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Is Santa Claus in a new war zone or a growth market?

Green Business News - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 - 02:01 am

So, is a melting Arctic an economic opportunity or a military challenge?

Is Santa Claus in a new war zone or a growth market?
Categories: Green Business

How Paul Gagliardo taps the 'next big thing' at American Water

Green Business News - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 - 02:01 am

Paul Gagliardo has to think like a VC to find new technologies and services for the nation's largest public water utility.

How Paul Gagliardo taps the 'next big thing' at American Water
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Must Water Be an Evaporating Asset?

SustainAbility Latest - Sun, Oct 12, 2014 - 09:51 pm

Flickr image by Doc Searls

As Climate Week drew to a close last month, the media and sustainability experts lauded the private sector for its can-do attitude towards addressing climate change. That level of action is especially welcome coming from the thousands of companies calling for a global price on carbon.

That increasing level of commitment and action from companies must also be applied to water scarcity challenges. From droughts in California and Ohio to the continuing water shortages in India, water scarcity will become only more pressing and affect billions more people with each passing year.

The World Economic Forum has identified “water crises” as one of the top 10 issues of greatest concern to the global economy in 2014, two steps above “failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation” and the third highest risk ranked overall.

A 2012 study found that from 1995-2005 at least 2.67 billion people — over one third of the world’s population — already were living in water basins that experience severe water scarcity at least one month a year. Population growth will exacerbate stress placed on existing basins to meet the demands of agriculture, energy and industry, and a growing urban population that expects abundant and clean flows of water every time it turns on the tap.

In SustainAbility’s September report, Evaporating Asset: Water Scarcity and Innovations for the Future, developed with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, we explored the urgency of water scarcity and some of the most innovative approaches to address it. While there is no silver bullet for what Deloitte’s enterprise water strategy director, Will Sarni, so aptly describes as a wicked problem, there is a critical need to find better solutions and pursue smarter collaborations to stay a step ahead.

The systems surrounding water — the environmental ecosystems that preserve and replenish freshwater, the political systems for allocating water and the variety of ways it is used for agriculture, drinking and industry — create a complex web with no singular answer. Climate change adds a further layer of complexity through altered rainfall patterns, changing temperatures and increasing drought.

System-level solutions for a wicked problem

Due to this complexity, collaborations that involve systems-level solutions rather than siloed actions are most promising. In the report, we note a growing momentum across both the public and private sectors to find those solutions. This momentum is driven by increasing private sector understanding and action on water risks, the continued momentum around the concept of the food-energy-water nexus and the interest in green infrastructure.

Some innovative solution areas we identified include watershed payment mechanisms, water risk management tools, water markets and environmental impact bonds and green bonds.

Watershed payment mechanisms are a good place to start. With examples such as China’s Eco-Compensation model and The Nature Conservancy’s Water Funds, these collaborative mechanisms show a great deal of promise for engaging stakeholders to restore the health of watersheds.

Water risk management tools such as the Natural Capital Project’s RIOS and InVest along with WRI’s Aqueduct and WWF’s Water Risk Filter, although each unique in what they analyze, can evaluate and identify where companies and water stakeholders should focus their efforts.

The development of water markets through water rights and water quality trading can direct resources toward and incentivize the most economically viable water solutions and the actors best positioned to deliver those water solutions.

New financing tools such as green bonds and the potential development of environmental impact bonds (akin to the social impact bond, but for environmental purposes) are pioneering ways to drive capital towards water solutions.

While the approaches described in “Evaporating Asset” point to solutions that involve diverse stakeholders and use innovative market-based mechanisms, more action and investment is needed. We must continue to foster a high level of engagement and action around water by both the public and private sectors in order to meet the water scarcity challenge.

This article originally appeared in What’s Next, SustainAbility’s column for GreenBiz.

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Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Awards spotlight social ventures

Green Business News - Sun, Oct 12, 2014 - 05:39 pm

These 10 game-changers are rewriting the rules, proving that "the best way to predict the future is to create it."

Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Awards spotlight social ventures
Categories: Green Business

When Keurig fights “coffee pirates,” who loses? Loyal consumers

CSR News - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 08:40 am

This box of Keurig-licensed K-cups won't work in the company's new Keurig 2.0 machines.

This box of Keurig-licensed K-cups won’t work in the company’s new Keurig 2.0 machines.

As you may have heard, Keurig is engaged in a battle with a host of companies that aspire to provide consumers with ‘pirate’ coffee pods. And who is losing this battle? The consumer.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Keurig’s business model is pretty much the same as the business model used by most producers of desktop printers. Desktop printers have become almost trivially cheap — you can buy a laser printer for under a hundred bucks now — but the cartridges cost a bundle. That’s where they make their money. Likewise, Keurig sells its popular single-cup coffee makers at astonishingly reasonable prices, and makes its money on the coffee pods. Naturally, given that the pods are lucrative and easy to make, there have been imitators. A large number of companies have sold, over the last few years, their own “K-cups,” pods of coffee designed specifically to work in Keurig’s machines. Consumers love this, both because competition lowers prices and because it expands the range of roasts and flavours available.

To fight the onslaught of packagers of (perfectly legal) pirate K-cups, Keurig recently starting selling its “Keurig 2.0″ line of coffee makers. The 2.0 machines incorporate a digital rights management (DRM) system, designed to ensure that Keurig machines work only with Keurig branded and Keurig licensed pods, effectively shutting out the competition, at least temporarily. The result is that all those non-licensed Keurig imitators won’t work in the new 2.0 machines.

The result has included a $600 million lawsuit, along with some professional and some amateur attempts to break Keurig’s DRM.

Who ultimately loses in this fight? Arguably the consumer. Not only has choice been restricted, but there’s also an enormous information gap. Keurig has done a less than stellar job — I’m being charitable, here — of informing consumers about their new DRM system. The result has been frustration, both with the newly-limited choice of pods, but also with coffee machines that don’t work as expected.

Take me for example. My beloved Keurig died a couple of weeks ago. Its high-pressure water pump moaned and groaned and finally gave up the ghost. So I promptly bought a shiny new Keurig 2.0 (with a number of fancy new features) at Costco. Nowhere on the packaging did Keurig inform me that most of the dozen or so boxes of coffee and tea currently in my basement (well over $100 worth) simply will not work in the new machine. And it’s not just ‘pirate’ pods that won’t work; nor will older Keurig-licensed K-cups, ones that bear the Keurig logo but that don’t have have the DRM-ready labels that the new machines require. Those are essentially garbage now.

A call to Keurig resulted in an offer of three gift certificates, each good for a box of pods (worth $12 or so). But that doesn’t come anywhere close to covering what I’ve lost, never mind the frustration.

And it’s not just Keurig itself. Retailers have been complicit in this abuse of customers. Many of them still stock the ‘pirate’ pods, as well as older Keurig-licensed pods. In some cases (and Canadian Tire for example is guilty of this), they do this while aggressively selling the 2.0 machines, without any hint to the consumer of what the problem is.

The battle of the K-cups is about a bunch of things: intellectual property, competition, and innovation for starters. The back-and-forth of those things is pretty much standard fare in a thriving market economy. But ethical businesses — not to mention smart businesses — need to work harder to stay true to their goal of providing good value to their customers.

Chris MacDonald is director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and founding co-editor of the Business Ethics Journal Review.


Indigenous Villagers Plan to Seize Chevron's $106 Million Arbitral Award In Ecuador

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

In what could be a huge boost to their campaign to force Chevron to comply with a $9.5 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador, rainforest villagers plan to enforce a court order directing them to take possession of a $106 million arbitral award won recently by the oil giant from Ecuador’s government in a case that recently became final in Dutch courts.

The planned seizure of Chevron’s arbitral award – part of a global effort by the villagers to step up their enforcement of the judgment -- is an example of the oil company’s rising business and legal risk related to its environmental contamination in Ecuador’s rainforest, said Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the communities that hold the judgment. 

After an eight-year trial, an Ecuador court in 2011 found that Chevron had deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest when it operated hundreds of well sites from 1964 to 1992. The dumping caused a wave of cancers and other environmental problems that have decimated indigenous groups, according to the court decision.  

Locals call the disaster the “Chernobyl of the Amazon” and have vowed to fight Chevron until the entire judgment is collected. 

“The Ecuadorian victims of Chevron’s toxic dumping have a lawful right to obtain this arbitral award and other company assets until their judgment is fully satisfied,” said Fajardo. “Our people are suffering from a humanitarian crisis and many lives are at stake because Chevron -- unlike BP in the United States -- refuses to pay to clean up its pollution.”

The $106 million figure comes from the amount of an arbitral award that Chevron won from Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty in an unrelated series of commercial disputes dating to the early 1990s between the American company and Ecuador’s state-owned oil company, Petroecuador. A Dutch court last week denied Ecuador’s last appeal of the award, rendering the arbitral decision final. 

That award is now colliding with a local court order (here and here) from June 2013 that allows the villagers to collect any Chevron assets in Ecuador to satisfy the judgment in the separate environmental case. Chevron years ago sold off its main assets in Ecuador, including several Texaco service stations, in anticipation of losing the case. (For a summary of the overwhelming evidence against Chevron in Ecuador, see here).

The $106 million arbitral award is thus Chevron’s only substantial asset in Ecuador other than some trademarks that the villagers have in their possession but have been unable to monetize, said Fajardo. 

The court order secured by Fajardo requires ministers in Ecuador’s government to turn over the Chevron arbitral award given the final order in the environmental case. Chevron’s appeal of the environmental judgment was denied unanimously by two separate appellate courts in Ecuador, including the country’s highest court in a 5-0 decision issued in November of last year.

The Ecuador court order redirecting payment from Chevron to the villagers names Ecuador’s Attorney General and Minister of Finance as individuals who must comply, among others. Such an order is considered routine under Ecuador law to collect on a judgment from a party that refuses to pay, said Fajardo.  

The latest move sets up another showdown between Chevron and the pesky indigenous and farmer communities who have done battle with no fewer than 60 law firms and 2,000 legal personnel hired by the oil company. The villagers first filed the environmental case in U.S. federal court in 1993, but it was moved to Ecuador at Chevron’s request in 2002 after the company praised the independence and fairness of the nation’s courts and promised to accept jurisdiction there.

As evidence against it mounted in the subsequent trial, Chevron started to attack Ecuador’s courts as unfair and sued Fajardo and U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger under a federal racketeering statute in the same New York court where it originally argued the case should not be heard. Chevron this year won a controversial non-jury decision in that case that led to an injunction blocking Donziger (who has worked on the case since its inception) from collecting his fees, but the order does not stop the villagers from enforcing their judgment in other jurisdictions. (Donziger is appealing that decision; his appellate brief is available here and a summary of how Chevron abused the trial process and dropped all damages claims to avoid a jury of impartial fact finders is here.)

With interest, the Ecuador environmental judgment has risen to close to $10 billion, said Fajardo – an amount he called “modest” compared to BP’s $46 billion liability for its smaller spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.  Chevron grosses roughly $250 billion per year, making it the third largest company in the United States. 

In Canada, where Chevron has $15 billion of assets held by various wholly-owned subsidiaries, the villagers hope to be in trial in 2015 to collect the entirety of the Ecuador judgment, said Fajardo. Argument before Canada’s Supreme Court on a relatively narrow jurisdictional question is scheduled for Dec. 11 in Ottawa.   

The argument in Canada – an appeal by Chevron of an intermediate appellate court decision in favor of the Ecuadorians -- will determine whether jurisdiction over Chevron can be established for judgment enforcement purposes. The villagers are represented by Alan Lenczner, one of the country’s top litigators. 

Relevant briefs from the Canada case before the Supreme Court are available here and here

In a related issue, and in what might portend difficulty for Chevron, the Canada Supreme Court recently denied an attempt by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to intervene on Chevron’s behalf with an amicus brief. In the meantime, an effort by the corporate law group at the Canadian Bar Association to file an amicus brief in favor of Chevron has caused a minor revolt from indigenous and aboriginal lawyers in the country, according to this article in the Toronto Globe & Mail

The villagers also have an enforcement action proceeding before Brazil’s Supreme Court, which just assigned a new judge to the case. In Argentina, a lower court order to embargo revenues from Chevron’s local subsidiary was overturned last year on technical grounds by the country’s Supreme Court, but local counsel plans to re-file the action shortly, said Fajardo. 

Donziger, the longtime U.S. legal advisor to the Ecuadorian communities, said the issue regarding the arbitral award that Chevron claims it is owed is simple. 

“Chevron cannot on the one hand refuse to pay a valid final court judgment in its chosen forum of Ecuador, and on the other hand pretend to collect a separate judgment against Ecuador’s government in an unrelated case,” he said.  

“Such selective enforcement would show favoritism toward a wealthy litigant and would undermine the rule of law for everybody,” he added. 

For more on Chevron’s increasing business risk stemming from the Ecuador judgment, see this article by Donziger published recently in Inside Counselmagazine.

For background reporting on the case, see this recent article from Rolling Stone; this segment describing Chevron’s deliberate dumping on 60 Minutes; this profile of Fajardo in Vanity Fair; and this photo essay on the human impact of Chevron’s contamination in The Huffington Post.

Half of Global Wildlife Lost, says new WWF Report

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This biodiversity loss occurs disproportionately in low-income countries—and correlates with the increasing resource use of high-income countries.

In addition to the precipitous decline in wildlife populations the report’s data point to other warning signs about the overall health of the planet. The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And more than 60 percent of the essential “services” provided by nature, from our forests to our seas, are in decline.

"We're gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “But we already have the knowledge and tools to avoid the worst predictions. We all live on a finite planet and its time we started acting within those limits.”

The Living Planet Report, WWF’s biennial flagship publication, measures trends in three major areas:

  • populations of more than ten thousand vertebrate species;
  • human ecological footprint, a measure of consumption of goods, greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • existing biocapacity, the amount of natural resources for producing food, freshwater, and sequestering carbon.

“There is a lot of data in this report and it can seem very overwhelming and complex,” said Jon Hoekstra, chief scientist at WWF. “What’s not complicated are the clear trends we’re seeing -- 39 percent of terrestrial wildlife gone, 39 percent of marine wildlife gone, 76 percent of freshwater wildlife gone – all in the past 40 years.”

The report says that the majority of high-income countries are increasingly consuming more per person than the planet can accommodate; maintaining per capita ecological footprints greater than the amount of biocapacity available per person. People in middle- and low-income countries have seen little increase in their per capita footprints over the same time period.

While high-income countries show a 10 percent increase in biodiversity, the rest of the world is seeing dramatic declines. Middle-income countries show 18 percent declines, and low-income countries show 58 percent declines. Latin America shows the biggest decline in biodiversity, with species populations falling by 83 percent.

“High-income countries use five times the ecological resources of low-income countries, but low income countries are suffering the greatest ecosystem losses,” said Keya Chatterjee, WWF’s senior director of renewable energy. “In effect, wealthy nations are outsourcing resource depletion.”

The report underscores that the declining trends are not inevitable. To achieve globally sustainable development, each country’s per capita ecological footprint must be less than the per capita biocapacity available on the planet, while maintaining a decent standard of living.

At the conclusion of the report, WWF recommends the following actions:

  1. Accelerate shift to smarter food and energy production
  2. Reduce ecological footprint through responsible consumption at the personal, corporate and government levels
  3. Value natural capital as a cornerstone of policy and development decisions

About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and keep up with the latest conservation news by following@WWFNews on Twitter. 

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Announces the 2014 Winners of the First Annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA), announces the winners of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards recognizing individuals who help empower women and children. This new annual awards program honors the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962.

“Ascena’s philanthropic vision is simple: empowering women and children to be their best,” said David Jaffe, CEO of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. “Across our communities there are amazing stories about individuals working tirelessly toward this goal.”

These ‘everyday heroes’ are making the world a better place for women and/or children in the areas of education, health, social reform, and self-esteem. “We specifically chose individuals whose non-profit organizations may not be well known, but have the potential for major impact with the recognition and financial support that comes with the award,” said Elise Jaffe, Executive Sponsor for Ascena Cares.

$100,000 Grand Prize Recipient:

Aza Nedhari, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Mamatoto Village – Washington, D.C.
Mamatoto Village, aims to educate low-income women of color in the D.C. Metro area who, otherwise, enter motherhood blind and underprepared in order to combat the high rates of preterm birth, low-birth weight and infant mortality in this impoverished region. Their mission is two-fold, to provide complimentary and low-cost maternal health services and breastfeeding education to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color, serving in the profession of Community Birthworkers and/or Midwives.

$25,000 Grant Recipient:

Evainna Ross, Executive Director, The Sparrow’s Nest, Inc. (The Chosen 50) – Greensboro, NC
The Sparrow’s Nest addresses the underserved youth in Greensboro, NC by engaging youth in leadership initiatives and developing educational, artistic and character building skills as an effort to prevent crime and drug activity and to prepare them for their transition to college or career. “The Chosen 50” mentorship program gives 50 promising youth the opportunity to work in an incentivized community of youth to tackle a new challenge and develop leadership, life and career skills each year.

$25,000 Grant Recipient:

Joy Bergfalk, Founder of Project Empower and Executive Director of Coffee Connection – Rochester, NY
The Coffee Connection / Project Empower provides comprehensive, continuous support for women on the journey to sustainable recovery from addiction through employment training, job creation and sober support in and around Rochester, NY. 

$5,000 Honorable Mentions For Five Finalists:

Rebel Nell – Detroit, MI Employs disadvantaged women in Detroit to make beautiful works of wearable art from fallen graffiti, educates them on financial management, business and life wellness and empowers them to successfully transition to an independent life.

Threads for Teens – Sonoma County, CA – aims to help young, less fortunate girls build self-esteem, confidence and give them hope through gifts of clothing, support and education.

Women’s Resource Center (Women to Work Program) – Greensboro, NC – Provides pre-employment training, educational opportunities and placement case management designed to assist women in securing gainful employment.

Everybody Dance Now! – Santa Barbara, CA (local chapters nationwide) – Transforms lives of young people through dance, leadership and community involvement.

Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc. – Columbus, OH – is dedicated to helping women business owners develop feasible concepts and launch business models that thrive and grow in order to change their financial picture and care for their families.

The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards program was launched exclusively in Ascena brands’ retail stores and on the brands’ web sites in April 2014. Over 1,000 nominations were received. Final winners were chosen by an esteemed Selection Committee with expertise in women’s causes, public affairs, health, and education. The committee includes: Roslyn S. Jaffe, Elise Jaffe, Joi Gordon (CEO of Dress for Success), Paula Kerger (CEO of PBS), Helen Drinan (President of Simmons College), Dr. Lisa Satlin (Professor & Chair, Pediatric Nephrology at Mount Sinai), Designer Isabel Toledo, Aleyamma Matthew (Senior Program Officer of the Ms. Foundation for Women) and Teresa Younger (CEO and President of Ms. Foundation for Women).

A luncheon honoring the winners will take place on October 23, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will emcee the event.

For additional information about the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards please visit www.JaffeAward.com.

 

About Roslyn S. Jaffe
Roslyn S. Jaffe co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962; currently she is Director Emeritus for Ascena Retail Group, Inc.  She is a graduate from Simmons College, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree in management from Simmons College in 2011.

In 1962, Roslyn S. Jaffe was a working mother who, with her husband, saw a need and had a brilliant business idea - a one-stop-shop that offered the convenience of a value-based, yet, fashion forward “work” wardrobe solution for busy women, like herself. Roslyn and Elliot seized the opportunity and opened a small store named dressbarn in Stamford, CT and helped grow it into the successful, nearly $5 billion, five-brand retail empire it is today (Ascena Retail Group, Inc.). A true trailblazer and entrepreneur, Ms. Jaffe credits her success to strength, determination, and a can-do attitude. But, most of all, she credits the company’s success to a strong team of family, friends, and associates.

Understanding the needs of her co-workers, who were also ‘working moms,’ Roslyn Jaffe encouraged a close-knit community where associates could rely on each other. In addition, Ms. Jaffe supported like-minded organizations in the community and was an early advocate for “Dress for Success,” an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  This “take care of your own” camaraderie is what inspired the company years later to establish Ascena Cares, the company’s group of charitable organizations. 

 

About Ascena Cares
Ascena is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Ascena brands focus their charitable giving to the long-standing mission of supporting women and children empowerment issues.  And, through Ascena Cares, several funds were established to provide support directly to employees, their families and their communities, including: an emergency assistance fund to help employees in challenging times; a scholarship fund to help employees’ children get a higher education; and a crisis relief fund to help the surrounding communities in times of need.

 

About Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes, and accessories for missy and plus-size women under the Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands; and for tween girls and boys, under the Justice and Brothers brands.  Ascena Retail Group, Inc. operates through its subsidiaries approximately 4,000 stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

 

For more information about Ascena Retail Group, Inc. and its brands, visit www.ascenaretail.com, www.lanebryant.com, www.maurices.com, www.dressbarn.com, www.catherines.com, www.cacique.com, www.shopjustice.com, and www.shopbrothers.com.  

Yum! Increases Score for Third Straight Year on the 2014 CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

For the third year in a row, Yum! has increased its score on the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report. Since 2010, Yum! has participated in CDP, which reports on the environmental impact of companies and how well they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.

This year, Yum! received a disclosure score of 95 out of a possible 100 points and a performance score of a B. The disclosure score measures the depth and breadth of climate-related actions, and the performance score reflects the positive actions demonstrated through the CDP response. Check out the full 2014 CDP Report here.

"Our strong performance on CDP is a direct result of the incredible sustainability work going on throughout our system globally, helping us be an industry leader," said Roger McClendon, Yum! Chief Sustainability Officer.

Yum! is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and having a positive impact on the environment. That's why the company is intentional about incorporating sustainability into the way it does business – to benefit Yum!'s customers, associates, franchisees and their families, shareholders and the planet.

“Here at Yum! we are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world and understand that as a large global company there’s a responsibility to be a good environmental steward,” said Laurie Schalow, Yum! VP of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Our focus on the environment is part of our larger Corporate Social Responsibly framework that centers on making the strongest impact in the most important parts of our business.”

Achieving continued success on CDP would not be possible without the company’s global markets being committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Whether it’s building LEED certified stores, reducing energy usage at corporate headquarters or using electric vehicles for delivery business, every little bit counts towards the larger sustainability effort. Specifically, there was tremendous support from the Australia, China, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States markets.

Learn more about Yum!’s environmental commitments in the most recent CSR Report.

ABOUT YUM! BRANDS
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.

UNIDO and Dell Join Forces to Implement Sustainable Solution for E-Waste Management in Africa, Asia and Latin America

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International LLC, the multinational technology solutions company, have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying and implementing a sustainable solution model for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The memorandum of understanding signed today by LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and David Lear, Dell Inc.'s Executive Director of Sustainability, commits the two organizations to work together for a period of five years, with an option to extend the partnership.

Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded electronics by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030. The aim of this agreement is to create awareness, build capacity, and engage in knowledge sharing and policy advocacy with regard to sustainable e-waste management; to support the creation of an operational and economically viable collection network, and dismantling and recycling facilities, to process e-waste in developing countries in a safe and environmentally sound way; and to support the development of local recycling infrastructure, contributing to the industrial development of these countries and creating sustainable, green economies.

UNIDO's LI Yong said, "Rudimentary recycling methods and the lack of a policy framework for e-waste management in developing countries pose a high risk to public health and the environment. UNIDO and Dell will cooperate to support developing countries to formulate e-waste related regulations and policies to ensure a long-term success of their activities related to e-waste." he added, "One major part of an efficient e-waste management system is an effective collection scheme. For this, different aspects need to be taken into account, including financing, infrastructure and logistics. UNIDO and Dell are joining forces to design the most suitable collection strategies in developing countries and implement these in pilot countries."

Dell's Lear said, "Enabling recycling infrastructure in developing countries has significant benefits for the environment and local community, and facilitates Dell with the recovery of valuable resources currently being discarded. Together with UNIDO we will work to establish or up-scale facilities to operate environmentally sound management practices that meet international standards for e-waste recycling and further powers the circular economy for IT."

Lear added, "We are going to continue to support governments in developing effective regulations and policies for e-waste management. Since policy development is a multi-stage process, Dell and UNIDO will support governments in the dialogue and dissemination activities to accompany the various stages of policy development, and this will include organizing and participating in consultation meetings with major stakeholder groups representing industry associations, civil society groups, formal and informal sector collectors, recyclers and representative associations."

Where inadequate data exists, UNIDO and Dell will carry out the inventory and mapping of e-waste dismantling and recycling technologies and facilities, and will support the development of feasibility studies supporting the design of collection programmes and networks or the up-scaling of recycling centres.

UNIDO has an established e-waste programme that addresses the full lifecycle of ICT equipment by properly dismantling and recycling it once the equipment has become obsolete. The programme aims to foster the development of an environmentally sound e-waste recycling industry in developing countries.

With the active support of 35 National Cleaner Production Centres, UNIDO focuses on promoting an environmental service industry in developing countries; preparing national e-waste assessment reports; establishing partnerships with national and international institutions from the public and private sector; and facilitating the establishment of local and regional e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities.

Dell began integrating sustainability features into its products and processes nearly 30 years ago with designs that were upgradable, serviceable and recyclable because it was good for business, customers, and the environment. Dell is building on this commitment through its recently launched Legacy of Good plan outlining its vision for 2020. As part of this plan, Dell has a goal to eliminate two billion pounds of used electronics by 2020, which will be achieved through Dell's convenient recycling programmes for homes and businesses in 78 countries. Dell continues to be recognized for its leadership in sustainability and recently received ISRI's 2014 Design for Recycling Award and UL Environment validation for our closed-loop recycling system.

For more information, visit: dell.com/environment

FedEx Trade Networks Celebrates Grand Opening at New York’s First Solar-Ready Business Park

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), announced today the grand opening of its new environmentally- advanced 88,000 sq. ft. facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park. The cutting-edge office and distribution facility streamlines the company’s operations and provides several unique features that promote environmental sustainability.

With the opening of Riverview, FedEx Trade Networks consolidated its local workforce from multiple locations for greater efficiency, enhanced collaboration and a smaller carbon footprint. The new facility utilizes innovative sustainability technologies including solar energy panels, low-flow water consumption and dedicated bio-beds, which provide underground water retention for storm water management and soil erosion control, reducing impact on the native vegetation significantly.

“FedEx Trade Networks has deep roots in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and we are proud to lead the way for businesses to operate more responsibly with the environment and local community top of mind,” said Jack Muhs, president and CEO, FedEx Trade Networks. “Our operations at the Riverview Solar Technology Park will be a model for environmental corporate responsibility through a committed investment in renewable energy and green building best practices.”

The facility is the first in New York with Advanced Solar Architecture (ASA). ASA systems generate electricity through solar technology and provide additional benefits such as shading, with wind and rain protection. The thermal mass building construction possesses Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) characteristics expected to reduce energy costs by 30-40%, and includes energy efficient lighting throughout. The building also uses a 100kW solar array, predicted to replace 1,000,000 kWh of fossil fuel-sourced electricity over the 10-year lease.

“It’s been very clear from the beginning of this development that FedEx Trade Networks is as committed as we are to taking the necessary steps to conduct business in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Thomas M. Montante, chief executive officer, principal, TM Montante Development. “The overarching impact of sustainable energy resonates with the FedEx Trade Networks team and it’s that kind of enthusiasm that can best help us articulate the virtues of generating clean solar power.”

By using low-flow technology and fixtures in the building, FedEx Trade Networks has already reduced water consumption by approximately 50 percent when compared to usage of standard fixtures. The company is also the first tenant to have its own bio-beds. Additionally, the solar campus is recognized as a New York State Shovel-Ready Certified Site, and is known as a low-impact green business park, limiting the unnecessary removal of trees for the convenience of construction.

The FedEx Trade Networks facility at Riverview Solar Technology Park is the most recent addition to the FedEx EarthSmart® Innovation’s Solar Facility portfolio. EarthSmart, the environmental sustainability platform for all FedEx operating companies, focuses on identifying ways to minimize the corporation’s impact on the environment by integrating innovative sustainable practices into the way all of its companies approach business. For more information on EarthSmart, visit http://about.van.fedex.com/earthsmart; and to view the company’s Global Citizenship Report, please visit http://about.van.fedex.com/citizenship_report.

About FedEx Trade Networks
FedEx Trade Networks, and its predecessor companies, have more than 100 years of experience in international trade. The company's advanced technology and network of worldwide locations and alliances enables it to provide comprehensive ocean and air international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, global order logistics, distribution and surface transportation, trade advisory services and advanced e-commerce and trade facilitation solutions. FedEx Trade Networks has the resources and support to help customers of all sizes navigate the intricacies of shipping goods globally. For more information, visit ftn.fedex.com.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Unilever and USAID Call for a World-Wide Hygiene Intervention for Newborns

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

To coincide with the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy hosted a roundtable discussion that united the private and public sector with one clear goal: to reach all mothers worldwide with life-saving hygiene messages that help their babies survive the first month of life.  40% of under-5 deaths occur in the newborn period and handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, which are the main causes of child mortality.   

The panel of experts included:

  • Paul Polman – Unilever CEO
  • Raj Shah – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator
  • Kajol – Handwashing ambassador and advocate of Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 campaign
  • Kirsten Gagnaire – Executive Director of Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)

Central to the discussion was the need for education among new mothers and skilled birth attendants to reduce the risk of infections by improving hygiene habits. Doing this at scale will help drive progress towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality (MDG4) but requires the collaboration of experts, including those in the technology sector, to create innovative solutions for rural communities.

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said the role of hygiene and handwashing must be more prominent in dialogues around newborn and maternal health. “There must be a target on universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) within the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda if we are to reduce preventable newborn and child deaths. This requires a measurable indicator of facilities for handwashing with soap in homes, schools and care centres.” He added, “We have a duty to help protect the lives of the most vulnerable children in our society. That’s why, in partnership with USAID, Unilever brand Lifebuoy is rolling out a behaviour change programme for new mothers and skilled birth attendants.” 

The discussion reinforces the commitment between Unilever and USAID to scale up newborn hygiene programmes together. Four years ago, Unilever – through Lifebuoy – joined forces with USAID and its Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) to create a dedicated newborn programme to mainstream handwashing with soap amongst mothers. The programme has been piloted in Indonesia, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka and will now be scaled up across Kenya. It is part of Lifebuoy’s behaviour change programme, which has since 2010 reached 183 million people across 16 countries.

Shah reinforced USAID’s ambition to end preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation - noting that improving hygiene practices amongst new mothers and birth attendants will play a critical role in achieving this vision. He emphasised that widespread collaboration is key to making a difference on the ground.

Indian actor Kajol has been a handwashing ambassador for the last year and is a passionate advocate of the newborn programme: “A simple hygiene message – handwashing with soap – can help save the lives of newborn babies. Let’s act now to get that message to those who need to hear it. Policymakers and governments need to take action to scale up handwashing programmes, so that every mother of and birth attendant can have access to soap.” 

About the Help A Child Reach 5 campaign

  • Handwashing with soap saves lives. Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 campaign aims to eradicate preventable deaths from diseases like diarrhoea one village at a time, by teaching lifesaving handwashing habits.
  • In 2013, Lifebuoy launched its Help a Child Reach 5 handwashing campaign in Thesgora, a village in Madhya Pradesh with one of the highest rates of diarrhoea in India. Through its handwashing programmes, Lifebuoy dramatically improved children’s handwashing habits so that they now washed their hands two additional times per day.
  • Lifebuoy isn’t stopping at Thesgora. It wants to expand its life-saving mission, village by village, starting with Bitobe village in Indonesia earlier this year and will continue across villages in South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

For more information or interviews please contact:

Marc Potma                                                                                                  
Unilever Corporate Media Relations                                                                 
+31 6 1137 5464                                                                                       
marc.potma@unilever.com                                                                  

Lauren Wyper
salt
+65 9729 0423
lauren.wyper@saltsingapore.com

For more information, visit Facebook.com/Lifebuoy 

About Lifebuoy:
As the world’s leading health soap, Lifebuoy aims to make a difference by creating accessible hygiene products (soap) and promoting healthy hygiene habits.  With this in mind, Lifebuoy aims to change the hand washing behaviour of one billion people by 2020. Since 2010 Lifebuoy has changed the hand washing behaviours of 183 million people across 16 countries.

For more information, please visit www.lifebuoy.com.

About Unilever:
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.  

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

 Unilever has been ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com

How Business Can Tackle Deforestation – Collaborate Effectively with Suppliers and NGOs, Understand Policy and Enforcement Trends

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

A global conference combatting deforestation has recently been launched by Innovation Forum. The event – How business can tackle deforestation – is to be held in London on 28-29 October.

The focus of the conference is bringing together key senior players from business, government and NGOs to promote discussion and progress, as business strives to remove deforestation from corporate supply chains.

Some of the speakers and senior participants already confirmed for the event include:

-        Lord Mandelson, chairman, Global Counsel and former EU trade commissioner

-        Dhaval Buch, chief procurement officer, Unilever

-        Jeremy Goon, group head, CSR, Wilmar

-        Scott Poynton, executive director, TFT

-        Sarah Schaefer, global corporate sustainability director, Mars

-        Simo Honkanen, senior vice president sustainability, Neste Oil

-        Brendan May, chairman, Robertsbridge

 

Also confirmed are senior executives from Greenpeace, Marks & Spencer, New Britain Palm Oil, Global Witness, Ikea, GSK, Rainforest Alliance, McDonald’s, B&Q, Ferrero and many more.

Innovation Forum would like to offer you a 15% discount on the ticket price. Just quote CSRW15 when registering here or get in touch with Innovation Forum directly – charlenne.ordonez@innovation-forum.co.uk.

For full details around the conference program and speakers, see the full PDF brochure.

For Innovation Forum’s new report on business and deforestation see here.

Novo Nordisk Puts Focus on Health in the Middle East and North Africa

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Today, many parts of the Middle East and North Africa struggle with conflict and civil unrest. What is perhaps less known is the threat diabetes poses, responsible for 367,700 premature deaths each year.[1] The new issue of Novo Nordisk’s TBL Quarterly tells the stories about the actions that are taken to create better health in the region.

 Today, Novo Nordisk published the 6th issue of its quarterly sustainability magazine, TBL Quarterly. The new issue, Beyond conflict - putting the focus on health in the Middle East, shows how the company is working to improve health in countries that have some of the world’s highest comparative prevalence of diabetes. Through articles, personal stories and interviews, the TBL Quarterly among other things shows how Novo Nordisk is securing insulin supply in Israel and the Palestinian territories, raising awareness about diabetes in Algeria, and building healthcare professionals’ capabilities in Egypt.

Download the issue ‘Beyond conflict – putting the focus on health in the Middle East’ here.

According the latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation, 1 out of 10 adults in the Middle East and North Africa has diabetes and in the wealthy Gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar the prevalence rate is as high as 1 out of 5. In total, almost 35 million people are living with diabetes today and the number is set to almost double by 2035.[2]

Despite political uncertainty and civil conflict in some of the region’s countries, the stories in TBL Quarterly tell how Novo Nordisk has maintained its commitment and efforts to provide diabetes treatments and care.

The TBL Quarterly is published four times a year. If you want to receive notification when new issues are available, send a mail to sustainability@novonordisk.com.

About the TBL Quarterly

Novo Nordisk manages its business in accordance with the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) business principle and pursues business solutions that maximise value to both the company and its stakeholders.  Through selected themes, new perspectives and personal stories, the TBL Quarterly demonstrates how our TBL business principle supports long-term value creation. The TBL Quarterly is available as a reader-friendly PDF.

Explore previous issues of the TBL Quarterly

About Novo Nordisk

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy.

Novo Nordisk strives to conduct its activities in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way. The strategic commitment to corporate sustainability has brought the company onto centre stage as a leading player in today’s business environment, recognised for its integrated reporting, stakeholder engagement and consistently high sustainability performance.

Read more about Novo Nordisk’s Triple Bottom Line approach to business


[1] International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas, 6th edition, 2013.

[2] International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas, 6th edition, 2013

Sustainability Experts to Keynote Global Beef Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

“The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is excited to announce that an impressive array of sustainability experts will offer their perspectives on how the global beef value chain can achieve sustainable outcomes,” said Cameron Bruett, president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and head of corporate affairs for JBS USA, the North American subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world’s largest meat processing company.  Mr. Ricardo Sánchez López, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Sustainable Food Security, will keynote the opening session of GRSB’s Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, which will be held November 2-5 in São Paulo, Brazil.  “Mr. Sánchez’s experience, both in the public sector and in civil society, will provide great insight into the challenges of balancing the economic, environmental and social pillars of the global sustainable beef effort.”

Mr. Sánchez, has more than 15 years of experience in agricultural development issues, sustainable agriculture and public policy. Previous to his current position, he served as Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder organization focused on improving the sustainability of the beef value chain. We view sustainability as a journey of continuous improvement where the three pillars are balanced to achieve sustainable outcomes” said Bruett. “Mr. Sanchez will bring a unique vision of how to balance these three pillars based on his experience in Latin America.”

Also keynoting the opening session is Ms. Karin Kreider, Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance, the global hub for social and environmental standards systems. ISEAL members are leaders in the field, committed to creating solid and credible standards systems. 

“Although the GRSB does not intend to develop standards itself, many of its members are interested in the process of building consensus among stakeholders,” said Ruaraidh (Rory) Petre, GRSB’s Executive Director.  “We need consensus on the processes and the means by which sustainability indicators are evaluated; without clear evidence of triple bottom line benefits, regardless of context, sustainable adaptations will remain open to question.”

The conference’s theme, “Sustainable Beef: Building a Vision for Our Future,” sets the framework for the roll-out of GRSB’s recently developed principles and criteria, which define sustainable beef and identify the means to measure progress in the global sustainable beef chain at the national or regional levels. With speakers from around the globe, the conference will also provide a forum for regional sustainability initiatives to showcase their efforts and successes.

Another keynote at the conclusion of the conference will be delivered by Francesca DeBiase, Vice President for Strategic Sourcing and Sustainability for McDonald’s Worldwide Supply Chain during which she will focus on why sustainability is so important to their business. Ms. DeBiase is a 23-year veteran of McDonald’s and leads a team of supply chain and sustainability professionals.

“We are pleased that we have Francesca as a part of the Global Conference,” said Dr. Roger Cady, Agenda Development Leader for the Conference as well as the Global Sustainability Lead for Elanco Animal Health. “Her vast experience and real-world knowledge of sustainability will add greatly to the discussion on the future of the GRSB.”

GTPS, the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock, has arranged both pre- and post-conference tours of key areas of beef production in Brazil in both Mato Grosso do Sul and in Alta Floresta in the Amazon.  Full details on the tour options are on the registration website.  

Registration remains open for those interested in attending the Global Conference and it is strongly recommended that individuals begin the visa process as soon as possible if traveling from countries for which Brazil requires visas. 

For more information and online registration, please visit www.GRSBeef.org.

 

About GRSB

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.

Contacts:

 

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Ruaraidh Petre, Executive Director, GRSB

+1-303-586-2609

ruaraidh.petre@grsbeef.org

 

Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock

Eduardo Bastos, President

Sheila Guebara, Executive Coordinator

+55 (11) 3253-1509

sheila@pecuariasustentavel.net

 

Media Inquiries:

Cameron Bruett, President, GRSB

Head, Corporate Affairs, JBS USA

+1-202-445-6168

Cameron.Bruett@jbssa.com

Sustainable Brands® Community Reveals Leading-Edge Business Performance Metrics

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

The Sustainable Brands® community announces several initiatives focused on identifying, measuring and quantifying entirely new forms of business risk and value. Global senior executives across diverse industry sectors are convening at New Metrics ’14 in Cambridge, MA today to launch research results and initiatives that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial performance.

Co-Presented this year by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 showcases the following companies with either exclusive launches or results presented for the first time to a live audience.

National Geographic and GlobeScan announce the latest round of international research measuring and monitoring progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption around the world. Speaking Friday, Sept. 26: Terry Garcia, Chief Science and Exploration Officer, National Geographic; Eric Whan, Director, Sustainability Practice, GlobeScan. Global Trends and Drivers in Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles: The Latest Greendex Results [LAUNCH]

BASF announces the Sustainable Solution Steering method used to systematically review and evaluate the sustainability aspects of products in their portfolio. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Dirk Voeste, VP of Sustainability Strategy, BASF. How to Influence a Multitude of Industries and Markets: Next-level Applied Sustainability Measurement from a Key Upstream Player [LAUNCH]

Exclusive first look at preliminary results of comprehensive research study on human capital valuation. Speaking Friday, Sept. 26: Steph Sharma, Managing Partner, Lead the Difference. Human Capital Valuation through the Lens of Human Centric Organizations [LAUNCH]

New insights from a field guide on measuring shared value debuts from the Shared Value Initiative. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Kyle Peterson, Managing Director, FSG. It Takes a Village: A New Measurement Model for Companies Creating Shared Value [LAUNCH] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Cora Olsen, ESG Data Manager, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Novo Nordisk AS; Veronica Nyhan Jones, Strategic Community Investment Lead, IFC

Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) makes an important announcement and shares a preview of GISR’s new platform for sustainability and credit ratings. Speaking Thursday, Sept. 25: Dr. Allen White, Founder, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) ESG and the Credit Rating Frontier: GISR & the Future of Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance [LAUNCH] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Mark Tulay, Program Manager, GISR; Bob Mann, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainalytics; Andrew Park, Senior Sustainability Strategist, Bloomberg; Steve Leffin, Director, Global Sustainability, UPS

TripAdvisor launches customer insight results measuring perception of sustainability initiatives and attributes in the hotel industry. Speaking Friday, Sept 26: Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel, TripAdvisor. Tapping into Unprompted Responses to Measure Customer Perception of Sustainability Initiatives and Attributes [LAUNCH]

PRé Sustainability reveals a handbook for quantifying a product’s social footprint. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: João Fontes, Social Footprinting Expert, PRé Sustainability; Charles Duclaux, Head of Corporate Responsibility Reporting and Environmental Innovation, L’Oréal. Quantifying a Product’s #SocialFootprint: The Next Stepping Stone in Assessing Product Sustainability [FIRST PUBLIC EVENT PRESENTATION] A breakout discussion follows later in the afternoon with Lindsay Clinton, Director, SustainAbility; Sébastien Zinch, Manager, Eco-design and Life-Cycle Assessment, Steelcase; Dirk Voeste, VP of Sustainability Strategy, BASF

The Center for Sustainable Organizations introduces a pilot of the MultiCapital Scorecard™ - an integrated measurement and reporting system that meets the IIRC standard. Speaking Thursday, Sept 25: Mark McElroy, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations; Rob Michalak, Global Director of Social Mission, Ben & Jerry’s. The MultiCapital ScoreCard™: Concept and Pilot Application

How Good introduces a tool that enables informed purchasing decisions through new in-store labels and shares up-to-date insights on customer reactions to How Good labels. Speaking Friday, Sept 26: Alexander Gillett, CEO, How Good. Enabling Informed and Impactful Purchasing Decisions through Effective In-Store Labels.

“Sustainable Brands recognized and first convened a group of innovative business leaders in 2011 at the first New Metrics event to spur aggressive action toward translating previously ignored environmental and social impacts into corporate financial performance indicators,” states KoAnn Skrzyniarz, Founder of Sustainable Brands. “Doing so opened critical insight into key business metrics that are informing next generation goals. We are pleased to showcase these companies who are coming together to create and accelerate shift to new norms.” 

Co-Sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 receives further support from BASF, HP and Tennaxia. Offsetters is the official carbon offset partner. Media and affiliate partners include: CFO Magazine, MIT Sloan Management Review, Triple Pundit, Forum for the Future, Climate Counts and others. For further information, visit www.NewMetrics14.com or call 415.626.2212.

 

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

 

GreenBiz Forum 2015

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

GreenBiz Forum 2015 brings together an unprecedented partnership between GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, to give attendees an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today.

Framed by GreenBiz's 2015 State of Green Business report, the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities will make GreenBiz Forum 2015 an unforgettable event.

Join us at GreenBiz Forum (Feb. 17-19) and save 10% when you use our discount code GBF15CSR

VERGE San Francisco

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world.

It focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through six program tracks:distributed energy systems,next-gen buildings, resilient cities,sustainable mobility, smarter supply chains, and food and water systems.

Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.

Join us at VERGE San Francisco on October 27-30 using our special 10% off discount code VSF14CSRW here

Colgate-Palmolive Recognized for Energy and Climate Change Leadership by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

CSR Wire - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 02:48 pm

Eleven more Colgate-Palmolive manufacturing sites have successfully achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry in 2014.  Thirty-one Colgate sites have now earned this recognition, surpassing the Company’s 2015 goal to have half of its sites around the world achieve the distinction. The sites were recognized for reducing energy intensity by at least 10 percent – with a number of sites achieving energy intensity reductions above 20 percent.

Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA also recognized Colgate with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is among the highest levels of EPA recognition. It highlights Colgate’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency is an important part of the Company’s global sustainability efforts, which include a 2020 goal to reduce carbon emissions on an absolute basis by 25 percent compared to 2002, with a longer-term goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2050.

To further support this commitment, Colgate has also joined the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which encourages the voluntary use of green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Partners benefit from the use of green power, while supporting the development of renewable energy in the United States. This year, Colgate purchased wind power from facilities in the electricity grids that serve its U.S. manufacturing plants.

“Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstrates leadership in the fight against climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial program. "Innovative strategies in energy management are among the most cost-effective ways to protect the environment, benefit business and support the well-being of American families.”

Colgate’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are part of the Company’s recently launched 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy. To learn more about Colgate’s strategy and progress, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com/sustainability.

About Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s flagship global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.

 

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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