Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is First Company to Receive Number One Ranking Two Years in a Row on DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the top company for diversity for the second year in a row on the annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity listing. DiversityInc announced the results of its 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity on April 23 at an awards ceremony in New York, NY. NPC also ranked second on the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment list and seventh on the Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups list.
David Epstein, Division Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals stated, "I am very proud of how far our organization has come and how much we are committed to do to build an organization that is highly inclusive and reflects the diversity of the patients we serve.”
“We are thrilled to be recognized as the top company by DiversityInc again this year,” said Christi Shaw, President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and President, Novartis Corporation. “We believe that diversity and inclusion are directly linked to achieving our goals of creating solutions that help patients manage their diseases and live fuller, healthier lives. Encouraging diversity and inclusion helps us create a culture where people can be authentic and courageous, where collaboration can flourish, and where greater patient and customer understanding can drive future breakthroughs and innovations.”
According to DiversityInc, Top 50 companies have significantly more diversity than average American corporations. Compared with EEOC statistics, Top 50 companies have 20% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in management, and 13% more women. In the Top 10 the contrast is even sharper, with 41% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, and 46% more women than the US corporate average. This year, for the first time, the National Organization on Disability tracker was required for the Top 10 Disabilities list.
Each company’s rank is based on objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. The four equally weighted areas of measurement include Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. Any company with more than 1,000 US-based employees is eligible to enter, and there is no cost to compete.
"This honor recognizes the passion and commitment of our associates who make diversity and inclusion an integral part of their daily work. Diversity and inclusion is completely aligned with what matters most to us – using sustainable business practices to meet the current and future needs of our customers, and keeping patients at the center of everything we do,” said Rhonda Crichlow, Vice President and Head, US Diversity and Inclusion at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
“Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation becomes the first company to ever be No. 1 two years in a row. This is a remarkable achievement,” said Luke Visconti, CEO at DiversityInc. “Under the leadership of President Christi Shaw and US D&I Head Rhonda Crichlow, the company has developed a remarkable pipeline for underrepresented groups, especially women, who comprise 60% of Christi’s direct reports.”
To see the entire list, go to http://www.diversityinc.com/top50
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Throughout the months of April and May, more than 100 National Grid employees will join local communities to beautify parks and clean-up areas in need of care across Massachusetts as part of Earth Day 2015.
“We're proud that so many of the cities and towns National Grid serves embrace sustainability,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “From small projects - like tree planting and trash pickup - to our significant investments in renewable energy and efficiency, we're working to make a difference in the communities where we live and work on Earth Day and throughout the year.”
National Grid employee volunteers across the state will help with projects ranging from school tree planting to work on neighborhood farms. The company’s Earth Day volunteer events include:
Participating in Haverhill’s Trees for Tots Program at Walnut Square School in Haverhill from April 3-15
Pitching in on the Regional Environmental Council with the annual Earth Day Clean-up event in Worcester on April 18
Cleaning up Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery in Methuen on April 22
Planting vegetables at Waltham Fields Community Farm on April 29-30 and May 7
For more information on National Grid’s commitment to sustainability and volunteering, please visit www.nationalgridus.com/commitment.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).
For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, like us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.
Samsung and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) awarded its first-ever Schoolyard STEM Lab to the students and teachers of Nizhoni Elementary School in Shiprock, N.M., today in celebration of the 10th annual National Environmental Education Week – the nation's largest celebration of environmental education.
Created by NEEF and supported by Samsung, the Schoolyard STEM Lab is an outdoor classroom space designed to work in any climate for a hands-on, immersive environmental education experience which consists of a Growing Dome greenhouse where students can apply the scientific method to cultivation projects. The school’s plan to have all students take part in exploring such topics as aquatic life, solar power and sustainability, conduct geothermal energy experiments, and conserve native plants and natural resources distinguished Nizhoni from the other applicants. The Growing Dome will not only help students better understand STEM, it will help them make the significant connections between the natural environment and Navajo culture.
“We are excited to award Nizhoni with the Lab. It is a solid resource that they can use to leverage the natural environment to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a way that is relevant to the community,” said Diane Wood, president of NEEF. “We thank Samsung for their financial support and Growing Spaces for its partnership and installation of the Schoolyard STEM Lab.”
Located on Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico, Nizhoni has a vested interest in its students and the broader community. Considered a turnaround school, Nizhoni Elementary went from an F in 2012 to a B in 2013 on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s School Report Cards. The school district is 100 percent Title 1 federally funded due to the high-level poverty within the communities it serves and provides free breakfast and lunch to all of its students. Despite these challenges, the school is committed to equipping its students with the necessary knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in pursuing post-secondary education and early career opportunities.
“Students at Nizhoni are eager to learn,” said Principal Patsy Marquez. “We have been working hard to raise our student’s levels of achievement in areas like math, science and technology. In doing so, we need to make sure that they have access to the tools that they need in order to learn. The Schoolyard STEM Lab is a great tool that we can use to accelerate student learning by introducing all of our students to the scientific inquiry process within the context of the natural environment.”
“The Schoolyard STEM Lab also provides an opportunity for students to harvest their own herbs and vegetables which can be shared with the community and used by the school to prepare more nutritious meals,” added Jennifer Choate, Nizhoni’s gifted education teacher who submitted the winning application on behalf of the school.
The Growing Dome installation began at Nizhoni Elementary on April 17 and was unveiled today in a formal award ceremony and community-wide celebration that was joined by local and national dignitaries including Carole Palmer of the NWF Education Assistant Tribal Lands Conservation Program, Professor Arnold Clifford of Dine College, representatives from Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s and Senator Martin Heinrich’s offices as well as representatives from Samsung and NEEF.
“Through hand-on activities, students can better understand how STEM can be applied to everyday life and help create real change in their communities,” said Lauren Restuccia, senior manager of corporate citizenship at Samsung. “We have seen the transformational effect STEM education can have on students, and we’re delighted to help Nizhoni students enhance their learning this way.”
About the National Environmental Education Foundation
NEEF is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. To accomplish this, NEEF provides knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve every day environmental problems. NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at neefusa.org, follow NEEF on Facebook.com/neefusa and Twitter @neefusa.
National Environmental Education Week, a program of NEEF and supported by Samsung, is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. This year’s theme, Surrounded by Science, is part of EE Week’s multi-year focus on Greening STEM. Since its inception in 2005, EE Week has delivered free, non-biased, high-quality, environmental materials grounded in accurate, timely scientific information and tied to local, state and national learning standards. In addition to awarding the Schoolyard STEM Lab, NEEF is offering students and educators with access to downloadable toolkits and activity sheets, contests, webinars about the environment and education and an opportunity to participate in its first ever “Life on Public Lands Mission” contest during this year’s EE Week celebration.
About Samsung Electronics North America
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.
About Nizhoni Elementary School
Nizhoni Elementary School is located in Shiprock, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation in northern New Mexico. The school serves 570 students.
A report entitled Innovation for a healthier world – how the research-based vaccine manufacturers are contributing to the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) shows how the pharmaceutical industry is bringing innovation to close the immunization gap while stressing the importance of reaching the 20% of children who are left unimmunized.
On the occasion of World Immunization Week, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) stands committed to the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and its key goals, and takes this opportunity to provide an overview of the collective effort and contribution of the research-based vaccine manufacturers to the GVAP.
The 2015 report highlights:
- Innovation as a key aspect of the research-based vaccine manufacturers’ contribution to the GVAP, including investments beyond the traditional research and development model.
- The “last mile” challenges related to reaching every child: what is needed in that final step to reach every child, adolescent or adult that needs to be immunized.
- The importance of understanding the root cause of coverage gaps and how to overcome the communications challenges Although many countries have made immunization a priority, we must do more to serve the most destitute populations.
Mr Eduardo Pisani, Director General of the IFPMA said:
“We are fully committed to the advancement and adoption of new vaccines and technologies throughout the world. In addition to our internal efforts, our collaborations with academic institutions, international groups, and non-governmental organizations have allowed us to accelerate life-saving vaccine development and deliveries in ways we never thought possible. Our ultimate goal is to continue this spirit of collaboration and innovation for generations to come, in order to close the immunization gap in every possible way.”
IFPMA research-based companies and vaccines manufacturers call upon all relevant partners and countries to align their commitments with the identified gaps and achieve sustainable availability and access to vaccines for all people, regardless of where they live.
IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health. - See more at: www.ifpma.org
The Lemelson Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $706,000 to the Portland State University Foundation to support Oregon MESA’s (Math Engineering Science Achievement) statewide invention education activities that build on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The new grant expands the work of the MESA program to help underserved youth pursue math-based higher education and STEM-related careers by providing a proven mix of pre-college academic, hands-on experience, and mentoring opportunities for K-12 students. This work is vital to the continued growth of Oregon’s innovation-led economy and efforts to ensure that all Oregonians can share in the state’s growing prosperity.
“The Lemelson Foundation’s expanding partnership with Oregon MESA represents our deep commitment to invention in our home state,” said Carol Dahl, executive director of The Lemelson Foundation. “MESA’s work is critical to advancing invention education. It gives young people more creative confidence, unleashes their thinking about ways to advance positive change, and maximizes their personal potential. That leads to a smarter, stronger Oregon.”
The Lemelson Foundation grant gives a significant boost to Oregon MESA’s mission of increasing the number of underserved populations in STEM-based employment, a cornerstone for invention and innovation. Both The Lemelson Foundation and Oregon MESA understand that the key to preparing a 21st workforce is a strong basis in STEM, combined with the ability to identify real-world problems and turn ideas into meaningful solutions.
The Need for Invention Education and STEM Skills Oregon
Students from underserved communities in Oregon lag behind in their exposure to invention education and STEM, making them less likely to pursue related university degrees and careers. The gap is even more pronounced for girls and underrepresented minorities.
- In 2013-14, only 50% of economically disadvantaged high school students met or exceeded benchmarks compared to 62% of all Oregon students.
- African Americans, Hispanics, Native Indians and Alaska Natives earned only 6% of science, engineering, math and technology degrees in 2013 in Oregon, though they comprise 10% of all graduates and about 15% of the population.
- Women comprise 60% of all 2013 Oregon college graduates, but only make up 39% of graduates in science, engineering, math and technology programs.
These populations are missing important opportunities to share in the excitement and prosperity of Oregon’s burgeoning technology sector. According to the Technology Association of Oregon, the state’s technology industry has been the most productive in the US in terms of GDP for the past decade, and wages for workers in the technology industry are double the state’s average. The economic vibrancy of Silicon Forest and similar industry clusters was built by the kind of innovative talent and skills that Oregon MESA helps foster.
“The impact of The Lemelson Foundation’s grant in fostering invention through greater access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is tremendous,” said David Coronado, executive director of Oregon MESA. “Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Foundation, Oregon MESA’s mission of creating education and career success for underserved students is more powerful than ever.”
The new grant will allow Oregon MESA to expand its reach to different parts of the state and build opportunities for students to participate in invention and STEM-based activities during the school day. The Lemelson Foundation, a long-time partner of Oregon MESA, has awarded the grant in recognition of MESA’s strong track record of success.
“Oregon MESA’s curriculum gives these students hands-on experience to create the inventions of tomorrow and the creative confidence to identify and tackle the world’s most challenging problems,” said Rachel Jagoda Brunette, Oregon regional program officer for The Lemelson Foundation.
Portland State University (PSU) launched the local MESA chapter in 1985 for the purpose of encouraging greater levels of STEM education, college graduation, and career participation from underserved students. Since that time, Oregon MESA has helped thousands of underserved youth, particularly minority and female students, achieve academic excellence, attend college, and progress on to STEM-related careers.
Based in PSU’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon MESA now serves thirteen middle and high schools throughout the Portland Metro area, and has recently expanded to four schools in the Salem-Keizer School District. Oregon MESA delivers a 25-year track record of 98% high school graduation and 92% college continuation rates for participants.
PSU also hosts MESA Day, an annual highlight of the program. MESA Day is a statewide competition designed to foster engineering, math, and science innovation by having students tackle a complex but concrete social problem. For last year’s challenge, students had to build a prosthetic arm design. This year’s event is slated for May 15, and finalists will proceed to the national competition to be held in Utah this summer.
"PSU is the most diverse university in Oregon, but we need to encourage more students of color to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors," said Portland State University President Wim Wiewel. "The Lemelson Foundation recognizes that need and I'm glad to see them support our partners at Oregon MESA.”
About Oregon MESA
Established in 1989, Oregon MESA’s mission is to provide students underrepresented in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science and technology with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college and compete successfully in the workforce. Oregon MESA is supported by Portland State University, school districts, industry, and community organizations, foundations and individual donors. For more information, visit oregonmesa.org.
About The Lemelson Foundation
Based in Portland, OR, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary throughout 2015. To date the Foundation has made grants and other investments totaling more than $185 million to hundreds of organizations around the world. For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.
About Portland State University (PSU) Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
In the middle of a month-long celebration of Earth Day, DotGreen Community, Inc., stewards of the new .green domain name, today announced that GoDaddy will offer a 30% Earth Day discount on the purchase of .green domain names at GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy’s Earth Day discount will launch on April 24 to tie in with DotGreen’s sponsorship of the Green Festival Expo in New York City and will be valid through April 30.
“The new domain name extensions help tell the story of what our customers do and what they believe. The DotGreen Community is on a mission to support the green economy and the green movement. Registering a .green domain name, is a great way for individuals and businesses alike to tell their green story and connect online with others who care about the environment,” says Theresa Geraghty, GoDaddy’s Senior Director of Product Marketing for Domains.
Those wishing to register a .green domain name can use the code Green3015 to receive the discount on godaddy.com.
“DotGreen is a symbol of sustainability,” says Kathy Nielsen, DotGreen Community’s Exec. Dir. Registry Operations & Channel Relations. “GoDaddy makes it incredibly easy for anyone to get online and what better time than around Earth Day to show your commitment to a healthier planet.”
As part of its Earth Day celebration, DotGreen Community is also sponsoring local San Francisco events such as the Green Film Fest and Earth Day San Francisco, and connecting the global green movement through posting links of Earth Day related events and blogs on their website, Community.green.
DotGreen Community has also recently announced a $10,000 Earth Day gift through DotGreen Foundation to EarthShare, a non-profit federation that partners with business and employees to develop workplace giving and learning opportunities supporting the environment.
DotGreen Community, Inc., with roots in the Northern California environmental movement and Silicon Valley innovation and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in 2007 to support the green movement. DotGreen Community, Inc. manages and markets the new domain address, .green, and donates a percentage of the sales and renewals of .green domain names to organizations supporting sustainability around the world. Visit www.going.green for more information. Follow us on Twitter @DotGreenTLD and like us on Facebook at DotGreen Community, Inc.
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 contributions. Donations can be made at www.foundation.green.
More than 50 speakers join the Responsible Business in May in London.
Ethical Corporation spent 2014 discovering Europe’s most interesting 50 brands, with untold stories of impressive sustainability efforts, to take the Responsible Business platform in May and share their most successful sustainability experiences.
Sustainable innovation, industry collaboration and resource efficiency centre the debate throughout the two day Summit.
Some of the brands that will be speaking at the Summit include: Cartier, Ebay, Deutsche Telekom, L’Oreal, GDF Suez, McCain Foods, DHL Deutsche Post and Royal BAM Group
Kebony’s CEO Christian Jebsen highlights the importance of RBS in helping corporates deliver sustainable business growth.
‘Participation in this conference provides a great platform for representatives from like-minded organisations to come together to discuss the important issues at the heart of our various enterprises. At Kebony we are constantly on the lookout for ways in which our business can be improved and for innovative organisations with which to collaborate.’
The Summit, taking place in London on 18-19 May will host 400 of Europe’s leading CSR and Communications execs.
In its first outing, Holy Land Principles, Inc. secured the key number of votes for its Resolution calling on GE to sign the Holy Land Principles— a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel.
At today’s GE Annual Shareholders Meeting in Oklahoma City, the Holy Land Principles resolution gained, according to the preliminary count announced by GE, 3.1% of the vote. The final count will be confirmed and certified by GE and the SEC within 48 hours. Gaining 3% is threshold for being allowed to resubmit the Resolution the following year. If a Resolution does not gain at least 3% it cannot be resubmitted for another three years according to SEC rules.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus — President of the Capitol Hill-based Holy Land Principles, Inc. and Irish National Caucus— who proposed and spoke on the Resolution said after the meeting : “ We are, indeed, very pleased. It demonstrates growing support of this most worthy cause: raising the entire issue of fair employment by all 545 American companies doing business in Palestine- Israel or Israel-Palestine. Remarkably, that had never been done before we launched the Holy Land Principles. It is true an issue had been made about a few companies with military connotations and connections, but all the other companies had been overlooked. Now all those companies are on notice. Whatever Americans think of the Palestine-Israel issue, one thing is for certain: Americans expect American companies to practice fair employment in the Holy Land. And the way for the companies to do that is to sign and implement the Holy Land Principles— just as many of the same companies were eventually convinced to sign the Mac Bride Principles, upon which the Holy Land Principles are based.”
Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President of Holy Land Principles, Inc. who also attended the GE Annual Meeting, said:“ What a wonderful development for a wonderful cause. This is great encouragement for our continued work. We knew it was not going to be easy. This is another important achievement in our Holy Land Principles campaign.”
The Holy Land Principles are pro-Jewish, pro-Palestinian and pro-company. The Principles do not call for quotas, reverse discrimination, divestment, disinvestment or boycotts. The Principles do not take any position on solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The Principles do not try to tell the Palestinians or the Israelis what to do.
The Holy Land Principles only call for fair employment by American companies in Palestine-Israel.
Think Tank Led By Former JPMorgan Managing Director Launches Regenerative Capitalism Framework at Yale University
Capital Institute, a non-partisan think tank founded in 2010 by former JPMorgan Managing Director John Fullerton, launched an alternative framework for capitalism yesterday at an event hosted by Yale University’s Center for Business and the Environment. The collaboratively created framework and accompanying white paper calls on business leaders and policymakers to fundamentally rethink economics and how our free enterprise system operates.
Despite its many remarkable achievements, the dominant form of capitalism is driving our global economy along an unsustainable path, asserted John Fullerton, Capital Institute’s founder and the white paper’s author. The purpose of finance and investing is now primarily to grow financial capital, but often at the expense of the well-being of the planet and society as a whole. This is evident in an ever-widening global wealth gap and in the twin crises of natural resource depletion and climate change.
Moving beyond this diagnosis, Capital Institute’s white paper, entitled “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy,” asks the critical question: What role can modern finance play in spurring healthy outcomes for the economy and for society that people on the left and the right can both support? The paper envisions a natural evolution of capitalism that embodies a deeper purpose than merely optimizing financial returns, with the goal of promoting the long-term health and well-being of our human communities and the planet.
Aligned with our latest understanding of how the universe actually works, the Regenerative framework illuminates eight key principles backed by solid science and transdiciplinary scholarship. The principles were also distilled from the close observation of enterprises that are the subjects of Capital Institute’s Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy, and from John’s personal impact investment experience. These principles provide a guide for a next stage of Capitalism that supports healthy economies and human systems. They call upon us:
- To understand that the human economy is part of an interconnected web of life and that we cannot separate ourselves or our economy from the earth’s life-supporting systems;
- To view wealth not just as money in the bank, but as the richness we acquire through cultivating human connections and our connection to the natural environment;
- To ensure capital flows towards every level of our human networks enabling all individuals to reach their potential and to make their fullest contribution to society as a whole, both for themselves and the health of the whole; and
- To maintain a balance as economic actors between collaborativeness and competition; efficiency and resilience; and small, medium, and large organizational structures.
“While current approaches to sustainability take a ‘reductionist,’ problem-solving approach to addressing the challenges we face, Regenerative Capitalism takes a ‘holistic’ approach, aimed directly at building healthy human networks,” said Fullerton. “It draws on universal principles and patterns, with ‘sustainability’ being the natural outcome of systemic health.”
To explore the exciting emergence of Regenerative Capitalism, please visit CapitalInstitute.org/Regenerative-Capitalism.
About Capital Institute
Capital Institute is exploring and effecting the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance. http://www.capitalinstitute.org
About The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY)
CBEY joins two world-renowned graduate schools - the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies - with a network of internal and external leaders working at the interface of business and the environment. It tackles one of the central management challenges of the twenty-first century: our transition to a sustainable economy. http://cbey.yale.edu
Cox Enterprises today released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which profiles the company's program achievements as they relate to the environment, giving and people. The report is titled “Actions Speak” and provides an overview of the company and its major divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group).
As detailed in the report, Cox built upon existing programs and launched new initiatives in 2014 to achieve the following highlights:
Environment: The company launched a new national partnership with Ocean Conservancy, announced a national employee solar program, expanded its supplier sustainability program and presented the inaugural Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey to examine challenges and opportunities among small and medium-sized businesses.
Giving: In 2014, Cox companies provided more than $92 million in community support through cash, in-kind and public service announcement donations. The report details signature programs at Cox’s divisions that include community food banks, diversity partnerships, entrepreneurship initiatives, environmental cleanups, mentorships and technology adoption, among others. Cox’s philanthropic arm, the James M. Cox Foundation, provided $15.4 million in grants in 2014.
People: Cox is one of only a few national companies to offer a pension plan, 401(k) and access to retiree healthcare. The company’s “Know Your Numbers” (KYN) program helps employees understand and improve their financial and physical health. KYN provides a customized retirement readiness statement to eligible Cox employees and offers free annual screenings to improve health while helping control costs. The company also provides assistance through the Cox Employee Relief Fund.
“We chose the theme ‘Actions Speak’ because it’s important to me that we don’t talk about something until we do the work behind the words,” said Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy. “The Cox story is about staying true to values that have been around for more than a century, and this report shows how turning words into action helps shape better communities.”
To explore Cox Enterprises’ 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, visit www.CoxCSRReport.com.
Social: @CoxEnterprises, #CoxCSR
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. To learn more about Cox’s commitment to people, sustainability and our communities: CoxCSRReport.com
Avon Healthy Forests, Beautiful World Program Fundraising Reaches $7.5 Million for Reforestation Efforts in Brazil and Indonesia
Today on Earth Day, Avon Products, Inc. [NYSE: AVP] announced that through 2014 the Avon Healthy Forests, Beautiful World global fundraising program has donated more than $7.5 million for global reforestation to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The program, which began in 2010, supports the rainforests in Brazil and Indonesia, two of the world’s most critically endangered ecosystems that play a crucial role in mitigating climate change, supporting biodiversity and providing for the health and economic well-being of millions of women, families and communities worldwide.
Beginning today in the United States, Avon will feature an Earth Day tote bag on Avon.com. Customers can purchase the tote bag, and if they spend $60 or more on Avon.com from April 22-24, they will receive a free Earth Day tote bag. Avon will make a $2 donation to the Healthy Forests, Beautiful World program for each bag sold or given.
The Earth Day tote bag is one of several special fundraising products Avon sells globally to raise funds for Healthy Forests, Beautiful World. With 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives around the world, Avon has a unique capacity to engage and mobilize people to help end deforestation, as it also does for the issues of breast cancer and violence against women. As a direct seller that relies on its brochure and printed materials, the issue of deforestation is especially important to Avon and the company is committed to ongoing improvement in its internal efforts and policies specific to sustainable sourcing, including the Avon Paper Promise and the Avon Palm Oil Promise.
Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Forest
Since 2010, Avon has funded TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees program in one of the world’s most endangered and biodiverse rainforests—the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Avon funding supports TNC and its partners in their goal to plant one billion trees by 2025 and has enabled the planting and protection of more than 4.5 million trees in three key locations in Brazil: the State of Espirito Santo State, Anhembi and Porto Feliz municipalities in the State of Sao Paulo. In 2014, Avon funding facilitated the restoration of 513 acres of forest in Brazil and the planting of 525,000 trees in the Espirito Santo State, resulting in the sequestration of approximately 63,000 tons of CO2.
Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, but it is also one of the most threatened. In recent decades, its forest cover has been severely degraded and today only 12 percent of this iconic forest remains. Local communities rely on these forests for clean, accessible water, protection from floods, and economic opportunities. Restoration of the Atlantic Forest directly affects water source quality for 60 percent of Brazil’s residents, including people in major metropolitan areas.
“The Conservancy´s partnership with Avon helped ensure that 1,250,000 new trees and an additional 1,235 acres were restored in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in 2014, adding to the year´s total of more than 8 million new native trees,” said Rubens Benini, TNC Restoration Strategies Coordinator. “The project supported by Avon falls within the Atlantic Forest Central Corridor, a region that covers three Brazilian states and has the highest biodiversity on the planet. With support from partners such as Avon, the Conservancy has restored a total of 23 million trees and more than 22,000 acres of forest since the Plant a Billion Tree Campaign began in 2008.”
Supporting Indonesia’s Tropical Forests
Since 2011, Avon has supported WWF’s New Trees program, a six-year reforestation program focused on community-based planting, monitoring and maintenance of more than 148,000 tree seedlings on five priority locations covering more than 370 hectares of degraded forests across the Indonesian islands of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Lombok. These trees are estimated to absorb more than 6,000 tons of CO2 over the next 10 years.
Healthy Forests, Beautiful World funding currently supports conservation/restoration and community empowerment efforts in the Labian Leboyan Corridor project in the Heart of Borneo. This corridor, which includes significant biodiversity—including orangutans—connects Danau Sentarum National Park and Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan. The project complements the New Trees work and other projects supported by Avon in North and East Kalimantan that also provide habitat for orangutans, as well as and elephants. The project benefits local livelihoods around these forest areas, which can reduce encroachment and drive greater success of forest rehabilitation.
“The future of the world’s forests depends greatly on the actions of Avon and other U.S. companies, given that the United States is one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of wood and paper products,” said Linda Walker, director of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network-North America. “U.S. companies can use their tremendous power to support responsible forestry and trade, as well as to eliminate the market for unsustainable and illegal wood. This is particularly needed in Indonesia, where the forests are fast disappearing. The New Trees Program, plus Avon’s responsible paper sourcing commitments and preference for FSC-certified paper, are key to saving forests in Indonesia and worldwide.”
Avon Products, Inc.
Avon is the company that for more than 125 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. With nearly $9 billion in annual revenue, Avon products are sold through 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives worldwide. Avon products include color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and fashion and home, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Together with its more than 1 million members and 600 scientists, the Conservancy has protected 120 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. The Conservancy works on the ground in all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. To learn more, visit www.nature.org.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for the past 50 years. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.
Earth Day 2015 marks $6.22 trillion invested in the global green transition since 2007. This meets our Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) goal of $10 trillion privately invested in the green economy by 2020, easily on track to reach the 2020 goal to effectively scale innovations and reduce costs in green technologies as the world transitions to the Solar Age.
Appropriately for Earth Day, the 2015 GTS report, Breakdowns Driving Breakthroughs, focuses on Life Systems, a new category capturing system-wide interconnections among efficiency, information and digitization, energy, water, food, education and health, which equals 14% of the overall total.
The GTS tracks Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Life Systems, Green Construction and Corporate Green R&D, representing broad areas of investment in green technologies. Each sector covers an area of substantial capital investment in technologies which Hazel Henderson's years of research as a science advisor and which the Ethical Markets Advisory Board expertise indicate are continuing to contribute to the growing green economy.
The upward trend in investments Ethical Markets Media has reported since 2009 aligns with the strategy to invest at least 10% of institutional portfolios directly in companies driving the global Green Transition, appropriately updating strategic asset allocation models both as opportunity and as risk mitigation.
The GTS definition of “green” strictly omits areas such as nuclear, clean coal, carbon capture and sequestration, and biofuels from feedstock other than sea-grown algae. The GTS closely assess nanotech, genetic engineering, artificial life-forms and 3D printing on a case by case basis.
GTS data sources include, among many others, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, Reuters; new UN and other international studies; NASA and individual company reports. Sources of financial data are screened by rigorous social, environment and ethical auditing standards. Companies in the GTS are tracked by indexes such as Calvert, Domini and Pax World, the PowerShares Cleantech Portfolio, MSCI, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, London's FTSE4GOOD, NASDAQ OMX Green Economy Global Benchmark Index, ASPI Eurozone, according to our Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance® and the many newsletters and stock reports from around the world we post daily at www.ethicalmarkets.com.
Hazel Henderson, founder and president of Ethical Markets, stated, “this report overviews the many systems now aligning to finance the inclusive, knowledge-rich, green economies, the next stage in human evolution.”
Renewable Energy – Growing strongly despite huge continued subsidies on fossil fuels and nuclear and scaling back on some projects.
Energy Efficiency – Game-changing ripple effects positively impacting jobs creation, manufacturing and other metrics tracked by traditional GDP.
Green Construction – Experiencing an innovation boom as green construction standards are adopted worldwide.
Life Systems – Covers broad areas of sustainability that are systemically linked: natural resources, agriculture, water, smart cities, green infrastructure and the rapid digitization “infostructure” underpinning efficiency gains and quality of life.
Corporate Green R&D – This sector largely tracks the automotive industry, R&D in electric vehicles, battery technology, new design as well as company innovation toward more sustainable futures.
Daniel Kammen, founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley, says of the report, “recognizing markets make terrible masters but potentially invaluable servants, the Green Transition Scoreboard® provides a strong argument that a diversity of practices can be used in the private sector to address pressing social needs in a the framework of sustainability. It is vital to get this message in front of the private sector and all those who work with commercial enterprises in an era of environmental and social change.”
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), is pleased to announce that Target will once again sponsor its 23rd Annual Symposium, Corporate Directors Summit™ (CDS), and Corporate Executives Forum™ (CEF). HACR will host its 2015 Programs in Atlanta, Ga. at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, beginning April 24th.
“We are honored to have Target sponsor our Annual Symposium, Corporate Directors Summit™, and Corporate Executives Forum™ for the fifth consecutive year,” said HACR President & CEO Cid Wilson. “As the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow, corporations like Target, that actively invest in diversity and inclusion initiatives and understand the magnitude of the Hispanic market, will remain relevant and continue to prosper."
The Annual HACR Symposium brings together some of the most influential Hispanic community and corporate leaders to discuss best practices and solutions for Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 500 companies through HACR’s four pillars - Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with expert speakers and leaders including:
Maria Alvarez, Partner, Engineering Shared Services, Information Platform Group Applications and Services Group, Microsoft
Ken Barrett, Chief Diversity Officer, General Motors
Carlos Castro, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MGM Resorts International
Laurene Gandolfo, Executive Vice President, Men’s and Kids Private Brands, Macy’s
Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst
Ed Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation
Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
The Corporate Directors Summit™ provides individuals currently serving on corporate boards of Fortune 500 and/or HACR Corporate Member companies with a forum to share knowledge gained in corporate boardrooms. The Corporate Executives Forum™ gathers the most senior Hispanic corporate executives at Fortune 500 and HACR Corporate Member companies to discuss business issues, challenges, and solutions, as well as the opportunity to network with peers from throughout Corporate America.
For more information on HACR’s annual programs, click here. For up-to-the-minute updates follow HACR on social media by liking us on Facebook, connecting on LinkedIn, following us on Twitter @HACRORG, and viewing videos on YouTube.
About the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 16 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
VolunteerMatch, the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, will be hosting their 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit on December 1-2, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, Calif. For the first time ever, VolunteerMatch will gather its massive communities of socially responsible businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteers in one place.
For the previous 13 years, the annual VolunteerMatch Summit has been an invite-only event reserved for VolunteerMatch’s corporate clients. This year, the 16-year-old organization has decided to open the Summit to non-client companies and national nonprofit organizations.
“The 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit is the realization of the online VolunteerMatch ecosystem,” said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “By connecting companies, nonprofits and volunteers, we can learn how we can truly make a difference together.”
At this year’s Summit, which is appropriately themed “Come Together,” attendees will explore how to work together across sectors, harnessing the knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Highlights of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit will include a plenary session from Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, as well as panels of social responsibility experts, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities.
VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, serving 100,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $6.8 billion worth of volunteer services. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.
This two-day conference will bring together leadership from Compliance, Conduct risk and European Regulators to deliver a holistic view on how compliance and conduct risk are each changing financial services.
(Marketwired) - The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) has launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS), an online self-assessment tool that measures law firms' environmental sustainability. ALISS allows law offices to take stock of their efforts to promote energy efficiency, conservation of energy and resources, recycling, and related measures, and to identify opportunities to enhance their sustainability programs and practices.
ALISS is currently in the pilot phase of its launch, with 12 law firms now in the process of completing their sustainability self-assessments. Those participating in the ALISS pilot include the LFSN Leadership Council firms Alston & Bird; Beveridge & Diamond; Blank Rome; Nixon Peabody; Seyfarth Shaw; and Wendel Rosen, as well as LFSN law firm members Kirkland & Ellis; Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox; Morrison Foerster; Paul Hastings; Pillsbury; and Robins Kaplan. Following completion of the pilot in April, the LFSN will make ALISS available to all of its members in May.
"We're very excited about the launch of ALISS, and we encourage all firms to participate. We believe it's important for firms to gain recognition for the good work they're already doing and at the same time provide guidance on additional steps they could be taking. We believe that ALISS accomplishes both of these goals," says Peter Masaitis, co-President of the LFSN and partner at Alston & Bird.
The ALISS system is designed to measure aspects of sustainability that are meaningful to law firms while also being transparent, simple to complete, flexible and dynamic. ALISS is an honor-based self-assessment tool that is intended to be detailed enough to identify specific areas of strength and opportunities for improvement for each participating firm. ALISS was developed by a group of LFSN member firms based on their review and assessment of sustainability best practices in the law office setting.
The ALISS system awards weighted points for various activities covering five broad categories: Internal Sustainability, External Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Measuring & Reporting, and Innovation. Each of these categories is further broken down into sustainability topics, such as Policy, Energy & Utilities, Volunteerism, etc. Based on the number of points they receive through the ALISS self-assessment, participating firms will be awarded an ALISS Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Reporter designation. The point system allows for flexibility in measuring a law firm's sustainability activities while ensuring that firms will only achieve Awards through the implementation of significant sustainability programs.
Dan Krainin, co-President of the LFSN and principal at Beveridge & Diamond, said, "The launch of ALISS is an important step in law firm sustainability and reducing environmental impacts within the legal profession. We believe that the significant work LFSN members have put in to the development of ALISS has resulted not only in a valuable tool but also a potentially transformative one."
The LFSN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose membership includes many of the top U.S. law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility throughout the legal industry. The LFSN's mission is to develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines, and recognize and promote sustainability innovations in the U.S. legal sector.
For further information, please visit www.lfsnetwork.org
2015 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference Focuses on Tough Challenges for Business, Governments and Philanthropists
The annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference, kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., will focus on global challenges where business, philanthropy and government have clear positive roles to play — both separately and collectively.
Top philanthropists, social investors, business executives and government leaders will convene from April 22 through April 24 to consider methods for combating some of the world’s greatest social issues. Program tracks and working groups will focus on cleaning up supply chains, strengthening health systems, mobilizing private capital flows for development and supporting communities in times of crisis.
Alessandro Carlucci, Former CEO, Natura; Incoming Chair of the Board, BSR
Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
António Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Janice Mwendameru, Trustee, Safaricom Foundation
Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council
Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
The full agenda can be found here: www.philanthropyforum.org/conference/agenda.
Throughout the three-day conference, conversations will begin with the assumption that each individual can play a role — and that role may be one of disruptor, decision maker or both.
Follow the #GPF15 Conversation:
Livestream: All plenary addresses will be streamed during the event at www.philanthopyforum.org/live
Videos: Daily video highlights will be available at www.philanthropyforum.org/conference
Facebook: See updates on www.facebook.com/GlobalPhilanthropyForum
Flickr: See pictures from the event at www.flickr.com/photos/globalphilanthropyforum
Media interested in covering GPF should reach out to Megan Fleming (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 970.948.8710).
About the Global Philanthropy Forum
A project of the World Affairs Council, 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 and special events, 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.
The Reclay StewardEdge (RSE) Board of Directors has appointed Ken Friesen as President of Reclay StewardEdge Inc., a company that strives to inspire and support company leaders to implement leading edge stewardship solutions.
“Ken has the tenacity to lead our North American team to great achievements with his thought leadership and his ability to harness the energy of diverse stakeholders for a common goal,” says Dr. Fritz Flanderka, RSE Chairman of the Board. “We are truly excited for what’s to come in the rapidly changing stewardship landscape in North America.”
Since 1990, Ken Friesen has helped establish and lead the initiation, design, and implementation of multi-stakeholder stewardship programs in Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. These years of experience in the field have provided him with an intricate understanding of stewardship programs, recycling and the marketplace. In addition to starting several businesses and recycling related organizations, Ken, as a former member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board, understands political processes at both the municipal and provincial levels.
“It’s a privilege to be appointed as President in what is a very dynamic period for compliance and recycling initiatives both in Canada and the USA,” says Ken Friesen. “As a company we have always thrived in times of uncertainty as we cut a path forward that helps our clients.”
Originally a Manitoban, Ken splits his time between the offices in Toronto and Manitoba. A private pilot for the past 30 years, Ken enjoys travelling and non-work related challenges.
In his new role, Ken will lead and continue to build the company’s presence in private and public arenas as he provides strategic advice to national and multi-national organizations.
RSE provides a broad suite of services aimed at helping clients achieve their objectives, cost-reductions and improve their overall environmental performance. They have a long history of innovating and executing recycling programs under voluntary and compliance conditions on behalf of their clients.
“Everything we do is always in the clients’ best interest as we help them achieve their sustainability and cost-reduction goals. Helping clients succeed ensures our success,” says Ken.
Reclay StewardEdge Inc. is a leading North American-based international stewardship organization that has extensive experience and expertise in sustainability related to end-of-life management of packaging and products. RSE has provided recycling solutions to numerous producers and government agencies across North America and in 2012, StewardEdge became a part of the Reclay Group enabling them to offer a broader suite of services internationally.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink
Join the 13th annual gathering of companies and causes dedicated to doing well by doing good together. This year's must-attend cause marketing event demonstrates where purpose meets profit and feature keynotes from Golden Halo Award winners the United Nations Foundation and CVS Health.
Other featured organizations include Seventh Generation, Share Our Strength, Macy’s, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, AT&T, Free the Children, Johnson & Johnson and more! Whether you're new to corporate/cause partnerships or a seasoned veteran, this year's event has something for you! Back by popular demand are multiple structured networking opportunities, designed to ensure you meet a wide variety of professionals.
American Red Cross and Dell Expand Partnership, Using the Power of Social Data to Support Disaster Relief and Blood Donor Services
The American Red Cross and Dell are joining forces to show how social media and social data can help solve a broad range of humanitarian issues with the opening of a Digital Operations Center in San Jose, California and a new project to use social data to engage Red Cross blood donors.
The Red Cross, in partnership with Dell, is opening its third Digital Operations Center in San Jose, which will continue to build on the organization’s ability to connect with people during disasters. The Red Cross launched its first national Digital Operations Center in Washington, D.C., with Dell in March 2012. The other is in Dallas and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. This newest center provides another location for additional social monitoring—particularly during large regional disasters.
The Red Cross supplies nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and maintaining a steady supply of donors is vital to supplying the needs of blood recipients nationwide. In addition to the new Digital Operations Center, a new Dell grant and Dell Digital Business Services will help the Red Cross optimize their social presence to attract new blood donors, encourage more blood drives and help existing blood donors to expand their relationship with the Red Cross.
“The relationship between Dell and the Red Cross has been critical in helping the Red Cross use social media to carry out its disaster response mission,” said Suzy DeFrancis, chief public affairs officer, American Red Cross. “We’re extremely grateful for the Dell grant and support from Dell Digital Business Services. We’re excited to launch our third Digital Operations Center and expand the partnership to further support innovation in the humanitarian space.”
The new Digital Operations Center provides a hub of expertise on the West Coast where volunteers can work with their emergency manager partners to provide social data for regional responses. Recent disasters have shown that having a better view of the social conversation helps the Red Cross anticipate disaster needs and connect more people with resources during an emergency.
“Connecting people quickly to aid is critical in times of disaster,” said Raman Sapra, executive director and Global Head, Dell Digital Business Services. “We’re thrilled to expand our support of the American Red Cross and analyze social data to help their organization provide real-time disaster relief and increase life-saving blood donations.”
Dell and the Red Cross have a shared vision to empower people to get involved in humanitarian efforts through social media. Over the course of 20 years, Dell has generously donated more than $1.3 million to support Red Cross disaster relief and social media efforts. To date, Dell employees gave a total combined contribution of over $266,000 globally to disaster relief and recorded 7,500 hours of volunteer time between 2010-2014.
The latest grant from Dell will provide the Red Cross with a new level of insights and analytics from listening and tuning to optimization as it relates to blood donors. Dell Digital Business Services is working with the Red Cross to provide social media listening tools, engagement services, and enhancements to the existing blood donor engagement process, and to create a social media care channel that provides earlier insight into potential challenges.
Visit Redcross.org to learn more about how you can support the Red Cross as a blood donor and to help your neighbors through social media before, during and after a disaster.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell works with nonprofits to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. Learn more at www.dell.com/communities or follow us on Twitter at @Dell4Good @DellServices.