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Economic development is welcome in any part of the world, but especially in emerging economies. In these areas, financing new business is often a struggle due to a lack of lending institutions or lending policies. That's where Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) comes in.
Cat Financial and Standard Bank, Africa's largest banking group, are collaborating to provide equipment financing to Caterpillar customers in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, countries covered by the Mantrac Unatrac Group of Cat® dealerships.
Learn more about Cat Financial and their collaboration with Standard Bank here.
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SOURCE: The Hershey CompanyDESCRIPTION:
HERSHEY, Pa., November 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ -
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced a $100,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project and its participation in the Believe in Heroes campaign. The donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs, which are addressing the urgent needs of this generation’s injured service members.
To promote the Believe in Heroes campaign and raise awareness of Wounded Warrior Project, Hershey is tying its support of the campaign to the fall baking season and its No. 1 baking chip, Hershey’s® Semi-Sweet Baking Chips.
This baking season, when consumers pick up a bag of Hershey’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chips they will see a “Help Us Honor Heroes” burst with a QR code that takes consumers to the Wounded Warrior Project website where they can make a donation to support U.S. veterans. This will be enhanced by in-store merchandising and a coupon for a Hershey’s baking product.
“For many, the fall baking season is a time to show affection and appreciation to loved ones. One of the ways we’re saying thank you to the military and veterans this year is through the Believe in Heroes campaign and Wounded Warriors Project,” said Bobby Agarwal, Director Snacks Food & Beverage Portfolio. “There is such a natural emotional connection between Hershey’s baking chips, the love a homemade baked good can convey, and the feelings of appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
Commitment to Military and Veterans
Recent estimates indicate that approximately 1,000,000 veterans will be entering civilian life and seeking work over the next four years. The urgent need for veteran employment combined with Hershey’s aggressive growth and need for highly skilled employees, has led Hershey to expand its veterans hiring initiatives. Through public-private partnerships and a focus on veteran recruiting, Hershey now has more than 500 veteran employees, and more than 300 members of its Veterans Business Resource Group. The Veterans Business Resource Group supports transitioning veterans, educates Hershey’s workforce on the skills and experiences of veterans, and builds a strong network for veterans within Hershey and the community.
Recently, Hershey expanded its commitment to hiring veterans, and has joined other leading U.S. companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Together, these companies have committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.
“We’re proud that our long-standing commitment to veterans extends back to World War I and II and continues today through our expanded veterans hiring initiatives,” said Terry O’Day, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer. “With a growing population of veteran employees and programs in place to help them be successful in their new workplace, it is an exciting time for veterans to be part of Hershey.”
Hershey’s support of the U.S. military dates back to WWI and WWII, when Hershey provided milk chocolate bars and “Field Ration D” bars to troops. Hershey continues to support U.S. service men and women serving both domestically and in overseas conflicts, including through the company’s product donation program, in which Hershey sends products to men and women serving in the military. During the past 10 years, Hershey has sent care packages to the troops consisting of more than 4,500 cases of product, with a value of nearly $500,000.
Care for the Community
Hershey’s ongoing veteran and military outreach is consistent with its commitment to “doing well by doing good,” a phrase Milton Hershey, The Hershey Company’s founder, often said and embraced in his own life as well as instilled in the company.
Earlier this year, a team of 23 Hershey employees joined together with a group from the Wounded Warrior Project to participate in a West Virginia Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder participants have raised millions of dollars for WWP.
This Veteran’s Day, members of the Hershey’s Veterans Business Resource Group will be volunteering at veterans and military organizations in four communities across the country. “It’s an important time of the year to recognize those who have served and sacrificed for our country,” added O’Day. “We also want to do our part in helping those organizations that do so much to support our veterans across the country.”
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6.6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China, Mexico and Brazil while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and funded by a trust administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
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KEYWORDS: Veterans, Veteran's Day, hershey, the hershey company, Hershey's
SOURCE: Enbridge, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
Volunteer firefighters are real-life action heroes — without the set, the director, and the special effects. But even a hero can use a hand every now and then.
“One thing we’d identified that we were sorely missing, for some time, was a rapid-response vehicle that would get us to grass fires within our rural municipality,” recalls Dave Campbell, longtime chief of the Balgonie, Sask., Fire Department.
KEYWORDS: Enbridge, Saskatchewan, Safe Communities, Safe Community grants, community safety, Firefighting, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
November 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Social impact crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood has partnered with social media hub IndigenousX to empower Indigenous Australian changemakers to raise funds and rally community support for diverse Indigenous-founded initiatives.
The first campaign to launch on StartSomeGood.com/IndigenousX is Vote Yes, a period film by Nick Waterman featuring star of The Sapphires Miranda Tapsell. Vote Yes aims to contribute to the conversation about equality in Australia by telling the story of the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal rights.
“StartSomeGood is excited about the potential of crowdfunding to empower Indigenous changemakers to make a difference for their communities,” said StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.
IndigenousX founder Luke Pearson said: “We want to give the opportunity to a wide range of Indigenous people from right around the country to support projects and ideas that make impact on a local, national or global level to improve outcomes for themselves and their mobs.”
“We wanted Indigenous people to have that opportunity to access funds independent of government administration.
“It also provides an opportunity for the wider community to contribute to closing the gap in a more meaningful, practical way than the more usual symbolic efforts.”
The partnership also signals an expansion of the role of the IndigenousX project.
“I want to allow the IndigenousX audience and Twitter community to offer more practical support in the offline world, in addition to influencing the conversation online,” said Pearson.
Indigenous changemakers wishing to raise funds on StartSomeGood.com/IndigenousX can contact Indigenousx@startsomegood.com or @IndigenousX on Twitter, or sign up directly on StartSomeGood.com.
Projects will set two fundraising goals (a Tipping Point goal and a Total Fundraising Goal) and offer rewards to backers in return for support.
Backers can view new projects as they come online at http://www.startsomegood.com/IndigenousX
To pledge support for the current campaign and learn more about the film Vote Yes, visit http://www.startsomegood.com/voteyesfilm
Interviews are available with Luke Pearson from IndigenousX, Tom Dawkins from StartSomeGood, and actor Miranda Tapsell, filmmaker Nick Waterman and Producer Melissa Beauford from the film Vote Yes.
StartSomeGood is the crowdfunding platform for social impact projects, generating over $1.5 million in funding for social enterprises, non-profits and individual changemakers in Australia and around the world.
For more StartSomeGood success stories visit http://www. startsomegood.com/stories
IndigenousX stands for Indigenous Excellence. A rotation curation Twitter account aims to challenge stereotypes and shine a light on positive stories about Indigenous Australians.
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KEYWORDS: Crowdfunding, Social Change, positive stories, aboriginal, indigenous, film, Australia, StartSomeGood, indigenousx, Fundraising
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 6, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Joyce Sandy has been an accounting clerk at Tampa-based CITGO Marketer J.H. Williams Oil Company, Inc. for 13 years. She also has a special needs grandson, six-year-old Tye Kelly, who has mitochondrial disease, a muscle disease, and microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Because of these conditions, Tye can't control his muscles or use his arms and legs. His parents needed a van to accommodate Tye's wheelchair when he goes to physical therapy and doctor appointments. That's where CITGO and J.H. Williams stepped in.
On Oct. 4, Channelside CITGO, owned and operated by J.H. Williams, raised funds during the "Ride for Tye" campaign. Customers at the station gave $4,357 through donations and sponsorships. These funds, combined with donations from CITGO, J.H. Williams and other corporate donors, totaled more than $14,000, enough money to purchase a new van for the family.
"We know that Joyce and her family have other things to worry about as they work to ensure that Tye has the best care possible. We were pleased to find a way to give some relief and support to Tye and his family with the purchase of the new van," said Hulon Williams, president of J.H. Williams. "We appreciate the generous donations from employees, customers, vendors and suppliers that helped us reach our goal for Tye, and encourage others to donate to this fund to help his family with other medical expenses."
The family is still accepting donations in the "Ride for Tye" campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/48kgp4#. Additional funds will be used for other, necessary medical equipment, such as a medical bed and chair and a floor pad.
"Our family is truly grateful for the support of the local community, CITGO, and J.H. Williams," said Joyce Sandy. "The new van will be life changing for Tye and our entire family. It will help ensure the best quality of life possible for him."
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locations. CITGO branded Marketers and Retailers in Florida like J.H. Williams own and operate more than 600 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.FuelingGood.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.
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KEYWORDS: Tye Kelly, mitochondrial disease, Citgo, J.H. Williams Oil Company, Ride for Tye, Neuromuscular Disease
HIGHLANDS, N.J., November 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ – For the Highlands Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902, the impact of Superstorm Sandy still lingers more than a year later. The post’s hall, located at 331 Bay Ave., sustained severe flood damage from the storm and continues to recover.
With Veteran’s Day approaching, the VFW hall’s renovation will get a boost on Friday (Nov. 8) through a special volunteer project organized by the Verizon Foundation, Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together that will include a special appearance by interior designer Tiffany Brooks, winner of this season’s “HGTV Star.”
More than 30 volunteers from Verizon, Scripps Networks Interactive, Rebuilding Together and the local community will meet at the VFW hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to paint interior walls and railings, handicap ramps and front steps at the building’s entrance; replace damaged ceiling tiles in the hall; and remove weeds and clear debris from around the property.
Local officials -- including Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (6th Congressional District of New Jersey) -- will meet with the volunteers during an 11 a.m. break to thank them for their efforts.
“Superstorm Sandy affected everyone in New Jersey in some way, and this project gives our employees an opportunity to get involved with the community and to get the Highlands VFW back into shape,” said Jayne Mayer, Verizon Foundation employee engagement director. “This partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together also allows us to give back to the veterans who have proudly served our country.”
Scripps Networks Interactive, whose media brands include HGTV and DIY Network, is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. As of October, hard-working Rebuilding Together affiliates in New Jersey and New York have completed more than 250 projects, assisting more than 435 individuals, thanks to the help of more than 3,100 volunteers.
Annette L. Brun, vice president, cause marketing and social responsibility for Scripps Networks Interactive, said, “Even one year after Superstorm Sandy, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It’s a blessing to communities like Highlands to have organizations like Rebuilding Together and Verizon volunteer their time and resources to help bring residents of this beautiful seaside community some much needed relief. HGTV and DIY Network are proud to be part of this effort.”
Verizon employees, Verizon Wireless customers and the Verizon Foundation have donated more than $6 million to Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts. In addition, more than 7,000 Verizon employees have donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army through the Verizon Foundation’s matching gifts program.
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 101 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes community starts at home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates completed 10,400 rebuild projects in 2012 thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Veterans, community service, Volunteers, Sandy relief, New Jersey, Verizon Foundation, HGTV, Tiffany Brooks, Scripps Networks Interactive, rebuilding together
New York, NY, November 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ – MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, today announced GIFTS Online 5.0, a major update to the leading cloud-based grants management system. With this update grantmaking organizations gain more flexibility and control over the system, with dynamic reporting and added administrative controls. Updates to GIFTS Online’s grantee portal help funders communicate and collaborate with grantees better than ever before.
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KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, philanthropy, MicroEdge, angelpoints, GIFTS Online, Giving, Grantmaking
NEW YORK, November 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- As part of its commitment to supporting transitioning armed forces members, Deloitte will host the Career Opportunity Redefinition & Exploration (CORE) Leadership Program from November 14-16 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas. During the three-day session, 50 current and former service men and women will learn how to translate their military skills and experiences into business environments.
"Although significant resources are available to aid military members in the transition to civilian life, most focus on finding and securing employment," said Christie Smith, managing principal, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, Deloitte LLP. "Our program aims to better equip them by providing business insights to help them align their strengths, experiences and aspirations with the requirements of the marketplace."
In a 2012 survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 60 percent of respondents said they had trouble translating their military skills into civilian experience, creating a significant barrier to employment. Leveraging leading practices from Deloitte's award-winning development programs, the CORE Leadership Program will focus on targeted development areas, including:
The event will also feature a panel of business leaders discussing what organizations are looking for in veteran candidates and sharing insights on the transition challenges that veterans face. Additionally, they will offer participants candid perspectives on how to maximize their military experience and showcase their strengths in a job interview.
"Through CORE and other signature programs, Deloitte is implementing an integrated, comprehensive approach to our military and veteran commitment," said Kelvin Womack, managing principal, Diversity, Deloitte LLP and Deloitte Military & Veterans Initiative Leader. "Our commitment is also evident within our own organization as reflected through our talent strategy and inclusive culture."
For the past four years, Deloitte has increased its commitment to our nation's military, veterans, and their families, expanding its exposure and eminence in this arena. Deloitte's goal is to build new and maximize existing opportunities to advance military and veteran causes across the continuum of support: emotional prosperity, including physical health and recreation, emotional health, and family strengthening; and career prosperity, including education, employment and community reintegration. In addition to CORE, some other key components of Deloitte's Military & Veteran's Initiative include:
The CORE Leadership Program is part of Deloitte's commitment to the White House's Joining Forces initiative, which calls on businesses to provide service members and their families with opportunities and support. As part of this initiative, last spring Deloitte announced its commitment to set a goal of doubling its veteran hiring numbers over the next three years.
As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.
KEYWORDS: Education, Deloitte, Career Opportunity Redefinition & Exploration, CORE, military skills, business environment, Veterans, armed forces members
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
Mary Kay Inc. is officially 50! We celebrated this milestone on September 13, 2013. Oh, let’s be honest, we’ve been celebrating all year! Well, now we’re teaming up with The Mary Kay Foundation to announce that we want to keep the celebration going.
Earlier this year the Mary Kay Foundation gave $20K grants to 150 Domestic Violence Shelters around the country which are doing incredible work in their communities. In honor of our 50th Anniversary, The Foundation wanted to take one of these donations even further. How much further you ask? More than double!
Five shelters around the nation were selected to compete in a bonus grant competition. On their original grant application, each organization was asked to describe their innovative programs. Five shelters were selected for consideration in this bonus grant competition because their programs stood out to the application review committee. All of these programs are so great, that we’ll need your help to choose which of these organizations will get not $20,000 but $50,000! How do you participate? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1 – Log on to Facebook and like The Mary Kay Foundation
2 – Review the 5 organizations and their programs.
3 – Click your chosen shelter’s logo and hit submit!
That’s it! Now go log on and vote! :)
KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, domestic violence prevention, the mary kay foundation, women's shelters, 50th Anniversary, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, funding, violence against women, Children, Grants, shelters
SOURCE: Allstate FoundationDESCRIPTION:
NORTHBROOK, Ill., November 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Domestic violence affects more women than breast, lung, and ovarian cancer combined, but it’s a topic that many people find difficult to discuss. Research from The Allstate Foundation found that more than 50 percent of Americans say they wouldn’t know what do to help a victim of domestic violence. Additionally, it showed nearly 60 percent say domestic violence is a difficult topic to discuss with friends and family.
“If someone comes to you and tells you they’re a victim of domestic violence, the most important thing you can do is offer your support without judgment,” said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. “There are 1300 deaths and two million injuries related to domestic violence each year. Odds are we all know someone who’s in an abusive relationship. Knowing how to help might just save a life.”
Here are some easy ways to start a conversation:
Offer support without judgment or criticism.
There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone.
Don't be afraid to tell her that you're concerned for her safety.
Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.
There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don't reach out to family and friends. It's important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.
Encourage her to get help.
Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.
The Allstate Foundation has a campaign completely dedicated to encouraging more people to speak up and discuss this topic openly, called the Purple Purse. The purple purse is a symbol for the financial empowerment of domestic violence survivors. The campaign website, PurplePurse.com, helps provide a safe place to learn about domestic violence. It appears to be an online fashion magazine but as visitors explore the site further, they find facts, resources and conversation starters about domestic violence.
During October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 1,300 physical purple purses travelled the country helping start conversations in hundreds of communities. For each pass, The Allstate Foundation donated $5 to the YWCA USA for a total of $350,000. By the end of the campaign, more than 93,000 purses had been passed and the maximum donation was given to the YWCA for use supporting survivors.
For more information on ways to start a conversation about domestic violence, visit http://www.purplepurse.com/trends To learn more about The Allstate Foundation’s work to financially empower survivors of domestic violence, visit www.ClickToEmpower.org.
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About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
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KEYWORDS: Allstate foundation, domestic violence, domestic violence prevention
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and Lift a Life Foundation announced today the launch of the second annual "Lead2Feed: The World Hunger Leadership Challenge" in cooperation with Yum! Brands Foundation to encourage middle and high school students to hone their leadership skills through projects that focus on solving hunger, locally or globally. Students will use principles from Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak's best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen, and the Lead2Feed curriculum provided by USA TODAY Education to participate in the "Lead2Feed: The World Hunger Leadership Challenge." Yum! Brands Foundation will provide up to $500,000 in prize money grants to U.S. public charities engaged in hunger relief programs, selected by the winning student teams.
Lead2Feed is a teacher-led educational program that combines a Common Core State Standards-based curriculum on the topic of leadership along with the challenge of solving world hunger through service learning projects conducted by student teams. The curriculum focuses on self-awareness, working with others, setting big goals and identifying a national or local hunger-related charity to assist. More than 1,000 schools are expected to participate over the 2013-2014 school year.
The 10-lesson Lead2Feed curriculum being used by middle and high school educators is based on Novak's book, where he shares the secrets of the unique "Taking People With You" leadership program he has developed and taught during his 16 years at Yum! Brands. All of his proceeds from the book go to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in conjunction with Yum! Brands' global hunger relief efforts. Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief program drives awareness, funds and volunteerism for WFP and other hunger relief agencies and has become the world's largest private sector hunger relief effort, raising more than $150 million and providing more than 600 million meals to hungry people around the world.
"Lead2Feed inspires students to think and act like leaders while working together to solve the very real hunger problem that exists in too many communities around the world," said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc. "The leadership principles in Taking People With You help students develop into future leaders as they build important skills and work together as a team to get real results and directly impact the hunger issue."
"Many school districts and some states now require service learning or community service hours for high school graduation or as part of the middle school curriculum. This leadership program can fulfill social studies or government class service project requirements. Students will learn hunger statistics and more about the severity of the issue in the United States and around the world to help motivate participation," said Diane Barrett, President, USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. "We are thrilled to participate with schools in this exciting program."
Up to $500,000 in prize money grants will be awarded in May 2014 to public U.S. hunger relief charities, supported by the winning student teams, following completion of the Lead2Feed: The World Hunger Leadership Challenge.
Teachers are invited to register for this free program at www.lead2feed.com. The program can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr through the links below:
In 2012 for the first year of the challenge, more than 300,000 middle and high school students from 1,500 schools honed their leadership skills through projects that focused on solving hunger. Yum! Brands Foundation provided nearly $250,000 in prize money grants to 140 schools for U.S. public charities engaged in hunger relief programs.
About World Hunger Relief
Yum! Brands' annual fall World Hunger Relief effort is the world's largest private sector initiative designed to fight hunger. Launched in 2007, the effort has raised more than $150 million resulting in more than 600 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world. Yum! also addresses hunger through its Harvest program which has donated nearly 160 million pounds of food, with a value of over $700 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S.
About Lift a Life Foundation
The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak to help individuals and families in need reach their full potential. The Foundation helps alleviate the financial, physical, emotional, and educational burdens that hold people back from achieving their dreams and making a positive difference in society. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, education, juvenile diabetes, the military as well as family and youth issues. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, with nearly 40,000 KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut restaurants in over 130 countries and territories, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as "2012 CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world's "30 Best CEOs" by Barron's for the past three years, one of the "Top People in Business" by FORTUNE and one of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" by Harvard Business Review. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and is on the board of directors of the Yum! Brands Foundation and World Food Program USA. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer, serving on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
About Yum! Brands Foundation and Yum! Brands
The Yum! Brands Foundation, the charitable arm of Yum! Brands, Inc., supports charities working primarily in the areas of hunger relief. Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has 40,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #201 on the Fortune 500 List and generated revenues of over $13 billion in 2012 and in 2013 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened approximately five new restaurants each day of the year, making it a leader in international retail development. The Company has consistently been recognized for its consistent shareholder returns, diversity leadership, community giving and recognition culture.
About USA TODAY Charitable Foundation
The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities and inspire all. It welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today's students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.
KEYWORDS: USA Today, USA Today Charitable Foundation, Lead2Feed, The World Hunger Leadership Challenge, Life a Life Foundation, Yum! Brands, Yum! Brands Foundation, Taking People with You, David Novak, Hunger, hunger relief
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
DETROIT, Nov. 5, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation, along with local CITGO Marketers Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, came together to support the Eight Mile Boulevard Association's (8MBA) ninth annual golf outing, held Sept. 20 at the Whispering Willows Golf Course in Livonia, Mich. The event raises money to clean-up the area along Detroit's Eight Mile Boulevard.
"For the last 20 years, the 8MBA has helped to revitalize the Eight Mile Corridor and I am proud that CITGO chooses to support such a worthy cause," said Bob Barrick, president of Barrick Enterprises. "As a member of the Greater Detroit community, I hold 8MBA close to my heart and I am thrilled that so many members of the CITGO family, from Marketers to the corporate offices, choose to be a part of this event."
Each year, the golf outing not only helps to raise money to fund the ongoing projects and programs put in place by the 8MBA, but it also helps to raise awareness about the organization and get more people in the community involved. All proceeds from the golf outing are directly invested into 8MBA programs and projects, including the Facade Improvement Program and the Corridor Keeper™ Program, which assist in the revitalization of local businesses to help the area thrive.
"With nearly 6,000 locally owned businesses carrying the CITGO brand, we understand how important they are to their communities, especially in the Detroit area," said Gustavo Velasquez, vice president of supply and marketing with CITGO. "We fully support 8MBA and its work in assisting the more than 1,500 local businesses along this famous boulevard."
CITGO Marketers in the Detroit area, including Barrick Enterprises and Knight Enterprises, have supported 8MBA for many years, including participating in the organization's annual "Clean the D" event. CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of CITGO locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate nearly 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of CITGO locations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.
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KEYWORDS: CITGO Marketers Barrick Enterprises, Knight Enterprises, Citgo, 8MBA, Eight Mile Boulevard, community, eight mile boulevard association
The Center for Corporate Citizenship has partnered with GivingTuesday.org (#GivingTuesday), a non-profit organization that aims to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the holiday season. Through a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of personal and corporate philanthropy and inspires people to bring attention to the season of giving. By creating an event in the holiday shopping season that focuses attention on giving to those in need, the organization helps us to remember to reflect upon how we want to express our values with our giving. Giving Tuesday will take place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—after black Friday and cyber Monday.
At the Center we know that our 400 members are leaders in corporate citizenship and that for them, giving is a year-round activity. The Center for Corporate Citizenship is proud to be a partner of this movement. We invite our members to post their Giving Tuesday plans and participate in the social media conversations happening on twitter, use the #GivingTuesday Hashtag. We know this conversation will be a great source of creative ideas for companies to generate even more meaningful results from their corporate giving strategies.
We invite you and your company to be a part of this movement. Below are a few examples of what our member companies are doing to participate.
Alcoa Foundation will double the value of its $50 and $125 Give Cards for donors who redeemed with online charities, Donors Choose and GlobalGiving, starting on Giving Tuesday, December 3 through December 31, 2013. Give Cards encourage and empower Alcoa employees, partners and customers to give back in a meaningful and sustainable way. In recognition of Alcoa Foundation’s focus areas, key stakeholders can fund programs of their choice focused on the environment and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
For every purchase on Dogeared.com on #GivingTuesday, Dogeared will donate $5 to Step Up Women’s Network – a non-profit dedicated to empowering teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready.
US Airways will match all Dividend Miles donated to airline’s “Miles of Hope” sponsored charities between Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, and Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday. The airline will match 1,000 miles for every 5,000 donated, up to 25,000 miles. Through the US Airways Miles of Hope program, anyone can donate Dividend Miles to five national nonprofit organizations: the American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Mercy Medical Airlift. Over 1,000,000,000 (45,000 round trips) have been donated to these nonprofit organizations since the Miles of Hope program began in 1998. Mileage donations are accepted in 1,000 mile increments.
Those who are interested in joining the #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.bcccc.net/GivingTuesday for corporate giving ideas. Or if you would like more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website.
What do you and your company plan to do on #GivingTuesday? Please feel free to comment here or share your ideas in our online member community.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, philanthropy, community involvement, Volunteering, coporate giving, charitable contribution
The international supply chain is a complex system that requires businesses’ increased attention and transparency due to the prevalence of human rights issues, from child labor and forced labor to human trafficking. This was the topic of our most recent webinar presented in conjunction with the Department of Labor.
Eric Biel, Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Rachel Phillips Rigby, the Deputy Division Chief for Research and Policy for the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, presented on these issues and highlighted some resources companies can use to ensure their business operations are free of any detrimental labor practices. The U.S. Department of Labor works with non-profits and governments to identify child labor, and to remove the children from servitude and prevent other children from falling to this fate. In addition, they produce reports that catalog findings on the worst forms of child labor around the world, and a list of goods produced by child labor. Their latest report identified 215 million children engaged in child labor and 21 million people in forced labor. These reports are designed to help companies alert themselves to potential issues within their own supply chain.
Another resource provided by the Department of Labor is the Toolkit for Social Compliance Systems. The eight-step process is designed to identify and correct labor issues:
By following these steps, businesses can help ensure that their supply chains are free of labor issues through due diligence and then remediation of the issues. The Department of Labor recognizes and appreciates the complexity surrounding this issue and hopes to optimize the relationship with corporations by providing relevant and helpful resources to corporate practitioners.
To learn more about the resources presented in the webinar please visit the Department of Labor’s website here.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, supply chaing, Child labor, human trafficking, Forced labor
SOURCE: Workforce for GoodDESCRIPTION:
Employee engagement is one of the toughest and often most perplexing elements of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. Two leading Midwest sustainability/CSR experts, Jocelyn Azada and Matthew Rochte, set out to find just what were companies doing to successfully engage employees in sustainability/CSR. They share their findings in the whitepaper Workforce for Good™ and in this 3BLmedia series on employee engagement.
Principle 9 of Workforce for Good: Recognize and Celebrate
Celebrating success and recognizing individual and collective efforts for a job well done are hallmarks of our sample companies.
Many of our companies distinguish themselves as best-in-class organizations and are recognized externally for their leadership in their own industries as well as in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These company-wide accomplishments benchmark performance, are a point of pride, and reinforce a culture of corporate excellence.
Similarly, internal recognition is something individuals can take personal pride in. It shows employees that their effort and conscientiousness are valued contributions to corporate success. Just as importantly, recognition initiatives provide a mechanism for companies to systematically seek out, identify, and point to outstanding examples of sustainability/CSR behaviors and practices among their employees. Individually and corporately, recognition can be a tool for improving performance and valuing people.
Recognition of employees can take multiple forms, both tangible and intangible. Many of our companies reported their success stories in company newsletters, sustainability reports, and other media—in effect, telling their sustainability story through employees who bring their values and platform to life. MillerCoors recognizes employees every month for “being great and responsible” and features them in posters and stories across the business. At the manufacturing companies that we interviewed, employees are commended visibly for their actions with their names, and sometimes their photos, on TV screens and bulletin boards at the plants. Patrick Cudahy calls these “High Five” awards. Brady Corporation collects examples of sustainability excellence, shares them and asks employees to vote on their favorite ones, further encouraging employee engagement.
Recognition plays a meaningful and important role at McDonald’s. There are established, highly valued awards at every level within the organization, recognizing restaurant managers, owner operators and corporate staff for excellence in a very public and tangible way. In the area of sustainability, McDonald’s has employed this practice of recognition, along with two more aspects of its corporate culture—being both entrepreneurial and family-oriented—to fuel competitions to strive for ideas to move the business forward. As a company that always asks how they can do better tomorrow, McDonald’s has applied this mindset to recognizing “Planet Champions” in different areas of the world and to recognizing “Energy All Stars” in the US. Using the frame of a competition with the biennial “Best of Green,” employees come up with ideas for increasing energy efficiency or decreasing waste in restaurants, for example. The best ideas are recognized and the employees behind those ideas are held up as role models within the organization and given a monetary award. In the US, green teams in the corporate office and in some regional offices sponsor competitions with teams of five people who collect points based on actions they take to minimize their environmental footprint at home and at work.
Frito-Lay provides a wonderful convergence of individual and collective recognition. In 2012, Frito-Lay’s Beloit plant received a national award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Excellence Award. One of 11 recipients across the country, they were recognized for their reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Lisa Carroll, environmental coordinator, took two employees with her to Washington, D.C. who were involved in the efforts, to receive that award. A frequent winner of city, state and national awards for sustainability performance, Frito-Lay Beloit makes it a practice for employees who are instrumental in award-winning efforts to receive the awards on behalf of the company.
Next Week: Concluding Thoughts of Workforce for Good
KEYWORDS: Jocelyn Azada, Matthew Rochte, Workforce for good, sustainability, csr, Employee Engagement, recognize, celebrate, MillerCoors, Brady Corporation, Lisa Carroll, Frito-Lay North America, McDonalds
SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 5, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- The Ram Truck brand, Chrysler Group LLC's Northeast Business Center and its local dealers are joining forces with the United Way of Ocean County, New Jersey to give back to a community that has endured many hardships over the last year.
"We recognize that the recovery from Superstorm Sandy is an on-going effort and the economy has been tough on people as well so we wanted to find a way to help the community of Ocean County, New Jersey," said Jeff Kommor, Director - Chrysler Group LLC's Northeast Business Center."Partnering with the United Way of Ocean County is the perfect way for us to make a difference in the lives of people who are less fortunate."
From now until December 31, the Ram brand and Jersey Shore Ram dealers will donate 25 dollars to United Way of Ocean County for every Ram test drive conducted at their dealerships. The money raised will go to the local food banks. Participating Ram dealers include: Sea View, Manahawkin, Lester Glenn, Buhler, Freehold, Route 18, World and Circle.
"We are excited about our new partnership with the Ram brand and we are thrilled that they will be assisting us in this year's community food drive," said Kim Potter, Development Associate, United Way of Ocean County. "This is the first time we have tried a partnership like this one and the test drive donations will make a positive impact on our community."
The Ram brand, the Chrysler Group LLC's Northeast Business Center and its Jersey Shore dealers are poised to raise thousands of dollars for United Way of Ocean County and the community it serves. The Ram test drive donation program is in full swing at Jersey Shore dealerships now and will continue until the end of the year.
About United Way of Ocean County
United Way of Ocean County provides the leadership and resources it takes to help people in the county become independent. We work with community leaders and experts to understand the issues in each of the communities we serve. Then we fund the network of programs that can best address those issues. Or we launch new initiatives that will. We hold ourselves and all of our partner programs accountable for delivering measurable, lasting results.
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KEYWORDS: Chrysler, Ram Truck, community, csr, United Way, Ocean County, New Jersey
To draw young employees to SAP CEO, Bill McDermott has been emphasizing community service opportunities at the company, allowing employees to dedicate one month of the year to such projects and sometimes sending them abroad to work on them. Since launching the month of service almost nine years ago, employee retention has grown 5 percent, he said.DESCRIPTION:
Tech companies should bet on leaders in their 20s or early 30s, who may be more in touch with emerging trends than their older counterparts, the co-chief executive of business software giant SAP recently urged a Northern Virginia technology group.
Speaking at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s annual banquet Oct. 29, Bill McDermott said his own company is turning to so-called millenials because the technology world is changing fast.
“Eighty percent of the incremental revenue [today] we get is from businesses we were not in three years ago,” he said.
“Where is the world going? It’s going to be mobile — that’s the new desktop. All the data getting created in the Internet of Things will create a complete chaotic storm of ‘how do you manage this?’ ” he said.
McDermott said he recently required SAP’s executive board to engage in “reverse mentorships” with SAP employees usually in their 20’s, who he believes can expose executives to new technology and social networking practices.
Original post on The Washington Post.
KEYWORDS: SAP, Bill McDermott, The Washington Post, millenials, social sabbaticals, community service
SOURCE: The North FaceDESCRIPTION:
November 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ - While the new International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report confirmed recently that climate change is indisputable, it’s something that the winter sports community has been seeing first-hand for years. Protect Our Winters re-launched their “Hot Planet/Cool Athletes” program this week to take that first hand perspective into the classroom to explain climate change from an engaging new perspective and to inspire and empower students to become involved.
Presented by The North Face, and in association with Clif Bar, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Teton Gravity Research, the Hot Planet /Cool Athletes program has been presented to more than 20,000 students at 41 schools nationwide since 2011. The new format for 2013 continues to educate students about climate change, combining engaging action sports footage and understandable climate science with first hand athlete’s perspectives and a call to action that truly breaks through to students and gives them the tools to be part of the solution.
Pro athletes such as Gretchen Bleiler, Jeremy Jones, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Ingrid Backstrom, Lucas Debari,
Danny Davis and Angel Collinson are featured in the video project, with many others scheduled for in-person
“Young people have the most to gain and the most to lose, by taking care of this earth and solving climate change right now,” The North Face Skier and POW advocate Sage Cattabriga-Alosa said. “They should be empowered to take care of their environment and see that they can actually influence adults, their parents, and the people around them.”
The program kicked off this school semester and will continue throughout the school year in places such as Vancouver BC, Seattle, Santa Barbara, Burlington, Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver and many others. To book a school assembly, please contact POW at: email@example.com
See the 2013 promotional video here: https://vimeo.com/78555952
An Urgent Call to Action: #ourtimeisnow
To take this educational platform to the next level, POW is launching the #ourtimeisnow campaign,
an urgent call to action that invites students to become “POW Student Climate Leaders”, empowering them to take meaningful action. By connecting with them in a relevant way, via their social media, POW will invite all students to use the hashtag #ourtimeisnow across their social media channels. POW can then track its use and provide meaningful climate actions directly back to each student. As students become more involved in the campaign by using the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, they will have opportunities to win great prizes from brands like The North Face and Clif Bar and the chance to spend time with professional athletes discussing climate change or joining POW representatives on Capitol Hill.
“We’ve got to create a social movement starting with young kids who will be the most affected, and we feel that this component of the program is a critical step in making a difference. By using social media as a backbone for it, we’re connecting with students on their terms and starting that movement with meaningful results,” said POW’s Executive Director, Chris Steinkamp
The new program also provides benefits to the students and their schools. The Shane McConkey Foundation is inviting student teams that host a Hot Planet / Cool Athletes assembly this fall to compete against each other by submitting cutting carbon ideas for their schools, for a chance to win $10,000 in total prize money to be awarded on Earth Day, 2014.
KEYWORDS: Climate Change / Global Warming, Environmental Policy, Event, Community, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, Hot Planet Cool Athletes, HPCA, Protect our Winters, north face, climate change, high school, winter
How Do You Increase Participation in Your Employee Giving Program?
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Employee giving is growing at an astounding rate, and for good reason. The benefits are tangible and undeniable–both for the company and the employee alike. And the companies that excel at employee giving are those who are able to maximize participation in their programs. But how do the world’s best corporations increase participation? By following these best practices:
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KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, MicroEdge, angelpoints, angelpoints giving, AngelPoints Volunteering, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, employee giving, Giving Programs, corporate giving
In continuation of Addison’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and commitment to giving back to our community, Addison completed its second volunteering event of the year. In October, two groups of 10 Addisonites each provided food service at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in Manhattan.
The GMHC is a not-for-profit, community-based, volunteer-supported organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV, and help people living with the disease to maintain and improve their health and independence. Their center provides an array of facilities and programs to help its clients.
Addison volunteers worked hard to serve a hearty meal to the GMHC clients, as well as clear away trays, help elderly or disabled clients, and clean up after the food service was over. The GMHC clients and members were very appreciative of Addison’s efforts in helping to feed nearly 300 people.
Addison will round out the year with two more projects with New York Cares—transcribing Winter Wishes letters from children to fulfill holiday gift requests, and donating coats for the annual coat drive.
If you are an Addison alum and would like to participate in the future volunteering events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Food & Farming, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Volunteering, food service, Hunger, GMHC, new york cares, community