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In Indonesia, Novo Nordisk is Diabetes CSR Company of the Year

Fri, 2015-10-02 21:49

For the second straight year, the global research company Frost & Sullivan has named Novo Nordisk Indonesia the Diabetes CSR Company of the Year. The acknowledgement recognises the company’s commitment and collaboration to improve care for the six million people with diabetes living in major cities across Indonesia[1].

“The largest and fastest growing prevalence of diabetes is taking place in urban areas,” said Sandeep Sur, Vice President and General Manager, Novo Nordisk Indonesia. “We cannot solve this challenge alone and our partnerships with likeminded stakeholders are how we are making a difference.”

In 2012, Novo Nordisk Indonesia initiated a partnership with the Indonesian Minister of Health to address the diabetes challenge in Indonesia. In 2013, a case study, the Blueprint for Change, identified the impact of urbanisation on health as the leading factor of increasing diabetes prevalence in Indonesia.

The company expanded the partnership with five provincial governments to accelerate actions to change diabetes. One of the memorandums of understanding was signed with the Jakarta Ministry of Health to develop the Jakarta Diabetes Roadmap to combat urban diabetes. The roadmap addresses key challenges, practical solutions, and concrete actions that will serve to reduce the prevalence of urban diabetes in Jakarta and Indonesia at large. The programme covers public awareness activities, capacity building for health workers, and supporting diabetes clinics.

“Our goal is to change diabetes,” says Sandeep. “Improving diabetes awareness and investing in diabetes education for all doctors, nurses and patients is how we will reach it – together!”

In the award report, Frost & Sullivan states:

“By creating awareness and working with other stakeholders, Novo Nordisk is committed towards investing in the country in the long term by addressing the gap in healthcare system.”

The award was presented to Sandeep Sur, Vice President and General Manager, Novo Nordisk Indonesia in Jakarta on 1 October 2015.


About the Best Practice Awards

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognise companies throughout a range of regional and global markets for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Frost & Sullivan's industry analyst team benchmarks market participants and measures their performance through independent, primary interviews, and secondary industry research in order to evaluate and identify best practices

Read more about the Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards


About Novo Nordisk

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has also given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.

Novo Nordisk strives to conduct its activities in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way. The strategic commitment to corporate sustainability has brought the company onto centre stage as a leading player in today’s business environment, recognised for its integrated reporting, stakeholder engagement and consistently high sustainability performance.

Read more about Novo Nordisk’s Triple Bottom Line approach to business


[1] International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2013.

Partners in Food Solutions Announces New Corporate Partner, Expanded Impact in Africa

Fri, 2015-10-02 21:49

An international public-private partnership is expanding its efforts to strengthen Africa’s food system. The Hershey Company is joining Partners in Food Solutions, a Minnesota nonprofit, as its newest corporate partner.

This move will expand Partners in Food Solutions’ work into two new African countries, and greatly expand the group’s footprint and efforts to improve food security and nutrition in Africa. 

Partners in Food Solutions connects volunteer experts from the world’s leading food companies with their counterparts in Africa to help them improve and expand their businesses. These high-potential African companies can then feed more people better, safer, more nutritious and more affordable food, while at the same time providing more stable markets for the crops of smallholder farmers in their region. The volunteer experts connect through a new model of remote consulting pioneered by Partners in Food Solutions.

Volunteers from Hershey will join those from General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM and Bühler.

“PFS has a great track record across the African continent, and we are most excited about expanding the model to entrepreneurial companies in West Africa,” said John P. Bilbrey, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Hershey Company. “Our work with cocoa communities in the region spans decades. This partnership will allow us to link the technical and business expertise of Hershey employees with a broader range of food-based businesses, and provide nutrition to children in the region.”

Adding Hershey volunteer experts to its ranks is part of Partners in Food Solutions’ aggressive plan for growth over the next five years. The four-year-old nonprofit has already helped more than 600 food companies in five African countries through training or consulting projects. These efforts have helped bring more than 21 metric tons of food to market in areas in urgent need of safe, affordable, nutritious food. They have also helped secure and sustain markets for 829,000 small farmers who sell their crops to these companies to feed their families. 

“We have seen real, tangible results from our efforts and are thrilled to have The Hershey Company join our work,” said Partners in Food Solutions CEO Jeff Dykstra. “We know that Africa can produce the food it needs to feed itself, and we know that our model of building the capacity of small businesses in the center of the food value chain can make that happen.”

In March of this year, Partners in Food Solutions helped Ethiopian companies begin producing the first fortified flour ever available to consumers in that country, creating the potential to improve the nutrition of millions of children’s diets. And in July, U.S. President Barack Obama visited with Partners in Food Solutions’ client, Faffa Foods, as he highlighted the successful efforts of a public-private partnership with USAID.

Partners in Food Solutions was founded by General Mills in 2008. Cargill soon joined the effort, along with the Dutch nutrition and pharmaceuticals company Royal DSM and Swiss technology company Bühler. Partners in Food Solutions volunteers currently work with food companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The partnership with Hershey will expand their work into West Africa, in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.


About Partners in Food Solutions

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) is a partnership that aggregates, mobilizes and remotely transfers employee expertise from world-class companies – General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM and Bühler – to small and growing food companies in Africa. Its goals are to improve the ability of those companies to produce more high-quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices, and to increase market demand for crops from smallholder farmers. PFS collaborates closely with TechnoServe and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 22,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. The company remains focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to extend its competitive advantage in North America.

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, Hershey employees are sharing their time and expertise to nourish one million minds by 2020.

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SOS Children’s Villages Receives a US$200,000 Grant From the Western Union Foundation to Support Education in 15 African Countries

Fri, 2015-10-02 18:49

The Western Union Foundation, through its Agent Giving Program, and thirty-two Western Union Agents in Africa, today announced the donation of a US$200,000 grant to SOS Children’s Villages, confirming its continuous support for education.  Dr. Israel Ofei of the International Senate for SOS Children’s Villages, accepted the grant on behalf of the organization during Western Union’s celebration of its 20th anniversary in Africa.

The Western Union Foundation Agent Giving Program provides one-for-one matches on qualifying Western Union Agent donations to eligible nonprofit organizations in support of education, economic opportunity and disaster relief. Western Union Agents have generously contributed to this project which will benefit 15 African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia. 

Patrick Gaston, President of the Western Union Foundation, said, “The Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to make dreams come true through economic opportunity is not a privilege for a few but a right for all. This grant will directly impact more than 700* orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable African children, increasing educational access opportunities for them through school fee scholarships and distribution of critical school supplies; improving the quality of education at primary, elementary and secondary level through the construction of new facilities, provisioning of enrichment activities; and the inclusion of new technology in the curriculum.”

SOS Children’s Villages is an international organization that builds families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Across the world, millions of lives are impacted by the organization’s family support and care programs, medical centers, schools and emergency relief efforts. 

“We are incredibly thankful to the Western Union Foundation for this generous gift that will help improve the lives of vulnerable children living in Africa today,” said Dr. Ofei upon receiving the grant. “These children have lived through unimaginable circumstances. With this gift, they will be given the education, tools and support needed to help them rise up and achieve their dreams. This will no doubt make a positive impact on their lives and their communities.”

“The Western Union Foundation works with NGOs that share its priorities of lifting people out of poverty through education,” said Patrick Gaston. “Our work with SOS Children’s Villages is the ideal way of reaching out to children and making a difference in their lives. Through this project, we encourage and enable children to strive for a high-quality education.” 

The Western Union Foundation has a long history of giving back to communities across the African continent, with its first of many grants made in 2001, shortly after the Foundation was launched. Since then we have continued our support, and in many cases, worked together with Western Union Agents to support organizations that promote economic opportunity and growth for individuals, families and entire communities throughout the region. Since its creation, the Foundation has committed US$8.931 million in grants to 159 NGOs in more than 40 countries across Africa.**

* Estimated based on cost per kid

** Statistics as of Q3 2015                


About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to millions of bank accounts. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit or


About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $103 million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,760 nongovernmental organizations in more than 136 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.


About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children’s Villages believes that every child deserves a loving home. We build families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 134 countries and territories, including the United States.

Founded in 1949, we provide children with the love and long-term support they need to shape their own futures - a stable family, quality medical care and the opportunity to learn.

Through our family support and care programs, medical centers, schools and emergency relief efforts we impact millions of lives worldwide. To learn more, visit, or Follow us on Twitter @SOSChildrenUSA. 

Fifth Annual Dairy Sustainability Awards to Highlight Difference Makers

Thu, 2015-10-01 21:47

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is accepting nominations for the fifth year of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. Nominations are encouraged for farms, organizations and partnerships that employ sustainable practices that are making a difference. 

“Sustainable practices across the supply chain — from the everyday to the breakthrough — add up to an incredible amount of positive change for communities across the country. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards highlight those who are leading the way,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “Sharing the winners’ stories of successful collaborations and innovative practices helps other dairy farms and businesses become more sustainable while continuing to meet the needs of an ever-growing population.”

Nominations are open through Dec. 4, 2015, to all segments of the U.S. dairy value chain — from farm to table — for the following categories: 

  • Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability: Recognizes three farms that serve as examples of socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound dairy production. Successful nominees take a holistic approach to sustainability and provide replicable results that can inspire greater industrywide change.

  • Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability: Recognizes dairy processors and manufacturers whose businesses exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability. Successful nominees have demonstrated both measurable progress and corporate commitment.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship: Recognizes dairy operations (both on and off the farm) that have measurable success in managing their resources with optimal efficiency and quality. Successful nominations have implemented efficiencies or innovations in areas such as energy, water and soil conservation, manure and waste management, and/or renewable energy generation.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships: Recognizes collaborations (both on and off the farm) to improve lives and communities through their positive impacts on child health and wellness, hunger relief and/or environmental stewardship. Successful nominations will demonstrate instances where organizations collaborate with other stakeholders to develop practical and effective solutions to shared challenges and goals.

“For the last five years, the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards have brought to the forefront the commitment and care many dairy farms, companies and brands are demonstrating for our communities and our environment. Last year, we were able to recognize even more collaborations with two new categories in communities and achievements in resource stewardship,” said Paul Rovey of Rovey Dairy and chairman of Dairy Management Inc.™ “We encourage dairy farms and businesses to nominate themselves, their business partners or their neighbors so we can share more stories of success and further advance the industry’s best practices.”

Winner Benefits

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards have honored 30 businesses in the past four years. Help us celebrate others who are making sustainability a reality every day. The 2016 winners will receive:

  • An expense-paid trip in April 2016 to the awards ceremony and dairy sustainability events

  • National and local recognition of their stories and passion for sustainability

  • A featured case study on to share insights and lessons learned with industry peers

  • Opportunities to work with others in the industry, helping to advance sustainability

Program Details

The awards are part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, an industrywide effort to understand and communicate about dairy sustainability, demonstrate progress, create long-term economic growth and build consumer trust.

An independent panel of judges will evaluate all nominations based on measurable results and the potential for other dairy farms and businesses to adopt the practices; demonstrated learning, innovation and improvement; and scalability. Judges and sponsors will be announced soon. 

The deadline for applications is Dec. 4, 2015. There is no fee to enter. For more information, visit


 Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® is a forum for the dairy industry to work together pre-competitively to address barriers and opportunities to foster innovation and increase sales. The Innovation Center aligns the collective resources of the industry to offer consumers nutritious dairy products and ingredients, and promote the health of people, communities, the planet and the industry. The Board of Directors for the Innovation Center includes dairy industry leaders representing key farmer organizations, dairy cooperatives, companies, manufacturers and brands. The Innovation Center is staffed by Dairy Management Inc.™ Visit for more information about the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Special Invitation to the 2015 We First Brand Leadership Summit

Thu, 2015-10-01 18:47

The once-a-year We First Brand Leadership Summit is the premiere training event in purposeful brand storytelling being held on October 6-7 at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles. It’s a unique 2-day, hands-on training event where you learn the latest best practices in how to tell the story of your good work in ways that build your brand reputation, community and social impact.  

Here’s a video of last year’s event and attendees include corporate communications, CSR/sustainability, marketing/digital/social, cause marketing, non-profit and Foundation leads. This year's amazing line-up of speakers sharing their best practices includes:   

  • Virgin - Jean Oelwang, CEO

  • Levi's - Michael Kobori, VP Social & Environmental Sustainability

  • Coca-Cola, Global Marketing Director, Sustainability

  • Sony Pictures Television - John Rego, VP Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

  • Timberland - Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director

  • UN Foundation - Jennifer Kim Field, VP. of Global Partnerships

  • PwC - Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader

Here also is a special invitation for you and your team. Register here now and enter the code VIP and your ticket will be $995 (instead of $1995). This is the last week to register, so don't miss out on your chance to work with the world's top marketers to build your brand and scale your impact.

Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children Brings Its International Granny Program to Children at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

Thu, 2015-10-01 17:47

Spence-Chapin, a New York City-based non-profit adoption and family services agency, announced today the launching its first domestic Granny Program, expanding their successful international program to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY. The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center serves 137 of New York State’s most medically complex children, providing specialized clinical and rehabilitative services to children with multiple physical and neurological conditions and disabilities. 

Children growing up in institutional care are often deprived of the opportunity to bond with a consistent caretaker. To address this, in 1998 Spence Chapin created The Granny Program, an early intervention program developed to provide critical one-on-one attention to children living in orphanages. Spence-Chapin brings volunteer “Grannies,” retired local women from the community, into institutions to spend time with the same child every day. This program has been shown to greatly improve both the attachment and development of participating children. In the nearly two decades since its founding, The Granny Program has had a dramatic impact on the lives of hundreds of children across seven countries and four continents.

“Adapting the successful Spence-Chapin Granny Program model for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center will bring the many benefits of loving one-on-one relationships to a population that is right here in our local community,” says Ann Hassan, who oversees the granny programs for Spence-Chapin. “Volunteers in our Granny Program will be a vital addition to the exceptional medical and developmental care received each day by the young residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.” Central to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center’s approach to care is the belief that children should be able to live in an environment that approximates a home-like setting, with elements of a neighborhood community. “What is more like a neighborhood than the opportunity to develop a special relationship with a caring local grandparent? We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the community that the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center has created,” Hassan adds.

Each Granny from Spence-Chapin will be paired with one child at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, providing consistent companionship, interaction and socialization thus enhancing the child’s quality of life. The residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center have busy and structured days filled with stimulation and activity.  Nights are quieter, and bedtime is a natural time to crave one-on-one attention, therefore the Granny Program at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center will help each child with their nighttime routine. “From reading bedtime stories, to being a consistent comforting presence, these Grannies will become a vital part of our holistic care team, and will add to the normalization of the environment,” says Vanessa Andrews, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Clinical Lead, Child Life, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. “We hope these relationships will aid in reducing anxiety and increasing healing.”

Many of the residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center require total care to help them interact with the world around them. Most cannot attend programming, play with toys, or read a book without the assistance of caregivers who have over time earned the trust of and learned to interpret the subtle cues of each child.

“It takes a dedicated and collaborative community to meet the unique needs of each of our residents,” says Ms. Andrews. “The Grannies will be a welcome addition to the group of caring individuals who provide exceptional care to these children.”

Spence-Chapin is actively recruiting Grannies—and Grandpas—for this very special and groundbreaking program.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can help to change the life of a child living at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center please call 212-369-0300. 

About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

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

About Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is a not-for-profit, pediatric specialty nursing facility, serving the most medically complex children in New York State. The Pediatric Center, which is a 137-bed and 165,000-square-foot complex located in Yonkers, is in its 27th year of service. We are rated as a five-star facility in the “Best Nursing Homes” category of U.S. News & World Report. Our state-of-the-art, child-centered building is the only LEED Gold certified “green” pediatric facility in the country. Children come to us with serious medical and neurological challenges. We provide comprehensive health care, rehabilitation and special education services to all our residents. Our services include, but are not limited to: medical care, nursing, respiratory therapy, palliative care, pastoral care, social work services, physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies, music therapy, art therapy, aquatic therapy and Child Life. The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of New York and is part of a Continuum of Care known as the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation, which also includes the John A. Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Learn more about the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center at and find us on Facebook at

Seventh Generation Donates 2.5 Million Diapers to Families in Need

Thu, 2015-10-01 17:47

(Marketwired) - With Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 28 - Oct. 4) underway, Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care company, today celebrated the culmination of its successful diaper promotion with Whole Foods Market and Baby Buggy®. For every pack of Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers purchased at Whole Foods Market between May 1 - September 30, 2015, Seventh Generation donated a pack of its newborn or size one diapers to Baby Buggy, a national nonprofit that provides families with children in need across the country with essential gear, clothing, products and services. Over the past five months, a total of 2.5 million diapers have been dispersed nationwide to families in need through Baby Buggy and Good360.

"We believe all babies deserve access to safe and healthy products, and through the partnership of two organizations that share this same approach, we were able to make a positive impact on the lives of families across the country," said John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation. "When you buy Seventh Generation, you're buying more than just a diaper. You're helping advance the mission of caring today for seven generations of tomorrow."

Nationwide, the need for diapers is great with nearly one in three U.S. families not able to afford an adequate supply. Over the course of the Change for Good promotion, Baby Buggy distributed 1.5 million Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers through its national partner network in California, Colorado, D.C., Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Washington. The diaper donations have helped families in countless ways, from a father in Southern California who can now send his child to daycare with real diapers instead of the makeshift homemade diapers he once created, to the expecting, low-income military families in the Seattle area who welcomed diapers in advance of their babies' arrival. The donations provide a necessity for babies and peace of mind for parents, as illustrated by the young mom living in a group home in New York who can now focus on reading to and playing with her baby when she gets home from her job as a store clerk, instead of worrying about how she will squeeze enough out of her paycheck to buy the diapers she needs. She can now be the type of mom she wants to be and that she never had.

"Diapers are an essential and relentless need. There are very few state or federal child safety-net programs that allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers, and yet a pack costs approximately 1.5 hours working minimum wage for low-income families to afford," said Dr. Laurel Parker West, Vice President National Programs, Baby Buggy. "This program is especially critical to families we serve who often have to choose between buying food and buying diapers, and we are so pleased to be making this national distribution to families in need."

Seventh Generation Free & Clear unbleached diapers are designed to provide premium absorbency and leak protection, without unnecessary, harsh chemicals. The diapers are made without fragrances, petroleum-based lotions or chlorine processing, offering a mindful choice for parents. For more information about Seventh Generation, please visit To continue to be part of the diaper need conversation, follow #BuyGive.

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 "caring 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

About Whole Foods Market® 
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America's first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" by Health magazine. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 88,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $14 billion and currently has more than 417 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit

About Baby Buggy
Founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, Baby Buggy takes an innovative, child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty. By tying access to critical child gear items to parental enrollment in anti-poverty programs, Baby Buggy provides for the safety and health of a child while parents get the long-term support they need to help lift the family out of poverty. To date, Baby Buggy has provided over 16 million items to more than 139 anti-poverty program sites in 17 markets. Baby Buggy has been rated a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator and has received national accreditation from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. In 2014, 90 cents of every dollar donated to Baby Buggy went to programs. For more information, visit

lavít Debuts Single Serve Cold Beverage Dispenser for Commercial Use

Thu, 2015-10-01 16:47

Creating a better way to drink your favorite cold beverages, lavit today introduces a single serve cold beverage system to the U.S. commercial office market. With the insertion of a lavit capsule into a lavit countertop water and beverage dispenser and just the touch of a button, American workers can now enjoy a deliciously refreshing beverage in their office break room made with zero preservatives and 10 calories or less. An industry first, all lavit beverage capsules are 100 percent recyclable and can be disposed of directly into recycling containers. The lavit system replaces the ubiquitous office water cooler with a system that not only provides individual servings of chilled still or sparkling water, but also a wide variety of better-for-you beverages. With lavit, employers can eliminate high calorie sodas, offer employees beverages on demand and encourage healthy hydration without the need for employees to go off-site.

Lavit dispenses great water and individual 12 ounce beverages, which include iced teas, lemonades, flavored waters, energy drinks and sports beverages. The system debuts with 20 tasty, thirst quenching flavors such as Raspberry Lemonade, Green Tea with Ginseng, Black Cherry Lime, Orange Mango and Spicy Ginger Ale – a variety of choices for every palate. All lavit beverages are 10 calories or less, vitamin rich and naturally flavored. The unit is water source independent and can be configured to tap into and purify water from the building’s water supply or operate off a five gallon jug of spring water.

“While 90 percent of coffee is consumed by 11 a.m., cold beverages are in demand all day. The lavit commercial beverage system offers employees convenience and choice on demand while at work,” said Gian Matteo Lo Faro, founder of lavit. “The system starts with great water. When using the recommended lavit ECO3 filter, water is purified to meet NSF* 42 and 53 standards. Lavit dispensers also can be configured to deliver locally sourced pure spring water. Our great tasting lavit beverages are crafted using the very best tasting water.”

Lavit provides a green complement to the workplace as each single serve capsule contains one-seventh the aluminum of a 12 ounce can. Engineered to maximize space, capsules allow offices to stock more beverages in the same footprint, offering a greater variety to employees and optimizing office break rooms. The dispenser measures 17.5”x14”x19”, weighs 42 pounds empty and is designed with a 60,000-use requirement to meet the high demands of commercial placement. 

The new, UL-approved dispenser comes with five liter cold water and one liter carbonation tanks with the option for a bottled water pump kit. Components include anti-microbial surfaces, the innovative SIP® ozone disinfection system and a large interactive touchscreen. Lavit’s patent pending system also avoids cross contamination of ingredients so each beverage is made perfectly every time. Each innovative lavit capsule acts as its own mixing chamber.

Lavit is committed to building a company that also gives back. When you drink a lavit beverage, you help to provide a clean glass of drinking water to someone in need – for every capsule purchased, lavit commits funds to water charity partners such as charity: water.

The lavit commercial beverage system is available through select distributors and offers capsule pricing competitive with leading commercial single serve coffee systems. To learn more, contact office services vendors that carry lavit or visit


About lavít

Founded in 2011, Lavit LLC is based in New York City. Revolutionizing the cold beverage industry, lavit has developed a single serve, cold beverage system featuring 100 percent recyclable beverage capsules. The lavit system is an innovative water dispenser that allows users to insert easy to recycle all-aluminum capsules to craft a variety of still or sparkling 12 ounce beverages that are delicious, naturally flavored, preservative free and 10 calories or less. For every lavit capsule purchased, the company commits funds to water charity partners across the globe.


* NSF International is a leading, independent public health and safety organization. 

CA Technologies Celebrates 10th Anniversary of CA Together in Action Employee Volunteer Month

Thu, 2015-10-01 15:47

Today, CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) announced the 10th anniversary of CA Together in Action, the company’s worldwide volunteer month. Throughout October, employees take time out of their workday to participate in activities that include mentoring children, environmental cleanups, building affordable housing, assisting food banks, and supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs.

“Volunteerism is an important part of our company’s culture,” said Erica Christensen, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Our employees have a long history of giving their time and talents to communities around the globe, and we are excited to celebrate a decade of service through CA Together in Action.”

Since the program’s inception in 2005, nearly 50,000 employee volunteer hours have been given through CA Together in Action, and more than 1,000 projects have been completed. CA employees are able to use up to three workdays each year to give back through company sponsored events, or volunteer activities of their choice. In addition, employees can have up to $5,000 in personal donations matched by the company each fiscal year.

“We are excited to partner with CA Technologies in cultivating 21st century skills and a genuine enthusiasm for the STEM fields among our students,” said Samantha Marciano, Program Coordinator, Girls Inc. “Engaging girls at the middle school age, when most tend to abandon thoughts of a future in the STEM field is critical. It is our hope that participating in panel discussion as well as a hands-on robotic activity will spark excitement in the students to consider STEM related educational and career opportunities in the future.” 

CA Together in Action partner organizations include:

North America: 

California: Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, Save Mountain Diablo

Colorado: Food Bank for Larimer County, There With Care, Community Food Share, City of Boulder Open Space, Mountain Parks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Florida: Metropolitan Ministries

Georgia: Atlanta Community Food Bank

Illinois: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Massachusetts: Drumlin Farm

Michigan: Gleaners Food Bank

New Jersey: New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger

New York: Girls Inc., God’s Love We Deliver, Hospital for Special Surgery, Greenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, Long Island Blood Services, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce, Island Harvest, Robert Moses State Park

North Carolina: Boys & Girls Club of America – Raleigh Girls Club

Ohio: Worthington Resource Pantry

Pennsylvania: Western Penn Conservancy, Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Texas: Capital Area Food Bank

Virginia: Travelers Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary


Argentina: Aldeas Infantiles

Australia: Kick 4 Kids Soccer Competition, Loud Shirt Day Fundraiser, Exodus Foundation Volunteering, Cancer Council Dragon Boat Competition

Chile: Aldeas Infantiles

Colombia: Fundación Niños para un Nuevo Planeta

The Czech Republic: Children´s Home Pysely, School for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children Holeckova, Social organization Vyssi Hradek, Natural water resources protection eStudanky

India: CA-HOPE School, several NGOs from the health and education sectors

Italy: Expo 2015, Casa Betania a Roma

Japan: Japan Cancer Society

Korea: Dongdaemoon Community Welfare Center, Child Fund Korea

People’s Republic of China: Jinlin Warfare Foundation

Peru: Asociación Kantaya

United Kingdom: Learning to Work


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Global Pharmaceutical Associations Welcome MEDICRIME Convention, Landmark Tool to Curb Global Medicines Counterfeiting

Thu, 2015-10-01 00:46

A unique international tool criminalizing the trade of counterfeit medicines, the Medicrime Convention, will enter into force on 1st January 2016, after 5 countries[1] out of its 24 signatories completed the ratification process. The Medicrime Convention, launched by the Council of Europe in December 2010 is opened for signature by all countries in the world and aims to curb what it defines as counterfeit (falsified) medicines[2], that is medicines whose identity and/or source have been falsely represented.

IFPMA, EFPIA, PhRMA, IGBA, EGA, and GPhA and their members – the global innovative and generic/biosimilar pharmaceutical industries – welcome such a significant development and the role played by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe. They stand ready to work closely with all those engaged in the fight against fake medicines and share their expertise where they can to help with the implementation and enforcement of Medicrime.

“The fight against counterfeit medicines is gaining momentum. Strong legislative frameworks are necessary to combat counterfeit medicines and Medicrime is a unique tool that can curb this problem, said IFPMA’s Director General Eduardo Pisani. “Medicrime introduces criminal sanctions targeting both those who manufacture counterfeit products and who distribute them. Perpetrators involved in the production and traffic of counterfeit medicines are criminals and should be prosecuted as such.” he explained. 

Counterfeit medicines can have the wrong active ingredients, the wrong dose or dangerous substances and could result in drug resistance, further illness or disability or even death. All medicine categories are affected, be it originators’ or generic, prescription-only or over-the-counter medicines.  

“Counterfeit medicines, which are mainly linked to organized crime, have considerably grown in recent years, given the high profits and opportunities offered to criminals, including through the spread of e-commerce. Yet, in many countries, the trade of counterfeit medical products is even less sanctioned than selling narcotics for instance and such impunity does come at the detriment of patients’ health”, said EFPIA’s Director General Richard Bergstrom.

“Counterfeit medicines are a serious public health threat.” IGBA Chair Jim Keon said. “This international tool can help strengthen the global pharmaceutical supply chain to stop the spread of counterfeit medicines and ultimately protect patients”.

Global pharmaceutical associations share the view that there is a global shared responsibility to tackle the issue effectively and promptly. All associations join forces to protect patients, by improving product security through, e.g., the European Medicines Verification System, and by raising awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines, as does the Fight the Fakes campaign which gives a voice to the victims and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health.

“Counterfeit medicines frustrate the concept of quality of medicines. Where quality is not ensured, patient safety is at risk” said Adrian Van Hoven, EGA Director General. “Fake medicines are a global concern and people in low- and middle-income countries are especially at risk. The proportion of fake medicines is as much as 10% globally, while in some areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America, fake medicines may account for up to 30% of medicines in circulation[3]. In Africa, one-third of all malaria medicines are probably fake[4]. This threat requires a multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary collaboration both at local and global levels”, he added.

While the entry into force of the Medicrime Convention is a decisive milestone, the fight against counterfeit medicines requires even more widespread support. EFPIA, IFPMA, PhRMA, IGBA, EGA, GPhA and their members encourage other countries worldwide to sign and ratify the Convention.



What is Medicrime?

Medicrime refers to the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health. It was adopted on 8 December 2010 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and was actively supported by the European Union. It is the first international treaty to establish a criminal legal framework to prevent and combat threats to public health, by providing tools to fight against falsified medical products and similar crimes, through 3 pillars (Article 1):

  1. Criminalisation of certain acts;

  2. Protection of the rights of the victims of the offences as established per the Convention;

  3. Promotion of national and international cooperation.

Key elements:

  • A wide scope. The Convention concerns all counterfeit medical products, whether IPR-protected or not, generic/biosimilar medicines or not (Article 3) including all medicines, even investigational, medical devices, active substances, excipients, components and accessories. The Convention is not concerned with IP infringements but defines “counterfeit” as products with a “false representation as regards identity and/or source”.

  • Substantive Criminal Law. Medicrime establishes as offences, when committed intentionally, the manufacturing of counterfeit medical products (Article 5); supplying, offering to supply and trafficking in counterfeit medical products (Article 6); the falsification of documents (Article 7); ‘similar crimes’ (Article 8); and aiding and abetting the commission of crimes under the Convention (Article 9).

  • It aims to both prevent and combat ‘medicrime’ by providing for sanctions and preventive measures that are ‘effective, proportionate and dissuasive’ (Article 12).

  • Victims are defined broadly and given strong protection under the Convention (Articles 19 and 20), but the Convention is also designed to strengthen public confidence in health authorities and healthcare systems through enhancing and protecting the legal distribution chain.

  • Jurisdiction in Medicrime is established so as to ensure that no criminal acts go unpunished, therefore giving jurisdiction the greatest possible number of states (article 10).

  • Effective Cooperation. Parties must take the necessary measures to ensure exchanges of information and cross-border cooperation between health authorities, customs, police and other competent authorities in the operational management of cases on both national and international levels.



IFPMA represents research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health.

About IGBA

The International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA) was founded as IGPA (International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance) in March 1997 to strengthen cooperation between associations representing manufacturers of generic medicines. Its membership includes the EGA (Europe), the CGPA (Canada), the GPhA (USA), the JGPMA (Jordan), the NAPM (South Africa), the TGPA (Taiwan) and the JGA (Japan) while the associations from Australia (GMiA), Brazil (ProGenericos) and Mexico (AMEGI) are Associate Members. The IGBA is at the forefront of stimulating competitiveness and innovation in the pharmaceutical sector by providing high quality pro-competitive medicines to millions of patients around the world. Through its constituent member associations, the IGBA maintains constant dialogue with government authorities (including the European Commission for Europe) as well as with international institutions such as WTO, WIPO and WHO. More information:


The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 33 national associations and 39 leading pharmaceutical companies, EFPIA is the voice on the EU scene of 1,900 companies committed to researching, developing and bringing to patients new medicines that will improve health and the quality of life around the world.

About EGA

EGA represents the European generic, biosimilar and value added medicines industries, which provide high-quality cost-competitive medicines to millions of Europeans. Companies represented within the EGA provide over 160,000 skilled, high value direct jobs in Europe. Generic medicines save EU patients and healthcare systems over €40 billion each year and account for 55% of all dispensed medicines but for only 21% of the pharmaceutical expenditure in Europe. The European generic and biosimilar medicines industries’ vision is to provide sustainable access to high quality medicines for all European patients, based on 5 important pillars: patients, quality, value, sustainability and partnership. For more information please follow EGA at and Twitter @egagenerics and @ebgbiosimilars. 

About PhRMA

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $51.2 billion in 2014 alone.

About GPhA

GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals fill 86 percent of the prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but consume just 27 percent of the total drug spending. Additional information is available at Follow us on twitter: @gpha.

[1] Hungary, Spain, Moldova, Ukraine, Guinea.

[2] MEDICRIME Convention, Article 4(j) “the term ‘counterfeit’ shall mean a false representation as regards identity and/or source.”




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Bombardier's Contributions to Civil Aviation Climate Actions Recognized

Wed, 2015-09-30 23:45

(Marketwired) - Bombardier (TSX:BBD.A)(TSX:BBD.B)(OTCQX:BDRBF) is proud to be showcased in Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)'s Aviation Climate Solutions report, which was published on September 29 at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. The report is a collection of climate action projects taking place throughout the civil aviation industry worldwide to reduce CO2 emissions.

Of the 100 examples of climate actions cited in the report, three Bombardier initiatives related to its Q400 turboprop, C Series airliner and Challenger 350 business jet are featured:

  • Q400 aircraft fuel efficiency manual: guide for airlines to maximize their operational and performance techniques, enabling them to generate significant fuel savings across all mission profiles and phases of flight;

  • C Series family of aircraft: designed and purpose-built with efficiency in mind. The aircraft offer a 20% fuel burn advantage that translates directly into 20% CO2 emissions advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, wide body comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint;

  • Challenger 350 business jet: compared to the previous Challenger 300 model, improvements in design and technology equate to approximately 10 tons of CO2 saved per year over the lifetime of the aircraft.

"Bombardier actively supports and contributes to the aviation industry's climate change goals. We embed sustainability considerations at every stage by applying our product innovation lifecycle process - from design and manufacturing to end-of-life - as demonstrated by the three Bombardier examples in ATAG's report," said François Caza, Vice President, Bombardier Product Development and Chief Engineer, Aerospace.

"Aviation plays a vital role in the global economy, providing connectivity for people and business. Our industry has also taken a lead in climate action, putting in place a comprehensive framework and goals to reduce emissions from air transport. The Aviation Climate Solutions are a set of case studies showing how different parts of the industry all over the world, including Bombardier, are working together to reduce our climate impact," observed Michael Gill, Executive Director, ATAG.

About Aviation Climate Solutions

Aviation Climate Solutions was released alongside an open letter from industry chief executives which reaffirms the industry's commitment to climate action; and calls on governments to support the development of a global market-based measure for aviation emissions, improved efficiency in air traffic management, and accelerating research for alternative fuels and new technology.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Bombardier, Q400, C Series, Challenger 350 and The Evolution of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Notes to Editors

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The full Aviation Climate Solutions report can be downloaded at the website

The open letter from industry chief executives is available at

The Air Transport Action Group is a coalition of organisations and companies throughout the air transport industry that drive the sustainable development of the air transport sector. Funding members include ACI, Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, CANSO, CFM, Embraer, Honeywell Aerospace, GR, IATA, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Safran.

Using Nature’s Design Principles to Feed Nine Billion

Wed, 2015-09-30 18:45

Earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the world took on a challenge to fix our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Now, eight finalist teams have been invited to prototype their solutions in an accelerator program that will award $100,000 to the top contender in an effort to increase speed to market for biomimetic solutions to global problems.

The Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation , asks participants to tackle any aspect of the food system that could be improved by looking to nature for design guidance. In the first year of this Challenge, the focus is on key food and agriculture issues like waste, packaging, agricultural pest management, food distribution, energy use, and other solutions.

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Sustainable Brands Announces Program Details for Brand Innovation Conference in UK

Wed, 2015-09-30 15:45

 Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, November 16-18. SB’15 London will showcase disruptive business model innovations, new research on customer expectations and purchase drivers around sustainability and advances in how companies are transforming sustainability-led initiatives into profitable business outcomes. Over 400 senior-level brand strategists, sustainability executives and marketing executives are expected to attend and explore How brands are scaling sustainability to the next level Now.

Over 80 global thought leaders and practitioners who are influencing the way brands innovate and communicate will lead over 40 interactive discussion groups, breakout sessions, plenary presentations and networking activities. Every session will be specifically designed to allow forward-thinking executives the opportunity to explore and understand the implications of sustainability innovation in the context of creating, measuring and communicating brand value. 

Distinguished faculty and highlights include:

  • Claudia Suárez-Gapp, Vertical Lead Public Development & Sustainability at Nielsen, Europe introducing a new report on the current state of consumer expectations and purchase driver around sustainability.

  • Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability at IKEA UK and Ireland speaking on customer engagement and sustainable lifestyles.

  • Alexis Haass, Director of Sustainability at adidas speaking on the crucial role of structuring and executing innovative partnerships in bringing sustainable product design to market.

  • Albert Mathieu, President Biscuits Category Europe at Mondelēz speaking about a multi-pronged approach to creating shared value in the supply chain.

  • Dirk Voeste, VP of Sustainability Strategy at BASF speaking about how a breakthrough product portfolio assessment is changing business strategy and yielding new value.

  • Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at Kering speaking on next-level sustainable sourcing and innovation.

  • Daniel Vennard, Global Sustainability Director, Corporate Strategy at MARS speaking on new approaches to tackling systemic problems and shifting entire product categories.

  • John Elkington, Founding Partner at Volans speaking on effective engagement of C-Suites, boardrooms and other leaders in a positive to drive business transformation at scale.

  • Paul Chong, Director of Watson Group, EMEA at IBM discussing the evolution of real-time market insights and smart interaction with stakeholders. 

Sustainable Brands is proud to announce support provided by sponsors and partners including BASF, UPS, Guardian Sustainable Business, Thomson Reuters, WBCSD, 2degrees, SustainAbility, Flocert, Triple Pundit and others. Offsetters is the official carbon offset provider and water will be neutralized by water projects offset through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Sponsor and partner opportunities are still available for companies with breakthrough ideas, tools and technologies that support business success in sustainability. Contact Jonathan Reese at +1 415.626.2212 for sponsorship opportunities.


The Activation Hub at SB’15 London
Functioning as a thriving marketplace of partners and solutions, The Activation Hub will be an integrated and action-centered component of the program. Highlights in the Activation Hub include BASF’s interactive module ‘Urban Space’ showcasing solutions for urban living and illustrating how innovation in chemistry supports sustainability in city living, and an interactive experience with UPS  and one of their trucks showcasing efficiency innovations with alternative fuel sources, gps piloting and fleet care. Those attending the Activation Hub at SB’15 London will find the conversations and tools necessary to explore how to activate sustainability-led initiatives within their organizations through demonstration and dialogue. Contact Emily Taken-Vertz at +1 415.626.2212 to learn more and discuss alternatives for companies wishing to participate in conversation and debate around a series of topics in The Activation Hub.

Registration is now open. Further information, including a list of speakers and sponsors, a downloadable brochure, volunteer opportunities and conference schedule for the November 16-18 event at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, UK can be found at

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Nestlé Joins Major Companies to Form ‘Working Parent Support Coalition’

Wed, 2015-09-30 15:45

Nestlé affirmed its global commitment to working parents today by becoming a founding member of the Working Parent Support Coalition – a group of leading businesses that are implementing progressive policies to improve workplace wellness for new parents and their children. Announced at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Nestlé joins Barclays, Danone, Ernst & Young and KKR in the Coalition. Paul Bakus, President of Corporate Affairs, represented Nestlé and joined leaders from each company on stage for the announcement.

In June 2015, Nestlé launched a global Working Parent Support Coalition that is estimated to be one of the most progressive programs of its kind in the industry. The policy establishes minimum standards to be implemented at Nestlé workplaces worldwide by 2018, impacting 339,000 employees. The policy provides employees a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave and the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months. The policy is applicable to all primary caregivers of newborns, including male employees and adoptive parents. Nestlé plans to implement the U.S. version of the policy across its U.S. businesses effective January 1, 2016. The policy applies to Nestlé’s 51,000 employees in the U.S., including regular hourly workers.

Today at the CGI Annual Meeting, Nestlé further committed to conducting internal analysis with the aim of understanding the impact of its new policy on female employee retention. Nestlé will track the number of female employees who take advantage of the new maternity policy and attrition of female employees, and will share findings with coalition partners and CGI. Nestlé’s aim is to contribute to the ongoing dialogue regarding the impact of expanded maternity leave policies on improving gender balance in the workplace, with a particular view toward attrition of female employees. 

“We recently announced a new global Maternity Protection Policy because we believe all of our new parents deserve more. Our expanded policy offers new parents 14 weeks partially paid maternity leave and the right to extend their leave up to six months,” said Paul Bakus, President of Nestlé U.S. Corporate Affairs. “Today, with industry leaders, we’re taking another step in the right direction by committing to evaluate and share the impact of our new maternity leave policy on employees in the U.S. Our goal is to use this information to contribute to the ongoing dialogue around maternity leave policies so we all can continue to improve.” 

Nestlé’s Maternity Protection Policy also includes employment protection, flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in head offices and sites with more than 50 employees. Nestlé currently has more than 190 breastfeeding rooms across its global working facilities.

Despite efforts made in the last decades to lower the barriers for parents, and especially women, to balance work and parenthood, the reality is that parental leave practices in the U.S. are still well below global standards. This may have a negative impact on health, the economy and women's advancement in the workplace. At the heart of the issue are the conditions around parental leave, ranging from back-to-work strategies, leadership culture, and length of the paid parental leave.

For more information on the Working Parent Support Coalition, visit:

About Nestlé in the United States
Nestlé in the United States is committed to being a trusted leader in nutrition, health and wellness.  Our diverse portfolio of food and beverage products provide nutritious options for every member of the family, including infants, toddlers, teens and adults, mature adults, and dogs and cats. Nestlé in the U.S. consists of eight main businesses: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nespresso, Nestlé Skin Health and Nestlé Health Science. Together, these companies operate in more than 120 locations in 47 states and employ over 51,000 people. The United States is Nestlé S.A.’s largest market with combined product sales in the United States totaling more than $26 billion in 2014.

At Nestlé, we believe that for our business to prosper in the long term, we must create value for our employees, customers, stakeholders, consumers and the communities where we live and work. Nestlé embeds Creating Shared Value (CSV) into every part of its business, from nutrition and wellness to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing. For more information, visit: http://www.Nestlé

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. Announce Preferred Relationship for Referrals

Wed, 2015-09-30 14:45

In order to help companies seeking emergency assistance for their employees during times of hardship or disaster, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a preferred referral relationship with Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. (EAF), a nonprofit organization that is a leader in the field of employee relief funding. 

With the preferred referral relationship in place, SVCF will recommend the expert services of Emergency Assistance Foundation (EAF) to any of its clients or partners wishing to establish programs to provide charitable emergency funding to employees.

Under the agreement, EAF will refer clients seeking to enhance their corporate social responsibility efforts or grantmaking programs to SVCF. SVCF has a long history of supporting corporate clients in the design of global employee engagement programs, as well as broad experience managing and stewarding corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

“Recent events such as the wildfires in the Western U.S., and earthquakes in Chile and Nepal remind us that hardship can strike suddenly. SVCF is proud to be partnering with EAF to help companies proactively support their employees when they might need assistance during times of emergency,” said Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of SVCF. “We are confident that our clients will benefit from our relationship with the best employee relief fund organization in the country.” 

Employee relief funds allow companies to provide timely charitable financial support to employees and their dependents who are facing financial difficulties because of personal hardship or disaster. Charitable assistance is most often sought because of situations such as destruction of a personal residence, life-threatening illness or injury or a spouse’s loss of employment. Employees who have been affected by certain types of disasters also frequently receive charitable assistance. Through these funds employers can provide a structured way for employees to help each other in their time of need.

EAF offers companies an online application system for employees to apply for assistance, and can distribute assistance both in the United States and internationally – a significant benefit for multi-national corporations. Employees are able to make tax-deductible donations to help fellow employees through the EAF-administered program, and EAF ensures that corporations’ charitable relief programs are in compliance with federal and state regulations. EAF also offers extensive online resources and support, including translation and currency exchange services.

“This agreement between EAF and SVCF will enable more corporations to get the peace of mind that comes with having an employee relief fund program in place before disaster strikes,” said Bryan Clontz, CEO of EAF, which is based in Jacksonville, Florida. “We are glad to be partnering with SVCF and look forward to working with their best-in-class dedicated corporate responsibility team.”

Companies seeking more information can contact

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has $6.5 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at

About Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc.

The Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charity created to design and operate multiple employer-sponsored disaster relief and employee hardship funds. These funds allow domestic and international employers and employees to help their coworkers in times of crises in a tax-optimal way – donations are tax-deductible and grants are tax-free. The Foundation also provides best practice consulting for fund and process design as well as a customized, dynamic cloud-based grant portal. Find out more at

Registration Opens for the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference: Global Citizens / Local Communities

Tue, 2015-09-29 22:43

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management is pleased to announce its 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, a 2.5 day event uniquely tailored to corporate citizenship practitioners that brings experts from around the world to learn, grow, and network.

With support from convening sponsor UPS, the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 20 through the 22. This year, the event will center on the theme: Global Citizens/Local Communities. Participants will learn how to create and execute innovative programs, partnerships, and solutions to create positive change across the globe—one community at a time.

“Our global economy has yielded unprecedented economic and social progress.  It also demands more of us.  We are affected by environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues around the world.  In this context, we can effect positive change in our local and global communities,” said Katherine V. Smith, executive director at the Center for Corporate Citizenship. “Those that attend the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference will learn how to get the greatest possible social and business value from corporate citizenship investments by connecting with peers and experts to discuss how global issues will affect their companies at home, as well as how their local efforts can contribute to global progress.” 

Registration for the Conference is now open, and special pricing is available for those that sign up early. The Conference admits only corporate citizenship practitioners and industry leaders in order to foster a free flow of discussion and debate for more effective engagement and feedback. Register today to:

  • take part in seven general sessions and be inspired by keynote speakers.
  • join more than 600 corporate citizenship leaders and thinkers from top companies for two networking breaks, two receptions, an on-site volunteer event, and a number of industry summits.
  • choose from the 26 breakout sessions to learn about the issues most pressing to you and your industry.

To learn more about the 2016 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, as well as other Center offerings and events, visit

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management is a membership-based knowledge center. Founded in 1985, the Center has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The Center engages more than 420 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center's executive education programs, online community, regional programs, and its annual Conference. For more information, visit the Center's website at

Giving Rural Women a Chance of Entrepreneurial Success

Tue, 2015-09-29 22:43

Bata Bangladesh, the local company of the family-owned global footwear and accessories manufacturer and retailer Bata Shoe Organization, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to train and employ 5,000 low-income rural women as independent sales representatives.

The Rural Sales Programme, Bata’s social enterprise, plans to expand to 40 rural districts and reach 10 million new customers with its affordable footwear products by 2020. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight poverty through inclusive business models, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations.

“The development of women’s entrepreneurship is a concrete method to enhance the income-generating capacity of women by promoting economic empowerment over the long term. In line with its corporate vision and values, the Bata Bangladesh inclusive business model is focused on empowering underprivileged women in rural communities to become entrepreneurs and earn an independent income by selling affordable shoes manufactured in Bata’s own factories in Bangladesh, among other items,” said Nicole Voillat, Bata Global Sustainability Director. “We are pleased to join with our fellow BCtA members who, like us, are committed to innovative business models that invest in people, knowledge and core values.” 

The Rural Sales Program was launched in 2005 in partnership with CARE International’s social business, Jita, and was designed to help overcome some of the obstacles to economic development in rural Bangladesh, such as lack of market penetration and a lack of economic opportunities for those without land, many of whom are women. Since its inception, the programme has expanded rapidly, growing from 49 women selling only Bata flip flops at US$1 in one region, to more than 2,200 women across 54 hubs in 28 rural districts and reaching 375,000 households selling, toiletries, apparel and medicine in addition to footwear.  Known as Aparajitas – Bengali word for “woman who never gives up” – the women are now averaging US$80/120 each month in commissions, and as a result are able to improve their material conditions, build a sense of dignity and enhance their participation in household decision-making. Bata will leverage Jita’s existing linkages to deliver its affordable products to the most hard-to-reach areas and expand its customer base in Bangladesh by 10 million people.

“Bata’s long-standing commitment to investing in developing countries is a prime example of how inclusive business can be an integral – and successful – component of companies’ core business strategies,” said Suba Sivakumaran, BCtA Programme Manager. “We are pleased to welcome Bata as a BCTA member and look forward to working with them in the months, and more, ahead.”

Bata’s Bangladesh Rural Sales Program evolved out of the company’s founding commitment to invest in developing countries and support communities through local sourcing, manufacturing and retailing, coupled with employee training and professional development. Bata was the first to manufacture footwear in multiple developed and developing countries, replicating the same business model and establishing a strong economic and social presence while setting high standards for employee welfare and environmental management. In spite of its worldwide presence, Bata is considered by many to be a local company, providing each community with shoes designed to meet their needs at an accessible and affordable price.

Coinciding with the 2005 launch of the Rural Sales Program in Bangladesh, Bata launched a similar initiative in Colombia, Aquarella, a catalogue sales program later scaled up in Bolivia and Peru. More than 12,000 sales entrepreneurs, 97 percent of them women, are now part of Aquarella in Latin America. As part of its BCtA commitment, Bata plans to double its sales force there by 2020.

For further information:

Business Call to Action: Jeanne Finestone at

Bata: Nicole Voillat at


About Business Call to Action (BCtA): The Business Call to Action challenges companies to advance core business activities that are inclusive of poor populations and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.  Worldwide, 110 companies, from SMEs to multinationals, have responded to the BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services. 

The Business Call to Action is a unique multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign AffairsSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat — in collaboration with leading global institutions, such as the United Nations Global Compact, Inter-American Development Bank’s Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation.  For more information, please visit or on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.


About Bata:  

The Bata Shoe Company is a family-owned global footwear and accessories manufacturer and retailer originally founded by a family of shoemakers in Zlin, Czechoslovakia in 1894. Today the company is organised into three business units: Bata Europe (based in

Italy), Bata Emerging Markets (based in Singapore), and Bata Industrials (our worldwide business-to-business operations based in The Netherlands). Bata has a retail presence in more than

90 countries, employing more than 30,000 people across more than 5,700 retail stores, 24 production facilities in 19 countries, and various offices around the world. In a history spanning over 120 years, Bata has sold more than 14 billion pairs of shoes.