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Awareness of Resource Scarcity is Growing But Understanding of Business Impacts is Limited

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Packaging professionals within consumer packaged goods companies report growing awareness around the business impacts connected to natural resource scarcity, but robust knowledge and understanding is still absent, according to findings from a survey conducted recently by Tetra Pak® U.S.

Last month, Tetra Pak surveyed 120 sales, marketing, R&D, purchasing and other packaging professionals within the consumer packaged goods industry to explore industry perceptions around company resource management practices, especially in light of diminishing finite natural resources combined with population growth and increased consumer demand for packaged goods.

The results from Tetra Pak's survey align to recent findings from Packaging Digest's annual survey of packaging and sustainability around use and expected growth of bio-based packaging materials.

Among Tetra Pak’s findings, just 41 percent of survey respondents said they were “very aware” of the impacts of resource scarcity on their business. And while respondents reported some awareness around eight attributes related to resource management practices within their companies, it is far from pervasive, with awareness levels of most attributes at 50 percent or less.

“The results of our survey suggest that more must be done to educate and increase attention around the impacts of natural resource scarcity,” said Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak® U.S. “This is very real and significant issue for the packaging industry and beyond. Greater knowledge of the potential risks and deeper insights around solutions can spur companies to adopt risk mitigations strategies and change their practices,” he added.

Survey respondents reported three top impacts to companies: 1) greater price volatility around supply/raw materials; 2) long-term shortage of supply resources; and 3) decreased ability to manage costs.

Respondents also cite the following as the top reasons for using renewable materials:

  • Sustainable resource management will contribute to growth

  • Using renewable materials allows company to secure long-term supply

  • I expect demand for renewable packaging to increase  

  • Using renewable resources can help mitigate climate change  

Survey findings also reveal that respondents are uncertain if companies are doing the right things and following best practices. Only 18% of respondents report being satisfied with their company’s resource management practices and only 22% believe their company has a good understanding of actions to take to become an industry leader.

The survey is part of Tetra Pak’s Moving To The Front initiative to sharpen the focus on resource scarcity and its implications for the ongoing viability and business growth of consumer packaged goods companies. The initiative invites manufacturers, brand owners, NGOs, and others to expand attention from the mid and end of the life cycle to the beginning

To learn more about Moving To The Front and to download Tetra Pak’s infographic, “How Is Resource Scarcity Impacting Businesses?” visit http://www.doingwhatsgood.us/moving-to-the-front/

 

ABOUT TETRA PAK
Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 23,000 employees based in over 80 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business.  Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.  More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapakusa.com

BNY Mellon Contributes More Than $3 Million and 7,000 Hours of Volunteer Service to Boston-area Nonprofits During 2014

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BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, and its employees donated more than $3 million and 7,000 hours of volunteer service to Boston-area nonprofits during 2014.

BNY Mellon’s philanthropic focus on Powering Potential helps people in need by concentrating on basic needs and workforce development opportunities. BNY Mellon supports programs and initiatives designed to make local communities better places to live and work, particularly by targeting organizations that provide food, clothing, energy and housing assistance to those who need immediate help, and improve access to employment through job training and skills development. The company also supports returning servicemen and women through its Veterans Initiative and at-risk youth through a wide range of education and mentoring programs.

“We are invested in philanthropy initiatives that respond to critical community needs,” said Joanne Jaxtimer, Regional Executive of New England for BNY Mellon. “We will continue to identify good partners and provide them with the investment they need to move forward with their work.”

In 2014, BNY Mellon and its employees volunteered more than 100,000 hours and donated more than $38 million worldwide. Learn more about the company’s world-wide commitment to social responsibility at www.bnymellon.com/csr.

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of September 30, 2014, BNY Mellon had $28.3 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

Forest City’s Jon Ratner Named “Sustainability Executive of the Year” by Commercial Property Executive

Sat, 2014-12-20 00:34

Jonathan Ratner, vice president of sustainability initiatives for Forest City Enterprises (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) has been named “Sustainability Executive of the Year” by Commercial Property Executive (CPE), a leading trade news organization serving the commercial real estate industry, as part of CPE’s annual Executive of the Year Awards program.  Award recipients are selected by a panel of 100 senior-level executives from across the commercial real estate industry.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this recognition, which reflects a much larger team effort and a companywide commitment to our core values of sustainability and stewardship,” said Ratner.  “Across Forest City, we’re committed to creating value for our shareholders and communities through urban, mixed-use developments and intelligent, high-performance buildings, creating healthy environments where people can live, work and shop.  We believe this is the right thing to do for our residents, tenants and all of our stakeholders.”

Ratner joined Forest City in 2002.  Early in his career with the company, his work focused on Stapleton, the company’s redevelopment of the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver.  With a walkable mix of energy-efficient new homes, retail districts, schools, offices and an extensive network of parks and open spaces, Stapleton is a living example of progressive, sustainable neighborhood design. Ratner brought that experience with him when he came to the company’s corporate office in 2006 to lead companywide sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Ratner helped launch Forest City’s Integrative Design Services group, which includes sustainability and corporate social responsibility, energy management, building technology services, and architectural design support.

About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $8.2 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.  The company publically reports its sustainability goals and performance, along with a wide range of other metrics and activities, annually in a Corporate Social Responsibility report, available at http://csr.forestcity.net.

Creating an Accessible Care Model for Improving Healthcare in India

Fri, 2014-12-19 21:34

Vaatsalya, one of the most innovative companies in India has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA). The company has made a commitment to improve the quality of the life by improving access to affordable health options by scaling up their model of affordable and primary and secondary healthcare services to reach population of 2 million people in the next five years.

Vaatsalya hospitals provide healthcare services to half a million people per year in underserved areas, and its goal is to reach a million people per year in 3 years and 2 million people per year in five years. The company operates 9 hospitals across the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and is the first and largest hospital network in India targeting smaller towns and villages rather than large cities.

A typical Vaatsalya hospital has three or four full-time specialists and total staff strength ranging between 60 and 100, including nurses, matrons, administrator and social workers. Vaatsalya hospitals also use the services of a large number of external doctors depending on the local demand and supply conditions.  Vaatsalya serves approximately 125,000 patients per quarter in their outpatient departments and 3,500 patients per month in their inpatient departments, across the 9 hospitals. Vaatsalya has 700 employees and approximately 600 beds including 100 intensive care unit beds, neonatal intensive care unit beds, and surgical intensive care unit beds. Vaatsalya’s business model innovation lies in creating healthcare services which are appropriate and financially viable for the smaller towns and help bring urban services to semi-urban and rural areas.

“By introducing lower cost services and healthcare options to remote regions, Vaatsalya is working to improve the rate the development of BOP markets and strengthen delivery of services to reach a large population. Their plans to grow this model is an important way to bridge the gap in services to the poor,” said Suba Sivakumaran, Programme Manager for the Business Call to Action.

Dr Ashwin Naik, Co-Founder of Vaatsalya said, “Our mission at Vaatsalya has been to bring affordable healthcare services within reach of semi-urban and rural India. We are proud to say that Vaatsalya has helped create access to new services and improve the standard of care in many of the towns that we operate in, not only within our hospitals, but even in the ecoystem. Our model is today being replicated in many parts of the country and we feel privileged to be joining an international forum like Business Call to Action, which will help us share our learnings with a much wider audience and also learn from our peers who are part of the BCtA network. As we embark on our new phase of growth, we are excited to pledge our commitment to bring our healthcare services to many more towns in the next five years.”

 

The Business Call to Action (BCtA): The Business Call to Action (BCtA) 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 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 International Business Leaders Forum to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Companies report on progress toward commitments on an annual basis. @bctainitiative

 

About Vaatsalya
Winner of the Inaugural Porter prize for value based healthcare delivery and named in the top 10 innovative companies in India by Fast Company, Vaatsalya is a recipient of several awards including VC Circle award for healthcare organisation with innovative service delivery 2014, Frost and Sullivan Award for Healthcare Excellence in 2010, Ranked # 5 on the India Fast 25 List for 2010 by AllWorld Network, Sankalp Award for Healthcare Inclusion in 2009, BiD challenge India in 2007; and LRAMP award in the enterprise category in 2008.

MOD Pizza Celebrates the Holidays...But It's Not Just About Pizza

Thu, 2014-12-18 22:32

MOD Pizza is “Spreading MODness” this holiday season with donations of almost $38,000 to community food banks, shelters, youth programs and family services programs in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona and Texas. MOD tasked the MOD Squads at each store to find local beneficiaries and pledged to donate $1.00 from every pizza sold during the week of Thanksgiving. When combined with other donations throughout the year, MOD has given over $80,000 in 2014 to organizations working to support people in need within their communities.

“We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the customers who joined us to “Spread MODness” in November, and to our employees who helped us find inspiring organizations who are doing great work in our communities,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD Pizza. “We are a company that measures our success in a different way. While pizza is our business, our mission is to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of our team members. Enabling them to experience the joy associated with giving back to the communities in which they live, and in the process hopefully cultivating the habit of generosity, is one way we have chosen to make a positive impact in their life.”  

The following are the beneficiaries of this years’ “Spreading MODness” campaign:

Washington State:
Chicken Soup Brigade/Lifelong Aids Alliance, Roots Young Adult Shelter, Operation Sack Lunch, Treehouse, Redmond Hopelink, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Lynnwood Food Bank, Puyallup Food Bank, FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, One Life, Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services, Mill Creek Food Bank

Oregon:
Oregon Food Bank, Hillsboro Schools Foundation, Sherwood Helping Hands

California:
Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, Irvine School Foundation, Village Family Services,
Sequoia Boys & Girls Club, Second Harvest Food Bank

Colorado:
TLC Meals on Wheels

Arizona:
United Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank

Texas:
Klein ISD Education Foundation

  

About MOD Pizza
Seattle based MOD Pizza was founded in 2008 by Scott and Ally Svenson, and was inspired by the couple’s love of Italian street-style pizza, their desire for authentic, affordable and fast dining options for their busy family and the idea that a great company could be built around people. Above all, MOD is about putting people first – both the MOD Squad and customers - and is striving to redefine the fast food experience.

The Svensons bring their experience from building two highly successful concepts in the UK – Seattle Coffee Company (acquired by Starbucks) and Carluccio’s. MOD’s team of advisors and executives bring experience from iconic brands such as Starbucks, Apple, Panera Bread, Disney, T-Mobile, Dunkin Donuts, Qdoba, McDonald’s and Schwartz Brothers Restaurants.

MOD is committed to creating not just a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. The company has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Breakout Brands” by Nation’s Restaurant News, named one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. Magazine, ranked as a “Fastest Growing Private Company” (2013 and 2014) by the Puget Sound Business Journal and named one of “Washington’s Best Work Places” by the Puget Sound Business Journal (2013 and 2014). www.modpizza.com   The MOD Difference Video

Marcone Inducted as MSEP Partner for Hiring Military Spouses

Thu, 2014-12-18 16:31

This month, Marcone’s Vice President Rick Vogel represented his company in Washington, D.C. to accept induction as a new partner in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), part of First Lady Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative. According to the official press release from Department of Defense News, Marcone and 37 other organizations were recognized for making “substantial efforts to reduce the high unemployment rate and close the wage gap that military spouses face as a result of frequent relocations that service members’ missions often require.” Marcone joins the ranks of 266 longstanding partners that recognize the reciprocal benefits afforded to both the company and the new employee when hiring a military spouse.

Despite typically being well-educated and professionally skilled, military spouses face a staggering unemployment rate of around 25 percent, according to MSEP. Through programs like Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), Marcone helps ensure that this ready workforce is given more opportunity. Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Laura Junor aptly notes, “You’re not going to find a more resilient, motivated, and adaptable group out there. If you’re willing to give them a shot, you will get more than that in return.”

Under Mr. Vogel’s guidance, Marcone became a flagship member of MSCCN in 2010. Through this relationship, Marcone actively recruits and regularly hires “trailing spouses” for jobs that can be performed from home and that will move with the employee. This type of remote work provides both stability of income and flexibility to travel without upending careers. 

"There's always the fear of starting a new career because you never know how long you will be at any given base," says Eva Rogers, Retail Lead at Marcone's St. Louis call center and wife of retired Air Force Master Sergeant and active Reservist Anthony Rogers. "Not many companies are willing to accommodate this lifestyle, but Marcone's support of the military is a truly remarkable approach."

Marcone has been supporting service members and their families through a multi-faceted corporate social responsibility campaign since the early 2000s. Marcone has been recognized for these initiatives by organizations like HEROES Care, the Navy League of St. Louis, Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and now MSEP. 

"I was proud to represent Marcone at the induction ceremony," says Mr. Vogel. "Standing on stage with other new partners such as McDonald's Corporation, Office Depot, and W.W. Grainger while Dr. Jill Biden and others thanked us for our efforts to help military families was truly special."

 

ABOUT MARCONE
Marcone Supply is North America’s longtime leader in authorized OEM appliance parts distribution, partnered across the industry with top brands like Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, Bosch, and Samsung. With more than 48 retail locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, 12 warehouses, six multilingual call centers, and over 500,000 individual SKUs—Marcone's reach is undeniably broad. Family-owned since the beginning in 1932, and with an ongoing focus on family and community, Marcone takes pride in its strong culture of corporate social responsibility. Read more about the company's CSR programs and business updates at blog.marcone.com.

Top MGM Resorts International Executives Receive Prestigious Honors for Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility

Thu, 2014-12-18 13:31

Two top executives at MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) have been recognized for their contributions in diversity, philanthropy and sustainability.

Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President, Special Counsel-Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International, has been named one of 2014’s most influential women in corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for MGM Resorts International, was named one of the 10 most powerful women in sustainability by Green Building & Design.

“These honors demonstrate the effect that both Phyllis and Cindy have had in CSR, not just for our company but for the fields of diversity, philanthropy and sustainability,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. 

The influential women joining Ms. James on Savoy’s list, include: Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox; and Rose Stuckey Kirk, President of Verizon Foundation.

Ms. Ortega was recognized by GB&D along with Hilary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady; Arielle Bertman, Principal of Energy and Sustainability for Google; Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer for Coca-Cola, and others.

As Chief Litigation Counsel, Ms. James is responsible for supervision of company litigation, including inside and outside litigation counsel management and litigation reporting. In her role as Chief Diversity Officer, she leads all aspects of MGM Resorts' Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the company's Philanthropy & Community Engagement programs. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002.

"The Savoy 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America issue is one of the most comprehensive and accomplished lists of African American Women executives," said L.P. Green, II publisher of Savoy Magazine. “The success and achievement of African American Women executives across industries isn’t covered enough by the media. Savoy is proud to celebrate the excellence and success of African American Women executives, leading global corporations impacting our communities and the world."

Ms. Ortega is responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification at the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter Project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under her guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications, making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world. Through her leadership, passion, thoughts and contributions, Ms. Ortega has led MGM Resorts International to develop the comprehensive Green Advantage platform, execute strategies for environmental sustainability and shape partnerships on a local, national and international scale.

This is the first year that GB&D has issued this award. Its efforts are a direct response to the call to action Hillary Clinton put forth at Greenbuild 2013, to continue making a place for women in sustainability roles and to continue sharing success stories in order to educate the public. This honor was given to celebrate women in sustainability, promote the sharing of best practices across industries, and raise the profile of sustainability leadership across the globe. The full list of recipients can be viewed in the October/ November issue of GB&D or online: http://gbdmagazine.com/2014/30-women-in-sustainability/.

Selection of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America begins by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership including: corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. The information received from over 500 prospective candidates in diverse fields was pre-screened by the selection committee, which included the Savoy editorial board and community leaders with representatives from the academic and business arenas. The committee reviewed information on executives in human resources, information, real estate, finance, investment banking, diversity, foundations, procurement, business development, marketing, sales, health care, manufacturing and the legal field. The number of candidates was narrowed to the 2014 Top Influential Women listing based upon their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence while working to better their community and inspire others.

For more information regarding the Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America visit http://savoynetwork.com/2014-top-influential-women/.

 

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.  The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features Aria resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.

Kennemer Foods International (KFI) Provides a Valuable Safety Net to Cocoa Farmers

Wed, 2014-12-17 19:30

Kennemer Foods International, Inc. (KFI), a growing consolidator and supplier of cocoa beans to the international market, has announced its commitment to the Business Call to Action.  The company has created an initiative to integrate 35,000 smallholder famers into their value chain by 2020.

With ideal agronomic and climactic conditions and a large number of smallholder farmers, the Philippines is well positioned to be a stronger producer in the cocoa market.  By utilizing contract-growing and buy-back guarantee agreements with small-holder cacao farmers, KFI is providing training and helping provide effective technology and practices to increase the income of rural farmers.

"KFI’s strategy is an important model designed to empower local farmers to increase their harvests –but more importantly it helps demonstrate the value that technical training can deliver.  By building this more inclusive approach to increase cocoa production, small scale farmers gain purchasing power and are better equipped to deliver and expand their production,” said Suba Sivakumaran, Progamme Manager, Business Call to Action. 

The main focus of KFI is to produce and export high quality fermented cocoa beans.  The company is setting up a more reliable supply of cocoa beans from the Philippines through comprehensive farmer training and knowledge sharing of best practices. Working in partnership with the local government in the region, KFI will set-up 10 Provincial Cacao hubs mostly located in Mindanao.

The company has also pioneered the implementation of the Cocoa Doctor Network in the Philippines. The network is based on the Mars cocoa sector development model designed to support smallholder based production.  Piloted in Indonesia and West Africa and now underway in the Philippines, the program provides specialized cocoa knowledge and technology approaches proven to be high yielding and pest resistant to farmers.

“Kennemer Foods is pleased to showcase the work that we have been doing in the Philippines in an effort to ensure that farmers are integrated into our value chain and support them in their efforts to properly develop, maintain and invest in their farms.," said Simon Bakker, CEO Kennemer Foods International.

It is estimated that by supporting the smallholder cocoa famers in their production efforts, they will increase their incomes by an estimated $3600 per year.  In addition, going forward, the company plans to train and certify 1,300 cocoa doctors in the Philippines by 2020.

For More Information:

BCtA: Karen Newman, karen.newman@undp.org, +1(212)906-5194
Kennemer Foods: Jyska Kuan Ken, jyska.kuanken@kennemerfoods.com, (632) 856 5000 (Local 555)

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 Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 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. For more information, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or join the conversation on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.

About Kennemer Foods
Kennemer Foods International, Inc. (KFI) is a producer and marketer of food and agricultural products, specializing in the growing, sourcing and trading of high-quality agricultural crops, especially fermented cacao beans.  The company is committed to rural development by promoting market transparency, providing fair value pricing for produce and implementing sustainable farming practices. The company’s program encompasses the complete agricultural value-chain from planting materials, training, agri-technology to market.

Launching Social Responsibility With .Green

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:29

DotGreen Community, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the .green Top Level Domain, starting with a Sunrise Period open now through February 6th, 2014.

Sunrise is the priority registration period for Trademark holders, who have validated TM’s through the ICANN Trademark ClearingHouse (TMCH). Trademark holders planning to showcase their 2015 green initiatives can register now with any participating .green registrar in time for Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Registrars are listed here at www.nic.green. 

“The .green Internet address is a natural extension for the green economy and for everyone to identify shared and aligned values people want to support,” said DotGreen Community, Inc., CEO Annalisa Roger. “What has been missing, prior to the launch of .green, has been an easy way for businesses, products, services and customers to immediately identify each other.

.green domain names go for sale to the worldwide public through Landrush, which will follow Sunrise and begin on February 12th - March 14th, 2015, and culminating with General Availability which will begin March 24th, 2015.

DotGreen Community, Inc. is partnered with Afilias, who provides secure and reliable services behind all .green domain names. This release will finally give businesses the ability to easily showcase their “green” initiatives in a very clear way to a rapidly growing market of global citizens looking for ways to make a difference in both business and lifestyle.

DotGreen Community, Inc. commits a percentage of revenue from the sales of .green domain names to fund programs and projects aimed at sustainability in regions around the world through a unique partnership with www.dotgreenfoundation.org a 501(c)3 organization and a Federation of some of the world’s leading envioronmental organizations known as www.EarthShare.org.

“Registering a .green name and visiting these new .green websites will be an action that businesses and the public can take on behalf of our planet. The fact that a portion of the registration revenue will be committed to supporting a healthy environment makes this TLD launch very special,” said Kal Stein, the Chief Executive Officer of EarthShare. 

The new .green Internet website addresses are rapidly being adopted by green businesses. For additional information and for registrars selling the new .green domain names, visit www.nic.green or contact info@dotgreen.org today.

MORE ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS

DotGreen Community, Inc., manages and markets the .green TLD in support of the green movement. The team recognizes the importance of community and works to support the growing shift to greener businesses and sustainable lifestyles. DotGreen has been involved and active on behalf of the green Internet user since 2007, including participating in ICANN's policy making. Visit nic.green for more information.

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EarthShare is a national non-profit federation with more than 25 years of experience in connecting people and workplaces with effective ways to support critical environmental causes. Thanks to EarthShare supporters, more than $300 million has been raised for nearly 600 international, national and state-based charities that protect our air, land, water and wildlife. For more information, visit www.earthshare.org.

The DotGreen Foundation is a California based US tax exempt 501 (c)3 Public Charity focused on supporting global projects and education aimed at sustainability. DotGreen Foundation has partnered with both The DotGreen Community, Inc. and with EarthShare for trusted global distribution of the funds. For more information visit dotgreenfoundation.org.

Afilias is the world's second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias' specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®. For more information on Afilias services, visit www.afilias.info.

Spence-Chapin Services To Families & Children Announces New Leadership

Wed, 2014-12-17 11:28

Spence-Chapin, a non-profit adoption and family services agency, announced today a change in leadership. Executive Director Emily Forhman has decided to seek new opportunities after a successful three-year tenure.  Forhman will be succeeded by current COO/CFO, Adam Cotumaccio.

Maud Welles, President of the Spence-Chapin Board, commented, “Emily has brought Spence-Chapin to the next level broadening relationships and increasing our connectivity within the adoption community. She has made important changes to appropriately scale and bring efficiency to the organization. Spence-Chapin has a strong team in place and will benefit from her leadership for years to come.”

Having led Spence-Chapin through what has been a difficult transition time for many nonprofit organizations, Forhman’s many contributions to Spence-Chapin include: developing new relationships; trimming over $2 million from the annual budget; and successfully launching Spence-Chapin’s Annual Benefit Gala in 2014.

Drawn to Spence-Chapin’s mission of finding homes for children and helping families, Cotumaccio joined the agency in September 2014.

Cotumaccio brings over 20 years of diverse corporate executive management and start-up experience to Spence-Chapin. He has served on several non-profit and for-profit boards and has extensive cause marketing experience. Adam was formerly the Global COO for Kinetic Worldwide, the largest Out-Of-Home media agency in the world and previously served as COO, Americas GroupM ESP, the Entertainment, Sports and Cause Marketing division within GroupM, the world's leading media investment/content management group. Adam has also worked within Deloitte Consulting's prestigious Retail and Consumer Business Practice.

According to Welles, “Adam is prepared to take on the day-to-day management of the agency and lead it into the future. As Spence-Chapin enters its 106th year, we are committed to exploring new and innovative ways to serve the adoption community.”

 

About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin is an adoption and family service agency bringing over 100 years of experience in finding families for children.  Spence-Chapin’s fundamental belief is that Every Child Deserves A Family. To underscore this commitment, Spence-Chapin has eliminated many financial barriers for families who consider embarking on the adoption journey. Through their Modern Family Center, Spence-Chapin has broadened their impact and provides support, workshops, and counseling services for: birth parents, adoptive parents, families formed through adoption, teens, children with special needs, and adoptees at every life stage.

'Tis the Season to Be Serving. ServiceMaster Kicks Off "We Care, We Share" Week With Over $150,000 in Volunteer Hours, Donations

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:26

(Marketwired) - Although it's been part of the company name for more than 85 years, service takes on greater meaning this week for employees of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services.

The company today announced that its employees will spend this week supporting numerous community not-for-profit agencies through various service projects, collection efforts, in-kind donations and financial contributions.

Beginning today, ServiceMaster employees in Memphis will host a food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank; deliver gifts to more than 250 teenagers at the Bernal E. Smith (Hickory Hill), Oakhaven and Porter-Goodwill Boys & Girls Clubs; assemble and wrap 600 gifts for the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) to distribute to Meals on Wheels recipients on Christmas morning; and participate in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Day of Ringing at the Wolfchase Galleria. Also, throughout the course of this week, ServiceMaster employees at locations around the country will participate in other giving events such as Toys for Tots, clothing drives, blood drives, food drives and literacy programs.

"ServiceMaster supports community projects, worthy causes and impactful initiatives that put our legacy of service into action," said Rob Gillette, chief executive officer, ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. "Service is more than just a commitment to our customers and our communities -- it's actually part of our name and the heart of our business. All of the organizations we support perform amazing work every day-not just during the holidays. Our employees give back every day, too -- with their time and talents."

To learn more about the work that ServiceMaster does with these and other partners in communities around the country, visit ServiceMaster.com or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo, where you can read more about our proudest moments.

About ServiceMaster
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes Terminix (termite and pest control), American Home Shield (home warranties), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), Furniture Medic (furniture repair) and AmeriSpec (home inspections). During the last 12 months the company has provided services to approximately 5 million residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

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StubHub Kicks Off the Season of Giving With a “1 for 1” Donation Campaign to Support Music Education

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:13

 StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today announced an expansion of its company-wide commitment to music education with the launch of a “1 for 1” donation campaign running throughout the months of December and January to benefit three grassroots music nonprofits. Music fans now have a simple way to support youth music education nationwide simply by downloading its free iOS concert discovery app, StubHub Music, from one of the following links:

Every download of StubHub Music through one of the above URLs will trigger a $1 donation from StubHub to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation or The Roots of Music. (This promotion applies exclusively to downloads occurring through the above URLs and is valid now through January 30, 2015.)

“By enabling music fans to access StubHub’s new concert discovery app while directly supporting music education – the very future of music – our 1 for 1 campaign is just one of many ways StubHub is channeling our audience and our technology to support causes that matter,” said Emma Leggat, StubHub Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.

The StubHub Music 1 for 1 campaign builds on StubHub’s Rising Stars program and its inaugural Next Stage Concert Series, which launched in April of this year to benefit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF).  The Next Stage Concert Series launched with an initial $250,000 grant from the StubHub Foundation (a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and a commitment of 100% of the series’ ticket proceeds towards MHOF, while delivering intimate concerts with emerging artists to fans. To date, the series has brought the gift of music to 16 schools across the country, benefitting nearly 16,000 students with nearly $600,000 in musical instruments. Music fans can view concert footage and support the cause by visiting StubHub.com/Next-Stage-Concert-Series.  

StubHub has been a wonderful partner to us over the course of this past year,” said Felice Mancini, President & CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.  “Since the moment this relationship was established and throughout the concert series, it was clear that StubHub is truly committed to giving back to the music community in ways that extend far beyond a simple financial contribution. Through their marketing horsepower and reach they have provided us invaluable resources and we are so fortunate to extend this relationship through a special holiday campaign.”

StubHub Music offers fans the opportunity to find out when their favorite artists are playing, discover new music, access local event and venue info, buy tickets and invite friends all in one place.  As the ultimate guide to local live music, this is one more way StubHub is dedicated to offering fans access and opportunity for discovery to the widest selection of live event experiences.

To date, StubHub has allocated nearly one third of its $2.7 million in charitable giving since the creation of the StubHub Foundation in 2012 to arts nonprofits, primarily in music education.  The “1 for 1” promotion will run through the months of December 2014 and January 2015. The promotion applies exclusively to downloads through one of the three partner landing pages provided above and excludes residents of AL, HI, MA, MS and SC.

FOR MORE ABOUT HOW STUBHUB HAS SUPPORTED MUSIC EDUCATION:
Follow StubHub’s Next Stage Concert Series: StubHub.com/Next-Stage-Concert-Series.

Meet the Roots of Music, StubHub’s Inaugural Rising Star partner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNl4F5mXRqo

 

About StubHub
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans the choice to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub provides fans with honest, all-in pricing, where the price you see is the price you pay at checkout. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation through numerous industry firsts, including the introduction of the industry’s first ticketing application, first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment Fan Rewards program. The market leader, StubHub is partners with major organizations and brands, including more than 120 teams, venues, and properties in MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, Barclays Premier League, MLS and NCAA, as well as ESPN, AEG, Paciolan and AudienceView. Throughout North America and Europe, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience that is the way ticket buying should be. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit StubHub.com, Twitter.com/StubHub, Facebook.com/StubHub, or YouTube.com/StubHub.

StubHub’s Rising Stars program was founded in January 2013 to expand access and opportunity for at-risk youth through sports and the arts and support outstanding non-profits in markets where StubHub operates throughout North America and in Europe.  Together, with its other corporate social responsibility programs, StubHub and the StubHub foundation have donated nearly $2 million in the past two years to a variety of non-profits.

About The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education.

The foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools in an effort to give students the many benefits of music education, help them achieve more in school and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have benefited and thousands of instruments have been donated to 1,215 school music programs. Please visit mhopus.org for more information.

About The Roots of Music
The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city.  Co-founded in 2007 by Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and 2009 CNN Hero, Roots serves kids ages 9-14 from low-income households across the city and strives to use music to teach students the necessary skills to lead positive and productive lives.  The year-round program provides music classes and performance opportunities, academic support and homework assistance, instruments and maintenance, round-trip transportation, and daily hot meals to its students five days a week, twelve months a year, all free of charge.  The Roots of Music annually serves more than 140 children from over 40 different schools throughout Orleans Parish. Please visit www.therootsofmusic.org for more information.

About VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is the leader in ensuring that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Since 1997, we have partnered with more than 1900 public schools in 231 school districts to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. #PassTheNote and get involved at www.vh1savethemusic.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @vh1savethemusic.

Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Dedicates $1 Million to Protect Amazonian Watersheds

Mon, 2014-12-15 21:13

The Board of Directors of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) have approved a $1 Million grant over the next 5 years to the Wildlife Conservation Society for its Amazon Waters Initiative, a major participatory watershed and natural resource management initiative in Amazonas State, Brazil, and Loreto Department, Peru. Amazon Waters aims to protect fisheries, wildlife, and habitats in two major Amazonian watersheds with the active participation of indigenous and other local Amazonian communities, governmental agencies, and civil society organizations, in the management of these critical resources.  The project will also inform and promote adaptation to impacts from development and climate change through the dissemination of scientific information to decision-makers. 

MCFA’s Board also approved new grants to: University of California, Merced to train undergraduate student “Naturalists” to deliver education programs in low-income communities; EcoAgriculture Partners for integrated landscape management  (ILM) interventions in Brazil; National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for its online Greening STEM Learning Center; and  International Funders for Indigenous Peoples as general support for its mission of increasing philanthropic investments in indigenous communities worldwide.

Through its new and continuing grants, MCFA supports a variety of conservation, environmental education, and sustainable development projects throughout the Americas.  

The Board of Directors also reaffirmed MCFA’s support for mission-relating investing by renewing, for the fifth consecutive year, a $300K program-related investment in Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that provides vital funding to help grow agricultural businesses in South and Central America.

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The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, based in New York City, was established 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation.  Since its establishment, the Foundation has contributed nearly $9 million to environmental causes throughout the Americas.  For more information, please visit http://www.mcfamericas.org.

Contributions for Europe and Africa are made by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa, a UK registered charity, established in 1992 to promote environmental conservation, education and research into the environment and poverty alleviation, through funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.K.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishicorp.com/gb/en/csr/mcfea.html.

Global Impact Report Shows Diversity, Changing Dynamics of Global Philanthropy

Mon, 2014-12-15 19:13

Today, Global Impact released its 2014 Annual Report. The report outlines Global Impact’s efforts and accomplishments over the past fiscal year.

“We are proud of the many strides Global Impact has made this year,” said Scott Jackson, Global Impact president and CEO. “The world of global philanthropy continues to evolve—and we are honored to be a leader in this field as new trends emerge. Our activities over the past year reflect our mission: to build partnerships and raise resources for the world’s most vulnerable people. We continue to support and partner with nonprofit and for-profit organizations on our collective goal to make a positive difference in the lives of people in need around the world.”

Global Impact serves and represents an alliance of more than 120 international relief and development nonprofit organizations in approximately 450 public and private workplace giving campaigns. Charity partners include Doctors Without Borders, CARE, Heifer International, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Save the Children and World Vision. Additionally, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit sector organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals by providing revenue diversification strategies, employee engagement programs, CSR strategies, and custom social impact funds.

In 2014, Global Impact raised more than $43 million, achieved an overall administrative and fundraising expense ratio of 12 percent, received unqualified financial and compliance audits and built partnerships to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Some highlights of major accomplishments detailed in the 2014 Annual Report include: 

  • Empowered and strengthened the impact of coalitions by serving as the Secretariat for the Hilton Prize Laureates Collaborative, Global Health Council, Central America Donors Forum and Restore the Earth Foundation

  • Raised more than $17 million from public and private sector workplace campaigns

  • Administered the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, which outperformed many other Combined Federal Campaigns in comparison to previous years’ results

  • Developed nine new High Impact Funds for corporate partners, each focusing on an area of critical need such as clean water and human trafficking

  • Built and launched a global disaster response and resiliency fund for a major hotel chain

  • Unveiled “giving accelerator,” a highly flexible donation platform that enables the receipt of donations in more than 90 currencies, whether as payroll deductions, credit card donations or other channels

  • Set up a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, which raised more than $200,000 in pledges from individual donations, four corporate matching programs and other sources

  • Presented the findings of a groundbreaking research study, “Giving Beyond Borders,” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s corporate citizenship conference

  • Partnered with Bentley Systems, Inc. to launch a Signature Fund enabling Bentley to match employee contributions that support charities working in disaster resiliency and response

 

About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with approximately 450 public and private workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 120 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for one of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.7 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Global Sustain Annual Members Meeting On December 19, 2014

Fri, 2014-12-12 19:07

Global Sustain announces its 2014 Annual Members Meeting, that will take place on December 19, 2014, at the Athens Hilton hotel.

The meeting is open to members and stakeholders of Global Sustain and will be part of the Money Show 2014 (December 19-21) a unique conference, with strong environmental perspective and a commitment to social accountability.

During the 2-hour event, Global Sustain representatives will present the company’s highlights for 2014, announce future actions and planning for 2015 and introduce new services. Moreover, Global Sustain members will take the floor and present their case studies and topics of interest for the members.

Agenda

15:30-16:00

Registration Networking

16:00-17:00

Michael Spanos, Managing Partner, Global Sustain

Costis Catsakioris, Business Development Director, Global Sustain

Ilektra Liberopoulou, Marketing & Communications Manager, Global Sustain - 2014 highlights, future actions and planning for 2015 and new services

17:00-18:00  

Members Session

 

Nikolaos Sifakis, Lead Auditor, TUV AUSTRIA HELLAS - External assurance as a sustainability report credibility tool  

 

Elias Skordas, International Marketing Research, Global Link - Stakeholder Engagement through online research

George Plomaritis, Sales Manager for Group & Corporate Business, INTERAMERICAN Part of ACHMEA - Staff and employees group insurance  and CSR 

Georgia Kartsanis, CEO, Sargia Partners, President, CEO Clubs Greece - Sustainability & Team Alignment

 

David Connor, Director, CSRwire UK - Effective and interactive CSR/Sustainability communication

 

For registrations:

Tel.: +30 210 927 1110 -18 E-mail: members@globalsustain.org

About Global Sustain
Founded in 2006, Global Sustain with offices in Athens, Basel, Brussels, Colombo, Dubai, London and Melbourne, creates awareness and inspires and supports companies and organisations to embody sustainability, through advisory, communications, networking and training, with a focus on the people-planet-profit philosophy. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, educational foundations, media, professional bodies, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain is a signatory to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a GRI Data Partner and Organisational Stakeholder (OS), an affiliated member of the Academy of Business in Society, Social Value International and EFQM www.globalsustain.org.   

GRI (G4) Certified Training on Reporting

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:07

CSE is offering the Certified GRI Training program for the effective creation of CSR/ Sustainability Reports in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines.

Key issues to be covered:

This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The specialized training, provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process. It covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report. The Certified Training Program aims to disseminate knowledge on sustainability reporting around the world. It has been developed especially to help report makers and users to more effectively use the GRI Framework and utilse GRI reports.

Certification:

  Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are able to apply their knowledge in all levels of CSR and Sustainability Reporting according to GRI G4 guidelines and will receive course certificates directly from GRI confirming their acquired knowledge on Reporting.

Modules:

  • Planning and coordinating the GRI sustainability reporting process

  • Identifying and managing relationships with stakeholders

  • Deciding on report content, concept and reporting process

  • Conforming with internal procedures

  • Assuring quality of information, data and deciding on application lever

  • Selecting and prioritizing material issues

  • Conforming to environmental, economic and social performance indicators

 

Who should attend:

CSOs Sustainability CSR Directors Health Safety and Environment Managers Public Relations, Communications Managers HR Managers Supply Chain Operations managers Environment Executives Sustainability Consultants

State of Corporate Citizenship Finds Executive Support for Corporate Citizenship

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00

The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is pleased to release its 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship, a unique research report that examines how executives view corporate citizenship and their firms’ performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business—and about how corporate citizenship contributes to business objectives. Conducted for the sixth time since 2003, the study finds that executives believe that corporate citizenship contributes to success, and plan to increase their investment in the future.

“This year, executives have issued a clear verdict: corporate citizenship delivers real business results,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director at the Center for Corporate Citizenship. “The majority of executive respondents are choosing to meet the social and business challenges of our time by thoughtfully integrating corporate citizenship into business strategy—and by doing so are meeting objectives such as increasing market share and improving financial performance.”

The 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship key findings include:

• The majority of executive respondents, across all business types and industries, confirm that corporate citizenship helps them successfully achieve strategic goals, ultimately improving performance.

• For the first time in over a decade, the majority of executives anticipate resources for every corporate citizenship dimension to increase over the next three years.

The 2014 State of Corporate citizenship is just one of the research findings available to Center members. To learn more about this study, as well as other Center offerings and events, visit ccc.bc.edu.

The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership-based knowledge center. Founded in 1985, the Center has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The Center engages 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center’s executive education programs, online community, regional programs, and its annual conference. For more information, visit the Center’s website at ccc.bc.edu.

For more information contact:
Kerin Sikorski
Carroll School of Management
Center for Corporate Citizenship
at Boston College
Email: sikorski@bc.edu
Phone: 617-552-4545

Chevron Maneuvering to Block Ecuadorian Villagers From Enforcing $9.5 billion Judgment in Canadian Courts

Wed, 2014-12-10 20:00

Trying to make good on its promise of a “lifetime of litigation” to avoid paying for a clean-up of Ecuador’s rainforest, Chevron will ask the Supreme Court of Canada this week to create a new jurisdictional hurdle that likely would close off the country’s courts to indigenous communities seeking to enforce their $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the company.

(A background document explaining the Canadian enforcement action, which will be argued before the Supreme Court of Canada on December 11, can be read here.)

After more than two decades of litigation by the indigenous communities, Chevron is now arguing that a new jurisdictional barrier should apply to the villagers.  Chevron is asking that the Ecuadorians establish jurisdiction over the company all over again in Canada, even though such jurisdiction already was established in Ecuador during the underlying trial. 

No country in the world imposes such a burdensome rule for the enforcement of foreign judgments, according to research done by the plaintiffs.

“We believe Chevron is asking the Canadian courts to create an unconscionable barrier to justice as part of its long-term plan to keep the merits of these life and death issues from being decided,” said Kevin Koenig, the coordinator of Ecuador programs for the U.S. environmental group Amazon Watch.  “By blocking the Ecuadorians villagers from getting in the courthouse door, Chevron hopes to obtain impunity for its human rights violations in Ecuador.”

Koenig added:  “This case has gone on way too long. It is past time for these claims to be resolved once and for all.”

The dispute is the result of Chevron’s refusal to abide by the Ecuador court’s order – issued in 2011 -- that it clean up almost 1,000 oil waste pits and billions of gallons of oil sludge dumped into streams and rivers of the Amazon between 1964 and 1990, when the company operated in the region under the Texaco brand.  Locals call the ecological disaster the “Amazon Chernobyl” and experts say it might be the worst oil-related pollution problem on the planet.

Chevron accepted jurisdiction in Ecuador in 2001 as a condition of the trial being transferred out of U.S. court at the company’s request.  Two separate appellate courts in Ecuador, including the country’s Supreme Court, unanimously affirmed the trial court judgment.

Because Chevron still refuses to pay, the affected communities are seeking to seize the company’s assets in Canada so they can begin a long-awaited clean-up of their homeland.  Chevron’s lawyers, who in 2007 stripped almost all of the company’s assets from Ecuador, repeatedly have vowed a “lifetime of litigation” if the litigants persist in pursing their claims. 

Since the villagers filed the Canadian enforcement action in May of 2012, Chevron has succeeded in tying up the case with technical arguments concerning jurisdiction and subsidiary liability. The Canadian Supreme Court argument concerns a Chevron appeal of a unanimous decision by an Ontario appellate court – issued one year ago -- that ordered the company to stand trial on the issue of asset seizure.

“For 20 years, Chevron has contested the legal proceedings of every court involved in the litigation – in the United States, Ecuador, and Canada,” the three-judge panel of the Ontario court wrote in its decision

“In these circumstances, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs should have an opportunity to attempt to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in a court where Chevron will have to respond on the merits,” it added. 

If the Supreme Court of Canada rules in favor of the villagers, Chevron will be forced to defend itself at a public trial in Toronto.  The trial will concern whether Chevron was given a fair chance to be heard during the eight-year Ecuador trial, which produced 220,000 pages of evidence, dozens of judicial inspections, and more than 100 technical evidentiary reports.

If the villagers win the enforcement action, it is conceivable they could collect the entirety of their judgment plus statutory interest in Canada.  Chevron holds an estimated $15 billion worth of assets in the country, including oil fields in the Beaufort Sea and offshore of Newfoundland, a tar sands project in Alberta, and a refinery in British Columbia.

If the court adopts Chevron’s requested rule, it will be very difficult for the villagers to proceed given that all of the company’s Canadian assets are held by wholly-owned subsidiaries.  Lawyers for the Ecuadorians have asked the Supreme Court of Canada to rule on whether those assets can be seized as part of the enforcement action to prevent Chevron from further delaying collection.

The Ecuadorian communities originally filed their lawsuit against Texaco in 1993 in U.S. federal court in New York.  Chevron inherited the case in 2001 when it bought Texaco.

Texaco and then Chevron (known after the merger as ChevronTexaco) fought for almost ten years in the U.S. to move the litigation to Ecuador and filed 14 sworn affidavits praising the country’s courts. The company’s request was granted after it promised to submit to jurisdiction and abide by any adverse ruling, subject only to narrow enforcement defenses.

Chevron’s top executive in Ecuador, Rodrigo Perez Pallares, admitted during the trial that the company had indeed dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into waterways relied on by local inhabitants for their drinking water, bathing, and fishing.

Since the Ecuador judgment was issued, Chevron has filed more than 30 retaliatory legal actions in the U.S. and other jurisdictions against the named plaintiffs, their lawyers, their financial supporters, and allies in the environmental community.  The company has admitted to using at least 60 law firms and 2,000 legal personnel in the effort.

Exclusive Executive Mixer Raises Awareness for 4 Local Charities

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:47

McKinney Advisory Group held their 3rd Annual Holiday Charity Event, an exclusive networking event at the Grand Del Mar Resort on December 3, 2014. The event featured four local charities: American Red Cross, Community Housing Works, Challenged Athletes Foundation: Operation Rebound, and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Each guest was invited for their philanthropic as well as business influence in San Diego and Southern California.

All executive guests were given a voucher worth $100 to select which charity McKinney would donate to in their honor. Sponsors for this year’s event included: Sage Executives, Sharp, Sequoia Equity Partners, The Grand Del Mar, and Ferrari Productions.

As the third year for the event, McKinney Advisory Group was looking to maximize the exposure for each charity. The event was “sold out” two months prior with a considerable waitlist for guests to get tickets. The voucher worked as the distraction and entertainment while the guests had the opportunity to meet and mingle with executives and board members from each charity. By the end of the evening guests were excited about giving of time, talent, and treasure.

Wes Armstrong from Full Swing Golf said, “For the past two years the McKinney Holiday party was the catalyst to connect me with dozens of wonderful people and organizations doing important work in San Diego.  To me it is the best way to kick off the Holiday Season – McKinney Advisory Group embodies all that is good about our San Diego community.  McKinney uses their broad reach, influence, and generosity to bring people together to help support organizations that do good work for people in need throughout the year.”

Damian McKinney, Founder and CEO, of McKinney Advisory Group recalled, “The evening’s success is measured year round. I receive calls from our guests months later saying they are involved in one of the charities that came or were inspired to join a board of a charity near to their heart. While the event is exciting and always a great time, the true success is what our guests do with their energy to give.”

The maximum value of the evening is not in the vouchers donated; rather in the connections made between guests, charities, board members, and sponsors. McKinney works year round to ensure relationships made that evening are built upon a foundation of servant leadership.

Shari Brasher, CEO of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts explained the evening from the perspective of the charities by saying, "this was the most amazing event ever. It provided not only necessary program funds, but created new corporate connections and a genuine synergy among all the nonprofits."

McKinney Advisory Group looks forward to this event each year. By building partnerships with local nonprofits, decision makers, and business leaders they are able to bring together people motivated to give back to their community. Marking the end of one year and looking forward to the next, there is truly nothing else like this event happening elsewhere.

McKinney Advisory Group is an “achieve your vision” company. McKinney Advisory Group is a uniquely client-focused firm which looks at the bigger picture when helping clients make real estate decisions. The fiduciary responsibility to the client is a strategic partnership as well. What separates McKinney from others is that they offer a transformative approach to real estate including a focus on the community, local economy, and nonprofit partnerships. With in-house legal services, project management and work place optimization expertise McKinney is a completely functioning outsourced real estate department for their clients.

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