Major League baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors – the Players Choice Awards – in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field. Vying for top honor as 2014 Player of the Year are Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimFor the fourth consecutive year, Players Choice Award winners will be announced exclusively on MLB Network, Monday, November 3, from 8 PM – 9 PM ET. MLB Network’s local channel listings are available at www.FindMLBNetwork.com. The Players Choice Awards on MLB Network, presented by PlayStation, makers of the popular MLB The Show video game franchise, benefit the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. Leading the voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, named in honor of the MLBPA’s first executive director and given annually to the player who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community, are Adam LaRoche of the Washington Nationals, Kershaw and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs.
- LaRoche focuses much of his off-field attention on the Wounded Warrior Project at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he regularly visits vets during their rehab and recovery.
- First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others.
- A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for which he underwent six months of chemotherapy as a Class A player in 2008, Rizzo founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to support cancer research and families fighting the disease.
Players Choice Awards have been presented each year since 1992, when Major Leaguers selected Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds as the AL & NL Outstanding Players, respectively. Today, the players annually honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, while the Player of the Year and Man of the Year awards bestow top honors without regard to league. Balloting for the 2014 Players Choice Awards was conducted in all Major League clubhouses on September 16, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.2014 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3.5 million to charities around the world. For additional information, please visit http://playerstrust.org/programs/players-choice-awards/. Majestic Athletic is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Players Choice Awards on MLB Network. Below please find the complete list of 2014 Players Choice Awards finalists. 2014 Players Choice Awards Finalists: American League: Outstanding Player: Jose Altuve (Houston), Victor Martinez (Detroit), Mike Trout (LA Angels of Anaheim) Outstanding Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Seattle), Corey Kluber (Cleveland), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox) Outstanding Rookie: Jose Abreu (Chicago White Sox), Danny Santana (Minnesota), Matt Shoemaker (Angels) Comeback Player: J.D. Martinez (Detroit), Victor Martinez (Detroit), Chris Young (Seattle) National League: Outstanding Player: Josh Harrison (Pittsburgh), Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami) Outstanding Pitcher: Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati), Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis) Outstanding Rookie: Jacob deGrom (NY Mets), Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati), David Peralta (Arizona) Comeback Player: Tim Hudson (San Francisco), Casey McGehee (Miami), Edinson Volquez (Pittsburgh) Either League: Player of Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami), Mike Trout (LA Angels of Anaheim) Man of the Year: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles), Adam Laroche (Washington), Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs) Twitter Key American League: Jose Abreu: @79JoseAbreu; Jose Altuve: @JoseAltuve27; Felix Hernandez: @RealKingFelix; Corey Kluber: @CKluber; J.D. Martinez: @JDMartinez14; Danny Santana: @DannySantana39; Matt Shoemaker: @MattShoemaker33; Mike Trout: @Trouty20 National League: Johnny Cueto: @JohnnyCueto; Jacob deGrom: @JdeGrom19; Billy Hamilton: @BillyHamilton; Josh Harrison: @jhay_da_man; Clayton Kershaw: @ClaytonKersh22; Adam Laroche: @e3laroche; Anthony Rizzo: @ARizzo44; Giancarlo Stanton: @Giancarlo818; Adam Wainwright: @UncleCharlie50 For more information on the Players Choice Awards, please click here: http://playerstrust.org/programs/players-choice-awards/ For the complete list of previous winners, please click here: http://playerstrust.org/cms-page/playerschoiceawards/ About the MLBPA The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust (www.PlayersTrust.org ), a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Follow: @MLB_Players; @MLBPlayersTrust; @MLBPAClubhouse. About MLB Network: MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the multiple Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live regular season and Postseason game telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 in a record-setting 50 million homes and is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.MLBNetwork.com.
Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Automotive Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 29 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.
The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Automotive Sector are:
- Products and Services
- Overall (Environmental)
- Customer Health and Safety
- Emissions, Effluents and Waste
- Diversity and Equal Opportunity
- Anti-Competitive Behavior
- Investment and Procurement Practices
Results: The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
Organizations included in the Automotive Sector study are:
Aebi Schmidt, AUTOTERMINAL, S.A., Carris, Continental, Daimler, Dimo, Dogus Otomotiv, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Gestamp Aveiro, GM OBB del Ecuador, Hankook Tire, Hyundai Mobis, Hyundai Motor Company, Isuzu Motors, Jaguar Cars, Kia Motors, KOEL, MAN Group, Piaggio Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Sapa Group, Scania, Svensk Bilprovning, Toyota Argentina, Toyota Australia, Valeo, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volvo Car Corporation
About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training; Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions. G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet). The resulting "most important" to "least important" ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact: Peter Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Globally, Hospitals are Driving Toward Greener Purchasing Decisions: Greater than 50% Increase Expected in Next Two Years
Sustainability is increasingly driving global hospital purchasing decisions, according to a new Harris Poll study of health care professionals. More than half (54 percent) say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case within two years, according to the survey, which was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson. These global findings mirror the actions and intents of U.S. health care professionals, as 52 percent say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, with an increase to 81 percent expected in two years. This trend includes interest in sustainable purchasing in medical devices both globally and in the U.S.
According to respondents, their hospitals have plans currently in place for minimizing environmental impact when using or disposing of medical products. Globally, respondents report that their hospitals prioritize sustainability when purchasing the following products: multi-use surgical devices at 58 percent globally and 74 percent in the U.S.; single-use surgical devices at 55 percent globally and 64 percent - U.S.; decontaminators/washers/sterilizers/autoclaves at 52 percent globally and 51 percent - U.S.; and wound care products/sutures at 48 percent globally and 53 percent - U.S.
The study aimed to measure the importance of sustainability issues among leading global health care institutions, and findings will be explored at The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership conference on October 8, 2014, at Wharton San Francisco. The one-day event will feature keynote speaker Skip Skivington, vice president of Supply Chain, Procurement & Supply at Kaiser Permanente, and panel presentations by several sustainability leaders.
Study Reveals Sustainability Priorities
According to the study, there is a strong belief among U.S respondents that sustainability drives direct benefits to people. About eight in 10 respondents (81percent) say sustainable products help protect hospital staff; more than half (59 percent) say ‘green initiatives’ help improve health outcomes and are an important factor for patients when choosing a hospital (64 percent).
Health care professionals also agree it makes good financial sense for hospitals to ‘go green,’ both in the U.S. (79 percent) and globally (69 percent). In fact, respondents report a strong commitment to sustainability from top hospital management, at 67 percent in the U.S. and 60 percent globally.
U.S. respondents also identify the key priorities motivating their hospitals’ investments in sustainable product purchases. In terms of product attributes, U.S. respondents report the most important sustainability considerations are energy efficient devices (83 percent) followed by recyclable packaging (81percent); latex free devices (80 percent); products designed for multi-use (79 percent), and a three-way tie between devices free of heavy metals, reduced packaging size, and products including recycling content in packaging (78 percent).
Opportunities to Make Sustainability Purchasing Initiatives Stronger
The survey identified several areas where sustainability efforts could be strengthened. For example, despite the widespread belief that sustainable purchasing initiatives make financial sense, only 38 percent of U.S. respondents say their hospitals actually track return-on-investment from purchasing sustainable products. In addition, financial factors are a top barrier impeding adoption of green products in U.S. hospitals. Eight in 10 respondents (80 percent) name both cost of implementation and lack of affordable environmentally sustainable products as the greatest perceived barriers among those tested, followed by two-thirds (67 percent) citing lack of available products with sustainable features.
U.S. hospital professionals also seek help from manufacturers to prove the business case for sustainable purchases: nearly all (92 percent) of U.S. respondents want manufacturers of medical products to provide more information about the benefits of those products.
“We’re at a tipping point with sustainability issues impacting the health care industry. Professionals today understand that investments in more sustainable operations are critical to the success of hospitals, but as suppliers, we need to help them prove greater return on investment so they can deliver improved options to patients while decreasing the impact on the environment,” said Keith Sutter, director, medical device and diagnostics sustainability, at Johnson & Johnson.
Global survey respondents echoed the financial concerns heard in the U.S. Global respondents say cost of implementation (80 percent), lack of affordable products that are environmentally sustainable (79 percent) and availability (69 percent) are major barriers among those tested to purchasing more sustainable products. Further, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents at hospitals with Environmental Purchasing Policies (EPP) say they are important in driving purchasing decisions of sustainable products. Yet, only 22 percent of global respondents report that their hospitals have an EPP in place to drive sustainable buying decisions.
“There’s an opportunity to educate more health care professionals about the availability of sustainable products and programs that are already making an impact. Our Earthwards program, for example, which represents more than 55 products and $8 billion across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies portfolio, is a key way we are working to meet the health care industry’s growing demand for more sustainable products,” said Al Iannuzzi, senior director environment, health, safety & sustainability at Johnson & Johnson. “Earthwards recognized products go through a four-step process that identifies each product’s lifecycle impacts along with demonstrating at least three significant improvements across our seven impact areas: materials, packaging, energy, waste, water, social and innovation.”
The Earthwards program will be discussed at the Wharton IGEL conference, as well as best practices in getting CFOs to champion sustainability and how sustainability is a differentiator in the health care marketplace. For more information about the study, visit http://www.jnj.com/caring/citizenship-sustainability/strategic-framework/advancing-sustainability-in-health-care.
Johnson & Johnson commissioned Harris Poll to conduct a quantitative survey of health care providers (surgeons and OR nurses); procurement/materials managers; and hospital executives in six countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Brazil and Japan) with line-of-sight and decision-making responsibilities with respect to sustainability. More than 300 health care professionals participated in the survey, either online (289) or by phone (40), between April and July 2014.
ABOUT JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Caring for the world, one person at a time…inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science ‒ bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 128,000 employees at more than 275 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.
For nearly 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come.
This year's conference will be held December 2–4 in Sacramento, CA.
H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador and Global Citizen Festival co-host, Alek Wek, announced today a new partnership between the H&M Conscious Foundation and WaterAid to bring safe water and toilets to a quarter million students in some of the world's poorest countries by 2017.
Renowned fashion model and committed Ambassador to the H&M Conscious Foundation, Alek Wek, was joined on stage by H&M Conscious Foundation Global Manager, Helena Thybell to present the foundation's flagship program with WaterAid, the world's largest international nonprofit specifically dedicated to transforming lives through safe water, toilets and hygiene education.
"When kids have the benefit of safe water and toilets at school, they are healthier, happier and better educated," commented WaterAid America CEO Sarina Prabasi. "We are incredibly proud to team up with the H&M Conscious Foundation to make a life-long difference for 250,000 of the world's poorest students."
In addition to providing critical water, sanitation and hygiene services to schools in need, the three-year program will bring together decision-makers at national and international levels to ensure that water, toilets and hygiene practices like handwashing are integrated into long-term education policies.
In 2013 the H&M Conscious Foundation, the philanthropic arm complementing H&M's sustainability work, asked customers and employees to identify three focus areas for their work. Access to clean water, education and women's empowerment came out on top.
"Clean water is so basic yet so important to life. That is why I am so passionate about what the H&M Conscious Foundation's program on clean water aims to achieve," commented Wek. "I personally know the importance of clean water growing up in South Sudan. We were fortunate enough to have a small pump within walking distance, but when war broke out in the Sudan my mother would boil water for me and my siblings so we would not get sick from the contaminated water."
The Global Citizen Festival was attended by over a dozen world leaders, a star-studded line of up musicians and celebrity hosts including Hugh Jackman and Jessica Alba, and 60,000 Global Citizens on the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park. The free-ticketed concert called for an end to extreme poverty, including accelerated progress on behalf of millions of people who live without safe water and toilets.
"We were delighted that both WaterAid and H&M Conscious Foundation were able to join us at this year's Global Citizen Festival to challenge the 'poo taboo,'" commented Global Poverty Project CEO and Festival founder, Hugh Evans. "The incredible work of these two organizations will improve sanitation for 250,000 students in some of the poorest countries."
About the H&M Conscious Foundation
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation initiated by H&M to drive long-lasting positive change for people and communities. The current focus areas for this work are education, clean water and strengthening women.
WaterAid is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. WaterAid works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with toilets and sanitation. www.wateraid.org
A new report finds that developing nations’ ability to deal with pressing health challenges like HIV/AIDS and ensuring maternal and newborn survival will be strengthened by creating a common definition for community health workers, as well as a core set of skills and competencies that would help ensure they are optimally trained, supported and deployed to provide care and treatment when and where it is needed most.
The report by the U.S.-based Frontline Health Workers Coalition urges nations to adopt improved, systematic data collection efforts for community health workers to more effectively assess the current state of the entire health workforce, enhancing nations’ ability to rationally integrate CHWs into their health system to better extend services into communities and deal with pressing health challenges.
According to the World Health Organization, at least 7.2 million additional doctors, nurses and midwives are currently needed to deliver essential services. However, without knowing the number of community health workers deployed, or their geographic location, global leaders are unable to determine on a global scale how they are helping to fill this shortage. Without a common definition and understanding of expected tasks, countries cannot determine the right mix of skills for their health workforce and how best to integrate CHWs into the health system. With this information, CHWs can be rationally integrated into the formal health system, properly supported, and extend the health system to rural and other hard-to-reach populations.
Evidence suggests that in places where community health workers have been effectively and systematically integrated into national health systems, it has resulted in significant gains toward the health-related U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including improvements in maternal health, reductions in newborn mortality and efforts to roll-back diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The report recommends health workforce stakeholders look to the International Labour Organization “community health worker” definition and the ILO recommended set of core tasks in order to establish global consensus on a common definition, set of core tasks and competencies.
“We know how to prevent mothers and children from dying and how to drive down infectious disease pandemics like HIV/AIDS and malaria. But we cannot do any of these things without a well-trained, supported and effectively deployed health workforce,” said Julia Bluestone of Jhpiego, Chair of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. “Good data and rational integration of community health workers is key to unlocking this potential. Better data and integration of these workers will allow countries to more effectively deploy their entire health workforce for maximum impact on saving lives.”
“We can create better managed health facilities and systems with well-trained and supported health workers,” said Michael Bzdak, Coalition member and Executive Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson. “Responsible use of data and technology will help the Coalition achieve this by accelerating the adoption of proven practices. As we approach the establishment of goals in the post 2015-era, let’s take stock of the data we have and how we are using it to make decisions. We have a great opportunity to harness the power of data to support the global health workforce.”
Other key report recommendations include:
- Implementation of the 2013 Harmonization Framework, which calls for collaboration among various stakeholders to advance effective and rational integration of CHWs into national health systems and to optimize the role that CHWs play in achieving national health goals.
- Creation of guidelines for a minimum data set of information on CHWs and the creation of national registries integrated into national human resources information systems to house this minimum data set.
About the Frontline Health Workers Coalition
The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of 38 United States-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world.
About the report
The report, titled A Commitment for Community Health Workers: Improving Data for Decision Making, is supported by Johnson & Johnson and endorsed by 17 FHWC members and partners. Contributing members to the report include IntraHealth International, Jhpiego, Johnson & Johnson, and the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign.
Contact: Vince Blaser, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, email@example.com or +1 301-787-4131
In what could be a huge boost to their campaign to force Chevron to comply with a $9.5 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador, rainforest villagers plan to enforce a court order directing them to take possession of a $106 million arbitral award won recently by the oil giant from Ecuador’s government in a case that recently became final in Dutch courts.
The planned seizure of Chevron’s arbitral award – part of a global effort by the villagers to step up their enforcement of the judgment -- is an example of the oil company’s rising business and legal risk related to its environmental contamination in Ecuador’s rainforest, said Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the communities that hold the judgment.
After an eight-year trial, an Ecuador court in 2011 found that Chevron had deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest when it operated hundreds of well sites from 1964 to 1992. The dumping caused a wave of cancers and other environmental problems that have decimated indigenous groups, according to the court decision.
Locals call the disaster the “Chernobyl of the Amazon” and have vowed to fight Chevron until the entire judgment is collected.
“The Ecuadorian victims of Chevron’s toxic dumping have a lawful right to obtain this arbitral award and other company assets until their judgment is fully satisfied,” said Fajardo. “Our people are suffering from a humanitarian crisis and many lives are at stake because Chevron -- unlike BP in the United States -- refuses to pay to clean up its pollution.”
The $106 million figure comes from the amount of an arbitral award that Chevron won from Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty in an unrelated series of commercial disputes dating to the early 1990s between the American company and Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, Petroecuador. A Dutch court last week denied Ecuador’s last appeal of the award, rendering the arbitral decision final.
That award is now colliding with a local court order (here and here) from June 2013 that allows the villagers to collect any Chevron assets in Ecuador to satisfy the judgment in the separate environmental case. Chevron years ago sold off its main assets in Ecuador, including several Texaco service stations, in anticipation of losing the case. (For a summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron in Ecuador, see here).
The $106 million arbitral award is thus Chevron’s only substantial asset in Ecuador other than some trademarks that the villagers have in their possession but have been unable to monetize, said Fajardo.
The court order secured by Fajardo requires ministers in Ecuador’s government to turn over the Chevron arbitral award given the final order in the environmental case. Chevron’s appeal of the environmental judgment was denied unanimously by two separate appellate courts in Ecuador, including the country’s highest court in a 5-0 decision issued in November of last year.
The Ecuador court order redirecting payment from Chevron to the villagers names Ecuador’s Attorney General and Minister of Finance as individuals who must comply, among others. Such an order is considered routine under Ecuador law to collect on a judgment from a party that refuses to pay, said Fajardo.
The latest move sets up another showdown between Chevron and the pesky indigenous and farmer communities who have done battle with no fewer than 60 law firms and 2,000 legal personnel hired by the oil company. The villagers first filed the environmental case in U.S. federal court in 1993, but it was moved to Ecuador at Chevron’s request in 2002 after the company praised the independence and fairness of the nation’s courts and promised to accept jurisdiction there.
As evidence against it mounted in the subsequent trial, Chevron started to attack Ecuador’s courts as unfair and sued Fajardo and U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger under a federal racketeering statute in the same New York court where it originally argued the case should not be heard. Chevron this year won a controversial non-jury decision in that case that led to an injunction blocking Donziger (who has worked on the case since its inception) from collecting his fees, but the order does not stop the villagers from enforcing their judgment in other jurisdictions. (Donziger is appealing that decision; his appellate brief is available here and a summary of how Chevron abused the trial process and dropped all damages claims to avoid a jury of impartial fact finders is here.)
With interest, the Ecuador environmental judgment has risen to close to $10 billion, said Fajardo – an amount he called “modest” compared to BP’s $46 billion liability for its smaller spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. Chevron grosses roughly $250 billion per year, making it the third largest company in the United States.
In Canada, where Chevron has $15 billion of assets held by various wholly-owned subsidiaries, the villagers hope to be in trial in 2015 to collect the entirety of the Ecuador judgment, said Fajardo. Argument before Canada’s Supreme Court on a relatively narrow jurisdictional question is scheduled for Dec. 11 in Ottawa.
The argument in Canada – an appeal by Chevron of an intermediate appellate court decision in favor of the Ecuadorians -- will determine whether jurisdiction over Chevron can be established for judgment enforcement purposes. The villagers are represented by Alan Lenczner, one of the country’s top litigators.
In a related issue, and in what might portend difficulty for Chevron, the Canada Supreme Court recently denied an attempt by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to intervene on Chevron’s behalf with an amicus brief. In the meantime, an effort by the corporate law group at the Canadian Bar Association to file an amicus brief in favor of Chevron has caused a minor revolt from indigenous and aboriginal lawyers in the country, according to this article in the Toronto Globe & Mail.
The villagers also have an enforcement action proceeding before Brazil’s Supreme Court, which just assigned a new judge to the case. In Argentina, a lower court order to embargo revenues from Chevron’s local subsidiary was overturned last year on technical grounds by the country’s Supreme Court, but local counsel plans to re-file the action shortly, said Fajardo.
Donziger, the longtime U.S. legal advisor to the Ecuadorian communities, said the issue regarding the arbitral award that Chevron claims it is owed is simple.
“Chevron cannot on the one hand refuse to pay a valid final court judgment in its chosen forum of Ecuador, and on the other hand pretend to collect a separate judgment against Ecuador’s government in an unrelated case,” he said.
“Such selective enforcement would show favoritism toward a wealthy litigant and would undermine the rule of law for everybody,” he added.
For more on Chevron’s increasing business risk stemming from the Ecuador judgment, see this article by Donziger published recently in Inside Counselmagazine.
For background reporting on the case, see this recent article from Rolling Stone; this segment describing Chevron’s deliberate dumping on 60 Minutes; this profile of Fajardo in Vanity Fair; and this photo essay on the human impact of Chevron’s contamination in The Huffington Post.
Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This biodiversity loss occurs disproportionately in low-income countries—and correlates with the increasing resource use of high-income countries.
In addition to the precipitous decline in wildlife populations the report’s data point to other warning signs about the overall health of the planet. The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And more than 60 percent of the essential “services” provided by nature, from our forests to our seas, are in decline.
"We're gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “But we already have the knowledge and tools to avoid the worst predictions. We all live on a finite planet and its time we started acting within those limits.”
The Living Planet Report, WWF’s biennial flagship publication, measures trends in three major areas:
- populations of more than ten thousand vertebrate species;
- human ecological footprint, a measure of consumption of goods, greenhouse gas emissions; and
- existing biocapacity, the amount of natural resources for producing food, freshwater, and sequestering carbon.
“There is a lot of data in this report and it can seem very overwhelming and complex,” said Jon Hoekstra, chief scientist at WWF. “What’s not complicated are the clear trends we’re seeing -- 39 percent of terrestrial wildlife gone, 39 percent of marine wildlife gone, 76 percent of freshwater wildlife gone – all in the past 40 years.”
The report says that the majority of high-income countries are increasingly consuming more per person than the planet can accommodate; maintaining per capita ecological footprints greater than the amount of biocapacity available per person. People in middle- and low-income countries have seen little increase in their per capita footprints over the same time period.
While high-income countries show a 10 percent increase in biodiversity, the rest of the world is seeing dramatic declines. Middle-income countries show 18 percent declines, and low-income countries show 58 percent declines. Latin America shows the biggest decline in biodiversity, with species populations falling by 83 percent.
“High-income countries use five times the ecological resources of low-income countries, but low income countries are suffering the greatest ecosystem losses,” said Keya Chatterjee, WWF’s senior director of renewable energy. “In effect, wealthy nations are outsourcing resource depletion.”
The report underscores that the declining trends are not inevitable. To achieve globally sustainable development, each country’s per capita ecological footprint must be less than the per capita biocapacity available on the planet, while maintaining a decent standard of living.
At the conclusion of the report, WWF recommends the following actions:
- Accelerate shift to smarter food and energy production
- Reduce ecological footprint through responsible consumption at the personal, corporate and government levels
- Value natural capital as a cornerstone of policy and development decisions
About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and keep up with the latest conservation news by following@WWFNews on Twitter.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA), announces the winners of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards recognizing individuals who help empower women and children. This new annual awards program honors the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962.
“Ascena’s philanthropic vision is simple: empowering women and children to be their best,” said David Jaffe, CEO of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. “Across our communities there are amazing stories about individuals working tirelessly toward this goal.”
These ‘everyday heroes’ are making the world a better place for women and/or children in the areas of education, health, social reform, and self-esteem. “We specifically chose individuals whose non-profit organizations may not be well known, but have the potential for major impact with the recognition and financial support that comes with the award,” said Elise Jaffe, Executive Sponsor for Ascena Cares.
$100,000 Grand Prize Recipient:
Aza Nedhari, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Mamatoto Village – Washington, D.C.
Mamatoto Village, aims to educate low-income women of color in the D.C. Metro area who, otherwise, enter motherhood blind and underprepared in order to combat the high rates of preterm birth, low-birth weight and infant mortality in this impoverished region. Their mission is two-fold, to provide complimentary and low-cost maternal health services and breastfeeding education to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color, serving in the profession of Community Birthworkers and/or Midwives.
$25,000 Grant Recipient:
Evainna Ross, Executive Director, The Sparrow’s Nest, Inc. (The Chosen 50) – Greensboro, NC
The Sparrow’s Nest addresses the underserved youth in Greensboro, NC by engaging youth in leadership initiatives and developing educational, artistic and character building skills as an effort to prevent crime and drug activity and to prepare them for their transition to college or career. “The Chosen 50” mentorship program gives 50 promising youth the opportunity to work in an incentivized community of youth to tackle a new challenge and develop leadership, life and career skills each year.
$25,000 Grant Recipient:
Joy Bergfalk, Founder of Project Empower and Executive Director of Coffee Connection – Rochester, NY
The Coffee Connection / Project Empower provides comprehensive, continuous support for women on the journey to sustainable recovery from addiction through employment training, job creation and sober support in and around Rochester, NY.
$5,000 Honorable Mentions For Five Finalists:
Rebel Nell – Detroit, MI Employs disadvantaged women in Detroit to make beautiful works of wearable art from fallen graffiti, educates them on financial management, business and life wellness and empowers them to successfully transition to an independent life.
Threads for Teens – Sonoma County, CA – aims to help young, less fortunate girls build self-esteem, confidence and give them hope through gifts of clothing, support and education.
Women’s Resource Center (Women to Work Program) – Greensboro, NC – Provides pre-employment training, educational opportunities and placement case management designed to assist women in securing gainful employment.
Everybody Dance Now! – Santa Barbara, CA (local chapters nationwide) – Transforms lives of young people through dance, leadership and community involvement.
Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc. – Columbus, OH – is dedicated to helping women business owners develop feasible concepts and launch business models that thrive and grow in order to change their financial picture and care for their families.
The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards program was launched exclusively in Ascena brands’ retail stores and on the brands’ web sites in April 2014. Over 1,000 nominations were received. Final winners were chosen by an esteemed Selection Committee with expertise in women’s causes, public affairs, health, and education. The committee includes: Roslyn S. Jaffe, Elise Jaffe, Joi Gordon (CEO of Dress for Success), Paula Kerger (CEO of PBS), Helen Drinan (President of Simmons College), Dr. Lisa Satlin (Professor & Chair, Pediatric Nephrology at Mount Sinai), Designer Isabel Toledo, Aleyamma Matthew (Senior Program Officer of the Ms. Foundation for Women) and Teresa Younger (CEO and President of Ms. Foundation for Women).
A luncheon honoring the winners will take place on October 23, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will emcee the event.
For additional information about the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards please visit www.JaffeAward.com.
About Roslyn S. Jaffe
Roslyn S. Jaffe co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962; currently she is Director Emeritus for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. She is a graduate from Simmons College, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree in management from Simmons College in 2011.
In 1962, Roslyn S. Jaffe was a working mother who, with her husband, saw a need and had a brilliant business idea - a one-stop-shop that offered the convenience of a value-based, yet, fashion forward “work” wardrobe solution for busy women, like herself. Roslyn and Elliot seized the opportunity and opened a small store named dressbarn in Stamford, CT and helped grow it into the successful, nearly $5 billion, five-brand retail empire it is today (Ascena Retail Group, Inc.). A true trailblazer and entrepreneur, Ms. Jaffe credits her success to strength, determination, and a can-do attitude. But, most of all, she credits the company’s success to a strong team of family, friends, and associates.
Understanding the needs of her co-workers, who were also ‘working moms,’ Roslyn Jaffe encouraged a close-knit community where associates could rely on each other. In addition, Ms. Jaffe supported like-minded organizations in the community and was an early advocate for “Dress for Success,” an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. This “take care of your own” camaraderie is what inspired the company years later to establish Ascena Cares, the company’s group of charitable organizations.
About Ascena Cares
Ascena is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Ascena brands focus their charitable giving to the long-standing mission of supporting women and children empowerment issues. And, through Ascena Cares, several funds were established to provide support directly to employees, their families and their communities, including: an emergency assistance fund to help employees in challenging times; a scholarship fund to help employees’ children get a higher education; and a crisis relief fund to help the surrounding communities in times of need.
About Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes, and accessories for missy and plus-size women under the Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands; and for tween girls and boys, under the Justice and Brothers brands. Ascena Retail Group, Inc. operates through its subsidiaries approximately 4,000 stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
For more information about Ascena Retail Group, Inc. and its brands, visit www.ascenaretail.com, www.lanebryant.com, www.maurices.com, www.dressbarn.com, www.catherines.com, www.cacique.com, www.shopjustice.com, and www.shopbrothers.com.
For the third year in a row, Yum! has increased its score on the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report. Since 2010, Yum! has participated in CDP, which reports on the environmental impact of companies and how well they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
This year, Yum! received a disclosure score of 95 out of a possible 100 points and a performance score of a B. The disclosure score measures the depth and breadth of climate-related actions, and the performance score reflects the positive actions demonstrated through the CDP response. Check out the full 2014 CDP Report here.
"Our strong performance on CDP is a direct result of the incredible sustainability work going on throughout our system globally, helping us be an industry leader," said Roger McClendon, Yum! Chief Sustainability Officer.
Yum! is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and having a positive impact on the environment. That's why the company is intentional about incorporating sustainability into the way it does business – to benefit Yum!'s customers, associates, franchisees and their families, shareholders and the planet.
“Here at Yum! we are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world and understand that as a large global company there’s a responsibility to be a good environmental steward,” said Laurie Schalow, Yum! VP of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Our focus on the environment is part of our larger Corporate Social Responsibly framework that centers on making the strongest impact in the most important parts of our business.”
Achieving continued success on CDP would not be possible without the company’s global markets being committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Whether it’s building LEED certified stores, reducing energy usage at corporate headquarters or using electric vehicles for delivery business, every little bit counts towards the larger sustainability effort. Specifically, there was tremendous support from the Australia, China, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States markets.
Learn more about Yum!’s environmental commitments in the most recent CSR Report.
ABOUT YUM! BRANDS
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.
UNIDO and Dell Join Forces to Implement Sustainable Solution for E-Waste Management in Africa, Asia and Latin America
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International LLC, the multinational technology solutions company, have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying and implementing a sustainable solution model for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The memorandum of understanding signed today by LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and David Lear, Dell Inc.'s Executive Director of Sustainability, commits the two organizations to work together for a period of five years, with an option to extend the partnership.
Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded electronics by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030. The aim of this agreement is to create awareness, build capacity, and engage in knowledge sharing and policy advocacy with regard to sustainable e-waste management; to support the creation of an operational and economically viable collection network, and dismantling and recycling facilities, to process e-waste in developing countries in a safe and environmentally sound way; and to support the development of local recycling infrastructure, contributing to the industrial development of these countries and creating sustainable, green economies.
UNIDO's LI Yong said, "Rudimentary recycling methods and the lack of a policy framework for e-waste management in developing countries pose a high risk to public health and the environment. UNIDO and Dell will cooperate to support developing countries to formulate e-waste related regulations and policies to ensure a long-term success of their activities related to e-waste." he added, "One major part of an efficient e-waste management system is an effective collection scheme. For this, different aspects need to be taken into account, including financing, infrastructure and logistics. UNIDO and Dell are joining forces to design the most suitable collection strategies in developing countries and implement these in pilot countries."
Dell's Lear said, "Enabling recycling infrastructure in developing countries has significant benefits for the environment and local community, and facilitates Dell with the recovery of valuable resources currently being discarded. Together with UNIDO we will work to establish or up-scale facilities to operate environmentally sound management practices that meet international standards for e-waste recycling and further powers the circular economy for IT."
Lear added, "We are going to continue to support governments in developing effective regulations and policies for e-waste management. Since policy development is a multi-stage process, Dell and UNIDO will support governments in the dialogue and dissemination activities to accompany the various stages of policy development, and this will include organizing and participating in consultation meetings with major stakeholder groups representing industry associations, civil society groups, formal and informal sector collectors, recyclers and representative associations."
Where inadequate data exists, UNIDO and Dell will carry out the inventory and mapping of e-waste dismantling and recycling technologies and facilities, and will support the development of feasibility studies supporting the design of collection programmes and networks or the up-scaling of recycling centres.
UNIDO has an established e-waste programme that addresses the full lifecycle of ICT equipment by properly dismantling and recycling it once the equipment has become obsolete. The programme aims to foster the development of an environmentally sound e-waste recycling industry in developing countries.
With the active support of 35 National Cleaner Production Centres, UNIDO focuses on promoting an environmental service industry in developing countries; preparing national e-waste assessment reports; establishing partnerships with national and international institutions from the public and private sector; and facilitating the establishment of local and regional e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities.
Dell began integrating sustainability features into its products and processes nearly 30 years ago with designs that were upgradable, serviceable and recyclable because it was good for business, customers, and the environment. Dell is building on this commitment through its recently launched Legacy of Good plan outlining its vision for 2020. As part of this plan, Dell has a goal to eliminate two billion pounds of used electronics by 2020, which will be achieved through Dell's convenient recycling programmes for homes and businesses in 78 countries. Dell continues to be recognized for its leadership in sustainability and recently received ISRI's 2014 Design for Recycling Award and UL Environment validation for our closed-loop recycling system.
For more information, visit: dell.com/environment
FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), announced today the grand opening of its new environmentally- advanced 88,000 sq. ft. facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park. The cutting-edge office and distribution facility streamlines the company’s operations and provides several unique features that promote environmental sustainability.
With the opening of Riverview, FedEx Trade Networks consolidated its local workforce from multiple locations for greater efficiency, enhanced collaboration and a smaller carbon footprint. The new facility utilizes innovative sustainability technologies including solar energy panels, low-flow water consumption and dedicated bio-beds, which provide underground water retention for storm water management and soil erosion control, reducing impact on the native vegetation significantly.
“FedEx Trade Networks has deep roots in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and we are proud to lead the way for businesses to operate more responsibly with the environment and local community top of mind,” said Jack Muhs, president and CEO, FedEx Trade Networks. “Our operations at the Riverview Solar Technology Park will be a model for environmental corporate responsibility through a committed investment in renewable energy and green building best practices.”
The facility is the first in New York with Advanced Solar Architecture (ASA). ASA systems generate electricity through solar technology and provide additional benefits such as shading, with wind and rain protection. The thermal mass building construction possesses Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) characteristics expected to reduce energy costs by 30-40%, and includes energy efficient lighting throughout. The building also uses a 100kW solar array, predicted to replace 1,000,000 kWh of fossil fuel-sourced electricity over the 10-year lease.
“It’s been very clear from the beginning of this development that FedEx Trade Networks is as committed as we are to taking the necessary steps to conduct business in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Thomas M. Montante, chief executive officer, principal, TM Montante Development. “The overarching impact of sustainable energy resonates with the FedEx Trade Networks team and it’s that kind of enthusiasm that can best help us articulate the virtues of generating clean solar power.”
By using low-flow technology and fixtures in the building, FedEx Trade Networks has already reduced water consumption by approximately 50 percent when compared to usage of standard fixtures. The company is also the first tenant to have its own bio-beds. Additionally, the solar campus is recognized as a New York State Shovel-Ready Certified Site, and is known as a low-impact green business park, limiting the unnecessary removal of trees for the convenience of construction.
The FedEx Trade Networks facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park is the most recent addition to the FedEx EarthSmart® Innovation’s Solar Facility portfolio. EarthSmart, the environmental sustainability platform for all FedEx operating companies, focuses on identifying ways to minimize the corporation’s impact on the environment by integrating innovative sustainable practices into the way all of its companies approach business. For more information on EarthSmart, visit http://about.van.fedex.com/earthsmart; and to view the company’s Global Citizenship Report, please visit http://about.van.fedex.com/citizenship_report.
About FedEx Trade Networks
FedEx Trade Networks, and its predecessor companies, have more than 100 years of experience in international trade. The company's advanced technology and network of worldwide locations and alliances enables it to provide comprehensive ocean and air international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, global order logistics, distribution and surface transportation, trade advisory services and advanced e-commerce and trade facilitation solutions. FedEx Trade Networks has the resources and support to help customers of all sizes navigate the intricacies of shipping goods globally. For more information, visit ftn.fedex.com.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
To coincide with the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy hosted a roundtable discussion that united the private and public sector with one clear goal: to reach all mothers worldwide with life-saving hygiene messages that help their babies survive the first month of life. 40% of under-5 deaths occur in the newborn period and handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, which are the main causes of child mortality.
The panel of experts included:
- Paul Polman – Unilever CEO
- Raj Shah – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator
- Kajol – Handwashing ambassador and advocate of Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 campaign
- Kirsten Gagnaire – Executive Director of Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)
Central to the discussion was the need for education among new mothers and skilled birth attendants to reduce the risk of infections by improving hygiene habits. Doing this at scale will help drive progress towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality (MDG4) but requires the collaboration of experts, including those in the technology sector, to create innovative solutions for rural communities.
Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said the role of hygiene and handwashing must be more prominent in dialogues around newborn and maternal health. “There must be a target on universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) within the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda if we are to reduce preventable newborn and child deaths. This requires a measurable indicator of facilities for handwashing with soap in homes, schools and care centres.” He added, “We have a duty to help protect the lives of the most vulnerable children in our society. That’s why, in partnership with USAID, Unilever brand Lifebuoy is rolling out a behaviour change programme for new mothers and skilled birth attendants.”
The discussion reinforces the commitment between Unilever and USAID to scale up newborn hygiene programmes together. Four years ago, Unilever – through Lifebuoy – joined forces with USAID and its Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to create a dedicated newborn programme to mainstream handwashing with soap amongst mothers. The programme has been piloted in Indonesia, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka and will now be scaled up across Kenya. It is part of Lifebuoy’s behaviour change programme, which has since 2010 reached 183 million people across 16 countries.
Shah reinforced USAID’s ambition to end preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation - noting that improving hygiene practices amongst new mothers and birth attendants will play a critical role in achieving this vision. He emphasised that widespread collaboration is key to making a difference on the ground.
Indian actor Kajol has been a handwashing ambassador for the last year and is a passionate advocate of the newborn programme: “A simple hygiene message – handwashing with soap – can help save the lives of newborn babies. Let’s act now to get that message to those who need to hear it. Policymakers and governments need to take action to scale up handwashing programmes, so that every mother of and birth attendant can have access to soap.”
About the Help A Child Reach 5 campaign
- Handwashing with soap saves lives. Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 campaign aims to eradicate preventable deaths from diseases like diarrhoea one village at a time, by teaching lifesaving handwashing habits.
- To drive awareness of the campaign, Lifebuoy created a moving film on what it means for a child to reach the age of 5: www.youtube.com/helpachildreach5
- In 2013, Lifebuoy launched its Help a Child Reach 5 handwashing campaign in Thesgora, a village in Madhya Pradesh with one of the highest rates of diarrhoea in India. Through its handwashing programmes, Lifebuoy dramatically improved children’s handwashing habits so that they now washed their hands two additional times per day.
- Lifebuoy isn’t stopping at Thesgora. It wants to expand its life-saving mission, village by village, starting with Bitobe village in Indonesia earlier this year and will continue across villages in South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.
For more information or interviews please contact:
Unilever Corporate Media Relations
+31 6 1137 5464
+65 9729 0423
For more information, visit Facebook.com/Lifebuoy
As the world’s leading health soap, Lifebuoy aims to make a difference by creating accessible hygiene products (soap) and promoting healthy hygiene habits. With this in mind, Lifebuoy aims to change the hand washing behaviour of one billion people by 2020. Since 2010 Lifebuoy has changed the hand washing behaviours of 183 million people across 16 countries.
For more information, please visit www.lifebuoy.com.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.
Unilever has been ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.
For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.
How Business Can Tackle Deforestation – Collaborate Effectively with Suppliers and NGOs, Understand Policy and Enforcement Trends
A global conference combatting deforestation has recently been launched by Innovation Forum. The event – How business can tackle deforestation – is to be held in London on 28-29 October.
The focus of the conference is bringing together key senior players from business, government and NGOs to promote discussion and progress, as business strives to remove deforestation from corporate supply chains.
Some of the speakers and senior participants already confirmed for the event include:
- Lord Mandelson, chairman, Global Counsel and former EU trade commissioner
- Dhaval Buch, chief procurement officer, Unilever
- Jeremy Goon, group head, CSR, Wilmar
- Scott Poynton, executive director, TFT
- Sarah Schaefer, global corporate sustainability director, Mars
- Simo Honkanen, senior vice president sustainability, Neste Oil
- Brendan May, chairman, Robertsbridge
Also confirmed are senior executives from Greenpeace, Marks & Spencer, New Britain Palm Oil, Global Witness, Ikea, GSK, Rainforest Alliance, McDonald’s, B&Q, Ferrero and many more.
Innovation Forum would like to offer you a 15% discount on the ticket price. Just quote CSRW15 when registering here or get in touch with Innovation Forum directly – firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full details around the conference program and speakers, see the full PDF brochure.
Today, many parts of the Middle East and North Africa struggle with conflict and civil unrest. What is perhaps less known is the threat diabetes poses, responsible for 367,700 premature deaths each year. The new issue of Novo Nordisk’s TBL Quarterly tells the stories about the actions that are taken to create better health in the region.
Today, Novo Nordisk published the 6th issue of its quarterly sustainability magazine, TBL Quarterly. The new issue, Beyond conflict - putting the focus on health in the Middle East, shows how the company is working to improve health in countries that have some of the world’s highest comparative prevalence of diabetes. Through articles, personal stories and interviews, the TBL Quarterly among other things shows how Novo Nordisk is securing insulin supply in Israel and the Palestinian territories, raising awareness about diabetes in Algeria, and building healthcare professionals’ capabilities in Egypt.
According the latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation, 1 out of 10 adults in the Middle East and North Africa has diabetes and in the wealthy Gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar the prevalence rate is as high as 1 out of 5. In total, almost 35 million people are living with diabetes today and the number is set to almost double by 2035.
Despite political uncertainty and civil conflict in some of the region’s countries, the stories in TBL Quarterly tell how Novo Nordisk has maintained its commitment and efforts to provide diabetes treatments and care.
The TBL Quarterly is published four times a year. If you want to receive notification when new issues are available, send a mail to email@example.com.
About the TBL Quarterly
Novo Nordisk manages its business in accordance with the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) business principle and pursues business solutions that maximise value to both the company and its stakeholders. Through selected themes, new perspectives and personal stories, the TBL Quarterly demonstrates how our TBL business principle supports long-term value creation. The TBL Quarterly is available as a reader-friendly PDF.
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. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy.
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.
 International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas, 6th edition, 2013.
 International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas, 6th edition, 2013
“The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is excited to announce that an impressive array of sustainability experts will offer their perspectives on how the global beef value chain can achieve sustainable outcomes,” said Cameron Bruett, president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and head of corporate affairs for JBS USA, the North American subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world’s largest meat processing company. Mr. Ricardo Sánchez López, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Sustainable Food Security, will keynote the opening session of GRSB’s Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, which will be held November 2-5 in São Paulo, Brazil. “Mr. Sánchez’s experience, both in the public sector and in civil society, will provide great insight into the challenges of balancing the economic, environmental and social pillars of the global sustainable beef effort.”
Mr. Sánchez, has more than 15 years of experience in agricultural development issues, sustainable agriculture and public policy. Previous to his current position, he served as Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder organization focused on improving the sustainability of the beef value chain. We view sustainability as a journey of continuous improvement where the three pillars are balanced to achieve sustainable outcomes” said Bruett. “Mr. Sanchez will bring a unique vision of how to balance these three pillars based on his experience in Latin America.”
Also keynoting the opening session is Ms. Karin Kreider, Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance, the global hub for social and environmental standards systems. ISEAL members are leaders in the field, committed to creating solid and credible standards systems.
“Although the GRSB does not intend to develop standards itself, many of its members are interested in the process of building consensus among stakeholders,” said Ruaraidh (Rory) Petre, GRSB’s Executive Director. “We need consensus on the processes and the means by which sustainability indicators are evaluated; without clear evidence of triple bottom line benefits, regardless of context, sustainable adaptations will remain open to question.”
The conference’s theme, “Sustainable Beef: Building a Vision for Our Future,” sets the framework for the roll-out of GRSB’s recently developed principles and criteria, which define sustainable beef and identify the means to measure progress in the global sustainable beef chain at the national or regional levels. With speakers from around the globe, the conference will also provide a forum for regional sustainability initiatives to showcase their efforts and successes.
Another keynote at the conclusion of the conference will be delivered by Francesca DeBiase, Vice President for Strategic Sourcing and Sustainability for McDonald’s Worldwide Supply Chain during which she will focus on why sustainability is so important to their business. Ms. DeBiase is a 23-year veteran of McDonald’s and leads a team of supply chain and sustainability professionals.
“We are pleased that we have Francesca as a part of the Global Conference,” said Dr. Roger Cady, Agenda Development Leader for the Conference as well as the Global Sustainability Lead for Elanco Animal Health. “Her vast experience and real-world knowledge of sustainability will add greatly to the discussion on the future of the GRSB.”
GTPS, the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock, has arranged both pre- and post-conference tours of key areas of beef production in Brazil in both Mato Grosso do Sul and in Alta Floresta in the Amazon. Full details on the tour options are on the registration website.
Registration remains open for those interested in attending the Global Conference and it is strongly recommended that individuals begin the visa process as soon as possible if traveling from countries for which Brazil requires visas.
For more information and online registration, please visit www.GRSBeef.org.
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Ruaraidh Petre, Executive Director, GRSB
Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock
Eduardo Bastos, President
Sheila Guebara, Executive Coordinator
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Cameron Bruett, President, GRSB
Head, Corporate Affairs, JBS USA
The Sustainable Brands® community announces several initiatives focused on identifying, measuring and quantifying entirely new forms of business risk and value. Global senior executives across diverse industry sectors are convening at New Metrics ’14 in Cambridge, MA today to launch research results and initiatives that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial performance.
Co-Presented this year by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 showcases the following companies with either exclusive launches or results presented for the first time to a live audience.
National Geographic and GlobeScan announce the latest round of international research measuring and monitoring progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption around the world. Speaking Friday, Sept. 26: Terry Garcia, Chief Science and Exploration Officer, National Geographic; Eric Whan, Director, Sustainability Practice, GlobeScan. Global Trends and Drivers in Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles: The Latest Greendex Results [LAUNCH]
BASF announces the Sustainable Solution Steering method used to systematically review and evaluate the sustainability aspects of products in their portfolio. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Dirk Voeste, VP of Sustainability Strategy, BASF. How to Influence a Multitude of Industries and Markets: Next-level Applied Sustainability Measurement from a Key Upstream Player [LAUNCH]
Exclusive first look at preliminary results of comprehensive research study on human capital valuation. Speaking Friday, Sept. 26: Steph Sharma, Managing Partner, Lead the Difference. Human Capital Valuation through the Lens of Human Centric Organizations [LAUNCH]
New insights from a field guide on measuring shared value debuts from the Shared Value Initiative. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Kyle Peterson, Managing Director, FSG. It Takes a Village: A New Measurement Model for Companies Creating Shared Value [LAUNCH] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Cora Olsen, ESG Data Manager, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Novo Nordisk AS; Veronica Nyhan Jones, Strategic Community Investment Lead, IFC
Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) makes an important announcement and shares a preview of GISR’s new platform for sustainability and credit ratings. Speaking Thursday, Sept. 25: Dr. Allen White, Founder, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) ESG and the Credit Rating Frontier: GISR & the Future of Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance [LAUNCH] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Mark Tulay, Program Manager, GISR; Bob Mann, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainalytics; Andrew Park, Senior Sustainability Strategist, Bloomberg; Steve Leffin, Director, Global Sustainability, UPS
TripAdvisor launches customer insight results measuring perception of sustainability initiatives and attributes in the hotel industry. Speaking Friday, Sept 26: Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel, TripAdvisor. Tapping into Unprompted Responses to Measure Customer Perception of Sustainability Initiatives and Attributes [LAUNCH]
PRé Sustainability reveals a handbook for quantifying a product’s social footprint. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: João Fontes, Social Footprinting Expert, PRé Sustainability; Charles Duclaux, Head of Corporate Responsibility Reporting and Environmental Innovation, L’Oréal. Quantifying a Product’s #SocialFootprint: The Next Stepping Stone in Assessing Product Sustainability [FIRST PUBLIC EVENT PRESENTATION] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Lindsay Clinton, Director, SustainAbility; Sébastien Zinch, Manager, Eco-design and Life-Cycle Assessment, Steelcase; Dirk Voeste, VP of Sustainability Strategy, BASF
The Center for Sustainable Organizations introduces a pilot of the MultiCapital Scorecard™ - an integrated measurement and reporting system that meets the IIRC standard. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Mark McElroy, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations; Rob Michalak, Global Director of Social Mission, Ben & Jerry’s. The MultiCapital ScoreCard™: Concept and Pilot Application
How Good introduces a tool that enables informed purchasing decisions through new in-store labels and shares up-to-date insights on customer reactions to How Good labels. Speaking Friday, Sept 26: Alexander Gillett, CEO, How Good. Enabling Informed and Impactful Purchasing Decisions through Effective In-Store Labels.
“Sustainable Brands recognized and first convened a group of innovative business leaders in 2011 at the first New Metrics event to spur aggressive action toward translating previously ignored environmental and social impacts into corporate financial performance indicators,” states KoAnn Skrzyniarz, Founder of Sustainable Brands. “Doing so opened critical insight into key business metrics that are informing next generation goals. We are pleased to showcase these companies who are coming together to create and accelerate shift to new norms.”
Co-Sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 receives further support from BASF, HP and Tennaxia. Offsetters is the official carbon offset partner. Media and affiliate partners include: CFO Magazine, MIT Sloan Management Review, Triple Pundit, Forum for the Future, Climate Counts and others. For further information, visit www.NewMetrics14.com or call 415.626.2212.
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 hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
GreenBiz Forum 2015 brings together an unprecedented partnership between GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, to give attendees an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today.
Framed by GreenBiz's 2015 State of Green Business report, the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities will make GreenBiz Forum 2015 an unforgettable event.
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VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world.
It focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through six program tracks:distributed energy systems,next-gen buildings, resilient cities,sustainable mobility, smarter supply chains, and food and water systems.
Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.
Colgate-Palmolive Recognized for Energy and Climate Change Leadership by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Eleven more Colgate-Palmolive manufacturing sites have successfully achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry in 2014. Thirty-one Colgate sites have now earned this recognition, surpassing the Company’s 2015 goal to have half of its sites around the world achieve the distinction. The sites were recognized for reducing energy intensity by at least 10 percent – with a number of sites achieving energy intensity reductions above 20 percent.
Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA also recognized Colgate with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is among the highest levels of EPA recognition. It highlights Colgate’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency is an important part of the Company’s global sustainability efforts, which include a 2020 goal to reduce carbon emissions on an absolute basis by 25 percent compared to 2002, with a longer-term goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2050.
To further support this commitment, Colgate has also joined the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which encourages the voluntary use of green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Partners benefit from the use of green power, while supporting the development of renewable energy in the United States. This year, Colgate purchased wind power from facilities in the electricity grids that serve its U.S. manufacturing plants.
“Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstrates leadership in the fight against climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial program. "Innovative strategies in energy management are among the most cost-effective ways to protect the environment, benefit business and support the well-being of American families.”
Colgate’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are part of the Company’s recently launched 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy. To learn more about Colgate’s strategy and progress, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com/sustainability.
About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s flagship global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).