FedEx has been recognized as the recipient of ‘The Coalition for Integrity’ Corporate Leadership Award for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and ethics and integrity.
Corporate social responsibility is at the heart of FedEx. Key elements of our CSR strategy include environmental efficiency innovations, a sustainable supply chain, a diverse and inclusive workplace, and the robust giving and volunteering platform known as FedEx Cares. This past fiscal year, FedEx donated over $55 million in corporate charitable giving and contributed over 81 thousand volunteer hours. In addition, we met our goal to invest in 200 communities by 2020 — ahead of schedule — and 252 communities have benefited from our diverse charitable investments since 2016.
Since its founding over 40 years ago, FedEx has been committed to corporate integrity and compliance. The FedEx Code of Conduct is the company’s roadmap for lawful, ethical behavior. The Code begins with a letter from FedEx founder, Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith, who reminds team members that “when it comes to integrity, every action matters.”
The Code and other key enterprise-wide compliance policies are translated into 35 languages for the company’s 450,000 team members. FedEx encourages employees to speak up about any legal or ethical violations and maintains a 24-hour hotline for anonymous, confidential reporting of concerns.
Because FedEx does business worldwide, anti-corruption compliance, a key principle within the Code, is of the utmost importance. The Global Anti-Corruption Policy and Anti-Corruption Compliance Procedures, applicable to both team members and third parties acting on behalf of FedEx, include policies, processes, and robust internal controls aimed at preventing and detecting improper payments and other forms of corruption.
FedEx is a member of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, Gartner’s Compliance & Ethics Leadership Council, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, The Conference Board’s Global Business Conduct Council, TRACE, and other initiatives.
The Coalition for Integrity is a non-partisan organization working to combat corruption and enhance integrity, accountability and transparency in the U.S. and at the international level.
Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Gifts That Do a World of Good” 2019 holiday campaign, ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year LG Electronics USA is helping to make holiday entertaining more efficient and easier than ever with LG’s portfolio of award-winning ENERGY STAR certified appliances. Now through Dec. 5 at participating retailers, LG’s 2019 Black Friday promotions help American consumers save energy, money and time – along with the peace of mind that comes from ENERGY STAR and LG, the most-awarded appliance brand in customer satisfaction.*
Clean and Save with Award-Winning LG ENERGY STAR Laundry Appliances
This holiday season, consumers can save on the country’s most reliable ENERGY STAR certified washing machines, according to a leading consumer magazine. Select LG washing machines and LG Styler steam clothing care systems also are asthma and allergy friendly® certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.*
From the unintentional splattering of cranberry sauce to gingerbread cookie-baking mishaps, the clothing stains of the holiday season are a special challenge. “But fear not,” says the EPA. “Clothes washers and dryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features, and save you $370 over the washer’s lifetime and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer-dryer pair.”
According to the EPA, if all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, it would save more than $3.3 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.8 million vehicles.
LG is doing its part to support the EPA’s efforts to educate shoppers about holiday deals on ENERGY STAR certified products. For instance, during the 2019 holiday promotion, shoppers can purchase a new WM3900 front-load washer for $799 (saving $400) and its matching ENERGY STAR certified electric dryer for an additional $400 in savings. The new WT7300 top-load washer is available for as low as $649 ($350 off its original price); add the matching ENERGY STAR electric dryer and save an additional $350.
Entertain and Save with Award-Winning LG ENERGY STAR Kitchen Appliances
There’s still time before family arrives to upgrade kitchen appliances with innovative, smart solutions that take holiday entertaining to the next level. This holiday season, consumers can shop with confidence – with LG and ENERGY STAR and knowing that LG has received more J.D. Power customer satisfaction awards for kitchen appliances than any other manufacturer three years in a row.*
Holiday shoppers seeking kitchen appliances this Black Friday season can find both great deals and energy efficiency with LG and ENERGY STAR. Examples include $250-$300 savings on LG ENERGY STAR QuadWash™ dishwashers and savings of $1,150 on smart French Door LG ENERGY STAR InstaView™ door-in-door refrigerators (regularly $2,199). LG’s 2019 holiday kitchen package – featuring an LG ENERGY STAR InstaView Refrigerator, LG ENERGY STAR QuadWash Dishwasher, True Convection Range and microwave oven – saves $2,276.### About LG Electronics USA LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $54 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, solar energy solutions and vehicle components. LG’s focus on environmental sustainability and its “Life’s Good” marketing theme encompass how LG is dedicated to people’s happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow. LG is a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. www.LG.com.
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J.D. POWER: LG has earned more J.D. Power customer satisfaction awards for kitchen appliances than any other manufacturer three years in a row. J.D. Power ranked LG highest in 2019 customer satisfaction for French-door refrigerators two out of three years, side-by-side refrigerators two years in a row, top-mount freezer refrigerators five years in a row, and dishwashers two out of three years. LG received the highest numerical score in the respective segments of the J.D. Power 2019 Appliance Satisfaction Study, based on 10,355 (kitchen) and 4,037 (laundry) total responses, measuring customer opinions about their new appliance purchased in the previous 12 months, surveyed March-April 2019. Your experiences may vary. jdpower.com
ACSI: LG earned the #1 rating in overall customer satisfaction across its home appliance portfolio that includes kitchen and laundry appliances, according to the just-released 2019 American Customer Satisfaction Index® (ACSI) ratings. LG home appliances were rated second to none in overall product quality and value again this year, and took home the highest rankings in laundry for the second year in a row. According to the 2019 ACSI survey of customers rating their household appliance manufacturers. The ACSI is the only national cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction in the United States. Each year, the ACSI uses data from interviews with roughly 250,000 customers as inputs to an econometric model for analyzing customer satisfaction with more than 380 companies in 46 industries and 10 economic sectors. According to the 2019 ACSI survey of customers rating their household appliance manufacturers, LG is second to none in product quality and value, tied with another manufacturer in this year’s report. www.theacsi.org
AAFA: The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is a unique, groundbreaking collaboration between the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited. The program tests and certifies products to prove their suitability for people with asthma and allergies. The program works with retailers and manufacturers to offer consumers products for a #healthierhome. CERTIFIED products include air cleaners, flooring, paints, bedding, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, insulation, cleaning products and more. The CERTIFIED ASTHMA & ALLERGY FRIENDLY Mark is a Registered Certification Mark of the ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA and ALLERGY STANDARDS LTD. aafa.org/certified
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Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, today announced it has been recognized by Forbes on its 2019 World’s Best Employers list, coming in at No. 72 (up from No. 234 the year before). This is the third year in a row the company has received this recognition.
“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. “This recognition can be attributed to our outstanding culture that is created by our 20,000 team members around the globe, combined with great opportunities, experiences and benefits provided by our wonderful company.”
To create the ranking of the World’s Best Employers, Forbes partnered with Statista to cull its annual list of the world’s 2,000 largest public companies based on 1.4 million employment recommendations sourced from a global poll and regional surveys. Respondents around the world were asked to rate their own employer and the likelihood that they would recommend this employer to a friend or family member. They also rated other employers they admired.
Hormel Foods was also recognized this year as one of the 50 Best Companies to Sell For by Selling Power magazine and a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times.
To view the complete Forbes World’s Best Employers list, visit https://www.forbes.com/lists/worlds-best-employers/#3b4152d11e0c.
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.
eBay for Charity and Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) today launched their third joint charity auction in honor of Veteran’s Day to give fans the opportunity to bid on autographed items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences from top celebrities, while also helping raise crucial funds for charity. Today through November 17, fans can visit eBay.com/HFOT to bid on their favorite experiences from stars like George Clooney, Wynonna Judd, Ben Stiller, Mindy Kaling, and more, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting HFOT.
CNN Correspondent and longtime HFOT supporter, Jake Tapper, enlisted the help of friends, colleagues, and entertainment icons to create an extensive assortment of auction items to benefit HFOT’s mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans.
“It's an honor to be an Ambassador for Homes For Our Troops and to work with the group and eBay on our annual Celebrity Auction again. The event raises awareness and funds for the incredible work Homes For Our Troops does by giving participants the opportunity to bid on experiences and items from their favorite celebrities,” says Jake Tapper.
Fans can support by bidding on top luxury items including George Clooney’s Omega Seamaster Gold & Steel Watch, an original Safiyaa dress worn by Mindy Kaling, tickets to Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be the Death of Me Tour and VIP meet-and-greet with Chelsea Handler, Grey’s Anatomy signed medical scrubs signed by the cast, Jon Bon Jovi’s autographed Fender guitar, photo op and VIP tickets to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, lunch for two with Colin Hanks and the cast of HBO’s Band of Brothers, and many more.
“I am honored and extremely excited to help contribute to our Vets through this incredible organization. From the moment I was introduced to HFOT I knew I had to get involved,” says Band of Brothers star Colin Hanks. “Putting this lunch together seemed like a fun and appropriate way to help contribute and create something special. Speaking on behalf of the other guys, we are looking forward to this memorable afternoon in honor of those who have done so much for our country."
Notable VIP experiences include a walk-on role in Ben Stiller’s upcoming new series on Apple TV, behind-the-scenes set visit of Ozark Season 4 with Jason Bateman, tickets, set visit, and a Meet & Greet at AC 360 with Anderson Cooper, lunch with Bryan Cranston, two tickets to Sunday in the Park with George in London and a meet-and-greet with star Jake Gyllenhaal to name a few.
“We are proud to partner with Homes For Our Troops for the third year in a row for this important Veterans Day auction,” says Brenda Halkias, General Manager of eBay for Charity. “Last year’s auction raised almost $160,000 and this year is bringing even more exciting inventory and experiences from notable celebrity supporters that we know the eBay community will love.”
Notable Celebrities Who Contributed to the Campaign Include:
Dave Matthews Band
Jon Bon Jovi
Weird Al Yankovic
A full list of items and details is available now at eBay.com/HFOT.
About Homes for Our Troops:
About Homes For Our Troops (HFOT): Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide to severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, has built almost 300 homes and nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services supporting Veterans. For more information, visit http://www.hfotusa.org..
Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the recipients of this year’s two $10,000 Hormel Heroes Scholarships. The Hormel Heroes Scholarship Program was created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or a foodservice management related program and is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
“Hormel Foods has a long history of supporting the military, and we are proud to provide these scholarships to show our appreciation for students who serve or have served our country and are pursuing careers in the foodservice industry,” said Mark Ourada, group vice president of Foodservice. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients, Alisa McKinney and Marie Stimpson, and thank you for your service.”
McKinney is a retired veteran who served over 7 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. She completed two tours in Iraq, serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Ensuring Freedom. McKinney is a student at the Allegany College of Maryland pursuing degrees in culinary arts and hospitality.
“If it were not for donors like you, students like myself might never have the chance to continue pursuing their educational dreams,” McKinney said. “Thank you for your gift and hospitality. Without it, I would not have been able to continue my education.”
Stimpson is a retired Master Sergeant with more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Army. She is currently pursuing a degree in culinary arts at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and dreams of becoming a chef and opening her own business.
“It is an honor to be recognized for my hard work, and receiving this scholarship motivates me to continue to strive for excellence,” Stimpson said. “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
“The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is proud to support service members through continued education and training, especially as they transition back to civilian life,” said Rob Gifford, president of the NRAEF. “We are grateful to Hormel Foods for making these scholarships possible, and for helping our veterans pursue opportunities in the restaurant and foodservice industry.”
About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Employer and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® — a high school career and technical educational program; Restaurant Ready — partnering with community-based organizations to provide justice-involved youth with skills and training and job opportunities; Military — helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice and hospitality degrees; and the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project — a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information about the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.
Duke Energy has announced $500,000 in grant funding to two organizations championing the battle against the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.
The Duke Energy Foundation awarded $100,000 to the More Powerful NC campaign and $400,000 to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC).
“Our communities need help, so we’re joining the fight against the opioid crisis,” said Stephen De May, North Carolina president, Duke Energy. “We’re proud to support the critical work of these organizations to expand access to help, and to broaden educational outreach in North Carolina.”
The More Powerful NC campaign was created by the North Carolina Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, as well as other partners, to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and to encourage North Carolinians to take action in their own communities.
The campaign outlines real, actionable steps for the safe storage, use and disposal of pain medications, as well as resources for finding treatment and recovery support. Duke Energy Foundation funds will be used for public education and outreach.
“The opioid epidemic is ripping through North Carolina and leaving a trail of sick and grieving people in its wake,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “That is why I am so proud to team up with this diverse and passionate group of government and corporate leaders. More Powerful NC is raising awareness of addiction and spurring action in local communities. I want people all over this state to appreciate that together, we are more powerful than this epidemic.”
NCHRC is a comprehensive harm reduction program. The organization engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for people impacted by drug use. NCHRC also provides resources and support to the law enforcement, public health and provider communities.
“The North Carolina Harm Reduction is proud to partner with Duke Energy Foundation. This funding will make it possible for us to improve access to healthcare and other social resources for directly-impacted people living in rural communities in eastern, central and western North Carolina by supporting our outreach and linkages to care programs,” Shelisa Howard-Martinez, executive director, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.
Duke Energy Foundation funding for NCHRC will establish nine new regular outreach sites; expand wraparound services and build capacity by creating a replicable model for community technical assistance. Within 12 months, the grant to NCRHC will reach 2,360 individuals through direct service and 25 communities through technical assistance programs engaging local healthcare providers, government, law enforcement and social services.
More Powerful NC
Led by NC Attorney General Josh Stein and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen to raise awareness around the devastating impact of the opioid crisis in North Carolina, the More Powerful NC campaign is anchored in the message that together, we are more powerful than opioids—and we can all help play a part in ending the epidemic.
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
NCHRC works with communities across North Carolina, from the coast to the mountains. Founded in 2004 and incorporated in 2006, NCHRC has grown from an advocacy group to a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides direct services to people impacted by drug use and that supports local communities and stakeholders through technical assistance, resource development and advocacy. More information about NCHRC can be found at www.nchrc.org.
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where Duke Energy’s customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.
A Fortune 150 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list.
More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
Meredith Archie, Duke Energy
Laura Brewer, NC Department of Justice and More Powerful NC
Shelisa Howard-Martinez, NC Harm Reduction Coalition
The ISO 20121 standard was inspired by the Olympic Games London 2012, which were a catalyst for its development. It aims to ensure that events manage and control their potential social, economic and environmental impact, and leave behind a positive sustainable legacy.
The certification covers all Beijing 2022 activities, from planning through to development and implementation. Beijing 2022 is the first event organisation in China to be awarded the certification.
“This certification sends a strong message about not only Beijing 2022’s commitment to sustainability, but also China’s commitment,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022. “This achievement is laying the groundwork for many other events to come in China, be that sporting events or any other events.”
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, Beijing 2022 integrates sustainability across its operations, including areas such as waste management, energy efficiency and carbon management.
Beijing 2022 was also one of the first signatories to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The Framework was co-developed in 2018 by the IOC, in partnership with UN Climate Change. It aims to develop a global agenda for sport to take concrete action against climate change.
Guest post by Emily Dietz.
With 2020 quickly approaching, it might feel hard to believe that two decades have already passed into the new millennium. So much in the world has changed since the nineties, and that holds true for the ways in which the nonprofit and for-profit sectors interact with each other. In an age where digital campaigns and viral media dominate for-profit marketing strategies, growing calls for transparent company practices have created an urgent need for companies to develop thoughtful corporate social responsibility strategies.
Philanthropic.ly has recognized this opportunity for the nonprofit sector and has developed a software that connects nonprofit sponsorship opportunities with companies interested in sponsoring nonprofits based on their giving initiatives.
Since the beginning of cause marketing campaigns, 66% of businesses now have some type of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. Large corporations including Verizon, Allstate, Starbucks and Best Buy all participate in Corporate Social Responsibility programs and have seen positive results since. This creates an opportunity for nonprofits to market themselves and their cause at the corporate level.
If your nonprofit is searching for monetary donations via company sponsorships, Philanthropic.ly will give you the opportunity to stand out and show the value of working with your nonprofit. With Philanthropic.ly, your nonprofit can be seen by companies who are searching for nonprofits with missions and causes that align with their company vision, giving you exposure to socially-responsible companies with little effort from your staff.
Building and maintaining strong relationships with company sponsors can be challenging and time-consuming, but Philanthropic.ly allows all this to be managed with minimal effort in one place.
Nonprofits are not the only entities benefiting from corporate social responsibility campaigns. With a new generation of consumers, companies must be transparent about issues they care about in order to earn the consumer’s attention and loyalty. Approximately 64% of consumers say they prefer businesses to integrate cause marketing into their overall campaigns, rather than simply donate to one cause.
By contributing to nonprofits, corporations develop a more positive brand image and increased revenue in the long term. When a company sponsors a nonprofit organization via Philanthropic.ly, they can take a single donation and turn it into a brand marketing opportunity that leverages the nonprofit’s digital reach.
This concept is not new. In fact, 90% of companies surveyed in 2018 indicated that a partnership with a nonprofit organization directly enhances their brand and 89% believe a nonprofit partnership improves the company’s ability to help the community. Because of this, a well-formed, authentic cause marketing strategy can be one of the most powerful and effective forms of marketing for both corporations and nonprofits.
In short, Philanthropic.ly can get your sponsorship opportunities in front of the right companies and those companies can use your social media and other digital assets to showcase their philanthropic initiatives that tie directly to their CSR directives.
If you believe that your nonprofit could benefit from corporate giving, set up your profile today at Philanthropic.ly.
Author Bio: Emily Dietz is the Strategic Planning & Operations Manager at Cause Inspired Media. With a background in Business Development and Marketing, Emily enjoys working with Cause Inspired Media to help nonprofits achieve their goals and expand the reach of their missions.
Some of the world’s brightest and most passionate young minds convene in Brazil for this year‘s Youth Ag Summit to think deeply about food and agriculture and unlock innovative and sustainable solutions to one of our most challenging questions: how do we feed a hungry planet while at the same time protect its natural resources?
Hosted by Bayer in partnership with the Nuffield International Farming Network and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the biennial Youth Ag Summit aims to give the next generation of agricultural change-makers a platform and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to act on solutions for a more sustainable future.
“The power of the Youth Ag Summit movement lies in its people”, said Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division. “The Youth Ag Summit is all about enabling young leaders to help shape this world for the better, in ways both big and small”, he continued. “We know that young people are our planet’s greatest natural resource, and we’re providing them with an inclusive and supportive platform where their ideas can take root and thrive.”
During the Summit, delegates will visit SLC Agricola Pamplona farm, which produces a range of crops – including soy, cotton and corn – across an area of over 20,548 ha. Delegates will also have the chance to gain real-world insights into sustainability in action from Nuffield and IICA. And, they will hear from expert speakers such as:
• Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence.
• Marina Grossi, President, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS).
• David Hertz, Co-founder and President, Gastromotiva.
• Gustavo Gross Belchior, Founder and CEO, Core Us.
“For IICA, it is vitally important that young global leaders in agriculture exchange sustainability-focused success stories and apply them when they return to their countries,” said Hernan Chiriboga, Representative of IICA in Brazil. “This enables information to be shared for the benefit of all rural inhabitants.”
“As an organization that is focused on nurturing and supporting future agricultural leaders, Nuffield Brazil is proud to be a partner and help deliver an exciting Youth Ag Summit program in Brasilia this week,” Murilo Bettarello, President of Nuffield Brazil, said. “We look forward to seeing the future impact these delegates will have on achieving a more food-secure world.”
Follow the latest news on social media with the hashtags #youthagsummit and #plantyourpath, or watch livestreamed sessions from the Summit here.
About the Youth Ag Summit
The Youth Ag Summit movement is a community of global young leaders championing sustainable agriculture and food security and working to bridge the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it. Every two years, 100 delegates are chosen to take part in the Summit. Previous editions have been hosted in Canada, Australia, and Belgium. This year’s Summit is the first to be held in Latin America. Bayer is covering all travel, accommodation and related costs for the chosen delegates.
The Summit is part of Bayer’s Agricultural Education Program: a holistic, long-term approach to encourage young people aged 18 to 28 to learn about sustainable agriculture. The program aims to inspire the next generation to learn more about modern agriculture and find solutions to global food security. As a research-driven company, Bayer is committed to driving societal acceptance of technology, as well as fostering a future talent pipeline of scientists.
About Nuffield Brazil
Nuffield Brazil is a member of the Nuffield International Farming Network, established in 1947 in the UK to promote excellence in agribusiness through personal, professional and social development of emerging leaders, especially farmers. It's main program, Nuffield International Farming Scholarships, develops and inspires producers and agri-professionals between 25 and 45 years of age who travel globally to find solutions for local issues and opportunities, and to become leaders in agriculture. With a network of more than 1.800 Nuffield Scholars around the world, participants are able to grow personally and contribute professionally through experiential travel and investigation of contemporary issues in agriculture.
Scholarships are supported by forward-thinking companies, NGO‘s and individuals who see the importance of developing and challenging the emerging agrisector leaders to have practical groundings and worldly views as they contribute throughout their life to improving the sector.
As the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. IICA’s mission is to encourage, promote and support its Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence. As part of its vision, they aim to create a competitive, inclusive and sustainable inter-American agriculture that feeds the hemisphere and the world, while at the same time generating opportunities to reduce hunger and poverty among farmers and rural dwellers. Learn more at www.iica.int.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.
Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, content, and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, announced today the launch of the STEM Careers Coalition. With a focus on equity and access, the STEM Careers Coalition unites the business community with the shared goal of accelerating the growth of America’s STEM pipeline. The STEM Careers Coalition aims to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing no-cost access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical 21st Century skills students need for college and career success.
The anchor partner organizations who have provided initial seed funding and support to power the initiative’s launch include Chevron, The Manufacturing Institute, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Boeing, Microsoft, and Best Buy. These industry leaders depend on a strong pipeline of STEM-ready students to drive their businesses and the American economy forward, and thus are aligned on a shared mission to accelerate the elevation of STEM career pathways for students, parents and guardians in public, private, charter, and tribal schools nationwide.
Coalition member companies are catalyzing and engaging in regional approaches to workforce development by creating connected pathways for students through K-12, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce. In addition to providing no-cost STEM experiences and career resources to schools nationwide, Coalition members will also underwrite Discovery Education STEM Connect in local communities identified by the partners. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, STEM Connect is an interdisciplinary resource that enhances core curriculum and helps students build valuable problem-solving skills as they develop and apply solutions to important real-world challenges. Rooted in authoritative research, users become part of a global student laboratory to share data and collaborate with others around the world. District leaders and educators may now apply online to be considered for Coalition scholarships, with preference given to schools in under-resourced communities.
The initiative officially launched today with an event at the Carnegie Institution for Science, featuring a keynote address by former astronaut, science advocate and NFL player Leland Melvin and a panel discussion focusing on STEM solutions and workforce preparedness. In his remarks, Melvin shared his experiences as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to reinforce the necessity of closing the inspiration gap and supporting the next generation of students in pursuit Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) careers. Guests included leaders from education, industry and government who are invested in preparing the next generation of solution seekers and leveraging the power of technology to close the awareness gap.
“The STEM Careers Coalition will connect classrooms to careers at unprecedented scale, said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We believe that through direct investment in schools with a focus on equity of access, engagement of Coalition member employees, and exposure to digitally immersive STEM career experiences, more students will have the opportunity to envision their future in STEM and emerge as the STEM leaders of the future to fill the ever-growing careers pipeline.”
The Coalition will provide no-cost resources to engage both educators and students in effective STEM instruction. “Through the generosity of the Coalition partners, students will have access to an array of STEM-focused resources, such as virtual field trips, digital instructional assets, career exploration videos, and more,” said Marla Wilson, Senior Director of the Coalition.
Over time, the efforts of the Coalition are expected to result in increased awareness as it relates to STEM and STEM careers. During its first five years, there will be a dedicated effort to study the execution and impact of the initiative’s efforts, anchored by a multi-year study conducted by McRel International will explore the implementation of STEM resources in classrooms supported by the Coalition.
For businesses and organizations interested in learning more about joining the STEM Careers Coalition and school districts interested in learning more about the scholarship process, please visit https://stemcareerscoalition.org/.
About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.
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The PNC Foundation today awarded a $3.3 million grant to the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago to launch "Any Time is 3Ts Time," a campaign designed to empower parents with knowledge and skills to enhance their infants' and toddlers' cognitive development. The grant is supported through PNC Grow Up Great®, a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
Developed by the TMW Center from early education research led by Dr. Dana Suskind, "Any Time is 3Ts Time" is built on the 3Ts – Tune In, Talk More and Take Turns – a simple tool that helps parents make the most of everyday interactions with their young children. The campaign will provide online and print materials to parents through a network of community partners, particularly in underserved neighborhoods. The free, easy-to-use resources on the3Ts.org will become available in early 2020 and will eventually include access to an interactive web-based 3Ts app and Spanish-language versions of the entire campaign.
"We recognized an opportunity to develop high-quality, early educational resources for families with children under age three," said Sally McCrady, chair and president, PNC Foundation. "Now, with proven research from the TMW Center, we are able to support their effort to make new resources accessible to millions of parents and caregivers across the country."
The grant will also support TMW Center's roll out Let's Talk!, a parent group program designed for deeper 3Ts engagement with real-time coaching and in-person sessions. The group program will debut in Chicago in early January and later extend to other PNC Grow Up Great supported early education programs in St. Louis, Lexington, Washington D.C. and Houston.
"We know from science just how important the first three years of life are to a child's developing brain. We've seen first-hand in our own research what a positive impact parents can have in this process," said Dr. Dana Suskind, professor of surgery and co-director, the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health. "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with the PNC Foundation to enable more parents and families to apply unique science-based practices that lead to enriched language environments and conversational interactions."
PNC Foundation's support for Dr. Suskind's work in early education began in 2014 with a $3 million grant to support a five-year study of TMW-Home Visiting, a program designed to help parents build their children's vocabularies for school readiness. Preliminary results in the TMW Center study reveal that TMW parents improved their toddler's language environments by increasing conversational turns almost four times more than parents in the control group. These findings are particularly meaningful because they mirror new and emerging research, which points to the importance of conversational turn-taking in building a child's language and cognitive skills, ultimately leading to stronger skill formation.
"Our strategic alliance with the TMW Center enables Chicago to lead the effort in creating long-term positive impact for tens of thousands of young children across our communities," said Scott Swanson, PNC regional president for Illinois. "Access to high-quality early education and resources is critical not only for a child's success in school and life, but helps strengthen and enhance the trajectory for a productive workforce."
Building on the success of TMW-Home Visiting, Let's Talk!, shares the science of foundational brain development, teaches the 3Ts of Tune In, Talk More and Take Turns, and a host of other strategies, and provides participants with goal-setting guidance and real-time coaching. It will debut as a pilot program in Chicago in collaboration with Metropolitan Family Services, a local organization supported by the PNC Foundation and its Grow Up Great initiative.
"One of the most important investments we can make in families is in their ability to ensure children's educational readiness," says Ric Estrada, president and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. "As a longtime provider of quality early learning services, we know language development is foundational for children's success. We are honored to partner in this effort."
To view or download broadcast quality video and other multimedia assets related to this announcement, visit http://pnc.mediaroom.com/.
The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Chicago, develops, tests, and disseminates evidence-based, parent- and caregiver-directed interventions that promote children's cognitive, language, and social-emotional development. To be effective, the organization uses feedback cycles to improve programs and inform scaling. With science driving its efforts, the TMW Center seeks to advance a public health approach to early learning: focus on prevention, rather than remediation, place parents and caregivers at the center of their child's education, embed proven practices into existing education and health systems, use research to drive innovation and impact at scale. Through its outreach, the Center aims to influence the broader fields of health, education, and social services with this preventive, evidence-driven approach that focuses on the importance of the first three years of life. A joint venture between University of Chicago's Biological Sciences and Social Sciences Divisions, the TMW Center is led by Dana Suskind, MD and Professor John List. Learn more at tmwcenter.uchicago.edu.
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com.CONTACT
The United Nations Global Compact has issued updated guidance to help General Counsel advance the corporate sustainability agenda.
Developed together with Linklaters and the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability Version 2.0 is designed to help legal professionals drive change and become leaders in embedding sustainability into their companies’ strategies and operations. It follows the original Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability that was published in 2015.
“As the role of General Counsel moves beyond legal compliance and towards corporate sustainability, we see them as key change agents with the ability to create long-term value for their companies,” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We hope that this updated guide inspires lawyers to embrace their crucial role in advancing responsible business conduct.”
The new guidance serves as a source of reference for lawyers navigating the complex landscape of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
“Society’s expectations of companies are in flux, requiring us to reimagine corporate purpose,” said Amelia Miazad, Professor and Founding Director of the Business in Society Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law. “This current shift from short-term profit maximization to long-term sustainability means that inside counsel today must not only manage legal risk, but also navigate environmental, social and governance issues that pose ethical and reputational risks.”
“Corporate sustainability is attracting increasing attention as companies face growing interest and scrutiny on their policies and where this lands within their fiduciary duties,” said Charlie Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman at Linklaters. “General Counsel are well placed and equipped to facilitate real change and push the issues up the agenda as companies grapple with growing expectations, impending regulation and reporting requirements.”
The guide — developed with the support of Nestlé and under the guidance of an advisory group comprising General Counsel across various industries — covers five key areas vital to navigating the changing corporate sustainability landscape:
Corporate Sustainability and Business Integrity — How General Counsel can embed corporate values and responsible business conduct within their organizations to help ensure corporate sustainability
Corporate Sustainability and Fiduciary Duties — How businesses can successfully integrate ESG factors into decision-making processes
Human Rights and Supply Chain Diligence — How General Counsel can respond to greater calls for sustainable supply chains by conducting human rights due diligence
Corporate Sustainability and Grievance Mechanisms — How grievance mechanisms can form part of responsible business processes and contribute to corporate sustainability
Challenges to Corporate Sustainability — Managing a Crisis — How General Counsel can use sustainability principles to help prevent, prepare for, navigate through and recover from a crisis
The new guide was showcased today at The World Bank Group Law, Justice and Development Week 2019 in Washington, D.C.
To download the full guide, visit here.
About the United Nations Global Compact
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.
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The Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) announces its launch with the support of its founding members. CAMI is a new nonprofit industry association, featuring electrified transportation market leader Black & Veatch as a founding member, dedicated to providing communities and the decision makers that support them with the information and tools that will be vital to the successful integration of aviation into our daily transportation options.
CAMI’s mission is to support the responsible integration of urban air mobility into communities through education, communication and advocacy. CAMI connects communities and industry by providing resources and education to the public and decision makers at the state and local level. CAMI is supported by its members, who cover a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the emerging urban air mobility industry.
On the genesis of CAMI, co-Executive Director Anna Dietrich says: “New technologies and new aircraft promise to make flight accessible and practical on a daily basis for more people than ever before. With that promise comes the responsibility to integrate those aircraft into our communities safely, responsibly, and equitably. We created CAMI as the industry’s commitment to our neighbors and the decision makers who support them to work to ensure that happens.”
CAMI is pleased to announce its founding members:
Black & Veatch
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Unmanned Safety Institute
Vertical Flight Society
Members prioritize safety, bring credibility to CAMI and the industry, and have a demonstrated desire to be a good neighbor within their communities. Members recognize the importance of working with local communities to understand their needs and support CAMI in providing resources to decision makers, agencies and the public, as well as assisting the aviation industry in understanding those community needs. CAMI is grateful for their support to launch this initiative.
Greg Bowles, head of government affairs at CAMI founding supporting member Joby Aviation, says, “We are excited to be a part of CAMI and work closely with communities to achieve the goal of creating a new transportation solution that saves people time. Communities will play a very important role in realizing the benefits of safe, urban air transportation in a clean and quiet manner.”
For urban air mobility to succeed, it must be safe, quiet and a desired component of our communities. A successful urban air mobility industry requires the integration of aviation into existing urban and regional transportation systems that are currently fraught with their own challenges, including traffic congestion, urban sprawl, environmental impacts and noise. CAMI recognizes that to be successful, this requires the collaboration of many stakeholders, including elected officials, urban planners, transportation agencies, architects, real estate developers, business owners, and essential services.
Black & Veatch, an engineering and construction company with deep experience in electrified transportation solutions, recently produced an urban air mobility infrastructure study for NASA that explored the challenges, solutions and opportunities in preparing the grid for electrified urban air mobility.
“Electrified Urban Air Mobility opens the third dimension to increase people and goods movement capacity yet not increase fleet emissions.” said Paul Stith, director of strategy and innovation for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “Key to UAM electrification success will be resilient charging infrastructure for today, and with room to scale for future needs. The time to bring stakeholders together to plan and prepare for this future is now.”
CAMI’s strategic priorities include education, outreach, advocacy, public relations and model policy development. CAMI has a team of experts in the fields of urban air mobility, electric aircraft, sustainability, infrastructure, operations, markets and innovative personal aviation industries who will contribute to the resources CAMI will develop. CAMI also works closely with other industry associations to collaborate on these issues.
“As the aviation industry continues to mature the technologies needed to bring electric aircraft into communities, it became clear that the most important need was to bridge the work of the industry with the local communities where this technology will be implemented,” said Yolanka Wulff, co-executive director. “CAMI understands the importance of working with all of the stakeholders to develop urban air mobility that integrates with existing and future urban and regional transportation systems.”
About CAMI: The Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) was founded in July 2019 to support the responsible integration of urban air mobility into communities through education, communication and advocacy. CAMI connects communities and industry by providing resources and education to the public, decision makers and the media at the state and local level. CAMI is supported by its members, which include aircraft manufacturers and suppliers, operators, industry associations, state and local agencies, ecosystem members, academia, and nonprofits. For more information visit www.communityairmobility.org or email email@example.com.
About Black & Veatch: Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.
Local organizations, including the Keep America Beautiful national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, schedule educational workshops and recycling collection events in communities throughout November in celebration of America Recycles Day.
Keep America Beautiful, in concert with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a series of initiatives from Monday, Nov. 11, through Friday, Nov. 15, highlighting how all Americans from the business community to our armed services are banding together to recycle more and recycle right.
On Monday, Nov. 11, Keep America Beautiful will participate in a ceremony at Fort Bliss to honor the inaugural American Recycles Day Recycling Heroes and recognize the Fort Bliss Recycling Heroes for their commitment to recycling. Fort Bliss was selected as a pilot Net Zero Waste installation, which considers the waste stream when purchasing items, reducing the volume of packaging, reusing as much as possible, and recycling the rest. With over a 50% waste diversion rate, the Net Zero Program is demonstrating results worthy of national attention.
The America Recycles Innovation Fair, in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 14, will showcase recent advances in recycling technology, product development and materials usage. Exhibitors will showcase new recyclable products, goods made from recycled content, innovative education and communication methods or materials that promote more effective recycling. The Innovation Fair will connect the public as well as potential investors with recycling innovators, thereby spurring market development and adoption of new technologies that increase recycling rates as well as create new products comprised of post-recycled content.
Keep America Beautiful and America Recycles Day National Sponsors are hosting a America Recycles Day Reception at the Reagan Building in Washington D.C. This will be a great opportunity to network with government officials and recycling professionals from across the nation as we celebrate the successes and future of recycling innovation in America.
Keep America Beautiful urges people to pledge to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle in every aspect of their life. Available online and via paper pledges at America Recycles Day events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to:
Recycle at home, work/school and on the go;
Buy products made with recycled content; and
Educate and encourage friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.
“America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman. “This national initiative also highlights how we can be more mindful about using or purchasing products made with recycled content and to do all we can to reduce contamination in the recycling stream.”
Event organizers can still access valuable resources to plan, promote, and host an event on the America Recycles Day website. Events can still be scheduled leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15, and throughout the month of November. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled in their local communities.
Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include Title Sponsor Cox Enterprises, as well as American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Coors Light, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Macerich, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Recycling Partnership (TRP) and Waste Management.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced today it has published its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, documenting the company’s progress toward the 2025 CSR goals established in 2018. Sysco’s CSR strategy focuses on three key areas: people, products and planet, with the objective of Delivering A Better Tomorrow. This strategy sets a clear path for the future and demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to caring for people, sourcing products responsibly and protecting the planet.
“As we celebrate Sysco’s 50th anniversary this fiscal year, we understand the importance of a strong CSR strategy that is focused on finding systemic solutions and leverages strong partnerships,” said Tom Bené, chairman, president and chief operating officer. “Our entire organization is committed to acting ethically and responsibly to service our customers, while producing positive, lasting change.”
The 2019 CSR Report details the progress made in the last year against Sysco’s 2025 goals, including a CSR scorecard that measures results from year-to-year, along with plans for the future.
“We have a long-term commitment to making sustained change,” added Bené. “And so we are testing, learning and continually adapting to lead the way and deliver on our 2025 CSR goals into our next 50 years.”
FY 2019 Progress Highlights:
Provided 7.5 million meals and $6.4 million in cash contributions to communities where we live and work
Added 15 new Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) suppliers; increased year-over-year purchases in the U.S. by 4.3%
Increased total U.S. associate ethnic and gender diversity to 57.2%
Launched Sysco Simply brand, emphasizing vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian and plant-based protein products
Refreshed Sysco’s Animal Welfare Advisory Council by adding new internal and external members
Developed a short list of 13 commodities for further evaluation as “key commodities”
Increased the total number of assessments in our Sysco Brand Supplier Social Audit Program by nearly 9% with more than 30 suppliers improving their performance
Launched 3 solar garden sites, supporting 10% of Sysco’s U.S. electricity usage – halfway to our goal
Increased waste diversion to 73% in U.S. and Canada operations
Improved energy efficiency by 14.2% since 2014 in U.S. and Canada operations
In addition to efforts in North America, Sysco’s European operations also support meaningful CSR programs. For example, many locations have established impactful hunger relief programs that provide nutritious food to local communities. Specifically, Brakes UK has committed to provide 1 million meals to children in need by 2025 in support of Sysco’s overall commitment, Sweden’s Menigo Foodservice supported a local church with 52.6 metric tonnes of food during the year and Sysco France donated 51 tons of product to the French Food Bank (Banque Alimentaire).
For more information, visit www.sysco.com/csr2019report.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 69,000 associates, the company operates more than 320 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2019 that ended June 29, 2019, the company generated sales of more than $60 billion. Information about our CSR program, including Sysco’s 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, can be found at www.sysco.com/csr2019report.
For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco. For important news and information regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations section of the company’s Internet home page at investors.sysco.com, which Sysco plans to use as a primary channel for publishing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information. Investors should also follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock and download the Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should continue to review our news releases and filings with the SEC. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.
Statements made in this press release that look forward in time or that express management’s beliefs, expectations or hopes are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the views of management at the time such statements are made and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, estimates, and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including but not limited to the possibility that certain assumptions with respect to J. Kings Food Service Professionals or the transaction could prove to be inaccurate; the failure to receive, delays in the receipt of, or unacceptable or burdensome conditions imposed in connection with, all required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the transaction; the potential failure to retain key employees as a result of the proposed transaction or during integration of the businesses and disruptions resulting from the proposed transaction, making it more difficult to maintain business relationships; the effect of the announcement of the transaction on our customers, vendors, lenders, operating results and businesses generally; and the general risks associated with our business, including the risks of interruption of supplies due to lack of long-term contracts, severe weather, crop conditions, work stoppages, intense competition, technology disruptions, dependence on large, long-term regional and national customers, inflation risks, the impact of fuel prices, adverse publicity, labor issues, political or financial instability, trade restrictions, tariffs, currency exchange rates, transport capacity and costs and other factors relating to foreign trade, any or all of which could delay our receipt of product or increase our input costs. For a discussion of additional factors impacting Sysco’s business, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2018, as filed with the SEC, and our subsequent filings with the SEC, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.
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The majority of consumers include sustainability among the most important factors when determining their spending habits, according to new data released by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas from the 2019 Paper & Packaging Consumer Trends Report.
The report finds that environmental sustainability is a driving factor for 53% of Americans when making any type of product purchase decision. Three in five adults (61%) would be willing to pay more for food products packaged in sustainable materials, with 35% saying they would be open to paying up to 10% more.
Consumers also note the importance of sustainability when making purchasing decisions for retail goods (48%), office goods (47%) and luxury goods (44%).
The report also explores consumer attitudes about the future of sustainable living. While consumers assume a degree of personal responsibility for maintaining a sustainable lifestyle, they want the brands they trust to collaborate on this process and provide smarter, environmentally friendly products and services. In fact, when asked what entity is most responsible for improving sustainable development outcomes, respondents were most likely to rank businesses (72%) among their top two choices, followed by governments (57%) and consumers themselves (57%).
“Consumers reward brands that uphold public commitments to sustainability, with 31% of Americans listing sustainability among the top two attributes most helpful in building brand trust,” said Ian Lifshitz, vice president of sustainability and stakeholder relations, APP.
“We see this especially in food packaging, making it more vital than ever for brands to consider sustainable alternatives to traditional single-use plastics.”
Consumers feel they are doing their part. 93% of Americans say they personally engage in sustainable activities, including recycling (72%) and limiting their use of single-use plastics like straws and cutlery (45%), but hope to see more businesses meet them in the middle. A majority of Americans feel their city (79%) and / or businesses such as restaurants and retail locations (73%) should offer more opportunities to recycle and compost waste, including packaging.
Millennials are the most likely to say they would be willing to pay more for sustainably packaged food products, and are considerably more inclined than their older counterparts to pay over 10% more
64% of consumers prefer to purchase food products packaged sustainably
61% of consumers prefer to purchase products from companies that have made public commitments to sustainability goals
The study was fielded using Engine’s twice-weekly Online CARAVAN® Omnibus Survey. Respondents were members of an online panel and had agreed to participate in online surveys and polls. As such, no estimates of sampling error can be calculated. Completed interviews are weighted by five variables – age, sex, geographic region, race and education – using data from the U.S. Census Bureau to help ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population, 18 years of age and older. The online survey was fielded between August 12-14, 2019, polling 1,004 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
About Asia Pulp & Paper
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper, with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. On any given day, APP’s products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.
Ensuring supply chain integrity and commitment to the Sustainable Roadmap Vision 2020 are crucial to APP’s operations. Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy at www.asiapulppaper.com.
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On October 12, IBM announced that Team Prometeo was the winner of the Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge for creating a personal safety hardware-software solution that will help protect firefighters.
For the second consecutive year, Arrow Electronics supported the competition that encourages software developers and other technologists to create applications for natural disaster preparedness and relief. After a global competition that saw participation from 165 nations, Prometeo was selected from a field of 32 finalists by a global panel of eminent judges, and representatives from the United Nations, the Linux Foundation and other organizations.
The Barcelona-based Team Prometeo included a nurse, a firefighter and three solution architects who created a wearable device to help safeguard the health of firefighters while they battle fires. It is about the size of a mobile phone and straps to a firefighter’s arm, with multiple sensors that measure key health variables, such as temperature, humidity, and smoke concentration.
Using IBM Watson-based machine learning and multiple cloud-based platforms, the device then distills that data into a simple, color-coded health status that fire command centers can monitor in real time to determine when responders are in immediate danger. The system also determines when individuals approach long-term exposure to various toxic substances.
“Using technology to keep firefighters safe in dangerous conditions is exactly the kind of innovation Arrow aims to encourage and support. We are proud to work with IBM to help inspire new solutions to protect those who protect us,” said Dan Shea, vice president of sales for Arrow’s Enterprise Computing Solutions business.
The Prometeo team won a $200,000 prize and will receive implementation support from IBM’s Code and Response initiative, and open source support from The Linux Foundation.
The award will help the team begin field tests with firefighters in Catalonia, Spain to refine the device, the software, and firefighter safety protocols.
More than 180,000 people from 165 nations participated in the Call for Code and Code and Response initiatives this year.
About Call for Code
Developers have revolutionized the way people live and interact with virtually everyone and everything. Where most people see challenges, developers see possibilities. That's why David Clark Cause launched Call for Code in 2018 alongside Founding Partner IBM. This five-year, $30 million global initiative is a rallying cry to developers to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies, and to create new ones, to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world with their code. Call for Code global winning solutions, among others, are further developed and deployed via IBM's Code and Response initiative.
With the support of industry leaders like Arrow Electronics, the initiative continues to grow.
About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) guides innovation forward for over 200,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2018 sales of $30 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve business and daily life. Learn more at FiveYearsOut.com.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ibm.com
Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) has redefined its approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) by focusing on six dimensions that are central to the company’s mission of Investing to Improve Lives™
"We have long recognized that CSR plays a vital role in our mission. Today’s announcement signifies our focus on six areas in which we believe we can build momentum and make a meaningful difference,” said Joseph A. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Legg Mason.
Legg Mason recognizes six dimensions of CSR:
Diversity and inclusion,
Community engagement, and
Responsible corporate practices.
A natural component of Legg Mason’s CSR program is a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. In fact, ESG has been a crucial part of Legg Mason’s investment approach for decades, beginning in 1987 when affiliate ClearBridge Investments launched a dedicated ESG investing program.
Nearly $300 billion – or over 40% – of Legg Mason’s long-term assets under management (AUM) were invested in strategies that utilize ESG factors as part of the investment process as of the fiscal year-end on March 31, 2019.
In addition, the firm has identified diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a corporate strategic priority and taken steps to accelerate its progress on D&I initiatives. A key milestone was the addition of the firm’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Regina Curry, in January 2018 as a direct report to the CEO.
Legg Mason’s newly released CSR Report provides details about its D&I initiatives as well as highlights of each of the other dimensions. Those highlights include the ESG investing approach of each affiliate; the results of a program to drastically reduce the volume of waste produced; and updates on corporate governance, cybersecurity and data privacy, among others.
“We view CSR as the umbrella framework that connects, aligns and advances our work,” said Patty Lattin, Legg Mason’s Chief Human Resources Officer, who oversees the firm’s CSR function. “Our commitment is the foundation on which we base our responsibilities to our employees and the communities in which we live and work. We know that the best way to accomplish our goals is to build relationships with diverse stakeholder groups because the only way we can succeed over the long term is by working together.”
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Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced today its expansion into Canada. The launch of Field to Market Canada offers the food and agricultural value chain a unified program to advance sustainability in North American commodity crop production. Through this expansion, stakeholders across the United States and Canada have access to a streamlined approach to conduct continuous improvement projects in both countries, strengthening the ability for companies to meet their sustainable sourcing objectives and science-based targets.
Bringing together nearly 140 member organizations, Field to Market has developed an outcomes-based, science-driven approach to advancing sustainable agriculture through more than a decade of multi-stakeholder collaboration and consensus building. Field to Market Canada will leverage existing tools and metrics of the Canadian Field Print Initiative to ensure the program is tailored to locally relevant conditions and built upon prior technical investments from the Canadian agriculture sector.
“General Mills has engaged with Field to Market for nearly a decade to measure field level data to drive continuous improvement of environmental performance indicators in our U.S. row crop sourcing regions and credibly communicate how we are advancing our sustainability goals,” said Mary Jane Melendez, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, General Mills. “The launch of Field to Market Canada enables us to fully engage with a common measurement approach across the border, streamlining our efforts and allowing us to tell a unified story about the sustainability of farmers we partner with in both countries. General Mills was pleased to support dialogue and innovation that helped lead to this seamless solution for North America through Field to Market.”
Field to Market Canada will offer the same core mission and commitment to multi-stakeholder convening and collaboration. Various programs and protocols developed for the U.S. context will be made available through Field to Market Canada over the coming year.
“Since 2011, the Canadian Field Print Initiative, a group of like-minded organizations, has been working to advance and promote outcomes-based sustainability measures for Canadian crop production,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada. “We are all pleased to align this effort with Field to Market, maturing into the formation of Field to Market Canada, to amplify our focus on sustainability on both sides of the border.”
“Field to Market’s focus on an outcomes-based approach allows stakeholders across the agricultural supply chain to agree upon a common sustainability framework in U.S. agriculture and drive continuous improvement in their sourcing and operations,” says Field to Market president, Rod Snyder. “The launch of Field to Market Canada allows us to expand that common understanding across the border, ultimately strengthening the credibility of sustainability measurement and building value for stakeholders and growers in both countries.”
Field to Market Canada’s key supporting organizations include Pulse Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Fertilizer Canada and CropLife Canada. A complete list of founding members of Field to Market Canada will be announced in February 2020. To learn more about exploring membership or project collaboration with Field to Market Canada, please visit www.fieldtomarket.org/canada.
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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 nearly 140 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.
For the fourth year in a row, Forbes and JUST Capital have included Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) on the JUST 100, a comprehensive ranking that measures how the largest publicly traded U.S. companies are performing on issues that matter most to Americans. Humana has also been named the health care industry leader in the JUST 100 Treatment of Customers category.
Forbes and Just Capital have polled more than 96,000 people since 2015 regarding what they most want to see from the nation’s biggest businesses. The companies are then rated on 29 issues in five stakeholder dimensions, including: how a company invests in its employees, treats its customers, supports its communities, reduces its environmental impact, and delivers value to its shareholders.
“At Humana, I have the privilege of working with employees who truly care about helping people get and stay healthier, and making it easier for people to interact with the health care system. So it’s an honor to be recognized as the health care industry leader for how we treat our members,” said Bruce Broussard, Humana’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “That commitment to helping people improve their health drives Humana in our efforts to be a good corporate citizen. It means a great deal to us to be recognized once again on the JUST 100.”
In addition to its inclusion on the new JUST 100, Humana’s work in 2019 has been recognized by several other outside organizations, including:
Ranking No. 4 among U.S. companies on the 2019 JUST Capital Companies Supporting Healthy Communities and Families list – from JUST Capital and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – for successful focus on community health and well-being.
“Best Place to Work” from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation™, signifying our dedication to promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
DiversityInc’s Top 50 companies for diversity, which recognizes the nation’s top companies for diverse and inclusive management.
Earning a high environmental, social and governance rating that qualified Humana for inclusion on the FTSE4Good Index.
The full 2020 JUST100 list is available at justcapital.com.
To learn more about Humana’s corporate citizenship, read the company’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which was published in May 2019.
Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.
To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:
Annual reports to stockholders
Securities and Exchange Commission filings
Most recent investor conference presentations
Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
Calendar of events
Corporate Governance information