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Sustainability Double for Coca-Cola HBC AG: ‘A’ Rating Awarded by the Carbon Disclosure Project Following Leadership in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Coca-Cola HBC AG (Coca-Cola HBC), the world’s second largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company, has been awarded an A rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – and a place in the CDP Global Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014.

This is a further achievement for the company as it has also recently been named the global industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). This is the seventh consecutive year that Coca-Cola HBC has been included in the indices and for the first time this year it leads both the World and European indices.

CDP is a not-for-profit organisation which provides the only global system for companies to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, motivating them to disclose their impact on the environment and take action to reduce it.

This year CDP has also upgraded Coca-Cola HBC to an A rating, from last year’s B rating, and awarded the company a place in the UK’s FTSE 350 Leadership Index, in addition to its place in The A List: Global Climate Performance Leadership Index, which for the first time looks at all climate leader companies around the world, not just the global 500 companies.

Coca-Cola HBC provided comprehensive information about the measurement and management of its carbon footprint, climate change strategy and risk management processes and outcomes, which clearly defined and quantified the risks and opportunities around climate change and resulted in a number of initiatives including: 

  • Supporting the expansion of the capacity of the Russian sugar beet industry, which will eliminate the need to import sugar for the company’s operations by 2015
  • Working with suppliers in introducing HFC-free coolers, meaning all new equipment will be hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free by 2015
  • An investment of €3 million in 2013 in energy saving programmes throughout the company’s plants

These initiatives contributed to a reduction in total absolute carbon emissions (direct and indirect) of 5.3% compared to the previous year.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assess over 2,500 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies on financially relevant economic, environmental and social factors. Following an evaluation, the top 10% of companies within each industry are selected for inclusion.

In the DJSI, Coca-Cola HBC was ranked first in the beverages sector out of 30 companies in DJSI World and 10 companies in DJSI Europe. The company’s overall score was 89%, up from 81% last year, and it achieved industry-best scores across the environmental and social dimensions. Best progress was made in the areas of brand and customer relationship management, health and nutrition, supply chain management, talent attraction and retention, human capital development. In the environmental dimension, packaging and water risk management were awarded the maximum 100 points.

Dimitris Lois, Coca-Cola HBC CEO said:  “We are delighted to be recognised as an industry leader by these two benchmarks of corporate sustainability performance. Our substantial improvement this year in the DJSI, and our rating upgrade from B to A by CDP demonstrate that sustainability is at the heart of our business, and these two awards are a firm endorsement of the good work we are doing.”

Commenting on the companies that made it to the CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index Paul Simpson, CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project, said: “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and we face steep financial risk if we do not mitigate them.  The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater.  For this reason we congratulate those businesses that have achieved a position on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. These companies are responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability and should inspire others to follow suit.”

 


About Coca-Cola HBC
Coca-Cola HBC is the second-largest bottler of the brands of The Coca-Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 585 million people. Coca-Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities.


Coca-Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). Coca-Cola HBC is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com/.

 

About Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. Following an evaluation of a range of general and industry-specific issues only the top 10% are accepted for inclusion. For more information visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com/

 

About CDP
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Please follow us @CDP to find out more.

Key Supply Chain Sustainability Trends 2014

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Exploring the ways to build a responsible, resilient and secure value chain to minimise risks and future proof business is underpinning idea for the majority of supply chain professionals.

Ethical Corporation went further and managed to break it down to the key areas of focus for the majority of world leading corporations. The key areas below are linked to the practical “how to”:

  • Map out the future for value chain sustainability: how to build long-term supply security and move from a policeman to a partner approach and create long-lasting relationships with suppliers.

  • Innovate across value chain and collaborate on an industry level: latest strategies on opportunities and challenges in creating circular product economies; effective B2B collaboration to mitigate deforestation and social risk of water use.

  • Fuse sustainability into purchasing and supplier empowerment: Best practice on aligning the objectives of the sustainability, procurement and supply chain functions; Build a worker dialogue to strengthen ethical trading results and drive factory management improvement.

The study is based on the months of research and communication with the top supply chain, procurement and sustainability executives primarily headquartered in Europe and North America of FTSE 500 brands.

The above topics are also taken as the main themes for Ethical Corporation’s Sustainable Supply Chain Summit (November 19-20, London). 

View your copy of the sustainability-focused agenda and exclusive speaker line-up here

For all CSR Wire members there is also a £200 discount, which can be redeemed via entering the discount code “CSRW200” when registering on the event’s website here

For more information please contact Elina Yumasheva at elina.yumasheva@ethicalcorp.com or on +44 (0) 207 375 7573 or download the free event guide here 

Despite Declining Demand, BASF Increases Sales and Earnings in the Third Quarter of 2014

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--  Sales EUR 18.3 billion (plus 3 percent)

--  EBIT before special items EUR 1.8 billion (plus 9 percent)

--  Chemicals and Oil & Gas segments improve earnings

--  Earnings dip in Agricultural Solutions segment

--  Outlook 2014: BASF continues to strive for slight increase in EBIT before special items in challenging environment

 Sales of BASF Group grew by 3 percent compared with the previous third quarter, reaching EUR 18.3 billion. A sharp rise in volumes in the Natural Gas Trading business sector was mainly responsible for this  growth. Income from operations (EBIT) before special items increased by EUR 150 million to around EUR 1.8 billion. The primary contributors to this development were the Chemicals and Oil & Gas segments, together with Other. The increase was dampened by a considerable earnings decline in the Agricultural Solutions segment.

 "The economic environment remained challenging in the third quarter of 2014. Geopolitical tensions and increasing uncertainty about the global economic development significantly dampened demand for chemical products. Nevertheless, sales and earnings of BASF Group increased in the third quarter of 2014," said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.

EBIT grew by EUR 128 million to EUR 1.8 billion compared with the third quarter of the previous year. EBITDA rose by EUR 30 million to EUR 2.5 billion. Income before taxes and minority interests increased by EUR 126 million quarter-on-quarter to EUR 1.6 billion. Because of the higher tax rate and increased minority interests, net income declined by EUR 53 million to EUR 1.0 billion. Earnings per share were EUR 1.14 in the third quarter of 2014, compared with EUR 1.20 in the same quarter of 2013. Adjusted for special items and amortization of intangible assets, earnings per share amounted to EUR 1.27, remaining at the same level as the previous third quarter (EUR 1.28).

North America

In North America, sales rose by 3 percent in both U.S. dollars and euros, compared to the third quarter of 2013. "Sales growth is mainly attributable to increases in the Chemicals segment," said Hans Engel, Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation. At EUR 342 million, earnings decreased by EUR 13 million, due in part to a considerably lower contribution from Agricultural Solutions, versus the same period in 2013.

 Outlook for the full year 2014

For the fourth quarter of 2014, BASF does not anticipate an upturn in demand. The company has adjusted its expectations for the global economy in 2014 as follows (previous forecast in parentheses):

--  Growth of gross domestic product: 2.3 percent (2.5 percent)

--  Growth in chemical production: 4.0 percent (4.4 percent)

--  An average exchange rate of $1.35 per euro (unchanged)

--  An average oil price (Brent) for the year of $105 per barrel ($110 per

   barrel)   

Bock: "We assume that the environment will remain volatile and challenging. We nevertheless still aim to slightly raise our EBIT before special items for the year 2014." Sales are likely to decrease slightly as a result of the divestiture of the gas trading and storage business planned for this year in addition to negative currency effects.

Strategic sales and earnings targets for 2015 

At the telephone conference, the company gave an update on the "We create chemistry" strategy and the related financial targets for 2015, which were originally published in 2011. 

From today's point of view, BASF will not achieve its ambitious financial targets for 2015 (sales: EUR 80 billion; EBITDA: EUR 14 billion). The growth rates for gross domestic product, industry and chemical production for 2010 to 2015 are lower than originally expected:  

--  BASF now expects the average annual growth of global gross domestic product to be about 0.8 percentage points lower (prior assumption: 3.4 percent p.a., current assumption: 2.6 percent p.a.).

--  Growth of industrial production is now assumed to be 3.4 percent p.a., versus a previous assumption of 4.6 percent p.a.

--  The company now assumes the growth of chemical production to be 4.0 percent p.a. instead of 4.9 percent p.a. -- still growing well above GDP and industrial production.

 Bock: "The reasons for this weak global economic development are obvious: reduced growth dynamics of emerging markets and a delayed recovery in the European economy." In addition, there has been higher than expected margin pressure for some basic products and partially in the Performance Products segment. This is why BASF has initiated a restructuring program in this segment, which will contribute about EUR 500 million to earnings from 2017 onwards. 

For 2015, BASF now expects sales and EBITDA to be in line with market expectations. For EBITDA, they are between EUR 10 billion and EUR 12 billion. As usual, the company will provide an outlook for 2015 at its Annual Press Conference on February 27, 2015, and give an update on its long-term targets. 

Bock: "With regard to our strategic direction, we are on track. Even in this somewhat more difficult environment, we will continue to grow profitably." 

The operational excellence program STEP is ahead of schedule. "By the end of 2015, we now aim to achieve improvements of EUR 1.3 billion, EUR 300 million more than initially planned," said Bock.

New set-up of global research platforms

Innovations are an essential pillar in the "We create chemistry" strategy. In 2020, BASF aims to generate EUR 30 billion of sales with products that will have been on the market for less than 10 years. The basis for these innovations is effective and efficient research and development. To achieve this ambitious goal, BASF is further developing the research organization and bundling its competencies in three global platforms:

--  Advanced Materials & Systems Research with headquarters at BASF's Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai by 2016

--  Bioscience Research headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, starting January 2015

--  Process Research & Chemical Engineering headquartered in Ludwigshafen

The stronger presence outside of Europe will create new opportunities for building up and expanding customer relationships and scientific cooperations. All three research platforms will be established globally to support the R&D needs of BASF's customers. This will strengthen the R&D Verbund and also increase BASF's attractiveness as a partner and an employer in the regions.

Business development in the segments in the third quarter

Sales in the Chemicals segment matched the level of the previous third quarter. The market environment in Asia was difficult; in Europe sales volumes declined. There was sharp volumes growth in the Petrochemicals division in North America. With EUR 616 million, earnings in the segment exceeded the prior third-quarter level by EUR 89 million, mainly due to higher margins in the Petrochemicals division.

 Sales reached the level of the previous third quarter in the Performance Products segment. Volumes and sales prices remained stable while currency effects were negative. Volumes increased significantly in the Performance Chemicals division. In the Paper Chemicals division, however, lower volumes led to a considerable

decline in sales. Fixed costs were reduced, thanks in part to restructuring measures. Earnings of EUR 376 million matched the level of the previous third quarter.

In the Functional Materials & Solutions segment, sales exceeded the level of the third quarter of 2013 by 2 percent. Prices could be raised in most business areas, more than compensating for negative currency effects. Demand remained strong from the automotive industry, especially in the Catalysts division. Earnings increased by EUR 10 million to EUR 310 million, mostly through considerably higher contributions from the Coatings and Catalysts divisions.

In the Agricultural Solutions segment, sales were 3 percent below the level of the third quarter of 2013. Continuously falling crop commodity prices and  correspondingly cautious purchasing behavior were noticeable in nearly every market. Price increases in all regions were unable to compensate for a drop in sales volumes. Earnings -- in a generally seasonally weak quarter -- fell by EUR 129 million to EUR 43 million. In addition to lower volumes, this was largely a result of weaker margins due to a less favorable product mix as well as increased expenses for research and development, production, and distribution.

 Sales in the Oil & Gas segment grew by 17 percent compared with the previous third quarter. This was primarily attributable to sharply increased volumes in the Natural Gas Trading business sector. Sales growth was slowed by lower oil and gas prices. Earnings rose by EUR 82 million to EUR 504 million thanks to a higher contribution from the Natural Gas Trading business sector. 

Sales rose by 3 percent in Other, mainly through increased raw materials trading. EBIT before special items improved by EUR 98 million to minus EUR 7 million. Valuation effects for the long-term incentive program played a significant role here; the foreign currency result also improved.

Business development in the regions in the third quarter

Sales at companies located in Europe grew by 3 percent compared with the previous third quarter. This was mainly because of the considerably higher volumes in the Natural Gas Trading business sector; sales volumes in the Chemicals and Agricultural Solutions segments declined. Sales and volumes increased considerably in the Catalysts division. In the Petrochemicals division, lower plant availability dampened sales. EBIT before special items rose by EUR

202 million to EUR 1.1 billion, primarily due to considerably improved contributions from Chemicals, Oil & Gas, and Other.

Sales in Asia Pacific increased by 4 percent in both local-currency and euro terms, predominantly on account of higher volumes, especially in the Catalysts and Performance Chemicals divisions. Slightly declining sales prices and negative currency effects weakened sales growth in the region. At EUR 173 million, earnings were EUR 33 million below the level of the third quarter of 2013.

This was largely the result of considerably lower earnings from basic products in the Chemicals segment.

 In South America, Africa, Middle East, sales grew by 8 percent in local-currency terms and 4 percent in euro terms. Negative currency effects could be more than compensated for, mainly through higher prices. Particularly in the Oil & Gas segment, price increases led to a considerable rise in sales. Sales volumes improved considerably in the business with crop protection products in the third quarter. Earnings declined slightly, dipping EUR 6 million to EUR 197 million.

In the Agricultural Solutions segment, earnings fell considerably as a consequence of weaker margins and strong competition from generic insecticides.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

At BASF, we create chemistry -- and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about

EUR 74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance. Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu shot voucher that is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy® or MinuteClinic® location.

"Cost should not be a barrier to receiving important preventive health care such as a flu vaccination. While most insurance plans fully cover the cost of a flu shot, our partnership with Direct Relief will help ensure that thousands of uninsured patients will have access to a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic at no cost to them," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health.

Direct Relief's network of more than 1,200 community health centers and clinics nationwide enables CVS Health's generous contribution to reach people who need help.

"While flu shots offer the best protection against influenza viruses, too many families with low incomes and without insurance are unable to afford the vaccination," said Damon Taugher, director of U.S. programs at Direct Relief.  "Direct Relief is delighted to work with CVS Health to help protect thousands of people who are in tough financial situations access a flu shot at no cost to them this season."

Community health clinics that received flu shot vouchers are located in the following metropolitan areas:

  • Boston, MA

  • Chicago, IL

  • Dallas, TX

  • Detroit, MI

  • Houston, TX

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Miami, FL

  • New York City, NY

  • Newark, NJ

  • Orlando, FL

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Phoenix, AZ

  • Tampa, FL

  • Trenton, NJ

A list of select participating locations at which flu shot vouchers are now available for uninsured patients of the health clinics may be found at http://www.cvshealth.com/flu-shot-vouchers-participating-clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone ages six months and older get an annual flu shot. All CVS/pharmacy and all MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores can administer flu vaccinations every day with no appointment needed, including evening and weekends.*

For more information on the vaccines offered by CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic, please visit www.cvs.com/getvaccinated or www.minuteclinic.com/services/vaccination.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our 7,700 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

About Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a global nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of people affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. The only U.S. nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor© (VAWD) certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Direct Relief is among the largest medical suppliers to safety-net facilities throughout the U.S. and the world. A winner of the CECP Director's Award, the National Association of Community Health Centers' Power of Partnership Award, the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, and the Esri President's Award for GIS Mapping, Direct Relief maintains a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. For more information, visit www.DirectRelief.org.

*Certain immunizations have age and location restrictions. Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last.

AdvanceTec Industries Announced That It Will Be Participating at the NASA KSC Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Industry Day and Expo 2014

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

(Marketwired)  AdvanceTec Industries, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance product solutions, today announced that it will be participating at the NASA KSC Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Industry Day and Expo 2014 Table 124. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cruise Terminal #3, Port Canaveral, FL.

The NASA KSC Women-Owned Small Business Industry Day and EXPO trade show is sponsored by NASA/KSC Prime Contractor Board, 45th Space Wing, and the Port Canaveral Authority, and features approximately 150 businesses and government exhibits.

AdvanceTec Industries will be showcasing its AdvanceCase Charger, a versatile 6 and 12 bay 12-24VDC powered Charger/Conditioner in a MilSpec Case. It offers robust multi chemistry battery reconditioning/charger housed in a waterproof, dustproof, and crushproof carrying case. The AdvanceCase Charger is perfect to be applied on natural disaster preparedness, command vehicles, desert training, extreme weather, agency training exercises, and worldwide deployment among other heavy-duty applications.

Established in 1987, AdvanceTec Industries is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance solutions. AdvanceTec's private label and OEM solutions are trusted by thousands of clients in telecommunications, public safety, emergency response services, military and government agencies, oil and gas companies, transportation, security agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. AdvanceTec's products have been proudly made in the USA for over 25 years. For further information, visit www.advancetec.com

AdvanceTec is a trademark of AdvanceTec Industries, Inc. All other trademarks or service names are the property of their respective owners.

AdvanceTec Industries Announced the Initiative to Assist Answering the Predicament of Public Safety

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

(Marketwired) - AdvanceTec Industries, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance product solutions, today announced the initiative to assist answering the predicament of public safety. In 2009, according to a report from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program on property crimes (including the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson):


--  There were an estimated 9,320,971 property crime offenses in the Nation.
--  The rate of property crime was estimated at 3,036.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
--  Larceny-theft accounted for 67.9 percent of all property crimes.
--  Burglary accounted for 23.6 percent and motor vehicle theft for 8.5 percent.
--  Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at 15.2 billion dollars.


Are we safer today? How can we be proactive when comes to public safety? These are questions that most American business owners, company decision makers, and professional security personnel ask every day.

We at AdvanceTec Industries took the initiative to assist answering this dilemma that affects all of us by manufacturing the AdvanceCallT Box system, a One-Touch Cellular Communication device, requiring only
activation on the carrier network, and is simple to install or relocate (only 4 screws and an AC power outlet). High gain antenna (included) provides improved reception in low reception areas.

For qualifying educational institutions the AdvanceCall Box may be E-Rate and Homeland Security fundable. It is perfectly applied to Banks, Schools & Campuses, Offices, Manufacturing Facilities, Golf Courses, Hotels & Casinos, Parking Lots, Malls, Homes, Access Gates and Commercial Security Environments.

For further information visit: http://goo.gl/f42Lxg

Established in 1987, AdvanceTec Industries is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance solutions. AdvanceTec's private label and OEM solutions are trusted by thousands of clients in telecommunications, public safety, emergency response services, military and government agencies, oil and gas companies, transportation, security agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. AdvanceTec's products have been proudly made in the USA for over 25 years. For further information, visit www.advancetec.com

AdvanceTec is a trademark of AdvanceTec Industries, Inc. All other trademarks or service names are the property of their respective owners.


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Rainforest Communities Seek Criminal Investigation of Chevron CEO Watson Before International Court

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Rainforest communities in Ecuador today requested that an international court open a criminal investigation of Chevron CEO John Watson and other high-level officers of the company over their role in violating international humanitarian law by obstructing a court-mandated clean-up of toxic contamination in the Amazon, putting thousands of lives at risk.

The complaint was submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Hague on behalf of approximately 80 indigenous and farmer communities by Eduardo Toledo, an Argentine law scholar; and Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the affected communities who in 2011 won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for deliberately discharging billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and contributing to the disappearance of two ethnic groups.

Chevron has refused to pay the court judgment – which has been affirmed unanimously by two appellate courts in Ecuador after two decades of arduous litigation -- even though the company had promised to abide by the court decision as a condition of the case being moved out of U.S. federal court to the South American nation. Chevron’s dumping in Ecuador has caused the deaths of thousands of people due to cancer and other oil-related diseases, according to evidence before the Ecuador court.

Instead of complying with the Ecuador court order in its preferred forum, Chevron under Watson’s personal direction launched multiple collateral attacks against the judgment and the lawyers who represented the affected communities, according to the complaint. Watson and other high-level Chevron executives have promised the affected communities a “lifetime of litigation” and said they would fight the case “until hell freezes over, and then fight it out on the ice.”  Watson also discussed his personal involvement in the strategy in various earnings calls with investor analysts and in a sworn deposition, according to the complaint.

“In the context of international criminal law, the decisions made by Chevron’s CEO, John Watson, have deliberately maintained – and contributed to – the polluted environment in which the people of the Oriente region of Ecuador live and die every day,” according to the complaint, which was submitted to Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. (The court’s member states plus Bensouda have the power to refer cases or initiate criminal investigations.)

The complaint added that Watson, Chevron General Counsel R. Hewitt Pate “and other high-ranking officers [at Chevron] have deliberately maintained the situation of contamination in the Oriente and the deathly health effects caused.” (“Oriente” is the term used in Ecuador to describe the Amazon region of the country.)

The complaint cited evidence and findings by three layers of courts in Ecuador that Chevron built its vast network of oil production facilities in the delicate ecosystem with the intent to discharge toxic waste as a way to increase its profits. It was clearly foreseeable such intentional practices would subject the local population to life-altering conditions, including cancers and other diseases, according to the document.

“The health conditions imposed on the indigenous and farmer communities that live in the Oriente constitute a serious and sustained attack on the population that has lived there peacefully for centuries,” said the complaint. “The damages, which have been documented and confirmed in countless inspections conducted for the Ecuadorian case, brought various consequences, including water contamination, ground contamination, cancer, forced displacement, extermination of two ethnic groups, and many other disastrous conditions that are described in the annexes to this communication.”

The complaint also notes that under international law an “attack” against the civilian population can be non-violent in nature. Analogizing to the apartheid system in South Africa – a form of societal governance that was declared a crime against humanity in 1973 – the complaint alleges that simply “exerting pressure” on a civilian population comes under the definition of a crime against humanity if the consequences are massive and systematic, as they are in Ecuador, said Fajardo.

Fajardo, a recent recipient of the Goldman Prize (known as the “Nobel” of the environment), was blunt about the goal of the communities in requesting the investigation.

“The filing of this complaint indicates we will continue to do all we can to hold accountable those individuals within Chevron responsible in whole or in part for the deaths and destruction that continue to afflict a vulnerable civilian population on a daily basis,” he said. 

“The evidence as found by the courts of Ecuador clearly shows that thousands of people have died or are at imminent risk of contracting life-threatening diseases due to Chevron’s deliberate toxic dumping and Mr. Watson’s refusal to abide by court orders,” Fajardo added.

The ICC, which was founded in 2002 based on a treaty signed by 122 nations, has jurisdiction under international law to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. The theory of the Ecuadorian communities is that Watson’s conscious efforts to undermine the legitimate Ecuador judgment in the face of such mortal danger to thousands of villagers is the equivalent of a “generalized and systematic attack against the civilian population” and therefore rises to the level of a crime against humanity under international law.

Ecuador is a party to the treaty creating the ICC, giving the communities jurisdiction to seek the investigation. The U.S. is not a party to the court.

Expert evidence submitted by the communities, based on several peer-reviewed studies, concluded that upwards of 10,000 individuals in the affected area have either died or will contract cancer in the coming years due to Watson’s failure to clean up the company’s pollution. That evidence, in the form of an expert report based on data generated by several peer-reviewed studies, can be seen here.

Fajardo said individual accountability was vital to the outcome of the litigation. The villagers are currently pursuing Chevron’s corporate assets in Canada, Brazil and Argentina to force the company to pay for a clean-up.

“We must remember that Chevron is not a nameless and faceless corporate entity,” Fajado added. “Watson is at the very top of the pyramid and he has been deeply involved personally in the strategy to maintain this illegal pressure on the civilian population of Ecuador. It is critical that all legal mechanisms be fully utilized to put an end to what is effectively impunity for a major American oil company that is committing human rights crimes against vulnerable populations.”

The U.S.-based non-profit environmental group Amazon Watch, which has worked in support of the affected Ecuadorian communities for several years, lauded the filing of the complaint.  “It is important that U.S. companies know that they can be held accountable for human rights crimes through international systems of justice even if they believe they can use their political power and connections to evade accountability in their home countries,” said Paul Paz y Miño, an official with the organization.

For a summary of the various peer-reviewed studies that show high cancer rates in the region where Chevron operated, see here.

For a view of the devastating human toll of Chevron’s contamination in Ecuador see this photo essay by award-winning journalist Lou Demattais. For background on some of the unethical tactics used by Chevron to obstruct the clean-up, see this sworn affidavit and this recent article in the American magazine Rolling Stone.

Wellness Tea Pioneer Traditional Medicinals® Releases Its Second Annual Sustainability Report

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Traditional Medicinals, a pioneer and leading seller of wellness teas for 40 years, today released highlights from its 2013 sustainability report, continuing its commitment to ongoing improvement and transparency around practices in key areas. From organic and ethical sourcing practices to community engagement, highlights from the report include an investment of over $1 million to the Revive! Project, and a maintained commitment to 100 percent Non-GMO Project Verified teas.

Traditional Medicinals, made with certified organic, Fair Trade, and Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, uses over 100 different botanical raw materials that are sourced in over 30 countries. It participates in certification programs like Fair Trade and FairWild that assist communities in economic development and social empowerment, investing in change from poverty to prosperity.

“The entire planet desperately needs business models that are non-exploitive, free of discrimination, socially and environmentally responsible, and have a corporate purpose to make a positive impact on society and the environment,” said Josef Brinckmann, Vice President of Sustainability at Traditional Medicinals. “These values are core to our company, as demonstrated by our sustainability and social responsibility performance, which we are proud to share.”

Developed under the Sustainable Food Trade Association guidelines, Traditional Medicinals’ 2013 sustainability report highlights include:

Community Engagement

  • Surpassed the $1 million milestone in total investment to the Revive! Project, a social business partnership in Rajasthan, India, focusing on reducing poverty and empowering women through organic agriculture. Along with Gravis, a Rajasthan-based NGO, and WomenServe, a Sonoma County-based NGO, the Revive! Project has implemented many initiatives, including community organization and development, medical support, water and food security, education for children, economic development and women’s empowerment.
  • Thirty-one of the 48 recipients of Traditional Medicinals’ community contributions were local educational and/or social and environmental justice organizations.

Environmental Certifications and Awards

  • As a Certified B Corp, continued to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. 
  • In the category of “Environment”, received the 2013 Top Manufacturers in the North Bay award, presented by the North Bay Business Journal.

Ethical Sourcing

  • Maintained the Non-GMO Project Verified percentage of its herbal tea products at 100 percent.
  • Made a five-year commitment to support the United Plant Savers Adopt an Herb Program by adopting the Native American tree slippery elm. This adoption shows Traditional Medicinals’ commitment to protect native medicinal plants and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply for generations to come.
  • Increased the percentage of herbs used that are both organic and fair to 34.6% (certified organic and either Fair Trade or FairWild certified and/or are sourced from selected community and social development project sites like the Revive! Project).
  • Increased the organic percentage of its botanical raw materials to 97.7 percent.

Renewable Energy

  • Solar panels provided over half of its total annual electricity use.
  • Some additional electricity use was offset through the purchase of Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). 100% offset begins for FY2014.

Sustainable Packaging

  • Tea carton packaging is made from 100 percent recycled paperboard, of which at least 35 percent is from post-consumer waste.

Traditional Medicinals is always working toward increasing ingredient sustainability by purchasing higher percentages of certified organic, Fair Trade, FairWild and Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, as well as looking for biodegradable, compostable, recyclable and responsible packaging materials. 

Click here for Traditional Medicinals’ Sustainability Q&A.

About Traditional Medicinals
Traditional Medicinals, Inc., a Certified B Corporation and California Certified Green Business, is a leading seller of wellness tea in the U.S. and the pioneer of the wellness tea category in the U.S. and Canada. Traditional Medicinals is also the leading seller of both organic tea and Fair Trade Certified™ herbal teas in the U.S. and Canada. The company is passionate about connecting people with plants and sharing centuries-old wisdom of how to use them. Their more than 50 high quality wellness teas are formulated by herbalists using pharmacopoeial grade herbs. This is one of the defining qualities that sets Traditional Medicinals apart from many leading tea brands. Founded in 1974, Traditional Medicinals is an independent company that embraces sustainability, ingredient purity, and social and environmental activism. For additional information, visit www.traditionalmedicinals.com

The Shift to Integrated Reporting

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

The movement to integrated reporting has seen substantial development, but widespread regulatory intervention has yet to materialize. The forthcoming book, The Integrated Reporting Movement, by Robert Eccles, Michael Krzus, and Sydney Ribot, explains how companies can ensure their own long-term viability by contributing to a sustainable society.

The authors provide guidance to promote wider adoption of the practice and success of the movement, starting with how companies can improve their own reporting processes. Readers will learn how integrated reporting has evolved over the years, where frameworks and standards are today, and effective implementation practices—including information technology’s role in the process.

This free, prerelease excerpt focuses on the second and third chapters of The Integrated Reporting Movement.  The authors discuss how integrated reporting has evolved through four overlapping stages and review the codification of reporting practices and challenges for institutionalizing integrated reporting.

Download your copy of the excerpt now.

 

About

Workiva, formerly WebFilings, is a leading provider of complex business reporting solutions and is used by more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500. The company’s Wdesk cloud-based product platform brings ease and control to compliance, management, risk, and sustainability reporting. It combines documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that link your critical business data in one place. See what we can do for you at workiva.com.

The Evolution of LED Lighting Charges Forward with Ellipz Lighting

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Lemnis Lighting Asia Pte Ltd, an innovation company producing next-generation LED lighting, announces that it has adopted Ellipz Lighting Pte Ltd (“Ellipz Lighting”) as its new name. Accompanied with fresh corporate branding, Ellipz Lighting has also unveiled its website: www.ellipzlighting.com

The rebranding is a positive outcome of the company’s broadening success, year-after-year growth, and increased recognition for creating safe, energy efficient, socially responsible and reliable lighting solutions.

Inspired by the knowledge that humanity uses 20 percent of the Earth’s electricity for lighting and that at least half of that is wasted on inefficient lights, the Ellipz brand name and logo – like an ellipse circling the Earth – stand for the company’s vision of protecting the planet for future generations through energy and material savings.

Founded by Frans Otten, a great-grandson of Philips founder Anton Philips, Ellipz Lighting has grown in the recent years to establish offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Ellipz Lighting is also announcing a new North American office in Los Angeles, California, Ellipz Lighting USA, which will focus on introducing Ellipz technology to the American commercial sector. The USA branch is a Public Benefit Corporation and will also be spearheading international marketing and educational campaigns for Ellipz Lighting.

As Ellipz Lighting reinforces its presence worldwide, it continues to invent and produce LEDs based on John Rooymans’s patents and insights that achieve superior energy saving standards and deliver vastly better light quality than conventional LED lights. Ellipz Lighting advocates that the quality of nighttime human vision should not be reliant on lux levels, a measurement based on just photopic light. Instead, the company designs and manufactures lighting products based on photopic and scotopic light that mimic the optimal functioning of the human eye’s cones and rods. This helps people to see at lower light levels both outdoors and indoors. “Making light without understanding how the human eye works is really outdated. We match biology with lighting technology,” says Rooymans.

Chairman Frans Otten emphasizes, “Ellipz Lighting is an innovation company first and a lighting manufacturer second, and is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of energy-saving technologies currently based on LED. Even as LED is developing into a mature technology, we believe that the real understanding of what can be achieved with LED technology is still to come. Ellipz Lighting wants to play an important role in that development.”

At its very core, Ellipz executives, and the Asian and US Board of Directors, strictly maintain that sustainability principles and practices be included in all Ellipz Lighting operations, including manufacturing, company culture, philanthropy, and local for local country agent and distributor business models.

Otten, who attended the World Economic Forum when the company was nominated as a Technology Pioneer, orchestrates Ellipz Lighting, orchestrates Ellipz Lighting with the circular economy in mind: “Our past efforts as humans have created quite a mess in the world, from climate change challenges to pollution to diseases to famine and unemployment. An economic system based on more production for more consumption leading to more profit is no longer realistic. The good news is that the steps we take today can create a better and sustainable future. The new circular economy is betting on heightened, cross-sector collaboration.”

Find out more about Ellipz Lighting at www.ellipzlighting.com

Wells Fargo Donates $100,000 for J&K Flood Relief Efforts in India

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is donating $100,000 to United Way Worldwide to help with flood relief efforts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in northern India. Floods struck the region in September, killing at least 300 people, submerging hundreds of villages, and triggering landslides. Additionally, to make it as convenient as possible for customers to transfer money to India and help friends and family, Wells Fargo is waiving ExpressSend® remittance fees to India through October 31, 2014.

“Flooding of this magnitude has not been seen in this area for quite some time,” said Tim Hanlon, head of Strategic Philanthropy and Partnerships for Wells Fargo. “Although none of our team members were directly affected, and although we have no facilities in the region, we felt the need to provide assistance, given the scope of the devastation caused by this disaster.”

Now through October 31, 2014, Wells Fargo is also waiving remittance transfer fees for ExpressSend® transfers sent from an eligible checking or savings account to friends and family in India. Customers can send funds to their family or friends in India at more than 5,000 locations and 16,500 ATMs at HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank. Funds can be sent by calling Wells Fargo Global Remittance Services at 1-800-556-0605, going online at wellsfargo.com, or visiting a Wells Fargo banking store. The first remittance for a service agreement must be completed in person at a store.

“Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been devastated by the flooding in northern India,” said Daniel Ayala, head of Wells Fargo's Global Remittance Services Group. “As these communities begin to recover from this tragedy, we’re honored to do what we can to make it easier for our customers and team members to support their family and friends in India.”

“A national calamity of this magnitude needs help from all quarters and we at Wells Fargo are committed to helping the community recover. Apart from the monetary support, we look forward to working together with our nonprofit partners to aid in the relief and rehabilitation efforts,” said Aveek Mukherjee, managing director of Wells Fargo India Solutions. Wells Fargo team members in India, in association with the nonprofit Goonj, also conducted a weeklong donation drive for essential relief materials such as blankets, medicine, solar lamps, and other supplies.

The Wells Fargo India Solutions team, an extension of Wells Fargo’s technology, operations, and corporate support teams, is comprised of more than 5,000 team members at centers in the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. In July of 2013, Wells Fargo made a donation of $100,000 to aid in flood relief and recovery in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

 

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2013, the Company invested $275.5 million in grants to 18,500 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.69 million volunteer hours around the country. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services (EGS) - India
Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services (EGS) is a critical component of the Wells Fargo’s (Wells Fargo Bank N.A.) strategy to leverage distinct advantages in doing business in a global environment. Wells Fargo EGS - India (Wells Fargo India Solutions Private Limited and Wells Fargo International Services Private Limited) is primarily an extension of the technology, operations, knowledge services, and corporate support teams of Wells Fargo. It engages in application development and support, testing, other technology functions, international operations, knowledge support, middle and back-end banking process solutions for a wide spectrum of Wells Fargo’s needs. The entities currently have a 5000+ strong team across their offices in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

AdvanceTec Industries Participates in the 2014 Canadian Wireless Trade Show

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

(Marketwired) AdvanceTec Industries, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance product solutions, today announced that it will be participating at the Canadian Wireless Tradeshow in Toronto Congress Centre - Toronto, Canada - Oct 29-30 - Booth #721

"We will be showing innovative transportation & campus solutions, including our new in-vehicle communications system for fleets, new AdvanceCallT Emergency call boxes, AdvanceChargeT chargers and audio accessories, as well as our recently introduced two-way radio in-vehicle Conditioner/Chargers from our Solutions division," said Angel Cortes, Sales Director for AdvanceTec Mobility Division.
AdvanceTec Industries, Inc.

Established in 1987, AdvanceTec Industries is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of wireless communications devices and battery maintenance solutions. AdvanceTec's private label and OEM solutions are trusted by thousands of clients in telecommunications, public safety, emergency response services, military and government agencies, oil and gas companies, transportation, security agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. AdvanceTec's products have been proudly made in the USA for over 25 years. For further information, visit www.advancetec.com.

AdvanceTec is a trademark of AdvanceTec Industries, Inc. All other trademarks or service names are the property of their respective owners.


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ImpactAssets Releases "IA 50" Impact Investing Showcase

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

 ImpactAssets has released its 2014 impact investing showcase, the ImpactAssets 50 (“IA 50”), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors. The fourth annual guide features fund managers representing private debt and equity investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.

Fund managers included in the IA 50 2014 manage a combined $15.5 billion in assets devoted to creating measurable, positive impact.

"Impact investing is moving into the mainstream," said Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist of ImpactAssets. "We're in a positive cycle where the increase in investable opportunities is bringing more investors into the impact fold, and the results from those investments fuel increased awareness and desire to achieve social and environmental as well as financial returns."  

The IA 50 is the only free, public, searchable database of outstanding impact investing fund managers. This year's showcase, which includes funds based in the United States, Africa, Europe and Latin America highlights the increasingly diverse opportunities for investors to help create social value across the globe.  The featured funds focus on issue areas including: health and wellness, microfinance, small business development, sustainable agriculture, and water and sanitation.

The IA 50 selection committee is chaired by Jed Emerson and includes: Stuart Davidson, Managing Partner of Labrador Ventures; Karl "Charly" Kleissner, Co Founder of Toniic and KL Felicitas Foundation; John Kluge, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Eirene; Kathy Leonard, First Vice President – Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager for UBS; Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons, Co-Founders of Blue Haven Initiative; and Matthew Weatherley-White, Managing Director of The CAPROCK Group. 

"The IA 50 is a solid starting point for investors and advisors looking for fund managers with established track records across a range of impact investment criteria," said Matthew Weatherley-White, Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group. "Investors who have been watching from the sidelines and waiting for the field to mature will find no shortage of opportunities."

ImpactAssets produces the IA 50, and has released more than a dozen impact investing issue briefs, to help both novice and experienced investors better understand the field and vet the opportunities that may best serve their goals.

"The managers included in this year's IA 50 have made catalytic investments to combat some of our most pressing social and environmental challenges and we're excited to see a leap in the adoption and sophistication of impact measurement and reporting,” said Lindsay Smalling, ImpactAssets' Strategic Initiatives Officer. “Clear impact metrics will serve the field well as more investors seek high impact solutions."

The IA 50 is not an index or investable platform and does not constitute an offering or recommend specific products. It is a not a replacement for due diligence. In order to be considered for the IA 50 2014, fund managers needed to have at least $10 million in assets under management, more than 3 years of experience as a firm with impact investing and documented social and/or environmental impact. Additional details on the selection process are here: http://www.impactassets.org/impactassets-50/review-and-criteria.

 

About ImpactAssets
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social, and environmental returns.  ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”), impact investment notes, and field building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners, and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment.

PHINMA Properties Joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with Commitment to Greater Housing Access in the Philippines

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation (PHINMA Properties), announced its commitment to extend housing opportunities to impoverished families in the Philippines as it joined Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that encourages private-sector efforts to fight poverty. As part of its commitment, the company plans to build an estimated 10,000 more socialized housing units within and around metro Manila by 2017.

Established in 1987, PHINMA Properties is a medium and high-rise housing developer geared towards the affordable market. Due to the lack of housing amid overpopulation in Philippine urban areas, the company has incorporated Inclusive Business through socialized housing development to cater the needs of Filipinos living in poverty.

According to Willie Uy, President and CEO of PHINMA Properties, “Our association with the Business Call to Action reaffirms our commitment to improving inclusion and our goal of providing home opportunities to customers in the Philippines. We will continue to build a sustainable business while benefiting society and providing reasonably priced housing”.

In 2012, PHINMA Properties partnered with the Quezon City government to construct the city’s largest socialized housing project, BISTEKVILLE II. The project has already uplifted the lives of thousands of underprivileged beneficiaries – the informal settler families (ISFs) who previously occupied privately owned land as well as waterways and other dangerous areas. This flagship socialized housing project is one of the pioneer Inclusive Business initiatives in the Philippines.

With this success, PHINMA Properties aims to construct 10,000 more in-city and provincial socialized housing units by 2017, an effort to continuously improve Filipinos’ quality of life through decent, affordable housing. PHINMA Properties also facilitates livelihood training and workshops to ensure the economic well-being of beneficiary families.

“By working to create housing options in communities through  greater access to affordable homes, companies like PHINMA Properties will not only contribute to inclusive development – but will improve quality of life in the Philippines,” stated Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager of Business Call to Action. 

 

About PHINMA Properties:
Established in 1987, PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation (PHINMA Properties) is a medium and high-rise housing developer that caters to the affordable market. PHINMA Properties is the first triple-ISO certified developer in the Philippines, with certifications awarded for Quality, Environment and Safety. A subsidiary of the leading Philippine conglomerate, PHINMA Inc., PHINMA Properties is deeply committed to its core business of building affordable homes and creating peaceful, safe communities. Through dedicated corporate social responsibility and nation-building business initiatives, PHINMA Properties believes that the private sector can be an important contributor to the Philippines’ development.

The PHINMA group of companies seeks to provide Filipinos with access to a better quality of life by investing in multiple services including affordable quality education, clean reliable energy, value-for-money urban housing, and secure, reasonably priced lodging.

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

CVS/pharmacy West Haven Store Awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

CVS Health announced today that the CVS/pharmacy store in West Haven, Connecticut has been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, making it the most energy efficient CVS/pharmacy store in the country. This achievement marks the first CVS/pharmacy store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eighth LEED-certified building.

“CVS Health is proud to celebrate this model store, which allows us to pilot environmental innovations and uncover best practices we can apply to other facilities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy at CVS Health. “This initiative aligns with our CSR platform, Prescription for a Better World, and supports our efforts to reduce our impacts on the environment.”

The LEED system, developed by the USGBC, is the most internationally recognized program for green building certification. The Platinum level distinguishes those buildings that are designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

CVS/pharmacy’s West Haven store is exemplary in its sustainable design and operations as a result of innovative features, including:

  • Recycled  materials used in building design
  • Stormwater design to reduce runoff
  • Landscaping that doesn’t require irrigation
  • A solar photovoltaic system to improve energy efficiency
  • High-efficiency lighting, HVAC and plumbing systems
  • Day lighting technology
  • An electric car charging station, and more

With these features, the West Haven store uses 40 percent less energy and 50 percent less water compared to a traditional building of similar size. CVS/pharmacy plans to incorporate some of the successful elements from the West Haven store into future new stores. Learn more about The company’s green building efforts in the CVS Health 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our 7,700 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Joanne Dwyer
401-770-2898
JDwyer@cvs.com

Global Sustain presents the Yearbook 2014/15 “The Power of Collaboration”

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Seven years passed since Global Sustain presented its first Yearbook, triggering a global discussion regarding important sustainability issues.

This year, Global Sustain chose the theme “The Power of Collaboration” since partnerships are more than ever needed in order to address universal challenges.

Global developments and expectations in economy, environment and technology sectors are among the factors that promote the formation of partnerships, since individual organisations cannot act alone. These partnerships come in many forms, ranging from alliances between businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to goverments and civil society and they create shared value for all stakeholders.      

This Yearbook will address, among others, the following topics:

  • Win-win partnerships
  • Facilitating supplier collaboration
  • Delivering long-lasting, mutual benefits with innovative strategic partnerships
  • Joining forces for human rights and transparency issues
  • Quantifying and measuring partnerships’ true value
  • Collaboration between academics, companies, NGOs and governments
  • The impact of business goals on engagement in social partnerships
  • Encouraging and incentivising employees to engage into collaborative actions
  • Transforming stakeholder dialogue into stakeholder collaboration
  • Communicating collaborations effectively
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and partnerships

 

The 8th Yearbook, will future CEOs, corporations and organisations from all around the world, leading the way in sustainability-driven collaborations. There will be research and viewpoints of top experts, decision-makers, policy formers, Nobel Laureates and gurus who will share their vision and expertise regarding this timely subject, with a global audience.

  • The 160page Yearbook will be published in June 2015 and presented in special events.
  • The deadline for the expression of interest in participating is December 19, 2014.
  • For further information regarding the Yearbook series you may visit the following address: http://globalsustain.org/en/yearbook.
  • Additional material regarding the publication is attached.

 

About the Yearbook series

Yearbook series aim at highlighting critical sustainability issues and constitute a catalyst for constructive dialogue and positive change. This annual global publication is trusted by top companies and important stakeholders from all around the world. Each year, Global Sustain selects a topic of universal interest relevant to the people-planet-profit concept and analyses all the aspects through the views of internationally renowned personalities, business leaders, politicians, visionaries and academia.Industry opinion formers and decision makers across the world contribute with policy and business intelligence to the publication, while leading corporations showcase their best practices and flagship products and services in the sustainability field. The hard copy publication is presented every year in special events and venues, with high level participants and is distributed to a worldwide targeted audience. To date, Yearbooks have been distributed in more than 50 countries on 4 continents, profiling more than 200 CEOs.

For more details about previous Yearbook titles and info please visit: http://globalsustain.org/en/yearbook.

About Global Sustain

Founded in 2006, Global Sustain with offices in Athens, Brussels, Colombo, London and Melbourne, creates awareness and inspires and supports companies and organisations to embody sustainability, through advisory, communications, networking and training, with a focus on the people-planet-profit philosophy. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, educational foundations, media, professional bodies, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a GRI Data Partner and Organisational Stakeholder (OS), an affiliated member of the Academy of Business in Society and donates a percentage of its annual pre-tax earnings to help fund innovative, not-for-profit projects that make an impact. www.globalsustain.org.

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

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

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

Now, CSE will host this course in Dubai 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.

Certification:

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

GRI (G4) Certified Training on Reporting

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

CSE is offering the Certified GRI Training program for the effective creation of CSR/ Sustainability Reports in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines.

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 specialized training, provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process. It 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.

The Certified Training Program aims to disseminate knowledge on sustainability reporting around the world. It has been developed especially to help report makers and users to more effectively use the GRI Framework and utilse GRI reports.

Certification:

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are able to apply their knowledge in all levels of CSR and Sustainability Reporting according to GRI G4 guidelines and will receive course certificates directly from GRI confirming their acquired knowledge on Reporting. 

Modules:

  •  Planning and coordinating the GRI sustainability reporting process Identifying and managing  relationships with stakeholders 
  •  Deciding on report content, concept and reporting process 
  •  Conforming with internal procedures  
  •  Assuring quality of information, data and deciding on application lever 
  •  Selecting and prioritizing material issues 
  •  Conforming to environmental, economic and social performance indicators 

Who should attend:

  •  CSOs Sustainability 
  •  CSR Directors 
  •  Health Safety and Environment Managers 
  •  Public Relations, Communications Managers 
  •  HR Managers Supply Chain
  •  Operations managers 
  •  Environment Executives 
  •  Sustainability Consultants

Corporate Philanthropy Institute

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Mark your calendars for November 12!

Corporate Philanthropy Institute
(agenda below, in local time PDT)
 
Registration & Networking  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
CPI Program 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This year's Corporate Philanthropy Institute (CPI), presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Northern California Grantmakers, is designed for professionals that are looking for forward-thinking ideas to help them create meaningful impact in the world—now and in the future.

The full-day conference will examine changing expectations of corporate citizenship, strategic local and global philanthropic programs, addressing business challenges through social responsibility efforts, creating corporate collaboratives, and assessing the impact of community investments. We are pleased to announce that Matthew Bishop, Globalisation Editor at The Economist, will serve as our opening plenary speaker.

In addition, more than 20 speakers and panelists have been confirmed and will provide perspectives in breakout sessions, focusing on topics such as Measurement and Evaluation, Global Philanthropy, Storytelling, and Social Entrepreneurship. Please join us and gain insight from leaders in our field including: Dotti Hatcher, Executive Director of P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives, Gap, Inc; Farron Levy, President, True Impact; Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California; Nicole Robinson, President, Mondelez International Foundation; and Andrew Wilson, Director, Corporate Citizenship.

Registration for CPI will also include attendance to the 15th annual Powered by EF awards reception which will be held after the conference. This special event brings together close to 200 leaders in the corporate citizenship community to celebrate successes of the past year. This year, we will honor five companies and individuals for their impactful work in corporate responsibility. We hope to see you on Nov. 12!

 

Build a Responsible, Resilient and Secure Value Chain

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15pm

Back for the 9th year, The Sustainable Supply Chain Summit is the world's leading meeting place for senior executives looking to put sustainability at the heart of their supply chains and wider value chains.

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