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CSR Oman 2014

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Bringing together the Omani business community to debate and discuss the changing role of CSR and the value to the sustainable development of the Sultanate.

Attendees to the this timely summit will be part of Oman's first such event that gathers together the full spectrum of stakeholders responsible for leading CSR including government, private sector, NGOs and International partners. Education, Youth Engagement, Job Creation and SME Development will be at the top of the agenda, whilst the group also assesses how to increase the capacity of local NGOs and Charities. This hub of CSR leaders will develop and action plan of how to develop the optimum CSR strategy and incorporate it into the core of the business.

CSR Oman

Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders: Raytheon to Participate in Live Twitter Chat with CSRwire and TriplePundit

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

How does a company link community success to business success?

Ask Raytheon.

From sustainability to supporting its communities, the aerospace and defense technology company is making a tangible impact by aligning its corporate social responsibility initiatives to its business goals.

For instance, how does Raytheon attract world class talent to its ranks amid declining student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? What does the aerospace and defense industry’s aging workforce and shortage of technical talent mean to Raytheon’s future? What is the company doing to empower the millions of veterans returning to civilian life?

With the release of Raytheon’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, we'll turn to Pam Wickham, vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Raytheon, to provide her insight on topics like these, live on Twitter.

On our agenda:

  • What has been the impact of Raytheon's ongoing investment in STEM education?
  • How does Raytheon motivate its employees to donate hundreds of thousands of hours of their own time to causes it supports?
  • How does a strong supplier pipeline support a company’s sustainability efforts?
  • What role is Raytheon's MathMovesU brand playing in building a pipeline of innovators?
  • How does Raytheon expand its social responsibility efforts to reach a global audience?
  • How is the technology company working with returning veterans to help them pursue meaningful careers that build on their experience and skills?

Join the conversation live on Twitter July 8, 2014 with Pam Wickham along with CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh and TriplePundit Publisher and Founder Nick Aster.

What you need to know:

Date: July 8, 2014

Time: 10am PT/1pm ET

Hashtag: #RaytheonCSR

Panel: @PamWickham1 @AmanSinghCSR @NickAster

To RSVP, send out the following tweet:

I'll join @PamWickham1 @AmanSinghCSR @NickAster 7/8 1pm to hear how @Raytheon delivers values w/actions http://bit.ly/RaytheonCSR #RaytheonCSR

Or email aman@csrwire.com.

About CSRwire's Stakeholder Engagement Campaigns

CSRwire regularly conducts webinars and Twitter chats with its member organizations and partner TriplePundit. These chats, developed as facilitated conversations, are aimed at taking a pulse of our community, sharing knowledge and inspiring action. Whether the topic is sustainable living, shared value, responsible careers or the top trends for 2014, these sessions act as live panels – an hour to demonstrate your authenticity, transparency and efforts to engage on issues that matter. Learn more.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

MGM Resorts International Recognized For Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle and Work Environment For Employees

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the nation’s “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®”, says  the National Business Group on Health, a leading non-profit, membership organization devoted to finding forward-thinking solutions to important health care issues.

Its ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging workers and families to maintain healthy lifestyles were key elements to the company earning a Gold Award. This marks the first time the company has competed for the award.

“We are very pleased to honor MGM Resorts for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families,” said Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “MGM Resorts is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

Other well-known companies named to the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®” list include: Bank of America, The Boeing Company, Hewlett-Packard and PepsiCo. MGM Resorts is the only company in the entertainment, gaming and hospitality industry to receive this distinction.

“MGM Resorts strongly believes in investing in our employees’ health and the health of their families,” said Jeff Ellis, MGM Resorts' Vice President and CFO for Corporate Human Resources Shared Services. “The best way to ensure we have a successful company and a healthier community is to provide employees with the tools and resources they need to protect their health.”

MGM Resorts was among 63 companies that received the “2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®” award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. The company’s Gold Award reflects the successes of its wellness programs, which include:   an annual mammogram awareness campaign; free access to health and wellness coaches; free on-site exercise classes; free healthy lunches, and a tobacco cessation program.

Additionally, MGM Resorts has developed a healthy eating mobile application, ‘Healthy Eating. Healthy You’, to promote healthy living among its employees, the communities in which it operates, and beyond. Since its launch in September 2012, the mobile app has received more than 79,800 downloads.

Winners of the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; or Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees in their lifestyle and behavior changes.

About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 392 members include 69 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino.  For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com

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Lighting Rural Communities and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission in Africa and Asia

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Panasonic Corporation, one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) today with a commitment to improve the quality of life for the people in Africa and Asia by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing greater access to energy. The company plans to provide 1 million solar lanterns as a clean and safe light source for people living in regions without electricity by the end of 2018 fiscal year.

Utilizing its expertise in energy solutions, Panasonic has developed a new high-quality and affordable solar lantern with a 3.5-watt solar panel, which provides light for as long as 90 hours. The Panasonic lantern can also charge cell phones by using a USB port. Launched in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand in early 2014, these lanterns will soon be available in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya and Malaysia.

Panasonic’s commitment to the BCtA is focused on providing low-income communities with greater access to affordable light, which is especially critical at night. Solar light is a valuable tool that allows children to study after dark; its USB cell phone charger also allows people to benefit from a range of mobile services and generate income by charging other people’s phones.

By replacing kerosene lamps with its solar lanterns, Panasonic is helping to reduce low-income households’ spending on kerosene, which can cost up to US$100 per year. The solar lanterns will also contribute to eliminating pulmonary sickness caused by kerosene lamps.

For low-income people living in remote areas with no retail stores, Panasonic is establishing its own solar lantern distribution networks in collaboration with local community groups.

According to Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager of BCtA, “Panasonic’s commitment to the BCtA will go a long way to reaching communities in need of solar energy. Especially encouraging is the enhanced access that power can provide in supporting a range of livelihood activities. We are pleased to welcome them to the Business Call to Action.”

Replacing kerosene lamps with 1 million Panasonic solar lanterns is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 30,000 tons between 2014 and 2018.

The sale of these 1 million solar lanterns will bring Panasonic US$50 million in revenues. And by introducing its solar lantern as the first Panasonic product to low-income communities, the company plans to enter into emerging markets in Africa and Asia, strengthening product development to improve the lives of people in these regions.

 “By providing our advanced technologies and products, we believe Panasonic can contribute to the fight against global warming and poverty eradication. Panasonic is greatly honored to be a member of the BCtA, and we look forward to collaborating with its members and partners,” stated Takashi Toyama, Managing Director of Panasonic. 

About Business Call to Action

Business Call to Action is a global initiative that challenges companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for development impact along with commercial success. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Global Compact, and the Clinton Global Initiative to meet the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Companies report on progress toward commitments on an annual basis. To learn more, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or join the conversation on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ending March 31, 2014. With a commitment to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net and on Twitter at @PanasonicUSA

The Aspen Institute Releases Ocean Report on Innovations in Global Marine Protection

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program has released a new Report of the Ocean Community Strategy Roundtable, describing innovations in the financing and implementation of ocean conservation worldwide.

Released in tandem with President Obama’s extension last week of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, this report focuses on groundbreaking approaches critical to scaling marine protection efforts. These new tools include Public-Private Partnerships that motivate government leadership, corporate investments based on perceived supply chain risk, and new subcontractor models of conservation being spearheaded by NGOs.

This initiative built on the Institute’s previous work on conservation and marine protection, including the 2013 Ocean Community Study & Dialogue, Aspen Dialogue and Commission on Arctic Climate Change, and Dialogue Series on Conservation in the 21st Century. The Energy & Environment Program is now developing initiatives on scaling marine spatial planning, the role of sustainable fisheries in food security, and the impact of climate change on our oceans.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program provides nonpartisan leadership and a neutral forum for improving energy and environmental policy-making through values-based dialogue. With its intentional dialogues, public programs, annual policy forums, and an environmental leadership initiative, the program creates impartial venues for global leaders to engage in informed discussion around energy and environmental challenges and solutions.

For more information, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/energy-environment.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

Businesses Fear Climate Change New Poll Shows Business Owners Worried

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses, released new poll results showing that a large majority of small business owners see climate change as a risk to their businesses. A majority also want the federal government to combat climate change by limiting carbon emissions from power plants, which are the largest single source of the carbon dioxide causing climate change.

“This poll shows that most small business owners are quite worried about climate change in general and specifically endorse the EPA taking action to reduce carbon emissions,” said David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council. “Policymakers on both sides of the aisle should pay attention.”

“When businesses experience extreme weather, the economic impact from lost sales and lost productivity can be more damaging that the immediate physical consequences,” said Susan Labandibar, President of Tech Networks of Boston. “From 2011-2013, damage from extreme weather exceeded $200 billion in the U.S. Small businesses with limited resources, fewer employee bases and locations, often bear the brunt of these costs. Setting limits on carbon pollution promotes innovation in clean energy technologies which helps us create a clean energy future.”

The national, scientific, telephone survey of small business owners found that 87% of business owners named one or more consequences of climate change as po­tentially damaging to their businesses. A majority of business owners (53%) expressed concern about higher energy costs, closely followed by power outages due to stress on the power grid and rising health care costs. In addition, 64% of business owners called for govern­ment regulation to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Other key findings from the report expand on the growing concerns of business owners about climate change:

  • 57% said that the biggest carbon emitters should make the biggest reduc­tions in carbon emissions and bear most of the costs of reduction efforts.
  • 53% think extreme weather has harmed, or could harm, their businesses. One in five businesses has already been hurt.
  • Two in five said they would rather pay more for energy than accept the consequences of climate change. Only 25% said they would prefer climate change.

This poll comes after other recent high profile national surveys showing that the American public supports taking action on climate by large and increasing numbers. The new ASBC poll finds that businesses too are strongly rejecting the climate denial argument and calling for action.

Christine Hughes is the owner of Village Bakery in Athens, OH. She said, “For the first time in 12 years, our organic garlic grower can’t provide garlic for our restaurant, due to the extremely wet and cold winter here in Ohio. Earlier, our organic flour supplier cut off deliveries because of drought in California where the wheat is grown. Disruptions like these are especially hard on the many small businesses still struggling to recover from the Great Recession.”

Noting that the consequences of climate change may not be felt equally by all businesses, Jose Bravo, Executive Director of the Just Transition Alliance said, "Small businesses of color will lose capital and maybe even their entire business due to the effects of climate change. These include lost productivity from health-related issues in the workplace, such as asthma and heat-related illnesses and from natural catastrophes which include access to homes and workplaces. This is especially true in areas that are prone to severe weather because of climate change, such as coastal areas, or urban areas experiencing severe heat island effects, etc."

ASBC’s poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and is available here: http://bit.ly/ASBCClimatePollRpt.

The American Sustainable Business Council and the ASBC Action Fund represent a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council (www.asbcouncil.org) informs policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. The Action Fund (www.asbcaction.org) advocates for legislative change.

Xeros Gains Traction as Hotels Adopt Near Waterless Laundry Operations

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

(Marketwired) - Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, today announced its rollout plan to the hospitality industry is on track and the majority of Xeros ecologically-sustainable laundry systems have been sold into the top 5 hotel groups in North America. According to MKG Group's annual rankings reported by Skift, HOTELS' 325 2013 report named IHG, Hilton Hotels, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotel Group and Choice International as the top five hotel groups in the world.

In the U.S., hotels use approximately 2.3 billion gallons of water per month to launder linens. The Xeros Laundry System can reduce water usage by up to 80% through the use of polymer bead technology. These savings are approximately the equivalent of one month's water consumption of every household in Sacramento, California.

The patented, award-winning system uses up to 80% less water, up to 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent, to deliver superior cleaning results as compared to traditional "soap and water" methods. By combining the beads' molecular structure with a proprietary detergent solution, dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the beads, producing cleaner results. The reusable beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled for reintroduction into the polymer supply chain.

Xeros launched its ultra-low water laundry solution for hotels at the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in November 2013 and was awarded the Editor's Choice Award, Best New Product for Hotel Operations.

About Xeros
Xeros is changing the way textiles are cleaned. Using patented polymer bead technology, the Xeros System for commercial cleaning uses up to 80% less water, 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent, and delivers superior cleaning results compared to conventional washing. Xeros was recently awarded a Bronze Medal in the prestigious Edison Awards; was named a top invention by TIME magazine, winner of 'Best Technological Breakthrough' in The Climate Week Awards 2011; listed in World Wildlife Fund for Nature's survey of global 'Green Game Changers'; and has been awarded two Rushlight 2013 Awards for green innovation. Strategic partnerships include Green Earth Cleaning and BASF. Xeros is headquartered in the UK with offices in the US and China. For additional information, please visit www.xeroscleaning.com.

The Triple Bottom Line Revisited: Searching for "Breakthrough" with John Elkington

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”   R. Buckminster Fuller

Has capitalism lost its way? Can it survive or will it need to be replaced? Does your company understand the strategies that are needed to build a new economy and for it to flourish? And are you ready to capitalism 2.0compete in an economic system that rewards shared values, well being and inclusive prosperity?

TSSS and CSRwire have joined forces to explore the world that follows Capitalism.

Some are calling it Capitalism 2.0, others are calling it “Breakthrough Capitalism” while several others are calling for an entirely new sustainable economy. Beyond the semantics however, there is little argument that the time for a change is now – and we're taking this debate straight to leading experts and changemakers to ask: what indeed is the right way forward?

The second webinar in our series will feature sustainability pioneer and thought leader John Elkington. In 1994, he coined the "Ttriple Bottom Line," which has become synonymous with corporate sustainability today and considered common speak across campuses and increasingly governments, to denote that social and environmental issues matter as well the financial.

[Download a recording for our first webinar with Mark Anielski, economist, consultant and author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth.]

Twenty years on from the Triple Bottom Line, also known as “people, planet, profit,” we will chat with John ElkingtonElkington via a live webinar to explore the 3p phrase and why he has subsequently developed terms like "breakthrough capitalism," “unreasonable people” and "zeronauts" to express disruptive innovation – and what the next rendering of capitalism might involve.

On the agenda:

  • Has the Triple Bottom Line concept succeeded as intended?
  • What are some of the triggers needed to evolve to shift our culture to a People-Planet first (then Profits) model? How does this change come about?
  • The first U.S. corporate charters granted businesses a license to operate only when the corporation could show that it served a positive purpose to society. Can social license to operate be revived as a mandate?
  • Why are income inequality and worker wage/benefit issues often missing in calculations of the Triple Bottom Line? What needs to happen to bring this into the mainstream of sustainability reporting? What else is missing?
  • How do we re-focus our efforts to drive the changes necessary to accommodate the human species in an era of resource scarcity and climate change?

Join us for what promises to be a compelling conversation with CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh, Senior Editor Francesca Rheannon and TSSS Founder Brad Zarnett. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments so please be prepared to interact.

Date: July 24, 2014

Time: 1pm ET

Register: bit.ly/capitalism202

Twitter: Use #CapitalismReset and follow @tssstweets and/or @CSRwire.

To send questions in advance, please email Aman@CSRwire.com.

More about our guest:

John Elkington is co-founder and executive chairman of Volans as well as the cofounder of SustainAbility and Environmental Data Services. He is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future.’ John is recognized as a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development and has been described as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement” by BusinessWeek in 2004.

He has won various accolades for his work in the fields of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and innovation, and speaks at events all over the world. John's latest book, The Breakthrough Challenge, is co-authored with former PUMA CEO, now co-Founder of the B Team, Jochen Zeitz and will be published by Jossey-Bass in September.

CA Technologies Supports Citizen Schools' STEM Programs

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Citizen Schools, a leading national education nonprofit, announced today it has received a $50,000 donation from CA Technologies, a leading IT management software and solutions company, to help fund its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for students across six schools in Massachusetts.

Citizen Schools partners with underserved public middle schools to dramatically expand the learning day by 400 hours each academic year. During the additional school hours, the organization mobilizes AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and volunteers from companies like CA Technologies who provide academic support and teach hands-on “apprenticeships” that help students make the connection between what they are learning now and a future career path. Over half of the skill-building apprenticeships are focused on STEM subjects and activities.

”We are proud to support the important work Citizen Schools is doing to expand educational opportunities for students,” said Erica Christensen, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Supporting STEM learning is a top priority for CA Technologies, and through initiatives like this we hope to help provide young people with the tools they need to succeed and encourage the next generation of technology leaders.”

The demand for professionals in the STEM fields is projected to dramatically outpace supply over the coming decades. By 2018, the U.S. is expected to face a projected shortfall of 230,000 qualified advanced-degree STEM workers. The Bureau for Labor Statistics also predicts that STEM jobs will grow 55 percent faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years. Among the teenagers who express interest in science and math careers, nearly two-thirds indicate that they are discouraged from pursuing them because they do not know anyone who works in these fields or understand what people in those fields do.

“Our apprenticeships bring relevance and unique hands-on learning opportunities to students, sparking new interests and increasing their engagement in school,” said Tom Birmingham, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. “We are pleased to have CA Technologies as a partner as we work to improve and expand our STEM apprenticeships for the students and schools we serve.”

CA Technologies volunteers have taught apprenticeships to students in Citizen Schools in Boston, MA and New York, NY. The projects in Massachusetts have included “Measuring the Solar System” and “Life is a Laboratory,” where students transform into scientists for a semester. In New York, students created technologies to improve New York City and pitched their ideas to technology executives in “Back to the Future.”

About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit www.citizenschools.org.

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) provides IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud. Learn more about CA Technologies at www.ca.com.

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Impact Investing Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm
The Risk of Inaction

Impact investing exacts financial returns and produces social and environmental rewards. It catalyzes opportunities and reduces the adversities caused by a growing global population and a planet sacked by climate change.

Increasingly, investors have become aware that externalities such as water scarcity, pollution, extreme weather events and unfair labor practices do indeed affect their portfolios’ internal rates of return. By positioning investments toward positive impacts, risks can be reduced and rewards can be furnished across both the financial and social/environmental spectrums.

Direct investments, funds and private equity programs can all play a role in building sustainability and lowering beta. From a portfolio construction standpoint, impact investments are less correlated with the broader markets than traditional stocks and bonds, so they provide diversification during market cycles when sectors become out of favor.

Find out how to face the enemies of the market and battle the world’s social ills through these elite investing tactics. This is how the world’s wealthiest invest. G8 leaders are even turning to impact investing to win on both the financial and social/environmental fronts. Learn from the industry’s best and brightest how to actively engage in impact investing and stoke your clients toward a brighter and more prosperous future.

See more at: www.fa-mag.com/impactinvesting

Impact Investing Conference

Responsible Business Forum 2014: Building Trust, Reputation and Culture

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The need to rebuild trust and reputation and reinforce transparency and accountability after these challenging times is crucial and values must be placed firmly at the core of every company’s operations. The Responsible Business Forum is Ireland’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference presenting leading and inspirational thinking from the world’s largest, most innovative companies and practical workshops on how trust, reputation and culture can be built with key stakeholders.

The Forum is brought to you by Business in the Community Ireland, the country’s dedicated network for CSR. We advise top companies in Ireland on how to implement, measure and report on their sustainable practices and run the Business Working Responsibly Mark, Ireland’s first certified standard on CSR, audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000. In April 2014, BITCI worked with The Irish Government on launching the country’s National Action Plan on CSR, which prioritises sustainability for all companies in Ireland from multinationals to SMEs.

This one-day Responsible Business Forum on Tuesday November 11th will address how companies must build a culture of sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Tickets are now on sale online at www.bitcforum.ie or by emailing forum@bitc.ie or telephoning 00353 (0) 1 874 7232.

Follow along on Twitter @BITCIreland and hashtag #rbforum14

RoHS and REACH: No Data, No Market Access

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The European Union’s RoHS and REACH regulations were at the advent of the global substance control directive movement. These regulatory regimes drove a fundamental shift in the way businesses conceptualized product stewardship compliance.

At present, both RoHS and REACH are simultaneously being expanded to include new market restrictions and expanding in scope. Specifically, RoHS is expanding in scope to include new industries and exemptions as of July 22, 2014, and potentially to including new substances. REACH is promulgating a new structured roadmap to advise industry on how rapid expansion of the SVHC and Authorisation lists are expanding. Consequently, enforcement and a dedicated effort toward enforcing the provisions of the law will become the next inevitable focus of the respective regulatory authorities.

This session will be presented by Foresite’s Vice President of Regulatory Services and Business Development, Travis Miller. The covered topics will include:

  • Background on RoHS and REACH
  • Highlights of the Regulations current Status
  • Examples of Expanding Enforcement Activity
  • A review of the Compliance Practices Regulatory Authorities are looking for
  • Solutions to Managing Your Obligations

Sundown at Ecotrust

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Join us at Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Center, a hub for ideas and urban community,for a unique series of free outdoor concerts on Thursday in July (starting 7/10).

The concerts feature outstanding local performers and streetfair-style booths fostering environmental awareness and community engagement.

On July 10, the theme is Energy and features the Portland Cello Project.

LeaderShip for Sustainability

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to offer the LeaderShip for Sustainability training on July 30 – August 1 in Washington D.C.

The three-day training program, developed by Transitioning to Green, is perfect for executives and managers who want to learn how to lead their businesses successfully into a future that’s built on a triple-bottom-line foundation of people-profits-planet.

Training participants will gain practical insights and applications to grow their sustainability initiatives, session topics include:

  • Adopting a systems approach to sustainability that includes leading for triple-bottom-line goals and results.
  • Advice for sustainability: the assessments, metrics, and measurements for building a sustainable business.
  • Understanding inherent ecosystem service resources—air, water, soil, energy, nonrenewable raw and rare earth materials in terms of sustainable business and prosperity.
  • Using the GlobStrat Triple Bottom Line Strategic Business Simulation, leaders develop businesses with a culture and capacity to operate sustainably, and learn ways to incorporate sustainability advantages into the core of their actual businesses.

Early Bird registration ends June 30!

Learn more and register here: http://ccc.uschamber.com/event/leadership-sustainability

Allergen Management: Industry Challenges and Available Guidelines

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The objective of this complimentary webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to discuss the results of the SGS industry survey on challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control and also provide an update on published guidelines covering different aspects of allergen risk management such as training, supply management and effective communication.

Agenda

  • Background to food allergens and intolerance
  • SGS survey on industry challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control
  • Update of available guidelines
  • Overview of basic components of an effective allergen control plan
  • Conclusions

Target Audience
The webinar is aimed at companies interested to get a good understanding of currently available food allergens guidelines, or professionals and others that wish to be educated on the topic.

Presenter
Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou - SGS Global Technical Manager – Food

Register for Session 1
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=708578042
04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Register for Session 2
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704473737
03:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
04:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
07:00 a.m. San Francisco (Pacific Daylight Time)

For more information, please contact: Outi Armstrong, SGS 1 Place des Alpes 1211 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 739 9161

Language: English
Cost: No Cost

SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

The two-day SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights course will offer in-depth knowledge of the SA8000 Standard and show the link between management systems, labor standards performance and business benefits.

This course is designed for a wide variety of professionals and academics who seek a better understanding of the SA8000 Standard, how it is applicable in their business or professional agendas and how SA8000 may be implemented. The course will be conducted in Spanish and will use case studies and group exercises that will allow attendees to participate in the development of action plans and ‘role-play’ situations. There will not be a test at the end of the course; however, all attendees will receive a personalized Certificate of Attendance.

This course is part of our Professional Development Series (PDS).

ESG Issues on the Board Agenda—Regulatory and Investor Focus on Corporate ESG: New and Upcoming Regulatory and Market Developments; Board and C-Suite Focus

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

Comprehensive Briefing and Expert Commentary--For Public Companies, Boards, Investors, Advisers, Analysts, Risk Managers, Policymakers, Regulators and NGOs

Please join us for this highly informative and educational 90-minute online live Webinar. An international roster of experts will cover key global ESG regulatory and market developments, and ESG reporting issues and challenges, that all board and C-suite executives should be considering NOW to respond to new regulatory requirements, new investor expectations, and new competitive pressures.

In addition, our speakers will reveal what is on the drawing board for ESG regulation and ESG capital market investment internationally. A live Q&A will give you the opportunity to ask questions directly of our speakers. All registrants, regardless of whether you can attend the live Webinar, will receive the Webinar recording and all Speaker slide presentation materials to review at your leisure.

Registration is now open. This event has limited capacity, so early registration is recommended. US$249 for U.S. registrants, US$259 for non-U.S. registrants; 10% discount for CSRwire readers (Discount Code CSRW10refid0614); contact us for 3-or-more group registrations.

Event Summary: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p

Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W

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Mobile Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W?dvce=2

Program and Speaker Summary:

TOPIC 1: Increasing ESG Regulatory and Market Focus Around the World: New Developments and Initiatives—Speakers:

  • Linda Lowson, Esq., CEO, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Legal and Regulatory Developments Overview
    • New and emerging national securities regulation
    • New and emerging stock exchange listing requirements
    • Recent SEC developments
  • Alison Dempsey, Esq., Director of Research, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Market-Based Drivers Overview
    • Investor focus: institutional and active investor scrutiny
    • Voluntary reporting as the new baseline
  • Evan Harvey, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
    • CERES Proposed Listing Standards
    • Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Key Developments
    • World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group Developments

TOPIC 2: Increasing Investor Focus and Competitive Pressure: Board Oversight; Shareholder Resolutions and Proxy Voting; New ESG Indices and Ratings—Speakers:

  • Peter DeSimone, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2).
    • Board Oversight of ESG Issues: Key Findings of April 2014 Report published by Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCI)
    • Shareholder resolutions and Proxy Voting: Key Trends for the 2014 Proxy Season
  • Julia Kochetygova, Senior Director, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices
    • Overview of Role of Sustainability Indices from Investor Perspective; Historical Phases and Recent Trends.
    • What New Sustainability Indices Mean for Boards.
    • Conceptual Framework for New S&P Dow Jones ESG Tilted Indices.

TOPIC 3: Increasing Risk: New Financial Reporting Challenges—Speaker:

  • Cecilia Thorn, Head of International Relations, Financial Reporting Council
    • 2014 EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive: Reporting Requirements and Impacts.
    • Forthcoming European Commission’s ESG/CSR Initiatives on the Drawing Board for 2014.

Previous Global ESG Regulatory Academy™ Webinar Series recordings are now available for a very limited time on demand at a discount, with all Speaker slide presentations.

For Registration, Speaker, and Sponsor Queries: Contact Linda Lowson, Esq., HERE.

Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA-Approved)

CSR Wire - Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 02:35 pm

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, CSE is back to San Francisco to deliver for the very first time the advanced version of the training and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:
This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practitioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:

  • Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
  • Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
  • Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
  • The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
  • External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
  • The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

A must-attend event for everyone in:

  • CSR
  • Public Relations
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Sustainability and Environment
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