Employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) donated more than 154,000 pounds of food to Three Square Food Bank in the continuous effort by MGM employees to extend the staff of life to food insecure residents this holiday season.
The food was collected during the company’s sixth annual food drive. MGM Resorts employees gave rice, flour, beans, cereal, canned meats and other food items that Three Square will use to feed the 137,000 local individuals served monthly through its approximately 1,300 community partners. Experts estimate that about 15.8 percent of the population, or more than 305,000 Southern Nevada residents, are food insecure.
According to research provided by Three Square, food insecurity happens when a household is forced to short its food budget, the most flexible area of spending that a struggling household may have, in favor of paying rent or mortgage payments, healthcare costs, transportation expenses and utility bills.
“This holiday season many lives will be touched by the outpouring of generosity from MGM Resorts and their selfless, hardworking employees,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “This donation will make a large impact on the fight against hunger in our community. Our longstanding partnership with MGM Resorts has been an asset to our organization, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment to ending hunger in our community.”
“The 62,000 employees of MGM Resorts International are committed to helping our community members who don’t have the resources to regularly put food on their tables,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We’re proud to join with Three Square to combat hunger in our community.”
Three Square is a member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. Feeding America affiliates last year provided more than 3.3 billion meals to 46 million food insecure people across the nation.
In addition to its annual food drive, MGM Resorts supports Three Square’s efforts year round through its corporate giving program, The MGM Resorts Foundation, and the employee volunteer program. In 2010, the “MGM Resorts Volunteer Room” at Three Square was created to recognize the standing community service provided by the company’s employees.
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About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 28 million meals – per year to more than 1,300 community partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@threesquarelv).
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MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
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GLOBE Series, North America's largest and longest-running corporate sustainability conference and exposition series, is pleased to announce Michael Porter as a keynote speaker. GLOBE 2016 takes place in Vancouver, Canada from March 2 to 4, 2016 and is themed Business Innovation for the Planet.
“We are gathering a lineup of leading edge speakers to lend their knowledge to our audience who is looking to bolster business opportunities in the emerging green economy,” said Nancy Wright, GLOBE Series Chief Operating Officer.
Professor Michael Porter is director of the Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, which was founded in 2001 to further his work and research. He is an economist, researcher, advisor, sought after speaker and teacher, and author of 19 books and more than 125 articles. A leading authority on company strategy, the competitiveness of nations and regions, and strategic approaches to societal problems, Michael Porter’s work is widely recognized by governments, corporations, non-profits, and academic circles across the globe. He is also co-chair of the U.S. Competitiveness Project at Harvard Business School, a multi-year, multi-faculty, research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the U.S.
“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity. Companies that tackle social problems through a profitable business model offer new hope for innovative and scalable solutions,” said Michael Porter.
Michael Porter’s participation in GLOBE 2016 is made possible by diamond sponsor Enbridge Inc. Following Porter’s March 3, 2016 plenary session, Enbridge’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Al Monaco, will lead a panel discussion on global energy development with Porter and other industry peers. “Technology has given us this wonderful opportunity to find low-cost energy solutions. The time to seize that is now,” said Mr. Porter.
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At the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series banquet on Monday, November 23, Comcast announced NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Joey Gase as the winner of the inaugural Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award. Comcast created the award to honor NASCAR team members for their outstanding charitable endeavors. In addition to being named Comcast Community Champion of the Year, Gase received a $60,000 donation in his name to Iowa Donor Network, the Iowa-native’s charity of choice.
Gase lost his mother Mary Jo to a brain aneurysm when he was just 18 years old and was faced with the decision of donating her organs. Later on, he found out that the decision he made helped save and improve the lives of 66 people. The now 22-year-old has been able to use his platform as a NASCAR driver to meet with individuals to promote and encourage organ donation.
"Comcast places a high priority on giving back to the community, and we learned early on in our partnership that NASCAR shares our same philosophy," said Matt Lederer, Executive Director of Sports Marketing at Comcast. "We created the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award to recognize the inspiring work from NASCAR team members like Joey Gase. His story truly defines what it means to be a Comcast Community Champion, and we are honored to have him as the recipient of our inaugural award."
Gase, one of three finalists up for the award, was selected by a panel of judges consisting of former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and NASCAR.com reporter Holly Cain, as well as executives from Comcast and NASCAR. The remaining finalists, Martin Truex Jr. and Martha Nemechek, were each awarded $30,000 toward their respective charities. Each finalist’s story can be viewed on the XFINITY YouTube channel.
"I'm so thankful to Comcast for creating the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award and recognizing so many great charities," said Gase. "To be able to promote organ donation at a higher level by winning this award really means a lot to me, the 120,000 people that are on the wait list right now, and all those people who are donors and their loved ones."
Comcast has a long track record of community service, aiding in the advancement of local organizations, developing programs and partnerships, mobilizing resources to connect people and inspiring positive and substantive change. To learn more about the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, as well as the finalists, please visit: ComcastCommunityChampion.com.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series banquet will air on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 29.
A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research initiative, commissioned by the Citi Foundation, reveals that youth – while optimistic and entrepreneurial – struggle to find employment, access to technology, pay equity and support networks that can help them thrive in cities around the globe. Accelerating Pathways offers a comparative snapshot of youth perceptions of their economic prospects in 35 cities around the world and identifies which factors contribute most to an enabling economic environment for young people. The research also includes an interactive tool that can be leveraged by policy, business and civic leaders.
The research was conducted to help inform the efforts of public and private initiatives focused on preparing urban youth to thrive in today’s economy. It is an extension of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, which works to help urban youth build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job. The EIU’s Accelerating Pathways research will inform future investments and help to further develop Citi Foundation programming.
“As the world becomes more urban, global and digital, city leaders have an opportunity to develop new ways to catalyze economic growth and foster a better quality of life for all their citizens,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “Investing in youth is critical to ensuring the economic resiliency and long term competitiveness of cities, but is often overlooked. We hope this research strengthens and guides the discussion about programs and policies that can best support young people’s contribution to sustainable cities now and in the future.”
“Young people’s economic vitality and ambition are powerful growth engines for the world’s cities,” said Leo Abruzzese, Global Director of Public Policy at The Economist Intelligence Unit. “Cities are set to hold 60 percent of the entire population by 2030, just as the number of youth increases by 100 million globally. Now more than ever, cities must prioritize this growing population segment.”
To encourage youth-centered policies and identify best practices, the research ranks the 35 cities on their environments for young people. This research provides a comparative snapshot of cities’ approaches, and is intended to share learnings and identify clear opportunities for growth as well as areas for development. Toronto finishes first in the Index; New York is in second place, ranking first in the United States; and Chicago finishes third in the overall Index, scoring among the top five across all four categories assessed. Three Asian cities – Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney – finish in the top ten, reflecting the importance these cities attach to engaging the next generation. Washington DC scores among the top cities studied with regard to the presence and effectiveness of youth networks, while London ranks most highly for its local government support and institutional framework for youth.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “Toronto is proud to be ranked as the best city in the world for providing economic opportunities for young people. As Mayor, a key priority for me is continuing to attract young talent because I believe it is critical to ensuring Toronto can compete and grow our economy. We understand the key to building a fair and prosperous city includes connecting young people to jobs.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said: “We are committed to working with young people to support their college and career development, and we are proud to be recognized as the top city in the US when it comes to youth economic empowerment. The results from The Economist Intelligence Unit study are an affirmation of our new Center for Youth Employment’s strategy to enable support and opportunities for our young people. We are grateful to the Citi Foundation for making the study possible and for its long-standing commitment to creating equal opportunities in our communities.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago said: “We are proud to be ranked as one of the leading cities for youth economic opportunities in the United States. The study is an important reminder of the complex challenges young people face, and the multi-faceted solutions cities around the world are embracing.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC said: “Here in the District, we are focused on giving our youngest residents a pathway to the middle class. We appreciate the Citi Foundation’s support as we continue to identify ways to help our youth achieve their full potential. As the survey results demonstrate, DC has strong networks that provide information, resources and training to our young people.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said: "We are always looking for innovative ways to help our young people achieve their dreams. The Economist Intelligence Unit study will greatly contribute to the conversation about how to better secure the economic future of our city by harnessing the power of our youth."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “Whether it is delivering apprenticeships or helping young Londoners to devise exciting new business ideas thorough schemes like the Low Carbon Entrepreneur Awards, this valuable research shines a light on the vast array of work that we are doing to ensure our young people are best able to take advantage of London's economic growth.”
Lucy Hughes Turnbull, AO, Chair of the Committee for Sydney, said: “I am pleased to see Sydney in the top 10, and am particularly heartened to see the city ranked first for quality of education and employment opportunities for youth, acknowledging efforts to support education and youth employment programs. This research provides us with powerful data about the ambitions of young people in our city and offers insights into the economic outlook of our city’s future decision-makers and leaders. It also provides important learnings from other global cities around the world that we can use to inform our efforts going forward.”
Luis Cueto, Madrid Deputy Mayor, said: “In Madrid we want youth to personally and professionally thrive and succeed so that they will want to continue to work in Madrid and serve as a source of economic growth.Accelerating Pathways is an interesting report that demonstrates that Madrid is within the leading group of major cities in the world in terms of public support for youth and entrepreneurship.”
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the Mayor of Warsaw, said: "This research will help with our efforts to support young entrepreneurs by giving them the best possible base to pursue their career in their own company. Warsaw is emerging as the regional leader in Central Europe, a big advantage of which is a broad academic base providing well-trained and well-educated young employees. We support entrepreneurship through partnerships with the Warsaw’s Centre of Entrepreneurship Smolna (Centrum Przedsiębiorczości Smolna).”
Accelerating Pathways: Youth Economic Strategy Index and Global Youth Survey
The Index scored 35 cities on 31 indicators that contribute to young people’s economic prospects – from city GDP growth and local government policies to levels of youth engagement, education, employment and health. These indicators are scored individually and the results are aggregated into four Index categories: Government Support and Institutional Framework for Youth; Employment and Entrepreneurship; Education and Training; and Human and Social Capital. The study found that while a city’s economic standing is the most significant contributor to whether a city ranks high in terms of having created an economically vibrant environment for youth, well thought out policy and programs can improve the economic possibilities for youth regardless of the underlying economic situation of the city.
The youth survey conducted by The EIU polled more than 5,000 young people ages 18-25 on their living and financial arrangements, education, employment and professional aspirations, the level of their engagement in their communities and their economic outlook. The survey exposes the optimism and aspiration of youth, but also the reality of continued dependence on family support and the frequent need to relocate in search of social and economic opportunities. The survey asks young people directly what works for them, providing a unique new data set for researchers.
Key survey findings include:
Three-quarters of surveyed youth are somewhat or very optimistic about the future. Optimism remains high in cities where their prospects have been limited and despite the fact that current globalunemployment levels among youth is roughly 3.4 times higher than it is for the rest of society.1
Young people are ready to build businesses. 77% of global survey respondents expressed an interest in working for themselves or starting their own business.
There is high mobility of young people to and within urban areas, and connection with mentors, jobs and new opportunities is fundamental to their ability to boost their economic standing. Nine out of ten respondents who moved over the prior five years to a city within their own country did so for employment, education or for a better life, according to the survey. Almost half (47%) of youth polled said they moved to a city within the last five years.
In terms of education, computer and technology skills are cited as the most desired by 62% of employed youth surveyed.
The gender pay gap is prevalent among youth. Young women earn at least 20% less than men across the cities surveyed.
Explore the interactive Index tool, report and video series of young people around the globe atwww.citi.com/acceleratingpathways. Friend Citi on Facebook and follow @Citi and use the hashtag #Pathways2Progress on Twitter to view the videos and join in the discussion with those interested in youth empowerment.
 EIU Calculation drawing on data from the ILO Global Employment Trends report 2014,http://www.ilo.org/global/research/global-reports/global-employment-trends/2014/WCMS_234879/lang--en/index.htm
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Tetra Pak and DeLaval, sister companies in the Tetra Laval Group, today signed a five year agreement with the Dairy Association of China to provide training to Chinese dairy farm managers. The signing ceremony was attended by both the Chinese and Swedish Ministers of Agriculture, who have a Memorandum of Understanding to increase co-operation in agriculture.
Since 2008, the Chinese government has been driving a transition from household farming activities, involving just a handful of cows, to medium- or large-sized farms, which have more than 100 milk-producing cows. Their aim is to improve farming efficiency, increase product quality and enhance standards of animal welfare. By 2020, the government hopes to raise the proportion of dairy cows reared on such farms to 60%, compared with 45% today. However, a shortage of qualified managers, capable of running operations of this scale, threatens to prevent them from achieving that ambition.
Through the agreement signed today, 150 managers will be trained during the next five years, providing them with the skills required to run larger-scale dairy farms.
Professor Li Shengli, Professor of the China Agricultural University and Chief Scientist of Dairy Farming engaged by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said, “China’s liquid milk consumption is still low, at less than 20 litres per capita. This is approximately half the average consumption in Asia, and one fifth the average in Europe. However, rising disposable income, combined with people’s desire to improve their quality of life, means the size and growth potential of the domestic market is huge; China must develop its own dairy farming industry”.
“We are happy to see that Tetra Pak and DeLaval are taking the initiative to help us bridge the skill gap in the Chinese farming sector. Once trained, these individuals will be able to share their knowledge with their peers and, in turn, help raise the standard of farming in China,” he added.
The training programme covers many different areas of dairy farm management, including breeding, nutrition and disease prevention. It will be delivered through lectures at the China Agricultural University, a two-month internship at a model farm in China, and culminate in the opportunity to visit and study at DeLaval’s Hamra farm and other dairy farms in Sweden.
Commenting on the agreement, Tetra Pak CEO, Dennis Jönsson said, “This is a demonstration of our commitment to China. For more than 30 years we have been working with the Chinese government to help grow the dairy industry sustainably. China is in an exciting new phase of development in dairy farming and as an industry leader, we have a key role to play in improving performance.”
DeLaval CEO Joakim Rosengren said: “At DeLaval we are committed to creating sustainable food production. Our operations in China and co-operation with Tetra Pak means we have been able to help develop the dairy industry over the years. This agreement demonstrates that all parties are committed to China and that we are on the right tracks. We look forward to continuing along this path so that we can help dairy business managers thrive sustainably under the best conditions possible”.
Tetra Pak and DeLaval have been working hand-in-hand on dairy farming projects in China since 2003. Their first collaboration sought to upgrade farms that provided raw milk to China’s School Feeding Programme; by 2014, all 194 farms involved in the project had reached EU quality standards. The companies’ joint efforts also include developing virtual training to farmers through TV programmes and the free distribution of educational DVDs and booklets.
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generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) have partnered for The Joy Maker Challenge. Now in its sixth year, the annual campaign connects youth ages 5-18 to meaningful, hands-on service projects and encourages them to take action and spread some much needed joy to those in need during the holiday season through volunteerism. For every kid and teen who volunteers as part of the campaign, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to $1 million worth.
Today through Dec. 23, youth, teachers, youth development professionals and families can sign up through the campaign website, generationOn.org/joymaker. The site makes it easy for youth to get involved by featuring service project ideas, ways to complete projects and how to share service stories. Those who share their stories on generationOn.org/joymaker have a chance to win grants to continue their service, including a $1,000 grand prize or one of 20 additional $250 grants. In addition, throughout the campaign, one participant will be selected each week to receive a pack of 10 Hasbro toys to donate in their local community. Youth can also share their stories of service on social media using #JoyMaker, to inspire other youth to get involved.
The lesson plans and reflection materials available on the Joy Maker Challenge website have been developed by generationOn to help youth learn about social issues, become changemakers and spread joy to those who might be in need during the holiday season, including military service men and women, sick children, seniors and the homeless.
generationOn selected 55 nationwide “Joy Maker Ambassadors” who will be equipped with 100-500 Hasbro toys and games to bring holiday joy to children in need through a range of service projects. These Joy Maker Ambassadors, who are either youth or organizations that serve youth, were selected based on their volunteer contributions, holiday project stories and community needs. Among the 55 Ambassadors are celebrity youth, including Francesca Capaldi (“Peanuts”), Gabe Eggerling (“The Kicks”), Xolo Mariduena (“Parenthood”) and Joshua Rush (“Parental Guidance”).
“We are thrilled to partner with Hasbro for the sixth year in a row on The Joy Maker Challenge, as we seek to motivate more young people than ever to get involved in service,” said Kathy Saulitis, SVP Programs, generationOn. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for youth and their families to put their empathy and compassion into action during the holidays, so we are excited to see how others will join us in spreading joy this season.”
Since the campaign’s inaugural year in 2010, nearly 720,000 total acts of service have been completed by youth worldwide, generating $5 million worth of toys and games donated to Toys for Tots by Hasbro. Inspiring service projects completed by kids and teens over the years include:
200 students from Bassick High School in Connecticut made more than 100 lunch bags for residents at the local YMCA, stuffed 200 goodie bags with kind notes and cooked a meal for 44 veterans
35 youth came together in Corvallis, Oregon, to do a variety of service projects, including raking leaves in the yards of senior citizens and people with disabilities
50 students from Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts collected 1,000 gifts that were delivered to 20 shelters and 7 local hospitals
Hasbro is a founding partner of generationOn and one of Toys for Tots’ largest corporate sponsors, providing donations of more than $30 million in toys and games since 1997. Through The Joy Maker Challenge, Hasbro is able to support both generationOn’s mission of developing caring and empathy in youth, empowering them to be compassionate changemakers, while at the same time helping Toys for Tots meet its goal of distributing toys to less fortunate children in communities across the United States. The Joy Maker Challenge is part of Hasbro’s larger philanthropic focus on kindness in addition to its ongoing support of generationOn.
“At Hasbro, we believe it’s important to empower kids to realize they have the power to change their communities through their actions,” said Karen Davis, SVP of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact at Hasbro, Inc. “The Joy Maker Challenge enables us to not only encourage youth to take action in making the world a better place, but let them know that their actions will also help a child in need experience the joy of unwrapping a present as a result of our donation to Toys for Tots.”
To learn more about The Joy Maker Challenge, please visit generationOn.org/joymaker. You can also follow both generationOn (@generationOn) and Hasbro (@Hasbro) on Twitter and search #JoyMaker to join the conversation online.
generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, inspires, equips and mobilizes kids and teens to make their mark on the world through volunteer service. Programs equip youth with the skills to make a difference, while also supporting the development of caring and empathy. Through service with generationOn, youth are empowered to be compassionate changemakers in their communities and the world.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it matters most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
Honda unveiled its newest profiles in the popular What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series, exploring the role of the product planner through the experiences of associates Tomo Yokoi and James Jenkins.
Product planners work with teams from R&D, manufacturing and sales and marketing, acting as the customer’s voice throughout the process.
Yokoi, who grew up in Los Angeles, is the senior product planner for the next generation Acura NSX, the supercar heralded as the ultimate representation of Acura precision crafted performance.
Jenkins, who hails from outside St. Louis, Missouri, is manager of Product Planning for Honda light trucks, which includes the all-new Pilot and HR-V introduced this year. Honda’s strength in that sector prompted U.S. News & World Report to name Honda the “2016 Best SUV Brand.”
Their product lines are on opposite ends of the spectrum in many ways. But as product planners, Yokoi and Jenkins share a key attribute: a passion for the product and its customers.
“When I look at the final product, I see a huge team effort, all focused on bringing the best possible experience to our customers,” said Yokoi, who also was the planner for the 2015 Acura TLX luxury performance sedan.
Said Jenkins: “I’m working on family-oriented products, with safety as the number one focus, but our goal is still to make driving fun. Seeing customers smile and seeing them come back to the brand is the greatest reward.”
The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda's commitment to the power of dreams, joy, challenging spirit, passion and respect -- core tenets of Honda's approach to business. In addition, the video series spotlights Honda’s varied career opportunities and its inspiring associates.
Another key milestone has been reached in the campaign to raise the long-delayed but vitally urgent issue of fair employment by American companies doing business in Israel-Palestine.
The fair employment campaign is centered on the Holy Land Principles— an 8-point corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel.
At the Cisco Shareholder’s Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, November 19, the Holy Land Principle, Inc. moved its Resolution calling on Cisco to sign the Holy Land Principles.
Over 90 Million shares (97,407,898) voted for the Holy Land Principles resolution. That represents in dollars $2.686 Billion (based on the weekend’s closing price of $27.57 per Cisco share). And if one adds the Abstentions as also withholding approval from Cisco’s position (of opposing the Holy Land Principles), one gets $8.593 Billion voting for the Holy Land Principles or Abstaining from opposing the Principles.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Holy Land Principles and Irish National Caucus said:“ By any criterion, that has to get Cisco’s attention. No company, no matter how big or powerful, wants to ignore figures like that— particularly since it is the very first time a Resolution on Cisco’s fair employment in Israel-Palestine has been moved at a Cisco Annual Shareholder Meeting. Cisco was founded in 1984, and in all those years nobody but Holy Land Principles, Inc. raised this issue. That surely, in and of itself, tells the world that it had to be done— that the elephant in the (board) room had to be acknowledged.”
The Holy Land Principles came within just two -tenths of one percent (2.8) of achieving the threshold of 3%, which would enable the same Resolution being resubmitted next year.
But that, according to Fr. Mc Manus, is not a problem: “ We will come back at Cisco next year with a Resolution calling for Cisco to disclose the breakdown of its workforce in Palestine-Israel using the nine job categories which are utilized in the U.S. Department of Labor’s EEO-1 Report (Officials and Managers; Professionals; Technicians; Sales Workers; Office and Clerical; Skilled Craft Workers; Semi-Skilled Operatives; and Unskilled Laborers).
Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President of the Holy Land Principles Inc., who moved/presented the Resolution said : “ It was an honor and a privilege to move the Resolution at such an important meeting . As I told the Cisco Board, the assembled investors and the global internet audience: “ The genie is now out of the bottle , and is never going back in. The Holy Land Principles are here to stay and will grow stronger every day… For nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
Anti-Holy Land Principles Campaign
As happened with the Mac Bride Principles campaign, there was also the anti-Mac Bride campaign. So, too, with the Holy Land Principles. And here an important contextual note must be made: It is essential — for institutional and historical memory and for a proper existential understanding of the dynamics of a campaign, its steps and missteps ‑— that the evolution of a campaign, and the anti-campaign be recorded. Not for blame or recrimination, but for clear thinking and far-sighted vision—in order to stay the course and not keep going round in circles. Furthermore, people need to be fully aware what really goes on in a campaign to get a company sign a set of fair employment principles for overseas.
It was just a matter of time before the anti-Holy Land Principles campaign was inevitably launched. The first attempt to sabotage the Holy Land Principles was, shockingly, by the American Friends Service Committee, which allowed itself to be manipulated into “crossing over” to join the companies in opposing, and calling for a vote against , the Holy Land Principles.
An unconscionable lack of solidarity, as good Labor people have put it.
The second assault on the Holy Land Principles came on March 11, 2015.
Mark A. Regier—of Everence, and Praxis Mutual Funds, and Secretary of both ICCR and US SIF— whom Fr. Mc Manus had never met or heard of, issued a totally gratuitous and contrived attack. He told a Washington PR Firm that he refused to talk with Fr. Mc Manus on the phone, declaring:“ there was already concern about the hyperbole and overreach that has characterized HLP communications to this point…”
“Hyperbole and overreach?” Seriously? The only modest claim Holy Land Principles, Inc. makes is that it is filling a vacuum that was crying out to be filled.
Reiger's peculiar interjection was so reminiscent of the anti-Mac Bride attacks to which Fr. Mc Manus used to be subjected: as if Reiger were fronting for someone else because his attack made no natural sense and was unconvincing and artificial. The British Government used to get a whole menagerie of people, in Church and State, to attack Fr. Mc Manus and the Mac Bride Principles. The purpose was, of course, to sow confusion in good people’s minds— the political version, so to speak, of counter insurgency tactics. That is how governments and powerful forces manipulate public opinion. Only the totally naive find that hard to believe. It is just a fact of life. It should be added here, that the Holy Land Principles Inc. would never dream of initiating an unprovoked attack on an another organization working in the field of responsible investment. Never. Period.
The third “ declaration of war” on the inherently good Holy Land Principles came on May 21 at the Intel Shareholder Annual Meeting in California. After Fr. Mc Manus spoke on the Resolution, two speakers planted in the audience rose to their feet and declared Fr. Mc Manus’ speech to be an “ anti-Semitic screed.” A shocking and outrageous falsehood that the audience recognized.
Then at the Cisco Annual Shareholder Meeting, a man from the floor made a speech defending the State of Israel from its inception in 1948, and declared the Holy Land Principles to be “superfluous.” He was followed by a lady from the floor, who described herself as working for a Socially Responsible Investment organization. She proceeded to make totally irresponsible and false statements. Barbara Flaherty’s opening words were : “The Holy Land Principles are pro-Jewish, pro-Palestinians and pro-Company. The Principles do not call for quotas, reverse discrimination, divestment, disinvestment or boycotts. The Principles do not try to tell the Palestinians or the Israelis what to do.”
Despite those crystal clear words, the lady from the floor proceeded to charge that the Holy Land Principles were part of BDS and anti-Israel, and as such were opposed by the United States Government.
Fr. Mc Manus said: “ What sort of a Socially Responsible Investment company will tolerate such irresponsible and malicious misrepresentation? I expect that company to issue a public apology and disassociate itself from the lady’s remarks. It is the responsible thing to do.”
Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “ It was striking that both the man and lady speaking from the floor tried to change the subject from Cisco to the State of Israel. There is not word in the Holy Land Principles, or in Barbara’s speech, that makes demands of the Israelis or the Palestinians, only of Cisco (and all the other 544 American companies doing business in the Holy Land). We will not be deterred by such tactics. I have learned from my experience with the Mac Bride Principles, that governments, Churches, companies and other interests can easily manage to get elements in the Right, Left and Center to oppose fair employment Principles. I have also learned that it is not important to try and judge motives or know who’s really behind the roadblocks. I just know a roadblock is a roadblock, irrespective of the motivations behind it. And so, with charity to all and malice to none, we press ahead with the Holy Land Principles, which only make inherently fair and eminently reasonable demands of American companies doing business in Israel-Palestine.
Responsible investors, faith-based or ethical-based investors can never again ignore this vital issue. Perhaps they had some excuse before the Holy Land Principles were put on the agenda, but now no excuse is possible. It is either action on behalf of fairness or complicity in un-fair employment.”
New research on the changing nature of workplace-centered philanthropy and employee engagement, including its role in attracting employees and engaging Millennials, will be released during the next 3BL Media “Best Practices” webinar, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. ET.
Conducted by America’s Charities, the research report Snapshot 2015 revisited the transformation of employee engagement and explored how companies are responding to new employee expectations, particularly those of the Millennial workforce; the strategic role of employee volunteering; challenges and opportunities that digital culture presents; and increased demands to demonstrate impact and outcomes from corporate philanthropic investments.
The webcast is free and open to corporate and nonprofit executives. It will be followed by a question and answer session.
Speakers will include Lynne Filderman and Steve Greenhalgh, senior advisors to America’s Charities, and Heather Wright, director of Corporate Responsibility at PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S.
“Employee engagement is a huge driver for CSR and sustainability programs, so we’re thrilled to host this webcast to learn how patterns of giving, digital culture and employee interests are taking center stage,” said Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, who will act as moderator.
Snapshot 2015 findings were collected in the third quarter of 2015 from responses to an online survey of corporate executives from 120 unique companies, both large and small representing 600,000 employees and 17 industries. America’s Charities has been conducting research on employee giving for a decade.
About 3BL Media
Founded in 2009, 3BL Media is a corporate communications platform exclusively for the distribution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news and content. Founded in 2009, the company works with corporations and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets through social, traditional and new media channels. 3BL has grown organically and through acquisition, operating a network of focused, authoritative sites including CSRwire, Justmeans, SocialEarth, Ethical Performance and ReportAlert. Content issued by 3BL Media clients also appears on hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg and Reuters terminals.
About America’s Charities
America’s Charities is a national mission-driven organization that connects public and private sector employers with charities to engage employees in greater giving. The organization operates as a strategic consulting partner for philanthropic organizations, nonprofits and the business community to increase social impact, and has been at the forefront of employee giving since 1980. America’s Charities’ experience combined with an accountable and transparent process has resulted in raising more than $650 million for more than 10,000 charities addressing a range of causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animals, veterans, disaster relief and health services. Information about America’s Charities can be found at www.charities.org, as well as on our social media networks.
Presidio Graduate School has received the largest donation in its 13-year history, a $3,000,000 grant from the Palo Alto-based Enlight Foundation.
“We are both honored and delighted to have the Enlight Foundation as a partner in PGS’s growth,” said William Shutkin, PGS’s President and CEO. “The foundation and its president, Xin Liu, are as committed as we are to educating world-class leaders prepared to change the world, and to advancing the emerging field of sustainable management. Like PGS, the Enlight Foundation knows what it means to be a small organization with an outsized impact. The gift is catalytic for us, allowing us to spread our wings a bit organizationally and internationally over the next several years.”
The gift will provide $1M in the first year, then $500,000 for each of following four years, to be directed to scholarships, faculty and program infrastructure, with an additional amount in year 1 to support PGS’s new online program, to be launched later in 2016.
For more information about the Enlight Foundation gift, please contact Summer Meyer, Development Associate, at 415.655.8942 or email@example.com
About Presidio Graduate School: Founded in 2003, PGS educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and professional development programs in Sustainable Management, and a flexible, affordable hybrid residency model, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. PGS has been ranked the #1 sustainable business school in the world two years in a row (2013, 2014) by Net Impact. In 2015, The New York Times called PGS the best business school to attend “if you want to change the world.
This challenging 2-day training offered by Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) with the support of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact of the University of Texas at Arlington, aims to give you all the latest tools and resources required to implement or upscale existing sustainability initiatives taking place in your organization.
CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.
Key issues to be covered:
This training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.
Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners.
1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment
Who should attend:
CSR Professionals, Sustainability and Environmental professionals, Public Relations Communication and Marketing Managers, Human Resources Managers, General Managers.
KEEN, manufacturer of original hybrid footwear, is committed to helping build stronger communities and a healthier planet. Through the 2015 KEEN Effect fan-activated grants program, KEEN will fulfill this promise by supporting organizations that are getting people outside to responsibly enjoy the outdoors. Today, KEEN unveils the final seven fall 2015 grant recipients, who will each receive $10,000 to inspire people to get outside. From more than 250 applications from around the globe, the new grantees are: Alaska Geographic, Boone Area Cyclists, Bush Heritage Australia, Sociedad para la Proteccion de Ecosistemas Costeros, Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, The Mountaineers, and Project Canoe.
“Our entire KEEN Community plays a part of the KEEN Effect,” said Kirsten Blackburn, KEEN Brand and Community Specialist. "From our KEEN Effect Committee members actively engaged in the decision making process, to our fans who refer applicants, to our wonderful grantees around the globe, we’re all on paralleled paths. We’re all dedicated to preserving places to play outside, and to tread lightly on those special places. sMost importantly, we’re proud to welcome these seven worthy organizations into the KEEN Effect family, and look forward to seeing the great positive impact continue to have in their communities."
Positioned under the brands KEEN Effect giving program – which has donated more than $8M in cash and resources to non-profits around the world since 2004 – the KEEN Effect encourages KEEN fans and the general public to nominate non-profit organizations that align with the company’s outdoor-focused, core values.
Since January, the KEEN Effect grant program received more than 1,600 applications from around the world, including all 50 states and 32 countries. Since its inception in 2013, the KEEN Effect has granted more than $222,000 to organizations who inspire responsible outdoor participation and work to preserve those special places we play. The grantee selection process for fall 2015 was conducted by an internal grant review committee representing all departments at KEEN and its subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, and Europe, who collectively selected winners based on a variety of criteria.
The fall 2015 KEEN Effect grantees are:
Alaska Geographic: Connecting young Alaskans to their wild backyard and providing opportunities for careers in public lands.
Boone Area Cyclists: Aims to develop new trails, specifically for beginner-level terrain, in order to introduce a love for mountain biking and the outdoors to the Boone Area community in North Carolina.
Bush Heritage Australia: A non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting Australia's unique animals, plants, and their habitats.
Sociedad para la Proteccion de Ecosistemas Costeros: Provides low-income Peruvian students an opportunity to learn and develop a love for nature and wildlife.
Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County: Ensures the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout Southern Chester County in Pennsylvania.
The Mountaineers: Enriches lives and communities by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Project Canoe: Uses the outdoors, including wilderness canoeing, to create a transformative environment in which youth develop life skills, social competencies, and resiliency, thereby fostering their own personal success.
These seven new winners are welcomed by the current 2015 grantee class which were announced in April: First Descents, Muddy Sneakers, GirlVentures, Open Meadows, Green Thumbs/Growing Kids, and Sustainable Coastlines.
“We are thrilled to embark on this project that has been made possible through the generous support of KEEN,” said Katrina Blake, Access and Visitation Coordinator at Bush Heritage. “By establishing the interpretive guide training program, we will build on our volunteering opportunities with an aim to increase our capacity to showcase the work of Bush Heritage and expose more people to these unique and special natural landscapes.”
Inspired by a love of the outdoors, KEEN Inc., manufacturer of hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, clothing, and accessories, is dedicated to creating quality products that support the lifestyles and outdoor adventures of active people around the world. KEEN products can be found online and through more than 5,000 retail locations in more than 60 countries, as well as in KEEN Garage retail stores in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company operations and culture reflect a stand-out commitment to building a strong community and a healthier planet so that all can create, play, and care. Learn more at www.keenfootwear.com.
salauno, a provider of low-cost, high-quality ophthalmic care to Mexico’s mid- and low-income populations, has joined the Business Call to Action with a plan to increase the number of patients it treats each year and expand its reach in Latin America by 2020. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight poverty through inclusive business models. It is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations.
By leveraging the cost efficiencies of its ‘hub-and-spoke’ model, salauno aims to become Mexico’s leading provider of eye care by 2020 – serving 500,000 low-income patients with a full range of ophthalmic services – and perform 25,000 surgeries annually; this will require expanding the number of clinics and hospitals ten times. The increase in patients and facilities will enable the company to continue providing high-quality eye care at rates that are 40 percent below market.
“The link between poverty and health is one of the nation’s biggest challenges. A lack of access to quality ophthalmic care leaves thousands of poor Mexicans blind, impeding their ability to break the cycle of poverty. salauno wants to eliminate needless blindness in Mexico and transform the lives of our patients,” said Javier Okhuysen, salauno’s co-Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to become Latin America’s leading ophthalmology provider in mid-low income communities and we are honored to have our inclusive business recognized by the BCtA.”
Blindness is a serious health issue in Mexico. It is the second leading cause of disabilities and are often a result of cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. With 300,000 cases annually, cataracts account for 40 percent of all cases of blindness, but only 175,000 surgeries are performed each year. Diabetes affects 16 percent of Mexico’s adult population, one of the highest in the world; only 50 percent of people aware of their condition. As a result, approximately 30 percent of all cases of blindness in the country – approximately 9 million people – are due to diabetic retinopathy. Another 2 million are presumed to have cataracts but have not yet received treatment. These numbers are projected to increase along with the rising incidence of diabetes coupled with an aging population.
Both diabetes and cataracts are avoidable with early detection and proper treatment. But while cataract surgery is considered one of the safest and most cost-effective procedures in healthcare, Mexico has the lowest cataract surgery rate among all OECD countries at 1.7 million per year – well below the minimal acceptable rate of 3.5 million per year set by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, Mexicans have already lost 55,000 healthy years as a result of blindness among poor people, and the number continues to grow.
These statistics have driven salauno’s management to build an inclusive business focusing on people living at the base of the economic pyramid. Their research determined that patients were willing to pay the equivalent of one month’s income for cataract surgery. Most providers charge up to five times the average monthly income, thus reaching only 35 percent of the population. The other 65 percent have been forced to seek other options, including the public health system, where cataract surgery waiting lists can exceed 11 months.
salauno’s first clinics were located in mid- and low-income, high-density areas of Mexico City, where other healthcare is inaccessible or unaffordable. In its first four years, salauno saw more than 100,000 patients and performed 12,000 surgeries – 5,000 of them were performed free of charge through cross subsides, government and social partners support. More than 30 percent of patients came from households earning less than $899 per year.
As it grew, salauno adapted best practices from India’s renowned Aravind Eye Care System, one of the world’s largest eye care facilities and a recognized leader in compassionate care. Standardized procedures designed by a team of skilled professionals optimize each practitioner’s strengths and ensure that doctors are able to focus exclusively on patient treatment. As a result, salauno is able to charge 40 percent below the market rate and its surgeons perform five times more procedures than the average ophthalmologist in Mexico.
salauno is on track to open a 3,000 m2 hospital in Mexico City by mid 2016 and nine diagnostic clinics by the end of 2016. By 2020, the company expects to replicate its model in five different cities in Mexico. The company and its shareholders (IFC and ADOBE Capital) are funding the expansion, and salauno expects each clinic to be sustainable after five months. In addition, in 2016 the company aims to host 200 diabetic retinopathy and cataract ‘outreach camps’ for Mexico’s poorest people.
“Accessible and affordable healthcare is a vital contributor to social and economic development at the base of the economic pyramid. salauno’s inclusive business model is a wonderful example of the private sector’s ability to tackle the challenge of affordable care for the benefit of both the company and its patients,” said Sahba Sobhani, BCtA Acting Manager. “We welcome Salauno’s membership in the BCtA and look forward to learning from and working with them.”
Learn more about salauno: http://bit.ly/1I0oZHp
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 Affairs, Swedish 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, and the Inter-American Development Bank’s Opportunities for the Majority Initiative. For more information, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.
salauno was founded in 2011 by Carlos Orellana and Javier Okhuysen. The organization´s mission is to “Eliminate needless blindness in Mexico”. salauno is a for profit social enterprise whose commitment is to provide high-quality low-cost ophthalmic health services. It expects to have high social and economic impact, through personalized, high-quality and accessible services. In less than four years salauno has seen more than 100,000 patients and performed more than 12,000 surgeries. Currently the company provides a full range of ophthalmic services, e.g. cataract surgery, retina, oculoplastic, cornea and glaucoma.
salauno has been recognized by multiple organizations around the globe. It is supported by the Aravind Eye Care System (the biggest eye care health system in the world), the Shwabb Foundation recognized salauno with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the World Economic Forum 2015 and the Mexican Ministry of Economy awarded it with the “National Entrepreneur” award in 2014.
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Releases Findings of its 2015 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), one of the nation’s leading Hispanic advocacy organizations, released today the results of its 2015 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index (HACR CII). The HACR CII is a component of HACR’s Corporate Accountability Strategy and measures Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 companies and HACR Corporate Member companies. The results of the 2015 HACR CII indicate that nearly 25 percent of this year’s returning participants have improved their rating from 2014, which reflects a commitment to diversity.
Since 2009, the HACR CII has tracked trends in Corporate America in four areas: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. HACR focuses on these four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity to measure the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America. HACR’s mission is to advance inclusion to a level commensurate with the economic contributions of Hispanics in the United States, currently the nation’s fastest growing consumer segment.
Key highlights from this survey include:
Hispanics comprise an average of more than 15% of the total reported employee base in Corporate America.
Hispanics are still more likely to be found in non-exempt positions within Corporate America.
On average, participants reported directing nearly 2% of total procurement spend to Hispanic-owned businesses.
Average total charitable contributions made by participants in 2015 totaled more than $85 million while average total contributions to Hispanic-led and community organizations amounted to slightly more than $6 million.
Hispanics held just over 7% of board seats amongst the participating companies, which is higher than the average within the Fortune 500, but is still considered low.
The HACR CII is conducted annually by the HACR Research Institute, led by Dr. Lisette Garcia. The Institute is devoted to objective research, analysis and publication of Hispanic-related issues in Corporate America.
“On behalf of HACR’s Board of Directors, we congratulate all of this year’s HACR CII participants for their commitment to Hispanic inclusion,” said Dr. Lisette M. Garcia, senior director of the HACR Research Institute. “Forward thinking companies such as these recognize that diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. More companies should follow this lead in using data and analytics to identify gaps to help impact change and keep up with the demands of the ever changing diverse marketplace.”
The complete 2015 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index can be found on HACR’s website, www.hacr.org.
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 16 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
The same group that evaluated SEC filers' corporate disclosures with Dodd-Frank Section 1502 (conflict minerals) now evaluated companies' disclosures required by the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657).
Development International (DI), a not-for-profit specialized in evaluation, published a report that rates the legal compliance and affirmative conduct of 1,504 companies’ anti-human trafficking and slavery-related disclosure statements.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 ("CA-TISCA") requires major retailers and manufacturers doing business in California, with global receipts in excess of $100 million, to disclose their “efforts to eradicate slavery and trafficking in their direct supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale” (California Civil Code Section §1714.43). By marrying aspects of Proposition 65 and Title III of the USA Patriot Act, CA-TISCA is indeed unique.
DI’s study is the first to:
Identify the majority of qualifying companies;
Find their disclosure statement on their website;
Score each company’s disclosure compliance with CA-TISCA; and
Score each company's affirmative conduct vis-a-vis CA-TISCA.
With California being the 8th largest economy in the world, it may not come as a surprise that CA-TISCA affects companies with combined revenue of $17 trillion per year, among them many Fortune 1000 companies.
Overall, compliance performance varied greatly. The average disclosure compliance score was 60%. But only 41% of companies were found to have a corporate disclosure score on or above the 70% mark.
“It would behoove any reputable company that qualifies for SB 657 to make sure it is at least legally compliant,” Dr. Chris Bayer, the study’s Principal Investigator, stated. “As at now, many are not.”
In order to ascertain the extent of corporate-driven action relevant to Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery, DI separately assessed the reported degree of affirmative conduct -- the extent to which a company reported positive action. The average affirmative conduct score of companies with statements was 31%. Fourteen (14%) percent of companies were found to have an affirmative corporate conduct score on or above the 70% mark. Fifteen (15%) percent of companies also noted that they were still working on one or more CA-TISCA-relevant items.
Commenting on the new dynamic ushered in by CA-TISCA, Bayer remarked: “A disclosure law such as CA-TISCA opens companies up to the court of consumer opinion. And the court of consumer opinion in the 21st century, with sheer limitless information at its fingertips, is a force with which must be reckoned.”
Indeed, the Act only requires companies to disclose their activity, not to take any specific action. Companies must disclose what measures they take, if any, to ensure that their products and supply chains do not involve forced labor. Companies must disclose their activity in five required areas: 1) risk verification; 2) supplier audits; 3) supplier certification; 4) internal accountability standards and procedures; and 5) training. An organization may disclose that it takes no action regarding the five required areas, and fully comply with the law, but that disclosure alerts interested consumers that the company may not have the policies and systems in place to mitigate labor abuses in its supply chain.
"Our study shows that many companies are going at this law with an attack-is-the-best defense mentality, and their disclosures clearly demonstrate not only compliance command but also good faith effort. Others, judging from their compliance score, still have some work to do in order to live up to the letter of the law," Bayer concludes.
The specific break-down of both a company's compliance and affirmative conduct score may be obtained as an additional service offered by DI.
DI also maintains an up-to-date table of companies’ disclosure statements and their scores.
About Development International
Development International (DI) is a not-for-profit organization specialized in areas where law, business and development intersect. With a particular focus on evaluation, DI provides empirical and impartial research on controversial subjects where stakeholders – e.g. NGOs vs. the private sector – have historically clashed.
DI's point of departure is to bring independent scientific scrutiny, clarity, and accuracy to bear on issues impacting quality of life, thus constructively moving conversations forward.
DI is based in Germany but active internationally. DI affiliates, national experts in developing countries, help us build north-south bridges of awareness, insight and a common future.
ViiV Healthcare Awards Additional Round of Grants to Support Innovative HIV Programs Aimed at Reducing Disparities in the Southern U.S.
ViiV Healthcare today announced it will award seven grants to organizations across the Southern U.S., a community disproportionately impacted by HIV, as part of its Positive Action Southern Initiative. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2013, the Southern region of the U.S. accounted for more HIV diagnoses than all other U.S. regions combined.i Positive Action Southern Initiative grants support organizations filling critical gaps in services and working to enhance or improve existing programs that serve marginalized or minority populations in the Southern U.S. Grant awardees are from seven organizations across Texas, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina.
This Initiative is aligned with the White House’s “National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020,” which prioritizes directing resources to areas and populations that have the greatest need. Engaging and empowering people living with HIV in the Southern region of the U.S. is the primary purpose of the Positive Action Southern Initiative.
“For the past five years, the Positive Action Southern Initiative has focused on awarding grants to community-based organizations in the Southern states — an area of our country disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS,” said Michael N. Joyner, director of Positive Action and patient advocacy. “Our ongoing commitment to these groups and the communities they serve illustrates our deep and ongoing dedication to helping people in the South affected by the virus.”
The following organizations will receive up to $50,000 per year for the next two years:
Abounding Prosperity, Inc.: Project BEST (Brothers Excelling Successfully Together) (Dallas, TX)
Friends for Life: The Haven Peer Navigator Program (Memphis, TN)
Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Inc. (JASMYN): The Safety Net Program Enhancement Project (Jacksonville, FL)
Nashville CARES: The IAMSTRONG Program Enhancement (Nashville, TN)
RAIN, Inc.: The Client Services Department Project (Charlotte, NC)
Rural Women’s Health Project: Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) Certified Peer Advocate Outreach Program (Gainesville, FL)
WellFlorida Council, Inc.: The High Impact Prevention Program (Gainesville, FL)
According to Ernest Hopkins, a member of the Positive Action Southern Initiative review committee, “This group of grantees represents some of the most innovative, effective programming in the South. Many of them are utilizing peer-based networks to discuss very important and timely topics such as mental health, linkages to care and ways to improve the adherence of their clients. Recipients will also have the opportunity to join the Southern Initiative Network, which creates a platform to share lessons learned and best practices with other community leaders.”
The Positive Action Southern Initiative now operates in 10 Southern states, with the goal of reducing disparities among black and Latino populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the Positive Action Southern Initiative has grown into a network of nearly 30 organizations throughout the South with programs and partnerships that help link and retain underserved and high-risk individuals in care.
The Positive Action Southern Initiative is a U.S.-focused project of ViiV Healthcare’s broader Positive Action Programme, which supports local communities impacted by HIV/AIDS globally. ViiV Healthcare is committed to building on the success of the global programme with efforts to support projects in the U.S. that address areas of greatest need.
About ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action Programme
Positive Action was created in 1992 as the first pharmaceutical company programme to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. ViiV Healthcare is proud to continue the Positive Action programme and its valuable work with these communities. Positive Action works with those communities most vulnerable to HIV disease, including youth, girls and women, sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, injecting drug users (IDU), the homeless and the incarcerated. Our projects range across education, prevention, care and treatment-related activity such as treatment literacy and community/clinical engagement.
For more information about Positive Action, please visit: http://www.viivhealthcare.com/community-partnerships/the-viiv-healthcare-effect.aspx.
About ViiV Healthcare
ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined in October 2012. The company’s aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines as well as support communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline and commitment, please visit www.viivhealthcare.com.
i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report, 2013; vol. 25; pp. 6–9; p. 18, Table 1A; p. 66, Table 18. Published February 2015. Accessed September 22, 2015. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/g-l/hiv_surveillance_report_vol_25.pdf.
With the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals now formally adopted, Ethical Performance is updating and expanding its international CSR Services Directory to showcase the work and services of social impact organizations worldwide.
Nonprofits, NGOs and service providers seeking to connect with corporations executing on the SDGs are invited to submit listings by Dec. 11. The updated directory will go live in January.
“Ratification of the SDGs in September during the U.N. General Assembly, and the upcoming COP21 climate change conference in Paris, have generated an unprecedented level of interest in the thousands of organizations providing corporate social responsibility and sustainability services,” said Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, which operates Ethical Performance. “The CSR Service Directory has been viewed by many as the definitive one-stop reference, and we’re updating it to assist those who are addressing specific SDGs.”
With content from more than 65 countries, Ethical Performance’s CSR Services Directory 2016 is designed to be function as the ‘who’s who’ among CSR and sustainability service providers.
An interactive, web-based tool, the directory includes contact information for key individuals and websites for each organization. Searchable by organization, geography and category, the directory provides cross-referenced entries in more than 70 categories.
Ethical Performance provides free public access to this important resource as part of its mission to further CSR and sustainability practices in mainstream business.
Located at www.ethicalperformance.com/directory, the directory is managed and edited by the Ethical Performance editorial team.
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About 3BL Media
Founded in 2009, 3BL Media is a corporate communications platform exclusively for the distribution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news and content. The company works with corporations and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets through social, traditional and new media channels. 3BL has grown organically and through acquisition, operating a network of focused, authoritative sites including CSRwire, Justmeans, SocialEarth, Ethical Performance and ReportAlert. Content issued by 3BL Media clients also appears on hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg and Reuters terminals.
Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, and its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business and Irving, Texas-based Epsilon business, today announced a $2.6 million donation to United Way chapters in 30 communities across the U.S. The donation is a cumulative result of their annual employee giving campaign as well as an incremental company commitment to the communities in which their associates live and work.
Associates contributed $1.35 million out of their own wallets, which the company then matched dollar for dollar, for the first time this year, for a total contribution of $2.6 million to United Way chapters across the country. According to statistics from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, funds like these mean 18,240 abused children will be able to receive yearlong crisis intervention and counseling or 24,320 students will be to participate in interactive STEM programs to strengthen the bench of the next generation workforce.
In addition to the financial contributions made to United Way, several offices organized volunteer opportunities at organizations supported to United Way. In Dallas, associates spent a day serving up food at the Resource Center, an organization that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.
While each of Alliance Data’s businesses manages their philanthropic activities independently, focusing largely on what matters most to their local associates, United Way is the one cause the company’s U.S. businesses all support. United Way’s mission to provide individuals access to education, income stability and healthy lives to achieve their highest potential aligns with Alliance Data’s goal to support organizations that have a collective impact on education, children and self-sufficiency.
“United Way has always been a fundamental part of our ‘giving back’ culture, but it’s the generosity of our associates that continues to make the campaign a success,” said Dana Beckman, Alliance Data director of corporate affairs. “Associate fundraising alone increased 16 percent this year, and our total campaign increased by more than 50 percent with the newly announced dollar for dollar company match. Half of the match will be specifically designated to target United Way educational initiatives.”
United Way actively assesses the needs of the community ensuring the most essential programs are receiving funding. It is because of these efforts that Alliance Data has full confidence that the contributions to United Way are being used responsibly; providing vital programs to communities where they need it most, and impacting the lives of those in need.
In addition to supporting the community, Alliance Data’s pledge to strong corporate citizenship is focused on three other areas – data, people and the environment. Each year, the company increases its corporate giving budget at a rate commensurate with the profitability and growth of the company, a growth that is only sustained through a strong, well-educated workforce. Over the next five years, Alliance Data has committed to giving $50 million to communities where its associates live and work.
About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 15,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.
Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services and also includes Conversant®, the leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, and holds a majority interest in Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.
Communications professionals responsible for telling their organizations’ CSR and sustainability stories are invited to a lunch-and-learn webinar Dec. 1 to hear how leading corporations are leveraging 3BL Media’s distribution platform to reach target audiences.
While enjoying lunch at your desk, login and join us to learn best practices for paid, earned, shared and owned media, and how to benchmark results. Attendance is free and questions will be answered live during this 45-minute event.
“Most of us pack our days so tightly with meetings and work that we fail to leave enough time to assess new processes and tools that have the potential to open up new audiences and increase awareness of our key programs and messages,” said Katie Buckland, vice president of business development at 3BL Media. “We’ve structured this webinar to clearly demonstrate how communications pros use 3BL Media to amplify their content and engage with audiences that are impossible to reach through traditional methods.”
Buckland will be joined by Linda Lea, media consultant at 3BL Media, during the webinar. Buckland and Lea bring both extensive experience with successes brought by the 3BL Media platform and hands-on knowledge of your challenges as communications professionals, having played a role in both corporate and non-profit marketing and communications. 3BL Media CMO Dave Armon will moderate.
About 3BL Media
Founded in 2009, 3BL Media is the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics. The company works with organizations including multinational corporations, SMEs, and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets through social, traditional and new media channels. 3BL Media leverages its expertise in communications, technology and social media to enable organizations to more effectively communicate about their initiatives to the press, investors, consumers and other critical stakeholder groups. Visit us at 3blmedia.com.
On October 22, 2015, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) convened the “Sustainable Development and Business Practices – 2015 Green Supply Chain Forum” jointly with Tianjin Green Supply Chain Center (TGCC), China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) in Tianjin. Over 200 distinguished guests from relevant government departments, NGOs, industry associations and 60 internationally well-known companies attended including: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), SEE Conservation, China National Textile And Apparel Council (CNTAC), China Electronics Standardization Association (CESA), Walmart, Apple, Microsoft, H&M, Marks&Spencer, Amazon, Unilever, Huawei, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toyota.
Mr. Jindu Cui, the head of the Steering Group of Tianjin Green Supply Chain Management Pilot Project expressed his sincere wishes to the forum, hoping that the forum can be held on a timely, regular and customized basis from now on, to continually enhance the demonstration effect and multi-stakeholders communication.
Globally, sustainable production and consumption has drawn increasing attention. As a critical global production base, multiple stakeholders in China have attached more importance on developing a green supply. The forum consisted of a morning plenary session and four afternoon sub-sessions containing the themes of Green Procurement, Green Supply Chains and Green Consumption, Green Transformation of the Textile Industry and Green Supply Chain Innovation In the IT Industry. Speakers from the Ministry of Environment Protection, CNTAC, Apple, Microsoft, Panasonic, H&M, Unilever, Marks&Spencer, and others shared good practices on sustainable production and procurement.
The vice president of Walmart Global Sourcing, Mr. Guy Robertson, shared Walmart's good practice of sustainable development projects on supply chain management and other businesses in the forum. He stated, “Walmart has kept good partnership with TSC. This May, Walmart Foundation announced a 5 million RMB grant to TSC to expand its efforts to support Chinese businesses in identifying and capturing sustainability improvement opportunities in Chinese product supply chains. We are really glad to see that TSC has made great progress in this area.”
UNEP Study Report - Sustainability of Supply Chains and Sustainable Public Procurement
In the forum, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) officially launched the Chinese version of "Sustainability of Supply Chains and Sustainable Public Procurement". The study aims to encourage governments, enterprises, academic institutions and other stakeholders to raise awareness on sustainable development, discover the value of promoting sustainable supply chains and sustainable public procurement, and work together to promote sustainable production and consumption. Ms. Nanqing Jiang representing UNEP China gave briefing of the study, said that “This September, United Nations Sustainable Development Summit passed 17 Sustainable Development Goals in upcoming 15 years, the 12th goal is ‘ensuring responsible consumption and production’, guaranteeing the economic development with minimal resource and environmental effect. This study is a key milestone on promoting the understanding of the relevant concepts, challenges and opportunities of sustainable public procurement and sustainable supply chain.”
Mr. Weidong Zhou, the Managing Director of TSC Greater China stated, “It is a great honor for TSC to hold this forum with the partners together and support the translation and publication of the Chinese version of the study. Currently, it is the crucial time of accelerating the ecological civilization construction to achieve industrial green upgrade under China's 13th Five-year Plan for National Economic and Social Development in China. TSC will bring its research strength and product sustainability tools to actively promote sustainable development and supply chain management in China's manufacturing industry."
Sustainable Product Certification, Tools and Platform
Considering current constraints in resources and environment carrying ability in China, increasing sustainable production and consumption will enlarge environmental capacity and help with sustainable development. Speakers discussed relevant sustainable issues respectively from international, domestic and local perspectives in the forum. Ms. Xiaodan Zhang, the manager of CEC introduced the development of sustainable product labeling program in China.
Mr. Weidong Zhou introduced TSC product sustainability toolkits and its application in supply chain that how the toolkits could help buyers better evaluate and manage suppliers’ sustainability performance as well as help suppliers reduce the input on sustainability issues and make improvements of good quality and high efficiency.
The manager of Tianjin Green Supply Chain Center, Ms. Lingling Mu expressed expectations for the work in Tianjin, the first demonstration center of green supply chain cooperation network appointed by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The next step is to gradually build green supply chain management and product certification system with the participation of government, enterprises and public."
Jon Johnson, the Chairman of the Board, TSC, said, “It is a pleasure to share TSC’s role and experience on promoting sustainable supply chain and sustainable development. I hope that the forum is a good start, leading to more cooperation in the future.”
About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium® (TSC®) is a global nonprofit organization working at the
intersection of science and business to transform the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable products. TSC creates credible, scalable tools, strategies and services that are based in science, informed by stakeholders and focused on impact across the entire lifecycle of consumer products, including environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium is comprised of more than 100 members, including manufacturers, retailers, NGOs, civil society and corporations that work collaboratively on innovation for a new generation of products and supply networks. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, with additional operations at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands and Nanjing University in China. For more information, visit www.sustainabilityconsortium.org