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Thanks to assistance from a $1 million Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation grant, the United Community Health Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new healthcare building in Green Valley, Arizona. Residents near the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s Sierrita mine can receive medical and dental care at the new facility.
The 16,246 square-foot, energy-efficient space is named the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Building. It houses dental care for children, primary-care clinical space and business functions.
The United Community Health Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive quality health care to individuals and families of all ages living in Southern Arizona and to give special consideration to those who, because of geographic, economic, developmental, ethnic, age or other factors, may not have adequate access to health care.
For further information about how Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. supports the communities in which they operate, please visit their website at http://www.fcx.com/envir/soc_com.htm
Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/envir/wtsd/pdf-wtsd/2011/WTSD_Bk_2011.pdf
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, grant, United Community Health Center, Sierrita, Copper, Mining, Green Valley, Arizona, health care, access, medical, dental, families
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
CICERO, Ill., April 30, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Employees at the CITGO Petroleum Corporation lubricants blending plant in Cicero recently helped beautify the local Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children's Hospital in honor of Earth Day. On April 27th, CITGO Lubricants volunteers added soil and mulch, planted grasses and other plants, and provided landscaping materials to refresh the grounds in front of the main entrance of the House, a focal point for everyone who visits, works or stays there.
"All of us at CITGO Lubricants are so proud to work with the local Ronald McDonald House® for the second consecutive year because we know the tremendously important role it plays for families whose children are being treated at Advocate Children's Hospital," said Chuck Stark, manager of the CITGO Lubricants plant in Cicero. "All of our volunteers consider it a great privilege to have the opportunity to help the Ronald McDonald House make families' stays here just a little bit brighter."
The Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Children's Hospital has been a pillar of strength for the Oak Lawn community since it opened its doors in 2008, welcoming more than 700 families, serving more than 850 meals and providing more than 30,000 volunteer hours. With the help of supporters like the CITGO Lubricants volunteers, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) hopes to increase its reach and impact within the community.
"We are very grateful for the hard work of the CITGO Lubricants volunteers, as well as Construction Partner's Inc., who generously donated their labor and equipment to the project," said Kelly Evans, Senior House Director of Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children's Hospital. "The volunteers' enthusiasm about enhancing the House was inspiring, and thanks to these organizations, our House will be even more welcoming to the families staying with us while their child is in the hospital."
The CITGO lubricants plant in Cicero has been a part of the community for 63 years, providing local jobs and supporting charities in the area, including RMHC®-CNI. The plant blends and packages finished lubricants and greases that provide products to the automotive, heavy-duty, transportation, industrial, small engine and agricultural markets each year.
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.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a 'home away from home' just steps from where their child is being treated in the hospital. Every night, 140 families find comfort, compassion and community at the four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®. That's 40,000 nights where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child saving them over $7 million in hotel costs. We are located near Advocate Children's Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Edward Hospital in Naperville. For more information visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org. Stay connected - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
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KEYWORDS: Environment, Citgo, earth day, Ronald McDonald House Charities, community, CITGO Lubricants, Volunteers, Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana
SOURCE: Home Depot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
The Spring season is a busy one for us at The Home Depot Foundation. Not only is Team Depot Springing into Service by providing spring updates and renovations for veterans and their families, but our vendor partners have also joined us for the first three annual Community Building Invitationals.
The Community Building Invitationals, our annual fundraisers, are always a sight to be seen. Hundreds of orange blooded vendors join with us to donate their time and talent to help our nonprofit partners.
On April 24, in partnership with Volunteers of America, the nearly 200 person orange army assembled at the American Legion Post 29 in Miami, FL ready to complete a large exterior and interior renovation and garden project. In just one day, volunteers landscaped the front and back of the building, painted the front of the building, renovated the entryway, re-floored the auditorium, repaved the parking lot and built a new gazebo in the rear of the facility.
American Legion members not only enjoyed working with us, they were extremely grateful for the work being done. One veteran told a volunteer, “I have not felt this appreciated since I came home from the Vietnam War. Thank you for caring for our veterans.”
We are continually inspired by the generosity of our vendor partners and associates. Their numerous contributions are essential to our ability to accomplish our mission to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home.
“It’s truly inspiring to see the commitment and care our associates and vendor volunteer show our veterans and partner organizations,” said Heather Pritchard, National Grants Manager. “The work they complete in just one day creates a lifetime of impact those who have served us all.”
KEYWORDS: Community Building Invitational, volunteerism, corporate philanthropy, Team Depot, Home Depot, Home Depot Foundation
SOURCE: Barrick Gold CorporationDESCRIPTION:
A museum honoring Peru’s national poet, Cesar Vallejo, opened its doors recently to visitors in the small town of Santiago de Chuco, marking the completion of what will become a major cultural attraction in the city where he was born and spent part of his life. The museum is the poet’s restored childhood home and exhibits his life and work.
For the people of Santiago de Chuco and Peru, the project was long overdue and Barrick’s ongoing relationship with the local government and the Ministry of Culture made it possible. “When we first saw the house in disrepair we thought something had to be done,” says Carlos Cabanillas, Barrick’s Manager of Corporate Affairs in Peru.
In 2010, Barrick decided to support a two-phase project to restore the poet’s house. Through its voluntary contributions to Peru’s Mining Solidarity Fund, the company donated $464,000 for the project. After receiving permission from the Ministry of Culture to begin the project, Barrick hired restoration experts from Patrimony Peru, a company that specializes in restoring historic buildings, to complete the work. Last April, Barrick turned the restored landmark over to the city, marking the completion of the first phase of the project.
Cabanillas says restoring Vallejo’s house was a way for Barrick to express its support for cultural heritage and recognize the poet’s importance to the country. The project has the added benefit of creating a major tourist attraction for Santiago de Chuco, he says, noting that the company is also helping finance road improvements to facilitate access to and from the Peruvian coast. In addition, the museum will make a literary tour across Peru to places where the poet lived and worked, known as the Route of Vallejo, more attractive to tourists.
The second phase of the project involved developing museum materials, including guides, documentaries, photographs, and activities to exhibit in the 11-room house. “Each room is dedicated to different aspects of Vallejo’s life and creates a welcoming environment for people interested in one of the greatest poets in the world,” says Nadeshna Molina, designer of the museum’s exhibits.
The museum houses pieces from the early 20th century, although original writings from the author will not be on display. Molina explains that many of these pieces are in private collections, although replicas may be made later. She adds that the idea of a museum as a place to store old things is outdated and that she sought to create a place to learn, research and conserve the memory of Vallejo.
Born in Santiago de Chuco in 1892, Vallejo was the youngest of 11 children and studied for a time at the National University of San Marcos. His first publication of collected poems, The Black Heralds, was published in 1919 and examined the everyday life of the lower-middle classes of Peru. Politically, he also called for social reform and was briefly arrested and detained, publishing another set of poems titled Trilce while in prison. In Trilce he created new words and avoided conventional writing style, including punctuation — a characteristic of surrealism, which Vallejo engaged in before the movement began. After his arrest, Vallejo chose to live in Europe writing several works that were published posthumously after 1938.
KEYWORDS: barrick, barrick gold, Cesar Vallejo, Santiago de Chuco, Peru
WALLDORF, Germany, April 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The long, solo commutes endured by many employees are costing them and their organizations in lost productivity, wasted resources and additional expenses. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today introduced TwoGo by SAP®, which allows companies to effectively engage their employees in ride-sharing to work. This helps facilitate better networked and more productive employees. Similarly, companies can reduce costs for corporate fleets, parking infrastructure and travel expenses. Delivered over the cloud, TwoGo may be instantly rolled out across organizations, allowing employees an opportunity to be matched into carpools automatically and according to their individual preferences. Moreover, TwoGo features unique capabilities to help drive employee participation in a company’s ride-sharing program.
“TwoGo by SAP is another great example of how our innovations help the world run better. We’ve combined our mobile and cloud technologies into a carpooling solution to help provide immediate economic, environmental and social benefits to companies and their employees,” said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer, SAP AG. “As such, we expect TwoGo to not only help people and businesses save money and greenhouse gas emissions, but to also connect people more closely with each other and with the company they work for. It has been designed around employees with one single objective in mind: create the most effective, intuitive and beautiful experience possible.”
Organizations committed to sustainable business practices are concerned with creating value while mitigating their environmental impact. TwoGo helps companies meet that goal simply and effectively. For example, the solution offers cost-efficiency opportunities to companies with corporate fleets, such as how to minimize maintenance costs and preserve vehicle resale value. It also supports companies looking for a way to make vanpooling more affordable and effective by seeking riders to find and regularly fill the van. Finally, TwoGo helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by reducing carbon emissions and engaging employees in that mission.
For individuals, there are also significant benefits. In very large U.S. urban areas, the average commuter spends US $16 and 52 minutes going 32 miles round trip to work each day. TwoGo can help people save money and time. By carpooling, employees may recoup some of this lost productivity by encouraging networking and brainstorming on the road. In addition, TwoGo may create a more networked culture, helping employees to feel better informed and involved with their peers.
“At Thomas Cook, we see sustainability holistically, which means getting employees involved to help improve operational efficiency, save energy and cut waste,” said Dr. Julian Clemenz, head of sustainability management, Thomas Cook Central Europe. “TwoGo by SAP encourages employees to participate in reaching our goal to create a more sustainable future. As a member of the beta program and long-time SAP customer, we are happy to work with SAP to develop an application that helps us meet our sustainability targets, reduce costs for our company and employees and build a more social, connected company.”
To encourage wide-spread employee adoption, TwoGo can be used on various mobile devices, the Web as well as calendar applications. Once a company licenses the solution, employees can sign up online and enter ride-sharing preferences such as proximity, timing to and from work and willingness to leave the highway to pick up passengers. With some solutions, would-be carpoolers must go through lists to find the right partner. But with TwoGo, after preferences are entered, rides are instantly matched and communication is handled automatically via email or SMS. Moreover, TwoGo employs sophisticated algorithms designed to ensure that employees do not get stranded at work. To help locate desirable matches in an easy and clear way, TwoGo is powered by HERE, Nokia’s location cloud, which delivers one of the leading map and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems.
“We are excited to partner with SAP on this new venture that we anticipate will bring accurate and comprehensive global maps, traffic information and routing capabilities to enterprise customers,” said Christof Hellmis, vice president of Map Platform, Nokia. “We believe that location will be the new frontier of technology across industries, and with HERE we aim to provide the best map functionalities for every use case and customer. TwoGo is a particularly interesting service as it combines location, mobility and sustainability in an innovative way. Powered by HERE, TwoGo can be accessible to commuters everywhere and at any time.”
TwoGo is for companies of all sizes. To gain critical mass, organizations can decide to allow employees to carpool with people working at neighboring companies that use TwoGo. Unlike current solutions on the market, TwoGo works with any iCal-compatible corporate calendar application, such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes or Google. This enables users to create and change rides within the context of their daily work schedule. People can decide to use TwoGo on the Web in English, German, Spanish or French. It accommodates international time zones, maps and measurement units. The mobile app can also provide administrators with reports on employees’ commuting habits and usage trends. With an affordable annual subscription rate, it is easy and affordable for companies to deploy broadly.
Deployed internally at SAP since July 2011, SAP estimates TwoGo has generated more than US $5 million in value for the company, specifically by helping to:
To learn more, watch a video: “Overview: TwoGo by SAP.” For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.
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KEYWORDS: SAP, TwoGo by SAP, Ride sharing, Carpooling, Employee Engagement, sustainability, carbon emission reduction, sustainable business practices, cost reduction, environment, Technology, Mobile App
ANAHEIM, Calif., April 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Business4Better (B4B), the non-commercial community partnership movement produced by UBM plc, is launching its inaugural two-day Business4Better Conference and Expo on Wednesday to help businesses develop knowledge and relationships to partner with nonprofits in ways that impact local communities, employee engagement and their own overall business performance. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will kick off the conference at the Anaheim Convention Center by welcoming 1,500 business and nonprofit executives who are registered to attend.
Registrations for the May 1 and 2 conference are still open online at www.business4better.org. Those who cannot attend the conference and who would like to participate online can join the conversation by following @Business4Better on Twitter and using the hashtag #biz4better, which will feature live updates from the conference.
“We are thrilled how the Business4Better movement has resulted in a thought-provoking conference that advances business with a higher purpose and educates how corporations and nonprofits can partner in innovative ways to impact both society and business performance,” said Joshua Dome, director of Business4Better.
The conference will include keynote speakers like Premal Shah, president of Kiva, a micro-finance nonprofit; Carol Cone, global practice chair of Business + Social Purpose at Edelman, a communications firm; and Neil Bush, chairman of the Points of Light Institute, the leading global nonprofit promoting volunteerism. Keynotes will focus on business-nonprofit partnerships, strategies to help companies define and measure their social innovation programs and the power mid-sized companies have in local communities. The conference also features supersessions, breakout sessions, an interactive exhibition including 200 nonprofits, entertainment and networking.
At the B4B Nonprofits Expo, a part of the Business4Better conference, company executives will be able to meet and network with nonprofits to explore potential partnerships. Nonprofits focused on the arts, education, the environment, health, community development and more from both the Southern California region and cities across the U.S. will participate in the exhibition. Some notable nonprofit participants include the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and United Way Worldwide.
Partners and underwriters spanning multiple industries and locations joined Business4Better to make the inaugural conference possible. Producing partners include the City of Anaheim, Freeman, the Salesforce.com Foundation and VeraWorks; and underwriters include Disneyland, Microsoft, Avnet, PIMCO Foundation, HCL Technologies and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
To register for the Business4Better Conference or view an itinerary, visit www.business4better.org.
For press passes, please contact Kristen King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-584-5000. Interviews with UBM and Business4Better leaders, business executives, local civic leaders and nonprofits will be available upon request.
About the Business4Better Movement
Business4Better (B4B) aims to build a movement of successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships that have a positive impact on communities and expand the meaning of being a better business. It is the platform that enables both businesses and nonprofits to thrive, share, inspire, educate and form partnerships that prove Business4Better benefits both communities and businesses. The B4B movement is centered on an annual industry-leading, non-commercial conference and exhibition featuring high-level keynotes, educational content, relationship building and dynamic exhibition space for nonprofit organizations. The event is part of a larger Responsible Business initiative and movement being led by UBM employees in the communities in which they live and work. Events are currently held in Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Business4Better Conference and Exhibition will take place May 1-2 in Anaheim, CA. For more information, please visit www.business4better.org.
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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, business4better, Anaheim, Neil Bush
On March 18, 2013, Sanofi US employees in Bridgewater, NJ, volunteered to assemble 600 “Coping Kits” for Children’s Health Fund. Children’s Health Fund is committed to providing comprehensive health care to the nation’s most medically underserved children.
These “Coping Kits”, were distributed by CHF, during a Family Fun Community Day in Brick, NJ, to support children and families. These kits were specially designed for children as a therapeutic tool to assist in the maintenance of positive and sound mental health following the disrupted living conditions and/or displacement that many faced post-Sandy.
KEYWORDS: Sanofi US, childrens health fund, coping kits, disater relief, Healthcare, Hurricane Sandy
SOURCE: Corporate CitizenshipDESCRIPTION:
Today we hear that at least 273 people in Bangladesh have been killed by a collapsing garment factory. The news of the collapse came out on Wednesday, but it has taken until now for the scale of the disaster to be fully realised.
The collapse wasn’t a freak accident, or a surprise. On Tuesday, cracks were noticed in the structure of the Rana Plaza factory, in which factories such as ‘New Wave’ were housed. Following evacuation of the building on Tuesday, most other businesses in the Rana Plaza told their employees to stay away on Wednesday. Not so the New Wave factories. New Wave workers – mostly women – were allegedly ordered to carry on as normal, making clothes for companies all over the world. When the inevitable happened, hundreds of workers - and their children in the factory crèches - were trapped, injured and killed by the falling building. There were several moments when this disaster could have been averted.
It has since emerged that companies such as Primark and BonMarché, known for their low-cost clothes, used New Wave factories in their supply chain. Whilst both retailers voluntarily – and swiftly - acknowledged the fact, and expressed distress over the tragedy, real action has failed to materialise. In 2012 the two retailers refused to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, which would have ensured the independent inspection of any factory used as a supplier. Perhaps such an inspection would have prevented these deaths.
Although many companies have come a long way on the road to ethical and sustainable supply chains, Marks and Spencer and Puma are two shining examples, this is not the case for all. Clearly companies for whom CHEAP is the primary requirement, face more challenges in addressing these issues. Primark and BonMarché’s refusal to sign up to the most basic agreements on workers’ conditions and a reliance on a supply chain based on minimal wages, long hours and low overheads make such disasters almost inevitable.
But consumers also bear responsibility. The idea that t-shirts can, and should, cost as little £4 is fundamentally flawed. If cotton is to be farmed sustainably, workers paid properly, and factories kept in safe working order, such a price starts to sound too low. So yes, companies need to address these issues, but we, as consumers, also need to think a little more about what the true cost of a t-shirt really is.
KEYWORDS: Corporate Citizenship, csr, sustainability, CR, Bangladesh, Bonmarche, factory collapse, labour rights, new wave, Primark, workers conditions
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
INDIANAPOLIS, April 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) celebrated National Volunteer Week April 21-27 by sending off the first of 200 volunteers who will serve in impoverished communities throughout 2013. They are part of Connecting Hearts Abroad, Lilly's global employee volunteer program launched in 2011. Volunteer teams departed this week for Lima, Peru, and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Through Connecting Hearts Abroad, Lilly has sent more than 400 employees from its operations worldwide on two-week service assignments in communities throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America — communities that often lack access to basic resources such as clean water, medical care, or quality education. Since the program began, Lilly employees have devoted nearly 24,000 hours of service to helping children, families, the elderly, and communities in need.
In 2013, about 200 Lilly employees from 45 countries will volunteer in impoverished communities in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana,Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand.
"One of our goals with Connecting Hearts Abroad is to give our employees an opportunity to view the world through a different lens and bring their talents, energy, passion, and compassion to serve people around the world," said Bart Peterson, Lilly senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications. "As we think about the kind of company we want to be over the next several decades, Connecting Hearts Abroad gives our employees—and Lilly—a clearer view of the world, which can only make us a better company."
Peterson traveled to Lima, Peru, last year with Lilly volunteers and leaders from Cross-Cultural Solutions, the company's primary partner for Connecting Hearts Abroad. Their experiences and perspectives are captured in a 15-minute, documentary-style video and a two-minute video with leaders from both organizations.
Marking new milestone: Lilly volunteers support diabetes partnership
For the first time, a team of Connecting Hearts Abroad employee volunteers will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2013 to work with Project HOPE through The Lilly NCD Partnership.
Launched in 2011, The Lilly NCD Partnership is a unique collaboration with some of the world's leading health organizations to find new solutions to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases, which include diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory diseases. Lilly and its partners specifically are focused on finding comprehensive new solutions for diabetes in low-income communities in South Africa, Brazil, India, and Mexico. The goal of the partnership is to research new approaches, report on what works and what doesn't, and advocate for the replication of the best solutions in other communities and countries.
Ten Lilly volunteers in South Africa will apply specific skills and expertise to support the work of the HOPE Centre in Zandspruit, South Africa, an extremely impoverished area on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The HOPE Centre provides treatment and care to local residents and strives to inform, educate, and empower the community about health issues, especially diabetes and hypertension.
At the HOPE Centre, the team of Lilly volunteers—which includes medical doctors, pharmacists, diabetes educators, and communication specialists—will help conduct community screenings, work with the clinic support team to improve pharmacy and lab operating procedures, develop information sheets to help improve patient understanding and medication compliance, and support nutrition education and peer educator training. Upon returning from their service assignments, Lilly volunteers with Connecting Hearts Abroad share their experiences and insights with colleagues through town halls, team meetings, blogs, and video. The goal is to help employees gain a deeper global perspective and spark new ideas and ways of thinking about patients, ultimately making Lilly a better company.
Learn more about Connecting Hearts Abroad and The Lilly NCD Partnership
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered inIndianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers — through medicines and information — for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com. CR-LLY
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KEYWORDS: Eli Lilly, Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, Volunteering, national volunteer week, global service, Connecting Hearts Abroad, cross-cultural solutions, diabetes, Project HOPE
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
By David Marbaugh
Lilly celebrated National Volunteer Week by sending off the first of 200 volunteers of 2013 who will serve in impoverished communities around the world as part of Lilly’s Connecting Hearts Abroad program. Teams departed on Sunday for Lima, Peru, and will depart for Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, this weekend—with more soon to follow.
I had the opportunity to go to India through this program and it forever changed the way I look at the world, my job, even my family. Continue reading about Connecting Hearts Abroad, Lilly's program celebrating National Volunteer Week.
KEYWORDS: Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, lilly pad, national volunteer week, Volunteering, Connecting Hearts Abroad, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: American Cancer SocietyDESCRIPTION:
ATLANTA, April 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays.
“The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history,” says Dr. John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “Since 1913, we’ve helped save nearly 1.2 million lives. As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how important each and every birthday is.”
The Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the United States since the early 1990s. Today, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer are surviving for at least five years. As a result, more than 400 people a day are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to the disease. Even as the Society marks this momentous milestone, the focus remains on the ambitious undertaking that still lies ahead --- changing the statistics from 2 out of 3 people surviving cancer today in the U.S., to 3 out of 3 surviving.
“With your help, we want to finish the fight. We’re determined to make this cancer’s last century,” says Seffrin. “We’ve never been more ready to put the American Cancer Society out of business.”
In recognition of the Society’s 100th birthday, the following events and opportunities are being planned.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Health and Wellness, American Cancer Society, Finish the Fight, 100th birthday, cancer organization, non profit, call to action
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
HOUSTON and NEW YORK, April 26, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation through its 501(c)(3) private foundation the Simon Bolivar Foundation Inc. announced the funding of nearly $1.25 million in grants for thirty-two South Bronx programs in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment and health to serve the local community. CITGO created the Bronx Social Programs in 2007 to promote a brighter future for the South Bronx, where 38 percent of the population lives below the poverty line in one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the United States.
"The Simon Bolivar Foundation is dedicated to building solidarity through support, which is an integral part of the social responsibility mission of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. We know that real, lasting change comes from within the community. That is why initiatives like this are so important," said Dario Merchan, President of the Simon Bolivar Foundation. "We are proud to support leaders in the South Bronx community who share our vision and commitment of improving the quality of life for those impacted by poverty."
An advisory board of South Bronx residents, educators, community organizers and other leaders reviewed nearly 100 grant applications and recommended 32 programs that were selected by the Simon Bolivar Foundation to receive funding. They were chosen based on strict criteria and their potential to generate the greatest possible positive social and community impact. Since 2007, CITGO and the Simon Bolivar Foundation have provided more than $6 million in grants to more than 70 unique, tax-exempt, South Bronx-based organizations.
The 2013 grants include seven arts and culture programs, seven environmental initiatives, seven health, and 11 education-focused programs. The selected programs range from after-school initiatives, arts and culture events to an urban farming project and green jobs training.
"By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, DreamYard supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We believe that young people in the South Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational pathway. We are extremely appreciative of the Simon Bolivar Foundation and CITGO for their generous support of our efforts for the last three years and those of other organizations that strive to make a difference in the South Bronx," said Jason Duchin, co-executive director of The DreamYard Project.
Together with community leaders, CITGO and the Simon Bolivar Foundation are committed to working to improve the lives of the people of the South Bronx as part of the ongoing commitment to supporting the underprivileged and their community. Every year, in alignment with the social development principles of its ultimate shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, CITGO helps ease the burden of many families across the country through social responsibility contributions, including the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil and Energy Efficient Lighting Programs, the Fueling Good initiative, its position as the largest corporate sponsor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and many others.
The Simon Bolivar Foundation Inc. is a 501(c) (3) private foundation funded by CITGO Petroleum Corporation and also receives contributions from CITGO employees and the general public. The Foundation operates in the hope of improving the quality of life for all people, particularly those who suffer from the severe backlash of poverty throughout the Americas. For more information visit www.simonbolivarfoundation.org.
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, Simon Bolivar Foundation, Non-profits, South Bronx, community, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Culture, Education, environment, Health
SOURCE: Allstate CorporationDESCRIPTION:
April 25, 2012 /3BL Media/ - DiversityInc last night announced The 2013 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, with Allstate Insurance Company ranking number 36 on the list. The DiversityInc Top 50 includes companies from a wide range of industries whose leadership, procurement practices, communications and training best reflect the reality of the rapidly changing face of America. The full list can be found at www.DiversityInc.com/top50.
This year marks the eighth time Allstate has earned a ranking on the DiversityInc list. "Inclusive diversity is a key business strategy and competitive advantage for Allstate," said Michael Escobar, vice president, chief diversity & organization effectiveness officer for Allstate. "We are creating a workplace where you can pursue your purpose, be your best, and have meaningful work and opportunities to grow. When individual differences are valued, that exemplifies the true spirit of inclusive diversity for our company."
"On the heels of the demographically revealing 2012 presidential election, it is clear that U.S. companies are increasingly conscious of the importance of diversity," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "We are very encouraged to see more companies applying for this distinction and embracing diversity more deeply than ever. We also note a continued positive correlation between achievement in diversity and overall positive stock performance."
Both the 2013 and the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50 lists outperformed the S&P 500 on a one-, three- and five-year basis.
DiversityInc 2013 survey results show that Top 50 companies have:
In addition, DiversityInc notes that Top 50 companies have 51% more employees in resource groups than they did five years ago and donated 53% more to multicultural charities than they did five years ago.
DiversityInc also announced a number of Specialty Lists, all of which can be viewed in their entirety at www.DiversityInc.com.
The process of determining The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity is based completely on empirical data. Participation in the survey is free and companies that do business with DiversityInc receive no preferential treatment. In order to participate, an organization must have at least 1,000 employees and fill out a detailed, 300-question survey, which is divided into four equally weighted areas: CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity. Each company is judged within its own industry and each application is vetted by DiversityInc staff. DiversityInc requires notarized CEO sign-offs on submissions from companies where it has not met with the CEO directly. For the 2013 survey, 893 companies participated. For more information, visit DiversityInc's survey FAQ. Companies interested in participating in 2014 should contact top50@DiversityInc.com.
DiversityInc is the leading source of information on diversity management. The company is a consultancy and publishes two websites, www.DiversityInc.com andwww.DiversityIncBestPractices.com, as well as a magazine, published five times a year. DiversityInc also produces diversity events, which average more than 600 attendees from 200 companies and have featured more than 20 CEOs of major corporations.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
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Indeed, why should you care about employee engagement? In this eBook, we answer the following questions -- and more!:
What is employee engagement?
Why does it matter if employees are engaged?
What drives employee engagement?
How effective are employee volunteering programs in engaging your staff?
What impact does employee volunteering have on employee recruiting & retention?
Some of the answers and statistics might surprise you!
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When we think of corporate social responsibility (CSR), so often we think of large companies with deep pockets that have dedicated staff to run employee and community engagement programs, or small start-ups that are birthed with the gene of sustainability in place. Last month Business4Better took on the challenge of exploring just how immersed in community engagement efforts mid-size companies were.
The greatest potential for doing good is with the mid-market. “If the Middle Market were a country, its GDP would rank it as the fourth largest economy in the world,” states Scott Vaughan in a previous B4B blog post. So we surveyed 173 business professionals from mid-size companies (100-5000 employees) about CSR to gauge the status and plans for community involvement.
Here are the facts:
For the full results of the Business4Better mid-market survey, please see: Business4Better Survey: Mid-size Companies and Social Responsibility
I hope you’ll join me and the excellent line-up of speakers we’ll have next week at the Business4Better Conference and Expo in Anaheim, CA. Register for the conference using special promotion code ADV for $49 all-access pass. Together we can make a better world.
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SOURCE: Allstate CorporationDESCRIPTION:
April 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ - While the American middle class is still optimistic about getting ahead, they have become increasingly fearful that they may fall behind, according to poll results released by The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and National Journal.
The 16th quarterly Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll focuses on the American middle class and seeks to uncover important insights about how this cornerstone economic group perceives the future. The poll asks Americans to define what it means to be part of the middle class, based on income, financial security, education and lifestyle. Unsurprisingly, many Americans (46 percent) identify as middle class and almost all Americans (85 percent) consider themselves a part of an expanded definition of being middle class that includes upper middle class (12 percent), and lower middle class (26 percent).
The most recent Heartland Monitor Poll also identifies renewed concern about the country's recovery and an increase in skepticism toward major political and business institutions. Specifically, the mood of the country has worsened with only 29 percent of respondents believing the U.S. is headed in the "right direction," a considerable decline from a three-year high of 41 percent recorded in November 2012. Democrats' optimism has decreased by 23 points to 54 percent in the most recent data, while just 32 percent of the middle class feel the country is headed in the right direction.
"Over the last four years, Americans' views in this poll have been consistently right about the economy. Today, they are sounding the alarm bell that the economy is not on track for sustainable growth. More affordable college education, job creation and stability are seen as key priorities," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. "The blame is spread wide and far, from politicians to business leaders. Americans are crying out for leaders to work together to create a path to economic prosperity. We should listen and act now."
Heartland Monitor XVI reveals that public opinion is narrowly balanced between hopes of economic improvement and fears about falling behind. Nearly three-in-five middle class Americans (59 percent) say they are concerned about falling out of their economic class. The attributes Americans have historically seen as safeguards for middle class families such as educational attainment and responsible financial planning are now considered by many to be unrealistic or only attainable by the upper class. At the same time, Americans remain optimistic about the potential to move up the economic ladder at some point in the future; this is especially true among Millennials, African Americans and Hispanics, whom view economic opportunity as being on the horizon.
The new poll shows that there is now a sense that the term ‘middle class' has now been redefined to mean not falling behind, rather than upward mobility and material possessions. Americans mostly blame decisions made by political leaders and major business institutions over the past few decades for wages falling behind living expenses. In fact, Americans believe the government and private sector (local business excluded) are actually making the economic situation worse for the middle class. The latest Heartland Monitor shows that 64 percent of Americans believe Congress has made things worse for the middle class, while a mere 8 percent believe legislators are making things better. It's not much better in the private sector, 55 percent of Americans think major financial institutions are making things worse and 54 percent of Americans believe CEOs of major U.S. corporations are hurting the economy as well.
Americans are clear with their prescriptions for policymakers with more than half (55 percent) preferring lawmakers to take an approach that invests in long-term job planning and growth in favor of initiatives that temporarily alleviates day-to-day expenses (38 percent). Among a list of policy preferences favored by Americans as a prescription for improving the middle class, improving access to and lowering the cost of higher education ranked as the most important (38 percent). Although most Americans still consider a college education to be an important hallmark of middle-class status, many now feel it is affordable only for the upper class (49 percent).
"Americans still believe they can reach for the stars—but are increasingly concerned that they are standing on a trap door as they do," said Ronald Brownstein, editorial director for National Journal. "The survey suggests that after years of economic turmoil, most U.S. families now believe the most valuable, and elusive, possession in American life is not any tangible acquisition, like a house or a car, but rather economic security. Even while capturing the durability of the belief that individuals can better their circumstances, these results also pointedly remind us how much economic anxiety and political alienation still shadows American life, even after the darkest clouds of the Great Recession have lifted."
Key findings from the 16th Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll (PDF) include:
1. Who is the middle class? A broad definition includes nearly everyone, and a more narrowly defined grouping includes a diverse mix of incomes and socioeconomic backgrounds.
2. The American middle class is anxious and in flux. While many dream of upward mobility, most are concerned about falling out of their economic class.
3. Americans believe the key to staying in or moving into the middle class is by attaining a higher level of education, but find it increasingly unaffordable.
4. For many, being middle class now means financial security rather than material items or financial growth, and it means keeping from falling behind in an uncertain and challenging economy.
5. Americans want policymakers and businesses to focus on actions that increase economic opportunities, create jobs, and make education attainable and affordable. However, major institutions are seen as hurting, not helping, the American middle class.
6. After a momentary upswing in national optimism and goodwill, Americans have renewed concerns about the economy and about the nation's political leadership.
Notes to Editors
National Sample of 1,000 ADULTS AGE 18+
With a Breakout of 464 Self-Identified Middle Class
(Sample Margin of Error for 1,000 Respondents = ±3.1% in 95 out of 100 cases)
Conducted April 5-9, 2013 via Landline and Cell Phone
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States. For an overview of the other Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Polls, visit www.theheartlandvoice.com.
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National Journal is Washington's premier source for 360-degree insight on politics and policy. With up-to-the-minute breaking news and analysis at NationalJournal.com, the essential intelligence of National Journal Daily, the knowledge and depth of National Journal magazine, and the comprehensive campaign coverage of National Journal Hotline, National Journal delivers everything you need to know to stay ahead of the curve in Washington.
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,900 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. More information can be found atwww.fticonsulting.com.
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April 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ - On Tuesday, April 23, CKGSB was pleased to host Barry SALZBERG, CHEN Weihong, LI Yapeng, and WANG Zhenyao for a discussion on Philanthropic Leadership of Tomorrow, led by CKGSB Professor and Associate Dean TENG Bingsheng.
As Chairman of United Way Worldwide, the world's largest privately funded nonprofit, Mr. Salzberg leads UWW’s global efforts to further enhance education, income and health. As global CEO of Deloitte—where he leads the strategic direction of 48 member firms in 150 countries with more than 195,000 people worldwide—he has made significant contributions to society. While Deloitte has supported UWW for 25 years, it was under Salzberg's leadership at Deloitte that the member firm ran record-breaking UWW campaigns, with the most Tocqueville donors (above $10,000) of any company in the U.S. Mr. Salzberg also established the United Way Education Collaboratives, which have raised nearly $4 million for education.
During his keynote speech and the discussion that followed, Mr. Salzberg explained his personal and professional commitment to UWW’s efforts, the future of the nonprofit sector, and how he views corporate social responsibility at Deloitte. Growing up in a working-class neighborhood shaped him, he said, and gave him his passion for mentoring young students without academic and professional role models. He was a first-generation college graduate himself.
Not only is Mr. Salzberg personally committed to helping young people—he believes it makes good business sense. It delivers a large ROI for companies, through professional development and brand building. Giving employees opportunities to use their high-level skills on behalf of organizations helps them learn and develop new abilities and create greater career satisfaction. It also helps companies achieve what Mr. Salzberg calls “brand eminence”—a reputation as a leading company.
From his position as Chairman of United Way Worldwide, Mr. Salzberg sees the following trends in corporate philanthropy: instability, changing demographics, and government austerity measures. Both governments and nonprofits have less money to spend on alleviating social problems and are turning to the business sector for help. But since businesses also have less to spend, Mr. Salzberg believes businesses can do better than providing money or traditional volunteerism by donating professional skills that help nonprofits become stronger and more sustainable.
In the final section of his speech, Mr. Salzberg talked about another way that the business world can provide social value—through innovation. New ideas, new approaches, new processes, and new technology all can deliver positive social impact beyond a company’s ROI.
Following the Keynote, Mr. Salzberg was joined by CKGSB alumni who are also China’s leading philanthropists—Chen Weihong, Li Yapeng, and Wang Zhenyao—for a panel discussion moderated by professor Teng. The first question raised to the panel was on time management. “If you have the passion you can find the time,” Chen Weihong said, before addressing the need for prioritization.
Mr. Salzberg was then asked about how UWW can mobilize 2.5 million volunteers. “The secret is to create a common vision,” he replied. “A common purpose to drive their passion.”
During the Q & A session, many attendees were curious about how Mr. Salzberg manages his time, for not only is he the CEO of Deloitte and the Chairman of UWW, but he also is the Chairman of College Summit, which helps young people from low-income families attend college. “When you have a child, and then a new child,” Mr. Salzberg said, “you find the time to love them both.”
The panel addressed the issues of scandals at philanthropic organizations where leaders and fund raisers have been accused of improprieties. “What you do in response to a challenge is as important as anything else,” Mr. Salzberg said, and advocated being open and honest with the public by acknowledging problems and addressing issues openly.
Over 110 students, faculty, alumni, and guests attended the event.
Barry SALZBERG: Mr. Barry Salzberg was elected as Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte LLP in June 2007, after serving as the U.S. Managing Partner from 2003 to 2007. He also is a member of Deloitte’s U.S. Board of Directors, the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Global Executive Committee, and the DTT Global Board of Directors.
Mr. Salzberg joined Deloitte in 1977 and was admitted as partner in 1985. He has since built an impressive record through a variety of leadership roles including Tri-State Group Managing Partner from 1996-1999 and National Tax Deputy Managing Partner from 1999-2000. In 2000, he assumed full leadership of the Deloitte Tax LLP practice, which included regional responsibility for the Americas tax practice. During Mr. Salzberg’s three-year tenure, the national Deloitte Tax practice increased its market share significantly, moving from 4th position to 1st, and received numerous awards and citations.
Prior to his leadership roles, Mr. Salzberg was a lead client service partner and tax partner and became an acknowledged authority in the areas of personal tax and partnership tax matters. He directly served the CXOs of many large clients, helping them with their personal tax and financial planning needs, as well as partnerships and S corporations, mostly law firms or merger and acquisition specialists.
Mr. Salzberg is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York County Lawyers Association. He is also a board member of business organizations including the Center for Audit Quality, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and the Partnership for New York. Additionally, Mr. Salzberg is an advisor to the G100, advisory board member of International Business Leaders Forum, and International Councillor to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
Known in the marketplace for his commitment to building opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders and fostering diversity within the workplace, Mr. Salzberg serves as a board member of College Summit and Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. He is also the Chair of the Capital Steering Committee for the YMCA of Greater New York.
Mr. Salzberg received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College, his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and his LLM in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
CHEN Weihong: Mr. Chen Weihong is an alumnus of CKGSB’s Executive MBA Program and a prominent CCTV host. He hosts the widely successful talk show “Dialogue” and the news program “Observe Today.” A strong believer in the philosophy of “Give a man a fish, you have fed him for today; teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for a lifetime,” Mr. Chen set up the Hong Foundation in 2010, which focuses on education and entrepreneurship. The Hong Foundation brings together business leaders to support the economic development and social stability of underdeveloped areas of China. Recognized for his philanthropic efforts, Mr. Chen Weihong was awarded the China Charity Prize in 2013.
LI Yapeng: Mr. Li Yapeng is an alumnus of CKGSB’s Executive MBA Program and the Founder of Smile Angle Foundation. Founded in 2006, the Smile Angle Foundation is dedicated to helping Chinese children born with clefts. Mr. Li also established the first private non-profit Children’s hospital in China—Smile Angle Children’s Hospital. In recent years, he has advocated for family-based small donations in China, making great strides in expanding social enterprises under the slogan “Let's Love.”
WANG Zhenyao: Mr. Wang Zhenyao is an alumnus of CKGSB’s Executive MBA Program and Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute at Beijing Normal University. Mr. Wang has dedicated much of his career to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs. Previously, he served as the Director of Disaster Relief Department, Director of Social Welfare and Philanthropy Promotion Department and President of China Welfare Center. He is a strong believer and advocate of “civilian philanthropy” and “charity through good governance,” and actively promotes philanthropy through innovative thinking.
TENG Bingsheng: Dr. Teng Bingsheng is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at CKGSB and Associate Dean of CKGSB Europe. He formerly served as a tenured Associate Professor of Strategic Management at George Washington University (GWU), where he was a doctoral advisor and lead professor of the departmental doctoral program. Dr. Teng has published over 20 articles in academic journals including Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. An authority on strategic alliances, he has been interviewed by media such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Dr. Teng is a member of the Academy of Management and serves on the editorial board of International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. He has received many rewards for his research, including the Wendell and Louis Crain Research Scholar at the GWU School of Business. His biography appears in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Higher Education.
Established in Beijing in November 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is a not-for-profit organization and China’s first privately funded and faculty-governed business school. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. CKGSB has developed in under 10 years into a prominent business school with over 40 world-class professors, whose per capita publications in top journals of management was ranked 6th globally during the period of 2005 to 2011. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 3,000 Chinese business leaders at the CEO and Chairman level, whose companies together generated more than USD 1 trillion in revenue in 2011. This figure represents about 13.7% of China’s GDP. If the companies managed by CKGSB’s alumni network were a nation, it would be the 16th largest economy on earth.
About United Way Worldwide
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on education, income and health. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action—to give, advocate and volunteer—to improve conditions in their communities. For more information about United Way, please visit: www.UnitedWay.org.
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Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte's approximately 182,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence.
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SOURCE: Corporate CitizenshipDESCRIPTION:
Addressing the critical issue of gender equality is a key challenge for many parts of the world that remain poor and lack the same opportunities as their western counterparts.
In reducing barriers to achieve greater gender equality, there has been growing evidence of businesses attempting to bridge the gap between men and women.
Corporate Citizenship believes that global businesses have an important role to play in empowering women in developing markets. Gender equality is key to a country’s economic and social development as it generates higher growth outcomes and lower poverty. Leading businesses are already exploring the opportunities of investing in women’s empowerment in emerging markets.
Research conducted by Corporate Citizenship and Nottingham University’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) analyses initiatives set up by global businesses addressing women empowerment in emerging markets.
Findings suggests that businesses are increasingly valuing the importance of women in developing countries, observing their status as potential consumers; employees; suppliers and distributors.
Companies with significant footprints in developing markets have much to gain from assessing the opportunities of women’s empowerment.
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SOURCE: Balfour Beatty ConstructionDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, April 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ - In conjunction with the recent retirement announcement of Chairman and CEO Robert Van Cleave, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US has created a legacy award named in his honor. The Relentless Ally Award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate a commitment to clients, ethical behavior, and employee engagement. And, the first-ever recipients of the award are Robert Little IV, general superintendent for Balfour Beatty Construction, and Daniel Young, director of construction for Balfour Beatty Infrastructure.
The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Balfour Beatty-constructed Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas on April 16.
“This award recognizes the heroes in our business, those who define and deliver service excellence,” said Mark Layman, president of Balfour Beatty Construction Services US. “While this is an internal award, it highlights value delivered externally for our clients and partners, and exceptional performance which is helping redefine norms within our industry.”
Little, a leader for the construction efforts at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a 36-year employee of Balfour Beatty Construction.
“He brings inspiration to his projects every day, not just in how he delivers the building, but in how he advocates and promotes the larger mission of our clients,” said Doug Jones, regional CEO for Balfour Beatty Construction.
In a video message shown at the awards ceremony, Vel Hawes, project team partner and member of the Dallas Center for Architecture, described Little as a rare individual who has come up through the ranks, and is able to handle whatever comes at him with flair, humor, and grace.
Young has more than two decades of experience with infrastructure construction across the U.S. During his 20-year career with Balfour Beatty, he has been an integral team member for the construction of State Highways (SH) in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Texas.
“He is an extraordinary employee, his determination and drive sets the example for the rest of the team to follow. He works tirelessly for the client and is a great leader for the troops,” said Ray Bond, president and CEO for Balfour Beatty Infrastructure.
Young is also a Relentless Ally for safety. He provided leadership to the Texas State Highway 161 construction team responsible for putting 3.5 million man-hours into the construction without a single Lost Time incident.
“While I am honored to win this award, it means all the more being named for Robert Van Cleave, a humble and inspiring leader,” Little said.
In closing remarks to award recipients, Layman said, “We admire you, you inspire us, we will follow your leadership.”
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The Persson family is donating SEK 500 million to H&M’s charitable foundation, the H&M Conscious Foundation. This significant contribution will enable the foundation to make a big difference for people and communities in the countries where H&M operates.DESCRIPTION:
April 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The H&M Conscious Foundation was established in 2007 in conjunction with H&M’s 60th anniversary. The donation that the Persson family is now making to the H&M Conscious Foundation will enable the charitable foundation to help even more people in need around the world. There will be a particular focus on initiatives that help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The H&M Conscious Foundation has previously supported charities such as Hand in Hand, which works to combat poverty in India through microloans and training for female entrepreneurs. Organisations that will be supported by the foundation include WaterAid, which provides people in poor areas with access to clean water and hygiene.
Suggestions of specific focal areas will be made by a group of experts on social issues, development issues and environmental issues, which will work together with the foundation. The foundation will also support disaster relief efforts in countries where H&M operates.
- Our donation will enable the H&M Conscious Foundation to carry out more initiatives on a greater scale in order to change and improve the lives of people in countries where H&M is present. We hope and believe that our donation will make a noticeable difference to many people and will help bring about lasting improvements, says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO H&M.
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