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Sandoz Joins Forces With United Nations to Combat a Leading Cause of Child Mortality Worldwide

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm
  • Sandoz makes long-term commitment to support UN initiative on child mortality
  • Commitment to UN Every Newborn Action Plan involves development and supply of recommended WHO formulation for treating childhood pneumonia
  • Pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally among children under five[1]

Sandoz today announces a long-term commitment to help prevent the deaths of millions of children worldwide by supplying a key antibiotic formulation, as part of the United Nation’s new Every Newborn Action Plan.

The commitment involves providing long-term global supplies of amoxicillin 250 mg dispersible tablets (DT) to developing countries via the UN Commission for Lifesaving Commodities.

Sandoz announced the commitment on the same day that the UN launched the Every Newborn Action Plan in Johannesburg, South Africa -- the world’s first comprehensive plan to eliminate preventable deaths of newborn and stillborn babies. More than five million children under five are estimated to die worldwide every year, mainly in Africa and Asia, and nearly a quarter of those deaths are due to pneumonia alone, making it the single largest killer in that age range2.

“Sandoz is proud to be jointly leading the response to the growing global need for this new formulation of a critical anti-infective”, said Nick Haggar, Head of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa for Sandoz. “We are committed to working in partnership with all concerned to help prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of children every year. In our first year of supply, we hope to reach at least 500,000 children worldwide.”

Amoxicillin is a penicillin-class, broad-spectrum antibiotic, commonly prescribed to children for treatment of pneumonia and other illnesses including bacterial infections of the ears, sinuses, throat, urinary tract, skin, abdomen and blood; it is also often used as part of the treatment regime for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).  In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its recommendations for home treatment of pneumonia, establishing dispersible amoxicillin as the newly-recommended first line treatment for pneumonia in children under five.

This commitment continues a long history of Novartis supporting child health. As part of our Malaria Initiative, Novartis and partners developed the first artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) specifically designed for children. Since 2009, more than 200 million pediatric antimalarial treatments have been delivered without profit to 40 countries. The Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development supports the WHO and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in developing e-learning tools to scale-up maternal and child health training for health workers. Novartis Social Ventures, business models that bring access to healthcare, medicine and health education to families in rural areas of Asia and Africa, focus on maternal and child health. Learn more by visiting Novartis.com.

Disclaimer

This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements, including statements that can be identified by terminology such as “commitment,” “growing,” “committed,” “hope,” “continues,” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Group regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such statements. These expectations could be affected by, among other things, risks and factors referred to in the Risk Factors section of Novartis AG's current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update it in the future.

About Sandoz

Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, is a global leader in the generic pharmaceutical sector. Sandoz employs over 26,500 employees and its products are available in more than 160 countries, offering a broad range of high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by patents. With USD 9.2 billion in sales in 2013, Sandoz has a portfolio of approximately 1,100 molecules, and holds the #1 position globally in biosimilars as well as in generic injectables, ophthalmics, dermatology and antibiotics, complemented by leading positions in the cardiovascular, metabolism, central nervous system, pain, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and hormonal therapeutic areas. Sandoz develops, produces, and markets these medicines, as well as active pharmaceutical and biotechnological substances. Nearly half of Sandoz's portfolio is in differentiated products, which are defined as products that are more difficult to scientifically develop and manufacture than standard generics.

In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has benefitted from strong growth of its acquisitions, which include Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany), Eon Labs (US), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), Oriel Therapeutics (US), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US).

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[1], 2 UNICEF, Committing to Child Survival, A Promise Renewed Progress Report, 2013.   

Responsible Forest Management Drives Economic Wellbeing in Costa Rica's Cordillera Central Mountains

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

(Marketwired) - A collaborative forest management project has earned certification under the prestigious Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard, based on an independent assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS). The 7,000 hectares of high-elevation tropical forest are maintained by 130 landowners under the leadership of NGO, Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central (FUNDECOR). FUNDECOR's management ensures that landowners receive tax benefits for forest conservation, government subsidies for protecting crucial ecosystem services, and steady income from timber operations and small-scale farming on designated areas.

"FUNDECOR's pioneering responsible forestry model features a key element for long-term viability -- a mechanism for economic development and financial stability for the community," said Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President at SCS Global Services. "SCS' assessment included a thorough review of activities in the forest management zones as well as the protected areas," he explained.

Landowners involved in responsible forest management and conservation can receive payments from the Costa Rican government for maintaining ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification, erosion control and biodiversity protection. FUNDECOR provides resources and guidance to this group of landowners and also supports a smallholder system run by the Institute of Agrarian Development, where farmers can lease 20-hectare tracts of land and earn income from produce and timber sales.

"We in FUNDECOR strive to achieve a sustainable development model that is socially inclusive," said Felipe Carazo, Executive Director of FUNDECOR. "Our work approach fosters the development of a business model for a wide array of landowners, assuring that benefit sharing is effectively obtained."

The Cordillera Central Mountains is an environmentally sensitive area that has historically been threatened by deforestation, but thanks to FUNDECOR's biological monitoring and stewardship efforts spanning the last 15 years, biodiversity has been maintained. Part of the FSC certified forest includes responsibly managed plantations of teak and oak coral, a plant species known to have antibacterial, antifungal and cancer-fighting properties. The region is home to several plants listed on the IUCN RED List for Endangered species.

SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for nearly three decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS provides accredited services under a wide range of internationally recognized certification programs. Learn more at www.scsglobalservices.com.

FUNDECOR has a more than a 20-year record of promoting innovative resource management practices that provide value to forest resources and services across a functional landscape. This "breathing lab" has served as an experiment that has been scaled up, helping Costa Rica double its forest cover from 23% to 53% in a 25-year period. Learn more at http://www.fundecor.org/en.

KaBOOM!, Morgan Stanley and Volunteers Help Give Newark Kids a Healthy Start with Play

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Children in the city of Newark will now have the opportunity to get a healthy start to a balanced and active childhood filled with play they need to thrive, thanks in part to a brand new community playground at Babyland Family Services. In less than eight hours, more than 200 resident volunteers from the city of Newark and Morgan Stanley will join organizers from KaBOOM! to build the new kid-designed playspace, which will provide more than 1,800 Newark children with the core resources to provide them with a healthy and successful start in life.

Today’s playground build at Babyland Family marks the kick-off of Healthy Cities in Newark, the Morgan Stanley-sponsored program to spark innovation in delivering wellness, nutrition and play resources to children in underserved communities. Newark marks the third city to participate in the Healthy Cities program, joining the cities of Oakland and Chicago, both of which were announced earlier this month.

“A child’s well-being, education and health are at the very core of Babyland’s mission,” stated Wesley N. Jenkins, Executive Director of Babyland Family Services. “We are all excited and look forward to seeing our children experience the gift of fun, happiness and continued good health that this playground from KaBOOM!, Morgan Stanley and the hundreds of volunteers have afforded the Babyland families.”

Building on Morgan Stanley's Global Alliance for Children's Health, the program will connect Newark-based non-profit organizations to create a coordinated network providing the fundamentals that can underpin a child’s healthy start in life.

Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley, said, “We are proud to be working with our partners across the Newark community to provide children in need the building blocks for a healthy childhood. Healthy Newark is an important step in Morgan Stanley’s 40-year-plus commitment to children’s health.”

"Nothing is more essential to a child’s health and happiness than safe places to play and grow where they can imagine, explore and create," said Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!. “We are thrilled to partner with Morgan Stanley for this new program to help give the children of Newark the childhood they deserve by working with cities to increase healthy resources and play opportunities for kids and families."

Babyland Family Services, Inc.
Babyland Family Services, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of inner-city children and families in Newark, and Essex County. Babyland firmly believes that to change the world we must start with the child. Babyland's mission is to nurture and educate children, to strengthen family life and to empower each to live a full and productive life. Please visit www.babylandfs.org.

Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries. Through its Global Alliance for Children's Health, the Firm is dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of the world's youngest citizens. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

SCS Global Services Accredited by The Responsible Jewellery Council to Certify Responsible Practices Throughout the Jewelry Supply Chain

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

(Marketwired) - SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, announced its accreditation by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) to certify member compliance with the RJC "Code of Practices" and "Chain-of-Custody" standards for environmentally and socially responsible practices throughout the diamond, gold and platinum group metals (PGM) jewelry supply chain.

RJC is a not-for-profit standards setting and certification organization with over 490 members spanning the jewelry supply chain from mine to retail. All RJC members must be third-party certified to the RJC Code of Practices, which cover a range of environmental, labor and human rights issues for diamonds, gold and PGM (platinum, palladium and rhodium). RJC also administers an optional Chain-of-Custody certification to verify the tracking of responsibly sourced gold and PGM, which it defines as "conflict free," recycled or previously existing (i.e., grandfathered) sources.

"The Responsible Jewellery Council warmly congratulates SCS Global Services on its accreditation," says Catherine Sproule, RJC's Chief Executive Officer - Interim. "We continue to work to expand the pool of auditors to service RJC's growing membership and are pleased to add SCS to the list of Accredited Auditors."

The scope of the SCS accreditation enables the company to provide certification services for US and Canada-based companies involved in gold refining, trading and hedging; PGM trading and hedging; diamond trading; jewelry manufacturing; and jewelry wholesale and retail.

As in other sectors, businesses throughout the jewelry supply chain have come under increased scrutiny from consumers, regulators and stakeholders for how they manage environmental, social and human rights issues associated with the industry. This has been largely driven by public awareness of so-called "blood diamonds" produced under slave-like conditions in war-torn parts of Africa, mercury and cyanide pollution associated with gold mining activities around the world, and "conflict minerals" derived from areas of armed conflict and known human rights abuses, most notably in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.

"SCS brings decades of experience to the RJC process along with a commitment to accountability and supply chain transparency," said Alicia Godlove, Manager of Materials Services for SCS. "We are pleased to add RJC certification to the list of certification services that we offer the jewelry industry."

In addition to RJC, other SCS service offerings applicable to the jewelry industry include Recycled Content and Responsible Source™ certification for recycled precious metals and diamonds, Fairmined™ Gold audits for gold sourced from artisanal and small-scale mining operations, Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol (SRSP) certification for suppliers to Signet Jewelers Limited and Conflict Minerals Report Audits for public companies seeking compliance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

About RJC
The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organization bringing together more than 490 member companies committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewelry industry from mine to retail. It is committed to reinforcing consumer and stakeholder confidence in diamond, gold and platinum group metals jewelry products.

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry and more. Now in its 30th year, SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practice.

Fishing in a Dead Sea

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

Nadya Zhexembayeva, professor and consultant to companies as varied as Coca-Cola, Henkel, and Vienna Insurance, asserts that the future of competitive advantage will come from how companies deal with resource scarcity, not from “blue oceans” of uncontested market space. According to Nadya, the global economy is still structured on a failing system of “use and discard”. With fewer and fewer resources available, the throwaway economy is stumbling to an end. That means we’re on the brink of a sustainability revolution, right? Sustainability professor Zhexembayaeva’s answer might surprise—or shock—you.

In her recent TED x talk, Nadya explains that while many professionals suggest sustainability as the solution to our problematic economy, most sustainable products are undesirable, underperforming, and overpriced. Beyond that, Nadya says there is something “fundamentally wrong with the word” itself. No one considers “sustainable” a compliment—would you call your marriage “sustainable?”? (Nadya hopes not!) Businesses and customers are suffering from an overall “sustainability fatigue”, and new language is required - alongside new models - to provide the energy needed to move forward with better products and practices.

In her new book, Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World, Nadya offers five key principles for innovating in our “overfished”, resource-depleted market. She draws from companies such as Puma, Microsoft, and BMW to highlight how established companies are successfully navigating the troubled economic seas by creating resource-conserving products, and transferring expertise from physical products to improved services. All of this involves a shift from sustainable jargon to using more consumer-appealing terms (such as “Eco-Superior” and “Resourcefulness Strategy”).

More than anything else, Zhexembayeva wants us to think about wise use of resources as a question of business strategy, not a question of morality or purity. Nadya’s vision is a new economy where we reduce our carbon footprint because it helps us beat the competition—not because we want to be “nice” or “sustainable.”  The advent of this fresh economy is beginning to reward resource-conscious businesses intent on becoming, in Nadya’s own words, “the pioneers, rather than the victims, of the new world.”

CSR Oman 2014

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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

Impact Investing Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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

Mobile Event Hub: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/5C?dvce=2

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, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 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

2nd Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm

The 2nd Sustaining Conflict Minerals Compliance Conference will break down each SEC reporting requirement as well as examine direct filing examples from specific companies. Featuring case studies from industry leading experts, this advanced course offers attendees a unique opportunity to benchmark their conflict minerals program against their peers to more efficiently meet SEC expectations and amend their program for future filings.

Featured Sessions Include:

- Scrutinizing the SEC conflict minerals rule with Newport News Shipbuilding
- Engineering a sustainable CM program for future filings with Alcatel-Lucent
- Integrating filings and best practices from the first year of reporting with BlackBerry
- Maintaining a strong rapport with all tiers of your supply chain with KEMET
- Obtaining complete responses moving throughout the supply chain with Dover Corporation

Benefit from highly interactive case studies and panel discussions, Q&A time, 4+ hours of networking opportunities, and exclusive online access to speaker presentations post-event.

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Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit

CSR Wire - Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 02:37 pm
Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit – Global leading meeting place for responsible business leaders

Leading senior business experts from the extractives industry will gather in London in June for Ethical Corporation’s 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit, focusing on how to minimise risk, maximise shared value and assure business competitiveness.

The two day Summit will features honest discussions and practical sessions on what matters most to the extractives professionals, including:

  • Maximising Shared Value: Achieve greater collaboration with host governments to aid development and secure political stability
  • Mitigating Human Rights Impacts: Overcome the challenges to removing human rights risks from your security operations and supply chain
  • Optimising Social Risk Management: Hear the latest approaches companies are using to build trust with communities and minimise risk of social disturbance to operations
  • Eliminating Water Risk: Learn the latest strategies to manage competing interests for water across operations
  • Gaining a financial Advantage: Understand Investor, Lender and Insurer needs to make your company a low-risk venture

Companies speaking at the event include:

  • MOL GROUP
  • Statoil
  • Total
  • Hess Corporation
  • Chevron
  • IPIECA
  • Bechtel
  • Centerra Gold
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Rio Tinto
  • Institute of Human Rights and Business
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Anglo American
  • Barrick
  • Teck
  • J.P. Morgan
  • F&C Asset Management
  • BlackRock
  • World Gold Council
  • Chatham House
  • Aviva Investors
  • London Mining
  • BG Group

Download the summit brochure here: http://bit.ly/1gpJxxT

To have a full run down of the conference, please visit the 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit: http://bit.ly/1iIZqOP

For more information contact: Boris Petrovic at boris.petrovic@ethicalcorp.com or on +44 (0) 20 7375 7527.

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