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    Donations to Human Rights Organizations and Crisis Relief Are the “New Normal”

    SOURCE:Benevity

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    CALGARY, Canada, September 26, 2018 /3BL Media/  Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, today announced its annual trend data on the “Top Ten Causes” that have been supported by Benevity clients and their people this year to date, as well as the shifts in top donation recipients between 2015 and 2018. The trends across the previous three full calendar years show that donations to organizations tied to current social and human rights issues—which spiked between 2015 and 2016—continue to remain high, while disaster relief and health-related organizations are also receiving a large amount of support.

    Most notably, half of the top ten causes receiving donations this year are related to crisis relief or are in response to current events, with natural disasters prompting donations to Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders while debates around immigration and healthcare continue to rally ongoing support for organizations like Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union and Islamic Relief. In fact, Benevity saw double the number of companies publishing relief campaigns this year compared to the year previous, with a staggering $327 million being donated to 22,000 relief, human services, advocacy and related organizations overall. 

    “Last year, we saw that the political election cycle in the U.S. and elsewhere sparked more interest in social justice and human rights-related causes,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “Now, giving in response to current events appears to be the ‘new normal,’ with many of the same organizations occupying the top spots this year. But while it’s interesting to see which charities are trending, what’s most important is that the data shows companies are using our platform to empower their people to give in a way that’s personal and responsive to what’s happening in their communities and the world around them. It’s less about backing a specific cause chosen by the company, and more about companies backing their people and their passions. There is tremendous power in galvanizing small prosocial actions, and we’re seeing users of our platform embrace that.”

    “The ACLU is nearly 100 years old and it was just over one year ago that we launched a corporate engagement program, thanks in part to the groundswell of employee giving – powered by Benevity,” said Danielle Silber, Director of Strategic Partnerships at American Civil Liberties Union. “Through Benevity, we’re seeing that companies and their employees are expressing their commitment to civil rights and the protection of democracy. For example, when the family separation crisis came to light earlier this year, the Benevity client community showed an outpouring of support for immigrants’ rights with a spike in donations to ACLU – nearly two and a half times the amount seen in any of the preceding four months. That support emboldened companies to join the public outcry, which was critical in pressing the government to reunify families.”

    In addition to human rights and relief campaigns, health-related causes have also received a large amount of support from Benevity clients and their people in 2018, with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and National/State Cancer, Heart & Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis Societies all making the Top Ten Causes list.   

    Benevity also recently released data from its global client community of enterprise companies. This research shows that corporate giving is becoming more employee-centric overall, with giving and volunteering programs prioritizing more choice, the ability to respond quickly to changing needs and crises, and inclusiveness so that more people can participate. For more on this and other Goodness-related topics, visit Benevity’s Ideas & Insights blog

    About Benevity
    Benevity, Inc., a certified B Corporation, is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to an employee base of 10 million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 2 billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 150,000 charities worldwide.

    Media Contact
    Amanda Orr
    Kickstart for Benevity
    1-323-601-5734
    press@benevity.com

    Tweet me:New #CSR trend data! Check out @benevity's annual list of “Top Ten Causes” supported by companies and their people this year to date + shifts in top donation recipients between 2015-2018. #ForGoodnessSake http://bit.ly/2DwQ3qN

    KEYWORDS: benevity, ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, csr, corporate giving, workplace giving, csr trends, Crisis Relief, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood, Islamic Relief


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    Employees Collect More Than 45,000 Pounds of Non-Perishable Goods for Local Food Banks

    SOURCE:Smithfield Foods

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    SMITHFIELD, Va., September 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the success of its employees’ collection efforts during Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the country stand together with Feeding America® and its nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. This month, Smithfield employees collected more than 45,000 pounds of non-perishable goods for donation, surpassing last year’s total of 15,000 pounds by 30,000 pounds.

    “At Smithfield, we are passionate about fighting hunger every day in our community,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “Hunger Action Month is a special time in our facilities and offices and we are proud of all of our employees who stepped up this month to raise awareness and personally donate to help their fellow neighbors in need become more food secure.”

    For ten years, Feeding America has organized Hunger Action Month to mobilize and encourage the public to take action against hunger in the United States, where one in eight Americans face hunger. In addition to food collection and volunteer opportunities, Smithfield participates in this hunger initiative by engaging its employees and sharing information about hunger relief with its locations across America.

    “Smithfield has been a valuable supporter of Feeding America for more than a decade, and a true partner in the fight against hunger,” said Karen Hanner, vice president of manufacturing product sourcing at Feeding America. “We’re thrilled by their ongoing commitment to this cause and the passion of their employees to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.”

    In addition to employee efforts during Hunger Action Month, Smithfield donated more than 230,000 pounds of protein to food banks this September through the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, including 120,000 pounds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Fayetteville and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.

    To learn more about Helping Hungry Homes® or for a list of upcoming donation events, please visit HelpingHungryHomes.com.

    About Smithfield Foods

    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    About Feeding America

    Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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    Contact:

    Diana Souder

    Smithfield Foods, Inc.

    (757) 357-1675

    dsouder@smithfield.com

    Tweet me:.@SmithfieldFoods employees collected more than 45,000 lbs of food for donation to @FeedingAmerica and its nationwide network of food banks. #HungerActionMonth http://bit.ly/2NLwYpO

    KEYWORDS: Feeding America®, Hunger Action Month™, food donations, csr, Smithfield Foods

       


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    Atlanta NeighborhoodLIFT® program local initiative grants awarded to six nonprofits

    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company

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    ATLANTA, September 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced $500,000 in donations to six local nonprofits to support affordable, safe housing and community programs for Atlanta residents.

    “Seeing our local initiative grants put to work to improve lives is exactly the positive change we are all striving for,” said Chad Gregory, region bank president of South Metro Atlanta and West Georgia. ”The work of these nonprofits will help children, veterans, the elderly and countless others by focusing resources and providing support they so deserve. Together, we are strengthening communities and making progress.”

    The Wells Fargo grants are intended to support neighborhood revitalization efforts through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

    The NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiative grants will be awarded to the following Atlanta nonprofits:

    • Action Ministries will receive $75,000 to support housing programs that serve homeless or at-risk families with safe,  affordable housing and ensure they receive the long-term support to help them achieve stability and success.
       
    • Hearts to Nourish Hope will receive $37,500 to provide housing, job training, financial literacy and other supportive services. The grant will provide at least 10 financial literacy workshops for the community and provide 20 families with transitional housing for six to 12 months, with a goal of assisting those families in securing stable housing.
       
    • MUST Ministries will receive $75,000 to support the MUST Ministries Elizabeth Inn Shelter, which aims to create stability for people experiencing homelessness. The 72-bed facility offers safe, short-term shelter to more than 900 men, women, and children every year.
       
    • Partners for HOME will receive $200,000 to expand availability of housing for families experiencing homelessness. These funds will be matched dollar for dollar by HomeFirst, the $50 million public-private investment from the city of Atlanta and United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessness. The grant supports a “rapid re-housing intervention program” designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness, return to permanent housing and deter future homelessness by providing flexible rental subsidies and services. These services are designed to meet the unique needs of individual families for up to 24 months.
       
    • The Salvation Army will receive $75,000 to assist its sheltering efforts in metro Atlanta including through the nonprofit’s Home Sweet Home Gwinnett program. Services range from homelessness prevention, case management, residential drug and alcohol treatment, a savings program, life-skills classes, emergency sheltering in motels, and emergency/transitional housing in a safe shelter. Last year in metro Atlanta, The Salvation Army provided more than 149,000 meals and over 146,000 nights of shelter.
       
    • Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will receive $37,500 to support a build in Clayton County during Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Beloved Community Build 2018, which celebrates the global vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wells Fargo team members will volunteer at the build along with other government and local leaders from Clayton County.
       

    More than 500 homeowners created in Atlanta

    The NeighborhoodLIFT program local initiative grants are part of a $6 million commitment by Wells Fargo to boost local homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods in the Atlanta region. First launched in 2012 and expanded in 2018, the program has assisted more than 500 local homeowners by offering homebuyer education plus $15,000 down payment assistance grants, with an additional 150 homebuyers currently on the path to homeownership. The 2018 Atlanta NeighborhoodLIFT program is a collaboration with NeighborWorks® America and its network member, Community Housing Development Corporation.

    Since February 2012, LIFT programs have helped create more than 18,375 homeowners in 62 communities. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on Wells Fargo Stories.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

    Tweet me:.@WellsFargo announced $500,000 in donations to six local nonprofits to support affordable, safe housing and community programs for the #Atlanta community. #NeighborhoodLIFT http://bit.ly/2xP7L2P

    Contact Info:

    Jacob Jordan
    Wells Fargo
    +1 (404) 214-3805
    jacob.jordan2@wellsfargo.com

    Amy Amirault
    Wells Fargo
    +1 (843) 870-6835
    amy.amirault@wellsfargo.com
    @AmyAmiraultWF

    KEYWORDS: Housing, NYSE:WFC, Wells Fargo & Company, Donation


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    SOURCE:Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

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    Twice a month the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) highlights their members' beverage industry sustainability insights and ideas in their BIER Member Spotlight series. These spotlights include their answers to questions about their company's sustainability achievements and strategy, practical insights from BIER, interesting facts, and more.

    The second of this month's BIER Member Spotlight focuses on Julio Torruella, Global Sustainability Director for Bacardi Limited and participant in BIER's Water, Technology, and Benchmarking working groups.

    Learn more about Julio in this BIER Member Spotlight.

    About BIER

    The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Jackson Family Wines, New Belgium Brewing, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and PepsiCo. For more information, visit www.bieroundtable.com.

    Tweet me:Meet Julio Torruella, BIER member and Global Sustainability Director at Bacardi Limited, in his Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) member spotlight http://bit.ly/JTBIERSpot

    KEYWORDS: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), member spotlight, beverage industry, Bacardi Limited


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    Business leaders join Heads of State and UN Secretary-General to discuss peace, human rights and advancing the 2030 Agenda

    SOURCE:United Nations Global Compact

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    NEW YORK, September 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ - More than 120 Chief Executives from some of the world’s leading businesses joined Heads of State and Government and leaders from both the United Nations and civil society today to explore innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 during the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly.

    Working together in support of sustainable development and peace was the topic of discussion at the 10th annual United Nations Private Sector Forum — the high-level luncheon of this year’s Leaders Summit. Hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the Forum celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela through the theme of building and investing in peace.

    In his opening remarks, the Secretary-General emphasized the critical role that business must play in building and maintaining peace, including by upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, especially in challenging contexts.

    “What matters in the UN Global Compact is that you are committed to values, and those values are exactly what makes your companies not only profitable, effective companies to the economy, but companies that contribute to prevention and sustaining peace which are now central to our concerns at the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said.

    Building on these sentiments, President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa articulated important links between peace and sustainable business, noting: “Peace, stability and the rule of law are critical for economies to thrive, but also for businesses to achieve sustainable returns for their shareholders. The private sector therefore has a direct interest in the preservation of the restoration of peace where peace does not exist.”

    Demonstrating the increasing engagement from responsible business, the Forum saw more than 60 leading CEOs make over 140 new expressions of support for eight different multi-stakeholder initiatives that advance peace — in areas ranging from peace, justice and strong institutions to humanitarian action to the empowerment of women and the youth.

    As the main multi-stakeholder stocktaking opportunity during the UN General Assembly week, the Leaders Summit convened an international community of leaders from business, investor groups, Government and civil society together at the United Nations for a collection of high-level engagement and networking opportunities.

    Nearly 400 business leaders, including over 120 Chief Executives, attended the 2018 Leaders Summit, demonstrating the role of business as a driver for the transformational change needed to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

    The Summit also featured a candid discussion around business progress on equality and human rights by hosting an intimate CEO Roundtable. During the Roundtable, 31 CEOs — representing companies of all sizes, sectors and geographies — discussed concrete actions to close the inequality gap and advance human rights as a driver for successful business, building on the outcomes of local CEO Roundtables hosted by Global Compact Local Networks throughout 2018.

    In her remarks to those gathered around the table, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed called business leaders to action: “The UN is reforming. It’s got major reforms on the development side to bring us closer together. We see that the assets that we have as the UN across 129 countries can also include the private sector. And through the UN Global Compact, we will be reaching out to see what opportunities we can have for building the pipelines at scale of programmes and projects that will impact the lives of people and attain the SDGs.”

    “It’s a tough journey, but there is the short, the medium and the longer-term benefits, and we start one step at a time,” she added.

    The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also challenged participants of the CEO Roundtable, saying, “We must count on the business community if we are to deliver the groundbreaking vision set out in the 2030 Agenda. The call for shared action between states, the international community, NGOs, individuals, communities and business is as radical as the Goals themselves.”

    In reference to the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights this year, Bachelet said, “We need champions. We need businesses with the vision and the courage to put practical human rights-based steps into practice. From the smallest rural enterprise to the largest global corporation, every business has the responsibility to respect human rights.”

    Also speaking to the importance of human rights, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, said: “The human rights agenda touches all the SDGs — because it touches the human values of society. If we don’t start with respecting human rights, we undermine the essence of humanity and the Global Goals.”

    During the Roundtable discussion several new commitments were made including:

    • Total (Oil & Gas, France) launched an industry-wide initiative together with BP, Equinor and Shell to create a collaborative approach to human rights supplier assessments in the energy industry.
    • Melvin Marsh (Beverages, Kenya) launched a “Young Women Accelerator Programme.”
    • China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH)(General Industrials, China) committed to expanding its “Bringing Poverty to the Boardroom” programme.

    Earlier in the day, the Leaders Summit kicked-off with a welcome breakfast focused on business leadership for the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director Lise Kingo presented the 2018 class of UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers — business leaders from around the world championing the SDGs through their companies and inspiring others to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each SDG Pioneer spoke about how they are working to advance the Global Goals both through their own company and by mobilizing others.

    “The underlying driver for all of this is of course personal leadership,” said Lise Kingo, addressing the room of global business leaders. “And that’s why we started this morning of the Leaders Summit by announcing the new class of SDG Pioneers. They embody the kind of leadership that is needed for the Global Goals.”

    The afternoon session highlighted activities of the UN Global Compact from the past year aimed at driving progress and scaling impact.

    Organized against the backdrop of the current priorities of the United Nations and upcoming activities of the Secretary-General on financing for development, climate change and the 2020 Ocean Conference, the session aimed to connect the dots between the world’s most pressing challenges and the innovative solutions that can help business and partners to tackle them at scale.

    Closing out the session, Lise Kingo reflected, “I would like to compliment the amazing leadership here. No matter what, there will be a clear priority around climate change, around the ocean, around the whole set of environmental issues that is a key driver for the world and a major concern of the Secretary-General.” She continued, “What needs to happen now is that we need to reach the tipping point. I think we have it all planned out in the right way, but there's an urgency….. Let's go big scale, this is mainstream now.”

    In a discussion about leveraging the Ten Principles to generate impact for the Global Goals, Lise Kingo noted the recent launch of the UN Global Compact Academy, a new digital learning platform for business professionals at all levels.

    The full-day of events was capped off with a Leaders Summit Reception at New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art during which the 34 companies recognized as Global Compact LEAD were announced by Lise Kingo.

    Identified as the most engaged companies participating in the UN Global Compact, the group is comprised of companies from nearly 20 different business sectors and represents every region of the world. In 2018, these companies have qualified for LEAD recognition by being a participant in at least two Action Platforms, which demonstrates their commitment to fostering leadership practices in line with the Ten Principles and Global Goals, and for submitting an Advanced Communication on Progress.

    Then, Lise Kingo joined UN Global Compact Board Vice Chairs Bola Adesola and Paul Polman in celebrating the legacy of outgoing Vice-Chair, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart. Sir Mark has served in an advisory role to the Compact since its inception, and as Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact Board for 10 years, beginning in 2007. He was recognized for his strong leadership as well as his passionate advocacy for Global Compact Local Networks. Sir Mark will continue to serve as a Board Member through his role as Chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact.

    The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Reception, co-hosted by the Government of Norway, offered an opportunity to reflect on the outcomes of the day, with a specific emphasis on sustainable ocean business. In the lead up to the 2020 UN Ocean Conference, the reception was an important opportunity to engage business in the ocean agenda, and featured remarks from Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. Lise Kingo also spoke, highlighting the work of the UN Global Compact Action Platform on Sustainable Ocean Business.

    A series of new publications was launched at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, including:

    The UN Global Compact Progress Report 2018 provides an assessment of how companies in the UN Global Compact are adopting the Ten Principles and taking action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Based on data collected in the UN Global Compact annual survey and other sources, the report takes stock of how companies are performing when it comes to integrating the Ten Principles into their strategies and operations. The report also offers a review of current progress on each of the Global Goals and considers impact measurement opportunities.

    Building Peace and Prosperity: What Business Can Do provides a list of concrete actions that different stakeholder groups — including business, the investor community, Governments, the UN and civil society — can take to scale up business action and investment in high-risk areas. It also provides an overview of eight multi-stakeholder initiatives that support stakeholders in scaling up these actions.

    Decent Work in Global Supply Chains: A Baseline Report summarizes data from bilateral interviews with supply chain, procurement and sustainability executives of companies that participate in the UN Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains. The report presents insights into some of the key challenges and opportunities that companies face in their efforts to develop more sustainable procurement strategies. It also offers practical examples of steps taken to combat pressing human rights issues in supply chains, such as modern slavery, child labour and non-compliance with employment standards, and references relevant initiatives and resources for further guidance on these issues.

    SDG Bonds & Corporate Finance: A Roadmap to Mainstream Investments seeks to inspire and guide companies, Governments, cities and others involved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to tap into the private capital markets and benefit from cheaper and more reliable capital to support the implementation of their SDG strategies. It also introduces a roadmap for mainstream SDG bonds and corporate SDG finance to tap into the largest assets classes and respond to the specific financing challenges in emerging markets.

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    Tweet me:At the UN @globalcompact #LeadersSummit 2018, business leaders join Heads of State and @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres to discuss peace, #humanrights and advancing the #GlobalGoals: www.unglobalcompact.org/news/4406-09-24-2018 #UNGA

    Contact Info:

    Leila Puutio
    United Nations Global Compact
    +1 (646) 884-7523
    media@unglobalcompact.org
    @globalcompact
    www.facebook.com/UNGlobalCompact
    www.linkedin.com/company/united-nations-global-compact
    www.instagram.com/globalcompact

    KEYWORDS: UN Private Sector Forum, UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, Antonio Guterres, Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, Cyril Ramaphosa, UN General Assembly, Global Compact Local Networks, Michelle Bachelet, Paul Polman, Melvin Marsh, China National Machinery Industry Corporation, Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers, SDG Pioneers, Jean-Louis Chaussade, Alice Laugher, Emmanuel Lulin, Greg Welsh, Khalil Daoud, Teressa Szelest, Danielle Pieroni, Martha Tilaar, Esther An, Hanaa Helmy, united nations, LEAD companies, Global Compact LEAD, UN Global Compact, United Nations Global Compact, Bola Adesola, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Erna Solberg, Amina J. Mohammed, UN Global Compact Progress Report 2018, Peace and Prosperity, Decent Work, SDG Bonds, UN Global Compact Academy, UN Global Compact Action Platforms

        


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    Virtual Field Trip of Arconic in Austin, Texas brings exciting STEM careers to classrooms and explores how 3D printing is revolutionizing aerospace manufacturing

    SOURCE:Discovery Education

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    Silver Spring, Md., September 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, Inc., and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are hosting a Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip from Arconic in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the immersive virtual experience, students will explore how 3D printing is shaping the future of manufacturing and meet Arconic employees who are using this cutting-edge technology to build high-performance aircraft parts. Educators, classrooms and communities may register for the virtual field trip at ManufactureYourFuture.com.

    “Arconic Foundation aims to give students an unprecedented view of the spectrum of STEM careers available, and our longstanding partnership with Discovery Education provides opportunities to collaborate on programs like this that influence the way young minds conceptualize the future of work,” said Esra Ozer, president, Arconic Foundation. “By showing students how emerging technologies such as 3D printing are shaping the future of manufacturing, we are helping to build the workforce of tomorrow.”

    Manufacture Your Future, designed by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts for 3rd – 12th grade students, offers educators, guidance counselors and families, hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans range from a look at the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics, and are designed to stimulate insightful conversations between educators and students. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life.

    “Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education are committed to advancing best-in-class immersive learning approaches, through the ‘Manufacture Your Future’ initiative, to cultivate the next generation of manufacturing innovators, said Kristin Hirst, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We are invested in showcasing stimulating manufacturing careers that empower kids to ‘see that they can be’ solution-seekers and problem-solvers who create products to help shape our world.”

    As manufacturing continues to evolve and require 21st-century skill-sets, employers have continued to develop a pipeline of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation. The initiative encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world applications. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the comprehensive program offers standards-based resources focused on STEM; lesson plans; a manufacturing career guide; family discussion starters; and virtual field trips to give students an up-close look at some of today’s most prominent manufacturing careers.

    “The ability to have students, educators and parents connect with advanced STEM concepts in an innovative way strengthens our efforts to engage this generation,” said Dacia Jones, STEM Coach, Durham, North Carolina. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ Virtual Field Trip increases our aim of fostering the curiosity of youth, while engaging them in practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math, and how those disciplines can be used to pursue careers in STEM.”

    Every year during National Manufacturing Day, Arconic comes together with more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country to motivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators. Participants can join the celebration by sharing their Manufacturing Day ideas and inspiration with @DiscoveryEd on social media using #ManufactureYourFuture for a chance to have their classrooms featured during our virtual event.

    For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visit ManufactureYourFuture.com. Manufacture Your Future materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

    For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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    About Discovery Education

    As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

    About Arconic Foundation

    Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.

    About Arconic

    Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

    Contact

    Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education, Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com

    Tweet me:In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, @Arconic_Fdn and @DiscoveryEd are hosting a #ManufactureYourFuture Virtual Field Trip in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 5th http://bit.ly/2xFGO2m

    KEYWORDS: discovery education, Arconic Foundation, Manufacture Your Future, manufacturing careers, National Manufacturing Day


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    SOURCE:Common Impact

    DESCRIPTION:

    We are thrilled to welcome Emily McCann, CEO of Citizen Schools to Pro Bono Perspectives. For those of you in the nonprofit sector, you likely know Citizen Schools, a national education nonprofit that works primarily in low-income communities that need additional support and resources. Citizen Schools provides middle-school students with after-school programming that supports academic achievement in core subjects like English, Language, Arts and Mathematics while building important 21st Century and Social-Emotional skills through real-world learning experiences. Citizen Schools currently operates in 25 communities serving nearly 80,000 students annually. The organization is frequently cited as a leader in mentorship, extended day learning, and youth development. Emily has been CEO of since 2016, though has been with the organization for 13 years! Beyond that, she continues her civic engagement by sitting on several national nonprofit boards.

    Common Impact has had the pleasure of partnering with Citizen Schools on multiple occasions to use pro bono to upgrade their own technology infrastructure with the end goal of optimizing the experience and efficacy of their staff, volunteers and students.

    "I think folks have also realized when we talk about the way people learn it's through hands-on real-world experiences and that is true of children, it's also true of adults."

    Listen to Emily's episode!

    Interested in getting involved with Citizen Schools? Their team is actively looking for volunteers to join their fall apprenticeships in Boston, New York, San Jose and Oakland. Learn more and sign-up here!

    Tweet me:Tune into @CommonImpact's new podcast, Pro Bono Perspectives! Hear from @EmilyMcCann94 from @cschools to learn about her work across sectors, her passion for education and how her organization leverages #probono as a #capacitybuilding resource http://bit.ly/2Qapr0h

    KEYWORDS: Emily McCann, Danielle Holly, pro bono perspectives, Common Impact, citizen schools


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    Created with the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, the program helps strengthen communities

    SOURCE:Allstate Foundation

    DESCRIPTION:

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Allstate Foundation announced today the expansion of The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center, an online and in-person nonprofit leadership development program offering free curriculum for all nonprofit professionals. The curriculum, developed by the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, covers topics including leadership, management and stakeholder engagement.

    “Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in making our communities stronger, safer and more prosperous. That’s why it’s vital we invest in and work to cultivate the growth of the nonprofit sector,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations. “By offering nonprofit leaders with access to high-quality professional development opportunities, we can support their efforts to care for, build and improve our communities, which benefits us all.”

    According to an Allstate Foundation survey of past participants in the executive leadership program formerly known as The Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership program, 74 percent of program alumni took on more responsibility within their organization after completing the program. The survey results also showed 89 percent of respondents believe their participation has positively impacted the way they lead in their communities.

    In addition to offering the proven in-person program opportunity, The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center offers two new online leadership development training options to expand the number of nonprofit professionals who can benefit from the program. Each option was designed to accommodate nonprofit leaders’ diverse skill sets, experience and leadership aspirations. The three distinct training option formats are:

    • Management Essentials On-Demand: Created for emerging leaders at all nonprofits, the on-demand, self-paced online lessons help nonprofit professionals understand key theories of nonprofit management and gain new skills in such areas as nonprofit finance, marketing and communications, mission-driven strategy and influence and adaptability.

    • Management Essentials Online Connection: Developed for emerging nonprofit leaders interested in facilitated learning covering management fundamentals, participants will be assigned a cohort to take the online lessons together and participate in group discussions, peer mentoring and networking.

    • Executive Leadership Program: Best suited for nonprofit leaders with 10 to 20 years of nonprofit experience, the in-person training helps nonprofit professionals evolve as leaders through customized coaching, individual development opportunities and in-person interaction. This elite learning experience is open to 30 participants per year. The current cohort concludes in May 2019.

    “It can be a challenge for nonprofit organizations to prioritize the professional development of their emerging leaders given the scarcity of resources in the sector, said Liz Livingston Howard, executive director of the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management. “We are proud to expand the educational opportunities offered through The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center to continue to help ensure nonprofit leaders are set up for success – and ready to make an even bigger impact on their communities.”

    Interested nonprofit professionals can go to AllstateFoundation.org to access the Management Essentials On-Demand content at any time and to join the next cohort in the Management Essentials Online Classroom training. Applications for the Executive Leadership Program Class of 2020 will be available in spring 2019.

    Since 2014, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $4 million in building leadership skills of nonprofit executives across the U.S.

    The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center is a program of The Allstate Foundation, an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by breaking the cycle of domestic violence, inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at AllstateFoundation.org. For updates on Allstate Foundation initiatives, follow The Allstate Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    KEYWORDS: Allstate foundation, Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, Training


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    SOURCE:Schneider Electric

    DESCRIPTION:

    Today, the United Nations Global Compact is pleased to announce the businesses that have been recognized as Global Compact LEAD companies for demonstrating ongoing commitment to the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.

    Announced at UN Headquarters in New York during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018, these companies were identified as being among the most engaged participants of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The 34 Global Compact LEAD companies recognized today represent every region of the world and 19 sectors.

    2018 LEAD Companies:

    Click here to read the full release

    Tweet me:UN @GlobalCompact recognizes @SchneiderElec as one of the most engaged companies at #LeadersSummit 2018 http://bit.ly/2xVgWP9 #UNGA

    KEYWORDS: EPA:SU, Schneider Electric, UN Global Compact, Global Compact LEAD


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    Symantec and Aramark work to support a sustainable food system

    SOURCE:Symantec

    DESCRIPTION:

    By Aramark Executive Chef Robert Sapirman

    Healthier soil and water, fewer greenhouse gases (GHG), less food waste, and better treatment of animals are all benefits of a sustainable food system. As governments, corporations, scientists, NGOs and others look at how to adequately feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050, many are also focused on achieving this in a manner that reduces pressure on the environment. Did you know:

    • Agriculture accounts for roughly 10 percent of global GHG emissions, and as much as 50 percent of non-CO2 emissions.[i]
    • Cows are the biggest culprit, contributing to over a third of non-CO2 emissions in Europe, the U.S. and India, and over half in Australia and Brazil.[ii]
    • Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.[iii]
    • 300 million barrels of oil are used each year to produce food that is wasted.[iv]

    Supporting a sustainable food system

    Our daily decisions about what we eat impact our environment, and food is one area where we each have the power to effect change. As Aramark Executive Chef in Symantec’s Mountain View café, it’s my job to feed roughly 1,000 people each day. At Aramark, we believe the consumer sets the table, so menus are developed using proprietary research and consumer insights. Our research shows people today are more knowledgeable than ever, in issues relating to health and wellness, and ethical wellbeing, and therefore more demanding of companies, to align with their concerns. This extends to the humane treatment of animals, local purchasing, and responsible sourcing.

    Our vendors know that Aramark and Symantec believe in responsible sourcing. They know we’re proud to purchase local, buy cage-free eggs and sustainable seafood, and to support the small farmers doing things right. At Aramark, we’ve committed to purchasing 100 percent sustainably sourced seafood by the end of 2018 and will serve 100 percent cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2020.

    Less Meat = Less Heat

    As part of Symantec’s “Going Green in 2018” campaign, the café will host its first Less Meat Monday on Monday, October 8 in Mountain View, Culver City, and Dublin, where we will have enhanced meatless choices available in our cafes. “Going Green in 2018” is a yearlong campaign of eco-friendly awareness, challenges, and initiatives, designed to encourage Symantec employees to take action, and help protect the world. For the month of October, our focus will be on making sustainable food choices.

    Meatless Monday, started in 2003, promotes healthy food choices that are also good for the planet. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that global livestock production creates more GHG emissions than the entire transportation sector, and John Hopkins research shows producing a single quarter pound burger requires 6,800 glasses of water.[iv] In fact, going meatless for just one day in the Mountain View cafeteria would avoid 2,500 pounds of GHG and 170,000 gallons of water.

    The FAO advocates reduced consumption of animal products due to the high-energy requirements of livestock farming, GHG emissions produced from livestock, and biodiversity loss due to conversion of natural habitats to grass and feed crops. With this simple change, Symantec will reduce GHG emissions and show our diners how delicious plant-based proteins can be.

    Further supporting this movement, Aramark’s proprietary plant-forward research suggests that consumers, primarily motivated by health, are shifting their eating habits toward more plant-forward foods, with 60% wanting to reduce their meat intake. As part of its Healthy for Life 20 By 20 commitment with the American Heart Association (AHA), Aramark is finding creative ways to include more fruits and vegetables into menus and introducing a range of plant-based recipes that center on foods including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

    Do Your Part

    If you find yourself in Mountain View, Culver City, or Dublin please join our team for Less Meat Monday, and wherever you’re located, try these little things at home:

    • Eat organic. A 20+ year side-by-side comparison trial study showed that organic agriculture can reduce carbon dioxide and slow climate change,[v] in addition to protecting soil and reducing the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. 
    • Eat locally and seasonally.Stop by a farmer’s market or check labels in stores to avoid the large amounts of non-renewable resources that go into food transport.
    • Eat differently. Reduce meat consumption and increase your share of plant-based proteins.
    • Eat your food! Cutting back on food waste could go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas.

    [i]http://www.newfarm.org/depts/NFfield_trials/1003/carbonsequest_print.shtml

    [i]https://climateactiontracker.org/press/reducing-food-waste-and-changing-diet-could-drastically-reduce-agricultural-emissions/

    [ii]https://climateactiontracker.org/press/reducing-food-waste-and-changing-diet-could-drastically-reduce-agricultural-emissions/

    [iii]http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/

    [iv]https://food.cloud/the-problem/

    [v]http://www.meatlessmonday.com/research/environment/

    Tweet me:Alongside @Aramark, @Symantec is working towards a more sustainable food system http://bit.ly/2DFwjBg #GoingGreenin2018 #SymantecLife

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:SYMC, Symantec, Aramark, sustainable food system, responsible sourcing


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    G&A's Sustainability Highlights (09.20.2018)

    SOURCE:Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    How do we structure a more sustainable (and responsible) business – it’s a question we are regularly asked here at G&A Institute. By big firms and small companies -- publicly-traded or privately-owned (and numerous planning to go public).

    As we get into the conversation, what often becomes clear is that the company really was founded to meet some kind(s) of societal need, and sometimes it actually created a need (think of the popularity of the Apple eco-system or the early days of the Ford Motor Company and the “horseless carriage”) that it fills, benefitting society -- and in the firm’s “growing up and maturing” phase the leaders want to be recognized as a sustainable and responsible enterprise.

    There are well-known corporate models that can help point the way for a management team.  We explain the successes of our “top performers and reporters” roster as examples of how the industry leaders (depending on sector and industry) have achieved clear, recognized leadership in sustainability. Their stories are inspirational as well as instructive. (Tip:  read the companies’ GRI reports for a deep dive into corporate strategies, programs, collaborations, and achievements – our team dives into 1,500 corporate reports and more each year in our work as GRI Data Partners for the USA, UK and Republic of Ireland.)

    But what about smaller enterprises, not “giants” in their industry, or niche players, run by talented entrepreneurs and managers who want to do the right thing as they build their business?  How do we find their stories?

    You know, like the early story of Ben & Jerry’s (ice cream), two young guys with borrowed money operating a small store (a renovated gas station) in downtown Burlington, Vermont; the founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, built their business as a pioneer in social responsibility. (In 1985, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation got 7.5% of annual pre-tax profits to fund community-oriented projects and supporting dairy family farming was a priority – like the duo’s support of Farm Aid.)

    What we have for you today are the stories of seven perhaps less well-known firms briefly profiled by tech blogger Kayla Matthews in her guest commentary on the Born2Invest platform.  The quick-read profiles explain the companies’ business models and how they try to operate as sustainable enterprises.

    These are: Prime Five Homes (building $1 million eco-mod homes in Los Angeles); Lacoste (marketing the well-known crocodile brand of clothing); Liberty Bottleworks (recycled water bottles); Cleancult (paving the way for more efficient detergents); Andrean Collection (marketing jewelry from the rainforest and providing Ecuadorian women with jobs ); Blockchain (technology); Wash Cycle Laundry (eco-friendly local laundry service).

    What is interesting is that each of the companies, the author explains, develop products and manufacturing processes that benefit employers, employees and Mother Earth by striving for and being (more) sustainable.  The stories are fascinating – and very appealing in this age of anxiety for many of us.  

    These stories remind us of the 2018 “Sense of Purpose” letter sent to public company CEO’s by Chairman and CEO Larry Fink, who heads the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock. As a fiduciary, he explains, BlackRock engages with companies to drive the sustainable, long-term growth that the firm’s clients (asset owners) need to meet their goals.  And society, he explains to the CEOs receiving the letter, “is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose.” 

    To prosper over time, Mr. Fink wrote, “…every company must not only deliver financial performance but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society…without a sense of purpose, no company can achieve its full potential.”

    You can read Larry Fink’s letter to corporate CEOs here – it well worth the read: https://www.blackrock.com/corporate/investor-relations/larry-fink-ceo-letter

    You can follow Kayla Matthews on her tech blog, Productivity Bytes, where she often connects technology and sustainability topics: https://productivitybytes.com/

    And do read our top story – it’s a fascinating and brief read to learn more about these innovative companies striving for greater sustainability and societal responsibility. 

    This is just the introduction of G&A's Sustainability Highlights newsletter this week. Click here to view full issue. 

    Tweet me:7 Compelling Corporate Sustainability Stories For You –How Entrepreneurs Are Managing Their Sustainable Business & Meeting Society’s Needs http://bit.ly/2O2uqCU

    KEYWORDS: business & trade, Corporate Social Responsibility, csr, G&A Institute, GRI, Governance & Accountability Institute, G&A, SRI, SWF, socially responsible investing, Sovereign Wealth Funds, sustainability, Corporate Citizenship, esg


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    SOURCE:Antea Group

    DESCRIPTION:

    Are you holding off on assessing the risk of PFAS at your facility? A “wait and see” approach could result in a potential damage to your brand and investor relations.

    Antea Group is seeing a growing number of enforcement and legal actions focused on PFAS across the country taking companies by surprise. Learn more about PFAS and how we can help you to fully understand your business exposure (if any), conduct internal studies, and be prepared with data and records.

    About Antea Group

    Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure, urban planning and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Learn more at https://us.anteagroup.com.

    Tweet me:Better Safe Than Sorry: Assessing PFAS Risk http://bit.ly/2NYEfhJ

    Contact Info:

    katie.nordenson@anteagroup.com

    KEYWORDS: PFAS, firefighting foam, teflon, stain-resistant, antea group


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    Global logistics leader acknowledged for leadership and support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission, programs and services

    SOURCE:UPS

    DESCRIPTION:

    ALTANTA, September 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ - UPS (NYSE: UPS) was recognized by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) with a 2018 “Sustain: ABLE Award” at PVA’s annual Mission: ABLE Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The company was acknowledged for leadership and support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission, programs and services. UPS and PVA have collaborated on initiatives to better the lives of veterans since 1988. By the end of 2018, UPS committed to hiring 50,000 veterans and pledged to donate 50,000 employee volunteer hours helping veterans/Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). In September 2016, UPS reached its 50,000 hiring goal -- two years earlier than planned. Since its pledge, UPS has hired more than 86,000 veterans and logged more than 183,000 volunteer hours for veteran connected activities.

    About The UPS Foundation
    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

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    Tweet me:.@UPS is honored to receive a @PVA1946 #MissionABLEAwards for the logistics leader’s commitment to #veterans, hiring 86,000+ #veterans and contributing 183,000+ employee volunteer hours to #VSOs http://bit.ly/2NKAQXZ

    Contact Info:

    Kristen Petrella
    UPS
    +1 (404) 828-4182
    kpetrella@ups.com

    KEYWORDS: UPS, united parcel service, PVA, Paralyzed Veterans of America, NYSE:UPS


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    SCE and city agencies partner to outline air quality and clean energy goals at a community meeting in Compton.

    SOURCE:Edison International

    DESCRIPTION:

    Regional transportation as we know it today will be transformed over the next several years as California moves forward to meet its ambitious clean energy goals and improve air quality by 2030.

    “The governor has set a goal of 5 million electric vehicles on the road in California by 2030. However, we at Edison believe there should be 7 million electric vehicles on the road to meet the climate goals set for the state,” said Chris Thompson, Southern California Edison vice president for Local Public Affairs.

    Thompson recently spoke at the “Optimizing the Transportation Sector: Infrastructure and Electrification” event hosted by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles at the Center for Sustainable Communities in Compton. The event was sponsored by SCE and the California Department of Transportation.

    The state’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

    Transportation electrification mitigates climate change and contributes to creating an environmental balance for residents in low- and moderate-income communities impacted by pollution and poor air-quality-related health issues. It also creates a new energy economy, jobs and business opportunities.

    Thompson shared SCE’s blueprint for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 2030. The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway includes a three-part, integrated solution to tackle some of the largest emissions sources that contribute to poor air quality.

    Not lost in the discussion were environmental benefits detailed by state Sen. Steven Bradford, whose 35th District includes the city of Compton. He said the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as SB 1, is funding $54 billion in transportation maintenance and improvements across the state over the next 10 years.

    “This is a critical piece of legislation,” he said. 

    The audience of local businesses and community leaders was particularly interested to hear about robust jobs and procurement opportunities for women, minority, disabled veteran-owned and LGBT businesses interested in bidding on projects that support the state’s environmental goals.

    Currently, more than 6,500 transportation and infrastructure improvement projects are underway in California. Over 700 projects totaling $4.4 billion are earmarked for Los Angeles County over the next 10 years. By 2020, the California Department of Transportation plans to increase the dollar value of contracts awarded to small, disadvantaged and disabled businesses by up to 100 percent.

    “It’s a game changer,” said Shirley Choate, interim director, District 7 for the California Department of Transportation, of SB 1. “We’re looking for a lot more businesses to do state work.” 

    Support for transportation electrification continues to grow across the region as more transit agencies commit to going all electric, including LA MetroLos Angeles Department of TransportationFoothill Transit and Antelope Valley Transit. LA Metro has committed to replacing its entire fleet with electric vehicles by 2030.

    Still, residents in underrepresented communities aren’t so quick to embrace transportation electrification. Many see electric vehicles as too pricey and charging stations not convenient or readily accessible in their neighborhoods.

    “How do we get there in a way that’s affordable, sustainable, good for the economy and good for you and me?” asked Thompson. “The best solution is to embrace, rather than resist, the transformative changes taking place across multiple sectors of our economy.”

    “Making these electric vehicles affordable is just as important as having the infrastructure in place,” said Bradford.

    Tweet me:.@SCE and city agencies partner to outline #airquality and #cleanenergy goals at a community meeting in Compton http://bit.ly/2xPsLq9 #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: SCE, Edison International, compton, greenhouse gas, Air Quality

     


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    SOURCE:Wells Fargo & Company

    DESCRIPTION:

    WASHNGTON, September 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Recognizing that financial education is an important first step to financial stability and independence, National Disability Institute (NDI) and Wells Fargo released 15 quick financial education reference guides and five supplemental guides for people with disabilities. The new guides are designed to provide financial educators, American Job Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and community-based organizations access to resources and tools specifically for persons with disabilities. The disability-specific materials complement existing Hands on Banking® instructor guides for young adults, adults and entrepreneurs.

    The 15 quick financial education reference guides provide easy-to-read statistics, information and resources for individuals with disabilities who may experience common barriers that relate to employment, medical benefits, transportation, money management, home ownership and other barriers as they take steps toward financial well-being and self-sufficiency. 

    The five disability supplemental guides cover disability sensitivity and information for educators and instructors of young adults, adults and entrepreneurs with disabilities. Topics include employment, work supports, money management, protected savings and other items relevant to developing financial capability. Numerous tips, tools, resources and links to Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking program also are provided.

    In addition to the quick reference and disability supplemental guides, NDI and Wells Fargo developed a companion, three-part webinar series. The webinar series is focused on guiding individuals to a life of employment, savings and asset development. To view the webinar series, please visit www.realeconomicimpact.org/resources/webinar-archive.

    NDI is the first national nonprofit dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities. To learn more, please visit realeconomicimpact.org.

    About Hands on Banking

    Hands on Banking is a free, engaging, non-commercial financial education and capability program available in both English and Spanish that teaches people, in all stages of life, about the basics of responsible money management, including how to create a budget, save and invest, borrow responsibly, buy a home and establish a small business. To learn more about Hands on Banking, please visit handsonbanking.org/ndi. The creation of these materials was supported with a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

    About National Disability Institute 

    National Disability Institute (NDI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities. The first national organization committed exclusively to championing economic empowerment, financial education, asset development and financial stability for all persons with disabilities, NDI affects change through public education, policy development, training, technical assistance and innovative initiatives. NDI and itsReal Economic Impact (REI) Network have helped more than 2.3 million people with disabilities receive nearly $2.3 billion in tax refunds and credits. To learn more, visit www.realeconomicimpact.org. Engage with NDI on Facebook:RealEconImpact or follow NDI on Twitter:@RealEconImpact.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.wellsfargo.com.

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    Contact:

    Kathy Brannigan

    Director of Communications

    National Disability Institute

    (202) 296-5393

     kbrannigan@ndi-inc.org

    Tweet me:.@RealEconImpact, #WellsFargo Release New Financial Education Guides for People with Disabilities http://bit.ly/2zyIkoj

    KEYWORDS: financial, financial education, Hands on Banking, Wells Fargo, NDI, Disabilities, Employment, NYSE:WFC


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    By Kevin Igli, Chief Environmental Officer

    SOURCE:Tyson Foods

    DESCRIPTION:

    As the Chief Environmental Officer for Tyson Foods, I have the pleasure of leading a dedicated team of environmental professionals who collaborate to make sure the company sets strategic goals and makes informed decisions for managing our environmental footprint. Protecting the environment and conserving natural resources is essential for maintaining clean air, water and land in the communities we serve—and we want to be part of the solution.

    Earlier this year, we ANNOUNCED OUR TARGET to decrease greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. We made this bold public commitment as part of our holistic approach to sustainability, to help people understand what Tyson Foods stands for with respect to environmental responsibility and because we recognize reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of producing sustainable food and protecting our planet for future generations.

    We’re very excited to announce that our greenhouse gas emissions target has been accepted by the Science Based Targets initiative, making us the first U.S. protein company in the food and beverage sector to receive such an approval.

    THE SCIENCE BASED TARGET INITIATIVE is a collaboration between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and the United Nations Global Compact. The initiative helps companies determine a pathway for reducing their emissions in line with limiting global warming to well below 2°Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    Our targets were developed in collaboration with the WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE, a global research organization that works with leaders across different industries and organizations to help turn ideas into action around sustainability.

    “As one of the world’s largest meat producers, Tyson Foods has a major role within the company and across the industry to move toward a low-carbon business model that can sustainably feed the world’s growing population. Tyson Foods is taking an important step in the right direction by setting a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent across its entire value chain. WRI encourages all companies in the food industry to pursue sustainable best practices in addressing their carbon, land and water impacts.”

    -Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation at World Resources Institute

    Our greenhouse gas reduction target includes emissions from our direct operations as well as our entire value chain, with 2016 being our baseline year. For us, this includes everything from the grain that is fed to livestock to the energy used to sell our protein products in grocery stores and through foodservice operators.

    I’m proud of the strides we’re making and the goals we’re putting in place to help us feed the world more sustainably. But we know there’s still more work to do.

    For more details about our sustainability initiatives and to check in on our progress, check out our most recent SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

    Tweet me:.@TysonFoods' goal to reduce #GHG emissions 30 percent by 2030 accepted by @sciencetargets, making it the first U.S. protein company in the food and beverage sector to receive such an approval http://bit.ly/2OUkubQ #sustainability

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:TSN, Tyson Foods, GHG emissions, Science Based Targets initiative, World Resources Institute


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  • 09/27/18--06:00: Caterpillar's Value Chain
  • SOURCE:Caterpillar Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Caterpillar is engineering our value chains just like we engineer our products, into a synchronized system that maximizes quality, value and speed to the customer. Learn more here about how we work with our suppliers and dealers to do so.

    Also, in 2016, Caterpillar began proactively requesting suppliers to complete a self-assessment to confirm their alignment to Caterpillar’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Our goal is a response from 95 percent of our priority suppliers by 2020.

    Tweet me:.@CaterpillarInc works to #connect their businesses from end-to-end – from customer all the way back through its chain – in order to gain and maintain industry leadership. #sustainability http://bit.ly/2BiyWrT

    KEYWORDS: Caterpillar, Supplier Network, Assurance of Supply Center, supplier diversity, dealer network, NYSE:CAT


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    Australia is home to some of the deadliest predators in the world. But nothing has posed a greater threat to our environment and marine life than single-use plastic.

    SOURCE:HP, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION:

    A new report by HP and Planet Ark released last week found that Aussies rate marine plastic pollution as their top concern when it comes to environmental sustainability.

    Still, despite each one of us producing or using 130kg of plastic each year, less than 12 per cent of it is recycled, leaving up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic finding its way into our oceans.

    To bring this scary fact to life, HP Australia via Wunderman Bienalto launched a campaign that brings together the idea of a foreign monster that has entered the ocean, with references to marine life.

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    Tweet me:A new report by HP and @PlanetArk ‏ released last week found that Aussies rate marine plastic pollution as their top concern when it comes to environmental #sustainability http://bit.ly/2PZwrNi @HPSustainable

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    SOURCE:Albertsons Companies

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    Sipping a cup of coffee is a morning ritual for many Americans. In fact, the number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee is at the highest level since 2012, with demand continuing to get a boost from at-home consumption and gourmet drinks, according to the National Coffee Association.

    In celebration of National Coffee Day, we salute our Fair Trade Certified™ coffee producers who work behind the scenes to make our favorite O Organics® Fair Trade Certified™ coffee. Because of our partnership with these coffee growers, our morning pick-me-up is also lifting up farming communities in Central and South America.

    Over the last five years, the sales of our Fair Trade Certified™ O Organics coffee has generated $1.6 million in community development funds for coffee-growing communities.  These funds provide coffee producers with fair-market prices, safe working conditions and the opportunity to strengthen their economies.  

    Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH), a coffee cooperative in the southern highlands of Mexico, is one such supplier for O Organics coffee. They are committed to practicing sustainable agriculture to protect the region’s biosphere and conserve natural resources. Since CESMACH members were heavily affected by coffee leaf rust disease, a troublesome leaf fungus that impacts the yield of coffee plants, members voted to invest in plant renovation and rust management practices. They used a portion of the investment to build a centralized nursery that is home to 4,500 rust-resistant plants.

    Another O Organics coffee supplier is Asociación de Cooperación al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango (ACODIHUE), a coffee-producing organization located in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of Guatemala. The organization helps improve the productivity of its member’s small farms, enhance the quality of their coffee and positively impact the livelihoods of its producers. ACODIHUE has developed farmer training and education programs, adopted more sustainable farming practices, and helped growers meet international standards for quality.

    When customers purchase O Organics Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, they can feel confident they are standing up for human rights and helping to eliminate exploitation of farm labor. O Organics coffee, like all other O Organics products, is USDA-certified organic and proudly carries the USDA certified organic seal.

    Plus, O Organics coffee is also sustainable (what’s not to love?). To reduce plastic packaging, our O Organics coffee pods are now compostable and some whole bean products are available in cardboard composite cans.

    Look for O Organics Fair Trade Certified™ coffee at your local Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Jewel Osco and banners in the Albertsons Companies family of stores. Celebrate National Coffee Day with a hot cup of Joe or one of our unique and delicious coffee recipes below!

    Affogato

    A unique, rich dessert with a boost in less than 10 minutes? We’re in! This delectable dessert recipe is the perfect end to any meal! Simply brew your O Organics coffee, pour over ice cream and top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and peanut brittle!

    Coconut Cream Ice Cubes

    This recipe is perfect for iced coffee lovers! Made with only four ingredients, this simple and sweet ice cube recipe will keep your O Organics coffee chilled while adding a full, creamy flavor.

    Mocha Overnight Oats with a Peanut Butter Swirl

    Sweeten up your morning coffee routine with Mocha Overnight Oats! Featuring O Organics coffee and a creamy peanut butter swirl, this delicious recipe is sure to be a family favorite. Prepare this recipe the night before, refrigerate overnight and enjoy with fresh banana slices in the morning for a hassle-free, on-the-go breakfast!

    Tweet me:.@Albertsons partnership with Fair Trade has generated $1.6 million in community development funds to uplift communities in Central and South America with #JustOneCup. http://bit.ly/2OKnbMZ #NationalCoffeeDay @FairTradeCert

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    Hundreds of delegates from across Africa and the world met recently at the Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi, intent on working together to help restore land.

    SOURCE:World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

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    During 29–30 August 2018, delegates from governments, donor agencies, development organizations, research institutions and the private sector convened at the Global Landscapes Forum Nairobi to align their work on restoring degraded land with the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). AFR100 aims to restore 100 million hectares by 2030.

    About 40% of land in Africa, amounting to 50 million hectares, is degraded and nearly 3 million hectares of forest are lost annually. Climate change and poor land management are the primary causes of land degradation, threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions. Through restoration, degradation can be reversed and loss of forests stopped.

    “Agriculture is the largest driver of deforestation and land degradation but it can be a solution, too. Trees on farms can increase farmers’ incomes by 17% and can go higher if farmers grow the most suitable trees.” -- Tony Simons, director-general, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

    To restore land successfully, policies and incentives for agricultural systems are needed, such as those discussed by experts at the Forum who were linked to a World Bank study, Leveraging agricultural value chains to enhance tropical tree cover and slow deforestation, highlighting six commodity value chains — beef, cocoa, coffee, oil palm, soybean and shea butter — and their impact on deforestation or restoration.

    “The study found that we need policies that enhance the contribution of commodities to land restoration, with a special focus on improving tree tenure for women,” said Peter Minang, head of ICRAF’s landscape governance unit.

    But policies without technical solutions that farmers can deploy will be ineffective. Drylands Development Programme panellists presented restoration approaches that integrated rainwater harvesting, afforestation, infrastructural development and agroforestry. Robert Kisyula, Makueni County in Kenya’s minister for Water, Irrigation and Environment, explained involvement in the Billion Dollar Business Alliance, which encourages farmers’ investment in rainwater harvesting using farm ponds.

    WATCH: Enhancing water management, food security and rural economic development in the Drylands Development Program

    side event at the Forum discussed how to make woodfuel value chains sustainable and ultimately help restore landscapes, improve livelihoods and achieve national climate-change commitments.

    “The woodfuel sector in Africa is dominated by smallholders and is valued at USD 350 million, higher than most sectors,” said Phosiso Sola of ICRAF. “While woodfuel will remain the most important source of energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, supply areas are degrading. We need to make a stronger case for the role of the entire sector, make it sustainable and link it more to restoration.”

    In Kitui County in the drylands of eastern Kenya, efforts toward this end had already begun.

    “The Kitui County Assembly passed the Charcoal Act of 2014 to streamline charcoal production. The roles of charcoal producer associations, the county government and transporter associations were well defined in the Act,” explained Rachael Mwangangi, the county’s deputy director for energy.

    During the Landscapes Talks, Mary Njenga, a bioenergy researcher at ICRAF, explained how smallholders could enjoy many benefits from crop and tree biomass for biochar production using gasifier cooking stoves. She outlined the advantages of efficient cooking systems: reduced pressure on trees as sources of woodfuel, reduced burden for women in sourcing cooking energy and reduced risks associated with indoor smoke pollution, especially for women and children.

    “Adding biochar* improves soil nutrients and moisture retention, increases pH, reduces acidity and enhances micro-fauna, all of which increase crop yields. Biochar also sequesters carbon, contributing to climate-change mitigation,” said Njenga.

    The delegation from Chomba Province in Zambia, led by His Royal Highness Chief Kenneth Siayula, put emphasis on the issues surrounding licensing of charcoal producers, charcoal production technologies and restoration efforts.

    “I have learned a lot about policies and tree planting,” noted Siayula. “Systems of charcoal producer-groups will encourage control and ensure cutting of branches as opposed to trees. It is necessary to work with head people and the Forest Department to monitor charcoal production.”

    The Forum’s closing plenary highlighted many solutions, particularly, agroforestry, but also raised more questions.

    “How can we work with agriculture innovatively to restore land?” asked Munhamo Chisvo, chief executive officer and head of mission at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network. “Agriculture has resources and people; it is the biggest employer in Africa. As we tackle food and nutrition security through agriculture, we should use that momentum to address other issues more directly.”

    *Biochar is charcoal used as a soil improver. It is a stable solid, rich in carbon, that can survive in soil for thousands of years. Biochar can sequester carbon, increase the fertility of acidic soils, increase productivity, and provide protection against some diseases.

    About The World Agroforestry Centre

    The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at multiple scales. ICRAF is one of the 15 members of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. We thank all donors who support research in development through their contributions to the CGIAR Fund.

    Tweet me:Hundreds of delegates from across #Africa and the world met recently at the #GlobalLandscapesForum in Nairobi, intent on working together to help restore land. http://bit.ly/2OelfiT @ICRAF #LandRestoration #AFR100

    KEYWORDS: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), biodiversity, African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), woodfuel, charcoal production

        


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