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

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

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.

2nd Annual Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Summit

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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

2014 Cause Marketing Forum

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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.

Roundtable: How to Measure the Social Effects of CSR Strategies

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, devoted in updating the region on the newest international CSR news and tools, invites you to attend an insightful sustainability roundtable in New York on the 2nd of June 2014 (between 5:15pm and 7:15pm), straight after day 1 of the Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training (IEMA Approved).

The Roundtable, with leading regional professionals and CSR experts, will focus on a crucial topic being a large business concern today "How can we measure the social effect of CSR strategies?" The goal is to go into depth about the challenges corporations confront, the investments in CSR actions and programs as well as the use of tools and international strategies like Social Return on Investment (SROI), which can form the framework that measure society coherent value.

The panel boasts a great experience across corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, including Nikos Avlonas, CEO and Founder of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, Bahar Gidwnani, CEO of CSRHub and NY area Angel Investor and Richard W. Parlier Jr., Sustainability Project Integration Specialist United States Postal Service.

If you are interested in CSR and SROI this is must-attend event.

E+Co Case Study with Bruce Usher

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

On Tuesday, April 8th, Bruce Usher, The Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, will present the E+Co Case Study.

Bruce served on the board of E+Co, an award-winning impact investment organization focused on the introduction of clean-energy technologies in developing countries. In this case, attendees will be asked to review qualitative and quantitative material from the organization's business plan in order to determine whether E+Co’s business model was fundamentally flawed.

Hosted by Mine-O-Rama Inc. at 1601 Broadway, the case study will be a structured program with networking opportunities to follow.

Opportunities and Challenges of Integrated Reporting

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

The Bentley Center for Business Ethics and the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility proudly present the 2014 Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium (#GBES2014), sponsored by the State Street Foundation, to be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The 10th in a multi-year partnership, the event brings together international academics, corporate leaders, and the media to explore best practices and challenges in business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Registration for the Symposium includes continental breakfast, lunch, closing reception and all program materials.

Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter Meeting

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago
Exploring BLab: An Easy Way to Understand and Manage Your Sustainability Impacts

Discover how easy it is to use the B Impact Assessment tool and lead your organization to a sustainable future. This free and confidential tool will help you measure your company's socially responsible business practices and compare them against thousands of other businesses.

More than 900 Certified B Corps are leading a global movement to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. These change agents are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace, offering a positive vision of a better way to do business, and achieving high growth and high impact. At the same time, 20 states have passed legislation creating Benefit Corporations to build and appropriate legal infrastructure in support of sustainable business. Join us to learn about the difference between Certified B Corps and Benefit Corporations, how to become a B Corp or a Benefit Corporation, the advantages to your organization of joining the movement and the experience of one Vermont Company that is a certified B Corp.

There will also be a couple of case studies and success stories.

Speakers: Yola Carlough and Additional Speakers TBA

Yola joined B Lab in 2011. Her work in the area of Community Development facilitates entry into the B Corp community for businesses that commit to the highest standards of transparency, accountability and performance. Her efforts bring momentum, through membership growth, to the global B Corp movement that redefines success in business and builds a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy. She also manages a private consulting initiative in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

From 2007-2011, Yola was Director of Sustainability at Burt’s Bees natural personal care products in Durham, NC. where she developed, integrated and monitored innovative strategies to achieve the brand’s short and long term corporate responsibility goals in a commitment to sustainable working and living practices that activate the power of business on behalf of positive environmental and societal change. As Executive Director of the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, Yola worked to create meaningful partnerships with non profit organizations driving innovative, positive change through systemic, replicable models that seek to eliminate the root cause of social and environmental problems.

Prior to joining Burt’s Bees, Yola was Director of Social Mission at Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington, VT, where she managed pioneering environmental and socially conscious directions for the company’s domestic and international business.

Cost: Free and Open to the Public!

To Register: Advance registration appreciated but not required. RSVP to CS Wurzberger at cs@thegreenupgirl.com or 802-258-8046.

University for a Night 2014

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

Join leaders from around the world to share ideas and inspiration about how we can work together to overcome poverty and create a more sustainable, prosperous world.

University for a Night 2014 will feature:

  • Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever,
  • The Honorable Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Nigeria, and
  • The Honorable Simão Jatene, Governor of the State of Pará, Brazil.

We hope you will join Peggy Dulany in honoring them with the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.

The evening will conclude with dinner discussions exploring innovative approaches to poverty, environmental degradation, malnutrition, poor health and other critical global challenges.

African Mine Security Summit

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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 - 2 hours 26 min ago

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.

Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets: 5th Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference

CSRwire - 2 hours 26 min ago

2014 marks an exciting development for the Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference. Hosted by PYXERA Global on April 7 and 8 in Washington, DC, this year’s event, Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets, includes a Public-Private Partnership Forum featuring a series of talk-show style conversations between CEOs, Executive Vice Presidents, senior government leaders, members of Congress, and social sector leaders.

The conference will address the ways in which cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value and examine how the practice of International Corporate Volunteerism, or global pro bono, is contributing to socio-economic growth in emerging and frontier markets. Lead sponsors of this year’s event include The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Ernst & Young, IBM, SAP and Merck.

The conference will feature inspiring presentations, panels and interactive workshops that address corporate volunteerism. Taking place at the FHI 360 Conference Center, the day features companies with active international corporate volunteer programs as part of corporate responsibility and employee engagement strategies. IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, Stanley S. Litow, shared, "Having operated the largest pro bono international problem solving program of its kind for the last five years, we're looking forward to sharing lessons learned in running the kind of initiative that yields enormous benefits for the company, employee and community."

In addition to Dow, Ernst & Young, IBM, SAP and Merck, Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets will also feature corporate leaders from Credit Suisse, BD, GlaxoSmithKline, Symantec, PepsiCo, Google, John Deere, Pfizer, CaixaBank and PIMCO. Leaders from distinguished social sector organizations such as Public Health Institute, Charities at Work, Global Giving and Global Impact will also be featured. Media sponsors include CSRwire and Devex.

“Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming an effective and necessary approach to address the most pressing social issues of our time. This dialogue between public, private and social leaders will examine the ways in which partnership and collaboration can lead to sustainable impact,” stated Deirdre White, CEO of event host, PYXERA Global, an international development nonprofit that designs and manages international corporate volunteer programs for over a dozen corporations in service of government agencies, small and medium enterprises, and local organizations worldwide.

Click here to learn more about Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14.

PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal)
PYXERA Global leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices. It breaks down the current model that isolates development as a charitable activity and mainstreams it into mission-aligned action.

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