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Comparing Sustainability Reporting Standards: Integrating the Best Reporting Approach for your Organisation

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organization’s to adopt leading and robust sustainability communications framework. With a range of standards moving from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting now available or in development organizations needs to consider and choose the best framework to maximize their sustainability message. There are global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting (IIRC) that will mean that companies need to prepare to disclose their data if they are not already, and for those that are reporting they need to focus on the robustness of their public sustainability stories by choosing the right framework. This webinar will outline and explore the reporting standards emerging or in place and discuss how organizations can references these.

Agenda

  • Why frameworks are critical for sustainability communications clarity
  • A review and comparison of current and developing standards
  • How you can integrate the optimum framework for your organization
  • How SGS can support your organization with the standards

Target Audience
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

Language
English

Cost
No charge

Event location
Online

You will receive logistics after approval of registration. Save the attachment to synchronize with your calendar. We hope to see you there!

*This webinar will be recorded and made available 24-48 hours after the live event via sustainable-development@sgs.com.

Union Bank Launches Yuby Mobile App to Encourage Youth Financial Literacy

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

 Union Bank, N.A., today announced its Yuby™ children’s app, a convenient, interactive financial education tool that uses “virtual” money to help teach children about responsible spending, saving, budgeting and charitable giving. Union Bank teamed up with emerging technology software company Mutual Mobile to develop Yuby, which is available for free download on Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store℠ and Google Play™.

“Union Bank has a 150-year heritage of responsible banking, and we remain committed to supporting financial education. We’re always exploring new ways to enhance the learning process, especially for children,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community and Private Banking. “Yuby is a natural extension of our ongoing efforts, and we recognize that teaching young people how to become responsible spenders and savvy savers empowers them.”

Yuby has three core features:

  • A Chore List to track ways to earn money, such as “cleaning my room,” or “feeding the dog”;
  • An Activity Log to track money earned and spent with details of each activity; and
  • A Wish List to compare the cost of items users would like to buy and to track savings progress.

Yuby provides engaging, age-appropriate activities and tools for children and is a way for adults to participate in the learning process by starting conversations about money with kids. Yuby actions, such as setting an allowance, making deposits and spending money, also require parental approval using a PIN[1].

“Young people today are hungry for knowledge. Our hope is that Yuby helps to instill a sense of financial responsibility and understanding at a very young age,” added Habis. “We’ve found that the sooner the better to start teaching the financial cycle of how to earn money, spend responsibly, save consistently and even give back through donating – all important elements to building strong communities – and we are excited to partner with like-minded Mutual Mobile to bring the Yuby digital experience to life with global reach.”

“There are many financial literacy apps on the market, some that target young adults and parents, and some that make a game of learning about money, but most don’t take the child into consideration,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, CEO, Mutual Mobile. “We spent countless hours on research and observation before building Yuby so that we could appreciate the unique learning behaviors of children – the result is an app that engages directly with kids, in a way they can easily understand, to allow them to learn the basics of money management.”

Yuby complements other ongoing Union Bank financial education activities and partnerships, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Operation HOPE, Junior Achievement, the Union Bank Homework Center at the San Diego Central Library, EverFi, etc. Throughout the year, executives and employee volunteers will also utilize Yuby to help teach youth in local communities.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

About Mutual Mobile
Mutual Mobile creates rich user experiences that reinvent how businesses engage the world through mobile. Combining deep design, development and domain expertise, our custom solutions help clients connect people, processes and data, from the back office to the point of sale and everywhere in between. For more information, visit www.mutualmobile.com.

[1] Yuby is a free, virtual app intended for educational purposes only. No financial transactions actually occur, and Union Bank does not collect any personal information.

Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple and App Store are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

2nd Annual Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

In today’s competitive business climate, supply chain management professionals are constantly seeking out creative ways to reduce costs, assure and improve the quality of the final product and achieve a faster time to market. Strategic sourcing is one method that procurement managers can use to help achieve these supply chain goals.

Identifying the best suppliers is important. However, there is more to strategic sourcing. Cultivating a positive and long-term relationship by working closely with your suppliers can provide many wining scenarios. Developing solid relationships can help sourcing professionals become better at meeting cost, speed-to-market and quality goals, while allowing suppliers to more efficiently tailor and deliver materials to precise purchaser specifications.

Attending the 2nd Annual Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit will enable you to keep your knowledge up-to-date, to understand, plan and implement better strategic sourcing strategies, effectiveness and efficiency of your supply chain infrastructure and reduce overall costs almost immediately. At the same time the best strategic sourcing strategy can create opportunities for your company to improve corporate image, increase sales and market-share, and reduce costs.

Key topics:

  • How to build the Right Strategic Sourcing Environment to Cut Your Costs and Minimize Your Risks
  • How to know when it is time to re-evaluate global sourcing strategies
  • Value creation – one of the most important parts of the sourcing strategy
  • Are there new principles to Indirect and Direct Procurement to Create New Efficiencies and Realize Savings?
  • Who and where to partner, who will be the winners and where they will be located?
  • How technology can enable higher visibility and control over different facets of the procurement process, such as: sourcing activity, supplier evaluation and selection, contract terms compliance and overall spend
  • How to invest in skilled professionals with strong negotiation skills and overall knowledge of the industry, the raw materials, the costs and the suppliers

VBSR Networking Get-Together Co-Hosted by Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Small Dog Electronics and Green Mountain Power are teaming up to co-host a VBSR Networking Get-Together on May 1st. Join us as we network with forward-thinking business professionals working to advance a triple-bottom line approach to business. Help Small Dog celebrate the one-year anniversary of their store, and take a look at (or a tour of!) GMP's new Energy Innovation Center.

The evening will begin at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center with networking, light refreshments and a chance to learn more about the new Energy Innovation Center. After experiencing how the space helps GMP to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of energy use, attendees will move next door to Small Dog’s retail location to toast the store’s one-year anniversary, enjoy heavier hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and learn what SR practices are being carried out by the company.

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking at Green Mountain Powers Energy Innovation Center

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Program featuring SR practices of our hosts

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Networking and Small Dog Anniversary Celebration with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres in the Small Dog space! (Tours of the EIC will also be offered during this time.)

Register today! http://conta.cc/1qDu3Lh

Newmont Publishes 2013 Sustainability Report

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) today published its 2013 sustainability report, Beyond the Mine. The report reflects Newmont’s reporting obligations as a founding member of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) as well as its commitments under the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), the United Nations Global Compact and the Global Sullivan Principles. Finally, the report complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) international standard for sustainability reporting.

“Our commitment to transparency in reporting our environmental and social performance is central to our values and our drive to make Newmont a successful and sustainable business,” said Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Newmont’s Executive Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations. “While 2013 was marked by challenging market conditions, our team made strides in contributing to sustainable development in the communities and countries hosting our operations and projects."

Performance highlights for 2013 include:

  • Achieving the best safety performance in Newmont history;
  • Reaching fair and balanced workplace agreements at our operations in Indonesia, Peru and the United States;
  • Setting a goal to become an industry leader in global inclusion and diversity and establishing targets to increase female and national representation in our leadership ranks;
  • Developing a global water strategy to guide a more proactive and inclusive approach to managing this shared resource;
  • Commissioning environmental and social impact assessments to support responsible growth in Nevada and Suriname; and
  • Taking steps to improve future reporting through setting clear metrics and indicators based on business needs and stakeholder expectations.

New features in this year’s report include:

  • A sharper focus on the sustainability issues that matter most to stakeholders based on the results of a materiality assessment conducted by external experts;
  • A survey tool to solicit feedback from stakeholders; and
  • Case studies that illustrate Newmont’s commitment to conduct business in a responsible manner.

The full report, as well as a downloadable PDF, is available at www.beyondthemine.com. Newmont values feedback on the report or any other aspect of Newmont’s sustainability performance and invites readers to complete an online survey.

For the latest news and information about Newmont, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Newmont
Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is a leading producer of gold and copper. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 32,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, and health and safety performance.

DataWind Rolls Out an Affordable Bridge to Education

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

DataWind, a leading developer of wireless web access and products, and the manufacturer of the world’s lowest cost android tablet PC, announced that it has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

DataWind  plans to bridge the digital divide by providing an affordable tablet thus enabling internet access for millions of consumers in India. The company aims to harness the potential of ICT Technologies for a positive developmental impact on quality of education through its range of UbiSlate/Akash Tablets.

To meet the educational challenges in India, DataWind has worked to address the key demands of a large population, whose poor communities often face disproportionally high illiteracy rates. The company is focused on expanding the roll-out of the Aakash tablet, which is designed to be affordable, deliver high quality content, and provide access at the lowest cost or for free, where possible.

By 2017, DataWind has a target to distribute five million tablets in India and expects that more than 80% will reach individuals who live at the base of the pyramid-- living on less than $8 dollars a day. 

"We are greatly encouraged to have DataWind join the BCtA with their unique technological approach to help reach new communities and improve access to education and technology. The impact of affordable and connected devices cannot be underestimated,” said Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action. 

The company recently scaled-up its tablet launch to better ensure market-based solutions meetthe needs of low-income communities in India. Working to help low-income communities readily adopt the new technology, and in an effort to provide continued quality education and internet access to help empower students and teachers, the Indian government has subsidized the costs and the planned expansion of the mobile tablet.

Recognizing that while a growing number of consumers have access to mobile phones, DataWind is also working with service providers and network operators to provide much needed access to the internet through these web access devices. The company has patented a unique delivery system to provide low-income consumers valuable data services at the lowest cost possible. 

Initial results are promising and the company is continuing to create applications that are versatile and relevant to its varied partners, which include schools, libraries, government and other public and private institutions.   

“DataWind is pleased to be in the company of like-minded organizations and initiatives such as the Business Call to Action that are working towards a common goal of social development by providing tools and empowering individuals and communities globally." said Suneet Singh, CEO, DataWind.

DataWind is working with several governments and not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals of elevating the quality of education and bridging the digital divide. The company is looking to expand in Thailand and a number of other regions.

About Business Call to Action

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

About DataWind

DataWind is a leading developer of wireless web access products and services, and among the largest suppliers of tablet computers in India. Based on several international patents, DataWind‘s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by accelerating content delivery by factors of 10x to 30x – resulting in superior mobile web experience at a lower cost.

Named to the MIT Tech Review’s 2014 list of 50 Smartest Companies, DataWind is credited with the developing UbiSlate/Aakash the world‘s lowest cost tablet computers.  The company has received recognition on several prestigious platforms including – the United Nation at the launch of Aakash by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon; as a "classroom revolutionary” by the Forbes Magazine‘s 2012 Impact 15 List; and as UK‘s Most Innovative Mobile Company.

DataWind has offices in London, Montreal, Mississauga, Amritsar and New Delhi. DataWind devices can be accessed at www.DataWind.com 

Call for Nominations: L’Oréal Paris Announces Search for Women Making a Beautiful Difference in the World with First-Ever Women of Worth Forum

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L’Oréal Paris will convene thousands of women, including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and  L’Oréal Paris Ambassadors Lea Michele, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum.  This day-long discussion on April 16 will focus on the power of self-worth and its ability to propel women forward.

More than 40 years ago, L'Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy “Because I'm Worth It” was launched to celebrate women's worth and self-esteem. This signature phrase was brought to life when L'Oréal Paris established Women of Worth to honor women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism.  Starting on April 16, nominations for the 2014 Women of Worth program will be accepted at WomenofWorth.com.  The 10 women selected will be awarded $10,000 and one woman will be named the national honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 to further her philanthropic efforts.  All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York.

THE WOMEN OF WORTH FORUM
To celebrate the call for nominations and to ignite a discussion on the dynamic role of self-worth among women today, L’Oréal Paris is inviting all women to join the Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday, April 16. Join the conversation by following @LOrealParisUSA and tweeting during one of the five scheduled chats (#WomenofWorth):

  • 9 a.m. ET: Women of Worth: Celebrating Extraordinary Women
  • 1 p.m. ET: The Worth Effect: The Power of Giving Back
  • 4 p.m. ET: Passion and Positivity: How Feeling Your Best Fuels Success
  • 8 p.m. ET: The Beauty of Worth: Achieving Happiness in Life, Work and Love
  • 9 p.m. ET: What’s Worth It: Charting Your Course & Realizing Your Dreams

“Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and worth of all women is the heart of the L’Oréal Paris brand -   and we are deeply committed to championing women who are going above and beyond to serve their communities,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu.  “Worth has a multi-dimensional role in a woman’s life – it’s more than just confidence or self-esteem – it’s the foundation of everything we can and will achieve.  The Women of Worth program was conceived as a way to demonstrate, through the achievements of incredible women, the impact of pursuing your passion and believing in your worth.”

In a recent study commissioned by L’Oréal Paris on the power of self-worth, 81 percent of women agree that seeing other women give back inspires them to do the same.  The study goes on to find that those giving back themselves tend to enjoy a stronger sense of self-worth.  The L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on amazing women who give back, helping to fuel a cycle of self-worth for all women.

STUDY FINDINGS

  • Helping others is the number one driver of self-worth: 96 percent of women feel that helping others is a part of life that gives them self-worth.
  • The effect of giving back: Women who do give back through their charity involvement (such as volunteering time or money, being a member, managing or being on the board, or founding the organization) are particularly likely to have a strong sense of self-worth compared to those who are not involved.
  • Women fuel Women’s Worth:  More than 90 percent of women’s self-worth role models are women they have a personal connection with.

ABOUT WOMEN OF WORTH
Since 2006, L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth has recognized 80 inspiring women who have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved. The Women of Worth program is conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. Past honorees have been involved in a range of important causes from advocating for victims of childhood abuse and mentoring homeless youth, to helping break the cycle of poverty and empowering teens with disabilities.

“The L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program reinforces the importance of recognizing exemplary women who have dedicated their time to supporting the needs of others,” said Tracy Hoover, President, Points of Light. “Exceptional women everywhere are leveraging their time, skills, resources, and personal power to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and to inspire others to serve.”

For more information on Women of Worth and to learn more about past honorees, visit www.WomenofWorth.com.

*L’Oréal Paris’ study on Self-Worth was conducted online by Ipsos.  The study tapped 1,006 women ages 18-74 from all over the United States and was fielded in February 2014. 

ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT
Points of Light -- the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT L’OREAL PARIS
The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company that combines the latest technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. The L’Oréal Paris brand encompasses the four major beauty categories – hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics – and includes such well-known brands as Preference, Excellence, Féria and Healthy Look hair color; Advanced Haircare, Advanced Hairstyle, Elnett Satin Hairspray, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverCrème, EverStyle, EverCurl and L’Oréal Paris Kids hair care; Advanced Suncare, Youth Code, Revitalift, Age Perfect, Ideal Clean, Ideal Moisture, Sublime Bronze and Men’s Expert skincare; and the Colour Riche, True Match, Infallible, Visible Lift and MAGIC cosmetics collections, along with a portfolio of mascara including Voluminous, Double Extend and Telescopic among many others. For more information on L’Oréal Paris and its brands, and to receive personalized beauty advice, expert tips and exclusive beauty content 24-7 (wherever you may be), check out www.lorealparisusa.com.

Smithfield Foods Steps Up Sustainability Accountability and Transparency

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Smithfield Foods, Inc. recently released its new "Smithfield DIGITAL" app in conjunction with its 2013 Integrated Report, which achieved a sustainability reporting milestone by fulfilling the application level A requirements from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This is the first year that Smithfield has achieved this recognition.

Smithfield DIGITAL is available for both iPhone and Android. When users hold a smartphone or tablet over report pages they come to life, adding videos, graphics, audio content, or ways to contact the company to get more information about a particular topic.

“Over the years, we have continually looked for more ways to integrate our online communications around sustainability with our printed sustainability report. This app allows us to do that in a seamless and innovative way,” noted Dennis Treacy, the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

The company explains how to utilize the app technology through an online video tutorial you can find on its YouTube Channel.

Smithfield Foods President and Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope commented, "We are always looking for ways to underscore our commitment to transparency and accountability, and achieving an A level from GRI for our reporting certainly demonstrates progress in this area. However, what I'm most excited about is the release of Smithfield DIGITAL. We hope this app will broaden our reach to entirely new audiences."

The Smithfield Foods 2013 Integrated Report can be found in PDF format on smithfieldcommitments.com, and visitors to the site can also order a print copy. Additionally, a videos section  was added to the site this year, which categorizes the company’s videos by subject matter and provides updates to video material.

The company views the app, report and updated sustainability website as the next step in better communicating with stakeholders. Treacy commented, “The food business has traditionally been rather closed, and we are hoping to change that. For over 10 years, we have constantly looked for ways to give consumers an inside look into our operations, and I’m proud of how far we have come.”

From online farm tours to annual antibiotics usage to detailed environmental data, Smithfield Foods is hoping to provide its stakeholders with anything and everything they want to know about its operations. 

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $13 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly's®, Carando®, Margherita®, and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

Corporate Leaders Invited to Discussion on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

On May 20, corporate leaders will convene in New York City for a workshop to discuss challenges, successes, and best practices in respecting and supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights.  The workshop, titled “Building Bridges: The Business Case for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights”, will be co-hosted by First Peoples Worldwide, Future 500, and the UN Global Compact.

The workshop will provide companies with guidance on decreasing risk and uncertainty while strengthening genuine engagement with Indigenous communities.  It will also highlight resources that can be leveraged to improve relationships and make the business case to senior management and boards about the tangible and intangible benefits of integrating Indigenous Peoples’ rights into operations. The workshop will facilitate peer-to-peer solutions sharing and highlight best practices from select companies.

The workshop will be held during the Thirteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Established in 2002, the UNPFII is the UN’s central coordinating body for Indigenous Peoples, and is attended by thousands of representatives from Indigenous communities and organizations from around the world.

According to Ursula Wynhoven, UN Global Compact General Counsel and Chief of Governance and Sustainability, "it is encouraging to see the growing number of examples of positive engagement between businesses and Indigenous Peoples, where business actions don’t merely avoid harm, but also affirmatively support Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Whether it is through core business activities, social investments, public policy engagement, or collective action, there is growing recognition within the business community of opportunities to create shared value for Indigenous Peoples and companies."

Space is limited, and any company representative interested in learning and sharing about respecting and supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights is welcome to attend. To request an invitation, please contact npelosi@firstpeoples.org.

About First Peoples Worldwide
First Peoples Worldwide
is an Indigenous-led organization working on equal grounds with Indigenous communities and the private sector to promote business models that serve the interests of both. First Peoples’ recently-released Indigenous Rights Risk Report provides a quantitative assessment of 52 extractive companies’ operational risk exposure to Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

About Future 500
Future 500
is a nonprofit specializing in stakeholder engagement, bringing together stakeholders – often activists and companies – toward systemic change on climate, human rights and other pressing issues.

About the UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With more than 8,000 corporate participants in 145 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

The Global Compact recently-released A Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which aims to help business understand the rights of Indigenous Peoples, based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recommends practical actions for respecting and supporting these rights.

Alpha Natural Resources Publishes 2013 Year in Review

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., (NYSE: ANR) released its 2013 Year in Review online report entitled “Stronger Together,” highlighting key milestones and initiatives from the past year across the company’s operational performance, safety measures, environmental stewardship and people and communities.

“Our Year in Review showcases Alpha’s achievements and our commitment to serving the interests of all our stakeholders,” said Kevin Crutchfield, chairman and CEO. “Despite a challenging market for coal in 2013, we decisively took action to advance our business in key aspects and create a plan for the future. As this year’s report shows, we are ‘Stronger Together’ when we are aligned and working with a common purpose.”

For the first time, Alpha’s Year in Review was created in accordance with G3.1 of the Global Reporting Initiative, which is the world’s most recognized framework for sustainability reporting. Additionally, the 2013 report is now available online in an interactive website, allowing easier access for stakeholders and providing a platform for video and linkable content.

Key report highlights include:

Performance: In 2013, 86 million tons of coal were shipped to service approximately 170 customers in 29 countries on five continents. In a challenging year for coal suppliers, Alpha finished the year with a solid liquidity position of more than $1.9 billion, including nearly $1 billion in cash and marketable securities.

Safety: 2013 marked the lowest combined total reportable incident rate in company history. This progress occurred in direct correlation with the implementation of Alpha’s Running Right philosophy and the opening of the Running Right Leadership Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility for mine safety and operations in Julian, W. Va.

Environment: Approximately 5,380 acres of land was restored and more than 2.2 million trees were planted over the past year. Four mining operations were also honored by state departments and trade organizations for exemplary performance in protecting the environment, restoration, reforestation and enhancing post-mining land use.

People: Employees received more than 311,591 hours of training in safety, leadership, time management, problem solving and other areas, furthering their skills and professional development. The company also invested back into the communities where mines, plants and offices are located, providing financial assistance to 800 charitable organizations, focused mainly on core areas of hunger relief, social services and culture.

To view the full 2013 Year in Review, please visit: www.anryearinreview.com.

About Alpha Natural Resources
Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the United States. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with our Running Right process and an environmental steward in the communities where we operate. For more information, visit Alpha’s official website (www.alphanr.com).

2014 Cause Marketing Forum

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Join the 12th annual gathering of companies and causes dedicated to doing well by doing good together. This year's must-attend cause marketing event will help you focus on Innovating for Impact and feature keynotes from Golden Halo Award winners Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and TOMS. Other featured organizations include Purpose, DonorsChoose.org, Mars, Inc., Heifer International, Western Union, UN Foundation, Walgreen Co., Unilever and more! Whether you're new to corporate/cause partnerships or a seasoned veteran, this year's event has something for you! New this year are multiple structured networking opportunities, designed to ensure you meet a wide variety of professionals.

The Future of Global Health Event

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

The best and brightest in Global Health discuss, drink and dance for the future.

WHAT
Global Health Council and the Global Health Fellows Program-II invite you to a unique event that will engage all levels of global health professionals and stakeholders in ways that will help change the world. Join an evening of discussion (and dancing!) designed to foster communication and partnership between new and established members of the global health community.

WHO
Global health professionals and stakeholders
Guest speakers include representatives from: USAID, Plan, Kaiser, Futures, EGPAF, IMC, PSI, Livestong, GlobeMed & FSG
Ambassadors include representatives from:
PATH, PHI, Chemonics & Global Health Technologies Coalition

WHEN
Friday, May 9, 2014
8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE
The Hamilton
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

DETAILS
TFGH14 will offer:

  • A dynamic setting to reflect on building alliances, collaborations and partnerships with each other and strategic alliances with the Global South
  • An entrée into the latest thinking on the future of global health including the shifting burden of disease and the next generation of cutting edge solutions
  • State-of-the-art viewpoints on critical issues such as health work force challenges and universal health coverage
  • Information about new opportunities in the field
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities

REGISTER TODAY at tfgh14.eventbrite.com. (Complimentary media passes available.)

CSR Data Verification—What You Need to Know

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Has your company avoided external assurance because you didn't know where to start or how to manage the findings?

Join Elizabeth Ewing, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Environmental Resource Management (ERM), and Francis Quinn, Director of CSR Technologies at Wdesk, for this 60-minute webinar. They'll discuss the value of data verification and how external assurance can improve your company's sustainability performance.

Attend this webinar to explore:

  • Why verification is important and how companies are doing it today
  • The different levels of assurance and when to use each one
  • The risks of not verifying sustainability data
  • The true business value of verification

Register now for this complimentary webinar.

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

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Has vacation on a Greek Island always been your dream?

Are you interested in getting a formal training on CSR?

CSE invites you to combine both this summer in one of the most beautiful Greek Islands!

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.

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. 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:
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

Using Evidence to Improve Policy and Programs

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Leaders of social programs are under increasing pressure to do more with less. That's why many nonprofit leaders like you attend Using Evidence to Improve Policy and Programs, a transformative executive program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Here, you and your peers from around the world will be immersed in an inspiring, interactive environment led by renowned Harvard faculty. In just a few extraordinary days, you'll learn powerful evaluation strategies to assess and improve program effectiveness. Discover evidence that will shape policy and support new funding efforts. And leave with a lasting network of new colleagues. It's an experience that can't be duplicated. Hear Why.

Space is limited, so apply today.

African Mine Security Summit

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

The continuous criminal threat to the mining industry has established the need for mining companies to implement robust security strategies. Issues like perimeter intrusion, illegal mining, corrupt officials/law enforcement, theft and organised crime have increased the demand for intelligent and cost effective security solutions.

The inaugural “African Mine Security Summit” will extensively showcase:

  • Industry practice to manage and mitigate security risk
  • Methods to secure mine site operation against internal and external threats
  • Advance technology implemented for robust security across all verticals
  • Informative presentations and case studies by industry leaders

Corporate Responsibility Training - Atlanta

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

This three-day training will provide essential content to develop and implement a successful corporate responsibility strategy and is delivered by expert practitioners with years of experience advising leading companies on CR and sustainability, companies.

Since its launch in March 2008, hundreds of delegates have completed the training. Companies who’ve sent staff on the course include BAE Systems, BAT, BSI, The Co-operative, Deloitte, Eni, Ernst & Young, Guardian News & Media, Maersk, Nestlé, Nokia, PwC, RBS, SGS, SK Telecom and Vodafone.

The training is broken into three modules covering:

A. Foundation in corporate responsibility and sustainability (1 day)
B. Stakeholder engagement (1 day)
C. Reporting (1 day)

Participants can take all three modules together or attend one or more individual modules.

Who Should Attend:
Whether you’re a corporate responsibility, marketing, or procurement professional, or an academic, consultant or auditor, then our comprehensive and corporate responsibility training course is for you.

Marianne Williamson Headlines 2014 New Living Expo

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Author, activist and would-be politician Marianne Williamson heads a group of notables appearing at the 2014 New Living Expo, April 25-27, Northern California's premier event for natural health – mind, body & spirit. After almost three decades at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, the event has moved to the San Mateo Event Center's Fiesta Hall as the Concourse closes its doors this year.

Other prominent guests include comedian and activist Dick Gregory, Riane Eisler, Dannion Brinkley, Lynn Andrews, Ken Wilber and many others. The program also includes three longer “special events” within the Expo presented by illuminati expert David Wilcock, medium Gail Thackray and Mas Sajady. Sajady’s program is co-hosted by actress and documentary producer Jane Sibbett, best known for her work on the NBC sitcom “Friends” (she played Ross Geller’s first ex-wife, Carol Willick).

“We’ve gotten a great response from people and organizations in the South Bay Area,” reports longtime event producer Ken Kaufman, who started producing the event (originally as Whole Life Expo) in the late 1980s. “We know from surveys and other communication that the new venue is close enough for our longtime fans to get to pretty easily, so we look forward to making many new friends from the South Bay this year.”

The event features many lectures, DIY panels on subjects varying from raw foods to anti-aging options, 200+ special exhibits, Yoga Pavilion & classes, QiGong demos, natural food sampling and dining area, alternative bookstore, live music and the Organic Wine & Beer Pavilion. For more information go to www.newlivingexpo.com or call 415-382-8300.

Social Enterprise Alliance Summit '14

CSRwire - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Our aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good.

To achieve this purpose, we provide social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive. Since 2000, SEA’s Summit has been the signature event for learning, collaborating and creating a social enterprise movement through collective inspiration and action.

SEA’s 14th Summit, to be held in Music City, will feature four days of panels, two dozen training sessions and more than 60 speakers including:

  • Dr. Victoria Hale is Founder of Medicines 360 and Founder & Chair Emeritus of One World Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the US. Her passion is the development of important new medicines for all of humanity, with the specific goal to reduce health inequities. Under Dr. Hale’s leadership, One World Health developed a new cure for visceral leishmaniasis, launched a novel approach to treat dehydrating diarrhea and developed a platform technology to reduce the cost of malaria drugs by more than 10-fold. Recent honors include: membership in the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies (2007); MacArthur “Genius” Award (2006); and the President’s Award of Distinction from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
  • Seth Goldman is President and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. In March 2011, HONEST Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of HONEST Tea's mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system. Since Seth started HONEST Tea in his kitchen, the company has initiated community-based partnerships with suppliers in India, China and South Africa, and has created marketing partnerships with the Arbor Day Foundation, City Year and RecycleBank.
  • Building an Economy on Love – Featuring Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, which employs women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She was named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She will be joined by Tolulope Ilesanmi, a Nigerian immigrant to Montreal who started Zenith Cleaners as a spiritual practice. “Cleaning is the process of removing dirt from any space, surface, object or subject thereby exposing beauty, potential, truth and sacredness,” he says.
  • Lessons From Across the Pond – Featuring Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition, the UK’s national body for social enterprise; and Gerry Higgins Chief Executive Officer of Community Enterprise in Scotland. The social enterprise economy is much more advanced in the UK than the US. They will offer observations and lessons on what the US can do to advance more quickly.
  • Tours of Local Social Enterprises – Conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour Nashville’s own social enterprises, including: Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, the poverty-alleviation group Soles4Souls, Thistle Farms and FashionABLE, which works with women to help them start small business cooperatives and requires manufacturers to employ women with fair wages & fair hiring practices.
  • PLUS: Intensives on Jobs and work force development, Recycling and Deconstruction, Alternative Staffing and Faith-Based Social Enterprises. Plus a marketplace with over 50 social enterprises from the Nashville area displaying their wares.
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