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JPMorgan Chase Announces $900,000 in Sustainable Infrastructure Investments and Branch Enhancements to Support Detroit’s Economic Recovery

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:16am

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in Detroit. In addition, the firm is retrofitting over 70 percent of Chase branches in the city with LED lights and new Building Management Systems. As part of the firm’s $150 million commitment to Detroit’s long-term economic recovery and building on its commitment to advance sustainable solutions for clients and across its operations, these investments are designed to boost Detroit’s continued economic recovery.

“Sustainable infrastructure is critical to the efficient and continuous operation of small businesses and to revitalizing commercial activity throughout Detroit,” said Matt Arnold, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase. “We firmly believe that sustainability lies at the heart of long-term economic growth and we are excited about bringing our expertise in advancing environmentally sustainable solutions to Detroit.”

"The City of Detroit Office of Sustainability applauds JPMorgan Chase for its leadership in energy and sustainability through their branch retrofits and support of Detroit non-profit organizations,” said Joel Howrani Heeres, Director of Sustainability, City of Detroit. “By expanding the scope of the green infrastructure and green building practices it is engaged in throughout the city, JPMorgan Chase serves as an example of sustainable business in Detroit making an environmental impact that will benefit all Detroiters.”

Highlights of the firm’s sustainability investments in Detroit include:

  • Branch Retrofit: As part of JPMorgan Chase’s collaboration with Current, powered by GE to conduct the world’s largest LED lighting installation and to install Building Management Systems across branches, the firm is retrofitting 13 branches in Detroit. The retrofits of branches across Detroit will cut lighting energy consumption by 50 percent, electric and gas consumption by 15 percent and water consumption from irrigation systems by 20 percent.
  • Eastside Community Network: To help tackle the lack of affordable move-in-ready retail space for small businesses that struggle to manage pollution from storm water, JPMorgan Chase is supporting the acquisition and rehab of vacant commercial properties along the Mack Avenue commercial corridor to revitalize and expand local retail and commercial businesses and attract new businesses to the area. In addition, JPMorgan Chase is supporting the efforts of Eastside Community Network to utilize the vacant space between commercial properties for the development of green infrastructure that can mitigate drainage fees.
  • The Nature Conservancy: JPMorgan Chase is supporting The Nature Conservancy’s work with the City of Detroit and other partners to create a first-of-its-kind Special Purpose District, akin to a Business Improvement District. The creation of a Special Purpose District would provide more cost effective stormwater management services to local businesses and multiple community and environmental benefits to businesses and residents, therefore supporting business retention, growth and employment generation in the dynamic Eastern Market area of the City.
  • Jefferson East: JPMorgan Chase is working with Jefferson East to accelerate the incorporation of green building practices, such as the completion of new green parking lots in vacant land adjacent to commercial properties, into developments along the Jefferson corridor to create commercial spaces that aid minority small business owners.

“Detroit’s Lower Eastside neighborhoods have benefited significantly from the revitalization of our community’s businesses,” said Donna Givens, Chief Executive Officer, Eastside Community Network. “Thanks to JPMorgan Chase’s ongoing financial support and employee volunteering, we will be able to further expand the scope of our organization’s work to help with the development of small businesses along Mack Avenue.”

Today’s announcement builds on past collaboration between JPMorgan Chase and Eastside Community Network, The Nature Conservancy and Jefferson East through the firm’s Service Corps program, which sends top-performing employees from around the world on assignments that allow them to put their skills and expertise to work on behalf of select nonprofit partners. To date, JPMorgan Chase employees have worked with 21 organizations in Detroit through the Service Corps program.

“We are excited to collaborate with JPMorgan Chase on an initiative that can help ensure the sustainable development of Detroit’s east Jefferson corridor,” said Joshua R. Elling, Executive Director, Jefferson East. “Sustainable infrastructure is key to the corridor’s long-term growth and to the creation of equitable economic opportunities for our residents and businesses.”

In July, JPMorgan Chase announced a commitment to source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020 and to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025. This includes retrofitting about 4,500 branches with new technology to cut energy consumption. As part of this commitment, the firm is using its financial resources, insights and expertise to help communities in Detroit and other cities better manage sustainability challenges.

“JPMorgan Chase has been a bedrock supporter for The Nature Conservancy’s work to develop financing structures that deliver environmental and social benefits,” said Valerie Strassberg, Director of Urban Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan. “Building on the foundational guidance we received from the bank’s Detroit Service Corps team last year, this additional support will allow our team to move beyond concept to meaningful analysis and implementation of a stormwater management mechanism at a scale that could be a national model.”

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Ten Emerging Social Initiatives Win 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:16am

The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation, today announced ten winners of the second J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a grant making initiative that invests in early-stage efforts to address pressing social and environmental issues.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize provides each awardee with three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds for technical assistance or targeted project expenses – a total award of $175,000. The Prize focuses especially on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding. This year, applicants responded to rapidly shifting challenges in communities across America through efforts that promise profound social impacts.

“When we envisioned this second round of the Prize, we could not have imagined it would coincide with an unprecedented remaking of America’s political landscape,” said Peter Davidson, Chairman of the J.M. Kaplan Fund Board of Trustees. “Today’s entrepreneurs are sending a clear message that many institutions have failed to solve our most persistent social problems. These innovators are reimagining how to bring change across the country using new technologies, collaboration across sectors, and even socially-minded for-profit tools.”

This year’s pool of 1,193 applications — representing 49 states — addressed an array of needs across the Fund’s three focus areas: The Environment – Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change; Heritage Conservation – Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places; and Social Justice – Supporting common-sense criminal justice and labor reform, as well as humane treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S.

The ten 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize winners are:

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Swapna Reddy & Elizabeth Willis, New York – ASAP uses creative lawyering, an innovative model of remote representation, and large-scale volunteer mobilization to take on and win cases for refugee mothers and their families across the country. See: asap.urbanjustice.org

The California Harvesters, Carmen Rojas, California – The California Harvesters, the nation’s first farm worker trust, allows workers and farm owners to co-create employment standards, provide worker-ownership opportunities, and pave the way for greater economic security for immigrant farmworkers. See: theworkerslab.com

Coral Vita, Gator Halpern & Sam Teicher, Washington, DC and San Diego, CA – Seeking to restore the world’s imperiled coral reefs, Coral Vita is leveraging for-profit tools to build a network of high-tech coral farms. By growing resilient corals and transplanting them into threatened reefs, they aim to preserve ocean biodiversity and support communities. See: coralvita.co

Esq. Apprentice, Rachel Johnson-Farias, California – The high cost of law school has long kept qualified, talented students with low incomes out of the profession. Esq. Apprentice creates a no-cost pipeline for low-income youth of color to become fully licensed attorneys through California’s legal apprenticeship program. See: esqapprentice.com

Get Media L.I.T., Tony Weaver Jr., Georgia – Get Media L.I.T. combats media misrepresentation of minority groups through a media literacy learning tool that empowers African American students to debunk stereotypes and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. See: lit.weirdenoughproductions.com

Ho'oulu Pacific, David Walfish, Hawaii – Ho‘oulu Pacific aims to improve self-sufficiency and holistic health in the Pacific Islands. Their “distributed agriculture” model uses aquaponic systems at small, household farms to grow fish and vegetables, which are redistributed to local communities in need of affordable, healthy food. See: hooulupacific.org

The Industrial Commons, Sara Chester & Molly Hemstreet, Western North Carolina – In a rural area with a proud but declining manufacturing tradition, The Industrial Commons connects youth retention, cultural heritage, and economic revival by engaging younger worker-owners to preserve the region’s craft-production knowledge before it’s lost. See: theindustrialcommons.org

Jolt, Cristina Tzintzun, Texas – Jolt is pioneering a Latino youth-led movement across Texas to fight for stronger immigrant protections, economic and racial justice, and a more inclusive democratic process for communities. See: jolttx.org

Neighborhood Opportunity and Accountability Board, David Muhammad, California – NOAB proposes a new model of youth justice. Through a system of neighborhood-based boards governed by principles of positive youth development, they seek to re-route resources spent on locking youth up, and instead invest in young people and their communities. See: nicjr.org

Rising Tides, Victoria Herrmann, Washington, DC – Rising Tides brings expertise on climate adaptation and cultural heritage directly to vulnerable communities to save America’s histories, traditions, and cultures. See: thearcticinstitute.org

Photographs and videos of the winners are available on the Fund’s website at jmkfund.org

Follow the Innovation Prize on Twitter and Instagram @TheJMKaplanFund

About The J.M. Kaplan Fund

The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a 72-year-old New York City-based family foundation, champions inventive giving that supports transformative social, environmental and cultural causes. In 2015, the Fund launched The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, seeking to elevate visionary, early-stage innovations. The Prize currently runs on a biennial schedule. For more information, visit: http://www.jmkfund.org/

For interviews or additional information about The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, please contact: Jeff Weintraub, 202-403-7695, jeff@weintraubcomms.com; or Jenny Lawhorn, 202-821-8898, jenny@silverbee.com.

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Contacts:

Jeff Weintraub
Phone: 202-403-7695
Email: jeff@weintraubcomms.com

Jenny Lawhorn
Phone: 202-821-8898
Email: jenny@silverbee.com

SC Johnson Unveils ‘Carnaúba: Tree of Life’ Exhibit at Museum of Industry in Fortaleza, Brazil

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:16am

For more than 80 years, the carnaúba palm has been a symbol representing the State of Ceará in Brazil, yet for SC Johnson, it also symbolizes the company’s success and long-term commitment to preserving the country’s natural resources. Today, in partnership with the Museum of Industry in Fortaleza, Brazil, Social Service of Industry (SESI) and Federation of Industry of Ceará (FIEC), SC Johnson proudly opened the “Carnaúba: Tree of Life” exhibit highlighting the importance of the carnaúba palm tree in Brazil.

“My grandfather’s journey in 1935 marked the beginning of our company’s relationship with Brazil­­ – a strong bond that continues to this day,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are committed to protecting the environment and the sustainability of the carnaúba palm. We are proud to sponsor this exhibit to highlight the history, its importance in the region and our long-standing legacy in Brazil.” 

The “Carnaúba: Tree of Life” exhibit presents the family company’s long history with the region, which began when third-generation leader H.F. Johnson, Jr. traveled to Fortaleza in pursuit of a permanent reserve of carnaúba wax, which was the principle ingredient in the company’s products at that time. The trip originated from SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. Two years after the trip, the company opened a factory in Brazil and became the first company to refine carnaúba wax – and it also became the first manufacturing company in Brazil to fund and encourage research on the carnaúba palm. In 1998, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson and his sons, including fifth-generation and current leader Fisk Johnson, retraced the original historic expedition.

As the exhibit opens to the public, guests will experience the history of the carnaúba palm, its industrialization and the unique role the company has played to ensure its sustainability for future generations.

“We are honored to partner with SC Johnson,” said Luis Carlos Sabadia, Museum of Industry in Fortaleza (SESI). “The company has been a leader in helping preserve our natural resources for decades, and sponsoring this exhibit showcases their deep ties and continued support for the area.”

A Legacy of Commitment to Brazil

SC Johnson has operated in Brazil for more than 80 years. In addition to a vibrant commercial business regionally headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and a factory in Manaus, the company has been a leader in helping protect Brazil’s environment and resources for decades. For example, the company’s manufacturing plant in Manaus has achieved zero waste to landfill status, a protocol estimated to keep some 91 tons of refuse out of Brazilian landfills each year.  

SC Johnson also contributed to the protection of two reserves in Brazil’s Caatinga ecoregion in the 1990s. The company’s work and contributions to Conservation International (CI) have also conserved more than 100,000 acres of land – much of that in the Amazon region. In October 2017, the company announced, together with CI, its support for the world’s largest tropical reforestation project to restore nearly 70,000 acres in the Brazilian Amazon.

Commercial and Sustainable Impact

SC Johnson has not only played a significant role in protecting the environment in the region, it also increased the export of carnaúba wax to international markets and created a new industry based on the processing of the wax raw materials. Following the original carnaúba expedition in 1935, SC Johnson went on to open a carnaúba processing plant in Fortaleza in 1937 and a plantation at Repose in Ceará in 1938, to serve as a research center for the growing, harvesting and refining of carnaúba and other waxy palms. The 400-acre plantation was later donated to the Escola de Agronomic of the University of Ceará for the continued study of the trees.

SC Johnson’s critical role in modernizing wax extraction and its investment, research and streamlining of the manufacturing process is also documented in this multisensory exhibit, which will feature interactive scenery and explain the carnaúba palm’s important role in the region’s habitat, socio-cultural norms, and its economy.

The “Carnaúba: Tree of Life” exhibit will be open to the public from Nov.17, 2017 through Oct. 2018.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

What's Hot - and What's NOT - in Workplace Giving Technology

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:16am

New research by Deloitte shows that nearly 9 out of 10 working Americans believe that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those that do not, and 77 percent say that volunteering is essential to employee well-being. But companies by and large are still struggling to get the full benefit from employee volunteering programs. How can we use technology to make it fun, easy and compelling to activate and engage employees in community efforts?

In this 45-minute Q&A format Town Hall, you’ll get a glimpse into what’s happening now in innovative workplace giving technology, plus ask questions and get advice on some of your most pressing technology challenges. You’ll learn:

  • What’s happening in technology today that promises to make it easier to do more good and seamlessly give to more causes than ever before 

  • Fun ideas for managing volunteers, shift schedules, and pre- and post-event logistics (including those much loved / equally hated post-event surveys!) 

  • How advancements in reporting and events management can save program managers up to 1.5 days a week in administrative time

  • Why new ways of thinking about systems are making it possible for small businesses to take advantage of workplace giving and volunteering (finally!) 

Join Laura Plato, President & COO of Causecast, for an engaging shared learning experience featuring real use cases from customers using Causecast’s Community Impact and Impact AI platforms, listed in “HR Technologies to Watch” in 2016 and 2017.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2uyfAtd

Bryan Sheehan Is Tapped as Director of Quantis US

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:14pm

The environmental sustainability consulting group Quantis is proud to announce the appointment of Bryan Sheehan as the new Director, Quantis US, effective immediately. In this role, Bryan will pursue the solid growth and expansion of Quantis in the US. He will lead the US branch strategy and team, develop client relationships and solutions, and join Quantis’ Leadership Team.

“Bryan is exactly what Quantis was looking for to fill this key role. He brings a highly valuable set of skills – strategic vision, team leadership, marketing acumen and sustainability expertise – that will only strengthen an already exceptional team of talents in the US,” says Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin. “We have been on a solid growth trajectory in the US and Bryan is the person who will take us to the next level so we can continue to guide our clients as they build resilient business models.”

Bryan’s experience comes from previous sustainability consulting roles as well as extensive experience in the field of medical technology. He joins Quantis from sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies where he was a Senior Advisor for the past four years, managing key client relationships and delivering consulting services.

“I am truly honored to join the Quantis team. I was drawn to Quantis because of their impressive foundation in science, their reputation for the exceptional quality of work and client relationships, their international leadership; and, of course, thanks to the passionate, collaborative Quantis spirit,” the newly-appointed US Director Bryan Sheehan says, explaining his move. “I see both a tremendous opportunity and a need for continued advancement of business sustainability in the US. It is clear that industry must take a more science-based approach and aim for even bolder goals to truly achieve resilient, sustainable change. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the outstanding US team in this critical mission.”

Bryan takes the reins of Quantis US from Jon Dettling, who after serving as US Director for the past 10 years, will move to his role of Global Director, Services + Innovation. In this newly created position, Jon will lead the continued development and diversification of Quantis’ portfolio of services and will focus on bringing to market innovative solutions and initiatives that are targeted to sustainability change makers.

"At Quantis, we see innovation as a constant component in pursuing our mission with our clients – to deliver custom solutions adapted to their needs and speeds,” Global Director, Services + Innovation Jon Dettling explains. “Our most ambitious clients are not talking about today – they are focused on tomorrow and beyond. They need more and we’re going to provide them with the innovative solutions - powered by science - that are going to take them further, faster.

Both Bryan and Jon will work together in the Boston office and Bryan will join Jon as a member of the Quantis Leadership Team.

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About Quantis

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. In a nutshell, our creative geeks take the latest science and make it actionable. Our team of talents delivers resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications for a more sustainable future.

A sustainability consulting group known for our metrics-based approach to sustainability, Quantis has offices in the US, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Colombia and has a diverse client portfolio that spans the globe, including AccorHotels, BASF, Danone, the European Commission, GE, General Mills, Intel, Kering, the Kraft Heinz Company, L’Oréal, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Unilever, Veolia and more.

We are Quantis: sustainability’s scientists, experts, strategists, innovators and visionaries.

(re)discover Quantis at www.quantis-intl.com

Corporate Philanthropy Institute Addresses ‘Purposeful Action in a Changing World' at Feb. 12 Event

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:14pm

On Feb. 12, 2018, the Corporate Philanthropy Institute, presented by Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will explore how companies and corporate responsibility professionals can uphold their inherent values during changing times. 

The event, titled “The Value Proposition: Purposeful Action in a Changing World,” will be held at the University of California – San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center. Speakers will include Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company that catapulted corporate social responsibility into the public eye three decades ago, and representatives from Google.org, the Levi Strauss Foundation and more. The event is expected to attract more than 150 professionals working in corporate citizenship and philanthropy across the globe. Sessions will engage participants in big ideas and then break concepts down into usable strategies, approaches and actionable plans.

Speakers include:

  • Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s

  • Leila Janah, Founder of Samasource

  • Olivia Khalili, Director at Oath for Good (formerly Yahoo!)

  • Daniel Lee, Executive Director at Levi Strauss Foundation

  • Eric Olson, Senior Vice President at Business for Social Responsibility

  • Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO, Give2Asia

  • Sasha Buscho, Principal at Google.org

  • Nicolette Van Exel, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Intuit

The day’s sessions include:

  • Trends and opportunities in global giving and CSR

  • Threading worker’s rights through the supply chain

  • Living our values in turbulent times

The day’s activities will also include announcement of the 2018 Corporate Responsibility Impact Awards winners. Nominations for this prestigious recognition are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2018. Candidates may be nominated for company of the year, practitioner of the year and/or emerging practitioner of the year recognition. 

The event is open to members of Northern California Grantmakers, member clients of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and non-affiliated corporate funders and CSR professionals. For more information and to register, visit corpphilanthropyinstitute.org.

The Platinum level sponsor of the 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Institute is Verizon. Gold-level sponsors are Gilead, PG&E and Wells Fargo. Genentech and Workday are silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors are eBay, Google and Target. Donor sponsors are Equinix, Kaiser Permanente, Singularity University, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.

Field to Market Honors Kellogg Company, Syngenta, The Nature Conservancy and Arkansas Rice Farmer Jennifer James With 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:14am

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture last night announced the recipients of its prestigious 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards. The Alliance honored Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy with the 2017 Collaboration of the Year Award and presented the 2017 Farmer of the Year Award to Arkansas rice farmer Jennifer James.

In their inaugural year, the awards—presented as the capstone of the Alliance’s fall meeting—recognize farmers and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding sustainability leadership through their efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture.

Collaboration of the Year
Recognizing outstanding collaboration and cross-sector partnership in advancing continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture at the field and landscape level, this year’s recipients of the Collaboration of the Year Award were honored for their collective efforts to deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay.

“Field to Market member organizations are continuously seeking better ways to engage and equip farmers and suppliers with resources to make lasting change for agriculture, society and our planet,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “Together, Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy are working to create a more sustainable supply chain by helping farmers document and demonstrate how conservation practices enhance natural resource management and support water quality both in Saginaw Bay and the larger Great Lakes watershed.”

By coordinating efforts through the Kellogg Origins™ Great Lakes Wheat Fieldprint Project, these partners are taking steps towards helping farmers make their fields more resilient and improve their bottom line, while improving the lands and waters of Saginaw Bay for generations to come.

Farmer of the Year
The Farmer of the Year Award, which is Field to Market’s highest honor for commodity crop producers, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of a farmer who is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture through outstanding conservation and stewardship efforts on their farm and sharing best practices with their peers. This year’s award was given to Jennifer James, a fourth-generation rice farmer from Newport, Arkansas.

“Jennifer manages her family’s 6,000-acre farm with sustainability at the center of her decision making and an eye toward future generations,” said Snyder. “Her leadership and commitment to sustainable agriculture is marked by her steadfast dedication to conserving natural resources and instituting practices that provide wildlife habitat while benefiting soil, water and air quality.”

The winners of the Farmer of the Year and Collaboration of the Year are selected by Field to Market’s Board of Directors and the Alliance’s Awards and Recognition Committee. All recipients demonstrate leadership in the pursuit of continuous improvement, resulting in measurable results and significant impact on both agriculture and the environment.

Learn more about the 2017 Sustainability Leadership Award winners at www.fieldtomarket.org/awards.

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Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 130 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.5 trillion. For more information, visit www.fieldtomarket.org and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FieldtoMarket.

INDIGENOUS Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Peru, and the World

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:13pm

The global movement toward gender equality is incomplete without addressing the fashion industry’s supply chain violence against women. 75% of garment workers are women, and violence is a widespread epidemic. The right to live free from violence is a basic human right and women across the world are speaking up. Hoping to spread their ethical supply chain values from Peru to the rest of the world, INDIGENOUS is leveraging its top-selling Holiday 2017 styles to benefit Global Fund for Women.

Ten percent of INDIGENOUS’ profits generated from twelve curated styles will go directly to fund Global Fund for Women's new learning collaborative to eradicate violence in the fashion industry supply chain. The initiative, led by Global Fund for Women, C&A Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Gender at Work, aims to address rampant gender-based violence in traditional fashion supply chains.

According to a recent study, in Bangladesh, up to 75% of women garment workers have experienced verbal abuse, 20% physical abuse, and 30% psychological abuse. In India, 60% of female factory workers have experienced harassment.

C&A Foundation and NoVo Foundation have pledged millions to this initiative, which will find, fund, and strengthen organizations and individuals working to end gender-based violence against women workers in South Asia, with a focus on major apparel sourcing countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The initiative will support women garment workers to learn about their rights, realize their own power to secure these rights, and become leaders to create systemic change.

INDIGENOUS is at the forefront of the ethical fashion industry, advocating for human rights and environmental preservation for over 20 years. Their non-traditional supply chain is built upon fair trade practices, women-based knitting groups, and programs that lift up artisan communities. A longtime advocate for supply chain transparency, INDIGENOUS is supporting this initiative, believing it to be the most effective and far-reaching way to empower women garment workers across the world. 

“We’re thrilled to have the support of such a reputable fashion brand as Indigenous for our initiative,” said Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. “Ending violence against women garment workers will require collaboration, resources, and passionate new advocates, and Indigenous brings even more.” 

This unique campaign will occur online, and in specialty retail stores across the United States, launching during the holiday season and culminating on Black Friday, 2017. Supporting Global Fund for Women is part of INDIGENOUS’ #HolidayWithPurpose campaign, which encourages consumers to shop and gift items that benefit our planet and communities this holiday season.  

About Indigenous

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

About Global Fund for Women

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

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

Swarovski Supports Trust Conference to Advance Women’s Rights and Fight Slavery

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:13pm

For the fourth consecutive year Swarovski is supporting Trust Conference (November 15 – 16), which brings together thought leaders and change makers to find real solutions to empower women, fight slavery and advance human rights worldwide.

Trust Conference is an annual event in London gathering over 700 delegates from around the world to discuss women’s rights, women’s empowerment, modern-day slavery and forced labor. Founded in 2012 as Trust Women, the event has changed its name to Trust Conference to reflect its wider focus on all human rights issues, while keeping women’s rights and anti-slavery at its core.

With Swarovski’s support, Trust Conference (organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters) has created a dynamic platform for global corporations, lawyers, government representatives and pioneers for human rights to come together and shed light on these pressing issues. Over the two-day event, delegates will engage in thought-provoking discussions, share their expertise, propose innovative solutions and, most importantly, commit to taking ambitious actions to create real change.

Key speakers at this year’s conference include, Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge; John Morrison, Chief Executive of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Nazir Afzal, Former Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales.

Swarovski and Trust Conference share common values. As a company with a largely female customer base and workforce, Swarovski actively seeks to promote women’s empowerment — both among its employees and in the wider community. The company is committed to conducting business in a lawful and ethical manner and to protecting the right of all individuals to be free from slavery and any kind of forced labor in the workplace.

Swarovski recognizes that the private sector has a key role to play in building a sustainable future for all. The company’s support for Trust Conference forms part of its drive to align its sustainability efforts with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly working towards gender equality.

For more information about Swarovski’s sustainability strategy, please visit www.swarovskigroup.com/S/aboutus/Sustainability.en.html

For more information about Trust Conference, please visit www.trustconference.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Swarovski has a 120-year heritage of responsibility – we think in generations, not quarters. We aim to be a leader in sustainability, performing in greener and fairer ways to ensure we create a positive impact in society and thrive long into the future.

  • We align our efforts with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, commit to the United Nations Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

  • We are part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group, supporting UN Women in its mission for gender equality.

  • Across the business we promote a healthy work-life balance, equal access to career advancement and development opportunities, and the option of flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

  • We are creating a more diverse and inclusive leadership through mentoring and leadership programs.

  • We have used internationally recognized standards, including EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) certification to assess the internal landscape of gender equality in our Austrian headquarters.

  • On International Women’s Day 2017, Swarovski colleagues globally pledged their support to advance gender equality.

  • We work closely with the Swarovski Foundation to support on-the-ground efforts with charity partners that provide access to training, education and economic opportunities, which lead to empowered roles in society for women. 

Swarovski
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact. www.swarovskigroup.com

Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Thomson Reuters Foundation acts to promote the highest standards in journalism and spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide. The organisation runs initiatives that inform, connect and empower people around the world: access to free legal assistance, editorial coverage of the world’s under-reported news, media development and training, and the Trust Conference.

New Survey Shows Strong Global Support for Green Energy

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:13pm

The backing for green energy is clear. In the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted, 82% favour a world being fully powered by green energy. The support comes from all surveyed age groups, educational backgrounds and countries. Perhaps most surprisingly, there’s strong support from all political segments. The Green Energy Barometer, conducted by Edelman Intelligence, is based on interviews with more than 26,000 people across 13 countries.

And there’s every reason to go full speed ahead, says Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Ørsted:

“We’re at a tipping point. Green energy has become cheaper than black, and the newly released Green Energy Barometer shows an overwhelming public support for a shift from black to green. We owe it to the planet and to future generations to transform our energy systems from black to green. And with the economics and public opinion now supporting a shift to renewable energy, there’s no reason not to speed up the transformation.”

Not just climate change – also a matter of growth and job creation

Concern about climate change is a major driver for support of green energy, with 69% globally being concerned about the impact of climate change. However, backing for renewables is also heavily rooted in a range of economic and societal benefits. More than seven in ten of those surveyed believe that it will boost economic growth and create new jobs if their respective countries were to build and produce more green energy.

An energy company taking action

The survey is released by the energy company Ørsted, headquartered in Denmark. Over the past ten years, the company has transformed from one of the most coal- and oil-intensive European utilities to the greenest energy company in Europe. By deciding to stop using coal, selling its oil and gas production and building the world’s largest offshore wind business, the company is today dedicated to green energy. During the last six years, Ørsted helped reduce the cost of offshore wind power by 63% and by 2023, it will have reduced its carbon emissions by 96% compared to 2006.

Download the full Green Energy Barometer here: orsted.com/barometer  
And join the conversation on social media: #takegreenaction

About the survey

Research was completed on behalf of Ørsted by Edelman Intelligence, a global insights and consultancy firm. Online interviews were conducted with controlled sample to ensure a nationally representative sample of the online population in each country surveyed. The respondents were segmented according to age, gender, country and income.

In total 26,401 interviews were conducted in 13 markets (Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA). More than 2,000 interviews were conducted in each country, and fieldwork was carried out from 28 July-1 September 2017.

Kansas City Chiefs “Go Nuts” Over a Compostable Peanut Bag

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:13pm

Football season is in full swing and the Kansas City Chiefs are going the extra yard by scoring a major victory for the environment. Thanks to a collaboration between BASF, Aramark and Hampton Farms, Arrowhead Stadium will become the first-ever professional sports venue to sell a pre-packed compostable peanut bag.

The compostable peanut bag is part of the Chiefs’ environmental initiative, “Extra Yard for the Environment,” which is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Chiefs, while also raising awareness for sustainability efforts at Arrowhead Stadium. Debuting at the November 26th game, the compostable peanut bag will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending, with the goal of expanding to other areas of Arrowhead Stadium following the pilot phase.

Why the need for a compostable peanut bag?

Snack food packaging comes in many different forms. With more than 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in concessions at Arrowhead Stadium each year, the Chiefs approached Aramark, the team’s general concessionaire, about finding ways to further advance the “Extra Yard for the Environment” program and Arrowhead’s waste-diversion methods.

When it comes to selling peanuts, Aramark’s roots run deep. The company’s founder began selling peanuts out of his car in 1932, laying the foundation for what would eventually become snack vending. Aramark now sells more than 1.1 million bags of peanuts annually at sporting events and, once again, is playing a role in transforming how peanuts are sold.

“With peanuts being among the best-selling snack foods at sports events, the introduction of this compostable peanut bag is a potential game-changer,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “As the Chiefs partner and a food and beverage services industry leader, we’re proud to be at the forefront of driving innovative solutions that decrease our environmental impact and enhance the game day experience.”

The development process.

To tackle this challenge, Aramark asked BASF to draw up a game plan to divert peanut bags from the landfill. Working with Hampton Farms, they converted all parties of the supply chain, from the packaging converter to composter, to deliver a compostable peanut bag for Arrowhead Stadium.

As part of the 18-month developmental process, BASF worked with Missouri Organic Recycling to test packaging prototypes to ensure that the final product meets Missouri Organic’s stringent composting guidelines for quality and safety. The end product is the first-of-its-kind commercially available peanut bag to be made from BASF’s certified compostable ecovio® biopolymer and Epotal® adhesive.

“Over the past few years we have put an increased focus on our sustainability program, Extra Yard for the Environment, and have worked to find new, innovative ways to reduce our organization’s carbon footprint,” said Chiefs Vice President of Stadium Operations Brandon Hamilton. “We have received tremendous support from our partners, such as Aramark, and have been fortunate to work with people and organizations like BASF and Hampton Farms who are dedicated to helping us meet our goals. We are excited to unveil this product, as we believe it will have a positive impact on our efforts in Arrowhead Stadium and will also spread to other venues to make a positive change within the industry.”

“As the largest roaster of peanuts for the sports and entertainment industry, our customers are interested in reducing landfill waste,” said Rick McGee, Vice President of Sales, Hampton Farms. “This bag represents an exciting future for us as well as for our customers.”

“We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to snack producers and users of flexible packaging that compostable is a viable waste-reduction strategy,” stated Paul Kearns, Business Development Manager, BASF.

For a press photo, please click on the following link:  https://www.basf.com/press-photos/us/en/photos/2017/11/11-14-17_PeanutBag.jpg

Suggested photo caption: 

Arrowhead Stadium vendors will begin selling compostable peanut bags to fans in the Chiefs Kingdom on Nov 26.


About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Hampton Farms

Hampton Farms is the #1 brand of in-shell peanuts in the United States.  Headquartered in Severn, North Carolina, the company has a true seed to shelf story, selling peanut seed to American farmers and working with them throughout the growing season to ensure the best quality peanuts. Products include in-shell Virginia and Valencia peanuts, shelled peanuts and tree nuts, and nut butters. The company also sells self-service nut butter mills for freshly ground peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter.  Hampton Farms currently roasts and packages in facilities in North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Texas, producing peanut and tree nut based products for retailers, stadiums and other food manufacturers.  Look for Hampton Farms in-shell peanuts at the stadium or in the Fresh Produce Department of your local supermarket.

About Extra Yard for the Environment

Established in 2011, the Kansas City Chiefs Extra Yard for the Environment program is designed to integrate environmentally friendly principles with the sound management of a world-class sports organization and facilities. The Chiefs are committed to environmental sustainability at Arrowhead Stadium, The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex, in the community, and encourage Chiefs fans to actively participate in positively impacting the environment. Over the last five years, Kansas City’s Extra Yard for the Environment efforts have resulted in an average annual diversion rate of 44%, keeping more than 600,000 pounds of waste material generated at Arrowhead Stadium out of landfills each year.

American Apparel Launches New Pencils of Promise Collection to Support Literacy in Developing Countries

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:12pm

American Apparel has launched a capsule collection  of hoodies, t-shirts and bags in support of Pencils of Promise (POP) to fund the construction of schools and provide support for teachers in developing nations. POP is a US-based not-for-profit organization that works to increase access to education and raise global awareness of child illiteracy as there are 250 million children worldwide who lack basic reading, writing and math skills.

We are a proud supporter of Pencils of Promise, who have already helped over 70,000 students to gain access to quality education through infrastructure projects and literacy programming,” said Mike Hoffman, President, Gildan’s Printwear division, owner of the American Apparel® brand. “As the surest path out of poverty, education opens up possibilities for these children to move towards a better life and a more hopeful future. It is one of the most powerful weapons that we can use to change the world.”

With the message ‘250 million kids can’t read this’, American Apparel’s new capsule collection represents a commitment of U.S. $200,000 to build new educational infrastructure, improve classroom environments and provide support for teachers. The goal of this initiative is to foster a conversation around the need for better quality education, inciting consumers to take a position on child literacy and become passionate about increasing children’s opportunities for a brighter future.

The collaboration between American Apparel and Pencils of Promise is designed to raise awareness and support for child literacy, inspiring generations of globally conscious and impact-oriented consumers to help students in developing countries have the same access to quality education that they received. 

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, American Apparel®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds®, and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Media Inquiries:

Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

2nd Berlin ESG Investments & Green Finance Forum 2017

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 9:11am

2nd Berlin ESG Investments & Green Finance Forum 2017. Connecting Green Finance with Sustainable Brands  Topic: "ESG Investments in Digitalization, Clean Energy & Sustainable Brands as Growth Drivers towards a Low Carbon Economy". Forum dedicated Website: http://sustainabilityforum.de  

Berlin 14.11.2017 - Location: IBB, Conference Center, Bundesallee 210,10719, Berlin

Forum Metrics: 16 int. speakers from 7 countries (Germany, USA, UK, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Greece) & 10 partners  

FORUM PROGRAM - AGENDA: Speeches - Panels: 16.00 - 20.00. Networking Reception: 20.00 - 21.30 

- 15.30 - 16.00: Registration- Warming Up  

- 16.00- 16.10: Welcome / Introductory Remarks: Volker Weber, President, FNG,  & Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH   

16.10 - 17.10: 1st Panel: ESG Sustainable Investments & Green Finance Trends Panel with Q & A 

Panels Moderator: Detlev Glow, Head of EMEA Research, Thomson Reuters Lipper   

Panel Speakers: 

  • Kristina Jeromin, Head of Group Sustainability, Deutsche Börse (Germany) 

  • Claudia Tober, Managing Director, FNG Forum (Germany) 

  • Marius Cara, D. Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank (Luxemburg)  

  • Kostis Tselenis, Head of Investments, Quadia (Switzerland)

  • Jean-Florent, Head of FI Business Development, Trucost (S&P Dow Jones Indices)

  • Greg Lowe, Global Head of Resilience & Sustainability, AON (UK) 

17.10 - 17.25: 1st Keynote Speech: Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain Group, Yannis Salavopoulos, Managing Director, Global Sustain GmbH (CEO, CCG GmbH) on the "Future of ESG Responsible Investments & Green Finance. From Theory to Praxis. A disruptive Approach" 

17.25 - 17.40: 2nd Keynote Speech: Claudia Tober, Managing Director, FNG on "ESG Responsible Investments Market Trends in Germany & DACH Region"  

17.40 - 18.40 - 2nd Connecting ESG Investments & Green Finance with Sustainable Brands Panel with Q & A 

Panel speakers:

  • Dr. Maja Göpel, General Secretary, German Advisory Council on Global Change - Scientific Council of the Federal Government of Germany 

  • Christian Pech, Director IBB & Regional Chairman IBF 

  • Peter Koegler,  Director Corporate & Ecosystem Finance, Conservation International  

  • March Weissberger, CFO, Climate KIC 

  • Markus Schwaniger, CFO, Ecoligo GmbH  

18.40 - 18.50: Closing speech: Marius Cara, Deputy Head of Investor Relations, European Investment Bank (Luxemburg)  

18.50 - 19.00: Sum up + Conclusions  

19.00 onwards: Networking Reception with Buffett  

For further information or for registration of journalists, media, diplomats, public servants, please contact and register for free under:
international.affairs@globalsustain.org

SC Johnson Korea Named Best Workplace for the 1st Time

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 6:11pm

SC Johnson announced today that the Great Place to Work® Institute has recognized SC Johnson Korea as one of the 35 Best Workplaces in Korea. This is the first time SC Johnson Korea has been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list. The award and placement in the rankings is attributed to high scores in the Trust Index and the Employee Feedback section of the Institute’s assessment.

“This achievement underscores the hard work of the SC Johnson Korea team and their dedication to living our values,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are proud of this honor and congratulate the team on being ranked for the first time.”

The Korea team joins SC Johnson Venezuela, France, Germany, Poland, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Central America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Australia, Brazil and Rio on the 2017 list of Best Workplaces. Regional Best Workplace awards for the company’s Europe and Latin America operations have also been announced this year.

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” and in 2017 received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

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About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

10th Annual Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:10pm

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's Film Festival is the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. The 2018 Film Festival—the tenth annual—is presented by Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC); winners will be honored at the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, being held April 8-10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

The Film Festival is open to all companies regardless of size or location. To participate, an organization is asked to submit a short film depicting one or more aspects of a recent corporate citizenship initiative. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Film Festival has received more than 450 submissions. Among last year’s winning entries were films that featured breakthroughs in environmental sustainability, partnerships in STEM education, and the first medical drone delivery system.

IMPORTANT 2018 FILM FESTIVAL INFORMATION

  • Submission period: Films, in the form of video uploads, will be accepted November 13, 2017 to January 19, 2018.

  • Eligibility—All companies are eligible to participate regardless of size or location, including both members and non-members of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Entry for Center members is FREE; the entry fee for non-members is $1,500.

  • Length and File Format—Films are required to be less than three minutes in length and submitted in one of the following formats: .AVI, .FLV, .MP4, .MPG, .MOV, .FLV, .WMV

    • Categories—Winners are awarded in the following categories:

      • Small Company (1 - 5,000 employees*)

      • Medium Company (5,000 - 30,000 employees*)

      • Large Company (30,000+ employees*)

      • Fan Favorite

      • Best in Show

* We define employee as a person your company employs for wages or salary; this includes Full-Time employees, Part-Time employees, Temporary employees, and Independent Contractors or Freelancers.

  • Public voting: Open to the general public, voting will take place online through the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship website from January 29 through February 19, 2018. All submissions will be narrowed down to the field down to nine finalists, three per size category; public voting determines the Fan Favorite winner.

  • Judging: The finalists will be reviewed by a panel of judges to choose a winner of each size category, as well as the Best in Show winner. Judging is based on content and storytelling, production quality, and alignment with the participating company’s overall corporate citizenship objectives.

  • Winner announced: Winners will be announced on April 8, during the 2018 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, which is being held on April 8-10, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Finalists must be present to win.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

Click here to submit your film to the 2018 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.

QUESTIONS:

If you have questions, please email filmfestival@bc.edu.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) is a leader in the field of corporate citizenship helping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals maximize business and social value through tools and knowledge enabling them to achieve more through environmental, social, and governance investments. Founded in 1985, the Center draws on the community of professionals, original research, and resources of the Boston College Carroll School of Management. The membership-supported organization engages more than 10,000 individuals annually across its network of more than 430 member companies. For more information, visit ccc.bc.edu.

25% Discount to Companies Vs Climate Change; Miami 11/29-12/1

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Two weeks left…Register Today!
Companies Vs Climate Change: USA
Use 25% discount code P100CSE when registering on the website.

Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017
Hyatt Regency Miami
“The B2B Climate Solutions Event”
Register: www.solveclimatechange.com
Contact: jason@solveclimatechange.com 

Speakers from: TD Bank, Walmart, Nikola Motor Company, Mars, Autodesk, Ingersoll Rand, NSF, Wyndham Worldwide, GM, Renewable Choice Energy, Helly Hansen, Smithfield Foods, Trucost, Danone, Interface, DSM, Walgreens, Ford, Rainforest Alliance, Biogen, Bechtel and AMD.

Here are some of the featured speakers…

Emerging Technologies, Advanced Fuels Strategies & Implementation for The Transportation Industry.

Scott Perry
Chief Operating Officer, Nikola Motor Company

Walmart’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and Project Gigaton

Zach Freeze
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, Walmart

Sustainable Supply Chain Panel

Moderator:

Joe Berman
Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Senior Consultant
Arcadis

Panelists:

Michelle Albanese
Manager Corporate Responsibility
TD Bank
 

Alex Morgan
Global Director, Markets Transformation
Rainforest Alliance

Science-based Targets: Not All Climate Goals Are Created Equal

Justin Murrill
Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability, AMD
Nicole Labutong
Technical Manager, CDP 

Johanna Jobin
Director, Global EHS & Sustainability
Biogen

GM'S Renewable Energy Efforts and The RE100

Rob Threlkeld
Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors
Driving Large-Scale Initiatives That Positively Impact Our Environment

John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens

Susan Lorenz-Fisher
Director of Sustainability, AmerisourceBergen

Kevin Flood, CEO, The Astor Company 

Panel: Communicating Climate Change

Moderator:
Kristina Joss
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP 

Panelists:
Lisa Manley
Sr Director, Sustainability, Engagement & Partnerships 

Christine Needles
Senior Director, Global Communications & PR
Interface
 

Hugh Welsh
President, General Counsel & Secretary
DSM North America

Actions Being Taken By Ford To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Emitted From Products, Operations, Supply Chain And Future Business Models

Mary A. Wroten, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company

CSR: A Change Agent For Good
Faith Taylor
SVP CSR/Sustainability, Wyndham Worldwide

Cutting-Edge Business Performance Metrics Revealed at Sustainable Brands New Metrics ‘17

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Members of the Sustainable Brands® community gather in Philadelphia to kick off the 7th annual New Metrics conference. More than 300 global senior executives are convening today through Nov 15th to unveil cutting-edge corporate practices that will enable brands to identify and measure entirely new forms of business risk and value.

New Metrics ’17 hosts more than 100 influential speakers sharing tools, advanced frameworks and case studies around quantifying environmental and social impacts and tying them to financial and business value. The event kicks off Monday with a series of orientation Boot Camps, one for each of the 4 tracks of content: Finance & Investor Relations, HR & Employee Engagement, Strategy & Operations and Supply Chain Management.  

Compelling initiatives and leading-edge business strategies presented at New Metrics ‘17 include:

  • Kevin Moss, Global Director of the Business Center at World Resources Institute, offers a thought-provoking analysis of the threats of growing consumption of material goods and shares innovative business models that can scale in a resource-constrained world.

  • Cynthia Figge, CEO and Co-founder of CSRHub and EKOS International, reveals new insights on the relationship between ESG disclosure and performance and demonstrates how Bloomberg’s first ESG app can help analyze corporate sustainability performance.

  • John Schulz, Director of Sustainability Integration at AT&T, discusses AT&T’s ambitious net positive goal – the so-called “10x” goal that will enable carbon savings for its customers that is 10 times the footprint of its own operations by 2025.

  • Kellem Emanuele, Director of Attego ESG Impact Solutions, introduces The Trust Index, a new tool that measures the presence or absence of trust and tracks changes based on the degree to which social media is positive or negative over time.

  • Geoff Kendall, CEO and Co-Founder of Future-Fit Foundation, reveals a brand-new tool: a rigorous yet practical new standard for science-based goal-setting and a performance guide for companies that want to flourish while still adding to the wellbeing of society.

  • Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor and Stakeholder Outreach Lead at SASB, explores the evolution of investors’ sentiments about sustainability and share the latest developments in SASB’s growing ecosystem.

  • Ricardo Caceres, Co-Leader of the Practice of Purpose Project, and Omar Rodriguez-Vila, Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, share the new Practice of Purpose report, set to identify the differences between traditional marketing and marketing based on social purpose.

  • EcoAct leads a lunch presentation on how carbon neutrality is being applied in new and innovative ways to incentivize clean development.

“We are excited to see New Metrics leadership continue to mature across a number of critical business functions, with fantastic applications in Sustainability, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Human Resources, among others.” states Dimitar Vlahov, Director of Content at Sustainable Brands. “While we recognize the adoption of New Metrics is still in its early days, we are proud to be evolving this field together with the thought leaders and leading practitioners we have with us this week.”

In addition to the regular programming at New Metrics, senior leaders from the SB Corporate Member Network will hold a separate meeting focused on key insights in New Metrics. Members from Avery Dennison, Nestlé, Pepsico, Timberland, UPS, Target, Williams-Sonoma are in attendance.  

Proud supporters of New Metrics ’17 include BASF as Principal Sponsor, Eco-Act as Premier Sponsor and 599 Labs as Major Sponsor. South Pole Group, Nature Bank, Trucost, SupplyShift, Cool Choices, Vertaeon, recycte and United Nations Global Compact are Supporting Sponsors. Additional partners include Wharton IGEL, Ceres, G&A, SustainAbility, Thrive Farmers, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Triple Pundit and others.

For a complete list of sponsors and speakers as well as the conference schedule, please visit the conference website at www.NewMetrics17.com. Registration is still open and tickets can be purchased onsite at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

About Sustainable Brands

Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA. 

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