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Merck Renews Commitment to The Woodmont House at The Children’s Inn at NIH

Wed, 2014-04-16 23:16

The Children’s Inn at NIH today announced a $5 million contribution from the Merck Foundation to support and maintain programs and services at The Inn’s Woodmont House, a transitional home for patients who are participating in pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center.  The Woodmont House is "A Place Like Home" for up to five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illnesses but still require treatment. This grant is the Foundation’s second major gift to The Woodmont House since the home, adjacent to the NIH campus, opened in 2010.

The partnership with Merck began 25 years ago with its initial gift of $3.7 million to build The Inn.  Merck’s total giving now tops $20 million—a remarkable level of support and commitment to The Inn’s mission.

“The Inn and The Woodmont House would not exist today without Merck’s support,” said Inn CEO Kathy L. Russell. “With more than two decades of generous support of The Children’s Inn, Merck and the Merck Foundation have built a legacy of philanthropy that has touched thousands of lives and will benefit many more seriously ill children and their families who will stay at The Inn in the future.”

Most children who come to the NIH for treatment are facing life-threatening illnesses that resist conventional therapy. Since its opening in 1990, The Children’s Inn has hosted 12,000 children from all over the United States and more than 80 other countries. More than 116 children and their families from 11 states and Puerto Rico, and eight other countries have stayed at The Woodmont House over the past four years. On average, families stay for several weeks or months, and the house has proved to be a perfect space for families with children receiving transplants—which entails a 120-day monitoring period following a transplant.  Like all Inn families, they pay nothing regardless of the length of their stay. 

“We are proud of Merck’s long-standing partnership with The Children’s Inn,” said Geralyn S. Ritter, president, Merck Foundation. “Continuing our support of The Woodmont House and the Inn naturally ties into Merck’s commitment to improving access to health, and we applaud The Inn’s staff for their tireless efforts in providing a healing environment for so many children and their families.”

About The Children’s Inn at NIH

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential "Place Like Home" for seriously ill children and their families who travel from across the country and around the world. Families enjoy The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world's leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child's medical needs, The Inn tends to the child's heart, soul and spirit. Families stay at The Inn free of charge, no matter how long. www.childrensinn.org

About The Merck Foundation

The Merck Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation.  Established in 1957 by Merck, a global healthcare leader, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations.  Since its inception, the Merck Foundation has contributed more than $785 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit www.merckgiving.com

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Hosts Ethics & Sustainability Conference Featuring Regional and National Business Leaders

Wed, 2014-04-16 23:16

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) will bring together more than 200 business, academic and government leaders to discuss the need for sustainable business leadership and how ethical, environmental and social objectives can be built into businesses’ core missions and operations.

The “Ethical Environment of Business Sustainability” conference will be held Friday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ).

Panel discussions and presentations on business’ role in environmental and geopolitical stability, as well as the role of corporations in community health and their impact on social innovation will be featured. Speakers include:

  • Richard A. Smith, Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy Holdings Corp., a New Jersey-based global leader in real estate franchising, Realogy’s brands include CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Sotheby’s International Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Smith has been named the “Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate Brokerage” in the Swanepoel Power 200 rankings, and Realogy has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in each of the past three years. Mr. Smith will deliver the keynote address, “Why is an ethical environment within your company critical to its sustainability?”
  • Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014), and former Manager of Policy Development, where she oversaw the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. She will discuss life on the front lines of integrating human rights into business -- including what happens when it all goes wrong.
  • Leading the panel discussions is Gregory Sauter, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer, AECOM. Comprised of more than 45,000 employees in 150 countries, AECOM provides professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government. Sauter is also Board President of Engineers without Borders. He will lead panel discussions on the role of business in environmental and geopolitical stability, and on the health of local communities.

Panelists are:

  • Kevin Lyons, PhD, Supply Chain Professor, Rutgers Business School 
  • Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Audible.com 
  • Paula Luff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
  • Derek Veenhof, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Covanta

“A business has a responsibility to reward shareholders while ensuring that the communities in which it operates have the human and natural resources necessary to thrive in the future,” said IEL co-founder James Abruzzo. “This conference will be an opportunity for more than 200 attendees to learn from strategic thinkers and practitioners who understand how to navigate complexities of true sustainable leadership.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual Ethical Leadership Conference brings together experts from all sectors to address the most pressing current ethical issues in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

“IEL is proud to host this annual event to educate and raise awareness on the importance of ethical leadership,” Abruzzo added. 

The 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference is sponsored by Wells Fargo, AECOM, Verizon and KPMG. For information on available sponsorships, the agenda, and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/programs/business-government/2014-conference, call 973-353-1135 or email leadership@business.rutgers.edu.

About the Institute for Ethical Leadership

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges.  For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/iel

VolunteerMatch to Pilot International Expansion of Corporate Volunteering Network Using TechSoup Global Technology

Wed, 2014-04-16 20:15

VolunteerMatch, the web's largest volunteer engagement network, and TechSoup Global, the international network that leverages technology to help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), announced today a collaboration to increase social impact across the globe.

These seasoned nonprofit organizations will leverage each other’s strengths in technologies for the greater good. The collaboration enables the growth of VolunteerMatch’s expansive network of U.S.- based nonprofits to include NGOs from around the world by utilizing TechSoup Global’s technology to validate these organizations.

Through TechSoup Global's unparalleled international NGO partner network and its expertise in NGO validation, VolunteerMatch will begin providing volunteer engagement services outside the U.S. for the first time. VolunteerMatch is initially offering the service for its community of corporate clients and will make international listings available to their employees around the world. This pilot project promises to strengthen the global NGO community and amplify the social impact of employee volunteer programs — no matter where they are.

VolunteerMatch is piloting the initiative in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and is evaluating additional countries and regions.

 “Today’s world needs a global solution to connect good people and good causes,” said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “To get there, we are going to need to work together with the best. By aligning our strengths, we are breaking new ground and innovating to improve our products and services."

Paul van Haver, TechSoup Global’s vice president of Global Data Services, added:

“We are proud to support VolunteerMatch’s international expansion. Our global validation service helps NGOs connect with a broad range of resources, and this is one example of how collaboration can help further optimize our offerings for the benefit of the entire sector.”

To learn more about VolunteerMatch’s services for volunteers, nonprofits and companies, visit www.volunteermatch.org

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is the world’s largest volunteer engagement network on the Web, with more than 97,000 participating nonprofits, 170 network partners and 10 million annual visitors. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton and Bush. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.

About TechSoup Global

TechSoup Global is an international network of 53 partner NGOs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For over 26 years, it has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving problems in local communities and fostering global social change. TechSoup Global's core competencies include running one of the biggest technology philanthropy programs in the world; providing NGO validation services to funders and corporations; gathering, analyzing, and distributing global social-sector data; and catalyzing community-oriented technology innovations. Today, its global network covers 70 countries and supports 569.000 NGOs with activities resulting in more than $4 billion saved for the sector through 90+ corporate partnerships. To learn more, visit www.techsoupglobal.org.

KPMG to Celebrate Earth Day With Week of Environmental Sustainability Service Projects Nationwide

Wed, 2014-04-16 17:15

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced it will celebrate Earth Day – which takes place on April 22 – with a week devoted to conducting environmental sustainability service projects in its 90 offices throughout the United States.

"Living Green Week" – part of KPMG's Living Green program – will commence on April 21. Examples of projects include performing clean ups and tree and flower plantings in local parks, teaching environmental awareness programs at schools affiliated with KPMG's Family for Literacy program, and holding re-use and recycling drives for local charities.

"Sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy," said Kathy Hannan, national managing partner for Diversity and Corporate Responsibility at KPMG. "Our Living Green program focused on environmental sustainability is integrated into the way we do business – from recruiting to operations, to supplier relationships, to the way we serve our clients and the impact we make in the communities where we live and work."

Tree Planted for Every New Hire

KPMG also is launching a new initiative in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation through which a Ponderosa pine tree will be planted in California's Tahoe National Forest in honor of each new KPMG hire. This effort supports the reforestation of 150 acres of forest burned by fire in late 2011, helping to restore the diverse historical forest.

"For our new hires, the tree planting initiative serves as an important introduction to KPMG's commitment to corporate responsibility," said Hannan. "I also want our people to understand the role they play in helping drive KPMG's commitment to sustaining the environment."

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Children of KPMG professionals participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24 – which takes place during Living Green Week – will also have a chance to "live green" through activities designed to raise environmental awareness and sensitivity. Activities include potting plants, eco-friendly demonstrations such as double-sided printing, and recycling various office materials.

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day theme this year is "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future" and KPMG hopes to inspire and show these future leaders how they can start driving environmental change today through its Living Green Week activities.

About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 155,000 professionals, including more than 8,600 partners, in 155 countries.

GRI G4: One Year On - How Organisations are Creatively Applying GRI G4

Wed, 2014-04-16 17:15

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organization’s to adopt leading and robust sustainability communications framework. With a range of standards moving from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting now available or in development organizations needs to consider and choose the best framework to maximize their sustainability message. There are global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting (IIRC) that will mean that companies need to prepare to disclose their data if they are not already, and for those that are reporting they need to focus on the robustness of their public sustainability stories by choosing the right framework. This webinar will outline and explore the reporting standards emerging or in place and discuss how organizations can references these.

Agenda

  • Why frameworks are critical for sustainability communications clarity
  • A review and comparison of current and developing standards
  • How you can integrate the optimum framework for your organization
  • How SGS can support your organization with the standards

Target Audience
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

Language
English

Cost
No charge

Event location
Online

You will receive logistics after approval of registration. Save the attachment to synchronize with your calendar. We hope to see you there!

*This webinar will be recorded and made available 24-48 hours after the live event via sustainable-development@sgs.com.

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments

Wed, 2014-04-16 16:15

General Mills released its annual Global Responsibility Report today, outlining its approach to creating economic, environmental and social value in the countries where it operates. The company reported progress in the areas most material to its business – health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement. The full report can be accessed on the General Mills website.

For 2013, which marks the 44th year General Mills has shared an annual responsibility report with stakeholders and the community, the company again aligned the report with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This is the third year General Mills has used GRI, the globally recognized standard for environmental, social and governance reporting.

“In pursuit of our goal to stand among the world’s most socially responsible food companies and to sustain our business for the long term, we continue to improve our practices, our products and our supply chains as we work to fulfill our mission of Nourishing Lives,” said Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills. “We are encouraged by the progress we’re making and remain committed to our pursuit of continuous improvement.”

General Mills’ 2020 sourcing commitment, health profile improvements and water stewardship efforts are among the key highlights of this year’s report.

The company’s sustainability mission is to conserve and protect the natural resources and communities upon which the business depends. In fiscal 2013, General Mills committed to sustainably sourcing 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020 – representing more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases. The commitment, part of General Mills’ long-term sustainable sourcing strategy, covers a broad range of raw materials including oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets.

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General Mills continues to improve its practices, products and supply chain as it works to fulfill its mission of Nourishing Lives.

In addition, as a food company, General Mills recognizes the nutrition-related challenges faced by global consumers, ranging from hunger and malnutrition to obesity. The company reported this year on how it is working to be part of the solution – through products, consumer education and philanthropic efforts.

Also in fiscal 2013, General Mills strengthened its commitment to global water stewardship. This year’s Global Responsibility Report outlines progress towards a global water risk assessment of all General Mills plants and growing regions. Part of this assessment includes the identification of eight at risk watersheds and collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a global water stewardship strategy.

“Water is the silent currency that drives our economy – from energy production, to urban water supplies, to food production,” said Adam Freed, Director, Global Securing Water Program, The Nature Conservancy. “Our management of this finite resource is critical to sustaining future growth and a healthy planet. General Mills’ strong leadership and commitment to enhancing the sustainability of its supply chains is a model for corporate water stewardship and an essential ingredient to securing a sustainable future for our farmers, communities, economy, and the ecosystems on which we all depend.”

In addition, General Mills advanced its mission of Nourishing Lives this past year through:

  • Health improvements: General Mills has improved the health profile of 73 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005. In fiscal 2013 alone, the company improved nearly 20 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume. Nutritional improvements touched all General Mills U.S. Retail platforms, including Baking, Cereal, Dairy, Meals and Snacks.
  • Sustainable sourcing: General Mills continues to make progress on sustainable sourcing strategies impacting both the developed and the developing world. The company is collaborating with industry groups, suppliers and North American growers to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture through its leadership in Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. In addition, in 2013, General Mills began working with vanilla supplier Virginia Dare, the international humanitarian organization CARE and Madagascar-based NGO Fanamby on a pilot to improve smallholder farmer incomes as well as the quality, quantity and traceability of vanilla grown in Madagascar. The goal is to help vanilla farmers improve their livelihoods, while ensuring a sustainable and quality supply of vanilla for the future. Madagascar is the world’s leading producer of vanilla and the primary source of the high-quality vanilla used in Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
  • Environmental stewardship: General Mills continues to work toward its fiscal 2015 goal of achieving significant, measurable reductions in energy usage, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water usage and other sustainability metrics. In fiscal 2013, the company achieved its 2015 GHG emissions goal early and made progress towards all other environmental goals, with the exception of water usage rates, which were impacted by recent acquisitions.
  • Workplace excellence: General Mills received numerous awards in 2013. In the U.S., Working Mother magazine included the company on its list of best companies for the 10th year in a row, and the company was named to Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 11th time. Other workplace honors were received in Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.
  • Remarkable philanthropy: In fiscal 2013, General Mills donated more than $153 million (nearly $3 million a week) to key initiatives that support communities around the globe. General Mills and its Foundation have given more than$1 billion to charitable causes worldwide since 1954.

“General Mills is prioritizing efforts where the company can have the greatest impact,” said Jerry Lynch, vice president and chief sustainability officer, General Mills. “We will continue to work with industry partners and non-governmental agencies across our supply chain to identify solutions that create long-term value for our business and society.”

General Mills will be discussing its Global Responsibility Report with a focus on the company’s sustainable sourcing efforts during a Twitterchat on April 23 from 3-4pm EST. Follow #GenMillsSusty to participate. General Mills representatives include: Jerry Lynch, General Mills vice president and chief sustainability officer (@gmills_Jerry) and Steve Peterson, General Mills sourcing director (@gmills_Steve), with moderation provided by CSRwire editorial director Aman Singh (@AmanSinghCSR) and Triple Pundit founder and publisher Nick Aster (@NickAster).

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion.

Meeting the Requirements of The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

Wed, 2014-04-16 15:15

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to provide organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain with the understanding they need to help them prepare to meet the requirements of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI).

Background
The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is an initiative of the major brands in the pharmaceutical sector. PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical companies that share a vision of improved social, economic and environmental outcome for all stakeholders of the pharmaceutical supply chain, focused particularly on acceptable working conditions, safe process and facilities, economic development and a cleaner environment for local communities. The PSCI is based on 5 key principles are based on responsible business practice and management standards in the industrial supply chain and covers ethics, labor, health, safety and environment.

In this webinar we present to suppliers in the pharmaceutical sector how they can prepare themselves to meet the standards required by outlining in further detail what is expected and how to achieve this. This webinar will be of value to any organization in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Target Audience
This webinar will be most of interest to Suppliers in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

Language
English

Cost
No charge

Event location
Online

You will receive logistics after approval of registration. Save the attachment to synchronize with your calendar. We hope to see you there!

*This webinar will be recorded and made available 24-48 hours after the live event via csr@sgs.com.

Global Philanthropy Forum to Draw Premier Roster of Global Philanthropists, Social Investors for 2014 Event

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:14

Over three days in April, the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) will convene a “Who’s Who” of philanthropists, foundation leaders and social investors from across the U.S, Europe, and several of the world’s most dynamic emerging markets to exchange best practices and key learnings on approaches to combat poverty and meet ambitious new development goals.

GPF

The invitation-only event, which takes place April 23-25 in Redwood City, CA, will focus on collaborative efforts between governments and citizen innovators from the private and social sectors to bring to life this year’s theme, “Global Goals, Citizen Solutions.” Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how philanthropy is at the heart of partnerships that leverage each sector’s strengths, and will hear how public, private and social actors are beginning to redefine leadership, philanthropy, value and development.

The event will combine plenaries and working groups that will be split into three different tracks: People, Planet and Philanthropy. Sessions will feature philanthropy innovators, heads of state and business leaders. Highlights include:

  • Laurene Powell Jobs of Emerson Collective will talk with Wendy Kopp of Teach for America and Teach for All about social entrepreneurship and effective program models for working on a global scale.
  • Reeta Roy of The MasterCard Foundation and Robert Gallucci of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will discuss their thoughts on shared learning, resource leveraging and leadership.
  • Aaron Cramer, CEO of BSR, will discuss how “inclusive businesses” pursue “shared value” strategies with panelists Frederic Sicre, the managing director of Abraaj Capital and Patrick Dupuis, CFO of PayPal and others.
  • During the closing plenary, attendees will hear Jane Wales, CEO of GPF and the World Affairs Council, interview John Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana and founder of the John. A. Kufour Foundation, and Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, about ways in which they redefined service in their respective nations, and how to improve collaboration between governments and ingenious citizens.
  • Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman of Etisalat’s Nigerian operations, Fred Swaniker, founder and CEO of the African Leadership Academy, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, will talk about redefining leadership.

A full list of speakers and agenda topics can be found at philanthropyforum.org.

To follow the #gpf14 conversation:

Media interested in covering GPF should reach out to Brett Dobbs (communications@philanthropyforum.org) or Cory Porter (coryp@waggeneredstrom.com).

About the Global Philanthropy Forum
A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes.

Comparing Sustainability Reporting Standards: Integrating the Best Reporting Approach for your Organisation

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:14

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organization’s to adopt leading and robust sustainability communications framework. With a range of standards moving from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting now available or in development organizations needs to consider and choose the best framework to maximize their sustainability message. There are global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting (IIRC) that will mean that companies need to prepare to disclose their data if they are not already, and for those that are reporting they need to focus on the robustness of their public sustainability stories by choosing the right framework. This webinar will outline and explore the reporting standards emerging or in place and discuss how organizations can references these.

Agenda

  • Why frameworks are critical for sustainability communications clarity
  • A review and comparison of current and developing standards
  • How you can integrate the optimum framework for your organization
  • How SGS can support your organization with the standards

Target Audience
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

Language
English

Cost
No charge

Event location
Online

You will receive logistics after approval of registration. Save the attachment to synchronize with your calendar. We hope to see you there!

*This webinar will be recorded and made available 24-48 hours after the live event via sustainable-development@sgs.com.

Union Bank Launches Yuby Mobile App to Encourage Youth Financial Literacy

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:14

 Union Bank, N.A., today announced its Yuby™ children’s app, a convenient, interactive financial education tool that uses “virtual” money to help teach children about responsible spending, saving, budgeting and charitable giving. Union Bank teamed up with emerging technology software company Mutual Mobile to develop Yuby, which is available for free download on Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store℠ and Google Play™.

“Union Bank has a 150-year heritage of responsible banking, and we remain committed to supporting financial education. We’re always exploring new ways to enhance the learning process, especially for children,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community and Private Banking. “Yuby is a natural extension of our ongoing efforts, and we recognize that teaching young people how to become responsible spenders and savvy savers empowers them.”

Yuby has three core features:

  • A Chore List to track ways to earn money, such as “cleaning my room,” or “feeding the dog”;
  • An Activity Log to track money earned and spent with details of each activity; and
  • A Wish List to compare the cost of items users would like to buy and to track savings progress.

Yuby provides engaging, age-appropriate activities and tools for children and is a way for adults to participate in the learning process by starting conversations about money with kids. Yuby actions, such as setting an allowance, making deposits and spending money, also require parental approval using a PIN[1].

“Young people today are hungry for knowledge. Our hope is that Yuby helps to instill a sense of financial responsibility and understanding at a very young age,” added Habis. “We’ve found that the sooner the better to start teaching the financial cycle of how to earn money, spend responsibly, save consistently and even give back through donating – all important elements to building appstore-ad-android-transactionsstrong communities – and we are excited to partner with like-minded Mutual Mobile to bring the Yuby digital experience to life with global reach.”

“There are many financial literacy apps on the market, some that target young adults and parents, and some that make a game of learning about money, but most don’t take the child into consideration,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, CEO, Mutual Mobile. “We spent countless hours on research and observation before building Yuby so that we could appreciate the unique learning behaviors of children – the result is an app that engages directly with kids, in a way they can easily understand, to allow them to learn the basics of money management.”

Yuby complements other ongoing Union Bank financial education activities and partnerships, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Operation HOPE, Junior Achievement, the Union Bank Homework Center at the San Diego Central Library, EverFi, etc. Throughout the year, executives and employee volunteers will also utilize Yuby to help teach youth in local communities.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

About Mutual Mobile
Mutual Mobile creates rich user experiences that reinvent how businesses engage the world through mobile. Combining deep design, development and domain expertise, our custom solutions help clients connect people, processes and data, from the back office to the point of sale and everywhere in between. For more information, visit www.mutualmobile.com.

[1] Yuby is a free, virtual app intended for educational purposes only. No financial transactions actually occur, and Union Bank does not collect any personal information.

Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple and App Store are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

2nd Annual Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit

Wed, 2014-04-16 01:13

In today’s competitive business climate, supply chain management professionals are constantly seeking out creative ways to reduce costs, assure and improve the quality of the final product and achieve a faster time to market. Strategic sourcing is one method that procurement managers can use to help achieve these supply chain goals.

Identifying the best suppliers is important. However, there is more to strategic sourcing. Cultivating a positive and long-term relationship by working closely with your suppliers can provide many wining scenarios. Developing solid relationships can help sourcing professionals become better at meeting cost, speed-to-market and quality goals, while allowing suppliers to more efficiently tailor and deliver materials to precise purchaser specifications.

Attending the 2nd Annual Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit will enable you to keep your knowledge up-to-date, to understand, plan and implement better strategic sourcing strategies, effectiveness and efficiency of your supply chain infrastructure and reduce overall costs almost immediately. At the same time the best strategic sourcing strategy can create opportunities for your company to improve corporate image, increase sales and market-share, and reduce costs.

Key topics:

  • How to build the Right Strategic Sourcing Environment to Cut Your Costs and Minimize Your Risks
  • How to know when it is time to re-evaluate global sourcing strategies
  • Value creation – one of the most important parts of the sourcing strategy
  • Are there new principles to Indirect and Direct Procurement to Create New Efficiencies and Realize Savings?
  • Who and where to partner, who will be the winners and where they will be located?
  • How technology can enable higher visibility and control over different facets of the procurement process, such as: sourcing activity, supplier evaluation and selection, contract terms compliance and overall spend
  • How to invest in skilled professionals with strong negotiation skills and overall knowledge of the industry, the raw materials, the costs and the suppliers

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VBSR Networking Get-Together Co-Hosted by Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power

Wed, 2014-04-16 01:13

Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power are teaming up to co-host a VBSR Networking Get-Together on May 1st. Join us as we network with forward-thinking business professionals working to advance a triple-bottom line approach to business. Help Small Dog celebrate the one-year anniversary of their store, and take a look at (or a tour of!) GMP's new Energy Innovation Center.

The evening will begin at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center with networking, light refreshments and a chance to learn more about the new Energy Innovation Center. After experiencing how the space helps GMP to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of energy use, attendees will move next door to Small Dog’s retail location to toast the store’s one-year anniversary, enjoy heavier hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and learn what SR practices are being carried out by the company.

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking at Green Mountain Powers Energy Innovation Center

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Program featuring SR practices of our hosts

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Networking and Small Dog Anniversary Celebration with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres in the Small Dog space! (Tours of the EIC will also be offered during this time.)

Register today! http://conta.cc/1qDu3Lh

Newmont Publishes 2013 Sustainability Report

Tue, 2014-04-15 21:12

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) today published its 2013 sustainability report, Beyond the Mine. The report reflects Newmont’s reporting obligations as a founding member of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) as well as its commitments under the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), the United Nations Global Compact and the Global Sullivan Principles. Finally, the report complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) international standard for sustainability reporting.

“Our commitment to transparency in reporting our environmental and social performance is central to our values and our drive to make Newmont a successful and sustainable business,” said Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Newmont’s Executive Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations. “While 2013 was marked by challenging market conditions, our team made strides in contributing to sustainable development in the communities and countries hosting our operations and projects."

Performance highlights for 2013 include:

  • Achieving the best safety performance in Newmont history;
  • Reaching fair and balanced workplace agreements at our operations in Indonesia, Peru and the United States;
  • Setting a goal to become an industry leader in global inclusion and diversity and establishing targets to increase female and national representation in our leadership ranks;
  • Developing a global water strategy to guide a more proactive and inclusive approach to managing this shared resource;
  • Commissioning environmental and social impact assessments to support responsible growth in Nevada and Suriname; and
  • Taking steps to improve future reporting through setting clear metrics and indicators based on business needs and stakeholder expectations.

New features in this year’s report include:

  • A sharper focus on the sustainability issues that matter most to stakeholders based on the results of a materiality assessment conducted by external experts;
  • A survey tool to solicit feedback from stakeholders; and
  • Case studies that illustrate Newmont’s commitment to conduct business in a responsible manner.

The full report, as well as a downloadable PDF, is available at www.beyondthemine.com. Newmont values feedback on the report or any other aspect of Newmont’s sustainability performance and invites readers to complete an online survey.

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About Newmont
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is a leading producer of gold and copper. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 32,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, and health and safety performance.

DataWind Rolls Out an Affordable Bridge to Education

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:12

DataWind, a leading developer of wireless web access and products, and the manufacturer of the world’s lowest cost android tablet PC, announced that it has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

DataWind  plans to bridge the digital divide by providing an affordable tablet thus enabling internet access for millions of consumers in India. The company aims to harness the potential of ICT Technologies for a positive developmental impact on quality of education through its range of UbiSlate/Akash Tablets.

To meet the educational challenges in India, DataWind has worked to address the key demands of a large population, whose poor communities often face disproportionally high illiteracy rates. The company is focused on expanding the roll-out of the Aakash tablet, which is designed to be affordable, deliver high quality content, and provide access at the lowest cost or for free, where possible.

By 2017, DataWind has a target to distribute five million tablets in India and expects that more than 80% will reach individuals who live at the base of the pyramid-- living on less than $8 dollars a day. 

"We are greatly encouraged to have DataWind join the BCtA with their unique technological approach to help reach new communities and improve access to education and technology. The impact of affordable and connected devices cannot be underestimated,” said Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action. 

The company recently scaled-up its tablet launch to better ensure market-based solutions meetthe needs of low-income communities in India. Working to help low-income communities readily adopt the new technology, and in an effort to provide continued quality education and internet access to help empower students and teachers, the Indian government has subsidized the costs and the planned expansion of the mobile tablet.

Recognizing that while a growing number of consumers have access to mobile phones, DataWind is also working with service providers and network operators to provide much needed access to the internet through these web access devices. The company has patented a unique delivery system to provide low-income consumers valuable data services at the lowest cost possible. 

Initial results are promising and the company is continuing to create applications that are versatile and relevant to its varied partners, which include schools, libraries, government and other public and private institutions.   

“DataWind is pleased to be in the company of like-minded organizations and initiatives such as the Business Call to Action that are working towards a common goal of social development by providing tools and empowering individuals and communities globally." said Suneet Singh, CEO, DataWind.

DataWind is working with several governments and not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals of elevating the quality of education and bridging the digital divide. The company is looking to expand in Thailand and a number of other regions.

About Business Call to Action

Business Call to Action is a global initiative that challenges companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Global Compact, and the Clinton Global Initiative to meet the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Companies report on progress toward commitments on an annual basis. To learn more, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or join the conversation on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative

About DataWind

DataWind is a leading developer of wireless web access products and services, and among the largest suppliers of tablet computers in India. Based on several international patents, DataWind‘s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by accelerating content delivery by factors of 10x to 30x – resulting in superior mobile web experience at a lower cost.

Named to the MIT Tech Review’s 2014 list of 50 Smartest Companies, DataWind is credited with the developing UbiSlate/Aakash the world‘s lowest cost tablet computers.  The company has received recognition on several prestigious platforms including – the United Nation at the launch of Aakash by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon; as a "classroom revolutionary” by the Forbes Magazine‘s 2012 Impact 15 List; and as UK‘s Most Innovative Mobile Company.

DataWind has offices in London, Montreal, Mississauga, Amritsar and New Delhi. DataWind devices can be accessed at www.DataWind.com 

Call for Nominations: L’Oréal Paris Announces Search for Women Making a Beautiful Difference in the World with First-Ever Women of Worth Forum

Tue, 2014-04-15 18:11

To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L’Oréal Paris will convene thousands of women, including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and  L’Oréal Paris Ambassadors Lea Michele, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum.  This day-long discussion on April 16 will focus on the power of self-worth and its ability to propel women forward.

More than 40 years ago, L'Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy “Because I'm Worth It” was launched to celebrate women's worth and self-esteem. This signature phrase was brought to life when L'Oréal Paris established Women of Worth to honor women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism.  Starting on April 16, nominations for the 2014 Women of Worth program will be accepted at WomenofWorth.com.  The 10 women selected will be awarded $10,000 and one woman will be named the national honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 to further her philanthropic efforts.  All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York.

THE WOMEN OF WORTH FORUM
To celebrate the call for nominations and to ignite a discussion on the dynamic role of self-worth among women today, L’Oréal Paris is inviting all women to join the Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday, April 16. Join the conversation by following @LOrealParisUSA and tweeting during one of the five scheduled chats (#WomenofWorth):

  • 9 a.m. ET: Women of Worth: Celebrating Extraordinary Women
  • 1 p.m. ET: The Worth Effect: The Power of Giving Back
  • 4 p.m. ET: Passion and Positivity: How Feeling Your Best Fuels Success
  • 8 p.m. ET: The Beauty of Worth: Achieving Happiness in Life, Work and Love
  • 9 p.m. ET: What’s Worth It: Charting Your Course & Realizing Your Dreams

“Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and worth of all women is the heart of the L’Oréal Paris brand -   and we are deeply committed to championing women who are going above and beyond to serve their communities,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu.  “Worth has a multi-dimensional role in a woman’s life – it’s more than just confidence or self-esteem – it’s the foundation of everything we can and will achieve.  The Women of Worth program was conceived as a way to demonstrate, through the achievements of incredible women, the impact of pursuing your passion and believing in your worth.”

In a recent study commissioned by L’Oréal Paris on the power of self-worth, 81 percent of women agree that seeing other women give back inspires them to do the same.  The study goes on to find that those giving back themselves tend to enjoy a stronger sense of self-worth.  The L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on amazing women who give back, helping to fuel a cycle of self-worth for all women.

STUDY FINDINGS

  • Helping others is the number one driver of self-worth: 96 percent of women feel that helping others is a part of life that gives them self-worth.
  • The effect of giving back: Women who do give back through their charity involvement (such as volunteering time or money, being a member, managing or being on the board, or founding the organization) are particularly likely to have a strong sense of self-worth compared to those who are not involved.
  • Women fuel Women’s Worth:  More than 90 percent of women’s self-worth role models are women they have a personal connection with.

ABOUT WOMEN OF WORTH
Since 2006, L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth has recognized 80 inspiring women who have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved. The Women of Worth program is conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. Past honorees have been involved in a range of important causes from advocating for victims of childhood abuse and mentoring homeless youth, to helping break the cycle of poverty and empowering teens with disabilities.

“The L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program reinforces the importance of recognizing exemplary women who have dedicated their time to supporting the needs of others,” said Tracy Hoover, President, Points of Light. “Exceptional women everywhere are leveraging their time, skills, resources, and personal power to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and to inspire others to serve.”

For more information on Women of Worth and to learn more about past honorees, visit www.WomenofWorth.com.

*L’Oréal Paris’ study on Self-Worth was conducted online by Ipsos.  The study tapped 1,006 women ages 18-74 from all over the United States and was fielded in February 2014. 

ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT
Points of Light -- the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT L’OREAL PARIS
The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company that combines the latest technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. The L’Oréal Paris brand encompasses the four major beauty categories – hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics – and includes such well-known brands as Preference, Excellence, Féria and Healthy Look hair color; Advanced Haircare, Advanced Hairstyle, Elnett Satin Hairspray, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverCrème, EverStyle, EverCurl and L’Oréal Paris Kids hair care; Advanced Suncare, Youth Code, Revitalift, Age Perfect, Ideal Clean, Ideal Moisture, Sublime Bronze and Men’s Expert skincare; and the Colour Riche, True Match, Infallible, Visible Lift and MAGIC cosmetics collections, along with a portfolio of mascara including Voluminous, Double Extend and Telescopic among many others. For more information on L’Oréal Paris and its brands, and to receive personalized beauty advice, expert tips and exclusive beauty content 24-7 (wherever you may be), check out www.lorealparisusa.com.

Smithfield Foods Steps Up Sustainability Accountability and Transparency

Tue, 2014-04-15 18:11

Smithfield Foods, Inc. recently released its new "Smithfield DIGITAL" app in conjunction with its 2013 Integrated Report, which achieved a sustainability reporting milestone by fulfilling the application level A requirements from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This is the first year that Smithfield has achieved this recognition.

Smithfield DIGITAL is available for both iPhone and Android. When users hold a smartphone or tablet over report pages they come to life, adding videos, graphics, audio content, or ways to contact the company to get more information about a particular topic.

“Over the years, we have continually looked for more ways to integrate our online communications around sustainability with our printed sustainability report. This app allows us to do that in a seamless and innovative way,” noted Dennis Treacy, the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

The company explains how to utilize the app technology through an online video tutorial you can find on its YouTube Channel.

Smithfield Foods President and Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope commented, "We are always looking for ways to underscore our commitment to transparency and accountability, and achieving an A level from GRI for our reporting certainly demonstrates progress in this area. However, what I'm most excited about is the release of Smithfield DIGITAL. We hope this app will broaden our reach to entirely new audiences."

The Smithfield Foods 2013 Integrated Report can be found in PDF format on smithfieldcommitments.com, and visitors to the site can also order a print copy. Additionally, a videos section  was added to the site this year, which categorizes the company’s videos by subject matter and provides updates to video material.

The company views the app, report and updated sustainability website as the next step in better communicating with stakeholders. Treacy commented, “The food business has traditionally been rather closed, and we are hoping to change that. For over 10 years, we have constantly looked for ways to give consumers an inside look into our operations, and I’m proud of how far we have come.”

From online farm tours to annual antibiotics usage to detailed environmental data, Smithfield Foods is hoping to provide its stakeholders with anything and everything they want to know about its operations. 

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $13 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly's®, Carando®, Margherita®, and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

Corporate Leaders Invited to Discussion on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Tue, 2014-04-15 17:11

On May 20, corporate leaders will convene in New York City for a workshop to discuss challenges, successes, and best practices in respecting and supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights.  The workshop, titled “Building Bridges: The Business Case for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights”, will be co-hosted by First Peoples Worldwide, Future 500, and the UN Global Compact.

The workshop will provide companies with guidance on decreasing risk and uncertainty while strengthening genuine engagement with Indigenous communities.  It will also highlight resources that can be leveraged to improve relationships and make the business case to senior management and boards about the tangible and intangible benefits of integrating Indigenous Peoples’ rights into operations. The workshop will facilitate peer-to-peer solutions sharing and highlight best practices from select companies.

The workshop will be held during the Thirteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Established in 2002, the UNPFII is the UN’s central coordinating body for Indigenous Peoples, and is attended by thousands of representatives from Indigenous communities and organizations from around the world.

According to Ursula Wynhoven, UN Global Compact General Counsel and Chief of Governance and Sustainability, "it is encouraging to see the growing number of examples of positive engagement between businesses and Indigenous Peoples, where business actions don’t merely avoid harm, but also affirmatively support Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Whether it is through core business activities, social investments, public policy engagement, or collective action, there is growing recognition within the business community of opportunities to create shared value for Indigenous Peoples and companies."

Space is limited, and any company representative interested in learning and sharing about respecting and supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights is welcome to attend. To request an invitation, please contact npelosi@firstpeoples.org.

About First Peoples Worldwide
First Peoples Worldwide
is an Indigenous-led organization working on equal grounds with Indigenous communities and the private sector to promote business models that serve the interests of both. First Peoples’ recently-released Indigenous Rights Risk Report provides a quantitative assessment of 52 extractive companies’ operational risk exposure to Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

About Future 500
Future 500
is a nonprofit specializing in stakeholder engagement, bringing together stakeholders – often activists and companies – toward systemic change on climate, human rights and other pressing issues.

About the UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With more than 8,000 corporate participants in 145 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

The Global Compact recently-released A Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which aims to help business understand the rights of Indigenous Peoples, based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recommends practical actions for respecting and supporting these rights.

Alpha Natural Resources Publishes 2013 Year in Review

Tue, 2014-04-15 17:11

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., (NYSE: ANR) released its 2013 Year in Review online report entitled “Stronger Together,” highlighting key milestones and initiatives from the past year across the company’s operational performance, safety measures, environmental stewardship and people and communities.

“Our Year in Review showcases Alpha’s achievements and our commitment to serving the interests of all our stakeholders,” said Kevin Crutchfield, chairman and CEO. “Despite a challenging market for coal in 2013, we decisively took action to advance our business in key aspects and create a plan for the future. As this year’s report shows, we are ‘Stronger Together’ when we are aligned and working with a common purpose.”

For the first time, Alpha’s Year in Review was created in accordance with G3.1 of the Global Reporting Initiative, which is the world’s most recognized framework for sustainability reporting. Additionally, the 2013 report is now available online in an interactive website, allowing easier access for stakeholders and providing a platform for video and linkable content.

Key report highlights include:

Performance: In 2013, 86 million tons of coal were shipped to service approximately 170 customers in 29 countries on five continents. In a challenging year for coal suppliers, Alpha finished the year with a solid liquidity position of more than $1.9 billion, including nearly $1 billion in cash and marketable securities.

Safety: 2013 marked the lowest combined total reportable incident rate in company history. This progress occurred in direct correlation with the implementation of Alpha’s Running Right philosophy and the opening of the Running Right Leadership Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility for mine safety and operations in Julian, W. Va.

Environment: Approximately 5,380 acres of land was restored and more than 2.2 million trees were planted over the past year. Four mining operations were also honored by state departments and trade organizations for exemplary performance in protecting the environment, restoration, reforestation and enhancing post-mining land use.

People: Employees received more than 311,591 hours of training in safety, leadership, time management, problem solving and other areas, furthering their skills and professional development. The company also invested back into the communities where mines, plants and offices are located, providing financial assistance to 800 charitable organizations, focused mainly on core areas of hunger relief, social services and culture.

To view the full 2013 Year in Review, please visit: www.anryearinreview.com.

About Alpha Natural Resources
Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with our Running Right process and an environmental steward in the communities where we operate. For more information, visit Alpha’s official website (www.alphanr.com).

Advancing STEM Careers Through Mobile Technology: The Critical Role of Professional Development

Tue, 2014-04-15 16:11

 Recent data show there is a significant demand for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and that currently, too few students are pursuing degrees in STEM areas to meet the demand. 

How can companies with know how, expertise and scale address the gap and attract more students to explore a career in STEM? Join CSRwire and Verizon for a live roundtable discussion to address the need to increase student interest in STEM subjects, as well as how mobile technology could positively impact student achievement when used effectively. [Take a look at Verizon's 2013 CSR Report]

When:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014: 12:30pm ET/10:30am MT/9:30am PT            

Register here: http://bit.ly/stemtechno 

Joining CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh will be education technology leaders from STEMConnector, the International Society for Technology in Education and Verizon. Among the topics they will explore:

  • How the integration of mobile technology in the classroom is addressing the enormous challenge of improving student interest and performance in STEM subjects.
  • The need to provide teachers with on-going training [professional development] to employ mobile technology effectively to improve student outcomes.
  • Best practices to train teachers to harness the power of mobile technology to address the 21st century education agenda.

More on our panel:

Ted Wells is chief strategy officer at STEMConnector, a one-stop online destination on STEM information. He will share insights from the EdTech: Revolution in Education report, particularly data on how technology is disrupting, revolutionizing and innovating education.

Dr. Wendy Drexler is chief innovation officer for the International Society for Technology in Education, a premier nonprofit organization for educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. She will share her views about technology as a catalyst for connecting and empowering students and teachers to transform learning, and best practices for training teachers to maximize the use of mobile technology in their lessons.

Rose Stuckey Kirk is the president of the Verizon Foundation and vice president of global corporate citizenship at Verizon. She will share results of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program in partnership with ISTE. The program, in its second year, has provided on-going training [professional development] to teachers in 24 schools to help them effectively and innovatively integrate mobile technology into the classroom to enhance student achievement.

About CSRwire's Stakeholder Engagement Campaigns

CSRwire regularly conducts webinars and Twitter chats with its member organizations. These webinars and chats, developed as facilitated conversations, are aimed at taking a pulse of our community, sharing knowledge and inspiring action. Learn more by emailing aman@csrwire.com.

Kohl's Cares Offers Exclusive RIO 2 Merchandise for Just $5

Tue, 2014-04-15 16:11

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS), in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, is inviting families to bring the magic of the movies home this summer with exclusive merchandise from RIO 2 for just $5 through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. Blu and fan-favorite characters Gabi and Luiz from RIO 2, now in theaters, are venturing into Kohl’s stores nationwide to create lasting memories with children and parents alike. Through the Kohl’s Caresâ program, 100 percent of the net profit from this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.

The Kohl’s Cares collection includes the following merchandise:

  • RIO 2 Blu’s Wild Journey storybook
  • Blu, Gabi, and Luiz plush toys
  • Family-style jigsaw puzzle featuring artwork from RIO 2

For adults, the Kohl’s Cares collection also includes the Woman’s Day Easy Everyday Dinners cookbook, available for just $5, which will quickly become a go-to cookbook for creating quick and simple meals for families on the go.

Kohl’s Department Stores is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting kids' health and education nationwide, women's health and the fight against breast cancer, through its philanthropic platform Kohl’s Cares. Since 2000, Kohl's has raised more than $257 million for kids health and education initiatives through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, recognized more than 19,500 outstanding kids through the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program and donated more than 2.7 million hours of volunteer time through the Associates in Action volunteer program. 

For more information on Kohl’s Cares, visit www.Kohls.com/Kids.

About Kohl’s
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,162 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls).

About RIO and RIO 2
From Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios – the creators of Ice Age, Epic and Robots – the musical animation adventure comedy RIO tells the story of how rare blue macaws Blu and Jewel meet and fall in love in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents.

Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving domesticated life in a magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy®/Tony® winner Rita Moreno, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth. Rio 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland. For more information visit www.riomovies.com.

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products
A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.

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