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Omnex Launches World-Class Corporate Social Responsibility Services

Mon, 2014-11-24 22:48

Omnex, an international consulting, training and software development organization headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. is delighted to welcome Dr. Wayne Visser to their global team as Vice President of Sustainability Services.

“Every major corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability code and standard talks about embedding,” says Visser. “I believe the best way to do this is by Creating Integrated Value (CIV) – a new methodology that combines Omnex’s deep experience in management systems implementation with my own work on innovation and transformation to achieve sustainable futures.”

Chad Kymal, CTO and Founder of Omnex, says “Omnex is very excited to add a global subject matter expert of the caliber of Dr. Wayne Visser.  Under his leadership, Omnex will provide leading edge training and consulting for our clients interested in the fast-changing fields of corporate responsibility, sustainability and creating integrated value (CIV).”

Fast Company Magazine claims that "anyone interested in CSR will eventually come across Wayne Visser.  He is very active in the field, and offers a unique and candid voice on the topic." CSRWire calls him "one of the most prolific, creative and original thought leaders on CSR and author/editor of books on the subject". 

Visser is best known for his books and keynote speeches on sustainable business and his work as Director of the think tank Kaleidoscope Futures and Founder of CSR International.  In addition, Wayne is Transnet Chair of Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa, Adjunct Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Deakin Business School in Australia and Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in the UK.

A variety of sustainability courses and consulting services are now available through Omnex.  For more information, e-mail or call +01-734-761-4940.

Omnex is an international consulting, training and software development organization specializing in management system solutions that elevate the performance of client organizations. Omnex provides consulting and training services in Quality, Environmental, and Health and Safety standards-based management systems like ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, ISO/TS 16949:2009 and QOS. Omnex also leads the way with Lean, Six Sigma and other breakthrough systems and methods of performance enhancement, supported by Omnex Systems, LLC, providing software solutions for Enterprise Wide Quality Management Systems®.

MGM Resorts Employees Raise More Than 1.6 Million Pounds of Food for Three Square Food Bank in One of the Largest Food Drives in the United States

Mon, 2014-11-24 22:48

Employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) donated more than 1.6 million pounds of food to Three Square Food Bank this holiday season in one of the largest single-city food drives in the nation.

Three Square reported that MGM Resorts employees donated 1,610,461 pounds of food during the company’s fifth annual October food drive. Company employees well-exceeded last year’s donation of 922,161 pounds, setting a new record for the largest amount of food received in a single donation by Three Square. This unprecedented donation will provide 1,342,050 meals to the nearly 137,000 individuals Three Square serves monthly through its approximately 1,300 community partners. Experts estimate that 315,000 Las Vegas valley residents are food insecure.

“We cannot thank MGM Resorts and their hardworking employees enough for all they have accomplished this holiday season,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “This is by far the most we have ever received in a single donation and I know the people in our community we serve each day will be so grateful to receive this support. Our partnership with MGM Resorts proves that by coming together, we can solve the hunger problem in Southern Nevada.”

“In this season of giving there is no greater way we at MGM Resorts can show our allegiance with our community than by joining with Three Square to combat food insecurity in our midst,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “I am extremely proud of the generosity demonstrated by my wonderful colleagues and hope we will continue breaking records with our Three Square donations until no one in our community suffers the pain of hunger.”

Three Square is a member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. Feeding America reported that the results of MGM Resorts’ food drive make it one of the largest in the nation based on quarterly reports from its 200 affiliates. Feeding America affiliates last year provided more than three billion pounds of food and groceries to food insecure families across the nation.

MGM Resorts and Three Square celebrated the record-breaking donation with a special ceremony today at the Three Square warehouse where the donations will be housed until distribution. MGM Resorts properties and corporate operations in Las Vegas vied in a friendly competition with the winning entity selected by calculating the number of pounds donated per employee. MGM Resorts’ corporate division employees won this year’s competition by their donation of 146.18 pounds of food per employee.

In addition to its annual food drive, MGM Resorts supports Three Square’s efforts year round through its corporate giving program, The MGM Resorts Foundation, and the employee volunteer program. In 2010, the “MGM Resorts Volunteer Room” at Three Square was created to recognize the continuous support provided by the company.

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About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to more than 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

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

Western Union Launches Million-Dollar Global Challenge to Fight Ebola

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:48

The Western Union Company and The Western Union Foundation today launched a million-dollar global business challenge to help fight the Ebola outbreak, and announced a multi-faceted program in support of community relief efforts.

“We are committed to helping the global communities we serve,” said Western Union President and Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek. “Western Union encourages its Agents, Business Solutions clients, and other global business leaders to join us in supporting the people of West Africa during this time of need.” 

Western Union Foundation Grants and Global Challenge:

Western Union is urging Western Union® Agents, Western Union Business Solutions clients and the entire global business community to drive donations toward Ebola relief efforts by providing a 1:1 match to all charitable donations supporting International Medical Corps and Save the Children to reach a total of $1 million in support. The Western Union Foundation match, up to $500,000, will benefit the International Medical Corps to support the treatment of current Ebola patients and training of local health-care workers, and Save the Children to support the diagnosis and early treatment of Ebola at the community level. 

Western Union Consumer Activation:

Consumers worldwide also can donate online at, by clicking “Donate Now” and selecting “Ebola Outbreak Relief.” Donors may direct funds to either International Medical Corps or Save the Children.

In the United States, Western Union also has set up a no-fee Payments contribution account benefiting the American Red Cross to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. Donors in the United States can contribute by making a no-fee* Payments transaction at participating Western Union Agent locations, directed to the account, up to $5,000.

Donors need to complete the blue section on the Western Union form at retail Agent locations using company name “American Red Cross;” code city “REDCROSS DC;” and account number “Ebola Relief.”

Western Union Foundation President Patrick Gaston added, “The devastating Ebola outbreak is disrupting schools, businesses and daily life for people throughout the region. We are responding by supporting services that will help to curtail the spread of the disease.”


About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2014, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2013, The Western Union Company completed 242 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 459 million business payments. For more information, visit


About the Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.  Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future.  Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world.  Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $98.5 million in grants and other giving.  These funds have been pledged to more than 2,729 nongovernmental organizations in more than 133 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit

CA Technologies Releases Annual Sustainability Report

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:48

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today released its latest Sustainability Report, Control+Shift. The report highlights the company’s continued efforts to apply flexible software solutions that improve efficiency and enhance sustainability, while delivering on its commitments to people, planet and profitability for shareholders.

“Sustainability is an essential pillar to the way we operate,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “We continue to make significant strides in this area through a host of companywide programs, leading by example and pursuing innovative solutions that advance sustainability for our company and our customers.”

This year, CA Technologies is reporting in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Core Guidelines.

Sustainability Report highlights include:

Customer Solutions – The CA Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution is helping customers simplify operations to monitor and measure consumption and performance, manage power, mitigate risk and increase operational efficiency and security. CA customer Avnet reported a five-year cost savings of $18 million and a 10% improvement in data center power efficiency.

Strategic Alliances Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation is working with the company to deliver a robust data center monitor, management and control solution in North America to increase operational efficiency and mitigate risk.

Inclusion and Diversity – By establishing a Global Inclusion Council, CA has improved its diversity and inclusion efforts to increase employee engagement, performance and workplace culture. With a goal to maintain at least a 75 percent employee engagement rate in its Employee Opinion Survey, the company exceeded its goal and received a 79 percent employee engagement rate.

Green Building/Leases – Since 2012, CA has increased its green office space by 85,000 square feet, totaling 415,000 square feet.

Operational Efficiency – Operational improvements, like lighting reduction, smart-spacing facilities and implementing efficiencies in data centers, have enabled CA to reduce its carbon footprint by 26 percent since 2006. In 2013, the company received a 90 out of 100 rating for its CDP disclosure score, up from 84 in 2012. By consolidating data center servers, CA was able to decommission 170, or 63 percent, of its servers, producing an annual savings of over 96,000 kWh and 140 metric tons of CO2 emissions. 

CA was also named to the World and North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as the 2013 Global Compact 100 Index, an index that combines corporate sustainability and baseline financial performance.

Renewable Energy – CA sources wind energy for its offices in Framingham, MA and Darmstadt, Germany. The Framingham office also participates in the EPA’s Green Partnership program, which encourages organizations to use green power.

Waste/Water Management – The company has a corporate-wide global commitment to minimize its impact on landfills and reduce its water usage. By implementing a water management program, the Islandia, NY office used approximately 22.2 million gallons of water in 2013, compared to 26.7 million gallons the previous year.

STEM Education – Through memberships and partnerships with organizations including 100kin10, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Change the Equation, Citizen Schools, the Clinton Global Initiative,, NPower, PENCIL, Sesame Workshop and Year Up, CA Technologies has expanded its focus on advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Demonstrating his personal commitment to these efforts, Mike Gregoire, CEO, CA Technologies, serves on the Board of Directors of NPower.

Employees Giving Back – CA continues to expand its volunteer efforts through signature programs like CA Together in Action, the company’s worldwide employee volunteer month in October, and environmental programs in April to celebrate Earth Day. In addition, more than 50 percent of CA’s employees have contributed to environmentally positive practices at a local level through the company’s Green Team program. The company also matched more than $1.5 million in employee donations through its matching gifts program last year. 


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


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Piraeus Bank Publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

Fri, 2014-11-21 18:41

Piraeus Bank Group has published its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report. Corporate Responsibility remains a strategic investment for Piraeus Bank through which the Bank contributes to the development of the economy and society in every possible way. The Bank’s contribution to actions, programmes and initiatives regarding social, cultural and environmental work in 2013 accounted for 1.9% of the Group’s annual pre tax and provision profit and for 0.6% of the Group’s operational costs.

In this report, you will have the opportunity to read how Piraeus Bank has incorporated social and environmental aspects into its business activities and its contact with other stakeholders. Moreover, the Bank has made a remarkable contribution to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Greece through the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP). The year 2013 marked 10 successful years of contribution to culture through an extremely successful paradigm of cooperation between the public and private sector in constructing and operating these museums.

It is worth noting that over the last 5 years the Bank:

  •   recycled more than 2,100 tonnes of paper and  saved 66,500 trees

  •   reduced by 50% ink and tonner consumption per employee

  •   avoided 13,000,000km transportation through e-learning programmes

  •   reduced by 17% total energy consumption per employee

  •   reduced by 18% CO2 emissions per capita

In 2013, total power from RES projects, which have received Piraeus Bank loans, reached 798 MW with the prevention of 1 mill. tonnes of CO2 emissions.  In the same year the Bank embarked on a new project (LIFE-Stymfalia), co-funded by the EU (LIFE Nature), targeting the sustainable management of a wetland in Greece.

Focusing on Human Resources, as an integral part of corporate responsibility, you will have the opportunity to read how Piraeus Bank delivered its commitment towards its employees and ensured job positions, full-employment contracts, support and strengthening of human resources with pioneering training programmes, support and empowerment of its people and recruitment procedures free of discriminations adopting specific candidate selection systems.

You may, also, find interesting some selected figures associated with Corporate Responsibility with regards to Human Resources as following:

Piraeus Bank Group Human Resources (2013)                                       22,509 employees  

Training man-hours at group level                                                        846,457

Volunteerism                                                                                      90 actions / 3,821 volunteers

Our approach to Human Resources aims to the Adoption of Best Workplace Practices focusing mainly on the development of a humane and responsible organization, where competent, committed and inspired employees work collectively to lead through diversity the market, innovate by adding value and ensure the prosperity and sustainable development of the Group.

Finally, in depth information about key issues could be found in this report, such as: Commitment to Safeguarding Human Rights, Open Communication, Equal Opportunities for Career Development, Investment in People’s Development, Talent Management and retention, Volunteerism, Support of young Generation and Enhancement of Youth Entrepreneurship and Employee Assistance Programmes.

To view the report in its entirety, click here.

For more information please visit Piraeus Bank Group website,

U.S. Chamber Foundation Names Winners of 15th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards

Fri, 2014-11-21 17:41

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center last night recognized eight companies for their accomplishments in corporate citizenship during the 15th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards program honors businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world.

“The winners of this year’s Citizens Awards illustrate how every day businesses serve as a powerful force for good,” U.S. Chamber Foundation President John R. McKernan said. “It’s an honor to recognize these exceptional companies as we celebrate 15 years of corporate citizenship excellence.”

The Chamber Foundation presented awards in eight categories:

  • Best Corporate Steward – Large Business: UnitedHealth Group – A commitment to creating a brighter future for healthcare permeates the company culture at UnitedHealth Group. In 2013, 81 percent of employees and 98 percent of executives performed community volunteer work, for a total of 430,000 hours. Annually, the company also gives more than $60 million to support philanthropic and charitable work around the world.

  • Best Corporate Steward – Small and Mid-Market Business: Constant Contact — With the Cares4Kids program, all of the company’s paying customers may sponsor a youth-focused nonprofit to receive a Constant Contact account, free of charge. Last year, the company contributed more than $3.5 million through Cares4Kids.

  • Best Commitment to Education Program: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. — In 2004, PNC launched PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito (GREAT), a bilingual initiative to help prepare children for success in school and life. GREAT has served more than 2 million children, provided professional development to 138,000 teachers, and awarded more than $73 million to nonprofit organizations.

  • Best Community Improvement Program: Capital One Financial Corporation — Since Hurricane Katrina, Capital One Financial Corporation has helped to improve Gentilly, La., a community of the New Orleans area that was hit hard by the disaster. The company partners with 29 local organizations to grow small businesses, create affordable housing, and provide financial education.

  • Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program: Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. — Recognizing the need for accessible, affordable, high-quality training in disaster response, Cornerstone OnDemand created an online platform,, to provide sector-specific training in areas including Humanitarianism, Programs/Operations, Protection, Staff Welfare, and Management and Leadership. To date, more than 30,000 people have used the site. 

  • Best Economic Empowerment Program: Entergy Corporation – Twenty percent of qualifying workers don’t file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To help eligible customers file for and receive the refunds they have earned, Entergy sponsors Super Tax Day Events. In 2013, the company helped more than 13,000 individuals obtain refunds.

  • Best Environmental Stewardship Program: Siemens Foundation – The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, created in 2008, is the premier national sustainability competition that empowers K-12 students to develop environmental solutions that can help change the world. Nearly 100,000 students have participated in the Challenge, with numbers rising each year.

  • Best Health and Wellness Program: Walmart – In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched “Fighting Hunger Together”—a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America, through donations of packaged goods and produce. Since its conception, the campaign has given $260 million in cash and $2.6 billion in in-kind donations, delivering on its commitment one year ahead of schedule.

“This year’s winners join a legacy of excellence 15 years in the making,” said Marc DeCourcey, executive director of the Corporate Citizenship Center. “Their work shows the many ways that businesses help create a better world for all.” 

Additionally, the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) presented the Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizenship Award, which recognizes companies, trade associations, and American Chambers of Commerce with exemplary models of social and civic leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean. This year, AACCLA honored ExxonMobil de Colombia S.A. for its commitment to addressing the key challenge of sustainable development – balancing economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. By designing an approach to corporate citizenship around these three key focus areas, ExxonMobil contributes to broader sustainability objectives and manages the impact of their operations.

The 2014 Citizens Awards ceremony took place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. More information on this year’s winners is available on the Chamber Foundation’s website.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.          @USCCFBiz4Good

Matteo Renzi Supports the Milan Protocol

Thu, 2014-11-20 23:38

Today, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gave his support to the Milan Protocol promoted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation in the lead up to Expo Milano 2015, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”  The Milan Protocol aims to raise the awareness of governments, companies and civil society about the urgent action needed to make the global food system sustainable: the reduction of food waste, the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and the war on hunger and obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

“The Italian Government believes in and bets on the Milan Protocol,” said Renzi. “Its objectives are our objectives. I would say thanks to Barilla and to the BCFN Foundation because they give us the opportunity to tell how Expo is going to be a serious affair. I’m here to say that we’re in. We will continue together on this path.”

On the day that Pope Francis underlined the urgent need for new rules to address the big food and nutrition contradictions of the modern world, the BCFN Foundation handed over the Protocol to the Italian premier with the hope that countries participating at Expo Milano 2015 will show their support for global food practices.

Guido Barilla, President of the BCFN Foundation, said: “Our hope is that Italian and international institutions will adopt the Protocol in order to underline the urgency of placing concrete measures at the core of political agendas to safeguard our future. We have an opportunity to go down in history by making clear commitments with the world.”

The Milan Protocol

The Milan Protocol presents itself as a valid basis for discussion to plan our food and nutrition future. It is a document open to suggestions where citizens can submit their proposals through the dedicated platform  Five hundred international experts have given their contributions to the Milan Protocol over the past 12 months, while more than 70 organizations and institutional bodies - on top of thousands of private individuals - have endorsed it.

So far, the Protocol consists of eight articles, and it has already been signed by numerous international organizations, including the famous chef Jamie Oliver and his Jamie Oliver Foundation, Eataly, Slow Food, World Wildlife Fund, Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti and Save The Children – as well as by personalities including Oscar Farinetti from Eataly and Carlo Petrini.

“The Milan Protocol offers an extraordinary opportunity to focus attention, opportunities for change and, most importantly, the planning skills of the institutions, civil society and companies on a concern we all share,” said Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini.  “Slow Food has been contributing to the process of drafting the Protocol from the outset. We think that the progress made to date constitutes an excellent basis for further improvements that can be made thanks to everyone’s contribution.”


About Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation

The Milan Protocol is an initiative of the BCFN - Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition - Foundation, a think tank with a multidisciplinary approach to the world of food and nutrition which establishes links between these and other related issues, including economics, medicine, nutrition, sociology and the environment. New BCFN Foundation Board members are Slow Food President Carlo Petrini, S&D Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament Paolo De Castro, and Bocconi Vice Rector for Development Alberto Grando. The body which oversees the work of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition is the Advisory Board, the members of which include: Barbara Buchner, Senior Director of the Climate Policy Initiative Europe, Ellen Gustafson, a sustainable nutrition expert, Gabriele Riccardi, an endocrinologist, and Camillo Ricordi, a scientist at the University of Miami, who were joined in 2013 by Riccardo Valentini, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Director of the Climate Impacts Division of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, and Danielle Nierenberg, an expert in sustainable agriculture and co-founder of FoodTank: the Food Think Tank.


For more Info:

BCFN Foundation – Luca Di Leo | | + 39 0521 2621

   Caterina Grossi l| +39 0521 2621

Burson - Marsteller – Laura Poggio | | +39 340 5505096 

       Raffaella Tosi || +39 349 7668003

       Edoardo Cavalcabò | | +39 3392201228

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

Thu, 2014-11-20 18:37

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE is back to Houston and invites you to be a part of its trainings. CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

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 training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, 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.


Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.


1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions

3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines

4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction

5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines

6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report

7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

Who should attend:

CSR Professionals Public Relations Communication and Marketing Managers Human Resources Managers Sustainability and Environmental professionals General Managers

CVS Health and its Foundation Commit More Than $1 Million in Grants to Support Tobacco Cessation Programs

Thu, 2014-11-20 17:37

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the company and its foundation has committed to invest more than $1 million in grants to support tobacco cessation and prevention programs. The grants will be distributed to leading health care and community partners working to promote tobacco-free communities, programs that help people kick the habit and help those who don’t smoke to never start. Among the awards are funds to support quit lines operated by National Jewish Health and the American Lung Association, which also partners with CVS Health on the LUNG FORCE initiative to fight cancer. These investments also build on the partnership developed between CVS Health and the American Cancer Society, which operates a quit line supporting the smoking cessation campaign CVS Health launched in September, when the company stopped selling tobacco products. With this announcement, CVS Health joins the American Cancer Society and advocates across the country in recognizing the Great American Smokeout.      

“As we mark the Great American Smokeout, CVS Health is proud to make this investment in smoking cessation programs that give people the resources and support they need to quit smoking and lead tobacco free lives,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health.  “Our company’s purpose is helping people on their path to better health, and by supporting these dedicated community and health care partners, we are able to extend that purpose into our local communities.”

Other grantees include the Baltimore, Maryland-based B’More for Healthy Babies, with support for an innovative smoking cessation partnership with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield that helps new moms and pregnant women quit smoking, focusing particularly on high risk populations who have limited access to health care services.  Another grant will allow CVS Health to partner with the American Lung Association of San Diego to support Live Well San Diego, a municipal, metropolitan-wide Health and Wellness Initiative, administered by the Department of Health, which will provide smoking cessation support and services for 1,750 residents who are currently part of the behavioral health system.  Additionally, another grant will support the “Be Smart, Don’t Start” youth tobacco awareness and education program, which recently launched in 16 Connecticut Area Boys & Girls Clubs. 

These grants are being made as research from the CVS Health Research Institute, published earlier this year online with Health Affairs, illustrates the impact private sector action can have on smoking rates.  Researchers looked at the impact of laws in Boston and San Francisco banning the sale of tobacco in retailers with pharmacies.  They found a reduction in tobacco purchasers of up to 13 percent in those communities, meaning that if retailers with pharmacies across the country were to forgo sales of tobacco products, there could be as many as 60,000 fewer tobacco-related deaths per year.

“Retailers with pharmacies can have a significant impact lowering rates of smoking and reducing tobacco-related deaths, and the implications of reductions of this magnitude cannot be overlooked,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health.  “CVS/pharmacy is the first and only national pharmacy chain to end tobacco sales in support of the health and well-being of our patients and customers and we continue to underscore that commitment with our comprehensive smoking cessation program.”

CVS Health’s comprehensive and uniquely personalized smoking cessation program combines the efforts of CVS/pharmacy, CVS/minuteclinic and CVS/caremark to help the seven in ten smokers who want to quit.  Designed with input from national experts, it includes four critical components: an assessment of the smoker’s readiness to quit, education to give smokers the information and tools they need to quit, medication support to help curb the desire to use tobacco and coaching to help individuals stay motivated and prevent relapses. 

A full list of the smoking cessation programs supported by the grants announced today follows here: 

American Lung Association


National Jewish Health


LIFT Health for Teens

San Rafael, CA

Live Well San Diego/American Lung Association of San Diego

San Diego, CA

CT Area Boys and Girls Club

Hartford, CT

Thomas E. Langley Medical Center

Sumterville, FL

Tanner Health Systems

Carrollton, GA

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter

Chicago, IL

Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Chicago, IL

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago, IL

Matthew 25

Ft. Wayne, IN

Indiana Perinatal Network

Indianapolis, IN

Oldham County Ministerial Association

LaGrange, KY

Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Boston, MA

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Boston, MA

Fenway Community Health

Boston, MA

B’More for Healthy Babies

Baltimore, MD

Oakwood Healthcare Foundation

Dearborn, MI

City on a Hill Ministries

Zeeland, MI

Concord Hospital Trust

Concord, NH

Families First of the Greater Seacoast

Portsmouth, NH

Seton Health Foundation

Albany, NY

Peninsula Counseling Center

Valley Stream, NY

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

United Way of Rhode Island/RI Department of Health

Providence, RI  

Interfaith Health Clinic

Knoxville, TN

Grace Grapevine

Grapevine, TX

Outreach Community Health Centers

Milwaukee, WI

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our 7,800 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

General Mills CEO Says Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

Thu, 2014-11-20 17:37

Last evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company’s journey of “über-collaboration” with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds and announced significant steps the company is taking to ensure freshwater for future generations.

“As a food company, food security is important to us, and we’re tied tightly to nature,” said Powell. “We know that without healthy water for land, ecosystems and wildlife, agriculture simply does not work. Businesses languish. Economies falter. People suffer.”

Powell announced new steps the company is taking to protect water.

This week, General Mills released a new water policy. The policy provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company’s business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills’ supply chain as well as its suppliers. The policy will be overseen by General Mills’ Sustainability Governance Committee, led by Powell. The company has pledged to factor water risk considerations into business decisions, including where to locate new facilities.

In addition, Powell announced General Mills’ signing of The CEO Water Mandate, a public-private initiative launched in 2007 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to encourage companies to develop, implement and disclose water sustainability policies and practices. Endorsers of The CEO Water Mandate acknowledge that through individual and collective action they can contribute to the vision of the UN Global Compact and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

“These initiatives put us on the record as doing our part,” said Powell. “They also help us learn and collaborate, yielding a bigger impact than we could ever have alone.”

The efforts announced at TNC’s Summit are in addition to work General Mills has been doing with TNC since 2010. In partnership with TNC, General Mills has established a global water risk assessment of all of its plants and growing regions. Those assessments build on the company’s supply chain risk analysis work with World Wildlife Fund. The company now has a clear picture of the most at-risk watersheds within its supply chain and is taking action to develop watershed health strategies for eight of the highest risk watersheds in its priority growing regions.

“We are delighted that General Mills is taking important steps to protect critical watersheds,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “It's a forward-thinking decision that will benefit the communities where the company works as well as their bottom line. General Mills' leadership sends a clear message to other companies: investing in nature is one of the smartest decisions a company can make."

Earlier this year, General Mills joined the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) as a Founding Partner in support of an international standard for sustainable use of the world’s limited freshwater resources. AWS offers a variety of ways to improve, incentivize and recognize responsible water use, including helping members engage key stakeholders within their watershed and supply chain.

During his remarks, Powell encouraged others to take action on water stewardship: “We encourage our peers to sign on to The CEO Water Mandate and to participate in the Alliance for Water Stewardship. We absolutely have to work together.”

To learn more about General Mills’ water stewardship efforts, read the company’s water policy here, and join General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch and colleagues from TNC and Ceres for a webinar discussion about responsible water management on Friday, November 21 at 10am CST: Valuing Every Drop.


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About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world's leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2014 worldwide sales of US $17.9 billion.

A New Start For Crisis Reporting: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

Thu, 2014-11-20 16:37

After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor.  

IRIN is an award-winning humanitarian news and analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored. It delivers unique reporting from the frontlines of conflicts and natural disasters to 280,000 web visitors a month and more than 50,000 subscribers in almost every country. Its readership includes UN decision-makers, donor governments, academics, media and aid workers in the field. Its work is syndicated, republished and cited by news outlets and journals from around the world.

A new beginning starting January 1, 2015 will be made possible with an initial commitment of US $25 million, to be disbursed over several years, from the Hong Kong-based Jynwel Charitable Foundation. The new IRIN will be based in Switzerland, with support from the UK-based Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Humanitarian Policy Group.

The UN Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos, said: "IRIN is an important resource for humanitarian workers around the world. This is the right time for the service to branch out and we welcome the generous commitment from Jynwel Charitable Foundation which has helped to secure its future as an independent news service."

Jho Low, Director of Jynwel Charitable Foundation, added: "IRIN’s transition presents a great opportunity for growth and revitalization. IRIN has done fantastic work for nearly 20 years. It's time to give it the place on the world stage that it deserves. I believe in the vision and am excited by the potential."

Since 2012, Jynwel Charitable Foundation has supported a range of causes in global health, conservation and education. Major gifts of the Foundation include a 15-year commitment to MD Anderson Cancer Center to democratize access to cancer care, a 10-year commitment to Panthera, the leading wild cat conservation organization, and a 5-year commitment to National Geographic’s Pristine Seas to identify and preserve the last pristine areas in our oceans. The multi-year commitment to IRIN is the Foundation’s first investment in the humanitarian sector.

Ben Parker, co-founder of IRIN and its interim director, said: "So many people - from those hit by crises to donors - tell us they rely on our insight and analysis. This breakthrough will make all the difference and allow us to take the service to a whole new level of impact and relevance."

ODI’s Executive Director, Kevin Watkins, said: “We are delighted to support this transition for IRIN, and are excited at the prospect of an independent IRIN playing a leading role in providing up-to-date and on-the-ground analysis of humanitarian crises to inform policy and practice in the sector, in particular through our Humanitarian Policy Group.” ODI is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

For further information and interview requests:

IRIN, Jynwel Foundation, and ODI: Heba Aly,, Cell: +41 76 643 4151

OCHA: Jens Laerke,, Cell: +41 79 472 9750


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About IRIN:

IRIN, originally the "Integrated Regional Information Networks", started distributing humanitarian  news about Central Africa by fax from a small office in Nairobi in 1995. Over the years, its award-winning coverage expanded to the rest of Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East.  IRIN publishes reports in English, French and Arabic and has a monthly online audience of 280,000 website visitors. It has around 100,000 articles and 30,000 photos in its archive. Its audience is drawn from the aid, media, diplomatic and non-profit communities in some 190 countries.

About Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited:

Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited (“Jynwel Foundation”) is the philanthropic initiative of Jynwel Capital, an international investment and advisory firm. Jynwel represents the third generation of the Low family business and philanthropy. Jynwel Foundation is built on the family’s heritage and vision for investing in society, and seeks to fund breakthrough programs that are working to solve the world’s toughest problems in global health, education and conservation.

About Overseas Development Institute:

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI’s mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods, by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

About the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA's mission is to: mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention; and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Sustainable Sugar Cane Certification Reaches Central America

Thu, 2014-11-20 15:36

(Marketwired) - Certification of the SABMiller Azucarera del Norte ("Azunosa") sugarcane production operation and mill in Honduras to the Bonsucro® sustainable sugarcane standard represents a "first" on several counts. SCS Global Services (SCS), the accredited third-party certification body that conducted the assessment, presented the Bonsucro certificate to SABMiller in an event marking the first certification of a sugarcane production operation in Central America, and the first issued to a primary sugar mill in the developing world. It was also the first certification issued under the newest version of the Bonsucro Production Standard (v4), which was published in late September after completing a two-year development process.

"This achievement not only represents a significant accomplishment by SABMiller and the Azunosa team, but it also proves that Bonsucro's rigorous requirements can be met in developing countries around the world, including Latin America, Africa and Asia," said Neil Mendenhall, SCS Manager of Supply Chain Services. More than 40 social and environmental indicators were evaluated at the mill and farm levels, he explained.

Bonsucro is an international not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established to promote sustainable sugar cane production. The Bonsucro standard is regarded as a leading benchmark for sustainable development in the sugar sector.

"SABMiller's Azunosa mill's achievement demonstrates that leadership, supply chain collaboration and commitment is proof of concept that Bonsucro Certification is possible," said Simon Usher, Bonsucro CEO. "This announcement was certainly a highlight during our international conference held last week in Manila, Philippines."

The Azunosa certification caps a three-year effort by the company, and is part of SABMiller's larger sustainable development initiative, Prosper, which encompasses ambitious sustainability goals to be achieved by the year 2020.

About Bonsucro. Bonsucro is a global non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization fostering the sustainability of the sugarcane sector through its leading metric-based certification scheme and its support for continuous improvement for members. Its vision is to support a sugarcane sector that is continuously improving and verified as sustainable.

About SCS Global Services. SCS has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

About SABMiller. SABMiller is in the beer and soft drinks business, bringing refreshment and sociability to millions of people all over the world. We are the world's second largest brewer, produce our own soft drinks and are one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola drinks. Through our local businesses we work in a way that improves livelihoods and builds communities.

Rockwell Automation Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

Wed, 2014-11-19 20:35

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Rockwell Automation joins the ranks of 366 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“Rockwell Automation is committed to developing an environment where its employees can do their best work and this score continues to reaffirm that we are moving in the right direction,” said Ed Seaberg, vice president information technology, Rockwell Automation. “It is also a priority to regenerate talent in the new workforce, and the new workforce expects LGBT workplace quality,” said Seaberg. “It’s not a ‘nice-to-have’ anymore, it’s a ‘must have’.”

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT– related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Rockwell Automation’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. 

“To achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fair and equally on the job. We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world,” said Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “Rockwell Automation not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,500 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

Wyndham Worldwide Achieves Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for Third Consecutive Year

Wed, 2014-11-19 20:35

(Marketwired)- Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, has once again received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This marks the third consecutive year the Company has accomplished this benchmark and has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the "Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality."

The CEI is based on a number of principles for equality and inclusion, including workplace practices and programs aimed to support a fully inclusive workplace for all. Wyndham Worldwide's ranking reflects the Company's continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, with full leadership support, to its employees, partners and customers. 

"As a worldwide hospitality company, we are all about delivering great experiences for our customers, our communities, and our associates, and an important part of how we do that is by cultivating a global workforce where individuals are welcomed and different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued," said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. "It starts with our core values, and from the front desks of our resorts, to our corporate offices, and even our supply chain partners, we maintain a culture that embraces diversity and nurtures inclusion which keeps us a great place to work, a valued business partner, an exceptional hospitality provider, and a top performing company."

Believing diversity enriches the Company as a global hospitality provider, Wyndham Worldwide embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion that supports associates of all backgrounds. The Company offers a variety of diversity and inclusion programs for all associates, including leadership training programs, mentoring opportunities and educational support. Women make up almost 44 percent of all management positions, and last year, more than 16 percent of the Company's total spend was from diverse suppliers, including LGBT suppliers, earning the company recognition as one of the nation's best supplier diversity programs. 

Diversity & Inclusion also plays a role in the Company's benefits decisions. Like other cutting-edge organizations, Wyndham Worldwide continuously assesses the needs of the LGBT community, and provides medical, dental and life insurance benefits to both same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried/domestic partners, as well as their children, regardless of adoption finalization. In addition to offering same-sex domestic partner benefits, Wyndham Worldwide offers an LGBT employee resource group, WYNPride, which invites associates to engage in the business expansion process, networking, personal development and affiliation with colleagues across the business.

"This recognition reinforces the ongoing success we have achieved in making our company an employer of choice among the LGBT community, and one that encourages associates to bring their whole selves and their families to work," said Patricia Lee, senior vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "As a result, we are a more innovative and successful company that partners with the LGBT community and the many other diverse communities where our associates work and live."

Recognized as an industry leader, Wyndham Worldwide was ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity and included on four of DiversityInc's specialty lists this year including, the Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils, Global Diversity and People with Disabilities. The Company has also been named a Top 50 Company for Latinas by LATINA Style, named Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and recognized by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women. 

The Company also maintains strong partnerships with organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Hispanic Business Group, Minority Supplier Development UK and China, WEConnect International, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, and U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the National Diversity Council, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Association of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Women MBAs. Diversity & Inclusion is also one of the core focus areas of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility program.

The CEI rates companies on specific LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Over the past 13 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,600 franchised hotels and over 655,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 200 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally.

For more information, please visit

GreenBiz Forum Helps Lead World's Largest Companies to Next-Gen Sustainability Efforts

Wed, 2014-11-19 18:34

Efforts by companies to reduce their environmental impacts have hit a wall in recent years, according to research by GreenBiz Group. In February, hundreds of executives will gather in Arizona to learn how to jumpstart their efforts.

The seventh annual GreenBiz Forum, February 17-19 in Scottsdale, Ariz., brings together some of the world’s largest companies, along with leaders of major environmental groups, to look at the trends, tools and techniques sustainability executives need to improve their company’s performance.

The event brings together three leadership organizations: GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. The three groups have pooled their networks, insights and domain expertise and plan to convene more than 700 leaders in Arizona for the three daylong conference.

The event features executives from adidas, BASF, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Disney, Dow, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Levi Strauss, Marsh & McLellan, PwC, Salesforce, Target, Timberland and Unilever, as well as the chief executives at BSR, Ceres, Forum for the Future, The Sustainability Consortium, Trucost, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and World Wildlife Fund. New speakers are being added weekly.

“The high caliber of participants at GreenBiz Forum, both on stage and in the audience, is the big draw, as like-minded professionals find common cause in solving their company’s sustainability challenges,” says GreenBiz chairman and executive editor Joel Makower. “The emphasis on hands-on tools and techniques combined with presentations on near-term trends have made this mandatory for corporate sustainability executives.”

GreenBiz Forum is framed by GreenBiz Group’s State of Green Business report, an award-winning annual pulse-taking on how, and how well, companies are addressing the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. Many of the Forum’s topics and themes are derived from the annual report. 

This year's Forum will feature Accelerate, a fast-pitch showcase that provides hand-picked entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their sustainability solutions in front of Forum's global audience. The event will also feature interviews with C-suite executives representing a variety of functions, such as David Love, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Levi Strauss.

For more information about GreenBiz forum, visit Get 10% off when you register using the code GBF15CSR.


GreenBiz Group’s mission is to define and accelerate the business of sustainability. It does this through a wide range of products and services, including its acclaimed website and e-newsletters, GreenBuzz and VERGE; webcasts on topics of importance to sustainability and energy executives; research reports, including the annual State of Green Business; the GreenBiz Executive Network, a membership-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives; and conferences: GreenBiz Forum and VERGE.

KaBOOM! Evolves Leadership Team

Wed, 2014-11-19 18:34

KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond today announced changes in the KaBOOM! leadership team to better support the organization’s strategic extension and key priorities. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

Effective immediately, James Siegal will become President of KaBOOM!. He will join KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond in focusing the organization’s time on cultivating key strategic partnerships and growing KaBOOM! thought leadership in the field. Prior to KaBOOM!, James served as chief of staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that supports citizen engagement to address community challenges through AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs. Reporting to James are three members of the newly formed management team:

Sally McConnell is now Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer with leadership responsibility for Corporate Partnerships and grassroots giving, in addition to the External Affairs team she had been managing as a vice president. Prior to KaBOOM!, Sally was the director of strategic communications at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where she oversaw public affairs, institutional partnerships, marketing, brand management, digital engagement and product development. 

Kate Becker is now Chief Mission Officer & Chief Operating Officer focusing on KaBOOM! playability work, grassroots programming and talent management. Kate has deep experience in the social good sphere having served as a Peace Corps health educator in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, and region director for AmeriCorps NCCC. Kate continues to serve as Chair of the AmeriCorps NCCC Board and authored My Dream Playground, an illustrated children’s book. 

Gerry Megas continues in his role as Chief Financial Officer. Gerry has served as the Chief Financial Officer of KaBOOM! for the past seven years. Previously, Gerry served as the CFO of U.S. Foodservice, a large publicly held broad line foodservice distributor. He began his career as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse.  

Bruce Bowman, who was President of KaBOOM! is now President of Play Product Initiatives, reporting directly to Darell Hammond.

These expanded roles will ensure a focus on driving playability – a concept introduced by KaBOOM! earlier this year – as a standard to which cities across the U.S. aspire. The organization will also continue to inspire, identify and enable the increase and advancement of replicable play behavior and playmaker action in order to drive society-level change through play solutions and make direct impact through playground builds.


About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or

CVS Health Earns Top Score on 13th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Wed, 2014-11-19 18:34

CVS Health announced today that it received a score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

CVS Health's satisfaction of all of CEI's criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the company's designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The company credits its improved score, up from 85 percent on the 2014 CEI, to its newly-introduced transgender-inclusive benefits policies, which took effect in June 2014. The company's benefit program now includes a health insurance plan that affords coverage for the medically necessary health care services that transgender people need, including transition-related treatment.

"We are proud to be recognized for our work to ensure that all of our colleagues have access to health and wellness programs that meet their families' needs," stated Lisa Bisaccia, SVP CVS Health and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health. "By expanding our benefits program to include additional options for transgender colleagues, we are not only providing a workplace that is supportive to all, but also ensuring that we continue to attract and retain top-notch talent."

The 2015 CEI rated nearly 1,000 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About CVS Health
CVS Health is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company inthe United States. Through the company's 7,800 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefit manager serving approximately 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about CVS Health at

Walden University Survey Reveals Younger Adults Are Believed To Be More Passionate About Positive Social Change

Wed, 2014-11-19 16:34

A young person’s passion can be powerful when it comes to positive social change, but knowledge and experience from older adults are necessary to transform it into action. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, a majority of adults (66%, on average) believe that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults, and 61%, on average, agree that young adults today are more involved in positive social change than they were 20 years ago.

However, 57%, on average, agree that when it comes to positive social change, older adults can make more of a difference than younger adults. Paradoxically, adults in the countries surveyed with the youngest populations most likely agree: Brazil (62%), China (73%), India (71%), Jordan (52%) and Mexico (67%).

Commissioned by Walden and conducted online by Harris Poll June 1–17, 2014, the fourth annual survey about the state of social change around the world includes the perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. This year’s report builds on the findings from the 2011–2013 reports and was designed to examine people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement in positive social change.

Although six in 10 adults believe that older adults can have a greater impact on social change than younger adults, nearly as many believe that older adults are more resistant to innovation. Half of adults (53%, on average) agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change. Nevertheless, nearly nine in 10 adults (86%, on average) agree that in order for positive social change to happen, it is necessary for older adults to share their knowledge and experience about social change with younger adults.

“Regardless of age, everyone can play an important role in the future of positive social change. At Walden University, we believe knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good, and we prepare the next generations of change agents with the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in their communities and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “Social change is important and continuous, especially if everyone does their part to create an enduring impact.”

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., young millennials (18- to 24-year-olds) are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults.

  • Brazil (18–24): 77% vs. (over 40): 61%

  • China (18–24): 73% vs. (over 40): 60%

  • Germany (18–24): 58% vs. (over 40): 42%

  • U.S. (18–24): 63% vs. (over 40): 48%

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., millennials are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change.

  • Brazil (18–24): 56% vs. (over 40): 40%

  • China (18–24): 70% vs. (over 40): 58%

  • Germany (18–24): 54% vs. (over 40): 38%

  • U.S. (18–24): 53% vs. (over 40): 44%

In addition to shedding light on the roles of both younger and older generations in effecting positive social change, the 2014 Social Change Impact Report also gives insight into people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement. For more detailed findings, visit

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has believed that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good and that educational institutions have an important role to play in supporting positive social change. As a result of these guiding principles, Walden has attracted a community of students and scholars who are actively engaged in all facets of positive social change—whether it’s through their profession, research aimed at making a difference in their fields or ongoing volunteerism. This report is one of the many ways that Walden is leading the conversation and contributing to positive social change worldwide. Visit to learn more.

About the Study
Walden University first commissioned this annual survey in 2011 to discover the current state of social change around the world. Designed to provide a barometer of who is engaged in social change, what is important to them and how they work together to advance social change issues of interest now and in the future, Walden’s Social Change Impact Report includes attitudes, behaviors and motivations from members of the international community.

The 2014 Social Change Impact Report survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Walden University between June 1 and 17, 2014, among a total of 9,138 adults within Brazil (1,009 adults ages 18–64), Canada (1,003 adults ages 18–64), China (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Germany (1,000 adults ages 18–64), India (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Jordan (1,027 adults ages 18 and older), Mexico (1,020 adults ages 18–64), and the U.S. (2,037 adults ages 18 and older). Data for each country were weighted to the general or online population within each country. The “Average Result” is the arithmetic average across the countries. This measure does not account for differences in population size and thus is not representative. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey methodology is available upon request by contacting Jen Raider at 1-443-627-7452 or

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Capital Allocations Increasingly Influenced by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting

Wed, 2014-11-19 16:34

On November 5th, business professionals were given a first-hand look at the growing trend of integrating sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting with traditional financial reporting, as seen on national and global market exchanges during a workshop hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh at the Fairmount Pittsburgh.

Since 2009, the market size for CSR information has tripled. Now, decisions on how to allocate $1.3 trillion in global assets are being made using sustainability and CSR criteria.

During her keynote, Su Gao, Senior Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Analyst for Bloomberg LP, highlighted an average annual growth of 41.5% in unique users of Bloomberg ESG data from 2009 to 2013. Bloomberg provides decision makers the data, analytics, news, and insight related to global business and financial information.

“A notable trend we’ve observed recently is the rise in demand for ESG data from mainstream investors,” said Gao, “this is beyond the more niche, SRI or ‘socially responsible investing’ with missions already aligned with ESG integration. There are an increasing number of investors starting to consider ESG factors in allocation decisions to more actively manage long-term ESG risk in their portfolios.”

Mike Wallace, also a keynote speaker and Managing Director of BrownFlynn, a corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm, said, “It is no longer a matter of whether you are going to measure, manage, and disclose your CSR performance—it is when your company is going to do it. Then the question is how you disclose it—using your own approach, or adopting an internationally-recognized approach for disclosing, such as the GRI.”

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides a framework for standardized sustainability/CSR reporting. Mr. Wallace, formerly the Director of GRI’s North America operations, helped to more than double to use of the GRI across North America. Pittsburgh’s largest employers have either fully adopted this method of measuring, managing, and reporting their sustainability performance, or are referencing GRI to help them identify their most material issues. As awareness grows among the world’s biggest companies, so does the demand on suppliers to step up and report on their own sustainability performance.

During the event, representatives from UPMC, Alcoa, and BNY Mellon shared their companies’ approaches toward identifying sustainability issues that are material to their business’ operations as well as examples. With all trends pointing to even more rapid demand for CSR information, the impacts will be felt first by publicly-traded companies. Because of supply chain and customer chain impacts, private firms will need to be aware of these trends too.  Municipal governments are also on a trajectory for being affected through the growing inclusion of sustainability information in the municipal bond markets.

“The Pittsburgh region has shown tremendous progress in the uptake of sustainability practices in its private and public sectors in terms of best operational practices,” said Matthew Mehalik, Sustainable Pittsburgh Program Manager. “Future success in Pittsburgh’s sustainability achievements will require preparing for the coming shift in the access and allocation of capital based on sustainability and CSR performance information.”

For businesses operating in southwestern Pennsylvania, Sustainable Pittsburgh, through its Champions for Sustainability (C4S) business network, offers sustainability reporting programs to help them get started and grow their sustainability and CSR initiatives. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Business Compact provides a credible and rigorous pathway for businesses to advance and publicly demonstrate their corporate sustainability achievements.  The Compact contains over 170 sustainable actions (called sustainable essentials) among 12 major sustainability categories, including resource efficiency, economic prosperity, governance, and equity, among others. The essentials are grouped according to difficulty to implement, and degree to which they reflect outward recognition of performance. Different point levels are assigned according to the degree of difficulty and outward recognition. The Compact has also been designed to help users align their sustainability efforts with globally accepted frameworks like GRI, CDP and SASB.

The first four businesses to achieve the Compact’s base level of Challenger, in order of completion, are Thar Energy, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, PITT OHIO, and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies’ Pittsburgh Office. Highmark is the first to achieve the Leader level of recognition, the next step above Challenger and requiring more transparent reporting, and UPMC is the first to achieve the Champion level, which requires even greater evidence to substantiate sustainability claims.


About BrownFlynn
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Beneficio Cerro Alto Earns Carbon Neutral Certification

Tue, 2014-11-18 16:31

(Marketwired) - Micro-mill Beneficio Cerro Alto, a coffee processor associated with four coffee mills in Costa Rica's Central Valley, achieved Carbon Neutral certification for the 2011-2012 coffee harvest. From October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012, Beneficio Cerro Alto's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was independently verified by SCS Global Services (SCS) in accordance with the World Resources Institute (WRI) GHG protocol and the Publicly Available Specification 2060 (PAS 2060), the internationally recognized specification for demonstrating carbon neutrality.

"Every industry has an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President at SCS Global Services. "Beneficio Cerro Alto serves as a model for coffee enterprises across Latin America striving to be part of the solution to climate change." 

Beneficio Cerro Alto voluntarily declared its GHG emissions, and has taken steps to ensure accurate tracking of its carbon footprint, both of which are required to achieve independent verification. Recognition under the PAS 2060 framework allows Beneficio Cerro Alto to credibly support its carbon neutrality, demonstrating its commitment to good stewardship.

"Our number one goal is to produce high-quality coffee in a socially and environmentally responsible manner," said Silvia Vindas, Sales Manager, at Beneficio Cerro Alto. "Beneficio Cerro Alto selected SCS Global Services to assess our GHG inventory because of its expertise in independently evaluating coffee operations. We are pleased to have achieved verification under such a rigorous international standard."

Beneficio Cerro Alto's sustainability efforts extend beyond its greenhouse gas inventory reporting and carbon neutrality. For instance, in collaboration with Fondo PROPYME (Programa de Apoyo a la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa), an assistance program for small and medium-sized businesses, it acquired equipment specifically manufactured for micro-mills. This equipment has enabled Beneficio Cerro Alto to use recycled water in the production process, further reducing its environmental impact.

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Now in its 30thyear, its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS provides internationally recognized carbon footprint verification and validation services for company-wide emissions as well as individual product lines. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation and Certified B Corp™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

About Beneficio Cerro Alto
Following a tradition that started four generations ago, Beneficio Cerro Alto is a micro mill that prides itself on providing high-quality gourmet coffee to markets in Australia and Japan. Located in San Rafael de Heredia in Central Valley, Beneficio Cerro Alto processes coffee from four different farms: La Union, La Rosa, El Patio and La Loma. In 2007 and in 2008, the micro mill had prize-winning farms that placed in the top ten of the Cup of Excellence. Additional information is available at