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

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

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

Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Atlanta and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered: This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines.

The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practioners. Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.

Modules:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Media Contacts:

 

Samoa

 

BLUE On Tour

Charlotte Vick, charlotte.vick@gmail.com

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Diane Loughran, loughran@un.org

 

New York

 UN Department of Public Information

 Wynne Boelt, boelt@un.org

 

BLUE On Tour Samoa media inquiries (USA)

Martha Shaw mailto:Martha@earthadvertising.com    

2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm
The Impact Equation: Stronger Business, Greater Results, Better World

Register before July 15 for Early Bird Pricing

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

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

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

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

Sustainable Brands '14 London

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

Sustainable Brands ’14 London – Successful brands today are expected to deliver deeper value to their customers – moving beyond ‘less bad’ toward becoming a new positive force for restoring healthy environments, communities, families and people. As a result, brands are forming a new conception of what’s possible and looking for opportunities to re-design every aspect of their business, seeking regenerative business models that create positive net impact. Join the assembly of global thought leaders and practitioners who are demonstrating the many ways brand leaders are succeeding by contributing to a thriving global economy – with health, dignity and happiness for all.

The Sustainable Brands community continues at the forefront of brand innovation as regenerative models make their way into mainstream business. Collaborate with market-making companies such as Unilever, BASF, Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Heineken plus others as peers and colleagues gather for another Sustainable Brands European community event this coming November in London, England. Take part in experiential brand-activation activities, the Activation Hub, research roundtables, and more.

Sustainable Brands’ mission is to inspire, engage, and equip brand leaders to find new ways to drive business and brand value by innovating for improved environmental, social and economic impact. This community of business leaders will show you how to build shared vision, leverage new technologies, and implement ideas that contribute to the collective health of individuals, organizations, and economies alike. Registration is now open and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For details as they unfold, visit www.SB14London.com or call +1 415.626.2212. Lancaster London, London, UK. November 3-5, 2014.

CSR Oman 2014

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

Bringing together the Omani business community to debate and discuss the changing role of CSR and the value to the sustainable development of the Sultanate.

Attendees to the this timely summit will be part of Oman's first such event that gathers together the full spectrum of stakeholders responsible for leading CSR including government, private sector, NGOs and International partners. Education, Youth Engagement, Job Creation and SME Development will be at the top of the agenda, whilst the group also assesses how to increase the capacity of local NGOs and Charities. This hub of CSR leaders will develop and action plan of how to develop the optimum CSR strategy and incorporate it into the core of the business.

Responsible Business Forum 2014: Building Trust, Reputation and Culture

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

The need to rebuild trust and reputation and reinforce transparency and accountability after these challenging times is crucial and values must be placed firmly at the core of every company’s operations. The Responsible Business Forum is Ireland’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference presenting leading and inspirational thinking from the world’s largest, most innovative companies and practical workshops on how trust, reputation and culture can be built with key stakeholders.

The Forum is brought to you by Business in the Community Ireland, the country’s dedicated network for CSR. We advise top companies in Ireland on how to implement, measure and report on their sustainable practices and run the Business Working Responsibly Mark, Ireland’s first certified standard on CSR, audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000. In April 2014, BITCI worked with The Irish Government on launching the country’s National Action Plan on CSR, which prioritises sustainability for all companies in Ireland from multinationals to SMEs.

This one-day Responsible Business Forum on Tuesday November 11th will address how companies must build a culture of sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Tickets are now on sale online at www.bitcforum.ie or by emailing forum@bitc.ie or telephoning 00353 (0) 1 874 7232.

Follow along on Twitter @BITCIreland and hashtag #rbforum14

RoHS and REACH: No Data, No Market Access

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

The European Union’s RoHS and REACH regulations were at the advent of the global substance control directive movement. These regulatory regimes drove a fundamental shift in the way businesses conceptualized product stewardship compliance.

At present, both RoHS and REACH are simultaneously being expanded to include new market restrictions and expanding in scope. Specifically, RoHS is expanding in scope to include new industries and exemptions as of July 22, 2014, and potentially to including new substances. REACH is promulgating a new structured roadmap to advise industry on how rapid expansion of the SVHC and Authorisation lists are expanding. Consequently, enforcement and a dedicated effort toward enforcing the provisions of the law will become the next inevitable focus of the respective regulatory authorities.

This session will be presented by Foresite’s Vice President of Regulatory Services and Business Development, Travis Miller. The covered topics will include:

  • Background on RoHS and REACH
  • Highlights of the Regulations current Status
  • Examples of Expanding Enforcement Activity
  • A review of the Compliance Practices Regulatory Authorities are looking for
  • Solutions to Managing Your Obligations

Sundown at Ecotrust

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

Join us at Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Center, a hub for ideas and urban community,for a unique series of free outdoor concerts on Thursday in July (starting 7/10).

The concerts feature outstanding local performers and streetfair-style booths fostering environmental awareness and community engagement.

On July 10, the theme is Energy and features the Portland Cello Project.

LeaderShip for Sustainability

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to offer the LeaderShip for Sustainability training on July 30 – August 1 in Washington D.C.

The three-day training program, developed by Transitioning to Green, is perfect for executives and managers who want to learn how to lead their businesses successfully into a future that’s built on a triple-bottom-line foundation of people-profits-planet.

Training participants will gain practical insights and applications to grow their sustainability initiatives, session topics include:

  • Adopting a systems approach to sustainability that includes leading for triple-bottom-line goals and results.
  • Advice for sustainability: the assessments, metrics, and measurements for building a sustainable business.
  • Understanding inherent ecosystem service resources—air, water, soil, energy, nonrenewable raw and rare earth materials in terms of sustainable business and prosperity.
  • Using the GlobStrat Triple Bottom Line Strategic Business Simulation, leaders develop businesses with a culture and capacity to operate sustainably, and learn ways to incorporate sustainability advantages into the core of their actual businesses.

Early Bird registration ends June 30!

Learn more and register here: http://ccc.uschamber.com/event/leadership-sustainability

Allergen Management: Industry Challenges and Available Guidelines

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

The objective of this complimentary webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to discuss the results of the SGS industry survey on challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control and also provide an update on published guidelines covering different aspects of allergen risk management such as training, supply management and effective communication.

Agenda

  • Background to food allergens and intolerance
  • SGS survey on industry challenges, needs and gaps in allergen management and control
  • Update of available guidelines
  • Overview of basic components of an effective allergen control plan
  • Conclusions

Target Audience
The webinar is aimed at companies interested to get a good understanding of currently available food allergens guidelines, or professionals and others that wish to be educated on the topic.

Presenter
Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou - SGS Global Technical Manager – Food

Register for Session 1
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=708578042
04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Register for Session 2
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704473737
03:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
04:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
07:00 a.m. San Francisco (Pacific Daylight Time)

For more information, please contact: Outi Armstrong, SGS 1 Place des Alpes 1211 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 739 9161

Language: English
Cost: No Cost

SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

The two-day SA8000: A Tool for Business and Human Rights course will offer in-depth knowledge of the SA8000 Standard and show the link between management systems, labor standards performance and business benefits.

This course is designed for a wide variety of professionals and academics who seek a better understanding of the SA8000 Standard, how it is applicable in their business or professional agendas and how SA8000 may be implemented. The course will be conducted in Spanish and will use case studies and group exercises that will allow attendees to participate in the development of action plans and ‘role-play’ situations. There will not be a test at the end of the course; however, all attendees will receive a personalized Certificate of Attendance.

This course is part of our Professional Development Series (PDS).

ESG Issues on the Board Agenda—Regulatory and Investor Focus on Corporate ESG: New and Upcoming Regulatory and Market Developments; Board and C-Suite Focus

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm

Comprehensive Briefing and Expert Commentary--For Public Companies, Boards, Investors, Advisers, Analysts, Risk Managers, Policymakers, Regulators and NGOs

Please join us for this highly informative and educational 90-minute online live Webinar. An international roster of experts will cover key global ESG regulatory and market developments, and ESG reporting issues and challenges, that all board and C-suite executives should be considering NOW to respond to new regulatory requirements, new investor expectations, and new competitive pressures.

In addition, our speakers will reveal what is on the drawing board for ESG regulation and ESG capital market investment internationally. A live Q&A will give you the opportunity to ask questions directly of our speakers. All registrants, regardless of whether you can attend the live Webinar, will receive the Webinar recording and all Speaker slide presentation materials to review at your leisure.

Registration is now open. This event has limited capacity, so early registration is recommended. US$249 for U.S. registrants, US$259 for non-U.S. registrants; 10% discount for CSRwire readers (Discount Code CSRW10refid0614); contact us for 3-or-more group registrations.

Event Summary: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p

Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W

Mobile Event Hub: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/5C?dvce=2

Mobile Event Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/64qx7p/4W?dvce=2

Program and Speaker Summary:

TOPIC 1: Increasing ESG Regulatory and Market Focus Around the World: New Developments and Initiatives—Speakers:

  • Linda Lowson, Esq., CEO, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Legal and Regulatory Developments Overview
    • New and emerging national securities regulation
    • New and emerging stock exchange listing requirements
    • Recent SEC developments
  • Alison Dempsey, Esq., Director of Research, Global ESG Regulatory Academy™: Market-Based Drivers Overview
    • Investor focus: institutional and active investor scrutiny
    • Voluntary reporting as the new baseline
  • Evan Harvey, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
    • CERES Proposed Listing Standards
    • Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Key Developments
    • World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group Developments

TOPIC 2: Increasing Investor Focus and Competitive Pressure: Board Oversight; Shareholder Resolutions and Proxy Voting; New ESG Indices and Ratings—Speakers:

  • Peter DeSimone, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2).
    • Board Oversight of ESG Issues: Key Findings of April 2014 Report published by Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCI)
    • Shareholder resolutions and Proxy Voting: Key Trends for the 2014 Proxy Season
  • Julia Kochetygova, Senior Director, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices
    • Overview of Role of Sustainability Indices from Investor Perspective; Historical Phases and Recent Trends.
    • What New Sustainability Indices Mean for Boards.
    • Conceptual Framework for New S&P Dow Jones ESG Tilted Indices.

TOPIC 3: Increasing Risk: New Financial Reporting Challenges—Speaker:

  • Cecilia Thorn, Head of International Relations, Financial Reporting Council
    • 2014 EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive: Reporting Requirements and Impacts.
    • Forthcoming European Commission’s ESG/CSR Initiatives on the Drawing Board for 2014.

Previous Global ESG Regulatory Academy™ Webinar Series recordings are now available for a very limited time on demand at a discount, with all Speaker slide presentations.

For Registration, Speaker, and Sponsor Queries: Contact Linda Lowson, Esq., HERE.

Impact Investing Conference

CSRwire - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:15pm
The Risk of Inaction

Impact investing exacts financial returns and produces social and environmental rewards. It catalyzes opportunities and reduces the adversities caused by a growing global population and a planet sacked by climate change.

Increasingly, investors have become aware that externalities such as water scarcity, pollution, extreme weather events and unfair labor practices do indeed affect their portfolios’ internal rates of return. By positioning investments toward positive impacts, risks can be reduced and rewards can be furnished across both the financial and social/environmental spectrums.

Direct investments, funds and private equity programs can all play a role in building sustainability and lowering beta. From a portfolio construction standpoint, impact investments are less correlated with the broader markets than traditional stocks and bonds, so they provide diversification during market cycles when sectors become out of favor.

Find out how to face the enemies of the market and battle the world’s social ills through these elite investing tactics. This is how the world’s wealthiest invest. G8 leaders are even turning to impact investing to win on both the financial and social/environmental fronts. Learn from the industry’s best and brightest how to actively engage in impact investing and stoke your clients toward a brighter and more prosperous future.

See more at: www.fa-mag.com/impactinvesting

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