to enable it to fulfill its mandate. Its funding comes from Alberta’s large emitters who choose to pay into Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.

Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:05pm

Join us for a webinar hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co., where representatives from University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and nonprofit Leaders in Financial Technology (nLIFT) will discuss the potential for technology innovation in the financial services sector – fintech – to increase financial inclusion in the United States.

"Leveraging Technology for Financial Wellness" will explore key trends in fintech investment and adoption – including barriers to adoption – among low- and moderate-income consumers, and the roles that financial institutions, fintech companies, and non-profit intermediaries can play in meeting the needs of underserved consumers.

The webinar will also feature new work from nLIFT around nonprofits leadership in fintech innovations to help facilitate financial inclusion. Register for the webinar today!

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