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HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Product Portfolio

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio(1) by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.(2)

With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for all three parts of its value chain—operations, supply chain and product portfolio.

HP previously announced a goal to reduce total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This built on HP’s previous goal of a 20 percent carbon reduction, which the company achieved in 2011—two years early. And last year, HP set a goal, the first for the IT industry, to drive a 20 percent decrease in first-tier manufacturing and product transportation-related GHG emissions intensity(3) by 2020, compared with 2010.

“As one of the world’s largest IT companies, we believe we are uniquely positioned to help our company and our customers lower carbon emissions by developing more sustainable technologies that replace outdated, inefficient processes and behaviors,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president and chief progress officer, Corporate Affairs, HP. “With this new emissions goal, we are once again demonstrating our commitment to building a low-carbon economy that creates a better future and a healthier world for generations to come.”

This new product portfolio goal represents the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by HP to improve the performance and lower the environmental impact of its product portfolio, which accounts for approximately 61 percent of the company’s carbon emissions. This work includes improving data center efficiencies by developing energy-efficient solutions such as the HP Moonshot server architecture, which consumes up to 89 percent less energy,(4) uses 80 percent less space(4) and costs 77 percent less than a traditional server environment.(5) 

HP recognized by CDP as climate change leader

HP’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change have once again been recognized by CDP, an international, not-for-profit organization that provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.

In the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014, released today, HP received the highest possible disclosure score, 100 out of 100 points. This resulted in HP’s placement on the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, which spotlights companies that have demonstrated the highest level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information.

In addition, HP was one of 34 S&P 500 companies featured on this year’s CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies that have demonstrated a commitment to managing climate change by integrating it into their business strategy and taking actionable steps to mitigate climate-related risk. HP was placed in the highest performance band of “A” for its climate performance assessment.

More information about HP’s carbon reduction goals and other sustainability efforts are available on the Living Progress website at www.hp.com/go/livingprogress.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com

(1) Emissions intensity of the HP product portfolio refers to tonnes CO2e/net revenue arising from use of high-volume product lines, including notebooks, tablets, desktops, mobile computing devices and workstations; inkjet and LaserJet printers; and HP servers, including industry-standard servers, HP Moonshot and HP Apollo.

(2) Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. The unit of output was determined per product line as follows: printer output represents carbon emissions from printing one A4 image; each personal system represents one unit of output; for servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.

(3) HP calculates emissions intensity as its suppliers’ GHG emissions divided by HP’s annual revenue. This method normalizes performance based on business productivity.

(4) Based on HP internal analysis of HP Moonshot with ProLiant Moonshot Server Cartridges.

(5) Based on HP internal estimates of total cost to operate HP Moonshot with ProLiant Moonshot Server Cartridges as compared to traditional servers.

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© 2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Inclusive Business Takes a Global Stage

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Leading multinationals joined emerging companies today to reaffirm their commitments to the Business Call to Action. Most notably, Japan-based Panasonic and BASF India provided key commitments towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Commemorating the significant growth of inclusive business, the Mexican cement manufacturing giant CEMEX and Spanish telecom Telefonica and other major multinational companies have also joined the Business Call to Action and taken concrete steps towards including poor people in their core business operations as consumers, producers and entrepreneurs.

Launched in 2008 at the United Nations, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that challenges companies to develop innovative business models aimed at achieving both commercial success and development outcomes. Now in its second phase, more than 100 firms worldwide have responded to the Business Call to Action with concrete inclusive business initiatives. Member companies benefit from the Business Call to Action’s unique global leadership platform, its research and assistance with impact measurement, and its global advocacy capacity. 

As inclusive business gains momentum and becomes embedded in company value chains, more companies are creating innovative business models in green technology, agriculture, financial services, health and sanitation. The Business Call to Action’s Annual Forum featured a range of perspectives on these innovative business models, demonstrating how companies are working to sustain the momentum in the post-2015 development landscape – and amid the growing threats posed by climate change.

“We are pleased to see that with a new development agenda on its way and with the end of the Millennium Development Goals in sight, the Business Call to Action is on track to deliver on its poverty-reduction efforts,” stated Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme. “Today’s new commitments bring the Business Call to Action portfolio up to 104 members, each with inclusive business initiatives that will have a positive impact on the lives of poor people.” 

As the portfolio of Business Call to Action member companies continues to evolve, its second phase is also focusing on new services that assist members in measuring their social and economic impacts.

Recognizing that public-private partnerships at the country level also play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment for inclusive business, the Business Call to Action Annual Forum hosted a number of leading private companies from the Philippines along with that country’s public-sector leaders and representatives from USAID. “It’s vital to see how building an inclusive growth strategy can fortify progress for low-income communities and make a meaningful, sustainable impact--building real markets and providing benefits that go beyond job creation to lasting social change,” said Ricardo Michel, Director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships at USAID's Global Development Lab.

“In launching the Inclusive Business Imperative campaign, we strive to establish public and private partnerships that can help companies harness the power of their core businesses to address the nagging problem of poverty in our country in a more sustainable way. Today local and national government agencies work with companies like Phinma properties and Hapinoy to develop business models that address the last-mile challenges for products and services to meet the needs of BoP communities,” said Rapa Lopa, Executive Director of Philippine Business for Social Progress, a public economic development agency in the Philippines.

This cross section of large and small member companies has demonstrated a range of innovative business approaches that are designed to meet the challenges of scaling-up while working with markets at the base of the economic pyramid. These challenges include adapting to local market conditions and building strategic partnerships.

“There is a clear benefit to instituting multi-stakeholder initiatives like the Business Call to Action that challenges the private sector to transform their core business to impact the poor, while providing the knowledge, measurement capabilities and advocacy to others to understand the value of inclusive business,” according to Lena Ingelstam, Director of Partnerships and Innovations for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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The Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global corporate leadership platform, with over 100 member companies that are incorporating inclusive business approaches in their operations to help advance the MDGs.  As innovators in this space, BCtA member companies are advancing the inclusive business agenda by creating novel business models, sharing lessons learned, and forging partnerships to improve scale and increase development impact. 

The initiative is the result of a partnership between 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), and the United Nations Global Compact to meet the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Companies report on progress toward commitments on an annual basis.  @bctainitiative   

BCtA is proud to announce that 22 new companies have joined the movement since September last year. This year’s members hail from Brazil, Ghana, Japan, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the UK and US. 

Business Call to Action’s newest members include:

  • BASF India (India)   
  • CEMEX (Mexico)
  • Changamka Microhealth (Kenya)
  • Datawind Ltd. (UK)
  • FarmerLine (Ghana
  • H&M (Sweden):
  • Kennemer Foods International (Philippines
  • Luxottica (Italy)
  • Metalsa (Mexico
  • MUrgency Inc. (USA
  • Naya Jeevan (Pakistan):
  • NOTS Impact Enterprises (The Netherlands)
  • Pagpop (Brazil)
  • Panasonic (Japan)
  • Phillips Healthcare Services (Kenya)
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation (Philippines)
  • Sanergy (Kenya)
  • Saraya (Japan):
  • Spring Health (India
  • Taze & Kuru (Turkey)
  • Telefonica (Spain)
  • Vaatsaalya (India)

How Business Can Tackle Deforestation

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

‘How business can tackle deforestation’ will be a two-day conference, with interactive working groups that discusses the latest trends, debates the issues, connects the key players and drives change.

Offering their views will be senior representatives from the likes of Wilmar International, Unilever, Ikea, Mars, New Britain Palm Oil, M&S, Nestle, McDonald’s and many more.

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

VML Marks 10th Annual Foundation Day with Worldwide Volunteering

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Global marketing agency VML is holding its 10th annual Foundation Day on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The agency is marking this anniversary by holding its first worldwide Foundation Day, with employees in nearly 20 international offices volunteering in their communities on the same day.

This year’s theme for VML’s volunteer efforts is “It all adds up.” The theme highlights that both large and small charitable acts can have a tremendous impact in the communities where the company operates.

Each year, the agency designates one business day for company-wide community service. VML employees leave the office and roll up their sleeves to make the greatest impact possible in a single day.

Throughout its history, VML has been fortunate to serve a growing number of community partners in the communities where the agency operates.

 “Giving back has been foundational to VML since we began operating,” said Jon Cook, VML CEO and president. “Throughout the month of September — and especially on VML Foundation Day — we celebrate the charitable work VMLers contribute around the world.”

 “This year’s VML Foundation Day will be the most diverse and far-reaching yet. Whether it is painting a mural at a community center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, or conducting a teen suicide prevention hackathon in Sydney, Australia, the sun will not set on VMLers giving back in their communities over a 24-hour period,” added John Mulvihill, executive director of the VML Foundation. "Through volunteer activities, pro bono work, financial contributions and community leadership — every VMLer contributes to giving back in some tangible way."

 Globally, VML will support a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and causes, including Cultivate Kansas City, Chicago chapter of the American Cancer Society, Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School, Kalamazoo YMCA, Atlanta Food Bank, World War I centennial commemoration project in London, FTW Youth Suicide Prevention in Sydney, Door of Hope Baby Homes in Cape Town, Singapore’s Willing Hearts soup kitchen, youth education in Mumbai, foster family initiatives in Jakarta, youth art workshops in Tokyo, planting trees in Bogota, and youth job training in Krakow.

These VML offices will participate worldwide on the same date — Wed., Sept. 24:

Kansas City, Kalamazoo, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, VML Australia, NATIVE VML (Cape Town, South Africa), London, China, Japan, Poland, Brazil, VML Qais (Jakarta, Mumbai and Singapore), Bogota, and Milan.

Follow VML’s Foundation Day activities: http://www.vml.com/instagram/wearevml or with the hashtag #wearevml.

 About VML

VML is a global marketing agency that delivers forward-thinking ideas and solutions for the world’s most influential brands, including MillerCoors brands Coors and Coors Light, Charter Communications, Colgate-Palmolive, COBRA PUMA GOLF, Dell, Gatorade, the Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Krispy Kreme, Microsoft, NAPA AUTO PARTS, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Soccer, Tennessee Tourism, Wendy’s and Xerox.

 Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, VML joined the world’s largest communications services group WPP in 2001. VML has more than 2,000 employees with principal offices in 24 locations across six continents.

In Indonesia, Novo Nordisk is Diabetes CSR Company of the Year

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Global research company Frost & Sullivan has named Novo Nordisk as the Diabetes CSR Company of the Year. The acknowledgement recognizes the company’s long-term commitment to improving diabetes care in Indonesia.

“As a leading diabetes care company we are committed to work closely with local partners to improve diabetes education and awareness in Indonesia”, said Sandeep Sur, general manager, Novo Nordisk Indonesia. “We are very honoured about this recognition given by Frost & Sullivan and will continue our journey of changing diabetes in Indonesia.”

Indonesia has the 7th highest number of people living with diabetes in the world with an estimated 8.5 million people.[1] Due to poor access to healthcare and limited quality of care, less than 1% of Indonesians living with diabetes are achieving internationally recommended blood sugar levels.[2]

In 2003, Novo Nordisk in a concerted action with partners, started investing in response to the rise in diabetes, strengthening healthcare professional education, establishing diabetes care centres in rural areas and increasing awareness about diabetes and its risk factors.

Frost & Sullivan commend Novo Nordisk’s decade of social responsibility, calling attention to the company’s outperformance of peers on 4 criteria - Growth strategy excellence, Growth implementation excellence, Degree of innovation with new products and technology, and Leadership in customer value and market penetration.

In the award report, Frost & Sullivan states:

Novo Nordisk has proven its leadership in CSR in the Indonesian diabetes care market through its dedicated focus on improving quality of life for diabetics through its patient-focused activities along with a significant degree of innovation through its range of solutions to support treatment.

In a 2013 business case, Where economics and health meet: changing diabetes in Indonesia, Novo Nordisk analysed the economic and societal benefits of its operations. The business case aims to identify ways the company can work together with governmental and non-governmental partners to scale up successful projects, programmes and initiatives in Indonesia benefitting patients and the diabetes care community.

Download the business case

The award was presented to Sandeep Sur, General Manager PT Novo Nordisk Indonesia in Jakarta on 23 September 2014.

 

About the Best Practice Awards

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognise companies throughout a range of regional and global markets for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Frost & Sullivan's industry analyst team benchmarks market participants and measures their performance through independent, primary interviews, and secondary industry research in order to evaluate and identify best practices

Read more about the Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards


[1] International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2013. http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas

[2] A1chieve study. Country results presentation Indonesia. Novo Nordisk, 2012

Ebola Outbreak Coordination Conference Call

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) will host a conference call on Friday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Over the past six months, an Ebola outbreak has affected five countries in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone). The current outbreak is unprecedented in scale and geographical reach: the present West Africa outbreak has a higher caseload than all other previous Ebola crises combined.

Worse yet, the United Nations reports that the outbreak continues to accelerate, with almost 40% of the total cases occurring in the past 21 days. CCC’s Ebola coordination conference call will provide updated information on the humanitarian response and the efforts to contain the disease. It will also detail ways that the business community can help.

Dr. Beth Bell,Director of National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infections Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Joe Ruiz, Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief Program, The UPS Foundation

Rabih Torbay, Vice President of International Operations, International Medical Corps

Ken Isaacs, Vice President of Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan’s Purse United Nations

Register here

Restore the Earth Foundation Launches Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative; Pledges to Restore North America’s Amazon

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

The Restore the Earth Foundation announced today their Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to restore 1,000 critical acres in the Mississippi River Basin, North America’s Amazon. This commitment will serve as the launch point of a larger, 15-year commitment to restore 1 million acres in the basin’s important southern region, the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. 

“The Earth’s critical ecosystems are being degraded and destroyed at an alarming rate. These are the same ecosystems which support our economy, society and life itself. Time is ticking: there is no longer a need, but a requirement to restore these ecosystems and the communities they impact,” said P.J. Marshall, Co-Founder of Restore the Earth. 

REF’s approach extends the benefits of forest restoration beyond the immediate beneficiaries to neighboring communities and the nation. Reforestation of 1 million acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley will reduce the U.S. climate footprint by 2 percent, while generating significant social and economic benefits, which include improved air/water quality, increased biodiversity, aggregate offsets, and the mitigation of contaminants reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Reforestation also increases economic opportunities for job training and creation in the region.

Restore the Earth will work with partners Global Impact, the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV) with technical support from the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Ecosystem Services Working Group to accomplish this commitment.

“We are thrilled to announce our Commitment to Action to incorporating our model for large-scale environmental restoration grounded in market-based approaches that can be scaled and replicated internationally,” P.J. Marshall said.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.  

About Restore the Earth Foundation
Restore the Earth Foundation (REF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, founded in 2010. REF’s mission is to restore the Earth's essential forest ecosystems. REF provides the only proven, large-scale forest ecosystem restoration solution in the US that delivers a combination of environmental, social and economic returns verified by a leading third-party social return on investment (SROI) impact accounting firm.

REF's leadership has 50+ years of management experience in real estate and land development, business development, corporate sponsorship, marketing communications and community organizing. REF’s leaders have had executive responsibility for land development and real estate assets in North America exceeding more than $6 billion in value. The team has collectively raised more than $50 million in charitable donations to support community based organizations and initiatives.

For more information, visit restoretheearth.org and follow us on Twitter @REF_Restores and Facebook at facebook.com/restoretheearthfoundation

Global Impact Announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Today, at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Global Impact announced the launch of the Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund to provide CGI members with access to a neutral platform to raise funds Commitments to Action related to the Syrian refugee crisis, with a particular emphasis on Jordan. These funds will support CGI members with active Commitments to Action and which have funding gaps. Global Impact President and CEO Scott Jackson joined former President Bill Clinton and His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on stage at the Annual Meeting to announce the fund.

The goal of the Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund is to serve as a platform to transform private donations into investments that will assist in alleviating the crisis. The fund aims to:

  • Raise $1 million to provide support to Syrian refugees in Jordan, and other countries impacted by the crisis
  • Reduce pressure on Jordan’s government and public resources
  • Ease tension in the region
  • Help to close funding gaps for Syrian refugee crisis-related Commitments to Action in areas such as education, healthcare and economic development

“I am incredibly honored to announce the Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund. The Jordanian people have graciously welcomed Syrian refugees into their country. But resources are being stretched too thin, and intervention is necessary. This fund will help ease the burden on Jordan and lessen the suffering of the Syrian refugees there,” said Scott Jackson.

The three-year long conflict in Syria has created a humanitarian crisis; approximately 3 million refugees have sought asylum in neighboring countries. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has experienced an influx of nearly 600,000 refugees (increasing the country’s population by roughly 30 percent). Jordan has given the refugees access to its public services and is now experiencing an over-exhaustion of its socio‑economic infrastructure and resources.

In addition to the Syrian Refugee and Resiliency Fund, many Global Impact’s partners will be announcing their own commitments on a variety of issues. Among those making commitments are:

  • American Jewish World Service
  • The END Fund
  • Pact
  • Restore the Earth Foundation
  • Seattle International Foundation

Global Impact is honored to be participating in the CGI Annual Meeting and for the opportunity to further the organization’s goal of growing global philanthropy.

 

About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with approximately 450 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 120 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for one of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

 

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

Calling for a life-course approach in post-2015 development agenda

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are not just a health issue, but a critical and cross cutting development issue that threatens social and economic progress in many parts of the world. The post-2015 development agenda is an opportunity to steer a healthier course for both current and future generations. 

We’ve tackled non-communicable disease (NCDs) in completely the wrong way for the past twenty years. We’ve let the world down. This point was made by the President of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society, Professor Mark Hanson. The risk of NCDs is formed early in life, so we must start early in life to prevent it – even before a child is conceived.

This call to action was made by representatives from civil society, public institutions and the private sector at the September 21st event – Sustaining Human Development: Leveraging Early Life Opportunities to Tackle NCDs – hosted by the NCD Alliance.

The Minister of Health from Rwanda, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, was on the panel and made the case that we need to make healthy living more ‘cool’ and we need to ensure that it is something to aspire to. At present, Dr Binagwaho stated, “unhealthy living in many developing countries is a symbol of development – why walk when you can drive a car?”

Tackling the global epidemic of NCDs requires an entirely new model, panellists agreed. It requires a multi-stakeholder, systemic approach to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions that drive up diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And we need to start early.

Krystal Boyea, a Youth Diabetes Leader of the International Diabetes Federation said that to drive change we need to engage young people. “Educate us, empower us and give us equal access to health,” Ms Boyea stated, highlighting the importance of social media to create networks that empower people.

NCDs make the largest contribution to mortality and disability globally accounting for 63% (36 million) of global deaths with the largest burden - 80% (29 million) – occurring in low- and middle-income countries.[1] Experts speaking at the event presented arguments on how addressing health during pre-conception, pregnancy and in early childhood can prevent NCD risk factors and improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as gestational diabetes. They also stressed the need for more investments into the prevention and control of NCDs and called for donors to make it a priority.

Lise Kingo, executive vice president, Novo Nordisk, agreed that it is important to take a life-course approach to tackling NCDs, but suggested that we must start even before the first 1000 days of life – before pregnancy. “We must help young couples improve their health before they start a family.”   

 “The time has never been better. We have sufficient evidence and we have the will. If we all come together – the private sector, governments, civil society and academia – we can do it. It has been done before in other disease areas,” Lise Kingo concluded.  

Read Novo Nordisk’s position on the post-2015 development agenda

 

About Novo Nordisk

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

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

Read more at novonordisk.com/sustainability  


[1] Fact sheet about non-communicable diseases, World Health Organisation, www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/ (accessed on 10.06.2014)

TE Connectivity Named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the Third Consecutive Year

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity, today announced that it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the third consecutive year. The Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index is part of a family of indices offered jointly by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused on sustainability investing. TE was assessed alongside nearly 1,000 other companies on various factors regarding emerging sustainability challenges that companies face and that are considered to be critical for their long-term success.

“Being included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America for the third year is a clear indication of our company’s commitment to achieving responsible results,” said Tom Lynch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TE Connectivity. “Our customers rely on us to create connectivity solutions that are innovative and solve their toughest challenges, which include making their products lighter, more efficient and better for the environment.”  

Established in 2010, the TE Responsibility Advantage (TERA) supports and expands the firm’s global corporate responsibility efforts. More information about TERA and the company's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report can be found at www.te.com/responsibility.  

Corporate sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments. For further details on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, please visit www.sustainability-indexes.com.


ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.

 

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World’s Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge, as well as develop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.

"Gaps, weaknesses and delays in climate change and clean energy policies will increase the risks to our investments as a result of the physical impacts of climate change, and will increase the likelihood that more radical policy measures will be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said the statement – the largest of its kind by global investors on climate change. "Stronger political leadership and more ambitious policies are needed in order for us to scale up our investments."

According to the International Energy Agency, the world must invest at least an additional $1 trillion per year – a Clean Trillion – into clean energy by 2050 if we have any hope of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change on our environment, health and the global economy. Yet global investment in clean energy was just $254 billion in 2013.

The statement recognizes the role investors play in financing clean energy, outlines the specific steps they are committing to take, and calls on policymakers to take action that supports, rather than limits, investments in clean energy and climate solutions. It was coordinated by the four investor groups on climate change – Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) in the United States, the European Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the Investors Group on Climate Change (IGCC) in Australia and New Zealand, and the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) – with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

“The perception prevails that we need to choose between economic well-being or climate stability. The truth is that we need both. What is needed is an unprecedented re-channelling of investment from today´s economy into the low-carbon economy of tomorrow. Investors are owners of large segments of the global economy as well as custodians of citizens’ savings around the world. Having such a critical mass of them demand a transition to the low-carbon and green economy is exactly the signal Governments need in order to move to ambitious action quickly,” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

“It is significant that the largest institutional investors from around the world are in agreement that unmitigated climate change puts their investments at risk,” said Mindy Lubber, director of INCR and president of the U.S.-based nonprofit sustainability advocacy group, Ceres. “The financial community has a message for heads of state gathering at the United Nations next week: we can’t afford to wait any longer for a climate deal.”

Stephanie Pfeifer, Chief Executive of IIGCC said: “The international investor community has today made it clear that the status quo on climate policy is not acceptable. Investors are taking action on climate change, from direct investment in renewables to company engagement and reducing exposure to carbon risk. But to invest in low carbon energy at the scale we need requires stronger policies. At the UN climate summit next week, policymakers can ensure pockets of climate leadership turn into mainstream actions.”

“Asia presents perhaps the greatest challenges and most significant opportunities in the efforts to transition towards a green economy,” said Alexandra Tracy, Chairman of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia and Senior Advisor to AIGCC. “Policymakers need to balance difficult trade-offs between a development agenda and environmental concerns, but we see promising moves from governments in the region, such as the measures in China’s most recent Five Year Plan.”

Alongside the statement, the investor groups have published a report detailing examples of action being taken by investors that support a low carbon, climate resilient economy. While ambitious policy is required in order for low carbon investments to be brought to scale, these examples demonstrate that investors are already acting on climate change in a variety of ways. These activities include direct low carbon investments, the creation of low carbon funds, company engagement, and reducing exposure to fossil fuel and carbon intensive companies.

"Stronger carbon and climate frameworks are needed to catalyze institutional investment," said Fiona Reynolds, managing director of PRI. “The time is now for national governments to overcome the political obstacles that prevent global carbon pricing and hinder long term capital flows into climate mitigation and adaption."

Examples in the report from both developed and developing countries include:

  • Danish pension fund PKA looking to increase its new and existing offshore wind farm investments to €1.5 billion by the end of 2015.
  • U.S. insurer and pension fund provider TIAA-CREFF reduces the carbon footprint of its real estate portfolio by 17 percent, cutting 58,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Swedish pension fund AP4 is committed to decarbonizing its entire $20 billion listed equities portfolio.
  • China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency Finance Program provides loans worth $790 million, financing 226 projects and reducing emissions by 19 million metric tons of carbon.
  • ASN Bank in the Netherlands to become fully carbon-neutral by 2030.
  • Zurich Insurance Group to invest up to $2 billion in green bonds, one of many commitments this year that has resulted in 20-fold growth in green bond market since 2012.
  • HSBC Armenia partners with IFC to finance nine small-medium size enterprise energy efficiency projects in Armenia, totaling approximately $25 million and reducing carbon emissions by more than 6,600 tons per year.
  • Global bank ING has in 7 years reduced its energy project loan allocation to coal power from 63 to 13% and increased its allocation to renewable energies from 5 to 39 percent.

In addition, the investor groups have launched a public online database of select low carbon investments made by asset owners such as pension funds and insurance companies. The Low Carbon Investment Registry identifies how institutional investors are directing capital towards low carbon assets. Asset owners around the world will be encouraged to add examples to the Registry leading up to the climate negotiations in Paris.

“The Low Carbon Investment Registry shows how investors are already supporting the transition to a low carbon economy by investing in a variety of different ways – directly into renewable energy projects, into clean energy funds, through green bonds and through the establishment of public-private-partnerships,” said Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of IGCC. “It gives policymakers a better understanding of how private capital is currently flowing into low carbon investments.”

Several signatories to the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change are expected to announce significant new individual commitments related to climate risk and low carbon investment at the UN Summit on Climate Change on September 23. For more information, contact pickering@ceres.org and NWilliams@IIGCC.org.

Click here to download a recording of today’s press briefing on the statement, featuring Donald MacDonald, BT Pension Scheme trustee director and Chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (Europe); Frank Pegan, CEO Catholic Super and Chair, Investor Group on Climate Change (Australia); David Pitt-Watson, Chair, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI); Strategic Advisor, Inflection Point Capital; Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, Singapore; Asia Investor Group on Climate Change; Anne Simpson, Director of Global Governance for California Public Employees’ Retirement System – a member of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (North America); and Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment and Risk Officer, Environment Agency Pension Fund.

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

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5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training.

Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Atlanta 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 Practioners. 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:

1. Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption

2. Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions

3. Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines

4. The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction

5. Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines

6. External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report

7. The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment

Who should attend: CSR Professionals Public Relations Communication and Marketing Managers Human Resources Managers Sustainability and Environmental professionals General Managers

Blue Ocean Film Festival Presented to the People of Samoa by the United Nations

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

As a special gift to the people of Samoa for hosting the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, the United Nations is sponsoring a four-day film festival in partnership with the United States-based BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the National University of Samoa.

 “We are pleased to support this unique initiative between BLUE and the National University of Samoa,” said Christian Clark, United Nations Spokesperson for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. “Media has the power to catalyze important discussions. We hope this festival will help inspire dialogue between the Samoan people and arriving delegations, media and others attending this important meeting.”

 The Conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities. The meeting seeks a renewed political commitment to address the special needs and vulnerabilities of small islands and aims to identify opportunities for sustainable development of those states, particularly through the strengthening of partnerships between small islands and the international community. 

 “We are honored to support the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to partner with the United Nations for our films,” said Deborah Kinder, Co-founder and CEO of BLUE. “This supports our mission to provide global educational outreach that inspires people everywhere to connect with ocean conservation, and to serve as a catalyst for discussion.”

 The United Nations has selected a number of different films for BLUE On Tour to engage a broad range of people, from experts to governments, on the issues surrounding ocean and climate change. This is the first time that the UN has partnered with BLUE, which was chosen for its wide range of ocean films.

The four-day BLUE On Tour film festival will be held at the National University of Samoa in Apia, Samoa on 26-29 August at lunchtime in Room D-210.

 

Film Schedule: UPDATE: Films will also be shown Friday afternoon

 Tuesday, 26 August - Planet Ocean - Part I, Hope Productions

 Wednesday, 27 August - Planet Ocean - Part II, Hope Productions

Thursday, 28 August - World's Largest Marine Park, Khalid bin Sultan Living Oceans, Foundation: Mapping the Blue; Selected Shorts, UNEP, The Krill is Gone

 Friday, 29 August - Saving Our Tuna, UNDP; Swains Island, Jean Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society

 For more information regarding this event, please visit: http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/blue_on_tou_samoa.htm

 

Media Contacts:

 

Samoa

 

BLUE On Tour

Charlotte Vick, charlotte.vick@gmail.com

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Diane Loughran, loughran@un.org

 

New York

 UN Department of Public Information

 Wynne Boelt, boelt@un.org

 

BLUE On Tour Samoa media inquiries (USA)

Martha Shaw mailto:Martha@earthadvertising.com    

2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm
The Impact Equation: Stronger Business, Greater Results, Better World

Register before July 15 for Early Bird Pricing

Business engagement in communities is stronger than ever. They invest time, resources, and capital to help make the world a better place. But how do we know whether these efforts have been truly successful?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s 2014 conference is focused on results. In today’s world, companies must ensure that every dollar spent is meaningful, that every employee volunteer opportunity is worthwhile, and that every investment shows a return. There is more pressure than ever from corporate stakeholders to show meaningful outcomes. From philanthropy to shared value, from sustainability to governance, from partnerships to employee engagement, companies must ensure their work is driving measurable, lasting impact.

We believe that stronger businesses can achieve greater results that create a better world. Join us in Washington, D.C. this September to learn how.

Register before July 15 for Early Bird Pricing!
ccc.uschamber.com/event/2014-corporate-citizenship-conference

Sustainable Brands '14 London

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

A thriving global economy is upon us and global brand leaders see regenerative business models as successful steps toward this delightful future. The international SB community follows up in London this Fall to reimagine what's possible and look for opportunities to redesign every aspect of their business.

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