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The 2014 Peer Awards for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Conference

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

The Peer Awards provide exposure and recognition for innovative CSR initiatives. All finalists present their entries at the conference, which means they also hear one another's entries and have a chance to inspire one another.

The judging process is entirely transparent because the winners are determined by the votes of everyone at the conference, and not in secret by the usual "panel of experts." All finalists appear in the Independent newspaper.

We are open for additional entries until just before the conference.

GRI G4: One Year On - How Organisations are Creatively Applying GRI G4

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

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

Agenda

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

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

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

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 Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm

The 2nd Sustaining Conflict Minerals Compliance Conference will break down each SEC reporting requirement as well as examine direct filing examples from specific companies. Featuring case studies from industry leading experts, this advanced course offers attendees a unique opportunity to benchmark their conflict minerals program against their peers to more efficiently meet SEC expectations and amend their program for future filings.

Featured Sessions Include:

- Scrutinizing the SEC conflict minerals rule with Newport News Shipbuilding
- Engineering a sustainable CM program for future filings with Alcatel-Lucent
- Integrating filings and best practices from the first year of reporting with BlackBerry
- Maintaining a strong rapport with all tiers of your supply chain with KEMET
- Obtaining complete responses moving throughout the supply chain with Dover Corporation

Benefit from highly interactive case studies and panel discussions, Q&A time, 4+ hours of networking opportunities, and exclusive online access to speaker presentations post-event.

Seating is limited to maintain an intimate educational environment that will cultivate the knowledge and experience of all participants.

Learn more here.

Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:15pm
Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit – Global leading meeting place for responsible business leaders

Leading senior business experts from the extractives industry will gather in London in June for Ethical Corporation’s 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit, focusing on how to minimise risk, maximise shared value and assure business competitiveness.

The two day Summit will features honest discussions and practical sessions on what matters most to the extractives professionals, including:

  • Maximising Shared Value: Achieve greater collaboration with host governments to aid development and secure political stability
  • Mitigating Human Rights Impacts: Overcome the challenges to removing human rights risks from your security operations and supply chain
  • Optimising Social Risk Management: Hear the latest approaches companies are using to build trust with communities and minimise risk of social disturbance to operations
  • Eliminating Water Risk: Learn the latest strategies to manage competing interests for water across operations
  • Gaining a financial Advantage: Understand Investor, Lender and Insurer needs to make your company a low-risk venture

Companies speaking at the event include:

  • MOL GROUP
  • Statoil
  • Total
  • Hess Corporation
  • Chevron
  • IPIECA
  • Bechtel
  • Centerra Gold
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Rio Tinto
  • Institute of Human Rights and Business
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Anglo American
  • Barrick
  • Teck
  • J.P. Morgan
  • F&C Asset Management
  • BlackRock
  • World Gold Council
  • Chatham House
  • Aviva Investors
  • London Mining
  • BG Group

Download the summit brochure here: http://bit.ly/1gpJxxT

To have a full run down of the conference, please visit the 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit: http://bit.ly/1iIZqOP

For more information contact: Boris Petrovic at boris.petrovic@ethicalcorp.com or on +44 (0) 20 7375 7527.

CSRwire negotiated a special discount for all its subscribers. Quote ‘CSRW20’ when registering to get 20% off from the current rate on corporate and service provider passes, not applicable for the NGO/academic passes.

The Africa CEO Roundtable & Conference Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™)

CSRwire - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:15pm

The AR-CSR™ provides a platform which brings business leaders, experts and practitioners together to engage on issues of sustainability, social responsibility and sustainable development within Africa. As a foremost industry flagship event, it continues to attract the crème of Africa’s leading figures and decision makers in order to sustain best practices on sustainable development. The quality of the resource persons and participants, satisfactory feedback, intellectual exchanges, learning experiences – both for personal development and corporate strategy – makes this an important event in the African Business Calendar.

The 2014 edition will examine role of financial inclusion as a fundamental sustainability strategy for African economies beyond being treated as a purely economic challenge. With emphasis on access to finance and financial literacy as determining factors for poverty alleviation, speakers will highlight how inclusion fosters economic sustainability and emphasizes its inherent social benefit in today’s fast-changing global landscape.

Speakers will interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit and try to identify what is missing:

  1. The pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and;
  2. Channeling the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

The AR-CSR™ features the following activities: CEO Roundtable, Conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase, AR-CSR™ Gala, High-Level Networking Cocktails and Eco Tourism.

Past editions of the AR-CSR™ with the themes: 'The Business Case for CSR and its impact on African Economies', 'Sustainable Development: Expanding Economic Opportunities through Public-Private Synergy' and 'Driving Innovation: Through Transformational Leadership and Sustainability' held in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Renowned speakers and experts such as: H.E. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and President, Mary Robinson, Foundation and Prof. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor on Ethics and Responsibility, Dr. Gro Brundtland, two-time, first & only female Prime Minister of Norway, former Director General, World Health Organisation, Chairman, UN World Commission on the Environment and Development (aka Brundtland Commission) and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and Graham Sinclair, President, Africa Sustainable Investment Forum and Principal; SinCo; Ashish J. Thakkar, President and Founder, Mara Group and Africa’s Youngest Billionaire & Monaem Ben Lellahom, Co-Founder, Sustainable Square Services, have participated as Keynote Speakers and Lead Discussants amongst other leading experts across the continent and beyond.

Mars chews over sustainable palm oil sourcing performance

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:17pm

Confectionary giant now traces 57 per cent of palm oil back to mills


Categories: Climate Change News

Biome touts bioplastics as key to 3D printing revolution

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:05pm

UK firm argues new 3D printing compatible bioplastic promises to combine performance benefits of oil-based plastics with environmental credentials of plant-based plastic


Categories: Climate Change News

Millennial generation: Today's CEOs are blocking green growth

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:05pm

New report backed by Coca-Cola Enterprises and Cranfield University highlights generational tensions as wide gap opens up in approaches to sustainability


Categories: Climate Change News

How Champneys biomass boilers highlight renewable heat incentive opportunity

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:05pm

Neil Eckert of Aggregated Micro Power explains how his business is aiming to expand the renewable heat market


Categories: Climate Change News

Getting to grips with the food waste problem

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:05pm

The EU is currently losing around 100 million tons of food a year to waste - Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik argues this scandal can not be allowed to continue


Categories: Climate Change News

Is Big Business Really Responsible for the Loss of Indonesian Forests?

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:09pm
By Erik Meijaard, The Jakarta Globe, 29 September 2014 | A few years ago, I was talking to a local community on the forest frontier in West Kutai district in East Kalimantan. They were saying themselves that communities in their area were the biggest driver of deforestation through illegal logging and fire. Because of the high number of coal exploration concessions given out in the area, communities were actively opening up forest wherever they could to claim “ownership” and drive up land prices. This had been much reduced since the anti-illegal logging actions instigated in 2008 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. But by their own admission, those communities were looking for any signs of weakness from police and army enforcing anti-illegal logging legislation, to take up their land-clearing activities once again.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests
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