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Companies operating across the Middle East must uphold human rights according to a new report by an international human rights organisation.
The new report, released today in Arabic, English and French by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to mark Human Rights Day, looks at how Middle Eastern companies and international firms operating in the region across a range of sectors are meeting – and failing to meet – their responsibility to respect the human rights of workers and communities.
The report highlights positive steps taken by some companies, such as an initiative by the founder of delivery company Aramex and involving telecommunications firm Zain, in Jordan, to generate youth employment. Efforts by recruitment agency Glowork to empower women in the workplace in Saudi Arabia and beyond, and strong policies and practices for migrant workers in Qatar implemented by construction firm OHL and aluminium smelting firm Qatalum were also singled out to be strong examples of good practice.
But the new report also flags a string of abuses, including the alleged involvement in torture by private security firms in Iraq; the creation of pollution that harms the right to health; and the denial of workers’ freedom of association. Cases in the briefing include a protest against Orange in Jordan, alleging it helped the government temporarily shut down 300 online news websites; allegations that Saudi Aramco dismissed workers for participating in political protests; and concerns that companies involved in the Bahrain Grand Prix were turning a blind eye to human rights abuses by the Bahrain government.
Executive Director of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Phil Bloomer said: “For too long, human rights have been ignored by too many businesses operating In the Middle East and North Africa. Sacking female employees for being pregnant or failing to pay migrant workers for months of labour are things that we still see too frequently.
“But there is hope that the tide is turning, and scrutiny of business conduct is on the rise in many countries. There are now international guidelines on human rights that apply to the private sector. Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were on the UN Human Rights Council when it unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011; and Jordan and Turkey co-sponsored the resolution endorsing them. Urgent action by companies and governments is necessary.”
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has been tracking reports on companies’ human rights impacts since 2003. If a company has not yet responded to allegations from civil society, it first invites the company for a response before disseminating the concerns. To date, it has approached companies operating in the Middle East and North Africa 147 times and the response rate is nearly 70 per cent overall. (see notes for editors below for further details).
Bloomer says this indicates an encouraging level of engagement by many companies on human rights issues – but too many are still choosing to remain silent.
Allegations related to a broad range of issues such as restrictions on the freedom of speech; the sale of arms used for human rights abuses; the selling of surveillance software – and attacks on privacy; migrant labourers’ working conditions and abuses by private security companies.
Rania Fazah, Middle East Researcher for Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and a co-author of the report, says: “While the international spotlight is, understandably, on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar, we are keen to show that human rights issues connected with business in the Middle East affect many other sectors too.
“With increased scrutiny coming from all angles, companies can no longer say that they are unaware of their human rights responsibilities. Prudent companies will realize that it makes business sense to avoid being directly or indirectly involved in abuses.”
The report ends with specific recommendations to companies and to governments in the region. The Resource Centre says there are several basic, practical first steps that could be taken by companies wanting to prioritise avoiding abuses.
These include implementing ethical recruitment procedures and adhering to international labour rights standards. The organization is also calling on companies operating in the technology and media sectors – key for enabling freedom of information in the region – to act in accordance with principles of access and freedom of expression; respect for privacy; and non-repression.
The report also highlights how governments have an important role to play in ensuring companies – both private and state-owned – uphold human rights. Its recommendations to governments include enacting and enforcing laws to ensure that companies in their territory do not abuse human rights; encouraging their firms overseas to respect human rights; enhancing freedoms of expression and association; and strengthening protections for workers.
- To arrange interviews with Phil Bloomer contact: Zahra Akkerhuys / email@example.com / +44 20 7636 7774 or, in the USA, Annabel Short / +1 212 564 9160 / +1 646 246 0359 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To arrange an interview with Rania Fazah in Beirut contact Rania at: +961 70178778 / email@example.com.
- The full briefing paper can be downloaded from here: http://www.business-humanrights.org/Documents/Regionalbriefings
- Seventy-one per cent of companies outside the region (out of 102 approaches) responded to human rights concerns when approached by the Resource Centre – such as Mondelez, Shell and Siemens – and 58 per cent of MENA-based firms (out of 45 approaches), such as Century Miracle Apparel (Jordan), Al-Hamad (United Arab Emirates) and MTV Lebanon (see briefing paper and Annex for full list).
- About the Resource Centre: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an independent non-profit organization, provides the leading information hub on business & human rights: www.business-humanrights.org.
The website tracks reports about the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 5000 companies in over 180 countries, and provides guidance tools and resources for all those working in this field. Its researchers are based in Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Senegal, South Africa, UK, Ukraine and USA.
Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland, is Chair of the Centre’s International Advisory Network. The Centre does not accept funding from companies or company foundations, in order to maintain its independence and to prevent any possible perception of a conflict of interest.
Mission: To encourage companies to respect and promote human rights, and avoid harm to people. The Resource Centre does this by advancing:
- Transparency – pursuing, collecting and disseminating to a global audience information about company conduct, positive and negative;
- Public accountability – helping civil society get companies to address concerns; seeking responses and drawing attention to each company’s response or failure to respond; and
- Informed decision-making – providing the leading business & human rights resource and guidance hub, to assist civil society, companies and others.
Further information about the Resource Centre’s work is available here: www.business-humanrights.org/Aboutus.
All companies mentioned in the briefing
(note: some are referred to because of alleged abuses, others because of positive initiatives they are taking)
Century Miracle Apparel
Chemical Industries Development
Daoud & Partners
Lebanese Family Club
Marks & Spencer
Mazaya Investment Group
Saudi Star Development Company
Dozens of the world’s biggest companies have registered to participate in the 2014 GreenBiz Forum, GreenBiz Group’s flagship event for sustainability executives, to be held February 18-20 in Phoenix.
The Forum brings together sustainability leaders from business, nonprofits, and the public sector to take the pulse of the profession, explore new trends and themes, and engage in hands-on workshops with their peers.
This year’s Forum is being presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium, a global collaboration of companies and stakeholders aimed at building a scientific foundation for improving consumer product sustainability; and the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, the hub of ASU’s myriad sustainability initiatives. Along with GreenBiz Group, the three organizations are co-locating their events as part of a weeklong Sustainability Solutions Festival hosted by ASU.
The GreenBiz Forum, which is expected to sell out, has attracted a stellar line-up of speakers and participants, including those from Akamai Technologies, Allstate Insurance, Avon, Campbell Soup, CH2M HILL, Clorox, Disney, Domtar, EMC, Georgia-Pacific, ING Bank, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Land O'Lakes, LG Electronics, Mars, McDonald's, MillerCoors, Monsanto, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Procter & Gamble, salesforce.com, Sodexo, Steelcase, Tiffany & Co. and Toyota.
“The appeal of the Forum is that the world’s biggest companies and brands are learning from one another, sharing insights and best practices in a way that ups everyone’s game,” says GreenBiz Group CEO Eric Faurot. “Our partnership with TSC and ASU is bringing the best of everyone’s thinking to the table.”
The Forum is centered around GreenBiz Group’s State of Green Business report, an annual pulse-taking of the progress being made by companies around the world to reduce impacts, increase disclosure and create new sources of growth that address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.
This year’s Forum will see the unveiling of two new components of the report: the Natural Capital Leadership Index, produced in partnership with Trucost, the first-ever ranking of companies that are decoupling growth from environmental impact; and the GreenBiz NGO Ranking, the first-ever business assessment of activist groups’ influence and credibility. The Forum will feature plenary panels on both pieces of research.
For more information about the Forum, visit www.greenbiz.com/forum.
ABOUT GREENBIZ GROUP
GreenBiz Group defines and accelerates the business of sustainability. GreenBiz Group is an integrated media company focused on supporting professionals who view sustainable practices as a core part of their businesses. GreenBiz is focused on telling the stories, providing the insights and advancing the sustainability profession through GreenBiz.com, GreenBiz Events, GreenBiz Intelligence, and GreenBiz Connects. For additional information, visit www.greenbiz.com.
ViiV Healthcare Commits £3.4M in Positive Action for Children Fund Grants for Programmes Focused on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
ViiV Healthcare announced today that it has awarded £3.4 million to 17 projects in 12 countries through its Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF). Sixteen of the recipients are new grantees, and one is a current grantee who will receive renewed funding. In keeping with PACF’s mission to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families affected by HIV, collectively the programme has now awarded approximately £20 million since 2010 in support of 140 grantees working to alleviate the burden of HIV on women and children in those communities where the need is the greatest.
Examples of the new grants include:
- Cameroon Association for the Protection of and Education of the Child (CAPEC) / “Improving Community-Driven Support Systems for Total Prevention of HIV Infection for Children, Women and Persons Living With HIV”: This project in the Meme (Southwest) region of Cameroon aims to alleviate the impact of HIV on women’s and children’s health through interventions that engage and build the capacity of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and affected communities to participate and lead.
- Egyptian Youth Association for Health Development / “Egyptian Women Leading the Change”: A three-year project designed to target at-risk women in Egypt through peer education and support, increased access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, and increased advocacy on gender issues.
- Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar A.C. / “Actions for the Prevention and Early Detection of HIV/AIDS Among Women (and their Partners) from Rural Communities in the Mountain of Tlapa, State of Guerrero”: An initiative to improve sexual and reproductive health among rural and indigenous women and their partners through a mix of community partnerships with political leaders and health and education authorities, education and training for medical services personnel, and SRH services and education for at-risk populations.
- Physicians for Social Justice / “Strengthening Capacity of Communities for Sustained Delivery of Integrated HIV and SRH Services”: A project in Northern Central Nigeria that will provide targeted community-based HIV prevention services to women and girls using the Minimum-Prevention Package of Intervention (MPPI) strategy. Specifically, the project will train women living with HIV and community health workers to provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and quality family-planning services and strengthen engagement of people living with HIV in advocacy.
- TackleAfrica / “HIV & SRH Education for Girls through Football in Kilifi”: Based on community insights about specific barriers to PMTCT, this project will design a tailored curriculum to address them. Members of the community – already acting as coaches and youth leaders within local partner Moving the Goalposts Kilifi (MTGK)'s football/empowerment programme – will be trained and supported to deliver regular HIV and SRH education through football coaching to young women and girls in Kilifi, a rural area on the east coast of Kenya.
- Women and Children First (UK) / “Addressing Loss to Follow up in PMTCT in the Community and Preventing Unintended Pregnancies in Kasungu District, Malawi”: In collaboration with the local organisation MaiKhanda, this project aims to address loss to follow up in PMTCT in the community and prevent unintended pregnancies through raising awareness, bridging the divide between the community and providers of PMTCT and SRH services, and increasing community capacity to advocate for these services.
“The Positive Action for Children Fund is an integral part of our commitment to working with partners across the globe to help alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children,” said Dr Dominique Limet, CEO of ViiV Healthcare. “Over the course of the three plus years since the programme has been in place, we’ve witnessed first-hand how grassroots interventions can effectively engage affected communities – reaching over 1.2 million people directly; reduce new infections; and, improve access to PMTCT services. We are proud to forge new partnerships with community-focused organisations to build on the successes achieved through the programme thus far and further support and inform the global effort to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.”
AIDS has become a leading cause of illness and death among women of reproductive age in countries with a high burden of HIV infection. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 3.4 million children were living with HIV at the end of 2011, 91% of them in sub-Saharan Africa, most of whom acquired the infection through mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. Though the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be reduced to 2% with effective interventions, such interventions are not widely accessible or available in most resource-limited countries where the burden of HIV is highest.[i] Moreover, children living with HIV continue to experience persistent treatment gaps. In 2012, global HIV treatment coverage for children remained half of coverage for adults (34% vs. 65%). In priority countries, only three in 10 children receive HIV treatment.[ii]
“Addressing gaps in access to care and services for women and children affected by or at risk for HIV remains a timely and pressing need, particularly in the countries with the highest HIV prevalence. PACF works to address that need by engaging affected communities, and, importantly, by ensuring those communities can themselves deliver sustainable and effective interventions. It’s both gratifying and encouraging to support new projects designed to accomplish those goals,” said Professor Catherine Peckham, PACF Board Chair.
The next call for proposals for the Positive Action for Children Fund will be announced by the end of 2013. ViiV Healthcare aims to continue to invest in programmes at similar levels to provide ongoing support of the UNAIDS Global Plan Toward the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive, with a goal of committing close to £30 million by 2015. Candidates may register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a notification once the information is made available.
Please visit http://www.viivhealthcare.com/community-partnerships/positive-action-for-children-fund/our-grantees.aspx to find a complete list of 2013 grantees and to learn more about the Positive Action for Children Fund. To read more about how current PACF grantees are making an impact in the communities they serve, please visit http://www.viivhealthcare.com/community-partnerships/the-viiv-healthcare-effect.aspx.
About the Positive Action for Children Fund
The Positive Action for Children Fund was first announced in July 2009 and builds upon the foundation of the long-standing Positive Action programme, established in 1992. With an emphasis on community engagement, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action programme will continue to support global efforts to address the challenges of HIV prevention, tackling stigma and discrimination, building capacity and treatment literacy.
Following extensive consultations with some of the sector’s leading non-governmental organisations, practitioners and policy-makers in this field, the Fund focuses on grants that pursue the four elements of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategic vision and comprehensive approach for addressing the mother-to-child transmission of HIV, under these four headings:
- Increasing and improving primary prevention of HIV infection among women of childbearing age.
- Delivering proper and equitable reproductive choices for people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Interventions that prevent HIV transmission from a woman living with HIV to her infant.
- Improving the health and welfare of mothers living with HIV, their children and families by providing appropriate treatment, care and support.
A key focus of the Positive Action for Children Fund is to stimulate grassroots community action to deliver and support interventions, to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), to bring us one step closer to eliminating the vertical transmission of HIV. Such work is closely aligned with the World Health Organization’s vision for addressing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and works toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals set to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat the spread of HIV.
About ViiV Healthcare
ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined as a 10% shareholder in October 2012. The company’s aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines, as well as support communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline and commitment, please visit www.viivhealthcare.com.
[ii] “Global Report: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2013.” UNAIDS, 2013. Web. 17 Oct 2013.
Positive social change occurs when individuals strongly believe they have the power to make a difference—and they take action. On average, 92% of adults say they have done something to engage in positive social change at some point in their lives. But who are these people creating and contributing to positive social change? As revealed in Walden University’s 2013 Social Change Impact Report, released today, there are six distinct types of social change agents around the world: Ultracommitted Change-Makers, Faith-Inspired Givers, Socially Conscious Consumers, Purposeful Participants, Casual Contributors and Social Change Spectators. Each type of social change agent is unique in terms of engagement levels, motivating factors and issues of importance.
Commissioned by Walden University and conducted online by Harris Interactive in April–May 2013, the third annual survey includes perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. A continuation of the 2011 and 2012 social change impact reports about the state of social change around the world, the 2013 study was designed to discover more about people who are involved in positive social change, ultimately putting a face on social change agents. The public is invited to discover what kind of social change agent they are by taking a quiz at www.WaldenU.edu.
“Everyone has the power to make a difference, whether big or small or local or global. Our study has now identified the different kinds of individuals who are doing important work around the world,” says Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “By segmenting these groups in the 2013 survey, we find new insights to understanding the ways in which social change agents are alike and different.”
True to the name, Ultracommitted Change-Makers have been known to dedicate their lives to leading positive social change. They may be interested in many different causes, believe strongly in their ability to make a real difference in their communities and feel happy as a result of their involvement. Plugged into technology, these Change-Makers often can be found initiating conversations about social change to others online and feel social change should be taught at a young age. When growing up, many in this profile probably had parents who were active in social change. As adults, many members of this segment now engage in a social change activity at least once a month. Compared with social change agents overall:
- Most say it is very important to them personally to be involved in positive social change (71%, on average, of Ultracommitted Change-Makers vs. 39%, on average, of social change agents overall).
- Nearly half do something to engage in positive social change at least once a month (46%, on average vs. 30%, on average).
- Most say they engage in positive social change because it is a lifelong commitment (74%, on average, say this describes them completely or very well vs. 45%, on average).
- They want to make a difference in people’s lives because others have made a difference in theirs (92%, on average vs. 74%, on average).
Religion is a driving force behind Faith-Inspired Givers1 who cite their faith, not work or school, as a major influence in their commitment to social change. Many sharing this profile tend to be older than other social change agents and tend to be less likely to connect online. Like many others, Faith-Inspired Givers’ parents participated in social change when they were growing up, and now they want to set an example for their own children. They may feel blessed in their lives and want to give back to their community, attend a religious service regularly and feel a moral obligation to participate in social change. Compared with social change agents overall:
- Three-quarters say they engage in positive social change because it is part of their faith or religious beliefs (75%, on average, of Faith-Inspired Givers say this describes them completely or very well vs. 39%, on average, of social change agents overall).
- Nine in 10 attend a religious service at least once a month (92%, on average vs. 35%, on average).
- Faith-Inspired Givers are less motivated by websites (23%, on average vs. 47%, on average).
Socially Conscious Consumers
Supporting others who support social change, Socially Conscious Consumers2 often seek out products and services from companies they perceive as behaving responsibly toward the people and the environment in the communities where they operate. These social change agents tend to be influenced by a sense of social justice and drawn to the environment or “green” issues. You can often find this group connecting online, educating others about causes both local and global. For many, social change can be a lifelong commitment. Compared with social change agents overall:
- Nine in 10 report that when purchasing a product or service, they make an effort to choose a company that behaves responsibly toward the people and environment in the communities where it operates (91%, on average, of Socially Conscious Consumers vs. 82%, on average, of social change agents overall).
- Eight in 10 say that social justice (e.g., anti-discrimination, tolerance, civil rights, etc.) is among the social change topics that are most important to them (81%, on average vs. 71% on average).
- Three-quarters say that the environment and “green” issues (e.g., global warming, climate change, pollution, etc.) are among the social change topics that are most important to them (76%, on average vs. 60%, on average).
While other social change agents may be motivated by personal beliefs, Purposeful Participants tend to engage in social change primarily to help them succeed at school or work. Perhaps more pragmatic in nature, many place less importance on being personally involved in social change and are less likely to donate money or services. Among social change agents, Purposeful Participants tend to report the highest levels of personal sacrifice or risk in pursuing social change. Compared with social change agents overall:
- Six in 10 say it was important for applying to enter a college or university (58%, on average, of Purposeful Participants vs. 29%, on average, of social change agents overall), it was to fulfill a requirement for a class, school or education program (63%, on average vs. 33%, on average) or their employer or job encouraged it (60%, on average vs. 37%, on average).
- Two-thirds say it was important for their resume or applying for a job (65%, on average vs. 31%, on average).
- More than half have had relationships with friends or family suffer because of their beliefs about positive social change (52%, on average vs. 31%, on average).
- More than half have given up spending more time with their family in order to be involved in positive social change (56%, on average vs. 37%, on average).
For Casual Contributors, local community issues are most likely to drive their social change activities. While they see social change as important, this group probably is not likely to make it a lifelong commitment or typically act on it. Many are older adults without children and often are not influenced by work or religious beliefs. Compared with social change agents overall:
- About one-quarter say it is very important to them personally to be involved in positive social change (27%, on average, of Casual Contributors vs. 39%, on average, of social change agents overall).
- About one-quarter do something to engage in positive social change at least once a month (24%, on average vs. 30%, on average).
- Casual Contributors are less likely to have participated in positive social change because they were motivated by something that they learned about on a website other than a social networking site (27%, on average vs. 47%, on average) and because it was important for their resume or applying for a job (9%, on average vs. 31%, on average).
Social Change Spectators
While Social Change Spectators3 have engaged in social change at some point, they may not be active participants. In general, they do not see their actions as impacting positive change in their community and had little experience with participating in social change in their youth. Typically Social Change Spectators do not believe it is important to be personally involved in social change—whether in person or online. Compared with social change agents overall:
- Hardly any say it is very important to them personally to be involved in positive social change (4%, on average, of Social Change Spectators vs. 39%, on average, of social change agents overall).
- About one in 10 do something to engage in positive social change at least once a month (9%, on average vs. 30%, on average).
- Very few say they engage in positive social change because it is a lifelong commitment (6%, on average, say this describes them completely or very well vs. 45%, on average).
- Social Change Spectators are less likely than other social change agents overall to have participated in positive social change activities or volunteered when they were in high school (46%, on average vs. 74%, on average).
Furthermore, in each country a segment of the population says it never engages in positive social change.
In addition to establishing these profiles, the 2013 survey also found that participation in social change has maintained its importance, is widespread and is moving forward as a result of people working together to address the issues most important to them. What’s more, findings reveal that education continues to play a vital role in providing opportunities for social change engagement, which, if modeled to children and started at a young age, may lead to more involvement in adulthood.
For more detailed findings from Walden’s Social Change Impact Report, visit www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport.
About the Study
Walden University first commissioned this annual survey in 2011 to discover the current state of social change around the world. Designed to provide a barometer of who is engaged in social change, what is important to them and how they work together to advance social change issues of interest now and in the future, Walden’s Social Change Impact Report includes attitudes, behaviors and motivations from members of the international community.
The 2013 Social Change Impact Report was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Walden University between April 9 and May 8, 2013, among a total 9,097 adults within Brazil (1,010 adults ages 18–59), Canada (1,010 adults ages 18 and older), China (1,010 adults ages 18–60), Germany (1,013 adults ages 16 and older), India (1,008 adults ages 18–64), Jordan (1,005 adults ages 18 and older), Mexico (1,021 adults ages 18–64), and the U.S. (2,020 adults ages 18 and older). Data for each country were weighted to the general or online population within each country. The “Average Result” is the arithmetic average across the countries. This measure does not account for differences in population size and thus is not representative. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey methodology is available upon request by contacting Jen Raider at 1-443-627-7452 or email@example.com.
About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.
Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, and European offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us—and our clients—stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
1 In China and Germany, the Faith-Inspired Giver segment was too small in the survey (<50 respondents) to allow an examination of its characteristics and thus these countries are excluded from the analysis of this segment.
2 In India and Jordan, the Socially Conscious Consumer segment was too small in the survey (<50 respondents) to allow an examination of its characteristics and thus these countries are excluded from the analysis of this segment.
3 In Brazil, India and Mexico, the Social Change Spectator segment was too small in the survey (<50 respondents) to allow an examination of its characteristics and thus these countries are excluded from the analysis of this segment.
ClickMedix, LLC Joins the Business Call to Action Utilizing Mobile Health Tools to Scale-up Delivery of Services
Leading U.S based social enterprise, ClickMedix has announced it will join the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with plans to provide more than 1,000 community-based nurses, physicians, and health workers with mobile smartphone technologies to help them improve care for more than 1 million underserved patients.
ClickMedix equips physicians, nurses, and health workers with mobile smartphones running a ClickMedix application to screen for health risks and transmit information about patients’ symptoms – including images, videos, and decision-tree based triage data – to remote specialists who in turn respond with diagnosis and customized treatment instructions. These patient-facing health professionals serve as the “eyes and hands” of remote medical experts who virtually extend their care, while learning about how to treat various symptoms.
By leveraging mobile technology, ClickMedix has initiated coverage in 13 countries using its mobile-phone powered healthcare program to provide treatment and reach residents in remote or underserved communities. Using a special One-Click model, the company has helped expedite life-improving treatments for patients with cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, while creating jobs for community and home-based healthcare services
“This new commitment by ClickMedix to the BCtA demonstrates the important implications of mHealth platforms as it expands the delivery of affordable healthcare services, when and where they are needed,” said Sahba Sobhani, Acting Progamme Manager, Business Call to Action. “ClickMedix allows health professionals, care givers, and patients the ability to use smartphones and tablets to securely send data to doctors and specialists, reducing time and cost for quality healthcare.”
In India, where much of the economy relies on mobile technology for information, ClickMedix provides the necessary technology to train health providers and workers to use mobile devices for public health intervention. The company expects to train an estimated 1,000 new community health care workers, in collaboration with partners such as Medtronic.
ClickMedix is working with Medtronic to establish its iHear, “Shruti” program to develop a new workforce of health workers trained to screen for ear infections, helping prevent deafness and hearing loss accross India. More importantly, by connecting patients to remote healthcare providers through community health professionals, ClickMedix expands diagnostics and knowledge transfer for clinical practitioners at the local level.
“We’ve established a service that we think could literally help doctors serve 4 to 10 times more patients than they do today,” said Ting Shih, CEO and founder, ClickMedix. “That’s how we think we can bridge the gap between the shortage of doctors and the increasing demand for healthcare services.”
With a number of new partnerships programs in place, the company plans to scale up its interventions in numerous regions across South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, in addition to North America.
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 Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development (DFID), US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 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. For more information, please visit www.businesscalltoaction.org or join the conversation on Twitter at @BCtAInitiative.
The Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program has released The Ocean Community Report on the success and efficacy of ocean conservation and marine protection planning, based on a year-long study of strategies for building a more coordinated and aligned marine conservation movement.
In this report, made possible with support from the Waitt Foundation, the Institute shares key findings and recommendations coming out of two studies and an expert dialogue, and highlights methods for improving the way that the ocean conservation community, its funders, and its key decision-makers align their efforts.
The Aspen Institute partnered with Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Institute’s Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program to survey recent funding, policy and advocacy related to establishing marine protected areas. Adding to the findings in these studies, the Institute convened an in-person, multiday dialogue with some thirty members of the ocean conservation community, including major funders, marine scientists, policymakers, and conservation leaders. The goal of this Ocean Community Study & Dialogue was to find and actively test the ways in which the conservation community might improve the design, implementation and effectiveness of protected areas and other policies aimed at reducing the impact of overfishing on our oceans.
The Ocean Community Report targets several key areas of opportunity in which the ocean conservation community can improve its efficacy. These opportunities include strengthening collaboration between conservation groups (and creating funder incentives to do so) and developing an information clearinghouse for the community through which efforts can be aligned. The report also highlights the importance of improving communications by reframing conservation within other nationally prioritized issues such as economic development or food security, including the voices of unorthodox stakeholders, and training political and business leaders to become informed spokespeople for conservation.
This initiative built on the Institute’s previous work on conservation and marine protection, including the 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.
The Western Union Foundation Continues to Support Global Education Initiatives with Third Quarter Grants of US$2.8 Million
The Western Union Foundation today announced its third quarter 2013 grant commitment of more than US$2.8 million, which will be distributed across 35 nonprofit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. To date in 2013, the Western Union Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly US$5.7 million.
The grants are designed to help increase access to – and improve the quality of – education programs in multiple regions. The grant cycle provides further support for the Western Union Education for Better program, which is a three-year commitment to help grow young minds through strategic grants that focus on applied learning at the secondary education and vocational training levels.
“We continue to support NGOs that provide educational opportunities that set the framework for financial inclusion,” said Patrick Gaston, president of the Western Union Foundation. “Education for Better provides assistance for education programs in key markets, and leverages the strength of The Western Union Company’s global network to achieve a tangible social impact on the communities and customers we serve. To date, many Western Union Agents have participated in, and contributed to, the Education for Better program, with the Western Union Foundation matching Agent contributions to support educational programs around the world.”
NGOs receiving a grant as part of the Western Union Foundation third quarter 2013 cycle include:
- Americas: A grant to Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services in California, funded in collaboration with Western Union Agent Continental Currency Services, will support the Vista School, which helps those with emotional, cognitive and/or behavioral issues develop coping skills and strategies that empower children and their families to lead self-reliant, stable and productive lives.
- Asia Pacific: OneVietnam will receive support for the continued development of the iStory program, which addresses barriers to education for women in Vietnam. The grant will also contribute to a scholarship fund that creates continuing education opportunities for girls in the country.
- Europe: Hilfswerk Austria will receive a grant, funded in conjunction with Western Union Agent Raiffeisen Bank D.D. Bosna & Hercegovina, for the Book by Book program, which assists schools and other educational institutions in procuring books for school libraries, as well as professional development training materials for teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Middle East & Africa: Injaz in Morocco will receive support for the Junior Achievement “Success Skills” program, which provides experiential learning sessions in Casablanca and Rabat that focus on work-readiness and career development education.
Additional information, including the mission and purpose of the Western Union Foundation, can be found at www.westernunionfoundation.org
About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has committed more than $91.2 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,682 nongovernmental organizations in more than 133 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 515,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 115,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
MGM Resorts Named One of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”; Earns Perfect Score for its LGBT Employee Policies and Benefits for Second Year in a Row
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), according to a prominent benchmarking organization, is among the nation’s leading companies for workplace equality based on its policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that, for the second consecutive year, MGM Resorts has earned a perfect score from the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual HRC survey that ranks major companies for their non-discrimination and benefits practices with respect to LGBT employees. The CEI assessment focuses on corporate standards ranging from policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to equality in health care benefits. A total of 934 businesses are rated in the 2014 CEI, of which 303 achieved 100 percent, earning them the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
“We congratulate MGM Resorts International for obtaining a 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index and earning the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for the second year in a row,” said Deena Fidas, Director of the Workplace Equality Program of the HRC Foundation.
“Diversity and inclusion serve as the bedrock of our company’s culture; they are integral to our relationship with our employees, and they define the level of hospitality, gratitude and respect we provide our guests,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “This recognition is a reflection of our commitment to embracing and promoting equality at our company, every day.”
The 2014 Corporate Equality Index report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
This year’s report findings include:
- In just two years under the most rigorous CEI criteria, the number of top-rated businesses has leapt from 189 to 303. This year, a record 301 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses have official CEI ratings.
- A record 300 major businesses and law firms publicly supported pro-equality legislation at the state and federal levels – including those that took an active role in the marriage equality campaigns.
- Transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage continues to rise and is becoming a bellwether for full inclusion. Now in its third year as a mandatory criterion for a company to earn 100 percent, 338 (46 percent) participating companies offer comprehensive health care coverage to their transgender employees, up from 287 last year.
Building upon the introduction of its diversity initiative more than a decade ago, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees in 2004. In 2011, MGM Resorts expanded its supplier and construction diversity programs to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-owned firms.
In addition to being a National Corporate Partner of the HRC, MGM Resorts has been an active supporter of The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada since 2002. The Company has pledged $300,000 to The Center to support the construction and opening of its new building.
For more information about MGM Resorts International’s diversity and inclusion initiative, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
McKinney Advisory Group Hosts Networking Event of Top Decision Makers of San Diego, Benefiting 4 Local Charities and Pledging $10,000 in Donations
McKinney Advisory Group hosted their 2nd Annual Holiday Charity Event, an invite only charity networking event at the Grand Del Mar Resort on December 4, 2013. The event featured four local charities focusing on health and wellbeing: Foundation Fighting Blindness, Vista Community Clinic, San Diego Center for Children and Rady Children’s Hospital. Each guest was invited for their philanthropic as well as business influence and all guests were given a voucher worth $100 to select which charity McKinney would donate to in their honor.
Sponsors for this year’s event included: Wells Fargo, Sage Executives, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Allenbrooke Insurance, Pacific Medical Buildings, the Grand Del Mar and Ferrari Productions who created a video featuring all four charities.
This is the second year in a row in which McKinney Advisory Group hosted a networking evening to benefit local charities. While the voucher is important, the charities also have the opportunity to tell their story to top decision makers of San Diego, individuals the charity’s CEOs might not have had the opportunity to meet, recruit as board members and spread awareness of their impact in the community.
The energy in the room was exciting and a buzz about donations, participation on boards, and how the guests could inspire more corporate social responsibility. The evening was centered around the charities and their impact on caring for the most vulnerable of our community through groundbreaking medical research, clinics, children’s physical and mental health, as well as educational outreach programs.
Damian McKinney, CEO and Founder of McKinney Advisory Group, “The evening was a success for me because I spoke with so many people who were encouraged to increase their companies’ partnerships with charities and like-minded companies in our community. The success of the evening will continue weeks or months from now when someone makes an introduction or remembers these charities' missions.”
Fernando M. Sanudo, CEO of Vista Community Clinic recalled the evening, “ I met a lot of great people and it was very stimulating to be able to describe the clinic and what we do for those individuals that had no idea what type of services we provide. It isn’t very often that non-profits have the opportunity to interact with individuals outside of our field, so what you did last night was magical! Several participants came up to me after the showing of the video and wanted to know more about David [one of their beneficiaries]. They said that the video was very impactful and shocking at the same time. One gentleman said to me, ‘I don’t know anything about your clinic but if these are the types of individuals you serve, I’m happy to give my money voucher to your organization.’”
Dave McCaslin, CEO of San Diego Center for Children said, "What a privilege it was for the San Diego Center for Children to be included in this event. It was a wonderful evening, offering such a unique philanthropic opportunity, both for the guests and participating non-profits. We are so grateful for partners in our community like the McKinney Advisory Group who continue to improve the lives of the children we serve."
As a company we have the opportunity to give back but we also have the responsibility to help others beyond check writing. We have the opportunity to leverage our business relationships for good, showcasing these organizations and the work that they do while inspiring others to be more involved in giving of their time, talent and treasure. McKinney Advisory Group focuses on giving back as a platform for all our work. With the motivation of the more success we have financially the more responsibility we have to give back to those in need. The event is focused on celebrating a successful year while looking forward to another built on partnership and philanthropy.
McKinney Advisory Group is a uniquely client-focused firm that looks at the bigger picture when helping our clients make real estate decisions. What separates our firm from others is that we are more than a real estate company, we care about the communities in which we work, we operate at the highest levels of fiduciary responsibility, and we focus on the finance and strategic plan of a company before making real estate suggestions. Ultimately we are an “achieve your vision” company. At McKinney Advisory Group we pride ourselves on finding customized solutions and building relationships for long term business success.
Rockwell Automation has been recognized by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation with a 100 percent rating on its 2014 Corporate Equality Index. The perfect score recognizes Rockwell Automation for its work in creating a more inclusive work environment, based on analysis and ratings of policies and practices towards LGBT employees.
“The success of Rockwell Automation depends on our employees sharing a common vision, and being engaged and productive from the first moment they join the company,” said Marc Kartman, vice president & ombudsman, Rockwell Automation. “This score reaffirms that we’re headed in the right direction.While there is still work to do, we are developing a richer and more personally rewarding workplace while encouraging teamwork that is more effective, creative and mutually supporting.”
Building on the company’s inclusive work environment, Rockwell Automation announces its newest affinity group – ROKout Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Allies. ROKout LGBT & Allies seek to improve the careers and engagement of Rockwell Automation employees by advocating for an inclusive workplace culture.
The affinity group works to promote awareness and acceptance, ensure the company creates an equitable workforce by identifying barriers, and differentiate Rockwell Automation as an employer of choice among the LGBT and Allies talent pool. “The importance of encouraging more youth to become engineers, regardless of their sexuality, is so they can spur diversity, and subsequently innovation,” says Ed Seaberg, vice president information technology, Rockwell Automation.
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that is has received a 100 percent rating by the Human Rights Campaign in its 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report, the premiere national benchmark for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace inclusion.
“Each of CA’s programs and corporate policies is carefully crafted to ensure that all employees experience 100 percent inclusion and equality in the workplace,” said Guy Di Lella, chief human resources officer, CA Technologies. “We know that diverse teams deliver better results and that diversity of experience, thought and culture help to drive innovation and original ideas. This means that our business hinges on our employees’ ability to express themselves freely and enjoy a work environment that respects all individuals equally -- allowing everyone to be at their best, every single day.”
According to the HRC, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the United States, the criteria that was used to determine companies' scores was wide-ranging. It included looking at equal employment opportunity policies, employment benefits for workers and their spouses/partners, transgender-inclusive health insurance, public commitment and responsible citizenship.
CA Technologies supports its LGBT employees with programs, policies and benefits that include:
- Participation in the HRC’s Employee Nondiscrimination Act Business Coalition to advocate for LGBT workplace equality;
- Participation in Williams Institute's transgender health benefits research project to study on the costs and benefits to businesses of providing transition-related healthcare benefits for transgender employees;
- Hosting of Inclusion and Diversity “Breakfast With” events on LGBT topics;
- Sponsorship of a screening of CODEBREAKER, the remarkable and tragic documentary on computing pioneer Alan Turing during June Pride Month;
- Raising money for the Terence Higgins Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to HIV and health prevention; and,
- Hosting of an LGBT Inclusion Team to foster diversity and allow employees to share information, recognize achievements and interact with fellow employees.
Human Rights Campaign CEI Methodology
Over the past 12 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. The CEI rates companies on 40 such policies and practices. A total of 934 businesses have been rated in the 2014 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. This year, a record 301 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses have official CEI ratings, with the other 197 unofficially rated based upon publicly-available data.
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(Marketwired) - Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, received the Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year award from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for its commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.
Recognized at the NGLCC National Dinner on November 22 in Washington D.C., this is the first time the Company, a founding corporate partner of the NGLCC, received the award.
"At Wyndham Worldwide, we understand the power of diversity. Every day we see immense value and benefit of varied cultures, experiences and perspectives that allow us to best meet our needs as we continue to grow as a global company," said Jose Nido, vice president of Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide. "Cultivating and expanding diversity throughout the company, including our supply partners, is one of our core values."
Through its supplier diversity program, Wyndham Worldwide includes diverse suppliers when possible in each request for proposal and bid notice, mentors existing and potential suppliers, builds partnerships with each supplier, increases internal and external awareness of its supplier diversity programs and goals, and expands its supplier diversity outreach around the globe.
In the U.S., the program focuses on eight groups, including African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; Asian-Americans; Native-Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT); women; veterans and disabled-veterans; and disabled-owned businesses. Globally, Wyndham Worldwide partners with such organizations as Minority Supplier Development UK and Minority Supplier Development China which work to connect diverse suppliers with corporations, and WEConnect International, which seeks to empower women business owners to succeed in local and global markets.
"We look forward to continuing our work with the NGLCC, but also further strengthening our relationship with even more diverse-owned businesses as we cultivate a global supplier diversity network where individuals from all types of backgrounds with different experiences and viewpoints are valued," said Nido.
Wyndham Worldwide's supplier diversity initiative has received numerous accolades, including DiversityInc's 2012 and 2013 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity, DiversityPlus magazine's 2012 Champions of Diversity, Hispanic Network magazine's "Best of the Best" Top 50 Supplier Diversity Programs for Hispanics, Morris County (New Jersey) Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Corporation of the Year, and Outstanding Corporate Partner by the Florida Minority Business Opportunity Center.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBT business community. With more than 29,000 members, 140 corporate partners, and 52 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Union Bank, N.A., announced today that it earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index. This is the first year that Union Bank participated in HRC’s rating system, which serves as the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. With its top score, Union Bank is also recognized as a “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by HRC.
Union Bank’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is illustrated in numerous programs, products and services, such as its nearly 20-year Local Heroes Awards, which celebrates cultural diversity, including extraordinary LGBT honorees; community partnerships; a diverse and highly engaged workforce in which more than half of its employees are people of color and more than 60 percent women; and a strong commitment to community development finance and diverse business lending. The bank also has one of the most diverse corporate boards of directors of any major U.S. company.
“We are extremely proud to receive a perfect score of 100 percent and a ‘Best Places to Work” recognition on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2014 Corporate Equality Index,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Annemieke van der Werff. “Celebrating diversity and inclusion has been part of the bank’s nearly 150-year heritage, and it’s exciting when our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels within the bank is recognized.”
Another example of Union Bank’s commitment to the LGBT community and its employees is UB PROUD, the bank’s employee resource group for LGBT employees and allies. UB PROUD works to strengthen ties between colleagues, senior management, clients and community members by increasing visibility and awareness for the LGBT community. Union Bank also supports and participates in LGBT Pride celebrations throughout the West Coast, and supports a number of LGBT community and non-profit organizations, including a long-standing partnership with the Financial Services Industry Exchange (FSIX).
“We have worked diligently to create a welcoming culture that enables us to attract, develop and retain diverse talent, respond to broad customer segments, and partner effectively with our communities, including the LGBT community,” said van der Werff. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our leaders and employees, including UB PROUD, to fostering inclusive business practices and one more example of our dedication to responsible banking and ‘doing right.’”
The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Union Bank’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.5 billion at September 30, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on September 30, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information
About The Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.