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    By Jim Starr, President and CEO, America's Charities

    SOURCE:America's Charities


    In my 25+ year career, I’ve had the opportunity to help individuals and organizations connected to the causes they care about.  As President and CEO of America’s Charities, I also have the vantage point of seeing how employee giving and volunteering has rapidly transformed over the past few years.  America’s Charities is a nonprofit that provides employers nationwide with employee giving technology and services to support employee engagement and workplace fundraising efforts

    Along the way, I’ve experienced firsthand the maze of choices employers face when they search for a partner to help them manage their employee giving programs, along with the confusion over the true cost of technology and services for those programs.

    The number of vendors offering software and services to support workplace giving programs has exploded in recent years, the result of a growing interest among employees to give back as well as improvements in technology.

    This trend offers companies more choices than ever before. But with choice comes confusion. Nearly every one of these vendors offers a different suite of services — and a different fee structure.

    Some charge a flat fee up front. Others charge employers a percentage of the amount donated to charities. Still others pass along the cost to the charities that receive the funding. And many serve up a combination of these and other fees.

    Whether you’re a large corporation or a small company, a few simple questions can help you understand the technology, services, and fees associated with them. Then you can make informed choices about the value of your purchase and get the most bang for your company’s buck.

    >> Continue Reading and Access a Copy of our New "Workplace Giving Fees Guide"

    Tweet me:.@AmerCharities: What You Need to Know about #EmployeeGiving Fees and Selecting the Right #WorkplaceGiving Technology and Service Provider

    KEYWORDS: America’s Charities, workplace giving, employee giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, charity vetting, Fundraising

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    Awards presented at the 2018 Service Unites conference honor and recognize individuals and companies for outstanding volunteer work

    SOURCE:Points of Light


    ATLANTA , June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Service Unites 2018, powered by Points of Light, convened nearly 2,000 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders from 38 countries to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally. During the three-day Atlanta event, Points of Light recognized four inspiring changemakers by presenting them with Daily Point of Light Awards, a prestigious honor started by President George H.W. Bush during his presidency. Points of Light also announced the 2018 honorees of The Civic 50, a recognition of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

    The Daily Point of Light Award was established in 1990 by President Bush to celebrate the power of individuals to create change and improve the world. Honorees Jesse Williams, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and Dwight Howard received their awards from Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light, and Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light. They join more than 6,200 previous recipients of the award.

    • Daily Point of Light #6,285: Actor, director and producer Jesse Williams is well known for his work on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” but gained international renown for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech, where he eloquently covered a range of issues including police abuse and systemic inequities. At Service Unites 2018, he led a discussion with two young men from different walks of life who are using their skills, resources and voice for service and social justice. This is just one example of how Williams is shining a light on important issues, as well as those who are using their time and talent to effect change. He received his award during the Opening Plenary at the Fox Theater on June 18.
    • Daily Point of Light #6,286: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, have dedicated their lives to service. After Rep. Giffords was shot in the head near point-blank range, they founded Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence to encourage elected officials to stand up for laws that make communities safer from gun violence. Their commitment and passion to service have helped countless individuals create change and become inspired to lead a civically engaged life. Giffords and Kelly received their award during The Civic 50 Gala at the Center for Civil and Human Rights on June 19.
    • Daily Point of Light #6,287: NBA basketball star Dwight Howard shines both on and off the court. The NBA Community Assist Award winner and five-time winner of the DeVos Community Enrichment Award founded the D12 Foundation in 2011 to help close critical community “gaps” in three key areas of focus: early childhood education and literacy, facilitating the education of girls in East Africa, and empowering youth and developing leadership. Howard also serves the community through youth mentorship, including at the Boys and Girl Club in Charlotte that bears his name. He was surprised with the award during the Closing Plenary on June 20, following a discussion with Neil Bush about the importance of service.

    Since 2011, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcased how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program – investment, integration, institutionalization and impact. This year’s honorees were recognized on June 19 at a gala hosted by the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Learn more and view the full list of honorees at

    Also honored at The Civic 50 Gala was the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston, recognized as the 2018 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding Corporate Volunteer Councils – local business networks that address community needs through workplace volunteering – that have a clear purpose, meaningful educational activities, and measurements for success. Entirely volunteer-led by a leadership committee comprised of local professionals, the CVC of Greater Boston’s membership is 150 companies strong and represents a potential volunteer workforce in the thousands. Points of Light board member Jeff Hoffman presented the award to Tori Hay, vice president of philanthropy for BNY Mellon and steering committee chair for the CVC of Greater Boston, who accepted on behalf of the organization.

    About Service Unites

    The Service Unites conference is powered by Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Points of Light inspires, equips and 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 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to

    Access images of the Daily Point of Light Award honorees.

    Frances Chang on behalf of Points of Light 404.814.1330


    Meghann Gibbons Vice President, Marketing & Communications 404.979.2920

    Tweet me:Points of Light honors Jesse Williams, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and Dwight Howard at #ServiceUnites 2018: #DailyPointofLight #Civic50

    KEYWORDS: Points of Light, Daily Point of Light, civic 50, Dwight Howard, Jesse Williams, Gabrielle Giffords, mark kelly

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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio


    What is meant by “enlightened self-interest,” and how does it inform consumer decisions? Shel Horowitz, a profitability and marketing consultant for green and sustainable businesses, thinks that moving forward, more and more of us will be doing our own legwork when it comes to making well-informed purchasing decisions. Furthermore, he thinks that more socially-responsible consumer choices have a hidden bonus: more profit. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Horowitz about the ripple effect of socially-responsible business practices into developing nations, talk about the business edge that comes with being a socially responsible company, and break down the role of the general public in all of this. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives and speak with Maya Van Rossum to learn about her organization, the Delaware Riverkeepers, and her book, the Green Amendment.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - "@shelhorowitz ‏on Enlightened Self-Interest"

    KEYWORDS: sea change radio, Shel Horowitz

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    by Christine Fraser, SVP and Chief Responsibility Officer



    Our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan captures our commitment of putting our technology and expertise to work for the good of our people and planet, a founding principle of Dell’s purpose: to drive human progress.

    Stepping into the Chief Responsibility Officer role this year, I’m truly honored to represent this commitment and an impressive body of work that reflects the integrity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Dell team. Together we remain committed to putting our solutions and expertise to work in innovative and meaningful ways that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.

    Today we’ve launched our FY18 Annual Update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan and we invite you to explore this report and its stories at

    Here are some of the highlights of our FY18 successes:

    • 37 million people in rural India will receive improved health screenings thanks to cloud-based analytics solution Digital LifeCare launched by Dell in partnership with Government of India and Tata Trusts.
    • 2 million students in Ethiopia will now have access to technology thanks to a partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry for Education and Camara Education. Between 2016 and 2019, Dell will deliver over 30,000 PCs to more than 1,250 schools and more than 16 million hours of ICT education training to over 3,000 teachers and school leaders.
    • $3 billion was spent annually with women- and minority-owned suppliers and small businesses. Additionally, 100 of our key suppliers spent more than $350 million with diverse suppliers in their own supply chains.
    • 6 million dollars in value returned to commercial customers through Dell’s Asset Resale and Recycling Services. Dell’s US recycling programs recycled more than 21 million pounds of plastics and gold to make new computer parts through our closed-loop recycling process.
    • 73 million pounds of recycled materials – sourced from water bottles, used electronics, aerospace scrap carbon fiber- were used in new Dell products since 2013. We also reduced the energy intensity of products 60 percent since 2012 and designed out 1.2 million pounds of packaging to reduce waste for our customers.
    • 99 percent of our manufacturing waste was diverted from landfills – this is across all 9 of our manufacturing sites, and to celebrate World Ocean Day, Dell went strawless at global facilities.
    • Dell team members have logged 3 million volunteered hours since 2013 on track to meet our goal of 5 million service hours by 2020.

    My report letter highlights some of my favorite stories from the past year, and you’ll see a reoccurring theme: collaborative innovation. Because it takes all of us to create the positive change our world needs.

    As we march toward 2030 we will continue to seek innovative ways to deploy our resources, design out waste, celebrate inclusion and address the greatest need.

    Tweet me:READ @Dell Chief Responsibility Officer @CPFras9095's #blog discussing updates on the #2020 #LegacyofGood plan‏ #corporateresponsibility #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: Dell, 2020, Legacy of Good

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    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good


    • SERES and CECP organized a meeting this morning, CEOs for Good, during which they brought together the top management of Spanish companies and pondered on the importance of having responsible leaders within the business framework.
    • SERES and CECP share the same objective: generate a positive impact on society through business management. SERES has become CECP's Global Exchange Local Authority in Spain.
    • Both entities are working alongside CEOs and companies to empower them to be a force for good in society. SERES and CECP seek to enhance the bond between social and economic progress and view corporate leadership as a cornerstone for achieving a cultural change.


    MADRID, June 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - After the recent alliance between Fundación SERES and CECP, both non-profit entities committed to jointly promote the social dimension within companies.

    CECP: The CEO Force for Good, started in 1999 by Paul Newman, has since grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies representing $6.2 trillion in revenues, $18.4 billion in societal investment. CECP is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. A cornerstone of the collaboration between Fundación SERES and CECP is their alignment on the critical role CEOs play in determining the company's social strategy. CECP was pleased to formalize this partnership by welcoming Fundación SERES to the Global Exchange, an effort initiated nearly two years ago. CECP’s Global Exchange seeks to unite country-based, mission-driven corporate societal engagement organizations to advance the corporate sector as a force for good around the world.

    At the CEOs for Good event, Fundación SERES and CECP brought together nearly a hundred leaders for two intimate discussion panels. Conversation focused on the importance of responsible leadership and the good practices that the Spanish business framework is generating.

    The discussions got underway with a panel led by Francisco Román, chairperson of Fundación SERES and Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. Central to the conversations was the notion of  responsible leadership and its importance in companies, as well as the importance of soliciting input from key stakeholders.

    Francisco Román, re-elected as president of Fundación SERES at the Board of Trustees held this morning, said: "A sustainable and responsible business model does not depend so much on the type of company but on the commitment that it has to the society. A challenge and a gateway towards transformation, which requires us to think about the long term and sustainability of the companies in terms of time. Today more than ever, we need leaders who focus on people.

    "In recent years, more and more CEOs have become almost new activists that the world needs,” said Daryl Brewster. “Chief executives have a global vision, act in the long term and implement initiatives that are intended to be sustainable over time."

    The second panel moderated by Asís Martín de Cabiedes, vice chairperson of Fundación SERES and executive chairperson of Europa Press was attended by Marta Martínez, chairperson of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel; Nabil Daoud, chairperson of Lilly Spain, Portugal and Greece and Alejandro Beltrán, Senior Partner & Chairman of McKinsey & Company Iberia.

    About Fundación SERES

    Fundación SERES, a non-profit organization, promotes the commitment of companies to improve society with responsible actions aligned with the company's strategy and while generating value for all. Today, 140 companies and institutions are part of this project. The objective of the Foundation is to promote social actions of companies and transform the business reality to build a better and healthier society and a stronger company.  SERES is striving to promote individual and collective learning by solving real social problems and creating value for companies.  The Foundation has elected social innovation as an essential element for addressing the challenges current business managers are faced with, through: the creation of value, metrics and sustainability over time.  For more information, visit:

    About CECP

    CECP: The CEO Force for Good is an organization that believes that the social strategy of companies, the way in which they relate to their main stakeholders, determines the success of companies. Founded in 1999 by actor Paul Newman and other business leaders, CECP is an alliance that brings together more than the 200 largest companies in the world and represents about 13 million employees with an investment nearing $19 billion.

    For more information:
    Sofía Martín
    Fundación SERES
    +34 91 575 84 48

    Tweet me:Top management of Spanish companies met to address the importance of responsible leadership within the business framework. @Fundacion_SERES, @CECPTweets' GX Local Authority on social impact in Spain hosts the convening of nearly 100 leaders

    KEYWORDS: CECP, CECP: The CEO Force for Good, SERES


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    Grand opening celebration included tours, activities, and programming samples

    SOURCE:Tupperware Brands


    As part of a new partnership with Tupperware Brands, Clubs de Niños y Niñas de Centro America (CNNCA) opened for its newest club in Zona 3 de Mixco, near Guatemala City, on May 26th.

    Appropriate spaces are limited and expensive in Guatemala, especially in the city and its surrounding areas.  Most buildings that could properly house a club, similar to those in the US, could go for as much as five thousand dollars per month. Because of funding provided by Tupperware Brands, CNNCA was able to make this new club a reality. 

    The club is based in a house, with four areas dedicated to programming. Demand for this valuable community resource is clear: nearly eighty children joined the club on the first day. As membership continues to grow, there is the potential to increase to eight program rooms. Currently, the club offers after school and Saturday programming. On weekdays, the focus is on younger kids, and teen programming is emphasized on Saturdays. Based on demand, the club may offer morning sessions for youth who attend school in the afternoon. 

    CNNCA’s programming is centered around the same three key pillars that Boys & Girls Clubs of America focuses on: Academics & Careers, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. During the grand opening celebration, parents and other attendees toured the facility and had an opportunity to experience some of the club's programming, including its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, which involves working with iPads, robotics kits, and more. They also heard about the club's English language programs, which are focused on conversation and interactive activities. In addition, they participated in the very popular cooking program, which allows club members to learn easy-to-make recipes and prepare their own snacks. 

    CNNCA is fully committed to the continued growth of its clubs. In conjunction with its Tupperware Brands partnership, and perhaps other partners, their goal is to open at least five more clubs in the next year.

    To learn more about Tupperware's global social responsibility programs, visit the Tupperware Brands website.

    Tweet me:.@TupperwareBrands funds a new Boys and Girls Club in #Guatemala @Club_NYN_CA #CultivatingConfidence

    KEYWORDS: Tupperware Brands, Boys & Girls Clubs, Guatemala

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    by Lauren Chasanoff

    SOURCE:Common Impact


    We know communities of practice are an age-old concept, but we are excited to see a growing number of conveners who are bringing cross-sector leaders together to develop their people, improve their performance, and deepen their impact in the community. These groups are made up of practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, who are actively developing shared resources, best practices, and tools to solve some of society’s toughest challenges.

    In our latest blog post, “The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Stick,” we highlighted three key conditions that enable skills-based engagements between the private and nonprofit sector to create strengthened, sustainable solutions for our communities. The first of which is a Panoramic Perspective - an ability to look beyond traditional sector roles, titles, and stereotypes to create real societal value – not just profit. At Common Impact, we recognize the importance of bringing leaders together from different industries, regions, backgrounds, and experiences in order to create space for broader conversations to unfold. We play an active role by convening our own network of corporate and nonprofit partners to discuss topics such as trends in corporate pro bono and disaster relief.

    If you are on the lookout for dynamic cross-sector communities of practice, you’ve come to the right place! Check out some of our favorites below:

    Pledge 1% Initiative

    Pioneered by and now a strategic initiative of Tides, Pledge 1% is a global movement that encourages and challenges both individuals and companies to Pledge 1% of equity, profit, product, and/or time for their communities. Those who take the Pledge have the ability to tailor pledge types to meet their needs and receive access to a membership community of like-minded leaders. Since its launch in December 2014, over 1,000 companies across the globe have taken the pledge and committed to making a deeper impact in their communities. One of the key pieces of the Pledge 1% initiative is giving through time, in addition to dollars. This is where skills-based volunteering plays a big role in not only yielding tremendous community impact, but simultaneously developing a company’s employees through real-time experiential learning opportunities.  

    NYC Service: NYC Corporate Service Coalition

    NYC Service is a division of the Office of the Mayor, launched in April 2009 in response to President Barack Obama's national call for volunteerism. New York City was the first “City of Service” and since NYC Service launched, over 200 U.S. cities have joined the network. As part of their robust initiatives, NYC Service has created the Corporate Service Coalition, a coalition of nonprofits and city agencies that regularly meet to share best practices, and develop strategies to expand and deepen corporate volunteer and pro bono service. Common Impact has had the privilege to partner with NYC Service and the Coalition on creating half-day skills-based trainings for their cohort of nonprofit partners. These trainings equip organizations with the knowledge and best practices to make these initiatives work within their own operating environment – no matter their size.

    NationSwell Council

    NationSwell Council is a membership of cross-sector community of service-minded leaders and innovators who are taking action and tackling the nation’s most critical issues. Their members, including Common Impact’s own CEO, Danielle Holly, share an authentic passion for service, take action around solutions, and support each other as part of a shared community. We love that the spirit of service is core to the Council’s mission and that each member’s unique experience is designed to advance their work, their life and their service; expose them to new ideas, perspectives and sources of inspiration; deepen their relationships and opportunities for collaboration, and generate measurable impact.

    “The Council convenes socially conscious leaders from different walks of life who would have otherwise never crossed paths.  It’s a fantastic mix of finding your “clan” and exposing yourself to fresh ideas that drive your work forward,” says Danielle Holly.

    Over the next week, we will be unpacking the stories from cross-sector leaders who inspire us to hear how they leverage their cross-sector experience and their participation in communities of practice to make a deep impact in both their organization and their community.

    Tweet me:On the lookout for dynamic cross-sector communities of practice? You’ve come to the right place! Check out some of @CommonImpact's favorite conveners in their latest blog post to see how they bring leaders from all walks of life together to create #impact

    KEYWORDS: communities of practice, Salesforce, Pledge 1%, NationSwell, NationSwell Council, NYC Service, Danielle Holly, Common Impact, cross-sector

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    SOURCE:Taproot Foundation


    Pro bono service has the potential to shift technology adoption and implementation in the social sector. The Taproot Foundation, in collaboration with VMware Foundation, released a new supplement to Transforming Technology Pro Bono that will ensure nonprofits can maximize the impact technology pro bono can have on their organizations.

    “Technology underscores everything at a nonprofit – from basic operations to innovative services,” says co-author and Taproot consultant Ava Kuhlen. “Successful technology pro bono projects require seeing the nonprofit as the customer. This means investing in discovering what the nonprofit needs and then designing a sustainable solution together that the nonprofit needs, uses and maintains.”

    “VMware takes a customer-centric approach to accelerate its customers’ digital journeys,” says Jessamine Chin, VMware Foundation Director. “We see the growing gap in nonprofit digital transformation. To meet this need, our people can contribute their professional talents to co-create innovative solutions with nonprofit staff – driving positive social change.”

    Download the supplement to Transforming Technology Pro Bono > 

    Tweet me:Explore @TaprootFound and @VMWfoundation's new supplement to Transforming #Technology #ProBono.

    Contact Info:

    Taproot Foundation

    KEYWORDS: Taproot Foundation

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    Celebrated program aims to raise funds and take care of home rebuilds for military families in need

    SOURCE:Rebuilding Together


    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., June 21, 2018  /3BL Media/ – For the 11th year in a row, Sears and Rebuilding Together have teamed to launch the Heroes at Home initiative, which benefits veterans and their families through fundraising and critical home repair nationwide. More than 500 Sears volunteers will team up with Rebuilding Together affiliates to complete dozens of projects this year, bringing tangible assistance and aid to veterans, active duty military and their families.

    Now through August 4, Sears Shop Your Way members and customers can participate by donating to Heroes at Home at their local Sears stores or online via a link at All proceeds will go toward rebuilding efforts across the country through Rebuilding Together.  

    “Serving in the military is the most selfless and brave act a person can undertake,” said Leena Munjal, chief digital officer for Sears. “Year after year, our goal for this program is to spread awareness of the great need for our veterans who have sacrificed to protect the freedom we enjoy, and offer them the heartfelt care through support, supplies and the warmth and safety of a place they can call home.”  

    Last year, in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the Sears Heroes at Home program raised $2.1 million and more than $23 million since 2007. Sears and Rebuilding Together have improved the lives of tens of thousands of veterans and military families, provided better access to quality community resources, like Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and American Legion posts, and strengthened communities across the country.

    By the numbers—10+ years of Sears Heroes at Home Program:

    • $23.5 million               Funds raised to rebuild veteran, military family homes and centers
    • 15,548                           Veterans served
    • 1,750                             Rebuilds completed
    • 41,744                          Sears associate [Re]Builders
    • 333,685                        Hours donated

    “We’re so grateful for the continued support of Sears and the Heroes at Home Program,” said Caroline Blakely, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “It’s estimated that four million veteran households are housing cost burdened and pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. The brave men and women who have served our country deserve to live in dignity in a safe and healthy home. It’s our privilege to serve them in their time of need.”

    More than three dozen projects are scheduled for 2018. Among the highlights:

    • Miami – [Re]Builders will provide repairs for a Korean War veteran in the Miami Gardens neighborhood. Purchased in 1978, this veteran’s home is the cornerstone of his family. Repairs include replacing kitchen appliances, cabinets and countertops, repairing two bathrooms in the home, replacing the roof, providing accessibility modifications and painting the interior and exterior of the home.
    • New York City– Repairs will be made to American Legion Union Port Post 1065. The post is currently operating in a building that was constructed in 1861. The post offers services in youth enrichment and academic support, as well as job training for veterans and a meeting space for the community. [Re]Builders will replace the floor, paint and landscape the outdoor gathering space, including the construction of raised garden beds and picnic tables.
    • Anne Arundel County, Md.– Still Meadows is a community of 260 condominium units built in the late 1970s with a dense veteran population. Repairs to be made include constructing a large neighborhood park with a BBQ pit and benches, mitigating standing water hazards throughout the community and repairing the community pool house.
    • Chicago– Investment efforts will continue in the North Lawndale neighborhood for a veteran homeowner and his wife. The work includes repairing the homeowners’ porch and stairs, repairing a leak in the basement, painting and landscaping.

    Sears also continues to honor military personnel every day, reminding them that they can get 20 percent off regular priced (five percent off sale priced) tools, lawn and garden, fine jewelry and work boots.*

    For more information about Heroes at Home, to make a donation or volunteer, visit and follow #HeroesAtHome on social media.

    *In store only. Must be active, reserve, or retired military personnel and present valid military ID. Not combinable with any other coupons, discounts, or during Family and Friends or Member events. Excludes Patio, Grills, Sears Hometown, Outlet, Appliance Showroom and Hardware stores.

    About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
    Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Craftsman and DieHard -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

    About Rebuilding Together
    Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities. Each year, Rebuilding Together affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects. Learn more and get involved at


    Tweet me:.@Sears and @RebldgTogthr join for annual #HeroesAtHome program to raise funds and #rebuild homes for military families in need.

    KEYWORDS: community development, community revitalization, Veterans, rebuilding together

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    By Sudhir K. Sinha, Guest Contributor at Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

    SOURCE:University of Michigan: Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability


    The Erb Institute participated in the India Centre for Responsible Business's fourth annual International Sustainability Standards Conference in Delhi. We were inspired by Sudhir K. Sinha, the Founder Director and Chief Coach at the Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility Inc (CSR Inc) in India and asked that he write an article on the state of CSR in India.


    “Satyagraha” is Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of determined but nonviolent resistance—a sort of peaceful war. Now, CSR Satyagraha is a peaceful war being waged in India on corporate social responsibility (CSR), to fight the manufactured euphoria and increasing insincerity and commercialization of CSR, and instead ensure that it supports society’s poor, vulnerable and marginalized. The initiative, of India’s CSR Inc., is aimed at leading this transformation in the CSR landscape. It is a Gandhian way to assert the need for change in the beliefs and actions of CSR stakeholders to practice “transformational CSR over transactional philanthropy.”

    What is the state of affairs of CSR in India, and why is immediate action necessary?
    CSR is failing. While companies are making tall claims, and glorifying CSR and marketing it for brand building, we are simultaneously witnessing widening economic disparities and inequalities. This is giving rise to growing dissatisfaction, distrust and simmering hostility among communities and civil societies against capitalism. It is difficult to find examples of companies’ CSR truly alleviating poverty or suffering, or contributing to a resilient society. Something has gone amiss.

    What made CSR unsuccessful?
    The idea of social responsibility has, more often than not, worked in isolation instead of collaboration with the state in attempting to fulfill its “duty” toward the U.N. development goals. This siloed approach severely limits CSR’s impact.

    Who failed CSR?
    Although companies are largely responsible for CSR’s failure, they alone cannot be held responsible. Stakeholders of CSR, such as governments, nonprofits, consultants, CSR managers, media and agencies (awards, rating and reporting) are jointly and equally responsible for it. Each has contributed to CSR’s commercialization and superficiality.

    CSR needs to work better.
    While commercialization of CSR is undesirable, making a business out of it to benefit all but the actual needy is simply unethical and outright insensitive to those it purports to help. This pressing concern indicates why action is needed now to clean up CSR and set it on the path for which it was originally intended: making it work for the world’s underserved population.

    A peaceful and nonviolent war can stop wrongdoing.
    CSR Satyagraha seeks to hold companies and stakeholders accountable to the core principles of CSR: doing it right and doing it right each time. Satyagraha will continue to alert offenders and peacefully demonstrate against the ongoing misuse and abuse of CSR. Since CSR in India now is driven by an act, Satyagraha can specifically point out where public policies and government systems diverge from CSR. This “war” also calls attention to those unscrupulous rating, reporting and award-giving agencies that have made CSR a business. This movement similarly will identify CSR managers and leaders whose lack of skill and effectiveness continues to set a low bar for CSR. This is a double whammy, as those who should be promoting CSR are actually acting in a way that is more destructive than constructive. Satyagraha also rails against a culture where poverty is discussed at opulent events that rarely result in concrete plans and actions.

    How will Satyagraha work?
    Satyagraha supports stakeholder engagement within CSR, to better understand why CSR is failing. Critical questions need to be asked, such as: Is CSR helping poor people to help themselves? Is CSR working enough toward making our communities resilient? Is CSR making efforts to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich? Are approaches to CSR inclusive? What is the purpose of doing CSR—is it social, business, political or something else? Are all stakeholders of CSR, including corporations, aligned with a common agenda of development, or are they driven by their separate motivations, reaching a common destination?

    Although CSR Satyagraha is getting support and receiving endorsements, it has also received some criticism and questions. Satyagraha is a peaceful war on CSR, not a platform for activism. We remain hopeful that by adhering to Gandhi’s principles for practicing Satyagraha, we will achieve the change in CSR that society so desperately needs.

    Sudhir K Sinha, has been engaged in promoting and advancing the agenda of Transformational CSR against Transaction philanthropy and has also presented a social theory of “Underlying Impacts”, a critical indicator for determining CSR and development projects.He has launched a campaign, CSR Satyagraha, for bringing reforms in CSR.Sudhir, LEAD Fellow, is a CSR specialist and practitioner. He is the Founder Director and Chief Coach at the Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility Inc (CSR Inc). He is a Founder Member of the Human Rights and Business Resource Group (HRBRG). He is associated with PwC as ‘Advisor’ to its Responsible Business Advisory ((RBA) Practice. He is a visiting faculty at IRMA Anand.In his career of over 33 years, he headed and managed CSR/Sustainability functions of leading Indian & MNC brands such as Tata Steel, Cipla Ltd, Reliance – Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Moser Baer and ArcelorMittal.

    Tweet me:READ: Is #CSR truly alleviating #poverty or contributing to a resilient society? @sudhirsinha60 calls for a "CSR Satyagraha" to re-examine programs in light of the #UNSDGs @CSR_India @erbinstitute

    KEYWORDS: transactional philanthropy, India, CSR Satyagraha, CSR Inc., Sudhir K. Sinh, university of michigan, Erb Institute

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    New parents don’t have to lose sleep about their kids’ well-being. Find out how Gerber can connect you to top nutrition resources.



    By Bill Partyka, President & CEO — Gerber Products Company

    My son is grown now, but the memory of the exhausting, sleepless nights after we brought him home from the hospital always stays fresh. Like many new parents, we were nervous about everything. Were our babies eating enough? Too much? Getting the right nutrients? How would we know if they were full?

    At 3 a.m., I would find myself wishing there was someone I could ask every question running through my sleep-deprived brain. Now, new moms and dads do have someone who’s got the answers, night or day. Gerber offers a free 24/7 text hotline, known as Dotti after Dorothy Gerber who wrote letters to parents when they asked her for advice. The hotline gives them direct, immediate access to infant nutrition, lactation and sleep experts. Wondering about nap-time routines? Fretting over the transition to solid foods? Just ask Dotti.

    While friends, mother- and father-in-laws, co-workers, siblings, aunts and uncles may all have great advice about child-raising — particularly when it comes to sleeping and eating in the early months of a child’s life — not everyone has the benefit of latest, science-backed information at their fingertips. Dotti does, and so does Gerber as a whole. The text hotline is just one of the many ways we use nutrition research to aid parents — and their kids. For starters, data and research help ensure we’re developing products and services that meet the unique nutritional needs of young children.

    Just last week, we released the first set of data from our Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, or FITS. The study surveys 3,200 parents and caregivers to find what infants, toddlers and preschoolers eat and drink on a given day. The data illuminates what we’re doing right and helps us identify ways we can improve our products to enhance childhood nutrition.

    FITS research informs not only the nutrition in our products, but also the services and education we provide to parents. When previous FITS showed children consume roughly a quarter of their calories from snacks, Gerber offered parents suggestions and products that make it easier to slip more fruits and vegetables into snack time. And we offer a variety of iron-rich foods because FITS continues to show infants don’t consume enough of the vital, brain-development-boosting nutrient.

    We also used FITS data to develop the menu planner that we offer. Parents enter their child’s age and food preferences into the planner, which then develops a weekly menu specifically designed to meet their child’s nutritional needs. Busy parents don’t have time to vet recipes and tally up how balanced each meal is on their own. We give them the information they need to feed their kids nutritious meals that enable them to thrive.

    Gerber has a unique opportunity — and responsibility — to help put little ones on the path to a healthy life. Research shows children often establish life-long dietary patterns by age two. We all know that it’s easier to establish a good habit than it is to change a bad one. By eating well with their infants and toddlers every day, parents can support their kids’ health now and well into the future. I’m proud to say that by being there for parents as they help their young ones develop healthy eating habits, we’re helping millions of kids get off to a healthy start.

    Learn more about FITS and how to shape a diet pattern for your infants & toddlers

    Tweet me:New parents don’t have to lose sleep about their kids’ well-being. Find out how Gerber can connect you to top #nutrition resources. @NestleUSA

    KEYWORDS: Nestle, gerber, childhood nutrition

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    SOURCE:Arrow Electronics


    For the fifth year, Arrow Electronics was the presenting sponsor of Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week. JA Business Week, a week-long camp for high school students, allows teens to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Denver’s business leaders. The unique project-based program focuses on practical applications and real-world problem solving.

    Second-year JA Business Week students had an opportunity to participate in an advanced Arrow project. The project challenged students to develop a year-long program to educate local youth and the business community about the need to responsibly recycle and refurbish electronic waste (e-waste). Each student-led company of 10 acted as a consulting firm hired to design a program that positively impacted the community by utilizing sustainability learnings from Arrow’s related business.

    To kick off the week, students visited Arrow’s global headquarters, met with employees and participated in some on-site fun, including taking a test drive in the Arrow SAM car simulator. Over 30 employees volunteered their time throughout the week.

    “Our education programming reflects our commitment to developing the next generation of technology innovators. The Arrow project is an opportunity for students to better understand business solutions that make the industry more environmentally sustainable,” said Kristin Russell, global president for Arrow’s services business.

    In addition to sponsoring the week, the company’s employees raised funds for scholarships through the annual JA Bowl-a-thon, which enable low-income Denver-area youth to participate. Arrow employees supported 37 JA Business Week scholars this year.

    About Arrow Electronics, Inc.

    Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 150,000 of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6 billion, Arrow aggregates electronics and enterprise computing solutions for customers and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries. Learn more at

    About Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain

    Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) prepares young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. During the 2017/18 school year, JA will provide programs to more than 117,000 students throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. These programs are always free to schools thanks to 6,000 volunteers and the generous support of donors. For more information, visit

    Tweet me:For the fifth year, @ArrowGlobal was the presenting sponsor of #JABusinessWeek, enabling #teens to explore #leadership concepts and build confidence with Denver’s business leaders. #FiveYearsOut @JA_USA

    KEYWORDS: Arrow Electronics, junior achievement, Junior Achievement Business Week, Arrow Electronics SAM Car, Five Years Out


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    SOURCE:Consumers Energy


    Tom Hess has worked with many companies during his 28-year career as an environmental inspector.

    In many cases, Hess has experienced clients who tolerate his environmental recommendations, or do only what’s required — often with pressure.

    Thus, Hess wasn’t sure what to expect when he proposed spending extra money to restore construction areas on a major natural gas pipeline project for Michigan-based Consumers Energy. He suggested using seed mix containing native grasses and wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators losing habitat across the country.

    Hess was pleasantly surprised when project managers for the Saginaw Trail Pipeline enthusiastically approved the request.

    “I don’t know of another company that would have approved that, and it speaks volumes,” said Hess, a Minneapolis-based contractor who works daily on the pipeline right-of-way. “Consumers Energy is a company that thinks globally and is taking efforts to make a difference in its corner of the world.”

    The special seed mix is just one example of how the company is exceeding environmental requirements on the Saginaw Trail Pipeline, a four-phase effort to replace 78 miles of aging natural gas transmission pipeline in Saginaw, Genesee and Oakland counties.

    In all, about 93 acres of wild and wetland areas where new pipeline was buried started to bloom this spring as new habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

    “This is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the whole ecosystem and leave it better than we found it,” said Lindsey Johnson, the project’s environmental engineer.

    The restoration work is part of Consumers Energy’s five-year goal to enhance, restore or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan.

    The company’s commitment to environmental sustainability doesn’t stop there. The energy provider just released its Clean Energy Plan to stop using coal to generate electricity and increase its renewable energy to over 40 percent by 2040.

    Learn more about Consumers Energy’s commitment to sustainability by visiting

    Learn more about the Saginaw Trail Pipeline project at

    About Consumers Energy

    Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

    Check Out Consumers Energy on Social Media





    Tweet me:.@ConsumersEnergy plants native grasses and #wildflowers to attract #bees, #butterflies and other #pollinators during work on major Michigan natural gas pipeline:

    KEYWORDS: Consumers Energy, Saginaw Trail Pipeline, pollinators

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    SOURCE:Whirlpool Corporation


    We’re thrilled to share that Camille Cunningham Pierce, senior director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, has been named to Black Enterprise’s list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity. According to Black Enterprise, this exclusive roster consists of leading professionals who drive innovation, productivity, and profitability by ensuring diversity permeates all parts of their company, from the workforce and supply chain up to leadership and governance.

    Camille’s time with Whirlpool Corporation began in 2016, but her commitment to diversity and inclusion in personnel began long before. She said so herself, “My ultimate vision is to create a culture where all employees can bring their full and authentic selves to work and reach their full potential, so that Whirlpool Corporation can win.”

    A recognition ceremony was held on June 8 during the 23rd Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit.

    Tweet me:Whirlpool Corporation is thrilled to share that Camille Cunningham Pierce, senior director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, has been named to Black Enterprise’s list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WHR, csr, whirlpool corporation, Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, Black Enterprise

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    Breweries that make the switch to onsite nitrogen nitrogen generators can save time, reduce their carbon footprint, and cut costs in the long run

    SOURCE:Atlas Copco


    by Dorothy Parnell

    Surveys say that beer is the alcoholic beverage of choice in the U.S. In 2017, 40 percent of alcohol consumers said they most often drank beer while 30 percent chose wine and 26 percent opted for liquor. Made from four primary ingredients of grain, hops, yeast and water, beer has been a popular beverage for thousands of years.

    In most brewing facilities, nitrogen is used in several phases of the beer making process from purging tanks between uses to keeping wort, beer and residual mash from oxidizing and contaminating the next batch of beer. Nitrogen can also be used to push beer from one tank to the other, and in the final stages of the brewing process, it’s used to pressurize kegs prior to shipment and final use.

    Benefits of onsite nitrogen generation

    • Saves time. Breweries that enlist third party vendors for nitrogen risk delayed and sometimes cancelled deliveries. Not having the nitrogen necessary for brewing applications halts production, creates downtime and contributes to potential profit losses. Once the supply does arrive, it needs to be brought in and attached to the old system while old canisters are removed. With an onsite nitrogen generation system in place, it saves any wait time and allows operators to focus on other functional tasks.
    • Minimizes gas waste. Without an onsite nitrogen generator, brewing facilities are often left to buy liquid nitrogen in bulk. The large amount of nitrogen is normally not used at once and remains in tanks with ambient heat causing it to expand. If the built up pressure is not released, the tank can explode. To prevent this from happening, the tanks must blow off for gas to be released, which wastes unused nitrogen, time and money.
    • Lowers costs. Purchasing nitrogen cylinders and dewars can cost on average $2.50 - $5.00 CCF. Remote areas may pay up to three times more, depending on how far the facility is from the gas distribution center. With onsite nitrogen generation, brewers are paying closer to $0.10 to $0.15 CCF with the potential to save up to 75 percent on nitrogen costs.
    • Reduces carbon footprint. Currently, most breweries in the U.S. utilize carbon dioxide for inerting tanks and transferring products between vessels and then from the vessel to packaging. Switching from carbon dioxide to nitrogen is a cost-effective and industry-accepted alternative for these applications, helping to reduce gas requirements by up to 70 percent. Breweries who make the switch to onsite nitrogen can realize a payback period of just one to two years.

    Although the initial cost may deter brewers from making this investment, nitrogen generators can save time, reduce waste and cut costs in the long run. Depending on usage, brewing facilities may break even within the first two years of installation.

    To learn more about Atlas Copco, visit The Compressed Air Blog.

    Tweet me:.@AtlasCopcoUSA says that breweries that make the switch to onsite nitrogen #nitrogen generators can save time, reduce their #carbonfootprint, and cut costs in the long run:

    KEYWORDS: Atlas Copco, nitrogen generation, breweries

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    June 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - In its new annual corporate sustainability report, Catalyst for a Better World, Ecolab Inc. (ECL) highlights how it helps customers reduce water and energy use, ensure clean hospitals, hotels and restaurants, and safely produce the world’s food and energy.
    “Many companies have complex sustainability needs and aspirations,” said Emilio Tenuta, vice president of Corporate Sustainability. “Our industry-leading expertise and solutions help them reduce water and energy use for everything from industrial water boilers and cooling towers to warewashing processes for restaurants and foodservice facilities. All of these individual interventions add up to a significant global impact.”  
    In 2017, Ecolab helped customers at nearly three million locations in 170 countries:
    • Save more than 171 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of 590 million people.
    • Save more than 12 trillion BTUs of energy, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 1.4 billion pounds.
    • Prevent more than one million foodborne illnesses and reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections for as many as 10,000 people.
    • Safely produce 25 percent of the world’s processed food, serve 45 billion restaurant meals, clean more than 800 million hotel rooms and generate more than 20 percent of the world’s power.
    The 2017 sustainability report offers extensive case studies highlighting Ecolab’s work with several global customers. Among other highlights:
    • Ecolab subsidiary Nalco Water installed its 3D TRASAR™ water management technology at a Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Chicago, saving the facility 23 million gallons in just four months.
    • The same technology saved a Samsung semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, 73.8 million gallons of water, along with $1.6 million in avoided maintenance costs.
    • Hotel chain Marriott used a variety of Ecolab technologies to save 882 million gallons of water and 114 kilowatt hours of electricity, while avoiding 21,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions and two million pounds of waste, in one year.
    • At a Kraft Heinz plant in California, Ecolab installed 3D TRASAR™ Clean-in-Place technology, providing continuous monitoring of the facility’s cleaning and sanitizing performance to help prevent potential food safety issues and reduce wash time by more than 2,000 hours.
    • An Egyptian Fertilizers Company plant adopted the company’s PURATE™ technology, a system that controls biologic growth in cooling towers and other industrial water treatment facilities, to save 192,000 cubic meters of freshwater annually, equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of 175,300 people.
    Within its own operations, Ecolab is working to reduce water withdrawals by 25 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2020, against a 2015 baseline. In 2017, the company moved to a new headquarters building in St. Paul, Minn., helping to reduce electricity use nearly 40 percent compared to the annualized use from 2012 to 2016. 
    Ecolab also aims conserve 300 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the drinking water needs of one billion people, by 2030. The company will accomplish this by reducing water use within its customers’ and its own operations. Ecolab supports the U.N.’s sustainable development goal six, promoting clean water and sanitation, through its work with customers, within its own facilities and through a number of dedicated projects in communities around the world. 
    Ecolab's 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report was developed in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G4 core guidelines. The report summary and complete GRI Index are available at
    About Ecolab
    A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of $14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit
    Follow us on Twitter @ecolab, Facebook at, LinkedIn at Ecolab or Instagram at Ecolab Inc.  

    Contact Info:

    Ecolab Media Relations
    +1 (651) 250-4724



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    SOURCE:Comcast Corporation


    PHILADELPHIA, June 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Comcast NBCUniversal released its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report today. It covers the following seven themes:

    • Bridging the Opportunity Divide
    • Building a Community of Civic Engagement
    • Using our Platforms to Inform and Inspire
    • Supporting our Military Community
    • Stronger, Better: a Year of Disaster and Resilience
    • Transforming the Customer Experience, One Customer at a Time
    • Sustainable Excellence from the Ground Up

    To read the full report, click here.

    About Comcast

    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand.  NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.

    Visit for more information.

    Tweet me:.@ComcastNBCUCI releases 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility report #CSR

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:CMCSA, Comcast NBCUniversal

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    Ideagen's Annual Global Leadership 2030 Summit 2018 Convened the World's leading companies, NGO's and Public Sector to develop sytemic solutions via catalytic collaboration to solve for x. THE 25 Global Leaders List released...



    June 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Ideagen together with the world’s leading companies, NGOs, and public sector organizations assembled at the Gallup World Headquarters in Washington D.C. for the Annual Ideagen Global Leadership 2030 Summit.

    Ideagen -- Where the world’s leading companies, NGOs, and public sector organizations convene to develop systemic solutions via catalytic collaboration to solve for x.

    Leaders and Luminaries from the world's leading brands, companies, trade associations, NGOs and public sector collaborated for the Annual Ideagen Global Leadership 2030 Summit at the Gallup World Headquarters in Washington D.C. on June 7th, 2018.  Leaders and Luminaries came together to generate new ideas and solutions to the world's most vexing issues via catalytic collaboration change the world. Topics included the disruption of aging, effective leadership, policy and innovation, global health leadership, the future of mobility, Ideagen’s catalytic impact, creating global movements, women in cloud, the power of storytelling among many other topics.

    Gretchen O’Hara, VP of Go-to-Market Strategy for One Commercial Partner at Microsoft and in-coming Co-Chair of the Ideagen Impact and Thought Leader Council spoke about bridging the divide for women in technology and shared the following call-to-action, “It’s critical that we collectively drive for greater gender diversity across all industries, including technology. At Microsoft, we’re working to build a healthy pipeline of talent as well as helping to ensure women are empowered at every level of the company.”

    The summit focused on these urgent issues among many others and provided a forum for cross-sector collaboration through catalytic impact via leadership can be used to address many of the world’s vexing issues.  Keynote speaker Caroline Vicini, of the European Union Delegation to the United States, summarized the day’s events with, “I very much welcome this type of cross-sectoral strategic dialogue, which prevents us from losing sight of the big picture and of the long-term challenges we're confronted with.”

    Ideagen Power Talks and Ideation sessions were moderated and lead by global leaders and luminaries, including keynote speakers Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup; Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to the USA; Reince Priebus, President and Chief Strategist of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Other speakers included Kevin Donnellan, VP and Chief Communications Officer of AARP and Chairman of the Ideagen Impact & Thought Leader Council; Gretchen O’Hara, VP of Marketing at Microsoft; Stacy Haller, CEO of BrightFocus; Camila Borda Kaul, Industry Manager of Google; Simon Bland, Director of the New York Liaison Office of UNAIDS; Carmen Middleton, Advisory Board Member of Veretus; Robert Shea, Public Sector Principal with Grant Thornton; Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner with Gallup; Jane Oates, President of Working Nation; Stephan Chase, Founder of Chase Intel; James Keach, Produce and Director of PCH Films; Kim Smith, VP of IBM Ventures; Dave Schwietert, EVP of Federal and Government Relations of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Perry Quinn, SVP of the National Restaurant Association; Sean Hart, CEO of LumaCyte; Jane Adams, VP of Federal Govern Affairs at Johnson& Johnson; Dr. Jane Snowdon, Associate Chief Health Officer-IBM Watson Health; Ian Lillien, Director, BSA; Jaye Watson, Journalist; Phyllis Ferrel, VP of Eli Lilley and Company; Dr.Kiko Suarez, United Way; William Browning, Senior VP and Chief Transformation Officer of United Way; Scott Frisch, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of AARP; Gina Diez Barroso, Chairman of Dalia Empower; George Vradenburg, President of Us Against Alziehmer’s Network; Cecilia Arradaza, Board Member of BrightFocus among many other leaders and luminaries

    Each Ideagen summit also features the unveiling of a Global 25 List, which allows Ideagen to collectively feature and highlight 25 individuals and organizations that are changing the world in areas ranging from innovation, healthcare, technology, to leadership. It is a qualitative list, rather than a ranking, that highlights the impact of these individuals and organizations. Although there is no official ranking, the list always highlights one individual as the Global Leader of the year, The Global leader for 2018 is Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Johnson & Johnson.

    The full Global Leadership 25 list includes:

    UN Secretary General António Guterres, Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase; Taylor Swift, Singer-Songwriter; Jim Clifton, Gallup; Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dara Khosrowshahi, UBER; Alexander Karp, Palantir; Drew Houston, Dropbox; Satya Nadella, Microsoft; Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP; Doug McMillon, Walmart; Patrick Collison, Stripe;  James Quincey, Coca-Cola; Larry Fink, BlackRock; Ken Frazier, Merck; Stacey Cunningham, NYSE; Adena Friedman, NASDAQ; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex; George Vradenburg, Us Against Alzheimer's Network; Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin; Reed Hastings, Netflix; Jack Ma, Alibaba; Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation; Susan Wojcicki, Youtube;

    Ideagen’s leadership includes George Sifakis, Founder and CEO of Ideagen; Adriana Sifakis, President and CO-Founder; Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, Chairman Emeritus; Kevin Donnellan, Chairman Impact & Thought Leadership Council; and Dr. Sidhant Gupta, Advisory Board Chairman.

    The Ideagen Global Innovation 2030 Summit was presented with Gallup at the Gallup World Headquarters in Washingo. Ideagen is focused on connecting cross-sector innovators from the world's leading organizations with all different starting points, capabilities, perspectives, and goals.  Presenting members organizatins included Microsoft, AARP, Toyota, The Walt Disney Company, Amway, BrightFocus Foundation, AARP, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Wells Fargo, IBM, PCH Films, Global Good & Research, WorkingNation, National Restaurant Association, Viacom, United Nations, UNAIDS, Wells Fargo, Bridgepoint Education, Michael Best Strategies. Grant Thornton, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, BSA....

    For more information, visit: and

    To read Catalyze Summer 2018 Edition Magazine, visit:

    To contact Ideagen Global, email:

    For updates from Ideagen:

    Follow Ideagen on Twitter @IdeagenGlobal, or use the hashtag #Ideagensummits on Twitter & Instagram for the latest news and summit posts.

    Tweet me:.@IdeagenGlobal convenes the world's leading companies, NGOs and public sector luminaries to innovate and collaborate #ideagensummits 25 Global Leaders List

    Contact Info:

    Richelle Holnick
    +1 (202) 347-2500

    KEYWORDS: CEO, Leadership, Global, UN, SDG, 2030, washington, collaboration, scale, ideagen


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton


    Booz Allen’s leaders recognize that employees who are physically and emotionally comfortable while working are more collegial, more innovative, and more productive. The firm has always recruited the best and brightest people—and offered outstanding benefits to retain top talent. Part of those benefits include a commitment to ensure that all firm employees feel comfortable at work and are optimally positioned for success.

    The Information Services organization at Booz Allen has again been named to IDG’s Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT, as one of 100 organizations recognized for challenging their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. The firm is ranked 18th among 59 large companies.

    Computerworld determines the rankings based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

    “Over the past couple of years, we've seen an already tight market for tech talent get even tighter,” said Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis. “Computerworld's 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list illustrates that the companies that offer the best working environments aren't satisfied with rolling out one or two initiatives. They seek an edge in the talent marketplace through a combination of good salaries, great benefits, ready access to training, and the deployment of cutting-edge technologies. They recognize that the top tech talent can easily move to the organization that respects them best, and they are determined to be that organization.”

    Read more about this recognition and see the full list of winners, here.

    Tweet me:Learn why @BoozAllen was again named to @Computerworld 2018 Best Places to Work in IT

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, computerworld, IT, Careers

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    The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2018 is the company’s fourth Group report which covers the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and Australia for the financial year ended 31 March 2018 (FY2018).

    The report provides details of the Group’s commitment towards creating sustainable and long-term growth for its business, while leading and shaping positive change for its four sustainability pillars: Environment, People, Community and Marketplace and customers.

    The report has been prepared in accordance with the international sustainability reporting GRI Standards: Core option and is independently assured to the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000. The report has also been mapped to key UN Sustainable Development Goals. Singtel has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2007 and this report presents the company’s annual Communication on Progress.

    The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2018 includes the following highlights:

    • Year-to-date achievements of the Group’s FY2020 sustainability targets for its top material topics;
    • The Group’s scorecard on key performance indicators;
    • First company in Asia (ex-Japan) to have its carbon reduction targets approved by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi);
    • Among the first companies globally committed to supporting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and shares its current alignment and adoption plans;
    • 56% improvement in the Group’s carbon emission intensity of kilowatt hour per terabyte of data transported across its network in FY2018 against baseline year FY2015;
    • Invested S$30.7 million in staff development, an increase from S$25.1 million in FY2017;
    • Ongoing digital citizenship and cyber wellness programmes have reached over 430,000 students in Singapore and Australia since 2013 and on track to meet the target of reaching half a million students by FY2020;
    • Published the Group’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy that complements its Code of Conduct;
    • Listed in Corporate Knight’s 100 World’s Most Sustainable Corporations 2018 for the second consecutive year – highest ranking company in Singapore and second highest ranking in the global telco sector; and
    • Included in the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2018 for the eighth consecutive year by Ethisphere.

    Optus, Singtel Group's wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia, continues to produce a standalone Sustainability Report that gives details on its sustainability programmes in Australia.

    The Optus Sustainability Report 2018 includes the following highlights:

    • A redesign of product packaging saved 52 tonnes of cardboard from landfill each year, the equivalent of 1,000 fully-grown trees;
    • Efforts in sustainable transport were recognised with the Sustainable Transport Award by the Australian and New Zealand Division of the Institute of Transport Engineers;
    • Invested A$9.4 million in social and community programmes, with staff supporting close to 300 charities though corporate giving programmes;
    • About 59,000 students were educated through Digital Citizenship programmes in FY2018, and more than 240,000 students reached since 2013, with positive results as reflected in Optus 2017 Digital Thumbprint Impact Report; and
    • Optus became a member of Supply Nation, a direct business-to-business purchasing link between corporate Australia, government agencies and Indigenous-owned businesses.

    About Singtel Group
    Singtel is Asia's leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 650 million mobile customers in 21 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.

    We aim to create sustainable and long-term growth for our business, while leading and shaping positive changes for our marketplace and customers, the communities we operate in, our people and the environment. Singtel’s community focus is on the well-being of people, enabling their inclusion into society and helping them realise their potential through our core competence in digital and infocomm technologies. We believe that we can make a difference to disadvantaged communities, especially the vulnerable children and youth, through corporate and workplace giving, staff volunteering and leveraging our skills and ICT innovations.

    Singtel is a founding member of the Singapore Business Network on DisAbility, which advocates equitable employment opportunities for persons with disabilities through awareness, shared expertise, network and resources.

    Read more about Singtel’s sustainability strategy and programmes at


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