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.
Boulder, CO—based brand-strategy and creative agency Walden Hyde (www.waldenhyde.com) announced today that the company has become a Certified B Corporation. This prestigious designation is awarded to companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
“Walden Hyde brings sustainability into mainstream culture by helping companies understand what it means to their customers and brands, then helping them tell the right story in the right way,” said Principal, Robb Shurr.
He added, “Being a Certified B Corporation is important to our core mission and helps us be accountable to our own brand values.”
Working across sectors spanning CPG, hospitality, the outdoor industry, and nonprofit, their clients include Unilever, The North Face, Klean Kanteen, prAna, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, and the Forest Stewardship Council.
With this new certification, Walden Hyde joins the ranks of other Certified B Corporation business leaders such as Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing Company, Ben and Jerry’s, and Method.
About Walden Hyde
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Walden Hyde (www.waldenhyde.com) is a brand-strategy and creative agency made up of anthropologists, storytellers, sustainability experts, and designers. They uncover the powerful human stories behind trends and culture to help good brands build consumer loyalty and change behavior.
About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of April 2014, there are more than 900 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 32 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (12 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) driving capital to high impact investments through the use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics (more than 60 investors with over $3B in impact assets under management use GIIRS); and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 7,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).
Ikea, Jll, Mars Inc., Sprint, VF Corp., to Urge Policy Action on Climate Change at Bicameral Briefing Sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman
On the heels of a new UN report about damaging and accelerating impacts of climate change, top US business executives will be meeting with Congressional leaders next week to discuss climate-related impacts they are already seeing on their companies, actions they are taking to reduce their companies’ carbon footprints, and the urgency for stronger policy action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support renewable energy, and boost energy efficiency.
Executives from industry giants Sprint, IKEA, JLL, Mars Inc. and VF Corp. will brief the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change in the morning, and will be joined by additional business leaders for meetings with individual lawmakers in the afternoon. The companies are signers of Ceres’ Climate Declaration, a business call-to-action that urges federal and state policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change. More than 750 businesses have signed the Climate Declaration since its official launch a year ago on April 10, 2013. Newest signatories to the Declaration include Sprint, Sun Power and the San Diego Port Authority.
- Colin Dyer, president and chief executive officer, JLL, a major commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Illinois
- Amy Hargroves, director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Sprint, headquartered in Kansas
- Rob Olson, chief financial officer/acting U.S. president, IKEA, headquartered in Pennsylvania
- Kevin Rabinovitch, director, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc., headquartered in Virginia, with significant operations in Texas
- Letitia Webster, director of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF Corp., a North Carolina based company that owns Lee, Wrangler, The North Face, Timberland and numerous other consumer brands
Thursday, April 10, 2014
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM ET
Senate Visitor’s Center, Room 215
ABOUT CERES: Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $12 trillion. Ceres also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), an advocacy coalition of 30 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. For more information, visit http://www.ceres.org or follow on Twitter @CeresNews.
Customers who enroll in prepay electric service reduce their energy usage from 5.5% – 14% as a result of changes in behavior due to more real-time information and awareness around their energy usage, according to a study conducted by Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG). Three out of four customers who were part of the study indicated they had changed their electric usage behavior to lower their electric bill since switching to prepay. In addition, the study indicated that customers had high levels of satisfaction with their prepay service as 92% of the surveyed customers indicated they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their prepay service.
“The findings from the prepay study indicate that customers change behavior as a result of voluntarily switching to a prepay electric service. Customers become more proactive in looking for ways to reduce their energy usage and lower their electric bill,” said Darren Brady, Executive Vice President for DEFG. “Prepay service can enhance the relationship between the utility and its customers by not only making the payment process more convenient, but by providing real-time information to the customer about their daily cost which is changing how they think about and manage their electricity.”
The study included two cooperatives that offer prepay electric service in the Northwest and was undertaken to better understand the potential conservation impacts that can result from prepayment of electricity service. “We participated in this study to learn more about how our members view our prepay offering, and to better understand how our members manage their electricity usage while on the prepay service,” said Virginia Harman, Manager for Glacier Electric Cooperative.
The study evaluated the usage data from 1,394 customers enrolled in prepay programs to identify potential energy savings impacts from participation, and also asked the same participating customers about their experiences related to the prepay electric service. The customer survey was conducted in the fall of 2013, and included a total of 112 respondents.
“The results from the study confirmed what we have seen in our recent prepay savings study and national consumer surveys conducted through our Prepay Energy Working Group,” said Darren Brady, “Customers enrolled in voluntary prepay programs on average are reducing their energy usage at a very meaningful level, higher than most traditional energy conservation measures. While at the same time prepay services are generating high satisfaction levels from customers across all income levels, helping utilities enhance the value of a traditional payment transaction with their customer base.”
The study asked questions related to the actions customers had taken since enrolling in a prepay service. The goal was to try and better understand customer behavior and the specific steps that customers may take to reduce their energy usage as a result of prepayment.
“Overall, the results from this study indicate that prepay brings greater awareness of energy usage to the customer, encouraging them to take both basic actions—such as turning off the lights and turning down the thermostat—to making investments in energy efficient lighting, insulation, and HVAC systems,” said Darren Brady. “Customers indicated they switched to prepay to have greater control over their energy usage and bill, as well enabling better budgeting of energy costs and allocation of available funds to pay for electricity.”
DEFG is a management consulting firm specializing in energy. We believe that customers are the future of energy. Since 2003, we have helped clients create value in a commodity marketplace. In our rapidly changing marketplace, customer engagement is key to success, and our clients learn to better engage with residential and commercial customers. These customers provide unique resources, reduce risks and increase revenue potential. defgllc.com
DATE: June 19, 2014
WEBINAR TITLE: GRI G4: One Year On - How Organisations are Creatively Applying GRI G4
The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to take stock of the progress of the GRI G4 sustainability reporting framework now that it is one clear year since it was launched. We consider how organizations have evolved their sustainability strategies and communications and consider how GRI G4 has played a role in this development of thinking. We also take this opportunity to give an overview of the GRI G4 reporting framework.
This is the third event in the 2014 SGS webinar series aimed at helping organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the implementation. Key to an integrated and effective organizational strategy is a clear sustainability story – this is central to business in 2014 and beyond.
Dr. Colin Morgan, Global Product Manager – Social Responsibility Performance Assessments
Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has global responsibility for the SGS service delivery for Sustainability Communications where he has worked with globally recognized high profile organizations across the globe. He oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on Sustainability Communications Assurance, where SGS have worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. Dr. Morgan is also the product manager for the ISO 26000, ISO 20121 and the SGS social accountability responsible supply chain service programs.
Target Audience (Who are we after?)
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.
Program URL: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?p=49&t=m
Click to Register for Session 1:
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)
Click to Register for Session 2: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704939949
08:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
01:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
02:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
08:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-258-8046.
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.
World Learning is excited to name its second round of Advancing Leaders Fellows, at a pitch competition and reception to be held at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Our program will begin at 2 pm with a pitch competition among the 2014 finalists. You are also invited to attend our evening reception at 6 pm where we will officially name the 2014 Advancing Leaders Fellows.
Please RSVP and find more information online at www.worldlearning.org/fellows2014.
Contact Cate Urban at 443-417-0701 or email her at email@example.com for any media queries.
We believe in the social value of organisations. At the next edition of our Annual Conference, on 1st April 2014 in Barcelona, we will highlight the talent of intrapreneurs and social entrepreneurs as drivers of innovation and social impact.
Experts and other individuals familiar with social intrapreneurship within organisations will discuss the leadership process involved in challenging the status quo in order to build a better future. With this Annual Conference, we want to boost the potential of these agents of change and inspire all sorts of social-impact organisations – NGOs, non-profit and for-profit companies, and social enterprises – to effectively implement it within their structures.
If you share this motivation to build a more just and sustainable world, we’d like to see you at Organisations with a Social Impact on 1st April at ESADEFORUM Barcelona!
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.
The main objective of the free-of-charge webinar course is to outline all the key topics penetrating GRI G4 Guidelines and all the reasons why people need to start adopting them.
Join this webinar and get immediate answers on:
1. What is GRI G4 impact on reporting?
2. How to successfully implement the new GRI G4 guidelines?
3. How to engage your stakeholders and investors based on these guidelines?
Any Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Professionals with an interest in expanding their knowledge on sustainability reporting and external assurance. It would be of interest for professionals working in the corporate communications aspect of an organization, including Investor Relations, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations and Human Resources. At last but not least, those involved in the writing of CSR report according to the GRI framework will find this webinar very helpful.
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on May 6th for its fourth annual environmental forum, Accelerating Sustainability: Energy and Water in Your Operations and Supply Chains.
This event will bring together leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to explore enhanced, scaled collaboration and sustainability-driven innovation. Businesses and communities utilize these approaches to solve pressing energy and water challenges while creating shared value.
Session topics include:
- Accelerating sustainability goals through employee and stakeholder engagement
- Successes and challenges of pre-competitive and non-traditional partnerships
- Innovative platforms for reducing shared water risk
- Catalyzing business investment in natural infrastructure
Through visionary speakers and action-oriented sessions, you will work with your peers to build partnerships, tools, and techniques to accelerate your sustainability work. Don't miss your opportunity to join sustainability leaders on May 6 in Washington, D.C. Early bird rates end on March 31! Register today! http://ccc.uschamber.com/event/accelerating-sustainability