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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Invites Corporations to Take the Corporate Mentoring Challenge

Thu, 2014-09-18 21:11

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) will recognize select corporations for their outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for young people during the 2015 National Mentoring Summit, the signature annual gathering for the mentoring movement to be held in Washington D.C. January 28-30, 2015. The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit, is open to private-sector companies of any size that pledge to begin supporting youth mentoring in the U.S. in the coming year, expand an existing initiative or renew a commitment. Companies currently engaged in youth mentoring may submit the details of their programs to be considered for special honors. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 7, 2014.

All Challenge participants will be invited to and recognized at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit. Those receiving top honors will also receive an invitation to a private reception at the Library of Congress on the eve of the 2015 National Mentoring Summit, an opportunity to provide remarks to the full Summit audience, an invitation to attend the Summit’s Corporate and Philanthropic Track, visibility trough MENTOR’s website, social media and other e-communications and visibility through coordinated media outreach. The Summit is consistently a sold-out event with 800 attendees in person and an additional 200 via live stream.

Top honors will go to companies identified as leaders in this year’s categories.

  • Overall Excellence and Commitment to Quality Youth Mentoring: this category will honor a company whose initiative and contributions demonstrate overall excellence and broad impact, along with a deep commitment to quality youth mentoring. 
  • Partnership in Quality Youth Mentoring: this category will honor a company that has established and effectively leverages strong community and/or nonprofit partnerships to maximize the impact of its youth mentoring initiative. 
  • New Quality Youth Mentoring Initiative: this category will honor a company that is completing the first 12-24 months of a youth mentoring initiative in calendar year 2014. 

“The Corporate Mentoring Challenge is a unique opportunity for the private sector to engage in and demonstrate their support of mentoring as a key strategy to connect young people to social and economic opportunity and strengthen families, schools, businesses and communities,” said David Shapiro, President and CEO of MENTOR. “The Challenge elevates corporate leaders who are innovatively leveraging human and financial capital to invest in our nation’s future through mentoring.”

Last year, Bank of America, Coastway Community Bank, Luxottica and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC earned special honors. Thirteen companies in total received national recognition for their efforts at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit. To enter the Challenge, companies should visit www.mentoring.org/corporatementoringchallenge and complete the pledge form or application for special honors.


About MENTOR

MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR’s mission is to close the “mentoring gap” and ensure our nation’s young people have the support they need through quality mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work. To achieve this, MENTOR collaborates with its Mentoring Partnership Network and works to drive the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and advance quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.

Random House and BusinessWeek’s Paul Barrett Receive Defamation Notice Over Chevron Pollution Case

Thu, 2014-09-18 19:11

Random House and BusinessWeek reporter Paul M. Barrett face a potential defamation claim over a pro-Chevron book about an environmental litigation in Ecuador that is riddled with errors, fictional scenes and defamatory assertions, according to a detailed letter made public today.

The 13-page “notice of defamation” letter, signed by New York attorney Steven Donziger and available here, demands that Barrett and Random House preserve all documents and emails related to the writing and marketing of the book, called Law of the Jungle.

The book, scheduled for release later this month, purports to be a comprehensive account of the case that culminated in a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in 2011 in Ecuador, the country where the oil company insisted the trial be held.  That judgment has been unanimously affirmed by eight separate appellate judges in Ecuador, including a five-judge panel on the nation’s highest court, The National Court of Justice.  

Donziger – who has been involved in the environmental case since 1993, when the claims of indigenous groups were filed in the U.S. - is the main focus of the book with his picture appearing on the cover.  Barrett claims on the jacket that Donziger was willing “to stop at nothing to win” the case, a fact Donziger said is itself false and defamatory. 

Donziger writes in the letter that the book “contains improperly sourced and possibly plagiarized material, is replete with factual inaccuracies, describes events that did not occur, and in other ways promotes information known by Barrett to be false and defamatory.”

Barrett ignores overwhelming evidence of Chevron’s wrongdoing and corruption and appears largely ignorant about Ecuadorian laws governing key issues in the case,  said Donziger.  He also failed to read the 220,000-page Ecuador trial record and did not attend even a single day of the eight-year proceedings, said the lawyer.

Donziger issued the following statement:

“I firmly believe in fact-based journalism and I am more than willing to tolerate legitimate criticism of decisions made in a litigation. But Mr. Barrett’s fundamentally dishonest book attacking my integrity goes well beyond the boundaries governing journalistic ethics. It not only is defamatory as regards me, it exaggerates the author’s level of access to the key players and tries to leave the impression I cooperated with him when I did not.  It is filled with errors, shoddy research, and made up scenes.  Mr. Barrett cribs much of his material from Chevron’s legal briefs.  My hope is that Mr. Barrett and his publisher will take all steps necessary to correct the problems outlined and will do so forthwith.”

Donziger said Matthew Martin, a lawyer for Random House, indicated in a recent letter that the company is conducting an investigation.

One section of the Donziger letter outlines 17 specific factual inaccuracies.  Another demonstrates that Barrett ignored mutually corroborating layers of scientific evidence relied on by courts in Ecuador to find Chevron liable for deliberately dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into rivers and streams relied on by local residents for their drinking water.

Besides the factual inaccuracies in the book, the letter pointed out that Barrett:

**Spent only a handful of days in Ecuador and relied heavily on Chevron’s legal briefs for his research.

**Describes scenes from the documentary film Crude without proper citation to leave the false impression that he was reporting firsthand from events.

**Does not cite to a single footnote despite the millions of pages of public documents in the litigation.

**Makes up fake events to hype up the drama of the narrative.

The letter asserts that Barrett developed an intense animus toward Donziger when the lawyer refused to grant his request for a series of lengthy interviews. Donziger said he did so on advice of counsel and his concern that Barrett had covered the dispute for Businessweek with a pro-Chevron slant.

Donziger also said he shared his concerns with his colleagues in Ecuador, who decided independently not to grant Barrett interviews.  That fact infuriated the author, said Donziger.

The letter asserts that when Barrett realized he could not get the “inside” story about the case from members of the legal team he stepped out of his role as a reporter and actively tried to discourage people from working with or cooperating with Donziger and his colleagues.  

“Paul demonstrated intense anger toward me on a number of occasions and regularly tried to interfere in my professional relationships,” said Donziger. “Never have I seen such inappropriate behavior from a reporter.  To this day, he continues to attack me in conversations with my colleagues.”

Donziger’s letter also is addressed to Barrett’s agent, Stuart Krichevsky; Roger Scholl, a top editor at Random House; and Katherine Trager, the publishing company’s General Counsel.

The letter is copied to Richard Friedman and Zoe Littlepage, two trial lawyers who have represented Donziger in litigation related to the case.


Background

Chevron operated in Ecuador’s Amazon region under the Texaco brand from 1964 to 1992, building hundreds of wells and waste pits over an area of approximately 1,500 square miles. The company’s own internal audit reports confirm it used substandard production practices resulting in widespread contamination of the delicate ecosystem.  Evidence presented in court shows high cancer rates and other oil-related health problems in the area where Texaco operated.

Because Chevron refuses to pay for the court-mandated clean up, the Ecuadorian villagers have filed lawsuits to seize company assets in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina. Those actions are pending.

For a critique of Barrett’s book see this document; for further background on the Ecuador litigation, see this summary of the evidence; this 60 Minutes segment; and this recent article in Rolling Stone documenting the company’s unethical litigation tactics.

Some of Donziger’s legal briefs and other materials are available at his website at stevendonziger.com.

National Business Alliance Names Third Cohort of Localists Leading the New Economy

Thu, 2014-09-18 19:11

BALLE (the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) today announced its third cohort of BALLE Local Economy Fellows – 17 leaders from across North America chosen as the top pioneers of the Local Economy Movement. BALLE Local Economy Fellows participate in an intimate and rigorous 18-month leadership immersion program that further strengthens their capacity for transformative systems change in their communities.

Individually, each 2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellow is a proven leader and innovative local economy connector - someone who represents, convenes, and influences whole communities of local businesses from Boston to New Orleans to Minneapolis. Combined, they are a diverse group of leaders who represent the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship incubation, community capital cultivation, and social justice.

“These challenging times require a different type of leader who can create the conditions for a new economy to emerge. Developing this type of leader is the purpose of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship,” said Michelle Long, executive director of BALLE.  “With the transformational leadership development, skills and tools, and connections these leaders will receive as part of the fellowship, BALLE Local Economy Fellows will be poised to democratize opportunity, ownership and the economy, and bring real prosperity to more people; fundamentally fixing our global economy from the ground up.”

BALLE’s Local Economy Fellowship began in 2011 with a vision of creating an interconnected network of local economies that work in harmony with nature to support a healthy, prosperous, and joyful life for all people. Within a decade, BALLE plans to connect and support 250 communities of practice across North America that bolster their local economies from within – investing in the people and businesses rooted right where they are.

“The combination of personal transformation work and concrete support in planning local economies has accelerated our work in ways that I had no context for before this fellowship,” said 2013 BALLE Local Economy Fellow and Green For All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri. “I’ve gotten better at economic development and I’ve gotten better at being a leader.”

The new group of fellows joins the 2011 and 2013 cohorts, bringing the total number of BALLE Local Economy Fellows to 42 leaders representing more than 34,000 businesses and reaching over one million people. The program has already seen profound, lasting outcomes within just a few years, such as $4.28 million raised by January 2014 in new funding that Fellows directly attribute to connections or skills developed through the fellowship and 74 instances of collaboration.

The new group of BALLE Local Economy Fellows were selected through referrals and support from some of the most respected and well-known organizations in the field: NoVo Foundation, Echoing Green, Ashoka, New World Foundation, Rutgers Social Innovation Institute, Social Venture Network and Surdna Foundation. BALLE's central partner in Local Economy Fellowship content development and program oversight is the Ventana Group, world-renowned leaders in transformative leadership development and systems change.

“We believe that an economic and cultural transformation to create real prosperity will require supporting emerging innovators,” said Jennifer Buffett of the NoVo Foundation. “This is why our partnership with BALLE to identify, connect, nourish, and illuminate today’s top local economy leaders is a key part of our strategy.”

An approach to economic development that fosters local business ownership and sustainability isn’t new, and is becoming more mainstream every day. From Economic Development Quarterly to Harvard Business Review, traditional economic voices are certifying that communities with a higher density and diversity of local, independently owned businesses have more wealth, jobs, and resiliency. The aim of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is nothing less than a new economy built on fairness, cooperation, and sustainability.

“BALLE Local Economy Fellows aren’t waiting for big government or big business to step in and fix all that ails a dying system – instead they are working to change economies right where they are, starting with the tools and resources they have:  human capital, resourcefulness, and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Shawn Escoffery, Director of the Strong Local Economies Program for the Surdna Foundation.

The 2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellows

Name: Jay Bad Heart Bull

Place:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Organization:  Native American Community Development Institute (NACD)

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/jay-bad-heart-bull

 

Name:  Andrea Chen

Place:  New Orleans, Louisiana

Organization:  Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/andrea-chen-fellow

 

Name:  José Corona

Place:  Oakland, California

Organization:  Inner City Advisors

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/jose-corona

 

Name:  Alfa Demmellash

Place:  Jersey City, New Jersey

Organization:  Rising Tide Capital

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/alfa-demmellash

 

Name:  Steven Dubb

Place:  Takoma Park, Maryland

Organization:  The Democracy Collaborative

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/steve-dubb-fellow

 

Name:  Sara Day Evans

Place:  Asheville, North Carolina

Organization:  Prosperity Collective and Accelerating Appalachia

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/sara-day-evans

 

Name:  Crystal German

Place:  Cincinnati, Ohio

Organization:  Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/crystal-german

 

Name:  Eric Griego

Place:  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Organization:  Fast Forward Consulting

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/eric-griego

 

Name:  Bob Junk

Place:  Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania

Organization:  Fay-Penn Economic Development Council

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/bob-junk

 

Name:  Ramon Leon

Place:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Organization:  Latino Economic Development Center

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/ramon-leon-fellow

 

Name:  Adele London

Place:  New Orleans, Louisiana

Organization:  Good Work Network

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/adele-london

 

Name:  Jessica Norwood

Place:  Mobile, Alabama

Organization:  Emerging ChangeMakers Network

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/jessica-norwood

 

Name:  Kelly Ramirez

Place:  Providence, Rhode Island

Organization:  Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/kelly-ramirez

 

Name:  Euneika Rogers-Sipp

Place:  Stone Mountain, Georgia

Organization:  Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/euneika-rogers-sipp-fellow

 

Name:  Aaron Tanaka

Place:  Boston, Massachusetts

Organization:  Boston Impact Initiative / Center for Economic Democracy

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/aaron-tanaka-fellow

 

Name:  Carlos Velasco

Place:  Phoenix, Arizona

Organization:  Fuerza Local Arizona

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/carlos-velasco-fellow

 

Name:  Donovan Woollard

Place:  Vancouver, British Columbia

Organization: RADIUS Ventures

Full profile: https://bealocalist.org/donovan-woollard

 

BALLE is a nonprofit organization focused on creating real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions that work, and driving investment toward local economies. BALLE equips entrepreneurs with tools and strategies for local success, and provides a national forum for the most visionary local economy leaders and funders to connect, build their capacity and innovate. BALLE is based out of the Impact Hub Oakland. http://bealocalist.org/

 

 

 

 


Hawkins Named Dow Chief Sustainability Officer

Thu, 2014-09-18 15:09

Dow (NYSE: DOW) is proud to announce that Dr. Neil C. Hawkins has been named Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, effective October 1. 

In this global role, Hawkins has global responsibility for the Company’s Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Sustainability strategy and initiatives.  In conjunction with Dow’s executive leadership team, Hawkins will provide oversight for the Company’s sustainability performance, including progress against the 2015 Sustainability Goals, and will ensure Dow continues to set the standard for sustainability. He also chairs the company’s Sustainability External Advisory Council, which has been in continuous service to the company since 1992.

In his 26-year tenure at Dow, Hawkins has been the architect of many breakthrough collaborations that advance sustainable development, including: Dow’s collaboration with The Nature Conservancy to value ecosystem services, which received the 2013 Harvard University Roy Award for Environmental Partnership;  Dow’s work with UN Environment Program and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to improve chemical safety and emergency preparedness; and the University of Michigan Dow Sustainability Fellows Program.  Since Hawkins joined Dow in 1988, he has held a wide range of leadership positions across EH&S, Public Affairs/Government Affairs, Operations and Manufacturing, and R&D.

Hawkins is also a widely recognized authority on sustainable business practices, environmental policy and win-win solutions for business and ecosystems, and was honored with the 2012 C.K. Prahalad Award for sustainability leadership by an individual. He is a board member of numerous organizations and he chairs the strategic advisory council of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.  He is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter) and a member of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS), through which he co-authored Sustainability and the U.S. EPA, commonly referred to as “the Green Book.”

Hawkins holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech.

 

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

 

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The Resource Foundation to host fall benefit to celebrate and support Latin America

Thu, 2014-09-18 03:03

On Oct. 2, The Resource Foundation (TRF) will host its Semilla, Harvest for Hope fall cocktail event to celebrate Latin America’s rich culture and raise awareness about the continuing need to support sustainable development in the region.

“Our vision is a more inclusive, equitable society in Latin America,” said TRF Executive Director Marcela Lopez-Macedonio. “This is a vibrant, diverse region; it is innovative and growing. But it also faces certain inherent challenges stemming from generations of social and economic disparities. We’re working to give people in all sectors of society access to the opportunities they need to effect lasting change.”

The Semilla, Harvest for Hope event will be held at the Douglaston Club in Douglaston, New York, from 6-9 p.m. and will include a silent auction, Latin music and a light fare prepared by Colombian chef Francisco Yepes. All proceeds will benefit TRF’s work to help under-served families in Latin America create the lives they imagine.

TRF is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that works closely with U.S. donors to support locally driven development programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to empower low-income communities with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to improve their lives. Since its establishment in 1987, TRF has provided more than $70 million in grants to support the work and build the capacity of effective local nonprofits in 29 countries.

“The Resource Foundation has been supporting local programs in Latin America for 27 years,” said Lopez-Macedonio. “It is an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the persistent challenges facing the region. Despite relative stability, over 160 million people still live in poverty. It is still the most unequal region in the world, and it struggles with issues such as women’s empowerment, disabilities, education, the environment and HIV/AIDS.”

TRF has a broad network of local nonprofit partners throughout Latin America that implement innovative self-help programs focused on affordable housing, education and job skills, disaster relief, healthcare and HIV/AIDS, financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture and water and sanitation, among many other issues. Over the years, these initiatives have helped thousands of under-resourced families increase their self-reliance and improve their quality of life.

The Semilla, Harvest for Hope event is the first of a series of gatherings for TRF’s supporters. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at www.resourcefnd.org/event2014 or by calling (212) 675-6170.

About The Resource Foundation

The Resource Foundation (TRF) is a U.S. nonprofit organization that facilitates charitable giving from corporate, foundation and individual donors to the Americas and the Caribbean. Since 1987, TRF has helped donors optimize the impact of their philanthropy through specialized, tailored services. By forming partnerships with carefully vetted nonprofit organizations in 29 countries, TRF empowers disadvantaged  communities to gain the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to improve their lives. TRF has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, of four stars, for sound fiscal management and transparency six times since 2008. It is also a founding member of the Alliance for International Giving. For more information about TRF, visit www.resourcefnd.org and follow @resourcefnd on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Annual Net Impact Survey Highlights Impact MBA Program Trends and Rankings

Thu, 2014-09-18 01:03

Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires a new generation to work for a sustainable future, released its 2014 edition of Business as UNusual: The Social and Environmental Impact Guide to Graduate Programs – For Students by Students. Key findings suggest that social and environmental issues are a growing priority for students who pursue a graduate education, and that student expectations have increased as a result.

First published in 2006, Business as UNusual is the only publication for students, by students that ranks and highlights graduate schools at the forefront of social and environmental innovation, featuring over 3,300 student perspectives on nearly 100 graduate programs. The guide provides student ratings of their graduate program’s integration of social and environmental themes into curricula, career services, and student activities.

This year, more than half the schools surveyed reported new innovations in impact-oriented curriculum or experiential learning to meet increasing demand. And yet, students want more! For the third year in a row, student satisfaction with their programs’ integration of these issues has declined.

“Over the years, students have become increasingly committed to making an impact, and expect more from their education as a result,” says Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact. “Graduates want to leave their programs fully equipped to create social and environmental change in the workplace and the world.”

Major conclusions from Business as Unusual 2014 include:

  • Next-generation leaders expect companies to integrate social and environmental issues into business practices to succeed. Of the student respondents, 93% think focusing on social and environmental issues is very important or essential to a business’ long-term success and over 80% feel that business is doing better on this issue than 5 years ago. Looking forward, students identified climate/energy and sustainable product development/marketing as the two priority areas for business to get right in the next decade.
  • Students report over half the schools have new curricular or co-curricular innovations in how they integrate social or environmental impact themes. Trends include increasing peer-to-peer mentoring programs; cross-club, cross-school, and cross-discipline approaches; infusion of design thinking to drive social innovation; and impressive innovations in experiential learning offerings. One example includes University of Chicago Booth School of Business School’s introduction of the new D4 Foundations course, which teaches design thinking by focusing experiential projects on education and health topics.
  • Students want programs to do even more to incorporate social and environmental issues. While 88% of respondents feel that learning about these issues is a priority, an increasing number of students felt their schools could do a better job of integrating social and environmental themes into core curriculum. This year’s findings showed a nearly 15% decrease in student satisfaction in regard to curriculum integration of these issues.
  • Students are willing to make sacrifices for a job that makes a difference. According to    the survey, 83% are willing to take a 15% salary cut for a job that makes a social or environmental difference in the world, a notable increase over last year. In a highly competitive job market, though, not all students can be picky. Over a third of students surveyed feel pressured to take any role, a 30% increase over last year’s data.
  • Programs must prioritize concrete job and internship opportunities. Students cited impact career and experiential learning support as the top areas where graduate programs could improve. Respondents expressed interest in complementing social and environmental education with concrete skill building opportunities, such as the Berkeley Haas Impact Investing Network or Loyola University Chicago’s Microenterprise Consulting course.

“It’s an exciting time in higher education, as we see more inventive opportunities to combine real world impact and learning” says Maw. “In order to compete, graduate programs must respond to this profound student demand for building a sustainable future.”

The 2014 Business as UNusual guide is available for download here. For the first time, Net Impact is also publishing the guide online, enabling search for programs by name and key features.

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that supports a new generation to work within and beyond business for a sustainable future. With more than 50,000 student and professional members and over 300 chapters worldwide, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world. Visit www.netimpact.org.

The 2014 Net Impact Conference: Breaking Boundaries

Thu, 2014-09-18 00:02

Is it possible for one weekend to inspire a generation to work for a sustainable future? The 2014 Net Impact Conference aims to do just that and is bringing its annual event to the Minneapolis Convention Center November 6-8. The conference is the flagship event of Net Impact, a global nonprofit that inspires a new generation to create positive social and environmental impact in the workplace and the world. This year’s conference challenges participants to break boundaries – leaving limits behind, forging unexpected alliances, and exploring creative solutions – to transform the world.

The Net Impact Conference brings together thousands of next-generation leaders with forward thinking businesses and nonprofits for a dynamic exchange of ideas through inspiring keynotes, panels, interactive workshops, boot camps, and special events. Ultimately, the conference aims to inspire a new generation use their careers to make a net impact that transforms their lives, their organizations and the world.

It’s a lofty goal, but with 22 conferences under its belt, Net Impact has created a powerful forum for young leaders to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems.

“Join us November 6-8 in Minneapolis to tap into the energizing, collaborative spirit of the Twin Cities – and our global Net Impact network,” said Jessica Fleuti, Net Impact Conference Director. “With its civic-minded community, the Twin Cities is an ideal location for this year’s conference.”  

Highlights for this year’s event include:

  • More than 2,700 like-minded students, professional peers, and thought leaders, traveling to the Twin Cities from around the world
  • More than 100 sessions across 10 tracks – from Corporate Impact to International Development – designed to take your inspiration, innovation, and impact to the next level
  • More than 350 speakers from across sectors breaking new ground in social and environmental change. Keynotes include: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Dan Pallotta, President and Founder of Advertising for Humanity and the Charity Defense Council

Registration is open at https://netimpact.org/conference

 

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.

At the heart of our community are over 50,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future. Together, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world.

Electronics Industry Commitment to Combat Forced Labor in Supply Chains

Wed, 2014-09-17 19:01

Since its founding 10 years ago, one of the core principles of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) has been to combat trafficked and forced labor in the electronics industry supply chain. As part of our efforts to deliver on this policy through increased knowledge and continuous improvement, the EICC welcomes the availability of new research on forced labor in electronics manufacturing, including today’s report on forced labor in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia authored by Verité.

“The EICC has been committed to combating forced labor in the electronics industry supply chain from our earliest days, from setting standards to raising awareness through training. In the lead-up to today’s report, the EICC engaged with Verité on their research and we look forward to using the report’s findings as a valuable tool to identify and find solutions on this important issue,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. 

The EICC Code of Conduct prohibits the use of trafficked and forced labor. In 2014, as part of our Code review process, we have strengthened our standard. To view the new standard, please visit our website.

 As a coalition we've worked hard to deliver on our Code of Conduct commitment. Our key activities include:

  • Supporting our members to comply with our Code of Conduct through accountability and assessment tools.
  • Raising member and supplier awareness through in-person and online trainings.
  • Developing a specialized audit for labor agencies, including sections on trafficked and forced labor.
  • Providing risk assessment tools to member companies to assess and audit labor agencies that are amongst their top suppliers.
  • Formed an EICC taskforce against trafficked and forced labor to address further actions that we can take as an industry to effectively combat trafficked and forced labor in electronics industry supply chains.
  • Facilitated dialogue on trafficked and forced labor at EICC meetings and conferences between industry, government and civil society groups in the U.S., China and (autumn 2014) Malaysia.

 As we continue to improve our efforts to combat trafficked and forced labor in the electronics industry supply chain, we welcome research and analysis that helps companies better understand the challenges and we look forward to continuing to work with Verité and other partners to respect workers' rights throughout electronics industry supply chains.

About the EICC

The EICC is a coalition of nearly 100 leading global electronics companies working together to improve efficiency and social, ethical and environmental responsibility in the global supply chain. We enable and encourage our members to progress towards the EICC vision through a common Code of Conduct, collaborative efforts and shared tools and practices. For more information please visit www.eiccoalition.org

Seventh Generation Receives Major Investment From Generation Investment Management

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:01

(Marketwired) Today, Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, announces the addition of a new investor, Generation Investment Management.

The thirty million dollar investment will allow Seventh Generation and its own venture arm, Seventh Generation Ventures, to accelerate the company's core growth through innovation, investment and acquisition of other mission-led brands. Seventh Generation Ventures acquired bobble in 2013 to expand its offerings and meet the growing needs of consumers who desire to live a healthy, environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

Founded in 2004, Generation Investment Management is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research, and client alignment. The Climate Solutions team seeks to invest in growth businesses that it believes can generate attractive returns by being  part of the transition to a low carbon economy.

"Businesses like Seventh Generation will continue to see strong growth driven by an authentic commitment to sustainability, value and product performance," said Lila Preston, partner at Generation, who will also be joining the board. "We have built a relationship with the company over a period of years and have been deeply impressed by the quality of the management team and the company's commitment to long term value creation."

"I can't think of a better match of principles than between Seventh Generation and Generation Investment Management," said John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation. "Generation holds our values of using commerce to make a positive change for human and environmental health and well-being. Together, we hope to transform commerce while protecting the planet." The investment comes as Seventh Generation is experiencing record growth and unprecedented consumer interest. "The timing of this investment is ideal as we will be able to build on our significant commercial momentum and expand the reach of our mission to more consumers," Replogle stated.

About Seventh Generation

Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation's leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to "care today for seven generations of tomorrows," with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. A pioneer in corporate responsibility, Seventh Generation continually evaluates ways to reduce its environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. To learn more about Seventh Generation products and business practices, locate a retailer in your area, or review Seventh Generation's Corporate Consciousness Report, visit www.seventhgeneration.com.

 About Generation Investment Management

Generation Investment Management LLP is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research, and client alignment. It is an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 by a group of seven founding Partners including Al Gore, Chairman, and David Blood, Senior Partner. With offices in London and New York, Generation takes a long-term investment view, integrating sustainability research within a rigorous fundamental analysis framework. The sustainability research plays an important role in forming its views on the quality of the business, the quality of management and valuation. Generation Investment Management LLP is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Cigna Releases Company’s First Corporate Responsibility Report

Tue, 2014-09-16 20:54

Cigna (NYSE: CI) today released its 2013 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, available online at www.cigna.com/corporateresponsibility. The company’s first CR report encompasses Cigna’s U.S. operations, provides a detailed look at Cigna's CR platform – Cigna Connects – and highlights how the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and priorities support the company’s core businesses and create benefits for Cigna stakeholders.

As its name implies, the Cigna Connects CR platform is designed to spark creative connections that help achieve the company mission of helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. The CR report illustrates how the company’s charitable giving and volunteerism – through the expertise and resources of Cigna's 35,000 employees – work with communities to make a difference in four priority areas of children’s wellness, senior care, women’s health and health equity.

“Inspired by our mission, Cigna Connects is having a positive impact on the health of people, communities and the environment,” said Cigna Chief Executive Officer David Cordani. In a video introducing the report,  Cordani explains that through Cigna Connects, Cigna works together with its many stakeholders – employees, clients, consumers, communities, health care professionals and others – to be a catalyst for change around the world: www.cigna.com/corporateresponsibility.

The new report provides relevant facts, figures and stories about how CR at Cigna strategically aligns with Cigna's mission and brand promise by creating shared value for Cigna stakeholders and society. A sampling of findings from the report includes:

 

Environmental sustainability:

  • Establishes 2017 environmental targets – nine percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, nine percent reduction in energy use, three percent reduction in water consumption.
  • Requires 100 percent paper destruction policy for all office paper.

Social:

  • Celebrates Cigna's receipt of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion of Honor in recognition of exceptional achievements that advance the cause of public health and medicine.
  • Recognizes Cigna's Health Equity Council’s award for innovation in reducing health care disparities from National Business Group on Health.
  • Confirms 94 percent of Cigna employees and families are tobacco-free.
  • Outlines new Cigna Foundation World of Difference grants focused on four critical health issues of children’s wellness, senior care, women’s health and health equity. 
  • Describes nine Cigna Colleague Resource Groups working on initiatives that increase the understanding of particular needs within Cigna’s customer segments.

Governance and Ethics:

  • Documents that 100 percent of new and existing employees are trained in Cigna’s Code of Ethics and affirmed their adherence to the Code.
  • Shows how the Privacy Steward program supports and drives privacy compliance within the business/corporate areas.
  • Explains how suppliers must comply with Cigna Policy Guidelines which includes our Code of Ethics.

 

"Publishing our first CR Report required a comprehensive process that involved the entire organization. We hope this report continues to enhance lines of communication with Cigna’s stakeholders.  The dialogue prompted by this report creates opportunities to better understand areas of interest and expectations and discover new opportunities to serve others,” Cordani said.

Data presented in the report is from 2013 and will serve as the baseline for future reports. The report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.  GRI is the most widely used framework for voluntary, nonfinancial reporting.

The public is invited to read the report at www.cigna.com/corporateresponsibility and to share thoughts or questions at CignaConnects@Cigna.com.

 

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 85 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

Liberty Global named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Tue, 2014-09-16 18:54

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) today announced its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) track the performance of leading companies in terms of their economic, environmental, governance and social performance. Each year, over 3,000 publicly traded companies are invited to participate in this corporate sustainability assessment and Liberty Global’s inclusion is evidence of our continued progress in delivering our Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy.

Highlights from the year included: 

  • Publication of our third Corporate Responsibility Report, ‘Empowering a Digital Society’;
  • Commitment to improve the energy efficiency of our electricity consumption by 15% every year through 2020 (in kWh/terabyte of data), and to be five times more carbon efficient (in metric tons of CO2e/terabyte of data) by 2020, using 2012 as our base year;
  • Refurbishment of 4.3 million set-top boxes and modems in 2013, avoiding 7,200 metric tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills, resulting in financial savings of $280 million;
  • Paving the way for digital jobs by hosting ‘CoderDojo’ workshops for young people to learn to create digital applications and web services, and supporting the further growth of YouRock, a new online employability platform for young people;
  • Protecting children online with the launch of a new toolkit for teens called ‘The Web We Want’, developed in partnership with European Schoolnet;
  • Improving broadband speeds in nearly all of our markets and supporting “connectivity everywhere” for our broadband subscribers with hotspots, homespots and Community WiFi.

Rick Westerman, head of Liberty's Corporate Responsibility Committee, commented “We are committed to expanding access to the digital world in all the markets we serve and to do this sustainably, safely and responsibly. Our listing in these well-respected indices recognizes the success we have had in meeting this commitment and is a testament to every employee who has helped us in achieving our goals.”

Liberty Global’s 2013 CR Report can be accessed through www.libertyglobal.com/cr.

About Liberty Global

Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading triple-play services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 24 million customers subscribing to 49 million television, broadband and telephony services at June 30, 2014.

Liberty Global’s consumer brands include Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR. Our operations also include Liberty Global Business Services, our commercial division and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more information please visit www.libertyglobal.com or contact:

Investor Relations:

Christopher Noyes  +1 303.220.6693

Oskar Nooji +1 303.220.4218

John Rea +1 303.220.4238

 

Corporate Communications:

Marcus Smith +44 20.7190.6374

Bert Holtkamp +31 20.778.9800

Hanne Wolf +1 303.220.6678

 

 

 













Corporate Coffee Systems and Emerald Brand Team Up to Support Breast Cancer Survivors at the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure®

Tue, 2014-09-16 18:54

On Sunday, September 7, in the wee hours of the morning, representatives from both Corporate Coffee Systems and Emerald Brand met at Central Park to serve fresh coffee to breast cancer survivors and co-survivors at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure. Over 12,000 runners, walkers, and survivors attended this year’s Race for the Cure and helped raise millions of dollars to fund local breast health screening, treatment, education and support programs and breast cancer research.

The Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure is a non-competitive 5K run/walk to raise money for breast cancer research and “run breast cancer out of town”. Corporate Coffee Systems, a major New York-based office coffee and refreshment supplier, has been supplying pre-race coffee, tea and condiments in Survivor Village since 2011. This past Sunday, Emerald Brand, a leading manufacturer of sustainable disposable products for the home and office, joined Corporate Coffee Systems for the first time, supplying FSC® certified cups, 100% recycled coffee sleeves, and Tree-Free facial tissue pocket packs, all of which are free of chlorine, Bisphenol A (BPA), and any known toxins or carcinogens.

This was the first of many joint initiatives that Corporate Coffee Systems and Emerald Brand have in the pipeline. The two companies will join forces again in October for MillionTreesNYC Fall Stewardship Day, when employees from Corporate Coffee Systems and Emerald Brand will care for young forests that have already been planted at Alley Pond Park in Queens.

 

Corporate Coffee Systems

Corporate Coffee Systems (CCS) is a leading New York metro coffee and refreshment programs supplier. CCS’s mission is to be your office refreshment company of choice by consistently providing service excellence and "value-added" products. Their world-class coffees and innovative refreshment solutions can help improve morale, efficiency and productivity of your work force. CCS offers Organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees through their Sustainable Coffee Adventures initiative. Their Committed to Caring program offers various consumable and cleaning products that are biodegradable, compostable, made from recycled materials and free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

At CCS, they are committed to not just simply provide products, but offer solutions and deliver a level of performance that exceeds your companies’ expectations. For more information about Corporate Coffee Systems, call 1-800-284-CORP or visit www.CorporateCoffeeSystems.com.

 

Emerald Brand

Emerald Brand is the leading manufacturer of environmentally responsible jan/san and break-room products for the home and office, providing cost-neutral conversion initiatives for businesses such as hotels, restaurants, corporate offices, universities, and more. Emerald Brand Tree-Free products are made from Bagasse, or sugarcane pulp, which is a rapidly renewable and cost-effective alternative to traditional materials. Emerald Brand products are available for consumer purchase at www.emeraldbrand.com. For more information on Paradigm Group and the Emerald Brand, call 1-866-We-Source or visit www.paradigm-grp.com.

About Susan G. Komen® Greater New York City

Since 1990, Susan G. Komen Greater NYC has raised over $60 million and awarded $45 million in grants.  In the last five years alone, they have helped more than 875,000 women, men and families in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Twenty-five percent of every dollar raised funds national breast cancer research while seventy-five percent of the net monies raised goes right back into the communities to help the women, men and families in their service area. This year, Komen Greater NYC has awarded $2.1 million to 28 local breast health programs as well as $735,000 for national breast cancer research programs to find the cures.  Visit their website, www.komennyc.org, or call 212-293-CURE for further information.  Follow them on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

Canada's Clean50 Sustainability Champions Named

Tue, 2014-09-16 15:52

 - (Marketwired) -  A 20 year old who turns algae-infested water into a combination of clean water, biodiesel fuel, and a possible cure for a childhood cancer.  A corporate leader who has transformed a once bankrupt major corporation into the sustainability leader in the forest products industry.  Four entrepreneurs working individually to bring us more renewable energy, dramatically enhanced waste water treatment, a significant boost to the energy efficiency of large scale buildings, and the ability to power our electric vehicles at a significantly lower cost. 

These are just some of the achievements of those named as Canada’s Clean50 for 2015, as announced today by Delta Management Group and Canada’s Clean50 organization.

This is the fourth year that Canada’s Clean50 Award has celebrated outstanding sustainability achievements across 16 categories, selecting 50 individuals or small teams from well over 500 nominations, putting a face on sustainability. The work of these sustainable development and clean tech leaders is making a difference across Canada, and serves as an inspiration to others. This is the only award of its kind in the world. 

The Clean50 Award also identified 10 “Emerging Leaders” from across Canada, ranging in age from 15 to their early 30s, and 15 innovative projects undertaken by organizations in the past two years that have the ability to inform, and the power to inspire Canadians – and help them understand that sustainability does not equal more expensive.

“If we stand a chance of battling climate change, instead of just adapting to it, it will be these leaders we have to thank”  says Gavin Pitchford, Founder of Canada’s Clean50 awards and Chief Talent Officer at Delta Management Group. “Their progress and their commitment can give us some hope. In particular, our world-leading clean tech community provides opportunities for significant improvement in both Canada’s environmental and economic performance.  We all need to ask our corporate and government leaders what they are doing to aid the clean tech industry – especially given the jobs already in the sector – and the prospects for literally millions more.  It’s an Avro Arrow moment for our country – we can continue to invest – and lead the world, or risk missing a massive opportunity”.

The complete list of Canada’s Clean50 honourees, Clean50 Emerging Leader honourees and Clean50 Top 15 Projects for 2015 is below. More detailed information can be found at Canada’s Clean50 website: http://www.clean50.com

Follow Canada’s Clean50 on Twitter @Clean50 and the conversation at #Clean50

 

About Delta Management Group

Founded in 1992, Delta Management Group is a Toronto-based boutique search firm that connects Canada’s best corporate sustainability leaders, advocates, stewards and clean-tech professionals, with leading organizations. For more information visit www.DeltaManagement.com

For more information contact:

Gavin Pitchford

Founder of Canada’s Clean50 & Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management

416.925.2005 ext.2300

gpitchford@deltamanagement.com

 

(See Canada’s Clean50 list, Emerging Leaders and Top 15 Projects below)

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Canada’s Clean50 for 2015

 

Advocates

  • John Lounds* - President & CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Will Horter - Executive Director, Dogwood Initiative
  • Merrell-Ann Phare - Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
  • Art Sterritt - Executive Director, Great Bear Initiative

Angels

  • Dr. Vicky Sharpe* - Strategic Advisor to the Board, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • Susan McArthur - Managing Partner, Greensoil Investments
  • Tony Van Bommel - Senior Managing Partner, BDC Capital

Building

  • Gord Hicks* - President, Brookfield Johnson Controls
  • Karen Jalon - National Director of Sustainability, Cadillac Fairview
  • Thomas Mueller - President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council
  • André Rochette - President and CEO, Ecosystem Energy Services

Cities

  • Dr. Karen Farbridge* - Mayor, City of Guelph
  • Stephen Mandel - Former Mayor, City of Edmonton

Clean Technology

  • Cam Carver* - Chief Executive Officer, Temporal Power
  • James Dean - CEO and Founder, dPoint Technologies
  • Marvin R. DeVries - President, Trojan Technologies
  • Dr. Rocky Simmons - President and CEO, Eco-Tec

Consultants

  • Coro Strandberg* - Principal, Strandberg Consulting
  • Bruce Taylor - President, Enviro-Stewards
  • Stuart Torr - President, Integrated Sustainability Consultants
  • Michael van Aanhout - Chairman, Stratos

Education

  • Dr. John Grace* - Professor &  Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy Processes, UBC
  • Dr. Judith Lipp - Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op
  • Bruce Lourie - President, Ivey Foundation &  Rick Smith - Executive Director, Broadbent Institute, Co-authors of “Death by Rubber Duck”
  • Dr. Damon Matthews - Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair, Concordia University

Financial & Services Organizations

  • Jane Ambachtsheer* - Partner, Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer
  • Howard Chang - President and CEO, Top Drawer Creative
  • Dave Mowat - CEO, ATB Financial
  • Jeannie White - Manager, Employee Engagement, Policies & Programs, Symcor

Transportation & Manufacturing Organizations

  • Chantale Despres* - Director - Sustainability, Canadian National Railway
  • Claude Dumais - Vice President, Technical Operations and Environment &  Kirk Jones - Vice President, Sustainability, Government and Industry Affairs, Canada Steamship Lines
  • Richard Garneau - President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Forest Products
  • Geoff Wensel - President, GR Green Building Products

Primary Resources

  • Ellen McGregor* - President & CEO, Fielding Chemical Technologies
  • Wade Barnes - President and CEO, Farmers Edge Precision Consulting
  • Joe Miranda - CEO, Canada Fibers
  • James Ewles - President, Raw Materials Company

Public Sector

  • Honourable Wes Sheridan* - Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs, Government of Prince Edward Island
  • Michael Goeres - Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Research & Development

  • David Leger* - President & CEO, PowerDisc Development
  • Adam Noble - President, CEO and Founder Noble Holdings

Renewable Energy

  • Dan Balaban* - President and CEO, Greengate Power
  • John Gorman - President & CEO, Canadian Solar Industries' Association

Retail & Consumer Products

  • Esther Speck* - Principal; Sustainability Strategist, Speck Consulting
  • Luc Lortie - Sustainability Director, Costco
  • Andrew Telfer - Manager, Sustainability, Walmart Canada

Technology, Telecom & Media

  • Todd Melendy* - Vice President - Sustainability & Compliance, Celestica
  • Emechete Onuoha - Vice President Global Government Affairs (Canada), Xerox Canada

Traditional Power

  • Lisa DeMarco* - Partner, head, Toronto Energy Practice,  Chair, Sustainability & Climate Change International Business Group,  Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jim Burpee - President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association

* denotes Clean16 Honouree & category leader.  All others in the category are presented alphabetically.

 

 Emerging Leaders

 

 

  • Keleigh Annau - Founder and Executive Director, Lights Out Canada
  • Julie Cournoyer - Corporate Sustainability Manager, Gildan
  • Audrey Depault - National Manager, The Climate Reality Project Canada
  • Rosalynn Dodd - President & Owner, Creating Eudaimonia
  • Alexis Esseltine Scoon - Sustainability Manager, Keilhauer
  • Tom Ewart - Manager, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group
  • Mike Morrice - Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab
  • Rachel Parent - Founder, Kids Right to Know
  • Muhammad Qureshi - Conservation Leader, Ontario Nature
  • Sarah Jane Wolch - Marketing & Business Development Specialist, Brookfield Johnson Controls

 

                       Top 15 Projects to advance sustainability in Canada

  • ATB Financial - Financial Legacy Fund - unique funding structure for Ducks Unlimited
  • Cadillac Fairview  - GREEN AT WORK™ program
  • Canadian National Railway - "EcoConnexions" Employee Engagement Program
  • CN, BC Hydro and Manitoba Hydro - EcoConnexions - Energy Efficiency partnership projects with BC Hydro and Manitoba Hydro.
  • The Co-operators - IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership.
  • Ecotrust Canada - Creation of ThisFish.info
  • Lakeridge Health & Ecosystem Energy Services - Lakeridge Health Deep Energy Retrofit Project
  • Port Metro Vancouver - "EcoAction": A program to charge lower harbour rates to "greener" boats.
  • Province of New Brunswick - "Sustainable Community Design for Subdivisions"
  • Pure Energies - Ontario's first "free solar panels" offering for home owners
  • Roche Canada - Zero-Waste Decommissioning Project
  • SanEcoTec Ltd. - AVIVE™ Water Treatment Solution Pilot Project:
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority - The Weston Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow Program
  • TREC - SolarShare - Community Solar Bond  Raise
  • WWF & HP - Living Planet@Work employee engagement / fund raising project

80 Businesses Honored as ‘Best for Workers’, Creating Higher Quality Jobs That Serve a Higher Purpose

Tue, 2014-09-16 15:52

Today, 80 companies worldwide were recognized for creating the highest quality jobs by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for Workers’ list. This analysis includes metrics regarding compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, parent-friendly flex time and leave policies, professional development and internal promotion, corporate culture, profit sharing and ownership opportunities.

“With Millennials’ increasing demand for work-life integration, B Corps are winning the talent war,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder B Lab. “The Best for Workers Honorees are leading the way with their commitment to creating high quality jobs that serve a higher purpose.”

The ‘B Corp Best for Workers’ list honors businesses that earned an worker impact score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses.

Honorees include Dansko, the 100% employee-owned, footwear brand, Ecotrust Forest Management, an investment and advisory firm helping investors and landowners enhance forest health and productivity, Rally Software, a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development (and the first successful B Corp IPO) and Charter School Business Management, a NY-based provider of financial training to the charter sector.

The ‘Best for Workers’ companies come from over 25 different industries such as consulting and financial services, renewable energy installation and technical services. One third of honorees are based outside the United States, including countries such as Brazil, New Zealand, Italy Argentina and the United Kingdom. (Full list of honorees below and at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of overall social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over nearly 1,100 Certified B Corporations, across 100+ industries and 34 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

B Lab released the “Best for the World” list (overall impact) in March and the “Best for the Environment” list  (environmental impact) in April and the ‘Best for Communities’ (community impact) list in July. All past honorees can be found at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net

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B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (27 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

Executives from all B Corps available for comment. For more information contact Katie Kerr at katie@bcorporation.net, (610) 293-0299

 

2014 ‘Best For the Workers’ Honorees

 

 13 Midsize Businesses Honorees (50+ Employees)

Chroma Technology Corp (Bellows Falls, VT) - Chroma Technology Corp. is a manufacturer of interference filters for the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared portions of the spectrum, including band pass, multiple band pass, and long and short pass filters, as well as beamsplitters, dichroic mirrors and laser rejection filters.

Cooperative Home Care Associates (Bronx, NY) - CHCA is the nation’s largest worker-owned cooperative, providing high-quality home care services to elders and individuals living with disabilities—primarily African-American and Hispanic residents of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights.

Dansko (West Grove, PA) - Dansko, literally translated as “Danish Shoe,” was founded in 1990 with a simple, flexible-bottom clog. The brand has since expanded significantly, adding more diverse products from casual to dress, and from sandals to boots.

HCA (Philadelphia, PA) - Home Care Associates of Philadelphia (HCA) has dedicated itself to a quality care through quality jobs mission. By providing quality home care jobs, HCA works to ensure quality care across the Philadelphia metropolitan area for elders and people with disabilities.

King Arthur Flour Company (White River Junction, VT) - King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company, operating for over two hundred years and continuing its promise to create the best flour available to bakers and consumers across the country.

MAX Insurance (Overland Park, KS) -Mutual Aid eXchange (MAX) is a member-owned enterprise that provides insurance the way it should be; fair, faithful and socially responsible.

Namaste Solar (Boulder, CO) - Namasté Solar is an employee-owned cooperative that designs, installs, and maintains solar electric systems for homes, businesses, non-profits, and government entities.

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions (Waterloo, Canada) - PeaceWorks provides first-rate technology solutions that enable organizations to achieve their mission with increased ease and efficiency.

Rally Software (Boulder, CO) - Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development.

Sungevity (Oakland, CA) - Sungevity is the nation’s fastest growing residential solar company that designs, installs, and finances residential solar electric systems.

The Redwoods Group (Morrisville, NC) - The Redwoods Group, a privately held, socially conscious company, provides property and casualty insurance underwriting and risk and claims management services to YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers and resident camps across the nation.

Traction on Demand (Burnaby, Canada) -Traction is a CRM consulting and software development firm with unparalleled expertise in Salesforce.com implementations, data quality and marketing automation.

Woodfold Mfg., Inc. (Forest Grove, OR) -Woodfold Manufacturing has been making custom wood products in Forest Grove, Oregon since 1957. Their accordion doors and partitions are used to separate space in commercial, institutional, and residential environments.

 

25 Small Businesses Honorees (10-49 Employees)

Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC (Santa Monica, CA) - Abacus Wealth Partners is a national financial management firm that is committed to bring self and global awareness as well as sustainability to investment management.

Application Experts (Broomfield, CO) - App-X provides flexible web-based solutions for Alternative Asset Fund Managers and Institutional Investors seeking to achieve strong financial performance through high impact investing strategies.

Audacious Inquiry (Baltimore, MD) - AI is an innovative management and technology consulting company that actively pursues projects that involve solving social problems and providing public benefit.

Bullfrog Power (Toronto, ON) - Bullfrog Power’s mission is to provide Canadians with easy and practical 100% renewable energy solutions for their homes, businesses and transportation that empower them to create a sustainable world for future generations.

Charter School Business Management Inc. (New York, NY) - Charter School Business Management’s mission is to empower the stakeholders of the charter sector with financial knowledge and services to develop and maintain fiscal solvency and organizational viability. CSBM professionally develops and trains their clients regarding best business management practices or directly manages their financial responsibilities.

Community Wealth Partners (Washington, D.C.) - Community Wealth Partners offers strategy and implementation services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability.

Corporate Knights (Toronto, Canada) - Corporate Knights uses the latest data and analysis tools to empower markets to make the world a better place. Corporate Knights is comprised of three divisions, which rate, animate and agitate to drive this shift to a more symbiotic form of capitalism.

Enrollment Resources Inc. (Langford, Canada) - Enrollment Resources (ER) is a leading Performance Improvement company dedicated to working with organizations that wish to make society a better place.

Green Building Services (Portland, OR) - Green Building Services (GBS) provides services and tools to support the design, construction, and operation of buildings that are responsible, enduring, and healthy.

Green Living Enterprises (Toronto, Canada) - Green Living Enterprises is a full-service media, marketing, custom content provider and events company that has created and deployed advertising and marketing campaigns for companies such as Scotiabank, The Home Depot, Direct Energy, and Toronto Hydro.

Greentech Capital Advisors (New York, NY) - Greentech Capital Advisors is the first and largest global investment banking firm that is dedicated to serving companies that are transforming the world’s energy, industrial and resources infrastructure.

Heller Consulting (Oakland, CA) - Heller Consulting helps nonprofits streamline their operations and maximize their use of software for fundraising and mission management. The company specializes in software selection, implementation, optimization and training for products from Convio, Salesforce.com and Blackbaud.

Imprint Capital (San Francisco, CA) - Imprint Capital is an impact investment firm that creates and manages high performing impact investment portfolios for foundations, families, and financial institutions.

Myplanet (Toronto, Canada) - Myplanet empowers organizations with UX design & technology solutions to support the delivery of great web-based products.

North Berkeley Investment Partners (Berkeley, CA) - North Berkeley Investment Partners is an independent investment advisory firm whose mission is to help clients feel comfortable and confident in the decisions they make to reach their life goals.

ProtoTest (Denver, CO) - ProtoTest tests web and mobile apps to ensure functionality, performance, usability and accessibility.

Sílice (Mendoza, Argentina) - Sílice is dedicated to generating products and services related to information and communication technology.

Snakk Media (Auckland, New Zealand) - Snakk enables brands to reach their consumers on smartphones and tablets through engaging ads delivered across a network of mobile websites, applications & games.

South Mountain Company, Inc. (West Tisbury, MA) - South Mountain Company is an employee-owned design, build, and renewable energy company on Martha's Vineyard. The company plans and develops residential and commercial buildings, as well as designing and installing solar & wind energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.

SustainAbility (London, U.K.) - SustainAbility is a think tank and strategic advisory firm working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.

The CAPROCK Group (Boise, ID) - The CAPROCK Group is a multi-family wealth advisory firm, customizing financial solutions for individuals and families who don't have the time or expertise to create such solutions on their own.

Top Drawer Creative Inc. (Toronto, Canada) - Top Drawer Creative is an advertising agency with a unique specialization. They focus on a specific consumer psychographic segment called AHAA (Active, Healthy, Affluent, Aware) and the brands that target this group.

Trillium Asset Management (Boston, MA) -Trillium Asset Management, LLC is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing (SRI).

UTOPIES (Paris, France) - UTOPIES specializes in sustainability consulting, accelerating change by helping companies turn difficulties and externalities into opportunities.

Wasmer, Schroeder & Company, Inc. (Naples, FL) - Wasmer, Schroeder & Company is an independent investment advisory firm specializing in Separately Managed Account (SMA) management.

 

42 Micro-Enterprises Honorees (<10 Employees)

A&R Solar (Seattle, WA) - A&R Solar is a team of smart, environmentally conscious specialists who design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.

Analytica Advisors Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) - Analytica Advisors is focused on strengthening the global and domestic success of the Canadian clean technology industry and innovation-based companies that are core to the industry.

Beartooth Capital (Bozeman, MT) - Beartooth Capital is a leading impact investment fund manager whose mission is to generate strong investment returns, real conservation results, and community benefits.

Blue Hill Partners LLC (Philadelphia, PA) - Blue Hill Partners is an energy services company that provides specialty energy efficiency retrofits as a fully funded, turnkey service.

BluPlanet Recycling Inc. (Calgary, Canada) - BluPlanet Recycling Inc. is a Calgary based multi-family residential and commercial recycling collection service provider.

Clean Yield Asset Management (Norwich, VT) - A pioneer in the field of socially responsible investing (SRI), Clean Yield began in 1985 as a stock-market newsletter that provided buy and sell advice on socially and financially screened securities.

Council Fire, LLC (Annapolis, MD) - Council Fire is a world-class management consulting firm working with clients to "operationalize" sustainability and harness the power of information to drive competitive advantage and success in both the public and private sectors.

Dharma Merchant Services (San Francisco, CA) - Dharma Merchant Services is a socially responsible and green certified provider of credit card processing accounts to small and midsized businesses throughout the US.

Disconnect, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) - Disconnect creates software to preserve your online privacy and reduce your exposure to the threat of malware, identity theft, and tracking of your search and browsing history.

Ecotrust Forest Management (Portland, OR) - Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) is a forestland investment management and advisory services company with a business model that generates financial returns, while delivering clear conservation value and strong community benefits.

Education Funding Partners (Golden, CO) - Education Funding Partners (EFP) is the only national-scope, social enterprise that provides Fortune 500 corporate marketing sponsorships exclusively for major public school districts.

Enviro-Stewards  (Elmira, Canada) - Enviro-Stewards Inc’s Engineers & Scientists serve as sustainability catalysts for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities.

Ethical Electric (Washington, D.C.) - Ethical Electric is an energy company that does good. Ethical Electric powers as many American homes and businesses as possible with 100% clean energy from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Farmland LP (San Francisco, CA) - Farmland LP acquires conventional farmland and converts it to organic, sustainable farmland. They provide investors with access to this unique asset class, which has proven to deliver inflation-protected returns over long periods of time.

FlipGive (Toronto, Canada) - FlipGive (formerly Better The World) provides a digital platform that connects brands to the $200+ billion fundraising market; converting customers into a sales force to raise money.

Good for Business (Madison, WI) - Good for Business specializes in purpose-led creative communications developed for use in all media - print to digital.

Graines de Changement (Paris, France) - Graines de Changement is a laboratory of ideas and innovative solutions. They design and produce the ideas, tools and templates that everyone needs to be an agent of change.

GrantBook (Toronto, Ontario) - GrantBook is a social purpose business specializing in the procurement and implementation of cloud-based tools that help grantmakers and their networks to maintain a more social and technology-enabled workplace.

Grassroots Capital Management Corp. (Cummington, MA) - Grassroots Capital is a leader in microfinance investment. The firm plays a pioneering role in attracting private capital into the industry, creating investment vehicles to address market gaps, and providing the necessary funding to support new and innovative as well as established and mature initiatives.

Little Pickle Press (San Francisco, CA) - Little Pickle Press ("LPP") is a 21st Century publisher of high quality, high impact media for children.

Local Food Lab (Stanford, CA) - Local Food Lab is a platform for the ideas and companies that are changing the food system.

Manoverboard Inc. (Winnipeg, Canada) - Manoverboard is a purpose-driven design firm that provides websites, identities, and communications strategy to principled businesses and organizations.

Mark Leibowitz Photography Inc. (Santa Monica, CA) - Mark Leibowitz Photography, Inc. practices and creatively develops sustainable photography services for advertising, commercial and private clients.

MRW Connected, Inc. (Easthampton, MA) - MRW Connected provides custom web solutions to educators, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and just about anyone else working to make the world a better place.

NATIVA (Milan, Italy) - Nativa is a prototypical XXI century company. Its purpose is the Evolution of business and society, so that they create a positive impacton people and planet, thus growing Happiness.

Notogroup (Portland, OR) - Notogroup is an Executive Search Firm with a proven service model that takes into consideration the intricacies that effectively fuse leadership, culture, and business ambition.  

NRG Insurance (Seattle, WA) - NRG is a brokerage insurance firm that connects customers to a multitude of insurance providers, delivering risk management options that include custom insurance options.

One Energy Renewables (Seattle, WA) - OneEnergy Renewables specializes in the development of large-scale clean energy projects – making renewable energy solutions accessible and cost-effective for its corporate, utility, and institutional clients.

OneRoof, Inc. (Berkeley, CA) - OneRoof, Inc. is a Berkeley California-based social enterprise company with extensive prior experience in delivering IT-enabled communications to rural communities in India and Mexico.

OpenConcept Consulting Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) - OpenConcept delivering secure, accessible, responsive and interactive web sites for their clients and believes that social change requires new forms of collaboration and effective use of the Internet.

Praxis Consulting Group (Philadelphia, PA) - Praxis Consulting Group assists employee-owned, not-for-profit, and other socially responsible organizations in developing high-performing, sustainable workplaces that benefit all stakeholders.

Purpose Capital (Toronto, Canada) - Purpose Capital is a North American impact investment and advisory firm that works with Canadian and US investors – individuals, families, foundations, financial institutions, and governments – and their advisors who wish to integrate social and environmental impact into their operational strategies and investments.

Pymwymic (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Pymwymic is the ‘Put Your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community’ of impact investors who believe in the flow of capital for good.

Renewal Funds (Vancouver, Canada) - Renewal Funds is a social venture fund dedicated to delivering financial returns by investing in leading environmental and social mission businesses in Canada and the USA.

Resonate LLC (Now Sustrana LLC) (Berwyn, PA) - Sustrana LLC is a strategic sustainability consulting and technology company based outside of Philadelphia.

RosettaBooks (New York, NY) - RosettaBooks is the leading independent digital publisher, annually selling over 1,000,000 eBooks worldwide.

SEQUIL Systems, Inc. (Delray Beach, FL) - SEQUIL Systems, Inc. is an award-winning professional services firm which provides highly technical building commissioning, LEED program management, energy modeling and sustainability consulting services to the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

Sustainable Business Consulting (Seattle, WA) - Sustainable Business Consulting (SBC) is a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on demonstrating the bottom-line business benefits of sustainability and leading companies through successful implementation.

Takt-etik (Montreal, Canada) - Takt-etik relies on the expertise of eight advisors that have a combined 25 years of sustainability consulting experience, making it the largest firm of its kind in Quebec.

Turbo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Turbo Aceleradora accelerates the growth of positive impact companies in Brazil. They believe business must take into account the needs of all its stakeholders as well as its social and environmental impact.

Volans (London, U.K.) - Volans is a future-focused consultancy and think-tank that drives market-based ‘breakthrough’ solutions to the future’s greatest challenges.

Y Scouts (Tempe, AZ) - Y Scouts is a leadership and executive search firm that connects purpose-driven organizations with purpose-driven leaders.

Ruth Messinger to Judge Genesis Generation Challenge

Tue, 2014-09-16 14:52

The Genesis Prize Foundation announced today that Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will join the Selection Committee for the Genesis Generation Challenge, which aims to identify and seed money for innovative projects, guided by Jewish values, to address the world’s pressing issues. The competition seeks young adult social entrepreneurs with ideas to better the world, and was established to honor Michael R. Bloomberg, the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate. The Challenge will award 10 teams $100,000 USD each. Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2015. 

Messinger has dedicated her life to serving others, locally in New York City and around the world. She served on the New York City Council from 1978 to 1989 and as Manhattan Borough President from 1990 to 1998. At that time, she was best known for her advocacy on behalf of public schools and her activities to reach compromise between developers and neighborhood advocates. In 1997, Ms. Messinger was the first woman to receive a major party nomination for mayor. When she lost the race to Rudy Giuliani, she assumed the presidency of AJWS, and subsequently transformed the then tiny organization into an internationally recognized human rights funder.  

“I am honored to participate in the exciting and important work of the Genesis Generation Challenge by serving on the distinguished panel of evaluators that will select social good projects grounded in Jewish values with the most promise for improving our world,” remarked Messinger. “I am especially pleased to be part of this project, which honors Michael Bloomberg, the first Genesis Prize Laureate, by helping young adults follow his example in pursuing innovative projects and making service everyone’s responsibility,” said Messinger.

Messinger is a tireless activist for human rights, and currently sits on the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs its Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Many national Jewish organizations have honored Messinger, and she has been named by The Jewish Daily Forward, The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post as one of the world’s most influential Jews and religious leaders in the 21st century.

Sana Britavsky, Deputy CEO of the Genesis Prize Foundation, commented, “We are fortunate to have someone of Ruth Messinger’s caliber help select a new crop of promising projects.”

All competitors must register online by September 30, 2014 at www.genesis-generation.org. Teams then must submit their applications on the site by October 28th, 2014. All approved submissions are then distributed to an international expert evaluation panel, which will review and score the applications. The 15 highest scores will be passed to the Selection Committee. Ms. Messinger is the fourth individual to be named to the committee. She joins Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman; Director of Global Cities, Inc., Marjorie B. Tiven; and President of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women, Jill Smith.

A complete description of the criteria for submission, rules, application and scoring for the Genesis Generation Challenge is available at www.Genesis-Generation.org.

About the Genesis Prize

The Genesis Prize seeks to recognize individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the character of the Jewish people through commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel. The Prize is administered by a partnership that includes the Office of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and the Office of the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Genesis Philanthropy Group (gpg.org) has established a $100 million endowment to launch the Genesis Prize Foundation, as well as fund the prize and related young adult engagement activities. To learn more about The Genesis Prize, please visit genesisprize.org or facebook.com/TheGenesisPrize and follow on Twitter at @TheGenesisPrize.

About American Jewish World Service

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes civil and political rights; and defends access to food, land and livelihoods. We pursue lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing our community in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, we strive to build a more just and equitable world.

Responsibly Grown Wood Distinguishes GreenWood Resources' Headquarters Expansion

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:52

(Marketwired) -GreenWood Resources (GWR), a global investment and timber management company, has received the seventh U.S.-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification for its headquarters office expansion, assessed by third-party auditor, SCS Global Services (SCS). All of the timber and wood products used in this project have earned FSC certification. At least 50% of the wood has been certified to the elevated FSC standards, FSC-100%, FSC-Mix, or FSC Post-Consumer Reclaimed, a threshold rarely achieved in green building construction projects.

"GreenWood Resources' accomplishment shows true leadership in the building industry, demonstrating that responsibly grown, certified wood can be scalable in large projects," said Robert J. Hrubes, SCS Executive Vice President. "SCS helped ensure that every step of production and sourcing in this project met the rigorous standards of FSC, from plantation forest management to milling and on-site installation."

GWR's Portland, Oregon office expansion included the construction of 34 new workspaces, conference room and reception facilities, which incorporated Collins Pacific Albus(R) lumber and veneer products, and 130 sheets of Columbia Forest Products' (Columbia) PureBond(R) MPX(R) decorative plywood panels. The MPX panels featured hybrid poplar cross bands and veneer, cut from Pacific Albus(R) lumber. All hybrid poplar products used in the office expansion were processed from GWR's GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) plantation trees, which grew to harvestable dimensions in only 12 years. The GTFF tree farm also earned Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification by SCS, which represents the first-ever dual FSC and RSB certification.

"To have an office showcasing the products sourced from our responsibly managed tree farms has been a dream of mine since I started GWR," said Jeff Nuss, President and CEO of GWR. "We and our manufacturing partners understand the value and beauty that exists in products made from this  incredible renewable resource called wood. We are equally proud of our commitment to responsible management of our tree farms and of the Pacific Albus(R) products utilized throughout our office expansion. We believe it is best to lead by example and we welcome others to come see and consider what possibilities exist for themselves."

"GreenWood Resources highlighted the great attributes that make FSC 100% Pacific Albus(R) ideal in any office setting," said Lee Jimerson, Collins Product Manager. "The 9Wood EcoGrille wood ceilings are reflective, which equates to superior indoor light quality. The office furniture, made with Pacific Albus(R) plywood and lumber, is light in color and warm to the touch, making for very comfortable work spaces."

Columbia's MPX(R) plywood panels, Collins Pacific Albus(R) and 9Wood EcoGrille products can contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V4 credits for resource conservation and for reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Tim Schallich, VP Resources at Columbia, added, "It is gratifying to see this contemporary use of wood in wall panels, casework, acoustic and visual treatments knowing the trees used to produce these products are sustainable and will be regrown and harvested again in just 12 years."

About SCS Global Services
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(TM), reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. www.scsglobalservices.com

About GreenWood Resources, Inc.
Founded in 1998, GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR) is an integrated global investment company focused on the development and operations of forestry assets with operations in North America, Latin America,  Europe and Asia. GWR's core competencies -- capital/ investment management, superior plant material, tree improvement methodologies, forestry operations and sales and marketing -- uniquely address the  broad skills required to produce superior, risk-adjusted returns for investments into intensively managed forestry assets. www.greenwoodresources.com

About Collins
Headquartered in Oregon and family-owned since 1855, Collins produces high quality wood products including hardwoods, softwoods, millwork, pine particleboard, veneer logs, TruWood Siding and Trim. Collins also features a full line of FSC-certified wood products. A champion of sustainable practices and protecting the integrity of the total forest ecosystem on its landholdings, which cover more than 307,000 acres, Collins upholds its long-standing commitment to land and resource stewardship. Divisions are located in: Chester, CA; Kane, PA; Richwood, WV; Boardman, Lakeview, and Klamath Falls, OR. www.CollinsWood.com; Facebook.com/CollinsCompanies; 800.329.1219.

About Columbia Forest Products
Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America's largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia's decorative interior veneers and panels, made with EPA award-winning PureBond(R) formaldehyde-free technology, are used in cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Employee owned and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbia has over 2,000 employees and operates plants throughout the United States and Canada, with an operational network that spans the globe.   http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/






KeyCorp Releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

Mon, 2014-09-15 21:50

Today, KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) released its 2013 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which highlights the organization’s responsible approach to banking, citizenship and operations. Banking data shared includes Key’s products, services and client approach; citizenship data includes diversity, philanthropy and volunteerism initiatives; and operations data includes green building, carbon emissions and recycling.

The report serves as an update to Key’s 2012 CR report and aligns with data collection guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. As the most widely used CR reporting framework in the world, GRI aids corporations in organizing their corporate responsibility efforts and sharing results with stakeholders. The report includes important data points for the calendar year ending December 31, 2013.

“It is becoming more widely accepted that a company’s non-financial performance is an indicator of future success. Our business approach for years has been to balance mission and margin, so both shareholders and communities benefit from our investments,” said Bruce Murphy, head of Key’s Corporate Responsibility segment. “This report reflects such an approach and we hope our stakeholders take an active interest in its content.”

Included in the report are a number of KeyCorp’s 2013 successes. In 2013, Key:

  • Became the only top 25 national bank to earn eight consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, reflecting the bank’s investments in its communities, especially underserved communities.
  • Extended $2.9 billion in financing to developments in underserved communities in the form of debt and equity.
  • Grew KeyBanc Capital Markets’ renewable energy portfolio investment to nearly $1.2 billion, making KeyCorp one of the largest lenders to the wind and solar sectors among U.S. banks.
  • Invested more than $6 million in energy efficiency improvement projects in KeyCorp buildings nationally, diverted 67% of its waste from landfills and recycled 4,797 tons of office paper.
  • Was named one of DiversityInc’s “25 Noteworthy Companies,” “Top 10 Regional Companies” and “Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity.”
  • Spent 13 percent of the corporate budget with diverse suppliers, exceeding a 10 percent goal.
  • Was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a fifth perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index.
  • Gave an average of $18 million to nonprofits in the form of philanthropy, corporate contributions and volunteerism.

To view Key’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, visit www.key.com/CR2013

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $92 billion. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium-sized businesses under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.                         

 

The Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New Follow the Frog Campaign

Mon, 2014-09-15 18:49

The Rainforest Alliance has announced a new platform for its annual Follow the Frog campaign. In partnership with the Guardian, a global leader in digital journalism, Follow the Frog 2014 will be a 10-month integrated experience designed to foster engagement with a growing population that cares about sustainability and want to take action in their daily lives.

Follow the Frog will come to life on the innovative, online platform, entitled Vital Signs, with a mix of fresh, educational and interactive content that will raise awareness of some of the world’s greatest challenges – including climate change, deforestation, water quality, poverty and gender issues – and promote daily choices that can make a difference.  The partnership, which is designed to inspire and activate global audiences to live more mindfully, will include contributions from the Rainforest Alliance and its partners and will shed light on how we are all working together to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the planet today.

The Guardian, in addition to its value-based, independent journalism, has developed its own sustainability vision and strategy.  The Vital Signs editorial platform will launch on Sept. 15, including content from the Rainforest Alliance's Follow the Frog campaign, and where readers can subscribe and be part of the online discussion. 

“There is no superhero that is going to save the planet, restore the forests, clean the oceans or turn the clock back on climate change. It’s up to us, we’re the heroes,” said Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance.  “This year through our popular Follow the Frog campaign, along with the Guardian and collaborating companies, we aim to inspire and empower people, showing them how vital their everyday decisions are to the planet.  It’s up to all of us and every choice we make matters.”

Unique features of the campaign will include a “heat map” data visualization that highlights growing audience participation in Follow the Frog and the Rainforest Alliance’s impact on critical environmental challenges worldwide, as well as an online contest entitled “Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes,” where audiences can win a chance to live with a producer family and document their experiences, digital journalism style.

The Rainforest Alliance is calling on companies committed to sustainability issues to contribute to the Follow the Frog campaign.  Avery Dennison, Chiquita and Domtar  have already signed on to be part of the new Vital Signs platform, enabling them to bring their own sustainability stories to life online. Each company will have its own partner zone with distinct, branded content. 

Charlie Wilkie, Commercial Senior Vice President for the Guardian said, “We're proud to work with the Rainforest Alliance and such a diverse set of partners to inform, engage and inspire consumers about the impact of the goods they consume and the role they can play in fostering a more sustainable quality of life.”

Clint White, President of WiT Media and marketing partner for Follow the Frog, said, “A content-driven brand partnership was the best way to take the campaign to the next level and achieve the impact we wanted, engaging audiences in contemporary, lifestyle-relevant ways. It brings Rainforest Alliance’s story to life and positions the organization at the leading edge of the hottest marketing trends – brand partnerships and digital storytelling.”

WiT Media, marketing partner for the Rainforest Alliance, conceptualized and managed this year’s coalition-based Follow the Frog campaign. Additionally Recyclebank, which rewards sustainable, everyday choices, will engage its members in Follow the Frog and offer extra incentives for participation through its rewards program. The campaign is further supported by Chiefgood, a non-profit organization that uses the power of digital advertising to give a voice to great causes.

 

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The Rainforest Alliance is a global non-profit that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. The Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental, social, and economic sustainability that helps both businesses and consumers identify products that come from sustainable sources and vote with their dollars to help support a brighter future. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world (comScore, April 2014). Since launching US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian's total digital audience. In 2014, the Guardian was named newspaper and website of the year at the Society of Editors UK Press Awards

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

Mon, 2014-09-15 18:49

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training.

Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Las Vegas and invites you to be a part of it.

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.

Modules:

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 Manage

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