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LONDON, ON, December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Last year, Canadian businesses leading on sustainability came to a key conclusion: the low–hanging fruit from sustainability had been fully harvested. Partnerships would be increasingly critical to innovation, growth and sustainability. Despite the growing number of partnerships, one question remained unaddressed—what factors and processes produce the best partnerships?
New research released by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), a not-for-profit hosted at the Ivey Business School, sheds light. The latest Executive Report Sustainability through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives provides explicit guidance on how to select the right partner and how to manage the partnership process. It also includes a toolkit complete with a partnership checklist and case studies.
Led by Dr. Barbara Gray of Pennsylvania State University, the research is a direct response to the Top 10 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2013 identified by the NBS Leadership Council – a group of 18 organizations representing major sectors in the Canadian economy and recognized for leadership in sustainability.
Effective collaboration is critical – and the research makes this message clear. “It is through collaboration, often involving the oddest bedfellows, that we vest this generation’s hope for addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and environmental insecurity,” says Council member Simon Zadek of the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD).
In addition to the ready-to-use tools, the research helps classify and navigate different types of multi-sector partnerships to help partners elicit the greatest mutual benefit.
The full analysis is available freely online.
For more information, please contact Tara Hadler, Project Coordinator, NBS at 519-661-2111 x88107 or email@example.com.
About the Network for Business Sustainability
The Network for Business Sustainability is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that connects thousands of researchers and business leaders worldwide, with the goal of creating new, sustainable business models for the 21st century. NBS receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, École des Sciences de la Gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal and industry partners.
NBS Leadership Council Members
3M, BC Hydro, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Environment Canada, Home Depot of Canada Inc., Holcim (Canada) Inc., Industry Canada, International Institute of Sustainable Development, LoyaltyOne, Inc., Pembina Institute, Suncor Energy Inc., Target (Canada), TD Bank Group, Teck Resources Limited, Tembec Inc., Tim Hortons Inc., Unilever Canada Inc., Westport Innovations Inc.
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University encompasses 24 campuses, 17,000 faculty and staff, 100,000 students, a teaching hospital that provides care to more than a million patients a year, the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet and an online World Campus that empowers anyone to pursue an education.
For further information, please visit www.psu.edu.
KEYWORDS: Sustainability Business, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, #sustainability, Collaboration/Partnerships, Sustainable Business
SOURCE: Children InternationalDESCRIPTION:
The winner of the 2013 International InspireTM Award credits her father, a rickshaw driver, with sparking her desire to volunteer her time. Pampa Sinha has been a dedicated Children International volunteer for the past 15 years. On Giving Tuesday, and in anticipation of International Volunteer Day, Children International honors the local volunteers in the impoverished commumities it serves. While most of them have very little financial means, they give much of themselves to help the children in their communities. Pampa Sinha is an outstanding example of someone who passionately gives much of herself to help the children in her community.
For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit www.children.org.
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
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KEYWORDS: Children International, inspire, Inspire Award, giving tuesday, International Volunteer Day
A lot of effort has gone into understanding the younger generation. Sometimes we call them "Millennials" or "Generation Y" or even "Digital Natives," but clearly those born after 1980 are having a very different adolescent experience than those of us born before. It's obvious when we look at how youth engage with technology, the Internet, mobile devices, and each other, especially when it comes to social media. This is the new generation gap - the divide in how millennials develop relationships compared to the older generation.
Years ago the world of teen interaction was relatively small compared to today. It consisted of seeing friends at school and during weekend plans. But now, with social media and social networking, a young person's social world just got bigger. Young people today are increasingly using online services, in addition to Facebook, to communicate and share with others. They are segregating their communications, choosing different audiences to receive different messages and curating their online reputation. Their parents and the general public may see a pleasant, "Having a GREAT day at school" post on Facebook, while close friends or teens they don't know may see, "My history teacher is the WORST!" on Instagram and other social media networking sites. Teens find it much more interesting when they get likes and shares and comments and interactions from people who they don't know - it's instant online popularity, but at what price? (For a view of some of the apps youth are turning to, in addition to Facebook, consider Common Sense Media's article, 11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook.)
See the full article here
KEYWORDS: Social Media, millenials, Symantec, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: General MillsDESCRIPTION:
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that encourages individuals everywhere to make room for charitable giving as part of their holiday season.
In just two years, #GivingTuesday has grown from a small social media movement to become widely embraced nationally as an ideal complement to “Black Friday” and Cyber Monday,” which focus on traditional gift purchasing.
So for the second year in a row, Join My Village – an international philanthropic program founded by General Mills – is tapping into the magic of #GivingTuesday to make some remarkable things happen in the communities that JMV supports in Africa and India.
Read more on the Taste of General Mills blog: http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2013/12/help-build-libraries-with-join-my-village/.
KEYWORDS: Join My Village, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, General Mills, General Mills Foundation, Merk, CARE, India, Malawi, education for girls
Through the excitement and activity around #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving meant to kickstart the generosity of the holiday season and highlight all the good in the world, we thought it most appropriate to announce our ongoing commitment to our longtime nonprofit partner, Teach for America (TFA), and to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Our future innovators are sitting in classrooms right now and with partners like Teach for America, we hope to get these students excited about STEM subjects and lead them toward a career in the technology industry. We have supported the work of TFA’s STEM recruitment for a number of years, but this year we have a more direct focus on recruiting diverse STEM educators. We have a common goal to reach those students who are underrepresented in the engineering profession – whether because of their geography, skin color, or income status. The best way to do that is through educators and role models who look like them, with similar backgrounds and experiences.
Read the full post on the Symantec CR in Action blog here
KEYWORDS: #givingtuesday, Teach for America, csr, Symantec, Teachers, STEM
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced the 25 organizations that will receive $1,000 in grants as a part of CVS Caremark's #GivingTuesday initiative, which invited CVS Caremark colleagues to nominate an organization in their community that they volunteer with, to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.
Today is the 2(nd) annual #GivingTuesday, a national campaign created to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities.
"#GivingTuesday reminds us that the holiday season should go beyond shopping and be a special time of year when we give back to our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "Through our #GivingTuesday initiative, we are not only providing deserving non-profit organizations with funding, but we are honoring our colleagues who bring our values of caring and collaboration to life all year long by volunteering with organizations that are helping the people we serve, every day."
Funding through the #GivingTuesday grant program will support 25 colleague-nominated organizations nationwide, including:
For more information about #GivingTuesday, please visit http://community.givingtuesday.org
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at info.cvscaremark.com/investors.
Joanne Dwyer, CVS Caremark
Eva Pereira, for CVS Caremark
Web site: http://community.givingtuesday.org
KEYWORDS: cvs caremark charitable trust, cvs, #givingtuesday, volunteerism, Nonprofits, philanthropy, cvs caremark, health care, Animals & Environment, social services, Children, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.DESCRIPTION:
This post is from guest blogger Emily Kraft, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, one of the hunger relief organizations Cisco employees support through the annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign.
I’m at the library on my lunch break, searching for a good book to read in my downtime. My concentration is broken when I hear whispers coming from a nearby table. “Is that the Food Stamp Lady? I think it is. She’s great – helped me out a lot. You should talk with her.”
Many local shelter residents congregate at the library during the daytime, and it is here among them that I have achieved pseudo celebrity status. The beloved moniker of “Food Stamp Lady” has been bestowed upon me during the past two years after I became a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in November 2011.
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SOURCE: Whirlpool CorporationDESCRIPTION:
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that Ethan Harris, Club Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, Ark., has been named winner of the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Awards – America’s Vote competition in acknowledgement for his demonstrated commitment to helping his Club keep youth on the path to achieving great futures.
America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, which recognizes Club professionals, members and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth by being dependable and exceptional role models. America’s Vote invited people across the U.S. to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online.
Ethan was voted America’s winner and joins 24 other Dependable Leaders across the country also honored this year. Ethan will receive a $20,000 financial grant to help his Club deepen its impact in its community. The grant will help to further extend Ethan’s work with the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. Ethan’s video submission, which helped him secure America’s Vote, is available to view at www.bgca.org/Maytag.
Ethan is an 11-year old boy who works determinedly to do what he can to help the Club. From assisting staff members, to speaking to the Board of Community Directors about his Club, he constantly seeks to pitch in and make improvements. Through the “It Just Takes One Kid’s Campaign,” Ethan raised over $1,000 for his Club through an event he organized on his own.
“Ethan Harris is an exemplary Club member who actively cares for his Club and knows first-hand the impact it makes in the lives of youth,” said Suzanne Passmore, Executive Director Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. “We are proud to see Ethan recognized with this incredible award from Maytag. We are grateful to Maytag for supporting our organization’s effort to serve young people and make a difference in their lives.”
Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support that enable youth to reach their full potential. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to promote dependability – a quality that the Clubs’ staff and volunteers strive for every day and is central to the Maytag brand.
“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows the brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag. “Ethan provides his Club with passion and untiring devotion; it is our honor to recognize him with this award.”
About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit www.maytag.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Ketchum for Maytag Brand
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Youth Action, Maytag, whirlpool, BGCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Bryant, Arkansas, Ethan Harris, volunteer, Dependable Leader, #dependableleader, America's Vote
Amway - No stranger to natural and manmade disasters
By Jesse Hertstein
As a global organization, we are no strangers to natural and manmade disasters.
Millions of people make up the global Amway family, so a disaster in one country has a ripple effect on the others. Our sympathies are not measured by the size of the market, but the impact on our friends and colleagues.
A beautiful example has emerged over the past few weeks in the Philippines. And the greatest part of the story is that our response to Typhoon Haiyan was not hampered by the complexity of a multinational direct selling company, but rather enhanced by it.
Our early warning systems alerted us to the magnitude of the storm, and we were in touch with staff in Manila before, during and after the typhoon. Amway has approximately 120 employees and 65,000 Amway Business Owners (ABOs) in the Philippines, and the first priority was ensuring that everyone was safe.
While communications have been difficult with some of the hardest hit areas, we were relieved to hear that our top leaders and staff were safe and accounted for.
Response began at multiple levels. Amway senior executives at our headquarters immediately provided funds to support rescue and recovery through the local Red Cross, and set the stage for helping with rebuilding later on, after most donors have lost interest.
Locally, staff prepared 1,000 relief kits with Amway products to be immediately delivered (often in person) to ABOs who were impacted, particularly those who had to leave their hometowns to find new places to live.
Around the world, Amway Business Owners began to raise and give to Haiyan relief efforts, including efforts in all four of our global regions: Asia Pacific, Greater China, Europe and the Americas.
Meanwhile, we were gearing up for a global volunteer day through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. Amway Philippines showed their true spirit by moving ahead with their plans to support school libraries, but adding disaster relief to the list of projects happening around the country.
At Amway headquarters, employee volunteers prepared approximately 10,000 personal hygiene kits to donate to International Aid and Convoy of Hope, which will be sent to typhoon victims in the Philippines.
And the stories keep coming.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, #amway, #amwayonebyone, Amway, Amway One by One Campaign, Children, Philippines, typhoon, International aid, Convoy of Hope, relief kits, disaster
SOURCE: General Electric (GE)DESCRIPTION:
General Electric teamed up with Ashoka Changemakers to find social innovators who are unleashing economic opportunities for women across the MENA region. To learn more about Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in MENA,” visit http://www.changemakers.com/menawomen
Follow #womenWork on Twitter to receive the latest on innovation trends and competition news.
Women’s economic integration and empowerment is a global issue that has a particular resonance in the Arab world. Women represent just one quarter of the labor force, and less than 1 in 7 of the 5,887 firms in 10 MENA countries surveyed by the World Bank between 2003 and 2010 were female owned.
Starting with the two Early Entry Prize winners that were awarded by Ashoka, here are 12 initiatives working to empower women in the Middle East:
Check back on December 4th, 2013 as we announce the Women Powering Work finalists.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Human Resources, MENA, women, #womenWork, Ashoka, GE, Middle East, Changemakers
Amsterdam, NL, December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Library of Alexandria (BA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide 150 researchers working in least-developed and low-income countries across the globe with access to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s online scientific research platform with 11 million full text articles and Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing 21,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers. The new agreement will provide courtesy access for a period of three years.
As an integral part of this initiative, the BA will also facilitate research capacity building, or the development of strong research skills through a closed Virtual Knowledge Community (VKC) to provide the scientists with regular support including: research best practices, information literacy and authorship skills training.
“Science can help feed the hungry, heal the sick, protect the environment, bring dignity to work and create space for the joy of self-expression…But if we do not build capacity for the deprived to have access to the best of science, the gap between the rich and the poor will increase”, said Dr. Ismael Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, “This collaboration between Elsevier and the Library of Alexandria is intended to empower many researchers in Africa to have access to the best of science today.”
Many of the 150 scientists who will be granted access to ScienceDirect and Scopus focus their research on areas relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals including the treatment and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; promoting rural development with improved water, sanitation and food security.
Mohamed Kamel, Elsevier’s Regional Director Africa, said, “It is an honor to support the critical work that the Library of Alexandria is undertaking to provide access to information, develop capacity and drive science in key developing world institutes, bringing researchers closer to their peers across the world. This carefully targeted South-South knowledge exchange is part of our overall effort with Research4Life and the Elsevier Foundation to provide clinicians, researchers, and policymakers in the developing world with access to the information they need to address critical health and sustainability challenges.”
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About The Library of Alexandria
Situated close to the original site of the ancient Library of Alexandria, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in October 2002, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of the original library. It aspires to be the world’s window on Egypt and Egypt’s window on the world. The library complex contains space for millions of books, a center for the internet and its archive, museums of antiquities, manuscripts, the history of science and more. In addition the library includes fifteen research institutes covering Manuscripts Studies, Calligraphy and Writing Studies, Francophone Cultural Activities, Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Alexandria and Mediterranean Studies, Special Studies and Programs, Democracy and Social Peace, Hellenistic Studies, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Islamic Civilization Studies, Coptic Studies, Information Sciences, Arabic Computational Linguistics Studies and Genealogies Studies.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
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The Library of Alexandria
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KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Engagement, Expert Connections, People, Elsevier, Library of Alexandria, Memorandum of Understanding
New York , December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) today announced the launch of the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative to bolster the ability of 13 organizations around the country to increase economic progress in low-income communities. With $3.25 million in funding from the Citi Foundation, administered by LIIF, the support is part of an effort to transform the field of community development by advancing the community “quarterback” model. The model leverages the capacity of high-performing local organizations to lead and coordinate across sectors and stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
Through a one-year grant of $250,000, each PIP grantee will initiate or deepen their efforts to become community quarterbacks by aligning objectives and coordinating efforts among local organizations and residents to improve neighborhoods and create pathways to economic opportunity. PIP organizations will lead the development or expansion of local stakeholder networks to improve places—the physical environment of a community including housing, transit, and safety— and create opportunities for people—such as jobs, child development, education, and health.
The impetus behind the PIP initiative came from Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, a book LIIF co-published in 2012 with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which asserts that flexible and dynamic community quarterbacks could transform local community development efforts that are often fragmented and duplicative. The Citi Foundation supported LIIF’s work on the original book, and the PIP initiative now aims to advance the community quarterback model in 10 regions across the nation.
“Recognizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to improving economic opportunity, we know the quarterback model works to align smart approaches with smart financing,” said Nancy O. Andrews, President and CEO of LIIF. “Through Partners in Progress, we hope to build a movement. By creating a network of quarterbacks, we can promote learning and formalize a strategy that will fundamentally change our field for decades to come. The Citi Foundation is a uniquely innovative funder to invest in this idea that is aimed at nothing short of transforming neighborhoods and lives across the country.”
“The Partners in Progress initiative is focused on identifying and supporting organizations that have the credibility and potential to be local community development champions,” said Pamela Flaherty, President & CEO of the Citi Foundation. “Too often, well-intentioned community development efforts suffer from a lack of leadership, efficiency, and coordination. By bolstering the role of a local cross-sector quarterback, the Citi Foundation and LIIF are aiming to eliminate obstacles to effective communication and collaboration, all in an attempt to improve the quality of life in our communities.”
PIP funding will enable grantees to engage and align an expanded range of partners, share knowledge, and use data to drive project design. In addition, grantees will participate in a learning community that will include coaching and skill building. Throughout the year, LIIF and the Citi Foundation will share grantee progress and lessons, as well as make tools and resources available to participating organizations.
The 13 grantees have different levels of experience using the community quarterback model as well as varying community needs, from linking affordable housing and health care in Los Angeles, CA; to planning for integrated community service delivery near a new transit hub in Dallas, TX; to creating new immigrant-driven approaches to community development in Queens, NY. Other grantees aim to build coalitions, develop governance and operating structures, set strategic goals, or map and analyze critical data. Grantees at more advanced stages will use the funds to strengthen, deepen, or accelerate their activities.
The 13 PIP grantees are:
To learn more about the PIP program, visit www.partnersinprogressproject.org.
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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi
About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation is committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of individuals and families, particularly those in need, in the communities where we work so that they can improve their standard of living. Globally, the Citi Foundation targets its strategic giving to priority focus areas: Microfinance, Enterprise Development, Youth Education and Livelihoods, and Financial Capability and Asset Building. The Citi Foundation works with its partners in Microfinance and Enterprise Development to support environmental programs and innovations. Additional information can be found at www.citifoundation.com.
About the Low Income Investment Fund
The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) invests capital to support healthy families and communities. Since 1984, LIIF has served 1.5 million people by investing $1.4 billion. Over its history, LIIF has provided financing and technical assistance to create and preserve affordable housing, child care centers, schools, healthy food retail, health clinics and transit-oriented developments in distressed neighborhoods nationwide. LIIF’s work has generated $20 billion in family income and societal benefits. LIIF has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. For more information about LIIF, visit www.liifund.org.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Citi, csr, Citi Foundation, low income investment fund, partners in progress, community
SOURCE: United Nations Global CompactDESCRIPTION:
New York, December 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The UN Global Compact released A Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as part of the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The Guide aims to help business understand the rights of indigenous peoples and recommends practical actions to respect and support these rights.
The Business Reference Guide grew out of dialogue among a group of Global Compact LEAD companies and is the product of an 18-month collaborative process. As part of a public consultation period, thousands of stakeholders from around the world – including indigenous peoples, companies, business and industry associations, academia, international organizations, NGOs and other experts – were invited to provide input to the development of the Guide.
The new Guide follows the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. The Declaration elaborates internationally recognized human rights of indigenous peoples, both individually and collectively. Valmaine Toki, Member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato Te Piringa Law School said, “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a key international document articulating fundamental human rights for indigenous peoples. I am pleased that the objective of this Business Reference Guide is to promote respect for, and recognition of, these rights, in particular, as they relate to business activities. This Guide will be instrumental to facilitate meaningful interaction with indigenous peoples."
Since the landmark endorsement by business of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, business has increasingly acknowledged the relevance of respecting and supporting internationally recognized human rights. In order to highlight the steps business is already taking to respect and support indigenous peoples’ rights internationally, a Practical Supplement to the Guide was also released with examples of business practices.
Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel at the UN Global Compact said, “We hope that this Business Guide will help to fill a critical void: namely, to assist businesses around the world to better understand indigenous peoples' rights, and how to respect and support those rights.”
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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, united nations, Global Compact, Indigenous Peoples, UNDRIP, Human Rights
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When we think of children within our society we associate them at school learning, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Yet according to the United Nations, the number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic has more than doubled to as many as 6,000 in recent months as self-defence militia have sprung up to counter waves of attacks by former rebels. Now world powers, led by France, are rushing to contain a crisis that Paris and U.N. officials have warned could lead to genocide in this region, which slipped into chaos after rebels ousted the president in March. Some 400,000 people have fled their homes since the uprising and the reprisal killings that followed.
UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, has warned of a complex crisis that has seen local communities set up self-defence groups to halt abuses by the northern, mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that swept to power. This has led to an increase in the number of children involved. UNICEF believes that boys and girls younger than 15 are working as child soldiers.
Central African Republic is rich in gold, diamonds and uranium, but decades of instability and the spill over from conflicts in its larger neighbours have kept it mired in crises. This area is a forgotten crisis at global level and the situation is very tragic. However, in spite of the area’s fragile state, UNICEF is holding immunisation and back-to-school campaigns to increase the maternal and infant mortality rates in the country which ranks among the lowest in social indicators. This agency is also working with armed groups to release children conscripted into the army.
KEYWORDS: Central African Republic, child soldiers, UNICEF, Justmeans, Children, Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, best practices, Green Companies, Social Entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, social innovation, Social investment
Baja Calif., Mexico, Dec. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Commemorating 10 years since breaking ground Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) donated $10,000 (USD) today to the Boys and Girls Club of Tecate and three Toyota trucks to local nonprofit partners, including:
Team members, suppliers and special guests at the Tijuana home of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck celebrated with their local community. Tacoma has been named one of the best cars for the money for outstanding quality and good value by US News & World Report.
“The dedication of our Mexico team has contributed to the facility’s manufacturing excellence,” said Osamu “Simon” Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. “Their efforts strengthen our vision of building great trucks, while contributing to the local community and supporting economic development in the region.”
Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) represents over $180 million (USD) with capacity to build 57,000 Tacomas and 200,000 truck beds per year. Last October, Toyota announced it would increase TMMBC’s capacity to 63,000 annually starting mid-2014. This increase will create more than 50 jobs bringing total TMMBC employment to 1,180.
“Demand for trucks is strong and TMMBC’s product is making a unique contribution
to Toyota’s competitiveness,” said Joe DaRosa, TMMBC president. “Thanks in part to team members’ spirit and can-do attitude we are well positioned to meet next year’s capacity increase.”
KEYWORDS: Toyota, toyota motor, manufacturing, baja, California, engineering, TMMBC, Boys and Girls Club, nonprofit
SOURCE: Home Depot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
ATLANTA, Dec. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Home is a special part of the holiday season, but for the more than 3 million veterans living with a service-connected disability and the nearly 60,000 veterans who are homeless, home can be a challenge during the holidays and throughout the year. To help ensure our nation’s veterans have a safe place to call home, The Home Depot® Foundation will donate up to $100,000 to Operation Homefront this holiday season. Between #GivingTuesday (December 3) and New Year’s Eve (December 31), The Home Depot Foundation is inviting people to share their support for veterans by tweeting using #TeamDepot. During that time period, The Home Depot Foundation will donate $1 to Operation Homefront for each #TeamDepot tweet, up to $100,000.
“Veterans have given so much of themselves to ensure our freedom, yet so many face housing challenges – from accessibility to homelessness to maintenance,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’ve committed $80 million over five years to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home and partnerships with nonprofits like Operation Homefront are vital to achieving our mission.”
Operation Homefront is a national partner of The Home Depot Foundation and together the organizations have repaired, rehabilitated and retrofitted the homes of wounded warriors including:
The Home Depot Foundation also supports Operation Homefront Villages where the families of wounded warriors live free of charge while their loved ones receive extended medical care and rehabilitation – often for six months to two years – near major military and VA hospitals in Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, Calif.
For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $55 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.
Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
About Operation Homefront
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families’ service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. Nationally, 95 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
Lisa Walsh, The Home Depot Foundation
770-384-4281 or Lisa_Walsh@homedepot.com
Ben Owens, The Home Depot Foundation
770-433-8211 x 84133 or Benjamin_Owens@homedepot.com
KEYWORDS: giving tuesday, The Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot, Veterans, veteran, philanthropy, Team Depot, csr
SOURCE: Run Walk RideDESCRIPTION:
Congratulations to Geraldine Carter, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride, the latest featured peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.
Click here to read more about what drives Geraldine - what inspired her to start Climate Ride and her plans to tackle a 50K trail run with 8000+ feet of elevation gain!
The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council launched the P2P Spotlight series to go "up close and personal with peer-to-peer fundraising professionals." If you would like to nominate someone, please email us - firstname.lastname@example.org
+1 (914) 921-3914
KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Environment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Fundraising, peer-to-peer, athletic event fundraising, Geraldine Carter, CLIMATE RIDE
SOURCE: Avista UtilitiesDESCRIPTION:
It’s part of our DNA...sharing our time, talent and treasure with those most in need in the communities Avista serves. This year is no exception.
KEYWORDS: Energy, csr, community, Donation, low income, Avista, employees, talent
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
The guest blog comes from Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access, Dr. Evan Lee.
Today, we mark World AIDS Day to commemorate the lives lost and raise awareness of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. There is great cause for optimism this year. Growing access to antiretroviral drugs is keeping people alive longer and stopping the spread of new HIV infections. A new report by UNAIDS shows a 33 percent reduction in new HIV infections since 2001.
The World Health Organization estimates that expanding preventive HIV treatment to include children and uninfected partners of people living with AIDS could save as many as three million more lives and prevent 3.5 million more HIV infections by 2025. And encouraging new research has reinvigorated hope for an AIDS vaccine.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly & Company, Lilly, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, World AIDS Day, world health organization, UNAIDS
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This November has been the month where organisations have made dreams come true for children. One of the best stories by far this year has been about the ‘Batkid’ when San Francisco rallied for 'Batkid' Miles Scott, a leukaemia survivor who is now in remission. Scott was able to pretend that he was Batman for the day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Miles, who is five years old, participated in events across the city including fighting mock crimes and receiving an honour from the mayor.
Make-A-Wish Foundation received pledges from more than 10,000 people to lend a hand. According to local television, the young boy thought he was just on his way to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero, but then he heard a broadcast from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr appealing for help from ‘Batkid’! The young superhero saved a damsel in distress, who was tied to cable car tracks along a major street. A San Francisco Chronicle live blog of the day's events showed hundreds of people cheering Miles on during the rescue mission.
There’s also another great, out-of-this-world tale to tell; the main characters of this story are Walt Disney and Skype. For nearly 30 years, the Walt Disney Company has dedicated time and talent to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), bringing happiness, hope and laughter to children and families when they need it most. Disney supports the hospital through a variety of initiatives, from Disney characters making hospital rounds a little brighter to Disney VoluntEARS who have given their time and raised money for the hospital.
So this November, the Walt Disney Company continued its tradition by teaming up with Skype to connect the stars of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with the young patients at CHLA. These children, from their hospital beds, were able to attend the U.S. premiere of the film with a little magic and the help of an oversized monitor that virtually whisked them to the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. Thor: The Dark World’s cast of stars—Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins—all chatted directly with the patients via Skype as they made their way down the red carpet, answering questions and trading stories with these special guests.
Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.
KEYWORDS: Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, best practices, Green Companies, Social Entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, Social investment, social innovation