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Companies & Causes Canada

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

Companies & Causes Canada will be held on October 28th at the Toronto Board of Trade. This inaugural event is a powerful forum bringing together the professionals who will shape the future of socially responsible commerce in Canada and a chance to learn from, share and nurture corporate initiatives combining profit and purpose.

Founding corporate sponsors include Manulife, Shoppers Drug Mart, CIBC, TELUS, ScotiaBank and RBC. Keynote speakers include Unilever Canada, Children’s Miracle Network Canada, TELUS, Canadian Tire,DoSomething.org and TerraCycle. You’ll find the full program here.

 

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Renewable Energy Markets (REM)

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

For nearly 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come.

This year's conference will be held December 2–4 in Sacramento, CA.

Register here

GreenBiz Forum 2015

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

GreenBiz Forum 2015 brings together an unprecedented partnership between GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, to give attendees an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today.

Framed by GreenBiz's 2015 State of Green Business report, the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities will make GreenBiz Forum 2015 an unforgettable event.

Join us at GreenBiz Forum (Feb. 17-19) and save 10% when you use our discount code GBF15CSR

VERGE San Francisco

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

VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world.

It focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through six program tracks:distributed energy systems,next-gen buildings, resilient cities,sustainable mobility, smarter supply chains, and food and water systems.

Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.

Join us at VERGE San Francisco on October 27-30 using our special 10% off discount code VSF14CSRW here

How Business Can Tackle Deforestation

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

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

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

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

Ebola Outbreak Coordination Conference Call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modules:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSRwire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 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.

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