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    SOURCE:Deloitte

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    by Maya Moore

    Deloitte employees spent Friday out of the office, cleaning, organizing and applying fresh paint to the walls of classrooms and hallways at Covenant Preparatory School as part of their 19th annual Impact Day.

    A team of 35 employees from Deloitte’s Hartford office were deployed to lend their efforts at Covenant Prep. As employees eagerly waited to apply a second coat of paint, Deloitte consulting manager Akhila Geethakumari said the work had given her a huge sense of satisfaction.

    “It’s a privilege that we’re able to take a day off work and help serve the community as a team. We love being here and we’re leaving our mark,” she said.

    Read the full article on The Hartford Courant website.

    Tweet me:.@DeloitteUS employees made an #ImpactThatMatters by #volunteering at a local school as part of their 19th annual Impact Day. http://bit.ly/2JQeq5q

    KEYWORDS: Deloitte, IMPACT Day


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    Reflections from Common Impact’s staff retreat

    SOURCE:Common Impact

    DESCRIPTION:

    Last week, the Common Impact team gathered in our Brooklyn offices to connect as colleagues and plan for the work ahead of us. As a growing and geographically dispersed organization, it was the first time many of us had a chance to engage face-to-face in important conversations on the future of pro bono work, and it also provided an opportunity for the team to re-connect with our mission and each other. 

    CSR trends point to the rise of skills-based volunteerism with more than 50% of companies developing programs to support community philanthropy, employee engagement and leadership development goals among others. Given this increased demand, Common Impact is in the fortunate position of having an exciting challenge to help solve: how can we best innovate our program models and scale our organization’s capacity to support the rise of skills-based volunteerism.

    The next phase of our work at Common Impact will focus on how we can put the Knitting Factor into practice to achieve our vision of a society in which all individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose of strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. As participation in skills-based volunteerism increases, so too does our opportunity to move the sector from transactional to transformational change. We see this happening in three key ways and are excited to share our vision for the next-generation of skills-based volunteering as well as our staff reflections and enthusiasm for the future of this work.

    • Institutional Partnerships – To ensure the sticky relationships required by the Knitting Factor, Common Impact will build sustainable partnerships between companies and nonprofits that transcend individual volunteers to deliver on long-term business, social and environmental objectives.

    “As the CSR space continues to evolve, I’ve seen Common Impact’s corporate clients thinking more strategically and holistically about the impact they’re able to have – not just on individual nonprofits but on the core challenges facing our communities today. I’m excited to work alongside these leaders to form cross-institution coalitions that build community resiliency and innovate on traditional applications of skills-based volunteering,” says Molly Weinstein, Consultant.

    • Skill Building – Similar to the skills-sharing concept introduced by the Knitting Factor, the next phase of pro bono volunteerism will move beyond simply access to necessary skills to instead focus on reciprocal skill building and knowledge transfer between corporate and nonprofit team members. Common Impact is excited to continue leading this work.

    “One of the exciting parts of my role is being able to work at the intersection of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors and to break down the power dynamics that exist. I love hearing about the professional development benefits that the employee volunteers get out of the projects and how much they learn from the professionals in the nonprofit sector,” says Jackie Hodgson, Director of Consulting.

    • Pivotal Projects – Common Impact is developing new models for volunteerism that will help amplify the impact of our work on the nonprofit sector.  These strategic volunteer programs will drive innovative new approaches to developing, evolving and scaling social impact models to provide enduring solutions to the most persistent community problems.

    “I am excited to see how we can infuse our high-quality foundational work to drive expansion for pivotal projects, giving Common Impact and our partners the opportunity to create greater change in our communities,” says Season Eckardt, Senior Consultant.

    Some early examples of this work include citywide, cross-company days of service to help activate skills-based volunteerism at a regional level and introduce the concept to more organizations and participants. The first of these citywide models will launch in Boston, MA this September. Other pivotal projects on our horizon include developing a volunteer engagement model to support community resiliency in the face of increasing natural and man-made disasters, and expanding the reach of skills-based volunteerism by developing new tools, communication vehicles and research to support the field.

    "This year our staff retreat was a critical reminder that what drives this transformative and sometimes-messy work forward is the spirit and energy that we bring to it every day. Common Impact is incredibly lucky to have the team, board and partners that are ready to roll up their sleeves for this next generation of pro bono service," says Danielle Holly, CEO.

    Our team is enthusiastic and energized to lead the way on these new initiatives. We invite you to share your perspectives on where the field of skills-based volunteerism is headed and what you see as the biggest challenges or opportunities. We also look forward to sharing more updates on our new programs as they launch at http://commonimpact.org/blog/

    Tweet me:What happens when a national team of socially conscious professionals gathers for a retreat? Endless inspiration! The @CommonImpact team shares their vision & reflections for the next-generation of skills-based volunteering #probono #EmployeeEngagement http://bit.ly/2t60uKf

    KEYWORDS: Common Impact, reflections, staff retreat


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    Most Americans underestimate impact of global water crisis new research shows

    SOURCE:P&G

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    Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) non-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program and National Geographic have been raising awareness about the global water crisis.  Released in conjunction with World Water Day and a national survey, the documentary, titled “The Power of Clean Water,” follows the lives of three women and their families, providing a first-hand perspective on the daily challenges of accessing clean drinking water. As the film progresses, viewers witness how P&G’s Purifier of Water packets, distributed by partners ChildFund in Indonesia, CARE International in Kenya and World Vision in Mexico, have helped transform these communities.

    Click here to learn more about the documentary and survey.

    Click here to learn more about P&G's Children's Safe Drinking Water program.

    Tweet me:WATCH the @ProcterGamble & @NatGeo #documentary that is raising awareness about the global #watercrisis http://bit.ly/2tiqjpT #SDGs #safewater

    KEYWORDS: Procter & Gamble, P&G, National Geographic, NYSE:PG


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  • 06/20/18--02:35: The Green Bond Opportunity
  • SOURCE:BNY Mellon

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    As the global green bond market continues to see significant growth, it is also attracting a larger and wider issuer base. This growth reflects $155.5 billion in labeled green bonds, incorporated into a larger $895 billion universe of climate-aligned bonds that contribute to a low-carbon economy.

    Use of green bond proceeds shows how issuers are raising capital to conserve energy and resources, transform transportation systems and protect water, land and forests.

    These investments also offer the opportunity for investors to support society’s transition to a more sustainable future while generating financial value. However, no single agreed definition of ‘green’ yet exists, creating a market challenge.

    BNY Mellon is committed to fostering the integrity and strength of the market to help clients mobilize investment capital toward their sustainable financial objectives. Download the complete infographic and learn more in the 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

    Tweet me:Green bonds give investors the opportunity to support a more sustainable future while generating financial value. http://bit.ly/2xHBKN6

    KEYWORDS: Green Bonds, NYSE:BK, BNY Mellon, sustainability


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    By Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good

    DESCRIPTION:

    In “Short-Termism is Harming the US Economy,” Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett argue that executives who target quarterly, short-term results often do so at the sacrifice of long-term strategy and results. This, in turn, harms the sustainable success of companies and the economy as a whole. We agree. As part of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative, a coalition of long-term oriented companies and institutional investors, the call to action is clear: It is time for short-termism to end.

    There is an alternative. Rather than race to attract fickle traders, executives should instead aim to woo “patient capital” by adopting long-termism. To do so, we encourage CEOs to set strategy and regularly communicate their long-term plans for sustainable value creation. Earlier this year, nine members of SII’s Board of Advisors, led by Vanguard Chairman Bill McNabb, sent an open letter to CEOs of major companies. The letter poses seven questions every CEO should answer when presenting publicly-disclosed, investor-facing long-term plans related to three themes: growth, strategy and risk. Further to this, CECP has created a platform to operationalize the call from leading investors for long-term plans: the CEO Investor Forums. The events offer offers global CEOs and senior executives an opportunity to share a new kind of business plan with investors representing over $25 trillion in AUM, focusing on the long-term and material ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues.

    Read more at https://cecp.me/2M0bnED

    Tweet me:Daryl Brewster, CEO @CECPTweets responds to the WSJ article on short-termism. Highlighting the Strategic Investor Initiative, a forum for long-term institutional investors and CEOs to present long-term plans https://cecp.me/2M0bnED

    KEYWORDS: long term investment, CECP


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    SOURCE:Yum! Brands

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    KFC announced on Monday (Jun 18) that in an effort to reduce single-use plastics, it will no longer provide plastic caps and straws with drinks at its 84 outlets in Singapore starting on Wednesday.

    It will, however, continue to offer plastic caps for takeaway drinks. 

    In a press release, the fast-food chain said that the move - part of its No Straws Initiative - will see a reduction of 17.8 metric tonnes of single-use plastics in a year.

    Click here to read the full article

    Tweet me:.@KFC_SG to stop providing plastic caps and straws for drinks http://bit.ly/2K06ue3 via @channelnewsasia

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:YUM, Yum! Brands, KFC, KFC Singapore, No Straws, plastic waste


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    RBA Compass Awards to Recognize CSR Leadership, Innovation and Implementation

    SOURCE:Responsible Business Alliance

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the launch of its Compass Awards program and called for submissions from its members, their suppliers and factories. This awards program will recognize corporate social responsibility (CSR) excellence across three categories: Leadership, Innovation and Implementation.

    The primary objective of the Compass Awards is to recognize efforts that lead to meaningful, positive change in line with the RBA's vision and mission. The award submissions will also serve as examples of successful actions that other companies can emulate.

    “The Compass Awards reflect the RBA’s history of promoting effective programs and tools to improve labor and human rights, health and safety, the environment, and governance and ethics in global supply chains,” said Rob Lederer, Executive Director of the Responsible Business Alliance. “Through these awards we hope to not only recognize great achievements but encourage others to strive for the same.”

    The deadline for this year's entries is August 31. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges from outside of the RBA and finalists will be announced in the fall, before the RBA annual conference in Santa Clara, California where the winners of each category will be revealed and presented with their Compass Awards.

    For more information on the awards, including FAQs and the application form, visit the Compass Awards page on the RBA website and contact awards@responsiblebusiness.org.
     

    About the RBA

    The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. RBA members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The RBA is comprised of more than 120 members with combined annual revenue of greater than $4.75 trillion and directly employing over 6 million people. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.
     

    Media Contact

    Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
    Responsible Business Alliance
    Phone: +1 571.858.5721
    jbens@responsiblebusiness.org

    Tweet me:The @RBAllianceOrg Compass Awards will recognize #SupplyChain #CSR leadership, innovation & implementation https://bit.ly/2K6snbu

    KEYWORDS: Responsible Business Alliance, RBA, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, EICC, Compass Awards, supply chain, csr


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    SOURCE:United Nations Global Compact

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    NEW YORK, June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The United Nations Global Compact is pleased to announce today new Members to its Board, appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Seven new Board Members have been appointed alongside remaining Members and the previously announced Vice-Chairs Bola Adesola and Paul Polman. The Secretary-General will continue in his role as Chair.

    “We are delighted to announce the new Board of the United Nations Global Compact, chaired by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, with Bola Adesola and Paul Polman serving as Vice-Chairs,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “This new Board is the most diverse and streamlined Board the UN Global Compact has ever had, with Members representing business from all over the world alongside civil society and other stakeholders. Together, they will help guide the strategic direction of the UN Global Compact as we work to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. I look forward to working with each of our Board Members over the coming years.”

    The UN Global Compact Board plays an important role in shaping the strategy and policy of the initiative, which acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action. Designed as a multi-stakeholder body, the Board provides ongoing strategic and policy advice for the initiative. Board members are considered champions who are willing and able to advance the mission of the UN Global Compact. They act in a personal, honorary and unpaid capacity.

    As the world approaches the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact Board will be instrumental in helping to bring business to the table in support of Agenda 2030.

    The slate of Board Members as of today is listed below.

    Chair:

    H.E. António Guterres
    Secretary-General of the United Nations 

    Vice-Chairs:

    Ms. Bola Adelsola
    Managing Director and CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

    Mr. Paul Polman
    CEO, Unilever 

    Board Members (Business):

    Ms. Clara Arpa Azofra
    CEO, Arpa Equipos Móviles de Campaña

    Mr. Patrick Chalhoub
    CEO, Chalhoub Group

    Mr. John Denton
    Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

    Mr. Ren Hongbin
    Chairman, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH)

    Mr. Guilherme Peirão Leal
    Founder and Co-chairman of the Board, Natura Cosméticos S/A

    Ms. Flora Mutahi 
    CEO, Melvin Marsh International Limited 

    Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos
    Acting Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

    Mr. Francesco Starace
    CEO & General Manager, Enel SpA 

    Mr. Jean-Pascal Tricoire
    Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric

    Ms. Sandra Wu
    Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. 

    ____

    Board Members (Civil Society & Labour):

    Ms. Inger Andersen
    Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    Ms. Sharan Burrow
    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

    Mr. Philip Jennings
    General Secretary, UNI Global Union

    Ms. Patricia Moreira 
    Managing Director, Transparency International

    ____

    Board Members (Other key stakeholders):

    Ms. Lise Kingo
    CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact

    Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
    Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact 

    Mr. Carlo Pereira
    Co-Chair, Global Network Council
    Executive Secretary, Global Compact Network Brazil

    Ms. Fiona Reynolds
    CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) 

    Ms. Geneviève Jean-van Rossum
    Chair, UN Global Compact Government Group
    Special representative for bioethics and corporate social responsibility, French Ministry for Europe and foreign affairs

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    Tweet me:UN @globalcompact announces refreshed Board appointed by the UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres. Learn more: unglobalcompact.org/news/4388-06-20-2018

    Contact Info:

    Colleen Connors
    United Nations Global Compact
    +1 (212) 907-1301
    media@unglobalcompact.org
    @globalcompact
    https://www.facebook.com/UNGlobalCompact/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/united-nations-global-compact/
    https://www.instagram.com/globalcompact/

    KEYWORDS: UN Global Compact, Global Compact, Global Goals, Global Goals Local Business, board members, Antonio Guterres, united nations, Bola Adesola, Paul Polman, Lise Kingo


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    My Special Aflac Duck is the latest addition to the company's ongoing Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign

    SOURCE:Aflac

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    Since 1995, Aflac employees, agents and The Aflac Foundation, Inc., have donated more than $125 million toward pediatric cancer research and treatment. We are committed to helping make a difference in the lives of children facing cancer across the country, because every child deserves a lifetime.

    My Special Aflac DuckTM, part of Aflac’s ongoing Aflac Childhood Cancer CampaignTM and developed by Sproutel, is an innovative, smart robotic companion that features naturalistic movements, joyful play and interactive technology to help comfort children coping with cancer. With a year of child-centered research behind it, My Special Aflac Duck is a part of Aflac’s 22-year commitment to providing care and support for children who have cancer. Aflac’s goal is to distribute this smart companion to the nearly 16,000 children in the U.S. who are newly diagnosed with cancers each year, free of charge.

    Learn more about My Special Aflac Duck, and find out how you can make a difference at aflacchildhoodcancer.org.

    About Aflac

    Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For nearly six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Learn more at aflac.com

    Tweet me:#MySpecialAflacDuck is the latest addition to the @Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign http://bit.ly/2tkBEpn #Robotics #HealthcareInnovation

    KEYWORDS: Aflac, My Special Aflac Duck, childhood cancer


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    By Dalila Wilson-Scott

    SOURCE:Comcast Corporation

    DESCRIPTION:

    Today, we are proud to be recognized for the fifth straight year as one of the country’s most community-minded companies by The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic 50 highlights public and private companies that have demonstrated leadership in both their investment, as well as their measurable impact in communities across the United States.

    This recognition coincides with the release of our 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which shares some of the meaningful ways that Comcast NBCUniversal is addressing society’s most profound social challenges.

    In our report, we highlight our longstanding belief in the power of technology.  We know that being able to access technology, attain basic computer literacy education, and develop a substantive set of in-demand digital and leadership skills is essential to the pursuit of economic opportunity. To date, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more than 4 million low-income Americans to the power of the internet in their homes.  To complement that effort, we have also touched over 5 million people through various training and education programs designed to develop digital proficiency and prepare individuals to compete in the 21st century economy.

    Comcast NBCUniversal seeks out partners that share these values and are committed to positive change.  We have highlighted several of these changemakers in our report including Felicia Hatcher, leader of Code Fever in Miami, or and City Year alumnus, Dan Foley, who is now running the quickly-expanding City Year Jacksonville. We are honored to count them as partners and applaud their dedication to our communities.  

    We also are consistently amazed by the unwavering commitment of Comcast’s own changemakers, our very own employees.  Service is at the heart of who we are as a company, and has been since our founding 55 years ago.  This April, I was proud to be one of the record-breaking 115,000-plus volunteers who turned out for Comcast Cares Day to support over 1,200 projects in 23 countries around the world.  We also celebrated engaging our millionth volunteer since this great company tradition began in 2001.

    I invite you to learn more about the visionary changemakers we have the privilege of working with – and to celebrate the people, programs, and partners who are helping to create more opportunity for all.

    Tweet me:For the fifth straight year, @ComcastNBCUCI has been recognized by #Civic50 for its work in tackling social challenges. @dalila_says highlights the initiatives in the company’s #CSR Report that make up its commitment to creating more opportunity for all. http://bit.ly/2yseuTN

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:CMCSA, Comcast NBCUniversal, The Civic 50, Points of Light, comcast cares day


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    SOURCE:Schneider Electric

    SUMMARY:

    • A recognition of Schneider Electric’s long-term commitment to sustainability
    • Through its Schneider Sustainability Impact, the Group contributes actively to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    DESCRIPTION:

    RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – UN Secretary­ General Antonio Guterres has appointed Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President of Global Compact France and Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric, to the United Nations Global Compact Board on June 10, 2018. This high-ranking board advises the UN Global Compact – a network that helps companies align with UN principles and objectives for a sustainable future.

    With more than 13,000 participants – companies and non-business alike – from more than 160 countries, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with the mission to align companies’ strategies and operations with ten universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.  “I am delighted to welcome Jean-Pascal Tricoire to the Board for the UN Global Compact. Jean-Pascal has shown great leadership in driving sustainability in a business, and with his extensive global experience, I am confident that his contribution to the UN Global Compact will be very valuable in helping the organisation to continue to thrive. I look forward to our collaboration,” said Paul Polman, Vice Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact and Chief Executive Officer of Unilever.

    Schneider Electric has signed on to the UN Global Compact in 2002 and consistently shown its commitment to its  Ten Principles since then. In 2002, the Group published for the first time Our Principles of Responsibilty, a foundational part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to its stakeholders (employees, partners, shareholders…) regularly updated since then. As a Participant of the UN Global Compact, Schneider Electric took an active approach to engage its suppliers in sustainability, by measuring the proportion of purchases made with suppliers who participate in the UN Global Compact since 2004, and by encouraging its strategic suppliers to apply the ISO26000 guidelines since 2012. Thanks to an annual Communication on Progress (COP) as part of its annual report, Schneider Electric meets the Advanced COP level.

    Maximizing Schneider Sustainability Impact on UN Sustainable Development Goals

    “I’m thrilled to keep contributing to the development of the UN Global Compact by joining its Global Board, four years after becoming President of Global Compact France and 16 years after Schneider Electric’s accession. As the world’s largest corporate sustainability organization, the UN Global Compact is a tremendous collective movement for companies to make progress in the fields of human and labor rights, gender equality, environment protection and ethical business through the ten universal principles and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals” said Jean-Pascal Tricoire.

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The UN Global Compact is committed to be a leading catalyst of the transformation of those global goals into local business. Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, is actively engaged to accomplish the 17 SDGs through its core business and its five sustainability megatrends: Climate, Circular economy, Ethics, Health & Equity and Development.

    To support this commitment, Schneider Electric has developed a critical instrument for its sustainability journey: Schneider Sustainability Impact. It reflects the sustainability megatrends and guides Schneider’s sustainability efforts by making our goals clear. Renewed and updated for 2018 through 2020, this fifth iteration reflects, through 21 indicators, our holistic view of sustainability, how our sustainability efforts affect the planet, its people, our profit, and that of our customers. It contains our promises to our partners, customers, and the world. It is the standard by which we measure ourselves and hold ourselves accountable. It also states clearly how the Group contributes not only to Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) but also to Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy).

    About Schneider Electric

    Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

    Discover Life is On

    Follow us on:  
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    Tweet me:.@Schneider Electric’s #CEO @JPTricoire has been appointed to the Board of the UN @globalcompact http://bit.ly/2K31PrN #SDGs #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: EPA:SU, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Schneider Electric, Jean-Pascal Tricoire


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    by Erin Connor, Critical Human Needs Portfolio Manager

    SOURCE:Cisco Systems Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, Cisco and the Cisco Foundation support nonprofit organizations that serve people who are displaced by humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

    Today, World Refugee Day, is an opportunity for us to recognize organizations that are doing this important work right now around the world.

    One organization that is actively serving refugees is Mercy Corps – whose mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. In 2017, Cisco committed to a 5-year, US$10 million, multi-faceted partnership with Mercy Corps to help deliver aid and development assistance faster, better, and to more people around the world.

    Here’s a look at just two of the many areas where Mercy Corps is working right now to help refugees survive through crisis and build better lives.

    Jordan

    Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, over 600,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan, the second most water-poor country in the world. While many Syrians live in refugee camps, like Zaatari and Azraq, the majority live in towns where competition over housing, services, natural resources, and jobs is increasing social tension.

    To help refugees and their local neighbors come together, Mercy Corps developed a conflict resolution program that breaks the ice, teaches mediation and negotiation skills, and ends with the completion of a community project. Each project is different, and deciding what each community needs is part of the learning process. Together, each group must brainstorm ideas, come to a consensus, get the wider community to back their project, and follow it through to completion.

    As a result, playgrounds, libraries, community centers, soccer fields, and medical facilities have popped up in communities around the region. With both refugees and their neighbors invested in these projects, they have become places to gather, dismantle tensions, and build connections.

    Another program making a big impact in Jordan is the site Khabrona.Info, which provides crucial information on important civil documents and paperwork for refugees settling in the country.

    Khabrona is part of Signpost, a joint digital initiative of Mercy Corps and IRC, which provides refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people with up-to-date information on vital needs such as legal rights, transportation, and medical services in multiple languages.

    The program evolved from Refugee.info, which launched in Greece in 2015 with initial funding from Cisco. In addition to Jordan, the service has also expanded to Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy and El Salvador – and has served more than 800,000 people.

    Uganda

    Every day, an average of 2,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing political conflict, violence, and food shortages arrive at Uganda’s northern border. Eighty-two percent of these refugees are women and children under the age of 18, and Uganda now hosts nearly one million refugees from South Sudan in places like Bidi Bidi, Palorinya, and Rhino Camp.

    But Mercy Corps’ Uganda response goes beyond meeting basic needs. Recognizing that many refugees will not return home soon, the organization seeks to improve their lives while creating economic opportunity for surrounding host communities.

    For example, Mercy Corps supports farmers’ groups comprised of Ugandan and South Sudanese men and women who combine their resources to buy more vegetable seeds, harvest more produce, and improve their yields. Members receive training in business skills to grow subsistence plots into small-scale commercial farming operations.

    Refugees in Uganda are given a small plot of land when they arrive at the settlement; local farmers have larger plots, but few people to work them. By joining forces, they have more land, more seeds, more physical power, more food – and more opportunity.

    Mercy Corps is also seeking to empower both refugees and local residents with access to mobile phones, and in turn, economic and financial opportunities. For example, Mercy Corps is facilitating a relationship between a mobile phone distributor and village traders in the settlements and host communities. The distributor sells basic mobile phones to traders at subsidized prices. Village traders then resell the phones to beneficiaries for a small, predetermined markup.

    The program is creating business opportunities for both the traders and those who purchase the phones. The latter group may use their phones to get crop pricing information, to find buyers for their hand-made clothing, or to advertise a service within the local community.

     

    These are only two examples of the many locations worldwide where Mercy Corps is connecting people to the resources they need to build better, stronger lives. Please join us in supporting humanitarian organizations like Mercy Corps on World Refugee Day.

    Donate to Mercy Corps

    Follow Mercy Corps’s #ChoosePossible campaign on Twitter

    Tweet me:In their latest #CSR #blog @CiscoCSR recognizes the work of @mercycorps on #WorldRefugeeDay http://bit.ly/2K0BtXf


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    ‘Our promised digital utopia has minefields’ – Sen. John Neely Kennedy at the Facebook Senate hearing.

    SOURCE:Ethical Corporation

    DESCRIPTION:

    June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Ethical Corporation is taking an ambitious role this November 13-14 in San Diego in leading the movement to solve how companies can drive at what it means to be ethical in today’s digital world– at the Responsible Business Summit West

    Ethics and responsibility in digital business impacts everything from ensuring the proper use of data and being a privacy conscious company to social inclusion, freedom of speech and climate leadership.

    Going beyond compliance is essential.

    Customers, stakeholders and the public expect companies to adhere to higher ethical standards when it comes to doing business. It makes business sense to show that companies can be a force for good.  

    In San Diego this November, Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business West Summit (Nov 13-14, San Diego) will bring together 400+ CEOs and heads of business to share ideas on how to navigate the issues facing digital-first business. This will be the MUST-ATTEND event for businesses tackling ethics and responsibility in a digitalised world.

    ForgeRock, Barrick Gold, Cylance, DigiCert, Human API, Blitzmetrics are just a few of the companies sending C-Suite executives to help share ideas and shape the future of ethics in digital business.

    Download the full brochure here and be the first to see the key issues being addressed

    Tweet me:Check out the newly-released brochure for @Ethical_Corp's Responsible Business Summit West 2018 #RBSWEST here http://1.ethicalcorp.com/LP=19884

    Contact Info:

    Krina Amin
    Ethical Corporation
    +44 207375ext. 7508
    krina.amin@ethicalcorp.com

    KEYWORDS: Big Data, Data Privacy, digital ethics, Ethical Corporation


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    Designation recognizes products that bring improvements to the health care industry

    SOURCE:Sodexo, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 20, 2018  /3BL Media/ – Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced its Compliance Document Exchange (CDX) program has received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital experts who interacted with Sodexo’s CDX at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver, Colo., on September 14, 2017.

    The proprietary CDX program is part of Sodexo’s overall facilities management solution and ensures that facilities continuously comply with all Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements related to Environmental Services. Through this program, facility managers capture all data in an organized, consistent manner, allowing hospital staff to focus on clinical operations. Having a standard process ensures compliance and minimizes costly and urgent corrective responses. The CDX program provides a transparent review of required compliance documentation. Sodexo customers who have implemented this program have enjoyed a 99.98% success rate of regulatory documentation review.

    “Regulatory readiness with CDX has been a significant component of Sodexo’s comprehensive facilities program that assures continuous compliance. We are very honored to have received this recognition by Vizient,” said George Amador, senior vice president, Facility Solutions, Sodexo Healthcare North America.

    “Based on feedback from attendees at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange, it was determined Compliance Document Exchange should be recognized with an Innovative Technology designation. This designation will be noted in our online member contract catalog. Congratulations to Sodexo on receiving this status,” said Debbie Archer, director of procurement and Vizient Innovative Technology Program lead.

    Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute healthcare providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, Vizient may award a contract outside of the competitive bid cycle.

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    About Sodexo North America

    Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 133,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit sodexoinsights.com and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

    Tweet me:Sodexo receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient for CDX (Compliance Document Exchange) http://bit.ly/2yyG2qS

    Contact Info:

    Enrico Dinges
    Sodexo, Inc.
    +1 (301) 987-4393
    Enrico.Dinges@sodexo.com

    KEYWORDS: OTC:SDXAY, Sodexo, CDX, Compliance Document Exchange, Vizient


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    Annual event celebrates women in film, television, music, sports and fashion

    SOURCE:AEG

    DESCRIPTION:

    The sold-out fifth annual Women in Entertainment Luncheon (Film, TV, Music, Sports, and Fashion), presented by City National Bank, Coca Cola, Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Lakers, brought together top female executives and celebrity talent in the entertainment industry for empowering afternoon last week at AEG’s StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

    Created by AEG’s StubHub Center Community Affairs and Foundation Senior Director Tamala Lewis, the Women in Entertainment Luncheon featured a panel moderated by Pat Shields (Partner, Black Dot, LLC.) that included entertainment executives Cookie Johnson (New York Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur), Katie Pandolfo (General Manager, StubHub Center), Nina Vargas (Editor, The LA Fashion Magazine), Karen A. Clark (City National Bank  Senior Vice President / Multicultural Marketing), Tanika Ray (co-Host of Extra), Mandy Aragones-Walters (COO  Slick Rick Music Corp Co-Owner The Endeavour Agency), and Wendy Geller (YAHOO Entertainment).

    Festivities also included a live performance by the sisters of The Sledge Grits Band, celebrity DJ Lady Jamar and remarks from AEG Chief Revenue Officer Todd Goldstein, StubHub Center General Manager Katie Pandolfo and StubHub Center Community Affairs and Foundation Senior Director Tamala Lewis.

    Tweet me:.@aegworldwide's @StubHubCenter Foundation teams up with @nabfeme_la & @WmnHelpingWmn to host the Fifth Annual Women in Entertainment Luncheon! #LeanIn #WomenHelpingWomen #BetterAsOne #WomenStrong http://bit.ly/2M1xfiX

    KEYWORDS: AEG, StubHub Center Foundation, Women in Entertainment, National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, #LeanIn

       


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

    DESCRIPTION:

    This month, nearly 400 talented university students from across the country join Booz Allen Hamilton as Summer Games interns. Over the next 10 weeks, they’ll compete to solve 85 tough challenges. Their ultimate goal? To change the world.

    The Booz Allen Summer Games are here. 

    The Summer Games is an innovative internship program that simulates a real-world startup accelerator. The interns are divided into teams—with each team developing a breakthrough idea or solution for some of the most pressing, complex, and multidimensional challenges Booz Allen’s clients face. Mentored by senior leaders, the interns collaborate and experiment in Booz Allen's innovation ecosystem, using the firm’s products and engagement models to rapidly produce functional solutions to client problems.

    This summer, some of the challenges the interns are working on include developing a disaster evacuation model, exploring a technological solution for a mobile grocery store, creating options to conduct medical appointments from home, and harnessing data science and technology to tackle public health issues for society's greater good. 

    During the program’s tenth and final week, interns will present their Summer Games projects to a panel of judges, who will select 10 teams to advance to the final round. Those teams will compete to win the Challenge Cup, presenting their projects to executive leadership. Only one team will be declared the winner of the 2018 Summer Games.

    Stay tuned for updates on how Booz Allen’s Summer Games interns are tackling challenges, solving problems, and making the world a better place, here.

    Read more about the Summer Games Internship Program here.

    Tweet me:Learn how @BoozAllen Summer Games #interns are working to change the world this year http://bit.ly/2MJcdH0

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen, summer games, Interns, Internships


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    SOURCE:Republic Services

    DESCRIPTION:

    New Orleans was selected as the host city for World Environment Day. Community leaders and businesses, including Republic Services, came together for an educational summit followed by a traditional New Orleans Second Line Parade where groups then picked up recycling and garbage from the neighborhoods. Many members of Republic’s New Orleans team joined in the efforts!

    Read more in the New Orleans Advocate

    Tweet me:.@RepublicService joined New Orleans community leaders and businesses for #WorldEnvironmentDay educational summit and #recycling clean-up http://bit.ly/2tekmeh

    KEYWORDS: New Orleans, Republic Services, world environment day, Recycling

       


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    SOURCE:Edison International

    DESCRIPTION:

    At Edison International, we are leading the transformation of the electric power industry toward a clean energy future by focusing on opportunities in clean energy, efficient electrification, the grid of the future, and customer choice. As we pursue this vision, sustainability remains at the core of who we are and what we do. With roots dating back 130+ years, we know that our long-term success is based on delivering value to all of our stakeholders, and we’re committed to doing well by making a positive impact and doing our part to respond to broader societal challenges, such as climate change.

    This report reflects our sustainability strategy and 2017 sustainability performance and related metrics. It is organized around the areas that are most important to the long-term success of our business — leading the transformation of the electric power industry and operating our business with excellence by focusing on customers, communities, and employees.

    This report, which is an annual snapshot in time, references specific disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Standards, as well as disclosures from the GRI Electric Utility Sector Supplement. Please see the complete GRI index and visit our website for the latest sustainability news.

    We strive to be responsive to all of our stakeholders, including customers, communities, employees, investors, suppliers, and regulators and legislators, and to be transparent and straightforward when we discuss our sustainability performance. Your feedback informs our reporting. To share your thoughts and suggestions, please contact us at sustainability@edisonintl.com.

    Tweet me:In 2017, 46% of electricity delivered to @SCE customers came from carbon-free resources. @EdisonIntl 2017 #Sustainability report highlights utility's commitment to a #cleanenergy future http://bit.ly/2MKTjzA

    KEYWORDS: Southern California Edison, Edison International


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    In the first of a series of interviews with the sponsors of the Sustainability Awards 2018, Georg Müller-Hof, VP marketing, introduces Avery Dennison’s sustainability vision to Packaging Europe.

    SOURCE:Avery Dennison

    DESCRIPTION:

    By 

    What do you consider the key sustainability challenges for packaging and packaged goods?

    We consider the by-products, or waste, as the key challenge. Recycling programs are in place but are not optimised yet and a lot of by-products still go to landfill or incineration if you look at the entire value chain. Each step in the chain faces different challenges, but we need to cooperate as an industry to tackle the waste issue and address the future of our planet together. We share the planet and the responsibility to take care of it, so it is obvious we should also work on a mutual solution we all benefit from.

    What does the packaging value chain need to do in order to respond to these challenges ?

    With every step we take, with every innovation we achieve we should strive for more sustainable solutions. From raw materials procurement to transport of the final products to the consumer, we need to consider the process. Affordable alternatives are available, so let change start with yourself and reconsider the materials we use, the way we process them and the impact of the end-product we aim to sell.

    Click here to read more...

    Tweet me:Working toward packaging that doesn't cost the earth https://packagingeurope.com/sustainability-awards-2018-interview-avery-dennison/#.Wyqh5YEBwc8.twitter @AveryDennison #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:AVY, Avery Dennison

      


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    SOURCE:3BL Forum

    DESCRIPTION:

    THE BIG STORY 

    Climate Change Tops the Issues Agenda Across S&P 500

    Of the several big issues that have attracted the attention of brands taking stands recently, climate change looks to be topping the agendas of the world’s largest companies.

    The concern is literally in the air: 2017 was the third straight year of record warm temperatures in the US, with 15 severe weather events that created $1 billion or more in damages. May 2018 was another record setter, with US temperatures recording 5.2 degrees F above average.
     
    S&P Global Ratings backs up these meteorological figures with financial data that shows increasing concern about climate by business. The ratings agency’s analysis of 10 years of earning call transcripts finds that the terms “climate” and “weather” were among the most frequently mentioned terms by S&P 500 executives. The report, a joint effort with Resilience Economics, a climate risk management specialist, noted that 15 percent of S&P 500 companies publicly disclosed an effect on earnings from weather events, recording an average impact of six percent (although only four percent of companies quantified the effect).
     
    S&P concludes “The effect of climate risk and severe weather events on corporate earnings is meaningful. If left unmitigated, the financial impact could increase over time as climate change makes disruptive weather events more frequent and severe...As management teams become more accountable for the financial impact of weather events, it is expected that more companies will step up their reporting.”

    The implications are clear for publicly traded companies, said the ratings agency: “We may begin to see institutional investors build climate risk factors into their portfolio selection processes, thereby placing greater emphasis on climate when directing investments.”

    This rising concern by business has taken a concrete step in the We Are Still In coalition, a group formed to support climate action in meeting the terms of the Paris Agreement despite the administration’s announcement intention to pull the US out of the Accord. Its overall numbers are large, and still growing: to date, 2,809 leaders (mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, college and university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors), representing 171.4 million people across all 50 states and $6.45 trillion in assets. The business sector alone is represented by 1,906 companies and investors.

    With a growing material impact on bottom lines, and with widespread social support, taking a stand on climate change is a position that makes financial as well as social sense.

    NEWS YOU CAN USE

    Diversity Report by Google Shows Slow D&I Progress

    As the tech industry struggles with diversity and inclusion throughout its workforce, Google has issued its fifth report on the issue that spells out the problems. The numbers tell the story: Last year, Google was 30.8 percent female, 2.4 percent black and 3.5 percent Latinx. As the company notes, representation for women, black and Latinx people has barely increased. At executive levels, Google reports that management is 74.5 percent male and 66.9 percent white. For the first time, data about attrition was provided, and it revealed another angle of the D&I issue: attrition rates for black and Latinx employees were at their highest yet. “I hope what this report underscores is our commitment to this work,” Google vice president, chief diversity and inclusion officer,  told TechCrunch. “We know we have a systemic and persistent challenge to solve at Google and in the tech industry.”

    Integrating ESG into Supply Chain Finance Could Create $660 Billion Dollar Revenue Opportunity

    Supply chain issues are complex, with many moving parts to be coordinated, and the process is even more complicated when sustainability—with its many new, additional requirements—is the main driver of operations. But the ROI on the effort could be very profitable finds Business for Responsibility, in a new report, Win-Win-Win: The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Opportunity. It shows how “supply chain and trade finance mechanisms can be leveraged to create tangible cash incentives for suppliers, drive sustainable behaviors, and transform global supply chains. This is a significant opportunity for buyers, suppliers, and financial service providers.” For banks, supply chain finance is a $20 billion revenue opportunity now, according toMcKinsey, “offering an unrealized opportunity to improve supply chains while also achieving sustainability goals.” In time, BSR estimates that the sustainable supply finance market will reach “one third of the market, or $660 billion, representing a US$6 billion revenue opportunity for financial service providers.” Merging sustainability with materiality within supply chain operations could add to bottom lines for all involved.

    Calvert Pushes Companies to Take a Stand on Gun Control

    The hot-button issue of gun control got some highly visible media coverage last week when John Streuer, chief officer of investment firm Calvert Research and Management, was profiled in a New York Times feature. The article detailed how Streuer pressured Kroger to stop selling firearms after the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Calvert, with $14 billion in assets under management, owns $2.6 million in Kroger shares, and was prepared to introduce a shareholder resolution if the company wasn’t responsive to the issue. Kroger first set an age limit of 21 to purchase firearms, then shortly after cut out gun sales altogether. “To have the capital markets be part of a solution is meaningful. It is responsible investing at its best,” said Streuer. “I don’t want to avoid problems and leave them for someone else to clean up. I want to be part of the solution.” One part of the socially responsible investment equation he emphasizes is competitive profits. “We needed them [companies] to see that these issues would mean something to their stock price,” Streuer said. “That this matters from a business sense, not a social justice sense.” Streuer has been engaged with socially responsible investing since 1991, and has seen ESG-driven investing move from fringe activity to the mainstream. In the US, responsibly invested assets have risen rapidly since the mid-2000s, to $8.7 trillion in 2016 from $6.6 trillion in 2014, according to the latest Global Sustainable Investment Alliance Review.

    C-SUITE COMMENTS

    "There’s a shift going on. When I went to USC, it was all about maximizing value for shareholders. But we’re moving into a world of stakeholders. It’s not just about shareholders. Your employees are stakeholders, so are your customers, your partners, the communities that you’re in, the homeless that are nearby, your public schools. A company like ours can’t be successful in an unsuccessful economy or in an unsuccessful environment or where the school system doesn’t work. We have to take responsibility for all of those things. 

    This idea that somebody put into our heads — that companies are somehow these kind of individuated units that are separate from society and don’t have to be paying attention to the communities they’re in — that is incorrect. We need to have a more enlightened view about the role of companies. This company is not somehow separate from everything else. Are we not all connected? Are we not all one? Isn’t that the point?” 

                   — Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Salesforce

    Excerpted from “Corner Office” by David Gelles, NY Times

    PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

    Hammad Atassi has been named CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Atassi is a long-time senior executive with Numi Organic Tea, most recently serving as vice president of strategic development. Prior to Numi, he was an executive in the financial services industry. The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunity for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. It represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries.
     
    Becca Martin has assumed the role of head of global HR executive and internal communications at Caterpillar. Martin is responsible for the internal communications strategy for the HR function as well as the chief HR officer and the HR leadership team. Prior to joining Caterpillar, she was the head of corporate communications for Ace Hardware and worked in internal communications at Abbott Nutrition and McDonald’s.
     
    Common Impact is expanding its leadership team. The national nonprofit that promotes corporate skills-based volunteering has announced the appointments of Krista Van Tassel as director of partnerships and Season Eckardt and Marjie Bland as senior consultants. Van Tassel has worked with Wells Fargo, Net Impact, and Hewlett Packard. Eckardt previously worked at Reimagining Service, a multi-sector service coalition. Bland most recently worked with HandsOn Central Ohio, where she developed high-impact community and corporate volunteer programs.

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    Continue the important conversations on corporate responsibility long after 3BL Forum with the Brands Taking Stands newsletter. Written by veteran journalist, John Howell, this newsletter is published every Wednesday morning.

    Tweet me:Find out why #climatechange tops the issues agenda across S&P 500 in the latest #BrandsTakingStands newsletter http://bit.ly/2lkU3ij via @3BLMedia #CSuite #thoughtleadership #SDGs

    KEYWORDS: C-Suite, sustainability, S&P 500, Brands Taking Stands, 3bl Media, 3BL Forum


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