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Meeting the Requirements of The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:15pm

DATE: May 29, 2014

WEBINAR TITLE: Meeting the Requirements of The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to provide organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain with the understanding they need to help them prepare to meet the requirements of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI).

The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is an initiative of the major brands in the pharmaceutical sector. PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical companies that share a vision of improved social, economic and environmental outcome for all stakeholders of the pharmaceutical supply chain, focused particularly on acceptable working conditions, safe process and facilities, economic development and a cleaner environment for local communities. The PSCI is based on 5 key principles are based on responsible business practice and management standards in the industrial supply chain and covers ethics, labor, health, safety and environment.

In this webinar we present to suppliers in the pharmaceutical sector how they can prepare themselves to meet the standards required by outlining in further detail what is expected and how to achieve this. This webinar will be of value to any organization in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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

Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has a global responsibility for the SGS service in social systems. In this role, Dr. Morgan works with some of the largest global organizations on their supply chain programs. He also oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on communications assurance, where SGS has worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. SGS undertakes over 25,000 audits per annum to help companies protect their reputation and to help them understand their supply chain risks.

Target Audience (Who are we after?)
This webinar will be most of interest to Suppliers in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Program URL: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?PRID=d68520bc5fca66bd2d7f48304802cc90

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04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
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Malaysia imperils forest reserves and sea turtle nesting ground for industrial site (photos)

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:33am
Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia's only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to local activists. Recently, the state government of Perak approved two industrial project inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. But activists say these will not only cut into the reserve, but also scare away nesting turtles from Pasir Panjang.
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Comparing Sustainability Reporting Standards: Integrating the Best Reporting Approach for your Organization

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

DATE: May 27, 2014

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

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.


  • 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

This is the second event in the 2014 SGS webinar series aimed at helping organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies. Key to an integrated and effective organizational strategy is a clear sustainability story – this is central to business in 2014. SGS is running a range of webinars aimed at supporting organizations on every step of their sustainability journeys.

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:

Click to Register for Session 1: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=703302745
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=704810498
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)

Over 75% of Unilever's Factories Achieve Zero Non-hazardous Waste to Landfill

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

Unilever announced today that all its factories across Europe have joined those in North America in achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. With similar achievements in countries from Argentina to Indonesia, it means more than three-quarters of the company’s global factory network no longer sends such waste to landfill, up from 20% just three years ago.

Under the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, by 2020 total waste sent for disposal will be below 2008 levels, despite growing the business significantly. Achieving zero non-hazardous waste from factories is a key element of this target. The achievement to date has been made possible with minimal need for capital expenditure and has avoided cumulative disposal costs of more than EUR17million. On 28 April this year, the Unilever Sustainable Living Report 2013 will be published, and it will confirm that Unilever has reduced total waste sent for disposal by 66% per tonne of production since 2008.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “We have seen a rapid acceleration in converting the network to zero waste. In 2010, 52 sites were there. We have now reached 200 sites. We are on track to hit our revised target of 100% of sites by 2015, five years ahead of the original 2020 target. I am proud of the team effort which has got us to this milestone.”

Sigismondi added that a focus on eliminating waste from manufacturing processes in North America, Europe, the majority of Latin America and a number of other countries has brought the final goal firmly in sight, adding that two key factors could be identified for this success:

1. Reducing waste at source was identified early on as a game changer when the campaign began in 2010.

100% Zero Non-Hazardous Waste to Landfill has been achieved at all European sites through the application of the "three Rs" principle: reduce, reuse and recycle. Where solid waste cannot be eliminated, reused or recycled, it is sent for energy recovery instead of to a landfill. Some examples include:

  • St Dizier, France – ice cream waste separated from packaging via a screw compressor, and passed on to create biogas. This resulted in a saving of €50, 000 per annum.
  • Leeds, UK – upgraded the Effluent Treatment Plant so that they could send over 1,000 tonnes of effluent to be used as a fertiliser for professional football pitch turf, saving over £35, 000 per annum.
2. Creating a mindset for change across the entire network.

Unilever’s Tortuguitas site in Argentina was the second largest waste generating site in the company, yet the factory leadership team remained convinced they could achieve their target of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill in 2013.

Working with managers across the site, the Factory Director helped create a zero mindset which spread across the entire factory encouraging them to reach their goal. They formed “Green Teams” – groups of employees given specific responsibility for generating eco-efficiency ideas and creating projects to eliminate and reduce waste generation.

The zero mindset rapidly spread across Tortuguitas to encompass the way the site works with local suppliers. Supported by the unique Global CapEx fund “Small Action Big Difference” for sustainability projects, the Argentinean team developed product recovery equipment on their production lines This project alone has resulted in 88 tonnes per year of recovered product and €35,000 costs avoided, all within a one year payback period.

The intention now is to spread this knowledge across the remaining factories. The Environmental Coordinator from the Africa cluster has recently visited Tortuguitas to learn about the best practices. This knowledge will then be used to help make the necessary changes in helping all African factories achieve zero non-hazardous waste to landfill.

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (55% in 2012). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Pond’s and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard for the second year running and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /Sustainability latest annual survey - for the third year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development. Unilever consistently achieves strong recognition in this area by independent bodies and was voted best company in Europe for leadership in the 2013 Hay Group study.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

Aaron’s Inc. (AAN) Recommended for Deletion from the Calvert Social Index

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

Calvert’s Sustainability Research Department has submitted the following recommendation regarding action within the Calvert Social Index®. If approved, the recommendation will be effective when the Calvert Social Index Committee convenes its quarterly meeting in June.




Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a company in the Calvert Social Index, has recently been reviewed and no longer meets the Index’s standards for governance and ethics.  If approved, the deletion will take place in June 2014.

What is the Calvert Social Index?

Calvert, a leader in sustainable and responsible investing, has created the Calvert Social Index, a broad-based, rigorously constructed benchmark for measuring the performance of US-based sustainable and responsible companies.

How is the Calvert Social Index constructed?

Calvert starts by taking the 1,000 largest companies in the US, based on total market capitalization, included in the Dow Jones Total Market Index (the “Dow Jones TMI”).  The Dow Jones TMI represents the top 95% of U.S. companies based on float-adjusted market capitalization, excluding the very smallest and least-liquid stocks.  Calvert's Sustainability Research Department then analyzes each company. A sustainability audit is conducted in the following areas: governance and ethics; environment; workplace; product safety and impact; community relations; international operations and human rights; and indigenous peoples’ rights. The stocks that meet all of the Index’s sustainable and responsible criteria make up the Calvert Social Index.

Effective April 30, 2014, all corporate actions and changes within the Calvert Social Index will be made public only at Calvert.comwww.calvert.com/sri-index.html

Calvert Investment Management, Inc., 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1000N, Bethesda, MD 20814 (4/14) #13926

Toxics Across America appendices

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:35am
Document Type: ReportDate: April 15, 2014Toxics Across America appendices
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Toxics Across America report

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:58am
Document Type: ReportDate: April 15, 2014A new report by EDF tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders.
Categories: Climate Change News

Toxics Across America

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:56am
Who Makes the Billions of Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Flowing Through the U.S. Economy Each Year

A new report by EDF, Toxics Across America [PDF], tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders, including certain cancers, developmental disabilities, and infertility.

Our new report looks at 120 chemicals that have been identified by multiple federal, state and international officials as known or suspected health hazards. Using the latest, albeit limited, data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we identify which of these chemicals are in commerce in the U.S.; in what amounts they are being made; which companies are producing or importing them; where they are being produced or imported; and how they are being used.

An interactive online map accompanying the report lets the user access the report's data and search by chemical, by company, by state, and by location.

Among the report's key findings:

  • At least 81 of the chemicals on the list are produced or imported to the US annually in amounts of one million pounds or more.
  • At least 14 exceed one billion pounds produced or imported annually, including carcinogens such as formaldehyde and benzene, and the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA).
  • More than 90 chemicals on the list are found in consumer and commercial products. At least eight are used in children's products.

Most Americans assume that somebody is regulating these chemicals to make sure we're safe. In fact, thanks to gaping loopholes in federal law, officials are virtually powerless to limit even chemicals — such as those featured in our report — we know or have good reason to suspect are dangerous. Because none of us has the power to avoid them on our own, we need stronger safeguards that protect us from the biggest risks and give companies that use these chemicals a reason to look for better alternatives.

The good news is that Congress is working on bipartisan legislation that — if done right — would require greater evidence of safety for both chemicals already in use and new chemicals before they enter the market. And by driving development of and access to more chemical safety data, it would give not only government but also product makers and consumers much more of the information they need to identify and avoid dangerous chemicals, and strengthen incentives to develop safer alternatives.

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Search the Toxics Across America data by chemical, company and location.

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Americans are exposed to an untold a number of chemicals every day, and almost none of them have ever been adequately tested for safety. Our primary chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is badly broken and hasn’t been updated since 1976—almost 40 years. EDF is working with key policymakers and stakeholders to make a smarter, stronger law that better protects you and your family.

Join more than 105,000 EDF members who have voiced their support for safer chemicals in household products. By signing up, you can be part of the solution.

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Abundance Generation launches new solar schools project

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:18am

Leading green crowd-funding platform promises seven per cent rate of return from latest solar rooftop project

Categories: Climate Change News

New Model Needed in Diabetes Care

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:15am

Participants at the 5th International DAWN™ Summit (Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs) today pledged to work together to make person-centred diabetes care a reality for the 382 million people living with diabetes around the world.[i]

While it is widely acknowledged that optimal diabetes care is best achieved by collaboration between people with diabetes, their families and healthcare teams, acute care models for diabetes treatment remain commonplace. But with 592 million people estimated to have diabetes by 2035,1 placing people at the centre of a healthcare system – which is designed around the person with diabetes and takes a holistic view of that individual in order for them to achieve a better quality of life - has become an urgent global priority.

Hosted by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) and the Steno Diabetes Center and with support from Novo Nordisk, the DAWN™ Summit brought together over 200 leading experts, policymakers, researchers, clinicians and patient advocates from more than 30 countries to discuss policies, strategies, tools and best practices needed to enable partnership action to achieve this goal.

Working together across all stakeholder groups, some of the key priorities were:

  • Strengthen the voice of people with diabetes and their families locally and globally
  • Build and nurture trusting relationships and communication among all stakeholder groups, including people with diabetes to drive positive change
  • Ensure availability of whole-person centred and participatory self-management education for people with diabetes as well as their families
  • Enact the rights of people with diabetes and their families to have a supportive and non-discriminatory environment.

President of the IDF and Chair of the summit, Sir Michael Hirst, explains: “The recently published results of the global DAWN2™ study show that people with diabetes need education and support in order to take a central role in their own care. To honour the pledge made today it is therefore our duty to engage with policymakers and healthcare providers around the world to make a lasting difference to the delivery of education, support and care for people with diabetes. Person-centred diabetes care can thereby be made a reality, thus improving the lives of millions of people globally.”

During the two-day summit, participants focused on defining actionable strategies to advance access to person-centred diabetes care – which goes beyond the delivery of care by healthcare professionals to encompass employers and society at large – concentrating on the practical steps that each country must take and outlining targets and indicators for measuring progress over time at national and global levels.

Scientific outcomes of the 5th International DAWN™ Summit will be published by the summit partner organisations in the following months.

About DAWN2™
DAWN2™ is a global Novo Nordisk initiative conducted in collaboration with the IDF, the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), the Steno Diabetes Center and a range of other national, regional and global partners. The DAWN2™ results highlight opportunities for improving diabetes care, education and community support by putting people with diabetes and their families centre stage. The DAWN2™ study will be used internationally and nationally to facilitate dialogue among patient organisations, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders to develop action plans for improvement of the lives of people with diabetes. Further information is available at www.dawnstudy.com.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk employs approximately 38,000 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries.

For more information, visit novonordisk.com.

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[i] IDF Diabetes Atlas. International Diabetes Federation 2013. 6th edition.

The UPS Foundation Invests More Than $9 Million in Grants and Support for Global Community Safety

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:15am

Today, The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced it will donate more than $9 million toward community safety initiatives focused on enhancing disaster response, recovery, and emergency preparedness through enhanced technology infrastructure and road safety initiatives. To underscore the importance of humanitarian supply chain capabilities, UPS will deploy UPS Relief LinkTM, humanitarian supply chain solutions that strengthen the tracking of critical relief supplies. UPS is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide better visibility of the journey of urgently needed items through the last mile of delivery to refugees.

Community Safety is one of four pillars The UPS Foundation lends both its financial support and logistics expertise to serve communities worldwide. Under this pillar, The UPS Foundation addresses humanitarian relief initiatives through disaster preparedness, as well as relief and recovery efforts.

In addition to making the UPS Relief Link program more widely available, The UPS Foundation is also awarding $1 million to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, to implement the Aidmatrix supply chain management platform, called SCM4Good. These technology tools include commodity tracking, asset management and fleet optimization modules to increase the visibility of global inventories, thus speeding relief and recovery efforts.  

“Each year, millions of people are impacted by natural disasters all over the world,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We believe we can help reduce the subsequent human suffering by collaborating with our partners and to help communities better prepare for the unexpected. Our strong expertise in logistics and supply chain management demonstrates the value we place on equipping individuals and businesses with the skills, information and resources to ensure communities are better prepared.”

Being a leader in global logistics services begins with the road. Road safety is also part of the Community Safety pillar, where UPS leverages its expertise in safe driving to develop robust educational programs that pass on this expertise to young drivers.

As road conditions vary around the globe, particularly in developing nations, The UPS Foundation devotes many of its road safety grants to nonprofit organizations in international regions that may have unsafe road infrastructures. From Latin America to Southeast Asia, The UPS Foundation’s contributions support helmet protection for drivers on motorized vehicles, as well as training young drivers how to navigate dangerous road conditions and tips for traveling with young passengers onboard.

“The UPS Foundation is heavily invested in ensuring drivers are educated about safe driving practices in their region,” Martinez continued. “For more than 100 years, we’ve been committed to safe driving and will continue to implement innovative and interactive programs that bring UPS’s road safety knowledge to drivers around the world.”

The UPS Foundation’s community safety grants will support several organizations that provide humanitarian relief, totaling more than $6.6 million and include:

  • The Aidmatrix Foundation, Good360, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme will receive grants that benefit technology and supply chain initiatives to improve back-end processes and tracking behind humanitarian relief efforts.
  • The American Red Cross, CARE, MedShare, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Operation Hope, Salvation Army and St. Bernard Project will benefit from ongoing support for disaster relief efforts, including providing food, shelter and other essential recovery needs.
  • Grants for ongoing emergency preparedness and training programs for American families and businesses will be awarded to the Advertising Council and Safe America Foundation.
  • In order to collectively address global challenges, the following organizations will receive grants to strengthen community resilience through greater public/private partnerships. They include InterAction, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center.
  • The Georgia Tech Foundation will receive scholarship dollars for students in its International Humanitarian Logistics program.

Other organizations that are recipients of The UPS Foundation's community safety grants, for the purpose of championing road safety, total more than $2.4 million and include:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Canada, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V, Hands on Shanghai and UK Youth will receive grants to expand the UPS Road Code safety program in Canada, Germany, China and the UK.
  • The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation will receive a grant for its Helmets for Kids program in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Grants for ongoing emergency preparedness training and safe driving educational programs will be awarded to Citizenship Education Fund, FIA Foundation and Fundaciόn Gonzalo Rodrίguez.

For more information about UPS’s corporate giving, please visit UPS.com/Foundation.

About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2013, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $102 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation.  To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS

Charitable Giving Cools as More Consumers Turn to Responsible Shopping as Way to "Give Back"

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:15am

Consumers are choosing cause-based brands over charitable giving when they look to give back, according to a second annual benchmark study by Good.Must.Grow. (GmG), a socially responsible marketing consultancy.

In a poll of 1,010 Americans, 30 percent of consumers said they plan to increase the amount of goods and/or services they buy from socially responsible companies in the coming year, a modest uptick from 29 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, only 18 percent plan to increase charitable giving in 2014, a decline from 21 percent in 2013.

One in five consumers (19%) said they prefer to “give back” by purchasing socially responsible products, while another 39 percent preferred to split their giving between charities and cause-based brands. When asked to select reasons for preferring socially responsible purchases over charitable contributions, more than half (52%) said it was an easier way for them to give back consistently. Just under half (48%) also reported it was a more effective way to support positive change or make a difference.

“The line between charity and commerce is blurring for many consumers, thanks to increasing opportunities for socially responsible spending,” said Heath Shackleford, founder of Good.Must.Grow. “As a result, forward-thinking causes should be evaluating whether they can diversify their organizations so they aren’t solely dependent upon grants and donations.”

All signs point to continued momentum for brands that are centered on social impact. In addition to the planned increase in responsible spending, 29 percent of those surveyed said they avoided buying products from a company specifically because it wasn’t socially responsible. This is up from 25 percent who reported the same activity in 2013.

The growth of conscious consumerism could be further amplified if the “good choice” was a little easier for shoppers to make. While 62 percent said buying goods or services from socially responsible companies was important, only 33 percent actively sought out such companies. When asked what prevented them from buying more socially responsible products in 2013, almost half (45%) cited that knowledge was a key issue, meaning they did not know how to find socially responsible products, or which products were actually socially responsible. This outranked availability, price, quality, selection and trust as potential roadblocks to conscious consumption.

“The Good.Must.Grow. research shows that we need to be doing even more to celebrate and promote people who are using business as a force for good,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the B Impact Assessment. “As a community, we have to speak with one, unified voice to make socially responsible products and services easier for consumers to identify and support.”

Conscious Consumer Spending Index On the Rise
Overall, GmG saw the Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex) climb slightly to 68 on a 100-point scale, up from 65 in 2013. The #CCSIndex is a score calculated by evaluating the importance consumers place on purchasing from socially responsible companies, actions taken to support such products and services, and future intent to increase the amount they spend with responsible organizations.

But as in last year’s report, even the most altruistic consumers are susceptible to a good deal. More than half (52%) said they would be more likely to purchase a product from a store that offered them a “buy one get one” special, versus a store making a donation to charity on their behalf (22%) or a store giving away the same product they purchased to those in need (18%).

Other findings:

  • In 2013, 29 percent of consumers planned to increase their socially responsible spending. In 2014, 22 percent reported increased spending in this area, which means 75 percent followed through on their intentions to do more good.
  • The #CCSIndex also measured activity across four regions (Northeast, Midwest, South and West). The Midwest led the way with an index score of 73, while the South finished last with a score of 62.
  • An overwhelming majority (90%) of consumers reported “being green” in the past 12 months, while 79 percent reported reducing consumption (gas, energy, overall purchasing)
  • Fewer consumers are trusting traditional advertising as a source for determining whether a company is socially responsible. In 2013, 29 percent cited advertising as an evaluation tool, while in 2014, that number has dropped to 22 percent.
  • When evaluating whether or not a company is socially responsible, how the company treats its employees remains the most important factor with 45 percent rating it as very important. This was followed closely by the company's impact on the environment (40%).
  • When asked which entity was most effective at making positive changes in society, 73 said nonprofits and 72 percent rated individuals as being very or somewhat effective. Social enterprises (56%) edged major corporations (55%) and outpaced local government (44%) and the federal government (36%). Joint efforts between government, corporations and nonprofits came in at 60 percent.

About the Survey
This study was conducted in partnership with Supportive Research Solutions and What They Think Research. Sampling was provided by ResearchNow. Data was collected February 20 – May 10, 2014. In total, 1,010 Americans were surveyed. Margin of error is +/-3%. For more information on the Conscious Consumer Spending Index, please visit www.goodmustgrow.com/ccsindex.

About Good.Must.Grow.
Good.Must.Grow. provides strategic marketing support for socially responsible businesses, nonprofit causes and organizations that are focused on health + wellness. We want to be part of a revolution that drives societal change by sparking increased charitable giving and community involvement as well as unprecedented levels of corporate social responsibility. Proud to be a Certified B Corp. See how we’re #GrowingGood at www.goodmustgrow.com.

CA Technologies Goes Green With Annual Earth Day Activities

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:15am

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced its annual Green Week of worldwide employee volunteer activities in celebration of Earth Day. Currently in its seventh year, Green Week promotes environmental awareness and supports the company’s sustainability efforts. As part of the program, CA Technologies employees will give time during their work day to nonprofit organizations, and participate in activities like beach clean-ups, tree plantings, trail maintenance and more.

Employee-driven projects will take place throughout the U.S. in locations including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bellevue, WA, Cary, NC; East Windsor, CT; Ewing, NJ; Framingham, MA; Ft Collins, CO; Herndon, VA; Islandia, NY; Lisle, IL; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Plano, TX; Portsmouth, NH; Santa Clara, CA; Southfield, MI; and Tampa, FL and internationally in countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

“Giving back to the communities where our employees live and work is an important part of our company culture,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Whether it's planting trees, revitalizing distressed neighborhoods or cleaning local beaches and parks, CA employees will again come together and work to strengthen the communities where we do business.”

“Ecology Action’s mission is to create a healthier environment through resource recovery operations, Brownfield remediation and zero waste initiatives.” said Brent Perdue, Co-Director, Ecology Action in Austin. “Our recycling center reduces waste that is bound for local landfills. Together, with help from CA Technologies volunteers, we can help to create a more sustainable environment for everyone.”

“A great deal of garbage ends up in our rivers every day, which not only creates an eyesore, but threatens the lives of species that depend on this habitat,” said David Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta. “Once again, CA Technologies employees are dedicating their time to preserving our natural resources.  With their assistance, we hope to ensure clean waterways in our park -- for all to enjoy.”

“The volunteer efforts made by CA Technologies employees are crucial in helping to protect Australia’s bushland areas,” said Sandra Payne, Bushcare Volunteer Coordinator, City of Ryde. “Planting native vegetation as well as the removal of invasive species will encourage regeneration of the bush lands and ultimately assist in maintaining our valued natural resources.”

Conducting business in a way that advances sustainability is a top priority for CA Technologies. Highlights of the company’s sustainability efforts include:

  • Active employee Green Teams—representing more than half of the company’s workforce—committed to reducing natural resource consumption at CA Technologies offices around the world.
  • A commitment to reducing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Company products and solutions that improve data center efficiency for CA Technologies and its customers.
  • Purchasing electricity from renewable resources.
  • Building approximately 330,000 square feet of company office space that is LEED-registered or under a green lease.
  • Being recognized as a sustainability leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the UN Global Compact 100 Stock Index, the FTSE4Good Index Series, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index and on Newsweek’s Green Rankings.

About CA Together
CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s global Corporate Social Responsibility program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA Technologies does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others in focus areas including education and technology, health and human services, and the advancement of women in IT. CA Together activities encompass employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and wide-ranging partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide. 

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) provides IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud. Learn more about CA Technologies at www.ca.com.

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The Aspen Institute Announces Second Class of New Voices Fellows

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:15am

The Aspen Institute announced today the second class of the New Voices Fellowship, a groundbreaking program designed to amplify the voices of experts from the developing world and bring their experiences to discussions of global development. The 2014-2015 fellows come from 12 countries across three continents: Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These fellows will undertake a program of intensive media training and mentorship to help them reach a broader global audience through both traditional and new media and speaking engagements.

This year’s fellows include: advocates working in schools and through social media on sustainable, locally driven entrepreneurship; an outspoken leader for the rights of gay, lesbian, transgender and other sexual minorities across Africa; medical professionals advancing reproductive rights of women and girls, and combatting preventable and chronic diseases in countries from Haiti to Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania; business leaders creating mobile devices to improve health care in all settings; advocates for good governance and food security; and a defender of Indonesian coral reefs.

“Far too often, the leaders who are having the biggest impacts on the ground in the developing world are not those that are visible outside of their home countries. We want to change that to ensure that these leaders can speak for themselves to global media and ultimately international policymakers,” said Peggy Clark, executive director of Aspen Global Health and Development, and vice president of policy programs at the Aspen Institute.

“The New Voices Fellowship is a vehicle to help share the most critical and impactful programs, solutions and innovations with other leaders around the world,” Clark added.

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New Voices Fellowship was established in 2013 to bring the essential perspectives of committed development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world into the global development debate.

“This year’s class of fellows is an impressive crowd that will match the incredible work we saw in the first class of New Voices,” said Andrew Quinn, director of the fellowship at Aspen. “What makes these leaders so inspiring is their proven track record of working on the ground to improve lives both individually and collectively. They are showing us the next big ideas in development.”

In addition to personal coaching on creating a dynamic platform to get their messages across, Fellows will receive introductions to select media outlets, serve as sources for journalists, and speak at high-profile conferences throughout the fellowship period. The group held its first workshop in Johannesburg in March, with another group meeting later in the year.

During the program’s first year, New Voices fellows were featured more than 76 times in media outlets and speaking opportunities, including op-ed articles in CNN, Al Jazeera and the New York Times, interviews for NPR and the BBC, and a speech on the TED main stage.

Application to the fellowship is by nomination only, and nominations will open in September 2014 for the next class. The 2015 New Voices fellows will be announced in early 2015.

For more about the New Voices Fellowship and further information about this year’s fellows, please visit www.aspennewvoices.org or email aspennewvoices@aspeninst.org. Follow all the fellows and the fellowship on Twitter at @aspennewvoices.

Editor’s note: Photos and a video of the 2014 New Voices Fellows are available upon request. 

The 2014 New Voices Fellows are:

Adebisi Alimi

Founder, Bisi Alimi Consultancy, Nigeria, @bisialimi

An LGBT advocate and HIV activist, Alimi was the first person to ever come out as gay on Nigerian television. Alimi fled to the UK after an attempt on his life in Nigeria. His development work focuses on promoting human rights for gay Africans and the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

James Kassaga Arinaitwe, MA, MPH

School Partnerships Manager, Educate!, Uganda, @JamesArinaitwe

Arinaitwe’s advocacy and development work is focused on encouraging economic growth by fostering development and partnering with secondary schools to teach entrepreneurship and leadership skills to the next generation of Ugandans.

Yetnayet Asfaw Demessie, MD, MPH

Country Director, EngenderHealth, Ethiopia, @YetnayetAsfaw

As an advocate for education and the reproductive health rights of girls and women for nearly 20 years, Demessie works to encourage family planning, maternal and child health, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Nafi Chinery, MA

Capacity Building Specialist, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Ghana, @nafichinery

Chinery is passionate about promoting women’s rights in African countries and works with women-led organizations to train and advocate for their leadership and staff and their inclusion in decision making processes at different levels.

Anick Supplice Dupuy, MPH

Deputy Director, PSI Haiti, Haiti, @asdupuy

Through her work with Population Services International (PSI), Dupuy focuses on promoting HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria, family planning and maternal and child health through social marketing and communication programs.

Utibe Effiong, MD

MPH Candidate, University of Michigan, Nigeria, @UtibeEffiongMD

As an internist drawn to studying public health and epidemiology after seeing the impacts of Nigeria’s oil industry, Effiong is focused on both environmental drivers of health and chronic disease prevention, with a focus on diabetes as well as infectious diseases, which remain among the biggest health challenges in Africa.

Myshkin Ingawale, PhD

Cofounder, Biosense Technologies, India, @myshkinonline

Myshkin is driven to design and build innovative, disruptive healthcare technologies that improve care around the world. For example, his company Biosense created ToucHb, a needle-free blood hemoglobin testing device, and uChek, a mobile phone app and accessory that converts the smartphone into a medical-grade lab machine equivalent.

Sisonke Msimang

Writer, South Africa, @Sisonkemsimang

With a background in funding non-profit organizations fighting for democratic change in Africa, Msimang has become a powerful advocate for the better use of money and power on her continent. She also writes about sex.

Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq.

Founder, Managing Partner, Hoja Law Group, Uganda/Zambia, @nubiancounsel

Musiitwa’s background in the law and policy has led her to focus on achieving sustainable development by advocating for investment, trade, good governance and rule of law, all to improve Africa’s standing in the world.

Ramadhani Abdallah Noor, MD, PhD

Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health, Tanzania, @ranoortz

Noor was drawn to study public health and focus on vaccine development and dissemination after being overwhelmed by the number of patients he saw dying from preventable or treatable diseases and conditions. In addition to a focus on public health, he also advocates for food security and nutrition for maternal and child health in Africa.

Jensi Sartin

Director, Reef Check Indonesia Foundation, Indonesia, @jensisartin

Sartin witnessed the deforestation of rainforests in Borneo during his childhood, and it set him on a path focused on conservation. His advocacy is focused on the health of coral reefs and community-based approaches to manage them in the face of development.

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, PhD, MSc

CEO, Head of Diplomatic Mission, Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, Zimbabwe, @lmsibanda

Sibanda’s work advocating for food and nutritional security covers 17 African countries and promotes sustainable agricultural development through innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture.

Evans Wadongo

Founder, Executive Director, Sustainable Development For All, Kenya, @evanswadongo

Wadongo has been a leader by bringing both energy and economic development to rural communities in Kenya and Africa. He started with an initiative to use solar power to reduce the cycle of poverty for poor communities and is now advising young entrepreneurs and leaders on growing relevant innovations that tackle socio-economic problems for developing countries.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit: www.aspeninstitute.org.

Coalition beefs up Garden Cities plan

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:41am

New prospectus and funding aims to help local communities move forward with garden city proposals

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Global clean tech investment enjoys encouraging first quarter

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:33am

Latest figures from Clean Energy Pipeline reveal 14 per cent increase in investment during first three months of the year

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Africa: Climate Change Mitigation Must Benefit the Poor, Aid Experts Say

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - International action to curb climate change must help poorer nations develop in a sustainable way that eases poverty and brings additional benefits such as better health and employment, aid and climate experts have said.
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China’s Wind Energy Capacity Tops 92 GW With 16 GW Addition In 2013

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Cleantechnica - In 2013, China witnessed yet another year of impressive wind energy capacity addition. While the total capacity added was off the peak levels seen a couple of years ago, the Asian giant still managed to add 45% of all the wind energy capacity added in 2013.
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EU Nations Said to Set Next Carbon-Market Overhaul Talks in June

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Bloomberg - European Union governments will hold further discussions in June about a proposal to make supply in the world’s biggest carbon market more flexible, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
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