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Land, Air, and Now Water

Thu, 2015-07-30 20:23

 TerraPass, a leader in sustainable carbon emissions solutions, is pleased to announce that not only do we help reduce the effects of climate change with our carbon offset and renewable energy credits, but we will also be able to help preserve and restore important water ways vital to our planet. This is all thanks to a new partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). As the creator and exclusive provider of BEF Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs®), BEF seeks to restore and preserve freshwater ecosystems by balancing customers’ environmental impact with creative water solutions. In addition to an array of carbon offset products for businesses and individuals, TerraPass customers can now minimize their water footprint by purchasing BEF Water Restoration Certificates® (BEF WRCs®on the new web portalThe effort will directly support water restoration projects in Northern California and across North America.  

“The average American uses about 100 gallons of water a day and that water needs to come from somewhere.  Too much use and waste is starting to impact our freshwater resources,” says Christopher Duzich, Vice President, TerraPass.  “In our efforts to continually provide our customers with innovative, real solutions to combat climate change, we found it prudent that we expand our product offerings to include Water Restoration Certificates®.  The goal is to restore water to our rivers and streams and we are thrilled to welcome BEF into the fold to work together to preserve our natural resources for future generations.”

In many areas across the country, water scarcity is on the rise. Repeatedly withdrawing water for agriculture, industry, and business too often causes resources to dry up, impacting water quality and disrupting ecosystems. The voluntary, market-based BEF Water Restoration Certificates® program provides farmers, ranchers, businesses, industries, and other water users with an economic incentive to devise new water management solutions to restore water to critically dewatered ecosystems. A $2 BEF WRC® represents 1,000 gallons of water restored to a stream, river, or wetland on your behalf. BEF WRCs® directly contribute to restoring the economic, recreational, and ecological vitality of freshwater ecosystems. To date, BEF and its partners have supported projects across 8 states and have restored over 13.5 billion gallons through the sale of BEF WRCs®. That’s the equivalent of filling over 20,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

"This partnership between BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate Program and TerraPass will empower individuals and businesses to help solve pressing water issues in the U.S.,” says Todd Reeve, CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.  “BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate Program and TerraPass are committed to engaging the public and business sector to help lead the way towards water sustainability.  By supporting new on-the-ground projects that change the way water is used, this partnership will directly help meet the water use needs for both humans and nature."

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a widely-recognized leader in freshwater restoration for the past 2 decades, reviews all WRC flow restoration projects to ensure optimum environmental benefit. Projects span 8 states, from Prickly Pear Creek in Montana, to Upper Dotta Meadow in California.

Together, TerraPass and BEF are educating individuals and businesses about their water resources, and providing a viable solution to balance their water footprint.

About TerraPass
TerraPass, a provider of sustainable carbon emissions solutions since 2004, is a trade name of Just Energy Resources LLC, a member of the Just Energy group of companies that is focused on pursuing sustainable solutions to climate change. We support projects throughout North America that reduce greenhouse gases and produce renewable energy. The TerraPass products and services provide consumers and businesses with the options and ability to help them reduce the environmental impact of their everyday activities through carbon offsets and renewable energy credits

Learn more at Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. TerraPass is a registered trade name of Just Energy Resources LLC.

About Bonneville Environmental Foundation
BEF, a national nonprofit, empowers businesses to be in balance with the environment through a full suite of environmental products, educational and community engagement programs, and custom solutions that help our partners address their unavoidable energy, carbon and water impacts. We align our partners’ goals with our extensive industry expertise to achieve immediate results today while helping solve tomorrow’s biggest environmental challenges. We thrive on bringing game-changing ideas to market, including: helping to start the voluntary renewable energy credit (REC) market; creating the first voluntary water restoration product (WRC); helping launch the first community-funded solar project in the nation; co-creating the Change the Course water sustainability campaign; and building the nation’s most comprehensive K-12 renewable energy STEM education program. Learn more at

MicroEdge Announces GIFTS Online 5.3

Thu, 2015-07-30 20:23

MicroEdge®, a Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) company and provider of solutions to the giving community, today announced the release of GIFTS Online® 5.3, a significant update to the leading cloud-based grants and scholarship management system.

This release brings major improvements to Online Review functionality including a redesigned, intuitive user interface with enhanced branding and personalization opportunities. In addition, GIFTS Online users now have increased administrative control with new configuration and management tools for Online Reviews. These upgrades help to facilitate communication between staff and reviewers for a more collaborative GIFTS Online experience.

GIFTS Online 5.3 streamlines and improves philanthropic organizations’ ability to more effectively collaborate with reviewers and board members within GIFTS Online. It is now easier than ever for grantmakers to work and communicate with their reviewers, and for their reviewers to collaborate with each other through the redesigned GIFTS Online Reviewer Portal.

“GIFTS Online represents the future of grantmaking, given the growing trend toward cloud-based software solutions,” said Kristin Nimsger, former CEO of MicroEdge, now vice president and general manager of Blackbaud’s Foundation and Corporate Markets Group. “Board members and reviewers are key to the grantmaking process. When they are able to quickly and easily provide insight via our intuitive, mobile-responsive portal, they are better connected to the organization, grantees and applicants. GIFTS Online enables them to make the best decision for the organization ensuring the highest degree of impact for the constituents they serve.”

GIFTS Online is MicroEdge’s fully hosted, cloud-based grants and scholarship management system that helps corporate, private, community and other foundations of all types and sizes maximize the impact and efficiency of their grantmaking with powerful tools for reporting, tracking, collaborating and analyzing the effectiveness of their giving.

To learn more about GIFTS Online visit or contact MicroEdge at or 800.899.0890.

About MicroEdge
Established in 1985, MicroEdge is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackbaud, Inc., headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit

About Blackbaud
Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management,eMarketingadvocacyaccountingpayment and analytics, as well as grant managementcorporate social responsibilityeducation and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

Forward-looking Statements

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at or upon request from Blackbaud's investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

Seabourn Partners with Photographer Geoff Steven to Photograph UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Thu, 2015-07-30 18:23

Have you heard? We’re partnering with Geoff Steven, director of the Our Place World Heritage Collection, an official partner of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Through the partnership, Steven will capture images of less photographed World Heritage Sites at destinations where Seabourn ships visit!

Steven will also share his rare perspective, knowledge, and experience documenting the many World Heritage Sites around the globe as a guest lecturer in our Seabourn Conversations onboard enrichment program. He will also offer photography tips and coaching as guests visit these impressive sites.

"Our partnership with Geoff and Our Place is a perfect fit. Seabourn visits an extensive array of ports that are home to hundreds of World Heritage Sites, and there is no one better to capture imagery of these historic destinations than Our Place," said John Delaney, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "With his talent through the lens and expertise and knowledge on the subject, Geoff will offer a unique perspective on the significance of these destinations, what they mean for the world, and why they must be protected."

Steven will sail on Seabourn Quest's 14-day "Majestic Fjords and North Cape" cruise along the coast of Norway photographing the Norwegian Fjords which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Departing Copenhagen on July 11, 2015, and landing as far north as Honningsvag, Norway, before returning July 25, the voyage marks Steven's second Seabourn cruise and is a continuation of his partnership with the cruise line. He sailed on Seabourn Odyssey's 12-day "Gems of the Java Sea," late last year, participating in Seabourn Conversations and photographing World Heritage Sites, all documented in "No Need for Straight Horizons".

Steven's "Our Place" project has official partnership status with UNESCO and is considered "the first official World Heritage photographic databank." To date, Steven and his team of 20 photographers have captured over 360 sites in more than 90 countries for use in global promotions, as well as to be archived for posterity.

"The sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list are some of the planet's most significant locations. They are also some of the most photogenic places that one could ever wish to visit," said Steven. "Our Place is excited about the unique opportunity that Seabourn has given us to travel to these special places and use our photographs to spread the message about World Heritage to their guests and the wider public. I believe that if people are made aware of the world's heritage, then they can care for it. Together with the Seabourn team, we want to work to further this ideal," added Steven.

"We are pleased to see that two valuable partners of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre are now working together towards strengthening the visibility and the conservation of World Heritage sites," said Kishore Rao, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "This is exactly the type of public involvement we need to raise the profiles of the cultural and natural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List and to guarantee the conservation of the world's heritage," added Mr. Rao. 

Seabourn's ships circle the globe throughout the year and include more than 150 designated World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The company supports the World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme aiming to ensure that tourism delivers benefits for the conservation of sites and local communities. The line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts. Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a donation to UNESCO's World Heritage Fund.

To view some of the more than 360 World Heritage sites currently documented by the Our Place team and to see some of Geoff Steven's photographs selected from sites he has personally photographed, please visit

For more information about the World Heritage Convention, please visit

Photo credit :: Ralph Grizzle.

Gildan Releases 2014 Update of Corporate Social Responsibility Website

Wed, 2015-07-29 23:22

(Marketwired) - Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX: GIL)(NYSE: GIL) today announced that it has released the 2014 update of the Company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) website,, following the GRI-G4 guidelines. Included in the update are the Company's CSR achievements for 2014 and our progress for each one of our targets.

Throughout the year, the Company has continued to develop and implement industry-leading practices with respect to working conditions, environmental footprint, community support, and responsibly-made product offerings. "Gildan's CSR programs and initiatives are central to the Company's overall business strategy," said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain committed to investing in our vertical integration and the implementation of best-in-class practices across the whole organization. Our growth and continued success rely upon driving continuous improvements in our operations and empowering our employees."


Gildan aims to maintain ethical, safe and stimulating working conditions for all of its over 42,000 employees. Globally, the Company created over 8,000 jobs in 2014 to support its growth strategy, while it offered close to 1 million man-hours of training to its employees. Gildan's fully equipped medical clinics provided more than 87,000 instances of medical attention free of charge to employees within its manufacturing facilities. In 2014, a total of 244 internal and external audits were performed at the Company's owned facilities and at third-party contractor facilities, in support of Gildan's commitment to the highest standards of labour practices and working conditions. As part of the continuous improvement of the Company's social compliance program and with the objective of driving best practices in the industry, Gildan also began the process of auditing key raw material suppliers.


As one of the world's largest manufacturers of basic apparel, Gildan upholds a strong sense of environmental responsibility. The Company is committed to developing innovative environmental solutions with the expressed objective to reduce our environmental footprint. In 2014, 53% of Gildan's total energy was powered by renewable sources and the Company repurposed or recycled more than 90% of the waste from its operations. Gildan has surpassed, ahead of schedule, some of the environmental targets it had set for 2015. For example the Company established a 20% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity reduction target by 2015, using 2010 as a base year. In 2014 Gildan had already achieved a 45% reduction in GHG emissions intensity.


Gildan continued to play an active role in the community through its contributions and involvement, investing in educational activities and infrastructure, with a focus on the regions in which it operates. For example, the Company invested in the EDUCANDO program in the Dominican Republic, which supported elementary school activities to recognize students' academic excellence and also made a significant investment for renovations at two schools in Choloma, Honduras to provide improved environments for students.


In 2014, we completed our Company-wide life cycle assessment andconducted product life cycle assessments for 24 products. The assessments were completed taking into consideration three years of data, allowing for better comparison and benchmarking. We are pleased to report that over the three-year assessment period, the manufacturing phase of the life cycle decreased its footprint for the climate change and resources indicators due primarily to the implementation of biomass steam generation at the Rio Nance complex facilities.


For social and environmental responsibility professionals, the information in this website has been structured in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines - "Comprehensive". Gildan has presented its reporting for 2014 to the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service, and received the confirmation that, at the time of publication of the G4 Guidelines-based report, General Standard Disclosure G4-17 to G4-27 were correctly located in both the Content Index and in the text of the final report.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier 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(R), Gold Toe(R), Anvil(R) and Comfort Colors(R) brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret(R), Silks(R) and Therapy Plus(TM) brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour(R), and licenses for the Mossy Oak(R) and New Balance(R) brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company 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 and the United States, and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 42,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites and, respectively.

UPS Makes Substantial Move To Renewable Fuels

Wed, 2015-07-29 22:22

UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world.

The agreements with three leading suppliers of renewable fuels, secure access to an advanced renewable diesel fuel in order to meet the company’s objectives for alternative fuel utilization. Neste, Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Solazyme will supply renewable diesel to UPS to help facilitate the company’s shift to move more than 12% of its purchased ground fuel from conventional diesel and gasoline fuel to alternative fuels by the end of 2017. UPS has previously announced a goal of driving one billion miles with our alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2017.

“Advanced alternative fuels like renewable diesel are an important part of our strategy to reduce the carbon emissions impact of our fleet,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president, global engineering and sustainability. “We have used more than three million gallons of renewable diesel to date with positive results. Renewable diesel has a huge impact significantly reducing lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent less versus conventional petroleum diesel. Renewable diesel also performs well in cold weather, does not have any blending limitations and can be easily ‘dropped in’ to our fuel supply chain without modifications to our existing diesel trucks and equipment.”

Renewable diesel is an advanced hydrocarbon-based fuel that is fully interchangeable with petroleum diesel and offers superior performance and benefits, much like how synthetic lubricants are used in cars instead of petroleum-based lubricants. Bio-based feedstocks from fats, plant oils and waste residues are converted to renewable diesel using advanced refining technologies. These new bio-refineries also have the capability to produce other renewable fuels such as renewable jet fuel, renewable gasoline and renewable propane.

“UPS believes these agreements are especially important because they  will help stimulate demand for investment in refinery technologies and sustainable feedstocks needed to produce renewable fuels at a total cost that is comparable to more carbon-intensive petroleum fuels,” said Wallace.

UPS has been using renewable fuels for more than a year in trucks operating in Texas and Louisiana. The new agreements pave the way for expanded use across the U.S. and potentially in parts of Europe.

Neste, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel. Neste produces NEXBTL renewable diesel from a variety of feedstocks including more than half from waste and residues.

REG, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, produces renewable hydrocarbon diesel fuel from waste vegetable oils and animal fats at its Geismar, Louisiana, bio-refinery as well as biodiesel at nine bio refining locations in the U.S.

Solazyme, headquartered in San Francisco, produces a blended fuel made from microalgae and other renewable feedstocks. 

“Developing alternative, economically viable energy sources is critical to UPS’s commitment to reduce our environmental impact, improve communities and foster economic development opportunities around the world,” Wallace said.

Additionally, earlier today, UPS released its 13th annual 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its growing investment in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world.  Learn more about our efforts at Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at® and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

About Neste

Neste is a forerunner in oil refining and renewable solutions. Neste offers customers cleaner traffic solutions and industrial products based on cutting-edge research. Neste is the leading producer of renewable diesel in the world, with an annual production volume of more than 2 million tons and the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues. Neste’s sustainable practices have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies. Neste shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Learn more at

About Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. REG utilizes a nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 10 active biorefineries across the country, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuels and chemicals. For more information on REG visit our website at

About Solazyme

Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM) is a renewable oil and bio-product company that transforms a range of low-cost, plant-based sugars into high-value oils. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s renewable products can replace or enhance oils derived from the world’s three existing sources – petroleum, plants and animal fats. Solazyme is focused on commercializing its products into four target markets: (1) fuels and chemicals, (2) nutrition, (3) encapsulated lubricants and (4) consumer products. Learn more at

American Electric Power Releases 2014 Environmental Performance Summary

Wed, 2015-07-29 18:21

AEP’s 2014 Environmental Performance Summary highlights the diversification of AEP’s power generation portfolio along with investments in environmental controls that have resulted in environmental benefits.

Since 2005, AEP’s carbon emissions have gone down 15 percent while sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury emissions also have decreased significantly. Emissions from AEP’s power plants will continue to decline as the company retires additional coal-fueled generating units and further diversifies its fuel portfolio.

By the end of 2016, AEP will retire more than 6,500 megawatts (MW) of coal-fueled generating capacity to comply with new environmental regulations and respond to weak electricity demand growth, aging infrastructure and continued competition from natural gas and renewables.

AEP’s power generation portfolio has steadily become more fuel diverse and balanced as the company has increased its use of natural gas and renewable resources to generate electricity, as well as investing in energy efficiency.  The company’s efforts include:

  • Increasing the use of renewables by 12 percent by 2026 (from 2005 baseline);

  • Adding nearly 5,000 MW of natural gas generating capacity to our power plant fleet since 2004;

  • Reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by almost 80 percent since 1990;

  • Reducing mercury emissions by nearly 54 percent since 2001; and

For more information, view the AEP 2015 Corporate Accountability Report online or download the app in the iTunes store.

UPS Accelerates Progress Toward Sustainability Goals

Wed, 2015-07-29 17:21

 UPS (NYSE: UPS) today released its 13th annual Sustainability Report, highlighting its growing investment in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and commitment to log 20 million hours of volunteer time by the end of 2020.

With its "Rolling Laboratory" approach, UPS accelerated its investment in an alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles last year, increasing the number of vehicles by 61 percent over 2013 and adding 1,100 natural gas vehicles. According to the report, UPS logged 154 million miles in 2014 toward its goal of driving 1 billion miles with the fleet by the end of 2017 – an almost threefold increase from 2013.

“It took 13 years to drive the first 350 million miles with our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet,” said Rhonda Clark, UPS chief sustainability officer and vice president of environmental affairs. “In just one year we were able to build dramatically on that number and we are now more than halfway to our 2017 goal. With continued investments in this fleet, we are doing our part to help transform the transportation industry.”

UPS reported that 5.4 percent – or 25 million gallons – of its total gas and diesel purchased in 2014 was displaced with alternative fuels including natural gas, propane, ethanol, biomethane, renewable diesel, and electricity. The commitment to alternative fuel and advanced technologies will allow UPS to reduce its annual use of gasoline and diesel 12 percent by the end of 2017.

The report also highlights two global trends facing the transportation and logistics industry: an increase in consumer e-commerce and growth in urbanization. E-commerce shipments are typically business-to-consumer (B2C) and fewer packages per stop, compared to business-to-business (B2B) deliveries. This means carriers may be driving more miles and using more fuel to deliver fewer goods.

While e-commerce drove a 6.8 percent increase in package volume globally in 2014, UPS emitted fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per package, with total carbon emissions growing just 3.3 percent. The 14.1 percent reduction in carbon intensity achieved since 2007 is equal to removing more than 380,000 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.

With consumer deliveries expected to grow to half of UPS’s U.S. business volume by 2019, the company deploys innovative strategies and technologies to address this challenge, including the ORION routing system, UPS My Choice™ service and UPS Access Point™ locations. These services give consumers control over when and where they receive deliveries, which helps UPS avoid unnecessary miles.

Global population shifts from rural to urban areas translates into more congestion, noise, and pollution in cities. UPS works closely with its customers, government leaders and other stakeholders to develop new delivery methods to reach dense urban areas. For example, UPS has 28 electric trucks operating in London and expects to add another 40 within the next few years to reach its goal of having an all-electric fleet in London’s city center. UPS also operates 80 electric vehicles in cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hamburg and in some urban centers the company is using bikes for deliveries.

“Urbanization and e-commerce growth create unique challenges for us, our customers and the communities we serve,” continued Clark. “UPS is committed to meeting those challenges, minimizing our impact on the environment and paving the way for a more sustainable future.”

UPS also continued its long history of giving back to the community with a 2014 pledge to commit 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020. UPS employees and retirees, friends and families logged 7.2 million volunteer hours since 2011. The company expects the 20 million hours of volunteer work to translate into nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact to nonprofit organizations around the world.

Assuring humanitarian relief reached those in need around the world as quickly as possible continues to be a UPS priority. UPS employees and the global logistics network coordinated more than 263 humanitarian relief shipments of food, health and emergency goods in 43 countries. The effort provided funding and logistics support to areas affected by the Ebola epidemic, the Syrian refugee crisis and severe weather in the Philippines and U.S.

For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit  

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world.  Learn more about our efforts at Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at® and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

Sustainable Brands Relocates Brand Innovation Conference to Beaumont Windsor Estate

Wed, 2015-07-29 15:21

 Sustainable Brands® recently announced details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, November 16-18. SB’15 London will gather nearly 500 senior-level brand strategists, sustainability executives and business model innovators for co-creative dialogue at an ‘out-of-the-city’ venue with intent to spark new and unexpected ideas. The program theme, ‘How Now’, is set to explore and demonstrate How brands can tap into emerging innovation to successfully scale sustainability to the next level Now to accelerate business success. 

Known for inspiring and enabling brand value creation through innovation for sustainability at scale, Sustainable Brands will gather over 80 global thought leaders and practitioners who are influencing the way brands innovate and communicate to lead over 40 interactive discussion groups, breakout sessions, plenary presentations and networking activities. Every session will be specifically designed to allow forward-thinking business/brand leaders to learn how others are turning environmental and social challenges into opportunity to deliver new forms of brand value in response.

“Thanks to many market drivers, data shows that demand for new products, services and business models that deliver purpose together with profit is picking up steam world-wide,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder of Sustainable Brands. “A shift in thinking, as well as new tools and partnerships is required to enable brands to navigate to success in this pivotal time in history. This year, our fourth in the UK, we are excited to invite people outside their comfort zones and in to the uncommon setting at the Beaumont Estate, where we will engage participants in seeing a new world of possibility for their brands, and help them build a network of activators that can bring this possibility to life.” 

SB’15 London will focus on practical know-how and specific implementation tips to accelerate and scale success. Program topics will include how to translate high-level sustainability goals into brand strategies that work, how to prioritize  and measure the ROI of sustainability initiatives and innovation,  how to design brand-led social movements that lead your customers to see you as an enabler of positive social change, and more. 

Distinguished faculty and highlights include:

  • Albert Mathieu, President Biscuit Category Europe at Mondelēz speaking on creating shared value in the supply chain while making a positive impact on biodiversity.

  • Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability at IKEA UK and Ireland speaking on customer engagement and sustainable lifestyles.

  • Karen Hamilton, Global VP of Sustainable Business at Unilever speaking on driving behavior change at sale and accelerating for-purpose entrepreneurs.

  • Albert Bosch, Adventurer and Entrepreneur speaking about how to navigate complex terrain, thrive outside one’s comfort zone and drive transformational change in the process.

  • Natalie Woodford, SVP Talent, Leadership & Organisation Development at GlaxoSmithKline speaking on experiential learning and transformational change.

  • Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at Kering speaking on next-level sustainable sourcing and innovation.

  • Daniel Vennard, Global Sustainability Director, Corporate Strategy at Mars speaking on new approaches to tackling systemic problems and shifting entire product categories.

  • John Elkington, Founding Partner at Volans speaking on effective engagement of C-Suites, boardrooms and other leaders in a positive to drive business transformation at scale.

  • Rob Drake-Knight, Co-Founder at Rapanui speaking on designing and shaping the next generation of winning brand strategies.

Sustainable Brands is proud to announce support provided by sponsors and partners including BASF, Guardian Sustainable Business, WBCSD, Forum for the Future, SustainAbility, Triple Pundit and others. Offsetters is the official carbon offset provider and water will be neutralized by water projects offset through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Sponsor and partner opportunities are still available for companies with breakthrough ideas, tools and technologies that support business success in sustainability. Contact Jonathan Reese at +1 415.626.2212 for sponsorship opportunities.

The Activation Hub at SB’15 London
Functioning as a thriving marketplace of partners and solutions, The Activation Hub will be an integrated and action-centered component of the program. Those attending will find the conversations and tools necessary to explore how to activate sustainability-led initiatives within their organizations through demonstration and dialogue. Contact Emily Taken-Vertz at +1 415.626.2212 to learn more and discuss alternatives for companies wishing to participate in conversation and debate around a series of topics in The Activation Hub. 

Registration is now open. Further information, including an initial list of speakers and sponsors, a downloadable brochure, volunteer opportunities and conference schedule for the November 16-18 event at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, UK can be found at


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.

Engaging the Workforce in Innovation Initiatives: An Interview with Stephen Garguilo

Wed, 2015-07-29 00:19

(Marketwired) - Innovation as a buzzword is a thing of the past with organizations understanding it is a necessity to survive and stay relevant in the ever-changing market. Organizations are looking at structuring innovation process from ideation to commercialization to optimize their innovation pipeline.

Stephen Garguilo, Head of Instigation at Johnson & Johnson recently spoke with marcusevans about these and other key topics to be discussed at their upcoming 6th Annual Process Driven Innovation Conference, September 22-23, 2015 in Boston, MA.

Your case study covers motivating the workforce to participate in innovation initiatives, can you speak to how you have been able to apply this at Johnson & Johnson?

Steve Garguilo: About four years ago while working in our Consumer group focused on Emerging Markets, I started to recognize how difficult it can be sometimes to try to make new ideas happen in a big company. So I thought, "What can be ways to bring people together to talk about ideas more?" and decided to organize a TEDx event. We organized a small event for 60 people upstairs in a bar after hours, no budget, no permission, and then all of a sudden other teams around the world throughout J&J were asking if they could organize TEDxJNJ events, too. All told, four years later, we've had TEDxJNJ events in over 40 different countries around the world and have established a great way for people to come together to have critical, authentic dialogue about new ideas.

What is your process/strategy for staying ahead of the curve in innovation and continuously generating and pursuing creative and unique innovation culture initiatives?

SG: The biggest ingredient for anyone's inherent personal creativity is diversity of experiences and knowledge, so I intentionally expose myself to myriad different kinds of things, from crazy travel adventures to random online courses to different kinds of people. Each of these serves to plant seeds in my brain that I have no idea where they will grow later, but they're now all up there. The best thing any individual can do is be intentional about getting that diversity and the best thing any organization can do is be intentional about helping expose their employees to that diversity. The next thing organizations should do is support that with intentional structure, process, tools, and "safe spaces" where individuals are incentivized and supported in trying new things, failing fast, prototyping solutions, challenging the status quo, and actively working to do things differently.

What, in your experience, is the greatest benefit you've seen from encouraging the workforce to participate in innovation?

SG: When you have a more open, authentic, creative workforce, there are tremendous benefits. We've seen business development stories from a new telemedicine solution to an accelerated pathway to development for an artificial pancreas to a new disease state being added to our list of priorities. We've also seen great people development stories with employees going from being actively disengaged at work to being incredibly re-engaged and committed. We've also seen various employee initiatives instigated and supported from employee gardens to newly designed workspaces. I get really excited when I see people really change the way they approach work and actively work to further promote creativity in their teams. To me, these stories are the best things. We do, of course, also have "metrics" such as 99% of people reporting that we've increased their willingness and ability to challenge the status quo, 99% of people reporting that we've increased their engagement at work, 99% of people feeling better prepared to pursue new ideas in the workplace, the most viewed web content within the Johnson & Johnson intranet, and Net Promoter Scores of anywhere from +86 to +99 for our programs.

What is your strategy for harnessing the scattered ideas from across the organization into a clear innovation strategy? How do you engage the workforce throughout the process?

SG: Our senior leadership in each of our business units (from our Consumer Group leadership to our Medical Devices leadership to our Pharmaceutical teams leadership and beyond) are ultimately responsible for determining what ideas to best harness and support as part of their business strategies. My role in working to instigate a culture of innovation and help support people as they take personal accountability to tenaciously pursue their ideas is to help people determine exactly where to take those ideas and how to modify them and how to figure out getting them supported throughout the system. Our workforce is highly engaged in that process four years into our journey with just over 10,000 people (out of 128,000 employees) engaged in our community sharing ideas and working to make their ideas happen.

What do you hope attendees will take away from your session? ...From the conference as a whole?

SG: Many "innovation programs" at large companies take a top-down approach, whereas in our experience we've really benefited from having a bottoms-up approach with of course the right top-down support where it makes sense. People can stop hiring horrible, cliché innovation consultancies and start supporting the creators and instigators and troublemakers already existing inside their companies to really realize an innovative culture.

From the conference as a whole, I hope people take away all the dozens of examples they'll have heard about ways companies are driving innovation and then not go to any more conferences and simply start working and making their programs happen.

Stephen will be leading the session "Write Permission Slips for People to Innovate Everyday" on Tuesday, September 22 at the 6th Annual Process Driven Innovation Conference in Boston, MA.

Building on the success of the marcusevans innovation conference series, the 6th Annual Process Driven Innovation Conference will assemble executives charged with navigating every facet of the innovation pipeline and analyze groundbreaking methodologies to effectively manage a multi-tiered innovation portfolio, cultivate a culture that embraces risk and creativity, and generate metrics to monitor the effectiveness, efficiency, and viability of initiatives across the innovation pipeline.

For more information regarding this conference, including pricing and registration, please contact Abby Wilson, Media & PR Coordinator, at (312) 894-6313 or

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Cisco Needs Holy Land Principles

Tue, 2015-07-28 16:17

Cisco, the giant high tech company, headquartered in California, with a huge presence in Israel-Palestine, continues to be pressed to sign the Holy Land Principles— an 8-point corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in the Holy Land.

The Principles are pro-Jewish, pro-Palestinian and pro-company. They do not call for quotas, reverse discrimination, divestment/disinvestment or boycott— only for fair employment by American companies.

The Holy Land Principles, Inc. has a shareholder Resolution filed with Cisco, whose Annual Meeting is later in the Fall.The Resolution calls on Cisco to sign the Holy Land Principles. 

Fr. Sean Mc Manus— President of the Capitol Hill-based Holy Land Principles, Inc. and Irish National Caucus— said: “Who could possibly be opposed to the Holy Land Principles? And who can possibly  deny the centrality of fair employment? Our only claim is that we are filling a vacuum that was crying out to be filled.

For all these  years, the many American companies doing business in the Holy Land (now 545 companies) were never challenged on their fair employment record until the Holy Land Principles were launched.This can be a game-changer. This change in the behavior of American companies offers a path to what Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. would call a positive-peace, through the presence of respect for individual dignity via equal employment, rather than a negative-peace through a mere absence of Israel's Occupation (although that freedom is also, of course, an important and fundamental human right). The Holy Land Principles can do for Palestinians and others what our Mac Bride Principles did for Catholics in Northern Ireland.”

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Here, the issue is not the differences, or, indeed, similarities between Northern Ireland and Palestine-Israel. Rather, the issue is the power and leverage of American companies— not to mention their Environmental, Social and Governance ( ESG) responsibility/ advantage.

Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “We have the precedence — indeed, the empirical evidence— of the Mac Bride Principles, which demonstrated that it was only when the American companies in Northern Ireland signed the Mac Bride Principles that real fair-employment change took place (even though those companies previously had, of course, their own sets of principles in place).That is why we are so convinced the same can happen when Cisco and all the other American companies sign the Holy Land Principles… And, again, the issue here is NOT the differences between Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine: The issue is what happens when American companies  do the right thing—when American investors, consumers,  stakeholders and the entire SRI community demand that American principles follow American investment. That is why we claim that Cisco needs the Holy Land Principles (which are also a practical way for Cisco and all the 545 companies to implement the Ruggie Principles.”

Change the Equation Board of Directors Welcomes CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire

Tue, 2015-07-28 16:17

Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of CEOs committed to improving STEM education for all young people in the U.S., announced that CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire has accepted a position on its board of directors. Gregoire joins current board member CEOs from DuPont, Freeport-McMoRan, and Xerox, and retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

As CEO, Gregoire is widely recognized as a strategic thinker in the information technology industry. He exemplifies CA’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. During his tenure, CA has strengthened its engagement with the communities where its employees live and work, with an emphasis on advancing STEM education for underserved young people. 

CA’s goal, through their efforts in STEM education, is to help transform the lives of young people around the globe and encourage the development of future leaders in IT. Under Gregoire’s leadership, the company has been active in STEM education through its Tech Girls Rock partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which aims to deliver innovative and inspiring learning opportunities to tween and teen girls. CA Technologies is not only funding the initiative, but its employees are participating in workshop events, donating their time to provide expertise and real-world experience.

“We are delighted to have Mike’s leadership and vision at Change the Equation,” said Craig Barrett, CTEq chairman. “He brings a fresh perspective to the board and his passion for STEM education will be instrumental in helping us ensure that every young person in America has a good start in STEM.” 

“Having a strong foundation in STEM is a significant predictor for future success,” Gregoire said. “CA Technologies is fueled by passion in STEM and in joining Change the Equation’s board, I am excited to help ignite that passion in every young person in the country. The work that CTEq does is helping to ensure that Corporate America is best poised to help deliver on the promise and excitement of STEM.” 

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at


About Change the Equation

Since 2010, Change the Equation has been championing the value of a good start through K-12 STEM education, as a means to build and inspire the next generation of America’s workforce. The CEO coalition works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs. CTEq’s coalition of members are working toward universal STEM literacy by advocating for state policies and practices that are known to produce STEM-literate high school graduates; ensuring high standards for all students; and supporting evidence-based high quality STEM learning programs.

President Obama Visits Ethiopia's Faffa Food Share Company, Highlighting Innovative Alliance with Partners in Food Solutions and TechnoServe

Tue, 2015-07-28 16:17

As part of the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Ethiopia, President Obama visited the Ethiopian food company, Faffa Food Share, highlighting a unique public-private partnership that promotes nutrition and food security in Africa. The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) and TechnoServe alliance has helped Faffa Foods and hundreds of other African food companies to improve the nutrition, safety and affordability of their food by providing top industry expertise from global food companies General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM and Bühler.

Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are serious concerns in Ethiopia, where two of five children do not receive critical nutrients to support growth. While the country’s economy is based largely on agriculture, millions of people require humanitarian assistance to survive. Making food more readily available, nutritious and affordable helps improve the lives of children and families and supports economic development.

In 2009, General Mills partnered with TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Together, they developed an initiative to link the technical and business expertise of General Mills employees with small and growing food processors in sub-Saharan Africa, helping those companies produce locally sourced, nutritious, and safe food at affordable prices for both food aid and local retail markets.

The pioneering model initiated by General Mills led to the formation of Partners in Food Solutions, a consortium of world-class companies that now includes General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM of the Netherlands and Switzerland-based Bühler. With support from the Office of United States Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, this alliance has grown to assist more than 700 food companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, providing markets for more than 829,000 smallholder farmers, reaching nearly 5 million people.

In November 2012, USAID sponsored the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing (AAIFP) in partnership with PFS and TechnoServe. The aim of this three-year program is to increase the quality and competitiveness of the Ethiopian food processing sector and expanding the availability of affordable and nutritious foods. It provides technical assistance to medium and large commercial millers, producers of fortified blended foods and flours, bakeries, and pasta manufacturers. More than 100 PFS volunteers have assisted 20 Ethiopian food processors on 72 projects during the last three years, and delivered 12 multi-day training sessions to 700 participants working within the food sector. AAIFP efforts to promote agriculture-related economic growth and improved nutrition, especially among vulnerable populations, support the objectives of the Feed the Future initiative. 

Recognizing the remarkable success and progress toward a more sustainable food supply and healthier children, U.S. President Barack Obama is touring the Faffa Food Share Company, the leading supplier of baby food for children over the age of six months in Ethiopia.  Faffa is one of the companies working with PFS and TechnoServe to help improve product quality and production efficiencies and is supported by USAID through his Feed the Future initiative, which has helped facilitate partnerships to enable increased production of affordable nutritious foods. 

“We are honored to host the first visit by a sitting U.S. President to Ethiopia,” said Zeko Kassim, Faffa Food Share CEO.  “From the beginning of the company, we have tried to fight the debilitating effects of malnutrition on Ethiopian children by producing low-cost, high-protein weaning food and supporting nutrition for children and families, so we are fundamentally aligned with President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative.  Our partnership with USAID, PFS and TechnoServe is helping to substantially improve our quality and boost our growth.” 

Volunteer experts working through PFS share their business and technology expertise with African processors like Faffa to help increase food safety, packaging, processing and marketing. The innovative partnership is providing sustainable solutions for the production and distribution of affordable, nutritious food for families, while also growing markets for African farmers.

For instance, due to seasonal supply and demand, one of Faffa’s processing lines has typically been idle for several months each year. Faffa leaders are working with PFS to identify and add new products that will help make more effective use of existing equipment. Other improvements facilitated by PFS food industry experts (volunteers) include making the Faffa facility more energy-efficient; updating manufacturing processes such as extrusion and drying, and increasing the quality of products such as cornflakes and other breakfast cereals.

“We know that improvements in the food-processing sector have the greatest multiplier effect throughout the local and regional economy,” said Jeff Dykstra, co-founder and CEO, Partners in Food Solutions. “We focus on companies like Faffa that create markets for smallholder farmers and have a big impact on well-being by producing safer, more nutritious, more affordable food for consumers.  Moreover, we are leveraging $2 for every $1 of U.S. taxpayer investment in Ethiopia.”

“This is an excellent example of how the public and private sectors can come together to support development,” said Will Warshauer, President and CEO of TechnoServe. “Knowledge transfer is a powerful tool that has helped this partnership deliver significant economic and nutritional impact. The expert assistance of volunteers from leading food enterprises enables these African companies to build on this sense of achievement and go from strength to strength long into the future.”

In late August 2014, four U.S. senators visited the same Faffa facility to better understand application of U.S. taxpayer dollars in Feed the Future and USAID-supported nutrition and agricultural programs in Africa. They included senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

“I had the chance to tour a company helped by Partners in Food Solutions in Ethiopia and see first-hand their work to increase food security and nutrition throughout Africa,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “By utilizing the expertise of great Minnesota companies like General Mills and Cargill, Partners in Food Solutions is an example of the type of public-private partnerships that can strengthen communities across the globe.”


About Faffa Food Share Company
Faffa Food Share Company is a food processing pioneer in Ethiopia. It was established in 1962 as an Ethio-Swedish joint venture with the objective of reducing risk of malnutrition among children in Ethiopia by producing low-cost, high-protein weaning food. Faffa is the largest supplier of baby food for Ethiopian children over the age of six months.

About Partners in Food Solutions
Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) is a partnership that aggregates, mobilizes and remotely transfers employee expertise from world-class companies — General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM and Bühler — to small and growing food companies in Africa. Its goals are to improve the ability of those companies to produce more high-quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices, and to increase market demand for crops from smallholder farmers. PFS collaborates closely with TechnoServe and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

About TechnoServe
TechnoServe is a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty. It works with enterprising men and women in 30 developing countries to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, it helps them create lasting prosperity for their families and communities. With millions of people positively impacted by its work since 1968, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Tiffany & Co. Releases Latest Sustainability Report

Tue, 2015-07-28 15:17

Tiffany & Co. today released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, now available online at, which outlines Tiffany’s sustainability initiatives and ongoing commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

“At Tiffany, we believe that sustainability is a critical element of our business strategy, and that sustainable principles should be practiced in every part of our company,” said Frédéric Cumenal, Tiffany & Co. CEO. In his first month as CEO, Cumenal appointed the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Anisa Kamadoli Costa. The CSO will set the strategic sustainability agenda to ensure continuous improvement of social and environmental performance and further align with business objectives. 

The 2014 Sustainability Report provides an overview of the company’s efforts around Tiffany’s most important environmental and social challenges, with a focus on responsible mining and sourcing of raw materials, ranging from diamonds and gold to packaging. Whether it’s protecting pristine landscapes like Yellowstone National Park and Bristol Bay from the damaging effects of mining, or voicing support for those protecting human rights in Angola and Zimbabwe, Tiffany & Co. believes that it must use the power of its brand and voice to encourage responsible and ethical behavior.

The following highlights specific areas of the report, which align with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and United Nations Global Compact reporting frameworks.

Responsible Mining: In 2014, significant progress was made toward the development of a globally recognized standard for responsible mining. As a founding member of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), Tiffany has collaborated with representatives from industry, NGOs, impacted communities, labor organizations and others to develop true third-party, multistakeholder standards for responsible mining. In 2015, after years of important dialogue, debate and productive compromise, IRMA plans to pilot the draft standard and release a revised draft before a final standard is adopted.

Unique within the jewelry industry, Tiffany has taken an innovative approach to sourcing by forming direct relationships with many of the mines that supply diamonds and precious metals. In 2014, Tiffany received 100% of its rough diamonds either directly from a known mine or a supplier with multiple known mines. A vast majority of the Company’s rough diamonds are cut and polished at Laurelton Diamonds facilities around the world to maintain the highest quality standards.

Paper and Packaging: To ensure that the paper for Tiffany Blue Boxes and bags is responsibly sourced, 100% of paper suppliers for boxes and bags in 2014 were FSC® certified. FSC® certification assures that wood and paper products come from renewable and well-managed resources. In 2014, the     Tiffany Blue Box® was made with more than 89% recycled content, and the Tiffany Blue bag was made with 50% recycled content.

Building Footprint: Tiffany committed to reducing total global GHG emissions by 15% from 2013 to 2020. To this end, the Company continued a global initiative to replace energy-intensive lights in retail displays with efficient LED lights and expanded it to include LED overhead lighting. By the end of 2014, over 30 retail locations were retrofitted with LED overhead lighting, with an additional 35-40 locations planned in 2015.

Our Employees: Tiffany recently introduced the Tiffany Academy for Excellence and Diversity in Leadership, a talent pipeline and rotational development program to attract, retain and advance diverse, high-potential talent. The Tiffany Academy’s current focus is on key departments in the United States, with the potential to expand. This is part of an important initiative to reframe Tiffany’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Diversity is a long held core value and the Company is excited about the potential opportunities that can be capitalized on from a talent and business perspective. 

Charitable Giving: Charitable giving is an important part of the Company’s culture. Tiffany has a history of supporting cultural institutions in the company’s home base, New York City. For example, this year Tiffany entered into a long-term partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art to support the Whitney’s 2017, 2019 and 2021 Biennials. Further, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation continues to play a key role in the Company’s sustainability efforts, supporting leading organizations working in areas like responsible mining and coral conservation.

For more details on these highlights and to read the full report, please visit or follow #TiffanyCSR. 

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit

TIFFANY, TIFFANY & CO., T&CO., the TIFFANY BLUE BOX and the color TIFFANY BLUE are trademarks of Tiffany and Company and its affiliates.

Advisory: Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to Host Corporate Philanthropy Institute

Tue, 2015-07-28 14:17

Northern California Grantmakers and Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host the 2015 Corporate Philanthropy Institute on Monday, Sept. 21, in San Francisco. This day-long annual conference brings together leading corporate social responsibility and philanthropy practitioners to share best practices and learn about and apply the latest trends in the field from expert panelists and speakers. The 2015 conference theme is Authenticity: The power in staying true to a company’s business, culture and values

Attendees will explore the following: How companies are going about breathing authenticity and value into corporate social responsibility efforts; how new models are being created that take into account the needs and interests of the community as well as other stakeholders; how the simplicity of programming can be a tool for success; and how in our “post-recession world,” we ensure that we are living our principles. Marina Gorbis, a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director of the Institute for the Future, will provide the opening keynote. 

Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future
Tayla Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Transformation Communications, Western Union
Suzanne Gilbert, Ph.D., Senior Director of the Innovation and Sight Program, Seva Foundation
Lakshmi Karan, Executive Director, Genentech Foundation
Millicent Johnson, Manager of SF Gives, Tipping Point
Freda Kapor Klein, Ph.D., Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Rajiv Thadani, Principal, KPMG LLP
Carrie Varoquiers, President, Workday Foundation & VP of Global Impact, Workday Inc.
Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America

A full list of speakers is available here.

2015 Corporate Philanthropy Institute: “Authenticity: The power in staying true to a company’s business, culture and values”

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-3008

Visit the Corporate Philanthropy Institute event page to register now.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has $6.5 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Learn more at

About Northern California Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is a philanthropic community of individuals, foundations, corporate contributions programs, nonprofit intermediaries and other private and public grantmakers. NCG was started in 1965 to exchange ideas, improve cooperation among foundations, and increase their knowledge of community problems. Since its founding, the organization has grown to include over 150 grantmaking organizations and individuals, with combined grantmaking of more than $3 billion annually. Today the work of NCG’s continues to emphasize the sharing of ideas but increasingly is focused on meeting the professional development needs of members; nurturing collaborative philanthropy across issues and geography; and providing tailored services that address the unique needs of philanthropy. Visit to learn more.

World’s First Malaria Candidate Vaccine – Not-for-profit Price – Receives Positive Opinion from European Regulators.

Mon, 2015-07-27 22:04

GSK announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive scientific opinion for its malaria candidate vaccine MosquirixTM, also known as RTS,S, in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. Following this decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) will now formulate a policy recommendation on use of the vaccine in national immunisation programmes once approved by national regulatory authorities.

RTS,S, which was developed in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), is the first candidate vaccine for the prevention of malaria to reach this milestone. While other vaccines tackle viruses or bacteria, RTS,S has been designed to prevent malaria caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, which is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In 2013, there were an estimated 584,000 deaths from malaria with around 90 percent of these occurring in SSA, and 83 percent in children under the age of five in SSA1.

The CHMP scientific opinion is a key step in the regulatory process toward making RTS,S available alongside existing tools currently recommended for malaria prevention. The positive opinion for young children was based on the review of data assessing the candidate vaccine’s safety, efficacy and quality. Clinical data submitted for CHMP assessment were mainly from a Phase III clinical trial programme involving more than 16,000 young children that was conducted by 13 African research centres in eight African countries (Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania).

Data from this trial programme demonstrate that over the first 18 months following three doses of RTS,S, malaria cases were reduced by almost half in children aged 5-17 months at the time of first vaccination and by 27% in infants aged 6-12 weeks. At study end, four doses of RTS,S reduced malaria cases by 39% over four years of follow-up in children, and by 27% over three years of follow-up in infants2. In areas of the highest malaria burden more than 6,000 clinical malaria cases were prevented over the study period for every 1,000 children vaccinated2. The efficacy of RTS,S was evaluated in addition to existing malaria control measures, such as insecticide treated bed nets, which were used by approximately 80% of the children and infants in the trial.

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “Today’s scientific opinion represents a further important step towards making available for young children the world's first malaria vaccine. While RTS,S on its own is not the complete answer to malaria, its use alongside those interventions currently available such as bed nets and insecticides, would provide a very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most. The work doesn’t stop here and GSK remains committed to investing in R&D for malaria vaccines and treatments to find more ways to tackle this devastating disease.”

Dr David C. Kaslow, Vice President of Product Development at PATH said: “Today marks a significant scientific milestone for the long-standing partnership to develop a vaccine, yet several more steps remain before a malaria vaccine might reach the young children in Africa who most need protection against this deadly human parasite. PATH will continue to work with GSK and other partners to ensure that the evidence is available, as soon as possible, to support informed decision-making on those remaining steps.”

GSK has committed to a not-for-profit price for RTS,S so that, if approved, the price of RTS,S would cover the cost of manufacturing the vaccine together with a small return of around five percent that will be reinvested in research and development for second-generation malaria vaccines, or vaccines against other neglected tropical diseases.

Next steps

Following the CHMP positive scientific opinion, two of the WHO’s independent advisory groups, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) will now jointly review the evidence base for RTS,S and make a joint policy recommendation for how it might  be used alongside other tools to prevent malaria in the event the vaccine candidate is approved by national regulatory authorities in SSA. The WHO has indicated that such a policy recommendation may be possible by end of this year.

Following the WHO policy recommendation, GSK will also submit an application to the WHO for pre-qualification of RTS,S. WHO pre-qualification involves a scientific assessment of the quality, safety and efficacy of any new  vaccine proposed for introduction in WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization. A pre-qualification decision is used by the United Nations agencies and other large scale public procurement agencies to help inform vaccine purchasing decisions.

Once a WHO pre-qualification is granted, GSK would then apply for marketing authorisation in countries in sub-Saharan Africa on a country-by-country basis. These regulatory and policy decisions would, if positive, enable countries to begin implementation of RTS,S through their universal immunisation programmes.

Both a WHO policy recommendation and WHO pre-qualification are requirements for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support eligible African countries for introducing RTS,S into local immunisation programmes supported by UNICEF.


Notes to Editors

  • Mosquirix is the brand name given to this malaria candidate vaccine. Its scientific name, RTS,S, reflects the composition. RTS,S also contains the AS01 adjuvant system

  • RTS,S aims to trigger the body’s immune system to defend against the Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite when it first enters the human host’s bloodstream and/or when the parasite infects liver cells. It is designed to prevent the parasite from infecting, maturing and multiplying in the liver, after which time the parasite would re-enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells, leading to disease symptoms.

  • The safety and efficacy of RTS,S has been evaluated in a large-scale Phase III trial, in which it was administered in three doses, one month apart, with an additional fourth dose given 18 months later. Results from this trial have consistently demonstrated that RTS,S can help to protect children against malaria in endemic countries, when used in addition to other malaria control measures such as bed nets.

  • RTS,S is the most advanced malaria vaccine candidate in development globally. It was created in 1987 by scientists working at GSK laboratories. Early clinical development was done in collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research. In January 2001, GSK and PATH, with grant monies from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to PATH, entered into a public-private partnership to develop an RTS,S-based vaccine for infants and young children living in malaria-endemic regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • GSK has invested more than $365 million to date and expects to invest a further $200 to $250 million until development is completed. Between 2001 and the end of 2014, the MVI, supported by grants from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, invested more than $200 million to advance the RTS,S project.

  • The EMA’s CHMP opinion is a final stage in the Article 58 procedure initiated in July 2014, by which the CHMP gives a scientific opinion, in co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO), on a medicinal product for human use that is intended exclusively for markets outside of the European Union (EU). This assessment requires medicinal products to meet the same standards as those intended for use in the EU.


GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report

Mon, 2015-07-27 17:04

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report, which provides an overview of its economic, social and environmental impacts and performance. As the largest international cable company, Liberty Global remains committed to making a positive social contribution through its core cable TV and broadband business and by meeting its responsibilities to stakeholders.

Highlights of the 2014 CR Report include:

  • Empowering young people to acquire and grow their digital skills through programs such as CoderDojo and YouRock. Liberty Global became a partner of both programs, which are part of its ‘promoting a digital society’ strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the European Commission's Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

  • Engaging with thousands of entrepreneurs across several markets in online competitions and initiatives to support innovation in digital society. Projects included Pitch to Rich in the U.K., Telenet’s Ideaslab in Belgium, Connected Health in the Netherlands and Think Big in Poland

  • Continuing to make advances in conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions relative to our key measure - the amount of data traffic consumed by our customers. As compared to 2013, the company improved its energy efficiency by 34% and its carbon efficiency by 31%

  • Refurbishing 4.4 million set-top boxes and modems, avoiding approximately 7,200 metric tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfill sites. This also resulted in a financial saving of $320 million

  • Continuing Liberty Global’s partnership with global supply chain assessment specialist EcoVadis to implement a robust approach for assessing social and environmental performance of Liberty Global’s suppliers

The report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the leading international framework for sustainability reporting. Liberty Global also undertook external assurance of GHG emissions using the assurance standards ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410.

Liberty Global’s corporate responsibility performance has been recognized by leading sustainability indices, including the FTSE4Good Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. In 2015, Liberty Global was named the RobecoSAM Industry Mover, achieving the largest proportional performance improvement among industry peers. Additionally, the company substantially improved its position in the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings, placing #157 (up from #295 in 2014), and became a constituent of the MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes.

Rick Westerman, Chairman of Liberty Global’s Corporate Responsibility Committee, comments: “The digital world presents countless opportunities for millions of people to make their lives better. That’s why promoting a digital society is at the heart of our corporate responsibility strategy and why we are proud to support projects that encourage innovation and help people acquire new skills for a digital world. We are delighted that our achievements continue to be recognized by the likes of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and we look forward to making even more progress in the coming years.”

Liberty Global’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility report is now available at:

About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading products are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 27 million customers subscribing to 56 million television, broadband internet and telephony services at March 31, 2015. In addition, we served five million mobile subscribers and offered WiFi access across over five million access points.

The consumer brands of Liberty Global Group, which is primarily comprised of our European operations, include Virgin Media, Ziggo, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. Our operations also include Liberty Global Business Services and Liberty Global Ventures. The Liberty Latin America and Caribbean Group (“LiLAC Group”), which includes our operations in that region, operates under the VTR and Liberty consumer brands. For more information, please visit

JLL Reinforces Commitment to Global Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship

Mon, 2015-07-27 16:04

JLL launches “Our cities. Our future.” the firm’s recently released 2014 Global Sustainability Report. The Report demonstrates our continuing positive impact in its services and operations around the world. It also validates the increasing influence of ethical business practices and integrity on building and sustaining long-term client relationships and the value companies place on ethical principles and behaviors.

“Sustainability is a key driver for improved performance, allowing us to extend better service offerings to our clients, better value to our shareholders and better career opportunities to our employees,” said Colin Dyer, JLL President and CEO. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we seek to have a positive impact on the world around us and to continue to create enduring value over the long term.”

The results of JLL’s environmentally and socially sustainable operations are described in case studies and client testimonials demonstrating the significant impact of operating as a sustainable, ethical enterprise within the five focus areas of the firm’s Global Sustainability Commitment

Highlights from the 2014 Global Sustainability Report include:

Client service excellence

  • JLL engaged with 58 sustainability global and local organizations and initiatives, such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the World Green Building Council and the World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.

  • Sustainability data from over 160,500 of JLL’s own and client’s buildings are housed on its innovative environmental reporting platforms.

  • Over 3,500 employees received training related to legal, ethics or compliance matters, further embedding ethical behavior into JLL’s corporate culture. 

Workplace, well-being and diversity

  • 80 percent of countries reported that they were undertaking at least one health, safety and well-being initiative.

  • 35 percent of total employees and 27 percent of directors were women.

  • JLL invested $263 per employee in professional training and development in 2014, compared to $235 in 2013.

Community and supply chain

  • In its service offering, JLL included general and industry-specific sustainability criteria in supplier proposals and questionnaires for centrally-managed, multi-client contracts.

  • In its own operations, JLL applied sustainability criteria to its own procurement practices, and strictly enforced a Code of Conduct for vendors.

  • Around the world where JLL operates, employees spent 4,590 days volunteering in local communities, and total charitable giving reached $4.8 million.

Energy & resources

  • Estimated energy savings for United States clients reached 477 million kWh in 2014 alone, equating to estimated cost savings of $47 million – a 27 percent increase in savings from last year.

  • In the U.S. and UK, total greenhouse gas emissions averted from installed or consented renewable energy projects JLL advised on was more than 62,000 metric tons of CO2. There has been a significant increase in the emissions averted through projects that have either been installed or received consent by more than 44,000 metric tons since 2013.

Green buildings

  • JLL employs 1,531 accredited professionals to deliver energy savings for clients and ourselves around the world. In the last year, JLL achieved a total of 87 green building certifications, an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year, covering over 18 million  square feet (over 1.6 million square meters).

  • 17 percent of JLL’s corporate offices featured a green building certification and a further 47 percent of JLL’s offices had green building principles (without a certification).

“In the last year, JLL has grown into a Fortune 500 worldwide, organization employing more than 58,000 employees and serving clients in over 80 countries. We have been able to achieve this growth through an exceptional understanding of our industry and our ability to meet and exceed the needs of our clients,” Dyer said. “These efforts are enhanced through our commitment to sustainability, and by following strategies that support superior client service, sustainable operations and high ethical standards into everything we do.” 

Read the full 2014 Global Sustainability Report, “Our cities. Our future.”

For more news, research and information from JLL, please visit:

Subaru of America and Center for Pet Safety Studies Showcase Promising and Shocking Crash Test Results of Pet Crates and Carriers

Fri, 2015-07-24 21:57

Subaru of America, Inc. and Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, announced today the results of the 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies - a collaborative initiative to examine the effectiveness and safety of pet crates and carriers in the event of a crash. After several eye-opening and informative tests - including instances of complete failure - three top products emerged; CPS has selected the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps as the 2015 Top Performing Crate and both the PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection and Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock as the 2015 Top Performing Carriers.

The top performers surpassed all competing products in the CPS-designed studies, which included testing of crate connections and rigorous crash testing to examine crate and carrier structural integrity.

In the event of a crash, it is important for pet crates and carriers to contain the dog and prevent the animal from becoming a projectile. It is also important for the containment device to remain fully secured at the connection points. If a pet is unrestrained, or the structural integrity should fail, the dog can potentially strike and injure a human passenger.

“We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Michael McHale, Subaru's director of corporate communications. “Alongside Center for Pet Safety, we are proud to help lead the charge in identifying the best crates and carriers for pet lovers everywhere, while, more importantly, making pet parents aware of the safety measures they can take and the dangers that can occur if they don’t. We recommend that owners choose the right sized crate for their dog, which is generally six inches longer than the body of the dog. We are also pleased that our crossover vehicles, which are award winners themselves for safety, accept most crate and carrier sizes.”

While many crate and carrier manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested and safe for use in a vehicle, there are currently no test protocols or performance standards in the U.S. to substantiate these claims. The data gathered from these studies will assist CPS in formulating these much needed crate and carrier testing and performance standards.

Far and away the most impressive crate tested was the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps, a sturdy travel device that was able to withstand the most significant forces generated in CPS testing with a combination of strong structural support and integrity. On the carrier side, the Pet Ego Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier used an innovative ISOFIX-Latch connection, to snap the carrier firmly into place and fully contain the test dog throughout the crash test. Lastly, 2013 CPS Harness Crashworthiness Study honoree, Sleepypod, was also recognized in the carrier category for the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, a product that snugly straps into the seat and showed no evidence of damage after crash testing. The full product performance report studies can be found at

“After our findings in 2013, we were eager to continue working to bring accountability to the pet products industry, while highlighting the products that will help improve safety for the entire family during their travels together,” said Lindsey Wolko, Founder and CEO of Center for Pet Safety. “In partnership with Subaru, the 2015 studies were truly eye-opening and will once again help bring pet safety awareness to millions of pet parents around the globe.”

Subaru and CPS again worked with MGA Research Corporation, an independent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contracted testing laboratory, to conduct rigorous crash testing on leading pet crates and carriers that claimed to be ”Tested”, “Crash Tested,” offer “Crash Protection” or claim they are for use in a vehicle. The 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies were performed using specially-designed crash test dogs, designed to approximate the size and weight of real dogs while providing vital baseline performance data. The partnership continues the work that began in 2013 with CPS’ testing of pet harnesses. The resulting Harness Crashworthiness Study uncovered major differences in performance of popular pet restraints, with many resulting in catastrophic failure that could cause serious injury to both the pet and vehicle passengers.

Based on findings from both the Harness Crashworthiness Study in 2013 and this year’s Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies, Subaru and CPS can offer practical safety tips for pet parents traveling with their four-legged friends. Proper crate sizing is vitally important to ensuring safe travels, as pets should always fit snugly in their crate with just enough room to be comfortable. This will help minimize the risk of pet injury in the case of a sudden stop or accident. It is also imperative that pet owners secure crates and carriers for travel using strength-rated cargo area anchor straps and not elastic or rubber bungee cords. Pets come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, any of which may dictate whether to use a crate, carrier or harness when traveling.

To view the full study results or for more information on how to keep pets safe in vehicles, including best practices and travel tips, please visit

The Center for Pet Safety is not affiliated with the pet product industry. The organization uses scientific testing and references Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to study pet products and establish criteria and test protocols to measure whether pet safety products provide the protection claimed by advocates and intended by the manufacturer.

About the Center for Pet Safety
The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization dedicated to consumer and companion animal safety. Based in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, the Center for Pet Safety’s mission is to have an enduring, positive impact on the survivability, health, safety and well-being of companion animals and the consumer through scientific research and product testing. For additional information visit

About Subaru of America, Inc. 
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit

Sandoz Launches Breathe Africa Program to Improve Asthma Diagnosis, Treatment and Patient Outcomes in Zambia

Fri, 2015-07-24 17:56

Sandoz today announced the launch of Breathe Africa, a respiratory health program aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of asthma through sharing medical expertise and donating medicines. The program will start in Zambia and will bring European doctors to work together with local healthcare professionals, ultimately improving diagnosis, treatment and respiratory health for patients.

“Zambia is ranked number one in the world for mortality due to asthma2,” said Dr. Shabhir Lakhi, Head of Internal Medicine, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia. “Therefore, we have a high unmet need for more effective asthma care. Our current standards are not in line with global best-practice. The Breathe Africa program will help Zambian doctors and nurses, as well as medical students, improve the health and quality of life of Zambians with asthma.”

“Our aim is to deliver real benefit to people with asthma and lay the foundation for better respiratory care in Zambia,” said Richard Francis, Global Head of Sandoz.  “There is a proven link between training healthcare professionals on chronic disease management and improvement in quality of care and health outcomes for patients3,4, so we worked with Zambian institutions and leading asthma specialists to design a respiratory program with a special focus on education. That’s Breathe Africa.”

Breathe Africa’s objectives are threefold: improve asthma medical education for students at the university level as well as healthcare professionals working in clinics; improve access to asthma diagnosis, treatment, and suitable medicines; and improve patient asthma education.

In the program’s first year, Sandoz will support six doctors, from Denmark and Germany, to join a team of 18 healthcare workers to go to Zambia three times on a voluntary basis. During each one-week stay, Sandoz will host an asthma forum where the doctors will share medical expertise in asthma diagnosis and treatment with Zambian healthcare professionals. The volunteer doctors will also visit local clinics in the city of Livingstone to share the latest information on asthma diagnosis and treatment through on-the-job training.

“Breathe Africa provides European doctors the opportunity to contribute to a serious unmet healthcare need in Zambia. For me, this program reflects my hope that we can positively impact patients’ lives and the future of asthma care in the country,” said Professor Klaus Rabe, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Kiel and Director of the Department of Pneumology at Clinic Grosshansdorf, Germany.

Sandoz is calling on doctors from Denmark and Germany with an interest in asthma to submit an application to join Breathe Africa. To apply for Breathe Africa, or to learn more, visit



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1The Economist Intelligence Unit, Sub-Saharan African Healthcare: The User Experience. A focus on non-communicable diseases, 2014. Available at:

2World Health Organization (2011). Available at:

3Helen Smith, Heather Brown, Jitendra Khanna. Continuing education meetings and workshops: effects on professional practice and health-care outcomes: RHL commentary (last revised: 1 October 2009). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization. Available at:

4de-Graft Aikins et al., Developing effective chronic disease interventions in Africa: insights from Ghana and Cameroon Globalization and Health 2010, 6:6. Available at:


About Sandoz
Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals, driving sustainable access to high-quality healthcare. Sandoz employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and supplies a broad range of affordable, primarily off-patent products to patients and customers around the globe. The Sandoz global portfolio comprises approximately 1,100 molecules, which accounted for 2014 sales of USD 9.6 billion. Sandoz holds the global #1 position in biosimilars as well as in generic anti-infectives, ophthalmics and transplantation medicines. Nearly half of Sandoz's portfolio is in differentiated products – products that are scientifically more difficult to develop and manufacture than standard generics. In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has consistently driven growth in selected geographies and differentiated product areas through a series of targeted acquisitions.

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